Saturday, January 25, 2014

Safe lip colours

Belly did a post about a lipstick that is her "perfectly your lip shade" and compared a lot of lipsticks of similar colour and that kind of made me go through my entire stash to look for one.  I don't own a colour that is my lips but even, I probably don't want to because it's going to be either beige brown or weird beige purple tinted skin colour. 

Dirty cases of well loved lipsticks :P

Excuse my dry naked lips. I don't really know how to describe the colour of my lips because they can be a bit more pink or mauve depending on the weather and my general health and I have brown pigmentation spots.  I usually go for lipsticks that compliments my complexion  a look "healthy and fresh" look.

L: shade  R: flash 

In the sun.
THREE Glam Touch Lipstick Color 14
I like this kind of colour
These are my favourite lip colours and formulas that help my lips look better without being too bold. You can see they are mostly orange hue, peachy beige, hint of warm red. The first strip of product is Shu Uemura Face architect illuminating moisture fluid foundation 774 for skin colour reference.

Addiction Day Trip is well loved, it helps to evens out my lips in a very subtle way that doesn't look unnatural.  I also use it to mix/blend out the Cheek stick Revenge to a wearable consistency.  I like to use it with Last Scene as well because that makes a really nice colour for my lips.

NARS Lipstick TZIGANE, is almost the same colour as Day Trip lipcrayon on my lips but a bit more red to it.  It's my go to nude lip colour with some depth.  This is scented but I actually like the smell.  This might be discontinued as I can't find it any more.

SUQQU Bright Up Lipstick EX-01 MITSUDAIDAI the lighter in tone but very to similar to Tzigane in hue maybe a tiny bit less red. I was hoping it would be similar to CG 06 but it isn't.  This is LE :(

THREE Glam Touch Lipstick Color 14, is that fresh colour I've been trying to buy forever and the formula is lovely.  Most other attempts in this colour have turned out garish and complete fails because of opaque white bases.

SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick in 06, this is probably the favourite out of the bunch to wear but itself. I  like to use to mix/layer it with 01 Saebana to tone down the blue to make a nicer colour. This one also mixes well with 18 Karakurenai for a brighter but not full on colour.  I wish I had more CG colors but I got these off Dollyleo when they were about to close down and I could not accept the markup on other sites.

SUQQU SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick in 09, Is my go to sophisticated lip colour, kind of boring lol. I would like this colour as blush but the lipstick can double as cream blush which is great.

This is taken in direct sunlight that is coming through the window.
Addiction Day Trip, NARS Lipstick TZIGANE, SUQQU Bright Up Lipstick EX-01 MITSUDAIDAI, THREE Glam Touch Lipstick Color 14, SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipsticks 06 & 09
btw my wall colour is Dulux A180 Hog Bristle Quarter

Without direct sunlight but next to a window on white Ikea glass panel
Addiction Day Trip, NARS Lipstick TZIGANE, SUQQU Bright Up Lipstick EX-01 MITSUDAIDAI, THREE Glam Touch Lipstick Color 14, SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipsticks 06 & 09

This is taken in direct sunlight that is coming through the window.
Addiction Day Trip, NARS Lipstick TZIGANE, SUQQU Bright Up Lipstick EX-01 MITSUDAIDAI, THREE Glam Touch Lipstick Color 14, SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipsticks 06 & 09

Without direct sunlight but next to a window
Addiction Day Trip, NARS Lipstick TZIGANE, SUQQU Bright Up Lipstick EX-01 MITSUDAIDAI, THREE Glam Touch Lipstick Color 14, SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipsticks 06 & 09
I totally forgot to add Dior Addict lipstick in Nude 333 (discontinued) that use to serve a similar role as SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick in 06 and Canmake Smily Gerbera (fresh orange beige tint) in the swatch lineup.  In my last lipstick related post I was complaining about Madame Flirte being unflattering but after a bit of experimenting it looks a lot better (like strawberry red) when layered on top of Canmake Smily Gerbera because it looks like real life colour balance adjustment without changing the texture or the jelly look too much.

I just checked my stash and I feel a bit ashamed of how much stuff I have because I own 37 lipsticks, 10 glosses (don't use at all), 6 balms, 3 stain/gels and 3 crayons and 2 lip liners :( I need to purge the ones that I don't like/use any more since my fridge is look quite full.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Koyudo Red Squirrel Cheek Brush

Koyudo Red Squirrel Cheek Brush seems to be released once a year as a "Limited Edition of 100 Pieces" when Christmas collections come out.  I missed out in 2012 because I found Sweet Makeup Temptation's review of it after they had sold out.

She is right by saying "only a must have for brush collectors, or those who are in the hunt for a very soft brush in a very limited edition".  It is really soft because the tips are so fine that they are almost white.

The silkiest brush hairs I have ever touched.  I don't own a SUQQU blush or powder brush so I can't comment on which one is superior in the soft silkier hair department. This brush is softer than Chikuhodo z series powder and blush brush.  It's more affordable than a SUQQU blush brush but I don't know how it compares for actual use, probably ask Sweet Makeup Temptation for opinions on that.





Every hair that I can see has fine tips

That's not powder or dust.  It's the tips catching the light and glowing.
On black, the red squirrel hair looks more vibrant too.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Guerlain Lipsticks

After trying out two Guerlain Rouge Automatiques in Liu and Reflex, I decided to buy some more Guerlain lipsticks. 

Rouge G feels lovely on lips and the colour payoff is amazing, the only thing I don't like is the scent and it does annoys me enough to wipe it off before food or it will ruin the taste of food for me.  Automatiques are scented too but I can't taste it constantly like I do with Rouge G.

Genna will be replacing Riviera for a bright red lip.  It's beautiful and no mineral oil is always better.

Madame Flirte is not for me.  I should have learnt that from this Dior liptick since they kinda look the same when worn as a sheer.  Madame Flirte, doesn't work at all if I have concealer/foundation on my lips because it turns light pink-purple which is worse.  When I saw thenonblonde's post, her photo assured me that I didn't get the wrong product.  It looks lovely on a lot of people.  I think the blue undertone and translucence jelly formula really makes it depend the wearer's on the natural lip colour to look pretty.  

Violette de Madame, it's that safe natural nude colour I always buy/mix although it will never replace SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipsticks in 06 or 09 as HG for me and they are sadly dc.

On with the pictures

Boxed

Blinding shine on those cases

Rouge G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete Lip Colour 28 Genna
Rouge G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete Lip Colour 861 Madame Flirte
  
Rouge G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete Lip Colour 28 Genna

Rouge G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete Lip Colour 861 Madame Flirte

Rouge G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete Lip Colour 28 Genna



Rouge G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete Lip Colour 861 Madame Flirte


Rouge Automatique Hydrating Long-lasting Lip Colour 101 Violette de Madame


Liu, Madame Flirte, Reflex, Genna, Violette de Madame
in sunlight (morning)

Liu, Madame Flirte, Genna, Reflex, Violette de Madame
window light in the evening

Liu, Madame Flirte, Genna, Reflex, Violette de Madame
warm light because the sun is setting



Liu, Madame Flirte, Genna, Reflex, Violette de Madame
next to window

Liu, Madame Flirte, Addiction Last Scene and  Etude House Rosy Tint Lips 01 (pic a bit warm)
By the way, Etude House Rosy Tint Lips 01 is so pretty and wears beautifully unless one decides to top it off with balm or gloss then it becomes a blotchy mess that prompts a restart with application.  It looks similar to Liu but less blue and not shiny.

Liu, Madame Flirte, Addiction Last Scene and  Etude House Rosy Tint Lips 01
BF took this picture, he said I should use it. (sorry about the smear on Liu)
Madame Flirte and Addiction Last Scene look similar in depth on lips but Last Scene is flattering and Madame Flirte is not :(

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lunasol Sheer Glossy Eyes EX04 Peach Beige

I didn't really notice this shade until I saw this post on MUA which set me off on a mission to find it. This shade is really hard to find,  Adambeauty didn't have it, ebay didn't have it either so I ended up getting it from a website that marks things up higher than ichibankao.

For swatches I think this blogger has a good picture of the whole release at the time.

The peachy orange colours in THREE Duo 04 (less shimmer) , THREE 4D Palette 08 Spirit Light (Pinker and more shimmery) and RBR Fire Tailed Sunbird (pic is washed out)  kind of look similar but they all have different textures and finish.  I suppose the RBR e/s is probably the closest in my stash.

I hope this one stays attached to the jar because my Nuance Gray actually fell out of the jar the first time I opened it but it is still to use a year later.




The sparkles are sometimes light purple and pink...can't capture on camera :( 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation swatch

I have posted a swatch of most of the base makeup  I have tried and it has been a year since I posted that. In 2013, I think I became a bit paler because I changed my skincare, I started to use SK-II and vitamin C and layering sunscreen.  Unfortunately none of that is fixing my tanned forehead and everything else being a whole shade paler.  I have no idea what to call my skin tone.  I just know I need to mix it and apply strategically to look more even.

I went to my Chantecaille counter to try Future Skin to see if I will like it as much as Belly :)
SA's that work at Mecca Cosmetica are so friendly and nice.

L to R
Shu Uemura Face architect illuminating moisture fluid foundation 774
Chantecaille Future Skin Camomile
Chantecaille Future Skin Alabaster
Chantecaille Just Skin Bliss (I think this is ever so slightly darker than Camomile)
Picture taken indoors on cloudy day.
I think Alabaster looks most natural on my face skin, at least the way I wear it (sheer) it helps to take away some uneven yellow tints around mouth and under eyes and it completely disappears on my cheeks.  I like the tighten effect, my skin feels a bit firmer where I applied it.  I like it because it really looks like skin on good skin days but I can't justify buying it since I don't use foundation often and I still have so much Shu and RBR Highlighting Liquid left.  Camomile and Bliss, kind of look like a peachy cream blush/fake tan on me in natural light so I'm glad I didn't buy anything on the spot and asked for samples.  I think Camomile and Bliss became darker after they dried down and Bliss is a tiny bit darker than Camomile.  This photo is purely for arm skin tone reference.  I don't know what I could be in MAC, maybe one day I'll go near the counter.