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Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon just may be the perfect red.

I’m trying hard (well not really) not to turn into a Chanel addict but my favourite items from my recent haul have all been from Chanel. I’ve been really impressed by the quality of both the packaging and the product and the Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon has been no exception.

This product has topped lists for ‘the best red lipstick’ ever since it came out so I don’t know why it took me so long to purchase it.

It’s a liquid lipstick so it comes in a lipgloss type tube with a doe foot applicator.

The applicator is different to a standard doe foot though as it’s straight on one side and angled on the other. I think this shape is meant to better deposit the product and it does except I think it tends to deposit too much product.

This wouldn’t be a problem with a less intense shade but Dragon is so pigmented that you can get just as full coverage with thin layers as you can with thick layers. My preference is to apply this with a lip brush… well eyeshadow brush in my case since I’ve been using the brush that came with my Chanel Illusion d’Ombre.

On to the swatches…

How gorgeous is this red?? It’s not just the shade that makes Dragon special (which lies somewhere in between a cool red and a true red) but also the gorgeous texture and finish. This product is like a really pigmented gloss that isn’t sticky and which doesn’t dry out your lips. It also has this beautiful almost metallic fine sparkle that runs through it which makes your lips look like they’re covered in crushed rubies, not to oversell it or anything ;).

I decided to swatch it next to some of my other red’s so you can get an idea of the shade. From left to right: NARS Heatwave lipstick, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, NYX Round lipstick in Snow White and MAC Pro Longwear Lip Creme in Prolong.

Hopefully you can see the beautiful sparkle and complexity this product has compared with the other shades.

Here are some lip swatches:

The first one shows Dragon freshly applied and the second one shows Dragon after a few hours wear.

You can see that the shade still looks really good even though it’s lost some of it’s shine and intensity. I’ve been able to get at least 3 or 4 hours of solid wear with this product without having to reapply. When I do reapply I don’t have to reapply to my whole lips and really only need to touch up. I also never have to apply any lip balm which is fantastic for a lipstick, especially a long lasting red like this!

One of the major reasons I love Dragon is because it works beautifully as a work place red but also looks lovely with a more casual look which is why I’ve been wearing this shade constantly.

This product is pricey (by American standards) at $37 USD but well worth the splurge especially if you’re a lover of red lips. I’ve also been eyeing off the shade Phoenix which is a gorgeous bright pink.

Have you tried any of the Rouge Allure Laques? What are your thoughts? Also, what’s your favourite red lipstick?

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Smokey Blue with a Pop of Gold

I bought some blue eyeshadows from MAC a few weeks ago and I’ve been wanting to use them in a look. The colours I bought are pictured below. They are (clockwise from top left): Tilt, Prussian, Contrast and Deep Truth. They’re all really beautiful shades and I especially love Contrast and Deep Truth because they’re such rich shades.

I tried a few blue smokey eye looks but there was just too much blue so they all became unwearable, at least for me. I decided to try adding a golden honey shade to the centre of my lid to break up all the blue and this is the look I came up with. This is a different way of doing a smokey eye than what I’m used to but I think it’s a good way to make unwearble shades more wearable.

Here’s what I used:

MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot all over the eye from lid to brow bone
Too Faced Velvet Revolver eye shadow all over the eye from lid to brow bone
MAC Prussian eye shadow on inner and outer third of lid
MAC Deep Truth and Contrast eye shadows on inner and outer third of lid
Too Faced Honey Pot eye shadow on centre of lid
MAC Tilt eye shadow blended around the edges of the gold colour
MAC Soft Brown eye shadow to blend out the crease
Shisedio ‘The Makeup’ fine eyeliner to line top lashline
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in Binge on the water line
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara on top and bottom lashesI also applied eye shadow to my bottom lashline and followed the pattern that was on the lid. I used a mixture of the three dark blue shadows on both ends of the lashline, then I used Tilt eyeshadow next to these and Honey Pot eye shadow on the centre of the bottom lash line.

Smokey Eye 101: a how to for beginners.

It has literally taken me years to get to a stage where I feel like I can pull off a smokey eye look. I’ll admit that I didn’t try very hard to pull one off until this year but my point is that it’s a look that I’ve always struggled with! After talking to a few people and reading comments on blogs I’ve realised that I’m not the only one and that this look seems to be really elusive to a lot of people. The most common comment I see (and one which I’ve muttered on more than one occassion) is ‘it just makes me look I’ve been punched in the eye’.

I’ve been there and some of my friends will gladly tell you that I’ve unfortunately made them look like they’ve been there too. I’ve discovered that, as with most things, getting the smokey eye look right just takes practice and a few helpful tricks. That’s why I decided to do a ”smokey eye look for beginners post because I’m assuming that there are alot of you out there who would want to rock a smokey eye at least once this holiday season but just don’t know how.

I decided to do this post using the least amount of products I could because if I was teaching one of my friends how to do this look they probably wouldn’t own a whole bunch of bases and shadows and liners. So in the spirit of simplicity and accessability, the look I’m doing today requires the use of a black pencil liner, a black shadow, a brown shadow, face powder, concealer and mascara. That’s it. That may seem like a lot of products to some people but I think that they’re all products that most girls own or can easily get. I’ve also used mainly drug store brands to show that you don’t need expensive products so let’s give it a go!

Step 1: Start with a bare unprepped eye or apply an eye cream if your lids tend to get really dry and flaky.

Step 2: Apply a concealer all over you eyelid from lid to brow bone to even out the colour on your lid and to act as a base. I used MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42.

Step 3: Apply your face powder or powder foundation all over the top of where you concealed to help prevent creasing. I used MAC Mineralize Ski Finish Natural in Medium Dark.

Step 4: Take your black pencil liner (a kohl pencil is preferrable) and apply it over your lid up to the crease and then blend the edges. I used Rimmel black Kohl pencil. I like to start by applying the pencil thickly just above my lashline then blending it up with my finger. I then apply more pencil to my outer v where I want the colour to be darker. I also tend to keep the part around my tear duct free of the black liner.

Step 5: Take the brown shadow and apply it all over your lid and just up to the crease. I used a dark brown eyeshadow by NYX.

Step 6: Take a black shadow and apply it your outer v and in to the crease. Apply the shadow in whatever shape you want. If you want more of your eye to be darker then just cover more of your lid with the black. I used a black eyeshadow from Inglot. Always apply the black with a light hand so you can build up the intensity until you’re happy with it.

Step 7: Blend! It’s important to blend as much as you can when doing a smokey eye because you want the look to be seamless.

To blend the shadows well I also picked up some of my powder foundation on my blending brush and blended the edges of the colours concentrating especially on the black shadow.

Step 8: When you’re happy with the eyeshadow, apply some black liner to your top lashline. This isn’t an essential step but it adds definition. I would usually use a liquid or gel liner but since I’m trying to use only a few products I’ve stuck with the pencil liner. You can also smudge the line out if you want.

Step 9: Add some mascara to your lashes (I used Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara)and apply black pencil liner to your water line. Here is the completed eye. Now it looks fine but it look’s a bit like I have a black eye and that comes down to my dark circles and that’s why this next step is the most important….

Step 10: CONCEAL! You have to make sure you conceal your under eye circles and clean away any fall out AFTER you’ve done your smokey eye or you’ll look like a hot mess. If you compare the two pictures below, there is a world of difference but the only thing I’ve done differently is conceal my under eye circles.

You wouldn’t think that concealing your dark circles would make such a big difference to a smokey eye but it really does because concealing well keeps the darkness confined to your eye lids and lashline.

These next few pictures just show some other things you can do if you want to amp up your smokey eye look. First up is to bring your black eyeshadow down along your bottom lashline to intensify the look and make it more dramatic.

If you’re like me and are a fan of the Victoria’s Secret way of applying makeup then you can take some gold, bronze or silver shadow and apply it around your tear duct to highlight it. This step just helps to open up your eye and helps to soften a smokey eye look. Here I used a nude and taupe shadow by NYX . The highlight colour you choose can really change your look so choose wisely!

The easiest way to amp up a smokey eye look is false lashes because they instantly bring the drama. Using false lashes is probably a good idea when doing a smokey eye because your lashes tend to get lost amongst all the dark shadows and liner.

So that’s it. That’s how to do a quick and easy smokey eye. You can change it up however you like and use blue, purple, green, grey or whatever colour instead of the brown shadow. I tend to use black as well as at least one other shade because I think you need more than one colour to get a really good smokey eye that doesn’t look too harsh. I think that’s what sets apart a Kim Kardashian smokey eye look and a Taylor Momsen smokey eye look… well that plus a whole heap of blending and a much better makeup artist!

Hopefully this post gives you the confidence to go try a smokey eye look yourself if you haven’t before because it’s so easy to do.