The Lowdown – YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush (Cheek & Lip Swatches)

Are youuuuu ready?

Get buckled because this is going to be one heck of a post featuring these babydolls from YSL – the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush.

I had first talked about them in this post where I shared information about their formulation, what shades to expect, and also quick swatches of 9 of the 12 shades that are launched.

Though in this post, I’m going to get a little more personal, a little more intimate and a whole lot more in your face with pictures of how the 7 shades I have on hand wear (on both cheek, lips and cheek & lips) along with sharing my personal thoughts about this revolutionary nail-polish cos-playing product.

So what did I say, you might want to get comfortable, it could get a little long. Though if you are in any way curious about these little guys, this could be helpful!

First things first, let’s have a good look at the 7 shades I have on hand.

I’m missing a red, most of the nudes and that sexy deep plum shade but what I have here covers the usual lip and cheek suspects.

The YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush collection, as a whole has most of the spectrum covered be it if you prefer understated shades like neutral pinks, soft warm pinks, milky corals or if you like to thread dangerously and flaunt a hot pink lip, fire engine red or fierce tangerine.

It’s even got a smexy plum thrown in too if that’s your kind of thing.

The bottles, which resemble up-sized nail polish bottles, are inspired by transparent inkpots to showcase the purity and clarity of the color within. Giving it its distinctively YSL quality would be the gold touch that is perfectly detailed with the YSL Cassandre logo atop.

I had briefly given some mention to the patented and unique applicator here, but let me show you more shots of this intriguing detail.

At a glance the applicator looks like your typical flocked doe-foot but take a closer look and you’ll see an odd ‘pearl’ in the centre of it.

I have explained that I’m not one who pays much attention to how ground-breaking an applicator is but I did find the shape of this comfortable and purposeful.

On the lips, it is detailed enough (at the point) to define my lip shape and the centre held enough product to lay down and blend a rich lip color on.

For the cheeks, it picked up enough product for application on both cheeks without the need for re-dipping. For me, at least.

The shape of it is meant to facilitate with precised dabs of color on the cheek but I don’t apply this directly to my skin (I dab my finger on it then dab that on my cheeks).

With all that said, I’m sure you’re curious to see how these would perform so here’s a hand-swatch first so you can compare the colors alongside each other.

I know right, these are pretty darn lean and mean!

With one swipe they’re bad-ass looking with their pigmentation and ready to whoop some butt but once you get down with them, pat them about, soothe and ease them a little they blend out to be such perfect seamless shades.

My camera had a bit of a spastic moment picking these up, so did my eyes, because they look so unfocussed in the blended-out pictures before I realized that that is how they look like – soft-focus and seamless, so perfect.

Swatcha-mania!

Now that I’ve got your attention after all those words, let’s get down to business, shall we?

Here’s the order the images will be shown in, just to give you a bit of a heads up of what you’re looking at:

  1. heavier cheek swatch (pre-setting)
  2. lip swatch
  3. lip and cheek swatch (after setting)

N°1 Fuchsia Désinvolte

On the rest of the face:

Biore UV BB Cream, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Beauty Cottage Eye Palette, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

A vibrant blue-based fuschia, you only need a little, little bit of this if you are wearing it on your cheeks. On the cheeks and lips it is bright, hot and bold, definitely great for those who like to make a statement.

Of the 7 (that I have) this was the only shade that left a significant stain on and wore quite okay through some food and drinks.

N°2 Rose Frivole

On the rest of the face:

YSL CC Cream in Rose, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eye Palette, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

A warm and sweet medium-pink, this is a color for those looking to find something natural yet prominent on – natural enough to wear it without much thought but prominent enough to give a distinct look of blush.

It wears a little ‘lighter’ than medium on my lips as opposed to on my cheeks and I prefer this for days that I wake up thinking I need a bright (yet not too bright) pop of pink in my day.

N°4 Orange Fougueux

On the rest of the face:

YSL CC Cream in Rose, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 28E, Burberry Eyeshadow in Dark Sable, Burberry Eyeshadow in Chestnut, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

Now we’re talking Summer!

If you’re one who is captivated with bright tangerines, as I am, this is absolutely perfecto~ With orange being the hot color right now, I’m sure you can easily get on the trend with Orange Fougueux, a true yellow-orange that pops the minute you wear it on your cheeks.

On the lips I am a little bit disappointed because I expected the color to be more saturated though due to the slight translucence of the formula, it ends up appearing to be a more toned down, yet still quite statement, orange.

N°5 Rouge Effronté

On the rest of my face:

Biore UV BB Cream, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eye Palette, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

It’s no surprise that Rouge Effronté, a slightly warm bright red, would be my favorite of the lot. I mean, it’s a red, ’nuff said.

I’ve long loved red blush (hence my obsession with Merrily, Style Demon etc…) because red is really the mother of all natural flushes. So to speak

A red-toned blush makes fair skin look even fairer, and also imparts a very healthy flush – as if you just came from a jog or are flushed from the winter cold (impossibru here, but we can pretend to look the part?).

Lips-wise, (almost) everyone loves a red lip so, that’s case-closed.

N°7 Corail Affranchi

On the rest of the face:

YSL CC Cream in Rose, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Make Up Store Marble Eyeshadow in Amarillo, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, Solone Magic Waterproof Eyepencil in Black Gold

If your heart can’t handle Orange Fougueux, fret not because here we have Corail Affranchi (a milky tan-peach) to the rescue!

This color is equal parts smooth milky dose of coral, along with a soft tan side to it that makes it very wearable on the skin. That, and also very summer appropriate for days you want to look the season but skip on being this immensely bright ray of sunshine.

N°8 Pink Hédoniste

On the rest of my face:

YSL CC Cream in Apricot, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, YSL Flower Crush Palette in Pivoine Crush, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

If your calling is soft, neutral tones then you should be pretty pleased with this milky blush pink shade.

It’s got enough pink in it for color yet is as neutral as it goes – no stark blue tones, not too warming, it’s really quite the perfect no-brainer pink. Given how soft and dainty this color is, I do like dabbing a little of it on over the weekends (my no makeup period) too, to give my skin more life.

N°9 Rose Épicurien

On the rest of my face:

YSL CC Cream in Apricot, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Make Up Store Eye Pencil in WAVE, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner

Rose Épicurien is a tricky one… For one it is slightly dusty yet still fairly bright a lavender pink.

It’s got some purple in it but not a whole lot to throw it off the pink course, yet just enough to keep it cool, light and maybe just a bit stark on the lips for me. Though I still fancy that lip-look once in awhile.

How I best like it is on the cheeks, though funny thing is, it is quite ‘invisible’ on. What this cool-toned pink does is brighten up my complexion, perking my cheeks up a little without seeming to deposit much color at all – the powers of a bright cool pink on warmer skintone. I now see the true appeal of an icy cool pink blush hue.

I think I’m packing this little baby to Japan for my trip, it brings to mind such a kawaii~ look.

Whoa, kudos for you to have made it this far! Are you tired of scrolling yet?

Or would you like to see more pictures of these Baby Dolls in action?

More pictures you say? Well… I’ve got just the thing for you then!

Mixing It Up!

With a bold spirit, YSL suggests for you to mix and match around their 12 shades because while it’s cool to be all matchy, it’s even cooler to be a rebel sometimes and challenge the creative spirit.

YSL did have a list of suggested pairings but hey, if we are rebeling, let’s just go all the way?

So here are 3 of my own takes on the idea of mixing and matching these babies up.

MIX&MATCH01 – A COOL SUMMER

MIX&MATCH02 – ROSEY HUES

MIX&MATCH03 – A BOLD STATEMENT

My personal favorite of the Mix & Match batch because it’s always fun to defy some makeup rules, yes? Who says you could only pair a pink lip color with pink blush. If Cara Delevingne can rock the mis-matched look on their promo materials than I jolly well can…. try to.

What do you think?

As far as I’m concerned, I like the playful color block but I think I’ll stick to similar hues (ala the first two) for my mixing sessions. Though to my own credit I did step out of the house today with the contrasting combo, whoop!

No, I don’t think I looked crazy.

The Formula Low-down…

After all the fun stuff of how the colors wear and mix together, here’s the meaty and important bit that those who are perhaps tempted to purchase might want to know more of.

How does this feel on?

I have gotten a few questions about this after my posting-spree of these on Instagram and I can only say that they feel delightful. The texture has a good amount of slip, feels light-weight and moussey, a little creamy too but generally very air-whipped.

How does this wear?

On the cheeks, it’s quite amazing and lasts through the whole work day but do note that I do to set it with a dusting of powder. It’s a personal preference because these don’t feel heavy or sticky on so you can choose not to (and those with dry skin may even prefer not to) but I feel a dusting of powder helps with the longevity and also blends the whole look together.

See below:

On the lips though, I would say they aren’t stellar performers because there is no staining involved, if that is what you are after. I don’t blame them, given the smooth and emollient texture, it is good enough that they weren’t drying on the lips (to me) and it felt quite comfortable having them on for as long as they lasted.

I don’t notice these settling into lines either because they have a slight ‘fluffiness’ to them, making your lips appear a little plush (as you can see from swatches above), so in all I think they are quite kind on the lips in terms of wear.

In all?

I am usually not one for multi-purpose lip and cheek products, as I have said I believe, but I am really quite impressed with these. I’m even more impressed that I reach for these for both the purposes – lips and cheeks. I personally feel these are very worth checking out and could very well be the latest ‘it’ item in the makeup scene because of how wonderful the formula is and how lovely the shades are.

I think they are permanent so while there is no rush to get them, you can ponder your selection, but they are definitely worth a swatch or two.

The YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush retails for S$50 and will be available in April or May at all YSL Counters.

These will be added to the permanent range.

Thanks for reading!

Support Earth Hour with The Body Shop

Did you know that it is Earth Hour this coming Saturday (29th March)?

Earth Hour is becoming quite a thing these days with brands picking up the concept and showing their own little brand of awareness towards this global cause. I typically frown upon these gimmicks but I guess I wouldn’t mind a good cause getting some mainstream attention.

After all, the issue we face with the over-consumption of electricity all the way down to wasting our precious resources to fuel our desires of staying up all night (till the wee hours) and keeping the lights on the whole time, is a very real situation.

So as I was saying…

The Body Shop has been a regular supporter of this movement for all of its 5 years and this year is no exception.

If you’re wondering, how do you get on board with this support and, at the same time, get a little extra somethin’ somethin’ for yourself, well here’s how.

Pledge to Go Green

Partnering with the Earth Hour Digital Card, The Body Shop will be rewarding people who have pledged to go green. From now till 2nd May, for every download of the Earth Hour Digital Card (details below), the card owner will get to purchase TBS’s eco-friendly Rainforest Shampoo or Conditioner (250ml) at a mere price of S$10!

What’s more if a card owner can convince 5 more friends to pledge their support (I’m assuming there’s a referral factor to this), the card owner will get to enjoy a S$10 shopping voucher too! The more the merrier, y’all!

What’s (even) more, sign up to be The Body Shop’s Love Your Body™ Club member now and receive 10 additional points when you shop with them!

It’s really easy to ‘sign up’ for a Earth Digital Card, simply follow the instructions on the image below (standard messaging rates apply, no additional cost).

And here’s me getting it done, just to show you how simple it is!

And voila~

Lights Out!

All that perks aside, of course, The Body Shop will be dimming their stores by shutting off their non-essential lights so don’t be alarmed if you’re shopping mid-way and the lights go out!

So with all that said, head on down to The Body Shop to get in the mood with the Earth Hour happenings and don’t forget too, to do your part and put out the lights for an hour on 29th March (Saturday) from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

While that is for all formalities of the Earth Hour event, lets also remember to put out the lights if we don’t need them and do our part to conserve electricity on a regular basis, Earth Hour or not.

Thanks for reading!

Love Your Skin – Jet Concepts Liquid Laser Treatment & Skincare!

My previous experience with Jet Concepts had left me with nothing but good thoughts and good results to take away from.

Now whenever anyone ask me for a facial recommendation (“I want results with just one session!“) and didn’t mind compromising on that whole spa mood and ambience, I would direct them to Jet Concepts.

Though, I will always preface a Jet Concepts entry with this: If you’re seeking a relaxing, soothing and completely spa-like treatment then this isn’t the right place.

At Jet Concepts, they specialize with using state-of-the-art equipment that is otherwise found in doctors and aesthetic clinics. What they do boast is genuine results immediately and a continual improvement of your skin over the next few days along with the effects sustaining for a few months even!

Before you start wondering, no this isn’t an aesthetic procedure and there isn’t any downtime with their procedures. Perhaps the usual post-facial redness sometimes but from my experience (and what I have heard / seen), everyone walks out with glowingly healthy skin.

You really have to try it to believe it!

I’m actually really late with my mention about this, my bad, as it got pushed back and a little forgotten along the way, seeing as I had this treatment done just before the Chinese New Year festivities!

Though, finally, here are my thoughts about it! Fret not, I had everything jotted down post-facial so most points were written fresh-from-the-oven and I’m not trying to recall a 2 month ago facial experience here.

Now with that long essay, I shall finally got to the point!

The Liquid Laser Treatment –

With my recent trip down, I got to learn about and also try out their Liquid Laser range of products along with the complementing Jet PR3 Facial.

Since I am still collecting my thoughts for a proper entry about their Liquid Laser products (because skincare reviews can be so tricky sometimes) I will first share this skin-prepping treatment and my thoughts about how it would help introduce you to the Liquid Laser skincare range.

For my treatment, I dropped by the Wheelock branch and after a short presentation about some key points of the Liquid Laser treatment, I was whisked away to the Jet Concepts treatment rooms to begin.

I was honestly quite excited (for the end product) and a little apprehensive because, as I had mentioned, comfort isn’t really what they are selling at Jet Concepts.

Most of the treatments aren’t exactly painful but you’re not coming here to zone out and relax (entirely) either.

A large part of your experience depends on your treshold for discomfort and weird but let’s just say that with a whole bunch of cool machines that do various different, and odd, functions, you never really know what you’re getting yourself into!

STEP 1 – Makeup Removal

The first step, of course was to have my makeup removed!

This is prior that, of course.

Step 2 – Aromatic Relaxation

Just before beginning, the therapist performed an aroma-relaxation technique with peppermint oil. It was a nice touch given that Jet Concepts isn’t focused on providing a spa-approach.

STEP 3 – The Jet Stream Cleanse

After your skin is cleansed of all impurities on the surface and you’re nicely settled, the Jet PR3 Facial starts proper with the Jet Stream machine.

An equipment hailing from Israel, and exclusively available at Jet Concepts, the Jet Stream clears your skin cells from blockages by sweeping up sebum, dead skin cells and dirt from both the surface of the skin and also deep within.

I don’t have a shot of this in progress but what it does is blasts a (controlled and fine) jet of water on your skin while a vacuum sucks that water back up almost instantly.

How this helps is that the fine stream of water will stimulate and cleanse the surface of your skin as well as rinse through the initial layers of the epidermis, thus ridding it of any dirt and dead skin build up.

You will be left with skin that is properly purified and cleansed, prepped to better absorb products. The exfoliation process also helps to clean out some white / black heads causing your pores to look a little more refined and cleansed as well.

Naturally your skin will look and feel a lot smoother immedaitely after this step.

STEP 4 – The Dual Ray Light Stimulation

After cleaning your skin out, it’s time to jolt your skin cells awake!

We have our sluggish moments and days, that goes the same for our skin cells as well and sluggish skin cells would interfere with the absorption of products as well as inevitably slow cell renewal down. So what this step does is to perk those cells up again, like a little wake up zap (that is non-invasive and painless – though I can’t say the same for itty bitty facial hairs!)

One way to do that is via light therapy.

Typically different rays of light work different wonders on your skin and to expose yourself to Red Light and also Infrared Light, one would have to ‘light-tan’ yourself twice – first with the Red Light equipment then again with the Infrared Light equipment.

However, here at Jet Concepts, they have a unique Jet Dual Ray machine (that is again, unique to Jet Concepts) that allows you to expose yourself to both Red Light and Infrared Light at the same time. This shortens the procedure down and doesn’t compromise on the results either!

The purpose of using these select two lights would be because Red Light helps fuel your cells with essential energy (to repair themselves and go about happy / healthy cell activities) while Infrared Light heals the skin and reduces any inflammation (almost like pacifying your skin after this treatment).

In terms of how this treatment felt, it was honestly quite okay and the only ‘scary’ bit would be the frying of facial hair which could cause some alarm but it isn’t painful (at least not to me) and I didn’t feel any discomfort on my skin otherwise.

There is certainly no horribly scary crackling or bright zap of light on the skin, it’s a more calm and toned down version of the IPL, that’s for sure. Not startling at all, I assure you.

I don’t want to go on too long on this point but by ‘waking’ your skin cells up, it also helps to improve the radiance and overall complexion of your skin, given that your skin cells are now all up and about, getting their job done.

STEP 5 – Laying on the Liquid Laser Essence

After your skin is nicely prepped – cleansed and jolted awake – the therapist will then massage on the Liquid Laser Essence.

This Liquid Laser Essence is the most potent combination of the active ingredients found in the Liquid Laser range and this product alone isn’t available for purchase (given how packed with awesome it is).

It is used within the Jet PR3 Facial as a way to kick-start your journey with the Liquid Laser range and deliver a nice / potent dose of skin-healing, hydrating and skin-refining properties.

Right After the Facial (Half-face Comparison)

At Jet Concepts the therapists typically work on one half of your face first so you can have a direct comparison with some of the immediate effects of the treatments.

I tried to snap it but I’m afraid, in photos, it doesn’t look all that much different. Probably due to the quality and lighting conditions, but in person I did notice the post-facial side of my face being a lot smoother, cleaner, radiant and more supple.

Here are some shots (taken on my mobile) of my skin right after the facial was done.

I really liked how clean and flushed my skin looked that I didn’t mind walking about Orchard without foundation after. The only stitch of makeup I had on was brows and some lipstick for color, so I don’t look like I wandered to town after I woke up – bedhead, bareskin and all.

The Jet PR3 Facial is meant to be accompanied with the use of the Liquid Laser Serum and Cream so I was quite religious in that and immediately kick started my skincare regimen that night.

Though my thoughts about the skincare products will be for another post. In the meanwhile let me wrap up my thoughts about the Jet PR3 Facial process with some really right-smack close up shots of my face looking less than perfect, hurhur.

My Thoughts After the Facial… (Face Comparison Shots)

I took a snap shot of my face the night before the facial procedure because my skin was going through some tough times, breaking out a little with a little dullness and some clogged pores on certain parts of my face.

I believe I was going through a bit of a hormonal shift at that point too (no no, not pregs) hence my skin acting up.

Before the Facial

Right after the facial session, I got home and snapped some proper pictures (with my camera) for a better comparison

The Night After

While I had a little redness and flush from the treatment, my skin was looking good overall with a nice radiant glow to. It was looking healthier and importantly, felt a lot cleaner.

It looks a tad shiny due to me snapping these after a journey home while I had a rich essence slicked on, as opposed to the ‘night before’ photo where I was fresh-faced from a wash.

After the facial, I’ve noticed that my skin no longer had a dull and tired complexion to it, in turn making me appear a lot more rejuvenated and well-rested as well!

Since the Jet PR3 Facial is suppose to ignite continual skin renewal and regeneration for up to a month, your skin is suppose to carry and improve its radiant glow gradually through the following days after the facial.

To (somewhat) showcase that, I have snapped some pictures of my skin about 3 days after my facial session.

3 Days After

My skin is still looking a little flushed from the exfoliation (my skin is a little sensitive that way) but it just appears red and I don’t have any irritation due to that. Though what is evident is the soft glow my skin has along with how smooth and refined the surface of it appears to be.

I have foundation on in the shots below but I didn’t use any skin refining base and I’m amazed at how smooth the foundation goes on.

Wrapping this incredibly long entry up, I think that it was a good idea for Jet Concepts to market a facial session that helps prep their consumer’s skin before they pick up a new range of products because sometimes when we use a certain range of items and hardly see an effect, we attribute it to the product being ineffective when, for all we know, it could just be our skin needing a little prep and cleanse for the product to truly penetrate the surface and unleash its ingredients!

As with my former experience with Jet Concepts, I left with an immediately improved complexion, cleaner and better skin over the course of just 1 session alone.

They certainly do live up to what I remember them to be from my previous encounter – effective and immediate results in minimal time (and sessions)!

Achieve instantly luminious and brighter skin in the 60 minute Jet PR3 Facial Session at an introductory price of S$238 (U.P. SS$480)

Jet Concepts is located at
#03-03 Wheelock Place: (Tel: 673
3 7055
)
#B2-20/21 Raffles City Shopping Centre
#01-20 I12 Katong

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Lancôme Blush Subtil – Preview & Swatches

Today, I want to talk about and showcase a couple of beautiful Lancôme blushes! These are relatively new but not all that new to the scene either as there have been a couple of mentions floating about online.

New to Lancôme, these blushes were launched together with a series of products aimed at helping you put your best face forward. I haven’t gotten down and dirty with the rest of the items yet but to give you an idea, the products launched with are:

  • Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation, will get to this soon!
  • Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact, a re-promotion, not new – my favorite compact powder evarrrr
  • Le Correcteur Pro, an eye-area correcting palette

Though back to this!

Available in 6 colors, these Long Lasting Powder Blushes from Lancôme are fairly impressive in both their pigmentation and texture.

I don’t know what I was expecting but perhaps knowing Lancôme’s more sophisticated take on color, I was assumed that these Color Veils would be… well, veils!

I assumed it to be like Dior’s take on cheek color which makes a hot fuschia in the pan translate to a soft wash of pink on the cheeks – it’s a good and bad depending on what you’re after!

Though, that is Dior.

These Lancôme Blush Subtils on the other hand will certainly leave you quite pleased no matter if you’re a full-on blusher sort of girl or if you prefer the barely-there-flush.

There is one confusing aspect of these Blush Subtils – to me only, maybe? If you run a google search you would see another Lancôme blush variant that goes by the same name but is perhaps a different formulation.

Though I am assuming this is where the whole USA / Western / Asian boundaries mix and mess up the makeup realm a little since the other variant is spotted on the Lancôme USA website with a whole lot more colors than the 6 we have here (and in a seemingly different pan too).

So just a heads up incase you get a bit of makeup confusion searching these up.

Infused with a new Translucid Technology, named TRANSLUPEARL™, the new Blush Subtil combines a silky, smooth, creamy formula with a high transparency and high fidelity color.

SILKY, CREAMY AND SMOOTH –

Replacing the classic talc formulation in Blush Subtil with a oil-coated talc, this gives the powder a much smoother and well-binded texture so the blush does not appear chalky on nor is it dry and powdery to the touch.

The oil-coated talc also functions as a barrier for the blush pigments, allowing them to wear longer on your skin as it prevents perspiration from easily breaking down the blush, causing it to fade away.

HIGH TRANSPARENCY AND COLOR –

Transparency is what helps prevent the blush from applying too ‘white’ or ‘ashy’ on certain skin types, or appearing too chalky. Thus, a good amount of transparency fillers allows this blush to work better across varying skintones and also to show up more naturally as well as blending seamlessly.

the color intensity of these blushes are also pushed to the max, to compliment the transparency of it so the blush does not go on too light of a wash.

To help you along with blush application, Lancôme also has a little chart on how blush placement can compliment a certain face shape / type!

So, with all that technology explained, these Blush Subtils do feel creamy and smooth to the touch, even though they are a powder blush. They have a buildable intensity however I feel, for my skintone, it works perfectly fine as per usual blush applications. I don’t even feel I need to do much for it to show up nor do I have to be overly careful with application.

The range of colors available cover much of the blush spectrum be it a dusty pink, a cool bright bubble-gum pink, a mandatory coral, a shimmery golden-strewn coral-pink or that loud tangerine shade.

It’s hard to imagine that Lancôme had somehow gotten most bases covered with just 6 colors!

Amongst these 6 shades, Lancôme had thrown in a nice variety of finishes from satins to shimmer with a particular one that has a lot of gold thrown in.

Though what impressed me most is even with that amount of sheen and sparkle, the texture of the blush is still refined and smooth allowing the blush to enhance the skin in a prominent yet sophisticated manner. You’re certainly not getting gritty or metalic cheeks (in fashion of some less-than-perfect formulation of MAC MSFs) here, I can tell you that!

I happen to have that particular gorgeously sheened one on hand and had featured it in this post, you can have a look at how lovely it glows without being sparkly or gritty.

I will give you a closer look at the 2 shades I have on hand in another post though in the meanwhile, here’s a swatch of the whole gang.

The lighting conditions were a little iffy at the venue I was previewing these blushes hence I apologize for the quality but this should be a good gauge as to how pigmented and smooth these blushes look on.

They blend smoothly on and adhere ‘closely’ to the skin, giving a second-skin finish – the look of a very natural flush.

Well yes, save for that hawtpink (021) and sizzling orange (032) but I’m sure those can be worked into a look be it natural or loud!

This shot slightly captures the sheen and shimmer some of the colors carry. While evident, they are done in a subtle manner, mainly for highlighting and adding dimensions to the face.

My personal favorite right now would be 030, which is smacked right there in the centre of swatches, because of how natural yet glowy a color it is.

Though I will get to showcasing the 2 in my stash in another post. I’ve got some comparison swatches coming up in that post too so stay tuned for that!

Meanwhile, the Lancôme Blush Subtil retails for S$60 and is available at all Lancôme counters. These will be added to the permanent collection.

Thanks for reading!

p.s. Do you notice the little grey blurb above? I’ve finally decided to list prices or key information on a product’s availability within that grey ‘price’ b
lurb for easier referencing hence all future price and product information (retail value, where to purchase, permanent or not) will be included in there. Unless I forget, that is!

Urban Decay Turning Up the Brights This Summer!

Urban Decay is a brand I don’t mention prominently on here but is a brand I have encounters with since my youtube-days. It’s the UDPP yo!

I don’t have a lot from the brand, I’ll admit, but I have dabbled in bits and pieces and have loved everything that I have tried thus far. While my hopes would be to eventually immerse myself in all that wonderful UD-goodness, I am happy to take it one little step at a time.

Though if you are an Urban Decay addict and loooove the loud pow-wow colors that defines this edgy urban (hurhur) brand, then you’ve got a little treat heading your way this Summer!

Amping up the levels of pigmentation this Summer, Urban Decay knows no limits with bold bright splashes of color along with shimmery statement glitter.

Summer is the time for brands to embrace color and put their best foot forward in the world of vibrance but I think Urban Decay just knocked everyone (and their eyeshadow palettes) out of the water with their new Electric Eyeshadow Palette.

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Obviously this palette is something that I will admire from a distance and applaud those who dare venture into the little pow-wow wells with an eyeshadow brush.

It’s beautiful but certainly not for me… I can’t werk a lime green and stark purple-blue.

The next item still isn’t really my cup of tea but if you are a loose pigment lover then you might be pleased with the new Heavy Metal offerings that Urban Decay has.

Heavy Metal Loose Glitter

If being neon-bright isn’t enough, these Heavy Metal Loose Glitters will do a good job of blinging your look up with a jewel-encrusted finish.

Paired with Urban Decay’s very own Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive, these little babies will have you (or rather your lids) shimmering all night long!

Now, for things that sit a little better in my camp, aka things are are perhaps a little yawn but far more practical, we have some new eye-rimming alternatives with:

  • Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Pen – liquid liner, yippee
  • Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner – excites!
  • All Night Eyeliner – retractable, great for carrying out
  • 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Pencil in Black Velvet – love the name, but not sure how this differs from Perversion…

I’m not certain if the slanted-liner brush comes with the Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Cream Eyeliner or is merely promoted with but those two items are things I am eager to check out once this reaches our shores – Urban Decay is available at all Sephora Singapore stores.

I haven’t revisited cream / pot liners in a while and this looks to be a good time to do so!

Thanks for reading! Are you looking forward to any of these items?

p.s. I’ll admit I’m really just a sucker for how cute the pot looks but I don’t think I’m expecting anything less of Urban Decay either!

New: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Info)

Hello!

This is essentially a press-post, where I drone on about the product information and details soo it could get a wee bit lengthy but if you wish to find out more about the science behind the product and understand how it ticks, then read on!

I feel, for something as fresh and new to the scene as this, it is a good idea to do a little introduction before I spam you with too-close-for-comfort images of my lips / cheeks and whatnot.

I have been anticipating this launch for awhile, since I got word about it through a hush hush super sneak preview. Even then, when it was all dressed down in unassuming lab sample tubes with the shade names printed in generic fonts and stuck on it, it ha already wow-ed me with the impressive formula and intensity.

Now that it is finally out and ready to be revealed to the world, I can’t wait to share – the information and also snaps of the product!

All that, that I am refering to is the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush – an all-new dual colour play hybrid innovation.

A new beauty revolution, YSL continues on with their Baby Doll persona (p.s. Baby Doll is a famed YSL fragrance) – a representation of a cheeky, fun yet saucy YSL-sort of lass that prances about in bright spring hues yet gets serious with a sharp red pout; all this, with the help of the new YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush.

Deceptively candid, naturally sophisticated, always spontaneous. She confidently proclaims her infidelity to her lipstick and blush, happily giving in to the pleasure of playing a double game with a touch of luminous, matte color on her lips and her cheeks. In one flourish, she brazenly blushes, radiating a hot orange of a feverishly libertine red.

Covering the lip and cheek spectrum in 12 wearable and workable shades, the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush aims to play up the YSL Baby Doll’s seductiveness, revealing new facets of her personality as easily as switching up her lip or cheek color.

Kiss Your Cheeks, Blush Your Lips

A fusion of two technologies – foundation and lipstick, this innovative new air-whipped formula (with two patents pending) combines a sensual color-diffusion complex and a blend of pigments for color harmony that perfectly compliments and adheres to both the skin and lips.

After all, we know what sometimes works for one spot on the face might not work just as well for the other. That is what makes these multi-purpose lip / cheek products so tricky to work with sometimes.

Though that isn’t the case with the airy texture of the Kiss & Blush, as it melds perfectly on lips and skin alike – a velvety soft veil with a matte luminosity that sits / blends well as a lip color or cheek blush.

AIR WHIPPED COLOR DIFFUSION COMPLEX

The secret behind the unique formula of this, from texture to pigmentation and how it works, is:

  • A light-diffusing gel – a special structure that enables the formula to easily blend and evenly diffuse light for a finish that lends both a matte and yet luminious look. This highly concentrated gel creates a velvety texture that can properly carry the desire color intensity for a light-weight, yet fresh and vibrant pop effect.
  • Oils and balancing powders – These ensure the comfort and long-wear of this formulation, making it feel light-weight and non-existent on the skin through the day. The color stays put while remaining matte and radiant, without the grease!
  • Pure pigments enhanced with micropearls lightly tinged with pink – Maximizing the radiance of each complexion and offering a vibrant yet satin finish.

Patented Applicator

The high performance formula is matched with a unique, multi-purpose patented applicator. Uniquely designed with a hidden pearl applicator in its centre, this flexible bead helps caress the lips and cheeks in a rapid and precise manner – smoothing the color while depositing it at the same time.

The meticulously shaped tip allows for precision, giving a defined outline for the lips while the wells in the centre deposits enough colors for the cheeks, with no excess.

The 12 Match & Match Shades

Available in 12 versatile and radiant shades, these 12 airy-light playful temptations are a family of color harmonies built around the 4 emblematic YSL shades – Red, Fuschia, Orange and Pink.

According to YSL, here are how the 12 shades are categorized to suit whichever YSL Baby Doll persona you wish to emulate.

N°1 Fuchsia Désinvolte, N°2 Rose Insolent, N°3 Rose Libre

N°4 Orange Fougueux, N°5 Rouge Effronté, N°6 Rouge Libertine

N°7 Corail Affranchi, N°8 Pink Hédoniste, N°9 Rose Épicurien

N°10 Nude Insolent, N°11 Prune Impertinente, N°12 Moca Garçonne

Apart from matching your lips and cheeks with the same shade (which is the textbook way of applying makeup), YSL encourages their Baby Doll to be playful and have fun mixing it up.

The 12 Kiss & Blush shades combine endlessly to create looks that focus on contrasts. For fun and surprise, Lloyd Simmons (YSL’s International Makeup Artist) had paired together some duos for sublime color shocks that are irresistibly YSL.

Instead of just showing the names on here, I think I’ll swatch them up in an up-coming full out swatchfest with these little babies so… keep a look out for that?

Preview Snaps & Swatches

In the meanwhile, here’s a quick snap / swatch of 9 out of the 12 Baby Doll Kiss & Blush shades. These aren’t the ones I have on hand but rather the ones I previewed earlier on so while a couple of shades are missing here, I will cover those in my follow-up post!

Thank you Mag for your hand and hand-swatch!

And
here’s a peek at the ones that I do have on hand (hurhur, punny?) and you can expect swatches of!

These cute little polish-looking bottles really are revolutionizing the lip and cheek beauty scene. While, in a sense, this whole velvet-y smooth texture isn’t the first of its kind, or at least not too discernible from similar textures I have felt before, the fusion of the lip and cheek aspect, along with the way it works makes it so novel and cool.

It is definitely one product that would be quick to scale the rungs of cult, reaching some holy grail status akin to the almighty Touche Éclat, I’m guessing.

The YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush will retail for S$50 a pop at all YSL counters – launching in April or May, I’m not too certain which.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more pictorials of these beauties!

Haul / Review: Urban Decay NAKED Skin Ultra Definition Loose Powder

I seem to in a bit of a word rut these days, I think it’s me doing the whole ‘overwhelming myself, short circuiting my brain’ thing again. Whenever I get overwhelmed be it with backlog, crazy-ass deadlines at work or worst – a combination of both – my brain seems to be in a constantly distracted mode.

Thus whatever I write sounds so textbook, lifeless and dull or perhaps as if I were trying too hard to put a paragraph out there. In short, something that I end up junking even if I did spend an hour typing it up. Bah.

Though regardless, I think I can string together enough coherenece to spell out my excitement out for this newcomer on our shores!

Oh simple ole loose powder, you have my heart in your clutches.

I don’t know what it is about this simple base product but I lust over loose powders like no other – especially so if they are tinted. Especially especially so if they are rose tinted. Oh, my heart.

But anyway, this Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder (‘sup with this long name, Urban Decay?) is lightly tinted in 5 varying skintone shades so these aren’t the color correcting sort that would come in lavender, mint, etc.

Though 3 of the 5 shades look incredibly similar when swatched (varying nuances maybe) that they might as well have had it come in 3 shades only and lessen the headache for us all. If they were to do 5 shades they should have very well been 5 fairly distinctive ones.

For this fact, I’m a little disappointed in you Urban Decay.

Of the range, I was deliberating between Naked Light and Naked Light Medium for myself, both seemed to appear fine on me. I the end I opted for Naked Light because it feels safer to get something a smidget lighter, than darker.

The Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder (yes, shortened here on) was something I had my eye on the minute I saw mentions about it online. Namely Temptalia, her review was the total kicker – I HAZ TO HAVE.

Aside from my whole undeclared loose powder obsession, I was actually in need of a loose powder given that my trusty NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder’s time was almost up. I had maybe 2 – 3 uses left for that and was ‘saving it up’ for a rainy day.

Rationally speaking, I do have other loose powders in my stash, and I just unearthed a couple while packing the other day, but the concept of a skin-refining, pore-smoothing and powder soft effect was one I couldn’t live without after having introduced myself to that flawlessness with NARS.

I feel that without a loose powder as such, my stash had a loophole. Le gasp.

The Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder was described to fit that biil so… I need!

Yes, NEED, even if this little pot of 8g is going for S$50.

Just for comparisons sake, the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder retails for S$50 as well but has a heft of 10g.

Though I know powders and products shouldn’t always be justified by their weight but incase anyone is wondering…

This powder is total love at first swatch, my first impression of it was all sorts of awesome and because I was with my husband at that time I remember exclaiming to him how amazed I was and how smooth my hand felt.

To the point I held out my arm and told him to “TOUCH MY HAND, TOUCH IT!“. He probably thought I was nuts.

Powder-aside, even the dispenser / filter was given some thought with the Urban Decay logo embossed into it along with 4 holes to control how much powder gets out. I much prefer lesser holes than a whole sifter dotted with one because that, my friend, is powder evarrryywhere. Not fun.

My animated descriptions aside, the Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder is one incredibly smooth and finely-milled powder that feels almost like nothing on the skin but yet once on lends a soft optical blurring, airbrushed effect. This allows the skin to have a soft-focus look to it, almost as if you applied a photo filter on yourself, in person.

Pfft, who needs that skin blurring tool when you’ve got this!

I’ve noticed that the skin blurring for the Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder seems more apparent than the NARS Loose Powder and in some ways, I feel the Urban Decay one is lighter to wear and I require much lesser for a smoothed-out finish.

It could be due to the slight tint that Urban Decay has that helps it to smooth and even the skin out better, but it is also this tinted quality that makes it a wee bit of a headache when deciding – Am I a medium? Or medium light?

The Urban Decay powder somehow feels ‘fluffier’ to the touch which is an extremely bizarre description but I really have no other way to word how light-weight and yet not densely packed these feel.

Don’t call me crazy but this is one fluffy soft powder.

My only advice before I sound like a deranged makeup addict would be to go and swatch this for yourself if you are able to. That way you would properly understand me and perhaps we can all go around together proclaiming how fluffeh this powder is.

Given that really long and carried away ramble about the Urban Decay Loose powder, let’s get to one of the main points…

Did Urban Decay knock NARS off its HG podium (in my heart)?

Well, I can’t entirely say yes or no about it because given a choice I would continue to consider repurchasing NARS Light Reflecting when I get a chance to but Urban Decay does a decent job of filling up the role – not as perfectly well, but good enough in its own way.

Here’s why it wasn’t an all-kill for Urban Decay

  • I don’t particularly like the smaller ‘mouth’ of the bottle. Perhaps this helps prevent too much powder from flying about but it’s hard to get my powder puff in there.
  • The oil control for this isn’t as stellar as NARS, I find. Urban Decay still holds my makeup together well through the day but on warmer days I do have to blot sometime after 6 hours. NARS is one mean beast when it comes to looking perfectly flawless and fine through the day – makeup stays, no oil y’all.

Though with all that said, I still love you Urban Decay Loose Powder, I love your skin-blurring abilities and I always love me a powder with some tint!

For furth
er testiment of that, I am going to plaster my face on here for your scrutiny, ha!

p.s. I am wearing the YSL CC Cream in Rose as a base / sunscreen. More about that soon!

So after this incredibly rambly post all about a loose powder, I think I have shared enough of my thoughts about this product that got my heart in a flurry when I set eyes on this. Who would have thought that loose powder would excite me this much.

f your heart is in a little flurry of its own after seeing the Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder, head on down to Sephora to swatch or pick it up!

Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder retails for S$50, is permanent, and available at all Sephora Singapore outlets.

Thanks for reading!

Haul: Small Hakuhodo Purchase (from Beauty Asia 2014)

Well, hello there, isn’t this haul entry a little bit late?

Heh!

Frankly speaking, given how teeny tiny my haul was I didn’t think it was necessary to mention it on the blog. After all I have already ‘accounted’ for it via a quick instagram snap.

Though I snapped some shots just in case I felt an itch to do a post and… what would you know, I guess that itch came along after all!

I wasn’t kidding when I said it was teeny tiny!

I didn’t want to go overboard with brush hauling because… in a practical sense I really don’t need anymore brushes. What’s more I’ll be heading to Japan in April and I can probably give them an even better look then.

Though I doubt I would be hauling a luggage’s worth of brushes back either since my willpower seems to be working relatively well without any hiccups these days. Plus food is always where all my money goes when I travel, heh!

Even with Japan in mind, I still couldn’t resist hauling these up from Beauty Asia because they felt like the ‘ones that got away’ from my earlier haul.

I had no idea why I didn’t pick these up then!

J5523 –

First up is this white-bristled Goat hair brush that seems to have been crowned the ‘MAC 217 of Hakuhodo’.

I don’t have my MAC217 with me (back at the parents’ place) so I can’t compare but I can see the similarities – it seems to be of a fluffy enlongated paddle shape. It is versatile enough to pack colors on, do a wash or blend colors into the crease.

Thus, as with how people seem to hoard MAC 217 brushes, I picked up 2 J5523s. Afterall, they were only S$19 each, what’s not to love!

I wouldn’t lie, I had debated picking up a third but quickly made my way to the register to pay and complete my purchase because that pounding thought made a dent in my willpower.

Such a dramatic situation over a makeup brush, ha!

While I was snapping shots of these brushes at home, I noticed that the J5523 is very similar to my previously hauled G5523 (now I am assuming the numbers are references to a similar cut?).

The obvious, doh, difference would be the G5523 is made of Blue Squirrel and Goat while the J5523 is goat alone.

Thus, while they are similar in shape, they tend to feel a little different on the hand which would lead to varying differences in usage. The G5523 does feel softer and a little ‘sleeker’, such that it isn’t as pouffy as the J5523, which makes the J5523 better for diffusing color and the G5523 better for blending within a smaller area.

I hope I didn’t lose you there!

In short, the only way to best differentiate between them would be to molest caress the brush during their upcoming fair at Takashimaya. More details on that in the end of this post.

G5522 –

Next is the G5522 which, if I had to put it in some sort of a MAC-context, would be similar to the MAC 224.

Similar, but I feel that the G5522 has more of a shape to it as opposed to just being a dome-shaped blending brush, as is the MAC 224.

I think the above angle best captures how this seems to have a bit of a ‘doe-foot’ shape to it, while when viewed from another angle it appears to be yet another dome-shaped blending brush. This one was S$30 if I remember right…

I think the doe-foot aspect helps a little with placement and blending though I am a little ashamed to say since I have gotten this, I haven’t yet used it. Oops.

Though these blending brushes do need a little ‘breaking into’ – depending on your preference because the display pieces were all a little fluffier than these ‘straight-from-the-pack’ ones.

So that is it, my little very restrained Hakuhodo purchase!

If you would like to see the brushes that I have already previously hauled, check out my first post on them!

Hakuhodo Pop-Up Store at Takashimaya!

I guess what changed my mind about posting this was remembering that Hakuhodo is said to have a pop-up shop in Takashimaya end-March 2014 (I remembered 27th March) at the same spot they had their pop-up store last year. Incase anyone is wondering what are some good purchases to zoom in on amidst their huge inventory of brushes, well here are some of my picks!

The Hakuhodo pop-up store is said to run for 2 weeks but I’m guessing things might get sold out so its best to hurry down during the first few days if you can!

Thanks for reading! Do share, what are some of your Hakuhodo loves? Or what are you eyeing from Hakuhodo?

Look & Swatches: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Mushroom

I seem to be on a mission to simplify my already very simple everyday eyelook.

You see, I’m the sort that would rather sleep for 10 more minutes even if it means I’ll wake up thinking ‘OH CRAPPP‘ and rush through my entire morning routine – makeup included.

I don’t request much from my daily eye look, just for it to have enough color to look like something and that’s good enough! Of course paired with a flick of my trusty Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner but that’s for another entry.

While cream pencils were once something I scrunched my nose up to (what if it creases? would it stay all day? would the color migrate all over my eye?), I am pleased to find that Urban Decay had managed to master the idea of slapping a cream on, blending it out and have it stick / stay on all darn day!

I’m a happy camper!

Then again it’s Urban Decay we’re talking about, I should have expected nothing less, right?

Let me introduce you to my new sleep-in best friend!

This isn’t new and some of you probably swear by it already but heck, lemme proclaim my love for this old timer all the same. Hopefully, for those who haven’t given this a go, this will be the answer to days you want to snooze the alarm that 5 minutes more yet still look like you spent the same amount of time getting your game face together.

The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Shadow Pencils are cream shadow pencils that come in a stick form – the likes of NYX Jumbo Pencil.

The 24/7 Glide-on Shadow Pencil can be used as a base color on your lids to amplify powder shadows you would lay over, or to be worn on its own – my favorite way.

It is available in 8 shades, ranging from vibrant teals to hot pinks and of course a brown, the one I have here.

Mushroom is a neutral mid-tone brown that leans ashy (taupe-y, almost) with a nicely balanced metallic silver sheen.

Don’t let the term metallic turn you away because I feel the metallic quality makes it easier to work with and also more wearable. Yes, surprise surprise.

I’ve worked with my fair share of richly pigmented and creamy chocolate brown cream pencils and while they are lovely that way, you do need to add your own oomph if you feel those pencils alone are too ‘flat’ for you.

They usually are a little too au natural for my liking – I like me a tad of bling!

Once swiped, Mushroom really isn’t as ‘intimidating’ or dark as it seemed to be from the tube.

How I like to use Mushroom is casually drawing this all over my lids (just under the crease, no need for precision) before blending the edges out with my ring finger. You can use a blending brush but I prefer fingers since these need a little nudge to blend.

The Glide-on Pencil does set so you’ll have to blend it as soon as you get it on but it blends well within that time-frame, no odd lines where the pencil stops smudging.

I don’t mind this quick window to work with it because I like the assurance of knowing once this goes on, it’s hardly going anywhere. I have worn this numerous times through the workday without any problems at all – no migrating or panda eye (granted I only wear this on my lid) or stray shimmer even.

Here’s my lazy day Mushroom eye:

  • Mushroom blended over the lids, slightly into the crease
  • Random browbone highlight, whichever I can find for the day
    (Beauty Cottage’s Calypso here)
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner on the lids

That’s all, and this shortens the whole eye part of my makeup routine to a swift 1-2 minutes! Thus, no matter how ‘late to the show’ I am with these Glide-on Pencils, I’m glad I discovered them all the same.

If you’re looking for that 5-10 minutes more of sleep or intrigued to see the other shade offerings for this 24/7 Glide-on Shadow Pencil, then go check this out!

Urban Decay’s Glide-On Pencils are permanent and found at all Sephora Singapore stores!

Thanks for reading!

LOTD: The Weekend 5 Minute Slap-on

In an ideal world, I would have a lavish amount of time to sit pretty infront of my dresser, peruse my foundation bottles, pick one out for the day followed by slowly carassing the foundation brush over my skin and then setting it gently with a powder puff.

Though unfortunately that exaggerated situation is quite far from the truth, especially so during the weekends. As far as makeup goes, I hardly have time for it or as the hubs says, “Why bother?”.

Most of my weekends consist of errand running, toddler-chasing and bouts of unglamorous yet necessary chores so… indeed, why bother.

I don’t have to look all prettied up but there’s no harm in looking decent and presentable, yes? Polished but not overdone – the whole no makeup makeup definition.

So while playing with some newly acquired items last weekend, I’m glad to have found a quick and presentable ‘face’ for weekends to come!

I used to say that I can’t live without eyeliner and while yes, I still like rimming my eyes, these days I aspire to look fresh before anything else. My definition of that would be an evened out skin appearance (not necessarily perfected), some brow definition and of course a glowy flush.

A little eyeliner wouldn’t hurt but it is not the key for me these days.

  • Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB – the 2-in-1 step for skin perfecting and sun protection. Given how insanely warm our weather is these days, it is more comfortable to have on lesser layers!
  • NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder – the loose powder variant is my HG but this pressed version works well enough to set the Biore UV BB since that base does not need much to set it.
  • Benefit Gimme Brow – hardly the perfectly shaped and lined brow but what this does is, really, give me eyebrows. My brows are light and sparse by nature so I have to fill them in or risk looking like an alien and this is a great way to fill them in during the weekends.
  • Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030 – frankly this is interchangeable but as of now I am currently obsessed with the Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030. This shade, 030, gives a beautiful coral flush along with a golden sheen, providing this healthy glow without leaving you looking metalic or ‘shimmery’. I assumed this would go on too shimmery, given how it seemed to glisten in the pan but instead, it works immensely well to give the look of a soft sun-kissed flush and glowy skin.

The overall look does still have some ‘raw-ness’ to it as the skin isn’t perfected, brows aren’t sharp and defined but for a casual 5 minute slap-on, I think this is good enough for me! After all, everything appears harsher on camera, in flash. The blemishes and skin imperfection aren’t as glaring in person.

I especially love the sheen the Lancôme blush lends as it really does brighten the look and skin up.

Well, I know that’s a lot of words for a look that hardly takes much to do but sometimes using less is harder than working with more. This isn’t the case of course, it’s less that is easy to do!

When it comes to the whole ‘no makeup’ approach, there is always the option of throwing on sunscreen and dashing out the door but we women are funny like that. We like more but are always in persuit for ways to use less for the look of more.

I didn’t mention any lip products here because I’m usually content with a slick of balm or tint given that gloss or lipstick may end up getting on my wiggle-worm baby as she struggles when I carry her, hence!

Though I wouldn’t deny that a pop of color on the lips would give this quick look a lot more life.

Thanks for reading and do share, what are some of your quick makeup routine favorites!