New & Upcoming From Shu Uemura – Laque Supreme Swatches, Glow Creator Low-down & That Stunning Shu:palette!

Hello you guys!

I’ve got another rambly little update for you and this time it’s for Shu Uemura.

The preview wasn’t an extensive one and you know how when faced with a whole load of new and upcoming products you just get so focused on learning about it and playing with it that you forget to snap everything?

Yeah… that seems to happen to me quite often during previews. Though nonetheless, I still managed some shots of the new and upcoming stuff to Shu Uemura! I’m pretty excited about these Spring releases and I think it’ll interest some of you too!

I’ll be receiving some pieces from Shu Uemura at a later date so, you know the drill, I’ll have more information and pictures of those pieces to come.

Meanwhile, let’s have a look at this brief and (I’m assuming) rambly overview!

 

Laque Supreme

Starting with something that is already out, the Laque Supreme, which will be added to Shu Uemura’s permanent line up of lip arsenals.

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Off-hand, before I delve into press information about the product, my first impression and thought of it would be whipped, glossy and creamy all at the same time.

While there are some similar products out there looking to transcend the borders between a lipstick, lipgloss, lip lacquer and all (Dior Fluid Stick, YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush and maybe Lancôme Lip Lover, I’m looking at you), I think there’s a place in the makeup universe for all of hybrid formulas that brands seem to be coming up with.

I want to say that the Laque Supreme immediately reminded me of the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush, which it sorta does in that mildly whipped consistency, but yet it isn’t the same thing at all.

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Firstly the Laque Supremes are solely made for lip use and while they have that lightweight, creamy colored whipped thing going on, these do actually lay down a pretty mean color stain! Unlike YSL which mostly wipes away, save for the few stronger shades.

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The Laque Supremes are quite intriguing and I’ve only had a go at it on the lips one time so far (swatches on the hands otherwise) and it starts out as this cool, lightweight and part glossy part creamy texture but once on the lips, it actually starts to set and that milky light color does deepen.

Hence I will recommend that you try out the color you hone in on on your lips first before deciding.

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During that one occasion I tried this on, I applied it prior to a meal and allowed it a little while to set before I got started eating and even after, I noticed that the color was still evident on my lips. Though I did try a rather neutral shade so I can’t say to what extent did the color remain untouched but I’ll give you a proper review once I get my pieces!

Though long story short, there’s a good amount of variety across the 15 shades that are launched and while the range is pigmented I believe there are a few pieces (was it 3, or 5?) that are Limited Edition shades. I know one of which is the rich deep wine shade (WN1) but otherwise, I’m not sure of the rest.

I’ll update about this again but if anything, this is currently available so do head down to check it out!

 

Glow Creators

Next up would be the glow creators!

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I know cream glow products doesn’t interest everyone but I will add that this seems to be the latest makeup trend, not that glow was ever out of trend, with brands putting out fresh glowy looks on the runway this season by not only using targeted highlighters but also mixing in glow boosting creams into foundations and dabbing even more to the high points just before the models hit the stage.

Glow can be risky business but I think these days brands are trying to make glow boosting creams a no brainer to use by allowing the finish to look natural yet the shine to still be dewy and bright!

I think amongst the glow boosting creams I’m a little obsesssed with right now, Shu Uemura’s Glow Creators seem to be of a more obvious and higher shine but it could also be due to me blending out a generous dollop across a small surface on my hand so… we’ll have to see how this performs on the face once I have it!

The Glow Creators will be available in 2 shades – Warm Glow and I can’t quite recall the other… Oops. I believe it’s Cool Glow? But basically the difference in the shades would be the color of the shimmers within with Warm Glow obviously lending a soft golden touch while the Other Glow gives a more porcelain radiant finish (more silver).

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Don’t mind the stains the Laque Supreme had left on my hands…

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Both are equally lovely and I’m sure when used in miniscule amounts across the face you may not see a huge difference in tone but I’m guessing most of us will ultimately reach for Warm Glow (unless you’re fair or mildly pink-toned, the other would be more suited) so that could be the most popular one once this launches!

I can’t wait to try this out on my face and showcase that since the swatches above doesn’t show the product in its full glory since it was blended out on a small surface area hence it looks quite concentrated and a little ‘much’.

 

Shu:palette – Exquisite Neutral Artist Palette!

Now this last one I am most excited about and also beating myself up a little for as I didn’t get to swatch all the shades involved for a thorough showcase but… if anything, all the shades within this Shu:palette are Permanent so I guess you can go check out the shades in the meanwhile if you’re contemplating it.

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So… if all the shades are permanent, why bother with this palette, right?

Well, because it’s incredibly good value for money given the full-sized shadow pans within and it is also a really well curated neutral palette with a mix of textures, tones and depths. I know its impossible to have us just stick to one neutral palette our whole lives but if somehow you need to make that call, I wouldn’t be surprised if this gets the most picks.

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The formula and pigmentation of the shadows are beautiful and quality isn’t compromised at all. The case itself feels sturdy enough, a little thin for my liking, but it looks like it should be able to hold its own should you bring it traveling.

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There’s also a synthetic dual-ended brush within, Shu Uemura’s very first dual-ended brush, which works great with picking up colors as well so that could be handy on the go.

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In all, I think this palette is one to look out for because of how stunning it is and you can never go wrong with browns, right? I’m pass the point of questioning why we need so many brown / neutral palettes in our lives but somehow we just do, right?

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Sadly this will be Limited Edition though knowing the anticipation for this palette, Shu Uemura will start a reservations list a little closer to launch date (1st March 2015, ideally) but I’ll keep you guys posted!

I know I’m looking forward to get my hands on this, are you?

It will retail for S$160 which works out to be S$10 an eyeshadow and that’s not even considering the brush involved and the palette casing as well. I really think it’s not too bad!

 

So phew, there you go!

There are a couple more lowdowns that we got through the cozy gathering we had with Shu Uemura but I didn’t snap a picture of said collections so I didn’t bother giving much of a mention here though I’ll have some of those products coming in and I think I’ll save my words for the dedicated entry to come!

I think you’ve read quite a lot here already so I’ll let you go for now!

How’s everyone doing? All packed and set for Chinese New Year already? It feels like its happening so fast I haven’t even had time to properly get my things sorted, eeps!

I’m in the midst of a mini relocation (well, from my office desk of 2 plus years back home) and whatnot so I’m assuming that my blogging timelines are going to get a little delayed due to this change. It’s minor but there’s file transferring to and fro so my computer back at home is going to get a little messy for a bit so blogging may take a back seat meanwhile. And maybe an even further backseat once New Job starts… sigh.

We’ll see how it goes, alright?

Thanks for reading!

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!

LOTD: Icy Blue Hues with Shupette (Has-It-All Palette & Blush)

While putting this look together, I think my train of thought went a little like this:

Okay, let’s see what we can do with this…

That’s not too bad, now lets try this…

Hmm… meh, okay, that wasn’t quite what I expected *mentally a little disappointed with that blue*

Alright lets smoke the ends out to give this more depth

*steps back from the mirror*

Well hey, what do you know, I think I actually really like this look!

Well, yes, for the most part when I’m trying to do a look feature on an eye palette, most of the time I don’t always have a look in mind and I just mix and match the shades up on the spot.

Of course some combos (like neutral looks) just jump into mind but sometimes for palettes that are a little trickier and not as ‘direct’ (by that I mean, green goes here, darker green goes here, voila), a little trial and error is required and that’s how this look came about!

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After exploring the safe, usual neutrals with the Shupette palette – you know, because I always need that classic something to fall back upon – I decided to venture into the soft, giggly and overly happy world of pastels.

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While pastels are soft, they aren’t to be taken lightly either because given the whole soft, airy and bright nature of these colors, they should be paired and blended well with a deeper shade to give the look some depth.

I’m sure we’ve all encountered looks where people slap a pastel shade all over thinking that alone is enough but their lids end up standing out too much and not in a very good way so… yes, as odd as this may sound pastels may be trickier to work with than smokey shades even.

Though when paired right, and with the right glowy sort of pastel colors, they can be incredibly beautiful on with a soft wash of color and stunning iridescent shine.

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The blue eyeshadow in the Shupette palette in particular gives that very lovely iridescent effect that highlights the look really well in a soft icy blue. I was initially a little disappointed at the pigmentation (when I first patted it on) but came to realize that it’s got such a beautiful glow to it that it makes up for the lack of color and need to build it up with wear.

It’s a look I think I will revisit if I’m feeling up for something eye-catching, yet soft and feminine at the same time.

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For the lips and cheeks, I decided to play up the brights and compliment the blues in the eye look with some soft pinks. Though the soft really only applies to the cheeks because there’s no such thing as a soft pink in the Shupette lip palette.

Oh wait, correction, there is… but that’s no fun.

Here are the shades I used (eyes & lips) from the Shupette palette.

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I went with an even brighter fuschia pink this round, as opposed to the already rather bright pink I had worn in the earlier more neutral Shupette look.

I felt that given how icy and played up the eyes were, a stronger lip color (pink, especially) wouldn’t hurt.

I’m really starting to like the pink lip options within the Shupette palette and am half wishing for them to actually roll out such colors. Granted I should have similar shades in the stash, I do like how lightweight and smooth these lip bon bons feel on.

Creamy and smooth, staining but not dry. They’re quite lovely.

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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
Dior Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

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- middle light pastel blue
- bottom left blue
- middle top greyish brown
- top left charcoal
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner (in black) –– LOVE!
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
Shu Uemura Shupette Silk Cushion Cheek Color in Pink

LIPS 
She Uemura Shupette Has-it-All Lip Bon Bon (1st from left)

 

So, that’s that for the look and also the Shupette speed-mentions! Though… if you think about it it wasn’t all that speedy and my mention is a little tardy into the launch but just in case there are still a couple of pieces for those who need a little enabling I hope my entries were of use!

I’ll be moving on to an encyclopedia of Surratt mentions before maybe shifting my blog back to its usual mentions of random slews and brands here and there though I will admit I’m quite liking this ‘categorization’ thing that I’m doing now.

Though this marks the end of the Shupette speed-mentions, it doesn’t mark the end of the product mentions, that’s for sure! They’ll be having their cameos here and there be it in upcoming looks or maybe a ‘current routine’ sort of entry so, stay tuned!

I’ll have those ‘usual’ posts back once I’m done with all my spams. It’s been awhile since I’ve done them it’s like I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to not have a whole lineup in plan and in place!

 

Regardless, thanks for reading!

Read more about the Shupette Has It All Palette here and the Silk Cushion Cheek Color here!

Both are Limited Edition and available right now!

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Warm Hue-d Browns with Shupette (Has It All Palette & Blush)

I’m really excited about this look but I feel I could be the only one with this sentiment.

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To a large part of you guys, you’re probably groaning and going “not another brown look” but I truly feel that not all brown looks are made equal.

Really!

Okay hear me out here.

There’s the everyday-brown-look that is subtle, soft, nicely shimmery in the way that gives your eyes a glow but nothing over the top.

Then there is that evening-dinner-brown-look – a look that has a little something extra to it. Yes it is brown, it is mildly shimmery and shiny in all the right places but it also plays up your eyes so beautifully they sparkle in a way that your everyday-brown-look just doesn’t quite achieve.

So far so good?

If you, like me, feel that there are varying degrees to a neutral look then you’ll be in for a treat because while the Shupette Has It All Palette is largely pretty in pastel, I think the brown shadows in here are absolutely stellar.

Primarily the deep warm brown within (the darkest of the browns) and you’ll see it work its magic in this look.

Though to be very fair, I could possibly recreate this with one of my many (many) brown eyeshadows within the stash but that would involve me having to find them, dig them up and perhaps lay out a clutter of different palettes when I could just settle for this very one, right?

For justification purposes, I will say that buying this solely for the browns is a bit crazy but hey, if you’re already at the edge of the cliff let me push you over with this eye look.

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As usual, when approaching a new palette, my modus operandi is – safe, simple, me option first.

So this was the first look that sprung to mind as I stared at the palette trying to piece a look together.

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I primarily used 3 eyeshadow shades, the soft champagne gold, the mid-tone coppery-gold shade and the deliciously warm creamy brown.

I think I’ve got a huge crush on that brown, really. It’s so perfectly warm and deep but blends out to be a light enough wash if need be… so beautiful~

Enough of my ramble, here’s more of the look and less of my words.

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The lip product that I used is a bright-enough pink that still contains enough coral and peach that it is considered fairly wearable for the day (‘ticked’ above).

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I was inclined to choosing a red lip but somehow at crunch time my hands veered towards this color though I’m not complaining because it is a pretty lip shade nonetheless.

What’s more it matches the Silk Cushion Cheek Color in Pink perfectly :)

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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
Dior Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
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- top right golden mid-brown
- burnt auburn brown
- bottom right pale champagne
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Starlash Lightning Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
Shu Uemura Shupette Silk Cushion Cheek Color in Pink

LIPS 
She Uemura Shupette Has-it-All Lip Bon Bon (3rd from right)

 

So this wraps up my first and rather unimaginative take on the Shupette Has It All Palette but wouldn’t you agree that sometimes, neutral and classic is something that just works – no explanations needed, no bold colors necessary.

Simple, clean, poised.

Or is it just me?

But if you’re craving for a little color I’ve got a look with some semblance of a color (as much as this palette would lend me) coming up tomorrow so stay tuned!

 

Thanks for reading!

Read more about the Shupette Has It All Palette here and the Silk Cushion Cheek Color here!

Sponsorship disclosure

First Look: Shupette – Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld (Again!) Holiday Collection 2014

I can almost envision the amount of work piling up for the whole of next week so while I still have a tad bit of breathing space, I might as well throw this mention up first!

After all, this is a really quick look which, if anything, may not be the most informative in terms of how the colors portray, how the items swatch and all but if you’re so smittened with the Shupette collection that you don’t mind seeing 90123989324 photos of the items then… here you go!

This is really a hit and run post given these images are fresh from a couple nights ago and fresh from the phone. Save for a bit of color editing because the lighting was quite horrid but, we make do with what we have, yes?

 

I didn’t bother with swatches at the cozy event we had with Zee and Fuan of Shu Uemura because lighting conditions were quite blah but I did swatch some pieces, for the feel of the product, and while they carry through with the soft effortless touch of color and whisper of sheen / shimmer, the shadows and creams are nice and smooth to the touch.

Easy to blend, soft and natural pigmentation with easy color build up – great for a fresh faced look especially since it is likely that this collection is aimed towards a younger demographic given the cutesy imagery and packaging.

Not to say the mature ladies cannot indulge in their cat-woman feels with this! Especially with the bolder, but still fairly wearable, lip colors within the lip bons bons or Shupette Has It All Palette.

Okay, enough talk, here’s the lovely makeup mess we had the joy to play with that night!

It’s quite a rapid picture spam so… just scroll on, check the names / prices (which will be captions) and, enjoy! I’ll try to skip out on text from here on.

Shupette’s Flair Eyelash Curler – S$30

Silk Cushion Cheek Colors – S$45 each

Fairy Fantasy Premium Lash – S$125

Eye Need Shu Eyeshadow Trio & Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Lip Trio (S$55 each)

Eye Need Shu Eyeshadow Trio – S$55 each

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Shupette Has-it-All Eye & Lip Palette – S$128

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The Shupette Has-it-All Eye & Lip Palette comes in a box, with the adorable furry pouch

Pam-pearl Me Face Powder & TSYUA skin UV Underbase Mousse (S$68)

Pam-pearl Me Face Powder – S$60

With Love From Paris Brush Set – S$125

Eye Need Shu Liner Pencil – S$33 each

Eye Need Shu Liner Pencil – Midnight Black & Gala Brown

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One focal point of this collection, Shupette / Choupette the cat aside, would be the emphasize on her sapphire blue eyes which gets played up with the packaging of this collection.

If you take a closer look, her eyes (in the illustration) flash a beautiful metallic blue when it hits the light. Otherwise, her eyes are also made the star in the super adorable furry pouch that comes with the Shupette Has It All Eye and Lip palette.

I’ll be back with more information and of course swatches of the items I have on hand even though there are loads of in-depth mentions, swatches and all online already given how highly anticipated this collection is.

This collection is just calling out to my inner crazy cat lady (I lurrrrrrve cats. LOVE) and the stylized illustration of Shupette is absolutely darling. Though the kitty cat herself seems a lot less wide-eyed and innocent and a lot more grumpy / bratty but… she is a diva who eats on the table with Karl Lagerfeld so, what can we say, heh!

If you want to get your hands on some Shupette, here are the details of where to find her and when!

Shupette will be launching 24th October at Shu Uemura ION and 1st November island-wide

 

Thanks for reading!

I can’t wait to get swatchin’ with the little bits of Shupette I have on hand!

Look Feature: MAC’s Fluidline Eye Pencil in Deep Blue Sea

It’s a tricky thing to transit from having my camera’s settings adjusted to shoot in bright, harsh, and warm daylight (at my parents place) back to my dimly lit room with the light source dependent on my table top lamp (which is pretty awesome but somehow not half as good as Mr Golden Sun).

Of course if I had a little more time to tweak and toggle through the settings, white balance especially, and learn how to angle myself once more to catch the light right it wouldn’t be a big issue but rushed mornings is all I have and I’m not entirely pleased with how the pictures turned out.

Some part of it is too contrast-y, too under and over exposed and more tweaking should be done…

Though thankfully regardless of all that it doesn’t take away from the beauty that is MAC’s Fluidline Eye Pencil in Deep Blue Sea.

This little guy was released with MAC’s A Novel Romance (yes that cheesball collection) and is a Limited Edition offering. Though, if you know MAC, you’ll likely see this being repromoted sometime down the line so… let’s keep a look out for that!

Why?

Because this is one beautiful beautiful Deep Blue (Sea).

It’s not even that deep that all you see is navy and black, the blue is quite obvious and especially so if your peepers aren’t obscured by frames (as mine are, gah). Yet even with their lovely saturation, the color is deep enough for some definition should you choose to wear it alone.

Though given my love for the dark dark liners, I would still tightline with some black should I choose to give the illusion of wearing this liner alone.

The liner gives a very smooth glide and doesn’t skip on my skin. It also draws on nicely and gives good pigmentation with just one glide so it makes it easy and quick to draw on.

As far as the wear goes, I mainly don this on my upper lids and I don’t have issues with wear there so I can’t be the best judge. If anything, it doesn’t imprint on my lids which some extremely creamy and smudge-able ones would even with my not-that-oily lids.

So with all that said and done, it’s a lovely blue-toned liner with a nicely creamy yet not overly slippery texture that is quite a joy to wear with the best part being it comes in an automatic format which means – no sharpening, yay!

p.s. with all the spotlight being on the liner, 
I would just like to quickly say that the eyeshadows 
are from Shu Uemura's Warm Hues Palette (from the 
Pret-a-Palette collection released awhile back).

Have you tried the MAC Fluidline Eye Pencils? Do you like them?

Thanks for reading!

 

MAC’s Fluidline Eye Pencil  in Deep Blue Sea is Limited Edition. I’m not too sure of the price.

 

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: A ‘Dirty’ Warm-Hued Go at Shu Uemura’s Orange Eyeshadow Palette

You know that design term (tell me if they use this anywhere else) whereby they request for you to do a ‘dirty’ design of something when actually they could just say a really rough mock up?

Yeah, well I hate it when people use that, especially clients who probably only use it to sound ‘in the know’ but here I am using that term for this look that I want to very briefly talk about.

Again, it’s dirty, so it’s not the best representation of the product but some representation, before even more procrastination hits me (because this look is already 2 weeks overdue?) is better than none!

I do have a mind to feature more looks from this palette so, let’s see how that would work out!

 

So, again, this is a quick look I threw on in an attempt to play around with the new Shu Uemura Orange Eyeshadow Palette from their Vision of Beauty Volume 01 Brave Beauty collection.

I picked 2 colors (along with a sprinkle of the rest for cohesion-sake) to work with for this look due to the absence of time. I’ve had a bit of an adjustment to the reporting time at work these days hence mornings have become a little more rush-rush, especially so at my parents place but that’s another story…

It’s very much a orange-red hue-ed look with the bulk of the color / intensity coming from 2 shadows.

To give you a little explanation, here’s a look at the shades I plopped onto my look.

  1. was used for deepening the outercorners
  2. was used all over the lids
  3. was used as a brow highlight
  4. was blended into the crease

There, simple as that!

It’s an incredibly quick look to do, like I said – a dirty attempt at the Shu Uemura Orange Palette.

I have been feeling these warm hue-d looks once more and I think that the onset of Fall is likely shoving me towards this general direction. I like it warm and cosy right now with cranberry hues, amber tones and such while still keeping the look my kind of wearable!

That would mean, blended enough for some color and a bit of a glint to my eyes but soft enough that I can wear glasses with it and not look cray cray!

 

So tell me, have you gotten your hands on this Shu Uemura palette? Or checked out anything from the Vision of Beauty Volume 01 Collection?

Thanks for reading!

 

Sponsorship disclosure

The Temporary Housing Situation Make Up Bag!

Heyo! So if you pop by my space quite regularly – weekly or even daily (woo, I love you then!) – you would know my current housing situation.

If you don’t perhaps this post would serve well to shed some light on that though I’ll still reiterate anyway.

The place I usually stay at (with the hubs at the inlaws) is currently undergoing some renovation works (which turned out to be quite a tiresome process for all no thanks to sloppy and shoddy workers, bah) so Hubs, Baby K and I moved over to my parents place in the meanwhile because it is a much more conducive environment as far as a baby is concerned.

We wouldn’t want her running about a dusty and broken concrete-slab laden floor where there are dangerous tools lying about everywhere. Not to mention, the rowdy and rough workers banging about with their huge buckets of tiles or conrete. A nightmare really and I’m glad I didn’t have to be a part of that.

It’s just the cleaning up after I’m not too keen on but… you can’t have it all.

So anyway, yes, reno works should be wrapping up this week but I did promise to give a little mention to the Makeup Situation at my parents place. Or to put simply, the pieces I brought with me during this 2 week long stay.

 

Frankly, I didn’t have to bring that much. Just the basics that I rely on daily because as far as cheeks, lips and eyeshadow alternatives, I actually left a good amount back at home-home (what I call my parents place) to sift through and choose from.

But I brought some of my own anyway…

Let’s have a quick look at what I brought okay?

 

The Face Base

I had some issues breaking down what to shoot within a picture and how to categorize them but I’ll say this is the bigger bottles of face stuff, from moisturizer to liquid foundation and sunscreen.

Left to right now,

  • Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening SPF50 PA+++
    Pretty straightforwad, this stuff is sunblock that I am trying to use up. I think it’s on its last few squeezes now, the end is near…
  • YSL Youth Liberator Liquid Foundation
    A foundation I quite like for daily use when I want a more luxurious glide to the face with a skin-loving and skin-care loaded foundation. I don’t reach for this on days I want to head out or look fresh and nice post-work because it does wear out by evening. Though I still love it because it is comfortable and enjoyble to wear – almost like skincare when it is actually foundation.
  • Dior Diorskin NUDE Liquid Foundation
    This is another foundation I like to reach for regularly but with different expectations from YSL’s Youth Liberator. Unlike that one, which feels comfortable and skin-care like (I want to say BB Cream but it’s not the same), Diorskin NUDE is very much a liquid foundation that lends a second-skin sort of finish. It is easy to wear, light-weight on and wears relatively well through the day. Overall it’s a really nice foundation to use daily to mimic the look of better skin. Coverage is about a medium bit buildable.
  • Biore UV Aqua Rich BB Cream SPF50 PA+++
    This one is more for weekend purposes where I can quickly slap on my sun coverage and also a little bit of skin coverage at the same time. It goes on fairly lightweight without much stick but I do prefer quickly setting it with powder after. The oil control isn’t fantastic but it’s good enough for my weekend use.
  • VICHY Normaderm Tri-Activ Hydrating Care
    Pretty much, this is a day cream. I like the Vichy Normaderm range when I used it awhile back and I particularly liked the day cream from the entire routine I was sampling at that time and while this is a newly reformulated version, it feels and works just as well if not better. I love the Normaderm range for calming my skin should it get irritated or itchy, which was the reason why I turned to this again during that random bout of skin itch and congestion I got fairly recently.

 

More Base, Samples & All

  • Sephora Tub – Dior Star Liquid Foundation
    Housed within that little tub is a sample of the Dior Star Liquid Foundation which I have been loving to bits. I have a full sized bottle now (thank you Dior!) so I’m trying to finish up this sample. I brought it along because of my picks above, I don’t have a proper long-lasting foundation so this was handy to bring.
  • Dior Capture Totale Base de Teint Multi-Perfection
    I failed to realise how much Dior base I brought along with me (it’s not a lot but mentioned consecutively, it sure sounds like it) but I had a sample of this base and I just had to bring it. This is a Dior base I had been lusting over ever since I read raving reviews about it a good while ago. It wasn’t till recently that I discovered I had samples of it lying around, which I took to using almost immediately of course. This is a beautiful base and it deserves an entry of its own. Maybe once I buy the full size!
  • Lancôme Teint Miracle Corrector
    I brought this along to give it some use but of late I haven’t been reaching for it too much either. I don’t generally incorporate this into my routine and only use it on days I look completely zombiefied and could use the extra brightening under my eyes.

 

The Setting & Concealing

  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
    I loveeee this concealer duo and have some hitpan action with the blemish side of it (I don’t always use the undereye corrector side cause it’s pretty heavy duty). It’s really high coverage so a little goes a long way and I know I’m always covered with this (hurhur)
  • Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder
    The one loose powder to set them all (erhem, see reference)
  • MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
    This little guy is for the undereyes and I’ve got a review / mention of it coming up soon so I’ll elaborate more on there!
  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium
    The weekend dusting for quickly refined and illuminated skin. I don’t use this daily because the shade is a tiny bit pink and light for me but not so noticeable when used as a light buff across my face.

 

The Eye Basics

  • Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base
    A slightly shimmery and emollient eyeshadow base from Lancôme that’s great for the everyday use because majority of the base shadow I sweep on all over my lids have some shimmer quality to them. Plus given the emollient and smooth nature of this, it’s really easy to blend over the lids!
  • The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye
    I brought this along to give it a go and some use too but it’s not reached staple level just yet though I will admit it is nice to reach for and use. I have some fine line concerns and mildly crepe-y skin where my undereye is concerned (genetics I believe…) so a little priming there is nice when I have the time.
  • Dior Backstage Eye Prime
    This one is another eyeshadow base I really like too, for the matte finish and while I don’t reach for it as often, (as the Lancôme) because it takes a bit of work and blending to get on, it’s beautiful when I want that satin or matte lid look.

 

 The Rest of The Eye Army

Now… I realize I don’t have to bring this many (if you consider this many) eyeshadow palettes for 2 weeks away from home but you gotta have options, right?

  • Lancôme Hypnose Eye Palette in Brun Au Natural
    The warmer neutral cousin of the Fraicheur Rosee palette within my stash, I’ve been giving Brun Au Natural more use (than Fraicheur Rosee) these days because creamy soft warm browns are quite a thing I’m into these days. The warm brown bit, mainly because when am I not into neutrals, right?
  • Make Up Store Marbled Eyeshadow in Rosso Asiago
    I’ve declared my love for this little pot already (here) and it’s no wonder that I’ll pack it along with it. It’s a beautiful glistening champagne, warm and auburn-ish eye look all in one. So easy to slap on and all you need is this one pan.
  • Shu Uemura’s Brave Beauty Orange Palette
    This one I packed along to give it some use so I can hopefully feature some looks from. It should still be available (if it’s not sold out already) and I’m liking it for the options of going warm, pink-hued or even going a little sultry-neutral with some cranberry hues.
  • Maquillage Palette in BR722
    The only seemingly cool-neutral palette of the bunch. I often find myself benefiting more from cool and taupe-y colors, probably because I was all about warm browns way before and a little change in taste is nice too, but these days I seem to have gone back to the warmth though even then, this palette is still HG status and I can always count on it to whip up an eye look.

 

Finishing & Contouring

Some slightly miscellaneous but still important face products to bring along!

  • Make Up For Ever Contouring Kit
    Featured within this is a 2-pan kit for contouring and highlighting though what I like about this is that the highlighting portion isn’t shimmery, glittery or too fair so it makes for a great product to set the edges of my eyeliner without making my undereye area look ghastly or shiny (eeps). The contour is a nice brown that straddles between warm and ashy so it perfects the look of a shadow and is versatile enough for most skintones.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
    Once in awhile, or more often than once in awhile, I like to dust my skin with some finishing powder. Some days I feel I need more glow, other days more radiance (the healthy color sort) and sometimes absolutely nothing except a little skin perfecting / blurring so this palette is perfect to tout along.

 

The Cheeks

On hindsight, I really didn’t have to pack any blushes given I have a drawer full here… but just in case.

  • Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030
    This is a go-to blush shade for me so I packed it along for situations where I’ll need to brighten my cheeks and add a soft flush of pink at the same time.
  • Dior Blush in Rose Diorette
    I don’t give this enough use at home since it’s tucked away in a corner in my drawer. It’s a lovely soft-pink on the cheeks and given the soft pigmentation of this, it’s quite hard to go wrong in the bleary-eyed mornings.
  • YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in Corail Affranchi
    This was a just-incase thing but I actually haven’t used it yet the whole week and a half I was here. Heh!
  • Laneige Styling Romantic Blush
    This one is something I brought to rediscover and boy do I love it! I forgot how pretty a shade this is to lend a healthy flush that threads between pink and coral. The soft golden sheen (even softer than Lancôme Blush Subtil 030) gives a nice glow to the cheeks as well.

 

The Lip Service

To make it a point to discover and use The Body Shop’s Color Crush lippies which I didn’t give enough attention to otherwise, I brought the set (and minimal lip alternatives) along with me so I can focus my attention on these! I’m giving them some use right now so expect a mention (finally) about them soon!

TBS Color Crush aside…

  • Lancôme Lip Lover (forgot the shade!)
    Because I never know if I want a casual and glossy lip look over the weekends. I truly love these Lip Lovers and have converted so many friends.
  • Rimmel Apocalips in Apocalyptic
    There isn’t a alarming ringing hawt blue-pink within the TBS shades so… just incase I wanted to rock that look, I brought this along.

Grey Divider

Now I know this entry is as long as it gets, and unnecessarily so, but looking back at my hastily grouped and snapped product pictures I realized I missed out a whole bunch of them, liners to be exact, so here’s a point form mention of the heroes I forgot to shed light on.

  • Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
  • Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glaze
  • Starlash Lightning Waterproof Liquid Liner
  • Lancôme Artliner in Black
  • MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

Et voila~

 

That aside, this isn’t all because I brought along a bag of products to shoot during my stay (so at least I get some productivity going too) and from there I have picked out, shot and also placed a couple of items into the pile of things to use just so I can give them some use during this period.

Yes, it’s not the best shot but low lighting conditions during the night time isn’t the best time to shoot. I didn’t manage to finish shooting everything I brought (and we should be able to move back this weekend already!) but I’m glad I did get some shooting done and I have given a few of the items above fairly regular use to form opinions about how they wear so expect some reviews and mentions soon!

 

Pardon the length of this post, I got a little out of hand with rambling about why I brought what. But what’s new, right?

I think it’s best I round it up here and I hope in some way this ramble has been interesting and informative to give you an idea about some of the items I use on a daily basis and some I am (re)discovering right now. If you have any questions about any product, feel free to drop me a comment about it!

Thanks for reading!

New: Shu Uemura Brave Beauty 2014 (Info & Swatches)

Alrightey so this collection is already available at Shu Uemura counters islandwide (it has been out since 1st August) so I’ll try to keep the rambling to a minimal because you can always just pop by a counter and swatch / feel these for yourself if they catch your eye!

Or I am assuming most of you makeup addicts have already gone and given these a swatch.

However if, somehow, Shu Uemura’s Brave Beauty collection managed to slip under your Beauty Radar (if there ever was such a thing, I need it!), I hope this quick round up from me proves useful!

 

So…

While I said this would be brief a little backstory has to be said about Volume 01 of Shu Uemura’s Vision of Beauty installment which features Mr Uchiide-san (International Artistic Director of Shu Uemura)’s take on exploring the realm of makeup and beauty.

Volume 01 – The Brave Beauty

Almost like a refresh and reboot to the creative style that Shu Uemura had undertaken all this years, Mr Uchiide-san’s vision of beauty is about playing on the bolds – rocking color, vibrance and fun in this dull concrete jungle.

Bending the rules and taking on the world in a feisty and colorful burst of personality and rebellion while looking picture-perfect all the time, Brave Beauty is about paying tribute to the female warriors of the world.

It feels almost like a loud declaration for all females to gather up, put their bright lippies on, paired with a work-appropriate eye look that carries a playful pop of color, along with glowy cheeks for radiance and confidence.

If you ask me, while this collection looks all youthful and fun in packaging (and also color choices), it is very much a perfect piece for you office ladies who want a little more spunk in your norm.

 

So much for a short introduction, I think I got fully carried away there so without further ado, here are the items in the Brave Beauty collection.

Shu Uemura’s Brave Beauty collection has you well covered and colored from the eyes to the lips. The only thing missing to complete a whole look would be a couple of base products but for that we have the upcoming Shu Uemura Lightbulb Oleo Cream Compact (excitessss~) so that’s to come!

Right now, let’s start with your peepers!

 

Brave Beauty Eye Palette

Available in 3 easy-to-use color palettes, the Brave Beauty Eye Palette is quite a nice mix of shades that can be worn simply or cleverly paired together for a bold look.

These palettes swatch with a good dose of pigmentation, enough for the color to carry through and are soft to the touch. What I like is the soft subtlety that these colors seem to have that allows them to still be very wearable while being playfully vibrant.

The mix of textures within this palette helps as well as you get a nice blend of pearly finishes, irridescent sheens or high-shine metallics with a soft and smooth matte thrown in.

Enough talk, I should just let pictures speak for themselves.

Pink Palette

Orange Palette

Green Palette

If you ask me, I think the Green Palette is probably the most unique of the bunch and also the prettiest with a nice combination of neutrals and also vibrant shades. The matte emerald shade is downright beautiful (even to the touch) and I can almost imagine that it would look fab with the olive and that darkened green for a sultry smoked out look!

Or you could always go neutral with the sage tone all over, that icy-mint color in the inner lids and perhaps a pop of lime in the middle and a little olive at the outer corners, just because.

The possiblities are endless and the combination of colors are so inspiring that I am thinking up eye looks just by looking at the swatches I had done.

Though alas, I didn’t leave with this in hand. I succumbed to my never-ending crave for browns and picked the Orange Palette. I seem to have also developed this curiosity in wearing Orange, like pure straight Orange, much like the one seen in the far left of the Orange Palette.

If you’d like to see how I wear that palette (I have no clue myself, really) then do check back!

 

Gel Eye Pencil

If eyeshadow is a little too much of a hassle for you to add some colors to your look then why not consider these Gel Pencils?

Available in an array of 3 shades that are dark enough to provide definition, yet saturated and colored enough to stand out from being black, these are perfect for the ladies who love wearing their colors through the flick of a cat-eye.

Somehow I forgot to take a photo of the pencils, hence the press picture above but I did get some swatches of these, so here you go:

I can’t decide if I personally like the Wine or the Violet Purple more but if those seem a little too ‘loud’ or colored for you, Green would make a nice alternative to black.

 

Rouge Unlimited

Not forgetting the lips, this collection sees the introduction of 6 new (limited edition) lip shades, making sure there is a color for everyone.

These lipsticks boast a hybrid pigment and high color fidelity coupled with a melting texture that provides comfort and also hydration to the lips with wear.

The shades go on with some translucence and seem like a glaze of color at first swatch but they are build-able should you prefer to wear them more intensely on.

While they appear to have a glossy slick in these swatches (which were freshly made), they do settle down to a semi-matte (very natural looking) finish. The term matte can be quite alarming as far as lip products go but these wear really well and comfortably thanks to the light and moist texture of it.

It’s quite hard to pick 1 shade from the lot because they are all equally stunning and surely shades I would wear but ultimately I picked the orange because unexplainable orange kick aside, it seems to be a shade relatively unique to my stash and given the size of said stash, that’s quite something!

Though I think the red and fuchsia are absolutely darling and perfectly wearable since most people aren’t strangers to brights these days. The nude is quite lovely too, a soft beige with a hint of muted pink, plush and smooth, great for nude-lovers!

 

Satin Radiant Stick

Now that you’ve got the eyes and lips covered, what’s left would be the cheeks!

With a good amount of color going on in all the other areas, it’s enough to give the cheeks a very soft and muted flush. The key here is to play up on enhancing your complexion so in this scenario, radiance plays a much bigger part than color itself.

To get that done, Shu Uemura has introduced a new product (which sadly isn’t seeing permanent status as of yet) – a satin radiant cheek stick!

This emollient cheek stick offers a soft wash of pigmentation to the skin along with very fine shimmer strewn in to offer some shine to the complexion, not in the way of the unwanted disco-ball but in a very radiant and glowy manner.

They do swatch a little lightly on my hands but I believe if you wanted to build it up on the cheeks, that would be possible. Though again, the point of these would be subtlety so a little (slick) goes a long way!

Bronze Gold immediately caught my eye with the soft peachy pink hue and alluring golden sheen, very much reminiscent of NARS’s Orgasm which I haven’t used in awhile. I don’t have the multiple version of that to compare but off the top of my head, they do appear to be quite similar.

In fact, I am not usually a fan of cream cheek products because of the hassle (by the time I remember to use them I would have already set my face) but these do look lovely and I am willing to introduce some cream color products back into my life via these Radiant Sticks!

 

False Lashes & Face Studs

Of course, no Shu Uemura collection will be complete without a funky pair of false lashes to compliment the look.

The Brave Beauty False eyelash is perfect for a warrrior-chic look that blends edginess with some form of wearability though to be frank a false lash of this amount of volume is definitely pass the lines of ‘natural’. However, let’s just say as out there as this pair of lashes look, it’s not too daunting to wear this for a fitting situation and the little metal chain strip (can’t really see from the picture) adds just the right amount of edginess and glint to the volume of black.

If you’re feeling exceptionally edgy and punky, Shu Uemura also has these face studs for you to don should you wish to add a statement to your look, or perhaps match some hardware on your arm party / bag. Hurhur.

 

Artist Edition

Though if you are feeling extremely extravagant, or have this insatiable thirst to collect all of Shu Uemura’s very artsy and couture falsies, then may I interest you in the Artist Edition – a set of 3 lashes housed within an acrylic case that comes at a hefty pricetag of over S$500.

Gasppp, yes there is no mistake there.

These pieces are handmade and meant to cater to the true make up artists that use such couture lashes to put some edge into their editorial looks.

I especially love this pair which is inspired by the punk era, hence the colors, patterns and also the very DIY / hand-made vibe to it. It totally reminds me of a checkered punk-ish skirt that I have stashed somewhere in my wardrobe…

Purple Divider

Anyway, this wraps up the round up for the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty collection, which somehow ended up a whole lot ramblier than I would have expected.

I know I keep saying this but for some reason I am failing with words these days and writing a quick round up like this took me twice, or maybe even thrice the usual amount of time I would need. I think I need to find my words, somehow… and along with that clear the mountain of work I have in front of me both at work and also at home (in terms of freelance).

I believe the work along with the pressure / lack of time and whatnot just amounted to leaving my brain very distracted and short on words. I believe, at least.

I may fall a little silent on here, I hope you don’t mind! I just need to get things sorted so I can come back with full spammin’ force!

But back to this, thanks for reading and the Brave Beauty collection is now available at all Shu Uemura outlets island-wide!

 

Press File Disclosure

The Camera ‘Testing’ LOTD

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

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

 

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

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

Mainly the Olympus EP5 or EM10.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Okay, enough.

Enough about camera talk and back to the makeup –

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

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

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

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

It is such a gorgeous sparkly pink.

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

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

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

Major love.

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

PRODUCTS USED:

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

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

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

CHEEKS
 MAC Mineralized Blush in Happy Together

LIPS
 NARS Lipstick in Schiapp

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

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

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