MAKE UP FOR EVER New Artist Shadows – Photos, Swatches & Details

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Make Up For Ever has recently revamped its existing eyeshadow collection and lo behold, we have 210 new eyeshadows to colour our world with.

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Billed as the Artist Shadows, these eyeshadows boast a very smooth texture, superior blendability, high impact colour with 88% pigments and coverage.

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I love MUFE’s tag #NOTHINGBUTMAKEUP which attests to the new Artist Shadow’s pigmentation and blendability. Great texture is like a good tool – it lends to infinite possibilities in the hands of the artist and creator.

Another facet of the the new Artist Shadows I love is the freedom system MUFE uses – all the eyeshadows are available as refills and you are free to custom-create your own eyeshadow palettes.

mufe-artist-shadow-refillThe MUFE Artist Shadows retail at S$26 a pop. There are 3 types of palettes to choose from – single, duo and triple pan palettes. Regardless of the size, each palette retails at S$9 (might as well get the 3-pan one!) and comes with a clear flip-top cover and magnetised wells.

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There are 210 shades of Artist Shadows but all 210 shades will only be available at the MUFE Pro Loft & Academy located at Armenian Street. I usually head there for my MUFE fix because that is where the complete range of powders, concealers, lipsticks and now Artist Shadows are available. MUFE will also retail the Artist Shadows at Sephora stores in Singapore. The MUFE MAKE UP SCHOOL located at Sephora ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City will carry 108 shades while the rest of the Sephora stores will carry 24 shades (the most popular!) as seen in the photos below.

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The Artist Shadows are available in 5 textures – Metallic (pearly and metal-like), Matte (opaque with no shine, sparkle or pearl), Satin (soft sheen), Iridescent (soft glimmer) and Diamond (rich colour base with same-tone, gold or silver glittering accents). Each Artist Shadow’s number is preceded by an initial indicating the texture – D104 is a Diamond series Artist Shadow while ME554 is a Metallic series Artist shadow My personal favourites are the Metallic and Diamond textures – the ones I picked up too were all the Diamond series.

Here are swatches of Artist Shadow shades that caught my eye.

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  • D320 Golden Khaki – a cool golden brown with a lovely sparkly finish
  • ME554 Gunmetal – looks more like a cool pearlised taupe with the slight hint of mauve
  • I324 Bronze Khaki – a soft golden-olive; the olive rather than bronze tone dominates on my skintone
  • ME216 Electric Blue – electric blue alright! Medium bright blue with blue pearl
  • D308 Aquatic Khaki – the base shade is actually more of a black-brown with green-blue pearl and sparkles strewn throughout
  • D334 Apple Green – yellow-toned bright light green with gold accents
  • D410 Gold Nugget – bright gold with gold sparkle

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I added this photo because I wanted to show you the multi-dimensional effect of the pearlised sparkles, particularly in D320 and D308 (which I succumbed to temptation and bought, along with a few others). Also, the irresistible shine of ME554 is making me regret not picking that up!

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  • M100 Black – a good opaque, neutral matte black
  • ME108 Steel – cool metallic stainless steel shade
  • D118 Platinum – bright white-toned silver with sparkles
  • S228 Sepia Blue – reminiscent of the blue from the Blue Sepia palette a couple of collections ago, this is what I refer to as peacock blue.
  • D104 Black Diamond – deep satin black base accented by silver sparkles
  • D236 Lagoon Blue – pearlised teal blue with silver sparkles

Love how the sparkles dance in the light!

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  • ME512 Golden Beige – Pale gilded nude (it’s pulling a little silvery on me)
  • D222 Night Blue – a deep metallic blue with blue and silver sparkles
  • D306 Bottle Green – a deep metallic forest green with gold sparkle
  • ME202 Iceberg Blue – pearlised silver-blue
  • ME224 Navy Blue – metallic black-navy with blue pearl
  • ME304 Emerald – pearlised mermaid green (more green-toned than D326)
  • I340 Lime Green – acid chartreuse green with a very soft sheen

In the close-up shots, you can see that unlike many diamond or glitter eyeshadows, many of these Diamond-series MUFE Artist Shadows use a pearlised or soft-sheen base colour in addition to the sparkles, giving the eyeshadow richer, jewel effect. I have since bought both D222 and D306 but now after seeing my own photos (!), I’m going to go back for ME224.

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  • ME390 Black Purple – pearlised burnt purple
  • ME828 Garnet Black – pearlised blackened plum
  • D652 Celestial Earth – metallic copper-brown with gold accents
  • D410 Gold Nugget – neutral gold with gold accents
  • D562 Taupe Platinum – metallic warm silvered-taupe (this taupe has lesser of a mauve tinge than ME554)

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  • D562 Taupe Platinum - Well, I think I liked this shade so much, I swatched it twice!
  • D708 Pinky Copper – pearlised salmon-copper with silver accents
  • I628 Reptile – khaki-grey with a soft sheen
  • ME700 Amber – pearlised warm golden-bronze
  • I662 Amber Brown – warm golden brown with a sheen
  • ME612 Silver Brown – warm reddened brown

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  • ME912 Orchid Artist – metallic pink-purple that is very reminiscent to MAC Pigment in Pink Pearl, only more intense
  • S852 Neon Pink – almost-matte neon pink that doubles up as a blush shade if used with the lightest hand
  • ME734 Tangerine – metallic bright golden orange
  • I730 Pumpkin – pearlised deep orange

I was lucky to be given a chance to play with all these eyeshadows and MUFE’s press kit contained a 3-pan palette with ME216, S852 and S924 (a bright purple). However, makeup enthusiasts will not be content to just 3 Artist Shadows in their collection – I have since picked up 5 more and have housed all 8 Artist Shadows in another MUFE palette. My palette has space for another 4 eyeshadows and I don’t think I’ll have much trouble filling it up. I’ve road-tested these – particularly the Diamond series and like them very much. More on my custom palette and how the eyeshadows perform in my next post. Till then, I assure you, the wear very much like the swatch – intense payoff and comfort on the eyes.

Hope this entry was useful. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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Clarins + FEED = A Partnership From The Heart

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clarins-feed-2014Clarins has embarked on another FEED project this year – available at Tangs, with purchase of any full-sized Clarins treatment serum (Shaping Facial Lift, Double Serum, HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, White Plus Serum, Super Restorative Serum), customers will receive a Clarins + FEED Gift Set worth $75. At the same time, you will be helping to provide 10 school meals to hungry children.

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FEED literally feeds schoolchildren and encourages their parents to send them to school. FEED also motivates the children who are more attentive and hard-working when they are better nourished. It’s by educating children that the world will change. It’s one way in which we can create a more responsible world

~ Christian Courtin Clarins

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The FEED collaboration is integral to Clarins’ philosophy – Clarins believes in responsibility to the Earth and this is seen in their commitment to protecting the natural environment as well as those who are the most dependent on it. Fair Trade and Sustainable development are 2 business philosophies that are so tightly woven in Clarins’ psyche that it now has extended in a vision to want to make life more beautiful for future generations and to leave them a better world.

The heartwarming video above is an eye-opener and has the ability to make us re-evaluate so many things we take for granted on a daily basis. Through responsible brands like Clarins, we too can contribute in our own small ways. It is timely also that Tangs is currently running the Shop For Good campaign till 2 Nov 2014, where Tangs will donate S$0.50 to the Community Chest (up to S$100,000) for every retail receipt generated.

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Clarins has numerous treatment serums but if you’re looking for some pointers, here are 3 of my favourite Clarins serums which I’m using in combination right now.

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My skin has recently undergone a drastic change – I’m no longer the oily-oily girl and my skin went through an immensely dehydrated phase. While I initially didn’t really like the Double Serum (back then, I found it a bit too heavy), this has been my skin-saviour and I’ve been using it nightly. The Hydraquench Intensive Serum and the White Plus Total Luminescent Intensive Brightening Serums are my go-to for day skincare. More on this soon (I’m back on the blog now and will be posting regularly!) but get yourself to Tangs pronto and shop to FEED … Shop For Good.

Thanks for stopping by and take care

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Crabtree & Evelyn’s Men’s Collection

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Happy Father’s Day to all who are celebrating! I’m headed out with my folks later for hi-tea after an incredibly busy week – I’m so looking forward to that later :)

I usually gift my Dad fragrance, shirts or leather accessories for special occasions – he is allergic to fragranced products so skincare and shave balms are out of the question for him; he wears whatever fragrance or EDTs on his shirt pockets and collars instead. This sometimes makes gifting difficult for me. However, there are plenty of lovely gifting options available for men these days – the revamped Crabtree & Evenlyn Men’s Collection is one such option.

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Crabtree & Evelyn has re-launched the Men’s Collection with new names and new packaging. The 3 scent collections comprise complete bath, body and grooming products that contain quality ingredients to ensure superior fragrance, cleansing, moisturising and styling benefits.

I love that the Men’s Collection has been inspired by classic perfumery – among masculine fragrances, Sandalwood, Myrrh are 2 of my favourites, as well as Vetiver (how lovely if there was a Vetiver line!).

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Indian Sandalwood is a classic fragrance and revered by many for the longest time; the Indian province of Mysore in Karnataka is reputed to produce the best quality sandalwood (they have prized sandalwood forests which are the subject of intense scrutiny and security even). Sandalwood fragrances are loved for their rich, woody character. In the Crabtree & Evelyn Indian Sandalwood Collection, sandalwood is blended with notes of spicy cypress, bergamot, lavender and vetiver.

 

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Myrrh is the gathered “tears” of tree resin and once prized for its weight in gold. Myrrh, like sandalwood, is also one of the oldest known perfumery ingredients and its aroma was believed to carry prayers to gods, enhance meditation and purify the air. To date, the many in the South Asian continent use myrrh-scents for prayers (the Hindus refer to it as dhoop usually).

In the Crabtree & Evelyn Moroccan Myrrh Collection, Myrrh is blended with sparkling verdant notes of bergamot, petitgrain, black pepper and cardamom.

 

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West Indian Lime is said to be unsurpassed in its captivating scent which is supposed to be bright and uplifting. In this collection, West Indian Lime is blended with a cocktail of zesting notes of fresh spices and woods.

In each line, here are the products available:

Cologne (100ml) – S$63

Hair & Body Wash (300ml) – S$30

Shave Cream (100gm) – S$28

After-shave Balm (100ml) – S$48

Triple Milled Soap (3 X 150gm) – S$38

Shave Soap in a Bowl (100gm) – S$43

Shave Soap Refill (100gm) – S$20

The next time you’re stumped as to what to gift male family and friends, you might want to check out Crabtree & Evelyn’s Men’s Collection – my personal pick is the Indian Sandalwood and Morroccan Myrrh lines!

Take care and thanks for stopping by!

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Crabtree & Evelyn Mother’s Day Gift Boxes & GWP (May-Jun 2014)

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Mother’s Day weekend is upon us and here are some gifting options from Crabtree & Evelyn.

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Crabtree & Evelyn has put together 2 types of customisable gift boxes.

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 Luxurious Gift Box – S$98 (worth S$196) – Eau de Toilette 100ml, Hand Wash 250ml, Hand Therapy 250g, Bath & Shower Gel 50ml, Body Lotion 50ml & Crabtree & Evelyn® Gift Box

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Petite Gift Box – S$38 (worth S$52) – Bath & Shower Gel 50ml, Body Lotion 50ml, Hand Therapy 25g x 2& petite Crabtree & Evelyn® Gift Box

The Petite Gift Box makes a really nice gift for aunts, friends and “just because gifts” given the attractive price. It’s also an awesome gift for those who travel frequently, given the travel-friendly-sizes and assortment of hand and bodycare products.

From now till 1 Jun 2014, Crabtree & Evelyn is running a couple of attractive promotions:

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Receive a Heritage Fragrance Notebook with purchase of a Limited Edition Heritage Fragrance

With a minimum spending of S$120 nett in a single receipt, receive a Crabtree & Evelyn® Mini Floral Body Care Set.

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For the first 100 customers who spend S$150 nett in a single receipt, they the Mini Floral Body Care set (picture above) as well as an additional 1-for-1 Buffet voucher for use at RISE® Restaurant, Marina Bay Sands Hotel lobby®, Tower 1.

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Now that sounds like a good deal!

I’ve already gifted my Mom her Mother’s Day gift – this year, I got her a Dior mono eyeshadow in Mordoré which she absolutely adores – she only wears burnished gold shades on her eyes. She strictly told me no skincare, no lipsticks, no blush and now refuses to use any other brush apart from the Hakuhodo I gave her earlier – gifting is becoming tougher these days!

I hope you have a lovely time with your families and a beautiful week ahead. Take care!

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Filorga Aesthetic & Beauty Workshop (4th May 2014) – Event & Registration Details

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Laboratories FILORGA, the developer of medical devices for aesthetic doctors as well as topical cosmetic by-products for the last 30 years, is hosting an exclusive workshop to present their latest and bestselling treatments and products.

Endorsed in more than 54 countries by medicine and aesthetic surgery’s renowned specialists, Laboratories FILORGA is acclaimed as a cutaneous anti-ageing expert, using scientific research evolution to tackle aging skin concerns. For more details on the medi-cosmetique range and a review of the Filorga Foam Cleanser, you can check my earlier entry out HERE.

Filorga products used to be available in Sephora but I haven’t seen them on the shelves in a while – I could have missed them but I also received a couple of emails from readers looking for Filorga products. If you’re a fan of the brand or you are keen to try a new anti-aging line, here is an opportunity to get acquainted with the brand and attendees also stand a chance to purchase Filorga products at a special launch price.

Here are the event details:

Venue: Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre Meeting Room 333

Date: 4 May 2014

Time: 1:30 – 4:30pm

Tickets: $20 per person ; $15 per person for group of 2 or more

Plus! Receive door gifts worth $268.

At the workshop, the following topics will be covered:

- Understand world’s leading & latest anti-ageing aesthetic treatments.

-Filorga’s Combined Beauty therapies; Theory & Demonstrations

-Filorga’s non-invasive Combined Beauty treatments; Theory & Demonstrations

To register and pay for the event, please head to filorga.eventbrite.sg  or contact shan@mapletreemedia.com for further enquiries.

Have a beautiful week!

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Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy Collection – Photos, Details & Review

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Crabtree & Evelyn’s Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy Collection recently had a makeover – the packaging and fragrance range have been updated and here’s a look at the new range.

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The Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy now comes in 16 different fragrances – the collection is truly extensive and it can be rather hard to choose just one. For years, one of my favourite Hand Therapy fragrances was Rosewater – that would be the first fragrance I’d choose for myself.

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This time, at the store, I wanted something a little different but it’s not easy to choose! The range now includes newer fragrances like English Honey & Peach Blossom, Somerset Meadow and the latest fragrance, Pear & Pink Magnolia.

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Apart from the myriad of fragrances to choose from, the one thing I appreciate most about the updated collection is the packaging.

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I really wasn’t a fan of the older packaging – it wasn’t the easiest to squeeze out every last bit of the hand cream from the metal tubes and the one thing I disliked the most was how messed up and dented the tube would look, even with the most genteel handling. Pop one into your handbag or makeup pouch and you’d almost be embarrassed to take out the battered looking tube in public (in my jam-packed makeup pouch, my Hand Therapy tubes looked like they’d been under a truck).

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The new packaging features a handy, soft-squeezy tube – this makes dispensing the cream much easier and the tube looks far more presentable even after continuous usage. I also really like the colours chosen for the packaging – the bright pop colours are very cheery-looking and also makes them easy to spot in a crowded bag or pouch. That said, I prefer the more elegant artwork on the older tubes.

I am currently using the English Honey& Peach Blossom fragrance – it is one of the newer fragrances under the Fruits and Botanicals range in Crabtree & Evelyn. The scent is really rather strong – the peachy-floral notes are subtle and the honey is the dominant fragrance. It is not very common and I know it sounds really odd but the scent makes me think of it as “nourishing”.

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Texture-wise, the Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy is silky and emollient – it is rich without feeling greasy and heavy and sinks into thirsty skin very fast. I liked that my palms felt supple and soft but there wasn’t any residue. That’s one of my peeves with heavy hand creams – once you’ve got some on, you can’t touch your face or adjust your hair lest some of the “moisturiser” transfers  – with fine hair like mine, the last I need is added grease. I also noticed that my hands still felt soft and moisturised after a couple of hand-washes, leaving me to think that it penetrates deeply rather than just surface-conditioning. I now use it on my feet too :)

The star ingredients of the Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy is Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil to moisturise and soften hands while Myrrh helps condition cuticles and nails.

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The award-winning Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy bagged another 2 awards this year – it was the unanimous choice for best hand treatment voted by both readers and editors at the Her World Beauty Awards 2014.

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Crabtree & Evelyn’s Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy is available in 3 sizes:

  • S$13.00 (25g)
  • S$33.00 (100g)
  • S$65.00 (250g pump bottles) - available in Rosewater, Lavender, Iris, Lily, Summer Hill, Citron Honey & Coriander, Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed, Gardener’s and La Source.

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With so many fragrance choices, pretty and convenient packaging and an award-winning formula, you know you are in good hands (I need at least one pun, yes?) with the Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy. The petite 25gm tubes are convenient to pop into your handbags and pouches and at S$13, they make great stocking-stuffers and “just because” gifts for girlfriends and moms. They’re really hard not to like.

 

Thanks for stopping by. Take care and have a lovely week ahead!

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with Jo Malone – Floral Box Workshop Details

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For Mother’s Day 2014, Jo Malone is organising a floral box workshop on 9 May 2014 at The Loft, SEVIIN @ Tangs. Indulge in an afternoon of putting together your own floral creation while experiencing Jo Malone’s newest Limited Edition fragrance, Silk Blossom. I’ve had a whiff of Silk Blossom already and if you like elegant floral fragrances, Silk Blossom is easy to wear and pleasing on the nose. Contact the Jo Malone Boutiques for more details on the Floral Box Workshop.

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 Have Fun!

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