August 31, 2013

Femme Boulevard #4: Smokey Eyes for Night

It's Femme Boulevard time again! Remember the last FB post was about smokey eyes for day time? Well this time around it's all about smokey eyes for night time. When it comes to smokey eyes for night time, the only thing I do different is line the inner rims of my eyes with black eyeliner. I feel that that is generally enough to make my eye look night appropriate, without making me have raccoon eyes.

August 29, 2013

Dior Constellation Palette EOTD

Hi lovelies, thanks so much for your recommendations on this post re what to buy from French Pharmacies. I've bought a few things already, but since we're in France for another week or so, chances are I'll be buying some more so I'll do a post on my purchases when I get back home. In the meantime, here's a post I'd prepared earlier before I left home. 

I posted about the Dior Constellation Palette from the Mystic Metallics collection previously HERE.

August 24, 2013

French pharmacy recommendations?

Bonjour lovelies,

Just a quick post from me today...

After spending 2 days in Singapore (more on that in another post) we are now in Paris. I've heard so much about the wonderful skincare available at French Pharmacies but I don't know what to get. I did pick up a small bottle of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse yesterday, but if there are any French Pharmacy must haves that you recommend, hit me with it in the comments!
Photo from my Instagram account (@lilitsblog)
Thanks in advance, 


August 16, 2013

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse review and before & after pics

I received a request to review this foundation after I mentioned it in my haul post HERE. I've actually been using the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation on and off for about 5 years, I even wore it on my wedding day, so you know that I rate it quite highly. This is aimed at those with normal to oily skins, but I have fairly dry skin yet have no problems wearing this.

August 14, 2013

Bourjois Blush Exclusif: Your own bespoke colour in a pot

If you love blushes as much as I do, but can't decide what colour to get next why not get one that customises itself especially for you? I am of course talking about the new Bourjois Blush Exclusif* smart blush. It reacts to your skin's natural pH balance and turns into a unique pink especially for you.

August 12, 2013

Antipodean Beauties: Glitter

Today's Antipodean Beauties challenge is... Glitter.

I was very tempted to do a glitter nail polish look and be done with it, but in the end I decided to do a glittery eye look. The glitter eyeshadow I used is one of my favourite colours, but I hardly ever use it because it's fallout central! However for some reason I'd ended up with an Illamasqua sealing gel (perhaps a gift with purchase?), so I decided to mix that with my glitter eyeshadow and see if it'll make a difference. And... it did! No fall out. Yay.

The glitter eyeshadow in question is by the brand Colorway and the colour is simply called #06. I bought it from a cheapo makeup stand at Chatswood Westfields for around $5. I couldn't walk past the rose gold colour.

Left: Illamasqua Sealing Gel, Right: Colorway e/s in #06 

Here's a swatch of it, isn't it just a gorgeous shade? Love love love it.
Left - dry swatch, Right - mixed with Illamasqua sealing gel

And here's how I wore it on my eyes. I wore Colorway #06 all over the lid and bottom lashline, with Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Fairytale in the crease. I've then used Rimmel Gel Liner to line my top lid and finished with 3 coats of L'Oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black.
With flash
No flash

As usual, don't forget to check out the posts from the other members of the group by clicking on their links below.

Hope you like!

August 10, 2013

Maybelline Color Whisper swatches, photos & review

Recently I was sent a lovely package by Maybelline (you might have seen it on my Instagram), and it contained their Color Whisper lip range. Today I'm showing you 4 of my favourites from the range. No prizes for guessing they're all in the pink/purple family! I'm that predictable!

A little bit about the Colour Whisper range
They're a gel colour and feel absolutely weightless on your lips. They're very moisturising, but they don't last long on the lips at all. Think of it more as a coloured lip balm rather than a lipstick. And yes, they're very similar to the Revlon lip butters. I love the candy smell of this lip range, and the choice of colours is good too (lots of colours from pale nudes to bright reds). They'e RRP $14.95 AUD.

Swatches, left to right are:
- Pink Possibilities - a creamy warm pink that leans a bit coral, more pigmented than the above two.
- Oh La Lilac - a sheer blu based lilac that swatches lighter than it appears in the tube.
Petal Rebel - very pale pastel pink, adds just a dash of colour to the lips.
- Mad for Magenta - mid toned sheer plum, very wearable and the most pigmented of the lot

Let's look at some lip swatches shall we?

August 07, 2013

So many mascaras....

There used to be a time when I only ever had one mascara on the go at any one time. At a max I might have had two on the go if one was about to finish and I had just opened up the back up one. But lately my every day makeup box has been overflowing with mascaras! Some are samples, some I'd bought and forgotten about, and some were magazine freebies (ooh I love a magazine freebie!).

Anyway, here are all the mascaras I have on the go at the moment, with a mini review to boot. If you'd like more detail about any of the mascaras let me know and I can do a full review. All mascaras are in Black (or blackest black, very black, etc).

August 05, 2013

Antipodean Beauties: My Favourite Lipstick

Hi all, I've joined a blog linky party called Antipodean Beauty. Created by Omega this is a makeup challenge group for Aussies and Kiwis where we post makeup looks depending on what that week's theme is. Even though it's a weekly link party, I'll probably not be able to manage every week but will join in whenever I can. Anyway, enough chit chat. This week's theme is... My Favourite Lipstick!

Long time readers of my blog will know how much I adore MAC Impassioned, it is my favourite lipstick. However since I've blogged about it a billion times before (just do a search for Impassioned using the search box on the right, you'll see how many posts come up!) today I will be showing you my second favourite lipstick which truth be told I wear way more than Impassioned.

August 03, 2013

Femme Boulevard #3 - Daytime Smokey Eye

The July edition of Femme Boulevard (yes, we're a week late!) is all about the smokey eye, or more specifically the daytime smokey eye.

Normally if I'm doing a smokey eye during the day I tend to chooser lighter shades, e.g. choosing grey instead of black, and concentrate the colour on my top lid leaving the bottom lid bare. This eye look I have on today is very simple and is also pretty much what I do most days.

I'm wearing a wash of shimmery grey (Dior Mono Fusion eyeshadow in Millenium*) all over my top lid with black liquid liner (Dipliner Waterproof) slightly winged, concentrating on the outer half of my eye. I also used a matte neutral shade (Makeup Geek Latte) to blend it all into place and a creamy shade (Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean) on my brow bone. I finished with 3 coats of L'Oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon black.

Here are a couple of close ups of the eyes.

Because my eyes were fairly neutral I decided to do a bright lip. I'm wearing OCC Lip tar in Pageant.

The rest of the makeup used is MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC25, dusted with MAC MSFN Natural in Medium. On my cheeks I'm wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Dollface.
And don't forget to check out how the other members of Femme Boulevard did their daytime smokey eyes.

For Lily's smokey eyes click HERE
For Joey's look click HERE

What do you think of this daytime smokey eye? Is it something you wear all the time too?

*PR Sample

August 02, 2013

Friday's letters #9

Dear makers of "nose shadow"
I presume you made this for contouring? I applaud your entrepreneurism. Most cosmetic companies would suggest that we use bronzer or blush to contour our face and nose with. But you, no you had to come up with the amazing nose shadow. May I suggest you now look to making toe-nail polish, apple of the cheek blush and bottom-lash mascara... no wait, that last one has already been invented. As you were. (I found this nose shadow sold at Daiso)

Dear body, 
You know how you still have that 1 kilo to lose before you get down to your pre-pregnancy weight. Well, here's the thing. That kilo ain't going anywhere unless you stop eating all those office sweets and cakes, and start doing some excercise.

Dear Baby on Board sign
It's time I retire you from my car's rear screen window. Firstly, my baby is no longer really a baby, he's now a 1 year old child so you're no longer relevant. But also you seem to bring out the worst in people. Whenever I have you up on my back window I get tailgated, honked at or overtaken even though I drive exactly the same way as when I'm without you. This leads me to think it's not me, it's you. So now it's goodbye. It's just safer that way.

Dear pregnancy epidemic, 
All I can think is that Sydney water has been contaminated with the pregnancy virus, because how else do you explain the fact that 7 of my friends and colleagues are pregnant, and all roughly at the same stage.  I'd better stay away from this contaminated water because until my baby is sleeping through the night and my life has returned to some kind of normalcy, I ain't interested in catching the pregnancy virus again.

Dear Friday,
I bet you thought I wouldn't write to you again after neglecting you for 4 whole weeks. You'll have to forgive me, I've been busy and besides, nothing exciting had happened to me to write home about. How about we come to the understanding that some Fridays I'll write to you, and some I won't. There's no science to it, just a matter of having spare time and having something to write to you about.

Dear Europe,
Eeep, 3 more weeks and we'll be on our way! We miss you lots and can't wait to see you again. Just a note though, this time around we have our 1 year old little dragon with us so please be kind - I would like to place an order for warm weather, no rain, and lots and lots of potato chippies for Luca to munch on... because as long as there are chippies, there's a happy little dragon.

August 01, 2013

Ulta3 Nail Polish in Triple Threat

If you haven't yet tried the Ulta3 nail polishes I highly recommend that you do so soon. Not only can you get on trend colours with great formulas, they're only $2 each! You can usually get them in bargain bins at chemists, so next time you come across these definitely give them a try.

If you follow me on Instagram you've probably already seen the mani I'm about to show you. It's called Triple Threat* and is multi coloured glitter particles on an opaque black base.

In these photos I'm not wearing a top coat, just 2 coats of the Ulta3 polish, but I did end up topping it up with my favourite China Glaze top coat and it's coming up to day 7 and my nail polish is still intact.

Have you tried any of the Ulta3 polishes?

*PR sample


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