Review and Swatches: Chanel Pierres De Lumiere Makeup Collection

I want to be early and say, hey, this collection will be out in a few days, and here are the swatches, and my thoughts so you can check it out and take your time to decide. I’m sorry guys. I got this 2 weeks ago, and I did my best to get this post up. Been a little busy 🙂 So, here are some swatches, and a short review (as short as I can be) and hopefully, whatever you want to pick up isn’t sold out yet.

 

 

I will talk about the Le Blanc Brightening Gentle Touch Foundation Long Lasting Radiance and Comfort SPF30 cushion in a separate post, so that I could be more detailed. For now, I have a blush and a highlighter that I think will be quite popular to show you. There’s a blush in Tweed Beige and a highlighter in White Opal. Both are actually complex colours instead of straight up beige or opal. Here are the swatches, and it is nothing like real life.

 

 

Both these cheek products have a shift. The Tweed Beige has a golden sheen that makes it look like light bronze in certain angle and White Opal is like a cool pinky pearl with a complex lilac/fuchsia shift. When I apply it on my cheeks, and when I move, the colour morphed from the lightest pink to lilac to fuchsia. It’s very interesting. If highlighting is your game, you cannot miss out on this. Tweed Beige is my favourite at the moment. It is very warm, and the golden sheen is really something. I thought it’s the leftover gold overspray, but I got rid of the overspray, and still get the gold sheen. It’s stunning! I must warn you that if you have skin texture like bigger pores, they will look more obvious.

Next up are the eye shadows.

 

 

They don’t look particularly interesting, especially the neutral quad which looks dupable. I love that there is a matte bone shade, and the darkest colour is a medium golden brown. This shade in particular is made different because of the texture. It applies like any powder, but the finish is wet and glossy. What sorcery is this? I applied this colour all over my lids the other day, on top of foundation, and it is pigmented yet translucent, making it look and feel like gloss. The 2 lighter shades, shimmery champagne and peach aren’t very interesting, but still wearable. It’s a neutral palette, and everyone wears neutral. I suspect this looks better on medium skin because the lighter shades will stand out more. On my lighter skin, the lighter shades just blend in without much contrast.

The 2 Ombre Premiere cream shadows are very reflective and to me, they work best as base shades. That’s mainly because these sort of light reflective colours will make my eyes look puffy and swollen. These are great on their own too, and I wish there is more depth to them. That’s purely personal preference of course.

 

 

Last but not least, the lipsticks. I have 2 jumbo lip crayons and 1 Rouge Allure Ink.

 

 

I love love love Cornaline. I can wear it full on opaque, or on top of lip balm for a more toned down look. Corail Intense is bright, young and fun while Bois Rose is a pinky nude that does not wash me out.

Below is a look I created using just a few products. I have the brown from the quad on my lids, Tweed Beige on my cheeks, White Opal to highlight and Cornaline on top of lip balm for a softer finish.

 

 

I am also wearing the Le Blanc cushion as base, and it makes my skin look flawless here! I didn’t realise it until I saw the photos. I wish the shift in the blush and highlighter show in pictures, but if you follow other accounts, I’m sure somehow or rather, you would have seen it. If not, I highly suggest you go swatch it yourself. The Chanel Pierres De Lumiere makeup collection is already in stores.

Did anything catch your eye?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Review: Suntegrity Impeccable Skin Broad Spectrum SPF30

I have talked about Suntegrity sunscreens before, in 2016 <here> and when I received this to try, I already had this preconceived notion that it’ll be heavy and greasy. At the back of my mind, I thought that my skin got a little drier since then, so maybe I’ll like it better. The Suntegrity Impeccable Skin is marketed as a broad spectrum (SPF30) tinted sunscreen. It is 56.7g (2oz) and priced at RM299. I hear some gasps. Yes, that’s my reaction too.

 

 

The Suntegrity Impeccable Skin gives a sheer to medium coverage, and it does not have any oils, parabens or silicones. It has Vitamins C and E for antioxidant protection, and peptides and hyaluronic acid to make skin look smoother and more hydrated. With only SPF30 to offer, I treat this more as a tinted base. I always use an SPF50 as the last step of my skincare and this is no different. I think this formula is quite lightweight, much more comfortable than its predecessors, and I can even wear it without any powder. I use one full pump to cover my entire face, and for me, it’s enough to cover any redness. I don’t mind if some of my pigmentation peeks through.

 

 

The packaging certainly reminds me of It Cosmetics CC Cream, so I will naturally compare them both. Sometimes I get confused. Is this Suntegrity Impeccable Skin essentially a sunscreen but with a tint? Then is the It Cosmetics CC Cream essentially a foundation, with added protection? What difference does it make? If anyone of you could help clarify to me, I’d appreciate it. For now, let’s focus on Suntegrity Impeccable Skin. The shade I have is Ivory, and it matches me just fine. When I’m wearing this tinted sunscreen, I notice my skin looks better as the day goes by. It actually makes me look healthy and glowy the whole day. Given, I still need to add some concealer to hide my dark circles, but other than that, this tinted sunscreen makes my skin look good.

 

 

Here is what my skin looks like with and without the Suntegrity Impeccable Skin. That’s half a pump used on your left side of my face. I have nothing else on. You’d notice the redness is covered, and my skin looks a little smoother somehow. There’s also a white cast (I took this photo immediately after I applied it), which actually disappears after a few minutes. Also, as you can see, my face does not look oily, which I initially thought it would.

 

 

I want to tell you I like it, because I really do. But would I tell you to buy it? I can’t tell you to, when I probably won’t buy it myself. The main reason is the price. For RM299, I could actually buy an SPF 50 sunscreen AND a foundation. I think it’s a decent product. Heck, I’ve been reaching for it, because I really like the finish. The marketed price point however, will deter many from trying it. If you have very sensitive skin that’s allergic to fragrance, mineral oils, silicones and/or parabens, then this is worth a try.

Here’s the ingredients list if you’re interested.

Active Ingredients: 15% Zinc-Oxide (non-nano) Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Purified Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C13-15 Alkane, Glycerin, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract, Melanin, Bisabolol, Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Carbonate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Titanium Dioxide (C.I.77891), Iron Oxides (C.I.77492, C.I. 77491, C.I.77499)

 

You can purchase this online at TNS SkinLab website or just hop into their brick and mortar to try it out. If price is not your concern, I’d say, get it! When I’m in a rush, and out just for a short school run, I wear this without a sunscreen underneath. Ssshhh… don’t tell anyone else. I only do that when I’m late 🙂

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Quick Review and Swatches: Chanel Spring Summer 2019 Makeup

Chanel released their Spring Summer 2019 Makeup early February, but I only just received them not long ago. You must have read the reviews online, and seen some swatches, but I just want to chime in and show you what the lipsticks look like on me. You know, in case you have similar skin colour, so it might be helpful.

 

 

I don’t have all the items, especially the coveted eyeshadow palette so you’ll have to go to the counter to have a look. The palette is limited edition, so once it’s gone, it’s gone. Of the items here, the 2 Rouge Allure Velvets (RM138) are limited edition. They are 71 Nuance (beige nude) and 73 Imperial (berry). If you are looking for a matte lipstick that does not dry out the lips, then this is it. The formula is kind to those with dry lips as they are not the super long wearing formula that sucks out all the moisture from your lips. The finish is not fully matte, but more velvety, as the name implies. I love this formula. Easy to apply, comfortable to wear. I can also sheer it out by applying it on top of a lip balm, or go dramatic by applying a few layers.

The Rouge Allure Powder Matte (RM138) lipsticks are not new anymore. We have already seen it launch last year, and I didn’t like them very much. I gave it more chances, but I still don’t fancy the slippery silicone feel. It’s personal preference of course, because I know some really love it. The colour payoff is sheer, and to get the opacity shown in promo photos, you’d have to pile it on or apply it on top of another lipstick. On its own, it’s just a sheer lipstick. I very much prefer the Rouge Coco Shine because while sheerer, they are comfortable on the lips. Shown here are 962 Electric Blossom (bright coral) and 964 Bittersweet (purple berry).

Here are the swatches and how they look on me.

 

 

The new product that is launched in this collection is their Baume Essentiel (RM171). It is essentially a stick highlighter, and here, you see a transparent one, and a sculpting one which has shimmer. Glossy makeup is trendy nowadays, and these are easily used for glossy lids, and wet highlights. I have to warn you that they stay slightly tacky in case you think they will dry down. I tried the transparent one as a lip balm and it works too. If you like to experiment, then I think you’ll really like this. Or, if you go through tubes of lip balms in a short time, this can act as a giant lip balm. I use this more as a highlighter. Never on my lids. I put some on my 3rd and 4th fingers then gently pat on cheekbones, on top of powder. I do this as the very last step of makeup. I wouldn’t swipe it on my face because that will move all the makeup applied underneath.

I use the RMS Living Luminizer cream highlighter and the sculpting Baume Essentiel (the shimmery one) looks similar except it’s in stick form. I did not swatch that and left it untouched, because I want to share it with you and include it in my 9th blog anniversary giveaway.

 

 

The 2 nail polishes (RM103) in this collection are beautiful in colour. I fell in love with the blush nude 646 Bleached Mauve. It is the perfect balance of beige and rose, super easy to apply and very long wearing too. I’m glad it’s a permanent because I know I want to have this colour in my collection forever! I swatched it on my Instagram account, so pop on over to have a look. Le Vernis Neon in Techno Bloom (limited edition) is a deep matte fuchsia that looks surprisingly casual. However, I struggle to paint with this formula. I have to make sure I apply it evenly, or there will be streaks. It doesn’t last as long as Bleached Mauve because it started chipping on the 2nd day. Lovely colour, a bit fussy to wear for a newbie like me.

 

 

Last but not least, the Retractable Highlighter Brush 105 (RM137). It is the cutest brush I’ve seen. I put it against the lipsticks for you to see. It’s not that much bigger than a Rouge Allure Velvet. When closed, it is just the size of those mini mascaras you get as samples. The bristles are very soft and gentle on the skin. Instead of using it with the Baume Essentiel, I prefer to use it as a powder brush. It is the perfect size to set my undereyes. If I contour, I would use it for precise contouring as well. Retractable brushes are great for travel – compact and light, and this is no different. I washed it once, and experienced no shedding. A great quality brush!

 

 

That’s the end of my “quick review”. Quite lengthy huh? I didn’t expect to write so many words either. Thanks for reading as usual, and if there’s absolutely 1 item I’d pick, I’d go for the Le Vernis in Bleached Mauve. I LOVE it!! What tickles your fancy?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Empties and Updates

And just like that, bye bye February. At the end of January, I told myself I need to put up this post. Who knew I procrastinated and only put it up one month later? I’ve really been enjoying the little moments, like the funny things that Ashton says, his animated reactions, the changes that Chloe is going through due to puberty, and Ashlyn’s bursts of anger and her futile efforts to control it. It’s challenging and stressful being a mom, and I’m doing my best to make it fun for myself too. Do I get angry at the kids for yelling at each other? Yup. Do I get stressed when I’m stuck in traffic chauffeuring them around? Yes. But the important thing is, I make a conscious effort to take it easy. I have been learning to control my emotions and the children have helped me be more patient.

Are you a parent? You do you. I want to tell you that you doing your best is already the best. Don’t compare. Don’t let other people tell you you’re not doing it right. There will always be people who tell you that you’re not doing enough. Unfortunately I know how that feels. But you know what? They are your children. You know what’s best for them. And you are the perfect parent for them!

 

 

Onward to empties. I just want to talk about these briefly. Let’s go.

Omorovicza face mist. Not that great. I didn’t notice any difference compared to using something from Hada Labo except that the mist was very fine. So fine, that I had to spray multiple times to wet my face. Rahua Voluminous Shampoo is pretty good at keeping my scalp less greasy, but it’s expensive. I also prefer The Olive Tree shampoo, works better and better value for money. The 3 on the right of the line up are my “forever repurchases”. I’m already onto another bottle of the Bioderma micellar water (the red one), already bought a backup of the Hada Labo premium lotion (now using Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid) and I’m already using a new bottle of the Ren Evercalm cleanser.

 

 

In this picture, there are 2 mists, 1 sunscreen, 1 moisturizer, 1 serum and 1 scalp tonic. They’re all OK except the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C serum. It oxidized too quickly and the clear liquid turned yellow, as you can see. I can still use it, but there’s only 5% Vitamin C to start with. Oxidization means the Vitamin C is less effective, so it’s not worth using anymore. I’ve since purchased Melano CC essence (which brightened my skin only after 2 weeks! Great stuff for the price) and the Sunday Riley vitamin C oil. I’ll talk about them in a later blogpost if you’re interested.

The blog is turning 9 soon, in April. Doesn’t time fly? Makes me feel old! I’m preparing a little something for you guys, for staying with me for so long. So, stay tuned! This is the end of my February check in. I planned for a few posts, but I’m going to push them to March instead. Hopefully, things will be less hectic. I hope you had a good start of the year, and the first 2 months have been awesome for you!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Review: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Have I talked about this Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara here before? It’s the one mascara I’ve bought again and again, despite the price. Yes, I love it THAT much. Shown here is a mini. It’s a 100 point perk at Sephora Malaysia, and I redeem it every time it’s available. I get about 3 to 4 months of use and for me, it’s a good use of points since the full sized mascara is about RM120!

 

 

Here is the close up of the brush if you’re interested. I’ve heard some say it’s too big, but on my eyes, they’re actually OK. And I don’t have big eyes. I sometimes just skip curling my lashes but ever since I discovered this new way of curling my lashes, I never looked back. The Velvet Noir mascara separates my lashes, gives some length and certainly volume without any clumps. I think it’s a very easy mascara to work with because I don’t need to apply layers just to get the look I’m satisfied with.

 

 

Here is a comparison for you. I only used 2 coats here. If I layer 3 coats, the difference is quite dramatic. This mascara is not waterproof and that’s how I like it. I know waterproof mascaras hold a curl better, but I prefer mascaras that are easy to remove. I don’t experience smudging but I never really do unless it’s a really crappy mascara.

 

 

Last year, my friend Shireen pointed me to Sephora Lash Craft which we agree, is a dupe of this mascara. She very kindly sends the mascara to me (from Canada) because unfortunately, it’s not sold at my local Sephora. So if you want to try the Velvet Noir but think it’s too pricey, then I’d invite you to try the Sephora Lash Craft mascara, if it’s available where you are. The mascara brush shape is all too similar, and the formula of the mascara is very alike too. Somehow, Sephora managed to copy the Velvet Noir to the tee. Just sharing, not sponsored 🙂

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

What to Pack To School For a 4-Year-Old?

As you know, I have 3 children. The older 2 are girls, aged 10 and 12 this year, and Ashton, the youngest, just turned 4 in November. He started school last term as well, and he has to pack some food to school. I usually just make sandwiches for the girls, because they’re cool with that, but Ashton is quite picky with his food. Also, chances of him eating his food is higher if I actually put some effort to make it look nice.

I did some searching on YouTube, some scrolling on Instagram and Pinterest, and found that I needed an insulated lunch box to put his food containers in. I also decided to get some slim ice packs so I could pack some cold food if I wanted. I ended up getting a cute lunch box from Smiggles and for the food container, I decided to get a Yumbox.

I have been sharing what I pack for Ashton on Instagram (#AshtonsNomz) whenever I can. I know not all of you are on Insta, so here are some of the foods I packed for him. I make sure to pack foods he likes. He wakes up just in time to roll over and get to school, so he doesn’t have much appetite when he wakes up. He usually just drinks a glass of milk and off we go. Sometimes he’d have some biscuits, sometimes nothing else. So, what I pack here is actually breakfast for him at 10am.

 

Ham and cheese roll ups, kiwi, cucumber, grapes, mini tangerines and cheddar goldfish

Air-fried popcorn chicken, oranges, grapes, cheddar goldfish and ‘kuih bangkit’. It’s a local sweet biscuit that melts in your mouth.

Korean strawberries, grapes, cheddar goldfish, Loacker squares, kuih bangkit, mini hotdogs

Strawberry yoghurt, Korean strawberries, grapes, cornflakes, goldfish, mini Oreos

Hard boiled egg white with soy sauce, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, goldfish, string cheese, peanut M&Ms

 

As you can tell, he LOVES cheddar goldfish and his strawberries. I try to give him different things every day, and I am thrilled when he tells me to pack the same thing a few days in a row just because he loves it so much. Saves me a lot of headache.

He’s pretty good at eating all his food, unless it’s one of those days when he doesn’t have appetite. I have to say, I really enjoy packing different things for him. If someone made me little boxes like this, I’ll be happy too!

I will start to post more mom things on the blog, like I planned. I know many of you have your own beautiful kiddies so I think it’s great for us to share. What do you pack for your kids? If you pack for your own lunch to work, what do you pack? I’ll be happy to get some ideas from you too!

 

xoxo Lily