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!

FOTD: What I Wore for Christmas and Beautybay Sale!

Hey everyone!

How was your Christmas? Did you have a good one with a lot of nice presents and food overdose? My Christmas Eve was quiet, but I did see quite some friends over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, so I would like to share the looks I did with you.

First and foremost is my Christmas manicure. I very seldom wear nail polish nowadays, but since D cooked on Christmas Eve and we were going over to some friends’ on Christmas Day, I thought I’d seize the chance. The polish is OPI Merry Midnight. It is from the 2009 Christmas collection, so it is rather difficult to find one now. I only found out about it this summer when I picked this shade for my pedicure back home, and I was lucky enough to find a bottle on Yahoo Auction in Taiwan (it’s the equivalent of EBay in Taiwan because it has been there for much longer). I don’t like to tease you with limited edition or hard-to-find items, so I am not going to write a separate review about it. As you will be able to see in the following picture, the polish is a jelly purple with multi-color shimmer and flakes. The first coat is stunningly uneven, un-sparkling, and uninspiring in general. I remember being so taken aback during my pedicure when the lady put on the first coat. I almost said:” you must have made a mistake! This is NOT the shade I picked out!” But after the second coat things get dramatically better. You do need more skills and experience to work with this nail polish, and I find it difficult to avoid some unevenness altogether (though nothing too concerning). Something else I don’t like so much about it is the fact that it doesn’t last as well on me as a typical OPI nail polish. I’m getting tip wear and some chips after just a couple of days, while normally OPI polishes last 3-4 days with minimal tip wear on me! I do hope OPI will bring the shade back with a better formula.

Now moving on to my Christmas Day makeup. I did a “classic” look with the Naked Palette. I used Sin on the inner half, Buck on the outer half, the lightest shade of NYX Rock and Roll on the inner corner, and smudged my lower lash line out with Gunmetal. I was also testing Tarte Exposed out and was pretty happy with it! On my lips it’s Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle.

For Boxing Day I did something a bit more dramatic. I used my L’Oreal HiP duo in 106 Sculpted. The lighter shade all over my lid, and the darker shade on the outer corner, brought into my crease, and on my lower lash line. On the inner corner is Sin from the Naked Palette, Tarte Exposed on cheek, a bit of Bali Brown to add some dimension to my face, and MAC Sweetie on lips.

I have to report that the darker shade of the duo is really rather hard to blend, and there is some fallout. The fallout isn’t too concerning at all, but the lack of blendability is a pain. The lighter shade doesn’t pull orange on me though, so I’m happy about that. I wore makeup for 11-12 hours that day, and by the end of the day I could see some fading, but it was still OK. Man, you can see the print my glasses leave on my nose SO clearly in this picture (for some reason it is worse on the left side)! I might have to start looking for a decent concealer now.

Also, I’m still looking for a way to take clearer pictures of my FOTD. As what I have told you, we haven’t had a lot of natural light in Belgium, and the flashlight doesn’t always allow colors to be captured on photos as they are. I will work on this issue, but in the meantime I hope you at least get an idea!

Last but not least, Muffin the new kitten wants to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a 2012 with a punch!

She has been with us for a bit more than two weeks now, and she is a total sweetheart! I’ll for sure introduce her properly in the blog soon. She plays go fetch just like what Brownie used to do. Can you believe that?

Lots of Christmas love,

Sunny

Oh, and pssst I almost forgot to tell you about this! Beautybay.com is having a 10% off sale till midnight Wednesday (UK time, so it might be earlier/later depending on where you live. For example, in continental Europe, it would be 1AM on Thursday). I am a registered customer, so I received an e-mail with 15% off. The promotion code is the same though (XMAS), so I guess the system just checks if you are already in it. If you have been lemming for Cargo blushes for example, this would be a great opportunity to get some! What I LOVE about Beautybay is the fact that it doesn’t rip you off. A 25-dollar Cargo blush would cost about 18.60 euros, but the rate does change a little from time to time (or even every day?). Beautybay also carries Too Faced, Urban Decay, Bedhead, Bare Escentuals, and so on. I got some stuff myself, and will show you soon!

FOTD: Purposefully Pink with Urban Decay Naked Palette

If you have read a bit about my blog, you probably know my best friend HM (for example, she was there during my makeover at Bobbi Brown this summer, and she picked out a bunch of products that I ended up purchasing). We’ve been partners in crime for 9 years now (jeez, how time flies). I’ve been very excited because she has recently relocated to Belgium with her husband, and they came to see me today!

To celebrate the occasion and make up for my lack of a FOTD last week, I did a look with the Naked Palette today. When I was swatching it for you guys earlier, I realized there are colors that are under-loved because I tend to stick to certain tried-and-true combinations. In the future, I would like to challenge myself to explore different ways of working with this beautiful palette.

Here’s a list of the products I used:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige (I got it about a week ago and will do a review soon)
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
Bobbi Brown Bone to hightlight browbones
Naked Palette: Toasted on lid, Hustle in crease, Sin to highlight the inner corner
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero on my lower lash line, smudged out with Hustle
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
MAC Cremeblend Blush in Tea Petal on cheeks
MAC Harmony for contouring
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder lightly dusted over my face
(I got lazy and just used a lip balm on my lips)

Here is a close-up photo of my eye so you can see the shadows better:

I actually seldom use Toasted, and it is certainly the first time I use it as a lid color. I like how it is a rosy pink that doesn’t pull orange on me (because that’s unflattering). I’ve never highlighted my inner corners with Sin either (it’s usually Virgin that takes on the job), but it plays well with Toasted. For my crease, I first used my 239 to shade Hustle into my crease. I then blended out with my 217, but thought I could use a bit more intensity. Instead of going back with my 239 and blending everything out again, I barely dabbed my 217 in Hustle and intensified my crease a little more like that. The result is very natural (one of my pet peeves is seeing the border between eyeshadow and skin on monolidded girls. I don’t normally blend the edges with a different shadow, but I do make sure I blur them with 217), and I think I’ll try this again in the future!

Just another picture to entertain you some more. I goofed around with my camera after getting home (hence the scarf and coat), and I was trying to capture the shape of my eyeshadow better. That’s why my eyes are half-closed. I remind myself of Tango my Tomcat when he looks bored/superior! Also, please ignore the bump on my chin. It’s actually part of the remainer of my recent allergy attack!

OK, that’s enough goofing around for today! I didn’t have time to swatch the HIP duos today, because by the time I got home at 4:30 it was already getting dark (so happy the winter solstice is coming in a couple of days. I’m holding up OK so far, but would really love more light). I promise I’ll have the swatches up before Christmas though!

Stay tuned and stick around, folks!