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I was going to post my review for the Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric Blushes which I have already sneak peeked on my Instagram, but I got sidetracked with the arrival of my Charlotte Tilbury Order from Net-A-Porter (as mentioned in my previous post they are currently offering free shipping to certain countries for all orders). Always enjoy the shipping service provided by NAP as it took only 2 days for the package to arrive! This is my first Charlotte Tilbury purchase and my feelings for the products are quite mixed as some are absolutely fantastic whereas some are let downs, so I thought I’ll quickly share my initial thoughts.

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Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette The Dolce Vita – Absolutely Amazing! This is my favorite product out of this order, and I would say if you can only have one product from this line – this is the one!  The picture doesn’t do this eye shadow palette justice, as it looks far more beautiful and complex in real life. Review for this product will be posted shortly.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow – Another must-have product from this line. I am not a fan of using shimmery bronzer on me, however this product surpassed my expectations. Both the bronzer and the highlighter are stunning and look flattering on my skin tone. If you apply the shimmery bronzer light handed, it gives a lovely warm glow to this face that works for my fair complexion. Review for this product will be posted shortly.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Coachella Coral and B*tch Perfect -  My feelings for the lipsticks are mixed – love the colors and the quality of the lipstick, but I am quite peeved at the packaging. It is very lightweight and looks quite cheap for its price (nowhere near as luxurious as the YSL or Tom Ford lipsticks). Somehow I feel that the packaging is “inspired” by those free Estee Lauder lipsticks that are always included in their gift-with-purchases during the Christmas time lol..

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lacquer Hall of Fame - I am sorry to say that but I am very disappointed with this lip gloss. The swatch online shows a lovely milky pink color, but the actual color is pretty much transparent. I don’t mind a clear lip gloss if the quality is great, but this product looks and feels downright cheap, and it has a typical vanilla scent that reminds me of those cheap $2 lip glosses you find at the sales bin at the local drugstore.

 

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Net-A-Porter is currently offering Free Shipping for All Orders which is a perfect opportunity to stock up some of their exclusive beauty products (their free shipping normally requires a minimum order value of at least few hundred!). I thought I’d share my wishlist of the beauty products that I am planning to purchase, as well as the ones that I absolutely love and frequently buy from NAP.

1. Sunday Riley Ceramic Cleanser – I have talked about how much I loved Sunday Riley products a long time ago in my blog, and one of my favorite skincare product from the brand is this Cleanser. It’s a great gentle cleanser for all skin types that retains the moisture of your skin and feels uber luxurious.

2. Sunday Riley Cellular Face Oil – I am a big fan of face oil and I have been eyeing their newest product for a while. Love the gradient bottle design and I have heard nothing but wonderful reviews of this gem.

3. Anya Hindmarch Cosmetic Case - A perfect vanity case for traveling in style!

4. Original & Mineral Original Detox Shampoo- This is the best detox/clarifying shampoo I have ever used! I always buy several bottles of this from NAP.

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – I raved about this product on my Instagram. It’s my favorite highlighter kit now as the colors are so versatile and they add a beautiful soft glow to the skin. Good to see that it’s finally back in stock!

6. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner Pillow Talk – This is the brand that I am dying to try so I took this opportunity and ordered a few products. I have heard mixed reviews about her products and I would love to test them on my own. I have been looking for a good nude lip liner for so long and this one looks fool-proof to me.

7. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow -  As we all know this palette has caused a stir and sold out within a short time when it was on Nordstrom. So happy to see that this palette is now on NAP!

8. Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – Planning my next holiday so I am on the lookout for some beach-friendly makeup! Love the color of this one.

9. Kevyn Aucoin Lip Gloss – Can’t get my eyes off this beautiful bright pink lip gloss.

10. Philip B Lavender Hand Wash – The most important bathroom essential to me is a heavenly scented hand wash housed in a gorgeous bottle.

11. Kevyn Aucoin The Shimmer Shadow Set – I always love the idea of carrying small roller balls whether they are for fragrance or makeup. Love the neutral color of this set and they look great for adding a wash of shimmer colors to the eyes for retouching makeup.

 

 

 

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Ankle booties are my biggest weakness when it comes to shoes – I have them on literally all year round. This year the western boots are the style to look for, and Toga Pulla is an emerging Japanese designer brand with their signature western boots that are trending all over the world.  I was tossing between Toga Pulla Buckle Ankle Boots and the famous Chloe Suzanna which are quite similar, I went for the former because I love the unique design with their signature exquisite embellishments such as the leather fringe at the toe and the embossed plate on the heels. Moreover, both of them cut at the ankle but the fact that this pair has heels means that they will not make my legs look stumpy! Price point is not so bad for a designer shoe as they are in the lower spectrum, and I am totally smitten by their quality.

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I have been quite infatuated with stacking up bracelets and rings for a while – they look simple but I personally think that there is a lot of thought involved in having the right amount of accessories in the mix. The beautiful Cartier Juste Un Clou Ring in gold was my birthday present from my DH. I have always wanted a nice statement ring which doesn’t look too chunky on my fingers, and the Cartier was just perfect for the size and its unique design. I like to wear it with some dainty and sparkling midi rings, and my favorites are the Vita Fede rings. (I have previously raved about how gorgeous their accessories are in this post). Altogether they don’t look too overwhelming on my hands, and they are actually quite office appropriate.

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Vita Fede Mini Crystal V Ring Rose Gold (cheaper version here)

Vita Fede Ultra Mini V Pearl and Crystal Ring Gold

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Stripes and Tweed

August 6, 2014

I am very much into the crop top with flare skirt siluoutte lately. I bought this crop top from Zara a while ago as a motivation to encourage me to lose the post baby weight, and I am so glad I can finally strut it after all the hard work! The tweed flare skirt is from my favorite brand Theory who do the best office-appropriate wear with a fashionable spin to it. Really loving their Fall 2014 collection and this lovely dress is also on the way. (SAKS is having a shop and save event for up to $250 off with code CNTMP14 ). The shades by Thierry Lasry has a lovely translucent taupe frame with marbling detail which is hard to capture in the picture. It is definitely on the higher end of price range for me, but they hand-make the most beautiful translucent gradient over-sized frame and I wanted to take a break from wearing the usual black shades.

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Top – Zara (sold out, and similar here and here for under $70)

Skirt – Theory (bought here)

Sunglasses – Thierry Lasry (bought here)

Bag- Celine

Shoes – Aquazzura (link here and reviewed here)

Bracelet – Hermes

 

Two deals alert

Shopbop is having new markdowns on lots of new items

SAKS’s shop and save event for Contemporary wear (2 days only)

 

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Beauty Wishlist

July 27, 2014

My current beauty wishlist include some neutral eye shadow palettes, a foundation and some fragrances which are the 3 main things I am obsessed with lately. The most exciting product has to be the new Tom Ford’s Traceless Perfecting Foundation that has just been released – I haven’t bought any Tom Ford’s foundations yet because I was eagerly awaiting for this one! My second must purchase item is the Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatica as my all time favorite fragrance is the Bottega Veneta Eau De Parfume, and this lighter and fresher version of it sounds alluring!

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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)!

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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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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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