LOTD: Champagne, Browns & Coral with YSL

Hello!

Sorry I’ve been busy again and haven’t been able to post as regularly as I would like. Loads to sort and a couple of huge events (at work) coming up. Le sigh!

That aside I’m also taking a little more time to plan my posts, something I never really cared to do but now given the impending absence once New Job starts, I’m thinking to see if I can do up some posts and have them scheduled for that period so at least the absence wouldn’t be so apparent. Or at least it’s something we can slowly ease into… either ways!

Moving on! Here’s another LOTD I managed to pull out while searching the stash for things to revisit and give some love to once more.

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Most of these items aren’t that old actually. They haven’t been around since the start of time, e.g. the start of my stash but frankly, if they have they should be tossed already!

This look started as a random reach for products I had a mind to use and along the way, once I became aware of the subconscious YSL theme to it, decided to just go all out and throw on some YSL for the cheeks and lips as well.

It’s not entirely a YSL look because I’m lacking where the brows and loose powder is concerned but for the bulk of it – color products and base – I guess you could say it’s looking quite YSL-ish.

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On the eyes is the YSL Leather Fetiche palette but instead of the smokier sultry shades, I opted to go for the warm and soft neutrals within.

Now I know this palette is Limited Edition and it’s a total tease for me to feature it once more but somehow, I really like reaching for this on days I’m not sure what to wear and not too sure how neutral or how smokey I want to go.

It’s a lovely palette but of course many feel the same way given how it was out of stock incredibly fast. My bad.

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On my cheeks is a YSL blush I’ve received a good while ago but not given an individual mention to.

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Having said that, it has actually popped up a couple of times in some LOTDs / Look Features, except without a nod its way.

So, just to pop up a quick elaboration of it – it’s a nice blush to use and as its name (Heart of Light) goes, it has a mix of blush pigments and a sheen / highlight ‘center’ that allows it to give both color and also a little illumination to the cheeks.

They use illumination but I say soft sheen.

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What I especially like with this blush is that you don’t get powder kick-up even if you’re in a hurry and recklessly stab your brush into the pan.

The level of pigmentation also sits in a comfortable zone that lends color but isn’t too intense at first dab which makes it great for rushed mornings where you need to grab, dab and go. You can build this up should you wish but even in instances that I do, it still applies naturally. The color didn’t end up looking stark and the sheen is so soft it doesn’t show up metallic.

I know I said the blush is ‘simple’ but it’s the sort of simple that makes you reach for and use this effortlessly, without thinking, and that sort of simple is what makes products good.

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So okay, I rambled too much on that.

For the lips, I have on YSL’s Baby Doll Kiss & Blush because I felt I’ve neglected these for a bit.

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It doesn’t help I have them stashed at a rather hard to reach area in my drawers – no space, oops – but I should display some shades on my vanity so I can give them more use again.

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Products Used:

BROWS
Surratt Expressioniste Rechargeable Brow Pencil in Brunette

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
Lancôme Eye Base in 01
YSL Leather Fetiche Palette
Eyes Eye Do Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Black Market


CHEEKS 
YSL Heart of Light Powdered Blush in 7 Rebelle

LIPS 
YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush in 04 Orange Fougueux

 

And that is that!

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I’ve started working on some look features of upcoming products so the stash-revisitng series has since been halted but I did manage to do up one more stash-revisit post so I hope to get that one up soon! I just haven’t got the time to resize the images I had shot.

Yes everybody, the wheels are in motion for the makeup realm of 2015!

In the meanwhile, yes between all this busy-ness and entry scheduling, I also want to share this Aesthetic & Medical Center that I have been introduced to recently. I am hesitant on branding this place as an Aesthetic clinic, even though yes they do excel in aesthetics, because it scares people into thinking up a cold, hard and sterile environment when my impression of Aeon is actually this wholesome skin-bettering place that offers both medical and aesthetic procedures in an extremely comforting and spa-like environment.

That’s the best of a couple of worlds combined, I can tell you that!

If you follow me on instagram you would have an idea of what to come, somewhat, but the reason why I’m so enthusiastic to share is because I’ve looked through their portfolio, spoken to their doctor (who is the most polite and humble doctor I’ve ever met, I can say that) and seen the results they have to offer for major and minor treatments so I’m glad to have been introduced and can’t wait to be on my path towards a better skin and better apperance!

I’ll definitely keep y’all in the loop of all my visits to come so stay tuned!

In the meanwhile, thank you for reading! :)

Sephora’s Color Festival Blockbuster Palette For 2014!

It’s still a little while away from the holiday season but I’m not going to make the same mistake as I did in previous years, but starting my festive mentions a little too late and having to speed through them as Christmas / New Years drew closer.

Though granted we don’t have to give mention to everything, which as a result is what I did with some less than impressive holiday pieces last season, but I did skip out some pretty value deals and gorgeous buys so… here’s me starting way early in September!

I don’t promise to keep to constant mentions but I’ll try and post what I can when I get it!

’tis the season for sharing, after all.

Every Christmas Sephora never fails to bust out their Blockbuster palettes, palettes with about a million and one eyeshadows, lip colors etc etc.

These Blockbuster palettes are quite impressive – in terms of fitting so many items into a small little compact chunk as such – and fare quite well in terms of pigmentation and texture. Not phenomenal but good enough; after all, you can’t have everything!

What’s more, this year they come in an extremely adorable and as-compact bow-shaped case that swivels out to form a fairly impressive display of all the ‘trays’ within. Almost like you’re your own little makeup artist!

 

The set comes with:

  • 72 Eyeshadows
  • 28 Lipglosses
  • 8 Blushes
  • 4 Cream Cheek-Lip Products
  • 6 Looks (tutorial sheets)
  • 2 Mirrors

While I don’t know how much this is going to cost when it reaches us, it’s good to know that the US pricing of this is listed at $49.50 which really isn’t too bad for everything you’re getting! Product aside, let’s not forget about the cute and compact case.

Even though this is immensely cute, Sephora’s Blockbuster palettes aren’t on my radar because I have enough of each category separately to justify splurging on this one do-it-all but I can imagine it would be a fabulous gift for that one friend starting on makeup and doesn’t have much in her stash or pals that are always on-the-go, scooting all over the world and always have difficulty deciding what makeup pieces to pack!

 

Hope this contributes to a good gift idea for some of you, look out for it to come!

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay Turning Up the Brights This Summer!

Urban Decay is a brand I don’t mention prominently on here but is a brand I have encounters with since my youtube-days. It’s the UDPP yo!

I don’t have a lot from the brand, I’ll admit, but I have dabbled in bits and pieces and have loved everything that I have tried thus far. While my hopes would be to eventually immerse myself in all that wonderful UD-goodness, I am happy to take it one little step at a time.

Though if you are an Urban Decay addict and loooove the loud pow-wow colors that defines this edgy urban (hurhur) brand, then you’ve got a little treat heading your way this Summer!

Amping up the levels of pigmentation this Summer, Urban Decay knows no limits with bold bright splashes of color along with shimmery statement glitter.

Summer is the time for brands to embrace color and put their best foot forward in the world of vibrance but I think Urban Decay just knocked everyone (and their eyeshadow palettes) out of the water with their new Electric Eyeshadow Palette.

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Obviously this palette is something that I will admire from a distance and applaud those who dare venture into the little pow-wow wells with an eyeshadow brush.

It’s beautiful but certainly not for me… I can’t werk a lime green and stark purple-blue.

The next item still isn’t really my cup of tea but if you are a loose pigment lover then you might be pleased with the new Heavy Metal offerings that Urban Decay has.

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If being neon-bright isn’t enough, these Heavy Metal Loose Glitters will do a good job of blinging your look up with a jewel-encrusted finish.

Paired with Urban Decay’s very own Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive, these little babies will have you (or rather your lids) shimmering all night long!

Now, for things that sit a little better in my camp, aka things are are perhaps a little yawn but far more practical, we have some new eye-rimming alternatives with:

  • Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Pen – liquid liner, yippee
  • Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner – excites!
  • All Night Eyeliner – retractable, great for carrying out
  • 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Pencil in Black Velvet – love the name, but not sure how this differs from Perversion…

I’m not certain if the slanted-liner brush comes with the Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Cream Eyeliner or is merely promoted with but those two items are things I am eager to check out once this reaches our shores – Urban Decay is available at all Sephora Singapore stores.

I haven’t revisited cream / pot liners in a while and this looks to be a good time to do so!

Thanks for reading! Are you looking forward to any of these items?

p.s. I’ll admit I’m really just a sucker for how cute the pot looks but I don’t think I’m expecting anything less of Urban Decay either!

LOTD: Not that Crazy over Crazy Paris

This look probably doesn’t matter a whole lot because the product featured isn’t exactly available anymore (unless you try evil-bay, maybe?) but I guess it’s just as well since it’s not a raving review or look either.

I had given mention to some of Guerlain’s holiday products but skipped out the Crazy Paris Eye Palette because I just wasn’t feeling it.

Some of the colors were quite lovely and as a whole the palette was pleasing to admire and collect but it just isn’t an ideal palette for me, for the looks I do.

Though I can imagine expert hands (or gorgeous eye features) working this well.

I think there is just about a few ways to go with this palette so it looks fine and maybe this approach is just a big no-no but heck, I shall post it anyway.

What not to do with the Crazy Paris Eye Palette? Heh.

  1. I first applied the grey all over my lids, wanting to use it as a ‘base color’ for the lighter shades – probably a big mistake. The grey was a little hard to work with and didn’t apply smoothly / evenly on.
  2. Then I dabbed some hot pink the centre of my lids for a pop
  3. Followed by the copper-brown (most gorgeous color in this palette, I find) in the outer half
  4. For my brow bone highlight, I used the pale yellow champagne shade blending it a little way down

Looking back, I think sans grey, this would be quite a decent look otherwise.

If you’d like to see the Crazy Paris Eye Palette in better light, I think Karen (of Makeup and Beauty Blog) did a pretty good job with her very spring-esque look !

I’ll admit mine is far from a desirable color combination and I thought it was just me but Teri (of Bellachique) had the same sentiments I did – this palette sure makes for a bit of a cray cray eye look if you’re up for it!

Did you pick this piece up? What are your thoughts about this unusual combination?

Thanks for reading!

YSL Spring – Pivoine Crush Eyeshadow Palette (Swatches)

Hello you guys (or girls / ladies)! I’m still alive and well though I’ll admit that I’ve been putting blogging off because I just haven’t got the ‘mood’ to churn anything out due to work and the constant paranoia of deadlines, not sending a certain file across, not finishing something up in time, etc.

Basically there’s too much on my mind to think about blogging right now.

Though sometimes, just sometimes, blogging creeps into the picture and that’s when I realize I could put a pause on my blog but the world is still buzzing about and time still flying by.

With that, let me briefly shed some light and love on the Pivoine Crush Eyeshadow palette that was released with YSL’s feminine and flirty spring collection.

Bathed in a whirlwind of flowers and the breathe of Spring, YSL’s Spring collection artfully features the feminine color palette of spring amidst a dash of sultry smokiness.

The palette design is, as always, stunning with a jibe of youthful-ness, taking a nod at the contemporary femme fatale – liberated, unafraid and yet delicate in persona.

It could be our Chinese culture and the fact that Chinese / Lunar New Year is occuring a lot earlier this year but the palettes released in YSL’s Spring collection feel in-theme with the Chinese festivities – almost like an exquisite red packet design.

Now, if only YSL distributed red packets in this print, that would be lovely.

Though do not confuse the Spring palettes with their special and very Limited Chinese New Year blush palette (Beauty Blossom Palette)

The shades in the Pivoine Crush palette are undeniably Spring-themed with hues of soft rose, coral, pinks, champagne and a sultry maroon all dancing in tune and in the light as each shade is well-shot through with refined shimmer.

While it may appear daunting, the shimmer actually takes on a relatively subtle role (as you will see in swatches later), working to enhance and capture light more than obnoxiously blinging up the lids.

The palette appears to be such a beauty that I couldn’t help but help feeling a tad disappointed at the quality of the shadows.

Though to its own credit, it is the typical formulation and pigmentation of YSL shadows – not the creamiest though decent, picks up moderately and the boldest of shades go on as a sheer peek of color with a notable translucence.

Though in light of spring time and its daintiness, this palette would work beautifully for those that fancy sheerer work-safe shades that allow for layering and better control over the pigmentation.

In fact, when I went by the YSL boutique (at ION), I approached the Makeup Artist for tips on how to best utilize this palette and his immediate reply was to layer the colors because that allows for each shade’s complexity to show up better. While they cannot compete individually, the result of layering is a whisper of colors perfectly complimenting each other and enhancing your eyes.

I haven’t tried this out on myself but the Makeup Artist demonstrated the techniques and I am intrigued – I cannot wait to try it out. I hope the natural look photographs well so I can showcase it to you all!

My favorite of the 5 shades would be the coral (2nd from left) because that works well worn on it’s own or paired with the darker maroon for a quick look in my usual style.

In fact, I do have a look coming up though this was before I learnt the secret and technique of layering so, I would say it’s not the best representation!

Unfortunately the last I checked, the Pivoine Crush palette was already out of stock at the YSL Boutique (in ION). Though I am uncertain if they have more stocks to replenish the shelves. You could also go by TANGS and give it a look or try your luck at ION again!

It’s not a must-have palette but if you are an avid collector of pretty packaging or the shades / usage of the shadows are right up your alley, this would be an exquisite palette to have in the stash.

Thank you for reading!

Now, let me hurry back to the land of paranoia and give my to-do list a one over again.