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August 28, 2015

MAC x Giambattista Valli Lipstick Collection [Swatches]

Hi hi!!

I know MAC Collections can be overwhelming, but if there is just one that you want to focus on, it is going to be this one.  The MAC x Giambattista lipstick collection- where do I even begin?  The packaging alone sucks me in... and for me, it's one of those things where you feel like you need to get the whole collection just so everything looks like they belong together in a complete set.  The rich tones of the lipstick tube, the creamy matte textures - I am glad they didn't go with the Lustre and Creamsheen formula for this.  The matte lipsticks are just so much more versatile to work with, wear them as a stain, wear them with a gloss over, mix and match.. the possiblilities are endless with the matte formula and finish. 

It is a neat collection of just five shades - and the colour of the lipstick packaging matches the lipsticks themselves. 

The story -

Fashion Designer Giambattista Valli brings his effortless elegance and luxurious celebration of the female form to a stunning collection of timeless lipsticks. 

The colours - 
Lipsticks [SG34 each]
Bianca B pale white pink matte
Tats bright hot pink matte
Margherita yellow bright peach matte
Charlotte rich yellow red matte
Eugenie dark cherry with blue undertone matte

My top picks in terms of wearable shades on me - Tats, Charlotte, Eugenie - I have these and can't wait to try them out! 

Crystal Glaze Gloss [SG39]
Lena clear with subtle multicoloured pearl

12 Sept - MAC Ngee Ann City
13 Sept - MAC Stores in Bugis, Sephora and Tangs Orchard

The inspiration 

The swatches!

I am sure this collection will be sold out in a day or two.  Get ready to shop!!

Hope this preview has been useful, and thank you for reading! 

August 28, 2015

MAC Haute Dogs Collection [Photos & Swatches]

MAC Haute Dogs collection is a dog-themed collection - in terms of the luxe earth tones and textures inspired by pooches.  If you remember, several years back, MAC released a Feline collection, in which cat-eyed, wing-eye looks were the feature of the collection (think metallic liquid liners and cool sleek tones).   So, it is only appropriate, and a matter of time that they released a dogs collection.   This is a huge collection, covering everything from eyes to lips and nails, including brushes too - some are already existing in the permanent range. To me the standout products are the four sculpting powders and the mineralize rich lipsticks. 

This collection is currently available, at all MAC locations. 

The story: 

Woman's best friend is barking up the right tree in a well-groomed collection of new canine-inspired hues from MAC featuring luscious buttery fur tones, gold spun sculpting powders, and regal berries for lips.
From aristocratic to collars-off cool, shades of every pooch are perched to prime your every mood. 

The products:
Mineralize Rich Lipstick [SG42 each]
Fashion Pack - pale pink peach
Rare Breed - mid-tone pinky nude
Barking Gorgeous - light peach
Nose for Style - deep claret red
Labradorable - deep wine

Mineralize Glass [SG42 each]
Lap Dog - pale light pink-nude
Sheer Coincidence - mid-tone rosy nude 
Modest - soft beige with light frost
Dressed to the K9s - deep burgundy-plum

Lip Pencil [SG31 each]
Currant -intense reddish purple
Naked Liner - light neutral 

Mineralize Eye Shadow x 4  [SG74 each]
Pure Breed - plum, silver cream, tan-gold, deep brown
A Glimmer of Gold - four coordinated colours from soft gold to copper bronze
Posh Pedigree - deep olive green, white lemon, dirty grey, charcoal greenish grey

Fluidline [SG31 each]
Black Track - solid flat black
Rich Ground - reddened cocoa with frost
Great Dame - blackened plum
Catch my Eye - cool taupe grey with dazzle pearl

Veluxe Brow Liner [SG33 each]
Strawberry Blonde soft mute beige taupe
Deep Brunette muted blackish brown 

Mineralize Skinfinish [SG53 each]
Soft & Gentle gilded peach-bronze
Cheeky Bronze (THIS IS LOVE) soft coral with golden shimmer 

Sculpting Powder/ Shaping Powder [SG39 each]
Lightsweep warm beige with fine pearl
Warm Light clean peach
Shadester mid-tone leathery brown 
Soft Focus plantain yellow-gold 

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer [SGD24 each]
Vintage Vamp burgundy red
Snazzy Hound mid-tone grey
Very Important Poodle warm mid-tone nude 

288SE Duo Fibre eye shader brush SG61
209 Eye Liner Brush SG39
139SE Duo Fibre Tapered Face Brush SG84
161SE Duo Fibre Face Glider Brush SG84

The Swatches

That's all I have for this entry, I do have a few pieces from this collection - I picked my fave shades of lippies and sculpting powders, so stay tuned for an update!
Thanks for reading!

May 10, 2015

NEW: MAC Huggable Lipcolors

Hi hi

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!

March 22, 2015

MAC x Julia Petite [Photos, LOTD, Swatches]

Hi hi!  This entry will feature several items I have from the MAC x Julia Petit collection which is just launched in Singapore.  I love the lippies and powder blush from this collection!  Julia Petit is a lifestyle blogger from Brazil (okay, honestly I have not heard of her until recently) but you can check out her site here - link!  The collection features a series of eyeshadow duos, and a trio of lippies - in all wearable pretty shades.  The packaging is also black and shiny, with her name emblazoned on everything - really cool for MAC to design a whole makeup collection inspired by a blogger! 

Here's the official collection description: 

Whether fearless and exotic or classically demure, Julia Petit's brazen approach to style and makeup artistry has transformed her into one of South America's most revered lifestyle bloggers, and a cult beauty icon. In her namesake M•A•C collaboration, she brings the alluring women and fantastical urban landscape of São Paulo to life with sizzling sun-kissed hues.


  • Boca Soft pink nude (Satin)
  • Petite Red Strawberry cream (Satin)
  • Acai Vivid deep violet (Matte)

Eyeshadow duos

  • Morganite Sunstoned (soft pink champagne, Lustre) / Choco Cake (dark chocolate, Matte)
  • Sagu Druzy (dirty mauvy purple, Lustre) / Black Plum (deep blackened plum, Matte)
  • Moving Sand Mumu (soft nude brown, Matte) / Noite (black with pearl, Lustre)

Powder Blush

  • Linda Soft (pink bronze)

Prep+Primer Powder 

  • Transparent Finishing Powder Pressed


and on my overall face:

</strong>Just a quick talk through on the products I used here - 

I applied the eyeshadow duo in Moving Sand - using the warm nude brown shade all over my eyelids.  Then I lined my upper lashline with my current fave eyeliner, and I proceed to set this liner with the pearlised black shade in the duo.  This makes my eyeliner a bit more interesting.  The overall look is very wearable and goes with any of the three lip colors that I am going to use in this look. 
The quality of the eyeshadow is smooth and soft, and the black shade is a soft black, it is not chalky, and there was minimal fallout during my application.  It is a pretty duo, but if you already have a ton of neutal eyeshadows, I guess this isn't something super unique.  But but.. it is cute and great for travel.... cos you can create a natural look, and build it up to a smokey look too. 

I also warm up my face with my fave bronze/highlighter duo - the Charlotte Tilbury bronze and glow... before I applied the powder blush in Linda on my cheeks.  I love blusher colors like this, a pinky bronzey shade.  Love how this looks on me.  I think I will be using this blush very often in the next couple of weeks.

<strong>Everything else on the face, I used: 

</strong>face - Ettusais Mineral BB cream, set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder 
brows - Innisfree eco brow gel in 03, set with Tarte brow gel in Taupe 
eyeliner - Tarte skinny smoldereyes in moonstone brown
eyeshadow primer - MAC Prep + prime eyeshadow primer
eyeshadows - as mentioned above
undereye lids shimmery goodness (bit more toned down in this look) - Innisfree shadow pencil in 02 
mascara - Lancome grandoise mascara (love this!) 
lips - as mentioned in this entry
cheeks - as mentioned in this entry

I hope this entry doesn't come too late..and perhaps also helpful in getting you to venture out and try different lip colors! I am liking the look of Petite Red - it's very wearable and skintone brightening! 

Hope you found this entry helpful, and thanks for reading! 

March 18, 2015

MAC x Nasty Gal Collection: Runner, Gunner & Stunner Lipsticks!!

MAC x Nasty Gal collection is a small color collection that is probably sold out by now (opps!)... I received samples for this collection several weeks back, but my work schedule just didn't allow me to post these goodies til now.  But these are stunning lip colors, and they deserved to be featured on the blog.  Well, I most probably won't wear the dark purple lipstick out.. but the other two reds are just gorgeous.  

Collection Information: 

<span><span>M∙A∙C partners with Nasty Gal, the style destination for risk-takers and tastemakers, in a high-intensity collection of shades as daring and dramatic as the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso. Deep purple, bombshell red and rich burgundy lipsticks pair perfectly with a fiery nail lacquer. This season, style has attitude, and so do you.

Three Lipsticks: 

  • Stunner Clean red (Matte)
  • Runner Burgundy (Matte)
  • Gunner Deep purple (Matte)

Nail Polish - which I have, but will not be showing here... but I will do an IG post on it soon! Luckily it is a permanent shade! 

  • Flaming Rose True red (Creme) (Permanent)


</strong>Glad that I got to play with these beauties today!  Definitely popping Stunner and Runner into my makeup bag!!

Hope this entry has been helpful, and thanks for reading!! 

March 18, 2015

MAC Pencilled In Collection, Girl About Town Lipstick

MAC Pencilled In collection is a permanent collection of 11 lip pencils and lipsticks - some are existing shades, for example, ruby woo pencil, candy yum yum pencil.. and also some used to be pro only shades, like Girl about Town and Vega Volt lipsticks.  I am always excited by lipcolor collections, and this is no exception.  
I will feature one of the lipsticks and swatches of all pencils in this entry.  The pencils go on smoothly and pretty much set budge proof - the colors are intense, and really easy to work with.  If you like bold lip colors, you definitely need to pick up some of these pencils to match with your fave lipsticks. 

Collection information:

<span>Precisely defined, intentionally bold and utterly classic, the Pencilled In lip never goes out of style. Craft a clear-cut pout with new en vogue shades of M∙A∙C's profoundly pigmented Lip Pencil. Now in carbon-copy colours of your favourite lipsticks including Girl About Town and Impassioned, expertly line lips in 11 shades such as the peachy coral Fruit Cocktail and bright purple Heroine.

</span>Lip Pencils: 

  • Edge to Edge Dirty blue pin
  • Fruit Cocktail Clean light-peachy coral
  • Chic Trick Amped-up fuchsia
  • Talking Points Mid-tone cream plum
  • Candy Yum Yum Neon pink
  • Cyber World Intense blackish purple
  • Ruby Woo Very matte vivid blue-red
  • Rosy Rim Muted rosy-tinted pink
  • Heroine Bright Purple
  • Nightingale Midtonal cream plum


  • Pink Plaid Dirty blue-pink (Matte)
  • Ravishing Clean light-peachy coral (Cremesheen)
  • Impassioned Amped-up fuchsia (Amplified)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Amplified)
  • MAC Red Vivid bright bluish-red (Satin)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Satin)
  • Candy Yum Yum Neon pink (Matte)
  • Cyber Intense blackish purple (Satin)
  • Ruby Woo Very matte vivid blue-red (Matte)
  • Please Me Muted rosy-tinted pink (Matte)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Satin)
  • Heroine Bright purple (Matte)


  • Candy Yum Yum Neon pink
  • Heroine Bright purple
  • Ruby Woo Vivid blue-red

I see the hype for this awesome pink and why it's so famous - it is intense, smooth and creamy.  Just awesome. 

Have you checked out this collection yet?  
Which of these lippies have caught your eyes?
Hope these swatches have been helpful! 

Thanks for reading!

January 24, 2015

Foundation Routines & Products Chit Chat [Jan 2015]

Hi hi!!

Not too sure if I am going to make this a regular feature on a monthly or fortnightly basis - I don't want to make any promises in case this might turn out to be more of an ad hoc, or quarterly updates... but I was thinking that such entries are useful to show you what I am rediscovering in my stash, especially foundations and other bases.  Sometimes I favour full coverage foundation, sometimes I like something sheer and lightweight.. but I am always learning more about how some products work, and in this entry, I will show you two foundation routines which I have gotten in my collection for ages.  I used both a couple of times, but did not remember being too impressed by either one.  But during my re-discovery, I realise that I am quite liking them!  So it is worthwhile to share my discovery with you. I did not rotate too many other items besides the main actual foundation - so I will also include a section near the end of this entry devoted to other staples which I use in conjunction with both the foundations!  In addition to all these rotation - I will also try to reach out for more 'new' foundations which I haven't officially reviewed on the blog yet, and I can already think of a good long list.  So I hope to get back on the foundation review wagon!  

Phew! Long introduction there!  Long story short... just stay tuned for more reviews and also more casual chit chatting about products I am using along the way! 

The first combo is the MAC Face Protect & Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation.  I had purchased this foundation back when it was first released.  The name of it sounds good - but after using it a couple of times.. I soon went back to other foundations I was liking and/or reviewing at that time and soon forgot about it.  The performance did not impress me initially.  I thought it was just kind of meh after I had higher expectations for it.  But I know that many people like it.. my gf Jolyn loves it as this is her HG foundation.  So I decided that I will go back to this foundation and give it a proper go.  

So I guess the trick to this foundation is that you need to make sure that your skin is very hydrated.  It is quite a full coverage foundation that isn't cakey - only if you buff and blend it properly into your skin.  The foundation takes a good half an hour at least to set nicely and smoothly into your skin.  I don't always like to use a pore minimizing primer on my skin.. because I do think that most foundations will smooth your skin after its properly set into your skin with powder and also they tend to wear nicer and nicer throughout the day.  Wearing an actual primer sometimes just add an unnecessary step which I don't like.  

The foundation has a thick creamy consistency.  It has a subtly luminous finish - but mostly soft matte in my opinion.  I like this as an everyday foundation, it is very long lasting (12 hours) and still look fresh.  I compare this to Dior Star - but the Dior Star has a nicer and fresher finish so I still like the Dior one more.  This is a foundation which will suit most skintypes.. and to me, it is a good basic foundation for work and going out.  Of course, the scent is awesome too, like all Chanel foundations!  So I am glad that I managed to re-discover this foundation and able to have a more positive impression of it - which means that it will not go to waste and forgotten! 

Speaking of that, I have another Chanel foundie which I bought and forgot about...that might be the next one in rotation soon!  

Here are a couple of pictures I took while applying ths foundation - shade B10 is a good match for me.  As you can see, my pores are painfully visible, but overall I think the finish is still smooth, and come on, let's face it...nobody is gonna peer into your skin that close up like the pictures I have shown here.  But if you are worried about pores and skin texture, I will mention another product later in this entry, and that is highly recommended if you want a really skin perfecting finish.  For now, this is good enough! 

side note on the Shiseido loose powder - it is lovely, but I will save my proper review for another time when I use it together with the matching foundation. 

Everything just looks better after setting with powder and some color on the face, and of course the eyebrows.  This is my everyday going to work look. 

and when I need to look instantly glammed up somewhat, I will slap on a quick smokey eye, and this is a combination I have been liking:

apply a base with one of the Laura Mercier caviar sticks.. smudge it onto my lids close to the lashline.  Then apply a matte eyeshadow over it and blend blend blend.. this way you get a really long lasting budge proof eyeshadow combination.  Love it!  

here's an overall look - and you can see that from a further distance, and with good natural daylight, the pores and all are naturally smoothed out.  And I suppose this is how people usually view your skin anyway. 

Next, we have another foundation combination and routine to talk about - the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation. And I also use the Tarte Maracuja creaseless cream concealer with this.  

Looks like a scary amount of makeup just for my base - but I am mixing two shades of the Tarte foundation...just for the heck of it.  I do think that Light Sand might be just a tad/half a shade too dark for me, so I add some Fair Sand into it.. though I can go with just Fair Sand on its own.  Again this is another foundation that you should use just a little bit, and buff it into your skin.  Before I go on, I have some swatches to share with you.

And applying them on my face: 

The Tarte foundation has a moussey/whipped creamy consistency.  Just use a bit at a time, and build up the product for more coverage where needed.  I think that this foundation has a very smooth natural finish.  It is probably better for someone who has a oily skintype, and want something that's more matte.  But it is not a flat matte.  I don't think that this foundation lasts the full 12 hours.  I would say I still look fresh and good for 8 hours, and after that the fading will start to happen.  Regardless, this is a decent performer that is easy to use, and again, a good overall everyday foundation that I have been enjoying this week.  It covers the redness in my skin, and gives it a overall nice smooth finish. 

The Maracuja creaseless cream concealer is quite amazing though.  It is one of the thickiest and heaviest formula I have seen among all my concealers.  It is very full coverage yet doesn't look nor feel heavy.  Because of this Fair shade that I have, I prefer to use it under my eyes not to conceal but to brighten up the area.  I like to pat it into my skin using my fingers.. that gives the most natural finish.  It really doesn't crease and is very very long lasting. 

Here you can see the finish of the foundation after I set it with loose powder - it is very flattering in pictures, and makes my skin looks really smooth. 
This is a more 'natural' look - natural lips, and with heavy lashes (but no smokey eyes). 
I just wish it can last through the 12 hours that it claims - not to say that it isn't long lasting enough though.  

And here's a ramble of all other products which I have been using in conjunction with these foundations: 

1.  I have been really really enjoying this MAC Face Protect SPF50.  It is a great sunscreen and also a great makeup base that's clear and hydrating.  It's a white cream that blends clear into your skin.  I like that it has a slight fresh lavender scent, and it is just really awesome to use.  Think I have raved about this quite a bit in my MAC collections update entry, so I shan't go too much into it here.  Really highly recommend this sunscreen base. 

and a close up pic of me applying the Face Protect.  It works well with any foundation that I am using and did not irritate my skin at all. 

2. Next is a collection of concealers and other skin enhancers I am reaching for -

-IPSA concealer palette, this is a product which my friend Cathy gave me when we met up late year.  She mentioned this as her fave concealers, and I can see why, at last (finally got to opening and using it! Opps!).  It is creamy and gives full opaque coverage.  I like that there are 3 shades inside which are good for you to mix.  I usually mix the darker and lighter shade together to make a good tone for me to dab over any pigmentation spots I have.  It goes well over powdered skin and stays put.  I also bring this out in case I need to hide any spots.  I love the KA Sensual Skin Enhancer for the same purpose, but this is bit easier to use. 

- MUFE HD Pressed Powder.. this is way better than its loose version.  Just like the Nars translucent light reflecting powder.. but this is also mattifying and really skin perfecting.  It's unbelievably smooth and silky without any sheen nor shimmer. I love this as a touch up powder on the centre of my skin.  I have been trying out quite a few of these perfecting mattifying skin enhancing finishing powders lately, so I will give a more comprehension overview after I am done testing out a couple more products.  Right now, this is pretty much my top pick. 

- NARS radiant creamy concealer --- this is just a great concealer (used it with my Chanel Perfection Lumiere routine).. I am mentioning it here, cos I am almost running out of it -finally!! And this is one I will always highly recommend to everyone. 

3. Laura Mercier Secret brightening powder
I like to dust this under my eyes after I used my concealer.  It is very smooth and slightly brightening (but not shimmery).  It is so fine and light that it won't ever cake up on the delicate eye area.
I love to use big fluffy eye brushes for this purpose.  This is the Inglot 4SS brush. 

5. Estee Lauder eyeshadow palette - I love the two shades in here for a matte smokey eyes.  It is very smooth and easy to use.  The matte shades are not chalky at all, and I am pleasantly surprised by this random discovery.  This is what I used in my completed Chanel Perfection lumiere LOTD.  I like to layer this over a shimmery base (eg the Laura Mercier caviar sticks).  The deep brown blends out to a warm crease color.  I am not too sure how the other palettes in this range perform but this particular one is pretty impressive. 

What I am wearing in this entry - just a basic H&M jersey dress, here's a fitting room pic.  It's quite short, but the material is quite thick (double layer if you know what I mean) and therefore flattering.  I haven't actually worn it out before...still gathering the courage to rock a short tiny dress like this.  But I like it - form fitting without showing my fatty bits.  And it is only $19.90 or $24.90! 

[update] so I wore it out after all. Threw my trusty COS jumper over it. disclaimer - backpack not mine.  was helping my sis carry stuff.  

I hope you like this type of catching-up chatty blog entry!  Thank you for reading!!  

Here's everything listed for your easy reference. 

All products mentioned: 

Face - 
MAC Prep+Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF50PA+++
Chanel Perfection Lumiere 10 Beige 
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage foundation- Light Sand, Fair Sand 

Powder - 
Shiseido Future Solution Fx Loose Powder
MUFE HD Pressed Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

Concealers - 
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Cream Concealer -Fair 
Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer Light 2 Vanilla 
IPSA Concealer Palette 

Eyes - 
Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks- Cocoa, Moonstone 
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy 03 Provocative Petal 
MAC Fluidline Pencil Black Brilliance

Brows - 
Guerlain Universal Brow Kit
Innisfree EcoGel Eyebrow 03
ABH Clear Brow Gel 

Cheeks - 
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Achiote 
Chanel Les Beiges 30
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow 

Lips - 
YSL Glossy Stain 11
Dior Addict Extreme Incognito 

Brushes - 
Real Techniques Buffing brush
MAC 217 brush
13rushes angled liner
Hakuhodo angled brow brush
RMK Cheek brush
NARS Yachiyo brush
Inglot 4SS brush

January 10, 2015

Updates & First Impressions: Recent MAC Collections

Hi hi!! This  entry will feature some of the new MAC items which I recently got the chance to preview and also try out.  I am just going to share with you whatever I have used so far and share my thoughts on them...and this will also be like a 'get ready with me' sort of entry, where I try to show you the products in action.. and how I feel about them.  For more information about the new collections, click this entry here. 

A full list of all products mentioned will be at the end of this entry, in case I forgot to mention them, or if you want to just zoom to the end of this entry to see what I used.  Hope this is helpful! 

First we have the Lightness of Being collection:  I was immediately drawn to Force of Nature mineralised eyeshadow.  Here's a close up.  It is a shimmery taupey shade, which is a nice one for all over the eyelids.  This is one eyeshadow which you can really build up the color, and you don't have to worry about it looking too intense.  The finish is a soft shimmery taupe..I will use the more pearly (right hand side of this in the pic) as the base color, and the cooler tone (left hand side) to layer on the more irisdescent shade to give some dimension. 

Here's a quick pictorial demonstration:

The eyeliner I am using in this look is just all sorts of awesome, and I think I have gone on and on about it a few times in my previous entries, or raved about it on IG.  It is the MAC Fluidline Pencil in Black Brilliance (in fact I think this is their best eyeliner formula for me).  It is so creamy, so black, and glides on like a dream.. It sets and does not really fade nor smudge. 
I will usually go over this line with a liquid eyeliner to create a sharper line and also to wing out the outer corner.  

<strong>MAC PREP+PRIME collection 

</strong>I didn't take close up pictures -  but these are mostly clear colorless products.  I have been using the Face Protect - and it is a nice moisturising SPF50/PA+++ which is my current base and sunscreen.  When I use a separate sun screen like this, I like to reach for foundations which contain no SPF.. cos that's the only chance I get to use them for day time.. such as the MAC Face and Body, or the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation.  I find that the Face Protect does not interfere with all the foundations that I have worn over it.  It makes for a nice hydrating and smoothing base that also protects your skin from sun exposure.  Overall great sunscreen.  I also use it when I go for my long moring jogs. Highly recommend both the Face Protact and the Eye Base - which is a creamy eyeshadow base, that reminds me a bit of the NARS primer.  I like how it isn't 'dry' like the UDPP, and it does intensify the color payoff and longetivity of your eyeshadows. Great great basics which I will definitely keep using. <strong>

Next, we have the MAC Ultimate Collection with Marcel Wanders - I will feature the lipsticks.  These come in a sleek packaging, and they are creamy and the color payoff is quite decent.  I don't find these to be the smoothest in terms of formula but they are easy to wear and the range of ten shades do come in some really pretty ones, like these that I got.  This is an addition to the MAC permanent collection.

<strong>Here are some close ups & swatches: 

</strong>femme-de-luxe is a my lips but better shade - I like this nude, it gives a nice pinky-beige with some depth.  
ravishingly rich is a orange that's not crazy bright, making it quite a wearable orange with a hint of red.  
marque is a hot pink, it is pretty, but lacks the punch that are along the lines of Candy Yum Yum or Parrot Party. 
audacious is a true red that I think is flattering across a variety of skintones. 

My top picks?  Audacious and Femme-de-Luxe.

Next, we have a couple of products from the MAC RED RED RED Collection.  I will be sharing one eyeshadow, one lippie and one cremesheen glass.  Here's the eyeshadow in Red Alert.  Which looks like a warm brown in the pan, but when applied and blended, has that reddish sheen, that reminds me of Tom Ford Burnished Amber.  Really pretty.  To make this eyeshadow more wearable on me, I will apply a darker matte brown on the outer corner of my eyes and also deepen the crease color a bit. 

And here's how the eyeshadow looks like on me:

And for the lippies 

Cremesheen Glass in Sweet Nectar is a nice neutral nude lip gloss - it is not as sticky as the regular MAC Lipglass.  This is nice to wear and gives your lips a subtle sheen.  

I really like the lipstick in 5-alarm.  It seems to be a lustre finish, and it's a very nice creamy sheer red. Reminds me of NARS Manhunt.  Really pretty.  

Finally, I have the new Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lippies to show, and also the MAC RiriWoo Lipstick which I purchased during the MAC World Aids Day party.  

Here's some product close ups:

RiriWoo - is a frosty red, and it is beautiful. It is intense but the shade of red is still wearable for a lot of people.  I haven't worn all the new Viva Glam lippies to tell you how much I love the colors.. but it seems that this RiriWoo is often out of stock, so I was glad to get it while I could.  

The Miley Cyrus lipstick is gorgeous and I love it - it is a hot pink, very creamy and rich, and the color is just stunning.  I have lots of hot pinks, but this one manages to impress me.  The complementing lipglass is also a bright pink that contains multi-color shimmer bits.  It is very sticky and adheres to the lips very well, making them very long lasting (provided they don't stick to your hair and leave lipglass tracks across your face). 

MAC VivaGlam RiriWoo - 

MAC VivaGlam Miley Cyrus - I applied a bit of the lipglass on the centre of my lips.  See how it sparkles! 

I hope you find this updates entry interesting and helpful.   Sorry if I cram too much info into one long entry, but I try to keep things all to a theme, as you can see here, many many MAC products.  I only pick those which I am most eager to try out, so this isn't all the new stuff I have on hand... I might have a couple of nail polish, pencil liners, face powders which I didn't manage to get to.  

Let's have a summary of my top picks from everything featured:

1. The MAC VivaGlam Miley Cyrus combo.  The lipstick in particular.  The hot pink is good stuff.
2. Prep+Prep Face Protect - a good SPF packed sunscreen is always a good staple to have in your makeup routine. 
3. MAC Ultimate Lipstick in Audacious and Femme De Luxe 
4. MAC Mineralised Blush in Uplifting - a nice peachy orange blush, and it contains these silvery shimmer that gives a highlighted look to your cheeks.  
5. The MAC Face protect + Face & Body combo is lightweight, long lasting and flawless. 
6. MAC Mineralised eyeshadow Force of Nature

I hope that you found this entry helpful and thank you so much for reading!! 

All Products mentioned/ used in this entry:

MAC Prep+Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF50/PA+++
MAC Face & Body Foundation N2
MAC Pro Longwear concealer NC20
MAC Mineralised Skin Finish Natural Light 

MAC Prep+Prime 24 hour Extend Eye Base
MAC Mineralised Eyeshadow Force of Nature (LE)
MAC Eye Shadow Red Alert (LE)
MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil Black Brilliance 
Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Moonstone Brown
Majorica Majoca Line Hunter liquid eyeliner
EYEKO Eye Do Liquid eyeliner 
Falsies - I stack 'em myself 

MAC Ultimate Lipstick Femme De Luxe
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Ravishingly Rich
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Marque
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Audacious 
MAC Viva Glam Lipstick RiriWoo
MAC Viva Glam Lipstick Miley Cyrus 
MAC Viva Glam Lipglass Miley Cyrus 
MAC Lipstick 5-Alarm (LE) 
MAC Cremesheen Glass Nectar Sweet (LE) 
MAC Mineralised Blush in Uplifting (LE)
NARS Paloma Contour Duo

innisfree Eco Gel Eyebrow 03
Anatasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel 

December 22, 2014

Upcoming MAC Collections for Spring 2015: Lightness of Being, Marcel Wanders & MORE [Photos & Swatches]

This entry will give you an overview of upcoming MAC collections for Jan to March 2015.  I know many of you are always eager to see what MAC collections are coming, and I hope that my little preview here and there will be helpful to you.  It is relatively easy for me to spam pictures here, and if time permits, I will follow up with more indepth product features in time to come.  Please note that I will keep updating this entry with more product pictures and swatches as I get to preview them.  

Today: 23 Dec - I will be focusing more on two collections that are available in Jan 2015: Lightness of Being, and Marcel Wanders
Prices aren't available at press time, but I guess you are more or less familiar with MAC pricing, and I will include prices whenever available. 

JAN 2015 - Lightness of Being 

<span>The collection is inspired by the late dancer Martha Graham, who introduced modern dance to the world. Poetic colour ushers in a new vitality following winter's deep chill, as uninhibited shades dance across the face in a free-spirited collection inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. The collection is made up of expressive colours for the modern spirit.

</span>The MSFs and Mineralised Eyeshadows are really gorgeous.  Haven't seen the actual lipsticks yet, the glosses all swatched quite sheer except for the pinky milky one.  If you missed out on previous launches of Perfect Topping MSF, now is the time to grab. 

Product close ups and swatches:


JAN/FEB 2015 - Prep & Prime new additions

The new 24-HOUR EXTEND EYE BASE which is new, and out 1 Jan.  Mostly a clear base, very hydrating and does make eyeshadows pop.  This is love at first trial. 

MAC also newly formulated the FACE PROTECT, available 1 FEB. 


</strong>L - Face Protect
R - Eye Base

<strong>JAN 2015, MARCEL WANDERS Permanent Collection.  10 lipsticks, 2 shades of Sheer Mystery Powder. 

In Jan, M.A.C will launch its first upscale collection - the Ultimate Collection (continuous range). Specially designed by Marcel Wanders, it is the epitome of bold luxury. M∙A∙C Ultimate combines an innovative design aesthetic with the sumptuous formulas of our Ultimate Lipstick and Sheer Mystery Powder

</strong>This collection was previously pre launched during MAC World Aids Day at Tangs Orchard.  But it will be available as a permanent collection.  The lipsticks are delicious, creamy, intense and the sheer powders are very finely milled.  The packaging is gorgeous and sleek.  Lipsticks are SG$41 each. 

I will post more looks with the lippies I got soon. 


And here are rest of upcoming MAC Collections which will be released in the FEB/MARCH 2015.  Some are still embargoed, so I can't share more.  Stay tuned here for more updates as I get them. 

JAN 2015 - LOOK IN A BOX (total of 8 sets, make great gifts)

FEB 2015 
RED RED RED collection.  This is in time for Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year.  Everything red in this huge collection, from lips, to eyes to nails. I am very excited for this collection.   Will definitely post more pictures of actual products soon.  Here's a teaser. 

<strong>MAC Correct & Concealer Duo (FEB 2015) 


<strong>FEB 2015 Viva Glam (LE, with Miley Cyrus) a duo of Pink Lipstick and Lipglass.


<strong>FEB 2015 MAC Lightful C range extension with new serum

FEB 2015 MAC x NASTY GAL Collection (a collection of 3 lipsticks, and one eyeshadow)</strong>

MARCH 2015 
PENCILLED IN Collection featuring permanent additions to the lipstick and lipliner range - Girl about Town joins the main MAC Collection.  I am very excited for this collection. 

MARCH 2015 Wan Bao Bao Collection 

Wan Bao Bao is a high-society darling, artist, pop philosopher, muse and jewellery designer.  She is one of China's most reowned stars on the international fashion circuit.  For this collection, the face takes the centrestage as she decorates the complexion with the metallic golds and rich jewel tones she so adores.  Eyes are glided in the bronze hues of Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Bao Bao's Jewels; the skin twinkles like a diamond with Beauty Powder in Summer Opal; lips flicker like rubies in Burmese Kiss and Forbidden Sunrise lipstick, and nails are brilliant in Kashmir Blue and Sunset Tourmaline.  All are outfitted in velvety brown packaging featuring burnished metal. 

MARCH 2015 - MAC Toledo Collaboration (with Designer and Illustrator, Isabel and Ruben Toledo) - cute packaging, huge collection. 

MARCH 2015 - MAC x Disney Cinderella 


MARCH 2015 Haute & Naughty Mascara (new Waterproof formula added) </p>


MAC IS BEAUTY collection - huge spring collection, partly Korean Beauty inspired, graphic eyes, many many products in this collection. 

MAC x Julia Petit collection 

MAC x Philip Treacy collection 
MAC Philip Treacy highlights a unique partnership - London's most avant-garde hat designer with the world's boldest makeup brand.  More than just hats, Treacy's pieces are couture art - wearable sculptures that are totally transformation.  Going back through his extraordinary career, Treacy culled inspiration from his work with Alexander Mcqueen, Lady Gaga, Isabella Blow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and some of the most beautiful hats at the Royal Wedding, to create a trio of showstopping head pieces designed to beautifully highlight the eye, the lip and structure of the face. 

And to pair with each hat, a collection of striking hues, ideal for creating looks that enhance the face's most evocative features.  Three Lipsticks fashion a classic, yet brazen statement, in bright pink, burgundy and berry.  Highlight powder dusts the face in luminous champagne and light pink, each infused with a shimmer silver, casting the skin in a subtle glow.  Eyes are embellished with a pop of color in luscious cerulean and teal Fluidline, illuminated with Paint Pots in platinum and antique gold.  Throw your inhibitions aside and choose to be daring.  

MAY 2015 EYE TIMES NINE (an eyeshadow collection, with pre made palettes of 9 eyeshadows - this is GREAT value, cos each palette is only SGD$70++)

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November 05, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix: Three Beautiful Matte Lipsticks

Hi hi

In this entry, I will be featuring 3 beautiful MAC lipsticks from their current Holiday 2014 color collection - The Heirloom Mix.  These are three that caught my eye right from the preview session a few weeks back, and I received 2 of them, and I purchased the third one to complete the set when the collection launched recently.  

The three matte lippies all packed good color and have a creamy matte formula.  I don't find the creamy matte MAC lippies drying (but there are dry matte MAC lippies.. if you have played with them at the counter, you will have a pretty good idea of which are the good creamy ones).  

Salon Rouge is a deep red with a slight burgundy undertone.  This is quite a unique red, and I will definitely want to wear such colors more often in the coming months ahead.

Sparks of Romance is a true neutral red with very muted sparkly (oxymoron I know) bits that add more dimension to the overall look.  Very brightening and a flattering red.

No Faux Pas is a hot pink, not too bright, but certainly bold.  

Swatches here: 

And how they look overall: 

Salon Rouge 

Sparks of Romance

No Faux Pas 

<strong>On the eyes and face (click this entry here) 

</strong>I hope these are still in stock, and they are my top picks from the MAC Heirloom Mix Collection.  The lippies retail for SGD$33 each.  

Hope this is helpful, and thanks for looking! 

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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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