Stay True to the Spirit of a Rogue with Blue and Purple Lipsticks from INGLOT… + 1 Year of Bloggy Adventures!

Greetings from back at the very start of the dungeon, fellow rogues!

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a blogging rogue in possession of a large pile of loot must be in want of time to review it all.

As part of my continuing quest to make it through all the lovely things I collected in Dubai, I’m bringing you a rather late, much anticipated, but nevertheless hopefully still relevant review of two of INGLOT’s more intriguingly coloured lipsticks!

In semi-related news, today marks the 1st anniversary of my blog :-) To be honest, it’s kind of snuck up on me (given all the thesis madness that’s STILL GOING ON ARGH), but the little trophy from WordPress popped up in my notifications feed this morning to give me a little warm fuzzy buzz. I don’t have anything special planned, or any awesome giveaways organised (see: thesis), but I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s stopped by, said hello, and adventured with me these past 12 months. I’ve said before that my favourite part of blogging is the community, both fellow bloggers and readers, and I hope to enjoy this whole blogging thing for many adventures to come.  <3

(When the Thesisbeast is finally slain…THEN WE PARTY) :-D

Inglot Freedon System two Pan Palette with Blue (#95) and Purple (#99) lipsticks


Right: to get on with the actual review… I sort of wandered into the INGLOT store in the Dubai Mall without any special plans – I knew they had an impressive colour selection, and that was about it! Then I walked past the magical benchtop that held their pan lipsticks (or cream pigments, or whatever you want to call them) and ground to an immediate halt. I SAW PURPLE.

INGLOT purple and blue lipsticks #99 and #95 review and swatches

The Freedom System. Also known as choose-your-colours or ‘the dwarven approach to deciding when it is appropriate to start quaffing and eating all the pies’.

As you will be aware if you hang around here for any length of time, I have a bit of a thing when it comes to purple, especially lipsticks! Since it’s an anniversary, I feel it’s only appropriate to mention that although my first real post didn’t feature a purple lipstick, the second one did :-) The first one had coral. I guess I thought I’d start with something I wore daily, and then work in the direction of stuff I *wish* I could wear to work. ;-)

INGLOT purple and blue lipsticks #99 and #95 review and swatches

Our brave adventurers stumble across a strange artefact in the woods…

So! Of course I immediately chose the two purples an had them popped into one of the hady dandy two-pan Freedom System palettes. I do like that Inglot offers a reasonable selection of pan-form things, and that there are a few options when it comes to how many pans you have in your palette. Obviously, there were other shades of lipstick that I wanted from the line (how about the chartreuse, the white and the yellow, for starters?), but I was on a bit of a budget, didn’t know if I would like them, and thought I would stay true to my roguish roots. The colours I chose were #95 (the more bluish one) and #99 (the warmer violet). I’ve niggled before about lazy naming ayatems, but given the number of shades and items INGLOT has on offer, I can see the practicality of a numerical system. I’ll give them a pass this time, but I am partial to actual names for shades of makeup. ;-)

INGLOT purple and blue lipsticks #99 and #95 review and swatches

INGLOT lipsticks in #95 (blue) and #99 (purple). These shades are the absolute devil to photograph. Getting the shade right is like getting the paladin not to look smug in a photo. Essentially, it can’t be done.

I am rather fond of the packaging in the sense that it’s very sleek and operates by means of magnets. Magnets are awesome, and the magnetisation happening here is just as strong as you need it to be, and not so strong that when you’re trying to slide the lid off it suddenly pops and you gouge the hell out of the pan (I think we’ve all had something similar happen to us with some aggressively sealed product or other). Thumbs up to INGLOT for that one. The frosted aspect to the lid (for some reason), is totally my jam.

INGLOT purple and blue lipsticks #99 and #95 review and swatches

The lid opened relatively smoothly, and for a second they wondered if it was going to be some sort of crypt. Fortunately, lipsticks eventuated, rather than hordes of the vengeful living dead.

Normally, I’m not really a lip brush person (too lazy), but I wasn’t about to start finger painting with these, so I dusted off my Dior lipliner (which has an excellent brush on the other end) and attacked the pans! The texture of the lipsticks is smooth and very creamy, but isn’t too slippery. I didn’t experience any feathering during wear, and the colour applied evenly, but I have the sneaking suspicion that if you do personally find that lipsticks bleed or settle into your liplines, these lipsticks might lean in that direction. They feel nice and weightless on the lips, last about 3 hours (decent for me) and don’t taste of anything. The only downside is that they have a moderately onoxious fake cherry scent, that needs to die in a fire. I am biased because of some truly heinous medicine I had to take as a child, but even at the best of times, I feel like fake cherry scents don’t lend a whole lot of sophistication to a product. With the quality of the lipsticks and the sleek packaging, the scent is like… well, if you took a sundae crafted from madagascan vanilla bean ice cream and molten Valhrona chocolate and added a ‘pffft’ of spraycan ‘cream’ and a neon red maraschino cherry on top… *sniffs snobbily*:-)

All that aside though, these are nice lipsticks, for a great price, with an excellent selection. If you’ve been hesitating over trying INGLOT, or trying some more unconventionally-coloured lipstick, then this might be a great place for you to start! These are officiallt Rogue Approved lipsticks (and colours), so go forth and adventure, secure in the knowledge that I have your back when it comes to lip products. :-P

INGLOT purple and blue lipsticks #99 and #95 review and swatches

#99 (right), #95 (left) and my attempt at an ombre lip at the lower centre.

As you can see in the picture above, they both have decent pigmentation (the blue a little better than the purple), and they are both very smooth and even. I should note here that the Freedom System does have another blue lipstick in the line, but it’s more of a cyan type of blue, rather than an indigo/cobalt. I just don’t want to give the impression that this is the only blue in the line, hah! Anyway, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try my hand at an ombre blue/purple lip, and so pressed both colours into service, along with my trusty mainstay, MUFE #49 to add depth and shadow in the corners and around the lipline. Although I prefer lipsticks in bullets generally, the whole pan and brush business does give a wonderfully artistic atmosphere. The lip look was inspired by Phyrra’s hair, and a recent, fabulous ombre blue lip look that Fancie posted in Instagram ^_^ .

What do you think, fellow adventurers? Have you tried any of the INGLOT lipsticks? Do you go for blue or purple in your makeup looks much? What do you think I should do to celebrate my Blogiversary? :-D

The practicalities: INGLOT 2-pan Freedom System palettes cost US$8 each (I need to check how many AED) and the lipstick pans cost US$7 each for 1.2 g/0.05 oz. All are permanent, and may be acquired from INGLOT stores and counters around the world, as well as from (and other international equivalent websites).

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!


I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your inner ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Polish Loot, Chests of Loot and EPIC LOOT!

Greetings from the feasting table in the tavern, fellow rogues!

I feel like there should be some sort of warning label attached to NZ internet.’May cut out at random times’ or ‘may induce periods of table-flipping frustration’ ;-) However, we’re back in business, and I have two kinds of goodies for you today! First up is this post, the weekly roundup of beauty goodness from my fellow adventurers in the Beauty Spotlight team, and a little later (when this post has had some time to breathe) my much-promised purple lipstick post will be up! ^_^ So strap yourselves into your armour, friends, we’re going dungeoneering!


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What does a group of adventurers do after a long fortnight of successful questing? Why, they gather in the tavern to feast and tell tales of their adventures of course! Grab a tankard of mead, friends, and settle in!



writing a PhD thesis

The desk where I write my thesis. Don’t mind the bones. We’ll just push those to the side, it’ll be fine.


Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is obsessed with the holiday beauty gifts at Nordstrom, and put together a Holiday Gift Guide Extravaganza to drool over!

Prime Beauty has the low down on the latest and greatest beauty subscription box–L’occiBox from L’Occitane! Take a look at what you can get for just $15, but hurry these boxes are available just once a season!

Phyrra has tried a ton of subscription boxes over the years. She shares her picks for the Best Subscription Boxes, as well as which ones to skip!

What would you think a makeup organizer brought to you by QUIRKY would be like? Check out Beauty Info Zone to see it and why Marcia is in love with it.

15 Minute Beauty is upping her makeup game with new brushes! Here are some of her favorite makeup blending brushes! Did your favorite brush make the list?

An epic pile of loot has landed at Rogue HQ recently – mostly in the form of incredibly adorable lip-product minis! The Painted Rogue needs your help wrangling the Ballet Monster away from it all…and wants to know what you’d like to see reviewed first, as she has a huge number of new brands to try out!

Sunny from Mostly Sunny has a feast for your eyes. See what nail polishes will have you wanting them all.

Find out why Pammy Blogs Beauty is falling head-over-heels for the super whimsy and pretty Winter/Holiday polish collection from KB Shimmer!

Perilously Pale shares with us some great face and hand products to help combat winter dryness.

Still looking for the perfect gift? polish insomniac has the perfect stocking stuffers and gifts under $25.


Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!


Epic Loot Attack! <3 Goodies from the Land Across the Sea! <3

Greetings from under a mountain of miniature loot, fellow rogues!

If you follow me in Instagram (*pointed look*), you man have seen that the ballet monster and I took delivery of a very special and awesome package yesterday! Thanks to the magical wonder that is the Sorceress Jaa, I was able to take advantage of  access to Sephora, get a Christmas present for my sister, and use a couple of other coupon codes I’ve had lying around to indulge in a little bit of shopping! The parcel finally arrived in Middle Earth yesterday, and Christmas came early for this rogue – not only did Jaa tirelessly shop for me in the States, package everything up and send it to me as economically as possible, she also included some glorious extra goodies for me out of the kindness of her own boundlessly generous heart. So, on the off-chance that you haven’t yet enjoyed the brilliance of Jaa’s epic blog and photography, I strongly encourage you to head over there now, and assist me in showering her with praise. ;-)



Epic loot, haul! Sephora, Nordstrom, Nyx

The ballet monster was in there as soon as I cut the tape. You’d be surprised how hard it is to prise her out of there…


This post is sort of just a HOLY BARDBANGLES! kind of deal – I have another post lined up with that fab purple lipstick I’ve been hinting at recently for tomorrow, but we shall soon get onto all this epicness. If you have preferences or suggestions for what (of this loot) you’d like to see reviewed first, or how you’d like to see it done, let me know! Here’s what we have…


Epic loot, haul! Sephora, Nordstrom, Nyx

Argh! <3 Pardon the overexposed photo – I was using a mobile device in bad light, but I hope you can see most things until I get a chance to take a better pic!


Most of the stuff is in miniature, because my aim with the things I ordered was to try as many brands as possible! I ordered the Sephora Give Me More Lip Set, and with it this GWP bag they were offering. I made a little Nyx order for the lipsticks in Chambord, Trickery, Sinful and Risque, and the Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, and a pair of Kevyn Aucoin curlers for my sister from Nordstrom (no spoilers, LOL, she knows ;-) The other goodies here were courtesy of Jaa, who is my hero. <3

Epic loot, haul! Sephora, Nordstrom, Nyx

I told her she could take a couple of things to try. this is her nonchalant face while she tries to tell me that this constitutes ‘a couple’…


Epic loot, haul! Sephora, Nordstrom, Nyx

I told her she had to choose. Like all of us, she found this somewhat overwhelming…


So! What do you want to see first? Do you have any of these items/brands? How much do you love miniature lipsticks? How awesome is Jaa? :-D


Until next time, fellow rogues, don’t forget to check for loot as well as traps!



I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and original text on this blog are the property of Syl unless otherwise noted. They may not be reproduced without permission – if you do, I’ll send demons after you. You know, the ones that mush up the testers and open new lipsticks to try them out on their warty lips. Those ones. Yyyep.

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Blood Reds, Sneaky Lashes and How to Eat 13 Desserts in One Sitting!

Greetings from the feasting table in the tavern, fellow rogues!

How are things, fellow adventurers?  First off, I’d like to apologise to my fellow BST ladies for the lateness of this post – we had an internet blackout here at Rogue HQ (damn giant spiders) over the last day or so, naturally right when I wanted to post it. So here it is, slightly late, but ready for your Monday viewing pleasure! There’s lots of awesome packed into it, so make sure you check it out! :-D

Secondly, I want to thank everyone who’s sticking with me through this period of somewhat reduced posting and late comment replies. I love you all so much for putting up with me, and when I’ve finally vanquished the Thesisbeast, things will return to normal! <3 (These things take an amazingly long time to just get the %&$# out of your life…)

What does a group of adventurers do after a long week of successful questing? Why, they gather in the tavern to feast and tell tales of their adventures of course! Grab a tankard of mead, friends, and settle in!



Inglot Freedon System two Pan Palette with Blue (#95) and Purple (#99) lipsticks

PURPLE LIPSTICKS OMGWTFBBQ ARRGHSQUEE! Uh, yes. Purple Lipstick. *cough* This will be coming to the blog in a couple of days as this week’s post! :-D


The Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Gift Set is what lipstick dreams are made of, and Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog believes that it is the ultimate luxury gift for lipstick enthusiasts!

Are you a perfume buff? Still looking for a present for someone in your life? Come join Mostly Sunny’s awesome Atelier Cologne Ecrin Absolu giveaway!

Who doesn’t love a good beauty hack? Find out how Jessika from polish insomniac turns a problem glitter into nail art using Q-tips!

Still searching for the perfect gift for that hard- to- buy- for person? Enter to win Prime Beauty’s L’Occitane 13 Desserts of Provence giveaway, it’s the ideal gift for everyone!

Struggling for gift ideas? Beauty Info Zone has a lot of ideas including 5 Limited Edition items that are sure to please.

Pammy Blogs Beauty‘s Holiday Gift Guide continues with her review of a few gorgeous sets from L’Occitane!

The struggle is real! Phyrra brings you The Simple Guide to False Lashes. Wearing falsies has never been easier!

Covergirl has released a new mascara called Full Lash Bloom and Perilously Pale thinks it may just be her new everyday favourite.

Afraid of red lipstick? 15 Minute Beauty has the solution with her list of easy to wear reds. Maybe you’ll find the perfect one at last.

Does your job or hobby make makeup tricky? Laboratories certainly can! Never fear, though – The Painted Rogue has you covered with her Beauty Tips for Awkward Lab Workplaces! What are your tips and stories? :-D


Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!


Laboratory Beauty! Makeup for Awkward Workplaces…

Greetings from the INCREDIBLE NOISE of a cleanroom, fellow rogues!

As well as a rogue, I am also a scientist. Or, at least, I play one in grad school ;-) Over the last few days I’ve been spending a large amount of time in a cleanroom, which brings with it a few unusual challenges when it comes to makeup. As I sit here waiting for a particularly recalcitrant alchemical instrument to do its job, it occurred to me that it would be neat to have a chat about laboratory beauty, and ask you guys if you have any unusual challenges that crop up in your life/workplace that necessitate tailoring your beauty routine! I’ve already had my little moan about the fragile relationship between makeup and grad school, so this is more about getting adventurous, and finding ways to make sure you still get your beauty fix in!

Graduate Student Makeup Look

The many faces (well, eyes) of the academic rogue…some more wishful than others.

Just like dungeons, laboratories come in many shapes, sizes and varieties. There are also unique challenges and dangers inherent to each one, and they pretty much all force you to jiggle your beauty routine around to fit with them. The following are a few little things I’ve noticed. I should mention that this is partly joking, partly serious – I’m keen to hear if you have any similar situations or tips, so make sure you let me know in the comments! :-D

The Laser Laboratory

The main thing about laser labs is that they tend to be dark. Sure, there are lights, but you hardly ever turn them on and the places are usually in windowless basements to begin with. Just like a dungeon! ^_^ On the one hand, this is nice because you don’t have to worry if something gets smudged, or if you’re not wearing any makeup at all and it’s 3 am and the oscillator isn’t working and you look like sh*t… wait, I may have gotten sidetracked…anyway, it has its plusses. On the minus side, you’re going to want to avoid anything that could possibly have fallout. I’m talking eyeshadow, powder, mascara that you’re trying to use up even though it kind of flakes a bit… all of that has to go. Optics need to be dust-free, and when you’ve gone through the delicate process of getting everything aligned and set up, the last thing you want is to unblock the beam and smell burning as your no-longer gaussian beam bakes mascara chips onto the sapphire crystal you were trying to generate supercontinuum in. If this does happen, make sure the mascara was waterproof, so you can at least have a little cry about it.

Additionally, if your laser lab is anything like mine, the relative humidity is going to be kept at around 45%. This is, of course, for the benefit of the crystal lasing media, which tend to be hygroscopic, but it is *really* hard on the skin and lips. Make sure to hydrate well with water and use moisturiser, and keep a lip balm handy. On the plus side, it gives you an additional excuse to wear a neverending parade of fabulous hydrating lipsticks! ;-)

Pros: It’s pitch black in here. No-one will see if you’re having a bad skin day, and the laser doesn’t judge. Clearer skin and an excuse to wear fabulous lipsticks!

Cons: No glitter :-(  It’s also drier than the Gobi desert in here…


Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

Hydrating Dior Lip Glow with its pretty cap. Also, a freshly-captured wild mango (no eating in the lab! ;-)

Despite being surrounded, Sigryn knows she's among friends. Left to right: Sweet Tart, Peach Parfait and Wild Watermelon.

Despite being surrounded, Sigryn knows she’s among hydrating friends. Left to right: Revlon Lip Butters in Sweet Tart, Peach Parfait and Wild Watermelon.

The Organic Chemistry Laboratory

The big one here is that you can’t wear nail polish, and expect it to survive unscathed! Aside from the fact that you wash everything in pure acetone, there are a whole host of other organic solvents that are even more effective at removing polish – although you should be avoiding getting any of these going through your gloves, kids (not like some of them  give you a choice). Aside from that, you might also have to be a bit careful about the jaw/neck transition of your foundation. Labcoats tend to be white (so you can see when there’s something spilled on them), and the collars can be high, so makeup stains may occur! A non-transferring foundation or  keeping a bit of distance between the two should help ;-) On the same foundation note, remember that you’ll be wearing safety goggles all the time which may mess with the makeup on the bridge of your nose and cheeks, and touching your eyes will be difficult (high fives to anyone who’s ever done the classic but awkward ‘use-my-shoulder-to-rub-my-eye’ maneouvre). The plus on this is that you won’t accidentally smear your eyeliner, and you can use the time to give your nails a bit of a rest from polish if they’re getting yellow – the gloves will cover it up!

If you’re sensitive to humidity with your makeup, take note in summer if your lab has a lot of waterbaths (for rotary evaporators and the like) – they can make things pretty sticky and gross, especially when you’re stuck in a labcoat and gloves, quietly baking like a potato while the ether squeeze bottle is squirting violently of its own accord. On second thought,maybe we should all just go home… :-D

Pros: Chance for nails to recover, pristine eye makeup

Cons: Carcinogens, sweaty summers, tricky labcoat collars.


Frozen Glitter Gradient Mani China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara and OPI Happy Anniversary

This manicure sparkles and glitters something fierce in the sunlight – to be enjoyed away from the lab!


The foundation of the look

Some nice base products – light coverage, great staying power, no transfer or obnoxious sticky feeling under those safety goggles!

The Cleanroom

This place is what started it all off, because I’d been posting lip looks recently on Instagram (where you should totally follow me for daily rogueish goodness #shamelessplug) and using the handy-dandy radial blur tool to only have my lips in focus because I wasn’t wearing any base (HELLO PORES!). The reason for me not wearing any makeup was because I was about to spend several hours fully suited up from head to toe to go and do cleanroom things. Like the laser lab, the cleanroom is a no-go for glitter or powder or fallouty stuff. I mean, you can’t even take paper in there  in case tiny particles get loose. Like the other labs, you’ll also be wearing safety goggles all the time, as well as a full hood or hair covering, so you have to do battle with lines in your foundation. On the plus side, you don’t have to worry about styling your hair, and can totally get away with it being, perhaps, a day overdue for a wash (depending on your personal regime). Like the laser lab, the humidity is low, so you have to moisturise. Unlike the laser lab (generally) the noise of the extraction vents can get really grim, which means nice fluoro orange earplugs. These are never sexy, but you could opt to exploit the lipstick angle. Perhaps a nice vibrant colour to match the earplugs? It’ll keep your lips hydrated too. :-D Sometimes (depending on the class of your cleanroom/what you’re doing in there)you will have to wear a full face covering. In this instance, you might choose to play up your eyes with a nice waterproof, non-flaking mascara and some matte, reliably waterproof eyeliner. In this instance, you don’t even have to worry if your skin is playing up, because you’re basically a pair of eyes and nothing else at this point ^_^.

Pros: Ultra-clean air great for allergy/asthma sufferers, don’t have to style hair, fabulous lipstick.

Cons: Earplugs are never sexy, desert-like humidity. Amusing but unattractive bunny-suit and hair net/facemask. No glitter.

The Dior Pencil, complete with the other major tools of the forthcoming lip look. Also the tissue where I wiped off the brush, because I thought it looked vaguely arty.

Glitter’s out – it’s time to get funky with lipstick instead!

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara Review Swatch

Syl’s Stages of Lash Preparation: curl, then mascara. As you can see, the difference (for me) between curled lashes and curled +mascara’d lashes is small, but the mascara has gone on very cleanly, and has done noticeable things to the length.

So! What did we learn from all this? What are my Rogue’s Tips for Laboratory Beauty?

  • Focus on the one feature that’s still visible – probably eyes or lips or brows – a good non-flaking mascara, a hydrating lipstick, some defined brows and an eyelash curler will help fill your lab beauty kitbag!
  • Avoid glitter, dust, powder or anything that might fall out or smudge off (or be high maintenance).
  • Waterproof and long-wearing are your friends – hello stains for blushes and lips, thin layers of long-wearing, non-transferring foundation and matte eyeliner!
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Then hydrate some more. NO! Not *in* the lab, jeez. Take your cup of tea outside and drink it ;-)
  • If makeup is a total no-go, take comfort in and enjoy the fact that you’re probably so covered up that you don’t even need to care about what your skin is doing or what your hair looks like! Bask in the liberty! :-D Or just wear whatever you want underneath all the suiting and enjoy it in private ^_^.

I hope that’s been an amusing little roguish diversion for you ;-) What are your experiences? Do you have any tips for Biology/Medical research lab makeup (eh, Jaa? Eh, Aditi?) What about YOUR workplace or hobby – does it affect how you wear your makeup at all? Let me know! :-D



Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!


I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. For example, the cover/featured image of two of my fellow, spiffy scientists is the property of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and can be found here. If you nick off with any of it, watch out for the pixies that come in the night and snap your eyelids against your eyeballs while droning nursery rhymes at you.

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Cracked Nuts, Killer Eyes and Interrogation…

Greetings from the feasting table in the tavern, fellow rogues!

How are things, fellow adventurers?  I had my recital yesterday – everything went well, and some photos may be forthcoming if you’re all very good little adventurers ;-)


In other news,  I have yet another selection of the finest in beauty blogging for you to sample this week, courtesy of the Beauty Spotlight Team!

What does a group of adventurers do after a long fortnight of successful questing? Why, they gather in the tavern to feast and tell tales of their adventures of course! Grab a tankard of mead, friends, and settle in!

Here’s a beauty-inappropriate but quest-realistic picture to start you off… :-D


Path of Exile

Cleanup! Aisle 3!


Looking for great reasonable priced stocking stuffers? Prime Beauty found 3 fab kits from Mineral Fusion.

If you love creamy dreamy gorgeous taupe eyeshadows, then Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog wants you to feast your eyes on the must-have Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow in Tadzio No. 9. It’s truly a taupe dream-come-true!

It’s tech time with the bloggers of Makeup Wars. See what Beauty Info Zone has chosen as some of the best new items. Then continue on to the others to see what they’ve chose. You may find some new favorites.

Looking for gift ideas? Phyrra shares her Holiday Gift Guide, filled with great gifts!

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret represents three things that Sunny from Mostly Sunny cannot resist: minis, lipsticks, and value sets. Come find out if they lived happily ever after!

Tired of all the golds and reds of holiday beauty collections? Perilously Pale shows us how Clinique gives holiday beauty a fresh face with their Nutcracker Suite Collection.

The Painted Rogue is in full-blown questionnaire mode this week! Come on over to learn more about your (hopefully) favourite crazy rogue, and pitch in by taking the thrilling questionnaire she has devised for you! The best part of blogging is getting to know other awesome internet denizens, after all! ^_^.


Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!


Interrogueation! Liebster Award + A Fun Questionnaire for All! :-D

Greetings from the local tavern-based adventurer’s award ceremony, fellow rogues!

Recently, the lovely Dee over at HowDoesDeeDoIt nominated me for the Liebster Award. Dee is a true hardcore adventurer, combining beauty, brains, and an incredible physique. She even rocks a mean jewelled bikini! (<3_<3) I’m very honoured that she considers my little Bag of Holding A Rogue’s Nonsensical Ramblings (blog) worthy, and I’m happy to answer the snazzy questions she posed. Technically, I think that by having >200 followers, and already having received the award once, I may be disqualified, but what kind of rogue would I be if I let that stop me? ;-) 


Right, so here’s how I’m going to do this, because I’m a rogue and I have no shame. :-D Below are my answers to Dee’s questions, and then I’ve made up ten questions of my own that I’m putting out there for everyone who wants to to take them on! If you’d like to do it as an award on your blog, go right ahead! If you’re not blogging, but would like to answer some or all in the comments, please do! I just love hearing from all of you lovely makeup adventurers out there :-)

Beauty Spotlight Team Adventures

The Skeletal Necromancer and ‘friends’. With friends like these, adventures are guaranteed!

My Answers to Dee’s Questions!

What made you want to start a blog?

In blunt terms: Christine of Temptalia! Hers was the very first beauty blog I ever read, when I was hunting for reviews of Urban Decay’s 24/7 eyeliners! :-D The idea grew on me, as did the desire to have something with which to procrastinate while writing my thesis. I also decided that there weren’t nearly enough rogue voices out there in the beauty blogging community, and thus my niche was born. ;-)

A few favourite MLBB pink lipsticks

No actually all of the ‘MLBB’ pink lipsticks I own. Yes, I may have a problem. Zip it, you.


If you could change something about the beauty blogging industry right now what would it be?

Uh…it’s an ‘industry’? What?! *looks around wildly* :-P Just kidding, adventurers! So, since I earn exactly zero $$ from my blog, I don’t really feel as though I’m *inside* the industry, as it stands. Sometimes I fantasize about making my blog into a job, but that’ll have to wait till I graduate my PhD, at least, LOL! Rambling aside, from my perspective as someone who blogs beauty, but is outside the ‘industry’ portion of it… I can’t think of much? I mean, of course I could say something about honesty in reviews/PR samples, but I just don’t read blogs that I don’t feel are up to scratch in that area. The only quibble I might make is that occasionally I see a surprising lack of photo quality in swatch/reviews even though stuff has apparently been sent by a company. I assume that the blog has professional aspirations and a following (hence accepting/being sent PR samples), and the actual text of the review might be great,  but the photos are literally dark and blurry, or taken in artificial light so yellow as to render the colours moot and the swatches nearly useless. I’m not even demanding Jaa quality here, and I don’t see it very often, but it really jolts me out of things when it does! 


Miniature polymer clay bread and salami

Arnan the Barbarien, trying to decide which size bread is more appropriate for his post-skull bashing appetite. For reference, Arnan is about 30mm/1.2 inches tall.


You have 5  seconds to choose between your favourite lipstick and your favourite eyeliner – which one do you pick?

There is no choice. O_0 *clutches lipstick to self*

Adventuring with friends - who won't wait for you to choose a lipstick...

…searching for the Magical Artefact of Writes My Damn Thesis For Me… ;-)


What’s your MOST favourite lipstick  of all time?

Probably Chanel Rouge Coco in #40, Charme. It was my wedding lipstick, is a perfect MLBB pink, and makes my lips feel better after it wears off than they did before I put it on :-).

Everyday eye look_saturation

Remember this? I can even make my eyes look jewel toned and sparkly if you give me MS Powerpoint and 10 minutes!


You’re given 500$ to spend. You have to choose between clothes, makeup, shoes , books and a geeky gadget. What would you spend it on ?:)

Easy :-D ~$200 goes into a pair of Gaynor Mindens (pointe shoes), and the rest goes into adventuring equipment. It’s not enough to get a dwarven-forged dagger or anything, but it’ll keep me in hinge grease and lockpicks for a few more quests.

Nailstation Paris Cocorico swatch and review 2

One of the benefits (?) of natural light photography is that occasionally you don’t even need a computer to achieve arty, semioverexposed shots…

What’s your favourite vacation destination?

Anywhere adventurous, that probably involves hiking! Favourites so far have been Egypt and the mountains of Southern France, but really, I just love travel. Next on my WANT list are Nepal, and Guatemala and Peru, but for a more relaxed time I love the little hill towns in Tuscany, or the museums of Paris, Berlin and London. I should take a moment to mention here that I have a special fondness for hiking and adventuring right here in Middle Earth. After all, I can actually say with complete honesty that I have crossed the mires of Mordor and scaled the slopes of Mt Doom (Sauron was out for lunch or something). Tongariro National Park, with Ruapehu for skiing and Tongariro and Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom) for hiking, is a place near and dear to my heart, and it’s only a 4 hour drive from Rogue HQ, as opposed to 2 days of flying!^_^

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Do you have special skill/talent that we don’t know about ?

I can’t remember if I mention these things, and actual ‘talent’ in all cases is debatable (I personally think they just haven’t the heart to throw me out yet) but: I have played the cello first desk in a semi-professional orchestra? Um… I can speak German fluently, French functionally and Japanese enough not to die if I went to Japan? I can read Egyptian hieroglyphs? I can get supercontinuum out of almost anything (fs pulses help, tbh)? I can waggle my eyebrows independently of each other while waggling my ears?  Is any of this even a genuine talent? ROFL! :-D

Sleek Storm Palette Review and Swatches

Without the name slip…feast your eyes, adventurers! Another great palette for autumn!

Would you rather be in : A pretty dress and heels / jeans  and sneakers ?

This is actually a really hard question. Obviously, the dress and heels, because I have been all about the pretty dresses since I was born. In practical terms, however, all the things I enjoy doing in life, with the possible exception of cello and ballet if we disregard the ‘heels’ part (like science, hiking, videogames, etc) is better done in the jeans and sneakers realm…

Revlon Legacy Icy Violet, Revlon Gucci Westman Carnival Spirit, Revlon SuperLustrous Pink Sizzle lipsticks review and swatches

The druid, selecting lipsticks near the Spring of Suitable Presents for Sisters. Fabulously helpful place, that.


Are you a brand snob ?;)

Yes and no. Yes because often the ‘high end’ brands I’ve tried have genuinely given me a better result/experience, but no because it’s hard to be too ‘snobby’ in a land where your choice tends to be between (in practical terms): branded makeup that is not cheap – this includes my beloved Revlon, which will set you back $30 a lipstick here – and cheap makeup that has no brand, no ingredients list, no provenance, and there is no way I’m putting it near my body. ;-)


Nailstation Paris Coeur de Paris swatch and review Formula X Sephora Magma Review and swatch

DOUBLE CUDDLY SWEATER ATTACK! The fluffy one is more awesome, but the black one showed off the polish better… #rogueproblems


What was the last life-changing  tip that you received from someone? ( makeup or non-makeup related)

Perfection is the enemy of good enough, people. Especially when it comes to theses… ;-)


Lancome Lip Lover Full Set Swatches New Zealand

The Ballet Monster, complete with her weapon of choice.


Tell us about an app that you love !( can be a game, a photo-editing app..anything!)

While I’m not the appiest person in the world (ba-dum-TISH), I do get a lot of mileage out of the Podcast app on my iPad. I am a huge fan of the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast, among others, so I use it a lot! Also Instagram. Does Instagram count? I may have gotten a little hooked…


And now – My Questions for YOU! Muahahahaha!

Remember, this is for everyone, both my stalwart readers and valiant fellow bloggers – answer as many or as few as you like, in the comments below or on your own adventure board!

  1. It’s character selection time! Your choices: a human/elf/dwarf, who is a fighter/wizard/rogue. What do you choose for yourself, and why? What would your partner/sister/mum/dog/thesis advisor/whoever be?
  2. Is there a colour (could be clothes, makeup, hair, whatever) that you struggle to wear, but are determined to pull off somehow?
  3. What is on your lips RIGHT NOW? (can be ‘nothing’ or ‘pizza sauce’ or whatever, but we should probably keep PG, folks. LOL! ;-) )
  4. Have you ever had to/tried to pick a lock? 
  5. What’s the most dangerous adventure you’ve ever undertaken?
  6. If you could go to university, for free, (again), with no career pressure right now, what would you study? If you’re still at uni, is there something you secretly wish you could be doing a degree in? Feel free to be serious or tailor it imaginatively (e.g. ‘Bachelor of Balancing Spoons on my Nose’). 
  7. Pineapple on pizza: what’s your take on this thorny issue?
  8. How many druids does it take to open a locked chest (the rogue was on leave)?
  9. If you could be awesomely talented at any one thing (that you’re not already, of course, you fabulous adventurers, you!), what would it be?
  10. Why do the skeletal undead always waste time arguing over lipsticks when they have no lips? Nostalgia? Optimism? Because lipsticks work just as well as ‘maxillomandibular sticks’?


So there we are! Thanks again to Dee for the nomination :-) I hope you enjoyed reading my typically rambly answers, and I hope you’ll take a stab at a few of the questions I’ve offered above!

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!


I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your inner ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…