Answer Me These Questions Three! – A Suitably Geeky Makeup Poll #3

Greetings from behind a mythril clipboard, fellow rogues!

Well hello there! πŸ˜€ If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my tweet sized rant on how difficult it is sometimes to get out that awesome (pic heavy) post you’re working on, especially given the current technical issues at Rogue HQ! While we wait, I thought we might sit down around the campfire and have another chat, because I love hearing from you all :-). To keep you on the edge of your logs/rock outcroppings, here’s a tantalizing peek at the treasure to come…


Sneak peek!


On with the questionnaire!! πŸ˜€

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 hinge grease? How do you defeat an enchanted automaton before the shine even leaves your lipgloss? Just how much beer *can* a dwarf drink in one sitting?

In the spirit of such inquiry, I have devised the Rogue Approved QuestionnaireΒ 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 πŸ™‚


The Questions


  • Have you ever tried lavender or purple blush? Would you ever try it? If you have, what did you match it with? If you haven’t, do you have your eye on one? Share! πŸ˜€

  • When you apply your foundation (or powder, or BB cream, or moisturiser, if you don’t wear any foundation type stuff), do you always apply it in the same pattern across your face/neck, or do you mix it up?

  • You’re lost deep in the Underdark, surrounded by drow and other assorted chthonic horrors, and you have time to pop on one lip product before an epic battle commences. What’s your battle lip, fellow adventurers?


Makeup Poll

I asked these guys what their favourite sheer inoffensive pink lipstick was, and they argued for HOURS. Jeez…



I’m looking forward to reading your answers! πŸ™‚


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


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66 thoughts on “Answer Me These Questions Three! – A Suitably Geeky Makeup Poll #3

  1. Alright here we go!
    To answer the first question, I haven’t yet but have lost count of how many times I have lusted over swatches and pictures of Nars Sin! May not exactly be purple in your book but thats how far ill go! πŸ˜›
    The second answer is, I usually keep foundation down to the chin and very rarely have to go down to the neck, but if I do il always blend it downwards and on the face it would be somewhat like from inside towards outside.. nose to chin? get it? πŸ˜›
    So the last answer is, my battle-approved lip color has to be something bold and fierce so shall be a red? which I think is Givenchy’s Carmin Escarpin! The brightest and boldest in my stash and the formula.. to die for! πŸ˜€



    • *googles* Ooh, that is definitely a plum blush! πŸ˜€ I’m in the market for one of those too, but I have to be a bit careful, as I feel like they have the greatest risk of making me look sunburned, oddly enough. Or maybe that funny puce colour I go when I go overboard trying to get my cambre back past 90 degrees in ballet…

      Carmin Escarpin is a perfect battle ready colour! Fierce! πŸ˜€


  2. Have you ever tried lavender or purple blush? Would you ever try it? If you have, what did you match it with? If you haven’t, do you have your eye on one? Share! πŸ˜€

    I was just talking about this the other day on another blog. In the early 90s Covergirl had a trio of true lavender (not pinkish or brownish) blushes with a main color, contour and higlight. If I could, I would bring back. They were definitely lavender, but looked natural.

    When you apply your foundation (or powder, or BB cream, or moisturiser, if you don’t wear any foundation type stuff), do you always apply it in the same pattern across your face/neck, or do you mix it up?

    Always the same pattern. I’m a creature of habit.

    You’re lost deep in the Underdark, surrounded by drow and other assorted chthonic horrors, and you have time to pop on one lip product before an epic battle commences. What’s your battle lip, fellow adventurers?

    Kat von D’s Poe lipstick. It makes me feel bad-ass.


    • High fives for Poe! Super envious of you there, not gonna lie. DO WANT (Poe, not the Drow, etc)

      The Covergirl trio sounds awesome.I wish they’d do more of that these days, but sadly I feal like the increasing distance from the ’80s and the current ‘nude’ obsession might be working against that πŸ˜‰


  3. Have you ever tried lavender or purple blush? Would you ever try it? If you have, what did you match it with? If you haven’t, do you have your eye on one? Share! πŸ˜€

    If I wanted to be undead, sure. Nah, I’d totally try it. I’d want a really vivid purple though, so I could rock a dark eye with it.

    When you apply your foundation (or powder, or BB cream, or moisturiser, if you don’t wear any foundation type stuff), do you always apply it in the same pattern across your face/neck, or do you mix it up?

    I start around my cheeks under my eyes and work my way out. My nose gets covered in there somehow.

    You’re lost deep in the Underdark, surrounded by drow and other assorted chthonic horrors, and you have time to pop on one lip product before an epic battle commences. What’s your battle lip, fellow adventurers?

    BareMinerals Loud&Clear in Berry Remix. It goes on like a lip balm so it keeps my lips moist while I backstab Drow and also gives a subtle raspberry color and shine to impress the Mind Flayers.


    • So there’s a thing that frustrates me a little bit about the current offerings in lavender/purple blush (at least the semi/mainstream brands), and that’s the tendency toward having a relatively obvious white base to them. Now, I’m not saying they aren’t nice in their own way. but I’m looking for the Exhibit A of purple blushes!

      Heh, you’re the same as me when I apply the powder foundation I have! For some reason I apply the powder foundation differently to the liquid one, and not in the obvious sense that they’re different textures. I start my powder under the eyes, and my BB cream around the chin area. I may have been influenced there a little bit by Lisa Eldridge…

      That’s a good point about the basckstab. There’s nothing like a dry lip situation ruining your combat advantage and getting in the way of a good crit…


  4. 1. Purple blush, yea or nay: I’d say yes! I own a purple blush by La Femme that’s quite purple, but has pink undertones to it, so it’s not too outlandish. If I think it’s too strange, I’ll pair it with a soft, apricot blush (Illamasqua Lover) to tone it down a bit. Strange, but works!

    2. Foundation application, old fogey: Y’know, I don’t remember! On the rare occasion I wear a base, i’m more concerned with blending it out and getting the coverage I want.

    3. Battle lip, THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAA: MUFE Aqua Rouge. So that once I decimate the Orc army, I can flip my hair back and blow patronising kisses at the now-dead. Plus, Aragon might need mouth-to-mouth, and I need to keep a pretty mouth…


    • Ooh, have you reviewed that blush? It’d be cool to see the effect you mention with the peach blush trick!

      I wear such incredibly sheer foundation that I don’t usually have to worry about blending much, funnily enough. Mind you, if it’s a liquid, I just put some on my fingertips, start dotting from around my mough, then kind of rub it in like it’s sunscreen or moisturiser. Classy, that’s me!

      The Leonidas of LIpsticks? πŸ˜€ I wouldn’t mind getting my mitts on a couple more MUFE lipsticks, actually – I love the ones I have!


  5. I’d totally try purple blush. The closest thing to purple I’ve currently got is a plum colour from Tarte, and I’ve got my eye on Armani’s Cheek Fabric 509, but no, not a true purple has ever graced my cheek. I should rectify that.

    I think I usually stick with the same or at least a very similar pattern, kinda top downward I guess. But now that you’ve asked I’ll probably subconsciously do something entirely different tomorrow, just to be contrary.

    Dior Addict in Mayday. Which is what they’re going to be screaming when I’m done with them. Heh heh heh. Cruise from that collection is also superb, though it’s more everyday for me, while Mayday is my equivalent of the big guns. πŸ˜›


    • That was kind of my thinking. I was all: well, I love purple, and I have a dark pink blush, a light pink blush, and a peach blush. PURPLE TIME!

      Ehehehe, now when you go to apply your foundation, you;ll think of me and my blog! Muahahahahaaa! My foundation-linked subliminal marketing scheme is working!! GOLB YM TISIV!

      LOL, seems like the Drow are gonna e having a pretty hard time, based on these comments! Excellent ^_^ Now we just have to find our way out…


  6. My trials with purple blushes ended in mostly failures because they make me look like I’ve been punched in the face. MAC Vintage Grape was the last one I tried. NARS Sin was the first. (Not a true purple purple but purple enough IMO…) I haven’t quite given up though, so my journey continues. πŸ˜‰

    How I apply base products depends on the product itself and the tools I feel like using. I like sponges and buffing brushes best because they make everything really easy. But sometimes I’ll just use my fingers or a different brush, depending on what I feel like is required. And I used to start by concentrating on cheeks because that’s where all the battle scars reside, but lately I’m starting from the nose/centre of face and working outward so that there’s barely anything on the forehead and outer edges of the face.

    And nothing like Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Empress to declare yourself lord of all she surveys! It will also likely last through an epic battle as it absolutely does not smudge without oil cleanser after setting.


    • As I mentioned in another comment (I think. I have the memory of a goldfish at the moment, I swear), I have to be a little careful around the plum end of blushes, as they risk making me look kind of puce/sunburned. I feel like NARS Sin would probably have done that to me! This is why we need an extreme purple blush. A totally unapologetic one!

      I’m trying to put less on my forehead too! I mean, I even like my western BB creams to be sheer, but I’ve noticed that with powder foundation especially, it’s incredibly easy to end up with more than is desirable on the forehead. Somehow it’s more noticeable there to me…

      Empress is gorgeous. That is all. πŸ˜‰ Rock it! Then rock the Drow’s world. With edged weapons, obviously. It seems that wasn’t all.


  7. I have to pass on the first two ones, but faced with such powerful adversaries deep in the Underdark, I choose a the last bottle of Dwarven Ale as my favourite lip product and apply it immediately. This will then hopefully gives me the strength to overcome these obstacles and get away with a headache the next day.


    • Aha! A classic red lip! Always stylish, and you won’t notice the bloodstains. Perfeect for battle πŸ™‚

      As for the picture, well…you try getting the skeletal undead to stop bickering for five minutes. I swear they spend all the time in the crypt until the adventurers come along thinking up grudges…. πŸ˜‰


  8. 1 – I don’t think I have tried any lavender blush! I’ve been looking for some good ones but haven’t really seen anything that caught my attention! I am curious, too, as to how it would look on my yellow skin!

    2 – I don’t have a pattern. It actually depends on the type of brush I’m using more than anything else. I know I start on the right cheek first, though! ;D

    3 – Probably Benefit Benetint! I SWEAR THAT THING NEVER COMES OFF!!!! LOL!

    What, no more questions? Boooo haha! Oh by the way, what’s that shiny pretty palette at the top? I WANT!


    • That’s an interesting point, actually! Isn’t violet supposed to counteract yellow? I mean, you’re probably not gonna wear it all over as a finishing powder, buit I wonder if it will have a more neutral effect on your cheeks?

      Quick! Get one to test! FOR SCIENCE! πŸ˜€

      The other mysterious property of benetint, I find, is that the bottle is bottomless. I only have a little sample size, and it’s still going strong one year later! It’s like a Bag of Holding, but instead it’s actually the Lip Stain of Ye Gods Will I Ever Finish This And Have An Excuse To Buy Lollitint?…

      Muahahaha…you’ll see what that palette is in couple of days! πŸ˜€ Bet you can guess, though!


      • i had the lipgloss/benetint wand and i never finished it. but after a few of years, it dried up πŸ˜› while i was duty-free shopping, i saw that they were selling it in a THREE pack, full sized. why would you need 3 full sized of the same color?!? they could have given me one of each! GRRRR


      • I know, right? That happens so often in Duty Free, especially with Benefit, I find. Other brands tend to only do ‘3 of the same’ with mascara in my experience. I know they all do it because there’s presumably a market for people stocking up, or getting stuff for friends, but I really feel (with colour cosmetics) that you should get vareity over quantity, somehow… πŸ˜€


  9. 1 – I haven’t tried a true lavender or purple blush yet, but next time I order from Fyrinnae, I’m absolutely throwing a sample of Royalty in my cart. It’s just so purple and pretty!

    2 – For foundation or BB cream, I always start from my cheeks and sheer out from there since my cheeks need the most coverage. Moisturizer varies depending on what part of my face is driest at that particular moment.

    3 – Make Cosmetics Velvet Noise. A bold, plum lip always makes me feel like kicking some ass.


    • I have…quite a long list of things from Fyrinnae that I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on! Top of the list is probably Parental Advisory, because ZOMGORGEOUS O_o

      Do you ever find you have to go back over dry patches with a second layer/patch of moisturiser? It happens to me quite often!

      Bold plum lip FTW! Gotta love those shades that just make you feel powerful! πŸ˜€


  10. 1) If I’m being 100% honest, any mention of purple blush immediately brings this to mind:

    That said, I think that it can be done well on people with cool skintones in combination with other cooler shades like light pinks, blues, champagne, white, grays, and cooler taupes. Worn correctly, it can look ethereally lovely.

    2) I tend to follow The Beauty Department’s recommendation to apply foundation/BB cream/face goop from the centre of my face out wards toward the perimeter. I find I need more coverage on my T-zone and less towards my cheeks/hairline, so this method works for me.

    3) MAC’s Lady Danger. Both the name and the shade indicate to my foe that I am a formidable adversary, and not to be trifled with. Plus what else would a Lady such as myself wear? ^.~


    • ROFL πŸ˜€ Ethereally lovely is the effect I’m hoping for, but I’m prepared to acknowledge that it might go the other way…I know I could try with purple eyeshadow, but I’d really quite like something that’s formuated to actually be a blush… I feel like there’s a difference. I’m probably imagining it ^_^

      Lady Danger is, I have to hand it to MAC, a really awesome name for a lipstick! And perfectly suits this occasion, as you rightly point out πŸ˜€


      • If ethereal is your jam, Anna Sui makes a Rose Cheek Colour in a shade called “Mystic Rose” that’s a shimmery blue, white, and purple mosaic. It’s quite sheer, but has a decidedly cool, lavender colour payoff that looks all nymph-like. It’s not wild and full on purple, but gets the point across while still being wearable on the reg.


      • I think I saw Musings of a Muse review an Anna Sui blush in purple once…

        I can actually get a very tiny selection of Anna Sui here, but the prices they were charging were breathtaking! I haven’t looked into alternative sources, though. I have to admit to being a little averse to shimmer on my cheeks, somehow. Probably because I already glow in the dark, LOL! My favourite blushes are basically matte (or maybe satin), and super bold in colour that I can sheer out to, well, my version of an ‘ethereal glow’ πŸ˜€

        I do really like the sound of that Anna Sui one, though…


  11. 1) Wait, purple blush is a thing?

    2) Cheeks first so as not to $&@! up the carefully-applied concealer. Then the rest in whatever order.

    3) Balm of some sort, because brighter color = easier target.


    • Indeed it is! Or well, it should be. There are some, more in the lavender end. I’m looking for the Chanel Chamade/NARS Exhibit A of purple blushes though…

      I, too, spend the most time faffing about over the cheek area. Sadly, at the moment, I lack a concealer that actually conceals face things. It’s for underyes, but the jury’s still out (after 4 years – gotta finish it!) on whether it does that all that well either!

      You make an excellent point. Trust the ranger to remember her camo! πŸ˜€


      • πŸ™‚

        I’ve got a NARS concealer that’s pretty good. I don’t use it to cover fully, though, just take the edge off the PhD-bags. If I really want to cover bits of the, uh, plague, I use a dot of proper foundation (which normally I don’t wear).


  12. – Have you ever tried lavender or purple blush? Would you ever try it? If you have, what did you match it with? If you haven’t, do you have your eye on one? Share! πŸ˜€
    * I never tried this kind of blush, it’s too wierd for my yellow/warm undertone skin for daily wear. I dont mind to wear purple blush for Carnavals or Halloween. I dont have any purple blush in my wish list, but i know that YSL has this kind of product.

    – When you apply your foundation (or powder, or BB cream, or moisturiser, if you don’t wear any foundation type stuff), do you always apply it in the same pattern across your face/neck, or do you mix it up?
    * Quite always in the same pattern. I begin on my cheeks, then to the T-zone, then the rest of the face and the neck.

    – You’re lost deep in the Underdark, surrounded by drow and other assorted chthonic horrors, and you have time to pop on one lip product before an epic battle commences. What’s your battle lip, fellow adventurers?
    * I would wear a black glossy (vinyl like) lipstick and call Artemisia to send me her last black outfit !



    • Have you tried any more plum-purple ones? Lots of people have been mentioning NARS Sin (and similar shades), which might be a more friendly end of the ‘purple’ spectrum for you!

      Yay! A vote for BAD @SS black lipstick! I can totally see you rocking that as you kick Drow into next week ^_^


      • Thank you Sylirael ! I’ll check Sin next time ! πŸ’œ_πŸ’œ
        Lol ! I like to play warlock in wow, i like to cast and have a “pet”, lol !
        But what i dont like is they made warlocks have lot of fire spells. To make lot of damage, you need to take the fire talents. I’d prΓ©fΓ¨re that they make more shadow spells. It would ne more apropriate.


  13. Answers….

    1) I have a lavender blush! It’s this one by Dainty Doll It’s not the easiest shade to wear, I’m very very pale and even I struggle a bit with it, but it’s unusual and is interesting with purples/pinks/taupes. My goal too is to look etheral and Galadriel-y πŸ˜€

    2) Erm I’ve never really thought about it! Depends on the type of product and if it’s a fingers or brush application really…

    3) You need a lipstick that is rock solid, my fave lipstick is Illamasqua Salacious which lasts forever so probably that πŸ˜€

    Love these mini quizzes! xxx


    • Hi Bex! πŸ˜€ Welcome to the Painted Rogue – glad you’re liking the questions ^_^ I love reading all the answers so much!

      Speaking of which, did you know I have some actual quiz quizzes on the blog, if you want to check them out? πŸ˜€ There’s at one listed in the sidebar!


      Thank you for the link! Dainty Doll is a brand I *really* want to try, after Lisa Eldridge (I think) mentioned the foundation in her ‘foundation for pale people’ video πŸ™‚ I share your vampire situation! I too would like to look ethereal…I’m, uh, still working on that



      Aha! A tip for Illamasqua! They have some really rogueworthy shades actually – I want to try their stuff too! Imagine my disappointment when I got to their store in Dubai on my trip and found that they were out of stock of almost everything, rrgh! πŸ˜‰


      • Lovely to be here πŸ˜€ I will have a look at those later! I did try the foundation- shade 1 is like WHITE. I don’t think anyone is that colour, that’s more of a mixer. Shade 2 is very pale and great colour wise, I wasn’t crazy about the formula though, I think better for drier skins. At the moment I’m going more with YSL/ Bobbi Brown/ Laura Mercier/Rimmel/ Lily Lolo (totally into bases at the mo! Yeah more sickly/tired with occasionally moments of ‘I look like Arwen!… in dim light… if you really squint…’.

        Oh nooo! Illamasqua are generally awesome, and great for unusual shades πŸ™‚ Salacious is awesome because it’s pink, but like a really really dark pink- like a deep red, but pink. And no fuchsia/blue undertones. And I can put it on in a minute and it lasts forever πŸ˜€ i need to wear it more often!


      • Ooh, better for drier skins, you say?! *strokes own lizard pelt*… I’m totally going to have to investigate further…

        At least ‘Arwen when you squint’ is better than ‘clown cheeks at 50 paces’, LOL!

        Salacious was on my list of shades to look at! Sadly, none left 😦 …I think you should put some on right now! πŸ˜€


  14. 1. I have not and I probably wouldn’t… You know what a pussy I am with lip and cheek colors πŸ˜‰

    2. Well, I more or less follow the same pattern yeah. But a lot of it depends on the tool I’m using.

    3. MAC Be A Lady. Because that’s the exact OPPOSITE of what I will be when I face these horrors, wmahahaharaaaghr!


  15. 1. Yes I have done a lavender. This was pre-rosacea and it looked good. My hair was much darker and not any red in it at the time.

    2. I don’t always. I’m more likely to follow the same one with foundation though. If I put some on the center of my face my need for it on the sides of my face drastically decreases visually speaking.

    3. My “battle lip” would probably be Fresh Sugar Berry. Other then it’s slightly distracting scent it would keep my lips protected from the gore splatter fest.


    • If you looked good in lavender, there’s hope for me! πŸ˜€ You know, I don’t think about my hair colour much (relative to my makeup). Probably because it’s that ‘incredibly boring but goes with most things medium dark blonde’ colour, and I haven’t dyed it in ages…

      Erin: always thinking! You’ve defiitely gotta watch out for that gore splatter πŸ˜‰


  16. Have you ever tried lavender or purple blush? Would you ever try it? If you have, what did you match it with?
    i’m unadventurous with my blush colors. i prefer my purples to remain in the eyeshadow/lip products categories. a purple blush just would not get used often enough to justify cost. plummy rose is the furthest i’ll probably go. but if i were to try one, i’d probably do a silver/black smokey eye look with a nude lip so that my cheeks are the only real pop of color.

    When you apply your foundation (or powder, or BB cream, or moisturiser, if you don’t wear any foundation type stuff), do you always apply it in the same pattern across your face/neck, or do you mix it up? it starts off the same (i always hit under eye, nose and chin first) then it either goes clock or counterclockwise.

    You’re lost deep in the Underdark, surrounded by drow and other assorted chthonic horrors, and you have time to pop on one lip product before an epic battle commences. What’s your battle lip, fellow adventurers?
    my first thought was hourglass’s icon but i think sephora’s rouge infusion lip stain in red essence is a little more blood like (a slightly deeper, darker red) and will have more intimidation factor! or maybe dior addict fluid stick in wonderland (which i have on hand) or pandore (which i’m still trying to steal) because i’m pretty sure the high wattage color and gloss will give me +1 reflex save. if not, at least i won’t be distracted by an urgent need for lip balm.


    • The silver black smokey eye + purple blush sounds like an epic combo πŸ™‚ If you don’t mind, I think I may just shelve that in my memory for if/when I ever do get a purple blush!

      If you’ve got the +1 to reflex gloss option going, I’d definitely go with that πŸ˜‰


      • thanks! and you’re totally welcome to the idea. hopefully we get to see pictures!

        if you are in Europe, you MUST pick up some bourjois nail polish! it’s my favorite brand of nail polish!


      • You know, I was standing in front of a Bourjois stand in Dubai (in a Boots), and was just so overwhelmed by all the things I wanted to try that all I picked up was one Dazzle Dust. πŸ˜› At somepoint, I shall rectify that! Bourjois is available in Australia, so maybe there’s hope that it will filter down here at some point! (Or I’ll be in Europe – more likely!)


      • OK, you sold me on that last part – I like my polishes GLOSSY πŸ˜€ It’s one of the reasons I love Butter London Come to Bed Red, actually – SO GLOSSY!

        Any shades you can recommend? Obviously I’m always keen for vamps, purples and glitters πŸ˜‰


      • most of my collection of bourjois is in the lighter range (probably a reflection of my buying most of during spring/summer seasons where I have easier access to them) I highly recommend their 1 seconde texture silicone gel formula in 02 rose delicat. it’s a very pale pink with very fine pearl glitter. it’ll be perfect for work. my aunt gave me a bottle of their so laque ultra shine in 22 rouge diva. it’s a gorgeous power red with a bit of burgundy in it. same formula 02 prepp’hibiscus has the distinction of the first orange/coral nail polish to make it into my stash of 60+. since you asked about purple nail polish, allow me to introduce to you a sleeper shade: l’oreal 510 paparazzi pleaser! it’s a medium grape purple cream formula. it looks great both glossy and matte and serves great as background for any glitter nail art you may wish to do! maybe I need to look into what else l’oreal has in the number 510 as I love their hip duo eyeshadow in this number as well…


      • Wow! Thanks for the tips! πŸ˜€ I definitely have to check out the L’Oreal one soon, since they’re accessible to me quite readily, but I’ve never really looked at their poishes much, for some reason…


  17. 1. I’ve never tried purple blush, but I really want to! The closest to purple I own is Sleek Flushed, which is more of a plummy red. I’ve read a couple of positive reviews of Tony Moly Crystal Blusher in Milky Violet, but I’d love something even more decidedly lilac than that. *runs off to browse this comment thread for tips*

    2. When I apply moisturizer and sunscreen, I start under my eyes, brushing outward across my cheekbones, and then do the lower half of my face. I end with my forehead, which is always a finicky process because I have to watch out for my bangs.

    3. I’d want to wear a bright red, of course, but I’d have no time to waste faffing around with a lip brush. So I’d reach for NARS Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red. πŸ™‚


    • Ooh, I hadn’t heard of the Tony Moly one before *runs off to google*…

      …double OOOH! I think that’s one of those white-lilacs that I really want to make me look ‘ethereal’…I figure it can’t make me look more washed out than I already do, so there’s that potential fear gone! πŸ˜‰ When you say ‘more lilac’. do you mean darker, or more blue?

      My forhead is always a finicky process because I think it looks funny with makeup on it, heh! Maybe I should get me some bangs to cover it up…

      Plus, how perfect a name is ‘Mysterious red’ for a rogue? (Assuming you rolled a rogue, of course). I can just imagine a pair of dramatic red lips smiling slightly, starkly framed by porcelain skin and the darkness of a shadowing hood. Obviously, I have an overactive imagination when it comes to lipsticks…


  18. 1. I’ve never tried a purple blush, but I wouldn’t say no to trying out a soft lavender blush, but I have tan skin and warm/yellow undertones so I don’t know how well it would look.

    2. I usually always do the same pattern when applying foundation, but I also mix it up sometimes. Though usually I start under my eyes, then nose, and then the main areas of my face, then neck, and end with my forehead. After that I go back for any small spots that need a bit more coverage. But it also depends if I’m using a brush that day or if they’re drying and I’m using my fingers.

    3. Battle lip? I’d go with the NARS Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl. It’s a beautiful, bright cherry red lip color that goes on smoothly and lasts for hours. Definitely my go-to battle lip! πŸ™‚


    • I think it would be interesting to try one on your skintone, at least! Maybe if you gan get to swatch one on your face instore somewhere? That way you can test the effect without riskind your wallet! (Unless you can return used cosmetics where you are?).

      Woo, more love for NARS! πŸ˜€ Also: how appropriate for fantasy adventure battles (or Game of Thromes, perhaps) is ‘Dragon Girl’? πŸ˜€


      • We can return used cosmetics at a local grocery store simply because they don’t have testers available, and I think Sephora might also allow it. But you’re right, I’ll probably try out a blush in store before committing to anything. Now I’m really curious as to how purple/lavender blush would look on me.

        And yes, totally feel like a Khaleesi when I’m wearing Dragon Girl πŸ˜€


  19. Have you ever tried lavender or purple blush? Would you ever try it? If you have, what did you match it with? If you haven’t, do you have your eye on one? Share! πŸ˜€

    I’ve been searching for a shade that yields the same results as MAC Vintage Grape. The closest thing I have a purple is a shade in my Yaby Blush Out Loud blush palette. I tend to do soft plum lips and bare eyes when I wear it. NARS Sin is a nice softer version of purple.

    When you apply your foundation (or powder, or BB cream, or moisturiser, if you don’t wear any foundation type stuff), do you always apply it in the same pattern across your face/neck, or do you mix it up?

    I tend to do the same pattern on my own face. When I’m working on a client, it depends on the client’s needs. Some people need less foundation, so I apply it on just the areas that need a bit of coverage.

    You’re lost deep in the Underdark, surrounded by drow and other assorted chthonic horrors, and you have time to pop on one lip product before an epic battle commences. What’s your battle lip, fellow adventurers?

    Revlon Spicy Cinnamon. It always makes me look 100% prettier.


    • I’d never heard of Yaby cosmetics before, but Professor google tells me that the blush out loud palette looks super pretty! What’s the brand like in general?

      Yay for Revlon πŸ™‚ I swear, they have something for every situation, including battles agains chthonic demons. I’m glad you have a lipstick that makes you feel that way – I thnk every woman (who wants to wear lisptick) should have at least one!


  20. 1. No, I’ve never tried a purple or lavender blush, though once I had a pinky-lavender LE blush from MAC many years ago — I unfortunately can’t recall the name :(. Purple and lavender are a little too cool-toned for my very warm-toned skin, so I think I’ll stick to my many pinky/peachy/corally blushes! πŸ™‚

    2. Hehe, no, I always mix it up! I think I just end up applying it however I feel like that day!

    3. Oh goodness…this is really hard, since lipstick and gloss are some of my favorite makeup items, and so I have quite a number of them! So…if this is one lip product I can pop on before an epic battle commences — and this is my battle lip — I’m going to go out of my typical comfort zone and go with a stunning red I just purchased recently: Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy in Envious!
    It’s the only non-sheer red that I’ve tried that has really flattered my complexion and I don’t feel silly wearing it! It’s quite the gorgeous and powerful red, and perfect for battle ;).

    Thanks Syl! This was fun!


    • Funnily enough, I think that blushes sometimes work in undertone contrast! I was dead set against anything orange on my cool toned skin until a friend put Clinique’s Peach Pop on me – the contast actually worked really well! Of course, for blush going ‘warmer’ is always easier, I suppose… πŸ˜‰

      Ooh, I’m Envious of your Envious! πŸ˜€ I really want to try something from that line – do you have a review of it? I’d love to hear what you think (although it must be good if it’s making it into your adventuring arsenal!).


  21. Wow I’m super late to the party but what a cute way to ask your questions!!

    1. LONG LONG ago like over a decade and some ago and it was a random blush by an Indian brand ( Lakme). It looked horrid on my yellowish self and I never tried it after
    2. Pretty much same pattern all the time. dot it on cheeks nose, forehead and chin and blend! Thats for liquids. For powders I just use a huge brush and buff all over lightly.
    3. Lol this question cracked me up. Hmmmm so tough. So so tough. I’d go with something I use almost all the time I guess which would probably be Dior Rouge Nude 683!

    Thanks..I just realised how boring I am.


  22. blush: I haven’t, partly because I’m mostly more conservative with my makeup than I like to believe and partly because most purple makes me look dead πŸ™‚ I might, if I could come across a shade that works…or maybe for a costume. (I have applied in skull in purple eyeshadow to someone else and it looked pretty awesome πŸ™‚ )

    powder: I probably do it in the same pattern, but I’ve never really thought about it…I definitely do different patterns for moisturizer and powder.

    battle: this will be entirely dependent on the day’s ensemble and purpose, but:
    1) Covergirl Outlast Lipstain in Scarlet Pucker. It goes on red, redder, or reddest depending on how many times you go over it, has a nice precision tip, doesn’t dry out my lips, and stains so well that I’m covered for the post-battle celebratory steaks, sweets, and quaffing, then breakfast the next day!
    2) a Twilight lipstainbalm in a sort of fuschia – it’s moisturizing, stains well, and builds nicely. steaks/sweets/quaffing ahoy!
    3) Burt’s Bees Shimmer in Rhubarb. decent celebratory resistance.
    4) Portland Black Lipstick in New Penny. Copper awesomeness. I haven’t yet consumed anything while wearing.
    5) peacock eyeliner with a layer of iridescent lipgloss over. Looks amazing. Amazing. But you cannot eat or drink while wearing it (eyeliner!), it dries the lips like anything (good for bosses only because you’re going to want a week of recovery), and it requires one HECK of an ensemble πŸ™‚


    • Hehe, LOVE your lipstick reply! πŸ˜€ Clearly, you are the mastermind in your adventuring party, as you have something planned ofr all eventualities! πŸ˜€ I have tried the eyeliner thing (with UD Chaos!) and was impressed by the effect (if not the dryness, LOL!). I feel like i need to hunt down that Covergirl lipstain now…

      I feel like there must be a universal purple out there that works for everyone, just like there are universal reds, etc. That sounds rather like a quest, actually…. πŸ˜‰


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