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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a some pics of the GlamGlow cleansers in action 

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

The waters and skin prep:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A close up of my current fave creams - 

and these are my empties! 

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

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

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

Hi hi!!

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some product close ups: 

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

Swatches on my hand:
(colour description my own)

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

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

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

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

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

And overall look on my face:

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

June 04, 2015
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Experiencing Estetica’s GENXSKIN Treatment!

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

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

The 90min treatment consists of the following steps:

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

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

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

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

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

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

How GENXSKIN works

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

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

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

The 3 GENXSKIN Essentials

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

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

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

GENXSKIN Treatment:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AfterGlow Blushes: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Eyeshadow - 8 new extension shades

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

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

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

And overall: 

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

The preview and more swatches: 

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


Hi hi!!!

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 23, 2015
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Review & LOTD: Chanel Les Beiges Collection 2015

Hi hi!

This entry will feature my top picks from the upcoming CHANEL Les Beiges collection.  I personally chose the pieces which I am the most keen to try, and I am excited to show you what I have been testing out the past week.  I will also try to provide comparisons where possible. Hope this entry will help you to edit your summer shopping list! 

Bottomline?

If you have missed out on previous Limited Edition Les Beiges powders, if you like such complexion enhancers, you need to get this year's 'bronzey' Les Beiges healthy glow powder.  I think they are very finely made, they give you good natural color on your cheeks, quite long lasting, and who can resist the chic and beige packaging?  
If you like cream cheek products, but worried of sticky creamy stuff on your cheeks, I think the Sheer Color Sticks are worth trying out too.  They are house in a sturdy metal casing, and great to throw in your bag for touch ups. 

There are also a few glosses from this collection, but I am not really much of a lip gloss person, so I did not pick those to feature. 

Full collection & preview information in this entry here.

Here are some close up pictures of the beautiful items: 

The Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick reminds me the most of the NARS Matte Multiples (which I don't think they are available in Singapore, I have a few of those).  These Sheer Colour Sticks are very velvety matte, and they have an almost powdery texture.  Very easy to use and blend on powdered or non-powdered skin. 
They seem vibrant when swatched like this, but once blended out, you get the sheer look which makes for very nice flushed cheeks. 

and here, we have the inevitable comparison of the Les Beiges powders - 

I noticed that the LE Les Beiges powders are more pigmented than the ones from the permanent range.  I love my No30, and just naturally tan powders like these in general.  They warm up my complexion very natural, not like a bronzer, nor contour.. they are just essential to have in my face routine.. cos i will dust it all over the edges of my face for a healthy warm glow. 

comparison swatches: 

and here is a swatch of the Lovely Beige vernis - a rosy nude shade that's very flattering.  For best color payoff, I suggest 3 thin coats, instead of 2 thick-ish ones which might turn out uneven.  

just a quick look at the eyes and lips - which aren't from this collection, but I will talk more about the eyelook in my CHANEL Summer 2015 coverage. Click here. 
For more information and complete swatches of the Chanel Rouge Coco, click on this entry here. 

And the application of the face products: 

A few words on the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet - I had purchased this much earlier on when it was first launched.  I got mine in the shade B10, and it is a very nice lightweight foundation.  It's like its counterpart, the Vitalumiere Aqua - which I love.. but this has more of a matte finish.  It is a great basic foundation, and I do enjoy using it.  If you like foundations that are quite shine free and lightweight, you will like this foundation.  Be careful not to over-set this foundation with powder though.. because it will become cakey looking.  That was a mistake I made initially.  After that, I realise I can even get away with not setting the foundation.. or I have to use a brush to just lightly tap powder where needed. 

Applying the Sheer Colour Stick in No22: 

And this is the completed look: 

All products used:

Face - 
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet B10
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder foundation B20
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Marinierie 02 
Chanel Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick No22
foundie applied with fingers
loose powder applied with 13rushes Round Powder brush
Les Beiges powder applied with Wayne Goss holiday brush 
Healthy Glow Sheer Color Stick blended with MUFE  152 brush 

Brows - 
Guerlain Universal Brow kit, applied with ABH brush in 20
set with MAC Beguile brow set

Lips - 
Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle 

Eyes - 
Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadow in Laurier Rose 

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!

May 02, 2015
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Skincare Chat featuring Kiehls, Fresh, shu uemura and lots more [April-May 2015]

Hallo everyone!  

I am planning to do a few chatty update entries this weekend, starting first with skincare chat.  Time to time I do a skincare update, when I have rotated enough new products to give everyone a run down of what I am currently trying out.  Some are new, some are old-timers.  And I always only show what works for me.  I get lots of PR products for skincare and all that, but I don't always use everything that come my way if I think that they don't suit me, or they didn't really work out for me.  And there are a lot more which are waiting to be used.. so always keep a lookout for subsequent updates when I will include them. 
I don't like do to a specific one or two item review.. cos that's not a realistic review of how products work.  They never work in isolation, and I find that my updates show you a very real way of how I mix and match products accordingly. 

I hope that this entry will give you an idea of what I am currently enjoying, and maybe you might find something interesting to try out for yourself!  As I am rounding the products to take pictures.. I realise that many of these products focus on skin brightening and smoothing.  Always a good combo!  And I do like my skin condition now, my skin is usually clear, and smooth, I have some pigmentation spots (like tiny freckles) but other than that.. I am happy with how my skin has been for the past few years. 

Firstly, we have the cleansing and makeup removal - 

I am rotating a few makeup removers - but this is the new 'feature' which is the new Shu Uemura blanc:chroma brightening and polishing gentle cleansing oil.   I have several other makeup removal waters, jelly removal products.. but I think I have shown you those before and I shall not mention them.  This cleansing oil contains volcanic clay cleansing oil that works to gently exfoliate and polish away accumulated melano-stains* for brighter, transparent and smoother skin.  
I really enjoy this cleansing oil - and you all know, shu uemura cleansing oils are some of the best ones out there as far as oils are concerned.  This is gentle, and it does give a brightening effect, especially with coupled with the skincare products which I will use later on. 

Next, I have two cleansing foams.  I always double cleanse, as you know.  Makeup removal is step one.  And face cleansing is step two.  No matter how clean my face feel after the cleansing oil - I still must use a cleansing foam.  

The first one that I use everyday is the IOPE Ideal Cleansing Foam (only available in Korea) - this is a brightening cleansing foam - it contains beads (but in no way scrubby - they are losely scattered throughout the dense foam and seem to release some brightening essence as you lather up the product).  I love this cleanser, and I will keep using it (I have a back up!).  This costs me about SG$30 each.. and if I know of anyone going to Korea, I will definitely get them to add to my remote shopping list. 

The next one is THREE Balancing Foam (only available in Japan, Taiwan, and nearer to us, BKK) - another very rich dense foamy cleanser - I bought this cos I got a sample during one of my trips to BKK.. I love the scent (geranium, balsam fresh.. which reminds me of my fave aseop geranium body wash).  So I bought the full sized.  I only use this on special days (like after I have done a super long run and I want to smell something so refreshing).  I would use this everyday if this is more accessible for me to repurchase though.  But it is not exactly cheap.  I think it's ($50+?) I can't remember. 
 

I am also an eye cream junkie.   

I have been using this pair of eyecreams (I interchange them for day and night).  These were given to me by Estetica, and I have enjoyed them a lot.  If you like thick creamy eye creams, you will love them.  

The Optimal Lift A+ Eye Essence - this is thick and creamy with a cooling effect upon application. 
Optimal A+ Eye Cream Anti Wrinkle - this is creamier than the Eye Essence. 

I did not notice any significant results though.. not because they aren't working, I just never notice any obvious results with any eyecreams..but I just use them religiously for hydration, and plumping up the area.  As I grown older, I think that my eyelids are more and more pouffy.. and I don't expect any eye cream to perform any miraculous results as far as that is concerned.  But as hydration and smoothing, this is a good powerful pair. 

And on some days, I put on the Kiehls' Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector with SPF30, I use this in the day time.. but I don't have much dark circle.. and I do wish this is lighter in tone, so it can brighten my undereyes more.  But it is pretty much the same skintone as my undereyes.  The formula is good though, it is very smoothing and did not settle into any lines under my eyes.  The fact that it has SPF is a bonus. 

Next, we have the serum & Skin Conditioners - This is my laziest step, and I prolly only do this every other day. 

First, we have the DIORSNOW White Perfection Serum - This is very lightweight and quickly absorbed.  It contains very good ingredient, and I should prolly be more religious in using it for best results.  
Some information in case you are wondering: 

Combining the exceptional power of Edelweiss with Mallow extract and the Transparency Enhancing™ Complex in the Edelweiss Complex, the Diorsnow Serum activates a brightening mechanism inside the skin for the broadest action ever reached by Dior in a single serum with instant and lasting correction on dark spots, transparency and perfect uniformity of skin tone and texture. 

I also use the Albion Skin Conditioner - I soak a cotton pad with this and pat it onto my skin, leaving it on for a couple of minutes.  I am not sure what exactly it does for my skin, but it makes my skin very soft and smooth, and I suppose also better prep it for absorbing other skincare products I use later on. 

I  have been trying out the new Kiehls Iris Extract Treatment Essence - this is good stuff. 
it is very nourishing and contains the life power of the precious Iris Florentina Root. This is an advanced multi-action treatment essence that quickly and deeply penetrates the skin to activate skin cells to boost radiance, reduce fine lines, and improve dullness for glowing, youthful skin. 
Like the skin conditioner, I use this as a pre serum/ pre face cream step.  

They are not toners - but they just soften your skin and makes it feel soothed and balanced. 

Next, are my current stash of face creams - and this is my fave category among in this skincare update (second place would be the cleansers I mentioned at the start).  I love using rich creams for both day and night.  I like to have a layer of product on my face before I sleep and also before I put on my makeup.  I feel that the moisture in your face is sucked out by the air as you go out and about doing your work during the course of the day, hence a good hydrating face cream is essential. 

Let's start with Face Oil - and this is quite an accidental discovery, I can't remember when I got this - but the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil is good stuff.  I use this 2-3 nights a week - it is easily absorbed, and the next day I notice visibly smoother clearer skin.  EVERY TIME.  I love love love this face oil.   But I have several other favourite face oils lined up for me to use... so I won't be re-purchasing this anytime soon.  But this I will highly recommend.  

Next, we have the Clarins White Plus brightening night cream, and the Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin youthful bouncy cream. Both are rich creams (but not heavy) which makes them great under makeup.  I know not everyone will agree with me on this.. but I feel like my foundations go on better when I have a layer of skincare on my face.  It makes makeup to fuse into my skin better.  I have normal skin.. so I can get away with this.  If you have oily complexion, I would definitely suggest using a gel type face cream for day.  
The Clarins cream is a old fave, I have used this several times over the years - the consistency is great and it keeps my skin looking clear and bright, which works well in conjunction with everything else I am using in my routine. 

The Shu Uemura Tsuya cream is new to my routine, I have only started using it a couple of weeks ago.  I like the bouncy texture of the cream - I think I have the matching Tsuya serum somewhere in my stash, so maybe I should take it out and use it for matchy skincare purposes.  So far I like this cream.

Next, are a couple of FRESH Skincare products - I have a ton of them in my collection, but I don't always love all FRESH skincare products (the Fresh Soy Cleanser didn't impress me)... but these two... amazing stuff. 

FRESH BLACK TEA FIRMING OVERNIGHT MASK - this is like my current sleeping mask product - I had run out of my Peter Thomas Roth rose stem cell mask - so this came along, and I was excited to use it.  I didn't like the Black Tea rinse off mask.. but this overnight one really impressed me. It is very rich and smells awesome.  This is thick stuff.. and by the next day it is absorbed into your skin, no sticky residue.  But when I wash my face, I feel like I am rinsing off a layer of this product off my skin.  I do think that it has firming effect on my skin... the overall texture is smoother whenever I use this.  And I like using overnight masks as an all in one awesome product.  Seriously... if you don't want to splurge money on buying separate products (serums, creams etc etc)... just invest in a good overnight mask, and use it.  I use this 3-4 times a week at night.  And it works fine.  

A new addition to my face cream is the FRESH Creme Ancienne Soft Cream (supposedly this is FRESH's answer to La Mer creams) and it is hand mixed in a monastery, and it is inspired by a formula from centuries ago to heal wounds.  This has a whipped texture, and very creamy jelly like.  I love how luxe it feels on my skin, and it keeps my skin really soft and hydrated throughout the day (cos I had intend to use it at night, until one day I had by mistaken slap it on for day time, and it feels AMAZING under foundation).   You might have seen me posting pictures of my face that day on Instagram, and I mentioned how I used this in the daytime. 

I hope this entry has been useful.. I know these aren't reviews per say.. but really just a chitchat of what i am using and enjoying in case you are curious about my views about some new products. 

My next update collective entry would most probably foundations and sunscreens - I have so many new stuff here, it is overwhelming, and I thank you for being patient as always. 

Have a great weekend, 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! 

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My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

Where to find me

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

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

Final Disclaimer

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

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

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

 

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