LOTD: That Red Eye Obsession…

Right before I started getting way minimal, fresh, and basic with my looks (not that they weren’t of a minimalistic level already), I went through a couple of makeup phases…

There was that nude-ombre lip look that I had talked about (and will shed a little more light on because of a certain product), and then there was this – the Red Eye!

Obviously the term ‘red’ and ‘eye’ don’t always go together, much less desirably. Though where make up is concerned, I think something about using tones of crimson (strategically and carefully) in an eye look is quite an edgy look.

Of course I am not parading down runways so my exploration of this edginess needs to have a good amount of wearability to it and I think I did quite okay with this rendition.

The red liner that is playing the star role in this look is the CLIO Professional Kill Blood Liquid Liner.

This product isn’t new, it has been sitting in my stash for awhile, and have ever tried donning it on its own only to put it away after. Perhaps I wasn’t feeling the whole red eye look then because it felt too queer and too red on for my liking.

Though right now, for that red-eye phase I just went through (crimson shadow and all), it is absolutely perfecto.

As for the shimmy-shimmy lid color, well I can’t quite recall what I slapped on right now (goldfish memory, so inconvenient) but I think it could have been Dior’s Golden Snow palette (from the Holiday 2013 collections).

I’m not sure but it is neutral and it is shiny, I don’t think it’s too hard a look to dupe.

On the lips is Tom Ford’s Lip Color Sheer in Sweet Spot but it was so haphazardly applied that it looked so patchy on camera! I was quite startled given how normal they seemed in person.

As they say, a camera’s flash can really bring out details and highlight things that the naked eye doesn’t catch.

So… I skipped out on a lot of full-face shots and am only posting the ones where the lips look pretty okay.

Overall, I really enjoyed that red-hued eye phase I went through (though brief and undocumented for the most part). Something about amping up my daily looks with a bit of vamp and edginess, very very slight mind you, made me feel a little more made up even though the people around me could hardly even tell.

Heh

As of now, with the erratic one-minute-hot-one-minute-rainy but in all extremely humid weather, I have been simplifying my looks and am even opting for a softer color palette where the cheeks and lips are concerned.

It’s a lot of gloss, shimmer and coral right now and I am liking it rather much. After all, there’s plenty of time to get back on the vamp-tram once Fall comes around!

Thanks for reading!

Tell me, what’s a current makeup obsession that you have right now?

 

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CLIO Spring Summer 2014 – Gelpressos Go Pastel!

I always love me some CLIO.

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

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

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

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

I know, I know…

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

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

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

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

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

I’m just saying it hypothetically.

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

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

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

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

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

The major plus side about these?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

You get the drift.

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

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

Available at select Watsons stores in Singapore.

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

 

Look Feature: Colors of the Rainb- No, Wait, I mean Lancôme 24H Artliners

Hello y’all!

I know I’ve been giving a fair bit of Lancôme lovin’ of late because… I seem to have this problem.

With new releases (of a particular brand) I tend to obsess over every single bit and incorporate it into my every day which means the pictures I snap on a day to day basis is well, a whole lot about that brand and right now it’s Lancôme!

I’ve had my NARS days, my Dior days and also the mish-mash days where I am a lot better at being diverse but for now just enjoy the Lancôme lovin’ because these items are pretty fancy and dandy!

So… all about these Lancôme 24H Artliners!

I’ve done a (relatively) detailed introduction about the product, colors and also what to expect with their new presence (better formula and better applicator), so go read that if you haven’t!

In this post, I will be spamming you lots of pictures of my very unimaginative eye looks – I’m sorry I love neutrals and am in a neutral rut – to showcase how these liners look on!

A lot of them are absolutely gorgeous and I tried to wear them and show them as well as I can and I can only hope these pictures do them justice!

The Looks –

I didn’t bother taking note of what I used per eye look (Lancôme liners aside) because I didn’t think it was very important. Though if somehow you are interested to know what I used for a certain eye look, you can enquire below and hopefully I remember it enough to let you know!

Black Diamond

Starting it off with the staple, the signature and a color you probably can’t live without as far as eyeliner goes – black. Black Diamond is an extremely rich and intense black that can draw (hurhur) drama and intensity to your eye like no other.

Definitely not for the weak but if strong and boldly lined eyes are your thing, I dare you to take on the challenge and embrace this diamond, you probably wouldn’t look back after.

Emerald

Now, if you kinda like it dark but yet still want a little something something to your look (perhaps a glint of green?) then Emerald is looking perfect for you!

This shade came out a little darker than I expected – almost black even – but the minute it hits the light, the green tone within shimmers and shines for all to see. Beautiful for brown-eye ladies *ahem myself*

Jade

If you like your green a little mossy, a little murky and dirty than Jade is probably the right color for you. This shade doesn’t have as much depth as Emerald does and almost looks a little like a olive-pewter at angles but it is a lovely shade all the same.

Good enough if you like light definition or like to top the look off by tightlining with black after using this.

Amethyst

For those that love to spice their look up with a pop color, Amethyst would be a perfect shade for you.

A vibrant shade of blue-purple that seems to shift depending on the lighting, Amethyst is bright and bold but not so much so that it is stark on. There is enough dimension and sparkles to it but is kept sophisticated as a whole. If there is one color that you would need to check out from this range, it would be this (though frankly you probably should check all of them out).

Gold

Now, moving on to the more classic and regal of things, here is a very common accent liner shade – Gold!

Lancôme’s variant is, needless to say, very intense and saturated enabling the Gold to truly show up in all its sparkly and golden glory – a wee bit metallic even. Though I can’t help but feel very cleopatra-esque everytime I try to wear an accent gold liner on my lids. Given gold is quite a light tone, this doesn’t offer a lot of depth so if you want some definition to your eye area, tightlining or using a mascara would certainly help.

Silver

After Gold, comes Silver! This silver isn’t just any ole silver, it’s a very pretty pink-sparkle-ified version of silver that almost leans a little grey-ish-lilac under certain lights.

Okay the lilac portion is probably my eyes playing tricks on me but due to the pink shimmers within, it does seem to have more to it than just metallic silver alone, absolutely gorgeous if you ask me!

So there you go, all 5 beautiful Limited Edition colors along with a classic black that is in the permanent range.

I had previously mentioned that my pick of the lot would be Amethyst, Emerald and Silver but truly, I can’t say that I don’t like the other colors either. I feel they all serve a particular purpose and crazy as this might sound they all have a place in the stash and would work perfectly will for their own type of looks.

Given they are Limited Edition, do hurry down to Lancôme at Sephora to pick your picks today!

Lancôme’s 24H Artliners retail for (I believe) S$30.

The black is available islandwide and permanent. The colored versions are Limited Edition and only available at Lancôme Sephora

Thanks for reading! Which is your favorite of the lot?