Sunday, January 28, 2018

Of Birds and Blossoms



God took the stars and he tossed 'em,
Can't tell the birds from the blossoms.

-- Tom Waits "Green Grass"


NOTES

    I have to admit I've put this post off for too long, I hope you don't mind the totally season-inappropriate outfit. Anyway, I'm sharing a bit about a freebie Chesty phone wallet I got from a Japanese fashion magazine called Bijin Hyakka ages ago. The print with the birds and the flowers, which was also one of Chesty's most popular prints and has been made into dresses and purses, was what moved me, and I wanted a phone wallet for when I just needed to take a bit of cash and my phone to, say, get a quick supper. Yet this print was totally random, you might get many birds on the front cover if you're lucky or not at all, or you might get them in unfavorable places such as the corners making them barely discernible, or have their bodies cut off by the edges or the closure flap. I'd be lying if I say I wasn't a bit worried after seeing on Instagram that many Japanese girls had to buy multiple copies to score one with at least one whole bird in front. Fortunately I had a bit of luck with mine and the prettiest bluebird (which the Japanese girls considered lucky and dubbed "幸せの青い鳥")was in the prominent centre while there was another yellow one soaring in the top-right and a red-and-white one perched at the left bottom corner. 

    真是不好意思,這篇真是拖太久了連穿搭都過季了,請大家將就看看 XDD  話說去年夏末又為了贈品入手了日雜「美人百花」。這次送的是花鳥印花的Chesty手機包。這個印花大概是Chesty的暢銷款之一,之前就有用同款印花出過洋裝跟短夾。我愛這種浪漫風印花,然後也想要一個手機包以便去買宵夜時可以只帶一點錢跟手機就好(就是這麼懶 XD)。那麼問題來了,這手機包的印花是隨機的。你可能包包正面有很多隻鳥,也可能一隻都沒有,或者是鳥在很不起眼的地方比如邊邊跟角落或是鳥頭或鳥身在邊緣被裁掉了--總之跟賭博一樣刺激。打開盒子的時候我都有點擔心了,畢竟IG上看到很多日本女生買了好幾個才終於拿到正面一隻完整的鳥 orz  幸好我拿到的還算不錯,被日本女生稱為「幸福藍鳥(幸せの青い鳥)」的藍白色小鳥位置正好接近中央,右上跟左下還各有一隻黃色跟紅色的鳥。



    The wallet was designed for a universal fit of phone sizes (excepting plus models which would be a tad too big) and naturally there would not be a keyhole for the phone camera because different models come with different camera placements. Instead they have this sliding mechanism where you attach your phone to the black adhesive, and when you need to use it you can easily slide your phone upwards to reveal the camera. The adhesive is pretty sticky, but I didn't really want to stick my phone onto it permanently so I stuck a simple rose gold case from the dollar store instead. That way I can switch my phone cases easily according to my needs at the moment. As for the outfit, I just brought my floral blazer out as the print matches almost perfectly with the wallet. And with the flower headband and the butterfly earrings, I was going for a full-on garden theme I guess, LOL .

    這款手機包因為是為各種型號手機適用而設計(不過plus的型號會太大一點點),所以上面沒有相機孔,畢竟不同型號相機位置都不同。取而代之的是一個滑板的設計,把手機貼在黑色的貼片上,當需要用相機的時候就把手機往上推露出相機孔,上面有個卡榫會把手機固定住避免下滑,用完再把手機往下推歸位即可。因為不想把手機固定貼在這個手機包裡,所以我貼了個百元店的玫瑰金邊透明手機殼。這樣就能在需要的時候快速的把手機裝進去,錢也塞進去帶著出門了。關於這天的穿搭,我把許久沒穿的花花西裝外套搬出來了,因為跟手機包根本可以組成完美的一套。再加上花花髮帶跟蝶影耳環,我想我當天根本是想走浪漫花園主題路線的 XDD




Floral blazer :  SheIn
Top :  Pazzo
Phone wallet :  Chesty
Earrings :  Cor-date x Ayako


Bises! ♥♥



Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Little Sephora Christmas Love



The Christmas tree is decorated, all the shopping's done.
Stockings line the fireplace one by one.

-- Andy Williams "Christmas Needs Love to be Christmas"


    Lately it's been mostly beauty and makeup posts here, I know. Well, in my own defense who can really resist all those pretty limited edition packagings in this festive season? I know I can't ; )  Anyway, this post is mostly about my more recent Sephora haul during the holiday season. Truly there's no better time in my opinion to shop there, as a lot of brands would launch limited edition items with gift-worthy seasonal packaging at this time of the year, and usually there would also be value sets for those not willing to take the plunge in full-sized products just yet. Well, let's begin with my own little Christmas haul now, shall we? 

    最近都在寫彩妝,因為看到聖誕限量外貌協會的我就克制不住自己了啊 <囧">  繼上上篇的吉隆坡Sephora戰利品文後,今天來分享比較接近聖誕檔期入手的美妝收穫。真心覺得黑五跟聖誕檔期是Sephora最好逛的時候,因為很多品牌除了推出包裝精美的限量,還會有各種小樣組合,非常適合只想先試水溫還不想買正品的消費者。以下簡單介紹一下這次(其實不多?的)戰利品啦~>///<



* Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Amber
* Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
* Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Confetti


    Not exactly seasonal limited edition items here, but I took the opportunity to snag a few Fenty Beauty items during the Black Friday sale. As I plan to write a post later on that lilac Confetti highlighter (R) and the Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer (C), I'll not further elaborate here. The Amber contour stick though, I find surprisingly flattering on fair-skinned girls. While most contour shades marketed in non-Asian countries (and intended for tan-loving Caucasians and dark-skinned ladies) are either too dark or too orange for fair skin, this taupe Amber shade with its tinge of grey looks pretty much like natural shadows on the face. One thing I don't like about it though is how big and blunt the contour stick is, it makes shading around the nose a bit clumsy and messy, you have to transfer the product onto a smaller brush, then work it on both sides of the nose.

    並不是聖誕限量,只是當時有黑卡全館八折趁機入手。因為之後打算寫右邊那隻囂張的紫羅蘭色打亮跟中間的萬用色唇蜜,這裡就不詳細介紹啦!(懶) 最左帶灰調的修容棒Amber個人覺得非常適合偏白肌。市面上歐美系修容為因應偏愛健康膚色的外國女生常常做的太橘或太咖,偏白肌用起來往往會有點突兀,這支灰調咖啡色反而像是陰影一樣感覺比較自然。缺點是修容棒的膏體很粗很鈍,直接用來打鼻影太粗大很難控制,必須借助比較細的刷具先沾取再上在鼻樑兩側。



* Pixi Best of Bright Kit (2017 Holiday Edition), includes: 
    -  Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser
    -  Pixi Glow Tonic
    -  Pixi Glow Mud Mask


    I've been eager to try out the British cult favourite Pixi Glow Tonic, and this set has a sampling of the brand's three bestsellers in a pretty holiday edition rose gold-embossed gift box, so what's not to love? Glow Tonic is a gentle exfoliating toner with 5% glycolic acid, a gamechanger for oily skin and skin with pore problems and gentle enough for sensitive skin. I've read that some users encounter minor irritation after the first use before getting used to it, I did not have that problem, but due to inconsistent usage (probably laziness lol) I did not see much pore shrinkage with it either. The Glow Mud Mask on the other hand is a winner for me. It looks like mud and feels like mud, and upon application your face would just look like a freshly-cemented wall. Over time you can literally see the mask absorbing the sebum and oils from the pores as the pore areas gradually darken in colour, and after washing off the mask my face felt just smooth and deeply cleansed. I would consider repurchasing the Glow Tonic and the Glow Mud Mask (though in regards to mud masks I'd like to try out Glam Glow's too some time).

    一直很想嘗試在英國很火的Pixi Glow Tonic,這一組小樣剛好能一次試他們家三樣明星商品,加上聖誕限量的燙金松果圖案外盒我就投降了 XD  Glow Tonic是一款敏感肌也可用的溫和去角質型化妝水,含5%甘醇酸,特別適合油肌跟毛孔粗大肌膚。據說有些人初期用完皮膚會有灼熱感需要一段適應期,我是沒有遇上這問題,倒是因為一直沒能連續用它(因為有時太懶 orz)所以至今還沒能感受到明顯的縮小毛孔效果。不過我非常愛右邊Glow Mud Mask,面膜是灰土色的,塗上去完全像臉上一層洋灰 XDD  放置期間可以看到面膜把毛孔油脂吸出來的地方逐漸變成深色,洗掉之後完全就是深層潔淨後的清爽感。目前化妝水跟面膜都會想買正品(雖然泥面膜也有點想嘗試Glam Glow的)。



* the Balm PhotoBalm Powder Foundation in Lighter than Light
* Kat von D Lock-it Setting Powder


    Kat von D Lock-it Setting Powder, at 19g this would last me ages really. As the photo above shows, there's no powder puff included, and the powder looks a little yellowish in person but translates as almost translucent on the face. The powder itself is finely milled, does not cake and sets nicely on the skin, so it would be a greatt choice for setting under-eye concealers I think.

    KVD的透明定妝蜜粉大罐裝,19g對我來說大概用到天荒地老吧!打開就像照片裡一樣沒有粉撲,粉體肉眼看雖然有點偏黃但是上臉後基本沒什麼顏色。粉質非常細緻且貼合肌膚所以不會有粉感,是拿來定妝眼下遮瑕的好選擇。


    the Balm's powder foundation, honestly I didn't even know they had a powder foundation until I came across this at the store. Despite a measly number of reviews at Makeup Alley the reception is mostly positive, and with Sephora KL inexplicably pricing it almost 50% off its official webstore's price, I had nothing to lose I guess. I find the retro packaging really cute (as the Balm's products usually are), and interestingly the cover girls' skin colour differ with each shade. Mine is Lighter than Light which is the fairest shade, and the next shade Light with more of a yellow tone has an Asian girl on the cover and so on, and not surprisingly the darkest shades feature black women in various degrees of darkness. As for the foundation itself, I have to say, unless you are born with flawless skin it's difficult to use this alone. It is very light and doesn't cake, and performs quite well at hiding pores, but really it doesn't do much concealing, so don't expect it to hide your acne or spots or dark circles. You have to conceal whatever flaws properly before applying this powder foundation. Another shortcoming would be the lack of a sponge, or even the space to accomodate a sponge. Perhaps this product is meant to be used with a brush, but this really makes it terribly inconvenient to touch up on the go or take it on a trip.

    the Balm的粉餅,感覺滿冷門的 XDD  查了一下Makeup Alley雖然心得不多但是普遍好評,加上吉隆坡Sephora不知為何這款粉餅定價只要馬幣59,大約官網的一半(應該不是快過期,因為這商品今年才剛推出),抱著撿便宜嘗鮮的心態買下去了。外包裝是the Balm一貫的可愛復古風,有趣的是按造不同色號封面的女生膚色種族也會不同。我這個是最白色號Lighter than Light,第二白比較偏黃的色號Light封面的女生就是個亞裔女性,最暗的幾個古銅色號的封面就以黑人女性為主這樣。至於粉餅本身的表現只能說除非是無瑕肌,不然大概很難單用這款粉餅。它真的很薄透,反覆疊上也不會厚粉,修飾毛孔方面不錯,有點柔焦效果彷彿天生好皮膚,但是本身並不遮瑕,所以遮痘遮斑遮黑眼圈就別指望它了,還是要乖乖做好遮瑕。還有個缺點就是它沒附粉撲,而且包裝設計連個裝粉撲的位置都沒有,可能產品是設計為用刷子上的,但是這對於帶出門跟補妝太不友善了 : (



* Sephora Collection Shiny Star Lip Gloss (Limited Edition 2017)
* Sephora Collection Midnight is Coming Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition 2017)
* Sephora Collection Winter Wonderland Premium Brush Set (Limited Edition 2017)


    I must applaud Sephora for its fox-themed Christmas releases, these are really too precious! And it's not just cosmetics, they even have a fox sleeping mask, a fox night-lamp, fox-shaped Stick-its. This star-shaped lip gloss with a fox ornament looks bright pink in the container, but on the lips it's more a clear lip gloss with a tinge of pink. There are iridiscent micro sparkles in it though, but it doesn't accentuate lip lines, and even have a little lip plumping effect. It smells of strawberry-scented shower gel, which I myself rather like.

    這次Sephora自家品牌出的聖誕限量彩妝真的太可愛啦外貌協會表示崩潰!!!是狐狸的主題,而且不光是彩妝,連狐狸睡眠眼罩、狐狸夜燈、狐狸便條紙都有 XDD  這款狐狸星型唇蜜看起來是亮桃紅,實際上是帶點粉色的透明唇蜜。本身有細緻的七彩亮粉,不顯唇紋甚至有點豐唇的效果。帶有類似草莓沐浴露的香味,甜甜的肥皂味還滿好聞的。



    This eyeshadow palette with a fox motif, despite being comprised of mainly cardboard, is really well-made and held together with a magnetic closure (btw I posted a little video of this palette on my Instagram a few days ago, you may head over to @bonjourjasmineblog if so inclined). The shades are tried-and-true earthy tones, but the powder is really finely-milled and pigmented,  the quality of these eyeshadows actually exceeds many drugstore brands that I know of. This and the exquisite packaging, all for a paltry RM29, how can you not??

    狐狸眼影,雖然是紙盒包裝但是非常精緻,打開放式是磁吸式的(我IG前天有先放這盤眼影的影片,有興趣可以到那裡看啦﹐帳號bonjourjasmineblog)。配色是老梗的大地色系,但是粉質意外的非常綿密顯色,比很多開價的表現都好。這麼可愛的包裝跟優秀的粉質,只要馬幣29,台幣大概200左右能不買嗎!? (喂)


    A simple eye look with the fox palette using only fingers -- with the left shade as the base, apply the middle shade over the outer 1/3 of the eyes and blend inwards, then accentuate the outer V areas with the darkest right shade and complete the look with black eyeliner.

    簡單的用手指上的眼妝 -- 左格打底,眼尾疊上中間格往內暈染,再用右格加重在眼外V區,最後加上眼線完成。



    A set of brushes in a fox-themed box, the handles look gold because of the sunlight but it's actually a beautiful rose gold. This set comprises of a fluffy powder brush, an angled blush brush and an eyeliner brush. The brushes are soft and comfortable, and while perhaps not as densely packed as higher-end brushes, they did their jobs quite well. And don't overlook the black base under the brushes, it's actually a magnet that holds the brushes (yes, these are magnetic brushes ; )  ) upright and in place on your vanity. 

    狐狸外盒的刷具組,刷柄因為陽光照射的關係照片看起來偏金黃色,實際上是氣質的玫瑰金色。這一組包含蜜粉刷、斜角刷跟眼線刷,大刷們毛質鬆軟不刺,毛量大概沒高價牌子那麼紮實但是用起來效果還是很不錯的。然後別小看下面那塊黑色的底座,那是磁鐵。沒錯,這套刷子是磁吸式的,收納時可以直接把刷具立在上面擺放在化妝台上。



* Zoeva Opulence Eyeshadow Palette


    Zoeva's recently released Opulence Eyeshadow Palette, truly as opulent as its namesake suggests. Apart from the elaborate designs, the names of the shades are also opulence-themed. And the shade selections are truly gorgeous in my eyes, all are shimmer shades with the exception of the candy apple red matte shade and the rightmost dark brown which has minimal sparkles but applies matte. Anyway I'm definitely doing a post on this so I'll save the swatches for next time!  

    Zoeva最近出的新品Opulence眼影盤,包裝超美超奢華!!!Opulence本身就是奢華的意思,所以除了外觀華麗,這次各色號的命名也都跟奢華有關。這次配色完全深得我心,除了那一格超搶眼的霧面正紅以及最後的深褐色外,其他都是帶漂亮光澤的金屬珠光色。不過這盤之後會另外寫一篇介紹,所以這篇就不放詳細心得跟試色啦 : P




     As I went there during the Black Friday sales and Christmas launch period, the freebies were not as abundant as my previous haul. Nevertheless, it's still a pretty respectable yield as shown below!
   
     因為碰上全館八折以及聖誕新品推出,這次拿到的贈品沒像上次那麼澎湃啦!不過我覺得收穫還是相當豐富的~~拿到這些 ↓↓↓


(Left section)
1. Sephora Collection Cleansing Cream packette in Rose
2. Mario Badescu 50th Anniversary Box (includes Glycolic Foaming Cleanser and Whitening Mask)
3. Sephora "Makeup is my Bae" canvas makeup bag

(Center)
4. Aquis Rituals Headband in White (full-size)
5. BECCA First Light / Backlight Priming Filters sample card
6. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer deluxe sample
7. Sephora Collection Pore & Fine Line Filler deluxe sample
8. Caudalie VineActiv Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream deluxe sample

(Right section)
9.   First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser packette
10. Kat von D Mini Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II 
11.  Nudestix Mini Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone
12. Sephora Lipstick USB
13. Sephora Collection Outrageous Curl Mascara deluxe sample


    There's less makeup freebies this time, mostly skincare and a few tools such as the makeup bag and the headband (and the USB too lol). Sparse as it may be, I'm pretty pleased to get a mini Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in their uber popular shade Lolita II and a Nudestix lip pencil in Greyhound. The paper swatches are shown above and a close-up of both shades on the lips below (lines galore, beware!!!)

    這次拿到的彩妝類贈品比較少,大多是護膚品跟零星的用具(化妝包、Aquis的正品髮帶跟口紅USB←這個算嗎?XD) 不過送的竟然是超紅的KVD Lolita II 液態唇膏還是很滿意啦,還有Nudestix的唇膏筆。上面是兩支的紙上試色,下面有試在唇上的圖(巨唇出沒注意!)



    (Sorry for those very detailed lip lines, thanks to my trusty macro lens lol)  How do I begin to describe the famed Lolita II? Well it's got a tinge of orange for sure, over a brown nude base I think. It's matte, obviously, and frankly not as dry as my swatch photo portrayed. Problem is, I put on the Nudestix Greystone (which is pretty drying) without priming my lips first, and after removing Greystone I immediately applied Lolita II, by which time my lips were well and truly shrivelled like a prune LOL

    (抱歉因為使用的是微距鏡頭所以唇紋拍的一覽無遺 XDD)KVD 的液態唇膏Lolita II,怎麼形容呢?大概是帶橘調的豆沙紅,霧面質地但其實沒照片看起來那麼乾 XD  主要是因為沒有先潤唇就上了下面那支Nudestix(那款真的頗乾)拍照,卸掉後馬上擦這支嘴唇簡直要乾裂了XDD



    The Nudestix Magnetic Lip Color in Greystone is a very dark earthy brown with a touch of grey. It's obviously not your everyday shade but if you want to make a dramatic statement this could be a good choice. The formula though is pretty drying, and gets drier over time so you might want to prep your lips with a balm first before applying.

    Nudestix的磁性唇膏筆,Greystone這個顏色真的非常非常土色,還帶有一點灰調。這個顏色顯然很不日常,但是如果追求高調的妝效的話這款應該不錯。只是質地真的蠻乾的,而且會越來越乾,所以上之前一定要做好唇部保濕不要重蹈我的覆轍(泣血相勸 T__T)



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That's all this time, I guess! Am still reluctant to do away with my Christmas thingies though ; )

這次就先這樣啦!雖然已經新年但是還是很不想收起聖誕裝飾 XDD




    As usual, a medley of recent Instagram pics to end the post. Still in a festive mood, apparently. By the way, I also posted a swatch video of the Fenty Beauty highlighter and contour stick previously, head over here if you're interested : )


    照例的IG拼圖結束。最近完全還是聖誕色系的畫面 XD  另外除了狐狸眼影,之前也有放了Fenty Beauty紫羅蘭色打亮跟灰調修容的渣畫質(XD)影片,有興趣的話可以去看看啦~(→ 帳號 bonjourjasmineblog





Bises!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Swamp Queens and Fallen Leaves



    Finally had time to do some proper makeup photoshoot, so three cheers for that! Today's look was done using mainly the Tarte Swamp Queen palette which I purchased earlier this year at Sephora KLCC. Shortly after there was that rascist post controversy, but since I had already bought it there's really no other choice but to use it. And despite my misgivings about Tarte's handling of the situation, I must admit I really like the palette a lot. First things first though, let me warn you, there's serious powder kick-up issues with this product. You really have to be extra careful especially with the three contouring powders on the left, and as for the eyeshadows I usually just use my fingers for application simply to avoid the chore of having to clean up a glitter-choked palette afterwards.

    終於好好拍個妝容了(灑花)  今天主要是用這盤之前在吉隆坡Sephora入手的Tarte Swamp Queen眼彩修容盤。雖然過後發生了歧視事件,但都已經買了還是要物盡其用啦!撇開對品牌的不滿其實就產品本身來說我還是蠻愛這盤的。巴特!!!醜話說在前頭,它真的 很!飛!粉! 所以尤其是沾取左邊那三格需要用大刷的修容色時真的要特別小心,右邊眼影色平時不拍照不要求眼妝暈染精準的話我也都習慣直接用手指上,省去過後要收拾滿盤亮粉的時間 XDD  




    Well, I've always been an unabashed sucker for pretty packaging, which was the main reason I fell for this palette in the first place. It's quite indiscernible on the photo, but both the box and the palette itself are embossed with a pretty woodgrain texture with luxurious gold lettering. Inside you get a shiny gold surface housing the pans, a huge mirror and a bamboo-handled eyeshader brush. The pigmentation was mostly great, and application was smooth and buttery for the most part. Although I've just grumbled about the powder kick-up, thankfully at least it happens only in the pans, once it's applied on the eyes or face there's really no significant fallout that I can detect. As for the colour selection, I think this is quite a complete palette in that it has all these matte base shades and transition shades alongside the darker colours to help you complete an eye look using only one palette. The bronzer though, I'd say the shade is a bit tricky and too orange for fair or yellow skin tone. The blush is okay, but the pigmentation is insane so you'll definitely need a light hand with this. Oh, and the highlighter ...it's gorgeous! That kind of intense Instagram-worthy highlighter that's blinding when the light hits it (of course, I think it could work for everyday looks too if applied with a light hand).  


    一直都是不折不扣的外貌協會,當初會入手這盤果然還是因為包裝 : P    雖然照片可能看不太出來,但是他的外殼跟外盒都做了立體仿木紋跟燙金的處理。打開後是亮瞎眼的金黃鏡面跟大鏡子,附帶一支木紋柄眼影刷。眼影跟修容大部分都非常顯色,上起來也相當滑順。雖然剛吐槽它很飛粉,但好在只是在眼影盤上比較嚴重,上到眼皮或臉上後就不太有粉亂飛這個困擾。顏色方面,這大概可以算是比較完整的色彩配置吧!就是有霧面打底色、過渡色、重點色,一盤可以完成整個眼妝的眼影盤。至於左邊修容的部分,我必須說最上面那個修容色真的太橘太顯色,不管對白肌或黃肌都容易顯髒,作為修容真的不好駕馭。中間腮紅我覺得沒有特別驚豔,是中規中矩的桃粉色,但是因為非常顯色下手真的要輕。至於最下面的打亮色我愛它,因為真的超囂張! 是非常高調的金黃打亮,上在臉上完全是國外美妝部落客放在IG上那種閃瞎人的妝效(當然下手輕一點我覺得還是可以日常使用的)。



Top row, left to right :

1. #SFS -- a peachy gold shade with fine golden shimmer, this can also be used as a highlighter. The glow it imparts on the cheekbones is subtle but gorgeous as if lit from within, but the shade might be a little too dark for fair skin to be used as a highlighter as it could appear dirty.

2. Natural Peaches -- a warm muted peach shade that is perfect as transition shade.

3. Dogman -- a rusty orange brown, for me the main attraction of this palette. Seems to have some very fine gold sparkles in the pan but applies matte on the skin. 

Middle row, left to right :

4. Big Baby -- a matte light beige, it's the ideal base shade with silky texture and smooth application.

5. Sassy Bun -- a gorgeous burnished gold shade with a shimmer finish.

6. Sippy Sippy -- a dark chocolate brown with sparse gold specks, the colour sheers out on the skin and application is a bit patchy.

Bottom row, left to right :

7. Haunting -- a warm nude with a hint of taupe, despite its fine shimmers it can work as a transition shade too. A cooler version of Natural Peaches. 

8. Uncommon -- a taupe brown with a shimmer finish.

9. Mancat -- a deep brownish plum with a matte finish, sheers out on the skin like Sippy Sippy but not as patchy. 


上排,左至右:

1. #SFS -- 蜜桃金色,有非常細的金色亮粉。也可以當成打亮使用,呈現的光澤比較低調內歛,用在黃肌或健康膚色上應該會超美,不過對白肌而言色號有點太暗可能會顯髒。

2. Natural Peaches -- 霧面的暖蜜桃色,非常適合當眼妝的過渡色。

3. Dogman -- 非常飽和的霧面鐵鏽橘棕色,在盤子裡看起來好像有零星的亮粉,但是上在眼皮上是霧面的妝感。

中排,左至右:

4. Big Baby -- 霧面淺米色,粉質綿密上起來滑順,是拿來當打底色的上選。

5. Sassy Bun -- 非常漂亮的暗金色,光澤感非常棒。

6. Sippy Sippy -- 深巧克力色,有零星的金色亮粉。看起來很深很濃郁但是上起來顏色會變稀透,需要多堆疊才會飽和但是容易擦得斑駁不均勻。

下排,左至右:

7. Haunting -- 帶有點灰褐調的霧面暖膚色,感覺就是沒那麼橘比較偏冷的Natural Peaches。一樣很適合當過渡色使用。

8. Uncommon -- 紫灰調的亮澤棕色。

9. Mancat -- 霧面暗紫棕色,跟Sippy Sippy一樣看子來顏色很深但實際上需要反覆堆疊才會飽和,不過比較不會像Sippy Sippy那樣容易上的不均勻。 




Top to bottom :

1. Sweet Tea -- a peachy brown with gold sparkles, a tad difficult to use as a contour shade for fair skin as it's really too warm and too much orange (but works unexpectedly well as an eyeshadow).

2. Does This Thing Really Work? -- a plum-pink with gold specks, very pigmented so a light hand is advisable when using this shade.

3. Gator Wings -- one of my favourites in this palette, this pale gold highlighter is simply blinding when the light hits it (you can see the effect in the finished look pics below).


上至下:

1. Sweet Tea -- 帶零星亮粉的蜜桃棕色,對白肌來說這色有點太橘太暖,要作為修容有點難以駕馭(但是當眼影意外好用)。

2. Does This Thing Really Work? -- 帶金色亮粉的桃粉腮紅,非常非常顯色所以強烈建議下手要輕 XD

3. Gator Wings -- 這盤裡我最喜歡的色號之一,這個淺金色打亮被光打到時真的超美超閃!(這次妝容有用在鼻頭跟顴骨位置,全妝照可以看到它的打亮效果)




    An unsatisfactory swatch shot of the eyeshadows, it is really difficult to focus properly and catch the finish of the eyeshadows when operating a heavy DSLR on a self-timer. But I did take a better pic and videos with my iPhone, you can see those on my Instagram @bonjourjasmineblog (here) if interested. 

    不太理想的手部試色照片,因為是用單眼定時自拍,要好好對焦到可以看出眼影質地難度真的太高 orz  不過我有用手機拍了比較滿意的試色照片以及影片,有興趣的話可以到我的IG (這裡)看喔!





1. Use (a) as the base colour and apply over entire eyelid.
2. Apply (b) as the transition shade over the crease area.
3. Apply (c) over the area indicated above, building up the colour by layering and blending.
4. Give the look a golden shimmer by adding (d) over the center part of the eyelid.  
5. Mix (e) with (c) at the outer V of the eyelid and blend, layering on more colour to achieve the desired intensity.
6. Use (f) on the inner corner of the eye.
7. As for the lower lid, line the lashline with (c) and blend out to soften the harsh lines.
8. Complete the eye look with a winged eyeliner.

1. 用(a)打底,上在整個眼皮。
2. 以(b)為過渡色,打在圖中所示的眼摺範圍。
3. 將(c)疊擦在圖中所示的位置並且暈染開來。
4. 在眼皮中間範圍疊上(d),給眼妝加上金色亮澤感。
5. 將(e)疊在眼皮外V位置並且反覆疊擦暈染以達到理想的飽和度。
6. 眼頭用(f)打亮。
7. 同扁頭刷子沿著下眼線上(c),並且用小隻的暈染刷刷開避免色塊感。
8. 最後畫上上揚眼線完成眼妝。




    That's all this time, I guess. At last I've tried out that rusty orange-brown look (sometimes dubbed the Maple Leaf Look in Chinese) albeit perhaps a few seasons late. I've been wanting to get myself an earthy orange-toned palette for such a look, but pretty packaging being the my Achilles' heel I've been waiting for a palette that hits the right note for me from the appearance onwards. Although I felt that Swamp Queen was less discussed about among makeup aficionados than its other orange-toned palette counterparts, this is really a palette where you can easily pull off that fall leaf look with random combinations of the shades. Today I used Sweet Tea as the transition shade, Dogman on the crease and Sippy Sippy at the outer V and achieved a heavier version of the Maple Leaf Look ...the Dried Leaf Look perhaps? LOL  Anyway there're so many orange-toned palettes from various brands right now, and truth be told the colours and consistency of the powders in this palette are not that unique either, so if you're unhappy about the brand or the packaging or the shade selection I'm sure you can find a lot of other choices on the market. For me, purely on a performance viewpoint , I'm perfectly happy with this palette (other than that darned powder kick-up!).

    這次就這樣啦,總算也來嘗試了畫楓葉眼妝(雖然感覺晚了八百年 XD)  之前很想嘗試也很想買這種色系的眼影盤,但是外貌協會一直沒等到心動的橘色大地系盤。雖然Swamp Queen在版上有點冷門但是我必須說這盤真的是顏色隨便搭都能畫出楓葉妝 XDD  今天出去逛街也用了修容色Sweet Tea當過渡色、Dogman畫在眼摺、Sippy Sippy上在外V的組合畫了更加濃郁版的楓葉妝(...大概是枯葉妝了 XD)  當然這種色系最近其實很多品牌都在出,顏色質地也不是無可替代,不管是對品牌不滿還是對外觀、對價位、對顏色粉質不滿大概都可以在市場上找到別的選擇,但是就我個人而言這盤沼澤女王我是用得相當順手且滿意的啦(除了飛粉這件事 orz)。








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