Look Feature: A Peep At Blue Peep (& Japanese Spring Cremesheen)

Hello!

Here’s the last of my extremely belated tributes to the MAC is Beauty collection, a Look Feature showcasing one of the pops of colors that I had received!

You can see my first attempt at getting Dipdown & Silly here, and my second attempt with some Wow Factor over here!

I wanted to attempt a couple of products in this look so I reached for a little something I don’t usually wear for a bit of an interesting mix to the texture and finishes in this look.

I’ll explain more about it in a bit – but first, Blue Peep!

This Blue Peep is one heck of a gorgeous blue. I can’t even really say blue either because it pulls more teal than outrightly blue but blue nonetheless.

Okay enough about assessing where this color stands, let’s have a look at how it applies and goes on though I probably chose the easiest way to wear and showcase this but given the sleek and opaque intensity of a teal as such, I really can’t figure out another way to plop this on and have it still sit in wearable grounds.

Though for the sake of showcasing it, I did slick on a thicker-than-my-usual sort of line but on a more usual basis, I do prefer a thinner peek of color on the lids.

The rest of the lids are kept neutral, boringly but easily so, because Blue Peep was stand out enough on its own.

So anyway, that’s about it for the eyes, for the rest of the face I wanted to go for a soft, sheer and translucent texture to contrast the matte, creamy and intense lids.

For the cheeks, I revisited Hang Loose for a wash of icy silver pink! I’ve noticed Hang Loose is one of those shades I don’t use very often on a day to day basis but it’s one I can fall back upon in times when I want a flattering frost of pale pink on the cheeks.

A bit like that flush you get in icy weather – not that I’ve been in one to know but it seems like a lovely soft wash of color yet barely there at the same time.

On the lips, I wanted to take this opportunity to wear and showcase Japanese Spring, a Cremesheen Glass because I probably wouldn’t reach for it or showcase it much otherwise in my usual channels or daily looks.

Nothing against it really, it’s just me and glosses don’t always go.

What’s more Japanese Spring while a cutesy pale color, goes on rather colorless on my already rather lifeless and not too pigmented lips so… unless I were going for that pale nude look, it’s not a look I always prefer.

Thus, for this Look Feature I will confess that I ‘cheated’ a little by dabbing some Silly lightly on the lip for a slight hint of color before going over it with Japanese Spring.

But only ever so slightly such that the milky pale look of Japanese Spring is still kept intact. Just not as corpse-like compared to if I were to wear it straight on da lips.

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
Dior Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation 
Urban Decay Naked concealer (undereye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Lancôme Fraicheur Rosee palette 
MAC Blue Peep Fluidline
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

CHEEKS
MAC Mineralized blush in Hang Loose

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Silly (dabbed on)
MAC Lipglass in Japanese Spring

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Andddddd, there you go!

I do apologise again for the whole lull period you guys had to deal with in the month of June. I know my postings were a little boring and incredibly sporadic but I assure you that come July, you’re going to be so flooded with new postings from me that hopefully it makes up for all this silence.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Ha!

That is also hand in hand with that exciting (for me) project that I’ve been talking about and can’t wait to share. So stay tuned!

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!

LOTD: Icy Blue Hues with Shupette (Has-It-All Palette & Blush)

While putting this look together, I think my train of thought went a little like this:

Okay, let’s see what we can do with this…

That’s not too bad, now lets try this…

Hmm… meh, okay, that wasn’t quite what I expected *mentally a little disappointed with that blue*

Alright lets smoke the ends out to give this more depth

*steps back from the mirror*

Well hey, what do you know, I think I actually really like this look!

Well, yes, for the most part when I’m trying to do a look feature on an eye palette, most of the time I don’t always have a look in mind and I just mix and match the shades up on the spot.

Of course some combos (like neutral looks) just jump into mind but sometimes for palettes that are a little trickier and not as ‘direct’ (by that I mean, green goes here, darker green goes here, voila), a little trial and error is required and that’s how this look came about!

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After exploring the safe, usual neutrals with the Shupette palette – you know, because I always need that classic something to fall back upon – I decided to venture into the soft, giggly and overly happy world of pastels.

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While pastels are soft, they aren’t to be taken lightly either because given the whole soft, airy and bright nature of these colors, they should be paired and blended well with a deeper shade to give the look some depth.

I’m sure we’ve all encountered looks where people slap a pastel shade all over thinking that alone is enough but their lids end up standing out too much and not in a very good way so… yes, as odd as this may sound pastels may be trickier to work with than smokey shades even.

Though when paired right, and with the right glowy sort of pastel colors, they can be incredibly beautiful on with a soft wash of color and stunning iridescent shine.

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The blue eyeshadow in the Shupette palette in particular gives that very lovely iridescent effect that highlights the look really well in a soft icy blue. I was initially a little disappointed at the pigmentation (when I first patted it on) but came to realize that it’s got such a beautiful glow to it that it makes up for the lack of color and need to build it up with wear.

It’s a look I think I will revisit if I’m feeling up for something eye-catching, yet soft and feminine at the same time.

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For the lips and cheeks, I decided to play up the brights and compliment the blues in the eye look with some soft pinks. Though the soft really only applies to the cheeks because there’s no such thing as a soft pink in the Shupette lip palette.

Oh wait, correction, there is… but that’s no fun.

Here are the shades I used (eyes & lips) from the Shupette palette.

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I went with an even brighter fuschia pink this round, as opposed to the already rather bright pink I had worn in the earlier more neutral Shupette look.

I felt that given how icy and played up the eyes were, a stronger lip color (pink, especially) wouldn’t hurt.

I’m really starting to like the pink lip options within the Shupette palette and am half wishing for them to actually roll out such colors. Granted I should have similar shades in the stash, I do like how lightweight and smooth these lip bon bons feel on.

Creamy and smooth, staining but not dry. They’re quite lovely.

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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 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Shu Uemura Shupette Has-It-All Palette
- middle light pastel blue
- bottom left blue
- middle top greyish brown
- top left charcoal
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner (in black) –– LOVE!
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
Shu Uemura Shupette Silk Cushion Cheek Color in Pink

LIPS 
She Uemura Shupette Has-it-All Lip Bon Bon (1st from left)

 

So, that’s that for the look and also the Shupette speed-mentions! Though… if you think about it it wasn’t all that speedy and my mention is a little tardy into the launch but just in case there are still a couple of pieces for those who need a little enabling I hope my entries were of use!

I’ll be moving on to an encyclopedia of Surratt mentions before maybe shifting my blog back to its usual mentions of random slews and brands here and there though I will admit I’m quite liking this ‘categorization’ thing that I’m doing now.

Though this marks the end of the Shupette speed-mentions, it doesn’t mark the end of the product mentions, that’s for sure! They’ll be having their cameos here and there be it in upcoming looks or maybe a ‘current routine’ sort of entry so, stay tuned!

I’ll have those ‘usual’ posts back once I’m done with all my spams. It’s been awhile since I’ve done them it’s like I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to not have a whole lineup in plan and in place!

 

Regardless, thanks for reading!

Read more about the Shupette Has It All Palette here and the Silk Cushion Cheek Color here!

Both are Limited Edition and available right now!

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: The Maquillage BR722 Eye

I’m reusing a couple of pictures featured in a prior LOTD post… because why not, right?

I scrolled back to my old mention about this dearly beloved eyeshadow palette from Maquillage, the BR722 palette released last Fall, which I have given countless mentions about online (by this I mean Instagram mainly) because I love and reach for this very often.

So much more than you would imagine given the other options available.

If anything, I reach for this more than another equally beloved palette, the Lancôme Fraicheur Rosee one, because they serve varying purposes.

The Lancôme one is more appropriate for dressier eyes (e.g. if I have a girly get-together, event or something after work) while Maquillage’s is perfect for the everyday – the colors are all wearable and easy to slap on / blend together.

So with all that said, I thought it was about time I introduced how I wear the Maquillage palette.

 

Frankly speaking there are many ways you can do it if you feel up for swapping color placement daily but for me, the way I see this palette is pretty straight-forward and it’s a no-brainer in my usual makeup style to decide what goes where.

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As I said, you can always mix it up but it’s easy slapping on 5 colors for me (I kid you not), or 4 at least, especially when they’re so beautifully neutral but with enough sparkle. It also helps that the shadows are just the right sort of pigmented – enough to lend shine, sheen and color but nothing that results in extra blending for that seamless… blend.

Enough talk, here’s the face (which you have already seen) but focus on the eyes this time, okay?

And then a close-up, which I didn’t post earlier.

The way I use this palette is quite simple and it’s a method I try to use for all eyeshadow palettes when I don’t feel up for experimenting. It’s like my ‘safe’ color placement.

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  1. First I apply the top left color as a wash all over the lids (just under the crease)
  2. Then I apply the top right color to the outerhalf of the lid, for some color and warmth
  3. Next, using another fluffy brush I blend the shimmery mid-brown (bottom centre) shade on the outer-half and blending it into the crease
  4. For added definition, I use a pointed brush to dab some of that dark sooty charcoal shade into the outer-v (just a little)
  5. Lastly, I dab some of that satin bone white shade on my browbone with a fluffy brush

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Tada, it’s pretty straightforward isn’t it?

So, that’s that for this pretty random and impromptu post featuring one of my most used eyeshadow palettes to date.

It’s a simple brown palette that is a dime a dozen but the way this Maquillage palette shades work so perfectly and easily together for the everyday eye makes it truly of workhorse status. One that I can’t live without now even though browns / neutrals aren’t rare pokemons in the eyeshadow world.

I think I’ve said enough.

Tell me, what’s your favorite go-to eyeshadow palette for the everyday?

Thanks for reading!

 

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: A Lancôme-y Weekend

The last weekend was quite a Lancôme-y affair as I decided to pop by the Grandiôse mascara launch event that was happening at Sephora ION.

I know I often spotlight Lancôme on here but it isn’t for any reason other than the fact that Lancôme’s brand people are generous with their press pieces and are truly looking to spread the makeup love.

It also helps that the new makeup pieces that Lancôme has been putting out have been a joy to use and most of them manage to make their way into my list of daily used items, or even staples because of how easy they are to use (such as being lazy and skipping SPF with Blanc Miracle) and effortlessly polished a look they give (like the Blush Subtils with their soft radiance and flush).

 

So anyway, back to this!

I don’t often attend events over the weekend because it is hard to slot that in amongst errands and family time but because there was a fairly special significance to this event, I decided to pop by and join in the celebrations!

I didn’t put much thought into my outfit given I expected it to be a quick run-by so I did feel a little under dressed amongst all the other very glammed up people, but I wasn’t going to run my errands (after the show) in high heels, a skin-tight skirt along with a baby in tow so… such is life!

Seeing as it was a Lancôme event, I did have a mind to put together, as much as possible, a Lancôme face and it was also a good time for me to finally break into the Hypnôse Star Palette in Brun Au Natural which I have had sitting around but haven’t explored.

This palette is quite a run-of-the-mill neutral palette but leaning towards the golden and warm browns this time instead of the cool ashy taupes I seem to prefer these days.

I am also fiddling about with my new camera so if you do notice a difference to pictures here, that would be why.

The whole process of finding the right lighting, angle, position and way to snap face shots is a whole lot tricker and more of a transition than product shooting, which seems to work so long as the set up is right.

For the lips, I wanted to reach for my trusty Lip Lovers but decided to give some love to a dearly beloved but forgotten product, the Rouge in Love lipsticks.

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfetion Hydrating Care
Lancôme Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Palette (concealer)
Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)

EYES
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes in ST7 Brun Au Natural
Starlash Lightning Waterproof Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS
Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030

LIPS
Lancôme Rouge in Love in 132M

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About the Lancôme Grandiôse launch event, I didn’t snap many pictures of it because I wasn’t very well-equipped and all I had on hand, baby girl aside, was my iPhone which normally works great but just isn’t the best at zooming.

This little fella was so excited about the show, clapping away and so transfixed on the models walking up and down the miniature runway.

The turn out for the event was tremendous, which is all fab for Lancôme but we were quite far from the stage to capture decent pics without the right gear but it was a fun experience all the same with the outrageous and rule-bending makeup looks, couture fashion pieces and whatnot.

A very lively and edgy event all the same, that added a nice touch of glam to my otherwise very homey weekend.

Wrapping it up, Lancôme’s Grandiôse mascara is already available for sale at Sephora stores islandwide and it retails for S$60 a piece. I am still collecting my thoughts about it so I will share them soon, once I pick up words too…

Ha! Yes, I am still battling that word-block situation. I can still write entries but they are just not as fluid as I would like and take far, far too long.

 

Thanks for reading, the weekends are almost here again and I can’t wait for it. I need sleeeeeeep!

Do share, what are some of your Lancôme makeup loves?

LOTD: The Birthday ‘Bleu Metallique’ Look

Phew, so I have been so caught up with site matters (this whole migration deal) that I feel so backlogged in every way possible.

I feel backlogged with my posts, because it has been awhile since I have churned rapidly, and I also feel backlogged with catching up on posts. My bloglovin’ feed has slowly climbed up to about 450 unread posts!

But anyway, as I am slowly getting settled and cozy on here, I thought I would ease into things with some casual mentions before I pop on the heavy weights. By heavy weights I mean srssss (serious) brand stuff – new launches, reviews, product mentions etc.

This also helps give those who haven’t converted over to my new site some time to get that done so they don’t miss out!

 

So!

Back to this LOTD which I had promised you in my last (or likely second last) post on my previous site – the Birthday LOTD and I did use some of my birthday gifts in this look!

Okay, fine, I used ONE because I was completely itching to see how Chanel’s Eyeliner in Bleu Metallique swatches.

And the verdict?

Smashingly – gorgeously well!

I paired this eyelook with a hint of green from an old KATE Eyeshadow Palette which I used to love but forgot about along the way.

As I seem to do with a lot of products. I think it’s about time I dig up some old favorites and give them some love again.

With a rather striking stroke of blue liner on the lid, I would usually opt for something more understated on the lips or perhaps with a failproof red lip (funny how a red lip feels so comfortable right now).

Instead, I went with the more playful route and popped on a bubble gum blue-pink, courtesy of Make Up Store’s latest Fall collection.

I can’t wait to share a quick look at those items because they are mighty perfect for some make up rule-bending and fun! Vibrant pops of contrasting colors and tones – so fun!

Products Used:

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Lancôme Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation
Make Up Store Cover All (concealer)
Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)

EYES
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
KATE Real Create Eyes Palette in GN-1
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Bleu Metallique
StarLash Lightning Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS
I can’t recall, oops!

LIPS
Make Up Store lipstick in Graphic

 

Aside from the face I slapped on, here are a couple more snaps from the simple dinner I had with the family on my birthday.

As much as I like having some sort of get-together and celebrating with multiple groups leading up to my birthday, I very much prefer spending the actual day with my loved ones having a simple, casual and quiet day together.

No great parties, just lots of lazing in bed, catching flicks and of course having some delicious birthday mee sua (click here if you don’t know what that is!)

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LOTD: All Lancôme-d Out (Plus Site Migration Thoughts…)

I’m giving myself a little pat on the back for being more regular about LOTDs / Looks (ha-ha, as if it is truly deserving of a pat) because at one point I was primarily featuring products and diverted my attention to more ‘look feature’ entries. Which still feature my face, yes, but it isn’t as casual, rambly and ‘anything goes’ as my old-style LOTDs are.

While this look seems somewhat geared towards the ‘Look Feature’ segment, trust me I wasn’t keeping tabs on what I was putting on my face and it wasn’t until the last minute, sweeping across the products sprawled out on my vanity, that I realized….

oh hey, this kinda looks like a very Lancôme themed look so… let’s roll with that.

So, here you go – a Lancôme-ish face!

(pictured are the Lancôme products, I didn’t include the other non-Lancôme stuff)

If I had a mind to be more Lancôme about this, I would have truly kept everything to one brand but since the revelation was only made just before I donned my lipstick, I think some products kinda sneaked into the mention a little.

For the eyes, I didn’t have a color scheme in mind but I did know that I wanted to try to incorporate some Lancôme Monos because they have been sitting untouched in the drawers for awhile now and I remember they were pretty colors too, so it was about time I revisited them.

The eye look itself isn’t out of the ordinary – my usual neutral eye, this time leaning a little maroon with some shimmer and shine thrown in. Overall, still good enough for the day and fairly understated.

Though the difference this time was me exploring the Lancôme Kohl Liner (in Noir) as I used that to line the entire of my eye, not just my lower lashline so the overall effect is a much softer rim around my eye. Not as harsh as the usual sharp black liquid liner.

I’m going through a bit of a gloss-loving phase – not necessarily loving lipgloss, but loving that sheer-and-shine finish – so the Lancôme Lip Lovers are absolutely perfect for that with their balmy texture, glossy shine and lovely pigmentation.

The summer bug is not letting me loose and the killer weather these days – so warm and so dry – isn’t helping. I am constantly craving to put on a fresh and light face everytime I sit down to do my makeup.

Products Used:

BROWS
 Shu uemura hard 9 pencil in Walnut Brown
 Shu uemura brow manicure in Honey Glaze

FACE
 L'OCCITANE Hydra Vital Gel (moisturizer) 
 Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Sunscreen SPF50 
 Lancôme Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation 
 Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)

Eyes 
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 Lancôme Alber Elbaz 5 color palette - smokey eyes 
 Lancôme Alber Elbaz mono in I106 
 Lancôme mono in violine tresor P209
 Lancôme Kohl Hypnôse Waterproof in Noir

CHEEKS 
 Lancôme Blush Subtil in 032

LIPS
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There you go! A simple little LOTD mention while shedding some accidental light on Lancôme.

Then again, given how generous the folks over at Lancôme are and how far we have come (from when they first contacted me and all), I do have a good amount of Lancôme within my stash and I don’t think it is all that hard to be all ‘Lancôme-ed out‘.

Thoughts of blog migration…

Either ways, a little off tangent rambling but I have noticed some, well okay, a lot of issues with Onsugar’s site of late. Aside from the whole RSS-issue, which to date I’m not even sure if it is solved or not, apparently there are also some site-script security problems. Which in turn has been affecting how my site (and probably all onsugar sites) shows up on search engines. Which is not at all.

To cut out the whole technicality of it, while yes I don’t crave to be number 1 on the search engine but if someone were to even google ‘icyabstract’ directly, there are instances where my blog doesn’t even show up. Probably the instances where the script’s security has lapsed but it is too glitchy and unreliable for me and has once again brought about thoughts of migrating.

I know I’m not for the whole ‘fame’ and being a widely recognised blogger. I am happy enough with my own pool of readers, some of which that have stuck with me through time but if the glitches are going to continually affect my blog to the point that even these readers do not know of content I have posted and information that I am sharing cannot even be found by those who wish to read about it, then it truly defeats the whole purpose of beauty sharing and such.

So yes.

Long story short, this time around I truly am considering options to move and while I can’t say I am keen on the whole dot com approach (I know, it is quite awesome to have your own domain, plus that is what I do for others at work… hurhur), because it’s a little too much time and effort etc right now. I am thinking it through on whether a move to wordpress (maybe?) is sufficient enough for what I want or should I genuinely consider a dot com.

It’s all in the works and research right now but I thought I would mention it to you all so when I announce a URL shift, you would have seen it coming ;)

 

All that lengthiness aside, I hope everyone is having a great weekend! This long weekend is especially awesome to me because there is a whole lot of fun and bonding involved and I absolutely can’t wait~

Thanks for reading!

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

Hello y’all!

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

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

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

So… all about these Lancôme 24H Artliners!

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

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

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

The Looks –

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

Black Diamond

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

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

Emerald

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

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

Jade

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

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

Amethyst

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

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

Gold

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

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

Silver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Look Feature: Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Achiote

Remember how I mentioned in my little Tarte blush round-up (of my wee collection) that the 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blushes look a lot better worn as opposed to swatched on the hand?

Well, here you go, a little look at how I like to wear it on my cheeks.

As far as blush goes, I personally prefer a soft touch of color, nothing too intense.

That’s an odd statement because a smack of blush isn’t always the best look for anyone anyway, but some people can get away with more prominent sweeps of color… Though sadly, I’m not one of those.

The pictures snapped here are taken indoors with harsh camera flash to light it up, hence it could wash some color out. Thankfully you can see a good amount of it still, but lets just say everything looks nicer in person. Heh!

Tarte describes Achiote as a shimmery golden pink, though in my terms I feel it leans more coral than pink.

On me, Achiote wears as a very natural healthy flush – a good mix of pink and coral thrown together.

As a personal preference, I like to wear corals on my skintone because they are more flattering or perhaps easier to wear, as opposed to pink. Sometimes pink feels a little ‘dressy’ to me, unless it is a soft cool pastel wash, but eitherways corals give a more effortless and casual look. A look I usually prefer.

So anyway, with all that said, this is how Achiote wears on me.

If you are a fan of natural coral flushes, this could be a shade to look into if you don’t already have it. The 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blushes aren’t total wow-ers but they are nice to have should you be looking for a blush to rely on.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush retails for S$45 each and is available at all Sephora Singapore stores. This is a permanent item.

Thanks for reading!