Most of the time I prefer to test something out thoroughly before I share my thoughts with you, but I literally had a mental explosion after swatching the Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette and the Quick-Thick Eyeliner that I feel obliged to show you as soon as I can! Besides the swatches (both wet and dry), I did a little comparison as well as mixing so that you can see the possibilities with this palette are endless!
What an exciting exciting season for Estee Lauder! Besides their fall collection Violet Underground, there are also two limited edition nail polish collections Beyond Black and Metal Mania. What’s more, they are introducing a permanent addition of Vivid Shine. I had the opportunity of checking everything out a couple of days ago, and today I’m showing you the Violet Underground look created by the Estee Lauder Benelux makeup artist Gigi Bowmer on me (some preliminary swatches and impressions are also included)!
I confess: I used to think Estee Lauder is a bit of a “mom brand” until very recently (to be fair though, that’s what I used to think about most luxury brands until not so long ago). With their new counter in Brussels (Inno Rue Neuve for those who might be interested), I decided to take a closer look at the brand and what it has to offer. The lovely Nathalie helped me out and even did a little touch-up that transformed my look. Are you ready to see the before/after, hear about the tricks I learnt, and find out what’s new at Estee Lauder?
I had a fun day in Antwerp yesterday with follow bloggers dining, walking around, and attending the Caudalie blogger event. I will give you all the information as soon as possible, but for the moment please excuse this tired girl to just show you her FOTD and NOTD!
Chopper on two thirds of my lids, and Snakebite to contour. I also dragged Snakebite into my imaginary crease, though the effect is a bit more dramatic than what I would normally do possibly because I was using the brush that came with the palette.
I lined both my upper and lower lash lines with MAC Added Goodness, smudged out with Busted.
Cheeks and rest of the face:
Cargo Rome, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess
Dior Addict Extreme 639 Riviera (just so you know, I wore one layer of this in the pictures so the color is sheer)
Here are some more photos so you can get a better look:
I wore Dior Vernis Riviera 537 on my nails, so I took a photo in which you can see my matching lips and nails:
I have some Dior Vernis and Dior Addict Extremes for review. I will try my best to get the posts ready ASAP, so keep your eyes peeled!
Something else that matches my nails is my current read, Mockingjay, the last book of the Hunger Games trilogy:
The movie came out in Belgium yesterday, and from what I heard it’s a must-see that doesn’t stray far from the book (I think I would enjoy that). I am super busy this week though, so I probably won’t get to see it till Sunday!
What do you think? Are you digging Riviera (I’ll show you how it looks when it is layered a little in the swatch/review post. It could get very bright!)? Have you read The Hunger Games? Are you getting excited about the movie like I am?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Hey everybody, happy Saint Patrick’s! I know by the time this goes up it’ll be past midnight here, but for the majority of you it’s still Saint Patrick’s, so let’s pretend it’s all OK :p
To create my Saint Patrick’s Day look, I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Stash as base, blended out with my finger. I then put the lighter shade of NARS Paramaribo on the inner half, and then MAC Humid on the outer half. My inner corners are highlighted with the browbone shade on the left column of Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone. I lined my upper lash line with Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel liner, and my lower lash line with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Mildew. I smudged both out with the crease shade on the right column of Comfort Zone.
I used Cargo Rome on my cheeks, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess to contour. On my lips I had MAC Butterfly Dream layered on top of MAC Sweetie.
Here are some more pictures so you can see everything from different angles. Do excuse the huge pimple I didn’t manage to cover up on my chin. It has actually been majorly improved compared with how it was a couple of days ago!
For someone who would wear green eyeshadows on any given day, Saint Patrick’s Day is like a happy free-for-all! In retrospect I could have blended everything higher for more drama, but it was actually the first time that I layered eyeshadows on top of a liner, so I still have to practice some more!
Did you guys wear green for Saint Patrick’s Day? Do you have a favorite green eyeshadow? Or is green a color you haven’t found the courage to wear?
I hope you’re having a nice weekend! I’ll be working on the Katy Perry false eyelashes post tomorrow, so you can keep your eyes peeled for that 🙂
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx