Battles of the Rogue Grad Student – An Everyday Makeup Look

Greetings from the academic front lines fellow rogues!

Recently, I discovered another, wonderful beauty adventurer at Auxiliary Beauty. We got to chatting, and discovered that we are, in many respects, Antipodean Twins. Part of this naturally evolved into a discussion/rant about the battles that we face every day at university when academia and makeup clash (just try and get two grad students not to talk/complain about grad school, I dare you). Despite being in different faculties, despite being in different countries, the problem remains the same: how do you enjoy your love for makeup, while retaining the respect of your colleagues?

So! We decided to join forces in this battle, have a bit of a chat about it, and share a couple of things: the ‘look’ we feel we can get away with, and then what we’d like to wear if people wouldn’t dismiss us for it. 😀 You can head over to Auxiliary beauty for her perspective here – hope you find this interesting!

Right: straight up, here’s my dilemma:


Graduate Student Makeup Look

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


As you can see from this picture, my ambitions somewhat exceed what I feel is ‘allowed’ in my workplace. Now, this is the cruel joke of the university – although it’s technically completely open and free when it comes to expressing yourself, and although in many instances you may actually be *paying* to be there (which you would think would free you to wear whatever you damn well wanted)’s a bit of an illusion. The core problem here isn’t really so different to the issue experienced by women everywhere, as we confront the frustrating juxtaposition of ‘you should look perfect at all times’…’oh, but we shouldn’t be able to *see* you looking perfect’. However, being a female academic places an additional stress on the situation. Didn’t you know? You can’t like/wear makeup and be intelligent at the same time! And, don’t forget, the primary thing in academia is to make sure everyone knows how smart you are AT ALL TIMES.


Graduate Student Makeup Look

More angles of pretty blueness 🙂 The everyday eyeshadow look of my dreams…complete with extremely changeable natural lighting…


Sarcasm aside, and as galling as it is to have to ‘prove’ your intellect to people with the emotional age of a primary school child, I don’t really want to turn this into too much of an angry rant. That’s pointless. We rogues have better, sneakier ways of getting around the issue, don’t we? While I will occasionally just go all out and wear some bold makeup (usually lipstick, because it’s easier to touch up and take off if you have to), most days I actually don’t have time in the morning for a full-on, scintillating eye makeup look. We don’t want to scare all the delicate professors either, now, do we?

There are many other, better discussions of sexism, misogyny, double standards and feminism, and I don’t pretend to be the voice of my gender. But is it too much to ask to be able to put on a bit of lipstick without worrying that you’re going to be passed over as a brainless waste of space whose only function is to distract the real academics from their work? If you’re all so smart, fellow (older, male – and female!) academics, please explain to me the research that indicates that my blue eyeshadow decreases both my brain capacity and function?


Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Lip Swatch

This should be safe, right?


Alright, let me climb off my soapbox for a second, and we’ll take a look at some practical solutions for the besieged grad student beauty lover:

In the first picture above, for the ‘everyday look’ I am wearing precisely two products: Urban Decay’s eyeshadow in ‘Sin’ over the lid, and their 24/7 liner in ‘Demolition’ in the upper waterline. I’ve curled my lashes and am ready to go in under 2 minutes. It gives me a little bit of sparkle, and the curlers wake up my eyes, but isn’t overt or time-intensive. In the lip picture above, I’ve selected a recent ‘nude’ favourite, Revlon’s Lacquer Balm in Demure (review). Once again, it has a little colour and a bit of happy sparkle, but it’s not going to give any deans a heart attack. Alternatively, there is any of my arsenal of favourite sheer corals.

In the blue eyeshadow look, I’m wearing UD Haight over the lid, Sephora Pool Party in the crease and inner third, UD Money in the very inner corner and Bare Minerals Chameleon over the whole thing for a bit more sparkle. The same pattern (except for the Bare Minerals) is repeated on my lower lash line. It’s all topped off with some UD Chaos 24/7 liner and Clinique mascara (review here) on curled lashes. Did I mention I have a thing for blue eyeshadow?

So, what are the lips I’d like to be able to bust out whenever I wanted? Well, of course there are MUFE 15, MUFE 49 (for a purple kick), and EL Rich Red or Revlon Fire and Ice (for a punch of blood red), or how about EL Fuchsia Fever for a slash of pink? Don’t mind the violent themes here, I’m fine, really *twitch* 😛 It’s no secret that I have a well stocked bandolier when it comes to bright lipsticks, but the one I’m currently busy looking for the right opportunity to wear is a new favourite (review coming soon!):


Graduate Student Makeup Look

Revlon, you and your balms…the balms for a bright lipstick lover’s soul, complete with incredibly appropriate names…


Obviously, I could circumvent the issue by just wearing no makeup at all. It’s not essential, my life doesn’t depend on it (although my career might, sadly). But that’s not the point – as liberal and intellectually sophisticated as many (if not most) academics like to think they are, they still fall short on this: I should be able to wear makeup *if I want to*, without anyone thinking less of me for it. Besides, I’d like to see all these highly skilled individuals blend four eyeshadows together with a pinky finger as your only tool… 😉

Right, well, I feel I should draw things to a close here, lest I succumb to the temptation to go off on an all-daggers-drawn rogue-feminist rant! Obviously, the negatives I’m discussing aren’t universal – there are plenty of lovely, friendly, non-discriminating people at universities and everywhere, but of course they aren’t part of the problem! I hope you’ve found something interesting here – do you find it hard to wear the makeup you really want to at work/university? Is is just the way things are (uniform/rules), or is there just plain old discrimination going on? Don’t forget to hop on over to Auxiliary Beauty for her (frankly much more eloquent!) take on this issue! 😀


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, suggestions or requests, 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 material on the Painted Rogue, unless otherwise credited, is the property of said Painted Rogue, Sylirael, and may not be used without permission. If you do, I’ll send putrescent orcish teenagers after you. And they don’t spray with spraypaint, either.

The Peachy Keen Rogue, And Other Wordplay: Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in 02 Peach Pop

Greetings (with a peachy keen flush to the cheeks) fellow rogues!

As I mentioned on my sole previous blush review (Chanel Affinite <3) I have only just recently embraced the concept of blush. If you had told me, even then, that I would fall head over heels for one from the *gulp* orange spectrum (something I previously assumed to be a mystic cult of people with warm toned complexions), I would have called over the cleric in case you needed exorcising.
However, I have since discovered that a delicate peach blush can do more than just pop a bit of life back into a vampiric rogue’s cheeks – it can come in the form of a rare and beautiful artefact as well. Now that I’ve popped you all on the edge of your seats (sorry, it’ll be over soon), let’s take a look at Clinique’s Cheek Pop Blush Pop in 02 Peach Pop (I’m not joking, that’s what’s actually on the packaging):
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach Pop

The mystical floral packaging of Clinique’s Cheek Pop Blush. Our druid, of course, was sucked right in, whereas the rogue and warrior approach more carefully…

I’ve actually been drooling over these blushes (there are four in the line, a recent release from Clinique), since they first make my eyes pop (sorry, I lied) over at Temptalia . Initially I assumed I’d be all over the magical Pink Pop or Berry Pop artefacts, as pink blush seemed safer and more in my usual adventuring territory.


Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach Pop

The alchemy of the blush, for those interested.


To my surprise, however, when I popped a bit of their peachy counterpart on my vampiric countenance at a Clinique stall in the market, I fell in love with it. It lifts my pasty, phosphorescent complexion to something much fresher and more awake-looking (nighttime heists take their toll, people), and doesn’t have the ‘Hello, I am the king’s orange-tinted court jester’ effect I had assumed at all.


Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach Pop

Our adventurers examining the inner, crystal shroud that encases the mystical, glowing peachy artefact.


The packaging is simple and beautiful (which is what I expect a brand with Clinique’s message was going for). The crystal (uh, clear plastic) case is prettier than a hunk of sturdy, clear plastic has any right to be, pops open and closed securely and displays the gorgeous blush within to very good effect. Would I have preferred there to be a mirror included? Probably, but then it would spoil the effect.


Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach Pop

Another angle, because this thing is just too shiny and pretty. So alluring, in fact, that our adventurers have become suspicious, and have asked the rogue to check the lock for traps…


The first thing that pops into your head when you see the lovely embossed gerbera daisy design on the surface of the blush is, frankly: ‘Oh, great. This thing is too ridiculously cute for me to use. Curse you, Clinique!’. A few seconds later, however, you abandon this rage in favour of popping your fingertips into the glowing, peachy goodness. I won’t lie, I took the colour for the swatch along the grain of the petals, trying to disturb the design as little as possible… 😛


Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach Pop

Hm, no traps in the mechanism… the warrior and rogue debate their next move. The druid has been completely sucked in by the pretty floral design and has lost all his words…


The texture of the blush itself is incredibly silky – it almost feels like a cream product when you swipe your finger across the surface, but it applies and blends on the skin like a powder. Speaking of application and blending, it’s a dream. You just pop it onto your skin, and away you go – I use fingers for most of my makeup application, and this goes on perfectly to give a refreshing pop of natural-looking colour without extensive blending or sheering. The pigmentation is most definitely there, but no court jecters shall result (unless you want that effect, of course).


Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach Pop

The rogue presents the loot! No traps, no danger, just glorious, happy, peach coloured blush. The warrior has taken the druid away for a cup of trea and a lie-down.


As you can see, the colour of the blush isn’t actually *orange* – there’s a more than healthy dose of pink in there to bring it into the truly peachy range, and within the comfort zone of a slightly orange-phobic rogue (who desperately wishes she could look good in true orange lipsticks). Swatch time!


Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach Pop Review and Swatch

The blush on a vampiric rogue’s forearm. How about that mesmerising haze of peachy goodness, then? Maybe it is enchanted after all…


I wanted to give you a cheek swatch, but (like my fellow adventurer over at Auxiliary Beauty), my style of blush application is ‘natural’, which means that even heavily applied by face standards, it doesn’t really  pop on camera. The effect in person is beautiful, however, with a haze of colour that is visible when you look straight on,  but seems to shift as you turn your head, so that you never look like you’re WEARING BLUSH HELLO. If I ever manage to get a face photo that does it justice, I’ll pop one up, of course. 🙂 I should mention at this juncture that wear time is extensive on me – I have dry cheeks (particularly the area where I apply my blush, and no, this one doesn’t highlight pores or dry spots AT ALL, thank the Gods), and frankly this blush looks completely unchanged after 12 hours (including two of ballet). It would probably wear longer, but I have to take it off sometime…


The verdict: So here’s the tricky thing. I wrote this section, then realised it was identical to my Affinite one. ‘It’s pigmented, endlessly blendable, lightweight, wears like iron, and the colour is neither to cool nor too warm.’ All this applies for Clinique’s peach pop blush, so I’ll leave it as is. Why? Because you can’t mess with the perfect summary. A beautiful blush, with cute design, attractive packaging, and (to be fair) more product for a more enticing price point than Chanel’s offerings, if your gold purse is feeling a little leaner than you’d like. Highly recommended!

The practicalities: Clinique’s Cheek Pop blushes cost NZD ~48.oo / USD 21.00 each for 3.5 g/0.12 oz, are permanent, and may be acquired from Clinique counters and stores the world over, and For this particular magical artefact, I am indebted to my wonderful mother and sister, who saw me hyperventilating over it, and got me one 😀 ❤

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, suggestions or requests, 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 material on the Painted Rogue, unless otherwise credited, is the property of said Painted Rogue, Sylirael, and may not be used without permission. If you do, I’ll send putrescent orcish teenagers after you. And they don’t spray with spraypaint, either.

Loot (and Quest) Alert! Dior Fluid Stick Swatches and NARS Siberia Foundation Test

Greetings from the head of the party, fellow rogues!

No, I haven’t discovered a trap (unless you’re watching out for your wallet at the moment!), it’s something much better! Loot! The Dior Fluid Sticks have landed on New Zealand’s shores recently, and I finally got the chance to go and do some swatching. I know you’re all desperate to see how these new lipstiglosstains look on the pasty forearm of a rogue, so I knew I had to go and make the sacrifice. The new Estee Lauder lipsticks were in as well, but the EL counter was a total scrum, so those will have to wait for another day! While I was out on a bit of a makeup swatching binge, I also decided to go and see what my colour match is in the NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. I was aware that the shade selection was quite wide, so I set off on a mini-quest to see if they had a shade for vampires. Yes, I already have a three part – 1, 2, 3 – foundation Holy Grail routine, but a rogue’s curiosity is never truly satisfied…

Anyway! On with the swatchy goodness:


Dior Fluid Sticks All Colours Swatches

All the Dior Fluid Sticks available at your garden variety NZ Dior counter. (Lighting is indoor artificial).


I am quite excited about these – they’ve been getting some great reviews generally, including from fellow adventurers Sunny (x2!) and Karen. When I swatched them, they certainly didn’t disappoint for colour and glossiness, and the very nice SA who helped me take my photos was looking faboulous in the shade she was wearing (Wonderland, I believe).  Kiss Me, Magique and Rieuse were already sold out at that counter, which would have sorely disappointed me if I didn’t need to *cough* raid a few more dragon hoards before I can empty my gold purse on some of these.

Because it might be a while before I get any of these, I won’t run a competition, but feel free to guess which ones you think I might be picking up! Let me rephrase: which ones *other than intrigue* you think I’ll be picking up :-P. One small note: I managed to forget to actually write down the shade names as I was swatching (*facepalm*) so I’ve named these based on what I’ve gleaned from the Dior site. I fyou think there’s an error, please let me know!

Right! Onward to the NARS foundation Mini-Quest…

The NARS MUA matched me to Siberia, after bringing a couple of the lightest shades over, opening them near me, squinting in the snowy glare coming off me from standing next to the lights and muttering ‘hm, too dark’. She applied the foundation just around my chin/jaw/lower cheek area with a damp sponge (the recommended application method for this cream compact foundation, apparently). The result is below, in natural (early evening) light:


NARS Siberia Radiant Cream Compact Foundation Swatch

NARS Siberia on a rogue’s jaw/chin. Note the charming Bloom Charleston lipstick and less charming spots… these photos are totally untouched, so you/I can get an idea of how the foundation actually looks in daylight in real life! I’m not using any concealer here.


This foundation is intended to be medium-full coverage, but you know me, I had the poor woman sheer it out as much as she could. The result is quite decent, I think – the foundation has a nice, reasonably natural finish at this coverage/closeness, it felt smooth and satiny to the touch (not sticky or powdery) and it wore perfectly for the remainder of my evening (5 hours – presumably would have worn longer if I hadn’t taken it off). Special mention should be made here of the fact that although I only had it over the lower part of my face, it didn’t look at all like I only had a half face of foundation on. I literally went out on a date night with the wizard for a cocktail at a favourite fancy tavern (the Grove) with only half my face done, and it looked fine!

I would still say that you can tell I’m wearing makeup in the close pictures, and that the foundation is maybe the tiniest fraction pink compared to my neck, but generally I think Siberia is a pretty darn good match. What do you think?


Happy Looting!

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 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.

Thaw Your Heart: A Spring Madness (and Friendship) Manicure!

Greetings from the crisp, cold edges of the spring thaw, fellow rogues!

OK, full disclosure: technically, we’re going into autumn in these parts of the world, but I received an email from Julep inviting me to try my hand at their spring-inspired manicure contest! No strings attached, no Julep polishes need be used (fortunately for us, as Julep is, sadly, not a thing in these parts). Although, as I said, spring is quite a while away here, I seized the opportunity to have some more nail-art practice. I also seized Ooly, as I thought it might be nice to try what I think of as a ‘friendship manicure’ – looks good on its own, but if you put two peoples’ hands together, it makes a bigger picture.

(Tip: if you’re going to seize a ranger, warn them first. You can only take a crossbow bolt to the neck *once*, folks!)

The ‘madness’ part of the name of this manicure comes from the fact that we pooled our polish collections and used (in total) about 33 different polishes! They range from bottom of the apothecary’s bargain barrel (Miki) to idols from the Temple of Luxury (Chanel), and all the way across the rainbow! Obviously, of you would like to have a go at this crazy, springtime mani, you can use whatever colours and brands your little adventuring heart desires. 🙂

Spring Inspired Friendship Manicure

Most of the polishes used in this manicure. This is what happens when two PhD students try to do a manicure. Things get…complicated.

So: the ‘picture’ we wanted to get across was the thaw of winter into spring, all the way from sparkling frozen wasteland to a riot of colourful spring blooms and green shoots. Ooly has much experience of what this looks like from her travels through the mountains, and I needed a bright, fun antidote for the grim, dark catacomb I’d just finished clearing out. The broad concept entails a story from thumb to pinky finger:

Thumb: Icy, swirling, frozen winter. Red berries and bare branches, stark against the snow.

Index Finger: The first blooms of spring, breaking through the snow: daffodils and crocus.

Middle Finger: The snow receding slowly, to reveal hardy little flowers in soft spring colours.

Ring Finger: The snow is gone! Flowers bloom in full and more green shoots start to peep through.

Pinky Finger: Spring in full swing! A riot of brightly coloured flowers and green shoots, with extra glitter, because duh.

Spring Inspired Friendship Manicure

The highly sphosticated tools required for this look: a yoghurt pot lid, one dotting tool to share and about a zillion toothpicks (not all pictured).

By now I expect you’re wondering exactly what the actual manicure looks like! So here we go:

Spring Inspired Friendship Manicure

Ooly’s Nails…

Spring Inspired Friendship Manicure

Syl’s Nails!

Spring Inspired Friendship Manicure

Details from Syl’s manicure, with the main ‘themes’ of the story. Please excuse the hideous dry cuticles >_<…

Now, where does the friendship part come in? As you can see, the individual hands tell their own spring thaw story, but if you put your hands together in friendship (your choice of ‘awww’ or ‘pass the bucket!’ at this juncture), you can see a larger picture. It turns out that putting your hands together in friendship to show a large story manicure is actually quite difficult, but with the assistance of a further PhD student (a wizard) and an engineer, we managed to get some photos!

Spring Inspired Friendship Manicure

*phew* Spring Friendship (and Madness) Manicure Ahoy!

How we did it (take a deep breath):

Base = OPI Bond Girls “Solitaire” + Orly Mini “Winter Wonderland”
Snowdrift = China Glaze “Lorelei’s Tiara” + OPI Katy Perry “Last Friday Night” + OPI NYC Ballet “Pirouette My Whistle”
Berry Branches = OPI Oz Collection “What Wizardry Is This?” + OPI Russian “An Affair in Red Square”

Base = as for thumbs
Leaves = Butter London “British Racing Green”
Crocus = Petals(Orly Mini “Velvet Rope” + Chanel “Coco Blue” + OPI NYC Ballet “Care to Danse?” + OPI San Francisco “Alcatraz… Rocks”) + Stamens(Sinful Colors “Let’s Meet” + MIKI No.15 “Orange”)
Daffodil = Petals(Sinful Colors “Let’s Meet” + CoverGirl Glosstinis “Bahama Mama”) + Middle Part(MIKI No.15 “Orange” + OPI Russian “An Affair in Red Square”)

Base = Dior Trianon “Perlé”
Snowdrift = OPI Bond Girls “Solitaire” + OPI NYC Ballet “Pirouette My Whistle”
Flowers = Chanel “Rose Insolent” + Chanel “Coco Blue” + Dior Gel Shine “Mirage” + Mix(OPI Mariah Carey Holiday “Ski Slope Sweetie” + OPI Skyfall “Goldeneye”)
Stalks = Butter London “British Racing Green” + MIKI No.2 “Green”

Base = Dior Trianon “Perlé”
Gradient = OPI Katy Perry “Teenage Dream”
Flowers = Chanel “Tentation” + OPI Brazil Beach Sandies “Samba-dy Loves Purple” + OPI Euro Centrale “OPI… Eurso Euro” + Chanel “Gold Fiction”
Green Buds = MIKI No.2 “Green”

Base = Picture Polish “Douceur” + Etude House “Pyjama Party” + OPI Katy Perry “Teenage Dream”
Flowers = OPI Brazil Beach Sandies “I’m Brazil Nuts Over You”, “What’s A Little Rain Forest?” & “You’re So Flippy Floppy” + OPI Russian “An Affair in Red Square” + Butter London “Come To Bed Red” + MIKI No.15 “Orange” + MIKI No.2 “Green” + Chanel “Gold Fiction” + Butter London “British Racing Green” + OPI Euro Centrale “OPI… Eurso Euro”


Well! So that was Ooly and my spring friendship manicure adventure…quest…marathon 😀 Are you rocking a spring (or autumn!) inspired manicure at the moment?

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 on this blog, are the property of the author of this blog (unless otherwise stated) and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send minotaurs after you. Crazed ones.

Remembering the Fighters: Golden Biscuit Eyes and Red Poppy Lips for ANZAC Day

Greetings from a sunny and peaceful village, fellow rogues!

Adventurers in Australia and New Zealand are observing ANZAC Day today – every year, the 25th of April is set aside as a public holiday to remember the fallen and ponder just how lucky we are here to be able to spend our time gallivanting off into crypts and raiding dragon hoards, as opposed to suffering under the yoke of actual war.

ANZAC, for those not in on the secret, stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. They were formed during the First World War and quickly became famous for their hardiness, humour, can-do spirit and (sadly) the almightly mess of the Gallipoli landings. Commemorating war and soldiers can be a tricky thing, and I’d like to note at this point that using makeup in this context is in no way intended to trivialise the occasion. It’s just an idea for another way to think and remember, while enjoying the freedom that so many other fighters and adventurers struggled for.

ANZAC poppies.

Some of the poppies sold to raise funds for the RSA and commemorate ANZAC Day (source)

With that in mind, what are we going to base the look on? There are, perhaps, two main (non-military) objects that have come to symbolise the ANZACs today: red poppy flowers, and ANZAC biscuits. The poppies are an international symbol of war remembrance, most often seen in NZ and Oz around ANZAC Day, and other countries around Armistice Day. The little cloth or paper poppies sold to raise funds for returned servicepeople and their families were inspired by the beautiful poem by Lt. Col. John McCrae. ANZAC biscuits are a bit more complicated in origin, but (as the story has it), they were created by the wives and mothers of ANZAC soliders, designed to last the sea journey to where the soldiers fought, but still taste good and remind them of home. They consist mainly of rolled oats, desiccated coconut and golden syrup, and are magically delicious. For the interested, a traditional recipe can be found here.

What I ended up with out of all this was the idea for a golden brown biscuit inspired eye, and bright red poppy lips. So, without further ado:

Golden ANZAC biscuit eye makeup look

Biscuit eyes! Truly, the light was changing as I took these photos. So you get to see what it looks like in both bright and cloud-difused sunlight! Yay!

I’d like to take a second here to apologise for the blending: this whole eye look (barring things that come in a pencil) was applied and blended with my fingers, because the one brush I own is dirty, and I was… unmotivated to clean it. *cough*.

How true is this look to the colour of an ANZAC biscuit? Well, as true as you can get when your shadow collection is very predominantly cool-toned 😛 I don’t really have the warm tan or orange brown that would have completed the look, but hopefully you get the idea!

Golden ANZAC biscuit eye makeup look

I actually captioned this one already, hm…

Methods to the madness: I coated my lid and a little way into the crease with a good layer of Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in French Fries (brown copper) Then, I applied UD Half-Baked (metallic gold) all over that, and smudlged the crease-edge in a bit. I then used UD Smog (warm shimmery brown) on the outer V/crease and UD Chopper (warm copper) on the inner corner of the lid, and blended everything with the edge of my finger. Lastly, I used UD Suspect (shimmer beige/greige) to soften the upper edge and highlight the very inner corner. The lower lash line was the same pattern: smog at the outer corner, blending into Half Baked in the middle, with Suspect/Chopper in the inner half. The liner is UD Demolition (matte dark brown), on the upper lash line, and the waterlines. Mascara is Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara (review).

Another little eye-comic diversion, since the last one was so well-received :-)

Another little eye-comic diversion, since the last one was so well-received 🙂

Now for the poppy lips! This is quite easy really: you take your favourite bright red lipstick, and put it on your lips. For a moment, I considered trying to do some sort of lip art, with a black centre to the red (or, in my case, dark purple), but decided that it would probably look terrible and creepy, and that *would* rather make a mockery of the poppy symbol… SO! What I did instead was compile a little selection of my favourite bright reds:

Red Poppy Lips for ANZAC Day

Red poppy lips! We have Lancome for the upper and lower left images, Revlon for the upper centre, naked lips for the lower centre, and two ways to wear Estee Lauder’s Rich Red at the right.

Poppies are technically a little warmer, I think, but (once again) we’re dealing with the collection of a cool-toned rogue here!  The Rouge in Love at top left is quite a glossy, pinky red, whereas the rest are more true blue reds. Fire and Ice is just complicated (review), but in a good way. At the lower left we have an alternative to the glossiness and dense pigment of most of these, with a more matte-blotted version of Estee Lauder Rich Red (review).

So there we are, fellow rogues. Would you wear a commemorative makeup look? Do you like crunchy, magically delicious biscuits?

Until next time, fellow rogues… just don’t forget.


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 The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. These images may not be reproduced without permission, unless you want a fleet of gelatinous cubes after you.

Want Glowing Coral Lips, Ranger-Style? Ooly Has You Covered with Dior Addict Lip Glow in Coral (#004)

What ho, folks. Ooly’s back from her latest recon, bringing you the world’s cutest little mini-haul from a recent trip through the mystical forests of Versailles: Dior Vernis in Perlé (#187) and Dior Addict Lip Glow in Coral (#004) from the Trianon Collection, Spring 2014.


Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

The loot. And some rocks.



This is PART ONE, in which I talk LIP GLOOOOW. I’m not usually a big fan of lip products that aren’t balm. You know, when you’re out and about in the frosty mountain air all day, you don’t want hair getting stuck in your pretty lip gloss. You want balm. ALL of the balm. Because wind chill is a bitch.


Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

Dior Addict Lip Glow (etc) in Coral, complete with original shiny shell casing.


So how did I end up with this lip glow bullet in my ammo bag? Well, see, there’s this rogue called Syl, and she will. not. shut. up. about the lip thingies… Plus, this glowy one said “color reviver balm” on it. BALM. 🙂

In the little booklet, it promised rather a lot: “customized color”, “complete lip care action” (!), and “an extremely long-lasting result”. Ahh, but in addition, to win my approval, it would have to tick several essential boxes: wear-time; hydration; nice smell; no weird taste; solid, non-melty formula; good mechanism. I’m not picky, really.

How did it do?


Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

On my arm!


“Customized colour result”? No idea. Since the mage fixed me up after that little run-in with the cranky sorcerer, I only have the one set of lips. But it sure makes them look pretty and healthy, without being too colourful. I like it! Also, no problem if you happen to colour outside the lines. I love this because I usually need my balm to go outside the lipline for comfort.

Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

Lip swatches, because the magical colour-changey thing doesn’t show on my arm.


“Complete lip care action” (!). Apparently, it contains extracts of wild mango and luffa cylindrica (the stuff they make loofahs out of). Whatever’s in it, it’s divine. Smooth to apply, comfortable to wear (not greasy or watery), and I am totally satisfied with the hydration levels.


Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

Lip Glow with its pretty cap. Also, a freshly-captured wild mango.


“Extremely long-lasting result”. I’m insanely picky about this – unless I’m feasting on a tasty, roasted something, balms must stay put, but my lips drink the stuff like it’s the last barrel of cider in the cellar. The Lip Glow passed this one with flying colours – great wear-time, and it even fought off some frozen yoghurt.

Taste? None, which is just fine with me. Smell? LOVE. Honestly, I would wear it for this alone. I think it’s meant to be toffee, which sounds ghastly, but it’s really sort of caramel-y, minty, and not-too-sweet. Mmmm! Great for staving off thoughts of one’s stomach when food is scarce.

Formula & mechanism? Well, the tube is Dior-pretty, with the usual silver knobby thing. I love the formula. The balm feels good on. It doesn’t move on your face or feel like a layer of something goopy. Added bonus: it doesn’t wobble in the tube, or melt if kept in a bag too close to the campfire by accident. I’ve had it for over a month, now, and of the three (yes, three! because variety is the spice of life) balms in my bag, it’s the first one I reach for.

Verdict: Big Ooly Tick! IF YOU CAN STILL FIND ONE, BUY ONE. #004 Coral is LE, but if you prefer a pinker tone, there’s another shade (#001) that’s permanent and equally lovely. I might get one of those, too…

Dior Addict Colour Reviver Balm in Coral (#004): about US$30 or NZ$50-60, from the usual places.

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 PART DEUX, mes chers amis… good hunting. And always look up.

Thanks Ooly for the fabulous review! 🙂

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to hydrate your lips! (Also 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 on this blog, are the property of the author of this blog (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…

Beauty and the Geek – The Rogue Look in a Makeup Collaboration

Greetings from a band of true adventurers, fellow rogues!

Let me ask you this: what’s better than the wisdom and flair of a beauty adventurer? Why, the wisdom and flair of TWO beauty adventurers, of course! Today, I’m very excited to bring you yet another collaboration with the incomparable adventuress Melissa over at Kiss and Make-Up!

Right! The theme we chose for this collaboration was one very dear to my heart indeed – rogues! Yes, we’ll both be bringing you our sneakiest, stealthiest, stabbiest rogue-inspired looks, so sharpen your daggers and eyeliners, friends, here we go!

Mine is derived from the curious obsession with outrageous black eyeliner exhibited by pretty much every character (male or female) in the recently released videogame Thief (also known as Thief 4, Thief 2014, and The Thief Game That Everyone Was Hoping Would Be A Bit More Awesome, But Was ‘Okay’ Instead).

Here are some not insignificant characters from the game:

Characters from Thief 4

Madam Xiao Xiao, Orion, Erin (the inspiration for this look, and the gaily homicidal sometime protegee of…) Garrett! (the titular Thief). These images were taken from their respective pages on this Thief Wiki.

Something that you may notice about all of these individuals is their apparent shared love for the panda eye. So, while I could think of any number of ‘rogue’ themed looks, I chose to unleash my desire to go nuts with black eye makeup and replicate Erin’s look. The images below also illustrate an appreciable number of common rogue emotions, and the usual causes of these.

Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

A Rogue’s Tale…


This look is incredibly easy to achieve, and will have you ready for plundering vaults within minutes! :

Face: The ghostly whiteness of my skin in the photos above is actually what you get if you take a normal, pale rogue, coat her in a couple of good layers of Chanel’s Le Blanc de Chanel (a white highlighting base product that I borrowed), dust over some powder and stand her in direct sunlight. The camera was wigging out! Skip concealer under the eyes – you don’t care if there are shadows there to start with!

Eye: I started with a layer of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion followed by a slick of lip balm over the lid and in the inner corners to help create that slightly lived in, oily look. You could also use clear lipgloss, but I don’t own any. That was followed by copious quantities of the matte black shadow Blackout from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette. Everywhere. Lid, crease, under the eye. Everywhere. Lastly, I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Zero to draw around and around my eye with a small wing, and Perversion to tightline. Lashes were curled and coated in Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara (review here), not that you can really see them!

Brows: Erin’s brows are kind of short and relatively thick, without a pronounced arch. I used Blackout to fill and thicken mine, getting rid of some of the arch and attempting to give the illusion that they’re shorter.

This look is fabulous! You literally cannot screw it up, no matter how much you’re getting jolted by the missiles from attacking guards as you make your escape across the rooftops. It’s disasterproof – if you spill or smudge or smear, it just makes it look all the more authentic, which is a delightfully rogueish deception. It’s your choice how much of the giant wing shadow is liner and how much is shadow. If I owned a black gel eyeliner, I probably would have gone a bit further, and darkened the whole thing more!

For additional (slightly more colourful) inspiration:


Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

The Queen of Beggars, rocking some fabulous purple accents to her smudgy black eye look. (Source)


The above is concept art released for a character called the Queen of Beggars. To transform the look I did above into hers, simply blend a decent whack of your favourite shimmery purple shadow (UD Psychedelic Sister, perhaps?) onto the browbone, and cry heavily into your mascara (alternatively put on some non-waterproof liner and mascara and drop water over your eye). Her brows are quite thinly plucked and pale, and of course she’s rocking some wicked purple lipstick too.

Speaking of lips:

Erin’s vary in pictures from totally pale nude to a sort of brownish pink colour. Taking that, and the Queen of Beggars there as ispiration, might I suggest the following to complement whichever rogueishly smoky look you choose:


Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

A choice of lipsticks for your Thief: my current favourite ‘nude for pale people’, Revlon’s Lacquer Balm in Demure; Bloom Charleston for a more tawny pink, and an old favourite MUFE #49 for the purple Queen of Beggars!


Before you ask, no, I did not alter that picture of MUFE 49. It really just does go on that creamy and opaque. It is glorious, and if you’re a fan of purple/dark lipsticks who doesn’t own it yet, you need to remedy that as soon as you can, and raid a nearby MUFE hoard! With your new eye look, your stealth should be unparallelled….eheheh…

(Please don’t steal from a MUFE counter….)

So that’s it, folks! A foolproof, heistproof, questproof makeup look for all the rogues and thieves out there, and anyone wanting to re-create some of the looks from Thief 4. Next time you want to try your hand at thieving, though, just make sure you leave my tea and biscuits alone…


Melissa’s Rogueish Look

Curious about what Melissa’s rogue is up to? If we know Melissa’s epic skills, I’m sure the first thing that she makes off with will be your breath! Click here to check out Melissa’s sultry rogue in red and black, complete with a fabulous description of what a rogue is for those who might be curious…

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 on this site, unless otherwise noted, are the property of Syl, and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I will be forced to unleash drunken bards on you. The pukey ones.

Thief 4, and all its characters and associated trademarks etc and so forth are the property of Square Enix. If you’d like more information, please visit the very fancy official website, at: (do note that the site requires an age declaration before entry).