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Grown-up Glitter: Glimmering Neutral Eye Look (plus my super simple lash routine!)

Was requested to do a lash routine demo, but it’s honestly so simple that I couldn’t imagine making it a full post. I literally apply mascara (and I switch out my mascara all the time; it ranges from the expensive to the super-cheap) and curl.

The only consistent thing is I don’t like clumpy mascaras, and I only curl with heated lash curlers.

Look out for the tips mentioned above.

If you curl all your lashes it can look quite unnatural. My preferred way to do it is to curl the center lashes the most and the inner and outer lashes only slightly. This creaters a nice curved shape so your lashes look very long whether you’re looking from the front (center lashes point up) or the side (side lashes point out).

For the eye look, it’s a rather easy and basic neutral eye that looks very dimensional because I used 3 different textures. 

Colors used:

Matte ivory/beige: Make Up Store Old Lace

Blue-brown pearl: Make Up Store Volga (this is like MAC Club shadow)

Metallic Bronze-beige: MAC Tan pigment

Brown glitter liner: Make Up Store Glitter Liner in Sparkling Brown

Black liquid liner: Lime Crime Quill Uniliner

Mascara: Givenchy Phenomen’eyes mascara in Black

Colorful stacked liner look

This is a simple look for the season, recommended by Beno, MAC Singapore’s Senior Artist. 

Color is in, but it can be quite daunting trying to decide how to wear a bright blue or fuchsia or green on the eyes without looking completely bonkers or just unlike yourself. 

The tip is just to wear it as an eyeliner, by using a stroke of pencil as a base, and then the right brush (flat, firm, angled brush) to gently dab powder shadow onto the line. 

The black liner at the base of the lashes is one of the things you should not skip because it will help to define your eyes and stop your lashes from disappearing when you’re wearing bright, strong colors near there. 

Another thing to look out for is a neutral shadow to define your lids and socket line, but you might want to look for something that contrasts with the liner shade you’re using. The color combi Beno recommended was MAC Amber Lights on the lids, followed by Freshwater as a bright blue liner. 

I redid the look the next day using a softer combination in case you want to try it for work or school. I used Patina on the lids, and Bright Fuchsia pigment as liner color. 

My “Body Shaping” Products from Clarins
I seldom talk about body products because this blog is mostly focused on the face after all. And I don’t usually stick with specific body products like shower gels, scrubs and lotions.
Aside from a few favorite slimming products that is!
I don’t believe in hocus-pocus slimming treatments and products that promise you can shed X number of pounds or kilos of fat per week. There’s just no science behind those because there aren’t any natural processes that can allow the body to process/”detox” or burn away anything close to those outrageous claims.
And there is no product or ingredient that can enter your body and selectively “burn away” fats. It’s a nice fantasy, but nothing in life is that easy.
That said, I DO believe that if you eat healthy and exercise regularly, there are some things that can help to supplement your body shaping routine in small ways. And keeping the skin supple is especially important if you are losing or gaining weight quite rapidly, to minimize slackness, dimpling and stretch marks.
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Enter Clarins.
Their slimming body products contain a proprietary botanical complex called Sveltonyl, and are best-sellers around the world, in particular Body Lift Cellulite Control, their Toning Oil, and Body Shaping Cream. I do switch and try out other brands from time to time, but Body Shaping Cream is an especial favorite that I’ve come back to again and again over the past 8-9 years.

It’s a thick fluffy soufflé that’s meant for stubborn curves (thighs, hips, tummy, buttocks, arms), and one of the stronger slimming products in their range, with a refreshing, slightly-spicy scent that wakes me up every time. Out of all the body products in the Clarins range, I find it the nicest balance between thick and fresh for my slightly dry body skin. It does leaves a silky film for awhile but I love that because it allows a proper massage routine. Faster-absorbing products don’t allow for that.
—
Next is Body Lift Cellulite Control.

This is a fresh gel that’s meant to work on cellulite (little pockets of fat that expand irregularly under the surface of the skin around the hips and thighs, resulting in a dimpled appearance). 
If you don’t like the thicker feel of Body Shaping Cream and prefer a lighter fresher product so you can put on your clothes immediately, this might be a better product for you. Another benefit of choosing this is probably the immediate skin-tightening and -smoothing effect, which is how it temporarily reduces the look of cellulite.
To supplement any of your body slimming products, here are a few extra tips!

Exfoliate about 2 times a week. This gets rid of dead cells, smooths the skin, and allows for better penetration of active ingredients. 
Shower with cool water. Yes, ouch. We love warm showers, but cool water not only tones the skin but also helps the system to drain itself of excess fluids. 
You CAN layer both of these products if you want, but it’s my personal opinion you should separate your usage to different times of day because the thicker creamier texture of body shaping cream can interfere with the skin-tightening properties of something like Body Lift Cellulite Control.
Caffeine tricks fat cells into switching out of “fat storage” mode, which is why I never buy any slimming products that don’t contain caffeine. But all the fats in your blood stream still need somewhere to go after that or they will simply return to your cells, so I like to apply about 15 minutes before a workout.

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If you’re in Singapore, Clarins has a Body SOS promotion going on where you can sign up for a free trial kit. All participants are automatically entered for a draw to win 1 of 20 Clarins gift sets worth $120 each, plus a grand prize of a $185 Body Treatment at the Clarins Skin Spa.
P.S. If you ask more friends to sign up for Trial Packs, each referral gives you one extra chance to win!

My “Body Shaping” Products from Clarins

I seldom talk about body products because this blog is mostly focused on the face after all. And I don’t usually stick with specific body products like shower gels, scrubs and lotions.

Aside from a few favorite slimming products that is!

I don’t believe in hocus-pocus slimming treatments and products that promise you can shed X number of pounds or kilos of fat per week. There’s just no science behind those because there aren’t any natural processes that can allow the body to process/”detox” or burn away anything close to those outrageous claims.

And there is no product or ingredient that can enter your body and selectively “burn away” fats. It’s a nice fantasy, but nothing in life is that easy.

That said, I DO believe that if you eat healthy and exercise regularly, there are some things that can help to supplement your body shaping routine in small ways. And keeping the skin supple is especially important if you are losing or gaining weight quite rapidly, to minimize slackness, dimpling and stretch marks.

Enter Clarins.

Their slimming body products contain a proprietary botanical complex called Sveltonyl, and are best-sellers around the world, in particular Body Lift Cellulite Control, their Toning Oil, and Body Shaping Cream. I do switch and try out other brands from time to time, but Body Shaping Cream is an especial favorite that I’ve come back to again and again over the past 8-9 years.

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It’s a thick fluffy soufflé that’s meant for stubborn curves (thighs, hips, tummy, buttocks, arms), and one of the stronger slimming products in their range, with a refreshing, slightly-spicy scent that wakes me up every time. Out of all the body products in the Clarins range, I find it the nicest balance between thick and fresh for my slightly dry body skin. It does leaves a silky film for awhile but I love that because it allows a proper massage routine. Faster-absorbing products don’t allow for that.

Next is Body Lift Cellulite Control.

image

This is a fresh gel that’s meant to work on cellulite (little pockets of fat that expand irregularly under the surface of the skin around the hips and thighs, resulting in a dimpled appearance). 

If you don’t like the thicker feel of Body Shaping Cream and prefer a lighter fresher product so you can put on your clothes immediately, this might be a better product for you. Another benefit of choosing this is probably the immediate skin-tightening and -smoothing effect, which is how it temporarily reduces the look of cellulite.

To supplement any of your body slimming products, here are a few extra tips!

image

  1. Exfoliate about 2 times a week. This gets rid of dead cells, smooths the skin, and allows for better penetration of active ingredients. 
  2. Shower with cool water. Yes, ouch. We love warm showers, but cool water not only tones the skin but also helps the system to drain itself of excess fluids. 
  3. You CAN layer both of these products if you want, but it’s my personal opinion you should separate your usage to different times of day because the thicker creamier texture of body shaping cream can interfere with the skin-tightening properties of something like Body Lift Cellulite Control.
  4. Caffeine tricks fat cells into switching out of “fat storage” mode, which is why I never buy any slimming products that don’t contain caffeine. But all the fats in your blood stream still need somewhere to go after that or they will simply return to your cells, so I like to apply about 15 minutes before a workout.

If you’re in Singapore, Clarins has a Body SOS promotion going on where you can sign up for a free trial kit. All participants are automatically entered for a draw to win 1 of 20 Clarins gift sets worth $120 each, plus a grand prize of a $185 Body Treatment at the Clarins Skin Spa.

P.S. If you ask more friends to sign up for Trial Packs, each referral gives you one extra chance to win!

Rainbow! My Makeupgeek Eyeshadow and Pigment Swatches and a Super-Quick Review

Ah…. what’s better than affordable, beautiful shadows?

I picked out 24 shades and 4 pigments from the Makeupgeek (MUG) line for review, and here they all are. You’ve already seen me use Latte shadow and Afterglow pigment in a red eyeliner look a while back.

But I figure I should swatch everything and let you see them before I forget. 

All swatches are done on bare skin, without primer, without wetting.

My verdict:

Love the pigments I got. Liquid Gold is just incredible, and I can just imagine Paparazzi applied wet as a thick sparkly liner. Both the soft champagne shades are beautiful as well, though one is sheer and sparkly, the other is satin.

Shadows-wise, I did find some of the matte and sparkly shade felt a little gritty when touched, and Stealth, Bitten and Latte were probably the patchiest of the shadows here. You have to make sure your lids are either completely dry, or else covered with an even layer of primer so that everything goes on evenly. And press/pack your matte shadows on. Don’t buff these.

The black shade, Corrupt, on the other hand, felt gritty and grainy, but it went on beautifully and was absolutely jet back even without a base. Worth getting out if you can’t seem to find a good black shadow.

As for the metallics, most of them are beautiful and smooth. My top picks are: Homecoming, Cosmopolitan, Nautica, Shimmermint, Pretentious, Twilight.

For those of you outside of the US, Makeupgeek.com ships internationall and prices start from US$6 for smaller orders. 

The Body Shop launches English Dawn White Gardenia

If you’re a fan of white florals like I am, you’ll be happy to know that The Body Shop has updated its popular original White Gardenia fragrance and added a special edition “English Dawn” edition to celebrate British Springtime.

The original White Gardenia is a little less fruity and more musky. This version is a fresher brighter floral with the musk removed and sandalwood added as a softer, more skin-like base.

Top notes: Bergamot

Heart notes: Tuberose, white gardenia

Base notes: Sandalwood

The scent actually reminds me of Chanel’s Gardenia but a little lighter on the fleshy florals. The fruit is there to add some freshness but doesn’t take over the scent.

Lasting power is average; about 4 hours, which is alright for an Eau de Toilette, but the scent does start strong before softening out and hugging close to the skin in the next hour or two.

The range will be in stores as a limited edition for just 3 months, and includes:

Eau De Toilette (SGD$35.90 for 50ml)

Fragrance Mist ($20.90 for 100ml)

Shower Gel ($16.90 for 250ml)

Body Lotion ($22.90 for 250ml)

P.S. Did you know English Dawn White Gardenia is manufactured using 100% organic Community Fair Trade Alcohol from Ecuador, where a cooperative of local farmers ensure biodiversity of farmland and avoid monoculture farms and “slash and burn” techniques? 

Makeup Under- and Over-Achievers!

When we spend $50 on a lipstick, we EXPECT it to perform better well; it’s nothing to write home about.

And when we pay $2 for one, we don’t tend to gripe too much if it doesn’t last extremely well.

But when products perform way better or worse than expected for their price bracket, that’s worth knowing about!

Today’s Dayre post is a list of over and under-performing products, most of which I’ve tried recently!

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