LOTD: All Pink-ed Out With MAC (Sweet Sentiment Blush & No Faux Pas Lipstick)

Hello and I’m back with another face!

As promised, this LOTD features the 2 pink numbers that I had just spoken about in an earlier entry – the MAC Sweet Sentiment Mineralized Blush and No Faux Pas lipstick.

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Unlike recent LOTDs, the focus this time around isn’t on the eyes but rather the cheeks and lips. Though if you hone in to the eyes becuase it’s your preference, by all means go ahead too ;)

Though I do want to give some mention to the products used on the eyes, but I’ll save that for a little later on in this entry.

The look is very clean and simple. I want to say it’s an everyday look but I did try wearing this consecutively and by Day 5 my lips were crying out for a break from the matte lipstick. It’s not the lipstick itself but rather I guess my lips could only go so long without a smooth nourishing and buttery lip product while facing a longwearing matte that doesn’t exactly dry your lips out but doesn’t lend moisture either.

It’s a shame because wearing this feels very K-Drama to me, somehow, like the approach that koreans would take where professional makeup is concerned – clean and light but with a good dose of color.

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The red eye strikes again, please don’t mind that…

I could ramble on and on about this look which was what I did when I first drafted it up but after re-reading what I wrote, I deleted it all and decided to just let pictures speak for themselves.

After all, it’s quite straightforward what a lovely vibrant pink lip No Faux Pas is and what a nice flush of color Sweet Sentiment can be so, here you go, the look!

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Sweet Sentiment actually carries a soft reflective sheen. It’s hardly much of a shine to be called a sheen but it’s definitely not a matte blush either.

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While not exactly the star of the entry here, I want to take a quick second to talk about the eyes.

It features some products I’ve yet to give spotlight to on here, I have no idea why myself, but yet are products I really enjoy using. They aren’t much to shout about, as you can see, but they are workhorse basics that get the job done and are there when I need to rely on them.

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For the eyeshadows, I used the browns from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Basics palette which I’ve dropped mentions of for awhile now but given that it’s permanent (I believe, right?) I haven’t gotten around to featuring it.

You know the fate that permanent products get on here, heh.

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The eyeliner (on the upper lash line) is Eyeko’s Eye Do Liquid Liner, something I’ve had sitting around in my stash for awhile but I’ve only started using of late.

I don’t know what I delayed opening this but I absolutely love it – it’s gives such a perfect slick, sharp, crisp and dark line that I really can’t stop raving about it. If you haven’t tried this and you like your liner flick perfect to a tee then you need to give this a look!

For the liner on the bottom lashline I think I may have finally found something to replace the position MAC’s Powerpoint Liner in Engraved had in heart for the longest time (p.s. if you don’t know, that’s the liner I almost always use on my lower lashline for almost 5 years now) and that’s Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencils.

I have on Zero here but I love both Zero and Perversion, depending on how deep and dark I want to go that day (Perversion being the darker one)

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So, there you have it! Sorry to end of this entry with a creepy red-ish eye but yes, here’s a feature on these MAC pinks and also a little mention on some staples that I have been using and loving of late. I know they deserve an entry for themselves, I’ll try to get on that as soon as I can!

In the meanwhile do check these MAC lovelies out and have a great Christmas celebration you guys!

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Thank you for reading!

MAC’s Sweet Sentiment Mineralized Blush and No Faux Pas Matte Lipstick is Limited Edition, available at MAC Counters now!

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MAC Holiday 2014: Heirloom Mix – Sweet Sentiment Blush & No Faux Pas Lipstick (Swatches)

Where MAC Holiday collections are concerned, I usually adopt 2 approaches to it. Okay, maybe 3, depending on the situation…

It’s either – I love it so much I learn every aspect and product of it or the sheer quantity and options confuse me so much I freak out and blank out at it.

This year, and in recent years, I’ve been adopting the second approach of steering myself away once the holiday collections hit.

 

Sure MAC puts out a huge array of options and products in beautifully festive and gorgeous packaging but I guess when faced with this many options, some of which resemble their permanent or pre-released items, I just get so confused I shut myself off entirely.

Case in point, I had no idea there was a third Holiday collection – Keepsakes and Objects of Affections aside – called the Heirloom Mix and that’s where these pretty face color pieces are from.

I guess my point is, that there’s nothing wrong with a smaller festive collection and that’s what I have been preferring these days but, of course it’s not like MAC to do it since they thrive on options on quantity so, let’s have a look at 2 items from MAC’s sea of holiday makeup.

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Someone needs to hand me a directory already!

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The Heirloom Mix collection houses a more individual approach to products, as opposed to the sets and bags in the other two so if you’re looking at individual lipstick pieces or blush, this collection should be a good place to start.

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These aside, I do have one more item from the Heirloom Mix collection, a kohl liner I think, which I’m still hesitant on featuring. I haven’t gotten around to using it and fear that by the time I get to it could be too late so, we’ll see how that goes!

But back to this, the 2 items I am showcasing here are similar in tone – of being pinks – hence I decided to feature them alongside each other instead of individually.

To give you a little more backstory about the Heirloom Mix collection, you’ll find 5 matte lipsticks released with it and 2 Mineralized Blushes. Of that lot, I have 1 matte lipstick and 1 Mineralized Blush to talk about – Sweet Sentiment (the blush) and No Faux Pas (the lippie).

 

First up, let’s have Sweet Sentiment, the Mineralized Blush, because I want to take this time to talk about how far MAC’s Mineralized Blushes have come!

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I remember when I was crazy about them back in the day, when they were still relatively new and only starting to crawl about in the makeup realm.

Even then, when their textures were not as refined and sometimes felt a little gritty on, they were snatched up all over and in such demand.

These days it seems like MAC has learnt to step up their mineralized releases despite their huge initial success even with a fairly crude, or should I say unrefined, formulation.

Though here and then there are still some pieces that are reminiscent of their starting baby steps, Sweet Sentiment isn’t one of them. This mineralized blush comes in a perfected dome that is smooth the touch, not powdery at all and blends really nicely on the skin with a brush – no powder kick up or powder cloud with use.

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Of course this smoothness cannot match that decadent buttery and creamy feel you get with certain brands and certain products, it’s a fair improvement no less.

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The color is a nice dusty mid-pink which doesn’t appear too unique but I like that it straddles nicely between being a nice pop of pink yet with a soft enough dusty tone to prevent it from being too ‘bright’ on.

The dusty tone of it doesn’t seem to turn ashy once on the skin either which is a plus for those with tanner / deeper skintones since most often dustier shades can turn ashy and cool on them.

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I’ve found myself reaching for it quite often because it picks up well on the brush and a quick dab is all you need to blend some colors on your apples!

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Moving on to a lipstick that compliments this blush so well, No Faux Pas which certainly is no faux pas!

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A vibrant pink lipstick, this has a bit of red to it to keep it from being too stark or too bright and allows it to work well on deeper skintones too.

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In the case of hot pink lipsticks, sometimes tanner complexions struggle with how ‘pink’ and stark fuchsia can be but this is a nice pink option that is actually rather wearable. It’s funny to say that a loud fuchsia lipstick would be wearable but it truly is, if you’re up for a pop of color of course.

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I don’t have many (or any… actually) of MAC’s matte formulas because I usually prefer their Amplified and Satin finishes but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised with this. For a matte, it glides on smoothly without any tugging and while intense the color is controllable too.

You know how some lipsticks are so intense you just need a lip brush with it for that precise application otherwise it seems to just get all over the place and smear everywhere? Thankfully this doesn’t seem to be like that.

It didn’t feel lip-sapping on through it’s very long wearing period but it’s definitely not a hydrating lipstick either.

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Overall I was really impressed with its lasting power and, of course, love how bright a pop the color is.

You can get away with quick neutrals on the eyes, a crisp black cat-eye, a sweep of Sweet Sentiment blush and this on the lips – that’s a perfect and fresh look right there!

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In fact, I took a cue from the sudden ‘look inspiration’ I got while drafting this up to create said pop-pink look with clean and neutral eyes so that entry is coming up next!

I’ve also talked about a couple of other much loved products that I haven’t gotten around to featuring singularly so you can read about that ramble very soon!

Though in the meanwhile, if you’re looking for a last minute gift or still thinking up that perfect holiday look then I suggest giving these pop colors a look at your nearest MAC counter!

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Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Sweet Sentiment Mineralized Blush and No Faux Pas Matte Lipstick are part of the Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014 Collection. This is Limited Edition and had launched 24th November 2014

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Tarte’s Got Just The Thing For Ladies Who Lash!

Hello, I’m back for a bit and I do want to say pardon me for the silence that was last week.

Work got the better of me with loads of deadlines to meet before the office closure so I hope I’m not too late with this gift idea / mention!

 

After all, I presume that many of you are probably busy wrapping it up at work too so last minute gift grabbing isn’t that peculiar a sight. You’ve got 3 days till Christmas – hurry and get your gift!

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This one here is for all the ladies who love a little lash action going on so if you’re someone like that or you know someone like that, head on down to your nearest Sephora and grab this up before it’s all gone – either sold out or not stocked anymore.

Either ways, hurry!

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When it comes to the Art of Lash, curling is an absolute must in my books.

If I’m going to use mascara, I’m going to need my eyelash curler. While I’m thankful that my lashes aren’t the most problematic around, I do know that curl is not something they come with naturally.

What’s more, my lashes are rather fine (as with my hair actually) so they have a tendency to droop and fall with certain mascara formulas. Thus, curl is a bigggg thing for me.

Big!

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An eyelash curler is an absolute must and while makeup tools aren’t something you cycle through very often, it’s nice to pick up a new one if you have been using the same one for a good amount of time now!

Plus something pretty and new is always fun to sit on the vanity.

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I’ve used a good number of eyelash curlers around (not all, of course) to say that I generally don’t have an issue with them. I find most of them relatively comfortable to use and the only thing I find myself having to get used to, with every curler change, is the grip. Not so much the crimping portion.

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That said, while I can’t be the best judge of how comfy this opulent (their word, not mine) and pearly Tarte Lash Curler feels on the eyes, if I may share an opinion, lash curler handles like these are actually my favorite.

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The ones with loops are cute and help with grip but given the way I’m used to holding and using lash curlers, I prefer those that look like this – simple, without loops, so it’s easier and quicker to use.

Do let me know, is it just me or are there others who prefer such handles too?

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Lash curler aside – though that is the star of the show or in this case, star of the pack – Tarte had also included a miniature Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara.

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One of their most notable mascara offerings, to me at least because I’ve heard so much about it, it boasts (and is proven too apparently) a 330% increase in lash volume.

That’s some crazy statistic to live up to and I feel a little sheepish writing this post up but saying I haven’t used the mascara but trust me, I’m curious and also excited to.

I have heard a good amount of things about this mascara and while a 330% increase in volume is a lot to claim, I think I’ll be happy enough if this holds my curls well and makes my lashes look fuller, deeper and my eyes more accentuated. At least that’s what it seems to do to bloggers that have reviewed it so I’m hoping the same for myself!

What’s more miniatures are perfect to travel with and where mascara is concerned I could hardly finish up a full tube even during my daily mascara-wearing days that miniatures should be more than enough to last you a couple of months, of which you’ll be able to test this well enough to know if you need the full size!

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Cutting this very rambly and long entry short, this is a mention on a gift set that is absolutely adorable to gift a girlfriend who’s big on lashes and can’t go a day without her lash curler.

Or if you’re that kind of a girl, there’s no harm in picking this up for yourself. That pearl studded lash curler handle is absolutely darling!

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If you ever need more incentive, Tarte products are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, SLS or gluten!

 

Thanks for reading!

Tarte’s Ladies Who Lash Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler set retails for S$34 and is available at Sephora Singapore.

This is Limited Edition (though curler and mascara sold separately are permanent)

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MAC Holiday 2014 – My Pretty ‘Keepsakes’ Pile!

You know for sure that the holidays are rolling about when MAC launches a mega-huge-I-can’t-even-keep-track-of-it collection in a wholly different packaging-take from their usual.

Since the old days (and I really just mean early 2000 era, when I was getting into MAC), the Holiday collections were always something special from the brand as we see special palettes, beautiful (tiptoeing on tacky in some years) packaging that would appeal to a good number of people and this year is no different.

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I personally feel this year’s feminine and classic pattern with a dash of fun in the form of sparkles quite pretty and appealing to me, though I do know of some who would prefer an edgier look from MAC.

But to each their own.

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The thing about MAC’s huge, and many, collections is that I’m at a point where I don’t keep up with the brand enough to learn every color that is coming out so I got a little confused over MAC Holiday being called both Keepsakes and Objects of Affection.

Though to break it down for anyone else who is equally confused, Keepsakes refers to the hella extensive makeup collection while Objects of Affection are the pretty ‘sets’ of glosses and pigments.

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I know it still doesn’t do too much to sort out the confusion because this collection (Holiday as a whole) is huge and there are loads to check out so I would recommend you to if you feel drawn towards the shades or packaging!

It really is one of the prettier holiday offerings in awhile, I feel.

Of course, as with MAC, there are bound to be a couple of hits and misses but I’ll get to it when I talk about them individually.

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For now, my work week is a little insane that’s why I’ve been rather quiet this week (as opposed to my daily spam last week) and if anything the busy-ness is giving me one of those mind block episodes again. It’s hard to write and when I try the flow of words and thoughts just feel a little bit off.

Gah. Maybe I should clear the tasks one at a time and hopefully I can think clearer (hurhur) then.

But anyway, I want to promise that things will get easier (or rather entries will get more frequent) but it’s a little early to say because next week could be hectic with me having to clear up my work before the mandatory break I have to take – long story short the inlaws are traveling so we’re home-bound and baby-sitting again.

I don’t want to start rambling about that whole temporary living situation on here so, that’s for another entry.

In the meanwhile, I do hope I’ll get to pick things up and share some necessary entries like the NAKED On the Run (in detail), with looks and also this pile of MAC stuff!

Fingers crossed!

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Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Holiday 2014 Keepsakes & Objects of Affection Collections are now available islandwide!

These are Limited Edition.

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Sephora Hols 2014 – Sephora (The House Brand)!

Okie dokes.

So we took a bit of a break from the Sephora Holiday mentions to spam up some Vice but now it’s time to resume our program on this, especially when most of the collections will be hitting stores 6th November!

Don’t forget to mark that date down if you’re thinking to swing by Sephora to pick up some festive gifts – almost all brands are rolling out their X’mas goodies then!

 

For today at least, I’m going to be talking about some stuff from Sephora’s house brand (but of course).

While yes Sephora stocks up a mighty mean list of brands to shop from, let’s not forget that the house brand has some pretty good offerings as well, especially where the seasonal range is concerned.

What’s more most things are reasonably priced too so it’s a a good one stop shop if you’re doing a secret santa or looking for some stocking stuffers!

It’s quite a hefty list so… just keep scrolling ya?

 

The Golden Party Range (Makeup)

Sephora 4 Eye Look Books Set, $49

Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette, $88

Sephora Color Festival 130 Color Makeup Palette, $69 (as seen here)

Sephora Fresh Beauty To Go, $42

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Sephora Kiss Kiss Universal Pink Gloss, $10

Sephora Makeup Party Box Makeup Palette, $45

Sephora Ornament Lip Gloss in Universal Pink, $8

Sephora Party Color Hit Nail Polish & Nail Art Set, $55

Sephora Perfect Night Out Eye Set, $35

Sephora The Best of Sephora Box, $65

Sephora VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette, $19

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Beauty Toys Range (More Makeup + Nails!)

Sephora Creative Nail Art Set, $29

Sephora Festive Tattoos, $9

Sephora Gold Party Set of 4 Makeup Brushes, $36

Sephora Happy New Nails 6 Mini Nail Files, $8

Sephora Holiday 2014 Beauty Fish Mascot, $19 –– OMG IT’S SO CUTE

Sephora Makeup Bag Trio, $32

Sephora My Manicure Set, $36

Sephora Pinceaux Brushes To Go Set, $24

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Bath Party Range

Last not not least, if you / your friend isn’t quite a makeup person then there’s always some nice-smelling bath stuff to gift! Everyone showers so… everyone needs a little bath stuff, no?

Sephora Bath Party Bath Capsules Set, $24

I really enjoy these bath capsules when I picked them up during their initial launch. It’s a simple concept of 1 (or actually about 2 for me) bath use in a capsule so you can easily bring this along if you’re traveling or maybe hitting the gym, without having to carry a full (or decanted) bottle of product with you.

The scents are lovely too! I can see this being a very practical gift for a regular gym-goer or if you know someone who is always on the go!

Sephora Bath Party Limited Edition Assortment Pouch, $30

Sephora Bath Party Premium Box Assortment, $45

Sephora Cotton Flower Bubble Bath and Shower Gel Set, $28

Sephora Hands Creams Set, $26

Sephora Mini Cotton Flower Bath Set, $17

Sephora Mini Mango Bath Set, $17

Sephora Mini Multicolor Bath Pearls, $10

Sephora Scented Fizzy Bath Bomb Box, $18

Sephora Silver Glitter Spray, $15

Sephora Bath Products (sold individually!). Left to Right – Body Lotion (S$15), Body Scrub (S$15), Shower Gel (S$16), Handwash (S$10).

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So… voila, there you have it! The whole shebang of Sephora’s house brand offerings this festive period!

The prices are reasonable and most of all there is a wide enough range from the nail lover, to the makeup addict or the bath product junkie!

Sephora’s house brand is typically overshadowed by the many many the other brands available but truthfully the house items aren’t lacking too! I’ve swatched a couple of beautifully creamy eye pencils, intense lip colors and more!

If you’re popping in to pick up something from any other brand, don’t forget to just stop by the house brand aisles and give these items a look ;)

Sephora’s house brand Holiday products launches 6th November 2014 at all Sephora stores. Items (packaging or product-wise) are Limited Edition.

Thanks for reading!

 

I’ve got a quick ramble about my recent FAV hair product right now, something my life completely depends upon. So dramatic, I know, but my hair is my life so that lowdown is coming up real soon. Like a few hours soon.

Check back!

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Sephora Hols 2014 – Marc Jacobs

So… I drafted this about sometime last week while I was coughing and sneezing my brains out, I’m better now but here’s a sentiment of how I felt about a week ago, along with some gorgeous holiday promo pics, heh!

Hey all!

It seems I’ve caught the flu bug that’s been circulating awhile of late so my mind’s in a bit of a haze and I’m close to sputtering nonsensical rambles so… with that let me take this time to put up a generic press post about some Holiday pieces from Marc Jacobs!

A brand still relatively new to us – like a little baby toddling about our shores! – it’s highly exciting to see what they will put out for their very first Holiday here and I guess I can say that Marc Jacobs doesn’t disappoint.

Of course, as expected, you should have a few dollars ready when you’re spying any of these but if anything, Marc Jacobs’ makeup line is almost always on point in color and also texture / finish so you can expect to get your money’s worth!

 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer and Bleu 5-piece Eye Essentials Collection – S$99

Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer and Bleu 5-piece Eye Essentials Collection – S$99

Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer and Bleu 5-piece Eye Essentials Collection – S$99

Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer and Bleu 5-piece Eye Essentials Collection

Discover the magic of midnight with Marc’s 5-piece eye essentials collection featuring three best-selling Marc Jacobs beauty products in a collectible makeup bag designed by Marc Jacobs. The decadent collection includes:

  • Magic Marc’er in Blacquer
  • O!Mega Lash Mascara in Blacquer
  • Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Th(ink)

Marc designed this ultra-covetable clutch to reflect his color-blocked vision of Paris’ night sky. A chic and portable mirror is tucked into the bag’s sleeve for effortless touch-ups.

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Kiss Pop Collector’s Edition – S$350

Kiss Pop Collector’s Edition – S$350

And somehow because promo visuals don’t do this amazing box justice, here’s a shot of it in all of its grandeur.

Kiss Pop Collector’s Edition

A collection of all nine irresistible Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks presented in a limited-edition case. The long-wearing, demi-matte shades are Marc’s spin on the color pencil and range from first-date rose to take-me-home red, all encased in a luxurious, collectable, lacquered jewelry box. The coveted lip collector’s edition is only available during the holiday season and makes the perfect gift for the luxury enthusiast. The custom box was designed exclusively to fit on top of Marc’s 13-piece Lovemarc Lip Gel collection, which debuted during Holiday 2013. Shades include:

  • pow! – peony pink
  • crush – tangerine red
  • heartbreaker – pink coral
  • pop – bright berry red
  • wham – coral rose
  • pop rock – strawberry red
  • poparazzi – electric rose
  • smack – burgundy berry
  • headliner – berry sangria

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La Coquette 4-piece Favorites Collection – S$79

La Coquette 4-piece Favorites Collection

Line and shine to create a classic parisienne look with this set of Marc’s most covetable items, including the ultimate black liner for dramatic eyes, the perfect nude nail, and a shimmering pink pout. The addition of a signature mirror and a Marc Jacobs-designed pochette ensure you’ll be ready for a night of magic. This exclusive set contains:

  • Lip Vinyl in Kissability
  • Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Madame
  • Magic Marc’er in Blacquer
  • Mirror Pochette (exclusive with this set)

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The Sky-Liner 7-piece Petites Highliner Collection – S$69

The Sky-Liner 7-piece Petites Highliner Collection

Let eyes take flight with a seven-piece set of petite Highliner Gel Eye Crayons. Marc picked five best-selling shades of his incredibly innovative, first-ever waterproof gel liner crayons and added two more exclusive shades, including the signature color of the season, Midnight in Paris, for Holiday 2014. This limited edition set is housed in a keepsake case that will live in your collection long after the pencils are enjoyed. Shades include:

  • o(vert) – forest green
  • brown(out) – brown with shimmer
  • sunset – bronze with shimmer
  • midnight in paris – navy noir shimmer
  • th(ink) – deep navy
  • plum(age) – vivid purple
  • blacquer – black

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That wraps up the holiday line-up from Marc Jacobs, coming to us at Sephora. From what I understand, a lot of the Marc Jacobs holiday pieces are fairly exclusive to Sephora ION and… to date I believe that the full Marc Jacobs line up is still mainly available at Sephora ION, right am I?

Eitherways, pop by Sephora ION – the HQ of all Sephoras it seems – and you can’t go wrong!

If you ask me… I think the Kiss Pop Collectors Set is to die for but at a pricetag of S$350, it does seem like a huge splurge even though when averaged out, it sounds a whole lot more reasonable at about S$38 a Pop (forreal pop here) and you get the lacquered box thrown in too.

Pretty good deal, yes? Ha!

And the Sky-Liner set is another really pretty and nice piece worth checking out too as these pencils swatched really nicely on and if you have ever wanted to get your hands on some of their Eye Crayons, this is the best time / way to!

 

So tell me, are you eyeing any pieces from Marc Jacobs’s Holiday 2014 collection?

Marc Jacobs Holiday collection will launch 6 November 2014 (mainly) at Sephora ION.

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YSL Holiday 2014’s Gold (& Prints) Grandeur!

Well, I did say I was going to kickstart the holiday mentions as soon as I can so, here they are!

Though unfortunately this mention is one where I don’t have a whole load of information about in terms of the products within but from what I can gather by what I have seen of it (online and from the products I have on hand), it is gold and it is gorgeous.

Aboslutely stunning.

The collection only consists of a few key pieces but don’t let that fool you because these pieces alone are good enough to whip up a look that’s perfect for having your hair up in a bun, sipping on some wine in an elegant long evening gown or alternatively hitting the clubs in pure wild fun – your call.

Eitherways, YSL has you covered!

While I don’t have the star of the collection on hand here are some pictures as seen on chicprofile of the YSL Wild Avery Gold Palette.

Yes, it is leopard print errrthang and those who live for animal prints, this is for you!

I could be wrong but I recall someone mentioning that these aren’t leopard prints but panther prints. Though frankly I’m not huge enough a fan of prints to be able to tell one from the other – panthers have prints?? – so fanatics can advise me otherwise.

Bottom line, it’s almost like wild animalistic nature meets sophisticated chic girl, what more could you want, yes?

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Aside from the Wild Avery Palette, which would make such a perfect companion for you jet-setters or for those would love to have all their makeup options in one sleek palette, lets have a look at the other 2 pieces from the collection – the Touche Eclat (which I have in 02) and Glossy Stain.

The Glossy Stain within this collection is 09 Rouge Laque which I believe is actually part of the permanent range.

What makes this so special, as with the Touche Eclat here, would be the packaging.

Unlike the usual Glossy Stains that feature a black lacquered bottom, the one launched with YSL’s Holiday Collection is gold all around – very grand and very pretty.

I’ll swatch and talk about this another time, look out for that!

Shifting the spotlight to another item that has received a good amount of mention through the course of this post, the Touche Eclat.

I was never a huge fan of animal prints but I must admit that this is probably one of the fanciest Limited Edition Touche Eclat packaging I have seen (in my time).

Something about the glamour of this – fusing gold and animal prints together – makes it really nice to own. Imagine popping this in your touch up bag or perking up your mornings while using this in your routine. Absolute luxury for such a practical product.

I haven’t given these items a whirl just yet (then again the Touche Eclat is a Touche Eclat right?) but if you have never gotten your hands on either of these or are thinking to gift a friend some of YSL’s signature or permanent pieces is a to-die-for packaging, this is the time!

The palette makes for a wonderful gift too, to yourself or someone who jets about and needs everyhing in one sleek and stylish compact. It almost looks like a chic leatherbound notebook, noone would have guessed.

 

I didn’t have a whole lot of information but I hope there are enough visuals and mentions in this post to give you an idea of what to expect from YSL come end October!

YSL’s Holiday 2014 Collection will likely launch end-October.

All items (packaging-wise) are Limited Edition.

 

Thanks for reading!

I felt incredibly tempted to just make this entry a pictorial post, spam pictures and no information but my rambling got the better of me. I know I could sum up a lot of what I say but where’s the fun in that? Yes? And if people come here to read my rambles (I presume…) then ramble, I shall!

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Sephora’s 2014 Holiday Collections Are Upon Us!

While they may not be available right now naooooo but they will be soon, that’s for sure!

I’ll keep this entry fairly brief and spam on some images that I had snapped from the night of the Sephora Holiday Media Preview, most of which I have / had spammed on instagram already, but for the benefit of those that don’t follow me on there – here you go!

With that, I would also like to say that I’m looking to do a more in-depth Holiday showcase for Sephora’s Holiday offerings this time around, if time permits that is!

Last year I did a bit of a round-up for brands but with that I wasn’t able to give enough spotlight to the gift sets, new products, and beautiful holiday pieces available and this year I think I want to take a little more time to do that, if you don’t mind the spam that is!

Of course, the work isn’t so much from my end because the bulk of this will be press pictures, given not everything was available to see at the preview and most certainly not with the most ideal studio lighting (the flood-lights kept giving my pictures this eerie halo). Besides, all you guys want to do is see what’s coming out, when, for how much.

So all that is to come and I actually have a mind to continuously add to this post (via point form right at the end!) as I add new Sephora Holiday mentions so you have a consolidated post to see it all, hopefully, but we’ll see how that turns out.

Meanwhile, here’s a pic-spam (for the benefit for those who don’t follow me on instagram) from a night of makeup browsing and fun!

It sure felt like December already while I was in that hall surrounded by all sorts of Christmas ornaments and the likes!

NYX Cosmetics –

Hello Kitty x Sephora –

Stila Cosmetics –

Urban Decay –

Living Proof –

Percy & Reed –

Burts Bees –

Bare Minerals –

Peter Thomas Roth –

Tarte –

Marc Jacobs –

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Sephora Holiday 2014 Brand Round Up!

So, there you have it!

I doubt I will be covering every single brand’s holiday release but at least by breaking up the press mention of each brand I’ll get to cover more from a particular brand and not feel bad for spamming it up within the entry itself.

So with that said, let me sign off right now because this posts gets too long.

Keep a look out for a whole slew of holiday mentions from brands available at / to Sephora SG!

Thanks for reading :)

p.s. If you’ve noticed, I’ve added a cute little Sephora Christmas Tree ornament to the sidebar. That banner links to this post and should you ever want to do a quick check on the Holiday offerings, you’re simply a click of the button away!

Tell me, are you excited for all the holiday collections to come?

Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with Sephora!

For someone who claims to not be a fan of Hello Kitty (talking about me here), I sure talk about this little lass a lot!

Though it’s hard not to when she’s this adorable and while I’m not a hardcore fan, I wouldn’t deny that her merchandise can be quite cute… and the excuse that I make for myself whenever I pick up cute Hello Kitty plushies would be that my little girl is the fan, not me.

Which isn’t wrong because Baby K does love her Kitty but she has since moved on to the world of trains, dinosaurs and cars, with a little soft spot in her tiny heart for the occasional kitty bag, shoes or shirts.

So anyway, back to this!

Because it’s her big 4 0 , some celebration is due so Sephora has teamed up with our favorite Kitty cat to launch an extremely adorable and collectible collection so that we adults can properly justify our Kitty obesessions.

It’s one thing to buy a Kitty plush but it’s absolutely fine to get Kitty Nailpolishes, Eye Crayons or Eyeshadows, yes?

Let’s have a look:

Let me disrupt the slew of pictures to say – how cute is this ring! And it pops open to feature a solid perfume! Absolutely perfect to carry about and flaunt your kitty love while surreptitiously touching up your scent the whole night.

I think this cute thing has got my eye!

So that’s a look at most of the items that are part of this collection, if you would like a run down, here it is in words.

  • Pop Up Party Eyeshadow Palette
  • An Apple A Day Trio Lipbalm Set
  • Hello Kitty Solid Perfume Cocktail Ring
  • Kawaii Nail Set
  • The Red Row Beauty Diaries (the box with it all)
  • Ruby Compact Mirror
  • Original Fragrance Ruby Roller Girl
  • Milk Money Make up Bag
  • Ruby Hand Held Mirror

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From the looks of it, it seems like this is a collection that is perfect for gifting, with all the ‘set’ pieces and also very adorable yet practical inclusions, like the ring that I had highlighted above.

This collection is already available in Sephora US but I am assuming it is going to reach us together with the rest of Sephora’s Holiday delights! I’ll be popping by the Sephora Holiday Media Showcase so I’ll make sure to give you a heads up if I spot this over there!

Thanks for reading!

Tell me, are you a kitty fan? Are you eyeing anything here?

p.s. don’t let the Kitty mirrors fool you because those actually end up being really expensive!