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Rodial X Poppy Delevingne: Makeup Recreation

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I'm trying something a bit different today--I know, I surprised myself too. I was sent a press release for a gorgeous look that Poppy Delevingne wore to a Rodial event, and some of the products she used. While I'm no where near as flawless as Poppy, I still thought it would be fun to recreate the look. I ended up trying the products out for my birthday dinner (although I paired it with a sweater, jeans and boots because it was freaking cold!). Keep reading to see how it turned out! 


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The liner was really easy to blend out, and didn't smudge or transfer throughout the night. It also felt comfortable on the waterline; as someone who wears contacts, I find that some liners can transfer and irritate my eyes. I don't often wear black liner, but I think I may be grabbing this one in brown soon! 

The eyeshadows are really pigmented and dark, and I had to go in quite a bit with a blending brush to create a more subtle, effortless look (ironic, isn't it?) I love that fact that the palette has equal parts cool and warm toned shades, which makes it very versatile and perfect if you're bringing it with you to amp up your makeup after work. 

The highlight is very different than anything else I have in my collection. It's a pen and very liquidy. A little goes a long way with this product (learned that lesson the hard way and had to use my beauty blender to correct my uber glowy face). The colour is actually quite champagne to bronze toned, which is a far cry from my usual silver undertones ones. I find on my very fair skin, if I don't blend it enough, it can look a tad bit muddy. But on someone with more tanned skin, I think this would be stunning! You can apply it very sheerly for a natural glow, or build it up for a more intense shimmer. 

I was also surprised with the suede lips. In the picture of Poppy, her lips look quite glossy, but when I applied the product, it comes across as very matte and cool toned. I ended up adding a bit of lip gloss to soften the look. For me, I would pair this lip colour with a really simple eye look, because it can be quite a statement colour. It's a beautiful consistency (very creamy for a matte lip) and is relatively long lasting. It's not on Mac's matte lipstick level, but is also easier to wear and reapply. 

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These were the products I used to create the look. It includes the Rodial Smokey Eye Sculpt Eyeshadow PaletteRodial Instagram GlowRodial Smokey Eye Pen in black, and Rodial Suede Lips in Big Apple. I completed the look with the Maybelline Fit Me foundation in 110, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in chantilly, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, Bobbi Brown lipgloss in Petal, and Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty.



Compared to Poppy's look, I did a more subtle, wearable version. I'm not really into dark, dramatic makeup--for me, this is intense. I think this makeup would be perfect for a night out, and was super easy to create. I used the shimmery bronze shade all over the lid, and the orangey-brown shade through the crease. I then applied the black liner on my water line and along my lash line in a slightly winged format.  I do have a lot of highlight on, but the lighting here washes it out. 

I really love Poppy's look, and I'm hoping to wear a similar look again soon! It was also the first time I'd tried Rodial items and I was pleasantly surprised. Let me know what you think! 

xoxo K

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact

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Look at me, rushing through these old Christmas posts like it wasn't already March. Oops! Fell a bit behind in the last few months (ok, more than a few), but I'm really trying to get back to regular posting. So here is another old product that isn't available to purchase but I thought I would talk about anyway since I have it: The Mac Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact. Enjoy! 

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact, flatlay, swatches, review, makeup, blush, highlight

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact, flatlay, swatches, review, makeup, blush, highlight

First off, the packaging is adorable. It's not the easiest to use though, as the top doesn't stay open while you are using the product. So unless you hold it while applying it with the other hand, the lid will snap shut on you. A bit annoying but certainly not a deal breaker. I do like the vinyl-like top though, because it means it doesn't get all scratched up and doesn't get annoying finger prints all over it. So a big plus for that. 

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact, flatlay, swatches, review, makeup, blush, highlight

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact, flatlay, swatches, review, makeup, blush, highlight

Highlight: It's glittery. It's a beautiful neautral-toned pinky highlight but it can come across as very glittery and a bit artificial looking. Maybe that's just because I've been reaching for my Hourglass trio lately and am accustomed to a very natural glow instead of all out shimmer. It applies beautifully on the skin; it doesn't skip or go patchy, and it lasts all day. It's a bit stiff to apply, but like I said in the Nars post, I would rather have cheek products that you have to work with instead of being too pigmented right off the bat.

Blush: It's a stunning shade. It's very natural and pairs well with almost any look. It's a pinky-brown-grey, and despite the fact that description sounds unappealing, the final result is a gorgeous colour. The blush is matte, which pairs perfectly with the highlight; you can mix them together for a lovely sheen across the cheeks, or use them separately. The blush lasts all day, and because its cooler toned, almost acts like a contour and slims the face. It is very stiff in the pan though, and takes a bit of work but applies smoothly and lasts all day.

This was the first Mac blush I had ever tried, and I was pleasantly surprised. I don't think I'm going to run out and buy anymore right now, since I have an overwhelming amount of blushes already, but it's something to keep in mind for a future shopping spree.

xoxo K

Maybelline Fit Me stick foundation and powder review

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I've used the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation every day for the last . . gosh, two or more years? I really hate trying out new foundations. I have very oily, acne prone skin that can be quite sensitive. So a lot of foundations tend to break me out. I'm also at school for 10 hours a day, three days a week, which isn't ideal for trying to test out a new foundation because if it doesn't work, you're SOL. But since I loved my other Maybelline foundation so much, I thought I would give the Shine Free + Balance stick foundation and the Matte and Poreless powder a try. Keep reading to find out my thoughts! 

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First off, the reason I love the Maybelline foundation is that they are actually pale enough to suit my complexion, which is a huge feat. Porcelain 110 is a very light colour that has neutral undertones. I bought the powder in translucent, but as you can see, it does have a bit of a tint to it. Either that or my foundation is so light it actually makes the white powder look coloured. And if thats the case, that's a bit sad. 

Foundation: Onto my preference of the foundation. Honestly, it's not a horrible foundation. It is geared for more combination skin than straight up oily, which my skin has been hovering around this winter. It doesn't last nearly as long on me as the matte and poreless does; maybe three to four hours before I need to blot. 

It feels very lightweight on the skin, and blends seamlessly. You can use a brush to blend it, but I much prefer the finish with a sponge. It's about a light to medium coverage that can be built up to a solid medium. You can still see some of my persistent acne scars and beauty marks. 

Powder: The powder, sadly, did not work for me. It did not keep me as matte as the Too Faced Primed and Poreless, even when I used it with other foundations. But it also made me break out. I always notice if a product isn't working for me when my forehead starts to break out, because I very rarely get breakouts there. 

Overall: I think if your skin is a little less temperamental and you are looking for a nice, inexpensive powder for combination skin, this would be a great option. The foundation would be great if you have combination skin, wanted something easy to apply or touch up on the go. 

xoxo K

Nars Sarah Moon True Story Cheek + Lip Palette

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I have to say that when I saw the Nars True Story Cheek + Lip palette last fall, I was beyond excited. I'm a huge blush fan, but because I'm so fair, a lot of blushes can look overwhelming on me. So a palette that was filled with champagne and pale-pink blushes looked like it would be perfect.

Nars Sarah moon cheek palette, cheek palette, blush, swatches

Nars Sarah moon cheek palette, cheek palette, blush, swatches

Nars Sarah moon cheek palette, cheek palette, blush, swatches

Can we just take a second to appreciate how gorgeous this photo is? I'll admit I had never heard of Sarah Moon before the collaboration with Nars, but I've spent some time researching her. While her photos are very dark and impactful, I think the brightness of this particular image is very well suited to this palette. 

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Below, I've included swatches of the lip colour in the palette as well as four other popular red colours to get a sense of what it looks like. 

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for reference, left to right: Mac Ruby Woo, Charlotte Tilbury Lipcheat in Kiss n' Tell, Nars Dragon Girl, Nars Mysterious Red (comes with the palette), Nars Mandore
Quality: the quality of the two middle blushes are very nice. They are subtle but buildable. They can come across as a little bit patchy at first, but with a bit of work, they blend beautifully into the skin.

The highlight is very creamy but there is a fair amount of kickback. It's not very pigmented, but thats also a good thing in a highlighter. I much prefer a natural look with a highlighter, and this one perfectly fits the bill. It's buildable but not overpowering.

The red blush on the right is the patchiest of the group. It has gold micro-shimmer flakes, which are very noticeable against the red background. It's also very streaky, and while you can blend it in, its hard to do so without adding a lot of extra colour to the cheeks.

Colour: They have neutral to slightly warm undertones, which is so refreshing to find. A lot of blushes seem to be very warm toned which really doesn't suit my complexion.

The highlight on the left is absolutely gorgeous. I love mixing it with the blushes to create a subtle sheen all across the cheeks, but with a more tapered brush, you can really build it up for a champagne-glow.

The red on the far right is where I have an issue. The colour is either suited for a very editorial look or for a much deeper skin tone. On me it comes across as rosacea red. But the three other colours in the palette are so fair I can't imagine them showing up easily on tan to dark skin tones. I'm sure it could work, but would require a lot of building up. So the blush on the right is an odd-ball, and I really would have preferred a lighter shade or a contour.

Lippie: Nars matte velvet lip pencils are amazing quality, last all day, are very pigmented. I really have nothing bad to say about them.  Go out and buy all the colours. They're perfect.

Overall: The three colours on the left are so gorgeous that I will overlook the red shade. It's amazing for fair skin, and is versatile enough to wear with any makeup look!

xoxo K