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Mineralogie Spring Collection: Hustle and Orchid Eyeshadow Review


Mineralogie Mineral Makeup launched their Spring collection for 2014 in August, and I’ve been test driving these products since then.

The collection features two blush duos (Sunset & Riviera, and Harmony & Wallflower), Hustle pressed eyeshadow (a shimmery bronze), Orchid eyeshadow (velvet finish pale lavender), and an unusual lipstick colour for a Spring release- Purple Velvet. There’s a bit of unexpected Vivienne Westwood in this collection I think!

This is the first time I have tried the brand, and I’m pretty happy with the quality so far.




Hustle is a rich bronze with subtle shimmer. It has a soft, finely  milled texture and excellent colour payoff. I have worn this as a single eyeshadow blended on the upper lid, as well as part of a night time bronzey smoky eye- it works well both ways and I feel it is quite a versatile product.

It reminds me of the bronzey side of NARS Surabaya Duo, but Hustle is lighter and warmer.

Orchid is one of those eyeshadows that looks very different on an arm swatch compared with what it looks like blended on the eyelids. On the arm, it looks like a super bright lilac pastel. On the eyes it is a more subdued grey lilac- sheer but buildable pigmentation. This makes it a lot more within my comfort zone!

A good shade for Radiant Orchid 2014 Pantone Colour of the Year.

Both Hustle and Orchid stay vivid the entire day on top of my usual Too Faced Shadow Insurance. There is some creasing with Hustle at the 4-5hr mark but otherwise I’m impressed with the longevity and performance of both shadows on my oily lids.


Minerologie Spring Collection: Hustle and Orchid Eyeshadow

Minerologie Spring Collection: Hustle and Orchid Eyeshadow

Spring makeup Radiant Orchid


Price: $29.95


Stay tuned for my review of the Mineralogie Blush Duos and their Purple Velvet lipstick from this collection! Due to be posted 2 days from now.

note: products were provided for consideration by PR. 



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Posted by on Sep 23rd, 2014 in Blush, Eye shadow, FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

Laura Mercier Mulberry Lip Stain: Review, Swatches, FOTD

Laura Mercier Mulberry Lip Stain: Review, Swatches, FOTD

Mulberry (30AUD) is a matte wine- berry with a brown undertone- a gorgeous ‘english rose’  flush of colour which can be sheered out or layered for a more dramatic look. Although this is supposed to be a lip product, I actually love using this as a cream blush on the cheeks- in fact, I prefer it as a cheek product. I tap a small amount of the product on the apples of the cheeks, then blend- it is quite pigmented when used as a blush so a little bit goes a long way.  This looks fantastic as a coordinated lip and cheek colour. I’m The Laura Mercier Lip Stains have the consistency of a potted lipstick, with a slight waxiness. I find Mulberry neither drying nor moisturising on my lips, although (not surprisingly, it looks a lot nicer when applied on moisturised lips) The lasting power is not great on my lips – lasting just over 1hr, although blotting and layering extends that to 1.5-2hrs (some days I don’t mind reapplying, some days I have no time for it). Interestingly enough, the lasting power is really decent on the cheeks- almost all day wear, which is better than most blushes on me. For that reason, I probably use it more as a cheek product than a lippy.  

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Posted by on Jun 9th, 2014 in Blush, FOTD, laura mercier, Lip balm | 0 comments.

Edward Bess Compact Rouge for Lips and Cheeks: Island Rose

Edward Bess Compact Rouge for Lips and Cheeks: Island Rose


I purchased Edward Bess Compact Rouge in Island Rose some time ago after seeing it on Sarah from . Zuneta had free international shipping at the time, so I jumped at the chance to try something from the luxe UK line [edit: it is a US line]  that everyone was talking about.

Island Rose is a medium mauve rose that sheers out easily on the cheeks. On the lips it looks more like a sheer pale pink with a creamy finish and subtle sheen. I really like the dewy finish on the cheeks particularly when my skin is looking dry and dull (hello winter!), and also the fact that it is non drying on the lips- but I do find that this type of finish tends to fade quickly on the skin in the warmer months. It’s definitely a winter or Autumn blush

I’ve forgotten exactly how much I purchased this for (Zuneta has since closed down). You can purchase it from Neiman Marcus (38 USD), (for a whopping 55AUD), or (currently on sale for 35 AUD)- either way it is not cheap.

Edward Bess Compact Rouge for Lips and Cheeks: Island Rose

Posted by on Mar 4th, 2014 in Blush, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Gentle and Dare Reviewed

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Gentle and Dare: Swatches and Review

If you haven’t already figured this out from my instagram feed- I ADORE Daniel Sandler products, especially his Watercolour blushes. They have a gorgeous finish and are one of the most long lasting blush formulas I have tried – even better than my MUFE HD blushes. Illamasqua Velvet blushes from their Sacred Hour collection have similar lasting power. Also- you can mix the Watercolour blushes to create your own custom cheek shade! 

I’ve reviewed the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub  in a previous post.

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Posted by on Jan 14th, 2014 in Blush, Reviews, Swatches | 2comments


Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub: Review and Swatches

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub: Review and Swatches

I first read about the Daniel Sandler Watercolour blushes from a post on Modesty Brown a couple of years back. She raved about the great staying power and lovely finish from this formula, so I’m surprised that it took me this long to pick one up for myself (I got mine from when there was a 25% off everything sale a few weeks ago). I’m quite fond of this blush, and when there was another ASOS sale last week- I picked up another two shades, which will be reviewed soon.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub: Review and Swatches

Colour, finish, performance: 

Cherub is a semi sheer pale pink in a velvety matte finish. I adore the shade for a fresh bloom of colour on the cheek which manages to be both youthful and quite sophisticated.  Despite how pale it is, it still pops nicely against my skin fair to medium olive skin- and I can imagine this shade suiting a variety of skin tones because it is a fairly neutral pink.

Like the other shades I’ve tried, lasting power is impressive.

Compared with the other Watercolour Blush shades I’ve tried (Dare and Gentle), this is by far the sheerest (easier to work with for paler skinned folk than the other colours).

How to use:

The product separates on standing so you need to shake before each use. I squeeze one dot of the Watercolour blush on the back of my hand before transferring the product to my cheeks.

I like to apply this product by tapping it on the the apples of my cheeks, waiting a few seconds for it to dry down slightly, then blending. I do 2 layers. I found that the product has so much slip that if I blend it like I normally would with a cream blush, it ends up getting way too sheer. I haven’t tried using a brush with this product, but the Daniel Sandler ‘Waterbrush’ has been developed for this.


Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub: Review and Swatches



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