Maggie Bob Wears: MAC Retro Matte

What I know about makeup could fill a postage stamp, but one of my dearest friends bought me a MAC lipstick a few years ago and got me hooked. Now I have a little tradition where I buy myself a new lipstick whenever I’m going through Duty Free. This isn’t significantly cheaper, but it gives me an excuse; or to look at it another way it limits my habit. As I don’t fly very often I only have 3 lipsticks in current use and I’m going to show you my most recent acquisition which I got in Copenhagen airport during my trip last month.

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Now as I’ve already mentioned I’m not a makeup person by nature. When I apply lipstick I don’t prime my lips first. I don’t use a lipliner, or apply with a brush. I simply apply the colour directly on to my lips, and if I’m not in a rush I may even blot. With this lipstick I find that’s enough. I’ve read some reviewers complain that the matte is too dry or drying, but honestly I’ve not found this to be a problem. I find MAC’s mattes to be quite slick without having the stickiness of a gloss. It doesn’t feel overly dry on my lips, and the colour is nice and strong. Best of all it lasts! I’ve included pictures of it freshly applied and after a full work day so you can see.

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This shade is called Ruby Woo. I really wanted a good proper red (my last one was ‘Relentlessly Red‘ which somehow looks more pink on), and had this one in my hands for all of 2 seconds before Tim said “Oh yes, that one!”. I’d only just started looking so I don’t think he was just bored and trying to hurry me along. Somehow he just has a good eye for colour because as soon as I applied this I knew it was the red of my dreams. I’ve worn it pretty much every day since I bought it because, as we all know, a good red goes with everything*.

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I’m going to be taking a flight again next month, so I’m contemplating colours. Do I go for something daring like a plum, or perhaps it’s time I had a good nude in my repertoire? If my makeup savvy friends and readers could leave me some suggestions, that would be great.

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*applies to wine as well as lipstick

Maggie Bob Wears: Purple Hat Three Ways

As I had so much fun doing my boots three ways looks, I asked twitter to suggest items for me to base outfits around next and my friend Katie (of The Neverending Tea Party) came up with this hat:

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 Plum Wool Hat | H&M | £12.99

The best thing about this challenge is I already have a hat a bit like this that my husband bought me on our first holiday together, which of course I never wear because I can never think of ways to wear it. Well – I have three outfit inspirations now!

Look 1: Plum monochrome

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 Belted Prom Dress | M&S | £49.50
Therapy Triple Compartment Bag | House of Fraser | £39.20
Lennox Ballet Flats | ASOS | £25
Gipsy Purple Tights | New Look | £6.49
‘Quite The Thing’ Sheen Supreme Lipstick | MAC | £15.50

I do like a muted palette with splashes of one colour. Okay, between the hat, bag, tights and lipstick it’s quite a few splashes – but tell me you don’t love this! And seeing as Katie is the inspiration behind this post, the MAC lipstick is a tribute to her. Seriously, she’s even convinced me to wear make-up on a semi-regular basis.

Look 2: Casual colourful

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Hampton Boyfriend Jean | Jigsaw | £75
Spot Shirt Layer Sweater | Next | £35
Converse All Star Low Red | Office | £44.99
Patterned Scarf | Uni Qlo | £9.90
Cute Cheeseburger Necklace | Little Miss Delicious | £25

I didn’t know where this one was going when I started it, but I really like it. I’m picturing the scarf tied around the hat to bring all of the bits together. This is definitely something I would wear for mooching around town in.

Look 3: Teal and Plum

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White Stuff Glass Dress | House of Fraser | £55
Aimee Cropped Sleeve Blazer | BooHoo | £25
Black Cashmere Scarf | H&M | £34.99
Rhinestone Wedges | Everything5Pounds | £5
Beaded Tassel Drop Earrings | Topshop | £25

I want to call this look boho, but I think it only loosely fits in to this. However, I just love the teal against the purple so this had to be done. I’m a big fan of blazers – they can really jazz up a dress. And the shoes? Well the shoes are just too fun to say no to, right?

As always – do leave a comment to tell me which look you like most.

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