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 :)