Colour Crush™ Shine Lipsticks by The Body Shop

Body shop just launched a whole range of sheer lipsticks just in time for the warmer weather.

I received 7 gorgeous shades of these to try out and so far I am really liking them.

Body Shop Colour Crush Shine

Let’s take a look at the shade range of these pretty Colour Crush™ Shine Lipsticks.

Body Shop Colour crush shine lipsticks

The Body Shop Colour Crush lipsticks

12- Raspberry red with golden frost

03- medium pink with a shimmer finish

18- Juicy peach coral shade with no shimmer

11- Peachy beige with no shimmer

06- light brown with a golden shimmer finish (high shimmer)

04- Mauve pink with silvery pink shimmers (high shimmer)

13- A warm deep maroon rose with golden frost (high shimmer)

So these Colour Crush Shine lipsticks are infused with Marula oil to condition and moisturize the lips.

They glide on very smooth and is one of those ‘no mirror needed’ lipsticks that you can even apply blindfolded!

I tested out shade18 for wear, and like you would have guessed these don’t last too long. Not sure how the shimmery version works out, but this one lasted around 2 1/2 hours on me. I didn’t need to reapply as it faded evenly and lips had that ‘just bitten’ look which I quite liked 🙂 I believe these would make for good everyday lipsticks when you don’t want a tonne of pigment but just moist lips with subtle colour for a groomed look. *Note that these wear quite sheer with medium to low opacity.

Here’s how 18 looks worn. Sadly the coral-ness of this neutralised on my pigmented pink lips and ended up looking more of a peachy beige. But I still LOVE this for an everyday shade..

The Body Shop Colour crush lipstick swatches

 

Here’s another pic of the brighter shades which are more my kind of picks 😉

Body Shop Colour Crush lipsticks

 

Other info-

These juicy little lipsticks retail at SGD22.90 for 3.5g of product.

Available at all Body Shop stores island wide.

 

On a side note, I also was informed of the new special edition Raspberry body care range that was released simultaneously with this collection.  Here’s the link for you to take a look at the products on offer.

The Body Butter which promised 24hr hydration caught my eye, and since my Mango Body Butter jar is officially empty, think I might pop by the store to check this one out.  Also while I was snooping around the site (which is perfectly normal behavior on lazy Sundays) I spotted the Eau de Toilettes on offer for 35% in a buy two get one free deal! Think I might stock up as these make for great body splashes during warmer months! 😀

 

Anyways thank you for hanging around and reading all about my shopaholic tendencies >.< Hope you guys are having a great Sunday!

xx

 

 

 

 

 

VDL Love Mark lipsticks

So the other day when my friend Sarah and I randomly made our way to VDL cosmetics to pick up their much raved about eyeliner, I chanced upon these pretty lipsticks.

Once I swatched these I knew I had stumbled upon something amazing! Therefore I shall share it with you too!

 

VDL Love Mark Festival lipstick

It’s hard to not love the cute embossing on the bullet, but most of all what I love about the packaging is that it comes in a no fuss design, just matte black with a magnetic closure that snaps into place as you re cap the lipstick. Universally appealing and  looks chic coming out of a makeup bag 😉

So onto the colour swatches before we move on

 

VDL Love mark lipstick swatches

 

I picked up two lipsticks from the sheerer Moisture Glossy range (Duke and Brooklyn) and three from the Matte Intense (Austin, Jared and Alejandro).

When I wore these I found that the matte version was more of a satin creamy finish rather than a true matte, a very forgiving formula if your lips happen to be on the dryer side. And as the name implies, the Moisture glossy version is juicy like tinted lip balm only more pigmented; I specially loved Brooklyn, it was a very moist wash of coral on my lips, perfect for a quick day makeup look.

Another thing that’s worth mentioning is these lipsticks smell lemony. I thought it was rather queer, as most lipstick fragrances are floral like rose or violet.. still trying to decide if I like it though, I constantly feel like I am eating a lozenge! >.<

Moving on, below are a bunch of arm swatches I put together for you

VDL Love Mark Lipstick Swatches

Austin – A very richly pigmented neutral orange (almost neon).

Brooklyn – A sheer coral

Jared – A cool pink orange

Alejandro – A neutral orange based red

Duke – A neutral pink based beige

From the lot, my favourites were Austin and Alejandro. Both very orange which is currently on trend. If you are feeling bold, I highly suggest you pick up these two. Also the neutral tone of these make teeth look so white! 😀

Other information-

Wear wise, the matte lipsticks lasted over 5 hours through breakfast and coffee (Although I found the lipstick transfered quite a bit, and stained the rim of my glass repeatedly).

I didn’t get to test out the sheer ones for an extended period of time (just briefly had them on and off for 2 hours or so while running errands), my guess is that it’s a maximum of 2 to 3 hours. Although that may be a deal breaker for some, I have to tell you that these feel super comfortable on the lips.

VDL lipsticks retail for SGD 21 and they are currently on offer, 2 for SGD35.

Store Locations-  Bugis and Suntec City Malls

 

 

 

The art of lining- Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink liquid liner

So a couple of months back the Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink eyeliner made it’s way to my hands.

Although I am not someone who wears liquid liner regularly, I have had my fair share of experience with them; more often that not ending with me throwing the liner into my bin in a fit of rage (last victim was the one by Dolly wink).

I believe I speak for many when I say it’s not easy finding that one ’it’  liner.. you really do need to sample a hella lot to get that ideal mix you’re looking for.

So I was pretty pleased when I finally came across something that worked for me, and I am excited to share my findings with you!

Shu Liquid liner calligraphink

First up, let’s start with packaging.

This liner comes in a sleek black barrel with elegant lettering of the Shu Uemura logo in silver.

I really love that the cap shuts close firmly with no danger of spilling. However I did notice a couple of ink splashes when I pull open the cap in a rush. I think it’s to do with the tip being so saturated with ink and the force I used was a bit too much.

Overall I believe the design is quite nice and does have an expensive look, which I quite like.

To make this blog post interesting, I decided to compare it to some of the most hyped up, high end liners that entered the market quite recently.

My choices were, the Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er and the Tom Ford eye defining pen.

Liquid liners Shu Uemura Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs

Let’s start with the brush tip.

Tom Ford Shu Uemura Marc Jacobs liquid liner

Shown below are two more brush comparisons for size reference. They depict different ends of the Tom Ford brush tips (felt tip and calligraphy brush tip)

P.S- the Marc Jacobs one is a felt tip.

Brush tip comparison Shu Uemura Calligraphink Tom ford eye definer

Tom Ford eye definer Shu Uemura Calligraphink liquid liner

The Shu Uemura tip is a calligraphy style brush tip.  I love that it’s on the larger side as I prefer to use the side of the brush instead of the tip to draw my lines, this way it’s really easy getting close to the lash line, I just have to rest it along the lashes and follow the contour.

The length of the brush tip makes it more flexible and helps deliver a nice smooth line and I don’t have to keep adjusting the angle of my hand as I go along the eye line. The tip I mainly use at the inner corner and the outer corner to draw the flick.

Shown below are swatches of the three. Please note that I used the Tom Ford calligraphy brush end as it was the most relevant for comparison purposes.

eye liner comparisons Calligraphink tom ford shu uemura magic marc'er

Product performance

When I compare the colour and pigmentation of the Shu Uemura to the TF and Marc Jacobs, there really is no ambiguity as to which was more pigmented. The Calligraph:ink liner wins hands down. One smooth stroke delivers the blackest of black lines with a steady flow of ink throughout.

The Tom Ford was a close second as it did pack a good amount of pigmentation and had the most matte finish. I found the Shu Uemura matte, but a little less compared to the TF. For those who are after a solid matte, I say the TF is better in that sense.

The Marc Jacobs on the other hand was a disappointment compared to the other two. The pigmentation of the ink was the least impressive and I found if I layered it to intensify, the liner got chunky and was prone to emphasizing eyelid wrinkles. I also feared the liner would crack as it looked a bit thick.

Wear wise all three wore very well all day, and didn’t smudge.

 

Here’s a simple eye look with the Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink liner.

Other products i’ve used

Eyeshadow- Burberry Trench, Eyebrows- Anastasia Brow wiz and Shiseido brow powder compact, Under eye concealer- Cle de peau, Mascara- DiorShow Iconic

Shu Uemura Calligraphink liner

Final thoughts

From the three, my picks would be the TF and the Shu (Shu Uemura being my favourite if I had to choose).

I find the fact it’s refillable makes it very cost effective. And of course it’s the cheaper of the two.

Other Info-

It also should be noted that the Shu Uemura and the Marc Jacobs are waterproof; however though the TF is not marketed as waterproof this too is pretty similar to the other two. No budging when in contact with water.

Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink liner could be purchased in SG island wide at Shu Uemura counters for SGD 58 (refill cartridge is SGD 29).

*Mine was a sample sent for review by the company.

Worldwide, you can purchase this from the Shu Uemura website.

My Tom Ford liner was purchased from Neiman Marcus for USD 55.

Marc Jacobs from Sephora for USD 30.

Sisley Phyto-Lip Twists

Spring lipsticks lip tint tom ford sisley bite

Welcome to the world of sheer, juicy lipsticks.

Although I am one of ‘those people’ who prefer a lipstick with maximum coverage, there are yet occasions where a sheer lip tint is the way to go. One of them being, a super hot and humid day where you really can’t be bothered doing your makeup and just want to leave home with mascara and maybe, just maybe a tinted moisturiser (exactly like what Singapore feels like right now!!!!). So here I am sharing with you those yummy colours that made it into my makeup bag, non fussy lip balms/tints and sheer lipsticks.

For edit purposes I chose a few of my favourite Spring colours in corals and pinks!

1. Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist in #3 Peach

2. Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist in #4 Pinky

3. Tom Ford – Sweet Spot

4. Tom Ford – Incorrigible

5. Bite Beauty – Lychee

6. Bite Beauty – Watermelon

7. Bite Beauty – Orchard

These are all on rotation and I can’t seem to get through my days without them!

Tom ford sisley tip twist bite swatches

So onto the main purpose of this post….

Those yummy Sisley Phyto-Lip tints that just launched this Spring. Can I just say, what a perfect collection of colours! Of course I took the predictable route and came home with Pink and Coral! But this range really does carry something suited for everyones tastes, from nudes to berry tones to reds!

Sisley Phyto Lip Twists Peach Pinky

When I visited my local counter I realised that they only carried 5 of the 6 shades that were released (Cherry being the shade that’s missing), total shame though cos if you follow me on Instagram you’d already know that I NEVER pass up on a good red 😀

Here’s a little peek at what’s available for purchase at the Metro Paragon Sisley counter!

Sisley Phyto-lip twists Spring 2014

Let’s start off with the packaging, these lip twists come in sturdy black packaging detailed with a zebra print barrel. The cap sits firmly when closed and doesn’t feel like it would open by itself. The very practical ‘twist’ reveals more product without the need for sharpening! and in return no wastage of product! Overall I love the fresh approach Sisley Paris took, stepping away from the brands classic sombre packaging and giving it a updated, fun look. It certainly does appeal to the younger market this time!

Product formula

According to the companies product description,

Sisley-Paris Phyto-Lip Twist is a tinted balm, colored like a lipstick and shiny like a gloss. It is applied with a single “twist” and leaves the lips supple, moisturized, visibly smoothed and plumped thanks to its cocktail of original plant-based active ingredients’.

When I first applied these, I noticed that they went on smooth & sheer and as I built up the colour with more passes, the colour intensified, looking more like lipstick. They didn’t feel sticky or gooey on the lips and when I looked in the mirror I found that my slightly dry lips looked instantly moist and plump. There is definitely a visible difference in how your lips look. Mine were without a doubt fuller.

I tested these for wear one entire day and I started off with shade #3 which was a coral shade with shimmer (this is a shade that would look amazing on warm or olive skin tones and screams Summer!).

Through my lunch and coffee this managed to stay put. The colour seemed to cling on to the lips, only loosing it’s glossiness when confronted with stir fried noodles. Around the 5th hour, it had obviously faded a bit, and the sparkles more visible since the colour had died down, and I really loved that it faded evenly, leaving a mild stain on the lips not an unsightly ring of colour around the edges of  the lips like some other lipsticks… shudder >.<

Shade #4 was a little different, this had no shimmer, just a glossy veil of pink. I love how this instantly brightened up my face, and is a shade I recommend to everyone! This too felt very moist on the lips and kept it looking and feeling supple.

Below are the lip swatches of these two,

First up, Peach #3

Sisley lip twist peach

Pinky #4

Sisley lip twist pinky

In comparison to the Bite Beauty Lush lip tints, these wore much much longer, and packed more colour. In comparison to Tom Ford Spring lipsticks, these were certainly more hydrating and lasted way longer as well.

Overall I’d say these are worth investing in if you have the budget for it, I see it becoming a ‘live in’ member of my makeup bag, perfect for the months to come 🙂

Other info

Each lip pencil comes with 0.08 0z  2.5g of product and costs a hefty SGD 58.

Available at Metro Paragon 

Also available online through Neiman Marcus, priced at USD 50.

* Also worth noting this is a product that contains botanical extracts, if you are sensitive to them, then stay clear.

NARS Kauai eyeshadow duo

NARS Kauai eyeshadow duo

So it seems I have been posting quite a bit of NARS lately.. but you know what? There’s more!!!

Behold the magnificent NARS Kauai Duo. A metallic antique gold and a medium shimmery purple.

From the two quads that released this Spring, this one was my top pick, as I can honestly say I have no eyeshadows in my collection which can be considered as exact dupes.  Although China Seas is beautiful in it’s own right, I never see myself reaching for a blue of that tone for everyday makeup. However, since purple is my favourite for accenting my deep brown eyes, getting this was a no brainer.

So pigmentation wise both shades pack some serious colour, and the gold more so. It’s pigmented to the point where it felt like cream! And never before have I ever encountered such an amazing texture, not even the Hourglass eyeshadow duos (which I would describe as silky rather than creamy when compared to this) 🙂

While photographing the swatches I only had to do one firm pass to get this to show up in full opacity, but for courtesy’s sake I decided to do two.

On to the purple… This too was highly pigmented and I find that it’s a great liner shade if you don’t see yourself using the duo for a complete eye look on a day to day basis. Personally i’d get more use out of them as singles, the gold for a nice wash of colour for a night out and the purple as an accent colour to jazz up a neutral beige eye look for the day time.

So without wasting more time here are the swatches…. please note that these were taken in natural light.

Nars Kauai swatches eyeshadow

If you asked me, is it worth rushing out and buying? I’d say yes, only if you see yourself using these type of shades. But as far as quality goes, this one can’t be beat and is a must have if you are a makeup lover like myself 🙂

Other info-

These eyeshadows lasted well over 8 hours on me with no creasing and I found them very blendable and easy to work with.

Available at Sephora (U.S) which is where I purchased mine.

Priced at $34 for  0.14 oz of product.

A NARS haul & swatches, swatches, swatches!

NARS, one of my favourite brands. In my opinion, no one does wearable colour like they do. And more often than not, the quality is top notch. Here’re a bunch of lip products I treated myself to recently. Some are from the newly released Final Cut collection and some from the permanent line. All in all, I can’t even begin to explain how much I am looking forward to sharing them with you.

Here’s what’s in store.

Nars Satin Lip Pencils Swatches

Below are the swatches,

Satin Lip Pencils NARS Swatches

413 BLKR Velvet matte lip pencil, this is a medium fuchsia with an iridescent blue sheen to it. Although the blue is not visible once applied, it’s clearly noticeable upon close inspection.  This was my first pick from the boutique exclusive range. If you happen to come across this collection, don’t leave without at least one product from this line! It’s utterly exclusive, given that it’s only available at NARS boutiques in the U.S and not at the counters or Sephora.

Descanso Satin Lip Pencil (LE), this is a warm rose peach shade. It is by far the prettiest Satin lip pencil that NARS came out with. I’d say this is a must have. It’s super flattering and not too warm or too cool, a great everyday shade for a girlie, pout. 

Montego Bay Pure matte Lip stick, this is a medium rose pink. I like that even though this is a matte lipstick, it feels creamy enough to apply without too much drag. I find this too a great everyday colour, not too bright and little muted, an ‘office-friendly’ shade.

Villa Lante Satin lip pencil (LE) is a cool toned medium pink. The best way I can describe this is as a Barbie pink! Such a flirty cute colour. And like all Satin lip pencils, the texture of this is incredible, soo creamy and packed with colour. You never need to layer it on to get full opacity one pass is usually enough ❤

Années Folles Lip gloss (LE), a medium lilac. A very versatile gloss in my opinion. So far I have been loving this for cooling down any lipsticks that I feel is too warm. A great layering product. Another thing that’s worth mentioning is that although in the past NARS lip glosses had a bad reputation of being sticky and smelling unbearable, I am happy to report it is no longer the case. I am really glad they reformulated.

So far, my absolute favourites are the Satin Lip Pencils. They are my go-to lip products. So easy to carry along for touch ups and the wear is great as well. They always fade so evenly, which is a plus so I don’t have to keep looking at my compact mirror to make sure my lips look ok.

below are a couple of comparison swatches I put together for you, enjoy! 😀

NARS 413 BLKR Swatches

413 BLKR is deeper than Urban Decay Anarchy and less bright than Hourglass Fever.  The Shiseido and Mac ones clearly are more purple than Fuchsia.

descanso comparison swatches

Descanso is more pink and than Torres Del Paine and a little deeper and rose than Spanish pink which leans more peach.

Montego Bay leans more cool than Dior Grège and more rose than Spanish pink.

NARS Villa Lante Final Cut Comparison Swatches

For Villa Lante and Années Folles I found it difficult to find similar products in my stash as I don’t own too many cool toned pinks or lilacs. But here’s what I did find 🙂 Nars Angelica is darker and slightly more blue toned than Villa Lante.  And NYX Merengue is more milky, opaque and pinker than Années Folles.

So that’s a wrap folks! Hope you found this post useful and for those who are living in Singapore, I found out that more stocks of Villa Lante and Descanso had arrived, but they are running very low, probably the last two or three. So try reserving them today before the Tangs rebate sale happens on Friday.

You can reach Julyen, my favourite makeup artist at NARS at the Tangs outlet 65-62350967 to do the needful.

Wishing all of you a wonderful day!

xx

Save the Bees Palette by Chantecaille

From all the Spring palette releases, there was one that stood out to me, that’s the Chantecaille Save the Bees palette. After my friend Lydia mentioned this new release, my curiosity grew and when I happened to see the Chantecaille palette in person at Neiman Marcus, my heart skipped a beat. There it was in all it’s glory, the definition of Spring itself!

So my palette adventures didn’t just end there, I actually had the pleasure of meeting the person who co designed it 😀 Fernando Cadavid, the global makeup artist of Chantecaille. He along with Olivia Chantecaille come up with the seasons most sort after colour mixes in the form of palettes, lipsticks and cheek products. Now doesn’t that sound like one amazing job?!!!

Even with all his success Mr. Cadavid is such a charming person, and I am glad I got to spend some time with him learning more about Chantecaille. He even matched me to Future skin foundation which he highly recommended I try! Truly a memorable experience..

Below is a little collage of the Neiman marcus Spring makeup trend event I attended.

Neimans event

Moving on to the good stuff, what you have been waiting for 😉  this is what the palette looks like when unboxed.

Chantecaille save the bees palette

They say god is in the details and this palette surely is heavenly!  The mirrored honeycomb pattern with the beautiful bee icon on it is something that makes this palette feel very special. And I love that this palette shuts closed very firmly, no chance of it randomly opening up and getting scratched by the contents of your handbag/makeup bag in case you happen to be taking this with you for touch ups.

So inside…

Chantecaille save the bees palette swatches

As you can see, the palette comes with four different colours. Two of which are meant as eyeshadows, one highlighter and the last as a blush shade. All of them have a little golden bee sitting on top of it. This is an overspray and comes off once you use it.

I sneakily did all the swatching and makeup look by using just the sides so I don’t mess up my pretty bees!

Chantecaille save the bees palette swatches

*Note that all the colours in this palette are Limited Edition.

Honey – A shimmering warm gold shade, it had exceptional pigmentation. I used it not only as a highlight but also as a wash of colour for the entire lid. It looks amazing, and best of all, zero fallout while application!

Beehive – This is a medium grey brown shade with shimmer, also with good pigmentation. Silky to the touch and works as a great crease colour for adding depth to your eye makeup look. Again no fallout.

Sky – A sheer, light blue iridescent shade. My favourite from this whole palette! Absolutely stunning. It’s ability to open up the eyes and make them look bright and awake was phenomenal. When I swatched all these colours they felt soo fine and lightweight with no powderiness. I just love the quality!

Nectar – A warm coral pink. I loved this more than I expected. Coming from someone who hoards coral blushes, I found that I didn’t really have an exact dupe for this in my stash. This too had good pigmentation with no powderiness.

Overall I love the quality of all 4 shades. They are very well pigmented and and found no creasing while I wore them. They show up vividly and last all day long without fading.

Product details-

This palette contains 12g  .42 oz of product, retails for $83

It is a Limited Edition release for Spring 2014 and I purchased mine at Neiman Marcus. It’s also available at Barneys as well as Space NK online.

I also want to mention that 5% of the proceeds from this palette are donated to The Xerces Society to help protect bees and our environment. Beauty for a cause 🙂

Thank you for stopping by, and wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

xx