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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.

NARS Anita Audacious lipstick: review


NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick-2


I purchased NARS Anita Audacious lipstick from Mecca Cosmetics on a whim. It was the first time I had seen the Audacious line in person, and I was so impressed with the formula it took all my self control not to pick up another few. I chose Anita because I have very few matte neutral pinks- NARS Pure Matte lipstick in the shade Bangkok is pretty, but awfully dry on the lips.

NARS Anita Audacious lipstick: review, swatches, FOTD

Anita Audacious Lipstick is described as an ‘antique pink’.  On me it’s an opaque neutral to cool pale-ish pink with some pastel undertones- on cooler skin tones it seems to pull a little warmer- Anita looked spectacular on one of  the Mecca sales girls, who has pale porcelain skin.

I find cool to neutral pinks difficult to pull off because they tend to bring out yellow tones in my skin and make my complexion a little bit sallow- Anita is just on the verge of being too cool on my skin when worn opaque, but looks nice when worn sheer.

Anita has a satin to matte finish, excellent colour payoff, and impressive wear time for a light shade (3hrs). It’s neither moisturising nor drying on my lips (but like any pale-sh colours, it looks best when lips prepped)



NARS Anita Audacious lipstick: review, swatches, FOTD

Posted by on Apr 17th, 2015 in Lipstick, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

NARS Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow Review and FOTD

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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.

Copper and Burgundy Warm Smoky Eye: NARS Surabaya FOTD

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NARS Surabaya and Chanel Revelation Blush Creme FOTD_


I seem to be having an ongoing love affair with warm eyeshadows this year- since getting my hands on the  Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita eyeshadow quad, and the NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow duo, I feel like wearing nothing else but variations on reddish burgundy.

NARS Surabaya and Chanel Revelation Blush Creme FOTD_-3

NARS Surabaya and Chanel Revelation Blush Creme FOTD_-4

Makeup breakdown:


– Too Faced shadow Insurance to prime.

–  Matte camel shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Quad applied all over the top lid with a fluffy brush.

– Becca Eye Tint in Gilt applied to the inner 2/3 of the upper lid, stopping before the crease.

–  Yellow toned copper shade from NARS Surabaya Duo (left side) packed on to the inner 1/2 of the upper lid, and blended under inner 1/2 of the bottom lashline.

– Burgundy bronze shade from the right side of Surabaya applied heavily to the outer V, taking colour further out towards the temple,  and lightly blended in crease.

– Same burgundy bronze blended under bottom lashline, concentrating colour on the outer 1/2 of bottom lid and connecting to the colour on the top lid.

Bobbi Brown Espresso Ink Gel Eyeliner to line upper and lower lashline and waterlines.


Chanel Revelation Le Blush Creme de Chanel


Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy 

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