My nails are making me happy today.
Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in All Yarned Up over Essie in Coat Azure.
Le Blush Creme de Chanel swatches in (L to R) Inspiration, Revelation, Affinite, Destiny, Presage, and Fantastic. At least I think so - hope I got the order right…
I’m going to have to go back and try these again when Farmers next has a sale - I have a gift card! The texture is amazing.
I had yum cha with Will’s mum and sister and took myself for a window shop afterwards. Bad idea. I bought the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light at Mecca Cosmetica (ouch, but I justified it because of REASONS). I also came across a bunch of other stunners:
Ellis Faas Foundation — I already adore their concealer. But I currently have three foundations to use up, so NOPE.
Nars Voulez Vous Cheek and Eye Palette — with Molokai, Antananarivo, Rangoun, and Lhasa eyeshadows, and Deep Throat and Dolce Vita blushes.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light — for my future reference, this might be a good setting powder.
Diptyque Eau Mohéli — ahhhh, gorgeous scent. Hopefully they’ll come out with a smaller version because that is a premium price tag.
Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel — these have the coolest texture; really creamy and blendable and easy to sheer out, but you can build it up and it dries to a powder finish. I’ll put some swatches up.
Kiehl’s Vanilla Cedarwood shower gel — I like the sweetness of the vanilla tempered with woodiness.
MAC Illustrated Collection Face Kit in Plum — these palettes and makeup bags with various kits are illustrated by designer Rebecca Moses. I didn’t test them for quality and already have some of the shades featured so won’t be getting this (plus it’s so much pricier in New Zealand compared to the States), but the packaging is cute. The Nars palette is also cheaper, and I think I would get more use out of it.
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer — the salesperson gave me a generous sample pot of this when I bought the Luminous Light. I’m almost out of my current primer and would be interested in seeing how this holds up to the onslaught of my oily face.
Mmm, dirty. I got sick of cloning the dusty bits out.
I don’t have a working DSLR (well, I swapped with Will’s, but can’t find his memory card), and I’m sick of trying to use my iPhone to photograph things I want on this blog. What I do have, though, is a scanner! And I remembered how in sixth form I made covers for my exercise books by collaging things on a photocopier, and — more recently — how people have used scanners as cameras. So that up there is a scan of me wearing Butter London’s Branwen’s Feather and The Black Knight.
One day I will show you my stash and demonstrate my weakness for nail polish in the purpley-lilac-violet end of the spectrum. It’s just a little sad that these two are probably some of the weaker of Butter London’s formulas; both have a very thin base, which means two to three coats are needed for them to not look shit. In The Black Knight’s case, that means a heap of glitter particles to smooth out. What pretty glitter though — black, blue, pink, and silver. And Branwen’s Feather has some gorgeous shimmer with plenty of depth when viewed in person. What I have done in the past is layer one coat over Branwen’s Feather, which solves the opacity and thickness issue.
Butter London’s polishes are all named after something from the British Isles. In the case of Branwen’s Feather, its namesake is “a female raven belonging to the Queen of England… [who] currently resides at the Tower of London”. More googling revealed the legend of Branwen, who was screwed over by male egos from both Britain and Ireland. As for the Black Knight, Wikipedia tells me that it is literary stock character, but I prefer to think of it as being named after this guy.
Adorable shot of a monochrome pedicure from Glamour magazine, July 2011.