NARS Cordura Review and Swatches

I can’t wait till NARS arrived in Singapore! I am sure many of us feel that :) I am a big fan of NARS blushes, I have reviewed  NARS Orgasm and NARS Angelika before. I can’t wait to get my hands on more NARS blushes. I also think that NARS eyeshadows are great. They are very well pigmented and they last very long. 

I bought this eyeshadow from Barneys when they had free shipping promotion. I had a difficult time choosing their wide range of eyeshadows. I had NARS Duo in Underworld before and greatly satisfied with the quality and color. I wanted to have NARS duo in brown color and I really didn’t know which one to get. NARS has so many duo eyeshadows and I think I want too many of them. But finally I picked Cordura :)

 

Cordura is a mixture of bronze with mini golden shimmer and a dark taupe color with mini golden shimmer too. NARS Cordura has amazing pigmentation. It’s very pigmented even on the first swipe. It’s very easy to build the color on the eyes. For people who need to have a fast make up in the morning, I think this is a great choice. It took me 5 minutes to do the whole eye makeup.

The eyeshadow is also very long lasting. Yes I used a primer before I applied the eyeshadow, but still I think it’s amazing. I applied the makeup at 7.30am and when I reached home after dinner at 8pm it still stayed there! No smudge at all! Too bad I did not take a picture of me at the end of the day to show you all.

As much I as want to say how perfect this eyeshadow is, I still found a downside of Cordura. When I applied the eyeshadow in the morning, there are some fallouts which is annoying. I need to swipe the fallouts and make sure that my face is clean before I apply my moisturizer and sunblock. Although this is not a big downside, I would still hope that this will not occur.

In the swatches below, you can see that there’s very fine golden shimmer in both colors. Both colors are applied with my finger. I swiped my finger twice on the pan. 

I did a look with NARS Cordura. I didn’t take a picture of my whole makeup face because I was in a rush. I hope you still like it :) I am sorry my eyeliner does not look very good in the picture, it’s the result of a flash makeup :p LOL

have you ever tried any NARS duo eyeshadow? Which one is your favorite? :)

I hope you like this post and thank you for reading.

Have a great week ahead lovelies XOXO

 

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Acqua Collection

So happy that finally I am able to write a post on Eyes to Kill Acqua Collection :)  I am sure many of you have read the reviews of this collection. The review of Acqua collection has been flooded everywhere in the beauty blogosphere. I must say that Acqua Collection is superb! The Eyes to Kill range is fabulous and worth a look.

I bought 3 shades from this collection. Honestly there are more colors that I wanted but I stopped myself at 3 pots. I don’t think I need to introduce how gorgeous the pigmentation of this eyeshadow is. It’s buttery smooth and long lasting! :)

#25 Rusted Gold

As a fan of browns, Rusted Gold definitely caught my attention. It’s a mixture of gold, and copper black. It’s a gorgeous color to be worn itself. What I love about this color is that when swatched, it does not come out as a gold but rather a coppered gold.

#27 Oxidised Silver

This is a very unique color. It’s a mixture of coral and silver. It looks very pretty in the pan. When swatched, it turned out to be rather pink with a dark purple tone.

#28 Red Platine

It’s a mixture of gold and red. When swatched, it looks more towards gold brown to me. On me, I think this color needs to be mixed with other darker eyeshadow. Otherwise, my eyes would look swollen :p

In the picture below, you can see the swatches under indoor lighting and direct sunlight.

I did a look with Red Platine. You can see the color looks natural but I would prefer to mix this color with other darker eyeshadow to make my eyes look bigger.

Eye Makeup:

Red Platine, Shu Uemura Eyebrow Pencil, Revlon Eyeliner, Maybelline Falsies Mascara

Cheeks:

Blush Horizon de Chanel , Urban Decay Buck from NAKED Palette as a bronzer, Urban Decay Sin from NAKED Palette as a highlighter.

Lip:

Chanel Rouge Coco Allure in #23 Discrete

 

I hope this post helps :) Which shade do you like best?

Thank you for reading

By Terry Ombre Black Star in #1 Black Pearl and #5 Misty Rock

I want to show you my first purchase from By Terry. I am sure some of you would have heard or even use By Terry skincare product. By Terry is a french skincare and makeup brands targeting working women. Their products are claimed to have very good quality, and the quality comes in an expensive price tag.

Here’s some introduction about By Terry, extracted from By Terry website:

Growing up in a family of scientists, it was natural for her to begin her studies at medical school, but she abandoned that for the world of art and creation. She decided to pursue university-level art studies, but first, rather by curiosity and as a challenge, she took the very prestigious courses in aesthetics taught by the Carita sisters, Maria and Rosy. That summer session was the turning point of her life, where TERRY assembled the elements that would become her life work. Through another unexpected stroke of luck, she became a Studio Makeup Artist. One day when no one else was available, Maria Carita sent her to take charge of the makeup at a photo session: not only for Vogue magazine, but the Haute-Couture issue! Not knowing precisely what was expected of her, she went straight to the honest essentials, concentrating on what she was best at, with perfect success. “An impeccable mouth, an invisible complexion, full, separate lashes… I focus on my know-how!”  says TERRY.

In 2000, TERRY finished her collaboration with Yves Saint Laurent in order to devote all her time to the development of her own brand: BY TERRY. This line of makeup allows her to fully express her passions, her explorations, her infallible sense of women’s needs. It is a novel beauty concept carrying her personal brand.

I purchased By Terry Ombre Black Star in #1 Black Pearl and #5 Misty Rock. I don’t have many eyeshadow sticks, hence I think this might be a good time to experiment with eyeshadow stick.

The packaging is very sleek and elegant. It is packaged in a gold colored stick and it’s very shiny when exposed to light. It’s quite heavy for an eyeshadow stick but this is good for me as I love heavy packaging. This tells me that I got the quality of the packaging. However this is very prone to finger prints.

#1 Black Pearl is a creamy black eyeshadow with very fine glitter spread. This is great for creating smokey eye look or even just to line your upper lash line. The color is not too dark hence this is good for people who wants to create a simple smokey eye look. #5 Misty Rock is a pinkish brown color that looks great for natural base color.

As you can see above, the pigmentation is amazing. I couldn’t ask for better pigmentation anymore. These eyeshadow sticks contain shimmer that look very pretty when applied.

However one thing that disappoints me is that these eyeshadow sticks are not smudge proof. I smudge the eyeshadow after 5 minutes of application. I also have tried wearing these on my eye and it smudges after 5 hours.

Final Thought:

By Terry is a well known brand for its primer and skincare range. I might have tried the wrong product. The packaging looks sleek and elegant. Although it’s prone to finger print, I still like it. The pigmentation of these product is amazing, there’s no complain about that. However I just hate smudging eyeshadows. It makes my makeup looks unsightly at the end of the day.

Thank you for reading :)

 

Must-Have Lip Balms

Lip balm can be key in keeping lips looking soft and gorgeous, and as such it has become something of a beauty-bag staple for many. However, with so many different brands available on the market, how do you choose which balm is best for you? Here are a few of the top contenders which are well worth a try.

First up it’s Smith’s Minted Rose lip balm – a sheer pink balm which will leave your lips thoroughly moisturised and smells good enough to eat! What’s more, this lip balm comes in a gorgeous vintage-style tip – perfect for leaving on your desk to remind you to reapply whilst you’re at work, or settling down to a game of Foxy Bingo of an evening. Smith’s Minted Rose lip balm also offers just a hint of colour, so it’s perfect for those who are keen to keep their make-up subtle.

If you’re looking to invest in a brand that had already stood the test of time, then why not try Carmex? The Carmex Original Jar was first launched back in 1937, and has since gone on to sell over a billion jars worldwide. Not only will this product moisturise dry lips, but it will also slightly numb lips which are already chapped and sore. In more recent years, Carmex have also released a number of flavoured lip balms (including Vanilla, Cherry and Lime Twist) as well as the ‘Moisture Plus’ range which is slightly tinted.

Another extensive lip balm range which has proved to be hugely popular in recent years is that of Burt’s Bees. Using natural ingredients such as beeswax, Burt’s Bees now offer a range of fruity flavours which will keep your lips soft, smooth and hydrated – and you won’t have to break the bank either! Their Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter is proven to moisturise lips for 4 hours after just one application!

Chanel Blue Illusion Collection – Illusion d’Ombre in Apparition

Few days ago I made a flash visit to Chanel in Ion Orchard to take a look at Chanel Blue Illusion Collection. Chanel recently launched this collection in Europe and finally it made its way to Singapore and exclusively available at Chanel Beauty Boutique in ION and Marina Bay Sands. This collection consist of 2 new Illusion d’Ombre; Apparition and Destination, Kohl Eyeliner in Marine and Le Vernis in Skyline.

I am a big fan of Chanel Illusion d’Ombre so I couldn’t wait to swatch the 2 new eyeshadows. When I swatched the eyeshadows in the counter, I immediately fell in love with Apparition. Apparition is an intense deep blue color with a hint of grey. It looks shimmery but not glittery. Destination did not catch my attention as it looks frosty in my skin tone. In the end I only purchased Apparition. Illusion d’Ombre is retailing at S$52 in Singapore.

When I saw this eyeshadow, it reminds me of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in Obsidian Black. Too bad I don’t have that eyeshadow so I could not compare them. I hope both look similar so I will definitely resist Obsidian Black :p

I love how creamy and buttery Illusion d’Ombre is. This eyeshadow range is one of my favorite and my highly anticipated range every time there’s a new release. It’s very easy to blend and the color is easy to build. Apparition is a deep blue eyeshadow with a micro silver glitter. The glitter is almost invisible in indoor lighting but it can be seen in direct sunlight.

The swatch above is taken at indoor lighting. On the left hand side I swatched it lightly and on the right hand side I swatched it heavily. I prefer to see the color when it is swatched heavily. It looks pigmented and very elegant.

Eye makeup look for the look above:

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Riviere for the base and inner corner

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Apparition for the outer corner and crease color

Chanel Les Ombres Eyeshadow Quad in Lagons for the browbone highlight.

Final Thought:

I am a big fan of Chanel Illusion d’ombre so this is a must have for me. The deep blue color is too gorgeous to be missed. This can also be worn alone all along the eyelid. Le Vernis in Skyline also looks very pretty and I was tempted to buy but I don’t really use blue nail polis so I decided to skip it.

Thank you for reading.

 

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