Monday, 15 January 2018

University: Is it the be all or end all?💕

University. A pretty daunting word, eh? A place that could make or break your future. The stresses of picking a course, and the potential heartache of rejection. How a place of ten letters could determine your future is scary. Spending years attending lectures, stressing over essays and fearing over exams. Sounds fun, am I right? In this modern society, young people feel pressured to go to uni and be successful after they graduate. Do they necessarily enjoy their course? No. Do they regret it? Perhaps. Once they leave school, they are automatically assumed by others that they will go to uni. But, uni is not for everyone.  

It seems these days that people apply for uni and just pick any course they fancy without considering it. Perhaps they feel pressured, or want to go to uni purely to say they go. Some young people feel pushed by their parents to go - it appears that these days, life is a big competition. It’s as though people want to brag about which uni their child, or children, attend, and their course. One thing that gets under my skin is the belief that in order to be successful in life, you must attend uni, despise every moment of it and graduate with a degree. Wrong.

You may be wondering what sort of perspective I’m writing this from, and I can tell you this: I am a young person living in society whereby I’m expected by others to go to uni however I have chosen not to. Uni doesn’t appeal to me. I could’ve got in, but I opted for college instead. These days, colleges are overlooked. They’re discarded. It’s sickening if I’m honest, because you can still do really well in life by attending a college course instead. I haven’t been greeted with half as much stress if I were to have went to uni. I am enjoying myself, and I am happy. Why would I go to uni just to brag about it when the option of going to college instead and I’m enjoying my course? I know what I’d rather.

After saying that, college and uni just aren’t for some people, and that’s totally cool; everyone is different. Some prefer to work full time from the minute they leave school, and there’s absolutely no harm in that whatsoever. Education may not be their thing whereas working is. They could have top grades from school but just don’t want to pursue them, yet they can still be happy in life, not to mention successful - they may start at the bottom, gradually climbing the employment ladder and end up at the top. How exactly do they get there? With four key ingredients; hard work, positivity, ambition and determination.

With that being said, some people know from an early age what they want to do as a career, and uni is the pathway for them to achieve this goal. Out of curiosity, I have looked at uni courses (I like to see the sort of entry requirements specific courses have at varying unis) and I often wonder to myself what job you will find post graduating with the degree. On the flip side, once people have graduated, they realise they wasted their uni years as they didn’t particularly enjoy their course and they don’t use their degree and spend their life doing something else. So when applying, considering the consequences is a crucial stage.

Two perfect examples for this topic are Richard Branson and Alan Sugar. Both are entrepreneurs who left school at sixteen and never went to uni, and to say that the two of them are successful is an understatement. They are a living proof that you don’t need a degree to do well in life; they worked hard and have every right to their millions that they have earned over the years. Sugar started selling electrical goods from the back of a van when he was sixteen, and Branson started up his own magazine, despite being told by his headmaster that he was a failure and wouldn’t get far in life. And where are they now? Living their best lives, minus a degree, yet are successful and making millions.

So, where exactly am I going with this post? It’s simply a reminder that you can be successful without uni and it isn’t the be all or end all. All of your friends may go to uni and you may go to college or work full time, but it doesn’t make them a better person than you. Don’t feel belittled because you don’t go, and don’t feel pressured to go to uni because it’s seen as the “norm” these days, or because everyone else is going. Make decisions based on yourself, for you and for your future. Across social media, I have seen people posting about their uni offers. For some people, this can be quite a crushing time because they’ve may not had any offers, or don’t have the grades to get in. Either way, you shouldn’t let someone else’s offers affect you. You do you, work for yourself and you will get somewhere. Trust me.

By no means am I saying don’t go to uni, of course it’s some people’s dreams to go and that’s fine. All I’m trying to get across is how uni doesn’t always mean success, and that alternative pathways do exist which may be more beneficial for you as an individual. Some people may really want to go to uni yet don’t have the grades to get in, so college is the route from them. Once they pass their course, they may be able to attend uni if they wish. Some go for both, not because they don’t have the grades to go to uni, but purely as a stepping stone, because they may feel there is too big a gap between school and uni.

Do I feel as though I’m missing out by not going to uni? Absolutely not. And I’m certain there are many more individuals out there who feel the same as me. You can be successful and you can do well in life without a degree. Just don’t rush into things because your friends are doing it. Take a gap year if needed. Prioritise you and think what’s best for you. Just because your best friend goes to uni doesn’t mean you’re not successful in life, and don’t ever base your success on someone else’s. We all take time.



Monday, 8 January 2018

Perfect Winter Highlighters💕

A change in season means time for a makeup rotation. I absolutely love digging through my makeup and bringing my A/W makeup to the front and putting my S/S items away. Berry lipsticks, darker eyeshadows, I'm calling you. As well as this, I like to change my highlighters. In the S/S, I use warmer toned highlighters but in A/W, I prefer a cooler toned highlight (it matches the weather better hahaha). Whilst rooting around my makeup, I decided to create a blog post with some of my favourite Winter highlighters and have picked out a stick, powder and liquid version.


theBalm Mary Lou || £18 - If the above image doesn't stress how much I love this highlighter, then I don't know what will. It's literally the most beautiful, dreamiest highlight ever which is sure to leave you glowing like a night sky. It's oozes pigmentation and even with the lightest hand, the glow is insane. It's a stunning gold toned highlight which isn't on the warm side at all, and is honestly a pale gal's best friend - it compliments my skintone so well. I could go on for days raving about this highlight, but to save boring you - read more here.

Natural Collection Highlighter Stick in Rose Glow || £2.49 - As you can tell, this highlight is definitely on the cool side and there's no denying it. Believe it or not, this stick delivers quite a glow indeed. Considering the size of the product, there is a lot of pigment in the little stick. It works well with my pale skintone, and is more on the natural side than Mary Lou. I find it a bit tricky to apply because I'm afraid incase it appears "streaky", so after applying, I always ensure to blend it out. If you want to find out more about these highlighter sticks, read here.

Seventeen Skin Wow Highlighter || £5.99 - Whenever I use a liquid highlighter, I tend to use it as a base, followed by a powder highlighter for intensity, however, this highlight is strong enough that this isn't always needed. Less is more with regards to this because the pigmentation is strong enough to blind people, it's incredible. I like to apply two to three dots on my cheekbones, then blend out with a damp beauty sponge. This delivers a more natural look whilst still glows like mad. It can be used as a primer however I would not risk this because a glowy primer and oily skin does not sound like a good combination to me, but it may work for you.

As you can imagine, I own numerous highlighters, but these are my favourite Winter highlighters. And, do tell me about yours!


Monday, 1 January 2018

Resolutions For 2018💕

I know I'm not alone when I say it's really satisfying that the 1st January 2018 is a Monday. An ideal time for a fresh start. I don't do this whole "New Year, New Me" thing because if you want to change your life at any point, then you can. I also don't tend to set New Years resolutions because I enjoy setting myself daily, weekly or monthly goals. I have decided that I am going to share a few of my goals which I hope to achieve by this time next year. These are just general because I personally break them down further to achieve them.
1. PHOTOGRAPHY: I feel this is a never ending goal for bloggers in general. I'm forever working on my photography, trying out new techniques to try and improve my photos. You may not know, but I enjoy photography out with my blog (cheeky plug but you can check out my work here and here). As of October 2017, I upgraded my camera to the Canon EOS 1300D (my first ever DSLR!) and I'm loving it so much so far.

2. SAVE: I'm not the biggest spender ever, I'm most definitely a saver, however, I've decided to save even more this year. I have a jar which I used to use to save my £2 coins and it builds up so quickly, and for some bizarre reason, I stopped, but I've changed my mind and decided I'm going to start saving them up again.
3. BLOG: I kind of slacked in the blogging department throughout 2017, it was completely unintentional; sometimes life gets in the way and that's normal. For 2018, I'm going to put in a lot of hard work. Although my blog is predominately beauty, I haven't been into makeup and all that jazz lately (who am I?!) which makes blogging hard - how can I review makeup if I'm not wearing it? I'm going to be steering my blog in a slightly different direction, incorporating more "lifestyle" posts. I'm not going to give too much away right now, I'd rather keep you on your toes! This also means posting more on my Instagram. I suck at that but I need to try more!

4. MOVE ON: 2017 was a pretty positive year for me. A lot of good things happened for me, which caused certain things to change slightly, but life happens. It taught me to move on, and don't look back and dwell. Which is for the best. It's my life so why wait around?
5. WORK ON ME, FOR ME, BY ME: Basically, I just want to work on me as a person. Improve. I find working myself with my own goals and intentions means I'm able to strive myself to achieve my dreams. Hustle guys, and keep going.

6. LANGUAGE: Fun fact, but I can speak French. By no means am I fluent in the language, but I know quite a fair bit. I do like French of course, and I intend to consolidate my vocabulary further, but since the Summer, I have been teaching myself Spanish! It may only be the basics but I'm definitely glad I made the decision to start because I've been enjoying it. Spanish is very similar to French, and I believe that this is why I've been picking it up quite well. Duolingo, you are my favourite app.

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2018!

What are your 2018 Resolutions?


xx

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

My Favourite Things About Christmas♥

Wednesday, 20th December. It's currently only five days until Christmas and I cannot quite believe it. I have failed miserably at this whole advent calendar thing (I didn't remember to do it every day, but in all honesty, who is the real winner here when I get about four days of chocolate at once?!) but December has honestly flown past. In general, 2017 has flown past. I didn't get quite as many festive posts up on here as I had hoped, but life has been busy lately. For my last festive post, and final blog post of 2017, I have decided to sum up my favourite things about Christmas.

Festive blog props - You know I love my blog props as it is, but I love the festive aspect of it. Instead of my typical white background, I've loved using wrapping paper or gold tissue paper to give the festive vibes. For this blog post, I decided to use artificial snow in the photos, and although it looks cute, it was extremely messy! Tinsel and baubles have came in handy too, and they look pretty too!

Glitter - I have an eye for all things pretty, and sparkly, throughout the year, but glitter occurs more frequently throughout the festive period, and I love that. Glitter exists everywhere, from Christmas cards to gift bags, and makeup to decorations. Glitter is messy as hell, but it just makes everything ever so festive!

Christmas Music - Give me all the Christmas music and I will instantly become Mrs Clause. Christmas music has been played non-stop in my work, on the TV and on the radio (not to mention being played on repeat on my Spotify!) Nothing beats the old classics. My top three includes "Fairytale of New York", "Last Christmas" and "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". I mean, new releases are alright but nothing will beat the old songs.

 Christmas Markets - I went to the Christmas Markets one day with my best friend Emma, and it made such a cute day out. I, of course, was in my element taking photos of everything, and the food smelt incredible. I didn't actually buy anything but I just enjoyed the day out. We really wanted to go on the Ferris Wheel but it wasn't even open! Unfortunately it was raining but we didn't let it ruin our festive vibes!

The Joy - Have you ever noticed that people seem to be happier around Christmas time? I mean, after all it is the season of happiness isn't it? There's always more of a buzz around Christmas time, and I love it; I just wished it occurred more often. Oh, I wish it could be Christmas everyday purely for this reason!

As Christmas is on Monday, I will not be posting. Instead, I shall be spending the day with my nearest and dearest, aka my family. I wanted to take this quick moment to say that I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and a Happy New Year. Blogsallbeautyy shall be returning on the 1st January 2018 with new energy and exciting content. I may be straying away slightly from the whole "beauty" thing because I have a lot of topics which I wish to write about, and I love writing. After all, it is my blog and they are my rules!

Merry Christmas!


Monday, 18 December 2017

Christmas Lips 2017♥

Christmas and red lips are a match made in heaven. I swear the only time of the year I wear red lips is during Winter/Christmas. For someone who rarely even wears red lips all year round, I sure as hell have quite the collection. I do have a few favourites though that I always reach for regardless, but I try to mix it up a little. Last year I opted for a few different options (read post here) so I've mixed it up this year to share a few of my other favourites.

Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick || Shade: Rule Breaker || £4.99 - I'm pretty certain that this isn't the first time that I've featured this lipstick on my blog because I remember when I first got this lipstick, I was head over heels for it. And I'm darn right to be. It's a beautiful, vibrant berry lipstick which is creamy when applied but has quite a matte finish when applied. I find that it tends to last quite a long period of time before needing topped up too. It doesn't feel drying whatsoever on my lips and is sure to make a statement.

Mac Cosmetics Lipstick || Shade: Diva || £16.50 - I'm not going to ramble on too much about this lipstick as it's been featured before. It's a gorgeous deep, vampy berry shade with a matte formula. By no means is it drying and it's staying power is immense; it doesn't smudge easily at all and I can even eat without needing to reapply. It looks beautiful against my pale skin so I could imagine it suiting a wide variety of skintones.
(Read more here).

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick || Shade: Caprice || £25.50 - This lipstick is more on the high end scale however I am aware some people enjoy splurging out on their lipsticks, or like to treat themselves. Either way, it's a gorgeous lipstick. It applies so evenly on my lips and is a true, vibrant red. As it's so vibrant, it certainly is a bold lipstick which doesn't lack pigmentation.
(Read more here).

Lancôme Matte Shaker || Shade: Red'y In 5 || Price: £19.50 - In my opinion, the matte shakers did not receive the same amount of hype as the original juicy shakers did, and I cannot understand why because I prefer the matte shakers. These honestly ooze pigmentation, it's insane. This red is a bright and bold red, and perhaps more on the warm side as oppose to the cold side in terms of undertones. When applied at first, it appears glossy but one it has dried a bit, it definitely looks matte, yet doesn't feel any different on the lips compared to when it was first applied.
(Read more here).

Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream || Shade: Rosie || £2.99 - You are guaranteed to have heard of the NYX Lip Butters. Well, think of this Collection one as a cheaper alternative. It's a beautiful, rich red which is creamy and has a decent staying power. It dries on the lips, but doesn't feel drying whatsoever.
(Read more here).

These are my options for Christmas this year. What are yours?


PS - keep an eye out for a special announcement on my Facebook page!

Monday, 11 December 2017

A Festive Makeup Look♥*

For me, Christmas makeup is just glitter, glitter and more glitter. Could I be any more right? Alongside this, I love dark lips - berry shades and reds, come at me! I also like to make my makeup a bit more defined by rocking a stronger contour and sharper brows. Some people go all out on Christmas Day with their makeup (aka me) whereas others knock about wearing none, and both are totally cool. I've created a rather festive makeup look and decided to share it with you.

BASE
Primer is an absolute essential for me any time I wear foundation. I've opted for the Primark Primer Water which is a steal and a half at £2 if you ask me. It's incredible as it does work. At first, I did worry it would be a gimmick product but my foundation is kept in tact so well. I find it exceptional at this time of year because my skin can become dull and lack hydration so this provides hydration to my skin whilst keeping my makeup in place. 

I tend to choose a foundation over BB cream during the festive periods because I like the whole "high coverage" idea, especially if I'm going for a full face of makeup, and this is why the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation* is your friend. Whilst it delivers a high coverage finish, it also feels lightweight and won't clog your pores. It has such a perfect finish and blends out so effortlessly. I have the shade 05 Porcelain (the lightest shade) and it is quite a good match for me. I find that I only need to use one layer of this foundation however if you do require extra coverage, it doesn't become cakey at all. It works really well with the above primer.

Dark under eye circles or spots ruining your look? No need to worry. Although the Vichy foundation has quite a high coverage, sometimes you just feel the need for a little extra coverage. MUA Hide & Conceal Stick works perfect for concealing those little imperfections. It is creamy which makes blending so effortless you don't even realise that you're doing it. I don't require a lot of this product though because it conceals so well for the price.

Of course you got to set it all in place. Instead of your regular setting powder, I've went for this Vichy Dermablend Translucent Setting Powder* which is a loose powder. Yes, it is VERY messy but the results are definitely worth it. I always have the fear that my concealer will crease so I like to use this to "bake" beneath my eyes. I find that using a loose powder looks nicer as a setting powder rather than pressed powder because it doesn't look "packed" or "cakey", instead it leaves you with a flawless, air brushed base.

EYES
How pretty is this palette? It's the Makeup Revolution "Flawless" Palette which comes with a whopping 32 shadows - so many pretty colours to "ooh" and "aah" over, and so many makeup looks to create! To start, I quickly dusted a light brown shade through my crease (first row, second shade from the top). Following this, I went for my usual - gold - all over my lid (fifth row, second shade from the top) as my first sort of "base" colour. I started to make the outer corner darker and deeper and to do this, I combined two different shades (fifth row, bottom shade and third row, bottom shade) to darken the eye look. I also used a highlight shade (second row, first shade) to make my eye pop and appear more awake. Using the same shade as earlier for my outer corner (third row, bottom shade), I smudged this along my lower lash line just to bring the whole look together and give some colour to this part of my eye.

If I'm going all out with my makeup, OF COURSE I've got to do eyeliner. For liquid liner, I've been loving the Miss Sporty The Miaow Liquid Liner. I personally prefer to use a felt tip liner therefore I feel I can use this liner pretty easily (I say the word easily lightly because I still struggle to do my eyeliner haha). I went for a simple flick for this look as I felt it worked well with the eye look. It leaves a true black line which doesn't smudge and isn't watery or weak in the slightest. I used some kohl pencil on my waterline and just used the MUA Kohl Pencil which even though it's just a black eyeliner, it does have hints of glitter throughout it.


I combined two mascaras because I wanted ultimate definition, plus I didn't have any false eyelashes and a gal had to improvise. For length, I use the L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara* because it really lengthens my lashes. It's not too wet nor dry and doesn't clump my lashes together, meaning it's perfect to use as a layer mascara. As for my second mascara, I chose the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara* because it delivers A LOT of volume, seriously. It doesn't make my lashes appear clumpy in the slightest, and makes them look SUPER dark!

BROWS
I'm the biggest brow amateur around, so I don't do anything too fancy with them. Simply, all I do is fill them in with this Collection Instant Brow Pomade which couldn't be any easier to use. It's so pigmented that a small amount goes a long way. It helps me to create strong, defined brows in a sake of a few minutes.

CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHTING
If I wear a full face of makeup, I tend to contour then - I don't contour on a day to day basis cause ain't nobody got time for that! - but when I do contour my face to the max, I always cream contour. I like this Primark Cream Contour Kit which I managed to pick up for a cheap £3. It contains a wide variety of shades to use as you please, and whatever suits your skintone. It's so creamy meaning that blending is a dream, and there's no tugging and pulling at your skin. The results are amazing. My cheekbones are instantly defined in a chiseled way, and it's almost subtle in the way that you cannot see I have contoured as the product blends out that much.

As I have already said, Christmas for me is all about glitter, so you can imagine that I probably go mad, or perhaps overboard, with the highlight (nothing new there). The Makeup Revolution Highlight Palette in Highlight is one of the best options available on the high street. Personally, I like the first white shade because it's blinding and sure to make a statement. Because I'm pale too, it works so well with my skin. It's also extremely pigmented too so go MAD with the highlight. I tend to highlight the tops of my cheekbones and the cupids bow.

LIPS
HELLO BERRY LIPS. As you could probably guess, I have quite a stash of red/berry lipsticks, but the one I settled for is Mac Diva which is a beautiful, matte lipstick. It's so striking and bold, and is sure to make a statement, regardless. If I was to pick a lipstick that summed up Christmas/Winter, it would be this one. The staying power is phenomenal; I can eat and it stays put.


Have you got a festive go-to makeup look?

*PR Samples

Monday, 4 December 2017

A Gift For That "Tricky" Someone♥*

Candles are my weakness. I don't know how many of them I have lying around and stored in boxes, and if I'm honest, I don't want to know either. Why do I own so many? Because they're pretty, smell nice and make such good blog props. When it comes to gifts, I find that candles are a good idea. People may bash them around and say that they're the "easy" option, however, more thought goes into them than you'd think - you get personalised ones, and also need to take the scent into consideration. I don't know about you, but every Christmas, there is always a "tricky" person to buy for - admit it. 

Crabtree and Evelyn have my heart when it comes to their body products. I didn't actually realise that they did homeware items such as candles, mainly because I get majority of my candles in Primark etc. They very generously sent me out their Mini Red Berry & Fir Candle* to feature on my blog and when I saw the packaging, I instantly loved it. A copper candle? Could I be any more cliché? It came packaged in an adorable red box which screamed festive at me, and when I opened the box, the scent of this candle hit me right in the face. Literally. If I were to pick a candle that summed up Christmas, it would have to be this one. I could just imagine being curled up on a cold, Winters day watching Christmas movies with a hot chocolate and this candle burning in the room. Ah, bliss.

Personally, I just keep this sitting on my bedside table because it's just so pretty! I feel guilty for burning candles, especially when they're really pretty. For this miniature size, the average burn time is 16 hours (the large version available here for £42 has an average burn time of 40 hours), meaning that even the miniature will burn for quite a long time. Even Crabtree themselves state under the product specification that this candle would be the perfect gift or stocking filler. 

I cannot imagine how anyone could not be happy to receive this as a present. I was hooked with the packaging, but the scent itself seriously has won me over. 

Have you ever tried this candle? What's your favourite candle (or candles!)?

*PR Samples

Monday, 27 November 2017

Lee Stafford Blow Dry♥*

I do slack when it comes to hair. Sometimes I just simply cannot be bothered, and there's just no excuse for it. I have quite thick hair and the drying process can be lengthy. I need to blow dry it or else it just WON'T dry, literally. I'm always up for trying out new products, and if they claim to help blow drying time, then sign me up ASAP. When the PR from Lee Stafford contacted me about trying out their Air (or Blast) Dry range, my answer was pretty obvious to say the least.


Lee Stafford Air (Or Blast) Dry Foam* || £7.99 - When it comes to using hair products, I look for three things - A) They smell good, B) They don't make my hair greasy and C) They actually work. When it came to using this foam, I was unsure at first as to how much to use, so I used one pump. It turns out that due to how long and thick my hair is, I can get away with using two pumps. It's a lightweight formula that doesn't weigh my hair down nor does it feel sticky. My hair soaks up the product well and doesn't tangle it at all. It has the exact same scent as all of the other Lee Stafford products, making it a recognisable, distinct smell which I cannot help but love. It claims to reduce frizz but I cannot comment on this because I don't tend to experience this but I can tell you that my hair looks lush and shiny after blow drying; plus, it smells amazing and feels super soft. I believe that it makes my hair feel quite hydrated after using too!

Lee Stafford Air (Or Blow) Dry Cream Lite* || £7.99 - I find it hard judging how much product to use when it comes to a tube - with a pump I know how many pumps to use, and with a spray, I know that the product is dispersed anyways and that I don't need that many pumps. I've figured that I only need a small amount, like a 10 pence piece. I just rub it on my hands and run it through my hair using my fingers. Much like the previous product, it leaves my hair so shiny and soft post blow drying. It acts as a heat protector so that's a bonus in my books. It claims to moisturise, soften, smoothen and enhance shine, and I think that it has achieved all of these. It has the same scent as the foam, so does it get much better?

Typically it takes me between 5-10 minutes to properly dry my hair, but I think that using these maybe cuts it down by 2-3 minutes. Although it's not drastic, every minute counts - because drying your hair seriously is a chore.

I love numerous things about Lee Stafford products, including their pink packaging (I'm a girly girl at heart), the divine scent and how affordable they are compared to some high end products yet work incredibly well. There are a few ranges available meaning there is always something available for someone.

Have you tried this range from Lee Stafford? What was your experience like?

*PR Samples

Monday, 20 November 2017

Fashion Faux Pas♥

Oh haven't we all been there? A massive makeup error? Or a fashion boo-boo? No, we might not ever live it down, but we sure as hell can learn from it. I've been there with regards to makeup, wearing lipsticks that I wouldn't even give a second look at today. Goodness knows what possessed me at the time, but now I know what I like but also suits me too. I do love a good nude lipstick, but I'm always careful not to end up with "concealer lips". I had £16 left on my Mac voucher, and I had to spend it before it expired, so I figured what else would one spend their leftover money on rather than a new lippy?

 "Don't you already own that shade?" No, no I don't. I may own similar but I do not own this exact shade. Just look at the shade - it's called Faux, and it's so beautiful. It's on the slightly deeper, darker side for a nude lipstick, but you know, it works. It's a satin finish meaning it's not drying whatsoever and is uber creamy. Comparing it to Mehr for example, it has a warmer undertone which is more on the pink side, whereas Mehr has a cooler undertone with a red/brown side. How it looks swatched on my hand compared to my lips are two very, very different things. Although it can look gorgeous on the back of my hand (alongside the 20 other lipstick swatches, may I add), I was worried that it may not compliment my skintone. I guess I was wrong this time. It looks stunning against my pale skin, and it looks brilliant paired with a natural makeup look as it adds a little something to the completed look, but also works so well with a bold look as it completes the overall look without being "too much".

The lipstick comes in the usual Mac packaging, which I can't help but adore. I don't know if it's just because it's Mac's signature trade, or if it's because I love simplicity and minimalism. Maybe both. Much like my other lipsticks, it has a beautiful scent, which I can't quite pin point but it does remind me of sweets. Due to the classic finish, this lipstick looks fantastic sitting in my lipstick holder, sitting alongside my other two (I've got a miniature collection, but everyone's got to start somewhere, right?)

Once again, I have not been let down by Mac - you are the real MVP.

Any Mac lipstick (or product!) recommendations?

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