The Beauty Spotlight Team Delves Into Lola’s Secret Beauty Adventuring Kitbag!

Greetings from the equipment store in the village, fellow rogues!

The Beauty Spotlight Team has a brand new series for 2015, taking you on an incredible journey deep into the kitbags and handbags of our illustrious adventuring team! If, like me, you have an insatiable curiosity for finding out just what others allocate space to in their Bags of Holding, then this is the series for you!

Next up is our favourite artistic and academical adventuring virtuosa, Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog :-)

 

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Lola’s Secret Beauty Bag of Holding? :-D

 

 

Have you ever wondered what Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog carries around in her purse? Well, The Beauty Spotlight Team wanted to know, so now everyone can see what she totes around each day. However, she found it extremely difficult to narrow down the selection to a single purse since she uses more than one each week. Knowing her as you do, can you guess what she ended up selecting? Let’s find out!

 

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

Syl

Beauty Influencers’ Sunday Column, Vol. 2 – Makeup Tips For New Adventurers!

Greetings from a stalwart party of beauty adventurers, fellow rogues! :-D

 

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What beauty advice would you pass on to someone who wants to start wearing makeup for the first time?

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SYL | New Zealand | The Painted Rogue
My first advice to anyone asking me about makeup is this: Relax and have fun! Makeup is about making yourself feel good and being creative, so just enjoy it, and stay true to your preferences and interests. :-)

LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
Have fun! Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors and go crazy with different looks (you can always remove it!). Sooner or later, you’ll know what looks best on you and settle into your signature style :-)

ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews
1. Figure out what your area of concern or interest is; like covering up acne or really bold eyes or lips.
2. Use the internet to your advantage before you go shopping.
3. Decide how much you want to invest; both time and money.
4. Know yourself and you are attracted to!
5. Don’t be afraid to spend more on staples!

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
Don’t do it, it’s a trap! Just kidding! Remember that you are beautiful just the way you are and makeup is supposed to enhance your natural beauty, not cover it! Invest in a few good base products- a well matched foundation, a good concealer and a neutral eyeshadow palette or a couple single eyeshadows. Buy a few good brushes, they make a huge difference in makeup application. Go to a drugstore for a mascara, blush and a lip color and see what shades work best for you. Lastly, read a lot of beauty blogs and watch YouTube tutorials on how to apply makeup. But since you’re already here, reading this, you are already doing the right thing!

SARA | Germany | Color Me Loud
I believe one should start with finding out what really makes a huge difference and work on getting it right. If you have short undefined lashed that might be mascara, or for sparse eye brows it can be eye brow pencil. Are your lips not very pigmented, maybe a bright lipstick will give your face a lift. It is important to know it doesn’t happen in one day but all needs lots of practice. Another important thing is to build up slowly. It is difficult to blend once you apply too much and it may look very overdone in a second. Take the most of the product at the back of your hand and go slowly. This applies for foundation, concealer, eye shadow and blush. Another important thing is to get the right tools and investing slowly in brushes, these make a huge difference in application as well.

JAA | USA/Thailand | Hello Jaa
Research! Look for someone who has the same features as you and learn from them. It will save you a lot of time, money, and headaches trying to figure out what does and does not work for you. Once you get the basics down, then you can start experimenting on your own. Don’t give up if you can’t get it right the first time. Believe that practice makes perfect. I am still learning every day! :)

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There you have it, adventurers! What would be your top tip to someone just getting into makeup for the first time? :-D

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

 

Syl

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Ghoulish Eyeshadow, Fantastic Jewels and a Geeky Makeup Poll!

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

Things are ticking away as usual here at Rogue HQ (which is to say, I’m still attempting to jettison this thesis from my life WHY DO SUPERVISORS TAKE SO LONG TO GIVE FEEDBACK OMGalsowhydoIprocrastinatesomuch….). Some of you may have seen from Instagram that I’ve busted into the world of Tom Ford, with a little help from the marvellous Sunny! You can expect a post on that this week, so stay tuned! *phew* How are things going in your world?

In the meantime…

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!

 

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Wait… what’s supposed to happen if you stand in the middle of a fairy ring again?

 

Thanks to all you adventurous readers for entering our Beauty Spotlight Team giveaway. :-) We have chosen a winner and are waiting for a response from her. We hope that you’ll continue following us now that you’ve found some new ways to do so. The Beauty Spotlight Team is proud to be working together with a diverse group of bloggers. We’re sure there will always be adventures you’ll enjoy!

Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil is not only highly effective at removing every bit of makeup, but Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog also discovered that it removes even the most resilient lipsticks and swatches! It’s just amazing!

The Painted Rogue has emerged from the shadows of her adventuring conference, and wants to catch up with all her fellow beauty adventurers! To do this, she’s released the latest edition of Answer Me these Questions Three…a Suitably Geeky Makeup Poll! Stop by and have your say!

Who doesn’t love a new product from LUSH? Beauty Info Zone shares their latest and greatest.

Valentines Day may be over, but Pammy Blogs Beauty thinks you are still going to swoon over these Feb Beauty picks from Pixi Beauty!

Sunny from Mostly Sunny discovers the vibrant colors straight off the Burberry runway, as well as sharing her preliminary thoughts on the new Wet & Dry Silk Shadows! Check it out because you are in for a big surprise!

15 Minute Beauty has a quick and easy negative space nail art manicure that is so easy, even she can do it! You’ll want to try it out as an accent nail right away!

Love Monster High? Then you NEED to see the new Darling Girl Ghoul School eyeshadow collection that Phyrra helped create!

Want your lips to make a statement? Perilously Pale shows us the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme lipsticks. Stunning, vibrant pigment and an incredibly long wearing formula every lipstick lover must try.

Update your style with this fantastic jewelry giveaway from Joseph Nogucci and Prime Beauty!

Shiny glittery nails are hot for spring and polish insomniac has some of the prettiest from FingerPaints 2015 collection.

 

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

Syl

Answer Me These Questions Three! – A Suitably Geeky Makeup Poll #8

Greetings from behind a mythril clipboard, fellow rogues!

Well hello there! :-D As you may know, I’ve been mingling with the shadows at a conference for the past week, so I haven’t been able to interact with you all as much as I would like (the sheer magnificence of our conference literally broke the internet in the town it was being held in). In the interests of diving back into my beloved beauty adventuring community, let’s hear what you’ve got to say!

 

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That moment when you get back from a conference and realise the undergraduate summer students have been ‘borrowing’ your desk again…

On with the questionnaire!! :-D

Questing is a serious business, and as every good adventurer knows, it’s hard to get by without a bit of help and knowledge from your fellow treasure seekers. Which is the best brand of smokebomb? How do you juggle six lockpicks while goblins are nibbling at your shins? Just how much blush *can* a half-elf wear at once?

In the spirit of such inquiry, I have devised the Rogue Approved Questionnaire for the Extraction of Secrets. Also known as ‘Answer Me These Questions Three’. The questions are simple, and you are free to answer as fully, as tersely, as logically or as fantastically as you like. Please only use blue or black ink, and consult the orc-xaminer if you require an additional answer booklet.

You can copy and paste the questions into the comment box, or just list your answers if you prefer :-)

The Questions

  • You’re presenting a keynote at the next adventuring conference. What’s your topic, and what’s your presentation outfit?

  • If you could only wear ONE. SINGLE. NON-BLACK EYELINER. for the rest of your natural adventuring days, what would it be?

  • Your party was all geared up for battle, but when you reached the boss demon, he challenged you to a Monkey Island-style battle of insults instead! Do you laugh in his face and dive in full-daggers, or do you take him up on it? What’s your favourite zany insult to best the Demon King?

Makeup Poll

I asked these guys what their favourite browbone highlight was, and the debate on ‘eyeshadow’ vs. ‘a good pumice polishing’ went on for HOURS. Sheesh!

 I’m looking forward to reading your answers! :-)

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. All content on this website, including images, is the property of the owner/author (Sylirael The Painted Rogue, unless otherwise stated), and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send Beholders after you. They’re angry, because they have conjunctivitis.

The Beauty Spotlight Team Delves Into 15 Minute Beauty’s Adventuring Kitbag!

Greetings from the equipment store in the village, fellow rogues!

The Beauty Spotlight Team is starting a brand new series for 2015, taking you on an incredible journey deep into the kitbags and handbags of our illustrious adventuring team! If, like me, you have an insatiable curiosity for finding out just what others allocate space to in their Bags of Holding, then this is the series for you!

Next up is our multitasking mistress of medical marvels, Christine from 15 Minute Beauty :-)

 

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15 Minute Beauty is not a low maintenance girl! She tends to spend way too much time on her makeup and carries around up to 20 lippies at any given time. [Syl: a woman after my own heart, clearly!] But, chances are that you weren’t expecting her to have this in her purse…

 

Giveaway Reminder: There’s still time to sign up for your chance at epic loots! Contest closes 2/17 @11:59 p.m. est. Click here for details! 

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

Syl

Back From the Shadows! A Quick Post-Quest Status Report…

Greetings from the end of a long journey, fellow rogues!

In case you’re wondering what happened to this adventurer over the last week or so…I went to a conference! It was a wonderful conference on the latest sneaking techniques, the best ways to use smoke bombs without making your clothes smell funky, and how to manage problem paladins. I myself gave a presentation on the finer points of dagger polishing!

(Actually it was a science conference, but you know what I mean ;-)

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Luckily, even after being exiled to the forsaken continent of Wraeclast, she was still able to use her interior decorating skills.

Anyway, although it was a large conference (>500 people), the town it was held in was small, so…basically we broke the internet. This meant NO POSTING OR COMMENTING OR INSTAGRAMMING FOR A WHOLE WEEK OMG. It was hard, I’m telling you. So if you’ve been wondering where I’d gone to, there’s your answer! I will be back at my usual rogueish games soon, so expect posts, comment dumps  and general rogueishness from tomorrow – I’m looking forward to catching up with all the reading I’ve missed while I was away. :-)

Speaking of science, though, the one thing that has hit my social media feeds once I got out of the dead zone was the news that my fellow scientist and blog BFF Jaa had her paper accepted for publication in a kickass high impact factor journal! <3 Congrats Jaa<3   :-D

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for internet dead zones! Also traps.

Syl

Beauty Influencers’ Sunday Column, Vol. 1 – Adventurers: Assemble!

Greetings from a stalwart party of beauty adventurers, fellow rogues! :-D

Beauty Influencer's Sunday Column Vol.1

Today I’d like to welcome you to a brand new series called Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column! BISC is a network of handpicked beauty bloggers who will be here on the second and fourth Sunday of every month to share their beauty-related thoughts based on a specific question asked by Jaa at HelloJaa. For this very first volume, let’s start with the Blogger Introduction where you will learn about the bloggers, their skin type, their makeup style, and their makeup bag staples!

Our panel of selected bloggers

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The interview

- AGATA -

USA; Her and Makeup
Skin color and type: MAC NW20; normal
Makeup style: Smokey eyes with neutral brown shades, pink lips, pink and glowy cheeks
Makeup bag staples:  Mac Face and Body foundation in N2, Buxom Lash Waterproof mascara in Black, and Dior Addict Gloss in Princess

- ALICE -

Belgium; Alice Yeh
Skin color and type: MAC NC25; dry to normal
Makeup style: Fairly neutral with a natural smokey-eye
Makeup bag staples: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in shade 6.5 (The one foundation I rely on on bad skin days and big events. It guarantees great skin without failure. Thanks to it’s medium – buildable coverage, it blurs imperfections and creates a beautiful soft-focus look. It blends in so beautifully that even a magnifying mirror fails to detect it. I call it an Instagram filter in a bottle because that’s exactly what it is.), Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in shade Sepia Ink (Whilst I describe my make-up look to be rather neutral, I do have to confess that I haven’t been able to leave the house without a flick on the eyes. Bobbi Brown’s formula is hard to beat: it’s longwearing, smudge-free and budge-free. It applies so easily that it omits the need of cotton buds. Sepia Ink is a very dark ashy brown and wears beautifully day and night. I’ve caught myself to reach back to this time and time again.), and Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in shade Amazing Grace (A neutral lipstick hunt is generally just a wild-goose chase in my books because most of them are either too pink or too pale. Amazing Grace however is my current neutral lip love. The shade injects just the perfect amount of colour to perk up your complexion without being overly pink. Some people rock pink so naturally but I’m definitely not one of them. The formula rocks as well. It’s a creamy matte formula – yes you’ve read that well – that feels great on the lips and fades into the prettiest stain after having been displayed for a good few hours. There’s just nothing not to love.)

- DEE -

Canada; How Does Dee Do It
Skin color and type: NC 35-NC42 (depending on the time of year ); dry
Makeup style: Neutral with a pop of brights/colour
Makeup bag staples:  Nivea Lip Smoothie lip balm in Acai & Wild Apple (now called  Nivea Lip Care Kiss of Vitamin Swirl), Too Faced Teddy Berry lipstick, and Bobbi Brown Corrector (Peach)

- ERIN -

USA; Clever Girl Reviews
Skin color and type: Ranges from N/NW 5 to 15 depending on the time of year; combination with Rosacea; it can veer very dry and dehydrated in winter
Makeup style: Softer looks for day, bolder looks for night
Makeup bag staples: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin (I have bought at least 30 tubes since it came out), L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition (20 – 40 tubes. I’ve lost count), and Armani Sheer Blush in #2 (this blush is worth every cent if you can find it)

- JAA -

USA/Thailand; Hello Jaa
Skin color and type: MAC NC30; combination
Makeup style: Smokey neutral
Makeup bag staples: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ocher, Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Cruise, and Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper

- KRISTEN -

USA; Glambunctious
Skin color and type: MAC NW25, NARS Deauville; combination
Makeup style: Soft, with a focus on the eyes
Makeup bag staples: Glossier Balm Dotcom, a gorgeous, do-it-all eyeshadow like Urban Decay YDK, and a beautiful blush–lately I’ve been loving Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

- LAARNI -

Philippines; Xoxo Laarni
Skin color and type: MAC 35; combination
Makeup style: Neutral eye makeup + red lips
Makeup bag staples:  MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW30, and MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed

- LENA -

USA; Lenallure
Skin color and type: I’ve never been actually matched with any MAC foundation, but I think I am close to NC15​. Although my natural complexion has quite a bit of pink undertones, I like foundations with clean yellow base. Shu Uemura 784 is my favorite one; skin type: combination, aging​
Makeup style: I usually go for a natural style that looks “put together” if that makes any sense. I love wearing smoky eyes but lately I’ve been often wearing brighter lips with softened eyes.​
Makeup bag staples: Chanel Poudre Douce in Lila (This is a discontinued pressed powder from Chanel, so I am not sure about the price. You can still get it on eBay, though. ​It beautifully brightens up the mid-day tired complexion adding sutble shimmer. I really like it!), Lancome Lip Lover in Lip Lover (This is the “default” pink lippie that goes with everything in my opinion. Very moisturizing and easy to touch-up.), and Tatcha Aburatorigamy Beauty Paper

- LILY -

Malaysia; Chloe Ash
Skin color and type: MAC15-20, Chanel B10, Dior 011; normal on most days
Makeup style: Smokey eyes most of the time, from day time appropriate to dramatic smokey
Makeup bag staples:  Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Razzberry, Dior Lip Maximizer, and Dior Lip Glow

- MELISSA -

Switzerland; Kiss & Make-up
Skin color and type: Light to light-medium warm. I haven’t been matched at MAC in years but I think I’m an NC20; oily, acne-prone and sometimes dehydrated (I’m so lucky…)
Makeup style: You know me, I go smokey all the way!
Makeup bag staples: Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Khol Liner in Raven, MAC Invisible Set Powder, and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

- RAE -

Canada; the Notice: a beauty blog
Skin color and type: MAC NC15; Cover FX G20; dry and sensitive
Makeup style: Sheer and sparkly!
Makeup bag staples: Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner, Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15, and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 085 Sugar Plum

- SARA -

Germany; Color Me Loud
Skin color and type: MAC NC 20, Chanel B20, YSL B20; dry to normal, acne-prone
Makeup style: Smokey eyes (preferably taupe or purple), nude lips, minimal blush
Makeup bag staples: Guerlain Lipstick G in Gemma, Dior Star Concealer, and Chikuhodo retractable lip brush

- SHARI -

Philippines; The Misty Mom
Skin color and type: MAC NC30, Bobbi Brown Warm Beige; combination
Makeup style: Minimal but with a bold lip, if possible!
Makeup bag staples: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Ellis Faas Compact Powder in S401, Dior Addict Lip Glow

- SUNNY -

Belgium; Mostly Sunny Blog
Skin color and type: MAC NC 25-30; combination with oily T-zone and normal cheeks
Makeup style: I usually go for a simple and neutral eye look with winged-out eyeliner, as well as a bright pop of color on the lips!
Makeup bag staples: Hourglass Soft Brunette Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, Le Métier de Beauté Coral Nymph Crème Fresh Tint, and Dior Aventure Addict Extreme

- SYL -

New Zealand; The Painted Rogue
Skin color and type: Cool-neutral vampire. I’ve never been matched to MAC, but NARS Siberia comes close-ish. Let’s just go with vampire.
Makeup style: I like my bases super sheer and natural, my eyeshadows shimmery and my lipsticks…well, I just love lipsticks. ALL OF THEM. Also: purple and glitter.
Makeup bag staples: A lipstick (Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Roselip – an Asia exclusive shade so you can check the Asia-specific versions of Guerlain.com), a concealer (Collection Lasting Perfection, shade 01 Fair; can get it from Countdown supermarkets here in NZ, and drugstores/supermarkets in the UK), and eyelash curlers (mine are Chanel)

And that’s it! Please let us know if you like this BISC series! We’ll see you again on February 22nd, 2015!

 

There you have it, adventurers! Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!