Taupe and Tangerine- FOTD feat. Fyrinnae Beholder eyeshadow and Illamasqua Ignite

Face of the day with Fyrinnae Beholder eyeshadow and Illamasqua Ignite lipstick

Face of the day with Fyrinnae Beholder eyeshadow and Illamasqua Ignite lipstick

 

It was Taupe love at first swatch.

When I ordered Fyrinnae Beholder loose eyeshadow it was as an afterthought because my order was initially just for the Pixie Epoxy glitter base from Fyrinnae. Now I’m seriously considering getting a backup of Beholder, even though there is enough in the jar to last me several taupe lifetimes.

I’ll be swatching and reviewing Beholder, as well as the other Fyrinnae shadows that I ordered in a post sometime next week but for now here is the FOTD that I wore to the performance of Don Quixote.

Makeup breakdown:

Eyes:

– UDPP

– MAC Omega e/s in crease

– Fyrinnae ‘Beholder’ loose eye shadow

– MAC Mystery eyeshadow to deepen outer V

Cheeks:

–  MAC Peaches powder blush

– MAC Gingerly powder blush

Lips:

-Illamasqua ‘Ignite’ lipstick

Red orange lipstick and taupe eyeshadow Face of the Day

Face of the day with Fyrinnae Beholder eyeshadow and Illamasqua Ignite lipstick

Posted by on Aug 11th, 2011 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Illamasqua, Uncategorized | 2comments

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MOR Lychee Flower Lip Nectar: review swatches and FOTD

MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower packaging

MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower packaging

 

Description taken from MOR website..

This high-gloss Lip Nectar renders sweet lips that beg to be kissed! Worn alone or over lipstick, create the perfect pout that will leave admirers swooning

Produced with sparkling sweet lychee flowers united with ripe Berries, soft powdery Florals and the slightest hint of Green Forest Woods

price: AU$19.95 / US$14.00

Availability: www.morcosmetics.com (ships internationally) , Myer department store (Australia)

MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower

MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower

While I was having a browse through Myer last week, I made a beeline for the MOR section to have a play with their products and better acquaint myself with their scents.

My greedy little eyes fell on the MOR Lip Nectars in probably the most elaborate packaging I have ever seen encasing a lip gloss. Of course, I needed wanted to make it mine. I picked Lychee Flower because it was a beautiful colour, and one of the more pigmented glosses in their range.

Colour:

Lychee Flower deepened petal pink with no shimmer and an incredible glassy shine. So so beautiful.

It has quite good pigmentation for a gloss, with about 40% coverage with one layer.

MOR Lip Nectar Lychee Flower Swatch

MOR Lip Nectar Lychee Flower Swatched

Texture:

I found the Lip Nectars quite comfortable on the lips, although they do have quite a thick texture, and a moderate amount of tackiness similar in feel to MAC Lipglasses. Personally I don’t mind a little bit of tackiness because it usually means that the gloss is going to be longer wearing.

I’d make sure to tie my hair up if I’m wearing this on a windy day though!

lip swatch: MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower

lip swatch: MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower

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Posted by on Aug 9th, 2011 in FOTD, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 4comments

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Skin Care Sunday: Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream

 

Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream review
Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream

Enjoy the silky, mousse-like texture of this cleanser whilst your skin enjoys the results: a smoother, more refined and instantly brighter complexion. Active fruit enzymes from Papaya and Pineapple gently polish skin, removing the build up of old skin cells and impurities that can dull your complexion. Licorice and Mulberry extracts brighten and refine your skin tone, while pure plant oils Jojoba, Sunflower and Vitamin E help to nourish and soothe, leaving skin perfectly primed for maximum serum and moisturiser absorption. [description from Trilogy website]

price: 150ml  $39.95

availability:  www.trilogyproducts.com , Myer department store (AUS) , selected pharmacies. For international stockists check the website.

Review

In my opinion, exfoliation is a very important part of any anti-aging skin care regime, and I’m a big believer in mixing exfoliation methods for best results on the skin. So I would normally use a physical exfoliant (ie. my Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant) 2x a week and a chemical exfoliant (e.g. MD Formulations 10% Glycolic cleaser) once a week.

Until now I haven’t tried an enzyme exfoliant, so when the new Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream came out on the 1st of July I was pretty stoked to be given a chance to trial it.

Trilogy’s Age Proof range seems to be their more upmarket range- the packaging as well as the feel of their product are more luxe, and, as the name suggests, the products in this range boast anti aging actives as well as the usual botanicals in their regular range.

The Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream is a silky, almost mousse- like cream consistency and feels really good when massaged into the skin. It rinses clean leaving my skin feeling touchably soft and refined. I did not experience any stinging or redness after daily use (although I did pare down my usual exfoliation regime whilst using this) so I would say that this is a nice AHA alternative for sensitive skin.

Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream

Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream swatched.

It gently exfoliates to some extent but I did feel the need for a physical exfoliant about twice a week to do remove the more resistant dead skin buildup. Although it does contain licorice and mulberry extracts which are ingredients known to lighten skin through inhibition of melanin production, I did not notice any lightening from this product- most probably because the extracts are only in contact with the skin for a short period of time. Perhaps used in the long term a brightening/lightening effect might become more obvious but at this point it’s difficult to say.

 
Have you used an enzyme exfoliating product before? Likes/dislikes? I’d love to know! 
 
Full ingredient list : Aqua (Purified Spring Water), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (and) Glycerin (and), Jojoba Esters, Xanthan Gum, Papaya Extract, Pineapple Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Morus Alba (Mulberry Root) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Fruit) Oil, Ormenis Multicaulis (Chamomile Flower) Oil, Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract, Glycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extrac, Parfum, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

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

Posted by on Aug 7th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.

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My Funny Valentine Bobbi Brown and Benefit Giveaway!

Happy friday everyone!

As you may have heard on twitter I was over the moon when I reached 400 followers on My Funny Valentine. To mark the occasion and to say a big THANKYOU to everyone for supporting my little blog, I have some goodies in my hot little hands to give away!

 

The prizes:

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15 (AUS RRP $42)- it’s one of my absolute favourite lip balms. I reviewed it here.

Benefit Feelin’ Cheeky Minis (a Sephora exclusive) with Posie Tint, Benetint, and High Beam illuminator.

note: all items were purchased by me and are new in box.

 

How to enter:

You must be a public follower of this blog through Google Friend Connect to enter.


1. For one entry, leave a comment below saying absolutely anything!  Make sure you include your email address.

2. For one extra entry and tweet about this giveaway (using the tweet button at the end of this post), and tag me @Jfunnyvalentine.

3. For a whopping 4 extra entries put a link to the giveaway on your sidebar or blog post (please include the link to this in your comment below you can add this in another comment later if you wish)
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So there you have it folks! You can give yourself 6 chances to win just by following all three steps. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! If you have any questions or just feel like telling me how your day is, email me on myfunnyvalentineblog@hotmail.com

The competition is open internationally and will run until Wednesday 31th August midnight Sydney time. I will draw the winner using a random number generator and email the winner on Thursday 1st of September.

GOOD LUCK!!

 

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