FOTD: Cool Eyes, Hot Lips with Urban Decay Naked2, MAC Added Goodness, & NARS Mexican Rose

Hey everybody!

I’m here to show you the look I did for yesterday’s press event (if you missed that one please click here). I promised to show an FOTD with me sporting NARS Mexican Rose, and I wasn’t going back on that!

I’ll list the things I used that’s different from my regular line-up. I tested out quite some products yesterday. There was one major regret, but all the rest turned out fine!

Ellis Faas Skin Veil s103
Ellis Faas Concealer s203
Urban Decay Naked2 (Verve on lid, Suspect to contour, and Snakebite in the outer v)
MAC Added Goodness Fluidline (from Shop MAC, Cook MAC)
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
Tarte Exposed on my cheeks, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess to contour.

Let’s being by my one regret: the Ellis Faas Skin Veil s103 is the closest to my skin tone, but the undertone is so pink that it makes me look like Miss Piggy! I have only worn it once so I can’t comment an awful lot about this foundation. Skin Veil s104 is too dark for me at the moment, but the undertone would allegedly suit me better. Maybe I should mix the two shades and give it another try? Let’s wait till the pain of having worn a mismatching foundation has subsided a bit…

Other than that it was great! I need some more time to play with Naked2 before I can assess it properly, but Verve is a welcome addition in my arsenal because I don’t have many cooler-toned eyeshadows. It doesn’t make me look garish either, so that’s a big plus!

I will also swatch/review MAC Added Goodness soon. It is the most gorgeous gel liner I have seen, but I do wish it were more opaque. There was some building-up to do.

Mexican Rose just lasted and lasted till I struggled hard enough to remove most of it by the end of the day. However, with all the talking, the edges did feather a bit. If you plan to wear it all day when you have to talk a lot, you might want to pay attention to that!

Some more pictures so you can see the whole look better:

That’s probably as close as I can ever do a sexy pout lol

That’s my FOTD for ya! Did you see anything new that you want to have? I toyed with the idea of not showing the shameful mismatching foundation pictures with you, but again this blog is also a way for me to keep track of my progress, so please tolerate the oopsie!

I hope your week is going well! Happy hump day and I will see you around!

Sunny xx

Swatch & Review: NARS, Take Me to Paramaribo (Limited Edition Eyeshadow Duo)

Hey everybody! If Mondays are always a little gloomy, I’m here to brighten up your day with my swatch and review of NARS Paramaribo. Please bear in mind that this is limited edition, but I just checked HQHair (where I got it from) and it’s still in stock. Don’t hesitate too much if you like what you see!

NARS Paramaribo is described as “metallic shades of brass and bronze,” but there is way more to these colors than what can be put in so few words! The lighter shade is what I would describe as a golden brass with a strong metallic finish. The best part? It flashes green! As long-time readers already know, anything that is gold or green makes me weak at the knees. Something that is gold AND green? YES PLEASE! I actually had the worst problems ever when I was trying to take swatch pictures of this shade. For some reason my camera is perfectly capable of picking the darker shade up, but not this one. After so many frustrating failed trials, I hope my photo somehow does it justice. I was a little worried the “burnished” quality of this shade will darken my eyes, but to my pleasant surprise it doesn’t! As you can see in my FOTD, it keeps my eyes awake and bright! The texture and pigmentation of this one are good (though not the best I’ve seen). I found that I needed to build it up a little on my lids, but it is true-to-pan and resistant!

The darker shade is a bronze with golden shimmer. I see some green in it, but it is one of those things that change quite a bit depending on your undertone. On some people I can barely detect green, while on others it’s much greener. The texture and pigmentation of this one are divine. It practically melts on my skin, and it makes a great crease shade because it is dark enough to define, but easy-to-blend so that it looks natural. I swatched another bronze shade I own next to it, which is Urban Decay Smog. However, Smog looks so much warmer it practically pulls mauve, which is something I didn’t expect!

Since Paramaribo is my first NARS eyeshadow duo, I am going to quickly go over the packaging. I like how sleek the black compact looks, and the rubbery feeling also feels interesting. I would normally never use the mirror, but it’s nice how a decently sized one is included. However, I can already tell it holds fingerprints and I’ve heard if any powder gets on it, it is impossible to clean it off. I wish NARS had taken a more practical approach, because a duo like this lasts forever, and it’s annoying to think it’ll just gather more and more dirt!

Bottom line: If gold/brass/bronze is your thing, you might want to get hold of Paramaribo while you still can. As far as I can tell both shades are unique enough, and they make an easy-to-use combination that I would wear all year round!

What do you think about Paramaribo? Do you own any NARS eyeshadows? Any recommendations?

Sunny xx

PS: NARS Eyeshadow Duos retail for 34 US dollars, and they are 29.80 euros plus free delivery on HQHair (there are 2 grams in each shade so it’s got significantly more product than most eyeshadows out there). I bought mine when I had a coupon code. Even if you’re not buying anything from HQHair right at this moment, I would suggest you subscribe to their newsletter so that you can be updated about the good deals that are going on!

PPS: Paramaribo is the capital and the biggest city of Suriname (located in South America). It is one of the few countries in which Dutch is spoken as an official language.

FOTD with NARS Paramaribo & Guerlain Coque d’Or (120) Rouge Automatique

Hey everybody,

How’s your weekend so far? The weather feels almost like spring here today, so we went out for a walk and sushi dinner. Since I wanted to test some stuff out, I thought I’d show you an FOTD!

I used NARS Paramaribo for my eyes, with the lighter shade on the inner half and darker on the outer. My inner corners were highlighted with the Browbone shade on the left column of Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone. My upper lash line was lined with Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black, lower lash line with Urban Decay Bourbon and then smudged out with the darker shade of Paramaribo. I used Tarte Blissful on my cheeks, a bit of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze, and some Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer to contour. For some reason, I thought the slightly “retro” Paramaribo would go well with Guerlain Coque d’Or, so that’s what ended up on my lips!

A couple more shots so you can see the eyes better:

I will swatch/review Paramaribo and Coque d’Or soon (expect them early next week), but I can tell you I’m getting a major kick out of both!

One last picture:

I finally managed to keep one post short and sweet! Thanks for reading, folks! For those of you who have stuck around, a big thank you and I will keep trying to keep you entertained 🙂 For those of you who just found this blog, please subscribe or leave a comment if you like what you see, and I promise there are only better things to come!

I hope you’re enjoying a fantastic weekend!

Sunny xx

Swatch & Review: As NARS Would Have it, My Love Is a Mexican Rose (Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil)

Hey everybody!

First of all, I’m really sorry for the delay. I ordered NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil along with Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo back in the beginning of February, basically as soon as they were available on HQHair. However, after two weeks the parcel still didn’t arrive. I contacted HQHair, and we came to the heartbreaking conclusion that the parcel had been lost on the way. I had to filled in and send back a self declaration form, and after 2 days the replacement made it here! Of course I would have preferred the original package not getting lost, but the lightening fast replacement made it all better!

I fell for Mexican Rose as soon as I started seeing swatches and reviews on American sites in January. I don’t know what got to me, because as you know I’m only taking baby steps to venture out of the “my lips but better” comfort zone. However, there is something about the dewy raspberry pink that kept me going through all the swatch pictures I could lay my hands on. Finally, remembering a friend’s wise words (“just get it and go back to normal already!”) in a similar intense lemming situation, I caved in.

Since I don’t own any NARS lip pencils (or any lip pencils now that we’re at it), I thought I’d hold it in my hand to show you guys what size it is. I love the sleek black packaging, and the stripe of color that is supposed to indicate the color of the pencil itself. Say you have a bunch of them, this stripe might be useful for telling which is which.

As you can see, the color in tube looks innocent enough. Since it’s touted to be “glossy,” you would be misled to think it’s sheer and harmless. Even in my swatch picture, you get the impression that it’s one of those sheer shades that you would see everywhere.

It would be wrong to think that way, very wrong indeed! For once it gets on my lips, it is a daredevil hot pink, so bright that it matches my iPod! The application is smooth and even. What I really like about this pencil is the fact that I can get precise lines to make my lips look sculpted. However, it does take a little longer to apply (compared with a lipstick for example), and since the shade stands out so much I wouldn’t advise you to slather it on when you can’t look at yourself in the mirror. The finish is nice and glossy, but it’s got some amazing lasting power! I wore this color for two days in a row, and it trooped through any food and drinks I decided to consume! It’s only the “glossy” part that wears off, not the color. This means if you put it on in the morning to go to work, the color is likely to see you through the day. You only need to top it up with gloss if you like the glossy effect. For a lip product this long-lasting, it is surprisingly not drying at all. My lips stay soft.

Here is how it looks on my lips. It’s my first lip swatch ever, so bear with me if it’s not perfect!

I know that the main complaint people have about this pencil is that it has to be sharpened, because inevitably you waste some product that way. Also, it is apparently very soft and could break during application/sharpening. I personally haven’t tried to sharpen it yet, but I don’t have the impression that it is too soft (maybe it has something to do with the kind of climate you live in). I think the tip will stay good for multiple applications, and with this kind of staying power it could be weeks before I have to sharpen it.

My main issue with this one, which probably isn’t surprising considering how long-lasting it is, is the fact that it is very tricky to remove it. I held a cotton pad soaked with a bi-phase makeup remover against my lips for a good minute or even longer, but still it took quite some rubbing to get most of it off. I ended up using my facial cleanser and toner on my lips too, and eventually I cleaned it off. The lovely Jessica from Getting Cheeky told me she often exfoliates to be able to truly remove it, but at the moment there seems to be no better solution.

Bottom line: The color is amazing, texture excellent, and staying power stunning. I wish it would be easier to remove, but it seems like nothing is truly perfect! Because of this (and how vibrant the color is), I wouldn’t say this is an everyday color. However, for a dinner date or drinks with your girlfriends, Mexican Rose is the best candidate!

What do you think? Do you like how Mexican Rose looks/sounds? Have you tried any chubby lip pencils? What’s your favorite?

Sunny xx

Swatch & Review: NARS Stick Concealer in Custard

A while ago I finally decided to find a proper concealer for acne, post-acne pigmentation spots, and basically anything I want to conceal except for my undereye area. I’d been using the Vichy Normaderm concealer stick for a long time. It does help acne heal, but it is definitely too pink on me. Also, I can only blend it with my fingers, which I don’t like to do on top of foundation because it disturbs the foundation too much. After a little research, I found out I actually have easy (and reasonably-priced) access to NARS at HQHair. Therefore, I settled on the NARS Stick Concealer.

NARS makes shade selection easy by giving pretty accurate descriptions. I chose Custard because it is supposed to be for “light to medium complexions, yellow tones.” As you will be able to see in the swatch, for me it is probably as close as anything this range has to offer.

The swatch is done on my inner arm. Next to the stripe there actually is one that is blended, but you can’t see it at all because it really matches my skin tone (NC30 warm undertone) pretty well. The undertone on my face is majorly yellow, but there is some pink. On my face the color difference is a little more apparent before it is blended out, but still it is a pretty good match.

The texture of this concealer is not dry, but it is definitely not something I would recommend for dark circles. NARS does tout this as something that can “camouflage darkness under the eyes,” but I personally prefer a creamier concealer for that. For pigmentation spots and so on it does a pretty good job, and it doesn’t break me out. I like to use it in combination with my Bdellium 934. Depending on the situation, I can either do a thin coat or several coats (like when a while ago I accidentally bruised my own nose bridge trying to get rid of a blackhead. Oops). It wouldn’t wipe EVERYTHING off, like the bruise or the print my glasses leave on my nose, but it does dramatically improve how they look. It doesn’t look powdery, and it hangs in there all day (I do set it along with my foundation with a finishing powder). I really love this aspect of this concealer. I never have to carry it with me because it doesn’t slide off/disappear. I have tried to wear it on bare skin, but it doesn’t work so well in that case because it could look a little powdery (it doesn’t adhere to bare skin so well either). Also, if my skin tone isn’t evened out by a foundation, my chin is slightly darker and cheeks pink, which is why the concealer doesn’t match so well anymore.

Bottom line: If you want a concealer for anything but your undereye area that is easy to blend and doesn’t disappear on you midday, NARS stick concealers are worth looking into! For minor imperfections it is effective, though I can’t say the same if you’re dealing with something trickier.