Make Up For Ever Spring 2014 Arty Blossom Palette Spring – Photos, Details, Swatches and LOTD

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Spring is well under-way and here is a look at Make Up For Ever’s Spring 2014 offering, the Arty Blossom Palette (S$75).

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We drew a lot of sketches featuring colour filaments, like pencil strokes with a watercolour effect

With Arty Blossom, Make Up For Ever wanted to reinvent romanticism – a fresh take on all things soft and romantic. Inspired by pictorial art and watercolours, MUFE wanted the Arty Blossom palette to be able to create a contemporary romantic look. The star of the concept was PINK – which is also featured prominently on the palette lid – which represents the healthy flush of a young girl, brimming with excitement.

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The palette features 8 shades and you could roughly divide the palette into 2 – warm, earthy and springtime fresh. In addition to that, if you’re the sort who likes to use 2 or more shades on the eyes, then this palette offers a great number of possibilities and colour combinations.

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make up for ever spring 2014

According to MUFE, the watercolour inspiration drove them to create a new eyeshadow formula that is sheerer and allow for a “pure but translucent” effect on the lids and to play off the light. That said, I had no trouble getting the fine pearl and semi-satin shades to swatch and apply opaquely and in full glory.

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Gold Plum – brown-toned deep eggplant flecked with gold pearl

Metallic Copper – pearlised copper

Gold Beige – pearlised tan gold

Fresh Peach – pearlised soft peach

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Fresh Pink – vivid orchid pink

Pearly Turquoise Blue – pearlised light aqua

Gold Green – pearlised golden olive

Pearly White – pearlised silver white

With the exception of Metallic Copper and Pearly Turquoise Blue, the remaining 6 colours are new and freshly created for the Arty Blossom Palette. Of the lot, Gold Plum and Gold Green are my personal favourites. I wished Gold Plum was more jewel like because the shade itself is beautiful – I don’t really have anything like it – the other eyeshadows I have are more red or purple based plums and somehow, I prefer this.

Here is MUFE’s take on how the Arty Blossom palette can be used.

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Enamoured by Gold Plum, I decided to create a look with Gold Plum as the centrepiece – I used the eyeshadows with a slightly dampened brush for a more intense effect and then, to coax the gold sparkle from Gold Plum, I used a dry buffing brush to buff on a little more Gold Plum on my lids. I paired the deep eyes with a softer rose-nude lip and soft cheeks.

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Base: Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen On Face Light SPF34 PA++; Sofina Ange Long Keep Base

Foundation/Powder: Shu Uemura Face Architect Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation in #734; MUFE Full Cover Concealer in #12 & #14; MUFE Pro Finish in #127; Chacott Enriching Powder HD (as a finishing powder)

Eyes: MUFE Arty Blossom Eyeshadow Palette: Gold Plum (moving lids); Gold Beige (crease); Pearly White (browbone highlight)

Eyeliner: Solone Role Switching Liquid Eyeliner; Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Plum (lower lash line); MUFE Gold Plum(lower lash line)

Mascara: Catrice Better Than False Lashes Waterproof Volume Mascara

Cheeks: Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Fleur de Lotus

Lips: Make Up Store Lip Pencil in Something Borrowed (lined only); MUFE Aqua Rouge in #2

On a sidenote, while the MUFE Aqua Rouges were released a little while ago, I’m really enchanted by them now – for me, they last very well and rather comfortably practically the whole day. I’m in a more soft lip colour phase right now and the Aqua Rouge in #2 is my latest acquisition.

MUFE’s Arty Blossom palette is a great colour palette for someone who’d like to experiment with soft springtime colours and you still can fall back on the safer, warm earthy tones to balance things out to match your mood. While you’re at the counter, be sure to check out the Aqua Rouges!

I’m in the midst of totally spring-cleaning my room and it’s really sucking the life out of me but what must be done, must be done! Hope you’re having a more fun time than me! Thanks for stopping by and have yourself an enjoyable weekend!

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Make Up Store – Valentine’s Day Promotions & Fusion Collection

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Make Up Store is running a couple of Valentine’s Day promotions in-store right now.

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The nail polish kit was the one I went straight for – retailing at S$22 per bottle, the promotional price of S$45 for 3 is a really good deal. With the number of colours Make Up Store carries, it is really not hard to find 3 to purchase. Quality-wise, the nail lacquers are of great quality which I’ve mentioned here on the blog before. Here are the 3 I picked this time round.

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I’ve had my eye on Asun for a little while – it is a clear pink tinted base with pink-toned holographic discs throughout – I thought I outgrew the glitter nail but Asun made me change my mind. Rebecca is a deep eggplant with ribbons of metallic silver-purple foil running through it – perfect for a pedi. And Victoria – a beautiful gold-toned taupe-nude – this colour is hard to describe. It is a little sheer and the gold gives it a very ethereal feel. I don’t have swatches for you at the moment (I have gelish on now) – I’ll post them soon.

Here is a shot of Asun with 2 other glitters in the range – I forgot to take the names down but they’re really blingtastic. You might want to check them out – I swatched them and they lay down the perfect amount of glitter in each layer – not too much, not too sparse.

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There is also a GWP – with S$150 spent in a single receipt, you can receive a foldable teddy-bag – rather cute :)

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While you’re in-store, you can check out the newly-arrived Valentine’s Day collection, Fusion. The marble eyeshadows are really pretty – I’d pick the blue-toned Blue Venato in a heartbeat.

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make up store fusion collection

L-R: Volcano; Blue Venato

I’m not terribly sure how long these promotions will be on for; I’m guessing either till Valentine’s Day itself or the Valentine’s weekend. The Fusion Collection recently arrived in-store so head down for a swatch or two and you might end up carting some home.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fab weekend ahead!

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SK-II Giveaway Winners & SK-II Promotions at Tangs this 6th & 7th Feb 2014

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Sorry it’s been awhile – playing catch-up is stressful but cleaning up the bags, files and god knows what else buried in the heap that is called my room is worse (and very pressing might I add). In the meantime, just when you were wondering what to do with all your Lunar New Year red packet money, Tangs has brought back its 12% rebate days and SK-II is running a couple of promotions. Here are the details:

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SK-II X TANGS PROMOTION DETAILS (Valid only on February 6 and 7)

Purchase $250 worth of ala carte SK-II products to receive a 4-piece gift set:

  • SK-II Lipstick
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser (20g)
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (30ml)
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (1-piece)

* Purchase to include 1 Facial Treatment Essence (any size); $300 to receive same gift if purchase does not include Facial Treatment Essence

 

Purchase $550 worth of ala carte SK-II products to receive an 11-piece gift set:

  • SK-II Moisture Lipstick (Shade 111 or 433)
  • SK-II Sheer Lipstick (Shade 111 or 221)
  • SK-II Cleansing Cream (15g)
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser (20g)
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (30ml)
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (30ml)
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Repair C (15ml)
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (2-piece)
  • SK-II Signs Eye Mask (2-piece)

* Purchase to include 1 Facial Treatment Essence (any size); $600 to receive same gift if purchase does not include Facial Treatment Essence

 

Purchase $800 worth of ala carte SK-II products to receive an 11-piece gift set including a full size Facial Treatment UV Protection (SPF 25, PA++)!:

  • SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser (20g) x 2
  • SK-II Cellumination Mask-In Lotion (30ml) x 2
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (30ml) x2
  • SK-II Cellumination Day Surge UV (8.4g) x2
  • SK-II Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask (2-piece)
  • SK-II Facial Treatment UV Protection (30g)

 

Sure-Win Lucky Dip

Customers who purchase $500 worth of SK-II products and above are entitled to win either an SK-II trial or full size product with every dip. One chance per every $500 purchase.

Full Day Double Point for SK-II Crystal Club Members

SK-II Crystal Club Members will enjoy double points with every $500 purchase.

There is also another promotion – quote the blog name KASLOVESMAKEUP for an additional SK-II Facial Treatment Mask.

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And here the 2 randomly-picked winners of the SK-II Pitera Sets to rejuvenate your skin just in time for Valentines Day:

Abigail Mae Chong

Susan Lim

Congratulations and enjoy your goodies!

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Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion Launches Today – Photos, Details

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“New Year, New You” is an oft-used phrase but really, Spring launches often feature new skincare formulations that seem timely – to shake up the skincare routine, to address new concerns, to steer you towards fulfilling that Beauty Resolution … beauty connoisseurs are always on the lookout for the next big thing. And today, Estee Lauder launches its next big thing islandwide – introducing the Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion (S$140).

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New, Exclusive micro-nutrient, bio-ferment strengthens skin’s foundation and reveals an youthful, angelic glow – Developed, tested and proven for Asian skin

Estee Lauder has launched its first essence-in-lotion, the Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion after much research – it harnesses the power a unique blend of ferments and the calibration of micro-nutrients and peptides and delivers it to skin effectively.

The formula activates multiple pro-youth functions that empowers skin’s resistance to visible signs of aging by:

  • strengthening skin’s barrier – essential for healthy skin
  • calming irritation -essential for skin’s energy to be then re-directed towards re-building and re-strengthening
  • fueling skin’s energy potential – essential for skin to perform at it’s peak
  • intensifying deep moisture – essential for natural skin renewal

Here is the commercial which encapsulates Estee Lauder’s message perfectly.

In this sense, Estee Lauder’s Micro Essence targets many of our skincare concerns to help create, stronger, healthier and thus naturally radiant skin. The Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment is suspended in a fluid and very easily absorbed lotion that penetrates into skin rapidly, leaving it feeling supple, hydrated and smooth.

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Estee Lauder recommends pairing this with a repair serum – naturally, the Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II is the most suitable pairing.

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I’ve been trialling this for a month and I agree – I like the fresh, fluid texture of the Micro Essence and together with the ANR, skin feels very soft, smooth and supple the morning after. As with all skincare, continuous usage is necessary for real and visible results and there are a couple of things I noticed with my skin in the last month – skin was generally clear, it felt hydrated (with the exception of my under-eyes which remain a little crepey), texture is smooth and in general looks more even-toned. Skincare that makes you feel good is always welcome! I will feature a full-review with more of my thoughts but for now, you too can get a sample of this to experience Micro Essence. Head over to this link HERE and click on the “TRY IT NOW” button to sign up for your trial today.

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This is how I’d like my vanity in the bathroom to look like … if only it was as clutter-free and polished as this! I used to use the older version of Estee Lauder’s skincare – Perfectly Clean – they had amazing facial washes. There are new versions out and I think they might be worth a look, seeing how I really like Estee Lauder’s ANR and Micro Essence.

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Out in stores officially today, you can redeem your trial supply of Micro Essence or you can head down to the counters to try the texture for yourself.

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Thanks for stopping by and here’s to Happy Skin Days!

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L’Oreal Skin Perfection Makeup Removers – Photos, Details & Some Thoughts

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L’Oreal has rolled out a trio of makeup removers and cleansers – dubbed the Skin Perfection Makeup Removers, these are high-performance formulations address a variety of skincare concerns and types.

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Let’s take a closer look at each product, starting with the foaming cleanser.

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The Sublime Fresh Deep Pure Foaming Water (S$15.90; made in Germany) is an foaming cleanser formulated with salicylic acid. It works to remove makeup and impurities with micro-exfoliation and refreshes skin at the same time with cooling menthol. Soap and alcohol-free, it is designed to be used for normal-to-combination skin and is gentle enough for face and eyes.

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The Skin Perfection 3-in-1 Purifying Micellar Solution (S$17.90; made in Germany) is a refreshing and gentle solution that requires no rinsing. The micellar particles act like a purifying magnet to attract oil and impurities. It is formulated with D-Panthenol to optimise hydration levels to leave skin comfortable. The hypoallergenic formula can be used on eyes and lips too and is suitable for sensitive skin types.

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Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil (S$19.90; made in France) is formulated with LHA to softly remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture. It is suitable for all skintypes (although if you have an allergy to Mineral Oil, do take note as it is on the ingredients list) and can be used on face and eyes.

I’ve tried the Sublime Fresh Deep Pure Foaming Water and I will say I really like it! Although L’Oreal describes the foam as “air-light”, there is some traction and you feel like you’re getting a thorough cleansing. The best part is the mild clean cucumber-esque scent and the ultra refreshing and cooling feeling. Perfect for that mid-afternoon pick-me-up or to revive your senses after a long hot day out.

The trio of new Skin Perfection Cleansers are now available at L’Oreal counters in leading retailers including Watsons, Guardian, SASA, selected department stores and hypermarkets.

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day ahead!

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Lush Post-Holiday Sale – Get Your Lush-ious Goodies While They Are Still Available!

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The Lush Holiday Collection is now available at Lush stores at a whopping 30% off. With seasonal favourites like Snow Fairy being still available, this is the best time to stock up. If you have yet to explore the brand in great detail, this is also a great time to venture into the store and pick up a holiday set or 2 – the Holiday sets have a mixture of some permanent and some seasonal products so it’s a fabulous way to dip your toes into the Lush pond.

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The sweet-candy scented confection of Snow Fairy seems to be everyone’s favourite but it doesn’t quite do it for me. However, the 2 other seasonal shower gels that I got to try are a different story.

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If you love rose scents, the Rose Jam is a definite must try – it is sadly seasonal so I’d really urge you to get to Lush quickly to try it. It is a very sweet, honeyed-rose, with hints of vanilla lurking in the background. Very heady and definitely one of the more quirky rose scents I’ve come across.

Ponche grew on me – I found it a little odd at first and it was a “where’s the orange?!” reaction but post-shower, you get the citrus note on the skin. It’s not one of those sunny, bright orange-bursts – the cinnamon is dominant and while I have no tequila within my reach to reference this with, there is definitely something cocktail-esque about the scent. It’s something different and not in a bad way.

My absolute favourite seasonal Lush product would have to be Snowcake – a milky-almond scented soap that leaves skin so soft and powdery scented that you just want to jump into bed and snooze. It’s that comforting. I have a hunk of it stashed away safely.

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The Lush Post-Holiday Sale won’t be around for too long so if you want to stock up or want to try something, do get to one of the 2 stores at the soonest. Lush is located at Wisma Atria and at Suntec City (just right next to the exit to the Esplanade MRT Station).

Thanks for stopping by & Happy Shopping!

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Essence 2014 Collections ~ Beauty Beats & Be Loud & More – Photos & Details

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Essence will be rolling out a couple of new collections in Watsons stores as well as a range of face and body-care products in department stores in early 2014. Here’s a look at some of the new launches.

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Essence was the official cosmetics partner and sponsor of Justin Bieber’s 2013 tour and also ran sweepstakes in the US for his fans to win backstage passes and concert tickets and naturally, a collection inspired by his music and lyrics (yes, one of the eyeshadows is called “Baby, Baby, Ooh”), will be in the works. I’ve heard that this collection has been spotted in some Watsons stores here already. If it’s any consolation, the highlight-shimmer powder (extreme right) has an amazingly fine texture. Prices range from S$3.50 to S$7.50.

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The Essence Be Loud Collection is inspired by the young, independent go-getter generation and showcases camouflage prints in bright pops of colours. The stars of this collection would be the 2 blushes which feature a mélange of 3 shades in each blush (S$7.50 each).

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Be Loud Blush in 01 Apricot

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 Be Loud Blush in 02 Pink Me

Prices of the Be Loud collection range from S$3.90 to S$7.50 and the collection is slated for a Feb 2014 release.

Essence has also expanded the number of counters in Watsons stores – the cosmetics counters are currently exclusive to Watsons and in town, one of the most well-stocked counter is in the Lucky Plaza Watsons outlet (surprisingly, the Takashimaya Watsons carries a much smaller selection despite that being the flagship Watsons store in Singapore).

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While at the preview, I also had a chance to check out the new face and body care products Essence will be bringing in in 2014 – these are slated for sale in some department stores like BHG (if I remember correctly). Given that Essence is a brand catered to pre-teen and teen girls, there is an anti-acne face-care range, makeup remover wipes as well and hand and body creams and fragrances at very affordable prices. If you’re always at a loss what to buy for your kid cousin, these are options you can consider. In addition, there is also a range of pedicure and foot care tools which again are priced very affordably (and these I would use!).

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Thanks for stopping by and have a fab week ahead!

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