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

Swatch & Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Ransom, Rockstar, Mildew, and Stash

After my positive experience with the duo-ended liner of Zero and Whiskey which came with the Naked Palette, I ordered the 24/7 Jackpot at the end of last year. The set included 10 pencils (Gunmetal, Rockstar, Binge, Ransom, Electric, Mildew, Stash, Whiskey, Eldorado, and Zero. I have already swapped out the ones that I didn’t think would work for me (mostly because they are cool-toned), so here are the ones I’ve held on to!

Ransom is a blue-based violet. I also see a hint of pinky fuchsia in it. It’s extremely vibrant but not over-the-top, since the finish is not metallic.

Rockstar is a blackened eggplant color. In person you see more of the purple, though if you smudge it out it’d look very close to a grayish black.

Stash is a dark olive green with antique gold sparkle. It’s highly possibly my favorite shade! It reminds me of a more intense version of MAC Sumptuous Olive in pencil form.

Mildew is a forest green. In natural light you can see some gold shimmer. It’s a lot darker than the eyeshadow by the same name, which I do own and will swatch/review for you soon!

I don’t think I need to add this because probably everybody knows this by now, but these pencils are amazing in texture and performance! They don’t pull, drag, sting, or irritate (though I don’t own any shade with glitter, because I’ve heard that could cause irritation). They glide beautifully on, which is a miracle for my rather sensitive eyes! I still pretty much only line my lower lash line with them because I have monolids and gel liners are the only option for my upper lash line. The only complaint I have is that this DOES smudge on me after 10 hours, but only on the outer corner of my left eye! It’s pretty funny, because it stays perfect 9 hours into the wear, but it always smudges when I check it after 10 hours, and only on the outer corner of my left eye! It’s really not that bad though, because it’s only a tiny bit that I can rub off, and once I rub that bit off it’s again good for quite some time (haven’t really tried to stretch it but we’re talking about at least a couple of hours). I haven’t had to sharpen them all the time either, because again my eye shape gives me the luxury of wearing thicker eyeliner. I think it works OK for my lower lash line all the way till the tip has almost disappeared, which means it’s pretty economical. If you need a very precise and thin line though, you might have to sharpen them quite often.

Bottom line: would definitely recommend these to anyone who wants a bit of colors in their liners! With a huge range of options, I’m sure people of all eye colors/skin tones can find something that works for them!