Sunday, October 31, 2010

Korres Lip product Swatches

I have been so in love with my Chanel lip products that I haven't been giving my Korres any love lately. Just yesterday I used my Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in Rose and it reminded me why I love them so much. I love that they are sheer and moisturising and how they impart the lips with hints of colour instead of full on colour.

Left to right

Nude, Natural Brown, Coral, Rose and Guava Lipstick in Rose

Under sunlight


Korres Cherry Oil Lipgloss are also exceptionally kind to lips although they are slightly more sticky and do not last very long.

Left to right

Golden Bronze, Nude, Orange, Coral and Fuchia.

Under sunlight

Halloween at the Asian Civilisations Museum



We spent DH's birthday and pre-Halloween at the Asian Civilisations museum last night. DS went as Indiana Jones, DH as King Pharoah and I'm a leopard. It was free admission and there were supposed to be lots of children's activities. We reached there at about 8 p.m. and they ran out of most of the activities except for mask making. It was kinda of bust because DS was frightened for the ghoulies and witches walking around. In the end we left after mask making and had snacks at Burger King.




Face:
Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer
Urban Decay De Slick Oil Control Spray
Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation
MAC Select Cover Up in NC35
Giorgio Armani's Loose Powder


Cheeks:
MUFE HD Blush in Nip Slip
Chanel Joues Contrate in Tea Rose

Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Greasepaint Stick
Urban Decay Deluxe eyeshadow in Zero
MAC eye shadow in Shroom

Grey eye shadow from GA's palette
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Maybelline Volume Express Waterproof
Shu Uemura slant lashes

Lips:
Chanel Hydramax lip balm
MUFE Aqua Lipliner Fuschia
Chanel Rouge Allure Insolente
Chanel Rouge Extrait De Gloss Insolence

Scary decapitated hands!

Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-ageing & Anti-wrinkle Eye Cream Review


(Taken from Korres website)

Properties

Discover the Secret to Ageless Eyes
Based on Nobel Award-Winning research, Patent-Pending Quercetin&Oak Instant Lift Eye cream is clinically proven to reverse the signs of aging – where you need it most.
Revolutionary technology stimulates cell growth and protein synthesis to dramatically reduce eye wrinkles, significantly increase skin elasticity and reduce puffiness and dark circles.
Skin is instantly lifted, rejuvenated and returned to its youthful state
Clinical Results show:
• 97% saw a reduction in wrinkles
• 97% saw visibly firmer skin
• 94% saw a reduction in eye puffiness
• 84% saw a reduction in dark circles
• 100% saw improved skin texture




I have been using this for about a month now so I thought I would give my thoughts and opinions about this. I also did a comparison between Lancome Genifique and Clinique's All About Eyes here.

First of all, Korres is much cheaper than Genefique. Korres cost USD$42 whereas Genefique costs USD$59. Of course you can always get it cheaper if you make use of their discount codes which I always do.

Korres' eye cream is an easily absorbed cream. Lancome's Genifique which is a gel is also easiy absorbed. I like Korres texture better because it had a thinner consistency. I would normally use about 1 pump of product and gently tap it on both my eyes. The eye cream has a faint scent which I'm still not able to identify. It isn't unpleasant and fades off quickly. My eyes looked moisturised and rested. I feel that Korres' eye cream works better than Lancome on me. My fine lines were less obvious. I normally apply concealor under my eyes and the eye cream helped ensure that it wasn't too drying.


I like the pump mechanism as I feel that it is more hygenic. Unlike Genefique which comes in a glass pot.



Well, recently however, I found it more difficult to pump out the product. So I twisted the cap to find out what was happening. Well you know the little tube that is generally attached to the pump? Normally such tubes are long to ensure that product at the bottom gets pumped out. Well to my horror, the Korres pump was stubby and short. There was no way it could get to the product at the bottom. Anyway, as I peered into the bottom there was more than half left. No amount of pumping could get it out. So I have resorted to scooping the product out with a cotton bud. And guess what, the eye cream doesn't seem to have the same consistency anymore. In fact, it is slightly thicker now. Boo!


Anyway a total thumbs down for the product packaging although the product generally works well.

Ratings: 2+ lipsticks.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Chanel Joues Contraste Tea Rose Review


(Taken from Chanel website)

The touch of colour and radiance.

Offers makeup effects from very natural to very sophisticated. Used as a simple touch of colour, it gives your complexion a healthy glow. As a professional tool, it shapes and models your face (cheekbones, browbones, forehead, chin, along the nose).

Manufactured by a process exclusive to CHANEL, the compact and silky texture of JOUES CONTRASTE gives easy application and subtle blending.

The brush is made of natural hair.

Highlighting your cheekbones enhances the youthful appearance of your face. For the eye zone, choose a satiny tone to soften and rejuvenate this area.


I wasn't planning on getting this. Call it crazy shopper's addict behavior but after not being able to buy some of the Chanel lipsticks I had my heart set on, I just could'nt leave the counter. So I asked the SA to show me some of the blush selection Chanel had. She picked up Tea Rose and applied it on my cheeks, I was instantly sold. I have no regrets getting this even though I already have tons of blush.



Chanel always does first class packaging. This is no exception. It comes it its signature black case with the Chanel logo. Yes, the case attracts finger prints but that it why there is a black case which you slot your blush into. I personally do not care for the velvet casing. Just let me get to my blush quick! :) Inside it features a big mirror and has a plastic inset that protects the blush when not in use. The blush brush is small and I have read that some people find it useless. Not to me though. The bristles are soft and though small, it applies blush beautifully on my face. Thumbs up.




It really looks beautiful in the pan. Especially under sunlight, I can't help admiring it.

There is a subtle rose scent when you apply the blush to your cheeks. I guess it is an added touch to the whole blush application experience. I personally enjoy the scent but some of you may not.

The blush is really soft. Treat it gently. Use the inset and protect the blush or else you will be sorry. I opened up my blush for the second time and noticed that that was loose blush powder around. It is not so soft that the blush crumbles but you will see loose blush powder after use. I read that this blush becomes hard after a long period of time. I guess I will see for myself much much later.

Tea Rose applies like a dream! The soft texure blends so well into the skin for a soft and natural look. There is no way you will get clown cheeks. If you are into very obvious looking blush, this isn't for you. Tea Rose is a warm natural pinky rose shade on me. I pair this with smokey eye looks or strong lip colours to give my makeup balance. It will work on fair to medium skin tones but will probably not show up well on darker skin tones. I believe this shade will match cool and warm toned ladies.


This blush costs SGD$63. Quite a hefty some to pay considering I can get my beloved Korres Zea Mays Blush for SGD$24. After using it, I can understand why some ladies go crazy and collect these. They are decadent and sinfully luxurious. I wouldn't mind getting a few more but I will need to think about each colour carefully before I make the plunge. I can almost get 3 Korres blush with one chanel. The stand out colours for me are In Love and Tempting Beige seen in Cafe Makeup's Blog. But seeing that I already have so many peach/coral blushes, do I really need anymore? Here are some other Joues Contraste blush swatches I have culled on the internet. Rose Temptation, Plum Attraction and Pink Explosion from the Makeup and Beauty Blog and an extensive range from My Makeup Reviews, seems she is an avid JC blush collector.

I was just sitting here thinking. I love my cream/gel blushes most because they wear well and last long, why do I still need powder blushes? Well to answer my own question, I love layering my blushes. Adding a powdered version close to the cream/gel blush ensures that it lasts the whole day. Besides, what can I say, I'm a blush whore.

Ratings: 5+ lipsticks

Monday, October 25, 2010

Things I'm currently obsessing about

I'm not over my fake eye lash phase. In fact, I think it has grown. I don't know when I'll be able to use up what I have now but it doesn't stop me from wanting some more. Here are some that I've been eyeing.

Urban Decay


Ardell's Accent Lashes

I want all of them!

Chanel

More Chanel please! In Exces or Fatale
Dior

Dior's Holiday 2010 Five Gold Quint

Chanel Rouge Allure in Insolente Pictures


I just wanted to show off how pretty my new Chanel acquisition is. I love the Rouge Allure formulation better than the Rouge Coco. You can read about it here. Insolente is a bright creamy full on blue pink. I think it looks great on both fair and medium skin toned ladies. It is moisturising and glides beautifully onto my lips.

With bright lipstick, you have to tone down your eye colour and blush. A dark and distinct eyeliner with false lashes are a great combination. Its my favourite go to look at the moment. Especially if you can do a cat eye flick with your eye liner.

Under sunlight



Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss in Insolence Review



(Taken from the Chanel Website)

ROUGE ALLURE EXTRAIT DE GLOSS offers the shine of a gloss and the colour intensity of a lipstick.

INTENSE LONG-LASTING COLOUR: The presence of very finely ground mother-of-pearl helps intensify colour and light reflection with no pearly effect.

PURE SHINE: The combination of a new-generation shiny polymer and a plant-based gelling agent patented by CHANEL* was selected for its unprecedented qualities, combining exceptional shine, comfort, softness and hold.

ABSOLUTE COMFORT: Shea butter and a canola oil derivative provide a sensation of well-being, while a Vitamin E derivative protects the lips.






Honestly, I had no intention of picking up any of the new Extrait Glosses. I'm much too in love with the Chanel lipsticks and Allure Lacques to think about wearing lipgloss on its own ever again. Then I opened up my Isolente Rouge Allure and Insolence Extrait Gloss sample to try out. Wow, the gloss amps up the lipstick and transforms it into something shiny and gorgeous.






The glosses cost $44. As much as the Rouge Allures! There is about 0.28 oz of product. Glossimers have about 0.19 oz of product. It is housed in a beautiful black lacquer container. It feels heavy and luxurious just ike all of Chanel's packaging. 




The applicator is different. It comes it a flexible/bendy spatula doe foot applicator. I don't see much of a difference bewteen this and the normal doe foot applicators though.

 




Insolence on its own is a milky bright pink. It is more opaque than most glosses but isn't so opaque that it doesn't allow your lip colour to show through. It is sticky but not as sticky as MAC lipglasses. They feel comfortable and does not slip and slide over lips. In my opinion, Extrait Glosses shouldn't be worn on its own because it would be just like normal lipgloss. It has to be paired with lipstick where it transforms the lipstick into a high shine colour. The SA applied Genial Extrait Gloss on top of Exotic Rouge Allure lipstick on me at the counter. I could'nt help admiring my lips throughout the evening. It looks so beautiful. I'm so getting them the next time I visit the counter.
My sorry excuse of a lip swatch, my apologies


Top: Insolence Extrait De Gloss
Bottom: Insolente Rouge Allure


Ratings: 3+ lipsticks




Saturday, October 23, 2010

Long awaited Tangs Haul


I've been waiting to visit the Chanel counter for ages. I finally had a chance on Friday. I went to pick up Insolente and Insolence. I also went to check out Phoenix and Exotic. I liked both shades and wanted to get them, unfortunately they were out of stock. Denied!!! It is so frustrating having your heart set on bring home somethings but not being able to. Anyway I turned my attention to getting a Joues Contraste blush and settled for Tea Rose. Swatches and detailed pics coming soon.

 




Friday, October 22, 2010

Darkness Eye Lash Pictures and Reviews


I bought this from Robinsons Jurong Point recently for $5.90. It is fast becoming my favourite lashes to out on. It is easy to apply and best of all the length looks natural on my smallish eyes.



As you can see, I'm still not great at eye lash application. Can't seem to get it right up close to the lash line. But from a distance, it looks alright so I'm not complaining.

My favourite look these days is Stila's Kitten Smudgepot or Urban Decay's Sin Primer Potion and black eye liner with a slightly winged tip plus fake lashes and a strong lip.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chanel Rouge Allue Laque in Ming (Swatches and thoughts)


I got a chance to test drive Ming on Friday. I simply love the Rouge Allure Laque formulation. You can a more detailed review about it here. I wished they had more shade varieties. Ming and Santal are the more natural shades. Ming being more pink and Santal being more peach. Ming being more of a milky light pink leaning to a little brown. It looks amazing when swatched under sunlight. It has a gorgeous subtle gold shimmer that isn't obvious in normal lighting. It is a great nude pink shade for smokey eye looks.




Confidentelle on the left and Ming on the right


As much as I like the creamy opaque formula, I prefer Confidentelle because the satin finish gives it more dimension. Ming appears as a flat nude pink on me. I don't do too many smokey looks so I don't really need another nude pink lip colour.