July 28, 2013

Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer SPF15

There's some fabulous things that you know you would love to spread the word of their charm, but risk the possibility of those things being 'temporarily' loaned to your friends... and a risk that they will never be returned. Well, Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser (Net Wt. 1.7 oz 50g, $64, Made in Japan) is one of those highly raved products. 

Taken from the Nordstrom page here:
Just Skin is a lightweight tinted moisturizer with a non-toxic mineral sunscreen and a new complex of botanicals that delivers protection from free radicals, smog and sun. Designed for women and men, this unique skin perfecter provides excellent coverage, smoothes fine lines, protects and enhances the complexion. Just Skin's anti-irritant, antioxidant and anti-pollution botanical extracts include honeysuckle, edelweiss and green tea. Sodium hyaluronate helps to seal in skin's moisture. The result is a clean and natural finish.

I have mine in the shade Nude (there are a total of 6 shades), which has a perfect slight yellow-toned base for NC25-NC30. Nude is slightly darker for me right now, so I would go for 'Bliss' for anything as light as NC20.

I picked mine up from Hong Kong at Lane Crawford. You can also purchase yours from SpaceNK, Nordstrom, and most major US retailers. I thought this would be a great opportunity to share my thoughts on this lovely Sunday (the first Sunday I have which I don't have work events). 

The tube nozzle is small enough to control the amount of product you squeeze out. The tinted moisturiser is creamy to the touch and has a consistency of a thick cream foundation. My skin drinks this up instantaneously when applying it on. To me, it feels like skincare with the added tint, and this is most evident on the finish on the skin. It's neither matte/satin nor does it sit on the skin like most heavy moisturisers. Somehow it gives a nice hydrated finish, giving your complexion a slight dewiness. The shade I have here leans more yellow, as you will see in pictures later on. 

I would say it's great for those who's still in the heat of the summer and transitioning to the cooler autumn months. 

Now for a demonstration on how it looks on me. 

 The finish is slightly dewy and helps cover all uneven patches. 

Here's a close up to show this slight dewiness. 

In terms of longevity, Chantecaille 'Just Skin' Tinted Moisturiser lasted on me for about 4-5 hours in this humid climate. A sweep of loose powder is enough to keep the product in place, and possible a few touch-ups during the day. Overall, the results are beautiful.

Today's look features a veil of Chanel Poudre National Finish Loose Powder in 25 Peche Clair, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl lightly dabbed along my upper cheek bones and a brush of MAC Instant Chic Sheertone Blush.

On my eyes, I have Tom Ford's Cream Color for Eyes in 06 Escapade all over the lids as a base, a concentration of Le Metier True Color Eyeshadow in Innocence (a burnished copper red eyeshadow), MAC Twinks on the outer upper and bottom lash line, and MAC Tissueweight to smoothen out the harsh lines. Finally, a coat of Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base and Lancome Oscillation Mascara is enough to give wispy lashes.

Fittingly, I have on MAC Politely Pink on my lips, a glimmering nude light pink.

I have since purchased quite a few things from Chantecaille. So far, the whole brand exudes a softness, a class that you would find in brands like Chanel or Cle de Peau. 

In my field of work, meeting clients and physicians, require me to keep my colours soft and conservative. At the same time, I work on average 60 hours a week, so products that can withstand those hours are important features for me. Eg, I lean towards bases that give me skincare benefits + coverage all in one. 

Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser is a safe bet if you're looking for that too. 

I hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday and thanks for reading! 

July 26, 2013

A Blast from the Past: MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre

I am addicted to Natalie from Flowerbomb31 on YouTube. I started watching her videos from way back, and she has become one of my favorite YouTubers, especially on lazy weekday nights. She has started a series of MAC mondays, which has helped re-energize my love for MAC cosmetics. All in all, she is fabulous. Watch her here.

To be frank, my attention has wavered over the last years when it comes to all the continuous MAC collections; the repetitions got tiring and nothing from recent collections caught my fancy. Gone are the days of crazy MAC hauling, specktra stalking, or even locking down the dates of coming MAC releases on my icalender. Thankfully my bank has recovered, but it also shows to say that MAC hasn't been quite so effective in the 'creative' space.

Looking back, there was one collection which featured a HUGE array of products; including the much coveted blush ombres from vibrant grape, azalea blossom, ripe peach, to something else. This collection was stellar. The collection was HUGE and there was so much to pick from. Some of the items were standouts, resulting in 'tripling revenues on evil-bay'-type kind of items. Ripe Peach is one of them (and so were Stereo Rose, Marine Life, Redhead to name a few).

MAC Ripe Peach: It surprised me today. I've forgotten how truly lovely it is. Here's me with one gentle sweep of Ripe Peach.

Some quick thoughts about the Chanel Les Beiges Collection. I have mine on in shade 10, and it's truly gorgeous. My skin looks fabulous with this on, over on top of Sulwahsoo Snowwise BB base. I am indeed very fair, reference MAC NC20 - especially living here in Singapore over the past few months (as ironic as it sounds). If you haven't already, do consider this in your next Chanel splurge. Definitely worth the money. I bought mine for S$80 here in Singapore. Unfortunately, it's not available in DFS.

All the makeup used today. 

Thanks again for reading and here's to a happy Friday!

July 24, 2013

Coffee & Instant Manicures: Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge & Poppy on my digits

Again, I apologise for my absence. This month, June to July, was quite horrific in terms of workload. While I used to paint my nails in the evening, this habit has switched to a morning breakfast routine. Although my paint job is hardly perfect, the feeling of spending that 10 minutes for yourself is quite satisfying. I'm not usually a breakfast person and usually stick to a nice cup of latte in the morning. But even that has dwindled to instant coffee (*gasp*) because of time. So voila... I now coin this routine: Coffee and Instant Manicures.

Poppy on my little digits was a perfect choice. It's a gorgeously bright warm red, with gold shimmers interspersed throughout, and has an opacity to leave one coat happy. 

Grunge is a lovely neutral nudey light mink shade, with a hint of lilac. Grunge is not a color that is too nude which can often make the hands look sallow, but instead delicate because of its' slightly purplish/lilac undertone. 

It is definitely a winner from the Rescue Beauty Lounge line up.

 What are your favorite shades from Rescue Beauty Lounge?

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