Monday, August 30, 2010

Modcloth Haul

I love buying clothes online, so much so that shopping locally has lost its fun. I can't find anything interesting to get in my local shopping malls!

I have been visiting Modcloth often to look at their dresses. I have bought one before but had to return it because the size didn't fit. I chose a medium. I hate returning clothes because I have to pay for postage which costs about $25. I must say though, Modcloth refunded me immediately upon receiving my returns.

I picked these two dresses. I paid about $10 for shipping.


USD$44.99. SGD $63. I bought a size S and it fits me perfectly! The colour is downright gorgeous and the cutting makes me look slim.


USD $64.99. SGD $91. I am still in my summer mood! I was a little disappointed with the fabric. It felt kinda flimsy as compared to the first dress. The colours are also more muted as compared to the picture. The size S fits me well and overall it is still a very cute dress though I don't feel that it is worth the price I paid.

Overall Modcloth is a reliable online shop, I love their unique dresses best. I wish prices were cheaper though. Their size charts aren't exactly the most reliable but if you happen to get your perfect fit, the dresses do not disappoint.

Ratings for Modcloth: 4 lipsticks

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lancome Genifique Eye vs Clinique All About Eyes



About almost a year ago I bought my first Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Eye concentrate taking advantage of the 20% Friends and Family discount on Cyber Monday (the Monday right after Thanksgiving). It was a really good deal, for what I paid for the Geneifique serum and eye concentrate, I could only buy one item in Singapore. Anyway I have almost finished it and so I thought I would do a review and also compare it to Clinique All About Eyes which I received a sample from Nordstrom about 6 months ago.



I didn't wait till now to review this because I wanted to see the full effects of the eye concentrate. I forgot about it!


Lightweight eye cream diminishes the appearance of eye puffs, darkness and fine lines. Non-creep, cream/gel formula actually helps hold eye makeup in place. For use morning and night, both under eyes and on lids. Ophthalmologist Tested.

Skin Types: All

Lancome Genifique Youth Eye Concentrate (http://www.lancome-usa.com/skincare/genifique.aspx?tab=eye)

Price: Obviously Clinique All About Eyes is cheaper. It costs USD$28.50 as compared to  Lancome's USD$59 for a 0.5 oz bottle. I guess if you waited for the 20% discount, you could get Genifique for USD $47.20.

Packaging: Genifique comes in a heavy glass container, whereas Clinique comes in a plastic container. I recently had an accident with my Genique serum. DH dropped my bottle onto the floor by accident. The glass dropper broke inside and now I have to be really careful when I pour out my serum. I do understand why glass containers are used though. Some ingredients react with plastic.



Consistency: Genifique has a cream/gel with a firmer texture than Clinique's. It absorbs quickly into the skin. Clinique is more liquidy and takes slightly longer to absorb into the skin.

Effectiveness: I use Genifique twice a day (night/day) whereas I only use Clinique after my gym sessions because I just can't risk breaking my Genifique  if I were to take it out. I don't have many fine lines or dark circles. My undereye area isn't really dry too. So I can't really see any significant changes before or after I use it. I don't see an increase in fine lines and the undereye area isn't dry or crepey so I guess it is doing its job. I don't use Clinique enough to tell the difference.

I have just bought Korres QUERCETIN & OAK Age-reversing Instant Lift Eyecream to try out. I will wait till Lancome's Friends and Family discount comes again before stocking up on Genifique.

Ratings for Lancome Genique: 3+ lipsticks
Ratings for Clinique All About Eyes: 3 lipsticks

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ardell's 108 Fashion Lashes





I really like the 108s because I have small asian eyes and anything longer looks overly dramatic and not suitable for day wear.

This is how the 108 look on my eyes. As you can see, I haven't mastered the knack of placing them as close to my eye lash as possible. It is so frustrating!!!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunscreen Face Off


My Chanel Precision UV Essentiel has been my HG sunscreen for the past few years. I have gone through at least 4 bottles of these. I love it because of its high spf. It is in a liquid form that blends well into the skin. It doesn't give me a whitish cast. I use this everytime I put on my makeup because it doesn't affect makeup application. It controls oil well. The best part, I use only about two drops and it covers my entire face. The fact that it costs about SGD $70 means that I am on a lookout for something cheaper and just as effective.

My Chanel sunscreen was almost finishing so I decided to give Kiehl's Ultra Light UV Defence a try. I don't quite remember but I think I paid about $45 for it.



Kiehl's (above) comes out as a cream.


Chanel (above) is a liquid.


Chanel (below) and Kiehl's (above). Honestly, the consistency is the only difference I could find. Both have the same high spf and have the same amount, 30 ml. I only need a small amount of Kiehls. It spreads and blends well into my skin. It absorbs quickly without a whitish cast. My makeup goes on well and there were no oil control issues. I really like this and have decided to switch to Kiehls permanently.


Kiehl's


Chanel

Ratings: 5+ lipsticks (I love the cheaper price point!)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Shu Uemura Florescent Fall Mode Graceful Bloom Palette Review


The palette consists of 4 pressed eye shadows, 2 cream shadow liners and 1 cream blush. First of all, the palette is a well constructed sturdy plastic casing. The one thing I hate about cream and powder combinations is transference from powders to the creams. There is a removable plastic cover covering the palette. The two sponge applicators are good quality applicators. The casing is very pretty and feels hefty.




The cream blush is too light for my NC35 skin. So I use this as a highlighter. It is soft and blends beautifully. Although on my skin, it isn't obvious. It lasts for a few hours and isn't oily.


Shu Uemura pressed eye shadows are soft and pigmented. They blend like a dream. I especially love the two purple shadows. The dark purple cream shadow can be layered under or on top to darken the purple eye shadow. I love the pressed shadows but not the cream/shadow liners. The purple one applied patchy and does not blend smoothly. I find that dabbing it onto my lids was better. It doesn't perform well as a liner. I feel that it is not creamy enough. The black liner smudges and isn't that creamy and smooth either.


Ratings: 3+ lipsticks

If Shu Uemura is going to be charging $125 for a palette like this, they should at least improve the formulas of the cream shadow liners. I am absolutely sure I won't be using the black shadow at all. I also wished that the pink blush was darker to suit me more. If you have a lighter skintone and don't suffer oily lids, this palette is a heavenly piece  to include in your beauty arsenal.

Shu Uemura False Lashes

These are my Shu Uemura false lashes. They are currently my guillty pleasure because they cost a lot. I just love how whimsical they are. Granted that I don't think I will get a chance to wear these often, knowing that I own them gives me a thrill.

The set below is a limited edition item from the latest Florescent Fall Mode called the partial floral feather. It costs SGD $24.



These are just too cute to past up. I tend to be a bit of a drama queen. I love dressing up even though I don't usually have occasions for it. I have longed for excuses to wear fantasy lashes and since I'll be attending a masquerade themed dinner this Friday I thought why not give it a try.



I did a trial with the lashes and makeup on Saturday. I don't think it looks good. In fact I'm afraid I will look silly on Friday wearing this. I think partially it has something to do with my lash application. Do you think just 1 set in either the hot pink or purple would look better?  How about the eye makeup, should I go darker and smokier? Would applying a set of falsies for longer lashes and then accentuating it with a set of these at the corner of the eyes look better? Ladies I need help!

Below are the other two pairs I couldn't make my mind on, in the end I got both! I should buy them online, they are much cheaper. These are called false lashes luxe black and cost me SGD$41.



These are called false eyelashes slant black and cost SGD $34.



I'm curious to find out how many prefer natural lashes to false lashes and why? Is false lashes worth the effort to you and why do you like them so much? 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Shu Uemura Haul


The past three weeks have been very trying for me. I have been having a persistent cough. In my line of work, I talk alot so I wasn't able to rest my throat. I had not appetite and merely trying to survive through my illness. I am so glad to get that behind me now. Things has more meaning for me and I'm finally getting my groove thang back!

To celebrate and treat myself, I had myself a guilty/impulse haul from Shu Uemura.


I was at Vivocity window shopping. I popped over to Shu Uemura to drool at their gorgeous Tokyo Lash Bar. I have a masquerade dinner and dance to attend this Friday. I wanted some fancy lashes to wear. Originally, I went to the Make Up Store. I had my eyes on a pair but they didn't have it in stock. So I popped over to Shu Uemura and had my eyes on the limted edition partial floral feather lashes from the Florescent Fall Mode.



I also fell in love with the false eyelashes luxe black and false eyelashes slant black. I couldn't choose between the two so decided to get both. Boy they were expensive!

I asked how I could pair my eye shadows with the partial floral lashes and the SA showed me the Graceful Bloom palette. I knew I shouldn't be buying any more palettes but I caved in. My brain tells me I can probably get this cheaper online but I just had to have it 10 minutes ago! The palette cost SGD$125!



I scored some freebies too.

Friday, August 6, 2010

False Eyelash Haul!



I have recently fallen head over heels in love with false eye lashes after I finally mastered the technique of putting them on. Granted I'm still a novice and it is still a hit or miss for me. Since I'm still a novice, there isn't really much point in me buying expensive ones. I'm lazy, I throw them away after one use. (I don't know but after trying to wash them, my Ardell lashes just looks wonky and unkempt.) My window shopping past time these days is to pop into Sasa or Watson to spy on the fake eye lash offerings. I'm kinda put off by the Japenses ones because I really don't want to look like a Japanese doll. I just want longer and natural looking lashes.

At the moment, I really love Ardell's because of the soft and flexible invisible bands that make application easier.( I learned a trick that is to colour the invisible bands black with my liquid liner to make them look less obvious.)

The few Ardell lashes I have picked up looked really natural. You can buy Ardell's at Guardian Pharmacy's, John Little's and Watsons for SGD$8.95.

Well, while I was googling Ardell's, I came across this online store called Madam Madeline that sells Ardell's plus other brands. If you buy 4 pairs or more, they cost USD$2.60 a pair. That works up to SGD $3.80 a pair. Quite a savings right? Of course, I need to buy more than a few pairs to justify the cost of the shipping to Singapore. As you can see from the above picture, I went a little crazy. You should have seen my incredulous DH's face when he saw the amount that I bought. "How are you ever going to use them up?" "Eventually dear, eventually."

How much did I spend in total? I spent USD$41.63 (was given a USD$3.62 discount), I opted for international shipping which cost USD$14. So in total paid USD$55.63 or SGD $80.70 for 17 pairs of fake eye lashes. About SGD$4.75 a pair.

I will first give a quick review of the online shop. TheyMadam Madeline's has Ardell's, Ellise, Japonesque, Revlon, Sherani and Andrea. I'm not really versed with fake lashes so I don't know whether the others are good or not, I just target the Ardell lashes. They definitely have a wider range as compared to what I can find in Singapore. You can do custom orders where you can buy a variety Ardell lashes for USD$2.60 a pair. The store accepts paypal and my package took about 2 weeks to arrive. The box was well packed and compact as you can see in te above picture.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks (unless I can find an online store that sells Ardell's cheaper and with a better shipping price)

Well, on to the lashes shall we?


I bought 4 pairs of these 108s. These are the ones I fell in love with, at first application. For short asian lashes, these look natural and can be worn for day looks without you looking like a drag queen or japanese doll. They don't look obvious at all, you just look like you have long lashes.


The 109s give lashes a fuller look. They are longer than the 108s so putting these on will look obvious but still natural.


In my opinion because 110s have long and short lashes, they will give your eyes a dolly look. Great for nights out but may be too much for day wear.


I bought these for fun. They look fun for fancy dinners. The lashes are really long so I'm not sure whether I can pull these off.


I didn't want to spend too much on fake lashes so even though I was tempted to try Japonesque ones (about USD$7) I decided to try Elise lashes. They have some really fun ones e.g. with feathers and colors for about USD$2 to $3. As I am browsing through the selection now, I realise they added really fun ones! Argh! Why didn't they have them when I ordered!!!

Anyway, I bought these for experimenting.


#355 half baby lashes


#079 Graduated petite half baby lashes


#190 has glitter particles.


#055


#191 has two pairs of half lashes.

Elise lash bands are black and feel stiffer than Ardell's. I have not tried them yet so will let you ladies know whether they are easy to apply or not.

Added: Well I wore the #191 out today. The thick black band made it quite obvious so I had to make sure I lined my upper eyelids super dark so the band would not stand out. The band was less flexible so I had to wiggle it around to get it to be more flexible. I couldn't get them to look the same, one was lower than the other. I find half lashes a little harder to apply than full ones. But I must say I love the look (the sassy flick at the end of the lashes are quite cute), natural too.
I just know I'm going to have lots of fun with them. :)

So dear readers, are you a fake eyelash lover? What is your go to brand? How were you initiated?