Friday, 25 October 2013

Friday Favourites #6... Whoops!

Good evening all!

Well, there were meant to be goings on between last Friday and today of course... But those of you who know me or have seen the recent updates from me on Makeupalley, I may have had a little issue.

Yesterday I may have spent around 7hrs in the Leicester Royal Infirmary hospital. I kind of blacked out just before leaving for work and didn't have a clue why :( I was advised by my rather sweet manager to visit the walk-in centre, which I did and after a few basic tests they transferred me straight to the A&E Majors ward. As you can imagine, this is where I started to worry! But after some blood tests and other things involving stickers and wires, not to mention an extremely worried boyfriend (he might have left his phone at home, so was clueless until he finished work) finally finding me, I was then allowed to return home as long as I stayed off work under constant supervision for 24 - 48hrs... They ruled out seizures thankfully, I still have to see a specialist to confirm it wasn't a fit. But they believe it was due to a very increased drop in blood pressure! The unexplained part was that I was out cold for at least 30 minutes.

Oh well, all over with now and I bring forth this weeks favourites. It actually seems to be very brand specific this week :)

Friday favourites #6.
MAC Greasepaint Stick ~ Slick Black.
This is a very much forgotten product for me! In fact, I have previously used up 2 that's how much I loved it. Well, this is perfect for using as a base or on the lower lid area. Great find in my back up drawer.

MAC Lipstick ~ Way To Love.
This annoyingly limited edition lipstick is a firm favourite of mine. I am nearing the stubby end of this ideal pale pink, that's a tinge out of the MLBB zone. No idea what to even replace it with! Any ideas for a MAC replacement would be helpful...

MAC Pigment ~ Magenta Madness.
For so long I hated this pigment as it never went on my lids smoothly, took a lot of work! But after spotting some awesome inspiration on Pinterest using this bad boy as liner, I had to give it a go. Paired with the next item, it is an amazing neon pink that packs quite a punch when used as winged liner.

Illamasqua ~ Sealing Gel.
This is an amazing product, but very finicky quite frankly! But gives me the ability to turn any pigment, loose or pressed eyeshadow into eyeliner, yes an utter dream for a liner addict such as myself.

Illamasqua ~ Skinbase Foundation.
Yes, the print has worn off that's how much I go back to this product. As the summer months have slowly disappeared, I have been able to go back to more creamy formulas. This foundation is perfect for me as it seems to wear very well on my combination skin, giving me a very much desired flawless complexion :)

Anthem of the week.
Jamal ~ Peron.
Those that know me well are fully aware of my love of Jamal, Słonca Łan being my most played track on my phone... Of course, I don't fully understand the lyrics but musically I'm addicted :)
Apologies, the original Vevo video won't link...

Well, hit me back with your current faves music or makeup!!
Take it easy peoples and thanks for reading ♥

Friday, 18 October 2013

Friday Favourites #5.

Yes, they're back!!

And a good evening to you all...
So here is the return of Friday favourites as I wear makeup on a daily basis, yes even today as I write to you from my death bed. Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic, more like unexplained sickness mode and I'm still sporting huge neon pink wings on my eyelids.

Let's git it done!

Some random contenders this week.

Too Faced ~ Snow Bunny Luminous bronzer.
Now this is far to pale and shimmery to be a bronzer on my skintone, but hot darn it's a gorgeous highlighter! Even using the shades separately on my lids has been a nifty trick in the early mornings. Many thanks to the wonderful Lou (of VioletOblivia blog, see here).

MAC Studio Fix plus powder ~ NC30.
Been cranking up the full coverage now the cooler weather has set in, but oddly this makes for an awesome matte eyeshadow for when I want really loud and bold liner.

Sleek ~ Antique blush.
I have mixed feeling of love/hate with this guy. I love the colour in the pan and on my face cheeks, but the large particles of shimmer are not really flattering. Gladly they can be gently brushed away, otherwise a gorgeous rosy nude blush in the same family as NARS Douceur and Benefit Dallas.

MAC ~ Well Dressed blush.
This was one of my first blushes, and still not panned the cheeky blighter! Admittedly it takes a lot of product for this to have any effect on my skintone, but I do love it.

Urban Decay ~ Naked palette.
Yes, I know... Neutrals. Who am I? A lazy bish is who I am, this palette is so easy to use when I am on early shifts. Not to mention easy to amp up for a full on eye makeup look!

Anthem of the week.
Iggy Azalea ~ Change Your Life.

Yes it returns with some sexiness! I have such a soft spot for Iggy (Driveller keep your filth out of this!), love her music, style and makeup of course. NSFW, there's a bit of nip in this one!

Well, that's all rantings from me today. Any weekly faves or go-to's from you lot out there? Link in the comments :)
Thanks for reading and onto the weekend ♥

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

September Favourites.

Good evening people.

So here we are, rolling right into October already! How on earth did this happen so quickly, I'll never know. Next we'll know it'll be my birthday and I'll be nearing 30 :|
Anyway, onto the favourites of the month. I've been mixing it up lately, so trying to narrow this selection down was quite hard as I've been going back to some old favourites from a few years ago!

Please excuse the massive amount of flash in my images today, the dulling light was a real pain in the backside... Must find my large white sketch pad again for pics!

Face Stuffs.

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhance - SX06.
I'm quite lazy with my base makeup lately, this mixed with a liquid highlighter or thin moisturiser has been really serving me well.

Benefit It Stick.
I have been trying to find a purpose for this pencil style concealer, it doesn't work for my skintone as an actual concealer so had sat unused for some time. But lately this guy has become quite nifty for adding to my strong brow addiction. Just a tad along the lower part of my brows and BAM, so much more definition!

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer & MAC Studio Fix Fluid - NC25.
I actually don't like these 2 products on their own, but together they seem to behave better on my skin. The primer does nothing for my skin type with any other foundation, and Studio Fix seems a bit too dry for my nowadays. But together they seem to work in harmony?! Become a bit of a work base staple for me now.

Rimmel Stay Matte powder - 001 Translucent.
I'm sure the massive pan says it all. This is my 3rd, maybe 4th pan and already have a replacement. May have turned into a bit of a holy grail product, which is good for me as it replaced the annoyingly discontinued Le Metier de Beaute powder I have almost used up.

Sleek blush - Honour & Edward Bess Ultra Luminous bronzer - Daydream.
Since finishing up my favourite bronzer (Armani Sheer #1), I still craved that bronzey shimmer it added to my skin. These 2 are the closest I have to recreating the desired finish, but I have to say I'm quite surprised how long Daydream has lasted me with such continuous use... Finally got a peek of pan last week!

Armani Sheer blsuh - 10.
MAC Mineralize blush duo - Happy Together.
Shu Uemura Glow On - P Peach 42.
I have been really loving more sheer, glowy blushes again. I think it's the Autumn weather kicking out my love of obnoxious blush again... Can't believe I even dug out an old MAC favourite this month! Another reminder of why I used to be such a MAC obsessive :)

Hard Candy So Baked bronzer - Tiki.
I saved these baked bronzers from my purge pile as I actually like them! But Tiki has been promoted to top of the powder highlighter ranks. My usual favourite of MAC Shimpagne seems to be too much in comparison to Tiki's subtle glow.

Eye Stuffs.

Wet 'n' Wild - Nutty, Addiction - Sandbar, Catrice - Oh, It's Toffeeful!
I have been all about a  neutral wash with winged liner lately, who'd have thought this would happen? Well, it might have something to do with work shifts involving me getting up at 6am. But these 3 are fundamental basics in my go-to makeup bag... Well, you can see my love for Nutty! It's almost done.

Shiseido Shimmering Cream - BR306.
With all the love out there on the interwebs for Shiseido eyeshadows, I had forgotten I actually love and own these creams. I genuinely forgot how soft they are when I just plonked my brush in there, but the shocker is how well they actually last on my eyelids! The kick of shimmer too amps up the neutral tone for me too.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre - Apparition.
I never really knew what to do with this one, it seemed to always be left on the side lines compared to my other Ombres. But paired with some amazing Fyrinnae eyeshadows, it seems to really take control! I have been so focused on black bases that I overlooked the fact that navy & blue is somewhat genius for duochrome shades.

MAC pigments - Blue Brown & Aurora.
As you can probably tell, I'm on a neutral kick lately. Aurora is a less golden taupe on me compared to the likes of WnW Nutty, which is really easy for me to wear with my basic winged liner. Blue Brown on the other hand... Oh gosh, over Apparition it becomes so much more! The blue base just kicks it up a notch.

Fyrinnae Arcane Magic - Conjurer & Loose - Jade Ghost.
Conjurer for me is the best duochrome shadow out there, I love pairing this with the navy base from Apparition and then adding a cheeky bit of Jade Ghost on top. Create such simple drama with very little effort (I think a FOTD is due with these 3). Jade Ghost on the other hand is a very sheer pale mint, on it's own it's rather boring... But layered on neutrals, jewels, brights, it seems to create something very interesting!

MAC Fluidline - Blacktrack.
I think everyone in my life knows how much I love Essence's gel liner, but needing to finish up some of my oldies I have been cracking on with this one! I'm surprised it's actually lasted me so long, but I can say I prefer it now it's a bit drier... Although I can feel it's almost at it's end :( Just a few more uses to go!

Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara & YSL Shocking mascara.
I'm one of those odd girls that isn't actually fussy about mascara, I don't even curl my lashes or wear falsies anymore! So why is it, I've become picky? This is my 3rd tube of the Rimmel, which honestly impresses me. It seems to create much needed volume with a tinge of length where needed. The YSL on the other hand has been great for fat lashes and volume, does nothing for length sadly. But I am quite liking this...

Makeup Forever Aqua Shadow pencil - #20 Pearly Taupe.
I am really fond of taupe these days, never in a million years did I see that coming! But this pencil has been out of action for a while due to not having a large enough sharpener... But once I got it sharpened it has been a great basic for me. Alone or as a base, I am truly impressed by how long this actually stays on my lids. I have actually napped for quite some time and woken with perfect eyeshadow on! A true stay all day product.

Well, that's enough ramblings from me today... What have been your favourites for September?
Now time to rest it up before another 6am wake up :(
Thanks for reading ♥

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

A public apology for an unintended absence...

Well hello strangers!

I must say, it has indeed been a rather lengthy period of time since my last post in... Ahem, March? *looks shifty*

A quick rundown of all the events and decisions I have made over the last 6 months.

  • I quit my telesales job as my team leader and I got into a massive argument in which should've essentially resulted in me kicking his dumbass!
  • I started a new call centre role in retail banking which is possibly too easy for my banking experience.
  • Our car tyres got slashed along with 6 other residents along our street, sadly a week before the car was getting scrapped. Dear boyfriend then bought a new car.
  • We decided to splash out on a new sofa from LaZboy... Yes, the 3 seater power recliner which will soon be followed by the famous Joey chair! Said sofa is still not here yet and I am starting to get delectably impatient :|
  • NPower. That is all.
And we are now here, to the point of no return! A lot of expenditure on life essentials has meant that one has not cared or hauled makeup on a large scale for a very long time. But hang on a second you moron I hear you cry, you have many an item in your stash to play with?! Indeed I do, and that is exactly what I have been focusing on. I will be bringing back the Friday Favourites, not to mention a 30 days of Fyrinnae and mass swatches of Sleek, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Fyrinnae, Wet n Wild plus more :)

So I am relentlessly sorry for such a long hiatus, it was very unintended. But hopefully you will welcome me back with open arms! For that here's a quick favourite eyeshadow colour group I did for the wonderful Laitae. Please excuse the FreddieR tags... I haven't got the original images to re-edit, DOH!

Well, hopefully all is forgiven and it's good to be back!
Thanks for reading ♥

Monday, 1 April 2013

March Favourites 2013

Happy Easter everyone!

Hope you are all rested and ready to get on with life... I have one week left of doing nothing and then I start training for my new job!! I honestly cannot wait. Anyway, as it's now April 1st I thought I'd start by updating my favourite beauty products of March. I've kept it quite simple this month as I haven't had to wear much makeup at all.

March Favourites 2013.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation.
Since using up a lot of my lightweight formula foundations, I was left with this one! I had genuinely forgotten how much I love it. It's perfect for my drying combination skin at this time of the year, not to mention the perfect natural finish that can be my usual brimade matte very easily. Sadly, this is now pretty much empty!!

NARS Orgasm blush.
This blush is one of those blushes you either love or hate, there's no middle ground with this guy. Now for me, I forget I own it as I have Deep Throat and Gilda to slather on my cheeks! But I decided to pull Orgasm out and add it to my daily bag, this blush just works perfectly for me. Gives my complexion the perfect amount of pinky coral glow without needed an extra highlighter.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Bejewelled Skylark & Veiled Lyrebird eyeshadows.
With so many eyeshadows from Rouge Bunny Rouge to dabble with, Bejewelled Skylark often gets overlooked. But lately I have been loving this paired with Veiled Lyrebird (blending out socket) or even layered over purples! The texture of these is everything I want in an eyeshadow, buttery, rich, pigmented and last all day, Perfect :)

MAC Shroom, Era, All That Glitters & Sable eyeshadows.
I rarely use MAC eyeshadows these days, for me there are far superior products and options at both drugstore and luxury pricing. But the colour range is something I always love! I pulled these 4 shades out again, either paired together or with usual bright accents they have become quite a staple quad for me.

Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara.
I have actually purged all of my open mascaras recently, they genuinely went into the bin!! I was left with 3, my dying Rimmel ScandalEyes, Chanel something or other mini and this one. Now False Lash Effect was a massive holy grail product for me for years until I decided to test other, so I decided to go back to it. I love the massive chunky rubber brush and the fact that this really does give my lashes much needed volume!

SUQQU Creamy Glow Moist in EX-01 Sangoiro.
This affair started when I decided to take Sangoiro to Poland instead of my usual favourite Chantecaille Lip Chics. I love the balmy rich texture of the SUQQU a lot more than the Chantecailles, which surprises me as these are an absolute staple for me! Sangoiro gives just the right amount of peachy colour to my lips, making it a very easy to wear daily lipstick. Think I need to get some of the other now...

Kiko #359 Light Peach & #389 Mint Milk nail lacquers.
I have been really terrible with my nails lately, in fact my cuticles are a mess! It's shameful... So I decided to get them back into shape, starting with a couple of untried nail polishes I had from Kiko. With Spring "potentially" in the air, I though the pastel shades would be perfect. These are really quite nice, great colour payoff after 3 coats and vibrant pastel shades. I'm tempted to buy a few more now, anyone have any favourites?

Well, that's all from me today. What have been your monthly favourites?
Enjoy your week and thanks for reading ♥

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Blog sale.

Good evening everyone!

Well, I don't know about anyone else in the UK and EU... But I am utterly sick of this cold weather and SNOW!? Come on, it's nearly the end of March already :(

Anyway, on to the reason I am updating... I have been updating my very belated blog sale. I will be adding new items over the next couple of days in large chunks, at the moment it is just base makeup and skincare. There will be a RAOK section too! Please feel free to browse and contact me with any enquiries at mirasundari [at] gmail [dot] com

You can find the updated blog sale page here or click on the Sale page underneath the banner!

Thanks for looking, have a great evening ♥

Friday, 15 March 2013

Random Friday FOTD with a little Rouge Bunny Rouge love.

Good evening people!

So, I have good news for once. I got a job offer yesterday for the interview I went for (4hr interview might I add!?) and will be going back into the world of banking... Yes, I know it's the most ridiculous thing to do but I thrive more in the customer service roles than pure sales :)

Anyway, was a little inspired by a post from Madam Noire's blog (see post here) using stark white eye liner for the wing. Now I'm all for white liner and huge wings, of course I had to recreate this look with my own twist! Plus, it was a nice change for the boring interveiw FOTDs I had been living in. So here we have it, Rouge Bunny Rouge with a twist and of course my hair is a mess as I hate brushing it smooth.

With flash on.

With flash on, shows the sheen from the highlighter.

No flash, which always makes my lip colour look brown toned?!

Close up of eye makeup, this shows the cracking finish of the liner.

Products used.
MAC Studio Sculpt foundation in NC30
Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent
Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer in #1
Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin blush in Orpheline
Rouge Bunny Rouge liquid highlighter in Sea of Tranquillity

MUA Professional eye primer
Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting eyeshadows in
~ Bejewelled Skylark (lid & lower lash line)
~ Veiled Lyrebird (blend in socket)
~ Papyrus Canary (brow bone)
MAC pigment in Vanilla (inner corner highlight)
Sleek Eau La La liner in Noir
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Creep (soften liner)
Collection Extreme felt tip liner in black
Illamasqua Precision Ink in Scribe
WnW Brow Kit in Ash Brown (darkest shade)
Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara

Rouge Bunny Rouge Colour Burst lipstick in Word of Mouth

Now, my only issue is that the Illamasqua doesn't layer very well to get the desired opacity. If anyone knows of a gel liner option in white please let me know (comment below or email me please!). But overall, I really love the entire look with white liner. You can find all the Rouge Bunny Rouge products on their new online webstore (here). Which I need to pay a visit once my first paycheck rolls in, as I want the new oxblood mascara! I'd love to know your favourite Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow combinations and products also.

I have also heard that Google Friend Connect is no more, I am already signed up to Bloglovin so if you would like to follow me click the button on the right menu. You can alternatively follow me with Google+ of course.
Thanks for reading, have a great weekend ♥

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Project 10 Pan 2013

Dzien Dobry!!

Or I should say Good day. So, I mentioned this briefly in my previous post but I have been focusing on a Project 10 Pan since the beginning of 2013. Now surprisingly, I have completed it without any issue!! My main focus of this project was to use up base makeup as I know I have far too many options lately and need to bring some self control back into my life. Anything else I finished was just bonus, but I did allow skincare as I had accumulated mass amounts for some reason. So here we go...

These are the items that are well and truly finished with or no longer useable.

Skincare finished completely.

Simple Refreshing facial gel wash
Simple Replenishing rich moisturiser
Simple Moisturising facial wash x2
Lancome Genifique Yeux
Shu Uemura Beauty A/O cleansing oil

Makeup finished completely or to the point of no more.

MAC Studio Sculpt foundation
Lunasol Modelling Water Liquid foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder
Neutrogena SkinClearing mineral powder
Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara x2
CoverGirl LashBlast Length mascara

I may have finished a few more than 10 items, but I figured every little helps right? Now, I'm going to continue working on the rest of the items I have left to finish as I am now on a permanent low buy.

Pressed powders from Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless, MAC Studio Fix and Jemma Kidd Bio-Mineral Perfecting. Will be very sad to finish the Le Metier powder as this became quite a staple until they decided to discontinue the darn thing!! A makeup addicts worst nightmare...

Still working on some foundations, Lunasol Modelling Water Liquid (although this is the wrong shade) and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. Will certainly repurchase these 2 as they are perfect all time of the year for me! Then a few more items, Armani Sheer Bronzer (second one in a year!), NARS Pressed powder, WnW Nutty eyeshadow, Essence gel liner and MAC Stars n Rockets eyeshadow.

I do hope to get going on these items over the next couple of months as some of them I've had for a while and just want to get rid of! Now, finally... I have something for all you blogsale bargain hunters! I have been purging since I got back from Poland last month as I realised I really need to reduce my stash. SO here's a sneak preview of the overwhelmed box :)

Thanks for reading, have a great week ♥

Saturday, 9 March 2013

FOTD: Givenchy Le Rouge in 204 Rose Boudoir

Good day people.

Many apologies for the impromptu absence, I had a lot of work on my hands which has finally led to blows as I eventually quit my job :( Oh well, all is said and done! Hopefully I can get one of these jobs I am interviewing for in the next week and it will allow me to have some level of blogging schedule again as I genuinely miss posting.

Anyways, so I got a gentle shove to go to the Givenchy counter and check out their new Le Rouge lipsticks from the ever so wonderful Driveller. I must say, I am impressed! The colour range is right up my alley and not to mention the almost matte like finish, then through in the most fabulous sales assistant with the most fantastical hair ever and I'll be going back. Sorry, I cannot find swatches so I will add them shortly as the UK is experiencing sunlight again... But the texture is almost gel like with a slight matte finish. I opted for the pink colour range, #204 caught my eye as it's an almost amped up MLBB tone (think Hourglass Fresco, but for me oh so much better!) and now for pics.

To get an idea of the eye makeup, without the lipstick. I may have been stuck in a neutral rut as I had been focusing on a Project 10 Pan (which I have completed).

Products used.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Translucent
Giorgio Armani Sheer bronzer in #1
Sleek blush in Honour
NARS blush in Orgasm

MUA eyeshadow primer
Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows
~ Delicate Hummingbird (lid & lower lash line)
~ Veiled Lyrebird (socket)
~ Resplendant Quetzal (inner corner)
MAC pigment in Vanilla (browbone)
Rouge Bunny Rouge eye kohl in Calypso
Essence gel liner in Midnight in Paris
WnW Brow Kit in Ash Brown
Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara

Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in #204 Rose Boudoir

Well, hopefully that gives you an idea of what this lipstick is like. I will certainly be getting myself back down to the counter and possibly book a makeover to see how the other products are!

Thanks for reading, enjoy your weekend ♥

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Favourite brushes...

Good evening!

Well, I can only apologise for the mini hiatus that seemed to happen. I was focusing on trying to get graduated from training at work, which has now finally happened... Anyways, this was requested by a lovely lady on Makeupalley and I thought why not :)

So here we have, my current line up of favourite brushes. I'm not going to babble on about why, how, where as we all know the fundamentals and currently I have been struck down in the prime of life with the dreaded flu! (Meaning my thoughts are not very coherent). What I will do however is update the pics as I cannot seem to find the right light source for pics at this current time?!

Face Brushes.

1. Sonia Kashuk Large Powder brush ~ All over powder application.
2. Sonia Kashuk Blush brush ~ Bronzer application.
3. MAC #138 ~ Highlighter application.
4. Shu Uemura Natural #27 ~ Finishing powder application.
5. Sephora Collection #45 Classic Mineral Powder brush ~ Liquid or cream application.
6. Illamasqua Blusher #2 brush (now discontinued) ~ Blush application.

Eye Brushes. 

1. Sonia Kashuk Small Multipurpose Powder brush ~ Blending.
2. MAC #224 ~ Blending or socket application.
3. Laura Mercier Ponytail brush ~ Socket blending.
4. Laura Mercier Crease brush ~ Crease application or blending.
5. Suqqu Eyeshadow M ~ Crease or socket application and blending.
6. Suqqu Eyeshadow S ~ Inner corner application.
7. Chikuhodo Z-10 ~ Crease or detail work.
8. Sonia Kashuk Large Fluffy Eyeshadow brush ~ All over wash or under brow application.
9. MAC #252 ~ All over wash application.
10. Shu Uemura Natural #10 ~ The brush that does everything!
11. Shu Uemura Synthetic #10 ~ Cream product application.

Brow, liner & Lip Brushes.

1. Shu Uemura Natural Portable/Retractable Liner brush ~ All eyeliner application.
2. Suqqu Eyebrow G ~ Eyebrow powder application.
3. MUJI spoolie & comb ~ Soften brow powder application.
4. Shu Uemura Synthetic #6M ~ Lip product application.

Well, hopefully that gives you an insight into what brushes I use for what! Amazingly I haven't given into Hakuhodo yet, pretty sure I won't as I'm happy with my current line up. The only new additions recently are from Laura Mercier and Illamasqua surprisingly. I will however will be aiming to get the Suqqu face brushes as I know how nice they to use!

Hope you've all had a great start to 2013, thanks for reading ♥