Monday, June 11, 2012

Oyster + Sand

          Though there are many beautiful shells in the sea, I often find myself drawn to that of the humble oyster. There's something endearing about the knobbly mottled exterior. Lately I've been weaned myself off brights and have been wearing subtle neutrals instead. Neutral can describe so many different palettes. The one I'm describing today was inspired by the opalescent pink, greige, and beige colors in oysters and wet sand. The products used are shown above: MAC Vex eyeshadow, MAC Moleskin eyeshadow, Sunday Riley Moon Dust eyeshadow, and OPI Did You Ear About Van Gogh.

           Speaking of greige and beige, do you remember how Urban Decay's NAKED2 palette (reviewed here) was supposed to be a greige version of NAKED? Although this didn't apply to all the  eyeshadow colors, I did use the greige toned eyeshadow Verve from this palette for my 'Oyster + Sand' theme. NAKED2 really has been my most used palette this year; I can't say enough good things about it.



          To get my 'Oyster + Sand' themed look, I've been shuttling between three complex oyster like colors: MAC Vex, Sunday Riley Moon Dust (reviewed here) and Urban Decay Verve as lid colors. You can see from the swatches that Sunday Riley Moon Dust is a a greyed off-white, Urban Decay Verve is a frosty silver beige, and MAC Vex is a pale beige with pink opalescence. As seen in the shell above, I'll mix a beige, MAC Moleskin (reviewed here), into the crease to add some extra dimension. To top things off, I paint my tips and toes with the sandy chic color OPI Did you ear about Van Gogh? (reviewed here). This color always reminds me of wet sand. Put together, I think the overall effect is relaxed and beachy.

          Thanks for reading! Do you like oyster or sandy colors? Do you like oyster? (I feel a little Walrus-and-the-Carpenter saying this, but I love a good oyster on a half shell). What colors have you been wearing recently?

Love, Dovey.

38 comments:

  1. LOVE these colors. Your presentation is always so artistic. xo

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    1. Thank you so much Kristie!

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  2. I just got Vex this weekend! It's a gorgeous colour. What's your favourite way to wear it?

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    1. Hi BooBooNinja - awesome! I use it as a simple lid color; it blends in for the almost not-there look :)

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  3. I'm not a fan of oyster, but I do love this post! :P I actually really like the swatch of MAC's Moleskin and the OPI polish! I think I gotta go check them out now!

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    1. Hi Jess, thank you so much, I'm glad you liked it! I'm not sure if Moleskin's still around; it was a great color. The OPI might still be around if you see OPI holland displays!

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  4. Beautiful colors. I always like softer tones.

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    1. Thank you so much; I agree!

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  5. I absolutely adore oyster colours and Vex is one of my favourite eye shadows to use. Gorgeous post Dovey - now I want everything else here! :)

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    1. Hi Vita, I'm glad you love Vex too! :)

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  6. Beautiful presentation, Dovey! Did you or anyone really find Naked2 to be greige? I haven't yet seen it in person, but based on photos online, it seemed to be MUCH warmer than the original Naked palette, which in itself was too warm for me!

    I love oyster colors as long as the end result is more pearly-white/silvery than gold.

    Ah, the Walrus and the Carpenter. Thank you for making me think of one of my favorite books of all time.

    "The time has come," the Walrus said,
    "to talk of many things:
    of shoes, and ships, and sealing-wax—
    of cabbages and kings
    and why the sea is boiling hot
    and whether pigs have wings."

    "But wait a bit," the oysters cried,
    "before we have our chat;
    for some of us are out of breath,
    and all of us are fat!"
    "No hurry!" said the Carpenter.
    They thanked him much for that.


    ♥ ♥ ♥

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    1. Hi Zuzu! Thank you so much for posting the actual rhyme here! You have no idea how much I enjoyed that :) :) :)

      NAKED2 isn't really 'greige'. It has a couple colors that lean that way. I think the colors are more wearable for me since they're softer and less dramatic. On me the colors run pretty neutral, which makes me happy, but I'd think they'd probably be a bit on the warm side for you!

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    2. You wouldn't believe the amount Alice in Wonderland I still have rolling around my head. I often interject it into everyday conversation and people just gawp at me.

      I am glad you found love with NAKED2. I so wanted either of them to be The One, given my ongoing pursuit of the neutral eye combined with how incredibly popular these palettes are, but alas.

      BTW, when you post about nude/NAKED products, do you get a lot of keywords in your statistics, like "Angelina Jolie naked"? I do! lol I wonder if she's the most searched-for celebrity in the buff.

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  7. MAC Moleskin looks damn beautiful! I love these types of posts - how inspiring! More more more!

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    1. Hi Annick, haha thank you so much! I will try to do more--- will rack my brains :P

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  8. Dovey, you are so creative! Thanks for the comparison swatch of Verve and Vex, as well.

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    1. Hi Alex, thank you so much! I'm glad the comparison was helpful :)

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  9. this looks so pretty! I just picked up Moleskin in a CCO, so I may have to try out some of these combos!

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    1. Hi Kelly, what a great find!! Moleskin really is an awesome shadow. I've never been to an outlet--- I thought things would be too old, but now you have me intrigued....

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  10. Such beautiful shades :) I have been wearing bright eye looks lately, but nothing beats the nuances of neutrals. x

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    1. Hi Emma, thanks! I agree wholeheartedly. I'm thinking I should branch out and try a few more daring looks like you!

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  11. I love how you styled this post...you are so talented! I think I would like Vex very much but I appreciate oyster shades as well...in fact I have this MAC lip glass called oyster girl which has such a lovely pearlescent hue...

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    1. Hi Beauty Box, thank you so much! I think I have seen Oyster girl--- and recall it being very pretty :P

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  12. What a great post! I really love your pictures. I had to lol when I read the opi name D: the colours go perfectly together *loves*

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    1. Hi Claire, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the OPI. The name was a big reason as to why I bought it :P

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  13. I love the selection of products, everything looks beautiful together. Mother of peal always appealed to me.
    <3

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    1. Hi Mylucitedreams; mother of pearl is so gorgeous! I love seeing it in inlays.

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  14. Love the color palette you've chosen--definitely very wearable and low-key for summer. Perfect! I really want to try Sunday Riley's makeup. I've long lusted after her skincare products, but I think the cosmetics line is every bit as beautiful and much more affordable!

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    1. Hi Becca, thanks for the comment; I'm new to SR and hadn't heard much about her skincare beforehand. Must do some research!

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  15. You just amaze me with your inspirational posts! Just amaze me! LOVE all these shades-so perfect for warm summer evenings!

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    1. Thank you so much Tracy for the nice comment! :)

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  16. amazing presentation as always you really captured everything perfectly!

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  17. Vex looks lovely! As do your blog pictures, wow!

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  18. Dovey, I love your attention to detail! You make neutrals seem so beautiful and extraordinary when we take it for granted a lot of times. :)

    This post is making me wish I had gotten NAKED 2 but I think I can replicate these swatches with some things in my stash. :)

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  19. Love your selection of colors! They fit together perfectly. I agree, there's this somewhat understated "diamond in the rough" kind of appeal/vibe with oyster shells. The inside of the shell is beautiful too; reminds me of auroras and silk, hehe! :)

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  20. I love all of the shades you chose and the oyster & sand theme :) I have the first NAKED palette, but not the 2nd one yet -- but now I'm moving it to the top of my wishlist! The Verve shade looks gorgeous :) Great, creative photos!

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  21. Really pretty colors combo, very inspiring.

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