Saturday, November 22, 2014

SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in Sakurakaba 05

Are you new to this blog?  If so, you may not know that I have a complete and total obsession for SUQQU eye shadow palettes.  Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs level of obsession.  And if you are old hat to these silly parts, you might also be same in preoccupation.  *pets your silly head*
I've purchased many a new things recently.  *cough*  So why choose to show this, which is one of the older eye shadow quads from the Japanese brand?  While the new ones from the brand are beautiful and shimmery and covetable, these old ones have such a special place in my heart.  I think my heart is not a right normal organ, mostly I think it is full of shiny plastic cases, and pumps glitter.  And as it beats, it also sends a loud message of: "BUY IT GET IT BUY IT GET IT BUY IT GET IT."

Alrightie then.
Unlike the shimmer on shimmer on shimmer compositions of the new trios and quads from SUQQU's recent releases, Sakurakaba heels close to the old white matte base, dark matte, lighter high shimmer and one satin format.  Looks kind of boring in the pan.  And though I've collection pretty much all the older quads one through six (purged dry icky Kokedama), this one kept on falling out of proverbial shopping cart.

I do my near daily penance for my short sighting shopping by wearing this often.

Clockwise from the top right:
  • pale, shimmery peachy pink
  • a mid-tone satin peach with cooler shimmer, slightly rust in cast
  • a warm white matte base shade
  • a very dark, deep and gorgeously matte color that is a plum brown
Thank you, Pan, for allowing this old quad to still be available from time to time in the UK.
Thank you, cold Sunlight, that plays with the pale shades and brings out the happy shimmers.
Thank you, Bizarro Belly Skin, that turns most colors taupe.  The three colors (no base shade) turns into a layers shade of complex purply grey taupe.
This palette in particular pleased and surprised me with just how pigmented the matte plum brown shade is.  All the shades are particularly smooth and applies delicately, but with some good level of oomph.  
I am wearing it as a very simple smokey gradient, which is my preferred Lazy Belly easy way of placing the shades in the older SUQQU quads.  Basically dark matte close to the lash line and smoked, deep peach layered above it and slightly past the crease, and the light shade layered on top of the whole thing and applied higher up the lid.
In this look, I am wearing:
  • Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation in Pale Dune
  • Surratt concealer under eyes and around nose (here & all colors swatched here)
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder (here)
  • SUQQU Sakurakaba
  • SUQQU Akanemizu EX-03 blush
  • SUQQU Bright Up lipstick in Akaanzu (here)
  • Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash waterproof mascara
  • SUQQU brow palette in Moss Green (here)

And thank YOU, Belly Blog Reader, that enjoys a good sparkle-sauce as much as I do and allow me to share our mutual obsession here.

Has a recent purchase of an older product completely knocked your socks off?  Let's share the old shiny happy things!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Swatch Set - Surratt Surrealiste Skin Concealer

Just a super quick set of all the shades of the Surratt Surrealiste Skin Concealer.  Top row (L to R) shades 1, 2, 3, 4.  And bottom row, (L to R) 5, 6, 7, 8.

As a reference, the shade I featured in my more comprehensive post is 4.  Funny how clearer the colors reveal them to be when shown in the context of other colors!  It looks even more cooler than the neutral shade I reported. :)  The back of my hand is also a tick or so darker than my inner arm, probably NC20-25.

Shade 1 registers as almost paper white against my skintone, but is slightly pink cast.
Shade 2 is a pale warm shade
Shade 3 is a warmer toned light shade
Shade 4 is a light to light medium neutral (to cooler) shade
Shade 5 is a warm (slight olive) medium shade
Shade 6 is a peach toned medium shade
Shade 7 is a meidum, very orange toned medium shade.
Shade 8 is the odd ball in the context of the rest of the range.  It is the darkest and very warm toned and much darker than 7

This shade range would work well for the very pale to medium skin tones (and that one darker one), but isn't a comprehensive assortment that represents the deeper skin tones well.  I am pretty darn useless for knowing the MAC values of any shade too pale or too dark compared to my own.  Sorries.  :(  I'm so glad I am not in the business of matching real people to foundation shades.  Oompa Loompa for everyone!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Houston, I Think We Have a Problem

You would think that since my blog has been generally so quiet, that I am also very quiet with my makeup purchases.

You would be wrong.  Oh so very wrong.  You know what's funny?  I thought I mostly made peace with my drunken sailor spending ways and that there would be a kind of a self-leveling mechanism inherent in me that would attempt to moderate my spending.  I see more accurately now that releasing my metaphoric valve on spending seems to allow a build up of spending to a really epic proportion.  I mean woah.

During the Sephora Employee Appreciation event, where a really wonderful MUAer shared a code with me, I was really restrained and purchased:
  • Beauty Blender Solid Soap (repurchase) - since I'm about done with my old one.
  • MUFE clear brow gel - since returned since it doesn't seem to hold my bizarro bionic brow hairs.
  • Jin Soon nail polish in Cookie White - made it look like I was wearing Wite Out, so also returned.
As I patted myself on the back about returning things, I started to ponder further on the things I've been purchasing recently.  And then the feeling of UH OH HOUSTON set it.

This is a pretty accurate representation of a few months worth of spending (probably missing some skincare repurchases).

Stuff I recently purchased:
  • THREE 4D eye shadow quad in 1 Party Monster - everything desaturates on me!
  • THREE 4D eye shadow quad in 2 My Blue Heaven - everything desaturates on me!
  • THREE 4D eye shadow quad in 3 Astro Girl - everything desaturates on me!
  • THREE blush in Divine Radiance
  • THREE blush in Into the Aether
  • Visee Nudy Rich Eyes BE-5
  • THREE Shimmering Glow Duo 1
  • Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose - well, it's darn gorgeous and discounted on Amazon!
  • SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in Sakurakaba 05
  • SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick in Kyoganoko 02
  • Chanel nail polish in Sweet Star
  • Tom Ford Eye Color quad in Cocoa Mirage
  • Tom Ford Eye Color quad in Nude Dip - tell you the truth, it's just okay.
  • Tom Ford cream eye shadow in Platinum - (repurchase) I love having this again
  • Cle de Peau concealer in Almond (repurchase)
  • Clinque Airflash concealer (repurchase)
  • Anastasia Clear Brow Gel - because require more bionic brow power
  • Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite - for tinted bionic brow power
  • Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in Urban Nude - I returned this, instantly regretting my "OH MY GOD LIMITED ONE DAY EDITION" purchase.  Horrid unflattering color on me.
  • Surratt Artistique Brushes - Face, Cheek, 2 eye shadow ones
  • Surratt Lipslique in Piccadille
  • SUQQU trio in Aoruri (which was a generous gift)
  • Sisley Black Rose Mask
  • Several Chikuhodo Artist Red brushes
Wait, there's more.  These are en route to me:
  • Wantable November Beauty box
  • SUQQU Christmas Kit A
  • RMK eye shadow brush E
  • SUQQU eye liner brush C
  • SUQQU Makeup Base Creamy
  • Eve Lom Cleaner (repurchase)
  • Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser (repurchase)
  • Eve Lom Rescue Mask (repurchase)
  • Eve Lom Travel Kit (repurchase)
  • Tom Ford stick foundation (repurchase)
  • Charlotte Tilbury First Love blush
  • Chanel JC in Rose Ecrin
  • Guerlain Rouge G Garance
  • Guerlain Rouge G Gracia
Analysing my purchases even further, I see I am very motivated by various discount and gift card events.  Many of these purchases were based on the recently conclude Sephora VIB event, a Bergdorf Goodman on line gift card event and things like that.

What is the point of this post?  Add to the insult that there is never a real point to any of my posts, I find putting it on paper a veritable eye opener.  Of course there is a high financial value associated with each purchase.  Equally clear is just the vast number of items I'm accumulating in a short few months' worth of time.

I worry from time to time that my beauty spending gets motivated by running Wondegondigo.  Considering a lack of updates, I seem to be more motivated by mindless consumption even more so!  Well, my friends, here is another look at the deep dark underbelly of makeup consumption.  I've looked very deep and it turns out that I don't look so good!

I'm going to turn this frown upside down.  On this day, I pledge to properly blog post about each and every single item on this list (if not already covered) and from that point onwards, I can recommence the spending.  *Drunken whoooop!* 

This will increase my rate of blogging, so I can buy again to my heart's content... maybe?  Maybe it will make be think of blogging as a real burden and a nightmare and quit?  Do you remember a while back, I had a blog bucket list that I was checking off before I skedaddled?  I smell someping.

The "rules" are:
  • post about every single thing, unless returned.
  • can group similar items together where it makes sense.  for instance combining an Eve Lom cleanser with Clinique Airflash concealer smells like a cheat.
  • during the duration, any real repurchases for empties (like cleanser or something) is a ok.  a girl's got to wash her face, you know?
  • continue to stretch the rules for my ebil porpoises.
Beginning blogging transmission.....beeeeeeeeeeep.
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