August 24, 2013

Dior Mystic Metallics *Bonne Etoile* Eyeshadow Quint

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great Saturday so far. I'm very happy to show you one of my latest acquisitions; the Dior Mystic Metallics Bonne Etoile Eyeshadow Palette, which comes part of the Fall 2013 collection. I'm sure by now you would have seen these eyeshadows in person. These are gorgeous palettes; excellently executed with star detailing across the 5 eyeshadow pans. If anything, I bought this palette only because of the packaging, and later was very much delighted to see how well the shadows performed in person.

This is by far the most impressive Dior quint in my collection today. In this lovely array of shades you will find:

  • A deep khaki green
  • A shimmery glittery silver 
  • A light mint green 
  • A deep teal with a strong metallic finish - the most pigmented shade
  • A soft mid-tone brown with a satin finish

My most favourite shades of the palette would be the bottom left complex shimmery deep teal and centre mid-tone brown. These two on it's own would be enough to create a gorgeous nighttime smokey eye. But as with all Dior quints, there are countless possibilities to create different looks. Unlike many eyeshadow palettes where one shadow suffers in pigmentation or quality, all these 5 shades are nicely pigmented and smooth. The mint green can be quite faint when swatched at first but on me it looks beautiful.

Here are some dry swatches under natural day light. 

Under the flash, you can see the complex shimmer... 

Today, I used all 5 shades to create this EOTD:

Firstly, I used the mint green all over my lid...

I then applied the deep teal to the outer lash line... 

Using a pencil brush, I added the khaki shade on the outer lash line on the top and bottom.

I blended the brown centre shade on the crease

Finally, added a small touch of the silver on the inner corners of the eyes

A lick of mascara and a gentle application of brown eyeliner on the inner corners later, here is the completed look.

I think this palette hits a home run for those who don't want to venture into bright greens but want to try a smokey look with khakis and teals. Bonne Etoile is an incredibly versatile palette, especially for brown eyes. I have ideas running through my head while I was putting this look together - I think a golden base, together with the assortment of colours from this palette, will do wonders... I can't wait to experiment further with these shades this weekend. 

I do realise that this palette has been quite popular online, so perhaps you might have some luck finding it in stores. I bought mine from Takashimaya.

August 22, 2013

Boys Don't Cry Pierre Hardy for Nars and an Update...

I was late to be introduced to the Pierre Hardy for Nars Collection this year. On my random swatch days I took a gentle sweep of my finger on the already very-used tester at Tangs. That was when I immediately went 'whoaaa!' A few minutes later I was a proud owner of another unique Nars blush.

One caveat with the Boys Don't Cry palette, like most of NARS's pigmented blushes, is that you really have to invest in their blush brush. None of my other blush brushes are able to moderate the pigmentation level quite as well as theirs. I would either end up with too much colour on my cheeks, or too much of a streaky mess with my stippling brushes. So that's now on my shopping list... 

I would describe this colour to be a coral red colour. I took these pictures under dimming natural light which makes the colour look quite reddish. The true colour is in fact has a slight orange/coral tone with a dominant vibrant red. It is extremely pigmented, and feels very smooth. The finish is matte and when buffed into the skin, the colour appears seamless and natural. Moreover, the vibrancy neither faded or oxidised on me for the whole day. 

I didn't realise how tricky it would be to control the pigmentation until it was too late. I had to resort to a buffing brush to take the colour down. Well, what stays pretty much stays. The only way to handle this feat is to use the most gentle tap of my blush brush for both cheeks. And if I eventually succeed in doing so, I'm pretty sure the colour will be breathtakingly gorgeous.

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

And as usual... An update 

I have learnt over the past 7 months after moving back that I need to be realistic about my time commitments on my various facets of life. Close friends tell me that I tend to be over zealous when it comes to taking on new hobbies/interests/responsibilities. And what eventually happens is a general lack of focus on my personal front. I get so flustered having to do a gazillion and one things during the day and I would curse at the clouds on the day being only 24 hours. 

Specifically, I don't spend quite as much time on my blog. The number of posts this year versus last year is really pathetic. It's not because I am not interested in beauty, but I have shifted a focus in my desire in makeup. I want to look presentable and I love pretty things still. But I don't want to write because I need to be in the 'in' crowd of the most latest wave of new collections or have to generate new posts per week to hit my KPI (key performance indicator). I came to terms with this many months ago and I told myself: 'you know what... I'm just going to take this blogging like it's just a hobby. There are thousands of beauty blogs out there so you're not the only one... so take it easy'.

And when I finally came to terms with this, I found this new found freedom about myself. I apply this to my yoga. And I apply this to my other hobbies too. Sadly, I had to de-prioritise many things this year. But it also meant that I could really give my 100% on the things that mattered the most. These are the issues that are so important, so painful, and yet so rewarding when things do work out. 

I do want to thank you, the readers of my blog, for always taking the moment to read and support me. I think my connection with you makes this aspect of blogging so much fun, and I hope I don't lose this when I become less able to spend the time here. 

Sorry this is mushy. But I had to get it out there. So I can stop feeling those moments of 'obligation' and 'responsibility' for my blogging. Let me know what you feel... how you manage those times of stress... did you take the back seat as well? I'll love to hear. 

August 18, 2013

Sweaty Vacation Makeup

Forget bringing the foundations for vacations in the tropics. While it's important to look your best in vacation photos, the comfortable barely there skin will be the only thing on your mind. I was lucky this time round when packing my bags to Siem Reap (Cambodia). I packed lightly with clothes that were breathable, light and airy. Likewise, my makeup consist of bb-creams, finger-makeup, and liquids. In hindsight, the only makeup I required on this trip was my BB-cream, offering the SPF-50 protection, and a lipgloss. The heat was so intense that even wallpaint would have melted on me. 

By the 3rd day of sweltering heat under the Cambodian sun, I abandoned the idea of having any foundation on me.

I had on one amazing lipgloss through the 10 days: Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer in 202. It's a brown-goldenish lipgloss that envelopes your lips with hydration and a sheen that I would probably describe as breathtaking. If you haven't already, the new Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer lipglosses are worth checking out. 

I have been carrying my Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder with me everywhere. I like that it doesn't look the slightest bit cakey on me, and gives an overall radiance on top of bb cream. The Kabuki brush that also came in the collection is very soft. The retractable brush makes it a breeze to apply powder on the go.

I hope you are all doing well and thanks for reading. 

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