Eye Products from Sephora

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Hi everyone! I’m here to share a few eye products I picked out from Sephora, a small mini haul if you want to term this because it contains just 3 products:

  1. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny in Universal Dark Brown, SGD 42.00
  2. theBalm Put A Lid On It, SGD 35.90
  3. Tarteist™ PRO Amazonian Clay Palette, SGD 82.00

First up is this Brow Power Super Skinny brow pencil from IT Cosmetics. To be honest I carted it out because the reviews online were comparing this to the infamous Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer (which I own and absolutely love! Gonna be very gutted when it runs out one day T__T) and saying that this is the cheaper alternative to the ABH one so I was curious if this will be an alternative to the ABH since ABH is not available in Singapore yet.

It is double-ended with the pencil on one end and spoolie on the other to brush your brows. While I like the convenience of such double-ended items, I had a hard time trying to hold on to this eyebrow pencil because it was REALLY skinny so it took awhile to find a nice comfortable grip to fill in my brows.

Selected the Universal Dark Brown shade and I think it matched fairly well with my darker hair colour so it should go well for Asians! The nib is really skinny and fine as described so you can fill in your brows with small strokes like how I did although it took me much longer than I normally do my brows with the ABH Brow Definer.

Picked the Put A Lid On It eyelid primer from theBalm because I’m a huge fan of theBalm’s products – I think I own at least 95% of their makeup palettes with the exception of those released this year – and I was tempted to see how this fared against the UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion which mine has expired cos it’s darn bloody old liao lol. Anyway, just a quick note, don’t you love how quirky theBalm’s packaging is always done? I think I’m always drawn to their products because of the packaging 99% of the time :D

The eyelid primer comes in a tube form and in a nudish-tone liquid. Texture-wise it is slightly less viscous than the UD one and feels as if it contains more oil in it but nevertheless it didn’t feel oily nor cake my eyeshadow when I used it underneath eyeshadow. To be honest I felt that it performed very similarly in terms of lasting power to the UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion just that this comes in 1 shade compared to UD but I do have to point out that if you do not like the silicone-feel of the UD primer than you should try out theBalm’s!

Last item is this newly released Tarteist™ PRO Amazonian Clay Palette by tarte! I was really excited to play with this beauty here because the colours in this palette is really to die for plus black and gold packaging just screams ‘LUXE’ everywhere.

Includes a huge mirror in the palette which I love!

Before I dug into and ruined the nice embossing over each individual matte eyeshadow

Comes with an instruction leaflet using the colours in the palette to create 4 different eye looks, very handy if you get too overwhelmed with eyeshadows and don’t know where to start.

I swatched the palette across each individual row from left to right here, no primer used:

My first impressions were really bad though for the darker matte eyeshadows because it was soooooo powdery and dry but the lighter shades fared pretty decently. At the end of the swatching, the entire palette was covered in eyeshadow power which made cleaning up a mess lol. However, the redeeming factor of this eyeshadow palette are the metallic shades. They blended sooooo smoothly like butter and there was no fall out after applying onto my arm.

Oh and I really liked how the rows actually come together to complement each other i.e. you can use shadows in the same row for an eye look if you lack ideas on how to create eyeshadow looks so this a major plus as well!

Simple eye look using profesh over the entire lid, chic in the outer v and crease and ethereal slightly higher than my eyeliner to give it extra bling. I paired theBalm’s Put A Lid On It below the eyeshadows and somehow it managed to contain the fall out from the matte shades although I did have to tap my brush much more often to remove excess eyeshadow before applying onto my eyelids. Brows were also done with the IT Cosmetics brow pencil and I think it made my brows look pretty natural although the grip is something I have to get used to while applying it lol.

Ok so that’s it for my small eye product haul from Sephora. Do remember to shop your favourite eye products here!

*Disclaimer: Special thanks to Sephora SG for providing me with all the products reviewed but all opinions in this entry remain fully and 100% mine.

MAC x Maleficent Collection

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Hi everyone! This entry is kinda special because I have discovered my love for Maleficent thanks to the newly released “Maleficent” movie by Disney starring Angelina Jolie as the protagonist.
The 2014 movie is actually told from Maleficent’s point of view and how she came to curse Princess Aurora with the famous curse such that she becomes Sleeping Beauty.

To really up the hype for the movie, I actually saw this nail art tutorial on Youtube and recreated this look the day before watching the movie. Actually I was just bored and thought the tutorial was easy enough to recreate la #sadsociallife
Please check out her channel, I really love her nail designs! :)
And yes, I did manage to recreate most of the look save for the nails on my right hand because drawing the horns with my main hand was so tough I had to redo it twice :x #noskill #newbie
I didn’t really make the horns as nice as Janelle in the Youtube tutorial but for a noob like me, it’s quite a huge feat already la lol.
So without further ado, my Maleficent nails drawn by yours truly :D

Angelina Jolie was on the cover of 8 Days that week. I subscribe to the magazine via their app because buying the physical copy is so wasteful. I throw them away into the recycling bin after reading actually.

Left hand with the My Dark Magic Mineralize Eye Shadow from the MAC Venomous Villains Collection in 2012 starring of course the cartoon version of Maleficent.

Right hand was much more simpler (polka dots for the middle finger!) pictured here with Revenge is Sweet Lipglass from the same MAC collection as the eyeshadow above.
Now onto the main objective of this entry – reviews and swatches of the items I bought from the MAC x Maleficent collection in conjunction with the release of the movie above.

The vinyl figurines you see here are from Funko Pop which Hidaya got me addicted to lol. The movie edition of Aurora and Maleficent are new releases and I told her to just grab it for me once they were in stock. Thank you Mas Hila :D :D :D (jangan membunuh saya ya! hoho.) You can purchase them at Simply Toys at Plaza Singapura level 7 opposite the cinema box office :)
Here’s what I bought from the collection:
1. Natural Beauty Powder, USD$33.00
2. Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass, USD$22.00
3. Nail Lacquer in Flaming Rose, USD$17.50/SGD$24.00

I purchased the nail lacquer in the MAC Cosmetic stores locally because obviously nail lacquers cannot be shipped internationally but the other 2 items were part of my huge MAC haul with the Sharon & Kelly Osbourne Collections which if I have time I will do reviews on. They have not landed on our sunny shores yet. I hope they don’t because I am tempted to get the eyeshadow quad from the Sharon collection but I am on a self-imposed makeup ban till September lol. Which kinda got broken last weekend because I caved into the YSL Fall 2014 collection FML

Ok, enough chit chat really! Swatches :)
The nail lacquer in Flaming Rose is a true red polish and the bottle is adorned with the Maleficent wings that is on all the items released in this collection. I only purchased this colour because the other colours released looked….. plain oops! Black and beige, really MAC? I just got this for collection purposes. The packaging is really to die for! >_<
Here I applied 2 coats of the polish with a top coat. I find that if you really wanna be really careful about it, you can achieve an opaque colour with one coat but I like to pile on the polish to even out things a little. Under indoor lighting, the colour shifts to a dark red (not as bright as it seems pictured in the first nail swatch pic).Wear time was typical of most nail polishes – it lasted about 4 days before the major chipping appeared. A huge chunk just fell off this morning as I’m typing this entry lol.
Next up, the Pro Longwear Lipglass in Anthurium. Oh, be still my heart!

This is a true red that applies opaque and evenly on the lips. However, as with all lip products, you really need to exfoliate well because this really picks up on the uneven surface of your lips if not applied on clean lips.
Formula wise, it is not sticky upon application but it does fade off after I drank my cuppa this morning! So boo for that *reapply diligently*.

I don’t have much experience with prolong wear lipglasses nor normal lipglasses from MAC but this applicator is slightly flat on both sides and I find that this allows me to apply the product more evenly onto my lips.

And last but not least, the Natural Beauty Powder.

I had initially wanted to pass on this because this just looks like a normal powder to me. But look at that casing!!! LOL, yup that’s right, suckered in by the packaging *waves white flag to MAC*.

The powder is really a peachy, skin toned colour powder. I was unable to get a good swatch of it on my arm because the powder just blended in so you get my drift here right? Anyway, I used it all over my face as a finishing powder (you can it for anything – blush, highlighter, bronzer ya dah ya dah) and it didn’t really have good oil control. I was shiny in about….2 hours? And I would only recommend this for fairer skin tones to use.
Well, that’s all folks for the Maleficent products from MAC. I’m really excited for the Simpsons collaboration for Fall. Autumnal collections are popping up left and right now (in August wtf!!!) so…. pray hope I don’t spend as much I did for the Summer collections D:
Till then, adios folks!

Laneige Birthday Treat!

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Hello! I’m here to blog about the Laneige Birthday treat that I won last month hahaha.
We appeared on the Laneige SG’s Instagram that night lol! Thanks for beautifying my face hahahaha!
Really glad to have actually won this because frankly speaking I wasn’t expecting to win #sonegative
But my birthday month always seems to hold a lot of surprises for me (July babies FTW!!) and… yeah I won it despite the overwhelming response from many of the Club Laneige members born in July.
You can read about the birthday treat here or keep a lookout on Laneige SG’s Facebook page where they will announce the registration for the birthday treat. Good luck to the August – December babies yeah ;)
FYI this is only available this year because it is Laneige’s 20th anniversary so probably won’t have such events from next year onwards!
Ok, let’s move on with the entry! Eggcited much to be primped and pampered so well by the team of makeup artists from Laniege and hairstylists from Blow+Bar.
I invited the bff, Jace and Wanjun along for this treat because they were the ones I had in mind when I submitted the entry. So that Saturday after our Last Romeo class, we had lunch at Plaza Singapura before heading down to Raffles Place to get to Blow+ Bar.
We were gonna have a beauty makeover, express manicure and hairstyling as part of the birthday treat.
Oh and the cool thing about Blow+ Bar is that they actually have a bar concept where they serve alcoholic drinks to their customers. We all had either cider (Somersby!) or champagne (I was the only one drinking it).
Jacelyn and I did our makeup first while Sinhui and Wanjun did their hair first and then we switched places afterwards. Pretty fun to actually be getting makeovers from professional makeup artists despite me being a makeup addict because the techniques they used are pretty different from us mundane humans LOL!
The makeup artist who did my makeup that day is Cynthia. She’s actually stationed at the Laneige store in Tampines. I usually patronize the boutique store at Plaza Singapura because it’s on the NEL and more convenient for me to get home lol so it was my first time meeting her that day.
Here’s the palette I picked out for my eyes – Pure Radiant Shadow in No. 5 City Khaki
I wanted to go all full out smokey because I’m not very good at doing smokey eyes so I wanted to see how the makeup works on my eyes. Picked this palette because of that deep navy colour in the bottom right corner. Prettay! :D
But I do have to say the staying power of these shadows seem quite weak in comparison to other brands. The oils in my lids kinda made the shadows disappear after 3 hours. Boo. Maybe things will improve if an eye primer was used – Cynthia only applied a BB cream all over my lids as a base.
I actually told Sinhui to pick No. 7 Miss Twinkle. The moss green is really lovely, very autumn de feel hahaha! You will see her eye look later below.
Totally living the taitai life here haha! One person do my hair, the other doing my nails LOL! Best.life.ever.
And we all had a hair mask done during the washing. Relax max! Opted for large waves at the bottom of my hair to channel my inner Kpop star LOL!
Laneige also kindly prepared 4 bags of goodies for us! THANK YOU LANEIGE SINGAPORE :D Birthday girl gets the bigger bag hehe xD
This is Doreen, brand manager from Laneige Singapore who took care of us throughout the entire time.
Thank you dear! :)
Here’s me with lovely Cynthia who did my makeup.
Group pictures! We all really looked quite different with the beauty makeover hahaha. Oops :P
Individual shots of the girls – minus me because I was the photographer lol.
We left at approximately 6.30pm and went to the toilet to camwhore lol. Super zi lian leh we all but…. we were all dolled up and nicely made up so why not right?
Shoo-ed everyone out because we were attracting weird stares from everyone in the toilet lol and then we went out to the area outside and the sun was still up. Great lighting = photoshoot time lol! Yup, finished camwhoring in the toilet then headed to next location to continue HAHAHA!
We were trying to imitate Yonghwa lol! See reference below.
Spent a good 30mins to an hour trying to catch the last of the daylight before the sun set by taking OOTDs. I kinda failed very badly due to me being unable to pose naturally. Makes me salute those fashion bloggers  (You as well Carol if you’re reading this lol) who can pose so naturally for the camera.
So below were the… nicer shots we took that day HAHAHAHA.
Alright, that’s all for this post! Thank you Laneige Singapore for giving me and my friends this opportunity. I really enjoyed it a lot and am really grateful that we were all well taken care of by the team from Laneige and Blow+ Bar. And also to Melissa from Laneige who contacted me and telling me I was picked as the winner haha!
I’m really interested to explore more of Laneige’s makeup range. I have been a loyal user of their BB cushions – in fact I am still using the older version Laniege Snow BB Cushion – so I did pick up a Serum Intense Lipstick which I hope to review soon lol. *screams* Cheon Song Yi colour everybody!
Have also always been a loyal user of the Water Bank Gel Cream and I did pick up the eye cream and essence using my birthday discount last month so hopefully they will work wonders and make me look like Song Hye Kyo okay? xD
Anyway, do keep a lookout for my review on Laneige’s Pore Control BB Cushion coming up in the next few weeks! It’s part of my “BB Cushion Challenge” that I mentioned in my previous entry haha.
Alrights, annyeong! ^^