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Lancôme Génifique – Keeping that Youthful Aura

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Lily Collins & Penélope Cruz, my favorite Lancôme ambassadors

Lily Collins & Penélope Cruz, my favorite Lancôme ambassadresses!

Wanna make a guess how old they are?

 

Lily Collins is 26 – which is the age one should start using anti-aging skincare, whereas Penelope Cruz is 41 this year! I’ve always loved how exotic looking Penelope Cruz is, but I really couldn’t guess that she’s 41, because she looks really well maintained (not just in ads) and has this youthful aura around her!

What makes a woman feel beautiful?
An exceptional light. The youthful aura.

I’ve been using Lancome’s products (both makeup and skincare) for quite a while now, and in the blink of an eye, I’m gonna turn 30 this year. I think you’ll see me repeating this a lot this year, but where has all the time gone?!

“From Europe to the US, China to Japan, the signs of youth described by women are the same – radiance, a smooth texture, even skin tone, firm contours, an absence of wrinkles etc. – though different cultures accord varying levels of importance to each. For an American woman, for instance, wrinkle-free skin is a priority, while in Asia women are more concerned by a fair, even tone.”

We Asians age differently from Caucasians – they tend to have thinner skin, and get fine lines + wrinkles earlier – whereas for us Asians, we are faced with the problem of pigmentation, uneven and dull skin. I’ve seen how my mom has switched from hydrating skincare when she was younger to skincare with promises of brightening and evening out skin texture – and I guess because I’ve inherited her genes, I have a pretty good idea of how I’ll age by looking at her and my family members!

3 Generation of ladies - my aunt (40's), grandma (late 60's), me (late 20's), my mum (early 50's) and my baby cousin (2 years old)!

3 Generation of ladies – my aunt (40’s), grandma (late 60’s), me (late 20’s), my mum (early 50’s) and my baby cousin (2 years old)!

Even my Grandma’s obsessed with brightening skincare – In fact, I’ve been sharing my Lancome skincare with them and my grandma, who cannot speak or read english, even asks me for the “little black bottle” whenever I ask her if she wants anything! (That, and Lancome’s UV Expert sunscreen which she loves)

Just last weekend, Candice (@makeup_box) mentioned that my skin looks much better these days (as compared to the days of a pimpled riddled chin/jawline), and I don’t say this out loud, but I was pretty pleased as I’ve finally gotten rid of the acne that has plagued me for so long!

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However, after that battle with acne, I’ve been left with scars. That adds on to the uneven patches of slightly darker skin on certain areas of my face (due to a lack of sunscreen wearing when I was younger + my recent Phuket & Penang trips) as well as overall dullness in skin tone I was experiencing. I needed to brighten up my skin!!!

Since my acne was under control, I decided to amp up my beauty regime, one at a time. I picked up the Lancome Advanced Génifique – Youth Activating Concentrate again thanks to this campaign, used it out everyday for the past 2 weeks. It’s hard to take photos to compare, but I look into the mirror everyday you know and after 2 weeks, I’ve noticed that my skin looks brighter and that makes me happier!

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Lancôme Advanced Génifique – Youth Activating Concentrate

Year 2009 – It took Lancôme 10 years of research to perfect Génifique, the first Youth Activating Concentrate inspired by advances in genomics and protemics. The iconic formula was tried and tested effective on women of all skin types, and has gone on to become one of Lancôme’s best-selling products and won over 130 prestigious international awards!

They continued the research, and with new understanding of the key biological functions of skin youth, improved the formula over the years and increased the efficacy of the Youth Activating Concentrate. In 2013, the new ADVANCED Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate was unveiled, giving one a more youthful appearance by working on six essential skin functions: unbalanced skin barrier, structure/biosynthesis, anti-oxidation, defence, exfoliation and hydration.

What the concentrate does

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The Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate targets the 10 signs of youth, categorized by visual perception (what you see) and tactile perception (what you feel).

They are:

Fine lines
Coarse Wrinkles
Radiance
Clarity
Evenness
Texture
Resiliency
Tonicity
Firmness
Sagginess

When my acne started clearing up, my skin was happy, but I felt like my skincare was missing a step – and after adding the Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate into the regime, my skin felt more supple, smoother, and as I mentioned earlier, I saw the brightening effect for myself whenever I looked into my mirror (without makeup on)!

Usage

The Lancôme Génifique is a pre-serum – it absorbs quickly, provides a moisture boost, and other than the abilities it already contains, it also increases the efficacy of the products you use after application by 3X!

So my routine would be like this:

Facial wash > Lancôme Blanc Expert Essence-in-Lotion > Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate > Serum > Moisturizer > Adv Génifique Yeux Light Pearl > Adv Génifique Yeux Eye Concentrate!

P.S. It’s important to finish off with a sunscreen, like Lancôme UV Expert Aqua Gel – which I’ve learnt my lesson from after witnessing the dark spots on my skin – It’s sunscreen for me everyday! 

I love the texture of this, and it is picked up and dispensed in a hygenic dropper affixed on the cap. The usage is made even more convenient by the innovative self-loading function of the dropper cap – it reloads a single application’s dosage into the dropper when you twist it shut, so that you don’t have to press the dropper to reload it for your next usage!

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A footnote though, while this works for me, I’ve heard of some people’s feedback where they get pimples after using this – cut your application back to just one time a day instead of 2, and that should work better! For precautions, you should probably get samples to try it out first, or go for a Génifique facial and see how it works for your skin!

You can head over to the website to learn more about the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, and even register and claim a 7-day trial of it!

I’ve done the Génifique facial a few times before, and I always come out with supple skin. It’s quite an experience, and you should try it out for yourself. Lancôme has facial cabins in Robinsons Orchard, and also in their latest standalone boutique in the newly renovated Capitol Piazza, which you should really check out because it has stunning decor!

Lancome's beautiful standalone boutique at Capitol

Lancome’s beautiful standalone boutique at Capitol

Génifique All Stars

The Génifique trio is made up of 2 other complimentary products for another important area which shows the fastest sign of aging due to how delicate it is – your eyes. And I already LOVE Lancôme’s eye products even before I tried any of these! I feel that they are the most effective for me and I have serious eye problems.

Advanced Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl 

The “Light-Pearl” part of the name came about because of the shape of the applicator – a tear drop shaped pearl affixed to the cap with a ball joint, which allows it to move around your eye contour with ease while massaging it at the same time!

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I’ve been advocating this little bottle to my friends a lot actually, especially those who work long hours behind the computer and could do with a little massage to pamper the eye after a long day, or those with puffy eyes to help bring it down a notch in the morning! It’s such a treat especially if you store it in the fridge – but even if you don’t, the pearl applicator is still cool to the touch. Here’s a video of how to use the Advanced Génifique Light-Pearl applicator!

 Advanced Génifique Yeux Eye Concentrate

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My first tested and effective eye product was actually the Renergie Multi Lift Eye Cream – and since I was already trying out the Advanced Génifique Yeux range, I gave this a try too! The consistency of this cream is lighter than a cream actually, more gel like and makes my eye area feel much more supple. The Advanced Génifique Light-Pearl has a more watery, serum-like consistency and I use the Eye Concentrate after the Light-Pearl at night as I sleep in an air-conditioned room.

The combination of using them both daily have reduced the fine lines which have crept up over the years very significantly, and with the Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum, they make a powerful trio to your skincare regime!

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25 and above? Craving for that Youthful Aura? Do you want brighter looking, supple skin?

It’s a good time to try the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate now!

From now till 31st August, the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate will be going for $98 (30ml) instead of the usual $130! Offer ends 31st August 2015 or while stocks last!

Also!

Win yourself a bottle of Advanced Génifique!

Simply share on Facebook/IG what the #YouthfulAura means to you/what is your secret to your #YouthfulAura and stand to win a bottle of Advanced Génifique! Remember to hashtag #YouthfulAura, and if you can, tag Lancôme Singapore at @lancomesg!

Good luck on your quest for a #YouthfulAura! ; )

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Comparison, Swatches, FOTD

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What? Another Naked palette?

Just when you thought that you’ve had enough of Urban Decay’s palettes… they come out with yet another irresistible one.

Enter the Naked Smoky Palette – 12 beautiful shades ranging from the warms, cools, to the neutrals!

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“The key to nailing the most sought-after and elusive eye look ever? Naked Smoky—loaded with ALL the essentials you need for the perfect neutral smoky eye. A true range of shades. The perfect brushes. And detailed tutorials.”

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I know, I know. Do we all really need another one?

If you are looking to do comparisons, or if you have yet to even own a single 1 of these Naked palettes, then you’re at the right place. Swatches coming right up to help you decide on a palette – and if I’m able to, sway you towards buying the Naked Smoky, because honestly, I only own the Naked 3, and the Naked Smoky is such a well balanced palette that I would have headed out to purchase it if it wasn’t given to me.

So here you go, swatches and comparisons of all the Naked 12-pan palettes!

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Off the bat, you can see that Naked Smoky is just a little different from her other siblings – she appears to be much more pigmented, offers a better range of shades (naked 3 is basically a palette of warm-hued eyeshadows), and also seems to be placed a little differently – instead of going from the lightest to the darkest shades, the darkest shades are now in the middle of the palette, so you can start working your way in from either the left or the right side of the palette for your ideal smoky eyes!

The other 2 palettes after the flocked-coated Naked1 took on a tin-can look. Naked Smoky was given a new name-fitting outlook with a grey translucent plastic casing with swirls imprinted on to look like smoke. I adore this so!

The other 2 palettes after the flocked-coated Naked1 took on a tin-can look. Naked Smoky was given a new name-fitting outlook with a grey translucent plastic casing with swirls imprinted on to look like smoke. I adore this so!

The double-ended brush included in Naked Smoky was catered for a specific purpose – to create smoky looks easily – has a tapered crease end on one side, and a smudger brush on the other.

Naked Smoky Palette  Tapered crease brush end

Naked Smoky Palette Tapered crease brush end

Naked Smoky Palette Smudger brush end

Naked Smoky Palette Smudger brush end

Surprise! The palette even comes with an instructional sheet!

Surprise! The palette even comes with an instructional sheet!

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These are a great add on for the ones unclear of how to tackle smoky looks, but I find video tutorials most helpful! There’s a list of them below ; )

Before we start, I’ll like to say that all swatches are done both WITH and WITHOUT primer. I’m using Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden here, which is a nude matte shade.

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You might have noticed that this Primer Potion packaging looks a little different. Well, it’s the new one!

Previously when it was just in a tube with a wand, people complained.

When it was a squeeze tub, people complained still.

The old, the mini and the new.

The old, the mini and the new.

So now we have the best of both worlds, the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion now comes in a packaging that features BOTH a SQUEEZE TUBE and an applicator wand. I hope everyone’s happy now, hahaha.

Squeeze tube... and a wand!

Squeeze tube… and a wand!

Alrightttt let’s get going with the arm swatches!

Urban Decay Naked Palette 1

urban-decay-naked-1The palette that started it all. Coveted by many, it’s actually pretty well-balanced a palette too, and also the most similar to the Naked Smoky!

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Urban Decay Naked Palette 2

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The 2nd palette which got the beauty world abuzz with everyone doing comparisons of Naked 1 and Naked 2. Till date, there are still many undecided between them both!

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Urban Decay Naked Palette 3

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This palette – my very first Naked Palette – is oh so pretty! It was completely different from Naked 1 & 2 as it offered warmer, more wearable hues. Did a post on this, you can read that here.

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P.S. Not sure why the swatches look so different from then and now, but in anycase, just use primer lor.
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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

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Colors in the palette include:

  • High (champagne shimmer w/micro-glitter)
  • Dirtysweet (medium bronze)
  • Radar (metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter)
  • Armor (metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle)
  • Slanted (light metallic gray)
  • Dagger (medium charcoal w/micro-shimmer)
  • Black Market (jet-black satin)
  • Smolder (deep plum-taupe)
  • Password (cool taupe matte)
  • Whiskey (rich brown matte)
  • Combust (soft pink-taupe)
  • Thirteen (light beige satin)

Nine colors are new, while 3 are exclusives from previous palettes (Armor & Blackmarket from Vice, Radar from Vice 2). Each pan contains 1.3g of eyeshadow each which are made in USA, while the brush in made in China & everything assembled in Dominican Republic.

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The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette will be available in all Sephora stores this 20th August, and retails for $83 SGD.

There’s no queue line this year, BUT the first 100 customers to purchase the Naked Smoky Palette will receive exclusive GWPs, only at Sephora ION!

Here’s a look I did with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette for an evening out with the girls! I do like making up for special occasions – what’s the point of having all these glorious make up lying around, right? Hehe.

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Here’s the list of Urban Decay products I have on my face for the above look: 

  • Naked Skin Foundation in shade 2.0 
  • Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light/Warm
  • Brow Beater & Brow Tamer both in Neutral Brown
  • Naked Smoky Palette (Smolder, Black Market, Thirteen, Combust, Dagger & Armor)
  • 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Perversion
  • Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Spandex on the lower lid
  • Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Fetish 
  • Revolution Lipstick in Naked 

And another simpler, everyday look you can achieve with the palette (I didn’t use primer for this one):

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I’m sorry I don’t have a tutorial for you, but if you are looking for tutorials, here are some helpful videos online! There are plenty actually, but these are some of my faves (and asian ones that you guys can relate to):

Close up! 

Did I ever mention that I love how their lipsticks are named? It's less conventional than your usual "210" or "Tawny Rose" from the cosmetic giants. And memorable. I have them memorized by heart now -_-"

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks (2015)

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I love, love love matte lipsticks.

Matte, Purple? GIVE IT TO ME.

What’s more, super creamy, glides on like butter matte lipsticks from Urban Decay!

But before I nearly picked out all the purples from Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution lipsticks to be in my makeup drawer forever, I decided to try them all on first. You know, give them a chance haha. And I’m glad I did! Even though I ended up selecting 2 purples to be in my stash still, hahahaha.

Some people be like, “I can’t wear purple”.

Actually, you can! As long as you can find the right shade, of course. It’s probably all in the mind, like how I always say “I can’t do coral” – just change your point of view towards it (and maybe your dressing too) and you’ll find yourself warming up to the idea of wearing statement colors on your lips.

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks

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For Fall 2015 (Singapore), Urban Decay has launched 9 stunning, yet wearable colours (okay, maybe except for Blackmail) in this amazingly non-drying & super creamy formula which I absolutely love – I bet everyone would too, once you’ve tried them on your lips!

I’ll call them statement colors, because these are the colors which will have people going “WHAT’S THE COLOR YOU HAVE ON YOUR LIPS TODAYYYY???”

The list of hydrating ingredients includes “a blend of avocado, olive and babassu oils. Shea butter conditions; illipe butter (derived from Malaysian illipe trees) provides long-lasting moisture; and vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants.

I’m not too bothered by the ingredients really, because as long as it works on my ULTRA DRY lips, it’s worth buying for sure!

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks - Tilt, Temper, Bad Blood, Stark Naked, 1993, Blackmail, Menace, Bittersweet, After Dark

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks – Tilt, Temper, Bad Blood, Stark Naked, 1993, Blackmail, Menace, Bittersweet, After Dark

Did I ever mention that I love how their lipsticks are named? It’s less conventional than your usual “210” or “Tawny Rose” from the cosmetic giants. And memorable. I have them memorized by heart now -_-”

How do they wear?

They look rather matte, but I guess because of how moisturizing they are, they do go on a bit more satiny looking (or even shiny at some point). All you need to do, is actually press a piece of tissue between your lips and they’ll look fabulously matte! (Except for Blackmail, but we’ll get to that one later.)

I’ve taken 1993 and Bittersweet out on a full day run and so far, they’ve scored pretty well. They transfer like crazy, which made me want to check my lips constantly – but even after eating through lunches, I do still have quite a bit of color on my lips, so I guess… just bring it out to keep reapplying, lah.

Lip Swatches of Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Tilt

matte bright orange

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in "Tilt"

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Tilt”

Very pretty color. Predicted that my girlfriend Yina would like this most and she did pick this! If you’re the kind who likes to wear bright colors and exude sunshine out of your arse, then yes, this is the shade for you! :D

It’s just barely patchy, and glides on like a dream.

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Temper

matte bright orange red

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in "Temper"

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Temper”

This one’s not patchy at all, and really smooth! I briefly contemplated wearing this color out but I couldn’t match it to anything in my wardrobe haha.

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Bad Blood

matte deep red

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in "Tilt"

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Bad Blood”

Tell me Taylor Swift’s song “Bad Blood” did not just play itself in your head. Quite sure it did because when I first saw the name I was like whoa!

Almost, but not quite like the color of dried blood. It’s almost too bright for me – would have loved it a deeper red, but it’s actually really pretty if you give it a try!

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Stark Naked

matte light nude

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in "Stark Naked"

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Stark Naked”

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Gorgeous. I thought it was leaning a little too coral for my liking, but I loved it when it’s blotted off and looks more matte! I have very, very dry lips so you can see how well this looks on me! I probably should have done another proper coat but this is a color worth having in your collection, if you don’t already have a nude-coral shade.

UD Matte Revolution Lipstick in Stark Naked, blotted with a piece of tissue

UD Matte Revolution Lipstick in Stark Naked, blotted with a piece of tissue

1993

matte medium brown

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in "1993"

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “1993”

MY. FAVORITE. COLOR. Oui. Yes.

I never thought that I would fall for a brown lipstick but it seems like I’ve been veering towards that recently, and this matte medium brown just won the top prize.

If you’ve been looking for a “Kylie Jenner” brown shade, this is it. I know she has lip injections and all, but my, this brown against her skin color AND her ombre/highlighted blonde/black hair… perfection. SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THIS ONE.

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Blackmail

matte deep berry wine

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in "Blackmail"

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Blackmail”

Pardon the application. I thought it would be my favorite, but it turned out to be the least. This would have worked so, so so much better if I used a lipliner, but sadly I don’t have one in this shade so… (seriously? Why do I not have one in this shade?!)

The blot-with-a-tissue-and-look-fabulously-matte trick does not apply here either. If you try to blot with a tissue, it looks like you’ve got a world map on your lips. Please don’t even try it.

As for texture – it’s the least creamiest of all the lipsticks here. But for a shade this dark, it’s doing well. It does go on a little patchy at the beginning but this can be smoothened out if you apply a second or third layer. Or fourth.

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Menace

matte medium fuchsia pink

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in "Menace"

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Menace”

Your matte version of Anarchy, I guess? The brightest and the prettiest in the whole lot to many! There’s this thing about pink that make people run towards it and grab it off the shelf.

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Bittersweet

matte bright purple

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in "Bittersweet"

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Bittersweet”

The creamiest and smoothest of them all! This is my second choice after 1993, haha. It’s quite a loud color – I’ll wear it with an all black outfit, but if you’re experimental, this looks really good against contrasting bright shades too!

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After Dark

matte medium-dark berry pink

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in "After Dark"

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in “After Dark”

Can’t say that I hate this. But can’t say that I love this loads wither. It does go on a bit uneven, but I’m now wondering if I could have done a better swatch. I’ll give this a second chance another day, but this shade of purple goes with so many things! I prefer it all matted out after blotting. It’ll be better if you have lipliner on – this is somehow not as pigmented as the rest, and will accentuate if you have uneven colored lips.

Afterdark Blotted with tissue

Afterdark Blotted with tissue

Afterdark Blotted with tissue

Afterdark Blotted with tissue

Haven’t enjoyed swatching lipsticks in a long time! Hope you’ll find this useful and that you’ll fall in love with one of the shades here!

These lipsticks will be available in all Sephora Singapore stores for $33 SGD from 20th August onwards!

Here’s an FOTD of me wearing Bittersweet to end this post. Have a great week ahead, guys!

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Curél BB Cream – Thoughts, Swatches + Before & After

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O hai!

It’s been a long time since I did a beauty review, isn’t it? I’ve got a lot planned in my to-do list that’s upcoming, so let’s start with this first!

Well, I’ve been having sensitive skin and break-outs for the longest time ever. It was after much reading and researching on sensitive skin and breakouts that I’ve realized that in order to have great skin, you have to take care of your skin’s moisture barrier!

Your skin has a natural moisture barrier – when it’s compromised, your skin will lose moisture, be more prone to breakouts and more sensitive due to the compromised barrier not being able to protect skin against external irritation! Recently, I’ve been paying more attention to skincare products – frequently choosing those that have a lower, or neutral Ph value, as your skin’s acid mantle is usually more acidic (around 4.5), as well as contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and ceramide.

Speaking of ceramide – did you know that Ceramides are natural lipids? They hold your skin cells together, forming skin’s natural barrier function, thus preventing moisture loss and protecting skin against external irritants. A reduction in ceramide is often the cause of dehydrated & sensitive skin.

for more information, refer to this page!

for more information, refer to this page! Hence, it is especially crucial for those with sensitive skin to use products with ceramide!

So why not also try out a makeup product that also gives you great skincare benefits?

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Say “Hi” to Curél’s BB Cream!

This Japanese gem, which comes in a little pink 35g tube promises to strengthen your skin’s barrier function against external irritants with Curél’s moisture-retaining ceramide care!

On top of having SPF28++, this specially formulated, non-sticky BB Cream has a light yet moisturizing texture, and is said to cover imperfections like rough patches a sensitive skin person might suffer from.

It’s hypoallergenic – fragrance, alcohol free, non-comedogenic, and a non-chemical formula – clinically tested on, and formulated for sensitive skin!

It’s already quite trying for sensitive-skin people to find skincare that don’t break them out – what’s even better is using makeup that won’t clog your pores and aids in strengthening your moisture barrier! Hooray for all the sensitive-skin people out there!

// About the color of the BB Cream

It comes in 2 shades, Natural, and Brightening.

I was initially concerned as I’ve come across many BB / CC creams which were too grey or pink for my skin tone – if you have sensitive skin, you would have red patches around the nose, chin (or whichever affected areas) and using a pink-toned bb cream would just accentuate it even more.

I didn’t have anything to worry about, as Curél’s BB Cream in the Brightening shade was a perfect match for my NW20 skintone! Natural wasn’t too far off, but just a tad darker. So if you’re usually around shade NW25 or 30, you can probably try this, or just mix if you’re in between shades. ;)

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// Tips on Application

I’ve tried various methods, like:

Using Fingers -I do sometimes use this method, but some BB creams are drier and you end up with bits that feel like dead skin flakes – however, the Curél BB Cream is pretty moisturizing, so that doesn’t happen! Still, I would prefer to keep my fingers clean by using other methods. Typically, I would use fingers if I’m overseas or don’t have a brush nearby.

Sponge – A sponge can give a really natural finish, but it also absorbs a LOT of product. It is quite a pain to wash sponges, so I’ll try to use sponges lesser if I can.

A Brush – By far my favorite method, as it’s the quickest! Curél BB Cream comes in a tube, so I’ll typically squeeze blobs onto my face directly or onto a clean hand and just use the brush to buff the product in! It also provides a little more coverage than the sponge method, and a more even finish than using fingers.

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// Before & After

As said, I suffer from sensitive skin. I have red patches on the areas around my nose, my chin, past pimple breakouts and I even actually have a patch of rough skin (a sensitive reaction to a very strong toner, unfortunately).

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Note how the BB Cream covers up the general redness of my skin! I had to go over with concealer again for some parts like stubborn red spots, and under my eyes, but Curél BB Cream generally offers very good coverage!

Full face done, with concealer on as well!

Base is done with Curel BB cream & concealer – in less than 5 minutes!

I took less than 5 minutes to get it all done – Curél BB Cream is so easy to apply, and doesn’t leave any weird patches on the skin!

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Here, I am done with full face make up – I did not use any highlighter, the glow comes naturally from my hydrated skin! The BB Cream actually provides light-medium coverage to me – you can apply a 2nd layer if you need more coverage, but I personally think that a concealer would be better if you only have small areas to tend to.

Tried it out for the whole day in Penang, and it’s pretty long-lasting – of cos it can fade off a little if you perspire too much, but my face wasn’t overly oily and still looked pretty good at the 3-hour mark and 5-hour mark – and you know how hot I was feeling in Penang!

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Curél BB Cream will be available in Singapore from August 2015, and retails at S$24.80 for a 35g tube in selected Guardian & Watsons stores!

If you’re interested to try it out for yourself before buying, you can redeem a Curél BB Cream sample from here!

If you’re keen to know more about Curél and the products they offer, do head over to their website for more information, or facebook page! ; )

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Me and my Olympus PEN E-PL7

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… Wasn’t exactly love at first sight.

But you’re gonna learn more about the Olympus E-PL7 after this post, as well as stand a chance to win it! More information to come later, but let me finish my story first, ok?

Let’s go back to the time when I started attending events with Yina, about 3-4 years back! I found a camera-tech geek friend in Yina, and we would always spend time discussing about new camera, lenses, mostly me asking her questions really, but who cares? hahaha.

As we attended events together and you know, take the same photos and all, I started to realise that my camera (we both had micro four-thirds, just of different brands) wasn’t functioning quite as well as hers. She sold and bought a few cameras, but there was this one which she kept using (from 2013 till now!), and impressed me every single time she brought it out.

It had a flip screen for selfies (one of the first at that time).

It lets you transfer images from your camera to your phone via a compatible WiFi SD card.

The pictures were brilliant, sharp and most important of all, the lens she paired it with gave incredibly nice, smooth and creamy depth of field and bokeh!

That was the Olympus PEN E-PL5, ladies.

Fast forward 2 years later – practically every other blogger I meet at events are carrying the Olympus PEN camera, be it the E-PL5 or E-PL6 – I had no doubt that was the effect of Yina Goh’s fabulous photos as I saw for myself the queries she got at events and as well as on her blog/IG/ask.fm!

When it was time for me to change my camera, I spent countless nights comparing cameras. Good camera, no flip screen. I need it for my blogging. Flip screen, but lousy specs. And then suddenly someone asked if I’d considered the PEN E-PL7, when it’s released?

At that point of time, it wasn’t even on the market yet – there were just specs floating around, but after checking out what the E-PL7 offers, I was completely SOLD! It met ALL of my criteria for a new camera!

1. Flip screen (downwards instead of upwards for a more natural viewpoint)
2. In-built Wifi Function (no more wireless SD cards which suck up battery life!)
3. Semi-pro, micro four thirds format
4. You can change lenses for different types of situations
5. It isn’t too heavy (but of course, that also depends on the lenses you’re using)
6. Great in low light situations
7. Manually adjust functions and modes (P-mode, S, A, M)
8. IT LOOKS DAMN NICE.

So when it came out on pre-order, I immediately paid for one, and since the day I’ve gotten it, it’s been everywhere with me. To events, to weddings, birthdays, meet ups, and to plenty of holiday trips! It makes me regret not bringing a better camera to Norway for the Northern Lights!

Because that one camera has to be able to capture all the moments I want to remember by, and capture it well.

I can say that the Olympus cameras I’ve tried did it all, and more – You have no idea how much easier it was to take selfies with a flip screen, especially for a blogger!!

Me in Club Med Phuket with my Olympus E-PL7!

Me in Club Med Phuket with my Olympus E-PL7!

I’ve gotten a lot of comments on the camera since it was in my possession – I have random people I meet for the first time praising my choice of camera, people saying that my camera looks professional – even the random guy hawking BBQ-ed seafood at Tsukiji market pointed to my camera and said “Olympus! Ichiban!” : o

I was already advocating the Olympus E-PL7 before they approached us to be their ambassadors – and you know what? They only approached us because we were EXISTING users of Olympus cameras and because we love it so! And yes, we were more than happy to take on the roles because we do love, and recommend this camera to all our blogger friends!

It was in our plans to hold a workshop and share our knowledge about the Olympus cameras because we so often get questions about our cameras – like how to take pictures with a blurry background, how to adjust white balance, and I have to agree, for a person with no prior knowledge about cameras, you’ll find it hard to even begin on your research on buying one unless someone points you in the right direction!

The beauty of the internet and social media, is that you can see the results instantly and just ask them what cameras they are using. : p And that’s why we had a full turnout for our workshop held in conjunction with Olympus, for the ladies who are interested to know more about the Olympus PEN E-PL7, and how to use it / pair it with certain lenses for certain effects!

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The event was held at Food For Thought, Botanic Gardens which had a great set up and such huge space for us!

The event was held at Food For Thought, Botanic Gardens which had a great set up and such huge space for us!

We were there to teach people what we do every other day – TAKE OOTDS, and SELFIES!

And since there's Yina Goh, there's also The Velvet Dolls! Yina brought down some of her new and unreleased pieces for her loyal TVD fans, and also to teach them how to grab that angle, as well as what lens to use with the camera to achieve a better depth of field (often mistakenly referred to as Bokeh instead)

And since there’s Yina Goh, there’s also The Velvet Dolls! Yina brought down some of her new and unreleased pieces for her loyal TVD fans, and also to teach them how to grab that angle, as well as what lens to use with the camera to achieve a better depth of field (often mistakenly referred to as Bokeh instead)

Yina and I with Chanel, one of TVD's resident models!

Yina and I with the gorgeous Chanel, one of TVD’s resident models!

And since we have fashion, how can we not have beauty too, since it’s such an integral part of our blogging lives?

Meet the beauties from MAC, which I so love! Can you guess which was the most popular shade? XD

Meet the beauties from MAC, which I so love! Can you guess which was the most popular shade? XD

We ran out to take a quick OOTD before the event began for our demonstration purposes : p

We ran out to take a quick OOTD before the event began for our demonstration purposes : p

And so the event commences!

And so the event commences!

It was a BFF event, so everyone came in a pair, and each pair of BFFs had one camera on the table for them to play with, to try and to get used to the camera!

It was a BFF event, so everyone came in a pair, and each pair of BFFs had one camera on the table for them to play with, to try and to get used to the camera!

I actually think that this was really important and I was happy that every one had one camera to play with – having hands on experience will greatly aid you when it comes to choosing a camera. How it fit in your hands, learning how to use the dials, seeing the flip screen in action and all!

They definitely wasted no time!

They definitely wasted no time!

So what happens after you’ve taken your dream photo? You upload it of course!

The built-in wifi means that I can ditch my Wifi SD-cards (just a year ago, they were the “in” thing!) as they do use up a significant amount of battery life too!

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Simply look for the “OI.Share” App on your Appstore (both Android Google Play & Apple Appstore) and download it!

You just need to link your camera to your phone once and for the other times, all you’ll have to do is simply fire up the app, and it will connect to your phone automatically!

Tip: If you’re on an existing Wifi network, you will need to manually select the camera’s wifi network before launching the app. 

This function has changed the blogging industry by quite a bit. We no longer have to wait till we “get home then send you the pictures”. Sometimes my phone automatically connects itself to Yina’s camera and her phone to my camera because we find it more convenient to download the images directly to our phones, rather than waiting for someone to send it over!

And you no longer have to take pictures with your phone for Instagram. It’s still quite instant if you manage to upload your picture and edit it in a flash! ; p

We also demonstrated how to download your images via the app, and shared some of our favorite apps for editing images at the workshop!

We also demonstrated how to download your images via the app, and shared some of our favorite apps for editing images at the workshop!

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 comes in 3 basic color models. I already found it super hard to choose between all 3 fabulous looking colors combos…

Screencap from my post back in 2014 as proof, hahaha!

Screencap from my post back in 2014 as proof, hahaha!

But wait, there’s more!

The PEN has always been about suiting your style – anyone remember the glass display boxes in Cineleisure?

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The Olympus Singapore showroom have always had a showcase of their selectively curated and compatible items for accessorising the the PEN – but now, they’ve launched the #MyPENMyStyle site – they’ve got a number of items you can choose and customize online (they will pack it all up, stick it nicely and send it to you!) when you purchase a PEN E-PL7 on Olympus Singapore’s website!

Now you can visualize the skins on your camera before buying it! THAT BLUE is such a pretty shade, isn't it?

Now you can visualize the skins on your camera before buying it! THAT BLUE is such a pretty shade, isn’t it?

Have you taken a look at the website, and drooled over how good looking your next camera purchase’s gonna be? Yes? Hehe.

We’re gonna give one of you
your DREAM CAMERA!

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All you need to do is:

  • Take a Selfie or OOTD (can be self-timed, or with your friends)
  • Upload it onto Instagram (if you account is private, we can’t see your posts!), and tell us what your favorite combination would be like!
    E.g. I love blue, and I think it’s gorgeous how the black Olympus E-PL7 looks with the Light Blue skin + adorable Navy Clover Strap! (or you could write something more interesting than that!)
  • Hashtag #OlympusXEvonnz #MyPENMyStyle

Best of luck, y’all! Hope I explained sufficiently about why I love this camera so! The contest will end on 19th August 2015 at 11:59pm, so you have 2 weeks from now to strike a pretty pose and upload away!

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And last but not least, I would like to thank all the beautiful ladies who came for the workshop and spent an afternoon while we babbled on! I hope you’ve all enjoyed yourselves like we did!

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And congrats to the 3 attentive ladies, who answered our seemingly difficult questions, and walked away with a Kandee Pouch with M.A.C lip loving items in it!

We had special gifts to give away to readers who

Packing MAC goodies in the Kandee pouches!

And for all who came, we hope you love the goodie bag by our beloved sponsors!

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Thank you so much,

Bioderma, Get Klarity x Graceous, Guerlain, Kandee Shoes, Salon Vim, Branche Singapore… and specially to L’Oreal Professional and Hada Labo, who were super generous and I’m sure all ladies are stoked to see your wonderful items in the goodie bag!

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And last but not least, Thank you, Olympus Singapore, for choosing us as your ambassadors and also having this workshop for us, to share about what we love!

I will be uploading another blogpost about the lenses I use with my E-PL7 soon. Stay tuned!

It's love. It's PEN. <3

It’s love. It’s PEN. <3

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