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Have you ever admired the latest hair colour trend, and wondered if it will work out for you?  Or picked a hair colour only to regret afterwards?  I’ve done it all, especially in the past couple of years with the pink hair and galaxy hair rages… and realized that at the end of the day, my hair colour not only has to suit my lifestyle (i.e. uphold a full-time “proper” professional image) it also has to actually flatter my skin tone!

Since coming to Chez Vous, I’ve been incredibly blessed to be taken care of by the professional team here.  Sometimes I think the Chez Vous guys care more about the health of my hair than I do myself.  So much so that I just let my stylist pick the colour for me, and am always 100% satisfied by the results.  Now, to translate art to science, Chez Vous has designed a #RightColourMatters Diagnosis to help us understand our actual skin undertone, and find a colour family to bring out our best facial features!

Through a quick and simple process of holding up different coloured boards to bounce the light back on the face, it is immediately obvious which colour tones work best for me.  I’ve always known that I have a cool pink-based undertone, but it is still interesting to see what a big difference it makes.  A warm yellow colour completely drowned my face and turned me sallow.  I was gratified to see what I had always known intuitively – that too much pink actually overwhelms me and makes me look unnatural.  This last point is worth belabouring because I often get “advice” from BAs telling me to pick pink-based makeup to match my pink-toned skin (and vice versa – that as a “yellow”-toned Asian I should automatically go for yellow-based foundations).  This is obviously untrue, and it helps to get diagnosed properly!

The 2 blue-toned hues actually flatter me best, and I personally prefer the more true blue tone as it gives my skin a more even, balanced look.  The other slightly green-blue tone would work nicely if I am feeling more tired and/or work on a more matured lady who needs more brightening up.

So what does it mean if a cool blue light suits me best?  I was mentally prepared at this point to go home with blue hair, but of course the Chez Vous guys were able to translate that blue tone into a practical hair colour that I could wear proudly in my daily life!

Et Voila!!  Surprised?  I definitely was, and I remember asking incredulously how they managed to pull a red-tinged brown off when I was clearly matched to a cool blue.  It is almost magic, but by incorporating some blue to cool down the overall dye, they managed to make it work.  And I don’t know about you, but I love my hair colour!

Don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourself!  Chez Vous is offering a #RightColourMatters launch special – enjoy a professional cut to flatter your face shape, a personalised #RightColourMatters diagnosis, and a 3D colour and highlights or balayage from SGD299 (SGD399 for longer lengths).  Also, receive 1x Goldwell BondPro+ Hairshots worth SGD55 and 1x Express Revitalising Supreme Treatment (reviewed here) worth SGD205 for FREE!  Chez Vous is located at #05-05 Ngee Ann City Podium in Singapore, call 6732 9388 for further enquiries (and tell them silverkis sent you!) – completely unaffiliated, just saying!

In the spirit of complete disclosure, I have the privilege of being sponsored by Chez Vous for the past 2 years.  These guys take care of my hair for free, but I receive no remuneration in return.  Even if I’m not sponsored, I will gladly pay for their services on my own!

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The Royal Wedding had us all enthralled last weekend, although to be honest I missed the live telecast and had to catch up online.  What impressed me most was the beautiful #MarkleSparkle, her glowy skin and airy gossamer play of colour that is so elegant and pure.  I loved that moment during the ceremony when she snuck a sideways glance at her husband, and the most genuine shy smile broke across her face.  That look really sang out to me in more ways than I can imagine, not least of which is how the transparency of it all is so on trend for this season.  Though it is rumoured that Meghan Markle wore Dior makeup, I am personally favouring Chanel’s take with the Éclat et Transparence Collection for Cruise 2018.

Eclat et Transparence de Chanel is an airy vision of beauty, just-warmed skin beautifully highlighted with plays of light.  To achieve this, Chanel presents us with several wonderful options, all guaranteed to transform us into delectable goddesses from head to toe.

PALETTE ESSENTIELLE ÉTÉ – Éclat Solaire is this season’s must-gave all-over glow compact.  Unlike previous iterations of the Palette Essentielle [see here], this season’s Eclat Solaire does not contain a concealer, but instead houses 2 different highlighters – a creamy golden-beige with a strong metallic sheen for the high points of the face, and a slightly translucent shimmering gold for cheeks and eyes – along with a raspberry blush.  All the colours apply beautifully on my complexion, and I am so glad Chanel replaced the concealer this time round, taking the problem of a mis-matched concealer out of consideration.  I would have liked to see a cream bronzer in the palette actually, rather than 2 highlighters, and fingers-crossed we will see that soon from Chanel!

If you prefer to avoid cream products entirely, there is a lovely Chanel Poudre Lumiere Highlighting Powder in 30 Rosy Gold.  This was released in the US last December as a Chanel.com exclusive, but has only just made it’s way to Singapore.  It is technically not part of the Eclat et Transparence de Chanel collection, but since it launched side-by-side, I think you need to evaluate all options in tandem.  The powder itself bears a simple but elegant wave pattern that seems to shift from different angles.  It feels stiffer in the pan than most other Chanel powders, but the pigmentation is spot on such that a sweep of my highlighter brush will give a barely-visible touch to the skin, but a few more sweeps will definitely bring out those cheek bones prominently.

Chanel has been really dazzling me with their range of luxurious body oils lately, and this season for the first time, we are seeing a self-tanning body mist.  L’EAU TAN is the Chanel’s first tan-enhancing body product, and bears a light cologne that reminds me of No.5 L’Eau [see here].  It is absorbed right away, leaving no stickiness nor oiliness on the skin, but smoothens and hydrates.  The glow it leaves on the skin is very subtle, completely unlike traditional self-tanning lotions.  Do not expect the L’Eau Tan to give you that sun-kissed bronzed skin right away, but it does make for a decadent pool-side accessory.

For the eyes, Lucia Pica drapes the lids with shimmering sands and soft translucent fires of the summer sun.  CRÉATION EXCLUSIVE ÉCLAT ÉNIGMATIQUE is an eyeshadow quad that bears ripped wave designs similar to the Empreinte du Desert from Summer 2016 [see here] and a red color theme reminiscent of Candeur et Experience from Fall 2016 [see here].  Éclat Enigmatique is its own unique creation though, with each shade bearing some element of fine shimmer, and a satin texture that blends out to a soft translucency.  Though 2 of the shades are very close to Candeur et Experience, the latter is of course a matte palette which renders a completely different look on the eyes.  The addition of a steely black and icy white gives Éclat Enigmatique greater range.

There are also 3 new Stylo Yeux Waterproof to complement this summer’s eye look, and I have 2 of them – Charme, a reddened brown; and Revelation, a silvered taupe.  Both Charme and Revelation reminded me of previous seasons’ Stylo Yeux, so I have provided some comparison swatches for your reference.  Perle de Lune is one of my personal favourites and I’m so glad to see Charme is a close (albeit slightly more reddened) dupe.  Revelation is a much softer take than either Eros and Terra Rosa, and a very beautiful day-wearable red liner in its own right.

Here is an eye makeup look featuring Éclat Enigmatic and both Stylo Yeux Charme & Revelation:

For this eye look, I started by applying the bronze shade from Éclat Enigmatic all over the lid, followed by the steely black on the outer corner.  Next, I dabbed some of the red on the middle of the lid, and white on the inner corner.  I lined my upper lash line with Stylo Yeux Charme, blending out with more black; and lined lower lash line with Revelation.

The Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur is my favourite lipcolor formula ever, and I simply can’t get enough of them.  This season, there are 4 new shades, and I have swatched 2 of them above.  Both shades give that perfect juicy pout, and have a slightly warm undertone that suits the summer sunshine without turning my teeth too yellow.  You can wear them full-on, polished and perfected; or blot them down and smudge with a finger for that casual bitten look.  I also love layering Ultra Rose over Rose Shocking for an ombre effect.

Here is a full makeup look featuring Eclat Enigmatique on the eyes, Palette Essentielle Ete Eclat Solaire on the cheeks and high points of the face, and Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur Ultra Rose on the lips.

No Chanel makeup collection is ever complete without some fresh Chanel Le Vernis.  There are 3 shades this season – LÉGÈRETÉ, an elegant jade green; CHICNESS, chic medium mauve; and HALO, a pale milky pink.  Both LÉGÈRETÉ and CHICNESS wore incredibly well, lasting up to 5 days on my nails with just slight signs of tip wear.  I struggled a little with brush streaks with HALO as is usually the case with such light colors, although it did even out nicely on its own.

The Chanel Éclat et Transparence Collection is out in stores now, have you seen it yet?

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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The beauty pixies surprised me with an amazing trove of makeup goodies that is too delectable for me to not share it with you!  Pixi recently collaborated with 3 gorgeous beauty vloggers – Dulce Candy, Chloe Morello and Weylie Hoang – to release 3 very special makeup kits that are suitable for just about anybody.  I love that Pixi has always been about accessible beauty products for the everyday woman/girl, and by working with real live women, Pixi has really brought it home for me.  Each of these pieces are so intuitive and easy to wear that I think you can pick any of them up without overthinking it, and enjoy them for a long time.

The latest Pixi Pretties collection focuses mainly on the eyes with 3 different eyeshadow palettes, but there are also options for the lips and cheeks that you can mix and match around as you wish.  I will cover these by the respective influencer who inspired the looks, and share some swatches and my personal take on each of them.

Kick back, sip on a cup of soy latte at Café con Dulce and soak up the sun!  That is the happy boho chic vibe that I get from the Pixi + Dulce Candy releases.  There is a 9-shade multi-use powder palette that may be used on the eyes and cheeks to brighten and highlight.  I swatched the shades from left to right, top to bottom, starting from the top left corner of the palette.  Each of the shades are also named and labelled on the back of the palette so it is easy to reference the colors.

The Café con Dulce Sweet Glow Palette pulls slightly warm-toned on me, and all of the shades bear some level of shimmer veering towards metallic finish.  Overall, there is a good range of light shades that are suitable for highlighting (e.g. Brillante, Dulce, Pan Dulce and Bon Bon) and dark shades for adding definition to the eyes (e.g. Tamarindo & Morenita).  A number of shades are also great for wearing on the cheeks, my favourite is Piruli which bears multi-coloured shimmers for an added oomph!

I’m not usually swayed by large cream palettes but I was pleasantly surprised by the Dulce’s Lip Candy Palette.  There is a good mix of shades that can be used both on the lips and cheeks, and the quality is impressively good and consistent across all 9 shades.  The cream glides on easily but does not have too much slip so that the color stays in place well throughout the day.  Pigmentation is well balanced to show up even on my somewhat dark lips and not overly much for the cheeks.  Overall, really lovely palette, although it is way too large to be carried around for touch-ups.

Here is my Pixi + Dulce Candy makeup look.  I wore Tamarindo on the inner half of my lids, Morenita on the outer corner, a dash of Caramelo in the middle, and Brillante on the inner corner.  For the cheeks, I layered Estrella over Corazon.  And on my lips, I wore a mix of Canela and Beso for fun.

The Pixi + Chloe Morello collaboration is perhaps the most sophisticated of the 3, and features a handy brow-eyeshadow-highlighter-busher palette and a stunning lip gloss.  Palette Chloette is a real workhorse as the darker matte shades may be used for defining brows, lining eyes and creating smoky definition on the lids.  There are also 3 pairs of shimmery satin shades that are perfectly tuned for 3 different day/nude, afternoon/tanned, elegant/smoky looks.  The lightest pair may also be used as highlighters around the face and eyes.  I really like that there is also a complementary blush shade alongside each pair of eyeshadows so that an entire makeup look may be done without having to stop for even a moment.

The shades in Palette Chloette are more neutral in tone than any of the other palettes in this launch.  All of the shades are nicely pigmented, and the matte shades are very impressive especially at this price point.  Though they all swatched really well using a finger above, I found the eyeshadows in this palette are slightly less easy to pick up and blend with a brush than the other palettes.  The Lip Icing is a beautiful bronze glitter lip topper with a translucent base that gives nude lips a glamorous kick.

For my personalized Pixi + Chloe Morello look, I wore Passion along the lower half of my lid followed by Swoon on the outer corner and Lace to blend out the top.  The cheeks are draped with Bouquet and I added the Lip Icing over Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillowtalk.

I must say that I was most intrigued by the Pixi + Weylie Hoang collaboration at first sight, because the Dimensional Eye Creator Kit looked like it was everything I’d need in a nifty travel-friendly palette.  It actually consists of a 6-shade eyeshadow palette, and a dual-ended black kohl and liquid liner (not pictured here).

Instead of wowing us with lots of color options, Weylie’s Dimensional Eye Creator palette gives us a range of finishes and hues, and I personally found these colors to be much more interesting and sophisticated than the others.  I love pairing Bomb with one of the other matte shades, and Gurl! is a gorgeous topper that transforms all the other shades.  In comparison to the other palettes, I found this Dimensional Eye Creator to be creamier and better pigmented.  The liner is really impressive as it flicks on easily and stays on all-day without budging on my oily and heavily hooded lids!

I was surprised that even though the Dimensional Eye Creator Palette pulls the warmest, the coloration suits me the best.  For the makeup look above, I applied Beautis all over my lid followed by Bomb on the outer corner.  Next, I layered some Gurl! in the middle for some dimension, and finished with Itty Bitty in the inner corner.  You can’t quite see it, but I lined the upper lash line with the liquid liner and the lower lash line with the kohl.

Pixi recently launched in Singapore at Sephora, though only the skincare line is available right now.  If you are interested in these beautiful makeup pieces, you can shop online via their UK store here [unaffiliated link].

I want to say a big thank you to all the lovely friends who have dropped me a line lately with prayers and encouragement.  I want you to know that your support means the world to me, and this blog is fuelled by your love!

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’ve been a little distracted lately… and have been wondering if I have the capacity to continue maintaining this blog.  It is not even about redirecting my efforts to other social media platforms, I think I need to just focus on doing me for a bit.  I had the crappiest Mothers’ Day because my husband wrecked my brand new car; and broke my wrist by slamming it against a window frame.  Tip of the iceberg, but looming in the horizon for a while now.  This blog began as an avenue for me to define myself as more than just a mother and wife at home, and beyond just another employee at work.  Lately however, I find myself struggling to keep up with the pipeline, and having to dig deep to find enthusiasm and joy in the latest and bestest.  The question is, what do we do when the passion is gone?

An unexpectedly heavy introduction to what should be an easy read, my apologies for that.  But let’s say that I’m not ready yet to let go entirely, so I will take this as a nice distraction for as long as I can.  So humor me, dear readers, with some emotional verbage and not-so-philosophical discourse from time to time.  In return, I will aspire to do justice to some products that still manage to impress me in spite of it all.  Today, I have the pleasure of introducing the latest Western-branded cushion that has found its place squarely in my daily routine – the Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation!

We all have those days when we just don’t feel like applying, buffing and blending our foundation to perfection.  Lately, I’ve been waking up to those days quite a bit.  And the easiest solution is simply pick up a cushion and pat it on.  My weapon of choice is the Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation.  High coverage, natural glowy finish, and feels comfortable like second-skin.  It even comes with SPF 50 PA+++ sun protection and an anti-pollution complex to keep skin from premature aging… what’s not to love?

The all white packaging, complete with reflective silver trimmings, is chic and irresistibly cool.  Everything from the bouncy puff applicator to the swing lid that closes securely over the cushion to keep it from drying out, feels as well made as it should be.  Coming from the skincare experts, Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation boasts 24-hour non-stop hydration, to keep even the most dehydrated skin looking plump and smooth.

**Please click to open in a separate window where you can enlarge and zoom for comparison

The above half-faced comparison gives you a good idea of how well the Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation conceals dark circles and the redness around my nose.  It also gives a luminous glow that instantly brightens up my complexion.  On my combination skin though, it does get a little too shiny after mid-day, so I need a good anti-shine primer on my t-zone and blot in the afternoon.  Regardless, this cushion did not fade nor oxidise on me at all, and lasts well throughout my long 18-hour days.  If you are using this in a drier climate or have dry skin in general, you will enjoy this to its fullest potential.  The shade that I am using here is 108 Sand, which suits me perfectly.

Now as I’m typing this, I’m staring at a rubber cockroach that my son had sneaked into my purse this morning.  It gave me a good scare the first time I saw it, but has since evolved into our private joke of sorts.  I think I shall go throw it at my colleague for some laughs… it’s the little things that matter these days.

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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It’s been a very exciting year so far here in Singapore, with many long-coveted brands finally launching physical counters so that fans can go and explore in person.  One such brand is Chantecaille, which has been consistently maintaining a low-profile (relatively speaking) focusing instead on producing luxuriously formulated and beautifully designed products.  I first encountered Chantecaille in 2006 when I was seeking a lightweight, skin-loving base product to cover my eczema, and the beauty world was in love with Chantecaille’s Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer, long before the Koreans started mass marketing the BB cream.  Over years, I’ve fallen for Chantecaille’s Philanthropy initiatives, as they not only provide financial support, but actively promotes awareness of environmental issues in a meaningful way.  To celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary this year, Chantecaille has released a stunning Eye Palette that perfectly encapsulates the natural ideal of beauty that is espoused by the brand.

The Chantecaille 20th Anniversary Eye Palette features 4 highly wearable neutral shades, each bearing either an elephant or lion motive in relief.  These are in honor of the 2 philanthropic causes that are closest to founder Sylvie Chantecaille – The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and The Lion Guardians.  The palette comes in a highly polished rose gold compact with Sylvie’s signature on the top, and a good-sized mirror inside.

All the shades are buttery soft and a dream to apply!  I’ve swatched the shades in clockwise direction, starting from the top left corner:

From left to right, the shades are:

  • Selenkey – medium burnt gold with a soft shimmery finish.  Gorgeous on the lids, either worn all over or in the middle to catch the light.
  • Kamok – light muted pink with a satin finish.  The color does not show up well on my skin, and works best as a brow bone highlight or a subtle inner corner highlight.  The gold overspray on the elephant in the middle sweeps off after the first few uses and does not affect the color in the pan.
  • Nanu – medium taupe with a soft shimmery finish.  Beautiful all-over shade, and still gentle enough for the crease.
  • Gawa – medium rosewood with a satin finish.  This is a beautiful shade that also wears well on the cheeks as a blush!

The hues in this palette are softer than my usual style, but the shades are so harmonious, I found it really intuitive to use.  I started by sweping Nanu all over my lid, keeping close to the lash line and blending upwards.  Next I patted some Selenkey onto the middle of my lid, and finished with Kamok as an inner corner highlight and lined my lower lash line with Nanu.  I didn’t incorporate Gawa into the eye makeup, because I wanted to try it on my cheeks!

This is a stunning collector’s piece, and also wears beautifully on the skin.  There was no creasing, smudging nor fading even on my oily hooded lids.  I am also eyeing those Philanthropy Cheek shades, but there is a waiting list for them!  Do check Chantecaille out at Takashimaya in Ngee Ann City if you are in Singapore!

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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Welcome May!  I hope you all enjoyed a nice long extended Labour Day Weekend, or at least got some much deserved rest.  It has been a year since Shu Uemura launched the Petal Skin Foundation [reviewed here] which drapes skin with a poreless translucency complete with a soft radiant finish.  And now to take the lightness a step further and for greater portability, Shu Uemura introduces a brand new Petal Skin Cushion Foundation!

The Shu Uemura Petal Skin Cushion Foundation takes the same successful formula to the cushion format.  The unique formula transforms from liquid to powder upon application, adhering to the skin evenly in a thin weightless layer.  The secret to the magic is a soft focus polymer that renders a flawless complexion and super fine pigments that fit the skin seamlessly.  A delicate cocktail of Japanese sakura, white lily and white jasmine extracts leave skin with a refreshing feel whilst providing pore refining, hydration and anti-oxidation benefits.

As you can see from the half-faced before and after comparison shot above, Shu Uemura Petal Skin Cushion Foundation does a good job at concealing my dark circles and the redness around my nose.  I don’t have much flaws to conceal at the moment (thanks to my regular Q-switch sessions, and a couple of new skincare powerhouses I will review soon!), but I would safely say this cushion offers a good medium buildable coverage.  The finish is a glowy porcelain that looks like you’ve caught the light in the best possible angle, and all the pores are magically airbrushed away.  I don’t need additional highlighters when I’m wearing this cushion, nor do I feel the need to powder afterwards.  However, I do experience excess shine after about 6 hours around the t-zone, and then it spreads all over the face after 8 hours.  It does not break down the foundation though, and I do not have problems with creasing, so a simple blot fixes the shine right away.  But the cushion foundation does come away with blotting and rubs off easily, so I recommend caution if you plan to be hugging anyone.

The Petal Skin Cushion Foundation is packaged just like any other cushions in the market, and comes with its own puff applicator.  It does a great job at picking up and ensuring an even application.  But if you are looking for something that is even more decadent, you should try out the Petal 55 Foundation Brush!

Designed by International Chief Makeup Artist and Product Designer at Shu Uemura, the Petal 55 Foundation Brush is a universal foundation tool to give a beautiful and natural streak-free finish to the skin.  The faceted diamond shape of the brush allows for a comfortable grip that works with different angles.  The wide brush makes applying foundation on larger surface areas easy and fast, while the narrow end can be used for more precise application.  It is so intuitive to hold and to use that you could apply foundation even with #eyesclosed.  Handcrafted in very limited numbers by skilled Japanese artisans, the Petal 55 Foundation brush is densely filled with 189,000 soft fibers for an even finish.  The brush is available permanently in a black handle, but there is a limited edition sakura pink one that is currently on sale, so do check it out now if you hadn’t already!

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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You know a makeup trend is hot when the Koreans are in on it, and these days color correction and contouring is as basic as drawing the brows or applying mascara.  There are plenty of options available in the market, but Laneige ups the game with their innovative two-toned cream bars that are convenient to carry, easy to apply and work on multiple issues at a time.  The best part, is these Laneige Two Tone Correcting and Contouring Bars layer perfectly underneath a cushion foundation!

The Laneige Two Tone Correcting and Contouring Bars come in a unique triangle shape that make it easy to apply accurately even in small parts of the face, and the wide surface makes it quick to work with.  The texture is a silky balm that adheres well to the face, is easy to blend using fingers, and stays put without muddying when foundation is patted over.  There are 4 shades for color correction and 2 contouring bars.

The Laneige Two Tone Correcting Bars are:

  1. Primer – this is a near-colourless stick that is formulated with a smoothing gel and light beige powder to fill in fine lines and smoothen skin texture.  It is designed to be used all over the face as a first makeup step.
  2. Pink Coral – the coral tip corrects dark circles and shadows around the lips, whilst the pink brightens the face.  Swipe it together under the eyes to conceal and highlight at the same time; or use only the tip around the mouth or as needed to banish darkness.
  3. Purple Blue – reflects light and brightens the skin, giving a luminous effect to the skin.  Use it as a highlighter wherever needed.
  4. Mint Lemon – light yellow tip helps to conceal dark circles and highlight areas that require volume; and mint green reduces redness.  Use them together or separately as needed.

Here is a illustrated guide on the recommended uses:

Next up, there are 2 Laneige Two Tone Contouring Bars.  These are fairly intuitive, and are meant to be used under the cheekbones, along the jaw and temples to give the illusion of a smaller and more sculpted face.  There are 2 shades – a slightly lighter and warmer-toned, and another darker and cooler-toned.  Both of the shades are of an intensity that I personally found easy to use for the average NC/NW20-30 skintone.  Here are the swatches for your reference:

Although I found it extremely easy to blend these out using my fingers, Laneige has also introduced a blending brush for those who prefer not to dirty their hands.  Of course, you can use your own foundation brush or sponges as you desire.

These are really quite innovative, and a lot of fun to use.  I like that they are lightweight, sleek and easy to travel with.  More importantly, the shades and pigmentation are just perfect for a subtle everyday wearable look.  These are out at all Laneige counters now, so please stop by and check them out for yourself!

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 am finally concluding my coverage of skin hydrating products!  Today’s post is a sort of psychological wrapper for me because it features the earliest product that I acquired before making up my mind to create a series, and the most recent acquisition which is technically not marketed for dry skin but works like a charm.  This pairing works best for those of you who have acne-prone skin like me, but whose skin is also dehydrated and hence cannot accommodate overly stripping products.  The balance is delicate, and Tatcha does it so elegantly with its The Deep Cleanse and Water Cream.

One of the most important things in caring for your acne-prone skin is to exfoliate regularly and keep your skin clean to prevent the pores from getting clogged.  Many of the scrubs and medicated cleansers that are available in the market are too harsh for my sensitive and dehydrated skin, so I find myself rotating my cleansers and only scrubbing 1-2 times weekly.  However that all changed when I tried Tatcha The Deep Cleanse.

This is a oil-free gel cleanser that contains Japanese Luffa fruit fibers that gently exfoliates without any sharp aggravating edges/corners.  It lathers into a gentle creamy foam when mixed with water, and contains Japanese Wild Rose that tightens pores and smoothens skin texture.  Silk amino acids keep skin hydrated and soft, Okinawa mozuku algae helps skin retain water, and akita rice nourishes skin.  I love the fresh and clean sensation this leaves my skin with, and yet perfectly comfortable without stripping my skin or aggravating sensitive patches.  It is such an incredible pleasure to use that I find myself automatically reaching for this every morning even though I have 4 different cleansers in my bathroom!  The only tiny gripe I have is that the product dispenses by squeezing the bottle, and I often end up with far more than I really need.

The perfect accompaniment after cleansing is The Water Cream.  This is an oil-free gel-moisturizer that is incredibly lightweight and feels silky on the skin.  It is the more intense sibling of The Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer [reviewed here].  Japanese Wild Rose tightens pores and smoothes skin texture, and Tatcha’s proprietary Hadasei-3 complex (comprising of green tea, Japanese rice & algae) nourishes and hydrates skin.  I like that it has some oil-controlling properties as well, and I found that it keeps my skin perfectly moisturized throughout the day whilst keeping excess shine away from my t-zone.  There is a touch of 23-karat gold incorporated into the formula, you can’t see it, but it does leave skin with a very very subtle glow… beautiful!

Both The Deep Cleanse and The Water Cream are marketed for normal to oily skin types, which makes them sort of “outliers” in this mini-series.  Regardless, I found The Water Cream to be a powerful hydrating moisturizer, and the light non-sticky texture makes it a real pleasure to use.  It is atypical to find a scrub in hydrating lines, and I believe skincare products should serve multiple purposes.

I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts.  If you have missed out the previous entries, please head over here to catch up!  If any of the products have really jumped out at you, or you have tried any of them, please leave me a comment below and let me know your experiences!

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Happy hump-day!  This supposed mini-series on hydrating skincare seems to be taking forever to complete… I started this series 2 weeks ago [here] with the intention of wrapping it up within a week, but work and life got in the way.  There are just a couple more to go, and today I’d like to introduce a trio poetically named – Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Collection.

Peter Thomas Roth is a brand that I’ve only dabbled with briefly prior to this, and I am now kicking myself for not having tried more before.  The latest Water Drench Collection is targeted at those with dry-dehydrated skin, and aims to help skin maintain its natural moisture level through the inclusion of hyaluronic acid.  There are 4 pieces in this collection, and I’ve been using 3 of them religiously over the past month.

My favourite is probably the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser.  It seems rather counter-intuitive to be picking the most “basic” item in a line to fall in love with, but this is no ordinary cleanser!  For most of my life, I’ve been practicing a double cleansing routine in the evenings, mainly to ensure I completely remove all traces of makeup and dirt at the end of the day, and also because I generally dislike any lingering traces of makeup remover.  There are very very few cleansers that manage to perform double-duty to my satisfaction, and PTR Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser is one of these elite few.  It is a foaming cleanser that emulsifies when massaged and foams up when water is added.  After rinsing off with water, and my skin feels clean and smooth without any sense of tightness or dryness.  It is perfectly proficient at removing all my thousand-layers of makeup, even eyeshadow, except for waterproof mascara.

I love eye patches as they are a fuss-free way to soothe away the day’s woes.  Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches come in a jar of 60 patches, and are incredibly addictive.  These hydra-gel patches adhere well to my face without slipping off, though the shape does not seem to fit my undereye area perfectly.  They carry the signature PTR Water Drench cocktail of hyaluronic acid and marshmallow root extract to hydrate and soften skin.  Caffeine is added to reduce the appearance of eyebags, and amica to diminish dark circles.

The hero product of this range is probably the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream.  As poetic as the name sounds, this cream is truly light as a fluffy cloud, and drenches the skin in moisture.  The texture is a very airy whipped soufflé, yet it contains 30% hyaluronic acid.  Ceramides help lock in moisture while anti-oxidant-rich elderberry helps counter pre-mature aging. Water-soluble form of silk proteins leave skin with a silky smooth texture.  I love that this wears well under makeup without pilling nor feeling heavy, and yet it keeps my skin perfectly hydrated throughout the day.

I’m sorry I don’t have more photography to accompany this post, because I’m finding myself increasingly strapped for resources lately.  I hope this does not give you the impression that I like this Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench range any less than the others.  In fact, as the weather gets warmer, this is perhaps my most preferred range!  The cleanser is something that I’ve been bringing with me on my last 2 overseas trips, and I cannot rave about it more.

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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Chanel has been seducing us with its nude summer beauty looks for years now, and this Summer 2018 it gets even better than ever!  With perfected natural skin, glowy sculpted contours, and a range of eye and lip colours to flatter your skin tone.  Say hello to the latest class of Chanel Les Beiges!

There is nothing sexier than bare skin, and Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer is the perfect choice for those who are looking to perfect their complexion subtly, without full-on makeup.  It is as lightweight as the best fluid moisturizer out there, and it blends into the skin imperceptibly with the merest touch of the fingers (no tools required!).  It is far lighter than any BB or CC creams I’ve ever tried, even more so than the most luxurious in its class such as this and this.

This is not something I’d recommend for those looking to conceal, but if you are spending the day by the beach or poolside, Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer is a nifty multi-tasker that takes care of your skin’s hydration needs, provides some SPF30/PA++ sun protection and minimal color correction.  On me, it doesn’t cover my acne scars, but adequately conceals my dark circles and redness.  I love that it leaves a healthy, glowy finish to my skin, that looks like I’ve spent all afternoon in the sun.  There are 6 shades available, and the one in Medium suits my NC25 skin perfectly.

**Click on image to enlarge and zoom

Of course, every year fans look forward to the latest iteration of the Chanel Les Beige Healthy Glow Powder and this year’s Luminous Multi-Coloured Powder is even more gorgeous than before.  The striped design is reminiscent of the Mariniere range from 2016, whilst the ripped surface is similar to last year’s Poudre Belle Mine Ensoleillee.

This year’s Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-Coloured Powder gives the same luminous, sunlit glow as all its predecessors.  Though the middle coloured stripe is rather light and not quite suitable as a blush on its own, the combination of shades make this palette completely customizable.  You can get a darker shade that is more suitable for contouring by concentrating your brush on the upper half of the palette; or swirl your brush all over the palette or concentrate on the lower half for a all-over bronzer.  It complements the Tinted Moisturizer above beautifully, helping to set and extend the wear of the other without adding weight or cakiness.  There are 3 shades (light/medium/deep), and the one I have here is Medium which I love.

I swatched the various stripes of colours from top to bottom, going left to right below:

Going along the lines of naturally flattering hues for different skin tone intensities, Chanel introduces the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette in 3 different variations.  Personally, I’m not altogether sure if one needs to necessarily abide by the light-medium-deep divide, because I can see myself wearing all 3 palettes.  But in any case, my favourite is the Light palette shown below, which appears to be pink-purple hued, but on my cool-toned complexion, applies like neutral taupe.

Here are the swatches in case you are interested:

Swatched in clockwise direction, starting from the top.  From left to right, the shades are:

  • Pale pink with a satin finish and a sprinkling of champagne micro-shimmers.  Good for highlighting.
  • Light pink with a stronger red-pull than the one above, more translucent base and warmer golden micro-shimmers.  This one is good for inner corner highlight, or for emphasizing the middle of the lids.
  • Dark plummy brown with a satin finish and some sparse violet micro-shimmers.  This shade is incredibly smooth easy to wear.  I was surprised it applies more brown as it appears purple in the pan.
  • Medium-light purple-taupe with a shimmery finish
  • Medium-light barley brown with a warm golden frost

This palette reminded me of a couple of my favourite Tom Ford eyeshadows, and I decided to do some comparison swatches to satisfy my curiosity..

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Enchanted was one of those palettes that everybody loved and despaired when it was discontinued.  Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette in Light may not be a spot-on dupe, but it is certainly close enough.

The other was Tom Ford’s Eye & Cheek “Cool” Palette from Winter 2016.  Again the shades are very close, except for a brightened, frosty pink shimmer shade.  That palette contained a blush and highlighter, but retailed for a rather rich price and has been discontinued.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette in Light really surprised me by how beautiful it looks, and it’s clear to me that Lucia Pica really *gets* women.  I’m not one who easily embraces “neutral” palettes as they are often much too warm, too brown, and too matte for me.  And from initial looks of this palette, it may not seem like your typical “neutral” palette, but for ladies like me, who are cooler-toned and who need some elegant shimmers to wake up those eyes, this one is perfect.

One of my personal favourite items from the Chanel Les Beiges collections every year is the Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick.  These creamy sticks glide on smoothly, and 1 swipe is all that is needed to deposit sufficient colour for a healthy flush.  They are a dream to blend, and is as easy to work with fingers as it is with a brush or sponge.  The best part is that it does not oxidize nor fade off with the day.

This year’s addition – shade No. 25 – is the brightest and boldest yet.  It is a brightened salmon with a strong red-pull and an overall neutral-ish tone.  It is in sharp contrast to last year’s shades (23 & 24) which were more muted.

And perhaps the greatest surprise yet is that Chanel finally has some (sort of) lip color for the Les Beiges line!  The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm has a creamy glide on the lips, and pampers even my most chapped lips without leaving a heavy sticky petroleum aftermath.  There are again 3 variations – Light/Medium/Deep – and the shade that I have here is Light.

These lip balms leave a noticeable tint of colour on the lips, bringing life to the complexion without trying too hard.  The light shade is a lovely vermillion, though on my rather pigmented lips I’d consider it my-lips-but-better.

And to put everything into context – I am wearing Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette in Light on my eyes; Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick No.25 on my cheekbones and Luminous Multi-Coloured Powder in Medium to sculpt; and Healthy Glow Lip Balm in Light on my lips.  The only thing missing here is the Tinted Moisturizer as it is much too sheer for a day at the office.

Chanel Les Beiges 2018 is truly a fabulous and incredibly sexy collection!  Do check them out in stores!

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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