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FOTD: Lunasol Aurorized Eyes – 02 Light Variation

It is finally my off day today and I decided to wear Lunasol Aurorized Eyes in Light Variation that I picked up during the last Kanebo Sales.  On my days off, I like to wear minimal eye and face makeup unless there it is a special occasion or outing so as to give my skin some time off too.

Lunasol Aurorized Eyes – 02 Light Variation

It consists of a flesh-toned beige, a pale pink, medium warm-toned brown, a butter yellow and the palest lilac. Most of these shades are shimmery and apply with a high shine, almost glossy finish and are so finely-milled that they feel like butter under the warmth of my fingers. The exceptions though, are the brown and the lilac. The brown shade feels a little hard to my touch but it was not difficult to pick up the powder whereas the lilac acts as an accent shade that is dabbed onto the centre of the eyelids to draw light and attention. It is very glittery and sparkly with minimal color payoff.

The last picture shows off the high-shine finish best of all. For this look, I merely used 3 colours: the butter yellow, the pale pink and the brown as a powder liner. I love how this combination turns out despite the subtlety of the colours.

Since I received a Benefit package today, I decided to finish off my cheeks and lips with some Sugarbomb blush powder and Benetint Lip Balm.

Face: Feverlet BB Cream, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Light Golden, Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder on undereyes, Lavshuca Loose Powder on rest of face.

Eyes: Lunasol Aurorized Eyes 02 Light Variation, Milani Liquif’eye Pencil Liner in Brown on waterlines, Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Black Onyx

Cheeks: Benefit Sugarbomb

Lips: Benefit Benetint Lip Balm

I was drawn to this palette like moths to light and I do not regret my purchase at all. As with all other Lunasol palettes, this was well-made and of high quality.  My only gripe is that some of the colors may look similar on the eyes unless care is taken to pack them on. Nonetheless, this palette  is extremely versatile and a worthwhile addition to every makeup stash 😀

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Kanebo Markdown Sale December 2011: Haul

Snapshots of my haul from the Kanebo Christmas sales!

From Lunasol:

Aurorized Eyes in #02 & #03, Shining Face Color (2010 Winter), Aurorized Nuance Eyes in EX02 & EX03, Full Glamour Gloss EX15, Gel Eyeliner #01 Deep Black, First Skin Adjuster

Aurorized Eyes #02 Light Variation, #03 Gentle Variation

From Coffret D’Or:

Eyeshadow Base #02, RT Veil Misty Lotion and Makeup Base, Beauty Lasting Liquid UV Foundation #BE-B, Beauty C Curve Eyes #01, Jewelcious Eyes #02

Beauty C Curve Eyes #01, Jewelcious Eyes #02

From Kate Cosmetics:

The gel/cream shadows were at a great deal at only $3 each and they are very shiny and gives a wet look to the eyes. Compared to the Lunasol Aurorized Nuance Eyes, their shimmers are chunkier and less refined but beautiful nonetheless.

And lastly, a skincare set from Blanchir Superior:

The White Deep Clear Conditioner set was also available at the same price of $25 (UP $60 iirc). I had tried the Conditioner set before and it was not too bad (reminds me of Shiseido White Lucent Softener) so I decided to try out the White Luster set which is supposed to be a serum of some sort that has to be applied with cotton pads to smooth skin and get rid of dead skin cells.

The sale is ending tomorrow on the 23rd December 2011 so do make your way down as soon as you can for some worthy buys (imagine paying drugstore prices for high-end/high quality products 😉 )

Please feel free to check out Airmeli for her Kanebo sales haul and Elaine for her fabulous swatches on the Lunasol Full Glamour Liquid Lips that were available at the sales.

My Skincare Routine

Apologies for the lack of makeup posts – I’ve been so busy I could hardly breathe! Wanted to take this opportunity to share my skincare routine. I love buying and trying new skincare products and hardly go back to the same items but I have been using these for quite some time so I thought I’d just share my thoughts on them.

Makeup removers/Cleansers/Scrubs:

Neutrogena Eye & Lip MU Remover: An affordable eye/lip MU remover. Nothing exceptional about it, does the job well enough.

Lunasol Watery Oil Cleansing: Bought during the recent Kanebo sales – feels rather oily in texture but cleanses well enough. This is my second bottle (which explains the rather full content) but I will not repurchase at the full retail price because Origins Clean Energy works just as well at a cheaper price.

Lunasol Foamy Cream Wash: Very foamy and lathers up well. Leaves skin feeling very clean but is dehydrating. Bought this during the sales for only $10 so no complaints. Will not repurchase at full price.

Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ Cleanser: My go-to scrub/cleanser/mask. I love using this on days when I am recovering from breakouts or when my skin feels oilier than usual. Reviewed here.

Toners/Essences/Serums:

Kose Sekkisei Lotion: One of my favourite toners, leaves skin feeling refreshed and clean. Contains alcohol so it feels a tad drying but I always follow up with moisturizer.

SKII Facial Treatment Essence: I don’t use this religiously because I don’t seem to see very obvious results despite being on the second bottle. Provides good hydration though.

Paul & Joe Intensive Whitening Essence: I usually pat this in after toner to help with hydration. It does keep my skin clearer and translucent but it does not help with fading dark spots or scars.

Naruko Tea Tree Oil Out Serum: Helps to control oil on my T-Zone, texture is nice and watery so I need at least 2 pumps for the entire face. Lightweight texture also aids in absorption. Does not help with pimples whatsoever but it is a good enough serum for ladies with oily skin.

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus: I use this at night to help with repairing and anti-aging. It does help with plumping up fine lines and lines around my mouth. I also find that my makeup goes on smoother and better if I use this the night before. My favourite anti-aging serum up to date and I have used many.

Clarins Shaping Facial Lift: I use this mostly at night but not frequent enough to see significant lifting results because you have to pair it with the shaping massage techniques. Love the texture and the scent though 🙂

Clinique Derma White Micro-C Serum: Meant for spots, pigmentation or scars. It does help to fade scars but it does not fade pigmentation.

Moisturizers/Eye Cream/Sunscreens:

Olay Total Effects Day Cream (Normal): My favourite drugstore day cream! This helps with hydration and does not feel the slightest bit sticky despite the creamy texture. Absorbs rather well too which makes it a great day cream for all skin types.

Clinique Super Rescue Night Cream: I adore this night cream because it has the most complex and unique blend of anti-oxidants that helps with aging. The texture is creamy and thick which is perfect for my dry skin especially when I am often inside an air-conditioned environment. Leaves my skin feeling supple and smooth every morning.

L’Oreal UV Perfect SPF50: My trusty daily sunblock. I’ve been using this for many years and it hasn’t failed me yet. Love the texture – it also boasts to be a sunblock, moisturizer and makeup primer all in one. Just remember to apply an adequate amount in order to enjoy the full SPF offered.

Uriage Hyseac SPF 50: A sunblock great for oily skins because this version is oil-free. I wear this on days when I’m at home without wearing makeup on top. This is more lightweight and fluid-y than the L’Oreal which makes it a great sunblock for lazy days without the need for powder. However it does tend to dry out my skin especially after removal.

I hope this post has been useful and thank you for reading!

FOTD: Lunasol Xmas Collection 2010

I know Lunasol recently released a new Xmas collection for 2011 which I am not planning to get because I have too many neutrals in my stash (as can be seen in previous posts), and the latest Lunasol release actually kind of reminds me of the past year’s (2010). Lunasol’s Xmas collections are always produced to satisfy generic mass demand so I am not surprised that it is a neutral palette as well. Anyway, this prompted me to retrieve my 2010 Xmas palette to use because honestly, I’ve only used it less than 10x or so during the past year ever since I bought it and very much lesser for the blush and lip gloss *ashamed*

I have also reviewed it here before.

Lunasol Xmas 2010

Face: Kanebo Lunasol Modelling Water Liquid Foundation YO-02, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden, Guerlain Météorites Perles – 01 Mythic

Eyes: Lunasol Xmas 2010 EX01 Sheer Gold Beige Brown palette, Bobbi Brown Gel Liner – Caviar Ink, Clinique Lash Power Mascara – Black Onyx on lower lashes, Bébé Poshé Dazzling Eye Liner – Metallic Copper on lower waterline

Cheeks: Lunasol Xmas 2010 Coloring Cheeks – Sheer Gold Beige Pink

Lips: Lunasol Xmas 2010 Full Glamour Lips Gloss –  EX18 Sheer Gold Beige Pink

If you are keen on the new Lunasol Xmas 2011 Party Coffret, you may want to check out BirkinBagBeauty.

Thanks for reading!

用粉红眼影打造无辜大眼妆

I must have been watching too much NRWZD to be inspired to do  a “cute” and “innocent” look complete with cutesy poses. >.<

I’m a fan of pink eyeshadows because they do add a touch of youthfulness and purity to the eyes but done wrongly and it’d look like you are having an allergy. The choice of pink is also critical (wow, now I’m sounding analytical), and the best type of pink that I like to work with has to be slightly sheer and translucent.

When it comes to translucent and shimmery, no one does it better than Lunasol. And since I only have one pink-themed quad from them, I used the Lunasol Summer Pink Gradation palette that was previously used for a look here.

trying for the innocent, save-the-damsel-in-distress look

Well honestly.. I quite liked how it turned out because SO mentioned I looked “different” and “younger” (only with a lot of prompting from me).

What I used:

Base: Revlon Photoready, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer, MAC MSF Natural – Light Medium

Cheeks: Muji Swirly Blush (no shade name but this is the peach one)

Eyes: Lunasol Summer Gradation Pink Palette (all shades), Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner – Black/Brown, Maybelline Turbo Boost Volum’ Express Mascara in Black

Lips: YSL Rouge Pur #142

I think the key to doing this look well is to go easy on the eyeliner and make sure that it is elongated in a “downward” direction (instead of my usual winged liner). Apparently this gives a “puppy-eyed” look that seems to be very appealing. I also dusted some glittery shadow (top right hand corner of Lunasol palette) on the lower lash line just under my pupil and nowhere else. According to Kevin 老师, that is supposed to give a more wide-eyed look and makes your eyes more 水嫩, whatever that is supposed to mean. All in all, this is a very simple look and I really enjoyed doing it. I am not a “cutesy” person by nature but this is a look that I’d wear a lot in the future.

On a sidenote, I’m very impressed with the Revlon Photoready Liquid Foundation. I will be doing a separate review (hopefully when time is on my side) to share my thoughts with all of you.

EOTD: Lunasol Nature Color Eyes 02 Nature Green

Have been trying and playing around with my newly-acquired Lunasol palettes recently and this is a look I did with the green palette (02 Nature Green) in the series 🙂

This is a very pretty green/earth-themed palette that consists on a pale champagne highlight, a leafy green, golden taupe as well as a red-toned brown with golden shimmery bits. All shades contain shimmers and are rather sheer.

There are some fall outs but that’s to be expected due to the nature of the eye shadows. I actually applied this look using my fingers because I find that really minimizes the fall out. Another trick is to pat the shadows on then blend using a blending brush.

I do not own any green eyeliners that are suitable for this look so I layered the green shade (from the palette) over an existing eye liner (used the Lunasol Gel Liner as reviewed here) and this combination is quite interesting! Then I put on the tiniest bit of black liner on the upper lashline just in between my lashes. Love the results 😉



EOTD: Lunasol Nature Color Eyes 01 Nature Blue

Did a quick shimmery look using the Lunasol palette in 01 Nature Blue which was released as part of Kanebo Lunasol Spring 2010 collection.

natural light

with flash

Colours include (from clockwise) a pale ivory highlight, skyblue, olive brown and a minty green. All shades are very shimmery with obvious glitter bits. I love the texture of this palette and as with most Lunasol releases, they are very shiny on their own. However, this palette is too sheer for my liking so I decided to use a shimmery baby blue base underneath to bring out the blue in the palette.

Beaute de Kose Eye Fantasist BL952

blended

The BdK Eye Fantasist is a smudge-resistant, creamy and sparkly cream eyeshadow and can be worn on its own for a sheer wash of colour.

Click on the images to see how sparkly the shadows are… Perfect for night outs but it may seem a little OTT for work:(

I used all the colours in this palette for the look and I really liked how the BdK Eye Fantasist brought out the sky blue from the palette. Worn alone/over UDPP, the sky blue shade actually leaves a sheer blue wash of shimmers which was quite disappointing. The olive brown was also layered over MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line on the lower lash line to bring out the gold/green shimmers.




Swatch & Review: Lunasol Gel Eye Liner #05 Brown Red

This is Lunasol’s Gel Liner in #05 that I picked up during the recent Kanebo Warehouse sales.

It is a very rich creamy brown and is super pigmented (even more so than my Bobbi Brown ones).

It is more matte than shimmery but I think there are very very very slight shimmer bits in it.

under sunlight

Buy this if:

You want a creamy gel eyeliner that stays budge-free, smudge-proof and water-resistant throughout the day. I had tried to use Mandom Cleansing Moist Express to remove it but it does not even budge or transfer. An oil-based (or dual phase) eye MU remover is the only way to go.

Do not buy if:

There’s really no reason why one shouldn’t get this because this is a MUST HAVE in my books.

My thoughts:

This is my first Lunasol gel eyeliner because at $52 a pop (retail price), this isn’t exactly cheap. I got it for $20 at the recent Kanebo sales which is REALLY worth it. The quality is impressive because it does not take a lot to show up and it is damn long-lasting on the eyes even without my trusty UDPP beneath.

I love the colour too, it’s so creamy, pigmented yet looks natural on the eyelids. If you ask me, I’d repurchase even at full retail price if I ever run out of it.

Kanebo Sale Haul July 2011

Headed to the Kanebo Sale with HS early this morning. We were both very excited because of Lunasol that will be on sale. Both of us a fanatics of Lunasol palettes and I feel that we’ve indeed came a long way with our passion for Lunasol eyeshadows;)

What I managed to get:

Didn’t buy too much because I’d came to the realization that I am probably hoarding too much makeup.. And that I’ll never finish anything anyway.

Lunasol Watery Oil Cleansing $12

Actually got 3 of the cleansing oils since it’s 1)super cheap 2) I use it everyday to remove sunscreen and makeup 3) it’s good quality but I gave one away.

Note that this is chocked full of mineral oil so probably not very suitable for those who are sensitive or break out from it. This feels a tad oily so people with oily skins should handle with care.

Lunasol Foamy Cream Wash $10

Value for money! A drugstore cleanser can easily set you back by $10 or more, why not get 1 from Lunasol at the same price instead?

Kanebo Impress IC White Emulsion RF $25

Emulsion for combination/oily skins. Tried the one meant for dry/combination skins and it felt too greasy for my liking. Planning on using this in the day so the lighter the better.

Lunasol Gel Eyeliner 05 Brown Red $20

Was actually contemplating between 03 Dark Brown and 05 Brown Red for a nice versatile brown that I can wear for days or nights. 03 Dark Brown is more brown (towards colour of expresso) and less red whereas 05 Brown Red is much redder in tone without being too coppery.

The pigmentation and lasting power is insane. I swatched them and they dried within seconds. Super creamy and long lasting. I know because I tried rubbing them vigorously with a tissue and they did not budge until I used a cleansing oil on them.

Now for the highlight of today’s haul:

Nature Color Eyes #02 Nature Green $35

Nature Color Eyes #01 Nature Blue $35

Star Shower Eyes #05 Close of Night $35

Group pic!

This year’s Kanebo sale was quite comprehensive. Brands include Kate, Freshel, Kanebo, Coffret D’Or and Lunasol. Good variety imo, there were nail polishes, eyebrow pencils, mascaras, blushers, eyeshadows (both singles and palettes), eyeliners etc. Skincare also includes Kanebo Blanchir Superior, Impress IC, Freshel as well as Lunasol.

I find Lunasol skincare super worth it; the quality is tops (love their Morning Awakening Massage) and the price is very affordable. And I cannot rave enough about the quality of their eye shadows. Very finely-milled and the shimmers are astounding without looking garish or cheap.

With that said, I’m officially on a skincare ban. *ashamed* Le sigh.

FOTD: Lunasol Party Coffret 2010

Hi all,
No I’m not dead yet. Been too busy with work recently when I will leave the house early in the morning and come home only after the sun sets. That leaves me with virtually no time to take pictures for my blog.. And what’s blogging without a good set of pictures? 😉

Just a quick FOTD for today featuring Lunasol Xmas Coffret 2010 palette (Sheer Gold Beige Brown) and my newest conquest… The NARS Orgasm Powder Blush.

This is such a beautiful quint. The finish of these shadows are amazing.

Natural Light

Direct Sunlight

The colours look repetitive and blah, but the beautiful metallic finish and clean translucency of these shadows are to die for.

I completed my eye makeup with a MAC Pearlglide liner in Black Line which is blackened green with gold/coppery flecks. Super pretty!

with flash

My sister went to HK recently and I got her to pick up NARS Deep Throat for me and she ended up getting both NARS Orgasm and Deep Throat! I remember buying Orgasm a few years back when it was all hyped up on Youtube/beauty blogs/forums etc but I recall it was a total major fail for me. Ended up swapping it away for something else… And now it’s a good SIX years already.

Sigh. I ended up loving this blush to death and have been wearing it on my cheeks for consecutively SEVEN DAYS.

NARS Orgasm:

NARS Orgasm is a peachy pink blush, really more pink than peach with glorious golden flecks in it. People who hate shimmer will hate this because the shimmer bits are quiteeee chunky. Unlike other NARS blush, Orgasm can be a little sheer. This is perfect for me because I’m not the type of person who spends 15 minutes each day buffing out and blending harsh blush lines. In fact, the sheerer the better, at least I know I can build up the opacity with more layers.

Despite the sheerness, it lasts forever on me. The record was 12 hours without touch ups and at the end of the day the blush was still visible (faint but visible) on my cheeks, complete with the gold sheen and dewy glow.

I never thought I’d say this.. But I’m totally. In. LOVE. Now I know why it is so hyped up in the beauty world. Seriously, give your “regrets” another chance. You’d never know when you’ll end up loving it like never before.

Last face picture. I’m sorry the colour seemed a little washed out in the pictures 😦

Now, there is a reason why it’s called Orgasm.