Selfridges Haul Part 1: Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer

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Several weeks ago I blogged that I had purchased some items from Selfridges.
I am pleased to say that my order was successful and the package arrived at my doorstep intact with the correct items.
Here’s the first part of my Selfridges haul. (Edit: Here is Part 2 of the haul.)
I picked up 2 of the Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in Paradiso 07 and Summer Fling 04.
These are part of the Spring 2014 collection from Tom Ford and my first ever Tom Ford purchase!
I am not gonna lie, when I read this post from Rae of The RAEviewer, I knew I had to have at least one of them. And these lippies were popping up all over my IG feed.
My bff always says I cannot tahan when it comes to 2 words: Limited and Edition. It’s like these words always trying to test my self-control and see if I can score such items to add to my collection. Hence I was on a mission to get hold of them. Plus at that point in time the Tom Ford Beauty counter in Singapore had not brought them in yet.
Super difficult for me to hold off the resistance and I finally decided, no Paula you cannot have all 8 of them because they are bloody expensive and you are in perpetual debt. Choose 2 and put the rest at the back of your mind lol. I originally wanted to get a third colour – Incorrigible which is a gorgeous fuchsia – but I held back because I think I have a dupe somewhere in my makeup drawer. So I ended up putting only 2 colours in the cart – Paradiso and Summer Fling. Yay me for my self-control! /pats self on back/
Okay, I digress. Chose to buy them from Selfridges even though they were more expensive (US is selling them for USD$49 versus £36 from Selfridges) because they were mostly sold out on all the US sites.
Then I added on some stuff from Charlotte Tilbury which I will show in another entry.
So here are the gorgeous Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers in Paradiso and Summer Fling.
Paradiso 07 is a gorgeous corally, warm toned pink. Perfect summer lip colour to be honest. Fairly opaque too, you’ll have to build up the colour on the lips. It comes with a glossy sheen and glided on oh so smoothly on my arm as I swatched it.
Summer Fling 04 is a nudish, pinkish colour that is fairly light. I like it for a casual day out or when I put on some lip colour for work. It also has a glossy sheen and glided on very smoothly when I did the arm swatch.
Now you will definitely be able to find plenty of lip swatches online because of the huge furor caused when these lippies were released so I won’t be showing any lip swatches.
My verdict? Overhyped. 
When I wore Paradiso out 2 days ago, it dried my lips out so badly I was practically flaking away at the end of the day. It emphasized all the lines on my lips that when I decided to give it a second chance the next day, I topped it up with a gloss to hide all the lip flaws….
…which defeats the purpose right?
Please don’t get me wrong, I loved the colours I picked out, texture was emollient when I swatched it but how come when I put it on my lips it became so drying?! /stabs self/
UGH! I was pre-warned because I had read some reviews online stating so but I refused to believe it because so many people were raving about it? Got so suay anot get a lousy one or one that doesn’t work for me? :(
(Edit: Summer Fling worked better on me than Paradiso! Now it’s become one of my most reached lip colours to pair with my Dior lipgloss.)
Anyway, I’m still glad I picked them up for my makeup collection because what worth is it if you don’t collect limited edition stuff right lol (excuses).
These Tom Ford beauties (yup, still beauties because the packaging is so prett-ay!) should be available at the Tangs counter and I did see some still available online at Selfridges’ website.
Go check them out if you’re keen!
Alrights, end of my review. Will be back soon with more makeup goodies! :D
Enjoy your weekend everybody.

Sephora Haul!

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I’ve been a really happy girl last week because I bought stuff from Sephora!
HEHEHE.
Now I want to say that I don’t shop at Singapore’s Sephora that much because it’s way too expensive in my opinion.
Unless I know for sure that I cannot get the stuff online (cos the website accepts only US credit cards or it is OOS etc blah blah) only then will I buy it locally.
The rest of my makeup comes from overseas!
Sum-pah! LOL.
So last month was my birthday month and Sephora gives a free palette and a one-time purchase to get double points on your membership card.
Now I really wanted the free gift but not so much the points because I hardly shop at Sephora Singapore.
AND THEN I SAW THE WORDS ‘SEPHORA EXCLUSIVE’ & ‘LIMITED EDITION’.
FML.
My wallet officially hates you Too Faced, yes you.
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2 purchases in a span of 5 days!
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So here’s all the things from my tiny haul from Sephora
First up, Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover $17!
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When I saw this I was like… do I really need this?
So I opened the lid and I was like “I wanna try this!”
I caved in last minute while I was paying for my stuff at the counter.
Additional 10% off Sephora in house brand due to National Day!
YAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE! :)
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I don’t think you can see from the picture but the black thing is basically a sponge thingy flooded with nail polish remover!
You dip your finger in then just pull it out to remove all your polish!
Don’t really know whether it works because I haven’t tried it yet but it was shit cool enough for me to buy it just to try it lol.
So easy to earn my money >_<
Next item… Parallel Worlds Makeup Collection by NYX $39
It’s a movie tie-in for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that is showing soon in Singapore cinemas!
Don’t think it’ll open in time for me to watch before I fly off to Europe booooooo :'(
I had a pair of tickets for free from Sephora for buying this set.
Whilst stocks last everyone!
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A free look book is given! Nice.
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What you get:
  1. Look Book
  2. Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul
  3. Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere
  4. Boudoir Mascara Collection in Le Frou Frou
  5. Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black
  6. Powder Blush in Pinched
  7. Smokey Eye Shadow Palette
Pretty good deal for $39 right?
That was what I thought so I caved in. Plus I hadn’t tried NYX before even though I want to because it’s so darn expensive here in Singapore!
One day when I go to US… One day…
Swatches and first impressions below!
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Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul
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I really love the colour! Feels so natural and good for an everyday look.
Texture seems good when I swatched it.
Will try more from this range if it doesn’t dry out on my lips hehe ^^
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Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere
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So.darn.pretty!
When people raved about the Jumbo Eye Pencils from NYX, they weren’t wrong!
I will wait till the day I go to the US to stock up D:
Colour was a pale champagne gold colour!
Can be used all over your lid for a one colour eye look in my opinion.
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Boudoir Mascara Collection in Le Frou Frou
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The bristles felt very stiff and all but it should be a very good mascara overall (I hope!).
I hope it doesn’t turn my lashes into cockroach feelers T.T
Loving the CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Very Black that I’m using now.
Maybe I’ll stock up when the website has a sale again heheheh!
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Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black
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Don’t really like this. I know for sure I’m not gonna use this for sure because the tip is just so flimsy and thin!
It’s just my personal preference I suppose because I really like my liquid liners’ brush/tip to be thicker.
Took me awhile to scrawl the ‘Hi’ out lol because it was too thin.
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Powder Blush in Pinched
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Pretty coral pink colour with small specks of gold glitter!
I know I’ll love this! I’m just a sucker for anything pink/coral and blush is my absolute weakness.
Ok, eyeshadow too but I use more of my blushes la hahahahaha!
But this is a very natural colour and I think most if not all skin colours can pull this off!
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Smokey Eye Shadow Palette
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Sorry for the sucky swatches.
I couldn’t get the correct colour to show up because of lighting but my thoughts are…. very chalky :(
The colours do look gorgeous in the pan though! Pity they were soooooooo chalky.
WHY NYX,WHY!?
Overall I think this is a good set if you’re like me and haven’t tried NYX before.
Else skip it and stick to NYX must haves like their Jumbo Eye Pencils and powder blushes and lip products.
I’ve never really heard any beauty gurus rave about their eyeshadows. Now I know why :x
Final item I bought with money: Too Faced Loves Sephora 15 Years of Beauty Palette $75
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Now I really love Too Faced’s eyeshadow palettes!
They make it so darn pretty and this one is no exception!
Love that they added in a matte bronzer, a shimmery bronzer, a blush and small powder brush!
The Too Faced Shadow Insurance is one of my favourite eyeshadow primers.
I have like… 3 tubes FML still waiting for me to use them lol.
This set comes with a look book as well to show you how you can use the products inside if you’re a noobie like me!
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It’s a really nice metal palette… kinda like those old school pencil boxes that had a magnetic flap.
All products swatched according to how they are arranged in the palette!
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I love the colour pay-off of the eyeshadows! Sooooooooooo goooood! (Y)
And that 2-colour bronzer is just… to die for please!
Buy it everyone! I hope it’s not sold out yet lol.
Overall, I think it’s a good palette if you wanna try out Too Faced products plus it’s a collector’s item!
So yay to limited edition stuff :D
I just get a huge thrill in acquiring such items even though it kills me everytime something gets sold out so quickly (ahem, M.A.C I’m talking about you -.-“)
Pleasant surprise for my trip to Sephora after such a long time! (my last trip to Sephora and actually buying something was like… Dec 2011)
And finally the item I went into Sephora for: Sephora Mini Makeup Palette Gift Bag!
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Not bad for a freebie! I like free makeup heheheheh.
I asked the bf to collect it for me and they wanted to give him some men facial wash (wtf no way!) but luckily he asked them to give him this instead.
Dear Sephora Singapore, don’t anyhow change your free gift leh /judging you/
But anyways do sign up for Sephora’s membership if you haven’t! It’s freeeeeeeee and you can collect points!
So till the next haul (I have another huge drugstore one! Wanna see?), bye!