Barely there makeup feat. SAX Plum Spice lipstick



Barely there makeup feat. SAX Spiced Plum lipstick

Barely there makeup feat. SAX Spiced Plum lipstick


Hi all!

For this Face of the Day, I was going for a ‘english rose’ type look with soft peach tones, flushed cheeks, and bee stung lips. I realise that colouring-wise I’m as far from an ‘english rose’ as you could get- so please indulge me here.

I’ve been crushing on my SAX lipstick in Plum Spice  lately (reviewed here). I like wearing this deep rose brown shade blended into the lips as a stain (I find that brown based shades can look a little 80’s and dated if worn with a defined edge, so I always avoid lip liners with these shades).


FOTD makeup breakdown:


– BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen SPF 30 +

– Lancome Teinte Idole Ultra foundation


– Too Faced Shadow Insurance

– NARS Grand Palais Duo (dusty pink side) on the mobile lid close to the lashline. (Review, swatches, FOTD here.)

– Urban Decay Toasted eyeshadow from Naked Palette (reviewed and swatched here) all over top lid to crease

– MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

– MAC Chromagraphic pencil NC15/NW20 on waterline.

– MUFE Waterproof eyebrow corrector


– SAX Plum Spice lipstick (reviewed and swatched here)


Barely there makeup feat. SAX Spiced Plum lipstick

Barely there makeup feat. SAX Spiced Plum lipstick


Hope you like this look!

And since Diz hasn’t been seen on My Funny Valentine for awhile- here is a photo of him patrolling the hallway.


Posted by on Dec 1st, 2011 in Dizzy, Drugstore, NARS | 0 comments.

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‘My Perfect Scarlet’ custom OCC lip tar mix and FOTD

'My Perfect Scarlet' custom OCC lip tar mix and FOTD

'My Perfect Scarlet' custom OCC lip tar mix and makeup look


I mixed ‘My Perfect Scarlet’ quite awhile ago (around the same time that I mixed the deep blackberry shade ‘Black Cherry‘) and the post has been languishing in my drafts for over a month.

Ah well, better late than never! (hmm I’ve been saying that a lot lately).

I do have a good reason for being so behind on all my posting this last month- I’ve been studying like a madwoman for the final written exam of the Ocular Therapeutics post grad course that I’m doing. I thought doing Optometry was tough when I was an undergrad – I had no idea how seriously draining post grad course work + full time work + blogging was going to be. I guess I shouldn’t complain- one of my colleagues working in our practice is also doing the course with me, and he is a new father.

Now that I’ve finished my exam, I’m looking forward to having time to mix some more custom Lip Tar colours. I’m also really excited about my new empty twist up brush lipgloss containers from (you know, like Stila Lip Glazes) that I can package my custom Lip Tars in.

'My Perfect Scarlet' custom OCC lip tar mix and FOTD

'My Perfect Scarlet' custom OCC lip tar mix and makeup look

I always find red lip colours extremely difficult to photograph accurately. My Perfect Scarlet, for example, looks nothing like a ‘scarlet’ in these photos- but  you’ll just have to take my word for it that in real life, it’s a darker red than it appears here. Like a blood red.

keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Nov 23rd, 2011 in FOTD, OCC cosmetics, Uncategorized | 15comments

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FOTD featuring OCC Lip Tar custom mix “Black Cherry”


FOTD dark lips for fall with OCC Lip Tars, Inglot, and MAC

FOTD dark lips for fall with OCC lip tar custom mix 'Black Cherry'


Hello there!

Hope you’re all having a good start to the week. I’ve got an exciting couple of days ahead- tonight I’ll be in Sydney for the Steely Dan concert at the Sydney Entertainment Center (don’t laugh at my middle aged taste in music), and tomorrow I have a colour appointment at Oscar Oscar salon in Paddington. Yup, I’m doing it- I’m dying my hair for the first time in my life. And it will be red.

I’m actually quite nervous about the hair colour. I had a nightmare a few nights ago about coming out of the salon with a My Little Pony Rainbow dye job and an extremely short fringe. Clearly I just need to chill the F* out.

Anyhoo- here is ‘Black Cherry’ OCC Lip Tar mix in action, as promised.


FOTD dark lips for fall with OCC Lip Tars, Inglot, and MAC

FOTD dark lips for fall with OCC Lip Tars, Inglot, and MAC

Face of the Day Makeup Breakdown


– Inglot Matte 376  (cool medium grey) on mobile lid

– Inglot Matte 358 ( neutral beige taupe) in crease

– Urban Decay ‘Sin’ eyeshadow from Naked Palette inner corner highlight

– MAC Chromagraphic pencil in NC15/NW20 on waterline.

– MAC Smolder eye khol top lashline.


– MAC Cremeblend blush Ladyblush


– OCC custom mix Lip Tar ‘Black Cherry’ concentrated at the centre of the lips and feathered out to give wine stained lip look. If you missed my previous post, you can read about how I made this shade here.

keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Oct 25th, 2011 in FOTD, OCC cosmetics | 17comments

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NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo: Review, Swatches, FOTD

NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo


When the NARS Fall 2011 collection came out, I was very excited to see NARS do a wearable pink eyeshadow. Finally, a pink that doesn’t make me look like 1. I’ve been crying all night or 2. Christina Aguilera.

I’m also a sucker for names. This Nars eyeshadow duo is named after the Grand Palais in Paris, a Beaux-Arts architectural masterpiece that was built for the Paris World Fair at the turn of the century. Brings back so many great memories of my trip there years ago!

Needless to say, I couldn’t say no to NARS Grand Palais.


Price:  $72 AUD (AU RPP)   $33 USD (US RPP)

Availability:  Mecca Cosmetica (Australia), NARS Counters worldwide

NARS Grand Palais Eye shadow Duo swatched

NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo -swatches



The left side of the NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo is a silvery taupe with soft shimmer. Although most reviewers have said that this is very pigmented I actually find that on my skin it’s actually on the sheer side (which is why I like to use this shadow wet).

The right side is a moderately pigmented matte deep rose with a hint of terracotta. Both very unique, but also very flattering shades.


The silvery taupe is buttery smooth and has an amazing silky appearance on the lid.  The matte dusty rose is slightly powdery and takes a little more effort to blend compared with the left side (on par with the original MAC matte eyeshadows, and not as buttery as Inglot mattes).


Both shadows last well on the eyes on top of my UDPP and showed very little creasing and fading.

I haven’t tried this yet, but you could probably use the matte rose shadow as a blusher.


NARS Grand Palais EOTD

NARS Grand Palais EOTD


 Keep reading after the jump!



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