MAC REBEL DUPE // topshop the damned

- This was posted as a guest post on Bethan's blog A Messy Little Raindrop but I thought I'd share it on my blog too! -

I'm a huge lover of dark lipstick, and I love the Autumn/Winter months as dark lips are a key trend every year. I picked up Mac's satin lipstick in Rebel quite a few months ago for £15 and I love it! It's a dark plum/pink with a semi-matte finish and insane staying power.
After wanting to try Topshop Lipsticks for the longest time, I featuring 'The Damned' in my recent haul and later discovered the shade is so similar to Rebel, just slightly lighter. I actually prefer the formula of the Topshop one, as it's alot smoother and so moisturising it feels like a lip-balm! Although, Rebel has a longer staying-power, which fades evenly.

Side-by-side both shades look practically identical, and even when putting the above photo together, I had difficulty telling them apart! Topshop lipsticks are available for £8, so just over half the price of the Mac ones. If you're after Mac's Rebel, definitely go for Topshop's offering first if you're not wanting to invest in the £15 price tag!

Found any Mac dupes? 


I dug out my Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple last week, put it on, and forgot how much I love it. Here's my makeup look which I wore with it with some everyday favourites...

Benefit The Porefessional - beautiful to smooth over pores and keep makeup in place.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation - an old favourite which gives a beautiful velvet finish to the skin with a medium coverage.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - a classic which covers dark circles and blemishes in a flash.
E.l.f. High Definition Powder - a life-saver if you're like me where any concealer creases under the eyes.

Benefit Hoola - I've had this sample size since last christmas and haven't even hit pan yet. I love the pigmentation and the warmth and shape it brings to my face.
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer - I rarely go without highlighter and this is the newest edition to my collection. Put on the top of the cheeks gives a gorgeous natural glow, read my full review here

E.l.f. Eyebrow Kit - this is the first brow kit I've owned with a waxy texture and I find it works well, is a good match and stays in place all day,
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze - another classic which I use regularly. It gives you a perfect subtle bronze eye with minimum effort.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Micro Precision Liner - not my favourite for application or opaqueness, but the waterproof aspect is what I like about it. I simply layer it abit to create a black line with flick.
Estee Lauder Dual Kajal - The blackened-black end is an absolute must-have for me everyday to tightline my eyes and thicken my lashline.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kajal in Bronze - I used this on my outer bottom lash-line to tie in the Colour Tattoo and love the slight smokey effect it gives.
Benefit They're Real! Mascara - The waterproof formula which holds a curl and gives insane length and volume. A fave.

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple - I bought this ages ago and after shopping my stash have fallen in love with it again. Super moisturising, and a complimenting subtle red.

Current favourite makeup products?

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

I'd never heard of theBalm as a brand before last year, and since being introduced to the range of products and amazing packaging by essiebutton, I'd always wanted to get my hands on some products. It's taken me a while to say the least, but as feelunique were having one of their sales on, I decided to order the product on the top of my list: Mary-Lou Manizer.

The highlighter is a shimmery champagne colour with great pigmentation. The shimmer is almost glittery, which I love for a cheekbone/inner corner highlight. This can be slightly more subtle if you have a very light hand, but if you're not a shimmer lover, you won't like this. Luckily, I am and I've worn it most days since purchasing it for an everyday glow.

As for the packaging (probably one of the main reasons why I bought this), I love it. So different and fun and looks fab in the ol' Muji drawers.

I'm so impressed with this, and desperately want to try more from theBalm. Next on my list is the Bahama Mama Bronzing Powder.

What are your thoughts on Mary-Lou? Any theBalm products I should try?