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Benefit They’re Real Lipstick Review

Benefit: They’re Real! Big Sexy Lip Kit

I love shopping at Sephora after the holiday period as many of the holiday kits which didn’t get sold out will often be on sale. Like how I managed to get the Kat Von D Metal Matte palette at $45 when it’s retailing at $95 upon launching.

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So I picked up the Benefit They’re Real Big Sexy Lip Kit on one of my post-holiday Sephora shopping trips for about $35 or so. The kit contains 4 They’re Real Double The Lip lipsticks which is a lipstick and liner in one product. The lipsticks are in fun size, at 0.75g per lipstick.

The packaging looks like a mascara tube with a cap and the twist bottom to twist up the lipsticks. Lips sticks are in tear drop shape with the liner shade at the tip for a precise application and making it easier to get into the corner of the lips.

Benefit They’re Real Lipstick Swatch

The kit consisted of 4 shades, one of each colour family which gives it a good variety.

From Top:

Flame Game: It’s a bright warm orange which is great for summer!

Pink Thrills: A lovely fuschia pink that is great for that every day Korean makeup look.

Revved-Up Red: A cool tone classic red that is not too bright.

Lusty Rose: A nude dusty rose colour for the nude lovers.

From the swatches, I would say Pink Thrills and Lusty Rose have a more prominent difference between lipstick and liner colours as compared to the other two shades.

Lip Swatches

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Here’s the Benefit They’re Real Lipstick lip swatches. As mentioned, the liner shades are more prominent and obvious for Pink Thrills and Lusty Rose. I actually prefer Flame Game and Revved-Up Red simply because I’m not the liner kind of girl. I do use lip liners but I always make sure to blend it in.  Pink Thrills is not that bad but I definitely will not wear Lusty Rose as it applies, will be sure to blend the liner in as the contrast is too much for my personal liking.

All 4 shades are very wearable and suitable for most skin types. They are very creamy upon application and pretty moisturising. These won’t stain your lips as they can be wiped off pretty easily. I’ve not worn it for a longevity test but with my experience with such formulas, they won’t last between meals.

I would rate this a 3 out of 5 stars. Not a spectacular product but the idea is good and makes it easy for people who prefers the lined lip look. I personally prefer a no-frills application instead of having to hold the lipstick in a specific manner to apply.

I’m not sure if the kit is still available in local Sephora but Benefit have just launched their range of They’re Real Double The Lip in 8 different shades and it’s retailing for $35 each for the full size on Sephora.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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NARS Unfiltered Palettes Review

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NARS Unfiltered Palettes First Impression

Nars have recently released two new cheek palettes.

The NARScissist Unfiltered Cheek Palettes in I & II. They are retailing for SGD$90 at all Nars Counters in Singapore.

Each palette comes with 6 shades and each shade is 3.5g of products. So you get 21g of product in each palette. A normal single NARS blush is 4.8g so you are really getting your money worth with this palette since a single blush is usually $50.

Unfiltered I is a warm tone palette with 3 shimmers and 3 mattes. The 3 shimmers are Watch Me, Me First and Takeover. The 3 mattes are Out There, Chic and Exhibit A.

Unfiltered II is a cool tone palette with 4 shimmers and 2 mattes. The 4 shimmers are Undefeated, Hot Sand, Fame and Candid. The 2 mattes are Conquest and Power Play.

Unfiltered II was out of stock when I head down to the Nars Counter at Tangs Orchard. It’s quite easy to see why being a cool tone palette which is slightly less pigmented than Unfiltered I.

Unfiltered I swatches beautifully and each colour in the palette is super pigmented with the blush soft and buttery to touch.

Unlike eyeshadows, a blush that is too pigmented might scare people away. But I personally love pigmented blushers. You just need a good fluffy brush and a light hand to get just the right amount of blush on the face. With that being said, Unfiltered II is perfect for makeup beginners who love to try out a range of shades from a good quality brand like NARS.

These palettes are really great as it does not only contain blush shades but highlighting shades too! Watch Me from Unfiltered I is a beautiful highlight with a golden sheen. Hot Sand from Unfiltered II is another nice highlight shade with more of a light bronze sheen to it.

Swatches NARS Unfiltered Palettes I & II

Unfiltered I swatches from top to bottom: Watch Me, Me First, Takeover, Out There, Chic, Exhibit A

Unfiltered II swatches from top to bottom: Conquest, Undefeated, Power Play, Hot Sand, Fame, Candid 

Overview on NARS Unfiltered Palettes

NARSissist Cheek Palette Unfiltered II

I would think that Unfiltered I is suitable for fair to darker skin tones while Unfiltered II is suitable only for fair to medium skin tones. Somehow Unfiltered II is not as pigmented or rather as bright as compared to Unfiltered II. Both palettes have lovely shades with only Power Play from Unfiltered II being a disappointment to me. The colour doesn’t really pick up well as compared to all the other matte shades and it’s slightly chalky.

Both palettes have lovely shades with only Power Play from Unfiltered II being a disappointment to me. The colour doesn’t really pick up well as compared to all the other matte shades and it’s slightly chalky.

I also like how the palettes are of plastic material instead of the usual rubbery material which will melt under the humid Singapore weather. Trust me, that rubber material is what stopped me from buying NARS. I’m so glad that these palettes are not using that rubber material so that I can actually buy and enjoy the product without worrying about the packaging melting and making a mess!

My ratings for the palettes are as followed: 

Unfiltered I: 4.5/5

Unfiltered II: 3.75/5

NARSissist Cheek Palette Unfiltered I

I highly recommend these palettes for someone who likes to try out a whole range of colours. These palettes is a bargain at $90. If you’re someone who likes pigmented blushers, just go for Unfiltered I. It’s not everywhere you can find a nice warm tone blush palette with nice pigmentation. Pink cool tones blushers are honestly, pretty easy to find.

Till the next beauty review,

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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First Beauty Haul in 2017: YSL Tint-In Balm

I’m a huge fan of YSL Lipsticks and I couldn’t contain my excitement when news of them releasing a new range of lipsticks is out. It’s the perfect product for my very first beauty haul in 2017! 🙂

YSL Tint-In Balm

YSL Beauty have recently launch a new range of lipsticks, the Volupté Tint-In Balm. It’s a lip tint and balm 2-in-1 kind of lip product which give that juicy gloss looked on your lips. It is highly similar to the Volupté Shine range which I love so I knew I had to get my hands on this range. And especially when it comes in such pretty layout with a lip shape core!

The Range

Available in 12 shades, you can surely find one that suits you! Or just get a couple as the payoff is sheer, these YSL Tint-In Balm are perfect for daily wear! The Lip shaped core is the lip balm which gives you the long lasting moisture! 🙂

The colour payoff is sheer at first swipe, but build-able with layering to get a deeper shade. Texture is soft and melts on your lips and totally not sticky at all though it gives that highly glossed look! Similar to the Tint-In Oil, it’s meant to last as a light tint on the lips. This range is perfect rendition of My Lips But Better kind of lipsticks. Plus points for being extra moisturising too!

Retailing at $54 each, the YSL Tint-In Balm is available at all YSL Beauty Counters across the island.

My Haul + Swatch

I’ve got 3 colours of of 12 in No 2: Tease Me Pink, No 8: Catch Me Orange and No 9: Tempt Me Pink.

Here’s the swatches, all of 1 swipe. No 2 is more like a soft sweet pink, No 8 is a pure orange and no 9 is more of a sheer fuchsia pink kinda of shade.

ysl tint-in balm swatch

I can foresee myself wearing these very often as I really like the sheer juicy look as compared to matte lippies. Non-sticky and moisturizing are huge plus points for me in a lipstick! Look out for my #MOTDs on Instagram wearing these moisturising babies soon!

What beauty products have you already bought in 2017? Share with me!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Good Hair Days Made Easy with Artistry

Everyday is a good hair day

Yes! Ever since I started going to Artistry Hair Singapore! Everyday is a good hair day for me! Even on my lazy days when I can’t be arsed to use the hair conditioner.

As you can see from my social media feed, I kind of change my hair colour ever so often and the colours I go for requires me to bleach. How can bleaching my hair be good in the long run right?

Not when you leave your hair to an awesome hair stylist like Elein, who genuinely cares for the health of your beloved tresses.

Spending on treatments is worth every cent!

I’m not kidding! When I’m not colouring my hair, I make sure to visit Elein for the regular monthly Mucota ABC three step treatment to nourish my hair and keeping it in good condition! And every half a year, I’ll be doing the DYNA treatment for an intensive nourishment that will leave my hair silky smooth for months!

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It’s better to spend on treatments rather than hair oils, hair masks etc. Those might be cheaper at first look but it all adds up and not forgetting you have to do it yourself! Why not pamper yourself once in awhile and ensure that your hair is healthy?

I’m gonna keep up my regular treatments as Elein is planning a full head bleach after the festive seasons. I am super excited as so far I only bleached highlight style and not the full head! I can’t wait to get my unicorn hair for 2017!!! Since I’m reaching 30 soon in a couple of years, this is probably the best time for me to experiment with various hair colours! Should I go full rainbow or just stick with my cool colours? I can’t decided!! (>~<)

Current Promotion:

Special promo price of $108 for Mucota ABC treatment with purchase of any chemical service! (Eg. Touching up colour for hair roots.)

Also, quote my name for 10 -30 % off all hair services!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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My Sephora MOTD Makeup Haul

Sephora totally replaced my to go place for makeup when it first landed in Singapore. I’ve been a regular shopper there to satisfy my makeup addiction since then, almost never leaving Sephora without a purchase.  And it’s no surprise that I am a black card member with unlimited 10% off because I always hit the $250 mark to qualify for it.

So when I was offered credits to do a makeup haul from Sephora, I was more than happy to do so! I did try my best to keep within budget but I ended up spending some extra dollars.

Sephora Haul Fit For An MOTD

It’s not easy to decide on what to buy when there are thousands of choices out there! Hence, I decided to narrow it down to brands and picked enough items which allowed me to create a makeup look.

Kat Von D 

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I’ve picked up an eyeshadow palette in Rust and a Studded Kiss Lipstick in Adora from Kat Von D. Kat Von D is pretty new in our local shores, and is famous for its Tattoo Liner! I already have the liners, foundation, and concealer from this brand. Hence, I’m curious on how the other products perform so I’ve got two items!

Tarte 

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I love my Tarte blushers for its longevity and pigmentations that could be built up. The Tarteist Contour Palette is great as it has all the products you need for contour and highlight including a lovely blush shade!

Nudestix 

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This is a brand which I’ve yet to try. I picked up the Eyebrow Stylus which comes along with a gel. I would say it’s pricey for a brow product but I’m pretty much blown away by how soft the pencil is and the ease of use.

Makeup Of The Day With Sephora

My makeup of the day using mostly loots from this Sephora haul except for mascara and base! I really love how the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Adora is such a wearable red! It’s suitable for everyday wear!!

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Shop Your Favourite Makeup With Sephora Online!

And it’s great that Sephora now have an Online Shopping platform! Shopping for your favourite makeup brands can be now done here in the comfort of your home! And it’s great if you don’t like waiting because they usually released new brands online first!

Plus I love how they deliver to POP Stations as there is one near my office. I can just collect at my own time once delivered, not having to worry about having no one at home to receive my precious Sephora haul!

Have you recently haul at Sephora? Let me know what have you bought!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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