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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Mix Of the Day

Okay, not today but this is a high-low-mid-range look I put together a while ago, mainly to showcase Addiction Swimming Pool, upon a reader's request. (See, I do get round to them....eventually. Those of a patient disposition, feel free to email me :P) I'm posting it today because harddrive gremlins ate my Tom Ford Cognac Sable swatch pictures and also because this blog has become a bit too new!product review-dominated lately, and that's really not how I approach the question of what makeup to wear, most days.

Featuring:
1. Addiction Eye Lacquer WP in Swimming Pool [high end] which to my shame I've not written about since acquiring it last summer.
2. Kiko Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 16 Purple [drugstore] because I really love this formula.
3. Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Tulip [mid-range], another recent...ish discovery I am fond of and really ought to blog about soon....

Kiko Purple as a messy base, blended up to socket and joined to the lower lashline:

Addiction Swimming Pool dabbed over the top and blended in turn, stopping short of the edges of the purple:

Pixi Black Tulip to rim waterlines and smudged into lashline, two coats of Armani ETK Waterproof mascara [....man, this does not build well. Spindly spider legs ahoy.]



The full look with Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicata on cheeks and Addiction Day Trip on lips, which should be titled, "Step by step eye pictures leave no time for hair; must crop the madness, meep. I'm going for BOYISHLY DISHEVELLED OKAY." I am only posting these because uncontextualised eye makeup pictures are a personal pet peeve, and because freakishly enough they seem to capture some of the textural complexity a bit better than the closeups.


So, a mixed bag all 'round, eh? :P
Despite all the whining, I really did love the combination of the Addiction lacquer with a Kiko base -- it's taken me some time to find the best textures to pair with that slightly tricky formula, but Kiko's ridiculously lightweight and blendable yet totally budge-proof formula makes for the perfect base.

26 comments:

  1. Ok don't hate me Kate, but I kinda like your lashes this way too :p. Excellent combination of shadows btw, I kind of need to try this on myself now. Oh and so sorry to hear about the loss of the pictures, do you need to do them again? :( Have a great week! ^^

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    1. XD I love volume and kind of hate length, lol

      Just waiting for another sunny day to redo my TF swatches ^_^ no big deal

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  2. Beautiful, I'd love to hear your review of the pixi eye pen. I could really do with a good black liner x

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  3. LOL on the hair-takes-step-back-eyes-more-important honesty, but your crop looks so perfect and suits your model-esque features. So the Armani mascara is a skip and I should plan a trip to Spain/Italy/Portugal for the sake of going into that heaven of Kiko makeup (ok, more reasons ofcourse)

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    1. your comments make my head puff up even more....soon I won't be able to fit into the frame at all! :P

      We have Kiko too.... come to London ;D

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  4. Nice textures! You've got me lemming Kiko :)

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    1. I love how lilac this one pulls with the greenygrey sheer base of the Addiction lacquer over the top ^_^

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  5. Spindly spider legs? NO!! Super-separated lash perfection is more like!!! :D haha and loooove that Kiko shade on your--mixing in the Addiction shadow was a smart move and adds another gorgeous dimension to the look. OH and PS: I LOVE your earrings, Kate!!

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    1. okay, scary centipede legs then! I am stubborn and used up the whole tube but I am so relieved I get to throw it away now! lol
      :D ty! Earrings are from Anthropologie, a few years back

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  6. Beautiful. I adore your lashes in these pictures 100% especially the last picture, you look incredible.
    I may actually hate you a little bit for your gorgeous skin and freckles ;)
    I'd love to see a review on the Pixi eye pencil too, I've been lemming these for a while but never took the plunge xxx

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    1. <3 I wish Pixi made more fun colours, for us garish hoors :D

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  7. So pretty and delicate! I wish that Kiko was available in the US. I like the lashes on you too.

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    1. Thank you :) I hope Kiko follows in Essence and GOSH's footsteps and makes it over; I think they'd do well.

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  8. So, so pretty. I think I need to finally get Day Trip- it's just gorgeous on you. Don't you love it when you find a way around tricky formulas? YAY!

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    1. I think this is my favourite 'nude' yet! Also due a review XD

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  9. Aww, I like the lashes! You look amazing as usual. What is on those pretty lips, pray tell?!

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    1. Addiction Day Trip lipstick (one of their sheers) :) I think it will look much less pink on you though, my pretty pale-lipped one.

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  10. Love this whole look! The purple is gorgeous on you.

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  11. Kate! Your earrings! Where I buy? :D~~

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    1. ....the past?! D: It's an old pair from Anthropologie I'm afraid :/

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  12. I would call this look as "simplicity at its best" :)

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    1. <3 It is pretty representative of my usual makeup so thank you :D

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  13. Beautiful look :)
    I like the earrings too, makes me want to go shopping for opals haha.

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  14. Can I just say how I love seeing your gorgeous face? I really love the way you play with words, each post is totally different from the previous. And I really love the content of your blog. Have a nice day! :)

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