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.

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Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color in 100 Swatches and Review

Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color is part of Anna Sui Spring 2012 Collection. This was sold out few months ago when I intend to get this but thankfully I am able to get this at a cheaper price in Tao Yuan Airport in Taipei during my trip. This is part of my Taiwan Haul :)

I picked this color because this looks very unusual. I have been wanting to pick other pink or corals but then I thought “why don’t I get something unusual?” I have to make a confession here. I did not swatch this on my arm at all when I picked this. It was a final call in the airport and I need to be as quick as possible otherwise I would have missed my flight :p During the flight back to Singapore I opened this box and keep looking at this. I was worried that I have made a wrong decision buying this color. As soon as I am back home n Singapore, I quickly swatch this and thankfully I like my purchase :)

I am sure it’s very easy to guess the main reason why I bought this. This is too pretty to be missed. Look at those flower print! Sometimes I am thinking that there’s no use buying pretty printed make up as eventually it will fade as I am using it. But then I think again, which product do I use more often, the prettier one or the plain one? My answer is the prettier one. Oh well then I grabbed this :)

This shade is a very unusual pick from me. This is good to be used as a highlighter. There are 4 different shades in this pan, however when swatched, the colors look quite similar. There’s only one shade that stands out among the other colors. The pigmentation of this product is fine. It’s not that well pigmented but it does not disappoints. The shimmer packed in the pan is good for a highlighter; it’s in a good amount, not too much and not too little.

Okay so here’s the swatch on my arm. The four colors on the left side are each single colors that I picked. The single color on the right side shows how this highlighter looks like when they are blended together.

That’s all for today! I hope you enjoy this post :) Do you have anna sui product? Which one :)

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My 7 Day Experience with Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin

Two weeks ago I was invited to the launch of Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin and I was offered to try this Tsuya Skin in 7 days and see the difference on my skin.

Tsuya skin is a face serum that’s recommended to be used after you cleanse your face. If you’re using eye cream, moisturizer or night cream, it is recommended that you use Tsuya Skin before using all other skin care products.

In the picture below, you can see the pretty color of this product. It is a translucent pink with pretty shimmer. You don;t have to use too much of it, a pearl sized will be enough :)


What I love about Tsuya Skin at the first try:

The smell: Tsuya Skin smells fresh! I like skincare which does not have heavy smell, a fresh scent in a skincare helps me to feel relaxed and freshen my mind. Tsuya skin’s smell is not too much yet it gives the fresh feeling whenever I smell it.

The texture: The texture is not  sticky yet moisturizing.

The packaging: The packaging is designed simple and handy. The size of the bottle is not too big and not too heavy for me to bring anywhere. The pump also helps me to measure the size of the pearl I am going to use.

Now I am going to share with you my skin care regime every night and what I have achieved with 7 days of using Tsuya Skin:

Firstly I cleanse my face with Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Cleansing Oil. After that I applied Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin all over my face (pearl sized as shown in the picture above). I wait for about 1 minute until my skin absorb Tsuya skin, then I apply my Chanel Ultra Correction Lift Eye Cream for my under eye circle. The next would be The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream all over my face. That’s all for my night routine. But in the morning, I would top it with sunscreen, Avene High Protection (50 SPF) and continue with my powder and makeup

Personally I don’t have major skin problem. Thankfully my skin is not sensitive  and quite easy to take care. My skin is normal but tend to get very oily on the T-zone. I have pores on my nose which sometimes a bit annoying to see for me. I try using Tsuya skin in the past 14 days and I can see some changes in my skin.

Honestly after 7 days of trial, I can’t really see much changes on my skin. I still feel that my skin feels the same. I was a bit discouraged to see the result after 7 days. But I decided to keep on using it again. Miraculously after 10 days, I start to feel the difference. My skin feels subtler and softer. I feel so happy that I can see some difference Tsuya skin can bring to me. But it does not stop there, after 14 days of using Tsuya Skin, I also feel that my skin looks more radiant. I can see some glow every morning after I wash my face.

The picture below is taken 1 hour after I washed my face in the morning. There’s no Tsuya Skin, moisturizer or any skin care applied on my skin. I know my skin is not perfect but I can see some radiant :)

Final Thought:

I don’t see difference after using Tsuya skin for 7 days but I guess this product works differently on every one. I see the result of using Tsuya skin after 14 days of application. My skin looks more radiant, more subtle and softer. Moreover, the smell of this product is lovely! I love the scent which makes me feel fresh. This product is suitable for every woman aged 20 to 40+.

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Disclaimer: This post contains product given by PR companies for testing purposes. However my review is honest, genuine and unbiased.

My Pick from Lunasol Fall 2012 – Sheer Glossy Eyes in EX03Soft Brown and Nail Polish in EX06 Deep Red

I am so excited to see the display of Lunasol Fall 2012 Collection! Lately I have been obsessed with Lunasol products because of their shimmer and neutral colors. If you have been following my instagram (@memoiselle) and twitter (@memoiselleblog) , I have posted few pictures that I snapped on the counter.

Lunasol Fall 2012 products are not as wide as the Summer’s but I am excited to see the sheer glossy eyes. I am not sure whether Lunasol has ever had any cream eyeshadow before. This fall Lunasol releases 4 sheer glossy eyes (limited edition) and 4 new modeling glossy eye. For more information you can refer to Rouge Deluxe and A Touch of BlusherI swatched all 4 sheer glossy eyes in the counter and they’re indeed very sheer. I picked EX03 Soft Brown because it’s more pigmented and great to use as a base. I also picked one of the limited edition nail polish in EX06 Deep Red.

Sheer Glossy Eyes in EX03Soft Brown

Firstly let’s talk about the packaging. Made from plastic glass, the packaging of this eyeshadow is not the greatest thing of this product. It’s very lightweight which I don’t like. The design looks a bit dull and old fashioned to me. The cap of the bottle is also very prone to finger prints.

The texture of this sheer glossy eye is very buttery and smooth. I love the textures! It is very sheer in color but very easily to build up and blended very well. The idea of this eyeshadow is to create a neutral and soft look. The pigmentation is not great hence it’s nice to use this as a base. Soft brown is a shimmery light brown color. The sparkles are very pretty and not too much. If I need to compare the texture of this eyeshadow to other brands, I would say the texture is pretty close to Chanel Illusion d’Ombre. Although Illusion d’Ombre is much more pigmented that Sheer Glossy Eyes, the buttery feeling is quite similar but they’re definitely not the same. Compared to many other cream shadow, I would say this is less creamy compared to others. It is more buttery than ordinary eyeshadow but less creamy than many cream shadows.

In the swatches above, you can see how sheer the eyeshadow is. It looks shimmery in both direct sunlight and indoor lighting. It’s a nice color to use as a base.

Nail Polish in EX06 Deep Red 

Initially I did not intend to get the nail polish. I have too many red nail polish but Lunasol’s caught my attention. EX06 Deep Red is a red wine with gold flecks. The flecks are obvious in the bottle but it don’t show up as obvious in the nails. I love the idea that the gold flecks don’t show as much as it looks in the bottle hence it is not too much for a daily look yet it still looks unordinary because of the gold flecks :) This nail polish is a limited edition product too!

The packaging of Lunasol’s nail polish is pretty. I love the gold cap of this nail polish, it’s quite heavy and portrays the elegance of Lunasol. The formula is just flawless! It’s not runny and very easy to apply. The drying time is fast enough. It requires two coats for full opacity. But in the swatches below I used three coats to emphasize the gloss and show more flecks.


Final Thought:

The limited edition Sheer Glossy Eyes range are great to check out especially if you’re a fan of shimmery eyeshadow. Although the pigmentation and the packaging is not excites me as much as I wish, I understand that Lunasol is trying to release sheer looking products (the name explains it all). The textures is great; buttery and smooth. This products retails at S$43. As this is a limited edition product, I don’t want to miss Lunasol’s cream eyeshadow.

This EX06 Deep Red limited edition nail polish did not disappoint me at all. The formula is wonderful and flawless; not runny and very easy to apply.  I love how the gold flecks show in the nails. It’s a great color for daily use; gorgeous looking red nails! This retails for S$23.

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