Become a Mac Pro with Mac Pro Longwear Foundation

I’m a firm believer in purchasing particular make-up items in terms of quality rather than quantity. There are numerous make-up purchases that can definitely be made on a tight budget, but foundation in my opinion, is not one of them. To be fair, there are some great foundations out there that don’t even cost an arm and a leg and this Mac Pro Foundation sits nicely in the average pricing brackets for foundation at an RRP of £25.

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My favourite foundation at the minute, is the Mac Pro Longwear foundation with SPF 10 (very important!). My mum gave me the dregs of her last bottle and luckily it was a great match – plus, it really goes a long way with about a quarter of the foundation lasting me just under 6 months. Although the foundation comes out slightly darker than my own skin tone – but not too much that I ended up looking umpa-lumpa-esque, the foundation felt extremely light. I rarely wear make-up in the day, but when I do I need something that feels as  if it’s not even there – impossible demands I know. But, Mac’s creation seems to suit my skin needs.

I possess that annoying half-oily, half-dry skin which is why I tend to steer clear of powders (unless placing on top of a foundation). After using a nice, moisturising primer, I feel that my skin is balanced out as well as it can be.


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The foundation offers great coverage which is primary. Secondly, it feels light which I feel is important as this allows your skin to carry on functioning, enabling it to breathe. I have definitely fallen asleep in this foundation many-a-time and rarely do I awake with blemishes, which as a student is important! Also, the foundation comes off very nicely when using  moisturising face-wipes or toning/cleansing combos.


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I got the foundation in the NC40 shade, which was slightly darker than my own skin tone. When I went into Mac to get a skin match, the actual shade that they chose for me was too similar to my own colouring, to the point where you may not even notice I had much on (not great either for summer months when I tend to tan quite quickly). I know the entire purpose of wonderful foundation, such as this, is to represent your skin’s most natural state, however by choosing a slightly warmer shade, you avoid washing yourself out. So, I opted for the darker tone that my mum had originally given to me. I know it’s a make-up ‘no no’ to accept foundation donations, especially from people that have a different skin tone to you, but because the coverage isn’t super intense, it sits really nicely on the skin and still felt matched to my yellow undertones.

I tried out the foundation with 2 primers: 1 Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and 1 Seventeen 3 Way Highlighter Primer – both differing in prices, with the Seventeen primer being much more economical. Surprisingly, because of it’s wonderful highlighting qualities, the Seventeen primer helped to illuminate the skin from under the Mac Pro Longwear beautifully.

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Maya Rose Boutique – Student Pamper Evening

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Ladies…

If you love all things pretty, glitzy and girly then you must head over to the Maya Rose Boutique in Leicester. Located down The Lanes, right in the center of Leicester, the quaint boutique is crammed full with an array of stunning lovelies. I recently had the privilege of attending the Maya Rose Student Pamper Event on Thursday 28th November to blog for the evening. When the event took off, the atmosphere was enhanced by a bit of bubbly and a selection of some delicious mini cakes. I even managed to grab a make-over myself!

I stumbled across the boutique with one of my girlfriends recently and we literally fell in LOVE. There are so many frillies, delicates, prints and patterns, sparkles and aromas that are certain to entice you. The Maya Rose lingerie selection is simply stunning. With the option to customise your own delicate lingerie set, you can stroll out of the boutique holding a personal set of bespoke underwear. Or if you’re obsessed with everything that sparkles, the boutique offers some beautiful, dainty accessories. Maya Rose boasts a vast collection of charm bracelets, traditional pearl accessories and classic silver earings. After all of that, you can grab a gorgeous vintage velvet jewellery roll designed by Jo Edwards.

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The boutique, who is owned by the charming Jane, offered a 10% discount on all of the fancies in store throughout the student event. The pamper evening was enhanced by the delightful make-up artist Feona, and her fab Paul and Joe make-overs. We asked Feona to break down 3 simple, yet effective beauty looks that are particularly popular this season: The Smokey Eye, the Red Lip and a recent favorite, The Pink Lip.

Make Over Base

Conveniently, all three make overs use the same base, making it easy to play around with designs. For the foundation, Feona chose the Paul and Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer.

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This is a great product when creating a base, as the dual functions of  a primer and a foundation, saves time, money and effort. On application, the foundation feels very light and is incredibly illuminating as you can see. Feona also enjoyed using the Paul and Joe Self Select Eye Colour in 003 for most of the make-overs as it was neutral, yet on application, it had a shimmery base which proved very complimentary.

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Most importantly, as most of us will know: you cannot forget the brows! When shading either with a pencil or brow powder, a shade slightly darker than your natural brow should be used. This will allow your eyebrows to subtly stand out. You can play around with the intensity by simply applying less or more.

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The Smokey Eye

This Smokey Eye requires 4 Paul and Joe Products, so it’s extremely helpful when you’re lacking in time. Considering her first client didn’t usually wear dark make up, Feona wanted to create a subtle version of the Smokey Eye. When creating a heavy look such as this, it is important to start with a base for the eyes as this enables the colour to come out and stops the make up sliding. Begin this look with a neutral Paul and Joe shimmer base – they come out quite softly, but can be built up progressively.

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Secondly, Feona used the Eye Gloss Duo  in silver and brown. The silver colour is used to spread over the entire lid and surrounding eye area, whilst the brown is spread over the lid and ever so slightly up the brow – depending on how intense you desire your look to be. After the blending has been completed, use a Paul and Joe black eyeliner along the upper lash line and underneath the lower lash line.

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Using a blending brush, slowly blend out the harsh black lines, creating the smokey effect. Finally, Feona suggests using lashings of the Paul and Joe mascara.

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**Key Tip For Smokey Eye: It’s all in the blending! Use your blending techniques to alter the intensity of your smokey eye. Don’t over-rely on shadows for this look, be confident enough to use a dark eyeliner instead!**

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The Red Lip

The Red Lip is much simpler than the previous make-up technique, however it does require a steady hand. Although the red lip plays a key role in this look, you don’t want to run the risk of forgetting your other favourite facial features.

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Feona used a navy blue eyeliner along the upper eyelid, flicking out at the end of the eye. In order to create a thicker appearance, Feona didn’t blend any lines. shortly after, the foolproof Paul and Joe mascara was used. As this look doesn’t require a particular shade of red, pick your favourite and apply with a lip brush.

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Afterwards, coat with a similar colour lipgloss, et voila!

The Pink Lip

Start ignoring the conventions because pink doesn’t have to be segregated to the summer months! Just because the attention will be on your lips, doesn’t mean that you should ignore your base, so start with the same foundation tips as previously mentioned.

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With this make up look the eyebrows are lightly dusted with eyebrow powder, keeping the entire eye area very low-key, keeping the focus on the luminous pink lips.

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Afterwards, concentrate on the eyes using lashings of Paul and Joe Mascara in order to waken up the eye area, whilst preserving  the balance of the rest of your face.

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Keeping the foundation and eyes subtle, Feona used a 305 lipstick shade, again applying with a foolproof lip brush. By using a brush you eliminate any risk of bleeding and smudging. Plus, the precision of the brush makes the process of applying lipstick so simple.

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If you prefer a more matte look, opt out of any lipgloss coatings. A pink lip looks fab with blonde hair so don’t be afraid to rock it this winter!

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Voila!

Paul and Joe Lipstick

Not only is the Paul and Joe lipstick selection stunning, but its incredibly innovative and economical. When purchasing your first Paul and Joe lipstick, you have the choice of a selection of trendy printed cases or you can go for the standard , elegant pink and white plastic case. Once you have run out there is no need to cry! Simply purchase a top up and slip it back into your favourite case!

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So why don’t you give some of these make-up trends a go and in the mean time, pop in to see Jane at the Maya Rose Boutique!

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What’s In your make up bag?

Most women who are into beauty love to know about other women’s beauty secrets. I’m forever wondering ‘How does she get such great coverage?’ or ‘How does she get such blemish-free skin?’, whenever I’m looking at other women’s make-up. So, I’ve decided to do a post on the items inside my make-up bag. It would be great to see some other women sharing their beauty secrets also to improve our own routines!

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I would say these are my most used make-up items for a ‘full face’ of make-up. My *favourite* item would have to be the Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick

1. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara in black

2. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

3. Mac Pro Longwear Foundation

4. Benefit Erase Paste Concealer 

5. Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick

6. MUA Pro-Brow Ultimate Eyebrow Kit

7. The Body Shop Highlighter Pencil

8. The Body Shop Smokey Eye Palette

9. Topshop Lipstick

10. No7  Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil

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Product Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

smashbox primerI think I am slightly obsessed with beauty products as I’m quite content with splashing a bit of cash in this area. When it comes to my make-up, I’ve always chosen quality over quantity and I tend to go for brands that are great for darker skin – Bobbi Brown/Mac. Also, I’ve struggled to find the correct foundation brand for years as I felt that I never stumbled upon a brand that covered dark circles and blemishes ( even though they ALL claim to do so). Funnily enough when I started using a primer (specifically the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer), I found that my foundation lasted for a lot longer and covered double the amount of blemishes that it did before hand – Result! I’ve also found financially that investing in a good primer is key, seeing as I’ve already tried The BodyShop and Mac primers. However, the best one that I have come across at the moment appears to be the Photo Finish Foundation Primer from Smashbox.

Now, I hadn’t actually heard of Smashbox before I tried it and I think it’s definitely an up-and-coming make-up brand in the UK ( I remember it being mentioned on the reality program, The Hills years ago). One of my friends gave me a sample of the product and I don’t think I’ll be trialing any other products any time soon – I’m in heaven.

The first thing that made me fall in love with this primer was the velvet-like feel that it provided when it was spread over skin. The Mac primer I used also had this effect but I felt that it didn’t spread as easily, plus I experienced less coverage. Whereas, the Smashbox primer was wonderfully silky smooth on any area that I applied it to. It also filled in a lot of pores on my face, which I found no other primer did and this was incredibly important to me as it enhances the end product. I do have relatively dry skin, so it’s important to remember that the effects may vary on different skin types, but I found that during varied occasions throughout the day, the primer really enabled my make-up to last and glow!

The primer simply makes you feel like you have created a smooth canvas that will protect and soothe your skin at the same time. Another aspect of the primer that I found to be incredibly important, not just for myself but for all women, was the fact that my skin could breathe. I have to admit, I try not to wear make up on the days that I am relaxing to avoid wastage and to improve skin quality, so there’s nothing worse than putting on your make up and feeling incredibly suffocated. Fortunately, the Photo Finish Foundation Primer is beautifully lightweight yet nourishing at the same time – Perfection!

I’ve found that no matter how long you wait for the primer to dry before applying make-up, your foundation and blusher literally last for hours. It’s fab for nights out when your dancing like a queen and are bound to feel clammy. Or, even more so, the primer compliments a fast paced lifestyle, so if you’re like me where you end up finishing your make-up on the train or in the work staff room, then this primer is brilliant for being on the go and perfect for you.

At an RRP of £25, this is one of the best beauty investments that I have made and there is no way I’m looking back. Finally, a beauty product that ‘does what it says on the tin’, I’m a very happy girly! Get yours at – www.Smashbox.co.uk 

Airport waiting

So I’m anxiously waiting in the airport and have managed to find a little snug that goes by the name of Starbucks. Most people enjoy the travelling aspect of going away, but I despise it. I’ve always been an anxious traveller so it’s hard for me to cherish these moments which so many people look forward to. I’ve distracted myself by purchasing a new No7 eyeliner (results to come later!!).

I’m off to France to visit my parents for a fortnight, where my boyfriend will join me in a weeks time. I’m praying to my universe for good weather as its all we need at the moment. Having just completed my primary year at university, I am in good need of a break. I can’t wait to visit my ‘retreat’, especially considering we have a new addition to the family 🙂 – a little ‘chaton’.

Have a fab week XOX

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Vampire lips

I recently saw a video online that used a lip liner to create dark lips rather than a lipstick so I thought I’d give it a go. The lip pencil was just a budget buy from collection 2000, as I was just experimenting. The results were quite impressive and I found the stick super easy to use. The vampy red turned out very dark as well which I was pleasantly surprised by!

The colour is definitely more suited to the winter, however for a night out it works just as well. What do you think?

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Gelly nails

I recently had my acrylics taken off (by taken off I mean ripped them off myself because I am in fact a poor student). To make myself feel slightly better I invested in some ‘Barry M Gelly hi-shine nail paint’. I never use topcoat either because I’m a bit of a novice to this beauty stuff, so I invested in some ‘Barry M basecoat, topcoat & nail hardener all in one’ polish. Both at £3.99 it works out a lot cheaper than regular acrylic infills! Plus the basecoat was great for filling in the ridges on my nails from the acrylics.

I’m quite impressed with the result but they are still slightly wet. Pair this with me being a clumsy person, it means I will be putting this varnish to the full test!

Have a look at the results

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