Venetian Red Spring MOTD feat Rouge Bunny Rouge

You know, I have a firm love for Japanese makeup, eco skincare and the one and only - Rouge Bunny Rouge. Their Neo-Victorian whimsy and style always remains beautiful and captivating, while the product performance is among the very best. This Spring RBR has come up with new interesting launch of foundation Color Matching Concentrate and a new look called 'Venetian Red': inspired by poets, painters, art and their creativity, beauty and passion (I'm all about it!!).

Now, I'm nowhere as stunning as their model in the Create Look guide, but here I am - still trying to recreate the Venetian Red look while rocking my R/H jumper. If you fancy taking a peek at my older RBR inspired creation, see the Rebel Princess Rhapsody here. RBR kindly sent me some of the products and sample sizes to try from this look, but in all honesty I had already bought most of them with my own money. I took a couple of 'creative liberties' here and there while creating the look after their instructions. I'll talk you through! 

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 Rouge Bunny Rouge makeup flatlay
 Rouge Bunny Rouge Tinted Luxe Balm

Preparation

As the instructions suggest, I'll add a generous layer of the Tinted Luxe Balm in Pinch of Nude to condition my chapped lips. I really enjoy this balm as it feels very light and plumping on the lips without being too slippery or oily. Perfect for prepping the lips or underneath a lipstick to sheer out the color. Full review & swatches here.

The Complexion

I love the RBR Milk Aquarelle foundation (review here) and I'm on my second bottle. If you repurchase a foundation it does say something about it! The Milk Aquarelle has a light to medium buildable coverage, I usually buff just one layer mixed with the Serene Light Skin Perfector for a luminous, even finish. The coverage hides most of my acne scaring, but lets some imperfections shine through so the end result is very second skin-like. You can use Serene Light as a primer, but personally I mix it with my foundation. It does something magical to the end result, I can't quite put my finger on it (which is why I haven't written a full review yet), but using this makes my skin look even, bright and refreshed. I can't live without it!

Sadly, the Milk Aquarelle foundation's shade range is very limited - but RBR brought out a novelty product this Spring: the Colour-Matching Concentrate in Sonnet, which is essentially a foundation mixer. It comes in a convenient small pump bottle, but don't let the size deceive you - this stuff is VERY pigmented! Only a smallest drop is needed for adjusting your foundation. Perfect if you're a makeup artist, a medium-tan and need to adjust a foundation shade, or your skin significantly deepens in the summer time. I'm too fair to get much use out of this Concentrate as a foundation mixer, so I've used the tinies drop as a bronzer to add some healthy definition to the outer perimeter of my face. I add this on the top of my temples and cheek bones, after contouring with my Natural Defining and Contouring Liquid in Dusk (review here).

I cover my dark circles with the Luminous Skin Wand in Orionis. I imagine this product is supposed to be RBR's counterpart to YSL's Touche Éclat, but there is enough coverage so I can use it to conceal my dark circles. The formula is very light both in texture and coverage, but amazingly it banishes the tiredness from my face. Just to make sure there is no creasing, I set the concealer with my beloved Diaphanous loose powder and Chikuhodo Z-2 brush (reviewed both here).

Highlighting and Blush

The instructions on RBR website suggest to add the Highlighting Liquid before your blush, so I'll try it.. for science. Sea of Showers was a new shade for me. I always feared that a nude, champagne-like highlighter would be too tan for me but I was wrong! It suits perfectly with my slightly bronzed base. Sea of Clouds (pure white) still remains my favorite shade for my pale complexion, but I'll definitely use up the sample of Sea of Showers. I'll dab the highlighter on my cheek bones, temples, nose bridge and cupid's bow with my fingers.

Next, with a clean finger I'll dab the color of blush wand in Rubens on the apples of my cheeks and blend towards my ears. I used to sketch streaks on my cheeks with the actual blush wand, but I've learned that finger application works is the nicest for me. It can be used as a lipstick or an eyeshadow as well! I did my friend's makeup the other weekend using the shade Manet and she looked stunning. Last but not least, I'll take a squirrel hair highlighter brush and apply some highlighting powder in Goddess (I didn't have the suggested Sweet to Touch) to the high points of my face with a Sonia G fan brush.

 Rouge Bunny Rouge makeup flatlay
 Rouge Bunny Rouge makeup mess

Eyes and lashes

This look is inspired by classic art, the name 'Venetian Red' borrowed from the earthy red of Renaissance paintings. This theme speaks to me, as I used to sell fine art supplies as my part-time job for almost a decade! Although my own paintings are mainly digital, I have firm love for traditional materials (oils, aquarelles, pastels), classic painters and their muses. RBR knows how to draw inspiration and make it their own. 

I was out of my RBR brow liners, so I used my Dior Brow Styler in Dark Brown instead and sketched my brows with feathery strokes. I only fill-in where needed and keep the look straight and natural. The Dior brow liner was super hyped up on YouTube and I like it, but it hasn't blown my mind. After finishing the Dior I think I'll got back to RBR as it's less expensive and the color is equally good. Lately I've been enjoying semi-brushed up brow and the SUQQU Brow Mascara gives me the hold I need (review here).

I start the eye look by applying the Brightening Liner Duo in Glacier Flower to my lower waterline. Using the Duo Cream Shadow in Gossamer Wing (which is one of my staples and I'm almost out of it) I create the kind of "no-eyeshadow" eyeshadow. Instead of mixing the two shades together I feel my hooded lids need more definition: using the doe-foot applicator I apply the lighter shade on my mobile lid and darker shade to the crease and blend with my finger. Then I sharpen my lip pencil in Marco and line my upper and lower lash line, keeping the inner corners bare. As the lip pencil is very soft, it's easy to massage the red color between the lashes without actually tight lining. I curl my lashes using the Surratt curlers (review here) and apply generous coats of Modelling Mascara in Red Nightfall. I think Magnitude Mascara in Ruby was a similar limited edition shade from last year, so I swatched it for comparison. RBR site suggests using the liquid highlighter to line the eyeliner for a metallic effect, but I use it to brighten my inner corners instead. Usually I would do this with the Brightening Liner Duo, but the liquid highlighter gives more "oomph" to the look.

(I mistakenly wrote 'Aura' in the highlighter picture, it's actually 'Goddess'!)

 Rouge Bunny Rouge Venetian Red MOTD

Finishing touches

I wipe off the Tinted Luxe balm with a tissue and sketch my lips with the lip pencil in Marco (same I used for the eyes). I feel I wanted to emphasis the lips a bit more and decided to use one of my favorite lipsticks: the Color Burst Lipstick in Word of Mouth on the top. The match is excellent, Word of Mouth just gives a bit more brightness and healthy gloss to my lips. You could also use a touch of the Blush Wand applied as a stain - depends on the look you're going for! Finally, I give myself two spritzes of the RBR Chatoyant fragrance. This isn't a perfume I would wear daily, as on me the musk and vanilla base notes are quite heavy. I still enjoy it when I'm feeling "fancy" haha. Instead of disappearing into thin air this fragrance lasts on me for the whole day, which is excellent. Read more about the scent & notes here.

Thank you for reading! This post was pretty chatty, but I'm contemplating if I should post my everyday motd looks + simple product list more often? I would love to hear your thoughts! Also, if you desire to purchase any RBR items you can get 20% off by using my code RBR-lauraloukola20 (non-affiliate!!).

This post is not sponsored, but does feature some pr samples kindly sent by Rouge Bunny Rouge. My thoughts remain my own & honest. The links are for your convenience and do not contain ads.

SUQQU SS18 Pure Color Blushes in 09 AYAKAGEROU and 106 HANAIROKA swatches & review

I can finally feel it - the Spring is here! The days are getting longer and brighter in Helsinki, but unfortunately it's not pretty and blooming just yet (we got snow just this week.. yuck). For me Spring time has always been the most stressful and busy season. On some days I want just crash in bed, maybe it's time for a self-care weekend & blog post soon? When I'm feeling more energized, I've been playing with some new Spring/Summer beauties. I have a lot to share, so stay tuned for upcoming posts! Today I'm sharing two gorgeous blushes from SUQQU's latest collection. 

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SUQQU SS18 Kindami collection

The inspiration for SUQQU's SS18 Color collection was inspired by Japanese kimono and "kindami", which is a traditional technique of grazing gold and silver to kimono garments. Very glamorous, radiant and feminine theme - just like SUQQU usually is. The collection is fairly large and consists of eyeshadow palettes, cream eyeshadows, liners, nail polish, totally new lip gloss line, lipsticks and 3 new blushers: 2 permanent and 1 limited edition. See full item lists and descriptions here (SUQQU Atelier Tumblr). I'm reviewing the last blush from this collection once I get my hands on it! The blushes retail £32/$34.00 for 7.5g/0.26oz of product. I bought mine on Selfridges, which ships internationally.

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Using Pure Color Blushes

I've talked about SUQQU's blushes multiple times and they are stunning. I haven't met a dry or patchy blush in this formula although I've tried many and in plenty of color variations from both limited editions and permanent collection. I'd say the pigmentation of these blushes is buildable: one swipe with a soft brush (such as squirrel hair) gives only a soft veil of color, but a couple of layers give a good color payoff. The old SUQQU blushes were hard to overdo, but with Pure Color Blushes it's easy to get too excited and keep applying, haha. Luckily these blushes blend beautifully, so you can adjust the opacity and sheen to your liking by adding the control color (right side).

I usually start by adding finishing powder on my cheeks and start building color using the left side. Using swirling motions I either apply the blush on the apples of my cheeks or blend towards the ear for more elongated look. Finally I blend the blush using the right (lighter) side of the blush, diffuse the edges and add a beautiful sheen which also brings dimension to the look. In my demo pictures I'm not wearing a highlighter, just SUQQU's blush! Really liking this formula and how you can adjust the amount of color.

 Wearing SUQQU Pure Color Blush in 106 Hanairoka

Wearing SUQQU Pure Color Blush in 106 Hanairoka

 Wearing SUQQU Pure Color Blush in 09 Ayakagerou

Wearing SUQQU Pure Color Blush in 09 Ayakagerou

Pure Color Blush in 106 Hanairoka* (Limited Edition)

106 Hanairoka (106 花色香) is a fresh red combined with soft, creamy pink-peach. This blush mimics the natural flush and redness in the skin, as if you had just been outside in crispy air or blushed. Healthy-looking and sophisticated "adult" red; not very sweet despite the lighter end of the blush being a creamier shade. When swatching with finger this blush applies a bit stiffer compared to Ayakagerou, but still easy to blend and apply. Hanairoka doesn't shy away and is easy to over-apply when you get excited about the crispy red tones. The result reminds me of ADDICTION's Cheek Polish in Revenge, except SUQQU's has more sheen and dimension to it. On my skin the look is a bit sunburnt as the shade is close to my natural redness. Sometimes I like this look as it makes me look healthy, but I need to pay more attention to concealing my real redness on my cheeks and perhaps use a foundation with more coverage. I could also adjust the blush better for my skin by using the lighter peachy side of the blush, but usually I get too excited and just slap on the red! I would imagine this blush looks stunning on medium to deeper skin tones as a pop of color.

Pure Color Blush in 09 Ayakagerou

When the sneak peeks of this collection were posted, my eyes went straight to the cool brown-beige blush 09 Ayakagerou (09 彩陽炎). In pictures, it almost looks like a contour and highlight shade, but wasn't marketed as such so I expected the beige side have some micro shimmer. In person 09 Ayakagerou has some reddish undertones, but looks nothing like a bronzer to me. For fair to medium skin tones it looks perfect as a defining "no blush" blush to add depth and definition to the face. Understated, but a very beautiful shade that compliments multiple lip and eye looks: imagine a strong red lip and glossy eyes or perhaps dark smokey eyes and mauve lips with this blush!

Swatches

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09 AYAKAGEROU - cool, muted brown with slightly red beige undertones with champagne highlighter-y side

106 HANAIROKA (LE) - bright healthy red with a pinky highlighter shade, combines to a chic reddish pink

Final thoughts

SUQQU's blushes don't disappoint and I'm especially smitten with 09 Ayakagerou. I have my eyes on 09 Momodaidai, which I will surely grab when it comes available again online. Despite being limited edition, I've recently seen 106 Hanairoka this on SUQQU's Japanese website - your best chance to grab it is to email a counter or a personal shopper. The blended side is quite near 03 Sumiayasake, which was also recently discontinued.

How do you like SUQQU's new blushes? Did you decide to get any?

*Pure Color blush in 106 Hanairoka was kindly gifted by SUQQU UK for a review. My thoughts are my own!