Sunday Stash Shopping #75: Brown and Pink

MAC paint pot in Constructivist is one of their cream shadows that I missed terribly. The one used here was just recently purchased a couple of months ago and I’m glad I repurchased it. My old one dried up after a little more than 2 years, and truth be told, I’d gladly buy this again after it dries out 2 years later. It’s a beautiful dark rusty brown that just looks good. It serves as a dark base as well and it doesn’t crease on my unprimed lids. For this FOTD, I layered a powder shadow on top, and it’s Clinique’s Lid Pop in Cocoa Pop. I also used this on my lower lash line for a subtle haze.

 

 

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I’ve always loved pairing brown eyes with pink cheeks and lips. Of course, I could have paired it with something warm as well, but I wanted to use the beautiful pink Dior My Lady blush. Before applying the blush on the apple of my cheeks, I first warmed up my face with the Dior bronzer. This ties the look together and gives more dimension to my face which looked a little pale from the foundation. Bobbi Brown’s art stick in Dusty Pink, a warm pink which looks great on yellow and olive skin tone, completes the look.

 

 

cheeks and lips

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What do you think? I hope you enjoyed today’s look!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Sunday Stash Shopping #73: Oldies

Except for the Dior Lip Glow in Lilac, the rest of the things I used for this look are from MAC and they are old stuff I bought. They are in one of my customized palettes, and I thought of taking them out for a spin. Truthfully, I’m also trying to decide whether to keep or to throw. It seems wasteful to throw it out, but it’s also difficult to give them to a friend, since they are depotted. Sigh. Anyway.

 

 

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As you can see, I’m still using Chamomile as brow highlight. There’s an obvious dip in the pan and I’d like to hit pan one day. It’s a very easy shade to use, even though it’s not as creamy as I like. It’s quite powdery, but oh well, it’s just a subtle matte brow highlight. How fussy can I be? I used Satin Taupe on my lids, and Modelette to soften the edges. And always, I use the lid shade on my lower lash line too. I use a small smudge brush to get as close to the lash line as possible so that it doesn’t look too smokey. This balances out my eyes. This step is optional, depending on your eye shape. If you’re blessed with bigger eyes, and more lashes, then you can skip this altogether. I find that this is a step I can’t miss, or my eyes will look top heavy. For this look, I tightlined my eyes with Hourglass 1.5mm mechanical gel liner and finished off with Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara.

Since Satin Taupe gives my eyes a purple-ish hue, I opted for pink cheeks and cool lips. Well Dressed is a light baby pink that doesn’t clash too much on my skin tone.

 

 

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Simple look, but they go quite well together, don’t they? And on my brows, I think I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in medium brown. I can’t remember. I’m rotating a few at the moment. Hope you liked today’s simple look!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Empties and Random Stuff

Bye bye July and hello August! It’s my birthday soon, and at the time of writing, I don’t know what I want to do that day. I mean, it’s just another day, really, and I’m surrounded by loved ones every day. What can make that one day more special? OK, cake. A good cake and maybe I’ll make it my cheat day – a day I can eat whatever I want. OMG I think I just put on 2 kgs just thinking about it. Hahahaha! In case you didn’t know, I’m on a cutting mission and have been more strict with my nutrition. It’s been going well, and I don’t want to bust it unnecessarily 🙂 Maybe I’ll tell you more about what I ate after the 4th. LOL!

I missed putting up an empties post last month because I was slack, but here they are. Not very impressive, but I’m happy about it. Used up everything here, and the brushes are to throw. They’re so scratchy, they hurt my eyes. I already threw away a few other brushes and didn’t even bother to take a photo of them. LOL!

 

 

empties

 

 

In this post, I’d like to make a note that I don’t like the Alpha H Liquid Gold. It stung so bad. Definitely not for me. My skin got a little red too. It’s a product that got lots of raves, but gosh, my skin hated it. Also, this Sephora brush. It’s hard and scratchy, and I don’t get the shape. Just… *sigh* Why? I have noticed many brushes with this kind of curved shape. Some are curved like an L shape, even. What the heck is it for? To fit to the contours of the face? Brushes are soft enough to bend to our contours of the face. Trying to be innovative? Just, don’t. These 2 products are sent to me by the way.

 

 

keep and chuck

 

 

However, there have been some good cheapo finds. I love these blue sponges so much. Usually professional facial salons use this to clean the clients’ face. I bought 7 of these for only RM15 (less than USD4) or something like that. The sponge is soft and smooth and THICK. I usually damp it with hot water before removing the cleanser off my face. Works wonders and so comfy. This Naruko cleanser is good too. It’s like a clay cleanser that can also double as a face mask. I like to apply it on my face, leave it for 5 to 10 minutes before washing it off. Face feels so clean without feeling dry. I use this on alternate mornings. I picked it up on a whim because I was curious.

How’s your July been? Any good finds?

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Sunday Stash Shopping #71: Custom Palette for Frequent Use

I bought a few Unii palettes a few years back, when I was crazy about depotting stuff. In the end, I threw away more than half the things I depotted. Lesson learned? Do not depot. At least that way, I could give them away to friends and family. Anyway, the makeup I threw away were old and didn’t get much love. With the empty palette I still have, I decided to throw in some depotted stuff I still have, that I WANT to use regularly. Or try to anyway. Before deciding whether to keep or bin.

 

 

every day palette

 

 

You see some MAC eye shadows I still have, and a MAC powder blush I quite like. There’s an old Dior quint at the corner too. The colors are quite in trend, reddish browns, and peach and the quality is something I’ve been missing. Lately, Dior quints have been disappointing, but I recently got to try their Fall palette, and it reignited my love for them. Anyway…

 

 

MAC names

 

 

I find that I’ve been using the MAC shadows more frequently. Chamomile is used as brow highlight (there’s a significant dip in it now) and at the time of writing, I already threw away Coquette. It got really hard and it lacked pigmentation. I already replaced it with Brun which I sometimes use to fill in my brows. Modelette is a great transition shade so I’ve been using that a lot too. Tenderling is a blush I used to love, and I’ve been using it quite regularly. I’ve been keeping this palette on my vanity so that I’ll remember to reach for it. However, it’s been 2 months already, so I might change things up a little.

Here’s a look I created using the MAC products.

 

 

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Erm, I forgot to apply mascara. Oh well. And it’s been a while since I took some FOTD shots so I felt awkward. Hope your weekend is fun and relaxing at the same time!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Sunday Stash Shopping #67: Recent lipstick haul

So I went crazy a couple of months ago. There’s a reason I’m a Lipstick Bandit, but I’ve been pretty good at not buying anything… and then BAM!! This is what happened. And these are not all of it.

 

 

lipstick haul

 

 

And you’d know I got out of my mind when you saw 2 MAC lipsticks here. I didn’t buy anything from MAC for about 5 years, and I remember not liking their lipsticks because they’re drying, but here you are. Not one but TWO new MAC lipsticks in shades that are totally hyped up – Twig and Velvet Teddy. I quite like Twig, but undecided about Velvet Teddy. Growing on me, but they’re STILL as dry as I could remember. The Marc Jacobs lipsticks are NICE! I love the nude ones for their lightweight and sheer texture, but their cream ones are so creamy and comfortable!! I wish they had more every day lighter neutral shades. Most of them are quite bold. And finally, I found NARS Charlotte. It’s been out of stock for ages, and it’s finally mine!

 

 

lipstick haul lineup swatches

 

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There’s an obvious theme here, don’t you think? Charlotte seems to be the odd one out. I’ve been on a wearable lip colour kick lately. I realize I have lots of darks, vamps and brights, but just not enough of every day nude-ish, super easy to wear shades. I wear those shades most often anyway. Which one here do you like most? And what’s your every day go to shade? I’ll show you how the Marc Jacobs look on me in another post. For the MAC lipsticks, which one do you think look better? Twig or Velvet Teddy? Boy they suck up all moisture out of my lips!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

On Rotation: Eye Brushes

I like to rotate my brushes so that I make use of all of them. Or rather, so that all of them feel loved once in a while. I’ve been partial to cream shadows lately, and that’s why I’ve been using synthetic brushes more often. When I get lazy, I’d use my finger to pat on the eye shadow, and use my MAC 217 to blend out the edges. It’s easy and effective. When I have more time, I always use brushes just because it’s less messy, and the finish is cleaner as well.

 

 

cream eye brushes

 

 

Zoeva 223 Petit Eye Blender brush is great for someone with smaller eyes, like me. It’s great for hooded eyes as well, as it offers more precision. I like to use this for darker colors on the outer edges of my eyes. It darkens the outer corner nicely, while adding a more defined shape to the eyes. Something too big or fluffy does nothing for me. It just blends the eye shadows a little too much and I’d get shadows where I don’t want.

Zoeva 233 Cream Shader brush is awesome with Chanel cream shadows. I find that if I use my fingers to apply, I only get a sheer wash of color. With this flat paddle brush however, the pigment is intensified, and I get a beautiful punch of color true to pan. I only use this when I want the colors to be more opaque.

I usually reserve the Zoeva 226 Smudger brush for my lower lash lines only. I use it to smudge out pencil / kohl liners and it works well with both cream and powder. I can smudge out liners without looking too punk rock because I can keep it tight against the lash line. If I want something more grunge, then I use the 223 Petit Eye Blender, which will disperse the colors more.

The MAC 217 blending brush has been in my stash for as long as I can remember. I think this one here is 8 years old. I do have travel sized Sigma brushes which look and work pretty much the same (got them as GWP) – and I use them just as much as I do this. I always have 3 on my vanity, because for blending out edges, I always use CLEAN brushes. I find that when I use dirty ones, the color turns out muddy.

 

 

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There you go. All these brushes are soft and gentle on my eyes, and these Zoeva synthetic ones are worth every penny. I’m very happy with my purchase. I’m not sure how the MAC 217 brushes are now, because I’ve read that they are now really scratchy. If you bought one recently, I’d love to know if it’s true.

Even when I rotate these brushes out, I pretty much stick to the shapes of these brushes. They work best for my eye shape, and I can create anything I want with them. Do you use eye brushes? What’s your favourite?

 

 

xoxo Lily