Sunday, April 19, 2015

If I Did Tutorials, It Would Go Something Like This

One thing I am not is a teacher or a guru.  I am also middling about doing anything step by step.  BUT. BUTT.  Probably one of the most frequently read comments and questions I receive have to do with layering.  Specifically, I've been asked how I layer SUQQU eye shadows.  I have a default placement that I would like to share with you because literally, whether I feature that particular look in the context of a post or not, it is likely the placement I wear whenever I wear a SUQQU quad.

Alrightie then.  Get ready of so many pictures of my face that you're going to DIEE.  DIIEEEEE.  Here is what I am using to demonstrate my "technique."

  • SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in 08 Mizuaoi (d/c)
  • Tom Ford liner in Espresso (here)
  • SUQQU eye shadow brushes in F, L, M (here)
  • (unpictured but helpful would be) a good small pencil brush for smudging liner.  I used RMK E
A note I will make is that you can use any SUQQU quad though it seems to work best in the old format of white base, dark matte, and two shimmers (quads 01-08).  I am using the Tom Ford liner because it smudges nicely, but can easily use a liquid or pen liner to create a wing, or any other soft pencil or gel liner in various colors to contrast, deepen or whatever.  And I'm using the SUQQU grey squirrel brushes, which apply generally sheerly, but you can use firmer bristled brushes like goat hair, or Canadian squirrel hair to get a stronger pigmented finished look.


OK, do the base makeup:
I'm wearing SUQQU Frame Fix Cream N 002 (here), Surratt Surrealiste Concealer 04 (here).  I've done my brows and I've primed my lids with Nars primer.
Apply the quad "base" shade:
Using a large fluffy brush (and in our example SUQQU L), I apply the white matte base shade all over my upper lids and along the lower lash line.
Nearly imperceptibly, it creates a nice smooth and even effect on the lids.

Apply the darkest shade to create shape on the eyes:
I like a paddle-shaped brush to do this step.  The flat side is helpful in patting on the shape on my upper lids while the tip has some level of precision and can apply along the lower lash line.  The patting motion gets me the most even and intense coverage of this color on my upper lids.  At this point, I'm not worried about blending, or evenness in application.  The additional layers of the other colors will help achieve a well blended look.  Most important is getting the shape you like (e.g., more round, or winged out in shape) and making it about the same on both eyes.
 My eyes are not even, so I often good the "get both eyes about the same" part of it. :D  Eh, close enough.

Now the layering:
This is when I allow my brain to kick in.  I think about which of the two remaining color to show distinctly by itself on my upper lid, because that will be the last color I apply in the quad.  In the case of Mizuaoi, I have a distinct aversion to blue tones.  I'd rather use the pale blue shimmer shade as a layering mixer over the dark purply blue and use the peachy pink shade more prominently and therefore taking the edge off an all-blue look.

I use both the L and the M brush.  I use the L to sweep the pale blue shimmer shade on top of the dark blue I've already applied and slightly past the top edge of that dark blue shape.  That adds complexity to this look, right?  The main dark shade is layered with the pale blue on my mobile lid, and above the crease the pale blue stands alone.  It's a gradient!

The M brush is helpful with its pencil tip to apply the pale blue in a layer over the dark blue on the lower lash line.
There.

Now layer some more more:
Ok, these quads come with a fourth color for a reason, so we're going to use it as the final layering shade.  After wiping the L brush and the M brush clean on a microfiber cloth (or tissue), I dust the peachy pink on the brush.  I sweep it on top of the inky purply blue, the pale blue on the upper lid with the L brush.  I make sure to extend the peachy pink shape higher up on the lid, so it can be unobscured by the purply blue, and the pale blue.  Complexity, right?

M brush is used to apply the peachy pink on the lower lash line.  In this case, I just focused its placement on the outer third of my lower lash line.  Improvising and tweaking these placements a little bit is easy to do and adds a little something different each time I wear these quads.
The only real blending I do is when I sweep the layers on top of the main dark shade.  That dumb phrase "it practically blends itself!" is kind of true!

Final touch is the liner application and mascara.  I put the Tom Ford Espresso in the lower waterline and along with upper lash line.  I use a pencil brush (RMK E) to smudge both lines softly, while adding a bit more of the dark shade from the quad to it to set it.
Here is the finished look, adding Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder (here), and RBR Sea of Clouds liquid highlighter* on the high points of my face, Chanel Joue Contraste in Rose Ecrin, and Rouge Bunny Rouge sheer lipstick in Musings*.
For me, this is my fail safe placement.  When quads don't look good using this placement, those are the ones I tend to purge for one reason or another.  (When there is a cream pan, or a split pan, or eight colors, then I start to get confused!)

Whether this technique works for you or not would depend on probably a whole host of factors.  I have a very shallow crease, so layered gradients like this always work, while placements with dark crease + dark outer V are harder.  The general shape or profile of your eyes may or may not work with this technique the same way.  But why not give it a try and write back on how it works for you?  I think this would work well on those with monolids and hooded eyes like mine.

So satisfying posting twenty selfies in one post.  :D  This totally allows me to indulge in my narcissistic tendencies for like a good hour composing this post.  *scratches itch*  AAH!

Are there particular eye shadow placements you tend to favor?  Share your knowledge so I can learn!

* items were provided without charge by the brand/PR for my consideration.  However, all my opinions are my own!  Yes indeed!  Please check out my full disclosure policy statement here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick - Musings, Relish of Heaven and Perfume of His Gaze

>> This post features products provided without charge by the brand for my consideration<<

After giving into my raging lust for a lipstick in a gorgeous lightweight and lip-loving formula (that's my Jasmine Weighted Air post, dudes), I jumped at the opportunity to try out a few more colors in the sheer lipstick range.  There may have been evil cackling involved.  No need to report me to the brand.  They will be able to see the deranged look in my dead eyes.  Next time, they will back away slowly. @___@
 I chose a selection of briiiiight (Relish of Heaven), wearable (Musings), and a little oddball (Perfume of His Gaze).  Not shown here, but they also reformulated Murmurings (here), a cool deep plum which I featured in the old formula way back when.
L to R: Perfume of His Gaze*, Musings*, Relish of Heaven*, Jasmine Weighted Air

Swatches not in the same order as the above bullet picture, because I like to keep your brain agile.
From L to R: Musings*, Relish of Heaven*, Jasmine Weighted Air, Perfume of His Gaze*

  • Musings* is a warm rose.  It is a very natural and subtle shade.  It is the least pigmented of the shades shown here, but like all the others, can be easily built up in color to fuller opacity without going gloppy.
  • Relish of Heaven* is a bright warm red.  This is a gorgeous warm red, with good pigmentation while still retaining a juicy kind of transparency.
  • Jasmine Weighted Air you've seen before on this blog.  Gorgeous and face brightening fuchsia.
  • Perfume of His Gaze* is described as a cool toned rose taupe by the brand.  This is what I mentioned as an oddball color.  It kind of is weird.  There is some grey, some purple and some pinky brown in this shade.  This has the softest texture of the colors I've tried and particularly wet looking and glossy when applied.
I've put it on these new three shades (excluding JWA), so you can see all these colors in the context of the rest of my face and makeup.  Since I spoke extensively on the formula and wear when I posted about JWA, I will give you some verbal blah blah on my thoughts on how these colors are working for me.

Musings:

Musings is the least exciting of these Sheer Lipsticks, which is not a dig on the wearability and prettiness of this color.  It is really lovely.  I think though that it is so low contrast on my face, that it has the effect of softening up all the rest of my features.  The old convention of playing up one feature of the face (like if you go bold on your eyes, go more subtle on the rest of the face) seems to have a bit of merit.  With such soft eyes and subtle cheeks, I think my lip color in this case ends up a bit blah looking.  It does make a great shade to pair along with dramatic or smoky eyes.

Relish of Heaven:
I always think bright colors like Relish of Heaven photographs even nicer than they look in person.  I have to admit that even though on most days, I prefer softer mlbb type colors, a bright dramatic color like RoH looks pretty darn incredible.  With exactly the same makeup as when wearing Musings, my eyes look darker and brighter and my skin looks glowing.  (well I am cheating on the glow)

It does seem like finding a good red has something to do with either playing up a contrast in undertone (such as a warm red on cool skin or vice versa), or finding some sort of harmony (like the warm RoH with my warmer skin).  I had been sorely tempted by Tatcha's red LE lipstick which Messy Wands featured (here), but since reds is not something I wear all that often and with Relish of Heaven filling in the spot of a bright, slightly warm red, I can safely pass.

Perfume of His Gaze:
Heheh.  Even more than the drama of Relish of Heaven, my secret favorite is Perfume of His Gaze.  By the way, if Perfume of Gaze is a familiar RBR name, but the color looks not in line with your memory, it is because they recycled the name for this new color.  I like this color much more than Musings, personally.  It is a deeper shade, so provides a bit more contrast to my skin and more in line with the depth of my dark features (eyes, brows, hair) and has a cool tone that is harmonious with my own weird cool lip color.

Other Products Worn:
Products I am wearing in all these looks are the same, rotated with the lipstick colors.

The base I particularly love for a nice dewy look is my Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick.  Now that it is much warmer, I will likely need to go for a less emollient formula as my skin gets a bit oily.  I've set it with RBR's loose finishing powder.  Also wearing RBR Delicata on the cheeks.

I'm wearing an assortment of RBR matte eye shadows (here) with Bashful Flamingo on the lids, Sweet Dust Seriema in the crease, and Blackpepper Jay to deepen the outer corner and to define the lash line.

Allow me also to give you a closer look at what is on my eyes and all the copious amount of highlighter  (RBR Sea of Tranquility) I am wearing.  It makes me a little buggy when the very last thing I do (mascara application) goes all wrong.  I smeared it all over the lash line.  Hmm, if I were a bit more conscientious, I would re-do it or attempt a clean up.  But I think you know how lazy I am by now and I am nothing if not authentic to my true innerds.
Were you able to try any of these new sheer lipsticks yet?  Which color is your favorite?  OOH OOH!  *jumping up and down*  Rouge Bunny Rouge was so kind to offer a very special discount for all my readers.  Yep, using this code will also brand you as a Wondegondigo reader, but that is a small price to pay for a 20% discount.

Use the code RBR-WONDEGONDIGO20 to receive a 20% discount on the Rouge Bunny Rouge Website (all regions!).  And come back and tell me what you picked up!  This code is good until August 31st, 2015.

Disclosure: this post features product (*) that was sent free of charge by the brand/PR for consideration.  However, all my opinions are my own!  Yes indeed!  Please check out my full disclosure policy statement here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Administrative - Comments

ALL DONE NOW!  :)  Disqus is live on the blog.  I've enabled Guest commenting, which I think will function the same as anonymous commenting.  Thanks for all your yays of encouragement.  The actual move to from blogger comments to Disqus was basically a widget!

Please do let me know if you encounter any weird issues.  I hope not and I hope it's a nice improvement in functionality.  Also, you can edit comments!

Hi!  How ya doin'? 

I'm doing this post to duly let you know that there be changes:

One thing I will be changing up on the blog is comments!  I don't know about you, but at the point that Blogger makes it hard for the blog owner to comment in her own post, it is time to do something.  Sometimes Blogger does a glitchy thing where it EATS COMMENTS.  Where it goes, nobody knows. 

Within the next week or so, I will be replacing Blogger comments with Disqus.  I know, having a whole 'nother logon is a pain, but I hope since I am such a late adopter of Disqus, many of you will already have logins set up to comment on your other favorite blogs.

I believe there is anonymous commenting through Disqus and I'd love you to still come and chat with me!  I also don't really moderate comments.  I only make comments go into moderation for really old posts and also your x-rated comments.  Yup, and for those, I squirrel away for my secret happy place.

I hope our normal active and funny commenting experience on this blog will remain the same!  Don't forget to come and chat with me, ok?  *sits in metal folding chair*  *waits to be asked to dance*

Sunday, April 12, 2015

SUQQU Glow Loose Powder

I'm not even quite sure when this came out.  I don't normally stand attentive for new base product releases (SUQQU or any other brand, really).  I do spend a lot of time thinking about using base products to achieve a certain effect or how certain products enhance an overall look.  And then there is of course my ever-changing skin that gets a little bit older, a bit drier and then has a major freakout regularly when it gets to be winter.

In any case, SUQQU did release a new loose powder.  Along with the Chiffon Feel Loose Powder, at some point, they released the Glow Loose Powder.  The brand's website describes it as a "peach beige powder evens outs unevenness in the skin's color and creates smooth skin with a radiant glow."  I thought with the brand's sneaky discontinuing of the Nuancing Loose Powder, I thought I would give this Glow one a try.
The container looks identical to the Nuancing Loose Powder and also comes with a velour puff.
I definitely see the "peach beige" color described in the product, but it applies translucent on my skin.

The aspect of the powder I was most curious about was this GLOW factor.  By glow, do I get sheen or end up like I've sprinkled chunky glitter bits all over my face.  Or would it be something in between?

I honestly can not pick out any obvious (or actually hidden shimmer) in this powder.  Very similar to any powder product I've tried from SUQQU, it is light and finely milled.  It is unlike silica based powder lightness (like the Rouge Bunny Rouge one), but for a traditional talc-based powder, it has a light and delicate texture.  (I've posted a picture of the ingredient at the bottom of the post for you).  The glow is from the mica which is the second ingredient in the powder, but it must also be finer than I can pick out in discrete bits with my naked eye (or my camera macro lens). Haha!  On a newer monitor, I can see very teeny eeny glints of shimmer on my arm swatch.
Reviewing loose powder base products is the pits!  Especially ones as fine as this which melts into the skin and really can not be captured in a photo.

Trust me (or not!  But I bought this one, so maybe you can trust me), I've loaded a pile of the Glow Loose powder on my inner arm.  I'm not even sure I see much texture change, let alone glow.

As I mentioned above in passing, the brand has discontinued the Nuancing Loose Powder and the Pressed version.  If this is your favorite (mine is the pressed version in Natural, which I just bought two back ups of), might be time to hit up your local retailer and get one.  I was sad about the Nuancing Loose Powder in Natural going away, but I was excited to try something new.  How does the Nuancing in Natural and the Glow Loose Powder compare?
Perhaps you can see a tiny bit of finish difference between the two.  The Glow Loose Powder has a slight sheen, while the Nuancing Loose Powder in Natural is matte.
 Funny thing, is the in the swatches, I've had a very difficult time how the product applies differently on my skin.  Which kind of makes it seem like the Glow Loose powder would be a good stand in for Nuancing.

Don't be fooled by my crap swatches.  The Glow Loose Powder is amazing and subtle and beautiful and indeed is something quite different when applied on my face.  Do you see how the light catches in a soft way on the high points of my face?  That's the powder doing its magical thing, because I'm wearing it over my soft matte finish Frame Fix Cream N (also from the brand).
I love this combination of the SUQQU Frame Fix Cream N and the Glow Loose Powder.  The foundation by itself really perfects the skin with it's crazy high pigmentation.  It also does very well in terms of oil control.  It does a really good job keeping the oils under control (or at least breaking through the foundation) in my T-zone.  However, matte is never my favorite finish, even though FFCN does gives a softer version of matte.  But with a generous heaping dusting of the Glow Loose Powder, I've added back a soft luster to my skin.

Another reason I love the FFCN + Glow Loose Powder combo is that the powder, like the Nuancing version does zippo for oil control.
Here is a real close up of my skin in a photo taken with my macro lens.
And here is that ingredient listing I promised you:

So ends the product post but here is a Belly-style bonus rant:

Last week, I had the occasion to go makeup free because I woke up late and I had to dash out of the house.  During my lunch break, I went to a fancy salon to buy a skincare product.  They didn't have it in stock, but instead of just letting me walk out the door, the esthetician tried to sell me a more heavy-duty version of the product, which I was not interested in.

Her selling technique is one often called "negging."  This is a type of selling technique where the sales person uses insults to convince the buyer that because the buyer has such and such faults, she needs to buy such and such product.  The things she mentioned were my clogged pores and how oily I am.  And then she kept repeating it and then proceeded to criticize the products I used on my skin.

First, I'm no dummy and I do enough research and understand how products tend to work for me.  For instance, loading up on phenol on my skin (as she was suggesting) on my dehydrated and irritated skin (from the sucky winter) would freak my skin out even further.  And second, referring to my non-existent cloggy (or minimally) skin is just laughable.  I put my naked skin on this blog often and I'm proud of my skin.  Of the (superficial) things I am grateful for is the freak of nature/ genetics jack pot that allows me to have nice skin.

But even more upsetting is that using a tactic that preys on a woman's possible insecurities to make a sale is just deplorable.  I've encountered this type of tactic a few times.  I admit in my younger years I've fallen for this.  It's not a pitfall of youth, of course.  But it is easy on these occasions to think that maybe there IS something wrong with my face.  Belly readers, let's not stand for this crap behavior that makes us dwell on our insecurities and makes us prone to be prey to this type of selling tactic.  Even if I had a bad skin day, as we all can, I would have had the same response as I did that day at the salon:  Walk out the door.  I don't stand for that and neither should you.
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