Monday 31 August 2009

Mac Wishlist 2

The pro items!

Lip erase
Violetta Lipstick
Blush in Rhubarb, Full fuschia, magenta and Azalea (though this is no longer on the pro website, so i'm terrified it's been discontinued)
Cream colour base in Reel red and madly magenta.
Mac Pencil in greenglo and wavy blue
and i'm very interested in the gloss and lip mixes, but i'll definately have to test them because all of the colours are pretty fascinating!
Mac Wishlist:
(just the permanents the pro and LE shades are to be wishlisted shortly :P this is from the website so i may not like things when i've tested them)

Prep and prime Face Protect SPF 50 (i love the idea of this, i used to apply factor 50 sunscreen everyday to protect me, but it was so greasy and horrid i stopped and now use nothing)
Dollymix blush

Beautiful Iris
Creme de violet
Electric eel (i've put off buying this for ages because i have jewel blue, but i find it's texture really hard to use, so i've not worn it in years!)
Expensive pink
Parfait Amour
Stars n Rockets
(i am desperarate for Vex and the other duochrome shades, i LOVE duochrome)
blackground paint pot

Desire lipglass
Sugarimmed dazzle glass
Love alert dazzle glass
Vegas Volt
Lady Danger

As you can see I'm particularly lusting after a lot of eyeshadows, particularly (what i would class as) neutral or pale colours. This is because for the past, perhaps, 6 months i have been really slack with my makeup. This is mainly because i just graduated. So in the months leading up to my graduation i was working my head off often in a blind panic. My college was only about a 5 minute walk from my house and as i was staying up late painting i would sleep for as long as possible in the mornings. So if i put on any makeup at all it would just be a coat of mascara and some lipstick. And since then i've been working from home, so apart from evenings out i've not had any real need to put my face on!

Before this time i would bascially never leave the house without makeup and loved playing with different looks. When i was about 14 i went crazy with multi-purpose makeup crayons and would have bizarre chalky blue and purple chess-board lips, and horribly applied thick red eyeliner fanning out from my eyes. I may have looked like a particularly ugly clown, but it was fun!

And since then i've kept that spirit of fun in my looks, though i like to think i've refined and honed my skills since then! So it seems a bit sad now i've run into a bit of a rut of red lips and plain eyes, so playing around with some nice new light eyeshadows might help me move onto the brighter, funner stuff again :)

Friday 28 August 2009


Hello and welcome to my new blog!
I've been lurking around reading and enjoying other people's makeup blogs and youtube videos for some time now, and thought it might be fun to give it a go myself. If anyone stumbles upon this and enjoys reading this then that would be great.

Here's a little about me. My full name is Lillian Lee Low, I'm a 21 year old an artist and illustrator. I live in London with my Mum, my girlfriend and our menagerie (3 cats, 1 dog, 1 rat and 3 guinea pigs). I have social anxiety disorder and social phobia, if you don't know this basically means i am so shy it is painful, crippling, causes panic attacks and affects nearly all aspects of my life. I find talking to strangers basically impossible, and in fact i even find it difficult to talk amongst my friends and family sometimes. I thought maybe starting a video log would be a good way for me to practice talking in a 'safe' environment, so i apologise if i'm a bit jittery and anxious-looking in my videos.

Anyway, while i'm a bit eccentric and kinda funny looking, i am very much a girly girl and absolutely love playing with make-up, dressing up and of course shopping. I have a serious retail therapy problem, which isn't great for a poor artist! I also love music, going clubbing and to gigs, watching films, slobbing around and generally goofing off.

I'm on holiday at the moment, staying in Antrim (near Belfast) in my girlfriends parents house. We are house-and-dogsitting and relaxing. While i've been here i've already bought some MAC from the duty free at the airport on the way, and yesterday we went into Belfast to shop and i got some things from Sally beauty. I've also just discovered there is an Illamasqua counter in Belfast, and as i've been itching to try out that brand for a while it seems like good enough reason to go back into town before we head home next week. So after that i hope to make my first video and proper review post :)

Now, as this is a make-up centred blog, here is a survey i stole from one of my favourite bloogers, Magpie sparkles (, which i thought would make a good introduction:

1) On average, for application of your typical day-to-day work/college make up, how long do you spend?
Well i don't actually leave the house to work, and i've just graduated, so for the majority of the time i just wear moisturiser and lip balm :P But any time i have to pop out i slap on a basic face of mascara and lipstick, and that takes about 10 minutes. If i'm going out for the whole day i spend about 20-30 minutes, and a further 10 for my hair.

2)On average, for application of your going out/special make up, how long do you spend?
At least an hour.

3) If you were to be stranded on a desert island, which 4 products would you want with you?
A supply of very high factor (50 or over) sun tan lotion, as i burn to a hideous crisp without it.
A good red lipstick (my favourite at the moment is Mac's Dame Edna lipstick in Kanga-Rouge)
A good black mascara (my favourite currently is Lancome's Oscillation)
Lip balm!

4) What beauty ‘must haves’ do you always carry in your handbag?
A hand mirror, a powder compact, whatever lipstick or gloss i am wearing that day.

5) Which drugstore brand would be your favourite?
Probably Barry M, because they have such an amazing colour range, their lipsticks and nail varnishes are fantastic quality whilst being affordable.

6) High street or high end make up brands?
While i love high end makeup, and it is often better quality, i would probably go for high street makeup, as you can often get good reproductions of higher end products. I'd rather have both though!

7) On average, how long does it take you to get dressed/select your day-to-day outfits?
About half an hour i guess.

8 ) On average, how long does it take you to get ready for a special occasion/night out?
Probably about an hour, not including the time for make-up and hair.

9) If you could only choose one item of clothing from your wardrobe, i.e jeans, which would be your favourite?
Definately dresses.

10) What outfit gives you instant feel good factor?
At the moment i have two, a red playsuit from New Look with a white pattern of mermaids, fish, starfish and other sealife which i wear with a pair of red wedges from Office and sometimes a sailors hat, and a white dress from Topshop with red hearts on it that look like they've been drawn with lipstick and a heart shaped cut out panel in the back. I can't wear a bra with it but amazingly my (34FF D:) boobs look ok, which makes me feel good about myself.

11) Which shops do you favour?
H&M, Topshop,, irregular choice, etsy and ebay and fabric shops.

12) High street or high end clothes?
Definately High street, i can only think of 2 pieces of high end clothing i have.