An Ode to Eyeshadow

A strange this is happening. When I’m sitting at my vanity each morning deciding what makeup to sport for the day (decisions, decisions), I have found myself reaching out for an eyeshadow and throwing one on as part of my routine. Regular readers of my blog will no doubt gasp out loud at this news as eyeshadow has always been pretty low down on my list of makeup priorities, but with the colder weather setting in and any hint of warmth in my skin fading fast I’m embracing a slightly more ‘done-up‘ eye than I usually do. There’s even an eyeliner thrown in there – and it’s not nude! Hold your horses, love! Here’s what products I’ve had on rotation for the last week…

My skin really isn’t a happy chappy at the moment so out go the tinted moisturisers and in come the big boys – I’m not sure anything will ever knock Jemma Kidd Light As Air off the top foundation spot, but I hope something does soon as it’s now discontinued – boo. The shade 2 does a good job of evening out my skintone without looking too heavy and paired with the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand it rounds of my winter base. I’m not looking too tanned up at the minute so the Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Brunettes 02* is adding a touch of warmth without looking too OOT and I’ve been finishing off my cheeks with probably the most natural blush I own – Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper. Now for the exciting bit, I’ve rediscovered an old favourite eyeshadow in my stash – NARS Ondine, a purple tinged cool toned taupe. I tend to wear it on its own just blended all over the lid which gives a nice alternative to the usual bronzey smokey eye –  a subtle romantic look if you will. Paired with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smog* lightly across the top lash line and dotted into the outer third of the lower lashline and lashings of L’Oreal’s Telescopic Waterproof Mascara the eyes are finito. My lips have been a little dry so I’m avoiding lipsticks and layering on the lipgloss and the Laura Mercier Lip Glacé’s are some of my favourites – Orange Tulip is my shade du jour.

Who knows what I’ll be slapping on next? A bold lip and a smokey eye? Liquid liner? An eyeshadow that isn’t a neutral? Crazier things have happened…

*PR Samples


  • Eleanor L

    Anna I love that you blog every day it gives me something fun to look at during my morning break 🙂 also I got loreal telescopic on your recommendation, its really great very similar to my favourite maxfactor masterpiece mascara (I’ve been using for ages and wanted a change, as you do) but I find it smudges on me, is that why you use the waterproof?

  • KLG_Hair

    Snap! Lately I’ve been picking up the brushes and adding some shadow to my eyes. Think the colour you are wearing looks really natural, and just adds a little something to the look.

  • Love the eyeshadow!

  • Fernanda

    I’ve been reaching for eyeshadows more and more for some reason as well! Make up is just so much fun! 😀 xx

  • Eleanor

    This is such a pretty shade, it looks gorgeous on you! Your products all look so nice laid out like that! Lovely post 🙂
    Eleanor x

  • whispyr

    Vivianna you are so beautiful! and this plum color looks so nice with your green eyes!

  • Joysteib

    Simply Beautiful!!!!!! Great blog!!! <3

  • Sarah S.

    Wouldn’t know your skin isn’t at rights from these photos… looks so lovely 🙂

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  • teabagwhore

    This eyeshadow looks so beautiful! I don’t own any NARS shadows (£17 is ridiculous to me), do you know of any cheaper dupes?

  • hearts&crosses

    Love this post, I really love natural looking eye makeup then a statment lip


  • katherine.parkes

    suchhhh a beautiful look! x

  • elvina

    beautiful look!!!


  • Beautiful! That color adds more maturity (meant in the best way possible) and warmth to your eyes. It’s a great color for your skin.

    <3 Rubiiee

  • Franzi

    i just ordered the Nars eyeshadow…it looks so pretty 🙂 lovely blog!

  • Sirin

    You are so pretty, I think if you had blue eyeshadow on I’d still think you are pretty lol. Love your blog and youtube channel!

  • Hilary

    Yeah I tend to use just one medium-toned eyeshadow too all over the lid too, don’t see why there aren’t more advocates of this around! Good on you Anna xx

  • Emma

    “sitting at my vanity” – WHAT?! Can we please stop with these Americanisms? It’s a dressing table, not a “vanity”!!

  • I love this – anything purple makes me happy! Eyeshadow suits you xx

  • Martha

    Lovely look! I am tempted to try out NARS Odine now. I own MAC Satin Taupe, is it any similar? I guess the NARS one is less shiny and has a warmer undertone?

  • I’m guessing that you didn’t see Giorgio Armani coming then? 😛