February 27, 2014

An Amazing Find: The Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser

Aesop has really captured my attention lately. From its' beautiful arrangement of classic apothecary bottles and amazing scented aromatherapy, it is little wonder the brand has catapulted into an international cult favourite. I adore their body care products and splurged many times into their luxury body balms and soaps. Apart from the Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask, reviewed here, I have not ventured into their skincare range. On my last little whirl of Tangs Singapore on a boring hot afternoon, I purchased the Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser - a bottle that claims it's right to stand as a centre piece on my bathroom sink... just on looks alone. 

Here I have mine in the largest bottle, sized at 200mLs, and priced at S$67 - double the price I would typically allow myself to spend on face cleansers... For reference, my favorite IPSA cleanser is about S$38 and Vichy is no more than $30 in pharmacies. 

But before you judge me to be a crazy spender, let me say that Aesop is a brand that sucks me right in because of their genuine scents. In my personal opinion, Aesop has ingeniously created my version of luxury fragrances encased in different skincare/bodycare utilities. For someone who adores fragrance, it was just a matter of time. 

The Aesop Amazing Cleanser contains mandarin rind, ylang ylang and lavender stem. True enough, the soap emits this awesome mandarin scent that almost sends my brain winding down into pure relaxation. A small amount goes a long way - budding up into gentle soap suds with a small amount of water and gentle rubbing. 

With no better way than putting the cleanser into action, I wanted to see how it fared under makeup 'heavy' circumstances. Here, I have smeared a lovely dose of waxy MUFE intense rouge and Chanel stylo yeux eyeliners that are rather resistant to normal hand soaps. 

As you can tell, the cleanser failed to remove every last trace of the lipstick, however, did a fairly decent job on the eyeliners. Given that the lipstick chosen is of the waxier sort, supplementing your pre-cleansing routine with a cleansing oil would guarantee much cleaner skin. All in all, I have been really enjoying the Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser and have been looking forward to my AM and PM cleansing routine just because of it.

An amazing find? Absolutely! 

February 23, 2014

Weekly Stash Shopping #1, Reviews, Hair thoughts

First of all, put that credit card down. 

As difficult as it may be to prevent hauling new spring and summer collections, I feel that my collection has gone way out of control. Some bloggers have long started their project dents, or project 10-pans, or project use it ups. Instead of restricting myself to rules I can't seem to stick to, I would like to use this year to reuse products I've forgotten about. Call this Weekly Stash Shopping where I look into my troves of makeup treasure to bring out products that are surprisingly wonderful... 

YSL Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow Palette in #5 
This is a palette that performs best under wet application and partially the reason why I have hardly used this in the past. The colours included here are gorgeous though - a bright pink, coupled with a taupe, dark charcoal, and a light frost. It takes a little bit of trial-and-error to figure out what each of the applicators included in the palette are used for, especially the small spatula. I find that the best way to use this palette is to use the spatula applicator and dip this little guy with water and scrape just a little bit of product and apply the shade directly to my lids. YSL Pure Chromatics really beef up their shimmer factor compared to many other brands I've tried. 

Chanel Rouge Allure Laques #79 (discontinued)
When Chanel first released these Rouge Allure Laques, I picked up three shades all at once. I loved the opacity and how hydrating they feel on the lips. I used them even when I was on oral Roaccutane treatments that made my lips horribly chapped. I have this shade in #79 which is a mandarin red and absolutely wearable for everyday. 

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation BD40
I'm down to the last month of the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, which has become my favourite foundation for 2013. It's dewy, light-in-coverage, and gives my skin a gorgeous healthy look. Although I have become fairer compared to the BD40 shade that I was initially matched to, I am still drawn to the formula and texture. 

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
A primer to help soothe any dry skin. I don't notice any increased longevity to my makeup when using this though. 

Gransenbon Blush #2
I picked this single Gransenbon blush many years ago when they were still available at the pharmacy next the isetan scotts supermarket. I think this brand has long been discontinued because I was scouring through the pharmacies in Tokyo about two years ago but could not find them. These affordably priced blushers have the quality of higher end blushers and they're incredibly easy to work. If you know where they're sold, please let me know. 

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
A matte bronzer that I've been using to contour and add a bit of colour to my temples. As boring as this bronzer may be, this is the one I usually like to go to if I need something safe, especially when coupling it with a brighter/intense cheek shade. 

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Thoughts here

Chanel Stylo Yeux Black Shimmer 
Water resistent and absolutely perfect for the water line. No other eyeliner compares.

Paul & Joe Eye Gloss N #01
A yellow sparkly eye gloss in a shape of a lipgloss applicator. I believe the originals have long been discontinued and I am a huge fan of these. I collected all the shades available. That's how much I love the Paul & Joe Eye Glosses. 

I'm itching to get something done with my hair. It's been 4 months since my last cut and the style has stayed lovely since (credits to Rise @ Gemmil Lane - a Japanese salon in Singapore). Much of the curl from my last perm has disappeared so my hair is starting to misbehave on days. Other than the 'itch', my hair is the healthiest it has been. I keep chemical processing to a minimum, apply daily leave-in conditioners, and drink tons of H20 everyday. I still lose hair by the bundles and I attribute this to my intense yoga work outs. What do you think I should do? Keep it naturally straight or perm? 

Thanks for reading!

February 20, 2014

Tom Ford Spanish Pink

Umming and ahhing many months later, I purchased my first ever Tom Ford lipstick. I have mine in Spanish pink, a light coral salmon peach nude, for daily wear. 

I wasn't smitten when I first met the Tom Ford lipsticks - I knew that people raved about them, but I couldn't justify the price tag. The formula feels luxe on the lips with average wear time of 3-4 hours. My lips feel nicely hydrated - unusually, considering how easily my lips peel on contact with most lipstick brands. 

As must as I adore lipsticks, I don't the find this particular shade quite worth the splurge. Wild Ginger and Bruised Plums are loves at first sight, but I have no occasion to wear bright shades. Perhaps when I have that extra bit of piggy cash, I could splurge on another. Dangerous territory. Alot of restraint is necessary. 

Hope you're having a good one. I know, it's been a bit quiet here. Not in the mood to blog and zero appetite for makeup lately. I'm not sure why. Today's my first day breaking out the foundation. Most days, I don't even bother applying moisturiser to sleep. It's not that I'm busy. It's just that I'm bored. Do you ever get those days on stretch when you just can't be bothered at all with your routine?
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