NARS Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow Review and FOTD

NARS Gabon Eyeshadow Review-5 NARS Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow Review and FOTD

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.

NARS Gabon, Urban Decay Darkhorse, Dior Bonne Etoile, MAC Sumptious Olive_

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.

NARS Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow Review and FOTD

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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Posted by on Mar 2nd, 2015 in Eye shadow, FOTD, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

Lancôme L’Absolue Rouge Mythical Roses: Bengale Rose review

Lancôme L'Absolue Rouge Mythical Roses: Rouge Bengale review

Lancôme L'Absolue Rouge Mythical Roses: Rouge Bengale review


Lancôme says…

“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.


Lancôme L'Absolue Rouge Mythical Roses: Rouge Bengale Lip Swatch

Swatches from left: Illamasqua Box (close to true red- for comparison), Lancome Rose Bengale, NARS Heat Wave, Illamasqua Soaked lipstick.


Swatches from left: Illamasqua Box (close to true red- for comparison), Lancome  Bengale Rose, NARS Heat Wave, Illamasqua Soaked lipstick.

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Posted by on Feb 16th, 2015 in Lipstick, Reviews | 0 comments.


Eating Adelaide: The Daniel O’Connell- Street ADL- Chinatown – Estia

Eating Adelaide: The Daniel O'Connell- Street ADL- Chinatown - Estia Eating Adelaide: The Daniel O'Connell- Street ADL- Chinatown - Estia Eating Adelaide: The Daniel O'Connell- Street ADL- Chinatown - Estia


The Daniel O’Connell gastropub in North Adelaide takes the concept of traditional Irish fare with a creative twist to daring lengths. They also went to town with their drinks menu- their ‘Old Fashioned’ uses bacon infused bourbon, and their ‘A Sangre Fria’ Mary uses vintage sirloin washed vodka (I enjoyed that! Like a chilled raw soup in a glass. Strange, but delicious,).

Phil and our friend Jeff shared a Sunday Roast for two, and I ordered the vintage sirloin with leeks, spring onions, and whipped fat. The boys picked the hits, and I picked a miss. Bugger. Their roast beef was perfect. I picked the more interesting dish, but found that the flavours didn’t sit well with me- pickled spring onions (supposed to be inspired by kimchi), smelt like feet; and the cold whipped fat tasted was exactly as it sounds, now that I think about it.

Apart from my meal, everything else was gorgeous. The interiors, the atmosphere, the service, the interesting drinks- all thumbs up.

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Posted by on Jan 14th, 2015 in Food and Drink | 0 comments.

Straight No Chaser: Bangkok Photo Diary

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Posted by on Jan 5th, 2015 in lifestyle and health, Photo Diary | 0 comments.

Khaki, gold, rose- work appropriate Christmas makeup FOTD




Hope you’ve all been well.  I’ve just come back from an (awesome) holiday in Thailand and Cambodia- and now facing the madness of  work, study, and what my friend Arjun calls “life admin”. It’s about time I did another makeup post!

This look is a work appropriate way to wear a little bit of colour for the neutral lovers amongst us. The green shade and little pop of gold also makes it a nice way to sneak in some Christmas colours- pair with a glossy red if you are feeling particularly festive.





Benefit Pore-fessional


MAC Flourishing e/s

MAC Omega e/s

Urban Decay Half Baked e/s in the inner corner and tear duct

Bobbie Brown Espresso Ink to line

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray


Illamasqua Naked Rose blush

MAC Bronzing Powder in Bronze


Burberry Lip Velvet in Antique Pink

L’Oreal Shine Caresse in Lolita


Hope you all have a great Christmas and New Years! x

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