FOTD: Purple Smokey Eye + NEWS: Dior Hydra Life BB Cream is Coming to Belgium!

Hey everyone,

Today I’m sharing the look I did on Monday with you. This is a little bolder than what I would normally wear, but since I was on a beauty blogger mission to Givenchy, I thought it was the perfect excuse!

For my eyes, I started out by putting Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner in Rockstar as my base. Since I don’t own a synthetic smudger brush (or any smaller synthetic brush. I don’t think natural brushes will quite rise to the challenge here), I used my ring finger to blend out the edges. It would have been cleaner and more precise with a brush though. And then I blended Urban Decay Purple Haze all over my lids, going lighter the higher I went. I highlighted my inner corners and the inner third of my lids with MAC All That Glitters. I then proceeded to lining my eyes with a gel liner before smudging the line out with the third color from the left in my Clinique Plum Seduction quad (I’ve owned it for about 8 years now. I’m still madly in love with the colors, but the quality of this quad is no longer satisfactory after trying the better eyeshadows I have). Some mascara later I was done!

You can definitely make this more dramatic by using a black base, and/or blending some black eyeshadow into the outer corners. However, it was after all daytime, and I didn’t want to really scare the passers-by!

For my lips I had the most genius idea. Since I can’t really wear Incognito on its own, I layered it over Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle. That turned out to take the color down a notch and gave me nice nude-pink lips!

For the rest of my face, I used some Tarte Blissful and Bobbi Brown Bali Brown. Voila, it is not super tricky, and even though it’s not office-appropriate, I wouldn’t say it’s too shocking to wear this during daytime (or maybe it’s me).

Here are a couple more pictures so you can see it better (psst I saw the fluff in my hair only afterwards. Sorry about that!):

I was wearing my first Lavand dress (which is pretty significant since it started my Lavand addiction lol). The neckline doesn’t work with a necklace, so I wore a pair of earrings instead. I’ve owned them for a long time, but I still love them a lot!

In other news, Dior Hydra Life BB Cream is coming to Belgium! It will be available from April 18th. Here are the promotional images if you’re curious:

According to Dior, the Hydra Life BB Cream targets young women (aged 18-30. *gasps* In a couple of years I’ll fall out of this category lol) who want a one-step product that will give them a radiant glow and preserves the youth of their skin. I can’t really say more at the moment, because I still need to test it out, and base makeup takes longer than for example a mascara. I will definitely let you know what I think though!

That’s it for today, dear peeps! I am going to review the Erborian BB cream and Fairy Drops Platinum Mascara for you before the end of the week since these two are highly-requested. I have many photos that are taken and products I have finished testing, but I still need time to sit down, sift through the photos, and write the reviews out. There are also so much I’m still testing out, so please bear with me. I do also have a work deadline to meet by the end of the month!

Would you wear a colorful eye look like this at daytime? What are the BB Creams you have tried and liked/disliked? If I have very up-to-date PR information about something I will be testing out, would you want to see it or do you prefer to just wait till I’m ready to report my experience? Please let me know. Your opinions are more than important to me!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

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

FOTD with MAC Woodwinked, Urban Decay Mildew & Smog

Hey everyone! How’s your weekend so far? Today I went to Brussels to check out the MAC Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection. I realized there are still some shadows that I swatched but never showed in FOTDs for you, so I decided to incorporate Urban Decay Mildew eyeshadow into the look.

Despite the fact that Mildew is such a stunning shade, if I am not a bit more careful with it, it could darken my eyes. I started by tentatively patting it on my lids today, but was smart enough to leave the inner third free. I was right, if I had gone all the way in, it wouldn’t have been very flattering. Now, I probably could have used any gold in my collection for the inner third or even a peachy champagne shade, but since MAC Woodwinked is the only one in the same palette, I took the easy way. Some Smog and blending later, I’ve got myself some gold, green, and coppery eyes! I lined my lower lash line with Urban Decay Whiskey, and then smudged out with Darkhorse.

I used Tarte Exposed and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze for my cheeks, MAC Harmony to contour, and MAC Sweetie on my lips.

Some more pictures so you can see my eyes more clearly:

I took the pictures after I got home (at about 5:30. Daylight was fading fast), but I only had to blot my T-zone and reapply lipstick. Can you notice any differences in these pictures? Like the amazingly clean-looking background? I stumbled across the beauty blogging series written by the top-notch blogger Rae from theNotice. Her Tips for beauty bloggers: surfaces and backgrounds gives extremely useful pointers about picture-taking in general. So today, I hid behind the curtain of my living room for the FOTDs. What do you guys think? The images are definitely cleaner (makes me want to go back and delete all the FOTDs I’ve done so far)! Special thanks to Rae! I still have sooo much to learn!

I hope you like the look, and I’ll see you again soon!

Sunny xx

PS: I swear I’ll include NARS Mexican Rose in my FOTD very soon!

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

FOTD: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear all, happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re single or coupled up, I hope you’ve had a good day and everything will continue in the right direction. If you have any plans tonight, what are they? I’m posting a quick FOTD (doubling OOTD I guess) before heading out for dinner with Dr. D. We started planning WAY late, so I’m happy the Thai restaurant we wanted to go to still had a free table. But anyways, onto the FOTD!

I did the same look as this one. It one of my firsts and the pictures were really bad, but I really like the duo and think purple is a pretty romantic color, so I went with it. Also, I’m wearing one of the few items I own that are cooler in colors, so I thought the silver would coordinate better than for example gold. I used quite a bit more purple today, so it is smokier than the first go. However, it did take some patience to build the purple up. I had the feeling that every time I blended too much color disappeared, so I had to go back and add more! I used Tarte Peaceful on my cheeks, and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait.

Just one more so you can see the amount of contour color there actually is:

I used Bdellium Tools 953 duet fiber foundation brush to create the perfect base with foundation, 934 precision concealer brush to conceal the undereye area and spots, and 965 duet fiber blusher brush to achieve very natural-looking flushed cheeks. My review for the 3 brushes are coming up soon, so stay tuned!

I am wearing one of my favorite Lavand dresses, so I thought I’d take a picture of myself from farther away to show you:

Don’t worry. It’s not SO freezing cold out there and I’ll be wrapped up with cardigan, scarf, coat, and boots, so I’ll be fine!

I have some exciting posts coming up, so keep your eyes peeled. Until then, I hope you’re having fun!

Lots of love,

Sunny xx

PS: Have you seen my Vote for Sunny post? I’m participating in the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful campaign in Belgium, and I would really appreciate it if you could vote for me! Voting is a little tricky because the page is in Dutch, but my talented bestie made a graph so everybody could follow the steps easily. Want to challenge yourself, learn some Dutch, and earn my eternal gratitude? Please check this out! Thanks a lot in advance!