Thursday, May 30, 2013

Visiting a baby FOTD

Last month was a month for babies. My sister in law just welcomed her first baby and he is a darling little one.  I also visited another friend's baby. For the Chinese, parents usually celebrate the first month of the baby's life by inviting friends and family to visit.

You know what, I'm very scared of picking up newborns because they are so fragile. I get worried about hurting them. Strange considering I had my own baby. So whenever I'm offered to hold the baby I decline. I prefer holding them when they are bigger.

Did you know that when my DS was born, my DH was the one that taught me how to pick my own son up? For the longest time, I had nightmares of dropping my DS.

Anyway, he went from for this at 12 days old to the bottom picture at 3 months. My DS really bulked up. He was a premmie and only weighed 1.6 kg when he was born. Can't imagine right?






On to make-up matters. I had been ignoring my Burberry eye shadows for new make-up so I thought it was high time I gave them some loving. Revisiting them always remind me of how I fell on love with them in the first place.


Here is my look. I applied Porcelain all over y lids and placed Pale Barley on my lids up and over my crease. I used Midnight Brown on the outer corner of my eyes and blended inwards. Then my standard black liner and mascara.



I topped that with my Burberry Lip Velvet in Fuchsia Pink.


My somewhat stunned look. You say what???



I went an almost all Burberry look but I couldn't resist using my Giorgio Armani Face and Cheeks Duo Palette. It goes so well with red lips.


Thanks for looking.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Illamasqua Powder Blush in Unrequited swatches and review


The second Illamasqua blush I have for you today is Unrequited. This is part of Project Swap which Ruby from Miaka's Life and Loves and I made up. You can read about both the Lover and Unrequited over at her blog.

I'm not going to rehash what I said about the packaging. You can read about it over at my post about Lover here.



Unrequited is a cool bright pink that brightens up the face.




I hope you will be able to see it on my cheeks, just one swipe from my Hakuhodo blush brush is able to pick up enough pigment for my cheeks. 





Between Lover and Unrequited, I am more inclined towards Lover because I love peachy shades more than anything on my cheeks.

Both are excellent shades if you love brighter cheek shades.

Illamasqua are nice mid range powder blushes. They cost about SGD $38. They are pigmented and last well on my cheeks. They aren't as finely milled as the branded blushes though.

I might be tempted to get Lover for myself but I don' see myself hoarding these anytime soon. I am not in love with the bulky plastic casing.

Ratings: 3+ lipsticks

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hakuhodo Slide Face Round and Flat J601 review



(Information taken from Hakuhodo USA website)

Features:

The bristles pop out from the tip of the brush when the cap is inserted from the bottom of the handle, allowing you to open and close the brush as needed. The moderately resilient bristles of this powder and blusher brush enable you to achieve a seamless finish and deliver powder to the contours of your face.

Product Info

Use: Powder brush
Hair Type : Goat
Handle Type : Synthetic resin/black
Size: A. Full Length: 125.0㎜ in place 90mm B. Hair Length: 38.0㎜
C. Thickness: 15.5㎜



I decided to buy a retractable face brush from Hakuhodo because I needed something to reapply my blushes and NARS Reflecting Pressed Powder on the go. My old MAC short handle face brush was cutting it anymore. It was shedding and I couldn't put in my cosmetic pouch without it getting dirty. I bought a Sephora retractable brush but it was too hard and prickly. So when Ruby from Miaka's Life and Loves was buying from Hakuhodo I jumped at the chance to get a retractable brush for myself.


The one thing I love about Hakuhodo brushes, is the high quality. All the brushes I have bought (I usually buy the mid range ones) have not let me down. It keeps it shape after wash and never smells of goat. This is a very soft and fluffy brush so it is more suitable for blush application. I found that it could not pick enough powder for my NARS powder.

The plastic casing is study and it is easy to slide the brush up and down. It fits nicely into my cosmetic pouch and I couldn't be any happier with it.


It costs USD $39.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Illamasqua Powder Blush in Lover swatches and review



I have been told that Illamasqua blushes are good and have been recommended by quite a few friends to try them since I'm such a blush whore. I never got around to buying any of these so when I found this in the paper bag that Ruby from Miaka's Life and Loves passed to me as part of Project Swap, I was absolutely excited.

(Information taken from Illamasqua website)

ALC, DIMETHYLIMI- DAZOLIDINONE RICE STARCH, MICA, AQUA (WATER), MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, OCTYLDODECANOL, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-150, SILICA, RICINUS COMMUNIS OIL (RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL), CETEARYL ALCOHOL, QUATERNIUM-26, METHYLPARABEN, GLYCERYL RICINOLEATE, ETHYLPARABEN,CERA CARNAUBA (COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX), CANDELILLA CERA(EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX), SODIUM CETEARYL SULFATE, STEARIC ACID, PROPYLPARABEN, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), TETRAHYDROXYPROPYL ETHYLENEDIAMINE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), CETYL ALCOHOL,CERA ALBA(BEESWAX), PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CARMINE CI 75470, ULTRAMARINES CI 77007, RED 36 CI 12085,  YELLOW 5 LAKE CI 19140, RED 7 CI 15850, RED 21 LAKE CI 45380, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE CI 77163, YELLOW 6 LAKE CI 15985, MANGANESE VIOLET CI 77742, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE CI 77510, RED 40 LAKE CI 16035, RED 27 LAKE CI 45410] MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOUR ADDITIVE. STOP USE IF IRRITATION OCCURS. 
Made in Germany



To be honest, I am not in love with the bulky packaging. It could have been slimmer which will make it easier to tote around.





I love the colour! For my skin tone, I find peaches, oranges and corals more natural looking on me. I love the bright matte peach orange. When I swatched it, I was amazed at how pigmented it was. It is powdery though and kicks up a bit of powder when I used a brush or finger on it.



Knowing hat it was quite pigmented, I purposely used my MAC 187 Duo Fiber brush to pick up the pigment. Quite a bit of pigment was picked up and I had to shake the excess. It took a few swipes to get the intensity that I want. 

I don't usually like my blush to show up too strongly so I hope you are able to see the colour on my cheeks. These days I wear my fotds out so I don't intensify any of the colours although it will show up better in pictures.

Here is the entire look that went with the blush.



Eyes:
NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base

SUQQU Blend Eye shadow in EX-06 Usuchaori

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Black (trying out for the first time, will be reviewed)
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Waterproof mascara



Lips:
Lancome Le Lipstique in Inspire
Dior Addict in Fire

Base:

Make Up For Ever High Definition Primer
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
Make Up For Ever High Definition Powder

Cheeks:
Illamasqua Powder Blush in Lover


You can get Illamasqua products from ASOS which also provides free international shipping. This blush costs about SGD $39 which is a pretty good price I must say for a really nice blush. It may not be as finely milled or elegantly packaged as compared to its luxe sisters but the colour and pigmentation definitely makes up for it.

Ratings: 4+ lipsticks

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Giorgio Armani Summer Collection 2013 Face and Eye Palette swatches and review

 

I rescheduled all my posts because I think I need to show you this little piece of makeup heaven.  Yes I present to you the Face and Eye palette from Giorgio Armani. I couldn't risk not owning this so instead of patiently waiting for this to arrive at the Singapore counters I bought it the moment I saw it online. This is by far the best summer makeup piece I have bought at the moment.


The Face and Eye palette features a strange elliptical shape. It is hard to describe unless you see it for yourself. It has a shiny black plastic casing that is study. It is palm sized and has a magnetic closing to keep the cover closed at all times.

As you can see, there are two trays. One holding the precious bronzer that I will reveal really soon and one for the three eye shadows and the applicators.







Just look at that gorgeous bronzer. Unfortunately the golden glimmer is just an over spray. I haven't had the heart to remove all the over spray so I can't tell for certain how it looks without it.



The bronzer itself is a golden camel brown shade. It is not a matte instead it has like a satiny texture. Very suitable for my NC35 skin tone. As you can see, the bronzer gleams in the sun.



I used my Sigma Large Angled Contour F40 to apply my bronzer. It is not the best brush ever and I am not in love with it. Until this day it still smells faintly of goat. But it picks up a good amount of powder for me to work with. The bronzer powder is soft and finely milled. It does kick up a fair bit of powder when I run my brush around the pan. Afterwards I find that my whole palette has a dusting of bronzer powder all over.

Not blended


See how it glows on my cheeks?






The trio of eye shadows are satiny and soft. The first is a beige champagne shade. Great as a brow highlighter and for the inner corner of the eyes. The second is a beautiful peach shade, great as an over lid colour and finally a soft satiny brown shade. 

The colours may not be special but the quality definitely makes up for it. It lasted the entire day on my lids with primer.






Swatched without primer

My look for the day. I am very pleased with how it turned out.

The Face and Eye palette sells for USD $88. That is quite a hefty sum to pay but you get a gorgeous bronzer and three pigmented, high quality eye shadows to play with.

If you love bronzers and soft neutral shades that gleam and glow when light hits it then this is the perfect palette you have to get for summer.  

Ratings: 5+ lipsticks