Laboratory Beauty! Makeup for Awkward Workplaces…

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

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

Graduate Student Makeup Look

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

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

The Laser Laboratory

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

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

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

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

 

Dior Trianon Perle Polish and Lip Glow Review and Swatches

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

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

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

The Organic Chemistry Laboratory

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

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

Pros: Chance for nails to recover, pristine eye makeup

Cons: Carcinogens, sweaty summers, tricky labcoat collars.

 

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

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

 

The foundation of the look

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

The Cleanroom

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

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

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

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

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

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara Review Swatch

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Syl

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

A Rogue’s Rations…in Miniature! Or, Feeding Arnan the Barbarian…

Greetings from the local purveyor of bread and cured meats, fellow adventurers!

Those of you who saw my recent Beauty Spotlight Team Post are probably expecting my Guide to Red Lipsticks! Never fear, it shall eventuate today as promised, but I’m a rogue, and we’re tricksy. In the spirit of tricksiness (also known as having ‘chaotic’ as part of your alignment),  I have decided to toss up an extra little post, showing you some of the miniature/dungeon related stuff I’ve been working on recently.  Call it Hallowe’en inspired? No? Well, there is food involved, so it’s close. In any case, allow me to present a rogue’s first foray into miniature food!
Miniature polymer clay bread and salami

Bread for a dollhouse…bread for a dungeon! (Don’t confuse the two). Pardon the photo quality – I took these on a mobile device. I have super macro shots, but they’re not accessible at the moment (long story).

The goodies that Arnan The Barbarian is eyeing up here are made from polymer clay (specifically, Fimo) and are shockingly, excitingly easy to make. For the approximately 1:12 scale bread and salami platter (that’s dollhouse sized) I followed the bread tutorial on YouTube, property of the talented and impossibly sweet SugarCharmShop. She has tutorials for ALL THE FOOD THINGS, plus another craft channel and a nail art channel. Go. Check it out. Marvel and wonder etc. 😀 For the salami, I made it up myself as I went along, and everything is shaded and coloured with chalk pastels (beyond the original clay colour). Once I’d made the dollhouse bread (also perfect for charms or fridge magnets), I wondered if I could make 28mm scale stuff for dungeon terrain…
Miniature polymer clay bread and salami

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

 

Turns out you can! I just miniaturised everything further, using Arnan (who, being a barbarian, is about 30mm tall – a little over an inch) as a guide for size. Nothing is glued down yet, and I’m planning to add cheeses and pickles for a Dungeon Deli (my deli franchise someday?) setup 😉 If you guys are interested, I’ll keep you updated! (I’m also quite keen to try my hand at some miniature cosmetics, just sayin’… 😉 )

 

Orcs

Chatting at the office water cooler, Ogg and Grogg suddenly heard ‘food’ and ‘updates’.

 

What do you think, fellow adventurers? Do they have a Dungeon Deli in your questing region? What’s your favourite mid-adventure or tavern bar snack?

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

Syl

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

The Rogue’s Ultimate Pocket Guide to Stealthy Pink Lipsticks – I Need YOU!

Greetings from the pocket of an adventuring rogue, fellow..uh, adventuring rogues!

Today’s post is designed to help you out on those mornings when you have to be somewhere in five minutes (or less..or more..or you’ve gotten confused because of that wibbly wobbly timey wimey spell the wizard cast last night), and you can’t decide on a lipstick. You know, the druid and the wizard are nagging at you to get going, despite having agonized over their robes while you were checking the newly hired horses for traps, and you just need to look awesome and feel comfortable for any occasion…those times? We’ve all been there.

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

First they hassle you to get on with the whole lipstick thing, and now they have no idea where they’re going. This is what happens when you let the wizard lead, honestly…

 

In such difficult moments, I highly recommend the following: you know how you often have somewhere close to the door where you keep your extra daggers, hideout keys, Amulet of Not Getting Splashed By Passing Carts, etc? You need a Magical Chest of Inoffensive Pink Lipsticks, too. Like this one:

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Magical Chest of Inoffensive Pink Lipsticks

A Magical Chest of Inoffensive Pink Lipsticks, awaiting your command…

 

They’re great. You just open it up, tell it what you want (or, you know, just stick your hand in), and if you’ve stocked it correctly you’ll always pull out something appropriate. Here, I’m going to suggest that classic of everyday wear, the pink lipstick (or gloss). If your everyday situation involves reds, you can tailor it to that. Or purples. Whatever floats your little rogueish seagoing craft. 🙂

Magical Chest of Inoffensive Pink Lipsticks

Inside… no, there are no teeth. It’s not a mimic…promise 😉

A pink lipstick is pretty much always appropriate. It adds bloom to your complexion and makes you look healthier (handy when you’ve been hit by a Hex of Withering or too many deadlines). You can work it with a smoky eye (good for tavern brawls or evenings at the opera) or a simple hint of liner (perfect for low key weekday adventures) and everything in between! It’s natural, pretty, and freshens up any outfit (great if you’ve just been in the Underdark for an extended period – uh, that’s some gelatinous cube you have cliniging to your shoe, by the way). Everyone has their own favourite ‘MLBB’ pink shade, whether it leans pinker, peachier, browner or beiger – if you’re looking for inspiration for a handy Magical Chest of Inoffensive Pink Lipsticks, here are a few of my favourites…

(Links to reviews are at the bottom of the post, along with a call to action!)

 

A few favourite MLBB pink lipsticks

Not actually all of the ‘MLBB’ pink lipsticks I own. Yes, I may have a problem. Zip it, you.

 

The Rogue’s Guide to A Few Great Inoffensive Pink Lipsticks

(click the image to enlarge itty bitty text!)

 

A Rogue's Guide to MLBB Pink LIpsticks Swatches

A Rogue’s Ultimate Pocket Guide to Inoffensive Pink Lipsticks (and how to order them out of your magical chest)

 

Now, in the interests of being more comprehensive, my fellow adventurers, I want to ask you: what would you put in such a chest (doesn’t have to be pink). While we are on the subject of inoffensive, MLBB, all-purpose pink, what are your favourites? I’m keen to hear from both fellow vampires, and non vampires alike! Help me out here, friends, and maybe I can update this post with some tips from you all to make it truly the ultimate Pocket Guide for adventurers! If you’ve got a review/swatch I can link to, so much the better! 🙂

Links to some spiffy reviews of the lipsticks above, plus more!

Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunky Cherry

Clinique Chubby Stick in Pudgy Peony

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Sizzle

Revlon Lacquer Balm in Demure (also a great nude for pale rogues!)

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Antique Pink, Lip Glace in Blush and Lip Pencil in Plumberry (so much goodness)

Bloom Sheer Lipstick in Tangerine (my first even blog post *sniffle*)

Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Rose Lip (ugh, perfection)

Burts Bees Lipgloss in Rosy Dawn

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Have We Met?

Chanel Rouge Coco in Charme (my wedding lipstick!)

 

 

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

Syl

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

A Rogue’s Ode to Brown Eyeliner: Classic Tips and Looks for the Everyday Adventurer!

Greetings from the depths of a rogue’s beauty adventuring kit, fellow adventurers!

As you may have noticed from previous posts on this site, I tend to get distracted by bright colours and glitter. I’ve never been the *most* enthusiastic purchaser of neutrals (unless they have fabulous packaging and count as purple neutrals). Sure, I have and love the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, but I tend to feel like that more or less does it for me. Barring the occasional sexy looking taupe or incidental champagne shimmer shadow, I don’t tend to lust after ‘neutrals’, and get slightly frustrated when brands fill half an otherwise exciting palette with yet more neutrals. Is this a rational view? Probably not. Do Rae and Liz keep posting beguiling reviews and swatches of Clarins neutrals? Well, yes. But a rogue’s predilection for things that are jewel toned and sparkly runs deep, you know… 😉
Everyday eye look_saturation

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

 

Anyway, there’s one ‘neutral’ sort of thing that I will always have a deep love for, and that is brown eyeliner. Brown eyeliner is a marvellous thing, and doesn’t get nearly enough credit, or time in the spotlight as far as I’m concerned. And so, in a post inspired by the aforementioned Rae‘s recent mention of mud coloured liner, I’m going to wax lirogueical (TOTALLY A WORD) on that humblest of liner colours, and offer up a couple of reasons why I think you should bust out a chocolaty liner tomorrow (unless you were going to anyway, in which case, we need a secret handshake or something).
Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

Does anyone else have a super sensitive inner-second-quarter to their eyelid? As soon as I touch it with anything, I blink and smear whatever it was up my lid 😛

 

Let’s step slightly to the side first, and start with the undeniably fabulous crowd-favourite eyeliner: black. There are many reasons why black eyeliner is so popular, not least of which are its accessibility (if they make no other colour of liner, a brand will probably have a black one) and its classic, kittenish, lashline-bolstering nature. However, when you’re as fluorescently, vampirically pale as I am, black liner can start to prove troublesome. Even if you’re not putting on a thick line, black can look undeniably harsh and ‘unnatural’ on very fair skin. Usually, this is not a problem, as if I’m putting on black liner, I don’t want ‘natural rogue’, I want ‘sex kitten rogue‘. However, for everyday purposes, it can be a lot more HELLO MAKEUP YES than I’m looking for.

 

Orcs

Chatting at the office water cooler, Ogg and Grogg suddenly realised that they had fundamentally different views on eyeliner. Their friendship was being tested to the utmost.

 

This is where brown liner comes to the rescue! Brown liner is the rogue in the party. It comes in a million different varieties and shades, it’s a multitasker, it can be stealthy, or can fly at you with both daggers rasied of need be. It disarms the traps of unnatural looking liner and opens the treasure chests of easy everyday looks for the phosphorescent among us. It forgives small errors in application and doesn’t stand out so much against un-liner’d lash roots. It tints the lower waterline to make the eye stand out without leaning toward ‘smokey’ or closing the eye, but you can still totally do a smokey brown look with it if you want. In thick lines, it doesn’t make the lid look as heavy. If it has a second tone of shimmer or glitter in it, this often stands out better. It’s appropriate for every occasion. I could go on. 😉

My favourite brown liner, as most of you are probably aware, is Urban Decay’s Demolition: a matte deep-but-distinctly brown. I have several other brown liners from the same brand, however, and love all of them for various reasons. A current favourite is Twice Baked from the Ocho Loco 2 set, which was LE, but can be effectively duped by a couple of other shades from the permanent range, and probably others from different brands. In fact, the look in the very first image is Demolition, although I’ve obviously messed with the colour and saturation for artistic effect there. 😉

 

How about a few (well, 5) examples of the fun, versatility and loveability of brown eyeliner? 😀

 

Golden ANZAC biscuit eye makeup look

Brown liner is great for keeping ‘in tone’ with more colours of eyeshadow, especially most of our beloved neutrals, but also brighter shades such as blue, purple and green. This look can be found here.

Eye Makeup Looks with Sleek Storm and Sleek Arabian NIghts

Brown liner still looks great just grazed onto the skin for a really simple, light look that still defines the lash line. Alternatively, it displays colours that are smoodged on top of it more clearly than black, so you can easily add a bit more interest if you want to.

brown liner look

Even a thick line of brown liner doesn’t look too obvious or overwhelming on pasty lids! It can also be easily blended into other neutral colours if you want a bit less or an ombre effect, or if you made a mistake and don’t have time to bust out the makeup remover and cotton buds.

Brown eyeliner essentials

Three essential tools for a classic everyday rogueish eye – you’ll note, the liner is that matte brown wonder, Demolition 😉

Although I realise that brown liner is by no means ‘ignored’, I hope this post has given it some fresh attention! It’s true, you’ll never prise my fingers away from my purple and turquoise liners either, but there’s something so satisfyingly easy and ‘rogueifying’ about brown liner, that I hope you”ll join me in paying homage to that unsung hero! If you actually hate brown liner, though that’s totally OK. We can still be friends and raid dungeons and stuff ^_^.

Which colour of liner do you prefer for everyday? Do you think there are any colours of liner that are particularly underrated? What’s your favourite brown liner, if you have one?

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

Syl

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

A Rogue Beholder! Eye Makeup Looks From the Sleek Storm & Arabian Nights Palettes

Greetings from the lair of a shimmer-loving beholder, fellow rogues!

As you may know, I’ve recently been adventuring my way through a couple of rather nice palettes from Sleek – the Storm palette (permanent) and the Arabian Nights Smoke and Shadows Palette (Limited Edition But By The Gods They Better Make It Permanaent Because Simbad’s Seas Argh!). I promised to do a few looks with these palettes, and here they are! I’ve included a couple of everyday wearable/minimalist options, one lovely can be day can be evening look, and one fabulously flamboyant celebration of the colour blue. I hope you enjoy them – if you do, let me know and more shall be forthcoming! One small disclaimer – I apologise of some of the ‘blending’ is a little zany – as usual, I only used my fingers for this exercise (I have a brush arriving soon, I promise!). :-).

Let’s get started, shall we? Remember, you can click on any of the images to expand them.

Everyday Options for the Minimalist or Office Rogue

 

Eye Makeup Looks with Sleek Storm and Sleek Arabian NIghts

You always need a couple of trusty go-to options for your day at school/the office/swashbuckling astral sea piracy, so here are some choices form the Arabian Nights Palette:

The Champagne and Chocolate Rogue: Scheherazade’s Tale (peachy champagne shimmer) all over the mobile lid and blended up into the crease. Urban Decay Demolition liner (matte chocolate brown) on the lash line and both waterlines. Sephora brand waterproof mascara. This is a very understated look for fair skinned rogues – if darker skinned adventurers fear a too-pale/shimmery effect, they need only substitute their favourite ‘MLBL’ (My Lids But Luminous) shimmer eyeshadow, and perhaps a black liner! 🙂

The Stealth Sorceress a favourite trick of mine, in which you apply a tame eyeliner and the smoosh a bright eyeshadow into it! Here we have UD Demolition again (yes, I am obsessed) on the lash line and both waterlines, with Simbad’s Seas (<3 ❤ <3) smooshed into the outer corners of both lash lines, and blended on the lower one. Yes, smooshed is a technical term.

The Mystical Woodland Nymph (Could be Spring, Could be Autumn!)

 

Eye Makeup Looks with Sleek Storm and Sleek Arabian NIghts

 

This is basically the look I was dying to do with the Storm Palette as soon as I opened it up! Here’s how it works:

Inner Corner: Thunderstorm (pale true gold)

Centre Lid: Perfect Storm (gorgeous rose pink)

Outer Corner and Crease: Firestorm (pink copper shimmer)

Lower Lash Line: Outer corner = Dust Storm (rust shimmer); Centre = Perfect Storm; Inner = Thunder Storm (true pale gold)

Brownbone and Edge Blending: Snow storm: (pale champagne shimmer)

Liner: Urban Decay Stash (golden shimmered moss/khaki green) on upper and lower lash line, and lower waterline. Upper waterline = UD Demolition (matte chocolate brown)

Mascara: Sephora Waterproof (as above). 

I love how this look is evocative of both Spring and Autumn, with the pink and green being simultaneously fresh, but a little muted. The colour scheme really makes me think of a woodland nymph-y, druid-y, dryad-y vibe; like tree trunks overgrown with moss, and shimmering rosy flowers with golden centres. Stop looking at me like that ;-).

The Magical Flamboyant Egyptian-y Peacock Butterfly Thing!

 

Eye Makeup Looks with Sleek Storm and Sleek Arabian NIghts

As soon as I swatched Simbad’s Seas, I knew I had to use it, preferably with gold, preferably in a dramatic, vaguely Egyptian themed way. This (for better or worse) is the result! Not an everyday look, perhaps, but it is a lot of fun!

Inner Corner: Gold Souk (scattered glittering gold)

Centre Lid: Simbad’s Seas (stunning, perfect sapphire blue shimmer! Augh!)

Outer Corner: Hocus Pocus (deep green/grey iridescent shimmer)

Crease: Sorcerer (hazy dark grey with multicoloured sparkle)

Lower Lash Line: Simbad’s Seas, Gold Souk

Brownbone and Edge Blending: Scheherazade’s Tale (champagne shimmer)

Liner: Urban Decay Ultraviolet (basically Simbad’s Seas in liner form!) on upper and lower lash line, lower waterline and mystical dot. Upper waterline = UD Zero (matte black). 

Mascara: Sephora Waterproof (as above). 

I had a lot of fun with this look (as is probably evident). I have many more plans for Simbad’s Seas, which include more wearable applications like the one at the top of this post.  In the meantime, who doesn’t want to look like a magical Flamboyant Egyptian-y Peacock Butterfly Thing? :-D.

 

 

What do you think, fellow adventurers? Would you wear any of these looks? What would you like to see next? Have you ever wanted to be a Magical Flamboyant Egyptian-y Peacock Butterfly Thing?

FYI: Sleek Palettes cost US$11.99 for 12 x 1.1 g (i.e. 12.12g, i.e. 0.43 oz) of total stuff,  and may be acquired from www.sleekmakeup.com. Urban Decay 24/7 liners cost $20 each for 1.2g /0.04 oz, and may be acquired from www.urbandecay.com (These links aren’t affiliate, just here for your convenience!). If you are a Rogue of Middle Earth, Sleek’s shipping is insanely reasonable direct from the website, and Urban Decay is readily accessible via YouShop!

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

Syl

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

Operation Desert Rogue Part 2: Travel Skincare and Tips for Parched Skin

Greetings from amidst swirling desert sands, fellow rogues!

Welcome back to Part 2 of the chronicle of this rogue’s desert adventures! Part 1, my travel/desert makeup extravaganza, may be found here. I wasn’t originally going to do a skincare post (since they seem to be of mixed popularity as a post type), but your encouragement and my own desire to showcase one particular product overcame my reservations 😉 Plus, now I get to ramble on about my favourite tips for desert survival when you have already dry skin! So although I said Part 2 was going to be Duty Free goodies, this will have to wait!

Once again, fair warning,  I couldn’t take my big camera with me,  so all of the pictures from my trip are/were done on a mobile device, mostly in bad light. Yeah. *cringe* Sorry about that, but when you don’t have a handy wizard with an illumination spell, things get sticky… and I can’t even bame the paladin this time!

First up: What did I take with me?

Desert and Travel Skincare Essentials

A rogue’s essential skincare (and haircare, and random bit of makeup I forgot to include last time) for desert questing!

 

Relatively minimalist, right? I should note there that I don’t actually consider Urban Decay’s Primer Potion to be a skincare essential, but it is damn useful for makeup, and I managed to forget to put it into the last post! So I shall rectify that here. This kitbag’ll see you throught most types of weather and travel, actually, depending on where you’re going, and has something for the body and hair as well!

We have:

The Body Shop Midnight Bakula Body Butter OK, I have to admit that I’m not sure if this particular scent (which is from the fragrance line) is actually permanently available anywhere. I got it in London in 2011, and wore it to give my presentation at the last iteration of this conference. It went so well that this one has become sort of a feel-good conference talisman for me now 😉 In more general terms, I LOVE these body butters, own about 10 different scents and wear them absolutely every day. I’ve mentioned/reviewed the Blueberry one (a particular favourite) here. They’re really great for taking everyday care of skin, and even the scented ones don’t irritate my eczema in the slightest. Absolute treasure.

Lancome Hydra Intense Hydrating Gel Masque  OK, this is the product I really wanted to showcase. This stuff is magic for dry skin, honestly.  Absolute magic. So magic I had to get the wizard to do an arcana check because I thought there had to be some curse/hex related catch somewhere. But no, this is just an amazing product for dry skin! But there’s a trick to it… Right: this mask is expensive. The tube is something like $88 in Middle Earth, and you’re supposed to slather a layer of the pale blue gel over your skin, wait a few minutes then wipe off the excess. HAH! There’s no way this rogue is wiping off and discarding $88 moisturising goo, Lancome, so here’s the secret: use just a tiny amount (the size of a small pea, perhaps), enought to rub into your skin like a normal moisturiser so that there’s no excess. You get all the benefits of the product, and the tube has lasted me two years and counting. Your skin is plumped, silky soft and incredibly well hydrated. There’s no irritation of excema or blocking of pores, and if you put a tiny bit more on in the evening before bed, than you almost don’t need to add any moisture the next morning. This is especially great when you’re sleeping in fierce, dehydrating aircon! I love this stuff, and would recommend it to anyone who needs to intensively moisturise dry/sensitive skin. I can’t specifically vouch for it’s usefulness for oily/blemished skin, but certainly it doesn’t break me out or make my more combination nose/chin shiny. If nothing else, stop by a Lancome counter and give it a go!

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturiser I got this little pot as part of a GWP, and thought I’d take it with me on my trip for a desert road test. After all, when are you going to be more in need of ‘extended thirst relief’? 😉 I can definitely say that this lightweight pink gel is a totally functional moisturiser. Yep. It doesn’t make me shiny by the end of the day (as that yellow Clinique ‘dramatically different’ moisturiser is wont to do), and does an adequate job at hudrating the skin. Not as magical as the Lancome masque, I have to say, but totally passable. I’m not entirely sure (based on that) that I would cough up the >$100 that I believe the full size pot costs, but I can confirm its utiltity. I hope this effusive review has not startled you too much ;-).

Clinique Moisture Surge Thirsty Skin Relief Face Spray Another product from the same Clinique line (and same GWP), this moisturising spray is actually rather handy. It does an adequate job at hydrating by itself, with a nice dense, soft spray, and has the added benefit of being very refreshing. I had this with me in my carry-on ziploc bag for the plane, and really enjoyed it. I also tested it on its own as a moisturiser in the morning (mostly out of interest), and it actually works. Obviously it works better as a moisturiser on mornings after I wore the Lancome masque to bed, and otherwise you need another spritz by midday, but I doubt it’s really intended for that purpose. The next time you’re taking >10 hour flights, however, consider something like this. If you can get it as a GWP, this is even better. Avene has a water based one, Lisa Eldridge seems to be a fan of the Caudalie beauty elixir, or frankly you can probably make your own. A luxury, perhaps, but I can at least vouch for the pleasant efficacy of this one!

La Biosthetique Hydrating Spa Fluid Cheveux Longs So here’s the thing – I am a complete and utter fail when it comes to haircare, generally. I take basically zero interest in it past seeing which shampoo is on sale at the supermarket when I need more. I use neither hairdryer nor straightener nor conditioner. This hydrating serum for long hair is only in my kitbag because the hairdresser who did my hair for my wedding introduced me to it and suggested I try it. Why? Because I have epically long hair at the moment. I call it my thesis hair (although the jury is out on whether or not I will cut it when my thesis is finished), and it currently reaches down to mid buttock. Not very practical for a rogue, you might say? Perhaps not, but it spends most of its time in a braided bun, and the biggest problem it has is that the ends get very dry. So I follow the instructions and comb one pump of this hydrating fluid through the bottom third of my hair every time I wash it (every other day), and lo, the ends are not as dry. This is nice when I want to leave it out or in a ponytail, as the ends look like they’re part of the same mane, not the beginnings of some strange, frizzy hair corruption.

Lancome Tonique Douceur Alcohol Free Softening Hydrating Toner Yes, it’s another GWP item! It is a toner. It does more or less what it says on the bottle…and I wanted to try it out? If you’re in the market for a toner, this one is quite nice, but I don’t feel like it changed my life or anything. It doesn’t make my skin feel tight, however, and it’s alcohol free, so that’s nice. It was good to test this out in a dry environment, but I’m not sure I’d be splurging on the full size any time soon.

Urban Decay Original Primer Potion Yep, the Classic. I think I got this as a free sample with an order (hence the older packaging with the doe foot in the genie bottle), but it’s a favourite anyway. I used to think that eyeshadow primer was a gimmick, but this was because I never before needed my eyeshadow to last through an entire day of traveling and conference presentations, through to the conference dinner. Brilliant stuff. There are many brands of this stuff, but I like this one the best (big surprise, right? UD fanrogue over here, not gonna lie). It’s here in the skincare post because it had rolled out of sight in my washbag when I put the makup post together, but better late than never, right? 😀

 

Sharjah

Hot days, desiccating aircon-filled nights. Will your skin survive?

 

Lastly, I just wanted to share a couple of tips for desert/hot/dry weather skincare! Most of this is probably obvious, so I’ll keep it brief 😉 Obviously, moisturiser will be necessary, more particualrly because of the air conditioning than anything else if you’re doing city traveling. Never underestimate the desiccating effect of air conditioning, people, particularly when it’s set to intense and constant levels. Also remember that you’ll be popping back and forth between some temperature extremes (45 degress desert to 18 degrees aircon, perhaps), which is pretty stressful for the sinuses as well as the skin. Some of this will be less of a surprise to those who live in hot/dry parts of the States (for example), but I come from a moist, temperate, maritime part of Middle Earth where we spend more of our time trying to DE humidify things and combat mould, so a desert/aircon climate is particularly stark. If you too come from a similar climate, you may find that the dryness prompts some spectacular nosebleeds, so consider some sort of nasal spray if you think you might be prone (I discovered this in California one hot July almost twenty years ago. It really was a gory spectacular). Also remember your sunscreen if it’s not already in your makeup, a good hat or scarf, and a decent cleanser to wash off the dust that accumulates *everywhere*. One of the best skincare measures you can take is remembering to drink a troll-load of water, and a bandana soaked in water for the neck is nice if you’re going through the actual desert.

I think that’s probably enough for the time being! Hope you enjoyed this little travel skincare ramble, and stay tuned for Part 3, my Duty Free/Travel Exclusive Makeup showcase!

What are your tips for desert skincare? Have you been to the desert before? 🙂

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

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, a hex will be laid on you that causes you to burst into flame in direct or indirect sunlight. No skincare’s gonna save you from that…

Operation Desert Rogue Part 1: What’s in My Travel Kitbag? and Desert Makeup Tips

Greetings from amidst swirling desert sands, fellow rogues!

Hello from Sharjah! I know I’ve been saying Dubai, but that was more for convenience of recognition (and where most of my makeup shopping was going to happen ;-)). Sharjah is the neighbouring emirate, and that’s where the conference actually is. I’m so happy to be back in the Middle East – I love adventuring in this part of the world, and if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend paying the countries in this region a visit 🙂

Right, so! I expect you’re all just desperate to hear all about it, right? You’ve been waiting by your computers, refreshing your blog feeds every five seconds in the hopes of a glistening gem of rogueish wisdom? Right? *tumbleweed skitters past* 😛 Well, I have several posts in the works for you, but this first one will cover the makeup I took with me on my trip. Fair warning,  I couldn’t take my big camera with me,  so all of the pictures from my trip are/were done on a mobile device, mostly in bad light. Yeah. *cringe* Sorry about that, but when you don’t have a handy wizard with an illumination spell, things get sticky…

First up: What did I take with me?

minimalist travel makeup

My relatively minimalist, conference appropriate travel makeup selection!

 

As you can see from the photo, I didn’t take a *huge* amount of stuff. Partly this is because I wanted to keep my kitbag pretty light (amusing: my carryon, with my massive laptop, weighed 9.6 kg. My checked luggage weighed 9.2 kg – gotta leave the rest of that 30kg checked limit for the new makeup, amirite? ;-)), and I knew I was going to be doing some makeup shopping, so there didn’t seem to be much point in going nuts. I did know, however, that most of my makeup purchases here would be lip-related, so I still brought the staples from the eye and complexion catgories!

We have:

Tarte MATTEnificent palette (toss up between this and the Naked 2, but I thought I’d give the Tarte one an outing since I took the Naked 2 around Europe and Morocco last year. Can’t have the palettes getting envious, you know). This palette is also conference-appropriately matte and neutral. I’ve reviewed it here, and the Naked 2 here.

Urban Decay 24/7 liners in Demolition/Perversion and Corrupt/Zero Can’t go wrong with black and brown, right? My everyday shade is Demolition (matte medium dark brown), but I wanted to take Zero (matte black) because the Perversion (matte super black) end of my liner is a dud. Corrupt is a shimmery brown for variety. LOVE these liners!

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach Pop A gorgeous blush. Need I say more? The Tarte Palette has a pink blush, so I thought I would bring my peachy friend here along too for some variety. Reveiw here.

Chanel Curlers A must-have, (well, curlers at least. They don’t have to be Chanel, although these ones are really excellent) because you can make yourself look more awake even without mascara!

YSL BB Creme in Clear My staple ‘foundation’ for when I want to be naturally, hydratedly (totally a word) polished. It’s 40 degrees Celsius (104 Farenheit) here by, like, 8am so I didn’t want too much on my face, but it’s also a desert (or heavily air conditioned), so I wanted something moisturising. Review here.

Clinique Universal Primer I’m trying this out, and I quite like it. Makeup goes on a little more smoothly, and I feel like it lasts a little longer. Review coming soon!

Clinique Waterproof Mascara A rogue and her mascara samples can never be separated, you know. 😉 I’ve reviewed this product here – what can I say? I live on mascara samples. I like waterproof mascara though because it never smears or travels or smudges. Great for hot weather traveling!

Lancome Eyeshadow in Tres Chocolat – My Eyebrow Powder I’ve done a charisma stat-boosting eyebrow tutorial here with this nifty little eyeshadow – I absolutely love it for my brows! It’s a matte dark brown that’s great for its intended purpose (eyeshadow), but it also doesn’t budge in the brows and gives a nice soft, filling effect.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Voluptuous Violet This nearly transparent purple has the twin virtues of being balmy and hydrating (great for the desert!) and able to match every outfit (sice all it really does is kind of intensify/darken your natural lip colour. Review here.

Revlon Lacquer Balm in Demure The perfect nude conference lipstick for pale rogues! The thing I like about it though, is that although it’s quite conservative, it’s moisturising, minty without plumping, and has *sparkles* 😀 Review here.

Chanel Nail Lacquer in Frisson I wasn’t sure about nail polish for this trip. It’s kind of heavy, and all of the colours I like to wear while flying (reds like this, don’t ask me why) aren’t really conference fodder. I know that sounds silly, but see this post for a discussion of the issues academia and makeup have. Frisson is great and aptly named – it’s a peachy polish with lots of gold micro micro micro shimmer. You can use one coat for a sheer hint, or two/three for more definite colour, but it never gets too overt, and just gives you a nice sparkle in the light. Very sophisticated, but it has glitter, so yay!

Lancome UV Expert BB Complete SPF 50 PA +++ I’m bnot sure if this is available in the US, but it’s basically a tinted sunscreen. Sunscreens and my skin don’t usually get along that well (TiO2 blocks my pores a bit, chemical ones irritate my excema), so I generally don’t wear a standalone one – I just cover my head and face with things when I have to go outside, and run from shadow to shadow (once a rogue, always I rogue, I guess!). However, when you travel to the desert (even though this one has more of an ozone layer than NZ does), I feel sunscreen is appropriate. I think this comes in 3 or so shades. I have a sample of the lightest one, although the tint is not really super strong anyway. If you’d like to see a review, let me know!

 

mosque in sharjah

Desert quest time! Will your makeup last till the end of the catacomb?

 

Lastly, I just wanted to share a couple of tips for desert/hot/dry weather makeup! Most of this is probably obvious, so I’ll keep it brief 😉 The main thing is to take waterproof makeup, preferably with a good SPF where appropriate. It’ll resist sweating, and around the eyes it’ll resist any watering you get from dry/dusty desert conditions (or excessive aircon). The next thing is to make your layers of makeup thin. Lisa Eldridge is a great proponent of this theory and has an excellent video about hot weather makeup that discusses it. I like my foundation sheer anyway, but a good primer (mattifying if you get oily in the heat) will help to keep things fresh and in place. Make sure your lipsticks/glosses/balms are nice and hydrating. If it’s really dusty, a lipgloss is usually not your friend, as it will collect the dust and grit in the air. Fruity or floral smelling/scented lipglosses or balms are also not necessarily great, as large flies can be attracted to your lips, and (on a less gross note) if you’re covering your face with a scarf to keep out the dust/for cultural reasons, the fabric will get stuck to a lipgloss. Lastly: you’re going to be drinking a lot of water, so make your peace with more frequent re-application of your lip products now ;-).

I think that’s probably enough for the time being! Hope you enjoyed this little travel makeup ramble, and stay tuned for Part 2, my Duty Free/Travel Exclusive Makeup showcase… if you like random travel pictures (especially of food), check out my twitter feed ^_^.

What are your tips for desert makeup? Have you been to the desert before? 🙂

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

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find a dagger in your back. Possibly with a legal troll attached to it. You don’t even want to *know* what he powders that wig with.