LOTD: Cheeks For The Eyes (With Sleek Makeup)

So the reno works are long done and I am now back to my own place – or in this case the in-laws place – and given how it’s been about 2 weeks, everything is settled and back to normal (even iffy camera settings, yay!).

I would love to showcase my toilet just because I am so pleased with it but I believe it could just be me… I think to anyone else, it’s just a clean and new toilet so, nevermind!

Moving on from that, during my temporary stay at my parents place I rediscovered a couple of left behind pieces of makeup, including the whole stash of LA Girl blushes that I hoarded back in the day (omgawd embarrassing video).

Trying them again I realized, once more, that they are such under-appreciated makeup pieces because the colors are so lovely with decent pigmentation and a nice range of colors from cranberries to golden peaches, soft pinks to beige browns.

 

But yet somehow, the brand and this product went unnoticed. I doubt they are available right now (I don’t see them at Guardian anymore?) so I shall skip that mention and instead talk about this thing that I have a bit of a love hate relationship with.

This ole, Sleek Makeup Peach Shimmer Glo Face & Body Highlighter!

The hate part is really more of my camera, or maybe the sun… or both. Let me explain why.

This Sleek Makeup Peach Shimmer Glo Face & Body Highlighter is incredibly illuminating. It gives you a gorgeous shine, very reflective and gorgeous (in a shine sorta way) but given that this is Version 1.0, it’s not the most refined. The powder is a little gritty and the chunky shine does unfortunately emphasize pores and also any imperfections in the skin.

Thankfully it isn’t too bad in person but it photographs way worst and it doesn’t help that I had to shoot this series of shots with a strong sunlight, which always magnifies any small imperfection as well. Hence my skin looks quite blotched here but frankly speaking it’s all the shadows and unflattering powder-camera-play.

But it is a lovely sheen (in person more so), I’ll say that.

Though while it is nice enough on the cheeks on good skin days, how I love wearing this isn’t on the cheeks but actually on the eyes!

The gritty texture is forgiveable there because our lids typically don’t face the same texture issues and if anything, the dimensional shine of it really helps make an eye look especially gorgeous.

Is it not lovely?

Well, if you are curious about this after this mention of mine, you would be glad to know that Sleek have done their part to reformulate and re-release this in a seemingly smoother formula.

You can find it on this page at Sleek Makeup, and they seem to have kept the shade range the same as before, but with a better powder and more Bobbi Brown-inspired compact.

Just for the record again, the one I have here is Peach Shimmer which is very pretty to wear if you have a warm skintone. I know we’re past the golden bronzed era of summer but a little shine on the skin is always loved! Temptalia had reviewed the revamped version, check it out here.

 

Thanks for reading this random quick feature where I shopped my abandon stash and pity I didn’t have more to showcase from home-home but, till next time! I still have a mighty stash here at my place to shop!

Do you like a glowy cheek look? What’s your favorite for it?

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush – Blissful & Achiote (Swatches)

Heya, throwing up some entries I have done up but left sitting in my ‘drafts’ since this is going to be a busy busy week (weeks?) for me at work but I didn’t want to leave this space empty.

More Japan mentions and new / upcoming things to come when I get time back on my hands. Till then! :)


I’ll be frank, don’t kill me but… prior to the Tarte package from Sephora, I have never gotten my hands on these widely popular Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes from the brand.

I know these were quite a hit the moment they were launched and I was intrigued, yes, but given that Tarte wasn’t available locally (then) and the hassle it took to acquire them… I guess I just passed them up. After all, there was enough makeup distraction otherwise.

Now that Tarte is easily available to us, all it takes is a run to Sephora (which is conveniently scattered across Singapore too), so here I am finally giving these superstars a go.

The 2 shades I have on hand are Blissful (the more pink-toned one) and Achiote (the peachier pink).

While, from the case, they look fairly distinctive and different, they actually are pretty close from the pan and when swatched.

The key-point of this product, aside from its cute product-packaging matchy-matchiness, is the long-wearing claim.

I didn’t notice a 12-hour long wear during my short and few experiences with this blush, though that could be due to me layering them too lightly on for a more natural look.

Though I do notice these sticking around a little longer than some of my other powder blushes, still lending a flush even after a warm and icky lunch session where it always feels like my makeup is melting away. I have read that the deeper and more intense shades tend to stick around longer, so perhaps it is because these are the more natural and lighter shades – as with the nude-lip logic, deeper and intense colors tend to ‘stain’ better!

Apart from the long-wearing aspect, these Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes are also nutrient-rich, infused with natural clay harvested from the Amazon River – hence its name!

While skincare benefits are the more immediate thing I look for when scouting for a blush, it is still something nice to know and consider.

Those with oily skin will be pleased to know that Amazonian Clay minimizes oil in and around the pores, allowing this blush to combat sebum and stick on for a little while longer.

On the otherhand, dry skin users will benefit from the nourishing and hydrating properties found within the clay.

On top of all that, the Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush is also free from Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan. Phew!

Now, lets get to the colors shall we?

I did some hand swatches with these and for some odd reason, these blushes didn’t swatch very potently and well via finger-swatching thus the intensity seen here is a few layers combined. Though they do, somehow, pick up and blend well with a cheek brush.

Blissful –

Blissful is a soft pink shade that leans a little warm, so you don’t get a frosty cool dose of pink if you are wary of shades like that.

It seems to warm up a little more on my skin and ends up blending out to be a very natural shade, fool-proof almost.

Achiote –

The slightly peachier sibling of Blissful, Achiote looks very similar in the pan and while it doesn’t look a mile of a difference once swatched it is notably a little peachier on. There is a stronger hint of warmth as opposed to a flush and I find myself reaching for this a little more often – I’m quite a peach-fan, as opposed to pinks.

Overall,

I don’t know what I was expecting with these and for some reason (note: I never really read reviews or searched these up), I expected the Amazonian Clay 24 Hour blushes to be a little more pigmented as opposed to being natural and sheer – which they are. Though I don’t mind this, I was just a little taken aback.

The sheer and natural quality allows for you to easily blend on a soft flush without ever having to worry about overdoing it. Though if you are layering this you could.

I think they are nice to have around in one or two shades you will reach for on a daily basis to use since they are quite no-brainer and they seem pretty hardy to throw about in your makeup pouch if you’re doing your makeup after the gym and such.

I can’t say I am super impressed by these and I am still a little perplexed over the hype they kicked up but… they are not bad products. Nice natural and soft flushes that are available in quite an array of shades, not bad and worth a look!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 24 Hour Blush is available at Sephora Singapore for S$45. These are permanent

I’ll post up some face shots with these soon, to better showcase them! Thanks for reading!

New: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Info)

Hello!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kiss Your Cheeks, Blush Your Lips

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

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

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

AIR WHIPPED COLOR DIFFUSION COMPLEX

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

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

Patented Applicator

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

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

The 12 Match & Match Shades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preview Snaps & Swatches

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

Thank you Mag for your hand and hand-swatch!

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

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

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

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

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