My first FOTD, inspired by xteeener and Bun Bun

Voila, this is my first FOTD. It is inspired by both the day look of this xteeener video

Day to Night Makeup: Gilded for Fall

and Bun Bun’s tips on defining the outer v for Asian eyes

Eyeshadow Tutorial for Asian Eyes Part 3 – Defining the Outer V

Products used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Palette: Half Baked, Naked, Creep
NYX Rock and Roll trio: the lightest shade
Bobbi Brown Bone
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in 950 Blackest Black
Maybelline Volum’ EXPRESS the Falsies in Blackest Black
MAC Cremeblend Blush in Tea Petal
Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle

Step by step:
First thing first: I primed my eyes with UDPP. I then used Urban Decay Half Baked on the first half of my lids before I added Naked to my “crease area” and blended it across my eye sockets. I added the first shade of my NYX Rock and Roll trio to my inner corners (believe me, highlighting your inner corners makes a difference, particularly when you’re monolidded. It really opens your eyes), and then I used a tiny bit of Creep in my outer V area. According to Bun Bun’s instructions, I should have picked a lighter color for my outer V. But then again I wanted a bit more drama, so I went ahead with Creep. I only barely dabbed my MAC 219 in the eyeshadow though, and I spent a lot of time blending. Once that’s done, I picked my MAC 217 back up and blended everything out again. I highlighted my brow bones with Bobbi Brown Bone. Since it’s an invisible shade I went along my brow bones instead of just the arch of my eyebrows. But then again my face is “flatter” so I need a bit more help. I lined my upper lashline with the Maybelline gel liner, using whatever is left on the brush for my lower lashline. I also smudged the lower lashline out with the tiny amount of Creep left on my MAC 219. For good measure I added 3 coats of mascara to my upper lashes and one to my lower lashes, because otherwise I have none!

I dabbed my finger (sorry, don’t have a stippling brush yet, but the upcoming US trip should solve that problem lol) in MAC Tea Petal and put it on the apples of my cheek. To be honest I prefer this to using a brush, just because when the SA at MAC did that for me on Monday, I ended up with more blush than what I’m used to. But then again she did two layers, so maybe that’s why. I also used a bit of the lightest shade of NYX Rock and Roll on the top of my cheekbones to enhance it another bit. My cheekbones are pretty high, but I like to play them up!

For my lips I used one layer of Mademoiselle. The color shows up funny on the picture though and I don’t know why (to be honest the colors in this picture is just weird)! In person it’s not at all shiny. It’s satin or even semi-matte. It’s also definitely not brownish!

Here’s another picture of my makeup after 8 hours, taken in my bathroom (lol). I only had my transparent lip balm on my lips, so you can compare with the morning picture to see what Mademoiselle does.

To be very honest I’m not entirely satisfied with how my eye makeup turned out. Maybe I should have used Darkhorse instead of Creep, maybe I didn’t define my outer V the right way, or maybe for my particular eye shape defining the outer V doesn’t do a lot. I will keep experimenting with it, but I still think it’s a bit weird to see the teeny tiny blended-out dark shadow at the outer corner of my eyes. But then again because of the complete lack of a crease, I always have to blend the edge of my eyeshadow out, including the lightest shade I use for the inner half of my eyes. Maybe that’s why? Hmm. Also, I almost never line my lower lashline with a gel liner. Since I did that today however, I decided to connect my upper and lower lashline at the outer corner. I thought gel liner is smudge-proof, but apparently NOT on the outer corner of my left eye. This is the interesting thing: if my eyeliner ever smudges on me, it’s always the outer corner of my left eye. It wasn’t bad though, and I was able to remove it with my finger. I guess even gel liner has its limits when it comes to monolidded eyes.

That’s it 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the pictures and do check xteeener and Bun Bun out!

Swatch & Review: Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle

Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle
Despite the fact that I’m not a big lipstick person, I have to say this is very nice! I own about 2 lipsticks (MAC Flowerplay for spring/summer and Sweetie for autumn/winter) and a clear gloss (which was given to me by my aunt). I like Sweetie, and it goes very well with green/purple eyeshadows which are the two “color colors” that I wear. However, it is slightly mauvey on me and sometimes a little shiny/frosty. I was lemming a matter (but not really matte, since that would be a bit too dramatic), healthy-looking, and not juvenile pink lipstick when I saw the swatch of Mademoiselle. I was instantly intrigued. The next day I went to the counter to try it on. Voila, that’s the pink lipstick I’d been dreaming of right there! I know it’s horrendously expensive and I was trying to hold back, but this coincided with me getting the admission letter to start my PhD, so I thought it’s a nice celebration present for myself.

I’ve been wearing it on a daily basis for about a week now. It’s a “my lips but better” lipstick, a pink with brownish undertone. I know how to distinguish warm- and cold-toned makeup products, but this one might just be neutral. I’ve seen it looking just fine on girls with cold undertone. I’m not obsessed with Chanel (it’s the first Chanel anything I own, and I think I need another 5-10 years to enjoy Chanel bags), but the packaging is rather nice. The “click” noise when you click the lipstick shut was apparently a big selling point for the Rouge Coco line, but I’m not that convinced by this. You have to click the lipstick shut on the right side for that noise, which doesn’t always happen because I am absent-minded or in a hurry. I don’t really like the smell, either. It reminds me of stealthily trying on my mother’s lipstick as a little girl. It’s powdery and flowery, in other words a traditional lipstick smell. The vanilla scent of MAC lipsticks is more my thing. In the beginning the smell irked me a little and made me feel like a middle-aged lady (not that it’s not good. It’s just that I’m not quite there yet), but now I’m getting used to it. The texture and pigmentation are both amazing. It achieves smooth and even coverage in one coat. It’s not matte, not shimmery, not frosty. It’s just right. I normally go out in my glasses and just my brows filled in (can’t afford not to do that), but I could look a bit pale and tired in the morning. One swipe of this lipstick however, I’m good and ready to go. I know it’s entirely psychological to feel more confidence and feminine with a lipstick on, and I am aware how much of this is the image Chanel aims at projecting with their advertising, but then again there are very few things we do in life that are not entirely for our own mental well-being, so I’m just going to give in to the marketing department of Chanel this time.

The only complaint I have about this is it doesn’t smooth out the lines on your lips. If your lips are drier on a certain day and the lines are more obvious, this won’t help improve them. It is not drying, but at the same time it is not moisturizing either.

Would I buy this lipstick again? Maybe, if I actually see the end of it (which has never happened in my life yet) and there is another celebratory occasion. If you are looking for something that is demure, chic, healthy, and happy, this might be your lipstick.