Thursday, December 12, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3 Swatches and Review


Hola~~

I finally finally got my hands on the UD Naked 3!!!

If you have read my previous post, I have been stalking the Sephora Singapore FB page like an absolute psycho. I got my palette from the pre launch on the 11th December at Sephora Ion.

The pre sale started at 7pm, the first 3 in line would get the Naked Vault which both Naked 1 & 2 with a purchase of the Naked 3. The first 50 in line would get a deluxe size gift from UD. Needless to say I went to queue for it, I got there at 6pm and thankfully I was the 43rd in line hehe. There is also a complimentary full-sized Urban Decay Lip Junkie with purchase of the NAKED 3 palette for Sephora White Card members.

Okay enough talk, lets go into the swatches now~


Like the Naked 2, it comes in a sturdy metal tin which I do prefer over the Naked 1 packaging because it is so much more travel friendly.


Here's the product description from the Urban Decay Website:

Experiment with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter.

It’s finally here: the long-awaited follow-up Naked and Naked2 (two of the industry’s all-time bestselling palettes)! And this time around, we’re giving you a dozen NEW ways to get Naked. (Yes, we loaded this palette with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades.)

Choose from every finish imaginable: ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics. From the palest, shimmery pink to deep, warm black, these neutrals will make you want to get Naked all over again. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Naked3 includes a NEW double-ended shadow/blending brush AND an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler with resealable samples of all four formulas (original, Sin, Eden and Anti-Aging). Each sample holds about a week’s worth of Primer!

Our art-school-inspired tin case is a gorgeous rose-gold color (a subtle hint at the shades inside). Embossed on top with a big “Naked3” and cool facets that beg to be touched, it’s sure to inspire lots of jealous stares.

 
 
The Naked 3 comes with 4 sample sized primers, and each sample pod holds a week's worth of primer.


Close Up Pictures:

*I took these after swatching the shadows!

The Naked 3 Palette also comes with a dual ended synthetic brush, I think the blending end is a tad too flimsy for my liking. But the is pretty handy and convenient especially when travelling.


 
 
My favourite colours of the palette!
 


 
Swatches:
 
 




 
Impressions:
 
I love how this palette incorporates the rose hues without being too pinky, which makes it much more flattering and easy to wear. Like the previous 2 palettes, all the colours are very complimentary and it makes matching the eyeshadows very easy and foolproof.
 
 
I have to say that the texture of the darker half of the palette is better as they are smoother and also very pigmented. The lighter half of the palette tends to have abit more fallouts.
 
My favourite colours of the palette would have to be Buzz and Trick because they are shimmery without being overly glittery. The micro glitters are gorgeous!! These 2 shades are also the most unique IMO I don't think I have any dupes for these. The matte shades are also very pigmented and creamy, I think they would be perfect for blending!
 
The most disappointing shade in the palette would have to be Dust, it looks like a gorgeous light pink in the palette, but it is not as pigmented as the other shades, way too much chunky glitter bits and the texture is too chalky for my liking. I would say Sin from Naked 1 would be a much better version of Dust in terms of colour payoff and texture.
 
 
As for which of the Naked Palette to get, like I always say, Naked 1 is warm, Naked 2 is cool, Naked 3 is pink hued. It all boils down to personal preferences. Do you need all 3? Maybe if you are a naked fan like myself.
 
Gifts from the Pre Sale:
 
 
Since I was the first 50 in line, I got a sample size of the anti aging eyeshadow primer and a sample size of the prep spray which I have been dying to try!! So yay!
 


 
All Sephora white card members get a complimentary  full sized lip gloss. This is such a pretty colour! 
 
 
The Naked 3 retails for 83 SGD and it is available at all Sephora outlets islandwide from today 12th December 2013. I am expecting it to sell out vey quickly so do get one ASAP if you want one!



Friday, November 22, 2013

Random Updates

HI!!!!

I am sorry for the general lack of updates recently. I have been so busy with all the project submissions and exams are next week! yikes.

Anyway I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!! Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette is out! It has 12 brand new rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter. I am going crazy thinking about it. I have loved the previous 2 naked palettes but I KNOW I am going to love the Naked 3 the most cos I love rose hued eye shadows.

I am legit going crazy cos I am stalking the Sephora Singapore Facebook page like a manic waiting for any scrap of information they'll release with regards to the palette.

It is already out of stock on the urban decay website! I think I may just get it from the US website. Hopefully I can get my hands on it before the release in Singapore~




LOOKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!

I'll post any updates I have about this palette! (I hope I am not the one who is obsessed with this palette hehe)

Ill be back next week with new posts :3

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream


Hello!

I am really belated with this review, but as I always say better late than never~

It's week 12 of school and I am up to my eyeballs with work! I cannot believe I am actually writing this post. But I have so many backlogs that I cannot wait to post so here goes!


If you are unfamiliar with CC Creams, I talked a bit about it in this post (LINK).

According to the website:

Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream naturally corrects and evens skin while providing it with several skin improving properties. This CC cream protects against both UV A and B rays with SPF32 PA++, improves the appearance of wrinkles, moisturizes, covers imperfections with micro-capsules, and uses niacinamide to even skin tone and brighten it. Plus it comes in two shades to match your undertones, cool (01) and warm (2).
 

Benefits:
  • Anti-Aging
  • Moisturizes
  • Evens Tone
  • UV Protection
  • Covers Imperfections
  • Whitens
  • Brightens
I got the Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC cream SPF 32/PA ++ when I was in Korea in the summer.
Like all the competing CC cream, it is pretty inexpensive at 16 000KRW.

 I got mine in shade #2 Natural Beige since my undertones are warmer.


It comes with a very handy pump dispenser which I do enjoy because I feel that it is more sanitary this way.


It pumps out as a white cream, and after rubbing it into my skin the colour would change to match my skintone. I think the colour changing properties is pretty good! It really did match my skintone without looking overly white or pasty.

However I must say that this product would be better for those who are fairer.

It smells pretty good, quite light and perfume-y nothing overly strong.

For a CC Cream, the coverage is pretty decent. I am currently breaking out a bit with those tiny zits and my skin has been looking pretty dull from all the stress and the lack of sleep. But I could get away with just applying this CC cream with a bit of concealer.

It does a pretty good job of evening out my skintone as a whole.


                                 BEFORE                                         AFTER

As you can see, the redness around my nose and cheeks are reduced and my dark circles are also less dark heh.

I think this would work well for those with good skin, but for those who wants more coverage you could use this as a base for your BB creams or foundations.

I do like how the product feels on my face. Although it is a cream it does not feel overly heavy or oily on my skin. It gives a slightly dewy finish without being overly oily.

As for it's oil control properties it is pretty normal, nothing stellar. It lasted me about 2-3 hours before I had to blot and about 4-5 hours before it started fading.

In general I would say that it is quite a good CC Cream that works well as a base as well as in it;s own. I would not rush out to buy this because there is nothing exceptional about the product. Plus I am still a bigger fam of BB creams and with all the products I have tried it is getting harder to be impressed hehe. But I would say that at 50 ml, it is very value for money. It definitely is worth a try if you are thinking of trying out a CC Cream!


Have a good week yall <3

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Tattoo Experience


Hello!

1 October 2013

I got my tattoo today! I got it done at Think Tattoo. It is at Far East Plaza.

 Very excited about it ^^
 
 

I have always wanted to get a second tattoo. I got my first one about 3 years ago? I decided on the word gratitude becuase it is something that I live by and will always live by. I always feel that this world would be such a better place if everyone was thankful for what they had. I am very lucky and I am very much happier when I practice gratitiude :)

So thats the story behind my tattoo. After choosing the design, the tatto artist would stencil it on your body as such:


Then you lie on the bed? Surgical Table? Tattoo Table? The tattoo artist will cling wrap the entire thing for hygiene purposes.

And there we go. I'm sure the first question that everyone will ask is " Does it hurt?"

HELL YES IT DOES.  It is definitely an 8 for me.If I were to describe the pain, I would say that it is like piercing a penknife through your skin and having it scratch over and over your skin. My first tattoo is behing my ear and I don't remember it as being that painful as this. Maybe it's because it is more sensitive?

Personally, I feel that the bolding of the font/scratching of the needle on the skin is less painful as compared to when the artist lifts up the needle and repoke it into your body. Now that is bad.

But the most important thing when getting a tattoo is TO BREATHE. Sounds easy aye, but it sure ain't especially when you are enduring that pain. When you are so focused on enduring the pain you tend to forget to breathe. When you forget to breathe, you faint.

Really I have to give it up to those with huge tattoos on their body. The fact that they can endure so much pain is amazing.

When you are all done, your skin feel as though it has been sunburnt. The tattoo artist will slather a thick layer of vaseline and bandage it up.





Of course I have to take more shots of it before it gets bandaged up. Sorry I didnt manage to take a shot of it being bandaged but it wasn't anything fancy or pretty. Do expect your tattoo to bleed a lil though.

The tattoo artist recommended us to get an ointment for our tattoo called Bepanthen. I got it from Watsons for 8.90 SGD. You can find it from the section where they sell all the baby stuff.



I was told to wash my tattoo with soap and warm water every 3 hours and then apply a thin layer of the ointment on it. It is very importatant to keep the tattoo clean.

Being the girl that I am, you cannot tell a generic term like 'soap'. I was like what soap, face? body? hand? anti bacterial? I decided to use my facial cleanser in the end. I figured that would be milder. I was considering on using vagisil though cos it has antibacterial bacterial properties too right?

The first wash I was a lil scared. I was told to remove the bandage after 4 hours and then I could wash the tattoo and shower. It turned out fine, it didn't hurt too much and it shouldnt hurt too much if you are gentle.



Throwback to my first tattoo :)

2nd October

Yay! Survived my first night and extremely happy that I did not wake up with a fever like I did my first time.       

The ink does stain your clothes though, so be sure to wear black. It still is a tad sore. So I do have to take extra care of that spot.


5th Oct

Fast Forwarding! My tattoo has been healing very well! All is left is abit of bruising. It is starting to get very itchy though as the skin heals and scabs. But always remember, never to scratch.


The ink will start to fall off  as well. At this point, it is very important that I cleaned and applied my nappy cream on time because it really does offer some relief from the itch hehe.

25 Oct

Yay! I can safely say that my healing process has been rather perfect! No infections or any nasty things like that. The colour is still very vibrant ^^


TADAAAAA~ I still do apply the nappy cream from time to time when I remember to do so, but all is good so far :D

I really think the way of cleaning that my tattoo arist recommended is AWESOME and is the reason why my tattoo healed so well! The discomfort is very minimal very different from my first experience.

There are several things that I had to abstain from and coincidentally they all start with S haha or that my tattoo artist is extremely punny. I had to stay away from the sun, swimming, scratching, scrubbing, seafood/shellfish (only if you believe that seafood/shellfish is 'poisonous'). Do check with your tattoo artist if you are worried!

So yeah! That has been my tattoo journey! Hope it has been interesting <3

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dolly Wink Volume Mascara Review


Why hello there beautiful.

This is it guys. This is it. I have found THE ONE. This mascara is the bombdiggidy.

If you have read my post about the Canmake Gukunobi Mascara review LINK here. I called it my holy grail, all I can say now is MOVE OVER.

My lashes have always been unable to hold a curl no matter which mascara I used. The only one that worked was the Majorca Majolica Lash Expander Frame Plus, but removing it was such a pain so I never really went back to it.

This mascara is amazing. It holds up the curl so well. Finally I realised it's not me, it was the mascara hehe.


Original Lashes
 


Would you look at how awesome this mascara is! Blimey where have I been all this while.


The lengething effect is okay. Nothing very spectacular, but it really does deliver in terms of adding volume.
 
 
I really like the brush as well, I generally prefer mascaras with legit brush/bristles as compared to those with plastic bristles or with comb type bristles.
 
For a volumising mascara, the brush is not too big which is awesome cos I always end up making a mess and getting mascara all over my eyelids when I use those with super huge brushes.
 
Also I really like the small tapered tip. It is really good when I am applying mascara to the little lashes on the inner corners. Very good for the lower lashes too! Now I dont have to use a seperate mascara for my lower lashes!~
 
 

Pros:

 
- Amazing curling effect
- Maintains and holds the curl
- Easy removal
- Great volumising effect
- Super cute packaging ^^
 
 

Cons:

-  Clumps very easily, I normally only use one coat. Anything more than one coat, I will get the spidery lash effect which I don't like.
- Smudges after about 4-5 hours
 
 
Curl Holding Power - 5/5

Lengethening - 3/5 

Volumizing - 4.5/5
 
 Does not clump -  2/5

Does not smudge - 3/5

Easy Removal  - 4/5
 
 
I would definitely repurchase this if I run out, or until I find another mascara that surpasses this. The pros definitely makes up for the cons of this mascara. This is definitely for those who like curled dramatic thick lashes :D
 
I love using this for my everyday look. Ive been very lazy recently, so all I do for my eyes is mascara hehe. This looks amazing and really helps to open my eyes and make them look fresh and awake ~
 


Have a good week yall <3

Sunday, October 6, 2013

All Etude House Date Night Makeup


HI YALL!

Since Etude House is one of my favourite Korean makeup brand, I thought it would be fitting that I did a makeup look with only etude house products.

Since everyone seems to be going out on dates recently, I hope that this would be helpful when you are going out on your next date :)

If you are a girl that doesn't normally put on makeup or is very minimal, I wanted to create a look that can oomph up your look but doesn't look too heavy and over the top.

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1) Start off with a prepped face, all moisturised and ready for base makeup. My pre makeup preparations depends on the time of the day I am going out. Also I like to fill in my brows before starting on the makeup. Of course my choice of brow product would be the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow in #3.
 
2) For my base, I am using the Etude House Precious Mineral Cotton Fit BB Cream in #2 Light Beige. Personally I like to dot the product all over my face, focusing in the centre part of my face. I think that this gives the most even application.
 
3) Blend out the product with fingers. You can use a brush, sponge or whatever. I like to use my fingers when I am using a product for the first time.
 
If there are areas that you need more coverage, feel free to add more product on the places that you need it. But always remember, less is more. If you are going on a date, I think most guys would not like it when girls look like they have a mask of foundation on.
 
4) Conceal your dark circles or any other imperfections. I am using the Etude House Surprise Essence Concealer in #1 Light Beige. For a date look, especially if I am going out at night, I would pay more attention to creating a flawless base. So do spend a bit more time here, it is always good to look fresh and awake :)
 
 
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Etude House Dear My Blooming Eyes
BR401 Miss You Again and Again Gold Brown
 
 
5) Apply the Lid colour all over the eyelids and the Crease colour to the outer half of the eyelids. Blend the Crease colour into the crease.
 
Using the same applicator as the Crease colour, sweep whatever is left along the bottom lashline. This is to create a gradient and a colour for the liner colour to blend into.
 
6) Apply the Liner colour into the double eyelid crease.
 
Using the same applicator as the Liner colour, sweep whatever is left along the outer half of the bottom lashline. This is to create more depth of to the eye.
 
7) Apply a thin line of liquid eyeliner to define the eyes. I am using Etude House Oh~ M' Eyeliner in Brown. I would suggest a brown liner if you are going for a more natural look.
 
8) Curl lashes and apply mascara. Apply the Lid colour as an inner corner highlight. Also, apply Lid colour to the inner half of the bottom lashline to create the agyeosal effect and to further brighten up your eyes ^^
 
 
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9) I am very very used to using a cream blusher as a base before I apply my powder blusher because I feel that it really helps to extend the longevity of my blusher. Since I do not have a cream blusher from etude house, I decided to double up my lipstick as a cream blusher. I am using Etude House Look At My Lips in #4 I love Pink
 
10) Just realised how washed out the colours look, but I just swiped two streaks of the lipstick over the apples of my cheeks
 
 
11) Blend out the colour with fingers!
 
Just in case you want to contour your nose/features but dont have a bronzer or a matte brown shade on hand, here is a little tip.
 
Using your brow pencil, lightly draw little lines on the area that you want to contour.
 
 
Be sure to blend it out and make sure that there are no obvious lines in sight.

 
 
12) Set your makeup with powder. I am using Etude House Precious Mineral BB Compact in #1 Ivory Beige.
 
 
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13) Apply powder blush over the cream blusher. I am using Etude  House Face Colour Corset in #4 Pink Lay Fit. I am not sure if this line is still being sold. I have a feeling that it has been re packaged.
 
Anyway, the reason why I place so much emphasis on blusher is because if you are someone who is as pale as I am, blusher really helps to make you look not only healthier, but also more awake. Plus I think pink blusher looks very pretty and looking pretty is always good when going on dates :D
 
 
14) Apply the powder blusher on the apples of the cheeks
 
15) I am using Etude House Marble Marble in #3 Rose Marble Peach as a highlight.
 
16) Apply the highlight down your nose, on the forehead , on top of the cheekbones and on the chin. Basically apply the highlight on the places you want to enhance.
 
Applying a highligher can also help to create a more glowy look. If you have oily and is worried that using a highlighter can make you look oiler, you can choose to skip this step!
 


  Apply your lipstick and you are all set to go! I am using the same lipstick as I did for my cheeks!
 
PS: Just an update, I mentioned that I was getting a tattoo and I got it! I will do a detailed post on it when it is fully recovered so I can tell you guys all about the entire process from the start to the healing. Meanwhile here it is!
 
 
Till next time then! xxx