Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Love Glow

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Trying out new make up is always something I am looking forward; especially when the product is widely discussed among beauty addicts. I picked this Charlotte Tilbury Blusher in Love Glow quite a while ago and had fun trying and using it.

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Charlotte Tilbury blush – or they call it Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher, comes in a burgundy casing. When you open the casing, you’ll see a gold outer lining with the word “Charlotte Tilbury” engraved in it. There’s no brush or velvet pouch given.

You’ll also see that the blush comes in two toned. The outer shade is meant to be used for upper cheek bone and the shade in the middle is for the apple of the cheek. The idea is smart, but I’d rather use both color mixed and spread it across my cheek.

When it comes to the texture and pigmentation, I’d have to give a two thumbs up! It’s so finely milled, very soft and I love the feeling when my finger touches the blush; it is very smooth. The pigmentation of the blush is nice – not overly pigmented but the color pops but nicely even on the first swipe.

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When the two toned swatched together, the blush has a satiny and slightly shimmery finish. I love how it provides me with the glow without being overly shimmery.

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Have you tried any of Charlotte Tilbury blush? What’s your thoughts on the blushes?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

By: Meryl

Dior My Lady Blushes in 002 and 003

Hello!

I am going to share some pictures of Dior My Lady Blush 002 and 003 which I picked up recently. I picked this almost a month ago in Dior Backstage. This blush was initially a Japan exclusive product and I am glad that it has made its way to Singapore.

Dior My Lady blushes comes in two shades which is 002 and 003.

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Dior My Lady blush packaging comes in a silver metal casing that is hefty. It also comes with a velvety pouch and a mini kabuki brush. The design of this blush is beautifully designed in Dior signature cannage pattern.

The numbering of Dior My Lady blush seems to be different. I bought this from Dior Backstage in ION Orchard, and 002 is the pink while 003 is the coral shade. However my friend Linda from Silverkis (she has one of the most beatifully written blog :) ), swatches 002 as the coral and 003 as the pink one. I guess the naming is different in Japan and in Singapore.

 

Dior 002 is a cool toned pink.

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and 003 is the coral shade

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The texture of these blushes is not considered to be one of the softest blush I owned. But pigmentation wise, I think they are fine to work with.

 

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As of Sunday 20 April 2014, Dior Backstage ION still holds a few pieces of both the pink and the coral shade. If you’d like to pick it up, I suggest for you to check and reserve first :)

 

Thank you for reading

 

By: Meryl

 

Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato Swatches

Hello!

It’s time for me to write a simple thought on one of the most talked about products this season in beauty blogosphere. This spring, Shu Uemura is launching Tint in Gelato. Tint in Gelato is a one stop product for both cheek and lip. Tint in Gelato comes in 12 shades in 4 different shades category. The shades category are PK for Pink, CR for Coral, AT for unique shades, and BG for beige.

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The picture above was the same picture I use in Mika for Shu post which I post previously here.

Tint in Gelato comes in a silver tube glass packaging with a see through glass for us to see how much products we have left. Like most Shu Uemura product, I like the simple and sleek design of this product. Although it is simple, the product still looks nice and classy.

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The applicator of tint in gelato is rounded with a small hole in the middle. What I like about the applicator is that the applicator feels more flexible, making my application on my lip seems better. It spreads the color nicely on my lip.

Tint in Gelato comes in a mousse texture that makes it feels creamy. It is very smooth and it is very well pigmented. The color pops nicely in one layer. The finish of Tint in Gelato is a semi matte finish. However to get an even color on my lip, I like to apply two thin layers. The applicator is a fine tools to be used for my lip. On my cheek, I usually dab the applicator onto my cheek and blend it with my finger.

This product typically last up to 5 hours on my cheek. While on my lip, they stay put for about 3 hours ( i drink a lot), but the stronger shade will usually leave a stain and the stain can go a long way especially when I reapply the product one more time.

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Here are the swatches on my lip. This is Pk03; it is a cool toned bubblegum pink. I like to use this shade on my cheek more than on my lip. On my cheek, it brightens my entire face. However I feel that this shade emphasises my dry lips; so to tackle this issue, I’ll apply a thin layer of lip balm before applying this.

 

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And here’s CR01, a lovely coral shade. I love this shade as it looks nice on both my lips and my cheek. I have this on my make up bag as it is a to go product for both cheek and lips.

Here’s the full swatches of all the 12 shades

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 Tint in Gelato is available in Singapore and retailing at $38

Thank you for reading!

By: Meryl

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

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.
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