Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask Review

Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask

Recently Belif launched the Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask. As part of their best selling hydration range the Aqua Bomb (which includes, moisturisers and mists), the sleeping mask is a night time treat to double up your hydration game.

This mask is a lightweight jelly texture with a fragrance similar to all Belif Aqua Bomb products (which I find hard to describe!, almost minty but herbal fresh scent…). A calming treat to those of you who enjoy ‘natural’ skincare.

Sleeping masks are my go-to for days when my skin’s troubled and I don’t feel like loading it with multiple layers of lotions and potions. Just something hydrating to keep it calm and happy. The mask is also an easy way to skip a few steps basically without sacrificing hydration on days you just don’t feel up for a lengthy night time routine. A quick fix before you jump into bed.

The product itself is a wonderful texture, you instantly feel the cooling hydration the second it’s applied to the skin. Cocooned in this gel, the skin takes a very cosy nap to wake up refreshed and plump! The radiance and glow of well hydrated skin is unmistakable, the product does deliver.

Part of the appeal of Belif products is that they contain no added fragrance. I’ve never had a bad reaction to them even with my sensitive skin. Usually fragranced products irritate and occasionally leave me with little bumps. Never the case with Belif. It’s down to the purest herbal ingredients that go into their products. No artificial preservatives, parabens, sulfates or phthalates, no mineral oil or any animal origin ingredients.

It’s perfect for any skin type!

Bottom Line

If you are keen on trying something K beauty, or just looking to add an indulgent mask to your skincare cabinet, I highly recommend checking this product out. Also, do check out the Aqua Bomb True Cream. It’s one of my favourites from Belif!

 

TOM FORD Traceless Touch Foundation Cushion Compact Review

In August Tom Ford launched their first ever Cushion foundation. Buildable medium-full coverage for a long-wearing flawless finish.

The formula promises to be “unfazed by water, humidity and perspiration as it minimizes oil, pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Skin is infused with a plumping dose of moisture courtesy of Aquacell, a proprietary plant based moisturising complex with every application.”

The packaging is very much luxury in every sense. From the elegant cognac case to the thoughtful gold trimmings and inlaid TF logo up top. This cushion (as expected) is lightweight and comes complete with a fabulous magnetic closure for quick and easy touch-ups on the go!

tom ford cushion

Unlike the standard liquid foundations, most cushion compacts come with around 15ml. The TF cushion contains 12ml. In any case I believe you’d use far less of this though since the coverage is VERY high in comparison to regular cushions and you don’t have to keep building up.

The consistency of this is slightly thicker as well. And from what i’ve noticed, runs a bit light in comparison to the other Tom Ford foundations. About half a shade lighter to be exact!  I happen to be the very last shade. 5.5 Bisque. It’s still a tad too light for my (tanned) summer skin, but I can just about make it work without having to bronze up a lot.

The Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation gives you a satin matte finish, very skin-like and radiant.

The coverage is impressive and can be built up to what i’d call ….almost full. I don’t think it ever looks cakey at any point. But overloading will certainly cause the foundation to move throughout the day.

If you prefer more coverage than the traditional cushion foundations, the Tom Ford is definitely for you. It bridges the gap between ‘easy on-the-go light makeup’ and the ‘full coverage, so we apply only at home… foundations’! Finally, portable foundations no longer have to be light with next to nothing coverage.

As far as wear is concerned, I can confidently say this lasts all day without much need to touch up. I packed this with me to test out in Paris last month and it was one of the few that made it through the whole day without looking oily and worn. The weather was a bit chilly which is probably why I didn’t feel it get too oily. But testing it out back home I do notice it sink into any larger pores and fine lines as the day progressed….. even after powdering quite well. Basically, a mid day blot was inevitable for my combination skin.

 

Bottom line

I do think this is an excellent addition to the Tom Ford portfolio. Judging by it’s popularity (read, totally sold out), it’s definitely one for the shopping list.

Unfortunately the shade range is a poor 8 in total. I hope you fit in! Me being a fair-medium (NC30-35 in MAC) made it very difficult to grab a suitable match. But I do think once my tan fades, the foundation will definitely start becoming my go-to since it’s so easy to apply and looks great on the skin!

*Thank you Tom Ford Singapore for the sample. x

 

 

 

NARS Eyeshadow Singles | Photos & Swatches (2018)

This month NARS launched their ‘Eyes Collection’ with a reformulation of existing shadows and also  brand new shades. For as long as I remember, NARS shadows have been some of the best in the market and with what i’ve seen (swatched) the product is now improved and even better.

This new line introduces a brand new Pigment Powder Suspension technology that delivers intense colour payoff, effortless blendability and rich, longwearing vibrant colour. Expect glitters, buttery mattes, shimmery pearls and satins, whatever suits your fancy.

The collection is broken down to 4 categories,

Hardwired sheens – Multi dimensional glitters for maximum impact and dramatic shine.

Precious metals – Shimmery shades to create soft pops of colour.

Pure Pops – Bright vibrant shades to add a burst of colour.

Soft Essentials – Neutrals in buttery mattes and smooth satins.

Along with the new formula, NARS has now switched up the packaging for a sleeker, slim compact. Of course no departure from the signature matte black packaging, it’s still quintessentially NARS.

Hardwired Sheens were the first to catch my eye. The colours were spectacular. Nothing that’s been in the permanent NARS collections before. Duo chromes, sparkly glitters that are soft to the touch and almost flakey (in a good way) and amazing pearly pigment that glisten. There’s 18 in total.

Argentina – A shimmering violet with a smokey deep base.

Chile – An iridescent lavender duochrome with pink shimmer.

Earthshine – Iridescent pink with a shimmery champagne shimmer.

Ecstacy – A minty green with gold shimmer. Very soft and flakey to the touch with good pigmentation.

Firenze – Another flakey high shimmer pink sequin like shadow.

Galapagos – Earthy brown with gold shimmer. Excellent pigmentation.

Goa – A brown green.

Hellcat – Pewter green with gold shimmer.

Lunar – A Lavender with pink shimmer. Good pigmentation with a very smooth application.

Madrid – A duochrome brown with a green and purple shift.

Melrose – Duochrome salmon pink with gold flecks.

Mendoza – A bronze with gold reflect. Excellent pigmentation.

hardwired sheens

Night breed – A sooty matte black with black glitter flecks.

Night clubbing – Black with gold pearly shimmer.

Pattaya – Coppery gold with a high shimmer flakey finish.

Pointe Noire – Plum brown with shimmer.

Rio de la Plata – A champagne with gold flecks.

Stud – A silvery pewter brown with amazing pigmentation.

Next up Precious Metals. These are the metallic shimmers and pearly shades. Almost everything swatched with good payoff and silky smooth to the touch. 13 shades in total.

Banquise – Vibrant silver.

Big Sur – A shimmering deep blue.

Fez – A medium satin brown.

Guayaquil – A bright rusty brown.

Isla Bonita – An iridescent white gold.

Kashmir – A neutral champagne beige.

Lahore – A rosy brown.

Mekong – A deep warm brown with golden shimmer.

Pyrenees – A shimmery gunmetal.

Rome – A taupey grey with silver shimmer.

Verona – Icy pink with silver shimmer.

Virgin Gorda – A golden pink.

Zambezi – A cool mint green with shimmer.

precious metals nars

The mattes and satins within the Soft Essentials category were simply exceptional. Pretty much everything I could ever want in a matte. Think buttery soft, silky, exceptional blendability (no dry chalkiness at all) and good pigmentation. My first thought was, I need them all!.. (and so do you).

nars soft essentials

Ashes to ashes – A soft fleshy brown.

Bali – A neutral deep brown.

Bengali – A warm medium brown.

Biarritz – A silky matte cream.

Blondie – An ashy light brown with yellow undertones.

Cabo san Lucas – A fleshy pink.

Coconut grove – A deep brown.

NARS soft essentials

Kingston – A silky matte grey taupe.

Nepal – A satin pink nude.

New York – Reddened neutral brown with amazing smoothness and payoff.

Night star – A cream with golden glitter flecks.

Nouméa – Orange toned brown with amazing payoff and texture.

Sofia – A pink toned brown.

Tullum – A warm ochre brown with excellent texture and pigmentation.

Soft Essentials NARS

Lastly a look at the Pure Pops range that feature bright colours especially for artistry. Most of the best pigmented shades within this line were the mattes. The colours were saturated with very good texture and payoff. There’s just one shade that I couldn’t seem to swatch. The poorest performer. Domination. I can’t confirm how it picks up on a brush, but when swatching the payoff was next to nothing.

In this category I swatched just a few shades. The ones that caught my eye and had good pigmentation.

Baby Jane – A matte bright baby blue with good payoff.

Duoro – An exceptional bright matte yellow.

Night Porter – A shimmering forest green.

Persia – A matte Terracotta orange with amazing payoff.

Showgirl – A shimmering bright blue with amazing payoff and silky texture.

Strada – A Lavender with a gold sheen.

* Another shade that’s worth a mention was Goldfinger. A muted yellow gold. Unfortunately I missed it in the swatch but the texture and finish is very similar to Showgirl.

Bottom line

Given the overwhelming range, my favourites that I think you should zoom in on would be the Hardwired Sheens and the Soft Essential (mattes). The colours and textures will be some of the best you’ve ever tried.

Here’re my top favourites. I’m going to try and keep them to ten!

Earthshine, Firenze, Galapagos, Mendoza, Melrose, Stud, Virgin Gorda, Noumea, Bengali, Persia. I’d also like to throw in Tulum as a unique ochre which would make a beautiful warming shadow that works well as a transition shade and also layering.

For the more adventurous, I’d suggest Baby Jane and Duoro. Both must haves!

Pricing and availability

The collection is now available at all NARS boutiques and counters. Each eyeshadow retailing at SGD33.

Happy shopping!

*Thank you NARS Singapore for loaning these for swatches! ❤

 

 

 

Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder Matte Lipstick | Photos, Swatches, Review

Chanel Rouge Allure

This fall Chanel has a new addition to their lipstick lineup. The Rouge Allure Liquid Powder Matte Lipsticks (in six shades).

An innovative matte formula that’s liquid but goes on silky smooth for a velvety finish. The final effect is a softly blurry colour that mimics a quintessential ‘just been kissed’ French lip look. Smudgy, effortless, with no harsh edges.

Overall the packaging is a win, I find the soft rubber look rather fresh and very travel friendly. Also the matching tube with the corresponding lipstick shade makes life a lot easier when you have to grab-and-go in the mornings. My only concern is the sponge tip applicator of which i’ve never been a fan, but of course essential to create the blurry, smudgy look.

The formula goes on the lips almost velvety and has a smooth silicone-y feel. Never really setting but looking completely matte and velvety on the lips. Worlds apart from the (dry as the desert) matte liquid lipsticks that’s in the market right now. And you’ll never have to worry about emphasized lip lines anymore.

As expected, with a formula that doesn’t set, the longevity isn’t much (2-3 hours max) and definitely doesn’t last through meals. Regular touchups would be necessary to maintain intensity.

Overall within the range, some shades appear considerably more pigmented than the others. I believe Avant Gardiste to have the best texture and pigmentation. Plasir and Avocation though pigmented cannot be layered on and ends up looking slightly patchy whenever I attempt to achieve better coverage.

Here’s a look at the colour range.

960 Avant Gardiste – A deep wine red.

956 Invincible – A neutral true red.

954 Radical – A neutral orange red.

958 Volupte – A bright raspberry red.

950 Plasir – A bright peach.

952 Evocation – A neutral fleshy nude.

Bottom line

The texture is actually something completely new and takes a bit of getting use to. There’s a constant fear the colour might actually move and end up smudging since they feel so cushiony on the lips.

What I really love though is it never dries out the lips, something exceptional since a matte lip look always ends up feeling uncomfortable within a few hours.

Overall I can’t really say if I love them enough to wear everyday. What draws me is the intense saturated colour. If I had to recommend one, a must-try, Avant-Gardiste would be my pick. An elegant red for a special night out.

Pricing and Availability 

To be updated.

 

*Includes PR samples received for review consideration.

 

 

 

Dior Summer 2018 Diorshow On Stage Liner Review

The instant Dior summer dropped I was at the counter in a heartbeat to check out the most exciting portion of the launch. All new liquid liners in a rainbow of colours! I’ve already posted complete swatches here on IG but was really keen on letting you know my thoughts on these products after giving them a fair test.

At the time I also grabbed one of the limited edition Nude powders in a pastel mix (which I normally skip as they are too light for my tanned skin), & also the new All Day Brow Ink which was a waterproof formula.

The collection consists of 14 shades from matte white to hot pink to shimmery blue. All packaged in slick black with the corresponding shade on the length of the liner (which is always great for easy identification).

The applicator is an easy to use felt tip that’s perfectly formed for precision. What really impressed me is, with the shape and length of the tip, it was near impossible to mess up the application. The fine tip allows you to get really close to the roots of the lashes and in between for a fuller voluminous look.

The saturation of colour is truly impressive. One fluid stroke is all it takes for a neat opaque line. I don’t think a coloured liner should be any other way.

Between the mattes and the shimmers (which were only a few) I find I like both formulas. Although I did notice the mattes weren’t a true matte as expected. They always seem to dry to a semi matte finish.

If you are one of those people who find it difficult making it through the day without a migrating line.. this is THE ONE you are looking for. I found the longevity of these incredible. There was zero smudging or flaking all day. And this is me testing a full day which is over 12 hours right up until I take off my makeup at night (by which i’m always faced with at least a little smudging near the inner corners)..

On that same note, taking off the liner does require some patience as this long-wear formula fittingly adheres to the lids and is budge proof. Normally i’d turn to a waterproof eye makeup remover to successfully get every last bit of eye makeup off and it works brilliantly.

Here’s a quick comparison of my go-to daily liners against the new Dior. As you can see, the Matte Brown is very saturated and applies beautifully. Another reason why I seem to use it most days.

Bottom line

Impressed. That’s my conclusion in one word. It’s rare I find a product that truly exceeds expectations. And my oily lids concur these to be backup worthy.

So far my top picks are the Matte Brown and Pearly Turquoise. Both apply so beautifully. However if you require something with some punch, the pink makes a fabulous summer shade. I know I will use this lots! 

Here’s the white in action. I wore this simple look to the beach a few weeks back!

Applied over eyeshadow, the white line tends to get muddy, and a few layers were needed as the underlying eye makeup keep transferring to the nib. Just make sure you wait till the first line dries before you retrace it and keep wiping the nib often to achieve that pure white line.

…or just skip the eyeshadow altogether! You honestly don’t even need it.

CHANEL Cleansing Collection 2018 Review

CHANEL cleansers

Early June Chanel launched a range of new cleansers. I was lucky to receive the product beforehand and been testing everything for the past few months. What’s exciting is this collection is complete with cleansers for all needs. From an oil for makeup removal to a foaming cleanser for daily use, to everything in between!

According to the press release, the collection was created keeping skins balance in mind, and contains two key marine active ingredients. Blue Micro-Algae to protect the skin from micro-stress generated by pollution, and Marine Salicornia with it’s ability to self-regulate water and for skin strengthening actions.

These cleansers give you a thorough cleanse removing makeup and impurities while maintaining the skin barrier and PH for comfortable soft skin that’s radiant and stronger.

Chanel cleansers

LE LAIT FRAICHEUR D’EAU Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk-to-Water

Is a mildly scented, light cream that melts into a watery texture when massaged into the skin, then wiped off with cotton or in my case, rinsed off. Every single use I noticed that this leaves a thin film on the skin and doesn’t rinse off completely and therefore preferable for days when the skin’s feeling drier than normal.

*According to instructions on the box, it is to be wiped off with cotton, though I still prefer to wash away all traces of cleanser, so I proceeded to use it as I always do. If you have dry skin the wipe off method should be ideal.

LE LAIT DOUCEUR D’HUILE Anti -Pollution Cleansing Milk-to-Oil

As the name suggests, goes on a cream to transform into a clear solution which lightly emulsifies milky with water. The formula was gentle and does not irritate the eyes. Once rinsed the cleanser is removed completely without any residue on the skin but feels soft to the touch without feeling dry or tight.

Mildly scented as the Cleansing Milk-To-Water.

LA MOUSSE Cleansing Cream to Foam

Is a foam cleanser. Mildly scented and extra rich in terms of foaminess. This is my favourite for a morning cleanse or a second cleanse if you double cleanse regularly. I like that it never leaves the skin feeling tight or dry. The tube is also pretty large too and a little goes a long way. It will last you a while!

L’HUILE Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil

The first thing I noticed about L’Huile is that it’s quite heavily scented in comparison to the other three. If you prefer something unscented or have skin that’s easily irritated by fragrance, best try a sample first. What I love though is that this really does take off makeup exceptionally well without having to rub too hard.

Massaged onto dry skin this oil goes on like silk, then emulsifies with water to create a milky solution that rinses off completely with no oily residue. Skin never feels stripped but incredibly clean and soft. It’s a must try in my opinion if you are interested in the collection and my favourite.

Bottom Line

Upon use it’s pretty evident these are luxury cleansers. The sensorial pleasure and textures justify paying extra for. The sleek packaging is just the cherry on top!

Also in comparison to the prices of other luxury cleansers i’ve used before, the Chanel is actually priced better. The Tom Ford oil cleanser (still my favourite) is a lot more $$$ (& reviewed here), so are the cleansers by Sisley or Clé de Peau (who also revamped their entire cleanser line last year & reviewed here). S$64 for Chanel is still within the justifiable margin to me.

My top picks from the new collection are the oil cleanser for daily makeup removal and the foaming cleanser & would recommend them to everyone keen on trying out this line.

Of course depending on your skin type you could try the Milk-To-Water or the Milk-to-Oil versions too which are very soothing on the skin if you have normal to dry skin. Not heavy duty enough to take off a full face of makeup, but wonderful if you don’t wear a LOT of makeup daily and are looking for something special for removing daily grime and pollutants.

*All cleansers within the line are mentioned as suitable for all skin types.

Price List

L’Huile (150ml) – SGD64

Le Lait Fraicheur d’eau (150ml) – SGD 64

La Mousse (150ml) – SGD 64

Le Lait douceur D’Huile (150ml) – SGD64

Ingredient list

chanel cleanser ingredients list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*PR samples sent by Chanel for review consideration.

 

Clé De Peau Beauté Concealer Review (2018 reformulation)

If you prefer a ‘no makeup’ makeup look as I do, concealer might just be the one product you use daily. My daily look usually includes my Clé de Peau concealer worn on it’s own or as a touch up for areas with blemishes, redness or anywhere I prefer just a touch more coverage.

This year, Clé de Peau reformulated and relaunched their bestseller concealer with a whole new look. Even though the previous packaging (in my eyes) was the ultimate in terms of luxury, the brand has managed to take it a notch higher.

If you are new to the Clé de Peau Concealer. It’s a stick type product. Compact and easy to carry even in the smallest of makeup bags. It’s the size of a lipstick. Tiny but mighty!

The coverage is quite high, with very good pigmentation. You don’t have to pack on loads to achieve that flawless look. It blends easily and fuses to the skin, staying put all day long without sliding around or creasing (much). In comparison to the older version, the new concealer is far less emollient and even more pigmented. I do find the updated formula has minimal creasing and works wonderfully for the undereyes.

Also added to this new formula is sunscreen (broad spectrum SPF 25 PA +++) to protect the undereye from sun damage. And ALSO skincare ingredients such as Chestnut Rosa Fruit Extract, Green Tea Extract to protect  the skin with a daily dose of antioxidants. This formula promises anti-aging properties that over time helps achieve a brighter under eye and also smoothed out wrinkles.

Here’s a look at the old and the new. I like the new touches and design elements of the updated packaging. The subtle gold detailing adds to it’s appeal.

For those of you already using this concealer, it’s interesting to note that Ochre is now noticeably neutral and lighter than the older version. However I find the same shade matches me just the same.

Below are swatch comparisons to other high coverage concealers in my stash. (For reference, i’m usually between a MAC 30-35)

Overall NARS delivers the best coverage from the lot, although I refrain from using it under the eyes as it tends to migrate into my fine lines. It’s mostly reserved for pigmentation and spot concealing for which it works exceptionally well. Like photoshop for real life. See review here.

Personally I prefer a lighter coverage concealer for day to day use and adding a touch of Clé de Peau for more coverage on the purple areas or around the nose where there’s a lot of redness.For special occasions it’s definitely Clé de Peau all the way as nothing else gives me that flawless look under the eyes without caking.

Here’s a roundup of all the shades currently available. The range isn’t massive, but there’s enough shades for fair to medium to deep (except for very deep complexions).

Bottom Line

It’s a big thumbs up from me.

I love that there’s added sun protection, specially useful since I never apply sun screen under the eyes; and the new ‘Thin Fit Layer Formula’ allows the concealer to apply smoothly and set, so creasing to be kept at a minimum while also prolonging wear.

I understand justifying the price for something so small (in terms of quantity) can be difficult, but the amount used daily makes the tiniest dent. It’s without a doubt an investment purchase but one that has served me well. So far my last one has lasted me 1.5 years!

*PR samples included.