Get Ready with Me: Hourglass Flawless Base

Get Ready with Me: Hourglass Flawless Base

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In this GRWM entry, I will be sharing my thoughts on a few HOURGLASS makeup products, and also, pop on a smokey plum eyelook using the KatVonD eyeshadow palette. I love this look, it has been a long time since I do a non-neutral smokey look and I like how it turned out.  I didn’t really feature any particular lip colour in this entry, but in my first pic, you can see that I went with a purple lip, just to go with the theme of the eyes.

On my face, I used the Hourglass Illusion skin tint – this foundation is not really a ‘tint’ in terms of coverage, it packs on decent coverage, and is extremely smooth and quite creamy. For the name Hyaluronic, I thought that this foundation would be more fluid, and feels ‘thinner’ but this one has a BB cream type of formula.  The finish is semi matte.  Overall it is quite nice, but my only negative thing to say about it is that I wish it is easier to apply and blend.  It doesn’t quite glide on.. but takes a bit more effort to blend and set into my skin.  But once it sets, the finish and feel is quite impressive. I haven’t tried it with the Mineral Veil primer… maybe I will update once I have given this combo a go.

I think I have already mentioned my thoughts on the YSL moisture glow in a previous entry (it is good stuff!) so do check out the older posts from last weekend!

Next, to pimp up the complexion, I went all Hourglass too – the entire Ambient range is just amazing, they are subtle glowy, not the Becca on fleek ‘see the glow from outer space’ type of intense glow.  So if you want subtlety in your makeup finish, you can’t go wrong with the Hourglass ambient products.

One thing though, the pigmentation is intense – so while the shine is wearable, this doesn’t meant that you can be heavy handed with the Ambient powders – especially so for the Bronzer and Blushes.

The Ambient bronzer in Bronze Light is the paler shade of the two they come out with.  And it is warm and intense.  I have to be light-handed, but the colour is so nice, this is definitely one of top five bronzers.

I also used Diffused Heat in this entry, and again, lightly tap and lightly apply for the best results.

I like Ethereal Light as a finishing powder – I will dust it under my eyes, all over the middle of my face after I have set my face with a loose powder.  This gives your face an almost undetectable sheen, and helps to finish off the complexion.

Finally, I used Incandescent Strobe Light to highlight my cheeks.  This gives a pearly sheen as a highlight.. not too ‘on fleek’ shiny. If you are scared of intense cheek highlights, you will be safe with the Strobe Light powders.

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On my eyes, I used the KatVonD eyeshadow palette, as the placement of the colours as shown in the picture below.

This is extremely smooth and fine, and as far as matte eyeshadows go, these are some of the best ones.  There is hardly any fallout, and they blend so smoothly, not patchy at all. I love it, and I do wish I have a more neutral palette to work with. I  have previewed and swatched all the other palettes from the brand, so I know for sure the quality is consistent across the colour way.

I also used KatVonD liquid liner in Trooper.  I like the firm sharp tip, and it allows me to draw a good winged liner.  I only wish it is blacker though – because I do have to go over the liner a few times.  But it stays put, and looks good throughout the whole wear time.

 

That’s all I have for this entry, and thank you for reading!!

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All products used – All Hourglass unless stated

Face

prepped with YSL Instant Moisture Glow

hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Ivory

By Terry highlighting concealer brush in 03 beige

set with Shu Uemura lightbulb loose powder

warm up complexion with Ambient Bronze in Bronze Light

set undereyes with Ambient lighting powder in Ethereal Light

blush in Diffused Heat

highlight cheeks with Incandescent Strobe Light

Eyes

Kat Von D shade & light for contour eye quad in Plum

eyes lined with Kat Von D liquid liner in Trooper

Lips

Kat Von D in LUV

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Skincare Chat: SkinInc Power Fix Mask Treatment

Skincare Chat: SkinInc Power Fix Mask Treatment

 

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Today I am sharing my experience with SkinInc’s Power Fix Mask Treatment which I tried a month back at the brand’s pop-up space at Scotts Square – they will be opening a new store in the location, so that’s one more branch that you can go for your SkinInc treatments.

This is not my first time trying out SkinInc’s facials (you can read more here on my old blog) and what is new in this latest one I have tried is the Power Fix Mask which uses NASA technology and LED light intensity to boost skin’s collagen production and get rid of lines, wrinkles, acne scarring and minimise pores.

The mask itself is a robot-like mask which is placed over your face.   It looks intimidating, but I think I dozed off during the actual part of this treatment – it is totally painless, and you don’t feel anything at all.

The power mask contains Red and Blue LED light – for my treatment, I was given the BLUE LED Light treatment – this has cleansing effects, reducing inflammation, and because I had a spot on my face at that time of treatment —- it can prevent further breakouts too. On top of that, the BLUE LED light can reduce the size of skin pores and smooth the texture of the skin.

Prior to using the Power Fix Mask, I did the OxyMiracle Peel – which I have described in detail in the blog entry linked above – I really really love this step.. it blasts my skin clean and super smooth.

The Results

I wasn’t surprised to see immediate results – after your skin is so thoroughly cleaned and treated, there will tend to be a natural glow. However, and more importantly, I do think the effects of the Power Fix Mask lasts on me for a couple of weeks – and no kidding, it is always in the days post-facial that I legit get compliments from most random people about my skin.  I can liken this ‘new skin’ feeling to a post dental cleaning job… you know how your teeth feel extra clean and strong and all the gaps between your teeth is totally cleaned out… (ok maybe not the most appropriate analogy, but you get what I mean).

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I have also been incorporating SkinInc’s serums into my skincare routine.  They are all so fuss-free, I checked with my facial therapist, if the serums are compatible with my skincare products from other brands and she said it is perfectly fine to mix and match as the serums contain such pure ingredients, they won’t react with other products you layer on.  I love how quickly the serums get absorbed into my skin, and they do play a part (along with the 2082490234 other products that I switch up in my routine) in keeping my skin as young, firm and smooth as possible.

 

I hope my post facial pictures speak for themselves, and if you have any questions about the treatment, do leave them in the comments below! 🙂

Links to other SkinInc related entries here and here.

 

Thank you SkinInc for another wonderful experience!

 

The Power Fix Mask treatment first trial is at S$94, and available at SkinInc Concept Stores.

Get Ready with Me: YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, Rouge Bunny Rouge & Kat Von D Contouring

Get Ready with Me: YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, Rouge Bunny Rouge & Kat Von D Contouring

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Like I have mentioned in previous entry, I will be doing these Get Ready with Me (GRWM) type entries whenever possible.  I am hoping to showcase both new and old products which I use lately, in a more organic way.  There will still be entries which are devoted entirely to one brand review/ preview, but I think I want to incorporate more haphazard entries where I just pull together whichever items I feel like reaching for, or like whenever I feel like I want to mention something I have not featured on the blog before.   I just want to CHAT about beauty products in general – it is more fun, more real and just more down to earth – you get to know my thoughts about the products, and I don’t have to be like ‘REVIEW’ stuff in a somewhat arbitary way.  So just to sum up (or maybe not.. lol) My GRWM are not exactly in-depth reviews, but just my quick (or rambly) thoughts as I use these items – some might be first impressions, some are old faves.. etc .. Just want to keep things quite unstructured in these entries.  I hope from these GRWM entries, we can generate more conversation on any of the products I have used and so on… hope this all makes sense! 🙂

So in this entry, I want to showcase the Rouge Bunny Rouge Antigo quad – it looks like a Giorgio Armani compact, in terms of the weight and shape.  It was love at first sight.  I saw it on @easyneon’s instagram and it swatches so beautifully, I quickly placed my very first RBR order within the hour.  Antigo is a beautiful neutral (of course) quad, it contains soft beige and browns which blend seamlessly, and you can dress up or dress down with this quad.  To be honest, it looked more intense in online swatches, but then I have been using this quad for the past few weeks in a more effortless style, ie, I just dip my brush in and lightly fluff the product on my eyes.  I didn’t do the usual prep, prime, pack on the colour to maximise the intensity and payoff of the shadows – which I have no doubt they will look a lot more true to colour.. but somehow for this quad, I just felt like being more carefree and casual.  I have no regrets buying this pricey quad when I really don’t need another eyeshadow palette/combo (and I have several new UD ones waiting to be used!!!) but this is just a little piece of indulgence and makes me feel special whenever I used it, and I think that’s is important to me.

In terms of the placement of the eyeshadow colours, I just went with the usual style – the pale shade as a brow bone highlight (the sheen is very subtle but it is there, a glowy highlight) – the soft cool brown as a crease/ transition colour, and the darkest shade to deepen and define the outer corners and closer to the lashline.  Everything is all blended together for the more effortless look.  End result is a very soft smokey eyes.  There is hardly any fallout to this quad, and the quality of the eyeshadows is just amazing.

Next, I used MAC’s Modern Mandarin on my cheeks – this is a very smooth orangey peachy colour.  It has a soft satin finish, very pretty, I can see why it totally sold out the first time it was released in previous collection.  And the packaging of the MAC Vibe Tribe is really quite something – I am sure you have seen from my IG or in previous preview entries!  I have a couple more items from this collection, and several more MAC pieces which I am still playing with, so perhaps I will discuss them in upcoming GRWM entries.

As for my base, I used the YSL Instant Moisture Glow to prep my skin.  I usually like YSL primers (from many years back- I remember their mattifying primer which is pretty much wowza, and also the skin flash thingy that comes with a built in brush application) and this is no exception.  It has a very hydrating gel like sensation which smoothes out your skin and just preps them good for foundation to be applied. Apparently this is really popular and was out of stock when I was at the YSL store trying out their new foundations. I don’t see any shimmery bits in the product, in case you are wondering, as this is called ‘glowy’.  Overall, a very comfortable primer to use, if you want something smooth and hydrating – and not silicon-y at all.

Next, I went over with the YSL Fusion Ink liquid foundation. This has a very smooth velvety formula, it goes on very smooth (and even more so after using the primer).  It looks quite pale (I use shade 10 beige) but it soon blends into my skin tone quite seamlessly. I find that this foundation is decent enough, it gives a light-medium coverage – my skin still looks like skin, no cakey mess no flaky stuff, and the finish is a soft subtle radiant look.  I will try this foundation out – along with the cushion version, and follow up soon.  Stay tuned!

And one of the highlights of this GRWM – the Kat Von D Shade & Light palette for face – now I have a ton, and I really mean a ton of face contour kits in my stash – the MJ duo, the NARS duos, the Sephora ones, and many other customised contour palettes – but this KVD one is seriously intense.  It is not too dark for my skintone – but you got to be very very light handed, or else you will end up with patches of brown on your skin.  In these pics, I think even I went a bit more intense than I would like.  It is easy to blend out though.. but what happens is that I prolly overblend and darken my skintone by half a shade… lol.  The lighter shade – I used it to brighten my undereyes.  It is not bright enough… so I should probably say SET my undereyes.  It is not bright or shiny enough for me to use as highlight… but if you are a few shades darker than me, you can probably use the light shades to do a matte highlight on your skin.  Overall, I think the quality of these powders are very fine, very smooth and they go on the skin like silk.  Just be very careful, use a very very soft fluffy brush and only very lightly touch the powder to pick up product.

On my lips – mostly bare – but in that one pic, I am wearing Lolita liquid lipstick.  Keeping things in the neutral and brownish family.

Have you also noticed that I am only using super wispy outer corner lashes?  They are super cute!  I used EYELURE lashes in TEXTURE #117 – I usually order mine from feelunique as they are not available in SG.

 

I think that’s all I have to say in this very rambly GRWM entry… hope you find it helpful, and thank you for reading!

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All products used:

Face

Face prepped with YSL Instant Moisture Glow

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in B10 Beige

under eyes brightened with Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher in 1 Fair

set with Shu Uemura Lightbulb Loose Powder

face ‘contoured’ with Kat Von D Shade & Light palette for face

cheeks MAC Modern Mandarin (re-promoted in MAC VIBE TRIBE collection)

Eyes

Rouge Bunny Rouge eye quad in 086 Antigo

Kat Von D liquid eyeliner in Trooper

Lips

Kat Von D Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita

 

Get Ready with Me: Chanel 2016 Summer

Get Ready with Me: Chanel 2016 Summer

 

This is an entry where I chat about the new (or currrently available) Chanel Summer 2016 Collection.  I think I have most of the key pieces that I want to use from this collection and I can’t wait to share with you my thoughts.

Every summer, I always have to collect/ get for myself/ whatever it is, I would want to get my hands on the Chanel and Dior face powders – be it bronzers, blushes, powders etc etc.. they are all always beautifully packaged, and I just can’t seem to stay away from them.

In this Get Ready with Me entry – I will chat about each of the items.. in the order that I used the products on my face.  I hope this new style of writing about new products I am trying out will be useful.  (I will talk more about my GRWM entries later on. )

Firstly, I used the Chanel La Solution 10 face cream – this is a scent-less face cream, which is rare for Chanel, as you know most of their skincare is quite fragranced… but this one is very lightweight, it is not greasy at all, and just very clean and simple. It is a very basic cream suitable for sensitive skin.. and while I don’t have any particular sensitive nor problematic skin, I find this a good one to use in the day time/ mornings.  It doesn’t affect the makeup I put on, and it provides sufficient moisture throughout the day – but I definitely need something richer and more ‘complex’ for night use.

Next, I applied my foundation – and in this case, I am using the Les Beiges Healthy Glow liquid foundation.  I had purchased this a couple of months ago – and the first few uses didn’t wow me.  If you are after a nice glowy foundation, you are better off with the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua liquid foundation.  For me, this foundation takes a bit longer to blend, and while it looks nice and flawless enough, I just can’t help but feel like it seems almost a little drying (but it doesn’t look dry on me).   My guess is that if you have normal to oily skin, you will love this foundation.  I just have normal-normal skin… and I think I can do with a more emollient creamy foundation. So given my mixed feelings, I have not followed up with an indepth review entry.  Perhaps one day when I properly love it, I will find it easier to explain why I love it.  I hope this makes sense!

I also set my face with Les Beiges powder in shade 20.  I just used a big fluffy brush to press and roll the powder into my skin.  I hope Chanel comes out with a LES BEIGES LOOSE POWDER version.  How cool would that be right?  Anyway, this one sets my face nicely, and it is good one to bring out if you are travelling or require touch ups.

Finally, the good stuff – the new LE Les Beiges healthy glow duo powder – I used the bronzer (in 01?) just around the edges of my face – to warm up my complexion, not so much to contour.  This, like all Les Beiges products, is very finely milled, and blends so naturally into your skin.   I would compare this to the regular Les Beige powder in shades 30 and 40 – which are permanent and perhaps a tad more soft matte compared to the summer release.

Next, I wanted to add colour to my cheeks and I used the Les Beiges healthy duo powder in 02 – one side is a nice warm reddish peachy colour, almost like a tomato red.  Use this sparingly, and add more if needed.  This gives me a warm rosy glow.. no pink tinge at all.  I used the paler side as a highlight, which gives a decent amount of glow.

On my eyes, I used the summer eye quad – empreinte du desert quad – and the highlight of this otherwise neutral quad is the metallic forest green shade.  This is a rather dense pigmented metallic quad.  I did not have to work hard at all to get intense colour payoff.  Of course, I have to use the green, and I used it on my eyelids.. and I also used the dark brown on top of the green – to add some definition to my eyes.  Overall, the eyelook is smokey with a peek of green showing through.  The quality of this quad is impeccable, and other than the green, you get a really beautiful warm neutral trio.

I also lined my eyes with the Zoeva graphic eye pencil, which is a dark metallic brown just like the one in the quad.  It is very creamy, they set, but I think they do smudge a little on me.

On my lips, I used the new Chanel Coco Rouge Stylo, which is a rich creamy balmy lip color.  This is in the shade Historie – a wearable red.

The whole look is quite warm, and summery I think?  I haven’t worn colour on my eyes in a long time, and I think this is still quite wearable.  You can probably go with a lighter lip colour, a warm peachy nude shade would be a good match too.

My top picks are obviously the two Les Beiges duo powders – they are totally different, so it is not like you can pick one or the other.  And the quad too.  I like this type of Chanel quads, where the shadows aren’t the usual powdery ones.. this one is so densely packed it feels like a cream to powder formula.

I know  there are a few nail colors in this collection, but I did not feel like I am missing out on anything with those colours.

Lots of pictures below, and I hope you find this entry helpful!

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the overall look – cue lots of selfies, of course.  no filter. these pictures are taken in the late afternoon sunlight.

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Products used – All Chanel unless otherwise stated

Face

prepped with La Solution 10

les beiges healthy glow foundation no10

charlotte tilbury the retoucher no1 fair for undereyes

set with les beiges powder in no20

warm the complexion with les beiges healthy glow duo no01

blush and glow with les beiges healthy glow duo no02

Eyes

empreinte du desert quad

rim eyes with zoeva graphic eye pencil in ‘glance’

brows filled in with ABH brow promade in dark brown

Lips

rouge coco stylo in 206 historie

 

Swatches & Review: Kat Von D Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

Swatches & Review: Kat Von D Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

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As many of you know, Kat Von D makeup is coming to Sephora Singapore this July.  I got to attend a media preview and a meet & greet with Kat herself several weeks back, and I have exciting products to share with you, which you will see scattered throughout the next few entries.  Let’s start with the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks – I have the full set here – except for the newer shades that are released in the US.  And I have been playing around with these for a few weeks, so I will also give you my thoughts on them.

Price wise, I think they are SG$31 each when released at Sephora SG.  Quite reasonable.

In case you aren’t aware, Kat Von D started her makeup line in 2008, and her brand is well-known for the rich textures and colours and inspired by her artistic talent as a tattoo artist.

The everlasting liquid lipsticks is a long-wear full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.  I have found them to be quite creamy, and you have a few seconds of playtime before they set completely matte.  Playtime meaning you can purse your lips together to spread the colour, clean up any mess, and also to do some blending if you want to wear them for a more sheer look (which I found to be quite nice among the lighter shades).

In terms of the liquid lipstick formulation – I think they are one of the better ones out there – they set nicely, not too drying and comes in a good range of colours. The Colorpop ones which I have are quite liquidy and dry down so dark that they look too stark on me.  The MAC Retro Matte liquid lippies are way much better and I wear them quite often.  The Tarteist lip paints don’t really set, and seems to slip and slide though they have cute names and nice colours.

As always with liquid lipsticks, the lighter shades tend to dry down quite a bit darker than what you see in the tube.  I also find that the formula differs somewhat among the range.. with the lighter shades turning out to be quite chalky (because too pale and too stark).  The outstanding shades in this collection (to me at least) are the reds.  They are so rich, so beautiful… and to add even more interest to them, I always pair the reds with a deeper red or berry just in the centre of my lips to add dimension.

Some of the ‘famous’ shades in this collection – Lolita – turned out to be quite brown on me.. and Bow & Arrow is also a taupey beige colour. Both are pretty but not my everyday colours. I think Lovesick is really beautiful as a subtle mauvey pink.

I am really drawn to the reds – Santa Sangre is a full body true red.. and I love this shade on me.  I also think that the red shades aren’t as drying as compared to the hot pinks – wore Backstage Bambi today and it turned a tiny bit patchy after a few hours and a bit of food – though overall the color still stayed on solid.

The disappointing shades to me are the really deep ones – the vampy deep reds.  Perhaps I have to be patient and layer them in order to achieve a more even application, but as you can see in my lip swatches, as you can see Damned and Vampira in the swatches – I didn’t know how obvious it looks until I saw the pictures.  When I look in the mirror I thought I had applied them quite evenly.

All that being said, I think that liquid lipsticks are low maintenance in that you might not need to touch up as they really stay put for a substantial amount of time.  But in the event that you want to clean them off.. it is going to be a struggle as you can’t wipe them off with a tissue.  Sometimes I like to remove my lip color completely before I start a meal.  But at the same time, they are quite  high maintenance – if you want to re-apply, you got to make sure that you have concealer on hand to just clean up around the lips to avoid a smudgy look… also you need to make sure that the rest of your face is quite done up too, a good clean base, defined eyes and brows.  You can’t really get away with no makeup and slap on Santa Sangre or wear Echo and pop out of the door.

But for a night out, and for maximum impact as far as lippies are concerned, I feel that liquid lipsticks are the way to go.. I would much rather a matte or satin finish as opposed to the glossy finish when I use lip products anyway.

Overall the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks are definitely worth a try, and I would recommend the following as my top picks:

  1. Bow & Arrow
  2. Santa Sangre
  3. Outlaw
  4. Lovesick
  5. Bachelorette
  6. Mother
  7. Berlin

 

I have plenty of swatches and pictures below – along with overall looks for some of the shades.   If you are wondering what else is on my face, I will have follow up entries on the LOTD, so I won’t get into too much details here.

Hope you find this entry helpful!  I have several entries coming your way.. been productive!  Stay tuned!

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