LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – The Mix & Match, Of Champagnes & Smokes!

Last but certainly not the least is this mixed up and matched around Look Feature of YSL’s Couture Variation Eyeshadow Palette!

While I could have stopped after showcasing the trio groupings within, I thought I wanted to take a step back from being informative and inject something a little more personal into this Look Feature series, which is what look comes to mind the minute I land eyes on this palette.

Granted it’s not going to be as flashy, as exciting or as colorful as most other looks I had done with this, it’s something that I feel is very me. Just to give you a glimpse at how I would go about this palette on a safe route.

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It’s not much of a surprise that the look ended up looking rather neutral with a heavy focus on said darkened champagne shade that I have quite obviously expressed my love for within the Wines & Berries Look Feature.

While neutral, I think there’s enough glitz and shine in this look to be worn for the night yet also safe enough for easy wearing through the day.

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Again, I didn’t quite utilize that stunning sparkly grey to the best of its abilities but I assure you… One day, some day, I’ll be sure to portray it in all its sparkly goodness!

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For the rest of the face, I kept it rather signature and clean with a rosey flush and also strong and defined red lips.

It’s classic, it’s simple, it’s dressy yet also functional all at the same time. Just the way I usually like my makeup looks!

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It’s almost as if I’m trying to say that I can efficiently get my job done without any nonsense yet I know how to have some fun at the same time.

Somewhat…

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While the red on my lips is really just that, a very neutral and easy to wear fire-engine red, something about the sharpness and definition to it along with the slight wetness, glossiness and opaque pigmentation is quite alluring.

Reds are aplenty in my stash but right now I’m quite hooked on this one.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo (Champagne rose, dark silver, sparkly grey)
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #05

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture in #1 Le Rouge

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So while it’s a little sad to say this after the continual spam of it but… I believe this is the last of the dedicated YSL Tuxedo Look Features in awhile.

I’ll be sure to revisit this sometime down the road when I’ve got a little more experimental time on hands or when I’m feeling in the mood for some smokiness and sparkles because you know me, while I wrap up a Look Feature after dedicating some time to it, I do revisit products from time to time since I enjoy using and playing around with my makeup more than just featuring them for the sake of.

Thus this is definitely not the last of YSL’s Tuxedo mentions!

Though I still want to give this mini series a little wave. Until next time! Though in the meanwhile I still have some exciting YSL mentions coming your way soon as we slowly make our way into skincare territories!

Slowly but surely…

 

Thanks for reading!

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Blue, Sparkly and Smokey!

Now here’s a look that turned out a little differently than I had expected – by that, I mean in a good way.

Blue is not a shade that I reach for very often these days, though at a point of time it was something I liked to use when I wanted a dressier and smokier look for nights out.

It could be that I’m having lesser smokier girly night outs these days or that I’m just toning down on the smokiness in my looks now but while I don’t do blues as often, it’s still something nice to revisit especially because it truly is a color that complements brown eye colors incredibly well.

My attempt this time around is what I would like to call a ‘chicken-ed out’ attempt because I wasn’t too keen on going full out smokey with blues for a day at work – that’s a little too much for me even – but while this toned down look doesn’t capture the prowess of the shades as well, I think it’s still a pretty look no less and one I wouldn’t mind doing up again if I felt up for some drama!

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To prevent the look from being too overwhelming, I dabbed a little of that bone-white shade on the inner corners because I noticed that lightening the inner corners helps with taming a look down even if it’s ever so slightly.

If I extend the smokiness the full way then it usually ends up looking quite ‘intense’ and ‘fierce’.

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I really love how that sparkly grey looks in the pan and it’s a bit of a pity I couldn’t capture it in it’s full sparkly glory by packing it on the lids, and blending so this look is a little more wearable and seamlessly took away from the sparkles, but I hope you can still see the little glitz and glam it holds in some shots!

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Not forgetting the bejeweled shimmers within the blue shade as well!

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For the lips, I instinctively thought to pair it with a cool-tone, pale and icy pink on the cheeks and lips because that’s my go-to when I use blue or cool tones on the lids.

Though I think I’ve shown enough reds and pinks for the YSL mentions thus far and decided to go against the norm a little and pair the smokey cool blue lids with some warm vibrant orange.

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Though making sure the look was still balanced, somehow, I kept the orange sheer and juicy looking instead of being too intense and matte. This way it could add a little translucence to an otherwise strong and smokey look as well.

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I’ll be speaking more about what’s on the lips in an entry to come but just to scrape the surface a little.

While the shade itself swatches as a straight out tangy orange, the wonders of YSL’s Tint in Oil is that your ‘base color’ or rather naturally lip color plays a part in the final outcome that you see and in this case while it’s got obvious peachy and warm orangey hues, the lips still have a nice rosey hue to prevent the eyes and lips from contrasting too much.

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I especially love the watery translucence that the Tint in Oil lends and somehow while in theory it sounds largely similar to YSL’s new Pop Water Glossy Stain, it’s far from that at the same time.

Somehow the Tint in Oils seem to lend a more plushed lip look and a naturally achieved soft gradient to the color that gives a look of ‘rose bud lips’ which is essentially the ombre lip look trend progressing into more natural grounds.

But eitherways, I’ll have more information about the lip products soon so keep a look out for that!

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #7

LIPS
YSL Tint in Oil in Crush Me Orange

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So there you go!

The last of the trio groupings but this doesn’t mark the end of my YSL Tuxedo Couture Variation palette features just yet.

Just to add a little more versatility to the mix I had also done up a look that mixes and matches across the groupings and is also something that’s a little more ‘me’ so I can’t wait to share that!

Stay tuned for it and thanks for reading!

 

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Wines & Berries!

Look Dos, or should I say Look Deux from the YSL Tuxedo palette is a look at the cranberry and purplish hues within this 10 piece palette.

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At a glance, and based on previously swatching it, I should have predicted that these would go on intense and incredibly smokey but it was during the process of doing up the look that I realized – whoa, these shades really aren’t joking around!

I’m usually quite comfortable wearing purples, as compared to other colors like green or blue for example, and have no qualms about sweeping on some lilac, soft pastel lavenders or even the brighter magenta tones.

Though I’ll admit that somehow this look ended up being a little daunting even for me and I only realized how intense and smokey (smokier than my usual purples even, at least) it is when I was done with the look!

‘Cause you know, before that I was trying to get the color placement right and make sure the look ended up looking like what I had in mind.

Commitment yo.

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But anyway…

If you ask me, while these purples pair together perfectly well, in my usual makeup sequence I might not choose to pair them all together. Not all the time at least.

Shades 2 and 3 (as per labelled below), I feel, are both unique and gorgeous in their own ways and somehow best interpreted and worn separately if you don’t want a look that’s too ‘overboard’ in terms of pigmentation, color and smokiness.

Shade 2 is beautifully sparkly with a nice touch of smokiness and would make a perfect all over lid smokey shade that doesn’t follow the conventional blacks, silvers and greys.

Shade 3 on the other hand is such an interesting cranberry and slightly aubergine color (that’s a little bright for my daily standards) that I would personally pair it with a more neutral hue like taupe or a deep brown as opposed to a smokey outer-corner blend.

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Though I’ve rambled too much about alternative eye looks that I would do with this trio, let’s get back to what I had actually done and documented for this Look Feature!

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Because I wanted to blend and pair the colors seamlessly together while making it still fairly wearable for my workday, I ended up blending away some of the beautiful sparkles within though you can still catch them a little at some angles in the shots below.

Not as obvious as I would like, but still a little evident.

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The smokiness of that outer-corner shade really astounded me since it appears quite plummy in the pan.

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I didn’t really give much of a mention to the darkened champagne shade that was used in the inner corner of the lid because, alongside a cranberry and a sparkly smokey purple it doesn’t seem like much but it truly is a beautiful shade that’s easy to use and also a little unique from the pale and shimmery champagnes that we are used to.

I’ve given it a lot of use, even outside the grouping of this trio, and I’ll probably talk about it again in a mix and match Look Feature to come.

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For the rest of the face, given how smokey and ‘dressy’ the look is already, the rightful pairing is a cleaner and more neutral face with soft peach or nude hues on the cheeks and lips, right?

Well… yes but you know me, somehow I’ve been on this makeup phase of pairing smoked up and slightly dramatic eyes with stronger lip shades so that’s exactly what I had done here.

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It’s quite bizarre really, that I feel a pop of color on the lips is nice paired with smokey eyes for the day and for the night I prefer a nuder and lighter lip shade.

It’s as if I feel nude and fair lips is more of an acquired and dressy look compared to a vibrant pink pout.

Very interesting indeed.

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The lipstick that I have on is the YSL Pur Couture The Mats in Shade 208 which is a current love of mine.

YSL’s Pur Couture Mat formulations are extremely lovely to wear being comfortable and creamy on while imparting rich and intense pigmentation coupled with a finish that’s a little flatter in dimension but in a favorable and flattering way.

It’s not quite matte matte, I’ve seen shades with a more intense matte finish, and perhaps a bit more of a satin but that makes it easy to wear if you want something simpler in finish but not too retro or ‘flat’ either.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #2

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture The Mats in 208

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I’ll talk about the YSL lip ranges in more detail through the 30 Days of YSL mentions so stay tuned for that but meanwhile, that’s that for Look Deux from the YSL Tuxedo palette!

The purples are definitely the dressier shades of the lot, though they’re all considerably dressy in their own ways, but if you’re in it for the smokiness and vampy-ness then these crimsons and plums are right up your alley!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the Sparkly Blue look coming up on Monday!

Cause you know, Monday Blues and all… ha

 

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Silver Smokes!

Okie dokes, so here we go with the whirlwind of YSL’s Tuxedo Look Features!

Which okay, there really isn’t a whole lot because I’m only planning for 4 – one for each trio and also a mix and match option that’s a bit more ‘my style’ – but it’s going to be a bit of a consecutive run so…

Let’s go!

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The first look features the smokey silver trio which I would say is the most wearable and easiest to pull off, by my standards.

I feel silvers and smokey taupes are the perfect go-tos when you want something a little dressy but not overly dramatic or tricky to pair.

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Of course the tricky bit is the smokey portion, blending that out and making sure it’s not too smokey (unless that’s your thing) but I feel compared to color variants of smokey looks, Silvers are considered easy-peasy!

I did a bit of color placement and labeling just so you know what which color went!

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I can’t fully capture the soft sparkles the silver (inner corner) and sparkly grey (middle of the lids) lends but I did try to and I hope that it translate a little at least!

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For the rest of my face, here are the YSL pieces that I thrown on, from base to cheeks and lips.

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I’m having a bit of a love affair with YSL’s Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation so you’re going to see it pop up on here quite a bit, don’t mind that.

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Adding a little more color to the shimmery, silvery and smokey look, I opted to be a little playful and pop up some pinks / fuchsia. Though if you prefer a more classic look you can always pair this eye look with a creamy and rich red lip and that would work just fine.

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Heck, you can even go with a nude lip if that’s your thing and you would be able to rock it too.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
YSL Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen in Shade 2.5 (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #9

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in Fuschia

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And that’s that, Look 1 done and 1 trio down!

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Next up, we’ll have a look at the wines within YSL’s Tuxedo Couture Variation palette and I’m going to say that these are intense with a capital I so stay tuned for that!

 

Thanks for reading!

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: Rosey Rock Resille… Resplendence?

Okay I know, that’s one cheesy as cheese title but it’s the best alliteration I can come up with right now with the mild word block / writing block that seems to be make it’s presence known once in awhile.

I believe it’s the stress of a lot of things happening and while this YSL thingamajig I’m taking on is huge, it’s also enjoyable and a bit of a fun thing to do inbetween all the hectic-ness so I’m not complaining about the huge scope of it. I only hope it ends up as enjoyable, interesting and fun for you guys!

 

So, getting started on this YSL journey (of sorts), I have a look for you all, featuring my take on the YSL Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette that I had spoken in detail about here.

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As mentioned in the product rundown entry, my typical eyeshadow placement isn’t going to do the shadows here much justice because these shades are all about layering and blending to give the eye-look some complexity with the translucent base colors and beautiful shimmers within.

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For me, I usually go with the ‘gradiented’ look which still works, definitely, but more time and effort will be involved in making the colors show up better.

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It could also be because I’m ensuring they show up well enough to be captured on camera but for a day to day setting, while yes I will still agree they end up a little more faint after blending, it’s sufficient hues of colors and some sparkles for a day look.

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So that’s the rundown of what’s on the eyes.

While I’m at it, let me spotlight a little on what other bits and pieces of YSL I have on the rest of my face – namely the color products which cover the cheeks and lips, as well as the base.

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The Fusion Ink foundation is slowly becoming a huuuuge love of mine. I’ll share about this really soon too so hang tight!

On the cheeks and lips, I’ve decided to go with a contrasting yet still complimentary flush of pink on the cheeks and something a little bit more orange in tone on the lips.

Yet both share a similarity of being warm and red-hued once on the skin so it all works out!

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Palette in Rock Resille
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in 08

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Orange 13

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So here’s my take on the beautiful and rosey hued Rock Resille palette – a nice little twist on rock and a nice hue of color while keeping it all neutral and soft.

I would have liked to do a couple more looks, attempt a layered and blended one perhaps, but given how this may or may not be currently available, I think I shouldn’t be too much of a tease right now.

Perhaps down the road I might revisit this palette again if I muster up a way to layer the shadows well enough to do them justice. As you all know, things that show up on my blog will re-surface again because when I use and love makeup, I really use and love them and not feature it solely for the sake of.

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Alrightey, that said, thank you for reading and don’t forget to follow me on instagram too (if you haven’t already) to keep up with my 30 Days of YSL!

 The YSL Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette is Limited Edition

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: All Purple-d Out with Wow Factor and Diva-ish (MAC is Beauty)

Okay guyyyys, time is runnin’ out here so I’m going to cut straight to it!

I know it’s still a week away till July (for da exciting things to come!) but while I’m hustlin’ these entries out, because of my OCD self and the need to group all my MAC is Beauty mentions together, I’m also trying to finalise the bits and bobs and iron out pieces from the July Excitement so I can hopefully get it together and deliver it well to you guys.

Because you know, my time is already a little stretched and tight normally. Frankly speaking this project is quite normal to some but probably ambitious to me yet I am just so excited about it I’m throwing caution to the wind and running in with it.

But anyway, that’s just me rambling on about that when it’s not quite time to do a big reveal just yet so… let’s get back to this MAC Look Feature.

The moral of today’s entry is, who says you can’t pair purple-hued lids with purplish tinged lips?

Well, no one in particular….

But there is that age-old  makeup saying of keeping color on one place or only emphasizing one of your features so nothing competes against each other which I guess isn’t wrong but it doesn’t mean you can’t play around with makeup a little and mix up some colors on the lids and lips, yes?

After all, the beauty scene is evolving so much these days that there’s no hard and fast rule to makeup anymore so long as you feel comfortable in it and are werking it!

Though mis-matched face and neck foundie is still not cool.. ha.

For the eyes, I played around with Wow Factor which was actually a beauty to wear and apply.

It went on smoothly and blends really easily considering it’s quite a pale almost pastel sort of lilac which could go so wrong with chalkiness and pilling up but none of that happened.

The color had a bit of a dustiness to it too once on the lids and that made it pretty wearable as well – not too stark or pastel on which was what I had feared.

To give the look a bit of definition and also a ‘neutral’ edge, I added some smokey purples that weren’t too bright or strong in purple hues. Something a little smokey, a little deep with a touch of aubergine to keep to the theme of purples.

 

The eye look turned out really wearable, more so than I had in mind, and beautiful even for the day to day and it’s definitely something I would throw on again if I get bored of browns.

On the lips I have Diva-ish, also from MAC is Beauty, and this color on the other hand was a little bit of a sad case on me.

I believe the issue lies with me, at least.

In the tube, Diva-ish is this gorgeous berry tinged pink that has a little bit of a depth to it that gives it a nice twist. Yet once applied on my lips, the color seems to lighten considerably and goes on a bit of a vibrant mid-pink.

I seem to lose a little of that berriness and purple-tone that I loved from the tube and it could be due to my lip’s pigmentation or rather lack of because I have seem some ladies with lips that are a touch more pigmented and that seems to bring out the berriness of Diva-ish beautifully.

How sad, really.

Though it’s still a pretty pink that I quite like to wear, just not entirely what I had in mind. Boo.

Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L’OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Liquid Foundation (NC25)
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof (NC20 – undereye concealer)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadow in Wow Factor
MAC Eyeshadow in Shadowy Lady
MAC Eyeshadow in Smudged Violet
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Blacktrack

CHEEKS

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Diva-ish

Revisiting my earlier point in this post, yes I would think that the makeup rule has some truths to it such that as long as everything has some sort of a balance to it like how while there is purple on the lids and lips, the one on the eyes is dustier and more muted to allow the bright purple-tinged pink to stand out more.

So, yes, I think that’s about it for this look!

I have 1 more Look Feature coming up before I announce whats going down in the month of July (during July, but of course) so stay tuned for that! I hate to be a tease about it and who knows, maybe it’s not the same level of excitement for you guys as it is for me but I really am quite stoked about it.

The excitement is going to flow over to my Instagram account too so if you’re not following me on there yet, what are you waiting for!

:)

Look Feature: Getting Silly With MAC (& Some Dipdown Lovin’)

How often is it that you come across a hot hawt pink that has so many tendencies to go wrong yet goes on absolutely perfect.

Granted to say you’ll need some pretty good lip condition, the right range of skintone as well as the guts to pull it off but it’s a beautiful pink nonetheless.

Not one you’ll see me reaching for on a daily basis but when I feel up for a little more fun and my pinks just aren’t up to the job because they’re not bubble-gummy fun and bright enough then it’s MAC’s Silly to the rescue.

This post actually spun out from a lip swatch shot where I figured I quite liked what I had on the rest of my face and in the face (hurhur) of a color like Silly, it’s one that is best viewed from a distance to see how it ties in with the rest of the look so… Look Feature, why not.

I didn’t really have anything else from my mix of MAC is Beauty items to feature alongside Silly, or rather it didn’t cross my mind since it was suppose to solely be a lip swatch so here you are seeing Silly all alone in it’s own glory.

Well, somewhat alone.

Cause while I’m at it with MAC, I figured why not share my current obsession that doesn’t quite fit in anywhere in the recent scope of things.

Why?

Because it’s not new nor is it recently repromoted amidst the slew of Fluildines but it’s something I’ve come to learn about recently (through Mag) and really grown to love – the MAC Fluidline in Dipdown but get this… for my brows!

Yes, brows.

Evidently that’s what the internet raves about it for. Though it is a mighty awesome deep brown liner in itself but you know me, I love my sleek black flicks so I think this gets more love from me as a brow liner.

Especially so when my hair is a little darker these days and most of the brow stuff I was using are a little light in tone now.

It took some getting used to in both the shade and also the formula (because using a gel pot for the brows is a totally new thing to me) but once I got the hang of it, you could say that I’m downright obsessed right now.

Though of course, as with the makeup realm, love for a product is real but obsession can be fleeting so before I get distracted and hung up on another new and upcoming brow product I thought I would give this its deserving mention first and urge you to go check Dipdown out (for brows) if you’re up for a duo-purpose product that fills your brows and also lines yours eyes! Ha!

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A bitt’o Rambles…

So anyway, that’s about it!

I’m not very sure how I fared in this post and I hope that it’s largely legible, such that the text makes sense and it isn’t too rambly, because I feel like I’m caught in a bit of a word block again these days and my brain just isn’t co-operating.

Not just with the blog but work and all.. it’s like my mind is always on sleep-mode and I can’t boot it up, ha.

It could be added stress from work given the crazy deadlines these days and also tiring home situations because baby’s been extra cranky these days from both the testy-toddler phase and also the pretty bad flu and cough strain she had contracted from school (she’s in Nursery 1 now).

But on a happier note, I’m glad I still managed to ramble something out and just talk to you guys about it. Rambling and ranting on here makes me feel better, somewhat, even though sometimes words fail me and sentences aren’t what I hope they would be I hope you guys enjoy reading nonetheless!

Leaving this off, I’ll have 2 more MAC is Beauty looks to put up and I hope to get them up within the month of June because July is going to be one exciting month!

Trust me, it’s going to be good! :)

Thanks for reading!

Look Book: MAC Huggables! (feat. Soft Talkin’, I’m Game, Flaming Lips & Love Feeling)

Hey y’all!

So here’s the second installment of my MAC Huggables feature! Sorry it took awhile, this past long weekend was a hectic one where house-errands were concerned.

I know I didn’t show much (in terms of swatches and how everything goes on) in the review entry where I mainly shared my thoughts about them so here I am, back with a Look Book-esque feature of the 4 shades I’ve got!

I’ve included half-lip swatches because where translucent or close-to-lip-shade colors are concerned, I feel that half-lip swatches (while bizarre) give a good gauge of the pigmentation you are laying down. So hopefully these work out helpful!

Also, since these Huggables are a little translucent, do keep in mind that they will likely swatch on differently from person to person.

It’s mostly dependent on the pigmentation of your lip color and my lips aren’t the most pigmented so if yours are they could go on deeper or stronger in tone for you!

 

Soft Talkin’ –

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Half-lip swatch

 

The thing about translucent, sheer-ish glossy shades is that when it comes to neutrals, these aren’t the best.

Often times it’s either it’s so light there’s hardly any pigmentation (gloss, anyone?) and other times they tried to load up on pigmentation that it ends up going on chalky and just bizarre.

I’d say, compared to a few nude attempts at glossy and translucent lipstick finishes, this one isn’t too bad.

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There’s a decent amount of pigmentation that I do see some beige going on after application (and I don’t look so dead) but it’s still a nice spectrum of nude-neutral if you’re looking for that.

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It doesn’t go on chalky or emphasize (my) liplines, from a distance at least, and all in all is a really easy and quick neutral nude color to throw on without much maintenance after.

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Not bad, I’d say!

 

I’m Game –

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Half-lip swatch

 

This is such a pretty shade. So so pretty!

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I classify this as a mid-pink, though some reviews have classified it as a deeper pink, it’s your call really.

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Overall, it’s something that’s nice and wearable but yet still lends a bright splash of color to your look.

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Though not too intimidating that you have to be all made up to pull this off. It works perfectly well with smoked out looks as well as a fresh and bare-faced look, complete with filled in brows.

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I would say it’s highly versatile and even a touch playful such that it has an air of casualness to it. It’s really one of my favorite of the lots and one I would urge you to check out!

 

Flaming Lips –

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Half-lip swatch

 

Now, what can I say about this color…

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It’s extremely pretty, no doubt, but at this stage I think glossy neutral-reds aren’t the most unique in the sea of lip color options though of course it’s still nice for a brand to roll one out should you be a fan of reds.

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As they say, you can never have enough red!

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I don’t know what else to say about this except it’s a pretty juicy red and something quite no-brainer to throw on.

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Perfect if you want an everyday-red or perhaps a stepping stone to the world of red lips!

 

Love Feeling –

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Half-lip swatch

 

Now we’re talking! This shade here is indeed pure love.

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Though that’s me and my biased-ness when it comes to orange and coral lip shades speaking. You see, I’m a little bit queer.

I wear reds often and easily, I reach for pinks quite often because they’re quite fun and casual but yet still striking yet at the end of the day, what captures my heart and takes my breathe away most is really corals.

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They aren’t the easiest to pull off because on tanned skin some oranges can pull too bright (and stark) and on fair pale skin oranges could look out of place but yet if you’ve found a nice one, they are especially pretty to wear.

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Love Feeling is a really good example of a ‘nice one‘ because while it is evidently orange, it’s got enough balance of color in it to make it wearable and not as daunting especially for those who thread carefully when it comes to corals.

If you like oranges but don’t always fancy the full-out tangy orange shades, then Love Feeling is perfect for you too.

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It’s as dressy as reds but not that formal, as vibrant as pinks but not as cutesy and playful. It’s a perfect chill and laidback but yet still striking shade – as much of an oxymoron that is.

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So there ya go!

Amidst corniness I’ve managed to describe the 4 shades that I have on hand.

There are still 6 more shades to check out and those range from dusty mauves to roses, there’s definitely a shade that would be suited for you!

Give the Huggables a chance, if you haven’t, and for all you know it might change your mindset on the idea of glossy, juicy pouts of emollient color that’s great for everyday wear!

 

Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Huggable Lip Colors are available in 10 shades (at all MAC Counters while stocks last) and retail at S$30.

The Huggables are Limited Edition.

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: That sweep of Royal Blue, or rather Royal Wink (MAC Philip Treacy)

Hello you guys!

Here’s the last of my dedicated MAC Philip Treacy look features, though not the last time Philip Treacy products see the light of day on here, I’m sure! They may pop up in other Look Features / LOTDs down the road, who knows!

For this look, I wanted to give the Royal Wink Fluidline a feature because of the recent flood of Fluidlines in MAC’s collection, this seems to be the only Limited Edition release (the rest are permanent but just brought into the spotlight once more).

So while I was at it with the look, I figured why not throw in a sprinkle of other mentions from pieces within the Philip Treacy collection, just cause.

So here’s a look at Blacktrack (the black liner) as well, a permanently offering that is widely popular with MAC fans for being that perfect black gel liner to own.

You’ll see the Highlight Powder in Blush Nude gracing us again with its soft and shy presence in a bit too.

Giving you a little sneak peek of what’s to come, I’ve got the MAC Huggable Lip Color in I’m Game on the lips.

I’ve really come to love the formula of these Huggables, and the name is just adorable. Though I’ll share more about them at a later date, I have a mind to give them a mention sometime next week seeing as the Huggable range (and Pro Longwear Waterproof Liquid Foundation) are both launching today, 15th May, so… I gotta keep with the times, right?

Products Used:

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

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Color Correcting Powder in 001 Crystal Rose

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
MAC Fluidline in Royal Wink
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

CHEEKS
THREE Color Veil in 19 Love Kick

LIPS
MAC Huggable Lipstick in I'm Game

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Alrightey, so that’s that! Thanks for popping by this Look Feature and stay tuned for more to come!

As always, thank you for sticking around my side/site, hurhur, while I bustle and buzz around in life.

Thanks for reading!

Look Feature: Genuine Treasure with A Pop of Hollywood (Cerise)!

Hello!

It’s time again for a Look Feature!

Now. while you’re not here for long stories I just want to repeat that often (actually, all the time) my Look Features are actual looks that I do for a day at work because weekday mornings are the only time I can manage to plop on this amount of makeup. Weekends are always a rushed and family oriented affair so makeup fun-time is almost zilch.

That said, I’m currently in a relatively new work environment and have donned safe neutrals for about a month now and feel it’s about time I take some baby steps towards more played up makeup, and in the process, be able to squeeze out some Look Features for you guys!

So with that essay done, let me introduce this look!

Okay, if anything, I know it isn’t flamboyant but I would say it’s a tad flashier than what I’m used to – simple soft brown neutrals and all.

This look is slightly smokey with a beautiful amount of shimmer and sparkle (sadly not full captured in this lighting) and even with all that ‘drama’, to me at least, I still paired it all with a bright lip color.

If it counts for anything, I donned it on a Friday which makes it okay to be a little flashier, yes? Heh.
For the lids, all I had on was Genuine Treasure, a paint pot released with the MAC Philip Treacy collection, and this right here is pure love.

The formula could be perfected a little more and it could apply creamier and blend a tad better but overall it’s pretty okay.

Plus the fact that it’s absolutely stunning and sparkly just about makes up for it.

I thought to line the lids with Blacktrack (re-promoted with Philip Treacy) but preferred a richer and more crisp patent-black liner look so liquid liner it is!

The sparkles within Genuine Treasure is the real gem here but under my strong lamp lighting they’re a little washed out and muted. If you’re in a dimmer lighting situation (e.g. warmer light, or even washroom lighting) you’ll see the shimmers really sparkle and shine as you blink – it’s quite beautiful!

If you’re wondering about whether the shimmery bits tend to migrate or fall on the cheeks with wear then my answer to that is – yes.

Though, as you can see, the shimmer flecks are quite fine so if you’re good with a little sparkle on the cheeks as you move then you should be fine with any fall out or migration from this. Definitely no disco-ball action, thankfully.

Plus, with something this gorgeous, that minor bit of a con is something I can live with.

Given the smokey and sparkly eye look, I could have gone with a nude lip look but instead decided to go on a more playful route and pop on Hollywood Cerise, a bright raspberry pink!

I swept on a light veil of color on the cheeks using my favorite blush for that soft flushed effect – THREE Color Veil in Lovekick. Since the eyes and lips were already played up so much, it’s only wise to give the cheeks some color (to balance the look) but nothing too overpowering either.

I think it’s the lack of sleep these days that’s making my double eye-lid do weird hooded things again. I’ve been quite annoyed with it in some of the recent Look Features I’ve snapped. Grr.

Products Used:

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

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Color Correcting Powder in 001 Crystal Rose

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Genuine Treasure Paintpot
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
THREE Color Veil in 19 Love Kick

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Hollywood Cerise

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And that’s the look!

I’ll admit that while I’ve tried wearing some slightly flashier and not-so-neutral looks to work a couple of times, I still have second thoughts about it when I sit down and think to put together a more striking / smokey / colorful look for the day.

While bright lips is something I have started throwing on since Week 1 at New Job, I still get some colleagues commenting about how ‘red’ my red lipstick is… Heh.

Baby steps I guess, baby steps.

I’m definitely not going to do some full-out smokey cleopatra-esque sorta eye look anytime soon of course.

 

Thanks for reading you guys! Look forward to my last Philip Treacy Look Feature that features a bright pop of blue! :)