Monthly Archives: April 2013

Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick, 205 Atomic Nucléaire

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This year every cosmetic brands are crazy about eye shadows in crayon sticks. While I am a fan of eyeshadow palettes, the sticks are not bad in terms of travel-friendly (yes yes, I always think about travelling!) and saving space. The pigments offered are usually good too.

Recently I bought the Smoky Shadow Stick at the airport because they are not available in local pharmacies. There are two colours in each of the Shadow Sticks, one light shade and a darker shade. As with the Smoky Sexy palette, the instruction comes with the packaging but I have already ripped and discarded it (couldn’t wait, could I? :p).

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Size compared to standard eyelash curler.

Size compared to standard eyelash curler.

The rose gold shade on one end

The rose gold shade on one end (note the rounded tip)

The dark olive green shade (note the pointy tip) on the other end

The dark olive green shade (note the pointy tip) on the other end

Revlon Colostay Smoky Shadow Stick (205 Atomic Nucleaire) watches

Revlon Colostay Smoky Shadow Stick (205 Atomic Nucleaire) watches

I find that applying the light shade directly on eyelids result in uneven application. Not sure if it’s because I always wear lid primer… Best result is achieved when I rub some eyeshadow on finger tip and pat it on eyelids. The colour is so easy to wear. I would wear it on casual days when I am at home, or on my previous holidays. Then line the eyes (no extreme cat flick!) and the eyes are pretty much done! 🙂

The dark shade has golden glitter, and it swatches BEAUTIFULLY on my arm. However, it looks baaah on my eyelids. I haven’t had any success yet with it, even use alone as eyeliner. I will experiment with layering over black eyeliner some time soon.

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🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 : Travel friendly, compact, versatile

😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 : The stick came off the body!! (I think this is a common problem as I have seen it reported in other blogs too.)

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Revlon CustomEyes Eyeshadow Palette, 035 Smoky Sexy (Blue-Grey) with Elf Hypershine Gloss in Joyful

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Today I took out the blue-grey Revlon CustomEyes palette again, as my outfit today is pretty much in the similar tone to the Smoky Sexy palette.

Part of my outfit today

Part of my outfit today

Revlon CustomEyes Smoky Sexy Eyeshadow Palette

Revlon CustomEyes Smoky Sexy Eyeshadow Palette

There’s a neat graphical instruction at the back of the palette that shows you how to use these 5 colours.

Instruction time!

Instruction time!

Since I am a very obedient person :p I decided to do just that. Oh wait… I left out the 5th colour which is the darkest shade as I preferred to use gel eyeliner instead. Here’s what I ended up with:

Voila...

Voila…

I’m not very good with the lighting and all, nor am I good with my makeup skill. But I am adventurous in my journey. Sounds very cheesy eh? The actual eyes are much darker than this… With the help of some unnatural lighting… here’s how it looked like:

with some office fluorescent light...

with some office fluorescent light… 😦

Let’s move to the swatches then, shall we?

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Swatches of Sexy Smoky (done by fingers)

My fourite shades in this palette is the 2nd (midnight blue) and 4th (gunmetal grey) one from left. The white in the middle acts as a reasonable highlight. The darkest shade on the right is good for lining the eyes for a soft look.

This palette is good for travel as you can easily do a day look just using the lighter colour and the darkest colour as eyeliner, or smoky look for night. And it definitely matches well if you plan to wear jeans during travel. :p

I used MAC 217 to apply all colours, and the brush picks up the colours quite well. It doesn’t say whether you can use this wet, but hey, there’s no harm trying. I don’t like using my eyeshadows wet so I won’t be bothered to experiment. 🙂

Overall, this is a useful little palette. It’s small (again see picture below compared to a standard eyelash curler) and light, comes with a sponge tip applicator which isn’t too bad at all when you don’t want to take any brushes with you on holiday.

Size of Sexy Smoky Palette

Size of Sexy Smoky Palette

And since it’s a rather strong eye for work, I paired with a nude-ish lip with the elf lipgloss that was inside the recent Easter goodie bag. The shade is Joyful, and it’s a very pretty nude with just the slightest hint of colour. It smells fruity and taste a little sweet, a bit like sweet orange.

Elf Ultrashine Gloss in Joyful

Elf Ultrashine Gloss in Joyful

Swatch of Joyful

Swatch of Joyful

That’s all for now. Tata!

chicmum xxx

What’s in my Easter Bunny Goodie Box #2

A while ago, I told you about participating in a Easter Bunny beauty swop with Tara here.

Tara has sent so many goodies to me, I am flabbergasted with surprise after surprise! The first part of the goodie box is posted here.

This is the second and last part of the Easter swop, with pictures to follow.

Items featured:

Left to right: Mascara, eyeliner, baked eyeshadow, lipsticks, lipglosses, FOUR eyeshadow palettes!!

Left to right: Mascara, eyeliner, baked eyeshadow, lipsticks, lipglosses, FOUR eyeshadow palettes!!

But wait! There’s one more! 🙂

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Powder blusher by Jordana

I have mentioned to Tara that I am an eyeshadow kind of girl, and she has very kindly sent FOUR eyeshadow palettes and one single eyeshadow to me. 😮

I have always heard of elf and Wet ‘n’ Wild coloricon palettes but couldn’t get them locally. So seeing them in the box definitely made me squeal with delight! And Tara has also asked if I have ever tried anything from Jordana before, which I haven’t. The blusher looks lovely lovely lovely!!

I can’t wait to try them all, but I have only 1 face… hmm… what to do? :p

Until next time, hope you survive the summer heat (if you are in the SEA…) 🙂

Shu xxx

Depotting Blushers – A Beginner’s Approach & Mini Review with swatch!

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I have some blushers with broken containers. You know how those things get broken easily by accidentally dropping on the floor… Anyway, one night I was thinking about putting them in a metal box with magnets (yes I bought them too). So I set about pulling out the darn pan from the container but it got bent and the blusher shattered.

Of course I experimented with pharmacy blusher first so no heartache nor tears resulted. Looking at the broken pan (and tawny powder everywhere), I changed my mind to depotting them instead.

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Estée Lauder ANR Dupe?

Awhile ago I walked passed this poster and I had to take a quick shot. At first glance it look awfully similar with the original ANR. The bottle design, logo and everything.

But at closer look, I laughed because they didn’t go a very good job of making a duplicate of the ANR.

Let pictures speak for themselves. 🙂

The Original

Original: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum

The Wannabe

Counterfeit: Hi-So Serum

Counterfeit: Hi-So Serum

I don’t understand the Thai writings in the poster, but hey, they claim to be the “No. 1 Top Sale”. 😛

Real Techniques Setting Brush <3

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Today I want to holler about the Setting Brush by Real Techniques. This is one of my favourite brush among the other Real Techniques brushes I have. 🙂

RT Setting Brush

RT Setting Brush

Setting Brush, size  compared to a standard eyelash curler

Setting Brush, size compared to a standard eyelash curler

It is a slim, tapared synthetic hair brush which I find very useful for setting concealers, especially around the eyes. The pointed end helps to reach small corners and it’s very important for me to set concealers properly in this humid weather to prevent melting down my eyes. Not a pretty sight…

I also like to use it to dust Meteorites finishing powder on oily-prone areas such as T-zone, forehead, nose and chin. 🙂 The picture below is a tub of Meteorites in travel size. The cardboard packaging sort of looks dodgy after some use… booo!

Guerlain Meteorites Perles and RT Setting Brush

Guerlain Meteorites Perles and RT Setting Brush

When I travel, I like to take this Setting Brush with me because it’s small, and I like to do spot-setting instead of whole face. I also use this Setting Brush to apply highlights on my cheekbones. But this is quite rare as I wear minimal makeup when I’m not at work.

So I think that this little brush is quite multi-functional as:

   1. Powder Brush (duh!)

   2. Highlighting Brush

   3. Travel friendly

If you don’t already owned any powder brush, try this.

Smart Phones and Soon… Smart Watches??

I subscribe to loads of blogs and newsletters with a mix of beauty and tech stuff. Sometimes I came across interesting headlines such as prediction of the next tech trend (read more here).

This morning, there is a post about Smart Watches gearing up momentum as the next generation gadgets. Smart watches with their own OS… wow! Who would have thought that?

I remember in the 80’s when a kid has a massive calculator watch it was enough to create envy and jealousy among peers. Calculator that you could take everywhere with you! How cool is that? It was massive (for a kid’s wrist), it had many buttons and you wouldn’t miss it even if you are half blind (good for showing off eh?).

Casio calculator wrist watch

Remember those geeky gadgets from sci-fi movies where you press a button on your wrist and speak directly into it? A bit like wrist walkie talkie? I am so glad that the creators of watch phones watched these sci-fi movies. 🙂 Watch phones have appeared for awhile now since 2009, but the mass doesn’t get hype up enough to generate a new trend.

Watch phone from LG

But wait no more. Very soon, this new gadget will appear which will change our lives for good. No more searching for your mobile phones because you can wear it on your wrist! You want your music with you all the time? Just play it from your watch! 🙂 Want to calculate how much tips to give at a restaurant? Just do it from your watch! Want to add an item to your shopping list? Your watch. The applications are endless as there are such a strong and healthy grow of app developers.

The only problem that remains… memory capacity, battery life and charging. Can we charge the Smart Watch while wearing it as I am a person who like to wear the watch 24/7. Yep. Even when I sleep.

So smart watches… I highly anticipate that.

I am not affiliated with any companies or products mentioned in this post. These are my own point of views only. The images are used just as reference to the blog posts.