Sunday, December 26, 2010

Laura Mercier Eye Colour Sampler in action

I hope that everyone had/is still having a great time during the holidays - I'm experiencing a little case of food/chocolate hangover, but nothing that a few days of fruits and vegetables can't heal.

So, a few days ago (it's actually more like 2 weeks, can't believe how time flies!) I wrote this post about the Laura Mercier Eye Colour Sampler palette and I promised that I would post some photos of the eye makeup that I did using this palette so here we go:

Firstly, the eye makeup that I've been wearing a lot lately:
For this I've used the following products:
- Becca Eye Tint in Baroque (medium beige, love this)
- Laura Mercier eye shadow in Latte on the lid
- Laura Mercier eye shadow in Chocolate in the crease, the outer v and a little bit on the lower lashline
- Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Black Ink along the upper lashline
- Clinique High Impact mascara in Black (probably my favourite mascara)

And another photo of my eye closed, you can really see how gorgeous and shimmery these two shades are:
Now, onto the second eye makeup look that I did - my sister (who usually doesn't wear any makeup at all) asked me to try some of the colours on her so I was more than happy to do it:

For this I've used the following products
- Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Honey Bunny (a light beige)
- Laura Mercier eye shadow in Mica on the lid - as you can see, the fallout was horrible
- Laura Mercier eye shadow in Ultra Violet over the Mica shade and lightly on the lower lashline
- Bobbi Brown eyeliner in Black Ink on the upper lash line (and I've put some Mica eye shadow over it, which looks rather nice)
- Clinique Lash Doubling mascara in Black

One last look at the palette:

The colours used were (from the left): Chocolate (2), Latte (3), Ultra Violet (5), Mica (7)

By the way, this palette is now 50% off on the Liberty website which in my opinion is a great deal!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Tis the season for online shopping...

I know that you all probably already have the gifts bought and wrapped (I dont' yet!). However, there are still some great offers when it comes to holiday online shopping, so I thought that I would just put some of the more interesting ones in this post. So if you are brave enough and you want to try your luck with the post, you might want to check out these online shops:

- Ormonde Jayne is offering free worldwide shipping with orders over 60 GBP, code: SANTA
(valid until 20 December 2010);
- Beautique is having their own Beauty Advent Calendar - each day until Christmas they have different gifts with every purchase;
- Beauty Bay is also having their own Christmas Advent Calendar - every day until Christmas they have special offers, competitions etc.;
- Ellis Faas is offering free worldwide shipping for every order
(valid: December 2010);
- Serge Lutens offers complimentary shipping with all orders over 79€
(valid until 23 December 2010).

I really like that quite a few webshops are offering free worldwide shipping and not just let's say free UK shipping - Zuneta is also a great website when it comes to this because they always have free shipping for international  orders over a certain amount.

I think I may have to take advantage of the free shipping on Serge Lutens - Chergui just happens to be 79€ and I fell in love with it thanks to a lovely blogger Ines who sent me a sample, so thank you Ines for getting me hooked!

So, is anyone else left with last-minute shopping madness or am I the only one?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Laura Mercier Eye Colour Sampler

I'm a sucker for palettes and the holiday season is probably the best time to snap them up as there is such a huge range of all these limited edition gifts out there and they are usually a very good value comparing to the regular prices of the brands.
So when I was in London last month (sigh…) I knew I wanted to try the Laura Mercier's Oil-free foundation so the SA at the counter at Liberty's tried it on me and then did my eyes with the limited edition palette Eye Colour Sampler (35GBP) and I was sold!

In the palette you get a dual-ended eyeshadow brush and 8 teeny-tiny eyeshadows:
From left to right we have:
- Sparkling Dew (sateen): a light shimmery champagne
- Chocolate (luster): a darker smoky brown
- Latte (luster): a metallic golden brown
- Pink Tulip (sateen): a light shimmery pink
- Ultra Violet (luster): the name says it all really, a beutiful violet/purple with a bluish sheen
- Pink Copper (sequin): again, Pink Copper is pink + copper sparkle
- Mica (luster):a silver (I'm not giving it a better description because I hate it!)
- Black Ice (sequin): silver and teal sparkles in a black base

And now onto some swatches (the swatching hand was kindly borrowed by my sister)
My favourites are the browns, Chocolate and Latte - they have the best pigmentation and apply smoothly although I still have to use a primer to get the most out of them. The lightest colours Sparkling Dew and Pink Tulip are sort of boring in my opinion, but I rarely get excited over these pale colours so, moving on...

Now, Ultra Violet looks beautiful in the pan and when swatched but applied on the eyelid it is far too sheer - again, working with a cream shadow is a must. Pink Copper and Black Ice (both sequin finish) work best when applied over a cream base or over a liner, because they are, again very sheer but have a beautiful sparkle to them.

And last and certainly least here is Mica - swatched, it actually doesn't look that bad but the texture of this shadow is way too loose and there is a lot of fall-out (and consequently, there is now a lot of the silver dust all over the palette, great). 

The dual-ended brush that you get in the palette is ok: I like the smudger end because it's just stiff enough but the eye colour end does not work well with powder eyeshadows because it's not dense enough. However, it works pretty well with cream shadows. 

One last thing (I'll shut up, I promise!): each eyeshadow weighs 0.4 g - yes, zero point four grams, it's not a mistake. For comparison, the full-size Laura Mercier eyeshadow weighs 2.6 g. Of course, with the palette you are getting a selection of 8 eyeshadows and I have to say that I love the Chocolate Latte and the sparkly Pink Copper and Black Ice for layering.

Overall I wouldn't say that I'm disappointed with it I just wish that all the shadows were of a high quality and more pigmented.

This week I will hopefully post some photos of the eye makeup that I did this weekend using this palette so you'll be able to see what the colours look like in action.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I'm a Klutz - Chapter II

I told you there was more, didn't I?

Meet today's beauty: Stila Precious Pearl Palette

Now, let's see the what the pearl inside really looks like:

Do you see something missing? Oh, yes, maybe some bits from the highlighter colour on the far left and of course, there used to be a beautiful olive-gold shadow on the far right. My excuse is that the Stila eyeshadows are just so very soft. The bathroom tiles of course had nothing to do with it...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Clinique Cream Shaper Eyeliners

Clinique is mostly known for its skincare, especially for the infamous 3-step system which didn't really work out for me as it was far too harsh for my skin (you can read more about my experience with the toner here). I think that because of the 3-step system some of the products from the »general« skincare range and the makeup products can sometimes be overlooked.

One of my favourite Clinique products are their Cream Shaper Eyeliners. The two double ended pencils that you see in the above photo were actually part of the Clinique Holiday sets that usually consist of a full-size mascara, double-ended pencil and eye makeup remover. I think that the best selling shade from the Cream Shaper range is Egyptian, a blackened green/gold. The Egyptian is on my wishlist but for now I have the following colours:

From  left to right we have: Starry Plum (06), Chocolate Lustre (05), Cocoa Shimmer (15)

Starry Plum is a beautiful purple with a blue sheen to it (and it makes green/hazel eyes, wait for it, wait for it...: "pop"), Chocolate Lustre is a deep chocolate brown with bronze shimmer and Cocoa Shimmer is a medium taupe with a silvery metallic finish to it. The Cocoa Shimmer is very subtle as an eyeliner but works very well as a base.
They are all beautiful colours, very long-lasting, soft but not as smudgy as the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners.
These eyeliners are currently my favourites and I just wish that they would release even more colours.


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