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Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch Eyeshadow: Swatches, Review, FOTD

 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch Eyeshadow Review_

Umber Firefinch is a neutral to cool ashy brown in a satin finish. It has a medium pigmentation (although it’s easier to sheer out than it is to build up in opacity), and that silky buttery texture we’ve come to expect from Rouge Bunny Rouge.

Longevity and crease resistance is about average on my (oily) lids, on top of my usual TFSI.

Swatched below, next to Blackpepper Jay (on the left)

 

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Compared with other neutral browns eyeshadows:

Swatched: (from left) Rouge Bunny Rouge Blackpepper Jay, Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch, Tom Ford She Wolf duo (2 swatches), Sleek Storm Palette shadow (second shadow from the right on the bottom row), MAC Mystery eyeshadow

 

Posted by on Sep 1st, 2015 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, Clarins Instant Light Concealer: In Search Of The Flawless Face

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I have been hearing great things about this cult undereye product for years now, but it was only after reading about it on Karima’s post on Shameless Fripperies (she uses this together with Clarins Instant Light concealor- reviewed below) did I seriously think about making it part of my makeup routine.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder Review

Applied heavily on the left swatch, blended out on the right.

This is a silica based powder designed to set undereye concealer as well as brighten the area and diffuse light around fine lines. I like to use a fluffy brush to apply a fine layer of this on top of concealer.

The Secret Brightening powder has a very subtle brightening effect, and a subtle light diffusing/mattifying effect when worn on top of my undereye concealor. I’ve photographed myself wearing it under my left eye only in the picture below. As you can see, it’s a very subtle effect, but it does seem to give a more ‘awake and refreshed’ look.

 

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder Left Eye

 Secret Brightening Powder worn over concealer in the left eye only (right side of photo). Clarins Instant Concealer worn in both eyes.

 

 

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The Secret Brightening Powder (right) compared with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (left).

 

Clarins Instant Light Concealor 02 Review Swatches

Clarins Instant Concealer is another product I’ve heard great things about, and the other recommendation that I’ve taken from Karima’s post.

This concealer is a liquid formulation with a lightweight feel and a velvety, light diffusing finish which looks natural and not at all cakey on my skin. It wears well with no creasing or collecting in fine lines. This has medium pigmentation, which is easily sheered out or increased with layering.

I have the shade in 02 which has a strong peach undertone to counteract blueish undereye circles- I find this works well on me, although to be honest my undereye circles aren’t that bad and although this is better with colour correcting, a regular (non colour correcting) concealer does an ok job.

It’s available in 4 shades. I feel that 02 is the closest match to me.

 

Swatches: Clarins Instant Concealor in 02 (left), and my foundation shade- NARS Fiji (right)

 

Swatches: Clarins Instant Concealor in 02 (left), and my foundation shade- NARS Fiji (right)

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Posted by on Jul 20th, 2015 in laura mercier, Reviews | 0 comments.

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Jane Iredale Corrective Colours palette, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF 14: In Search Of The Flawless Face

Being able to achieve a flawless makeup finish is a great thing for most occasions – it’s even more important for special events. With my wedding coming up next year, I am really paying attention to products that can give the highly sought after flawless-but-natural-looking face, especially looking for those that photograph well.  I’ll be trying and reviewing makeup and beauty tools for this purpose over the next few months- watch this space for more!

The Corrective Colours Kit ($54 from ry.com.au) is a camouflage/concealer palette with 4 colours that can be used alone or combined. Yellow corrects for redness in skin and blemishes; peach counteracts the bluish green tinge of under eye circles; beige for a general neutral shade that can be blended with other colours, and lilac to counteract yellow and sallowness.

Jane Iredale Colour Correcting Palette

 

I’m mostly happy with the texture of the product- the peach shade sits well on the undereye area without noticable creasing through the day. The only problematic shade texturewise is the yellow shade- which is a little drier, and catches on flaky skin a little bit. On normal skin it’s not a problem, but on flaky blemishes it’s not ideal.

I use the peach and yellow shades the most. The peach does work  fairly well under the eye area to cancel the bluish green tinge of undereye circles, and there’s no noticable creasing if you use a thin layer.

I find the yellow works well at cancelling redness around the nose, and the lips- although my one gripe here is that it’s really quite a pale shade. Probably a touch to pale for my fair to medium skin, and most likely too pale for anyone darker than me. I get around this problem by patting on some foundation on top with my beauty blender. You could probably also try and mix it with your own concealer.

I haven’t really found a use for the lilac shade yet- I’d love to know what you guys use this type of shade for in terms of spot correcting.

Jane Iredale Colour Correcting Palette

 

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF

According to Kiehl’s…

” Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30 is a multi-action formula that provides both immediate and long term benefits.
1. Instantly brightens and perfects the skin: Formulated with Amino Acid treated Mineral Pigments to instantly help diminish the appearance of dark circles and brighten the under eye area.
2. Brightens overtime by reducing hyperpigmentation: Activated C and Licorice Root are used within the formula to help reduce the appearance of pigmentation.
3. Protection: Developed with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, utilizing a 100% mineral UV filter to minimize future UV damage and discoloration”

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF

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Posted by on Jul 14th, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Bobbi Brown Telluride Eyeshadow Palette: Review, Swatches, FOTD

This limited edition collection is inspired by one of Bobbi’s favourite destinations- Telluride Colorado. The collection features shades of tawny nude, rose gold, pinky bronze, reminiscent of the late afternoon sun in Telluride. It consists of a limited edition eyeshadow palette, 3 Pot Rouge shadeds for lips and cheeks, a limited edition Shimmer Brick in Sunset Pink, and 3 lip trios (lipstick, lip pencil, gloss).

 

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I was very fortunate to receive the limited edition Telluride Eye Palette to swatch and review.

Bobbi Brown says..

” A palette of sunset-inspired eye shadow shades that deliver a range of brilliant eye looks. Featuring seven earthy eye shadows in a variety of brown, soft blush and mauve hues, this palette is a fresh take on a neutral eye—a major makeup trend from Fall 2015 New York Fashion Week. The palette includes a sleek Dual-Ended Eye Shadow/Eye Liner Brush for on-the-go application. ”

 

From left to right:

‘Cream’  is a (very) sheer matte warm white. I apologise if you can’t see the swatch, my camera didn’t pick it up well.
‘Woodrose’ is a sheer but buildable light brown taupe in a matte finish. This works well as a subtle crease shade that works with almost everything- I love this colour and wish it was more pigmented.
‘Velvet Plum Metallic’ is a medium but buildable pigmentation plummy bronze in a shimmer/metallic finish. The fine shimmers in this shade give the lids that ‘glossy look’ I adore . This is my favourite shade in the palette.
‘Blazing Star Sparkle’  is a white glitter shade in a clear base.
‘Heather Rose Shimmer Wash’ is bronze with multicoloured shimmer and medium pigmentation. The shimmer particles are on the larger side, and does seem to create a lot of fallout so be careful with the application of this one.
‘Antique Rose’ is a sheer to medium pigmentation dusty rose beige in a matte finish. Gorgeous shade, but it fades pretty quickly on me.
‘Smokey Brown’ is an extremely pigmented blackened espresso brown in a matte finish. This is a great shade because it works so well as a liner (it’s so pigmented it looks like a cream product even when applied dry), as well as a fantastic dark brown/black matte shade that blends out smoothly and doesn’t catch on the skin.

The dual ended brush that comes with the palette is pretty decent quality (surprisingly! I get so many crappy sponge applicators with my high end eyeshadow palettes, I usually just throw them out)  I use the fluffy side for applying and blending shadow, the flat synthetic bristles on the other side works well for applying Smokey Brown as a liner.

Bobbi Brown Telluride Eyeshadow Palette Review

 

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Posted by on Jun 30th, 2015 in Bobbi Brown, Eye shadow, FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


Lush Massage Bars: The Girlfriend Hack.

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…. or fiance hack *subtle hint*

These are solid bars of shea and cocoa butter, plant oils, and various blends of essential oils. The Massage Bars soften up as you rub it against warm skin, leaving a layer of oils with perfect amount of resistance for a massage. It also doubles as a rich hand and body moisturiser that leaves your hands feeling and smelling great.

From Dusk Till Dawn (RRP $12.50) comes in a little cone shape, which looks a little like the tip of a giant pencil (and if you rest it on your partner’s neck while you’re massaging,  it makes him look like a stegosaurus. So much fun.) It has a gorgeous candied citrus smell from the Sicilian lemon and sweet wild orange oil-  sweet but with a  zesty freshness. It also features ginkgo, guarana, and ginseng to invigorate.

Lush Massage Bars

Yes Yes Yes (RRP $13.95) is shaped like a bar of soap. It has a delicate jasmine and rose scent- if you use it as a body/hand moisturiser, it leaves you with a nice day time fragrance.

If you are using this several times a week as a moisturiser or massage oil it will last you a few weeks or so depending on how much you use each time.

Lush use Fair Trade cocoa and shea butter in these massage bars, so there are some extra feel-good vibes in there.

 

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