Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sponsored Post: ORBIS Care-na Hot Cool Gel

Good morning dear readers! I hope you are having a good morning so far.

Today I have for you ORBIS Care-na Hot Cool Gel for review.

(Taken from press kit)

CARE-NA HOT COOL GEL, ORBIS’ up-and-coming pore refining gel, has arrived in Singapore. With its ability to care for various pore conditions that trouble different age groups, CARE-NA HOT COOL GEL is the product that can help one achieve pore less baby-like skin!

Women may experience different pore concerns throughout their life.

20s Sebum Pores Active sebum secretion. When in excess, sebum may clog pores and result in the formation of pimples and dry skin.
30s Mixed Pores Active sebum secretion and pores begin to sag.
40s Sagging Pores Skin’s foundation weakens and women see a change in firmness and elasticity of skin. Coupled with gravity’s downward pulling force, round pores form a teardrop shape overtime.

Key Ingredients:
Fine Scrub to remove old corneum and grime.
Sebum-adhesive Charcoal Powder to absorb sebum.
Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch-Hazel) Leaf Extract to refresh and minimize pores.
Absorbent Hyaluronic Acid and Permeative Collagen to hydrate the skin and create a uniform and plump skin texture.

Product Specifications"
Free of artificial colors
Allergy Tested (formulated to minimize the risk of allergy)

Directions of Use
Use 1-2 times a week after facial wash.
Remove excessive moisture on hand and face.
Take a pearl-sized amount and gently massage in circular movements on the T-zone (forehead, nose, cheek and chin) for 10 to 15 seconds.
Rinse thoroughly.

According to the press kit I have to worry about sagging pores. Boo!

Well honestly I have never worried about my open pores, I know they are there but it has never been my main priority. Mine being my ever growing dark spots. 

The Care-na Hot Cool Gel comes in a viscous dark grey gel with tiny particles to provide exfoliation.

The first time I used it, I was in such a hurry to try it out I forgot to read the instructions. I put a layer on my face and waited for it to dry out. Then I couldn't understand why it was not drying up and why was the gel sliding off my face and into my mouth. Bleah! After reading the instructions, I had a good laugh. I tried it out the correct way the next time with definitely more success.

This gel does feel warm on contact with my face but it isn't uncomfortable. The tiny particles are not harsh so I felt that I got a gentle scrub. I used it to massage my forehead, nose area and chin area as per instructions and washed it off.

I use this once every week for about a month now. I don't see my pores shrinking but I am generally happy that the area around my nose, chin and forehead feels clean and smooth after use.

SGD $21.50.

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, August 28, 2014

YSL Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain No. 103 Pink No Taboo

One of my all time favourite lip products from YSL has got to be the Glossy Stains. I was very happy to be gifted one by a great gal pal of mine. She knows my taste well, thank you sweetie.

(Information taken from YSL website)

Gloss? Stain? Lipstick? Stop compromising and have it all. PREMIERING Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes. Revolutionary Nudes, our first Glossy Stain with reflective shine. Weightless feel. Long lasting color. 3D Luminosity. What's new? Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes captures the revolutionary formala of Glossy Stain and combines with Euphotic Colored Light technology to allow light to pass through and give an all day luminous 3D effect. Tips: First highlight lips with Touche Eclat to give a plump lip look. Apply Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes to the bottom and top lip without blotting. Allow color to dry on lips for all day shine. Repeat routine for a more dramatic shine look. Wear a Rebel Nude alone or apply on top of your favorite Glossy Stain for a new color and revolutionary 3D effect!

Pink No Taboo is part of a 10 shade range.

101 Nude Provoateur
102 Corail Mutin
103 Pink No Taboo
104 Fuchsia Tomboy
105 Corail Holdup
106 Bege Anarchist
107 Naught Mauve
108 Violine Out of Control
109 Fuchsia Fugitive
110 Reckless Pink

Dear Meryl from has a set of swatches here.

Pink No Taboo may be from the Rebel Nudes range but I don't think it is really a nude shade. On my arm swatch you can see that it has coral hints with slight shimmer to it.

On my lips, it becomes a nude coral pink shade that flatters me instead of washing me out.

I brought out all my glossy stains for some arm swatching action.

Aren't they gorgeous in the sun?

From right to left: No. 5 Rouge Vintage, No. 7 Corail Aquatique, No. 8 Orange de Chine, No. 12 Corail Fauve, No. 15 Rose Vinyl, No. 16 Pourpre Preview and No. 103 Pink No Taboo.

Just to recap on my review of the formula of glossy stains. When first applied, the glossy stain is sheer but it gets more pigmented when layered on. The glossy stain has a liquid consistency but after a few seconds it dries down to a slightly sticky finish. It is nothing tacky like MAC lipglasses, just slightly. The glossy finish stays on throughout the day. It isn't long lasting, it disappears with food and what remains is a slight stain. Reapplication is a breeze. I did not have have peeling lips whenever I wear this and after removal my lips remained healthy.

Glossy Stains sell for USD $34.

Ratings: 4+ lipsticks

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Comex Gold and Vintage Black Gold

It has taken me a long time to write a review about these eye shadows. I bought them quite some time back but haven't gotten around to trying them out fully.

I came across these on the internet and were fascinated by the metallic finish of the swatches I saw. I'm like a magpie honestly, I'm attracted to all things shiny and sparkly. I saw them at the local Sephora and on a whim I decided to pick 2 up.

The counter displays were actually quite disgusting to look at. The pots looked mushy and overused. I was however won over by the sparkles.

(Information taken from Sephora website)
What it is: 

A one-of-a-kind, buildable, high-metallic cream eye shadow with a striking foil finish. 

What it does: 

Create a variety of effects with Stila’s revolutionary foil-finish eye shadow that builds from a light, sheer shimmer to a high-metallic opaque. The set includes a deluxe Stay All Day® Liquid Eye Primer, which preps, primes, and creates long-lasting adhesion to lids. It also includes a handy mixing tray for easy use; simply apply, combine and shine. 

This set contains: 
- 0.07 oz Eye Shadow 
- 0.06 oz Primer 

What it is formulated WITHOUT: 
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates

12 shades available

These eyeshadows are housed in screw top metal pots. 

I am very unhappy with the amount of Stay All Liquid Eye Primer. It is only half filled. I understand that you cannot buy this separately. I don't think my bottle can last. This is terrible Stila. How can you give nly a hald filled bottle and the whole thing costs USD $32. So not cool.

The textures of these are kinda soft and mushy feeling. When swatched dry, it is sheer.

You seriously only need the teensiest droplet of the primer. I scoop out some of the eye shadow with my finger and mix that to form a paste. The metallic finish really stands out.

Vintage Black Gold looks like a dirty gold shade. I was hoping it would have more black to it.

Application is kinda tricky. It isn't really blendable so I used this close to my lashes. I find using my fingers the best way. I dab and blend along my lash line. They do stay on without fall out. It lasted my very long and sweaty Saturday classes without smudging or creasing or fall out under my eyes. I can't really use this with other eye shadow products because it is hard to blend.

Here is another eye look using Vintage Black Gold. I used a layer of Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick in Rose Gold as a base.

I did not even realise how chunky the glitters are until I looked at my own pictures. This is definitely not for the subdued.

Guerlain Rouge G in Gigolo, one of my all time favourites

I really love the super bling effect, I think it is really great for parties and evenings out when you want that extra sparkle. If you are looking for refined elegance, you are looking at the wrong place. :)

Application is a hassle though. It doesn't play nicely with other eyeshadows be it powder or cream either. Forget about blending these with other colours.

I think I paid more than SGD $40 at my local Sephora. That is almost the price of a Burberry eye shadow which I adore to bits. For that price, I really expect at least a full sized primer, come on, the bottle is already so tiny. 

I'm not going to buy anymore of these. If I wanted bling I could have gotten better ones for example, the Chanel Illusion d'ombres which are easier to work with although they might not have that full bling effect.

Ratings: 2 lipsticks

Friday, August 22, 2014

Glamglow Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Visiting Sephora is a dangerous thing to do especially when you go with a fellow beauty fiend. I was so curious about Glamglow after seeing so many Instagram pictures that I had to give it a go. At the time there were two kinds available. The Super Mud Clearing Treatment and the Youthmud  Tinglefoliate Treatment. I went for the Youthmud cos it promises smoother and bright skin. Who doesn't want that?

I bought this at Sephora for  SGD $92. It is only US $69 if you order online.

(Taken from the Glamglow website)

Designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries, for immediate camera- ready glowing skin. GLAMGLOW’s mud base is from the South of France Mediterranean Sea, home to glamorous Cannes, St. Tropez & Monaco. For Men and Women, All Ages and Skin Types. Use a couple of times a week or simply when you need GLAM-tastic™ skin.


Apply a Thin Layer to Clean Face. Expect a Tingle-tastic Tightening Effect in 10 minutes or less. Remove Mask with Water in Circular Motions to exfoliate. Use Twice a Week or as often as Desired.

  • Leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing.
  • Activates moisturizing collagen synthesis.
  • Provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation.
  • Helps to leave skin smoother, brighter and softer.
  • Provides tighter skin texture and tighter pores.
  • Helps to provide a more youthful appearance.
  • Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.
  • Helps to protect against free radical damage.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite (Volcanic Minerals), Kaolin (French Sea Clay), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Purified Clay), Polyethylene, Pumice (Micro Volcanic Rock), Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea Leaf), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Marigold), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Hedara Helix Extract (Ivy), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey Herb), Lavandula Hybrida Oil (Lavender), Glycerin (Vegetable), Parfum, [Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool], Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

I use this about one to two times a week. Especially when the weekends are nearing. Guess it is the only time I am free to pamper my face.

I stir the mixture up a bit before applying it to my face. The paste feels kinda rough and I make sure I smooth it over my face gently. It feels warm and tingly when I apply this over my face. There is also a tightening sensation on my face. The tingly sensation borders on being somewhat uncomfortable and when it dries it stops tingling. For some sensitive people it might feel a little like stinging but it was still bearable for me. I apply a thin layer and wait for it to dry.

I had been wondering what the bits of black stuff were in the mud and after Googling I realise that it was the green tea leaves. After that I wash it away with warm water. I make sure I don' rub my face because the volcanic pumice feels quite rough. So please be gentle.

I have been using this for about 2 months now. I do enjoy using it. After washing my face, it feels refreshed, somewhat brighter and generally it looks better than before. I won't go so far to say that it is like a facial in a bottle though. I haven't used many mud masks before so I can't really compare. It is very expensive though so if you want to try this make sure you grad it when Sephora has its 20% discounts. 

Have you tried any such mud masks before? Do you have any other masks to recommend?

Ratings: 3 lipsticks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Project Swap: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Ecstasy

I am so happy to play with Luna's (The Flintstone Loves Pretty) Charlotte Tilbury blush. I had wanted to get for myself but I just couldn't decide which one to get. Honestly the online swatches were not the most helpful.

I really love the dark chocolate casing. It has a nice weight to it and I love the oval shape. What a contrast as compared to her eye shadow palettes. It is flat but quite large. It almost covers my palm. I love it when my makeup had some weight to it, it just says luxe to me.

There is a only slight difference in the shade in outer ring as compared to the core. The outer ring seems a little more shimmery and has a more peachy tinge whereas the core is more satiny and looks slightly more rosy pink.

Left to right: Outer ring, core and mixed.

Overall I think it is a lovely blush with great texture. It lasted a good 6 hours on me. If I didn't already own a gazillion peachy pink shades I might consider buying it.


Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sponsored Post: Charee Lashes 1045

I had one free day for myself recently and took the opportunity to visit my hairdresser to get a haircut. It was a great excuse to window shop and try out Charee's Lashes in 1045.

(Information taken from the press kit)

COLOR: Black
LENGTH: Medium
Price: SGD 7.99

As you can see these lashes sport a black band so there is no need to colour the band with my eye liner. The band is slightly thicker than the previous lashes style 5296 and style 7962. It is important that you line your eyes thicker so that the lash band melds with your eye line else it looks very obvious that you are wearing falsies.

I snipped off the last two sections of the lashes because I find the ends a little too long for it to look natural on me. The effect is very coquettish, love.

These lashes are also very comfortable to wear, not heavy at all. I don't feel them on my eye lids.

I just want to say that less is more, don't do overly dramatic falsies unless you have a performance or are taking photos for a photoshoot. Overly dramatic lashes may look nice in pictures but for going out, it is just overdoing it and can look sorta freaky to others. Spider legs for lashes are not sexy looking.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet 40 Beige

I really love Chanel foundations. I have had such good experiences with Vitalumiere Aqua and Perfection Lumiere. When I heard about the new Perfection Lumiere Velvet, I knew I had to give it a try. 

(Information taken from Chanel website)

PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET is a lightweight second-skin foundation. It naturally smoothes and evens out the complexion for a velvety matte makeup result.
The lightweight texture of PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET makes it perfect for normal and combination to oily skin. This ultra-soft emulsion instantly becomes one with the skin, transforming into a natural powdery matte finish that disappears onto the skin.
• The Perfect Skin Affinity complex acts in perfect affinity with the skin to maintain hold and radiance all day long.
• The ""smooth-effect"" powders selected by the CHANEL Laboratories diminish surface irregularities and instantly smooth pores. 
• The patented* Perfect Light Control complex (combination of two semi-sheer hemispherical powders) perfectly evens out dark spots and lightens redness, without a hint of thickness.

As you can see, it comes in a lightweight plastic bottle that makes it easy to tote around without any fear of breakage.

Bottom to top: Perfection Lumiere Velvet 40, Perfection Lumiere 40 and Vitalumiere Aqua B30

As you can see, the new Perfection Lumiere Velvet is more neutral than the Perfection Lumiere, both being B40. 

I really like that it is lightweight in feel and texture. It blends beautifully into a satin matte finish on me. On my normal to combination skin, it lasts the entire day without me having to blot. I do see a little oil breaking through at the 5 hour mark.

Pardon the washed hair and general dishevelled appearance. I was rushing out to meet my hairdresser. Yup I changed my outfit, I'm vain like that. Even when I'm in a rush and going to be late I'll change if I'm not 'feeling' what I'm wearing. (Blush.)

I wanted to show you how Perfection Lumiere Velvet looks by itself when not paired with any of my powders. It doesn't cover all my acne scars but I feel that the coverage is more than decent. I don't want to look like I'm wearing  mask.

Here is how Perfection Lumiere looks when paired with my favourite Make Up For Ever Pro Finish powder. They are a match made in heaven.

Here is how Perfection Lumiere looks after about 4 hours. I came back with shorter hair!

I have been using this foundation for more than a month now and I am loving it. It is great for humid Singapore because it is so light weight. It has a SPF of 15 which is totally negligible in my books, I still need to fortify myself with my regular sunblock. I did hear that it might not keep the oilies away for the oily complexions so you might want to get a sample to try it out. On me, it lasted well on me.

I bought this at Nordstrom USD $45.

Ratings: 5+ lipsticks