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Thursday, 19 September 2013

LA Haul # 1 | MAC Goodies

Hello My Lovelies,

Hope you are all doing well! I have been back from Los Angeles now for 2 days and i am missing America so much. It is one of my all time favourite places to visit and i can't wait until we go back! In true blogger style I did go on a shopping spree and you can see a sneak peek of it over on my Instagram (@SophiaMeola). I have decided to go through and post my hauls in categories as i literally have so much to show you i think a full haul post would be quite overwhelming to write up and read haha. This way each product gets it's own little lime light :) 

MAC is my guilty pleasure and i have accumulated a lovely little collection including losts of Limited Edition items from past collections. Whilst i was in LA i posted about a new lipstick i picked up in a MAC Pro Store (Robertson Blv) which was MAC Show Orchid which you can see HERE. I mentioned how the exchange rate was so amazing that you could pick up a lipstick for £10 - yes you heard that right £10! So i had to go back and pick up some more goodies to bring back home with me. As it was a Pro Store I even managed to pick up something i had never seen before...a Travel Brush Holder!! I really hope you enjoy the first instalment to my LA haul, i will make sure to review everything individually really soon too, so let me know if ther is anything you would like to see first. 

MAC | Show Orchid

MAC describe Show Orchid as a 'vivid hot pink' with an amplified finish and i think that is pretty spot on. It is very much a bright and fun colour which almost leaves a duo-chrome effect to the lips after application. I have already done a full review of this lipstick which you can see HERE but i am absolutely obsessed with this lipstick. It is a little outside my usual comfort zone but as you all know by now i am a sucker for pink lipsticks and this falls within that category. After seeing Tanya Burr use this lipstick in many of her tutorials i was so determined to take a look at it and i really fell for it as you might be able to tell as i actually purchased two of them - i wanted to make sure i had a backup as they are a little more harder to get hold of in the UK and i do not have a Pro Store readily near me, booo!

MAC | Pink Pearl Pop

MAC's Pink Pearl Pop is a lipstick i was not really familiar with which i have no idea why as it is a perfect pinky shade which is right up my street. After doing some research i discovered that this beautiful lipstick is part of the 'Cremesheen & Pearl' collection which actually has become a permanent line to MAC which i am super excited about as i think his is going to be an all time favourite of mine. After talking with the sales assistant and swatching a few lipsticks this one instantly stood out to me. Again, MAC describe this shade as a 'frosted midtonal pink' however, i would say this is not a frosted pink at all, as it is a cremesheen finish i feel it definitely leaves a true creamy Barbie like esk finish to the lips. It is a very buildable shade which could be worn for a more subtle everyday look or layered up for an evening occasion.   

MAC | Costa Chic

MAC Costa Chic is described a 'frosted light coral' and i have really been loving coral esk shades during the summer. Putting my hands up - Frost is not my most favoured finish that MAC has within their line, however this is such a beautiful shade and it is not too overpowered by the frost that is within the formula. When i swatched this shade i fell in love with it instantly, the way it looks especially with my tan it was just shouting buy me haha. Like most of MAC lipsticks i feel this is a very buildable shade, i very much enjoy wearing lipstick lighter during the day depending on the occasion or outfit and then more opaque during the evening. Compared to MAC's Coral Bliss this is definitely more pigmented and bright, it has a slight pinky undertone which i really like as i feel it warms up my skin. 

MAC | Large Brush Holder

This might not be something new to some of you guys but i was literally so excited when i saw Brush Holder at MAC. I don't know about you but it is the hardest task ever traveling with makeup brushes. As i was bringing more brushes that usual for my vacation in LA i wanted to make sure they were not going to get damaged - i literally cherish my MAC brushes as some of them are pretty pricy haha - although you wouldn't think so considering they are really dirty in the picture - pretty please excuse that haha trust me to pick the first three which need a deep clean - well done Sophia! Last year i purchased some Sigma brushes during the Black Friday sale and i purchased a holder for them which is used for travel and storage, so i used this as i had no idea what else to use - a nice little battle of the makeup brush brands! Big round of applause to my Dad to actually found this in the store, they were hiding on a top shelf and as myself and my Mum were browsing the makeup he was having a little browse around bless him - thats what you get when you have 3 women in the house (including my doggy Bella). I purchased it in the largest size which i preferred as i felt it would hold a lot more. As you can see the little notches along the front of the holder, they adjust the holder depending on how large your brushes are that are inside - pretty nifty! 

I really hope you enjoyed the first instalment to my LA haul, i have plenty more on the way so make sure to keep checking back - not only did i pick up a load of goodies for myself i also picked up some goodie for a giveaway! I have created a little USA themed goodie bag for one of my followers to win really soon! I would love to know what you think of the goodies i picked up and of any MAC goodies you have your eyes on - almost need an excuse to stop by my local MAC counter haha. I did purchased quite a few lipstick but i really love how they can really change the way you look and feel, they can really help with pulling a look together. Like always lovelies, if you have an questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and i make sure to read every single comment...they really make my day! 

Lots of Love
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37 comments

  1. Great buys!
    I would love all 3 of those lipsticks. Such gorgeous shades :)
    That brush holder is such a good idea!

    egtx3.blogspot.co.uk
    xo

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  2. I've been holding off all my MAC purchases until I'm in the US next month... even more so now you're saying the lipsticks work out around £10!! Bargain!

    I'm off to Las Vegas in a month and I'm already looking at where to take myself next year - I LOVE America!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  3. So glad you had an amazing time, what fabulous buys! I almost bought Pink pearl pop the other day, you've now made me realise i need it still ha! I absolutely love the brush holder, I've never seen one like this before.

    So cant wait to see the rest of your buys, you are one lucky gal!

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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  4. pink pearl pop looks so pretty! I have costa chic too and though I dont like frost finishes either, I agree it isn't too noticeable in this one xx

    ruffles and lace xx

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  5. Great post Sophia! I love the US. I really really really want Show orchid, I bet it looks incredible on you xxx

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

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  6. Great post Sophia, I absolutely love the States. I NEEED Show Orchid, I bet it looks fabulous on you! Can't wait to see what else you have bought xxxx

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

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  7. Great choices! Love their lipsticks so much, your collection must be so amazing. I had no idea they sold brush holders either!

    xx

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  8. Lovely buys, I love Show orchard! xx

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  9. That Costa Chic lipstick looks blooming gorgeous!!

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  10. Great Mac haul! love the shade Pink Pearl Pop another shade added to my wish list.

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  11. I love my corals so I might have to give Costa Chic a look, all shades look like must haves! x

    Harlean Rose

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  12. Great post I want all of these lipsticks now!!

    http://lux-rose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Great haul :) All of the lipsticks are on my WL as well :)

    sparklewithlaughter.blogspot.com

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  14. Nice haul! I love Show Orchid, it's beautiful!

    Kimberley x

    www.kimberleysbeautyblog.com

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  15. I wish I had a MAC near me so I could pic up show orchid! It really looks like a color I would love! I love a bold lip

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/

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  16. That brush holder is SUPER handy! I love the little notches because although I love my Sigma one, sometimes it's a bit too big and bulky when it doesn't need to be. Show Orchid is just a blessing of a lipstick. I love, love, love it so much. Can't wait to see your other hauls, Sophia! :D

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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  17. Wow great purchases! Love Orchid! <3

    www.natalielovesbeauty.blogspot.ca

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  18. Such a great haul! I own Pink Pearl Pop and love it!

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  19. ahh love mac hauls! their lipsticks are all fab! i want show orchid - it looks so beautiful!

    -ariel* xoxo
    www.chiclookxo.com

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  20. These look amazing, especially Snow Orchid! I can't wait to go to London to visit MAC again. :)

    Sandra - The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  21. They all look great, especially Snow Orchid! I can't wait to go to London in January so I can visit MAC again. :)

    Sandra - The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  22. Love the look of Snow Orchid..
    Really need some MAC lipsticks in my life!
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  23. I've got Costa Chic and it is just beautiful isn't it?! I know a lot of people don't like the Frost finishes but I don't mind them, I have another shade 'New York Apple' which is a frost that I love!

    Sounds like you had quite the exciting time in LA.
    xxx

    Sarah Nunn | UK Style Blog

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  24. I can't wait to bring home lots of MAC lippies when i'm in New York next year!
    Sophie
    x

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  25. I love costa chic but think I need to save up before buying it!

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  26. Love everything you got! Didn't know they do a travel brush holder, so convenient! I have my eye on Pink Pearl Pop and a few other shades. Also really love their paint pots xxx

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  27. Never knew MAC did a travel brush holder, I definitely would have bought that if I'd seen it when I was in America! x

    Alavish.blogspot.com

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    1. I know right?! I don't even think it's on the MAC website - it is such a handy little case! Bless my Dad for finding it for me haha xx

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  28. I love all the lipsticks you bought from L.A. Beautiful shades
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  29. All such beautiful colours, love Costa Chic!

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  30. Amazing haul! I love the Show Orchid colour especially ... did you try any other brands while you were in LA, or did you just stick to MAC?
    Emma
    xx
    www.theheropiece.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aww thank you so much Emma :D yes i did, i made sure to check out lots of goodies whilst in LA especially the ones we couldn't get hold of in the UK. I have a few more Haul posts on the way featuring everything else i purchased on my travels :) really excited to get them up on my blog! xx

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