pink kimono ootd

May 24, 2017  |  Outfit of the Day  |  No Comments

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Pink kimono, Forever 21 (similar) // Jeans, Joe’s Jeans // Shoes, Cole Haan (similar) // Sunglasses, Quay Australia
Bag, Vintage Bally (similar) // Tassel bag charm, Coach (similar)

It’s been all about the beauty here lately, and while I do still love beauty blogging I kind of miss talking about other things too! I haven’t done an outfit of the day post in a really long time, and the light is SO good here it’s almost criminal not to take full advantage of it.

This was totally impromptu, and the result of me taking advantage of not only the light, but also having a photographer husband who has a camera around his neck 24/7. We chased the setting sun around the Venice Canals, which – surprisingly – Adam had never visited before, despite living here on and off for 3 years. How did that even happen? Nevertheless, he got to check it off his list.

PS the first thing he had to say about the canals? “I thought it was going to smell, but it doesn’t at all!” Oh, Adam.

 

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chanel cruise 2017

May 23, 2017  |  Beauty, Chanel, Product Reviews  |  No Comments

I’ve always found summer makeup collections to be the most freeing – light textures and fun colours galore – and Chanel’s cruise 2017 line does a lot to reaffirm that opinion. The main colours are bronze (naturally), coral (of course) and a rather unexpected deep emerald green.

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The first thing that caught my eye from this collection was undoubtedly the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour powders. I’ve heard so many good things about the amazing quality of Chanel bronzers from friends and fellow makeup lovers before, but hadn’t tried one till now. This new addition to the Les Beiges line is sort of like a subtly illuminating bronzer meant for all-over use. It gives your skin a warm, luminous glow and because it’s quite sheer you can use it pretty liberally without worrying about turning yourself orange. I was recommended the Medium Light shade for my (NC15) skin, and although I was surprised at first to be matched to something other than the lightest colour, it totally made sense once I realized how sheer the formula was. As with all Chanel powder products, this has a light rose scent to it.

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The star of the cruise 2017 show was (for me at least) the limited edition Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Vert Profund which was, indeed, profoundly green. I don’t think I’ve ever used mascara that wasn’t black, so although I approached this with a healthy dose of skepticism I ended up being thrilled with the final effect. It’s a dark enough emerald green that it didn’t look downright kooky in real life, while still being interesting and very eye-catching. Like, very VERY eye-catching. I noticed a couple of people I interacted with during the day did double takes, so if you want to really draw attention to your eyes, this would be the product to buy!

Chanel Inimitable Mascara Vert Profund

The Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Horizon is another limited edition colour for the season, and though it looks quite black it actually smudges out to reveal a grey-green undertone that beautifully compliments the mascara. Unfortunately despite my best efforts I couldn’t really capture the subtle green hue, but it’s definitely more evident in real life, especially when paired with emerald lashes! I had a preconceived notion of pencil liners being very clumsy to use, but the fine tip of this stylo coupled with a great formula (i.e. one remained workable for long enough to carefully smudge out with a brush before setting fast) made me forget my allegiance to liquids and gels.

Chanel Eyeliner Stylo Horizon

Finally, I got to test Rouge Coco Shine in Golden Sand from the collection’s lip products. It’s weird – I seldom pick up brown nudes for myself, but whenever they find their way into my stash they end up being the shades I reach for the most. This swatched a bit rosier than it looked in the tube, and turned out to be a fabulous example of what I like to call a “No-brainer Nude” aka the kind of colour that works any look and that you end up reaching for over and over again.

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Here are some swatches from the collection:

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And so you can kind of see them in context, here’s a FOTD I did using all of the above as well as some nude-ish mattes from the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol 4 on my lids for definition. It just isn’t in my nature to skip eyeshadow!

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The grey-green of the eyeliner is a little more evident in this shot, as is the glow from the Les Beiges bronzer:

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When I was finished, I was struck by how editorial the look turned out to be. The green mascara really pushed this into the category of makeup that is simple yet striking and although I worried at first the nude lip would be too bland, it really pulled everything together while allowing the eyeliner and mascara to be the focal point (as they should be).

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This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

urban decay x jean-michel basquiat

May 12, 2017  |  Product Reviews, Urban Decay  |  No Comments

Ever since the collaboration between Urban Decay and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s estate was announced, I’ve been totally geeking out over this intersection of art and makeup, two major passions of mine.

Actually, Urban Decay isn’t the first makeup company to launch a Basquiat-inspired collection – in 2013, Addiction (a Japanese department store brand) released six eyeshadow quads that featured his artwork on the cases. The Addiction quads were really popular, but their price point, region-specific release and very restrained use of Basquiat’s art make me MUCH more excited about Urban Decay’s take.

I just love that the Urban Decay x Basquiat packaging is meant to look like they’ve taken a Basquiat painting and wrapped the canvas around makeup palettes. They even have hooks on them so they can be hung on the wall. I don’t expect many people to actually do this, but it’s still a very clever detail that tells me this collection was thoughtfully conceived and carefully executed.

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As promised, here are some swatches from the Gold Griot Eyeshadow Palette, Gallery Blush Palette and lipsticks.

The texture of the Gold Griot eyeshadows was excellent – much better than I was expecting, but that’s my fault for underestimating Urban Decay or perhaps not playing with my Naked palettes enough recently! The shimmers were buttery and the mattes were ultra pigmented. These were all done with just 1 swipe, and without primer.

Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Swatches

The Gallery Blush Palette includes 2 blushes, a contour shade and a highlighter. I like that the palette includes a deep berry shade for darker skin tones (which also works just fine on ghosties like me). In terms of quality, these are on par with Urban Decay’s regular blush/highlighter formula: on the dry side of the powder spectrum, well pigmented yet smooth.

Urban Decay Basquiat Gallery Blush Swatches

The lipsticks were also true to Urban Decay’s regular offerings and were very pigmented (single swipes here) and creamy. Note that Abstract and Epigram are satins, while Exhibition is a matte.

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And just for good measure, here’s a FOTD I did with the Gold Griot and the Gallery Blush palettes. The lipstick in Abstract proved a touch too brown for the natural look I was going for, so I cheated and used Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Backtalk instead. Side note: the Gold Griot palette actually reminds me a lot of NARS’ Loaded Eyeshadow Palette, so if you are looking for a fun alternative, this could be worth checking out.

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This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.