Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! Pumpkin-Inspired Look

I did this look yesterday, just for fun. I had wanted to schedule it yesterday for today but we went to our friends' place for hot pot and came home quite late. And now, I just came home from picking up my Halloween costume for tonight! I saw it this morning but I thought I wouldn't want to pay for a costume which I would only wear for a few hours. Then, I came home and told Hubby about it. Being the American that he is, he made me go back to get it saying "it's Halloween! That's what you do, spend money, even splurge, and get yourself a nice costume to dress up!" I mean, growing up in Malaysia, we didn't really have any kind of Halloween celebration back then. Of course, nowadays, the 'tradition' has caught on with the younger generation of today in Malaysia. And muaahahaha! There was a further markdown on it when I went back at lunch time. So, I will wear them tonight and show you tomorrow, OK? :D

I don't think I will come up with a scary-looking FOTD, as I have a little girl and I hang out a lot with my neighbours with little children. So I don't want to scare them, just in case.

So, this look was inspired by Pumpkin! Or rather, colours of the pumpkin. Since I have been so into orange eyeshadows this Summer, and I just couldn't get enough of the Sleek Curacao Eyeshadow palette from this past Summer, though Summer is long gone for me here, I figure I'll do one more look using the bright vibrant colours from this palette before putting it away till the next Spring, at least. It's time to give some Fall colours in my stash some love. The Sleek Curacao palette just had the right shades for me to re-create pumpkin on my face, on my eyes to be exact!

Eyes Of The Day

Start by prepping the lid with a base. I used Stila Shadow Pot in Honey (just by random choice);
Apply Tequila Sunrise (a bright orange shade) on the entire lid up to the crease;
Apply Apres Midori (a mid-tone bright green) from the outer corner drawn into the crease and also on the lower lid; blend well;
Line the upper waterline with Estee Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil in Softsmudge Black;
Apply Laneige mascara from the liner & mascara duo. I did about 3 coats.

Espresso Martini (a matte black) from Sleek Curacao palette.

Face Of The Day

A blend of Juice Beauty Perfecting Foundation in Organic Sand, MAC Prep+Prime Face Base and Stila All Over Shimmer #6, applied to the face.
Generous swipes of Guerlain Meteorites.

Sleek Aruba Blush

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in O.M.G. (a bright orange)!

Happy Halloween!

I can't wait to put on my costume and makeup and go treat-or-trick with the kids tonight! :D But first I gotta go pick them up from school...........

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Weekend: Halloween-Inspired Nails Of The Day By ME

This is my version of Halloween-inspired NOTD! Please pardon my lack of imagination and creativity. My artistic streak has always been overshadowed by my over-analytical side of the brain. ;)

I used the same colours as in Princess' NOTD, but on my finger nails. I don't think there is any specific terminology for the design I did, except FREE HAND technique! Haha! Basically, I just painted my nails like an abstract art, if you can call it that. :)

Nail polishes used
From left to right:
China Glaze Cha Cha Cha
Prorance Black base
China Glaze Senorita Bonita

First step
Just freely paint Prorance Black base on the nails. Photo shown above was my left hand's.

Nails Of The Day

Left hand

Right hand

Have you done any Halloween-inspired stuffs this year, be it a look, NOTD, etc?
Do share! :)

Halloween Weekend: Halloween-Inspired Nails Of The Day By Princess

This is Princess' Halloween-inspired NOTD, done by Mummy actually. But the idea is hers! :)

From left to right: Black Prorance nail polish and China Glaze Papaya Punch, Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamel #11 Shimmering Coral, China Glaze Cha Cha Cha, China Glaze Papaya Punch, China Glaze Senorita Bonita

Happy Sunday!

And Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Weekend: MAC Prince Noir Lipstick For Vampy Lips - Swatches & Review

This year, somehow I am kinda in a Halloween mood. Having been down with a bad bout of sinusitis, I finally started myself on antibiotics a couple nights ago, and now I am back to my old self again! :)

Prior to that, I have been buying some Halloween knick-knacks whenever I go to Tesco or Wilko - Pumpkin loot buckets for Princess and her best friend, loads of Halloween sweets for trick-or-treat for the neighbourhood kids, etc.

Anyways, Princess' half-term break is coming to an end. Thank God, for the past week, she has been good and didn't drive me crazy and let me have some rest I needed. And yesterday, I took out my Halloween-y nail polishes, they aren't exactly Halloween colours, I wouldn't go out to buy them just to wear for one day, but colours in my existing stash, close enough! And I painted Princess' toe nails in different shades of black, orange, green and purple. Then, I played with MAC Prince Noir lipstick from MAC Me Over Collection which was launched back in August/early September. Somehow I have forgotten about it, which was supposed to be reviewed earlier.

It is a dark dark colour! On my first impression from the tube, Prince Noir looks brown to me. It reminds me of MAC Kissable Lipcolour in Love Peck from the Peacocky Collection launched early this year. Brown in the tube, and when applied on the lips, it's a deep berry burgundy shade! That's what Prince Noir is. A deep berry red wine, but chocolate-like on the tube! ;)

It has a matte finish and applies opaque with one layer. But its formula is not gliding smooth, since it's rather thick. But there is no tugging nor pulling involved in its application. It lasted for about 3 hours, could be longer, had I not had a big lunch. And it fades quite evenly. It does feel dry on my lips, but is not drying on it.

MAC Prince Noir Lipstick from MAC Me Over Collection

The colour is really quite vampy. And Princess really likes it. She even gives me suggestion to complete a Halloween look with her ideas of eyeshadow colours. Will show you in a bit.

Swatch of MAC Prince Noir Lipstick

Lips Of The Day

MAC Prince Noir Lipstick from MAC Me Over Collection

Friday, October 28, 2011

Swatches & Review: Estee Lauder Pure Color Sensous Rouge Lip Color in Pink Seduction

One of the latest lipsticks from Estee Lauder is the Pure Color Sensous Rouge Lip Color, which has a beautiful colour wrapping around a moisture-rich, soft centre. I have the shade Pink Seduction 08 for review today.

Pure Color Sensous Rouge Lip Color

Pure Color Sensous Rouge Lip Color in Pink Seduction

This is another winner for me from Estee Lauder in this month of October alone! It's another my-lips-but-better kind of shade! The other being Lavish Pink from the Elizabeth Hurley Pink Ribbon Collection set!

Pure Color Sensous Rouge Lip Color in Pink Seduction

Estee Lauder claims that it is their most moisturising lipstick. Well, is it?

Let's see............

Pink Seduction has a warm reddish pink shade on the outer layer, wrapping around a supposedly softer and creamier centre of a dusty rose pink kind of shade. It's hard for me to test out the texture of the inner core of the lipstick, as I do not want to touch it with my finger, even sanitised finger! But when applied on my lips, I could feel the soft creaminess of the lipstick gliding across my lips. When I angled the lipstick so that the outer ring just touched my lips, the texture felt like normal lipstick. While applying it directly onto my lips, I could feel the extra softness and creaminess.

Swatch of Pure Color Sensous Rouge Lip Color in Pink Seduction

The swatch of this shade appears quite sheer as compared to the colour in the tube. And on my lips as well. It imparts a soft, glowy pink colour to my lips, making it oh-so-lustrous ;) and the illusion of plumper lips. It stays on my lips for a good 3 hours before fading with food and drinks. It doesn't dry out my lips, but keeps my lips supple, not really moisturised, for some time. Very moisturising? Well, may be, but I wouldn't add "very" nor "most" to it. I think the colour is buildable but I haven't really tried it, as I like it as it is for everyday wear. Perhaps, when the occasion calls for it, I will try to layer and build up the colour. Till then......... I am loving it right now! :D

And instead of the usual fresh fig scent characteristic of Estee Lauder lipsticks, this one has a new warm vanilla scent, a tad different from that of MAC lipsticks though.

Lips Of The Day

Pure Color Sensous Rouge Lip Color in Pink Seduction on my lips

I think Pink Seduction is a name correctly given to this shade, as it's such a soft, elegant shade of pink, not the girly kind of pink.

This range of lipsticks is currently available at Estee Lauder counters in the UK and online, retailing for GBP20. I think in Malaysia, it retails for RM75 or 80, to be confirmed.

*PR sample

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: Copa Cabbana Cantaloupe With Vitamin C, E & F Hand Cream

Hand cream is an essential part of my daily beauty/skincare regime. It is especially so now that I am living in a place with temperate climate and generally dry condition. And it doesn't help that I am doing more household chores now compared to when I was still living in Malaysia. :( All the washing and cleaning certainly takes a toll on the state of my hands, making the skin very dry and flaky, especially between the finger webs.

In Malaysia, I normally applied hand cream only at night before bedtime, and when necessary. But here in the UK, I apply several times a day, about 3-4 times, at the very least.

Anyways, I have had this Copa Cabbana Cantaloupe With Vitamin C, E & F Hand Cream since this Spring. Been using it since then with a brief interval when I went back to Malaysia for my summer holiday. As I have mentioned, back in Malaysia, no house work, or rather less house work and washing to do, hence less need for super-power hand cream! ;)

Besides, this tube of hand cream is huge, and I mean huge, as in 150ml! Most of my hand creams come in 30-75ml tubes usually.

OK, first thing when I opened up this tube to try out, it's the sweet and fresh melon-y scent that caught me! LOVE! I love melon, the fruit, the colour as in my MAC Melon pigment (though I always neglect using it for me eye makeup! :P), and the scent, in general! So that's already a plus point! I don't want to be biased, but unless you hate any kind of scent in your products, or you hate the scent of melon (I can't imagine anyone would, since it's just so sweet, fresh and aromatic without being cloying nor overpowering), there is no reason for you to dislike this hand cream! ;)

So, this hand cream is a white cream with medium consistency which is neither too thick nor rich. It spreads on my hands easily, giving off a sweet melon scent (again, I am becoming a broken record! :P). It absorbs into my skin pretty fast, and I love to especially massage some extra onto my nails and cuticles, and pay attention to the webs between my fingers where they are usually dry and flaky. It moisturises my hand but I wouldn't say it's very moisturising. Perhaps, its not-so-rich texture, but I wouldn't say it's light, is good to keep normal hands moisturised, but not heavily-battered hands like mine. ;)

When I am at home, I would apply it several times a day, especially after doing some washing. But I don't bring it out with me since it's such a huge tube. Imagine, whipping out a huge tube of hand cream and applying it in a public place. And it would take up more space in my purse, wouldn't it? When I go out, I would always bring some tiny 30ml tube of hand cream with me, be it L'Occitane's or Kiehl's or Crabtree & Evelyn hand therapy. The latter I used to carry around with me in my purse but I had run out of all of them.

Guess this would give Copa Cabbana some ideas of producing this hand cream in smaller sizes, say 30ml or 50ml, besides the usual 150ml tube.

This hand cream comes in a hygienic tube of 150ml and retails for HKD110 (~RM44.26; ~USD14.15; ~GBP8.86; ~EUR10.17).

Where to buy Copa Cabbana products?
Online on their website. (By the way, they do ship to the UK and other places outside Hong Kong where the company is based. You just need to email them and inquire if they ship to your country and the shipping charges.)

You can also check out their Facebook page for a list of stockists in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Photos: Haul From Bicester Village

Last week, Hubby and I went to Bicester Village, one of the outlet centres in the UK. But to our disappointment, there weren't too many great bargains there, unlike those that we had known from shopping in the mega-huge outlet centres in the US!

We only got really good bargains from Helly Hansen store which was closing down because apparently this brand is not designer enough to be there. Since we needed some winter clothes for ourselves and Princess, we hauled quite a bit from there. Their T-shirts and polos and men's shorts had the greatest bargains, between GBP3-5 each!

Then I went into Cath Kidston store which again didn't have too good bargains. Though it was filled with people, mostly tourists. I just got a carry all bag and a summer fedora.

At The Cosmetics Company Store, which was the Estee Lauder Companies outlet, there weren't too many MAC products. In fact, I think about 70% of the store was filled with Clinique products. But I saw plenty of Estee Lauder's Blue Dahlia and Surreal Violet 5 color eyeshadow palettes from last Fall. And to think last year, the 2 palettes, especially Blue Dahlia, were sold out in most counters! I bought the Blue Dahlia palette for GBP24.50 (RRP: GBP35).

I happened to see MAC eyeshadow Juxt which I have heard so much about, and is one of Temptalia's favorite colours, so I bought it GBP8.25. Not much discount there though. There were 5 shades of MAC Big Bounce Shadows on sale at GBP9.50 each (RRP: GBP13.50): Sizzlin' Diva (which I think I could find a dupe of it in the form of Rimmel 8-hour mousse eyeshadow since it's a copper-brown shade), Black Diamond (black with multi-coloured shimmer), Good Fortune (Pearlised pink), Spread The Wealth and Luxury Touch. The last 2 I bought. I didn't know why I bought them, since they were pretty difficult to work with according to many blog reviews I have read. But I guess the colours just called out to me.

More on the CCO haul next week! :)

Photos: L'Occitane Limited Edition Hibiscus Flower & Desert Rose Hand Creams

L'Occitane's latest limited edition African-inspired shea butter hand creams.

L'Occitane Hibiscus Flower Hand Cream (limited edition)

L'Occitane Desert Rose Hand Cream (limited edition)

I have had some L'Occitane Shea Butter hand creams, the normal ones in the usual silver packaging, for some time. As usual, I am always hoarding, but L'Occitane isn't a brand that I hoarded a lot from. But I like to buy their value sets during Christmas times and they would usually include a 30ml of the shea butter hand cream. Anyways, I took a tube out from my L'Occitane stash to use recently, and boy! Now, I know what the hype is about this hand cream! Love it! The plain one, I mean. Not only the scent is great! But its texture and quick absorbency leaving my housework-battered hands instantly soft and smooth is another love!

And these 2 limited edition ones..... they smell delish! Haven't used either of them yet though. Just looking at the pretty packaging everyday they sit on my desk by my computer! :)

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Birthday To My Nails - Deborah Lippmann

A swatch of Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday nail polish. I saw some of her nail polish collection in House of Fraser in another town. That was a small House of Fraser though.

Swatch of Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday

Full of glitters. Big chunks of them.
(Pardon my dry cuticle, though)

But the price...........

A whopping GBP16!!!

No, thank you!

I could get a set of 8 bottles of Mavala nail polishes for the same price from Debenhams! OK, I know it's Deborah Lippmann, but I am not prepared to pay RM80 (that's the equivalent of 16 pounds!) for a bottle of glitter nail polish, and it was such a great pain when I wanted to remove it!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): MAVALA La Paz 71 Nail Colour Cream; Review, Swatches

This MAVALA nail polish is one of the first 3 Mavala nail polishes that I bought in a set of 3. Coincidentally, that set of 3 was also specially made for Breast Cancer Awareness Month but I am not sure which year.

I had this on last week. La Paz #71 is actually a bright pink with a cream finish, but somehow when I tried photographing it under different lighting, it appeared a different shade every time. Nevertheless, I think this is the better of many Mavala nail polishes that I have tried. 1, yes, ONE coat, is enough to achieve full opacity. The photos below are all painted in 1 coat.

MAVALA La Paz #71 nail polish

1 coat of MAVALA La Paz on my nails

Under direct sunlight

I have been pretty much down with a URTI over the weekend. My throat was hurting like crazy, and my nose was having a marathon of its lifetime. So I didn't do much, not house work, not even blogging. ;)
Feeling a bit better today, but it's half-term, so this whole week, Princess will be at home. Gotta figure some things out to keep her occupied. And she is always trying to avoid practicing her Chinese writing and writing her letters in the lower case (ABCs, I mean). She can write A-Z without any problem, but it's a whole jumble of upper and lower cases. Her teacher already pointed out many times, but each time I try to make her write in lower cases, her answer would be, "Mummy, I will write the way I want and I feel like, OK? OK? OK?"

OK, Mummy surrenders!

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Swatches & Review: Famous by Sue Moxley Eyeshadow Shimmer Shade 12

This is a review of the eyeshadow which I wore in the look I showed you yesterday. I have also posted a photo of it for you to guess some weeks ago! ;)

Famous by Sue Moxley Eyeshadow Shimmer Shade 12

This eyeshadow is from a brand called Famous by Sue Moxley, which is available in selected Superdrug stores. Yes, because the 2 Superdrugs which I usually go to in my town do not carry this brand, and I found in by chance, in a Superdrug in another town. Sue Moxley is an English television presenter, fashion model, beauty editor and a singer. And she launched her own makeup brand called Famous by Sue Moxley in 2007. I got this info from Wikipedia anyways.

I have read about this brand sporadically from different British beauty blogs, nothing too significant, I have to say. But when I saw them at Superdrug, everything from this brand was on 1/2 price of original. This square-pan eyeshadow with a whopping weight of 3.8g, was originally GBP4, but I got it for half-price at GBP2 only! :D

I don't know the reason for the discount, but from past experience, when brand(s) go on sale like this, it means that there is a probability of withdrawing? Well, I was just swatching and playing around with the eyeshadows, and I was quite surprised by their pigmentation, colour pay-off and texture. Most of them, the shimmer ones, had good pigmentation and colour pay-off, and almost all had a smooth buttery texture. But some, despite the smooth texture, when swiped, became slightly powdery, which would lead to some fall-out problem. For a drugstore eyeshadow costing GBP4, I would be disappointed. But for GBP2 only, which was what I paid with my Superdrug gift card, I didn't see any point in complaining much. What more, some of the colours are very pretty and gorgeous, even duochrome-like! Now, duochrome eyeshadows are hard to come by, with the exception of some MAC eyeshadows like Vex, Club and Expensive Pink, to name a few.

Under direct sunlight

And this eyeshadow shade 12, yes, another brand with only numbers for their eyeshadows, but luckily their eyeshadows are not so great in number as that of Inglot(!), has a slight duochrome effect. On the pan, it looks like a purple with some blue shimmer. Under direct sunlight, it looks purplish(photo above), while indoor, it looks slightly bluish(photo below). At some angle, it appears like a pinkish /magenta-purple - unfortunately, I couldn't capture the last 'reflection' of the eyeshadow. It somehow reminds me a little of MAC Violet pigment, and may be a little like MAC Stars 'n Rockets eyeshadow. I have Violet pigment, but not the eyeshadow. So, I will try to make a comparison swatch later, when I could dig Violet out from the 'rubble of my stash'! :P (read: I don't know where the Violet pigment is, and I haven't been able to find it from my stash in a while!).


So, Famous by Sue Moxley Eyeshadow Shimmer Shade 12 is basically a purple with blue shimmer which reflects purple, blue, violet and lilac depending on the angle the light falls on it. It has a smooth buttery texture, but can be powdery when swiped. It has quite good colour pay-off, but does have some fall-out issue (very minimal, I'd say). While it swatches quite easily with finger and blends apparently well, but when applied onto my lids with a brush, I used Stila eyeshadow brush #30 short rounded end, there is some slight problem with blendability. I could dab the shadow on my lids without any problem, but when I want to blend it out, I couldn't do it and it becomes slightly patchy. I am not sure if it's due to the brush that I used, but I have been using this eyeshadow brush with different kinds of eyeshadow and it seems to work well in blending shadows from different brands.

Same swatch of Famous by Sue Moxley Eyeshadow Shimmer Shade 12 under different lighting.
L to R: Indoor by the window with natural light, under direct sunlight, indoor.
In the middle one, you can see that the shade appears slightly pinkish.

Then on my second try of this eyeshadow, I apply with my finger and it blends more easily, and I could build it up as well.

I will show you the looks with different way of application of this eyeshadow in other posts. I haven't cropped those photos yet.

So anyways, for 2 quid an eyeshadow, I would say that it's quite a decent one from a drugstore. And the plus point is that it has some duochrome effect. Rarely would you find eyeshadows from drugstore brands which have duochrome effect. And I happen to be one who like duochrome in her eyeshadows!

I still have some money left in my Superdrug gift card, so I might go back to get more stuffs before God knows what will happen to it. And especially they are going for half price now. I am afraid, most stuffs will be gone by the time I have the time to go back to that other town for shopping again!

Famous by Sue Moxley makeup display and shelf at Superdrug