LOTD: Vice 3 – Smokes and Classics

Well, wrapping up my back to back feature on Vice 3, here’s a look that I wasn’t initially in the plan but happened as I was staring at the palette mindlessly.

It was like a eureka moment when my gaze trailed to the last column of the Vice 3 palette and I assessed the smokey greys and taupes that were just calling out for a look.

So here you go, something classic, something simple and something smokey!

How smokey the look can go depends on your preference but over here I kept it fairly controlled and just about right for daytime wear. Though some can argue that you don’t need a ‘right time’ to wear a smokey look, I think I would still like to keep some semblance of an image at work, especially after parading around with this much red on my eye the last time…

I doubt much needs to be said about this look, it’s such a classic look that it speaks for itself though it does display the versatility of the Vice 3 palette. With this you can be sure you’re covered from superbly simple neutrals, to crazy whacked out colors and even signature smokey looks as such.

While it’s not my style to bring a palette as huge as this when I travel, I can imagine that it would be helpful for those who travel a lot for formal appearances and fun alike.

Business meeting look, check. Girls night out at the clubs, check. Evening function in a sleek black dress, check!

Keeping it really textbook, I paired it with a matte red lip. Can’t get anymore classic than that!

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
ZA Perfect Fit Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Guerlain Perles D'Azur Meteorites

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Urban Decay Vice Palette 
- Angel (all over the lids)
- Defy (outer corner of lids)
- Revolver (outer-v)
- Sonic (softly in the crease)
- Last Sin (brow bone)
Starlash Waterproof Lightning Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
MAC Mineralized Blush in Ring of Saturn

LIPS 
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Mat in 203

Purple Divider

Since this will be the last of my spam of Vice 3 for a bit, I thought to include a bit of a summary or closure statement here.

I’ll likely still mention this palette from time and time and it’ll probably do cameo appearances in looks to come but this is the end of my dedicated Vice 3 run so I can continue to share about other brands and other exciting launches that are zooming your way – so much stuff, so little time!

I had a lot of fun putting these looks together and even though this is really only the tip of the ice berg when it comes to eye looks that the Vice 3 is capable of, I hope it was fun seeing how I would use it in my own way.

I’m curious to see how others would wear Vice 3 so if you do pick it up and post about it on instagram (or your blog) do tag me or comment below! It’s always fun to see how different people with different eye shapes and styles would interpret the same product!

I know my looks are far from professional and, if anything, could use with added pizzazz – like mascara, or falsies, or further amped up with colored contacts etc – but I was doing this with what limited time I had in the mornings and they are looks I go out of the house with, which I felt makes it more credible in a sense: Showing you looks I do wear out instead of looks I do for the sake of doing them and posting about it here.

I don’t wear mascara and falsies on a daily basis due to my frames so… I guess I’m just keeping it real, ha! Though the looks would have been more complete with those elements, no doubt :)

So anyway, I’m rambling and I should sum this up with information about where to get this and whatnot so, for recaps sake, here are the looks if you’ve missed it!

 

Once again, thank you for reading and I hope you have fun with your Vice 3 Palette should you choose to pick it up (or have already picked it up)!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette retails for S$88 and is available at Sephora now!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 is a Limited Edition product.

Sponsorship disclosure

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LOTD: Vice 3 – Halloween Red-dy Eyes… Geddit?

Okay, granted this look wasn’t created with Halloween in mind, nor was it created for Halloween but… it’s Halloween today and so appropriate to post this rather over-the-top red-hued eye look, no?

To my own defense, I did wear this out and about my normal day at work and while yes some colleagues commented on my eyeshadow (“oh hey you’re wearing eyeshadow today!” – when I do wear eyeshadow everyday…) no one said it looked too much.

So perhaps sometimes frames (if you’re new, I wear glasses because contacts aren’t my friends right now) does help tone the madness down.

But anyway, yes this look is really an exploration of the beautiful pink-ish and cranberry tones within this palette.

Rightfully they should be paired one at a time (either Alchemy or Sonic) and rarely worn all together but… if you’re going all out, might as well.

All the red hued eyeshadows within Vice 3 are gorgeous in color and pigmentation while being smooth and creamy in texture.

They have a mild frost or sheen to them that gives it a little depth but not so much that it makes these already bold shades even harder to wear.

If you ask me, of the lot I would personally give Sonic and Bondage a little more wear purely because Alchemy is a touch pink for my taste but Alien paired with it would be beautiful for those who love a flash of pink to their eye look!

Rightfully, with an eye look as strong as this one it’s always safer to go neutral and plain with the rest of the face, keeping the focus on the eyes.

But I think we’ve established from the start of this post that soft is not the way I am going.

I managed to shop my stash and dug up a Dior Addict lippie (Mayday) that I have completely forgotten about.

Why? I’m not sure because it is another gorgeous (I’m over-using this word here) red that I’ll be sure to reach for a lot more.

Products Used:

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
ZA Perfect Fit Liquid Foundation
The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye
Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)
Guerlain Perles D'Azur Meteorites

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Urban Decay Vice Palette 
- Truth (all over lids)
- Alien (over lids, just below the crease)
- Alchemy (middle portion of the lids)
- Sonic (outer-corner)
- Bondage (outer-v definition)
- Downfall (blending in the crease)
- Bobby Dazzle (browbone)
Starlash Waterproof Lightning Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
Shu Uemura Glow On (Powder Blush) in P Soft Coral 332

LIPS 
Dior Dior Addict Lipstick in Mayday

 

Voila, thy dramatic look~

Does it look like what some of you are wearing out for Halloween today?

Pity I’m at work this Halloween (not at work the whole night but rather working late) so I’ve got nothing planned but I’m thinking to throw a pillowcase over my baby boo once I’m home and have her play a ghoul, just because.

Only when you’re babies / toddlers can you get away with simplicity like that, heh!

 

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette will retail for S$88 and is already available at Sephora!

Vice 3 is a Limited Edition Palette.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Vice 3 – Breaking Down the Dragon

Okay, enough neutral play, let’s bring on the big guns and by this I mean summoning thy Dragon

Okay, fine…

As far as dragons go, this little fella is on the tamer and milder side but don’t look down on him (it’ll hurt his little green heart) because he still packs quite a punch, especially if you decide to pile this Dragon on over a darker (or complimenting) base!

For this look, I used it as-is and the only thing I wore it underneath is a sweep of Last Sin, which I’ve been quite taken to using as a quick sweep beneath any bolder colored looks (that require more blending) that I’m doing.

I’m not sure why but… it’s just a thing.

To tame the green-eyed Dragon look down, because even though this green isn’t a pow-wow intense green it does glow with vigor and catches the light even in dim sitations (like a dragon squatting and watching from a darkened cave… okay too much imagination now), I introduced a little bit of Brokedown to the outer-corner.

I’m not sure why I didn’t think up this look earlier, it’s so stunning and as far as colors go, this is easy to wear and pull off.

Everytime I wear greens on the eyes, it’s a default reaction to plop on some corals on my cheeks and lips so, that’s what’s going on on the rest of my face!

Products Used: 

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Giorgio Armani Silk Luminous Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Guerlain Perles D'Azur Meteorites

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Urban Decay Vice Palette 
- Last Sin (as a wash all over lids, not seen)
- Dragon (on the inner corner
- Brokedown (on the outer corner)
- Revolver (lightly on the outer-v)
- Reign (crease, lightly)
- Truth (brow bone)
Starlash Waterproof Lightning Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
YSL Heart of Light Blush in Light 01

LIPS 
Lancôme Rouge in Love in 132M

 

It was a really nice refresh to wear a fun pop of color on the lids again and while I will still scurry to neutrals when I need a reliable and quick look, I’ve been willing myself to wear more color these days and I’m enjoying it.

Something about donning stronger shades on the lid feels so liberating, fresh and ‘alive’ once more.

I sound a little cuckoo about now so I’m gonna stop…

 

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette will retail for S$88 at Sephora, launching TODAY (30th October)!

Vice 3 is a Limited Edition Palette.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Vice 3 – Blues the Natural Way (Sins, Heroines and Bondage…)

So… I tried to think up ways to make use of the very blue-sy row of colors but I will admit that my days of donning blue eyeshadows are well over.

I still like them and I recall my smokey blue wearing days fondly but for some reason, maybe because I am so tired all the time now, I feel a full out smokey blue eye look would just emphasize the fatigue on my face.

Though it is a color I still like to revisit, in small doses and paired with the right amount of neutrals to keep it from looking too ‘druggy’ on me. If you’re a blue loving and donning fiend then yes, please go ahead and scoff at my wimpy way of wearing it but for ladies who are seeking out ways to wear color (but not wear color, hurhur geddit?) with the Vice 3 palette, then maybe this look might resonate with you!

As they say, a leopard never changes its spots right?

Once a neutral lover, always a neutral lover… Though okay, I’ll admit colors are fun to don and I’ll feature more of that in the upcoming Vice 3 looks.

Vice 3 aside, I also want to give a shoutout to the eyeliner that I have on.

You see that blue sparkle amidst a darkened base? As well as the deep dark and creamy black I have on my lower lashline? Yes those are the works of the Urban Decay 24/7 Dual Ended Glide-on Pencil (from their Black Magic pencil set) in LSD (the blue) and Perversion (the black).

So… I heard that LSD is a name of a drug and I get Urban Decay’s ‘edginess’ to go with something like that but it makes me wary to say something like “I really love LSD”.

Which in this case I do… but I’ll have to clarify that it is the pencil liner I love.

I’ll talk about Urban Decay’s Black Magic 24/7 Pencil liner set again, but if you’re curious it launches tomorrow (along with Vice 3).

One more last shoutout, the lips.

I have on a recent favorite, the Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Vol 01 lipstick in Orange.

I don’t have a true creamy and straight out orange lip color in my stash, the closest of which is a coral / reddish-orange which ultimately looks red so this little fella is such love.

Though pity that with it being such a stand-out color, in a way different to a bold red, it is not something you can pop on everyday because it can be a little tricky to match.

But it is a beautiful shade and if you’re adventurous with your lip shades, it’s always good to have an orange in the stash!

Products Used:

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Dior Star Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)
Guerlain Perles D'Azur Meteorites

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Urban Decay Vice Palette 
- Last Sin (all over the lids, below crease)
- Freeze (on the outer corner)
- Heroine (on the outer corner, outer-v)
- Bondage (dabbed lightly, blended in the crease)
- Truth (brow bone)
Urban Decay 24/7 Double Ended Eye Pencil in LSD & Perversion

CHEEKS 
MAC Mineralised Blush in Warmth of Coral

LIPS 
She Uemura Vision of Beauty Vol 01 Lipstick in Orange

 

Thanks for reading!

Tomorrow I promise you, we’ll be stepping out of neutrals!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette will retail for S$88 at Sephora starting 30th October 2014.

Vice 3 is a Limited Edition Palette.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Vice 3 – Of Copper-Golds & Purples!

Now, for the second look I decided to take a baby step towards using colors.

I would say that overall this look still leans rather neutral and is one that is safe enough to wear without feeling too dramatic or smoked out but the little peeks of color within, be it the stunning copper gold or shy purple shimmers, gives it that little something too amidst all that whole neutral-wearable aspect!

The copper-gold shade I used here (frankly I don’t even know if copper-gold is the right way to describe it) leans a little orange under certain lighting and it’s really quite a color shifter.

Though regardless what color it reflects, one thing is for sure and that this is a stunning color to wear. It easily adds that spark to a look because of how vibrant a shade it is but it doesn’t appear too unwearable either, which is what makes it such a joy and such an ease to pull off.

If you’re ever tired of mixing up neutrals with Vice 3, just pop on a little bit of Lucky and you’re all set!

I’ll admit that I’m not doing Vanity (that sultry purple) much good with this look because I dabbed it on lightly and blended it out such that only a darkened base remained, speckled with purple shimmers within.

When worn full on I can imagine this being a really complex purple that would shift depending on how the light hits it!

For this look, I also tried to keep within the same ‘column’ if you recall the layout of the palette from my Vice 3 overview entry. That’s why I thought to pair Lucky with Vanity and even though both are strong colors alone, they still work well together and compliment each other in a look.

Products Used:

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
ZA Perfect Fit Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Palette (concealer)
Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder

EYES 
Dior Backstage Eye Prime
Urban Decay Vice Palette 
- Lucky
- Vanity
- Defy + Revolver
- Reign
- Truth
Starlash Waterproof Lightning Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Blush in Happy Together

LIPS 
Maquillage True Rouge in RD382

This is an eyelook I’ll certainly revisit when I find myself in a neutral rut and needing a soft pop of vibrance!

Tell me, do you like to pair copper and purple together?

 

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette will retail for S$88 at Sephora starting 30th October 2014.

Vice 3 is a Limited Edition Palette.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Urban Decay Vice 3 – The Natural Sage…

Neutral and natural, it’s in my blood really.

No matter what I get my hands on my first approach is always to cautiously dip my toes into it. Or in this case, my makeup brush…

So it’s no wonder that when presented with a multitude of colors, via the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette, my first option is safe. Safe in the form of browns and fairly earthy neutral tones. Though to my credit, I did attempt a bit of a sage olive here!

 

Oh how I love sage / olive tones. So murky and pretty but easy enough to wear. Call me crazy for loving swampy colors but Breakdown (said murky shade) is a stunning neutral to work with and I can see myself giving it lots of use in looks to come.

When I am not actively reminding myself to vary my looks, that is.

This isn’t a very exciting look, I’ll admit, but here’s saying that Vice 3 can be a netural natural buddy too if you let it be!

p.s. the contrasting in the pics here is still a little iffy, these were shot before I ‘fixed’ my camera custom settings.

While generally simple and neutral, one of the things that I played around with with this look, color aside, would be textures. I kept the inner corner of the eye look smooth with a matte finish along with some shimmers on the outer-corner and crease (stray shimmers!).

Products Used:

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Porcelain FLAWLESS Skin Perfecting Moisturizer
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Palette (concealer)
Urban Decay NAKED Loose Powder (to set)

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Urban Decay Vice Palette 
- Downfall 
- Brokedown
- Undone
Starlash Waterproof Lightning Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
YSL Heart of Light Blush Volupte in Light 01

LIPS 
nothing - heh

Of the Vice 3 looks that I have lined up, this is by far the simplest and also the most instinctive way I would use the palette if I am going for a no-brainer everyday look.

In upcoming looks, I assure you you’ll be seeing more use of color and also me stepping out of my comfort zone a little (and actually really liking it…) to better showcase the different shades within Vice 3.

This particular look wasn’t done with any form of a structure – like me trying to keep to their complimenting ‘columns’ – though in upcoming Vice 3 look features I try a hand at that just to see how it works out.

Of course I dabble a little across the board just because… you have all these colors there so why not use them if you have to, no?

So, that’s that for a quick and natural start, do check out my Vice 3 palette swatch-out if you haven’t and read about my thoughts on the shadow textures and such!

 

Thank you for reading!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette will retail for S$88 at Sephora starting 30th October 2014.

Vice 3 is a Limited Edition Palette.

Sponsorship disclosure

What is Your Vice? – Urban Decay Vice 3 (Photos & Swatches)

We’re drawing close to the launch of this little guy (and okay, maybe little isn’t a good way to describe it) and I am mighty excited!

The Urban Decay VICE installment is actually one of the more exciting releases of the brand, I feel.

Of course the NAKED range will forever have my neutral-loving heart but out of all the whacky eyeshadow boxes and renditions that Urban Decay does, the only other one that I felt drawn to would be the Vice series.

So, why do I only have a Vice (Vice 3 at that) on my hands now?

Well… you know me, eyeshadows aren’t actually a vice of mine. I can resist them quite okay because lovely as they are, I feel that I can get away with or replicate them with what I have. But of course, it’s always nice to have something new, something pretty and something like Vice 3.

When Vice 1 was released, I remember thinking to myself that the whole palette looked absolutely gorgeous – so edgy, so wearable (in my mind back then) and soooo nice.

Now, looking at Vice 3, I went back to see images of Vice 1 (and 2) and felt that of the 3, I think I like número tres the best.

This one. Vice 3.

Why?

Because compared to Vice 1 and 2 at least, 3 is a whole lot more wearable but don’t let that discount the edge because it’s still got plenty in the form of shades like Heroine, Bondage, Alchemy, Sonic and Dragon. The rest of the palette holds well in it’s own way and the neutrals are there with a good purpose too – to help gel this whole palette together.

I like that because you don’t get a whole palette full of pow-wow that you can’t use it alone since we’re all about portability and sticking with one sole product for a whole look these days.

If you’re a neutral sorta gal, don’t let Vice 3 scare you because it’s very simple to use. And if you are the sort that likes it vibrant and smokey, Vice 3 has just enough of that for you as well!

Before we get to the color and swoon about the shadows in terms of both shades and quality lets get the other stuff out of the way first.

Grey Divider

When you pick up a Vice 3 palette, apart from the 20 eyeshadow pans, you’re also getting a thin zip pouch (cute but nothing to shout about, really) and also a double-ended eye brush within.

The pouch helps to keep this very reflective palette from being imprinted with finger prints or scratched if you intend to bring this for travels. Otherwise, the pouch is also able to house tablets the size of an iPad Mini, should you have one.

It isn’t a cushy pouch in any way, really just fabric sewn together so it’s cute if you’re head over heels with the Vice 3 design – of motion blurred lights – but otherwise, I chucked mine aside a little unimpressed.

Cute, Urban Decay, but let’s get on to the real stuff!

The double-ended brush is good enough, since Urban Decay doesn’t disappoint with their synthetic fiber brushes. Though it’s worth noting I personally don’t use the brush within the palette unless I really have nothing else proper on hand.

It’s cute that it comes in the same lime-green that adorns the base of the Vice 3 palette.

On one end you get a blending brush looking… brush, which works great for buffing that crease color out.

On the other, you get a… shorter version of a blending brush? It’s almost like a stumpy crease brush which I have some of in my stash but those are often left untouched. It’s good if you like placing strong colors in your crease but the stiff nature of it leaves me from picking it up much.

I like my blending brushes a tad fluffier, but it’s a good brush no doubt.

Grey Divider

So, with all those said and done, let’s move on to the colors now, shall we?

While at a glance this palette can look very… messy, and I mean that in the whole “zomg so many colors” sort of way, you’ll be surprised to know that they are actually carefully arranged within the palette to give some semblance of an order.

Each ‘column’ is almost like a quad of its own, with colors that compliment and match each other well enough to create a look with. We have

  • the neutrals column
  • the vibrant column
  • the purple-gold column
  • the cranberry-hued column
  • the smokey column.

Does this now make a lot more sense to you?

As with most of Urban Decay’s eyeshadow offerings, a large amount of the eyeshadows in Vice 3 did not disappoint.

The mattes were buttery and smooth with good pay-off while the pearlised or metallic shades were intense in both color and shine with a creamy formula that imparts amazing pigmentation.

There were a couple of shades that seemed a little powdery or lacking in intensity when swatched but those were the rare duds of the palette because overall, this still feels like a gem to own.

I can’t help but think Din Tai Fung (a chinese restaurant) when I see that brown…

I especially liked the intense colors (the whole row of reds is love!) within this palette and felt the smooth matte neutrals were good enough supporting roles. They’ve lovely alone too, no doubt, but if you wanted neutrals only I think Naked 2 Basics is more up your alley (more info about that one to come!).

Here’s a close up of some pretty shades I zoomed into (well, literally with a camera) when I first marveled at the palette.

Enough said, I think you want to have a look at the swatches.

Column by column now, so you can see how the colors look when paired with their column, though of course you can always mix and match it up.

So, that’s that for the swatches and a look at the palette!

To countdown to the launch of this beauty, at Sephora, this Thursday (30th October) I’ll be dedicating this whole week’s entry to featuring looks from the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette – Whoop!

If you’re looking to get your hands on a Vice, this should be the one to get!

In other news, the rest of Urban Decay’s holiday offering will also be launched this Thursday (30th October) at Sephora!

That includes:

  • Urban Decay Shadow Box (Permanent)
  • Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Liner Set (LE)
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette (Permanent)
  • Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder (Permanent?)
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush (Permanent)

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette will retail for S$88 at Sephora starting 30th October 2014.

Vice 3 is a Limited Edition Palette.

Thanks for reading!

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