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Lancome Grandiose Mascara: OMG

This post really doesn’t need much text. I applied a coat of mascara and my jaw dropped. I didn’t curl my lashes. 

Lancome’s latest heavyweight mascara launches 21 Aug 2014 in Singapore and boasts a special twisted “swan-neck” wand that is angled perfectly for you to create intense, open/curved, fan like lashes. 

I’ll say it definitely delivers on the “intense” part. I can’t speak as to its curling power for stubborn coarse lashes cos mine are quite fine and usually easy to curl, so I definitely got a fan-like effect as well.

1 coat is enough for very dramatic thickening, and I actually wouldn’t recommend 2 coats because it will start to clump.

The cons?

The pricetag is hefty. SG$60 for a tube.

It’s also not waterproof. (That’s not really a con for me, but it is for many people.) I actually had a bit of problems removing it with my Bioderma cleansing water, so it IS definitely water/smudge-resistant, even though it’s not stated that it’s water-/oil-/smudge-PROOF.

The most tricky thing is probably application. With most mascaras you spend time trying to build up volume and length. With this one however, I feel like you need to spend time combing it out and taking away product because so much goes on right from the start.

If you want natural looking lashes, this is not for you. If you like it as big as thick as black and as crazy as possible, grab this.

RECEIVE $500 WORTH OF PRODUCTS FREE!

If you’re in Singapore, Sephora and Lancome are running a promotion on 21 Aug! The first 3 people to purchase a tube of Grandiose mascara at Sephora ION will receive a $500 Lancome gift bag filled with lots of full-size products.

If you’re not able to make it to the start of the line, don’t worry cos the next 150 customers to purchase Grandiose will receive a beauty kit worth more than $165.

So if you’re already intending to check the mascara out, it’s well worth the bit of extra effort cos you’re getting a HUGE return on that $60 investment just on that day.

You guys tried it? I think it’s getting very mixed reviews from people depending on the type of formula, brush, and effect we want. What do you think?

Quick Demo Using Dior 5 Couleur 876 Trafalgar: Red Eyeshadow Tutorial

Red on the eyes seems to be very “in” for Fall, judging from the fact that 2 of the biggest designer houses, Chanel and Dior, feature red shadows this season.

The trick to wearing the look without everything going too Goth is to pair it with softer (pink, gold, pearl) or more neutral shades (brown, burgundy, grey). If you want it to look goth, you can pair it with nothing but black. Chanel’s look for the season is slightly punk, pairing strong red with bright yellow.

I went for a softer, more wearable option since many people were asking about how they could make a palette like Trafalgar wearable. It’s actually not that dramatic if you don’t wear the red on its own!

P.S. the liquid liner I used here was MAC’s Penultimate Liner in Black.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II: Eye Serum and Gel-Creme Review

If you’re a fan of the bestselling Advanced Night Repair serums like me (I’ve used them on and off for 10 years), you’ll know what makes the range so effective is the extremely basic concept that good antioxidants and anti-inflammatories neutralizes a lot of environmental aggressors to prevent damage, and allows the skin to repair itself better as well. 

Around this very simple concept, the line has been expanded and updated over the years to include an intensive serum, a whitening serum, as well as an eye cream.

It was the very first high-end serum I’d invested in and probably my longest-used. (I still have a bottle now.) The very first Advanced Night Repair eye cream I tried 8 years ago soon after it launched gave me rashes around my eyes. Something in it just wasn’t agreeing with my skin even though I’d used the serum for quite a while by then. 

So when I was invited to try their latest-generation ANR Eye range, I admit I was more than a little nervous. 

What you should know:

  1. There are 2 products; a updated gel-creme with a silky texture similar to the previous versions, and a new lightweight serum that can be worn under other eye creams.
  2. The 2 products are NOT MEANT TO BE LAYERED. They are alternatives for people who like different textures. 
  3. The gel-creme I find is better for people who have normal to slightly-oily/dry skin around the eyes. It’s got non-greasy hydration (silicones and jojoba etc) and a silky light texture that works fine under makeup, but it won’t give you intense hydration.
  4. The serum on the other hand, is good for people who have either extremely dry or extremely oily eye skin. That’s because it’s very light and will not cause any milia on clog-prone skin, and also can be layered under a heavier eye cream so you can top-up the hydration level. 
  5. Both products are silicone-based, so if you have known problems with large amounts of silicone, then you might want to avoid these.
  6. The product works by including a whole slew of antioxidants like wheatgerm extract, echinacea purpurea, as well as anti-inflammatory ingredients like barley, chamomile, bifidus ferment, Scutellaria baicalensis extract, poria cocos or “fu ling” extract, etc.

My experience:

I’ve used these in turn for almost a month now, and they  definitely feel very fresh and light; no milia or clogs caused at all, and no rashes thank goodness. And I like being able to layer other products over it.

Both have a soothing feel on the skin but the serum has less ingredients and also no caffeine to drain water from the skin, so if you have puffy eyes and bags, you might want to go for the gel-creme instead of the serum. (Unless you are layering it under another eye cream which does.)

I personally prefer the serum because I like the flexibility of using a product that leaves no residue, or layering something over it for more moisturization, especially since I have a lot of other products I’m using or trying.

Do I feel a major difference? To be honest no. That’s not how antioxidants work, and these aren’t caffeine-laden formulations like Origins No Puffery that will drain puffy lids very quickly. I’d recommend this if you need preventive care more than you need a quick fix or corrective care for advanced damage.

USAGE:

The entire ANR range is meant to be used at night, to work with your skin’s natural rhythms and supplement your skin’s natural regeneration while you sleep.

But I’ll just tell you straight-out that I use these in the day as well.

There hasn’t been any independent research to indicate certain products only work better at night, unless it has ingredients that are inhibited or deactivated by sun exposure. And it’s proven that antioxidants are fantastic to have in your skin before exposure to sun and pollutants as they are on-hand to prevent damage, so all-day protection is the best protection.

Also, do take note that many of the ingredients here tend to lose effectiveness quickly so it makes sense to store your containers in a cool, dark, dry place to extend shelf life.

Natural Eyes and Ombre Lips

A very quick look featuring one of the new Dior 5 Couleur palettes (646 30 Rue Montaigne), soft shimmery peach barely-there cheeks, and a peach and fuchsia ombre lip.

I’d posted the above pic of the products on Instagram and there were requests to show the look on the face, so here it is! (I don’t always have time in the mornings to take a snap of my FOTD on camera under the right lighting - and that’s the only way the colors come out accurately on the face, but since I had time today here it is.)

The textures are quite light and glowy, so it’s mainly the glowy peach and fuchsia lips that are the focus. 

All I did was apply the beige-peach gloss all over, then the fuchsia just around the center, before rolling my lips together lightly so it blends into the peach.

Products used:

Lancome Teint Miracle foundation all over face

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer under eyes and on dark marks

Guerlain Meteorites in 03 Medium as setting powder

Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 in Seal Brown on brows

Lancome L Base Paupieres Pro 03 to prime lids

Dior 5 Couleurs in 646 30 Rue Montaigne on eyes

Lancome Khol Hypnose 02 Brown to line upper lash line and outer corners of lower lashes

Max Factor Wild Mega Volume Mascara in Black on lashes

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skin Finish on cheeks

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Nectar all over lips

Laneige Water Drops Lip Tint in Hot Pink in center of lips for ombre stained effect

Quick Look at Dior’s 10 New 5 Couleur Palettes in Singapore (and the limited edition Fall 2014 876 Trafalgar palette)

I’ve heard from some readers that the palettes available in each country differ, so these may not be exactly the same as what you can find in your country, but if you just want to look at some of the new shades being rolled out, here are some!

(The older collection is slowly being phased out, so if you have any staples you might want to get some backups before they’re gone.)

Out of the 11 palettes, I picked out 4 faves to purchase for obvious reasons… (I’d rather buy a new bag than 11 new Dior palettes at one shot…)

These 4 I’ve swatched above. 

The pigmentation and formulas are the same as they were before; I can’t really detect any difference. But the packaging HAS changed. To see the difference between the older palettes and the newer ones (plus the new applicators etc), just go to my post on Dayre!

http://dayre.me/makeupbox/6lCcRVdW5X

Extreme simplicity. 

#Shiseido is launching a silky-light powder foundation version of their color-correcting Sheer and Perfect Liquid Foundation in Sep ‘14. I tried it this morning and I can already say it’s good for setting concealer over spots and marks cos it uses the same color-canceling technology as the liquid. 

#Shiseido LacquerRouge PK430 - bright salmon pink launching Sep too; see other Fall products, and details about their new skin-immunity boostimg pre-serum Ultimune on dayre.me/makeupbox Day218. 

#LauraMercier Sensual Reflections cheek powder
#Chloe Roses de Chloe

#beautynews #cosmetics #makeup #powder #perfume #rose #lipgloss #blush #bblogger #sg

Extreme simplicity.

#Shiseido is launching a silky-light powder foundation version of their color-correcting Sheer and Perfect Liquid Foundation in Sep ‘14. I tried it this morning and I can already say it’s good for setting concealer over spots and marks cos it uses the same color-canceling technology as the liquid.

#Shiseido LacquerRouge PK430 - bright salmon pink launching Sep too; see other Fall products, and details about their new skin-immunity boostimg pre-serum Ultimune on dayre.me/makeupbox Day218.

#LauraMercier Sensual Reflections cheek powder
#Chloe Roses de Chloe

#beautynews #cosmetics #makeup #powder #perfume #rose #lipgloss #blush #bblogger #sg

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