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Radiant Orchid inspired FOTD: Purple, pink, grey and gold.

Radiant Orchid inspired FOTD with MAC Scene, MAC Fig 1, MAC Gold pigment, MAC Pink Swoon blush, and Becca Guava Beach Tint

I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve done a FOTD makeup post outside of a review, and I think part of that is because I’ve had most of my stash in boxes for the last 6 months.

It’s good to be finally settled in and unpacked after such much moving around. The majority of my beauty things kept in boxes in Sydney have arrived safely, and I’ve got my makeup essentials/favourites arranged neatly in my new Makeup Box Shop acrylic organiser.

There is a tragic side to this story, unfortunately. My favourite lip products (shown together in this post) have gone missing. I painstakingly packaged them in bubble wrap with some other valuables- my backup external hard drive, Phil’s point and shoot camera- and it has all been lost in the move between Melbourne to Canberra (via Sydney). I suppose there’s no point in fretting- don’t lip products have a 2 year expiry anyway?

Do you guys throw out lip products after a certain period, or do you tend to keep your favourite items for years longer than recommended like I do (my working theory is- that if it looks ok and smells ok then it stays).

 

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Posted by on Jul 7th, 2014 in BECCA, Eye shadow, FOTD, MAC | 0 comments.

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BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colour Giveaway: three Lipsticks, open internationally

BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colour Giveaway: three Lipsticks, open internationally

The BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colours in Adele, Aurora, and Amelia are amongst my favourite matte lipsticks- when I first tried them a few weeks ago, I was blown away by the beautiful shades and silky formula (review here). BECCA cosmetics Australia has generously donated 3 of their Ultimate Matte Lip Colours to one lucky My Funny Valentine reader- that’s $120 AUD worth of lipstick guys!

This giveaway is open to internationally and will run for 2 weeks. I will draw the winners using a random number generator and email the winners by the 26th of March 2014. If I am unable to reach a winner by 1 week a new winner will be redrawn.

Good luck!

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Posted by on Mar 11th, 2014 in BECCA, Giveaways | 0 comments.


BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colour Reviewed: Amelia, Aurora, Adele

BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colour Reviewed: Amelia, Aurora, Adele

Oh my goodness I am so smitten.

Amelia, Aurora, and Adele Ultimate Matte Lip Colours by BECCA Cosmetics have really surpassed my expectations. These are up there with my favourite  matte finishes (comparable to Illamasqua matte lipsticks and Burberry mattes) – and the colours are gorgeous. I’m especially fond of Adele, which is a breathtaking vivid fuschia shade with comfortable wear and amazing lasting power. Watch this space for a giveaway for these (very very soon).

Colour:

Amelia: A lovely warm guava pink matte. It’s not completely opaque with one layer, allowing some of your natural lip colour to peek through- which I think works really well with the delicate feel of this colour. You can build up the colour to almost opaque with a few layers- the colour deepens to a medium rose when layered.

Aurora: coral toned red. I find that it’s a lot closer to true red on my lips than coral/orange compared with how it looks on other reviewers. I think this is probably because my natural lip colour is quite pigmented and cool toned, which shows through a little bit.

Adele: A stunning deep fuschia with full pigmentation- a bit of a surprise given that it looks like a brown toned merlot shade on the bullet. It’s a very saturated intense colour, which is quite bold but very wearable at the same time.

 

BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colour Reviewed: Amelia, Aurora, Adele

(lip swatches) top right- Amelia, top left- Aurora, bottom left- Adele

arm swatches (left to right)- Amelia, Adele, Aurora

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Posted by on Mar 6th, 2014 in BECCA, Lipstick | 0 comments.

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Violet Duochrome Smoky Eye + BECCA Hummingbird FOTD

Purple is the colour du jour, with Pantone naming Radiant Orchid as the colour of the year 2014. I own surprisingly few purple toned makeup products, so I will need to ‘update’ my collection for this year.

Before this I hadn’t tried purple with a taupe/green duochrome before, and I’m rather pleased with how well Fig 1 goes well NARS Dogon. Definitely one to revisit.

Violet Duochrome Smoky Eye + BECCA Hummingbird makeup tutorial

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Posted by on Jan 16th, 2014 in BECCA, Eye shadow, FOTD, MAC, NARS, Uncategorized | 0 comments.


BECCA The One Perfecting Brush Review

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush

 

From start to finish, primer to powder, The One Perfecting Brush can be used with liquids, crèmes, powders and anything in between. Non-porous, high-quality goat hair allows product to sit on top of bristles rather than absorbing, ensuring a seamless application with no wasted product.

Price: rrp $65  AUD

Availability: BECCA counters worldwide, beccacosmetics.com/au

When I first got the press release for The One Perfecting Brush, I must admit I was a bit sceptical. I found it difficult to believe that a brush that you use for your base, contouring, highlighting, and blush from start to finish could possibly work without leaving your face a complete shiny oompa loompa burnt mess.

But somehow, The One Perfecting Brush seems to defy logic. I’ve been successfully using the one brush to buff liquid foundation into the skin, contour with bronzer with long edge of the brush, highlight my cheekbones, and apply blush – and all the colours come out true and unmuddled (is that a word?). Becca says that the type of non-porous goat hair that is used doesn’t absorb the product, allowing for multiple uses.

I still think it’s black magic.

Becca claims that you can use this brush daily for 2 weeks before washing! I’ve tried using this three days in a row (mostly with liquid/cream products) with a quick wipe of the bristles with a paper towel between uses, and remarkably, my foundation does not come out orange on day three! I haven’t tried using it more than 3 times without washing, because the idea kinda grosses me out.

 

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush how to

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush how to

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush Review

 

For the makeup look pictured above, I’ve used the One Perfecting Brush to apply liquid foundation (BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Foundation), bronzer (MAC Bronzing Powder), a small amount of champagne powder eyeshadow to highlight the nose bridge and cupids bow, and liquid blush (BECCA Beach Tint in Guava). For the liquid products I first buffed it into the back of my hand before apply to the face. BECCA has published a demo video here if you want to see the brush in action.

The goat hair bristles are dense and super soft. I love how even and ‘airbrushed’ my foundation looks after buffing it in with this brush, and how perfectly glowy my blush comes out.. I would suggest either keeping to liquid/creams from start to finish, or powder products- you can certainly mix it up if you wish, but I find the application isn’t quite as seamless (I noticed this when I used powder bronzer). 

Contouring takes a little bit of practice with this brush, but after a few goes you can carve out a cheekbone reasonably well (I like to use the long edge of the brush to contour).

 

Just in case you missed the giveaway post to win one of three – you can also enter directly here:

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note: this product was sent by PR for consideration. See editorial policy in PR tab for more details.

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