For me, summer is the time to experiment with obnoxiously bright lip products that I might shy away from the rest of the year. I also like laid back, no fuss lip products- especially those that don’t require constant reapplication during the day. Here are some faves…
The perfect shmexy petal pink in that awesome Beach Tint super matte finish.
I don’t think there has been a single summer for the last 5 years where I haven’t worn Heat Wave most weekends. One of my all time favourite bright reds.
A new love! Great for days when you don’t have time to put on much makeup. This + bronzer= instant glam.
Really easy to wear colour, in a long lasting gloss stain formula that we all fell in love with when these came out.
Bridget Bardot lips. Seriously sexy caramel nude.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 9th, 2013 in Lip Gloss, Lipstick, Reviews | 93000 comments. Summer+Lips%3A+My+Top+5+2013-12-09+10%3A26%3A20myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9300
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.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Oct 28th, 2013 in Blush, FOTD, Illamasqua, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 85420 comments. Illamasqua+Sacred+Hour+Collection%3A+Review%2C+Swatches%2C+FOTD2013-10-28+02%3A44%3A52myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8542
The Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Pretty Naughty (90 AUD) has been recently released in Australia as part of their Pretty Naughty Spring 2013 collection. The palette combines soft pastels (the ‘pretty’) with a bold charcoal centre (the ‘naughty’)- allowing you to create both soft day time looks and dramatic smoky eyes.
I don’t often use pastels or very ‘spring’ type colours regularly, so this palette has forced me to explore out of my comfort zone. I like that, and I think I will be dabbling in this colour family more over the coming Spring months in Australia. The quality of the shadows is great- finely milled, and some of these are surprisingly pigmented (particularly the charcoal black, the aqua blue, and the lilac shades).
The shades in this palette include a matte light aqua blue, a bronzey taupe shimmer, a lilac shimmer, a satin finish pale cool pink, and a shimmery charcoal in the centre. These are great colours for Spring, and the way I like to use this palette is to use two to three of these colours together in combination with other matte neutrals in my stash- I don’t think I can pull off wearing all five of these colours in the palette together in one look (although Paris from My Women Stuff does this very well).
Stay tuned for the upcoming FOTD featuring this palette!
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Oct 16th, 2013 in Eye shadow, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 85400 comments. Estee+Lauder+Pretty+Naughty+Palette+and+Naked+Pure+Color+Sheer+Matte+Lipstick%3A+Review%2C+and+Swatches2013-10-15+23%3A58%3A03myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8540
Antipodean Beauties is a fun weekly challenge series for Aussie and NZ beauty bloggers, and I’ve decided to partake for the first time this week. The challenge this week was ‘RED’.
After multiple failed attempts at trying to recreate the red eyeshadow look seen on the runways every season lately, I decided to revert to the safer option of red on lips.
This is my favourite spring red lip at the moment- Illamasqua Ignite lipstick with a little bit of MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in What A Blast!
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Oct 8th, 2013 in FOTD, Lipstick | 86150 comments. Red+%28lipstick%29%3A+Antipodean+Beauties+Makeup+Challenge2013-10-08+01%3A22%3A37myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8615
For Fall 2013/2014 Dior has released 32 shades of Rouge Dior lipstick and 12 shades of Dior Contour Lip Pencil, with Natalie Portman as the face of the campaign. I was fortunate enough to be sent the Rouge Dior #532 Plissé Soleil to review- my first Dior lipstick!
The luxurious formula of Rouge Dior contains a treatment to smooth and re-plump lips, therefore maximising the expression of each shade. Fine lines and grooves cast shadowy areas in which colour is lost, meaning it looks less pure and luminous.
Rouge Dior contains rock samphire extract which stimulates cellular renewal, smoothing lips, day after day. On smooth lips, colour shines, and light is constantly reflected between the two lips. Packed with spheres of hyaluronic acid for an instant re-plumping effect, lips are hydrated, filled out and curved and, dressed in radiant, satin shades.
Price: $50 AU rrp
Availability: Dior counters worldwide
Rouge Dior Plissé Soleil is a bright mandarin coral, which is a great spring/summer colour. It has medium opacity and a frosty finish (more obvious IRL than in the photos)- I like to blot the product down with a tissue to tone down the frostiness so it’s more like a glowy finish.
Plissé Soleil wears comfortably on the lips and is non drying- but the finish of the product does seem to emphasize any dry patches/lip lines a little, so prepping the lips with an exfoliant and moisturiser is a must for this one.
The packaging is super luxurious, as it always is with Dior. The tube feels satisfyingly heavy in my palm, and I adore the silver and inky midnight blue colour scheme with the classic CD engraving on the cap.
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Sep 23rd, 2013 in FOTD, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 84100 comments. Rouge+Dior+Pliss%C3%A9+Soleil%3A+Review%2C+Swatches%2C+FOTD2013-09-23+00%3A33%3A39myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8410