MAC Russian Red

So, I think my new thing is red lipsticks, I am so in love with this colour. Russian Red by MAC is a slightly matte, deep red and it’s my new all time favourite. I first dabbled with red lipstick earlier this year when I bought MAC Everyday Diva, which is a glossy, pillar box red. However, Russian Red suits my skin tone so much better, since I got it, it is the only lipstick I have worn, it has never been off my lips!

Despite being a matte colour, it is not drying at all. It is much easier to apply than Everyday Diva, as the colour does not bleed at all, which results in a much crisper and more defined Cupid’s bow. I also think the shade is sexier, even if I do say so myself!

I have been using MAC Cherry lip pencil as a liner with this shade, and it is a near perfect match.

Russian Red is available to buy here. Does anyone have a favourite MAC red lipstick? How about Ruby Woo? I’d be interested to hear people’s experiences of this, as I think it will probably be my next lipstick purchase.

Thanks for reading!

   Cupid’s Bow
 Russian Red

   Comparison with Everyday Diva
 In Durham


MAC Honeylove & Hover

I’m loving the current trend for beige / nude lips, so thought I’d give it a go for myself. I usually like to wear a muted lip tone anyways as I have quite full lips, I don’t like my daytime look to bring lots of attention!

I have been wearing the MAC Honeylove matte lipstick and Hover lip liner for about a month now and I really like the way they look with my daytime makeup. I have quite a prominent Cupid’s Bow and I think the using the Hover lip liner along with the lipstick really accentuates this.

The one thing I find about wearing a matte lipstick is that if your lips are slightly dry or cracked this will be highlighted, so it is important to have moisturised and exfoliated lips in order to pull off this product. Honeylove and Hover are available to buy on the MAC website and are both well worth the money in my opinion 🙂 thanks for reading!


Best foundation for oily skin

So I suffer from mega oily skin and I always have done. Ever since I was a teenager I have been looking for a perfect foundation/powder combo to keep my skin matte and shine free all day. Well lasses, at the age of 29 I think I’ve finally found it!

I had previously been using the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation in ‘honey’ along with the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in ‘soft honey’ as I had been told over and over that Bobbi Brown is the best cosmetics firm for black skin here in the UK. I liked the matte finish that the powder gave me but after a few hours I was having to top up with powder and every few hours after that. Also, I found the colour to be slightly too dark as I had to go a shade up due to the limited availability of colours in the Long Wear range. This fact coupled with hourly powder top ups often left me slightly orange by the end of the day, not a good look I’m sure you’ll agree. Although it was the best foundation for my oily skin I’d came across til that point.

Step forward Estée Lauder! My mate (and fellow West End Girl) Alison had raved about how good the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation was for a while, so after some umming and ahhing I thought I’d give it a go. I went along to Boots in Eldon Square and had my make-up done by a fellow Lucy at the Estée Lauder counter. I really liked the effortless, natural matte look it gave me and the colour match is perfect, the best colour match I’ve ever had on my long quest to find the perfect foundation. I went ahead and bought the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation and the Double Wear pressed powder both in ‘shell beige’ (which looks lighter in the bottle but goes on just right) and I can say I’ve never been happier with my make-up. I’ve had numerous compliments on it and it actually does what it says on the bottle – stays in place! It’s also slightly cheaper than the Bobbi Brown products as a bonus!

Have any of you got any tips for dealing with oily skin? Feel free to leave them in the comments, cheers lasses!