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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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Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum

I was having a draught of dryness on my skin and it is timely that Vichy launch their new Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum. (In stores 1st April)

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I’ve received the Dynamic Hydration Serum and the Aqualia Thermal Light cream from Vanity Trove. Vanity Trove is collaborating with Vichy for this campaign. You can also find reviews of the serum from other users with different skin types on Vanitytrove.com!

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The star product that we want to look at is the Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum! Combined with the latest technology, this serum is able to even out the water level throughout the different parts of the face. In a way, it is able to detect the more dehydrated areas of the face and hydrates that part more. Interesting ain’t it?

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The consistency of this serum is very light and watery. Upon application, it turns into water and absorbs really quickly into the skin. Skin feels slightly bouncier after two weeks of use. I’m not sure how the technology behind this serums actually works to identify the less hydrated areas but I do find that my face is not as dry as before. It does not have that super tight feeling right after washing too. My cheeks which are usually experiencing the tight sensation no longer feels that tight.

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This is the Aqualia Thermal Light Cream that complements with the use of the serum. This cream is available in both the light and rich formulas. The Rich would be suitable for those with really dry skin. For people with normal/combine and oily skin, the Light cream would be a better choice.

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The Light cream is a semi translucent white cream of gel texture and is very light upon application too. It absorbs fast enough and skin feels smooth and cool. I find that my make up applies better when I use this cream in my routine.

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A closer look at the Light cream.

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I actually received the Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream from another event so here’s a small comparison with the Light cream.

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The Rich cream on the left and Light cream on the right. You can see that the Rich cream is denser and more opaque in colour. It is slightly thicker but absorption is still very fast. Both creams does not leave behind any sticky feeling.

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I will actually recommend using the serum as it’s really light and suitable for the humid weather in Singapore. The Light cream can be used as a day cream and the Rich cream as a night cream even for those with oily skin. Just be sure to apply a thin layer if you’re more towards the oily side. For those with dry skin, don’t be afraid to apply a thicker layer.

After two weeks of usage, I observed that my skin feels smoother, more plump and less dry. My skin was flaking before and the flaking have definitely reduced greatly.

I also love how light the serum and cream are. For someone who have combination sensitive skin like mine, I’m very afraid of thick creams as they might be too thick and break me out. I never had this problems with Vichy products as they constantly improve on their products making it suitable for the humid weather here in Asia.

I’ll rate this range a 4/5 stars!

Looking for hydration skincare? This range is definitely worth checking out!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Flirty Feb BellaBox 2014

February is the month of love with Valentine’s day. This month’s BellaBox is preppy you for a flirty February!

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This month we get a total of 6+2 bonus items!

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-Darlie Expert Fresh
-L’Oreal Paris Everstrong Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner
-Apothederm Firming Serum
-Rachel K Lotus Stem Cell Hydrogel Mask
-Apivita 3 in 1 Cleansing Milk for Face & Eyes
-Collection Hotlights Lipgloss

Bonus: L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil & Rachel K Purifying Cleanser Gel

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My favorite item this month would be the Hotlights Lipgloss from Collection that comes with built in light and mirror for easy touch ups even in the dark! This is retailing at $15.90.

Get your very own BellaBox or find out how you can subscribe for a monthly box over at http://BellaBox.sg now!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Red Side Ombre for CNY by Salon De Choix

CNY is approaching and other than new clothes, new shoes, we need a new look for our hair too! So it’s back to my trusted Salon De Choix for a new look!

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As usual, I gave my stylist the freedom to do whatever he wants with my hair, that is unless his idea is too over but so far so good. 😛 So after deciding on the look, we get started with lightening parts of the hair. Unlike previous times where we just bleach the sides, we started from the fringe back.

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So, CNY is around the corner so we opted for RED! Red is a lucky color for new year! Personally I love red hair, I can somehow wear it well with my fair skin tone. 😛

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We also cut the back of the bob a little shorter then usual with the sides longer so it forms a gradient.

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There’s many ways to wear this hair. Just show a little of the red by the side.

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Sweep the fringe to the side more to show a two toned fringe.

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Put some of the hair behind the ear to show more of the red.

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Or just put all the brown hair behind the ear showing the full glory of the red.

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Here’s how the side looks like. A nice gradient and you can see the red peeking out.

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I prefer the subtle look with just the right amount of red showing through. But I also loved how I can go wild with the red. 😛

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If you have not get your hair done for CNY, make an appointment and head down to Salon De Choix now! They will be closed from 30th Jan to 5th Feb so be quick!

Salon De Chiox located at Winsland House(5 min away from Somerset Mrt). Quote my name ‘Joyce’ for 15% off all regular hair services! Call them at 6836 2959 to make your appointment! Look for Ricky!

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XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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