I think we bloggers are secretly most gleeful when we can blame a fellow blogger for our purchases. My latest fall was not only Lizzie of Glossed in Translation's fault, she even went as far to procure it for me all the way from London. Seeing her post about Suqqu EX-08 Hanamari Blend Color Eyeshadow was one of those "I see, I want" kind of moments that usually leads to buyer's remorse. In my case, it has led to the kind of satisfaction you only get when time has proven that you've made a very good decision. I think of Hanamari as an effortless eye palette, and I know we abuse superlatives often, but I really, really mean it.
Like I always say, sometimes all one asks for is pretty, and pretty this is. The quad contains a pinkish pearl, a taupe meadow green (I'm at loss what color this is), a light shimmery pink, a warmish brown. If I were perfectly honest, I'll tell you I bought the quad solely because of the green shade, but it's always good to know everything else works.
What I do with it is dreadfully simple. I layer the three lightest shades on top of each other (pearl, pink, then green), with only the barest of afterthoughts in placement, such as more of the pearl around the inner corner, more of the green at outer corner etc. I tightline my eyes with a brown liner, then sort of fluff out the brown shade from the lash line (I wish this was a video so you understand what I mean by fluffing out).
For this particular look I accidentally applied a little too much of the pink. Usually the result is more of a gray-green-pink combination that's marvelous because I cannot tell you for sure what color it is.
If I look a little haggard in these photos, it's because it was taken after about eight hours of frantic running around the big city. There is just so much work to do before the holidays, which perplexes me a little. Why are we working so hard and stressing out for a holiday?
I don't know if Suqqu EX-08 Hanamari is still available since it is a limited edition Selfridges/Hankyu exclusive, as Lizzie explains. But uh, pretty!
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Suqqu EX-08 Hanamari Blend Color Eyeshadow
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Annabelle Le Big Show Mascara
Suqqu 03 Hinageshi Balancing Cheeks
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #200 Terra