FOTD: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day featuring Urban Decay 24/7 in Stash, Mildew, NARS Paramaribo, MAC Humid, & Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone

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

FOTD: Golden Olive, a Subtle Way to Wear Green with MAC Sumptuous Olive, Urban Decay Stash, and the Naked Palette

(I’m sorry about the bathroom picture, but the pictures I managed to snap before leaving the house this morning were not of good quality, and by the time I got home at night my bathroom is basically the place that has the best lighting for photos)

Hello everybody!

Phew, the weekend is almost over. One more day and it’s the weekend! How are you guys doing? Are you planning for the weekend already?

I went to Brussels today with my best friend HM and ex-roommate T. We all met in Taiwan 6 and a half years ago. When I think about it I can hardly believe how much time has gone by! Just because any excuse is good for playing with makeup, I tried to incorporate some colors into my look today. Don’t be frightened even if you are a total newbie when it comes to non-neutral eyeshadows though. As you will see, this is really a very subtle and safe way of exploring the realm of colors!

To see more photos and the list of products I used, please keep reading!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
MAC Sumptuous Olive on inner half of the lids, Urban Decay Smog on the outer half, and Darkhorse in the outer v.
The lightest shade of the NYX Rock and Roll trio to highlight my inner corners, and Bobbi Brown Bone to highlight my brow bones.
For my lower lash line, I used Urban Decay Stash and Urban Decay Darkhorse to smudge it out a bit.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black for my upper lash line
Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black (waterproof)
Tarte Peaceful on cheek
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Bali Brown under my cheekbones, sweeping into my temples and forehead
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze on the top of my cheekbones and down my nose bridge
MAC Sweetie

Here are two close-up photos of my eye so you can see everything clearly:

As you can see, Sumptuous Olive’s green sheen is subtle. You can only see a flash of green from certain angles, so if you are just getting into wearing more colors it is a shade I would highly recommend. It allows you to experiment without going out of your comfort zone, and it is quite a team player! Urban Decay Stash performs beautifully well on my lower lash line. Even though I used Darkhorse to smudge it out, you can definitely catch the green in it. If you are a bit more comfortable with wearing colors, you can easily smudge it out with for example Urban Decay Mildew instead.

One last photo in which you can see more of that olive green:

All the photos were taken a bit more than 12 hours after the application. However, besides having to blot my T-zone once and reapply my lipstick, I think my makeup held up really well until I decided to remove it! Thumbs up for quality cosmetics!

How do you feel about wearing colors? Are you comfortable with it or are you still feeling your way around? What are your favorite colors if you use any? Are you a green fiend (hahaha I just found the definition of green fiend on Urban Dictionary. Let’s say I am not a green fiend in that sense, but if Urban Decay names this eyeliner Stash, I think it is only appropriate to make this association) like me?

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!