Oh yeah people: I realise I haven’t inflicted a face of the day on you for quite some time! Let me make up for this by RAVING about a few cosmetic products I’ve discovered lately. The German brand, Art Deco, has finally made its way to New Zealand. It’s very affordable and has amazing colour selections for eyeshadows. The brand also comes out with fabulous collections twice a year and I snapped up some items from the Jungle Fever range. Couldn’t resist the cute packaging featuring a silver dragonfly flying through a jungle of palm fronds and exotic flowers.

Whilst in Hong Kong in March, I picked up the Rachel K CC Cream (the original one in the black tube but I also picked up the pink tube). This CC cream was developed by Singaporean, Rachel Kum, who was crowned Miss Universe Singapore 2009. I guess you could say a CC cream is the next generation of a BB cream. Personally, I find BB creams often leave a greasy feeling on my face. The CC cream in the black tube is probably best for pale faces like me (NC15) and it’s best to pat it in to avoid a cakey look. It offers a host of benefits: colour control, oil control, whitening, brightening, moisturising and UV protection with SPF 35. Really evens out my complexion and coverage is medium to full depending on how much cream you slap on.

Another discovery is a vintage makeup brand from the States called Besame. It recreates the lovely vintage makeup of the 1950s (and earlier) and has products like cream rouge and cake mascara (I vaguely remember my mother wetting a small brush and using cake mascara). Yeah sure: you can get cream blushes these days but I LOVE the vintage look and feel of Besame Cosmetics. The cream rouge comes in a small vintage-inspired red tin embossed with chrysanthemums. It has a 1930’s oriental look. The rouge I have is the Crimson Rouge but I believe an Apricot Rouge is also available. Once I finish my tin (which would be about two years from now as it will last for ages!), I’ll get the Apricot Rouge as I think this would suit my complexion better.

Okay so onto the FOTD: FACE.

  • I applied a thinnish layer of the Rachel K CC Cream by patting it in and allowing it to set.
  • Meanwhile, I applied the L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream as a primer and to cover nasty pores. Quite like this primer actually because it’s non-greasy.
  • Foundation is the fabulous Double Wear by Estee Lauder in 1C1 Cool Bone. If you want a full coverage, matte foundation this is the one. A light touch is necessary though, so start with a thin layer and build up coverage, otherwise you risk it looking cakey. I find you don’t have to work as fast with Double Wear as you do with Revlon’s ColorStay. I was matched to Cool Bone by an Estee Lauder dolly bird and initially thought it was too orange. But it’s turned out just fine and stays put all day long.
  • I used two concealers: Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer in Fair. LOVE. I use this under the eyes and it’s a lovely light, creamy consistency. I also used the Eve Pearl Salmon concealer in Light.
  • To cover any imperfections, I used The Body Shop’s stick concealer. Haven’t heard a lot about this concealer but let me tell you it’s fab. My shade is 01 and it’s SO easy to use – creamy and great coverage. It’s HG status for me and I rarely use my former HG concealer, MAC Studio Finish in NC15. The stick concealer is easy to travel with but you do need The Body Shop’s special sharpener.
  • To set the under-eye concealer, I used E.L.F’s High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder. I don’t like the very obvious glitter in this powder but, if you use a large fluffy brush, you avoid the disco ball look. Bare Minerals Well-Rested is a better setting powder in my view. But the small E.L.F. container is very easy to travel with and a little powder goes a long way.
  • Bronzer is the Art Deco Bronzing Glow Blusher “Queen of the Jungle“. This is a tri-coloured blusher but turns out more of a bronzer on me. The colours are coral, soft fuchsia and rosewood and an embossed dragonfly motif makes this product a joy to use.
  • Then I used a teeny bit of the Besame Crimson Rouge. I do find it a little bright red for my complexion but, if I use a light hand, it’s fine.
  • Overall setting powder is Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Makeup in Translucent.


  • You can buy empty Art Deco palettes that fit four eyeshadows and you can customise your colour selection. You can see that my palette is well-loved and a bit dusty looking. The shades I selected are: Matt Natural Touch; Glam Golden Bisque; Matt Stormy Grey; and Pearly Medium Pine Green. I used the first two shadows as a base; the Stormy Grey in the crease and outer eye area; then lightly lined my eyes with the Pine Green. Best to press Art Deco eyeshadows on to the eye as there can be a bit of fall out.
  • Eyeshadow primer is Art Deco Eyeshadow Base, which is remarkably like MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. Because it’s a tiny black pot, it’s far easier to travel with than a Paint Pot. It’s not as thick as Painterly but just as good in my view. Much cheaper too.
  • Mascara was sent to me by a Croatian beauty pal and is the Essence I Love Extreme Volume mascara in black. Initially, I freaked at the brush because it’s quite fat and large but heck, what a great mascara. Plumps up the lashes, no clumping and the brush makes it easy to apply. I’ve just been sent three more Essence mascaras from my friend yeehah! Essence has just arrived in NZ but is only available at some Farmers stores and only in the North Island. One of those stores is Farmers Levin and, since I was up there recently visiting my Uncle, I snapped up a blush and lipgloss.
  • Brow bone highlighter is my trusty Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder. I’ve had it for three years, use it every day and only recently hit pan.


  • Brows were filled in using Elizabeth Arden’s Dual Perfection Brow Shaper & Eyeliner in Soft Blonde. An old favourite and it’s lasted a LONG time. This product is now sold in a gold case rather than the black one I have.


  • A discontinued Revlon Super Lustrous Creme lipstick called Ginger Rose (131). I loved this shade – why is it that cosmetic companies always discontinue products you love?

Grown my hair a bit longer – not sure yet if I’ll keep it longer.


Besame Crimson Rouge – love the retro container.


Too funny – you can see Zsa Zsa’s paw.


My well-used Art Deco eyeshadows.


Crimson Rouge.


So sad this has been discontinued by Revlon.

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I haven’t forgotten – I promised to do a post on where to eat in Thimphu, Bhutan. I’m half way through, so it should appear soon. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying being reunited with my makeup collection. I took limited makeup to Bhutan – well, limited for me anyway – and have spent the last few weeks just enjoying using different stuff. So what better thing to do than bring you my FOTD, just to show you that cranky old goats like me don’t have to look cranky (or, hopefully, old hahaha!).

Here’s what I used:

EYES. Still loving the Makeup Geek 9-Eyeshadow Starter Kit. I bought this in November last year from the MUG website – fast and efficient shipping to New Zealand. I took the palette to Bhutan and it’s SO versatile. My fav shade is Creme Brulee as it’s such a great transition shade in the socket. But Cocoa Bear is right up there too as a fav shade. For the FOTD, I used Creme Brulee in the socket or crease; Mocha as an eyeliner for both top and bottom; a touch of Shimma Shimma for the inner corner of the eye to highlight; and a loose dusting of Glamorous on the eyelid. I HIGHLY recommend this starter kit as all the eyeshadows are creamy and very pigmented. They stay put all day long underneath an eyeshadow primer such as MAC Paint Pot in Painterly.

Mascara is my last tube of the Italian brand, Planters Balsamo Maxi-Volume in Black. I busted it open to take with me to Bhutan as a back-up mascara. I really love this mascara and will be sad when it’s finished up. It gives great volume and no messy panda eyes.

BROWS. Brows were filled in using Elizabeth Arden’s Dual Perfection Brow Shaper & Eyeliner in Soft Blonde. An old favourite and it’s lasted a LONG time. I think this product is now sold in a gold case rather than the black one I have.

PRIMER. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer. I’ve said before that this is like Spakfilla for the nasty pores but, after I’ve finished this tube (which is my second), I’m going to try the L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer, which I’ve read good reviews about and bought recently.

FACE. I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in Fair Honey. Yeah, not so sure I like this. My fav mineral foundation, Kiko Milano, is certainly better in my view. But I was intrigued to try the much-hyped Tarte Amazonian Clay range and bought this from Amazon. First thing is I don’t like the fact that you can’t see how much product is in the container (although I like the organic-looking packaging). Second thing is I don’t like how the mineral powder flies out of the mesh that is supposed to filter the powder so it doesn’t come out in a rush. I forgot to take a photo of the opened container but you can see it here. Third thing I find annoying is that the lid of the container isn’t really designed for that whole tap and swirl thing you need to do with mineral foundation powder.

The foundation itself can appear a bit patchy as the day wears on, so I’m not convinced of its staying power (at least on my combination oily skin). What I am impressed with though is the Tarte foundation brush I bought to apply the foundation. I didn’t get the Airbuki Bamboo brush that everyone raves about; I went instead for the The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation brush because I wanted a very sturdy, soft-bristled brush to buff in the mineral powder. Did I mention soft? This baby has THE softest bristles and the brush is a total joy to use.

CONCEALERS. Three. As you turn into a cranky old goat, you need to conceal more flaws hahaha! I used a light layer of Thin Lizzy Concealer Creme in Miss Von Dita. I think every Kiwi gal uses a Thin Lizzy product. It’s a New Zealand brand and has a great product range. I think this is my fifth tube of the concealer and I lightly apply over my face before buffing in the mineral or liquid foundation. For the under eye area, I’ve been trialling the Eve Pearl Salmon concealer in Light because it looks like my fav under-eye concealer is discontinued. This concealer goes on bit too orangey for my liking but then it does blend in well. Not as creamy as my fav concealer (Covergirl and Olay Simple Ageless Concealer in Light) but it does the job and it’s best not to get a cakey look in the under-eye area anyway. So the lighter consistency isn’t necessarily a drawback.

To cover up any imperfections, I used my HG concealer – MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15. I can’t tell you how many of these little pots I’ve been through over the years.

BRONZER & BLUSH. For bronzer, I used the absolutely fabulous Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour face powder with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in No. 40. I bought this Duty Free in Bangkok during our stopover on the way to Bhutan. I wasn’t intending to purchase a Les Beiges as I thought it was all hype but nope: what an amazing multi-tasking product. The sheer powder is intended to give you that healthy glow when you use a light dusting over the face. I tend to use it more as a bronzer and I even use the little brush it comes with. Normally, I chuck these annoying brushes out but this one delivers just the right amount of product and is ideally shaped for contouring and bronzing. This powder is a permanent addition to my makeup collection.

For blush, I used NARS’ Deep Throat and this is such a great everyday blush – a warm, pink peach with pale gold shimmer. LOVE.

HIGHLIGHTER. Just before winging my way to Bhutan last November, I dropped into Mecca Cosmetica in Ballantynes, Christchurch. Always a dangerous thing for me to do as I usually can’t resist buying some fabulous makeup item. Yes, well: I bought a few things including the Limited Edition Ambient Lighting palette by Hourglass Cosmetics. I certainly hope this gorgeous palette is incorporated into their permanent collection. I’ve used it non-stop since I bought it and there’s not really much of a dent in the powders.

This versatile palette features two regular Ambient Lighting powders – Dim Light and Radiant Light – plus the limited edition Incandescent Light (the one in the middle). The powders are said to give you that soft-focus, flawless look. I use Dim Light as an all-over powder; Radiant Light as an eyeshadow, sometimes combined with Dim Light; and Incandescent Light as a highlighter for top of the cheeks, nose and Cupid’s Bow. This palette is a Take To the Desert Island thing for me.

LIPS. Maybelline Color Sensational – #205 Nearly There. This is quite a frosty lippie and, normally, I’m not into frosty lipsticks but it has the right amount of frost for my NC15 skin tone. Said to be a dupe of MAC Viva Glam V, Nearly There is a nude pink-brown that is perfect for a natural day-time look. The smell isn’t great but it lasts for hours on the lips. Recently, I’ve found a lippie that I favour even more – Australian brand, Natio, lip colour in Flutter – but I still love this Maybelline lippie.


Beware the kitchen knives hahaha!


Makeup Geek 9-Eyeshadow Starter Kit. LOVE!


The makeup arsenal!

I threatened it and here it is – a FOTD using the Laura Mercier Laura Color Favorites Customisable Artists Palette. I talked about this sleek palette in my last post, so go here for a catch-up. I’ve been using the palette for over a week now and it’s the first time I’ve used any Laura Mercier product other than one blush I bought years ago (a cheek colour in Crushed Hazelnut, which I think has been discontinued).

This is a Limited Edition palette for the bargain price of AU$95.00. You actually get two palettes: one filled with Laura’s chosen shades and the other is empty so you can fill up with your own favourite colours. In the filled palette are eight mini-eyeshadows and I must say these shadows are very useable. You can see the eight shadows in the photo below. The top quartet has Twilight Grey/Pale Pink/Topaz/African Violet; whilst the bottom quartet has Gilded Pines/Cinnamon/Gold Royale/Pink Pearl. There are two eyeliners: Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Chocolate Brown and Caviar Eye Liner in Chestnut.

But wait! There’s more. You also get a Second Skin Cheek Colour in Sweet Mandarin and Bronzing Pressed Powder in Matte Bronze. Then there’s even more: also included are three full-sized products – creme smooth lip color in Crème Coral; Faux Lash mascara in Black; and a Lip Glacé in Raspberry.

The eyeshadows are a joy to use: silky, velvety and no messy fall out. I’m obsessed with African Violet, which is a violet copper shimmer. Twilight Grey is a matte grey shadow with a purple undertone and this is great on the outer corner of the eye (as is Gilded Pines) or under the eye. Topaz is described as a lustre eye colour and is a mink taupe. It’s very versatile and a fabulous colour for the socket.

Frankly, there isn’t a colour I can’t use and I can swap around colours on a daily basis. The matte bronzer is one of the best I’ve tried and Sweet Mandarin, well this is my new cheek colour obsession. It’s a beautiful shimmery peach with gold flecks and reminds me of Nars’ Orgasm, except it’s better because of its pigmentation. Of the eyeliners, I use Chocolate Brown more than Chestnut. I think because I prefer a softer brown. They tend to smudge a bit but I do like the richness of colour.

So here’s what I used for the FOTD:


  • Kiko Milano (Italian brand) Soft Focus Compact, Wet & Dry Foundation in 02 Peach Pink. It’s a pressed powder formulation and you don’t get powder flying around as you apply. I like that you can build up to complete coverage and the powder is silky. I apply the powder with the E.L.F. Studio Kabuki Face Brush. This is one of my favourite brushes for applying powder foundation. It’s an anti-bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush that is super-soft.


  • I used two under eye concealers. Rimmel Match Perfection in Ivory (for fair to light skintones) and Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer in Light 210. The Covergirl & Olay concealer is amazing. It’s super-creamy but becomes more of a liquid consistency when you apply to the under-eye area. If you apply too much, it does become cakey – so just a thin layer to lighten and brighten.
  • For base eyeshadow, I used Pale Pink with Pink Pearl from the Laura Mercier palette. In the socket, I used Topaz and on the outer eye, I used Gilded Pines. I lined the under eye with Twilight Grey. The upper eye I lined with the Chocolate Brown liner, keeping close to the base of the lashes.
  • I didn’t use the Laura Mercier mascara as I’m still using up the Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping mascara in Black. I like the fat brush and the formula is not that wet mascara crap you can sometimes get. The brush really separates the lashes and I do two coats. I love the shiny teal-coloured retro tube too and will always repurchase.


  • From the Laura Mercier palette, I used the matte bronzer. No orangey, muddy colour – it’s a lovely sheer bronzer with a silky consistency.
  • Blush is Second Skin Cheek Colour in Sweet Mandarin.
  • MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Definitely Defined. I bought this Duty Free in Sydney on the way to Johannesburg in April. I think this is limited edition and just look at the beautiful detailing. The MAC sales person told me the darker shade can be used as a bronzer, whilst the lighter shade is a highlighter. Or you can swirl your brush over both shades for a lovely golden peach-pink blush. I used the lighter colour as a cheek bone highlighter for the FOTD.


  • Brows were filled in using Elizabeth Arden’s Dual Perfection Brow Shaper & Eyeliner in Soft Blonde. An old favourite and it’s lasted a LONG time. I think this product is now sold in a gold case rather than the black one I have.


  • Laura Mercier Creme smooth lip colour in Crème Coral topped with Lip Glacé in Raspberry. The Crème Coral lip colour is a lovely nude russet brown and, when used with the Lip Glacé, is super shiny.

You can see Zsa Zsa’s paw behind me!


In my never-ending efforts to show you that an old goat doesn’t have to look like an old goat – I bring you my FOTD. Zeph was sitting with me as I put my face on (as my mother used to say) and so you’ll see his paws in the photos. Too cute!

I am digging deep into my makeup collection. A New Year’s Resolution of mine is to exist on my current makeup collection and try not to buy any new makeup. I kind of busted this recently but…I did buy Greek (another NY resolution). I dug so deep for this FOTD that I found an antique. An Estee Lauder blush that is (ahem) at least seven years old. It’s a Just Blush and this range was first introduced in 1991. I sure hope it’s not THAT old but it has sentimental value. I bought it but somehow it ended up with my mother. Not sure why. She used it but not that often because it was too peachy and she preferred pink blushes. After she died in 2007 (at the age of 91 years I might add), I found it amongst her makeup. So I wear it from time to time and it reminds me of my mother.

Here’s what else I used for the FOTD.


  • SAX Love At First Sight #16 eyeshadow palette. SAX is an Australian brand and I remember they had a fantastic chubby stick lipstick I used about 15 years ago. I really like the neutral colours in this palette – silky and long lasting (especially with Mac Paint Pot in Painterly as a primer). There are five colours in the palette with three of them being bronze browns. The colour at the top of the palette is a soft deepish mauve, which complements the bronze browns. The highlighter at the bottom of the palette is a little too whitish for my liking. The eyeshadows are paraben free and I’d certainly consider buying this palette again.
  • I used an eye pencil from a recent Korres haul – #2 Brown. Korres eye pencils are made from cedar wood and have a 100% natural base with herbs and vitamins. The Korres eye pencils are creamy and just glide on. I have several: Olive Green, Black, Light Grey, Blue and Gold. The only negative is the staying power, which is not as good as the MAC eye pencils (with MAC Teddy being my favourite).
  • Mascara is Almay One Coat Triple Effect in Blackest Black. I’m very partial to Almay. This mascara has an odd brush and I don’t like it as much my HG mascara (Revlon Grow Luscious). The bristles on one side are longer than those on the other; this took me a little while to get the hang of. Initially, I felt the mascara was a bit heavy on the lashes but I don’t think this now – perhaps I’m used to it. True to its name, you only need one coat to get your lashes looking pretty plumped. No flaking or smudging throughout the day either.


  • Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB cream with SPF37.Why SPF 37 and not 30 or 20 or 100? No idea. Missha is a Korean brand and I use the shade #21. This is no cheap BB cream; at NZ $69.50 it’s an expensive product but I only need one or two small pumps, so it will last a long time. It does seem to even out skin tone and impart a radiant look. Does it fill in wrinkles? Ah, not really. But it’s by far the best BB cream I’ve used. I usually set the BB cream with the Missha M Sheer Mineral Powder Foundation, also in the shade #21. As a mineral powder foundation, on my skin (which is combination oily) it doesn’t have staying power. As a setting powder though: awesome. But this time I used Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 001 Transparent. This powder is a cult product but I’m not sure I like it that much. I find it a bit chalky and it’s not transparent in the pan. It’s more ivory in colour and goes on my skin looking a little white. This does seem to fade and the powder also seems to keep oiliness at bay. Not sure it’s as good as my HG powder – Maybelline Dream Matte Powder Light.
  • Concealers – I used my favourite: Almay Line Smoothing Under-Eye Concealer with SPF 10 in Light along with Rimmel Match Perfection in Ivory (for fair to light skintones). The Rimmel concealer is for the under-eye area but seems to make my mascara run and I end up with panda eyes. So I use it on the face and it does a good job. The brush allows for easy application and its creamy consistency means it blends in fast and with good coverage. The Almay concealer blends extremely well and is quite hydrating.
  • Also under the eyes, I used Bare Minerals Well-Rested eye-brightener. As the name implies, it gives you that wide-awake look. I use it if I haven’t slept all that well or my eyes feel a bit puffy. It’s a yellow-toned powder and the trick to using it is – load up your brush and then tap off the majority of the powder before applying. The more powder you use; the more you run the risk of getting that cakey look. Well-Rested is a multi-tasker. I’ve used it as a base eyeshadow and also as a concealer. Texture is velvety because the powder is very finely-milled.
  • Brows were filled in using The Makeup Store (Swedish brand) Microshadow in Smog. Great multi-tasking shadow, which I have used as a base eyeshadow, socket colour and to fill in the brows. Shame about the packaging though. It’s quite flimsy and after only a few months, one of the plastic bits on the lid snapped off. Now I can’t travel with this product because the lid won’t stay on anymore.


  • Blush is the antique – Estee Lauder Signature Just Blush! Eye and Cheek Powder in Peachblush 03. I can’t find it on the Estee Lauder website and looking at the gold packaging of the listed blushes – I suspect the one I have is ancient and I probably shouldn’t be using it. I like the colour though. It’s a bright peachy orange but has a softness to it when applied.


  • Forgot to include it in the photo but it’s my current favourite: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 001 Honey. These are supposed to be like the Clinique Chubby Sticks – never used them, so I don’t know. The Honey balm stain has a minty fresh taste and incredible staying power. It’s a mauve-rose that I imagine would be flattering on any skin tone. My only complaint is that after a couple of hours or so, my lips are feeling a bit dry.

Zsa Zsa is just behind me.

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Just before Christmas last year, I bought some stuff off Strawberrynet. I don’t plan to buy any makeup or skincare in 2013, in line with my New Year’s Resolutions. Already into February and so far, so good. The other day, I used the Korres eyeshadows I bought from Strawberrynet plus my favourite (for now anyway) bronzer, Revlon PhotoReady Bronzed and Chic 100. This bronzer was part of the Summer 2012 Escapism collection by Gucci Westman and I had a hard time finding it here in New Zealand. But track it down I did.

So here is my FOTD.


  • Bare Minerals Well Rested SPF 20 Eye Brightener. I used this as a base eyeshadow followed by Korres Sunflower and Evening Primrose eyeshadows in #36 Brun and #31 Bronze Brown in the socket and to rim the eyes. The latter is a pretty good dupe for MAC’s Bronze eyeshadow. Unfortunately, Bronze Brown broke in transit but heck, I’m going to use it. On the middle of the eyelid, I used Bare Escentuals Vanilla Sugar – a beautiful golden peach colour.
  • Mascara is Korres Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran mascara in Black, travel-size. Lashes were curled using e.l.f. Mechanical Eyelash Curler.
  • MAC Blanc Type was used as a brow bone highlighter.
  • Under the eyes I used Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in Light Medium. Great concealer; shame about the shade. I should have listened to my intuition when I bought it last year – I wanted the Light shade. But the dolly bird sales girl – and I rarely listen to them – said that Light Medium would be the better choice for my skin tone. I’ll use this up then go get the Light shade in 2014. The concealer is creamy, blendable and stays put.


  • Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer in 001. It’s a flesh-toned primer that is supposed to minimise pores and prepare your skin for foundation. Not that impressed to be honest but I’m using it up. It’s a little greasy and the colour is a bit scary orange at first. I think 002 is the colourless version. I then used Moisture Mist Mattifying Pore Concealer to really minimise nasty pores. I really like this product as it’s a transparent thick gel that does a good job of camouflaging.
  • Concealer is MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15.


  • My current obsession – Revlon PhotoReady Bronzed and Chic 100. The first thing I’m going to say is whoever designed the packaging should be fired. A third of the bulky compact is taken up by a useless brush. It would have been far better to ditch the brush because most makeup obsessives have their own arsenal of brushes. A small, round compact would have been ideal. But I have to say that this bronzer is fab and very natural-looking when applied. The design on the bronzer is a piece of coral I think. There is no sparkle or shimmer and the bronzer is divided into four different shades that work well together. You need to have a light hand though because it’s extremely pigmented and you could end up looking muddy. Frankly, I think this bronzer is better than Benefit Hoola or Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil. I’ve heard that it’s going to be part of the permanent Revlon collection – I sure hope so.
  • MAC Well Dressed blush – a lollipop pink satin finish blush. It’s a soft, blue-toned pink that so many beauty bloggers rave about so, when I saw it on special on Strawberrynet, I thought why not. But I can’t say I really like it; it’s a bit too Barbie Doll powdery pink for my liking. I prefer a blush with more punch like MAC’s Warm Soul.



  • Too many to talk about but I will say that I’m loving the Napoleon Perdis Chisel Blush Brush #22b (third from left in photo below). It’s made from pure sable hair and I love the long handle, which makes it very easy to use and apply blush.

Revlon Photoready Bronzed and Chic 100.


L-R Bare Minerals Well Rested; Korres eyeshadows in #36 Brun and #31 Bronze Brown.

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When I was working in Sydney, I got off the train at Town Hall station and walked through the Queen Victoria Building to Martin Place. This route took me through the lower level of the QVB and I always walked by Lush. But….never went in. I have no idea why. For years, I knew that Lush was well-known for fresh handmade soaps and body stuff. What I didn’t know was that in 2012 they launched a cosmetics line called Emotional Brilliance.

I was at Northlands in Papanui (Christchurch) just before Christmas and I spotted Lush jam packed full of people. I decided to finally wander into a Lush shop and wham, I’m now a Lushaholic. Who knew? What great stuff they have. I bought a soap and shower gel and….some AMAZING products from the Emotional Brilliance range.

So I used them for the FOTD – my ongoing posts showing you that old goats don’t have to be old when it comes to makeup.


  • I used Lush cream eyeshadow in Sophisticated for the base. I first had to get my head around the fact that the eyeshadow is a liquid eyeshadow in a small glass bottle with a doe foot applicator. There are some very bold colours in the eyeshadow range but I stuck with Sophisticated as it’s a gorgeous pink taupe with a hint of silvery shimmer. You simply dot a small amount of shadow onto the lid and blend away. It’s very easy to smooth out and a little goes a very long way as it’s highly pigmented. Once applied believe me the shadow stays put all day long. These shadows are made from a soothing rose petal infusion and skin-softening almond and jojoba oils. GAW-JUS!
  • Over Sophisticated I added a touch of Sin from the Urban Decay original Naked palette.
  • In the crease, I used Buck and Darkhorse to line the eyes (both from the Naked palette).
  • Mascara is an old-favourite, Dr Hauschka Volume Mascara in Black.


  • I primed using Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. I have a love/hate relationship with this product. Some days I think it does very well in covering up large pores and imperfections. Other days, I think it’s just meh. I’m nearing the end of the little pot and don’t think I’ll repurchase. Still looking for the Holy Grail primer.
  • And now to the first miracle Lush product – Jackie Oates colour supplement. Who the hell is Jackie Oates was my first thought – apparently she’s an English folk singer. The colour supplements are designed to be mixed with your daily moisturiser so you get a tinted moisturiser. But due to my high colouring, I need more coverage and the colour supplements can be used on their own. There are five colour supplements: Jackie Oates, Light Yellow, Dark Yellow, Light Pink and Dark Pink. Jackie Oates is the lightest base and is for pale skin with cool undertones, which are often sensitive and prone to redness. That’s me! The colour supplements use soya oil instead of mineral oil and I don’t feel like I’m wearing any foundation at all. It’s a tiny pot (20g/ 0.7 oz) and you think you’ll use it all up in a week or less. But a little goes a long way. You can use your fingers to apply but I use a little spatula and then my Napoleon foundation brush. It stays put all day long and will be fabulous for travelling since it’s a small pot. Jackie Oates can also be used as a concealer.


  • Bronzer is another Lush miracle – skin tint in Charisma. In another small glass jar but you get a heap of product. Charisma can be used under foundation to give that golden glow or, on paler skins like mine, it’s great for giving a bronzed effect. It’s made from oatmeal, cocoa butter, jojoba and almond oils and reminds me of Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Chanel, which I have but don’t use all that often because it has an orange cast to it. Charisma is far better in my view – much easier to apply and blend and gives a far more natural look (on my skin anyway). I can apply a little to the side of the nose and on my chin – anywhere I want to contour. Amazing product that will last a long time.
  • There are no Lush blushes but the consultant told me that the lip tints make fab cream blushes. I chose It Started With A Kiss because of its pretty strawberry red colour. The lip tints are made from lip smacking ingredients – fresh apple infusion, warming cinnamon and a hint of white chocolate.


  • Yet another Lush miracle product – Feel Younger tint. This reminds me a lot of Benefit’s High Beam but it has more of a creamy ivory pearlescent shimmer as opposed to the pale rose pink of High Beam. And I think it’s better than High Beam, which I’ve used. It comes in yet another small glass jar and you can dab a little on the inner corner of the eye, top of the cheeks, brow bone, Cupid’s Bow – basically anywhere you want a subtle luminescence. You could even mix it with your daily moisturiser for that radiant glow. LOVE.


  • Lush liquid lipstick in Perspective. Never used a lipstick in a glass bottle with doe foot applicator before but hey, it works really well. Perspective is a dusty rose gold mauve and one coat is all that’s needed. The liquid lipsticks contain organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax to soften and moisturise. They can also be used as eyeshadows and cheek stains. Brilliant!

So I can travel with three little glass jars that will give me – foundation; concealer; bronzer; contour and highlighter.


My boy, Zeph, is finally listening to my makeup tutorials. Although I suspect he’s about to nod off.


L-R Lush Sophisticated liquid eyeshadow and Lush Perspective Liquid Lipstick.

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Sei bella means you are beautiful in Italian. Fitting given my love affair with Italy and the Italians. Actually, I’m waiting on news as to whether a place in Christchurch will be holding Italian classes in early 2013 – SO hoping. Meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying some new eyeshadows from the Sei bella range of Melaleuca.

Melaleuca is a wellness company that offers nutritional supplements, cleaning and personal care products, as well as skincare and cosmetics. It was founded in 1985 in Idaho by Frank L. VanderSloot and most of its products are certified as organic. I use a lot of their products – dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent and the fabulous Renew Skin Therapy.

For the Christmas 2012 holiday season, Melaleuca had some special eyeshadow colours and a bronzing trio. Naturally, I was tempted! This is the first time I’ve used any Melaleuca makeup and I’m very pleasantly surprised. The eyeshadows are: #4562 Taupe di Milan (pink champagne); #4838 Roman Copper (warm gold); #4837 Cypress Green (gorgeous moss green); #4841 Carnival Gold (pale gold); and #4839 Cocoa Latte (a stand out rich chocolate shade with gold flecks). The bronzer is #4864 and is called Bronze Glo Bronzer Trio. I’m pretty sure this bronzing trio is limited edition – I can’t even find it on the Melaleuca site, so it must have sold out.

Okay so here’s what I used for the FOTD:


  • Taupe di Milan as base; Roman Copper in socket; Cocoa Latte on outer corners; Cypress Green to line the under eye; a touch of Carnival Gold on the inner corner of the eye.
  • Almay crayon contour eyeliner pencil in brown.
  • MAC Blanc Type eyeshadow for brow bone higlighter. Great little multi-tasker since you can use it as an eyeshadow, brow bone highlighter and cheek highlighter. As an eyeshadow, it looks great with MAC Mystery in the socket.
  • Mascara (not in photo below) Revlon Grow Luscious in Black.


  • To tone down my high colouring, I used (as always) Moisture Mist Green Veil. It neutralises the redness in my cheeks, nose and chin areas.
  • Bare Escentuals BareMinerals SPF15 Matte foundation in Fairly Light. The matte version is better than the original but I think Fairly Light is too dark for me. Should have chosen Light. It’s a reasonably good mineral foundation but not as good as my favourite – Innoxa Pure Mineral Loose Foundation in Fair. Being matte, the BareMinerals powder goes a long way towards preventing shine but it seems very flat on the skin to me. No glow. And I also think it looks a bit cakey. But I’ll finish up the pot and then try out The Body Shop Virgin Minerals, which I’ve heard a lot of good things about.
  • A light dusting on the T-zone of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus.



  • Melaleuca Bronze Glo Bronzer Trio. I swept my bronzing brush over the three colours.
  • Revlon Photoready Cream blush in #100 Pinched. I have no idea why but the cream blushes are only available in three colours – Flushed, Pinched and Coral Reef. Weird if you ask me because these babies are seriously good. Pinched is a pale peach with very slight shimmer. You can apply with fingers but I use the Sephora #43 blush/bronzer flat top brush. It dries to a matte looking finish and it’s silky soft in consistency. I’m tempted to try Flushed but admit it looks a little scary bright pink to me.


  • I filled in the brows with the Make Up Store Microshadow in Smog. This is a multi-tasking eyeshadow. It’s great as a base colour, in the socket or for the brows. Love.


  • Revlon Beyond Natural Protective Liptint with SPF15 in Pink Rose. The formulation makes it feel like you’re wearing a creamy lipbalm. Sadly, the Beyond Natural range is discontinued. I guess it’s been replaced by the Lip Butters but I actually think the liptints were better. They also discontinued the blush/bronzer duo in #400 Pink Rose. Thankfully, I have two of these as they were a gift with purchase a year or so ago.

Sorry about the crappy T-shirt – I was about to go out and see the horses.


Melaleuca eyeshadows and bronzer, plus Revlon cream blush in Pinched.


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