Thursday, 22 June 2017

I really enjoyed the Burt’s Bees Lipstick but I’m afraid it is my Sunset Cruise for I can’t fully recommend it

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A while ago, when I was down in Singapore and browsing the Sephora sale, I came upon the Burt’s Bees display. I have tried the odd bit and bob from the brand in terms of skincare, but if I’m to be honest, it never quite stood out for me. Asked to describe it, I’d say it’s “Meh!” at best. Yes, “meh” is a description LOL!

But at the back of my head, I remembered reading somewhere about the newly launched Burt’s Bees Lipsticks and how nice they were. So I got curious, and eventually picked one up for the sake of experimentation.

burt's bees lipstick sunset cruise

The Burt’s Bees lipstick comes in a long rectangle tube, with the colour band denoting the colour of the lipstick. After a few moment swatching at the counter, I decided to stay away from my usual bright colours, and go instead, for a warm everyday shade. I eventually settled for Sunset Cruise.

The colour, when swatched on the back of my hand, as you’ll see below, fit what I was looking for. A light coral, a colour I could wear daily and one that was not too obtrusive. Little did I realise that while the colour disappointed me a little, I really enjoyed using this. With one big caveat.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Your Say: Do you have a No-Fail Foundation that you love above all others?

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The heading of this post says it all – I want to know your No-Fail Foundation.

That one foundation that you will automatically reach for when you want to put your best face forward. The one foundation that you know leaves you with a beautiful glow without too much effort.

no fail foundation - cle de peau radiant foundation

That one foundation that you reach for over and over again, and repurchase, because you just can’t live without it. That one foundation (or maybe more than one) that you are never without and that you can slap on any which way, and still have people oohing and aahing over how beautiful your skin looks.

THE ONE! Or maybe Two, or Three LOL! 😀

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

When my skin goes bonkers, it’s time to break out the REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask

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You know, I used to think that “sensitive skin” was a condition, much like “eczema”. It wasn’t until I started paying closer attention to my skin, that I realised that it wasn’t so much a skin condition, as it was a condition your skin is in. There is difference between the two.

The former is a condition your skin is predisposed to, while the latter could affect your skin at any time. When I started paying closer attention to my skin, I noticed that my skin would occasionally go, as I like to say, a little bonkers. It could be due to anything – hormones, environment, stress and occasionally, a skincare product or routine that did not agree with me.

ren evercalm ultra comforting rescue mask

Times like this, I have a little back-up routine to calm my skin down, and soothe any irritation. And one product that features is the REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask (REN Evercalm Rescue Mask for short).

This is a product by REN Skincare, one of the brands I am particularly partial to, and was just launched not too long ago. I was fortunate (or maybe not) that not long after I attended the product launch, my skin threw a hissy fit. As it does. Sigh… But what better time then, to put this REN Evercalm Rescue Mask to the test! 😀 Silver linings and all that 😛

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Could this new Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer dethrone my Holy Grail concealer?

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It’s no secret that my holiest of holy grails for concealer is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I adore it, and I’m on Tube #3. If they discontinue this, I’ll throw a fit! But seriously, it’s the best concealer I’ve ever used, whether for the undereye area, or for concealing marks and blemishes (I don’t currently have acne or spots, so I use it primarily for the undereye and for pigmentation spots).

Earlier this year, I noticed that NARS had added a new concealer into their line-up. The NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. Oh hello!

nars soft matte complete concealer vanilla

Unlike the Radiant Creamy Concealer, the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer comes in a pot, and it’s a fairly thick texture. The packaging alone was quite enough to put me off, if I’m to be honest.

The cap has that slight rubbery feel present in most NARS Cosmetics’ packaging, and as you can see, attracts dust and marks. It is also hard to clean. I don’t like the packaging 🙁

But I told myself to give it a chance, so I did.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Your Say: Do you use a Makeup Setting Mist? Here’s a makeup finishing tip I learnt

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I first came across the concept of using a mist to set your makeup many years ago. I was taught then, that a thermal water spray mist could do double duty to set makeup. For a spell, I was using it because it helped powder foundation look less powdery. When I switched to liquid foundation, I stopped.

caudalie jason wu beauty elixir

I remember one day, a friend waxing lyrical about this mist from Urban Decay, that sets and holds your makeup, literally all night long. She swore up and down that her makeup did not budge one bit. Considering that it was a hot evening, and she did still look fairly fresh while I was wilting, I believed her.

But I never tried it, because I never found the need to. I’m one of those people who tends to let nature take its course. If it melts, it melts. But recently, I was taught a new way to use a product I’m not a fan of, and I have to say, I was sold.

But the question is this – do you use a makeup setting mist?

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Head for a Chanel Cruise this summer and pick up a Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush while at it!

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I’d been going on and on to anyone who’d listen, how terribly pleased I was that the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick a.k.a the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow stick blush, is now permanent. I first bought mine in 2015 when it was limited edition (I thought it was last year, 2016! Goodness, time flies!) and I swear, it is one of my most used, and most well-travelled blushes!

And now, Chanel has expanded this little category to include a new shade! YAY!!

chanel les beiges healthy glow sheer colour stick blush No. 23

If there is one item you want to treat yourself with, one item from the Les Beiges collection you want to own, just ONE – pick the Healthy Glow Stick Blush. I promise, you will not be disappointed! 🙂

The new shade, which you see above, is No. 23, which, as you will see below, looks rather similar to No. 21 which I own, except this one now has a touch of shine. It is a warmed pink, and no. 24 is a deeper coral, also with a touch of shine that is very subtle and quite imperceptible.

I also have a few swatches and thoughts on some others items in the new Chanel Les Beiges and Cruise Makeup line-up, so hop along for the ride! (It makes a nice change from all the angst on the blog the past week hehe…) 🙂

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