Friday, April 29, 2011

Majolica Majorca Jewelling Eyes Offer at Watsons

Watson's is having offers on lots of the Majolica Majorca items, so I came back with these: Majomajo Jewelling Eyes in SV887, VI782 and PK330; Majomajo Cream Pencil Liner in BR611; Brow Customize Sword Cut in BR782; and KissMe Heavy Rotation Milky Color Matte Lip in 01 Pure Pink.

Watson's is currently having a major offer on the Majolica Majorca Jewelling Eyes palettes; 3 for S$48 for Watson's members, S$50 for non-members. Usually they retail for S$27.50, so it's even cheaper to buy 3 than to buy 2! The offer is from 28 April to 18 May.

From left to right: VI782 Vanity, PK330 Strawberry Cake and SV887 Good & Evil.

SV887 Good & Evil, my favorite of the lot! This picture doesn't do it justice, go to your nearest Watson's to have a look. It's a bit similar to a KISS palette I had a few years ago, a quad of white, lgrey, pink and dark grey; but the dark grey of the KISS palette was A LOT darker, almost black. This will be a good replacement as KISS isn't sold in Singapore :( And the palette has probably been phased out.

VI782 Vanity, a pretty purple palette. I liked the top right plum shade so I got this.

PK330 Strawberry Cake, a limited edition shade from the Spring 2011 collection. I've never gotten a pink palette before as usually they make me look like I have an eye allergy, but this seemed pastel enough so I'mma give it a shot.

There are other palettes available, sadly the outlet I went to didn't have the one I wanted, GR791 Feathery Fan, looove the teal shade, never got round to buying it though ^^

Actually the 3 for $50 offer is not limited to the Majomajo palettes, as long as the item has an orange sticker, you can get any 3 for $50. There are also 3 for $30, 3 for $80, etc items. Go check out your nearest Watson's to see.

Majomajo was having 20%off the Cream Pencil Liner and mascaras, so I got the liner in brown, BR611 (I have a lot of black pencil liners, 4 of Urban Decay's Zero, Urban Decay's Perversion, YSL, Bibo Eyeful and not to mention gel liners!).

This was originally S$14.50. After 20% off it was S$11.60. It's a matte reddish brown, free from sparkles and glitter. Good if you want a softer, less harsh look (:

Left to right: Majomajo Cream Pencil Liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Whiskey, UD Bourbon, UD Corrupt

Spotted this recently in Watson's, (it wasn't there last week) after so long it finally hit our shores. The KissMe Heavy Rotation Milky Color Matte Lip in 01 Pure Pink.

This is how the tube looks like, quite plain...and cheap looking.

The lipstick is like this, a flat-top type that kind of resembles a stick concealer, due to the color!

A swatch on the underside of my arm. Very nude with a slight tinge of pink (: The formula is very thick and creamy. I think that you'd best have exfoliated your lips before using this, due to the texture. But I have yet to try them on my lips though! Comes in 3 other colors.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jill Stuart Secret Tease Lashes ♥

Got these lashes in the Jill Stuart Secret Tease Holiday 2010 Collection, and tried them on to see how they looked. Looking at them, these lashes just gave me a dreamy, floaty vibe, and they really are just that!

I'd say they look their best when you close your eyes; long, soft and fluttery; very dream-like ♥♥

These lashes are very long, with the longest portion being the middle. Both ends are equal length so there's no "right" lash or "left" lash, either can be used on either eye.

View from below, they're really really long. They don't have much curl at all, the base is the typical criss-cross type, with feathers in addition. The longest bits are feather bits.

I think they don't look really nice on me on the front view, (blame my eye shape) and because the lashes aren't curled; they're super long so they just stick straight out.

I really like the top closed-eye view though! Even though they're dense, there's still a soft dreamy look because of the feathers.

From the front it looks somewhat static-y and all over the place because of the long feathers here and there, but unlike dramatic plastic lashes these don't look as harsh, and give a soft look nonetheless.

Overall, I looove these lashes, though don't think I can wear them for anything other than special occasions^^ They really are very long, and the feathers might go out of shape if treated roughly/mishandled. (I'm worried about preserving them!) I wish they'd have more curl though! I really love the effect of the feather, it's very pretty and the soft dreamy look is what I imagined it to be~

Monday, April 25, 2011

Jill Stuart Secret Tease ♥

When I first saw pictures of the 2010 holiday coffret, Secret Tease, I just knew I had to have it. A departure from the usually pink pink pink holiday coffrets, the extra black lace details really got me lemming for this really badly. Yes I love Jill Stuart's pinkness and sweet, feminine designs, but too much pink isn't my thing and I really am a sucker for lace designs.

The jewels for this collection (to me) were the lashes, blush and pouch! And all the other items I now love too, so to me it's the prettiest and most usable holiday coffret Jill Stuart has ever come up with.

I don't use eyeshadows much, so I'm glad this year's coffret didn't come with a palette. Rather, a blush I could use every day, exquisitely designed and packaged items and the beautiful feathery lashes made it a must-get for me.

The beautiful box it came in, love the details of the design!

The gorgeous case/pouch it all came in. It's made of pink satin with black lace details and a black ribbon, and is really soft, but seems delicate so I wouldn't use it for heavy things. There's also a "J" charm at the top.

Open it to reveal a zip compartment and a drawstring compartment. Just touching this thing gives a very luxurious feel!

Jewel of the collection, Blush Blossom in 101 Sensual Dahlia. The packaging is gorgeous, with all the bow and filigree border designs. And the black lace on the cover gives an extra edge to the normally sweet and girly Jill Stuart packaging.

There's a plastic lid covering the powder, you could fit a puff on top if you like to apply loose blushes with a puff I guess. The lid makes it hygienic. It also minimizes any possible powder spills due to it getting moved around in your bag when you walk?

On the left is the shimmer tint, a pearly light color which gives a glowy look, and on the right is the blush glow, a matte color. For me the color is very usable even for an everyday blush, for the colors are soft enough and not too loud. Just remember to apply with a light hand.

There's another clear plastic sheet, on top of a sift which rests snugly above the wells containing the product. The sift prevents mixing of the powders. I like keeping the clear plastic sheet so that powder won't get onto the white lid, and it'll further prevent any powder spilling out. This contains 5g of product like all the other Blush Blossoms.

Left to right: shimmer tint, blush glow, JS Mix Compact Blush in 01 Baby Blush (the mixed color after I re-compacted it.) So, it's definitely very wearable.

The brush that comes differs from the regular brushes in that it is not made of goat's hair, but rather a synthetic material that's tinted pink! It's really soft, though I haven't tried using it to apply the blush yet. And instead of the ribbon charm the other Blush Blossom brushes have, the one in this collection has a "J" charm. And the rhinestone isn't pink, but a crystal with AB (Aurora Borealis) coating. It appears as different colors at different angles.

The other jewel in the collection! I adore false lashes, and seeing this pair in the promo pictures just made me go to dreamland. I imagine angels wearing them when I see this pair; soft and fluttery, feathery lashes, matching their white feathered wings. I don't know, this pair just evokes a soft ethereal feel to me

Without the plastic cover. The lashes look really dreamy, I'm scared of getting glue on the feathers because that might mess it all up. Really need to take extra care when handling these lashes if you want them to last and remain fluttery

The mini Jelly Lip Gloss in 102 Silky Pink. I really like the extra lace design! It contains 10ml of product.

Put side by with the colors from the Petite Jelly Lip Gloss Trio, it really seems as though Silky Pink is a cross between Pretty Tutu and Sweet Perfume no?

Love the rhinestones on the caps! The one for Silky Pink is also AB coated as with the stone on the blush brush.

Swatches. Pardon the focus! Pretty Tutu, Silky Pink, Sweet Perfume, Cherry Whip. Doesn't Silky Pink look like a mix of Pretty Tutu and Sweet Perfume? The color and the shimmer!

Jelly Eye Color N in 104 Satin Lingerie. This contains 6g of product. My camera's not focusing today, but the black filigree design on the lid is pretty

104 Satin Lingerie is a pearly frosted pink full of shimmer.

It really sparkles under the light and doesn't budge once it dries. No sparkle fallout = hurray!

Last but certainly not least, the Night Jewel Perfumed Body Powder. This comes in a puff form, I do not know how many applications it'll last, but it smells wonderful!

I have the Jill Stuart EDT, got it 2 years ago because of the packaging, didn't use it much as it's too sweet and cloying coupled with the humidity of Singapore's weather. But Night Jewel is a more sensual scent. It's not overly sweet; it's more floral and just smells like a fairytale. A very pretty feminine scent you won't get sick of.

I've been wanting to get a bottle but now there're all the bans on posting perfume/flammable products so can't order it :( Gotta wait till I go to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan or Korea :(

The back of the box which lists the ingredients and product information.

The free samples the seller gave me: Smooth Silk Powder Foundation in 101 Linen, Pure Lasting Makeup Base N in 02 Luminous, Berry Scrub and Body Milk.

The powder foundation has a smooth, soft finish, it really gives your skin a soft glow! Quite effective in covering most redness as well, at least for me. The finish is natural and really has a soft, baby skin look. The makeup base is a tad sticky at first, but after it settles it's smooth, semi-matte and gives a pinky glow.

I also managed to order the Dreamy Garden palettes (102 Amazonite Dazzle and 103 Sparkling Morganite). Those are arriving soon, can't wait!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Re-compacting powders which have hit the pan

So my old Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact was really getting hard to use. It was really hard to get any product onto any brush as the remaining bits were stuck to the side. So, I decided to transfer the bits into a new, smaller pan! I transformed this (the one on the right):

Into this:

So first you'll want to scrape off the remaining amounts from the sides of the pan. I used a toothpick (totally new and clean of course!) Jill Stuart blush pans are around 0.6cm deep, so even though it may not look it, there's actually quite a bit of product left! (Most pans are 0.4cm deep. JS Mix Blush Compacts have 8g of product, NARS blushes have 4.8g.)

Transfer all the bits into a plastic bag, and pound/mash it till the powder bits are well-broken up (the finer the better) and roughly uniform in size. You also want to do this to evenly mix the 4 colors ^^

Find any old eyeshadow/blush pan you don't want anymore, remove whatever's in it, clean it/wash it and pour a portion of your pounded powder bits in.

Use a toothpick or whatever you'd like the press/compact the powder towards the bottom of the pan.

Keep pouring in the powder a bit at a time and compact them as much as you can.

When you've gotten to the last portion to pour in, don't use the toothpick but get a plastic bag.

Using the plastic to cover, use your fingers or whatever you deem fit to compact the powder into the pan. Just keep pressing as hard as you can because the more compacted the powder is, the better the finished pan'll turn out. There'll also be a less chance of the powder coming loose and getting messy when you use it.

And tada! Smooth-ish finish and a more usable pan compared to the old stuck-at-the-sides version! You can do this for pressed powders or eyeshadows too. Just make sure the product hasn't expired.

I know some people like to pour rubbing alcohol to mix the powder and then let it evaporate, but I find the thought kind of disturbing, so I just tried pressing as hard as I could. I mean, they're called pressed blushes/pressed powders/pressed shadows for a reason right? :D