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Bridal / Bridesmaid makeup look #3: Rusty toned Eyes, Orange Red Lips

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- Matte light brown shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage blended all over the top lid. I also smudged this under the bottom lashline concentrating on the outer half towards the temples.

- Rusty brown satin shade (the right side) of NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo applied on the top lid close to the lashline and blended up stopping just before the crease.

- Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink to line in a cat’s eye


- MAC Gingerly


- NARS Heatwave lipstick



Posted by on May 21st, 2015 in FOTD | 0 comments.

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Bridesmaid look/ work makeup – purple and pink and brown

Work makeup look NARS dolce vita velvet matte pencil  NARS Pillow Talk

Work makeup look NARS dolce vita velvet matte pencil  NARS Pillow Talk


Another possible bridesmaid look (see first post in this series here). In retrospect, I would deepen the purple in the outer V and make the eye makeup a little more structured so that it photographs better at a distance. I contoured with my bronzer, but I think a proper contouring shade (lately I’ve been using the Face Of Australia duo, which I quite like) is definitely called for.

Now that I think about it- it’s not really a bridal look at all. It’s more of a 9 to 5 work makeup look. Oh well.

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- Urban Decay Buck eyeshadow from the Naked Palette blended all over the top lid until just past the crease.

- Matte aubergine shade from  Tom Ford Orchid Haze quad blended in outer V and smudged lightly under bottom lashline.

-  pale pink frosty shade from the Jane Iredale Getaway Palette applied wet close to the top lashline on the inner 1/2.

-  Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink to line.


- MAC Peaches blush on apples

- MAC Bronzing Powder in Bronze to contour


- NARS Velvet Matte pencil in Dolce Vita

- I layered NARS Pillow Talk gloss on top on the bottom photo – I think that photographs better, what do you think?

Work makeup look Burberry Antique Rose NARS Pillow Talk

Posted by on May 7th, 2015 in FOTD, NARS | 0 comments.

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita and Red Square: Review, Swatches, FOTD

NARS Velvet Matte Pencils Dolce Vita and Red Square


NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils ($34 AU) are one of my favourite matte formulas, and I’m completely besotted with the shade Dolce Vita. I already own Dolce Vita in the regular lipstick, and also the lipgloss form- but I think that the Velvet Matte lip pencil is by far the most interesting version of the three.

Both Dolce Vita and Red Square are completely matte- a smooth matte formula that glides on the lips quite easily and doesn’t feel heavy or drying on the lips at all. Not bad for a matte! Lasting power is excellent for Red Square (4-5hrs before noticable fading), and average for Dolce Vita (about 2 hrs).

Red Square is a warm orange toned red with almost full pigmentation in one swipe. It swatches warmer on my skin than it looks on my lips. Dolce Vita is a neutral to warm guava rose colour with medium and buildable pigmentation- it is such a flattering shade.

My only gripe with these products is the fact that you need to sharpen them. I hate having to sharpen pencils because they are inconvenient, (particularly if I’m travelling), and you lose product each time you sharpen. At $34 a pop, I don’t understand why NARS didn’t make these a twist-up type pencil, like Clinique did with their Chubby Sticks.

NARS Velvet Matte Pencil Dolce Vita and Red Square: Swatches and Review

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Posted by on May 5th, 2015 in FOTD, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

Bridesmaid look #1 : earthy greige eyes, pink lips

Bridesmaid look #1 : earthy greige eyes, pink lips


I knew for a long time that I would be doing my own makeup at my wedding- even before I got engaged. More recently I decided that I would like to do the makeup for my bridesmaids as well.

Bridal hair, on the other hand, is best left to a professional- and I’ve found someone in Hobart while I was there a few weeks ago.

I’m under no illusions that this will be an easy feat- and realise that taking on the responsibility of doing everyone’s makeup will require a fair bit of planning, and a number of ‘makeup trials’ to get to know my bridesmaids’ faces (monolids in particular will be a challenge).

Our wedding will be in a year’s time, and I’ll be throwing around some bridal makeup ideas. Some better than others, probably. Here is the first one.

Bridesmaid look #1 : earthy greige eyes, pink lips



- matte camel brown shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage palette blended all over the lid to the crease

- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe applied to the upper lid below the crease.

- MAC Scene eyeshadow (matte grey) on top of Tough as Taupe to set the product. I also used a little under the bottom lashline on the outer third, to tie things together. I would have probably preferred MAC Copperplate but it’s gone missing :( :(

- MAC Uninterrupted eyeshadow (matte mustard brown) to warm up the crease and smudged under the outer third of bottom lashline.

- Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink to line the upper lashline


- MAC Blushbaby

- MAC Bronzing powder in Bronze.


- NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita


- NARS Sheer Glow in Fiji

- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

- Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray.


Bridesmaid look #1 : earthy greige eyes, pink lips

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The church. 

 Have you ever done the makeup for yourselves or bridal party? If you have any tips or warnings, let me know in the comments- I’d love to hear from you!

Posted by on Apr 12th, 2015 in FOTD | 0 comments.


Jane Iredale Getaway Palette, Peach Forever Lip and Cheek Tint, Espresso Jelly Jar: Review

Jane Iredale Getaway Palette and Peach Forever Lip Tint

Jane Iredale Getaway Palette and Peach Forever Lip Tint

Jane Iredale has recently launched their ‘Country Weekend’ collection, which includes their Getaway eyeshadow palette, their Forever Peach Lip and Cheek Stain, and their Espresso eyeliner. stocks this collection and gave me the opportunity to trial these products.

Jane Iredale Getaway Palette and Peach Forever Lip Tint

The Getaway palette (rrp 99 AUD, $84.16 at is quite a versatile one that you can throw in your bag knowing that you can use it for light, simple day time looks to dramatic night time smoky eyes. I love how there is a great neutral satin/matte colour (a lot of my palettes miss that critical matte base or crease colour, which means that I need to bring an extra product if I’m travelling.) The eyeshadows in this palette are all decent quality, buttery and easy to blend- and my favourite part is that they LAST FOREVER on my oily  lids without fading and creasing!

The Getaway palette consists of 5 shades:

A shimmery white highlight shade: semi sheer and finely milled so it looks great as a highlight shade for the eye area (e.g. inner corner, tear duct, etc) as well as a  highlight shade for the face (bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, etc)

A shimmery pale pink shade:very  sheer and loses it’s pink-ness when blended on top of other shadows- I don’t tend to use this shade much.

Light brown taupe shade: semi sheer (but buildable) satin. Super silky and blends like a dream. Particularly good as a base shade because it actually increases the wear time and reduces creasing in my other (pretty but poorly performing) eyeshadows

Metallic Copper: moderate to full pigmentation, buttery texture and easy to blend.

Matte charcoal black with gold specks throughout:  Very pigmented, you only need the smallest amount on the brush- because it’s quite a soft eyeshadow, you will pick up plenty of product with a light dab on the pan with a brush. Surprisingly easy to blend for a dark matte.


Swatches of the Getaway palette

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