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Sisley Mystery 4 Ombre Eyeshadow Palette and Lip Twist in Chestnut: Review

Sisley Mystery 4 Ombre Eyeshadow Palette and Lip Twist in Chestnut: FOTD

Sisley recently launched 2 new Phyto 4 Ombre eyeshadow palettes and some new shades to their Phyto Lip Twists collection. I had the opportunity to test out the Mystery eyeshadow palette (rrp 110 AUD)and the Phyto Lip Twist in Chestnut (rrp 50 AUD). I was particularly delighted with the Phyto Lip Twist in Chestnut- which turns out to be the perfect autumn lip.

These are available at Sisley counters at David Jones or through the David Jones website

Sisley Mystery 4 Ombre Eyeshadow Palette review


Mystery palette consists of 4 cool tones designed for a smoky eye:

Ivory – sheer white shimmer.

Matte black- pigmented charcoal black

Gun- moderately pigmented gunmetal grey

Denim -pigmented  metallic blue

These shadows have a soft creamy formula with varying degrees of pigmentation- the shimmery white shade is sheer and will need a stiff brush to pick up enough product, whereas the black shade is super pigmented that it’s easy to pick up too much product (I gave myself panda eyes a couple of times, so test on the back of your hand before going for the eyes!). The shadows are reasonably easy to blend, although I found the black one needs a bit more precision and careful blending on my eyes because of the dense pigmentation.

Although the pigmentation is great for the darker shades, I found that they tend to fade on my lids by about the 3 hour mark- a little below average for eyeshadows in general on me. I have oily lids, so longevity is difficult for a lot of eyeshadows I have used in the past, even with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and this may not be the case for other people.

IMG_9142 Phyto Lip Twist in Chestnut is a beautiful taupe-ish rose colour with a glossy finish, which is just gorgeous for autumn. It has medium pigmentation (more than I would have expected for this type of product), and surprisingly long lasting. Chestnut is lightly moisturising and feels comfortable on the lips.

It comes in a twist up “chubby stick” like dispenser, which has the convenience of not requiring sharpening (unlike other similarly styled products - NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil, I’m looking at you).

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Posted by on Mar 25th, 2015 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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.


NARS Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow Review and FOTD      NARS Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow Review and FOTD



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

Posted by on Dec 10th, 2014 in FOTD | 1 comment

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Metallic Sunset Eyes: Gucci S/S 2014 inspired FOTD

Metallic Sunset Eyes: Gucci S/S 2014 inspired FOTD


As you can probably tell from my knit on knit attire, it was not spring at the time that I took these FOTD photos- it was in the middle of winter, making it 2 months floundering in my drafts folder (bad, bad blogger!). The colours are good for spring/summer though! Molten metallics aren’t part of my usual neutral (*ahem* boring) repertoire, so I thought it would be fun to try something like the golden burgundy reddish eye look that Pat McGrath created for Gucci Spring/Summer 2014 fashion week.

I adapted it to be more wearable for every day by adding eyeliner and using a slightly more muted shade of reddish burgundy.

Guccimetallicgoldredeyes Gold and red burgundy eyeshadow makeup look

Gold and red burgundy eyeshadow makeup look




- Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime

- MAC pigment in Gold applied with a flat brush to the central upper lid area, stopping before the crease, then blended inwards.

- Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita quad: I used the burgundy shade blended in the outer V and dragged outwards towards the temples. I also applied some of this shade in the outer 1/3rd of the bottom lashline.

- MAC Mystery eyeshadow (dark matte brown) blended just above the lashline on the top lid, and just below the lashline on the bottom lid in the outer third to deepen the colour in the outer V area.


- light dusting of Illamasqua Naked Rose blusher


- L’Oreal Shine Caresses in Lolita


Posted by on Oct 16th, 2014 in FOTD | 0 comments.

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Minerologie Spring: New Blush Duos and Purple Velvet Lipstick

Minerologie Spring: New Blush Duos and Purple Velvet Lipstick


Minerologie Blush Duos:

Sunset/Riviera- Sunset is a apricot toned brown shade with medium pigmentation. It works well as a bronzer and for contouring. Riviera is a pale peach colour with sheer pigmentation.

Harmony/Wallflower- Harmony is a pale matte pink which leans cool. It has sheer pigmentation. Wallflower is a medium coral pink with high pigmentation.

Sunset and Wallflower both have great longevity and pigmentation- I have been wearing these together (Sunset to contour and Wallflower on the apples of my cheeks) for long days at work and they’ve both lasted really well to the end of the day. This combo is worn on the full face image above.



Minerologie Spring: New Blush Duos Swatch

Purple Velvet Lipstick by Mineralogie

Mineralogie Purple Velvet lipstick (RRP $38.00)is not for the faint of heart. It is a full on dark grape purple with a metallic finish- wear it with confidence or don’t wear it at all. Personally, I don’t think I could pull off this lippy- perhaps to a 90s dress up party, but not for everyday.

Pigmentation is medium but buildable- although it does tend to apply a little patchy, particularly if you’re lips are a bit dry- this is one of those lipsticks that you need to prep your lips for.

Purple Velvet is a limited edition release.

Purple Velvet Lipstick by Mineralogie

Purple lipstick bronze eyeshadow FOTD


For a review of the rest of the Minerologie Spring 2014 Collection, see my previous post.

note: these products were sent by PR for review. For more details on my editorial policy see PR tab.

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