Look Feature: A Peep At Blue Peep (& Japanese Spring Cremesheen)

Hello!

Here’s the last of my extremely belated tributes to the MAC is Beauty collection, a Look Feature showcasing one of the pops of colors that I had received!

You can see my first attempt at getting Dipdown & Silly here, and my second attempt with some Wow Factor over here!

I wanted to attempt a couple of products in this look so I reached for a little something I don’t usually wear for a bit of an interesting mix to the texture and finishes in this look.

I’ll explain more about it in a bit – but first, Blue Peep!

This Blue Peep is one heck of a gorgeous blue. I can’t even really say blue either because it pulls more teal than outrightly blue but blue nonetheless.

Okay enough about assessing where this color stands, let’s have a look at how it applies and goes on though I probably chose the easiest way to wear and showcase this but given the sleek and opaque intensity of a teal as such, I really can’t figure out another way to plop this on and have it still sit in wearable grounds.

Though for the sake of showcasing it, I did slick on a thicker-than-my-usual sort of line but on a more usual basis, I do prefer a thinner peek of color on the lids.

The rest of the lids are kept neutral, boringly but easily so, because Blue Peep was stand out enough on its own.

So anyway, that’s about it for the eyes, for the rest of the face I wanted to go for a soft, sheer and translucent texture to contrast the matte, creamy and intense lids.

For the cheeks, I revisited Hang Loose for a wash of icy silver pink! I’ve noticed Hang Loose is one of those shades I don’t use very often on a day to day basis but it’s one I can fall back upon in times when I want a flattering frost of pale pink on the cheeks.

A bit like that flush you get in icy weather – not that I’ve been in one to know but it seems like a lovely soft wash of color yet barely there at the same time.

On the lips, I wanted to take this opportunity to wear and showcase Japanese Spring, a Cremesheen Glass because I probably wouldn’t reach for it or showcase it much otherwise in my usual channels or daily looks.

Nothing against it really, it’s just me and glosses don’t always go.

What’s more Japanese Spring while a cutesy pale color, goes on rather colorless on my already rather lifeless and not too pigmented lips so… unless I were going for that pale nude look, it’s not a look I always prefer.

Thus, for this Look Feature I will confess that I ‘cheated’ a little by dabbing some Silly lightly on the lip for a slight hint of color before going over it with Japanese Spring.

But only ever so slightly such that the milky pale look of Japanese Spring is still kept intact. Just not as corpse-like compared to if I were to wear it straight on da lips.

Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Dior Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation 
Urban Decay Naked concealer (undereye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Lancôme Fraicheur Rosee palette 
MAC Blue Peep Fluidline
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

CHEEKS
MAC Mineralized blush in Hang Loose

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Silly (dabbed on)
MAC Lipglass in Japanese Spring

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Andddddd, there you go!

I do apologise again for the whole lull period you guys had to deal with in the month of June. I know my postings were a little boring and incredibly sporadic but I assure you that come July, you’re going to be so flooded with new postings from me that hopefully it makes up for all this silence.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Ha!

That is also hand in hand with that exciting (for me) project that I’ve been talking about and can’t wait to share. So stay tuned!

Look Feature: All Purple-d Out with Wow Factor and Diva-ish (MAC is Beauty)

Okay guyyyys, time is runnin’ out here so I’m going to cut straight to it!

I know it’s still a week away till July (for da exciting things to come!) but while I’m hustlin’ these entries out, because of my OCD self and the need to group all my MAC is Beauty mentions together, I’m also trying to finalise the bits and bobs and iron out pieces from the July Excitement so I can hopefully get it together and deliver it well to you guys.

Because you know, my time is already a little stretched and tight normally. Frankly speaking this project is quite normal to some but probably ambitious to me yet I am just so excited about it I’m throwing caution to the wind and running in with it.

But anyway, that’s just me rambling on about that when it’s not quite time to do a big reveal just yet so… let’s get back to this MAC Look Feature.

The moral of today’s entry is, who says you can’t pair purple-hued lids with purplish tinged lips?

Well, no one in particular….

But there is that age-old  makeup saying of keeping color on one place or only emphasizing one of your features so nothing competes against each other which I guess isn’t wrong but it doesn’t mean you can’t play around with makeup a little and mix up some colors on the lids and lips, yes?

After all, the beauty scene is evolving so much these days that there’s no hard and fast rule to makeup anymore so long as you feel comfortable in it and are werking it!

Though mis-matched face and neck foundie is still not cool.. ha.

For the eyes, I played around with Wow Factor which was actually a beauty to wear and apply.

It went on smoothly and blends really easily considering it’s quite a pale almost pastel sort of lilac which could go so wrong with chalkiness and pilling up but none of that happened.

The color had a bit of a dustiness to it too once on the lids and that made it pretty wearable as well – not too stark or pastel on which was what I had feared.

To give the look a bit of definition and also a ‘neutral’ edge, I added some smokey purples that weren’t too bright or strong in purple hues. Something a little smokey, a little deep with a touch of aubergine to keep to the theme of purples.

 

The eye look turned out really wearable, more so than I had in mind, and beautiful even for the day to day and it’s definitely something I would throw on again if I get bored of browns.

On the lips I have Diva-ish, also from MAC is Beauty, and this color on the other hand was a little bit of a sad case on me.

I believe the issue lies with me, at least.

In the tube, Diva-ish is this gorgeous berry tinged pink that has a little bit of a depth to it that gives it a nice twist. Yet once applied on my lips, the color seems to lighten considerably and goes on a bit of a vibrant mid-pink.

I seem to lose a little of that berriness and purple-tone that I loved from the tube and it could be due to my lip’s pigmentation or rather lack of because I have seem some ladies with lips that are a touch more pigmented and that seems to bring out the berriness of Diva-ish beautifully.

How sad, really.

Though it’s still a pretty pink that I quite like to wear, just not entirely what I had in mind. Boo.

Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L’OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Liquid Foundation (NC25)
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof (NC20 – undereye concealer)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadow in Wow Factor
MAC Eyeshadow in Shadowy Lady
MAC Eyeshadow in Smudged Violet
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Blacktrack

CHEEKS

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Diva-ish

Revisiting my earlier point in this post, yes I would think that the makeup rule has some truths to it such that as long as everything has some sort of a balance to it like how while there is purple on the lids and lips, the one on the eyes is dustier and more muted to allow the bright purple-tinged pink to stand out more.

So, yes, I think that’s about it for this look!

I have 1 more Look Feature coming up before I announce whats going down in the month of July (during July, but of course) so stay tuned for that! I hate to be a tease about it and who knows, maybe it’s not the same level of excitement for you guys as it is for me but I really am quite stoked about it.

The excitement is going to flow over to my Instagram account too so if you’re not following me on there yet, what are you waiting for!

:)

Look Feature: Getting Silly With MAC (& Some Dipdown Lovin’)

How often is it that you come across a hot hawt pink that has so many tendencies to go wrong yet goes on absolutely perfect.

Granted to say you’ll need some pretty good lip condition, the right range of skintone as well as the guts to pull it off but it’s a beautiful pink nonetheless.

Not one you’ll see me reaching for on a daily basis but when I feel up for a little more fun and my pinks just aren’t up to the job because they’re not bubble-gummy fun and bright enough then it’s MAC’s Silly to the rescue.

This post actually spun out from a lip swatch shot where I figured I quite liked what I had on the rest of my face and in the face (hurhur) of a color like Silly, it’s one that is best viewed from a distance to see how it ties in with the rest of the look so… Look Feature, why not.

I didn’t really have anything else from my mix of MAC is Beauty items to feature alongside Silly, or rather it didn’t cross my mind since it was suppose to solely be a lip swatch so here you are seeing Silly all alone in it’s own glory.

Well, somewhat alone.

Cause while I’m at it with MAC, I figured why not share my current obsession that doesn’t quite fit in anywhere in the recent scope of things.

Why?

Because it’s not new nor is it recently repromoted amidst the slew of Fluildines but it’s something I’ve come to learn about recently (through Mag) and really grown to love – the MAC Fluidline in Dipdown but get this… for my brows!

Yes, brows.

Evidently that’s what the internet raves about it for. Though it is a mighty awesome deep brown liner in itself but you know me, I love my sleek black flicks so I think this gets more love from me as a brow liner.

Especially so when my hair is a little darker these days and most of the brow stuff I was using are a little light in tone now.

It took some getting used to in both the shade and also the formula (because using a gel pot for the brows is a totally new thing to me) but once I got the hang of it, you could say that I’m downright obsessed right now.

Though of course, as with the makeup realm, love for a product is real but obsession can be fleeting so before I get distracted and hung up on another new and upcoming brow product I thought I would give this its deserving mention first and urge you to go check Dipdown out (for brows) if you’re up for a duo-purpose product that fills your brows and also lines yours eyes! Ha!

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A bitt’o Rambles…

So anyway, that’s about it!

I’m not very sure how I fared in this post and I hope that it’s largely legible, such that the text makes sense and it isn’t too rambly, because I feel like I’m caught in a bit of a word block again these days and my brain just isn’t co-operating.

Not just with the blog but work and all.. it’s like my mind is always on sleep-mode and I can’t boot it up, ha.

It could be added stress from work given the crazy deadlines these days and also tiring home situations because baby’s been extra cranky these days from both the testy-toddler phase and also the pretty bad flu and cough strain she had contracted from school (she’s in Nursery 1 now).

But on a happier note, I’m glad I still managed to ramble something out and just talk to you guys about it. Rambling and ranting on here makes me feel better, somewhat, even though sometimes words fail me and sentences aren’t what I hope they would be I hope you guys enjoy reading nonetheless!

Leaving this off, I’ll have 2 more MAC is Beauty looks to put up and I hope to get them up within the month of June because July is going to be one exciting month!

Trust me, it’s going to be good! :)

Thanks for reading!

Look Book: MAC Huggables! (feat. Soft Talkin’, I’m Game, Flaming Lips & Love Feeling)

Hey y’all!

So here’s the second installment of my MAC Huggables feature! Sorry it took awhile, this past long weekend was a hectic one where house-errands were concerned.

I know I didn’t show much (in terms of swatches and how everything goes on) in the review entry where I mainly shared my thoughts about them so here I am, back with a Look Book-esque feature of the 4 shades I’ve got!

I’ve included half-lip swatches because where translucent or close-to-lip-shade colors are concerned, I feel that half-lip swatches (while bizarre) give a good gauge of the pigmentation you are laying down. So hopefully these work out helpful!

Also, since these Huggables are a little translucent, do keep in mind that they will likely swatch on differently from person to person.

It’s mostly dependent on the pigmentation of your lip color and my lips aren’t the most pigmented so if yours are they could go on deeper or stronger in tone for you!

 

Soft Talkin’ –

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Half-lip swatch

 

The thing about translucent, sheer-ish glossy shades is that when it comes to neutrals, these aren’t the best.

Often times it’s either it’s so light there’s hardly any pigmentation (gloss, anyone?) and other times they tried to load up on pigmentation that it ends up going on chalky and just bizarre.

I’d say, compared to a few nude attempts at glossy and translucent lipstick finishes, this one isn’t too bad.

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There’s a decent amount of pigmentation that I do see some beige going on after application (and I don’t look so dead) but it’s still a nice spectrum of nude-neutral if you’re looking for that.

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It doesn’t go on chalky or emphasize (my) liplines, from a distance at least, and all in all is a really easy and quick neutral nude color to throw on without much maintenance after.

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Not bad, I’d say!

 

I’m Game –

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Half-lip swatch

 

This is such a pretty shade. So so pretty!

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I classify this as a mid-pink, though some reviews have classified it as a deeper pink, it’s your call really.

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Overall, it’s something that’s nice and wearable but yet still lends a bright splash of color to your look.

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Though not too intimidating that you have to be all made up to pull this off. It works perfectly well with smoked out looks as well as a fresh and bare-faced look, complete with filled in brows.

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I would say it’s highly versatile and even a touch playful such that it has an air of casualness to it. It’s really one of my favorite of the lots and one I would urge you to check out!

 

Flaming Lips –

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Half-lip swatch

 

Now, what can I say about this color…

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It’s extremely pretty, no doubt, but at this stage I think glossy neutral-reds aren’t the most unique in the sea of lip color options though of course it’s still nice for a brand to roll one out should you be a fan of reds.

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As they say, you can never have enough red!

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I don’t know what else to say about this except it’s a pretty juicy red and something quite no-brainer to throw on.

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Perfect if you want an everyday-red or perhaps a stepping stone to the world of red lips!

 

Love Feeling –

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Half-lip swatch

 

Now we’re talking! This shade here is indeed pure love.

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Though that’s me and my biased-ness when it comes to orange and coral lip shades speaking. You see, I’m a little bit queer.

I wear reds often and easily, I reach for pinks quite often because they’re quite fun and casual but yet still striking yet at the end of the day, what captures my heart and takes my breathe away most is really corals.

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They aren’t the easiest to pull off because on tanned skin some oranges can pull too bright (and stark) and on fair pale skin oranges could look out of place but yet if you’ve found a nice one, they are especially pretty to wear.

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Love Feeling is a really good example of a ‘nice one‘ because while it is evidently orange, it’s got enough balance of color in it to make it wearable and not as daunting especially for those who thread carefully when it comes to corals.

If you like oranges but don’t always fancy the full-out tangy orange shades, then Love Feeling is perfect for you too.

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It’s as dressy as reds but not that formal, as vibrant as pinks but not as cutesy and playful. It’s a perfect chill and laidback but yet still striking shade – as much of an oxymoron that is.

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So there ya go!

Amidst corniness I’ve managed to describe the 4 shades that I have on hand.

There are still 6 more shades to check out and those range from dusty mauves to roses, there’s definitely a shade that would be suited for you!

Give the Huggables a chance, if you haven’t, and for all you know it might change your mindset on the idea of glossy, juicy pouts of emollient color that’s great for everyday wear!

 

Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Huggable Lip Colors are available in 10 shades (at all MAC Counters while stocks last) and retail at S$30.

The Huggables are Limited Edition.

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: That sweep of Royal Blue, or rather Royal Wink (MAC Philip Treacy)

Hello you guys!

Here’s the last of my dedicated MAC Philip Treacy look features, though not the last time Philip Treacy products see the light of day on here, I’m sure! They may pop up in other Look Features / LOTDs down the road, who knows!

For this look, I wanted to give the Royal Wink Fluidline a feature because of the recent flood of Fluidlines in MAC’s collection, this seems to be the only Limited Edition release (the rest are permanent but just brought into the spotlight once more).

So while I was at it with the look, I figured why not throw in a sprinkle of other mentions from pieces within the Philip Treacy collection, just cause.

So here’s a look at Blacktrack (the black liner) as well, a permanently offering that is widely popular with MAC fans for being that perfect black gel liner to own.

You’ll see the Highlight Powder in Blush Nude gracing us again with its soft and shy presence in a bit too.

Giving you a little sneak peek of what’s to come, I’ve got the MAC Huggable Lip Color in I’m Game on the lips.

I’ve really come to love the formula of these Huggables, and the name is just adorable. Though I’ll share more about them at a later date, I have a mind to give them a mention sometime next week seeing as the Huggable range (and Pro Longwear Waterproof Liquid Foundation) are both launching today, 15th May, so… I gotta keep with the times, right?

Products Used:

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

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Color Correcting Powder in 001 Crystal Rose

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
MAC Fluidline in Royal Wink
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

CHEEKS
THREE Color Veil in 19 Love Kick

LIPS
MAC Huggable Lipstick in I'm Game

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Alrightey, so that’s that! Thanks for popping by this Look Feature and stay tuned for more to come!

As always, thank you for sticking around my side/site, hurhur, while I bustle and buzz around in life.

Thanks for reading!

Look Feature: Genuine Treasure with A Pop of Hollywood (Cerise)!

Hello!

It’s time again for a Look Feature!

Now. while you’re not here for long stories I just want to repeat that often (actually, all the time) my Look Features are actual looks that I do for a day at work because weekday mornings are the only time I can manage to plop on this amount of makeup. Weekends are always a rushed and family oriented affair so makeup fun-time is almost zilch.

That said, I’m currently in a relatively new work environment and have donned safe neutrals for about a month now and feel it’s about time I take some baby steps towards more played up makeup, and in the process, be able to squeeze out some Look Features for you guys!

So with that essay done, let me introduce this look!

Okay, if anything, I know it isn’t flamboyant but I would say it’s a tad flashier than what I’m used to – simple soft brown neutrals and all.

This look is slightly smokey with a beautiful amount of shimmer and sparkle (sadly not full captured in this lighting) and even with all that ‘drama’, to me at least, I still paired it all with a bright lip color.

If it counts for anything, I donned it on a Friday which makes it okay to be a little flashier, yes? Heh.
For the lids, all I had on was Genuine Treasure, a paint pot released with the MAC Philip Treacy collection, and this right here is pure love.

The formula could be perfected a little more and it could apply creamier and blend a tad better but overall it’s pretty okay.

Plus the fact that it’s absolutely stunning and sparkly just about makes up for it.

I thought to line the lids with Blacktrack (re-promoted with Philip Treacy) but preferred a richer and more crisp patent-black liner look so liquid liner it is!

The sparkles within Genuine Treasure is the real gem here but under my strong lamp lighting they’re a little washed out and muted. If you’re in a dimmer lighting situation (e.g. warmer light, or even washroom lighting) you’ll see the shimmers really sparkle and shine as you blink – it’s quite beautiful!

If you’re wondering about whether the shimmery bits tend to migrate or fall on the cheeks with wear then my answer to that is – yes.

Though, as you can see, the shimmer flecks are quite fine so if you’re good with a little sparkle on the cheeks as you move then you should be fine with any fall out or migration from this. Definitely no disco-ball action, thankfully.

Plus, with something this gorgeous, that minor bit of a con is something I can live with.

Given the smokey and sparkly eye look, I could have gone with a nude lip look but instead decided to go on a more playful route and pop on Hollywood Cerise, a bright raspberry pink!

I swept on a light veil of color on the cheeks using my favorite blush for that soft flushed effect – THREE Color Veil in Lovekick. Since the eyes and lips were already played up so much, it’s only wise to give the cheeks some color (to balance the look) but nothing too overpowering either.

I think it’s the lack of sleep these days that’s making my double eye-lid do weird hooded things again. I’ve been quite annoyed with it in some of the recent Look Features I’ve snapped. Grr.

Products Used:

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

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Color Correcting Powder in 001 Crystal Rose

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Genuine Treasure Paintpot
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
THREE Color Veil in 19 Love Kick

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Hollywood Cerise

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And that’s the look!

I’ll admit that while I’ve tried wearing some slightly flashier and not-so-neutral looks to work a couple of times, I still have second thoughts about it when I sit down and think to put together a more striking / smokey / colorful look for the day.

While bright lips is something I have started throwing on since Week 1 at New Job, I still get some colleagues commenting about how ‘red’ my red lipstick is… Heh.

Baby steps I guess, baby steps.

I’m definitely not going to do some full-out smokey cleopatra-esque sorta eye look anytime soon of course.

 

Thanks for reading you guys! Look forward to my last Philip Treacy Look Feature that features a bright pop of blue! :)

Look Feature: MAC Philip Treacy – Cardinal Lips & Pink Blush Cheeks!

Hello guys!

Kick-starting the Philip Treacy Look Feature with this mild little one here, it’s a quick look at how the Philip Treacy Blush Pink Highlighting Powder and Cardinal Lipstick wears, from afar, because a super zoom up lipswatch (seen here) can only showcase so much and no one’s going to look at your lips that near, right?

This was one of my first few attempts at wearing the Blush Pink Highlighting Powder and also one of the instances I realized… Wow okay, this bugger isn’t going to show up and capture easily.

In person, it does lend a nice soft touch to the skin, akin to the finish of meteorites but not as ethereal or soft glowy.

I think Temptalia hit the nail on the head when she described this is as a counter-productive highlighting product because its own formulation tends to mute the skin out a little, as opposed to lending a glowy finish to the skin.

For me, I still see some skin brightening going on, largely due to how the powder is slightly fairer than my skintone and a little pink in hue so you know, that gets the whole correcting and brightening aspect covered.

Sheen and glow-wise, it doesn’t quite cut it though there are really fine silver shimmers strewn into the product (albeit nicely dispersed) it doesn’t lend an obvious glimmer or shine to the skin.

You can see the shimmers under some light and up close but from afar, it’s quite faint. Which works out well because it’s not a glowy sheen, it’s actual small silver speckles so I doubt that would be flattering if they were obvious.

Anyway, in my face-spams, I tried to capture that brightened skin look and a little of the shine that the silver shimmers lend (there is a little but incredibly mild compared to glowy skin finishes that I love) but I don’t think I really managed to.

It’s something you have to see in person more.

But bottomline, I ended up using Blush Pink as more of a finishing powder and setting the face on occasions when I’m not really wearing much product that needs a flawless finish (i.e. weekends where it’s just sunscreen or tinted mosturizer).

There are some silver speckles but it doesn’t bother me for weekend-use since I’m not aiming for a flawless face finish anyway. Plus some skin brightening in the absence of makeup (liner and all) could do me some good.

 

I doubt I need to talk much about the lips but since I’ve shed so much light on Blush Pink already, let me just give Cardinal a little bit of love.

So, Cardinal is simply said a really beautiful red. My favorite sort of red, really.

I like the bright fire-engine red when I feel up for it or when situations call for a matte, bright and bold red but most of the time, the kind of reds that catch me eye (and heart) are the ones with a slightly deeper edge.

Cardinal is red and vibrant but with a little bit of depth to it as well that gives it a slightly sultry vibe but nothing too vampy either that some would deem hard to pull off.

It is stunning and a shade that I hope MAC re-promotes again. Everyone could use with a Cardinal in their stash! Heh.

And that wraps up this Look Feature! I think I really took it to town with the rambles but I hope you guys enjoyed this read nonetheless.

Again, I do feel a little abashed that my timeframe is a little off and my mentions all going up so belatedly but, as said, I hope that they still provide a good form of resource one way or another!

I could very simply just do away with mentioning it – so late, might as well don’t say? – but… I guess for my own purpose I wanted to log it all down as well. It’s fun doing looks and talking makeup and it doesn’t always have to be on trend and the latest, right? That’s just like what everyone else is doing, heh.

Okay, forreal now!

Thanks for reading!

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: MAC X Julia Petit – Moving Sand Duo

Okayyy~ I’ll get right to the point here.

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I’ve only got one piece of the MAC x Julia Petit collection on hand (the Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo) so I’m going to keep my feature short and simple. And of course hopefully compiling it like this makes it informative too.

In this post, I’ll be showing you some snaps of Moving Sand in all its smokey, warm, and also part sparkly glory, followed by my take on this duo which is likely to be the only take I’ll be able to do when using it alone.

I’ll explain why I say that in a little bit but… for now, here’s Moving Sand!

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I think of the 3 (duos available in MAC x Julia Petit), Moving Sand is probably the trickiest to use because you get a matte medium warm-yet-ashy brown paired with a shimmery smokey charcoal.

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The only way I see this is smokey whereas the other 2 color variants does give you the option of trying a inner-corner, outer-corner sort of a pairing.

Not to say you can’t with this but I think the warm yet ashey brown will blend into nothing on my lids (maybe just a bit of warmth) and make the black a little misplaced if I were to do the inner-outer-corner combo.

So… where this duo is concerned I decided to just smoke it up!

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Now, I’m not the neatest when it comes to smokey eyes and usually I snap my looks in the morning so everything is done a little hasty.

I assure you it all looks great and good in person but cameras are sometimes a little too nitpicky about blending and patchiness.

How I wore Moving Sands is incredibly simple – pat the black all over just under the crease, blending it a little over and then softening the edges with some of that smooth warm brown.

Voila!

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With smokey looks, while it sounds simple in theory, a good amount of blending and fine-tuning is involved because black can be tricky to work with but overall I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

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I’m not typically a smokey eye (well, this smokey at least) wearer but I do like the look this gives. Almost like that lived-in supermodel sort of smokey eye.

Almost…

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For the rest of the face, I kept it simple – a clean base with soft glowy skin (thanks to mixing MAC’s Strobe Cream in with my Diorskin Nude Foundie fav), a soft coral flush on the cheeks and nude tan lips.

I deliberated playing the rebel playful factor up and throwing on some pink lips but ultimately chickened out because I didn’t want to show up too flashy to work, heh.

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I tried to incorporate MAC items where possible given this is a focus on a MAC item, so why not try pairing the rest of the look but of course it’s not a largely MAC look.

Have a look at the product rundown if you’re interested in what’s where.

Products Used:

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

FACE 
AEON Ultragel Hydrator 
MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF50 
Dior Diorskin Nude Foundation 
MAC Strobe Cream (mixed into foundation) 
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer 
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder 

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01 
MAC x Julia Petit Eyeshadow Duo in Moving Sand 
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Skimp (brow bone) 
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner in Perversion 

CHEEKS 
Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030 

LIPS 
MAC Toledo Lipglass in Oxblood

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Some thoughts on the texture of the shadows, I’ll say that they definitely aren’t the creamiest I’ve felt, nor the most buttery and intense in terms of pigmentation; Mumu (that matte brown) performed better and was easier to use than Noite (the shimmery charcoal). Though that goes without a doubt, given that Noite’s finish is a Lustre and that is notorious for being a MAC formula that is tricky to work with.

Noite does need some packing and building up to reach a lovely intensity and I’ll advise you to use a black base for added depth because no matter how rich it looks in the pan, it’s hard to build it up that same intensity.

Though in terms of pairing the pair does work well together, for how I use it at least, and I do think it’s a nifty little pan to bring around for smokey looks on the go when you’re traveling!

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It’s not going to score an A with me for texture but if you’re drawn to this pairing or need a quick duo for smokey eyes on the go then this isn’t too bad a consideration.

I’ll also advise you to give the rest of the MAC x Julia Petit collection a look too, the cranberry hued duo is quite a lovely one!

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this helpful!

MAC Julia Petit Duos retail for S$49 each and are available 20th March at MAC TANGS Orchard, Sephora ION Orchard, and Ngee Ann City.

This is Limited Edition!

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Look Feature: MAC Bao Bao Wan – Bao Bao’s Jewels On the Eyes & Forbidden Sunrise On the Lips!

Hey all!

I know you can probably feel the slow down on here already as New Job is now officially taking over my life…

Every. Single. Aspect of it.

Though what did I expect, right? I can’t promise more frequent updates, which is quite sad because I do have loads of exciting and upcoming stuff to share (that might not even be upcoming when I get around to talking about it) but I’ll try my best and write / shoot / edit pictures when I can alright!

So anyway, you aren’t here to read about that so let’s get on with this post!

 

This entry features a couple of pieces, and by couple I really mean 2, of the MAC Bao Bao Wan collection that I have on hand – namely the eyeshadow palette (Bao Bao’s Jewels) and a stunning coral lipstick (Forbidden Sunrise).

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I think I had shared some sentiments about Bao Bao’s Jewels already but to reiterate, this palette performed so so so much better than I had envisioned.

Enough for me to end up being rather obsessed by it and sticking to it for about a week, which is considerably long if you consider the fact that it’s quite warm and quite shimmery.

But boy, it’s oh so pretty! Wouldn’t you think so too?

 

I love how deliciously warm the palette is, which ironically is also a reason why I would get a little sick of using it after a week straight but it’s definitely something I can still go back to given how neutral the selection is.

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Now, I must also say that while I term this whole palette as beautiful and lovely, not all the shades within seem to be made equal.

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I didn’t mention this in detail within my Bao Bao Wan overview but the top beige is a little dry so it doesn’t adhere well to the skin unless you have a good base. But it’s so sparkly and pretty though!

The next shade that’s a little iffy is the deepest shimmery charcoal (not used in this look) which carries a little grit to it as well but it isn’t as dry as the beige.

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I feel for those two shades, the beige especially, they should be used like an accent shade that is dabbed or patted on or perhaps with a mixer so the shimmers hold better. Buffing them over the lid with a fluffy brush would result in the shimmer being everywhere else but your eye lids ;)

Though for everything else, aren’t they just magnificient?

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That’s that for the eyes and for the lips I have on Forbidden Sunrise, which was swatched in the Bao Bao Wan overview, but here you can see how well it plays with and compliments a warm eye (and also a warm complexion).

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I have very few true oranges in my stash and I’m glad to say that Forbidden Sunrise is a much welcomed addition to the stash differing a little from the other orange lipstick that I have (from Shu Uemura, was it?) by having a certain milky quality to it amidst its bright orange appearance.

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It’s bright, it’s fun and it’s nowhere near red at the same time. Absolutely perfect if you’re on the prowl for true orange lipsticks!

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So that’s that! I think having lesser time to the blog may help with my incessant rambling since I have less time to type things up I’ve got to cut to the chase, right?

Though I think writing isn’t the issues, it’s mostly pictures – both taking and editing them – that stalls the process given I just haven’t got the time for all that these days. So anyway, yes I’ve got a lot of drafts sitting around and alot of products waiting to be shot (plus some shot pictures waiting to be edited).

Wish we had more time (to ourselves!) in a day, yes? Ha.

 

Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Bao Bao’s Jewels Eyeshadow Palette retails for S$75. MAC’s Forbidden Lipstick retails for S$33. These are Limited Edition.

Find out more about MAC x Bao Bao Wan’s release information here.

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Look Feature: Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liners Part 3 – The Colors!

Alrightey, Part 3, now let the fun begin!

This instalment is all about the coloured liners within the Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liner set and when I say color, these are indeed pow to the wow.

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Though of course, that’s my sentiment about it because as I had shared during my overview entry, somehow the consensus on how pigmented and intense these liners are aren’t exactly the same across the board. Some felt that the coloured shades could use more pow-wow though I think for usability (yet with enough of a color kick) these are just right.

Of the 3 parts, this features the most shades, 4 in fact – Gonzo, Voodoo, Vacancy and Stargazer – so let’s get started shall we?

We’ve got quite a bit of ground to cover!

p.s. there isn’t a sole feature for Perversion (also found within the set) because it’s a rich black that has been used one way or another in the looks of the other liners so you can take reference there.

Gonzo –

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Starting off this coloured series with the one that I think is the trickiest to wear of the lot.

 

The trickiness stems from the fact that the shade itself is incredibly striking. Pair that with a creamy and smooth satin finish that I would consider rather intense and you get a shade that’s not something you’d choose to pop on every single day. Unless a vibrant streak of teal is totally you then you go girl (or guy!).

If you’re not one to shy away from bright colors then there’s nothing not to love about Gonzo – it’s smooth, opaque, creamy, intense and a beautiful color. Even the neutral loving me thinks it’s just one of those pop of colors that’s good to have around because you never know when you’re feeling a little spunky!

Even if brights aren’t your usual option you’ll likely warm up to this one just fine!

Products Used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion, Shupette Has It All Palette 
(Icy pale blue & Icy mid blue), Primal (Naked 2 Basics), 
Undone (Naked 2 Basics), Cover (Naked 2 Basics), 
Skimp (Naked 2 Basics), Gonzo 24/7 Glide-on Liner, 
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Liner

 

Stargazer –

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When it comes to colored liners you can never forget the gold.

Gold liner is quite classic and it works in many ways for people be it as a subtle highlight or a prominent feature. As a personal preference, I like my gold liner considerably subtle (definitely not the way I wore it here, ha).

In fact, I don’t actually reach for gold liners often because I feel the pairing of it with a crisp black liquid liner very… been there done that. That doesn’t take away from the fact that its a tried and tested combo but, it’s just not too exciting and still very cleopatra-esque to me no matter how many times I’ve tried it.

Though this time around to make it more exciting for myself I decided to really go out there with it and frame the eye in a pretty elaborate winged liner with some black as well, of course. It’s the sort of look I would probably do for my dance stages back in school but… somehow it didn’t feel too daunting to wear this to work either. Really, no kidding.

Sure it’s dramatic but maybe because Stargazer doesn’t have the liquid-gold sort of density and shine (it’s got a little hint of silver, somehow), it makes it a lot more wearable especially for those averse to wearing gold cause it’s usually ‘too much’.

Products Used: 
Urban Decay Primer Potion, Undone (Vice 3), Downfall (Vice 3), 
Reign (Vice 3) Truth (Vice 3), Stargazer 24/7 Glide-on Liner, 
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Liner

 

Vacancy –

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Vacancy is absolutely stunning. If you’re conservative about your coloured liners then greens and purples like this would be your very best friend because while they’re a nice pop of color, they’re really not too difficult to pair and too striking to wear.

Vacancy immediately brings to mind my favorite Solone eyeliner, unimaginatively named Emerald, except Emerald seems to have a more yellow-green tinge to it while Vacancy leans towards the blue-er side of things.

It’s a beautiful beautiful blue-green shade, really, and while I wouldn’t wear it every day I can imagine some people would!

Products Used:
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01, Lancôme Hypnose Star 
Eyes Palette in Au Natural Brun, Vacancy 24/7 Glide-on Liner, 
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Liner (lower lid)

 

Voodoo –

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Voodoo is a lovely purple (I feel like I use lovely for every color…) that’s got enough sparkle to it, that it glams up a look, while having a little depth to the shade as well – it’s not a stark magenta thats going to look like it’s hovering above your lids.

I think as far as prominent colored liners go, purple is always the easiest to wear, and easily the prettiest too, so I don’t have much to comment about Voodoo except that it’s gorgeous and it works.

You could even choose to wear it alone if you’re adventurous enough, or have voluminous lashes to frame your eyes but I always like that outline of black around my peepers because I need that definition.

I tried to wear this a little differently from Vacancy (which is how I always do my coloured liners) and did a little ‘bracket’ towards the outer flick of the liner as well but… that’s just me and having tried colored liners for too many days in a row, looking for something different to do.

Products Used:
Dior Backstage Eye Primer, Shupette Has It All Palette – champagne gold, 
pink and maroon-brown, Voodoo 24/7 Glide-on Liner, 
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Liner

 

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Wow and there you have it, all 10 liners featured in my 3 parter about the Urban Decay TEN Liner set (and of course that overview entry) which you can revisit here if you happened to have missed any of them!

The Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Liner Round Up (Thus Far):

If you have noticed I haven’t done a sole look for Perversion because it plays a supporting role in many of the looks I have featured and it’s such a beautiful rich black that lasts well on the lids that I’m hooked on using it every day now! I think it’s been awhile since I’ve touched my HG MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved… Oops.

That said, I do think this Urban Decay TEN Liner set is a nice one to indulge in be it if you already are a huge fan of the 24/7s or if you’re new to these and want to get a set to check out a couple of shades at a go.

There’s a nice mix of textures, as I had mentioned, and colors within that you’ll definitely be able to put together a look be it if you’re thinking to go neutral, natural, glammed up or just want to be all experimental!

I, for one, am loving this set and while I’ve had it with me for about a month now (thank you for the super advance press piece, Urban Decay!), I still see myself reaching for some shades pretty often. To the point I’m a little worried about their life span but I’ve only sharpened the most used one 2-3 times so I think I’m still good!

That all said and done, I’m wrapping up my Urban Decay TEN Liner series and am glad I managed to push this out during this period where things are winding up and getting rather hectic.

I don’t want to make any promises yet but I do have a slew of posts I’m looking and hoping to put up, fingers crossed on that!

 

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay’s TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liner Set will retail for S$80 and will launch 1st March 2015.

The set is Limited Edition and Perversion aside, the other 9 colors are exclusive to this.

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