Monday, July 15, 2013

Shopping The Stash II

I like to think that I have a concise collection that I use regularly and cull every month, and most items have featured on the blog before but when I think about it, who am I kidding? I rarely touch the entire lip product drawer (all 20+ of them, judge as you wish), and eyeshadows are likewise neglected. In an attempt to shop my stash (instead of buying another $60 worth of Priceline goodies that I don't really need) I've been using a couple of things that would otherwise rarely see the light of day.


The Sleek i-Divine palette in Storm is probably one of the best UK eyeshadow buys on the market. The shadows are pigmented, blend nicely and the colour selection in this palette is perfect for every occasion. The quality of the powder isn't as good as more luxe brands but for the price I'm not complaining. There are considerable dips in some of the shades, notably the lighter, neutral row bar the pink, and the dark chocolate bronze from the second row.


The Bourjois Intuitive Liner was an ASOS purchase earlier this year, when I heard about its resemblance to the Holika Holika, Clarins and Too Faced three-pronged liners. The idea behind the trident-style nib is to dot the liner along the lash line, between the lashes to create the illusion of fuller lashes. I don't think it's any easier than applying regular liner with a kohl pencil or felt-tip pen because I find the fine dotting just as hard to do. I like to use the three-dot liner technique on days I'm going about simple, effortless-looking makeup, something along the lines of BB cream, bronzer and lip gloss.



These Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal pencils were all the rage a couple of months ago, drawing comparisons to the much pricier NARS Larger Than Life pencil liners. I own the shades Black, Taupe and Nude and although I use the black on a regular basis, I almost never reach for the other two. The taupe looks nice as an eyeshadow or laid down before placing powder shadow on top, and the flesh-coloured pencil is almost exclusively for the lower waterline.



The two lip products are similarly peachy pink and both are very wearable. The Napoleon Perdis Luxe Lip Gloss in Perfect Peach was a magazine freebie last year and the texture of the formula does not disappoint. It's plush, nourishing and non-sticky. The peachy pink has fine gold and silver shimmer that doesn't feel gritty at all. The soft brush applicator (larger than the applicators in the Luminous Lip Veils currently available from Napoleon) is easy to use and the gloss has a deliciously sweet and fruity scent. I don't know why I don't wear this more often.
The SAX Sheer Lipstick in Sheer Nude is a very pretty pink with slight peach tones and a creme formula. The lipstick tube has a clicking mechanism that's similar to the CHANEL Rouge Allure lipsticks. It has a distinct fruitcake scent which I dislike but it's not unbearably strong. My sister likes this lipstick more than I do and I decided to revisit it to see why she loved it so and I can see why- the colour is very sophisticated and the formula is easy to wear.

The Bourjois Pot Rouge blush in Rose Frisson is a beautiful matte rosy pink that I keep around because it featured in one of my favourite Lisa Eldridge tutorials, the look she did on Keira Knightley for the premiere of Anna Karenina. The blush was one of my favourite components of the look and if I can create the same effect with the product she used in the video I'd probably do it daily. Blending the blush out so there are no visible edges, with the glowing-from-within look that Keira Knightley wore is incredibly difficult to replicate without taking the time to do a flawless, perfectly-concealed and radiant base so I don't really bother with this blush as it can look quite reddish and accentuate problem areas on the rest of the face. I'll keep trying to swirl that blush the way Lisa Eldridge does but the best I can do is avoid clown cheeks, never mind House of Eldridge standards.


6 comments:

  1. I should shop my stash (and spring clean) more often... I have too many products sitting in my drawer neglected. You make me intrigued about that three pronged eyeliner; although you say it doesn't make lining easier, I'm interested in the idea of creating the illusion of thicker lashes (as we all are). Beaut lip colour choices. :) x

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    1. I've been wearing the Intuitive Liner out and it needs quite a bit of primer to stop it smudging but I like the subtle (but not overly so) effect. I think this is the most affordable out of the brands that I know of. And thank you! :) x

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  2. I'm really interested in the sleek palette, I wish they sold Sleek in Australia otherwise I'd get my hands on it right away! *sigh

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    1. I really want their Contour Kit, I might place an order for it soon even if it means waiting for it to arrive from the UK. :)

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  3. I know what you mean about blush ... how come when Lisa applies it it looks freakin' amazing, on us mere mortals with our substandard skills it never quite works out the way she does it! I love Rose Frisson though, forgot to include it in my last month's favs but definitely one that I reached for frequently.

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    1. She did a fantastic job with both the Bourjois and CHANEL blushes, and I can't do anything close to the effect she could. Rose Frisson is so pretty, and much more wearable than Rose Ambre imho.

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