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#Monday. Stressful for most of us, so it’s a good time to super-charge your skin to take care of itself - while you take care of everything else. 

#Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate boosts skin’s own immunity against oxidative stress and other internal/external aggressors. I say go grab a sample and check out the limited edition Yohji Yamamoto Y’s x Shiseido laser-cut pouch!

#beautynews #skincare #antiaging #red #health #cosmetics #makeup #shiseidoultimune #serum #ultimune #fragrance #lipgloss #lacquer #sg #bblogger #gwp

#Monday. Stressful for most of us, so it’s a good time to super-charge your skin to take care of itself - while you take care of everything else.

#Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate boosts skin’s own immunity against oxidative stress and other internal/external aggressors. I say go grab a sample and check out the limited edition Yohji Yamamoto Y’s x Shiseido laser-cut pouch!

#beautynews #skincare #antiaging #red #health #cosmetics #makeup #shiseidoultimune #serum #ultimune #fragrance #lipgloss #lacquer #sg #bblogger #gwp

Bobbi Brown Sheer Brights Eye Shadows

Bobbi Brown launches the Sheer Brights eyeshadow range in Singapore 1 September. These retail for US$22/SGD$37 each, and there will be 14 shades available. 

Meant as a sheer, luminous soft wash of color on the lids that you can pair easily with existing neutrals or a simple liner, these have a slightly different texture from many of the regular shadows I’ve tried. 

Texture:

Sheer Brights are mostly very silky and extremely finely-milled, and most of the colors I received for review are very soft. 

These come in 3 textures: regular, shimmer wash, and metallic.

Of the 3, I definitely prefer the metallics most, followed by the regulars. The Shimmer Washes are VERY very sheer; you almost can’t see the color clearly when they’re on. Good if you like applying a shadow all over your lids as a base. I don’t personally do that, so I can’t find much use for this type of texture. The regular shades are a bit hit or miss. Some are pretty, and some don’t adhere easily to the lids even with a base. The metallic texture is really lovely though.

Pigmentation:

Because of the fine texture these blend beautifully. But without an eye base, some of these shades will blend right off your lid and not grab onto your skin. Definitely recommend a flat or synthetic brush, and a good primer when using these.

Colors

All the colors are gorgeous in the pan. They look so Spring-like and fresh, though I kinda wish I’d received some neutrals to try cos most of us will wear those on a regular basis.

The only problem with the colors is that not all of them go on true to how they appear in the pan. And some are so soft and sheer that they look like a light pastel shimmery wash on the lids; not chalky or ugly, but it’s hard to even tell what color you’re wearing. 

The 2 shades (Aegean Blue and Sea Glass) used on the lids in my demo above were my faves from the 6 I tried.

Other products used:

MAC Technakohl Liner in Photogravure - a matte dark brown

Catrice Liquid Metal Shadow in 090 Nougat It Right

Dior It-Lash mascara in Black

#TGIF everyone! Here’s to a gorgeous weekend. 

#BobbiBrown Sheer Brights Eyeshadows - these soft pastel watercolor tones launch September at $37 each; swatches and shade names of these 6 colors to come soon
#Guerlain Meteorites Aquarella
#MarcJacobs Daisy Dream
#NealsYard Rose Beauty Balm - this cleanses thoroughly but I am using it as a conditioner on dry spots too
#MarcJabobs Daisy Dream

More info on Neal’s Yard’s Singapore launch and some product highlights on dayre today. 

#beautynews #cosmetics #fragrance #eyeshadow #palette #pastel #candy #blue #perfume #blue #weekend

#TGIF everyone! Here’s to a gorgeous weekend.

#BobbiBrown Sheer Brights Eyeshadows - these soft pastel watercolor tones launch September at $37 each; swatches and shade names of these 6 colors to come soon
#Guerlain Meteorites Aquarella
#MarcJacobs Daisy Dream
#NealsYard Rose Beauty Balm - this cleanses thoroughly but I am using it as a conditioner on dry spots too
#MarcJabobs Daisy Dream

More info on Neal’s Yard’s Singapore launch and some product highlights on dayre today.

#beautynews #cosmetics #fragrance #eyeshadow #palette #pastel #candy #blue #perfume #blue #weekend

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.

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