Tasmania, and Hobart in particular, is a special place for us. We’ve lived in a few places in the last few years, with friends scattered in various states – so it made sense to have a (domestic) destination wedding. Having our wedding in Hobart was an easy decision to make.
A few weekends ago, Phil and I flew to Hobart to finalise the reception, church, and make a decision on the band that we wanted for our reception. We had done a lot of exploring in the city and surrounds so we decided to take it easy this time around and just visit a few favourite places and have as many scallop pies as our digestive systems would allow.
Some images from our weekend away…
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Sisley recently launched 2 new Phyto 4 Ombre eyeshadow palettes and some new shades to their Phyto Lip Twists collection. I had the opportunity to test out the Mystery eyeshadow palette (rrp 110 AUD)and the Phyto Lip Twist in Chestnut (rrp 50 AUD). I was particularly delighted with the Phyto Lip Twist in Chestnut- which turns out to be the perfect autumn lip.
These are available at Sisley counters at David Jones or through the David Jones website www.davidjones.com.au
Mystery palette consists of 4 cool tones designed for a smoky eye:
Ivory – sheer white shimmer.
Matte black- pigmented charcoal black
Gun- moderately pigmented gunmetal grey
Denim -pigmented metallic blue
These shadows have a soft creamy formula with varying degrees of pigmentation- the shimmery white shade is sheer and will need a stiff brush to pick up enough product, whereas the black shade is super pigmented that it’s easy to pick up too much product (I gave myself panda eyes a couple of times, so test on the back of your hand before going for the eyes!). The shadows are reasonably easy to blend, although I found the black one needs a bit more precision and careful blending on my eyes because of the dense pigmentation.
Although the pigmentation is great for the darker shades, I found that they tend to fade on my lids by about the 3 hour mark- a little below average for eyeshadows in general on me. I have oily lids, so longevity is difficult for a lot of eyeshadows I have used in the past, even with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and this may not be the case for other people.
Phyto Lip Twist in Chestnut is a beautiful taupe-ish rose colour with a glossy finish, which is just gorgeous for autumn. It has medium pigmentation (more than I would have expected for this type of product), and surprisingly long lasting. Chestnut is lightly moisturising and feels comfortable on the lips.
It comes in a twist up “chubby stick” like dispenser, which has the convenience of not requiring sharpening (unlike other similarly styled products - NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil, I’m looking at you).
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I haven’t been keeping up with the holiday collections at all lately (let’s face it- I’ve never been good at that), so when I had a look/swatch at the NARS stand over the weekend, it was the first time I had seen any of the ‘Laced With Edge’ holiday 2014 collection. When I swatched Gabon, it was instant love.
NARS says.. ” A new formulation in limited edition shades, created exclusively for the NARS LACED WITH EDGE Holiday Color Collection, Hardwired Eyeshadow redesigns NARS’ iconic powdered pigments with intense iridescence for a new feminine dimension.”
Gabon is a powder eyeshadow with a dark greyish khaki base, a metallic olive sheen, and some gold micro glitter that looks beautiful when it catches the light. I found it difficult to capture the complexity of Gabon with the available lighting in my apartment, so you’ll just need to use your imagination here.
Swatches of various shimmery olive eyeshadows for comparison: (from left)- NARS Gabon, Urban Decay Dark Horse, olive shade from the Dior Bonne Etoile quad, MAC Sumptious Olive.
Pigmentation is excellent, and Gabon applies fairly easily onto the lid – it’s not quite as buttery as the shadows in Surabaya Duo, but softer than many of NARS’ other offerings (e.g. the rose colour in Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo, and the dark colour in NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo) . The gold microshimmer disappears a little after blending, so I like to pat a little bit more product with a flat brush right at the end.
Longevity is about average for a powder eyeshadow on my oily lids, and crease resistance is above average. Slight fading after about 4 hrs, noticable fading after 6hours; slight creasing at 6-8 hours.
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“Lancôme went in search of colour where it expresses its purest radiance, at the heart of roses, by developing a colorimetric extraction technique to recreate their vibrant colours in lipstick. Radiantly luminous and pigment-infused colour is “extracted” from the very heart of each flower. Thus the world’s most beautiful flowers become a genuine source of lipstick shades
Each petal undergoes chromatic analysis to reproduce its exact shade using a spectrophotometer, which is a photosensitive cell coupled with a computer, recording the light reflected by the rose petals. Thus converted into colorimetric values, this data is then used to faithfully reproduce the roses’ true colours.”
The Mythical Roses collection from Lancôme was released at the end of January this year, and I was fortunate enough to try one of the 10 shades from this collection ahead of release. Bengale Rose looks like a straight up true red in the tube, but on the lips it’s a bright corally tangerine. It has a glossy, slightly translucent finish- which makes it very much a spring/summer colour. I think it would spectacular on pale, cool toned complexions- on my Asian olive skin it has a bit of a k-pop feel to it (I’m not a fan of the k-pop look on myself, but there are plenty who will love this look).
The L’Absolue Rouge in Bengale Rose is surprisingly long wearing- the glossiness wears off after about an hour, but a persistent (and fairly waterproof) coral stain that stays put for 4+ hours, so this would work quite well on days when you don’t have time to reapply. On the lips, it feels lightweight and is non-drying.
I love the look of Comtesse de Ségur Rose (dusty rose pink), Amnésia Rose (taupish rose), Black Pearl Rose (deep crimson)- will need to have a play with these in person.
Swatches from left: Illamasqua Box (close to true red- for comparison), Lancome Bengale Rose, NARS Heat Wave, Illamasqua Soaked lipstick.
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Straight No Chaser: Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)
Sisley Mystery 4 Ombre Eyeshadow Palette and Lip Twist in Chestnut: Review
NARS Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow Review and FOTD
Lancôme L’Absolue Rouge Mythical Roses: Bengale Rose review
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