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Monday, 23 July 2012

FOTD using LUSH Emotional Brilliance Makeup

I am experimenting today with some of the new pieces I bought from Lush's brand new Emotional Brilliance line of handmade makeup. This was launched worldwide on Saturday and I've been so excited to try it out and share my thoughts.

I already had the Color Supplement and I'm not sure I really like it. Today with the primer it's just sitting on top of my skin in a cakey situation despite much use of a buffing brush from Real Techniques this morning. Perhaps it really is best mixing with something like a moisturizer or a primer or BB Cream. The Light Yellow shade though is pretty good- especially pleasing since Lush's offering is only 4 shades wide.

Like most liquid highlighters for me, I am not sure if the Skin Tint in Feeling Younger is doing much for me underneath my makeup so I did pop a little more over the top. I do like the pinky gold colour it offers but I'm still figuring out how best to use and apply this one.

I cannot stand the applicators that come with the eyeliners, but I managed to scoop out enough of the Quietly Motivated eyeliner onto the back of my hand and use an eyeliner brush of mine with it. It's a nice midtone brown with a goldy shimmer.

I agree with many of the preliminary blogposts and reviews I 've read thus far on this range that the Liquid Lipsticks are what stand out from this collection. Unfortunately due to a transit mishap, we don't have many of the lip shades available in Australia for another two weeks, but I did pick up 2 shades, both of which are lovely and double-up beautifully as blush. The shade I used today is the Believe, which is a bright coral pink on initial application (reminds me of MAC Impassioned- will have to do a side- by-side) , but blends out both on the cheek and the lip to something a lot more tame and wearable even for daytime office. The effect is somewhat more of a stain when you tap it on with your finger as I did today. And so far, it's incredibly long wearing- very impressed. 

I added a dab of the Liquid Eyeliner in Dynamic which is just a gorgeous duo-chrome-ish rose gold shimmer that reminds me a bit of MAC's Rubenesque Paintpot. Perfect shade for the job, and another lovely way to multipurpose this eyeliner. 

Have you checked out this range from Lush yet? What are your top picks or items on the wish list??

Have a gorgeous, brilliant day,
-Jodi xo

John Plunkett Wrinkle Filler Primer
LUSH Emotional Brilliance Skin Tint- Feeling Younger (cheekbones)
LUSH Color Supplement- Light Yellow
Garnier Roll-on Anti Dark Circle Roller
Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer- Light
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation- Real Sand
LUSH Emotional Brilliance Liquid Lipstick- Believe
LUSH Emotional Brilliance Skin Tint- Feeling Younger 
Skindinavia No More Shine 16hr Makeup Finishing Spray

BROWS- Bare Minerals Brow Colour- Dark Blonde/ Medium Brown & Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
Prestige My Brow Duo- (nude side on browbone)
Physicians Formula Nude Eyeshadow Palette (thank you Amy!!)
MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner- Added Goodness (waterline and tight line)
LUSH Emotional Brilliance Liquid Eyeliner- Quietly Motivated (upper lash line)
Australis Lash Length Extension Mascara

Prestige Lipliner- 02 Shimmer
LUSH Emotional Brilliance Liquid Lipstick- Believe
LUSH Emotional Brilliance Liquid Eyeliner- Dynamic

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

True Romance with Kat Von D Angeles, Deborah Milano & Nyx

So I cannot express the True Romance that I share with Kat Von D Eyeshadows. Every single time I reach for one of these palettes in my collection, I fall in love with it all over again. They are a bit dusty so I'm always sure to tap off my brush, but oh my god they're pigmented, smooth and rich and the shades themselves are divine. This Angeles palette is even harder to come by as a Sephora exclusive but it is absolutely stunning

Today's Deborah Milano Blusher in Rosa Pesca is one that the lovely MissMai27 from YouTube sent me from Paris in a recent swap. It is one of those beautiful blushes that imparts such a lovely colour and a gorgeous highlight at the same time. I applied my Lorac today before the blusher, forgetting that it is not needed with this blush! Loving it Sanni- feels so youthful, thank you!

Also, I've really been loving my lavender Nyx Full Coverage Concealer that I picked up at IMATS in New York in April. I really feel like this does for my undereyes what no peach or salmon concealer can do- brightening!! Here I've been thinking I need to correct the darkness thinking of it as blue, when I think what I really need is the brightening from a purple. LOVE!

Furthermore, I am finally happy with my undereyes again in terms of creasing throughout the day. I thought the daily creasing I have been experiencing was due to a new eye cream or part of my skin care/ prep routine, but I think the brushes I've been using (traditional concealer / foundation paddle-style brushes) have been letting me down. Instead, I've been using a sponge from Kit Cosmetics that looks like a double-ended Beauty Blender but is something so completely different and I'm loving it (ABSOLUTELY loving it!) for concealer both for under my eyes and all over my face.

What do you like to use to apply your concealer?

Wishing you a beautiful day,

- Jodi xo

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre Foundation Skin Primer
Napoleon Perdis Sheer Genius Liquid Foundation- Medium Look 3
Nyx Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer- Lavender
Estée Lauder DoubleWear Stay-in-Place SPF10 Concealer- 02 Light Medium
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Lorac Perfectly Lit- Spotlight
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer Powder
Deborah Milano Blusher- #46 Rosa Pesca
Skindinavia No More Shine 16hr Makeup Finishing Spray

BROWS- Revlon Brow Fantasy- Dark Blonde (pencil only), MAC Eyeshadow- Omega, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
Prestige My Brow Duo- (Shimmer Gold side as base)
Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette- Angeles (Venus, Leather, Specimen, Rehab)
MAC Eye Kohl- Teddy
MAC Eyeshadow- Carbon
Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow- Linen
Chanel Inimitable Mascara

Prestige Lipliner- 02 Shimmer
MAC Lipstick- Syrup
Napoleon Perdis Luxe Lip Gloss- Barely Beige

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette- Angeles

MAC Lipstick- Syrup & Napoleon Perdis Lipgloss- Barely Beige (lined with Prestige Shimmer)

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette- Angeles (Sephora Exclusive)

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette- Angeles (Sephora exclusive)- Venus, Leather, Specimen & Rehab swatches                                                                                     

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette- Angeles (Sephora exclusive)

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Neutral FOTD Using Parisienne Goodies from MissMai

Thank you @missmai27 / Sanni- just this week a package arrived on my doorstep - a swap with the beautiful and talented Sanni from Paris. Will be uploading the box opening fairly soon, but boy did I get spoiled- beautiful products in there- today I wore the Biguine Eyeshadow Palette and a Deborah Milano lipliner- both beautiful! In fact, I'm loving everything she sent- stay tuned for some lovely French goodies!

Loving the goodies you sent me Sanni. I hope your package arrives soon!!

Skindinavia 16hr Makeup Setting Spray
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation- #035
Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Treatmet Concealer- #20 Light Pale
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder-02
Bare Minerals READY Powder Blush- The One
Guerlain Meteorites Perles- 02 Teint Beige

Brows- Bare Minerals Brow Color- Dark Blonde / Medium Brown
Elf Mineral Eyelid Primer
Biguine Makeup Eyeshadow Trio- Venitienne
Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow- Linen
MAC Eyeshadows- Antiqued, Swiss Chocolate, Paradisco
Maybelline 24 hr Color Tattoo- Tough As Taupe
Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil- Black
Bourjois The Volumizer Mascara
Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow- Linen

Deborah Milano 24 Ore Long Lasting Lip Pencil - #215
Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick- Retsina
MAC Lipglass- Nymphette

How To Make the Perfect Bun: Using a Hair Donut

Watch my latest video on YouTube- How I Use a Hair Donut to Make the Perfect Bun: Hope you're having a fantastic day, - Jodi xo

Monday, 9 July 2012

FOTD Using Naked 2 & Revlon Peach Parfait Lip Butter

I'm happy with this look today using some tried and true products from my collection (although I went a bit heavy on the foundation which caked a bit into the day).

There are several comments on my Revlon Lip Butter Swatches Youtube video ( that the Peach Parfait shade in particular looks so different on viewers as it does on me, so I've been wearing it for a few days to get a good feel for it. It's definitely true that this looks nothing like the Peach Parfait that Emma Stone wears in the Revlon ads- bizarre but not surprising.

This is why researching multiple swatches is so important for those researching cosmetic shades and formulations. The number of variances (lighting, flash, photographic equipment, computer display settings, angle of viewing laptop screen, exposure, white balance, contrast, saturation, skin tone, application method, lip condition, bare lip shade etc), makes any individual swatch (even my much-utilized temptalia) relatively unhelpful without at least one other swatch of the same product as something to compare the first one to. At least for me... I strongly recommend using multiple sources to get a clearer picture of a swatch.

Hope you have a beautiful day today, 

- Jodi xo

Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer-02
Illamasqua Skin Base Foudation- 8.5
Prestige My Brow Duo (matte nude side)
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer- NW25
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
Guerlain Meteorites Perles- 02 Teint Beige
Mac Powder Blush- Peaches
Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray

Bare Minerals Brow Color- Dark Blonde / Medium Brow 
Elf Mineral Eyelid Primer
NYX Jumbo Crayon- Milk
Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner Pencil- Via Appia
Bourjois The Volumizer Mascara

MAC Lipliner Pencil- Stone (Pro)
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter- Peach Parfait 

(apologies for the duplicate photo montages. Just experimenting with a couple different apps for resolution quality)

Friday, 6 July 2012

Reminder to Multi-purpose Your Products

One of the things I love about watching Monthly Favourites Videos and Tutorials on YouTube is not only that they're a great reminder to pull out some of my neglected makeup collection items, but it's also so interesting to see how different people apply their products, combine products, and think outside the box to come up with different ways to use their product.

I love see lip pencils used on the eye, brow pencils on the lip, blush on the eyelid, eyeshadow on the cheek for example.

Today's picture is how I used a freebie Napoleon Blush Patrol (from my In Style Magazine subscription deal last year) that was sooooo much more cool highlight than blush anything. It cannot be used as a blush whatsoever, but is OK as a highlighter in the face. I used the pale shimmer highlight all over the lid and inner corner and tried to pick up as much of the tiniest amount of blush/bronze shade that there was in the pan to use in my crease for a bit more warmth.

What products have you multi-purposesd lately?

Products Used in Below Picture:
NYX Jumbo Eye Crayon- Milk
Napoleon Blush Patrol
MAC Eyeshadow- Charcoal Brown
MAC Kohl Pencil- Teddy
Natio Brow Set (used brown brow shadow to smudge out kohl liner)
Australis Lash Length Extensions Mascara

Wishing you a truly beautiful day,

- Jodi xo

Thursday, 5 July 2012

EOTD with Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoos

I loved this look today using primarily Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoos. I applied Pomegranate Punk all over the lid, highlighting the inner 1/3 of my lid with Too Cool and then using Audacious Asphalt in the Outer V. Even the MAC girl complimented me when I popped by. I had to guiltily confess it wasn't MAC!! Except for the Omega shadow which U used to blend out the crease, and the Carbon shadow that I used to darken up the Audacious Asphalt in the outer V.

I'll be doing a review of this mascara soon. They were kind enough to send it to me for consideration and since it's one of those fibre based mascaras- I want to show you what to expect. Not to mention, it's Australian!

I also fell in love with this lip combination- all 3 products I love separately, and together they had a lot of impact, and it lasted pretty well during the day.

I love the Chanel foundation, but in preparation for a review and comparison, I'm having a hard time differentiating between the Matt Lumiere and the Perfection Lumiere. Very happy with both in terms of how they apply, coverage and also how they wear throughout the day. Have you tried both of these? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Lastly, I must admit I've been a bit scared by the shimmer in Napoleon's Blush Patrol, but loved it yesterday. As you blend it out, the shimmer is a lot less shimmer and more of a light sheen highlight. It also lasted quite well throughout the day, and I'm looking forward to wearing it again.

Hope you have a beautiful day wherever you may be.

- Jodi xo

Revlon Color Correcting Primer- 002
Chanel Matt Lumiere Foundation- 30 Beige
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil- DEA
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder- 30 Naturel- Translucent 2
Dior Shimmer Powder- #002 Amber Diamond
Napoleon Perdis Blush Patrol
Urban Decay De Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray

Brows- bareMinerals Brow Color- Dark Blond/ Medium Brown & Essence Lash & Brow Gel (clear)
e.l.f. Mineral Eyelid Primer
Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoos- Pomegranate Punk, Too Cool, Audacious Asphalt
MAC Eyeshadows- Omega & Carbon
Inglot Eyeshadow- Matte 351
Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner Pencil- Bold Brown
Australis Long Length Extensions Mascara

MAC Stone
YSL Rouge Volupte #24
Bite Beauty Lip Shine- Sante

Sent from my iPhone
(darn auto-correct!!)

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Neutral Daytime FOTD with Chanel, Hello Kitty & Model Co

I'm preparing for an upcoming overview of my Chanel foundations and am currently trying to distinguish between Perfection Lumiere & Matt Lumiere. Today, Perfection Lumiere applied really quite matte, quite buildable coverage, was a decent colour match, didn't seem to have much effect on pore size and wore very well throughout the day. Figuring out much difference between the two foundations is challenging so needing a little more time for experimentation!

The Hello Kitty blush from
Priceline really surprises me in terms of durability. It was still there 12 hours later and is a nice, natural shade. Definitely would recommend that one.

The Model Co lipgloss I got free with a magazine recently and it's one of those that applies so sheer that the colour in the tube is not much of an indication of how it'll look on the lips (clear!). They smell and taste of strawberry and aren't overly sticky so a good option if you just want some easy, inoffensive shine.

Hope you have a beautiful day wherever you may be. Later, 

- Jodi xo

Revlon Color Correcting Primer- 002
Urban Decay De Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation- 30 Beige
Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer-Light
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder- 30 Naturel- Translucent 2
Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder- Spotlight
Hello Kitty Powder Blush- Rome

Brows- bareMinerals Brow Color- Dark Blond/ Medium Brown & Essence Lash & Brow Gel (clear)
e.l.f. Mineral Eyelid Primer
NYX Jumbo Pencil- Milk
MAC Eyeshadows- Yogurt, Vanilla, Soft Brown, Satin Taupe
Bourjois Clubbing Liquid Eyeliner- #84 Brown Vibes
Australis Long Length Extensions Mascara

Model Co Ultra Lipgloss- Showgirl Red

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

June Faves up

Natural FOTD with Aussie Lip Combo

I am loving Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra for a matte, stay-all-day foundation that you don't have to think about touching up throughout a busy day. It's not pore-minimizing so that would be my one complaint, but I would thoroughly recommend it nonetheless.

The Face of Australia Glossy Lip crayons (trio available right now in Priceline) have also turned out to be quite a favourite of mine over the last week. I use the shade Sundae (pictured here) all the time and it's surprisingly quite pigmented (despite swatches on lips without liner previously not showing up much at all) and long-lasting especially with a lipliner. This Chi Chi Cosmetics lipliner in Centrefold a fantastic colour, is also particularly long-lasting and the 2 products pair together really really nicely.

Wishing you a beautiful day wherever you may be,

- Jodi xo

Benefit the Porefessional
Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer- #002
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation -#320 Bisque (W)
Cle de Peau Concealer- Beige
MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer- NW25
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Estee Lauder Powder Gelee-Modern Mercury
Bare Minerals READY Blush- Indecent Proposal
Urban Decay De Slick Makeup Setting Spray
MAC Mineralize SkinFinish- Comfort

Brows- bareMinerals Brow Color- Dark Blond/ Medium Brown & Essence Lash & Brow Gel (clear)
Benefit Stay Don't Stray
Revlon Luxurious Colour Smoky Crayon- 007 Bronze Smoke
Bourjois Eyeshadow Single- #74
Inglot Eyeshadow- Matte 351
MAC Eyeshadows- Omega & Carbon
Mirenesse Tightliner Hydra Gel Eyeliner - Caviar Black
Australis Lash Length Extensions Mascara

Choose Chi Chi Stay On Lipliner- Centrefold
Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayon- Sundae