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FACE OF THE DAY

 

Part of my Super Busy Week Of Awesome (Which Unfortunately Gave Me The Flu) was going to a a gig where a friend of mine was playing. Because I was going to a club, I decided to amp up the makeup a little and give the Rock Chick look from Charlotte Tilbury a try– smoky eyes, nude lips, etc. Here’s how it turned out:

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I was pretty happy with it overall, although because I was over-nighting in a hotel, I only brought travel size foundation, and you can see by the comparison with my neck that it was just a tad too dark for my skin! You can also see the messy, un-made hotel beds behind me, oops. Mother would be so ashamed that I didn’t make my bed that morning, but I was just so ill that it was a struggle to dress and do makeup, much less anything else. I’m pulling such a weird face in this photo, too, mostly due to trying to look awake and like I wasn’t going to keel over and throw up at any minute. I can’t even blame having been on the town the night before (since I wasn’t; we did a spa evening instead). I can only attribute it to the oncoming sickness which has currently has me bed-bound.

Here’s what I was wearing:

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Benefit Porefessional Primer
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in #100
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Benefit Brow Zings in Blonde
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Rock Chick
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They’re Real mascara
Clinique Quick Blush in #05 Pronto Pink
Wet & Wild Balm Megaslicks Stain in E128
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Sparkling Shell

The eagle-eyed may also have spotted that I’m sporting some kind of glitter about the cheeks– couldn’t tell you what it was, since my friend applied it when she squeezed out too much for herself by mistake! I packed pretty light for this trip, and this was more or less all the makeup I brought, aside from a red lip gloss to give me an alternative look, if I should want one.

I do love the Tilbury palettes, but I can’t help feeling they’re not quite as versatile as the Naked ones. Obviously, the Nakeds are far larger and thus less easy to pack, but they’re also cheaper, despite being of similar quality. I’m planning to mess about with my Tilbury quads a bit in the future to see what can be achieved with them in terms of versatility, but I don’t know how far it’s possible to deviate from the “prescribed” look with them. Packing Rock Chick was perfect for me for this particular trip, as it was an overnight stay which involved wearing only no makeup (spa time) and heavy makeup (gig time), but I don’t think it would have been nearly as useful as one of my Naked palettes if I’d been staying longer and had a greater range of activities planned. Maybe I’ll change my mind after a bit of practice, though?

Have you tried the Rock Chick eye quad from Charlotte Tilbury? Are you a fan of the heavy eye/nude lip style? Do you have any suggestions for using this palette in other ways? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

NAILS OF THE MOMENT

Sporting summer spots today! I’ve done these on both my fingers and my toes for maximum dotty delight.


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I’m quite pleased with how this turned out– but of course, as ever, my right hand isn’t quite as good as my left. Such is the curse of being nearly ambidextrous…!

I’ve used Rimmel 60 Seconds in “White Hot Love” as the base, and before you ask: yes, I had to use several coats. This is actually four, though you could possibly get away with three if you’re not obsessed with having a fully opaque look.

The black spots were created using a slim-tip nail art pen. This was a gift from my lovely friend Regan, and you can find them here. If you’ve got a steady hand, the slim-tip ones are better than than the thicker tips, I find, because you can do both skinny and thick dots or lines depending on how much you squeeze the bottle.

A dot-drawing tip: start with a line of dots diagonally across the middle of your nail from tip to cuticle. Then dot in the line above, positioning each dot in the middle between the dots on the previous line. Continue to the tip, then do the same to the lower half of the nail– or don’t; a half-and-half look works amazingly on longer nails. If you’re really brave, and possess both long nails and a steady hand, a halftone pattern looks ridiculously fantastic.

Are you dotty for nail art? Do you prefer the classic single-colour look? Do you have an application tip for me? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-

THE PERFECT RED LIPSTICK

Having finally tracked down what I believe to be the perfect pink lipstick, I think it’s probably high time I talked about my perfect red lipstick. I’m a big fan of a bold red lip: when properly applied and combined with the right makeup look, I think it can make a bold style statement that’s dramatic without being too overpowering.

Finding the perfect red shade for you is always going to be a challenge, and I personally struggle with that whole warm-vs-cool colour notion. What the hell is a warm colour, anyway? Which shades of colours are cool? I can never work it out. (Similarly, I have no idea whether my colouring is warm or cool, either.) In any case, what I have discovered is that certainly some shades of red are more flattering on me than others. Bright, tomato reds do little for me in the way of clothing, and when it comes to lipstick: forget it. I’m also incredibly conscious of colours that make my teeth look anything less than whiter-than-white, so pinky reds aren’t always the easiest to pull off.

My previous go-to red lipstick (Clinique’s Vintage Red) has sadly been discontinued, I’ve discovered. In light of that extraordinarily depressing reality, I’ve come up with this replacement: Rimmel Moisture Renew in Diva Red.

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At only €8, it’s a real steal, and it definitely does the business. It has the same kind of old-school, vintage flair as the Clinique version at a fraction of the price, and even more importantly, you can still purchase the damn thing. (The discontinuation of my preferred products is a long thorn in my side. Clinique, much as I love them, seem to be particularly terrible for it.)

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Hopefully, Rimmel will keep this shade around for a long time! I love it.

Do you have a favourite red? Did you love Vintage Red and are you still sad about its discontinuation? Do you have a replacement product you’d like to mention? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-

IN PURSUIT: THE PERFECT PINK LIPSTICK

When it comes to lip colour, having found Right Red and the Best Brown for me (both of which will be covered in a future post), I covet the Perfect Pink lipstick, but so far it has proved elusive. I mentioned in a previous post how I am forever in pursuit of the perfect blusher— my quest for the perfect pink lipstick is likewise ongoing.  I may, however, have reached a temporary solution in the combination of two different pinks overlaid which kind of give the effect I’m after…

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