What’s in The Rogue’s October Beauty Wishlist Chest? Charlotte Tibury, Holiday Loot and Wicked Lippies!

Greetings from my imaginary world of awesome, fellow rogues!

I’ve been seeing so many epic new beauty artefacts and loot recently, that I think it’s time for another wishlist! A rogue’s got to get it off her chest at some point, you know? This time it’s split into three areas, and I should mention right now that this isn’t technically an exhaustive list! I’m thinking of doing some additional wishlists for geek stuff and ballet, so if you’re keen to see those as well, let me know. :-)

Without further ado, these are the shinies…

 (NB: all the images were taken from the respective brand’s official website, or the Nordstrom one in the case of the LM and BL sets)

Charlotte Tilbury Wishlist

*drools*

Starting with Charlotte Tilbury…

Obviously, as a famously lipstick-addicted rogue, I’d rather like all of the two lipstick lines that Charlotte Tilbury has designed (barring a couple of too-nudes). However, for the purposes of this post, I have limited myself to two pretty pinks and two vampy purples! The pinks were brought to my attention particularly by the irrepressible Stacey and the illustrious Jaa, as well as (naturally) Christine of Temptalia. Christine is also responsible for my current hyperventilation over the The Rebel eyeshadow quad – I don’t really own many greens, especially ones that aren’t effectively just teal or turquoise, and the colour mix in this one just stole my heart. The Glamour Muse palette is, well, it’s *purple* people. Honestly! ;-)

I have kind of a soft spot  for the beautiful sculpt/highlight palette that Charlotte also has in the range, but despite the gentle colour of the bronzer and the stunning packaging, if I’m brutally honest with myself I probably won’t actually use it. I know this is a *wish*list, and that it’s totally OK just to want something because it’s pretty, but there’s a part of me that wants to keep it to things I know I would actually put on. … anyway! Moving swiftly onward… :-D

holiday loot chests!

Holiday Goodies…

 We’re starting to see the avalanche of Holiday 2014 sets and specials emerge (well, sets and specials exclusively for the US, mostly, but a rogue can dream!), and a few have caught my treasure-keen eye! Given my recent discovery of a Holy Grail product in Laura Mercier’s Amethyst Caviar Stick, the idea of trying out a bunch more of the shades seems rather appealing! Accordingly, the LM Caviar Stick set from Nordstrom is on my little list.  From the same page on Nordstrom comes the Butter London LE Steampunk collection. As both a geek and a lover of historical things, Steampunk is RIGHT UP MY VICTORIAN ALLEY. For those not familiar with it,  it’s kind of Victoriana meets Jules Verne style science fiction meets magic and steam power and clockwork. Did that make sense? Probably not. Nevertheless, it’s awesome, and I want that nail set! :-D Thirdly, as a lover of brightly coloured eyeliners and Marc Jacobs lipsticks, I feel that the MJ Highliner set for Holiday 2014 is right up my alley – I’d love to try his eyeliners, and the shade selection is nice!

Nyx Wicked Lippies

Who *doesn’t* want to be able to sport a metallic khaki lip?

My wishlist was going to end with the Holiday sets, actually, but as I was drafting the post, an email from Nyx popped into my inbox, informing me that they had just released a set of unconvnentionally colored metallic lipsticks, presumably to capitalise on the success of their recent pastel Macaron Lippie range. Because this is so new, I haven’t seen a single real review or swatch, so I have no idea if these are *really* desirable or not, but I do know that I’m 100% behind anyone releasing more blue and purple lipsticks into the world! I’d go for pretty much all of them, but Betrayal, Immortal, Risque, Envy and Sinful are topping the list (no surprises there, right?) ;-).

So! That was my little wishlist for October (although it kind of covers September as well, really, since we’ve only just entered October).

Does anything catch your eye on that list? Have you tried some of the things there? What are your thoughts on steampunk? How do you feel about metallic khaki lipsticks? :-D

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

Syl

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 on this blog are the property of Syl unless otherwise noted. They may not be reproduced without permission – if you do, I’ll send goblin hordes after you. Plague-ridden ones.

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Adventuring Tips, Magical Berries and Holy Grails!

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

How’s your weekend going, fellow adventurers? I’ve had rather a lovely one after a very stressful week! This Sunday (28th September) was the Wizard and my first wedding anniversary! :-D A whole year with no backstabs, fireballs or love potions required ;-) We had a great time sleeping in, eating croissants, brunching, strolling around town and playing Magic: The Gathering. ;-)

 

<3 <3 <3

 

Speaking of eating, playing and having a good time…

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!

 

Everyday eye look_saturation

Fun with the saturation dial! Sometimes you just feel like making an everyday eye look more magical ;-)

 

 

Phyrra shares Great Makeup Tips for Hooded Eyes!

Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog learned the secrets of Tom Ford Beauty when she attended a Master Class with Todd Davidson at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, and it was a true game changer! Now you can learn Tom Ford’s secrets too!

You gotta love a gloriously rich reddened berry lipstick and a metallic nail polish for autumn! Sunny from Mostly Sunny found her favorite lipstick and nail polish of the season with Givenchy Poupre Inouï Le Rouge and Bronze Insensé Le Vernis. Maybe they’ll steal your heart, too!

15 Minute Beauty shares some of her favorite Merlot Nail Polishes for Fall. What color are you wearing obsessively on your tips this fall?

Stop being so sensitive and check out the Crest giveaway at Beauty Info Zone. Enter to win an awesome gift pack plus a $75 Walgreens Gift Card!

Does your daily skin care regimen need a quick fix? Carrie from eyeliner on a cat wants to help! Check out her list of 6 products which areMost Likely To Succeed.

Who doesn’t love a palette that offers not only multiple eye looks but also blush, bronzer and highlighter? Christa from Perilously Pale reviews the amazing Tarte Rainforest After Dark Cheek and Eye Palette.

What are your Top 5 Handbag Essentials for Fall? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares hers as well a Freebie/coupon link for U by Kotex!

Have you brought back any new Holy Grail loot from your recent quests? If you’re still searching, The Painted Rogue has a lead that’s worth chasing up with her new HG friends, Laura Mercier’s African Violet shadow and Amethyst Caviar Stick!

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

Syl

It’s a Trap! The Perils of Precipitous Polish Purchases! (And Remedies for Same)

Greetings from a position doing the splits over a spike pit, fellow rogues!

Since I’m in a rather delicate position at the moment (re: spike pit), I’m actually going to try and keep this post rather short. There’s also the fact that I don’t really like negatives, but I thought this was an important and useful conversation to have! After all, as rogues we’re supposed to see the traps before they happen, so on the off-chance you  do fall into a trap, what can you do about it?

As I mentioned in a recent polishy post, I’m not generally an impulse purchaser – especially when it comes to makeup! With the prices the way they are here in Middle Earth, added to the fact that you can’t return things once opened, unplanned expenses aren’t really an easy option. However, we all have our moments, even rogue (who are generally more preoccupied with suddenly finding gold than suddenly losing it). Mine came in Dubai, where I spied a rack of bright and gorgeous Nailstation Paris polishes on sale, and scooped up three. Two have been pretty successful (I didn’t just grab them totally at random, after all), but this last one, sadly, didn’t quite hit the mark (unlike that spike in the pit down there that’s threatening to, well, you know…). 

I present: Nailstation Paris Cocorico, a bright sky blue with hidden white pearl…

 

Nailstation Paris Cocorico swatch and review 2

Sky blue goodness, with a pale whitish (superfine) pearl, if you can spot it!

 

Looks good, right? Well, it is, in the colour sense – I actually really like it. The pearl isn’t overt, so it doesn’t get to ’80’s frostpearl’ on you (frost mages from the ’80s had an interesting style, to say the least), and the colour is neither too cobalt nor too baby/pastel. It’s like that door that looks totally innocuous, and has some nice, nonthreatening carvings on it. Can’t be a trap, right? We’re in a hurry after all, and the treasure must be much further in….

Anyway, it’s when you put the polish on me that the problems begin to crop up…

Nailstation Paris Cocorico swatch and review 2

Lobster claws! :-D Also, Nailstation Paris Cocorico (blue) and OPI Rose of Light (glitter). Pardon the particularly mangy looking cuticle area on my little finger – eczema waits for no swatch picture…

 

As you can see, this polish gives me the dreaded ‘lobster claw’ effect – when you wear a (usually mint green I think) polish on your pale/cool toned hands, and they magically look INCREDIBLY PINK. This blue also brings out some yellow splotches as well, which is interesting, but not particularly attractive. Now, as much as I like this blue as a colour, it made my hands scream at me in all the wrong ways. My nails stabbed me in the eye from arm’s length every time they passed into my vision. It was like that time I picked up that gorgeous sparkly ring in that dungeon…some weird sh*t went down that day…

Nailstation Paris Cocorico swatch and review 2

Cuddly sweater shot, because every polish deserves at least one turn with a cuddly sweater.

 

Next to my flamboyantly fluffy cuddly sweater, the colour is still incredibly hard. Now, although I’m bitching and moaning about it, your mileage may vary – if you have a skintone that suits these colours better, or if you’re just really a fan of bold sky blues, then this colour may be a winner for you. Before you go, however I’m afraid I have to warn you that there are a couple of other issues here as well – for a start, the polish is…chewy. You know, the kind that manage to be thick *and* streaky, and seem to dry partly as soon as you get the brush past the opening of the bottle. Secondly, the *actual* dry time is really long. I think I waited for about half an hour for this to stop being tacky (let alone dent-proof). Even the next day I could still gouge it without much effort. Part of the reason I’m harping on this is that the other two polishes I tried from this brand didn’t have any of these problems, so this one was kind of a letdown.

However! I promised solutions in the post title, and you’ve already pretty much seen it – my ultimate solution, if you’ve gotten a polish you don’t really like, is to whack a favourite glitter topcoat over it. Yes, I know what you’re thinking: ‘Syl, you complained about this colour smacking you in the face, and now you want to make it sparkle as well?’. But since I like glitter so much *especially Rose of Light OMGBUYITDOITFLAIL* I find that it actually softens the effect for me. The reflection from the glitter takes the hard edge off the colour, and, well, sparkles are always OK in my book. An alternative solution would be to reserve the colour for nail art purposes (where it will make an excellent sky blue if you need one) or paint a design with it/over the top of it (it might actually make quite a funky ‘modern french tip’ over navy blue or orange). I know you could also just sell it/give it away or throw it away, but I feel bad about selling/giving a polish to someone where the formula itself is iffy, and I CANNOT just throw things away (comes from living in a world where an OPI polish used to be close on $30 a pop).

What’s your favourite method for dealing with a polish you regret buying (depending on why you regret it, probably)?

Of course, one solution, to make yourself feel better, is just to remove the offending polish and put another favourite combination on instead. To that end, I give you Chanel Rose Insolent (which I have waxed lyrical about, in actual iambic pentameter here), and OPI Blush Hour (of which I took my first ever successful super macro shot here) with two coats of thick lacquer topcoat to make it SUPER SHINEH. In a word: ahhhhhh :-) Now if you’ll excuse me, I just need to get this spike out of my…

 

Nailstation Paris Cocorico swatch and review 2

The other hand! :-D Same light. I changed the sweater so the fluff wouldn’t get too busy with the sequin explosion… my thumb is still pink, but that has more to do with the fact that the thumb-hole in the sweater is kind of tight :-P

 

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, semi-overexposed shots…

 

What do you think, fellow adventurers? Have you had any impulse purchase disasters? How do you deal with them? Does it ever involve ‘add glitter’?

The practicalities: Nailstation Paris polishes cost EUR 15 /AED 50 (I think) each for 15 mL and may be acquired from assorted stockists listed on the Nailstation website. You can check out the details for Rose of Light here, Rose Insolent here and Blush Hour here!

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

Syl

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…

Ooly’s Back From the Dior Vernis Frontier with Shiny Collection Swatches and A Review of #853 Massai!

Greetings from a long time no see, fellow rogues!

Today I have an extra special treat for you – Ooly’s back! :-D For those of you not yet familar with the fast talking, faster (crossbow) shooting ranger, do go and check out her previous gems: a toxically adorable toadstool mani, and a review of Dior’s much-lauded lip glow! You won’t be disappointed.

Today, however, Ooly is keeping us both stylishly lacquered and in the loop with swatches of the Dior Fall 2014 and Rouge Baume polishes, and a review of the delightfully bloody  853 Massaï !

 

 

What ho, fellow adventurers! Ooly returns from a long, long walk in the woods, lured back by the need to get out of the inclement weather and the enticing smell of fresh Dior Vernis.

 

Not one, but two sets of gleaming bottles awaited me: The Fall 2014 set (to accompany new 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palettes and some lip shades) and four polishes to go with the Rouge Baume release (lippy & blushes).

 

Now, this other stuff is all very well, and some of the 5 Couleurs palettes were highly tempting, but this ranger is all about the polish. Like a moth to a flame (or tasty game to one of my snares), I headed straight for the display and began swatching with abandon.

 

First up, the whole lot (because don’t we all like to be overwhelmed by The Pretty?). And opinions, because those are the fun part! I can’t comment specifically on wear-time, but these are all (by the look of it) in the “Effet Gel” formula, and from experience with another shade, they generally are as shiny and long-wearing as it says on the box. They go on very smoothly and stay put unless, you know, you go mountaineering in them. For most, you can get away with one coat only.

 

Dior Fall 2014 Vernis and Dior Rouge Baume Vernis full swatches and review of 853 Massai

Sunlight swatches, complete with handy labels. Fall 2014 on the right of the line; Rouge Baume on the left.

 

Ninja mini-reviews (from left in the pic):

 

254 Rose tutu: Super pretty coral pink shade that has sunshine written all over it. On my to-buy list for summer.

 

206 Pied-de-poule: is French for “houndstooth”, and this muddy (beige? dark beige? dishwater?) colour definitely has that country, horsey, jodhpurs-and-driving-gloves feel about it. Personally not a fan of the corpse-nails greige trend, so this one was never going to be my favourite, but points to Dior for being right on the money with the name.

 

853 Massaï: Gorgeous, deep, bloody red that I could not resist (and, accordingly, bought –see more below). Looks fantastic on pasty skin tones (like mine); incredibly classy shade that’s just a weeee bit dangerous. Somewhere between feeling that badass that you could face down a whole battalion of Mindflayers with one perfectly arched eyebrow, and effortless ’40s style.

 

902 Bar: is a smoky black, like the bitten-off end of a piece of licorice. There’s a barely noticeable shine in there, but I found this one a little dull. I’m picky with my black polishes – they’d better be darker than the inside of a piece of charcoal at midnight, or I ain’t interested.

 

796 Carré bleu: A very interesting dark denim blue. Looks terrible on me (most blues that aren’t dark navy do) but for those who can carry it off, it has a nice depth.

 

121 Lili: This one was a surprise. I don’t generally bother with “nude” nails (if I’m going to paint ‘em, I’d better be able to see it). However, I was amazed at how close this one was to my actual skin! Not to mention being warm in tone, where so many nude polishes are very cold and death-y. If I wanted the nude look, I’d totally buy one. But I don’t. LOL

 

775 Star: Oh, mon Dieu, this pink!!!! I really would have run off with this one, too, but I mostly buy polishes according to what I don’t have, and as gorgeous as it is, it’s similar to Chanel’s Tentation. For those who can never buy enough pinks, however…

 

798 Spring: Another greyish-brown, darker this time. Again, not a massive fan. Not necessarily what jumps to mind when I think of spring, and I definitely couldn’t wear it, but for those who like browns, it has a certain warmth and depth.

 

988 Diorette: Very pretty red wine colour; more mature than Massaï but with the same class and impact. Where Rose tutu (above) was perfect for summer, this would be perfect for winter.

 

For comparison, the same swatches in shade:

 

 

Dior Fall 2014 Vernis and Dior Rouge Baume Vernis full swatches and review of 853 Massai

Indoor/shade swatches: the colours definitely change!

 

 

Back to Massaï for a minute: just have to show this one off with some gratuitous pics.

 

 

Dior Fall 2014 Vernis and Dior Rouge Baume Vernis full swatches and review of 853 Massai

Delightfully bloody, isn’t it?

 

 

Well, fellow adventurers, I hope you enjoyed that whirlwind tour and are now trying to rationalize the use of gold on at least one of these. ^_^

 

I’ll be off back to the cave, now, where Baz has promised me something tasty for dinner. As I always say, until I learn to spit gold, no one’s gonna pay me for my opinions! Sad but true. And so, until next time… good hunting. And always look up.

 

Thanks Ooly for the fabulous swatches and review! :-) It’s always lovely to have a ranger’s perspective here on the blog. I think I speak for everyone when I say MOAR OOLY PLZ.! :-D

I rather like the look of Rose Tutu, because, well. Tutu, people. Obviously, after my little flail over the Sweetheart Rouge Baume, Star is right up there too. I also feel like there’s potential for an interesting mani with Carre Bleu and Lili, although Lili isn’t a shade I’d pick usually…

Anyway… ;-)

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to polish your daggers (and nails!)…and also check for traps…

Syl

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 text and images on this blog are the property of Sylirael the (Painted) Rogue (unless otherwise stated – in this post they’re Ooly’s, for example!) and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send toxic beetle swarms after you. They’ll be in your sock drawer, in your shoes and under your pillow…and there’ll even be some hiding under the toilet seat. You know, the ones with big, sharp mandibles…

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Star Foundations, Magical Skincare and Enchanted Mascaras!

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

How’s your weekend going, fellow adventurers? Any interesting loot looted or monsters vanquished this week? It’s a bit of same old same old here at Rogue HQ, although I did get some good news and an exciting opportunity this week (well, good and exciting in my little corner of the world. I didn’t win a Nobel Prize or anything) ;-).

Speaking of good and exciting…

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!

 

Beauty Spotlight Team Link Love

I don’t usually buy ice creams on sticks, but…this one is coated in silver. Once a rogue always a rogue, people… ;-)

 

Phyrra has the Best Mascaras You Seriously Need to Try Now! Don’t buy another mascara until you read this!

Find out the Top 10 Nail Colors for Fall over on polish insomniac!

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat has been spoiled by a mini of a devastatingly beautiful luxury face cream from Tatcha. Find out exactly why her skin was living the charmed life while it lasted.

Beauty Info Zone is giving away $940 of Onsen Secret Skin Care. Enter now and you could be one of two lucky winners!

If you seek a magical balm, with amazing ingredients, that is good for all that ails you–then Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog recommends the truly amazing Heaven + URTH Beelieve Hydration Balm!

Prime Beauty shares 6 Beauty Problem Solvers that will curl your lashes, remove deodorant stains, untangle your tresses and get every last drop of product out of the tube!

Sunny from Mostly Sunny is officially a Dior Diorskin Star convert! Find out more about the foundation, concealer, and Backstage Blender. Maybe you’ll find your new holy grail, too!

15 Minute Beauty shares her favorite cuticle products to keep her hands looking perfect, no trips to the salon required!

Looking for a polished adventure? The Painted Rogue has the scoop on a neon pink and shimmering orange quest through the heart of a volcano with Sephora Formula X and Nailstation Paris loot!

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

Syl

The Perfect Purple Treasure: HG Goodies with Laura Mercier Amethyst and African Violet!

Greetings from the site of another(?!) Holy Grail, 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 special, shiny pair of treasures today! Laura Mercier was a brand I was *very* keen indeed to get my rogueish little mitts on, and I was fortunate to be able to amass a tidy collection of pretty, wearable pinky purple things from it. I have already reviewed the pinky lip things here, and today we’re tackling the purple eye loot! Yes, I know what you’re thinking: ‘Syl, you have so many purple eye-related things already! Now there are more?!’ to which I would gleefully reply: ‘DUH!’ (I’d try for something more eloquent and polite, but, come on – it’s purple we’re talking about here! ;-)).

Although I’d had my eye on probably half the Laura Mercier line before I went to Dubai, there were a couple of things in particular that sparked my interest. One was the famous African Violet eyeshadow that I’d seen in assorted LM palettes on the venerable Temptalia, and the other was the Amethyst Caviar Stick that I’d seen on Sunny’s beautiful blog. Accordingly, these were the first two items I hunted down.

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Lura Mercier Loot! Eyeshadow single in African Violet, and the Caviar Stick in Amethyst…

First up, let’s take a look at the glittering, golden pinky lavender that is African violet:

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

The rogue rummaged around in the corner of the dungeon, finding a grate with a broken statue, many spiders, and a mysterious, shiny brown chest…

 

Although I considered several gorgeous palettes that contained this shadow, it was most economical for me to just buy the single I was interested in. I don’t have many shadow singles (I think the only others are a red KIKO one and the brown Lancome one I use to do my brows, off the top of my head), but I’m glad to add this one to the roster, as I see it getting a lot of use! The packaging is a sleek, slightly purpled dark brown colour, and is…well, a totally normal eyeshadow single compact. Sometimes, a treasure chest is just a treasure chest, fellow adventurers!

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Flipping her lockpicks deftly back into her jerkin pocket after opening the mysterious chest, the rogue marvelled at the wondrous shininess obscured by the mysterious, inscribed inner cover..

 

Inside the compact is the eyeshadow in a square pan, covered with the usual clear plastic slip. I removed this, and instantly lost it. I’m not too cut up about it, but there is a part of me that hates to lose pieces of things, no matter how useless… *twitch* ;-)

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Having removed the sheath, the rogue cautiously approached the shinies, alert for any trap…and admiring her stylish pants in the large, clear mirror that occupied the chest’s lid…

 

Let’s just take a look at this gorgeous little slice of purple shininess, shall we?

 

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Ooh… one kind of raking light. Here it looks more silvery/lavender…

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Ooh, another kind of raking light! Here it looks a little darker, more warm violet/gold…

 

African Violet is a shimmering, almost-glittery-but-not-quite eyshadow with a smooth texture and light to buildable pigmentation. I don’t want to say ‘sheer’, because it’s not. It doesn’t have that thick, buttery opacity that, say, UD Half Baked does, but then I don’t think that’s the idea.  The name of the product is ‘luster eye colour’ (in an odd mix of English and US spellings), and that’s exactly what it does – it provides a wash of shimmering colour that illuminates the lid, but doesn’t stray into heavy metallic territory. I’m probably explaining this quite badly, so let’s take a look at some swatches! There’s a quick eye look, too, at the bottom of the post.

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Swatches of African Violet (left) and the Amethyst caviar stick (right). The three pictures are showing the two in varying angles of light, to give an idea of the range of shimmer. As you can see, African Violet isn’t dense, but it ain’t patchy-sheer either!

As you can see in the swatch, African Violet on my skin is more of an African Lavender – a delicate, warm toned lavender with a shimmering light golden overtone. *drools*. I’ve been lusting after this shadow for a long time, friends, and it doesn’t disappoint! :-D I think it would be perfect for anyone who wants a shadow they can just sweep over the lid for a casual, easy look, pop into the inner corner or the centre of the lid for a hint of lavender shimmer over another colour or layer onto the lower lash line for an ethereal touch to an eye makeup look. As you might guess, this describes 90% of my daily eye makeup. The other 10% is, of course, this.

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

In another corner of the same dungeon: more broken statues in crates and a mysterious brown log! No, it’s not what you just thought… (fortunately)

The Caviar Stick somes in a sleek, swivel-up pen format, with a click on lid, in the same colour as the eyeshadow compact. Helpfully, the back end of the pen shows the colour of the shade inside.

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Two domes: one rogueish, hooded head, one caviar stick in Amethyst…

 

As you can see in the picture above and the swatch photo, Amethyst is…well…brownwithlavendershimmerovertones. It’s really quite hard to describe, actually! :-D At first swatch you’re like ‘oh. It’s…kind of a mahogany brown?’ and the visions of glittering purple geodes vanish from your mind. On closer inspection, however, you notice the ethereal purple shimmer that accompanies the brown, and your interest is reawakened… (well, assuming you like ethereal purple shimmer, but, I mean, who doesn’t?).  The swatches are shown again below, for your convenience…

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Swatches of African Violet (left) and the Amethyst caviar stick (right). The three pictures are showing the two in varying angles of light, to give an idea of the range of shimmer.

Amethyst has two very important features: firstly, it’s is almost offensively wearable and easy to work with. You can use it as an all over shadow, You can use it as a liner. You can smoodge the edges out, or not as you like. It doesn’t smear, It doesn’t feel tight. The colour is never too much, but holds its own. If only all paladins were so versatile! Secondly, this thing wears like IRON on me. Seriously – even without primer (my lids aren’t especially oily), I wore this for FOURTEEN HOURS, two of which were intense, sweaty ballet, and when I looked in the mirror at the end of the day the caviar stick on my lash line was *perfect*. Not just ‘decent’, not just ‘respectable’, but *perfect*. I’m almost ready to start looking for sorcery here, people. Bring me a mage! I need an Arcana check! Melissa? Where are you?! ;-)

Essentially what I’m saying here is that Amethyst is phenomenal. It’s basically entered my daily routine, and competes even with the great and mighty UD Demolition. Obviously, they are two different kinds of product (Demolition is a matte dark brown pencil eyeliner), so one won’t replace the other, but I now have two things I reach for on a daily basis, and for me, that’s impressive! Yep, Amethyst is officially in my adventuring essentials kitbag, with newly minted HG status! 

Now, how about a look? This is a quick look I happened to take some photos of (does anyone other than a beauty blogger ‘happen’ to take photos of eye makeup?) – one that I tossed on on a Sunday to wear to ballet. I was in the mood for something a little ‘undone’, but still ethereal and pretty – kind of like a Bard who had a big gig on Saturday night, but still wants to look put together for her visit to Corellon’s temple the next morning. Accordingly, I have dubbed it ‘The Sunday Morning Rockbard’…

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Why can’t I take pictures of both of my eyes together where I don’t look like I’m in a trance? Mysteries, mysteries…

I cropped my brows off because I’m just that little bit extra lazy, and don’t tidy them before ballet always. The eyebrow stubble isn’t noticeable until you take closeup photos… speaking of which, I should mention that these were taken on a mobile device, as the camera was out of commission, hence the lower quality. Hopefully, you can still see what I was going for! :-D

This makeup look took me literally two minutes. I cannot stress how effortless and versatile these two products are… I love both of them, and all in all I’m very, very pleased with my Laura Mercier goodies. I was very excited about the brand, and it has entirely lived up to my expectations – in the case of the longevity of Amethyst – far surpassed it! I can most definitely recommend these two products, if you’re in the market for some ethereal purple goodness! Honestly, I kind of want to collect ‘em all with those caviar sticks… *sigh*

 

What do you think, fellow adventurers? Have you tried any of Laura Mercier’s eyeshadows or caviar sticks? What’s your favourite effortless eye makeup? How much do you love ethereal, shimmering purple things NO IT’S NOT A LOADED QUESTION, NO, NOT AT ALL?

The practicalities: Laura Mercier eyeshadow singles cost US$24 each for 2.26 g / 0.09 oz, and the Caviar Sticks cost US$28 each for 1.4 g /0.05 oz. Both of these shades  are permanent, and may be acquired from Laura Mercier counters in the US, Europe and Dubai, as well as from www.lauramercier.com and www.sephora.com (the links aren’t affiliate, just here for your convenience!).

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

Syl

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 innear ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

Interrogueation! Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award + A Fun Questionnaire for All!

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

Recently, the lovely Michelle over at Wonders Reviews nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. 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 cool questions she posed. I also think that, if you’re in need of a fix in terms of gorgeous high end makeup shinies, you should definitely check Michelle’s incredible stash out! The woman has an actual toolbox full of Tom Ford and Chanel – this is an adventurer that means business, people!

Bloggy, awardy goodness! <3 Thank you Michelle!

Bloggy, awardy goodness!

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 Michelle’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 Michelle’s Questions!

How did you choose the name of your blog?

Quite simple, really: as a fan of tabletop RPGS (and videogames, and miniature painting, etc) who always rolls a rogue if given the choice and has an unhealthy fondness for lipstick, ‘The Painted Rogue’ just kind of naturally followed. As a bonus, there is the rather weak pun on ‘rogue/rouge’ that I’m irrationally proud of, although I can’t be the first person who’s pointed that out ;-)

Munchy toes

My first pointe shoes *sniffle*. Broke the shank by foot-power alone before I even properly munched up the platform satin!

How long have you been blogging for?.

I can hardly believe it, but I only started blogging (on a whim, actually) in late December 2013, making my quest about 9 months old! I’ve met (blogmet?) so many lovely and wonderful and smart and funny people this way, that it feels as though I’ve been blogging forever. The people who support my inane ramblings and provide me with awesome comments and amazingly fantabulous blog posts of their own to read are my absolute favourite things about blogging. They are living proof that the Internet is actually full of superlative people, which is a feeling that can quickly get lost amidst the trolls and general noise. I <3 every single one of you, be you fellow blogger or adventurous reader! WARMFUZZIESINCOMIIIIING!

Skelemancer and the Lipstick

One of the first ever pictures in my first ever post. Aww. The Skelemancer is *really* amazed by that lipstick.

Anyway

What are your HG (holy grail) products? The ones that you purchase and repurchase?

Well, since my makeup quest really only started in earnest a year or two ago, I haven’t actually *finished* that much to repurchase! However, I can definitely give you a list of things that I would absolutely repurchase and consititute my ‘HGs’ in each category:

Foundation: YSL’s BB cream.

Concealer: Still looking, but the Collection one is impressing me at the moment, and it was only $11 :-D

Eyeshadow: Tie between Urban Decay and Sleek.

Eyeliner: Urban Decay’s 24/7 liners for sure! Especially Junkie and Demolition.

Lipstick: This is kind of a hard one, as I have MANY awesome lip products. My favourite formulae are Bloom, Guerlain Rouge Automatique, Revlon Balms and Butters, Chanel Rouge Coco, and Urban Decay Revolution though.

Blush: It’s a tie between Clinique Cheek Pops and Chanel cream blushes.

Mascara: I…haven’t really found an HG yet. YSL’s is good though, and this Clinique one is nice!

Nail polish: My favourite brands are OPI (especially Rose of Light) and Chanel (especially Rose Insolent).

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipsticks Review and Swatches Nahema, Roselip, Champs Elysees

Despite having been sealed in a catacomb for milennia, the lipsticks were all cobweb-free and ready to go…

What’s your latest beauty/makeup splurge?

I’m not sure that a $26 total including shipping really qualifies as a ‘splurge’, but my most recent makeup purchase was an eyeshadow, a blush and a brush from Makeup Geek! They’ll be coming soon to the blog :-D

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Review and Look

Palettes! Can anyone say ‘addiction to cool toned purply things?’

How does your DH/BF (or any male relative if you are single) react to your addiction to makeup?

Hah! :-D The wizard has his own unhealhy addiction to miniatures, so he’d definitely be in a glass house if he decided to start throwing stones, LOL! fortunately for me, he is entirely supportive. He even gives me pedicures, carefully choosing the base colour and the appropriate glitter topcoat, and is a fan of my lipsticks, the darker and vampier the better! He’s even volunteered to be made up (partially) for a project I have on that you may or may not eventually see here on the blog…:-D

Prime Speaker Zegana full makeup look

Full on Zegana! This was way to much fun to do, actually.

What’s your makeup advice?

Wear what you want to, how you want to, and don’t take sh*t from anyone. Obviously there are going to be occasional restrictions, but getting into the mindset that you have to keep it a certain way for other people is a terrible road to go down. Embrace your creativity and have fun!

Also, own at least one teal/turquoise eyeliner. They look awesome on everyone, IMHO. Glitter is optional, but you know…UD Junkie has your back ;-)

IMGButter London Come to Bed Red review swatch

Butter London Come to Bed Red on the nails of a rogue, with a ring finger accent courtesy of Etude House Play Nail Polish in #147.

Are you organised or messy? If organised, what’s your secret?

It kind of depends. When it comes to food, makeup and laboratory work, I try to be as organised and tidy as possible, because my health and safety depends on it. Obviously, a bit of clutter builds up sometimes, but nothing is ever *dirty*. I feel a lot better after tidying things away and organising them though!

When it comes to my work desk, books, papers, journal articles etc, I am hopelessly messy and badly organised. I won’t even use EndNote, preferring to do all my references manually. SHUT UP OK? I KNOW! ;-).

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

Eyeliners! Trippy!

Which beauty products are you most disappointed by?

This is easy – mascaras and concealers! I’m always on the search for a mascara that actually impresses me, as opposed to being just ‘nice, functional etc’. When I say ‘always on the search’ I mean ‘always cadging samples to try’. When it comes to concealers, Ihave yet to find one that is really perfect for my undereye area, and pale enough for face blemishes. It’s an ongoing search, although as I mentioned the Collection one is pretty good.

Golden ANZAC biscuit eye makeup look

Does anyone ever manage to get the tops of their lashes mascara’d without clumping up the whole thing and flattening the curl?

What are your favourite colours to wear for Autumn/Fall?

PURPLE. ALL THE PURPLE. JUST PURPLE. DID I MENTION PURPLE? GOOD.

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

PURPLE LIPSTICKS OMGWTFBBQ ARRGHSQUEE! Uh, yes. Purple Lipstick. *cough*

 

What do you love most about makeup?

I love the colours and the artistry of it. Even if you’re beginning, and you don’t think you’re an artist with makeup, you are. You have your own style, your own preferences, ways of using things, tips tricks, the lot. Embrace your art! Also the fact that it gives me a reason to wear more glitter on my person at all times. Because sparkles, yo’. :-D

Lips

When I said I was a vampire

 

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 coments below or on your own adventure board!

  1. What is your absolute dream job? Do you already have it? Is it: ‘Raiding dungeons with my best friends?’
  2. Is there one makeup product that doesn’t really work well for you, but you just can’t let it go because you love it too much for other reasons?
  3. What was the first makeup product you ever bought for yourself?
  4. What’s your number one undereye concealer? 
  5. Do you make a hilarious face while applying eye makeup (especially tightlining)?
  6. Can you speak or understand more than one language? How often do you use the second/third/fourth one(s)? If not, which one would you like to learn?
  7. If you could design a makeup collection, what would the items and theme be?
  8. How many paladins does it take to cook a proper steak?
  9. If you could dance any role in any ballet (or do any role in any musical) what would it be?
  10. Why do Mindflayers always try to extract your brain first, and ask questions later? Hunger? Vindictiveness? Lack of social skills? Neurokleptomania?

 

So there we are! Thanks again to Michelle 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!

Syl

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…