Hello everybody! I’ve been very hardworking and been updating on Instagram very regularly, so I don’t feel like I’ve been gone. In fact, it makes me a little lazy when it comes to proper blogging, because I have to take photos using my DSLR, edit, upload, write an essay, etc. LOL! On Instagram, you get Read More ...
Well, it’s nearly half way into 2018 and I thought I’d put up an empties post. More of an update post, actually because I’m not going to talk about these products in detail. I just want to say that out of these, I’ve only repurchased the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel because it’s my favourite and Read More ...
I bought this from Cult Beauty when they finally carried Viseart. Viseart is a French brand, which I think is gaining a cult following. It’s not a mainstream brand, I don’t think, and for the price, I expected a lot. I bought Neutral Matte because it’s one of the easiest colour palette to work with Read More ...
Here’s a little review of the latest YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balm. Basically, it’s a tinted lip balm in liquid form. A lip gloss with lip balm benefits if you will, but so much better than a lip gloss. In case you didn’t know, I’m not a fan of glosses. Aesthetic wise, I really have Read More ...
It’s been more than a month since I updated my blog. I didn’t even realize it’s been so long! Maybe it’s because I’ve been doing some short and sweet reviews up on Instagram that makes me feel I haven’t really been gone. It’s been a very exciting 10 days for us Malaysian, ever since our Read More ...
The Chanel Les Beiges is back and it is available first of May. I could wait until closer to the launch date, but I really want to show you. Chanel Les Beiges is about enhancing your natural look so expect some sheer and glowy goodness. My personal makeup style always leans toward natural. I like Read More ...
Motherhood is hard. It’s the evening of 9 April, and I’m sitting here, finally calmed down from what happened this afternoon. I picked up Ashton, my youngest, now 3 and a half years old, from school and we decided to get some baby spinach and Sriracha. We ended up getting more than that, but that’s Read More ...
When nothing is sure, everything is possible – Margaret Drabble
I never thought I’d still blog, 8 years on. I lost track of time, and 8 years is a LONG time for me to stick to something. I’m a self pronounced fickle schmuck if you didn’t know. I’m nonchalant most of the time. I get bored of things quickly and I NEVER expected this 8th anniversary.
So, in a manner of speaking, I don’t know where Chloe Ash is heading. I never planned for this, and I certainly didn’t plan for what’s to come. My web hosting ends October this year, so I decided to move everything to the free platform instead of letting this blog die completely. That, I know I have decided.
I am not an income earner anymore, so I don’t have that much extra to spend like I used to. It’s hard for me to keep up with new stuff, and because I kept Chloe Ash small, it doesn’t attract the attention of many brands. Then, there’s the issue of me being choosy and saying no to many because I just don’t use their products. Why would I want to tell you something about stuff I don’t even like to use? Why would I want to write about something just for a free cleanser or RM50? Chloe Ash has never been about making money nor is it about being big, and it’ll stay that way. It’s also never been a source about new things or an encyclopedia about beauty brands.
What’s the new direction? I don’t know. I will still blog about beauty related stuff. That’s how Chloe Ash started and that should still be the core of the blog, I think. I would like to introduce some new content, non beauty related. Whatever it is, I promise I will be honest and candid in my writing. Maybe I’ll write about my relationships, with my husband, parents, in laws (let’s not go there?). Maybe I’ll share my frustrations and victories as a mom with you. Maybe I’ll share some stupid stories and find the courage to speak about some controversial topics that will offend shit loads of people with you. Maybe I’ll talk about some of my experiences dealing with nasty colleagues, pregnancy horror stories, and maybe my ridiculous experience using the menstrual cup. Maybe we can even talk about sex. Hubba hubba!
Whatever it is, I hope you will accompany me through the uncertainties so I won’t have to wade the dark waters alone. I can’t be sure the posts will come regularly but who knows? I might like writing about some steamy stuff and start posting every day!
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for reading and commenting. Thank you for your emails and encouragement. For now, let me work on Chloe Ash 2 so we can get a bit more up close and personal. That’s the rough idea anyway. Nothing solid, like baby poop. A bit murky, a bit green but it’s there.
It’s been quite a few years since I started this series. It’s the only one I stuck to. Stash shopping has been fun, and I will continue, but not as part of a series. I’ll just post something like FOTD whenever I want. It’s been a long ride with 110 posts!! Looking back, I see my face changing with the seasons (LOL!) and mostly, the looks I posted are similar, just using different products.
Also, my blog is turning 8 years old this month. I want to put an end to some things, and maybe start some different things, unrelated to makeup or skincare, if I want to continue blogging. Chloe Ash is a small blog, and I’m getting a little bored talking about beauty stuff all the time. I still review things, but I don’t see myself buying lots of new stuff just for the blog. I have financial limitations since I’m now a full time mom and I see my passion dwindling. However, there are still some products which get me excited, most recent being the Chanel lip blushes for example.
I will talk more about it in another post, so if you’re interested in reading my ramblings unrelated to beauty, please stick around in the future. For now, here’s a look I created using cream products.
Now that I’m getting older and my skin is getting drier, I appreciate cream products more than powders. However, there are still many powdered products that look good. They have to be of good quality of course. I usually chuck those which are too chalky. Here’s a close up of how the eyes look. I used the darker shade all over my lids, and the light pink only on the inner corner to brighten slightly. This Dior liquid blush is from 2 years ago I think, but it’s so easy to apply. Rivals the Chanel lip blushes, but this Dior one isn’t that comfortable on the lips.
I’m not wearing any lipstick here, just lip balm. I completely forgot about it. LOL! I may have just applied a tinted lip balm when I went out, because the eyes are slightly darker. I still enjoy a good smokey eye, and I do this from time to time to keep my blending skills (LOL!) but when I want to wear a bright lip, I only apply liner and mascara.
I hope you have a good weekend, and sayonara Sunday Stash Shopping.
Spring makeup collection used to be my least favourite. They were all milky pastel that looked really bad on me. I looked forward to Summer brights and Autumn deeps, and Winter reds. Now it seems like those colours are all jumbled up. For Spring, Chanel has pinks, reds, oranges and they are anything but pastel. Let me show you some of the things I have, and I am most excited about the Chanel Lip Blush (RM135). If you read somewhere else that they are amazing, well, I’d put my feet up in agreement!
Let me first show you the lip products I have. There are Rouge Coco (RM142) Rouge Intimiste 484 which is a beautiful berry red, Rouge Coco Shine (RM142) Poppy Orange 138, a warm orange red and Rouge Coco Gloss (RM135) Rose Naif 804, a sheer light pink. I have absolutely nothing to complain about these lip products. They are comfortable on the lips, and I adore the colours. C’mon. You know I love reds and oranges. I’m not so much of a gloss girl, but I see its value in making a matte lipstick shine.
There are a few nail polishes as well, and surprisingly for Spring, we get quite a few deeper shades. I have 4 colours.
Brun Contraste 618 – a deep brown that applies opaque in 2 coats
Violet Piquant 622 – a blue based deep purple that applies opaque in 3 coats
Prune Dramatique 628 – very similar to Brun Contraste but with a hint of reddish eggplant
Rose Neon 596 – a matte neon pink that I may not be attracted to (heh!)
I realized I forgot to take swatches of the Chanel Le Vernis (RM105) but I’ll update it on Instagram.
Now onto Chanel Lip Blush. These are absolutely stunning. I expected it to be either more of a blush or a gloss, but these lip blushes are actually great blushes and comfortable on the lips. They are not opaque on the lips of course. That would mean opaque colour on your cheeks, and we don’t want that. The colours look sheer on the lips, something more pigmented than a gloss but not as striking as a liquid lipstick. It dries down semi matte, and if you have dry patches on your lips, then it will show once the lip blush sets. On the cheeks, these are amazing. They are like gel blushes. Just make 2 dots on each cheek and pat away. It blends easily, and applies effortlessly with fingers or brush. If you’re unsure, I suggest you apply as little as possible and build up from there. They stay on me until I remove my makeup and given the packaging that looks like a lip gloss, they are very travel friendly. I always have one in my handbag. Here are the swatches of the 6 shades available.
410 Corail Naturel shows up least on me. It is a pale milky coral and I think it will look lovely on those with very fair ivory skin. Think Galadriel. And I’m not. So don’t compare, but you get the point. Photo below shows me wearing Corail Naturel on my cheeks and lips. It is very sheer because of the depth of the shade, and it makes a pretty blush more than a lipstick on me.
412 Orange Explosif is my absolute favourite of the 6. It’s orange. Need I say more?
414 Tender Rose is a pale milky rose which is slightly more pigmented than 410 Coral Naturel, but still sheer and pale nonetheless. Again, on my skin, it doesn’t look like much. As a blush, it looks very natural, but as a lipstick, it is too pale on me.
416 Teasing Pink is a brighter bolder blue based pink which looks great on many. I think it looks especially good on those with cooler skin tones.
418 Rouge Captivant is my second favourite of the lot. Because it’s red. And this red does not stamp a pair of baboon’s ass on my face.
Last but not least, 420 Burning Berry. This is the first colour I tried on because I found it interesting. It looks so dark in the tube but it’s a sheer deep berry. I have to be careful where I place the product on my cheeks. I like to use it only on the apple of my cheeks, higher up closer to my eyes. On lighter skin, this looks quite vampy, but I imagine it to look stunning on darker skin.
There you go. A picture heavy post, but I wanted to show you all the 6 lip blushes, worn on both cheeks and lips so you can decide. Apologies for the inconsistent lighting for the pictures, because I only depend on natural light. I hope you get an idea of how these lip blushes look anyway.