Top 10 Posts on Icyabstract (WordPress) in 2014!

Well, I wasn’t intending to do another ‘Most Popular on Icyabstract’ mention again, like I did last year with Onsugar, because I wasn’t sure if WordPress allowed for access to such statistics and all (since I’m on the free account) but as it turns out the WordPress team had sent out an incredibly cute WordPress ‘Annual Report’ for blogs.

It’s a lowdown of the happenings on your blog for the year (those with WordPress would know!) such as posting habits, the number of hits you get, demographic etc. Interesting stuff with a really cute design to boost so that sort of spurred me into creating this round up entry once more.

Though within the Annual Report, WordPress had only indicated the Top 5 entries so I went ahead to search through the statistical page and come up with a Top 10 instead! Because, 10 is more holistic, no?

 

The Top 10!

So anyway, here’s the Top 10 (ignore the home page before obviously that’ll garner most hits).

Now since you can’t click from within and you’re probably too lazy to search up said feature posts should you have missed it, I have them all linked below if you’d like to check them out.

  1.  Sephora’s Color Festival Blockbuster Palette For 2014!
  2. Surratt Beauty At Takashimaya! – Swatches & Pics
  3. New: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Info)
  4. First Look: Shupette – Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld (Again!) Holiday Collection 2014
  5. The Lowdown – YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush (Cheek & Lip Swatches)
  6. New: Shu Uemura Brave Beauty 2014 (Info & Swatches)
  7. Sephora Hols 2014 – Sephora (The House Brand)!
  8. Sephora Hols 2014 – Tarte Cosmetics!
  9. Sephora’s 2014 Holiday Collections Are Upon Us!
  10. A Throwback LOTD – Lancôme Fraîcheur Rosée Eye Palette

If you ask me, I’m actually a little surprised at the results, especially when a couple of the entries mentioned in the rundown are ‘migrated’ entries.

Which means they were brought over from my Onsugar so I didn’t expect them to have many dedicated views (e.g. the Lancôme LOTD and YSL Baby Doll mentions) but I guess these items are popular enough themselves to garner some searches.

That aside, it’s also quite apparent how hot Sephora mentions are as well. I was a little surprised that a couple of entries aren’t on that list but, given how is calculated, it could be because those posts were rather late in the year.

Ah well, nonetheless, I believe I said it last year as well but it’s so interesting to see statistical things like that and uncover things you least expect.

 

Top Commenters!

That aside, they had also rounded up the Top 5 commenters to the site and I thought that was a really nice gesture.

Given how these days a large percentage of readers prefer to lurk (nothing wrong with that, I do it too actually, heh), comments are all the more precious and to know that you guys have taken time out to actually drop a note and acknowledge my entries truly mean a whole lot to me.

More than you can imagine really when all it takes is a sentence and then hitting the enter button so thank you Genevieve, Sharmaintang, Arielle Tan, doseofrain and mybeautysanctuary!

Do check out their sites as its all about beauty lovin’ too!

 

That said, have a great New Year everyone! We’ve put one foot in 2015 and now all we’ve got to do is just keep walking or running through it! Onward everyone!

I’ll be back with a proper 2015 entry because that contains said cryptic life update that I’ve been hinting at. I wanted to wait one more day at least, and not disrupt the whole festive holiday mood, before announcing it proper :)

Till then! Happy New Year and thanks for reading!

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Look Feature: Naked On the Run – Texture Mish-mash!

So this is it, the day!

The day that Urban Decay’s Naked On the Run goes up and running (oh joy, I can’t stop with the punny references) so if you’re looking to get your hands on it, do hurry down to ION Sephora!

I doubt it’ll be possible to be in amongst the first few right now because those who really want the Naked Vault are probably already in queue (right? I’m guessing…) but you could still make it to be one of the First 100 and walk away with a deluxe sample of Urban Decay’s Anti-Aging Primer Potion!

Eitherways, good luck to all heading down. Remember, it’s ION Sephora and it’ll launch 6pm today (5th Dec).

Now on to the look, here’s my attempt at fusing a matte and shimmery color together for a fusion of textures.

I will say that in pictures the look didn’t quite come out as distinctive as I would have liked, partially due to the fact that I’m also perfecting the idea of mixing textures since I’m more accustomed to wearing pearly, frosted or sheened eyeshadows alone. But I think this is an okay start and you’ll like see more texture mishmash from me!

Though in the meanwhile, here’s my rough stab at it with the deeper end of the palette spectrum.

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Somehow it photographed a little more intense and darker a mix of browns as compared to how it looks in person but no matter, just an observation.

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Naked Look 3

Given the pairings available, I could go light (with Fix and Resist – the ashy beige matte and cool taupe metallic) or darker and smokier as I did here.

I had the matte shade (Dare) in the inner corner and all over the lid actually with Stun (the gold shimmer strewn brown on the outer corner.

The effect of the look was a little different from what I had in mind, probably due to the texture of the shadows and that Stun has a refined touch of gold shimmer instead of the piece-y gritty sort but I think it ended up being quite alright. Though I’ll definitely explore this texture mix again with grittier, sparklier shadows!

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Here’s a blurry shot to capture the shimmer. I don’t even know how many times I’ve said ‘shimmer’ in this post…

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For the rest of the face, the cheeks are largely the same as what I had used in previous Naked On the Run looks – with the bronzer as contour and blush as blush – but this time around I loaded up on 5050 on both the cheeks and also high points of the face for a more glowy and radiant finish to the skin.

Continuing the texture mix, instead of glossy and shiny lips from the Naked Gloss within, I cheated here and went for a satin finish on the lips instead.

My inital intention was matte but as it turns out, Laqa & Co’s Fat Lip Pencils weren’t as matte as I had remembered them to be.

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I must say, when you consider mixing and matching textures and not just colors alone, it makes the whole look rather interesting to put together.

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I apologize for the fact that my eyes always looking so bloodshot in the mornings. I’m not quite sure why but they look better as the day progresses. It must be the fact that I’m totally not a morning person, ha!

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Lanôme Absolue Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Incandescent

EYES 
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Dare – all over lid (NOTR)
Urban Decay Stun – outer half of the lid (NOTR)
Urban Decay 5050 – brow highlight (NOTR)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Stag


CHEEKS 
Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush
Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (contour)

LIPS 
Laqa & Co Fat Lip Pencil in Ring of Fire

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The Lighter Texture Mix Variation!

Now, hijacking this post a little, I was about to end it with just showcasing that one variation of the matte and shimmer mix but both curiosity and the need to document it got the better of me so I explored the lighter texture mix options I had mentioned at the start of the post.

I didn’t bother to create a brand new entry for this because it’s quite a simple look and aesthetically it isn’t very much but for those considering all aspects of this palette before acquiring it (why even consider, just get it!) here’s a look you can explore.

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Naked Look 3 lighter

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I can envision this being a look I’d throw on quite often when I’m not sure if I feel up for shimmer or matte – why not both right?

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With that, I’m going to round up this dedicated mention to the Naked On the Run Palette and as always I hope that amidst my spam of looks that sometimes may not differ too much from each other, you found this helpful and informative!

Don’t forget to run down if you want to get your hands on this!

Urban Decay’s Naked On the Run Palette will be launching 5th December (6pm) at ION Sephora. This is Limited Edition.

 

Cutting that long ramble down, I’m signing out of my blog for a bit though I do have some posts scheduled and planned so this space wouldn’t end up dead but I guess for me it’ll be a bit of a break – a fun and tiring one so… not so much of a break-break but whatever, I’m rambling again.

Okay, see you guys shortly and stick around for more posts I have planned!

Thank you again for reading!

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Look Feature: Naked On the Run – Simple Everyday Mattes

After having a look at this relatively flashy (as flashy as these variations of neutral browns can go) look from the Naked On the Run palette, here’s turning it to the opposite side of the dial for those who prefer to go about their everyday looking clean, simple and preferably shimmer or shine free!

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Amongst the 5 eyeshadow shades within Naked On the Run, there are 2 shadows with a matte finish and they do vary in intensity with one being a lighter ashy taupey shade (great for all over the lid) and the other being a warmer and smokier chocolate brown.

Since there are only 2 shadow options, the only thing you can play around with would be placement and this is how I would best wear it.

You can of course use the warmer brown (Dare) all over and the taupey brown (Fix) to blend out the crease but hey, your call!

No matter how neutral and simple, the options are still there for your pairing!

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Naked Look 2

I’ll admit I cheated a little this time around and didn’t use the 24/7 Glide-On Liner included within (Stag).

Instead I opted for my own liquid liner and the 24/7 Liner in Zero for the lower lash line (not included, but from the Black Magic set).

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Typically for simple matte looks I do like a sharper and crisp black liner just because I feel it gives the look this certain classic quality to it.

But of course if you’re going for smokey, effortless, soft and natural, Stag is a great number to use!

All personal preference and makeup doesn’t have to be about rules, it’s always about playing around with what you have for a look that best fits you!

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Because I ditched the liner, I did compensate by trying on the Perversion mascara (as you know, I don’t wear mascara everyday) and I liked how it kept my lashes soft. It’s not the best in the volume or length department, I feel, but for a natural mascara wearer like me (I don’t like to feel like I have it on or feel it against my frames), it’s actually quite nice.

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It does give you depth and intensity in color but it’s most ideal for those who just need that deep rich black coating and not so much the added volume, intensity and curl. It’s nice, I feel, but if you want vavavoom lashes, this does not do that.

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Cheeks and lips are the same combo as before – the bronzer as a contour, blush as a blush (hurhur, duh) with a little bit of 5050 highlighter on the high points of the cheek.

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Finishing the matte crisp look off with soft glossy lips using the Naked Nourishing Lipgloss in Sesso included within. I’m not the biggest fan of gloss but I find myself developing a soft spot for this. Plus mixing up a matte eye with glossy lips keeps the look simple and casual.

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 Products Used:

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Dior Diorstar Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Fix – all over lid (NOTR)
Urban Decay Dare – outer half of the lid (NOTR)
Urban Decay 5050 – brow highlight (NOTR)
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Zero
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (NOTR)


CHEEKS 
Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush
Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (contour)

LIPS 
Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in Sesso (NOTR)

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So there you go!

For you ladies (and guys) who prefer things smooth, matte, and shimmer/shine-free here’s how you can do so with Urban Decay’s Naked On the Run. Not the most of variety, I’m sure, but good enough if you want to be able to do shimmers and mattes alike.

Speaking of, I decided to do up one last look mixing both finishes together because if you can’t mix it up too much with color then why not texture, yes?

That’s to come, so stay tuned!

 

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay’s Naked On the Run Palette will be launching 5th December (6pm) at ION Sephora. This is Limited Edition.

If you’re getting this, do check out the Early Bird Promos and see how you can get your hands on UD’s Naked Vault for FREE!

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Sephora Hols 2014 – Burts Bees!

Alrightey, I’m escaping the whole cloud in my mind of what to post on my blog as we approach a ‘clog’ in the churn (too much to post I don’t know where to start!).

So… when you’re faced with something like that it’s always a good plan to deviate completely and post something else, yes?

Heh!

In this case, we’re back with more Holiday low-down from Sephora and by now most of their holiday offerings should be available in stores already so if you see something you like – RUN.

Yes, not walk but run to the store because I’m sure you wouldn’t be the only one with these gift options in mind.

Moving on from the largely makeup and skincare realm to something that’s cutesy and practical enough for that friend who maybe isn’t head over heels about the makeup world but could use some little practical gifts like cuticle cream, lip balm (everybody needs lip balm yo!), hand cream and more!

What’s more, Burts Bees products – if you haven’t already known – are mild and gentle with a good amount of their products suitable for use on toddlers as well so if you know someone who has concerns over getting such things due to skin sensitivity then this is more than perfect a stocking stuffer!

 

That said, I’ll let the collection do its talking right now!

The sets are all really adorably packaged and thoughtfully mixed that it’ll make such a great gift for a friend, a co-worker or a couple of aunts/cousins you’re not quite sure what to get.

 

The Classics – $27

Includes: Honey Lip Balm (4.25g), Beeswax Lip Balm (4.25g), Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream mini, Res-Q Ointment mini

Show your loved ones how important they are with our Classics Collection, show them nature’s wonderful creation – by giving us a miracle for our skin.

 

From Garden To Hive – $37

Burt's Bees From Garden To Hive, $37 (2)

Includes: Extra Energizing Citrus & Ginger Root Body Wash (350ml), Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion (170g), Ultimate Care Hand Cream (90g), Coconut Foot Cream mini, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream mini

Our philosophy has always been to nurture and nourish, which we learned from nature. This set is just what your skin needs to feel loved from head to toe, and get yourself prepared for festive parties.

 

Bee Loved – $24

Burt's Bees Bee Loved, $24

Includes: Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream mini, Hand Salve mini, Refreshing Lip Balm with Grapefruit (4.25g)

This luscious, moisturizing trio banishes dryness to reveal soft, smooth, holiday-ready skin.

 

From Garden to Hive 2 – $37

Burt's Bees From Garden To Hive, $37

Includes: Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion (70g), Ultimate Care Hand Cream (50g), Beeswax Lip Balm Tin (8.5g), Coconut Foot Cream mini

It’s hard to find indulgence like our From Garden to Hive Kit. Soothe skin with our Beeswax Lip Balm, Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion and Coconut Foot Cream. It’s a jolly holiday from face to feet and all points in between.

 

Bee Nourished – $49

Burt's Bees Bee Nourished, $49

Includes: Naturally Nourishing Nilk & Honey Body Lotion (70g x 2), Ultimate Care Hand Cream (50g x 2)

Shield your hard-working skin with these natural products for a little pampering on the go during the busy holiday season.

 

Body Care Essentials – $43

Burt's Bees Body Care Essentials, $43

Includes: Ultimate Care Hand Cream (90g), Ultimate Care Body Lotion (170g)

It’s the kind of thing you didn’t know you needed, but once you try it, you’ll soon realize it works like the dickens for your hands and body. Extra special pampering is in order.

 

The Classics 2 – $27

Burt's Bees The Classics 2, $27

Includes: Hand Salve mini, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream mini, Beeswax Lip Balm Tin (8.5g), Res-Q Ointment mini

Reward yourself with the perfect quartet from nature, this set includes all perfect size of natural goodies for your on-the-go essentials. And with the beautiful packaging, you’ll have one less present to wrap!

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Okay, so phew that’s all the sets I believe!

The press release didn’t allow for text copying so I typed everything out and (disclaimer, I’m not implying or saying anything here) I noticed that the copywriting for the sets were a little off. At least to me. In the sense that some sentences didn’t quite flow right and some parts were rather abrupt in description so… if you’re reading, that’s just something to note.

Not that the text is something a good number of you guys read anyway, right?

I know you just scroll by and look at pictures!

But properly summing it up, I think the sets that Burts Bees are offering are really cute and practical without dwelling too much into the indulgent aspect of body maintenance such that the products are too precious to use or the sets too expensive to buy.

Everything is reasonably priced, highly usable and so practical.

With that said, I’m going to sign off and nurse my energy-zapped brain. For some reason I’ve been feeling so sleepy, drowsy and tired of late and I swear I’m not keeping any late nights here. I’m sleeping as per usual (I believe), unless my body switches to a different sleep cycle once I’m out…

But I’ve just been feeling so sluggish and it seems like a cup of coffee a day no longer does the trick. Gah.

Burts Bees Holiday Sets are available from 6th November at Sephora Singapore stores island-wide!

 

Thanks for reading!

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Sephora Hols 2014 – Sephora (The House Brand)!

Okie dokes.

So we took a bit of a break from the Sephora Holiday mentions to spam up some Vice but now it’s time to resume our program on this, especially when most of the collections will be hitting stores 6th November!

Don’t forget to mark that date down if you’re thinking to swing by Sephora to pick up some festive gifts – almost all brands are rolling out their X’mas goodies then!

 

For today at least, I’m going to be talking about some stuff from Sephora’s house brand (but of course).

While yes Sephora stocks up a mighty mean list of brands to shop from, let’s not forget that the house brand has some pretty good offerings as well, especially where the seasonal range is concerned.

What’s more most things are reasonably priced too so it’s a a good one stop shop if you’re doing a secret santa or looking for some stocking stuffers!

It’s quite a hefty list so… just keep scrolling ya?

 

The Golden Party Range (Makeup)

Sephora 4 Eye Look Books Set, $49

Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette, $88

Sephora Color Festival 130 Color Makeup Palette, $69 (as seen here)

Sephora Fresh Beauty To Go, $42

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Sephora Kiss Kiss Universal Pink Gloss, $10

Sephora Makeup Party Box Makeup Palette, $45

Sephora Ornament Lip Gloss in Universal Pink, $8

Sephora Party Color Hit Nail Polish & Nail Art Set, $55

Sephora Perfect Night Out Eye Set, $35

Sephora The Best of Sephora Box, $65

Sephora VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette, $19

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Beauty Toys Range (More Makeup + Nails!)

Sephora Creative Nail Art Set, $29

Sephora Festive Tattoos, $9

Sephora Gold Party Set of 4 Makeup Brushes, $36

Sephora Happy New Nails 6 Mini Nail Files, $8

Sephora Holiday 2014 Beauty Fish Mascot, $19 –– OMG IT’S SO CUTE

Sephora Makeup Bag Trio, $32

Sephora My Manicure Set, $36

Sephora Pinceaux Brushes To Go Set, $24

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Bath Party Range

Last not not least, if you / your friend isn’t quite a makeup person then there’s always some nice-smelling bath stuff to gift! Everyone showers so… everyone needs a little bath stuff, no?

Sephora Bath Party Bath Capsules Set, $24

I really enjoy these bath capsules when I picked them up during their initial launch. It’s a simple concept of 1 (or actually about 2 for me) bath use in a capsule so you can easily bring this along if you’re traveling or maybe hitting the gym, without having to carry a full (or decanted) bottle of product with you.

The scents are lovely too! I can see this being a very practical gift for a regular gym-goer or if you know someone who is always on the go!

Sephora Bath Party Limited Edition Assortment Pouch, $30

Sephora Bath Party Premium Box Assortment, $45

Sephora Cotton Flower Bubble Bath and Shower Gel Set, $28

Sephora Hands Creams Set, $26

Sephora Mini Cotton Flower Bath Set, $17

Sephora Mini Mango Bath Set, $17

Sephora Mini Multicolor Bath Pearls, $10

Sephora Scented Fizzy Bath Bomb Box, $18

Sephora Silver Glitter Spray, $15

Sephora Bath Products (sold individually!). Left to Right – Body Lotion (S$15), Body Scrub (S$15), Shower Gel (S$16), Handwash (S$10).

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So… voila, there you have it! The whole shebang of Sephora’s house brand offerings this festive period!

The prices are reasonable and most of all there is a wide enough range from the nail lover, to the makeup addict or the bath product junkie!

Sephora’s house brand is typically overshadowed by the many many the other brands available but truthfully the house items aren’t lacking too! I’ve swatched a couple of beautifully creamy eye pencils, intense lip colors and more!

If you’re popping in to pick up something from any other brand, don’t forget to just stop by the house brand aisles and give these items a look ;)

Sephora’s house brand Holiday products launches 6th November 2014 at all Sephora stores. Items (packaging or product-wise) are Limited Edition.

Thanks for reading!

 

I’ve got a quick ramble about my recent FAV hair product right now, something my life completely depends upon. So dramatic, I know, but my hair is my life so that lowdown is coming up real soon. Like a few hours soon.

Check back!

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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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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’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?

Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with Sephora!

For someone who claims to not be a fan of Hello Kitty (talking about me here), I sure talk about this little lass a lot!

Though it’s hard not to when she’s this adorable and while I’m not a hardcore fan, I wouldn’t deny that her merchandise can be quite cute… and the excuse that I make for myself whenever I pick up cute Hello Kitty plushies would be that my little girl is the fan, not me.

Which isn’t wrong because Baby K does love her Kitty but she has since moved on to the world of trains, dinosaurs and cars, with a little soft spot in her tiny heart for the occasional kitty bag, shoes or shirts.

So anyway, back to this!

Because it’s her big 4 0 , some celebration is due so Sephora has teamed up with our favorite Kitty cat to launch an extremely adorable and collectible collection so that we adults can properly justify our Kitty obesessions.

It’s one thing to buy a Kitty plush but it’s absolutely fine to get Kitty Nailpolishes, Eye Crayons or Eyeshadows, yes?

Let’s have a look:

Let me disrupt the slew of pictures to say – how cute is this ring! And it pops open to feature a solid perfume! Absolutely perfect to carry about and flaunt your kitty love while surreptitiously touching up your scent the whole night.

I think this cute thing has got my eye!

So that’s a look at most of the items that are part of this collection, if you would like a run down, here it is in words.

  • Pop Up Party Eyeshadow Palette
  • An Apple A Day Trio Lipbalm Set
  • Hello Kitty Solid Perfume Cocktail Ring
  • Kawaii Nail Set
  • The Red Row Beauty Diaries (the box with it all)
  • Ruby Compact Mirror
  • Original Fragrance Ruby Roller Girl
  • Milk Money Make up Bag
  • Ruby Hand Held Mirror

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From the looks of it, it seems like this is a collection that is perfect for gifting, with all the ‘set’ pieces and also very adorable yet practical inclusions, like the ring that I had highlighted above.

This collection is already available in Sephora US but I am assuming it is going to reach us together with the rest of Sephora’s Holiday delights! I’ll be popping by the Sephora Holiday Media Showcase so I’ll make sure to give you a heads up if I spot this over there!

Thanks for reading!

Tell me, are you a kitty fan? Are you eyeing anything here?

p.s. don’t let the Kitty mirrors fool you because those actually end up being really expensive!

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!