Friday, November 28, 2014

Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro 05 Auburn

Just to wipe the dust of this old blog, a post about this new to me product...

next to window

with sunlight (could not capture the rainbow shimmer)

hand and face are similar colour

on my inner arm it looks closer to the pot colour since I smear a whole chunk of it to get that opacity

I was very excited to see these in store and I tested them out on my hand.  I didn't swatch more than these, I didn't want to deal with SA or anything.  I just thought 02 was very purple brown and dry while the other two are smoother to apply and actually smudge proof,  02 had already wore off a bit by the time I got home to take these pictures.  I purchased 05 later online from David Jones at $49 AU since 02 was out of stock and it looked similar to the brow powder colour I use.

After testing this out on my brows, my colour choice was a bad one for my needs if I wanted to reduce my brow routine to one product.  Since I need to draw on 1/3 of my brows this doesn't work but if I only wanted to make my brow less sparse then it is very natural looking.  This makes a great base for a darker pencil/pens to add more depth and it is truly smudge proof and realistic "fake" brow tail.  I haven't had the chance to test this on a 4 hour bush walk during summer at 40 degree Celsius or something close to that.

As a cream eyeshadow, it is lovely and there is no need for an eyelid primer with this.  This product goes really well with Chanel illusion d'ombre which is good news for me because they always require a base to not crease.

Zoeva 223 Petit Eye Blender is amazing for applying this kind of product as e/s btw.

I wonder if product range performs differently depending on the colour since shade 02 Wenge wood was so dry and could be rubbed off easier than shade 05 and 06.

Monday, August 18, 2014

By Terry Ombre Soyeuse Ultra Fine Eye Shadow 05 Dapple Bronze

I was browsing some blogs and saw a very pretty swatch of By Terry Ombre Soyeuse Ultra Fine Eye Shadow 05 Dapple Bronze and I found it on sale. I thought this could be similar to Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird and hopefully I can wear it without problems.

By Terry Ombre Soyeuse Ultra Fine Eye Shadow 05 Dapple Bronze

BT Dapple Bronze and RBR Abyssinian Catbird

BT Dapple Bronze and RBR Abyssinian Catbird (lower exposure and I look super tanned haha)

BT Dapple Bronze and RBR Abyssinian Catbird
As you can see from the swatches, Dapple Bronze is greener while Abyssinian Catbird looks very bronze next to it.  Dapple Bronze has finer shimmers and less slip than Abyssinian Catbird.  I can wear Dapple Bronze with no problems, it is a lovely shadow but not the most flattering shade as a wash, it only looks good when it is applied as intense as the photos above.  I'll play with it a bit more since the texture and colour payof is lovely.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-14 Ruridama and EX-20 Natsubotan

I thought I should post my photos of Suqqu 2014 Summer before I get onto to Suqqu 2014 Fall.  I know it's a bit late and bad to post  with the products being sold out and all but I have the pics anyway and hopefully it will give you some idea on how to dupe the colours.  I'm sorry the photos are not of my usual quality.

EX-20 Natsubotan didn't appeal to me at all when the promotional pictures were released but it would not get out of my head so I had to buy one and I repurchased EX-14 for pics.  I have reviewed and swatched EX-14 Ruridama before, see link for pictures, btw looks better with a blue base.

I love Kate's Fake up of Suqqu EX-20 Natsubotan
Silverkis has done a very nice swatch comparison for EX-20 here.

Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-14 Ruridama and EX-20 Natsubotan (PS to make bg more white)

Friday, August 15, 2014

FOTD with SUQQU EX-11 Sumiredama

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  Not much sun lately and a lot of rainy days has kept me unmotivated about taking pics for my blog.

All 4 shades of SUQQU EX-11 Sumiredama on eyes and a tiny touch of By Terry Royal Navy on lower lash line.  I don't know if I like it, this is my 2nd time using Sumiredama, just not comfortable in these colours or applying makeup beyond a sheen wash and liner.

close up of eye mu

Read on for full face pics :)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sisley Phyto-Ombre Eye Shadows and a Phyto-Lip Twist

Sisley is probably more well known for their skincare, I didn't even know they had make up until I saw Bubbly Michelle post their Phyto-Lip Twist and it looked so good.  I became quite curious and purchased a few Sisley Phyto-Ombre Eye Shadow and Phyto-Lip Twist after a lot of google research (meaning one thing lead to another).

Here I have Phyto-Lip Twist no.3 Peach, eye shadows are  Dune, Mango and Stardust

Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks, my current lip obsession at the moment.  You can tell I love them since I have 5 and a 6th (in mail since Adambeauty has restocked)

Whisper Beige 219, Tiny Pink 269, Rieuse 373, Aventure 551 and Wonderland 575

Whisper Beige 219, Tiny Pink 269, Rieuse 373, Aventure 551 and Wonderland 575

I think they are all shimmer free.  They are scented, I'd say medium strength, maybe a bit stronger than their their lip polish range.

My favourite as it shade is Tiny Pink 269.  I like to layer or blend Whisper Beige with the others to get a brighter effect because Whisper Beige evens out my lips and lets the other shades sit better, otherwise Riesue looks a lot like Aventure but sheer.  Whisper Beige is also my perfect nude lip colour.

I use a lip brush to apply these, I don't like using the wand and dipping it back in tbh.  They seem to infuse my lips with moisture and keep them moist, no lip peeling experience.

These retail around $50 AUD at my local counters, I just go there to see which colour I would like and stalk Adambeauty or some other web shop.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Some Japanese Makeup Brushes

Laura, left a comment requesting a few times from my to do list a while ago, better late than never right?

The items were:
Yojiya Ebony shadow brush round squirrel
Yojiya Ebony shadow brush Canada squirrel
Koyudo BP031 Eye Shadow Brush M
Koyudo C011 Eye Shadow Brush R
Koyudo BP039 Eye Shadow Brush S
Koyudo BP037 Eye Shadow Brush S
Koyudo BP033 Eye Shadow Brush M

I added some other brushes in the post as well.

Very long post!

Starting with Yojiya brushes, I only purchased two to try.

Yojiya Ebony shadow brush round squirrel and Yojiya Ebony shadow brush Canada squirrel

Saturday, May 24, 2014

THREE Renewing Powder Foundation 202

THREE Cosmetics, why are you so difficult to Google search?

Foundation swatches are so rare and even if there is, they are not compared to something most people are familiar with.  I purchased THREE Renewing Powder Foundation 202 unseen, would of got the cream foundation if I didn't have Chantecaille Future Skin already.  I also purchased Shiseido Maquillage True Powdery UV OC00 to compare, since it is more commonly found on google search.

Fresh pan (refill only), the sponge is very soft (not pictured)

Friday, May 23, 2014

By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly - 9 Royal Navy and Rimmel Scandal'Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Bright Blue

Can never have too much blue right?  I've been itching to get the By Terry pencil ever since I saw it at DAF.  I picked up the Rimmel in an ASOS order to compare the shades and the result is they are completely different.

First off, yay no bad reaction from either unlike my last blue eyeliner.

I like the By Terry pencil more, it is super pigmented, glides on beautifully and stays put.  Only down side is it goes blunt faster than an other pencil I have ever tried.  

The Rimmel one is not bad, just not pigmented in practice (on eyes) and a bit dry.

I had a bit of a play with the blue liners and they made good bases for purple shadows that either disappear or look wrong on my skin.  Suqqu's Ruridama palette wasn't a very flattering palette for me and Royal Navy was the best base for it so I could get the purple (top right) colour to show as as purple (almost like the bottom left shade but better) and not cool tone greys.

Rimmel Scandal'Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Bright Blue vs By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly 9 Royal Navy
($4.95 vs $33.41)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

YSL EYELINER EFFET FAUX CILS - Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 04 Sea Black

YSL Effet Faux-Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 04 Sea Black is quite a stunning eyeliner and I have been eyeing it for ages and I have finally purchased it in a birthday haul last month.

So pretty in person

Sea Black next to THREE flash performance eyeliner pencil 04 Eye Belong

So pretty right? I prefer the the look of it to the THREE eyeliner because no shimmer.

Unfortunately for me, this cream liner doesn't work for me... so sad :(  My eyes don't like it, it's a good product but my eyes are just too sensitive.

I think I will stick with black liner and pat blue eyeshadow over it from now on.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil GY901 Natural Black

I saw this pencil mentioned on MUA recently as a good colour for asian skin tones with natural dark brows because most products on the market are too brown or red and so on.  It's grey and why not for science right?

Straight out of the box

Text says "Made in China Assembled in USA "

Close up of the brush

See how wide and round it is

Swatch order is RBR Grey Go-away Lourie, Shiseido Pencil GY901 Natural Black, Shu Uemura
Hard Formula in stone gray 05
(pigmented because applied over skin with sunscreen)
I wish there was a shu hard formula pencil colour that is less brown than stone grey.
Testing the pencil + Kate brow powder

USA website says:

Achieve and maintain perfect brows all day long. Firm pencil precisely draws in individual brows or fills in broad areas. Maintains a just applied look without need for touch up. Brush end blends hairs and pencil for a natural look.

What it really does for me is none of the above.

The formula is too emollient and it is not long lasting over my skincare.  It might work if I don't use anything on my skin and let it be but that would be painfully dry.  The brush is useless because it's too round and the pencil product will completely move to where I don't want it instead of blending.

Colour wise, the colour is blue-purple tinted grey with a white base, not natural looking on me in person. It did look better once corrected with Kanebo Kate brow palette to add some yellow hue back into it.  I tried it on my eyelids and it looks like I blended purple grey e/s onto my eyelids, not bad if I want a base colour like that.

Overall this pencil is a disappointment if my aim was to reduce my brow routine to a single product.
I can use it in my current routine but it isn't as user friendly compared to the shu pencil because extra effort required for an even application and it doesn't last and becomes patchy too quickly for the extra effort.

I'm going to stick to with my current routine of K-palette (stain base) + Shu stone grey (base colour) + RBR Grey Go-away Lourie (corrector + setting) and that lasts all day in humid and hot conditions and workout/bush walking.  Although, I will continue to search for a simpler brow routine product,  maybe dipbrow in dark brown is next on the hit list?  Any suggestions?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Paul & Joe - Face Powder S

I know I said I won't be getting the balls but I got them when asos had a 15% off code, along with some clothes and what not.

Lovely reviews at drivelaboutfrivol and swatcharama :) 

I had fun taking pics but the scent made me sneeze a few times.  After application, the scent does go away but it lingers faintly, their skincare smells a lot nicer imo.  The balls don't do anything for me, in fact my camera is more likely to focus on the applied area rather than make it "blur" out, I have a whole bunch of pictures where my arm was blurry and only the swatch was in focus lol.  Applied on my face, it is a bit sparkly for my liking, and they show up in photos with my camera but not drying like Guerlain version.  

So here we have photos of the product

Pretty bird picture

Saturday, March 1, 2014

SUQQU 2014 Spring Eye Shadows

This post features SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow in 15 Mitsucha , 16 Hanashoubu, 17 Yomogiiro and Creamy Glow Moists Lipstick in 06 Harunadeshiko. All products are purchased by me via Selfridges.

I placed my order because Bellyhead tipped me off in her post. I have been eyeing Sara's posts and her swatches and eye looks are lovely as always. Erica's eye shadow placements are nice and probably closer to how I could wear them, her swatches are good if you are looking for what it looks like on paler skin and she has swatches of the whole collection and she has a video showing how she uses 15 Mitsucha. Sherrybuyjp has swatches with in store lighting.

Sorry for tons of pics, I couldn't pick out the best shots, each shot had a certain thing that showed up better so I posted more than usual, I had over 50 shots. I gave up on taking better photos that shows everything I want. I know it can happen but no decent weather for lighting when I'm not working isn't helping. So we'll have to make do with what I have now. If there is a shade that you would like to see it next to, just ask and I'll probably make it happen if I have it. Now, it's time to scroll down to to see if we are feeding or killing that desire to buy the pretties...

I purchased all three quads because I couldn't decide and I wanted to recreate the promo picture arrangement, I might have failed because I wasn't really sure which pale shade was suppose to go where.

Might have some light shades in the wrong spot but you get the picture.
btw I could not tell which pale shade belonged to which palette after this arrangement

My usual

Front on

Creamy Glow Moists Lipstick in 06 Harunadeshiko
Creamy Glow Moists Lipstick in 06 Harunadeshiko

There was a fair amount of Photoshop work was involved in the above pictures, such as creating the plain white background and colour balancing all photos to be as true to life as possible to compensate for my zero photography skills, aka point and shot in auto mode with Nikon D90 (with kit lens) on a semi overcast day with window light as my lighting.  You can see I didn't edit the products for excess dust or stray eye shadow dust or clean up the actual product taking the pics because I'll probably nick them if I tried.

They might be similar to some older shades in dc quads:

15 Mitsucha
Similar to ex-16 minus the hot pink, probably look really similar on the eyes for most people.
I think the gold and brown shades are really pretty.

16 Hanashoubu
Reminded me of last year's spring EX-13, but this is more saturated version. The stand out shade is the purple but if you have Shisedio colour bar then you can skip this because the purple shade looks really similar on Rougedeluxe when she used it for 2 recent looks.  Maybe Nars Duo Kauai could be an easier to find alternative for a rich purple.

17 Yomogiiro
The golden brown shade is my favourite, there is isn't a dupe shade after looking through my stash but it does remind me of 01 Kakitsubata's bronze but more sparkly. The green is not similar to EX-19's because it is less sparkly, more green-yellow with golden sheen.

Here are unedited, lower exposure shots for reference, click to enlarge:

Trying to focus on showing the texture

15 Mitsucha, the gold and brown are the  most appealing shades to me

15 Mitsucha

15 Mitsucha
Cloud got in the way here

16 Hanashoubu
The rust colour is the only shade of the all the palettes that isn't shimmery

16 Hanashoubu

16 Hanashoubu
Cloud got in the way here

17 Yomogiiro

17 Yomogiiro
Low exposure so you can see the light purple shade and the texture of the pale yellow-white shade.

17 Yomogiiro
Cloud got in the way here

Sparkle showing photos:

Overcast day with a small ray of sunlight shining through the window

Sparkly angle with 15, 17, 16

Sparkly angle with 15, 17, 16

15 Mitsucha in focus

17 Yomogiiro is the most sparkly of the 3 imo.

17 Yomogiiro green shade sparkles are really showing here

Eh slightly different focus point here, more sparkles!

I hope the photos were helpful.  Thank you for reading :)