If there’s ever an appropriate time to gift generously, Christmas would be it. Although there’s seemingly an endless list of gifts to buy, with careful budgeting and planning, everyone can be spoiled equally! You only need some great gift ideas.

I’ve rounded up some of my favourite luxury splurges for a quick guide of what’s available this season. Some in gorgeous holiday packaging like the Clé de Peau La Crème!

Chanel No 5 – This year the iconic No5 celebrates a 100 years! If you love the packaging of the limited edition Holiday No 5 bottle, you’ll also love that it’s recycled glass. Happy to see high end brands like Chanel adopt a more sustainable approach.

YSL Couture Clutch (Holiday 2021)– Has been my go-to palette this season. I’ve used it non stop. The packaging is just stunning with a foiled gold overlay that screams Christmas. For me it’s the shimmers in here, they are ultra fine and perfect one-and-done shades for a subtle sparkly lid. There’s also a good mix of deeper tones for adding dimension. Available at all YSL beauty counters.

111 Celestial Black Diamond Neck & Décolletage Serum – It’s my Christmas gift to myself this year & also a great gift idea for mom! Essential for nourishing the delicate skin of the neck & décolletage and encouraging cell regeneration. Available via Net-a-Porter.

Byredo Metal Boots in the Snow eyeshadow palette – … it’s the perfect dinner conversation starter! Ideal gift for that beauty junkie friend. Also ticking the box of luxury but not forgetting the sculptural packaging that looks so cool. Linking it here.

Byredo Mad Red Lipstick – I really can’t get enough of Byredo packaging. This red lipstick will be a sleek addition to any recipients makeup bag.

111 Precious Liquid Masking Edit – this luxurious kit comes packaged in a chic woven pouch. Inside you have three (75ml) face masks. For Healing, Hydration and Energizing. Available via 111 website .

Givenchy Prisme Libre Highlighter – Possibly the best holiday highlighter to launch this year. Surprisingly, very few luxury brands offered highlighters for Holiday 2021. This year Givenchy was my favourite. Beautiful packaging, flattering customisable colour in a makeup bag friendly size.

Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème – Hands down the most gorgeous holiday packaging this year. If you love novelty items that’s limited edition, this would be the BEST you could gift mom & yourself (if your budget allows).

Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick – A luxe gift in gorgeous packaging. Westman Atelier did a whole range of gift sets in gold packaging that’s ready for gifting. No wrapping required. Have you seen the brush collection? Available via Net-a-Porter here.

Jo Malone Wood, Sage & Sea salt – One of the most interesting Unisex perfumes i’ve tried. I love this years LE Holiday packaging. A great gift for a husband, brother, or a sister!

Angela Caglia Gold Cryo Facial Set – Is for the girlfriend you know could use a little pampering. Beauty gadgets can be a simple treat to indulge and relax after a long day and this set of ergonomically crafted rollers will depuff and firm skin. Keep it in the fridge for an even more invigorating treatment. Linking it here.

Chanel Sublimage Mask – Perfect for mature or dehydrated skin, or skin that’s lack lustre, Sublimage combines the very best of actives (Madagascan Vanilla Planifolia) known for it’s anti-ageing properties. Not only does it feel velvety and luxurious, the Sublimage range smells divine!

Hèrmes Les Mains Collection – Of all the exciting beauty releases this year, Hèrmes steals the show with their new nail colours and hand care collection. I was lucky enough to receive a selection of the gorgeous new launch and fell in love with the brands iconic shades. Rouge H, Orange Boite make the most perfect gifts for the H lover in your life. Their cuticle oil is one of the best luxury oils i’ve tried. As is the hand cream.

Chanel Body Oil – Is hands down one of the best gifts i’ve received in recent years. This 250ml bottle practically lasts forever & will be cherished everyday. Comes in three versions; Jasmine, Rose and Vanilla.

Dior Holiday 2021 Nailpolish – You know a brand repeats it’s products when it’s a winner. Each year Dior does this cute bauble shaped nail polish in three festive colours (I feel like every year the colours are the same too). These make the best luxe stocking stuffers for your girlfriends and also a special treat for anyone who loves nailpolish.

Oribe Haircare sets – Are a common feature in each years gift guide. Already packaged ready for gifting, it’s for that girlfriend who has everything, or a really wonderful boss? Available via Beautylish & Net-a-Porter.

Sustainable Gifts for Christmas

It’s just barely a week to Christmas and i’m here to help with any gifts that need buying; this time with a guide less focused on ‘things’.

I reached out to my friends from Sortorial to help break the cycle of last minute gift shopping with some sustainable gifting ideas that are kinder to this planet. If you aren’t sure who Sortorial is, click here!

For the minimalist

The first thing you put on while you get dressed, you can’t underestimate the importance of good underwear. We love the range from Knickey made from non-GMO, certified organic cotton which is handpicked at harvest (this creates jobs for local communities and prevents high energy use from traditional machinery). If you live in the States, you can send in your ready-to-retire intimates to be turned into new materials like insulation and carpet padding. The bonus? Get a free pair of Knickeys with your next order. P.S – They do gift cards too!

For the fashion lover

Grounded by the principles of considered design, relentless quality, honest value, and positive impact, Kotn has womenswear, menswear and home furnishings sourced directly from the Better Cotton Initiative and small-family run farms in Egypt. In partnership with a local NGO, with each Kotn order, up to 100% of proceeds are donated to fund and build primary schools in the Nile Delta and Egypt. Kotn started with the basic t-shirt, and they’ve done it even better by making it size inclusive.

For the environmentalist

To have an unforgettable experience, experience urban beekeeping and enjoy a cup of honey craft beer after. Honey bees are vital to our ecosystem, acting as highly efficient pollinators of our food crops as well as for wild flora. Effective pollination increases the amount of agricultural produce, improves their quality and enhances plants’ resistance to pests. Learn how to care for and kep bees in an ethical and sustainable way, and you might be motivated to harvest your own beehive and be rewarded with some honey.

For the thrill seeker

Soak up the sun and the views while you zip line through the mountains of North Wales at 100 mph. Zip World Velocity is the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe. Available to anyone aged 10 years and above, and doesn’t weigh more than 120kg, this suspends you 500 feet high. A gift card is valid for a year, so the recipient can find more friends to go on this adventure, as there are four parallel zip lines – that means you can go as a group of four! The more the merrier. 

For the dreamer

We spend more than a quarter of our lives sleeping, so make sure you #hustlehardsleepeasy with luxury organic cotton bedsheets or loungewear from Sojao (which means ‘go to sleep’ in Hindi and pays tribute to the Indian smallholder cotton farmers the company works with). With worldwide shipping available, you can gift bed sheets and towels certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard to your friends and family. We love the versatility of the Classic mix and match bundle set – pairing navy, forest and white is so chic.

P.S – Free delivery in Singapore!

For the design enthusiast

The Citizenry establishes relationships with artisans who use local materials to craft the best homeware goods – all without a middleman. Which is how you can get handmade goods at more reasonable prices than traditional luxury boutiques. We’ve got our eyes on the San Cristobal brass wall hanging set which is cut by artisans in Santiago, Chile. Made with higher standards, The Citizenry pays wages that average twice the fair trade requirement. 

Need help with styling or shopping? Book a shop session with sortorial. We can help you shop in-store and send your purchases over, or curate a list of items that you can shop online. 

Gift Guide – Best of Skincare, Bodycare & Haircare

I love receiving gift sets. Not only are they great value, they make quite pretty gifts with the seasonal festive boxes & wrapping!

I’ve curated a few sets from a range of prices depending on the $$$ you might want to spend. Almost all of these are currently 20-25% off so you get to save even more on a box set that’s already good value!

P.S- Everything you see in todays guide are brands I love; and products that work!

  1. Olaplex Healthy Hair Essentials (SGD95 via Sephora SG)

Olaplex does one of these sets every year and they ALWAYS sell out. I make sure I pick this up as soon as it goes on sale. Not only is it perfect for gifting, it’s also great for personal use if you want mini versions of your regular Olaplex haircare range.

Incase you have never tried Olaplex, they are essentially haircare that’s developed for damaged hair.. basically for repairing , nourishing and smoothing frizz.

Currently on sale at Sephora Singapore as well as Cult Beauty (25% off).

2. Clé de Peau beauty The First Step Serum Skincare Set (SGD380 via Sephora SG)

Have you seen CPB’s new holiday packaging? It’s divine! Each year they collaborate with an artist and spoil us with the most gorgeous packaging ever. The First Step Serum Skincare Set contains a full size of one of my favourite products by CPB; The Serum. It also includes three minis for a complete skincare routine so you get the whole Clé de Peau experience.

3. Charlotte Tilbury 3 Magic Steps to Perfect-Looking Skin (£90 on Cult Beauty)

I don’t think of CT as a skincare brand but I do love her Magic Serum for skin prep. It primes the skin but also contain anti-ageing ingredients which is a win win. The texture is very refined.. so luxurious as it glides on the skin; it’s light enough for even oily skin types but also nourishing for dry skin as well. Set comes with two additional mini creams as well.

Currently on sale on Cult Beauty which is having their 25% off Black Friday Event.

4. Sunday Riley The Big Glow Deluxe Good Genes Kit (£159.20)

When I saw this kit on Space NK I knew immediately it HAD to be in my gift guide. Good Genes is already a cult product but this supersized version (100ml) with amazing limited edition packaging is everything I look for in a skincare gift set. I have not seen it anywhere else but luckily, Space NK has 20% off on this product. GRAB IT NOW! Set comes with a mini Pink Drink (25ml) and a Tidal Water Cream (15g).

Perfect for your bestie or any die hard Good Genes lover.

5. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Magic (£44)

Glow Recipe makes great skincare for younger skin. If you are looking for something effective yet affordable, I love this little set which makes a perfect gift to anyone who’s getting into skincare. Whether it’s for someone in their 20’s or early 30’s this set would be ideal for maintaining glowing skin while refining pores.

The set comes with a PHA/BHA Toner (150ml) + Niacinamide Dew Drops serum (15ml) + Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore Tight Facial (25ml).

6. Percy & Reed All Kinds Of Wonder-ful Hair Set (SGD112)

Percy & Reed holiday sets are great for gifting. Not only do they come in beautiful packaging, this set also includes a sleeping mask that’s just too cute! I’m obsessed! Two of the products are full sized and two are minis. Not necessarily great value when you consider the full sized items each at SGD40 and extra minis. But it is worth grabbing while Sephora has their Black Friday sale.

7. Heure Ageless Night Treatment Moisturiser (SGD190)

If there’s one luxe item worth gifting as a stand alone product, the Heure night cream would be my pick. Now that Heure retails at Sephora you can save on luxe items like this and grab it for less $$$. This anti-ageing night cream will help maintain youth by firming skin and also smoothing wrinkles. I love the texture. It’s not too light, also not greasy. I’ll be gifting one to mom this Christmas since I loved mine soo much!

8. Augustinus Bader Body Care set (Body Cream + Body Oil)

If you are on the look out for luxury bodycare, it doesn’t get more luxe than an AB bodycare kit. I’ve got the Body Lotion in my basket and it’ll be a gift from ‘me-to-me’ this Christmas. Augustinus Bader is renowned for a formula that helps regenerate skin, restoring it back to it’s youthful healthy self.

Available directly via the Augustinus Bader site and also Cult Beauty (where you can currently get 25% off)

9. Omorovicza Perfecting Duo (£50)

A perfectly curated no fuss duo is always a winner. This kit contains one of my favourite mists of all time – the Queen Of Hungary Mist (infused with orange blossom) + a perfecting lip balm to keep lips smooth and plump all day.

Did I mention the pink packaging is just SO cute?!

10. Augustinus Bader Body Lotion (£75)

If you are gifting a Body Lotion.. might as well make it substantial.

I love a luxe cream to pamper myself and so far i’ve been a die hard fan of the Clé de Peau one. At SGD 150 a pop, it’s pricey but over time you do notice a difference in skin texture. The new AB Body Lotion is a wonderful investment for body care and makes a luxe gift for siblings and anyone ultra special.

Currently retailing at $95 on the Augustinus Bader site, and Cult Beauty.

11. Biossance Overachiever Gift set (SGD89 via Sephora SG)

Biossance is a brand that’s new-ish to my regime and so far everything I have tried has been exceptional. As someone who looks for clear results, the brand though may not come across as ‘exciting’ does deliver some stellar products. I love their Lactic Acid serum and the eye cream is one of the best i’ve tried for dull/dry under eyes. If you are new to the brand or plan on gifting skincare, this set is a great introduction to the brand.

Gift Ideas – Hostess Gifts | Fragrance & Candles

Black Friday is the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts & beautiful candles for the home. Today i’ve rounded up some gorgeous candles and fragrances that make the perfect hostess gifts and also for your home. Some which are on sale and ripe for the picking!

  1. Number one on my list is Maison Margiela Replica candle trio – It’s currently ON SALE at Space NK and you save 15% off. This trio contains miniatures of their candles (By the Fireplace, Lazy Sunday Morning & Bubble Bath). If saving is your ultimate goal, a full size candle of By The Fireplace is still available on Cult for 25% off with their code CBBF25 here.

2. Diptyque Holiday Candles

Diptyques holiday favourite Sapin is back and this years candle is possibly the best one yet in terms of packaging. The candle is available in two sizes and is my top pick for a true pine scent. If you are looking for alternative that’s on sale, Jo Loves does a great fresh pine scent called Christmas Trees. The throw is exceptional and just as lovely as Diptyque and comes in a festive red and gold starburst print. You can grab this on SALE here.

3. Boy Smells Candle Wick Trimmer

A useful gift for any candle lover; and I adore the black version that Boy Smells makes. This one’s a good price too! ($18)

4. Diptyque Best Of Baies

Another perfect holiday gift is this beautiful Best of Baies set (£102) . It comes with a mini candle, room spray (which is one of my absolute favourites!) & a scented oval that’s perfect for hanging in the car or your linen cupboard to keep everything smelling nice. It comes in a beautiful gift box, ready for gifting to someone special.

5. Diptyque Reed Diffuser

If it’s a luxe home fragrance you are on the look out for, Diptyque also released this Reed Diffuser ($190) in three scents (Baies, Tuberose and Rose). It comes with a glass vase + the fragrance and reeds. I LOVE the minimal design of this but is pretty much sold out everywhere (that it’s on sale) but still available at Blue Mercury for their Cyber week sales. You can save money there.

For a budget alternative, NEST makes really great home scents, and this Birchwood & Pine reed diffuser will spruce up your spaces with fresh pine for just $50. If you are looking to buy from Europe, Nest is available at Cult Beauty.

6. Cire Trudon Limited Edition Holiday candles

This year they have the most incredible limited edition candle packaging. If you are into the ornate gold filigree vibe, you can choose from 5 candles in LE packaging. Ernesto is a divine mix of Bergamot, Patchouli, Clove with a base of smoky tobacco and leather. If you are looking for a twist on a traditional pine candle Bayonne sounds amazing. a mix of cocoa, chilli for spice and pine. I’ll be waiting for it to go on sale, so I can pick one up!

7. Nest Birchwoord & Pine three wick candle

Nest candles are a popular choice for the holidays. If you are looking for budget options, this is where you look! The three wick candle will last ages and make a substantial hostess gift. I love the glass packaging that’s accented with gold. It really does look expensive and is a tasteful design that’ll effortlessly match any decor style.

8. Diptyque Feu de Bois

Is a seasonal favourite of mine. The cosy smell of burning wood fills the room with warmth. This year Diptyque has the ceramic 600g LE candle in this scent and it’s beautiful. I love the grey vessel that can be used as a vase long after the candle burns out (which takes a while btw!). I have the pink Rose candle from last year and it’s still around! I especially like the three wick candles as they burn very evenly even if I trim the wick too short.

9. Diptyque Baies Scented Oval

Is a great way to gift something luxury but also keep it within the budget. I’m sure you’ve already guessed, Baies is my favourite Diptyque scent! .. find these at Space NK as well Net-a-Porter and directly from Diptyque.

10. Byredo Bibliothequé candle

Hands down my favourite by Byredo. If you are into smoky scents or plan on gifting one to someone who is into warm fragrances, this is my top pick. It’s also one of Byredo’s best-selling fragrances. Available at Net-a-Porter, Selfridges or Cult Beauty.

11. Do son Shower Gel

Another favourite for gifting is luxe shower gels. I’ve never tried the Do Son version, but the perfume is one of my favourites. If Jasmine scents and white flowers are your vice, this one’s perfection. I love LOVE LOVE this fragrance.

I feel this post is very Diptyque heavy, but they are my favourite fragrance brand soo…. >.<

For budget shower gels with great ‘giftable’ packaging, Aesop is my top pick. They do a whole host of curated boxes too. Find them at Cult or Space Nk during Cyber Week Sales.

12. Diptyque Accessories

For Diptyque fans out there, the holiday accessories are a must-have. I found several carrousels as well as lanterns that add a pretty sparkle to your lit candles. The best one in my opinion is this huge lantern accessory that sold alone without a candle; the Basile Lantern for Candle. If you already own plenty of their candles buying the accessory alone is a great idea & these last long with no tarnishing. I’ve had mine from a few years back and it still looks pristine.

Diptyque hardly goes on sale but you can find them at Blue Mercury that has discounts right now (20% when you spend over $250 | 15% when you spend over $175) It’s easy to fill up your cart at Blue Mercury since they carry LOADS of amazing brands including Atelier Cologne & Nest.

That rounds up my fragrance gifting guides. In addition you can also try some Atelier Cologne candles and gift sets. It’s my go-to for gifting perfumes and Space NK has most of them on sale 15% off right now. I love Orange Sanguine and Cédrat Enivrant (I have gifted both my husband and dad!) aaaaand i’ll be gifting more Atelier Cologne this year too! Here’s what I picked up. Don’t you love the celestial pattern on the leather?!

CHANEL Fall/Winter Makeup Collection 2021

For Fall/Winter Chanel released a collection composed around 4 shades; warm grey, khaki, terracotta and reddened brown. Each colour group working in synergy for a complete Tone-on-Tone look.

I’m excited to finally see more Liquid Eyeshadows as well as Eyeshadow Pencils as they are my everyday go-to’s. There’s also new 4 Nail Polishes, 2 Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks & a brand new limited edition blush shade to complete the look.

The key focus of the collection is the eyes.

The eye pencils define & add depth while the Ombre Premiere Laque enhance the look with a ‘touch of radiance’ to catch the light. There’re 4 Ombre Premiere Laque within this collection.

Lamé Pourpre – A metallic maroon.

Lamé Bronze – A metallic platinum khaki

Lamé Acier – A metallic silver grey

Lamé Ivoire – A metallic ivory

Ombre Premiere Laque’s are a creamy liquid eyeshadow that can be used on it’s own or layered and combined with an eye pencil or eyeshadow. My preferred method of application is using fingers to dab & blend till there’s an even wash of colour (alternatively a firm synthetic brush could also work for a streak free diffused application). It’s a race against time to make sure there’s an even blend before these set and they really do set FAST!

The formula of the new limited edition colours are somewhat different to the previous Ombre Premiere eyeshadows. The only colour that’s an identical formula match to earlier releases is Lamé Acier which has an ultra shimmery finish, with fine but noticeable shimmer particles. The other three shades have a more smooth, metallic molten look.

Staying power of these are really good since they set to a completely budge-proof veil of colour. If you don’t usually gravitate to liquid shadows, these are a game changer, application is a breeze and they stay put even on oilier eye lids lasting all day.

Lamé Ivoire is perfect for highlighting the brow bone and as an inner eye highlight. I haven’t highlighted my brow bone in what seems like ages, but this one shade can lift the eyes to look fresher and less tired. I am a fan.

The Stylo Ombre Et Contour eye pencils are some of my favourites in my makeup bag. I use the shade Contour Brun a LOT. It’s exciting to see Marron and Khaki within this new collection. They aren’t the longest lasting on their own and occasionally crease on my oily lids, but I use them as a base, smudged closer to the lash line then set with a coordinating eyeshadow. They give the eyes more depth when used under eyeshadow.

The Stylo Ombre Et Contour are super creamy and blend like a D.R.E.A.M. The colour payoff is excellent, even in the lighter shades.

Contour Clair (from the permanent lineup) is a great everyday colour for fairer skin tones to add definition to the crease for minimal makeup days, the new Contour Beige is a warmer counterpart which is a slightly deeper, tan version that can be used on light-medium complexions.

I have 3 of the 4 new limited edition shades.

Contour Marron – A deep burgundy (limited edition)

Contour Khaki – A rich khaki (limited edition)

Contour Beige – A neutral light terracotta brown (limited edition)

The blush Ombre is a pretty light neutral brown. On me it pulls slightly grey, but the colour was too similar to my skin tone to show up (for reference my Chanel foundation shade is between B30-B40). I don’t own many blushes in this shade and find it unique in my collection. However the overall texture and formula is a miss for me. It’s a very flat matte with a lot of kick up and whatever gets picked up on the brush disappears while blending. It was a battle that i’d never win. I feel this would show up better on fairer skin tones but with a lot of layering.

Here’re some comparisons. I couldn’t find anything in my stash that I found to be similar. I wish more brands release neutral browns like this. The only ones I could think of were by Laura Mercier as their tones tend to lean more neutral.

The new nail polish for fall are just perfection. I feel it’s the first time i’ve seen a collection where every shade was a hit! My favourites are Terre Brulée (Terracotta red) & Rouge Brun a deep vampy reddened brown. Both well pigmented and applied with ease.

Rouge Brun – A deep reddened chocolate

Beige Cendré – A warm grey (limited edition)

Brun Fumé – A khaki brown

Terre Brulée – A terracotta red

I tried some nail art with this collection and I LOVED it. Such a great colour palette to get creative with!

*All swatches are two coats with no topcoat. They last just under a week before starting to chip.

For lips, there’re two new shades in the Rouge Allure Velvet formula which is Chanels version of a soft matte.

The texture is silky and had good pigmentation.

Mode – A medium brick red (limited edition)

Low Key – described as a light dusty rosy peach

These have a subtle scent, typical for Chanels lipsticks in the Rouge Allure range.

I rounded up a few comparisons within a few Chanel formulas and also some older Rouge Allure Velvet limited editions. Mode is a more earthy red in comparison.

For the look below i’ve used Contour Marron + Lamé Pourpre & Contour Khaki topped with Lamé Bronze. Inner corners of the eye are highlighted with Lamé Ivoire.

Bottom line, the collection is exactly what a Chanel lover would hope for. Sophisticated, elegant colours for the new season with lots to choose from. My favourites were the Ombré Premiere Laques. Lamé Acier is a must for sooty smokey eyes, with Lamé Ivoire a go-to for a simple eye look worn with red lips. I really can’t pick a favourite here.

What are your thoughts on this collection? Will you be purchasing anything? I like that most of the nail colours are permanent shades so I won’t have to buy backups yet! Rouge Brun will be my new favourite this season along with Terre Brulée.

*Samples provided by Chanel for review + a few purchased by myself.

Louboutin Beauty Abracadabra La Palette Review

Let’s talk about the latest in luxury beauty; Louboutin Beauty has expanded it’s portfolio with a new range of palettes for the eyes and cheeks. The compacts and refills are sold individually, which adds up to a total of SGD 216 per palette. There’s a red and black compact to choose from… and then three eyeshadow palette refills + three blush trio refills to mix and match.

It’s quite the splurge considering each empty palette is SGD108 and another SGD108 for the refill. Still cannot get over how much it costs to have just one palette with the case! But I do appreciate the effort to be environmentally conscious even though I might never really pan these palettes.

The empty palette is a stunning compact with a magnetic closure. The top is studded with signature Louboutin spikes (that surprisingly don’t seem to add a load of weight) and the bottom of the palette has an equally pretty ‘red sole’ .

Each palette assembles with a satisfying click thanks to the magnetized case. Perfection! Honestly wish Hermes got it right that first time.

My picks from the eyeshadow palettes were Rose Pigalle & Bronze Eloise. These look like the most likely combinations I’d normally wear. I wish the two had a bit more variation of colours. Unfortunately BOTH contain a gold shade with one palette containing TWO. I honestly didn’t see the point in releasing similar shades when the launch is such a small one. Also there is room for some matte shades in the palettes. Bronze Eloise had one matte brown, luckily!

Unfortunately the variety of looks from Rose Pigalle is limited to shimmery, sparkly ones. I really hoped the brown in this was matte. But at least the palette didn’t contain two golds!

Rose Pigalle is a mix of, a pink with gold shimmer, a warm gold with micro glitter, a shimmery copper, a rich metallic orange, a satin brown with gold shimmer and a rich metallic maroon.

The formula between these vary, the two shades bottom left and right (orange & maroon) swatch like baked (wet and dry) formulas. I tried them wet and they really do POP. The only shade I wasn’t loving was the satin brown, the gold shimmer in this ends up in the eye when I use it to line the lower lash line and irritates. Personally I prefer darker shades to have minimal to no shimmer (especially when the formula is a powdery one and tends to escape while applying). Overall the pigmentation in these shadows were pretty good. I wouldn’t say they are crazy pigmented and buttery like let’s say… the Pat Mcgrath shadows, but I do think they are good. I also actually like the gold in this palette. It has a gorgeous high shimmer glittery finish that can be worn on it’s own for a statement eye look. I’d use it patted and pressed on all over the lid with fingertips for maximum effect.

My only gripe is that the palette isn’t well balanced. The addition of some matte shadows would definitely allow more variety in terms of the looks.

If you really want to try out the Louboutin formula and enjoy luxury palettes, I definitely feel this would be the one to go for. Of the three palettes Rose Pigalle had a better colour mix in my humble opinion (read, no repeat shades).

Bronze Eloise is the ‘neutral’ palette that …. wasn’t quite neutral. I really didn’t get the need for two golds. I feel this missed the mark in that sense since the launch didn’t have a single true ‘neutral’ palette that many of us tend to use on a regular basis. What was lacking was a matte cream or a simple beige that would really kick up the versatility of this one, minus the gold. The 1st gold really wasn’t needed. Who needs a pale gold that’s pigmented ‘ok’ at best and a incredibly warm but well pigmented, VERY yellow gold too?

Anyway.. the shades in here are a shimmery rose, a satin gold, a medium matte brown, a rose bronze, a warm saturated gold and a deep metallic bronze. My favorite shade in the palette is the 1st one, the beautiful satin rose. It’s formula is silky smooth and just the kinda shade I love to use as a one and done colour for daily use. It’s so pretty.

The first gold in the palette is more of a muted pale gold, the second a warm saturated one. The matte brown swatched ok, but did perform much better with a brush. I feel overall these pick up with brushes really well and blend out nicely! They look very smooth on the eyes.

Bottom line, the palettes weren’t extraordinary. I do think they create a glamourous eye look as the brand intended. It’s all about drama. If I had to pick, I can’t say I love one more than the other.. except where wearabilty is concerned I guess you would be better off with Bronze Eloise.

Of the blush palettes I pick up one.

I ADORE the shades in this. Plus it’s a baked Gelee type formula. Silky smooth, amazingly pigmented and wears like a second skin with no powderiness. This almost melts and fuses with the skin for a luminous glowy finish. On me they wore well for over 5-6 hours after which they faded considerably.

The colours in here are definitely more for medium to deeper skin tones and I love that the brand kept this launch more inclusive.

Left to right there is a berry with a subtle blue shift, a warm gold highlighter and a bronze. I was curious to swatch this along with the NARS blush Dominate and to be quite honest they are very similar (almost like a mix of the two blush shades in the palette). However NARS is a little bit more bolder, more saturation and also contains a little micro glitter that catches the light for a dazzling look.

Lastly a look with the palette.

I used Bronze Eloise and the So Prive blush palette for easy glam makeup. The blush shade is a mix of the two colours in the palette. I skipped the highlighter as I didn’t want the look to end up too warm. I’m happy the palette does come together rather nicely.

Bottom Line

The eyeshadows apply smoothly and are well pigmented. They also blend easily and can be used with or without primer, (I tried both). There wasn’t much fallout during application except for the deeper shades. I like that overall they do come together to create a beautiful eye look.

For what they cost, the quality and formulation should be exceptional and truth be told, I could achieve this look with other palettes with possibly better formulations. However as far as overall execution, they are very nice. I feel the attention to detail for the packaging alone is pretty amazing and they nailed it as with their lipsticks which look and feel equally luxurious!

Btw these palettes contain 6g of product , 1g per pan. I cross checked with a Chanel eye palette and it contains 2g. The average Dior palette contains 3g and a NARS 4.8g . Depending on whether a powder is baked or pressed the weight varies. But overall 6g is pretty generous.

For me the real winners were the blushes, and they are lovely! I feel if you are on the look out for some luxury retail therapy these are wonderful. Personally I wouldn’t mind adding more to my collection… but the price… I really find it hard justifying it.

Chanel Les Beiges 2021 – Summer Light

The highly anticipated Chanel Les Beiges collection just launched. Packaged in signature beige for the season, the collection embodies the lightness it represents. Elegant textures, subtle flashes of colour with a signature Chanel touch.

The collection consists of ;

Two bases, Water Fresh Tint & Healthy Glow Foundation both reviewed previously here & here.

Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palettes in two colour ways : Tender , Intense

Rouge Coco Flash in Dawn (le) , Heat (le) , Flame & Sunbeam

Nail polish in shades, Glimmer (le) , Sunlight, Golden Sand (le) , Solar

The western markets will also be retailing the Soleil Tan Bronzer in a NEW darker shade Deep Bronze.

The lipsticks for Les Beiges 2021 are my favourite Rouge Coco Flash formula. If you follow me on instagram you’ll notice they make a regular appearance in my makeup bag.

The formula is essentially a semi-sheer one with conditioning ingredients. They are the perfect no fuss formula for everyday & summer holidays ensuring the lips stay juicy and hydrated throughout the day.

For 2021, the palette is a shimmering sand, a peach, a warm rose and a hot red.

Flame – Is a medium warm rose

Dawn – Is a light neutral nude with the slightest hint of shimmer

Sunbeam – Is a muted peach with silver shimmer

Heat – Is a warm spicy red infused with specks of gold shimmer

My favourite of the collection is Dawn. There’s a subtle shimmer finish that is invisible when worn but adds a sheen to the overall finish. If you enjoy your summer lipsticks neutral, this is gorgeous.

Sunbeam is a muted peachy apricot. I noticed a chunky silver shimmer dispersed throughout the lipstick, though hardly noticeable on the lips. It’s a very cute colour for summer. Should suit most complexions except deeper skin tones since it doesn’t lean too warm or too light.

Flame is a stunning warm rose. This one’s more pigmented in comparison to the others of the collection and would suit medium and darker skin tones beautifully. It’s the one shade that’s a true cream finish & contains no shimmers.

Heat as the name suggests is a spicy warm red. The formula of this is somewhat sheer with noticeable golden shimmers (if you look closely in the swatch you can spot it). Even though the Rouge Coco Flash is a balmy, emmolient formula, this ones extra balmy! I find the pigments in this settle into lip lines and doesn’t give you an even finish. Of the 4 lipsticks, I liked this the least. I’m sure it’ll work better over a lip liner if there’s a drier base for it to hold on to.

Overall the wear is what’s expected of a glossy formula (maximum 2-3 hours) but they do fade evenly, which is good.

I’ve put together some comparison swatches of formulas and colours that I felt would be similar. I don’t have any possible dupes. But in terms of formula, and texture, the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine’s are very similar. The Chanel Le Rouge Crayon formula has similar slip but infinitely more pigmented!

Moving on to the eye palette, I have Tender to share with you. The colours are meant to be more on the sheerer translucent side hence the name Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow. I do find these excellent for a natural everyday makeup look (which I guess what they are intended for anyway).

Each of the Les Beiges palettes come with 5 shades. Tender contains a pale pink, a deep reddened brown, a sparkling champagne nude, a glittery pink, a medium pink rose.

The shades come together perfectly to create a soft blown out eye look. For more payoff I use my fingers to add more colour, but overall these are sheerer but blend like a dream. It embodies the lightness and carefree nature of this summer collection.

The only shade I really found hard to work with was the glitter. It struggled to stay on, even though I used my fingers to apply. The palette in general would most certainly benefit from a primer pre-application. I use my Chanel eye primer to get the best staying power for all my eye looks.

.. swatches!

Within the collection I feel the nail polishes were some of the BEST offerings. Firstly I am not a fan of pearly satin finish nail polish.

But…. these two shades are amazing! I’ve always had trouble achieving a streak free application with shimmer polishes but Chanel has nailed the formula. Two coats is all it takes for a opaque application. Top coat optional since these dry so glossy anyway.

I love Sunlight. It’s a gorgeous shade for brides. The colour is a neutral rose. Golden Sand is a warmer gold toned nude. They both apply so evenly I was tempted to pick up a backup of Sunlight. I’ve already ordered Glimmer in the hope it’s this exact formula. Fingers crossed!

I feel the nail polishes were perfectly executed. Both colours outstanding. I love the lipsticks too. Must-haves to me are Dawn & Sunbeam. Beautiful colours that’ll transport you to warm sunny days.

The eyeshadow palette is pretty; I feel the overall looks that can be created are rather muted since the formula is on the sheerer side. As much as I want to love it, there are definitely better palettes for your money. Though I do enjoy wearing this one, it’s not a must-have.

Have you purchased anything so far? I think Dawn will be a staple in my makeup bag regardless of season. Hoping Chanel realeases more nudes and mlbb shades within the Rouge Coco Flash range. I can never get enough!

Collection currently available at all Chanel Beauty Counters and Beauty Boutiques.

*This post contains PR gifts sent for review.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Lipstick Review

Victoria Beckham recently launched 9 new lipsticks. They are priced at $38 each and described as “buttery soft lipstick in a clean vegan formula with rich colour payoff and natural shine”. 

I blindly picked up 6 directly from the Victoria Beckham site which is where the entire beauty range is available. The collection can also be found in-store in Victoria Beckham boutiques with some bits of the range at Cult Beauty and Net-a-Porter where I purchase more frequently since the VB site doesn’t ship worldwide and only select countries.

The lipsticks are mailed in a cream drawstring bag, perfect for reusing as a wash bag for when you travel or repurposed as a nifty little pouch to keep maybe your cables and chargers etc. I do enjoy these little extra touches that add to the luxury experience when you buy high end makeup.

The lipsticks come packaged in a slim, twist up tube with a gorgeous tortoise shell finish. Absolutely stunning! Hands down my favourite lipstick packaging so far. It’s also weighty and feels substantial like most luxury lipsticks.

The finish of these are almost a creamy balm. If you were hoping for full coverage lipsticks, these are definitely not it; and I do see them more as an easy to wear balmy lipstick formula that can be applied without a mirror. They feel very comfortable on the lips, which I really like, and don’t feel heavy on. They are truly hydrating and condition the lips.

The payoff of these vary between shades, the best ones so far have been Play & Sway. There’s noticeably less slip in these two and a slightly drier formula. Also happen to be my favourite shades within the range.

Fringe – A chocolate brown

Play – A deep merlot

Pose – A muted mauve

Sway – A soft mauvy pink

Spice – A light true nude

Girl – Pale nude with a hint of pink

My favourites are Play and Sway as mentioned earlier as well as Girl which is a nice easy to wear shade for daily use. It’s actually the most perfect nude for light to light medium complexions.

The only colour I didn’t like, actually two.. was Spice and Fringe. With olive complexions, the best shades are lipsticks that don’t lean too yellow, and these just emphasise my golden/green undertone making me look sallow.

Overall I do like the lipsticks. It’s right up my alley and just the kind of thing I use day to day. I do wish they were slightly more pigmented and come in a wider shade range though. Right now I feel a majority of the shades are geared towards the lighter skin tones and the medium to deep complexions are left with only a handful of options. The paler shades such as Spice & Girl will not work on anyone NC 35 and up, most likely would need to be layered over a lip pencil. I myself always tend to line my lips whenever I wear nudes since I already have pretty pigmented lips; and a cleaner look can be achieved by ensuring the whole lip is ‘neutralised’ with the help of a pencil. The formula most certainly benefits from a pencil and luckily VB does some good ones too. The shades I have are 2, 3 & 4 which I feel would match a majority of the lipsticks I own.

As much as I love the attention to detail on the packaging and overall purchasing experience, I feel the lipsticks themselves could have been better. They are lovely, but not exactly WOW… if you know what I mean. Especially at a time when masks cover 50% of the face, it’s important to have lipsticks that actually last, the timing of the product launch is just off.

Anyway the best buys would be Sway, an excellent pink for everyday and Play, a gorgeous lipstick for a bolder look. Those two, I LOVE & highly recommend, but the colours themselves I feel can be easily duped if you are a lipstick lover.

Overall my opinion is, if you love sheerer lipsticks and usually gravitate to a nourishing & clean formula, these will be perfect for you. Colours like Girl, Sway and Pose are great for daily use and feel luxurious, which is what we ultimately look for in a luxury lipstick.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray & Magic Serum Crystal Elixir Review

How have you been doing? The months past Covid outbreak have been a bit crazy. As much as I enjoy luxury beauty, i’ve been keeping things quiet as I don’t think anyone ‘needs’ a new red toned palette or that brand new MLBB lipstick. The current situation puts things into perspective doesn’t it?

I still however feel that life’s little luxuries and some new makeup lighten the mood and therefore happy to share these exciting launches with you. I haven’t been blogging but IG has been updated (infrequently!) and I have been talking about some of the products in this review. 

Charlotte Tilbury Setting Spray

The Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray promises 16 hour wear of flawlessness. No melting, no fading, no creasing.

Firstly, I love the overall aesthetic of the packaging. It actually comes in 2 sizes and I picked up the larger one (which I regret now as i’d have found the mini more useful in terms of portability). The bigger size is a generous 100ml for ($35) which should last a while though and more value price/ml.

The mist is fine and delicately fragranced, just enough to signal the brands ‘luxury’ positioning but never lingers. Which I love. On application there’s no tackiness or dewiness. I was expecting more of a ‘glow’ with this product but relieved there’s no oily feel or tackiness. Usually setting sprays always end up so dewy and unless you have dry skin and crave that glow, no one needs their face to be shiny when set. 

The overall appearance is that your foundation is now one with the skin. I can’t claim to have seen any blurring effect or ‘shrinking of pores’ but I do love that it seems to control excess oil and prolong the wear of foundation. 16 hours might be a stretch given I live in a hot and humid climate year round, but it’s capabilities of holding makeup in place is pretty impressive. 

I like that it also ensures the makeup looking fresh without drying up and locks in the moisture. (Glycerin is in the ingredient list which is a known humectant). Other than that the ingredient list also contains a few other skincare ingredients I enjoy such as Aloe Leaf Juice  and Camellia leaf extract. Both found in skincare that soothes dry skin.  

Charlotte Tilbury setting spray

Bottom line, I do enjoy the product and think is just lovely. It achieves a perfect balance of keeping makeup in place without sucking all the moisture out of your skin. Normally long wear setting sprays feel so dehydrating or sticky, and this does not.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum

Along with my Setting Spray I ordered the mini Magic Serum. As far as minis go this one was shockingly tiny! I only ever wanted to test it out but the size is pretty decent if you have trouble deciding on splurging on the full sized product. 

The full size retails at $80. Not too bad considering most luxury products of a similar category retail around the same price. 

The Magic Serum is packaged in a luxurious glass bottle, (even the mini!) and comes with a dropper dispenser. Not my ideal packaging for skincare since air and impurities can end up in the product causing contamination, but this one is all about ‘Vanity Goals’, pretty packaging that adds to the whole ritual of indulging in expensive skincare and looks good in any boudoir.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum

The texture of this is ultra luxurious, it’s silky without the silicone-y feel and absorbs beautifully! I honesty don’t intend to use this in my day to day skincare but instead a primer for dry skin when I use my Westman Atelier Foundation. I noticed it needed more slip for smooth application (over my flakey areas) and this does the job perfectly. Even though the box comes plastered with a million (exaggerated) claims, I do enjoy the serum and find it amazing for soothing and prepping dry skin. Makeup does look more glowy and fresh and all I need is 4 little drops for the entire face.

P.S- The ingredient list is pretty impressive too. I’ll add in all the details right at the end of this post. 

Bottom Line

I feel the serum and setting spray does deliver. The larger bottles are definitely more value for money but the setting spray is good to try out in a smaller size if you are unsure if this works for your skin. Plus it’s more travel friendly! 

I like that the serum in particular spreads so well and instantly plumps the skin up for flawless makeup application. I haven’t tried it long enough or consistently to confirm the claims of ‘skin looking younger’; but then a mini wont last long enough to see real long term results.. However, I feel this would be a lifesaver in the drier months to come for keeping the skin nourished and hydrated under makeup. It’s an expensive primer in my eyes rather than skincare and I do enjoy it! Dry skin types will LOVE this.

Have you picked up any of these? I’m so tempted to try the Magic Cream Light. I could have sworn I ordered one but can’t seem to find it. The packaging looks suspiciously similar to one that La Mer does &  curious to see if they are alike at all. I might just order one. 

Ingredient list

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NARS Cool Crush Collection | Review, Photos, Swatches

The recent months haven’t been easy. With the Covid restrictions easing up been feeling slightly more anxious about how we move forward now on. One thing that has taken a back seat is blogging, and i’ve also been taking some time off Instagram too. However, if you’ve been missing the makeup reviews, today I have something exciting to share. It’s been a long time coming.

NARS Spring 2020 Cool Crush is all about warmth, definition and pops of colour…. a collection that works all year round.

The Collection consists of,

Cool Crush Eyeshadow Palette

The Hot Fix Cheek Palette

Loaded Lip Lacquer

I received most of the collection and also the Afterglow Lip Balms which were swatched previously on the blog as they launched..

NARS Hot Fix palette

I’ve always been a fan of the NARS blush formula and this new palette is perfectly curated for summer. Top to Bottom we have Sugar Spirit, Dream Place, Spark Got Hot, Gold Leash.

Sugar Spirit is stunning bronze with a delicate tinge of rose, the formula is soft and well pigmented; perfect as a blush topper. Dream Place is a matte neutral brown, Spark Got Hot is a pink satin nude and Gold Leash a buttery smooth champagne gold. The two blushes Dream Place and Spark Got Hot are very softly pressed. The brush produces kick up but the overall application isn’t powdery and gives you buildable colour. I’ve been using Spark Got Hot most days topped with Sugar Spirit. My usual go-to natural mix since I don’t wear much colour day to day.


NARS Hot Fix palette swatches

The Cool Crush Eyeshadow palette contains 12 colours.

The pigmentation in most of the shades are superb and apply smoothly. My favourites are Superclass, Prowl & Feist which were similar to the hardwired sheen finish of the permanent line, they really exceed expectations.


Soft Chill – is a matte cream. The texture ultra soft and blendable.

Sexed – is a silky, pale gold.

Superclass – is a lively shimmery taupe with an incredibly smooth texture.

Nylon – is a matte pink beige.

Fresh Cut – is a warm medium tan with subtle golden shimmer.

Inception – is a teal with golden shimmer.

Prowl – is a metallic rose.

Shake It – is a warm satin peach.

Feist – is a bold rich metallic gold.

Ganges – is a deep matte teal.

Risk – is a matte brick red.

Isolde 2 – is a silky golden bronze and the only shade that’s already a permanent Nars colour.

Overall the palette delivers. The pops of colour give you the option to play, while the neutrals work well for everyday wear.

For the lips, The Cool Crush collection includes 4 Loaded Lip Lacquers. I picked out the two lightest shades. The palest shade (Playin’ Around) is paler than my usual faves, but the formula in these are so easy to wear. If there’s one thing i’ll be reaching for all summer it’s the Young Hearts Loaded Lip Lacquer. The formula is glossy& conditioning, these feel plush and comfortable on the lips. Especially good if you are prone to dry/flakey lips.



I swatched a few of my favourite NARS gloss formulas for a quick comparison. Swing has been one of my favourites for the longest time, and Young Hearts following closely behind.

I also included my go-to NARS Lip Pencils along with the comparisons since a lip liner is essential for full opacity. So far Vence is my pairing combo with Young Hearts. The warmth of Young Hearts gives me a 90’s lip look and I’m loving the combo (it’s what i’m wearing in todays makeup look below).

NARS Loaded Lip Lacquer

Sharing a quick look with the collection here; I used the Cool Crush Palette along with Spark Got Hot for the cheeks. I love the pop of teal blue on the lower lashes, so sultry and lifts the bronzy shades on the rest of the eye.

The eyeshadow placements are, Sexed in the inner corner, Isolde 2 on the lid and Ganges layered with Inception on the lower lash line. I’ve also blended the crease with Fresh Cut and Soft Chill.

Bottom line, the collection is gorgeous. I feel the eye palette especially delivers. A variety of looks can be achieved wether subtle or full on glam depending on the mood. Unless you already own many Nars nude palettes, this one’s a great addition. The mix makes it ultra versatile. I especially love that I don’t need to grab additional palettes to make this work, there’s already a great pale matte and shades to contour the socket and add depth. It’s a winner.

From the lips I’d highly recommend Young Hearts, if you enjoy warmer nudes, you might not want to miss this one. Also check out Foxy. I regret not picking that over Playin’ Around after seeing swatches online.

Overall the collection is an A+ . Even though the mattes in the Hot Fix cheek palette could be more pigmented, it’s one of those palettes I’d feel comfortable grabbing for everyday or travel. It’s fool proof and contain solid everyday shades. I LOVE Sugar Spirit especially now that it’s summer. Works as a perfect blush topper (or on it’s own) for warmth and looks beautiful on the eyes as well.

Have you picked up anything from this collection?