August 26, 2012

FOTD with Majolica Majorca Jeweling Eyes GR791

This is a much belated post on a number of drugstore eyeshadow palettes I had picked up from Taipei last month. It was one of the best opportunities to try makeup from Majolica Majorca, Integrate, Lavschuca, etc. My lil sister and I went overboard at Watsons Taipei and we promised to swap products when we see each other again - this way, I get to try more! My sister and I share alot of makeup, except for foundations.

Japanese drugstore makeup in Taipei is alot cheaper than Singapore. Majolica Majorca palettes are priced at TPE 390, translating to about SGD 16. From memory, the same palettes costs SGD 24.95. That's some nice savings there already.

Majolica Majorca releases new eyeshadow palettes every season or so, and whilst I like them all, I found the Fall 2010 Jeweling Eyes Collection a standout. There were some fun colours to play around with, especially the GR791 with it's seagreen turquoise. This shade reminds me of the beautiful sea waters in Santorini.

Majolica Majorca palettes are ultra pretty and very well thought through - especially at its price. I could easily stop buying expensive makeup palettes and collect Japanese eyeshadow palettes instead. It's nice to access pretty things at an affordable price range.

There are 4 shades to this palette, and the quantities are provided based on the expected amount of use you'll need each time.

#1 light sparkly pink
#2 champagne colour with sparkle for all over the lids
#3 turquoise definition color for the crease area and towards the lash line - beautiful beautiful shade!
#4 a dark moss green for the lash line

Each shade swatches easily. The quality, like most Japanese eyeshadows, is harder to the touch (not as buttery) and plenty of shimmer. Not all Majolica Majorca palettes are as beautiful as this - the earlier collections had quite a bit of fall out and didn't blend quite as well on the lids.

Whilst finger swatches were pigmented, application the eye lid requires a little bit more work - maybe a second layer to bring out the intensity of the colour.

On the back of most Japanese eyeshadow palettes consist of step-by-step application instructions. I used my own makeup brushes to apply all the shades, and followed the instructions on the pack to create my look below.

Applying all shades of the Majolica Majorca Jeweling Eyes GR 791 Palette
One. #2 (champagne colour) all over my eye lid with a fluffy blending brush
Two. #1 (pink silver colour) below the brow bone and towards the bridge of the nose with a large shadow brush
Three. #3 (turquoise color) blending it towards the end and out of the lash line
Four. #4 (moss green color) to define the top and bottom lash line

Five. lined my lash line with MAC Penultimate Eyeliner in Rapid Black 
Six. applied my trusty Make Up Forever Smoky Lash mascara

Unfortunately it was hard to capture the shimmer and sparkles on camera. I love how the four shades came together - it's not loud, but quite subtle with a touch of of turquoise that makes all the difference. There was some fall out, although, it can easily be managed.

I complemented the look with a rosey brown blush from Kiko, and my favourite lipstick from Dior in incognito.

I  love all the shades in this palette; there's a mix of neutral shades, added with a pop of colour. For SGD 16, it's definitely a winner and collectible-worthy. You can buy yours from Yesstyle.

And here is the breakdown of all the products used in todays look:

  • MUFE High Definition Primer 
  • MUFE High Definition Foundation #120
  • MUFE High Definition Powder 
  • Paul & Joe Eyebrow Pencil 03
  • Majolica Majorca Jeweling Eyes GR791
  • MAC Penultimate Eyeliner in Rapidblack
  • MUFE Smoky Lash Mascara
  • Kiko Soft Touch Blush - Shade in 102
  • Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick - Shade in Incognito

Thanks for reading and hope you're enjoying the last day of the weekend! 

Review on the Rachel K Neutral CC Blemish Balm

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well! You'll have to excuse me for my sporadic postings lately - August has been a month of change. I started my new job; very exciting but extremely busy, which leaves me with not a single moment of time to dedicate to my 'extracurriculars'. September to November will bring about more changes and possibilities of relocation. You can now understand why time hasn't really been my best friend lately.

I visited Singapore last week, and I discovered a new brand called 'Rachel K'. My friend seemed convinced that it was better than BB creams, and since I'm obsessed about BB creams lately, I decided to give it a go. There's two choices of 'CC creams' (which I'll come to later) under the Rachel K line - one packaged in black called Original, and this one here in Neutral. The Neutral shade (packaged in pink) is much more lighter in coverage. They also have a powder pact, which had won some Elle beauty awards.

Without further ado, lets me spill the beans about this little discovery! The Rachel K Neutral CC Blemish Balm 

Those who don't live in Asia, you may be wondering if CC creams are just an 'enhanced' gimmick over and above BB creams. Probably! My impression is the CC creams have the feature of not requiring 'color matching', and resolves the BB cream dilemma. Any skin tone is able to wear CC creams, and in my opinion, makes this product quite 'innovative'. Read below for an explanation of CC creams.

There are 10 supposed benefits packaged into one tube - epidermal growth factor, SPF, moisturising, whitening, nourishing, anti-wrinkle, collagen-enriched, non comedogenic, smudge-proof, and waterproof. I'm surprised that they even have space to write all 10 of these claims.

What you do see in the ingredients list is a high percentage of silicones, water and sun protecting agents. I'm no means a chemist, but when I scan through more than 2 inclusions of silicones, I begin to think like a cynic.

As a makeup product, it serves as a 'primer' or a stand-alone bb cream. It's a dream to apply and the smallest dollop of cream is enough to cover half a face.

There's 40grams worth of product which will probably last me a while. I got mine for SGD 30.

The finish is matte, like second-skin. It feels ultra comfortable, like I hadn't applied anything to my face.   If you have ever tried Dr. Feel Good by Benefit, you would know that silicones can feel heavy on the skin. This one seems to disappear on the skin, leaving no hint of color. Oil control was good too. It kept my oilies at bay for almost all day.

The main feature of the CC cream is that it's not necessarily a 'foundation' product, rather, it seems to be 'brightening' cream. And because the coverage is super light, acne scars and blemishes will still require a concealer. 

Some before and after shots coming up!

Me, bare skin and uncontrollable hair!

Applying Rachel K CC cream to the left side of my face... Notice how much lighter the cream is to my skin tone? 

The effects are very subtle. You can still see some blemishes but generally the redness of my skin is nicely concealed.

Below, I've applied CC cream to both sides of my face. My pores look less noticeable, and overall my complexion looks brighter and less pink. There's not the slightest hint of powder, pigment and foundation. I like the look - it's like wearing my own skin and better. 

I noticed good oil control and very little oxidation throughout the day. Here, I've put the rest of my face on with a gentle sweep of MAC Pink Swoon blush and Guerlain meteorites all over. 

In summary, the Rachel K Neutral CC Cream (Pink tube) is fabulous for anyone with good skin to begin with or for those who don't like foundation. It gives a lovely matte finish, covers the pores and brightens. The downsides I see with such a product is the lack of coverage and the amount of silicones. I would definitely recommend a 2-step cleansing process (or maybe 3), to make sure the product doesn't clog the pores over time. 

My thoughts; I will continue using it because I enjoyed the effects, but I will limit my use to perhaps 1-2 times a week. 

Have you tried the Rachel K CC Cream? Or have you tried any other CC creams in general? If so, did you like them? 

August 19, 2012

Updated Skincare: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Writing skincare reviews are rather arbitrary, especially as everyone is confronted with very different skincare concerns and environmental stressors. As for me, I have generally responsive skin depending on the place that I am. My skin hates humidity with a passion - it produces alot more sebum, whiteheads and blackheads. I find that I can control my skin alot better in more cooler temperatures - either through more emolient skincare and frequent face-masks.

The month of July and August has resulted in my skin feeling less than optimal - too much sun, dry travel cabins, work pressures, and dehydration. I believe that the best skincare is about being able to respond to its needs. Which brings me to the two very impressive products that I have used the last month or so - Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet and the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo has been a strange dark horse to me. It didn't create an impression at first, but after a few weeks of use - I noticed my skin was responding very well to humidity and excess sebum. It works on small pimples and gentle resurfacing of the skin to give a more clearer complexion all in all. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to have seen such results that I would consider it a must-have for women living in the tropics. 

The effects are probably attributed to the small inclusion of salicylic acid ingredients, which traditionally works wonders on resurfacing and preventing clogged pores.

It spreads well, like a thin gel, and gets absorbed almost immediately. I learn that this product can be used as a spot-treatment or all-over face serum, which the latter applies to me. It has lasted me about 2 months now of AM/PM use, and I probably have another 1 month to go. I apply this after toner/softener, and before my moisturiser.

I purchased this in Berlin, for 14 euros. Very inexpensive considering how gentle and effective the product is. This lovely induction into La Roche-Posay now gives greater incentive to try even more of their line.

Next up, Caudalie released a new line of Vinosource products, which are aimed to for the sensitive skin types and addressing hydration issues. There are five different Vinosource products; Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, Vinosource Nourishing Concentrate, Vinosource Moisture Recovering Cream, Vinosource Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid and finally, the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet.

I picked a very lightweight moisturiser - aptly named as the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. Sorbet is a strange word to be used in a skincare product; triggering my pre-purchase preconceptions of 'cooling', 'spread easily', 'thin consistency'. Funnily enough, it satisfies all these descriptions.

There's no thinking process when applying this moisturiser, it absorbs almost instantaneously and leaves a slight cooling feeling. This is my first time trying the Caudalie series, and very pleasantly surprised at its quality and effectiveness. Again, I wonder why it has taken me this long to try french pharmacy products!

I purchased mine for 21.60 euros, again from a Berlin apotecary.

The main ingredient - grape fruit water targets the skin hydration mechanisms and hydration reserves* (extracted from

These 2 products; La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo and Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet has truly blown me away! I looked forward to using them every morning and night. They are both complementary to each other and so comfortable to use that I never had to think about whether they were too heavy or harsh on my skin. Rarely would I feel so content about skincare products and happy about its value, to the point that I would consider putting a ban on all the high-end department lines.

Have you used any of French Pharmacy products? If so, please share what your favorites are! Because the next time I step into a french apotecary will be the time that I stock up!

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