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Beauty Breakdown Series - Fixer Upper

Hi Mavenz!

I like to call my method of application and the tools I use to achieve the look the beauty breakdown.
When I get the opportunity to relax and really enjoy doing my makeup, the results are always favourable. 
I absolutely love minimal. Clean even skin, a wash of colour on the eyes and a luscious pair of falsies. Lips? Moden Cosmetics of course!
So, here's the beauty breakdown for this look, which I created in about an hour. It can be done in a shorter time frame of course but then, why rush a good thing? Some people get massages, some people go fishing; I make my face up. Boom!


Eyes: L A Girl Pro Conceal Fawn MAC Studio Fix Concealer - NW40 Urban Decay Smoked Palette The Balm 'Nude Tude' Palette Inglot Gel Liner #77 Urban Decay Liner Pencil 'Perversion' Maybelline Great Lash 
Brows: Gabriella Pencil Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomades (Chocolate & Ebony) MAC Studio Fix Concealer - NW40 Anastasia #12 Spoolie & Angled Brush
Face: Estee Lauder Do…

#FlashbackFriday More Purple Lipsticks

Continuing from last month's purple swatch fest...

Pretty Zombie Cosmetics '3 Witches'

This shade has a considerable blue undertone which makes it very unique in my collection.


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick 'Como'
You can read about my thoughts on this formula here.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick 'L.U.V'

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine '19 Fuchsia In Rage'

ColourPop Lippie Stix 'Grind'

ColourPop classifies this as a matte formula but as you can see there's still some shine to it.


Sephora Cream Lip Stain '12 African Violet'

This is a lil more on the pink side than I expected.


M.A.C 'Feel My Pulse' (Cremesheen) LE

Free Spirits Cosmetics 'LolaPop'


M.A.C Pro Longwear Lipcreme 'Goes and Goes'


Maybelline Creamy Matte '681 Vibrant Violet'


Swatched in order of appearance
Have a great weekend Mavenz!

Stash Status: M.A.C Lip Pencils

M.A.C Lip Pencils...talk about a product I've gone back and forth about. My current view is if there's a unique enough colour that you like - that you're going to use often - get it. Otherwise they're plenty other affordable lip pencils on the market. P L E N T Y.

Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

Sigh. These are heart breaking. Excellent staying power on the lips but boy do they dry out in the packaging. At that point they're still usable but the application process is noticeably more difficult.

M.A.C says: "A new form of long-wearing lip pencil technology that saturates lips in rich colour. A new generation of long-wearing lip pencil technology. Glides on fluidly and adheres instantly. Defines the lips with an instant release of rich, saturated colour. The transfer-proof formula prolongs the hours between reapplication.

Key Claims and Benefits
Long-wearing, 8 hoursSmudge-proofTransfer-resistantNon-featheringProvides stay-true colour Usage

Apply directly to lips before …

Sheer Lipsticks

I often hear Beauty Vloggers say: what's the point of buying a sheer lipstick? I get that; they cost the same as the regular formula but you don't get that level of opacity. Sheer lipsticks have a very special place in my heart though. They're usually more moisturising and easier to apply. Where matte formulas can emphasize every line in your lips, their sheer counterparts make your lips appear more youthful and supple. The following are a few of the ones that I've tried.

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick 'Sheer Rapture'

From the first time I swatched this I knew it was love.


M.A.C Sheen Supreme Lipstick 'Bare Again' and 'New Temptation'

I think this is the product that really sparked my sheer lipstick interest. These are OGs...probably the earlier version of M.A.C's now permanent PatentPolish Lip Pencils.


Estee Lauder Kissable LipShine '03 Ibiza Kiss'

These are very similar to the Sheen Supremes; almost identical in fact. This light…

First Impression | M.A.C Vamplify Lipgloss

This sortta ting is precisely why 'New In' posts should be a staple on this blog.

Anyho, I'm finally bringing to you the products I picked up from the Vamplify Collection. A few shades are still available on M.A.C's website and local M.A.C counters.

M.A.C says: "A lipgloss infused with colour-boosting technology that’s loaded with pigments.

Our most dramatic lipgloss yet. Infused with a new colour-boosting technology, the formula is loaded with high-powered pigments that glisten with a delicious shine. One swipe loads lips with attitude, as a combination of lush natural oils – including coconut, sweet almond, avocado and sesame – polish with impeccable, moisturizing colour. The glossy colour wears comfortably for hours, for a look that comes on strong and doesn’t let go.

Key Claims and Benefits
Provides vivid colour and shineProvides instant and long-term hydrationSmoothes lipsFeatures a creamy formulaLong-wearingFeatures a comfortable formulaNon-bleedingNon-feather…

#LipSwatchWeek | New In

Lipsticks. Sigh.

That's something I can buy and put aside for a while before I get a chance to wear it for the first time. So I've decided to start these 'New In' post so at least a swatch can be out there on the interwebs. So not a review or a first impression post; just a look at the product against my complexion. Gotta represent for us black women. If you wanna keep up with my hauls check out my Keek profile.

Moden Cosmetics 'Muted'

I'm sure you would have seen Heidi's numerous swatches on Instagram. 'Muted' is currently the lightest nude shade in the range. If you're wary of the shade you can easily anchor it with your favourite brown lip liner.

'Muted' + Italia Deluxe Ultra Fine Lip Liner 'Chocolate'
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G 'Bitch Perfect'
This mini came in such a cute Christmas set and with that product name I couldn't resist. This could do with a brown lip liner too.

Too Faced Cosmetics La Creme Color D…