Have you ever been (To Electric Ladyland): a blogger inspired FOTD

Blue, purple and gold eye makeup

Blue, purple and gold eye makeup

This look is inspired by a FOTD  that the brilliant Lucia of My Little Beauty Corner created on her sister. My version turned out quite different but I still quite like it and thoroughly enjoyed slapping on!


Blue, purple and gold eye makeup

Blue, purple and gold eye of the day

Blue, purple and gold eye makeup

Blue, purple and gold eye of the day

Makeup Breakdown


– Urban Decay Primer Potion

– MAC Blackground Paint Pot all over mobile lid and winged outwards a little. Review and swatches here.

– MAC Prussian (matte royal blue) eyeshadow applied in an elongated oute

r V and under bottom lashline.

– MAC Fig. 1 (matte medium grape) eyeshadow in crease and inner 1/3rd of upper lid.

– MAC Gold pigment applied in centre of top eyelid and s

lightly blended into the rest of the eyeshadow.

– MAC Gold pigment applied on inner corner and tear duct area.

– Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Ink on waterline and top lashline.

– Ardell Fashion lashes


– MAC Blushbaby blush


– Chanel Evocation Rouge Allure lipstick.


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Fiji

MAC Studiosculpt concealor NW 25


Blue, purple and gold eye makeup

Blue, purple and gold eye makeup- please excuse the crappy blending


This is probably one of the most colourful looks I’ve worn. It’s really not that colourful, but my comfort zone is neutrals so to me this is new territory.


Posted by on Aug 29th, 2011 in Eye shadow, FOTD, MAC | 565comments

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Blush as eye shadow? A Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 inspired FOTD


Sigrid Agren backstage at Armani Fall 2011 RTW

Sigrid Agren backstage at Armani Fall 2011 RTW

Hello you!

It’s coming to the end of the weekend, which always makes me sulky. There’s so much stuff that I planned to do but hadn’t, and I still have to pack for Sydney. It’s going to be a big 2 weeks ahead, with about 15hrs of driving back and forth between home and Sydney for a therapeutics professional development course. I hate driving.

So now that I’ve gotten my end of weekend whinge off my chest, let’s talk about makeup!

When the backstage images of Giorgio Armani Fall Ready To Wear 2011 came out, I fell in love with the satiny peach shades on the model’s lids contrasted with the edgy liner work. When the gorgeous Arianne of The Glitter Geek did her version of this look recently, I just had to try it myself.


Blush as eye shadow? A Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 inspired FOTD

Blush as eye shadow? A Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 inspired FOTD

Blush as eye shadow? A Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 inspired EOTD

A Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 inspired EOTD with double flick liner


I couldn’t find a decent neutral matte peachy-fawn shade in my eyeshadow collection (all my peachy eyeshadows were too pink or had too much shimmer) so I went through my blush collection and realised that Blushbaby powder blush from MAC was perfect.

Please excuse the gangsta face. I was trying to show the eyeshadow placement haha.


Blush as eye shadow? A Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 inspired FOTD

Blush as eye shadow? A Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 inspired FOTD


keep reading after the jump!



Posted by on Aug 28th, 2011 in Blush, Eye shadow, FOTD, Runway | 252comments

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Skin Care Saturday: Trilogy Age Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate

Trilogy Age Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate

Trilogy Age Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate


Trilogy says…

 Roll on to instantly cool, tone and brighten. A small but mighty eye serum to keep on hand at all times. 

Packed with a powerful cocktail of botanicals including Co-enzyme Q10 to help revitalise and protect against ageing. Extracts of Green Coffee and Ecocert Jojoba esters tone and tighten so you’ll enjoy diminished dark circles and reduced puffiness. Combine this with the gentle massaging action of the roll-on applicator; you’ve everything you need to bring out your best, freshest looking eyes. 

price:  $36.95

availability: Myers (Australia), selected pharmacies, www.trilogyproducts.com (ships internationally) , www.zuneta.com (UK based, ships internationally)


The Trilogy Age Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery concentrate was released with the Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleanser (reviewed here) fairly recently. These are the newest additions to the Age Proof range.

I was sent this product  to review about 2 months ago, but it was only in the last few weeks that I started using it on a regular basis. The reason it took me so long to get into this eye serum is because due to the packaging it’s a product best suited to warmer weather- while we were going to a bad winter, I could not for the life of me get the product to go through the rollerball (the product must have half solidified in my cold bathroom). Yup, I wanted to cry.

So now that we’re going into spring, we’re back on track!



The Trilogy CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate is a daffodil yellow, lightweight serum which is supposed to be rolled onto the eye area.

This eye serum has a pretty damn good ingredient list, making the DIY formulator in me drool. Coenzyme Q10, (or CoQ10 for short) also known as Ubiquinone, is a fabulous skin care ingredient for it’s antioxidant and collagen boosting effects. I’ve already written in detail about this super ingredient in my DIY 10% tetra C, E, and 2.5%  Coq10 serum post so I won’t repeat myself. The percentage of CoQ10 is, unfortunately, not listed so I can’t tell you for certain whether it’s in the ideal range (although the Trilogy rep has assured me that it is).

Licorice root extract is a lovely hydroquinone alternative for brightening the skin, and an ingredient I am dying to use (but difficult to work with). Jojoba, Cucumber extract, and Hyaluronic acid are great as support for the skin’s moisture levels.

Consistent with all of Trilogy’s products, this serum is full of naturally active ingredients. There are no fillers, no potentially toxic ingredients, no unnecessary texture enhancers (e.g. propylene glycol), and no parabens.

It feels very refreshing when rolled under the eye and works well in the morning because it’s great under makeup. It’s lightly hydrating, but for my dry skin it’s not emollient enough to be a stand alone product (I use oils, serums, and moisturising creams to supplement).

I haven’t yet noticed any change in my dark circles or fine lines, but those type of effects generally take months of daily use to take place so I’ll keep you updated.


Trilogy Age Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate

Trilogy Age Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate


full ingredients list: Aqua (Purified Spring Water), Cetearyl Olivate & Sorbitan Olivate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Jojoba Esters, Ubiquinone (Co-enzyme Q10), Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract, Coffee Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Ormenis Multicaulis (Chamomile Flower) Oil, Camilla Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (and) Gl, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extrac, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin


note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration only.

Posted by on Aug 27th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 213comments


My blog woes and a thank you to website developer Peter Mac





As many of you would be aware through twitter, I have been having a pretty sh*t time the last couple of months with technical issues on My Funny Valentine. It’s shaved years off my lifespan and there is now a hole in my desk from the head banging.

The problem started soon after I moved from Blogger to WordPress. A handful of readers started noticing that they could not access my blog on their usual browser no matter what they tried- they would just get an error message like this:


Catchable fatal error: Object of class WP_Error could not be converted to string in /home/myfunnyv/public_html/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 2828

More and more concerned readers started coming forward with the same issue. For some, it would only be a transient problem and simply clearing their cache did the job- for others the problem stuck around for months.

The confusing bit was that there was no pattern in terms of browsers, links, or timing of the problem. I myself couldn’t see the problem, my host server’s technical support team could not replicate the problem, nor could anyone else I contacted for help. It’s hard to fix a problem that doesn’t exist on your computer!

Through all of this my readers have been unbelievably lovely, especially Dani from Call It Beauty, Charlotte from Lipglossiping, Violet from Violet Le Beaux, Jessica from Getting Cheeky, Jane from Modesty Brown,  and many others, for helping me through it with screenshots and advice.

I was inexpressibly relieved we finally sorted out the problems, hopefully for good. *knock on wood*

The last person I want to thank is Peter Mac .  He is a freelance software programmer and website developer who kindly agreed to help a blubbering, panicked idiot who knew infuriatingly little about computers (yours truly). Even though the problem was vague and didn’t show up on his computer; even though my little blog is nothing in the scheme of things; and even though I was of little help- he said he would try his best to fix it.

If I was trying to build a new website, Peter Mac would be the first person I would call. Not only does he have considerable experience as a software architect but he’s such a genuinely nice guy, with an amazing can-do attitude and a real passion for his work.  Where others I’ve contacted about this problem had told me that they can’t fix it if they can’t see it, Peter actually went out of his way to help me.

Highly recommended! You can find him at www.petermac.com  and  www.threerock.com .


Posted by on Aug 25th, 2011 in Uncategorized | 3comments


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