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

Greetings from my imaginary world of awesome, fellow rogues!

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

Without further ado, these are the shinies…

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

Charlotte Tilbury Wishlist


Starting with Charlotte Tilbury…

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

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

holiday loot chests!

Holiday Goodies…

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

Nyx Wicked Lippies

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

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

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

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

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.

Back to Basics III: A Classic Red Nail Polish for Every Rogue – Butter London Come to Bed Red

Greetings from the starting point of every good adventure, my fellow rogues!

Yes, we’re back in the saddle for another adventure into the classics and staples of every rogue’s kitbag – this time, however, we’re veering away from the rolling hills of lipsticks and forging a path across the flat plains of nails. Don’t think too hard about that metaphor, I certainly didn’t!

I find, in general, that red nail polish is a little more divisive than red lipstick. Red lipstick is pretty much always glamorous, but I’ve been told many times (admittedly, usually by people from a different, much older generation) that red nail polish makes you look ‘fast’ (??I’m a rogue – I have to move quickly to dodge my enemies, don’t I?). Well, regardless of what that would-be sage in the corner of the tavern tells you, I think red nail polish is a fantastic, fun pick-me-up, and I’m here to tell you about my favourite: Butter London Come to Bed Red.

IMGButter London Come to Bed Red review swatch

Butter London Come to Bed Red – love the name, love the classic insides-of-your-enemy colour! It’s a little deeper and more blue-based in real life, actually.

(Given the comments about being ‘fast’, the name of this polish makes me smile every time I see it. Names like this are so much nicer than naming red makeup ‘Lolita’, I find – you still get to suggest sex, but you don’t have the Nabokov-y implications!)

Butter London is a favourite brand of mine, but I find their formulae to be rather variable. Their glitters are amazing in colour, but tend to run rather on the gloopy side for me. This rich red creme, on the other hand, basically applies itself. If you remember to give it a good shake before application, it’ll cover in one coat, too! I usually do two just to be on the safe side, but it’s hard to overstate how easily this applies – no pooling, no streaking, no goopiness. Just gorgeous blood red goodness.

IMGButter London Come to Bed Red review swatch

Shown on the nails of a rogue, with a ring finger accent courtesy of Etude House Play Nail Polish in #147. Pardon the raggedy cuticles – I punched a gelatinous cube sort of by accident, and the cuticles are the first things to dissolve…


What you see in the picture above is two coats of Come to Bed Red, without topcoat (except for my Etude House #147 accent nail – the one that I COULDN’T RESIST over such a bright, pretty polish). That’s right, all the glossy shine you see is part of the red polish itself. I usually add a coat of my favourite Sally Hansen topcoat anyway, just for longevity, but I wanted you to see the polish in its full, unadulterated glory first.

IMGButter London Come to Bed Red review swatch

Cuddly sweater shot, this time in direct morning sunlight! It is a well-documented fact that cuddly sweaters are 20 x  more effective when they also have tiny sparkles in them.


This polish lasts for about two to three days on me, before it chips off from the tips. It’s worth nothing that not only is this an excellent wear time for me, but that when my polish comes off, it’s usually the whole sheet in one – chipping is definitely an improvement! This polish will see you all the way through 3-4 medium-sized dungeons (depending on inter-dungeon travel time and number of gelatinous cubes inadvertently punched), and brighten your day the whole time.


IMGButter London Come to Bed Red review swatch

Shadowed shot, for colour comparison. This is perhaps a little closer to how it appears to the naked eye.


The clean, classic red colour of this polish also lends itself to decoration and use in nail art – black-and-white-confetti polishes look great over it, as you can see, or you could use it as an alternative base for Ooly’s toadstool manicure! Its versatility, quality and excellent wear time make it an ideal candidate for the kitbag of every rogue, whether they want to add fun, glamour, or both.


The Verdict:  If you’re looking for a classic red nail polish that is sexy, beautiful, and cute all at the same time, Butter London’s Come to Bed Red has your back. The fact that it applies like a dream, has a shiny finish and wears well only serves to sweeten the deal! A perfect red for every rogue’s toolkit.

The Practicalities: Butter London Come to Bed Red costs NZ 30.00/ USD 15.00 / GBP 12.00, is permanent, and is available from department stores and www.butterlondon.co.uk or your local variant of that URL.

Until next time, my rogues, 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!

Quest for the Emerald Empire: the Search for a Perfect Green

Greetings from the deck of an astral warship, my fellow rogues!

I spent quite a bit of time this weekend with a new group of adventurers, sailing the astral seas in search of glittering green glory! What can I say, my rogueish expertise is much sought after, and I was invited along on the expedition to provide my matchless trap-disarming, treasure sensing, lock picking and witticism delivering skills.


DnD adventuring party

The Adventuring Party, ready to go. Why is there *always* someone making a strange hand gesture in every photo?


I enjoyed myself immensely, and since green isn’t really a colour we see much of around here (unless it’s gelatinous gube related, sadly) I thought I would share the spoils of our victory with you and profile some od the glorious green goodies. Also alliteration. 😀 Since I was guest questing, I didn’t get to keep any of the green gems themselves, so this is also a wishlist! I was rewarded with gold, XP, and that warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping out a friend 🙂


DnD dice

Crit happens. Usually when you don’t need it to, but perhaps the chances will be better with gorgeous green dice!


(Just like with my January Wishlist, all the photos were taken from the manufacturers/creators/distributors websites, which are linked if you click on the title of the paragraph about a given item. Just to be clear, none of these links are affiliate!)

On with the glorious green!

I. Lips


Green lipstick

Emerald enhancement for the lips. Pigments are featured because I am now obsessed with the idea of making my own lipstick.


1. Illamasqua Lipstick in Apocalips

This rogue went green with envy when the party pulled this out of the astral sea – I’ve been lusting after this lipstick for quite some time now (along with a whole pile of things from the Illamasqua line)!

2. Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Violate

Unsettling name, fabulous lipgloss. I just want to wear Apocalips with this over the top for ALL THE GREEN.

3. M.A.C Pigment in Emerald Green

I’ve recently become a bit obsessed with the idea of making my own lipstick out of pigments/ eyeshadows and lip balm (thanks to Melissa’s genius in our recent collaboration!), so I’ve included a couple of M.A.C. pigments here that I think might be intriguing to work with. If you can’t access M.A.C., there are many things growing in dungeons that you can  probably try grinding up, but your mileage may vary in terms of unwanted side effects like curses and/or face-melting.

4. M.A.C Pigment in Teal

Ditto the above, but for a more blue-based green option. I know perfectly well that teal is its own colour, but I usually see it more as a green than a blue.


II. Nails


Emerald Green nail polishes

Glorious green for tips! Honestly, there were about 549678 polishes I could have included here, so I decided to stick with one brand, since Butter London had so many good, permanent green shades!


5. Butter London British Racing Green

British Racing Green has always been a favourite cart colour of mine – I know I’ll try to get something that line if we’re hiring one to take us and our loot back to town. The paladin prefers bright red with racing stripes, but he’s having a bit of a mid-life crisis at the moment…

6. Butter London Henley Regatta

No post is truly complete without some outright glitter in it somewhere.

7. Butter London Jack the Lad

I love the multidimensional colour in this green. It reminds me of some of the more complex gems we’ve brought back out of various dungeons and hoards over the years, and a couple of particularly lovely giant geodes that we had to climb our way through. Ah, good times…


III. Eyes


Green eyeshadows

Glittering green for eyes! Once again, there are many lovely green eyeshadows and pigments out there. I decided to stick with a brand I already love (UD) and one I’m keen to try (Sugarpill). Fyrinnae, your website was broken when I was putting this together, so you missed out :-/


8. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Junkie

These eye pencils are fantastic. This colour is a particularl lovely one. I almost managed to slip this into a pocket, but my conscience overcame my greed. Being a rogue is tough, you know? 😉

9. Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Junebug

I’m really interested in trying Sugarpill stuff at some point, and this loose shadow is on the list! Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any in the adventure postings at the moment (i.e. it’s sold out), but I’m sure someone will locate a new dungeon with some in soon!

10. Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Subterranean

How ridiculously appropriate is the name of this eyeshadow? And how gorgeous is the colour?

11. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Clinic

Every time I see a swatch of this, my face twitches and my fingers itch to get it IMMEDIATELY. I was thrilled to see it pop up on this adventure, and hopefully I’ll get the chance to go after a gorgeous stick-shaped emerald of this for my own, soon!

12. Urban Decay Pressed Eyeshadow in Loaded

I love Urban Decay eyeshadows, This is not really a secret (I can *hear* the Bard rolling her eyes right now). However, I do not yet posess this lovely deep green. It came to us, actually – washed right onboard during a rough moment in the journey, matching the colour of the ranger’s face at that moment perfectly!


13. One Last Thing… The astral sea is a beautiful sight, adventurers! Illamasqua’s nail polish in Perseid captures it perfectly 🙂


Illamasqua Perseid

A nail polish that manages to perfectly capture the astral sea on a calm day. I just want to dive right in!


Right! Now that you’ve seen the spoils of our astral-seafaring adventures in the Emerald Empire, do you feel like wearing green? Have you tried any of these products (or sailed the astral seas)?

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!