Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The lovely Jennifer from Life and Lens of Beauty does custom purchases, and she helped me buy the following items from Hong Kong:
Her prices are very reasonable, and she's also super nice and friendly!
My favourite item of the 3 has to be the Blush Blossom in Little Anemone 06.
The colours in this blush are so pretty! I'm so glad that this isn't a limited edition, as I really love this blush. The scent is to die for...it's a beautiful sweet, floral scent that makes this blush a joy to use.
The lighter shade of this blush contains fine shimmer, which thankfully is not over the top with sparkles. It looks bright and natural one applied onto the cheeks.
I found these loose powder blushes really tricky to apply. I used to end up with powder everywhere, making a huge mess. My new trick is to use a good brush like Illamasqua's Blusher Brush to pick up powder from the netting, and using the padded part attached to the inner lid to wipe of excess powder. For some reason, I find using the Illamasqua brush causes a lot less mess than using the brush provided.
Next up is the Mix Blush in Milky Strawberry 13. The compact includes four sweet pastel shades. They can be used individually, but mixed together they give a pretty soft pink.
Lastly, I bought their newly released Lip Jewel in Catseye Wink 01. I love the beautiful packaging of this gloss!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
According to Vichy:
"Specially developed for Asian women.
1. Instant natural skin tone self-unification
-Blemishes and wrinkles visibly fade out immediately. Complexion is naturally unified all day long.2. Healthier looking skin:
-Thanks to powerful antioxidants and UV filters, skin is protected day after day. Its original pre radiance is like recovered.
3. Ultra-safe formula
-Tested under dermalogical control. Hypoallergenic, non-pore cloggin, and free of fragrance and paraben. allos skin to breathe as if bare skin."
*OK, just to let you know, I've copied them word for word. As you can see, the English in some places is not quite right*
Aqua, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, glycerin, ethylhexl methoxycinnimate, HDI, hexyllactone, PEG-10 dimethicone, pentylene glycol, dimethicone, magnesium sulphate, propylene glycol, Bis-digyceryl polyacyladipate-2, sodium stearoyl glutamate, ascorbyl glucoside tocopheryl acetate, caprylyl gylcol, lactobacillus ferment, titanium dioxide, Iron oxides
Texture and Scent
This products has a creamy consistency. It dries fairly quickly, so a tip would be to apply it onto your face quickly! If too much product is applied, it could give the skin a slightly 'caked' look, so I would recommend applying this cream sparingly. It's not very moisturising on my skin, so I would use this on top of a moisturiser.
It has a light, subtle scent, which is hard to describe. I've read it described somewhere as 'plasticky', but since the scent is subtle you don't really notice it.
Colour and Coverage
It only comes in one shade, that is of a light beige. Unlike tradiational BB creams, this shade doesn't have the slightest grey-cast to it. The colour matches my skin perfectly, and I've not really noticed any oxidation of colour. The coverage is very sheer, alot sheerer than most BB creams. It would not conceal any acne or any skin imperfections. It does, however, give the skin a nice looking finish. The finish is slightly matt, compared to the dewy finish of other BB creams. I found the BB cream to be pretty long lasting and I didn't need to reapply it during the day.
In the pic below, I'm wearing this BB cream on top of moisturiser. As you can see, it does not give me a flawless skin effect. I also found that it did not do much for my skin. It didn't cover my skin imperfections. However, it does look nice and natural with a matt looking finish.
Would I recommend it?
I would recommend it to those who have no skin concerns and are looking to even out their skintone and having a flawless finish. I like it because it did not irritate my skin, even when my skin's at its most sensitive. There are other BB creams out there that I prefer. It doesn't act as a concealer, primer and a foundation all in one. I would say it's more similar to a tinted moisturiser.
Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a good week!
I was really excited about the lauch of Nars new Velvet Glosss Lip Pencils as I'm a big fan of their Velvet Matte range. These gloss pencils are fairly pricey and cost ~£17.50 each, but since Nars is one of my fave makeup brands, I definitely planned to purchase them when they became available.
They were launched on Feb 1st, and I bought myself 2 shades; New Lover and Baroque.
Baroque on top, New Lover below:
New Lover on the left, Baroque right:
New Lover (left) is described as Strawberry Pink laced with Gold. Baroque is a Bold Raspberry Sorbet.
Here are some lip swatches. First up is New Lover. This is a gorgeous, easy to wear shade. On me, this colour looks a peachy, pinky-red (hard to describe!)
The gold flecks are fairly evident, especially in the pic below. This pic was taken in bright natural sunlight. The bright light washes out the colour of the gloss slightly, but you can see the gold shimmer.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I used my new Vichy BB Cream to even out my skintone. The BB cream is super sheer and light. I wanted soft, pretty peachy-pink cheeks for the romantic look. I applied my Jill Stuart Blush Blossom in 03, using the two colours blended together. I used my new Dior lipcolour in Pink Chic for pink lips.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
This year, it's the year of the Rabbit. In Asia (or Chinatown), you can see lots of cute little rabbit decorations for sale. Not to mention adorable Chinese New Year cards with little bunnies, like this one my husband's grandma sent us.
In the spirit of Chinese New Year, I have decorated Ollivander, our little Olive tree with little chinese lanterns.
My family (but not me!) will be in Sarawak, Malaysia for Chinese New Year this year as there will be a huge reunion on my father's side. I'm not attending as I just came back from there. Somehow, I didn't find out about the reunion until a few weeks ago... I feel a bit left out of the loop!
Anyway, my family will be in my hometown of Miri to celebrate CNY with my Dad's side of the family, then Kuching to celebrate with my mum's family. I haven't been back to Miri in about 5 years, so it'll be nice to see what it's like nowadays. It was a quiet little beach town ~20 years ago when I used to live there, but it was a bustling city the last time I went!
I've done a quick FOTD to go with this post. I used my YSL Pur Couture red lipstick stained on my lips using my fingers, to create a more subtle cherry colour.
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to completely forego foundation this year (not sure how long this will last). Foundation tends to irritate my skin a lot and I feel I'm more suited to tinted moisturisers or light BB creams. Better yet is to not wear any base as then my skin will be irritant free. My previous FOTD was made before the New Year, so I've not quite violated my resolution yet!
For this FOTD, I'm using Shu Uemura's Instant Glow Skin Perfecting Cream instead of foundation. It gives skin a nice radiant look, however, I found it did irritate my skin a little bit.
Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow Immediate Radiance Skin Perfecting Cream
MAC Blush in Peaches
Dior Earth Reflection
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
YSL rouge Pur Couture in 01
Please excuse my very messy hair. Sadly it was kind of deliberate. I was trying a messy, just got out of bed look, but realised it did not go well with my type of fringe. So I ended up looking like a deranged witch.
One of my favourite blushers is Mac Peaches. It gives skin a nice peachy colour, while imparting a subtle glow. It makes me a little healthier looking. I'll be reaching for this blush more in the Summer.