Of Site Maintenance and Make Up (Store) Piles!

Heyo everyone!

Before anyone thinks that I am abandoning this shiny new space this soon, fret not because I haven’t and I wouldn’t!

Or rather, as much as I can afford / help it, I wouldn’t want to be silent for too long on here because I have so so much to share and am buzzing with this newfound excitement to blogging.

I guess it does help to have a new layout, a spruced up and pretty site plus much better facilities to work with.

I feel inspired to blog once more!

 

But anyway, to account for the radio silence over the week and some oddity you may have noticed in your email or perhaps Blog Feed (like that generic ‘Hello World’ article?), it is because I finally got the help of some staff over at WordPress to fix my import issues.

I didn’t post much because this maintenance involved wiping the site of its existing content so to help with restoring it once the wipe is done, the lesser posts I have to replace, the better, yes?

While I had gone ahead and done an official ‘YAY NEW BLOG’ entry awhile back, there were a couple of kinks and hiccups that I didn’t quite smooth out and I wasn’t comfortable just waiting about this long for them to be fixed first.

The wordpress end of things were taking awhile to get back as well so a part of me did think that I would never get it fixed, hence the ‘early’ launch I suppose… I tried to move on from that and be enthusiastic about the whole New Slate thing though in truth I did want some entries on here; the more recent entries from this year at least.

Long story short, finally that has been sorted and I do have a wee bit of history on this shiny new space! At least this history allows more categories to show up, more tags to be present and of course, more related posts to be prompted at the end of every entry.

Yay to all that!

 

[Authors Note: My darn browser crashed just as I was typing that last sentence and it feels so good to be able to restart everything and still have this whole chunk that I had written! I would have gone bat-shit (excuse mah language) if this was done on Onsugar cause I would have lost everything…]

 

So anyway!

After all that Site Maintenence talk, I guess… I should just rejoice and round this post up with a Make Up (Store) pile! I have so so much to share from this generous and bubbly brand (because the brand person is so exuberant, hence the description) and I haven’t gotten around to it so a whole mountain is forming right now.

A Spring, Summer and Fall mountain, at that!

Ooops…

So yes… lots to talk about, lots to clear and now with everything set straight – no hiccups and glitches anymore backend – and this new space 100% to my liking, I can’t wait to power on with more makeup rambling!

Once again, if you haven’t followed me on Bloglovin’, go ahead and do so if you have an account! I have set this site’s feed such that you can read the blog from the Bloglovin’ mobile app, without having to ‘open original site’.

If you don’t get what I mean, get on Bloglovin’, follow me, get the mobile app and you will see!

 

Thank you for reading and I’ll catch you guys real soon!

pssst, notice the Haute Files image in the sidebar? That’s to come real soon!

Upcoming: Anna Sui Lip Crayon for Spring!

If you’re not over the chubby pencil / lip crayon phase, you would be pleased to know that Anna Sui is rolling out some beautifully packaged (what’s new) lip crayons for Spring 2014.

Thing is, I’ve never noticed these Anna Sui lip crayons and as it turns out, it’s a not a new thing to the brand as Anna Sui had released some lip crayons last Spring as well.

Though the ones you see here are new shades in a newer packaging, isn’t it just gorgeous?

I haven’t seen this for myself and I’m not even sure we will have it here but I can bet that they’ll be smelling of Rose, mmmm!

Available in three shades, I don’t know how opaque or sheer these would go on but if it’s anything like their previously released Lip Crayons, they should be decently pigmented!

Currently it is only spotted at Urban Outfitter’s website but fingers crossed that we’ll see this in person at Anna Sui counters soon?

I’ve got my eye on that lovely Coral Pink!

Thanks for reading! How do you feel about these Anna Sui Lip Crayons? Tried the earlier releases?

LOTD: Spring-hued Eyes with YSL

Remember the LOTD I promised featuring YSL’s Pivoine Crush Eye Palette and Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils (in Captivating Purple)? Well, here it is!

I’m not too well updated with the the stock situation over at YSL so I can’t say for sure whether the Pivoine Crush is indeed still out of stock or there is a glimmer of restocking hope to hold on it, that is assuming you have interest in that palette. Though I said I would showcase it so here it is all the same.

How I decided to use the Pivoine Crush Eye Palette here is with my own familiar color placement method, no fancy overlaying and blending that is recommended of YSL’s Ombrés 5 Lumières Eye Palette.

Straight out, you would notice the colors are sheer, far from what is displayed in the palette, and even the darkest shade just adds a touch of definition.

For those who like the softness of Ombrés 5 Lumières wouldn’t have an issue with it and those who prefer a light wash of color will be glad for it but for the pow-wow fans, it is understandably a little sad the palette doesn’t translate as well from pan to lid.

Nonetheless, it is still pretty in its own worth and while I wish it could have a little more oomph – creamier texture, smoother blending, less chalkiness – to make up for the pigmentation, it is what it is and still sold out all the same./p>

Major wow!

For the look, I used 4 shades from palette, skipping the pink for a more peachy-themed look.

  • I used the champagne gold (center) as a highlight and also on the inner corners of the lid
  • Then I dabbed the pinkish-coral tone (bottom left) on the middle of the lids, blending outwards
  • For added definition, I used the deep maroon (bottom right) on the outer-v, blending to the crease a little
  • To blend the edges, I swiped on a little of the light coral (top right) in the crease – hardly noticeable

…et voilà!

Though as mentioned, this palette works well with layering and I’ve yet to explore that yet though I am intrigued to.

Not forgetting, that little peek of blue-ish purple you see on my lashes there, that’s the work of the Volume Effet Faux Cils in Captivating Purple. I’m not kidding, it is quite captivating isn’t it?

I’m glad I managed to capture the soft pink-peach hues on my lids because while it is evident in person, it is a light wash of color and nothing too strong. When it comes to pinkish hues, it’s just as well since I am a little afraid of the ‘sore eye look’ when pinks aren’t done right.

I apologize for my lipstick to be a little haphazardly applied because I was rushing out the house towards the end (that explains the car-selfies too).

While I would have loved to use the blush released together with the YSL Flower Crush Spring 2014 collection, I hadn’t snap shots of it yet and didn’t want to ruin its perfect surface. Heh!

Products Used:

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

FACE
Clarins Whitening Plus Aqua Milk
YSL UV Shield SPF 50 PA+++
Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder

EYES
NARS Smudge-proof Eyeshadow Base
YSL Pivoine Crush Eyeshadow Palette
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Black
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved
YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in 22 Captivating Purple

CHEEKS
I forgot! Oops!

LIPS
Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in Darling

Highlighted Products were provided by companies/distributors I am not obliged to use/feature them in LOTDs, decisions made were my own

While I will still be playing around with this palette, trying out that interesting layering method and all, I’m not too sure if I would be keen to post up LOTDs of that, given the palette is already out of stock (last I checked).

Guess I’ll see how it goes and if it serves as an interesting post on layer shadows, why not right?

Thanks for reading!

YSL Spring is coming your way + Limited Edition CNY Palette!

With the new year, it’s time to kick start the cycle of trends once more!

While we’re barely one foot through the door of 2014, Spring has been creeping up on us the whole time we were singing Christmas carols and cheering the holiday season.

Here’s a quick group peek at some the generous ‘gold bars’ that YSL had provided me!

I’ve got a fair bit of straightening out to do at work but I’ll give you a low down on YSL’s upcoming Spring collection as soon as I can!

In the meanwhile, you may want to keep your eyes peeled on a special Chinese New Year collectors palette coming to YSL boutiques real soon. I’ve heard that quantities are limited so grab if you fancy!

I don’t know of the launch date but you can stalk call up the counters to check.

Sorry for the low-res imagery, pictures were grabbed off Selfridges. I am surprised to see this Beauty Blossom Collectors palette available there, since it is a Chinese New Year exclusive but given that it is pretty and covetable enough, regardless if you celebrate this festive occassion or not.

With that said, I’m back to busying about my business. Loads to straighten out for 2014 and hopefully (fingers and toes crossed) this big project I’m working on kicks off well, I can’t wait to present it to you all but for now… it needs loads more tweaking.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch up with you all soon!