Floral inspired makeup feat. Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty Palette

Floral inspired makeup feat. Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty Palette


Pastels and floral type colours have never been my thing- so when I received the Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty palette for review, I found myself a little out of my comfort zone. I’m glad I had the chance to play with this palette, because I really can’t (or shouldn’t) go on wearing Fall colours all year round.


Floral inspired Spring makeup FOTD

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Posted by on Oct 18th, 2013 in Eye shadow, FOTD | 137comments


Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty Palette and Naked Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick: Review, and Swatches

Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty Palette


The Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Pretty Naughty (90 AUD) has been recently released in Australia as part of their Pretty Naughty Spring 2013 collection. The palette combines soft pastels (the ‘pretty’) with a bold charcoal centre (the ‘naughty’)- allowing you to create both soft day time looks and dramatic smoky eyes.

I don’t often use pastels or very ‘spring’ type colours regularly, so this palette has forced me to explore out of my comfort zone. I like that, and I think I will be dabbling in this colour family more over the coming Spring months in Australia. The quality of the shadows is great- finely milled, and some of these are surprisingly pigmented (particularly  the charcoal black, the aqua blue, and the lilac shades).

The shades in this palette include a matte light aqua blue, a bronzey taupe shimmer, a lilac shimmer, a satin finish pale cool pink, and a shimmery charcoal in the centre. These are great colours for Spring, and the way I like to use this palette is to use two to three of these colours together in combination with other matte neutrals in my stash- I don’t think I can pull off wearing all five of these colours in the palette together in one look (although Paris from My Women Stuff does this very well).

Stay tuned for the upcoming FOTD featuring this palette!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Pretty Naughty Palette

Estee Lauder Pure Color Pretty Naughty Palette Swatches


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Posted by on Oct 16th, 2013 in Eye shadow, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Birthday makeup: a burgundy jewel toned FOTD




We celebrated my birthday this year the weekend after the actual date. P spoilt me silly with a luxury extended weekend in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania (highly recommended for both nature/hiking enthusiasts, foodies, and day spa lovers) while I was in Tasmania doing a post grad placement at the Royal Hobart Hospital eye clinic. I had an amazing time over the 5 or so days I was in Tassie, and I even got to catch up with Julie from Me My Best And I again!

The actual date of my birthday I spent mostly in pyjamas blogging and hiding from the 35 degree heatwave outside. This is the makeup that I wore on that day.



FOTD makeup breakdown:


– Two faced shadow insurance to prime

– Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe blended on mobile lid as a colour base (reason for this is because of the flakiness of Cosmic, more details here)

– MAC Omega eyeshadow to blend colour in crease

– Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadow Paint in Cosmic (review and swatches here) blended on top of the Color Tattoo. I did 2 layers to get to this level of opacity. As you can probably see in the photo, Cosmic tends to flake off a little on the eyelids. It’s a look that looks best within 3hrs of applying.

– Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadow Paint in Halo (review and swatches here) used sparingly as an inner corner highlight.


– Illamasqua Naked Rose Blush (review and swatch here)


Burberry Lip Mist Copper



Posted by on Mar 25th, 2013 in FOTD | 129comments

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadow Paints Review: Cosmic and Halo


Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadow Paints Review: Cosmic and Halo


I wanted to experiment with texture and create a new way of playing with makeup. Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints are great for mixing and are an especially easy way to apply makeup – there are infinite possibilities.”

Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder


I was recently given a chance to try 2 of the new Estée Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paints. I’m very fond of cream eyeshadow (Chanel Illusion D’Ombres, Paint Pots, Color Tattoos- love them all!) so I was very excited about these new Tom Pecheux offerings.

The Shadow Paints come in 9 colours including neutrals and brights. I tried Cosmic- which is a metallic burgundy with silver microshimmer, and Halo- which is a pearlescent champagne.


Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadow Paints Review: Cosmic and Halo


As a number of reviewers have noticed, there is a large variation in the formula between the colours in this collection. Halo (the pearlescent champagne shade) applies beautifully with an even pearlescent finish, and lasts for hours on the lids without creasing; Cosmic (the metallic burgundy) on the other hand goes on patchy, and flakes off significantly after it dries. You must use some sort of base colour underneath Cosmic otherwise you will be seeing patches of bare eyelid when bits of the product flakes off. I would recommend testing these individually in person.

Colour-wise, think they’re both gorgeous and easy to wear. I really love Cosmic, which is such a perfect colour for a jewel toned smoky eye- it’s really such a shame that the formula is so difficult to work with on my eyes.


Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadow Paints Swatches: Cosmic (left) and Halo (right)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadow Paints Swatches: Cosmic (left) and Halo (right)





note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration. 

Posted by on Mar 21st, 2013 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 1 comment

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Emerald City: NYE Makeup Inspired By Pantone



Pantone announced that their 2013 Color of The Year is ”Emerald’ – a vivid green which works brilliantly with brown eyes. I really don’t wear green enough, and given that I own so many beautiful green eye shadows I really need to give them more lovin this year.

I thought it would be fitting to do a Pantone Emerald inspired eye makeup look to start the new year, and this was what I wore to see the fireworks on NYE in Melbourne.  I only realised this afterwards, but I wore a tangerine coloured dress that night- coincidentally Pantone’s colour of the year for 2012.





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Posted by on Jan 4th, 2013 in Eye shadow, FOTD, laura mercier, MAC | 2comments

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