Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Monte Carlo and Sourire

This post is supposed to be up since a month ago but because of many things I only get the chance to post it now.  My love for Rouge Coco shine has been growing since my first purchase of Evasion 6 months ago. I have been wearing Evasion regularly and I am surprised that I have used half of it :) When Chanel released few more colors last month, I decided to grab few more colors. Recently I purchased two Rouge Coco Shine 70 Sourire and 62 Monte Carlo. Sourire is a newly released Rouge Coco Shine, this was released in May. Monte Carlo is an oder shade but i have no clue of when this was released.

Sourire

Sourire is a pink petal color that looks very beautiful when swatched on my arm. The pink color is not that extreme yet gives that natural fresh looking to my skin. Currently I am very much in love with this lipstick and keep on wearing this everyday. The thing I love about Rouge Coco Shine range is that whatever color that you pick, it won’t look too much as it emphasizes on the shine of the color.

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is a sheer red with minimal pink glitter inside. I want to start using red lipstick for dinner but I really can’t stand looking at my face with a red bold lipstick. Whenever I am wearing a red lipstick, I always end up removing it at the restaurant and change it to a daring pink color. Rouge Coco Shine Monte Carlo offers a red looking lip in a sheer look. At first when I tried this on my lip, I’d still feel weird to see a red lip on me. However as I kept on looking, I feel that this lipstick is worth a try.  It doesn’t look as daring as other red lipstick in Rouge Coco range.

I think this lipstick is more suitable to people who wants to start wearing red lipstick but still uncomfortable looking at themselves in a red lip color. Monte Carlo provides a sheer red finish so that people like me would still feel comfortable looking at themselves with a red lipstick.

Final Thoughts:

I think Chanel Rouge Coco Shine range has never disappoint me. There are many colors in this range yet it provides a sheer and natural looking finish. It’s very suitable for people who loves natural looking lips with a high shine finish. I don’t have any regret buying these lipsticks. If you are looking for a sheer looking lipstick, Sourire gives you the perfect color; whereas if you’re looking for a red lipstick but don’t dare to wear a bold red, you can give Monte Carlo a try.

What do you think of this range ? Tell me in the comment box below :)

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Baking Series: Double Chocolate & Walnut Brownies

They said it’s your passion if you love doing it even you are not getting anything in return. That’s what I felt about baking, I love to bake and share to others :) From now on we will post about baking. I thought it’s a good idea to share my baking experiment to everyone and also for myself to keep in track what I have created and which recipes I have tried. Last weekend I baked something simple and I have done it couple of times already. This time I tried Martha Stewart’s Recipes.

Nut Brownies (adapted from Martha Stewart Recipes)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Stick (113gr) unsalted butter, softened, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 ounces (226gr) semisweet or bittersweet chocholate chopped (I use chocolate button to save cooking time)
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (Again, I use crumbled walnuts to save cooking time :p)

Methods:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C . Butter an 8-inch square baking pan; line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. Butter parchment. Whisk to combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of gently simmering water; remove bowl from pan. Add sugar; stir to combine. Add eggs, and mix to combine. Stir in flour mixture just until moistened (do not overmix). Stir in nuts. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top with offset spatula.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with only a few moist crumbs, 25 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Use parchment to lift brownies from pan; transfer to rack to cool completely. On a cutting board with a dampened serrated knife, cut into 16 squares. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 30 days.

Makes 20-25 squares

When baking, I always adjust the sweetness level. Most of the people that I know dislike overly sweet desserts, so with this recipe I adjust the sugar to 1 cup only. One thing I should say no one say no to Brownies, totally a crowd-pleaser :)

Jill Stuart Eye Jelly Midnight Shine #09, Crystal Sky #08, Frosty Candy #11

During my trip to Taiwan, I bought few items from Jill Stuart. I bought the blush from their summer collection Lantana Honey 3 eye jellies and few nail polishes. In my post on Lantana Honey, I have shown you my love on Jill Stuart products. I have to say once again that their packaging is gorgeous. In my opinion when you are buying expensive product, firstly you need to make sure that the quality is compromised. Other than that you really need to look at the packaging too. If a packaging of a product is way too normal and yet I need to pay such a hefty price, I don’t think I would get the product. Jill Stuart’s products quality are mainly good and their packaging is fantastic. I have no regret buying their products. In the past I have also reviewed Jill Stuart Eye Jelly in Antique Chiffon #13, you may read the post here

I bought 3 eye jellies during my trip; Midnight Shine #09, Crystal Sky #08, Frosty Candy #11. Firstly, I’m going to review  Midnight Shine:

Midnight Shine is a dark purple shimmer with a hint of black and blue. I fell in love with is the first time I swatch it on my arm, the dazzling shimmer makes me love it even more. According to the SA at Jill Stuart SOGO Taipei, this color is their best selling color. It’s great as it doesn’t look frosty on the eye. This color is recommended for a night look.

Crystal Sky

At first this color didn’t look appealing to me. I was hesitant to get this as the color looks bold enough. I wasn’t sure whether this color would be great as a base or as a crease color. Then the SA told me this color would look good as a base and then I can put a lighter color on my inner corner and put a darker color on my crease. I agreed and finally I bought this. I would describe this as a purple color with a hint of taupe and pink. I have never tried this on my eyes yet but hopefully soon enough I’ll do an FOTD with this.

Frosty Candy

I swatched this together with Midnight Shine and I was sure to get this too. The pink shimmer looks too good to be passed on. When I looked at the swatch, I am sure this would be a good pair to my taupe and dark brown eye shadow. Moreover when I read “frosty candy” on the label, somehow this eyeshadow reminds me of a pink cotton candy. Well I am not a big fan of cotton candy, but I love starring at the cute pink color on cotton candy.

In the pictures below, I swatch the colors both under the sunlight and indoor light.

sunlight

indoor lighting

I prefer to see the color in indoor lights. They doesn’t look frosty in indoor lights. Whereas in direct sunlight, Crystal Sky and Frosty Candy look a bit frosty. I think I need to be careful when applying these colors on the afternoon. I should make sure that I don’t apply too much of this otherwise it will look frosty.

Final thought:

From these 3 eye jellies, Midnight Shine is my absolute favorite. It’s gorgeous and would look great even if it’s applied by itself. Frosty candy is a good base color for a neutral eye look. Crystal Candy is a good-to-have eye shadow. It’s not bad but good enough; if you’re a Jill Stuart fan, go and get it.

For those of you who wish to buy Jill Stuart online, you can get it in ichibankao.com or adambeauty.com (I am not affiliated with any of these sites)

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Another haul and experience with HopShopGo!

Some of you probably realized how things in Sydney here are mostly overpriced and I’m in a point where I get tired to pay almost double in cosmetics or skin care products. Then I thought I just try HopShopGo service where they gave me US address and I can have my items sent to my US address and they will forward it to me here in Australia. After browse and ask them questions I finally ordered few product, its quite a long process though. So I ordered some from Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. I would suggest buying from Saks because they allow the billing and shipping address in two different countries while Nordstorm can’t (I could be wrong but I tried and Nordstrom can’t process my order). So for Nordstrom I use ‘Buy For Me’ service which they buy on my behalf but incur 10% service fee while for Saks’ order I used ‘Ship For Me’ service.

They have excellent and easy access website which you can track your item has arrived or not in the US address etc. My Nordstrom package arrived first in US address (you can track it from your account) and guess what, 3 items with weight only 200 0r 300 grams, they charged me 1.5kg (they do charged based on dimension of the box). It shocked me because I ordered much more from Saks and how much they gonna charge me. Luckily, my Saks’ package only weight 1kg, I don’t know why but total shipping cost me around AUD40. I’m happy with it, when I get my package I know why there is a weird shipping cost calculation.

The first picture is from Nordstorm using ‘Buy For Me’ serivce, such a big box for 3 eye shadows with no padded, bubble wrap whatsoever. Fortunately, nothing broke. I assumed that’s not the initial package from Nordstrom, while the Saks package is so lovely, padded nicely and the box totally fit perfectly with the items I bought. Overall, its worth it if you buy few things and I would use ‘Ship For Me’ service but maybe not the ‘Buy For Me’ service.

Enough with the rambling, now here’s the interesting part:

I also bought Burberry Sheer Summer Glow which has been reviewed by Meryl :) That’s all I’ve got from US but I didn’t stop at that I also  got couple things from Singapore, Ebay, etc.

I blame my exam anxiety for all this damage to my wallet :p Proper post with better quality pictures coming up in a week or less I hope, once I get my camera back from my friend who borrow it for Lady Gaga’s concert.

Anyone can recommend other shipping companies other than HopShopGo? Also share your experience with HopShopGo, I would love to know as well.

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Jill Stuart Haul and Summer 2012 Blush #14 Lantana Honey Review

Currently I am such a blush and cream shadow hunter. Call me crazy but every time I see a nice blush or cream shadow, I feel like buying them. I bough these products when I went to Taiwan last month. I love it so much there and I bought many items there, you can see my haul post HERE . In this post I am only going to review Blush #14 Lantana Honey, I will be writing review for the 3 eye jellies in a different post. 

Honestly I am not a big fan of Jill Stuart and its cutie princess packaging. Somehow it’s too cute for my liking. However Jill Stuart products have won my heart. Although I am not a fan of princess type packaging, I have to say I love Jill Stuart :)

Jill Stuart Blush has the prettiest packaging ever. I love to see the design of the packaging and the color combination of the blushes. Staring at them makes me happy.

The blush I am reviewing today is from Jill Stuart Summer 2012 Collection; #14 Lantana Honey. You can see the Jill Stuart summer collection in the gorgeous Rouge Deluxe blog When mixed together, you’ll get a pink blush with a hint of shimmer. The blush is also equipped with a brush. I have to say that this brush is the best complimentary brush in a palette. I am sure I won’t have to bring another blush brush when I am travelling. This brush is good enough to be used.

As you can see in the swatch above, when the blush is blended altogether it looks pinkish with a bit of peach in this picture. I love pinkish cheek as it brighten up my whole look. When I want to have a more pigmented cheek color, I will just swipe my brush on the colors at the bottom. The two colors at the top can also be used as a highlighter for the cheeks or even brow bone.

I am comparing this blush with some other blush in my stash that I think would be quite similar, they are Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Rose , NARS Orgasm and MAC Peachy Keen.

As you can see, Jill Stuart is the pinkest among all colors. NARS Orgasm and MAC Peachy Keen looks quite similar. I have written a comparison between MAC Peachy Keen and NARS Orgasm for your reference. You can see how this blush look on my cheek in the picture below.

Thank you for reading and hope you like it :)

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