September 21, 2012
I went really easy on makeup hauling during my last holiday. I finally bought a foundation pump for my nars sheer glow, which is otherwise awfully neglected. The original rubbery cap was getting all sticky and I am glad I remembered to buy the pump when I came across a nars counter. My foundation bottle doesn't have a lid now, but the pump can be locked when not in use.
The other thing that I bought was from DFS on my way back home. I was just browsing the shelves (while waiting for the luggage to come out) when I saw this travel exclusive trio of Lancôme Rouge In Love lipsticks. I had never swatched them at the counters before, let alone looked at them for that matter, and so had no lemmings whatsoever, but I went on to grab the last set. It was an impulsive buy I must say, but I have no regrets. The colours are so lovely! The texture is so smooth and feels so moisturizing on the lips.
The tube is shorter than what I expected and I thought I had been cheated into buying a mini version or something. But no, these pack 3.9g of product which is great for a lipstick (MAC is 3g and Illamasqua 4g). I kinda dig the metal packaging too.
The colours are 230M Jolis Matins, 163B Rose St Honoré, 132M Corail In Love.
Great everyday lipstick colours right there.
Been alternating 132M and 230M to work this past week. 230M is a pretty pinky nude on me while 132M is slightly brighter on my lips but not too attention-seeking. 163B contains some shimmer that do not translate vividly on the lips and it's a rosy pink that I will reserve for the weekend.
July 31, 2012
So I wasn't intending on getting anything. Granted I had taken at a look at the swatches on Temptalia, and noted down two colours I kinda liked, but I really didn't think I'd be getting anything. I was at Shaw last Saturday to watch The Dark Knight Rises at Lido IMAX (awesome show btw!), and there I was killing time walking around Isetan when I saw the display for the collection. Out of curiosity, I went to take a look and opened one to swatch.
The texture felt so interesting, kinda marshmallow-y, soft and mousse-y. The colour pay-off was very good, very shimmery, very blendable. So after a short battle in my head as to buy or not to buy, I ended up walking away with the same two colours I had noted down. They are Superwatt, a light shimmering taupe, and Electroplate, a cool gunmetal grey. I did not even dare swatch ALL the colours lest I be tempted. These are very safe neutral colours that I would wear all the time, so yes, very safe. :)
They come in a screw-top container.
These are the same swatches when I tried rubbing them off. It's mostly the shimmer that goes away.
I have worn both colours to work this week. I wear them without primer (most days, I'm eye primer-less!) and they last me the whole day. There is no fading, only some slight creasing, which I think is partly due to my oily lids. Overall, I think it's not a bad product, definitely worth a look if you want to try a different kind of texture. I do not have any Chanel Illusion d'Ombre or MAC Big Bounce eyeshadows to compare this with, and for the record, they're totally different from GA ETK and l'Oreal Infaillible.
July 27, 2012
This is my haul from MAC's Heavenly Creature collection. I only bought cheek products although I was very tempted by the eyeshadows too. But after calculating how much it would cost if I added them to my bill, I decided not to get them, pretty as they are.
Swatching the products in person made my decision easier as to what to get. I skipped Center of the Universe MSF and Earthshine MSF as they were too dark and bronzey for my skin. As for the mineralize blush, I skipped Solar Ray (very very pretty peach and gold, but too much shimmer for my liking) and Stratus (too dark).
So these are joining my mineralize collection.
Star Wonder MSF (Plumy pink with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments)
Light Year MSF (Peachy pink with gold shimmer)
Ring Of Saturn mineralize blush (Terracotta and gold melange)
Supernova mineralize blush (Magenta and burnished gold)
July 21, 2012
Got this through Michelle's spree recently. And this is a swatch I put up on Instagram this morning in case you've missed it.
Dry and wet swatch respectively
Isn't the colour just gorgeous?
July 11, 2012
These are a couple of goodies (the others being nail polishes that were on sale at the time) that I ordered online from Illamasqua in early April, but which I received only recently due to, what I think is, some shipping error. It took me about 2 months before I noticed that something had probably gone wrong with my order since it hadn't been delivered. Besides, another order which I had made around the same time had already reached me a month before that. So I emailed customer service and after a very long and frustrating email exchange (where they kept referring me to some other tracking references that had arrived in Australia and some other unknown place), they finally decided to resend me another package at my request. I wouldn't have had it any other way, it was that or a full refund.
So anyway...here is what was inside the black box (besides the nail polishes).
The Neutral Palette from the Naked Strangers Collection
"Create sculpted highlights and stark contours anywhere on your face and body with these four pivotal Powder Eye Shadows. From our new antique gold shade, Vintage - exclusive to this palette - and matt shades Stealth (creamy buttermilk) and Wolf (rich chocolate brown), to the smoky charcoal depths of new shade Obsidian (rich black), express your inner light and darkness with riotous glamour."
Powder Eyeshadow in Bronx - described as a pale bronze gold (it was on sale too for half the price!)
All of them are very pigmented, soft and smooth, finely milled and they blend well. They might look kinda boring and all, but I like the simplicity of it. I am a fan of neutrals, so I am very pleased with all the colours.
June 24, 2012
Just a very quick comparison post between some grey eyeshadows I pulled out of my stash.
Similar but not the same: Flahsback silver has a purple/lilac sheen, Pulp Fiction has a reddish tinge (depending on how much of the red bits you get on your brush), while Obsidian Grey leans a bit blue, making it a greyer grey than the rest.
June 24, 2012
This is my very small restrained haul from Barneys.com which had free international shipping recently. Thanks to the makeup-blogette for the heads up on this on Instagram! I was sort of on a budget and ended up with only two items: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill 21 Obsidian Grey and Nars single eyeshadow in Lhasa. I wanted to get the ETK in Obsidian Black as well, but by the time I had made my final decision on what to buy, it was OOS. Too bad for me, but good for my wallet. I also had a YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Fauve in my basket, but didn't order it in the end. Maybe next time.
Have not used the ETK yet, but I am really really loving Lhasa. It is a very pretty taupey shade, great to use as a wash of colour all over the lid on any occasion. This is my first nars eyeshadow single and I was amused by how small it was. I have a few duos which are the same size as the blush, and I found this one so small and cute.
June 09, 2012
The MAC Hey, Sailor! collection was launched exclusively at Raffles City MAC last Friday and I went to take a look. They didn't have the highlight powder in Crew, the item I was most interested to see. I was told that it hadn't arrived yet, when in fact, as I learnt yesterday, it is not part of the Asian launch. I swatched the blushers and while one barely showed up on my skin, the other looked like it had some obvious glitter in it (I swear I saw specks of chunky glitter! In retrospective it might be that the blush was contaminated with some other product). I sighed with relief as I decided that I wouldn't be buying anything from this collection except maybe the powerpoint pencil in Handforged.
Fast forward one week later to the islandwide launch of the collection. I wanted to check out Crew (I didn't know yet that it's not part of the Asian release). I only learnt it then when I was at Tangs where the testers were brand new on display. I swatched the blushers again. And you guessed it. I went back home with them. Both.
Both have a satin finish that gives off a subtle sheen. And while I said that Launch Away barely showed up on my skin, I was wrong. I wore it today and it gave me a hint of colour on its own (the colour is very buildable). I then added a bit of Fleet Fast on top for a little pop.
May 26, 2012
The MAC Fashion Sets consist of a nail lacquer, lipglass and lipstick of the same shade and name. You can buy the items separately or you could buy the whole set if you'd like.
I liked Impassioned so much that I bought all three items (amongst others..but let's not get there)
Swatches of the lipstick and lipglass:
The lipstick is a hot pink on my lips.
This is Impassioned nail polish. The colour totally doesn't match the rest.
And this is the whole Impassioned look.
April 21, 2012
MAC Tres Cheek is a collection of six powder blushers and the one I bought is called Modern Mandarin (described as a red-orange with a satin finish). It has good pigmentation as compared to some of the others I swatched which didn't show up too well on my skin. I
These days I don't go crazy over blushes as I used to, which is a good thing really.
Some blushes in the same colour family that I found in my stash!
(click for bigger swatch pic)