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Feb 2015 Beauty Haul: NARS/SHU UEMURA

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Hello! I’m back with my beauty haul for the month of February. This post comes early as I want to peacefully enjoy my upcoming Chinese New Year holiday. Hahaha.

Just wanted to share about how I usually decide what I actually want to buy in terms of beauty products. It’s no secret that I follow tons of brands and beauty blogs out there to get updates on the latest collections and stuff. If that item caught my eye online, I will make a note to check it out in stores. I’ll only end up purchasing the products if I’m happy with what I see when I swatch it in stores. (Except for brands that are not available in Singapore.)

 

Narsartist palette

So I read about the NARS Eye-Opening Act spring collection from Makeup Stash (Swatches available in her post) and the palettes caught my eye. I was especially drawn to the Inoubliable Coup d’Oeil palette which is more towards the cool tones as compared to the other one in the collection. I like how the palette consists of mostly matte colors which I lack in my collection hence I had to add it to my haul. This palette is retailing at $65.

 

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I also got one of the Velvet Shadow Stick. It swatches really smooth on the hand and I think this is great as a base and for smokey eyes. I got it in Reykjavik which is a nice dark grey. This retails at $44. I wanted to get the Navy one at first but I decided that the dark grey one will be more universal in terms of the colors I can pair it with.

 

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I also dropped by Shu Uemura counter as I wanted to check out their new Metallic Ink eyeliners and I also had a $40 voucher that I could use. Brands like Shu Uemura and YSL both have loyalty programs that give you rebates in forms of vouchers once you hit a certain amount. I think you just have to spend minimum $150 to join the club. $1 to a point so it’s not that difficult to accumulate. Every 500 points for a $40 voucher at Shu Uemura and every 1000 points for a $100 voucher at YSL. Points expires once a year. I had 700 over points at YSL which expired cause there nothing else I wanted to get at that time. Such a waste.

Back to the haul, I ended up getting 3 items from Shu Uemura. One of the Metallic Ink in Navy, the Petal lash mascara which I’ve been wanting to get and the new Laque Supreme in WN02. Both the eyeliner and the Laque Supreme is at $40 and the mascara is at $50. I’ve used the Laque Supreme already and I’m in love with everything about it other than the fact that it gets a little drying at the end of the day. The color lasted me the whole day through eating and drinking! I need to get more of this liquid lip color! It have a nice glossy finish by the way. I would probably do a comparison post of the Lacque Supreme and the Tint In Gelato by Shu also so look out for it!

So 5 items this month, and highly possible I might get another couple of the Lacque Supreme.

I can’t wait for March to come as I’ve exciting news to share with you all!

Hope you enjoy reading my beauty haul ramblings!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Jan 2015 Beauty Haul

I realized that it have been quite awhile since I blogged about my beauty hauls. I used to do that a lot and I kind of really miss doing it. So for 2015, I’m going to be blogging about my beauty haul every month. Stay tune to find out what are the beauty products that I picked up from the counters! This is by no means no good to my pocket but I’m really excited!

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First up is Fragrance! I’ve not purchased any new fragrance for the longest time as I have not been using my fragrances. Now, I try to use a different fragrance weekly to give some love to all my fragrances. Which gave me an excuse to shop for a new fragrance. Haha. I actually wanted to buy the Scandalous scent from Victoria Secrets as it is my kind of scent. Sweet, with a little muskiness to it. But on the day when I actually went down to the store to purchase, the sales assistant let me try their limited edition scent and I got hooked. So I ended up buying the VS Bombshell Pink Diamond. I’m a sucker for all things limited edition and I really like the scent too. It’s quite different from my usual scent but I think it’s a refreshing change. The top notes are of Pink Grapefruit and Passion Flower which makes it a very fruity and refreshing scent. I love how the bottle is so bling and pink and cute! I got this at $109 for the 50ml bottle and it is only available in the 50ml bottle as it is after all, limited edition.

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I saw on MakeupStash’s instagram that Hakuhodo have a permanent counter at Takashimaya so I went over to take a look as I am thinking to get a lip brush. I ended up getting three brushes from them, a lip brush, brow brush and a gel liner brush. These brushes are from their more affordable range. If I’m not wrong the brushes I got are of horse hair and synthetic mixture. I could not recall and can’t find the exact match on the site. I spent a total of $95 for these three brushes. I don’t have the individual prices as they do not have tags on them. But I’m pretty sure the lip brush is $39.

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I also went to check out Chanel’s Spring Collection as I was attracted by the Camelia prints blush. Sadly the blush was out of stock but I was told by the BA that it was nothing special and the prints will go off after a few uses. I ended up getting the La Romanesque lipstick which is a lovely bright fuchsia pink. And this is my first Chanel LipStick! Chanel lipsticks are going at $46 a piece by the way. Can’t wait to do a look with this lip color and just nice my skin is finally healing from the purging process from the skincare I’m currently on.

And that’s it for my beauty haul for January! Can’t wait to shop for the next beauty haul. I’m currently eyeing some liners and waiting for the new lip products from Shu Uemura. Not sure if I’ll get anything but it all have to wait till I’m at the counter to do some swatching! But one thing for sure is that I’ll definitely be buying a lot more makeup this year, so stay tune!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Collective Haul: Sephora Holiday Sets

It’s the festive season soon and many brands are launching sets that are value for money! And the best place to shop has got to be Sephora!

Urban decay is one of my favorite brands and they have an exciting line up for their holiday launches. I got three items from Urban Decay! I have the first two Vice palettes, so it’s a just for me to get the Vice 3. I’ve also picked up their eye pencil set and Full Frontal Lip Stash to try out the liners and lipsticks. Sets like this are great as you get to try out the product in variants of shades. Plus, they are mini sizes so you’re bound to finish them and they are travel friendly too!!

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Vice 3, SGD88.

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24/7 Glide On Double Ended Eye Pencil Set, Sgd60.

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Full Frontal Lip Stash, SGD60.

Tarte is another great brand with good blushers. I love the two I had and I decided that I can’t miss our their blush palette with 5 new shades. As some of you would know, I’m in a lip crayons frenzy and Tarte have a set with mini lip crayons! Must buy!

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Tarte Pin Up Girl Blush Palette, SGD59.

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Tarte Kiss & Belle LipSurgence Deluxe set, SGD49.

I’ve always wanted to try out Marc Jacobs liners as I’ve heard only good things about them. But I was hesitating as it is pretty hefty at $36 for one liner. Glad I waited as they came out with a 7 piece petite liner set!!!

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Marc Jacobs The Sky-Liner, SGD69.

I’ve spent pretty much a bomb this month with all the holiday launches but luckily for Sephora new Black Card launch that I’ve got 10% off though I didn’t hit 250 points. But apparently I hit it after this haul. Hahahaha. A little savings now for more future shopping!!!

Swatches will be up on the blog slowly! Busy at work these days! Let me know if you want me to review any of the items in this post, I’ll try to post it up first!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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FOTD: Simple Classic Look

Hi everyone! I’ve decided to start posting FOTDs regularly on the blog once more. Over the years, the style of how I do my makeup have changed and I think that by posting FOTDs is the best way to share the different style of makeup I spot.

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So here’s a simple classic look that I’ve been wearing most of the time when I go to work. For this look, I kept the eyes simple yet still defining it. I also use a highlighter on some of my features to brighten up the whole look.

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I lined my eyes with brown liner as I want a softer look as compared to using black, plus my current hair color is brown. I line only the upper lid as I don’t want it to be too dramatic.
I also matched my brows by filling it in using a brow mascara. And if you can notice, my mascara is also brown tone. I think it’s good to match colors when it comes to liner and lashes.
Eyeshadow wise, I just apply a nice shimmering highlight color to the lids and blend out any hard lines. This way, the eyes will still pop though there’s no color.

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The lips would be the main point of this look. I opted for a classic coral with red tones, blotted it off as I don’t want it to be too bright and topped with a coral orange lip gloss. You can also change it to a bolder lip color and it will still look good. I like to match my blush to my lip color so I opted for a peachy coral blush.

Products on my face for this look:

YSL CC Cream in Lavender
YSL BB Cream in Light
Chanel Mat Lumiere Powder
M.A.C Blush in Prim and Proper from Liberty of London Collection
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
K-Palette One Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyepencil in Brown
Dollywink Mascara in Brown (Limited Edition)
Etude House Color My Brows in 03
Etude House Secret Highlighter
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 16
YSL Gloss Volupte in 204

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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MAC MATTE LIPSTICK SWATCH: LADY DANGER / CANDY YUM YUM

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M.A.C used to be my favorite brand of counter makeup. It’s the first mid range cosmetics that I’ve indulged in the past and a brand that I’ve followed through collection by collection. I got distracted by many other brands that I’ve not stepped into a M.A.C counter for the longest time. And to be honest, collections are getting repetitive and boring that I stopped following the brand.

Recently, the brand have been popping up on my instagram from fellow beauty bloggers that I’ve decided to check out a M.A.C counter myself. Ended up leaving with two matte lipsticks. I kind of wished I’ve kept my M.A.C empties for Back to M.A.C though.

M.A.C lipsticks are now retailing at $30 from the $28 that I’m used to. (This shows how long I’ve not shopped at M.A.C) The price is actually reasonable as compared to $45-$50 a pop for counter brands like YSL, Chanel etc and just a little more expensive from drugstore brands like L’Oreal or Bourjois at mid $20 range.

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So I’ve picked out two very bright colors as I’m at the phase where bold lips is the choice for me. I lacked a really bright orange and pink in my stash so I got Lady Danger(Dark Orange) and Candy Yum Yum(Neon Pink). If I’m not wrong, Candy Yum Yum is a limited edition turned permanent color. Both are of Matte formulas.

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Lady Danger is a bright dark orange with more red tones in it.
Candy Yum Yum is a bright neon pink with blue undertones.

The texture of the Matte lipsticks are very creamy and they glides on smoothly on the lips. Lipbalm is still recommended for those with dry lips before application as M.A.C lipsticks are usually a little drying.

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Here’s swatches on the hand in bright room lighting. One thing I note after wiping the swatches off my hand is that Candy Yum Yum stains. I tried it on straight after purchase last night and it stains my lips too. Best to be removed using eyes and lip makeup remover or you can use a soft tooth brush to brush the lips gently to remove the stain like I did.

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Lip Swatches under bright spot lighting. The color payoff is great and if you don’t want the colors to be so bold, just apply with a lighter hand. Or you can choose to blot off excess color with a tissue.

I’m wearing Candy Yum Yum again today and so far it lasted a good 7 hours with eating and drinking in between.

Definitely a 4.5/5 rating for these lipsticks.

I think I’m rekindling my love for M.A.C.

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