Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Project Swap: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Ecstasy

I am so happy to play with Luna's (The Flintstone Loves Pretty) Charlotte Tilbury blush. I had wanted to get for myself but I just couldn't decide which one to get. Honestly the online swatches were not the most helpful.

I really love the dark chocolate casing. It has a nice weight to it and I love the oval shape. What a contrast as compared to her eye shadow palettes. It is flat but quite large. It almost covers my palm. I love it when my makeup had some weight to it, it just says luxe to me.

There is a only slight difference in the shade in outer ring as compared to the core. The outer ring seems a little more shimmery and has a more peachy tinge whereas the core is more satiny and looks slightly more rosy pink.

Left to right: Outer ring, core and mixed.

Overall I think it is a lovely blush with great texture. It lasted a good 6 hours on me. If I didn't already own a gazillion peachy pink shades I might consider buying it.


Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sponsored Post: Charee Lashes 1045

I had one free day for myself recently and took the opportunity to visit my hairdresser to get a haircut. It was a great excuse to window shop and try out Charee's Lashes in 1045.

(Information taken from the press kit)

COLOR: Black
LENGTH: Medium
Price: SGD 7.99

As you can see these lashes sport a black band so there is no need to colour the band with my eye liner. The band is slightly thicker than the previous lashes style 5296 and style 7962. It is important that you line your eyes thicker so that the lash band melds with your eye line else it looks very obvious that you are wearing falsies.

I snipped off the last two sections of the lashes because I find the ends a little too long for it to look natural on me. The effect is very coquettish, love.

These lashes are also very comfortable to wear, not heavy at all. I don't feel them on my eye lids.

I just want to say that less is more, don't do overly dramatic falsies unless you have a performance or are taking photos for a photoshoot. Overly dramatic lashes may look nice in pictures but for going out, it is just overdoing it and can look sorta freaky to others. Spider legs for lashes are not sexy looking.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet 40 Beige

I really love Chanel foundations. I have had such good experiences with Vitalumiere Aqua and Perfection Lumiere. When I heard about the new Perfection Lumiere Velvet, I knew I had to give it a try. 

(Information taken from Chanel website)

PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET is a lightweight second-skin foundation. It naturally smoothes and evens out the complexion for a velvety matte makeup result.
The lightweight texture of PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET makes it perfect for normal and combination to oily skin. This ultra-soft emulsion instantly becomes one with the skin, transforming into a natural powdery matte finish that disappears onto the skin.
• The Perfect Skin Affinity complex acts in perfect affinity with the skin to maintain hold and radiance all day long.
• The ""smooth-effect"" powders selected by the CHANEL Laboratories diminish surface irregularities and instantly smooth pores. 
• The patented* Perfect Light Control complex (combination of two semi-sheer hemispherical powders) perfectly evens out dark spots and lightens redness, without a hint of thickness.

As you can see, it comes in a lightweight plastic bottle that makes it easy to tote around without any fear of breakage.

Bottom to top: Perfection Lumiere Velvet 40, Perfection Lumiere 40 and Vitalumiere Aqua B30

As you can see, the new Perfection Lumiere Velvet is more neutral than the Perfection Lumiere, both being B40. 

I really like that it is lightweight in feel and texture. It blends beautifully into a satin matte finish on me. On my normal to combination skin, it lasts the entire day without me having to blot. I do see a little oil breaking through at the 5 hour mark.

Pardon the washed hair and general dishevelled appearance. I was rushing out to meet my hairdresser. Yup I changed my outfit, I'm vain like that. Even when I'm in a rush and going to be late I'll change if I'm not 'feeling' what I'm wearing. (Blush.)

I wanted to show you how Perfection Lumiere Velvet looks by itself when not paired with any of my powders. It doesn't cover all my acne scars but I feel that the coverage is more than decent. I don't want to look like I'm wearing  mask.

Here is how Perfection Lumiere looks when paired with my favourite Make Up For Ever Pro Finish powder. They are a match made in heaven.

Here is how Perfection Lumiere looks after about 4 hours. I came back with shorter hair!

I have been using this foundation for more than a month now and I am loving it. It is great for humid Singapore because it is so light weight. It has a SPF of 15 which is totally negligible in my books, I still need to fortify myself with my regular sunblock. I did hear that it might not keep the oilies away for the oily complexions so you might want to get a sample to try it out. On me, it lasted well on me.

I bought this at Nordstrom USD $45.

Ratings: 5+ lipsticks

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lancome Teint Miracle Compact Foundation O-03

I bought this way back in November last year. I have been neglecting this powder but I thought it is high time I reviewed this.

I bought this last year just before my dance performance because I wanted something that was easy to tote around yet give me good coverage. I have used their compact powders before and loved them and thought I would get another.

(Information taken from Lancome Singapore website)

Major advancement: AuraInside™ technology, creator of skin's natural inner light 

Two new generation pigments, combined with traditional mineral pigments to reproduce the true natural light of perfect skin. 

Rose extracts to soothe, nourish and protect skin.

SPF 20 / PA++
Non-comedogenic. Suitable for all skin types.

I picked the darkest shade there was in the lineup. My only gripe is the fact there are so few shades available. I wish there were more shades considering that Singaporean beauties come is all shades.

Anyway, after my December trip I was not able to use this compact powder because the shade was just a little off with my tan. It was only when my tan went off that I could wear this compact powder without looking like a ghost.

The Teint Miracle compact is finely milled and the powder is soft and blendable. I use my Koyudo brush to swirl around the compact and swirl it on my face as opposed to using the sponge because once I use the sponge I get a heavier application and I feel that the shade becomes a little too light for my skin tone. Sigh, that is one of the pitfalls of going for beach holidays.

On my normal skin, it lasts the whole day without me having to blot.

The compact powder costs SGD $65 and if I'm not mistaken the compact case itself costs around $20+.

This is a good compact foundation to own if you happen to be fairer than my NC35 skin tone. I just wish I could get a better shade match.

Ratings: 3 lipsticks

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Happy 49th National Day Singapore!

I just got home but I was so stoked about tonight's National Day celebrations that I had to share it with you before I go to bed. Truth be told we aren't really a family big on going to crowded places (we avoid them like crazy) or celebrating National Day. But this year we just wanted to get out of the house and do something different. We ended up at Marina Barrage Green Roof for a picnic and to watch the fireworks. Getting there was actually a breeze and at 5 p.m. the Green Roof was still relatively spacious when many places to park our yoga mat (yup you heard it right, I sacrificed my yoga mat for this expedition because we couldn't find our picnic mat anywhere).

It was not too hot and very breezy. Lazing around and lying on a mat and doing nothing is such a decadent treat while we waited. 

I leave you with some pictures I took. I hope you had a great National Day as well.

I love my country with all my heart.

Our SAF Red Lion parachutists jumping out from the helicopter

There was definitely an electric vibe in the air and all the more fun when you are enjoying the sights and sounds with people around you.

I was hooting and whooping at everything, my hubs must think I'm nuts. 

The fireworks was a blast, literally. Although we didn't get the best seats in the house and Marina Bay Sands was effectively blocking the view of the fireworks, it was simply just fine. We were contented. Simply enjoying these moments together is all it is about.

Happy National Day!