Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush review

Good morning everyone. I hope dear readers that your are doing well. I have for you today Edward Bess' Luxury Eye Brush for review today. I bought this quite some time back during an awesome Luxola 30% of sale. At that time I didn't really have any makeup I wanted to buy but I just could not pass up on the 30% discount. That is the extent of a shopping addict that I am. Blush! It was originally going for SGD $45 but I paid SGD $31.50. It goes for USD $40 at the website. I am happy I got a deal.

I don't really know what hair is used for this brush, it doesn't say in the description found at the Edward Bess website. I like that is has a black metal ferrule and handle. Hopefully I won't see rust marks on it after a while. the handle has a good weight which makes it easy to handle.

The bristles are soft but not as soft as my Hakuhodo and Suqqu. I use this brush mostly to blend my shadows. It is too big for me to use to place my eye shadows.

These are my blending brushes. On my left I have my Sigma brush E25 and in the middle is my old Mac 224 brush.

For SGD $30 I thnk it is quite worth it. It does its job well. I would not pay full price for this though. For USD $45 I think you can get an excellent Hakuhodo that has better quality bristles.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sponsored Post: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 17L

I end of my series of Make Up For Ever posts with the Aqua Eyes, a waterproof eye pencil in 17L.

(Information taken from the Make Up For Ever website)

The Aqua Eyes is a waterproof liner pencil available in 26 shades. Highly pigmented, its unique formula adheres to the eyelids and doesn't run or fade even under the most extreme conditions. Its fluid, creamy texture glides onto the skin and doesn't irritate the eye contour.

Volatile silicone oils
Microcristallin waxes
Film-forming polymers
Jojoba wax
Cotton seed oils
High pigment concentration
Paraben free
Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested

17L is a gold green shade which can be used as a base or on its own. It glides easily on my lids without tugging it but still maintains its nib without getting all smooshy. (As much as I like creamy eye liners I hate really soft ones that I have to sharpen every single time I want to use it.)

I wore 17L out for a trip to the swimming pool just to test out how waterproof it was. I applied this to bare lids and went out for a splashing good time with my 'boys'. The eyeliner was somewhat intact, it didn't look as good as new but I could still see the line.

Here is what I like to use it for, on my lower lash line. This lasts about 4 hours on my lower lash line before fading.

To be honest, I have not had much luck with the darker Aqua Eye shades. The black version still smudged on me. 17L was more forgiving on my eyes, either it isn't as obvious when it smudges or the colour makes it more resistant. I am not sure. 

You can check out my original review on the black version here and see swatches of the other colours I have here.

SGD $33

Ratings: 3+ lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sponsored Post: Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Diamond Collection D22 Papaya

I have for you today Make Up For Ever's Lab Shine Diamond Collection in D22 Papaya. 

(Information taken from the Make Up For Ever website)

The Lab Shine Lip Gloss offers spectacular and intense shine. Especially designed to achieve an ultra-bright effect, its silky brush ensures an optimal and dazzling coverage. The Lab Shine is available in 3 collections, in a wide range of 35 creative colors and effects: - The Diamond Collection offers a sheer coverage, 
natural effect and a sparkling shine. - The Star Collection offers a medium coverage with a pearly shine. - The Metal Collection offers a high coverage with a chrome shine.

  • High concentration of interferential pearly pigment particles.
  • Glass microspheric balls.
  • Hyaluronic acid and Gold of Pleasure oil.
  • Beewax and tetraester of High molecular weight.
  • Apricot-prune fragrance
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Paraben free

I am honestly not such a big gloss lover. I don't like that some lip glosses are tacky and feel heavy on my lips. Since D22 Papaya is from the Diamond Collection range, it has the sheerest formula and feels lightweight and thankfully not tacky at all. Although Papaya looks like a vibrant coral red in the tube, when swatched it gives a sheer coral look. The shimmers are not very obvious and it does not feel gritty at all.

This is what it looks like on its own. It gives my lips a glossy healthy shine without adding too much colour on it. This lip gloss formula feels comfortable on my lips and did not dry them out.

I do love how it transforms my pink lipsticks. Here I have Chanel Rouge Allure in Coquette underneath Papaya. I love how juicy it looks.

My perfect combi: Papaya over Coquette
I think Make Up For Ever's Lab Shine Diamond Collection formula is perfect for layering and giving your lipstick that extra oomph. If you want more pigmentation, you should check out the Star and Metal collection.

SGD $34
Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sponsored Post: Make Up For Ever Spring 2014 Collection Arty Blossom palette

I was positively delighted to be given these gorgeous makeup items to try from Make Up For Ever. So many pretty things! Where to start?

Well of course I have to start with the gorgeous Arty Blossom palette. To be honest, I stopped buying Spring collection palettes because of the abundance of icy pastel shades, somehow the Arty Blossom though remaining true to the spring theme came out with a palette with pastels with an extra kick.

Left to right: Gold Plum, Metallic Copper, Gold Beige and Fresh Peach

Left to right: Fresh Pink, Turquoise Blue, Gold Green and Pearly White

I think the great selection of bright and neutral shades would take me from spring to summer if I mix and match the colours.

The above swatches are made with a primer so you can see how the colours pop. All the shadows feel soft and finely milled. I need to be gentle with a few shades though because I noticed that Gold Green crumbled ever so slightly when I pressed too hard on it to make a swatch. These apply very well on my lids and blended easily too. What I like about these colours is that you can apply like a veil of transparent colour or make it pop by layering on more.

Here I am trying Fan Shape. (My regular camera I use for my closeup eye shots is currently being take over by hubs for his kayaking trips so you will have to bear with thiese less than stellar eye swatches.)

A gentle layer of Pearly White all over my lids.

Turquoise Blue on the inner eye lids. 

Gold Green on the other lids followed by black eye liner. The wind was blowing and I have hair everywhere! Argh!

On my lips: Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait Gourmandise 

The sun was super strong that day so I could not use my usual location and I ended up in my son's room.

The stuff I used
For the second look, I'm trying to follow the Natural eye look.

I applied Fresh Pink all over my lids with a fluffy brush.

Then I applied Fresh Peach on my crease and blended with the Fresh Pink.

Finally I added my black Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner and Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 17L on my lower lash line.

I rather like this look. Anyway, my eye makeup lasted very well. It saw me through my dance classes and evening dinner.

This palette sells for SGD $75.

I love that I get 8 beautiful colours with this palette. I can mix and match it for a variety of looks. The quality of the shadows are very good. What more can I ask for?

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sunday trip to the Botanic Gardens

I was inspired to visit the National Orchid Gardens after reading and looking at the lovely pictures potsed by Joyce of Atelier Beauty

In fact, DS and I made our way there during the school holidays and was thwarted by the rain. This silly mommy only packed one raincoat and we spend a good part of the afternoon hiding in a shelter playing I spy till the rain lessened and then we aborted our mission.

These pictures were taken before the downpour.

My little man isn't so little anymore, they grow up so fast!

Rain rain go away!
I spy with my little eyes something which is wet!
DS said he was cursed because in his previous school field trip he didn't manage to go to the National Orchid Gardens because of the rain too. We were determined to break the curse!

We found the tickets to be well priced. Children get to go in for free and adults pay $5. It is quite a large area to wander around.

There is an area dedicated to orchids named after foreign dignitaries. The two note worthy for me were the orchid named after Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana. I thought Margaret Thatcher's orchid was very unique.

I caught sight of this sculpture which resonates with me.

Over at the visitor centre we caught sight of some items from our childhood days. I lament the state of our playgrounds these days, though very safe they lack the character of our playgrounds in the past. Hands up if you remember and played on the dragon playground when you were younger.

That is our courtesy mascot Singa. Yup, we are a nation of campaigns and this one was to get Singaporeans to be more courteous.  I heard poor Singa submitted his resignation letter and gave up. Boo! So sad, I like to believe that the majority of Singaporeans are in fact very polite, kind and considerate.

I love my Sunday family outings. We try to get DS out of the house and into the bright sunshine as best we can. Studying can be really stressful especially since he is getting older so it is good to let loose and bond.