5 Little Gems from… MAC Cosmetics

It’s a cliche but it’s true; a lot of my make-up staples are from MAC. For me they’re reliable, long lasting and – above all – really versatile.

Here are five of the things that I’d recommend for a first time buyer or, indeed, any make-up enthusiast to stock up on…

Pigment in Vanilla, £17.00
A little pot of magic that I discovered from the girls at Peaches and Cream, this is without a doubt the best skin highlighter. Period. Dust along cheekbones for an inimitable dewy glow. I’m highlighter crazy and use them all the time, but this is the one that I simply can’t top. You can also mix this with a matte lipgloss or lipstick to give it a pearly finish. Note: don’t be put off by the very white appearance of the pigment. When blended it softens into a creamy, golden shimmer.

Pigment in Vanilla

Eye Shadow in Mulch, £12.50
Often, you hear women describing the lovely ‘smoky eye’ that they want. In my experience, every single woman is thinking of something different when she says this. But Mulch, a chocolatey, shimmering brown, is one of those ‘smoky eye’ shades that we’re all kind of referencing when we say we want this. Blend softly in the socket and pack heavily onto the lid for a warm, flattering smoky look.

MAC Eye Shadow in Mulch

217 Blending Brush, £18.00
Speaking of smoky eyes, the key to mastering them is all in the brushes. Take a neutral, flesh-coloured matte eyeshadow on your 217 and blend fluffily into the contour of your eye. The wide, fluffy bristles will create a soft, graduated contour to soften the edges of your chosen lid shade.

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Brush Cleanser, £10.00
For most of my brushes, a simple warm wash with a nice shampoo is my chosen cleansing method. But when it comes to foundation brushes, soapy water just won’t cut it. A dose of this Brush Cleanser alongside your usual warm formula will help to melt away every last trace of foundation from a base brush, leaving brushes completely clean.

Brush Cleanser

Pigment in Melon, £17.00
In the summer, nothing says golden goddess like this peachy gold pigment. The slightly orange undertone makes blue eyes pop like no other, and darker skin tones may favour this as a golden highlighter more so than the Vanilla. Either way – a multi-use dream.

Melon Pigment MAC

What are your favourite products from MAC? Find me at my new Twitter handle – @MixedGemsBeauty – and let me know.


Peaches and Cream do Bombay Dreams

A special celebration for the 100th anniversary of Mixed Gems!

Today at work, Kate happened to bring in her old portfolio from when she was at college. It was filled with all sorts of whimsical makeup concepts as she had trained in theatrical makeup. Seeing such unusual photographs led me and my co-worker- little Katie- to enquire about how these theatrical concepts translated to the every day makeup that we provide our customers. This prompted Kate to show us this beautiful photograph of her when she had done her makeup in the style of an Indian bride, and we were desperate to learn the look for ourselves.

Kate began to demonstrate this look by using lots of bright colours on little Katie. In particular, she found Limecrime eye shadow to be useful as it is easy to apply and comes in an array of striking colours, but she also used MAC Pigments to complete the look.

Next, Kate used a thick black liquid liner, mascara and jet black lashes to give shape to the look. With this bold outline in place, the colours were now framed beautifully and Little Katie’s Eastern makeover was underway.

After adding some gems, a bindi and contouring little Katie’s face, her makeover was complete. Doesn’t she look every inch the Indian princess? She looked so lovely that I began to feel envious, but fortunately Kate reached for her brushes at that very moment and before I knew it…

… I had been transformed too! Kate made a few minor adjustments in her colour choices to compliment the fact that my skin was so much fairer, and Katie and I were now a double act in role.

As we worked today, I told the girls how excited I was to blog about this makeover. Today, you see, is my 100th blog post, and so I was glad it was such a special day for makeup! Pondering this information, little Katie and I began to be consumed by the Bombay Dreams soundtrack that we had been blasting for hours to enhance the transformation process. How better to celebrate one year of words with one hilarious video? Without further ado, I present to you an exclusive performance from me and little Katie, now THIS is what we like to call getting into character at Peaches!

Peaches and Cream do Bombay Dreams

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been reading my blog for these last 100 posts! It is lovely to find all of your comments and feedback and I really love writing my Mixed Gems. My new resolution is to create more video blogs so please continue to read as Mixed Gems will hopefully be getting bigger and better. Love from Rose xx

“We are obsessed with makeup!” – AMZI Cosmetics

 AMZI Cosmetics
Exclusive interview with founder Angie Muldoon

I was devastated the day that I first met Angie Muldoon.

The day in question was a lovely Sunday afternoon and so I decided to pop along to Leaf on Bold Street to visit my good friends, the girls behind Pillbox Vintage, as they held their Retro Sundays at Leaf vintage fair. As I sipped my cappuccino and tottered around the stalls, I noticed a new smiling face among the sellers. The very day that I had arrived with just enough money for a coffee and some cake, Angie was parading her amazing range of products, from MAC to Benefit to theBalm, and I was unable to delve into her makeup bag. You name it, she had it – mascara, blusher, eye-shadow, glitter… it was like taking candy from a baby! Nevertheless, Angie and I got talking about all of her favourite cosmetics and she even told me about the new online boutique she was soon to be launching. As well as stocking her own brand of AMZI Cosmetics, Angie would be selling lots of her favourite established brands and picking and choosing her personal favourites to ensure ultimate customer satisfaction.

After sincere disappointment that I had missed my chance to replenish my makeup bag with some AMZI essentials, I was delighted to hear that the AMZI Cosmetics website had finally launched the other day! Too excited to keep the news to myself, I asked Angie to tell me her Top 10 products and why she loves them so much. Here’s what she had to say…

AMZI According to Angie

Having a cosmetic website and my own brand of cosmetics gives me incredible choice when it comes to my own makeup bag. I could tell you that I only use my own brand but I am not going to do that. Like everyone I have my favourites, and sometimes I get bored and fancy a change. This is what I am using at the moment.

 Amzi Cosmetics Dual Mineral Foundation
What I love about it is firstly it stays on like you can’t believe and I have oily skin which would usually look shiny by lunch time but not anymore! I use this foundation by applying it directly onto the sponge but if you wanted you could wet the sponge and this would give you a dewy finish.

theBalm: Cabana Boy
I love the colour, a raspberry pink, and it also has a slight shimmer to it. The packaging is so cute and retro, and the magnetic clasp means it won’t open in your bag. I think it’s just the right colour of pink – I would say most days I wear Cabana Boy.

Urban Decay

I use this 24/7… the pencil is getting small now that I have sharpened it and used it so much! The best thing about 24/7 is that is so soft and just glides on and, yes, it stays put.

 GWP Estee Lauder Mascara
This is will surprise you, I am using a GWP Estee Lauder mascara. I sell them on the website and, although they are only small, the brush is amazing. It’s a slim brush that really lets you get in-between all of your lashes and gives you such a full, false lash effect.

Eye shadow
AMZI Cosmetics Eye Shadow
I am so happy with my AMZI eye shadow range that I am not using anything else – in fact, I might list all of my other eye shadows on eBay. The pigments are so strong and the colours so intense; when used wet they do double as eye liner. I have had such positive feedback on the eye-shadow range.

theBalm Bahama Mama

This bronzer is completely matt with no orange undertone. It spreads beautifully and gives you a just-off-the-beach glow.

AMZI Cosmetics Lipstick and theBalm
AMZI’s lipstick is just the right texture, not too dry, not too sticky and stays on for hours. I also have theBalm Read My Lips in shade ‘Scoop’ and I alternate between the two.

Blinc Eyebrow Mousse
I like it because I find I don’t need much to get the desired effect.

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer
If you have never heard of this you have to try it! It is so much better than Benefit’s High Beam because it does not take your make up off as it is a shimmer powder. The container is so cute and you will love taking it out of your make up bag. This should last you a forever as a little goes a long way.

AMZI Cosmetics Primer
This foundation primer is a MUST to provide a flawless finish to the face. It helps to seal and protect the skin’s moisture balance. It is excellent to use under Dual Mineral Foundation (as above). If you are not using a primer this is the one thing you should definitely do!

 So now that you’ve heard from Angie, I’m guessing you’re tempted to see what all of the fuss is about? Have no fear! Angie has kindly offered readers of Mixed Gems an exclusive 10% discount code to be used when shopping online at www.amziboutique.com. Just enter ‘launch promo’ at the checkout to claim your discount.

Happy shopping!

(P.S I’ll be trying and testing some AMZI Cosmetics soon, so be sure to keep an eye for an AMZI review on Mixed Gems!)