31st Night makeup feat. Shiseido Festive Camellia holiday palette

31st Night makeup feat. Shiseido Festive Camellia holiday palette

Hi guys! Wow it feels like I haven’t blogged in aaages but Christmas got me so busy I haven’t had time to take a breather from all the madness! But i’m here now, so today’s all about creating a makeup look with this gorgeous Shiseido palette that’s limited edition for the holidays. Apart from the really unique packaging, I find the inside just as lovely as the outside with a selection of colours that should be workable on all skin tones through the seasons! It truly is a stand out product.

SHISEIDO Festive Camellia

The colours I am working with today are the pink, the midnight blue, tan & sparkly violet. Almost all shades seen here are super finely milled and highly pigmented. The only colour I felt didn’t match up to the standard was the blue. It appeared faded when worn and a little dry in comparison.

31st night 2

Here’s today’s menu.

  1. Shiseido Festive Camellia palette
  2. Maquillage lipstick RS354 (new for the season & an everyday favourite)
  3. Chantecaille gloss in Pink Melon
  4. No 7 Lip pencil in Nude
  5. Clé de Peau highlighter in 11 (the blue toned one)
  6. Tom Ford Waterproof Extreme Mascara (Holiday 2015 collection)
  7. Mac Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara (for lower lashes since the wand is tiny)
  8. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen
  9. MAC Fluidline eye pencil in Black Brilliance
  10. Glitter eyeliner by Make Up Store, in the shade diamond
  11. Illamasqua blush in Hussy
  12. Lashes by Eyelure

MOTD shiseido

To create this look I started off with the eyes. I primed my lids with Benefit Stay don’t Stray primer (great for oily lids and also creates a nice base for the eyeshadow as it conceals any redness) and then went in with a soft ivory (Burberry Trench) all over. This step makes blending easier as the other colours won’t stick directly to your lids and can be moved around easily.

Then I went into the tan shade and ran it across the outer corners of the crease with a soft blending brush (where I plan on layering the pink over top). This basically is the transition shade that helps everything blend together nicely, with the colours grading from navy, to pink then tan.

31st night closeup

For extra intensity I then took a Dior Kohl liner (any kohl pencil would do) and smudged it close to the lash line and outer 1/2 for extra depth. This creates a sticky surface for the navy blue to catch on and also deepens the look while making it even more longer lasting.

I then added the pink to the entire inner corner and above the navy to blend in with the tan. Lastly pressing the glittery violet shade to the middle of the eye lid with a flat definer brush. This final step transforms the navy to a purple and gives all the colours a smooth flow.

I then finished up with liquid liner and also tight lined my upper waterline with my MAC fluidline pencil. This one’s EXCELLENT for the waterline. Super creamy so it won’t irritate and also hella long lasting. Just make sure you use a cotton bud with miscellar water to take it off at night 😉 you don’t want to sleep with eyeliner residue!

Now you are ready for the base! Clean up any fallout (I use Bioderma) and prime with a mattifying primer if you have difficulty keeping your t-zone matte. It will stop your base from sliding off after the oil kicks in.

If you have combination skin, moisturise the dry areas so your foundation goes on smoother without catching on to flakes (if you have any). Ladies with dry skin can benefit from a little hydration before foundation. Just make sure you give your moisturiser a few minutes to absorb well into your skin before applying your regular primer or the extra layers will cause the foundation to slip off. Overall work in thin layers and never pile on product. That’s key to making sure your makeup stays put.

Once the base and under eye concealer is done I then added the tan eyeshadow following with the navy on the lower lash line smoking it out with a pencil brush. Doing this step last after concealer creates a true blended effect so the lower lash line doesn’t look too harsh 🙂

31st night makeup 2

For the lips I chose this Maquillage colour in a soft pinky nude.

Lipstick

It’s super hydrating adding a touch of colour to the lips without feeling heavy. In general red lips are so high maintenance I’d rather use a nude so I don’t have to touch up all night! Just make sure you fill in the lips with a liner so everything stays in place longer.

Lastly, it’s a bit of blush and highlight! For a longer lasting blush you can always go in first with a light cream blush and top with your desired powder blush. As always, a cream before a powder really extends wear. Though keep in mind to pat the cream blush on as you don’t want to move the already perfected base!

For the brow routine I lightly filled in my brows with the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor. Also topping off the pencilled brows with a powder will extend wear and give a more perfected look. Additionally a brow mascara or brow wax will really help seal your brows in place. A few extra steps to make sure your brows stay on point all night long!

Lastly to keep everything in place, a makeup setting spray will be your best friend! I spray on a nice coat of Urban Decay All Nighter for makeup to stay put. It does help.

So here’s the final look.

31st night main

I added some individual lashes. No pressure, but let’s be real it does glam up the entire look. My method of application was 4 long lashes at the outer end keeping the inner corner quite bare as I wanted my pink eyeshadow to show through. Of course a medium lash length would have looked more natural but I wasn’t going for natural today! haha

IF you hate applying individuals, you can go for a shape as these Ardell ones below, or even use a half set (they sell a shorter pair that’s basically just the outer half) which are actually really easy to put on and very comfortable worn!

So there you have it! A little walk through my suggested makeup look for 31st night. I hope you found the post useful and gathered a few helpful tips in the very least!

And finally, A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! ❤ Thank you for being here with me this year. I look forward to posting exciting new content next year as well! So see you back here in 2016! Cheers!

xx

Skincare Favourites – October 2015

Skincare Favourites – October 2015

Welcome to your very first demi-post. This is actually a supplementary blog entry to an Instagram skincare post that just went up. I didn’t have the patience to write a loooong caption over there so all the reasoning behind my current capsule skincare routine will be documented here.

Firstly, I’ve been having a bit of a ‘good skin moment’ after a massive hormonal breakout (ok, slight exaggeration here) few weeks back. So I got back into a lot of my go-to’s to make sure my skin get’s back to it’s normal, healthy glowy state.

Overall my skin is pretty well behaved (touch wood). My only concerns are tackling dehydration, fine lines and also evening out my skin tone. Also I am of a combination dry skin type FYI.Skincare Cleansers

My cleansing routine always starts with Bioderma (micellar/water cleanser) followed up with an oil or a balm cleanser (double cleansing is a must in my opinion if you wear makeup on the daily).

The usual suspects are SK2 Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil or the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm. Between the two, the Omorovicza is my absolute favourite it’s great for all skin types (even sensitive skin) and I consider it more skincare than a cleanser. Basically cos it’s NOT JUST for removing makeup and dirt, which is why I use this as a second cleanse after my Bioderma has removed a majority of my makeup. It’s more of a DEEEEEEP cleanse so there’s no residue dirt or anything that would clog my pores.

Most people find a balm cleanser annoying, it’s a pain to get off in a hurry (you definitely need warm water and a wash cloth) and this one’s freaking expensive. BUT, whenever my skin is in a bad state, I make sure I switch to this to ‘heal’ it. (full review here)

The SK2 cleanser is my second in command. If my skin isn’t particularly fussy, I use this. It’s my favourite of all oil cleansers (i’ve tried quite a few) and I find it very gentle, taking off makeup with ease. The mild rose fragrance is also a plus. Helps you get into wind-down mode before bed.

For removing eye makeup my holy grail is the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. This takes of everything (even stubborn waterproof makeup like mascara) super fast and I love it. Always have a back up ready for when I run out.

Toner

These days (and for the past year) my go-to toner is Serozinc by La Roche-Posay. It’s a bit of a pain to source since it’s only available in France but I have quite a few back ups from my last trip to Paris and I’m really happy to have a good supply. This is basically something to spritz on after cleansing, before you pile on your skincare. The active ingredient here is Zinc Sulfate & Sodium Chloride. It basically kills any bacteria and soothes skin. I also use this whenever my skin feels itchy or sensitive and this instantly calms it down. Also if you are prone to breakouts it’s a good product to have at hand as it purifies skin and stops bacteria breeding in your pores. Acne flare ups can be cured twice as fast and great for those with fussy skin.

Eye Care

There are currently 4 products in rotation at the moment. It’s basically a La Prairie mix and Shiseido mix. I tend to alternate these over the week and both are combinations that have worked for me in the past.

I use the La Prairie combination for hard core anti wrinkle action + brightening and the Shiseido for extra hydration, wrinkle prevention and building up skin immunity (this is where Shiseido Ultimune Eye comes handy)

Between the two my under eyes are doing well. And it’s the best products i’ve found so far.

Night Serums

Whenever my skin has a B**** fit I turn to my HG serum combo for tackling blemishes, evening out skin tone, plumping, brightening AND reducing acne scaring. This basically covers it all. The duo is Lancome Visionnaire and the Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate.

I have reviewed them both here. Highly recommend this combo for keeping skin looking healthy and youthful.

For days I need a boost of hydration, my go to is Hydraluron serum by Indeed Labs. I haven’t reviewed this yet but as a quick intro, it’s great for layering before night or day cream for combatting dehydration. A super product at a fantastic price point (drugstore skincare from Boots).

Night Creams

I don’t have too many that I rotate but from all I’ve tried these two are my current go-to’s that work well over my serums.

First up the Omorovicza Rejuvenating night cream. LOVE this stuff. It’s basically a slightly richer night cream that plumps up and deeply hydrates skin. If you have dry, combination-dry or normal skin, THIS IS FOR YOU. But of course like all Omorovicza products this too is pretty much of a luxury purchase. However, I LOVE it and recommend it to every one!

Next up, an Estee Lauder cream I haven’t talked about yet.

Nutritious Vitality 8 Radiant Moisture Creme is fairly new to my routine (in comparison to my Omorovicza) and have been using it on and off for the last 3 months. This is a new release by EL for building up skin immunity/radiance and works great over any serums you may use. First up, I believe this is actually a day cream, BUT is slightly richer and thicker in consistency so I love it for night time use since I have combination skin. This cream smells soo good (a fruity delicious smell I can’t get enough of) and absorbs easily once smoothed in. I always end up waking with plump, nourished skin and HIGHLY recommend you try it yourself. Amazing product at a good price. (Full review to follow)

Peels & Exfoliators

To maintain fresh skin without dead cell build up, I try to use a chemical peel or some exfoliation at least once a week. This is a great way to ensure your nightly skincare penetrates well.

My HG is the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. I’ve talked about this before and it’s a great product that takes off any dead cell build up with ease! I feel the name ‘Gentle’ cream exfoliant is slightly misleading as this is potent stuff. But as long as you follow instructions and don’t leave it on longer than recommended you should be fine. I recommend this to everyone except the severely sensitive skin types. A wonderful product for weekly use.

The next exfoliant I have quite recently added to my routine is the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. It’s this yummy jelly like mask that removes dead cells in a more gentler manner. You can use this up to 2-3 times a week depending on how often you feel like your skin needs exfoliation. It smells like roses, soooo calming and a delicious treat for sluggish skin. (P.S- mine’s a smaller version and not the full sized product in case you were wondering)

Brightening & Hydration Masks

All skincare routines should include a brightening mask and hydrating masks and my recent go-to’s have been by Skin Inc. A brand i’m just discovering. So far i’m loving everything i’ve tried and the stand out products have been the Pure Deep Sea Hydrating Mask (great as a sleeping mask or a primer under makeup for dry skin types) and the Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask. I’ve got a longish review planned for this weekend so stay tuned for that. But without giving too much away, the brightening mask is a must try. Seriously, go buy it NOW.

That concludes my chatty skincare entry of favourites. Hope I didn’t bore you halfway but certainly better than killing you with a long caption on IG so yeah >.<

P.S- Thank you for stopping by and hope this entry proved a good read!

xx,

Michelle.

 

 

 

 

Shiseido Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection Review, Photos & Swatches

Shiseido Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection Review, Photos & Swatches

Shiseido autumn winter 2015

I have to hand it to Shiseido for consistently creating such wearable and good quality products. They are for everyone! I’ve never seen anything too bold, too nude or too bright to the point where it’s unwearable. Everything is created to make women look gorgeous and confident. I for one, am totally smitten and happy to welcome Autumn with open arms just to enjoy these new colours.

The Shiseido A/W 2015 collection consists of 4 new Perfect Rouge lipsticks, 4 Veiled Rouge lipsticks, 5 new Shimmering Cream Eye Colours, a brand new mascara & a Lash Serum.

My favourites without a doubt were the cream colour bases for the eyes. So let’s start off with those!

Shiseido Autumn winter 2015 cream eyeshadow

Of all cream eyeshadows i’ve tried, I find Shiseido to be my top favourite for day to day use. I reach for them regularly as they are so easy to slap on.

The new colours for this season are :

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Starting off with packaging as always, these cream shadows come in little plastic pots with a screw top lid. They are so compact and fit into any travel makeup bag with ease. Best of all, they are lightweight so you can pack as many as 4-5 if you must!

Formula & Application

Shiseido Clay

The Shiseido cream shadows have an almost balmy, smooth base. Something that lends itself to applying with fingers, so perfect for lazy girls like moi. I like to layer on colour gradually building up intensity as I go till I achieve the result i’m looking for. I also appreciate that these have enough play time and I never have to feel rushed to blend them, a perfectly smoked out wash can be created with ease.

Once set, these feel comfortable on the lids. Weightless and never tight or dry.

The two I have for review are VI 730 (Garnet) & BE 728 (Clay)

Shiseido Shimmering cream eye colour

Clay is a sophisticated warm grey with very fine golden shimmer. A colour most likely dismissed as boring. I on the other hand find it unusual and almost something likely to be seen on a runway. One of the more unique shades for A/W.

So far been loving this as a light layer on the eyes finished off with just a touch of mascara on rushed days. It corrects the redness on my eyelids instantly making my minimal makeup look more polished.

Garnet is a neutral toned dusty violet. This too infused with a fine shimmer which gives it dimension with it’s golden sheen. I would wear it as an all over lid colour with well concealed under eyes (especially the inner corner that tends to have the most red/purple pigments).

It’s a nice alternative to a smokey eye. Something you can even wear during the day and not feel like you have heavy eye makeup on.

Onto some swatches!

shiseido autumn 2015

…and a closeup in direct sunlight.

Shiseido autumn 2015 swatches

Next up, lipsticks!

shiseido lipstick 2015 fall autumn

The Perfect Rouge Lipsticks are my top picks from the lipstick selection. Housed in a luxurious black casing, these elegant lipsticks pack a punch. The pigmentation is rich and very smooth as they glide on like silk. The end result, a glossy vivid lip.

I find these to wear comfortably for a good 3-4 hours. Lips never feel dry or parched. In fact they feel mildly hydrated though out.

Colours released for A/W 2015 are as follows,

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The two I have for review are Cocoa Rose and Empress. Both stunning shades which swatch opaque in one swipe!

Shiseido autumn 2015 lipstick swatch

 

Veiled Rouge Lipsticks are the less pigmented cousins of Perfect Rouge and come packaged in a slimmer, longer holder.

Opacity wise they are sheer to medium, buildable coverage and wear approximately 2 hours before fading.

The shade range for the new season is as follows,

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I received Honeydew and Enchantment. Both luxuriously hydrating on the lips and perfect for everyday wear. If I had to pick a favourite, it’d be Honeydew. Mostly as it’s a unique shade, but also beautiful worn.

Onto swatches.

shiseido Autumn 2015 lipstick swatches

 

Lastly, here’s a look I created using the Shimmering cream shadow Garnet softly blended out on the entire lid, paired with a plummy stain courtesy of Empress! A tonal look that compliments the cosy season to come.

Shiseido autumn winter 2015

Overall thoughts on the collection

If I had to pick just one product, it would be the cream shadow bases. These creams are wonderfully easy to work with, last long (I’m talking 8-9 hours wear time with no creasing!) and wearable throughout the year regardless of season. They make excellent eye bases too and can be layered with eyeshadow for even longer lasting colour!

Lipsticks as always, a winner! Specially when they are new shades for the season. Personally I like the Perfect Rouge best, I find the extra coverage with EXTRA hydration an unbeatable combo! If you enjoy a glossy lip, you really can’t go wrong here. The more you pile on, the glossier it gets ❤

The only miss from the collection would have to be the mascara. Unfortunately it did nothing to volumise my lashes and therefore a deal breaker for me. If you are looking for curl rather than volume, this should then suit you perfectly.

Product Information

All products currently available at Shiseido counters.

(Veiled Rouge SGD40, Perfect Rouge SGD43, Shimmering Cream Eye Colour SGD32)

*Mine were samples sent for review by the ever so kind Shiseido team!

P.S- Lash Serum review to follow, stay tuned :-*

Shiseido Ultimune Eye review

Shiseido Ultimune Eye review

Helloooo fellow skincare lovers! Back with a new post and it’s all about the freshly released Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate.

shiseido Ultimune eye review

It’s essentially a serum in my eyes (pun intended), something you’d use as a base before layering on an eye cream.

Foreword 

Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate which released last year, is a product built on the theory of ‘skin immunity’. Where Shiseido labs discovered the key to beautiful skin stemmed from strong ‘skin immunity’. As a healthy immune system is essential for a body to stay protected from illnesses, skin immunity is important for skin to continue looking younger and luminous without giving into aggressors such as stress, lack of sleep, so on and so forth.

****According to studies dryness is the no 1 cause behind compromised skin immunity. And Ultimunes key ingredient ImuMoisture Extract directly addresses this issue by restoring the declined function of the skins Langerhans cells (the cells that control immunity) and maintain hydration levels even in harsh environments. Ultimune Eye also carries a mixture of botanical compounds, Ginko Biloba leaf extract, Perilla extract and Wild Thyme for their anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and  anti-inflammatory properties to further reenforce the enhanced immunity. 

In essence, Ultimune Eye focuses on building skin immunity specifically around the delicate eye area to ensure more beautiful skin, resilient to common aggressors. It also boosts the effects of any other creams you’d be using in conjunction to achieve optimum results. With continuous use, the eye area is proven to feel less dry leading to lesser wrinkles, firmer & brighter skin.

Packaging

Shiseido Ultimune Pump

The Ultimune Eye comes in a sleek red plastic bottle fitted with a pump dispenser. Easy to use, fuss free and travel friendly. I also like that the amount of product dispensed can be controlled. You could pump out as little or as much as you’d like, ensuring no product is wasted in case one pump is a bit too much for ones requirement.

Formula & Texture

Shiseido Ultimune swatch

The product itself is a lightweight gel type which feels soothing & cooling when massaged in. It absorbs quickly leaving the eye area hydrated, comfortable and nourished and prepped to accept any further treatments to follow. The light consistency also makes this ideal to use under makeup and doesn’t affect the overall finish of your concealer, specially important if you are used to more liquid formulas (and would normally skip an eye cream). It’s built to seamlessly fit into your daily regime without any disruption.

Observations & Findings

With daily use over a month the most evident change was how much more brighter my under eye looked. Dark circles were noticeably reduced. I didn’t see any improvement on wrinkles as yet and given i’m only into around a months use, there’s still a possibility of improvement although at the time of this review i’ve no indication that Ultimune Eye has ironed out wrinkles in the eye area.

However in general different products take varying amounts of time to show any claimed results and it’s not unusual for a product to start ‘working’ or visibly improving an existing condition after 2-3 months use. Therefore i’m looking forward to seeing how Ultimune Eye continues to transform my skin.

Bottom Line

It’s an extra step to your routine but a worthwhile addition. I personally ALWAYS use an eye serum before any eye creams to maximise efficacy. Some might find this unnecessary step, though I believe every bit of extra help is welcome as maintaining a youthful eye area is of utmost importance to me.

I feel that since the product is for prevention more than correction, it’s something that can be recommended to even the younger ladies (as early as 24). Building up a stronger and more resilient eye area to prevent/postpone the worst of the results of ageing.

Product Information

Ultimune Eye comes with 15ml of product retailing at SGD 98.

Available at all Shiseido counters starting 1st Sept.

*Sample sent for review

Ingredients list

Shiseido Ultimune Eye

Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer: Review, Photos & Swatches

Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer: Review, Photos & Swatches

Along with the spring 2015 makeup release, Shiseido also introduced a new concealer stick. The Perfecting Stick concealer.

Shiseido perfecting stick concealer

Being an ardent fan of the Clé de Peau concealer stick, I was curious to see how this performed against it. Specially since the Shiseido retails at a very competitive price!

So let’s get right to it!

Packaging

Given they both come under the Shiseido brand, packaging is very similar, except for the iconic navy blue tipped cap. The Shiseido instead has the logo up top, still maintaining a very luxe finish.

Overall both look sleek and compact and ideal for keeping in your makeup bag.

Also no worries of leaks or spillage, the cap secures with a firm click.

Shiseido Perfecting Stick concealer

Formula & Coverage

According to Shiseidos press release, the concealer contains a special ‘Bind & Fit Wax’ which allows a high coverage while also delivering an easily blendable smooth formula that helps you achieve a finish that looks skin like and never unnatural or cakey.

From my experience I found the concealer to be smooth and creamy, a little more emollient than the Clé de Peau. Therefore making it perfect consistency for concealing blemishes and spots too. I mostly use this to cover dark circles though and it does a pretty good job of it. It looks less dry on the under eye when compared to the CDP, something a lot of users complain about.

The coverage of this is on the higher side of medium. Almost opaque when blended in. In comparison to CDP, it’s slightly under. For those with regular under eye darkness this should be a good fit.

Finish

The concealer melds well with the skins surface and gives a very natural finish. Never looks patchy or parched.

Longevity & Wear

I noticed it creases. But then so does the Clé de Peau. I have come to peace with the fact that no concealer on earth would be crease free on me as my ‘fine lines’ are pretty deep! I remedy this by wearing as little eye cream as possible (sometimes I skip it altogether) which reduces the chance of ‘slipping’. And of course powder, powder, POWDER!

Here’s what a mix of 22 and 33 looks applied on my under eye. (Left with concealer and right eye is without)

It makes my eyes look less tired and the red undertone in the inner corner is now concealed. I also applied it on the inner corner of my cheeks around the nose to conceal any pigmentation and redness. It’s virtually undetectable.

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Shade Range

This concealer comes in 6 shades.

11 Light

22 Natural light – Neutral beige toned

33 Natural – Yellow toned

44 Medium – Peachy Beige toned

55 Medium Deep

66 Deep

I ended up buying an additional two apart from the 22 Natural Light I was sent for review. So I basically ended up with half of the collection released!

These suit, Light Medium to Medium complexions.

Shisedo concealer Cle de Peau

Cle de peau concealer shiseido

I found the Shiseido colours were slightly brighter in comparison to the Clé de Peau. And there are no shades that are exact matches to the CDP.

Shiseido Cle de peau concealer

And some swatches,

Shiseido Perfecting stick concealer swatches

I currently use CDP Almond for my under eyes. And the match from Shiseido is a mix of 22 with 44 or 33.

22 on it’s own is far too light and looks ghostly on me, a typical ‘reverse panda’ eye.. If you are a NC 35 you could choose between 33 or 44 which would suit a medium, difference being the undertone. 33 is more yellow toned while 44 is a neutral peachy beige tone.

A good match for NC 25-30 would be 22 Natural light.

For those of you around an NC 15, 11 Light is the shade to go for.

For NC40 and above, 55 and 66 should suit well. I can’t recall undertones of these though. Sorry!

Overall thoughts

I feel this is a close match to the CDP. If price is a concern, you could try this and achieve a similar outcome. Although I won’t be ditching my CDP concealer in a hurry! I still enjoy the thicker and heavier coverage.

If your under eye circles aren’t too severe or if you find your CDP concealer too drying for the under eye, try this!

Note – For those of you with deeper fine lines with oilier skin, this would most likely crease on you. So be sure to test this out at a counter before you purchase.

Product info 

The Perfecting Stick Concealer comes with 5g of product and retails at SGD 46. Available at all Shiseido counters.

Skincare essentials – Travel edition

Skincare essentials – Travel edition

There are some things in life I just can’t live without, and that’s a decent skincare arsenal. Here’s mine, stripped down to a bare minimum. These are all I need to keep my skin happy during a short getaway.

Skincare favourites

Bare in mind that this is just what I packed for a couple of days at the beach so I haven’t included a heavy duty cleanser as I’m not wearing much other than a concealer and brows. Somedays I do a little eye liner, but that’s about it.

Travel skincare cleansers

To me a good skincare routine includes an effective cleanser. For now I’m relying on this one by Murad. I’ve repurchased this and it’s been my go to cleanser for the last 5 years or so. It’s their Soothing Gel Cleanser formulated for sensitive skin. The texture is very light weight and jelly like. It doesn’t foam much but cleans my face without stripping it of all moisture. Skin feels comfortable and bouncy. I use this morning and night.

If i’m wearing any eye makeup, I use the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover to cleanse it off at the end of the day. I pack this smaller travel size bottle and it doesn’t take up too much space in my travel pouch. For speedy eye makeup removal (even waterproof mascara) without any sensitivity I highly recommend this one.

Travel skincare sunscreen

After cleansing, it’s moisturiser and sun screen. No matter how humid or sweaty the weather is, it’s a non negotiable step. Ideally with my extra oily t-zone, i’d happily go without moisturiser, but since it’s something I don’t compromise on, next best thing is my Hydraluron hydration serum. It gives my skin a burst of moisture and absorbs immediately leaving NO oily feeling.

I then follow with my daily sunscreen which is the Avène Day Protector UV EX SPF 30 PA ++++. I like that it’s formulated for sensitive skin and also absorbs well into the skin leaving it velvety and supple. Again, no oiliness. On the down side, I am convinced this blocks my pores. But until I find something as good as this, it’s a necessary evil i’m willing to put up with. Sigh.

Eye creams

For eyes I always, always use an eye cream. Even during the day, under makeup, I use one.

For travel I mainly pack these three. One serum and two eye creams.

For the ultimate line busting solution, my go to is the Zelens Triple Action Advanced eye cream. It’s a light gel texture and feels amazing on the eye area (for those of you who have very dry under eyes or love richer night creams, this one will feel rather under nourishing as it absorbs completely).

Usually I apply this after I have prepped my under eye with the Lancôme Génifique Yeux. Which is a serum that absorbs immediately and leaves no greasy feel under the eyes. The reason I pair all my eye creams with the Génifique Yeux is that I notice it boosts the anti aging benefits of my eye creams and I love it.

For nights I prefer to alternate my Zelens eye cream with the Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective eye cream. This is my holy grail hydrating/anti-aging eye cream. Although it’s not as effective on deep, stubborn wrinkles (compared to Zelens) I love it for how hydrating it is. It actually does an amazing job hydrating so I always repurchase this.

If you don’t have any major wrinkle issues and/or in the mid 20’s to early 30’s this is the one for you! It keeps eyes looking bright and youthful as well as controlling the appearance of any new fine lines.

Travel skincare visionnaire

The one thing I NEVER ever leave home without is my Lancôme Visionnaire Serum, reviewed here. It’s been my holy grail serum for the last three years or so.

If uneven, blemished skin with noticeable pores are your concern. This is what you need. It will make your skin look rested and glowing overnight. I have several of these at home, including this tiny version I use when I travel.

Travel Skincare SOS

Lastly, I also pack two SOS treatment products where ever I go. One is the Avène Soothing serum. It’s what I rely on when my skin feels sensitized and red. If you suffer from sensitive skin, this product is gold. It instantly calms angry, red blotchy skin.

My second SOS product is the Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel. It’s god sent for banishing those pesky, holiday ruining breakouts. Apply this at the very first sign of a blemish and you could control the breakout as well as enable it to heal without leaving any discolouration or marks. Certainly a product worth investing in.

So there you have it. My skincare essentials for travel. They all fit into a relatively small pouch so by no means is it a burden carrying them around. And at the end of the day, my little bag of magic comes equipped with everything I would need for any holiday emergency!

Shiseido Sale : Info & Haul

Shiseido Sale :  Info & Haul

It’s that awesome time again! The bi-annual Shiseido sale we all look forward to!

Today was the media preview day and I went bright and early so I could grab some stuff and make it back home in time to photograph and get my blog post up so you can start making your shopping lists. I didn’t get much for myself, (let’s face it, I have more than I can possibly use up!) but of course I did shop for some of my friends who don’t live here, so they can enjoy some Shiseido and CDP goodies too.

As you may have noticed, from past sales. I usually make a beeline straight to the NARS and CDP stands. Little surprise there, as they are my favourite brands! However this time around I spent a little more time at Shiseido as well, mostly since I had just received some eye palettes and lip products from their Fall collection and i’m currently LOVING the texture of these.

So without boring you with words.. let’s take a look at what’s available.

First up, Clé de Peau Beauté lipsticks.

My two picks were R5 and T5. These retail at $35. A steal, given that they normally retail 100+!

Cle de peau lipsticks

I also picked up an Ettusais Lip Essence. Which I hear are excellent lip oils for nourishing lips and keeping them supple. So I picked up one 🙂 This was just $15.

Ettusais lip essence

Onto some really exciting stuff!

I was soo thrilled I got to pick up these…. the Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Colour Trios

Shiseido eyeshadow

This fabulous green trio GR 305 (How gorgeous is that khaki and sea foam green!) as well as the beautiful orange black n silver trio OR 302 which I found very unique! At just 25$ per palette it was an amazing buy as they usually retail around $50 I believe.

Another great Shiseido buy that I highly recommend are their Lacquer Rouges. At the time I was there, testers weren’t out yet, so it was a bit difficult picking colours. However I didn’t leave empty handed, and brought home two lovely deep reds.

Shiseido lacquer rouge

These rouge lacquers are liquid lipsticks which are incredibly vivid and opaque and are among my all time favourite Shiseido products. (Sale price- $20)

Lastly, NARS.

NARS Candle

To be honest, NARS prices at the Shiseido sales are some of the best deals. The eyeshadow singles go at $18, palettes start at around $20 and this time there were also candles available for $35 which is heavily discounted! (Seen above is Acapulco, which smells like a mix of chocolate and vanilla! ❤ )

I picked up two of the Voulez Vous Eye & Cheek palette which includes my all time favourite NARS blush, Deep Throat (left); Dolce Vita blush (right) and three limited edition eyeshadows as well as Lhasa, one of the permanent eyeshadows. At just $35 this is incredible value!

NARS Cheek and eye palette

I also highly recommend checking out Lola Lola. A well pigmented & buttery smooth,medium warm brown.

NARS eyeshadow, Lola Lola

Other products I highly recommend.

The Clé de Peau Beauté primers. Since these just got reformulated, they are getting rid of old stock!

Clé de Peau Beauté eyeshadow palettes.

Clé de Peau Beauté Voyage gift set. Packaging is beautiful and make gorgeous luxury gifts!

Shiseido sunscreens.

Ettusais powders & cheek products.

NARS brushes.

Tips for shopping

Check expiry dates. Some may have as few as 6 months left while others had 2-3 years to go, such as the NARS palette which was expiring March 2018!

Always head to your favourite brands first, chances are they are the popular stands and most of the good stuff sell out early. *Warning: on public days there can be a bit of pushing and shoving! So be prepared!

Lastly, go early. People start queueing as early as 9.00 a.m. And as they say, the early bird catches the worm and in order to get your hands on the best deals you need to make the effort.

Sale details, venue and times.

23rd Oct 2014 10 a.m to 8 p.m

24th Oct 2014 10 a.m to 8 p.m

Orchard Building Level 12 (This is the H&M Building)

1, Grange road, Singapore 239693

Lastly, happy shopping you guys!

xx