YSL La Laque Couture Spicy Collection Swatches

YSL is adding new collection of their Nail Polish range. La Laque Couture Spicy Collection consist of 1 gold flaky glitters and 6 cream shades. The shades released in this collection varies; some shades are very unique, it is something that I have not worn before whereas some other shade are quite similar to some of my nail polishes in my collection.

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41 Eau de Rose 

This is described as Delicate Rose Petal Pink. The shade is very girly and the shade is opaque in two layers.

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The swatches of Eau de Rose is taken by Monica.

 

42 Safran Sultan

With La Laque Couture no 42 Saffran Sultan, YSL creates an atypical, intensely warm shade that is both surprising and chic. Essential for an inimitable, shade for an avant-garde YSL look.

According to the press release, YSL describe this shade as a royal yellow. It looks like a yellow mustard cream shade too. This is a very unique shade and I have nothing like this in my stash.

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43 – Opulente Cannelle.

YSL describe this as a rich coral shade. I find that this shade is a mixture of a deep rose shade combined with brown. This shade reminds me of Moroccan houses with the exotic feeling. This is my go to color whenever I don’t feel like having a red nails but at the same time I don’t wish to have a nude nails too.

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44 Ambre Gingemembre

YSL describes this shade as oriental orange. Somehow this shade reminds me of pumpkin too.

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46 – Poivre Noir 

This color is describes as piquant plum. This shade is gorgeous and I love it so much. It is a deep plum shade which is suitable for all occasions.

 

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46 – Piment d’Ailleurs 

YSL describes this shade as torrid red. In the swatch below, I applied Feuille d’Or on my index finger.

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47 Feuille d’Or

By just looking at the bottle, I am hooked onto this glitter shade. The glitter is gorgeous and it is looking festive. The texture of this nail polish is nice and it is easy to apply. Unlike some other glitter polishes, this glitter shade is not sticky and the gold sprinkles adds a touch of festive feeling to my nail.

Some tips from YSL on applying Feuille d’Or:

  • Applied over the opulent shades of La Laque Couture Spicy Collection. APply a fine coat over the entire nail, or just the half moons or the tips.
  • If you wish, apply a second coat to intensify the gilded look.
  • Feuille d’Or top coat can also be applied alone on bare nails for a 24 karat effect.

 

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My Final Thought on the nail polishes in La Laque Couture Spicy Collection:

YSL never fail to impress me on their nail polish quality. The nail polishes are easy to apply; the brush are wide so it helps nail polish to be applied evenly and more easily. The shades are opaque in two coats and it does not feel thick when applied. Most YSL nail polishes last on my finger perfectly for about 3 days – I type everyday with my nails touching the keyboard and I do houseworks too. I am glad that YSL is always consistent with the formula of their nail polish. I can say that YSL is my favorite designer nail polish brand.

 

 

Thank you for reading!

By: Meryl

 

Disclaimer: The items swatched above are sent to me for for my consideration. Some information above are extracted from YSL press kit. My thoughts expressed in this post is purely my opinion and unbiased.

 

 

Chanel Spring 2013: Illusion d’Ombres in Diapasson & Le Vernis in Tapage Swatches

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After reading so many positive review on Diapasson, I finally decided to purchase this item. Diapasson is added to the permanent collection and it is a deep purple with very fine shimmer. I am a big fan of Chanel Illusion d’Ombre; I love the bouncy and smooth texture. The eyeshadow is so easy to apply and to blend and the pigmentation is superb!

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Diapasson is a deep purple with duochrome effect. In certain light, I see it as a deep purple and sometime I see a hint of brown in it. In this picture, I couldn’t really capture the shimmer but you may see the fine shimmers in the next picture below. I applied two layers on the swatch below. The swatches below is taken outdoor with indirect sunlight.

 

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I did a comparison of Diapasson and some other two Illusion d’Ombres that I think might look similar. They are Illusoire and Ebloui. The swatches below is taken under indoor lighting. The shimmers are captured better here.

Initially I thought Illusoire would look quite similar to Diapasson but it turned out that Illusoire looks much deeper and it has a deep grey tone in it too. Ebloui carries a plummy tone but it also leans more to brown shade.

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I also purchased the nail polish shade from this collection. Le Vernis Tapage looks like a very deep pink that leans towards red. I love Chanel red nail polish so I thought of adding this to my red nail polish collection. In the swatch below, I applied two coats of Tapage and I used Chanel Extreme Shine top coat.

Here’s a quick swatch of Tapage:

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And there it goes my pick for Chanel Spring 2013! I have posted a short review of Chanel Quad in Quadrille and the Cream Blush in Intonation few days ago, you may read the post here.

So what is your pick from this collection?

 

Thank you for reading

 

By: Meryl

 

 

YSL Radiant Blush No 6 swatch

With Lunar New Year is just around the corner, I thought of sharing this picture with all of you. Recently YSL Beauty released a special packaging for the radiant blush no 6 with Lunar New year theme. From what I know, this packaging is Asia Exclusive but hopefully they would release it somewhere else in the future.

 

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YSL Blush radiance no 6  consists of satin watermelon pink and salmon pink. I have swatched the shade when it is swiped on single shade and when it is mixed in the swatched below.

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YSL Blush radiance no 6 is a permanent color but the packaging is not. So if you have a chance to pick this up, don’t miss the chance ;)

 

Happy Lunar New Year to those of you who celebrates! May the year of horse brings you good luck and good health, a prosperous career and a happy family too!

 

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

My Picks from Chanel Spring 2014 Collection – Quadrille Eyeshadow Quad & Intonation Cream Blush

Happy humpday everyone! It’s Wednesday and it’s two more days to the weekend :)

I recently picked up few items from Chanel Spring 2014 collection. Initially not many products caught my attention but after swatching and playing around, I gave up and picked up few items from the collection.

If you have been following our instagram, I have posted this picture few days ago and here are my picks from the spring collection:

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So in this post, I am showing some swatches and a quick review on the eyeshadow quad in Quadrille and the creme blush in Intonation.

Quadrille is a limited edition blush released this season. I am thrilled to see a non baked Chanel eyeshadow in Singapore! Usually I would need to order online to get a non baked formula and now I can get it right here in Singapore.

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The shades are as follow:

  • Top left: greyish purple 
  • Top Right: Soft pink with soft shimmer
  • Bottom Left: Salmon pink with a satiny finish
  • Bottom Right: Dark plum

The eyeshadow has a nice quality – it has the same quality as my other Chanel’s non baked eyeshadow version. It has quite smooth texture  but the pigmentation of these 4 shades varies. I find that the greyish purple shade and the soft pink is not as pigmented as the salmon pink shade and the dark plum. Nevertheless the quality of the quad is not disappointing as I love the shade combination and I find that the texture is workable.

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Now onto the second product for this post; it’s Chanel Creme de La Blush in Intonation.

This blush is also a Limited Edition item from Chanel Spring 2014 Collection. Intonation is a warm peachy pink. I love the hue for my “everyday blush” kind of blush. The color might look too vibrant  in the pan but when swatches and blended, it looks very wearable.

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Like other Chanel cream blushes, Intonation has a silky smooth texture. When swatched, I can feel that despite being a cream blush, you can actually feel that it is powdery when applied to my skin. You may read my thoughts on Chanel Cream Blush when it was launched last fall.

In this picture, I have a swatch comparison between intonation, revelation and presage.

 

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In my opinion, revelation leans more towards peachy pink and intonation has more pink hues in it. On the other hand, presage is a true coral.

Here’s how intonation looks like when it is blended.

 

 

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Overall I am happy with my purchase. Quadrille has a nice shade combination and the texture of the eyeshadow is smooth and the shade stays perfectly for 5 hours without primer. Intonation is a nice warm peachy pink shade which I think would work on both fair skin and deep skintone.

 

I will post a swatch on the nail polish in Tapage and the Chanel Glossimer in Murmure in another post.

 

What do you think of this collection? Has anything caught your attention?

 

 

 

Thank you for reading

 

By: Meryl

KIEHL’S PARTNERS WITH ALICIA KEYS AND ACTION FOR AIDS (AFA) ON NEW FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE

 

MRC Campaign (1)

For every bottle of Limited Edition Midnight Recovery Concentrate sold, SGD$5 will be donated to Action for Aids (AfA).

Kiehl’s Since 1851, 14-time Grammy Award winning artist and philanthropist Alicia Keys, and Keep a Child Alive, the organization Keys co-founded in 2003, are partnering to bring dignified treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV. Beginning 1 January 2014, Kiehl’s will begin selling a special edition of their Midnight Recovery Concentrate with 100% of the proceeds, up to $200,000, benefiting Keep a Child Alive globally.

Locally, Kiehl’s Singapore is partnering with Action for Aids (AfA), a non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to AIDS prevention, advocacy and support. From 1 January 2014, for every bottle of Limited Edition Midnight Recovery Concentrate sold, SGD$5 will be donated to AfA. The limited edition bottle includes a special charm and an important call to action from Alicia Keys to, “Join our movement,” echoing her continued drive to encourage everyone to use their voice for change and make a difference in the fight against AIDS.

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(1)   “Smile with Kiehl’s” Facebook Photo Contest

In this campaign, Kiehl’s will be collecting photos of “smiles from children”. Through this campaign, Kiehl’s Singapore hopes that each smile can brighten and inspire the lives of the mothers and children. For every photo submission to Instagram with #SmileKiehlsSG from 3rd to 31st January 2014, SGD$0.50* will be donated to AfA. Participants are encouraged to garner Instagram likes for their photo to show their support towards AfA, the mothers and the children. One special edition Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate will be awarded to the participant with most number of likes to his or her photo. One other participant with the most creative photo will also walk away with the special edition Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. *Limited to 2000 photos.

 

Steps to join:

1)     TAKE a picture of a smiling child

2)     FOLLOW @KiehlsSG on Instagram

3)     UPLOAD to Instagram & tag #SmileKiehlsSG

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(2)   Island-wide “Join the K Movement” Fund Raising

In collaboration with AfA, Kiehl’s volunteers will carry out an island-wide fund raising campaign to raise even more funds and awareness. In appreciation of each donation made, a Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate sample packet will be given to each donor.

 

The funds collected will contribute to financial assistances schemes under HIV + Pregnant Mothers’ Fund. This fund was set up to assist pregnant HIV+ mothers with Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy or HAART during the pregnancy. This treatment helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and has been proven to be successful in an overwhelming number of cases. Funds will also be channeled to assist diagnosed HIV+ children under 12 years old to seek immediate medical treatment.

 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kiehl’s Midnight Discovery, here’s some information about the product:

Midnight Recovery Concentrate (30ml, $80) – a Kiehl’s customer favorite with 1 product sold every minute globally – is a potent concentration of botanical extracts specifically formulated to biologically replicate skin’s natural lipids for optimal skin repair throughout the night. This powerful concentrate is mineral-oil free and paraben-free. Affectionately referred to as “MRC” by Kiehl’s devotees, Midnight Recovery Concentrate is 99% naturally-derived and developed as an anhydrous (“water-free”), unconventional concentration of active botanical and essential oils that begin to work overnight to replenish lipids for a fresher and more radiant appearance by morning.

 

My personal experience with Kiehl’s

I personally use Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery once a week or whenever I feel like having something extra for my skin. This product works wonders and I can see how my skin improves after using this regularly. I also love the smell of Midnight Recovery; it has a very nice lemongrass smell and it is refreshing. This product is one of my favorite skin care product as of now and for such an effective product, I think $80 is a reasonable price.

 

Thank you for reading

 

By: Meryl

 

The information above is extracted from Kiehl’s press kit

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