Sauce Box Creme de la Creme palette review

Review: Sauce Box Creme de la Creme eyeshadow palette 

Sauce Box review

I was lucky enough to get a voucher from from my sister for my birthday and one of the things I purchased with that voucher was the Creme de la Creme eyeshadow palette from Sauce Box.

Firstly, can I say – the pans are HUGE!  Like 4 grams huge! To give you a comparison, the pans in my Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay are 1.3 grams – so more than twice the size. Which is cool – because based on how much I’ve used them thus far,  I’m pretty sure they’re gonna need to be big!

Secondly,  I really like the names they’ve given them:

Future – smokey silver/grey
Inception – chocolate/bronze
Sea shell – a warm beige-pink
Black widow – blackest black
Secrecy – taupe, bordering on smokey grey/brown
Rain – a beautiful oyster cream

(These are my colour descriptions by the way – and I enjoyed choosing them!)

Thirdly – swatches.  Pictured below are my highly unprofessional swatches.  From left to right: Black Widow, Secrecy, Rain, Future, Inception, Sea Shell.


Sorry – Sea Shell disappeared a bit – but trust me, it’s real pretty.

Fourth – now I am NO beauty blogger, nor am I a makeup artist (and clearly from the photo, no photographer either!) but I have really been enjoying using this palette.  This is how I’ve been using it:  primer on the lids and then I use a really light base of whatever blusher I used (I think that might be a bit random, but that’s what I do!) on the lid itself I use Rain, then I blend a little bit of Sea Shell out across the rest of my eye; then I blend Inception in the crease to give a bit of depth and then Rain again in the inner corners.

Sauce Box

These shadows apply really smoothly and last well without creasing.  I’ve heard other people talk about them being “buttery” – I kinda get that, but it’s not something I would have come up with myself!  The only complaint I’ve heard about this palette is that it doesn’t have any matte colours.  I’m not going to jump on that bandwagon personally though, ‘cos as I mentioned before, I have the Naked 3 palette and that has some gorgeous matte colours, so I’m all good!

My pick of the colours? It would have to go to Sea Shell.  It’s purrrrrty and soft with just a hint of pink/apricot and it’s a wee bit sparkly too, and Mumpty does like that.

So that is my non-beauty-blogger, non-professional review of the Creme de la Creme eyeshadow palette by Sauce Box.  In short – buy it if you see it – it’s really pretty and excellent value for money (I got mine on sale for $NZ39)  Any actual makeup artists who want to come and put it on me properly – feel free – my lids are yours!

Coming to MumptyStyle soon: non-professional reviews on L’oreal Serioxyl hair growth system and The Balm Manizer Sisters palette.

Peachy/apricot/pink sparkles …


A cool thing I read lately …

A cool thing I read lately …


I came across this in a book I’ve read lately, and I found it really interesting, so I decided to share it here on MumptyStyle.

“Each relationship between two people is absolutely unique. That is why you cannot love two people the same.  It simply is not possible.  You love each person differently because of who they are and the uniqueness that they draw out of you, and the more you know each other, the richer the colours of that relationship.” (The Shack, by William P Young, published 2007)

Cool huh.

Books make you think about stuff aye …



Five fabulous frocks on Friday

Five fabulous frocks on Friday …

Dita in THAT frock
Dita von Teese and Zac Posen

It’s been a loooong time since I published anything here on MumptyStyle as things have been super-busy lately, but I thought I’d quickly whip up this little post to celebrate frocks!  Because who doesn’t love a good frock?

Frock number one: Dita von Teese in THAT frock by Zac Posen


Wow – just wow.  Dita’s frock by Zac Posen was a standout at the 2014 Met Gala.  And that pose?  Girl knows her angles!

If your derriere looked like that in a frock, wouldn’t you just wear it all the time?

Frock number two – Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch dress

Perhaps the most iconic photo of Marilyn Monroe ever – this cinematic goldmine shot was taken on the set of The Seven Year Itch.  Designed by William Travilla, the dress sold for more than $5.6 million dollars in 2011, and is regarded as one of history’s most famous frocks.

Frock number three – Grace Kelly’s wedding gown

Grace Kelly

This one has inspired THOUSANDS of wedding gowns since actress Grace Kelly wore it to marry Prince Ranier III of Monaco in 1956 (including that of Kate Middleton.)  It was designed by Helen Rose of MGM and Grace wore two petticoats with it.  I think it probably helped that Grace Kelly was outlandishly beautiful!  Interestingly, it is rumoured that Marilyn Monroe was considered as a potential bride for Prince Ranier.

Frock number four – Liz Hurley’s black velvet “safety-pin gown”

Liz-Hurley-Safety Pin

Now I know it’s almost a crime to include this dress with the aforementioned three, but it is a very (in)famous frock!  Liz wore this Versace gown in 1994 when she accompanied Hugh Grant to the premier of Four Weddings and a Funeral – it is said to be Gianni Versace’s most famous creation.

And last, but not least, to up the class level again …

Frock number five – Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s gown

Breakfast at Tiffanys

The ultimate LBD (little black dress)! Designed by Givenchy, Audrey Hepburn wore it in 1961.  There were several versions made, and the original hand-stitched version is said to be in Givenchy’s private collection.   One of the versions worn in the movie was auctioned in 2006 and the money raised went toward helping build a school for the poor children of Calcutta. Audrey was as famous for her philanthropy as for her acting so she would have been proud to hear the charity’s spokesperson say “I’m absolutely dumbfounded to believe that a piece of cloth which belonged to such a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks and cement to put the most destitute children in the world into schools.”

So that is my little round-up of famous frocks on a Friday!  Have a wonderful long weekend if you’re here in New Zealand!

Yours in frocks …


Doing, wanting, reading, loving # 3…

Doing, wanting, reading, eating, loving (v.3) …

Another little round-up of what’s up!

Punnet cakes
Raw cheesecakes by Punnet Cafe in Tamahere
To kick the week off, I thought I’d do another little roundup of what I’m doing, wanting, reading etc etc.  The last one I did was here – and the one before that was here.  So, here goes:

Doing: lots of helping my daughter get her lamb ready for Ag Day – testing her on what she needs to know; holding her lamb while she cleans it etc.  Much as I love these little lambs, I am pretty pleased this is the last one!   being extremely jealous that I didn’t go to the NZ Burlesque Festival in Palmerston North over the weekend.  Every year I think “right, next year I’m going” but I just never seem to get there.  Next year it is then!   being thrilled to bits with my new dress, made for me by the wonderful Judy Dee    tackling my weight via Dukan!  smiling, laughing and just having fun!

Wanting:  last time I said more petticoats and that is still the case.  Since the last edition I have added a black version; however I’m still in want/need of baby blue, lemon, purple and green versions  a nice, fitted leopard print shrug – I’m thinking this one from Wheels & Dollbaby  Wheels&Dollbaby shrug   the Jenny dress  from Pinup Girl Clothing in purple harlequin – I believe this dress is what’s called a “unicorn”
 M.A.C Velvet Teddy  a Range Rover Evoque – STILL  Not to sound horribly materialistic – too late right?!

Reading: I am in the middle of a book called “The Shack” and so far it is pretty good.  It received glowing reviews from my Book Club and that’s always a good thing in my books!   And I’ve re-read “The Plains of Passage” by Jean Aeul because I ADORE all of the books from this series  – it’s called the  Earth Child series – if you haven’t read them, I HIGHLY recommend them – aside from my Tudor history books, they are my favourite things to read.

Eating/drinking: squeaky cheese – every night-of-the-weekly-shop we have it!  carbonated water  the chocolate birthday cake my nephew made me – so good   soy lattes from my local and MUCH-LOVED cafe, Punnet (you can read about Punnet here – and also, I stole my opening pic for this post from them!)    salted caramel protein bars (she says, trying to kid herself and failing, that they are better for her!)

Loving: life in general; our daughter and her Daddy specifically!
 Daylight Savings  rainbows;  emerald green grass   Instagram   my Book Club (read why you should join one here pink blossoms everywhere   surrounding myself with clever, sassy friends   New Year’s resolutions (early, I know!) my family growing older and learning what is, and what’s not, important to me.

Sending all the love to:  Nat, aka Lilly Loca who is sometimes too hard on herself!  Flo Foxworthy – Flo has an exhibition of her incredible work called “Burlesque – the costume art of Flo Foxworthy” in Palmerston North at the moment – check it out if you’re down that way   Jen from My name is Jennifer and I have breast cancer – an amazing, incredible, phenomenal woman (with a husband and family to match.) Get your breasts checked ladies.  And while we’re talking about that, my gorgeous friend Kirsty from Makeup Obsessives wrote about the time she found a lump.
Read it here.Mammogram


Proud of:   soooo many things, most of them too personal to talk about. But … our daughter – always. My friends, some of whom do amazing things like perform burlesque at shows and festivals and put their hearts and souls into it.   My family – who are incredible and supportive and just cool.

Manizer sistersObsessed with:  frocks my new eyeshadow palette from SauceBox   my new The Manizer Sisters palette from The Balm
my new purple dress; my new black Jenny dress; my new orange cardy and my new gothic lace bolero.  So many new pretties – aren’t birthday’s fabulous!

Grateful for: my family; my friends;  health success and happiness – for everyone  living in the country – all that space and fresh air is bliss plus all of the above!  (I know right – this hasn’t changed since last time – but why fix it if it ‘aint broke?!)

Loving, doing, wanting, reading … 


Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday to me!

Here is my 47 year old, unedited self – happy, healthy, slightly greying, and rounder than I’d planned! Oh – and wearing one of my favourite frocks that is covered in poison apples, Snow White and evil fairy godmothers!

I LOVE birthdays … they’re awesome!  And the funny thing is, the older I get, the MORE I love them!

I’ve never been one to be coy about my age, and to be honest, I think I am the perfect age right now.  So even if I COULD turn back the clock, I don’t think I would.  Which is weird, because everyone kind of assumes you would want to be younger, but really – I wouldn’t!  I don’t know if I’ll be saying this in five years time, but who knows?  Hopefully I will!

When people tease my Dad about being old (he’s not THAT old!) he always responds with “well, at least I’ve made it this far – you haven’t yet” – and he’s quite right!

So here’s to birthdays … may you have LOADS of them and enjoy the hell out of each and every one of them!  Lets live life out loud, as they say!

Age-inappropriate birthday frocks and kisses …


MumptyLoves 02/10/2015

These are the things Mumpty loves this week – 02/10/2015

It’s starting to feel like summer here in NZ – squeee!


Gosh it’s been AGES since I did a MumptyLoves … so I present to you now, MumptyLoves, the October version …

♥ Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyelinerMaybelline-Master-Precise11
As a devotee of the winged eye, this product is a gift from the eyeliner gods!  Up until now I’d been extremely happy with Rimmel ScandalEyes (and I still swear by it) but I had heard good things about this product, so I decided to splash out the massive $20 it took to bring it home in my hot little hands.  To be honest, I was pretty disappointed at first; the brush seemed a bit long, and not as easily controlled as the Rimmel one.  However, I persevered with it and I’m so pleased I did, because once I got the hang of it, I feel it produces a nicer, cleaner result than the Rimmel one does.  Give it a try if you’re a winged eyeliner girl …

♥  L’Oreal Serioxyl

SerioxylI am being a little beauty product tryer-outer with these!  A wonderful friend of mine gave me this set to try out when I moaned to her that I had found a bald spot on the side of my head – oh, the horror!  The set consists of a shampoo, conditioner and mousse – it is supposed to grow me like 1700 new hairs in a three month period – or something like that anyway.  Fingers crossed.  In it’s favour so far: it smells great, makes my hair feel quite nice, and does seem to give it some extra body.  Points against: I think it might be a bit drying … lucky I bought the product below then isn’t it!  Anyway, full review to come once I’ve finished it.

♥ LUSH H’Suan Wen Hua hair treatment


The name is a mouthful, I know.  And actually, if you chose to do so, you could probably eat it, as it contains avocado, balsamic vinegar and watercress.  Ya know, just the normal stuff you stick on your hair!  It is said to improve the tensile strength of the hair, so here’s hoping.  Anyway, I bought it to combat the potential drying effects of the Serioxyl and I am liking it a lot.  Like all LUSH products, it’s fresh, so you need to use it relatively fast – don’t keep it for special occasions OK?!

♥ Nivea Extra Gentle Eye Make Up Remover  


Last time I was loving the Simple eye makeup remover, but now I’ve moved on from that, and am loving the Nivea Extra Gentle Eye Make Up Remover.  It’s much the same price, and is even more gentle on the eyes than the Simple one.  I got it from the supermarket too – and that’s good ‘cos I like being able to slip things like that into the shopping!

♥ My lavender Jenny dress from Pinup Girl Clothing Lavender Jenny

(Pictured here on the glorious Doris Mayday)
This was an extremely fortuitous acquisition!  My beautiful friend Miss Monique Sweet spied it for me and I bought it, knowing full well it would be too small, but thinking I would get it made into a skirt.  However, in a moment of inspiration, I decided to put it on the PUG Sell & Swap group, and guess what!  I swapped it for a larger size with the most FABULOUS girl in Arizona.   She was thrilled and I was thrilled, and now I have a new PUG-Friend!  Don’t you just love it when the stars align?!

♥ Flowers 


Flowers make me happy – I think you should have them in every room, don’t you?

♥ Christian Louboutin “Anjalina” 70mm pumps

Louboutin Anjalina

Sigh … baby blue patent leather; miniature silver spikes; a workable heel and that red sole.  Good God.

What are your favourite things lately?  By the way, if you enjoyed this version of MumptyLoves, there are more editions here.

Treasure the things that make you happy …