I have a pretty standard day to day face, and I like to add on this for special occasions. A casual dinner date doesn’t require much in the way of fancy makeup (in my opinion, at least), so I added a couple of extra touches to my regular face for the occasion. Here’s what I’m wearing: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light, YSL Touche Eclat in #1, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder, Hourglass Ambient Light Palette (I used all three shades combined over my face, and Incandescent Light as a cheekbone highlight), Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy, NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kalahari (the bronze shade), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Hustle, Hourglass Brow Arch in Soft Brunette, Lancome Hypnose Mascara, and Hourglass Lipgloss in Nectar.
I wore a bright lip makeup look over the weekend, and thought I would share it with you all. I tend to wear a pretty neutral makeup look most of the time, but for special occasions I like to mix things up a little bit. This was my makeup look for Saturday night. I knew that I would be wearing a dress with red and pink accents (and a wonderfully CLASHING pink necklace that Sebastian hated), so I decided a bright pink lip was the way to go. On my face: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light, YSL Touche Eclat in #1, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder, Hourglass Ambient Light Palette, Hourglass Ambient Light Blush in Ethereal Glow, MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type, Givenchy Magic Khol, Hourglass Brow Arch in Soft Brunette, Lancome Hypnose Mascara, and NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage.
As I’ve probably mentioned a million times already, I was VERY EXCITED when I heard that a Mecca Maxima store had opened at my local shopping centre. I decided to treat myself to a couple of things with the birthday money I had leftover from last month. Because beauty products purchased with birthday money definitely do not count as Project 50 Pan cheats. One of the items I bought was the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee blush. What a mouthful. I’d never had a chance to look at the Josie Maran products in person, and the lovely Mecca staff member who was helping me browse was absolutely raving about the range, so I decided to check it out. This blush is really lovely. The texture is a bit strange, it really is like a gel but I quite like it and it applies evenly and shows up clearly on the skin. I tend to use this with my Real Techniques stippling brush, because it makes it a lot easier to blend the product out. A little goes a long way – this blush is BRIGHT. The Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee retails for $27 AUD and is available for purchase from Mecca Cosmetica.
I’m actually really surprised that I’ve never written a review of Dollface. It’s one of my most-worn blushes. I can’t speak highly enough of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush formula, it applies evenly and literally stays on my face ALL DAY. Even when I’m having a greasy face day. I can always guarantee that when I go into the bathroom after work to check my face isn’t looking too haggard for public viewing, my blush will still be lookin’ fresh. Dollface is a beautiful light pink shade that manages to compliment my skintone without making me look any ruddier than I naturally do. Tipsy is still my all-time favourite Tarte blush shade, but Dollface is a close second. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface retails for $26 USD and is available for purchase from Sephora.
I’ve been feeling a bit more adventurous with eyeshadow recently (for a long time I was wearing either a bare lid or something very basic), and decided to do a bit of an experiment with two of the shades in my Urban Decay Naked Palette. I ended up loving the results, so I thought I would share them with you. Now, ‘Sin’ is my most-worn shade in the palette and it’s one of my all time favourite go-to shades. But did you know that when you add a bit of ‘Toasted’ over the top, it looks EVEN BETTER. I did not, but now I do. And now there is no turning back. The combination of the two shades is beautiful, and although I may not have captured it perfectly in the photo above, it looks amazing on the lid. Green eyed girls, this is a great combination for you especially. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Toasted retails for $18 USD and is available for purchase from Sephora. Mine is housed in my Naked Palette, which retails for $54 USD and is also available for purchase from Sephora.
I’ve been so loyal to black eyeliner (and perhaps the occasional purple-toned black), that I missed the whole world of beautiful bronze-coloured liners that were available to me. I first saw ‘Hustle’ featured on ViviannaDoesMakeup (either in a blog post or a video), and decided that I needed to own it ASAP. Anna and I both have green eyes and dark brown hair, so I generally trust any makeup item that she recommends (bar foundations, because I never buy those blindly). I decided to take a risk and ordered myself one of these liners as part of a Sephora order earlier in the year. It’s a definite winner. The shade works wonderfully with green eyes and really seems to make them pop. It’s smooth to apply and doesn’t tug at the skin around my eyes, which I’ve found has happened with a few liners I’ve tried in the past. This is a beautiful eyeliner, and I can’t wait to try more shades from the range. The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in ‘Hustle’ retails for $20 USD and is available for purchase from Sephora.