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Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts in Mosaic Gold and Copper Element- Review and swatches

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Do you ever have one of those moments where you decided you just have to have something even though you’ve lived perfectly a perfectly full life without it before? That’s how I felt right before I went and purchased these Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts. I woke up one day and decided I just had to own a rose gold eyeshadow but, as much as I tried searching for one, I couldn’t find the exact shade I was looking for. I came across these and decided that I’d buy them as my consolation purchase.
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I bought the shades Mosaic Gold and Copper Element and I they’re both beautiful on their own or when combined. I loved the packaging these come in and the design releases enough loose powder without making a mess. My only concern is that the lid doesn’t seem very secure as it’s a flip lid so I’d be careful when travelling with them.

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Mosaic Gold is a white shadow that reflects gold and reminds me of one of my favourite inner corner shades, MAC Solar White. Copper Element is a fiery copper shade that is perfect as an autumn lid shade.

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Here’s Mosaic Gold on its own:

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Here’s  Copper Element on its own:

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I usually wear both shades together with Copper Element on the lid and Mosaic Gold on the inner corner and just blend out the crease with a mid tone brown. The shades go perfectly together and the resulting look is very radiant and easy to pair with both neutral or bold lips.

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These shadows seem very finely milled and are quite pigmented on their own. I’d still apply them over a base though because they do tend to have a bit of fall out. There’s a really good shade range in this line and, if I didn’t already have way too many eye shadows, I might have been tempted to pick up more.

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The box has a ‘Pro Tip’ which says that you can mix the loose shadows with a clear gloss to make a lip gloss. I was really curious about how these shades would look on the lips so I mixed them with NARS Triple X lip gloss (a clear gloss) and gave it a go. I used Copper Element all over my lips and then patted Mosaic Gold in the centre. It’s an interesting look but not one I’d ever wear out!

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I decided to pat some of the Copper Element over MAC Ruby Woo to see how it would turn out and it was lovely. The usually matte and bright Ruby Woo ended up turning into a perfect fall shade with the gold mixed in.

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These sell for $25US/$35 AUD. They’re not cheap but I’d recommend them if you find a shade you love enough.

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2013 Favourites- Eyes & Brows

I’m working my way through these favourites posts a lot slower than I’d expected but there’s only one more to go after this one. Today I’m looking at my favourite products for the eye and brow area so let’s get into it.

Favourite Eyebrow Definer- MAC Brow Crayon in Stud

I’ve been using the MAC Brow Crayon for years because it’s easy to buy, relatively cheap and the shade Stud is the perfect dark cool brown for my colouring.  I’ve tried brow markers, pens, pencils and gel products in the past but this is the one that I keep going back to. It’s just really easy to use and if I get a little carried away with it and over apply, I just brush through my brows quickly with a spoolie brush and it’s fine.

Favourite Eyebrow Gel- Laura Mercier Eye Brow Gel

I did a bit of a mini rave about Laura Mercier Products in my last favourites posts so it’s not going to surprise you that I’ve got another one of her products in this post. I used to favour coloured brow gels but have stuck to clear brow gels since discovering this one. I like it because it goes on well without getting that dry, crunchy texture that some brow gels have and it keeps my brows in place all day. If you’re like me and have brow hairs that grow in every direction, you need this in your life.

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Favourite Eyeshadow Primer- NARS Smudgeproof Base

I was a die hard Urban Decay Primer Potion fan but I started to get a rash from it (still haven’t worked out why, maybe a silicone allergy?) so I switched to the Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer. I loved that but the product kept separating which I found really frustrating. I’d heard lots of rave reviews about the NARS one so I decided to give it a go and haven’t looked back since. This primer lets me do what the others couldn’t and that’s using shadow or concealer directly on top of it and have no creasing even after a really hot day. I must have really oily lids because with the other two the only way I could avoid any creasing at all was if I put primer down first, a paint pot on top of that and then the eyeshadow. My eyelids have also stopped reacting so whatever is in here is working really well for me.

Favourite Mascara- Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

I used to use this mascara for years but stopped to go see what else was out there but I came back to it in a big way this last year. I love everything about this product and the way it lengthens and thickens my lashes. It also holds a curl really well and I like it just as much with dramatic eye makeup as I do with a very bare eye look.

Favourite Liquid Eyeliner- Stila Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black

This liquid liner by Stila has become my favourite because it’s very black and long lasting which is a necessity for me since my lids are so oily. I also really like the brush and the product comes out really easily and gives a lovely smooth line.

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Favourite Eyeshadow Palette- Stila ‘In the Light’ palette

Stila has been one of my stand out brands in 2013 because their products have been really high quality with great colour choices and the prices are also quite reasonable. I have a lot of palettes but the ‘In the Light’ palette has been a constant go-to for every day looks because the colours just work well together. You can tell from the picture above that Bubbly, the gold shade, has been my most used but you’ll find  that the gold shade is always the first to go in any palette I own. What can I say, I love me some gold lids!

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Swatched above from left to right is the top row of the palette: Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset and Sandstone. The other two shades I use the most are Kitten for an inner corner highlight and Sandstone to blend out the crease. I also mix in a little Bliss with the Sandstone if I want something a little more subtle in the crease. Sunset is also really pretty on the lid and it’s the shade I wish I’d remember to use more.

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Swatched above from left to right is the bottom row of the palette: Bubbly, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky and Ebony. Gilded Gold is probably the most disappointing shade in the palette because it’s not very pigmented, has a lot of fallout and just seems unnecessary. The palette would have been better if this shade had been replaced with a mid-tone taupe that could be used on the lid. I don’t tend to use this row much, apart from the gold shade, because I like more brown toned neutral looks. The last three shades are perfect for a cooler toned smokey eye look though.

Have you tried any of the products in this post? What are some of your favourites in this category?

Ah-mazing lashes with Napoleon Perdis Ah-Mazing lashes mascara!

I picked up the January 2013 issue of Instyle magazine a little while ago which came with a free Napoleon Perdis mascara. It’s called the Ah-mazing Lash mascara and it is ah-mazing! I wasn’t expecting much when I tried this mascara but it gives the most gorgeous lash effect!

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The trick seems to lie in the unique shape of the brush. It’s a long skinny wand which has a club shaped head. I don’t know what it is about the shape but it lifts and lengthens my lashes like no other mascara I’ve tried in a very long time! I find myself skipping liner since I’ve been using this mascara as I’m getting the definition I need with this alone. The formula is very smooth and long lasting and the shade is very intense.

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Here’s a before and after:

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Here’s a picture with me wearing the Napoleon mascara on the left and another mascara on the right. I can’t remember the mascara used in the picture on the right but it shows the dramatic difference this mascara has on my lashes compared to the effect I get from most mascaras.

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If you get a chance and you live in Oz, definitely go pick up the January issue of Instyle while you can so you can get your hands on this mascara. I went on to the Napoleon Perdis website to find out how much this sells for but I couldn’t find it. The magazine insert said it was limited edition and I don’t know what that means for repurchasing purposes but I’m determined to get to the bottom of it! Please leave me a comment if you know if and where this mascara is available for purchase.

St Patrick’s Day Green EOTD

It’s St Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March so I thought I’d do a green EOTD. I bought a loose eyeshadow quad from the brand Chi Chi for halloween last year and really haven’t used it since so I thought I’d pull it out for this look. The colours include 3 shades of green as well as a gold. Here are the swatches. You can just substitute with greens of your choice.

Here’s the look I ended up with:

To get this look I used:
MAC Cashflow Paint Pot (gold) all over the lid and up to the crease
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green (grass green) all over the lid and up to the crease and along the bottom lashline
The mid tone green from the Chi Chi quad all over the lid up to the crease concentrating the colour mainly on the middle of the lid. I also used this colour along the bottom lashline
The darkest green on the outer v and into the crease
MAC Carbon eye shadow (black) to darken the outer v and crease
The lightest green eye shadow on the inner corner of the lid
The gold eyeshadow around the tear duct
Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eye liner in Black along the top lashline
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara on top and bottom lashes

This is a whole lot of green but it’s really wearable and an easy way to rock some green on St Patrick’s Day if green clothing isn’t your thing. Will you be wearing green eye makeup this St Patrick’s day?

Tiffany Hines Inspired Bright Blue look

This is another red carpet makeup look attempt. This look is one worn by Tiffany Hines who I’d actually never heard of before but apparently is in a show called Nikita. I really love blue eyeshadows and I especially love how this colour really pops against her hazel eyes so I thought I’d try and recreate it.

I didn’t have the exact shade of blue but I mixed MAC Atlantic Blue and Sugarpill Afterparty (you must get this colour!) to get a shade of blue I really liked. I also finally used my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Transforming Potion for the first time and mixed it with some MAC Reflects Gold glitter and applied it around my tear duct.

Here’s what I used :
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot (beige) all over the eye from lid to brow bone
NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Electric Blue (bright sky blue) on the lid just up to the crease
MAC Atlantic Blue (primary blue ?) mixed with Sugarpill Afterparty (bright blue) on the lid and just above the crease as well as along the bottom lashline
MAC Contrast and Prussian Eyeshadows to darker outer V
MAC Tilt eyeshadow (light blue) to blend the crease
MAC Nylon eyeshadow around tear duct
MAC Reflects Gold glitter around the tear duct
Ardell Wispies false lashes on top lashline
Rimmel Exagerrate liquid liner on top lashline
Rimmel Denim Blue Soft Kohl pencil on water line
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara on top and bottom lashes

Meagan Good inspired neutral look

Someone recently commented on my blog asking for recommendations on how to get this look worn by Meagan Good. I looked at the picture and thought it looked a bit unusual but very simple so I thought I’d do a post on it.

The main element in this look is the use of the light beige pencil all around the eye but especially concentrated around the tear duct. I think the person who commented wanted to use Stila Topaz for this look and I tried it but I didn’t like it. I’ve already posted about the Stila Topaz Kajal liner before and I’ve said that the colour and the extreme creaminess made it unworkable for me on the water line. After trying it again I’ve also decided I don’t like it around the tear duct. It’s so creamy that I couldn’t get a very precise application of it and I found it had too much of a peach undertone.

Of course this is totally personal preference but I’ve found that beige and yellow toned highlighters work better around the tear duct for me than anything that has more of a pink base such as the Stila Topaz pencil. I decided to try the MAC Chromagraphic pencil in NW15/NC30 instead and it worked really well. It’s not too soft so you can get a precise application but it’s also soft enough that you can easily smudge it out if you need to.

Here’s the version I ended up with:

Here’s what I used:

MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot (light beige) all over the eye from lid to brow bone
MAC Naked Dark pigment all over the eye from lid to brow bone except I applied it more sheerly from the crease up while I packed the colour on the lid
MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in NW25/NC30 (light beige) around the tear duct, on the waterline and smudged along the top lash line
MAC Embark eyeshadow (dark brown) to define the crease and around the tear duct

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline smudged along the bottom lashline and then to draw a flick

I was actually surprised by how flattering this look was and I think it would look fantastic paired with NARS Taj Mahal blush, which is a rust orange colour, on the cheeks and some clear gloss on the lips. If you’re of a lighter skin tone then just use a lighter coloured pencil or even a white one and if you’re darker then just use a more tan coloured pencil such as the MAC Chromagraphic pencil in NW35/NC42.

What do you think of the look? Can you see yourself wearing something like this? Leave me a comment below!