Suqqu Cheek Brush and Comparison

Hello!

Today I’ll be featuring a product that I recently acquired. I have been wanting to buy this brush for the longest time but I had no chance of getting it as Suqqu is only available in Japan, UK and Thailand. The price was also the other factor why I keep on refusing to get this brush. This brush is the biggest splurge I have made on make up items. I felt so guilty yet happy at the same time :p. The lovely Ruby from Miaka-My Life helped me to get this brush while she was having a holiday few weeks back. Thank you very much for your help dear! :)

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I believe the majority of you need no introduction of Suqqu brushes. It is often said that Suqqu brush has the softest hair ever. I have to agree on that. This Suqqu cheek brush feels very soft – and it’s the softest brush that I have ever owned. It’s much softer than my beloved Tom Ford Cheek Brush. Suqqu brushes are made of grey squirrel hair which is rarely found in many other brands. I have never found any western brand selling brushes made of squirrel hair, and I’ve only known several Japanese brands  selling brushes made of squirrel hair. Suqqu is one of those rare brands selling brushes made of squirrel hair.

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Suqqu cheek brush comes in a very simple design. It’s justa simple black handled brush. Nothing impressive but I have no complain on this. The brush is very lightweight too. The length handle of the brush is designed just nice, it’s not too long and not too short to help application process become easier.

As much as I’d love to say that this brush is perfect, I must say that I’m a bit surprised that this brush isn’t as dense as what I would have expect it to be. The hair don’t feel as dense as my other cheek brushes. I personally love brushes that are dense, so this density issue actually annoys me a bit.

Suqqu cheek brush doesn’t pick too much product. So this brush is a perfect choice for me to create a subtle cheek look.But in times when I prefer to have a dramatic face look, I can always swirl the brush more roughly and build the color.

Comparison with other cheek brushes:

In this picture, I’m doing a comparison with NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Blush Brush and IZU Blush Brush. As you can see, Suqqu brush is the tiniest among all cheek brushes in this picture. It has the simplest design among all the brushes here too.

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L-R: Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush – Tom Ford Blush Brush – Suqqu Cheek Brush – Bobbi Brown Blush Brush – IZU blush brush

 

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L-R: IZU Blush brush – Bobbi Brown Blush Brush – Suqqu Cheek Brush – Tom Ford Cheek Brush – Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

If I have to put these brushes in terms of density, I would put it this way (no 1 being densest)

1. Tom Ford Cheek Brush

2. Bobbi Brown Blush Brush

3. IZU Blush brush

4. Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

5.  Suqqu Cheek Brush

So in terms of density, Suqqu is not dense at all when compared to my other blush brushes. I prefer my brush to be dense, so actually Suqqu does not live up to my expectation on this.

Suqqu brush is the softest brush that I have ever owned or touched. So this time I’m going to list the brushes in order of the softness:

1. Suqqu Cheek Brush

2.  Tom Ford Blush Brush

3. IZU Blush brush

4. Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

5. Bobbi Brown Blush Brush

Honestly I have never heard anyone saying they have found something softer than Suqqu brush. Tom Ford brush hair feels very soft but when you compare it side by side with Suqqu brush, you’ll certainly feel the difference.

Final Thought:

Well now that I have to sums everything together, I think I shall start by saying that I understand what many people is raving about this brush. It’s the softness of this brush! It’s as soft as cloud (if I could ever touch it!! :p). But is this brush worth every cent? I’d say not really. I hope that it would be more dense so that it’ll help to pick more product. However if you prefer your brush not to be too dense, then this brush might be your choice. And for a brush with that price tag, I really hope that the handle would be heavier or looking more luxurious.

I am certainly happy that finally I get to own this brush. I know this brush ain’t perfect for me but I am satisfied. I know what everyone is talking about and I won’t feel curious anymore :) The softest brush ever!

 

Has any of you tried this brush before? What’s your thought? Share with me what’s your fave blush brush :)

By: Meryl

 

 

 

L’Oreal Extraordinaire Hair Oil

Hello all,

Today I’m going to introduce a new hair product from L’Oreal Paris. The brand has recently launched L’Oreal Extraordinaire Hair Oil islandwide in Singapore. I am a big fan of L’Oreal hair products. The products work well on me and the price is affordable compared to some other brands.

So what makes L’Oreal Extraordinaire Hair Oil different with other hair oil?

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The Extraordinary Oil- the ultimate solution to perfect hair that is Richly Nourished and Intensely Protected from damage while providing Brilliant Shine, Sumptuous Smoothness, and an Ultra-Lightweight, Non-greasy Finish.

Aren’t hair oils heavy and greasy?

Not if we are talking about an exquisitely formulated product like The Extraordinary Oil. We have designed it to suit all hair types, and created it using the most lavish oils of six flower extracts – Flax, Tiare, Rose, Lotus, Chamomile and Marticaria. This potent combination of precious oils is realized into a transversal, ultra-caring formula that nourishes and protects hair for a silky, shiny finish that is soft to the touch and light as air.

If you need more convincing, let’s take a leaf from communities of women in India and South Asia who have been harnessing the power of hair oils for generations – a beauty ritual passed on from grandmother to mother to daughter.

The Fragility of Hair Fibers

Hair fibers are normally coated with natural oil. But even at its best, normal hair needs to be properly nourished because of constant exposure to harsh conditions – washing, UV rays, dry air, pollutants, heated styling tools and chemicals. As time wears on, hair becomes dry, dull, limp and prone to damage, breakage and hair fall.

Anyone can indulge in The Extraordinary Oil

Whether you have dry, frizzy, curly, straight or thin hair, you will enjoy our infinitely indulgent and unbelievably lightweight Extraordinary Oil. Because it’s so light-weight, we suggest to start with two to three pumps per application, and to layer on as needed.

The Extraordinary Oil can be applied at multiple steps of the hair care process:

  • Before shampoo and conditioning: Apply 10 minutes before washing to restore, richly nourish and prep hair for shampooing and conditioning
  • Before blow drying on towel-dried hair: To intensely protect hair from damage before styling
  • Throughout the day: As a finishing touch that leaves hair with a glowing shine and sumptuous smoothness without weighing it down

Retailing at $23.90 for 100ml of product. Retails in supermarkets, pharmacies, and departmental stores island-wide starting April 2013.

The above information is extracted from L’Oreal Extraordinaire Hair Oil press kit

IMG_5148Review:

When I first saw the packaging of this hair oil, I must say that I’m intrigued to try this product. The bottle is made of glass which feels heavy and looks beautiful. The product is beautifully packaged for such affordable product.

The hair oil feels lightweight; It doesn’t make my hair feel oily or greasy at all. In fact, I love to touch my hair as it feels soft throughout the day. I usually use 2-3 pumps after I wash my hair in the morning and I apply it at the end of my hair. L’Oreal Extraordinaire hair oil helps my hair to feel lighter the whole day. The scent is not over pouring; just a touch of sweet flowery smell.

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is given to me at free of charge for review purposes. However my review is always genuine, honest and unbiased. 

So what’s your current fave hair oil? Share with me :)

Thank you for reading.

By: Meryl

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light


Lately there has been a lot of brands releasing their version of glowing powder. Hourglass came out with six shades of Ambient Lighting Powder ; Ethereal Light, Diffused Light, Dim Light, Mood Light, Luminous Light, Radiant Light. There have been a lot of beauty bloggers raving on this product and fell in love with it.

I made my way to True Colors – Ngee Ann City and take a peek if they still have stock for this product. When I got there, they only have a piece left which is Ethereal Light. I quickly swatch it on my arm and see if the shade would match my skin tone. Then I impulsively decide to get this. So is this powder meet my expectation? Keep reading :)

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The Packaging:

Firstly, I’d like to let you all know that Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is packaged differently in Singapore. According to the SA in True Colors Ngee Ann City, the first shipment batch of Ambient Lighting Powder that comes to Singapore is packed in this way. And for the next batch, the packaging would be the same as what is released in USA. I am not sure on this and if any of you could give me some information, please let me know :)

I find that the packaging of my Hourglass powder is rather sad. The packaging is too plain; it’s only packed in plastic packaging with an hourglass logo printed on it. There’s no luxe feeling and honestly it looks too dull to me. I hope I’d see the original packaging design reaching Singapore soon.

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The Texture & Shade:

Hourglass Ambient lighting powder has a very smooth feeling. It is soft, smooth and easy to wear. I usually use this powder with my powder brush. Ethereal light looks more of a finishing powder to me. It would be more suitable for ladies with fair skin. On my skin it looks fine, it matches with my skintone.

I have been trying this product for about two weeks. Generally, I think this powder works fine but nothing really amazes me. It stays nicely the whole day, I don’t see any fading even after 9 hours. However I feel that this powder lacks the ability of oil control. I can feel that my T-zone starts to be oily after 6 hours. I don’t experience any white cast when photographed. It looks fine to me.

Swatches & Comparison:

I did some swatch comparison between Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and Nars Light Reflecting Powder . Initially, I thought both products will perform equally or similarly. But after swatching these two and testing these out, I found that these two is different.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light works as a whitening powder to me. It does its job to whiten my face but not brightening. The finish of this powder looks matte and one thing that let me down is it doesn’t help to control my oily T-zone area. On the other hand, NARS doesn’t whiten my face but it actually brighten my face. It makes my face looks more glowy without making it look oily. It also has oil control ability; I don’t feel my face getting oily even after 9 hours.

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Final Thought:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light works fine for ladies with normal to dry skin. Ladies who are looking for a whitening powder, this one might works. But for me, I prefer my NARS Light Reflecting Powder as it gives my face glow rather than whitens it.

I hope that this review would be helpful :)

 

Thank you for reading.

By: Meryl

New from Benefit!

CoreColour

Colour

CreaselessCream

Why we love it!

Our award-winning cream shadows are as crease-proof & budge-proof as ever! The 10 incredibly wearable shades (including original favorites r.s.v.p., birthday suit and skinny jeans) glide on easily and last all day long.

It’s fresh & fabulous color for all.

WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW

You can use our cream shadow as an eyeliner using the hard anglel definer brush. It glides on smooth for smudge-proof drama & definition.

How to apply

For a soft wash of color, glide on eyelid with fingertip. For added intensity, press on with brush. Be sure to close the jar tightly to keep your shadow creamy & dreamy!

Details

4.5g, Net wt. 0.16 oz.

Longwear

Why we love it!

Finally…powder eyeshadow in a fabulous longwearing formula. This soft & silky shadow comes in 12 wearable shades and three finishes: matte, satin and sheen. From pale shell to brilliant silver, we’ve got you covered!

How to apply

Sweep on eyelid for a soft wash of color. Layer for added intensity.

Details

3.0g, Net wt. 0.11 oz.

UltraPlush

Why we love it!

The plushness is poutrageous! Our soft & silky glosses glide on sooo smooth, drenching lips in luscious color that’s never sticky. From crystal clear to hot pink, the luxurious formulas give your lips a kissable, sexy sheen.

How to apply

Apply to lips for smooth, luscious coverage.

Details

15 mL, 0.5 US fl. oz.

Images extracted from press kit provided by the brand and information about these products extracted from the brand’s website.

Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo – 001 Pink Glow

I know I have acquired quite a number of bronzers lately and I know that I don’t need more of it. But when I saw the promo pictures of Dior Summer 2013 collection, I immediately drool over Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo. I missed last year’s Dior Skin Nude Tan so I wouldn’t want to miss this one anymore. It’s too pretty to resist! :p

Dior Skin Nude Tan Paradise Duo comes in two shades – Coral Glow and Pink Glow. I picked Pink glow because I like pink better as a blush. Coral pink looks awesome too! You can check the review of Coral Glow in Mostly Sunny’s Blog

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The Packaging:

Dior Nude Tan comes in a hefty silver metal packaging. It’s prone to finger print (I had a hard time capturing the photo of the silver casing!). It also comes with a mini kabuki brush- it’s a perfect brush to be brought when you’re travelling.  The hair is soft and the size is just nice to be used as a blush brush or a bronzer brush. Both products come with a velvety pouch.

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The Shade & Texture:

What I love about this product is that it consist of two shades of bronzers and two shades of blush. I can easily choose the shade I want to use or I can just mix them altogether.

I am glad that the bronzer doesn’t come with shimmer – it’s not totally matte but you can barely see any shimmer particles on your face. It gives you a very nice glow without having any shimmers. The bronzer has a soft texture and is very well pigmented, it shows up on my face nicely in one swipe. Don’t worry about having too much product on your face; although it is nicely pigmented, it won’t be too much with two swipes.

The blush’s texture is very soft and buttery. It’s very well pigmented and I just need to lightly dab my brush to get the color. The blush has more sheen compared to the bronzer. I really love the sheen of this blush, it makes my face looks glowy without making it look like a disco ball.

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Swatches:

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Indoor Lighting

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Outdoor (Indirect Sunlight)

On these sets of pictures below, I mixed the bronzer and the blush together

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Indoor Lighting

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Outdoor – Indirect Sunlight

As you can see in the swatches above, the finish of these product has a very nice sheen to give enough glow on your face without making it look like a disco ball. The color swipes nicely on my face and when swatched.

I hope my review is helpful :)

Thank you for reading

By: Meryl

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