Make Up For Ever (MUFE) S/S 2013 Technicolor Palette: Review

One of the most exciting launches this season, the Make Up For Ever Technicolor palette offers eight vibrant shades in a variety of matte, satiny and iridescent textures. The coolest of the lot has to be glowing yellow, a limited edition shade in Make Up For Ever for the Spring season.

make up for ever mufe technicolor palette - look

I’m obsessing over this palette because of the potential number of looks I can create with it. I will go as far as to say that this is the only palette I’d need if I were to be banned from buying eyeshadow from now on. The wide array of colours that consist of wearable neutrals like brown and beige that are great for everyday wear; yellow, green and turquoise that allow you to get creative and allow makeup to become ultra fun; and also black and white, that are great for creating the smokey eyes and for highlighting.

At the launch of this collection, the MUFE artist created the following look:

make up for ever mufe technicolor palette - how to

make up for ever mufe technicolor palette - how to

After that I decided to experiment with the palette using my own interpretation:

mufe technicolor palette - look

mufe technicolor palette - look

make up for ever mufe technicolor palette - look

make up for ever mufe technicolor palette - look

It was really fun and the bold looks never fail to invite compliments from those around me.

The Make Up For Ever Technicolor Palette is available at all Sephora stores and Make Up For Ever Academy & Pro Loft, located at #01-06 & #02-06, 36 & 38 Armenian Street, at SGD75.

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eye Palette (Limited Edition): Review

Sometimes I feel like I’ve reached an age where wearing too much purple and pink, while cute, is a little too cute for me. If you have the same thought as I do, hey, meet this upcoming collection from Bobbi Brown.

The Bobbi Brown soon-to-launch limited edition Lilac Rose Collection carries the Lilac Rose Eye Palette, which is the obvious star in this collection. It has eight gorgeous colours, intelligently packaged in such a way that the palette remains compact (four colours are “hidden” in a drawer-like feature).

bobbi brown lilac rose

The top layer feature dusty pinks and an ivory highlighting shade, while the lower layer are made up of brown shades. All of them are super flattering and I can imagine them looking good on almost any skin tone.

The colours aren’t the most saturated, but they’re great at bringing a glow to the complexion. The eight shades, while looking good even when used alone, are also complementary to one another, which means you could pretty much do your own mix-and-match without worrying about making a mess. Yes, you can be your own makeup artist!

I’d say that this is a great starter-palette for those who are just beginning to explore the wearing of eyeshadow, or if you’re looking for a great everyday eyeshadow palette that you can wear to work/school and also on your weekend dates.

Here are a few looks I’ve created with the palette. You’d notice that they’re all very natural-looking and subtle. The colours are built to enhance your features instead of hiding them.

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bobbi brown lilac rose eyeshadow palette swatches

bobbi brown lilac rose eyeshadow palette - look created

The Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eye Palette retails at S$99 from 1 March 2013.

YSL Beaute Rouge Volupte Shine: Review

Let’s just say it’s love at first sight. The moment I cast my eyes on the new YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, I knew I was in love. And I haven’t felt like this in the longest time.

Let’s talk about its beautiful packaging first: The sleek, gold exterior, with exquisite cut-out design of the YSL logo at the centre just in front of a coloured strip that indicates the colour of the lipstick.

ysl rouge volupte shine

Opening up the caps. I see glossy bullets peeking out, looking more like gems than lipsticks. In fact, they remind me of the YSL Arty Rings. At this point, I swooned.

ysl beaute rouge volupte shine

But we know looks aren’t going to sustain love. And so I tried the lipsticks on. These are the five I have been sent:

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #12

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #12

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #3

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #3

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #19

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #19

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #13

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #13

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #6

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #6

 

And of all the five colours I’ve tried, my favourite is probably in #6. Here are more photos of me wearing it:

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #6

The colours are very vibrant – not quite as intimidating as they look from the bullet but saturated enough. What surprised me more is that it is extremely glossy and moisturising. My experience with bold lipsticks (which I love) so far is that they tend to be a little more drying on the lips. But this one feels almost like a lip balm. It goes on very smoothly, and hardly dries the lips. The pink ones, especially, are very hydrating, while the purple ones can dry out my lips a bit by midday.

The fruity scents that the lipsticks come with also add a nice touch to the overall user experience.

I’ve received a lot of compliments whenever I wear this and I have been carrying two lipsticks (one pink, one purple) around in my work bag everyday, just in case I need to transit to a more glamorous look in the evening, or if I need an extra pop of colour to brighten up my look.

Only complaint about the Rouge Volupte Shine is that it isn’t exactly long-lasting. It cleans off easily, and you need constant reapplication. But if you ask me to choose among colour payoff, hydration and lasting colour, I’d rather sacrifice the lasting portion. Reapplication isn’t that much of a problem. I kind of like whipping out the gorgeous lipstick to do touch-ups anyway!

This is already available at YSL boutiques and retails at S$45 each. There are 19 gorgeous shades for you to choose from.

What’s new: Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Collection

What do avocado, olive and basil have in common? All three are natural ingredients that are known for their moisturising benefits.

Putting the three ingredients togther and you get the latest Crabtree & Evelyn collection. What’s also fantastic about the range is that the scent of avocado, olive, basil, sage and Mediterranean herbs aren’t like your usual sweet or fruity fragrances that men will shy away from.

crabtree & evelyn avocado, olive and basil collection

The star product in the range is the Skin Nourishing Body Butter, which promises to moisturise even the driest skin.

The range will be available from this month onwards. Products and prices are as follows:

Revitalising Bath & Shower Gel, 250ml ($30)
Skin Revitalising Body Lotion, 250ml ($35)
Skin Nourishing Body Butter, 225ml ($60)
Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy, 100g ($33)

Paul&Joe Autumn Collection 2011

Paul & Joe is known for its beautiful makeup colours and exquisitely-designed packaging. Its Autumn Collection that will be launched on 1 September, embraces these two qualities once again. Here’s a sneak preview of my favourite picks from this collection:

Face & Eye Color CS

paul & joe autumn collection eye color cs

Aren't the packaging beautiful?

Think Manhattan streets, and you’ll think of blocks and colours. That’s exactly what inspired Sophie Albou, founder of Paul&Joe’s clothing line. In a bid to let fashion and beauty – in other words, all things women love! – come together, the package print on the Face & Eye Color CS feature fabric prints are seen on the runway for 2011 AW Paul & Joe’s fashion collection. This product comes in three duo-shades and the two shades can be used alone or mixed together to get a look that’s reminiscent of the Manhattan night sky. The product is also enriched with ingredients that prevent skin irritation.

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Kate Spade partners Poppy to launch lipstick line, Supercalifragilipstick

I’m a huge Kate Spade fan. Most people know that. But what they didn’t know is that during the General Elections period I stopped bringing anything Kate Spade out because I got laughed at, no thanks to Tin Pei Ling.

Kate Spade always pushes the right buttons. She always knows what I want. That clutch that looks like a book, that sleek sunglasses with stripes, that colourful wicker bag that you saw here. And now she wants to launch a lipstick that’s fashion meets beauty.

Kate Spade announced that she’s teaming up with Poppy King, an Australian entrepreneur who specialises in opaque lipsticks, to launch a range of four lipsticks called Supercalifragilipstick. Yeah, even the name sounds so damn cool. (And easier to pronounce than the name it’s derived from – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.)

supercalifragilipstick by kate spade and poppy king

The lipsticks are said to be sheer and very moisturising, enhanced with micro-fine pigments, shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E – antioxidants!

What’s even more exciting is that Kate Spade will launch cosmetic cases to go with these new lipsticks, and I’m sure they’re going to be ultra cool, given the brand’s wonderful track record with its bags.

Supercalifragilipstick will retail for $24 at Kate Spade stores in the USA starting early September.

I’ve got no news about when it’ll arrive on our shores yet. But hey, I’m really excited! Who’s going to USA soon???

Stila 2011 Fall Collection will arrive in August

Look carefully at the runway trends for Fall 2011, and it’s not hard to identify that the trend points towards pigment-packed eyes and cheeks that still retain a touch of romanticism.

Not sure what colours can help achieve that updated look? Stila’s 2011 Fall Collection to your rescue! This latest collection is inspired by the trends seen on the runway.

stila 2011 fall collection

 

When I received the press release from escentials, which is distributing Stila in Singapore, I was really excited. One of the products that I was hyperventilating over was the eyeshadow palette ($56). Not only because it was encased in a beautiful pink casing (that comes with a quote that says “Believe in the beauty of the future”), the colours are super gorgeous too. All 10 of them have won awards, and my favourites are Sunset (shimmery canyon pink) and Glided Gold (golden brown with shimmer). The palette also comes with an eight-page look book to teach you how to achieve the fall looks as seen on the runway.

Another new product in the collection that got me really excited is the Brighten and Correct concealer ($40). I love products (and people, by the way) that multi-task AND multi-task well, so it’s exciting to know that this product illuminates, brighten and help with concealing. It’s said that the coverage is buildable (love products like that!) and gives a satin luminous finish.

I was also very intrigued by the Self-Adjusting Coral ($40). It is so called because of its ability to react with the skin tone and individual pH to create a customized glow that you can call your own. Amazing, huh?

The rest of the products in the new collection are: two new shades of the cult-favourite Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($34), Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color ($30), and new shades in Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner ($38).

The Stila Fall Collection will be available from mid-August 2011 in all escentials stores.