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Feed Your Skin, Feed Your Soul - Clarins x FEED

If you’re sitting in a comfy room surfing the internet on your phone or your computer, you are one of us lucky people in the world who aren’t worrying about where our next meal is coming from.

There are 100 million children around the world who are under-nourished, and 1 in 8 people who go to bed hungry every night. So, since 2011, Clarins has teamed up with the United Nations World Food Programme, “FEED”, as a way of giving back through commerce.

They’re telling us: “Feed your skin, FEED your soul”.

How does it work?

Purchase any of the below treatment serums at TANGS’ Orchard Clarins counter from 3- 17 Oct 2014:

Shaping Facial Lift, Double Serum, HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, White Plus Serum, Super Restorative Serum

and you will automatically receive a FEED Bag with SGD75worth of products, AND Clarins automatically donates proceeds for 10 school meals on your behalf.

Simple enough!

Especially if you’re already a Clarins user. Buying it during this promotion activity incurs no extra cost on your part - you walk home with the full size serum anyway - but you also get an extra pouch of goodies and help do your bit for children in need.

Clarins’ target for 2014 is toreach 5 million school meals by the end of the year. Since 2011, they’ve provided a whopping 3,589,300+ school meals and counting. But there’s still a long way to go to 5 million, so they’re asking us for our help as well! 

(For details on similar activities in other countries or more info on the project, visit this link here.)

MAC 2014 Matte Lipstick swatches! 

I love Heroine, Fashion Revival, Damn Glamorous, La Vie En Rouge, and ESPECIALLY - Living Legend. 

All the shades are very pigmented and dense, more like Viva Glam I and Russian Red (which I prefer) than some of the newer lighter mattes MAC released in recent years, which tend to wear off more patchy and don’t last as long. 

Heroine isn’t a shade I can see most people wearing regularly, but it’s such an interesting shade. More what I would expect from OCC Liptars than from MAC Matte lipsticks.

P.S. For those of you who are wondering why there seems to be a sheen on these, they do go on quite smooth and remember I’m applying them, taking pics in bright white lighting (which exaggerates sheen) and then removing them to apply the next shade. These matte lipsticks “settle” and lose the sheen after awhile.

Do you have any faves?

Elizabeth Arden Untold Color Collection

Elizabeth Arden has launched a limited edition color collection inspired by the Untold fragrance franchise. 

I received a few of the items for review, and I’ve swatched them here for you!

I have to say I don’t know why I haven’t tried the Arden eyeshadows until now. I’ve always used their skincare products (8 Hour Cream and Ceramide Capsules, etc) but not really their makeup. And I feel kinda silly now cos these shadows are fantastic.

They are very smooth, very buildable, very easy to blend, and beautifully pigmented.

There are 2 quads in the collection. Chic Browns, and Posh Purples. 

The 2 lipglosses in the collection are gorgeous as well; gold and violet. I haven’t tried the gold but the purple 16 Intriguing Violet is a lovely sparkly shade. It looks very dramatic in the tube, but you know glosses. They go on a lot sheerer most of the time. Intriguing Violet is more pink than purple once applied on the lips, but at certain angles it does shift slightly violet. The sparkles shift from gold to blue. VERY dimensional. 

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette Swatches and Review

What’s the difference between this set of nude mattes and the Naked Basics?

That was the first question I asked when I saw it.

I have to say packaging wise, the Naked Basics look much better of course. The Pulp Fiction palette comes in a generic black cardboard with print in McDonald’s red and yellow. Yes, McDonald’s was what I thought of. Glamorous, not.

The interior isn’t particularly exciting looking as well. You get 4 pans of shadows, one split into 2 colors. 

Colors

BUT - I must tell you I do prefer this set of colors to the Naked Basics. 

I feel the Naked Basics has too many pale beige tones. You could do the job with 4 of the shades in that palette, and a couple of those would look pretty similar on the lids. With Pulp Fiction, you get a better balance of dark to light. 

There’s the essential black for defining, a nice deep taupe, a warmer tea-toned medium brown, a beige for blending, and a pearl white for highlighting.

This is a smokier palette than Naked Basics. Meaning if you use equal amounts of each color on your lids, the overall look would be a bit more intense and darker looking than if you used equal amounts of each color from the Naked Basics palette, which contains so many pale beige shades.

Texture

Texture is smooth and fine, but you will need to use a primer. As you can see one of the shots above, without primer, you will get patchiness, as matte pigments don’t like to stick to dry lids. But make sure you use a minimal amount of primer and blend it out properly cos you don’t want the shadows to stick in one patch either.

Be very careful of fallout too. Another problem common to matte shadows.

It lasts if you prime, so I don’t have too much to say about the staying power. I didn’t get oxidation, and I do think matte shadows (when primed properly) have less tendency to crease than shimmers, but they’re not bullet-proof either, so just make sure you prep your skin.

Do I recommend it?

If you LOVE neutrals and don’t already own the Naked Basics, yes this is a good one to look at. ESPECIALLY if you want to create a slightly smokier sexier eye most of the time. Remember the babe in Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” video? This palette will give you that kind of eye look.

But I’ll be honest - I don’t like the presentation or packaging. I know they want to go with the pulp fiction theme but I think it could have been done better and sleeker. And I know a lot of girls might give it a miss just because the packaging and how the colors are presented is quite “meh”. But that’s just my opinion! 

Grape-y! Six Grape Colored Lipsticks in Different Intensities.

I love grape colored lippies. They are purple, often with a hint of pink or rose. The difference between typical deep plum colors and what I call “grape” colors is the lack of brown tones.

Grape shades can make your teeth look whiter, and are far less likely to emphasize bruised tones in your skin.

BUT - the catch is not all of them are easy to wear. The most violet or blue-toned ones can make the skin look a bit sallow, so make sure you have some blush handy.

  1. Lancome Lip Lover 357 - Beginners’ grape. This shade looks purple in the tube but sheers out to a fuchsia-toned tint with slight blue pearl shimmer
  2. OCC Strumpet - A grape with a lot of rose; this one can be worn almost like a regular rose/pink shade, but there’s less red, so it looks a touch more edgy and hip
  3. Make Up Store Magic - An old favorite of mine. I avoid frosty lipstick like the plague UNLESS it is a dark red or purple-toned shade. Because it just looks wicked-cool.
  4. Givenchy Gloss Interdit 15 - this is a deep plum with tons of silver sparks. The texture is semi-sheer, and I do think the best way to wear it is to layer this over a coat of dark lipliner. You get incredible twinkling lacquered lips.
  5. Sephora Bewitch Me - This is the quintessential dark purple toned lip. It has a very blue-toned violet undertone so be careful to add a bit of pink blush if you have yellow-based skin like me. Otherwise you can look sallow in comparison.
  6. Lime Crime Kaleidoscope - This thick sticky gloss is very high-maintenance, but gosh it is pretty. Not for wallflowers! This is a straight violet with a dramatic blue pearl. Wear it if you’re ready to be stared at.

Soft Olive Smoke: A Clé de Peau Beauté Makeup Pictorial

This is probably the most luxe I’ve ever gone with a makeup look. Ever.

Clé de Peau is legendary for their uber-expensive skincare products, and in Singapore, a tube of stick concealer runs at S$116 while a tube of lipstick is $70. The newly launched Radiant Fluid foundation is $175.

That being said, after trying out some of their products, I do have to say they have all offered nothing but the best in terms of quality and luxury so far. 

My top recommendation to those new to the brand and who are interested in color makeup are their F/W 2014 Eye Color Quads. This range of sensationally smooth and blendable shades come in the most sophisticated colors, and those who want to splurge - but not too much - have the option of purchasing just the eyeshadow refills at $80 (cheaper than most other luxe brands here) and skipping the case.

I have 1 case, which I re-use with all of my 4 quads, only when I need to transport them around for some reason.

One of my faves is 302 Stardust (used for this pictorial), an antique black-gold, golden-olive, and rosy nude quad.

Products used: 

Cle de Peau Corrective Cream Veil to prime the skin

Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation O-20

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX06 as concealer

No powder

Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 Pencil in Seal Brown on brows

Lancome La Base Pro Paupiere eye base to prime lids

Cle de Peau 302 Stardust quad on eyes

Shiseido Maquillage Long Stay Pencil N in BK999 to line eyes

Cle de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara 1 on lashes

Shiseido Maquillage True Cheek blush in PK 201 ON CHEEKS

Cle de Peau Extra Rich Lipstick in 106 on lips

To see a quick first impressions update on the new Radiant Fluid Foundation and the 2 new priming Veils, click here!

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