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Citron Pop with MAC Bitter + Neutral Face FOTD

Citron Pop with MAC Bitter + Neutral Face FOTD

Mac bitter eyeshadow, Illamaqua Naked Rose blush, Chanel Impertinence extrait de gloss

I was reading this post on one of my favourite beauty blogs ‘Anatomy of Beauty’ last week, and  I loved the bright zesty pop of green that Blanka used, made so wearable by the neutral taupe in the crease. I realised that I had not yet touched my MAC Bitter eyeshadow that I had purchased quite some time ago, and decided to take Bitter for a spin on Friday.

Bitter is a velvet finish citron-chartreuse, with sheer to medium pigmentation. I find that I need a matte white base for Bitter to show up properly on the lids- which surprised me after seeing so many  super pigmented swatches of Bitter around the internetz. It’s a gorgeous colour, though, and if you’re looking for a delicate chartreuse for Spring- Bitter works wonderfully.

 

 

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Light green and taupe eyeshadow + neutral face FOTD

 

FOTD makeup breakdown

Eyes:

- L’oreal white eyeliner applied to the top mobile lid. Any white blendable eyeliner will do, the white base just helps with accentuating the vibrance and pigmentation of bright colours like the MAC Bitter eyeshadow (which is a bit on the sheer side).

- MAC Bitter Eyeshadow packed on to the upper lid close to the lashline, and applying lightly to the inner corners. I felt like I really needed to apply quite a bit of product for the colour to show up well, even with the white base.

- MAC Cork + MAC Copperplate eyeshadow blended on the upper lids past crease

- MAC Mystery eyeshadow to darken outer V

- MAC Superslick  liquid eyeliner in  On The Hunt (shiny black) flicked out in a cats eye on the upper lashline.

Cheeks:

- MAC Bronzing powder in Bronze to contour cheekbones

- llamasqua Naked Rose blush applied lightly on apples.

Lips:

- Chanel Impertinence Extrait de Gloss

 

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Posted by on Aug 26th, 2014 in Chanel, Eye shadow, FOTD, MAC | 0 comments.

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Copper and Burgundy Warm Smoky Eye: NARS Surabaya FOTD

NARS Surabaya and Chanel Revelation Blush Creme FOTD_-2

NARS Surabaya and Chanel Revelation Blush Creme FOTD_

 

I seem to be having an ongoing love affair with warm eyeshadows this year- since getting my hands on the  Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita eyeshadow quad, and the NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow duo, I feel like wearing nothing else but variations on reddish burgundy.

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NARS Surabaya and Chanel Revelation Blush Creme FOTD_-4

Makeup breakdown:

Eyes:

- Too Faced shadow Insurance to prime.

-  Matte camel shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Quad applied all over the top lid with a fluffy brush.

- Becca Eye Tint in Gilt applied to the inner 2/3 of the upper lid, stopping before the crease.

-  Yellow toned copper shade from NARS Surabaya Duo (left side) packed on to the inner 1/2 of the upper lid, and blended under inner 1/2 of the bottom lashline.

- Burgundy bronze shade from the right side of Surabaya applied heavily to the outer V, taking colour further out towards the temple,  and lightly blended in crease.

- Same burgundy bronze blended under bottom lashline, concentrating colour on the outer 1/2 of bottom lid and connecting to the colour on the top lid.

- Bobbi Brown Espresso Ink Gel Eyeliner to line upper and lower lashline and waterlines.

 Cheeks:

Chanel Revelation Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Lips:

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy 

Posted by on Aug 20th, 2014 in Eye shadow, FOTD, NARS | 0 comments.


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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