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Lip of the Day – L’Oreal Shine Caresse in Milady

I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to shop my stash so I decided to pull out my L’Oreal Shine Caresse glosses ( or L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain as they’re known in the US) and give them another go. I’ve been stuck on my matte shades for quite some time so it’s going to take a few tries before I can get back into the gloss!

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I decided to wear the shade Milady over the NYX lip liner in Prune. Milady is a beautiful plummy purple shade with blue iridescence through it. It’s really vampy but has a brightness to it that I love.

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I think it has a nice brightening effect on my complexion. One of my personal makeup rules is that I pair dark lips with more radiant skin to keep the look from getting too dark. I also always add a blush in a similar tone to keep from looking too washed out. I really liked the whole look and how everything paired together.

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I’ve been asked before what I wear in these quick posts so I made sure to photograph my products this time! If you’re interested, the products I used are: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC42, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark, By Terry Eclat de Rose Sheer Tinted Moisturiser in No 4 Tan, Dior Golden Savannah 5 colour palette, Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black, Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown, Revlon Bold Lacquer by Grow Luscious mascara, Savvy by DB blush in Glamourama and Dior Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond (old formula).

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Blush of the Day- Savvy by DB Classic Blush in Plum

Today I’ve got Savvy by DB Classic Blush in Plum. These blushes are only $5 each (and I think only available at Priceline?) but they’re much better quality than I expected. My main issue with budget blushes is that they tend to be really hard to blend, or too powdery and lack pigment. These are actually quite nice and apply well.

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They come in boring packaging and the product isn’t as buttery as some of my high end blushes but they go on evenly and are easy to blend. I just apply it with my NARS Yachiyo brush and I’m good to go. The shade Plum is a lovely rosey mauve shade so it’s a little misnamed but beautiful anyway.

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I actually ended up being a little too heavy handed with it when I first applied it because I assumed it would lack pigment so I had to go back and blend it out with my powder brush. I like this product and I think it’s a really lovely autumn/winter shade that’s easy to wear with multiple looks.

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Savvy by DB liquid liner- Charcoal, Black Brown & Navy

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I’ve done quite a few posts where I’ve used the Savvy by DB liquid liners as part of a look but haven’t ever actually featured them. I thought it was about time that changed because they’re good budget friendly options for those looking for a liquid liner. I have 3 of the 4 available shades, Charcoal, Black Brown and Navy which are swatched below in the same order. I was considering whether to pick up the Black but I already have quite a few black liquid liners so didn’t see the point. The pigmentation on these is pretty good, especially considering how cheap they are.

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The ‘brush’ that it comes with is actually some type of silicone applicator that may be a little hard to maneuver if you aren’t good at applying liquid liner. I find that it gives a really thin line since the tip is so small but it can also achieve a thicker line with some patience. I compared it below to the old packaging of these liners. The old applicator is on the top and the new one of the bottom.

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You can see that the old one is made of felt and is quite a bit shorter and denser than the new applicator.  This made it much easier to achieve a thicker line. The pigmentation and formula also seems to have changed. I have the Black Brown in both formula’s and I preferred the old one since it was a lot more pigmented and was a cooler toned brown. You can see that the new formula (swatched below on the left) is almost watery looking compared to the old one. The new formula also dries glossier than the old formula which was completely matte looking.

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These don’t really fade on me and I can wear them all day without any problems but they’re not meant to be long-wearing or waterproof. Like I said earlier the formula is a little watery so, every so often when you use this, you may find that you’ll need to add more product here or there. I used each liner on the eye to show how they look. The Charcoal shade is a nice alternative to black and I can see myself pairing this with cooler toned eye looks.

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The Black Brown should really be renamed Chocolate Brown but is still lovely on the eyes. The warmth in the shade makes me think it would look stunning with blue eyes.

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The Navy is probably my favourite and I’ve been using it more and more. I think pairing this with a neutral or ‘no makeup’ makeup look is an easy way to make blue eye makeup work friendly.

7All in all though these are great little liners and I’d definitely recommend them. I hope that a purple and forest green shade are also added to the range some time in the future. They seem to only be available in Australia where they’re imported for Priceline and go for $6 each.

Have you tried these liners yet? What’s your budget friendly liner recommendation?

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!

Beauty on a Budget: Savvy by DB 9 Color Eyeshadow Warm Palette

I’m travelling overseas in a few days and when I was doing some travel item shopping at my local drugstore (Priceline for all you Aussies), I came across this palette by Savvy by DB. It was only about $5 AUD and seemed like it had a good assortment of neutrals so I picked it up. I justified this unecessary purchase of yet more eyeshadow by convincing myself it was a good palette for travelling as I wouldn’t care if I lost it or broke it in transit.

It comes in black plastic packaging which, though not the prettiest packaging, doesn’t scream cheap like some other palettes I’ve seen.

It comes with the typical cheapo sponge tip applicator which I really wish brands would just ditch. It cheapens the look of any palette it comes with and I swear no one uses them!

The colours can be mixed and matched but I think there are definitely 3 distinct groupings happening in each of the rows and even though it’s labelled as a warm palette, it has a good mix of cool and warm toned shadows.

I found that at least one shade in each row lacked pigmentation and was hard to work with. Here are the swatches:

The last shade in this first row was very sheer and almost impossible to build up.

The first shade in the second row had the same problem which may have something to do with the fact that they’re both in the same colour family.

I also had issues with the first and last shades in the last row which applied relatively sheerly.

The whole palette is shimmery which is a shame as I think a good palette is one which combines both shimmery and matte shades but I guess you can’t ask for much at $5.

As I wasn’t too impressed by the swatches, I thought I’d reserve judgment until I’d actually used the palette so I tried out a look using the colours in the third row.

I managed to get an ok look out of the palette but I struggled to build the colour up in areas where the eyeshadow wasn’t directly touching the primer I used underneath. I’m not planning on wearing any complicated looks while I’m overseas so I’m sure this palette will suit my needs just fine but I don’t think I’d really recommend it.

Maybe the colours would show up better if you’re of a fairer skin tone but a palette where 3 out of the 9 shadows aren’t that great is a pass in my books no matter how cheap it is unless there’s a particular shade in there that you absolutely love.

I haven’t tried any of the other palettes and I actually love the liquid liners by this brand so I’m willing to give Savvy by DB the benefit of the doubt for now and assume that this palette isn’t representative of the rest of the palettes by this brand.

Have you tried this or other palette’s by this brand before? Am I being too harsh and expecting too much considering the price or do you expect more regardless of how much you’re paying?