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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?

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?

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?

bareMinerals READY 8.0 eyeshadow palette: ‘The Playlist’ (review, swatches & EOTD)

The bareMinerals pressed eyeshadow palettes have been getting a lot of love so I made sure I picked one up when I saw it for sale on strawberrynet.com a few weeks ago. I decided to get the palette in ‘The Playlist’ because the shades were more warm toned and looked like they’d look better on me than the other palettes.

Packaging wise, I cannot fault this product because everything from the outer packaging to the gold compact inside are very well thought out and aesthetically pleasing. I only wish that bareMinerals had thought to include some sort of pouch with the compact because this thing gets scratched and dirty really fast because of its metallic finish.

The palette comes with a really good sized mirror and a travel sized double ended brush which you could definitely use to do your makeup on the go.

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The colours are all named to fit the ‘playlist’ theme and you get 1g of each shade which is a really decent amount of product. For reference, you get 1.3g of product in each MAC eyeshadow pot.

I thought that the shade selection was great except that all of the shadows have some sort of shimmery/metallic/glitter finish to them. I think this palette is missing a good neutral matt shade to use for blending purposes or it would be one of my favourites.

The shades ‘Pumped’, ‘Most Requested’ and ‘Speaker box’ are shimmer filled shades which contain gold glitter in them. the glitter particles tend to create a lot of fallout so I’d apply them before doing the rest of your makeup. The rest of the shades are very mettalic and don’t have any fallout.

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The quality on these shadows is fantastic and I can see why they get such good reviews! The shadows are all really soft and easy to work with and I didn’t have any trouble blending them together. A little pet peeve I have is that, because they’re so soft, running a brush through the shadows tends to kick up some product that flies over the other shades. Not a big deal but it may matter to someone out there!

Now to my major issue with this palette…

… reading the little blurb above (which was included inside the box) I was expecting that these shadows were ‘all natural’ and made for sensitive eyes but, after wearing these for a night, I found that my lids started getting really irritated and felt like they were burning!

I looked at the ingredient list (which I probably should have done earlier) and found that the shadows have a lot of different metals in them which I’m allergic to. This is an FYI for other people like me who have metal allergies to try this palette before you buy!

Before the ill fated allergic reaction, I decided to try out the look below to see how the shadows wore. It’s a really easy look using three of the shades in the palette and MAC Saddle eyeshadow in the crease.

I just applied MUFE Aqua Cream in Gold as a base and then applied the gold shade ‘Remix’ to the lid. I blended  ‘Pumped’ on to the outer v and into the crease and then blended out the edges with MAC Saddle eyeshadow. I finished up by blending ‘Chart topper’ around the inner corner and put on some Rimmel Extra Wow Lash mascara.

I think the shades all compliment each other and work well to create a radiant natural look or as a complimentary eye for a bright lip look. I ended up pairing this EOTD with a red lip gloss by Mirenesse called Geisha and NARS Exhibit A blush but of course I forgot to take pictures after I put the gloss on!

I think this palette is great and I would have used it regularly if it wasn’t for my allergies 😦 I picked mine up from strawberrynet.com for about $42 and I think it’s worth the price for the amount of product you get. The variety of shades makes it a good alternative for both natural (but shimmery) or intense looks and you’d get a lot of different combinations from the palette.

What are you thoughts on ‘The Playlist’ palette? Have you had any reactions to bareMineral’s products?

NARS Rated R eyeshadow duo (Review, swatches & EOTD)

NARS Rated R eyeshadow duo has been on my wishlist for so long and I’m so excited to finally have it in my possession! It’s more beautiful in person then I thought it would be from looking at pictures online.

It comes in NARS standard rubberised compact which I quite like but which seems to drive some people crazy. This seems to be because The NARS compacts tend to get dirty very quickly but a quick wipe with a makeup remover towellete gets mine (almost) as good as new.

The compact is the same size as NARS blush compact. It holds 4g of product so you get 2g of each colour. For reference, you get 1.3g in a MAC eyeshadow pan. I think the duo’s are great value and I picked mine up for about $35 on Strawberrynet . Strawberrynet doesn’t always have all the shades though so if you’re after a specific duo then I would jump onto Kiss and Makeup where you can get the duo’s for $33.

NARS describes this duo as containing a ‘shimmering chartreuse’ and an ‘electric cobalt blue’ and I couldn’t come up with a better description if I tried. This is one of those duo’s that is definitely not for the faint of heart!

What I love about this product is that the colours look just as great when swatched as they do in the pan. The blue shade has a bit of a sheen running through it but comes across as mainly matte. The chartreuse shade is gorgeous and has a very fine yellowy gold shimmer running through it.

I’d never tried NARS shadows before but the quality is fantastic! The shadows are so soft and apply and blend effortlessly. I wear these shadows over a primer but the intensity of the shades on their own is really good so you probably don’t need one. Below are swatches of the shadows with and without primer. The two swatches in the middle are without primer and the swatches on either end are with primer:

One of the reasons I put off buying this duo for so long was that I didn’t think I’d get much use out of it becasuse the colours are so intense. One of my friends asked me to wear this to work the other day so I thought I’d take the challenge and see if I could find a way to make it work appropriate. I should say though that a lot of people might not feel that blue and green shadow is ever work appropriate but I work in a really laid back office who seem to accept my love of bright makeup!

To get the look I applied:
1. Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid
2. MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre on to the lid
3. The NARS chartreuse shade patted on to the inner 2/3rd’s of my lid.
4. The electric blue shade blended into the edge of the chartreuse shade and on the outer v
5. MAC Saddle eyeshadow to blend out the crease
6. MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow on the inner corner
7. Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss to line my top lash line
8. Avon Supershock mascara on my lashes

To balance out the eyes, I kept the rest of my face really natural. I used some Everyday Minerals mineral powder on my face, Dior Nude Glow Bronzer in Sunset as blush and Lipfusion Infatuation lip plumping gloss in Big & Bare on my lips.

I would definitely recommend this duo and I think it’s so much more wearable than it seems. I’ve held off on buying NARS eyeshadows but I’m so impressed with the quality that I can see I’ll be picking up a lot more of these!
What do you think of Rated R? How would you wear it?