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As I'm sipping a latte and preparing the next series of posts I want to write and publish for next week (all autumn based), I thought it would be good to kick start a little bit of a fall-theme now, 'cause why not? It's never too early for that.

In the past, whenever I did a Brand Focus post it was very varied but Mary Kay has a lovely selection of shades that would definitely work so well for the upcoming colder months. I have been using these four gems featured here for a while now and they really put me in the autumnal festivities mode (Heya Halloween, I know you're coming soon!).

Yesterday marks my last day as a 20+ hours employee, as of next week I'll only be working Saturdays which is such a relief since I'll have time to blog more - and somewhere in there also survive my last year in Uni (help!). As a busy gal the past month, I have been using literally the easiest thing to apply because  I am not about to sacrifice an extra 30 minutes of sleep. 

Now, shadow sticks have been a hit or miss for me in the past but in this case I have loved using the Mary Kay Shadow and Liner* bullets. My favourite one of the two is definitely Rebel Rose which features this stunning shimmery light cranberry red. The other shade combination is called Caramellow and I use it mostly as a base for other eyeshadows since the gold colour helps with extra dimension. The liners are matte and easy to build and blend to either form a smudged look or a perfect flick. If you have oily eyelids like me, use primer beforehand otherwise the colour will fade after a few hours and form that notsosexy greasy look you get when using creamy products. I tend to blend the shadows with a normal eye brush and I find them easy to work with. 

Caramellow & Rebel Rose 

When it comes to cheeks I do like to add a natural flush of colour in the winter, something that says "I'm alive and well" when I wear foundation but can't be bothered with highlighting or contouring. 9am lectures aren't for humans, so as I like the effortless look I do love to use these two Lip & Cheek* sticks. Yes, you can use them on your lips too and they do look nice but my loyalty to MAC lipsticks is unbreakable, for now at least. 
The best way to apply such statement colours is to go LIGHT and blend immediately using a stippling brush - or your fingers - if you feel like it. You definitely won't look like a clown if you gently tap it instead of stoking it around. I think it works really well on matte bases which stick to the skin. The actual colour lasted nicely on me throughout the day, although my cheeks are on the normal to dry side so I can't speak for super oily girls. 
My favourite shade is Razzleberry, which is a dark plum colour, perfect for Autumn. I do really enjoy Peach Pop too though, and I'll definitely use it more around Christmas time. (Yes, I used the C-word and I am not containing my excitement!)
That's all I have to say about these products and they're all budget-friendly too, retailing £9 (Shadow Sticks) and £8 for the Lip & Cheek sticks. 

To wrap it all up - I'm really happy with Mary Kay at Play and I'd definitely recommend you to check them out. 

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  1. The shadow and liner bullets look so beautiful and pigmented, I've never heard of this brand before!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  2. Some gorgeous shades! Love the shadow sticks x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  3. Oh these look very pigmented! I love the colors. :)

  4. The shadow and liner bullets are interesting to look at! Never heard of this brand before but will keep an eye out.
    Laura x |

  5. I'm not sure if I would try these. But if anything I love the name of the products!

    Emily x

  6. I've never heard of this brand before but the products look great!

  7. I love the idea of those liners, I have a funny feeling they would end up all over my face though!
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

  8. I love the blushes, they are stunning!! I've never heard of this brand before, so i'll have to check it out :)

    Check out my blog <3 | ANASOFIACHIC

  9. I've never heard of Mary Kay before. Thanks for the intro.

    Do you know if this is any good for sensitive skin? As I really want to try this but I'm worried it will make me break out!

    Beth x
    Interview With Em Sheldon from

  10. I love the coloured blushes! And I also wanted to point out that I really love the lay-out of your blog! It looks so professional and aesthetic! xxx

  11. I love the coloured blushes! And I also wanted to point out that I really love the lay-out of your blog! It looks so professional and aesthetic! xxx


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