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Cohorted September 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on October 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’m a bit late with Cohorted’s September box – I’ve been so busy lately it’s unreal! Let’s take a look inside!

  • Cargo Land Down Under Palette, worth £35.00.
  • Percy & Reed No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo, worth £12.00.
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, worth £18.00.
  • Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in French Rose, worth £14.00.
  • MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara, 3ml worth about £7.00.

Total value of box = £86.00.

Ok so on first glance, I feel like this box isn’t too bad, but I must admit the Cargo Land Down Under Palette, being the main attraction feels a bit ‘same old’ to me. Cohorted have included so many different Cargo palettes over the months – it would have been nice to see a different brand really. If this is your first Cohorted box though, or your first with a Cargo palette, I think you’ll be happy. The palette itself is a lovely product. It contains a selection on 12 shadows, in mostly neutral shades with a couple bright summery tones too. There is also a black eyeliner pencil and a double ended brush included in the palette.

Next the Percy & Reed products. I haven’t tried this brand before so I was happy to find these in the box. The No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo is a ‘no frills’ dry shampoo that promises to soak up excess oil, cleanse the scalp and leave hair looking fresh and shiny. And the Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery Balm is an overnight treatment that you apply to dry hair before going to bed – then wash off in the morning. I love the sound of this as it’s supposed to help strengthen the hair and combat brittleness and breakage. I’m looking forward to trying this out!

The Kure Bazaar Nail Polish is a nice addition to the box too. Shade French Rose is a pretty pale baby pink – unfortunately though, I haven’t been able to unscrew the lid! I’ve tried a few times with no luck – does anyone have any tips for opening stuck nail polish bottle lids??

And lastly the MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara sample. I put the value of this as ‘about £7.00’ as thats what it works out at when you consider a full size tube at 8ml is £19.00. BUT – those that purchase from MAC will know that these samples are given free with your online orders, so I feel that this is kind of devalued because of that. I guess it depends how you look at it really! It’s a nice mascara though, and a great way to try a sample before you go for the full sized product.

So I think overall this box has been a bit hit and miss really – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed my post xx

MAC It’s A Strike Limited Edition Collection

Posted on August 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I have some gorgeous products from one of MAC’s latest upcoming ranges to share with you today – the It’s a Strike Limited Edition Collection is a really cute curated selection of products with a bowling theme. MAC have included a large selection of new as well as re-promoted products in the collection, including Lip Glasses, Eye Shadows, Nail Lacquers, and Fluidline Pens with play-on-words names related to all things bowling…

Head straight to the fast lane and have a ball with M∙A∙C IT’S A STRIKE! A range of lipstick and Creamsheen Glass IS RACKED IN RED. Rich Eye Shadow and Fluidline Pen shades will have everyone begging to join your league, while easy hues of casual colour are right up anyone’s alley. Prcatice a clean follow-through with three creamy colours of M∙A∙C Studio Nail Lacquer. Finally, knock them all down with the luminous allure of new Pearlmatte Face Powder.

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Ok so let’s start with the lip products. I have a Lipstick in Bowl Me Over and a Cremesheen Lipglass in Throw a Spare. There are seven lipsticks in the collection with varying finishes including Matte, Retro Matte and Dazzle. Bowl Me Over is a gorgeous and autumnal deep brown toned red, and the Cremesheen Glass in Throw A Spare is a bright blue toned sheer fuchsia with a sparkly pearl finish.

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  • Honeylove – light beige toned with rose (matte)
  • Flat Out Fabulous – bright plum matte (retro matte)
  • All Fired Up – bright fuchsia matte (retro matte)
  • Perfect Score – deep red (matte)
  • Bowl Me Over – deep burnt brown (retro matte) (online exclusive)
  • Liquid Lurex – tarnished gold (dazzle)
  • Babes And Balls – deep burgundy (matte)

CREMESHEEN GLASS
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  • It’s A Strike – soft nude pink
  • King Pin – deep chocolate mauve
  • Throw A Spare – fuchsia with pearl
  • Right Up My Alley – deep red
  • Spare Me – dark purple

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There are also six single eyeshadows in the collection. I have Bowlarama which is an intense lime green with a satin finish. Now I know this shade does look a bit out there, but you can easily sheer it out for a hint of colour, or of course wear it applied layered up if you’re feeling daring!

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  • Gutter Gal – off-white grey (matte)
  • Bowlerama – bright lime green (satin)
  • Bowl Out – mid-tone grey (matte)
  • 300 Game – blackened cherry (matte)
  • Join My League? – dark espresso (matte)
  • Carbon – intense black (matte)

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The Pearlmatte Face Powder (£24.00) has to be my favourite product though. Trophy has a fun skittles and bowling ball design, and this powder really does give the most beautiful sheen to the skin. Trophy contains four pearlmatte shades (top to bottom swatches above)  – a light lime green, a bright white, and a mid pink, which when swirled together, give a lovely light pink toned pearlmatte finish (bottom swatch)

There are also a few more products in the collection which I haven’t had the chance to try –

Fluidline Pen (£18.00)

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Vintage Brown – deep dark brown
  • Retro Black – black
  • Indelibly Blue – deep navy blue

StudioNail Lacquer (£10.00)

  • Rack ‘Em Up – cool deep khaki (cream)
  • 5 Pin – deep wine (cream)
  • Baby Split – sheer lime green (cream)

Casual Colour (£18.50)

  • 
Have A Lovely Day! – neutral nude
  • Blind Score – dirty reddish lilac

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The MAC It’s a Strike collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Star Trek Collection

Posted on August 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

It seems that MAC are really pulling out all the stops with their limited edition collections this year! The Star Trek collection celebrates 50 years of the iconic show, and to elebrate each of Star Trek’s powerful women, MAC will be releasing 25 limited edition products…

Spanning half a century, Star Trek and its loyal fans cross generations, influencing ideas and aesthetics of gender, race and intergalactic potential. As the sci-fi saga continues, delight in the beauty of exploration as M·A·C and Star Trek’s latest cinema generation join forces in an exclusive makeup collaboration of cosmically charged hues.

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“Star Trek is an iconic pop culture phenomenon whose storylines pushed gender and racial boundaries,” MAC creative director James Gager said in a statement. “For its 50th anniversary, we celebrate each of Star Trek’s powerful women in a transcending, transformational makeup collection.”

The collection contains a massive range of 25 products, inspired by Star Trek’s Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and the Orion Girl, Vina. It includes Lip Glasses and Lipsticks, eyeshadows, nail polishes and brushes to name but a few items. Let’s take a look at some of the products –

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Starting with the Trip The Light Fantastic Powder (£26.50) – this beautiful powder comes with a pretty marbled finish that you almost don’t want to touch! Strange New Worlds gives a lovely luminous peachy coral glow to the complexion.

  • Luna Luster – sheer wash of soft rose shimmer
  • Strange New Worlds – sheer wash of golden coral pearl
  • Highly Illogical – sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl

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I also have a Superslick Liquid Eyeliner, a Lipglass and a Lipstick…

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The Lipsticks (£17.00) come in four different shades, with frost and lustre finishes for a real sci-fi look! I have Kling-It-On, a sheer purple frost with a fine pink glitter – it’s a really unusual shade that I was initially quite unsure of, but I actually think it looks great on.

  • The Enemy Within – neutral gold shimmer (frost)
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before – pink with gold pearl (lustre)
  • Kling-It-On deep purple with fine pink glitter (frost)
  • Llap – icy rose champagne (frost)

There are also five Lipglasses (£16.50) in the collection – I have shade Set to Stun, which is a futuristic silver pearl shade, which looks great on its own, and also works well over darker lipstick shades.

  • Pleasure Planet – muted gold shimmer
  • Khaaannnn! – berry with red reflect
  • Set to Stun – light silver with gold pearl
  • Warp Speed Ahead – plum with blue and pink reflects

And I also have one of the Superslick Liquid Eyeliner’s (£17.50) – Now I’m personally not the biggest fan of liquid eyeliners, but I absolutely love MAC’s liners and Pure Show really is a must have! It’s a gorgeous shimmery golden shade, and once it dries it literally won’t budge all day.

  • On the Hunt – true black
  • Nocturnal – bright silver pearl
  • Pure Show – bright yellow gold pearl

There are also a load more products in the range which are definitely worth checking out –

Pressed Pigment Eye Shadow (£17.50) –

  • To Boldly Go – reddish copper pearl with sparkle
  • Midnight – cobalt blue with pearl sparkle
  • Bird of Prey – dark olive green pearl with sparkle
  • The Naked Time – taupe pearl with sparkle

Studio Nail Lacquer (£11.00)

  • Skin of Evil – yellowish green with black chunks (frost)
  • Holla-Deck – gold sparkle (frost)
  • Enterprise – silver chrome (frost)

Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash in black (£19.00), Lash in Wink of an Eye (£11.50), and brushes in 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush (£20.00) and 246 Synthetic Fluffy Eye Brush (£20.00)

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The MAC Star Trek collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC Brant Brothers Limited Edition Collection

Posted on July 27, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Ok I know what you’re thinking… WHO?? Well I must admit I didn’t know either. The Brant brothers will be more familiar to US readers, but to us in the UK, they’re New York based socialites, or ‘IT’ boys. Peter and Harry Brant are fearless lovers of fashion as well as beauty, and make for a fitting yet interesting collaboration with MAC Cosmetics…

Peter and Harry Brant, the young bon vivants of New York society, are the current toast of the fashion scene. Now, M∙A∙C teams up with them in a modern collection of products for the face, brows, eyes and lips.

The Brant Brothers collection includes both makeup and skincare – such as the Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel and Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream – all which are aimed at a unisex audience.

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First up we have the Eye Shadow x 4 in 4 Pillars (£27.50)

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This eyeshadow quad contains four neutral shades with matte, satin and pearl finishes –

  • Mother’s Milk – a soft matte beige satin.
  • Sandstone – a soft matte taupe matte.
  • Mystery – a muted plum-brown veluxe pearl.
  • Carbon – a intense black matte.

All the shades are wonderfully soft and easy to blend, and due to the shades being neutral and ranging from very light right through to intense black, you can easily create a multitude of looks with this palette.

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Next the Eye Kohl (£15.50) – this is available in three shades –

  • Smolder –  an intense black.
  • Paragon Pearl – a champagne gold.
  • El Dorado – a bold gold.

I’m a big fan of MAC’s eye pencils, and this Kohl i son exception. El Dorado is a lovely shimmery gold shade, that works well to add a pop of golden highlight to the eye.

I’ll also include details of the rest of the products in the collection –

Brushes –

  • 208 Angled Brow  (£18.00)
  • 163 Flat Contour (£31.00)

Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker (£19.00)

  • Boysenberry Blush – berry plum red
  • Bitten Lip – dirty coral red
  • Sunset Boulevard – coral brown
  • The Jamie – mid-tone red blue

Fluidline Brow Gel Creme (£16.00)

  • Neanderthal – deep, rich brown

Pro Sculpting Cream Duo (£26.50)

  • Climax – light white highlight
  • Crevasse – taupe contour

Brow Set Clear (£14.00)

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel (online exclusive £29.00)

Prep+Prime Natural Radiance (online exclusive £29.50)

Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (online exclusive £22.00)

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream (online exclusive £24.50)

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The MAC X Brandt Brothers collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC Good Luck Trolls Limited Edition Collection

Posted on July 25, 2016

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Hi Guys, happy Monday!

MAC’s latest limited edition collection is colourful, fun, and completely crazy – introducing MAC X Good Luck Trolls…

Hair we go! The wild-haired dolls of your youth bring their rainbow tufts, bejeweled bellies and lucky charms to M·A·C Good Luck Trolls — a crazy-hued collection as silly as the creatures themselves. From Lipglass in Bubble Butt to Eye Shadow in Suns Out, Buns Out and Beauty Powder in Glow Rida…being a troll has never been so glamorous!

This is quite a large limited edition collection, to collaborate with the movie which is being released later this year. The range contains Lipsticks, Lip Glasses, Glitters, Pigments and Brushes to name but a few products. Let’s take a look at a few items in the collection –

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Starting with the Lipsticks (£17.00) – there are four shades to choose from with differing finishes. I have Can’t Be Tamed and Midnight Troll above.

  • Can’t Be Tamed – sheer lime yellow (cremesheen)
  • Sushi Kiss – mid-tone coral cream (satin)
  • Dance Off, Pants Off – frosted hot pink (frost)
  • Midnight Troll – rich blue (matte)

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Ok so I can officially say I’ve never seen any lipsticks even remotely like these before. Firstly, the packaging is neon orange, which I absolutely love, and these shades are just insane! Can’t Be Tamed is a sheer lime toned yellow, and Midnight Troll is a gorgeous intense deep blue – I actually love this!

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Next the Eye Shadows and Pigments. The Eye Shadows (£14.00) are available in five shades again with differing finishes –

  • Paradisco – bright pinky-coral with pearl (frost)
  • Black Tied – black with silver sparkle (velvet)
  • Silly Vanilly – white with very fine silver glitter (satin)
  • Suns Out, Buns Out – mustard yellow with pearl (veluxe pearl)
  • Atlantic Blue – cobalt blue (matte)

And there’s only one Pigment (£17.50) in this collection –

  • Chartreuse – frosted chartreuse green

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I have the Eyeshadow in Silly Vanilly – it’s described as a satin white with a fine silver glitter. It’s actually a really nice true white shade, but I didn’t feel there was much glitter in it though.

But the Pigment in Chartreuse – now this really is gorgeous! Fans of MAC Pigments will know the fantastic colour payoff they give, the pigment formula is also super soft and blendable, making it a joy to apply.

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Next we have the Beauty Powder (£24.00) this is available in two shades –

  • Glow Rida – soft beige sheen with extra fine gold reflects
  • Play it Proper – pastel soft pink with sparkles

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Glow Rida is a gorgeous champagne beige with a golden shimmer. This would work wonderfully well as a highlighter on both the face and body.

I’ll also just touch on the rest of the products in the collection so you know what else to expect –

Lipglass (£16.50)

  • Bubble Butt – magenta with fine pink and blue glitter
  • Twerquoise – transparent sky blue with fine pink reflect SAINT GERMAIN light, cool pink
  • Glitter Grunge – sheer berry with extra fine silver sparkle

Glitter (£17.50)

  • Fuchsia – fine fuchsia glitter

Reflects Glitter (£17.50)

  • Reflects Transparent Teal – very fine reflective teal glitter
  • Reflects Purple Duo – very fine reflective violet glitter

Chromacraze (£17.00)

  • Tease And Thank You – bright cobalt blue
  • Good Luck Locks – bubblegum pink

Brush (£38.00)

  • 187SH Duo Fibre Face Brush

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These products are just perfect for fans of bright and crazy colours – of if you’re feeling brave and want to experiment with some daring shades this summer 🙂

The Good Luck Trolls collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC Eye Shadow Palette X 15 – Mellow Moderns

Posted on July 6, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I have a fab new MAC product to share with you today – this is the new Mellow Moderns x15 Eyeshadow Palette…

A carefully edited palette of 15 modern, neutral shades to create endless looks. The highly pigmented powder applies evenly and blends well. Can be used wet or dry. Available in a wide variety of textures and finishes.

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I’m really impressed with the shade selection in this palette – there’s enough neutral shades to create quick and easy every day looks, as well as some darker and slightly more out there shades to help you create heavier evening eye looks.

As with most pre-made palettes, there are always going to be a mixture of hits and misses – if you know of a palette where every single eyeshadow is truly amazing, please let me know!

Ok so let’s take a look at the eyeshadows row by row…

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  • Beaded – Light shimmery beige.
  • Goldmine – Gold shimmer with a frost finish.
  • Chains of Love – Bronze shimmer with a frost finish.
  • Cork – Golden brown with a satin finish.
  • Persuade – Mid cool toned taupe with a matte finish.

Out of this row, Chains of Love is just gorgeous. It’s really well pigmented, buttery soft and leaves a beautiful shimmer finish.

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  • Retrospeck – Light beige with a lustre finish.
  • Greensmoke – Olive grey with lustre finish.
  • Felt – Green toned brown with a satin finish
  • Print – Dark grey with a satin finish
  • Carbon – Intense black matte.

Row two includes muted steely greys, blacks and a mid brown. Greensmoke wasn’t too great in this row, it seemed to give a lot of fall out without being very pigmented. Felt, on the other hand was fantastic, giving a true intense pigment that was easy to apply and blend.

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  • Orb – Soft peachy-pink with a satin finish.
  • Luscious – Light bronze with a frost finish.
  • Soft Brown – Soft peachy brown with a matte finish.
  • Trax – Lavender-plum with a gold shimmer and velvet finish.
  • Plummed – Dark burgundy plum with a veluxe pearl finish.

The last row includes probably both the best and worst eyeshadows in the palette. Trax looked gorgeous in the pan – kind of a deep lavender with a fine golden pearl simmer, but unfortunately the colour just didnt translate on application. On the other hand, Plummed is just beautiful, both in terms of colour and formula, as is Luscious and Soft Brown too.

Looking at the price, this palette is £49.50 for 15 pans. And just to break things down, single MAC eyeshadows are £13.00 each and refill pans are £10.00, where you get 1.5g of product. The pans in this palette are 1.3g each, which is ever so slightly less product, but you’re getting 15 pans here for £49.50, making them only £3.30 per pan – which really is fantastic value for money.

Overall, this is a pretty decent palette, and definitely good value for money. There were a couple of shades here that weren’t quite as good as I was hoping, but over all it contains a beautiful range of eyeshadows, and it would make a fantastic every day palette for creating a multitude of looks.

The Mellow Moderns palette is £49.50 and available now at MAC.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC Future Forward: Tinashe Eyes X 9 Palette

Posted on June 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Following on from the Dej Loaf Lipglass, next on the blog from the MAC Future Forward collaboration range is the MAC X Tinashe Eyes X 9 Palette…

Tinashe’s exclusive Eye Shadow x 9 palette of steely neutrals and simmering night shades offers you countless, well-edited colour combinations with textures from matte to satin to frost. The saturated shades are packaged in a pocket-sized compact for portability. Online Exclusive.

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This is quite a dinky little palette, easily fitting in the palm of your hand – and therefore perfect for throwing in your makeup bag or handbag. Though I do love a palette with larger pans, there’s a lot to be said for a smaller palette that’s easy to travel with! The Tinashe Eyes X 9 Palette is described as a well-edited palette of steely neutrals and simmering night shades, and this palette contains nine eyeshadows ranging from a light green shimmer to a deep purple. Eight of the shades have a shimmer or satin finish, with one, Quarry – the middle taupe shade, being matte.

  • Gleam: Barely pinked gold (Lustre)
  • Midnight Sun: Shimmering mocha (Frost)
  • Revelry: Mauvey purple grey (Satin)
  • Vulnerable: Soft pearly purple (Lustre)
  • Quarry: Soft muted plumbrown (Matte)
  • Cork: Amethyst: Deep purple with pink pearl (Satin)
  • Flame: Mint silver shimmer (VLXP)
  • All Hands on Deck: Light green shimmer (VLXP)
  • Black Water: Black with gold pearl (Veluxe)

My favourite shade out of this palette has to be Midnight Sun, it’s a beautiful warm medium brown with a lovely satin sheen finish – this is a fantastic shade to wear in the crease for a lighter daytime look.

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The Future Forward Tinashe Eyes X 9 Palette is £25.00 and available now at MAC.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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