What Was On My Nails: All Da Reds! (NARS & Barry M)

Hello you guys!

While I’m quite glad this week is a short week, it’s starting out to be quite a whirlwind of items to rush out / finish up! Amidst all the furious taping and typing away at work, I noticed that it’s been awhile since my nails have been painted and it’s been an even longer while since I’ve featured some nail entries up on here.

These days, after I started on New Job apparently, I just haven’t been able to find the time to paint my nails. Even with all the quick dry technology in the nail-realm, apparently time is still tough. Ha.

That aside, I’ve also been keeping my nails chopped short due to a rather bad eczema flare-up that I had faced quite recently. It’s much better now (don’t wanna jinx it saying this) but due to paranoia I still prefer keeping my nails short in the meanwhile so in the scenario I can’t resist the urge to scratch – and that happens a lot when I sleep – at least it isn’t so damaging.

So short and nekkid nails it is these days and frankly, I don’t mind but just for the blog’s sake here’s a look at some red talons I donned before this nail polish abstinence phase I’m going through right now.

 

Barry M – Pomegranite

The first of the reds would be this lovely gift that Mabel (Sheshopsmakeup) had got us from one of her trips.

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I’ve not tried much from Barry M, muchless polishes, so this stunning red was definitely a very welcomed addition to the nail drawer.

I don’t have many red nail polishes but of the few that I do have, I think Barry M’s Pomegranite stands quite uniquely amongst them.

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While red and bright, it’s got this soft creamy pink tone to it in certain lightings that prevent it from being a straight-out chilli-red and that option is nice sometimes when you want to take a break from the classic and text-book sort of red.

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The formula of this is quite awesome as well, going on glossy and shiny without the need of a top-coat and lasting well through the many days I had it on. It’s definitely a color I’ll reach for again, and again, and again!

NARS – Dovima

Speaking of again, and again, and again, a red that I’ve donned for the longest period of time, continuously too might I add, would be NARS Dovima.

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If Barry M Pomegranite isn’t classic enough for you then NARS Dovima is probably just what you need. I will say however that classic reds are quite commonplace in the beauty industry because everyone loves a good, rich, chilli-red nail polish but finding a good one with a nice shine, easy application and smooth quality may not prove as easy.

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Dovima ticks all the right boxes and of course looks all sleek and chic in the NARS packaging.

Unfortunately I was gifted this gorgeous red by Mag (Makeupstash) so I’m not sure which collection it is from and if it is -le gasp- Limited Edition but eitherways if it happens to be I hope it gets repromoted really soon.

 

Dovima Feat. 3CE’s VL06

Another example of how obsessed I was with Dovima at one point is that even while painting another color (3CE’s VL06 which is stunning too and gifted by Eliza – all gifts in this post, I feel so loved, heh!) on, I actually felt inclined to add a pop of Dovima to spice up the combo.

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So yes, long story short, here’s a look at the nail combos that I had cycled through before I arrived at the current nail abstinence phase.

I do miss the look of painted nails so I’m itching to get a fresh coat on soon but I guess until then it’s nekked nails to let them breathe and air and do whatever else naked nails do, ha!

On another note of red, I noticed Ciate has this stunning red, very appropriately called Red Hot Chilli! Go give the Ciate nail products a look if you’re looking for some quaint and chic pops of color (or even neutrals!)

 

Thanks for reading!

Till next time, whenever that is! I promise I’ll have my Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick mention up really soon. I’ve been working on that since forever!

Whoopdedoo – New Camera (And New Makeup)!

Hello!

I’ve got some really really exciting news to share, more so for myself actually but remember the little camera dilemma I found myself in a while back? When I posted this LOTD?

Well, that dilemma is now a thing of the past because…

Voila~

My new shiny and sexy baby, woots.

Okay I couldn’t help myself there, please excuse me.

But as you can see, after seeing both the Olympus EP-5 and EM-10 in person, I had fallen for the Olympus OM-D EM10 because of how adorably compact it looks along with how handy the knobs and dials are even though before this I always had my sights set on the EP-5.

I guess it’s true, when it comes to cameras you really have to see and feel it in person before passing judgement.

Given how pretty this looked, I went all the way (or rather Hubs went all the way) and got a whimsical and girly strap for me to go with the camera instead of the default black one that comes with.

It’s frivolous yes, but a pretty strap makes a pretty camera even prettier, yes?

On a not that frivolous note, I got the dual lens kit because I figured given the focal (and zoom) length of the kit lens, I probably want something a little further for occasions like zoo trips or… something.

While not as cute, that ‘tumbler’ you see there is the 40-150mm lens, for ‘back up’ purposes.

Now, it’s really random for me to be parading my new birthday present from the hubs but I guess my point of this is, yay to a new camera because for the most part the use of a camera is to snap pictures for this little space of mine so… I guess that is why I felt this newbie deserved a mention and an introduction.

While I love my old and gold SONY A350, it has been giving some problems and is starting to sound aged (springs do echo once pictures are snapped, slower start up time, lens spasm… etc).

It is still going strong (bless that trooper) but I am in need of a shiny new play toy, and also a back up plan if you will.

Long story short, I am might pleased with the camera I eventually decided upon (Olympus OM-D EM10, once again) because I have shot some test snaps and am loving how it feels and shoots so far.

Here are some quick shots:

And that one is some dreamy filter I was testing out. Cool stuff.

And then there’s more!

So… yes while I am excited about the camera, so excited that I daren’t touch it much for fear of dirtying it (so lame, I know), here’s more stuff to be excited about!

After all, we talk about make up on here so here’s a little makeup to show for it!

Also along the lines of a birthday gift, here’s a generous beauty pile I got from my beloved beauty pals (hurhur, see the rhyme) – Eliza, Mabel and Sophia!

It’s so darling that they remembered I have been sitting on my wishlist of the Les Beiges powder and after gifting me the Retractable Kabuki last year, I now have the powder to go with!

And to add to the Chanel party, I also got this stunning gem!

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The Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Bleu Metallique which is absolutely gorgeous.

I know that because I have already used it… I couldn’t help myself.

And lastly, the beautiful beautiful hot pink lipgloss from NARS, Priscilla. Looks like Yu and Schiapp have company now!

Wrapping It Up – One Year Older, Not Sure If I’m Wiser…

I guess wrapping up the past year, time seems to have flown by and things were quite a rollercoaster of events and emotions. Such as this little frivolous roller coaster that is going through my mind right now as I fret about blog issues. Yes, the same blog issues that aren’t solved thus far. Tsk!

In the bigger scale of life, I have been busy with my mini-me and also trying to put entries up as often as I can, along with sorting out work issues in work time but like what everyone says, life truly passes you by the minute you hit your 20s because, frankly speaking it felt like it was just yesterday that I turned 21 and now I have just turned 24!

Yet, here I am still the same girl, writing on the same blog about the same frivolous makeup issues even though my life is completely different from what it was when I first started this space.

I don’t know what else to contribute to my philosophy of life because it didn’t even feel like a whole year had gone by yet here we are sitting in 2014 with a very much evolved blogging scene. Everything is booming on social media these days and we’ve got so many more avenues to contribute to Cyber Bullying and a whole lot more frivolousness to fret about.

Like how I have been quite annoyed and peeved with the blogging issues and dilemmas I have ben encountering these days, with the whole Onsugar RSS and Security Cert glitch and how it has also in turn been affecting traffic on my blog. Which really in a sense shouldn’t bug me because I don’t play the number game though I can’t help but feel annoyed I am subjected to this just because I don’t have control over portions of the site to tweak and amend. I guess that is what comes with being hosted for free as opposed to self-hosting.

So anyway, I will admit that this issue is nagging away at me, making me consider remedies and options like moving out to another host or even self-hosting but at the end of the day, I should remind myself to look at the bigger picture.

I love makeup, I love writing but I should also find means and ways to improve my quality of life, my family’s and much as I enjoy attending events, writing about products and such there are occasions things start to get to me and get in my head and I tip towards the scale of numbers but I must always remind myself that there are bigger things in life than makeup clique-goss, who gets more products, who posts the quickest, etc.

I guess this is growing up, learning responsibilities and hopefully learning to ramble less!

A large part of this could be confusing for a lot of
people but I guess I am just having a self reflecting verbal diarrhea on here, and being very truthful about matters running through my mind for whoever is interested or around to read.

I feel grateful that given how I’m not as shiny and prepped (I mean this in the whole doll-ed up aspect of it) as good deal of the girls sashaying about on Instagram, I still get a substantial amount of views, presence and I truly appreciate all of you because in a world so frivolous and fickle, somehow this feels genuine.

Okay, enough of me, I should go now. I had no intention to make this so deep but… if it helps lighten matters up, I have a LOTD coming up soon!

Thank you so so much for reading!

The Camera ‘Testing’ LOTD

Frankly this isn’t a LOTD entry to be a LOTD entry but it was spawned from me testing a new gadget out.

By testing, I mean light testing which went a little like this…

 

No, I haven’t gotten myself a new camera just yet but given the issues with my 7-year-old extremely loved SONY A350, it is about time I looked around and invested in one.

I decided to go for a different ballgame altogether – brand and built – by delving in the realm of compact cameras. Yet a large part of me can’t give up on the need for manual customizability while shooting so… I am considering a couple of Olympus options.

Mainly the Olympus EP5 or EM10.

Before I decide to commit, a colleague / friend of Hubs decided to lend me her Olympus EP-3 to play around with just so I can get the feel of Olympus models, the menu, how the dials click and such.

While this specific model isn’t one that I am considering, it is almost like a way for me familiarize myself to mirror-less and point and shoot cameras once more after being so reliant on my DSLR all this while.

There are still a lot of functions and menu options / ease of accessibility I am not accustommed to but slowly but surely, I am easing into a simplified way to shoot, be it life or for the blog.

Since most of my camera usage is for blogging purposes be it pictures of myself or products, what better way to test how comfortable I am with Point-and-shoots than to well, take a LOTD!

Though granted the Lens Hub’s friend has on is a 12mm Prime Lens and not the most ideal for self portraits or product macros, I had a good feel for the way to handle a camera this built, no less.

 

With all that said, let’s have a look at what I threw on my face to test this camera’s #selfie capabilities.

The images here have of course been treated with some color correction and such, hence it does appear a lot more ‘polished’ (I feel, to some extent) compared to the gif above. But it is done so that the colors appear more true-to-life!

I usually treat some of my pictures in Photoshop after (mild color correction, crop and of course image sizing) and it helps to be able to have that knowledge especially when fiddling about with new devices but hopefully if I do commit to a new camera I can get the hang of it quick enough that I can eventually cut out a good part of post-editing!

Such as now with my DSLR, I hardly do much aside from crop and watermark followed by tweaking some white balance.

Okay, enough.

Enough about camera talk and back to the makeup –

Who says you can’t pair smokier-than-neutral eyelooks with a vibrant lip color!

But okay to be fair my definition of smokey is far from the actual smokey eye effect but compared to my norm of a pale champagne wash of color on the lids with some crease definition, this taupe-y grey eye look is considerably made up for me!

I grabbed and played around with a couple of new stuff I had on hand – a Make Up Store grey-blue eyeshadow (called Clouded Sky) and both of my Shu Uemura Pret-A-Palettes (Warm Browns & Pink Hues).

Of course I selected varying colors to use since we are talking about two full palettes here. In the case of Shu Uemura’s Pink Hues Pret-A-Palette, all I used from there was one sparkly pink carefully dabbed in the centre of my lids for added shimmer.

It is such a gorgeous sparkly pink.

Which defeats the purpose of using the silky smooth and matte grey-blue Make Up Store shade but… ah well, life is all about experimenting.

And now with said striking pink lip color, NARS Schiapp. A color I fall in love with all over again each time I use it.

It’s not everyday that you feel up for a cool-toned vibrant fuschia but once this color goes on, I am always astounded by how it perks up my entire complexion and looks dressy yet playful all at the same time.

Major love.

So here’s the product rundown again if my rambling lost you mid-way.

PRODUCTS USED:

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

FACE
 Biore UV Whitening Aqua Rich SPF50
 Lancôme Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
 MAC Moisture Cover Concealer
 Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer Palette
 Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder

EYES 
 Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eyebase
 Make Up Store Eyeshadow in Clouded Skies
 Shu Uemura Pret-A-Palette in Pink Hues (pink shimmer color)
 Shu Uemura Pret-A-Palette in Warm Browns (taupe & deep brown)
 Starlash Lightning Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black
 MAC Powerpoint Eyeliner in Engraved

CHEEKS
 MAC Mineralized Blush in Happy Together

LIPS
 NARS Lipstick in Schiapp

Well, I apologize for this post ending up waaaay rambly-er than what I had in mind, the simple task of showcasing an LOTD and having a little camera chit-chat as well.

It’s quite nice, nonetheless to be talking so casually in an LOTD post. Somehow I feel like I haven’t done this in a while since most of my looks these days ‘mean business’ with an evident product showcase or mention in them.

Eitherways, thank you so much for reading and well, you never know, you might just be seeing a difference in shots to come soon!

Makeup I Packed for Tokyo!

Hello again everyone!

I’m back with a bit more of a proper entry as opposed to the quickly churned out mention about Summer Blues earlier. I was catching up on my feed and couldn’t help but notice that color being so prominent this Summer I just had to do a quick share, even if I didn’t have much time to do up a proper one.

So anyway, thank you all for being patient with my absence and I am afraid I will request for even more patience to come, since returning from a (fairly) long trip always means a crapload to clear at work.

Le sigh.

To tide you over, I figured I would quickly share some makeup items I had packed along with me on my journey to Tokyo.

Though I know a lot of you are probably shouting at the screen saying, “Why pack? Buy it all there!“.

Yes, in an ideal situation where money grew on trees and drawers are bottom-less, I would love to.

Alright, maybe the money on trees part is an exaggeration since their cosmetics can be considerably priced as compared to Singapore’s cosmetics but… I really didn’t need more (and then there’s the haul to come…), so I would rather pack as well as I can and if I happened to forget anything there is always Matsumoto Kiyoshi!

First, let me introduce you to my makeup space, which I am so happy for because it’s by the window with daylight!

So many times I’ve been to hotels and all they offer you is that horribly dim and orange vanity light.

Who in their right mind would install dim orange lighting for the vanity, I have no clue… Well, it was the same for this hotel but I liked that they offered a ‘table mirror’ and a ledge by the large windows (overlooking the train rails too, so interesting) to perch that mirror on.

Well, no trains in the background at the time of the shot but check out how awesome the daylight is (for makeup)!

Pardon me if I sound a little deprived but back at where I stay, a daylight lamp is all I have to keep my makeup in check as I slap it all on in the morning. So now, a little sun is quite liberating.

Randomly snapped about mid-way done with the Lancôme Fraîcheur Rosée Eye Palette, pre-liner.

Right, where were we?

Yes… my makeup pouch, here we go!

Covering the Bases…

From Left to Right (sadly not application order…)

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Ultra Definiton Loose Powder
Talk about a long name… I brought this along because it was the only trusted loose powder (for keeping make up on and oilies relatively at bay) I had open in my stash at that time. Though given the amazingly cool weather in Tokyo, I think any of my other pretty okay powders would have worked just fine too.

Lancôme Mat Miracle 24H Liquid Foundation
Also one of the reasons for long-lasting fresh-face-ness would be another trusted base product. In Singapore, I feel I don’t give this enough love because I seldom yearn the need to look flawless for over 12 hours. Though when you are abroad and snapping images all the time, the last thing you want is for your skin to look ashy and dull! While the coverage is more than I require, it doesn’t feel heavy on and I would rather be ‘safe’ in case my skin started acting up while abroad (which it actually did by Day 4 – the weather is a little dry in Tokyo).

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC03
A concealer palette I reach for very often, it gives long-wearing coverage to conceal those pesky spots and blemishes without caking or appearing dry on the skin. I also like that it comes with a corrector tone if I feel my undereyes need a more heavy-duty touch.

YSL Forever Light Creator CC Cream in Rose
It’s funny how I haven’t posted a proper entry about this yet am using and featuring it all over the blog. I brought this along as a substitute for SPF given its SPF35 protection. Aside from that, I also like how nourishing and moisturizing this feels through the day which could sometimes mean mid-day blotting in Singapore but I figured in Tokyo, it would be the perfect answer to keeping my skin ‘supple’ under makeup.

MAC Moisture Cover Concealer
A concealer I typically reach for for my undereyes (on good days) because it is light-weight and doesn’t cake or crease though it provides only subtle concealing and minor brightening.

And then the Cheeks…

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in No 9 Rose Epicurien
I found myself reaching for this a lot during the trip, mainly using it as a flush of color on the cheeks. I believe I had only used it on my lips on one occasion. It’s a perfect soft and brightening pink glow that looks natural yet present. There’s something about wearing cream cheek products (without setting) in a chilly and dry climate that just works, as compared to the humid heat we have here…

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit
Genius of me not to photograph the inside but it’s basically a contour and highlight shade within which was perfectly compact enough to slip into my makeup pouch for this trip. While I have been easing out of the contour phase of late (I somehow like the whole glowy fair and less sculpted / tan look these days), I still feel dependant on lightly carving in some cheekbones to be that much more picture-ready. Heh.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12H Blush in Blissful
I brought a powder brush along, just because, though I only used this once or twice, often ditching it for Rose Epicurien instead.

All about the Eyes…

Dior Backstage Eye Prime
An eye primer fairly new to my stash that I have been trying out. I have a love / hate relationship with this fella, which I will explain in its proper review but it works well enough to keep my shadows and liner lasting through the day.

MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved & Star Lash Automatic Gel Eyeliner
Okay… this is excessive because I use both of these on the same area (my lower lashline) but let me explain. The Star Lash Gel Eyeliner lasts incredibly well on but isn’t dark enough while the MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil is a nice rich black but lasts only decently well, smudges a little by evening. So I would draw Star Lash on first, to ‘prime’ the area and then darken the look with MAC. In the end it all works out and it is not as excessive as it sounds, trust me.

Lan
côme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palette Fraîcheur Rosée

I have mentioned it before but yes, this is one of my favorite all-in-one palettes and the sleek compact (and really nifty magnetic bit) makes it easy to travel around with. This truly is a palette that first pops to mind whenever I am packing my makeup bag for travel.

Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mascara Feline Blacks (Waterproof)
This is reaching its end of days, given how much I have used and love it, but for this trip I mainly used it on my lower lashline as a ‘back up plan’. I’ve noticed that having mascara on helps keep my liner from fading or smudging. In the scenario that such tragedy still manages to happen, the mascara-combed lower lash will offer enough definition so my eyes don’t disappear in a picture. See, the woes of having watery eyes that devours eyeliners…

Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink Liquid Liner
I bought this on the trip without having used it prior, but trusted in Shu Uemura for having a kick-ass liquid liner that can deliver a rich black as well as stay on all day and I wasn’t disappointed. Though I actually did a double-take when using this liquid liner for the first time because of the unique brush tip – truly like a calligraphy pen – but it worked well to draw a nicely defined cat eye. Not too thick nor thin, my favorite sort.

Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil & Brow Mascara
My trusted eye brow sidekicks! Though I have strayed a little of late and going back to the Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil I get a little frustrated at the sheer pigmentation (which is a good thing for control) but I’m getting the hang of it again… I am sorry to have strayed! ha.

Make Up Store Marble Eyeshadow in Amarillo
While I do love Lancôme’s Fraîcheur Rosée, I brought this marbled pan of shadow along incase I wanted to throw in some variety to my looks. After all, while I can do 6 days with the same eye palette it is in our nature to stray, mix and match and play around with more. Hence our ever-growing and ever-exploding stash.

Let’s Talk Lips…

Dior Lip Glow
This hot favorite needs no explanation, I stashed this in the bag I carried about incase my lips felt like they need a slick of moisture any time of the day.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore
The last time I used this I remember it lasted and lasted and lasted, not even showing signs of giving up after lunch! Thus I figured long-wearing lip colors is the way to go when you’re on a holiday and never know when you may need to snap a selfie after a meal! The bright hot pink was also a fun color to bring along, incase I felt up for a hawwwt pink.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red
I can’t forsake my reds so I just had to stash one long-wearing (see a pattern here) smooth and perfect red lip color. While not everyone is fond of how matte the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils can be, I actually love the finish – so bright and bold without a sheen or shine. It’s almost retro but definitely not dated.

YSL Glossy Stain in Bourgogne Artistiq
Aside from bold reds, I have a love for slightly deeper vampy reds too, thus the YSL Glossy Stain in Bourgogne Artistiq. One of my favorite vampy-er reds that I own. While glossy and slightly translucent on, it leaves a nice stain long after the initial glossiness wears off. The slight vampy edge throws a nice twist to an otherwise girly and soft get-up.

Dior Fluid Sticks in Pandore
Another red lip I had recently acquired. I brought this for the trip to get better acquainted with the Dior Fluid Sticks and I do love how glossy, lightweight and easy these are to wear. My only gripe is that they don’t stain or last as tenaciously through the day but… all the better to whip out and re-apply?

And there you have it! I forgot to snap the brushes I brought along but figured, they really aren’t all that interesting either (as compared to the makeup) because I do pack quite minimally and light as far as tools are concerned.

I have this OCD about fraying or damaging my brushes with transport hence only the hardy and (ahemahem) slightly cheaper ones get to tag along.

So, with all this talk about the makeup I bring, why don’t I actually show you how I wore them through the days, yes?

Day 2

Cheeks: YSL Rose Epicurien (layered)
Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore

Day 3

Cheeks: Tarte Blissful blush
Lips: Dior Fluid Stick in Pandore

Day 4

Cheeks and Lips: YSL Rose Epicurien

Day 5

Look 1

Cheeks: Tarte Blissful blush
Lips: YSL Glossy Stain in Bourgogne Artistiq

Look 2
(because we went back to the hotel to put stuff down and refresh ourselves before heading out for dinner in Shibuya)

Cheeks: YSL Rose Epicurien
Lips: NARS Mysterious Red

I skipped out on pictures for Day 1 and 6 but generally, these were the looks I wore!

This post turned out to be way lengthier than I had intended but I hope it is informative enough and interesting enough a read! I will have a couple more mentions of my trip, namely a haul entry on here, and post a travelogue on the shared blog that hubs and I both share – recently renamed (again, hurhur) to icywhims.wordpress.com .

Something about writing a travelogue is just such a perfect way to wrap up a trip, revisiting the moments and keeping it all alive on a platform so I can go back to it when I feel wanderlust creeping up.

So yes, stay tuned to that! In the meanwhile, hurray to the long weekend ahead!

Thanks for reading and do ask away if you have any questions about the products or Tokyo!

LOTD: The Weekend 5 Minute Slap-on

In an ideal world, I would have a lavish amount of time to sit pretty infront of my dresser, peruse my foundation bottles, pick one out for the day followed by slowly carassing the foundation brush over my skin and then setting it gently with a powder puff.

Though unfortunately that exaggerated situation is quite far from the truth, especially so during the weekends. As far as makeup goes, I hardly have time for it or as the hubs says, “Why bother?”.

Most of my weekends consist of errand running, toddler-chasing and bouts of unglamorous yet necessary chores so… indeed, why bother.

I don’t have to look all prettied up but there’s no harm in looking decent and presentable, yes? Polished but not overdone – the whole no makeup makeup definition.

So while playing with some newly acquired items last weekend, I’m glad to have found a quick and presentable ‘face’ for weekends to come!

I used to say that I can’t live without eyeliner and while yes, I still like rimming my eyes, these days I aspire to look fresh before anything else. My definition of that would be an evened out skin appearance (not necessarily perfected), some brow definition and of course a glowy flush.

A little eyeliner wouldn’t hurt but it is not the key for me these days.

  • Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB – the 2-in-1 step for skin perfecting and sun protection. Given how insanely warm our weather is these days, it is more comfortable to have on lesser layers!
  • NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder – the loose powder variant is my HG but this pressed version works well enough to set the Biore UV BB since that base does not need much to set it.
  • Benefit Gimme Brow – hardly the perfectly shaped and lined brow but what this does is, really, give me eyebrows. My brows are light and sparse by nature so I have to fill them in or risk looking like an alien and this is a great way to fill them in during the weekends.
  • Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030 – frankly this is interchangeable but as of now I am currently obsessed with the Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030. This shade, 030, gives a beautiful coral flush along with a golden sheen, providing this healthy glow without leaving you looking metalic or ‘shimmery’. I assumed this would go on too shimmery, given how it seemed to glisten in the pan but instead, it works immensely well to give the look of a soft sun-kissed flush and glowy skin.

The overall look does still have some ‘raw-ness’ to it as the skin isn’t perfected, brows aren’t sharp and defined but for a casual 5 minute slap-on, I think this is good enough for me! After all, everything appears harsher on camera, in flash. The blemishes and skin imperfection aren’t as glaring in person.

I especially love the sheen the Lancôme blush lends as it really does brighten the look and skin up.

Well, I know that’s a lot of words for a look that hardly takes much to do but sometimes using less is harder than working with more. This isn’t the case of course, it’s less that is easy to do!

When it comes to the whole ‘no makeup’ approach, there is always the option of throwing on sunscreen and dashing out the door but we women are funny like that. We like more but are always in persuit for ways to use less for the look of more.

I didn’t mention any lip products here because I’m usually content with a slick of balm or tint given that gloss or lipstick may end up getting on my wiggle-worm baby as she struggles when I carry her, hence!

Though I wouldn’t deny that a pop of color on the lips would give this quick look a lot more life.

Thanks for reading and do share, what are some of your quick makeup routine favorites!

Haul: NARS Future Red (from Guy Bourdin collection)

Remember NARS’s tie-up with Guy Bourdin?

The collection with the whole hooha controversy?

Well yes, good, because I hauled one little item from there and am only talking about it now, oops. Though it isn’t much really, it’s just a red lipstick that I absolutely had to have because it’s such a lovely red.

Now, I don’t want to get into the whole controversial aspect of the Guy Bourdin collection because at the end of the day, I view this collection as makeup and simply makeup. Obviously I wouldn’t support violence on women but at the same time the works that were chosen to be featured were works that Guy Bourdin had done in his time, as his own form of artistic expression (as we do with makeup) without knowing they would end up being pushed into a commercial collection so…

Guess what I’m trying to say is no matter how, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and choices and by buying one lone lipstick it doesn’t mean I’m saying that I support violence on woman, that’s rubbish.

So much for me saying I didn’t want to get into it…

So anyway, Future Red.

There’s a good amount of raves over this color and yes indeed, it is a stunning red.

Though I will admit, I liked it a lot more before I bought it, apparently…

Future Red seems to be of a satin finish – not quite a matte and definitely not a glossy shiny red. It applies well and easily on the lips with a glide though what I noticed with this lipstick, on me, is that it seems to feather a tiny insey winsey bit.

It’s odd because everywhere I read, everyone loves this. Also because I hardly have any feathering issues with my lipsticks – ever. Unless that lipstick was born to migrate or something, that is.

So the idea of this lovely red not staying sharp, sleek and in my lip line baffles me a little.

Thankfully I don’t get clown lips from this and regardless I still use it since the feathering is so minor I can overlook it.

After all, it is a lovely, almost-perfect red!

For comparison sake, I had to swatch it alongside my other reds.

It is when they’re all swatched together, as such, on my skintone that I noticed Future Red isn’t actually that deep or rich a red – I do favor deep reds with a slight vampy edge, my weakness.

It’s actually a little more everyday, almost, which is peculiar given how it seemed to be so rich and bold when viewed alone.

It is more of a mid-tone red without the richer and deeper bases as with Majella or YSL’s Mats so it works well for a fun and perky red lip that is ‘light’ enough to wear through the day.

Nonetheless, I love reds and I don’t mind another in my stash. Though don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful color all the same and deserves merit for that, though for those of you who didn’t manage to get your hands on Future Red, you can always seek out YSL’s Pur Couture lip color in 203 if you want something slightly similar with a bit more depth!

Do share, what are some of your favorite reds?

Thanks for reading!