A Face of the Day and Shopping My Stash: Laura Mercier, Annabelle, MAC and NARS

A face of the day with the Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes (2013), Annabelle Blushon in Rosebud, and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine.

As a honest-to-goodness beauty addict, sometimes I'm so focused on the next beautiful and exciting release that I forget my current stash is actually pretty sweet. (Can you relate?) For this week's post, I pawed through a few things I've had awhile and one or two newer things, and I love what I came up with!

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes (2013), Annabelle Blushon in Rosebud, and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. 

Here are the highlights:

For eye colour, I used Laura Mercier's Artist Palette for Eyes (2013). I got this awhile ago, but Sephora recently re-released it. They're now calling it Eye Art Artist's Palette ($70), and the packaging is slightly different, but the colours are exactly the same! There is an amazing array of purples and browns, and the quality is beautiful. Give it a try!

  • Lids: Plum Smoke, a matte lavender, mixed with Bamboo, a shimmery, light golden-brown
  • Crease: Kir Royale, a bold, almost royal purple with a matte finish
  • Upper crease: Fresco, a light, brownish peach with a matte finish
  • Brow bone: Vanilla Nuts, A pale, pinky ivory with a matte finish

I lined with MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil in Black Brilliance (LE, no longer available—sorry!). I've struggled with this smudging on me in the past (weird, because it's supposed to be the same as the Fluidline in the pot, which doesn't smudge), so I tried blending and softening the line a little with a MAC 239 (and the shadow left on the brush). It looked great, and it didn't smudge—I'll be trying this trick again!

For mascara, I used my current HG mascara combo: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (one of the few amazing drugstore products I have—about $10, but often on sale) and Clinique Lash Power Mascara ($20). Lash Sensational is one of the best mascaras I've tried lately—it's very black, and it adds good volume, separation and lift while lasting all day without smudging or flaking. Lash Power adds a little more lasting power (it's a wash-with-warm-water formula), another layer of volume, and, most importantly, a good amount of length. I'll be sticking with this combo for awhile!

On my cheeks, I used another amazing drugstore product: Annabelle Blushon in Rosebud. It's a slightly plummy, cool pink with a matte finish. It costs less than $10, and it's wonderful. It swatched a little chalky, but the blendability, lasting power and pigmentation make  up for it. I may need another one or three of these!

On my lips, I used NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. (Quite the name, eh?) I like that it's not as drying as many other matte lip products, and it's easy to apply precisely. For me, this is a great MLBB shade. It's a little pricey at $30, and I don't love the packaging, but it's so pretty. Worth it!

My lesson this week? Shop my stash! I might just discover some old favourites!

What looks have you been coming up with lately? Let me know in the comments, or tag me (VanESAddict) in your posts on Instagram! 

Disclosure: Most of these products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. Annabelle Blushon was provided by PR for my consideration.

My Guest Post on Beauty Infinitum: How to Wear Orange When You Can't Wear Orange

A face of the day featuring three orange products: NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Panic (on the eyes), Sleek Blush in Icing Sugar, and CHANEL Gossimer for Lips in Amour.

This month, thanks to the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network, I had the opportunity to write a guest post for Stephanie over at beauty infinitum. The theme was orange, which was a stretch for me because I don't typically wear it. I have a lot of pink in my skin, so orange isn't the most flattering colour. Rather than going for a nail post—the easier option—I decided to get creative and create a post for girls like me who typically can't wear orange. This is what I came up with!  What do you think?

Head on over to beauty infinitum for the full post!

Guest Post: Chelle From Makeup Your Mind Shares an Orange Look!

Hey everyone! My name is Chelle and I’m taking over Amy’s blog today to share my look for the Canadian Beauty Bloggers theme of the month: Orange! If you like what you see, maybe come take a peek over at my space on the Internet—I blog about makeup with a side of fitness on Makeup Your Mind.

I’m a huge user and abuser of vibrant makeup, especially eyeshadows. If there’s an opportunity to use colour, I’ll take it! With this month’s theme being orange, I took full advantage.

To balance out the very bright monochromatic orange look on my eye lids, I opted to go for more of a pinky-coral on my cheeks and lips.

The vibrancy of the shadows make a bold statement, so I made sure to ground it with some black liner. Plus, I love me some winged liner, so it’s very rare that I don’t add one in!

Here’s how to get the look:

Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie through the top of the crease.

  2. Makeup Geek Chickadee all over the lid.

  3. Makeup Geek Poppy on the outer corner and through the crease.

  4. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean on brow bone.

  5. Naked Cosmetics IV-04 pigment on the inner corner.

I used Poppy on the outer corner of the lower lash line and used Chickadee for the remainder of the lower lash line. I then created the wing with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner inTrooper and tightlined with Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner. On my lashes is essence‘sLash Princess mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 52 Vanilla

  • Contour: Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach eyeshadow

  • Blush: Tarte Charisma

  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt

  • Lips: Revlon Papaya gloss

Is orange a colour you’d wear? There is always shades of peach and coral that many consider to be more “wearable”! But me? I’ll stick to the suckerpunching vibrancy that orange can deliver!

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