Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sponsored Post: Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadows Review and Swatches

I attended a Make Up For Ever beauty launch back in April. I have been keeping these pictures and dying to show them to you. Now I can!

What I really received from MUFE!

I was given these to play with along with the jumbo sharpener (very thoughtful!) and travel size Sensi Eyes to test out.

(What Make Up For Ever says about Aqua Shadows)

Aqua Shadow is a waterproof eye shadow pencil with extra colored pigments and long-lasting hold, containing a generous jumbo tip. Its polished black body is finished off with a band colored with each shade and a matching cap. Aqua Shadow is so handy; it can be slipped into a purse, beach bag or makeup artist’s case. It is both waterproof and long-lasting, resists seawater, chlorinated water and rubbing. Aqua Shadow brightens and intensifies the eyes in 3 seconds flat. And for the pros, this is the promise of fast results that withstand the extreme conditions of the stage or the heat of fashion shows.

Aqua Shadow comes in 12 unique shades: 7 shimmering nude hues (Pearly Taupe, Pearly Copper, Pearly Pink, Pearly Peach, Pearly Beige, Pearly Pink Beige, Pearly White) and 5 matte shades (Matte Black, Matte Brown, Matte Taupe Grey, Matte Navy Blue, Matte Green ) for easy smoky eyes.

Aqua Shadow has been specially designed to guarantee:
§     Flawless pigment hold, set onto the eyelid with volatile silicone oils and PVP polymers.
§     A comfortable texture with oily alcohols and lactate ester, which protect against dryness.
§     Silica powder to contribute to easy, slide-on application.
§     Silicone elastomer polymers which provide a filling effect for smooth eyelids.
Ophthalmologist tested.

Aqua Shadow 0E

Aqua Shadow 6E

Aqua Shadow 8E

Aqua Shadow 24E

Aqua Shadow 28E

Aqua Shadow 32E

The above are swatches I took at the event. From left to right, #32E pearly white, #28 E champagne, #24E, pearly warm pink, #22E coppery brown, #26E warm bronze orange, #4E matte dark grey , #2E matte dark brown and #0E matte black.

These feel creamy and glide onto my lids. I rather use my fingers to blend and I feel that my fingers provide a little warmth and helps the product to blend better. 

As you can see, the matte Aqua Shadows do not withstand vigorous rubbing. The shimmer ones are quite tough though.

I dripped saline and proceeded to rub vigorously. Again the matte ones seems to less tenacious as the shimmery one.

I wore them out a couple of times so far, the matte ones still smudged and creased on me slightly after 6 hours.  Although they are water proof (wore them out to the beach for the whole day, they faded a little but did not smudge or crease) they are not quite tear proof. They smudged slightly after I had an intense meal of spicy pho, they also smudged a little after my exercise class.

That being said, I have super duper oily and teary lids, most cream products rarely survive on my lids for long hour. These Aqua Shadows are relatively tenacious on my lids and even though they smudged after 8 hours, it was not a major smudge fest. I did not get horrendous panda eyes If you have no major oily eye lid problem, you should be alright. 

I love how handy and portable they are. Other than the blue and the teal, the colours are relatively safe and user friendly. I will be doing a couple of eye looks to show you how I played with these Aqua Shadows. These cost SGD $37 and will be out in June

You can see all of the Aqua Shadows swatched at Temptalia's blog here and here. Also note that Temptalia has issues with the Aqua Shadows creasing on her.

Ratings: 3+ lipsticks

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Comparison swatches of Giorgio Armani Purpurra and Burberry Midnight Plum

Chloe, a reader asked for me to make a comparison of Giorgio Armani's Eyes to Kill Purpurra and Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Midnight Plum I thought I would let the pictures to the talking. So for you Chloe! :)

Can you guess which is which?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Suqqu Blush Haul

Guess what I received when I went to the post office today. I have for you two of the three Nuancing Cheek blushes from the Suqqu Spring and Summer 2012 collection, Ex-02 Kohakusui and Ex-03 Akanemizu. I must say a word of thanks to my makeup angels for offering  to get these for me, hugs!

Ex-02 Kohakusui and Ex-03 Akanemizu

I am going to leave you tantalizing pictures of these two blushes. Aren't they just gorgeous? Swatches and reviews soon!

Lancome Juicy Tubes in Berry Bold Swatches and Reviews

(Taken from Lancome website)

This ultra shiny gloss sweeps on a sheer, sexy wash of color in a variety of shades and flavors. You’ll love the ultra-glossy formula that glides on easily with its tube-tip applicator. Perfectly portable, this essential gloss discreetly slips in a pocket or purse for a quick fix of fabulous anytime.

I received this with my Lancome GWP some time back. Berry Bold is a bright sheer pink. It comes with a slanted applicator. I prefer to use a lip brush to pick up the gloss than use this right my lips.

I am not a frequent lip gloss user. The only lip glosses I use are Chanel Extrait De Gloss and Lancome L'absolu Creme de Brilliance. I don't really like glosses that are sheer. This lip gloss is very sheer and also sticky. It disappears after eating and drinking. It isn't long lasting at all.

Over Chanel Natural lip liner
But over a pigmented lip liner, this gloss has possibilities. I love how it looks with Inspire Le Lipstique lip liner.

Lancome Juicy Tubes cost USD$18.

Honestly, I would not buy any Juicy Tubes. I'm not a lip gloss fan, unless they are pigmented.

Ratings: 1 lipstick

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Matching outfit Face Of The Day

My, the weather is so hot and humid lately! DH, DS and myslf decided to go out to Holland Village for Sunday brunch. I bought a striped t-shirt lately and the whole family decided we would wearing matching outfits for lunch.

I decided to use my much neglected Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colours in WT901 Mist and PK302 Magnolia to wear out.

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colours in WT901 Mist on brow bone
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colours in PK302 Magnolia all over lids
Dollywink liquid eye liner
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Bush in Flush (to be reviewed and swatched soon)
Diorskin Nude Tan 003 Zenith
Guerlain Cruel Gardenia Highlighter

YSL Glossy Stain #15 Rose Vinyl

Clarins UV Plus HP Beige
Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundaton #7
Giorgio Armani Microfil Loose Powder

My rascal!

Thanks for looking!