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The July Face

1 August 2015

A uni break, a city break, and lips that--for once--aren't neutral!

In July, I either did all the things, or nothing at all. Uni went on break in late June, so I spent many a day bumming around the house, eating cake (the cake was unavoidable; it's hardly my fault I'm surrounded by July babies). I ended up having to put the cake-eating on hold, but it was for the best reason possible. "For the good of your health, Karina?" No, no, of course not. It's because I flew down and spent five days in Melbourne (which, as a city, already has its fair share of cakes).

It was in Melbourne that I met the world's most perfecting powder and new best friend: the Shu Uemura The Lightbulb UV Compact in '744'. This creamy powder makes your skin look un-boh-lievably amazing. I don't exaggerate. The sales assistant at Shu Uemura had skin that looked smooth and airbrushed, like porcelain, but in a good way. Turns out she was wearing this powder. Although I already had my sights set on buying it, once I had it applied to my skin, I was sold. It has great coverage but looks slightly dewy, which is a far cry from traditional powders. Atop the stock standard Bobbi Brown Corrector in 'Peach' and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in 'Ginger', you can scarcely see my hyperpigmentation.

For the eyelids, I've been loving the Topshop Nude Eyes in 'Naked', which I spoke about in a recent post. The short story is that it's quick, subtle, but adds a little somethin' to your eyes. On my cheeks, I've been enjoying plummy, blush/bronzer hybrid shades like the Benefit Boxed Powder in 'Dallas'. It pairs perfectly with darker, wintry shades, a la my berry lipstick edit.

OR with the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'Cruella'. How wrong I was to write this shade off! I initially thought it was boring, but it's far from. Nars describes it as a scarlet red, which I suppose is correct. Deeper than a regular red but not dark or in the realms of vampy, it's the kind of shade you'd see on a sophisticate. I cracked this fella out when I had a 50s-themed birthday party to attend. I doubt it's the most historically accurate shade of 50s red, but I went with it anyway because I know the Velvet Matte formula holds up pretty well through eating and drinking. I know Taylor Swift is supposedly more of a Nars Dragon Girl fan, but I sure do feel a lot like T-Swizzle when I have Cruella (and a sharp lip line) on. Plus, it makes my teefs look bright and white. Score.

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