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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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Chubbysticks! Only… not really.

Oh my gosh, how cute are these?

Coming soon to Marc Jacobs with their Fall 2014 collection, these… chubbystick cosplaying lipsticks are housed in a pretty cheeky and sleek metallic casing, a fun detour from their usual sleek and hefty black bullet tubes.

I think it is quite fun to indulge in the marc’er (geddit, marker, hurhur) looking things and the shades that they are available in aren’t too bad either!

The proper term for these guys are Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks and they are available in 9 shades from Peony Pink to a Strawberry Red and Burgundy Berry.

I am excites!

In other news, here’s what else is new for Marc Jacob’s Fall 2014 release, which is currently available at Marc Jacobs Beauty online and Sephora.com (VIB members) for you international peeps.

I think I’m going to sit around and wait till they pop in Sephora stores here to give them a swatch! How about you, interested?

Thanks for reading!

My Marc Jacobs Beauty Haul (From 2013) – Part 2

It took a while inbetween but here’s the second part to my Marc Jacobs beauty purchase – this Lovemarc Lip Gel that I had added to cart, along with my nail polish purchases.

I had no intention of picking this up and I was solely fixed on the nail polishes. Though out of curiosity, I chanced upon a swatch of this stunning Lip Gel and into the cart it went…

Thinking back, I’m glad it did!

Marc Jacobs’s Lip Gels are made with a unique gel formula though don’t let that trick you into thinking these colors are sheer because most of them are anything but!

Available in 16 shades, ranging from nudes to pinks and the classic reds, I had somehow fallen for the plummy deep and vampy Saboteur.

Here’s an interesting trivia: Marc Jacobs’s lip gels have names inspired by the man’s favorite movies and Saboteur happens to be this really cool vintage one with murders, fires and all that thrilling stuff!

This is besides the point, but fun to know.

Lovemarc’s packaging is, needless to say, very sleek and these lipsticks snap to a magnetic closure. The case is a glossy black with metalic touches that give it an overall polished look.

Saboteur exudes its charm once swatched, so while it doesn’t look like much from the tube, do read / scroll on!

In the tube, Saboteur appears to be a brown-toned deep red that while dark, isn’t too interesting to the eye.

Though once swatched, the hidden plummy and vampy tones show through making this an interesting and special color for those who like to thread a little on the wild side.

it’s a little cool-toned and while it imparts a rich color, it isn’t too bright, making it easy to wear.

The slight plummy undertone gives this lipstick a soft vampy edge, just enough vamp to spice up a look without falling into the boundaries of gothic and being ‘over the top’. A very classy sort of vampy, if you ask me.

Swatched alongside true reds, you’ll be able to see that plum undertone show through a tad more.

I think the true beauty of this shows up best when worn on the lips.

The gel formula allows the Lip Gel to glide smoothly over the lips with enough slip yet enough tact to prevent any feathering or unwanted slip / sliding from occurring.

The Lovemarcs are easy to apply, even for the dark or the bright shades and while the pigmentation is intense, there is that gel-like translucence to these that make them wear so easily over the lips – blending in almost so, unlike some creams, they don’t ‘sit‘ on the lips.

Paired with dark hair, Saboteur seems to really give the overall look the perfect kick and the added strands of purple highlights are delightfully vampy toppings on this otherwise already great combination!

I didn’t get to try it with blonde locks and while I think it would be a great look too, it would exude its own flavor.

There you go, that’s it for my Marc Jacobs haul for now!

I do have a couple more things in mind that I want to get but at the same time I’m not in too much of a hurry to acquire them so I would likely wait for them to hit our shores and give everything a good swatch before deciding!

I hope this helps if you’re planning a Lovemarc shopping list! Just for the information, these Lip Gels retail for 30USD on Marc Jacobs.

Thanks for reading!

My Marc Jacobs Beauty Haul (From 2013) – Part 1

Seeing how there’s word (and pictures) of Marc Jacobs’s beauty line is trooping to our Sephora Singapore soon, I thought this would be a good time to share the few pieces I have!

If some of these catch your eye you’ll know what to zoom in on the minute these are let loose in our stores!

My MJ (shortened here on) items were acquired through some bugging, pestering and, in short, CP (custom-purchasing) from a Sophia’s friend. See the lengths we go to for makeup?

Okay I kid, I don’t think there was any bugging and pestering involved. It was, however, hard to decide on what to get since we did our bulk haul about a month into the launch of Marc Jacob’s Beauty line last year – there were hardly any pictures to reference for shades!

Things have since changed and reviews / swatches are aplenty, especially so for the HOT favorite shades so here’s dropping mine into the sea of them out there.

I wanted quite a few things but seeing as we were going in (slightly) blind, I decided to take caution and settled for safe (aka colors I know I would use) nail polish shades and also one lipstick, just cause.

In this post I’ll show you snaps and swatches of the 2 lacquer shades I picked up.

I’ll do up a separate entry for the lip gel (lipstick) because it’s so beautiful and deserves a bit of a pic-spam, so ’till then!

The MJ polish line (Enamored, as its called) has a nice selection of bright pinks, jewelled blues and other lovely bright hues. Though, as a start I skipped past all the bling and settled on these two simple, understated shades.

Grey seems to be a shade I am naturally drawn towards, especially when exploring a new (to me) brand’s polish line. I like how it is neutral without being nude and offers some depth without being too dark in some cases.

It’s just grey, really, I don’t need to write an essay about it.

The murky olive on the otherhand, I had not planned to get but was drawn to it because of the name – Nirvana. Smooth move there MJ!

The grey shade is called Evelyn, by the way.

The MJ polishes were a lot bigger than I had expected and I wasn’t sure why I imagined them to be small to begin with.

From pictures online, the bottles didn’t look like much, but once you see and hold them in person, they are actually quite nice. The bottle is slick and slender without being too thin; curvy without being too round.

Perfectly smooth and chic!

Now if you aren’t huge on packaging then lets talk about the product now.

The cap of this pops off to feature a handier knob, allowing for an easier grip on the brush, which isn’t too fanciful or revolutionary but works well all the same. Length-wise, it is considerably ‘short’ allowing for better control of the brush.

The polishes applied smoothly on without any streaking, though it could also be attributed that the 2 shades I have are of a cream finish – no need to deal with metallic sheens.

Evelyn –

Nirvana –

And here they are swatched!

  • Evelyn went on a lot darker than I had expected, looking almost like a charcoal grey than the creamy mid-tone grey from the bottle. It required 2 coats for an opaque finish.
  • Nirvana stole my heart once swatched, it looks exactly like how it appeared to be from the bottle and was easily opaque with 1 coat. Though as usual, I laid a thin second coat just because. It’s a yellow-green that is actually quite unique in my stash.

My verdict is that the Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Lacquers are worth a look if you’re into polishes. I don’t know what their price tag will be like once they launch in Singapore but at 18USD, these aren’t too bad an investment!

Thanks for reading – stay tuned for Part 2!

p.s. forgive the fact that my fingers have some icky scabs. I just dealt with a pretty nasty (painful and inconvenient) bout of Eczema outbreak and am still fighting to keep it at bay hence I’ve halted nail swatches for a little while; it became too painful to remove polishes due to the acetone and alcohol in nail polish removers. Though I’m slowly back to swatching now that my fingers feel a little better! :)