LOTD: A Lancôme-y Weekend

The last weekend was quite a Lancôme-y affair as I decided to pop by the Grandiôse mascara launch event that was happening at Sephora ION.

I know I often spotlight Lancôme on here but it isn’t for any reason other than the fact that Lancôme’s brand people are generous with their press pieces and are truly looking to spread the makeup love.

It also helps that the new makeup pieces that Lancôme has been putting out have been a joy to use and most of them manage to make their way into my list of daily used items, or even staples because of how easy they are to use (such as being lazy and skipping SPF with Blanc Miracle) and effortlessly polished a look they give (like the Blush Subtils with their soft radiance and flush).

 

So anyway, back to this!

I don’t often attend events over the weekend because it is hard to slot that in amongst errands and family time but because there was a fairly special significance to this event, I decided to pop by and join in the celebrations!

I didn’t put much thought into my outfit given I expected it to be a quick run-by so I did feel a little under dressed amongst all the other very glammed up people, but I wasn’t going to run my errands (after the show) in high heels, a skin-tight skirt along with a baby in tow so… such is life!

Seeing as it was a Lancôme event, I did have a mind to put together, as much as possible, a Lancôme face and it was also a good time for me to finally break into the Hypnôse Star Palette in Brun Au Natural which I have had sitting around but haven’t explored.

This palette is quite a run-of-the-mill neutral palette but leaning towards the golden and warm browns this time instead of the cool ashy taupes I seem to prefer these days.

I am also fiddling about with my new camera so if you do notice a difference to pictures here, that would be why.

The whole process of finding the right lighting, angle, position and way to snap face shots is a whole lot tricker and more of a transition than product shooting, which seems to work so long as the set up is right.

For the lips, I wanted to reach for my trusty Lip Lovers but decided to give some love to a dearly beloved but forgotten product, the Rouge in Love lipsticks.

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfetion Hydrating Care
Lancôme Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Palette (concealer)
Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)

EYES
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes in ST7 Brun Au Natural
Starlash Lightning Waterproof Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS
Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030

LIPS
Lancôme Rouge in Love in 132M

Purple Divider

About the Lancôme Grandiôse launch event, I didn’t snap many pictures of it because I wasn’t very well-equipped and all I had on hand, baby girl aside, was my iPhone which normally works great but just isn’t the best at zooming.

This little fella was so excited about the show, clapping away and so transfixed on the models walking up and down the miniature runway.

The turn out for the event was tremendous, which is all fab for Lancôme but we were quite far from the stage to capture decent pics without the right gear but it was a fun experience all the same with the outrageous and rule-bending makeup looks, couture fashion pieces and whatnot.

A very lively and edgy event all the same, that added a nice touch of glam to my otherwise very homey weekend.

Wrapping it up, Lancôme’s Grandiôse mascara is already available for sale at Sephora stores islandwide and it retails for S$60 a piece. I am still collecting my thoughts about it so I will share them soon, once I pick up words too…

Ha! Yes, I am still battling that word-block situation. I can still write entries but they are just not as fluid as I would like and take far, far too long.

 

Thanks for reading, the weekends are almost here again and I can’t wait for it. I need sleeeeeeep!

Do share, what are some of your Lancôme makeup loves?

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

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

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

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

So, here you go – a Lancôme-ish face!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Products Used:

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

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

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

CHEEKS 
 Lancôme Blush Subtil in 032

LIPS
 Lancôme Lip lover in 318

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

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

Thoughts of blog migration…

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

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

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

So yes.

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

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

 

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

Thanks for reading!

Lancôme Blush Subtil – Preview & Swatches

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

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

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

Though back to this!

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

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

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

Though, that is Dior.

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

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

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

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

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

SILKY, CREAMY AND SMOOTH –

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

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

HIGH TRANSPARENCY AND COLOR –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading!

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

LOTD: The Weekend 5 Minute Slap-on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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