Hi everyone! I didn’t realize it’s been 2 weeks since I updated the blog. I’ve been really busy preparing for Lunar New Year (here, everyone calls it Chinese New Year) and today is the 3rd day of the 15-day celebration. To all who are celebrating, Gong Xi Fa Cai!!
I am actually preparing this post right now, after I got ready, and about to go out. I like this Topshop top I’m wearing, and I also like the makeup I put on. So, why not show you? I’m in a hurry, so please excuse if there are any typos.
Here are the products I’m wearing on my face, for reference.
Face: RMK Liquid Foundation with A’pieu Dark Circle Brightener, set with some Lunasol loose powder at the centre of my face.
I’ve been really enjoying the dewy skin look ever since my skin got drier. I used to prefer very matte skin, because the weather here is hot and my skin used to be combination normal/oily. As I age, my skin is now normal/dry and I can enjoy more glowy skin without looking like an oily frying pan. My skin doesn’t give me much problem now, so nowadays, I only apply some concealer where needed and leave the rest of my skin as is. I’d powder to set my concealer, and I’d add some highlight on my cheeks and slightly on my brow bone. I can say that now, with slightly drier skin, I appreciate some highlighter at the right places, and my skin looks extra healthy.
I’ve always enjoyed the RMS ‘un’cover up, and I decided to repurchase it. I hit pan on it a while back, and discarded it as it was getting old. I bought the same one, shade 11, and added the Living Luminizer to my cart. The RMS Living Luminizer is the one I’ve been looking for the whole time! Its cream formula makes it look ultra natural, and instead of being glittery, it just adds that amazing lit from within glow. I kid you not. You’d really have to layer it to make it look obvious, so if you like to look like you had a good facial, then this is it. I’ve been wanting to try this for years, literally! Then again, if I bought it sooner, I might not have enjoyed it as much, because my preference in skin finishes is different.
Here, on my skin, is just ‘un’ cover up in number 11, under my eyes and around my nose, set with a little bit of powder. On my cheeks, I applied the Living Luminizer and with whatever’s left on my fingers, I dabbed some on my brow bone. In natural light, my skin looks like this.
It’s highlighted but not too obvious. Just how I like it. The RMS ‘un’cover up does not oxidize on me which is a rare feat. I usually buy foundations a shade lighter because my face is darker than my neck and chest, and most foundations oxidize half a shade darker on me.
So there you have it. That’s what I’ve been wearing lately and on my lips is 3CE Velvet Lip Tint in Daffodil. You can read more about the lip tints in the previous post.
What’s your go to base product? Do you like matte skin or dewy skin?
Free shipping promotions always get me. I’ve been wanting to try the 3CE Velvet Lip Tints, and then I saw that there’s one day free shipping on the Stylenanda website. I think we can all guess what happened next. I only bought 2 of the lip tints though. I didn’t go crazy. So now, I have Daffodil and Taupe. They sent it using normal mail (from Korea), and I got the package within a week, no problems whatsoever.
You can tell the colour from the lipstick tube itself. The applicator is what you’d expect, a sponge applicator like lip glosses. The formula reminds me of the Burberry Velvet Liquid Lipsticks but this one feels more like mousse on the lips. It is actually very easy to apply and control as the velvet lip tint is not wet. It does not feel drying on my lips either.
Daffodil is a warm peachy pink nude and Taupe is a brick red with more brown undertone. Here is how they look on me.
They are quite long lasting because I can wear it out for about 4 hours (with drinks) and the colour does not fade. There is some transfer, but not so much that you can see the lip print from far away. Have I mentioned before I always wipe my cup or straw? I’m slightly OCD like that. Once I remove the lip tint from my lips with tissue, I’m left with a stain on my lips. For USD19 a tube, I think the 3CE Velvet Lip Tints are pretty good. Have you tried them?
I have to admit I haven’t explored YSL beauty products much. A few years ago I tried their glossy stain, but I didn’t like it very much. I’d want to try the cult favourite Touche Eclat one day, but for now, let’s talk about their newly launched YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stains. I read all the hype in blogs. I saw all the hype on Instagram. I watched the YouTube videos. There’s this Taiwanese YouTuber who is really honest with her reviews who raved about this. I’ve been curious ever since! I wanted to know if the hype is real and thank you YSL for sending me some to try. Guys, the hype is real.
So let’s get some basic expectations set. First, this is a lip stain, with a matte finish. If you have very dry lips, any lipsticks with matte finish probably won’t be for you. If you have a lot of texture on your lips to start with, like lots of deep lines, then any matte finish lipstick will emphasize them.
These YSL Tatouage Matte Stains apply like water. They go on like light liquid but still easy to control. I think the paddle shaped applicator is perfect for this, and the shape allows you to shape your lips with precision, while spreading out the product evenly on the lips. The stain can be layered for a more opaque finish. Bold colours like 01 Rouge Tatouage and 03 Rose Ink go on opaque the first swipe. I like to use my ring finger to diffuse the edges and then apply a second layer if I wanted a bolder look. For lighter shades like 11 Rose Illicite and 23 Singular Taupe, I apply 2 layers.
Observations on application:
The lip stains do set after a while. There is some play time, like blending and diffusing the edges with ease but after a couple of minutes, they set matte. However, because the texture of these stains is very thin, even when they set, they don’t shrink or feel uncomfortable on the lips.
If I apply lip balm before the stains, then they don’t really set completely. There is still a bit of slip and they don’t stain the lips as much. So sometimes, if my lips feel particularly dry, I like to apply Rose Ink or Rouge Tatouage first, and wipe it off leaving a strong stain on my lips. I’d then apply a lip balm on top just for stained comfort.
I like these as a base as well. I’d stain my lips, wipe it off, then apply another lipstick on top. When the lipstick wears off, there’s still a strong stain on my lips, instead of the hideous lip ring.
Here are the swatches.
01 Rouge Tatouage is a bright warm red.
03 Rose Ink is a bright fuchsia.
11 Rose Illicite is a light pink which has a white base, but is surprisingly flattering on my warm skin tone.
23 Singular Taupe is a beige nude, a perfect nude for me. Not too beige, not too pink, not too brown, just perfect. Can you tell I love this shade?
Both 11 and 23 are not completely opaque so when you apply it, your natural lip colour still shines through.
Here is how they look on me.
OK, wear time.
The lighter colours like 11 and 23 don’t stain the lips as much. Or rather, my lips are more pigmented so the stain is not very obvious. They stay on my lips the whole day as long as I don’t eat anything greasy. A heavy Asian meal will warrant a re-application, but it’s such an easy formula to work with that I don’t mind at all. It does not transfer, so I’m really happy about that. I hate that my cup or straw is stained red every time I drink. I have a habit of wiping the rim of the cup or my straw every time there’s a stain. When I wear this, I don’t have to. It’s also kiss proof. I kiss my babies, and their faces are clean. However, they are not rub proof. If you rub your lips hard with your fingers, they do come off, leaving a stain on your lips.
The bolder colours give a strong stain. Wiping your lips with tissue will not remove the stain. You’ll need a makeup remover. I’ve tried using micellar water and it works just fine. I feel a little icky using oil remover on my lips but I’m sure that works too. Ah, also worth mentioning is the scent of these matte stains. They smell sweet and fruity, just like all the other YSL lip products, but I think these aren’t as strong as the glossy stain I tried. I can smell it in the tube, but I can’t detect it on my lips.
I have since PURCHASED number 9 Grenat No Rules, which is a medium toned red that is suitable for every day wear. It is described as rust red, but on me it is just a deeper ruby red. Anyway, it is not too bright and not too deep, just right as a stain or worn opaque, with white t-shirt and blue jeans. Can I call it a casual red? Here I am wearing it, because if there’s no photo, it didn’t happen, right?
I have my eye on number 16 which is completely sold out. It seems to be extremely popular worldwide, but since this is a permanent range, I’m sure I’ll be able to get it later. For RM150 a tube, they are pricey, but the formula is wonderful. I wouldn’t have bought No9 otherwise. I posted try on videos on my Instagram, and my friend who hates the feel of lipstick on her lips ordered number 23. I hope it works for her! Have you tried these? If you haven’t, but you like matte lips and don’t mind splurging, I highly recommend them. I love love love the formula, and at the moment, there are 18 shades to choose from.
The day is cool. It rained in the morning and the weather allowed me to wear a very soft fine knit sweatshirt. I wanted soft eyes, so decided on different hues of browns, just to warm up the light grey top I was wearing. I first prepped my eyes with Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Taupe. I bought this when I was in Hong Kong. On top of it, I used Clinique Cocoa eye shadow to darken the rim of my eyes. On my mobile lid, I brightened slightly using Rimmel eye shadow in Millionaire, which I hunted down when I was in Perth last. For added definition, and also to lengthen my eyes a little, I used MUFE Aqua Eyes waterproof eye pencil in 2L, a dark brown, to extend the end of my eyes. Lastly, I amped up my natural lashes with Dior Diorshow Pump ‘n’ Volume mascara. This mascara doesn’t lengthen, but adds mega volume! I really like how the eyes turned out. Soft but defined.
I didn’t really want any blush, but wanted some warmth so on my cheeks, I applied the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour in Medium Light. I didn’t use any foundation here, just some concealer around my eyes and nose and a light dusting of loose powder. I’ve been enjoying the Etude House Big Cover Concealer and Laneige loose powder on top of Bobbi Brown Illuminating Face Base. I’ll talk about them in another post.
I was debating what to wear on my lips. I tried on the understated Urban Decay Ex Girlfriend but it was too light for my liking. So I decided to mix 2 different lip colours. I recently bought the 3CE Velvet Lip Tints in Daffodil and Taupe. Stylenanda offered free worldwide shipping one day, so I took advantage of the promo. Here, I used Daffodil at the centre of my lips and Taupe on the corners. Then I smudged out the edges for a diffused more worn in look.
So here’s the final look! I’ll talk more about the 3CE lipsticks in a separate post if you want. I still want to use it more to have a better feel of them. Do you like this look? Brown eyes can be boring to some, but I love it because it goes with any lip colour, to be honest. And I think I’ll wear this look a few more times. Have a happy Sunday everyone!
I have been using the Dior Lip Glow for years. I know it is a tinted lip balm. Some of you call it a super overpriced lip balm. But to me, this has become a staple in my wallet. I must have a Dior Lip Glow in my purse, be it the original pink or Coral, Lilac, Berry or now, the new Raspberry. I love it so much that I have been purchasing it over and over again. It has gone from under RM100 to now, RM120. And yes, I will always restock without another thought. Why? Because it is easy to apply even without a mirror. It is very comfortable on my lips. It is not too slippery, my lips don’t feel like they are drenched in oil (I dislike the feel of the traditional lip balm) and it gives my lips a natural glow with a slight tint.
I am a fan of the original formula, and now there are 2 new finishes – matte glow and holo glow. The holo glow has an iridescent texture with shimmery holographic finish. Yes, there are very fine glitters in this balm. I kissed Ashton and left lots of tiny sparkles on his lips and face. I am surprised I actually like holo glow. I wear it over some drier lipsticks, and some matte lipsticks to give it dimension. On its own, I’m afraid I feel I’m over the age of wearing glittery lips.
As for the matte glow, I’m afraid I can’t get on the bandwagon. I like to wear some matte lipsticks, those that are not too dry anyway, but these matte glows do not look flattering on the lips. I find that they go on patchy, and they emphasize any flakes on the lips. Initially, I only noticed the dry patchiness. I have been swatching different lipsticks in a short amount of time, and my lips flaked from the constant rubbing. When I apply the Matte Glow after, all the flakes looked more obvious on the lips. Here, to show you, I am wearing Matte Pink.
It is a shade that barely shows up on my lips, and it tones down my natural lip colour. Can you see the flakes on my bottom lips? You might detect some glitters but that’s because I was playing with the Holo Glow before applying this. Matte Raspberry is a darker pink, but it has the same dry finish. Dior Lip Glow is a lip balm after all, so having it matte defeats the purpose, I think. Anyway, here’s a photo of me wearing Holo Pink. I am wearing it on top of a matte light pink lipstick, and I actually quite like it. In natural light, you can’t really see the glitters, just a wet shimmery finish.
I took these photos using fluorescent light because it is harsher, less forgiving, and also, because you can see the textures more clearly. For matte glow, you can see the flakes and for holo glow, you can see all the glittery shimmer. You can also see all the texture of my skin, slightly exaggerated.
I scrubbed my lips before applying Matte Raspberry so you don’t see the flakes anymore, but do you see some patchiness? Here, I wear Holo Purple on its own. You can see that it is sheer and the glitters definitely give a holographic effect. If you like glitters, you will love this. I applied Holo Purple on top of a deep red matte lipstick and the multi coloured glitters look even more glittery. It actually looked gorgeous. I forgot to take a photo though. Sorry!
Last but not least, here is the original formula, in the colour Raspberry. I took this photo using my phone in natural sunlight, and everything looks more flattering in good light. It makes my lips look smoother and healthier.
Here are the arm swatches, but it doesn’t really show much. Dior Lip Glows are meant to look different on everyone, depending on your natural lip colour.
However, no matter how different they look, they are still tinted lip balm. They do not give you an opaque pigmented finish. For that, you’ll need to use lipsticks. The different colours of these Lip Glows only give you slight difference on your lips. On me, it’s hard to tell Raspberry and Berry apart except that maybe Berry is ever so slightly more red. The mattes are more pigmented, but they don’t feel comfortable on my lips.
I notice that those who like Dior Lip Glow will always repurchase it while others might look at us as if we’re a little nuts to spend so much on a tinted lip balm. I have tried using other wallet friendly ones, trust me… but I ALWAYS go back to Dior Lip Glow. Everything about it just fits my requirements and there must be a reason why it is one of Dior’s bestselling products.
Anyway, rambling over. Are you part of the #diorglowsquad? I’d recommend sticking to the original formula, but if you like glittery lips, the holo glows are pretty.