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Happy Monday!  The lovely folks at THREE Cosmetics in Singapore sent me a wonderful package last month, and I’ve been waiting to share it with you.  THREE Cosmetics is a lifestyle brand from Japan which prides itself on a holistic approach towards beauty and living.  The range is almost exclusively sold in Japan, and so it was a major coup when it launched in Singapore last year.  I had reviewed several pieces from their makeup line in the past [see here], and am excited to explore their latest base products and several pieces from their Summer 2018 point makeup range.

Summer is always about carefree ease and natural beauty, so it is timely for THREE Cosmetics to launch its latest Angelic Synthesis Foundation Serum.  This is a lightweight foundation that leaves the skin feeling perfectly comfortable and looking flawlessly natural.  Interestingly, the texture is not drippy but feels almost mousse-like despite being dispensed via a dropper.  However, it applies incredibly smoothly with an airy feel, and sets and becomes budge-proof within minutes.

THREE Angelic Synthesis Foundation Serum is formulated with 83% naturally-derived ingredients, and contains 9 beneficial botanical extracts.  This includes Geranium Robertianum extract (a potent antioxidant), Lactobacillus casei/Fermented pear juice (regulates skin chemistry to encourage healthy barrier function), Borage oil (anti-inflammation), Sea buckthorn oil (healing), Tea seed oil, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Shea butter, and Beeswax.  Full ingredient list here.

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I received the shade 202 which looked somewhat dark to me initially, but blends out to lend a brightening effect as you can see in the half-faced comparison shot above.  It sufficiently brightens up my undereye and conceals the redness around my nose, but if you have severe pigmentaion and scars a separate concealer will still be needed.  When first applied, the finish is velvety and luminous, but after a couple of hours, my skin’s natural oils start to permeate, and I do notice some shine creeping up my t-zone by midday.  The foundation itself does not break down nor oxidise though, and I’ve been able to wear it all day.

To help keep the shine away, there is THREE Ultimate Diaphanous Loose Powder in a new matte version.  Incredibly fine and airy, a loose dusting of this powder completely matinees the complexion and sets makeup.  It comes with a luxurious thick puff that feels like being kissed by a baby.  Or if you prefer, just gently dip your brush into the bouncy mesh, tap off any excess powder and swirl on the face.  Full ingredients here.

For me, I’ve always been plagued by wrinkles around the inner corner of my eye, along the nose bridge, from rubbing and scratching in my childhood.  Foundations tend to sink into the  lines and emphasis them.  For these and any other facial lines, THREE has released the innovative Airlift Smoothing Wand.  It comes in a slim concealer type wand and a creamy balm-like texture.  A single swipe immediately veils the appearance of lines and wrinkles, without leaving any trace on the skin.  Ingredients here.

Apart from the base makeup, THREE has also released a few point makeup items for Summer 2018.  For the eyes, achieve an easy elegant look with THREE Atmospheric Definition Mascara.  With a fluffy curved brush, the mascara is able to grab hold of individual lashes and coat them with a light layer of fiber to lengthen naturally.  It does not clump nor weighs down the lashes.  Personally, I prefer my lashes much more voluminous and darker, and the Japanese aesthetic in this regard errs on the side of conservatism.

To complement the natural effortless look, you can try the THREE Captivating Performance Fluid Eyeliner, which is a click pen-type liquid liner.  The brush tip has a nice flick and is thin enough for a fine tip.  However I found that the capillary action does not fully deliver the liner to the very tip of the brush, but ends up splitting the hairs.  The 2 shades that I have are not very intense in pigmentation, so I needed several passes to get a fully opaque line, which invariably made it feather.  I must say though that the shades are interesting alternatives to the usual black / brown.

Here are arm swatches of the mascara and eyeliners:

Finally, for an easy and comfortable way to wear a lip colour, THREE offers the Shimmering Lip Jam.  These have a jelly-like texture to them, and offer a natural-glossy finish to the lips with just a tint of colour.  They contain cherry extract and several botanical oils to hydrate and protect the lips.  The applicator is curved like a little spoon to pick up the product and applies evenly across the lips.

Overall, the base makeup items are interesting and definitely worth checking out.  The other items are nice additions to my existing collection of colour makeup, but probably not crucial. If you are in Singapore, definitely stop by the store at Level 4 at TANGS Orchard where the first Rhythmic Spa outside of Japan has been set up, or check out the counter at Takashimaya Department Store.

This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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Make Up Store produces makeup that looks good for the every day woman, and does not play by conventional seasonal trends.  The latest collection features 3 different looks, including of course a bronzed, sun-kissed siren.  For the romantic, there are beautiful pieces to create a flirty and airy look.  There are also a couple of edgier items for those who wish to exercise their creative freedom.

The one piece that drew my attention to right away is the Turtle Bronzing Powder, so named for the tortoise-shell print on the cover.  The powder itself bears a unique 3-dimensional design that is reminiscent of actual turtle shells.  I was surprised by how intense and pigmented the powder is, it applies as smoothly as cream and leaves a warm shine on the skin.  A little goes a long way, and I recommend you gently press a loose brush over the surface rather than sweeping across the entire pan, for a natural airy finish.  You can also apply this on the lids for a bronzed colour.

There are also a couple of new blushes that will get those cheek bones sculpted and glowing.  Make Up Store has 2 blush formulas – the regular blush and a swirled marble blush.  In my opinion, there’s no discernable difference between them 2, both are finely milled, so smooth they are almost creamy, and stay on well.  I’m particularly fond of the Marble Blush in Rosso Francia, which gives that natural sculpted look.  It pairs beautifully with Blush in Complex, which is a milky pink that wears well on the apples of the cheeks.

Here are arm swatches of the blushes and Turtle Bronzing Powder:

For the eyes, there are several stunning options.  From deep graphite microshadows to gorgeous marbled hues and unique speckled moonshadows.  All are incredibly fine, nicely pigmented and apply like a dream.  The Make Up Store Moonshadow comes in a larger pan (similar size to the blushes) and the colour is customizable depending on where you decide to dip your brush.

Here are arm swatches of a few pieces from this season’s looks:

The Eyedust in Gold Glimmer is an multi-functional loose golden powder that works well on the eyes to add shimmer; and may also be used selectively on parts of the face as highlighter.  Make Up Store offers a Blend & Fix cream that may be used to adhere the Eyedust.  And to tie it all together, you can try the Liquid Eyeliner Pen, which features a fine brush tip with a nice flick.

Make Up Store has decided to go with matte lips this season, and offers 3 new X-Matte Lipstick shades.  They all come with the brand’s signature alligator-skin embossing on the sides.  The X-Matte Lipstick formula is creamy and leave a soft satin finish on the lips.

Here are the arm swatches:

Putting the pieces together, I wore this look out for high tea with my mom on my birthday recently:

For the eyes, I first dusted Moonshadow Mahogny over the inner 3/4 of the lids, followed by Microshadow in Jade on the outer corner.  Then I patted on Marble Microshadow in Romance on the center of the lid, followed by a dash of Eyedust in Gold Glimmer on the inner corner.  I lined the upper lash line with the Liquid Eyeliner Pen in black and finished with my own mascara.

On the cheeks, I swept Marble Blush Rosso Francia along my cheekbones, and added a pop of Blush Complex on the apples.  I also gently dusted Bronzing Powder in Turtle along the sides of my face just to sculpt.  Finally, I wore a combination of X-Matte Lipstick in Blossom and dabbed Eldorado in the centre of my lips to create an ombre effect.

This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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I love Nudestix for their intuitive-to-use pencil makeup format, and the incredible ability to carry all my makeup needs in a single sleek tin.  That means no round cushion nor powder compact, nor messy liquid foundation to clutter up my purse.  Now with the Nudies Tinted Blur the dream is finally reality.

Nudestix’s Nudies Tinted Blur comes in a chubby twist-up pencil, and features a cream-to-powder formula.  To apply, simply swipe on the face and blend with finger/brush/sponge.  With the marketing tag of #gonudebutbetter, the Tinted Blur gives a sheer, lightweight coverage.  It is so sheer that coverage does not even quite capture the essence of the Tinted Blur… instead it blurs pores, smoothens the texture of the face imperceptibly, and evens out skin tone.  It reminds me of a combination of those pore-perfecting primers and setting powder in a handy singular product.

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As you can see from the half-faced comparison shot above, the Nudestix Nudies Tinted Blur magically erased my dark circles, tough it did not completely conceal the redness around my nose.  Needless to say, any major imperfections and zits would still require a concealer.  What is really lovely is how natural the skin looks, as Tinted Blur allows the real skin to still show through.  The finish is soft and velvety, very modern and chic, perfect for everyday wear.

There are 10 shades currently available, but they meld so well into the skin that it should not be difficult to find a match.  Of course, apart from using the Tinted Blur as base color, it can also be to highlight and contour.  I actually really like the texture for contouring, easy to blend and sheer enough that it is unobtrusive, with the perfect matte finish.  Ingredients may be found here.

Nudestix Nudies Tinted Blur is out at Sephora now.  Will you be checking it out?

This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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As mentioned in my previous post, I was on a crazy spring-cleaning mission towards the end of last year, and threw out empty bottles and containers for an empties post before December was up.  And recently as I was scrolling through my photo album, I realized that I had left this one out when I prepared my last empties post for 2017.  So for the sake of completeness (mainly for my own record-keeping), I’m turning on the time machine for a brief respite, and naming this post simply Empties Vol. 6 (but it really should be Vol. 4a).

Skincare:
  1. La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover was highly recommended to me by several of my European Instagram-friends, and since I ran out of my usual Chanel, decided to pick this up when I was in Germany last year.  For a drugstore product, this cost as much as departmental-store, maybe 15-20% cheaper than Chanel.  But frankly, I just don’t like it as much… gentle as it is, I still found it sting my eyes ever so slightly, and it doesn’t clean as thoroughly.  I need to go back a 2nd and 3rd time to get every last trace of my mascara off.  So I end up using this up more quickly.
  2. Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist (reviewed here) is a repurchase for me, I’ve already gone through 3 bottles.  The finest mist ever, and most hydrating.
  3. Kanebo Graceful Flow Lotion* is a gentle and luxurious lotion that is alcohol-free and packed full of great antiaging ingredients.  Read the full review here.
  4. Kose Cosmeport sheet masks* are wonderful value for money!  I finished 2 huge packs here, Clear Turn White with Hyaluronic Acid comes in a box of 5, and Babyish comes in a pack of 6.  The problem with the Babyish is that they don’t come individually wrapped, and they are designed to be used daily.  My skin did turn smoother and plumper with daily use of these masks, and they did not turn out to be too rich and cause breakouts either.  If you get the chance to try these out, I highly recommend them!
  5. Shiseido Perfect UV Protector (reviewed here) is a staple in my household and I have repurchased this already.  The WetForce technology keeps the sun protection in place even when swimming, and it is lightweight, non-greasy, and does not irritate my son’s eczema-prone skin.  It comes with SPF5+ PA++++ protection, which is the best you can ever get.
  6. The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution* (reviewed here) is a lightweight serum for acne-prone skin.  It is a much gentler alternative to the brand’s famed Tea Tree Oil, and great for those serum junkies out there.  Can’t say it helped with my acne though, and now that I’ve stopped, my skin is as good as ever.
  7. Porcelain Face Spa Hydrocare Bio Cellulose Mask* is produced by a local Singaporean aesthetics group.  The mask feels luxurious and fits the facial contours well. My skin definitely feels plumped and soothed after using it.  But priced at SGD38 a sheet, this is definitely a notch above other high-end brands, and not as easily accessible, so I will not go out of my way to repurchase.
Hair & Bodycare:
  1. Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub is formulated with natural bamboo powders that are incredibly fine, non-aggravating, and gives a thorough scrub.  A little goes a long way, and this tube has lasted me for a year even though I use it at least once a week.  I’ve used this before and loved it years ago, and still do.  Highly recommend you try it if you’re looking for a good body scrub.
  2. Goldwell Kerasilk Color Intensive Luster Mask (reviewed here) is the 2nd or 3rd hair mask from the line that I’ve emptied.  As I’ve said before, I love the Goldwell Kerasilk range to bits, and will always have something from this line on my shelf at any point of time.
  3. The Body Shop English Rose Instant Glow Body Butter* smells sooooo good!!  I love The Body Shop’s body butters, there’s always 1 near by.
  4. Sephora Collection Cotton Flower Bubble Bath* does not produce really good foam, and it is not heavily scented, which is great for those of you who prefer something plainer, but from a bubble bath perspective not adequate imho.  This bottle also was hard to squeeze out, and then it cracked down the middle when I dropped it on the floor.  Oh wells.
  5. Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams* are over-running my storage, and I am trying my best to use them up!  They’re not my favourite formula though, the scent is usually too strong for my liking and not heavy-duty enough. Of the 2 I binned, 1 was fully (or pretty darn close to) used up whilst the other I decided to give up because I just couldn’t live with the scent.
Makeup:
  1. RMK Top Coat* (reviewed here) was reformulated last summer and I used it up soon after.  Nice and glossy, quick to dry, really a pleasure to use.  It started drying up when I was about halfway through though, and got too gloopy when there was about 20% left.  I experience the same thing with just about every brand though, Dior is much worse, I can’t even get half out of that one.  Do you have the same problem?
  2. Laneige Eyebrow Cushion-cara* (reviewed here) is amazing, I was surprised how quickly this ran out!  It gives the most natural looking pair of brows, and is so easy to use.  This is on my list to repurchase, but first I’d like to empty out a few brow pencils *discipline*.

And there you have it!  My life in products… recorded in the chronicles of time.  I find it fascinating how many / little products actually make a re-appearance in these empties.  How about you?  Do you repurchase the same products over and over, or do you like to try something new?

Some of the products featured here today were provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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This is an extra-bumper issue of Empties post… not only did I manage to finish up more products than ever, it is also a 2-part special!  As I was going through my photo archive recently, I discovered another empties post that I had photographed but never got around to blogging about at the end of last year.  But since I am already working on this one, let’s just call this post Vol. 7, and have Vol. 6 come in a few days or whenever I get the chance to work on it.  Now, are you ready to get down to business?

This 2nd quarter of the year has been a terribly busy one, as I have been working on emptying up a tiny mountain of products.  Many of these I started on way back, and then earlier this year I resolved to be more consistent with my skincare products, partly to give my skin less stress from constantly switching up routines, and also to make greater headway using up what I have before they expire.  I’ve actually enjoyed more of the products here and am sad to see them go.

Skincare
  1. Chanel Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover is a staple, I go through a bottle every 4-5 months
  2. Su:m37 Secret Essence* is Korea’s equivalent of the famed SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.  It has the same slightly thick, tacky watery texture that absorbs well, and leaves my skin feeling plumped and hydrated.  I actually prefer this one as it smells much better, and feels gentler and more luxurious on my skin!  Perfected after 365 days’ of rhythmic fermentation using natural flow of light and sound, distilled from 80 different natural plants, Su:m37 Secret Essence brings skim back to its natural vitality.
  3. Su:m37 White Award Micro Clear Toner* is one of the most hydrating and soothing whitening lotions I have ever used!  It clears off dead surface cells and impurities that clog the skin, but feels so gentle it does not strip my sensitive skin of its natural barriers.
  4. Orbis The Cleansing One* is a rather thick cleansing oil and does not smell so great.  Does the job well, does not leave my skin feeling greasy nor cause breakouts, so I can’t complain.  But I have about 5 other cleansing oils still to go through in my stash, and this one just does not make the cut for me.
  5. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Treatment Lotion* is the one item from this luxurious line that I would highly recommend everyone to start with!  It is hard to get excited over lotions in general, but this one made me feel like a princess overtime I use it.  Reviewed here.
  6. The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask* was mainly an exfoliating cleanser to me.  I use it 1-2 times a week in the mornings, and I love the refreshing tea tree sensation.  Full review here.
  7. Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser* is another exfoliating cleanser with fine synthetic beads.  Does the job well, does not irritate my skin nor leaves it feeling dried out.  But because I’ve had this for so long, I ended up using it on my neck every other day, and it worked great!
  8. Fresh Sugar Coral Tinted Lip Treatment* was my constant companion in the office.  I would slather this one every hour while working away at my desk.  I love the smell, the tint it leaves in lieu of lipstick, and buttery feel on my lips…. just heaven!  Now that this is done, I’ve already replaced it with the new Candy Tinted Lip Treatment.
  9. Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Eye Concentrate* was my daytime eye treatment for many months, and it served me well!  When I first received this, I found that I needed to layer it with another eye cream, but lately I’ve it sufficient on its own for daytimes when I am applying eye makeup.  Full review here.
  10. Dior One Essential City Defense* is my 2nd bottle and I’m sad that the last drop is gone.  It has so many protective qualities, and is so lightweight and comfortable to wear.  I love that it does not leave a white cast despite a high SPF50 PA++++ rating.  Full review here.
  11. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Complete UV Waterlight Lotion* is a fraction of the price of the Dior, and performs accordingly.  Though very lightweight, it still feels a little heavy underneath all my makeup.  I’ve taken to wearing it on my arms instead, because lately I’ve noticed spots appearing on my arms, so am putting all my extra bottles of SPF to work.  Even on my arms, I can feel a slightly tacky sensation for at least a good 10-15 minutes.
  12. Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening UV Protection* is a luxurious one with a slightly richer texture.  I’ve tried wearing it on my face before and liked it, but as it has been very humid lately, I prefer a more fluid texture for products going to my face.  Instead, I’ve taken to wearing this on my neck, and it also serves as a soothing/softening cream. Full review here.

The only major disappointment in all my empties this round is this Omorovicza Instant Plumping Mask.  I purchased this about a year ago from the local distributor, and somehow never got around to opening it up until recently.  The jar was sealed tight, but when I opened it, I found the contents curdled up with a layer of oil floating on the top.  I didn’t know what it was supposed to look like (definitely NOT this!) and went ahead and applied it to my skin anyway.  That was a really bad idea, because it stung me so badly, I had to rinse it all off right away.  After I googled all the youtube videos and blog photos, I realized it is not supposed to look like this.  There is no expiry printed on the box/jar, and surely a year isn’t all that long if the product was fresh at the store, as most products have a 36-month shelf life.    It cost me SGD350 and binning this makes me weep, so I’m probably never going to buy another Omorovicza product if I can help it.

Hair & Bodycare:
  1. Phyto Phytodensia Plumping Shampoo & Mask* is the latest offering from the specialist haircare brand, promising fuller healthier hair.  To be honest, I didn’t notice new hair growth, although I’ve been blamed to have rather thick head of hair to begin with.  I did experience faster hair growth though.  But I’m not crazy about this pairing because it doesn’t leave my hair feeling soft and smooth.
  2. Frei Ol FigurOl* is a great drugstore body oil that doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily!  I have been massaging it on my fatty bits, and it does make those dimply cellulite look somewhat smoother, but I’m not sure if it actually made me slimmer (nothing does really!).  Personally I prefer this over Bio-Oil though, just saying.
  3. Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender & Espresso Body Wash* is one of the brand’s recent scents.  The smell is very light, perhaps lighter than usual, which can be good for those who abhor heavily scented products.  Cleanses as well and as gently as any of them, I will always enjoy having some Crabtree & Evelyn in my bath!
  4. Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is one of my favourite hand creams, and I have ALOT of them.  This was a limited edition scent from last year, which smelled fabulous to me, and I use it throughout the day, everyday.  I’ve already gotten a replacement!
  5. Clarins Brightening Body Veil* is part of their recent bodycare releases.  This is a pampering body lotion that best serves those with dry and sensitive skin.  I love that it comes with SPF20 as I use it in the daytime, but it can get rather heavy in the hot summer months.
  6. Urban Haircare Argan Oil & Keratin Shampoo & Conditioner* is from Israel and helmed by an impressive #girlboss.  But much as I wanted to fall in love, this is sadly not for me.  It leaves my hair looking limp and flat, and the keratin made my hair feel stiff.
  7. Goldwell Kerasilk Control Rich Protective Oil* is a rich oil, a tiny bit goes a long way!  Now that my hair is a short bob, I apply just a pearl-sized drop to the ends as a last step after blow-drying.  But previously when my hair was much longer and damaged, I would apply more liberally to the bleached sections.  Does not weigh the hair down, and still protects and nourishes.  Great stuff!
  8. Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Blow-Dry Spray* is a personal favourite, this is my 2nd bottle.  I love pretty much everything from the Kerasilk range, you can read all about it here.  A heat-protector is just so useful as I blow-dry and use a straightener practically everyday.  Need to restock asap!

Makeup:
  1. Chanel Le Blush Creme is quite honestly not my favourite cream blush formula.  I’m glad Chanel discontinued them, and turned to the Sheer Colour Sticks instead.  This one has long expired, and started growing stuff on the top, so it has got to go.
  2. Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer is a deluxe sample I had stashed somewhere before and have been using for a long time.  It does a great job at preventing my mascaras from smudging, though I found it also tended to clump my lashes.  Not a big deal because I just comb my lashes out afterwards, and it could also be due to the formula drying up.  In any case, it’s one of those things I’m not particularly fussy about, and I have now moved onto another brand.
  3. Clarins Supra Volume Mascara* gives the most vavavoom lashes in a single coat!  They were not kidding when they named it Supra Volume!  But it does come at the expense of clumps, right from day 1.  And it does not quite help keep my lashes from doing the downward dog.  It also smudges on my oily eye area, so a lash primer is a must.
  4. NARS Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base is every bit as good as everybody claims.  And it lasts a LONG time.  Too bad about the packaging… when will NARS change?  This one is already the “improved” version and over time it still turns unspeakably sticky and gross.  There is nothing quite like this formula though… I may have to restock soon.

Congratulations on making it through this laundry list of empties!  Did you have a reaction to anything mentioned here today?  If so, I’d love to hear it!  Stay tuned for the next Empties Vol. 6 (yes we have to do a bit of backtracking now) coming up hopefully soon.

Some of the products discussed here were provided for my consideration, and are marked with an asterisk beside their names (*).  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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I’ve enjoyed Lunasol makeup in the past, but never quite as much as now… this Summer 2018 collection brings out Lunasol’s trademark earthy tones to their full glory, nicely supplemented by pops of blue and red.  There are surprisingly fun elements incorporated into the collection as well… read on to find out more!

Lunasol makes some of the highest quality eyeshadows that I know, they are always finely milled, a dream to blend and have excellent longevity.  However, the brand tends to play more conservatively, and I have a penchant for colour.  This season though, the 2 eyeshadow palettes marry their expertise in neutrals with 2 excellently formulated pops of colour.

Warm Beige Nuance features a warm-toned satin brown accompanied by 2 complementary shades of beige, a lighter a more shimmery peach-beige and a medium-toned brown-beige.  Central to the palette is a plummy red with beautiful intensity that makes it easy to wear as a subtle accent liner, and is also easy to blend out at the edges for a bolder look.  There is a shimmery white included in the palette with a semi-translucent base that is great for an inner corner highlight.

The swatches in counter-clockwise direction starting from top left of the palette:

Here is an eye makeup look featuring all the shades in Warm Beige Nuance:

Chic Beige Nuance is composed in a similar manner as the previous one, but as the name implies, it is slightly cooler-toned and features a dark smoky blue.  I found the blue strip to be slightly drier than the rest of the shades in the palette, and not as vivid as the red from Warm Beige Nuance.  However, when applied with a brush, the blue shade makes a very gorgeous smoky eye.

And here’s an eye makeup look demonstrating the intensity of the blue when applied:

If the palettes are too much for you, and you prefer adding just a couple of cool new touches to your collection, you should definitely consider picking up a couple of these Shimmer Colour Eyes.

There are 6 shades to choose from, and the formula is a soft bouncy gel texture the applies with a good colour intensity and is easy to blend out.  Here are the swatches:

  • EX01 Sheer Gold is a metallic glitter shade with a translucent base.  This works best patted over another shade for an accent, and it does suffer from some fallout so a good primer is recommended.
  • EX02 Dry Tangerine is a brightened russet gold with good opacity and a strong metallic sheen
  • EX03 Beige Brown is a beautiful medium brown filled with golden micro-shimmers.  Lovely all-over colour that I can wear all day, everyday!
  • EX04 Mauve Nuance is a medium purple with some pale golden micro-shimmers.  This one sheers out substantially when applied.  If you were hoping this would be a nice alternative to the red in Warm Beige Nuance, you’d be disappointed.
  • EX05 Indigo Blue is an interesting navy blue with light blue and some purple micro-shimmers.  It does sheer out a little and gives way to some yellow undertones, but shows up as a gorgeous cool-toned blue when worn in its full intensity.  A very different version of blue from Chic Beige Nuance so something to consider if you decided to pass on the palette.
  • EX06 Deep Brown is a warm-toned brown with golden micro-shimmers.  Another one of those easy pleasers that is sure to find a spot in anybody’s collection.

There are also 2 cool new Metallic Liners that you shouldn’t miss.  These come in a sleek bottle that are reminiscent of nail polishes, and feature a thin pointed brush tip applicator.  The 2 shades are: EX01 Copper, and EX02 Sand Silver.  The formula dries quickly and stays on well without smudging.  However, the brush fans out if too much pressure is applied, and then the formula sheers out.  But if you go slowly, and redip throughout the application, you can get a nice intense sharp liner.

For the lips, Lunasol has created 3 Creamy Matte Liquid Lips this season.  These come in frosted glass bottles, and feature a narrow doe-footed sponge applicator.  The formula is rather creamy, quite unlike most other liquid lipsticks currently in the market.

Here are the arm and lip swatches:

Lunasol Creamy Matte Liquid Lips feel very comfortable on the lips and mould to the contours and lip lines well without looking flat.  Unlike what the name implies, I found these to have a lovely lustre and soft shine on my lips, and are not completely matte, which is a much nicer finish in my opinion.  I found the applicator too narrow and there is a sort of airtight catch in the bottle that makes it harder to pick up too much product each time, so I needed to redip 2-3 times to completely cover my lips.  Both EX01 and EX02 are lovely my-lips-but-better shades, and EX03 was a cool cherry red on my lips.  All 3 had good wear time on my lips, and do not dry me out even after several days of non-stop wear.

This makeup look features Warm Beige Nuance on the eyes and Creamy Matte Liquid Lips in EX03 on the lips.

And here’s another featuring Chic Beige Nuance on my eyes…

Lunasol’s Summer 2018 collection are already out in counters.  Have you seen anything you like here today?

This post features products that were generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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My skin has been simply flawless lately (now, if that’s not a boastful statement I don’t know what is!), and it is all thanks to the new La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation!  For the first time, La Prairie has incorporated its very exclusive Caviar Water in a start-of-the-art delivery system to create a colour/skincare product to pamper and refine.

The slim round compact is dressed in the brand’s signature midnight blue and reflective silver cap.  Inside, is an innovative net-diffusing system that dispenses the product only when pressed, ensuring the rest of the product remain sealed from light and air.  It is so sleek and feels luxurious without compromising on portability and practicality.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation contains Caviar Water, a pure distillate that contains the most delicate and essential elements of caviar that provides skin with lifting and firming benefits.  It is combined with the brand’s exclusive Cellular Complex to re-energize skin cells.  A full list of ingredients may be found here.  Blended with soft-focus pigments, the Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation is silky smooth, and lightweight on the skin.  A single press on the net-diffusing system dispenses enough product for a light-medium coverage all across the face.  I found it easy to build up the coverage to a full medium simply by patting more product over areas where it is needed.

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When worn on its own, I found La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation to leave a glowy finish.  Personally, I prefer to matte things down with a light dusting of powder, and I also wear an oil-control primer underneath on my t-zone to ensure my makeup lasts the day.  Regardless, I still need to blot and touch up if am heading out after work.

In any case, I love the smooth, porcelain finish the Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation gives me.  There is a brightening luminosity that makes me look more awake than I feel.  More importantly, or perhaps I am hallucinating, my skin has been in much better condition than it has ever been!  I don’t come home to fresh zits and clogged pores, which counts for a lot.

This post featured a product that was generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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Tom Ford has always been known for his irreverence towards societal norms and overt sexuality.  And in a stroke of marketing brilliance, Mr. Ford has decided to call his latest Private Blend fragrance exactly as it is – Fucking Fabulous.

There is not a single fragrance or beauty item that has elicited this much controversy since its launch.  Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous is a statement piece to own and covet, just by its sheer audacity.  Indeed, for the first few months since it was launched during the SS18 fashion show last September, it was available exclusively on TomFord.com and soldout right away.  The wait list stretched on for months, which made it all the more desirable.

The matte black bottle sets it apart from all the other Private Blend fragrances, and it even comes in a unique matte black box.  The name itself created untold furore and is testament to how mainstream advertising has become obsolete.  Of course, there was no way to run campaign ads in print, and in some markets the brand has had to sell the bottles with the first name struck through with permanent marker.  I was skeptical if it would ever make it through Singapore’s prudish regulations, and when the rest of Asia started selling it with a thick red line in place of the word “Fucking”, I lost all hopes.  But in a surprising turn of events, Tom Ford managed to clear the regulatory hoops and Singapore is the only market in Asia selling the bottle in all its glory!

Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous is one of those fragrances that sets out to please, male and female alike.  It opens slightly sweet, not in any flowery or fruity way of course, rather from almonds, and with a bitter edge thanks to orris.  There is an aromatic quality, one which I am very partial to, tonka bean.  Paired with clary sage, for a slightly dry herbaceous quality… divine!  Leather emerges after about 15 minutes, a crisp and fresh leather that feels clean, devoid of any animalistic quality.  I find this a much easier leather to wear, especially in Summer, than the traditional leathers.  The entirety turns smokier as time passes, with a slightly sweet-creaminess quality to it.

I personally find Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous very wearable, and the initial whiff made me open my eyes wide and fall in love.  On the other hand, now that I have accumulated quite a reasonable collection of Tom Ford Private Blends, I find Fucking Fabulous to be much more commercial than some of the others, which I suppose makes sense since it was launched to accompany Tom Ford’s fashion show.  It almost reminds me of Neroli Portofino Forte [reviewed here], but no citrus is in sight here.  The wear time and throw of Fucking Fabulous is slightly weaker than the other Private Blends I own, but it continues to linger close to my skin well into the night.

Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous is out in Tom Ford counters and boutiques in Singapore now.  Do yourself a favour, and go sniff around that everyone is talking about!

This post featured a product that was generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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I have been incredibly time-strapped lately… work has been keeping me up late at night, and I cannot seem to find the time to blog.  Increasingly, I am tempted to move more of my sharing and reviews to Instagram.  Since many of you are also spending more time on Instagram, please let me know what you think in the comments below!

Regardless, there are always some collections (especially makeup) that I think deserve their place in history, for which I will always try to make it a point to share them in greater depth here.  I love sharing beautiful pieces with you, and showing & describing swatches with you and make up looks.  Especially when they are as lovely as the new Cosme Decorte AQMW point makeup this season!

Japanese makeup are usually understated and feminine, but Cosme Decorte truly excelled this season with an extensive line-up featuring new seasonal colours as well as revamps on some of their existing staples.  My favourite seasonal colours from Cosme Decorte come in these gorgeous round pots…

There are 30 new shades of Cosme Decorte Eye Glow Gem this season, and I have 4 of them here.  Just released last summer, these eyeshadow monos feature a bouncy gel-like texture that is a dream to smooth and blend on the eyes.  For a full review on the formula, please head over here.

From left to right, the shades are:

  • WT083 – a frosty white glitter with a translucent base. This shade works best layered over the others for a touch of sparkle, but I also use it with a tiny pencil brush on my inner eye corner to brighten and open up my eyes.
  • PU180 – one of my absolute obsessions this season!  This is best described as a maroon shade that shows up with enough intensity for a pop of colour.  At the same time it blends out like a dream to reveal a more neutral-ish darker base for a fun-yet-still-wearable smoky look.
  • BR384 – medium-dark bronze that is one of those colours that I can never get enough of.  Easy to wear, enough micro-shimmers to still be fun, I will hoard this til I die.
  • BE 392 – light champagne with a warm-undertone.  This one has a strong metallic shine, more suitable for highlighting.

To put the finishing touches on the eye look, there are new eyeliners, mascara and even brow pencils.

  • Cosme Decorte Lasting Gel Eyeliner is a swivel-up pencil liner that comes with a sponge-tipped blender at the opposite end.  I found the formula to be really long-lasting on my wet and oily upper and lower lash lines, which is really remarkable.  It does not have as much slip as my usual Chanel Stylo Yeux but it certainly stays on better.  Available in 5 shades, and refills are available.
  • Cosme Decorte Pencil Eyebrow is a thin swivel-up brow pencil that efficiently lines and fills in the brows without any tugging.  It has enough pigmentation without leaving any harsh lines, and the spoolie at the opposite end is hands-down the softest I have ever used!!  I love that Cosme Decorte has offered us a gray shade that is just perfect for my skin tone!  Available in 4 shades, and refills are available.
  • Cosme Decorte Luxscara Lengthening Mascara is 1 of 2 newly reformulated mascaras, and has a really interest brush that lengthens and separates my lashes beautifully.  Japanese mascaras generally do not volumnize much, and this one that I have is specifically designed for lengthening, but I still found it defines my skinny lashes beautifully.  I love that it does not clump, no matter how many coats I layer on, just elegant and natural.  I don’t make it a point to sniff my mascaras, but this one had a noticeable fragrance that I really enjoyed.  It goes away once dried though, and does not linger.

And putting all these to work in a single eye look…

I first lined my lash line generously with the Cosme Decorte Lasting Gel Eyeliner in BR301, blending out with the sponge-tipped end.  Next I applied Eye Glow Gem in BE392 all over my lid as a base, then I layered BR384 over it.  Added PU180 to the outer corner, blending upwards as a fun smoky touch; and finished with WT083 on the inner corner.  Finished with 2 coats of Luxscara Lengthening Mascara in BK001, and defined my brows using Pencil Eyebrow in GY002.

For the lips, there are 20 shades of Cosme Decorte The Rouge.  This is a melting cream formula that feels almost balm like, but packs a good dose of colour to be fully opaque with just a single swipe.  I like the luscious gloss finish, and it keeps my lips feeling really soft and hydrated.  The shade that I have here is PK853 which is a light pink that has sufficient red pigments at its base, and does not turn my lips grey.  An easy-to-wear, and feminine everyday colour!

And here is the full makeup look!  The kind folks at Kose Cosme Decorte sent me an extra set of Luxcara Lengthening Mascara in shade BK 001 and Pencil Eyebrow in GY002, so I thought I’d share them with one of you!  Head over to my Instagram Stories for the details now!

ps: Don’t forget to leave me a comment below if you’d like to continue seeing more blog posts in future, or the type of content that you’d like to see here.  Otherwise I really might switch over to Instagram entirely for good!

This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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I’m not a usually a big fan of matte eyeshadows, but when it comes to Rouge Bunny Rouge, I know I won’t be disappointed.  And the new Luna Raw Garden Eyeshadow Palette was refreshing in its ethereal lightness, the entirety was a beauty to behold.

Rouge Bunny Rouge has taken 5 of their best-selling Long-lasting Matt Eye Shadows and put them into a beautiful sleek limited edition palette.  Each of the shades are full-sized and typically retail for $17 each refill, so at $59 for 5 shades including the 5-colour shadow keeper, Luna is a really good deal!

Inspired by the crescent moon, Luna exudes cool ethereal lightness.  The shades are swatched according to their placement on the palette.  From left to right, they are:

  • Papyrus Canary – pale creamy beige devoid of chalkiness, lovely as a subtle highlighter
  • Bashful Flamingo – pale pink that has a slight warm undertone, great as a brightening base
  • Sweet Dust Seriema – light-medium mauve with a cool undertone, one of my favorite all-over color
  • Chestnut-napped Apalis – medium cool taupe, another beautiful and elegant all-over color
  • Blackpepper Jay – smoky blackened brown that is neutral-toned, really beautiful yet soft, perfect for accentuating the eyes without overdoing the drama for day wear

All of the shades are silky smooth and nicely pigmented so that they are easy to apply and wear on a daily basis.  These are fuss-free colors that flatter any skin tone, and the formula is extremely forgiving for more matured eyes.

And here is a soft and easy makeup look featuring Rouge Bunny Rouge Luna Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette.  Luna is available for purchase here [unaffiliated link].

This post featured a product that was generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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