Trying to coin a new term ‘Swatchwich’ starting with MAC Just a Bite…

So it’s past midnight on a Saturday night and instead of being out on the town I’m sitting here with my SK-II sheet mask on and recovering from a day spent at a 2 year old’s birthday party.  None of the energetic kids were mine but nevertheless I am exhausted!

I’m also feeling strangely liberated after watching Lisa Eldridge’s latest video about the trials and tribulations of PMS.  This is an absolute must watch:

I laughed almost throughout the whole thing because it was so, so very true!  Even the hubby agreed.  I am not alone and I would not be surprised if we have witnessed the birth of a new term ‘PMS Face’.  Not to be confused with BRF (Bitchy Resting Face) which by the way is also a must watch:

I’m now feeling inspired to coin a new term of my own… behold:

Swatchwich – the art of posting a swatch of a beauty product between two similar, related or dupe products.

I’m going to debut my new term with the newest addition to my dark autumn lip collection – Just a Bite from MAC’s Indulge collection (out this week in the UK). Smooth and surprisingly easy to wear despite the deep shade and pigment.  If you’re looking for more of a matte finish – just give it an extra blot to dull down the shine.


Here’s Just a Bite swatchwiched between Runaway Red (limited edition Satin) and Dubonnet (Amplified)


Pardon my silly mood – but I’ve only barely managed to stop myself from posting a FOTD with my SK-II sheet mask on!


NARS Fairy’s Kiss Palette and 413 BLKR Lipstick


Okay so it’s August and officially it’s still summer – but the new collections are too hard to resist! NARS have two 6-pan eyeshadow palettes out: Fairy’s Kiss and Ride Up to the Moon. These come in the new smaller size like the And God Created Woman palette. I’m a fan of lavender, grey and purple combinations so I went with Fairy’s Kiss:


Manosque (top left) is a shimmery pink beige and exclusive to this palette, but the standout shade for me is definitely Brousse III (top right) – a rich shimmery violet. Deep and buttery enough not to need a black base to bring out the colour.

The new 413 BLKR lipstick (available exclusively on the NARS website in the UK) is a creamy matte brown rose. It hardly has any red so it’s definitely not for the faint hearted! Here is a swatch sandwiched between YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #206 Grenat Satisfaction (left) and Tom Ford Lip Color in Black Orchid (right). Black Orchid is plummier and Grenat Satisfaction is deeper.


These almost make me look forward to Autumn… almost!