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August 16, 2015
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LOTD: URBAN DECAY Naked Smoky Palette

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This entry will feature the new Urban Decay Smoky palette, which will be launched in Sephora Singapore this 20 August 2015-- SGD$83 each.  Before I go into the details, I have some exciting information for you to be invited to an exclusive event for Urban Decay Fall 2015. Details below:

Urban Decay Fall 2015
Naked Smoky, Matte Lipsticks, Brow Beaters, Brow Tamers.

Brand Ambassador Kim Bowers will show you the looks created with the latest fall collection. 
20 August 2015, Thursday
ION SEPHORA
12pm-1pm

I have 3 invites to be given away, and if you are keen to attend, please drop me an email to themakeupblogette@gmail.com - title of email should be URBAN DECAY, and in the email, simply state your name and contact number and why you would like to attend this exclusive event.   I will pick the winners on the 18 Aug to confirm your attendance. 

Check out my review of the Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipsticks here. 

The story behind the Naked Smoky Palette 

There's more to the perfect smoky eye than a heap of dark shadows - the key to nailing the most sought- after and elusive eye look ever is the Naked Smoky - loaded with ALL the seentials for the perfect neuytral smoky eye.  We packed our newesr Naked palette with a dozen sultry, smokey, neutrals - nine never before seen shades and three exclusives.  Experiment with warm shades, dimensional grays, rich browns gorgeous taupes and deep black.  From mattes and satins to shades with sparkle, Naked Smoky has it all. 

The palette also comes with detail tutorials for you to coordinate the shadows together to create your perfect smoky eye look. 
The detailed look book included the palette break down - step by step looks. 
It also includes makeup artist's tips and tricks to create your own looks. The palette also come with a dual ended brush - Tapered Crease Brush and the Smoky Smudge Brush. 

The case and the brush feature a cool floating smoke effect - with NAKED Smoky in gunmetal foil.  It comes with a magnetic closure that prevent shadow mishaps in your bag, and the full sized mirror makes it easy to do your looks anywhere you are. 

I have created two looks for this palette -

The first look is somewhat more subtle in the eye department, I think I had blended the shadows all into each other, and then I added the black as a liner.  The end result is a rather washed out smoky eye look in my opinion - something I would totally wear out, but it's not really doing the shades in the palette any justice.  I paired the look with bold lip colors - also I was playing and swatching the Urban Decay matte revolution lipsticks. 

You can't really see anything when I pose with my eyes open, to be honest... cos I have such fatty eyelids.  Haha. 
But to give you an idea of what went on the eyelids, scroll down and see more pictures, and I would give you a quick rundown of what I used/ or what I did. 

I do think the afternoon sunlight did wash me out a little, but brought out the sun-kissed look in my skin, I am using the new cle de peau bronzer (which is divine, by the way).  
For this look, I used whiskey as a base up to the crease, and in the lids I mixed Smolder and Radar together. 
Finally, I used Black Market as a thick liner to further define the eyes. 
Falsies complete the look for me. 

In this second look - it is more intense, and I was more careful and deliberate in the color placement - 
I packed on Smolder on my eyelids, blending and smudging it very close to the lashline.  Then I used whiskey to define and deepen the outer corner.  I also dabbed Armor in the centre of my lids to create more dimension. 
In my application for this look, I took time to pack on the color, adding more and blending adding and blending.  

Looking mightly pleased with myself.. lol. 

I also added the aegyo-sal sparkly goodness on my lower lids to add more interest and brighten up the whole look. 

My overall thoughts on the palette - 

I think that the shadows are less pigmented when you actually use them.. so the best way to work the shadows is to slowly pack on the color, instead of just brushing them on.  I find myself gravitating more towards the middle portion of the palette, and also the darkest matte rich brown (whiskey).  Smolder is probably my fave shade in this palette, next to that is Whiskey.  The black is smooth and intense.  Radar was a little disappointing, I thought it would be richer and more metallic.  
If you are talking quality wise, I feel like the Naked 1 is still the best, those are creamy and intense shadows.  But if you want a wearable, user friendly neutral smoky palette, you will find enough shades in the Nake Smoky to create a variety of looks.  I definitely recommend that you use a eyeshadow base to hold the shadows up and to make them more intense though. And if you are a NAKED fan, well I am pretty sure this is one palette which you don't want to pass up.  They got it nailed with the packaging though.  It feels substantial and very chic looking. 

If you want to go to the exclusive party I mentioned earlier, remember to drop me an email! 

I hope that my overview helped, and thank you for reading!

August 13, 2015
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Urban Decay Matte Revolution [Swatches & Review]

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This entry will feature the new Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks - I will talk about the Naked Smoky Palette over the weekend, so do stay tuned for it.  
With this launch of the Matte Revolution, the whole 'Revolution' range seems complete, you have the original release which has a creamy satiny intense finish.  The next release, Sheer Revolution, is still quite creamy but has a balmy sheer payoff.  And now we have Matte Revolution - which is matte but really comfortable and wearable. I would say that 8 out of the 9 shades are creamy matte.  One of them might be a tad dry but everything else is really easy to go on. 

Fans of the limited edition Mrs Mia Wallace is also re-launched in this collection under a different name - Called Bad Blood. 
If you want a wearable fun brown, go for 1993.  And if you want a wild pop of colour, you would love Bittersweet and Blackmail. 
These lipsticks glide onto your lips and are quite long lasting. 

The packaging of the lipsticks are in a pearlescent black, and provides full coverage in a single swipe. The formula has insane pigmentation, and good colour dispersion.  A blend of avocado, olive and babassu oils nourish the lips while shea butter conditions.  

Shade description

Blackmail - matte deep berry wine
Bad Blood - matte deep red
Tilt - matte bright orange
Temper - matte bright orange red
After Dark - matte medium dark berry pink 
Menace - matte medium fuchsia pink 
Bittersweet - matte bright purple 
1993 - matte medium brown 
Stark Naked - matte light nude 

The Matte Revolution lipsticks retails for SG$33 at Sephora Singapore this 20 August. 

I picked three shades which really stood out to me in terms of what I would actually wear in real life, so here we go: 

swatches on my lips:

Applying the lipstick: 
The lipstick does deliver full color in one swipe. 

Tilt 

Temper
Menace

and here are pictures I took during a preview session - 

Overall, if you are a lippie lover, especially those creamy intense ones, you will love these.  I wish they have more shades though - especially the nude everyday shades-  both the nude shades in this range - the 1993 and Stark Naked didn't work too well on me.  Stark Naked was too beigy pale while 1993 is a brown that doesn't look very flattering on me. 

Which are your fave shades from this collection?

I hope this entry has been useful, and thank you for reading! 

July 17, 2015
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Skincare Empties & Currently Using [June-July 2015]

Hi hi!  Time for another skincare update entry.  I will be updating you on everything that I am currently using and rotating at the moment.  Usually I will be rotating a batch of products for 2 - 3 months before I accumulate another new batch to do one of these entries.  I believe in my past couple of entries, I have been saying that my routine is now a lot more varied, I don't really stick to one brand, and I venture out into a cocktail mix of what I think works for me.  Some of you might be wondering, how do I know what is working, when I am mixing everything up.. well, honestly, even I don't know myself.  But each time I introduce a new product into the mix, I will pay attention to how my skin behaves the next day.  If nothing crazy happens, okay, I will keep using it.. but once I notice a bump or some unusual reaction, I will pass on the product to my mom or sister who will use it.  And there are products which don't work on me.. I just don't mention them on  my blog that's all. 

As always, I will focus on mentioning stuff that I am using, give you a quick overview of whether I like it or not.  Right now, my skin is pretty much stable, clear, firm. I don't have much noticeable lines on my face, I don't have dark eye circles.. I can also go out of the house without any makeup if I wanted to.. but I love makeup, and I love applying makeup on my face, so I rarely ever leave the house bare faced.  My only problem is that I notice that my eye lids have been drooooooping.. or like my upper eyelids are getting quite fatty?  Not attractive.. and maybe it is something that only I noticed.. but I recognise that age is catching up.. while overall I think I look pretty young for someone my age (and I do mean it matter of fact - I am not boasting, but I do think I try to take very good care of my skin) there are little details that betray my real age.  I would definitely consider doing something to depuff my eyes - surgery wise.  Perhaps in a year's time, or even sooner.. so I can enjoy improved/ enhanced features more.. you know what I mean? 

The Cleansers 
1. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam 
2. IOPE Ideal Cleansing Foam Whipping Brightener 
3. Skin Inc Skin Revival Infusion Cleanser
4. Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser 
5. GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser Mud Oil to Foam 
6. GlamGlow YouthCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser mud to foam 
7. Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil 

The lowdown - 
The innisfree and IOPE cleansers are very very similar.  I love that we have innisfree stores in Singapore, and you get to try out the products.  I don't really care for the actual skincare products, but I am always suckered by Korean foamy cleansers.  They clean so well, and so brightening.  So if you can't get your hands on the IOPE one.. try this innisfree jeju cleanser - this is a bumper tube at 300ml and for only $20.  It will literally last me for more than half a year.  
The Skin Inc Skin Revival Infusion cleanser is very pearlised foamy.. it comes out from a tiny opening, which makes squeezing out the product quite a chore.. but this is one of the better foamy dense cleansers I have used.  
I also love the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser - the scent is just amazing, and don't let the 'gentle' fool you - this is a very cleansing foamy wash. 

And we have the new GLAMGLOW cleansers - I got the Youthmud cleanser during their launch, and it smells and feels exactly like the mask itself.  I recently picked up the Dual Cleanser.. it feels good, clean but not stripping.  For both cleansers, you should work it into your skin and massage on your dry skin before introducing some water slowly to lather up everything.  I recommend both.. they clean well, and after a long day of wearing makeup.. using one of these to clean your face feels really good.  But, if you really have to pick one, I think go for the Youthmud cleanser - it seems like a better all round performer. 

I am currently removing my makeup with the Shiseido Cleansing Oil - it emulsifies really well, and cleans off your makeup thoroughly.  There is no oily residue.. and your skin feels almost kinda squeaky clean afterwards. 

Here are a some pics of the GlamGlow cleansers in action 

That dual cleansing one is kinda strange-- it has two dispensers, one for the oil part and the other for the mud..  You have to press each of them seperately to dispense the product. 

The waters and skin prep:

1. Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence 
2. La Roche-Posay Serozinc Zinc Sulphate Solution - Cleansing, Soothing
3. La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster 
4. Albion Skin Conditioner in a mini mist spray bottle 

The lowdown - 
This is one step in my routine which is most neglected.  I would say that I only do the toning part 2-3 times a week.  
Albion Skin Conditioner now comes in this facial mist version - you can always decant your Skin Conditioner into a mist can and spray it which is so much easier in terms of application.  I like the Skin Conditioner, it really softens your skin and preps it for serums and face creams. 
Another item which is highly raved is the La Roche-Posay Serozinc - I am not sure why or what is the hype.  I got this while I was in Paris cos I want to see what the hype is all about.  And to me... so far, it feels just like my regular facial mist spray.  But it contains zinc sulphate, which is supposedly good at keeping spots at bay?  Not too sure.. sometimes I even use this as a makeup setting spray.  Haha. 

The next product is the La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is one of the new stuff I am testing out.  It costs a whopping SG$450.. which is really pricey for a pre-serum product.  It has a rich gel cream texture, and I have used it for almost a week.. I like how it feels on my face.. and I know it is good stuff.  But I am not exactly sure what it is supposed to do. 

Kiehl's Iris Extract Essence is very soothing.  I only use this once a week - so it will take me forever to get through the bottle. It reminds me of the Biotherm Plankton essence, SKII FTE.. that sort of skin treatment essence water.  I am thinking of leaving this in the fridge, or transfer it to a mist spray bottle so I can spritz it on my skin whenver I feel like it. 

The Serums
1. NARS Skin optimal brightening concentrate
2. Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Tonal V Concentrate serum
3. Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate
4. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion 
5. DiorSnow White Perfect Anti-Spot and Transparency Brightening Serum

The lowdown - 
I have these serums opened right now.. and honestly the most frequently used ones are the Clarins products and the FRESH Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion.  I am all about the glow these days, so any brightening, glow enhancing products are right up my alley.  I am getting back into using the Clarins Shaping Facial Lift in a bid to banish any water retention I might have on my face, though I don't exactly follow the massage method for application.

The DiorSnow white perfect brightening serum is nice.. but I didn't notice any significant effects.
The NARS Skin brightening concentrate is nice, and I only use it when I am using the NARS night treatment cream.  It is very lightweight, and easily absorbed into the skin. 

Both the Clarins products are nothing new to me, the Double Serum has a oil and serum two in one combo.  It hydrates and nourishes your skin, and now that I start using it again, I am falling in love with the Double Serum again.  I think this is a very good all round anti-aging serum, it doesn't break the bank in terms of price point, and I think will suit everyone looking for a effective serum. The shaping facial lift is great for depuffing your face, and for me, I will make it a point to massage the product into my skin, pressing on the accu points on my face to sort of minimise the water retention on my cheeks. This is the newly formulated one, more powerful, and same great functions. 

The Eye Creams & Serum 
1. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream
2. Clarins Defining Eye Lift 
3. Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate

The lowdown - 
I have only started using the Shiseido Ultimune Eye Concentrate - it is a quite a rich gel cream texture, and I will report back on this eye product soon.  I have used the Shiseido Ultimune for face before and I do like that, so I am looking forward to trying this out. 
I also started using the Clarins Defining Eye Lift, this is probably my 3 or 4th bottle of it.  It is a lightweight eye serum, you pat it onto your eyelids, and like the Shaping Facial Lift.. I hope that this will help to depuff my eyes over time.
And finally, I have been enjoying the Fresh Lotus eye cream - it is creamy, lightweight and hydrating.  I have been using this eye cream for the past month, and I really like it. 

The Face Creams
1. Clarins White Plus Brightening Night Cream
2. Skin Inc Skin Revival Infusion Cream
3. NARS Skin Restorative Night Treatment 
4. Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask 
5. The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser 
6. Fresh Creme Ancienne Soft Cream 

The lowdown - 
Right now, I am missing a night cream.  All my night creams are the rich overnight treatments--- and they don't go well with the serums I am using.  Got to dig around in my stash for a night cream (I think I have a couple of the Crabtree & Evelyn Dermarose night creams to use).  
So anyway, the highlights - the absolute must haves for me are - and they are empty now::: 

--- The Skin Inc Skin Revival  Infusion cream is a great one.  I finished this super quickly cos I was slapping it on day and night.  It works well under my makeup, and it also protects my skin at night.  I think during the period of time I was using this cream my skin is always clear and smooth, and bright. 
--- I also love the Clarins White Plus night cream - this, I really only use at night.  It smells great, and complements all the other brightening products I use in my stash. 

Other creams that I am still using are the Fresh Creme Ancienne - this is a soft cream that has been compared to La Mer - I haven't used La Mer, but this Creme Ancienne is really comforting on my skin, and it works well in cold, dry weather.  This is the only one cream I brought along with me for my recent Europe trip, I used it night and day, and it makes my skin feel and look good while I was away.  This is pricey, but I think one product that is worth the price tag. I hope I don't run out of my small tub soon. 

On lazy nights, I slap on a night treatment and go to bed.  My one product wonders at the moment are the Black Tea Overnight Firming Treatment, it is very thick and rich - I might have mentioned this in my previous skincare entry.  It is a huge tub and will last you for ages.  I use this twice a week.  And it is really good stuff. 
Another product which I love - tthe texture is completely different - is the NARS night concentrate - this is like a cream to oil formula - it breaks into a oily texture the more you massage the product into your skin.  The scent is a little overpowering but I soon got used to it (think of NARS Oran candle) and this is one product which is fab for dry skin.  It is very rich and moisturising.  I love love love this face treatment for nighttime. 

My current day cream - and this is a surprising discovery.  The Body Shop Vitamin C glow boosting cream is a gel like texture- I use this only in the day time, under my makeup.  It keeps my face hydrated the whole day, I am not too sure if it is that much of a glow boosting effect though - it comes with a glow boosting concentrate, but I don't think I would use that.  But the face cream itself is a great basic face cream for day.  I highly recommend this face cream, particularly if you are looking for something not too complicated, it is a solid Vitamin C enriched gel crean, great for our crazy weather and yet hydrating enough.  Really highly recommend this. 

A close up of my current fave creams - 

and these are my empties! 

I hope that this has been a comprehension rundown of what I am using at the moment, I try not to include repeat of products that I am still using, such as cleansers which I have already mentioned in previous entries.. and I find that whenever I do such entries, I realise that they all somehow have a unifying theme - such as in this case, a lot of focus on anti-aging and brightening.  If you have any further questions about any of the items I mentioned here, leave them in the comments below. 

Hope this entry has been helpful, and thank you so much for reading! 

July 12, 2015
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Sephora Haul - Beauty on the Fly

Hi hi!! 

Long time no see... and I have been... busy..and also, sometimes I lack the mood and mindset to blog.  It seems a lot easier to take the lazy girl's way out...ie to snap pics and post them on instagram.. but for this haul, I think I want to keep it old school.  Take pictures of a bunch of stuff I recently got, and just post them up here.  Some of them I have used already, but mostly not.  

Before we go any further, there is a little story behind this haul.  Back in June when I was still on vacay, Sephora contacted me, and asked if I want to spend $400 for their "Beauty on the Fly" campaign which is happening about right now... and of course, I said yes! Who would say no to a chance to shop for free, right?  Like the borderline shopaholic that I am, I started listing stuff I want to get mentally.  And when I collected the gift card last week, I was like, okay, I need to set a date, meet my fellow beauty junkie good friend, and we shall go shopping at Sephora and mutally enable each other to buy a ton of stuff we don't really need.
So, I just want to get this out there.. this is really a haul courtesy of Sephora.. but I got to choose whatever I wanted to get, and now I am sharing them with you.

Shopping with 'travel' in mind is easy.  For me, it is never about using teeny tiny samples of products which I have never used before.  Heaven forbids if you get a bad skin reaction to the strange new skincare sachets you thought was a good idea to bring along simply because they don't take up space in your luggage.  I always tend to keep deluxe sized samples of stuff which I have used before and that I know work.  In the past, I think that these awesome samples, or miniatures were only gifts with purchase, and also depending on how nice your BA at the brand counter is to you.  But now you can literally purchase these samples yourself and most of the time, they are already packed in a set for your convenience and several of these sets here will illustrate my point.  

I found myself wandering around the ION store and when you are shopping semi-randomly, you realise just how much stuff they carry.  I will say 100% of the time, whenever I step into Sephora, I already  know what I want to buy.  I head straight to the shelf, grab my stuff and go to the cashier.  That day, I had a good look see around my fave shelves, checking out new and undiscoevered stuff, and added more items to my overflowing basket when I was lining up at the till.  That infamous 'aisle of doom' is well stocked with travel-sized products from head to body, to wipes to deodorant.  Most of the items are between 30-50ml, so even if you don't have any hold baggage, you can still carry them into your carry on bags.  

My problem with products like these is that in terms of value for money, you are actually better off buying full sized.  But in the name of travelling... we just have to compromise on that, right?  And even if you arent going anywhere, getting mini-sized products is still a good way to try out new products before you decide to plonk down more money on the actual full sized products. 

Having said that, I got myself a bunch of minis, some full sized products (it would seem excessive to spend $400 on mini bottles of stuff, right?) and also a couple of stuff which I just want to indulge in.  And I think I did pretty good. And would you believe it, there's only ONE makeup item.  The rest are all skincare, hair, and general toiletries. 

Here's what we got:
Starting with the face and general cleansing, 

I got the GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser - S$59 - and I am curious to try this, because I already own the Youthmud cleanser and I am loving that.  So I am interested to try the other versions from GlamGlow.  I haven't used this yet.. so I will report back soon. 
Next, I also got the Soap & Glory cleansing wipes (I think this is S$10?) and I think cleansing wipes are good for travel.  This I have used the same night I got home, and it took me two sheets to get my face of makeup off.  It is not a very soaking wet wipe..but other than that, a good basic cleansing wipe. I sort of wished I got the First Aid beauty wipes though. Maybe next time.  
Then I went to the Clarins counter,and check out what sets they got.. and I found this travel kit -- I already own quite a few Clarins travel kits.. but this is new to me.  Inside the pouch, you have a moisturiser (the hydra quench, which is GREAT), the foaming cleanser (this is LOVES), a tiny tube of sunscreen, and a bottle of body shampoo (I hope I don't get addicted to this and want to keep having it in my shower though.).  I think this kit is around SG$40.  Good value, and this is one of those things you wanna try some products from the brand.  Plus the pouch is really cute, right?
And along the aisle, I threw in a tube of the First Aid Beauty (around S$10) Oatmeal mask.  When I am travelling, I sometimes like to use a mask to detox my skin, and make it extra clean and soft.  I haven't used this yet.. but I am curious to try. 

And in this section, we move on to HAIR... I must say most of my fave hairproducts are exclusively found at Sephora.  The Living Proof line is really awesome, and I have liked everything I used from this brand.  
So I got the Living Proof volume and body travel kit - S$39 which comes with the shampoo, conditioner, thickening cream and a thickening spray.  This is good for a week's use.. for one person.  And I got the travel sized Prime Style Extender (S$15) - I have finished the one I have.. and I like this too.. quite similar to the PHD cream which is my HG hairproduct.. it sets my hair nicely and is very lightweight, even though it is a 'primer' but I feel that you can use it on its own too, to tame your hair and add a bit of texture. And I also got the Instant Texture Mist (S$10?), the bottle is super cute, and sometimes I use a texture mist to add some volume and texture to my hair after a long day, and I am still out.  It gives instant freshener effect.
And speaking of Texture Mist, I also got this mini Original Mineral texture mist ($10?) it smells like orange, and I tried it in store, and I think it is quite good. This is a brand new in Sephora, and I think they have nice products - I have a kit from a Net a porter beauty box.. but I haven't tried those yet.
Lastly, from the hair section, I randomly threw in the Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo ($8?) I think I might have used this once before.. it smells fresh and quite voluminising. 

And finally, the last few items.. which are the most splurgy ones.. When I saw that the NARS sharpener ($10) are back in stock at Sephora, I had to get one... even though I already have a NARS one.. and many others (the MUFE one is pretty good too).  So I got one of that.
Fresh Cannabis Santal is one of the scent which literally lingered on my mind.  This 100ml bottle retails for S$144 and I wished they still carry the 30ml ones though.. or even the roller ball ones (they have the roller ball but just not in this particular scent).  I love this scent, and I know this is not for everyone.  It is slightly woody musky manly, and reminds me of the Tom Ford private blend in Santal Rose (did I get the name right?) but at a fraction of the price.  It is not the most long lasting, but I love it , and I use it almost like a casual body spray.  In fact, that's how I use all my Fresh perfume.  They smell awesome, lightweight, and provides a good base for me to layer on my actual perfume.  Very indulgent, and very excessive, but that's how I roll. 
And lastly I picked up the new Shu Uemura brow powder palette (S$53).  I got mine in the shade sealbrown/stone grey and I am curious to try any brow product from Shu Uemura.  I have their new sword brow pencil.. and a few other new releases.. but at the moment, I won't be featuring those yet.  Shall use this brow palette this week and report back soon! 

All in all, it was a pretty fun shopping trip.. and I got to check out the sheer variety of travel sized goodies available at Sephora.  They are always there though.. so anytime you think you want to try out something, or get something for your next vacay, you should totally check out these goodies.  For me, I am not sure when's my next vacay, but in the meantime I shall explore what's new out there.  Thanks again to Sephora for this mini shopping spree!

I have a few blog entry ideas in mind... a top ten of stuff I like, current faves, and do you want to read/ look at pics from my EU trip?  Or how about my shopping haul from London/ EU?  Let me know! 

That's all, and thanks for reading!!! 

June 06, 2015
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All about my Eyebrows & False Lashes!

Hallo!

This entry features all about my brows and lashes.  As I was looking through the blog archives, I realise that I have plenty of entries devoted to talking about eyebrows - using different products, different routines.. so I am going to link them here, and you can click on whichever catches your fancy.  My brows have come a really long way, and I am now very happy with them.. in the past few years, I have come to fill them in quite straight and bold.. and my choice of brow product now is usually a brow cream gel to fill in followed by a brow mascara to set and brush up the brow hairs. 

I used to use a pencil, but now I really much prefer a powder eyeshadow, or a brow cream gel.  They give me more precision, and more control depending on the brush that I use.  I won't go too much into the techniques, because you can refer to the endless lists of brow tutorials which I have already posted below.

I finally got to try out the Anastasia Beverley Hills brow promade in Dark Brown - will eventually want to try this product in another shade, maybe light brown, or taupe.. something more cool toned.  I am not very fussy about brow colour, as long as they are something quite medium brow on the cooler side.  I still like to use my Guerlain brow kit, Shiseido brow kit.. but a brow cream gel/ promade is really budge proof, sweat proof. 

Here are some links to my brow tutorials:

1. brow routine with Innisfree Eco Brow Gel 
- I have a feeling that this brow gel is discontinued - you won't find it on the shelves anymore, not even the product tag is displayed.  I am thinking maybe they are formulating and coming out with a new one soon.  I love this product, but I do wish the packaging is a bit more sturdy. 

2. brow routine with all NARS brow products 

3. brow routine with a brow powder kit - Shiseido Eyebrow Styling Compact

4. brow routine with a brow powder kit - Guerlain Universal brow kit

5. brow routine with a brow powder kit - Anna Sui brow kit 
* not sure if this product still exists..the blog entry is from 2011.

6. brow routine using the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

This set of pictures show I use various brow mascara to comb and set my brow hairs:

1. I do prefer a smaller brush to do the job, but I am not super fussy with the brush size.  Most of the time this is a straight forward thing, and as long as the brush is not laden with product, any brush will do the job fine.  though a tiny brush does give you more control as to how you want to comb the brow hair, whereas a bigger brush head gives you a quick general sweep. 

2. because I have such a ridiculous amount of brow mascara as my disposal, I sometimes use two - a lighter shade at the start of my brows, and the darker shade at the middle to end of my brows.  Nobody will notice this gradient except for myself, obviously.  But it does add an overall more 3D look to your brows.

3. some of these brow mascara can be quite pigmented 
in order of most pigmented
 - Innisfree ultra fine browcara 
 - MAC Brow set in Beguile 
 - MAC Pro longwear waterproof Quiet Brunette
 - Tarte 

4. The eyeko one seems quite voluminous - the formula seems thick and almost gunky, and I don't reach for this too much. 

5. A good clear one is from ABH.. I actually used up the whole tube.  

Brows are everything! 

My basic everyday face consists of just doing my base, cheeks, and brows.  I can skip the rest of the eyes, don't care about a lipstick color, but I cannot not have brows when I leave the house. 

The next few pictures are some quick comparisons of the colors and brushes of the various brow mascara which are in my current rotation. 

The innisfree and tarte ones have the smallest brushes. 

Okay, next chapter is how I layer my lashes.  I get lots of questions about what lashes I use, and it is hard for me to give a straight answer, cos I just layer two pairs together.. and its a mix and match of brands and all... so I can't just point you to a specific brand.  But I can tell you what type of lashes I layer together. 

1.  A wispy layered with a criss cross as shown below. 
2. I layer the wispy ON TOP of the criss cross cos when I look down, I prefer the wispy pair to be on top.  
3. After applying the lashes, I will curl them with the Shu Uemura S curler.. and curl them in a way to frame my eyes
4. Why don't I just wear a pair of bigger lashes?  The reason being, I actually find it more comfy to stack and wear - in the pics below, you see that both lashes have very thin bands.. they are natural and don't change the shape of my eyes like how the thicker bands can do. 
5. I prefer to customise the type of volume and length which I like for my eyes which I can't find in a single pair of lashes. 
6. Stacked lashes last through many times of wear! 

Again, I have old blog entries on how I stack and layer my lashes:

Tips and Tricks for wearing falsies
How I customise my Falsies

I hope you find my entry helpful, and thank you for reading!!

June 06, 2015
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Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipsticks [Overview & Swatches]

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Sharing with you the complete swatches and review of the new TOO FACED Melted Metal liquid lipsticks.  I think they will be launched at here in SG in the next couple of weeks, not too sure about the prices yet, I am guessing SG$30+ each.  If you are familiar with the original Melted liquid lipsticks, the same formula follows here - intensely pigmented liquidy lipsticks that glide on your lips for a smooth application of colour.  

I found the original Melted lipsticks to be very intense, and they dry down to a very velvety matte finish.  They remind me much of the ones that you find from Armani, Shu Uemura, and also the Bourjois Rouge Velvet lipsticks - with the wand applicator, and rich colours. 

But these Melted Metal liquid lipsticks, like the name states, have a metallic finish, because they contain shimmer bits.  Depending on which shade you pick, the metallic finish actually translates into a more pearlised finish and some are frosty.  I like the range of colors you get in this collection, and I personally found the bolder shades to be more unique in terms of the color and finish combo.  I also find that these metallic liquid lipsticks to have more slip - they don't really dry down and set like the original melted liquid lipsticks..I could easily wipe them off with a tissue, and these are definitely not the kind of lipsticks you would expect to last through a meal.  Indeed, while out for drinks one night, I applied Dream House, only to wipe them off after a few sips of drinks, because I didn't like the idea of the electric hot pink shade potentially smearing all over my lips thorugh the night.  I also note that TooFaced did not actually label these lippies as long wearing anyway.. so do expect to re-apply throughout the day. 

Besides the slip factor, the pearlised/ metallic finish also meant that they tend to set into lip lines..which might not be a flattering look especially if you opt for the lighter shades.  This is less of an issue for the darker shades. 

I think as far as lippie formula and finish go, these are something quite different from what's already out there, but if you are looking for longetivity, you prolly might want to apply a base color first, and go over with these relatively lightweight (despite the intense color payoff) metallic lippies over for the finish.  

Here are some product close ups: 

So you squeeze the tube, and the product dispenses through the sponge tip applicator.  I find it easy to control the applicator and blending of the color with the sponge tip. 

Swatches on my hand:
(colour description my own)

Jelly - a deep eggplant purple
Violet - an electric bright purple
Dream House - an electric bright hot pink
Macaron - warm bright pink
Tu Tu - a warm peach
Bunny - light warm nude 
Debutante - light pink
Peony - beigy nude

Swatches on my lips
and you can see that Debutante has a really frosty finish, and it does emphasise my lip lines quite a bit. 

I think my top picks among these shades would be
Dream House  - it totally pops and the metallic finish really lends itself well to the shade.
Jelly - this has a nice pearlisd finish that doesn't look frosty like Debutante
Peony - the metallic finish does give this otherwise deep shade some dimension

Violet is a tad streaky, and while it is an interesting shade, I am not sure how I would wear this shade out. 

I am surprised that this collection doesn't contain a bright red though.  It would be interesting to see how the metallic finish would translate in terms of a red lipppie. 

And overall look on my face:

Which is your fave?  I hope this entry has been helpful, and thanks for reading!

June 04, 2015
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Experiencing Estetica’s GENXSKIN Treatment!

This afternoon, I got to experience the new Estetica's GENXSKIN treatment at Plaza Singapura.  This is my second time having a facial done at the PS branch.. and I know I have said this many times before, there is nothing like having someone cleanse, scrub and mask your skin, giving your face a good solid 90 minutes of TLC.  I feel like I really needed that.  I mostly have good skin days, but there are times when I feel like I need the extra care.  

The main features of the GenxSkin treatment in layman's terms - is an anti-aging (collagen!), brightening (reduce and heal spots/ marks) and also shot through with a hydrating mask.  The kind folks from the Estetica team also gave me travel-sized products of the essentials of this treatment so I can do a bit of maintaining at home.  Can't wait to try!  

The 90min treatment consists of the following steps:

1. cleanse the skin (to remove any makeup and surface impurities)
2. scrub the skin using the Perfect Surfacer which is a powerful exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and makes my skin really soft and luminous. 
3. next, a steamer stage - which basically moists the surface of your skin and also opens up the pores.
4. extraction - This is something I am getting quite used to.. I used to be very squirmish when it comes to extraction.  But now I can brave the gruelling but necessary step of the treatment.  My therapist, Teresa, was swift and gentle.. so any pain or discomfort was hardly noticeable.  She also placed a very cooling toning cotton pad over each area that has been extracted.. so mininise the redness and to soothe the area overall.  
5. the ampoules - which I suppose is the intensive treatment/ serum stage 
6. the mask - which takes 20 minutes 

I immediately noticed brighter and smoother skin - such that I didn't have to wear any base products at all when I went out for dinner later that day.   I think this is a good treatment to invest in if you have special ocassions coming up - maybe try to go once a week for a month for that ultimate luminous complexion.  After all, if you have good clear smooth skin that's really more than half the battle won as far as make up is concerned. 

And if you want to read the full information including the scientific explanation, here you go:

Estetica's GENXSKIN improves skin at a genetic level for younger-looking skin in 2 weeks

Estetica has launched a new anti-ageing facial treatment that harnesses the power of our genes. A high performance, dermo-cosmetic approach based on cosmeto-genomics (the stimulation of skin's vital functions), the GENXSKIN is in many ways, revolutionary and a true skincare innovation.

The brief on ageing skin. This process of how our skin deteriorates is unique to every individual and no two people age in the samemanner. However, the origin of this process is singular and predominantly determined by our genes. Skin ageing is characterised by, among other things, a "dormancy" of genes responsible for stabilising thestructure of the dermis. Called the extracellular matrix (ECM) and made up of elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid, it's primary function is to ensure the skin's firmness, elasticity, thickness and density, and its disintegration will cause the skin to lose its firmness and a freezing of negative facial expressions. Ageing causes a breakdown in the "communication" between dermal cells and the ECM, resulting in the reduction in the quantity and quality of the support fibres (fibroblasts). Slowly but surely, one ends up with deep wrinkles, looser skin (as fat and muscle tissues melt and can no longer support it), giving rise to what Estetica's experts call a "reversed beauty triangle".

How GENXSKIN works

GENXSKIN works by rebooting and stimulating 14 youth-giving genes so as to restore the "triangle of beauty" and reviving the characteristics of young skin. The primary active ingredient responsible for this is Matrigenics14 G, which is extracted from a brown macro-alga called undaria pinnatifida. Rich in esters of wakame sulfated galactofucan, it works by reactivating the genes involved in the synthesis, maturation and organisation of collagen fibers and elastin, as well as hyaluronic acid. In short, this process helps to restructure the ECM of mature skin. Frown lines, smile lines and lip contour lines will be smoothed and filled, effectivelymaking right the "reversed beauty triangle" and neutralising negative expression lines.

The complete GENXSKIN treatment combines salon sessions and home use products to restore the "triangle of beauty". To make this visible anti-aging effect last, GENXSKIN has a complete range of products – from cleansers and moisturisers to peels and CC creams – for daily home use.

On top of Matrigenics14 G, the GENXSKIN skincare range also contains two other complementing active ingredients – blueberry extract and edelweiss extract. Blueberry extract helps invigorate the skin tissue, soothes and regenerates the skin while brightening the complexion, while edelweiss, rich in anti-free radical polyphenols, also contains comforting mucilage.

The 3 GENXSKIN Essentials

To optimise the effects of the facial treatment, three particular products from the GENXSKIN range are essential for a home skincare regimen—namely, Perfect Surfacer, Fibraxtine Cream and the Matrixcell cream.

After makeup removal and cleansing, follow with the Perfect Surfacer. The powerful "renovator of the skin'smicro-relief" first exfoliates with the sugar crystals, which then melts into a silky substance upon contact with water to thoroughly remove dead skin cells, resulting in soft and luminous skin. It is best to follow this with theLift Serum or Whitex Serum and Fibraxtine Cream for day and Matrixcell Cream for night.

A restructuring moisturiser, Fibraxtine Cream is enriched not only with cocoa butter (high concentration of phytosterols and vitamins A, B, C, E) and Osilift (oat-derived complex sugars that have a lifting effect) but also light reflectors that optically smoothes wrinkles and lines. For best results, use on face and neck after cleaning in the morning. For night time hydration, Matrixcell as a night balm is ideal as it also helps skin regenerate while you sleep. Concentrated with sculpting agent (a plumping amino acid called voluform that "fills" wrinkles and strengthens the facial structure) and anti-free radical extracts of pomegranate, olive oil, shea butter and beeswax, it target cells responsible for creating volume and firmness in order to redefine the contours of the face and increase the skin's plumpness.

GENXSKIN Treatment:

A 90-minute treatment ($368) that is exclusively available at all Estetica beauty studios.

For best results, the treatment should be carried out for at least six sessions at a frequency of once every seven days.

I hope you find my quick overview and sharing of information helpful! Thank you for reading!

June 04, 2015
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Urban Decay Summer 2015 [Photos & Swatches]

This entry will feature the new URBAN DECAY Summer Collection - which is a huge collection for the eyes, cheeks and of course, lips.  I will be showing you a few items from the collection, my application, swatches and LOTDs.. and also insert a series of pictures from a preview session where I got to see and play with all the shades.  From first impressions, I think the eyehadows are really outstanding -  the duochrome shifting color and texture is really awesome and so true to the Urban Decay DNA.. they got it right on and back to their roots I feel. The lipglosses have the right balance of pigment and wearabilty - not too sticky, with enough hold onto your lips without sliding here and there.  The blushes are really fine and smooth, but the shades (with the exception of that purple shade), aren't really really jumping out at me.  They are a good addition to the brand, but I don't think you need to run out and grab them. 

From nine streak-freem versatile shades of powder blushes to fourteen high-impact colour lipglosses, with serious shine.  The UD Summer collection will be availble at all Sephora Stores island wide from 11 June 2015. 

The collection includes 
Afterglow 8 hour Powder Blush - SG$39 each
Revolution High Colour Lipgloss - SG$33 each
Eyeshadow - 8 shades extension - SG$30 each
Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil SG$25

AfterGlow Blushes: 

The foolproof way to create that effortless, radiant look.  Just a few quick swipes of Afterglow gives you the kind of easy, sexy, lit-from-within glow - these are extremely blendable, finely milled formula goes on sheer and provides eight long hours of wearable buildable colour. They are lightweight and luxurious - Afterglow has a soft, creamy texture that always applies beautifully.  The lineupL  nine scintillating shades - some with a matte finish, and others with a tint of shimmer.

The packaging is a custom gunmetal compact with a 'fishnet' UD cutout on the lid.  You can see the shade through the cutout and also the colour of the stick at the back of the case shows the colour of the blush you are using. 

The powder blushes also contain light diffuing pigments to enhance and perfect the skin. 

Indecent - light peachy nude
Rapture - deep mauve with a hint of shimmer
Fetish - medium pink nude
Bittersweet - bright purple
Obsessed - light pink
Quickie - bright blue based pink
Crush - medium pink
Bang - bright red orange 
Score - medium pink peach with a touch of shimmer 

Revolution High-Colour Lipgloss 
These are high coverage, ultra pigmented formula which lays down all the colour you need in one coat.  Choose from 14 shades in both cream and sparkle textures.  With gorgeous nudes, bold brights and deep dark shades - there is something for everyone.  There are UD fave shades (like 69, Big Bangm Punch Drunk and Apocalypse) and new never seen before shades. 

The packaging is a flat pocket friendly compact, long and slim and you can see through the clear barrel of the tube.  The applicator is a plush silicon paddle which gives you control and a generous layout of product in one coat. 

The lipglosses also contain Hilurlip(tm), which defines and hydrates lips while making them look plumper and fuller. 

Apocalypse - deep purple wine 
Brickhouse - dark brick red
69 - bright red
Assassin - candy apple with glitter
Punch Drunk - bright orange
Quiver - medium rose-pink
Scandal - bright pink
Savage - electric pink 
Big Bang - bright pink with glitter 
Vice - dark purple with glitter 
Bittersweet - bright purple 
Liar - medium pink nude 
Failbait - light neutral pink 
Kinky - nude 


Eyeshadow - 8 new extension shades

Eight brand new eyeshadow singles - six gorgeous shifty duotones - in shades like blue, gold, peach, burgundy and even red, plus two versatile matte neutrals. These shadows are velvety smooth and easy to blend.  

Dive Bar - medium blue with pink-purple shift
Sideline - gold with green shift
Fireball - peach with pink shift
Lounge - brick red with green shift
Backfire - burgundy with purple shift 
Tonic - lilac with blue shift
Beware - warm brown matte 
Riff - brown nude matte with floating micro-sparkle 

Application of the eyeshadows - 
They are very blendable, and have minimal fallout.  I love how obviously duochrome the finish is... and they really do make your eyelook more complex and interesting. 
The lipglosses, I think Failbait is a great everyday shade while Assassin is a pretty juicy red.  The shimmer bits didn't feel grainy at all, and the overall feel of these glosses are really comfortable to wear.

And overall: 

[Everything on the face - foundie and powder is Dior...brows are ABH - I will ramble about these in another entry]

The preview and more swatches: 

June 03, 2015
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LOTD: Smokey Eyes with Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

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Just posting a quick LOTD post - using the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette.  I went out with this look last friday, and managed to snap a few selfies before I left the house. Whenever I reach for this palette, I always feel like I should use the bolder shades, even though it contains a good range of neutrals as well.  As usual, I kept the rest of the face quite natural and I think I shall try to make it a point to use more colors on my lids.  I think I can easily work it if I keep the colors closer to the lashline.  And when I open my eyes... it's not like the colors are jumping out.  Just add a bit of interest when I close my eyes/ blink etc etc.  

This is what I came up with

Colours used in order of application

highlight - a mixture of truth & bobby dazzle 
crease - mixture of undone & downfall
eyelid - mixture of alchemy & bondage
jus above the eyelid to add more definition - revolver

Yup... I just mix and blend, since I have acess to this whole palette of colours.  
I also try to start with the lighter to darkest shades when I do smokey looks like this. 

anyway, you can see that the overall results is not that crazy..I guess 80% of it still looks like what I normally do anyway.  LOL. 

All products used will be listed at the end of this entry.

All products used: 

face - 
shiseido UV protective liquid foundation
shiseido total radiance loose powder
maybelline instant age rewind dark circle eraser

cheeks -
hourglass ambient blush in mood exposure
charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze & glow 

lips -
MAC x julia petit collection BOCA

eyes - 
eyeshadows, as stated above, from Urban Decay Vice 3 palette
eyeliner - TOM FORD liquid liner

lashes -
my usual stack 
lancome Grandoise mascara on lower lashes 

brows - 
Guerlain brow palette 
MAC Beguile brow set 

Striped Tank - GAP 

May 23, 2015
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Review: Why I Love Bobbi Brown Serum Foundation & Pop Pink!


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I haven't done a foundation review in AGES!!  I have testing out at least 5 new foundations lately... and I am just going to review whichever I am using the most, and also for a substantial amount of time.  Foundations are usually permanent products anyway, so I feel like I can take my time to really give them all a good go and then share with you my thoughts. 

So here, we have the new Bobbi Brown serum foundation - it is now available, and retails for around S$85 each. 
This is the first foundation to contain TCM ingredients, and also contains the benefits of a serum to treat your skin as you are wearing the foundation.  So far, using this for most of the month since I got it, my skin gets along really well with the foundation, and I think I really really love this foundation - especially as far as the new generation of these serum foundations go. 

Before I continue, here's the Product Story

See healthy, beautiful skin. Formulated with Lychee, Bamboo Grass and Cordyceps Mushroom extracts, this high-powered formula helps give skin the energy it needs to look fresher and younger. Super silky emulsion floats over skin's surface for a flawless yet natural look–instantly and day after day.

For anyone who wants the treatment benefits of a serum combined with the flawless, skin tone correct coverage of Bobbi's foundations. Ideal for normal to dry skin.

Goes beyond the surface, beautifying skin with a powerful combination of serum ingredients. Helps support skin's cellular energy and also offers key anti-aging benefits for a smoother, firmer, more lifted look. Ultrafine pigments cover imperfections without settling into fine lines. Plus, SPF 40 helps prevent future damage.

How to use

First, shake bottle well. Pull the dropper out halfway. Squeeze and hold the bulb while reinserting dropper completely into the bottle, then release. Remove the dropper from bottle and squeeze bulb to dispense foundation onto hand or brush. Apply foundation around the nose and mouth, and anywhere you see redness or unevenness. Blend with a Foundation Brush, sponge or fingertips.

I don't quite like how the dropper works though.. and because the foundation is quite thick and creamy, each time you take the dropper, it doesn't actually dispense enough product to do one application.  I tried a few times to pour out the foundation directly onto my hand instead... but it turned out to be quite a mess.. because the product sort of get congested at the opening of the bottle and when I screw the dropped back into the bottle... it pushes out the product that's jammed near the opening... long story...lesson learnt - just use the dropper, ok?

In terms of shades and colors - this comes in a good range to suit most skintones.  I love the fact that it comes with a decent amount of sunscreen, and I feel like I can skip the sunscreen when I use this foundation. 

I use the shade 03 Beige.  I think I can use Sand as well.  Beige is my skintone.. perhaps even half a shade darker.  But this foundation is so lightweight I can still get away with 03.   It does a good job of neutalising the redness in my skin though. 

The application:

I love using my fingers to work the foundation into my skin.  I find this gives the best finish, and you can really work it into your skin without the brush soaking up the product.  As you can see here, although the foundation has this thick creamy consistency, when you applied onto your skin, you can see it is actually very lightweight. 

I would say the coverage of the BB serum foundation is a light to medium coverage.  It is very buildable,  yet still making your skin look very 'naked'.  It is not a particularly pore-covering foundation, but I have no issues with that (not to say that I have no pores, I just come to accept that pores showing through our makeup is natural.. and I am come to terms with my pores. haha).  Regardless, the foundation makes my skin look smooth without looking that I have applied foundation.  

Because it is creamy yet lightweight, I always feel like I am applying a tinted moisturiser on my face whenever I use this foundation.  It has a slight calming scent of Lavender.. and I really enjoy this light scent.  

As you can see in the bottom right pic of the pictorial below, 
the before and after comparison - you can't really see which side has the foundation.   But you can definitely see how the warmth of the shade 3 Beige has neutralised the pink and red in my skin.  This foundation also gives your skin a fresh glow -not the sparkly glow.. but just like very moist healthy fresh skin.
 

and the whole face done - no powder to set yet.  You can see some pigment spots peeking through but again this does not bother me.   You can also see how well the foundation fits into my skin.  

and I set with loose powder - this is 13rushes Round Powder Brush... sometimes I use a powder puff too.. so it's up to your pown preferences. 

I love how lasting this foundation is.  It is not the most long lasting compared to the other foundations I  have used before..but this lasts a good 8 hours, and you still look fresh.  
One thing though... if you have very oily skin you might have to blot a couple of times during the day.  I have to blot once during the day, to avoid excessive shine. And again, this is not a foundation that claims to be matte nor oil-control anyway.  

What I love most about this foundation is how it wears and feels on my skin.  It's very very comfortable to wear, and it doesn't provide thick coverage, but it gives me enough coverage and I don't think I look like I am wearing foundation at all.  If you are looking for a fairly long lasting lightweight foundation, you can't go wrong with this. 

The foundation has met my expections in terms of the lasting power, finish and overall feel of wearing it.   I am curious to see if a lighter shade would be better on me, as I tend to prefer a more brightening foundation, and add warmth and darker tones on places where I need it. 

Here's a finished look  (more details on this look, including a list of all products use - in this entry here)

And yes, of course, we need address what I am wearing on my lips - this is one hot pink that I can be obsessed with.  It looks warm, and just the right kind of neon bright without looking like crazy bright.  It's called Pop Pink, and trust me, it does pop visually. 
The formula, like the name suggests, had intense color payoff, plus a semi matte finish.  

I find myself reaching for this shade whenever I feel like I need something bright on my face.   If you see  me wearing a bold lip on my instagram it is most prolly this awesome lipstick. 

and a few more looks

ps/ I am aware that I look very warm toned in these pics - I am still getting used to the white balance setting, light source, and many other technical specs of my new camera. 
I don't actually look this tan IRL though.  Just a FYI in case you are wondering if I fake tan my face or whatever.. 

I highly highly recommend both the foundation and the lipstick.  If you love bright bold pinks.. you must have POP PINK in your stash.  
The BB serum foundation has really impressed me lately, and I hope you find my overview helpful.  I am trying to think of the comparisons.. but the list would be long.. let me start

1. BB Serum vs NARS all day luminous weightless foundation
BB has a lighter coverage compared to NARS.  The latter has a more liquidy formula. 

2. BB Serum vs Dior Nude Air Serum 
Dior has a matte finish and much more liquidy.  BB is more long lasting and gives more coverage. 

3. BB Serum vs Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF43PA+++
BB serum is not as high in terms of coverage.  Both are great day time foundation because of the SPF factor. 

4.  BB Serum vs GA Meastro Fusion 
BB Serum doesn't have that oily silicon feel - and good for more different skin types.  I have heard so many stories of how the Meastro sets into patches of dry skin.  I can't relate to that, but I think the BB serum is a better all round performer to me. 

I hope this foundation review is helpful, and thank you for reading!  

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I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

Where to find me

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.

 

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