Autumn Look with Shu Uemura, Addiction and Lunasol

L'oreal InfallibleAs you may know, right now I’m trying to pare down my stash. I started with taupes, and now I’m moving on to my other eyeshadows to see which ones make the cut. This week, I decided to try some rusty red browns – I tend to avoid them like the plague usually because I find hints of red just bring out the surface redness in my skin and around my eyes and I look a little…sickly. (Don’t ask why I have so many if I’m apparently so terrified of them – put it down to fits of madness)

So I fully went into this look expecting to look…sick chic. (pronounced ‘sick sheek’ or ‘sick chick’? – You decide!)

But actually I was pleasantly surprised. Although it did strike me as a little odd that I’d matched my eyeshadow to my hair.


For my face and brows I used:

Face and Brow Products

  • Brushes: Hakuhodo B505BkSl, Hakuhodo G5521, and Laura Mercier Concealer brush (not pictured)
  • Brows: Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown, Clarins Double Fix Mascara
  • Base: Maybelline Pure BB Mineral 8 in 1 BB Base (Jp version), Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC1
  • Colour: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pearl, Chanel Notorious Ombre Contraste, Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer Antigua

For eyes and lips:

Eyes and lips

  • Brushes: All Hakuhodo: 235, Kokutan Eyeshadow SL, G5515BkSl, S142 (black handle)
  • Mascara (not pictured): Tiffa Volume Mascara
  • Eyeshadow: L’oreal Infallible Bronze Divine, Addiction Fudge (on the lid), Shu Uemura ME Medium Brown 885 (outer corner, crease, liner), Shu Uemura P Pink 125 (inner corner highlight)
  • Lips: Lunasol Full Glam Liquid Lips 06 Bright Pink



So, while I started out this look fully intending to purge my red-browns, I actually ended up loving them and I’ll definitely be reaching for them more often.

Are there any products that have surprised you recently? Any new colours you’ve found that suit you better than you expected?

Magazine definitely-not Monday! In which we look at polls…

Classic Make-up

I do love a red lip…

Best of Cheek, Base, BB Cream

The best Blush, Base and BB cream. I’m so impressed that Visee (definitely a puchipura brand) is number 4 of the top BB creams! Even L’oreal (a little bit more expensive) made number 3.

PollsThe bits I like most about these pages are the polls to the left. I love reading and watching how other people do their make-up. Does this make me seem like a creeper? Yes. Is it worth it? Definitely.

The top ‘Cheek’ poll says:

Q.1 “In one make-up application, how many colours do you use?”

And then the numbers underneath are obviously the numbers of colours. The bottom being “I don’t use [any]”.

Q.2 “What colour is your standard blush?”

Pink 46%, Orange 16.4%, Coral Pink 15.9%, Rose 8.5%, Beige-brown 6.2%, Other 7.0%

Now for the ‘Base’ (primer) poll.

Q.1 “Do you wear Base everyday?”

Q.2 “Are your Base and Foundation the same brand?”

Then the BB cream poll

BB Creams

Q.1 “How often do you use BB cream?”

Every day 20.1%, Just on days off 8.5%, Only when I don’t have time 20.7%, Other 6%, I don’t use BB cream 44.7%

Q.2 “How do you use BB cream?”

With face powder on top 52.5%, With foundation on top 22.0%, On its own [I think] 13.6%, Other 11.9%.

I find it interesting that 22% of BB users put foundation over it, since BB cream’s marketing is usually aimed at the ‘all-in-one’ aspect.