Review : Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review – 8

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I’ve been lusting over the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation for the longest time, and when I finally did get my hands on it, best day ever! Now I actually fell in love after seeing ViviannaDoesMakeup rave about it on her videos and blog, and one of my favourite Youtubers, TanTricks also has reviewed this on her channel. Many a beauty guru Including Kim K who isn’t one too,  have made this their HG foundation, and I was naturally curious as to why, hence I purchased it. BTW, at the risk of going slightly off topic,  must say, I love TanTricks’s videos, though she doesn’t post up too frequently.

Anyway, I picked up the LMSF in the shade 8, and this was a very carefully thought out decision based on multiple online swatches and reviews. I was gunning for the 7.5 or 8.5, but somehow I felt the 8 would be a much better match considering my yellow undertones. This was purchased off Sephora.com as it isn’t available in Malaysia, as most amazing beauty products are, FML.

The LMSF is available in a whopping 25 shades, covering all shades & undertones. It is pricey, retailing at USD 62. (approx RM275 at our current horrible exchange rates, 4.38 mind you!) The foundation is described to be a weightless, hydrating foundation, leaving a silky texture and an all-day, buildable coverage.  This is the only Armani foundation that  contains no SPF, which means you have to layer it up with a base of sun protection during the day.

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Packaging is certainly a 5 star win, with the heavy frosted glass bottle and pump, I have zero complaints in this area.  Thank goodness it comes with a pump, because if a foundation doesn’t come with a pump I will think twice about repurchasing it. The pump disperses just the right amount, as 1 pump is all I need to cover my full face. Each bottle contains 30 ml of product, so this can last you, say 2-3 months of daily use? I use it irregularly as I switch it up with my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum now and then.

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When I got the foundation, I was slightly horrified as I thought I’d picked a foundation which was way too dark, but swatching and testing it out on my face proved me wrong.

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As you can see, it is a foundation with warm undertones that suit my yellowy-brown skin. Lets see how it fares on my actual face shall we?

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Before shots. Yes, this is bare faced me with my acne scars and all for show, including messy hair day. As you can see, my skin is slightly dull at the moment, as all that stress buildup I’m dealing with isn’t doing me any good.

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My skin after 1 layer of the foundation. Now, my uneven skin tone is gone, acne scars look less visible and everything just looks slightly smoother. Coverage wise, it does say medium, but using just one layer gives you a sheer natural looking cover, so if you need more coverage, feel free to build it up. Personally, I just go over my problem spots with concealer and I’m okay to go! I apply this with my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush, and I buff it in with the RT Buffing brush. There isn’t a noticeable scent to the foundation, so that’s a good thing too, although I do like the Bourjois ones for the extra fruity scent! ❤

This foundation is on the thinner side but it is not watery or runny. The thin texture makes spreading and blending very easy and it does blend with a natural skin-like appearance and a lightweight feeling.

It dries to a semi matte finish, meaning its not entirely matte, and there is some dewy looking thing going on, which kind of looks like I’m not wearing any foundation, so all hail natural beauty ! 😀 Its just one of those foundations that truly enhances skin rather than covering it up. It lasts all freaking day too, but I do get oily around the 5-6 hour mark, so I just blot and touch up if need be.

Since this foundation doesn’t need additional mattifying properties, I usually go over it with my Guerlain Meteorites for a final touch of powder for added glow & luminosity. And if I’m feeling extra wonderful, I’ll add half a pump of my Charlotte Tilburry Wonderglow into the foundation mix and blend them together for a seamless, glowy look.

This foundation photographs beautifully, which doesn’t surprise me, as the queen of selfies herself  (Kim K that is for the uninitiated) proclaims this as her HG foundation. Something about the way this foundation diffuses light makes it so photographable.

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Overall, I really love this foundation and it has made it to the top 5 foundations I love list. (PS: Remind me to write about that list yeah? ) This foundation is definitely worth the price, and whilst I do urge you guys to pick it up, make sure you colour match yourself correctly as not doing so would be a very costly mistake. Wrapping things up like a samosa wtf, I’d tell you guys, if you guys are stuck on a desert island with only one foundation to bring, this is the one you should take! ❤

The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation retails for USD62/30ml and is available through Sephora.com, and most online shopping sites like Selfridges.com.

Until I see you guys again 🙂
Signing off.

xoxo,
Shashay

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Review : Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Dark Brown

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Eyebrows on fleek. :/

Somehow that phrase annoys the crap out of me, but that’s what the kids these days say, eh, so dear old me here has to keep up, lol! Lets get talking about brows, so today I have the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in the shade Dark Brown to review. Personally, I think brows are one of the most important features on someone as they tend to frame your face, and a bad brow job could literally ruin the way you look.  (Yes I exaggerate, but you get my drift) Remember those brow-less celebrity memes? 😀

When I was about to initially purchase this, I was torn between the Brow Wiz & the Dipbrow Pomade, however I finally settled for the pomade since it wasn’t something very commonly seen. I mean we come across eyebrow products in the form of sticks, tints, but rarely do we see eyebrow pomades now do we? Also, I don’t have to mention that this was THE product to have back in 2014, and everyone and their grandmothers were raving about it, including famous celebs and renown make up artists.

Now this is how the pot looks like after I’ve used it for like almost a year or so, so please ignore the griminess of it. The pomade comes in 10 shades, so I picked up the one closest to my actual brow colour, so Dark Brown it was. Thankfully, swatches online proved helpful as these were purchased for me by a friend via BeautyBay.com if I recall correctly.

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The product comes in a sturdy glass pot, containing 4g worth of pomade, which I tell you, will last a REALLY long time. The pomade feels like a creamy gel texture, very similar to a lot of eyeliner gels in the market, which allows you to define your eyebrow, as you would when forming an eyeliner wing. This product applies wet, yet once dry this sets to a smudge proof, and waterproof texture that lasts all day. And I mean all day. I’ve had days where I was running around like a mad crazy person, and my brows stayed put, despite the sweat, humidity, and even rain mind you.

How I use it is I basically load a sharp angled brush with some product, just a little, as the pomade is super pigmented, so you really only need a tiny bit, and start drawing and filling my brows in. Once I’ve done that, I use a spoolie brush to soften the harsh edges and to make them look more natural. Once thats done, I run over the brows with some clear brow gel, Currently I’m using the Essence Brow Gel which is uhmazing!

With Dipbrow, I find my brows are sculpted better and have a much more defined looking shape, that takes way less time to achieve than when using a powder.

A swatch of the Dark Brown shade.

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I was literally rushing out the door as I took these before and after shots, and I did my brows in all of 2 minutes, and look how much better they look already. Seriously guys, I am in love with the Dipbrow Pomade. I’m never switching brow products, ever. In these pictures, I didn’t go over the brow with a concealer to sharpen the brows up.

Foundation I’m using: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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Would I recommend this? Yes, of course! I wouldn’t be writing about it if I didn’t 😀  It is a simple product to use, no rocket science required, it takes just a few minutes for perfect brows, and it lasts all day long. Now what more could a girl need? 

Have you guys tried the Dipbrow Pomade before? If no, what are your current go to brow products? Let me know in the comments ❤

The Anastatsia Beverly Hills  Dipbrow retails for USD 18, and isn’t available in Malaysia. I purchased mine via Beauty Bay, but this is also available via Sephora.com, and many other retailers online.

Until I see you guys again 🙂
Signing off.

xoxo,
Shashay

Review : M.A.C Giambattista Valli – Charlotte

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I have to start this post by saying that I have zero necessity of another red lipstick, but I saw this, I liked it, and I had to have it 😀 Veni, Vidi, Vici! I’m still not a big MAC fan as I’ve mentioned previously, but I couldn’t pass up a gorgeous red lippie which was limited edition.

The MAC Giambatistta Valli collection brings 5 shades in the range, however I decided to pick up just the one red as the other shades looked too garish for my tastes. Tats & Eugenie looked pretty cute I might add though.

Pic via Beautezine.com

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Charlotte on the other hand is a brick-red, blue based matte lipstick which instantly spoke to me the moment I saw the swatches online. The packaging is matte as well (unlike the rubbery ones found in the Toledo collection), mind you, so I really liked it. One of my favorite things about this lipsticks is that the packaging is the same color as the shade inside. You know how annoying it is when you’re ruffling through your bag and you can’t locate the lipstick that you want so this eliminates that.

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Swatches! I love the red, seriously. It’s so dark and deep and has a good color payoff that covers my lips evenly and smoothly without dragging during application. The color lasts about six to seven hours but I felt that it was somewhat drying over time.

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Since we don’t wear lipsticks on our arms, here it is on me ❤ Love, love, love the red! Oh and eyebrows are by Anastasia Beverly Hill’s DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown. Review on that surely coming soon, its been one of my favourites recently.

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Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Ozokerite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Paraffin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Vanillin, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate. +/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake, Carmine, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 21 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Red 33 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 10 Lake

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 Did you pick anything up from this collection or even anything from the 100 or so collections that MAC has released since? 😛

The MAC Giambattista Valli Collection lipsticks were priced at RM86 (if I recall) and is not available anymore since it was LE.

Say hi in the comments, & see you guys soon. ❤

xoxo,
Shashay

Review: Indeed Labs Fillume Volumising Serum

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I have always been a fan of the Indeed Labs range of items, and have, in the past reviewed many of their skincare products. In this post, I’d like to tell you about their latest item in the Indeed Labs family, the Fillume Volumising Serum. This product is a half of a set, and is meant to be used with the Fillume Volumising Moisturiser, which I unfortunately have yet to try out. 

Pic via Flutter & Sparkle

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Personally, I use the serum paired with my trusty Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Moisturizer. 

Some of the benefits of the Fillume Volumising Serum include:

  • Restoring facial contours.
  • Improves facial firmness, suppleness and elasticity.
  • Improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • Increases skin’s hydration levels and stimulates skin renewal
  • Improves the tone and texture of skin.

The Fıllume Volumising Moisturiser contains a combination of clinically proven ingredients designed to help target the appearance of subtle facial volume loss. Sesamin, (from seeds of sesame), hyaluronic acid, and a molecular network of natural biopolymers help skin appear fuller, firmer and smoother.  

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Usage: I use the serum daily by applying a small broad bean sized amount to a cleansed face and neck each morning & night. The box recommend a pea sized, but I use more 🙂

Personal Thoughts: Thing is, being in my mid twenties, I’m at that age where wrinkles have yet to develop, (yet being the key word) however without any care, those pesky lines would surely appear much earlier than they need to. So to me, this is more of a “prevention is better than a cure” product. After a trial run with this, I wasn’t able to see results in terms of lines reduction, since I had none to begin with, however I did notice that my skin felt much softer & hydrated through the day. 

I reckon for those of you who already have wrinkles and lines to frown about, ( don’t, you’ll get more lines! 😀 ) this would be a great product to try out.  But for those of us who are *ehem* of a younger age, you may not get the promised results from this.

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The ingredient list. You guys might want to know that this product has a chock full of silicone, so those of you with silicone allergies might wanna be a bit more wary. Despite the silicone, I didn’t have any clogged pores, breakouts, etc. It worked just fine for me, but I do double cleanse my skin each day, so that might be a contributing factor as well. 

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To sum things up, I feel that Fillume is a product that one should give a trial run is you are worried about the appearance of lines, however, do bear in mind, that as all skin care products do, this may take time, and results aren’t instantaneous. This isn’t Botox in a bottle guys 😛  

Have you tried the Fillume range? If not, would you be willing to give it a go, if not?

The Indeed Labs Fillume Volumising Serum retails for RM126.30/30ml & available exclusively at Muse by Watsons Sunway Pyramid, Watsons Alamanda, Paradigm and KLCC.

For more information, useful links below!

https://www.facebook.com/MusebyWatsons

http://indeedlabs.com/

xoxo,
Shashay

[Review] Mary Kay Beauty That Counts NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss

Hey girls & boys,

If you guys recall, sometime last year I talked about the Mary Kay Journey of Dreams Fragrance which was part of the Mary Kay CSR programme. As we all know most companies these days have a corporate social responsibility to the public (CSR) and Mary Kay is no exception to that. Since they’ve been around (for more than 50 years that is) they’ve been inspiring & enriching the lives of all the women & children from around the world. Mary Kay Ash founded her company on this golden rule and emphasized the importance of giving back to others, that’s why every day Mary Kay is changing the lives of women and children around the world.

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They do it mainly through their global program, “Beauty That Counts”, and this year, Mary Kay Malaysia will be partnering with HOPE Malaysia and Suriana Welfare Society to empower underprivileged children to break the cycle of poverty through quality education, positively transforming their lives and the lives of the community around.

If last year it was a fragrance, this year we have a duo of lip gloss that was created to help transform the lives of women and children. Around the world, funds raised through Beauty That Counts helps:

  • Offer victims of domestic violence a chance to heal.
  • Support people with cancer and give hope for tomorrow.
  • Give orphaned children a reason to smile.
  • Help educate children in need and so much more.

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With every unit of Limited Edition Beauty That Counts NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss sold, RM 3 will be donated to two of the afore-mentioned charity organizations. (RRP 58, available while stocks last)

There are two shades available, which are:

  • Create Change : Pink Sateen swirled with Berry Tart
  • In Harmony : Café au Lait swirled with Cream and Sugar

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The NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss gives an instant boost of moisture to your lips, smoothes, protects and conditions your lips while leaving it glossy. Though I’m not the biggest fan of glosses, these lip glosses contains a mixture of antioxidant-rich complex of vitamins and plant-derived minerals.

And I must say that the swirl designs are simply beautiful. Although the swirls do disappear after a while of using them, extra points for packaging yo. The lip glosses smell like vanilla cupcakes, so call me smitten the moment I uncapped the tube.

Swatches of the lip glosses below. From top, Create Change, and bottom, In Harmony. Both of them contain slight shimmers, and I think my favourite shade is Create Change due to the beautiful berry shade. ❤

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Here is how they look in person, and I must say, despite the slight stickiness that comes with all lip glosses, I really like them!

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For more information, contact your nearest Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant to purchase the LE Beauty That Counts NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss, and be a part of the global movement to transform the lives of underprivileged children.

The Mary Kay Beauty That Counts NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss retails for RM58/3.5ml and is available through your local Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants.

Useful links below:

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xoxo,
Shashay

The Nars Christopher Kane Collection & a New Nars Outlet!

Hey guys, 

I realize I haven’t updated my blog in almost a month, and this is not typical of me. I usually get at least 5-10 posts up a month, but recently I’ve been slacking. I’ve got no excuses other than the fact that I’ve been constantly tired, busy, and lazy 😦  Lets see if I can remember how to use this thing again 😀 

Well, updates on life? Not much other than enjoying the new job that has been keeping me busy, eating a lot of good food, working out to keep the food from turning into flab, and buying a lot of clothes & shoes. To be honest, I’ve not bought much makeup recently, and the only thing I’ve got my eye on at the moment is the Limited Edition Guerlain Meteorites Rainbow Pearls for Summer 2015. That baby, I’m sure to buy soon! 

On to the post for today, remember the days where you had to trek our way thorough the horrendous KL traffic to get to Pavilion if you wanted anything at all from Nars Cosmetics? Well not anymore. Now you can make your way straight to Mid Valley Mall where the newest Nars store is located. Well to be honest, traffic in MV on the weekends are equally bad, but at least we have an option closer to home now. 

I had the opportunity to recently sneak  preview into the store, and also to have a first look at the newly launched LE Christopher Kane Collection. Looking at the new store, The MV outlet is certainly much more spacious, and even has a secret private room at the back. 🙂 There is definitely more seating available for new customers to come in and try the Nars products available. 

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For Summer 2015, NARS introduces The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection – NEONEUTRAL, a limited edition collection of unexpected shades and formulas inspired by the nature of neon and the nude shades that complement them.

The collection, which showcases Christopher Kane’s unexpected and edgy design aesthetic with NARS’ iconic and bold beauty philosophy, is the first fashion collaboration to feature a full line of eyeshadows, Blushes, Illuminating Multiples, and Lip Glosses. Eyes are enhanced with iridescent rose gold, pink lilac, and violet. Cheeks are flushed with soft beige or hot pink. And lips are saturated in high-shine shades of neon pink and coral that subtly stain after the gloss is gone.

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There are 9 items in the collection comprising 4 lip glosses, 1 Nars Illuminating Multiple, 3 blushes & a single, and duo eyeshadow.

The Neoneutrals collection is certainly an oxymoron, since how does one combine Neon & Neutrals in makeup? But this collection captures Neon & Neutrals so well with it vibrant colours that apply to a beautiful neutral finish. 

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I gotta say, the blushes & eye shadows are the most beautiful things I’ve ever set my eyes on. The single eye shadow in the shade Outer Layer was one of the items I planned to get my hands on, but it was sold out the second day the collection launched. I tell you, the Malaysian Nars fanbase are one dedicated bunch!

The blush that I fell in love with, and did manage to get was the bright pink Starscape. Now I realize that the blush look REALLY pink, but trust me when I say it is best applied with a light touch, even on tanned skin tones like mine, and it gives off the most beautiful glow!

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A close look at how bright the blush is. ❤ Love love love! If you notice on the wee right, the Silent Nude blush sits silently, lol! The blush is a nude shade, which somewhat doesn’t apply well on me as a blush, but as an eye shadow, it’s just so beautiful. Who said makeup isn’t versatile?

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Swatches of Starscape & Silent Nude. The pigmentation is no joke, as it goes with all Nars products.

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Swatches of the lipglosses. From the top, Glow Pink, Nucleus, Nebulous, Mezmer.

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Price points for each of the items. The price range is your standard Nars pricing, and I love that the pricing doesn’t increase for LE collections. Guerlain, you guys better take note. :/

I didn’t manage to take a swatch of the eye shadows or the Multiple, but I can assure you that they are amazingly gorgeous as well.

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And I’ll end the post with a shot of gorgeous desserts. ❤
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All in all, the Christopher Kane collection is definitely one to look out for, and I suggest you head over to your nearest Nars store for a look! 

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The Nars store is located on the Mid Valley Mall, on the Ground Floor (G-058) next to Forever 21. For more information on the Christopher Kane Collection, useful links below:

https://www.facebook.com/narscosmetics
http://www.narscosmetics.com/

Talk to you guys soon! ❤

PS: I didn’t tell you this, but there might just be another Nars store hitting our KL malls soon, so look out for that!

xoxo,
Shashay

[Review] Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Paulo, Monte Carlo & Copenhagen

Be warned. This post is going to be a complete ode to the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams. 😀

So you guys remember the last time I reviewed the Nyx SMLC in Amsterdam? Long story short, I loved it so much that I needed more shades. The problem in hand? My local Sephora outlets never seemed to have them in stock. (Yes, all of the outlets. That’s how much I’ve searched for these babies all over Kuala Lumpur. 😦 )

I finally decided to purchase them online instead of wasting my time searching the Sephora outlets, via an instagram shop called Doodle Toodle. Their service was awesome, my products reached me in approximately 20 days, and I’m even going to put in a new order for some Colour Pop Cosmetics in the next few days.

I picked up the 3 shades that I wanted the most, which was 08 San Paulo, 10 Monte Carlo & 20 Copenhagen.

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