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Smokey Eye Look using Stila in the Light palette

I was at my friend’s place the other day flipping through some magazines when I came across a print ad for Wolford. I really liked the smokey eye look she had on (probably because of her gorgeous eyes) and felt the need to try and recreate it. I couldn’t find the exact ad that I saw the look in but it seems to be part of the same range of ads that the picture below is from.

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I used my Stila in the Light palette which I think is much better than the Naked palette. It has a great mix of matte and shimmery shades and the shadow formulas are really lovely and easily blendable. I tried to recreate the look as much as I could and the end result wasn’t exactly the same but I still liked it. I did a step by step guide which, to be honest was pretty time consuming so I probably won’t be making them a regular feature of my posts.

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1. Prime lids with NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base to lid

2. Apply Avon Big Color Eye Pencil in Vanilla to the lid

3. Blend out the base colour

4. Apply a mixture of Bare and Kitten eyeshadow’s (from the Stila palette) to lid

5. Blend out the crease with Bliss eyeshadow

6. Apply Ebony eyeshadow to the top lash line thickening up at outer corner

7. Blend the black out using a clean blending brush and work up into outer corner

8. Darken the crease with Sandstone eyeshadow mixed with a tiny bit of Ebony

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9. Apply Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero to upper lash line

Image 10. is the look so far without concealer and image 11. is with under eye concealer applied.

12. Apply the liner from step 9 to the lower lash line and waterline

13. Take some Ebony eyeshadow on a small brush and blend out the outer half of the lower lash line

14. Apply mascara. I used L’Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black

15. Apply some Kitten eyeshadow to the inner half of the lower lash line

16. Finish up by doing one final blend with a clean blending brush if required

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I finished up the look by filling in my brows and applying a nude lipstick. From memory, I used Burberry Copper Lip Mist. This is actually a heavier eye look then I’d wear but I quite liked it.

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What do you think of the look?

The Balm ‘Balm Voyage’ Palette

 

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I was walking through the cosmetics department in David Jones the other day when this little beauty caught my eye. I vaguely remembered seeing reviews about it a little while ago on some blogs and decided to give it a go.The packaging is super cute with the retro imaging that The Balm is known for. I especially loved the mirror design inside which is meant to look like a passport photo. It’s a good size so you could actually use it to do your makeup.

2The Balm Voyage palette is a bit of an ‘all in one palette’ with eyeshadows and lip/cheek stains. There’s 16 shadows in the palette and they range from neutral shades through to some bright shades and there’s a mixture of both matte’s and shimmers. As with a lot of palettes, quite a few of the lighter shades look very similar on my skin tone and do come out quite chalky. This probably won’t be an issue if you’re of a lighter skin tone but it’s something to consider if you’re around my shade or darker.

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I usually don’t like when eyeshadows and lips products are packaged together because the fall out from the shadows tends to fall into the lip products. This palette is well designed though so there’s a separate flap you can open to access the 3 lip/cheek stains. The shade range is lovely and they’re all very easy to wear shades.

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On to the swatches! I swatched each of the eyeshadows by row starting with the bottom one first. Below is (from left to right) A1, B1, C1 and D1. The first three all look very similar on me except that B1 is a matte. The pigmentation on these is ok but you will need a primer. They’re all quite soft but I find the middle two shades to be chalky.

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Below is A2, B2, C2 and D2. These are the brighter shades in the palette. C2 is really the shade that made me want to get the palette as I loved the intensity of the green. B2 looks lovely in the palette but has a very chalky texture so it’s hard to build up the colour or layer other shades over it. I was hoping it would be similar to Sugarpill Mochi but it wasn’t.

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Next up is A3, B3, C3 and D3. I’ve been using D3 quite a lot as a lid shade with either B3 or C3 in the crease. They’re both quite similar on my skin tone but C3 is meant to be a warmer shade.

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Lastly we have A4, B4, C4 and D4. These shades are the most pigmented from the range so I’ve been using them to darken up the crease. I’ve also been mixing these shades with some of the lighter shades in the palette to create mid tone shades I can use as lid colours. I often do this with eyeshadow that look too white against my skin tone so that I can get more wear out of them.

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I tried out some eye looks so you could see how the shadows apply. You might have noticed that I love a bit of blue liner so I tried a neutral eye look and paired it with NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue. I used a combination of B1, B3, B4 and C3 for the look.

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I also tried out a more intense look using B2, C2, A3, C3 and D4. I paired it with a Stila Liquid liner in black. I applied C2 (the bright teal) on the outer corner  over B2 (seafoam) but it didn’t show up as intensely as I’s like due to the chalkiness of B2.

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Now we move on to where this palette really excels- the cream lip/cheek stains. I’m really fussy about my cream blushes and I’m even more so when they’re meant to be used as dual products but I loved these! The shade range is spot on and I think that they’re very wearable as both lip products and cheek products. The colours swatched below are in the same order as in the palette so (from left to right) Second Officer, First Officer and Captain.

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Second Officer is a lovely clear red. I’ve swatched it below and also compared it to some other cream blushes in my collection. Below (from left to right) is Second Officer, Becca Dahlia cream blush and Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon. I found the level of pigmentation and the texture to be in between both Becca products.

12Below is a picture of me wearing the shade on both my cheeks and lips. I applied it with a heavier hand than usual on my cheeks so you could see the colour. You can see how pigmented it is which is why it would work well on both dark and light skin tones. It also looks really lovely as a lip stain but I found it wasn’t moisturising and had to apply a separate moistursing product on my lips.

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First officer is a really pretty peachy coral shade that sits on a white base. This means that it doesn’t have the jelly like texture of the other two shades which can make it a tiny bit more difficult to meld it naturally on a darker skin tone. I swatched it below. from left to right: First officer, Clarins Multi Blush Apricot, Becca Grapefruit and MUFE HD Blush #12

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I love this shade on the cheeks and think it’s a perfect spring/summer shade. I found it a little harder to wear on the lips due to the white base but imagine it would work better on less pigmented lips. I think the texture was also slightly drier than the other two so make sure you exfoliate and carry some lip balm with you!

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Last up is Captain and this may be my favourite of the three shades because I found it just as easy to wear on the lips as it is on the cheeks. It’s also just a very pretty shade which gives your cheeks a very nice flush of colour. These type of pinks, which have a hint of coral to them, are really easy to wear across the seasons. Swatched below (from left to right) are Captain, Becca Cream Blush in Hyacinth, Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon and MUFE HD Blush in #3

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As with the other two shades,  this isn’t a moisturising product for the lips so you should bring a lip balm along. These products are probably more suited to being cheek products though just because it’s really hard to touch up on the go since you’d have to bring the whole palette with you.

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All in all I really rate this palette and think it’s priced well at $49 AU. It would also make a lovely christmas gift if you’re stuck for ideas so check it out.

Silver and Electric Blue Smokey EOTD

Most of the looks I post up are of my daily makeup but from time to time I get inspired to try out a look when I have no where to go. The other day when I was looking through my closet I came across this electric blue and silver sari. I’ve always loved the combination of the silver with the beautiful intense blue and it inspired me to try out a look incorporating both shades. Just as a side note, I very rarely match my makeup to my clothes as I prefer complimentary versus matching makeup.

I’ve been doing so many natural or subtle makeup looks so I thought it’d be fun to try out something more dramatic. The look is very smokey but with a pop of colour on the waterline and also in the crease. I thought the teal shade I used in the crease would end up pulling more blue than green so next time I’d probably use a bluer shadow in the crease or switch up the liner on the water line for a green liner.

What I used:

    • Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over the lid to prime and prevent creasing
    • MAC Blackground Paint Pot to act as a smokey base on the lid. I kept this away from the inner corners
    • Sugarpill Tiara Loose Pigment patted all over the lid
    • MAC Black Tied e/s on the outer corner
    • MAC Carbon e/s in the crease
    • MAC Stormwatch e/s in the crease to add the teal tint
    • MAC Steamy e/s to blend out the crease
    • MAC Electra e/s  to lighten the inner part of the lid
    • Milani Liquifeye liner in silver to outline the tear duct
    • Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner in Electric on the lashline and waterline
    • Shiseido The Makeup Liquid liner in black to line the top lashline
    • Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara to coat both the top and bottom lashes

Since this look uses dark and colourful shadows, any fallout would ruin the skin so I left the foundation for last and finished the eyes off first. I like to balance out any makeup look I do so if I’m wearing dark or dramatic eyes, I like to keep the skin and lips more natural. I used Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup on my face and set it with some translucent loose powder by Laura Mercier. For the cheeks, I skipped blush and instead used the YSL Soleil d’Afrique bronzer to lightly contour and add warmth along the cheekbones. I went for a neutral lip and used a combination of Dior Addict lipstick in 333 Nude topped with Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayon in Sundae.

What do you think of matching your makeup to your clothes?

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?

Modern Marilyn-esque EOTD with Sugarpill Mochi

I’ve had a really lovely chilled out weekend just catching up with good friends, fixing up some of my site issues (well watching my brother and my friend fix my site issues!) and watching Smash! My friend told me to watch Smash, reassuring me it was my type of TV show. She was so right! Smash is kind of like Glee for adults and I loved it! I was so hooked that I stayed up till the early hours of the morning watching episode after episode. Hmm, that sounds kind of sad actually but I swear I have a life!

I’m not mentioning the show for no reason (even though I think it’s awesome and highly recommend it!) and only bring it up because it inspired my EOTD today. If you haven’t seen the show, the first season follows the making of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. Watching all the beautiful makeup through out the show made me want to do a pin up look ( I can almost hear you saying ‘not again!’) before heading out to meet some friends for yum cha today. Pin up makeup is one of my favourites to do because it’s so simple and flattering. I felt like doing pin up with a twist today though so I pulled out my Sugarpill Heartbreaker palette.

I haven’t had a chance to review this yet but I love this palette! The shadows are all so pigmented and intense and the shade selection is beautiful. I’m especially in love with the aquamarine colour in the bottom right called Mochi. I decided to do a modern Marilyn-esque look and substituted the beige lid colour with Mochi. I also swapped out the standard black liner for a dark blue one.

To get the look I did the following:

  • Primed my lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Applied MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot on to my lids
  • Patted Sugarpill Mochi on to the mobile lid
  • Blended Sugarpill Velocity just to the outer v
  • Blended out the crease with MAC Wedge eye shadow
  • Applied MAC Cork and Concrete eye shadow’s to the crease
  • Applied MAC Shroom eye shadow to the inner corner
  • Lined my top lashline with Savvy by DB liquid liner in dark blue
  • Applied Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting mascara to my lashes
  • Lined my water line with MAC Chromographic pencil in NC15/NW20

I was debating whether or not to add red lips but, as I was going straight to lunch, I thought applying red would be an exercise in futility so I stuck with Revlon Pink Truffle Lip Butter instead. I really loved the blue liquid liner and can’t wait to use it some more.

As I finish off this post I’m sitting here with a mud mask on because Sunday’s nights are usually my face mask time. I find that setting aside that time every Sunday night is a great way to  relax and get ready for the week ahead.

What are your weekly pamper rituals? Are you a fan of Smash too? Let me know below!

NARS Lhasa eyeshadow: Review, swatches & EOTD

I’ve been in a major purple mood this winter and I’ve been reaching for anything in the mauve, purple and plum family when I get dressed in the morning and when I do my makeup. One of my favourite purple toned shadows has been NARS Lhasa eyeshadow which was from the NARS Spring ’12 collection. I picked it up while I was in Thailand in March this year but haven’t had a chance to post about it yet.

Lhasa is one of NARS’ single eyeshadows and comes in the same rubbery compact as all of the compacts in the NARS range. The shadow is about half the size of a NARS blush compact and holds quite a lot of product at 2.2g. For comparison, a MAC single eyeshadow contains 1.5g of product.

The eyeshadow comes with an included mirror which I never understand in eyeshadow singles. It’s not like you’re going to take your tiny eyeshadow around with you and use the supplied mirror to do your makeup in! It sells for $24 US/$39AU but I picked mine up for a little under $30 in Thailand.

The shade is a really pretty mauve that leans very cool and looks almost grey in some lights. In the pan you can see this really pretty silver shimmer that adds to the cool tones in this shadow. This is one of those purple shades that I think anyone can pull off because it’s really more of a neutral shade than anything else.

The shadow itself has a really nice texture and is really easy to apply and blend. The shadow without a primer gives a really pretty wash of colour to the lid but applying it over a primer intensifies the colour quite a lot. The swatch below shows Lhasa without a primer on the left and with Urban Decay Primer Potion on the right.

In the edges where the shadow has blended out, you can almost see a taupe tone to it which makes it a nice shade to wear in the crease if you want something that’s a bit softer. I’ve mainly been using it as a lid shade and I took a picture of the eye look that I used it in the other day.

To get the look I did the following:
1. Prime lids using Urban Decay Primer Potion
2. Apply Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in shade #15 to the mobile lid. This cream shadow is a really beautiful golden taupe shade.
3. Apply NARS Lhasa eyeshadow to the lid
4. Apply MAC Sketch eyeshadow to the outer v and into the crease
5. Apply MAC All that Glitters shadow to the inner third of the lid
6. Blend out the crease with MAC Bamboo eyeshadow
7. Apply MAC Solar White eyeshadow to the inner corner
8. Line eyes with Shiseido The Makeup Automatic fine eyeliner
9.Apply Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Lifting Mascara to lashes

I loved the lip combo that I used in my Joan Smalls makeup look from a few weeks ago so I decided to wear it again. It’s a mixture of NYX Purple Rain lip liner topped with the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in shade #4 (dark purple) finished off with Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop (pink with blue iridescence). You can check out the original post here if you’re interested but all I did differently in the look in today’s post was to skip the MAC Reflects Blue glitter.

To finish off my purple look I painted my nails with Essie Splash of Grenadine which is one of my favourite shades. It reminds me of summer and adds a bit of brightness to an otherwise dreary and cold day.

What do you think of NARS Lhasa?