On My Nails: A Little Attitude + Sephora’s Express Drying Oil

It’s been awhile since a nail post hasn’t it!

I’ve been pretty good about keeping my talons colored at all times, though not good enough to remove and swap out a color at the first signs of chipping but hey, good enough!

Compared to my almost 6 month long abstinence of nail color due to time constrains and eczema issues, I have to say that it’s nice to once again have color on my nails and get to change that up according to my mood. Bright and summery one day, moody and dark the next.

In this post, I’ll be showcasing the last of my piCture pOlish loots (featured here) and this color, Attitude, was not one that I purchased. It was one that Eliza had picked out for me and I can’t say how perfect a shade it is for me. This girl knows me so darn well, thank you love <3

 

Attitude is a mysterious purple that leans a little blue. It’s almost like a galaxy reflected in your nails – the blue tinted sort of cartooned galaxy instead of the dark starry space kind.

The shimmer within this is stunning, almost as if they each have a role to play – there are the prominent silver ones that glint and shine from the darkened base while the softer shimmers lend a subtle sheen, adding dimension to the nail color.

What’s more you’ll be glad to know that while the polish is strewn with shimmer (like, really packed), it wasn’t difficult to remove either.

How perfect is that?

So that’s how Attitude looks under sunlight, and it is actually rather true to what it appears like in person – soft sparkles on a dark base with a nice glowy sort of sheen to the base color.

Though for representation sake, here’s how Attitude looks under really bright and harsh lighting, just to show you the concentration of the shimmers within.

It’s gorgeous yes, but it is a little obnoxious if you ask me and we have a lot of glitter or shimmer polishes out there that can achieve this effect rather easily so I feel that what Attitude can achieve with it’s mix of prominent and subtle shimmer is really quite unique and gorgeous.

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Aside from piCture pOlish’s Attitude, I also want to give a little mention to Sephora’s Express Drying Oil.

What this is, is basically an oil that you drip on the nails and it acts like a topcoat, as well as quickens the drying process of the nail color you have on.

It sounds incredibly interesting and to date I’ve never tried anything of the sort. The only quick dry thing I have tried would be top coats (like Seche Vite) and even those are painted on very much like nail polishes are, not dropper-ed on and surely not an oil.

So with that, I found this Sephora Express Drying Oil very fascinating and fancy-effects aside, I’m actually quite happy to report that this does work fairly well.

It is a little messy to use given the whole oil factor and dripping it on your nails and all but if you put a tissue, kitchen towel or cotton pad under your nails while you do it, it’s no big deal. What’s more given this is an oil of some sort, I would like to think that it actually helps to hydrate the skin around your fingers a little more. I’m not sure if they market this as being hydrating or nourishing to your cuticles but my dry cuticles seem to be facing better days after I’ve started incorporating this into my nail routine.

It could be a coincidence with a better skin cycle, who knows.

Though what I do know about this is that it in the inital period of wear (maybe the first day or so?) it gives you a mega glossy and pretty shine which is rather incredibly given you just had to drop one drop of oil over your polish. Though the plush shine does subside by day 2 and it becomes a pretty okay shiny finish.

Not mega wow but it’s decent enough on for someone who can’t stand muted nails, aka me.

I can’t feedback on the added wear time of this because piCture pOlish polishes wear really well on their own already so.. perhaps I’ll get back in future if I test this out with MAC polishes or something.

In short, I think this is a rather nifty product especially for those who don’t have a lot of time to sit around and paint a pristine top coat after you have already spent this long on your nail color. What’s more we all know topcoats, especially the awesome fast drying ones, get gunky real quick and become more of a pain than a help so having something like this would be great!

Daily use aside, I can see this being of help for photoshoots, considering it instantly gives you hi-shine, plush and glossy nails that are so picturesque.

I really should have made this a review entry of its own but… ah well, what the heck. Go check this out if you’re a nail fiend or if you know a nail fiend. I’m sure this would make a nice stocking stuffer now that the holiday period is around the corner!

 

Sephora’s Express Drying Oil is available at all Sephora outlets.

piCture pOlish’s Attitude is available on their website here.

Thanks for reading!

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GIVEAWAY – GlamGlow, PeterThomasRoth & More Masks to Be Won!

I just thought I would do an extension of the shoutout since I’m back at work now and feeling way better. Still coughing but nothing’s going to stop me from sharing giveaways!

So, yes I have a mini giveaway over at my instagram as of now (and yes to take part, you will need an instagram account) so hop over to have a look.

Basically all you have to do is share a photo of yourself with your favorite mask on (or a photo of your favorite mask you shy folks) and hashtag #sephoramaskquerade along with tagging me @icyabstract!

Once again, Sephora Singapore is giving away ONE box of masks packed with goodies from GlamGlow, Peter Thomas Roth, For Beloved One and more (worth over S$200 in value) so you can mask to your heart’s desire!

This giveaway ends 22nd October, which is real soon, so hurry over! Look out for this picture for all the details and don’t forget to comment on it once you are done, good luck!

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Another reason for me posting this giveaway mention in a whole blog post of its own is also because I wanted to talk a little bit more about said featured mask.

In the giveaway Instagram picture I am seen wearing Boscia’s Luminizing Black Peel-Off Mask and I feel, amongst the brands included within Sephora’s generous mask box, Boscia is somewhat like an underdog.

It could just be me and my exposure to the brand but I have received a couple of items from the brand, tried them out and they’re all pretty good.

Though given that, I don’t hear too many mentions about the brand and I’m not too sure why. It could be the lack of presence and/or the fact that not many people actively mention it to begin with so… here I am throwing a little mention to this gem!

So, here’s an official write-up about the product because I don’t think I can tell it as well as they do.

This jet-black, mineral-rich mask has a unique ‘peel-off’ effect. It also delivers powerful detoxifying, purifying and brightening results. Made with premium quality clay, its deep-cleansing properties draw out dirt and oil, while powerful antioxidants ingredients shrink the pores, firm skin and reduce inflammation. When dry, the mask strips away dead skin, impurities and excess oil to reveal brighter skin and smaller pores.

The function of this is much like the Kose Seikoshi Mask White (old entry here) that I really enjoy using.

Both dispense a thick, gooey and sticky formula that you slather liberally on the skin. This is particularly important because a nicely coated layer makes it easier to peel the mask off after without it tearing midway.

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Fun fact –
My 2 year old daughter was so intrigued and creeped at my black masked face. She was staring inquisitively but notably keeping her hands close by her sides and said “No!” when I asked her to touch my face, ha!

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Compared to the KOSE mask, I feel the Boscia mask is gentler to peel off, it doesn’t grab on as tightly and in my experience it doesn’t leave my skin feeling like I had just ripped a tacky tape off it. Which means those who found KOSE a little painful to remove might appreciate this one more.

While gentle, it doesn’t take away from the efficacy of the mask as I did note that my skin felt clearer, brighter and fresher after the mask. With the KOSE mask I did note that the pores around my nose area, especially, seemed cleaner but it didn’t lend a hand with brightening my complexion like this Boscia one did.

For the sake of comparison, I had only applied the Boscia one on half of my face so here’s the half-face comparison of both the masked and unmasked sides.

The side that had been masked appears clearer and brighter, compared to the other. And this is even with all the regular facial sessions I have been going to. Which goes to show doing your part with at-home masks in the midst of facial sessions is just as important in the skin up-keep!

And also that this Bosica Luminizing Black Peel-Off Mask is pretty awesome stuff.

 

Though if you thought that KOSE’s mask is expensive (at S$35 for 75ml), this is going to set you back a little more at S$52 for 80gm.

It’s a little more to pay for for the additional skin-benefits as well as the gentler-yet-still-effective touch but I’m sure those with sensitive skin will be glad to know that there is now a peel-off mask that they can try!

Boscia’s Luminizing Black Peel-Off Mask retails for S$52 and is available at Sephora Singapore

 

Thanks for reading!

p.s. Sorry about the URL error for ClearSK’s FREE Facial Redemption in the earlier post! It has since been fixed so go ahead and click over to redeem a free trial treatment session, specially for my readers!

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Sephora Hols 2014 – Tarte Cosmetics!

Kicking off the Sephora Holiday series, here’s something a little girly, a little demure, a touch whimsical along with a whole lot of pretty!

I had a mind to ramble a little about collection info and things like that but for the most part I know that a good number of you care to read this holiday series just for the gorgeous press pictures and information so I’ve decided to save my words and cut to the chase.

Because in situations like this, you’re really not here to read what I have to say. Heh!

So, pic and basic info spam, here we go! Entries as such are so handy during busy periods (such as now) because it’s still news but it doesn’t require too much time from my end – hope you don’t mind the whole press release copy paste thing which I don’t normally do.

After all, it is official information and if anything I’ll share personal thoughts on pieces (I have on hand or looking to purchase) once I get a chance!

 

Just a quick introduction…

You’ll see that Tarte’s 2014 Holiday offering is very soft, pretty, featuring splashes of gold and baroque swirls / prints.

The folks over at Tarte explained to me, during the Sephora Holiday Preview, that this collection is about bringing Paris to you. The air of it, the touch of whimsy, class and sophistication along with keeping it beautifully girly. I think it is absolutely adorable and I dare say one of Tarte’s prettiest collections to date!

 

bon voyage collector’s set & travel bag – S$79

Take the Parisian adventure of a lifetime with this delightfully portable travel bag overflowing with limited-edition essentials to create endless dreamy looks wherever your heart may take you!

 

kiss & belle deluxe LipSurgence™ lip set – S$49

Give the gift of feminine, kissable lips with this deluxe LipSurgence™ collector’s set featuring 6 lip tints & 2 lip glosses, in new, limited-edition shades.

ladies who lash limited-edition picture perfect™ eyelash curler – S$34

A curl’s best friend, this awe-inspiring lash essentials duo is proven to increase lash curl and volume in a picture perfect™ flash!

magical moments deluxe discovery set – S$24

This exclusive set of best-sellers for the eyes, cheeks and lips in limited-edition shades is sure to make you believe in magic!

pin up girl Amazonian clay 12-hour blush palette – S$59

Clutch your timeless elegance with this exclusive palette of 5 Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes and 2 wearable hair pins for the perfectly “pinned up” look!

sweet dreams best-sellers collection – S$27

Hello sweet dreamers! Give the gift of a fantasy collection featuring tarte’s brightest in skincare and iconic cheek stain that’s sure to make anyone’s dreams come true!

While this is all there is to Tarte’s Holiday 2014 collection, I think it really is more than enough to choose from if you have friends who are crazy over Tarte or would love a touch of whimsy to their boudoir.

Eitherways, what makes these Tarte Holiday offerings exceptionally attractive for gifting is their low price points. I did a double take when I found out that exclusive and also humungo Travel Set & Bag is only priced at S$79! I think that is a very fair price given what it could be in this day and age’s makeup prices – hello S$350 Marc Jacobs Lip set….

But yes, these are absolutely darling to look at, to gift and I’m sure to use as well.

Tarte’s Holiday Collection will launch in Sephora at 6th November 2014

 

Thanks for reading!

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Sephora’s 2014 Holiday Collections Are Upon Us!

While they may not be available right now naooooo but they will be soon, that’s for sure!

I’ll keep this entry fairly brief and spam on some images that I had snapped from the night of the Sephora Holiday Media Preview, most of which I have / had spammed on instagram already, but for the benefit of those that don’t follow me on there – here you go!

With that, I would also like to say that I’m looking to do a more in-depth Holiday showcase for Sephora’s Holiday offerings this time around, if time permits that is!

Last year I did a bit of a round-up for brands but with that I wasn’t able to give enough spotlight to the gift sets, new products, and beautiful holiday pieces available and this year I think I want to take a little more time to do that, if you don’t mind the spam that is!

Of course, the work isn’t so much from my end because the bulk of this will be press pictures, given not everything was available to see at the preview and most certainly not with the most ideal studio lighting (the flood-lights kept giving my pictures this eerie halo). Besides, all you guys want to do is see what’s coming out, when, for how much.

So all that is to come and I actually have a mind to continuously add to this post (via point form right at the end!) as I add new Sephora Holiday mentions so you have a consolidated post to see it all, hopefully, but we’ll see how that turns out.

Meanwhile, here’s a pic-spam (for the benefit for those who don’t follow me on instagram) from a night of makeup browsing and fun!

It sure felt like December already while I was in that hall surrounded by all sorts of Christmas ornaments and the likes!

NYX Cosmetics –

Hello Kitty x Sephora –

Stila Cosmetics –

Urban Decay –

Living Proof –

Percy & Reed –

Burts Bees –

Bare Minerals –

Peter Thomas Roth –

Tarte –

Marc Jacobs –

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Sephora Holiday 2014 Brand Round Up!

So, there you have it!

I doubt I will be covering every single brand’s holiday release but at least by breaking up the press mention of each brand I’ll get to cover more from a particular brand and not feel bad for spamming it up within the entry itself.

So with that said, let me sign off right now because this posts gets too long.

Keep a look out for a whole slew of holiday mentions from brands available at / to Sephora SG!

Thanks for reading :)

p.s. If you’ve noticed, I’ve added a cute little Sephora Christmas Tree ornament to the sidebar. That banner links to this post and should you ever want to do a quick check on the Holiday offerings, you’re simply a click of the button away!

Tell me, are you excited for all the holiday collections to come?

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!

Look Feature: Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful (the pink one)

The other woman blush, Blissful is the equally beautiful but slightly less loved of the two Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush I own.

Incase you haven’t caught up on my little Tarte blush overview or seen the Look Feature of Blissful’s peachier sibling within my stash (Achiote), you can head on over to catch up with those first.

Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

So… about Blissful.

Tarte describes this universally flattering shade as a warm peach, which again is quite far from what I see in the pan but oddly enough, Blissful does turn up a little peachy once on my skin.

Though my skin has this ability to make all true pinks look similar on and make all borderline peachy-pinks warm, ditching all sense of pink-ness in them.

On me, I would say Blissful is best described as a pink-coral. I do see nuances of pink, definitely more so than Achiote but it’s got that warmth coarsing in it.

I believe that warmth is also what makes this blush a bit of a chameleon and while pink, would be a shade that warmer and deeper skintones can pull off as well.

I would say Blissful is quite a good place to start if you are completely new to Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blushes, or if you are completely new to blush in general and want that one shade you know would suit you no matter.

I don’t see how you can go wrong with this because even here, I have layered Blissful on a fair bit so it wouldn’t seem too washed out once the camera flash hits it and even then, it still doesn’t look clown-ish.

The versatility of this shade coupled with the ease of use of these Amazonian Clay Blushes, I think they would be perfect for some one new to cheek color be it if you are hauling it for yourself or getting a gift for a friend!

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!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush – Blissful & Achiote (Swatches)

Heya, throwing up some entries I have done up but left sitting in my ‘drafts’ since this is going to be a busy busy week (weeks?) for me at work but I didn’t want to leave this space empty.

More Japan mentions and new / upcoming things to come when I get time back on my hands. Till then! :)


I’ll be frank, don’t kill me but… prior to the Tarte package from Sephora, I have never gotten my hands on these widely popular Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes from the brand.

I know these were quite a hit the moment they were launched and I was intrigued, yes, but given that Tarte wasn’t available locally (then) and the hassle it took to acquire them… I guess I just passed them up. After all, there was enough makeup distraction otherwise.

Now that Tarte is easily available to us, all it takes is a run to Sephora (which is conveniently scattered across Singapore too), so here I am finally giving these superstars a go.

The 2 shades I have on hand are Blissful (the more pink-toned one) and Achiote (the peachier pink).

While, from the case, they look fairly distinctive and different, they actually are pretty close from the pan and when swatched.

The key-point of this product, aside from its cute product-packaging matchy-matchiness, is the long-wearing claim.

I didn’t notice a 12-hour long wear during my short and few experiences with this blush, though that could be due to me layering them too lightly on for a more natural look.

Though I do notice these sticking around a little longer than some of my other powder blushes, still lending a flush even after a warm and icky lunch session where it always feels like my makeup is melting away. I have read that the deeper and more intense shades tend to stick around longer, so perhaps it is because these are the more natural and lighter shades – as with the nude-lip logic, deeper and intense colors tend to ‘stain’ better!

Apart from the long-wearing aspect, these Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes are also nutrient-rich, infused with natural clay harvested from the Amazon River – hence its name!

While skincare benefits are the more immediate thing I look for when scouting for a blush, it is still something nice to know and consider.

Those with oily skin will be pleased to know that Amazonian Clay minimizes oil in and around the pores, allowing this blush to combat sebum and stick on for a little while longer.

On the otherhand, dry skin users will benefit from the nourishing and hydrating properties found within the clay.

On top of all that, the Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush is also free from Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan. Phew!

Now, lets get to the colors shall we?

I did some hand swatches with these and for some odd reason, these blushes didn’t swatch very potently and well via finger-swatching thus the intensity seen here is a few layers combined. Though they do, somehow, pick up and blend well with a cheek brush.

Blissful –

Blissful is a soft pink shade that leans a little warm, so you don’t get a frosty cool dose of pink if you are wary of shades like that.

It seems to warm up a little more on my skin and ends up blending out to be a very natural shade, fool-proof almost.

Achiote –

The slightly peachier sibling of Blissful, Achiote looks very similar in the pan and while it doesn’t look a mile of a difference once swatched it is notably a little peachier on. There is a stronger hint of warmth as opposed to a flush and I find myself reaching for this a little more often – I’m quite a peach-fan, as opposed to pinks.

Overall,

I don’t know what I was expecting with these and for some reason (note: I never really read reviews or searched these up), I expected the Amazonian Clay 24 Hour blushes to be a little more pigmented as opposed to being natural and sheer – which they are. Though I don’t mind this, I was just a little taken aback.

The sheer and natural quality allows for you to easily blend on a soft flush without ever having to worry about overdoing it. Though if you are layering this you could.

I think they are nice to have around in one or two shades you will reach for on a daily basis to use since they are quite no-brainer and they seem pretty hardy to throw about in your makeup pouch if you’re doing your makeup after the gym and such.

I can’t say I am super impressed by these and I am still a little perplexed over the hype they kicked up but… they are not bad products. Nice natural and soft flushes that are available in quite an array of shades, not bad and worth a look!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 24 Hour Blush is available at Sephora Singapore for S$45. These are permanent

I’ll post up some face shots with these soon, to better showcase them! 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.

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

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.

Heavy Metal Loose Glitter

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!

Haul / Review: Urban Decay NAKED Skin Ultra Definition Loose Powder

I seem to in a bit of a word rut these days, I think it’s me doing the whole ‘overwhelming myself, short circuiting my brain’ thing again. Whenever I get overwhelmed be it with backlog, crazy-ass deadlines at work or worst – a combination of both – my brain seems to be in a constantly distracted mode.

Thus whatever I write sounds so textbook, lifeless and dull or perhaps as if I were trying too hard to put a paragraph out there. In short, something that I end up junking even if I did spend an hour typing it up. Bah.

Though regardless, I think I can string together enough coherenece to spell out my excitement out for this newcomer on our shores!

Oh simple ole loose powder, you have my heart in your clutches.

I don’t know what it is about this simple base product but I lust over loose powders like no other – especially so if they are tinted. Especially especially so if they are rose tinted. Oh, my heart.

But anyway, this Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder (‘sup with this long name, Urban Decay?) is lightly tinted in 5 varying skintone shades so these aren’t the color correcting sort that would come in lavender, mint, etc.

Though 3 of the 5 shades look incredibly similar when swatched (varying nuances maybe) that they might as well have had it come in 3 shades only and lessen the headache for us all. If they were to do 5 shades they should have very well been 5 fairly distinctive ones.

For this fact, I’m a little disappointed in you Urban Decay.

Of the range, I was deliberating between Naked Light and Naked Light Medium for myself, both seemed to appear fine on me. I the end I opted for Naked Light because it feels safer to get something a smidget lighter, than darker.

The Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder (yes, shortened here on) was something I had my eye on the minute I saw mentions about it online. Namely Temptalia, her review was the total kicker – I HAZ TO HAVE.

Aside from my whole undeclared loose powder obsession, I was actually in need of a loose powder given that my trusty NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder’s time was almost up. I had maybe 2 – 3 uses left for that and was ‘saving it up’ for a rainy day.

Rationally speaking, I do have other loose powders in my stash, and I just unearthed a couple while packing the other day, but the concept of a skin-refining, pore-smoothing and powder soft effect was one I couldn’t live without after having introduced myself to that flawlessness with NARS.

I feel that without a loose powder as such, my stash had a loophole. Le gasp.

The Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder was described to fit that biil so… I need!

Yes, NEED, even if this little pot of 8g is going for S$50.

Just for comparisons sake, the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder retails for S$50 as well but has a heft of 10g.

Though I know powders and products shouldn’t always be justified by their weight but incase anyone is wondering…

This powder is total love at first swatch, my first impression of it was all sorts of awesome and because I was with my husband at that time I remember exclaiming to him how amazed I was and how smooth my hand felt.

To the point I held out my arm and told him to “TOUCH MY HAND, TOUCH IT!“. He probably thought I was nuts.

Powder-aside, even the dispenser / filter was given some thought with the Urban Decay logo embossed into it along with 4 holes to control how much powder gets out. I much prefer lesser holes than a whole sifter dotted with one because that, my friend, is powder evarrryywhere. Not fun.

My animated descriptions aside, the Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder is one incredibly smooth and finely-milled powder that feels almost like nothing on the skin but yet once on lends a soft optical blurring, airbrushed effect. This allows the skin to have a soft-focus look to it, almost as if you applied a photo filter on yourself, in person.

Pfft, who needs that skin blurring tool when you’ve got this!

I’ve noticed that the skin blurring for the Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder seems more apparent than the NARS Loose Powder and in some ways, I feel the Urban Decay one is lighter to wear and I require much lesser for a smoothed-out finish.

It could be due to the slight tint that Urban Decay has that helps it to smooth and even the skin out better, but it is also this tinted quality that makes it a wee bit of a headache when deciding – Am I a medium? Or medium light?

The Urban Decay powder somehow feels ‘fluffier’ to the touch which is an extremely bizarre description but I really have no other way to word how light-weight and yet not densely packed these feel.

Don’t call me crazy but this is one fluffy soft powder.

My only advice before I sound like a deranged makeup addict would be to go and swatch this for yourself if you are able to. That way you would properly understand me and perhaps we can all go around together proclaiming how fluffeh this powder is.

Given that really long and carried away ramble about the Urban Decay Loose powder, let’s get to one of the main points…

Did Urban Decay knock NARS off its HG podium (in my heart)?

Well, I can’t entirely say yes or no about it because given a choice I would continue to consider repurchasing NARS Light Reflecting when I get a chance to but Urban Decay does a decent job of filling up the role – not as perfectly well, but good enough in its own way.

Here’s why it wasn’t an all-kill for Urban Decay

  • I don’t particularly like the smaller ‘mouth’ of the bottle. Perhaps this helps prevent too much powder from flying about but it’s hard to get my powder puff in there.
  • The oil control for this isn’t as stellar as NARS, I find. Urban Decay still holds my makeup together well through the day but on warmer days I do have to blot sometime after 6 hours. NARS is one mean beast when it comes to looking perfectly flawless and fine through the day – makeup stays, no oil y’all.

Though with all that said, I still love you Urban Decay Loose Powder, I love your skin-blurring abilities and I always love me a powder with some tint!

For furth
er testiment of that, I am going to plaster my face on here for your scrutiny, ha!

p.s. I am wearing the YSL CC Cream in Rose as a base / sunscreen. More about that soon!

So after this incredibly rambly post all about a loose powder, I think I have shared enough of my thoughts about this product that got my heart in a flurry when I set eyes on this. Who would have thought that loose powder would excite me this much.

f your heart is in a little flurry of its own after seeing the Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder, head on down to Sephora to swatch or pick it up!

Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder retails for S$50, is permanent, and available at all Sephora Singapore outlets.

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Look & Swatches: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Mushroom

I seem to be on a mission to simplify my already very simple everyday eyelook.

You see, I’m the sort that would rather sleep for 10 more minutes even if it means I’ll wake up thinking ‘OH CRAPPP‘ and rush through my entire morning routine – makeup included.

I don’t request much from my daily eye look, just for it to have enough color to look like something and that’s good enough! Of course paired with a flick of my trusty Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner but that’s for another entry.

While cream pencils were once something I scrunched my nose up to (what if it creases? would it stay all day? would the color migrate all over my eye?), I am pleased to find that Urban Decay had managed to master the idea of slapping a cream on, blending it out and have it stick / stay on all darn day!

I’m a happy camper!

Then again it’s Urban Decay we’re talking about, I should have expected nothing less, right?

Let me introduce you to my new sleep-in best friend!

This isn’t new and some of you probably swear by it already but heck, lemme proclaim my love for this old timer all the same. Hopefully, for those who haven’t given this a go, this will be the answer to days you want to snooze the alarm that 5 minutes more yet still look like you spent the same amount of time getting your game face together.

The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Shadow Pencils are cream shadow pencils that come in a stick form – the likes of NYX Jumbo Pencil.

The 24/7 Glide-on Shadow Pencil can be used as a base color on your lids to amplify powder shadows you would lay over, or to be worn on its own – my favorite way.

It is available in 8 shades, ranging from vibrant teals to hot pinks and of course a brown, the one I have here.

Mushroom is a neutral mid-tone brown that leans ashy (taupe-y, almost) with a nicely balanced metallic silver sheen.

Don’t let the term metallic turn you away because I feel the metallic quality makes it easier to work with and also more wearable. Yes, surprise surprise.

I’ve worked with my fair share of richly pigmented and creamy chocolate brown cream pencils and while they are lovely that way, you do need to add your own oomph if you feel those pencils alone are too ‘flat’ for you.

They usually are a little too au natural for my liking – I like me a tad of bling!

Once swiped, Mushroom really isn’t as ‘intimidating’ or dark as it seemed to be from the tube.

How I like to use Mushroom is casually drawing this all over my lids (just under the crease, no need for precision) before blending the edges out with my ring finger. You can use a blending brush but I prefer fingers since these need a little nudge to blend.

The Glide-on Pencil does set so you’ll have to blend it as soon as you get it on but it blends well within that time-frame, no odd lines where the pencil stops smudging.

I don’t mind this quick window to work with it because I like the assurance of knowing once this goes on, it’s hardly going anywhere. I have worn this numerous times through the workday without any problems at all – no migrating or panda eye (granted I only wear this on my lid) or stray shimmer even.

Here’s my lazy day Mushroom eye:

  • Mushroom blended over the lids, slightly into the crease
  • Random browbone highlight, whichever I can find for the day
    (Beauty Cottage’s Calypso here)
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner on the lids

That’s all, and this shortens the whole eye part of my makeup routine to a swift 1-2 minutes! Thus, no matter how ‘late to the show’ I am with these Glide-on Pencils, I’m glad I discovered them all the same.

If you’re looking for that 5-10 minutes more of sleep or intrigued to see the other shade offerings for this 24/7 Glide-on Shadow Pencil, then go check this out!

Urban Decay’s Glide-On Pencils are permanent and found at all Sephora Singapore stores!

Thanks for reading!