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Althea Box: Smart Beauty Tools

Althea Box Featuring Beauty Tools for Smarter Application

althea box

Althea has put together a Smart Beauty Tools box which includes items from Skincare, Beauty Tools to Makeup to help one to create a flawless look! Let’s take a look at the items in the box!

Althea Box: Smart Skincare

The first step to flawless skin is oil-free skin and clean pores! The Black Block soap and Pore Cleansing brush from BB& Soap provide you with just that! The Pore Cleansing brush fine bristles will get deep into your pore to clear out the impurities while the Black Block with Charcoal extracts helps to leave your skin fresh and oil free!

The Pobling Mini Ion applicator helps your skin to absorb your skincare products more efficiently with vibrating motions. I love using this for under the eyes with a gel eye cream which doubles up as an eye massage!

Althea Box: Tools and Makeup

The COC Pro Skin Adhering brush is a dense toothbrush shaped oval brush which helps to buff the product into your skin. I prefer to use this for targetted areas rather than a foundation brush as it’s quite small. The brush is very dense and soft at the same time which makes it great to blend the product out.

IT’s Skin It’s Top Professional Touch Finish Correction Foundation is a medium to high coverage foundation which leaves a semi-matte finish.

A beauty blender lookalike, It’s My Magic Sponge did a good job in blending the foundation into skin. The tip is not skinny enough to reach into corners though.

An eyelash curler with a comb that is supposed to help prevent any clumping. Only useful if you curl your lashes after mascara. If not, it works like any other curler.

The Pink Heart brush from COC which is a multi-purpose brush that can be used for powder, blush and contour. I like how fluffy it is and how travel-friendly it is due to its short handle!

Get Ready With Me Ft Althea Smart Beauty Tools!

I’ve used some of the tools that came in the Althea Box in a Get Ready With Me Video! Enjoy and see how I put the tools to use! 🙂

Althea Box provides free shipping with their best price policy! Also, do not worry about the authenticity of the products as they have an Authentic Guarantee! The Smart Beauty Tool Box is currently out of stock but there are so much more other quality products on the Althea site so shop away!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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NARS Unfiltered Palettes Review

nars unfiltered palettes

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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Sephora Haul February 2016

It has been a long time since I last did a haul post. Or rather, it has been a long time since I last went beauty shopping.

I got interested in the Foreo Luna recently as I’m tired of switching up products to try heal up my acne prone skin. Back when I was using my Clarisonic Mia, my skin was pretty clear but now it’s too harsh for my sensitive skin. And it’s rather troublesome to have to replace the brush heads every couple of months.

I did a quick research and read that the Foreo Luna is much gentler and the new version 2 have got one specifically for sensitive skin.

Sephora haul Foreo The Foreo Luna 2 is going at $299 and they are giving away complementary cleansers by their brand with every purchase of the Luna 2. I doubt I’ll be using those though.

Am currently in a daily masking routine so I picked up a couple of new masks to try. The Sephora Lotus Mask, wanted to get the Rose one but it was OOS. This is going at $16 for 5 pieces which is pretty expensive for paper mask. I’ve also got the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Gel Mask as I’ve read good reviews on the brand. Plus this was on the Sephora’s favorite shelf. Pretty expensive at $83 for 150ml tub. Let’s hope it works well.

How can I not get makeup on a beauty shopping trip? Have been seeing mentions of Burberry lipsticks so I decided to check it out. These Lip & Cheek Bloom Blushing Color caught my eyes instead as I’m a huge fan of 2 in 1 products. Got two shades in Poppy and Purple Tulip after swatching. Will be reviewing these in a separate post after using them. This is retailing at $47 each.

This caught my eye while I was queing up to pay for my purchases. Sephora is smart to make us queue along the product shelves. I did a quick google and decided to get it after reading one review that it works. This is called The Original MakeUp Eraser which is a cloth that can remove your makeup with just water. Can’t wait to try it out for myself. This is $30.

So that sums up my haul at Sephora! Let me know if you want me to review the other items I got and I will do up a post after using them.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Review: Shu Uemura Laque Supreme

Shu Uemura recently launches their new range of lip product which is the Laque Supreme. The Laque Supreme is a liquid lip product with a glossy finish. I got 1 when I was picking up the Metallic Ink liner and got another 2 as I really like the product.

shu laque supreme
I’ve gotten 3 shades, which is CR01, RD03 and WN02 respectively.

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Here are the swatches of the Laque Supreme in CR01,RD03,WN02 from top to bottom.

I realized that the consistency of the product kind of differs from the color. WN02 has got the best consistency in terms of color pigmentation. It covers the lip nicely with just one coat of color. As for CR01 and RD03, the consistency is slightly more watery and it requires two to three coats of color to get a nice even coat. Regardless, they all give a nice sheen of shine which is not too over the top. The shine does goes off after a few hours of wear and leaves a nice stain on the lips.

I also like how the finish is glossy but doesn’t leave a sticky feeling after it sets properly! Wears very comfortably on the lips.

Longevity wise, it’s really 5 out of 5! I wore it during CNY visits and they lasted me the whole day with loads of eating and drinking.

laquestains
Here’s a photo of the stains on the back of my hand after wiping excess product off. The stains are pretty stubborn which contributes to the longevity of the lip color I guess. As you can see, even WN02 leaves behind the most pigmented stains.

shu liquid lippies
The Laque Supreme is pretty similar but also pretty different from the Tint In Gelato range also by Shu Uemura. The Tint In Gelato was launched early last year and I picked up two at that point of time as I really like the creamy texture and the great pigmentation. I guess it will be good to do a mini comparison between this two products since I have them both.

shu liquid lips swatches
Here’s a swatch of the Tint In Gelato by the side of the Laque Supreme. AT01 and PK02 from left to right. You can see that it’s more pigmented and more creamy whereas the Laque Supreme is more watery. Also the Tint In Gelato is kind of a two in one product. It can also be used as a creme blush. The Tint In Gelato finish is more matte and when used on the cheeks , it feels almost powdery.

tintblended swatches
Here’s how the Tint In Gelato looked liked when it is blended out. There’s kind of too much product here, but with the right amount used it will give a nice sheer color on the cheeks.I kind of really like this product as it’s very convenient for travels. However, the longevity of this on the lips is pretty average. It lasted longer on the cheeks as a blush.

Here’s a photo of me wearing the Tint In Gelato in PK02 on both my lips and cheeks.


This is me wearing the Laque Supreme in RD03.

Overall, I would say the Laque Supreme and Tint In Gelato is two different products. If you like long lasting lip colors with a glossy finish, the Laque Supreme is the choice to go. If you like some versatility in your products and prefer matte finish, the Tint In Gelato is a good choice. Personally, I would pick up the Laque Supreme for daily use as I am someone who is lazy to touch up. But I would pick the Tint In Gelato to be in my pouch when I’m going overseas as it’s really more convenient.

The Laque Supremes(0.18 Oz) are retailing at $40 and the Tint In Gelatos(0.19Oz) are retailing at $38.

Hope this post is useful!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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