September 18, 2011

Lunasol Three Dimensional Eyes: Haul, Swatches, Impressions, LOTD

I never used to pay that much attention to AdamBeauty, Bobodave and Imomoko until I moved to a country where asian cosmetics are completely non-existant. I no longer have the freedom to 'drop by' in the evenings to check out new release collections from Lunasol, Kose, Paul & Joe and the likes. I say it's a good thing; I reserve my cash for holidays and more important things (I think).

I broke my rule and saw that Adambeauty had stocked the new Lunasol Three-Dimensional Eyes, and next thing I knew, I had to do a sneaky lunch time purchase in the office to make sure I didn't miss out. 

Each retails for USD 60 on Adambeauty, which comes to about S$72. It's slightly cheaper (by a few dollars) than in stores in Takashimaya Orchard. Instead of waiting a whole week to receive your buys, I rather buy it in stores and start using the product immediately. I waited for about 5-6 days via registered mail. Delighted, I started to snap some pictures and show you my new additions to my expanded Lunasol collection. 

I selected 3 eyeshadow palettes based on online swatches on Yuki Lazy's Channel. Click here to see more of her true and accurate swatches. 

From left to right: 
- Deep Beige 05
- Mysterious Beige 03
- Soft Beige 02

Deep Beige 05
Firstly, Deep Beige 05 offers a combination of cool-toned grey, dark eyeshadows for a smokey eye. It consists of multi-toned green olive undertones, which makes the palette very interesting to use. 

The first 3 shades are those from the top left hand cornered triple-toned segment, middle two are the single segments and finally the last 3 darker shades are from the bottom right cornered triple-toned segment. 

In total, you get 8 somewhat unique shimmery shades from each palette. 

Mysterious Beige 03
Second, Mysterious Beige 03 consists of more purple toned shades with a lavender accent on the bottom left corner. This is by far the most flattering combination of shades for Asian skin tones. 

Soft Beige 02
And finally, soft beige provides more pink and warm toned browns. 

I find that all these eyeshadows are beautifully coordinated. They provide you more than the usual 4-5 eyeshadows you get from other Lunasol palettes and are a lot softer than last year's Star Shower Eyes. I could use these all year round, because they're not as heavily pigmented. 

The first top left triple-toned white shade tends to be quite repetitive in all the eyeshadow palettes. They're probably the most disappointing shades, because they're not that different, and they lack pigmentation. 

I would only recommend you to pick a maximum of 2 eyeshadows from this collection. They're nice, but I don't feel that you're going to get that much more satisfaction by owning all five shades from this collection. My favourite of them all has got to be Soft Beige 02, which I will now show you a LOTD. 

LOTD with Soft Beige 02

I used almost all the shades in the palette, graduating from white pink and brown from the inner corner to outer corner respectively. As you can tell, there's a high shimmer effect which I absolutely love about Lunasol eyeshadows. I lined my eyes using MAC Fluidline in Blitz and Glitz and topped up with Lancome Hypnose Mascara. 

Base makeup includes Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base which smells of lovely citrus, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation, RMK EX Powder 102

For my cheeks I have on Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 10, a dusty light pink for a soft accent to complement the eyes.

and finally on my lips I have on Chanel Rouge Lacque in 77 Ming. Again, pairing with soft wearable pinks.

I wore this look to a dinner party last night. I intentionally made my look soft yet casual. I can't wait to try on the other two eyeshadows, and definitely will tell you what I think after all my experimentation. 

So will you be picking up anything from this collection?  

September 13, 2011

Roaming the Streets of Saint Petersburg, Russia

Last week I had to travel to Saint Petersburg for work. I was only there for a period of 3 days, but I took every opportunity to explore the city outside-office hours. It is worthwhile to begin any Russian trip 2 months in advance for visas, tickets and hotels. Hotels are often booked out and fairly expensive, the visa administrative process is lengthy, and flight connections to and from Russia are not always favorable. 

Nevertheless, I made it. Ripped off by taxi drivers, but nevertheless I arrived in one piece.

St. Petersburg was built by the Tsar, or otherwise known as Peter the Great. He had a wild vision at the time to build this city on many swampy islands. The Tsar's far reaching visions and ambitions paid off as St. Petersburg now stands magnificantly with lavish architecture, intricately halls of renaissance art and mix of deep-setted Soviet culture. 

So here are some of the pictures I took on a cloudy evening in St. Petersburg, with locations that are all within walking distance. My hotel was situated near the St. Issac's Cathedral, with a golden dome that serves as my main compass whenever I lost orientation. This cathedral is a neoclassical rendered by the Byzantine Greek Orthodox church and remains the largest in Russia. 

Tucked away on a canal adjacent to the main shopping and CBD district, Nevesky Prospect, stands the Church of Spilt Blood. This church was built over the ground in which the Tsar was assassinated, representing a combination of the Baroque and Neoclassical architecture. No visit to St. Petersburg is complete without seeing this church.

Locals and tourists flock to this area, buying padlocks to mark their presence on the railings at the Griboedov Canal. Newly wed Russian couples are spoilt for choice in this city where landscapes and architectures offer endless photo opportunities. 

And finally, the Palace Square is the central city square of St. Petersburg where white-and-azure Winter Palaces are dedicated to the Tsars. In the middle, a symbolic monument represents the victory of the Russian empire over Napoleon. This square has been used many times for concerts, namely Andrea Bocelli.

The Hermitage, a world-famous museum, holds many Renaissance paintings and Russian fine art. You will easily need a whole day to explore this museum and I had to leave this opportunity for another day. 

Russians in general are very Eastern European in their culture, i.e there's not alot of smiles and openness like the Western or Southern Europeans or the Americans. I got the impression that the Soviet communist rule still runs deep, even despite the booming economic prosperity particularly in St. Petersburg where it serves a trade gateway into mainland Russia. Unfortunately, bureaucracy is one of the biggest problem, where you typically need 3 documents with the same meaning or rules/regulations that conflict with each other. 

But this is definitely a country to watch... with highly-educated Russians, vast history and culture, cash-rich and deep pockets, oil-rich resource lands, it will just be a matter of time till Russia rises up the ranks with China.  

September 12, 2011

Nice swatches but not so great on the eyes...

I was happily swatching the latest Dior Blue Tie Collection at Copenhagen duty free, and I was ooo-ing and aahh-ing at how sexy the deep navy blue shades were. And later I started swatching Dior Petal Shine and was wondered why these shades looked so familiar. Well, funnily enough this is the reaction you get when you have too much makeup, and have completely forgetten that you even have that product sitting at home.

So I walked out of duty free, and stood tall and proud, for not succumbing into my spending temptations. I went straight home to my makeup stash and started swatching like crazy, just so I could get rid of those persistent and lingering thoughts of Dior. Some moments I am remotely interested in makeup, and theres also days where I can't stop melting my credit card.
So swatch swatch swatch I did...

The deeper shades (which honestly is not that deep or intense) are probably my favourite of the palette. Thoughts that run through my head when swatching were 'non-offensive' 'subtle' 'pretty'.

BUT, it's one of those palettes where I just get bored of too easily. And I completely forget about the colours, so I never reach for it unless I have rare days like that I crave everything from Dior. On the lids, there's hardly any colour differentiation and must I say... it looks really BORING.

Or maybe I'm having one of those sh*t days that no pictures are coming out the quality that I would like. Maybe it's Petal Shine itself that just has a quality that is hard to capture on pictures. Nevertheless, I am just plain unsatisfied.

On the other hand...

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Imaginere is totally up my alley lately. It glides on my lips like a moisturising lipbalm, smells sensational, stays on for a good 2 hours, and comes in a sleek black tube. The colour imaginere is a medium blue-toned pink.

The products used for today's look.

I hope you're having a good Monday so far.

September 4, 2011

OPI Touring America Collection - swatches & thoughts

If you have been following my posts, you'll know that I hauled a few nailpolishes from OPI's recent collection - Touring America. I am thoroughly in love with fall shades, and OPI did a great job this time to recreate some unique colours to complement the new season. Now that we're officially in Autumn and if you're a fan of classic dark shades, you're going to love some of OPI's new offerings.

From left to right; Get in the Espresso Lane, Color to Diner For and Uh-oh Roll Down the Window.

I came across Get in the Espresso Lane when I was doing my manicure & pedicure at Far East Plaza, Singapore. I didn't know what to expect honestly. It looks like a black, but not a true black as it reveals a deep chocolate undertone against a true black background. In fact, it is softer than a true black, and does not look too harsh with my skintone. And true enough, it appeared very nicely on my toenails. I find that it is not as unique to wear on the fingers, but it's definitely a winner for the toes! 

Color to Diner For is lovely sorbet-like shimmery deep red. It is instant love for me from the bottle itself and I can see myself wearing this shade all year round. 

Uh-oh Roll Down the Window is a mossy camoflagey cremey green colour which looks weird on initially but after two coats with a top coat, this colour has got me swooning. It's a classy fall colour, not too vampy and nice enough to wear to work. The formula dries quickly and it applies very easily without creating too much of a mess. 

Even though I only have 3 shades out of this collection, you're going to find something that you'll love. There's some vampy shades, neutral dark shades, reds, browns, greys... you name it. 

I hope you have a lovely Sunday. Mine is going beautifully so far! A little bit of nailpolish shopping here and there. Do you know of any OPI nailpolishes I can buy online? It seems a little difficult to purchase them now and I can't justify paying 18 pounds for each in retail! 
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