Whoopdedoo – New Camera (And New Makeup)!

Hello!

I’ve got some really really exciting news to share, more so for myself actually but remember the little camera dilemma I found myself in a while back? When I posted this LOTD?

Well, that dilemma is now a thing of the past because…

Voila~

My new shiny and sexy baby, woots.

Okay I couldn’t help myself there, please excuse me.

But as you can see, after seeing both the Olympus EP-5 and EM-10 in person, I had fallen for the Olympus OM-D EM10 because of how adorably compact it looks along with how handy the knobs and dials are even though before this I always had my sights set on the EP-5.

I guess it’s true, when it comes to cameras you really have to see and feel it in person before passing judgement.

Given how pretty this looked, I went all the way (or rather Hubs went all the way) and got a whimsical and girly strap for me to go with the camera instead of the default black one that comes with.

It’s frivolous yes, but a pretty strap makes a pretty camera even prettier, yes?

On a not that frivolous note, I got the dual lens kit because I figured given the focal (and zoom) length of the kit lens, I probably want something a little further for occasions like zoo trips or… something.

While not as cute, that ‘tumbler’ you see there is the 40-150mm lens, for ‘back up’ purposes.

Now, it’s really random for me to be parading my new birthday present from the hubs but I guess my point of this is, yay to a new camera because for the most part the use of a camera is to snap pictures for this little space of mine so… I guess that is why I felt this newbie deserved a mention and an introduction.

While I love my old and gold SONY A350, it has been giving some problems and is starting to sound aged (springs do echo once pictures are snapped, slower start up time, lens spasm… etc).

It is still going strong (bless that trooper) but I am in need of a shiny new play toy, and also a back up plan if you will.

Long story short, I am might pleased with the camera I eventually decided upon (Olympus OM-D EM10, once again) because I have shot some test snaps and am loving how it feels and shoots so far.

Here are some quick shots:

And that one is some dreamy filter I was testing out. Cool stuff.

And then there’s more!

So… yes while I am excited about the camera, so excited that I daren’t touch it much for fear of dirtying it (so lame, I know), here’s more stuff to be excited about!

After all, we talk about make up on here so here’s a little makeup to show for it!

Also along the lines of a birthday gift, here’s a generous beauty pile I got from my beloved beauty pals (hurhur, see the rhyme) – Eliza, Mabel and Sophia!

It’s so darling that they remembered I have been sitting on my wishlist of the Les Beiges powder and after gifting me the Retractable Kabuki last year, I now have the powder to go with!

And to add to the Chanel party, I also got this stunning gem!

stylo yeux waterproof, chanel, makeup, eye pencil

The Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Bleu Metallique which is absolutely gorgeous.

I know that because I have already used it… I couldn’t help myself.

And lastly, the beautiful beautiful hot pink lipgloss from NARS, Priscilla. Looks like Yu and Schiapp have company now!

Wrapping It Up – One Year Older, Not Sure If I’m Wiser…

I guess wrapping up the past year, time seems to have flown by and things were quite a rollercoaster of events and emotions. Such as this little frivolous roller coaster that is going through my mind right now as I fret about blog issues. Yes, the same blog issues that aren’t solved thus far. Tsk!

In the bigger scale of life, I have been busy with my mini-me and also trying to put entries up as often as I can, along with sorting out work issues in work time but like what everyone says, life truly passes you by the minute you hit your 20s because, frankly speaking it felt like it was just yesterday that I turned 21 and now I have just turned 24!

Yet, here I am still the same girl, writing on the same blog about the same frivolous makeup issues even though my life is completely different from what it was when I first started this space.

I don’t know what else to contribute to my philosophy of life because it didn’t even feel like a whole year had gone by yet here we are sitting in 2014 with a very much evolved blogging scene. Everything is booming on social media these days and we’ve got so many more avenues to contribute to Cyber Bullying and a whole lot more frivolousness to fret about.

Like how I have been quite annoyed and peeved with the blogging issues and dilemmas I have ben encountering these days, with the whole Onsugar RSS and Security Cert glitch and how it has also in turn been affecting traffic on my blog. Which really in a sense shouldn’t bug me because I don’t play the number game though I can’t help but feel annoyed I am subjected to this just because I don’t have control over portions of the site to tweak and amend. I guess that is what comes with being hosted for free as opposed to self-hosting.

So anyway, I will admit that this issue is nagging away at me, making me consider remedies and options like moving out to another host or even self-hosting but at the end of the day, I should remind myself to look at the bigger picture.

I love makeup, I love writing but I should also find means and ways to improve my quality of life, my family’s and much as I enjoy attending events, writing about products and such there are occasions things start to get to me and get in my head and I tip towards the scale of numbers but I must always remind myself that there are bigger things in life than makeup clique-goss, who gets more products, who posts the quickest, etc.

I guess this is growing up, learning responsibilities and hopefully learning to ramble less!

A large part of this could be confusing for a lot of
people but I guess I am just having a self reflecting verbal diarrhea on here, and being very truthful about matters running through my mind for whoever is interested or around to read.

I feel grateful that given how I’m not as shiny and prepped (I mean this in the whole doll-ed up aspect of it) as good deal of the girls sashaying about on Instagram, I still get a substantial amount of views, presence and I truly appreciate all of you because in a world so frivolous and fickle, somehow this feels genuine.

Okay, enough of me, I should go now. I had no intention to make this so deep but… if it helps lighten matters up, I have a LOTD coming up soon!

Thank you so so much for reading!

LOTD: All Lancôme-d Out (Plus Site Migration Thoughts…)

I’m giving myself a little pat on the back for being more regular about LOTDs / Looks (ha-ha, as if it is truly deserving of a pat) because at one point I was primarily featuring products and diverted my attention to more ‘look feature’ entries. Which still feature my face, yes, but it isn’t as casual, rambly and ‘anything goes’ as my old-style LOTDs are.

While this look seems somewhat geared towards the ‘Look Feature’ segment, trust me I wasn’t keeping tabs on what I was putting on my face and it wasn’t until the last minute, sweeping across the products sprawled out on my vanity, that I realized….

oh hey, this kinda looks like a very Lancôme themed look so… let’s roll with that.

So, here you go – a Lancôme-ish face!

(pictured are the Lancôme products, I didn’t include the other non-Lancôme stuff)

If I had a mind to be more Lancôme about this, I would have truly kept everything to one brand but since the revelation was only made just before I donned my lipstick, I think some products kinda sneaked into the mention a little.

For the eyes, I didn’t have a color scheme in mind but I did know that I wanted to try to incorporate some Lancôme Monos because they have been sitting untouched in the drawers for awhile now and I remember they were pretty colors too, so it was about time I revisited them.

The eye look itself isn’t out of the ordinary – my usual neutral eye, this time leaning a little maroon with some shimmer and shine thrown in. Overall, still good enough for the day and fairly understated.

Though the difference this time was me exploring the Lancôme Kohl Liner (in Noir) as I used that to line the entire of my eye, not just my lower lashline so the overall effect is a much softer rim around my eye. Not as harsh as the usual sharp black liquid liner.

I’m going through a bit of a gloss-loving phase – not necessarily loving lipgloss, but loving that sheer-and-shine finish – so the Lancôme Lip Lovers are absolutely perfect for that with their balmy texture, glossy shine and lovely pigmentation.

The summer bug is not letting me loose and the killer weather these days – so warm and so dry – isn’t helping. I am constantly craving to put on a fresh and light face everytime I sit down to do my makeup.

Products Used:

BROWS
 Shu uemura hard 9 pencil in Walnut Brown
 Shu uemura brow manicure in Honey Glaze

FACE
 L'OCCITANE Hydra Vital Gel (moisturizer) 
 Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Sunscreen SPF50 
 Lancôme Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation 
 Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)

Eyes 
 Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base on 01
 Lancôme Alber Elbaz 5 color palette - smokey eyes 
 Lancôme Alber Elbaz mono in I106 
 Lancôme mono in violine tresor P209
 Lancôme Kohl Hypnôse Waterproof in Noir

CHEEKS 
 Lancôme Blush Subtil in 032

LIPS
 Lancôme Lip lover in 318

There you go! A simple little LOTD mention while shedding some accidental light on Lancôme.

Then again, given how generous the folks over at Lancôme are and how far we have come (from when they first contacted me and all), I do have a good amount of Lancôme within my stash and I don’t think it is all that hard to be all ‘Lancôme-ed out‘.

Thoughts of blog migration…

Either ways, a little off tangent rambling but I have noticed some, well okay, a lot of issues with Onsugar’s site of late. Aside from the whole RSS-issue, which to date I’m not even sure if it is solved or not, apparently there are also some site-script security problems. Which in turn has been affecting how my site (and probably all onsugar sites) shows up on search engines. Which is not at all.

To cut out the whole technicality of it, while yes I don’t crave to be number 1 on the search engine but if someone were to even google ‘icyabstract’ directly, there are instances where my blog doesn’t even show up. Probably the instances where the script’s security has lapsed but it is too glitchy and unreliable for me and has once again brought about thoughts of migrating.

I know I’m not for the whole ‘fame’ and being a widely recognised blogger. I am happy enough with my own pool of readers, some of which that have stuck with me through time but if the glitches are going to continually affect my blog to the point that even these readers do not know of content I have posted and information that I am sharing cannot even be found by those who wish to read about it, then it truly defeats the whole purpose of beauty sharing and such.

So yes.

Long story short, this time around I truly am considering options to move and while I can’t say I am keen on the whole dot com approach (I know, it is quite awesome to have your own domain, plus that is what I do for others at work… hurhur), because it’s a little too much time and effort etc right now. I am thinking it through on whether a move to wordpress (maybe?) is sufficient enough for what I want or should I genuinely consider a dot com.

It’s all in the works and research right now but I thought I would mention it to you all so when I announce a URL shift, you would have seen it coming ;)

 

All that lengthiness aside, I hope everyone is having a great weekend! This long weekend is especially awesome to me because there is a whole lot of fun and bonding involved and I absolutely can’t wait~

Thanks for reading!

Benefit's Gimmebrow Gives Me Brows!

Ahem ahem, look at what I managed to dig up from the library of forgotten photos.

Hurhur.

If I didn’t go through those hair transformation days I could probably pass this off as a fairly recent review / feature but alas, I still had my ash blonde locks when I snapped these pics (boy, do I miss that blonde… though it was such a pain to maintain).

Even though this mention is highly belated, given I have had this on hand for…forever, I have been giving Benefit’s Gimme Brow a good amount of love across the blog and also on instagram because it is just so darn easy to use!

Before you close this window to run out to get it, let me explain why I like this because the instances that I use this are different from the times when I want a proper and defined brow shape.

So while I have been this teeny tiny tube (a little goes a long way I suppose), it does not substitute my beloved brow pencils and brow mascaras.

Right now, so here we go.

The first point, I should highlight, to deviate any form of shock or disappointment when you see this in person (assuming you haven’t), is just how small and handy this tube is.

When I said teeny tiny above, I really mean teeny tiny!

Though small in size, this little tube does comes packed with an innovative brush-on fibre gel that seems to mimick the concept of brow hairs. It is quite intriguing because while it is a gel that helps comb and cling on to your brow hairs, it does deposit a little color on the skin as well, very much like filling in your brows, but done well so it isn’t an intense glob of color on skin.

I know we all hate it when that happens with some brow mascaras…

Thus, the end product is actually very much natural.

I can’t decide if this product is best for someone with a pretty good brow shape already or someone with barely any brows (such as I) becuase it seems to be between grounds – it fills the brows but doesn’t perfect it.

So it really depends on what you are after but truth is truth, it will give you brows. Whether it be the sort of brows you desire, that is a whole different matter.

One thing I quite like about this cutesy little product is how small and precised the spoolie portion of it is. The small tip allows for easy control be it if you are combing brow hairs in place or drawing some on and possibly one of the reasons that makes this product work.

Benefit’s Gimme Brow is so tiny and small in comparison to Shu’s Brow Manicure.

See how Benefit’s comes with a fairly precise tip too.

Available in 2 colors – Light/Medium and Medium/Deep – I wouldn’t say it is the most versatile if you happen to have more golden or red tones in your hair because both shade offerings have a tad of ashiness amidst the warm brown.

Even Light/Medium can go on a little more medium than golden-brown so… those who fancy Japanese-esque blonde brows, these shades may not quite be for you. Though give them a chance, they can be quite pretty and introduce you to a lovely world of beige-brown brows!

The shade that I have and use is Light/Medium and I feel it works perfectly fine for me through blonde and brunette days.

Though I feel sometimes brow color is not only dependent on your hair color but also your skin tone and perhaps your choice of definition so… take my preference for lighter brows with a pinch of salt.

How To Use?

Becuase this product is quite a novelty, in that it draws on and combs your lashes at the same time, it could leave some wondering how to best work it.

Benefit does provide a quick guide on using Gimme Brow but generally, play around with this using short pressing motions (starting from your arch because it is okay to deposit most color there), brushing along your brow shape and with a couple of tries you should get the hang of using this.

The one little itty bitty thing about this product I don’t quite like is, while precise in point for those with a narrow-er brow, it doesn’t actually give you a precise brow shape.

There is only so much brushing on a brow with a fibre-gel formula can do and needless to say, it wouldn’t be as sharp and defined as drawing on some brows with a firm angled brow brush or brow pencils.

Though, the thing is this product doesn’t claim to give you a sharp clean brow line, instead it is said to give you “thick, lush arches” which it somewhat does as the fibres mimick the look of brow hair, giving you natural definition that isn’t too precise, sharp or… well, unnatural.

Here’s a little photo documentation of the varying steps of Gimme Brow’s application.

Since my brows lack shape, I would usually have to do a little cleaning up after brushing Gimme Brow on, to give myself a cleaner and more defined looking border to my brows.

So after brushing it on and defining it a little, here’s the end product (sans makeup on the rest of my face):

The end result is a very natural looking set of brows and if you are blessed with a pretty defined brow shape already, Gimme Brows could be perfect for adding some oomph and filling in the gaps!

If you, like me, have almost no brows to begin with – sparse fine hairs that hardly hold shape – what this does is to give you a very natural looking brow which is what we want sometimes on fuss-free weekends.

Because when you’re running out bare-faced, sometimes overly defined and crisp brows just don’t quite go…

And call me crazy but there’s just something about having lush, full, yet not entirely neat brows paired with a fresh and relatively bare-face that appeals to me so much. It’s almost as if somehow, in the perfect universe, you rolled out of bed and couldn’t be damned with anything when actually I spent 10 minutes infront of my mirror achieving that look.

Incase you can’t obviously tell what Gimme Brows has given me, here’s a Before and After comparison side by side.

In a sense, this product isn’t rocket science nor will it satisfy everyone out there but for me, I am extremely glad to have found this quick and fuss-free way to draw on (brush on?) some brows over the weekend when all I want is to frame my face yet not look like I actually bothered with makeup.

I love defined brows for more made up purposes but sometimes a natural way about brows has its own appeal.

Benefit’s Gimme Brow retails for S$35 and is a permanent item. Available at all Benefit stores (and Sephora Singapore) island-wide.

Have you tried Benefit’s Gimme Brow? What do you think of it?

Thanks for reading!

The Camera ‘Testing’ LOTD

Frankly this isn’t a LOTD entry to be a LOTD entry but it was spawned from me testing a new gadget out.

By testing, I mean light testing which went a little like this…

 

No, I haven’t gotten myself a new camera just yet but given the issues with my 7-year-old extremely loved SONY A350, it is about time I looked around and invested in one.

I decided to go for a different ballgame altogether – brand and built – by delving in the realm of compact cameras. Yet a large part of me can’t give up on the need for manual customizability while shooting so… I am considering a couple of Olympus options.

Mainly the Olympus EP5 or EM10.

Before I decide to commit, a colleague / friend of Hubs decided to lend me her Olympus EP-3 to play around with just so I can get the feel of Olympus models, the menu, how the dials click and such.

While this specific model isn’t one that I am considering, it is almost like a way for me familiarize myself to mirror-less and point and shoot cameras once more after being so reliant on my DSLR all this while.

There are still a lot of functions and menu options / ease of accessibility I am not accustommed to but slowly but surely, I am easing into a simplified way to shoot, be it life or for the blog.

Since most of my camera usage is for blogging purposes be it pictures of myself or products, what better way to test how comfortable I am with Point-and-shoots than to well, take a LOTD!

Though granted the Lens Hub’s friend has on is a 12mm Prime Lens and not the most ideal for self portraits or product macros, I had a good feel for the way to handle a camera this built, no less.

 

With all that said, let’s have a look at what I threw on my face to test this camera’s #selfie capabilities.

The images here have of course been treated with some color correction and such, hence it does appear a lot more ‘polished’ (I feel, to some extent) compared to the gif above. But it is done so that the colors appear more true-to-life!

I usually treat some of my pictures in Photoshop after (mild color correction, crop and of course image sizing) and it helps to be able to have that knowledge especially when fiddling about with new devices but hopefully if I do commit to a new camera I can get the hang of it quick enough that I can eventually cut out a good part of post-editing!

Such as now with my DSLR, I hardly do much aside from crop and watermark followed by tweaking some white balance.

Okay, enough.

Enough about camera talk and back to the makeup –

Who says you can’t pair smokier-than-neutral eyelooks with a vibrant lip color!

But okay to be fair my definition of smokey is far from the actual smokey eye effect but compared to my norm of a pale champagne wash of color on the lids with some crease definition, this taupe-y grey eye look is considerably made up for me!

I grabbed and played around with a couple of new stuff I had on hand – a Make Up Store grey-blue eyeshadow (called Clouded Sky) and both of my Shu Uemura Pret-A-Palettes (Warm Browns & Pink Hues).

Of course I selected varying colors to use since we are talking about two full palettes here. In the case of Shu Uemura’s Pink Hues Pret-A-Palette, all I used from there was one sparkly pink carefully dabbed in the centre of my lids for added shimmer.

It is such a gorgeous sparkly pink.

Which defeats the purpose of using the silky smooth and matte grey-blue Make Up Store shade but… ah well, life is all about experimenting.

And now with said striking pink lip color, NARS Schiapp. A color I fall in love with all over again each time I use it.

It’s not everyday that you feel up for a cool-toned vibrant fuschia but once this color goes on, I am always astounded by how it perks up my entire complexion and looks dressy yet playful all at the same time.

Major love.

So here’s the product rundown again if my rambling lost you mid-way.

PRODUCTS USED:

BROWS
 Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
 Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glaze

FACE
 Biore UV Whitening Aqua Rich SPF50
 Lancôme Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
 MAC Moisture Cover Concealer
 Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer Palette
 Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder

EYES 
 Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eyebase
 Make Up Store Eyeshadow in Clouded Skies
 Shu Uemura Pret-A-Palette in Pink Hues (pink shimmer color)
 Shu Uemura Pret-A-Palette in Warm Browns (taupe & deep brown)
 Starlash Lightning Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black
 MAC Powerpoint Eyeliner in Engraved

CHEEKS
 MAC Mineralized Blush in Happy Together

LIPS
 NARS Lipstick in Schiapp

Well, I apologize for this post ending up waaaay rambly-er than what I had in mind, the simple task of showcasing an LOTD and having a little camera chit-chat as well.

It’s quite nice, nonetheless to be talking so casually in an LOTD post. Somehow I feel like I haven’t done this in a while since most of my looks these days ‘mean business’ with an evident product showcase or mention in them.

Eitherways, thank you so much for reading and well, you never know, you might just be seeing a difference in shots to come soon!

Another Neroli Goodness – L'OCCITANE's Néroli & Orchidée Fragrance

Neroli, oh Neroli, what have you done to me that you have me wrapped about your delicate petals.

Before I dwell into the fragrance let me first explain this magical ingredient that I seem just about obsessed with of late. I have (temporarily) tossed my long-standing affection for roses to be deeply infatuated with this sweet, aromatic and softly floral note.

Neroli is a plant oil derived from the white blooms of the Bitter Orange plant, which is the reason why it usually goes by two names – Neroli or Orange Blossom. However the name Neroli, is somewhat an honorrific status given to this particular scent because in the 17th Century, the Princess of Nerola, Italy (Anne Marie Orsini) favored this fragrance, perfuming her bath and gloves with it.

So, with all that history said and done, let’s move on to L’OCCITANE’s take on Neroli, infused with a french flair.

Joining L’OCCITANE’s La Collection de Grasse is this exquisiutely beautiful fragrance that is… actually a little difficult to describe.

I am in no way a scent expert but I do like to write perfume entries because I feel it allows me to be… free. Very much like the abstractness of perfume ads, it’s always about the flow of the scent, the fluidity (or not) of how they transit, meld and work together to invoke the best of each other.

But of course not all perfumes are a delight to describe with some being way too complex to word and are best experienced for yourself.

In a way, Neroli & Orchidee is exactly like that.

For one, it isn’t extremely complex or very ‘cult’. It is simply a very very beautiful scent.

Describing it this simply is not doing it enough justice so I shall try to put it in some abstract context on the sort of emotions, and invoked thoughts that come to mind when this fragrance wafts by me.

This fragrance is a true beauty, radiant and lifting while being perfectly demure and calm all the same.

It brings to mind a poised individual with many facades, though notably someone a little older than their teens because of the soft musky aspect, though don’t think this wears heavily (ala Fleur d’Or & Acacia).

The scent wears pretty linear on me but given how beautiful it starts off and continues to wear (on my body chemistry), I don’t mind that aspect of it.

One intriguing and, well, beautiful (how many times have I used this?) aspect of this fragrance is how softly and yet evidently it lingers.

It isn’t an overpowering scent on, unlike (Penhaligon’s) Ellenisia for example, and what it does is work as a perfect ‘aura’ around you in as subtle a way possible.

I have gotten people asking “what’s that nice smell” when I am close by them instead of a “what perfume are you wearing?”. For some, who prefer their fragrances to work in the background a little, this is perfect.

As for the lasting ability, this lasts extremely well on me be it through a cool short day or a long and hot day at work. Though it does morph a little towards the end and develop a slightly more powdery, sweet musk edge but it doesn’t fade to nothing nor does it get overpoweringly musky.

While linear in a general observation this scent does have tiny twists and turns, hardly noticeable but still evident if you must pick it out.

The Scent Journey –

Starting with the top notes, the first spritz is very fresh, juicy and pronounced. It starts of vibrant and youthful with the Top Notes of Mandarin and Orange. Yet somehow with these citrus kickers, the scent still remains very creamy and smooth without being overly vibrant or tangy. Citrus scents aren’t something I particularly prefer so I am glad for this.

The Heart Notes kick in very quickly for me, almost immediately after the initial fresh burst, I get the meld of Neroli followed by a warm mix of florals. For the longest time I could not pin-point what this wafting scent was but I believe it could be the fusion of Peach with Lily of the Valley (one of my favorite perfume notes) along with Neroli amping up the warmth of this fruity floral mix. Quick note, perfumes always take a warmer turn on my skin, for some reason. There is apparently Fig Milk within this Heart Note mix but I can’t seem to pick up on it so I presume it has blended beautifully into the mix.

The base notes further play up the soft powdery florals of this as Orchid makes its entrance and blends in with Lily of the Valley, making it a more floral and powdery scent with Iris and Musk warming and sweetening it up. Though thankfully with Neroli still present at this turn, it prevents the scent from turning too sweet or musky / powdery on that it gets a little heavy and sickening.

Instead the blend by this point is absolutely beautiful and lasts well through the day with the florals taking a peek every now and then through the course of wear.

In all, this scent is feminine and soft while having a radiant personality and a soft spunkiness brought about by the strong presence of Neroli.

Overall it is a scent that i highly recommend everyone check out because of how perfectly wearable it is for everyday yet still dressy enough to make everyday feel special.

It is especially beautiful to wear to work, I feel, be it for client meetings or if you will just be within the office. It brings to mind this strong and productive career woman imagery, weird I know, that is confident and no-nonsense when it comes to work but can unwind and have a good laugh with colleagues when need be.

I know, it’s weird but yes, as I said, I think sometimes perfumes are best expressed with some situational imagery. Though of course this is my story, you should give the perfume a whirl and tell me what your story is!

L’OCCITANE’s Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette retails for S$94 (for 75ml) and will be permanent to La Collection de Grasse

Thanks for reading!

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GIVEAWAY – More Hello Kitty Love!

Are you a Hello Kitty fan?

Well even if you aren’t don’t go away because I assure you, you can’t resist this beautiful ornament that I am about to giveaway.

It is great as a center-piece or just placing it somewhere along your shelves / table / house to brighten the whole place up. That is the beauty about these cute little pots from {Flipping Notes} and whats more, this is Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty!

Period, that speaks enough.

So anyway, I recently held a {Hello Kitty Pansy} Giveaway on my instagram and now I have another to giveaway for all my readers on the blog!

I know I am having some RSS-issues right now (if you are subscribed to me via RSS-feed stuff, you’re not getting emails / notifs) but hopefully word gets about enough for those kitty lovers to catch wind of this.

As always, you can hop over to my blog on Bloglovin’ and not miss a thing anymore! :)

 

The Giveaway!

Okay back to this.

All you have to do to take part is:

  1. Follow {Flipping Notes} on their Facebook Page
  2. Comment below with your love for Hello Kitty (really just an “I love Hello Kitty!” would do)
  3. Drop me your email within the comment as well
  4. Voila~ Keep your fingers crossed and wait!

p.s. This Giveaway is only open to those residing within Singapore.

The winner will be picked randomly and if you are the lucky winner I will then enquire for your Facebook Name to cross check if you have indeed liked {Flipping Notes}, just for formality sake so your privacy will be kept :)

It’s not that hard right?

So, if you are a Kitty Fan, what are you waiting for!

 

Contest ends: 25th July 2014.

Good luck everyone and thanks!

The Weekend LOTD!

Woohoo, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a proper LOTD post. Not a look feature, not prominently highlighting or talking about any brand per se but simply what I slapped on my face, and over the weekend at that!

Last last weekend, to be precise. Oops, yes… I am a little clogged up with churning the pictures out.

Now, to the average person it’s no big deal because… weekends are for LOTDs, right am I?

But for me, my usual weekend slap-on goes a little something like this – sunscreen, brows.

So the whole works (not even that much really) as featured in this post is quite something to shout about, hence this post. Hurhur.

Given the rare opportunity, what had incited this weekend slap-on?

Even though my birthday is in July (shameless plug, hurhur), it isn’t a party of any sort but a simple act of catching a flick with the colleagues over the weekend! Transformers, to be exact.

Weekends are usually blocked out for family time (which I love and enjoy too, no doubt) but sometimes adding a little variety or changing things up – like hanging out with friends over the weekend – makes things quite exciting. Even when the ‘exciting’ situation is pretty much a norm for much of the population.

Like…

Look at this crazy girl getting so excited about going out with friends for a movie over the weekend… that’s how I roll every weekend y’all.

 

So anyway, the look:

It isn’t any much different from my usual myriad of looks though I did try to incorporate a mish-mash of items within this short weekend joint – some new items, some dearly beloved but neglected and of course some trusty items that I can put on without fretting much about.

One of the ‘new’ items in this look is one I have been trying to showcase a little in the series of photos thus far.

Yes, it would be the eyeshadow.

I have been playing around with Shu Uemura’s fairly newly released (and sadly Limited Edition, boo) Pret-A-Palettes. These come in a range of 4 colors and the one I have here is the more pink-hued one which is unimaginatively called Pink Hues.

I’ll talk a little more about these to come because they are quite lovely and deserve more mention but you can have a look at one of my preferred ways to wear it here.

Incase you couldn’t tell, because it is that subtle, I added a dash of jewelled purple to the look by means of YSL’s Faux Cils Mascara in Captivating Purple on the lower lashes.

It’s been so hot, humid and stuffy these days in Singapore that it isn’t entirely wrong to say that I have been hit with the Summer bug.

I have found myself preferring simpler, fresher and lighter makeup looks (well, basically doing the same ole thing for the eyes) with a glossier and more natural pout of color. I still like the occasional red or bold lip but I haven’t been reaching for the intense mattes or satins as much as I used to.

How about you?

Though in this case while I quite liked the simple and casual look of Dior’s Rouge Dior in Wild Pink on (seen above), I figured I wanted a tiny bit more statement and shine so just before I left the house I swapped my lip color out to this:

Revlon’s Just Bitten Balm in Romantic. I have been loving these Just Bitten Balms all over again. The perfect combination of balmy, glossy shine and color.

BROWS
 Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
 Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed
FACE
  Biore UV BB Cream
 MAC Moisture Cover Concealer
 Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder
EYES
  Dior Backstage Eye Primer
  Shu Uemura Pret-a-palette in Pink Hue
 Starlash Lightning Waterproof Liquid LIner in Black
  Starlash Gel Liner in Black (lower lash line)
  YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Captivating Purple
CHEEKS
  CLIO Art Blusher in Peach
LIPS
 Dior Rouge Dior in Wild Pink
 but later changed to
 Revlon Just Bitten ColorBurst Balms in Romantic

Now to get the elephant out of the room…

I felt Transformers was a little lackluster. Something about the cast and the screenplay, it just lacked oomph and a lot of it felt it could have been summarized. Some scenes were unnecessary but yet not sure how so… overall I’m just glad I caught it in IMAX 3D because at least the visual effects were awesome and made my 3 hours worth it.

Otherwise, I can’t say I am actually too keen on the next part to this. Which is so sad given Transformers was something I used to enjoy so much.

So what did you think?

Of the look and flick? What’s your usual weekend slap-on?

Thanks for reading!

Look Book: CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners

I seem to be having a fall out with the ‘Eyeshadow Combination Department’ in my brain.

Yes, I do have a department like so, don’t you?

Eitherways, by fall out I don’t mean the glittery speckly mess you get on your cheeks from eyeshadow rebelling and refusing to stick where they are supposed to be. This is the “I hate’chu, I’m not going to talk to you for awhile” sort of a fall out.

Thus I have been quite down in the dumps with my eye looks these days. I try to think up combinations in my mind, harass the ‘Cheek and Lip Department’ or sometimes send some requests to the ‘Eyeliner Management Department’ but nothing seems to work and they’re all sending me back the generic neutral combos.

As if I couldn’t think of that myself…

Hence, neutral, neutral and all neutral is what I have been slapping on right now.

The same ole color placements, rotating with different chamapagnes, browns, smokey chocolate shades etc, but very much the same at the end of the day.

Though this is also the perfect time for me to embrace the pastel pop of color that these CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners give, because no matter what neutral combo it is, the eyeshadow isn’t what people are looking at anymore.

Not that anyone is going to think “hey are you wearing that eyeshadow combination again?” but it is nice to pacify my own need for a little oomph and change in my eye looks without really needing to do much (from the usual).

If you haven’t seen my little low-down on these CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners, you should check this post out first.

So let’s begin! Not that we have a lot to go through, I only have 3 shades on hand.

Pink Stud –

Probably the oddest color-name combo but Pink Stud swatches an intense medium red. Perhaps it could flash a little pink(-red) at angles and if you were to wear this blended out you will get more pinky hues that way.

Though eitherways, I think it’s more red in my eyes than pink…

Here it is, regardless.

p.s. Yes that’s the ombre lip look, I’ll talk about what I used here soon but a quick tip – it’s CLIO as well.

This shade can be quite tricky to pull off given it threads a little in edgy or gothic, depending on your choice of description. Yet at the same time it isn’t impossible to wear if paired this way.

Sure you may feel a teeny bit self-conscious but… my advice?

Just werk it girl. Nothing works a red liner as well as confidence *snaps fingers*

Mintade –

Seemingly a hot favorite, I had very unimaginatively worn Mintade numerous times in the way pictured below.

I know, I could get a whole lot more creative with these Pastel Upper Liners, given the references in the press release and all but I don’t have time (or make up guts) for that. Plus half the time with my frames on, how would people tell otherwise anyway.

Though one day if I had some time to play around with a whacky liner look I would like to attempt something more adventurous with these shades.

Peace One Day –

Because pastel purple is an extremely peaceful color?

I will never know but I decided to make peace with my need for exploring a different way to wear these and the mental thought of not being too ‘over’, thus I worked out this simple look below.

Really, it happened a little out of curiosity and ended up looking like something I planned to do all along so I’m going to just roll with that…

It is a really small and hardly noticeable flick but it does add a little something to the look! I like how playful it appears to be, peeking out right at the very end like that.

Granted it can’t last the whole day given my watery eye syndrome but it is fun to have on nonetheless!

While I am still going to explore (hopefully) more creative ways to wear these pastel buggers, I hope they are still in stock for those who are intrigued to work these sweet candy pops of colors!

Granted they aren’t easy, they are lots of fun so… go ahead and pop by your nearest Watsons to swatch these up and, well, have fun!

These CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners retail for S$16.90 each and should be Limited Edition. They are available at Watsons, while stocks last!

Thanks for reading!

CLIO Spring Summer 2014 – Gelpressos Go Pastel!

I always love me some CLIO.

I think as far as korean cosmetic brands go, at least the ones I know of, CLIO constantly pushes the boundaries of funky, classic, dramatic, dressy and reserved, all rolled up into one!

They have had their iconic moments with their sleek black liquid liners, followed by shiny and shimmery colored Gel-presso shades and because the typical look of darkened and jeweled liners feel too ‘been there done that’ for CLIO, they’re throwing all sense of restrains out the window for their Spring Summer look – cotton-candy pastels!

A collection of perfectly adorable shades that pack an intense punch of pigmentation!

Available in 4 shades to us, I have with me 3 to showcase.

I know, I know…

Again I am a little late on reporting about these because they have been out for awhile now and it seems that every display shelf I go by, Mintade appears to be a rather popular choice.

I can easily see why… how does one resist a pastel mint-green eyeliner?!

Following that I think Peace One Day (the purple) is getting quite a bit of love as well.

Before you dive headfirst into this pool of bubble gum pop shades, there is one thing you need to understand about shades this light and this stark.

While they may seem relatively harmless, being all gentle and soft, pastels that are this light tend to have a white base about them. This makes them appear a lot bolder and a lot trickier to wear on the lids than opposed to say… an intense metallic lime green.

I’m just saying it hypothetically.

But yes, who would have thought the pastel would knock out a metallic lime green in wearability. But here is me just putting these in perspective.

Though if you are a go-getter, feeling experimental and up for some makeup-fun in the most fuss-free of ways (because pastel eye shadow looks are so much more of a pain to werk than pastel liners), these would be absolutely perfect in spicing a simple look up!

If you are familiar with CLIO’s usual Gelpresso range of eyeliners you would know that they are famed for being smooth and creamy with the fluidity and intensity of a gel liner.

Though I felt that with these Pastel Upper Liners, a little bit of that fluidity and smoothness was lost.

It still draws intense and pigmented but it has lost a little of that sleek glide I quite enjoyed with the earlier variants of Gelpressos I have tried. Though to a certain extent it is still considerably soft and doesn’t tug or pull on the lids with wear – it just appears a tad drier.

The major plus side about these?

There is no need for sharpening! Can I get a resounding ‘YAY’?

If you’re nitpicky about your liners being perfectly pointed each time you use it, you would be glad to know that like all CLIO Gelpressos this comes with an inbuilt ‘sharpener’ as well.

Though I think it’s more like a tip moulder.

One interesting thing I found about these pencils would be how the manufacturing date is printed (clearly) on the pencil itself. Not on some box or piece of paper that comes with that usually ends up in the trash.

Now I’m not certain if the regular range of Gelpressos have that but I thought it was a good thing to have regardless if you pay attention to manufacturing dates or now.

So with all that said, here’s how the 3 shades I have on hand swatch:

The shade I am missing is a lovely soft beige-peach that I managed to swatch in the store (didn’t snap a pic). It is probably the most wearable of the lot, yet would still appear fairly distinct on the lids.

The creamiest shade, of the 3 I have, would be the red as that slides on perfectly without appearing chalky or feeling too creamy / thick.

It’s such a gorgeous red that I feel almost tempted to use it as a lip liner!

Now, about wearing these… CLIO has their own suggestions about it hence the name – Upper Liner.

These are meant to be paired with your usual and signature black liners, somewhat like Upper Storey Liners. Geddit?

If you’re stumped on ways you can flaunt these cheeky and oh-so-interesting liners, CLIO has some pretty cool suggestions for it be it if you’re feeling a little safe and simple today or want to get down and experimental with your looks.

I have a mind to give some of the creative and unique looks a try but as of now I have been donning these in a way that I know best – paired with a black liner, much like the first example in Mintade.

After all, that is the inital intention of these colored buggers, yes?

If you would like to be all decked out in CLIO when putting together these looks, be sure to check out their CLIO Waterproof Pen (or Brush) Liner in Kill Black (S$22.90).

I have actually used up one of each (yes, zomg) and loved it while it lasted so I do recommend you giving that a look if you are on a hunt for a decent black liquid liner.

 

With that said, I’ll wrap up this little introduction entry about these pretty nifty and very cool pastel eyeliners.

It really isn’t everyday that a drugstore brand launches such high intensity pastel shades that perform pretty well.

If you ask me, my favorite of the lot is Peace One Day (purple one – no surprise…) but Pink Stud intrigues me, a lot. Especially so when I am into this whole crimson eye phase as of now be it red liners, shadows or smokey cranberry looks. No thanks to being so drawn to (Orphan Black’s) Helena’s look though hers is a little more druggy-fied.

You get the drift.

So anyway, thanks for reading and if you’re up for some pastel fun or on the hunt for that perfect slick of red (as I am was), then do check these CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners out!

CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners retail for S$16.90 each and are Limited Edition.

Available at select Watsons stores in Singapore.

As you would have guessed, I have a Look Feature coming up so keep a lookout for that!

 

Chubbysticks! Only… not really.

Oh my gosh, how cute are these?

Coming soon to Marc Jacobs with their Fall 2014 collection, these… chubbystick cosplaying lipsticks are housed in a pretty cheeky and sleek metallic casing, a fun detour from their usual sleek and hefty black bullet tubes.

I think it is quite fun to indulge in the marc’er (geddit, marker, hurhur) looking things and the shades that they are available in aren’t too bad either!

The proper term for these guys are Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks and they are available in 9 shades from Peony Pink to a Strawberry Red and Burgundy Berry.

I am excites!

In other news, here’s what else is new for Marc Jacob’s Fall 2014 release, which is currently available at Marc Jacobs Beauty online and Sephora.com (VIB members) for you international peeps.

I think I’m going to sit around and wait till they pop in Sephora stores here to give them a swatch! How about you, interested?

Thanks for reading!