*Shuffles in..* Well….um…how do I say this….I’m coming over all shy…
I’m engaged! To Mr C that is. I know you’re thinking, I thought you were already married. Well we aren’t, but that’s what being with someone for years and years does to you – you are practically, nearly, almost married, but in the words of Brandy, almost doesn’t count!
Here is a reenactment of the actual events:
This actually happened quite a few weeks ago but we have been so incredibly busy, trying to move house, planning a wedding, working and other things that I’ve not had a chance to catch up and announce it really. We are not ones for a long engagement or big wedding either – actually we would happily elope – so as a middle ground we are planning to have a very small family orientated do then have some kind of party later on for friends!
Because we’ve decided to go ahead and get married without waiting I have been planning and organising things as well as I can with everything else going on. I am incredibly chilled out to be honest (the most stressful thing has been dealing with other people!) and as long as we can get married, get some great food and nice photos, I am happy!
With limited time and more important things to be spending money on, I have decided to do my own make up on the day! So, I decided to go to some counters for trials to get ideas (this wasn’t actually as cost effective as I thought because I got suckered in to making purchases!).
I’ll post up the other trials I’ve had over the rest of the week!
First up I went to MAC!
I am not necessarily a huge MAC fan, but actually over the last year or so I’ve grown to enjoy the products more.
Booking a bridal trial with MAC is quite easy, I called up a local counter in House of Fraser (because they hate me in Selfridges) for after work. They said there is usually a booking fee of £25 but as I’d called up on the day, they waivered it. They told me it should take 45 minutes for a bridal lesson (I was in there for nearly 2 hours in the end!).
They have nice clean make over stands at MAC, with a big bright mirror and a stool seat which I was a little unstable on! My MUA was Katie, who was really lovely and easy to talk too. I explained I wanted a glowy look with bronzes and browns and went to pick some products. She never rushed me at all and picked out some colours for me.
MAC Cleanser (I think it was a water)
MAC Comfort Cream Moisturiser
Naked and Vanilla Pigments
Painterly Paint Pot as a Base
Black Track Gel Liner
False Lash Mascara
Empty eyeshadow palette and 4 eyeshadows, Texture, Honey Lust, Shroom and Corduroy.
NC30 Sculpt Foundation
NW20 Pro Long Wear Concealer
Medium Plus Mineralized Powder
Silver Dusk Highlighter
Dervish Lip Liner
Hot Gossip Lipstick
Ample Pink Plushglass
Here is what I took home with me:
I really enjoyed this make up lesson to be honest! I found that MAC had a huge selection of bridal friendly products (naturally) and the products are wearable enough to use every day too.
What I really liked:
The base which was really glowy. Mr C thought it was a bit too dewy though and needed blotting! You can see below that it made my skin look flawless in photos, but in real life I would say it started to cling a little to dry patches as the day went on.
I also loved the eyeshadow choices although I would wear the liquid or gel liner thinner.
What I didn’t like:
The highlighter which was Silver Dusk (a loose powder) was WAY too glittery. I would use highlighter but nothing like that.
The lipstick was nice although thinking about it now Hot Gossip may not be pink or neutral enough for me. Also the Plush Glass (which has that minty tingle thing going on) isn’t for me, it made my lips look too wet.
Pro Longwear Concealer NW20
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Pro Longwear Concealer NW20
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I love the new MAC storage cases for 4 shadows BTW! It feels sturdy and the clear lids make it easy to see which palette you’ve got! I want another one with green shades!
This is the finished face. Overall I am really happy with the trial I had at MAC, I am sure it depends on which MUA you have too but I thought she did a great job and will probably use this eye palette and concealer on the day. We’ll see!
Looking dazed…I was in there for 2 hours!!!! Numb bum!
Have you ever had a bridal trial at MAC? Do you think this look is Bridal appropriate? Two more to come!