A couple of weeks back, Indigo Kir Royale and I did a combined Selfridges order. It was really very naughty of me to buy more makeup given my recent reckless spending (makeup and food, mostly), but I couldn’t pass up a chance to get my hands on some Charlotte Tilbury.
www.selfridges.com ships directly to Australia, and although the shipping is expensive (a flat rate 25 pounds) – it is not too bad when shared between two or more. Plus, it’s fast. When purchasing from them, the VAT is taken off the full price (second column in the invoice after the jump)- depending on what you buy, you still end up paying significantly less than Australian prices.
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Dolce Vita
NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Surabaya
NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil in Hopi
Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Mulberry
Reviews to come!
Keep reading after the jumpmyfunnyvalentine on Mar 19th, 2014 in Haul, laura mercier, NARS | 100901 commentSelfridges+Haul%3A+Charlotte+Tilbury%2C+NARS%2C+Laura+Mercier2014-03-19+03%3A27%3A59myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10090
I purchased the NARS Eye Paints at the end of last year because I loved how Mozambique and Iskandar looked on swatches I had seen on Temptalia. The colours were so saturated and opaque, and different from anything I had in my cream eyeshadow collection. After using these for the past few months I’m undecided as to whether it was a worthwhile investment.
Mozambique (25 USD, 40AUD) is a yellow toned matte green that reminds me of army combat apparel. Such a stunning, unique colour, and very intensely pigmented-t was love at first swipe. The wear time and fade/budge/crease resistance is out of this world too. FYI you will need an oil based cleanser and some elbow grease to remove this at the end of the day- it really is war paint.
However. After a few weeks of opening, the product had gone from beautifully creamy and easy to apply, to very thick and almost impossible to blend evenly on the eye unless you’re working with a very small area closest to the lashline (the EOTD pictures below were taken with the first few days of opening the product) It’s still usable if you layer a small amount on top of a similarly coloured shadow so the patchiness is less obvious- but it’s a lot of work. I still use this from time to time, because the colour is so gorgeous and longevity is so good. I use my index finger to apply cream shadows. If anyone has tricks to revive dry cream shadows I’d love to hear it!
Iskander (25 USD, 40AUD) is a sheer-ish true gold. I find that this works best applied as a thin layer of golden shimmer on top of another eyeshadow- if you try and layer it to achieve better opacity I find that it just gets patchy and flaky (as shown in my EOTD attempt below, which was 3 layers of Iskander). This is a bit disappointing because I purchased this under the impression that it was an opaque molten gold, like I had seen in swatches and in the NARS promo images. The texture is creamy and easily blendable and the shimmer is gorgeous, but god knows I don’t need yet another sheer gold cream eyeshadow in my collection. if you’re in the market for a semi-sheer true gold and don’t mind dropping the $$ for a cream eyeshadow, then this might be for you.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Mar 17th, 2014 in Eye shadow, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 94160 comments. NARS+Eye+Paint+Iskandar+and+Mozambique%3A+Review+and+Swatches+2014-03-17+05%3A52%3A23myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9416
Soft camel brown with gunmetal, that is.
Yes, it was a dumb title for this FOTD post, but when you’ve done a gazillion posts titled ‘soft brown smoky eye’ or similar, you tend to enjoy making up silly names. Anyway. I have been using my Tom Ford eyeshadow quad in Cocoa Mirage virtually every day since purchasing it at Sydney DJs at the end of last year- the day I shot this FOTD was no exception. I took a few photos in my hotel room before leaving for work in the morning (in Perth, #suitcasediaries) because I liked how the NARS Dogon looked with the soft warm toned browns of Cocoa Mirage.
I also quite like the way that the darker shade of NARS Dogon blends better when applied over the silky texture of the Cocoa Mirage shadows- much better than it normally does on primer alone (it tends to apply a little patchy, which is unfortunate because of how beautiful the shade is)
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Feb 24th, 2014 in FOTD, NARS | 99200 comments. Camels+with+Guns%3A+Soft+Smoky+eye+%2B+Neutral+Face+2014-02-24+05%3A41%3A13myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9920
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.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Jan 16th, 2014 in BECCA, Eye shadow, FOTD, MAC, NARS, Uncategorized | 93810 comments. Violet+Duochrome+Smoky+Eye+%2B+BECCA+Hummingbird+FOTD2014-01-16+02%3A31%3A58myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9381
With all the moving I’ve been pretty disciplined with holding back from too many unnecessary makeup purchases (although, I suppose “unnecessary” was always open to interpretation). The Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales this year for ASOS beauty and NARS were too good to resist, and I bought some things I’ve been lusting over for ages. I also stocked up on a couple of bottles of my HG foundation- NARS Sheer Glow in Fiji.
I’ve had a good play with most of the products already, and am really taken with Watercolour blush in Gentle, NARS Red Square, and NARS Mozambique. Reviews on their way…
NARS Sheer Glow foundation
NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Red square
NARS Velvet Gloss lip pencil in Mexican Rose
NARS Eye Paint in Mozambique and Iskandar
Daniel Sandler Velvet Waterproof Eyeliner in Grey Velvet and Brown Velvet
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Gentle and Dare.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 28th, 2013 in Haul, NARS | 95570 comments. Black+Friday+2013+Haul%3A+NARS+and+Daniel+Sandler+2013-12-28+12%3A00%3A56myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9557
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