This stack is pretty representative of my
booty bountiful collection of gifts:
Although there were a few beauty treats as well:
The Addiction addiction rumbles on:
Fudge and Sandbar eyeshadows (previously swatched)
Amazing powder blush
3 x Compact Case II
Last Scene lipstick
All much-loved staples in my rotation -- Chergui and Voleur de Roses are refills(!), Magazine Street and Russian Caravan Tea will displace my mess of decants.
A look inside A Stitch in Time Volume 2, the base of the stack above:
I love that the original patterns are shown with smudges and all:
Of course, this very authenticity can make for some epic lulz:
Major props to that blonde model, who pulls off some of the wackier pieces with more aplomb than the original models...
down to advice on period-appropriate button choice.
Christmas is a lazy family, food and telly affair for me, so no elaborate FOTD here. Being a contrarian (who frequently wears sparkly green eyeshadow and red lips to mark, say, a Tuesday...) I took retro and unseasonal inspiration from this Henry Clive painting:
all pictures in artificial light (sorry) without flash
Eye close-up -- I dispensed with the falsies, obviously, because lazee.
RBR Sea of Tranquility all over, everywhere!
Ellis Faas S201 concealer under eyes
Kevyn Aucoin SSE SX-1 on blemishes
Paul&Joe eye gloss 05 Rock&Roll, gold all over lid, dark blue in socket and along lashlines
P&J L'Horizon Bleu eyeshadow in Tranquility (LE) over the blue
Shu Uemura Mascara Basic (DC), with Hourglass Lash Lacquer on outer lashes only
Etude House Sweet Cherry Tint in Pink on lips, topped with lipbalm
Etude House Cream Choux Blusher in Miss Grape, topped with Shu Uemura M225 blush(This combination didn't create the same strong 'pop' of lavender I wanted -- any product recs or application tips much appreciated. Perhaps it's just one of those looks that look better contrasted against darker skin...)