LOTD: Make Up For Ever La Boheme Stash-Revisit

Hello! Hello!

Phew it’s been so busy these days that squeezing out time to edit photos have been proving to be a little tough hence my posts are a little more word-centric and frankly the content a little more of the ramble sort than the substantial content-packed ones I used to do. I’ll also admit that I did get a little lazy at the thought of blogging given the annoyance of deadlines and work piled up, plus just the need to relax and recharge at home these days. Oops.

Though I’m still looking to be present on here as much as I can until I get dragged off into the darkness and abyss of New Job, ha! So dramatic… I know.

So anyway, here’s another ‘stash-shopping’ look for you.

I haven’t got around to documenting more stash-shopping posts since mornings are so sluggish (and hence rushed) for me these days but here’s a look (back) at the Make Up For Ever La Boheme palette.

Flipping it (Make Up For Ever’s La Boheme palette) open after so long made me very inclined to do a champagne-peach-deep chocolate brown combo because that’s easiest and a look I know would work.

Though I decided to challenge myself a little, if you would even call this meekly act a challenge (ha), and make myself use a little of the greens in some way – anyway.

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As mentioned, I don’t always plan my looks beforehand, unless it is a specific look I’m thinking to explore, so some mornings I do stare at my palette for a quick moment before realizing I don’t have time for that.

What happens after is a series of color mixing, patting, blending and hoping that whatever look it is that I am putting together would end up presentable to go out in and also would look nice once photographed else that would be a waste of a experimental morning and experimental mornings are quite precious to me!

They are the only time that I get to play around with makeup and photograph the looks because otherwise I can’t sit myself down over the weekends to spend a whole day doing up various looks and documenting it. I wish I could but unglamorous mommy-duties beckons.

 

So anyway, before this gets any longer, let’s have a look at the look shall we?

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I started with the peach because that one is a really gorgeous color and something in me thought that pairing the aqua with it would work (on hindsight I think maybe green would be more earthy-matchy) and of course the dark chocolate brown outer-corner is a no-brainer.

It’s the darkest smokiest color in the palette and one that would lend most definition.

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Though in the end I think I quite like how it turned out. It’s more cohesive in person because my camera likes to make everything stand out more in all the slightly iffy ways but even then, I think this looks quite nice!

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Not a look I’ll wear often because mixing 3 different shades is too tricky for my everyday-brain but its nice now and then.

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Other MUFE items I’ve used within this look is the Contour Kit that I really enjoy using though I try to save this for travel because it’s such a slim and sleek compact.

On the lips is another piece from the La Boheme collection, I believe, in the shade Folk.

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There was a time I was all over this color and I can see why. It’s somewhat bold but in a Day makeup way. It hints at coral but is also a little pink. It’s quite lovely this one and I think I’m going to start using it again.

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That said, I think Make Up For Ever is a brand that has many gems but yet somehow one I don’t check out often enough. Maybe because the HQ is in an area I don’t often frequent and while they have counters in Sephora, everytime I am there I always drift off to everything else and forget to take time to check MUFE out.

Though if you’re like me you can have a look at Make Up For Ever’s Collection Online to browse their offerings.

If it helps, I’ve got a promo code – ZASARA15 – for 15% off at Zalora should anything catch your eye! The code is valid till 1st May 2015.

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So, that’s that, thank you so much for reading!

I was hoping that the madness at work will simmer down a little after this weekend work event but I think some other things are finding their way to the surface D:

It’s like this never-ending cycle of work but such is life, right? I only hope I can afford to spend a little more time on here before New Job starts! Spend a little time, chat a little more before a hiatus if that were to happen.

We’ll see alright? In the mean time, as always, thanks for sticking by!

Look Feature – MAC Keepsakes Smokey Face Palette + Sweet Sentiment Blush

Heyo! So, I’m back but what would you know, I’m busier than ever.

Gosh!

Though that’s hardly anything to be surprised about after a one week disappearance at work during a peak period so… yes, give me a while to plough through my work and get my head back on track (as well as hurry up with whatever I want to say before the anticipated silent nights during the festive period, hurhur) so yes…

I’m going to leave you with a little Look Feature of the MAC Keepsakes Smokey Face Palette which I had talked about over here. The blush, Sweet Sentiment, featured here is also from MAC and I’ll have a post about it (coupled with another festive release, No Faux Pas lippie) to come!

Hopefully soon. Racing against the end-of-year clock here and I need more speed!

 

So anyway, given how compact this palette is, the eye options (of 3 shades) are rather limited and if you ask me this is the only way I would choose to wear them.

Of course you can choose to place the colors differently but when I’m faced with black and silver shadows, I automatically go really safe and throw on something that looks like this:

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I did a bit of a fancy schmancy split-screen or rather split face thing here to showcase both lip colors and in the midst of trying to align the pictures I think I made my face shape come out a little odd but nevermind, look past that!

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I’m not the sort to smoke it up a whole lot or do a dramatic cut crease but hey, if that’s your kinda thing then you should be able to achieve that with this palette by loading up on Carbon.

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Though I must warn you again that the textures of both Filament and Aristocratic Aura are a little iffy to work with. More so for Filament (the lighter one) because that sparkly color is so flakey it doesn’t stick well and once you blend the color freaks out and runs away… Oh gosh.

It’s like a rebellious child that needs constant nagging and maybe a gentle whipping to work well. I’m just saying…

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But in all, I think the look works once you get past the fact that we’ve been quite pampered by smooth creamy formulas of late and manage to make the shades behave and stay (intense) put.

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The rest of the palette is a little easier to take to, like with the Pearl Cream Color Base (that I used as a base for the eye look and then a brow highlight) being a nice creamy texture that doesn’t apply patchy or too greasy on.

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Even the iridescent face powder that I decided to sweep across my cheek bones in the red-lip look (because I forgot when I snapped the nude lip pic, heh) turned out quite wearable for day to day looks.

No disco ball face despite its resplendence within the pan. You know I’m exaggerating right. But in truth, it is quite shimmery in the pan.

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What I like the most from the palette would be the lipsticks or lip pans. Though Petulance (the nude) was a little disappointing as far as nude lips went, I guess it was a nice option for a neutral and natural lip look should you want that. Posh Evening (the red) on the other hand is really quite a pretty red. I mean reds are aplenty in the lipstick realm but this one is truly lovely on – very classic and rich.

Here, have a look at the same look above but with different lip shades.

Petulance (the nude)

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Evening Posh (the red)

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Much as I love them, I do have one itty bitty gripe about these… these lipsticks/lip pans aren’t the sort that cling on to your lips for dear life.

The good, is that they didn’t seem to be drying on. The bad, they stray really easily and get all over the place so bear in mind to remove this before you start eating unless you want lipstick all over your mouth. Like, on the outside of your mouth.

I’m not kidding, it happened to me and breakfast at work but thankfully it was in the confines of my cubicle, so… speaking from experience here.

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Though otherwise, if you’re looking pretty and chatting or choose to have some insurance by using a lip liner, I think you’re good!

Products Used:

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

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

EYES 
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Pearl Cream Color Base
MAC Filament Eyeshadow
MAC Aristocratic Aura Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Tempting Eyeshadow (not in the Face Palette)

CHEEKS 
MAC Sweet Sentiment Mineralised Blush
MAC Born to Dazzle Iridescent Face Powder

LIPS 
MAC Lipstick (lip pan) in Petulance & Evening Posh

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All in all, I feel that there are many ways this palette can improve but its not to say it’s bad either. I mean, if you’re eyeing it it could be for the packaging and if so, there’s no way to really talk you out of it, right?

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It does work and I like what MAC chose to include – though I still think maybe a cream blush would have been a nice option instead a pearl cream color base shade but that’s just me.

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Overall I still feel this falls under the bar a little even though the intention is there. If the shadows were a touch smoother and more buttery, it could have been near perfect.

 

Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Keepsake Smokey Face Palette is part of MAC’s Keepsakes Collection. This is out island-wide and is Limited Edition.

Sorry I don’t have the price of this on hand!

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Vice 3 – Of Copper-Golds & Purples!

Now, for the second look I decided to take a baby step towards using colors.

I would say that overall this look still leans rather neutral and is one that is safe enough to wear without feeling too dramatic or smoked out but the little peeks of color within, be it the stunning copper gold or shy purple shimmers, gives it that little something too amidst all that whole neutral-wearable aspect!

The copper-gold shade I used here (frankly I don’t even know if copper-gold is the right way to describe it) leans a little orange under certain lighting and it’s really quite a color shifter.

Though regardless what color it reflects, one thing is for sure and that this is a stunning color to wear. It easily adds that spark to a look because of how vibrant a shade it is but it doesn’t appear too unwearable either, which is what makes it such a joy and such an ease to pull off.

If you’re ever tired of mixing up neutrals with Vice 3, just pop on a little bit of Lucky and you’re all set!

I’ll admit that I’m not doing Vanity (that sultry purple) much good with this look because I dabbed it on lightly and blended it out such that only a darkened base remained, speckled with purple shimmers within.

When worn full on I can imagine this being a really complex purple that would shift depending on how the light hits it!

For this look, I also tried to keep within the same ‘column’ if you recall the layout of the palette from my Vice 3 overview entry. That’s why I thought to pair Lucky with Vanity and even though both are strong colors alone, they still work well together and compliment each other in a look.

Products Used:

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
ZA Perfect Fit Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Palette (concealer)
Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder

EYES 
Dior Backstage Eye Prime
Urban Decay Vice Palette 
- Lucky
- Vanity
- Defy + Revolver
- Reign
- Truth
Starlash Waterproof Lightning Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Blush in Happy Together

LIPS 
Maquillage True Rouge in RD382

This is an eyelook I’ll certainly revisit when I find myself in a neutral rut and needing a soft pop of vibrance!

Tell me, do you like to pair copper and purple together?

 

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette will retail for S$88 at Sephora starting 30th October 2014.

Vice 3 is a Limited Edition Palette.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Urban Decay Vice 3 – The Natural Sage…

Neutral and natural, it’s in my blood really.

No matter what I get my hands on my first approach is always to cautiously dip my toes into it. Or in this case, my makeup brush…

So it’s no wonder that when presented with a multitude of colors, via the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette, my first option is safe. Safe in the form of browns and fairly earthy neutral tones. Though to my credit, I did attempt a bit of a sage olive here!

 

Oh how I love sage / olive tones. So murky and pretty but easy enough to wear. Call me crazy for loving swampy colors but Breakdown (said murky shade) is a stunning neutral to work with and I can see myself giving it lots of use in looks to come.

When I am not actively reminding myself to vary my looks, that is.

This isn’t a very exciting look, I’ll admit, but here’s saying that Vice 3 can be a netural natural buddy too if you let it be!

p.s. the contrasting in the pics here is still a little iffy, these were shot before I ‘fixed’ my camera custom settings.

While generally simple and neutral, one of the things that I played around with with this look, color aside, would be textures. I kept the inner corner of the eye look smooth with a matte finish along with some shimmers on the outer-corner and crease (stray shimmers!).

Products Used:

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Porcelain FLAWLESS Skin Perfecting Moisturizer
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Palette (concealer)
Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Urban Decay Vice Palette 
- Downfall 
- Brokedown
- Undone
Starlash Waterproof Lightning Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
YSL Heart of Light Blush Volupte in Light 01

LIPS 
nothing - heh

Of the Vice 3 looks that I have lined up, this is by far the simplest and also the most instinctive way I would use the palette if I am going for a no-brainer everyday look.

In upcoming looks, I assure you you’ll be seeing more use of color and also me stepping out of my comfort zone a little (and actually really liking it…) to better showcase the different shades within Vice 3.

This particular look wasn’t done with any form of a structure – like me trying to keep to their complimenting ‘columns’ – though in upcoming Vice 3 look features I try a hand at that just to see how it works out.

Of course I dabble a little across the board just because… you have all these colors there so why not use them if you have to, no?

So, that’s that for a quick and natural start, do check out my Vice 3 palette swatch-out if you haven’t and read about my thoughts on the shadow textures and such!

 

Thank you for reading!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette will retail for S$88 at Sephora starting 30th October 2014.

Vice 3 is a Limited Edition Palette.

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: MAC’s Fluidline Eye Pencil in Deep Blue Sea

It’s a tricky thing to transit from having my camera’s settings adjusted to shoot in bright, harsh, and warm daylight (at my parents place) back to my dimly lit room with the light source dependent on my table top lamp (which is pretty awesome but somehow not half as good as Mr Golden Sun).

Of course if I had a little more time to tweak and toggle through the settings, white balance especially, and learn how to angle myself once more to catch the light right it wouldn’t be a big issue but rushed mornings is all I have and I’m not entirely pleased with how the pictures turned out.

Some part of it is too contrast-y, too under and over exposed and more tweaking should be done…

Though thankfully regardless of all that it doesn’t take away from the beauty that is MAC’s Fluidline Eye Pencil in Deep Blue Sea.

This little guy was released with MAC’s A Novel Romance (yes that cheesball collection) and is a Limited Edition offering. Though, if you know MAC, you’ll likely see this being repromoted sometime down the line so… let’s keep a look out for that!

Why?

Because this is one beautiful beautiful Deep Blue (Sea).

It’s not even that deep that all you see is navy and black, the blue is quite obvious and especially so if your peepers aren’t obscured by frames (as mine are, gah). Yet even with their lovely saturation, the color is deep enough for some definition should you choose to wear it alone.

Though given my love for the dark dark liners, I would still tightline with some black should I choose to give the illusion of wearing this liner alone.

The liner gives a very smooth glide and doesn’t skip on my skin. It also draws on nicely and gives good pigmentation with just one glide so it makes it easy and quick to draw on.

As far as the wear goes, I mainly don this on my upper lids and I don’t have issues with wear there so I can’t be the best judge. If anything, it doesn’t imprint on my lids which some extremely creamy and smudge-able ones would even with my not-that-oily lids.

So with all that said and done, it’s a lovely blue-toned liner with a nicely creamy yet not overly slippery texture that is quite a joy to wear with the best part being it comes in an automatic format which means – no sharpening, yay!

p.s. with all the spotlight being on the liner, 
I would just like to quickly say that the eyeshadows 
are from Shu Uemura's Warm Hues Palette (from the 
Pret-a-Palette collection released awhile back).

Have you tried the MAC Fluidline Eye Pencils? Do you like them?

Thanks for reading!

 

MAC’s Fluidline Eye Pencil  in Deep Blue Sea is Limited Edition. I’m not too sure of the price.

 

Sponsorship disclosure

A Throwback LOTD – Lancôme Fraîcheur Rosée Eye Palette

Thursdays are famed for the whole ‘throwback’ thingamajig that people do all over Instagram and sometimes Facebook so I decided to take that throwback concept to the blog and put up some old looks that I had done, snapped yet forgotten to blog about.

To be fair, the items in this look are still very much available and something I feel is worth showcasing because these Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palettes are quite a gem!

These palettes were launched a good while ago when Lancôme added a troop of them (ranging from neutrals to smokey blues) to the permanent line up.

I didn’t manage to give them a proper mention when I got to preview them a while back, better late than never, especially with these permanent offerings! While it’s nice to gush about this during its launch, sometimes with everyone posting the same thing up some people are bound to skip some mentions, yes?

Regardless, here’s one of my favorite looks to do with the Fraîcheur Rosée Eye Palette.

I wore this during my blonde hair days, ash hair days, seaweed hair days and even now in my purple days!

This look is one of the two ways I like to use the Fraîcheur Rosée palette.

Though both ways (while slightly different in nuances) photograph fairly similarly so there’s not much of a need for me to snap that look too, unless I happen to be wearing it while featuring something else!

Whenever I need a put-together neutral eye that looks effortless yet provides a bit of something-something (shimmer) while being pressed for time, I find myself reaching for the Lancôme palette and doing this eye look.

It’s neutral and simple but definitely not boring in my books at least. It’s got a little warmth and a tad of shimmer, giving it a soft glossiness, almost.

Here’s a quick breakdown of where I placed what.

One thing I like about the Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palettes is that I can easily use all the shades within an eyelook, getting the best out of the palette without overdoing my look.

And here’s the rest of the face that went with that eye look!

Products Used:

BROWS
K-Palette Eyebrow Liquid in 01
Shu Uemura Brow Mascara in Honey Glaze

FACE
YSL Top Secrets UV Shield High Protection UV Skincare SPF 50 PA++++
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder (to set)

EYES
NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palette Fraîcheur Rosée (color breakdown below!)
CLIO Professional Brush Liner in Black
Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eyepencil in #1 Black
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

LIPS
LUSH Emotional Brilliance in Passionate (dabbed lightly)

I highly recommend for you to check out these Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palettes as while they aren’t released with the biggest of bangs, they are perfectly decent quality shadows that are nicely pigmented and blend well into each other.

If neutrals aren’t your thang, there are some greens, blues and pinks too!

I have a little more to share with regards to the Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palettes so perhaps I’ll just post all that up another time for those keen!

I don’t think I’ll churn many (or any) more looks of Fraîcheur Rosée out just because this palette works beautifully well the way featured here and I like it enough for that and that alone. I could throw on a smoked out look but when the occasion calls for it and if ever that occurs, I’ll be sure to snap a LOTD!

Thanks for reading this little throwback, an excuse for me to throw you back to my backlogged entries! Heh!