Saturday, 4 May 2013

Look of the Day: Purple Haze

Hey, everyone! Today's Look of the Day is inspired by a couple of things: 1) Simply, I love purple makeup and don't wear it nearly often enough and 2) I've been a bit fixated on coloured mascara lately and was excited to use my brand new Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Volumizing Mascara in Purple Haze asap. The result? An ode to my affinity for purple and a great way to showcase this fun new mascara. 


Purple Haze is a vivid violet shade of mascara with a volumizing formula. I was afraid the hue would be a bit too light to wear on its own (I still wanted some definition on my lashes), so I layered it with my current mascara, Fresh Supernova Mascara in Black. Impressively, Purple Haze really held its own when blended with the black- the purple tone was definitely visible, but lashes still looked full and defined. I was really happy with the result! I concentrated the Purple Haze especially on the bottom lashes to add an extra pop of colour. It did smudge a bit underneath my eyes, but I found it to be a happy accident because I really liked the smudgy, slightly smokey effect it created!


I paired the purple mascara with some shimmery champagne, pink, and purple shades from the versatile NYX For Your Eyes Only Mysterious Browns Palette and jet black pencil liner (the formidable Prestige Total Intensity Liner in Deepest Black). 

To complement the violet eye, I opted for the most blatantly purple lipstick I own, MAC Amplified Lipstick in Up the Amp. It's a bit more "out there" than lipstick shades I normally wear, but I think it fit with the look pretty well! For the cheeks, I went with the lovely NARS Powder Blush in Dolce Vita. I don't really own any purple-toned blushes (I find them to really wash me out), but Dolce Vita has slight plummy undertones, so it was my go-to choice!

Here's another shot of the look, followed by a break-down of everything I used:


The Breakdown:

Foundation: Revlon ColourStay Liquid Foundation (Combination/Oily formula) in Buff
Concealer: Benefit Fake-Up in Light (under eyes and around nose) and Hard Candy Glamouflage in Light (on blemishes)
Powder: Wet N' Wild Cover All Pressed Powder in Fair/Light
Bronzer: Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Hula Hula
Highlighter: Ivory eye shadow shade from the NYX For Your Eyes Only Mysterious Browns Palette
Blush: NARS Powder Blush in Dolce Vita

Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Ash Blond/Taupe
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Eye Shadows: NYX For Your Eyes Only Mysterious Browns Palette (pinky ivory shade as highlight, champagne shade on lid, lilac shade on crease)
Eyeliner: Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner in Deepest Black
Mascara: Fresh Supernova Mascara in Black mixed with Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Volumizing Mascara in Purple Haze

Lips: MAC Amplified Lipstick in Up the Amp

And a few more shots of the look!







I really had a lot of fun with this look! I loved the effect of the purple mascara and it was nice to step out of my comfort zone a bit with the super unique Up the Amp lipstick. I definitely need to reach for purple shades more often!

What do you think of the look? Have you been tempted to try coloured mascara? What are some of your favourite purple-toned makeup products?

Have a lovely weekend! xo


49 comments:

  1. I love the purple lashes - they're somehow subtle yet bold at the same time! May need to invest in a coloured mascara myself... green of course ;) x

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    1. Thanks, Mali! Yeah, a green mascara would totally be up your alley! I forget if Hard Candy makes a green shade- worth checking out!

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  2. Loving the lashes!

    www.lam-style.blogspot.com

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  3. You look beautiful! Nice blog, I'm following you now! :)

    Gemma
    www.taipeistreetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks so much for following and for the kind words! So much appreciated :)

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  4. Wow your lashes are so well defined! It would have been great if the purple was a tiny bit more visible though.

    Louise
    dreamdustx

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    1. Thanks, Louise! Yeah, the purple is slightly more subtle because I mixed it with some black. May try to wear it on its own and see how I like it! :)

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  5. I have recently boght few colored mascara and just adore the pop detail they can add to your face!
    I think purple was the best choice! It suits your color skin and hair the best :)

    xx

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    1. Aren't coloured mascaras fun!? Thanks for the kind words- I'm happy with the purple too :)

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  6. Your eye make up looks amazing. I love the purple too, it's not completely overpowering but more subtle, the mascara adds such a nice effect too. You look lovely. :)

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    1. Aww, thanks so much for the kind words! I'm so happy I was able to make the purple mascara work :)

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  7. love this make up and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D
    Kisses
    http://francescagiusti.blogspot.it/

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    1. Aww, thanks so much for following and for the kind words! Will check out your blog soon :)

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  8. I was just thinking of getting purple lipstick!!:D I'm into purple lips, I think it looks really cool and sexy. And that purple mascara is pretty damn great too. I want one in pink actually.:)

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    1. Ooh, you should totally get a purple lipstick! Edgy and sexy all at once! And keep me posted if you get a pink mascara- would love to see how it looks :)

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  9. Oh, purple looks great on you.. very subtle and natural :)
    x

    http://holaflo.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm happy I was able to make the purple mascara show up without it being too overpowering :)

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  10. You look great!I love violet/purple mascaras too!:3
    http://unkownrandomfashionblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Magdalena! Aren't purple mascaras fun? :)

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  11. This is a pretty look :)

    Kimberley x

    www.kimberleysbeautyblog.com

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  12. I never wore coloured mascara, but it looks pretty good. You have just encouraged me to maybe try some :)!

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aww, I'm glad I inspired you to try something new! Coloured mascaras are definitely fun to play around with :)

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  13. You look so pretty! Love the nars blush

    xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Eloise! NARS Dolce Vita is one of my favourites :)

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  14. Pretty look, Jen! Definitely going into my inspiration folder! :D

    Abi
    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com
    twitter and instagram: @BelatedBloomer

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    1. Aww, that's so sweet of you to say! Glad I've inspired you! Thanks for stopping by, Abi! xo

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  15. This is such a beautiful look on you Jen! Purple looks amazing with your brown eyes. I have Up The Amp too and it took awhile to like it but now I love it.

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, Christine! I really should wear purple more often. Up the Amp is definitely different, but so worth it once you find how to make it work :)

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  17. Your skin looks flawless! Hard Candy is great for finding fun colors at a good price.

    Great post!
    Jillicious Cosmetics

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    1. Aww, thanks Jillian! Hard Candy really is a great brand for fun, affordable products :)

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  18. Up the amp is one of my favourite lipsticks!!
    Love purple anything actually, and this purple mascara is so cute!
    xo
    http://polkadottedpearl.com

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    1. Isn't it a fantastic shade?! Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by! xo

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  19. the color of your lipstick is amazing!

    very nice blog by the way ;)

    kisses from Russia,
    Juliet
    www.julietpolilova.com

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    1. Thanks, Juliet! Up the Amp definitely is a fantastic shade. Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by! xo

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  20. Love the whole look, you look so fresh and radiant :-)

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    1. Thanks so much! You are too sweet :)

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  21. You look beautiful in every single color!

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    1. Aww, thanks, Coco! That's so sweet of you to say :)

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  22. That eyeshadow looks beautiful! That NYX palette is on my list for my next Ulta trip!

    xxoo
    rebeccastrutt.blogspot.com

    ps, the hair down looks beautiful! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! Yeah, I'm really loving the NYX Mysterious Browns palette. Quite versatile! xo

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