Sunday Stash Shopping #108: Warm it Up

Did anyone say makeup rut? Yeah, for me, I am trying to use up a few things, so I tend to use those products more regularly. I don’t want to pin down the few products because I’ll go crazy when I don’t see progress, but consciously, I’m making an effort to use up some stuff.

But when it gets a little boring, I tend to change up the eye or lip colour. It’s easiest to change a lipstick because it certainly sets the mood, but just one eye shadow can make a big difference too. I was getting a little bored with neutral and bare lids, so all I did was to pop on a warm shade from the Naked Heat palette, and use another warmer lipstick. Nothing else changed, but just these 2 simple changes completely changed the look.

 

 

I think I used Lumbre on my lid, and the panned transition shade in the MUFE palette. For blush, I used NARS Deep Throat, a very flattering warm pink and on my lips, 3CE 909 Smoked Rose. This lipstick is really dry, so I use a lip balm underneath. I like this colour a lot, so that makes the dryness tolerable.

 

 

What do you do to change up your routine?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Sunday Stash Shopping #101: Naked Heat

I caved. I held out and did not purchase the Urban Decay Naked Heat when it launched a few months back. I was unsure if I wanted a palette that’s full of oranges and reddish browns. Won’t it be way too warm? My taste in eye shadows changed from cool neutrals to neutral earth tones to warm browns and recently, reds and oranges. And yes, even warm pinks that lean red. I found out these colours work well on my skin tone and I like that they are more interesting than browns… though in all honesty, nothing will take my love for browns away. During the Black Friday sale, I went to Sephora and picked up one Naked Heat palette, and that was the only thing I bought there.

I don’t think I’ll post swatches etc, because I’m sure you’ve already seen LOTS of them. What I can tell you is that this is a palette full of very pigmented eye shadows, and if you’re new to applying eye shadows, you might have a hard time. I also find that the palette lacks a more neutral transition shade, and everything’s just in your face warm. So for me to complete a look according to my personal taste which is more understated, I have to reach for other eye shadows not in the palette. Then again, who am I kidding? This palette is anything BUT understated.

Anyhow, this is a look I created, something that isn’t too dark, but played up enough to show the warmth of the colours. I wore this when I went to the mall with the kids the other day, and got a few looks of approval from some young ladies.

 

 

I prefer to pair this Naked Heat palette with clean skin and nude lips. Anything more will be too glamorous for a day time look. I struggled a little to find a suitable nude as well, because pink nudes clash with it and beige nudes look too dull. I ended up with the Urban Decay Ex-Girlfriend, which is my fail safe nude. It goes with everything. Because it is on the sheer side, and slightly glossy, it is just a great my lips but better (MLBB) shade that goes with any look at all. I’m glad it is made permanent, because I know I absolutely will repurchase this.

Hope you enjoyed this entry, and happy weekend! Have you finished Christmas shopping?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Lipsticks Currently In My Handbag

How many lip products do you keep in your current handbag? I don’t change my handbags often, because I’m just too lazy to transfer all the things I have to another bag. I carry a larger tote most of the time, because I need to fit in Ashton’s things as well, like his water bottle, change of clothes, wet wipes, etc. So I have smaller bags in my handbag so I can find my things easier. For my lipsticks, I put them in a leather purse I bought in Australia. It’s big enough for 4 lipsticks and more, but I just keep it at 4.

 

 

I usually keep lipsticks I want to use up in this purse because these are the lipsticks I reach for to touch up or to reapply. I might apply a matte red lip before I go out of the house, but to touch up, I reach for one of these. From doing this, I used up 2 full sized lipsticks so far, and for me, this strategy works (to use up the many lipsticks I own). At the moment, the 4 lipsticks I have on rotation are Rouge Dior Nude in Charnelle, Urban Dacay Ex Girlfriend, Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in 395 and a mini Burberry Kisses in Sepia.

 

 

As you might have guessed, Charnelle and Lancome 395 (don’t know the name) are recently added to replace the two I used up. It looks like I’ll be using up Sepia soon, since it’s a mini and Ex Girlfriend is so comfortable and wearable that I can see myself using this up quite soon too. I’m thinking of adding a tinted lip balm in here, for those dry lip days but these lipsticks are really creamy and they don’t dry out my lips at all, so I’ll just leave it as is.

What lip products do you keep in your handbag? Share with me!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

March Empties and A Few Things I Want Gone. Another Project MAD?

Another month bites the dust. Oowwwww!!

This month, it’s more about sunscreens. I talk about the heatwave a lot and it’s no joke. Kids are getting sick and many get sunstroke. There’s a virus going round the schools and we have one girl down in the family, and another about to go down. We’re isolating the girls from the baby boy with hopes the little one doesn’t get it. It would really really suck otherwise. And the humidity. I feel like I could suffocate just by walking out of my air conditioned room. Staying indoors is really the best way to go, but life goes on. So we suck it up by drinking gallons of water and protecting our skin with lots of sunscreen. As I’m writing this at 2pm, the sky looks a little overcast. I’m hoping for a thunderstorm. Let’s cool down the surface of the earth just for a little, eh?

 

 

emptied

 

 

As you can see, 2 bottles of sunscreen emptied. My bottle of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is also gone. It’s been my scent for 2 years, and I think it’s time to move on (I purchase a bottle of Chloe EDT to replace it and have been loving it!). The Estee Lauder ANR Eye is not enough for me anymore, so I won’t be purchasing it again. I have a richer one from EL which I’m enjoying. The Bobbi Brown BB Cream has been my favourite for a long time, and I’ve used a lot of it, but it’s 3 years now so we bid goodbye. There isn’t much left in there anyway.

I have been using a few things quite religiously for a few months, and thought I want to show you. These are the few things I want to throw into my empties bag too.

 

 

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I love love love the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and I have been using it for 6 months. I think I’m at the bottom of the tube because there isn’t much left, but I have a few concealers left. Once I use them up, I’m going to repurchase this. The Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is a good dry texture that separates and defines. Gives a bit of volume but not over the top. The Clinique browscara is my brow staple but once I’m done with this, I’m going on a break and just use the pencils I still have. The Shu Uemura brow pencil you see here is getting really short, and I’d like to get rid of it. I’m also using 2 eye liners for variety, and loving how versatile plum and brown are as eye liners!

I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Diffused Light to set my concealer and there’s a little dip in the middle already. I don’t use the Diorskin Nude Tan Aurora Bronzer much, but I do try to use it more often. As you can see, there’s a little pan action. The cream blush you see here is a limited edition one from Lunasol and it gives the perfect barely there flush that no other blushes do. As you can see, it’s well loved.

These are the things in my makeup bag that I put on my vanity, things that I use whenever I apply makeup. I’m hoping to see a few things gone (the mascara will be chucked out in 2 months) in the next few months, or maybe more pan action.

I’m not really on a reducing mission, but it just gives me satisfaction seeing things put to good use.

Now, come April. I welcome you.

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

On Rotation: Eye Liners

These days, I usually use pencil liners and liquid liners. I threw out all my gel liners a while ago because they were getting old and I didn’t buy any to replace them. I still have loads of pencils, and I still have 2 liquid liners (they DO dry out, so I’m not hoarding) so I’m not going to buy a gel liner until I have used up my liquid liners. I already know I’m going to buy a Bobbi Brown gel liner, because in my books, they are THE BEST.

I am using one liquid liner exclusively (Eyeko), until it’s dried out before I move on to my Bobbi Brown liquid liner, which is the last one I have in my stash. For pencils, I’ve been loving non blacks for a softer look. I have an olive and a blue, which go well with my dark brown eyes. I usually use neutrals / browns as eye shadows, and using blue / olive liners enhances the look.

 

 

liners

 

 

Urban Decay pencil liners are one of my favourites and I have quite a few of them. I’m currently loving Stash and I don’t have much left of it. Bobbi Brown Precision Gel Liner in Sapphire is a beautiful dark blue which stays on my WATERLINE! I bought this last year but didn’t have a chance to blog about it. I also like that it twists up and that I have the option to sharpen it if I wanted to. The Eyeko liquid liner I have is in Ebony, which is not jet black, but more of a dark sepia. It’s not as stark as a black, and the fine pen tip gives a mean sharp cat eye flick.

 

 

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These are a few on my vanity, on heavy rotation. On most days, I’d just skip eye shadow and go with a liner. I also sometimes skip mascara because I’m lazy like that. I bought the Urban Decay Stash from Sephora, the Bobbi Brown liner from Bobbi Brown of course, and Eyeko, from Beauty Bay. It’s also available at Sephora locally. What eye liners have you been using lately?

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Sunday Stash Shopping #53: Urban Decay Naked 2

Oops, today’s stash shopping is up a little late, but better than never eh? This is going to be short and sweet, so let’s get to it! I have been neglecting many of my eye palettes for a while, and one of them is the Naked 2. I bought it because I loved taupes and cooler browns, and it just so happened, I never really used it. Seems to be the story of my life. And now that I have, I am reminded why I liked this palette. I’ll be using more of it.

 

 

products

 

 

On my lids, I used Tease as a transition color, Suspect on my mobile lids and Snakebite on the outer corner. I paired it with a peachy blush, Clinique’s Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette in 01 Defining Nectars, and Dior Garden Party on my lips. Here’s how the eyes look

 

 

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And the full look in context

 

 

look1

 

 

I hope you liked today’s installment and Happy Sunday!

Would you like more looks from Naked 2? Or perhaps a color you’d like to see used on the eyes? No tough ones please!

 

 

xoxo Lily