4 December 2014

Trying New Things: Makeup from Lily Lolo, Lavera, Zuzu Luxe, Gressa, Pacifica, Suki & Au Naturale

It's always fun trying new makeup, but the chance of something going wrong or needing extra fiddling means that I'm much less likely to experiment on days when I have to be somewhere within a given time frame.  Today I found myself just hanging out at home, so it seemed like the perfect time to play with a whole bunch of new makeup bits!



FACE

This was my first time trying Suki's Tinted Active Moisturizer in Porcelain and it was a little odd.  I don't know if this is normal - maybe my sample was old - but the moisturizer came out of the sachet an orangey shade with little dots of lighter pigment throughout.  Porcelain is the lighter of Suki's two shades and it blended fine on the skin and didn't look orange once on, but it also gave very little coverage.  I topped it with Honeybee Gardens' Pressed Mineral Foundation in Geisha, which, as you can see, is well loved.  It works well with my skin, has good coverage, is incredibly quick to apply, and looks pretty natural.  Une Beauty's Skin Glow Pencil in G02 - possibly discontinued - is yellow-toned and great for covering dark circles.  I set it with Silk Naturals' Light Peach Sleep in a Jar, which brightens up the under eye area and gives a tiny bit of extra coverage.  I used Au Naturale's Creme Concealer in Beige, which came in the November Petit Vour box, to cover a couple small blemishes.  



EYES

I received the Lily Lolo Laid Bare Palette* just a couple days ago, so this was my first time working with it.  First impressions are really good: the three shadows I used were all nicely pigmented and went on really smoothly.  Lavera's Eye Shadow Base is a relative new addition to my makeup bag, although I've been playing with it for a few weeks now.  I prefer something a bit tackier for extra shimmery or sparkly shadows, but for everything else, I've been really happy with how it performs.  I've had Pacifica's Eye Pencil in Bare for a good few months now and I like using it to brighten up the waterline.  I picked up Jet - the black shade - very recently, and it's great too: creamy and dark black.  For today's look, I just smudged it lightly into my lash line.  Zuzu Luxe Onyx Mascara is nothing new to me, but what is new is the Zuzu Luxe Cream Brow Pencil in Russet.  I'll be the first to admit that, when it comes to brows, I really don't know what I'm doing, but I wanted to experiment a bit more with filling them in, so I picked this up.  The color works pretty well, but I need to play with it more to fully decide what I think.

CHEEKS & LIPS
On my cheeks I used Lippy Girl's Wallflower Mineral Blush, which is a beautiful matte baby pink.  I think Lippy Girl is phasing these original blushes out in favor of their new line, but as of today, they're still available on their website.  Because my blush was matte, I added a smidge of highlight to the tops of my cheeks and down my nose with Lily Lolo's Rosey Glow Shimmer Stripes.  I like to use a smaller brush in this and concentrate mainly on the lightest shade in the compact.  Lastly, I used Gressa's Aux Rouge Lip Boost, which is another product that just came in the mail.  I rarely go for potted lip colors or red lip products, so I'm glad to have won this in a giveaway hosted by Kasey of Plein Vanity or I'd have missed out entirely on this lovely product.  The Lip Boost feels great on the lips and can be applied lightly for a sheer wash of color or more heavily for a bold, fully opaque red lip.


THE FINAL LOOK
When I break it down, it seems like a ton of products, but it all amounted to a pretty natural, everyday-type look.    

Makeup selfies are hard guys.  I don't know how some of you do it!

What do you think?  Are any of these products favorites of yours?

*Press sample
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18 comments:

  1. Lovely, natural look. I'm definitely interested in trying out Lily Lolo (that palette looks gorgeous!), Pacifica, Zuzu Luxe, and Gressa Skin. Great picks and brands!

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    1. Thanks Megan! I've been really happy with all of these, I think you'd enjoy them :) It's so nice to see how far natural makeup has come in just the last couple years!

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  2. Love this! Some great picks, and you look really pretty! Regarding Une, I think I spotted the skin glow pencil at a store, but it could be from a old stock, because the pencil's not on the website anymore. xx

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    1. Thanks Liz! We don't have Une in stores here (as far as I know!) and I can't find it online anywhere anymore. I'm on the hunt for something to replace it with (and hoarding that tiny nub of my pencil in the meantime!)

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  3. No way you got the Lily Lolo palette!? Please do an eye look or something! :D You can also use Aux Rouge on your cheeks, which I love coz it gives me a natural flush, but not sure if it'll be too red since you're much paler than I am. xo

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    1. I know! I squealed a little when it came in the mail earlier this week, haha :) I have the worst time getting good makeup photos, but I'll try my best to do an eye look for you! Will definitely have to try Aux Rouge on my cheeks too. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. So many lovely products! That Lily Lolo eyeshadow palette looks perfect!

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    1. Thanks Inga! The Lily Lolo palette is fantastic, I'm so happy with it :)

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  5. Lovely look! I also bought the Lavera Eye shadow base and so far I really like it! :) xx

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you're liking the Lavera base too :)

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  6. Love this look on you :) I had no idea Suki had a Tinted Moisturizer. The Lily Lolo palette looks gorgeous! How does the Lavera eye shadow base over time? My eyelids are super greasy, I haven't found anything natural that makes eyeshadow last all day!
    -Kasey

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    1. Thanks Kasey! The Lavera base does pretty well for me. I can get about 8 hours wear before it starts to look a little less than perfect. Even then, it's not creasing or eyeshadow wearing off - more so just noticing that the shadows start to blend together and look somewhat muddy. I hope that makes sense! I don't have especially greasy eyelids though, so keep that in mind.

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  7. The Lily Lolo Palette is wonderful :) I couldn't resist and bought the Enchanted Palette too. I can recommend the Eyeshadow Base from Benecos. First it's a little bit strange because of the golden colour and shimmer but your eyeshadow would last for a very long time.

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    1. Yes! I'm so impressed with the Laid Bare palette and the Enchanted Palette looks gorgeous too :) I'll have to check out the Benecos base - I didn't even realize they made one. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  8. Gorgeous! You could easily take this look from day to night using the same products.

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    1. Thanks Nicole! I ended up doing that later in the day actually. Well, mostly I just intensified the lip, but I think it worked! Aux Rouge can really be built up to full lipstick opacity :)

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  9. I love Au Naturale and am just starting to get into Pacifica. Reading this convinced me to sign up for the Petit Vour winter box, never got anything from them before. Black Friday sales = lots of makeup, no money!

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    1. I hear you on post-Black Friday money woes! I hope you got lots of greats things anyways :) The PV Winter Box looks awesome - enjoy!!

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