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Lip of the Day – L’Oreal Shine Caresse in Milady

I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to shop my stash so I decided to pull out my L’Oreal Shine Caresse glosses ( or L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain as they’re known in the US) and give them another go. I’ve been stuck on my matte shades for quite some time so it’s going to take a few tries before I can get back into the gloss!

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I decided to wear the shade Milady over the NYX lip liner in Prune. Milady is a beautiful plummy purple shade with blue iridescence through it. It’s really vampy but has a brightness to it that I love.

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I think it has a nice brightening effect on my complexion. One of my personal makeup rules is that I pair dark lips with more radiant skin to keep the look from getting too dark. I also always add a blush in a similar tone to keep from looking too washed out. I really liked the whole look and how everything paired together.

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I’ve been asked before what I wear in these quick posts so I made sure to photograph my products this time! If you’re interested, the products I used are: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC42, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark, By Terry Eclat de Rose Sheer Tinted Moisturiser in No 4 Tan, Dior Golden Savannah 5 colour palette, Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black, Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown, Revlon Bold Lacquer by Grow Luscious mascara, Savvy by DB blush in Glamourama and Dior Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond (old formula).

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~Blush FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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I love when I decide to photograph a look and then, by some good fortune, it ends up working perfectly for one of these Antipodean Beauties challenges! This look is one I tried a few days ago and the inspiration is makeup that I saw a makeup artist from Mecca wearing a few months ago. I noticed how amazing the vibrant orange shade was that she had on her lids and when I asked her about it, she said that she was wearing NARS Taj Mahal blush.

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I love Taj Mahal as a blush and and it’s one of my ‘brown girl staples’ but I always forget that it can be super pretty on the eyes. The last time I used it as an eyeshadow was back in 2011 when I was travelling in Sri Lanka and had very minimal makeup with me so I had to improvise with what I did bring. I used it in the eye look below and, if you’re interested in what I used, you can check out the original post by clicking here.

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I decided to try out a ‘blush only’ eye look and used NARS Blushes in Taj Mahal, Gina and Albatross and Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Brume d’Or. Now I should add a disclaimer here that, while I use blushes as eye shadows, many blushes are not considered ‘eye safe’. This is because they may contain red pigments and dyes which aren’t made for use around the sensitive eye area. I tend to keep pink and red toned blushes on the lid only and keep them away from the waterline and haven’t had any issues. If you have very sensitive eyes though, you might want to take more care.

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clockwise from top left: Chanel Brume d’Or, NARS Taj Mahal, Gina and Albatross.

To get the look below I used:

  • NARS Taj Mahal on the lid
  • NARS Gina on the inner lid
  • Chanel Brume d’Or to blend out the crease
  • NARS Albatross as an inner corner highlight
  • Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid liner in black on the top lashline
  • YSL Faux Cils Mascara on the lashes

 

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I applied a combination of NARS Taj Mahal and Gina to the cheeks as well to tie the look together.

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I finished up the look by applying Natio Smoothie Lip Colour Crayon in Hazel to my lips. I wish I’d gone with something more orange or peach toned and actually ended up changing out the lips later for Lanolips Ointment with Colour in Rhubarb.

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What blush would you use as eyeshadow?

~Old School Glamour FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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I put this  together the other day intending it to be a 1920’s inspired look and, while I don’t think I really got there, I still liked it. I couldn’t make myself commit fully and try to cover and then redraw my brows because it’s a nightmare to try and cover brows as dark and thick as mine. I hadn’t used my Dior Golden Savannah eyeshadow palette in a while so I pulled that out to the do the look.

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I really love this palette but I like a lighter shade to use as a lid shade and the middle shade in the palette is really just a gold glitter so I used the shade Bubbly ( a light gold) from the Stila In the Light Palette as my lid shade. I used the coppery shade on the outer corner, the khaki in the crease, the dark taupe to darken the crease (mixed with some black shadow) and the tan shade to blend everything out. I finished up the look with Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Liner in Cognac. If I had been going out somewhere other than the shops, I would have also added false lashes and mascara to the bottom lashes.

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I used a mixture of Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Primer in Dark (love this stuff!) and Burberry Velvet Foundation on the skin set with MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark. I skipped blush because I didn’t want the look to get too heavy. In hindsight, I probably should have at least done a little light contouring. I finished up the look by using NYX lip liner in Auburn topped with Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in Gigolo.

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Dior 5 Colour Eye shadow Palette in Grege- Review, swatches and FOTD

My friend Suga is getting married next year so I’ve been trying to find some vintage makeup inspiration pictures. You can check out my Pinterest board here . While searching I came across this picture below (sorry, source unknown) and I fell in love with it because you know I love a good pin up style look!

I recently bought the Dior 5 colour eyeshadow palette in Grege so I thought I’d try out the look using only the palette.

The Dior palette doesn’t have the warmer brown and beige that the original look has but I still really liked how it came out.

Grege is a beautiful neutral palette filled with lots of easy to wear cool toned shades. Like all Dior palettes, the shadows are really soft and blendable and wear well even without a primer. If you haven’t tried Dior palette’s before then I highly recommend you do because they’re definitely worth the money if you want to splurge.

The palette includes a warm soft brown, a shimmery white, a blue toned grey shade, a dark taupe and a shimmery light silvery-beige. I like the combination of shades but the two lightest shades look very similar on my skin tone but the difference is more noticeable on a lighter skin tone. I can’t help wishing that one of the lightest shades had been replaced with a black so that you could create a darker smokey eye look. This palette is great for everyday looks though and for a soft smokey eye.

Getting this look was really simple. I started off by priming my lids and laying down some concealer and then I patted shade 1 all over my lid. I patted shade 2 over the first shade to get a light beige over the lid. I then blended shade 3 into the crease and blended the edges with shade 2. I highlighted the inner corner with shade 1 and also used it as a subtle brow bone highlight.

I finished up the look by lining my eyes with my favourite Shiseido liquid liner and lots of mascara (Covergirl Natureluxe). I applied Guerlain Blush and Sun to my cheeks, Dior Amber Diamond to my cheekbones and Chanel Dragon on my lips.

I tried the look with a neutral lip as well by applying MAC Spice lip liner all over my lips and topping it with some lip balm.

What do you think of Dior Grege? Have you picked it up?

Dior Smoky Khaki Trio review, swatches & EOTD

I’ve been eyeing the Smoky Khaki palette from Dior’s new range of 3 Couleurs Smoky since I first saw it but I restrained myself from purchasing it for such a long time. I convinced myself that I didn’t need any more eyeshadow palettes and was quite proud of myself for passing on it until I saw it on Strawberrynet 2 weeks ago and found myself clicking ‘add to cart’ without even thinking about it. It scares me some times how easily I can spend large amounts of money without any effort!

The palette comes in the standard Dior velvet pouch with the dark blue case.

However, while at first sight it looks just like any other Dior eyeshadow palette (just a bit smaller)…

… it opens in a very unique way using a slide mechanism instead of a flip up lid which reveals…

… three gorgeous eyeshadows and a cute and functional pop up mirror! The packaging is a bit gimmicky and a little bit awkward to shut as you need to press down the mirror and then slide the lid back across but it is really interesting.

There is one mini sponge tip applicator and one mini double sided brush included. The quality of the brush isn’t the greatest but it’s useful to have in a pinch if you can’t take your brushes with you. I tried using them to do a look (not the look below) and I managed to get a pretty decent outcome from them.

The palette comes with an insert on top (which I forgot to photograph- sorry!) which identifies the olive green shade on the top left as the ‘soft smoky’ shade, the sparkly shade on the top right as the ‘couture smoky’ shade and the gold at the bottom as the ‘base’ shade.

My swatches are not the greatest since my flash ran out of batteries so I recommend heading to my (and probably your) H.G. source of makeup swatches, Karlasugar. All of the trio’s look gorgeous but I went with the Khaki one since it’s a colour that’s unrepresented in my substanital makeup collection. The ‘soft smoky’ is a beautiful satin olive green shade that is perfect for the crease. The ‘couture smoky’ shade is this really complex sparkly taupe mixed with green and the ‘base’ shade is a very neutral gold shade.

I love this trio because the shades are really wearable and quite neutral. I was worried that the ‘couture shade’ would have a lot of fall out and look too sparkly on the lids but it looks gorgeous when worn as it catches the light in a really nice way and didn’t have any fallout.

I used the colours in a look the other day and I loved the combination. I used Chanel Epatant Illusion d’Ombre as a base all over my lid and applied the ‘base’ shade on the inner half my lid, the ‘couture shade’ on the outer half of my lid and the ‘soft smoky’ in the crease. I finished off with Shiseido The Makeup fine liquid liner and Avon Supershock mascara.

For the rest of my face I used Make Up For Ever HD foundation in 153, NARS Gina blush on my cheeks and Chanel Liberte Rouge Coco Shine on my lips.

                                     
I picked up the palette for $53 from Strawberrynet and, while I love it, it is a lot of money to spend on one palette. I’d recommend these palettes if you’re looking for one good eyeshadow palette with a good combination of shades. If you already have a lot of eyeshadows then most of these shades from the range will probably be dupeable from your collection. I know that the shades in the other trios look very similar to other shades I own. If you’re looking to splurge though, Dior is the way to go because I’ve never gone wrong with any Dior palette that I’ve purchased.
What do you think of this palette? Will you be picking up any of the Dior Smoky Trios?

Diorskin Sculpt Concealer

I’ve been trying out the Diorskin Sculpt concealer and I’m not too sure how I feel about it yet. I really want to like it but I’m just not sure because it seems great on some days and then other days I just really dislike it.

The packaging is very cute and tres chic but then again it is Dior so what else would you expect? The bottle is this very opaque nude coloured plastic and I adore the little tube from the way it feels all the way down to how the lid snaps shut with this very satisfying click.

It comes with a doe foot applicator which I think is fairly typical of concealing products so not much to say there. I don’t actually use the applicator for anything other than initial application on to my skin so I’m not too fussed about it.

What I usually do is place a few dots of the product around my eye and then blend it in. I had been using my finger and using a gentle patting motion to blend it in but I’ve started using my blending brush with it and I think I may prefer the brush.

So here are pictures of my eye with and without concealer.

As you can see, it does cover up my dark circles but I also think it leaves a tiny bit of an ashy cast on my skin. I’ve found that this tends to happen with some concealers on days that my circles are extra dark (which they were on the day I took these pictures) when the product doesn’t have enough of a salmony colour in it to correct for the darkness. The picture above was taken with the product on bare skin which is adding to the ashiness as I think it looks alot better when my foundation is on. I tried the concealer on today over my Benefit erase paste which has a very peachy/salmon tone to it and the colour looked so much brighter rather than ashy.

I’ve found that the consistency of this concealer is a little bit more liquid than my other concealers so it doesn’t tend to last as long under my eyes. This is definitely something I have to set with a powder and then may have to reapply later in the day. So far I haven’t really liked the way it looks when set with either my Bobbi Brown loose powder or my Guerlain Meteorites but I have purchased the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder so I’ll see how it works with that and update later.

I think that this is one of those concealers I’ll have to reserve for days when I haven’t got quite so much to conceal because I don’t really like layering a concealer over a corrector and just prefer buying a concealer which has a peachier tone to it which I would use purely for under my eyes. This is one of those products I’m just going to have to keep using and see how it goes because so far I’m not super impressed with it.

UPDATE 13/11/10

So I’ve used this concealer for a good three months now and I’ve got a really good understanding of how it does and doesn’t work for me. As I said in my original review above, this concealer definitely has to be set with powder or it just does not stay and it creases like crazy! I can’t just use any powder though and I’ve found that my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder is the only one that works.

The concealing routine that I’ve come up with and that works for me is to:

1. Pat some eye cream under my eyes.
2. Use my Laura Mercier Under eye perfecter in orange/yellow on the darkest areas.
3. Dab on some Dior Sculpt concealer and then gently pat it on to my skin.
4. Set with my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder using my Laura Mercier
Camouflage powder brush.

I am in love with this combination of products and while it may seem like a lot of effort to go to, I think the results are great. I take back what I said in my original post about not liking correctors because I am in love with my Laura Mercier Under eye perfecter! It’s not heavy at all and it has really helped to eliminate any issues I was having with the colour of the Dior Sculpt. I planned to post some before and after shots but I’ll have to do them later.