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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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Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette: Review, Swatches, FOTD


 

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I had heard good things about the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line, so when Indigo Kir Royale told me that she was going to pick up a few things from Selfridges, I jumped at the chance to do a combined order (haul post here).

The Dolce Vita palette ( £38.00) is inspired by  screen sirens Sophia Loren, Monica Belluci, and Penelope Cruz,  featuring rich burgundy and golden shades that I love wearing in autumn. It is quite a versatile palette if you have a few neutral mattes on hand- you can do a bold editorial styled volcanic smoky eye (a la Gucci S/S 2014), a soft rosy eye look, or a garden variety warm bronzey eye (like I did below).

 

Apart from the glittery copper shade, the 3 other shades in the palette have a lovely buttery texture and blend easily. The glittery shade has a hard texture that is difficult to pick up with a brush- it is  best applied by pressing it on the lid with a finger.

 

Longevity is not amazing. I find that the eyeshadows in this palette do have a tendency to fade after about 5 hours unless I build up the colour with multiple layers- I would recommend priming well before applying to ensure all day wear. Disappointing, but not a deal breaker for me.

 

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette: Review, Swatches, FOTD

 

Colour (clockwise:

Top left: pale pink champagne in a frost finish and sheer to medium pigmentation.

Top right: bold rusty burgundy in a shimmery metallic finish and full pigmentation.

Bottom right: khaki brown with subtle gold shimmer and medium buildable to full pigmentation.

Bottom left:  Copper glitter on a transparent base. I was hoping that this shade would be more pigmented/ dense (like a pressed version of Illamasqua Ore)

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Posted by on Jun 26th, 2014 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo: Review, Swatches, EOTD

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo: Review, Swatches, EOTD

I  have been looking for a quality deep rusty red-brown, as well as a dark yellow toned copper (without brassy undertones) for some time now, and I’ve never really been completely satisfied with anything that I had seen up until I swatched NARS Surabaya duo at my local  Mecca Cosmetica. This duo is EXACTLY the two colours and finishes and quality that I’ve been searching for, in one handy little package.

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo: Review, Swatches, EOTD

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo: Review, Swatches, EOTD

The right side of NARS Surabaya is a rich dark terracotta with a subtle burgundy sheen. The left side is a deep mustard copper (sans red undertones). Beautiful shades for fall.

Both shades have astonishingly good pigmentation and buttery texture- so much so that you could easily pick up way too much product if you use any more force than a delicate dab onto the pan. I’ve complained about the dryness and challenging blendability of many NARS eyeshadows- but this duo is exceptional, and  gives Rouge Bunny Rouge a run for it’s money.

My only qualm about this product is that the intensity tends to fade on my oily lids after a few hours, even with my usual TFSI eyeshadow primer. A coloured base helps, but I wish this was a product that stood up to a day’s wear on it’s own. Looking at other reviews, I don’t see anyone else really having this issue so, it’s probably just my unlucky lids.

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Posted by on May 16th, 2014 in Eye shadow, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


Tom Ford She Wolf Ombré Eye Color Trio: Review and Swatches

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After seeing the limited edition Tom Ford She Wolf  Ombré Eye Color Trio released in the US mid last year, I had been lusting after it’s monochromic chic-ness. Imagine my delight when I heard that it was being released in Australia as part of the Tom Ford Fall 2014 Color Collection.

” In the Fall 2014 Color Collection, Tom Ford focuses on the art of the seductive eye. At the heart of the collection is the limited edition Ombré Eye Color Trio of monochromatic shades that uses light and depth to create a dynamic contrast, so you can shade and contour the eyes with an extraordinary play of contrast and light. The She Wolf trio comes in three smoldering, tone-on-tone grey shades: Deep Black/ Brown, Light Charcoal, and Silver Lead. The In the Pink trio comes in three sensual pink shades and textures for a contoured nude look: Pink Rose, Pink Champagne, and Ballet Slipper Pink.”

Tom Ford She Wolf Ombré Eye Color Trio: Review and Swatches

 

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Posted by on May 1st, 2014 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Tom Ford Orchid Haze Quad: One quad, three looks

Happy Easter everyone!

Hope you’ve all got a good long weekend ahead wherever you are. Here are some looks using the Tom Ford Orchid Haze quad that I reviewed in the previous post- as you can see, it’s quite versatile for both day and night makeup looks. The shadows layer well, and look nice on their own also.

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Quad: One quad, Three Looks

 

Orchid Haze Eye look #1

Eyes:

- Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime

- Matte Aubergine from Tom Ford Orchid Crush Quad (Shade #4) blended all over mobile lid, extending towards temples. I’ve also blended this shadow underneath bottom lashline, concentrating it in the outer third.

- Champagne shade from Orchid Crush (shade #1) applied to inner corners as a highlight.

- Matte camel shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Quad (any matte light brown colour will work) blended in the crease.

- Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink to line upper lashline

Cheeks:

- BECCA Beach Tint Guava

Lips:

- Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Autumn Punch.

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