March 28, 2014

Very Berry-Licious Trio: Burberry, Chanel and Dior

Ahhhh... Gorgeous day today in Vienna. Sadly I will be returning back to Singapore this weekend.

Berry lips. I am simply not courageous enough to take it out to the streets. But I did one fine day. Did I get looks? Indeed. I don't think it's quite the fashion to sport the outstanding lips here in Vienna, despite the city being renowned for aristocracy and what not. My biggest mistake in my adventures this time round was my lack of skincare arsenal... leaving my skin feeling extremely dehydrated and unhappy most of the time when using some kind of base product. And we all know how important it is to have plump hydrated even complexion with any sort of dark/red lipstick. Dry patchy skin plus red lips just makes me look old. 

Three things that made it to the post today:
1. Burberry Oxblood Effortless Kohl all over the lips as my first base
2. Chanel La Desiree Rouge Allure on top
3. Dior Ensorcelante glossing especially in the middle

The combination is breathtaking in my opinion. Dior Ensorcelante (even the name itself) reminds me of blood. While it is pigmented, I think this combination with the red underneath makes the lips look even more vampy. I mean, truly vampy. I didn't have to worry about the horrible looking lip line at the end of the day. Chanel La Desiree obediently stayed on and on. 

Burberry Effortless Kohl in Oxblood is a complement to the infamous Oxblood lipstick itself. I don't think too highly of the lip pencil. It's matte. And that's about it. I don't like that you need to find a specific sharpener and Burberry does not provide you with this (unlike Chanel or Dior). The shade matches well to Chanel La Desiree.

Though, Burberry Oxblood lipstick is a must-have. If you don't already own this lipstick, I think you better go grab it. It's really good. And much better than Tom Ford Bruised Plum. I should do a comparison of this with Chanel La Desiree soon. 'Soon'. :-)

Everyone knows that red lips are not the easiest to maintain throughout the day - you know, the touching up and paranoia of reddish teeth. I did however underestimate the importance of good skin. Notice my dry skin around my lip? I hate it. When I get back home, I'll be sure to rally myself into a strict regimented routine of hydrating masks, balms, and nourishing creams. 

In case you're wondering too, I'm using Holika Holika Luminous Silk BB Cream above. It's quite good.

Time to enjoy the sun here. Visit Europe in Spring - the whole continent blooms.

I hope you're having a good one!

March 26, 2014

The Elephant Palette

Hi everyone. I've been absent from this blog for some time now. I just got back from my Norway trip, spending a total of 10 days travelling south of Norway to meet one of my best friends and upwards to Tromso, a snowy Christmas town with a population of only 135,000.  I will be writing more about this trip soon but I wanted to quickly put this post up on a look I did yesterday featuring the Chantecaille Elephant Palette, the only palette I brought with me on my one-month holiday. Each season, Chantecaille releases palettes that supports animals by sending proceeds of its sales to conservation groups (for this Elephant palette 5% of proceeds go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust). 

Chantecaille, as we all know, is not the most accessible or affordable brand. However, it's also the lack of accessibility that makes me want their products even more. I confess that I purchased this palette just for the packaging alone and for the company's social responsibility to the environment. 

Although these miniature elephants seem gorgeous at first sight, I found the colour pairings slightly odd. The rusty red-brown and green didn't look like an obvious pairing at first, so I have been using only the light ivory, cool-brown and camouflage deep green on my latest looks. 

This palette costed me $83. A little cray cray but until you calculate the $/g and $/pan, you'll understand that it's not too bad compared to many other brands. Each pan weighs a whopping 3g, twice larger than a standard MAC eyeshadow at 1.4g. These shadows will last you a whole lifetime with continuous use. 

My favourite shade of the quad would have to be Grasslands, a deep mossy green, almost passing off as a dirty leafy green. I think this shade will look great for smokey green looks. I'm still on the fence about Red Earth, a rusty red-brown; it's not a colour I usually gravitate to. Ivory is a lovely soft shade that applies more like an all over lid colour to give your skin some evenness. I noticed very little shimmer and slight sheen, despite it being categorised as a highlighter. Iron Ore, a liner dark brown would probably be the odd-ball of the palette that applies quite dry and not as smoothly as I would like it to. 

What I do love about the Chantecaille eyeshadows are how well they look on the lids even though they swatch poorly on the hand. Here I applied an eyeshadow base to help the colours pop more. I suppose this is the in the theme of French cosmetics being quite soft and ethereal, rather than the heavily pigmented shadows that can be quite hard to blend. 

In summary, I'm not overly won over by the Elephant Palette. I love the fact that this palette has a unique concept dedicated to different animals each season, but I was left wanting more oomph or pigmentation from each of the shade. If you like very soft washes of colour on the lids, then Chantecaille eyeshadows may be the one for you. 

The palette is still available on Space NK (click here) for a 50% discount at 37 GBP in case you're still hoping to get your hands on this cool bargain. 

Thanks for reading and hope you're having a good week wherever you are. 

March 6, 2014

A Healthy Ethereal Look with Dior Rosy Glow

I must admit that I have been blissfully ignorant of many of the makeup musings/trends over the past year or so. I have perhaps fallen a little behind on new makeup releases because I dread having to dig for space in my crowded drawers. I am quite proud of myself for taking my makeup addiction to this level of self control. Trust me, it's not easy. I just love makeup and I have a hoarding habit that puts all those televised hoarder junkies to shame. The only moment of weakness I had recently was when I picked up the Dior Rosy Glow Blush (001 Petal) during my recent dash through the duty free terminals. I blame this purchase on several YouTube 2013 favourites videos (especially Hapagurl8 - she's beautiful and can always trust her product recommendations), although, I am so glad I came to know about this product because I am now completely smitten and utterly obsessed with my cheeks.  

From what looks to be another Nars Desire hot pink blush that I so detest because of its' intense pigmentation, Dior Rosy Glow does quite the opposite. Instead, it imparts this stunning pink flush which can be built up gradually on the cheeks. It's perfect really and just in time for spring.

Dior describes the shade to be unique to your skin - meaning that the shade may look differently on you. 'Rosy Glow intuitively adjusts to the moisture of each skin to make the cheeks blush with delight, as if revitalised with a breath of fresh air. Its ultra-fine powder texture and it's irresistible rose fragrance offer a moment of pure indulgence with each application'. 

Looking at the different swatch photos online, Dior Rosy Glow does seems to genuinely impart different tones of pink on different skin tones. On me, it gives an soft bright pink flush that literally melts on my skin. There is zero powderiness or harsh blusher lines, making Rosy Glow a great everyday blush. 

I paired a generous application of Dior Rosy Glow today with a nice thick winged eyeliner and nude lips (Tom Ford Spanish Pink).

Overall, this is a stunning blusher and I believe it would look great on any skin tone, ranging from light to dark. The brightness of the pink helps the blusher shade stand out and yet the shade is subtle enough to literally melt into your skin giving an overall natural flush. 

A great invention by Dior. 

Thanks for reading and I hope you're having a good week. 

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