Beauty Look | Berry & Bright – ft. Shu Uemura x Maison Du Chocolate

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This one is for all you chocolate lovers. Shu Uemura‘s limited edition holiday 2018 collection this year features a delicious collaboration with La Maison du Chocolate – a Parisan boutique creating confectioneries of it’s namesake. A few weeks ago, I posted a video preview of the items I have in my hands courtesy of the always generous Shu PR and today I’m sharing a complete look created using the products themselves, of course with a holiday theme.

The two big colour items in this collection are the Ganache & Praline eight pan eyeshadow palettes; Dark Cacao which takes on slightly cooler, taupe tones with flecks of gold and alternatively, Framboise Berry which includes nuances of reds in the form of berries, terracotta and copper. As a challenge, I decided to create my look centered around only the red shades so in a way this is a dark eyes and dark lip combination!

MAKING REDS MORE WEARABLE

  • Pile on the foundation | My skin is certainly far from model perfect but when wearing red tones, be it lips or yes, any redness of the skin is enhanced so it’s a good time to go higher coverage.
  • Be selective about colour placement | I focused the heaviest berry colour on the outer corners of the eyes and also smoked it out a little around the lower lash line. If you look carefully however, I didn’t connect the colour all the way around the eye – instead the lower outer lash line is lined with a bronze metallic pencil.
  • Skip the heavy liner | This look has no eyeliner on the top what so ever and it’s a conscious decision to keep it from looking too theatrical. However, I did balance it out with false lashes – which I thought was a must – in order to still enhance definition for the eyes. I highly recommend choosing lashes that aren’t super dense, focused more on length and has a clear band to blend in better with your own natural lash line.

PRODUCTS USED

SHOP SHU UEMURA | Online & Sephora

I would love to know what looks you are excited to wear for this holiday season and if red is in your plans as well!

Chat soon,

G

BEAUTY LOOK | Shu Uemura x Super Mario Holiday Makeup

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If there’s one thing to expect from Shu Uemura holiday collections, it’s to allow yourself to be surprised by the unexpected! With a history of collaborating with artists and gravitation towards pop culture, Shu gives us a power up with a limited edition Super Mario makeup collection complete with the original pixel graphic artwork and shiny gold accents. 
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This multi-piece release includes not only limited edition package but some fun colour options as well, all of which are much more wearable than you’d think at first glance. The collection ranges from makeup to skincare and even a few hair care items. Most of the products are the same formula as pre-existing favourites which I always think is a smart move so there’s no new learning curve to conquer. 
PRODUCTS SHOWN 
  • SHU | Yuzu Makeup Refresher Mist* 
  • SHU | Peach’s Eye and Cheek Palette
  • SHU | Drawing Pencil* | Light Orange, Brick Brown, Dreamy Peach Pink
  • SHU | Tint in Balm* | Underground Adventure
  • SHU | Rouge Unlimited Supreme* | #187
  • SHU | Eyelash Curler with Charm*
SHOP SHU UEMURA | ONLINE / SEPHORA
    EXTRA ITEMS USED
    The big drop in this collaboration is the two in one cheek and eyes palette which seems to be curated into corresponding purple and bronze options. Both extremely wearable on most complexions and every single colour is something that you can reach for frequently. Yet with that said, it is also quite a pricey piece and may not necessarily be the best value for money if the shadow is not part of your daily repertoire. Instead, if you want just a little something then the golden eyelash curler with the star charm or fun printed lipsticks would be my recommendation.
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    If you manage to pop during our livestream Youtube session, you’ll remember that this is the makeup look that we created together live which was so immensely fun! The majority vote went to the orange side of the palette so I used all three shadows
    to create a warm rich bronzy eye with rust and brick tones and rimmed by a heavy dose of the Shu pencil in Brick Brown on the lower lash line. I mixed both peach and pink shades on the cheek. The lips was a real toss up between the two available colours I had on hand looking and at these photos, the deep glossy berry wine was the right choice and really popped the entire look. Do note however that the extreme glossy formula can be hard to work with and isn’t something I’d recommend for day to day wear but it does photograph so stunningly!

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    With this being such an iconic collaboration, I’d recommend calling your local Shu retailer as many counters might be very limited in stock. Shu’s website and even Sephora online will generally carry some holiday collections into the end of January. If you’re picking up a piece or two, let me know what’s caught you eye.
    Chat soon,

    Beauty Look | All lash – Nude Makeup (ft. Esqido)

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    If you’ve been a regular here in this part of the internet, it’ll be no surprise to you that false lashes are one of my all time favourite things. While our appetite for extravagance has only increased in recent years, false lashes can absolutely be worn with a very bare faced makeup look for a clean and understated vibe. My look here is something you could wear daily to the office or for casual weekend brunch.
    PRODUCTS USED
    • MAKE UP FOREVER | Waterblend Foundation*
    • MAKE UP FOREVER | Ultra HD Foundation*
    • MAC | Mineralized Skinfinish | Soft & Gentle
    • MINISOO | Liquid Eyeliner
    • HOURGLASS | Eyebrow Pencil
    • ESQIDO | Mink Flase Lashes* | Silhouette
    • COVERGIRL | Total Tease Mascara WP*
    • NUDESTIX | Lip & Cheek Pencil | Whisper
    • RIMMEL | Lip Liner* | Tiramisu
    Speaking of lashes, here I am trying out the ever popular ESQIDO mink hair lashes for the very first time. Having tried everything from synthetic to human to mink, I can say that while the lash fibres do look great on these, I personally don’t find a huge aesthetic advantage to mink in particular. 
    The website advertises a cotton lash band and the hairs are pressed / glued onto the band versus knotted. I do still find the band quite thick and can be uncomfortable wearing for long periods of time but on the other hand it does provide sturdiness. I love that the colour of the lashes are dark without looking fake and there is a tinge of satin shine yet no glossy flashback in photos.
    Esqido Lashes

    There are currently 28 styles to choose from the ESQIDO range and I’m wearing Silhouette which is a medium volume style that’s slightly longer in the middle and shorter at the sides. The styling of all the lashes are well thought out and provide a good selection in volume and density. 
    My main challenge with these however was the curvature of the lashes which went too far out before they curved up at the ends. This means that the lashes were unnecessarily long yet didn’t provide a whole lot of visual lift. If you wear glasses, then this will also likely bump into your lens. A stronger curve would have been ideal personally.

    Lastly, you’ll notice that this look is heavily focused on skin, brows and the tiniest swipe of liner. i decided to go with a bare lid just to show you can actually wear a great look with very little fuss. Creating a polished look relies on clean definition and skin flattering pops of colour but a little extra lash never hurts either…
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    Beauty Look | New Rimmel Products vs Dark Lip

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    Witty titles are escaping me today but I do want to show you a makeup look using some of Rimmels’ newer products! Most notably, they’ve launched a couple of large format eye shadow palettes that I’m sure you’ve poked at in stores plus a full range of matte lipsticks. 
    The shadows have a great distinctive colour range and blend reasonably well taking you from matte to satin to metallic finishes all in one swoop. Colour payoff is good and I’d say comparable to the higher end drugstore offerings like L’Oreal though with less snazzy packaging. I’m also wearing some really fun fibre eyebrow pencil – yes, fibre hairs in a pencil that’s kinda blowing my mind and I fully intend pick up in a darker shade to match my hair! And the lips you ask? The Only 1 Matte lipsticks are a true matte that has a slight putty texture which is best smoothed out with a lip brush. It photographs beautifully and offers a large shade selection for mixing but I’m not crazy about the strong candy scent.
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    Side note, anyone here still haven’t figured out this contouring game? Since it’s hair up day, I thought a little shading wouldn’t hurt to go along with the dark lip but it sure is looking a little stripey here on camera. I swear on my favourite foundation that I did blend this…..
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    BEAUTY LOOK | Romand Korean Trend Makeup

    Feeling pretty hip at the moment as I’ve recently gotten my hands on some very trendy Korean makeup courtesy of W2Beauty. Romand is range of tightly curated products by popular blogger and makeup artist Min Saerom, who’s plain girl transformations attracted a strong fan base. The aim of her range is to be fool proof for the everyday user so they can achieve everything from office wear to date night makeup right at home. You’ll notice that both of Romand’s day and night palettes contain a interesting mix of colours in a variety of finishes that’s not quite your familiar natural brown palette!

    PRODUCTS USED
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    Ever changing curated selection of K-Beauty trend products, straight from Korea and with a focus on up and coming brands. Not every single product will be available from each brand but I feel like its thoughtfully chosen and frequently updated. I like that they carry niche brands that are more well known locally in Korea instead of the big drugstore options. Products came well packaged. Due to current crazy customs situation for Canada, I recommend EMS shipping option – although more expensive, it has tracking and will be much quicker. I’ve had a few things come from Asia via normal shipping and it has been ridiculous. The new beauty chat forum part of the website has just launched so I’m excited to sign up and check that out as well!
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    Beauty Look | Man Eater… metallic lips

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    Nelly Furtado or Colourpop? In the case of today’s post, it’s the later but I couldn’t help but hum the tune in my head whenever I pick up this lipstick! This whole makeup started quite innocently as I was testing out the new Marc Jacobs Icon Palette (whoohoo, new stuff) but quickly morphed into something else once I put on this metallic lipstick. Now, in all honesty, I never quite got on with this throwback lip trend and I actually think it’s super gorg on darker skin tones but none the less I thought this face came together in a cool way.
    The fun thing about this ultra shine finish is that the particles reflect differently depending on the lighting so while it looks a little more grungy in the shadows, the whole makeup takes on an ethereal glow in the second shot. In person, Man Eater is actually a rich metallic coppery rose.
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    Between you and me though, I wasn’t brave it enough to rock it outside and took it off before I left the door… but I’m sure Nelly would.
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    Shu Uemura x Murakami Holiday | Impressions & Beauty Look

    Bright, colourful and inspired by the magic of the cosmos, this holiday season Shu Uemura reunites with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for a limited edition beauty collection bursting with creativity and Murakami’s iconic floral motifs. Key pieces in this release includes two all over face palettes and a series of sheer to light finish lipsticks.

    PRODUCTS RELEASED

    • Cosmic Blossom Palette | Cosmicool (Cool tone)*
    • Cosmic Blossom Palette | Cosmikawaii (Warm tone)*
    • Nova Eye Trio | Cosmicool (Cool tone)*
    • Nova Eye Trio | Cosmikawaii (Warm tone)
    • Block Booster Primer | Fresh Pink*
    • Block Booster Primer | Natural Beige*
    • Rouge Unlimited Lipstick |
    • Rouge Unlimited Lipstick |
    • Cosmic Drawing Pencil | ME Navy*, M Black, M Purple Black, ME Comet Brown
    • Essence Absolute Beautifying Oil*
    • Wonder Worker Leave-in Spray*
    • Eyelash Curler*
    • Makeup Brush Set with Pouch
    AVAILABILITY: Shu Uemura online, Sephora online / in-stores and select Shu counters worldwide.
    With this collection, you get the familiarity of classic Shu products but updated with Murakami’s whimsical artwork and curated colour selection. As far as I know, none of the product formulations are new so take this as a chance to try our new colours and stock up on limited edition packaging of products you already love.


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    At first glance, this could easily be a spring or summer collection as the unusual vibrant pairings are a breakaway from the common smokey muted shades this time of the year. Yet this is absolutely the kind of twist that I would expect from a brand with such a deep rooted creative history as Shu Uemura and anything less than a pop art-esque feel would not be Murakami. 

    Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most adventurous when it comes to colour pairing and at first I was overwhelmed as I lifted the mirrored lid of the face and eye palettes but if there’s anything I’ve learned from Shu over the last few years, its to trust and just put it on. While its not something that can be said for all rainbow coloured makeup, there is something about the subtle tonal nuances curated into a Shu collection that melds together beautifully on the skin.


    The Drawing Pencil eyeliner is undoubtedly one of my favourite formulas and the navy is a fun shift away from your everyday neutrals, however the glitter can be a little gritty so avo
    id this in the waterline and use it above the lashes instead of tight-lining.

    The Block Booster Protective Primer is lightly tinted and provide just the subtlest tinge of sheer colour wash that has no real coverage but does impact the overall complexion when you put foundation over top. It feels very lightweight and similar to the Paul & Joe primer or the Laura Mercier however the SPF50 can leave a slight cast if photographing in artificial lighting so either go down a shade in your foundation or skip this altogether. For those already with pretty decent skin, this will not be your make it or break it product.




    Now the palettes are of course the star of every Shu release and both the Cosmikawaii and the Cosmicool option offer a lot of fun. As always, the shades themselves stand out for their translucent, buildable quality and I think you have to use them differently than other products that may have one swipe opacity. These allow you to layer endlessly for a variety of intensities without every looking heavy on the skin so if anything I would say you need a little more patience when working with them but they give a little more creative fluidity.

    Looking at the palettes as a whole, it could have done with just one glittery option versus three as the colours look very close when applied and only the most discerning eyes would make a fuss about it being a subtle pink glitter or a subtle gold glitter. I don’t recommend the glitter shades on their own but they do add a visual interest and snazz up the base colours.



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    For my own look I decided to focus around the blues in the Cosmicool palette; rimming my eye area in shades of lavender and navy then finishing off with an ombre lip. While blue eye shadow is certainly not an every affair in my routine but even I was swooned by how pretty the colours looked together. In the debate between wearable or dramatic, I challenged myself with a bolder interpretation.

    I started off with a halo of light purple all over the eye contour down to the tops of my cheek bones then began layering with navy over the lid and a touch of smokey charcoal at the outer edges for definition. Playing up the cosmic vibes, I swept the bright candy pink blush quite high on the cheeks and in a horizontal zone across the bridge of my nose as well. A coral lipstick acted as a base for an ombre pout and is given more dimension with the deeper sheer wine in the center of the lips. Glitter butterflies? Well, those are completely optional….

    Stay sparkling,