Getting on Board the Bright Matte Blue Eyeliner Trend

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Bright matte blue eyeliner is having a moment. My girl crush Emma Stone gave it an unusual placement here. I’m not stranger to bright blue eyeliners, and have at least a couple shimmery ones. But a matte one?

I shopped my stash to see a possible dupe, and found it in my MAC Manish Arora palette – Electric Eel. It is indeed electric; very bright but it has never occurred to me to use if as eyeliner.

MAC Cream Color Base 'Movie Star Red' and MAC Manish Arora eyeshadow palette
MAC Cream Color Base ‘Movie Star Red’ and MAC Manish Arora eyeshadow palette (Electric Eel is 2nd from the right)

I like the result. It is a fun color, and drawn thinly with the help of Illamasqua’s Sealing Gel, is a very interesting and versatile look. I’ve paired it with various lip colors and it still looks good: pale pink, bright blue red, sheer orange and, particularly, bright warm/orangey red. Give it a try!

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Review and Swatches: Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in ‘ Venezia’

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Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick ‘Venezia’

The Stila All Day Liquid Lipsticks have been getting positive buzz in the blogosphere, and as a self-proclaimed makeup junkie, I could hot help but feel left out having not one of these lipsticks yet. Face with the opportunity came to purchase one, however, I was at lost of which to get. The fiery red Beso? The orangey Tesoro? No se cuál comprar!

After a few back and forths, I finally settled on Venezia ($24), one of the newer summer edition. Described by Stila as ‘bright red’, it is more of a bright coral on my lips. It is indeed what others have written about the Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick: opaque, true to color, long-lasting. However, I also like Venezia as a stain – on its own or topped with gloss. In a jam, it is also good as a blush. It is slightly drying if you wear it sun up and sun down, or a few days in a row, but that isn’t a deal breaker for me, as I very seldom use the same color lipstick a few days in a row.

I truly like this lipstick, however, it is about on par with my loved NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, at about quadruple the price. So I will not be buying any of this lipstick anymore, but Venezia is a keeper.

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An International Giveaway (and Moarrr from the Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette)

Sariayu 25 Palette smokey grey and rose gold

EDIT 6 JANUARY: The giveaway is closed, and the winner is Makeup Train! Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll email you to ask for details of where to send the palette. Thanks!

One of my favorite looks is the grey smokey eye. There is no grey in the Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette), but alas, there is a black and a beautiful icy blue (marked with the orange arrows above). Voilà!smokey grey3

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“Ok, you’ve convinced me. This is a versatile palette. But surely it can’t handle the current trend too, the rose gold explosion?!”  Aah but it can, it can! There’s a few golds and a few reds in the palette, so why not? Through a precise and calculated technique, i.e. randomly dipping a brush in one color then another, I found that you can arrive at various shades of rose gold. The first experiments yield more of a sunset orange. But after several tries, I found that the peach and red (marked with blue arrows) yield a sufficiently rosey gold; mix it with the other golds (also marked with blue arrows) to make it more vibrant.

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And it’s giveaway time! I would like to send one of this Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette) to an international reader (someone not living in Indonesia; shipping cost via the postal service is included). All you gotta do is comment on this post, about anything, and I will use a random number generator to choose one winner on Monday, 6 January 2014 at 9pm my time (GMT+7).  Be sure to include your email in the comment.

I hope everyone will have a cozy time with their loved ones as we count down to the new year. See you next year!m