Cle de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 307 Stellar Gaze

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As far as high-end, truly luxury makeup goes, Cle de Peau has always been off the table for me. I don’t think I can live with myself if I spent $60 on a single sheer lipstick. As it happened… I was at Barneys one day and made heart eyes at the new eye color quad display for Fall 2014. And then, I blacked out and ended up with one of the quads.

cle de peau - eyeshadow quad - 307 - pans

Or, I guess I should say, one of the refills. Like I said, CdP is very much “up there” when it comes to pricing. After I came to terms with spending $50 (plus tax!!!) on an eyeshadow quad, the lady asked me if I was interested in the $25 case. Ex-squeeze me?? I don’t think so, pushy SA who shall remain nameless.

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The mechanism of the refill is a “pop in” instead of magnetism. Which means that these aren’t going to stick to your Z-palettes by themselves. So, I’ve been keeping the quad in its plastic shell and box… like someone who has no time to pay $25 extra for a friggin’ case! shu uemura has a similar system (their pans aren’t magnetic either), but their cases don’t go for extortionate prices. Read More

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Wes Anderson Week: 5 Things Friday x Lazy Girl Makeup

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5 Things Friday / FOTD / Lazy Girl Makeup

Although the idea of a Wes Anderson week was fun in my head, it started to dawn on me that I may not have enough material to last the entire week. You see, the makeup on Wes Anderson’s heroines and female misfits kind of… recur. And are simple. So I thought of doing a post with 5 easy makeup looks inspired by Wes’s dames, as a 5 Things Friday and Lazy Girl Makeup cross-over.


First, the thick black liner popularized by Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in The Royal Tenenbaums, Margot Tenenbaum. The same look can be seen sported by Anjelica Houston in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Read More

Quickie: NARS Audacious Lipstick

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First Impressions / Reviews
NARS - Audacious Lipsticks

Another Wes Week interlude: a quick look at the NARS Audacious Lipstick, of which I got two shades. (The other one pictured here, Janet, is my sister’s!) The ones I got, Dominique and Julie are Barneys exclusives (dunno what that means, as the shades are described as permanent in the range).

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Janet, Julie, Dominique

These new lipsticks are slightly more expensive than the regular NARS lipsticks ($32 compared to $26) but they also have a bit more product (0.14 oz. compared to 0.12 oz.), but I don’t think a lot of us actually compute when we buy makeup… Hehe. When I extended the bullet all the way, I was surprised to see how small the bullet was, so I’m a bit pleased to learn that it actually contains more than the standard NARS lipstick. Read More

Made-Up History: Johannes Van Hoytl the Younger’s “Boy with Apple,” 1669

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FOTD / Made-Up History
Boy with Apple in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Yay, a new Made-Up History—finally!—and one for Wes Anderson Week. This painting played a prominent role in his recent feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Called “Boy with Apple,” this painting was credited in the film as being created by Johannes van Hotyl the Younger, but it’s actually a fictional painting made specifically for the film by present-day artist, Michael Taylor. (Read more here.)


Not to give too much away, this painting (modeled by Ed Munro) kind of pushes the story along its trajectory after everything is set into motion. Anyway, this was the first thing I thought of to do when I thought of doing Wes Anderson Week! Read More

Rounding Things Out: MAKE Colour New Medieval Palette

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MAKE - New Medieval Palette - Header

Just an interlude from the Wes posts (I’ll just be posting two more): an actual review! You know when you’re “not collecting” things, but you have one or two things missing from your “non-collection” and it just seems wrong not to get the last one? Well… That’s what happened here.

MAKE Colour, a New York based brand that I am pretty much in love with, currently has four palettes, three of which I already had… which left the New Medieval Palette. This was what I originally wanted when I discovered MAKE (though this was the only one they had out at the time, if I remember correctly), so I kind of had my heart set on it already anyway.


Check out my other reviews for the Aether Palette*, Post-Impressionism Palette, Celeste e Verde Palette*.

True to the direction of their other collections, this MAKE palette, created by Faye Toogood in collaboration with Ayami Nishimura, draws inspiration from specific sources, in this case the “Romantic landscapes” of J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. This is probably the only palette whose inspiration I can’t quite see translated perfectly and whose direction I’m not quite sure I can discern. Read More

Welcome to Wes Anderson Week

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Features / FOTD

I’ve been toying around with this idea for a while, but I just couldn’t push through with it for some reason… Until I finally decided to just do it. I think I had a hard time thinking of features that would actually work—there were a lot of potentially fun ones—but sometimes, there are things that you think about too much that you end up not doing them. And I didn’t want that to be the case for this particular series, so here we are. Wes Anderson. I’m sure you all know him by now, or at least, the movies he’s made. Half the population went as Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom for Halloween not so long ago, after all. But for the uninitiated, Wes Anderson is an American director, and he made my favorite movie, Rushmore. He has a very strong sense of aesthetics and I just think that his work is such a fun thing to kind of merge with makeup, just because it is already so visually strong and distinct. For Wes Anderson week, I just have a few looks based on different aspects of his films, as well as other features, which you will obviously see later this week. For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying on looks based on some of his theatrical posters:


Rushmore (1998)

This is, perhaps, the first Wes Anderson film I watched. I think I might be the only person I know who can relate with—and I mean, the real kind of empathy, deep-in-my-heart relatability—the pain-in-the-ass protagonist, Max “I WROTE A HIT PLAY!” Fischer. I made my Philosophy professor watch this movie, and he said that he wished Max Fischer was real, so that he could “punch him in the face.”

I was hoping I’d get away with a sky blue, navy, red look based on the general appearance of Mr. Fischer over here, but the poster has copious amounts of yellow. So I rolled with it, but made it gold.

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Makeup Used: MAKE Soft Focus Foundation (Cool #4), MAKE New Medieval Palette (Woad, Ultramarine, Rust used), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette (all shades used), K-Palette 1 Day Magic Liquid Liner*, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush (Abundance), K-Palette 24H Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner*

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Nosy Beauty Vol. 38: Liz

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Nosy Beauty

For today’s Nosy Beauty, I managed to get someone I admire very much from the beauty blogging community to agree to be a part of this series (38th post, can you believe it?!)—Liz Lanuzo from Project Vanity! Project Vanity is one of the biggest beauty blogs in the Philippines, and I quite luckily managed to befriend Liz over the last few years. :) Aren’t you excited that we’re about to pick her brain about beauty?

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