Shu Uemura Holiday 2014 Collection x Karl Lagerfeld – Shupette

Here we are coming into the last quarter of the year. I can’t believe time flies just like that and Christmas collection has started to flow in. This year, Shu Uemura launches a holiday collection together with Karl Lagerfeld with a Shupette theme. Shupette is the snow white long haired pussycat princess created for this collection.

The collection consists of many items, but in this post I’ll focus on few items as photographed below.

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Now let’s start with the star of the collection, Shupette has it all Lip & Eye Palette. 

This palette won my eye sight for the cute shupette print at the front. It’s made of mirroring metal and it also comes with a fury white pouch. The fury white pouch makes a good compliment for this palette – it fits perfectly and matches the theme.

 

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Shupette has it all Lip & Eye Palette consists of 8 eyeshadow shades and 6 lip shades.

Here are the eyeshadow shades in the palette (starting from top left)

E1: is a black

E2: this shade is described as dark grey but on my swatch below, I can see that there’s a mixture or grey and violet shade.

E3: burgundy brown with some silver shimmers

E4: described as Toffee shade –

E5: this shade is called as shupette blue – it’s a light cloudy blue with metallic sheen.

E6: described as cool grey, looks like white to me and it also has a metallic sheen finish

E7: rosy shade with metallic finish

E8: light beige champagne with metallic finish

 

L1:Lip bonbon magenta

L3: Lip bonbon violet

L4: Lip bonbon pale pink

L8: Lip bonbon salmon pink

L5: Lip bonbon deep red

L2:Lip bonbon baby pink

I must say that the quality of these eyeshadows varies. Some shade performs much better than the other shades. Shade E1, E2 and E3 are smoother and pigmented than other shades. Some of the other shades are just quite dry although the colors are very pretty.

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Eye Need Shu Trio 01 – Parisienne Chic Look

This season, Shu Uemura releases two trio eyeshadow; 01 Parisienne look and 02 Tokyo Kawaii look.

Here I have 01 which is shades of blue. On the left, that’s shade E9 P which is a glittery black, E5 which is a pastel blue or Shupette blue. This shade is also available in Shupette Has it All Lip and Eye Palette. Lastly this is E6 cool grey which is also available in Shupette Has it All Lip and Eye Palette.

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TSUYA Skin UV Under base mousse

Tsuya Skin UV under base mousse gives a luminous and brighter looking skin. This holiday season, it comes in a special Shupette design in a cute pink shade.

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Here’s the full list of items available in Singapore

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This collection will be available islandwide on the October 20th

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation Review

Hi!

Today I have a newly acquired foundation to share with all of you today. It’s Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation. I picked this up about three weeks ago. This would be my first Tom Ford foundation products.

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Firstly I must say that the packaging caught my immediate attention. Foundation with pump function is not something unusual, but when the pump comes without a cap, it’s something interesting for me. After having so many foundations and putting them in my drawer, some foundation caps are just not as long lasting as I wish it would be. The design of this Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation comes with a cap that’s twistable and pumped. I feel that this packaging is safer for me who likes to place my foundation bottles in a tight drawer.

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There are 15 shades available in total, but as of three weeks ago, we have not received all 15 shades yet. I picked up no 13 in buff, it seems that it suits me the best for my asian skin. I tried on shade #4 bisque too, but I find that it’s too dark for me.

Texture wise, the foundation feels thicker than most foundations I owned. I usually use one and a half pump to use all over my face. It gives me a medium coverage and it’s buildable to full coverage. What I love most about this foundation is that – although it comes in a thicker consistency compared to most of my foundations, it doesn’t feel heavy at all. It also provides a very natural finish without being over dewy nor matte. There are not many foundations that I would be comfortable wearing without setting it off with setting powder, but for this one, I love the look and the finish of Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation on its own. My face looks very natural and looking fresh.

To apply this foundation, I tried using my fingers to blend it all over my face. It’s very easy to blend with my finger; To me, no much blending needed when using this foundation. I just had to make sure that this spreads all over my face evenly and covers my face with enough coverage. I tried blending this foundation with Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush too, but I personally prefer blending it with my own finger.

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Here’s some shades comparison to few other foundations

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And here’s how my face looks with Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation

 

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Overall I think Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation has performed up to my expectation for being able to create a smooth looking skin on me without making my face looks too glowy.

 

Thank you for reading!

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish & Wipes Review

Hello Hello!

You may already heard that Crabtree & Evelyn Singapore has finally bringing in their nail polish range. Currently there are 12 shades available, ranging from creme shades to shimmery shades.

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 8.19.08 pmFew weeks ago, Crabtree & Evelyn Singapore sent me a bottle of nail polish in Tomato. It’s pleasant to know that I received a red nail polish as I wear red nail polish most of the time. As described in the picture above, Tomato is a bright red with gold glitter.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish comes in 15ml size. The bottle is rather short and comes in a rectangular shape.

The swatches below is taken under indirect sunlight. It’s very easy to apply this nail polish. The brush works well for me, not too long for my short nails. The picture below is taken after two layers application. On most days, I would apply one layer only as it is able to provide me an opaque nail look. This nail polish stays perfectly with me for about 3 days.

 

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Crabtree & Evelyn has also brought in Nail Polish Wipes. Each box contains 8 wipes that is packet individually.

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Here’s to a closer look of the size of the wipe and how it looks like

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Once I opened the pack and picked up the wipe, I can feel that the wipe has an oily feeling. It’s not too wet for me to handle and wipe away my nail polish, but it’s wet enough to dissolve the nail polish I have. I love the fact that this nail polish wipe doesn’t smell alcoholic or anything chemical. It smells much lighter that any of the liquid nail polish remover I have tried.

Here in this picture below, I have removed my nail polish on my both hands. You can see that even after removing nail polish on both of my hands, there’s still much spaces left. I even tried to wiped off the nail polish on my toes and all was cleared using only one wipe.

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The result is very effective. You can see how my nails look I removed my nail polish, there’s no yellow stains and there’s no chemical smell afterwards. My nails looks healthier too, I guess the oil texture helps to moisturises my nails and makes it looks healthier than usual.

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Final Thought:

After trying to many nail polish brands, I think Crabtree and Evelyn’s nail polish is something worth collecting. Selling at $13 each, it doesn’t makes my wallet go broke yet I can still collect some of my favorite shades. The Nail polish remover wipes is something I would recommend for its ability to wipe off my nail polish without drying my nails and most importantly, there’s no heavy chemical smell.

 

 

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation Review

I was actively looking for new foundations to try on and when I heard that Chanel is launching a foundation in powder formula, I knew I have to try it for myself. I have been a fan of Chanel foundation especially for its shade and finish. I personally find that Chanel shade match my skin and makes me looks brighter in a good way.

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Firstly let’s talk about the packaging. Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation is encased in a round Chanel case which is similar to Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre but in a smaller size. The powder is packed nicely with a barrier to make sure that the powder doesn’t fly around and create a mess. It also comes in a mini kabuki brush. The bristle of the brush is exactly the same like the bristles in Chanel Retractable Kabuki Brush. You may control the amount of powder you need by pressing the barrier gently and apply it onto your face.

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I am usually using Chanel 12 Beige Rose shade for Perfection Lumiere. I tried both shade 10 and 20 but I eventually set with 10 as 20 is slightly too dark for me. In the picture below, I have the shade comparison between Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation no 10 and Poudre Universelle Libre in Clair. Vitalumiere No 10 might look slightly darker before blended, after blended the shade will blend into lighter shade.IMG_9906

 

The texture of this powder is very soft and it’s super finely milled. Once you applied this onto your face, you shall see that it gives a very natural finish and it is able to cover slight skin imperfection such as mild redness. The kabuki brush provided in the box is a useful brush where it helps the application process. I have tried few brushes to apply this powder; I find that kabuki brush provided and stippling brush are so far the best tool to use. I tried using hakuhodo B206 and Bobbi brown blush brush and applying it with patting motion ~ I found that the finish using patting motion doesn’t look as nice and smooth as just gently brushing the powder onto the face.

Here’s what I think about the texture and finish. Firstly I like the idea of having a loose powder with provides coverage. It’s a nice concept where I can choose not to use liquid/compact foundation or even bb cream. After my skincare routine plus my SPF 50 sunscreen, I may straightly apply this powder and achieve a decent coverage. For those of you who is looking for natural and light coverage, this may be your choice.

Final Thought: I have a combination skin; which means my cheek area can be pretty dry at some times. For that reason, I prefer to use liquid foundation as it moisturised my face and at the same time I love the slight dewy look on my face. I think Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation will suit better to ladies with oily skin.

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Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

What’s inside September Bellabox: Urban Vibes

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This September, Bellabox surprises many of us with Urban Vibes theme. There are many many products here that I have never tried, so it’s kinda exciting for me to start digging in and exploring the samples here! Some body care samples are included this time, so I guess there’s greater variety in terms of the products.

So here are the list of the products in September Bellabox!

  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum

This is one of the products that excites me much! I have been using John Frieda’s shampoo and conditioner, and so far they’re amazing. I love the smell and the texture of the shampoo, and thus this serum excites me! This serum is meant to revitalise unmanageable hair and restore it to healthy hair. This is a leave on serum for you to use it after hair washing and leave it.

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  • Dermadoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Formulated AHA Moisturizing Therapy for Dry Skin

This is a moisturising therapy for body; it exfoliates, calms and drenches skin with moisture, redefining the appearance of parched and rough skin to silky smooth skin.

  • Young Living Essential Oils (retailing at $49.35 and $23.68)

This essential oils comes in two scents – lavender and lemon.

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  • Exuviance Urban Beauty Kit

A bag of samples with four pieces items for your face. The bag consists of purifying and brightening cleanser, a serum that’s packed with antioxidants, a tone corrector that delivers instant brightness, a wrinkle repair to diminish signs of ageing.

  • VDL Festival lipstick (Love Mark) in 302 Marcus

This is another one that excites me muuuuchhh!! There’s a full sized VDL Lipstick with a sheer mauve tone. I’ve been wanting to try out VDL lipstick after seeing so many pictures of it spreading around in instagram. The look of the lipstick itself has caught my eye with its intricate VDL design. It uses a unique wDual Facade technology for enhanced coverage and color definition.

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  • Collistar Anti Age Lifting Body Cream

Another body care product to try – this body cream is formulated with VitaskinE for youthful skin; lifts, recompacts and restores extraordinary skin.

  • Bonus: VDL Lumilayer Primer

VDL Lumilayer primer will helps you to prep your skin for make up and help make up to stay longer. The formula is violet pigmented to produce a gorgeous 3 dimensional skin look.

  • Bonus: Megrhythym Steam Eye Mask

This is a self warming mask (I know right.. I can’t wait to find out how this feels on my skin :p ) will gradually warms itself to create moisture that calms sensitive eye area and claims to ease eye fatigue in just 10 minutes.

 

To wrap this post, I shall say that my favorite item from this month’s bellabox has got to be VDL Festival Lipstick! It’s very easy to guess why I love this product so much – the pretty packaging, the size and to know how much people has been saying good things about it, it’s hard not to love this thing.

 

By: Meryl

 

 

 

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