FOTD: A Darker Shade of Green with Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone & My Two Cents on Monolid Eyeliner

Hey everybody, happy Friday! Aren’t you glad you made it this far? What are your plans for the weekend?

Last night I was invited to the welcome event of the city I live in, and I thought I’d play a bit more with my Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone palette (swatched here). It turned out to be a bit more intense than what I would usually wear, but since the event was at night I thought I could get away with it. Anyways, without further ado:

List of products and breakdown:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows

I applied the crease shade of the right column in the outer half of my eyes, dragging the color in. I used the eyelid color for the inner half of my lids, blending the color in with the crease shade. I highlighted the inner corners with the browbone shade, and my brow bones with Bobbi Brown Bone.

I lined my upper and lower lash line (rather thickly) with Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black. I smudged the upper lash line with Creep and lower lash line with Darkhorse from the Naked Palette.

Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black (waterproof)
Cargo Beachblush in Cable Beach on my cheeks (swatch and review coming soon).
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess bronzer
Top of my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose were highlighted with Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze (swatch and review coming soon)

Bobbi Brown Nougat on lips

Here are the closeup pictures of my eye:

The look turned out to be more intense because proportionally there was more crease shade than what I would normally use. The olive green eyelid shade was really intensified by the darker crease shade! I do have to warn you while the crease shade is very unique, for bigger areas it is not the easiest to work with. It is a bit patchy, and I had to take my time making it smooth. Also, excuse the fallout from Creep. I tried to smudge my upper lash line out with the tiny little eyeliner brush that came with my Maybelline gel liner, and I don’t think it is designed for powder products.

Here are some more pictures so you get a better look of my face. Do excuse the big post-acne pigmentation spot on my cheek though. I learnt a lesson of not picking at my face before going to bed at 1AM, regardless of how good the idea seems at the time!

Because I have monolids myself, I’ve been thinking what kind of advice I would give to other monolidded girls who are just getting into makeup. Besides using a gel liner, I think beginners will benefit from smudging their eyeliner out with an eyeshadow. That way it will still look good even if you can’t get a crisp line! I would say that those with monolids can get away with more black/dark colors in our eye makeup. If you don’t want to look too dramatic or dark (especially during daytime for example), just remember to limit dark colors to the part of your lids that is not visible when your eyes are open. If you feel like going all out, you can of course do so!

That’s it for today! If you also have monolids, what are your tips for eye makeup?

If you like the look, don’t forget to follow me with Bloglovin’ or Twitter! I’m just getting into Twitter and it’s lots of fun, so come join me!

Sunny xx

Psst for those who live in Belgium, I found Comfort Zone on this website if you’re interested in purchasing one! Other than that it’s pretty tricky to get anything Wet n’ Wild here!

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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: Fun with Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone Duochrome Deliciousness!

Last night I went to a friend’s birthday party, and I seized the opportunity to test out the right column of the Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone palette!

I was inspired by, again, Jen from From Head to Toe’s tutorial. She used Wet n’ Wild Night Elf, which was limited edition. However, the two main shades she used are also in the Comfort Zone palette, so I had what it takes to be a copycat!

Here’s a list of the products I used:

KATE Gel Eyebrow in BR-3
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
Bobbi Brown Bone to hightlight browbones
Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone: the Definer shade on the right in my crease, the Browbone shade on the right on my lid, the Browbone shade on the left in my inner corners
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Urban Decay 24/7 in Whiskey on my lower lash line, smudged out with the Definer shade on the right
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
Vichy Normaderm Drying Concealing Anti-Imperfection Stick (just to cover some spots)
MAC Cremeblend Blush in Tea Petal on cheeks
MAC Harmony for contouring below my cheekbones and jawline
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder lightly dusted over my face
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Nougat (I realized I forgot to put this in my U.S. haul picture)

I didn’t have time to take photos before I left, so all the photos were taken when I got home, approximately 5 hours later. Besides having to pop some gloss back on (I had drinks and some finger food at the party) and blot my nose, everything else was still what it was. Here is a picture of my eye:

You can already see the duochrome at play, since on my lid it looks reddish but on my waterline it looks green!

To show you the duochrome a bit more clearly, I took two pictures of my eye closed from different angles.

On the first picture it looks more green, and on the second one it looks more red.

I’m actually really happy with the way it turned out! The duochrome shade is said to be a dupe of MAC Club. I’ve swatched Club on the back of my hand a couple of times in the MAC store, but every time I thought it pulled way too red and muddy on me. The Wet n’ Wild shade was already better when I swatched it, since I didn’t have the impression that it’s muddy. However, I was still a bit cautious about it turning out wrong or too dramatic. It was a pleasant surprise when the look worked out just fine! The duochrome is unbelievably cool! It’s the first duochrome eyeshadow I own and I’m a bit over the moon about it. A word of caution: I did have a bit of fallout with both shades I used on my lid. You can maybe see it in the close-up pictures. However, it was partially my fault since I didn’t have enough time to clean it up properly (since I don’t use foundation, I usually do that with scotch tape). It didn’t get progressively worse throughout the night though, and since the sparkling particles are fine, it’s definitely tolerable (it’s minor compared to Sidecar in the Naked Palette, for example. I adore the shade but the fallout sometimes drives me up the wall). Both shades also pack a generous amount of pigment, much to my satisfaction.

I was trying to filly my brows with my Bobbi Brown Eye Brow Brush and the KATE Gel Eyebrow (it’s actually eyebrow gel, but KATE calls it Gel Eyebrow), but it didn’t turn out too well. The issue I’ve always had with this eyebrow gel is that it could deposit way too much color in one stoke, and it’s very difficult to blend it out. Also, there is a little gap on my right eyebrow which the eyebrow gel doesn’t do as much a good job filling as Bobbi Brown Sable. At the end, I had to go through everything with Sable again anyway.

I’m still a total newbie on contouring, but Victoria’s guest post on Temptalia is extremely helpful! I have the same problem as she does, which means if we do a fishy face our contour ends up way too low! I learnt to imagine a line from the top of my ear to the outer corner from my mouth, and that turned out A LOT better than the fishy face trick! I still have a lot to learn, but the post is extremely informative and a great place to start!

So that’s an FOTD for you! Sorry for the bad lighting. It was nighttime, and it took me FOREVER to take pictures in my hallway and bathroom without weird shadow in the pictures.

Hope everybody’s had a nice weekend! xx