The Upcoming Low Down – On The Blog & With My Life!

Okay, so here’s the deal and what’s up and coming on this little space of mine.

I feel that this entry is redundant but yet it’s one of those little pep talk sessions where you sit around with your team and you go through the tasks, timetable, etc to brief everyone of their task and at the same time it’s also for you to have another run down (mentally and verbally) of the matters on hand and ensure that they get tackled and completed.

While nothing is expected of you guys of course, except to check back if you’re interested in the content to come, this serves as a little summary and reminder to myself on what to put up before I vanish for a week (I’ll touch on that in a bit).

It’s not a complete disaparation where I disappear into the black hole and you hear nothing from me for a week sort of a vanish but it will be tough to get my hands on technology and that includes my phone.

So, anyway, I’ll get to it but let’s read on!

So anyway, after that long and unneeded introduction for this already rather unnecessary post I thought I would give you an idea of what to expect next week and also the week after.

Given that Naked On the Run (a palette I’m pretty psyched about myself) is launching on the 5th of December, that’s next Friday for you, I’ll be doing the whole ‘dedicating the week to this product’ sort of a deal for it.

So next week it’s all about being Naked and being On the Run!

You know, because it’s what most people are looking out for, amirite?

If you haven’t already heard, there are great gifts up for grabs for those who are first (few) in line to get their hands on the Naked On the Run palette so head here to be well acquainted with that before checking back next week for the low-down (and looks).

After which I’ll be giving the MAC Holiday collection a well deserved mention because it seems like a lot of people are intrigued in that. My MAC Overview post in itself garnered a lot of views and likes when it went live and I didn’t even bother with a shoutout on instagram for that one.

So yes, serving the folks, I’ll put up in depth entries of each products and those entries are likely to be pre-drafted and scheduled because the week after, I’m actually going to be home-bound since my inlaws are traveling and it’s turn for me and hubs to babysit Baby K.

Though this time it’s going to be a little trickier and tougher because in the past we’ll simply bunk over at my parents place but this time, within this duration, the parents are facing some reno works in their area so we decided against a staycation at their place.

Instead, hubs and I are going to wing it. Us, alone with baby. Let’s see how this works out alright?

Yes we are grown adults but in some ways we have been nicely pampered where meals, laundry and whatnot are concerned so… this will truly be a simulation on how life is going to be once we move on, in future – if ever.

Which is why, as mentioned above, it’ll be trickier for some me-time and just be on my computer or phone because if hubs isn’t watching baby, I’ll be.

Plus she’s quite a torpedo when it comes to grabbing things she should not and going places she should not. So yeah…

We’ll see how it goes but as mentioned I’ll schedule stuff on here so it’s not radio silence but I can’t speak for sure about my social platforms since I doubt I’ll even have proper content to post apart from – baby’s porridge of the day, my PJs ootd today, etc.

Heh!

But anyway,  I’m rambling far too much over this so, yeah, I hope this gives you an idea of what to expect and hopefully these are things you are interested to read up about!

I anticipate any looks with MAC products to come in the next next next week since there are a few products to go through and, as convenient as it’ll be, I don’t want to spam up you guys too much with a post everyday (plus that’s a heck load to go through and schedule).

We’ll see how it goes but regardless, no matter how busy I get (next week at work or next next with baby) I’m going to make it seem like I was never gone. Muaha~

 

Thanks for reading this pointless post but hey, good pep talk right? ;)

Happy Birthday My Man!

Okay, it’s embarrassing doing an entry like this… like what am I now, talking about my life on here?

Heh, but I just figured a shoutout wouldn’t hurt, not that he really cares either because he doesn’t read my blog – why would he – so this is just for my own benefit really. Whatever sort of a benefit that may be.

So, I guess I never was the sort to write too much about my life outside of the blog. There are snippets and mentions of baby and hubs but nothing in detail really and any aspect of my life I divulge is always in co-relation to the blog.

Things like, I’m temporarily staying at my parents place so maybe the background is different, maybe entries are lessened, things like that.

Anyone remember those photobombs from years back? Yeap, he’s still at it…

I hardly talk about my life outside of the blog, I guess it’s because I always feel a little awkward about it – sharing, over sharing?

Plus the fact that everyone being so used to social media and social sharing doesn’t make it any less dangerous! You’re putting your life and information on the web for the whole wide world to see, y’anno?

But anyway, a little birthday shoutout could hurt noone, so here’s one.

Thank you Hubs for all you’ve done and supporting my blogging hobby though deep down inside I know you feel it’s a waste of time (and space, with my boxes of products piling up in your study).

I’m thankful I have a hubs that is, in some ways, vain so we get to share that aspect of skin maintenance together and he’s always open to me trying new products on him, masking or even doing facial / massage sessions with him!

The frivolous aside, he is constantly growing and bettering himself at being a dad, learning to handle Baby K even better than I do these days and it makes me happy to see the amount of effort he’s putting into the family.

So much so, that at this point of time while it’s still too personal to really say for sure we are thinking of a Number 2, so people can stop asking.

We are thinking but we’re still preparing ourselves mentally and I guess that includes Baby K too. We’ve seen her interact with a fresh new baby cousin and I think it’s proof enough that she’s ready to be an elder sister – she’s so helpful and loving. Though her intentions are there her methods could use more refining, ha!

 

Though anyway, this entry has gone awfully off topic with the main point of it, just to wish my man (whom you’ve seen some cameo appearances on my blog and instagram in the past) a very very Happy Birthday!

Thank you for always being so awesome and fun!

Happy Birthday Hubs,
may you always be young at heart!

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And thank for reading this extremely off topic post, if you have.

Take it as a bit of a ramble, to maybe talk that mental clog out. I seem to have this issue these days where perhaps I expect too much of myself and when entries just aren’t at that optimum fluidity I start to get frustrated when in truth it’s still not too bad an entry if I write with this mild clog. I guess I’m also a little confused on how I should establish myself. I’ve been toggling between fairly proper and summed up and of late, a little crazy and off-topic which I seem to be enjoying these days.

Though tell me, what do you think?

Is simple and straightforward (head in the for the kill kind of entries) better for you, or do you like the personality and humor ones more?

I guess I’m fine either ways, just as long as I get my mojo back… What is up with you, fleeting word-inspiration.

Okay, forreal, I’ll go now, bye!

MAC Holiday 2014 – My Pretty ‘Keepsakes’ Pile!

You know for sure that the holidays are rolling about when MAC launches a mega-huge-I-can’t-even-keep-track-of-it collection in a wholly different packaging-take from their usual.

Since the old days (and I really just mean early 2000 era, when I was getting into MAC), the Holiday collections were always something special from the brand as we see special palettes, beautiful (tiptoeing on tacky in some years) packaging that would appeal to a good number of people and this year is no different.

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I personally feel this year’s feminine and classic pattern with a dash of fun in the form of sparkles quite pretty and appealing to me, though I do know of some who would prefer an edgier look from MAC.

But to each their own.

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The thing about MAC’s huge, and many, collections is that I’m at a point where I don’t keep up with the brand enough to learn every color that is coming out so I got a little confused over MAC Holiday being called both Keepsakes and Objects of Affection.

Though to break it down for anyone else who is equally confused, Keepsakes refers to the hella extensive makeup collection while Objects of Affection are the pretty ‘sets’ of glosses and pigments.

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I know it still doesn’t do too much to sort out the confusion because this collection (Holiday as a whole) is huge and there are loads to check out so I would recommend you to if you feel drawn towards the shades or packaging!

It really is one of the prettier holiday offerings in awhile, I feel.

Of course, as with MAC, there are bound to be a couple of hits and misses but I’ll get to it when I talk about them individually.

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For now, my work week is a little insane that’s why I’ve been rather quiet this week (as opposed to my daily spam last week) and if anything the busy-ness is giving me one of those mind block episodes again. It’s hard to write and when I try the flow of words and thoughts just feel a little bit off.

Gah. Maybe I should clear the tasks one at a time and hopefully I can think clearer (hurhur) then.

But anyway, I want to promise that things will get easier (or rather entries will get more frequent) but it’s a little early to say because next week could be hectic with me having to clear up my work before the mandatory break I have to take – long story short the inlaws are traveling so we’re home-bound and baby-sitting again.

I don’t want to start rambling about that whole temporary living situation on here so, that’s for another entry.

In the meanwhile, I do hope I’ll get to pick things up and share some necessary entries like the NAKED On the Run (in detail), with looks and also this pile of MAC stuff!

Fingers crossed!

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Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Holiday 2014 Keepsakes & Objects of Affection Collections are now available islandwide!

These are Limited Edition.

Sponsorship disclosure

Urban Decay’s NAKED On The Run (Plus Naked Vault *Gasp*) Coming Your Way Soon!

Oopsies…

So I guess the Surratt schedule is going to get pushed back a little because some holiday and limited edition mentions had popped up over the weekend – like literally, on my doorstep – and given these are only available for this period of time I think it’s better to give them a mention first.

I’m sure you don’t mind either, right? :D

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You might have seen the Naked On the Run palette being featured all over the place (cause it’s running all over? hurhur, not funny?) and if you’re interested to get your hands on it, you’ll be glad to know that it’s hitting our stores (or store, at Sephora ION) 5th December at 6pm sharp, retailing at S$85!

I think that’s a pretty okay price given what you get within (quite awesome for a travel product) and the palette has a good heft to it, which could translate good or bad but at least you’re not getting a light rickety palette. That’s my sentiment, at least.

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So, if its launching all the wayyyyy over at Next Friday (5th December), why am I telling you about this so far ahead of time?

Well, because if you’re a hardcore Urban Decay fan or if you’re just looking to get your hands on the extremely amazing looking Urban Decay Naked Vault then I hope you have a leave form in your hands right now (for those working office hours that is).

Even though it’s only launching after working hours, I’m sure the queue will be forming before, and here’s why:

  • the First 2 in line to purchase Urban Decay’s Naked On the Run palette will receive the Naked Vault for FREE! *zomg*
  • The Next 4 will get an option to purchase it for S$388 (when the kit is valued at S$550) – total steal I tell you!
  • The First 100 Customers will receive a deluxe sample of Urban Decay’s Anti-Aging Primer Potion.

Incase you may not know what the Naked Vault is and why I am gasping and freaking out about it, here it is – the mother of all of Urban Decay’s Naked pieces.

Behold, the Vault.

It comes with the 3 NAKED Eyeshadow palettes (that’s the full sized one, not the basics) and 3 NAKED Flushed (Cheek/bronzer duo) along with 3 NAKED Glosses and 3 24/7 Dual-Ended Glide-On Liners.

Now that’s a lot of Naked in one box!

If you’re the lucky few to get your hands on this for free or at a really good price then, good on you because this would be such an amazing way to kick start your Naked Journey or a perfect thing to split up and gift (some, because you’ll want most, right?) to girlfriends, your mom, etc!

So yes, this is amazing but let’s get back to the key item at hand, the Naked On the Run palette which in its own way is really awesome as well.

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It features 5 all-new neutral eyeshadows within as well as a new flush combo, a Limited Edition Naked gloss color and even a new and dedicated 24/7 Glide-On Eyelliner Pencil shade along with the newly released Perversion mascara.

I thought that was quite nice because given their arsenal of 24/7 Glide-On Pencils they could have just made any color a travel size and thrown it in but they really went all out to make On the Run an exclusive and Limited Edition palette in all aspects!

So, anyway, I’ll cover this palette a little more in upcoming posts, complete with a couple of quick looks thrown together with everything (as far as possible) from within the palette so stay tuned!

In the meanwhile here’s a look at a couple of other things Urban Decay had generously thrown into their press pack as well. I can’t wait to give these a go, especially the Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray and of course All-Nighter Spray. The working hours this week is no joke and I think a spray like that would be really helpful. We’ll see!

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I’m going back to my topic hop-about it seems because I’ve got some MAC Holiday mentions coming right up too and I’m just going to throw them on without a care of whether I’m jumping from one brand to the other.

I know you guys can keep up, right ;)

Once more:

Urban Decay’s On the Run palette is launching at ION Sephora on 5th November (6pm sharp), retailing at S$85.

The first 2 to buy will receive the Urban Decay Naked VAULT for free, the next 4 at S$388 (worth S$550) and the First 100 will get a deluxe sample of the Anti-Aging Primer Potion.

 

That said, thanks for reading and if you’re going down to try your luck next Friday, good luck!

Sponsorship disclosure

 

K-Drama Musing… – Surplus Princess

I seem to be doing a lot of K-Drama Musings these days, my bad! I’m just so so caught up with them right now it seems. As I had said when I first started this telly/tube series, I never was that much of a K-Drama fan.

No, seriously.

I watched a couple here and there only because they were highly raved and highly talked about but I was never addicted to finding another new drama (once I was done with one) to fill that drama-telly-tube void that you get once a drama you’ve been following religiously and super caught up about ends.

I mean it sucks and life gets momentarily ’empty’ but alls good after awhile.

Though these days I’m on a roll, really. It’s K-Drama after K-Drama and even when I’m not entirely done with one I start on another. It’s like as I am typing this, I’m a little sad about reaching the end point of said drama in the title (I’ll talk about it shortly) but at the same time I’m already considering some options to move on to once I’m formally done with Surplus Princess.

Should I see Liar Game? People have recommended Pinocchio… Or perhaps catch up on that Doctor Stranger that I’ve been meaning to…

So yeah, it’s addictive and it’s quite scary and hopefully I’m not alone in this.

 

But back to the point of this entry, Surplus Princess.

I’ll admit I got started on this drama for one reason and one reason only, Song Jae Rim, heh!

But as it turns out it’s quite a silly feel-good drama (where Song Jae Rim isn’t the lead, dayum) that’s just entertaining to watch. There isn’t a whole lot of logic in there and some people said it’s comparable, in terms of silliness, to that Paris Nail Shop drama (I don’t know, I haven’t seen) but if you’re okay with a little second hand embarrassment, a whole lot of silliness and maybe a little swooning over Song Jae Rim (or the lead guy, who’s got a nice smile) then I’d say this drama isn’t too bad to catch.

I mean, it’s only 10 episodes long… that’s not a lot of your time, yes?

Though this is one drama Hubs tried to watch but just couldn’t get into it. He couldn’t stand the silliness, much as he thought Jo Boa (lead girl) is pretty, he just couldn’t get pass all that whacky.

Which, I guess to each their own but I’m enjoying it and already at episode 6 though I swear I only started this less than a week ago.

If it’s anything to note, this show gets a bit pervy too in an absolutely hilarious and fangirly way but not so funny if you happen to be watching this with awkward people. Meaning, say your mom when a butt scene like this comes on… you know.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

And also, just something I thought I would mention but the name Surplus Princess is really a play on the words in korean because in korean ‘Surplus’ sounds very much like ‘Mermaid’. And if you haven’t already known, this show is somewhat ‘inspired’ by the Little Mermaid such that the lead girl is a mermaid turned human on a quest to find love (or die)… something along those lines.

Again, I don’t want to spoil it but if it sounds interesting enough, you should give it a watch!

So, without giving anything away this is my current K-Drama obsession and what I think of it. It’s something you should watch for some good (and ultra lame) laughs and a nice departure from the last sombre drama I caught (When A Man Loves).

I did say I needed a good laugh after that so, this fulfills the requirements very much.

Plus, there’s Song Jae Rim too, what’s there not to love. Heh.

I catch Surplus Princess over at GoodDrama but EPdrama has subs for it too, check those out ;)

 

Thanks for reading! What’s your current telly/tube obsession? Walking Dead?

LOTD: Icy Blue Hues with Shupette (Has-It-All Palette & Blush)

While putting this look together, I think my train of thought went a little like this:

Okay, let’s see what we can do with this…

That’s not too bad, now lets try this…

Hmm… meh, okay, that wasn’t quite what I expected *mentally a little disappointed with that blue*

Alright lets smoke the ends out to give this more depth

*steps back from the mirror*

Well hey, what do you know, I think I actually really like this look!

Well, yes, for the most part when I’m trying to do a look feature on an eye palette, most of the time I don’t always have a look in mind and I just mix and match the shades up on the spot.

Of course some combos (like neutral looks) just jump into mind but sometimes for palettes that are a little trickier and not as ‘direct’ (by that I mean, green goes here, darker green goes here, voila), a little trial and error is required and that’s how this look came about!

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After exploring the safe, usual neutrals with the Shupette palette – you know, because I always need that classic something to fall back upon – I decided to venture into the soft, giggly and overly happy world of pastels.

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While pastels are soft, they aren’t to be taken lightly either because given the whole soft, airy and bright nature of these colors, they should be paired and blended well with a deeper shade to give the look some depth.

I’m sure we’ve all encountered looks where people slap a pastel shade all over thinking that alone is enough but their lids end up standing out too much and not in a very good way so… yes, as odd as this may sound pastels may be trickier to work with than smokey shades even.

Though when paired right, and with the right glowy sort of pastel colors, they can be incredibly beautiful on with a soft wash of color and stunning iridescent shine.

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The blue eyeshadow in the Shupette palette in particular gives that very lovely iridescent effect that highlights the look really well in a soft icy blue. I was initially a little disappointed at the pigmentation (when I first patted it on) but came to realize that it’s got such a beautiful glow to it that it makes up for the lack of color and need to build it up with wear.

It’s a look I think I will revisit if I’m feeling up for something eye-catching, yet soft and feminine at the same time.

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For the lips and cheeks, I decided to play up the brights and compliment the blues in the eye look with some soft pinks. Though the soft really only applies to the cheeks because there’s no such thing as a soft pink in the Shupette lip palette.

Oh wait, correction, there is… but that’s no fun.

Here are the shades I used (eyes & lips) from the Shupette palette.

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I went with an even brighter fuschia pink this round, as opposed to the already rather bright pink I had worn in the earlier more neutral Shupette look.

I felt that given how icy and played up the eyes were, a stronger lip color (pink, especially) wouldn’t hurt.

I’m really starting to like the pink lip options within the Shupette palette and am half wishing for them to actually roll out such colors. Granted I should have similar shades in the stash, I do like how lightweight and smooth these lip bon bons feel on.

Creamy and smooth, staining but not dry. They’re quite lovely.

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Dior Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
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- middle light pastel blue
- bottom left blue
- middle top greyish brown
- top left charcoal
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner (in black) –– LOVE!
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
Shu Uemura Shupette Silk Cushion Cheek Color in Pink

LIPS 
She Uemura Shupette Has-it-All Lip Bon Bon (1st from left)

 

So, that’s that for the look and also the Shupette speed-mentions! Though… if you think about it it wasn’t all that speedy and my mention is a little tardy into the launch but just in case there are still a couple of pieces for those who need a little enabling I hope my entries were of use!

I’ll be moving on to an encyclopedia of Surratt mentions before maybe shifting my blog back to its usual mentions of random slews and brands here and there though I will admit I’m quite liking this ‘categorization’ thing that I’m doing now.

Though this marks the end of the Shupette speed-mentions, it doesn’t mark the end of the product mentions, that’s for sure! They’ll be having their cameos here and there be it in upcoming looks or maybe a ‘current routine’ sort of entry so, stay tuned!

I’ll have those ‘usual’ posts back once I’m done with all my spams. It’s been awhile since I’ve done them it’s like I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to not have a whole lineup in plan and in place!

 

Regardless, thanks for reading!

Read more about the Shupette Has It All Palette here and the Silk Cushion Cheek Color here!

Both are Limited Edition and available right now!

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Warm Hue-d Browns with Shupette (Has It All Palette & Blush)

I’m really excited about this look but I feel I could be the only one with this sentiment.

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To a large part of you guys, you’re probably groaning and going “not another brown look” but I truly feel that not all brown looks are made equal.

Really!

Okay hear me out here.

There’s the everyday-brown-look that is subtle, soft, nicely shimmery in the way that gives your eyes a glow but nothing over the top.

Then there is that evening-dinner-brown-look – a look that has a little something extra to it. Yes it is brown, it is mildly shimmery and shiny in all the right places but it also plays up your eyes so beautifully they sparkle in a way that your everyday-brown-look just doesn’t quite achieve.

So far so good?

If you, like me, feel that there are varying degrees to a neutral look then you’ll be in for a treat because while the Shupette Has It All Palette is largely pretty in pastel, I think the brown shadows in here are absolutely stellar.

Primarily the deep warm brown within (the darkest of the browns) and you’ll see it work its magic in this look.

Though to be very fair, I could possibly recreate this with one of my many (many) brown eyeshadows within the stash but that would involve me having to find them, dig them up and perhaps lay out a clutter of different palettes when I could just settle for this very one, right?

For justification purposes, I will say that buying this solely for the browns is a bit crazy but hey, if you’re already at the edge of the cliff let me push you over with this eye look.

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As usual, when approaching a new palette, my modus operandi is – safe, simple, me option first.

So this was the first look that sprung to mind as I stared at the palette trying to piece a look together.

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I primarily used 3 eyeshadow shades, the soft champagne gold, the mid-tone coppery-gold shade and the deliciously warm creamy brown.

I think I’ve got a huge crush on that brown, really. It’s so perfectly warm and deep but blends out to be a light enough wash if need be… so beautiful~

Enough of my ramble, here’s more of the look and less of my words.

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The lip product that I used is a bright-enough pink that still contains enough coral and peach that it is considered fairly wearable for the day (‘ticked’ above).

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I was inclined to choosing a red lip but somehow at crunch time my hands veered towards this color though I’m not complaining because it is a pretty lip shade nonetheless.

What’s more it matches the Silk Cushion Cheek Color in Pink perfectly :)

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Dior Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
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Shu Uemura Shupette Has-It-All Palette
- top right golden mid-brown
- burnt auburn brown
- bottom right pale champagne
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Starlash Lightning Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
Shu Uemura Shupette Silk Cushion Cheek Color in Pink

LIPS 
She Uemura Shupette Has-it-All Lip Bon Bon (3rd from right)

 

So this wraps up my first and rather unimaginative take on the Shupette Has It All Palette but wouldn’t you agree that sometimes, neutral and classic is something that just works – no explanations needed, no bold colors necessary.

Simple, clean, poised.

Or is it just me?

But if you’re craving for a little color I’ve got a look with some semblance of a color (as much as this palette would lend me) coming up tomorrow so stay tuned!

 

Thanks for reading!

Read more about the Shupette Has It All Palette here and the Silk Cushion Cheek Color here!

Sponsorship disclosure

Shupette’s Silk Cushion Cheek Color (Pictures & Swatches)

Here’s more kitty lovin’ coming your way!

I know back in the day when I went on my non-stop Lancôme rampage (because we would be kindly given a whole slew of items that were released) I felt a little apologetic about talking about one single item without a ‘break’ in between though these days I seem to feel it’s more therapeutic this way.

Do I make sense?

Because, in case of this, if I were going to talk Shupette, why not just lay it all down consecutively for a whole week even so those who wish to know are able to check it out all at one shot without (much) disturbances, yeah?

It makes filing and the whole flow so much easier too. Tell me it’s not just my OCD-self….

 

I mean I doubt you all would want to be jumping around from kitty cat to a bath product, to maybe some hair stuff, makeup and back to little ole kitty cat, yeah?

I guess it loses that momentum somehow… so anyway, my point is, this is kitty cat week so cat ladies, sit tight and hang tight!

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This next kitty cat product (okay, am I annoying you by saying kitty cat?) is one that I’m actually a little undecided about. It’s really just me sorting my own feelings because those who have tried this product end up really liking it and so do I, actually, it’s just that it comes with a couple of catches and tiny hoops to squeeze through but I guess I don’t mind.

So anyway, this product here is a cheek product, a rarity within Shupette’s very extensive collection. You would think there would be a couple more cheek options within this cutesy collection given that’s the easiest to market to a youthful audience but no, there’s only 1 cheek product in 2 color variations.

What’s up with that, Shu?

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Though to appease us a little, I would say that the formula of said cheek product that was included within this collection is quite glorious.

It’s one of those formulas you can’t quite explain because it’s so interesting and cool yet it works incredibly well at the same time. Though as a personal conflict, the only beef I have against it is that it’s part-cream.

You know me, cream products and I don’t always get along.

I seem to have conflict with many many things in this beauty realm – cream cheek products, lip pans… I’m bothersome, I know.

But anyway, as I was saying while this is a little bit of a cream-like product, it’s not actually cream either so this is where I started to open myself up to the product and accepted it a little.

It’s a bit of a dense cushy mousse-like product that swatches creamy but blends on to a smooth powder-like finish on the skin. It’s not tacky on and in no way shiny or greasy either.

If I had to compare it to something, I would say it vaguely reminds me of those Maybelline bouncy blush things that were all the rage a little while ago.

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Housed within a really simple and functional packaging with a clear top (I like this aspect) so you can easily see the product, simply twist off the cap and voila.

For all the incredibly state-of-the-art packaging we’re seeing these days, something about a plastic and simple case like this feels mildly nostalgic. Or I could just be over-thinking, as I always do.

As I had mentioned, this comes in a miserable selection of 2 shades – Orange and Pink – and the shocker is that I chose Pink.

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So cute those kitty cat paw prints!

I’m the sort who would rather opt for coral / peach / orange first before I settle for pink but given how cutesy (and pastel-hued) the Shupette Palette is, I figured the Pink shade would be more of help to pair up some looks.

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Here’s a closer look at the intriguing texture of the product.

Again, it’s like a smooth dense mousse but slightly creamy and rather smooth once swatched. The formula isn’t slippery or greasy at all, which makes it quite nice but given how I like to use this (over my whole getup – yes, even powder), it proves to be a bit of work to properly blend it all in.

A little more dabbing, blending and even more blending to even the color out is required but it’s possible to wear this color over your already-done base without disturbing the foundation, powder or concealer.

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That said, I think that would be the little hiccup I have with this guy – that it takes a tiny bit more refining and time than if I were to simply swirl and dust a powder blush on with a brush but the result is truly well worth it because the flush this lends seems to look so natural (and so adorable too) that I can’t help but reach for this more often than I would like.

I’ve tried using a stippling brush and a couple other options with this but I figured the best way around it is still using my fingers.

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There’s just something so special about this (and cream products, mainly) that hugs the skin so closely that it seems to replicate a cheek flush most naturally and perfectly.

Much as I love powder blushes for their ease I will agree that creams do have that advantage over that natural factor and somehow it’s just different when you’re using a cream product as opposed to a powder, but the hassle that it comes with often turns me away.

It’s nice, though, that this one lessens a lot of those hassles (and thicky creamy greasiness, though no less elbow grease, heh!) and has actually opened me up to using it and preferring it more than even my powder options most times.

It works great for workdays with a full out look and weekends for a natural look, I’m really enjoying it if you can’t already tell!

Have I already mentioned that this blush just lasts and lasts through the day? I don’t bother setting it with a powder (or another blush) on top; I simply dab this on, blend, and voila! Unless you are very oily and would have to dust some powder on for a peace of mind, I think this trooper can last you through your everyday too.

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Lip color is one of the lip pans from Shupette Has It All Palette

It’s a pity this is Limited Edition, really, and from what I have seen of it (on BritishBeautyBlogger, here) apparently there isn’t a whole lot of product in it either but I’m sure it’ll be nice while it lasts.

I hope to see more of these Silk Cushion appearances in Shu Uemura collections to come and, of course, in more colors please!

 

Thanks for reading!

Shupette’s Silk Cushion Cheek Color retails for S$45 each and are available at all Shu Uemura counters island-wide.

This is Limited Edition

Sponsorship disclosure

Shupette Has-It-All Palette – Pictures & Swatches

After much much much waiting, here you go, you guys!

May I present to you, Shupette (who usually goes by Choupette) featuring his cutesy little Has It All Palette!

 

But seriously now, based on my site’s statistics, it seems like Shupette is one popular kitty (that – and the JaeRim SoEun couple) as a good number of people flowing in seem to be drawn to the Shupette round up post with some keywords being the Shupette Has-It-All Palette.

So it’s about time I finally got down to writing and posting about this palette that I’ve had sitting around for a bit and have given some pretty good use to!

Let’s have a look, shall we?

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Retailing at an auspicious amount of S$128 (if you don’t get it, it’s chinese customary stuff), the Shupette Has-It-All palette may sound steep at first but if you consider the 8 eyeshadows, 6 lip pans (or lip bons bons as they call it) and not forgetting the incredibly cute plush and fuzzy Shupette case that you get along with it, it really doesn’t sound half bad.

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Sure it’s costlier than a 20 eyeshadow palette like Vice 3 but it’s a whole different realm of Limited Edition. You can’t expect something tagged with a Karl Lagerfeld relation to be cheap, yes?

For those who have already made up their minds about getting it (or have already got it), here are some reasons why I feel you made a pretty good choice answering your inner cat-lady’s calling.

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meowwww~

The Shupette Has It All palette (and in fact the whole collection) is undoubtedly targeted at an audience that loves this huge amount of ‘cutesy‘ so the shadows within stand somewhere in the soft, wearable and slightly ‘sheer’ realm.

In other words, the sweet, neutral and natural makeup arena so if you like your looks heavy, dark and smokey then you might be tilting your head and squinting at the palette wondering what the appeal is.

Though what it lacks in the eyes department it makes up for in the lips but I’ll get to that in a bit…

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I don’t always fancy frosty pastel shades but I can tell you that these are done quite well. It falls in line with the asian / Japanese concept of wearing colors as a light frosty wash instead of a full-out full-on slap of green, pink or blue.

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Though thankfully the entire palette isn’t a shimmery pastel wonderland as there are some more ‘grounding’ shades, as I call it, to help you along and to provide a little depth to the look when need be.

Those shades are located on the top row of the Shupette Palette – there’s a charcoal grey (looks black but swatches sheer), medium taupe, deliciously warm brown and a copper-gold-toned shade.

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In all, I’m sure you can get some good looks out of the palette even if the pastel shades aren’t your thing, or in reverse if wearing deeper tones aren’t something you’re comfortable with.

To get you a little acquainted with the middle row of colors, these are what I would call the ‘sweet’ colors within the palette. They seem quite distinctive in their pans but once swatched they’re a nice translucent (and shimmery, but not glittery) wash of light tones.

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They don’t look completely identical when swatched, thankfully, but you know how sometimes when things are worn on the lid you really would have to pack it on to tell them apart…

For my method of use, I will admit I do visit the top row (and maybe that bottom right color) more frequently than the rest but the pastel shades are truly lovely when used and paired well.

I’ll get to that more in my looks to come but for now, here are swatches of the top and bottom row of eyeshadow colors!

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So, as I was saying while the eyeshadow aspect could leave much to be desired (for some, expecting a little more pow-wow), the lip pans prove to be quite a different story.

You see, with lip pans I generally expect a lip-gloss sort of pigmentation. Nice and juicy color but largely translucent and gives just the right amount of tint.

Though these lip pans here pack a lot of color and punch in their cute little wells!

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I like that they offer a stronger selection of colors be it to make this palette a whole lot more vibrant visually or because they know that in the asian market bold lips are easier to don (and more preferred) compared to smokey bold eyes.

The pans, while small, give a nice pigmentation of color – akin to lipstick pigmentation even – and from my short encounters with them (me and lip pans aren’t the best of friends.. but I try!), I’ve noticed that these seem to lend a mild staining effect even after they’ve worn off.

I like!

I haven’t given that far right nude any use just yet because it did swatch quite average but, hey, it’s a nude… what can we expect when it’s placed alongside such powerhouse colors, right?

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One reason for my lack of use of these lip pans is a personal preference or aversion to cream products in a pan form.

There’s that hassle of dipping the fingers, applying and the cleaning it off when given that time I would rather whip out a lipstick but the applicator included does help make my life a little bit easier where this is concerned.

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Sadly I didn’t bother with the sponge-tip (sorry dude), but I have used the double-ended brush applicator as a lip brush to swatch on the shades within the lip pans.

It’s not a stellar brush but it works well enough and I would imagine it should get the job done should you be traveling and not have a lip brush on hand.

By that I mean if you’ve packed this palette along because I highly doubt anyone would be whipping this palette out mid-day to touch up their lip color, right?

To each their own though…

 

Another random thing to spotlight is these cute little paw prints running across the plastic ‘film’ that usually protects and prevents the powder / products from getting on the mirror or all over the palette.

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It’s a small touch but it’s so adorable!

That said, this rounds up my overview of the Shupette Palette thus far. I’m a little late with my mention so you might have seen it everywhere else already but I hope it was still useful, nonetheless!

I’ll be back with another kitty mention and then a couple of looks but I’ll admit that my attention span with this guy was cut quite short. It’s peculiar, I really do like this palette and I like the shades within be it the eye products or the lip products but it’s missing that grab that prevents me from putting it down and straying to other palettes.

Maybe it’s too sweet, even for me (gasp), or perhaps the distractions are way too strong but eitherways this palette has a nice spot in my stash. Not one that has me head over heels but it’s nice, nonetheless.

Like that one palette you’re glad to have though you don’t give it enough love? Yes, this seems to be it. But I’m sure if the colors are up your alley or if you’re just that avid a kitty collector you wouldn’t mind this sitting steady in your stash either ;)

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Anyway, before I go I wanted to add that last I heard this palette was out of stock (now I heard this awhile ago actually…).

Though they are doing reservations and such and will inform you once it’s back in stock or once stocks flow in so, that’s that. I’m not too sure of the stock situation as of now given its been launched for awhile and the die-hard Shupette/Choupette fans would have gotten their hands on it but if you’re a little late to the party, no harm trying your luck!

Shu Uemura’s Shupette Has-It-All Palette retails for S$128. This (and the Shupette Collection)is available at all Shu Uemura counters island-wide.

Shupette Has-It-All is Limited Edition

Thanks for reading!

Sponsorship disclosure

Meeting Troy Surratt, Plus Surratt Mentions to Come!

Hello everyone!

Hope the weekend was awesome for all! I spent it running a couple of errands and it doesn’t help that end-of-year is bogged with birthday celebrations on top of the already gifting-filled festivities so yes, loads to sort and loads to do!

 

But before I went into my fairly beauty-free weekend (just the usual slap-and-go weekend face – might want to do an update on this!) I had the honor and privilege of meeting and speaking to a Makeup Maestro – Troy Surratt of Surratt Beauty!

I appreciate the quiet, casual and intimate meet up where I got to speak with Troy 1 one 1 without having to jostle with a crowd or speak over journalists / editors that may have a job to do as opposed to my own conversations spawned of personal interest, not so much because I have an article to put out.

Given that, of course I had to grab a photo with him too right? Who knows, the next time he’s back it could be a full out proper press event whereby it would be almost impossible to speak to him much less grab a picture then, yes?

So anyway, before I proceed I would like to say that the initial plan was to talk about Shupette today but I’ll have that scheduled for tomorrow instead, alright?

Let me bask in the thought of having met Troy Surratt last Friday a little longer because it’s not everyday you meet the founder of an established makeup brand and get to talk makeup and dig out some exclusive information on where the brand is headed in terms of products and direction!

I don’t believe I’m permitted to reveal it all – he did disclose it out of goodwill seeing my interest and excitement – but I guess all I can say is that the brand is truly starting to shape up and it’s so awesome to be able to witness it grow from a (really gifted) baby to now a blooming personality.

It’s amazing, really, and the fact that Troy (despite his brand’s success and coverage) is all humble about it genuinely pleased and appreciative when his products are being praised is really heartwarming to me.

It’s been about a year since the launch of Surratt and the brand has done pretty well, from what I gather at least, yet that doesn’t stop Troy from being constantly curious on ways he can continue to improve and expand the brand to satisfy his own beauty benchmarks and goals for the brand, which in turn turns out to be great for us because what we get here are well thought out products with superb quality and usability in them.

I mean, the brand even has a teeny tiny mascara solely for bottom lashes – complete with a smaller spoolie head and a formula that prevents messiness upon application. If that’s not well thought out I don’t know what is!

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I didn’t explicitly mention but for those who may not know, Troy Surratt is actually Kevyn Aucoin’s Protege and they have close relations, working together for a long time. It’s a known fact but one I didn’t think to disclose as I was introducing him because at this point he (Troy) is famed enough to stand on his own without that title constantly attached to him (at the point of intro) but of course it is a good bit of his history to learn after all has been introduced about him.

 

Upcoming – The Brushes & Spring 2015

Alright, I don’t want to ramble and gush too much about my own excitement in having met Troy, so let me move on to talk but to sum it all up, I guess you could say that after having met and spoken to the founder of a brand like Surratt, I have attained a new level of admiration for both the man and the brand.

So, moving on to something that would interest you all a little more, upcoming stuff!

I can’t say too much really because we weren’t formally introduced to the items that would be coming up and a lot of it is actually hush hush for now, in the works and all so let me kick this off talking about something that is confirmed and already launched in some parts of the world – Surratt Beauty makeup brushes!

At first I wasn’t sure if we will ever get a piece (or a few pieces) of these given, you really never know when a brand is being represented and distributed and not here ‘on their own’ if that makes sense, but turns out, yes we will get them eventually!

Stocks aren’t in yet but if you’re looking to cop a feel of how delicately soft and fluffy these are, there is a tester set available for your feeling pleasure at the Surratt counter over at Takashimaya.

I’ve done my fair share of stroking these beauties and I’m just waiting for them to be out already.

The face brushes are the ones that catch my fancy a little more because that blush brush (2nd from left) and highlighter brush (4th from left) both look so good.

The eyebrushes aren’t too bad but the ones present seemed a little big and fluffy for my eye area though it’s good to note that we don’t have the smallest blending brush (amongst the testers) yet.

No I don’t have Spring visuals, so have some of Surratt’s Fall look instead, heh!

 

The confirmed aside, I guess Troy wouldn’t mind it too much if I snuck in some Spring mentions because it’s pretty exciting business!

See, I’m sorry, I’m quite horrid at keeping beauty secrets. Heh!

For Spring we’re looking at bases (finally!) and also some lips – mainly the Lip Crayons which I personally prefer. The lipsliques are lovely for that sheer juicy pout but I love me some intense saturation and I can never turn down a vibrant colored matte lip look – très chic.

The one shade I’m eyeing (that’s coming in Spring) is a orange-orange lip color that is endearingly named after Troy’s little pup, Clementine!

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Okay I think I’ve said enough and I really let myself ramble away in this post. My bad!

Apart from the chat and photo, I got to take some pieces back with me add to my humble yet already growing stash of Surratt. Troy selected a couple of bold lip crayon shades for me after learning that I preferred the look that these give to the lipsliques and that bold lips are typically the way I go.

Okay, maybe I’m in a bit of a lazy neutral rut these days but it’s so easy to go back to bold lips when you’re feeling uninspired.

Lips aside, I also marveled at the brow liner when he was talking about it so he placed that into my bag as well.

So this is where my Surratt stash stands at as of now!

I have some snaps and looks done up prior to meeting Troy and acquiring these new items so I’ll probably still put those up as planned and if anything, I may even throw on another look after the mention of these new items!

I mean… I don’t think anyone is opposed to a Surratt spam, right?

If anything, if you’re super eager to read about Surratt first, I do have an overview posted a while ago so check that if you haven’t!

 

Interestingly, I was told that the counter-space that we have here (at Takashimaya) is more luxuriously spaced than small and cramped counter-top they have in New York. But I suppose that’s a given, since real estate is a lot pricier there – Troy’s joke, not mine!

Though I heard that they are given a fair enough treatment at Liberty in London so, if you’re ever heading there this end of year, it’s probably worth checking their space out there too (and the brushes)!

That said, I’ll leave all this about Surratt here for now and head on over to give Shupette it’s worthy mention before coming back to this.

 

Given how much there is to mention these days and how much there is within each mention – e.g. the many products within Shupette and such – I feel some sort of orderliness in grouping the mentions together for easier reference and flow, I assume? Rather than hoping about too much and leaving the readers confused about what I could be talking about this time around.

Though of course it’s not like a product will be swept under the carpet once it’s dedicated mention is over. If anything, you all know how it goes on here, I often dig up oldies to rediscover and re-feature even if it means taunting you about Limited Edition goods, heh!

 

So anyway thank you for reading! We’re on to everyone’s favorite kitty cat tomorrow :)

Available at Beautique, Level 3 Takashimaya or www.beautique.com.sg