This happened: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadow in Sunshower (OR313)

Shiseido-Sunshower-1Last week I shared a couple of new purchases one of them being the  Shiseido’s Shimmering Cream Shadows which I picked up in the shades Leather and Sable. If you remember that post I also mentioned I had to pull myself away from a third shade, called Sunshower (OR313). Well, I couldn’t get it off of my mind so when I just so happened to stumble upon the Shiseido counter while out shopping, there was no way I was going to walk away a second time. Is it wrong to divulge that I actually feel at peace now? Please tell me I’m not alone here? Shiseido-Sunshower-2Sunshower (OR313) is the perfect subdued copper with a hint of toffee and golden rose. It’s off the charts gorgeous and I’m completely enamored with it. On my brown/hazel eyes it’s really flattering (if I do say so myself) but I suspect this shade would look lovely on all eye colours, depending on how you use it. When it comes to eye makeup some of you will know that the no-makeup makeup look is a look near and dear to my heart, however every now and then I like to step outside my comfort zone and branch away from safe neutrals. While Sunshower isn’t bold or garish, it’s definitively a shade that playful but also casual at the same time. Shiseido-Sunshower-3I won’t go into detail about why I love these cream shadows but if you’d like to find out more I have a whole post dedicated to the reasons, which you can find here. Honestly, Shiseido have done an outstanding job with these cream shadows and they are one of my favourite finds of the year. They are definitely deserve a lot more credit in my opinion.

Let me know if you’ve given them a whirl. Id’ love to know what you thought.

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June 2014 Beauty Favourites

June-14-FavouritesOh God! It’s June favourites time and that means we’re at the half way mark, it also means it’s birthday time, which if I’m honest tends to freak me more and more as the years go by. Anyway back to the post. I picked out my favouites for the month of June based on what I was reaching for most. Most of the products are trusty favouites but I’ve also included a couple of new products which you may not have seen before as well as some fairly recent purchases. Here’s what I loved most over the month of June:

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer: One of the products I haven’t shared with you before is my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (in Soft Beige). I’m not sure what persuaded me to buy this concealer but I’m glad I did. I primarily use it to cover the dark circles under my eyes as it works magic on making me look less zombi-fied. What I’ve enjoyed most about this concealer is that it’s super creamy, has a subtle brightening effect and it doesn’t cake or crease. It’s a great dupe for NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in my opinion, minus the price tag of course.

Chanel-Perfection-Lumiere-VelvetShisedo Shimmering Cream Shadows: Even though I picked these up relatively late in the month they’ve quickly become my go-to cream shadow. I’ve literally used these every day since I picked them up, no joke. To say I’m obsessed it a bit of an understatement (I’ve already picked up a third shade, which I will share in an upcoming post). There’s so much to love about these shadows; the texture is amazing, they super lightweight and easy to apply and the formulation is long lasting and doesn’t crease. Hands down my favourite cream shadow to date.

Chanel Velvet Foundation: I’ve featured this foundation in my monthly favourites before but it’s just so damn good. I just love the finish of this foundation and it feels super lightweight, which means I never actually feel like I’m wearing a foundation. Although it’s a tad too dark for me right now (I’m a nice shade of sick at the moment) it’s just the perfect base for when I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a base. This is definitely one to try if you have oily-combination skin or just want to dabble with a velvet finish (lightweight) foundation.Chanel-Monte-CarloChanel Rouge Coco Shine (Monte Carlo): I’ve been a bit lazy on the lipstick front, crazy I know, especially for someone who claims to adore them more than any other beauty product. Monte Carlo has been my go-to everyday shade as it’s the perfect anytime, anywhere shade (a soft pink-red). It really perks my complexion, plus it’s super hydrating which is perfect for the cold windy days we’ve been experiencing lately.AntipodesAntipodes Brightening Powder: I’ve recently retired my Benefit Agent Zero Shine Powder, which I was on the fence with but wanted to use up. In summation I was really amazed that i got through the little pot so quickly. Then I recalled how much product was actually in the pot (7 measly grams! Yes I said 7 gm, for $44 AUD! That’s highway robbery Benefit). I digress. Back to the Antipodes Brightening powder. I’ve really enjoyed using this product when I’ve needed a little powder to finish my look. In the past I’ve mentioned that I’m not a huge powder wearer in the past however I’ve also said there is always a time and place. Despite my combination skin, this powder really imparts a lovely sheen that radiates healthy happy skin. It doesn’t cake or look heavy either.

What were some of your monthly beauty (or non-beauty) favourites? Did any of mine make your list?

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My favourite cream shadows: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadows

Shiseido-1If you read my post last week, you’ll know that I’m all about cream eye shadows at the moment. It’s amazing what these little wonders can do when you’re strapped for time. Some of you have heard me harp on (lucky you) about my love of Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadows. Well over the weekend I succumbed to their awesomeness and picked up two new shades. I’m completely smitten with them, so much so that I already have another shade waiting in situ.

The two shades i picked up are BR709 Sable and BR306 Leather. Sable is a olive-taupe which reminds me of MAC’s Pattina but in a cream formula. It’s one of those colors that gives brown eyes more depth and makes light eyes look more radiant. I almost didn’t bother with it, as it’s quite muddy looking in the pot, but on the eyes it’s just stunning. It’s a gorgeous alternative to copper and brown tones but is still quite neutral so it compliments a lot of makeup looks. Leather on the other hand, is a warm rusty brown copper. I get a beautiful wash of colour with this shade and it creates a gorgeous bronze smokey eye. I absolutely love it. It makes a great base for other shadows as well.Shiseido-2So why so much love? Well firstly, the formula of these cream shadows is amazing. I’m going to go as far as to say the formula is my favourite of all the cream shadows I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot in my time so that’s saying something. Not only are they super creamy but they glide on ever so smoothly. I suspect this has something to so with the inclusion of Shiseido’s original hydrating ingredient – Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE.

Despite my oily eyelids I find that the product doesn’t crease or transfer irrespective of it’s emollience. And since it’s a cream shadow there is no fallout, which makes me very (very) happy. Now in regards to this ‘shimmering’ business don’t expect bucket loads . Shiseido use’s the term very loosely.  In my opinion the finish resembles more of a satin than a shimmer (as the name might suggest). So if the thought of frosty shades freaks you out, don’t let the product name deter you from having a little fun next time you’re near a counter. It’s worth pointing out that there is some variance between the shades (in terms of ‘shimmer’), so if it’s something that interests you make sure you try it in person before committing to a shade. As a side note, of the two shades I picked up, I’d say Sable had a little more shimmer than Leather.

Shiseido-3As with most cream shadows theses are a cinch to use and don’t require a lot of time. Simply dab and blend and you’re good to go. A shadow brush will do the trick as well (if you’re that way inclined). You get a fair amount of play time before the product sets but once it does set, it won’t budge for 16 hours. Of course this means you’ll need a good oil based makeup remover to dissolve the product after a good days wear, but in terms of staying power it’s leading the cream shadow pack.

Each little glass pot contain 6 grams of product and while they are pricey ($44 AUD) you’re getting more product than you’d typically get with an Chanel Illusion D’Ombre (4gm), Bobby Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow (3.5gm) or Mac Paintpot (5gm) to name a few.

Shiseido-4If you’re anything like me and you’re constantly in a hurry you’re going to love these. Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadows are perfect if you want a quick and easy wash of colour on your eyes or alternatively, they compliment other eye products beautifully.

What are your thoughts on cream shadows? Got any you’d like to recommend? Please share in the comments below.

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