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.

MRC with charm & box

(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

Smile with Kiehl's Instagram Contest (1)

(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

YSL Pivoine Crush Palette – Swatches

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Hello again!

After writing a short review on YSL Rosy Blush in my previous post, here is YSL Pivoine Crush Palette from the Spring 2014 Collection.

The Pivoine Crush is a 5 color eyeshadow palette. The packaging of both the eyeshadow and the blush in spring collection has the same design but different color. While the Rosy Blush has a soft pink flower petals design, the eyeshadow packaging cover is designed in a brighter pink which looks like a fuchsia to me.

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Shadows, lights, pure colors. Five couture shades and endless possibilities to be the artist of your own eyes. Tones of fuchsia pink, coral and black cherry to color and play with contrast. A pearly champagne shade to highlight and give spring freshness.

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The eyeshadow comprises of 5 eyeshadow with pink as its main theme, the shades are very spring appropriate. I feel that this palette is wearable; the bright pink shade may looks too much for an everyday look, but I guess it would be nice to apply this in the middle of the eyelid as an accent color.

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The swatches from left to right:

  • Bubblegum pink with blue undertone. This shade would be a nice shade for accent color on the middle of the eyelid.
  • Coral – this shade makes a great base for medium skin tone.
  • Medium pink with silver shimmer – this is my personal favorite shade from the palette. I use this as my base eyelid color.
  • Pale sandy – this one makes a nice shade for highlighting the brow bone
  • Dark purple with a hint of brown and packed with golden shimmer

 

I hope the swatches are helpful :)

Have you checked on this collection ? What would be your picks from this collection?

 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

YSL Spring 2014 – Rosy Blush Swatch & Quick Review

Hello hello!

Today’s post is featuring YSL Rosy Blush. This the collector item from this Flower Crush Collection.  The information of the collection can be found here

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The packaging of the product has a beautiful petal fuchsia flowers pattern. The pattern of the blush is nicely printed with visible waves; you can see the mixture of pink and rose gold shade.

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Like a precious stylized petals, the marbled motif of the rosy blush palette entwines two shades of pink that played on contrasts between matte and iridescence. A blush and a highlighter, this nude pairing is perfect to highlight the cheeks, brighten the complexion, and illuminate prominent  and shadowy areas. This innovative creamy – powdery texture blends in leaving an infinitely satiny and subtle veil on the skin. Sinfully radiant.

The description above is taken from the press kit

 

The texture of this blush is so so so soft!! The first time I touched this blush, I went “oohhhhh” and I can really feel the smoothness of this powder blush. The texture is so soft and you can feel that it is slightly creamy. Although you may feel the slightly creamy texture when I touched it with my finger; but when it is swatched on the back of my hand, I feel the texture is powdery.

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The blush is quite sheer and it’s quite shimmery. I use this more as a highlighter rather than a blush. I like to add a touch of YSL Rosy Blush on top of my other blush so that it’ll give a nice glow on me. The swatches above is layered 2-3 times.

Overall I think this product is worth a pick especially if you’re a collector of make up item. I love the texture of this product where it is creamy & powdery at the same time. Spring is the season for girly items, and this is one of few make up products from Spring make up collection that I would recommend :)

 

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

Biore x My Melody Cleansing Oil Review

Hello everyone!

I hope your weekend have been great! Today I have a product which I recently tried and pretty much happy with the result of this product. Over the past week, I have been using this product regularly to remove my make up and here’

Firstly, I couldn’t resist the cute packaging of this product. This My Melody packaging is a limited edition. so for those of you who are a fan of My Melody or interested to get  this edition, go and grab this product quickly before they’re gone! :p

Biore cleansing oil has a light texture and it doesn’t feel heavy when it is applied onto my face. It does have a slight scent which some of you might not like, but for my case I am fine with the scent.

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I find this cleansing oil does its job effectively. It cleanses my eye make up throughly, it even cleanses my waterproof eye liner. Here’s how I cleanse my face with this product:

  • Pump once and spread it evenly onto my both palms of my hands
  • Apply it onto my face and massage gently
  • I’ll massage my eye area and try to cleanse my eyeshadow & eye liner more as this is the part where it usually harder to cleanse
  • Rub my face gently with cotton pads
  • rinse my face with water and wash it with my facial cleanser

 

Here’s a simple demo on how Biore Cleansing Oil helps to cleanse eyeshadow and waterproof eyeliner on  the back of my hand:

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I apply two light pumps of Biore Cleansing Oil and rub it gently

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I rubbed the back of my palm with cotton pad and yay it is clean!

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On a final note, I am happy to say that this product has satisfied my expectation of a good cleansing oil. The oil feels light and it cleanses my face effectively. Biore also has a nice cleansing wipes which I have reviewed before, you can read it here

This product is available in major drugstore in Singapore and it is retailing for SGD18.20

Thank you for reading

By: Meryl

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