Incognito Floral

July 21, 2014

I normally immerse myself in monochrome outfits on a regular basis, and when I am in the mood for anything bold I go for the extreme end. Case in point is this floral MSGM Jacket I bought recently which is definitely an eye-catcher so the rest of the outfit was just the simple basics.

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T-shirt – T by Alexander Wang (here)

Jeans – DL1961 (here)

Boots – Kors by Michael Kors (similar here by Stuart Weitzman)

Bag – Hermes Kelly

Sunglasses – Stella McCartney (similar here)

Necklace – Mimco

 

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I am very excited about the long awaited Nordstrom 2014 Anniversary Sale which has officially open to the general public. Sales are normally for past season stock, and what sets this event different to others is that it is designed to encourage consumers to buy the new stock from the fall collections, and everything will go back to their original prices once the sale ends. This event is also known for their exclusive beauty sets and Gifts with Purchases for most beauty brands. I would totally buy up a storm if I was in the US! Here is my compilation of some great fashion and beauty finds (my absolute favorite has to be this Vince drape leather jacket)!

nordstrom-anniversary-sales-finds-20141. Vince Drape leather jacket

2. Theory fisherman sweater

3. Classic Entier Crepe and Leather dress

4. Rag and Bone Newbury Boots

5. Gents baseball cap

6. Nixon watch

7. Tory Burch Sunglasses

8. Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude color set

9. Nars Cheek Palette

10. Cara spike hinge cuff

11. Rebecca Minkoff Leather Bracelet

12. V-Bar Open Cuff

13. Halogen Ombre Cashmere Wrap

 

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There are some great new collections of eye shadows being released this year – including the highly anticipated YSL 5 color Couture Palette. I bought them in 02 FAUVES and 04 SAHARIENNE recently and they look even more beautiful in real life than all the preview pictures I have seen online!

The packaging of the Couture Palette is picture-worthy  – the sleek gold case is ultra luxurious and glamorous. My only gripe is that they tend to show finger marks easily.

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The quality of these new eye shadows are divine and much better than their past collections. They are extremely finely milled and very firmly pressed so they feel quite solid and velvety to the touch. If you look closely there is an intricate woven print design on the eye shadows which I thought was very unique. The pigmentation of every single shade is highly rich, and you get the true color and intensity with only 1 gentle swipe needed. They are smooth and easy to blend. Contrary to the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quads (reviewed here and they are now available on Nordstrom!) which are best to be applied with brushes that tend to pick up more pigments (such as the Tom Ford or Hakohodo J series) , I like to apply the YSLs with very soft brushes such as the Suqqu eye brushes or the Chikuhodo z-series and GSN series (to be reviewed soon).

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The YSL 5 Color Couture Palette in 02 Fauves is a saturated warm neutral quads that is perfect for creating smouldering soft smoky eyes.

Color description:

Top Right -shimmering vanilla with an icy pink undertone

Top Left – shimmering rosy copper color

Bottom Right -shimmering medium brown (leans warm)

Bottom Left -shimmering dark brown (leans warm)

Middle – charcoal

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The YSL 5 Color Couture Palette in 04 Saharienne is a cool neutral quad. They colors are very versatile with mix of soft and intense colored shades which makes this palette more day time friendly, and the highlight for me is the stunning shimmery taupe shade.

Color description:

Top Right – shimmering pale golden champagne color

Top Left – shimmering pale pink beige (like a flesh color)

Bottom Right – shimmering true taupe color with an eggplant undertone

Bottom Left – shimmering medium neutral brown

Middle – shimmering intense dark brown (leans cool)

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Overall the YSL Couture Palettes are one of the best new eye shadows to own. The fact that it has 5 colors in the pan gives you more choices and options to wear them in different combinations. I almost forgot how fun and delightful it is to play with rich and saturated eye shadows, and the YSLs brought it back. They are available online here or here.

 

 

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Chanel is known for having the most classic and timeless nail colors. If you don’t have Chanel Le Vernis Frenzy 559, I urge you to get one please. It’s the most beautiful soft pale gray nude with a hint to taupe undertone that I have ever seen. The finish has just the right amount of sheer and translucency that makes this shade so soft and delicate with a sophisticated edge. Quality is excellent! And what I love about this shade is that it’s such a neutral shade that goes really well with either gold or silver jewelry. Bottom Line – whether you are into Chanel nail polishes or not, Frenzy is a must have!

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The YSL CC Cream is my latest obsession, as you an see I have them in both the ROSE and the LAVENDER. I had them for about a month now and I have been using them every single day which is rare for me!

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Before my review for the YSL CC cream, I thought I’d share my thoughts on CC cream in general first. Basically CC cream stands for color control, and they have been marketed as the “latest beauty breakthrough innovation” after BB cream. To me they are nothing new, I have similar products for correcting complexion colors many years ago, such as the Makeup Forever HD Primer Color Control which I absolutely love. After trying out many latest CC creams, I have concluded that the only difference is that the newer products have better texture (more creamy and fluid) and more moisturizing to the skin because they all contain some skincare properties. So they are good products to own, particularly for those of you who wish to correct the appearance of dull skin without using a dozen of products.

Many of you may also be confusing BB Cream with CC Cream. I have also purchased several CC creams of Korean brands that look and feel exactly like BB cream, but upon application the CC cream generally makes the complexion a lot brighter than the BB cream. I am not a big fan of those particular CC creams.

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I was sold to the YSL version after I read that my favorite Asian MUA swears by the combo of YSL CC cream and Youth Liberator Foundation (to be reviewed soon). Since I really like the foundation so I thought why not to give the CC cream a try! They come in 3 different colors – ROSE; LAVENDER and APRICOT, and all have SPF35 and PA+++. As a pink makeup lover I purchased the ROSE one first, and the lovely sales lady also gave me a generous sample of the Lavender one which I loved so much I went back and purchased it again!

The YSL CC Cream has a lovely milky and fluid texture. It is very refreshing and lightweight yet hydrating enough to the dry skin. It feels like a nourishing light skincare lotion, and it doesn’t enhance pores nor the dry patches. Both of them are very pigmented for a color corrector for the complexion, and I only need tiny a little bit (half of the pea size) for the face. They help to brighten, corrects and even out the complexion so it reduces the need for subsequent foundation. On days where I don’t feel like a full face makeup, I normally just wear this on my T-zone, under the eyes and along the cheekbone alone. It’s almost like an instant-highlighter-but-better that makes you look so fresh and well-rested.

ROSE brightens up the skin with a hint of pale rosy glow. It’s a pretty color that makes the complexion appears more youthful and radiant, and works great with other pink based makeup. However if you have some redness in the skin this product tends to enhance it.

LAVENDER helps diminish the look of sallow skin and yellow-looking skin. I love this because it makes my complexion appears so fresh and clean with a natural glow. I wore this on days where I had the worst flu, and I still got compliments on how great my skin looked, so this product must be doing something magical. I only apply this to the areas of the face where I would normally apply the highlighter, and the result is similar to “the moment you just take off your brightening mask”. Using this as a makeup base also helps other colored makeup show up better.

ysl-cc-cream-lavender-rose-review-swatches-2Swatch comparison with the Korean brands. On a quick note, Tony Moly Aura and Tony Moly BCdation makes me way too white and geisha-like. Hera CC Cream is more like a BB cream and isn’t worth its high price tag.

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I bought these at David Jones for $89 each. You can get them here or here with international shipping available.

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There is a great lineup of beauty tools I would like to talk about, and the RUSK MIRACURL is the first one that I’d like to share my thoughts on because I am just so excited about it! I have been very intrigued by this tool since it was released as it looked quite ‘magical’ to me, and it really made my day when it arrived in my hand!

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What it is

It is a hair curling tool that automatically curls your hair to perfect waves. Perhaps many of you would have seen this one in Australia already, or the Babyliss Pro MIRACURL in other countries. They are very similar in terms of look, function and performance, and they actually belong to the same mother company CONAIR but just under different brands.

How it works

It comes with 3 heat settings (230, 210 and 190) with the highest one for thick hair and the lowest one for fine hair.

There are also 3 timer settings with

- 8 seconds for loose waves

- 10 seconds for soft curls

- 12 seconds for more defined curls.

It also comes with 3 curl direction settings for right, left and auto.

- For a more neat and uniform curl, you can choose  the Left setting when styling the left side of the hair so the curl would always be in the same direction. And vice versa for the right side of the hair with the Right setting.

- For a more natural look, auto setting will alternate the direction after each curl.

As for me, I have medium to thick hair, and I normally use temperature setting of 210 with the timer set to 10 seconds in the alternating mode.

How to use:

Make sure your hair is dry and tangle free before use. For longer lasting curls, I normally prep my hair with a small amount of curling styling cream. Grab a section of hair (I find 3cm width is the best) and place the styler at where you would like the curl to start. Once you close the handle, the hair is automatically drawn into the curl chamber, and there will be beep sound indication based on your timer setting. Refer to this link for a more detailed video demo.

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My thoughts:

Amazing! And it is really fun and easy to use. It’s very different to the conventional curling irons/tongs, but once you get the hang of using this styler to create your desired curls (takes 1 – 2 practices), you would completely get hooked on it. Despite the ease of use, this styler gets a big thumbs up from me for delivering perfect curls consistently.  With a normal curling tool, my biggest problem is that the size of the curls can look inconsistent with some are too lose and some are too small , and I always had to go back and redo the curls. With the RUSK MIRACURL, it guarantees to gives you a professional result with absolutely no skill required.

I included some pictures of me styled with the RUSK MIRACURL. The size of the curl is equivalent to the standard barrel wand  in 1 1/4 “. As mentioned earlier, I normally use heat setting 210 with a styling cream (using Sebastian Potion 9 at the moment), and the curl lasts lasts through to the next day. You can get very defined curls with this tool, or you can brush the curls out to achieve a more effortless and loose curls look like what I did.

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Disclaimer: Big thanks to RY for sending the Rusk Miracurl for review.

 

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The sales are almost coming towards the end with more and more stock continuously being marked down, so I thought I’ll share another round of what I have found and bought lately.

I tend to buy clothes at full price (criteria is if I really love them) on a regular basis as I always have this fear that my size would be all sold out once it goes on sale. Case in point is this beautiful flowy silk Parker dress which has been discounted now – I bought this as soon as I saw it online and I literally wore it to death over the entire summer. Parker (as well as Tibi and Theory..) are my go to brands for affordable and not too over-the-top dresses in good quality fabrics. This dress is soft and slightly drapey with an asymmetrical hem which makes it unique, and the fact that it’s made of 100% silk makes the dress sit and flow on your body beautifully.

parker-ziyan-dressOutnet is my favorite online shop to find some good deals, and this fall I picked up two great items from them. One is the DKNY leopard print sweater in pink. I have a soft spot for anything in cheetah or leopard print done in a cute and funky way, and I just absolutely adore this sweater.

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I am currently going through a Jacket/Coat phase, and the Milly Chloe wool blend and leather coat is my newest addition. It’s a timeless-with-an-edge coat that I would totally buy at full price. The quality and the tailoring of this coat is amazing, so I am very happy with this ‘bargain pick’! And just letting you know that The Outnet is currently offering free shipping to Australia on orders over £200 with promotion automatically applied at the checkout.milly-chloe-wool-and-leather-coat

 

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On my nails this week is the Chanel Le Vernis Mirabella 623. It’s such a bright and happy neon orange color (has a hint of coral tone in some angles) that is perfect for both hand and feet. Swatch below is with 2 coats and a topcoat.  With nail polishes the most important criteria for me is whether the color is flattering against my skintone, and Mirabella certainly gets a big tick for that. It’s such a flattering color that I would wear on a regular basis.  And we all know that the quality of Chanel won’t let you down. This one is also of standard Chanel Le Vernis – smooth to apply to a streak free finish with 2 coats in a glossy cream finish.

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