Sunday, 25 December 2011

My Burberry Eyeshadow Addiction (and a little bit of Edward Bess!)

Hi everyone...

Its the day after the day after Christmas (LOL), and so before I get too much into makeup, let me just wish you a very Merry Christmas wherever you are. Hope you all had a good day/night with your loved ones... I know I did! The loot this year included some goodies from Peter Alexander, Glasshouse, Kikki K, some candy and a masterchef cookbook! ^.^

Recently, Claire had purchased for me some Burberry beauty goodies (Burberry Beauty is not currently available in Australia) and so far, every single product I have tried/swatched has blown me away.

Today I will be posting on three Burberry eyeshadows that I currently own - Trench (#02), Rosewood (#09) and Midnight Brown (#12) and an Edward Bess eyeshadow in Night.

L-R: EB Night, Midnight Brown, Rosewood, Trench

L-R: Night, Midnight Brown, Rosewood, Trench
I do love all the Burberry eyeshadows, especially Midnight Brown and Trench. For the record, all eyeshadows have excellent texture. The Edward Bess does not apply as evenly as the others but most matte shadows have this problem. My detailed thoughts below:
  •  Edward Bess Night - lovely texture, lovely pigmentation, but swatches and applies poorly on eyelids... This one is a pass, I'm afraid. It will work well as a liner, so all is not lost :)
  • Burberry Midnight Brown - best eyeshadow texture , sheer pigmentation, smooth and even application. The colour is divine - medium brown with shimmer that gives a luminous effect.
  • Burberry Rosewood - in terms of quality, this one is just like Midnight Brown. The colour is interesting... On me, its a pinky, mauvy light brown. 
  • Burberry Trench - AMAZING eyeshadow. This one I can not fault. Great for browbone highlight, or as a lid shade for a classic, simple office-appropriate look.
I hope you have enjoyed my review :) Please check back soon for more makeup eye candy! I have been secretly amassing a huge amount of Le Metier de Beaute kaleidoscopes so I must review them in the new year :)

Update - 26/02/2012: I wore Midnight Brown out for the whole day today (7.30 am till 7.30 pm) and I saw little to no creasing and no fading of the eyeshadow at all. WOWZA! Note that I wear all my eyeshadows over Shu Uemura Cream Eyeshadow P Beige as a base/primer.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Tutorial - Face of The Day with LMdB Splendid Frost

Can you believe that its only 4 days till Christmas?

Forgive me, I have been really slacking with my blog. Work has really overtaken my life recently. So much so that when I get home, the last thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer and type, even if it is about makeup and other frivolous things that I enjoy immensely.

So... lets carry on! I have been wanting to do a tutorial for a long long time. But who can be my model?? I don't have a fancy camera or a tripod so taking pictures of myself is difficult and I am never happy with the result.

It appears, though, that the angels were listening to my woes and sent my lovely niece, Miccala, over as my personal blank canvas. (Yes, in reality, we did agree to take her in for a few days so she can do her volunteer work at the gift-wrap booth but the angels thing sound so much cooler - at least to me).

Clockwise from left: LMdB Splendid Frost, LMdB Ibiza, BB Lip Brush, Gorgeous Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush, RBR Silk Aether (Atlas Swallowtail), RBR Devotion Ink (Quartz Ink), Illamasqua Rude, Lancome Juicy Tube in Moulin Rose
Clockwise from left: Atlas Swallowtail (sheered out), Atlas Swallowtail, Ibiza layered with Moulin Rose
Here I prepped Miccala's skin with a tinted moisturiser and applied Illamasqua Rude cream blush

Next, I used Atlas Swallowtail on the lids as a creamy base for the eyeshadows

Then, I lightly sweeped Crystal Ball (1st tier from Splendid Frost) all over the lid & up to the crease

I patted on Empire (2nd tier) over Crystal Ball, taking care not to go past the crease

This is my favourite step in this routine. I used Rockette (3rd tier) over Empire. Note: this shade adds a lovely warmth to the overall look.

Initially, I wanted to use my RBR liner for this tutorial. But I changed my mind at the last minute and used LMdB Artemis Liquid Liner instead. It is an electric blue colour that really emphasized Sugar Plum (4th tier), which I have used here on top of Artemis. You can click on the picture to see just how lovely it looks!

The final step is to use a bright pink lipstick like LMdB Ibiza and either a clear gloss, or a complementing pink lipgloss like Moulin Rose to complete the look. Miccala is only 15 so I wanted this look to be radiant and fresh.
This photo was taken with the flash on to show the gorgeous taupe that results from the Couches de Couleur method.

Top tip: For a smokey eye look, you can blend Sugar Plum very close to the lashline prior to applying eyeliner.

Top three product recommendations: LMdB Splendid Frost (initial review here), LMdB Artemis Liquid Liner, Illamasqua Rude

Lastly, I have a few people to thank who have made this tutorial possible:
- Miccala - thanks for letting me use your face :) Lets do it again tomorrow!
- Ivka - thanks for the Lancome set darling! They are the bomb :)
- Claire - the doll who sent this lovely LMdB set my way. You are amazing and I love you!

Till next time,


Sunday, 4 December 2011

BLOG SALE: Part 2!

A new year is coming and Cindy came out with a great idea... a BLOG SALE!
-All products have been swatched but not more than a couple of times (with the exception of the Tortoise Shell Palette which has been used a few times)
-Please pay using PayPal.
- Please leave a comment letting me know what items you are interested in and your paypal account so I can invoice you. I moderate all comments so your details are confidential. 
- Please pay within 24 hours or I will have to release the item so someone else can have a chance
- I ship worldwide, shipping cost is a flat rate of $11 CAD international, and $6 within Canada
- Discounts for bulk purchases and free shipping over 75 dollars
-Sorry, no returns/refunds

Chanel Vitalumiere- 40 Beige $30

Bobbi Brown- Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette $40
Bobbi Brown Bronzer- 2 Medium $20
Theirry Mugler Face Sculpt Blush & Lumiere- Pink $30

Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita- Mineral Makeup- Intensity 3.0 $20
Madara Tinting Fluid- Moonflower $20

Clinique Blush- Mocha Pink $10

Mii Flawless Face Base $20 is also available (sorry, no pic)