Posts Tagged‘MAC’

What to Buy from MAC

What to Buy from MAC

I’ve had a lot of conversations with readers and fellow beauty bloggers recently about where MAC fits into a market that is now so saturated with affordable (and not-so-affordable) high-quality makeup. There is no question that the brand was an industry trailblazer for many years and was the first choice for professional makeup artists and amateur beauty buffs alike. However, as the world of makeup and skincare has exploded in recent times, their offering has become less competitive and more expensive, which made me think: well, what is worth buying from MAC? It’s not really a question of quality or…

Review: MAC Warm Neutrals Eye Shadow Palette


If you follow us on Instagram you would have seen that I decided to treat myself to the MAC Warm Neutral Eye Shadow Palette a few weeks ago. This was not a spur of the moment decision, oh no, I had been wistfully staring at it for over a year before I took the plunge. The palette contains 15 warm toned (as the name would suggest) eye shadows, four of which are permanent and four of which are repromoted. There are three matte shades and twelve glitter/shimmer shades, all of which attracted me like a little magpie!

February Favourites: Camilla


This is going to be a very MAC-heavy favourites post, so apologies in advance for the lack of diversity! Jules and I attended the MAC Trends Presentation earlier this month and after seeing the glowing, dewy skin that Michelle-Lee Collins, their senior artist, created, I knew my life wouldn’t be complete until I could create that kind of skin for myself. So I went back to MAC the very next day and Gareth (V&A Waterfront branch) gave me the most magnificent, subtle make-over I’ve ever had, and I ended up buying almost all of the products he used on me (Gareth,…

MAC Trends Presentation Autumn/Winter 2015


On Monday night Jules and I attended an exclusive preview by MAC of the upcoming make-up trends for autumn/winter. The four looks presented to us by Senior Artist, Michelle-Lee Collins, were ‘Off Colour’, ‘Streamlined’, ‘On Reflection’ and ‘Unprocessed’. The focus of all four looks was to light the skin and and magnify the features – my kind of makeup! To create the perfect base for foundation, Michelle advised us to mix together Lightful Softening Lotion, some Mineralize Charged Water Face and Body Lotion and a few drops of the Prep + Prime Essential Oils (she calls it her ‘magic cream’) and to massage…

Thanks, Back to MAC!

Vegas Volt

I’m sure that Jules and I have mentioned the Back to MAC Program before, but for those who don’t know, it’s an initiative by MAC  to encourage the recycling  of their empty products. So, if you take 6 empty MAC products to any MAC counter or MAC Cosmetics online, you’ll receive a free MAC lipstick of your choice. Sweet deal or what?!  I recently saved up enough empties to cash in and get a free lipstick, and I decided on ‘Vegas Volt’, a brightened orange-coral with a creamy, opaque finish (it’s an amplified creme formulation). It immediately went onto my lust…

Beauty Battle: Sigma E25 vs MAC 217

MAC 217 vs Sigma E25 Comparison | All Dolled Up

If there is one essential beauty tool for perfect eye make-up, then it is the blending brush. They are characterised by fine, densely-packed bristles and a firm but slightly fluffy oval shape. Designed to soften the edges of your eyeshadow and seamlessly blend shades together on the lid, they can also be used to buff on concealer and for precision powder placement.

MAC Cosmetics Divine Night Preview Event

MAC Divine Night

On Tuesday night Jules and I attended the preview of the new MAC collection, Divine Night, at the V&A Waterfront. MAC describes the collection as follows: Divine Night captures the moment when flashing lights illuminate a flair for finery and limitless luxury that can only be described as divine. Gorgeous colours in rich finishes inspire an evening on the scene and to be seen. Enjoy yourself – past midnight, the darkness keeps the secrets. How fabulous, don’t mind if I do…

MAC’s New Online Store

MAC South Africa | All Dolled Up

If you follow us on Twitter and Instagram then you might have seen us mention the new MAC South Africa e-commerce store which went live last week. We’re both big fans of MAC but stock control has never been one of their strong points, so the fact that you can now shop online is music to our ears! It’s also so handy to be able to browse shades, formulations and prices without being bothered by a shop assistant. If you are a make-up newbie or don’t have any MAC products yet then these are the ones I would recommend checking…

Charlotte Tilbury for Dsquared2 SS14

Charlotte Tilbury for Dsquared2 Milan Fashion Week SS14

It’s safe to say that most of the make-up looks that come out of fashion week are either totally over-the-top and unwearable or so subtle and sophisticated that they would only really work for the supermodels among us. But every now and then you see something totally gorgeous and inspiring, and that’s what happened when genius make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury posted these pics on her Instagram account of the look she created for Dsquared2 at Milan Fashion Week. Inspired by 1950s Americana, Hawaiian summers and Elvis Presley, the look is total retro perfection. Skin was bronzed and glowing with arched,…