fotd: suqqu designing colour eyes 09 ryougetsu

March 11, 2018  |  Face of the Day, SUQQU  |  No Comments

09 Ryougetsu is one of those palettes that makes me remember why I love SUQQU quads so much: the unusual combination of colors makes you look like a pro at color theory without even trying. Would I ever have thought to mix icy blue with a dark greenish grey? Almost certainly not. So thank you SUQQU, for doing all the creative legwork for me.

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I mean, look at that hit of lavender (which is what the icy blue turns on my skin) in my inner corners. It just elevates everything from polished-but-basic to polished-and-imaginative. I added a swipe of SUQQU Gel Eyeliner Pencil in 05/Grey along the lashline for definition, but it’s mostly Ryougetsu you’re seeing.

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I’ve gotta say, I’m glad this is a permanent quad. I mean, they really should all be permanent, but I’m just particularly glad this one is because it’s such a good representation of what makes SUQQU quads so special.

I’m also wearing Pure Colour Blush in 08 Momodaidai here, which as predicted is a beautiful, flattering, easy-to-wear shade. It makes my face look fresh and sun-kissed, and just glides on so effortlessly. I think is may just be my favorite Pure Colour Blush to date.

On my lips is 14 Mizukajitsu/Tomato Red, which is…actually a lot less of a coral than I thought it would be and nowhere near red on my lips. I was surprised, but pleasantly so. It’s actually kind of a warm nude, which is admittedly a lot easier to wear and match looks with.

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If you haven’t already seen them, my reviews of the SUQQU spring-summer 2018 collection can be found here and here. My other FOTD with products from this collection is here

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.

fotd: suqqu designing colour eyes 114 hanaakari

February 27, 2018  |  Face of the Day, SUQQU  |  1 Comment

Because Adam and I have been pretty busy lately, these photos ended up being taken on the fly rather than at home. I am usually a stickler for consistency and even lighting, but all things considered I think these turned out pretty well!

These photos feature SUQQU’s Designing Colour Eyes in 114 Hanaakari (miraculously still in stock at Harrod’s – hurry!), a limited edition palette released for their 2018 spring-summer collection which I reviewed here and here.

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To get the sparkly pink shade to really pop, I applied all the base/crease shadows first and then dabbed some Too-Faced glitter glue on the centre of my lid before pressing a thick layer of the eyeshadow on with my fingers. Applying it with a brush will yield less pigmented, more delicate results – no less beautiful, just not the effect I was after here. I finished up with a flick of black eyeliner, and mascara.

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I’m also wearing Pure Colour Blush in 106 Hanairoka here, as I felt that its bright pink hue would be the perfect compliment to the eyeshadow. When applied to my cheeks with a fluffy blush, the colour was far softer than in swatches – a delicate pink that turned out looking very natural and subtle. I love how SUQQU blushes bring some colour to my cheeks without competing with the rest of my makeup for attention.

I opted for a cool pink lip to complete this look, and chose SUQQU Flawless Lip Gloss in 06 Irobara aka Dusty Rose. As I mentioned in my review, it reminds me of the YSL Tint-In-Oil formula in the sense that it has a glossy finish without being sticky. I can double down on this stance now because we shot these photos on a very windy day with my hair constantly whipping into my face, and it was decidedly not the icky, frustrating experience lipgloss + loose hair usually make for!

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Face: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland, Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ivory, Koh Gen Do Loose Powder // Cheeks: SUQQU Pure Colour Blush in 106 Hanairoka // Eyes: SUQQU Designing Colour Eyes in 114 Hanaakari, Physician’s Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner in Ultra Black, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette in #2 // Lips: SUQQU Flawless Lip Gloss in 06 Irobara aka Dusty Rose.

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.

fotd: luminous golden taupe

February 8, 2018  |  Face of the Day  |  No Comments

Finally, some new blog content!

With all the traveling we’ve been doing, content generation has been really, really tough. Sure, we have travel photos galore, but beauty blogging is a real challenge when you’re on the road with only a tiny bag of basic makeup. But I’m back (for now) and happily reunited with my stash (again), and finally in possession of enough time and energy to crank out looks that require more than 3 minutes of slap-dash finger painting.

Admittedly there WAS some finger-painting involved in the eyeshadow application here, but it was done very carefully…if for now other reason that the fact that I legitimately terrible at applying/blending out cream eyeshadow with my fingers. Thankfully I am more adept at blending out mistakes with powder shadows and a good brush or three, so I ended up with an eye look I really, really liked – a golden taupe that just glowed.

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I won’t lie. This is an effect I’ve only ever achieved once or twice from happy accidents – you know, the kind that always happen when you randomly and indecisively layer on 40 shadows and have no way of recreating the end result? – but have never been able to nail it down to a few key products for easy replication.

Until now! Would you believe this was created with only 3 products?

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The product that this look hinges on is a newly-discovered favourite: Stila Shimmer & Shine liquid eyeshadow in Grace, which was one of six mini shadows in the Eye for Elegance set released I bought during Christmas 2017. It’s no longer at Sephora/Ulta and only available as a full-size tube via Stila’s actual website now, but in my opinion it’s worth stepping out of your shopping comfort zone for. It’s the perfect shimmery tan – a little darker than my skin tone and soooooo unbelievably glowy without a sparkle particle in sight. It’s magical. You must own it.

The other two products I used for this eye look are powders: the medium and dark brown shades in the Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eyeshadow Palette in Antigo to blend out the edges and deepen the crease slightly, and MAC Eyeshadow in Mystery (sadly discontinued, but any dark taupey brown will do) to further deepen the inner and outer corners. Ok so technically that’s 4 products in total, but it’s still a very doable and easy-to-recreate look.

I tested it again today to be sure, and to my delight I was able to achieve the same luminous look again. I’ll be putting this into regular rotation for sure!

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Face: Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory, Koh Gen Do Loose Powder // Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette // Eyes: Stila Shimmer & Shine eyeshadow in Grace, Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eyeshadow Palette in Antigo, MAC Eyeshadow in Mystery, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Tinted Brow Gel in #45 // Lips: YSL Beaty Volupté Tint-in-Oil #22

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