Hope you've all been well! If you were a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed that it's been a while since I posted anything on Dolled Up London. I'm not going to try and find a fancy excuse for this. The simple truth is that after just over a year of blogging, I got bored and decided to give myself a bit of an extended break. Lately however I have been thinking more and more about returning to my blog as I missed it a little. So after much deliberation, I have decided to come back, albeit with a few minor changes. My blog will now hopefully be a mixture of lifestyle and beauty, and I will try to post once a week. I'm also planning a blog redesign to reflect this change so do keep a lookout for that and let me know if you know of any good but inexpensive blog designers. My blog name however will stay the same as it took me ages to come up with it and I still do really like it!
Anyway, I decided to mark my return to blogging with a Back To MAC post. (I'm back, Back To MAC, get it??).
I know not everyone is familiar with the Back To MAC scheme. For those of you who don't know, it means that once you have 6 MAC empties (excluding empty refill pans and pencil eyeliners I believe), you can return them to MAC and exchange them for a free lipstick. I personally love this scheme and it has helped me justify countless MAC purchases over the years.
So without further ado, here are my most recent 6 MAC empties and my thoughts on them!
I've been using the MAC brush cleanser for as long as I've been cleaning make up brushes. Not only does this product do what it's designed to do, but you can also use it towards your MAC empties. I have already repurchased this and will probably continue to do so until someone invents self-cleaning make up brushes. (Now wouldn't that be nice...)
Now this particular product has been sitting in my make up collection for much longer than it should so I decided to use it towards my Back to MAC empties. Make up after all has a shelf life and there is no point in clinging onto products for over 5 years (gross I know! *hangs head in shame*), especially if you own as much make up as I do! This is a lovely lipgloss in a very nude wearable colour. It does feel a bit sticky on the lips mind. However that's something which I personally don't really mind because I find that sticky lipglosses can also be longer wearing than non-sticky ones.
This concealer is definitely up there in my list of all time favourite concealers. It's highly pigmented, you can use it under your eyes as well as on blemishes and it is very long wearing. It comes in 16 different shades which is very impressive for a concealer! My only slight niggle about this product is that you have to be very careful with the pump, otherwise you can very easily end up dispensing more of the product than you actually need. That said, I still love this concealer and I will definitely repurchase it!
I'd say Satin Taupe is one of those classic MAC eyeshadows which everyone who loves a MAC eyeshadow (and let's be honest - who doesn't!!) should try. I would describe Satin Taupe as a mushroomy-taupe colour (if that's even a word). It looks beautiful on blue eyes but other eye colours can also carry it off. My eyes are brown and I always loved wearing it blended through my crease. I am pretty sure Satin Taupe will make it's way back into my eyeshadow collection at some point soon!
I love cream eyeshadows and I never apply eyeshadow without using a cream shadow as a base. Bare Study is a lovely champagne colour. Painterly is a skin coloured cream eyeshadow. Unlike Bare Study, Painterly is completely matte. I owned both of these paints for well over a year and neither of them dried out, and just like Satin Taupe I am certain both of these paint pots will make their way back into my make up collection at some point in the near future.
Well, those were my 6 MAC empties, and now for the big reveal... which lipstick did I go for! The weather has been pretty miserable here in the UK lately (ie. freezing cold), so I decided to cheer myself up by going for a bright summery shade: MAC Morange.
This lipstick is very pigmented and feels lovely and creamy on the lips. MAC describe this colour as a "Loudmouth Orange", and I agree with them. I think MAC Morange will look amazing in the summer with a tan. However as summer feels like it's still a lifetime away at the moment, I might just slap on some fake tan; a bit of MAC Morange and pretend I am lying on a beach somewhere hot and sunny drinking cocktails. Well, one can but dream haha!
Anyway, I know everyone loves a good swatch, so here you go! As you can see, the colour is pretty orange but it is still very wearable, especially if you like going for a bold lip, and lately I have been finding that orange makes a nice change to the classic red!
Well, that's all from me for today! I hope you've enjoyed reading this post, and I'd love it if you left me a comment down below letting me know what your favourite MAC lipstick is as I am always on the lookout for new shades I can add to my collection.
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