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

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

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

Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

So… about Blissful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush retails for S$45 each and is available at all Sephora Singapore stores. This is a permanent item.

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Urban Decay Turning Up the Brights This Summer!

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

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

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

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

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

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

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

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

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

Heavy Metal Loose Glitter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading!

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

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

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

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

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

I’m a happy camper!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s my lazy day Mushroom eye:

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

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

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

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

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My Marc Jacobs Beauty Haul (From 2013) – Part 2

It took a while inbetween but here’s the second part to my Marc Jacobs beauty purchase – this Lovemarc Lip Gel that I had added to cart, along with my nail polish purchases.

I had no intention of picking this up and I was solely fixed on the nail polishes. Though out of curiosity, I chanced upon a swatch of this stunning Lip Gel and into the cart it went…

Thinking back, I’m glad it did!

Marc Jacobs’s Lip Gels are made with a unique gel formula though don’t let that trick you into thinking these colors are sheer because most of them are anything but!

Available in 16 shades, ranging from nudes to pinks and the classic reds, I had somehow fallen for the plummy deep and vampy Saboteur.

Here’s an interesting trivia: Marc Jacobs’s lip gels have names inspired by the man’s favorite movies and Saboteur happens to be this really cool vintage one with murders, fires and all that thrilling stuff!

This is besides the point, but fun to know.

Lovemarc’s packaging is, needless to say, very sleek and these lipsticks snap to a magnetic closure. The case is a glossy black with metalic touches that give it an overall polished look.

Saboteur exudes its charm once swatched, so while it doesn’t look like much from the tube, do read / scroll on!

In the tube, Saboteur appears to be a brown-toned deep red that while dark, isn’t too interesting to the eye.

Though once swatched, the hidden plummy and vampy tones show through making this an interesting and special color for those who like to thread a little on the wild side.

it’s a little cool-toned and while it imparts a rich color, it isn’t too bright, making it easy to wear.

The slight plummy undertone gives this lipstick a soft vampy edge, just enough vamp to spice up a look without falling into the boundaries of gothic and being ‘over the top’. A very classy sort of vampy, if you ask me.

Swatched alongside true reds, you’ll be able to see that plum undertone show through a tad more.

I think the true beauty of this shows up best when worn on the lips.

The gel formula allows the Lip Gel to glide smoothly over the lips with enough slip yet enough tact to prevent any feathering or unwanted slip / sliding from occurring.

The Lovemarcs are easy to apply, even for the dark or the bright shades and while the pigmentation is intense, there is that gel-like translucence to these that make them wear so easily over the lips – blending in almost so, unlike some creams, they don’t ‘sit‘ on the lips.

Paired with dark hair, Saboteur seems to really give the overall look the perfect kick and the added strands of purple highlights are delightfully vampy toppings on this otherwise already great combination!

I didn’t get to try it with blonde locks and while I think it would be a great look too, it would exude its own flavor.

There you go, that’s it for my Marc Jacobs haul for now!

I do have a couple more things in mind that I want to get but at the same time I’m not in too much of a hurry to acquire them so I would likely wait for them to hit our shores and give everything a good swatch before deciding!

I hope this helps if you’re planning a Lovemarc shopping list! Just for the information, these Lip Gels retail for 30USD on Marc Jacobs.

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My Marc Jacobs Beauty Haul (From 2013) – Part 1

Seeing how there’s word (and pictures) of Marc Jacobs’s beauty line is trooping to our Sephora Singapore soon, I thought this would be a good time to share the few pieces I have!

If some of these catch your eye you’ll know what to zoom in on the minute these are let loose in our stores!

My MJ (shortened here on) items were acquired through some bugging, pestering and, in short, CP (custom-purchasing) from a Sophia’s friend. See the lengths we go to for makeup?

Okay I kid, I don’t think there was any bugging and pestering involved. It was, however, hard to decide on what to get since we did our bulk haul about a month into the launch of Marc Jacob’s Beauty line last year – there were hardly any pictures to reference for shades!

Things have since changed and reviews / swatches are aplenty, especially so for the HOT favorite shades so here’s dropping mine into the sea of them out there.

I wanted quite a few things but seeing as we were going in (slightly) blind, I decided to take caution and settled for safe (aka colors I know I would use) nail polish shades and also one lipstick, just cause.

In this post I’ll show you snaps and swatches of the 2 lacquer shades I picked up.

I’ll do up a separate entry for the lip gel (lipstick) because it’s so beautiful and deserves a bit of a pic-spam, so ’till then!

The MJ polish line (Enamored, as its called) has a nice selection of bright pinks, jewelled blues and other lovely bright hues. Though, as a start I skipped past all the bling and settled on these two simple, understated shades.

Grey seems to be a shade I am naturally drawn towards, especially when exploring a new (to me) brand’s polish line. I like how it is neutral without being nude and offers some depth without being too dark in some cases.

It’s just grey, really, I don’t need to write an essay about it.

The murky olive on the otherhand, I had not planned to get but was drawn to it because of the name – Nirvana. Smooth move there MJ!

The grey shade is called Evelyn, by the way.

The MJ polishes were a lot bigger than I had expected and I wasn’t sure why I imagined them to be small to begin with.

From pictures online, the bottles didn’t look like much, but once you see and hold them in person, they are actually quite nice. The bottle is slick and slender without being too thin; curvy without being too round.

Perfectly smooth and chic!

Now if you aren’t huge on packaging then lets talk about the product now.

The cap of this pops off to feature a handier knob, allowing for an easier grip on the brush, which isn’t too fanciful or revolutionary but works well all the same. Length-wise, it is considerably ‘short’ allowing for better control of the brush.

The polishes applied smoothly on without any streaking, though it could also be attributed that the 2 shades I have are of a cream finish – no need to deal with metallic sheens.

Evelyn –

Nirvana –

And here they are swatched!

  • Evelyn went on a lot darker than I had expected, looking almost like a charcoal grey than the creamy mid-tone grey from the bottle. It required 2 coats for an opaque finish.
  • Nirvana stole my heart once swatched, it looks exactly like how it appeared to be from the bottle and was easily opaque with 1 coat. Though as usual, I laid a thin second coat just because. It’s a yellow-green that is actually quite unique in my stash.

My verdict is that the Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Lacquers are worth a look if you’re into polishes. I don’t know what their price tag will be like once they launch in Singapore but at 18USD, these aren’t too bad an investment!

Thanks for reading – stay tuned for Part 2!

p.s. forgive the fact that my fingers have some icky scabs. I just dealt with a pretty nasty (painful and inconvenient) bout of Eczema outbreak and am still fighting to keep it at bay hence I’ve halted nail swatches for a little while; it became too painful to remove polishes due to the acetone and alcohol in nail polish removers. Though I’m slowly back to swatching now that my fingers feel a little better! :)

Sephora's Upside-Down Mascara!

I know, I still owe you guys the results of the L’OCCITANE Angelica Festive giveaway and I will get to that shortly!

As usual, work’s been a bit of a hurricane and it’s been a while since I had left the office while the sun is still up (and roads were still packed with rush hour traffic) but work calls, what can we do?

In the meanwhile I was a little too intrigued / flabbergasted / fascinated by news of this that I just had to take it to my blog.

Yes, say what, an upside down mascara? What does that even mean?!

I got this news source from international bloggers, not from Sephora Singapore as of now, so I cannot report on whether it will appear in our stores (or is it already there?) and provide more information about it but… I think I’ll just let the images and concept sink in while we wait for this to appear in person.

Yes?

I know I’m still digesting the idea of this.

There are apparently various ways of using this – clamped together like a ‘flatiron’ for your lashes, but without the heat or worked with the wands together.

It’s all very intriguing and I can tell your eyebrows are probably up just taking this in so I suggest we wait for more official information before we jump to gimmicky conclusions.

If you want to see this on an official page, it’s over at Sephora.com for USD22.

Thanks for reading! I hope the Sephora Singapore team gives us more information about this soon. I foretell a messy gimmicky situation but hey, I could be wrong!

Nonetheless, I’m certainly intrigued.