September 29, 2010

A wonderful distraction from makeup

First of all, I want to thank you for looking at my blogsale. It makes me feel better that I have managed to reduce part of my collection in order to make what I currently have manageable. As I mentioned briefly in my previous blog pot, I have intentions of moving countries. At this point in time, everything is still in the air. I have alot of questions to ask myself, i.e. what is important in life? my career or my long-term relationship with my boyfriend.

So while I'm figuring out the answer to that question, I've taken my distraction to a different topic altogether and that is fiction books. I used to love reading but I stopped when I started work because of time. The last book I read was 'The Story of Edgar Sawtelle' by David Wroblewski, about a mute boy who grows up on a farm raising a selected breed of dog that is known for its astounding intelligence and mannerism. Things take a bit of twist when his father dies mysteriously in the barn, and his uncle steps into his life. Edgar finds secrets about his uncle and ranaway from home into the forrest with his dogs. Would I recommend this book? I don't think it's those 'can't put down' books, but it's a good read especially for dog lovers.

I'm now reading this book called 'The Help' by Katheryn Stockett, which is not your average book. It is about a young white woman who devotes her life to write a book about the adversaries and working conditions of black maids serving white families in the 1960s. There are 3 main characters, two black maids; Aibileen and Minny, and Ms Skeeter an aspiring journalist. There's something so incredibly touching about the book from the very beginning and the astounding things that they have to endure. Some are ridiculous (i.e handwash the clothes before machine washing) and some were hilarious (ironing a 1000 over pleated skirt that takes Aibileen 1.5 hrs to finish). Hands down, this book is simply AMAZING! 

And while I'm brooching the topic of books, I just wanted to let my Singaporean readers know that I am open to do a bookswap. Let me know if you're keen to know what's on my shelf. :) I can get to know you better and meanwhile widen our perspectives about the world through the convenience of a book on the weekend!

September 22, 2010

Dolce & Gabbanna Luminous Cheek Color in Caramel, Saks 10 Year Anniversary

As I flicked through my inbox the other day, I noticed that Saks Fifth Avenue is having their 10 Year Anniversary Sale with a 10% off all your total order which includes beauty. Buying makeup and clothes online is no easy feat, and sometimes it requires references to on-the-spot beauty blogs. So back to the 10% Anniversary Sale, subscribe to their mailing list and you will recieve a coupon code which you may use to make your one-off purchase. I'm not sure if this is a unique coupon code, but here is mine: SFATENTQSVAB

Offer is valid till this Friday.

Don't pay the $13 shipping price. Enter the code SHIPAFF10 which you may layer on this other code. I tried it last night and it works like a charm.

Dolce & Gabbanna makeup is highly inaccessible globally, with only a few Saks department stores in New York and Harrods London. So I thought of showing you my one and only Dolce & Gabbanna makeup item which I bought last year in London - the Dolce & Gabbanna Luminous Cheek Color in Caramel. 

The blush weighs 5g and is priced at USD 44.

Comes in a nice velvet black pouch to prevent the container from scratches etc.

I will describe this color is a light brown with a hint of rose. There's hardly any pink or peach, and works well on skin tones of above NC25. I suppose it will do ok as contour color as well. I needed a color that deviates from pinks, peaches and corals since I just have too many of them. This picture is true to the color on pan, and was taken with no flash.

The texture is amazingly soft and blends very well.

 The swatch to the left shows the blush directly on a cream foundation (to help the color show up better). The swatch on the right shows the blush with no foundation as a base and as you can see, it's quite sheer. I am an NC25 for reference and this was swatch at the back of my arm where I am the fairest.

Here are the swatches again with flash, and looks just about the same as the above photo since the room was filled with natural sunlight.

Comes with a beautiful little brush, which will come in handy during business or holiday trips. Surprisingly, the bristles are soft.

The size of the pan is about the same as the Chanel Tweed blushes...

And it picks up the pigment incredibly well.

Here it is on my cheeks. As you know, taking accurate pictures of blushes on the cheeks is quite hard due to the angle/light/pigmentation of my skin.

I hope you find this post useful. I will definitely be picking up a few more items from the Dolce & Gabbanna makeup line, especially being influenced by Lorraine on YouTube and Sabrina from the Beauty Look Book.

All items used to create today's look:

  • Dolce & Gabbanna Luminous Cheek Color in Caramel 25

  • Chanel Rouge Coco in Chintz

  • Guerlain Exotique Paradis Eyeshadow Palette

  • MAC Zoomlash

  • Shu Uemura Matte 804 eyeshadow

  • MAC Blitz & Glitz Fluidline 

September 20, 2010

Make Up Forever HD Blush #7 One Too Many

I have been following Jacqueline from My Beauty Hoard, a local Singaporean blogger who has similar makeup tastes as me. Please do check out her blog. She posted about the Make Up Forever HD Blush, which caused some serious lemmings in me. I have never used Make Up Forever before, and was never really that interested in the brand. I was a skeptic, maybe because there were plenty of mixed reviews about the products. Well, that's changed now.

I picked up the Make Up Forever HD Blush in #7, also called as 'One Too Many'. I would describe this as a rosey peach shade. It doesn't have alot of pink if you blend it out, but it's definitely a color that will suit warmer skin tones.

After hearing all the horror stories on the most non-user friendly dispenser pump, it took me forever to get the initial product out. Now, I just simply need to tap the top to dispense a small amount each time. And mind you, the blush is pigmented that only a small amount is needed. It's quite a hefty amount at 10mL, and priced at SGD55 at Sephora outlets. My cream blushes only contain 3.2-4.5g.

What I do is I tap a little bit on each time and build it up depending on how much color I want on my cheeks.

I'm surprised at how easily it blends. It only takes about a few seconds to blend out the color on the cheeks. It doesn't dry as long as other cream blushes (i..e Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges and NARS multiple tints in particular), it doesn't streak, and well... I think the application is tops in my books. I have a funny feeling that I will be getting more in time to come.

As a side note, I am wearing Dior Serum de Rouge in 640, which is a nudey rose and the lightest pinkiest color of the range.

My finished look, using the Paul & Joe Face and Eye Color 069 again.

Base makeup used:
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Nude
RMK Creamy Makeup Base Mat Primer 02
Diorskin Nude Concealer
IPSA Pure Control Pressed Powder

Point (Color) Makeup Used:
Paul & Joe Face and Eye Color 069
Dior Serum de Rouge 640
Paul & Joe Eye Color Primer
Make Up Forever HD Blush #7 One Too Many
MAC Fluidline Blitz & Glitz
MAC Zoomlash Mascara

I'm off to Sephora again tonight to see the other HD blushes I can pick up. :)

September 19, 2010

FOTD Featuring Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color 069 CS

I picked up the Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color CS from the Isetan sales two weeks back. Curiosity got the better of me and I ended up hauling this along with the Paul & Joe Lipstick in C in 67, all part of the latest collection from Paul & Joe, Claire De Lune. Today I'm doing a simple daytime look featuring the eyeshadow palette.

With an assortment of 5 different colours, you can use the darker shades for the eyes to create a daytime smokey purple eye and the pink gold shade as a blusher. 

A palm size carry all palette perfect for travel, with an elastic band to secure the lid in place. A personal touch, just like how diaries are made.

Priced at SGD 49, and weighs 7.7g

First up, prime your eyes with a skin toned base. Here I am using Paul & Joe Eye Color Primer in 02. It helps to even out any discolorations and the eyeshadows will show better as well.

Placing the lightest shade on the inner corners up to the middle eyelid.

With the same brush, pick up the lilac shade and pat it on to the middle to outer corners of your eye. Watch out, there's quite a bit of glitter fall out, so patting the eyeshadow is preferred over swiping it on.

Using a pencil brush, pick up the dark blue shade and place it on the outer corners of the eye.

Using a fluffy brush, pick up the gold shade to highlight and blend harsh lines.

Some shots prior to mascara. Notice how glittery and shimmery this is under lights. It is quite subtle otherwise under natural sunlight.

Otherwise quite subtle under natural day light. 

Using a blush brush (preferably with a smaller head to get the pink and gold shades precisely), apply directly on the cheeks. Here I am using Shu Uemura 20 Brush.

The pink shows softly on the cheeks, whilst the gold creates a glow from the side. I'm surprised at how well the pink and gold wears on me.

Under natural light

Experimenting with different lightings...

So here it is. My FOTD with the Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color 069.

I hope you enjoyed it!
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