Monday, March 16, 2015

Tom Ford Lip and Boys Didier 48





Here is Didier. I finally got my hands on him. If you can't get him though, don't worry because it is actually a repromote of Moroccan Rouge.



I find Didier to be a very wearable plum colour so don't let the initial look of Didier scare you away. Depending on the lip liner you use, it can either look natural (like what I'm wearing now) or intense.


USD $32


Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Project Swap: Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle Raspberry Opal and Fig Opal


I have been wanting to try these Shimmer Souffles for a long time. These guys have been in and out of my shopping cart but in the end I stopped short from buying them. You can imagine how happy I was that Lunaface passed them to me to play with. And you know what, most of the items to get to try from her stash ends up being on my shopping list.

(Information taken from the Becca website)


This lightweight formula packs four must-have qualities into one formula: a powder to add a pop of color, a stain to give staying power, an illuminating highlighter, and a cream to deliver a flawless finish. Water-resistant, each pot combines bestselling Beach Tint with a Shimmering Skin Perfector™ for effortlessly buildable, complexion-enhancing color, soothing hydration, and a youthful glow.
Sponge-like gel texture formulated with brown algae extract that helps hydrate, smooth and soften skin
Effortlessly buildable colour with a soft, lustrous finish
Hydrates and revives dull skin for a youthful glow
Scents correspond with individual Beach Tints
Water-resistant and oil-free, Paraben-, Sulfate- and Talc-free


Ingredients for 
RASPBERRY/ OPAL: Mica, Isododecane, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, C13-15 Alkane, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/ Vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Beta-Sitosterol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalene, Caprylyl Methicone, Flavor (Aroma), Propylene Carbonate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain/ Peut Contenir [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470).


FIG/OPAL: Mica, Isododecane, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, C13-15 Alkane, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/ Vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Beta-Sitosterol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalene, Caprylyl Methicone, Flavor (Aroma), Propylene Carbonate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain/ Peut Contenir [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).







Unlike the normal cream shadows, this has a almost bouncy gel like quality to it. The colours have a sheer tint to it. It take a a few swipes of colour before it shows up on my cheeks. They blend very well and stays on my cheeks for about close to 4 hours. It has a subtle fruity scent.

I don't use my fingers to apply this because I don't want to dip my fingers in the pot. Instead a I use my Koyudo BP 013 which has a small enough brush head to fit into the pot. I then blen this onto my cheeks. 



Left to right: Raspberry and Fig

On my cheeks, Raspberry Opal

On my cheeks, Raspberry Opal
Fig Opal on my cheeks


Fig/Opal is a great contouring shade whereas Raspberry/Opal gives me a lovely gentle flush.

There are a total of 6 shades available.

Guava/Moonstone
Lychee/Opal
Watermelon/Moonstone
Raspberry/Opal
Papaya/Topaz
Fig/Opal

USD $27 5.2g


You know what, I'm itching to put all them in my shopping cart. I really like them. They just look so pretty to look at. Although they apply sheer, they can be layered on for a more obvious look.


Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Kiss Mat Chiffon UV Base N 02


I got to share this piece of gem with you because I discovered it by luck. My dear friend KS asked me to buy this for her in Japan. I saw this at The Loft in Sapporo and didn't know which shade to get for her so I chose both shades in 01 (Natural Mat) and 02 (Mat Beige). KS didn't need to own two shades so she passed one back to me to try and I was so happy she did, it is a great drugstore primer.

You can read up on the limited information on the Kiss website here.






This comes in a plastic bottle that features a pump mechanism. I usually use about half a pump to cover my face.




It brightens up my face without making it white. It also mattifies my face, priming it for foundation. The one phrase I can use to describe this primer would be that "it plays well with others". It works well with all the foundations I own especially my Suqqu foundation which I initially had problems finding a primer for. Together with my Suqqu foundation, my base lasts the whole day with minimal touch ups. It does not have a silicone feel to it.

Kiss primer paired with Suqqu foundation
It retails for about 1600 yen as stated in the Kiss website but I can't be sure because I threw away my receipt. (So sorry) I don't remember spending a lot of money on this. For the price it is a great primer. I wish it had a higher SPF but beggars can't be choosers.

You can get this at Ichibankao but at a higher markup at 2550 yen.

I'll be getting my friends who are travelling to Japan to hunt for this for me. It is worth stocking up.

My dear Lunaface shares the same sentiments as me, you can read her review here. And guess what? KS initially found out about this primer through Lunaface's blog. What a small world. :)

Ratings: 5++ lipsticks

Friday, March 6, 2015

Tom Ford Lips and Boys 47 Cary


I was literally jumping for joy when Ruby told me I could have Cary. As I mentioned before quite a few of the Lips and Boys are actually repromotes of existing shades. Cary happens to be Casablanca which Ruby has already, I gladly took him off her hands.



Cary is one of those work friendly shades for me. Dark enough for it not to wash me out but sedate enough so I won't get into trouble at work. Cary or Casablanca is a medium warm rose shade very much like Tom Ford's Lip Color Matte in Pussycat but without the shine and a tad lighter.

Centre swatch

Here are comparison swatches of (left to right) Cary, Indian Rose and Pussycat in different lighting.







Cary is a lip colour that I will get plenty of mileage from. Cary might not be flashy or sexy but he is stable, reliable and safe. We all need a guy like that in our lives.

To recap on the formula, it is a creamy satin that is opaque at one swipe. It is not the most moisturising lipstick but it does not dry my lips out. It wears comfortable and gives me about 3 to 4 hours of wear time.

Unfortunately you can't find this in Singapore anymore but you can order it online at Nordstrom.


USD $32


Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Monday, March 2, 2015

Cle De Peau Beaute Luminizing Face Enhancer 14 Delicate Pink


This was an unexpected buy for me. I have not explored the realms of Cle De Peau because the price range scares me somehow. I know that if I fall in love with their products, it would be another slippery slope for me so I have been resisting.

I was at Haneda airport in Tokyo returning to Singapore and hubs gave me all his yen and told me to do whatever I wanted with it. Heh! Of course I headed for the cosmetics section. I saw Laduree, Jill Stuart and a couple of Japanese brands there but nothing caught my eye. I picked up some Shiseido lipsticks for my mom. I saw the CDP highlighters ad even though I really didn't need another one, I picked it up.

There are a total of 4 shades available.

11 - Pastel
12 - Gold
13 - Sand Beige
14 - Delicate Pink

I wanted to get gold because thats kind of like my default mode when it comes to makeup but the sweet Japanese SA recommended Delicate Pin as a more suitable highlighter for my complexion so I went with it.

When I came back I found out that dear Meryl from memosielle.com bought her Luminizing Face Enhancer at a huge discount from a Shiseido sale, my heart and wallet cried a little. 




I totally love the very luxe suede-type brown pouch it comes in. The case is just gorgeous. Like a multi-faceted jewel and a good heft. Not cheap and plasticky. And you know what, the little brush that comes along actually does a great job, I rely on that to apply this highlighter,nothing else.


Check out the pretty shimmer.



It gives a honest to God lovely subtle glow that I am absolutely in love with. Not over the top at all. 


I don't like the price tag, its USD $95. I threw my receipt away so I hope I managed to get it cheaper than that. It kinda pisses me off that I could have gotten it for a lot cheaper if I did my homework but....

I love this highlighter for its understated prowess at giving me a soft subtle glow. I am sure I can probably get a highlighter that does the same job for less but the gorgeous casing kinda makes up for it.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks