chanel les ombres city lights

November 5, 2017  |  Face of the Day  |  1 Comment

While I put the finishing touches on my massively long Chanel FW review and swatch post, here’s a quick FOTD I did with one of this seasons Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow quads: City Lights.

I layered it over the Ombre Premiere cream shadow in Pourpre Profond for intensity, which turned out to be a very good idea. I mean, just look at those rich metallics! I was surprised to see the quad pull so purple on me – very pleasantly surprised, since purple is my favourite colour! – there seems to be a lot of hidden purple in the lightest and darkest shades of the quad especially.

I’m also wearing Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur in Rose Violine, which is a beautiful, goes-with-everything warm rose pink.

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Face: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Foundation, Cle de Peau Beaté Concealer, Koh Gen Do Loose Powder // Cheeks: Cle de Peau Beauté cream blush in Pale Fig // Eyes: Chanel Ombre Premiere cream shadow in Pourpre Profond, Chanel Les 4 Ombres in City Lights, Chanel Inimitable Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony // Lips: Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur in Rose Violine

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 horeaka

October 25, 2017  |  Face of the Day  |  No Comments

Technically these FOTDs feature all the SUQQU aw17 products I reviewed here, but for me the eyeshadow (Designing Colour Eyes in #107 Horeaka) tends to be what sets the tone of a look so that’s what I chose to focus on here.

Now that I’ve played with this quad a little bit more, I can safely say that it surpassed my expectations. SUQQU products have always been top notch in the quality department, but the color combination of this quad in particular is what sets this quad apart: it is harmonious without being boring and current without being intimidating. I personally love warm eyeshadow and reds in particular, but I imagine that in any other iteration or combination, this quad would have been a pretty hard sell for SUQQU’s luxury-loving-but-slightly-more-conservative demographic.

This first look is a lot softer overall; the eyeshadow placement is more Asian-inspired, with light washes of the colours all over and a darkened lashline.

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This placement would definitely look more beautiful on monolid eyes, which are so well enhanced by liner and have the smoothness of lid to best show off watercolour-like shading. Looking at this critically, I feel like the nuances of the different shadows are a bit lost in the contours of my eye, but I hope you get the idea. I paired this look with Moisture Rich Lipstick in #06 Senkenka, which I think created the perfect balance for the eye look.

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The second look I created with Horeaka was a touch darker, thanks to using more of the plum-brown shade all over my lid and in my outer V and finishing the look off with darker lips courtesy of Chanel’s Jumbo Lip Crayon in 08 Cassis, patted on and smudged with a finger.

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You can see the eyeshadow placement a little more clearly in this last photo – I’ve brought the darkest shade of the quad pretty much all the way up to my crease, which I blended out with the red shade. To be honest, I’m still playing around with Horeaka and trying to figure out the most ideal placement for it but I’m very happy with the way this look turned out, and how easy it was to create. Bold eyeshadows that don’t take a lot of work to use/pull off are always welcome in my collection!

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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.

fotd: chromed copper

October 12, 2017  |  Face of the Day  |  No Comments

Though the crisp fall weather I love seems to be stubbornly avoiding LA (as usual), my mind’s already gone to the magical colours of the season. All in, this is a pretty tame fall look – no burgundy eyeshadow, whaaaat? – but perfect for the still-sort-of-summer weather we’ve been having.

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This look features some of my favourite copper products, and while I wore it with a sheer gloss here I’m already dreaming of recreating it with a dark vampy lipstick (like Bite Beauty’s Black Truffle) once the days get even the slightest bit cooler. Don’t ask why I’m adverse to wearing dark lipstick in hot weather – it’s just a weird hangup that I’m going to blame on advertising and general consumer brainwashing. For some reason I just can’t bring myself to wear anything but sheers and brights when it’s warm out. Anyone else?

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Despite my love for glitter and all things bling, my favourite things about this turned out to be the softly luminous base. I have naturally oily skin, so maintaining an even glow that doesn’t turn into oil slick requires striking juuuuust the right balance in mattifying/illuminating products.

And I think I might finally have found just the blend: a combo that starts with CoverFX Mattifying Primer, and ends with their Illuminating Setting Spray, sandwiching a natural-finish foundation and setting powder between them. I know it sounds like a lot of steps, but I think it’s worth it your desired finish lasts all day…and in this case it did!

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Face: CoverFX Mattifying Primer, Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation in G20, CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder, Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray // Cheeks: Hourglass Diffused Bronze Light // Eyes: MAC eyeshadows in Amber Lights and Antiqued (from the Burgundy Times Nine Palette), Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma, Chanel Beauty Inimitable Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow in #40 // Lips: Fenty Beauty Lipgloss in Fenty Glow

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