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Illamasqua Sacred Hour Collection: Review, Swatches, FOTD

Illamasqua Sacred Hour Collection: Review, Swatches, FOTD


The Sacred Hour is the time to release your inner warrior. Embrace new beginnings at daybreak and re-stoke the fire in your heart as the sun sets. Breathe in the elements, enhance your features, and express yourself. Find your courage, wisdom and power within.

Another incredibly sexy collection by Illamasqua, and one of my favourites this year. I love the medieval feel of the collection, and I’m digging the distinct looks for the ‘Dawn Spirit’ and ‘Dusk Warrior’ – representing the two ‘sacred’ hours of the day. Illamasqua has a great short film that you should check out for an in depth look at the imagery and mood for the collection.


Illamasqua Shard Lipstick Sacred Hour

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blush Sacred Hour

Illamasqua Skin Base Lift




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Posted by on Oct 28th, 2013 in Blush, FOTD, Illamasqua, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 172comments

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Minimalist Makeup Bag: Road Trip Weekend




Hi everyone,

If you haven’t already guessed from my instagram pics spamming up your feeds the past few days- I’ve just been on a weekend away to the beautiful town on Warrnambool- on the end of the Great Ocean Road. I faced my fears and did the trip on the back of Phil’s motorbike. It was exhilarating.

I had to pack everything I needed for the weekend in a small backpack, and since most of the backpack space was taken up by my bulky camera in it’s bulky bag- I had to be very minimalistic with everything else. These are the makeup items and toiletries I brought with me for the weekend. No brushes required!

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Posted by on Oct 14th, 2013 in Illamasqua, Miscellaneous | 44comments

Mermaid Blue: Graphic Blue Eyeliner FOTD

turquoise graphic blue eyeliner makeup look

Turquoise/ Azure blue was always a colour that I considered just out of my makeup comfort zone. Whenever I think of bright blue eyeshadow, images of Malibu Barbie and the mother from Bewitched come to mind and scares me off.

A few weekends ago, I tried using the new Face Of Australia Budgeproof eyeshadow as a bold graphic liner- and I quite like how it turned out. No hint of barbie- just a simple, updated take on the cat’s eye.


FOTD: Illamasqua Naked Rose blush, Time Balm, NARS Bangkok, NARS Tzigane lipstick, Face Of Australia Budge Proof Eyeshadow, David Babaii Boho Beach Spray


FOTD makeup breakdown:


– Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime

– Face Of Australia Budge Proof Eyeshadow in Mermaid Blue* applied with a stiff brush in a thick line across the upper lid and flicked outwards. I used about 3 layers to get this level of intensity.

– MAC Blacktrack Fluidline pushed into the upper lashline and between lashes.


– Illamasqua Naked Rose blush on apples


– NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok

– NARS Tzigane lipstick applied above Bangkok.


David Babaii Boho Beach Spray* through mid lengths to ends and scrunched through for volume and texture. This stuff smells like summer in a bottle.


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Posted by on Aug 20th, 2013 in Drugstore, Eye shadow, FOTD, Hair, Illamasqua, NARS | 19comments

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L’Oreal Color Infallible All Night Blue: Review, Swatches, FOTD



Hi everyone,

I want to share a drugstore gem I’ve come across recently- the L’Oreal Color Infallible eyeshadow in All Night Blue.  I wore it to a friend’s birthday drinks on the weekend (FOTD below) and was reminded of how much I like it.

All Night Blue is a highly pigmented metallic navy with a matte black base. Gorgeous party colour that looks particularly striking on warm coloured eyes.


L'Oreal Color Infallible All Night Blue Swatch


L’Oreal Color Infallible eyeshadow are similar in texture to the Armani Eyes To Kill shadows- mid way between a pressed pigment and a cream shadow. I haven’t tried any of the others but the buttery smoothness and ease of blending of All Night Blue is impressive.  In many ways I prefer this texture to the traditional cream eyeshadow because you get the creamy application but with less tendency to dry up and harden in the pot over time.

I find that the best way to apply this without losing any intensity of colour is to apply with a brush first, blending it to the desired placement, then applying another layer with a clean fingertip.

This colour wears quite well with almost no creasing or smudging by the end of the night. I do find that it fades a little on my eyes, even with primer (most reviewers experience very little fading so this is probably just my oily lids).


Price: RRP $19.95

Availability:  Selected pharmacies and department stores


L'Oreal Color Infallible All Night Blue FOTD


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Posted by on Jun 14th, 2013 in Bobbi Brown, Drugstore, Eye shadow, FOTD, Illamasqua, Inglot, Reviews, Swatches, Uncategorized | 0 comments.

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Golden Eyes and Coral Lips: A Lipstick Bandits FOTD



Hi everyone 🙂

For today’s installment of Lipstick Bandits goodness- we bring you coral lips from our bandit bloggers around the world. As I was planning the post, I realised that I hardly touched any of my coral lippies throughout the Spring and Summer just gone, so it was a nice change bringing my MAC See Sheer out for a night on the town.

MAC See Sheer is a lustre finish lipstick. It is a peachy coral colour with medium to full pigmentation and a subtle glossy sheen- as with most MAC lustre finish lippies, See Sheer has a comfortable balmy feel on the lips and is non drying.

For a second I thought about making a pun in the title involving ‘Golden Eyes’ and ‘See Sheer’. I couldn’t think of anything that wasn’t totally lame so I will have to find another blog title to pun. One day!



You may have noticed that the lighting looks different in these images. I’m experimenting with artificial lighting to extend my useful blog photography hours to past daylight- the days are getting shorter and shorter here in Australia and most days it is dark when I get up in the morning, and getting dark by the time I get home from work. These pictures were taken in my tiny bathroom with some hand held reflectors to help with the shadows. I’m struggling to get the level of clarity that I get with daylight even with manual focus on the DSLR but I suppose it’s better than not taking the pictures at all.


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Posted by on Apr 15th, 2013 in FOTD, Illamasqua, Inglot, Lipstick, Lipstick Bandits, MAC | 2comments

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