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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?

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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!

Makeup BFF’s: Red lips and Pin Up eyes

The holiday season inevitably means that at least a few of you will be taken by the urge to wear a red lip and why wouldn’t you? It’s such a classic look that is festive and appropriate for nearly any holiday celebration. The problem with wearing a red lip (or any other bold lip colour) is that you need to make sure your eye makeup isn’t too over powering or you end up looking like Homer Simpson just hit you with his makeup gun ie not pretty!

If you do decide to wear a red lip such as the Shu Uemura RD165 pictured above, then you need eye makeup that compliments it. I think that the one look you can never go wrong with when rocking a bold lip is the pin up eye because it was invented in the time when red lipsticks were de rigueur. Marilyn Monroe wore this look alot and it’s probably her signature look and involves a matt beige eyeshadow, a cool brown eyeshadow and black liquid eyeliner.

It’s just a cut crease look and is so easy to do. I think the hardest part for me was just finding the right shades because you need a beige that is one or two shades lighter than your skin colour but that still has some warmth to it and you need a brown that isn’t too warm as it’s acting as a contour shade. I ended up having to mix two eyeshadows for the beige colour and used 4 different browns for the crease colour.

Here’s what I used:
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot all over lid and up to brow bone
MAC Bamboo eyeshadow all over lid and up to brow bone
MAC Brule eyeshadow on lid and around tear duct
MAC Dazzlelight as brow bone highlight
MAC Concrete eyeshadow to cut the crease
MAC Cork eyeshadow to add a bit of warmth to the crease
MAC Embark eyeshadow to deepen the crease a bit in the outer edge
MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow to blend out the crease
Rimmel Exaggerate liquid liner to line top lashline
Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara on both bottom and top lashes

To get a good pin up eye you need to use an angled brush to draw in the initial crease colour and I used an angled eye brow brush. After I put down this colour I used a tapered blending brush to blend the crease out. I placed the crease colour above above my natural crease because I have hooded eyes and my crease colour would get lost if I drew it in where my natural crease is. This is also a way to give the illusion that you have a defined crease if you also have hooded eyes.

Another staple requirement for a pin up eye is black liquid eyeliner. I sometimes end mine in a bit of a rounded flick but today I just kept it quite straight. You definitely need to curl your lashes for this look and put on enough mascara that your lashes are defined but not too much that they get clumpy. This look goes really well with half lashes on the outer corner as it emphasises that doe eyed look.