Tuesday, 25 October 2011

A few things to love, vol. 2

Actually, this was just going to be a longwinded and unavoidable (perhaps also unashamed) ramble about one of the most stunning I-want-to-bottle-this-look-and-wear-it-forever blush shades I've ever come across. It was going to be a no-holds-barred extravaganza, charting my voyage from dubious indifference to stumbling, really falling in love and envisioning us skipping across fields of daisies to clichéd orchestral swells heavy on the strings.

The problem is that I fall in love every 10 minutes with blush. As much as I tell you that this one is different, and this one is the one, I'd be lying. But it's in the top 5.

So, I didn't want to rehash an old story, where I tell you exactly what he wore, what she wore, what they ate and what happened at the end - so I thought perhaps I'd do a post about a few more things to love, and sneak it in. I'm sure you won't even notice it's there. The makeup I wear is always so indicative of one particular favourite product, almost like the other products are favourites by proxy, because the one product makes everything else look so good.

1. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Pop: This is a limited edition shade for Macmillan Cancer Support on Escentual.com that I pounced on while discovering Daniel Sandler's cosmetics for the first time while writing my first Carmine article. Old habits die hard, MAC trained me well for knee-jerk limited edition paranoia. This is one of the most perfect blushes I have ever found, and also one of the weirdest. It comes in a little dropper bottle, and you need the tiniest dot. It gives a watermelon pink flush which just makes me feel like I don't need any other makeup. I feel bright and beautiful and kind of want to marry it a bit.

PS: Dear Daniel, if you're reading this - make this shade permanent! Hopeful from SE London.

2. MAC Matchmaster Foundation: I'm going through a foundation bad patch and Matchmaster is the only thing keeping me sane. I'm cool with the fact I only get 9 hours of good wear out of it, I came in with low expectations on that point. The finish looks great on my oily skin - not too matte and just naturally radiant. It's handy I have a bit of a tan to wear it, but I'm going to have to lighten it before long, so I'm really enjoying it as it is right now. Oh, the simple pleasure of wearing a foundation straight out of the bottle with no need for adjustment…

3. NARS Mascate: It lasts 6 hours, and I ate toast and butter, and drank tea and coffee (not all at once, that's just beverage-related greediness). And don't we need to talk about the colour? It's the perfect in-between red shade. It's not POW - it's got a little depth to it, making it perfect for Autumn.  

4. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Mirifique: I've had the rockiest of rocky roads with this particular Chanel offering - where the others applied so smoothly, this one crumbles and pouts and turns its back on me. When I can force it into submission, I've been loving it as a more subtle iteration of my usual black winking cat-eye - the shimmer lends it this greyish graphite colour which is beautiful and soft.
Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Mirifique.


  1. Really want NARS Mascate but just can't justify the price of it in Australia :( You look great in the photo, loving the new fringe!

  2. The watercolour blush looks lovely, really want to try one out!

  3. The Daniel Sandler blusher looks gorgeous on you, I very nearly bought it after reading this.

    Love your blog!

  4. Ahh, NARS Mascate, yes! It's one of my favorites this season, too! You wear it so beautifully :D

  5. The blusher is gorgeous. I'm always on the lookout for new blushers and even better that it's for a good cause x x

  6. @Angie Thanks lovely, so sweet of you xxx

    @Heather I tweeted you re: Mascate - I can grab it and ship it over to you in Aus if you wanted it for a little cheaper :)

    @Zoe It's so so gorgeous, I love it. I think I've worn it nearly exclusively for nearly 3 weeks now! My makeup just feels so fresh wearing it :) xxx

  7. @Kate Thank you, such a lovely comment! It's truly the perfect blush colour... I think I might have to get a back-up!

    @Larie Such a fantastic red lip for this season, muted and sexy! Wonderful staying power too!

    @becaboosmakeup Isn't it just! It's so fresh and perky, it's just lovely lovely lovely! xx

  8. What a great way to wear Mirique! I'm going to try this with mine soon.

  9. Gorgeous look!And I love the idea of using Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Mirifique as an alternative to the usual eyeliner. Lovely :)

  10. @Jen W Thanks lovely! Let me know how you go, my Mirifique is an absolute nightmare to use :(

    @Em. I might even try Illusoire or Epatant soon for a bit of extra snazz on the eyes :D

  11. Gorgeous FOTD! Love the flushed cheeks and red lips. Such a great look for winter!

  12. Stunning FOTD, I want that Chanel eyeshadow so bad now lol xx

  13. @Jenn A. Thanks lovely! It's one of my absolute favourite go-to looks at the moment! So simple and pretty :)

    @Nadia Ohh it's a lovely one! Shame about the texture of mine, though I hear it's not the case with other peoples'. xx


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