The Sulwhasoo Facial: Four Reasons to Indulge

The Sulwhasoo Facial: Four Reasons to Indulge

Hihi!  Today, I will share with you a facial treatment I just tried out at the new Sulwhasoo boutique at ION Orchard.  I experienced the 80 minute Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Treatment – one that consisted of jade massage, masks and their Ginseng Renewing Cream Ex range.  I can go into details of the whole treatment that left my face so firm and glowy, but let me just highlight the four main points that will make your time and money worthwhile.

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ONE – The use of cold jade and hot stones

As you can see in the picture above, the treatment makes use of cold jade pieces and hot stones that activate and stimulate your accu-points for an invigorating and  rejuvenating effect. My therapist, Elyn, was so skilful with the jade rings, I think I fell asleep at one point.  With the hot stones (which aren’t directly applied to your skin, but the warmth is transferred to your face, neck and shoulders with her hands), I enjoyed the warmth and slight pressure applied. I found the juxtaposition of the cool jade and gentle heat very soothing.  There is also something very natural and organic about using just the therapist’s hands, and these stones and jade to do the treatment.  In fact, at one point, I can’t tell when she is using her hands, or the jade pieces.It is a different ‘school’ of treatment from other facials that employ the use of gadgets and machines to do the work (which you know I also enjoy  very much too).  It is a very tactile and olfactory experience – the good hands of the therapist enhance the product application and the scents (I choose First Peace, my FAVE) made everything so enjoyable.

TWO – The Space 

The ION store is rather harshly lit, I must say – if only the interior lighting is more cosy and ambient.  But once I stepped into the treatment cabin area, separated from the retail space by a large swinging door, a much more tranquil place welcomed me. There is a makeup area furnished with Sulwhasoo makeup cushions, lip balms, hair brush, marble and steel framed mirrors for you to do up your face & hair if need be post facial.  The treatment room itself is spacious, the bed is heated and set up in the middle of the room, the cupboard to keep your personal belongings is clearly labelled and well-designed (no cramped lockers that smell funny).  There is an area to do your foot scrub (I will get to that next) and the music played throughout is calming, right down to the subtle cricket sounds just barely discernible, making you feel like you are at some outdoor spa at one point in time.

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THREE – the foot scrub before the facial treatment

And not just any soak in the tub affair.  It seems almost ritualistic. And it is not a generic tub with a tap attached nor one of those bubbling foot-soak contraption. The set-up consists of  the warm water AND GINSENG WATER (!!), the metal basic and the sticks that lay across the basin that you rest your foot on when you are done. The therapist will bathe your feet using a gentle scrub (that smelled so good and felt so amazing, that I, like many others before me, immediately asked if the scrub is for sale – answer–no, not in SG yet).  This is definitely one of the highlights of the whole experience!

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FOUR – The Results

This is the kind of treatment that you would do a day or two before a big day, or whenever your skin is tired and needing some nourishment.  As you can see from my (crappy handphone selfie) pic, my skin is indeed glowy and smoother after all the products and massage – though to be honest, my skin has been pretty well maintained lately (I have been doing facials almost weekly prior to today’s treatment and you will read more about it soon).  My therapist, Elyn was in action almost all 80min of the treatment, from the foot scrub to the end of the session. Even while the second mask was on, she did not leave the room.  She was busy massaging my hands, and also my scalp. During the first mask, she was massaging my neck and shoulders using the white porcelain (I think?) pieces.  Needless to say, I left the spa all glowy and happy, went for my dinner gathering sans makeup except for my brows which I cannot do without.

All in all, a truly indulgent facial treatment – you can check out the other treatments that are available at the Sulwhasoo Spa – click here.

I hope you found my sharing helpful and thank you for reading!

GRWM: Chanel Holiday 2016 Collection

GRWM: Chanel Holiday 2016 Collection

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Hi hi!!

This entry features my top picks from the Chanel Holiday 2016 collection, which they have very generously sent me.  I wanted to pick products which I can use to create a look and also try out couple of new additions to their collection – such as the cream eyeliner.  And and and… I am quite happy to say that all my picks are really outstanding – in terms of the colour, and also the formula.

The hot pink blush – Hyperfresh –  is super pretty – it is a pink that leans warm and is quite pigmented.  Use a fluffy brush and lightly tap and blend into your skin.  Always stand a bit further away from the mirror to check if you need more colour.  I think this will suit all skintones.

The  cream eyeliner is smooth and ultra black.  Easy to glide on to my eyes, and I just used an angled liner brush to line my eyes. It sets quite fast, overall, easy to work with.  I like!

The Rouge Allure lipstick – Ultra Berry is a balanced combination of red and a deep berry.I have worn it more like a stain here, but the colour can be applied in the normal way to achieve full colour payoff.  I felt that a stain would give this smokey eyelook a more youthful casual vibe.

The eyeshadow palette is impressive – every shade is intensely pigmented, finely milled, and just stunning.  I am not usually a fan of these blackened silvery smokey colour scheme – but the quality alone makes this palette worth splurging on.

As for the last product, I have selected Liquid Mirror nailpolish – this goes on quite smooth, not quite ‘chome-like’ though. I wish this is a little lighter in tone though. And for such a reflective colour I would skip the topcoat so that the metallic finish would not be distorted.

 

Here are some product close ups, and also swatches of the eyeshadow palette –

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And here is the final look – I have made the upperlids quite smokey intense, using both the deep blue shades, and a bit of the dark brown to blend out to the crease.  But just a teeny bit of the brown – it is really intense, and it is easy to go overboard – I did, and had to clean up quite a bit and start over. I added the silver shades to only my lower eyelids.

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All Products used (All Chanel unless stated otherwise)

Face – Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation (shade 10), set with VitaLumiere Mineral Foundation (shade 20)

Eyes – Architectonic eyeshadow palette, Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner (65 Hyperblack)

Lips – Rouge Allure 247 Ultra Berry

Cheeks – Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder (shade 30), Joues Contraste (360 Hyperfresh)

Brows – Son & Park Brow Gel (Ash Grey)

Swatches of the Le Vernis 540 Liquid Mirror on my instagram – here! 

 

What have you picked up from this collection? I hope my overview has been helpful, and thank you for reading!

Happy Holidays!

GRWM: Clarins The Essential Palette

GRWM: Clarins The Essential Palette

Hi hi, this week, I received a package from the team at Clarins, there was a gift pack and also this eyeshadow palette!  In recent years, Clarins makeup is something that I can only admire and look at from afar from overseas beauty junkies’ social media posts, ever since the brand has pulled out their makeup collection from the SG market.  To be honest, I am really only interested in their base products – they have a good range of foundations, blushes and lip products.  I was told that the Clarins makeup will be making a return to SG early 2017, so I am looking forward to re-trying some of my old faves from them again.  And I hope that they will carry their summer releases!  Think gorgeous bronzers (OG readers will remember my Clarins bronzer that makes its appearance in almost every LOTD I posted on the blog!).

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Anyway, back to this Essentials Palette – which is not for sale here, but I am sure you can find it somewhere online if you really want it.  It comes in a cardboard style packaging, a dual ended brush, and ten wearable neutral shades. As you can see from my swatches, I feel that the darker shades fare better in terms of colour payoff, while the lighter shades tend to blend into my own skintone colour.  The ‘matte’ shades actually have a nice subtle pearly sheen to them, while the metallic shades contain some shimmer bits which doesn’t really adhere very well to the overall formula of the eyeshadow.  The overall quality reminds me a bit of the Bobbi Brown eyeshadows – very wearable, but not the most intensely pigmented.

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In this look, I tried to go for a more reddish brown soft smokey look – using the shades as indicated in the pictures below.  The eyeshadows feel a tad dry, but I did not have too much issues blending them out.  The shimmery finish of the eyeshadows in the pan did not quite transfer onto the skin when applied. So, if you want something very safe and quite subtle, this palette will deliver… though I am wondering how much this will actually retail, and also, I am wondering if the formula is due to the plant extracts used in the production.

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And here is the complete look:

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All products used:

Face – est.lab Sunshield, added more coverage with Make Up Store Instant Perfection Foundation (refer to my current fave face combinations here!), set with Shu Uemura Lightbulb Loose Powder

Eyes – Clarins The Essential Palette, Tom Ford eye defining liner

Cheeks – no blusher, but I used NARS Hot Sands/ Laguna powder duo

Lips – NARS Rosecliff lipstick (LE)

Brows – ABH Brow Promade Medium Brown

That’s all for this entry, and thanks so much for reading!

Happy Holidays!

Flawless Base: Current Fave Combinations!

Flawless Base: Current Fave Combinations!

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Hi hi, in this entry, I will share with you most of the products I am using in my foundation/ bases routine.  In the past few months I have managed to finish up quite a few of my fave base products, and I have since moved on to some new and not so new base products, so I thought it would be useful to do a round-up of everything.  Before we start, I thought I would start with a few useful pointers –

  1. The awesome foundations/ bases I have used up are: NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint, IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream, and I am on the last few uses of Shiseido Synchro Skin Fluid Foundation
  2. Everything I mentioned here can be mixed and matched depending on the amount of coverage, sun protection, type of finish that I want.  This is important to note, because on a daily basis, I just reach for whichever I can, especially when it comes to the setting powders and concealers.
  3. I have relatively clear skin  and I just need something to even out my overall skintone. I also have normal skin, with a slightly oily T-zone. With that said, I realise that whenever I said something is long lasting on me might not be the case for everyone – so if you have oilier skin than me, you probably should use your fave makeup primer to make your foundation last on you.  I usually test and wear all my foundations without primers/ bases as over the years I find that I don’t need to use a primer anymore — unless it is for SPF or to add more glow to my skin, but not to enhance the longevity of a foundation.
  4. Everything I use and mentioned will be clearly listed below for your reference, because throughout the entry, I will only be on ‘first name’ basis with the products for brevity’s sake.

So I will share with you two main combinations – using the Make Up Store instant perfect foundation & the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow cushion compact.  I will also share the UV protection that I am currently enjoying.  In between I will mention the other ‘accessories’ which I have been enjoying. You will notice that everything is semi-grubby and pan-hitting, but that’s only because I have been using them a load! 🙂

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I have been rotating these three UV bases:

  1. Moonshot UV Bouncer – this smells great, is completely clear and slightly creamy. I use this mainly when I am just heading out of the house for a run, and under foundations that have low SPF.  I had this for a while (when the brand first launched here) but only started using it recently.  Don’t think this is very expensive, and if you are looking for a nice everyday clear sunscreen, this is one to check out.  Love the pump dispenser too!
  2. est.lab Sun Shield – this is my 2nd tube.  You can get this from Estetica Beauty salons in Singapore.  Another pump dispenser tube.  It looks white in the tube, but like I have previously reviewed this before years ago (on my old blog), this blends out and becomes a skintone colour.  I think it will suit all skintones though, as it is not ashy or anything.  So this does help to even out my skintone.  With this, I am covered with SPF and have some tint. If I am just heading out for yoga, I will just put on some concealer to brighten my eyes, and lightly set with powder and this is a good combo for my yoga class, head out to lunch or a random pop around town.
  3. DIORSNOW Makeup Correcting Base with SPF35 – again, another going out for a short while base. It is a tad too peachy for me, but the very lightweight texture is nice to wear.  It does even out my skintone abit.  I will finish it but not feel the need to repurchase/ replace.  Strictly speaking, of course, this is not a sunscreen but more of a makeup base – so if you need a peachy base to correct/ balance a tired skin, this might be a better fit.

Among the three bases here, I would definitely recommend the est.lab Sun Shield ( think it is around $70?) – it has some coverage and proper SPF.

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Next, we have three concealers – NARS is a repeat, while the other two are quite new. I am curious to try out the new Tarte Shape Tape and Kat Von D concealers though!  But I have also purchase some really good concealers lately while I was in Seoul —  I am planning a haul and first impressions entry hopefully to be posted next week. 

  1. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – This is my second tube: I take forever to use up one, because at any time, I am using 5-6 different concealers. These are just three which I want to discuss at the moment.  This is one of the best concealers out there for both under the eyes and spots though I use it mainly for under my eyes.  Just to add more coverage and brightening. I can imagine that it might be a little cakey if you have very dry skin or have lines under your eyes,  but for now, this works well for me.
  2. Too Faced Born this way concealer – This has the same coverage as the NARS concealer, but less creamy.  This is a tiny bit streaky compared to the NARS one  (and that’s if I am really nit-picking) but both are quite similar.  I did not enjoy the UD concealer which many have compared to either this Too Faced and NARS one, in case you are wondering.  Quite a decent concealer, so I think it is all a matter of finding the shade you prefer in either the Too Faced or NARS one (price wise, I think they are less than $5 apart).
  3. Bobbi Brown Retouching Wand – this has good coverage.  I like the sponge tip dispenser. A little drying though, so if you have oily skin or oily eye area in general, this is a good one for you. Adheres well to the skin, and I am aware that the Bobbi Brown philosophy has the correct followed by conceal method as far as under eyes are concerned – and if you go to a BB counter, they will NOT recommend to use this for under the eyes, but … to me, whatever works for me.  I don’t really need to correct anything, I just want something to brighten.  So, why should I use an additional product just to correct something that’s non-existent?

 

OK, so now, let’s move on to LOOK ONE featuring the MAKE UP STORE base products.  I was given these lately, and I was immediately drawn to the Instant Perfection foundation – it is supposed to have light coverage but for me this coverage is pretty decent, like light to even medium.  It works well with all the setting powders I will be sharing in this entry, but to keep it within the brand, I have paired it with the MAKE UP STORE Dual Glow foundation powder – which probably added more coverage to the foundation itself.

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In my application, I start out with bare prepped skin (prepped – applied moisturiser) and if I am wearing this foundation out for the day – I will use the Moonshot UV bouncer for more SPF. I don’t think this foundation has any SPF.

You can see, the foundation has a thick consistency, looking like a BB cream.  I like to use this with my fingers, and really work it into my skin. As you can see in the  before/ after shots, the foundation has a light coverage, and yet it manages to neutralise the redness in my skin. If you need foundations with more coverage, MAKE UP STORE has several other more foundations to choose from.  But this is by far my fave (I have also tried the cream one which didn’t impress me).

This foundation always looks fresh, and lasts quite well on me.  It is now my go to foundation especially for going out in the evening.  The sleek flat tube package is quite cool and also makes it easy to pop inside your bag for travel etc.

Highly recommend this foundation!

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The next set of application process shows how I use the concealers under my eyes. Lately I prefer using a Beauty Blender, but most of the time, I just use my fingers.  But these concealers I am sharing here have a thicker consistency so I think a Beauty Blender works better for a seamless application.

You can also see that I used the Dual Glow foundation to set all over my face – I used a powder brush and lightly pressed and rolled it all over my face.

I only filled in my brows.

No other bronzer, blusher, highlighter are used, as I just only want to focus on the skin.

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Really love the finish and natural coverage of this Make Up Store instant perfect foundation!

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In Look 2, I am using the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow cushion compact – in Neutral 2.  This is a good shade for me, and I was also using this the whole time I was away in Seoul.

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I used the sponge applicator that comes with the compact, and used a pat pat motion to work the product into my skin.  With cushion compacts, you just got to pat pat.. instead of buffing and rubbing (when you are using the sponge applicator).

Compared to the liquid version of this Synchro Skin… the cushion compact  has less coverage and is more glowy.  This is my daytime foundation, and if I want more coverage and SPF (this contains 20+ SPF) I will definitely use either the Dior or the est.lab UV base for more sunscreen.

This has a very natural light coverage, and if you need more coverage, you are better off with the Synchro Skin Fluid foundation.  The cushion compact is convenient, and it looks good on me (I think) but I still prefer its fluid counterpart.

It looks good throughout the day but not as lasting as the fluid foundation.

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Next, I got to rave about this IT cosmetics bye bye pores pressed powder.  It is very finely milled, and I like to dust this in the centre of my face.  It further smooths out my skin and stays that way for a good amount of time. I soon hit pan on it, as you can see.  I also have the loose powder version, which I have swatched many times in Sephora, and it is soooo silky and smooth, I can’t wait to try it out after I am done with the pressed version!

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But for this LOOK 2, I will use the Shu Uemura lightbulb loose powder to set my face.  I think I have mentioned this loose powder before in a ‘foundations I am loving entry’ – this is a good glowy loose powder.  If you want a matte/ non glowy one, you won’t like this.  The glowy factor is quite discernible. For loose powder – I like to use a powder puff, though sometimes I use a large powder brush.

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As you can see in this finished picture, the coverage is much less compared to the Look 1 (and to be fair, my skin was quite reddened after two rounds of cleaning and rubbing from post yoga shower etc etc).

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Bottomline?   My top picks?  

  1. MAKE UP STORE Instant Perfection foundation
  2. NARS Radiant Creamy concealer
  3. Too Faced Born this Way concealer
  4. Shu Uemura Lightbulb Loose powder
  5. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores pressed powder
  6. Est.Lab Sunshield

 

I hope this entry is helpful, and like I mentioned earlier, all product details are mentioned below!   Thank you for reading!!  (I am already at over 2k words, gosh, the rambling is real especially when I crammed so much stuff in one epic entry!)

 

Product details:

Bases/ Sun Protection

  1. Moonshot Multi-Protection UV Bouncer SPF50 PA+++
  2. DIORSNOW Brightening Makeup Base SPF 35 PA+++
  3. EST LAB SunShield UVA & UVB Protection SPF50

Concealers

  1. Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer (Shade Light)
  2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Vanilla)
  3. Bobbi Brown Retouching Wand (Porcelain)

Powders

  1. Shu Uemura the lightbulb Glowing Face Powder (colourless)
  2. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Silk Pressed Finishing Powder (translucent)
  3. Make Up Store Glow Dual Foundation (stockholm)

Foundations

  1. Make Up Store Instant Perfection (bare)
  2. Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact (Neutral 2)

Look One Combination

  1. Make Up Store Instant Perfection foundation, set with Make Up Store Glow Dual Foundation
  2. Conceal with Bobbi Brown Retouching Wand
  3. Brows – Son & Park Gel Bonding Eyebrow in 03 Ash Gray set with MAC pro longwear waterproof brow set in Quiet Brunette

Look Two Combination

  1. Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact, set with Shu Uemura the lightbulb glowing face powder
  2. Conceal with Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer
  3. Brows – Shu Uemura Brow Palette in seal brown/ stone grey and set with Jung Saem Mool Brow Mascara

Get Ready with Me: CLIO Goodies!

Get Ready with Me: CLIO Goodies!

Hi hi!!  In this entry, I will share with you a range of products which I recently got to try from CLIO Professional – which I am sure many of you are familiar with.  They have some outstanding eyeliners, and also a ton of lip products for you to choose from.  Some of the products here have been out for some time, and I have been using them for a while, so I can give you my overall impressions as well.  I have also taken some pictures of my application and progress, so hopefully that will give you an idea of how the products work out for me.

Before we proceed, here are some useful information on the more recently launched products.  I will end off this entry with my top picks among everything that I have discussed.

Product Information:

CLIO Virgin Kiss Tension Lip Oil Tint (SG22.90, six shades)

Vivid, long-lasting colour for high-shine, lustrous lips. Moisturising oils for fresh and hydrated lips.

CLIO Pro Artist Liquid Collection (SG21.90, two shades)

Easy to use wand for adding targeted dimensions, highly blendable, moisturising formula.

Highlighter Set – illuminating glow and natural dimension, formulated with micro-fine pearls to create a dewy, healthy glow

Shading Set – Liquid Shading with natural skintone colour for conturing of facial definitions, naturally sculpted look

CLIO Kill Black/ Kill Brown Pen Liner (SG22.90, two shades)

Long lasting, waterproof – easy to use Moist Sponge Tip applicator for precise lines and maximum control

 

 

Okay, with all that information out of the way, let’s start with applying the foundation – here, I am using the Kill Cover Airwear Protexture Foundation – and as the name suggests, it is a very lightweight foundation.  The formula is quite watery, and easily build up if you need more coverage.  But a layer of this foundation is enough to even out my skintone, and I will usually go in with a bit more product just in the centre of my face and where I have some redness around my nose.

I have both shades 3 and 4, but I am using 4 in this look for a more natural look.  3 would fit me too, actually.  In terms of lasting power, I won’t say this is the most long lasting one, but it is good for around 5-6 hours without touching up.  The finish is quite natural, a slight satin finish.  This is good if you have normal skin, and want to wear something really weightless.

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Next, we have the liquid sculpting and highlighting products.  I have noticed that the Korean makeup / beauty gurus are really expert and skilful in the art of contouring and shaping their facial features.  In every makeup tutorial that I have watched, they will definitely use a contouring product to sculpt their nose, their jawline and also their hairline.  All these while still creating a very fresh and almost no makeup face overall.  This is very different from the western style of makeup where the contouring is sometimes blurred with the bronzing, and the end result is definitely what you described as ‘sunkissed’.  With that in mind, I set out to try the Liquid Shading and dotted it under my cheeks in order to create a more dimensional face.  Each of these Liquid comes with a sponge which you can use to dab and blend the product into your skin for a very seamless look.

I find the Liquid Shading to be a very good SHADOWY colour if you have light to medium skintone. If you are more than 2 shades darker than me, then it wouldn’t really work on your skin tone. The Liquid Shading is easy to apply and blend, and I do find that it creates quite a naturally sculpted look (though I know my pictures aren’t the best representation but IRL, the effects are much better).

The Liquid Highlighter is very natural, just enough to give your face a more glowy look.  I would definitely need to top it up with a powder highlight to give more SHINE to the top of my cheeks.

For both Liquid products, I use them over foundation, and BEFORE I set my face.  After this is done, then I would lightly dust a clear pressed powder over the areas I have contoured.

Between the two Liquids.. I would highly recommend the Shading Liquid – the colour and formula are spot on, and you can’t really overdo it, especially if you use the sponge to help you with the blending.

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Next, we have the Waterproof eyeliner, it has a firm marker tip which allows you to draw a very clean and sharp line.  I have this in the brown one, which is very natural, and slightly on the sheer side, as you can see from the pictures.  Very natural, and I am keen to see how the black one perform.  In terms of user-friendliness, this is pretty darn easy to use.  I just wish the colour is more intense.

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And next, I was given the whole set of the new (new to me at least) tension oil tint.  This promises both colour and long-wear.  There is good colour payoff, and because they are tints, do expect some staining, especially among the bright pinks and reds.

I do enjoy these oil tints, as I find them quite hydrating and if you just want some colour on your lips without using anything heavy, these strike the balance between having colour and being weightless.  Personally I would prefer to wear the more neutral shades in this formula, and the bolder ones are good to wear as a stain AS A BASE for your bold lipsticks in matching colour – this ensures maximum colour payoff, and even if your lipstick rubs off, you still have the tint underneath.

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swatches here:

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and on my lips – also showing you how opaque they look and how they look like once spread out on my lips.

My top picks?

02 Wild Cherry, 11 Naughty Nude

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All products used – all CLIO Professional unless stated otherwise

face: Airwear Protexture Foundation (shade 4),

concealers: Too Faced Born this Way concealer for under the eyes (shade Light), Kevyn Aucoin SSE for spots (shade SX07)

contour/ blush: Pro Artist Liquid Shading, Pro Artist Liquid Highlighting, NARS Madly Blush

lips: as stated, various shades of Tension Lip Oil Tint

eyes: MAC Soft Brown, Burnished

eyeliner: Waterproof Pen Liner in Kill Brown

brows: Kill Brow Conte Powder Kit, All Day Tattoo Brow Cara 2 Light Brown

 

Hope this entry has been useful, and I really do enjoy playing around with these CLIO goodies.  I highlight recommend trying out the Liquid Shading, and also a couple of the Tension Lip Oil Tints.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Get Ready with Me: The MUFE #readytomouthoff challenge

Get Ready with Me: The MUFE #readytomouthoff challenge

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Hi hi!

so sometime back, when the MUFE team asked if I am interested in doing a makeup challenge, I found myself quite game for it – and it took me almost 2 weeks to get down to doing something.

I certainly didn’t expect a whole kit filled with the gear – tools and products which I can use to create a bold lip look.  I am guessing others who are doing the challenge might get other sort of challenge, for example, a cut crease eyelook, etc. I guess doing a bold lip isn’t too stressful for me, right?

The kit is impressively packed – and certainly helped create the sense of a ‘challenge’ – but the purpose of this entry isn’t really about the kit… but rather, WHAT I did with the products given to me.

We have a couple of their Artist Rouge Lipsticks (a creamy white, and a creamy deep berry shade), fix mist, concealer, lip pencils, glitter pigments… so with all that in mind, I started some casual mental brainstorming, of what I can do with the products.  I know I probably won’t be able to do those really cool graphic artistic lip looks that I have seen those makeup artists do… but I will try to move out of my comfort zone, and use some of the products in different ways to create something unexpected.  Besides, if my lip look is too ‘out there’, what am I going to do with the rest of my face?

I believe the #gopromakeupchallenge is a campaign which they are currently running (can check out their social media channels) so if you are keen to take part in your own way, you certainly should!  – The MUFE SINGAPORE FACEBOOK page is linked here. 

 

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I did two looks:

One – a rather futuristic glittery grey liplook over a white base.  To be honest, the white lipstick was quite tricky to work out.  It applied rather unevenly and streaky no matter how I tried to blend and build up the colour. So I decided to use the metallic grey pigment and applied it over the white base instead.  I left the middle of my lips quite bare, to create that silvery grey white gradient effect.  Then I pat on some of the silver glitter bits in the centre of my lips.

I kept the rest of the face quite simple and clean so that it’s not competing with the liplook.  I think this is not that outlandish, but it is certainly not the most flattering shade on me (or anyone for that matter) – it seemed to drain my face of colour – which is why I piled on the warm shades in terms of my face colour.

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I decided to make use of the other lipstick included in the kit.

A deep wine berry shade, I decided to smudge it out at the edges, to make it look like I am just ‘drank some blood’ or like my lips are ‘bleeding’ – because the rest of the face is quite clean, I find that this look is definitely wearable.

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So which bold liplook do you prefer?  I have listed everything else used below, in case you are wondering.

All products used: (ALL MUFE unless stated otherwise)

face – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (shade Y225)

contour/ highlight/ blush – contour with Pro>Bronze Fusion in 10M, bronze & highlight with Pro>Sculpting Duo 02, blush Becca Luminous Blush in Tigerlily

eyeliner – Graphic Liner in Black, outline with white liquid eyeliner from Too Faced Sketch Marker in Pure White

set with IT Cosmetics BYE BYE pores pressed powder

Lips (Look 1 – grey glittery over white base)

line lips with Aqua XL Pencil in M16, fill in with Artist Rouge Creme C600, paint over with Star Lit Powder in 27, and dust the centre with Glitter Powder in 15

Lips (Look 2 – grungy messy berry lips)

smudge the edges and blend out, using Artist Rouge Creme C407

eyes – lightly colour the crease using the contour shade in the Sculpting Kit (shade 2)

 

 

That’s all for now, and thanks for reading!

Oct/Nov 2016: New Beauty Products [MUFE, Urban Decay, Clinique…]

Oct/Nov 2016: New Beauty Products [MUFE, Urban Decay, Clinique…]

Hi hi!!  Get ready for a long rambly post ahead!  I will be loosely dividing this post into a few ‘chapters’ – each with a cluster of products which I am currently playing with, and share with you my thoughts on them.  There are so many new products lately, holiday collections, fall collections, is it that time of the year already??

Anyway, let’s start with new products from Urban Decay – palettes! Here, we have the Naked Illuminating Trio, I think this retails for about SG$60 and it contains 3 shades of sparkly highlighters and a dual ended brush.

I find the packaging excessive in this trio.. they could have done with the packaging of their Flush palettes – more compact, and prolly more product too.  The powder is dome shaped (are they baked powders?) and all three swatched almost the same on my skintone.. and the colours or the sheeen did not show up very well in swatches.  There are visible sparkly bits, especially in the middle shade, oasis.  I didn’t have high hopes when I applied it onto my cheeks later on.  But they perform better when applied onto the actual skin on my face, as you can see in the close up shots of my cheeks.  I used a Morphe fluffy blending brush to apply the product instead of the brush that is included (which seems too synthetic to pick up this type of powder but maybe quite good for contouring/ sculpting instead).

As far as highlighters are concerned, these are not the best in terms of quality… the price point is okay.. but I think I would rather pay about the same for a good single highlighter from Becca or Hourglass. Or if you want to stay in the Urban Decay family, stick with their existing Afterglow Highlighters (only SG$39 each) – Sin is a dupe for Becca’s Moonstone/ Mary Louminizer.

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Next chapter – I shall discuss the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics eyeshadow palette.  It is amazing how they keep coming up with new releases of crowd favourites.  I must say I prefer the Basics 1 rather than Basics 2 palette which seems a tad too cool toned for my liking.  But the Basic palettes contain really good smooth matte eyeshadows which I enjoyed, and I even used them for my eyebrows for a long time (I think I have an old blog entry on using the BASIC palette for my brows).   This palette retails for SG$83 and contains 12 mostly matte eyeshadows (actually only ONE shade has a pearl sheen to it – called Blow, the rest are all smooth & matte).  Mimimal fallout, easy to apply, easy to blend.  This is an outstanding matte eyeshadow palette.  I personally can do with only the lower row of shades, the top row seem all too cool and too similar.  My personal fave shade is BITTERSWEET, that orangey brown just jumps out at me in the whole palette, so I had to use it all over my eyes in this LOTD shown.  I also did another look with only the top row colours, ending up with a very lightly defined look.

Packaging for this palette is also on point, I really like the solid feel of the palette and the huge mirror inside is a bonus.

Bottomline – I highly recommend this Urban Decay palette.  If you have to get something from their new collections.. this is it.

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All products used in this warm smokey look:

face – By Terry Colorless Hydra-Filler, NARS All Day Weightless Radiance Foundation (Light 4), set with NARS Translucent Loose Powder

concealer – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

brows – ABH Brow Promade Dark Brown, filled in any gap with Shu Uemura brow powder duo (seal brown)

lashes – Huda Beauty Gisele #13

no eyeliner

eyeshadows as used and stated in the pic above

bronzer/ contour – NARS Olympia

blush – TARTE sensual blush

highlight – Urban Decay Illuminating Trio

lipstick – Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 714 (mega matte finish)

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All products used in this everyday ‘no makeup’ look:

face – MUFE Ultra HD Liquid foundation, set with NARS Translucent Loose powder

concealer – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

brows – MUFE Brow palette (used the waxy base, followed by ABH brow promade in Dark Brown), filled in any gap with MUFE brow palette

lashes – NARS falsies from the Sarah Moon collection #09

lipstick – Urban Decay VICE Lipstick in Naked

eyeshadow – as stated in the picture below

no eyeliner

contour / bronzer – Cle de Peau bronzing powder duo 01, Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder in Medium

blush – NARS Ukriane (LE)

highlighter – Urban Decay Illuminating Trio

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One last Urban Decay offering I have here to share – the VICE palette – this retails for SGD$68 and contains 12 shades of Vice Lipsticks. I have never been a fan of lipstick palettes – I find the texture to be nothing like the original lipsticks in a tube.. For $68 you can buy almost 3 full sized VICE lipsticks, and you can pick the exact shades that you would actually wear.  This palette contains a lot of fun colours, but who is going to wear the purple or green lipstick, even if they are going to be your lipstick topper…chances are those would not be used  much at all.

One thing tho, I like the packaging, the extra cover is really neat and keeps everything sanitary.  I would like to see a more colour themed VICE lipstick palette though.. for example, and all NAKED lippie palette, all RED palette.. instead of this varied offering.

I won’t be swatching this palette… it is a bit pointless as you can google for the swatches of the individual shades online.. I might give this palette away to someone who would love it more than me.

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Next, let’s move to another brand, Clinique has released new additions to their POP LIP collection, with the POP LIQUID MATTE, and POP MATTE.  I think these retail for under SGD$30, or early $30+.

The Pop Liquid Matte lipsticks have a rather large doe-foot applicator which I find a bit hard to get into the corners of my lips.  I am curious to see how the more  natural MLBB shades work in this collection, as the samples I received are both quite bold. The formula is quite creamy and comfortable to wear.  They take a while to set before looking matte, and I personally prefer 02 Flame Pop as a true red.  These don’t feel dry like most other Liquid Matte lippies, but they don’t have the smooth velvety feel of the Chanel Rouge Ink or NARS Velvet lip glides- the creamy matte formula is something quite nice, especially if you tend to have dry lips.

The Pop Matte lipsticks are more matte than the liquid ones… no dry down, they appear matte immediately.  I like how the colours in the tube have a true colour payoff when applied on the lips.  They are creamy and matte, again the formula is very nice, and easy to use.  05 Graffiti Pop is my top pick from these three, it has a very pretty raspberry red, flattering on most skintones.  Bonus – the frosted bottle design is a winner.

Bottomline – if you like the Clinique Pop Lipsticks, you will like these too.  I enjoyed the original Pop lipsticks when they launch, the formula is creamy and non-drying and the colours are all quite wearable.  Again, I am curious to check out the MLBB shades in person.

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Next, we have some new products from MUFE – I have several other products from MUFE, but I might feature them sometime later. Here we have the Artist Rouge lipsticks, in several finished, and a myriad of colours.  I was sent a selection of colours, one of which is a wicked blue shade that I showed on my Instagram a while ago, but I have since gifted it away to someone who would rock it way better than I would ever do.

These retail for SGD$35 each, quite reasonable!  The packaging is industrial chic, very weighted cap, and the lipstick bullet has a very sharp tip.. give you lots of precision when it comes to application.

I find these lipsticks to have a true colour payoff – what you see is what you get.  There is no hint of white in the bright shades I have to share here, and the formula is quite comfortable and glides onto my lips effortlessly.  I personally prefer the matte shades compared to the creme ones which I find a tad slippery, and streaky.

Bottomline – every brand is coming up with new lipsticks (and I haven’t even start on the MAC liptensity ones!) and I think it is easy to get lost in everything.  For me, the reds in this range stand out, and my personal pick is the hot pink M202 – it looks almost neon without that white base, and still manages to look really opaque.  I am impressed.  It is what I think NARS Schiapp should be like, M401 is gorgeous and really classy. C304 is a true orange, and way better than MAC Morange – again, too white too stark.  C304 is a super in your face true bright orange, almost blindingly bright.

I could probably wear the black a bit better, such as blotting and re applying, but it does take some work.  It is a true black without any blue or green tinge.  Great for Halloween eh?

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Lastly, we have the MUFE pro sculpting brow palette – this is in shade 1, which is a tad light on me, so I only use it to fill in gaps in my brows after using my usual brow promade.  I go through phases with my brow routine, and for the past couple of years, I usually only reach for the gels/ creams, and using a powder to fill in any gaps etc…I like the waxy base in this palette though.  I just rub my spoolie brush into the wax, and brush it through my brow hairs before I use my brow gel/ cream/ powder.  The wax sort of pressed my brow hairs down, and provides a base for the gel/ cream/ powder to hold on to.  I am enjoying this little step… and it makes my brows look quite 3D ish (refer to the ‘natural LOTD’ in this entry for a close up of my brows).

This retails for SGD$76 (pricey!!) and comes in 2 shades (01 and 02).  I think the darker one might suit me better though.  If they sell the waxy thing alone, I would totally just buy that only!  It is a fab base before I fill in my brows.

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Almost at 2000 words already!! I hope you are still reading!!  Do people still even read blogs these days?  The stats on my blog seem ‘healthy’ on a daily basis, but everyone seems to be all about snapchatting, posting stories, posting pretty flatlays.. do people actually care about reading long entries like this?  Even I am guilty and get caught up in this vicious cycle, new products arrived at my desk, post the obligatory IG pic, put everything away, unopened, unused…(opps!!! yes, I am guilty!).   Event launches are organised around the whole Instagram aesthetics these days too, with lots of props and trinklets for participants to artfully arrange them.  I stopped attending such events.  But that’s another story altogether, and I guess you already know my views.  Some people don’t like what I have to say on this, to each her/their own.

I guess there is still a point for my blog… if not where else can I ramble about stuff that I have actually opened and used?  Even if they aren’t that new anymore, I would like to think someone out there might find it interesting to read and maybe try out something new.  I personally find it therapeutic to write and blog, and have been for years and years…so even if the whole ‘influencer’ thing is dead for me, if people stop inviting me to events or stop sending me new stuff, I would still have my own content my own stories my own experience to share.  That’s how it has always been for me, even before ‘influencer’ or ‘blogger’ became a thing.

Not sure if I would be able to post more before the end of Nov.. the month is shaping up to be pretty nightmarish and hectic so far.. and I am leaving early Dec for my year end holiday.  Sometimes I am mentally composing rambly topics in my mind… I am tempted to post another skincare round-up, and also posting current faves entry/ stuff that I am using up lately…my current makeup routine is very simple.. I just have a long-lasting base, brows on… blush, and hardly any lippie.  Very boring.. but sometimes I still like to slap on a full face of makeup.

Anyway, I hope this entry has been helpful as always, and do let me know if you have any questions.. or suggestions for new posts in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading.