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16 Jul 2015

My MAC makeup haul

In under 3 weeks I am doing my friend Hannah's hair and makeup (and all the bridesmaids) for her wedding! EEK! Searching for inspiration and help, we went along to MAC in Southampton John Lewis for a makeup lesson. Hannah had to pay £30 for the lesson, but the cost was redeemable against items in MAC. The lesson was fantastic, we learnt so much about makeup, how to use it to bring out Hannah's gorgeous features and how to apply it in the most effective way (who knew a fluffy brush was better for applying concealer than a concealer brush!). We were taught by Roisin, one of the managers, and she was so friendly and knowledgeable, explaining each step and how we could do it at home with what we had so we could shop tactically. Roisin then found the time to match me to a foundation and did a huge makeup look for me, which enabled me to spend far too much money in MAC.

Here's what I bought

MAC Lip Conditioner, MAC Lipstick in Pink Pigeon, MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation in N2, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20,  MAC Casual Colour Blusher in Keep it Loose

After spending so much, I thought I'd feel terribly guilty, and I did for roughly 12 hours until I applied it again the next day. I LOVE these products. I feel so pretty wearing them and really confident in my skin and look. I thought I'd show you why.

Before, without makeup

And now, like every girl does, I'll put my hair into a knot on my head to apply makeup!

MAC Face and Body Foundation

This foundation is amazing. It's a really liquidy, almost watery texture but the more you buff it in, the more "airbrushed" it looks. You can apply it with your fingers or a flat topped brush and really work it in. The effect is light and shows your natural glow and skin through, but just perfected! I chose shade N2 which had a warmer tone than the C shades and is better for giving me some summery colour.

Pro Longwear Concealer

In case I or the other girls get a spot on the day, I had to buy this concealer. It's a perfect match for my skin and buffs in beautifully. You blob some on (the concealer comes out a pump which makes it anti-bacterial!) and buff it in with a fluffy, small brush

Concealed. A blank canvas for the colours!

MAC Lip Conditioner

As someone who suffers from dry lips, this product felt like a miracle. I put a tiny dot on my lips, rubbed them together and my lips were moisturised and plumped. I've been trying to drink more water in an effort to help my skin and hydrate my lips, but this is a great base for my lippie until I can get that sorted.

MAC Casual Colour

This is a cheek and lip colour and has a creamy consistency. You apply it with another flat top brush and work it into your cheekbones in small circles. It gives a lovely colour payoff and I love the glowy, dewy finish it leaves on my cheeks. I can skip the highlighter!

MAC lipstick in Pink Pigeon 

I was inspired to buy this lipstick by Pinterest (the biggest shopping enabler I've ever known). It's a clean pink, and halfway between Girl About Town which is a dark pink, and Candy Yum Yum, which is a chalky, highligher pink. It's a really easy to wear colour and is perfect for my birthday and a wedding reception outfit I have planned. I can't wait to wear it out.

Finally, this is the look all together!

So my love affair with MAC remains, forever and ever. I often buy dupes that I read about online but after buying two NYX dupes for Pink Pigeon and the real thing, I've found the real deal is worth forking more money out for. I'd really recommend a makeup lesson with the MAC girls, even if you think you're good enough to do makeup for a friend's wedding... Roisin was fantastic, although a dangerous person to talk to because she really helped me shop! It's really inspiring and I felt the team listened to what our personal makeup styles were, tailoring the lesson to suit both Hannah (who is scared of makeup) and me (who wears probably too much).

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