2017

The matte lips trend has been going strong for a while, and as much as I still embrace the look,  it is exciting and refreshing to see that a lot of my favorite beauty brands are releasing new lip formulas in glossy finish! The Chanel has recently released the new Rouge Coco Gloss Moisturising Glossimer (bought here in Australia), that is one of my all time favorite lip gloss which I have been collecting over the years for all the pretty and juicy colors! The new release comes in 25 new shades from soft nudes to vibrant colors in a more lightweight and moisturizing formula. After staring at the official online swatches for hours, I picked my top 3 colors – 172 Tendresse, 738 Amuse-Bouche and 756 Chilli.

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The new formula feels more lightweight,  non-sticky with much better-lasting power with the darker colors almost feeling like lip stains. It is packed with lots of moisturizing ingredients such as peptides and vitamin E so it also hydrates, smoothes out the lip lines, and instantly plump up the lips for a more youthful appearance. The intensely high-shine finish reminds me of how much I used to adore the pretty glossy look. I love this vibrant color in a lacquered jelly-like finish as it adds a more youthful and fresh spin to the makeup look.

Another thing worthy of mention is the newly designed applicator that comes in a cocoon tip. It makes the application super even and smooth, and the curved tip follows the natural contour of the lips for a more precise and better control.

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Closer look

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172 Tendresse is a soft peachy pink color with beautiful pink shimmer in a translucent gloss finish. Looks great to layer on top of lipstick, or wear it alone for a hint of color as swatched.

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738 Amuse-Bouche is an intense bright red with pink undertone in a translucent gloss finish.

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756 Chilli is a true bright red in a translucent gloss finish.

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Fashion New In

March 19, 2017

Sharing two of my favorite recent buys in this outfit post. The Stellar McCartney Platform Brogues and the Victoria, Victoria Beckham Striped Blouse with ruffled trimmed sleeves. The shoes are super edgy and unbelievably comfy that are true to size, and come in an array of colors and patterns! The Victoria, Victoria Beckham is her diffusion line where you can get her design at quite an affordable price point. I love how she transforms a business-like stripe blue cotton blouse with a touch of ruffles on the sleeves in a relaxed fit – which makes an easy and chic wear for the office as well as for off-duty.

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Top – Victoria, Victora Beckham (also comes in white)

Jeans – Rag and Bone

Shoes – Stellar McCartney

Bag – Hermes Constance

Sunnies – Tom Ford

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I have been loving the By Terry Eye Base Prime To Fix (also called Eyelid Base Perfector) a lot lately. Basically, it’s an eye-shadow primer, and it has the most luxurious hydrating formulas I have ever used. I have had the highly popular primers include Nars, Too Faced and Urban Decay, and By Terry stepped up the game by offering a makeup product that can be doubled as an all-in-one eye product for color correction, plumping and smudge proof.  I love how lightweight yet hydrating the formula is for my sensitive eyes while it delivers a great job of holding eye makeup for the whole day.

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If you find that your eye primer feels too heavy, drying and can look a little cakey, then this product is worth a try. It has a fluid milky consistency that applies like a luxurious eye lotion and provides instant moisturization so you can even skip your eye lotion. It has an ivory tint from the tube but applies translucent, and it makes the skin appear more even-looking and fills up the fine lines for a more youthful look. The formula is closer to skincare, as it applies silky smooth and dries to a semi-matte finish after a few seconds, rather than coating the eyelid with a layer of silicone. It helps the eye shadow to glide on easily, maximizes the intensity of powder and cream shadows, and prevents them from creasing for the whole day for me. Since the formula is much more hydrating than the conventional ones, this product is most suitable for normal to dry, sensitive or aging skin around the eyes.

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I bought the By Terry here with free worldwide shipping, and it is also available at NAP and Saks.

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Following on from the sell-out success of the Instant Look in Palette -Natural Beauty from last year which I absolutely adore, Charlotte Tilbury has recently released another Instant Look in a Palette – Seductive Beauty (Limited Edition). The concepts are the same – an easy and quick to use all-in-one palette for the whole face for women of all age groups. The Seductive Beauty offers more dramatic coloring than Natural Beauty, with slightly darker colors for the eye shadows and the blushes, so it can transform your look from day to night.

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The new palette is of the same high quality as the previous release. It contains 3 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer and a face highlighter – in harmonious complementary colors.  The palette is made in Italy, and all products are of decent sizes, so you won’t have the problem of accidently running into other colors with a brush. The powders are luxurious – they are finely milled and apply silky smooth and blend seamlessly without any fallout.

Left Natural Beauty Right Seductive Beauty

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Closer look between the two palettes.

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Color descriptions for Seductive Beauty

Eyeshadow 1 (Highlight): A shimmery ivory champagne color for highlight.

Eyeshadow 2 (Enhance): A true neutral taupe color in satin finish.

Eyeshadow 3 (Smoke): Dark brown with gold shimmer.

Cheek 5 (Swish): A soft salmon pink color with very fine shimmer. Looks so pretty as a base blush color that will never make you look like a clown.

Cheek 6 (Pop): – A neutral pink color that compliments the other cheek color. Add it to the center of the apples for a more dimensional look with a pop of color.

Face 4 (Bronze) – A warm medium brown in satin finish. Great for soft contouring or a sunkissed glow.

Face 7 (Highlighter) – A gorgeous shimmery pink champagne that adds a soft candlelit glow to the face without overdoing it.

Swatch for Seductive Beauty

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Comparison Swatches to Natural Beauty

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charlotte-tilbury-instant-look-in-a-palette-seductive-natural-beauty-review-comparison-swatch-1 Bottom Line: I love this palette. Every color in the palette is what I would reach for every day as they are extremely flattering and easy to use. This palette fits the concept perfectly as it takes very little effort and time to create a beautiful natural-looking makeup. It contains Charlotte’s 7 iconic and most-loved shades. If you want to start experimenting with her brand, this is the product to go for as it is good value for money and you get to have the best colors from Charlotte Tilbury! Also, the highly popular Natural Beauty palette is back in stock for a limited time due to high demand!

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SK-II is the skincare brand that I religiously re-purchase from as their star ingredient ‘Pitera’ works really great for my skin, and most of the products I have used truly deliver as what they claim. Lately, I have been using the trio of Facial Treatment Essence, RNA Power Radical New Age Essence, and the Genoptics Aura Essence, and I am loving the results, so I thought I’d do a combined review for the three of them.

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The Facial Treatment Essence is my holy grail essence water. Over the years I have used a fair number of high-end essence water and most of them were great, and somehow SKII is the only one that I continuously buy over and over.  I have praised it in many of my previous skincare routine posts, so I won’t go into the details. Overall this is an all-purpose gentle lightweight water lotion that deeply hydrates your skin for all skin conditions, and since one bottle has over 90% Pitera, it helps to exfoliate, clarify and refine the skin for crystal-clear skin. The best way to use this is to saturate the cotton pad with the lotion and leave it on the skin for a few minutes and immediately you will see your skin appear more clear and refined.

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After applying the Treatment Essence, I apply a few pumps of the SK-II RNA Power Radical New Age Essence which is their latest anti-aging breakthrough. It works to combat all signs of aging for a more firming, radiant and poreless complexion. In my opinion, this is a great beginner’s anti-aging serum for people who are in their 20s or early 30s. It has a lightweight non-sticky milky lotion serum consistency and absorbs into the skin immediately. It mildly hydrates the skin, and over a period of use, I have noticed my skin texture appears more refined with more clear pores. The serum alone did not blow me away, but I do like the overall result when it is combined with other SKII results, as I feel it also helps to boost the effect of other products. Price range and target customers are equivalent to the famous Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder (not for sensitive skin), or Lancome Genifique. I have used all three of them, and I would say the Estee Lauder improves the skin texture the best, Lancome Genifique is better for reducing pores and fine lines, whereas the SKII has a better repair power that heals and elevates the overall health of your skin.

The Genoptics Aura Essence is officially my Holy Grail brightening essence. I loved the result of their previous Genoptics, and recently SK-II released the Genoptics Aura Face Essence with an improved formula. The new version is more hydrating, and the texture feels so soothing and luxurious on the skin. It deeply hydrates the skin (almost like a hydrating serum), and it has a lovely milky essence lotion consistency that spreads and absorbs into the skin without any tackiness. Immediately I notice a more brightened complexion imparting a soft glow, and overnight I wake up with more plumped and radiant skin that is never dull even with a few hours of sleep. It also does a great job for whitening and keeping the pigmentation at bay. I was quite tanned after my recent Hawaii holiday, and I have now gone back to my normal shade after using this serum for a month, and my freckles have also faded. Overall I love this essence and I am already on my second bottle!

 

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My quest for the perfect matte Liquid Lipstick never ends, and today I am sharing my thoughts on the Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color. The colors I picked include Burnt Spice (from the new collection), Lady be Good and Rich & Restless are from the original collection.

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As much as we adore the matte finish at the moment, it is not an easy task to the find a good non-drying formula. It is always a little tricky to tell how they perform when you are trying them at the counter, as some formulas tend to feel more drying and even cracking on the lips over time. I didn’t have a high expectation for the MAC formula as I have heard some negative reviews about them, but surprisingly the retro matte wears comfortably on the lips for a day without drying my lips – for the colors I have picked. It also doesn’t enhance dry patches and flakes on the lips. For the same price range, I prefer the MAC more than Kat Von D (reviewed here) as the consistency is more creamy and less drying for delivering the same full matte opaque finish.

From top to bottom: Lady be Good; Rich & Restless; Burnt Spice

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The Retro Matte is also insanely pigmented, as one teeny tiny dab of color is enough for the whole lips to show the true color (I think one tube can last a year of daily wear!). It applies creamy at first and gives you about a minute to blend and define the lips before it dries down to a full matte finish like ink on the lips. In the swatch, I applied it with a lip brush so it looks nice and clean in the picture. In real life, I prefer to apply and smudge it with my fingers to achieve a more subtle and effortless ‘just-kissed’ lips.

Color Swatch

Burnt Spice – a rosy terracotta

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Rich & Restless – A pretty and bright warm coral color that makes a great statement without looking too bold.

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Here is a FOTD selfie I took with my phone wearing Lady Be Good.

Makeup used in the FOTD

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Base Makeup – Sisley Double Tenseur Moisturizing Gel (reviewed here)/  YSL CC Cream Lavender (reviewed here) / Tom Ford Traceless Foundation / Chanel Le Blanc Compact Foundation (reviewed here) / Dior Sculpting Stick (reviewed here) / Hourglass Sponge /

Color Makeup – Chanel Blush in Hyperfresh (reviewed here) / By Terry Eye Base Primer / Dior Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed here) / Chanel Le Volume Mascara Waterproof / Lancome Duo Kohl (reviewed here)

 

 

 

 

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Shopbop Sale is here again!

February 28, 2017

The Shopbop’s Big Event Sale with up to 25% off entire order with code GOBIG17 is happening again! How exciting as I have been holding out on my shopping just for this event which I tend to fulfill a lot of items from my wishlist.

I am loving my Victoria Beckham’s aviator so much as they are feather light, crystal clear and leave no marks on the nose bridge (bought the blue color in mirrored lens earlier on as shown in the pictures), so I’ve decided to add another pair in the classic gold color. Since my sunglasses collection is outgrowing and I can never seem to find the pair I am after, I will also be getting a few of these sunglasses organizers from Shopbop. I have been eyeing on them for a while as they are quite pricey but they look so well-made and sturdy, so it is worth the splurge to store the designer sunglasses. In the OOTD, I am wearing this beautiful bohemian playsuit from Camilla’s latest collection that is perfect for your summer weekends or vacation!

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Sunglasses – Victoria Beckham

Playsuit – Camilla

Diamond Bar Necklace (very dainty) – Gabriela Artigas

Hat – Helen Kaminsky

Shoes – Stuart Weitzman (currently 60% off here, and 40% off here!)

Bag – Hermes Lindy 30 Trench

Lipstick – Kat Von D Lolita (reviewed here)

Shopbop Sale’s Info – Sales ends on the 5th March

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Mid-Blog Crisis?

February 27, 2017

I was meant to post a review today, and somehow it turned into a totally random ramble for me.  I am currently going through a phase that I feel burnt out from juggling the demands between my full time job, blogging and looking after a 3 yr old who takes most of my time. I am taking some time to think how to re-prioritize and get my life more organised and efficient! If you have any good tips and ideas please don’t hesitate to share them with me.

I’ve seen so many of my fellow blogger friends quit blogging after becoming a mommy, and I have to say that this idea is always on the back of my mind as it will make my life much easier and less stressful. On the other hand, I love blogging very much. It is the only avenue for me to share my creativity, as well as my love for beauty and fashion! Hopefully I will have a better solution, so I can be more efficient with blogging and expand my blog with wider content, as I know many of you are interested in seeing more lifestyle posts from me such as a home tour, my wardrobe, my collections, and how I organise my makeup, shoes etc..They are work-in-progress I promise!

Found this cute picture with my boy who loves photo bombing and copying me! I have been literally living in these Bally Slippers (that can also be worn as loafers) ever since I got my hands on them (always sold out in Australia). On my boy he is wearing the Burberry Kids Polo and the cutest Mini Birkenstock.

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