Tom Ford Summer 2014 – Eye & Cheek Compact in Unabashed

Here’s one of few make up item that has made my heart skipped a beat when I see real thing by myself. I fall in love with many products but not many products could make my heart jumps faster when I open it for the first time. Tom Ford releases an eye & cheek compact for summer 2014 collection. The palette is called Unabashed.

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Firstly let’s talk about the packaging of this product. Unabashed comes in a hefty packaging; with white casing and golden mirrored case inside. Tom Ford products never fails to amaze me with its ultra luxurious packaging; looking at it makes me happy. The size of the palette is larger than most of the make up products I own. It also comes with a velvety pouch.

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Unabashed consists of 3 eyeshadow shades, a bronzer/highlighter and a blush.

There are 3 eyeshadows in this palette; 2 of these are matte and the other is glittery.

  • The eyeshadow on the top is a champagne shade with silver glitters. On the first touch, it feels kinda dry and powdery. It looks dazzling on the pan. When swatched on my arm,  it was quite sheer on the first layer, however when I added another layer, the color pops out better and I can see the glitters obviously.
  • The midlde shade on the pan looks like a grey – taupe to me. The texture of the matte shades are to die for. It is very smooth and feels rather creamy to me. It glides on very nicely and pigmentation was great. I like to wear this lightly on my eyelid for my day make up when I want something simple and fast. However I find that this shade is best when mixed with a shimmery eye color base.
  • The shade on the bottom is a matte electric blue. I am sure many of us have heard a LOT people are talking about this blue. It has excellent pigmentation, the color pops out true to pan in a swipe. The texture was smooth and there was no fallout during swatch and application. I do find that this blue stains on my skin after a while, therefore I make sure that I have to use a very effective cleansing oil to clear all the stains. I like to use this blue as a liner more.

 

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The palette also comes with a bronzer/highlighter and a blush. The bronzer is a warm bronze with sheen. Since I don’t use bronzer to create a tan look, I am using this as a sculpting powder. Some people suggest that this could be used as a highlighter. For me personally I find that this is too dark to be used as a highlighter. I use this as a sculpting powder. As a sculpting powder, it works fine for my skintone. I don’t find the sheen to be intimidating. In fact, it creates a glow onto my face. For a moment, this bronzer reminds me of Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Powder .

The blush is a warm pink with a mixture of peachy shade and golden shimmer. In line with Tom Ford blushes, this blush has a great pigmentation. I make sure that I always dab on lightly to make sure that I did not pick too much color on my brush and I can always build up the color whenever I want to.

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In the look below, I applied the taupe shade all over my eye lid. After blending it all over, I applied the glittery shade on my inner corner. I applied the blue shade as a liner. I purposely didn’t apply the blue until the end inner corner of my eye. I wanted to emphasize the blue more on the outer corner.

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Linda from Silverkis helped me to get this via Saks Fifth Avenue (thanks babe! :) ). I paid US$95 for this. For the luxurious design, hefty packaging and the amount of product I am getting, I think that USD 95 is worth the kick. Yes I agree that it is expensive, but I guess I will be so disappointed if I let this palette go as this is a Limited Edition product.

Have you picked this up or will you pick this up? Share your thoughts!

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Swatches: The Rebel

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Today I bring you my first Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quad; I picked up The Rebel as the shades looks rather unusual to me. The shades in this palette are calling my name as lately I have been drawn to green shades – particularly deep greens. The hype over this brand has been around since last year – people are putting such a high expectation on this brand particularly because of the woman behind this brand. Now let’s get onto the review..

Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quad consists of 4 shades:

  • Prime: a Champagne shade with very fine micro shimmers. I find this shade to be frosty.
  • Enhance: a green shade with a touch of gold sheen
  • Smoke: a satiny blue teal
  • Pop: a deep olive green with gold shimmer

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Swatches: Prime – Enhance – Pop – Smoke

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From these 4 shades; I’d have to say that I least like the prime shade. It’s too frosty to be used as a prime shade for my liking. The other three shades are fine for me. I particularly love the smoke shade (teal blue) and the pop shade (olive green). I love the olive shade which is packed with golden glitters.

The pigmentation of the colors varies between the shades here. The enhance shade is less pigmented compared to the pop and the smoke shade. The pop shade has the best pigmentation among the four and it glides on very smoothly without any fallout. The pop shade is the softest among the four. When I swatch the pop color on the back of my hand, I can barely see any fallout because everything glides on perfectly. However when I apply it on my lid, I can see slight fallout of the golden glitters.

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Not long ago, I also purchased Burberry Eyeshadow Palette in Sage Green (reviewed here), and I did a comparison of the colors swatch as shown in the picture below. Comparing these two, I love The Rebel better – mainly because of its pigmentation and the range of colors that looks bolder.

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Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette ? What is your experience?

 

Thank you for reading :)

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Swatches and Quick Review

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Baby Doll Kiss & Blush offers an innovative formula structure, the results of a fusion of two technologies; foundation and lipstick. The air-whipped formula, with two patents pending, combines an extremely sensual color-diffusion complex and a blend of pigments for color hamony perfectly adapted to both lips and cheeks.
Kiss & Blush, an airy texture that’s a cross between lip color and a cheek blush that instantly evolves into a velvety soft veil with matte luminosity.
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  • a Light – diffusing gel: It’s special structure enables the formula to easily blend and evenly diffuse light for a finish that is both matte and luminous. This highly concentrated gel creates an extremely sensorial ad velvety texture that makes it possible to modulate color intensity, for a light, fresh looking result or super pop effect.
  • Oils and Balancing Powder: They help ensure the comfort and long wear of the texture that effortlessly blends on both lips and cheeks. The color stays put while remaining matte and radiant.
  • Pure Pigments enhanced with micro pearl lightly tinged with pink. To maximize radiance of each complexion and offer vibrant, irresistable colors with a satin finish

The shades available are:

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In this post, I have 7 shades to be swatched on the back of my hand  and I picked 4 shades to be swatched on my lip below.

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YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush is pigmented and true to color when swatched on the back of my hand; however when it is applied on my lip, it got quite hard to control due to the thickness of the applicator. It shows up quite sheer for the first layer, and to get the opaque color on my lip, I applied another layer. I  would recommend using a lip brush to get a more even pigmentation and neater application especially for bolder color. While on my cheek, I like to dab in three dots on my cheek and blend it out (shown on the picture below – taken from YSL press information). I have tried blending the product with my fingers and brush; I like to spread the color with my finger first and then blending it out with brush. I am using Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush (02) or Koyudo fupa02 brush for to blend the color.

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What I like about the texture of this lip & blush is that is doesn’t makes my lip feel dry. I have tried some other product which can be used for both lip and cheek which is very drying, but this is not the case for YSL Baby Doll. It feels fine on my lip – not fully moisturising but definitely not drying.

The finish of YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush looks velvety to me; they are not fully matte nor glossy to me. The swatches on my lip in the pictures below are  my favorite  shades from this range so far. I am not really into bold lip color usually but #5 Rouge Effrontee has got into my favorite shades list from this range.

On the lasting power, I find that it varies among the colors. Some shade stays longer on my lip & cheek while other fades more quickly. YSL baby doll left a stain on my lip and cheek – On the cheek, the shade fades after 4-5 hours, but the stain looks more obvious on my lip and the stain stays on my lip for a longer time. On my lip, the stain lasts for more than 5 hours.

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Thank you for reading!

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush is retailing at S$50 and now available in YSL Beauty ION Orchard 

 

Disclaimer: Some of the information in this post are extracted from YSL Press Release Information. However my opinion expressed is honest and unbiased.

Mary Kay CC Cream – Product Information

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Introducing Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15, the “Complexion Corrector” that acts like makeup to instantly correct complexion imperfections while formulated like skin care to help nurture skin’s beauty tomorrow. So remarkably lightweight, you’ll look naturally flawless as if wearing nothing at all.

Whether looking for a quick, everyday multitasker or the perfect vacation, errand or weekend solution, Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 will deliver with results that answer your needs. Suitable for all skin tones and skin types, and especially tested on Asian skin, the sunscreen provides instant lightweight coverage that masks imperfections in an easy, all-in-one step.

SHADES:
Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 is available in four shades suited for Asian complexions.

  • Very Light

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  • Light to Medium

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  • Medium to Deep

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  • Deep

Some features of this products include:

Protects against damaging UVA and UVB rays with broad-spectrum SPF15.

Brightens: Instantly amplifies skin luminosity and brightens the complexion.

  • 95% of women said it evens out skin tone†
  • 87% of women said it instantly illuminates†

Corrects with Lightweight Coverage: Mineral-based pigments help correct the look of imperfections and improve your overall complexion with lightweight coverage that doesn’t give that “made-up” appearance.

  • 93% of women said it feels lightweight on skin†
  • 92% of women said skin looks healthier†
  • 79% of women said it makes their skin look perfect

Minimizes Redness: Provides visible relief and minimizes the appearance of skin redness. It was even tested on women with rosacea who agreed it helps diminish the look of redness.

  • 91% of women said it minimizes the appearance of redness†

Conceals: Instantly conceals the appearance of blemishes. It also conceals dark circles and dark shadows as it blends beautifully with your skin tone. It soothes and nourishes acne-prone skin and calms troubled skin.

  • 88% of women said it diminishes the look of blemishes†

Hydrates: For 10 hours. Skin feels instantly hydrated. It provides nourishing comfort without feeling oily or greasy.

Reduces Visible Signs of Aging: Fine lines appear less noticeable. It also helps minimize the appearance of pores while visibly improving skin’s texture.

  • 83% of women said skin looks younger†

Defends against skin-damaging free radicals thanks to powerful antioxidants.

 

AVAILABILITY:

NEW Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 is available exclusively through your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant starting 1 April 2014 at $37. To locate a consultant, call 62266888 or visit www.marykay.com.sg 

Disclaimer: the information in this post is extracted from Mary Kay press release information.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White – Hydrating & Clarifying Treatment Masque Information

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 proudly presents their latest innovation, Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Treatment Masque. Known for their expertise in skin clarity, hydration and whitening treatments, Kiehl’s chemists infused the formula with fast-acting Activated C, a powerful whitening ingredient from the award winning Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution.1

This new treatment masque offers noticeable, immediate results: one application of the masque offers the skin brightness improvement results equal to 3 weeks of twice a day usage of Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. With continued use, 93% of women saw significant boosting effect on skin clarity, radiance and hydration in as little as 3 weeks after using this innovative masque twice per week with Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution.

Through numerous trials, Kiehl’s defined the right formulation in the sheet masque that is clinically tested to improve skin clarity and luminosity.

“Kiehl’s expertise in using Activated C to battle discoloration and promote skin clarity naturally led us to create this innovation” shares Dr. Geoff Genesky, Head of Kiehl’s Skin Care Laboratory, Research And Innovation Manager. “Masques are intended to offer immediate skin improvement and may also work to boost an existing regimen. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Masque serves this purpose. It has a razor sharp focus on improving skin clarity and dark spot reduction.”

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Treatment Masque was developed and tested for Asian skin. The masque isn’t sticky or oily and fits comfortably on the face, conforming and adhering to the skin without shifting. If desired, the eye flaps can be placed on the eyelid for complete facial coverage.

The main cause of discoloration or hyperpigmentation is the overproduction of melanin.

 

 

CLINICALLY TESTED, FASTER CLARITY

The new Clearly Corrective White Hydrating and Clarifying Treatment Masque is clinically tested3 to help reverse visible skin discoloration, hydrate for 24 hours, and significantly increase luminosity for an overall improvement in skin clarity.

Clearly Corrective White Hydrating and Clarifying Treatment Masque demonstrated statistically significant improvement upon application—subjects experienced a 46% boost in hydration. Statistically significant improvement from baseline4 was also demonstrated in the following skin attributes after 3 weeks among all subjects:

  • 27% improvement in complexion radiance/luminosity/brightness
  • 22% improvement in skin clarity/transparency
  • 27% improvement in skin texture/softness

Consumer results showed that 94% of women experienced a significant boosting effect on skin clarity, radiance and hydration after using the masque twice per week with Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution.

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SKIN CLARIFYING POWERHOUSE INGREDIENTS

Kiehl’s expertise in clarifying, hydrating and natural ingredients led to the development of this innovative formula utilizing Activated C and Hyaluronic Acid.

1) Activated C, a vitamin C-derivative known to inhibit the activity of the Melanin-producing enzyme tyrosinase and to prevent the appearance of new dark spots. It is 100% active on the skin immediately allowing for faster penetration5.

In our formula: Activated C reduces the color intensity of existing dark spots, helps diminish the appearance of existing discolorations, prevents the appearance of new spots, and helps promote overall skin clarity.

1)  Sodium Hyaluronate is an acid naturally present in the human body. It binds with the skin to help boost and maintain the skin’s optimal moisture balance.In our formula: Sodium Hyaluronate enhances hydration and plumps, softens, and smoothes the skin.

2)  WhiteBirch is a sugarderivedingredientknownforitsabilitytorestorehydrationand nutrients to the dermis and epidermis layers of skin. Together with Activated C this potent active supports and facilitates the appearance of discoloration correction.In our formula: White Birch helps visibly diminish dark spots and discolorations and increase hydration to contribute to clarity and luminosity. It also helps smooth and plump the skin surface to better reflect light.

3)  Peony Extract, a natural antioxidant used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, helps protect against free-radical oxidative damage in vitro data .In our formula: Together with Activated C, Peony Extract helps to reverse skin discoloration on the skin while enhancing overall skin clarity.

4)  Glycerin is a humectant that helps skin retain moisture. It attracts and pulls moisture from the air into the skin and continuously moisturizes skin.In our formula: Glycerin replenishes and hydrates the skin.

In addition, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Treatment Masque is appropriate for all types of skin and suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. It is also:

  • Paraben free
  • Dermatologist- tested
  • Ophthalmologist- tested
  • Allergy- tested

 

Kiehl’s Since 1851 is available at:

Robinsons Raffles City t: 6338-3457 | VivoCity #01-11/12 t: 6376-9017 | TANGS Beauty at TANGS Orchard t: 6732-5394 | Tampines Mall #01-29 t: 6785-7610 | Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, #B1-33 t: 6732- 9695 | ION Orchard #B3-54 T: 6509-8941 | Plaza Singapura #01-66 t: 6454-3457 | Parkway Parade #01-19 t: 6346-1276 | Bugis Junction #01-13 t:63369022| Great World City #01-16 t: 6735-3755 | Suntec City #01-321 t: 6336-9338 | Westgate Tower #01-32 NEW!

 

Disclaimer: The information above is extracted from Kiehl’s Press Information

 

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