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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

NARS Eyeshadow Duo- Melusine

NARS Melusine Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Melusine Eyeshadow Duo


NARS Melusine Eyeshadow Duo Swatched
NARS Melusine Eyeshadow Duo on Eye
Melusine is my latest NARS Eyeshadow Duo purchase, and I love it.

The silvery purpley taupe sold me immediately and the deep bright purple accompanying it complements it really well without being as 'scary' as it looks in the pan. I added a matte cream shadow to the browbone and inner corner, but other than that, the duo is the only other shadow on the eyes, including using the darker purple to
blend out the pencil liner on the upper lashline. I couldn't be more pleased and love NARS Eyeshadows to death. This is absolutely no exception.

Monday, 27 February 2012

FOTD: daytime neutral with silver liner

Have been playing with different primers recently and keep forgetting this De Slick spray for the under makeup part. The directions are to spray both under makeup and then over it to help with makeup longevity as well as oil control.

Stuck some blue contacts in today and played with the Physicians Formula gel liners I bought in a US Haul recently. I really like the silver gel liner with the blue eyes, in combination with the lovely warm shades from the eyeshadow palette. While I understand the concept if different shades flattering different people, I am so not one for using certain colours with certain colored eyes, and used a brown eye palette, and green eye liner trio. It just doesn't matter, so don't be scared of breaking rules girls. Go for it and use what you like!

Hope you all have a beautiful rule-breaking day,

Jodi xo


FACE
Urban Decay De-slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray (under & over everything)
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation- Bamboo Beige
Cle de Peau Concealer- Beige
Soleil Tan de Chanel
MAC Lustre Drops- Pink Rebel
MAC Cremeblend Blush- Brit Wit
Chanel Loose Setting Powder- 30 Natural- Translucent 2
Revlon ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder-Sunkiss

EYES
Models Prefer Retractable Brow Pencil- Medium
MAC Eyeshadow- Omega (in brows)
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
Benefit Stay Don't Stray
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow- Brule
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeshadow Palette- Brown Eye Candy
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel Liner- Glam Green Eyes
NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner- Via Appia
Stila Smudgestick Waterproof Eyeliner- Lionfish
Australis Megalash Mascara- Black


LIPS
MAC Lipliner- Stripdown
MAC Lipstick- Touch
Gold shadow from Physicians Formula eyeshadow palette on centre of lips

Thursday, 23 February 2012

FOTD: natural glowy daytime

I am absolutely loving my Laura Mercier blush in Lotus Pink- it is a beautiful fresh pink with the most lovely glow that's not a shimmer that sits on top of your skin. Also trying Arbonne foundation for the firs timet- trying to get colour-matched correctly. They don't give you enough in a sample sachet for a full face, so I used 2 colours and the finish is lovely right after application. Looking forward to seeing how it lasts throughout the day, although to be fair I have also whipped out the De Slick setting spray.

Also so impressed

Hope you're having a beautiful day wherever you may be,

- Jodi xo

FACE
Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer
Arbonne Perfecting Liquid SPF15 Foundation- Golden Beige and Earthy Beige
Coastal Scents Bright Eyed Eye Brightener- Light
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder- #2
Cargo Blu_Ray HD Makeup Powder- #20
Guerlain Meteorites Perles- Teint Beige 02
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder- Sunny #720A
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color- Lotus Pink
Urban Decay De Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray

EYES
MAC Brow Pencil- Lingering
MAC Eyeshadow- Charcoal
Brown (in brows)
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
Urban Decay Primer Potion- Sin
NARS Eyeshadow Duo- Bellissima
NARS Eyeshadow- Galapagos
Inglot Eyeshadow- Matte 351
MAC Eyeshadow- Omega
Ulta Eyeshadow- Penny
NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner- Rue Bonaparte
NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner- Via Appia
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner - Intense Black
Bourjois Volumizer Mascara- Black


LIPS
Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil- Dark Blonde
MAC Lipstick- Viva Glam II
Buxom Lip Gloss- Denise

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

daytime smoky eye with natural lip

It was my first time today using the Coastal Scents Bright Eyed Eye Brightener. I have it in the shade Light and it's quite pink when compared with most of my other salmon and peach under-eye concealers. If you like the look of the Giorgio Armani Master Corrector #1, but can't handle that hefty price tag, this may be a wonderful alternative for you to try. I set it with Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening Powder rather than concealing over the top, and that was enough.


Also using the Laura Mercier cheek colour in Lotus Pink after hearing makeupbyalli rave about it on Youtube for her 2011 favorites. It gives the most perfect sheen that's completely without shimmer, and is a gorgeous colour to boot. Absolutely beautiful.


Hope you have a gorgeous day rain, hail or shine.


Jodi xo


FACE
Philosophy The Present Primer
MAC Strobe Liquid Lotion
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation- NC30
(mixed with) Revlon PhotoReady Foundation- #002 Vanilla
Coastal Scents Bright Eyed Eye Brightener- Light
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder- #2
Cover Fx Matte FX Pressed Powder- Medium
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder-
Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder- Translucent
MAC Mineralize SkinFinish- By Candlelight
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder- #3
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color- Lotus Pink


EYES
Models Prefer Retractable Eyebrow Pencil- Medium
MAC Eyeshadow- Charcoal
Brown (in brows)
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
MAC Eyeshadow- Blanc Type
MAC Eyeshadow- Cork
MAC Eyeshadow- Handwritten
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow- Brule
Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner- Bold Brown
Loreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara- Black


LIPS
Models Prefer Retractable Eyebrow Pencil- Medium
MAC Lipstick- Hue
Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss- Girl Next Door

Monday, 20 February 2012

FOTD: milani sunset by day with peach parfait lip

I have so many new shades of eyeshadow and eye shadow palettes of late that I'm struggling to try them all, even with a new one each day. Oh but it is fun to have such a smorgasbord every morning and not have to wear it on the hips!

One of the problems with this is that even the tried and true old faithfuls get neglected so I wanted to pull out my trusty Milani Sedona Sunset Eyeshadow Quad today. I love these shades so much and the highlight has just the right amount of gold.

Also very pleased with the MAC strobe liquid lotion underneath my foundy today- coupled with the Dior Amber Diamond it gives a really lovely glow.


FACE
Face of Australia Face Base Primer 3 in 1
MAC Strobe Liquid Lotion
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation- NC30
(mixed with) Revlon PhotoReady Foundation- #002 Vanilla
Cle de Peau Concealer- Beige
Cargo Blu_Ray HD Makeup Pressed Powder- #20
Dior Shimmer Powder- #002 Amber Diamond
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Bronzer


EYES
Models Prefer Retractable Eyebrow Pencil- Medium
MAC Eyeshadow- Charcoal
Brown (brows)
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil- Milk
Milani Shadow Wear Eyeshadow Quad- #02 Sedona Sunset
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow- Brule
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Enhancing Eyeliner Trio Brown Eyes- Brown pencil
Bourjois Clubbing Liquid Liner- Brown Vibes
Dior Show Mascara- Black


LIPS
Models Prefer Retractable Eyebrow Pencil- Medium
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter- Peach Parfait

Sunday, 19 February 2012

bff makeover #2: step by step instructions and photos

A few weeks ago, my lovely bff Robin entrusted me with her lovely face and we came up with a lovely look on her, shown here:


She wanted something different today, and I am pretty pleased with this. Hope you like it. Here's the before and after, and I'll list step by step with products used further below that.

BEFORE & AFTER


STEP BY STEP:
1. Applied Foundation- Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation- B40 Desert Beige, using a Sigma F40 to buff it in
2. Using a Sigma Duo Fiber Powder / Blush brush (my favourite for cream and liquid blush), I very lightly applied some NYC Blushable Cremestick in Pink Flash on the cheekbone
3. Very lightly dusted Robin's Mineral Powder (The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals- #202 Natural Vanilla) all over the face using her own Kabuki
4. Contoured just under Robin's cheekbones and also on her temples using Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer for a lovely subtle effect that helps bring the face to life after the single tone foundation has taken it all out
5. Dusted Dior Shimmer Powder- Amber Diamond above Robin's cheekbones, lightly down the nose, cupid's bow and chin using the NARS Yachiyo brush to give her that gorgeous highlighted glow


Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation B40 Beige Desert, The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Powder- #202 Natural Vanilla, Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer, Dior Shimmer Powder- Amber Diamond

Next for the eyes:
6. After applying eyeshadow primer, I lightly dusted MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow just above the crease, using a Mint #20 Brush (http://www.mintbrushes.com/)
7. Using a ELF Contour Brush, I applied Wet n Wild Color Icon eyeshadow in Brule to the browbone and inner corner
8. With my fingers, covered the lid with Chanel Illusion D'ombre in Ebloui, and blended out edges with a clean MAC 217 brush

MAC Eyeshadow- Soft Brown, Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow- Brule, Chanel Illusion D'ombre- Ebloui
and continuing with the eyes:
9. Topped the lid with MAC Eyeshadow- Mulch using the MAC 217
10. Used the #20 Mint Brush to deepen up the outer V and crease with MAC Eyeshadow in Beauty Marked, then blended it up above the crease using a clean MAC 224
11. Lined the upper and lower lashlines with Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner in Bold Brown, and blended out slightly with a MAC 219 pencil brush, and some MAC Soft Brown on the lower lashline
12.Applied Robbie's Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara to the top lashes only.

MAC Eyeshadow- Mulch, MAC Eyeshadow- Beauty Marked, MAC Eyeshadows- Soft Brown, Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner- Bold Brown, Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara

Now to address Rob's biggest beauty concern: undereye circles. I've recommended the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector to Robin on a previous shopping trip, and she brought that along, but I thought we'd do a little extra to help her brighten up that area to really balance out the dark eye:

13. Applied Prestige My Brow Duo (the creamy skin shade end) under the eye in the darkest spots and blended in with my finger
14. Topped with both the concealer and the highlight /illuminate ends of the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector- Light, blending in with a Real Techniques Essential Foundation Brush
15. Very very lightly set with Benefit Powderflage using a clean Sigma E40 Brush


Prestige My Brow Duo, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector- Light, Benefit Powderflage
And finished off the face and lips to complete the look:
16. Using a MAC 136, applied MAC Mineralize SkinFinish- Lightscapade on the inner half of the apples of Robin's cheeks
17. Used a MAC Blush brush to dust Benefit boxed Powder Blush in Thrrrob to the cheekbones.
18. Lined Rob's lips with the Australis Lip Pencil in Gold Digger, and blended it into the lips with a Sigma lip brush
19. Using the same Sigma L05 lip brush, I applied the NYC Blushable Cremestick in Pink Flash over Robin's lips, and then,
20. topped with Loreal 6 hour Glam Shine Volumizer Lipgloss in Everlasting Melon

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish- Lightscapade, Benefit Powder Blush- Thrrrob, Australis Lip Pencil- Gold Digger, NYC Blushable Cremestick- Pink Flash, Loreal Glam Shine Volumizer Lipgloss- Everlasting Melon

Here's the finished look:

The girl is seriously fierce- I love it!!

It's pinup next time. Rob's requested something inspired by this photo of Taylor Swift for a night out- can't wait!


Special thanks to Rob, a true beauty inside and out, for giving herself up to me as a blank canvas to slap it all on!- loved every minute Rob xoxo

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you had a beautiful weekend, and have a fabulous week!

Jodi xo

Bourjois healthy mix foundation, dramatic dior eye & glossy tarte lip

I caved and went to get a lighter Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in #53. My Pod self tan has faded and the #56 is too dark now. Also picked up their Concealer in #52 (for under eyes) after misstango2 recommended it on YouTube recently. Lovely so far!

Loving the blush from Essence and the lip combination. The smell and shade of the Tarte stain is gorgeous and I simply cannot get enough of the Hard Candy Lip Plumping Serum glosses! Thank you Amy!! Why oh why don't we have Hard Candy in Oz?!?

Hope you have a glorious Sunday wherever you may be.

Jodi , xo


FACE
Face of Australia Face Base 3 in 1 Primer
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation- #53
Prestige My Brow Duo (under eyes)
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer- #52
Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Sculpting Powder Makeup- # 020 Beige Praline
Dior Shimmer Powder- #002 Amber Diamond
Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer
Essence Silky Touch Blush- #40 Natural Beauty


EYES
Models Prefer Retractable Eyebrow Pencil- Medium
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
Dior Couture Collection Palette - Couture Eyeshadow Shades 1,2 &3
Revlon Grow Luscious Lashliner- Graphite
Chanel Inimitable Mascara- Black


LIPS
Prestige Lip Pencil- Shimmer
Tarte Lipsurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint- Envy
Hard Candy Plumping Serum- Girl Next Door

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Natural Daytime FOTD using Multi-Use Products I Love

OK I'll admit it. Three foundation products in one FOTD is not bare minimum makeup. Maybe it's because I pared down my makeup selection for vacation and have had the same small makeup bag to choose from every day that it feels like I'm working with bare minimum. Actually, I think it really feels that way as this vacation week away with the family has meant quick morning makeup, and I've rediscovered a lot of the multiple uses for a number of my products. These items really work well together and they've inspired me to bring it back down to different basic applications to get my variety fix from day to day.


Expect a tutorial sometime on a look similar to this on the Yutes.


Hope you have a fantastic Friday and a fabulous weekend wherever you may be.


Jodi xo


FACE
Napolean Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer
Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear SPF30+ Medium
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream- #21
Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer- Light
Laura Geller Balance n Brighten Foundation- Regular
N.Y.C. Blushable Creme Stick- Pink Flash
MAC Cream Colour Base- Pearl
Revlon ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder- Sunkiss


EYES
Revlon Brow Fantasy- Light Brown
Prestige My Brow Duo
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion- Greed
MAC Cream Colour Base- Pearl
MAC Paintpot- Rubenesque
Revlon ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder- Sunkiss
Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner- Bold Brown
Bourjois Volumizer Mascara- Noir


LIPS
Australis Lip Pencil- Gold Digger
N.Y.C. Blushable Creme Stick- Pink Flash
MAC Cream Colour Base- Pearl

Monday, 6 February 2012

non-crazy color: michele1218 inspired green liner daytime look

Saw a michele1218 tutorial (click here to watch: http://youtu.be/KjfbNXBK-c0) recently using MUFE HD foundation with a neutral eye using MAC shadows and a green pencil liner. I took that simple shadow and green liner inspiration and used other brands and different shades and was really pleased with how it turned out. A good reminder that you don't have to go crazy with colour to incorporate it into a daytime look. What do you do to incorporate colour into your makeup?

Have a spectacular day, Jodi xo

FACE
Napoleon Auto-Pilot Pre Foundation Skin Primer
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation #56
Prestige My Brow Duo- Matt Silk (under eye)
Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer- Fair Light 0-1
Maybelline Purestay Powder Foundation- Ivory
Physicians Formula Happy Glow Mood Boosting Powder- Bronzer
TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer
Benefit Hervana Powder Blush

EYES
BROWS: Revlon Brow Fantasy- Light Brown
Laura Mercier Eye Basics- Wheat
TheBalm Nude'Tude Eyeshadow Palette- Sassy, Sultry & Sexy
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow- Brule
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Liner Trio - Green Eyes (green)
Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Liner- Gold
Chanel Inimitable Mascara

LIPS
MAC Lipliner- Oak
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter- Sugar Plum

Sunday, 5 February 2012

retro eyes to kill with red lip

Recreated a look from a recent Post-Christmas Haul YouTube video after popular feedback and requests for a tutorial. Look out for the video tutorial for this look soon on the YouTube channel. I used more dramatic lashes today, and a different red lip colour to the original, but other than that, it's a pretty true recreation.

Hope you're having a great weekend,

Jodi xo


FACE
Philosophy The Present Primer
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation #56
Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser- Light / Pale
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder- Rich Vanilla
Lancôme Star Bronzer- Caramel
MAC Loose Powder- Silver Dusk
Elf Powder Blish- Pink Passion


EYES
BROWS: Revlon Brow Fantasy- Light Brown & MAC Eyeshadow-Charcoal Brown
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeline- Ebene
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Shadows- # 9, #4, #11
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow- Brule
MAC Fluidline- Blacktrack
Loreal Volume Million Mascara
Eylure Lash Cut-offs


LIPS
MAC Lipliner- Brick
MAC Lipstick- Russian Red
MAC Loose Powder- Silver Dusk

Friday, 3 February 2012

covergirl intense shadowblasts have finally hit our shores


I've been keeping my eye out for these for the last 6-12 months ever since I saw June 2011 nouveau cheap post (http://nouveaucheap.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/review-new-covergirl-intense.html) about the neutral Beige Blaze (far left) shade being lovely on it's own and also a great base that really helps to intensify colour and shimmer intensity of other powder shadows worn over the top.

For $10, I think I'll pick one up next time I'm at Priceline (the volume and length refers to another mascara placed below this on the same display stand out of frame). This is a base with a doe foot applicator.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

Daytime Neutral with bright NARS lips

Today I used a Physicians Formula Smoky Brown Eyes eyeshadow palette that Amy sent me - thanks Amy- it's really lovely!

It gives a lovely level of shimmer and gives you colour choices to go between silvery gray smoky looks or tannish brown smoky looks and is subtle enough for daytime smokiness.

I bought NARS Manhunt Lipstick after I saw Blushingpixie on YT with it, and it's the perfect pop of colour that's not quite as vibrant as MAC's Impassioned which is one of my favourite bright lip colours.

Hope you're having a great day wherever you may be!

- Jodi xo

FACE
Philosophy The Present Primer
Bourjois Healthu Mix Foundation #56
MAC Face & Body Foundation- White
Cover FX Matte FX- Medium
Soleil Tan de Chanel
Inglot Cream Blush- #84
MAC Cream Colour Base- Pearl
Giorgio Armani Master Corrector- #01
Neutrogena Healthy Skin- Brightening Eye Perfector
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Milani Baked Blush- Corallina
MAC Loose Powder- Silver Dusk
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder


EYES
BROWS: MAC Brow Pencil- Lingering & MAC Eyeshadow-Charcoal Brown
Urban Decay Primer Potion- Sin
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeshadow Palette- Smoky Brown Eyes
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow- Brule
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof-Ebene
Diorshow Mascara


LIPS
Estée Lauder DoubleWear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil- Mocha
NARS Lipstick- Manhunt

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

keeping up with techniques

Kan you guess whose makeup techiques I was playing around with tonight? they don't look too bad in the pics, but my those brows felt like WHOPPERS going on!


Hope you're having a great day wherever you may find yourself, jodi xo