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September 25, 2015

LOTD & Make Up Store Fall Collections

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This entry will feature some of Make Up Store's new collections for this fall.  I got the chance to preview them, and took some pictures and swatches.  As you know, the brand is also revamping its entire range of makeup products, both in  terms of the packaging and the formulations.  The new eyeshadows, lipsticks and foundations are all improved and reformulated - you will still find your existing shades in the improved formula. 

I will bring you through some of the collections along with some information on their upcoming launch of the holiday collection called Shade - shown here with all the silver chrome skull motifs. 

First up we have ICON - which is currently available, and here are some of the products from the collection: 
As you can see the new packaging are all more angular, square and has this croc print accent on the packaging and the products themselves. 
The collection features deep rich shades, and the lipstick in ICON is really pretty.  I also love Catwalk eyeshadow.

Swatches - 
ICON lipstick is a sheer berry stain, and it is very wearable and autumnal. 
The eyeshadows are very finely milled and I find them very easy to blend and layer. 

Next, we have the Haute Couture collection which will be out late Oct.  You need to pick up Barbara eyeshadow!  It is the best matte orangey burnt brown I have come across, even better than my Inglot one... I have  been reach for this every often, and you might have seen a picture that I posted on Instagram in which I just wore this eyeshadow alone, without any other liner and falsies.  Fashion is a deep brown that is perfect for deepening any shade, and defining your eye look. 
Style is pretty pigmented, and can double up as a blush. 

Swatches here: 

And here is a quick preview of the SHADE collection:

This collection features makeup brushes, two face highlighters, cream concealer palette, lipsticks and eyeshadows.  The packaging is pretty cool and edgy, and the colours are very user-friendly. 

More pictures: 

The SHADE collection information here:

Ending this entry with a LOTD that I did with the products I picked from the new collection: 

Swatches of the three eyeshadows I got: 

A few application pictures: 

The eyeshadows have no fallout-- but the powder do fly about in the pan, which makes them look a tad messy, but once you tap off your brush, and you apply and blend the eyeshadows, there's no fall down onto your eye area.  I would say a little product goes a long way, and it is easier to build up the colour then to start with too much product on your brush. 
These eyeshadows are really soft and smooth, and I enjoyed using them.

The cream foundation feels a little thin, I had expected it to be a little creamier, and building up the colour payoff I wanted was a little tricky.  I definitely need to try this out a few more times before I can give my final thoughts though. 

The complete look: 

All products used: 

base - Makeup Store cream to powder foundation in Almond, set with Ettusais Premium loose powder
concealers - Shiseido natural finish cream concealer in shade 2B, Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin enhancer in shade SX07
cheeks & contour - Makeup Forever Sculpting Kit in 02, Makeup Store Gleam Dream in Rose, MAC Blush in Breezy 

brows - ABH brow promade in Dark Brown, set with MAC browgel in Beguile

eyeshadows - Makeup Store eyeshadows in Barbara, Catwalk and Fashion
eyeliner - Tom Ford dual ended liquid liner
lashes - my own stack of demi wispies 

lips - Makeup Store sheer lipstick in Icon 

Brushes used -
Real techniques expert face brush for foundation
Real techniques stippling brush for Gleam Dream 
Real techniques blush brush for contour and blush
MAC 217 for eyeshadow
Inglot 4SS for blending 
MAC 212 for brows

Hope you enjoyed this entry, and thanks for reading! 

September 24, 2015

New Dior Addict Lipsticks

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Dior ushers in a new era in lip makeup with the breakthrough creation of a lipstick that boasts a hydra-gel core with a top coat effect for sensational mirror shine. 
Concentrated in the shape of a CD at the center, the ultra-moisturizing soft core runs the full length of the stick. Application after application, it works like a top coat, adding an extra dose of shine and colourfastness with unbelievable comfort. 

Applied with surprising ease, its glide-on texture blends seamlessly with the lips. The hydra-gel core melds with the colour to give the instant effect of a lipstick plus top coat.

The hydra-gel core is composed of three expert oils among the shiniest used in cosmetics.
The Sensorial oil delivers unprecedented fluidity and glide for a new generation of voluptuousness.
The Comfort oil improves moisturization of the lips, while the Shield oil ensures colour will adhere and last.

Glow shades with a subtle pearly shine blend tone-on-tone to naturally bathe the lips in light.
Bold and electric Flash tones dare to play with pure, accented colour on the lips.
<span>Glitter hues brimming with iridescent shimmer or glitter dramatically reflect the light.

<strong>My thoughts:

</strong>When I saw images of Jennifer Lawrence in the ad, I thought that these new collection would be a intense and glossy lipsticks, but they are mostly a variety of my lips but better sheer-ish lipsticks.  No doubt they are very moisturising, given the hydra-gel core, and I do feel like I am wearing a very hydrating lip balm when I apply these lipsticks.  They glide on smoothly, and with the exception of Be Dior, the other three shades I have are just a healthy dash of natural lip color on me - they  might not show up much at all if you have very pigmented natural lip color. 
Because of the light and balmy formula of these lipsticks, I don't find them to be long lasting, after a meal, the lipstick is pretty much gone.  But they are easy to re-apply.  The description also says extra dose of shine, but I don't find them to be extra shiny or glossy... they are just a nornal, non matte finish. 

To sum up, I think these are comfortable to wear, and good if you are prone to dry lips.  There is a huge range of colours, and I think that the bolder shades seem to have a lot more intense color payoff.  The rest are likely to be subtle variants of MLBB shades.  
And the packaging, while lovely, is confusing because the names and number is on the cap, but not on the actual bullet. As I was taking photos and swatching, I can't track back which cap goes to which lipstick.  And they all being mostly the same shade made it hard for me to track on the website.. but I think I managed to match everything back in its rightful place. It's not a big deal, but for my own stash archive purposes, can be a bit of a hassle. 


And on my face overall 

</strong>note on the face - this is my face after 10 hours, and I only applied some bronzer as eyeshadows on my eyes and applied falsies  I also lightly touched up my face with powder and bit of blusher.  Everything else was applied since 6:30am. <strong>

</strong>Hope you find my review helpful,  and thank you for reading!   

September 24, 2015

LOTD: Chanel Fall 2015

This entry will feature a few pieces I picked from the Chanel 2015 collection.  When I saw pictures of the eyeshadow palette, I knew I couldn't pass it up, and I wasn't disappointed.  The quality is impressive along with the actual colour payoff.  I like the range of colours in this palette, they pack a good range of pale to deep neutrals for you to create all sorts of neutral looks. 

I would totally recommend the eyeshadow palette, and also the Rouge Allure Velvet La Bouleversante - you can't go wrong with classics, and these two impress in terms of both the quality and colour. 
Entrelacs Palette

I have been reaching for the palette quite a lot lately, because it is so user friendly.  
I will start by applying the highlight shade lightly all over my eye lids as a base and subtle highlight - it has a golden glowy pearlised finish. 
This is followed by using the only matte mid brown shade in this palette on my lids to add a bit of dimension. 

I will then use the middle rich brown shade on my eyelids, as that will be my main eyelook colour.  The darkest brown is used for further definition.  I haven't used the peachy shade much though, because it blends pretty much into my own skin colour.  But all shades work beautifully together, and I highly recommend getting this palette, it has both collectors and actual practical value. 

Ecorce Sanguine (671)– brick red

I find that this gorgeous red applies very smoothly and is opaque in one coat.  I can't resist a good Chanel red, and this is no exception. 
swatches of the nail polish - link here from my instagram 

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Bouleversante (51) 
This is a smooth velvety red, not quite bright read like La Flamboyante, but holds up really well.  Very classy, and I love it.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Temeraire (112)
This is a jewel ruby red.  It is quite intense for a coco shine, but still has the slip and lightweight formula.  I like to wear this as a stain, and it is easy to reapply. 

I also picked out a couple of other Chanel goodies, would you like to see a follow up post? 

All products used

Base – Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Cream No20, set with Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in No10

Cheeks – Chanel Lumiere D Ete to warm up the complexion, Les Beiges Healthy Glow sheer color stick in No22

Lips – Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 51 La Bouleversante, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 112 Temeraire

Eyes – Chanel Entrelacs eyeshadow palette, Three eye pencil in 08

Brows – ABH promade in Ash Brown, set with Tarte brow gel in Rich Brown 

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

August 29, 2015

Review & Application: Too Faced Born this Way Foundation

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This entry will be a review and demo, sharing with you why Too Faced Born this Way foundation is now my current go to fave foundation.   I was intrigued by the name (hallo, it's the name of one of my all time fave Lady Gaga song..) and also the idea of a medium to full flawless foundation is kind attractive to me.  I have been testing out quite a few foundations lately, but none has really stood out to me... I was looking for something new to wow me, and this indeed wow me on the first couple of uses.  

Some background though - I haven't been reaching for a full fleged foundation in recent weeks, instead I prefer to opt for a sheer to light coverage of bb base with maximum sun protection, I don't need the coverage, but I do need something to even out my skintone and also give me sun protection in one single product.  So I was very pleasantly surprised by how much this foundation covers, but at the same time how flawless and relatively lightweight it feels.  In terms of performance, I would totally compare this to the Dior Star foundation - that same smooth flawless coverage, but in a much easier to blend formula.  For the Dior star, application takes some getting used to but the overall finish and longetivity is superb, but for Born this Way, the blending is smooth and fast. 

Before I get into the actual review, here's the product information (taken from Too Faced website)

Born This Way is an oil-free foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin. For coverage so undetectable, you can't see the makeup and you can't see imperfections—all that's left is naturally radiant skin that looks like you were Born This Way.


  • Medium-to-full undetectable coverage
  • Oil-free
  • Coconut Water helps delicately replenish skin's moisture levels without overhydrating—for the look of radiant skin
  • Infused with the resilient Alpine Rose to brighten the skin's appearance and promote elasticity
  • Hyaluronic Acid helps balance skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance
  • APPLICATION TIP: For medium coverage, apply a small amount from the center of the face outward and blend with fingertips, sponge, or brush. Build to full coverage by layering as needed.

For your information, I use the shade Vanilla (which is the 3rd lightest shade, and at our local Sephora stores here, I think you can find 14 shades - that's pretty impressive).  The foundation is currently available, and retails for SG$55 each.  

Application & review - 

3/4 of a pump is usually enough to do a full face for me.  Although if you like to go back and build up coverage in selected areas, a full pump would be better.
On lazy days I like to just use my fingers to apply foundation, but for this foundation I have been using a buffing brush.  You can use any of your fave buffing brush, something with dense soft hairs to buff and blend the foundation into your skin. 

The foundation is easily buildable and blendable. However, I do think that even with one thin layer, it manages to even out all my skintone and makes everything look flawless. 

I will start by dabbing the foundation all over my face, and then start to blend by buffing it into my skin.  The foundation blends really easily, and it sets about 10 min after application. 
I would usually set with a loose powder and using a powder puff, but I was doing my makeup on the go in this set of pictures, hence I used a large powder brush instead.  I honestly prefer the effects of using a powder puff when I am setting my face at home. 

The foundation is pretty long lasting and withstand the humid weather for me.  I don't normally use a primer these days (too much trouble, too much steps, too many layers, and I don't need a primer anyway).  It lasts well on me, a good 10-12 hours, and without touching up.  The only thing I would say is I need to touch up my T zone once a day.  Cos it starts to look a bit shiny in the middle of the day.  It didn't oxidise on me too, and it looks pretty and fresh the whole day, esp after the blotting. 
This is really flawless and covers all my skin imperfections. 

For a mid-priced foundation I would highly recommend this foundation, it is easy to use and looks super pretty.  

<strong>Pics of the application:

</strong>You can see that the foundation neutralises the pink tones in my skin, but yet it is not too thick and mask-like.  Vanilla is a light warm shade, and it is a good match for my NC15-20 skintone. I would describe the coverage and finish to be a natural flawless finish.  I mean, anyone would be able to say that I am wearing foundation for sure, but the finish is just flawless and beautiful.  It is not matte, I would say it is slightly radiant..not glowy shiny.  I only added on the glowy shine when I am applying my highlight powder - I used The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer in this LOTD.   This is also a foundation which photographs very nicely, though I must say that with the ingredient of titanium oxide, it tends to flashback a tiny bit.  

More pics and demo:

Okay, fast forward to 20min and tons of other makeup later, this is the full face done. lol. 

a close up of the skin 

and one more pic I took during the week, 7 hours into wearing the foundation. 

I highly recommend this foundation!  Have you tried it yet??
Another foundation which I love is the MAC Pro Long Wear nourishing foundation.  I think that will be my next foundation review.  

Hope you find this review helpful!  
Thanks for reading!

August 16, 2015

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

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

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. 




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. </p>

Which are your fave shades from this collection?

<p>I hope this entry has been useful, and thank you for reading! 
June 06, 2015

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. 

<strong>Swatches on my hand:
(colour description my own)

</strong>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

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

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

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

<span>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.

</span>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. 

<strong>The application:

</strong>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.

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