Sunday, May 31, 2009

MAC Style Warrior Haul

I was out in town yesterday to see my dermatologist. I walked over to Tangs to check out if Stila had Mango crush (I have my eyes set on that). Unfortunately it is only coming in July. I popped over to the MAC counter to have a peak at the Style Warrior collection. Honestly when the collection came out and swtches were posted on the web, I was not excited at all by this collection. Well with the exception of the lustredrops. I was curious about how it looked and how it worked. I got over to the counter and played around and eventually picked up three items. Eversun Beauty Powder, Sun Rush Lustredrops and Soft Force Eyeshadow.

The first item was Soft Force Eyeshadow. Described as a frosty pale white gold. I liked it because it was a veluxe Pearl texture which meant it was buttery soft and had a almost creamy look. I'm totally into the summer look so this fits perfectly.

Next was Eversun Beauty Powder. I wasn't even planning on getting this! I have way too many bronzers and blushes already. I was waiting for the MA to get me my things and I was playing around with the mineralized blushers. She brought over Eversun and swatched it on my hand. It was a really nice peach with gold pearl. With my 187 brush I'm sure I can apply this with a light hand to use as a blush or use this as a bronzer.

Last item was the Lustredrops in Sun Rush. I think this is suitable for medium skin tones. Pink rebel is a pinky gold that would suit fair ladies who want to use it to highlight. Bronze Hero is a very dark bronze that I can see olive tones ladies wearing it or if you want to use as a wash of eye colour. Sun Rush is a gold bronze. It blended very well and stayed put. When I asked the MA how I would use it, she suggested that I could mix a drop of this into my foundation to give me an over all glow or tap some on top of my cheek bones under the corner of my eye area to highlight my cheekbones. I can see myself using this as an eyecolour too.

Ratings: Soft Force 4 lipsticks, Eversun 5 lipsticks, Sun Rush 5 lipsticks

Sundown Womens' 10K Event

I signed up for this quite some time back. Last year, Adiddas organised the Sundown event mainly for the marathoners and they also introduced the first ever Ultra Marathon event of 84 km. This year they decided to include the mere human beings and added the women's 10 k and the corporate team challenge. I had expected DH to drive me there because it was way over at Timbuktoo aka Changi Village. It is damn hard to get there!

Anyway DH had a car accident 3 weeks ago so not only do I not get a ride, he couldn't come to give me support. I was totally bummed the whole week, trying to give myself excuses to skip this altogether. Anyway to cut the long story short I told myself it was an experience not to be missed and this was just one obstacle I had to get over.

I must say I had a great running experience although there were quite a few hiccups by the organisers. It didn't affect me much though. Getting there was surprisingly not so much of a problem. I was stressing myself up for no reason. The chartered bus brought us there was minimum hassle.The event site was situated by the beach. We had to walk across this narrow bridge meant for two persons to walk side by side. You can imagine the big jam as hundreds of people were trying to walk on both sides. Thankfully the bridge held up. The site itself was extensive. Baggade deposite and collection was a breeze. No queuing up at all. The toilets were also surprising free of smell. Thank goodness.There was quite a big turnout. I was so glad I met up with some acquaintances. That made my run less lonlely.

I started out slow. About 8 mins per km because there were just so many ladies. Eventually by about 4 km space started opening up and I could run more easily. I picked up pace and it was pretty smooth sailing. There was only one waterpoint which many ladies complained about. I'm used to not drinking any water at all on 10 km runs so that wasn't a problem for me to. I got quite a kick put of seeing the planes flying over me. The sound of it provided me with quite an adrealine rush. The return route was quite narrow though. It made it hard for me to pick up pace. I was so glad to see the 9 km mark. There were picnickers all around bbqing. The smell of it was heavenly. The finish line was lit up with bright lights and photographers were all lined up taking pictures. I felt quite like a star walking down the red carpet. (Hey a girl can fantasize right!)Well mu unofficial watch time says I ran just under 1 hr and 12 mins. Thats my best timing so far. This is my finishers medal.

My next event will be the Shape Run.
My goal for this year would be to complete two half marathons without killing myself. I'm having a hard time passing the 12 km barrier. It doesn't help them I take long break in between runs. I keep telling myself I have to be consistent.

Monday, May 18, 2009

MAC Dazzleglass

Within a span of 2 weeks I have managed to buy a total of 4 Dazzleglasses. I think I went totally crazy with all the glitter! My latest additions are Extra Amps and Goldyrocks.

Extra Amps is a cool pink lipgloss with lots of silver and blue glitter. Goldyrocks is sheer yellow lipgloss with gold and silver glitter.

Baby Sparks my earlier purchase is a sheer milky pink with blue glitter. This is so amazing when paired with nude pink lipsticks.

Girl's Delight is a warm coral colour with gold glitter. Great when paired with warmer lip colours.

Dazzleglasses have a sticky and thick consistency, although not as thick as lipglasses. If I were to compare this with Chanel Glossimers, I would prefer the consistency and feel of Glossimers. But because it is tacky and thick, it lasts a lot longer than Glossimers. Dazzleglasses are loaded with glitter so they really add oomph to your lips. Even though they are loaded with glitter, they do not feel gritty, you can't feel them at all on your lips. However, I find reapplication to be a bit of a problem. It doesn't go on as smoothly or look as nice when you have to reapply it.
Description taken from the website:

Lipcolour that dazzles with light and shine to bring an exciting dimensional pop to your lips. Large particle pearls reflect and refract light to mimic the brilliance of quartz and opal crystal. Provides exceptional shine with a crystalline iridescence. Non-sticky, non-tacky, lightweight and moisturizing. Glides on. Wear alone, or layer over lipstick or Lipglass for dramatic effect. Features our signature M·A·C vanilla aroma.

They are part of the permanent line of products by MAC and has a total of 24 shades.

Love Alert (Raspberry Red with red pearl)
Via Veneto (Light violet with blue pearl)
Internationalist (Yellow pink with blue pearl)
Euro Beat (Peach coral with gold pearl)
Local Colour (Neutral yellow pink with gold pearl)
Roman Holiday (Medium Brown with pink pearl)
Rue de Rouge (Light red with pink pearl)
Funtabulous (Purple with violet pearl)
Money Honey (Mid tone rosy mauve with red pearl)
Date Night (Soft blue purple with pearl)
Moth to Flame (Sheer neutral beige with violet pearl)
Utterly Posh (Mid-tone orange with pink and gold pearl)
Smile (Light coral with pink and gold pear)
Extra Amps (Sheer bright blue pink with blue and pink pear)
Goldyrocks (Sheer soft yellow with pink and gold pear)
Stop! Look! (Sheer violet mauve with blue and pink pear)
Girl's Delight (Sheer mid-tone tan with gold pear)
Get Rich Quick (Warm yellow brown)
Bare Necessity (Apricot with red and gold pear)
Sugarrimmed (Milky pale pink with multipear)
Steppin' Out (Clean yellow pink with red pear)
Baby Sparks (Pale pink with violet pear)
Rags to Riches (Plum-pink with teal and red pear)
Like Venus (Bubble gum pink with red pear)
I love Dazzleglasses for its amazing glitter but can make do with an even lighter consistency. I wish they would'nt dry out my lips too.
Ratings: 3 lipsticks

Friday, May 8, 2009

MAC Just A Pinch Cheek Gel

Just A Pinch came out with the MAC A Rose Romance collection. The moment I heard that there was a gel blush I was on the alert. After all, I'm especially crazy about blushes.

Although it is a scary red in the pot, it is a lovely sheer rose red. It is not oily and dries fast. It lasts for a few hours but the convenient portable pot allows for touch ups. It works great as a rosy lip tint too. Just make sure you apply some lip balm before hand and gently tap the tint on your lips.

It comes in a heavy glass pot but it is small enough to slip into your purse. The opening is wide enough for you to put your finger in there with scratching it with your finger nails.

I'm looking forward to MAC creating a few more colours. This is unfortunately a limited Edition item, so get it while you can. I have a backup just in case.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Fresh

I was reaching out for my Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil when I realised to my dismay that there wasn't any left! I was hunting around in my cupboards for my backup. I usually keep an extra hiding around somewhere but no such luck. I was totally out of makeup remover. I had to dig out my MAC makeup remover wipes which I only use for emergencies and make do with them. MAC makeup wipes cleans throughly but it leaves my face with a slight stinging sensation which is quite uncomfortable.

I was heading down to Vivocity. Unfortunately, I could not find a Fancl counter. I had $50 worth of vouchers from Tangs so decided to head over there and find another cleansing oil. I decided to give Shu Uemura a go.

I love cleansing oils because when it comes to makeup removal, they are the best. Everything comes off. I don't mind the oily sensation because after all when it is washed away, the skin is squeaky clean. The SA recommended me the pink bottle called the High Performace Balancing Cleansing Oil Fresh. I have oil and acne prone skin, so the SA said that this would be most suitable for me. I paid $56 for the 150 ml bottle.

Taken from the website:

Shu uemura cleansing oil was developed from the knowledge that mr. uemura gained while working as a foremost hollywood makeup artist in the 1950s. the secret to shu uemura cleansing oil is protecting the skin’s delicate balance while removing make-up and impurities in a single step.

Key ingredients:
Cherry Extract: refines skin texture by smoothing skin surface and helps bring radiance

Deepsea water: found in the deep sea below depths of 200 meters. naturally provides moisture to skin, and helps to enhance skin transparency and improve skin

It was definitely more pricey than Fancl. I usually pay $33 for the 120 ml Fancl Mild Cleasing Oil and $19 for the 60 ml version. Shu Uemura is priceier.

Well this cleanser has a nice subtle floral frangrance of cherry blossom, grapefruit and lily. My foundation melted right off. I used a few drops of water to emusify my face and after massaging I washed if off. My face felt clean. It didn't give me a tight feeling. Overall, it worked well.

It has a pump mechanism. Unfortunately, the first time I pumped quite a bit of product came out. Way too much. Even when I try to pump slowly and carefully, a large amount of product comes out. It is frustrating and wasteful. For the amount I paid, I want to make use of it as long as I can.

In conclusion, Fancl works just as well. When it comes to price Fancl still beats hands down. I will defintely go back to Fancl once I finish using this bottle.

Ratings: 2 lipsticks

Kiehl's Haul

I am doing three reviews on the latest items I have acquired from Kiehl's. I like Kiehl's products because they produce highly effective products made from natural ingredients. I also support their recycling program. Bring in your Kiehl's empties and you can get free samples of their products.

I always have had problematic skin. It is very oily and I'm prone to getting acne especially during my periods. I like using makeup and use a cleansing oil to remove my makeup. I practice double cleansing and after cleansing oil I use another cleanser to make sure my skin is squeaky clean.I decided to try the Blue Herbal Gel cleanser because I was making use of the friends and family discount last year. After checking reviews, this was one of the favourites by MUAers (Makeupalley users). I'm finishing my second bottle and have put an order for my third.

Taken from the website:

Inspired by Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion®
Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment with Extracts of Cinnamon Bark and Ginger Root
Helps keep skin clear of new acne blemishes
Not tested on animals

Key ingredients include:

Cinnamon Bark Extract is taken from the dried bark of cultivated trees and is considered to be of much higher quality than extract derived from from leaves. It contains an essential oil that is not only recognized for its soothing effects, but is also known to have antibacterial propeties.

Ginger Root Extract provides gingerols that are known to have soothing properties. It also helps to absorbs excess oil.

This cleanser doesn't foam much but does an effective job of cleansing my face. I need only about a 20 cent coin size of product to effectively cleanse my face. It is gentle on my skin, it controls my oily skin but does not dry it out.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Singapore ladies who like Kiehl's, I strongly suggest you order from I made a price comparison. At local counters, the 250 ml of the blue herbal gel cleanser costs $42, the same bottle costs $20.50 USD online. That is about $30 SGD. If you buy more items you make big savings.

I've been checking out Cozy Cot and MUA to look out for favourites that I can try. The Over-night Biological Peel was one of them.

Taken from the website:

This Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is formulated with a high concentration of 10.5% Pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) known for its affinity with skin and its powerful ability to improve the appearance of skin aging. With continued use over time, this treatment has a significant and progressive effect on marionette lines around the mouth and sub-orbital wrinkles in the eye area as well as other facial lines and wrinkles. In addition, skin shows a noticeable improvement in texture and radiance.

This is suitable for ladies with the following skin concerns.

Skin texture appears dull and ruddy
Skin is sensitive to chemical treatments yet requires additional exfoliation
Skin demonstrates free-radical and photo-damage
Dark spots and/or hyper-pigmentation are visible on skin

I'm especially interested in the reducing of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. My Sundays by the beach and running have caused sun spots to appear under my eye area. I'm hoping to reduce these sun spots and acne scarring.

Key ingredients include:

Vitamin C known for its affinity with skin and its powerful ability to improve the appearance of skin aging. 10.5% of Pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is the key ingredient in the Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions product Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.

I apply this twice a week after work. After removing my makeup and cleansing my face, I apply a thin layer of this on my face, taking care that it is not aplied near my eyes. It takes about 3 minutes of it to dry. Then I go about my business. I wash it off in the morning with warm water. I haven't seen significant improvements yet though. Guess I will need to use it for a long period of time before I can tell the difference.

The last item to be review is the Line Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate. I have been using the Cryste Marine Firming Eye Treatment. I am being to be concerned about having fine lines around my eyes and darker undereye circles. I wanted something that could target more of my growing concerns.

Taken from the website:
This line-reducing concentrate is formulated for the eye area and contains a high concentration of 10.5% Pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) known for its affinity with skin and its powerful ability to improve the appearance of skin aging. With Haloxyl, this formula helps to reduce the appearance of under-eye dark circles, helping to brighten the overall eye area for a fresher appearance. With continued use, our treatment helps address some of the more serious signs of skin aging with a significant effect on sub-orbital wrinkles and crows feet. A high dosage of Vitamin C, when applied topically, has been shown to have a multitude of positive effects on the skin's appearance. Kiehl's chemists found a way to formulate and stabilize Pure Vitamin C at high levels in a safe and highly efficacious form to maximize the benefits of the ingredient.
Key ingredients include:
Bitter orange possesses a complex chemical makeup. Of particular value is the oil that is extracted from the petal of the bitter orange tree and is particularly effective at stimulating cutaneous tone. Bitter Orange is also known as Bigarade Orange or Neroli.
This new, patented ingredient improves skin around the eye area by stimulating natural enzymes that help strengthen under-eye area capillaries. Studies demonstrate the effectiveness of Haloxyl™ and its ability to increase skin density to better support the microvascular network in eye area skin and alleviate inflammation.
Known for its affinity with skin and its powerful ability to improve the appearance of skin aging. 10.5% of Pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is the key ingredient in the Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions product Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.
I apply this morning and night. I find that it stings just a little upon application so at the moment I'm bearing with it. The gel consistency is light but moisturising. I do notice that my undereye circles appear lighter. Other than that I don't see much of a difference as yet so I can't honestly say that it is effective.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Urban Decay Lipstick Rush and Sellout

I recently bought my first Urban Decay lipstick. What attracted to be at first glance was the really cool lipstick casing. Because I bought I few items, so I got a free lipstick sample.

Check out the really cool dagger. Best part, the lipstick tube is made of purple metal not cheapo plastic.

I just love that they call lipsticks weapon of love. Isn't it just so?

I hate lipsticks that are drying. I love emollient ones that don't chap lips. My favourite colours are neutral colours that suit my NC 35 skintone. After looking at swatches from Karlasugar (View swatches from Karlasugar here) I settled for Rush which was described as a neutral pink in a sheer cream formulation. Indeed it was. Warm enough to look great on me without having me too like a washout. It was a creamy semi sheer shade. It wasn't the most long lasting. Lasted till mid morning but repplication was a dream.

Sellout is a warm neutral with a full coverage cream formulation. This would look good with neutral eye makeup.

I definitely give these lipsticks a thumbs up. Urban Lipsticks do not contain animal products at all. They are vegan friendly. Neither are they tested on animals. At $22 USD and if you wait for their Friends and Family Discount of 30%. It is worth picking up. There is a total of 23 shades with different finishes such as full coverage, sheer, semi-sheer, cream, sheen and shimmer.

Check the website here for a detailed and true colour depiction of the lipsticks. It even helps you to sort the kind of lipstick formulation you desire.

I'm lemming Indecent, Love Child and Tease.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Urban Decay 24/4 Glide On Eyeliners

I have a special love for Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliners. As the name suggests, they stay on 24/7, until it is time to take them off.

I'm always looking out for waterproof eyeliners. I have teary and oily lids which guarantees that nothing stays on my eyes for long. I'm sick of my eyes turning into an ugly mess after a few hours. Honestly raccoon eyes aren't in! I go clubbing once in a while and I really love doing smokey eyes. I find that tightlining gives the nicest effect. Unfortunately, all that dancing and sweating ensures that my black eyeliner smudges like mad. It is not a pretty sight. So when I read that these eyeliners stayed put even after being doused with water, I knew I had to try them.

My first buy was the Velvet Rope Travel set. It comes with Yeyo (white) 1999 (plum) Zero (matt black) Bourbon (brown with glitter) and Stash (Khaki Green with glitter). I paid $20.30 USD after the 30% F & F discount. That's about $31 SGD which works out to $6.50 per liner. In addition I bought a full sized version in Rockstar (dark purple) for $11.20 USD.

This is what happens when they get rubbed with water.

These guys are soft and creamy so they don't drag your eye lids. I read that the trick is to draw and then let it set for a few seconds. I wore Yeyo tfrom 7.30 in the morning till 4 p.m. It was still visible on my bottom waterline. There was slight smudging of Zero on my upper waterline but it wasn't very visible. Stash on my upper eyelids stayed put. Not even when my eyes watered in the morning. I found out that these also make excellent eyeshadows. I did a brown/gold smokey eye using Bourbon smudged on my eyelids then topped with gold glitter. Pretty!

The next time there was a promotion, I decided to get more. This time the vibrant ones. This is the VIP Travel set. It comes in Zero, Lucky Penny (Copper), Covet (Emerald Green), Electric (Aquamarine) and Lust (deep purple). In addition, I bought full sized versions of Honey (24K gold) and Deviant (bold blue).

These eye liners are better that MAC Powerpoints and Lancome's Le Stylo Waterproof. I'm really happy to come across these guys.
There are altogether 19 shades, the ones that come with micro glitter are absolutely wonderful.
The extra shades are:
Gunmetal (gunmetal with teeny silver glitter)
Baked (bold bronze)
Flipside (bright teal)
Underground (metallic taupe)
Dime (metallic silver)
Grafitti (bright medium green with teeny silver glitter)
I'm eyeing Baked, Dime and Grafitti.
ratings: 5 lipsticks