Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lancome Ôscillation Power Booster Review and Swatches

(Taken from Lancome Singapore website)

Revolution for Asian lashes: Repair, Regrowth and Enhancement
Lashes are visibly stronger, longer and fuller in 28 days.The new conditioning formula, Crescentia™ complex, contains lash-enhancing ingredients found in haircare products. Working in in perfect synergy with the vibrations, the oscillating brush stimulates micro-circulation to help ideal lash growth as it massages the formula into the lash base for treatment and amplifies the make-up results of any mascara. A unique booster to re-create every lash dimension. Volume, curve, length, growth, ... every lash result is maximized!

1. Continuous vibration motion of the wand and ultra-smooth formula coats lashes up to 360° uniformly. 2. Apply the Powerbooster on bare lashes to condition lashes and create a perfect lash fringe for mascara application.3. Combined with any specialist mascaras from Lancôme, it amplifies the mascara result customised to your lash needs.

This product came to my attention after I attended Lancome's Hypnose Precious Cells mascara blogger's event at their offices. The make-up artist in attendance shared with us how to boost lashes to its maximum by using Ôscillation Power Booster. She shared that it can also be used like a lash serum to be applied every night before going to bed.

I was at that point hunting for a good mascara primer, so when I was picking out items to place in my Nordstrom shopping cart, I knew I had to buy this to try.

Ôscillation Power Booster comes in a cream tube. You have to pull the plastic tab to activate it. Once that is done, whenever you press the little button at the side of the mascara tube, it will vibrate. I had a good giggle when it first vibrated. I can imagine what cheeky things my DH would say if he were to get his hands on my Power Booster.

It has a plastic bristle wand that helps coat individual lashes without clumping. The formula is a creamy white and quite obvious on the eyes. I must always remember to coat my lashes with mascara afterwards because I have rushed out of the house with just primer on. I looked very weird and it was highly embarrassing. 

I'm not sure how effective in the vibrating primer as compared to non-vibrating primers so won't comment on that. But I must say that that little button is a little tricky. I have to press it just so or else it would not vibrate. I was half expecting it to be difficult to apply since I expected the tube to be shaking like a vibrator! (He he) Actually it vibrates gently so application is super easy, no smears at all!

I run the wand through my lashes about three times to ensure all my lashes are coated then I wait for a few seconds before I apply my favourite mascara of the moment, Lancome's Hypnose Precious Cells. In order to same time, I apply my lip liner and colour then move on to mascara.

I get extra vavavoom lashes without clumping ala spider legs.

Hypnose Precioous Cells mascara only

With Power Booster underneath
Hypnose Precioous Cells mascara only

With Power Booster underneath
I have used Ôscillation Power Booster for more than a month now and Hypnose Precious Cells for more than 2 months and must say that both work very well at conditioning my lashes. My lashes look slightly lusher and longer. I don't have lash fallout problems and after all this time I have not experienced all fall out yet.

Before Power Booster

After Power Booster
I am quite tempted to apply this at night as suggested by the make-up artist but can't bear to suffer the ridicule of my DH. I'm already the biggest vain pot he knows, I can imagine him rolling his eyes when he sees my white lashes when we prepare to go to bed.

Ôscillation Power Booster costs USD$39 or SGD $50. That is quite a sum to pay for a primer. Combined with Hypnose Precious Cells, it seems like a lot to pay for longer thicker lashes which can also be easily achieved with fake lashes. I'm actually willingly to pay that sum though. I'm a luxury mascara convert!  As much as I love my fake lashes, I feel that using it everyday will cause my lashes to be damaged. So mascara and primer for my everyday look is the best alternative. Other than just enhancing the look of my lashes, anything that will help me improve the quality of my lashes is great in my book.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Burberry Beauty Lip Cover in No. 3 Cameo Pink Review and Swatches

You have to know by now how much I love Burberry Lip Cover lipsticks. They are one of the creamiest and opaque lipsticks ever made. You can read about my first review of Lip Covers here. I was given Cameo Pink as a GWP. Although it looks a little too light for my skin tone, I did not have the heart to give it away.

To me Cameo Pink is a light rose pink with a little hint of coral. It has some shimmer but you can't see it once it is on the lips.

Nude colours are not within my comfort zone. Sort of makes me wish I had lighter coloured lips. I'm not crushing over it like my darker lip colours but this is a very pretty colour I'll be happy to wear. I'll probably pair it with my darker eye looks.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Burberry Burberry Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation Trench No. 7 Beauty Review Part 2

I felt that the Burberry Foundation deserves another post. I'm stubborn like that.

Okay from my previous post you already know I'm very confused with this foundation. I hate it when I apply it with a brush. It looks cakey and patchy. It does not keep the oilies at bay. It does not withstand humidity well. So it is a big no no as a work wear foundation for me. On the other hand, I love it when I use a sponge to apply. It blends well, sinks into my skin and feels lightweight. It gives me a soft glow especially when I wear it out in the evenings. 

Anyway I wasn't done testing this foundation and I ran out of samples, so what does a foundation whore do? Buy the whole darn bottle!

I have to say this, what a beautiful bottle! It is made of glass so be very careful with it.

It is a pump bottle, one pump of product is sufficient for my entire face. It has a little locking feature, you twist the pump to lock it.

I'm really excited to let you know that my fingers are the best applicators for this foundation! I applied this using my fingers. It was so easy to apply and blend. Paired with the lightest dusting of loose powder, I was good to go. I had a really soft glow. I love how it looks. Unfortunately I had to blot my face after a few hours.

I didn't realise the silly washing detergent (yup the huge orange thingy) was behind me, my bad. By the way, I'm using most of my new Burberry products on my face.

GA Fluid Master
BB Sheer Luminous Foundation Trench No. 7
GA Loose Powder
Chanel JC Blush in Rose Petal

UD Primer Potion
BB eye shadows in Porcelain, Gold Trench and Midnight Plum
UD 24/7 eye liner in Rockstar
Lancome Oscillation Power Booster and Hypnose Precious Cells mascara

BB Lip Definer Shaping Pencil Dusty Rose
BB Lip Cover Blush

My verdict: 

At SGD$77 a bottle, it is expensive. If you have oily skin and want something that will keep you matt the whole day. If you want a multi purpose, multi occasion foundation. Skip this. 

If you don't have oil issues, don't work in a hot and humid environment and don't mind blotting after a few hours. Consider this. 

If you are a foundation whore, who wants a soft glowy face. If you are only going out for short trips that does not require you to sweat a lot. If you have date night with your lovey and you want to look all soft and romantic. Grab it! 

My ratings remain at 3+ lipsticks

Friday, September 23, 2011

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow No. 19 Midnight Plum Swatches and Reviews

I saved my favourite eye shadow for last. I have been wanting to get a dark plum shade for ages. Midnight Plum is just gorgeous.

It is a satiny dark plum shade with no shimmer at all.

Here is a simple eye look where I used all three of my Burberry eye shadow shades. Porcelain all over my lids, Gold Trench on my eye lids over and above my crease. I added Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner is Rockstar and added Midnight Plum over the line.

My Burberry eye shadows all in a row.

 Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow No. 04 Gold Trench Swatches and Reviews

Gold Trench is a light golden brown shade. I'm trying to think why I bought this, oh yes just because it is a pretty colour.

It looks a little like Porcelain but it has more gold and is lightly more brown. The pictures don't do it justice, they look almost alike but trust me there is a difference.

Left to right: Gold Trench and Porcelain

Gold Trench on lids just over crease

This is a subdued colour and I intend to use this when I want to make statement lips and winged eye liner looks.

Ratings: 3+ lipsticks