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~Purple FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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Sorry I’m late with this weeks challenge and skipped last weeks challenge! I passed last week because I couldn’t think up a good idea for the ‘nerdy’ challenge but this week was just down to my laziness in posting. Better late than never though right?

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When trying to decide what to use, I just decided to go through my collection and pull out some of my favourite purple toned products.

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I swatched them below and, as you can see, they run the gamut of purple from warm to cool, dark to light. From left to right: Illamasqua Powder blusher in Sin, MAC Paint Pot in Half-Wild, MAC eyeshadows in Stars ‘n’ Rockets, Plum Dressing, Nocturnelle and Sketch, Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks in Lavender Voltage and Midnight Plum.

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To get the eye look below, I used Half Wild as a base and pressed Nocturnelle on top of it with Plum Dressing. I used Stars ‘n’ Rockets on the inner corner and a mixture of Nocturnelle and MAC Carbon in the crease. I blended out the crease with Sketch, the perfect blending shade when using purples. The only word of warning I’ll give you with the purples is that if you even have a hint of dark shadows, conceal that stuff stat unless you want to draw attention to your eyes for all the wrong reasons!

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I finished up the look by pairing the eyes with Sin on the cheeks and a combination of Lavender Voltage and Midnight Plum on the lips. I’m not a big fan of the matchy-matchy look on me so I’d usually skip the pruple lipstick and go for a neutral shade. I don’t mind the trend so much when it’s done with more neutral shades as per the ever chic Lisa Eldridge.

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How do you feel about the matchy-matchy trend of makeup?

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~5 Minute FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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This weeks challenge is the 5 minute face which to me means quick (obviously) and simple. When I’m low on time, I try to spend what little time I’ve got on those things that matter the most. For me, that’s even skin, concealed dark circles and brows. I feel like focusing on these things makes me look put together even when I’m short on time.

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Generally, a five minute face shouldn’t involve a lot of products and the more multi-tasking products you have, the better. My five minute face does involve more products than some but they’re products that are quick and fuss free to apply.

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As I didn’t have time to mix foundations, I used the Make Up For Ever HD foundation (in #153) which I know is the right colour and finishes nicely. I used my usual under eye concealing routine which I talked about in my last post here. I finished up my skin by setting it with some MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark and some bright blush in the form of Smashbox Radiance Blush.

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For the eyes, I applied Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Taupe on the lid and then blended out the crease with MAC Cork eyeshadow. I also curled my lashes and put on some Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black. I then filled in my brows with MAC Brow Crayon in Stud.

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I finished up the look by applying Burberry Lip Glow in Rosewood. This is such a lovely, easy to wear my lips but better shade. It feels great on the lips and isn’t sticky like some other glosses. The shades vary depending on the day, but I always end up using a gloss or sheer lipstick such as something from the Rouge Coco Shine range.

What’s your most important makeup product when you have 5 minutes?

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~NEUTRAL FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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I have been so far off the blogging radar these last few months that I had no idea that Omega from Fashion Adjacent had started this challenge. Luckily I finally clued on to it thanks to Jenny’s most recent gorgeous FOTD.  I can’t promise I’ll post on every theme but I want to do as many as I can.

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The theme for the week (week 14 out of 52) is ‘neutral’ and as I had already spent some time applying a neutral look this morning, I didn’t even need to do a new look. There’s nothing fancy about this look but I always go to a variation of it when getting ready most mornings because it’s flattering and work appropriate.

Base makeup

FOUNDATION:

You all know that I’m a notorious foundation mixer so I used YSL Le Teint Touch Eclat Foundation in B60 mixed with Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder in 330 Classic Tan. I love the combination of these two foundations which works out well since I can’t wear either on its own due to colour match issues. I highly recommend checking out the YSL foundation if you haven’t already because it applies beautifully.

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CONCEALER:

I used my Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector in Orange/Yellow as usual and then applied some NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Med/Dark2 Caramel over the top. I love this concealer. It does everything you want undereye concealer to do so go check it out!

I finished off my base makeup by applying some NARS Loose Light Reflecting powder on top to set everything.

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Colour makeup

CHEEKS:

I didn’t want anything too bright so I used a mixture of a blush/bronzer and a face powder. I used Guerlain Terracotta Blush & Sun in 03 Sun Tan (pretty sure this is discontinued) and MAC Studio Fix powder in NC45 (which is about 2 shades darker than my skin tone).

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EYES:

I applied Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Avon Big Colour Eye Pencil in B02 Vanilla as a base.

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I used my original Naked palette as I hadn’t taken it out of the drawer for a while. I used Sidecar (a gorgeous sparkly light taupe) across the lid, Smog (bronze) on the outer half and Hustle (a darker plum taupe) to darken the crease. I also applied a mixture of Virgin ( metallic beige) and Sin (metallic pink) on the inner corner.

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I applied Savvy by DB in Black/Brown on the top and used Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black on my lashes.

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I finished up the look by applying Burberry Lip Cover in Nude Cashmere to my lips. I would describe this lipstick as a slightly taupe toned nude shade. I really like the shade as it takes away some of the natural mauve tones in my lips without totally blanking out the colour.

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What’s your go-to neutral eye shadow palette or lipstick?

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Fall Friendly EOTD

One of my cousin’s got married about 2 weeks ago and I was inspired by the earrings I wore when coming up with my eye makeup. The earrings are of peacocks with coral and turquoise accents.

I used MAC eye shadows for the look because I feel like I neglect my MAC palette’s and I’m trying to shop my stash more frequently rather than succumbing to buying new products which is one the bad habits a beauty blogger easily falls into! From left to right: MAC Antiqued, Amber Lights, Cool Heat, Dazzlelight, Print

I really loved the combination of the shades which I wouldn’t have thought to pair together and the end look was very fall friendly ( hence the name of the post) even though Australia is currently in spring.



To get the look:

Combination of MAC Antiqued e/s and MAC Amber Lights e/s on the lid

MAC Cool Heat e/s on the outer and lightly blended into crease

MAC Print e/s to darken crease

MAC Dazzlelight e/s around the inner corner

MAC Bamboo e/s to blend out crease

Shiseido the Makeup Liquid Liner to line top lash line

Avon Supershock Mascara on lashes

On the rest of the face I used Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup, NARS Taj Mahal Blush and Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Impertinente.

Fresh faced spring FOTD

It’s been a bit over a month since I last posted so I thought I’d ease back in with a quick post on what I’ve been wearing lately. The weather is slowly getting nicer as we move into the middle of Spring and there’s nothing more spring appropriate than a fresh faced look. I’ve been favouring a look similar to the one below because it’s quick and easy and makes you look polished without looking you’ve tried too hard.

The key to this kind of look is radiant looking skin so how you prep your skin is just as important as what you put on after. I prepped by using Estee Lauder Even Skin Tone Illuminator topped with Aveeno Positively Radiant daily moisturiser with spf 15. Both of these products don’t have any shimmer to them but they do have a radiance aspect.

The base should be kept light so tinted moisturisers and sheer foundations work perfectly for this type of look. If you need a bit more coverage (like I did on this day), second skin foundations like the Esteee Lauder Invisible Skin Foundation are perfect because they give great coverage without covering the skin’s texture. Cream blushes also have the same effect as they sit more naturally on the skin than powder blushes. I used Clarins Multiblush in Apricot which is one of my favourites as it has a dryer texture than most cream blushes not to mention that the colour is gorgeous.

I skipped concealing my face but undereye concealing is a must. I kept the eyes really simple and applied a mixture of MAC Naked Dark pigment and MAC Blonde’s Gold pigment, one of my favourite combinations. I finished off the eyes with a coat of mascara and filled in my brows. The lips are a mixture of a Clarins gloss and NARS Orgasm lipgloss to give a peachy sheen. I also added some Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Gold onto my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose.

What are your fresh face essentials?

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?