Thursday, 9 August 2012

MAC Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

Written by Niamh x

MAC crushed metallic pigment in summer stash (R.R.P. £18)

Now I know that living in England it doesn’t come as any surprise that this bleak British summer is seemingly never-ending. If you’re anything like me, you will have hit the shops in about April and bought a mound of bright and colourful dresses which are still hanging in the wardrobe avec tags. 

It’s time to take things in to your own hands, and inject a little bit of sunshine into your make up. Don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest some neon ‘Club Tropicana’ inspired look, but a little bit of shimmer on these grey nights just adds a sense of holiday that we all could do with.

I’m an absolute lover of a bargain, (who isn’t?), and in our local designer outlet, my sister and I came across a store which sold discounted, last season products, which rather surprisingly had some hidden gems inside. 

One of our fave purchases was a MAC pigment set, which comprises of four different coloured pigments, ranging from a neutral nude tone to a darker chocolate hue. It’s absolutely fab for adding a little bit of sparkle to a brown smokey eye or giving a natural look a bit of pizazz, especially if you’re heading to an ill-advised barbeque or garden party. 

Furthermore, the two neutral tones can also be used as highlighter, and when used on the cheek bones with a bronzer, give a lovely ‘holiday skin’ glow. Although the MAC pigments were a little bit pricey, it’s a great multi-use product which can easily take you through to the next season, with the browns and slightly purple pigments transferring perfectly to autumnal colours.

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Introducing my brand new contributor - Niamh!

My gorgeous friend Niamh is gonna be helping me out for the next few weeks to make sure we can keep you updated on our latest beauty must haves! So without further ado, here's a quick hello from her...

Hi everyone, I’m going to be making a regular appearance on Your Average Jo to make sure you get your beauty fix!

Jo and I have lived together for three years, and in that time we’ve tried every fad, watched every online tutorial and experimented with the dodgiest of products to make sure we can spot a real gem when we see one. Whether its full drag-queen glamour, or everyday war paint, our favourite part of the day is getting ready; basically we’re two peas in a pod!

I look forward to sharing my tips with you over the next few weeks, and feel free to get back to us with your experiences, tips and favourite products.

Ciao for now!

Jo and I with identical hand-on-hip pose

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