FOTD: Purple Smokey Eye + NEWS: Dior Hydra Life BB Cream is Coming to Belgium!

Hey everyone,

Today I’m sharing the look I did on Monday with you. This is a little bolder than what I would normally wear, but since I was on a beauty blogger mission to Givenchy, I thought it was the perfect excuse!

For my eyes, I started out by putting Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner in Rockstar as my base. Since I don’t own a synthetic smudger brush (or any smaller synthetic brush. I don’t think natural brushes will quite rise to the challenge here), I used my ring finger to blend out the edges. It would have been cleaner and more precise with a brush though. And then I blended Urban Decay Purple Haze all over my lids, going lighter the higher I went. I highlighted my inner corners and the inner third of my lids with MAC All That Glitters. I then proceeded to lining my eyes with a gel liner before smudging the line out with the third color from the left in my Clinique Plum Seduction quad (I’ve owned it for about 8 years now. I’m still madly in love with the colors, but the quality of this quad is no longer satisfactory after trying the better eyeshadows I have). Some mascara later I was done!

You can definitely make this more dramatic by using a black base, and/or blending some black eyeshadow into the outer corners. However, it was after all daytime, and I didn’t want to really scare the passers-by!

For my lips I had the most genius idea. Since I can’t really wear Incognito on its own, I layered it over Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle. That turned out to take the color down a notch and gave me nice nude-pink lips!

For the rest of my face, I used some Tarte Blissful and Bobbi Brown Bali Brown. Voila, it is not super tricky, and even though it’s not office-appropriate, I wouldn’t say it’s too shocking to wear this during daytime (or maybe it’s me).

Here are a couple more pictures so you can see it better (psst I saw the fluff in my hair only afterwards. Sorry about that!):

I was wearing my first Lavand dress (which is pretty significant since it started my Lavand addiction lol). The neckline doesn’t work with a necklace, so I wore a pair of earrings instead. I’ve owned them for a long time, but I still love them a lot!

In other news, Dior Hydra Life BB Cream is coming to Belgium! It will be available from April 18th. Here are the promotional images if you’re curious:

According to Dior, the Hydra Life BB Cream targets young women (aged 18-30. *gasps* In a couple of years I’ll fall out of this category lol) who want a one-step product that will give them a radiant glow and preserves the youth of their skin. I can’t really say more at the moment, because I still need to test it out, and base makeup takes longer than for example a mascara. I will definitely let you know what I think though!

That’s it for today, dear peeps! I am going to review the Erborian BB cream and Fairy Drops Platinum Mascara for you before the end of the week since these two are highly-requested. I have many photos that are taken and products I have finished testing, but I still need time to sit down, sift through the photos, and write the reviews out. There are also so much I’m still testing out, so please bear with me. I do also have a work deadline to meet by the end of the month!

Would you wear a colorful eye look like this at daytime? What are the BB Creams you have tried and liked/disliked? If I have very up-to-date PR information about something I will be testing out, would you want to see it or do you prefer to just wait till I’m ready to report my experience? Please let me know. Your opinions are more than important to me!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

FOTD: Feels like Spring with Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone, Urban Decay Lucky, MAC Sunday Afternoon, Dior Addict Extreme Plaza

Hey everyone,

TGIF! What are your plans for the weekend? Do you have anything planned?

Yesterday my bestie HM was in town, and I quickly slapped on some makeup before going out to play. Do note that these pictures were taken about 8 hours after application, so despite the fact that it held up very well, it wasn’t as neat as it was freshly applied. My apologies!

For my eyes, I used the left column of Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone. I pretty much followed the instructions, only with the Browbone shade for my inner corners and Definer shade to smudge out my lower lash line. My brow bones were highlighted with Bobbi Brown Bone as usual, and lower lash line was lined with Urban Decay Lucky. I thought the copper shade of Lucky would make good friends with the coppery Crease shade of the palette.

I had MAC Sunday Afternoon on my cheeks, because I thought it’d work pretty well with Dior Addict Extreme Plaza. I used the matte part for blush and the shimmery strip for highlighting. I like it better this way than when all the colors are mixed together! I took a photo of my lips too. Remember I said the Addict Extremes could be built up throughout the day? This is how Plaza looks after a couple of reapplications. It is not opaque, but it is for sure not as sheer as it is upon the first application either!

Just a couple more pictures so you could get a better idea.

I had a minimal amount of foundation on, just blended a tiny bit in my T-zone and a little in the center of my face. I also had some Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Bali Brown all over my face. In person it gives a pretty tan/glow (but I used a VERY light hand), but in pictures it doesn’t show up too well (that or it was because it faded after 8 hours). I’ve also been testing out the Fairy Drops Platinum mascara. I will for sure review it soon on the blog, so keep your eyes peeled!

That’s it for today! There are a million things I want to show and share with you, but at the moment I’m trying to meet a deadline, so my hands are tied. Hopefully I can get it out of my way today and blog a bit more this weekend!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

FOTD: Golden Olive, a Subtle Way to Wear Green with MAC Sumptuous Olive, Urban Decay Stash, and the Naked Palette

(I’m sorry about the bathroom picture, but the pictures I managed to snap before leaving the house this morning were not of good quality, and by the time I got home at night my bathroom is basically the place that has the best lighting for photos)

Hello everybody!

Phew, the weekend is almost over. One more day and it’s the weekend! How are you guys doing? Are you planning for the weekend already?

I went to Brussels today with my best friend HM and ex-roommate T. We all met in Taiwan 6 and a half years ago. When I think about it I can hardly believe how much time has gone by! Just because any excuse is good for playing with makeup, I tried to incorporate some colors into my look today. Don’t be frightened even if you are a total newbie when it comes to non-neutral eyeshadows though. As you will see, this is really a very subtle and safe way of exploring the realm of colors!

To see more photos and the list of products I used, please keep reading!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
MAC Sumptuous Olive on inner half of the lids, Urban Decay Smog on the outer half, and Darkhorse in the outer v.
The lightest shade of the NYX Rock and Roll trio to highlight my inner corners, and Bobbi Brown Bone to highlight my brow bones.
For my lower lash line, I used Urban Decay Stash and Urban Decay Darkhorse to smudge it out a bit.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black for my upper lash line
Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black (waterproof)
Tarte Peaceful on cheek
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Bali Brown under my cheekbones, sweeping into my temples and forehead
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze on the top of my cheekbones and down my nose bridge
MAC Sweetie

Here are two close-up photos of my eye so you can see everything clearly:

As you can see, Sumptuous Olive’s green sheen is subtle. You can only see a flash of green from certain angles, so if you are just getting into wearing more colors it is a shade I would highly recommend. It allows you to experiment without going out of your comfort zone, and it is quite a team player! Urban Decay Stash performs beautifully well on my lower lash line. Even though I used Darkhorse to smudge it out, you can definitely catch the green in it. If you are a bit more comfortable with wearing colors, you can easily smudge it out with for example Urban Decay Mildew instead.

One last photo in which you can see more of that olive green:

All the photos were taken a bit more than 12 hours after the application. However, besides having to blot my T-zone once and reapply my lipstick, I think my makeup held up really well until I decided to remove it! Thumbs up for quality cosmetics!

How do you feel about wearing colors? Are you comfortable with it or are you still feeling your way around? What are your favorite colors if you use any? Are you a green fiend (hahaha I just found the definition of green fiend on Urban Dictionary. Let’s say I am not a green fiend in that sense, but if Urban Decay names this eyeliner Stash, I think it is only appropriate to make this association) like me?

FOTD: Gilded Smokiness for New Year’s Eve with L’Oreal HiP duo Gilded

Hello everyone, happy new year! Did you have a good celebration? D and I went over to some friends’ for a copious amount of food and alcohol before going out at midnight to see the fireworks. Nothing crazy, but definitely a lot of good conversations and fun!

I am here to show you my New Year’s Eve look. Since I don’t do smokey eyes very often, I am going to do a more detailed breakdown of how I achieved it. I will also be reviewing how L’Oreal HiP duo in 806 Gilded performed.

For a detailed breakdown and more pictures, please continue reading:

1. I began by filling my eyebrows in with Bobbi Brown Eye Brow Brush and Sable. I know that some people prefer to do that after completing their eye makeup, but I think eyebrows offer good indicators of for example how far the outer edge of eyeshadows can go, so I always do it first.

2. Next, I curled my eyelashes with Shiseido 213 Eyelash Curler. I know that most people do this right before applying mascara, but I don’t like to have my eyelash curler against my freshly-applied eyeshadows (it’s probably my particular eye shape and bone structure though), so I try to do it before I put anything on my eyelids.

3. I primed my eyes with UDPP. I knew that it’s a bit more of a challenge to have a smokey eye hold up perfectly towards the end of the night, so I paid special attention smoothing UDPP over my eyelids, lower lash line, inner corners, and outer corners.

4. To minimize fallout, I held a tissue under my eyes throughout the process of eyeshadow application. With a pencil brush (I used the Yves Rocher one that is too fluffy for my inner corners, but serves this particular purpose pretty well), I applied the darker side of L’Oreal Gilded all over my lids, smoothing it out and carefully blending the edges as I went. If you have limited lid space like me, I would suggest you be a bit more cautious with this step. Going overboard right in the beginning will be very tricky to deal with afterwards, unless you are planning to wear false lashes and going all out. For the inner half of my lids, I like to keep the height to a point that the shadow is barely visible when I open my eyes.

5. Once that was done, I used MAC 239 to pat the lighter side of the duo to the center of my lids. You will notice how this step dramatically brightens up your eyes!

6. I then proceeded to highlight the inner corners of my eyes with Half Baked from the Naked Palette, and my brow bones with the lightest shade of NYX Rock and Roll. I used a light hand, but I did blend it down to the edge of the black shade I used earlier.

7. I lined my upper water line and lash line with Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black before patting a but of Creep from the Naked Palette to set it. I lined my lower lash line with Urban Decay Bourbon and layered the darker shade of Gilded over it. I could have used Zero for the job, but the way I looked at it, I could either play up the gold or the black in the look, and I wanted to test Bourbon out.

8. Now the eyeshadows were finally done! I used 3 coats of Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black on my upper lashes, and one careful coat on my lower lashes.

9. I cleaned up the fallout with the piece of tissue before doing my foundation (Bourjois Healthy Mix) and finishing powder (Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder). That helped cleaning everything up nicely!

10. I used Tarte Peaceful on my cheeks, a bit of Bobbi Brown Bali Brown on my face (concentrating on my temples and below my cheekbones, sweeping gently across my forehead, nose bridge, and jaw line).

11. Last but not least, I applied Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Nougat.

Here are some more pictures so you can get a better look!

I am very happy with the way the look turned out, but to be honest the darker side of Gilded is not the easiest eyeshadow to work with. It produces more fallout than what I would like to see, and smoothing it out is a bit of work. It is not patchy, but even application takes patience. The good news is the edges did blend OK, and once you manage to make it nice and smooth, it does hold up with no creasing/obvious fading (I wore the look for 8 hours). The lighter side of the duo is an absolute joy! It is very pigmented, smooth, and easy to work with. Just for this shade along I would still recommend this duo!

I wore my mustard yellow turtle neck under a new dress. You can see some of it in a couple of pictures, but the whole dress is more interesting than that in a sense that the print is not uniform! It is from my favorite brand Lavand. I have been collecting their dresses (especially winter dresses) for two years in a row, and now come to think of it I haven’t worn anything but dresses for at least one year! I love colorful dresses because they are very flexible. When it’s cold, you can pair different turtle necks, stocking, cardigans, and boots with them, but they can be worn alone when it’s spring/autumn. You can really play with colors when you dress this way. I don’t think/know this is common everywhere, but in Europe you see enough of this (I think girls have a better idea what colors work for them here). If anyone is interested I can do a post about my dress collection at some point, just give me a shout 😉

So that’s my New Year’s Eve look! What do you think? What did you wear?

Again, happy new year and please stay tuned for more swatches, reviews, and style posts!

Sunny xx

FOTD: Let’s Roll with NYX Rock and Roll!

Hello everyone!

For some reason I woke up a lot earlier than I intended to today. Since I had extra time on my hands, I decided to test some makeup out. I experimented with different camera settings/lighting/locations, so you can probably see some improvement in the quality and color accuracy of the photos. Please do excuse the bad skin though. It’s almost that time of the month, and lack of sleep doesn’t help!

I got NYX Rock and Roll a while ago (swatched and reviewed here), but except for using the lightest shade for my inner corners, I haven’t actually used the two other colors. I was curious about how the two cool-leaning colors would work on my eyes, so this is the theme of my FOTD.

For the list of products I used and close-up pictures, please read on!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
NYX Rock and Roll trio (TS29A): I used the lightest shade for my inner corners and brow bones, the middle shade all over my lid, and the darkest for outer v contour and smudged over lower lash line.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black for both upper and lower lash line
Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black (waterproof)
Tarte Exposed on cheek
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Bali Brown, just a teeny bit on my cheekbones and temples
MAC Sweetie

Here is another picture so you can see my eye makeup more clearly:

The pigmentation, texture, and lasting powder of the trio are decent. I do need to work a bit more for the middle shade to show up better, and it looks slightly different from my swatches (less shimmery and taupe-y). But other than that I can’t really complain about it.

I feel pretty neutral about this mostly because the darkest shade is pretty cool and makes me look a little bruised from certain angles. For example: (and whoops, I overdid my eyebrows today! This doesn’t happen very often at all with Bobbi Brown Sable, but I was distracted…)

I like the shimmer it brings to my lower lash line, but blended out on my outer v it doesn’t look as flattering. I will try to use it in a different way to see if I will like it better, but in the meantime I probably should stick to a warm shade for contouring!

Oh, and for anyone who is interested in ordering something from Beautybay. The 15% discount I talked about is extended to midnight of January 2nd. Do grasp the chance!

I wish you a happy new year! I will definitely come back with my New Year’s Eve look and more swatches/reviews soon (I have some 24/7 pencils, Tarte blushes, Cargo blushes etc lining up, so keep your eyes peeled)!

Until then, enjoy yourselves folks!