Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil – Review and Swatches

When there’s not enough time for me to create an eye look with eyeshadow, Eyeliner comes as the choice for me to create a look to step up my look. There were so many times that I decided to try new pencil eyeliner and eventually it disappoints me because of its staying power and the mess it has on my eyes because of smudging.

Shu Uemura has recently launched a new and improved range of eyeliner which is called as Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil. Recently I was given a chance to try these and I have been giving it a test for a while, so here it is!

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Here I have shade:

  • ME purple 71: Metallic eggplant (Metallic)
  • M chestnut brown 81: Warm, classic brown (Matte)

 

Texture and Pigmentation

Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil has a soft texture. What I like about this drawing pencil is how it easily sets on my eyelid. It glides on smoothly and the color sets of pretty quickly – even on waterline. The color comes out perfectly on the first glide too.

Staying Power

I think the staying power for Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil deserves more attention. I have been using Shu Uemura drawing pencil for the past one week and the result has been consistent so far. The eyeliner is smudge free, budge free and it stays for long hours. I have been trying many pencil eyeliners and it includes the previous Shu Uemura eyeliners – they did not work on me. But the newly reformulated Shu Uemura drawing pencil has changed my perception on pencil eyeliner, they can be smudge free for long hours. Typically this stay smudge free for about 4 hours (please note that non liquid eyeliner usually only stays for about two hours on my lid)

Metallic or Matte?

In general, both of them performs equally well. But in terms of pigmentation and staying power; matte shade has better pigmentation and staying power. Metallic shades are perfectly smudge free and budge free but the staying power is slightly lesser (typically about an hour less than the matte shade).

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Final Thought:

I highly recommend Shu Uemura drawing pencil for its long wearing hours and its smudge free formula. If you have ever felt hopeless with eyeliner before, give this a try! It’s been quite long since I have given a try for non liquid eyeliner and it works this time (yay!)

 

 

Shu Uemura drawing pencil is now available islandwide 

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Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rosegold and Amethyst

Hello hello!

Let’s talk about these new items on my stash which I purchased from Sephora. Jacqueline from MyBeautyHoard has been telling me how much she loves this product and I have seen a lot of swatches of these on her blog.

I picked up Rosegold and Amethyst to try for the first time.

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Caviar Stick Eye Color comes in a very handy size; as the name suggest, it comes in a stick form and you can get the product by twisting the pen.

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Laura Mercier comes in a buttery and soft texture. I love how the product just glides on my skin and shows the color in just one swipe. It doesn’t take too much effort to blend the color nicely – I usually use my finger or my eyeshadow blending brush like Tom Ford #13 Eyeshadow Blend Brush or MAC 217 to blend the colors evenly all over my lid.

 

I picked up Rosegold and Amethyst.

Rosegold is a soft gold tone with a pink undertone which is very nice to be used as a eyeshadow base. I usually apply this eyeshadow as a base color on my work days and I am good to go. For a more defined look, I am using Rosegold as a base and I will top it up with powder eyeshadow.

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Amethyst is a deep brown with a purple undertone in it. It has golden shimmer in it. I use this on the corner of my eye to create a subtle smokey look. I also use this as an eyeliner; I picked up a slanted eyeliner brush and pick up the product and draw it on my lash line.

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What I love most about Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour is the long lasting and the creaseless finish. Many cream eyeshadow crease on me and fade after I finish my day, but Caviar Stick Eye Color stays perfectly for almost the whole day without creasing. After using this for the whole day and try to remove it, it requires no hard effort at all. I am using my eye make up remover and I cleanse my eye make up using one cotton pad.

Overall, I am liking this caviar sticks for the ease of application and for the long staying power. These are my first purchase and definitely won’t be my last.

 

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By: Meryl

 

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

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?

 

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By: Meryl

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence review

Biotherm launches new product to be added into the skincare regime. This is Life Plankton Essence. It is believed that Life Plankton has been used as a secret essence by ancient people to rejuvenate their skin. And for this believe, Biotherm scientist invents a product that contains Life Plankton essence which claims to renew our skin in just 8 days.

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I received this bottle from Biotherm for me to try and to share my experience with this product. Life Plankton Essence comes in a blue glass bottle with a metal cap.

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The texture of this essence is very light that it feels like water. There’s a slight smell in this product but it’s so light that upon application, the smell fades within seconds. The essence has a slightly murky color.

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Life Plankton essence is concentrated with 5% life plankton – According to the information I receive, this is the highest percentage of Plankton Essence that is ever packed in a product. It may sound a little but scientist believe that  5% life plankton has demonstrated benefits beyond the cosmetic. This exceptional ingredient has demonstrated the ability to soothe symptoms of the common skin disorder.

 

I have been using this for the past few weeks. I am using this as a lotion/pre serum that compliments well with my current skincare routine. After cleansing my face, I’ll dab my face and leave it for about 2-3 minutes before applying any skincare. I start with Biotherm Life Plankton Essence, I use few droplets of the essence which i have on my hand and dab it onto my face and massage my face gently. My face feels instantly hydrated and fresh. Then after 1-2 minute, when my skin absorbs the essence, I start applying my serum and followed by the moisturiser.

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Does this product delivers its promise to renew the skin in 8 days?

I can’t tell if this product is doing the job in exactly 8 days. But in terms of renewing the skin, I can feel that my skin is softer and more supple. Since using this product, my skin feels more hydrated too. I don’t feel that my skin is dry especially during the day where I am sitting in office with fully air conditioned room. I recommend this product to anyone who wants to hydrate their skin better.

 

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence is now available in all Biotherm counter. It’s retailing at $78 a bottle (125ml)

 

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Dior Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer Swatches – Aventure & Pandore

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Nail Lacquer is my day to day essential. Firstly it’s because I have a bad nail bitting habit years ago and it was salvaged by nail polish. Since then, I always explore new nail polishes formula and love trying new brands too. I had a love hate relationship with Dior Nail Lacquer before, but I hope it’s going to change after knowing this one.

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So I picked up these two. I love bright nail polish shades especially when it comes to red and bold orange.

I have applied these nail polishes quite frequently these days. Dior claims that this range of newly formulated nail polish will make your nail shine like a glass. Dior delivers their promise – Aventure and Pandore has stunning shine that makes my nails looks like some gel nail polish has been applied.

The texture of Pandore and Aventure is consistent. The texture is nor too thick neither too runny. I applied two coats for full opacity. These nail polish stays chip free for almost a week.

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As you may see in the picture above, The brush on the top is the new Dior Vernis while the one below is the older version of Dior Vernis. The new Dior vernis is thinner and wider in shape. I am loving the shape of the brush as it helps me to pick up the amount of product as what I need. The application process is easy and the brush glides on easily without leaving any visible strokes.

 

So here’s Aventure – a bright and bold orange. I must say that I can easily say that this has been the best orange nail polish I have found – so far. Love love love the shade!

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Pandore is a deep red. The red shade is so lovely – something that never goes wrong for every occasion; date night, work, or just a casual day.

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Final Thought:

I am so happy that Dior is reformulating their nail polishes. The formula of these are gorgeous, it makes nail polish application so easy. I love the shades that I picked up, something that I have on my nail on most days! This is a must try ;)

 

 

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