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Qwic-Pic: Beguiled By The Wicked Beauty of Chanel Malice


Dec31
Hello!

The Holiday 2012 collections, as many Holiday collections are, were absolutely beautiful but this time  round, I exercised far more restraint than previous years. One of the few Holiday 2012 products I made sure I got my hands on was Chanel's Malice.

 

They sure bestowed a rather wicked name to an enchantingly beautiful nail lacquer. Perhaps they were going for a "it's so good, it's bad" vibe. It grabs you from "hello" and refuses to get out of your mind. 

Deep dark reds with shimmer like Malice is not an uncommon shade - especially for Autumn/Winter and Holiday collections. OPI, China Glaze and Zoya have definitely done lacquers in the similar shade family before - OPI Royal Rajah Ruby comes to mind but I believe that is marginally darker. Comments on Temptalia's post throw up many suggestions for dupes and similarities but I don't want to compare Malice to anything. It's gorgeous, a perfect flawless formula, wears impeccably for a good number of days and is one of those shades that's just perfect for elegant dinners and parties. 

Malice GLOWS - it's one of those polishes that is deeper and darker around the edges and sort of comes to life in towards the centre. You can see that deep-glowy multi-dimension in the bottle.

Like I mentioned - impeccable formula and I'll have to admit that many Chanel polishes seem to have a beautiful formula that gives you great coverage with just 2 regular coats. Even the pale pale pink that Chanel Frisson is had a beautiful formula. 

Chanel Malice is photographed below with flash and in natural sunlight - in the pictures, I have on 1 coat of Orly Calcium Gel as base coat, 2 coats of Chanel Malice and 1 coat of Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat.

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And my bottle of Malice is even more enchanting - I snagged it at just under SGD$27 because my dear friend Joey helped me purchase this at the airport (Thank you again Joey!) 

I have this obsession for the last quarter of this year for deep dark reds, rubies and crimsons and Malice fits the bill perfectly. I've reached for it several times since purchasing it already and it's one of the most loved lacquers amongst my newer acquisitions. If you have yet to check it out, you really should!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fab day ahead!

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Disclaimer: Product featured purchased with my own money. All opinions expressed are my own and unbiased.


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Qwic-Pic: CLIO Art Collection Featuring Art Eyeshadow in Forte Gold Green and Art Blusher in Rose Pink


Dec28
Hello!

Hope you had a fab Christmas and are all happily gearing up for the New Year festivities :)

A little while ago, I received some products from CLIO's Art Collection. In this entry, I'd like to focus on the Art Blusher and Art Eyeshadow 1.5 (I'll feature the Twisturn Eyeliners in a separate entry). 

The Art Collection was created in 2005 and was very popular in Korea after its inception - the packaging features art work by various artists and was declared as a best-selling range instantly. While the packaging is a draw, I really love the eyeshadow trio and the blush and can understand why this collection drew rave reviews. 

Before I move on to the blush and the eyeshadow, here's a quick look at the lipstick and lipgloss.

Available in 6 shades - Red, Pink Beige, Orange Coral, Vanilla Pink, Paris Pink and Grace Pink, the Art Lipstick (SGD$23.90) contains sunflower oil and kernel oil to keep lips moisturised. 

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The Art Lipgloss (SGD$23.90) is also available in 6 shades - Nude Cherry, Glow Orange, Pink Shot, Glam Cocoa, Lucid Peach and Apricot Peach. The highlight of the gloss apart from its Vitamin C and E enriched formula is the dual-sided applicator - one side is a flocked padded applicator while the other is a spatula. Chantana has clear pictures of the applicator and swatches of the lipgloss in Glam Cocoa HERE

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Moving on to the Art Blusher and the Art Shadow 1.5 - I love these!

The Art Blusher (SGD$33.90) is available in 4 shades - Peach, Pink, Rose Pink and Orange Peach. It is available in either a single solid colour or a marblelised variation. The blusher I received is in 4 Rose Pink and is a single, solid shade.

It comes packaged with a semi-circle shaped flat brush with very soft bristles - the brush is not scratchy but I prefer using my own blush brush with this blusher for a more controlled application.

The blush itself reminds me of the Mineralised blushes from MAC. The texture is smooth with no grittiness at all and when worn, it has a lovely glow to it. Rose Pink is a medium rose shade interlaced with very fine golden micro-shimmer that makes for a very glowy cheek.

In the swatch shot above, I swatched it a little more heavily so that you can see the glowy, iridescent blush.

And finally, we have the Art Eyeshadow 1.5 - these are available as Duos (SGD$23.90) or as Trios (SGD$25.90). As with all baked eyeshadows, thesecan be used dry (for a natural look) or wet / foiled for greater intensity. there are 14 shades available in all.

I received mine in a versatile colour combination - 405 Forte Gold Green.



Forte Goldgreen is a lovely trio of a Khaki Olive Green, a pinked brown and a white-gold. All 3 shades had excellent colour pay off, with greater intensity when used with a damp brush.

I liked how the trio was more or less pretty evenly split - some baked eyeshadows have an obscene amount of one shade in particular and a way smaller portion allocated to another (and more often than not, the shade I like the most will be in the teeniest section!). A regular sized eyeshadow brush (I'm using the flat eyeshadow brush from The Body Shop) fits perfectly in the different sections without messing up the other shades.

Here is a simple look I pulled together using the Art Blusher in Rose Pink and the Art Eyeshadow 1.5 in Forte Goldgreen.

I used the Khaki Olive Green all over my lids, the pinked-brown on my crease and the white gold on my browbone; I used all of the eyeshadows with a damp brush.

Base and Foundation: Olay White Radiance Sunblock; RMK Creamy Polished Base in 00; Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation in 734 Rich Beige; Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage Concealer in SC-7; Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder in Golden Orange.

Eyes: CLIO Art Eyeshadow 1.5 in Forte Goldgreen; CLIO Gelpresso in Golden Black (waterline); Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black (upper lashline); MUFE Aqua Cream in Black (lower lashline); Dollywink Volume Mascara in Black.

Cheeks: CLIO Art Blusher in Rose Pink

Lips: Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in RD305 Nymph

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CLIO Professional point makeup is available exclusively in all Watsons stores - I adore the Gelpressos and have a stash of them. From the Art Collection, the baked blushers are really worth a look. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend ahead ;)

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Disclaimer: CLIO products featured were furnished for review purposes by the brand. All opinions expressed are my own and are unbiased.


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Qwic-Pic: One Colour For Everyday Of The Week - 7 Make Up Store Nail Polishes To Love


Dec28
Hello!

Make Up Store is currently running a promotion with OCBC Credit Cards - choose 2 polishes from its regular range for just SGD$22 (i.e SGD$11 each) which is essentially a Buy One Get One Free offer. It is valid till the end of December 2012 which is a few days away and I picked up a few.

In light of this offer, I thought I'd showcase the nail polishes from Make Up Store which are really pretty impressive. 


Let's start off with the polishes from the Holiday Collection, Bon Bon - this collection features 2 stunning shades (this collection unfortunately is unavailable for the OCBC BOGO offer when I checked). The great thing about Make Up Store which I mentioned in my post on the Summer collection is that Make Up Store might have Limited Edition Seasonal Collections but the collection is not removed from the store once that season is over - instead, the shades are merged into the existing permanent range and is still sold while stocks are available. In this way, you can still get your hands on seasonal collections if you change your mind or stumble upon the collection. 

I didn't purchase either polish from the Bon Bon Collection but now I feel I should get SILJE - Initially, I thought SILJE was an ordinary red creme shade but on second thoughts, it is the typical kind of red creme I adore - not to light, not too pinky, not to berry. It's just right. NESJA is a beautiful antique khaki gold which applied streak-free even with a rather haphazard swatch application in-stoore.


Here are the other 5 that I have with me - an assortment of cremes, shimmers and sparkle finishes (these are part of the regular range which are all available for the OCBC BOGO)



Let's take a closer look at the packaging first. All polishes come neatly packaged in a rectangular black box with a little window to show you what shade is ensconced within.


The names of the nail polish are printed on the back of the boxes - I like that they use names and not numbers. A lot of the names are very Eastern Europeanesque.


There are various finishes for the nail polishes - Glossy, Sparkling, Shimmer and so on. The ingredients for each nail polish finish is printed on every box.


The nail polish bottles themselves are little cylindrical bottles topped off with a matte black cap. The bottles clear with black prints that read Make Up Store; the matte black cap is embossed with the "M" insginia. The cap is sturdy and comfortable to hold.


The brush is nornal sized and shaped and does a good job of applying the polish on the nails.


My experience with the formula is really great - all the polishes I own, including the 2 from the Bon Bon Collection, SILJE and NESJA that I swatched in-store, had great formulas. Smooth, easy-flowing, creamy and opaque in 2 coats. Sometimes very nude or very deep shades (both which I am featuring), can have cuticle drag or bald spots but no such issues here. Since the polishes I am featuring span a few shades and a few finishes, I am tempted to say that overall, the Make Up Store nail polish formula is stellar and impressive. 

All the polishes have a glossy, shiny finish to them - none of the polishes pictured below have a top coat on them. (All polishes photograped with one coat of Orly Calcium Shield and 2 coats of Make Up Store Nail Polish).



MALIN is a very glossy, creamy nude that has ribbons of ultra fine nude shimmer in it. It reminds me of cream-coloured marble.


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CHARMAINE is a teal-blue shimmer polish - it actually looks like a subtle scattered holographic polish to me and the holo effect is the most pronounced under very bright light (or in indoor flash photograpy).


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ANNA is a supremely smooth deep eggplant - it has a blackened-blue tone to it in normal or low lighting but the purple tones are obvious in brighter light. I don't know why but ANNA stole my heart and I actually went back to the store just to get this one. Very glossy finish (no topcoat used) and dried down pretty fast also. With careful application, this could be a one-coater.


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NADJA is a very pretty ruby red with fine fuschia pink micro-shimmer running through it. This one was just a little less opaque than the rest - you can see my nail line very faintly. A second thicker coat or a third thin coat should do the job. I like this one because the fuschia micro-shimmer adds some dimension to it but doesn't overwhelm or upstage the ruby red base.


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MERIT is a very rich chocolate brown laced with a lot of gold and red micro-sparkles. I love how rich and saturated it looks - like molten chocolate dusted with gold.


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I really am impressed with the stellar formula, application and finish of the Make Up Store polishes. I like the range of colours they carrry - neons, soft nudes, sultry vamps, alluring blues and luminescent metals.

There is bound to be something you like in their extensive range. I also noticed that some stores have a few other shades that other stores might not have - for instance, I don't recall seeing Merit in the VivoCity store but found it in the 313 store. 

With the OCBC BOGO offer for 2 polishes at SGD$22, this is a perfect time to dive headlong into these polishes. I'm totally pleased with mine and very tempted by SILJE!

The Make Up Store is located at Paragon, VivoCity, Raffles City and 313@Somerset.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Disclaimer: Malin and Charmaine were furnished by the brand for review purposes; the other polishes were purchased with my own money. All opinions expressed are my own and are unbiased. 


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Qwic-Pic: Bring On The Bubbly With Models Own Champagne


Dec24
Hello!

Everyone's in the holiday mood and this is when all the sequins, sparkles come out to shimmy and shine - makeup and nails are often the best way to incorporate a little dazzle in your get-up. While crimsons, rubies and wine shades are often choices for Autum/Winter and Holiday nails, brighter, gilded shades are also apt for party nails. One such stunner is Champagne from Models Own.





Models Own Champagne is a beautiful gilded champagne in an intense foil finish. It is perhaps the truest champagne shade I own - it's not too golden, not too brassy, not too yellow and yet, not too white. I think it strikes a beautiful balance between warm and cool so that even on warmer skintones like mine, it doesn't lean too pale or stark. 

Formula-wise - Champagne is top-notch. This is not the first Models Own polish I own and I've erstwhile had good experiences with them (I own the duochrome Beetlejuice collection and Indian Ocean), this formula amazed me. Totally streak-free, smooth and almost opaque in one coat (I did 2 coats just for good measure) with hardly any bald patches or cuticle drag despite a really quick paint job late at night. Despite the intense foil finish, once dry, the polish was smooth to the touch and very glossy. 

In the photos below, I have on 1 coat of Orly Calcium Shield, 2 coats of Models Own Champagne and 1 coat of Seche Vite Quick Dry Topcoat.






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I thought that Champagne looked a little similar to 2 other polishes in my stash - Orly Rage and Chanel Delight. 



Upon closer inspection, there are subtle differences ...





Orly Rage has a more pink tone to the base while Chanel Delight is far warmer and a little more brassy than Models Own Champagne. All 3 more or less have the same foil finish, except Chanel Delight which has teeny tiny silvery micro-sparkles in it. 

Foil-finish polishes are a favourite of mine - often easy to apply and they have a spectacular glitzy effect to them. Models Own Champagne is definitely one such beautiful nail polish.

In Singapore, Models Own cosmetics and nail polishes are exclusively available at Watsons. 

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            Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! Happy Holidays!

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Disclaimer: Product featured was furnished to me by Watsons. All opinions expressed are my own and unbiased.


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Qwic-Pic: New Essence Polishes At Watsons Featuring #113 Do You Speak Love


Dec11

Hello!

Watsons has brought in the revamped Essence nail polishes that feature a different bottle shape, a different brush shape and a different volume. Together with these, Watsons has also brought in some of the Special Effects Topper polishes like shatter polish and glitter.


I picked up a couple of things from the Essence counter and here's a look at the polishes first.


The Nail Art Special Effects Topper was the last piece standing - it is 02 Circus Confetti (SGD$4.50).



I haven't used it yet but you can tell from the bottle shot that it is in the same vein as Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday and a tonne of other similar polishes that followed it like OPI Rainbow Connection, Milani Gems and so on. I swatched it on the nail wheel and it applies well - not patchy and no bald spots. All the glitter in it seems to be hexagon-shaped - green, blue, gold, silver, red, purple, pink, orange, with a smattering of more tiny multi-coloured hex glitter in the mix. More on this in another entry :)

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The re-designed Colour & Go (SGD$2.90) bottles are cute - shaped like a little vase with a bigger bottle cap that is easier to hold. The bottles hold more polish now - 8ml, up from the previous 5ml but what I like most is the more ergonomic design of the bottle cap and the new brush.



The new brush has more of a rounded tip which makes polish application easier. As is the case with the other Essence polishes I own, the formula was smooth, flowed easily on the nail and was not streaky.

The range is limited - there were reds, pinks, corals, oranges, a yellow and gold. What happened to the glitter ones, the blues, greys, teals and all the other funky shades they had? But I spied 2 red shades I liked and they came home with me.



Fame Fatal (which I think was also available in the older packaging) is a bright scarlet while Do You Speak Love is a deeper crimson.

I've been wearing Do You Speak Love since Sunday morning and I really like the shade - it's deep and yet bright and very attractive. 

In lower lighting, it looks deep and vampy but it brightens when light hits it. The photos below feature 1 coat of China Glaze Nail Strengthener and Growth Formula, 2 coats of Do You Speak Love topped off with 1 coat of Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat.



*** Do You Speak Love is a little deeper than this in real life; it tends to photograph more vibrant.





I also tried to move away from a squarish nail shape to a more oval one - I think I prefer this oval shape although the square shape seems to be easier to create/maintain.

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The made-in France polishes are of great quality and it's always nice to see new collections on our Watsons shelves. I was too late and missed out getting Grumpy from the Snow White collection - the affordable price-point and the more-than-decent polish quality makes these a popular choice. I love these as much as I love my other polishes but I just wished the new Colour & Go range available here featured more exciting colours. Soon perhaps! Till then, you might want to check out the new polishes in the Essence display - I do notice they re-stock often so you might see something delicious!

                       Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead!

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Qwic-Pic: A Red Ribbon Manicure for World AIDS Day 2012


Dec01
Hello!

1 Dec marks World AIDS Day - it is a dedicated to raising awareness of the disease and expressing an international solidarity in the face of the AIDS pandemic. Each year, World AIDS Day is marked with a theme - from 2011 to 2015, the theme is "Getting To Zero: Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination. Zero AIDS-related Deaths". 

This year, I wanted to have a little contribution to raising awareness on the blog too. So for the first time, I've attempted a fauxnad (nail stamping plate) to create a Red Ribbon manicure. The Red Ribbon as you all might know, is the official, global symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV.



Being the first time I'm playing around with these nail stamping plates, it took me a few tries to get the full design to transfer properly. I also learnt a valuable lesson - I can't have the fan on while stamping my nails! I'm really rather happy that the biggest ribbon in the design is more or less fully transferred on my nail :)

For this Red Ribbon Manicure, I used a nail stamping plate BM-321 from the Bundle Monster Nail Plate Collection 2012. Here are the polishes used:


  • OPI Black Onyx and Anna Sui Nail Colour N in 003 for the sparkly black shade on my index, middle and pinky fingers
  • Zoya Freja on the ring finger
  • A-England Perceval for the red ribbon stamp 
A closer look at the ribbon stamp design on the plate:

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MAC Cosmetics has a dedicated fund for raising awareness for HIV and AIDS - the MAC AIDS Fund. It also has a year-long available lip product collection called VIVA GLAM whereby every cent from the sale of a Viva Glam lip product goes into the MAC AIDS Fund. I've read that the proceeds of the sale of 1 Viva Glam lipstick can fund the HIV testing of FOUR babies.

The Viva Glam collections are fronted by various celebrities and for 2012, pop sensations Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin are the faces for Viva Glam 2012.


For Holiday 2012, Nicki's Viva Glam lipstick and Ricky's Viva Glam Lip Conditioner are available as a Holiday Gift Set


If you want to contribute to the movement, this set is a beautiful way to do so. There are several other shades in the Viva Glam Collection also - I have 3 Viva Glam lipsticks - IV, VI and Viva Glam Cyndi, with Viva Glam VI being one of my favourites.

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There are many ways to show solidarity with the World AIDS Movement - spread the word, wear a red ribbon or get in on the action with the purchase of a Viva Glam lipstick - either way, let's hope that the theme of World AIDS Day of Getting To Zero doesn't remain a mere theme but becomes a reality one day.

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful weekend.

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Disclaimer: This entry contains some images courtesy of the MAC Singapore website.


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Qwic-Pic: Rose, Rose ... I Love You


Oct28

Hello :)

Roses have always been a weakness - I think they are one of the most beautiful flowers ever, not just because of the age-old association with romance and love. The soft velvety petals ... the myriad of beautiful colours they come in ... the many many uses in fragrances and beauty products ...

Pink roses are gorgeous but the ones that always make me weak in the knees are this crimson variety - the petals often have that plush velvet look to them that make them look regal.


The rose has made a huge comeback this year - there are more beauty brands including the beautiful rose in their products and fragrances. Skincare brands love the rose for it's restorative, hydrating and balancing properties and are often used in anti-ageing and hydrating products. The scent of the rose is also said to have a calming, positive effect on the user - any positive association is a natural boost to the complexion. 

The New York Times recently ran an article pointing out how the it is now the year of the Rose and how it has made a comeback in the worlds of the apothecary, beauty, fragrance and even fashion. Larry Yeo had posted a link to the article on Facebook which I read with great interest, seeing how I personally love using rose-oriented products. You can read the NY Times article HERE.

Here is my personal Ode to the Rose - the beauty and fragrance products I'm featuring in this entry are some of the rose products I reach for very often.


Starting off with Lush Turkish Delight ...



Made with a base of rose water, infused with rose oil and rose absolute, this creamy whipped body polish is a dream to use. It's like an in-shower moisturiser - after I've soaped up and rinsed off, I scoop a little of this and apply to my wet skin and massage it in. Once I've rinsed off with cool water, skin is super soft and smooth and gently scented with a powdery rose fragrance.


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When I first started off with a proper skincare (use of masques, weekly treatments, etc) when I was about 16, 17 years old, I was too scared to use anything from mass brands - I stuck with herbal, ayurvedic and DIY products only. Even my first proper introduction to the world of non-Indian or ayurvedic skincare was to Clarins - that too, because it was mostly plant-based. Ayurvedic or Indian herbal skincare often masks and scrubs that come in powdered or grain form and they will require a mixing medium to make a paste - for that, they always recommend using Rosewater. Rosewater is also recommended as a toner.


Rosewater as a toner has a cooling, soothing property - it instantly refreshes tired skin and makes it feel very comfortable. Rosewater is said to clear skin of excess sebum and is considered to also keep acne at bay.

The Khadi Pure Rosewater (right) was a gift from my chum Joey (who also gifted me a Neem / Margosa powder face pack to use with the rosewater).  The ShaRose toner (left) is from a very famous Indian Ayurvedic skincare and cosmetic brand, Shahnaz Husain and is further enriched with dates. 


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And finally, one of the fragrances I've been reaching for on a regular basis - Jo Malone's Red Roses.


To be honest, it was Penhaligon's Peoneve (reviewed HERE) that made me crave a pure rose scent on my skin - Penhaligon's Peoneve is a spritelier, spicier version of a rose fragrance and I was reminded by how much I loved rose and craved the traditional old-fashioned rose scent.

When I initially bought Jo Malone's Red Roses, it was with the sole intention of layering it with Jo Malone's Vintage Gardenia. On its own, I found Red Roses a little overwhelming and the violet leaf and lemon accords at the top notes wasn't quite what I was looking for. When I finally overcame my bias and used it on its own, I was blown away by the beauty of it - the green and citrus accords dissipate in no time, the pure rose heart unfolds like a rose blooming in fast-forward motion similar to what you see in nature documentaries. I love the YouTube clip below!

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My latest rose crush? This gorgeous Rose candle from Diptyque - the whole of Escentials at Paragon was enveloped with this gorgeous scent and it just filled me with happy thoughts. I really want to get one of these soon ... Edit: Just found out it's SGD$102!


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Here are reviews and mentions of some other rose-based beauty products I've featured on the blog so far:

 

Badger Balm Rose Geranium Soap Bar - HERE

Penhaligon's Peoneve - HERE

Penhaligon's Elizabethan Rose Shower Gel - HERE

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Skincare Collection - HERE

Lush Imogen Rose Solid Perfume - HERE

Shu Uemura Depsea Water in Rose - HERE

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day ahead :)

 

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Disclaimer: All products featured were purchased with my own money unless otherwise stated. All opinions are unbiased and my own. I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned.


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Qwic-Pic: Your Lips, Your Voice, Your Vote - Help Make A Difference With The Body Shop's Dragon Fruit Lip Butter


Oct01

Hi!

I'm still struggling with work but here's a quick nugget of info I'd like to share with you.

 

The Body Shop supports several causes and has launched a couple of campaigns over the years - Stop Domestic Violence, Stop Human Trafficking are notable campaigns in addition to it's committment to cruelty-free beauty and Community Fair Trade.

 

This year, The Body Shop Foundation has launched a campaign with a twist - you, the consumer, gets to choose where the proceeds are channelled to.


There are 2 charities that have been handpicked by The Body Shop - ACRES and the Tan Tock Seng Patient Care Centre (PCC).

ACRES is a Singapore-based internationally-registered NGO which promotes animal welfare - a cause close to The Body Shop's heart. It has 6 core focus ares: Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Tackling The Wildlife Trade, Addressing Zoo Animal Welfare, Humane Education, Community Outreach and Promoting Cruelty-Free Living. The funds channelled to ACRES will be used for Education Programmes by ACRES as well as to support rescue and sanctuary efforts by ACRES. The 2 causes ACRES is representing under the auspices of The Body Shop Foundation is AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING and PROTECTION OF THE PLANET.

 

Tan Tock Seng's Patient Care Centre is a community-based hospital project that was first established in 1997 to provide support and programmes for patients afflicted with HIV/AIDS. The progammes conducted by the PCC help patients by providing peer support and interaction with volunteers and healthcare workers, which is critical in helping them gain self-confidence and self-esteem. The cause that PCC is representing under the auspices of The Body Shop Foundation is ACTIVATE SELF-ESTEEM.

How can you play a part? Purchase a Dragon Fruit Lip Butter and choose which cause, represented by ACRES and Tan Tock Seng PCC, you would like the proceeds of your purchase to be channelled to.


From 1 Oct 2012, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the Dragon Fruit Lip Butter will go to charitable causes. Specifically, 80% of the proceeds will be divided among the 3 causes represented by ACRES and Tan Tock Seng's PCC, while the remaining 20% will be channelled to The Body Shop Foundation's Global Grants Scheme. 

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We always talk about "giving back to society" but sometimes we struggle a little, trying to find a great way to do so. The Body Shop Foundation's charitable drive is a great way to get in on the act. 

Thanks for stopping by always; have a lovely week ahead. Fragrance and makeup reviews will be up soon! :)

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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated to The Body Shop. All opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.


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Qwic-Pic: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Apparition - Comparisons & A Look


Sep16

Hello!

A quick post just to showcase one of the newest Illusion D'Ombres from Chanel - Apparition. Apparition was one of 2 new Illusion D'Ombres that premiered with Chanel's Blue Illusion Collection recently (click HERE for collection details and feature of Le Vernis in Sky Line).

Apparition is the deeper smokier shade of the two new Illusion D'Ombres and is described as an "intense greyish blue" by Chanel's Creative Director Peter Philips.


Like I've mentioned in other posts, I tend not to use the Illusion D'Ombres on their own - given that these often have a glimmering effect to them, I prefer patting or smoothing some on either on the whole eyelid or on the centre of the eyelid (where the iris would be) for a little pop. 

I was looking at my blue eyeshadows to pair it with - here are a couple of comparisons to show you how Apparition compares with some other deep blues.


I picked out Sephora Jumbo Liner 12 HR Wear Waterproof Crayon in Marine, Inglot 428 Pearl and L'Oreal Colour Infallible in All Night Blue. I picked these because these are the deeper (less bright) blues in my stash.




At first I thought L'Oreal Colour Infallible in All Night Blue would be the closest to Apparition - apparently, I was wrong. All Night Blue is far more blue than Apparition and has brighter blue microshimmer in it. Sephora Jumbo Liner in Marine and Inglot P428 are also far more vibrant and bluer in comparison.

 

Apparition has a much smokier base - at the edges of the swatch which is a touch sheered out, you can see that the base is more of a deep charcoal grey rather than a navy or indigo. Looking at the photos now, I'd say it has a "dark-wash denim" tone to it. The paler silvery-greyish shimmer in it gives it an edge - it catches the light at particular angles, making Apparition glimmer, where it otherwise smoulders.

 

The swatch you see above is a relatively heavy swatch. Among my other Illusion D'Ombres, I use Graphite (khaki-pewter with gold glimmer) and Vision (gold glimmer) the most - in comparison, Apparition feels a touch more wet and slightly sheerer, requiring a slightly more heavy hand for it to show up more opaquely. Layering does not seem much of a problem, thankfully - it goes on smoothly when patted over or smoothed with my finger tip. To this end, I had on this look for more than 9 hours (from about 2pm to about 11pm) - there was no creasing, flaking, smudging or fall out.

 

Here is a quick look I pulled together earlier this week using Apparition.



Here's what I used for this look:

BASE:

Olay White Radiance Sunblock (click HERE for review);

Smashbox Hydrating Primer (click HERE for review); 

Burberry Sheer Foundation in #10 (click HERE for review);

Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage Concealer in SC-7 (click HERE for review)

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Golden Orange

 

CHEEKS:

Topshop Creme Blush in Pinch

Benefit Box O'Powder in Bella Bamba (click HERE for review)

 

EYES:

NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base

L'Oreal Colour Infallible in All Night Blue

Chanel Apparition 

Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black 

Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Peacock (waterline)

Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara

 

LIPS

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip in 2C

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #29 (click HERE for feature)

 

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One part of me is just itching to get hold of the other Illusion D'Ombre in Destination from the Blue Illusion collection - I'm just going to ignore that nagging little voice and wait for what wonders might be in store for Holiday 2012. I can't remember if the new Illusion D'Ombres are permanently available  though.

I'm not googling and keeping abreast of the upcoming collections for now - I don't want to get caught up in it like I always do. So far, the only Holiday collection I've taken a peek at is Guerlain's Holiday 2012 and I like what I see!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day ahead with your loved ones :)

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Disclaimer: Product featured was purchased with my own money.


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Qwic-Pic: What I've Been Up To ...


Sep07

Hi!

Things are a little messy right now - school work (it's like everyday I try to finish that one piece and it never happens) and then there are other things happening.

I also had a little breakout situation on my lower half of the face - so new skincare had to stop but thankfully it's gone away now and I'm resuming the usual routines and trying out new things.

My Mom and my chums keep good company so that's a blessing. A lot of backlog on the blog but it will all come out slowly but surely. This is something I enjoy and I want to relish the photo-taking and the experience of trying the products out as well as pouring out my thoughts - on that note, I've been taking LOTS of pictures of all the new and accumulated goodies I've hauled and received so those will roll out one by one.

In the meantime, here is a brief snapshot of what I've been up to :)


My lightbulb sort of burst in my room and I had to shift all the piles and piles of bags with goodies and when I started sifting through them - I realised I had lots of things remaining unused because they're new and have yet to be nicely photographed. So I've been carting stuff, one lot at a time, and photographing them - natural bright light is really the best: colours are accurate and everything just looks so clean, pristine and great.

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Then of course, there's new makeup to play with - these are all CPs thanks to dear Elaine and I'm chuffed over these! 

 

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And more polish hauls - I've eaten humble pie. I used to think that pastel creme polishes are so blah but I finally realised their value. So pretty and delicate - I was totally lemming the Models Own Ice Cream Sundae Boxed set but shipping is crazy so I headed to Etude House instead - the polishes are reallllly nice for the price. The 2 A-England polishes in Galahad (aqua creme) and Guinevere (lilac creme) - I had my eye on them for a while and snagged them when A-England had a sale recently. So glad I got Galahad - it's really soft but bright.

 

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Then again, how long can I be kept away from glitter? It took me a while to hop onto the Indie bandwagon but a lot of them are really hard to resist. I have one more Indie polish on its way to me so I'll do a little series on these - they are AWESOME. A little sidenote - if you have any polishes from All That Glitters, DON'T TOUCH THE LABEL WITH WET HANDS - the print COMES RIGHT OFF. The bottle on the extreme right - it was a gift from Elaine and it's All That Glitters Cha Cha Twist. I touched with with wet fingers (I was at the pool taking photos) and it came right off much to my annoyance. The beauty of the polish more than makes up for that minor boo-boo though.

 

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The cap of my NARS eyeshadow primer broke and I didn't want to let it dry out so I wanted to depot it - I didn't want to depot it into the usual sample jar - I feel that's so messy so I googled around and found a suggestion to use a twist up pen - similar to the Stila lipgloss pens HERE. I have no idea how that girl pulled apart the Stila lipgloss pen but I found these empty ones on eBay and they were inexpensive. I sliced the NARS primer tube apart and filled the empty pens slowly - works awesome and the brush applicator is so convenient. 

 

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Fixing my hands - my hands are very rough. I don't know why and it frustrates me to no end. And ironically, I HATE wearing moisturiser because it feels all icky and sticky and I'm fidgety to start off with so then I get moisturiser everywhere.

But I recently got very determined to fix this problem - I bought a pair of Organic Cotton Moisturising Gloves from The Body Shop and I tried out a couple of body creams with ok results. But 2 nights (I only use the gloves and creams at night) in a row of the Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream and I SWEAR I feel a difference - it's not princessy smooth yet but much softer. This is a deluxe size (30ml) and will finish soon, at the rate I'm going. I'm definitely picking up the full size.

 

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And moving on to the non-makeup related things ....

 


I've always had a soft spot for spots :P Polka dots make me very happy (happier than stripes make me) and the polka dot nails and Marty in Madagascar 3 just cemented my love for polka dots. This is one of my latest acquisitions - my red polka dot bag. I love it so much, I want to carry it everywhere, with everything! Nicely made - sturdy and neat and I think you can't expect any less from Korean manufacturers.

 

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Speaking of made in Korea - my friends are Kpop, Kdrama mega-fans (I call them KpopKrazies actually). Usually, I'm the one who does all the psychobabbling - this time, they psychobabbled me into watching a Kpop music video, my first ever. This one is by Girls Generation and goes Gee Gee Gee Gee Baby Baby Baby (cue scissor leg movement) - I've got to admit, rather entertaining. 

 

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Quality time and sky-gazing with the parents - I spent a lovely evening at Sembawang Park with my Mom, after chauffering Dad to a nearby place and we all went off to eat tandoori and prawn briyani after that ...

 

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I used to have a tennis coach and then it got so expensive and I had no one to play with - my place has nice tennis courts but no tennis-ball shooting machine (is that what it's called?). But I badly wanted to start playing racquet games again - so I've managed to psychobabble my chums to play badminton with me weekly. This sunscreen makes me GLISTEN in the sun :P

 

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On that note, I've been also trying to watch what I put in my mouth a little more - not always successful but I'm playing with portions now - also trying very hard NOT TO EAT CHOCOLATE ... and hence, I resort to this instead


Incidentally, I ventured to Mustafa (which is like a stone's throw away from my place) WITHOUT LIPSTICK OR EYESHADOW :P I never used to do that!

 

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Thank you to my dear friends who always have something nice to say, drag me somewhere and find things for us to do. Thanks also to my parents, Mom especially, who does everything for and with me.

I recently re-read some of my maiden blogposts and in terms of the photos and writing, I think things have gotten much better from how I started off. I'd like to thank all of you who've come by often and have been part of this journey with me - it means a lot, truly.

  

As always, thanks for stopping by and have the loveliest weekend ..



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