• beauty,  reviews

    How Nars Ignited Eyeshadow Palette Reignited My Love For Beauty

    I haven’t really been up-to-date on the beauty beat since 2014 and it wasn’t until I decided to reboot my blog that I started taking a bit more interest to see what’s been going on lately. I came across the Nars Ignited palette on a few of my favorite blogs but didn’t think I’ll be able to find and test it in person because it’s not exactly a new release (came out late 2018).

    So imagine my surprise when I sorta stumbled upon it at the Nars Boutique in Mid Valley Mall, just as I was about to leave. I wasn’t even looking and was in fact swatching and eyeing a few other palettes and blush. I was suuuuuuuper excited! You see, I have always loved coral and pink eyeshadows. And I just found out that “living coral” is the Pantone 2019 color of the year, which explains why I have been seeing a ton of coral makeup everywhere. I guess it’s just my year!

  • beauty,  quickies

    MOTD: Sulwhasoo Star Universe Event

    I attended a Sulwhasoo event the other day and wore my current favorite cushion foundation by Sulwhasoo. Also took out a few old Lunasol favorites as I was feeling a little nostalgic after learning the brand has pulled out of Malaysia.

    ♥ Guerlain Meteorites Base – I asked a friend to get this for me at the Paris duty free because the selling price here is a little insane. I really like using this as a base. The effect is subtle and helps brighten my complexion a little. Performs well as a primer too.

    ♥ Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion – My fave cushion foundation at the moment. It has a natural finish and doesn’t really get cakey. I normally prefer a sheer/light coverage for my foundations so I don’t use as much product but this can be built up to a medium coverage.

    ♥ Lunasol Loose Powder – A fairly soft and fine powder but it doesn’t control oil very well though.

    ♥ Lunasol Cheek Blush – I used to travel with this a lot because it’s half blush, half highlight / finishing powder. So convenient!

    ♥ Lunasol Eyeshadow Quad – I was a little bummed to find out Lunasol pulled out of Malaysia so I was feeling a bit nostalgic and dug this out to use. Their eyeshadows are generally good for basic eye looks or beginners because the colors are pretty safe and neutral.

    ♥ Lunasol Eye and Cheek Brush – I seriously LOVE Lunasol brushes and have waxed lyrical about the powder brush in a previous post. They are soft yet dense yet fluffy.

    ♥ Hourglass Ambient Powder in Diffused Light – This gives such a lovely, subtle blurring effect and glow.

    ♥ Essence Cosmetics Eye Primer – A decent primer and has a slight brightening effect.

    ♥ Nars Concealer – Best concealer ever! Smooth and long lasting.

    ♥ Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Amuse Bouche – Pretty pink, bright and glossy! I think the Rouge Coco Gloss is a reformulation of the old Glossimer.

    What have you been wearing lately? Do drop in and share your thoughts. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of the products featured here today. Let me know in the comments. Have a good weekend!

  • beauty,  quickies

    MOTD: Quick Lunch and Grocery Run

    Quite honestly, I didn’t use to wear any makeup when I’m going out for a quick bite or even to get groceries. But I’ve been enjoying getting back into a beauty routine that I’ll just pop on something light and simple for a regular day.

    ♦ Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Beauty Booster – I guess this was Guerlain’s take on BB cream. It provides medium coverage but can get a bit cakey if too much is applied. I use very little, barely a pump for my entire face and use my fingers to lightly tap/pat onto my skin. The coverage is pretty good.

    ♦ Cezanne Cheek Stick – This cutie makes another appearance this week because I don’t have many cream/gel blushes at the moment and have been enjoying this quite a bit. I love, love, love peachy, coral shades on my face and need to add more cream blush to my collection.

    ♦ Nars The Multiple in Copacabana – I forgot I had this and just rediscovered it a couple of nights ago. It’s a beautiful opalescent, champagne stick highlighter that can be used on the cheeks, eyes and lips. I rub a tiny bit onto my finger and dab on my cheekbones. I can be directly applied for a stronger effect.

    ♦ Shu Uemura Eyeshadow and Brush 6.0B – I’ve had this duo for ages. It’s my preferred way of filling in my brows. It’s quick and looks natural. I really like the brush too.

    ♦ Catrice Lip Treatment – A new drugstore discovery! It contains shea butter to soften and moisturise lips and is a pretty decent lipbalm / treatment. I also like using it at night and like how it sinks into my lips without leaving a sticky layer on top.

    What are you wearing today? Do share if you have any daily must-haves and old or new favorites.

  • beauty,  quickies

    Beauty Quickie: Sunday Riley On A Wednesday

    There are mornings when I just enjoy a Nespresso coffee with a dash of light makeup. It’s a simple lunch and stay-at-home kind of day.

    ♦ Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer – I normally use this as a tinted moisturiser on its own or topped with a powder or a light layer of cushion foundation. It works well as a primer and helps my makeup last longer too.

    ♦ Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre in Claire – I’ve had this HUGE tub for a really long time and it’s still going. It has a soft focus matte finish and helps reduce some shine. Believe it or not, I’ve decanted quite a bit out for a friend before but there’s still so much product left. It may be pricey but so worth it because one tub will probably last me a lifetime.

    ♦ Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy – My favorite Tarte blush! It’s coral-pink and looks so sweet. I use very little and just lightly tap on the apples of my cheeks because my face tends to get red naturally so I don’t want anything that will end up looking muddy. It’s moderately pigmented and blendable.

    ♦ Catrice Shine Lipgloss – This is an affordable drugstore gloss and I even got it on sale. This one has a slight pinky-brown tint but it’s quite nude and clear on my lips. I like using this on top of lipsticks too.

    ♦ Yojiya Blush Brush – I bought this brush a very long time ago when I first visited Kyoto. I love using it and the hairs are soft. It’s also good for travel because it’s relatively small and compact.

    ♦ Lunasol Powder Brush – My favorite powder brush of all time. I use it with everything… compact, loose, finishing, highlight powders, it works with all! The hairs are dense yet super soft. By the way, is Lunasol still available in Malaysia? I just found out Lunasol has pulled out of Malaysia and it’s sad because they’ve produced a few of my favorite eyeshadows and brushes in the past.

    ♦ Nespresso coffee with Aeroccino foamed milk – Both machines are pretty old but they still make a good cuppa.

    How do you normally take your morning coffee? What new or old beauty favorites have you been enjoying lately?

  • beauty,  quickies

    Beauty Quickie: Easy With Cezanne Cheek Stick

    It just occurred to me that I’ve been posting mini reviews on my @prettyloopy IG account and I thought why not post on my blog too. These are quick beauty reviews on what I have been using on a particular day but I may sometimes expand a little on the blog.

    ▪️ Sulwhasoo Skin Perfecting Cushion – I tried my first cushion foundation mid last year and I love it for its quick and convenient form. This Sulwhasoo one is such a lovely soft formula. I apply a thin layer just to even out my complexion. It can be layered for a light to medium coverage.

    ▪️ Innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil – Been using this for a year and it’s a fairly decent brow pencil. Has a spoolie on one end with a slanted, retractable lead on the other. Easy and convenient.

    ▪️ Laneige Intense Lip Gel – I love this stuff! Mine’s in a bright, coral shade and a little goes a long way. It’s incredibly pigmented and has a soft glossy finish. I just tap a little onto the center of my lips and smear it out with my pinky for a lighter / gradated look. Smells a bit like peaches too.

    ▪️ Cezanne Cheek Stick – This is a fairly new addition. I’ve started preferring the look of cream or gel blushes for a natural flushed look. My cheeks have a tendency to look red even without blush (that’s why I need a bit of base makeup to lessen the redness) so I only need to dab a bit of blush on. This corally pink shade is very pretty and contains micro shimmers that’s not noticeable once applied onto skin. It gives off a natural peachy glow.

    ▪️ Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – I still like to curl my lashes although I hardly wear mascara. I think it opens up my eyes slightly. I switch between Shu Uemura and Shiseido as these two curlers seem to fit my eye shape better.

    So what are you wearing today? Do you have any daily essentials and have you tried anything featured in this post? Let me know in the comments below.