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Sephora Singapore Trend Report 2016: Ready, Get Nude, ACTION!

By | Base, beauty, Concealer, Eyes, Eyeshadow, Face, Make Up | 2 Comments

Happy New Nude Year, you guys!

I know right, it’s been so long since I’ve blogged beauty. It’s a little late, but these products are pretty evergreen, and it’s probably one of my favorite Sephora loot to date!

Packed with products to make you look all primed and glowing… presenting:

#SEPHORANUDEACTION

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Saying that I’ve received a ton of stuff in my mail is an understatement – everything looked so interesting that I couldn’t wait to try everything out! (I practically made myself go out everyday just so that I can put some makeup on, hahaha) 

A box of Burberry Makeup - containing their latest Fresh Glow primer, Face Contour and Burberry Kisses Sheer lipsticks which are exclusive to Sephora ION!

A box of Burberry Makeup – containing their latest Fresh Glow primer, Face Contour Pen and Burberry Kisses Sheer lipsticks which are exclusive to Sephora ION!

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Swatches of the Fresh Glow primer, contouring stick and Burberry Kisses Sheer lipstick!

Swatches of the Fresh Glow primer, Face Contour Pen and Burberry Kisses Sheer lipstick!

NARS' Radiance Enhancing Light Optimizing Primer, their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Creamy Concealer & their Pressed Light Reflecting Setting Powder!

NARS’ Radiance Enhancing Light Optimizing Primer, their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Creamy Concealer & their Pressed Light Reflecting Setting Powder!

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The Radiance Enhancing Pro Prime Light Optmizing Primer comes in white and contains a very sheer and fine amount of shimmer.

The Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (in Alaska 02) was runny and seems to be best applied with fingers! I tried using a brush and it didn’t give me as much coverage as using fingers. This comes with SPF 30PA+++ and the combination of both the primer and this tinted moisturizer made it feel like there were too much on my skin – I had to tissue blot it before applying powder.

NARS’ radiant creamy concealer is one of my favorite – especially Custard, because it’s perfect for my under eye circles. It spreads extremely well as it’s pretty emollient.
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They may look pretty yellow on my arm but it works extremely well at correcting the redness on my face! I guess this was an acceptable shade for me – I’m pretty amazed by the shade selection by the Sephora marketing team! So far it’s been spot on!sephora-singapore-nude-action-jan-2016-evonnz-25

The NARS light reflecting powder came in handy pouch which contained...

The NARS light reflecting powder came in handy pouch with two slots, which contained…

A sponge! With a smooth side (logo embossed)

A sponge! With a smooth side (logo embossed)

and a soft, velvety side to apply the powder! I love this because it makes the entire thing very compact.

and a soft, velvety side to apply the powder! I love this because it makes the entire thing very compact!

Nude Lipsticks! *heart shaped eyes* These are from NARS' Audacious Collection, Anita & Brigitte!

Nude Lipsticks! *heart shaped eyes*
These are from NARS’ Audacious Collection, Anita & Brigitte!

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Sephora Rouge lipstick in shade Charmer!

Sephora Rouge lipstick in shade Charmer!

Marc Jacobs Beauty's Invisible Undercover - Perfecting Coconut Face Primer comes in a matte glass bottle and its a joy to hold! The coconut smell is pretty strong to me - and that's because it's made from 5 kinds of coconut! "The coconut water-derived polysaccharide complex mirrors the effect of synthetic priming ingredients, allowing your skin to breathe without compromising the skin-perfecting benefits." This nourishing primer ensures smooth application of makeup over it!

Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Invisible Undercover – Perfecting Coconut Face Primer comes in a matte glass bottle and its a joy to hold!
The coconut smell is pretty strong to me – and that’s because it’s made from 5 kinds of coconut! “The coconut water-derived polysaccharide complex mirrors the effect of synthetic priming ingredients, allowing your skin to breathe without compromising the skin-perfecting benefits.” This nourishing primer ensures smooth application of makeup over it!

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Sephora's IT Nude Palette may seem to be just another nude palette, but the shades are extremely gorgeous and this palette is a definite keeper! You need to swatch this for yourself in Sephora - and you will definitely feel like bringing one home after that! It comes with a double ended brush, as well as a complimentary eye liner pencil.

Sephora’s IT Nude Palette may seem to be just another nude palette, but the shades are extremely gorgeous and this palette is a definite keeper! You need to swatch this for yourself in Sephora – and you will definitely feel like bringing one home after that! It comes with a double ended brush, as well as a complimentary eye liner pencil.

It folds into a pretty and well cushioned pouch-like case.

It folds into a pretty and well cushioned pouch-like case.

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On top of all the make up, I also got a cold pressed juice (Earl Grey Nut Mylk by Gorilla Press), a tee shirt & a set of red packets!

Other than the fabulous make up which made me a very happy girl, I also got a cold pressed juice (Earl Grey Nut Mylk by Gorilla Press), a tee shirt & a set of red packets!

And on top of all these, one of my favorite practical gifts - a customized Bynd Artisan notebook! I've always loved their customized stuff, especially the leather ones!

And on top of all these, one of my favorite practical gifts – a customized Bynd Artisan notebook! I’ve always loved their customized stuff, especially the leather ones! You can find them in Tangs (Orchard/Vivo), as well as attend workshops/classes at their ateliers (in Holland V/Boon Lay)!

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After a month or so of trying out all these products, I’ve naturally selected a few favorites – basically things that I’ve been reaching out for very often the past month, and that would be the Burberry Face Contour Pen, the Sephora eyeshadow palette and the NARS concealer in Custard!

The colors on the eyeshadows are too pretty to be missed, and blends so well on my eye socket – it defines my eye area well, and doesn’t easily end up making anyone looking like a racoon. Basically it’s an easy to use, everyday palette. Score!

Burberry’s Face Contour Pen is just SO easy to use on the go. You don’t need a brush when you’re on the go – just this pen, and your fingers. You can contour your nose bridge easily with this, and in fact can be used on the eyes as well! Here’s a video from Burberry for demonstration:

The NARS powder and the creamy radiant concealer have been favorites of mine since I’ve come across them, so no surprises or new notes there. I’ll be back soon with more updates on the latest cushion foundations that have been popping up EVERYWHERE… Till then!

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Basic Makeup Routine [ Dec 2014 ]

By | Base, beauty, Blush, Concealer, eyeliner, Eyes, Face, Make Up | No Comments

Every time I see a question that goes along the lines of “if you could only use one make up product what would you use?” I roll my eyes.

Honey, unless you’re EXTREMELY BLESSED, you’ll need at least 2 things to look good. Or in my case, 7.

This is my basic make up routine. I need to finish all these points before I can feel ready to face the world:

  1. Base – Concealer & Foundation
  2. Contour
  3. Brows
  4. Eyeliner
  5. Blush
  6. Mascara
  7. Lips (this one I sometimes only do it when I get to the car heh)

I know, that’s actually a LOT. But miss one out and I’ll feel incomplete and awkward throughout the day! Thats why I have an emergency kit in the car for touch ups or when I forget something while rushing out.

Sharing with you guys my most often reached for products and faves for all these steps!

{ Concealer & Foundation }

I can’t go without this. I can skip base, but concealer is though especially since it takes some time for the acne scars to fade away. Doesn’t help that I popped a huge zit out on my chin recently…

So suffice to say, I'm a huge fan of concealers. My favorites here are for EITHER the under eye or the scars - it's very hard for me to find something that can work on both my zits/PIH AND my undereye because they require different tones.

So suffice to say, I’m a huge fan of concealers. My favorites here are for EITHER the under eye or the scars – it’s very hard for me to find something that can work on both my zits/PIH AND my undereye because they require different tones.

  • YSL Touche Eclat 2.5 (color corrects my under eye area)
  • Amazing Concealer in Light Golden (best for my under eye)
  • Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer in 2 (for spots)
  • Lancome Le Correcteur Pro in 200 W Buff (a comprehensive kit for the under eye with a corrector AND concealer AND seetting powder)
  • Make Up For Ever Full Cover in 4 (awesome for spots cos it matches my skin tone 100%)
  • Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer (waterproof!!! long lasting)
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Concealer in shade 3 Young
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (02 to correct under eye and 04 to conceal!)

The Kevyn Aucoin one is by far one of my favorites as it’s really multipurpose -it contains honey and jojoba oil, and can go from sheer to full coverage by simply mixing it with moisturizer or using it on its own. It completely covers my spots AND under eye concealer and it’s the only one that can do that – however, I need to mix both shade 02 and 04 to get a proper match as a foundation. So that’s a bummer as it’s 38 pounds EACH.

Before & After concealing. In here, I used: MJB Re(marc)able for the PIH marks, MUFE Full Cover for the zit and Amazing Concealer for the under eye.

Before & After concealing + base (Laneige BB Cushion). In here, I used: MJB Re(marc)able for the PIH marks and redness, MUFE Full Cover for the zit and Amazing Concealer for the under eye.

These days I’ve been reaching out for cushions more often as I’m lazy to wash brushes – and the Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control has been my favorite to reach out for! I love how it doesn’t leave me too shiny, and the color seems to be better than the non Pore Control one so… yup. My choice these days! I usually apply concealer beneath bb cushion, and if I’m using liquid foundation, concealer comes later.

{ Contour }

The Laneige BB Cushion does leave me a little flat and whiter than usual, so contouring is a must. Actually I’ve been becoming a bigger fan of contouring after trying out Charlotte Tilbury’s contour and highlight palette and bought quite a few to try!

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  • Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons in 00 Nude
  • Suratt Artistique Blush in Aureole (highlighter) and Grisalle (the darker taupe for contouring)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (the left column: Fawn, Java, Havana)

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Before / After Contouring

Before / After Contouring

A rough diagram of where I usually contour

A rough diagram of where I usually contour

{ Brows }

Previously I didn’t see the need for eyebrow embroidery but after I’ve done it, I realized that it helps keep my brow shape in check and also makes it easier to draw! I still fill out my brows but on the days that I have no make up on, it still looks better than before I did embroidery.

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Some of my favorite brow products – my brow products are always changing due to my hair color changes. These days I have dark hair so I do try to go a bit darker… but not overly dark, lah.

  • Tarte The Brow Architect (double ended – sword cut on one end and a brush on the other which I find most useful!)
  • Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil in Walnut (I use Seal Grey more often)
  • Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Light / Medium (has a mascara brush)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe (used with a brush)

Here’s a little gif animation of how I draw my brows:

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{ Eyeliner }

Ahhh another favorite! Eyeliner colors makes my heart skip a beat more than eyeshadow colors sometimes, haha! But for a basic, clean look, these are what I like to use:

My army of go-to black and browns

My army of go-to black and browns

  • Bobbi Brown Pot Eyeliner
  • Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal Liner in Black Amethyst (it’s a pencil on one end and a smuder on the other)
  • M.A.C Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline (this one is LE Prabal Gurung Collection)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Rock & Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Demolition (brown) / Zero (black)
  • Heroine Make Impact Frame Eyeliner
  • Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner
  • Heroine Make Liquid Eyeliner

It was really hard to pick a favorite – Charlotte Tilbury wins for how easy it is to glide across the lid even after almost a year, and how long lasting it is for me – there’s another one I love even more, it’s from  THREE but it has glitter spam in it so I don’t like to use it on the rims of my eye. Then again, eyeliner doesn’t usually smudge on me (even if it does it’s a negligible bit).

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These days I like using pencils more as my eyes look different without lenses (after doing ReLEx SMILE, a kind of LASIK) and I tend to line the rims of my eyes more. On the days I don’t feel like it, I use liquid liners! Eyeko Eyedo has a fat flexible nib which is super easy to control, so it goes into my favorites list!

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{ Blush }

well loved blushes

well loved blushes

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{ Mascara }

When I don’t have my eyelash extensions on, I use mascara. And oh how I LOVE mascaras! Unfortunately I go through them VERY quickly (replace every 3-4 months) so I don’t have a compilation to show you, but my favorites are:

  • Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara (SUPER waterproof)
  • Tarte Lights, Camera Flashes Mascara (Love how buildable it is!)
  • Lancome Le Extreme Waterproof (My first love)
  • Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara (Great Volume!)
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara
Without Mascara (but curled)

Without Mascara (but curled)

With Tarte's Lights! Camera! Flashes! Mascara applied over (2 coats)

With Tarte’s Lights! Camera! Flashes! Mascara applied (2 coats)

 

{ Lips }

My lips… are extremely troublesome! Although it’s pretty thick, it’s darkened on the upper lip and always cracking at the bottom lip. -_-” And that’s why I usually favor lipbalms with color because they make me look less poisoned or like a smoker. (I don’t smoke!)

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  • Korres Lip Butter in Quince
  • Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm
  • Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Balm (mini)
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 52 Fetiche
  • Ettusais Lip Essence (melty bar) (no color but SUPER moisturizing!)

I love lip balms that don’t detach easily and FRESH is like a double confirm because of the screw cap! This mini is from their holiday collection and it’s SOOOO CUTE!!! And portable too! The Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Lip Balm can be used on the cheeks BUT i never do that. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 54 Fetiche is not a balm, but pretty moisturizing and the color is different from a tint AND suit me perfectly. I love it on me.

A FOTD to end the post – this was just before my gigantic pimple popped out. T_T I’m sorry, I won’t eat cheesecake anymore!

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Holiday 2014: Urban Decay Vice3 | Black Magic | Shadow Box | Naked Basics 2 | Naked Illuminated

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I didn’t mean to be so late with the Holiday Collection, but right after my trip I went for eye surgery and I hadn’t expected such a long down time – I can work, but at a much slower speed as my vision is still rather blurry (it’s normal!) and it sort of differs day to day. Couple that with jet lag of sorts that was exacerbated by the amount of sleep I had to clock during my surgery / when I couldn’t see well (what is there to do but sleep? haha) and there you go – I’m extremely late!

But better late than never, they say!

Yesterday saw me going for the first event post ReLEx SMILE vision correction surgery – for Urban Decay’s Holiday 2014 showcase at Sephora ION’s launchpad – their showcase will be there for the next 3 weeks, so you still have time to grab the limited edition Vice3 palette (2000 pieces only in Singapore) – you will be entitled to a travel gift set with min $100 purchase and also some freebies at the counter (while stocks last!). And don’t forget your 10% loyalty discount with your Sephora Black Card!

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The event kicked off with a makeup demo by UD Singapore Makeup Artist, Maz, on how to quickly achieve alluring eyes with Urban Decay’s Holiday 2014 items – using Tornado from the Black Magic 24/7 Eyeliner set, she first drew a thick eyeliner on Melissa’s face, and then smudged it out with the very useful brush from Naked Basics 2 which had a short bristled end, perfect for smudging! She then patted Heroine over the dark purple base created with the eyeliner and finished it off by using Naked Illuminated powder on the inner corner of Melissa’s eyes!

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I’ve always loved Maz’s work, and she definitely gave me some ideas on how to use the products from the collection!

After the make up demo, Maz revealed the upcoming lipstick treasure chest from Urban Decay – Full Frontal Lipstick Stash, which will be launching on 12th Nov at $60 SGD!

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The limited edition Full Frontal Lipstick Stash set contains 6 Revolution Lip colors (3 totally brand new) and a full-sized 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone, which is a clear lip liner that helps to set lipstick as well as prevent bleeding / feathering! The lipstick colors featured in the set are: Ladyflower, Gash, Crush, Liar, F-Bomb & Illicit.  

One of the highlights of the event was watching an online acquaintance turned friend, Dem, doing his graffiti magic on an Urban Decay canvas right in front of me – I thought it couldn’t be more befitting because of UD’s image – plus, I’m all for supporting local art talents!

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The 1.8 x 1.8m tall Canvas was painted entirely by him in his studio, and he finished it off at the event with some touch ups and the marking of the UD symbol right in the middle of it. It was really nice to meet his pretty and equally creative (her origami skills are like level 100) fiancée, Rae! Follow Adam and his wonderful works on instagram at @dem0365!

Okay let’s go back to Urban Decay’s Holiday 2014 collection and swatches!

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Urban Decay Holiday 2014 Lineup:

  • VICE3 Palette, $88 SGD
  • Shadow Box, $52 SGD
  • Naked Basics 2, $45 SGD
  • Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Body & Face, $43 SGD
  • Black Magic 24/7 Pencil Eyeliner Set, $60 SGD

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

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The Urban Decay Vice3 is the third Vice Palette (I feel silly typing this already) which is released every year. I remember fondly the queue for the first one… and whenever there’s a queue for Urban Decay things it’s always good and comes with loads of goodies as an appreciation to the fans (for example, for Naked3’s launch the first 3 in the queue got a Naked Vault each!)

This year’s palette is sleeker, thinner, and comes with a complimentary pouch which can fit an iPad mini!

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Sorry about the dings in the eyeshadows hahaha I’ve swatched them before I realized that my shots taken before swatching didn’t quite cut it. I love, love love this palette! I think it’s got a great mixture of everything in it – from mattes, to metallics, cool colors, warm colors and it’s basically a palette which I will REALLY bring overseas with me. Just this one palette!

I don’t know how UD does it, but every Vice palette contain never-seen-before shades, and these are excellent! Great color payoff and as usual, good formulation and texture for this palette. I even told my friend what a waste it was that she didn’t want to get it because she had the other palettes. I’m telling you, Felicia – you’re missing out! Hahaha.

(swatches are done from bottom up, by columns)

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Urban Decay Shadow Box

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The Urban Decay Shadow box contains 12 popular colors from UD’s collection and I guess it does pale out if you’re already getting Vice3, but this palette’s selection is really pretty goo and the casing as well! At $52, it’s a great set if you’re new to Urban Decay shadows – or as a gift for the girlfriend who doesn’t own anything from Urban Decay yet!

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Urban Decay Naked Basics 2

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The Naked Basics 2 palette comes after the great success of Naked Basics 1, which was well loved (very well loved by me actually, I keep reaching for it). This time, we see a much more subdued, and less contrasting selection in the palette – still super easy to use for newbies and people who are just starting out with eyeshadows! And the brush that comes with it is really useful cos of the short bristled end! I love using that to smudge out or apply colors more precisely nearer to my lash line. And it’s just $45 SGD, too.

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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated

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This Illuminating face and body powder’s super pretty and shiny – a quick dust gives you the glow you need for this holiday season. it comes with a brush at the bottom compartment of the box which i nearly forgot about *sheepish look*. That’s really useful though, because this baby is really full of glitter and you’d want a separate brush for this instead of using your blush brush!

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It is almost too shimmery for the cheeks, but on the collarbones and shoulders it is fantastic! It serves well as a quick sweep across your lids too, or as Maz demonstrated at the event, used with a wet brush at the inner corner of your eyes. Aura is a beautiful shade, and worth looking into! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Eyeliner Set

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My other favorite from UD’s holiday collection – Black Magic set contains 4 24/7 Double-ended eye pencils, which means you get 8 colors for just $60! I repeat, 8 eyeliner colors for just $60 SGD. One eyeliner pencil would cost you $32 SGD alone, so that’s like… $16 * 8 = $128 value in this set!

Each eyeliner pencil has 1 black shade and 1 colorful shade (I wouldn’t consider brown and grey very colorful but at least it’s not black-black), and Black Market and Tornado are also exclusive to this set! This means… you could get this set and keep that for yourself and gift the rest away, haha – I KNOW I’M KEEPING IT!

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EOTD with Urban Decay’s Holiday Products

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In this look:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Black Velvet as base eyeliner and LSD & Tornado applied over it.
  • Shadows used: Bondage, Alchemy, Revolver

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I took this photo a few good hours after the event so it’s smudged a bit as I had to push my lids quite often to drip eye drops. So sorry about the smudging!

Paired off with a dress I picked out from Love, Bonito specially for this event – the Zalita printed dress!

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I initially wanted to alter this dress shorter but I’m glad I didn’t, because I think the length keeps it really elegant! The material is comfy and the prints are beautiful (and designed in-house at Love, Bonito so you wouldn’t find the print used anywhere else). In case anyone’s interested, I wear Size S for this.

Thanks, Love, Bonito team for this! <3

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Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Shupette Holiday 2014 Swatches

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Here’s one for all you cat lovers! Shu Uemura’s Holiday 2014 collection is centered around a cat… Karl Lagerfeld’s famous feline Choupette, to be exact!

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Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger when it comes to working with Shu Uemura – in fact, the famed designer has been using Shu Uemura’s eyeshadows to color his collections for the past two decades. Here are some information in bite-sized pieces:

  • Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld’s collection is named Shupette”, after his pet cat, Choupette (french, pronounced as “shu-pette”)
  • This is Karl’s second Holiday  collection with Shu Uemura – the previous was in 2012 with a mascot he created called Mon Shu.
  • Choupette belonged to a male model – Karl house-sat the cat, fell in love with it and simply refused to give it back
  • The feline has her own instagram account and has over 40,000 followers as of blog entry
  • The cat has its own iPad, 2 maids, and a book dedicated to it (coming soon)

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The Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Shupette Holiday 2014 collection contains:

  • Shupette Has-it-All Eye & Lip Palette (with 8 full-sized eyeshadows & 6 lip colors, $128 SGD)
  • Eye Need Shu Eyeshadow Trio (in #01 & #02, $55 SGD each)
  • Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Lip Trio (in #01 & #02, $55 SGD each)
  • Eye Need Shu Liner Pencil (in 2 colors, Midnight Black & Gala Brown at $33 SGD each)
  • Silk Cushion Cheek Colors (in 2 shades, pink & orange at $45 SGD each)
  • My Precious Glitter Set (3 colors in a set – pink, gold, silver $ SGD55 / set)
  • Pam-pearl Me Face Powder (ultra shimmery, $60 SGD)
  • With Love From Paris Brush Set ($125 SGD)
  • Fabulous Cat Nail Enamel (2 colors, silver & gold at $29 SGD each)
  • Shupette’s Flair Eyelash Curler (with an adorable Shupette charm, $30 SGD)
  • 2 sets of Eyelashes – Eye Need Shu ($34 SGD) & Fairy Fantasy Premium Lash ($125 SGD)
  • TSYUA skin UV Underbase Mousse ($68 SGD)
  • Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil ($160 SGD)
  • Shupette Make Up Trunk ($500 SGD)

I don’t have the whole collection with me but I have swatches of many to share with you all before it officially launches on 1st Nov, 2014! : D I LOVE PREVIEWS.

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Shupette Has-it-All Eye & Lip Palette

8 Eyeshadows & 6 lip colors in a $125 palette!

Shupette has-it-all contains a massive 8 eyeshadows and 6 lip colors!

Shupette has-it-all contains a massive 8 eyeshadows and 6 lip colors!

The eyeshadow palette is housed in a reusable furry pouch with blue eyes like Choupette's

The eyeshadow palette is packed in a reusable furry pouch with blue eyes like Choupette’s

A reflective cover - Choupette's eyes are blue and reflects under favorable lighting conditions

And the adorable palette – A reflective cover – Choupette’s eyes are blue and reflects under favorable lighting conditions

The palette comes with 2 double edged mini brushes - a sponge tipped and a bristled one

The palette comes with 2 double edged mini brushes – a sponge tipped and a bristled one

Behold. *gasp*

Behold. *gasp* At first glance the colors may look similar to the ones in the singles – but you actually get more shades in the eye & lip palette (which has 4 full sized eyeshadows as compared to 3) and the mauve is absolutely gorgeous!

PAW PRINTS ON THE PLASTIC SHIELD!

PAW PRINTS ON THE PLASTIC SHIELD!

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Eye Need Shu Eyeshadow Trio

in #01 (blues) and #02 (neutrals)

The eyeshadow trios comes in a portable, cute size and holds 3 eye shadows (not full sized)

The eyeshadow trios comes in a portable, cute size and holds 3 pressed eyeshadows (not full-sized)

#01

#01

#02

#02

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Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio

Comes in #01 and #02

#01 - left  #02 right

#01 – left
#02 right

Shu Uemura Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in #01

Shu Uemura Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in #01

Shu Uemura Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in #02

Shu Uemura Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in #02

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The lip palettes are the same size as the eyeshadow ones and the colors can be easily rearranged by simply pushing up the side.

The lip palettes are the same size as the eyeshadow ones and the colors can be easily rearranged by simply pushing up the side.

Eye Need Shu Eyeliner Pencil

2 new shades - Midnight Black & Gala Brown

The pencils have shiny. cute little paw prints all over too!  Midnight black - black with blue shimmer

The pencils have shiny. cute little paw prints all over too!
Midnight black – black with blue shimmer

Silk Cushion Cheek colors

Creamy mousse and soft to the touch - comes in pink & orange

The cheek colors come with  a see through lid which makes it so much easier to identify the colors!

The cheek colors come with a see through lid which makes it so much easier to identify the colors!

Pink & Orange

Pink & Orange

Such pretty shades once you apply it on!

Such pretty shades once you apply it on!

My Precious Glitter Set

3 tubs of fine shimmer/glitter - in pink, gold and silver!

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3 little tubs of shimmer (which is more than enough unless you use it all over your body lol)

3 little tubs of shimmer (which is more than enough unless you use it all over your body lol)

Shupette logo on the screw cap

Shupette logo on the screw cap

Tip from Shu Uemura was to "just use/dispense a LITTLE bit" - I just press my finger over it and inverted the bottle to get color on my fingers!

Tip from Shu Uemura was to “just use/dispense a LITTLE bit” – I just press my finger over it and inverted the bottle to get color on my fingers!

Shiny, shimmering, splendid

Shiny, shimmering, splendid

The glitter's insanely pretty - here's a slightly out of focus shot to show you how shimmery it is! Perfect to compliment the eyeshadows in the middle of your eyelid!

The glitter’s insanely pretty – here’s a slightly out of focus shot to show you how shimmery it is! Perfect to compliment the eyeshadows in the middle of your eyelid!

Pam pearl Me Face Powder

Face powder infused with gold and silver shimmer

The puff handle has paw prints all over it too ♥

The puff handle has paw prints all over it too ♥

Thankfully the lighting was great enough to capture those fine shimmer! But in reality it is very, very, very shiny and I did not try this on my face - however I was advised that if I had huge pores, this would actually accentuate it > <

Thankfully the lighting was great enough to capture those fine shimmer! But in reality it is very, very, very shiny and I did not try this on my face – however I was advised that if I had huge pores, this would actually accentuate it > <

But ahhhh it would be SO perfect for your decolletage!

But ahhhh it would be SO perfect for your decolletage!

I had a wonderful time looking through and swatching these – Hope you enjoyed looking at them too! Thank you Zee, for being my arm model, hahaha.

Here are some packshots of the items not photographed from the Shu Uemura X Karl Lagerfeld Shupette Holiday 2014 collection:

With Love From Paris Brush Set

With Love From Paris Brush Set (designed in Japan, lovingly made in China)

Eyelashes - Eye Need Shu (the one with blue gems) is a 4 piece set (inner lashes are smaller and outer lashes are bigger), and Fairy Fantasy with the fur is a pair of premium lashes.

Eyelashes – Eye Need Shu (the one with blue gems) is a 4 piece set (inner lashes are smaller and outer lashes are bigger), and Fairy Fantasy with the fur is a pair of premium lashes.

Shupette's Flair eyelash curler, Fabulous Cat enamel, TSUYA skin UV Underbase Mousse, Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

Shupette’s Flair eyelash curler, Fabulous Cat enamel, TSUYA skin UV Underbase Mousse, Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

Shupette Make up Trunk

Shupette Make up Trunk

The Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Shupette Holiday 2014 collection is slated for release in Singapore on 1st Nov.

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4 Steps to a Flawless Face with Laura Mercier (Part 1 – High Coverage & Shine Control Routine!)

By | Base, beauty, Face, FOTD, Make Up | 14 Comments

“Before applying any color, I always create a fresh canvas – a flawless finish. Making your skin look perfect is the first and most important thing you can do to achieve a truly great look. The key is to enhance your natural beauty.” – Laura Mercier

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Long before Laura Mercier arrived on our sunny shores, we’ve all heard of one legendary item – their tinted moisturizer! Laura Mercier is known to be the master of flawless finishes, owing to the fact that back then when she was doing make up artistry, there was no photoshop –  just good ol’ make up, and great lighting by great photographers.

(P.S. – Laura Mercier first did Madonna’s make up after being introduced, which led to an ongoing collaboration with the superstar. She was also the personal choice of Sarah Jessica Parker & Julia Roberts when she was still a celebrity make up artist (now she just focuses on creating products for her brand)!)

For some reason, despite knowing what Laura Mercier was famed for – I did not make a beeline for it when it reached our shores – and I totally regret that, because after experiencing the magic of Laura Mercier’s products, I was a convert. Actually it wasn’t so much immediately after application… but after some 9 hours of wearing, and then staring into my mirror and getting a shock. In a good way!

If you’re new or not familiar with Laura Mercier, here’s the facts: She has a total of 6 different primers(!), and 10 foundations(!!) including 4 different kinds of tinted moisturizers(!!!) to choose from for different skin types.

Whoa. Simply put, Laura Mercier has something for EVERYONE.

This is gonna be one lengthy post (thankfully I’m not reviewing all, but what works for me), but still, bear with me – because I was blown away, and so will you too after seeing my before/after pictures.

(here’s a small teaser pic of the magic you will see later on)

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