Friday, 28 January 2011

FOTD: Plummy Eyes & New Barry M Lip Paint 150 Pink Suede

Browsing the aisles in my local Superdrug, I came across some new shades of Lip Paint in Barry M in my favourite lip category of 'naturals'. Currently they are on offer so I got two shades for £6.99. 

Pink Suede (150) is not really a pink, it is a warm tan nude shade which is quite creamy and well pigmented with a silky matt texture.

I really like this as it leans warmer it doesn't look like too pale a nude shade.

Complete Look:

Diorskin Forever Compact powder -040 (around sides/forehead)
Everyday Minerals Peach Color Corrector (centre of face)
Ellis Faas Concealer - S205 (undereye)
MAC Sculpt & Shape Powder - Accentuate/Sculpt
NARS Blush - Sin
MUFE - HD Powder

Lips - Barry M Lip Paint - 150

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Eden (I think this has made the colours look slightly paler as it is quite a pale, opaque base)
Fyrinnae - Daemon's Tail (all over lid)
Inika Mineral eyeshadow - Autumn Plum 20 (outer corner)
MAC Sculpt & Shape Powder - Accentuate (under brows)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner - Oil Slick to line (top and slightly on bottom)
MAC Shadestick - Butternutty (waterline)
Korres Eyebrow pencil 01 
17 Wild Curls Mascara - black (on top & bottom lashes)

Thursday, 27 January 2011

FOTD: Golden Olive Eyes with Rouge Bunny Rouge

This week I have been playing up the eyes more as sometimes when getting ready for work I instinctively grab my favourite brown/neutral shades. This was yesterday's face where I have used the gorgeous warm tones from Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows as the key element.

Diorskin Forever Compact powder -040 (around sides/forehead)
Everyday Minerals Peach Color Corrector (centre of face)
Ellis Faas Concealer - S205 (undereye)
MAC Sculpt & Shape Powder - Accentuate/Sculpt
Everyday Minerals Blush - Snuggle
MUFE - HD Powder

Lips - Chanel Rouge Allure - 01 Delicate

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow - Abyssinian Catbird (all over lid)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow - Firetailed Sunbird (inner corner)
MAC Glamour Check! (very slightly on outer corner)
MAC Sculpt & Shape Powder - Accentuate (under brows)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner - Oil Slick to line (top and slightly on bottom)
Korres Eyebrow pencil 01 
Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara (on top & bottom lashes)

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

MAC Gulabi Lipstick & Pink Lipstick Comparisons

I had saved up enough empty MAC packaging for two Back 2 MACs, so one of the lipsticks I got was Gulabi from the Mickey Contractor collection (the other was Modesty). I also liked the look of Mehr and was convinced I would get this one but I wasn't too keen on the matt finish when I tested it out. Overall I was quite pleased with myself as I only got this and the Soiree nail polish from the Cham Pale collection which is a bit of a departure from my previous splurges at MAC.

Gulabi is a bright pink shade that is more red based rather then being a blue based pink. When I tested it out I was surprised at how much I liked it as it is not something I would usually go for. This is an amplified finish so it is creamy and well pigmented (although the swatch on my hand doesn't look so bright).

Even though I haven't anything quite like this, I thought it would be good to see how it compares with the pink lipcolours I already have:

L-R: MAC Gulabi, OCC Lip Tar Demure, Illamasqua Resist, L'Oreal Studio Secrets 842 Plum.

Gulabi applied on lips:

It was quite hard to get an accurate pic of this as a lot of the pics I had taken made it look more red but applied on the lips gives a better idea of the shade.

As it leans warmer in tone, I find it slightly more comfortable to wear and I think this will be great for summer (which seems like absolute ages away but I can plan ahead! :)

Friday, 14 January 2011

FAMOUS by Sue Moxley Baked Bronze: Bali & Miami

When I bought the Country Rose blush by Sue Moxley I reviewed a while back from Superdrug, I also bought a couple of the Baked Bronzes which look to be similar to the ever-famous Mineralize Skinfinishes by MAC.

The packaging is a screw top jar with a mirror in the lid and is supplied with a half moon brush.
I quite like the packaging as it's a bit different to the standard hinge openings but the lid unfortunately being a smooth, reflective finish does get scratched really easily, I think all of the ones on the stand had imperfections which is a shame.



Top - Miami, Bottom - Bali

Miami is a champagne/pale gold shade that makes a good highlighter. This has quite a fine shimmer that isn't glittery, rather more of a sheen. Bali is a light, bronzy pink with a hint of peachiness which I like to use as a blush. On me it gives a more subtle hint of colour and it does have faint shimmer particles although when applied to the skin it's not too noticeable.  Neither of these are very frosty, and both apply quite smoothly with fair pigmentation. Sometimes I have found that the better pigmented baked-type products can be a little too frosty (which emphasises my pores/marks) but these have a good balance of the two.

At £6 for 9g, these are a good buy and I like them as much (if not more) as some of the MSFs I have.

Purchased by me

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

2010 Makeup Favourites

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday.

It's been a great year for beauty (when is it not?) and I am excited for 2011. Yet another favourites post, but it's good to acknowledge the products that have served me well the past year. It was kind of hard to not list a quazillion products but here is a selection of the items I found myself loving over 2010 (I am sure that I will have missed some out):

Urban Decay Naked Palette
One of the best things Urban Decay has ever made. Enough said.

2010 was the year I put MAC on the backseat a bit and got much more into NARS. The Sheer Glow Foundation is great when I don't want to faff about too much as it gives good coverage, feels light and natural like I am almost not wearing foundation. I use the shade Barcelona and think it's pretty spot-on in colour. There have been some really good drugstore foundations (Revlon Photoready, Maxfactor Second Skin & Bourjois Healthy Mix deserve a mention), but the colour matching in NARS pips it for me.

NARS Douceur Blush - great go-to natural shade that adds a hint of colour that suits lots of looks.
NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara - this is bordering on HG territory as it gives me lovely separated and defined lashes to help achieve an even 'fanned' look. Adds some volume too.

MUFE HD Powder
This really softens the look of pores which is something many primers fail to do while looking invisible on the skin. I really wish MUFE ups the availability of their products this year as I would love to check out more of the line.

2010 reignited my love of lipgloss and think I ended up adding a few more glosses rather then lipsticks to my collection. Rouge Bunny Rouge Gleaming Temptations Lipglosses, Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lipgloss in Ignite, and Becca Glossy Lip Tint in Amaretto were regular non-sticky favourites.

My love of MAC continues, but last year I was not tempted as much by new collections, however the Ripe Peach Blush, Accentuate/Sculpt Highlight/Contour Powder and the Penultimate liner were things I reached for often.

Korres Eyebrow Pencil
I need to look at Korres more as they have some absolute gems with this pencil being a staple product as it's a dark, ashy brown that blends well with my natural brows.

The ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer along with Bloom Eye Paint in Chocolate has been helping to keep my eyeshadows crease free and the Rouge Bunny Rouge Quartz Eyeliner in Anthracite Essence has helped me get perfectly lined eyes.

17 are rivalling some of the high-end mascaras with some excellent offerings. The Va Va Voom Volume (not pictured) is a better dupe of Diorshow and the Wild Curls Mascara is great for getting lift and definition. I don't need to curl my lashes with this and I can emphasise my outer lashes well to get a more elongated look.

There were a lot more exciting offerings from the drugstore and the Accessorize Illusion Eyeshadows and myface Blingtones were some of the standouts for me.

I cannot believe I didn't make my first Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow Abyssinian Catbird, as the shade is so beautiful, definitely a must have shade from them.

Roll on 2011!