Look Feature: That sweep of Royal Blue, or rather Royal Wink (MAC Philip Treacy)

Hello you guys!

Here’s the last of my dedicated MAC Philip Treacy look features, though not the last time Philip Treacy products see the light of day on here, I’m sure! They may pop up in other Look Features / LOTDs down the road, who knows!

For this look, I wanted to give the Royal Wink Fluidline a feature because of the recent flood of Fluidlines in MAC’s collection, this seems to be the only Limited Edition release (the rest are permanent but just brought into the spotlight once more).

So while I was at it with the look, I figured why not throw in a sprinkle of other mentions from pieces within the Philip Treacy collection, just cause.

So here’s a look at Blacktrack (the black liner) as well, a permanently offering that is widely popular with MAC fans for being that perfect black gel liner to own.

You’ll see the Highlight Powder in Blush Nude gracing us again with its soft and shy presence in a bit too.

Giving you a little sneak peek of what’s to come, I’ve got the MAC Huggable Lip Color in I’m Game on the lips.

I’ve really come to love the formula of these Huggables, and the name is just adorable. Though I’ll share more about them at a later date, I have a mind to give them a mention sometime next week seeing as the Huggable range (and Pro Longwear Waterproof Liquid Foundation) are both launching today, 15th May, so… I gotta keep with the times, right?

Products Used:

BROWS
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Color Correcting Powder in 001 Crystal Rose

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
MAC Fluidline in Royal Wink
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

CHEEKS
THREE Color Veil in 19 Love Kick

LIPS
MAC Huggable Lipstick in I'm Game

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Alrightey, so that’s that! Thanks for popping by this Look Feature and stay tuned for more to come!

As always, thank you for sticking around my side/site, hurhur, while I bustle and buzz around in life.

Thanks for reading!

Look Feature: Genuine Treasure with A Pop of Hollywood (Cerise)!

Hello!

It’s time again for a Look Feature!

Now. while you’re not here for long stories I just want to repeat that often (actually, all the time) my Look Features are actual looks that I do for a day at work because weekday mornings are the only time I can manage to plop on this amount of makeup. Weekends are always a rushed and family oriented affair so makeup fun-time is almost zilch.

That said, I’m currently in a relatively new work environment and have donned safe neutrals for about a month now and feel it’s about time I take some baby steps towards more played up makeup, and in the process, be able to squeeze out some Look Features for you guys!

So with that essay done, let me introduce this look!

Okay, if anything, I know it isn’t flamboyant but I would say it’s a tad flashier than what I’m used to – simple soft brown neutrals and all.

This look is slightly smokey with a beautiful amount of shimmer and sparkle (sadly not full captured in this lighting) and even with all that ‘drama’, to me at least, I still paired it all with a bright lip color.

If it counts for anything, I donned it on a Friday which makes it okay to be a little flashier, yes? Heh.
For the lids, all I had on was Genuine Treasure, a paint pot released with the MAC Philip Treacy collection, and this right here is pure love.

The formula could be perfected a little more and it could apply creamier and blend a tad better but overall it’s pretty okay.

Plus the fact that it’s absolutely stunning and sparkly just about makes up for it.

I thought to line the lids with Blacktrack (re-promoted with Philip Treacy) but preferred a richer and more crisp patent-black liner look so liquid liner it is!

The sparkles within Genuine Treasure is the real gem here but under my strong lamp lighting they’re a little washed out and muted. If you’re in a dimmer lighting situation (e.g. warmer light, or even washroom lighting) you’ll see the shimmers really sparkle and shine as you blink – it’s quite beautiful!

If you’re wondering about whether the shimmery bits tend to migrate or fall on the cheeks with wear then my answer to that is – yes.

Though, as you can see, the shimmer flecks are quite fine so if you’re good with a little sparkle on the cheeks as you move then you should be fine with any fall out or migration from this. Definitely no disco-ball action, thankfully.

Plus, with something this gorgeous, that minor bit of a con is something I can live with.

Given the smokey and sparkly eye look, I could have gone with a nude lip look but instead decided to go on a more playful route and pop on Hollywood Cerise, a bright raspberry pink!

I swept on a light veil of color on the cheeks using my favorite blush for that soft flushed effect – THREE Color Veil in Lovekick. Since the eyes and lips were already played up so much, it’s only wise to give the cheeks some color (to balance the look) but nothing too overpowering either.

I think it’s the lack of sleep these days that’s making my double eye-lid do weird hooded things again. I’ve been quite annoyed with it in some of the recent Look Features I’ve snapped. Grr.

Products Used:

BROWS
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Color Correcting Powder in 001 Crystal Rose

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Genuine Treasure Paintpot
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
THREE Color Veil in 19 Love Kick

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Hollywood Cerise

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And that’s the look!

I’ll admit that while I’ve tried wearing some slightly flashier and not-so-neutral looks to work a couple of times, I still have second thoughts about it when I sit down and think to put together a more striking / smokey / colorful look for the day.

While bright lips is something I have started throwing on since Week 1 at New Job, I still get some colleagues commenting about how ‘red’ my red lipstick is… Heh.

Baby steps I guess, baby steps.

I’m definitely not going to do some full-out smokey cleopatra-esque sorta eye look anytime soon of course.

 

Thanks for reading you guys! Look forward to my last Philip Treacy Look Feature that features a bright pop of blue! :)

Look Feature: MAC Philip Treacy – Cardinal Lips & Pink Blush Cheeks!

Hello guys!

Kick-starting the Philip Treacy Look Feature with this mild little one here, it’s a quick look at how the Philip Treacy Blush Pink Highlighting Powder and Cardinal Lipstick wears, from afar, because a super zoom up lipswatch (seen here) can only showcase so much and no one’s going to look at your lips that near, right?

This was one of my first few attempts at wearing the Blush Pink Highlighting Powder and also one of the instances I realized… Wow okay, this bugger isn’t going to show up and capture easily.

In person, it does lend a nice soft touch to the skin, akin to the finish of meteorites but not as ethereal or soft glowy.

I think Temptalia hit the nail on the head when she described this is as a counter-productive highlighting product because its own formulation tends to mute the skin out a little, as opposed to lending a glowy finish to the skin.

For me, I still see some skin brightening going on, largely due to how the powder is slightly fairer than my skintone and a little pink in hue so you know, that gets the whole correcting and brightening aspect covered.

Sheen and glow-wise, it doesn’t quite cut it though there are really fine silver shimmers strewn into the product (albeit nicely dispersed) it doesn’t lend an obvious glimmer or shine to the skin.

You can see the shimmers under some light and up close but from afar, it’s quite faint. Which works out well because it’s not a glowy sheen, it’s actual small silver speckles so I doubt that would be flattering if they were obvious.

Anyway, in my face-spams, I tried to capture that brightened skin look and a little of the shine that the silver shimmers lend (there is a little but incredibly mild compared to glowy skin finishes that I love) but I don’t think I really managed to.

It’s something you have to see in person more.

But bottomline, I ended up using Blush Pink as more of a finishing powder and setting the face on occasions when I’m not really wearing much product that needs a flawless finish (i.e. weekends where it’s just sunscreen or tinted mosturizer).

There are some silver speckles but it doesn’t bother me for weekend-use since I’m not aiming for a flawless face finish anyway. Plus some skin brightening in the absence of makeup (liner and all) could do me some good.

 

I doubt I need to talk much about the lips but since I’ve shed so much light on Blush Pink already, let me just give Cardinal a little bit of love.

So, Cardinal is simply said a really beautiful red. My favorite sort of red, really.

I like the bright fire-engine red when I feel up for it or when situations call for a matte, bright and bold red but most of the time, the kind of reds that catch me eye (and heart) are the ones with a slightly deeper edge.

Cardinal is red and vibrant but with a little bit of depth to it as well that gives it a slightly sultry vibe but nothing too vampy either that some would deem hard to pull off.

It is stunning and a shade that I hope MAC re-promotes again. Everyone could use with a Cardinal in their stash! Heh.

And that wraps up this Look Feature! I think I really took it to town with the rambles but I hope you guys enjoyed this read nonetheless.

Again, I do feel a little abashed that my timeframe is a little off and my mentions all going up so belatedly but, as said, I hope that they still provide a good form of resource one way or another!

I could very simply just do away with mentioning it – so late, might as well don’t say? – but… I guess for my own purpose I wanted to log it all down as well. It’s fun doing looks and talking makeup and it doesn’t always have to be on trend and the latest, right? That’s just like what everyone else is doing, heh.

Okay, forreal now!

Thanks for reading!

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Look Feature: MAC X Julia Petit – Moving Sand Duo

Okayyy~ I’ll get right to the point here.

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I’ve only got one piece of the MAC x Julia Petit collection on hand (the Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo) so I’m going to keep my feature short and simple. And of course hopefully compiling it like this makes it informative too.

In this post, I’ll be showing you some snaps of Moving Sand in all its smokey, warm, and also part sparkly glory, followed by my take on this duo which is likely to be the only take I’ll be able to do when using it alone.

I’ll explain why I say that in a little bit but… for now, here’s Moving Sand!

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I think of the 3 (duos available in MAC x Julia Petit), Moving Sand is probably the trickiest to use because you get a matte medium warm-yet-ashy brown paired with a shimmery smokey charcoal.

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The only way I see this is smokey whereas the other 2 color variants does give you the option of trying a inner-corner, outer-corner sort of a pairing.

Not to say you can’t with this but I think the warm yet ashey brown will blend into nothing on my lids (maybe just a bit of warmth) and make the black a little misplaced if I were to do the inner-outer-corner combo.

So… where this duo is concerned I decided to just smoke it up!

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Now, I’m not the neatest when it comes to smokey eyes and usually I snap my looks in the morning so everything is done a little hasty.

I assure you it all looks great and good in person but cameras are sometimes a little too nitpicky about blending and patchiness.

How I wore Moving Sands is incredibly simple – pat the black all over just under the crease, blending it a little over and then softening the edges with some of that smooth warm brown.

Voila!

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With smokey looks, while it sounds simple in theory, a good amount of blending and fine-tuning is involved because black can be tricky to work with but overall I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

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I’m not typically a smokey eye (well, this smokey at least) wearer but I do like the look this gives. Almost like that lived-in supermodel sort of smokey eye.

Almost…

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For the rest of the face, I kept it simple – a clean base with soft glowy skin (thanks to mixing MAC’s Strobe Cream in with my Diorskin Nude Foundie fav), a soft coral flush on the cheeks and nude tan lips.

I deliberated playing the rebel playful factor up and throwing on some pink lips but ultimately chickened out because I didn’t want to show up too flashy to work, heh.

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I tried to incorporate MAC items where possible given this is a focus on a MAC item, so why not try pairing the rest of the look but of course it’s not a largely MAC look.

Have a look at the product rundown if you’re interested in what’s where.

Products Used:

BROWS 
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown 
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed 

FACE 
AEON Ultragel Hydrator 
MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF50 
Dior Diorskin Nude Foundation 
MAC Strobe Cream (mixed into foundation) 
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer 
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder 

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01 
MAC x Julia Petit Eyeshadow Duo in Moving Sand 
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Skimp (brow bone) 
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner in Perversion 

CHEEKS 
Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030 

LIPS 
MAC Toledo Lipglass in Oxblood

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Some thoughts on the texture of the shadows, I’ll say that they definitely aren’t the creamiest I’ve felt, nor the most buttery and intense in terms of pigmentation; Mumu (that matte brown) performed better and was easier to use than Noite (the shimmery charcoal). Though that goes without a doubt, given that Noite’s finish is a Lustre and that is notorious for being a MAC formula that is tricky to work with.

Noite does need some packing and building up to reach a lovely intensity and I’ll advise you to use a black base for added depth because no matter how rich it looks in the pan, it’s hard to build it up that same intensity.

Though in terms of pairing the pair does work well together, for how I use it at least, and I do think it’s a nifty little pan to bring around for smokey looks on the go when you’re traveling!

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It’s not going to score an A with me for texture but if you’re drawn to this pairing or need a quick duo for smokey eyes on the go then this isn’t too bad a consideration.

I’ll also advise you to give the rest of the MAC x Julia Petit collection a look too, the cranberry hued duo is quite a lovely one!

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this helpful!

MAC Julia Petit Duos retail for S$49 each and are available 20th March at MAC TANGS Orchard, Sephora ION Orchard, and Ngee Ann City.

This is Limited Edition!

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