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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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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!  

May 23, 2015
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Review & LOTD: CHANEL COLLECTION MÉDITERRANÉE for SUMMER 2015

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This entry will feature my review of the products which I got to pick from the Chanel Summer 2015 collection.  I was most keen on the LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ - a camillia embossed illuminating bronzing powder.  It felt so smooth and so natural when I saw it at the press event, and I was already adding this to my wishlist.  I am also keen to try out the Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadow sticks - cos I am super into creamy stick eyeshadows these days, and some of the shades really called out to me. Lastly, we can't have a summer collection without a pop of blue, so I also picked the deep turquoise vernis shade in Mediterranee - which is beautiful and smooth. 

Bottomline?

I highly recommend everything shown here, as I chose them myself.. but if you have to shortlist... go for the following two items: 

You need to pick up the LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ powder it is simply beautiful, and gives your face a radiant warm glow. It has an interesting non-powdery yet not a cream texture.  
I also highly recommend getting at least one of the Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadows - my top pic is Laurier Rose, a peachy rosy shade with the most beautiful shimmer bits.  The stylo eyeshadows are easy to blend, and you have time to blend before they set, and becomes quite budge proof.  They are also very buildable, and I can use Caroube as a one product smokey eye.  It is that amazing.  They are very long lasting, and comparable to the Laura Mericer ones.  Also comparable to  the By Terry ones (but Chanel costs a few dollars lesser compared to by Terry which costs $60 each), though I have to say the shimmers and metallic shine of the By terry ones are more intensive. 
Like the Marc Jacobs eye sticks, these Chanel ones feel cooling and almost like moist upon application, which means they will set and stay on your lids for a long time.  I don't have a problem with these fading nor smudging at all. 

Full collection info and preview entry click here.

Let's look at the products close up: 

Swatches & comparions here: 

Check out the shimmer! 

The polish in Mediterrane - is opaque and creamy in two thin coats.  I love this glossy intense turquoise.  Beautiful on hands and feet.

Applying Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Laurier Rose (click here for the full LOTD breakdown)

Applying Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Caroube

here you can see how I blend and build up the color, as you apply and blend more layers, the shimmers become more obvious.


and the overall look:

All products used: 

face - 

Bobbi Brown Serum Foundation in shade 03 Beige  - my rave on this is OVERDUE lol
Shiseido Future Solution Fx Loose Powder 
Chanel LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in No21 (the pinky one)

eyes - 
Chanel Stylo eyeshadow in Caroube all over the lids
Chanel Stylo eyeshadow in Azulejo on lower lids (just outer corners) 
Lancome Grandoise mascara on lower lashes

brows -
ABH brow powder in dark brown
Tarte tinted brow gel in rich brown 

lips - 
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Intripide 

That's all and hope you find this entry helpful!  Can't wait for my summer vacay! 

May 10, 2015
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NEW: MAC Huggable Lipcolors

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this entry features the new and limited edition MAC Huggable Lipcolor which will be available in SG from 15 May 2015.  I have been playing with the 7 shades that I got over the past week, and I will provide a quick overview of these lippies. 

These lipcolors literally 'hug' your lips, they are slightly tacky and glossy, which makes them a good color & gloss in one product.  The colors are bright but not intense in terms of the actual payoff.  The natural MLBB shades are really easy to wear as they sit on my lips very nicely.  I find the brighter/ bolder shades - like the reds need some work - if you just want a casual red lip, you can't go wrong with shades like 'dramatical' and 'flamming lips' - they are juicy, a tad sheer and easy to wear.  but if you want to wear these for a more dramatic polished look you should wear them over a lip pencil to avoid feathering around the lipline.  I noticed that the flamming lips feathered around the edges, but nothing too serious cos I can blend the edges of my lips by rubbing the line, so the end result is a very just been kissed casual red lip look. 

In terms of longetivity, these are quite long wearing, I would say a good 4-5 hours, because they are slightly tacky and stay on your lips well. I don't these drying at all on me, and I much prefer these than the recent new release from Urban Decay's Sheer Revolution (entry here) - because the UD ones are too balmy, melty.  These hold up well and feel much more sturdy with the same glossy color. 

Here's some product information from the MAC website: 

For a limited time, M•A•C Huggable Lipcolour is back by popular demand. A comforting, creamy formula in shades that stay luminous for up to six hours. This lasting lipstick with a rich, glossy shine boosts collagen, leaving lips looking smooth, supple, sculpted. The unique gel base melts upon contact, allowing each shade to glide on effortlessly with a feather-light moisturizing finish.

Swatches on my lips:
Swatches on my hand:

and some of the colors overall: 

my top picks
1. Soft Talking - a no color-color on me, just the right amount of gloss to not make my lips look flat and dry cos sometimes I don't want a lip color
2. Flamming Lips - wearable red, creamier than something like NARS Manhunt
3. I'm Game - a warm pink that's wearable, good over a matte intense pink just to add some shine

and some pics I took during a preview:

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

April 19, 2015
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NARS Dual Intensity Blushes [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi!!!  This entry will feature the upcoming NARS Dual Intensity Blushes - I had the chance to preview them recently, and shall now share  my thoughts and info with you.  They will be released in May, and retail for SG$60 each. There are a total of 6 shades - the formula is quite unique.  When you touch them, they are quite smooth and firm, not powdery at all.  All of them have this metallic sheen which doesn't transfer too intensely onto the skin - which is a good thing.  And you can use them wet or dry for different results.  I experimented with a few ways of application, and I think for my daily use, I prefer using a denser brush to pick up the product and lightly dab the brush onto my cheeks before blending.  Using them wet will give you the most natural sheer color, very pretty, but I am kinda lazy to wet my brush and pick up product everyday. 

Product information - 

Purely pigmented color with seamless customizable coverage. New Dual-Intensity Blush defies genre with a silky, wet/dry formula of unprecedented artistry. Appy dry for a healthy glow and wet for translucent, second-skin finish. Six modern shade pairings coordinated to wear alone or pair together for a range of dynamic effects and versatility. Housed in a new, modern compact design.

NARS exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology features pearls and pigments perfectly suspended in transparent soft base to allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture.

six duo shades, all named after emotions: 

Adoration - sparkling baby pink/ shimmering hot pink
Craving - sparkling seashell pink highlighter / shimmering beachy bronze 
Fervor - shimmering soft pink/ sparkling deep coopery rose
Frenzy - sparkling pink-gold highlighter/ shimmering bright tangerine orange
Jubilation - sparkling yellow gold highlighter/ shimmering soft nude peach
Panic - shimmering shocking fuschia/ shimmering orange pink 

swatches
My application

These are the two that I got - and I can't ask for a better combo, I have the best of the cheek colors (Panic - bright pink and orange) and the (craving - highlight/ bronzer) combo - I think with these two duos you have yourself set for the whole collection. 


These blushes are very long wearing, and they stay true to color the whole time I wore them.  In terms of formula, I think they are quite unique, and definitely worth checking out.  They are a tad steep in terms of price tag, but since you are getting two colors.. I think it is still okay.. just pick a combo that you will get the most out of and that's totally justfiable, right? Heheh. 

All Products used (all NARS unless stated otherwise)

Face: Pro Prime Light Optimising Primer, All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (shade Light 4 Deauville), Soft Velvet Loose Powder (shade Eden)
Bronze/ Cheeks: Dual Intensity blushes in Craving & Panic 
no eyeliner 
Brows: Guerlain universal brow kit, MAC brow set in Beguile 
Eyeshadow base: MAC Prep+prime Extend Eye Base 

Brushes used: 
to apply loose powder - 13rushes Round Powder brush
to apply bronze & highlight in Craving - 13rushes Angled brush
to apply cheek colour - MUFE No152
to apply eyeshadows - MAC 224, MAC 217, NARS angled liner brush, Ecotools synthetic fluffy brush

I hope you find this overview helpful, and thanks for reading! 

April 19, 2015
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Clinique Pop Lip Colours [Photos & Swatches]

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This entry will feature the new Clinique Lip Pop Lipsticks which are now available at all Clinique counters.  I have been wearing these for the past couple of weeks (that's a 'good' thing about my lack of updates on the blog - I have more time to actually use these products by the time I blog about them.. hur hur #excuses) - and these lipsticks pack on good amount of color, they are not drying, and I guess one can even compare them to the Nars Audacious lipsticks, but perhaps in a less creamy formula..just a tad less.  They come in 13 shades, to suit everyone's taste and preferences.   I think these go for SG$33 each.. good price I say. 

Here's more information:

Clinique Lip Pops - a rich colour lipstick and smoothing primer in one.  Perfect fun, flirty colours with a built in primer that smoothes, defines and nourishes lips to keep them conditioned throughout the day.  With a longwearing velvety finish - the colours stay true and doesn't fade over time. 

They are formulated with Shea and Murumuru butters combined into a flexible polymer blend that provides superior moisture maintenance for the lips.  This priming benefit also helps to give a smoothing, velvety spread of colour when applied. 
The flexible polymers keep the wearable colours vicid and vibrant throughout the day, giving your lips full coverage with a smoother and fuller appearance.

Here's close up of my top three picks - 
I didn't go for any of the reds - they didn't stand out to me that much among the million red lipsticks I already own.. but I did go for a couple of wearable everyday ones plus a bright pop. 

I have been wearing Nude Pop the most often.. it's like a everyday nude that isn't too pale on me.
I also like Plum Pop - the name sounds darker than it actually is. I think this has a rosier tinge than anything plum related. 
And the Punch Pop is always a good colour to have.  It is a bold bright pink that doesn't have any white pigment, making them very flattering indeed. 

On me, these lippies are very hydrating, and stays on a good 4 to 5 hours.  
They are easy to apply, and as far as new lipsticks go, I am loving them so far. 

and overall look on my face: 

Which is your fave shown here?

All products used: 

Face - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (shade 04), set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder
Concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Vanilla)
Eyes - Tartelette eyeshadow palette  (refer to other entry here)
Cheeks - Giorgio Sun Bronzer in 100, NARS Dual Intensity blush in Panic 
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder in Dark Brown, set with Tarte tinted brow gel in Rich Brown 

Lips - Clinique Pop Lip Colours as mentioned 

Brushes used: 
Anastasia Beverly Hills brush in 20 to do my brows
MUFE 150 brush to apply cheek color
13rushes angled brush to apply bronzer and cheek highlight (for highlight I used the pale shade from NARS Craving dual intensity blush)

I also have swatches here, of all the 13 shades that I took at a little preview session - hope you find these helpful! 

Thanks for reading!! 

April 19, 2015
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LOTD: Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette

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This entry will feature the new Tarte Tartelette palette - it is an all matte eyeshadow palette, and all neutrals of course.  I swatched it at Sephora a few weeks back, and the quality of the eyeshadows impressed me.  They are very fine, and very smooth.  And at $48 or was it $58?  I think this is a great staple eyeshadow palette indeed. Anyway, this was a birthday present from my babe Sarah when we met up back in early March.  Thank you Sarah!!!! 
I have since used the palette a few times, and I think the paler shades all blended into my skintone... so I will need something with a bit of shimmer to make them pop if I am using them as browbone highlight.  
The blending shades (2nd and 3rd row) are the standouts for me.. they blend beautifully and all are great transition shades, or when you just want to add some dimension to your eyes without looking like you have used any actual colours. 
The darkest shades are good for adding depth to your eyelook, or as the actual lid colors.  I also love the combinatio of both warm and cool tone neutrals, and a couple of the mauvey shades give this palette some versatility.  

Overall, this is a palette that I highly recommend - it has a good price point, good color selection and must  have for neutral eyeshadow lovers!  It is still available at Sephora stores if you are interested! 

Here's my color placement in this LOTD - just a soft everyday smokey eyes. 
In the order that I apply on my eyes 
1 - on my browbone highlight, with a fluffy brush
2 - blending and crease color, with a fluffy brush 
3 - another layer of blending, but nearer to the lid space
4 - lid color, using 217 brush
5 - added this nearer to the lashline for definition and depth 

here are swatches of all the shades 

Here's a close of the eyelook - I did not use any eyeliner. 

and an overall look 

All products used: 

Face - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (shade 04), set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder
Concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Vanilla)
Eyes - Tartelette eyeshadow palette  (refer to other entry here)
Cheeks - Giorgio Sun Bronzer in 100, NARS Dual Intensity blush in Panic 
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder in Dark Brown, set with Tarte tinted brow gel in Rich Brown 

Lips - Clinique Pop Lip Colours as mentioned 

Brushes used: 
Anastasia Beverly Hills brush in 20 to do my brows
MUFE 150 brush to apply cheek color
13rushes angled brush to apply bronzer and cheek highlight (for highlight I used the pale shade from NARS Craving dual intensity blush)

That's all I have for this entry!  Hope you find it helpful!

Thanks for reading!

April 04, 2015
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Laneige Two Toned Lip Bars [Complete Swatches & Photos]

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This entry will feature the new Laneige two toned lip bars - which I got to preview recently, and I immediately like the lightweight formula.  These lipsticks pack on enough color payoff, and offers you the awesome combination of two shades in a single tube of lip product.  
They are designed in such a way to give you the popular/ trendy/ cute / (insert your preferred adjective) Korean gradient/ombre lips.  I am not sure if you have watched any video tutorials of these gradient lippies.. but they usually involved some heavy duty lip concealing to create the nude edges, and then careful dabbing of the color in the centre of your lips.   But with these lippies, you just need to glide the lip bar over your lips, and it will create the gradient effect.  

I like the color combinations of these lippies which comes in ten shades.  Even the pale pastel orangey nude ones called out to me. And like I said to my friends, they are awesome because they don't give you that 'try too hard to create that korean ombre lips effect'  -- it just looks like you have an interesting lip combo on.. In terms of lasting power- they last 4-5 hours on me, they are quite moisturising, and stay on the lips very nicely. 

Here is more product information: 

And here are some close ups: 

and swatches:

How to apply:

You have to turn the lip bar one way and the other way to ensure that the main color is in the centre of your lips. 
I could have been neater or blended the color more nicely, but despite my very quick swatches, I think that these lip bars are the way to go if you want to create an effortless and unique (and I do mean unique in the best possible way) lip color.  Why havent anyone think of coming up with something like this before?

and on my lips:

and on my face: 

my top picks:

Personally, I think they all look great on me.. hahaha!  But if I were to narrow down, I would pick 3, 5, 8 and 10. 
3 is a fab way to rock a pastel orange lippie, and 5 is the featured shade, it is a brilliant combo of the classic hot pink and red and both look perfect together (when you can't decide whether to rock red or pink...why not both, right?) and 8 is a fab nude while 10 is such a nice berry shade.

All products used: 

Face - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (shade 04), set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder
Concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Vanilla)
Eyes - Tartelette eyeshadow palette  (refer to other entry here)
Cheeks - Giorgio Sun Bronzer in 100, NARS Dual Intensity blush in Panic 
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder in Dark Brown, set with Tarte tinted brow gel in Rich Brown 
Undereyes bling action - Innifree Cream Shadow Stick No2, with Dior Golden Flower palette (the really shimmer middle shade) 

Lips - Laneige Two Tone lip bars as mentioned 

Brushes used: 
Anastasia Beverly Hills brush in 20 to do my brows
MUFE 150 brush to apply cheek color
13rushes angled brush to apply bronzer and cheek highlight (for highlight I used the pale shade from NARS Craving dual intensity blush)

The Laneige Two Toned Lip Bars are now available, and they retail for S$34 each.

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

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