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.

IMG_9604.jpgHere’s the brush of Dior Vernis Gel Effect as shown in the picture above.

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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 ;)

 

 

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 – Plush Shadow The Vamp Swatches + Quick Review

Marc Jacobs Beauty has made its way to Singapore! It’s been a while that beauty ehnthusiastics were waiting for this brand to arrive in Singapore. I was lucky as I was able to attend the launching of the brand in Sephora few weeks ago. All thanks to my friend who is very kind to ask me to go along with her.

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The Vamp is one of the unique palette compared to other MJ Style Eye-Con where it has mixture of neutral shades and colorful shades to play with.

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The packaging of MJ Style Eye Con is long and sleek. I find it to be a stylish palette and a nice eye candy. The slim shape makes it an ideal travel companion for me but not for my everyday make up bag. It comes with a fabric pouch with a clip at the end.

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As the name suggest, this eyeshadow consists of 7 shades ranging from neutrals to unique shades.

From the left :

  • midnight blue with iridescent shimmer
  • silver taupe sheen
  • matte off-white
  • metallic burgundy
  • metallic jade green
  • metallic golden brown
  • black with iridescent shimmer

The shade description is taken from Sephora website. 

The eyeshadows in this palette has nice pigmentation. The shade pops up nicely on first layer, but for the swatched below I applied two layers. The texture is generally soft and smooth, but I find that some shade has a smoother texture compared to others. The difference is not that much so I am fine with it.

My favorite shade from this palette has got to be the metallic burgundy and the metallic jade green. I have not worn the burgundy on me but I just love how it looks like when it is swatched on my arm. It looks feminine and the metallic shade adds the beauty into it. The jade green is a stunner to me! It looks glam and it makes a perfect subtle smokey eye for me.

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Thank you for reading

 

By: Meryl

Dior Fluid Stick in 575 Wonderland and 669 Rose Tricheuse

Hello!

It’s a lippie day! Dior launched Fluid Stick few weeks ago in ION Orchard and all the hype has been going around. I went to check out the colors and fell in love immediately with the texture and the finish on my lips.

Dior fluid stick is a hybrid lip product – the opacity and the pigmentation of this product resembles lipstick and the it has the glossy finish of a gloss.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick enables a flawless application in a single sweep: the high-impact colour and long wear of a classic lipstick, combined with the shine of a gloss, all in a thin film that delivers sensational comfort. Colour and shine come together as one for maximum impact with intense, long-wearing lip stain pigments directly encapsulated in spheres of gloss. Dior Addict Fluid Stick does not contain wax, but water for maximum lightness, an immediate fresh effect and addictive comfort 

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Dior Fluid Stick is packaged in a beautiful and luxurious glass packaging which has a similar cap to Dior Addict Gloss. There’s a transparent part of the packaging which allows you to see the color of each gloss.

Dior Fluid Stick can give sheer finish and also a full opacity finish. if I wish to have sheer finish, I will apply one layer and spread it all over my lip. In this way, the gloss is visible but the color is less opaque. I personally prefer to use Fluid Stick with full opacity to reveal the true color of the product. The product contains high gloss finish. This product is also very friendly to dry lips. It does not emphasize my dry lips nor it does not shows any flakiness of my lips while it’s dry.

The brush of Fluid stick comes with a sponge applicator. It is rather big for a lipgloss / liquid lipstick product, but it does help the application to be smooth. It has a pointed tip at the end of the brush to help a more precise application.

IMG_9517.jpg I picked shade 575 Wonderland and 669 Rose Tricheuse. I am surprised that I am picking up these two shades as they look very bright. If you have been reading my post for a while, I have always preferred to use soft pink or nude lipstick over red and bright orange. I had been looking around for the right bright coloured lips shade for me and I know I have found it! Dior Fluid Stick has made me feel confident wearing bold shades like these.

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Here’s the swatch of 575 Wonderland on my lips. Wonderland is a bright red pink.

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and here’s 669 Rose Tricheuse – I find this shade leans more towards orangey red but it is more wearable than Wonderland.

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This is certainly a great lipstick range from Dior especially for the bright shades. I have not tried any shade from the nude-ish range but so far the bright shades didn’t disappoints me. The gloss and the finish brighten ups my complexion. These shades lasts on me for about 2-3 hours before it begins to fade. I find that these stains a bit on my lip – so I’ll make sure that I clean it with lip remover on the end of every day.

 

Thank you for reading

 

By: Meryl

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in 20 Beige

Chanel PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET is a lightweight second-skin foundation. It naturally smoothes and evens out the complexion for a velvety matte makeup result.

The lightweight texture of PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET makes it perfect for normal and combination to oily skin. This ultra-soft emulsion instantly becomes one with the skin, transforming into a natural powdery matte finish that disappears onto the skin.
• The Perfect Skin Affinity complex acts in perfect affinity with the skin to maintain hold and radiance all day long.
• The “smooth-effect” powders selected by the CHANEL Laboratories diminish surface irregularities and instantly smooth pores.
• The patented* Perfect Light Control complex (combination of two semi-sheer hemispherical powders) perfectly evens out dark spots and lightens redness, without a hint of thickness.

Available in 6 shades. I always recommend anyone to try it before purchase and consult with the BA to get the right shade, mine is 20 Beige.

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I didn’t have a wide range of foundations, I only bought or tried them after I read good reviews from other beauty bloggers. I read couples of good review about this foundation and decided to visit Chanel counter which I am sure that I will come home with it. In this post I will compare Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet with all my foundations. But overall it has a matte finish and very light texture.

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In terms of packaging, I love how light it is and very travel handy. Though I like the convenience from the pump in my other foundations, I think light and compact packaging are far more important than pump.

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In terms of texture shown in picture above, its a bit runny and not as thick as Shu Uemura or Chanel PL.

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Last but not least. Face with Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet under indoor lighting and outdoor lighting.

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Hope the short thought about this foundation helps! I completely love this foundation because its light texture and have enough coverage for day to day activities. Or else layer a bit more if you want more coverage. Another good thing about this foundation is; it does not result in oily face even after all-day activities and I am not a kind of person who do touch up or apply more powder during the day.

But as I always mention give it a try first in person. I always ask the BA to try it on my face before buying foundation. You do not want base product that doesn’t suit you.

Thanks for reading.

By: Monica

Kiehl’s Micro Blur Skin Perfector

Hi ladies!  Today I am going to share something from Kiehl’s. This is one of Kiehl’s new release product – it’s Micro Blur Skin Perfector. So what does this product do? Basically it claims that provides both an immediate blurring effect to visibly transform the look of skin in seconds, and an improvement of pores and skin texture over time.

I have to admit that overall I am happy and thankful for my skin condition. However pores have been a concern to me too. My pores on my nose area doesn’t look good and I am constantly looking for product that will help me to improve my pore conditions. IMG_9458.jpg

Kiehl’s Micro Blur contains light reflectors to visibly transform skin, creating a smooth, pristine complexion. With Lipo Hydroxy Acid (LHA) and lentil extract, this skin care formula also provides long-term results, helping to refine skin texture, diminish lines, and reduce the appearance of pores when used daily.
The main ingredient in this products are:

  • Lipo Hydroxy Acid (LHA): An ingredient known to provide gentle exfoliation; used in this formula to leave skin radiant and smoother.
  • Lentil Extract: Helps to strengthen and tighten pores when used in the formula, providing a nearly poreless appearance over time.
  • Bark Extract: From the Guyana-native Bootlace Tree (Eperua Falcata), helps to smooth texture of the skin.  

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I have tested this product on the back of my hand to show the result of this product.
Swatch and Review
The picture below here is my naked hand. I did not apply anything here. You can see some visible pores there.
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The picture below is the back of my hand after I applied Micro Blur Skin perfector.
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As you can see in the picture above, this product gives instant result. My pores are blurred immediately and my skin looks so much smoother compared to the picture above. When I touch my skin, it feels smooth and it does not feel heavy at all. The product feels light weight and there’s no sticky feeling when this product was applied onto my face.
The product claims to improve skin texture by reducing the appearance of pores after 4 weeks. I have not tried this product for 4 weeks and have not seen any improvement on my pores condition. But I can definitely feel that this product gives instant result – it makes blurs my pores appearance immediately.
I use this product as a make up base after I apply my sun screen. Then after applying Micro Blur Skin Perfector, I apply Kiehl’s BB Cream or any other bb cream I wish to use on that day. It’s easier to apply BB Cream or any other foundation after I apply Micro Blur Skin Perfector as I don’t need to focus so much on covering my pores.
I also use this product when I do my touch up. After 6-7 hours when I see that my foundation/bb cream starts to fade, I will dab a tiny amount of Micro Blur Skin Perfector and apply it onto my nose area. In this way, my make up looks more natural and it covers little imperfection I have during the day.
Micro-Blur Skin Perfector will be available only in May 2014 island wide and it is retailing at $52 for 30ml of product
This product was sent over to me for review purposes; some information above is extracted from Kiehl’s Press Release Information. My review and swatches is based on my experience; it is unbiased and honest.
By: Meryl
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