Givenchy Holiday 2015 Collection – Information & Photos

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This holiday season, Givenchy brings a winter-y feeling to the collection. Covered in white, the collection reminds me when I visited Europe during Christmas; thick snows are everywhere and city lights beaming through the night. It was a wonderful moment to imagine..

LES NUANCES GLACE?ES collection consists of:

La Palette Glacee - a beautiful palette with 6 shades inside

packaged with six elegant and innovative shades,

Iridescent Shades: Marron Glace?, Bronze Carame?lise? Pre?cieux, De?lectation de Blanc Irise? (to be used as a top coat) –

matte shades: Beige Rose? (to be used as a unifier), Essence de Marron, Marron Praline? Onctueux.

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Le Rouge Glace

A limited edition red lipstick, Le Rouge, is also adorned with a radiant white sheath in limited edition for the collection.

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Noir Couture Volume and Liner Vinyl

For Christmas 2015, the eyes are also dressed up with Noir Couture Volume mascara in Taupe Glace?, which strikes up a perfect relationship with the Palette. And to intensify the whole collection, the ultimate signature of elegance, Liner Vinyl is available in Bronze Glace? with golden glints.

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The collection is now available in Singapore with the price list below

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Disclaimer: The information provided above is extracted from Givenchy Christmas 2015 Press Release Information

Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune for Holiday 2015

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You know we are nearing to the end of the year when beauty brands have started releasing the holiday collections. One of the brands that always catches my attention is Shu Uemura; every holiday seasons, Shu Uemura never fails to surprise me with the exciting collaboration. This year they have made another exciting collaboration with French designer Maison Kitsune.

The collection gives me a fresh spring vibes rather than Christmas’ party vibes. It’s interesting to see a brand releasing something rather unusual compared to other brands in the market. In this collection I am looking at lovely combination between pastel shades and deeper shades, and nothing too bold for me to wear.

In this blogpost, I have the Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette in Plum.

A fun palette to play around and create an unusual smokey eyes. The palette has a mixture of plummy shade and orange-y shades. The colors are fun to create a young energetic look! In general, the shades has good texture especially the pearl texture. I found some fallouts especially on the glittery shades though, so I try to be more careful when applying the glittery shades.

The blush is a major surprise for me! It looks rather scary in the pan (screams: ORANGE!) but surprisingly it looks very wearable on my cheek. It looks peachy on my cheek and can also be worn as a contour cum blush to me.

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Now onto the Drawing Pencil, here I have the plum and indigo. I love the color payoff of these two and how these are able to last on my lash line for a good 6 hours without smudging! The special Maison Kitsune design on the pencil is adorable too, I love the golden stamps details there.

The Laque Sparkler is one of the winner in this collection! I love how beautiful the color is and how opaque the color is on my lip. It takes me about two layers to get full opacity on my lip. Here I have the shade Plum Shimmer – a deep pink that leans towards red. It’s non drying on my lips and I like that I don’t need to retouch the color even after plenty glasses of water. It stains on my lip for a while, so at the end of the day I would clean my lip with lip make up remover.

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a Shu Uemura collection wouldn’t be complete without the cleansing oil. In Maison Kitsune x Shu Uemura collection, the clensing oil released is from the Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil. By far this is my favorite cleansing oil! I’ve been using this range for a few years and Ultime8 range still secures a top spot in my heart. The oil is rich and it’s ultra moisturising, my skin feels well hydrated after my cleansing regime with Ultime8 range.

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I have created a look using the Beauty Remix Palette in Plum and I am wearing Laque Sparkler in Plum Shimmer below

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The collections is now widely available in all Shu Uemura boutiques and counter in Singapore

Disclaimer: All the products shown in this post is provided by Shu Uemura Singapore team, my review on this is solely based on my experience, and it is genuine, and honest.

 

 

 

Items I’ve Been Loving Lately

Hi Hi!

Lately I’ve been trying many items and I’ve fell in love with these items again and again. You may notice that some of the items here might not be a new release but it may be a rediscoveries for me.

Here we go!

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My life has been very busy lately but I’ve been trying few things to experiment on my skin lately, here are some skincare which I’ve tried and found it suitable for me:

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La roche posay Toleriane Fluide Emulsion
This is one of my recent discoveries, this emulsion keeps my skin well hydrated and it has a very light texture. During weekend breakfast when I don’t feel like applying too much on my skin, i’ll just apply this and slap on some SPF on my face. I can feel that my skin feels hydrated enough and non oily at all. The best thing about this product is that it contains no smell at all and it’s suitable for sensitive skin.

Shu Uemura Sublime Beauty Oil in Essence
I’ve always been a fan of Oil based skincare for its ability to keep my skin hydrated and to delay aging. The light texture of Shu Uemura sublime beauty oil is light and it’s absorbed into the skin quickly. I enjoyed using adding this onto my morning and night time skincare ritual – when my skin gets hydrated and I need that extra booster, I’ll make sure Shu Uemura Sublime Beauty Oil in Essence is within my reach.

The smell might be a lil tricky – at first it smells kinda unusual to me but as I keep applying the oil, I start to appreciate the smell and have grown into loving it.

One of the ingredients, geranium oil, helps to improve collagen expression in our skin, making my skin plumper and softer. I agree that after using this for sometime, my skin feels softer and plumper!

La Nuit de Chanel
I may be quite late to get into the bandwagon but I’ve been loving this a lot lately. I tried the samples of Le Jour, La Nuit and Le Weekend but La Nuit is the one that won my heart. I feel that with La Nuit – my skincare is absorbed better into the skin, making my skin looks fresh in the morning.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Defense Sunscreen

In Singapore’s hot and humid weather, one skincare that I will not miss is definitely Sunscreen. Kiehl’s sunscreen has recently been reformulated with new ingredients such as Rosa Gallica to protect your skin against irritation. The new formulation puts the PA to ++++ rather than +++ which Kiehl’s claims to give an anti aging benefit.

This is the sunscreen that I’ve been using lately and so far I like how it feels on my skin. Upon application, I don’t feel any greasiness on my skin and most importantly I don’t notice any white cast whenever I’m taking a selfie or group picture.

Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation Self

The device that helps me cleans my dry feet! I tend to neglect taking care of my feet and focusing too much on the top part of my body (e.g. hair/face). Thanks to Clarisonic, I start to take care of my foot nowadays. The kit consists of one device with two brush head- smoothing disc and buffing brush head. I love the smoothing disc to soften my rough skin! I can see my dead skin being cleaned and how my feet feels much softer after that. The regime for using the smoothing disc is recommended for a twice weekly regimen.

On to make up items, I’ve also tried quite a few things lately and found these items to be working well for me. Here they are:

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Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion

Although this is not a new product on my staple, I rediscovered this again and liking it again :) it’s super easy to use and what I love most about this is the coverage. I own few bb cushion and most of them has lighter coverage. depending on my needs, Sulwhasoo perfecting cushion would be the one I’m using when I need extra coverage.

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight
This is one of the products that I’ve seen lots of time in instagram and most people seems to be raving about it! I know I didn’t need to get another highlighter but when I swatch this at TF counter in Sg, there’s no turning back.
The highlighter is simply stunning! It’s the highlighter that never goes wrong and it won’t make my face looks like a discoball. It gives a very subtle shine onto my face. The contour shade may not be my favorite contour shade, but when the contour shade is paired with few blushes of mine, it gives a lovely glow onto my cheek.

Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune for the holiday 2015 collection

Beauty Remix Smoky Eye & Cheek Palette in Plum

An eyeshadow palette with a blush shade. Firstly, I love how Maison Kitsune designs the palette cover, it looks simple yet very cute!
I’m loving the palette especially that taupe shade! It’s so easy to use and by only using that color, my look on weekdays is settled. The palette comes with an orange blush which might look scary in the pan, but when applied onto my face, it looks wearable.

Onto the lippie, how I love this! Lacque Sparkler in Plum Shimmer stays on my lip for a good 6 hours even after lotsa glass of water. I don’t find my lips to be drying after wearing this This deep pink shade lifts up my mood instantly! These days I always keep this on my bag for an evening event.

Chanel Alezane
Lately I’ve been drawn to fall in love with darker shade blushes so that I can use it as a contour cum blush. Alezane is a reddish brown shade with shimmer. This shade works very well as a contour cum blush as it’s dark enough to be used as a contour yet it doesn’t make my face looks dull when used as a blush.

I love how soft Chanel Joues Contraste blushes are. The blush is well pigmented, so I would suggest to use squirrel hair brushes (Koyudo BP018/Suqqu cheek brush) to make sure that the brush doesn’t take too much color.

Dior Addict Lipstick in 976 Be Dior
Another lip product that’s worth a rave! Be Dior is one of 4 iconic shades in the relaunch. Be Dior has an excellent color intensity, the color shows up perfectly on my lip and it feels moisturizing. I love the newly designed packaging with magnetic cap! The new packaging helps me a lot when I’m being clumsy and forgot to properly close my lipstick.

The reformulation of Dior Addict has made me fall in love again and again with the lipstick – the hydragel coating makes the finish looks slightly shiny and plump! This shade 976 Be Dior is the shade that Jennifer Lawrence wears in the Shine dont Be Shy ad, the lip shade looks gorgeous and I think this shade is a great addition to my lipstick collection where mostly I own pinky/nude lipstick.

Have you tried any of the products mentioned? What are your thoughts? ;)

 

You may also find that this post is appearing on Silverkis ;) It’s a pleasure that Linda is asking me to post a note on her blog while she’s away for a holiday!

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Review

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I am sure that most women would wish for a flawless skin. I am glad that I was given a tube of Givenchy Teint Couture Balm to try – I found my new favorite make up base!

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm has a unique formula – water in silicone which is claimed not to leave any greasy feeling when applied onto the skin. It’s supposed to blend with the skin and leaving a very natural look and enhance natural radiance. With diamond powder encapsulated inside a polymer matrix, when Givenchy Teint Couture Balm is applied to the skin, it’s supposed to blurs away imperfection and improve complexion radiance.

The product is packaged in a simple and sleek tube. The cap has a minimalistic yet unique design in Givenchy’s signature House’s fashion collection.

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When I was first introduced to this, I wonder to myself how would a product be able to blur out the complexion with a light coverage? But after trying this, I was blown away! I like how lightweight the texture of the product is. Indeed it’s able to minimizes my pores and it blurs away imperfection.

You can see from the picture above that this this Teint Couture Balm is able to provide decent coverage. By decent I mean light to medium coverage. My pores and redness is well covered, but when I have bad dark eye circles, this product alone may not be enough to cover my panda eyes. I still have to reach for my concealer to cover up my dark eye circle.

I’ve been using this for the past few weeks and here’s my verdict:

Givenchy Teint Couture balm provides a decent coverage for my day to day make up base. It’s super easy to blend with my fingers and it stays for a good long hours even when I have to work in an outdoor environment. By the end of the day, I would see a very minimal oxidation but it still look alright. It gives me a natural finish and enhancing a radiant look. What I like most about Givenchy Teint Couture Balm is that I can choose not to powder my face at all – I am able to walk out of my house without feeling greasy/sticky and yet my face would still look fine at the end of the day.

 

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm is now available in Givenchy counters in Singapore

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm was kindly provided to me for my consideration. My review is all based on my opinion and experiences on the product – honest and genuine. 

 

 

Get your Perfect Brow with Shu Uemura 3D Brow Styling

Hi Hello everybody!! It’s been a long time since I posted something here. I am so glad that finally I have some time to spare to update my blog and to share some of my beauty product related experience.

Recently Shu Uemura is re-promoting their Brow Styling Service. I was invited to try the service and to share what was the experience like. In this post, I am going to share some of Shu Uemura’s brow products and how I feel about Shu Uemura’s 3D Brow Styling service. So let’s start!!

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Shu Uemura has quite a range of brow styling products and you will find these products applied while having your 3D Brow Session. The most popular product would be the brow pencil but hey, there are so much more to explore!

Shu Uemura believes that 3D eyebrow look can be achieved in 3 steps; it is by SHADE, DRAW and to COLOR your brow.

Shade:

The first step is to recreate the shadow on your brow. This can be done using Shu Uemura Brow:ink. My eyebrow is naturally quite thin and light in shade. Brow:Ink is a real life safer when it comes to creating thicker looking brow and helping the color to stay longer! I use this almost daily as my brow base shade and with this, my eyebrow shade will last the whole day (read: 12 hours). Brow:Ink is retailing at $42 and is available in 4 shades.

Draw:

I draw my eyebrow every single day whenever I am out of my house. A well defined brow gives me confidence although I don’t apply much make up on my face. Shu Uemura is famous with the hard formula brow pencil and I have been using it since many years ago. Although I use it interchangeably with few other brow pencils, it still remains as one of those brow pencils that I would repurchase.

Recently Shu Uemura releases a new version of the brow pencil, it’s called Brow:Sword. The hard formula will still be available though. Brow:Sword has a smooth texture and the the pigmentation of the product is better than the hard formula. The pre-set sharpener is also very helpful for us to resharpen the pencil without having to go down to Shu Uemura counter and having it sharpened there. I love Shu Uemura’s hard formula brow pencil but for the sake of convenience, Brow:Sword has been a very helpful item on my stash because of the pre-set sharpener. Another thing I’d like to mention here is that Brow:Sword is refillable! The refill is affordably priced at $28 and is available in 5 colors.

Below is the picture of Brow:Sword.

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Color:

The last step of the 3D Brow Styling is to color. To achieve the natural brow look, Eyebrow Manicure is there to color our brow hair to mimic the color of our hair color.

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3D Brow Styling Service

Shu Uemura believes that different brow style brings different power to express different human impression, and thus they are promoting 4 eyebrow styles. Most of the time, I would ask for natural style brow, but given these few styles to choose from, I went for Glamorous instead.

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I did my 3D Brow Styling recently in Isetan Scotts. I chose “Glamorous Style”. Glamorous Style gives a more defined eyebrow shape and when I draw a darker shade on my brow, it gives a more masculine look.

The brow service started with tweezing according to the brow style we requested. After the brow has been nicely shaped, the SA will nicely share with me on each products they use. Firstly is to shade using Brow:Ink. To create a thicker looking brow, Brow:Ink is certainly helpful to be used as the base color. It will help the brow color to last longer. Secondly, the SA would help me to draw my eyebrow to enhance the glamorous style I have chosen. Lastly is to shade my brow with eyebrow manicure, it gives a lovely finishing touch to my brow and making it look more natural.

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Overall I am very happy with the service delivered by Shu Uemura brow styling specialist. They’re profesional specialist and they understand what I want for my brow. They are also very detail oriented in their work. One of the main plus point is that Shu Uemura has lots of counters islandwide and I can choose the outlet based on my convenience. The price point is also very affordable for a brow styling service.

Another thing I’d like to add here is that I don’t have to be exposed with “hard selling service” which I experienced in some other places before. I like the efficient service provided by Shu Uemura – I went down and get my brows done, that’s all. I don’t have to spend more time with the SA trying to sell me packages or future services. In this way, I feel more at ease and respected as a customer.

 

Shu Uemura 3D Brow Styling is available at Shu Uemura Counter Islandwide and it’s priced at $12 (for Shu Uemura members) and $15 for non member

 

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