Burberry Spring 2014 Collection: Eyeshadow Palette in Sage Green

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Here’s one of Burberry eyeshadow palette which is released for Burberry EnglishRose collection (Spring 2014). There are two eyeshadow palette that are released for this collection; Rose no 10 and Sage Green no 15. Both palettes are so pretty and I have a hard time to decide which one I shall pick up. Eventually I decided to pass on Rose palette as I already owned a few pink shades eyeshadow palette. I secretly wish that I would still grab the Rose palette but as of now, I am still standing firm to say no to buy both shades..LOL!

I am a big fan of Burberry make up products particularly their eyeshadow and blushes. They have beautiful packaging encased in a silver metal casing which has a magnetic cap. The packaging is heavy and printed with Burberry pattern. It comes with a velvety pouch and mini brushes too.

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As the name suggest, Sage Green reminds me of a fresh herbs which brings my mind to lovely green fields. The 4 shades in this palette are created to complement each other. The bronze in that palette helps me to create a natural look with a pop of green. I don’t usually wear mint green but with the mix of bronze, I am feeling more comfortable to try green on my eyes.

Here are my description of the shades in this palette:

  • a broken white with frosty finish. I don’t really like this shade as it has a frosty finish, but I find that it works fine as a inner corner eyelid highlighter
  • The second shade from the top is a brown shade with a slight silver tone in it.
  • The third shade is a mint green which has a bit of greyish tone. This shade is quite sheer and it took me 2-3 layers to show the shade in the swatch below
  • The bottom shade would be a deeper shade of green. This is the shade which made my decision to pick this palette instead of “rose”, this shade of green is unique and unusual.

 

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Although I find that the mint green shade is quite sheer compared to the other shades, in general the pigmentation of Sage Green palette is fine but it is less pigmented compared to other Burberry palette. Burberry is consistently delivering a soft and buttery eyeshadow palette. Sage Green has lovely texture; it is soft and nice to touch. I love the buttery texture whenever my finger touches the eyeshadow.

 

Lately I have been drowned to green themed eyeshadow, and Sage Green is one of them. Sage Green would be lovely for those of you who prefers a soft green look without being too bold. I personally like this palette quite well; the deeper green pops nicely on my lid when applied and it blends well with the brown shade.

 

Hope the swatches helps :)

 

Thanks for reading!

By: Meryl

The New Look of Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Cream with 16 Fragrances

Hello all!

Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra Moisturising hand therapy is newly packaged! The previous packaging was made with metal squeezable tube, and now it is replaced with a material which is easier to squeeze and lighter. It comes in three sizes; 25g ($13.00), 100g ($33.00) and 250g.

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Formulated with shea butter and macadamia nut oil to moisturise and soften hands, along with myrrh to help condition cuticles and nails. Our intensive conditioning cream melts instantly skin without leaving a greasy residue and will leave hands feeling softer with each use.

 

Here are some pictures I took in Crabtree & Evelyn Takashimaya; I LOOOVE to see their range of handcreams; fruity scents, flowery scents and powdery scents.

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I picked up two handcream last week, and here are my choice; Nantucket Briar and Verbena Lavender. I immediatelly fell in love with Nantucket Briar for its powdery and very smooth smell. I have never tried Verbena & lavender, it has a nicely refreshing smell.

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So what’s your favorite Crabtree & Evelyn scent so far?

 

 

Thank you for reading :)

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator – Information and Review

YSL is releasing a new base product – CC Cream Light Creator. For this product, the YSL team has added a unique active complex canned Glycanactif. CC Cream youth liberator is the first hybrid CC Cream with Glycanactif. This active ingredient is claimed to be able to unifies the complexion surface and correct imperfections, evens out imperfections irregularities, refines skin texture and reveals its radiance day after day.

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Here’s the features of CC Cream Light Forever Light Creator:

  • Correction and Uniformity

CC Cream Forever Light Creator helps regulate imperfection and unify the complexion.

  • 24 Hours Hydration

Enriched with hydrating agent, the formula ensures 24hours hydration for the skin

  • Prevention and SPF 35/+++PA Protection

Its dual anti UV protection and anti oxidant action helps combat the appearance of color defects in the future

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Review

I received these products last week and I have been trying this product for about 9 days and here’s what I feel so far:

Packaging:

YSL CC Cream Youth Liberator is packaged in a long sleek squeezable tube. The product contains 40 ml of product. The design is simple and light.

Texture & Finish

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator is very light in texture. The texture is so light that I don’t really feel that I am wearing foundation. The coverage is light but it manages to cover my pores. These days I applied 2 layers of YSL CC cream on my face to give me the kind of coverage I want. It gives a healthy glow  to your complexion; natural coverage and it evens out my skintone.

Shades:

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator comes in 3 shades: Rose, Apricot and Lavender. The description below is taken from YSL CC Cream press release information:

  • Rose : To give the complexion a fresh and rosy halo
  • Apricot : To recreate the golden radiance of a beautiful skin
  • Lavender: to give a natural skin looking radiance

Here’s the swatch of both shades. Rose is a beige shade with pink under tone and Apricot is more tinted and it looks more golden.

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Here I have taken pictures of me wearing different shades on a different day:

Here’s how shade “rose” looks on me

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Rose is a beautiful shade which brightens my skin. The product delivers the promise to give a complexion a fresh and rosy halo. I can see the rosy glow it has on me, However I do feel that this shade is a bit too light for me. The shade still matches my neck well, but once I compare with my arm, I can spot the difference and it kinda looks unnatural anymore.

And here’s how Apricot looks on me

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At first, Apricot looks a bit too dark on my skin tone. But after applying it onto my face and blends it out evenly, I find that Apricot suits my skintone better. It is certainly not brightening, but it evens out my skin tone and makes my skin looks healthy.

 

Mixed: Apricot & Rose

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After trying out rose and apricot on their own, I decided to try and mix the two together. The amount of Apricot I applied is 2/3 and rose is 1/3 and I mix them together. The shades comes out to be very nice and it suits my skin tone perfectly. I can see how Apricot complement my skin tone and covers my redness and pores. At the same time, shade rose does its job by giving me that beautiful glow that I love a lot. Other than using it as a base product, I was also using shade rose as a highlighter. Rose is lighter than my actual skin tone, in the picture above I applied it on my under eye area. As a result, my face looks fresh and healthy :)

Here’s the amount of Rose and Apricot I use for my 3rd look

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YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator is going to be available in March and will be retailing at $79

Disclaimer: The products were sent to me for review purposes. Some information above is taken from YSL press release file. My review is based on my experience; honest and unbiased.

Thank you for reading

By: Meryl

Chantecaille The New Classic Palette Review and Swatches

 

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I must admit.. There are lots of drafts sitting quietly on my blog which I have not followed up and posted. One of those posts is this Chantecaille The New Classic Palette. I have been wanting to get Chantecaille palette for a long time and I choose Chantecaille Classic as my first as it was on sale for £50.

I love the packaging of the Chantecaille The New Classic palette. It is packaged in a metal case, the size is rather big and it is actually the biggest quad I have owned. The quad is hefty and casing is reflective. There’s a “C” pattern in every eyeshadow inside this palette. There’s one thing that actually bothers me.. There was no satin/fabric pouch given together with the palette. For the price of £75 (I bought it at £50 in Harrods during New Year season), I thought it would be nicer if I got an eyeshadow quad that comes with a fabric pouch.

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The shades in this palette has a thin shimmer overspray. After the first swatch, the shimmer faded and I can see the true color of each shade. The eyeshadow palette has a net weight of 12g which I consider to be one of the palette that carry the heaviest amount of product.

Chantecaille  new classic palette consists of 4 shades :

  • Base/Highlighting color – Valerian : The base shade is a ivory white with a subtle shimmer
  • Eye Color – Thistle : is a taupe – plummy shade with a satiny finish
  • Eye Liner – Lavender: On the pan, it looks like it’s a very deep plum shade. However when swatched under indoor lighting, it looks like a very dark grey shade on my arm. This shade has a satiny finish too.
  • Cheek Shade – Rose: The shade turned up to be a soft peachy pink rather than rosy pink on me.

 

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The texture of the eyeshadow is very smooth. Although it is not the softest eyeshadow I have every tried, the smoothness of this eyeshadow is really mind blowing! The pigmentation of Valerian is fine but nothing extra ordinary; It was rather sheer at first, I have to swipe it twice – thrice to get the color to come out. But for the rest, the color comes out to be fine. I experienced no fall out at all during application and the eye shadow sets nicely.

For the kind of pigmentation this palette has, I feel like this palette is more suitable for people who wants an easy to go palette that could never go wrong. The shades can be sheer when it is used lightly, hence it is hard to find yourself in a situation where you have applied too much. In the look I created below, I used my finger to apply Valerian all over my lid as a base color. Then I applied Thistle on my lower lid lightly and finally used Lavender on my outer crease and blend it out. To finish the look, I add one more layer of Valerian to make the eye look more contrast.

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I still would like to try other Chantecaille eye shadow quad particularly the “Save the bees” and the “wild horses” palette. But given the fact that the eyeshadow quad is so expensive, I shall wait for a while before I splurge on another Chantecaille :)

 

 

Have you ever tried any Chantecaille palette? What’s your experience with it?

 

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

Hakuhodo in Beauty Asia 2014

I got a chance to pay a visit to Beauty Asia 2014 in Suntect City Level 4. It’s exciting to visit the Hakuhodo booth and play around with the brush. Here’s some pictures I took on the event:

Hakuhodo is one of the most packed booth in Beauty Asia. Last year I did not have the chance to pay a visit to Beauty Asia and I can understand the excitement as last year they were not selling the brushes and they are selling the brushes this year.

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Here are some range of brushes which I took pictures of:

Kokutan Series

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S Series

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Yachiyo Brushes

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So here’s my purchase from Hakuhodo booth in Beauty Asia:

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Here are my first impression on the brushes I picked; this is not a review and this is solely based on my first thought.

  • S104: This brush is made of goat hair. The hair is soft and nicely packed. It is not too dense . The shape of this brush is round and rather domed.  I purchase this for my Guerlain meteorites application,
  • B002: This is the brush that I am most excited to try on. This brush is made of blue squirrel which makes it super duper soft. The hair is not densely packed which makes this ideal for loose powder application with natural finish. My Suqqu Cheek brush is made of Squirrel hair too (grey Squirrel) and the softness of the hair is comparable. Looking at the shape, I think this brush would be suitable to apply both loose powder and finishing powder.
  • J110: This is one of the most talked blush brush in beauty blogosphere. I was wandering around Hakuhodo booth and finally decided to purchase this one. According to hakuhodo website, this is the best selling and must-have blusher brush. This brush is made of goat hair. It is not too dense hence I think it should be safe for pigmented blush.
  • J5523: This is said to be the closest dupe to MAC 217. I have not use it yet so I can’t comment much on this; but looking at the shape, it really looks similar to MAC 217
  • J5522: This eye shadow tapered brush has longer hair compared to J5523. The shape somehow looks like Tom Ford eye blending brush #13 but it looks thinner and less dense. I have not compared them into details hence I can’t tell which brush works better for me. I plan to use this to blend my outer edges and to blend out hard edges.

 

Hakuhodo will be back to Singapore in March. They will be setting up a booth for 2 weeks in Takashimaya, so if you would like to know more about the product, do pop by to Takashimaya next month :)

 

What is your favorite brush from Hakuhodo?

 

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

 

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