Monday, 18 June 2012

My Minimalism : Looks

It's been opined that I am basically a living, breathing cartoon character. If I buy myself an ice cream cone to cheer a particularly dismal day, it will set off a freakish chain of events that ends with the perfectly rounded scoop of ice cream going plop onto my big toe after one lick. (I opt for cups now. But I don't like it.) Comically large and globular raindrops will land on the tip of my nose, right in front of the entire bus queue. Witnessing me try to covey peas to my mouth? Choking hazard for all dining companions.

Obviously my minimalist 'week' would monstrously expand into two. Obviously my final post would keep burgeoning (yes, burgeoning) so that it itself had to be split into two. I hope this is the penultimate post, but who knows. Mitosis may continue forever, projected deathbed scene: "must final...tiny minor point....about....minimalism. *deathrattle*"

Key to my kind of minimalism:

texture without colour: Rouge Bunny Rouge Eye Gloss Angel's Play
colour without texture: Becca Beach Tint Watermelon [Beauté and Hourglass stains are also wonderful]
white-out: crayon from Shu Uemura Tricolour Energy Flow
strategic high-contrast colour: YSL Mascara Singulier WP #5 Vibrant Blue, Chanel Rouge Allure Genial, Illamasqua Intense Gloss Follow, Barry M Liquid Eyeliner Electric Blue

A few looks, all built up from my beauty base zero. In the most practical terms, my 'minimal' look chose ONE of mascara, liner or eyeshadow. For these I chose TWO.

1. Mascara + Gloss
YSL Singulier WP #5 Vibrant Blue, RBR eye gloss all over lid and cheekbones, Illamasqua Intense Gloss Follow 

2. Mascara + Eyeshadow
Shu Uemura Energy Flow white crayon to 'white-out' eye. Chanel Genial on cheeks and lips. Lancome Hypnôse Drama WP mascara.

3. Eyeshadow + Liner
Wheaty gold from Lavshuca Melting Eyes BR-1 as an anti-contour. Barry M Liquid Eyeliner Electric Blue. Becca Watermelon Beach Tint.
Because dear friend D. demanded. Now you know why I don't smile to camera.

3a. + more liner :P
TEH WHOLE IDEA: Pat McGrath for Anna Sui AW2012

These went from from least questionably to most questionably 'minimalist' but yeah, even the last Anna Sui one qualifies as such to me. I do plan to ramble about my personal fuzzy category definitions soon [ETA: here!] but in the meantime, I would love to hear whether any of these qualify as 'minimalist' to you. 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Bare // Bare Minimum // Minimal

Pretty self-explanatory.

Here's my bare face (well, bare of makeup. There's about 5 layers of unguents and lotions and sunscreen.)

I'va actually done a similar post before, but skin changes and so do girly insecurities so I've switched up the routine since.

Current woesomes:

  • remanants of hormonal/stress cysts on cheeks, chin, and nose (I rarely break out but it's been a crazy year. Being pale and prone to hyperpigmentation, I'll be covering these scars for at least eight more months)
  • undereye circles (much improved -- more on that later) but still an issue
  • uneven patches of sallowness especially around mouth and eyes (what is this?! Some kind of vitamin deficiency? 'Scurvy' has already been suggested. Actually helpful ideas much welcomed -- please to leave comment)
  • sadly moulting left eyebrow (right in pic) -- why can't it be more like its sister, huh?! aigoo.
  • patchy mauvey lips -- see why I'm such a lipstick addict?

Bare Minimum Look
i.e. current security blanket routine, can be achieved in 2 minutes

Mainly focusing on eyes, in order of (psychological) importance:
curler: MAC // concealer: Burberry Sheer Touch 01 // brows: Shu Hard 9 pencil Stone grey
With remaining minute, dab Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX-01 over particularly egregious bits with a Hakuhodo 5531. 
o hai thurr
Pat concealer in with finger / Beautyblender sponge if easily locatable, slick on lipbalm (preferably tinted) while running out the door and done.

Minimal Look
Adds to my Beauty Base Zero face above: some kind of base (foundation or colour-correcting primer) a lip and cheek tint and EITHER a neutral eyeshadow smudged along the lashline for definition OR mascara OR tightlining. Takes an additional minute or two -- improves my mood exponentially. 
This time, it was Shu Uemura UV Underbase Brightening Mousse Pink/Purple, Becca Guava, and Rouge Bunny Rouge Trumpeter Koel.

Tomorrow: minimalism. And, blogsale.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Three Months' Makeup

In keeping with this week's minimalism theme at the House o' Drivel, and also with the editing mood currently resonating with so many on the beautynets, here's the makeup I brought for this three-month E.Asia trip to demonstrate my latest 'edit'. (Italics+scarequotes because I'm pretty sure it will be much larger than the actual unedited makeup collections of many legit beauty-lovers as is, and please let's no-one invoke the dreaded Average Woman....)

This is not a collection of my 'favourites' or 'capsule wardrobe' necessities; it's a mix of humidity-friendly and/or yay-I-can-wear-this-formula-now-my-skin's-not-desiccated-by-winter products, various socially-appropriate-mask elements, some of my current preoccupations (colourful liner, cool-toned lips, matte lips) and a few bits I felt guilty for not blogging about earlier.

To spare my blushes, we'll start with the bit that actually keeps faith with the true 'capsule' spirit:

Shu Uemura UV Under Base Brightening Mousse: a primer with sufficient evening-out and texture-refining powers to replace foundation for everyday wear.
MAC Face&Body White decant, in case I do want to wear foundation, which would be Shu Uemura Nobara stick 784, a beautiful formula which holds up exceptionally well in high heat and humidity, no setting required. Doubles as concealer and portable enough for touch-ups.
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX-01 for spot-concealer for major boo-boo's -- this stuff is so incredibly pigmented this tiny jar (smallest I had to hand) holds at least a year's supply. I'm two months into my stay and haven't even made a dip. I need a separate undereye concealer to sit well on the extremely thin, dry skin I have there, and Burberry Sheer Concealer 01 Light Beige is my current favourite -- a neutral beige about a shade darker than my skintone, with the right salmony tones to obviate the need for a separate corrector.

Brushes / Tools
For face: a Beautyblender sponge for foundation and to 'set' concealer by pressing it into the skin
1. Hakuhodo 5531, a synthetic eyeliner brush I use for pin-point concealing
2. Illamasqua Blending Brush #1, my favourite synthetic blender for undereye concealer
3. Chikuhodo Z-2, grey squirrel multi-purpose candle brush, but especially excellent for highlighter and contour
4. Suqqu Cheek Brush, my favourite blush/highlighter/powder/blending grey squirrel brush -- I much prefer this to any of the Chikuhodo blush brushes
5. Illamasqua Highlighter brush: a round, soft synthetic for creams and stains
6. Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo, stiffer goat hair for stippling on very pigmented blush formulas (I prefer to blend out using the Suqqu Cheek)

For eyes, a selection evenly split between tiny precision instruments and bigger brushes for laydown and blending.
For smudgy lining, and lining with powders (which is what I favour most days) though these all handle creams and gels just as well:
   1. Boots No. 7 Smokey Eyeliner Brush does what it says on the handle
   2. Chikuhodo Artist 6-1, an infinitely better version of MAC's 231, in tightly bundled-kolinsky
   3. Hakuhodo 162, the best angled brush out there, end of
For more precise lining:
   4. Hakuhodo 007 blows every other 'superfine' liner brush out of the water. Since 'discovering' this last November, I now have three.
   5. KATE gel eyeliner brush, deceptively similar to the Maybelline one, it just performs and holds up better. I love it for lining the waterline or pretending I'm Jung Saem Mool (thus, a bargain at about £1)
For eyeshadow washes and blending:
   6. Suqqu Eyeshadow Brush L manages to apply even the most problematic shadows evenly
   9. and 10. MAC 217 and 286 which work perfectly for the cream formulas I favour
For errythang:
  7. and 8. Suqqu Eyeshadow Brush S and Shu Uemura Natural 10, my true holy-grail brushes

If we're getting down to brass tacks, an eyelash curler is my one beauty essential. A perennial makeupalley poll asks what your "argh, I need to be out the door in five minutes" makeup routine consists of; even if I'm running two hours late, I will bloody make time to curl my lashes on my way out. My beloved Chanel curler ist kaputt: this is MAC's filling in the gap in the meantime.
A metal comb for further lash-primping.
And a Hakuhodo Misako Portable lipbrush, which I quickly realised was about three too few because I use a lipbrush with everything.

In which I fling all pretentions to minimalism aside. With great force.
Large Z-palette filled with:
Suqqu eyeshadows wear unfailingly in the sweltering heat and their thoughtful combinations (of texture as well as colour) save me a lot of time in the mornings. 01 Kakitsubata and 02 Kokedama are here in full, supplemented by three shades from the limited edition EX-07 Lilac Allure palette, the clear gold sparkle from 06 Ginbudou and the pink and purple shades from 08 Mizuaoi.
Rounded out by some eyeshadow singles: Shiseido Ghost, Yaby Sunny OceanDragonling and Highlighted, and Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire-Tailed Sunbird and Abyssinian Catbird [I prefer to save most of my RBR shades for winter, when I can't wear most other powders].
For blushes: Illamasqua Lover (the perfect peach) and Laduree Pressed Cheek Colour 11 (raspberry-rose) are both a bit too dry for me to wear comfortably back home; I'm enjoying them a lot more in the heat. MAC Strada for a warmer summer contour [now supplanted by Burberry, but  this was my original reasoning] and Shiseido High Beam White for a powder highlighter (in winter, I stick to my Rouge Bunny Rouge liquid illuminators).
Shu Hard 9 eyebrow pencil Stone Grey fits perfectly into that gap at the bottom.

Guerlain 2 Place Vendôme for wheaty greyellow neutrals
A cool-ish selection from Addiction: Pink Python for a complex sparkly 'black', lilac-grey Concrete Jungle for a neutral, pastel cornflower Blue Moon and shimmery teal/hunter duochrome Deep Forest for pops of colour (sorry). Bright pink Amazing to round out my powder blushes.

other eye bits
Bright liners: liquids in red (Kryolan Skinliner 31), blue and pink (Barry M Electric Blue and Pink) and a yellow gel from Shu Uemura (Citrine).
Pencil liners/bases: two (or five) from Shu: Tri-Colour Pencil Energy Flow and the dual-ended Misty Brown/Earthy Brown pencil from this spring's collection. And two purples from GOSH (Purple Stain: rich amethyst pearl) and Make Up Store (Go Wild: lilac satin).
Cream eyeshadows which function as bases and liners too: a sparsely-sparkly black (Shiseido BK912) and blingtastic complex purple (Sonia Rykiel 04 -- swatched here).
Basics: a white kohl (GOSH), a black liquid liner (Rose of Versailles), a glossy topcoat/moisturising primer/mixer (Rouge Bunny Rouge Angel's Play), black mascara (Lancome Hypnôse Drama Waterproof).

Finally, lips/cheeks
These coalesced into pretty obvious colour families:
Red: Illamasqua Follow (neon pinky-red), Shu Uemura RD178M (matte deep brickish red), Addiction Revenge cheekstick (bright clear corally red).
Coral: always a summer staple, amplified this year by my love affair with orange. Ellis Faas L307 (juicy cantaloupe gloss), Hourglass Muse (bright retro orangey coral), Chanel Genial (even brighter, more pink-based coral), Becca Guava Beach Tint (paler peachy-pink).
Rosy platonic my-lips/cheeks-but-better (because my actual lip colour is far more corpsical and I also blush a feverish pink-red): Guerlain Chamade and Becca Watermelon Beach Tint are easy-to-wear warm bright roses.
I don't normally care to stray too far to either side of neutral but this year I've been experimenting with more cool-toned lips: Burberry Bright Plum lipstick, Becca Raspberry stain and Addiction Miss You More gloss.
I also think I can pull off nude lips better with a bit of a summer 'tan' (maybe it's just the quality of light or maybe I made it all up in my head): Fresh Sugar tinted lipbalm Honey and Lunasol Full Glamour Liquid Lips EX-01 Clear Beige are both pigmented and peachy enough to offset the cool pinky-mauve of my natural lipcolour. Both Gorgeous formulas which DON'T collect in my vertical liplines.
Finally, some depots I chucked in because I had just enough room for them: from left to right YSL Rouge Pur Couture 17 Rose Dahlia (bright pink-coral), two Lancome mattes (corally Corset and rosy Stylista) and orange-red Revlon classic, Fire&Ice.

For three months. Too much? Too little? As usual, a bit of both. Two months in, I've already decided to let go of quite a few of these and replace them with other things. And of course I've learned yet more lessons for next time; this is only my second time -- I know how to pack for a weekend, a fortnight, or a year+, still working out the kinks on this awkward three-month-stint thing.

As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts, advice, anecdotes, mockery, staged interventions etc. Or just say 'hi' if you made it this far for an e-cookie.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Modern Minimalism with Burberry

The nice thing about being a maximalist is that minimalism is just another mode I get to dabble in when the mood strikes....

My Burberry selections sparked off this particular phase, but really the brand in general peddles just this kind of minimalist pretty which as any beauty addict knows, often takes a lot more work and product than an unsubtle bright look: minimalism =/= minimal. Following: a few looks showcasing Burberry Midnight Brown eyeshadow, Earthy blush and Hibiscus lipstick, application going from light to heavy. With black/white-based outfits.

And all in suitably minimal lighting D: Sorry, the weather here has been frankly apocalyptic.

1. Light: Minimal and minimalist. Midnight Brown gradation-with-itself with a Suqqu Eyeshadow S brush, Earthy very lightly on edge of cheekbone with Suqqu Cheek brush, Hibiscus patted on with fingers as a barely-there stain.

Midnight Brown -- so very taupey on me
shirt: COS // skirt: custom // sandals: Repetto

2a. Medium -- Mostly Contour. Midnight Brown smudged around lashline with Suqqu S brush, Earthy to contour forehead, nose and cheeks using the included brush (okay for laydown, not good at blending), Hibiscus feathered out from the centre of lips and lightly on cheeks.
shirt: James Perse // skinnies: Uniqlo // sandals: Repetto // earrings: etsy

2b. Medium: Eyes and Lips. Midnight Brown blended out in the outer half of eye with Rouge Bunny Rouge Capricious Nightingale on the inner (Shu Uemura Natural 10). Earthy kept just under cheekbones with Hakuhodo Small Pointed Yachiyo with Hibiscus as cream blush. On lips, one layer of Hibiscus applied with a Hakuhodo Misako lipbrush then blotted.
with flash
top: Kitterick // skirt: DIY // sandals: Repetto (can you tell these are my shiny new babies?) // necklace: etsy

3. Heavy: Midnight Brown packed over lid with Shu Uemura N10, and blended out with Earthy on Suqqu S. Waterline rimmed with MUFE Aqua Eyes 0LEarthy more heavily under the cheekbone only with Hakuhodo SPY (my camera probably flattened the differences but IRL this was pretty drag). Hibiscus applied with Hakuhodo Misako lipbrush.
Actually this (bar the lips) is a great example of "makeup wot I do not like and wot makes me thankful the nineties/reign of Bobbi's version of 'natural' are over" -- lots of it, but all brown. If going maximal, I prefer to go maximalist too....
overdress: Kitterick // maxi: Pure&Good // sandals: Clarks // necklace: indie HK designer
In the last look, full-coverage matte face courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX-01 mixed with Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow. In the othes I'm wearing Shu Uemura UV Mousse Pink/Purple only.
In all looks: Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer 01 under eyes, Shu Uemura H9 brow pencil Stone Grey, Lancome Hypnôse Drama WP mascara.

To come: more of my minimalism, without Burberry. Because even when on a paring-down kick, I am incapable of using the same few colour products every day for a week. *shudders violently* (I couldn't even manage 3 looks in a row, hence the cheating with one wee new RBR arrival...)

Burberry Hibiscus, Midnight Brown and Earthy -- Swatches and Review

It's been a while since my hard-won Burberry haul, time enough to give everything a thorough going-over and decide whether it was worth it....

Swatches + Blahblahs

Bright Plum [which I already owned] and Hibiscus Lip Covers are moisturising, saturated, cream-finish lipsticks, both cool-toned -- Bright Plum is a bright-yet-deep raspberry rose, Hibiscus a vivid cerise. Swatches are both one-swipe.

Midnight Brown is a grey-and-yellow-based brown on my arm, with fine micro-shimmer in predominantly silver and green with occasional gold and red. (On my lids, it applies as a complex neutral taupe.) Smoothly pigmented (this is one swipe with the sponge applicator) and a breeze to blend and place, this shade and Pale Barley are a great improvement on the older Burberry eyeshadow formula.

Earthy makes such a good summer/warm weather contour because while still dusty and properly shadowy it doesn't rely as heavily on grey tones for coolness as most traditional shading colours do. Instead, like Midnight Brown, it employs a big whack of yellow alongside grey and pink to mimic the warmer shadows cast by the brighter, more golden light of summer/warmer climates. For winter/my usual lemony English sunlight, I turn to a cooler grey&pale-pink-based shade like Illamasqua Primal but in tropical ambery light that can appear artificially ashy, so I'm pleased this option from Burberry fills that gap. (....Prrrrrobably not a gap that exists for anyone else. Yes, I'm insanely persnickity.)

Hibiscus looked neutral next to Bright Plum, but its pinky coolness and brightness are much more evident swatched next to a warmer deep red like Shu Uemura RD178M.

See what I mean about Earthy's summery-earthiness contrasted against a more traditionally grey-pink-brown like MAC's classic contour shade Strada? (If not, that's okay, because I've terribly helpfully switched the labels. XD) These are artifically heavy swatches of course -- blended out on the skin the difference is far subtler and I can swing both with a light hand. Which is easier to achieve with Burberry because its texture blows MAC's out of the water.
***MISLABELLED! Top is Earthy, bottom is Strada.***

Midnight Brown between the bronze from Suqqu Blend Eyeshadow 01 Kakitsubata quad (with which it shares a yellow base) and Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing (which is also a sneaky taupe one me, albeit more mauve-based). The Suqqu is the smoothest and most metallic (but a delicate, sparkly metallic); Midnight Brown has a very similar texture to the new RBR iridescents.

For the scent-sensitive:
Burberry lipsticks are rose-scented, about as strongly as Chanel Rouge Allures, milder than Guerlain Rouge Automatiques.
Blushes also have a light sweet rose scent, fainter and less powdery than Chanel Joues Contrastes.
Eyeshadows, fortunately, are unscented :P

I posted three 'minimalist' looks with these Burberry purchases here.

Sunday, 10 June 2012


So it's officially the weekend of memes
The lovely Lola (she of truly killer artistic sensibility) of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog nominated me for a Liebster award! Possibly her one aesthetic hiccup of a lifetime, but we'll allow it ;) It's my first blog award (just as yesterday was my first tag-along-a-meme -- what's next? burping? potty training?) and I'm especially honoured as a huge fan of her blog, which is consistently interesting and inspiring, and most importantly, expresses her idiosyncratic aesthetic in her own distinctive voice. And what else are we here for, eh? :D

The Liebster (which means 'Dearest' in German) is an award which is given to up and coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers who deserve some recognition and support to keep blogging. Because frankly, blogging is not an easy thing to do and it's nice to be appreciated and supported by your fellow bloggers!
The rules:
Link the person who gave you the award in your post.Put the award in your post.
Choose 5 blogs with under 200 followers to receive the award.
Let them know you awarded them.

My Liebster Nominations
all fit my personal criteria of being idiosyncratic, even eccentric, as well as beautiful.
In alphabetical order:

Claire is probably the closest I'll ever come to having a taste-twin in this world; as it is she is my far more refined, elegant and classy sister-that-wasn't. I envy her bones, her eye and her taste.

Getting to 'meet' Odyssey and to follow her fresh, clear-eyed approach to beauty has been a highlight of my decision to start blogging. Her thoughtful comparisons and evocative nail-art always inspire.

Marti/Pieces is my long-lost-lost-lost-hey-it's-really-confusing-okay--in-EAsian-pop-culture-soul-sister. Her posts always make me weak with laughter, thus foiling my nefarious plots to steal all her jokes and screencaps. And screencaps. (Note to self: next attempt at plot to involve more naked Abe Hiroshi.)

The beauty musings of Naz, one of the sweetest, quirkiest and prettiest women I know (and I have quite the dungeon-full...) She is the blogging proof that you don't have to be a minimalist to have 'taste' and when she recommends a new product I've never heard of, or sounds the alarm on a bargainous dupe, I take it very seriously because she's tried errythang out there.

Just look at the header -- this is a rare gem of a beauty blog. Maria has an unfailing eye for all things beautiful and this extends to her excellent photos and lucid prose as well as her thoughtful acquisitions and comparison posts.

Finally, a further selection of five Lieblings (because what's a heart if not capacious?) -- brand-new blogs or blogs-on-the-backburner (currently on hiatus) you should still check out:

Finally, my latest purchase (it being sale season here in Hong Kong): Tsumori Chisato Coffee Scallop Sunnies (find them here, sadly not on sale yet)

Stay cool, hep cats!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Friday Photo Meme -- What's New Edition

I saw Haru's latest edition of Yumeko's Photo Meme on Rouge Deluxe this morning and it looked fun, and a great way of playing catch-up with as yet unblogged frivolousness, so here's mine :)

1. Something you bought recently
Shu Uemura G135, G251, G745, IR115, IR311, G646
top row: G135, G251, G745  |  bottom: IR115, G311, G646
Six of the ten new Shu Uemura glitters (released June 1st). Some of you may know I decided to take June off for my twelve-of-2012 self-deceiving overambitious pledge of foolishness low-buy. I'll extend the low-buy through January, so it'll still run for twelve months, but in the meantime "waah I'm spending my birthday in strangelands must buy all the shinyshiny things".

2. Something you got in the mail this week
From a lovely American friend, the new Sugarpill Hearbreaker palette (right) to complete my collection of their pressed eyeshadows (best brights out there, end of). It seems like the entire blogosphere has reviewed/swatched this already so I'll just direct you to these awesome ones from Confessions of a Glitterholic and Lauren Clark (which captures the definite micro-shimmer in all four shades).
Heartbreaker will be replacing Guerlain Ecrin 6 2 Place Vendôme (left) in my collection -- the one common note being cobalt blue :D

3. Something you could not live without this week
I've been doing a lot of running around in the sweltering heat lately, and relying on perfumes to act as my pocketful of posies to ward off the plague sublime stenches let's just call it summer. In particular, I've been reaching for aquatics (perhaps the most-maligned genre by the fume-blogosphere) to save me from wilting -- Frédéric Malle's En Passant conjures up a dewy carpet of lilacs and delicate orange-blossoms (nary a hint of a heady indole here) and the greenness of sap as if the petals had been snapped off whole by the sheer weight of water from a just-past rainstorm. All done with Olivia Giacobetti's signature watercolour impressionism, it never descends into sweetly pretty cliché, and while the total absence of any 'bread' note on my skin means that it's sadly lacking in quirkiness, there is enough dry earthy 'wheatiness' to prevent this scent from veering into actively moist -- is humid enough, donotwant! -- and to ground the airyfairy florals.

4. Something you are trying out this week
Addiction released several shades of Eye Lacquer WP for summer and Swimming Pool was my test-the-water (har har) purchase. So far, it seems to perform identically to the Paul&Joe Eye Gloss formula, which can be worn either as a delicate veil of a topcoat or built up to an über-glittery lacquer, over various creams or powders, or on its own, with absolutely no creasing or fallout.

5. Something you are wearing this week
carved resin cuffs both from etsy // 'eco-plastic' lace bracelet by Batucada.
This could just as easily have gone under the 'trying out' category. I've always been too cheap/lazy to accessorise properly but am trying to remedy this. This week: wristwear-in-odd-materials (...yeah, I'm an accessories noob). Still have yet to master wearing of wristwatch without dramatically smashing watch-face against nearest indestructible surface during wild gesticulation.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Chanel Rivière Look #4

As my Ebloui diary showed, I have a pretty limited deck of eyeshadow shapes up my sleeve. When it comes to taking a new shade through its paces, a wash+wing will eventually make its appearance, and the usual playing off of warm against cool shades...

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Rivière blended across the mobile lid using a MAC #286, with a tiny dab of Rouge Bunny Rouge Batiste Grayling cream eyeshadow (my zu GWP) to darken the outer corner with the same brush. Shu Uemura Painting Liner Purple with a Hakuhodo #162 for the wing.

To offset the cool eye, Illamasqua Lover blush applied with a Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo (heavy-handednes is entirely my and not the brush's fault) and Hourglass Femme Rouge Muse with my beloved Hakuhodo Misako Portable lipbrush [the closest version sold on the US site is the Kokutan RS].
Foundation mismatch courtesy of Lunasol Water Cream N OC-01

Necklace was salvaged from a Topshop sale bin for a fiver (woe be on the head of the foolish consumer who returned it! mwahaha), dress (only marginally more than a fiver) from a dodgy Korean import stall in HK. I'm not showing you the rest of it because it's kinda hilariously poor quality and ill-fitting (and started to fill my room with a disquietingly pungent odour in the middle of the night... it now hangs up in my brightly lit hallway and an exorcist has been called.)

Woe be on me too, for bringing an Hourglass lipstick to a tropical climate:

Consider yourselves warned!