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Hey Lovelies,
I hope you're all well and that you had a good week! If you read my  recent How a Spendaholic Manages her Money post, you will know that I am currently on a spending ban. Luckily for me I have however collected 6 MAC empties which means that even though I am banned from buying things that I don't need, I was still able to go to MAC and collect a free MAC lipstick.
In case you are wondering what I am on about, the clever people at MAC run this fantastic scheme whereby if you collect 6 MAC empties and take them back to your local MAC counter or MAC store, you can exchange the empties for a free lipstick of your choice. Now being the savvy shopper that I am, I use this scheme as an excuse to buy 90% of my make up from MAC. Some may say I am foolish, but to be fair this is the 3rd free MAC lipstick I have got since I started blogging in August last year so I do think it's worth it. Anything for a free MAC lipstick, right?
Well let me start by talking you through the MAC empties I collected.
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This is a sheer finishing powder that is very finely milled and sets make up beautifully. This would always make my skin look flawless, minimise the appearance of my pores and stop my T-zone from getting too shiny throughout the day. This is only available in one colour and the powder looks white but it's translucent when you apply it. Some products like this can make your skin look ashy but I did not have that problem with the MAC Prep and Prime Translucent Finishing Powder. It's simply a brilliant product and if you've never tried this yet I would highly recommend it!
Would repurchase? Yes
Now if you read my blog or follow me on Twitter you will know that I am a bit of a MAC junkie. This is one of the very few MAC products I have ever tried that did not work for me. The MAC Studio Moisture Fix Lotion is a very light moisturiser that does not contain any active ingredients that combat fine lines and wrinkles. I also didn't find this product moisturising enough and my skin always felt really dry when I used it. I think this product would be perhaps more suitable if you are in your late teens and early 20s and suffer from very oily skin because it is so light. Sadly the MAC Moisture Studio Fix Lotion did not work for me and I'm glad it has now departed from my skincare collection. Needless to say I won't be replacing it.
Would repurchase? No
This eyeshadow is a lustre finish that was sat in my collection for the best part of 5 years. I loved this eyeshadow when I first bought it and wore it all the time but I ended up getting bored of it after a while and stopped using it. The colour is a silver purple and it reminds me a lot of Sidecar in the Original Naked pallet. I wouldn't say Idol Eyes is  a must have MAC eyeshadow. When I was having a clear out of my collection I found  the eyeshadow had crumbled so I threw the product out and used it towards my Back to MAC empties.
Would repurchase? No
I used to love MAC Blacktrack and it was my go-to gel eyeliner, but then I discovered the Maybelline 24 Hour Gel Eyeliners that are just as pigmented and long wearing as MAC Blacktrack but available for half the price. No further explanation needed
Would repurchase? No
This is by far the best concealer I have ever used. It's thick and creamy, highly pigmented and offers very high coverage. Perhaps not the best product to use for under your eyes but if you have any spots/blemishes/scares/moles on your face you want to cover up, then MAC Studio Finish Concealer is your best friend. I have yet to find a better concealer.
Would repurchase? Yes
 MAC Chattebox 
Now after much dithering at the MAC counter last Saturday, I decided to get Chatterbox as my free lipstick. I don't know about you, but I take choosing lipstick very seriously and spend ages swatching them all before I make my final choice. Originally I wanted to get MAC Coral Bliss after seeing it on Fisi from Oh Snap Babes's MAC experience blog post, but sadly my local MAC counter were sold out. I also tried on Candy Yum Yum which is the most bright Barbie pink lipstick I have ever seen. I did really like Candy Yum Yum, but decided that it was perhaps too bright for me and not the kind of colour I could wear to the office without people suspecting that I have an ulterior motive. Anyway, about 50 lipstick swatches later I decided to go for MAC Chatterbox.
 
MAC Chatterbox is an Amplified finish, which means they are very creamy and highly pigmented. MAC describe Chatterbox as a bright-red pink lipstick. The colour is very long-wearing and even though it is quite bright, it is still the kind of lipstick you can wear everyday and it's perfect for summer! I am happy to say I have added another MAC favourite to my lipstick collection.
Which lipsticks are you loving for summer?
Nuala xxx
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  1. Fab post! I am so looking forward to the day that I finish 6 MAC products although I am exactly the same as you when choosing a shade! I really like the prep and prime powder as well, although mine smashed and now is such a pain to use! Chatterbox looks so pretty, amplified finishes are deff one of my faves too :)

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    1. Thank hon :) I'm trying to downsize my make up collection that's the only reason why I'm using up so many products xx

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  2. Thanks for the mention lovely! So jealous of you, it'll take me ages to finish six products! :D Love the shade you chose though. I could send Coral Bliss over if you want, my local MAC still stocks it :) xxx

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  3. Love the colour you chose.. I only own 1 MAC makeup item.. an eyeshadow that I bought in a blog sale!! MAC scares me a little :( Too many options.

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    1. I know what you mean there's just so many pretty colours sometimes it's difficult to chose! xx

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  4. The colour looks lovely! I'm definitely going to purchase some new lipsticks and a new prep and prime (I love it) at the end of the month when I get my makeup done there :) xx

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    1. Ohhh bet it'll be lovely when you get your make up done at MAC they're so good there let me know if you do a post on it :) xx

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  5. I love Chatterbox, Oooh I must dig it out, great choice!! I know you like Hot Gossip, this is a bit pinker. I really like the Amplified finish as well. I've definitely failed at my supposed spending ban lol!! X

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    1. Lol I've seen you ordered some stuff from Sephora very jel! It's kind of been worth it for me cos I'm getting a new camera next month but not buying things was hard! xx

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  6. I have just depotted my mac shadows (have 12 empty pots), so I am hoping that I can take them back, but not sure if they will or not! only one way to find out :)

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    1. They should accept the free pots. How exciting you gotta let me know which lipsticks you get :) xx

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  7. Lipstick choices are very serious ones! I love Chatterbox, I bought it recently :D xx

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  8. Back to MAC is the best idea ever haha. Great shade you've chosen hun! I need to add more lipsticks to my MAC collection, I love the ones I have but going into the shop to find more shades is awful lol xox

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    1. Ha ha it is indeed though I dread to think what I've spent over the years just to get some free lipsticks ;) xx

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  9. I love back to mac, it seems to make spending money on mac products feel so much better! Chatterbox is a beautiful colour! :-) xx

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    1. I agree with you! I wish more make up companies would have a scheme like back to MAC :) xx

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  10. I love that MAC do this! I love the look of that lipstick, perfect shade for a pop of colour x

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    1. Me too:) Chatterbox is def the perfect shade of summer xx

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  11. This is a gorgeous shade of lipstick! Next time I'm in MAC I think I'm definitely going to have to swatch it!! xo

    Hannah xo | Glitter and Sparkle

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