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July 15, 2011

Victoria's Secret makeup

Victoria's Secret, famous for their underwear, lingerie, swimwear, lotions, creams and mists, also carries a pretty comprehensive beauty line. I bought these from Sophia (the make-up blogette) who got them in the US during the VS semi-annual sale. No better time to try them out I say.

Nice packaging, modern and simple.

This is a baked mineral eyeshadow quad. It is about the size of a MSF, but contains a lot less product. It has a dome shape, which is characteristic of baked mineral products.

The colours are rather pigmented (those are one swipe swatches) but not very unique. I'm liking the colour combi though.

Next up are a blush trio and a bronzer trio. The colours are pretty much muted and look very soft. I actually visualized them as brighter (I don't know why) and not so dull looking, so I was a bit surprised when I saw them in real life.

These are swatches of the individual colours, blush followed by bronzer. They are very sheer, but that means that they're buildable. They have a very slight amount of shimmer, barely noticeable.

The trios when swatched together. I've worn the Afterglow blush and I must say that I quite like it. It lasted the whole day, giving me a nice glow.

June 24, 2011

Illamasqua blush swatches (Thrust, Nymph, Panic), Illamasqua bronzer (Writhe), Illamasqua nail polish (Force, Radium, Stagnate)

All the goodies here were bought during sales, 20% or 25% off at different times and I wanted to receive everything before doing a collective haul entry.

So what do we have?

Everything unboxed:

Bronzer in Writhe (golden tan)

"Shape, define, tempt and tease. Illamasqua Bronzer contains crushed pearl powder, for a smooth, even finish that leaves skin begging to be caressed. Apply to face and body for a beautiful bronzed glow that will last until dawn."

This was on sale at 30% off in the Summer Shop. Very very fine powder and super glowy.

Another 3 blushes for my collection!

Thrust - Deep Magenta Pink

Nymph - Warm Candy Pink

Panic - Deep Cherry Red

The first pic is closer to how it looks like in real. The second pic brings out the "cherry" tone of the colour.

Liquid Metal in Enrapture (Molten Bronze), also 30% in the Summer Shop


This is just one swipe of Panic! It's so bloody intense and pigmented.

And a little comparison between Illamasqua Panic and nars Exhibit A, both reddish matte blushes.

They don't look the same at all. Panic has more pink in it and Exhibit A has more orange, even though the latter is officially described as a Brilliant Red.


Again, only one swipe of Panic and like 3 swipes of Exhibit A.

Toxic duo box. Love the illustrations.

Woohoo! My first Illamasqua nail polishes!! Exciting for me cos I've always wanted to try them out but always found them a tad bit expensive (U.P: £13.50 each). I finally decided to take the plunge and go for the Toxic Duo in Radium & Stagnate during a 20% sale and it came down to £16.80 after discount. Force was on sale at 30% in the Summer Shop.


Force - Deep Electric Blue

Looks darker in real, almost a blurple. Couldn't pick up the colour with my camera. This could be a one coater if you like to apply your polish thick. If you apply a second coat, be careful of uneven layers because it has a tendency to settle fast as the formula is quite thick.

Radium - Acidic lime, shimmer finish

Applied a bit streaky, but a second or third coat will cover the streaks and bald spots. I have nothing like this in my collection and I think it will attract a lot of attention if I wear this to work because it is so bright.

Stagnate - Grey Mauve

Lovely application, had no problem at all and once again, could be a one coater if you apply thickly, but two coats will bring out the intensity and depth of the colour.

Hope you liked the swatches! :)


June 08, 2011

haul: MAC Surf, Baby! collection

The MAC Surf, Baby! collection was launched last Friday and since I was out and about around the Harbourfront area (more precisely at the Canon Customer Service Centre cos my camera had a glitch), I stopped by MAC@Tangs Vivocity to check it out. This is what I hauled although I wasn't particularly hyped up about this collection when the press images were first released. I guess it's a different matter when you're in the shop, you kinda don't know what you're doing, judgement gets clouded, determination to not buy anything just crumbles, etc. I don't know what it is. Anyway, small haul of just 3 items from this rather big collection.

  • Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Lush-Light Bronze (mid-tone rosy pink brown)
  • Nail lacquer in Ocean Dip (mid-tone creamy aqua)
  • Cheek Powder in My Paradise (peach pressed powder with gold hibiscus flower overspray)

Pictures taken with the other cameras at home (my Lumix DMC-FX7 and Canon G9) while the Canon S95 is out.

May 17, 2011

haul: Chanel Summer 2011 collection: Les Fleurs d'Ete de Chanel

So..it looks like I caved and bought myself my first Chanel products from the summer 2011 collection called Les Fleurs D'Ete de Chanel (which translates to the Flowers of Summer). To be honest, I don't know much about Chanel makeup, I don't follow their collections, like I do for, say MAC. I hadn't even considered checking it out and had absolutely no intention whatsoever of buying anything. So what happened? Let's just say that if it wasn't a case of love at first sight, it was indeed a case of love at first swatch.

Why do I say that it wasn't love at first sight? Well usually, my lemming for a certain product begins with the promo images or product pictures and swatches, etc. When Sophia from the make-up blogette posted pictures of the bronzing powders, I wasn't left drooling at them at all. I was like, well they're pretty but nah, not for me, not gonna buy them. So yes, what happened?? Well, it wasn't my fault that Isetan was showcasing the collection on the day that I went there in my bid to spend my $10 voucher before it expired. So, I got curious since I'd heard so much about the collection, and approached the display, all along thinking that there was no way I would be getting anything. The first thing I swatched was the eyeliner and omg, I loved it on the spot. The colour was lovely, and when I tried to swipe it off, it wouldn't budge! I was like, is there something I'm missing by not checking out this collection?

I then went to the real counter where the BA swatched the bronzing powder on me, and it was another revelation there and then that I probably need this in my collection. It was oh so pretty. She showed me how I could apply the colours individually (blush, bronzer, highlight, contour). When blended together, the colour is pretty sheer and gives an overall glowy look to the skin. I decided to buy the Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Powder in Bronze Corail (Limited Edition) as well as the Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Liner in Rose Platine (also LE).

I also received a sample of Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and Vitalumiere Eclat Compact Powder to try out. I hope it doesn't create new lemmings!

Sorry for the lame swatch. It was just one swipe of the pencil.


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