Ok, sorry but this is a bit of a long post, where there's an LOTD, a mini product-review and snapshots of the M Party at the Fullerton Waterboat House - they're all interconnected so I wanted to put them all together :)
Here is the LOTD I wore to the M Party, where the new Magnum Gold (with sea-salt caramel) Ice-Cream was launched. I used one of my favourite and tried-and-tested eyelooks since I was really running late for the event but I really wanted to use Chanel Rouge Allure in SUPER, a limited edition Barbie-pink lipstick from the current Les Pop-Up de Chanel Summer 2010 Collection.
EYES: MAC Pigment in TEAL, MAC Pigment in VIOLET; I NUOVI TRU COLOUR Eyeshadow in RICH GOLD
MASCARA: YSL SINGULIER Mascara in BLACK
EYELINER (Lower Lashline): MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in BLACK RUSSIAN, set with MAC Mineralised Eyeshadow in CINDERFELLA
CHEEKS: I NUOVI ILLUMINA Skin Illuminating Pre-Makeup Base in DIVINE; MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in DOLLYMIX
LIPS: MAC Lip Pencil in MAGENTA (lined only); CHANEL Rouge Allure Lipstick in SUPER (Love this!)
Just a little morsel on the I NUOVI Illumina in DIVINE. I was given Divine to try out by the generous folks at I Nuovi. I did try it initially as a pre-makeup base (as it says on the bottle) - i.e BEFORE I apply my foundation but once I got all my foundation and powder on, I couldn't quite see it. Maybe it lent the whole face a soft glowy look that probably would be subtly noticeable in photos perhaps? I will try that method again but I decided to use it as a sort of base for my blush for this look - I squeezed a little on the back of my hand and used a baby kabuki brush to apply and buff it onto my cheeks quickly and then applied my Dollymix blush over it, for a golden-pink cheek. I think you can see the golden sheen more clearly in the snapshots of me at the M Party (featured towards the end of the post).
As shown above, Illumina is packaged in a palm-sized (30ml), screw-top opaque bottle - the product is dispensed via a slim nozzle (I like slim nozzles which allows less product to come out = less wastage!). It spreads really easily - that's the star point of this product - no patches, bald spots or a case of more shimmer on one area! It pretty much melds into your skin and I didn't find that it was sticky or patchy or worse, yet, 'floating' on my cheeks. And once you've sheered it out and set it with a powder (in my case, my powder blush) - its pretty much budge-proof. Ask Iris of Rougedeluxe or Mag of Makeup Stash who were at the M Party with me - I was perspiring like a chicken in the rotisserie but I checked my blush and it pretty much remained intact until I got home and washed up. According to I Nuovi, Illumina contains hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts to hydrate the skin and I neither got overly greasy (not anymore than usual) nor did my skin feel dry or patchy.
I really do like how Divine looks on my skintone - it sheers out to a soft (but not dull) bronzed-gold sheen and there are no holographic or shiny glitter chunks here. Illumina is available in a total of 3 shades: Divine, Aura and Heaven but the multi-reflective pearls (micro-shimmer) will likely look different on various skintones so if you're interested in this glow-in-a-bottle, you might want to head down to an I Nuovi store to check it out for yourself. Although its SGD$48 per bottle, I think it might be something that will last you for a long time, given that you don't really need to use thaaaaat much - and the folks at I Nuovi like to push all of us into a tizzy with their seasonal sales anyway *wink wink* so you might want to check this out the next time you head to I Nuovi or when there's a storewide sale. Here are the swatches of all 3 shades on my skintone:
L - R: HEAVEN, AURA and DIVINE
And here are some snaps of the M Party - I was so glad to have had good company at this event cos it was a "mingle-around" type of event. Many thanks to the folks at SINKID for extending the invites to us for this event!
Sara and me at the photo-taking wall - the backdrop was reminiscent of a mug-shot background
Iris and me grinning at our ice-cream. How nice if that "gold bar" was real, 24kt gold? I'll be RRRRRRICH! LOL!
Swwweeeetttt and smooth (really smooth) caramelly vanilla ice cream covered with golden-dipped chocolate ... sinfully sweet! I think my favourite Magnums are the original and the almond-covered ones. But it was such a hot and humid night that the smooth ice-cream started melting pretty fast and we slurped away ... yeah, slurping away at a chi-chi event. Groan ...
The Event Invite
Party Favours. Magnum Pleasure Authority? Hmmm .. are they kidding or is there some fan club? Or am I being silly?
As you can see, the invite and the party favours, a gold, ice-cream shaped luggage tag and a notebook fashioned as a passport, was travel-themed. Perhaps this was in line with the promotional ads where the 2 ice-cream "theives" swipe a whole load of Magnum Golds and "getaway"? Or the fact that sea-salt caramel (a French flavour?) and Madagascan vanilla are exotic flavours so you're "transported" to a different place? Or maybe I'm reading too much into it and its just a fun theme? LOL! At any rate, the flashy gold luggage tag will sit pretty on the handle of my hot pink squarish suitcase that's been adorned with my MAC FAFI Collection stickers. I need to go on a holiday now - both the luggage tag and the suitcase are new and begging to be used. Hee hee hee ...
DISCLAIMER: All products featured, with the exception of I Nuovi products, were purchased with my own money. I am neither affiliated to, nor is this a paid/sponsored advertisement by, I Nuovi. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced by anyone.