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Violet Duochrome Smoky Eye + BECCA Hummingbird FOTD

Purple is the colour du jour, with Pantone naming Radiant Orchid as the colour of the year 2014. I own surprisingly few purple toned makeup products, so I will need to ‘update’ my collection for this year.

Before this I hadn’t tried purple with a taupe/green duochrome before, and I’m rather pleased with how well Fig 1 goes well NARS Dogon. Definitely one to revisit.

Violet Duochrome Smoky Eye + BECCA Hummingbird makeup tutorial

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Posted by on Jan 16th, 2014 in BECCA, Eye shadow, FOTD, MAC, NARS, Uncategorized | 0 comments.


Soft Olive Smoky Eye featuring MAC Flourishing and Sumptious Olive

Olive Smoky Eye featuring MAC Flourishing and Sumptious Olive

Olive Smoky Eye featuring MAC Flourishing and Sumptious Olive

 

This FOTD was photographed over a month ago (that’s how far behind my posts are), and I was still in Melbourne. It was a pretty frantic few weeks- I was packing for my move out of Melbourne, flying interstate for a postgrad oral exam, trying to squeeze in as many catchups as I could, and trying to sell my furniture.

My makeup that day was supposed to be my attempt at incorporating greens and ‘spring’ colours into my look, but of course it came out very much a Fall makeup look. Nevertheless I quite like the combination of MAC Flourishing and Sumptious Olive- the golden sheen from Sumptious Olive gives the eye makeup a subtle glow.

 

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Posted by on Dec 15th, 2013 in Eye shadow, FOTD, MAC, Uncategorized | 0 comments.

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FOTD: Khaki Green and Blue Smoky Eyes with A Pop of MAC Gold Pigment

Khaki Green and Blue Smoky Eyes with A Pop of MAC Gold Pigment

 

I love the way that blues and greens look with brown eyes, and it’s really been too long since I used these (too easy just to reach for a taupe or a brown when you don’t want to think too much!).

There’s something about this particular colour palette (khaki green, inky blue, and gold) that I tend to gravitate towards- I think it’s because these colours bring to mind the romanticism of explorers and exotic spice routes. Now that we’re getting into the Autumn and (god forbid), Winter months, I will definitely be getting my teeth into these colours.

MAC Gold pigment is the best ‘true gold’ (no sparkles, no duochrome, no pink or bronze tones) eye shadow product I have seen to date- it is intensely pigmented, finely milled, and just like molten gold. You really need the tiniest amount on a pencil brush for this highlight, and the small sample pot I got from The Body Needs has lasted me years.

 

Khaki Green and Blue Smoky Eyes with A Pop of MAC Gold Pigment

 

FOTD makeup breakdown:

Eyes:

- MAC Humid eyeshadow packed on to the upper mobile lid

- MAC Cork eyeshadow blended in the crease

- MAC Typographic eyeshadow (matte dark grey, not pictured here) to darken outer V

- MAC Prussian eyeshadow blended under bottom lashline

-  MAC Gold pigment applied (dry) to the inner corner of the eyes with a pencil brush. Mine is a sample size from The Body Needs.

- Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Ink to line upper lashline and bottom waterline.

 

FOTD: Mac cork eyeshadow, MAC Gold pigment, MAC Humid, MAC Prussian

 

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Posted by on May 12th, 2013 in Eye shadow, FOTD, MAC | 0 comments.

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Golden Eyes and Coral Lips: A Lipstick Bandits FOTD


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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!

 

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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 | 0 comments.

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MAC bronzing powder in Golden and Bronze: swatches and review

 

MAC bronzing powder in Bronze

MAC bronzing powder in Bronze

 

 

Unlike many beauty addicts that I know I’m not really one to have a large collection of bronzers- I pretty much stick with one product that works and use it until it’s gone (can’t say the same about lip products!). I’ve had my ‘Old Faithful’ MAC Bronzer in Golden (pictured on the left) for over 2 years and as you can see I’ve really gotten my money’s worth out of it.

When I decided I was in the market for a new bronzer I decided to go a shade darker because I felt ‘Golden’ was probably a little bit too light for my skin tone when used as a contouring product, especially in the warmer months. Please welcome ‘Bronze’ as the successor to ‘Golden’ :)

 

MAC Bronzing powder in Golden and Bronze

MAC Bronzing powder in Golden and Bronze

 

MAC Bronzing powder in Golden and Bronze

Swatches: MAC Bronzing powder in Golden (left) and Bronze (right)

 

‘Bronze’ is the perfect contouring colour for my skin tone and is a shade darker than ‘Golden’. It has a matte-satin finish which I find to be perfect for natural looking contouring (my pet peeve is bronzers with shimmer or sparkle). I like to apply it in a C shape from my temple to underneath my cheekbones with a contouring brush.

You can see it in action when I upload my very first makeup tutorial youtube video later on tonight :)

 

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