Review and Swatches: Dior Precious Rocks Collection Holiday 2017

I’ll be very quick with this post. I want to get the swatches and initial thoughts out as soon as possible, since this collection is already out in stores. This is the Dior Holiday 2017 makeup collection, called the Dior Precious Rocks Collection.

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

And as you’d see from the design of the eye palettes, they are made to look like little jewels. Named as such too. The main colours that take the theme are ruby and emerald. I am naturally pulled towards the ruby colour. As what you see from rubies, the red is deeper, and slightly warm. The emeralds here are beautiful too. Think deep sea foam, mermaids and sea castle. Hahaha!

 

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The eye shadows (RM265), when compared to the previous years’, are a bit different. We are not seeing golds anymore, but jewel tones. We have a Ruby palette and an Emerald palette, and again, I am drawn to Ruby. The reds are warmer, and with the addition of brown, this palette is more wearable than many think. The Emerald palette is gorgeous too, but I hardly wear lime green or bright emerald on my lids. I’ll have to experiment with this palette more to find out. The texture of these palettes are a huge improvement from last year’s as well. While still on the sheer side, these eye shadows are easy to apply and they blend beautifully without turning ashy.

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

For nail polishes, Dior usually has an accessory every year in the form of glitter. This year is no different, but instead of having a glitter top coat, we have a glitter liner. The brush you get from this nail polish is a very fine liner brush which you use for nail art. I am still much of a novice in nail arts, and with shaky hands, I can’t do anything fancy. If you’re an enthusiast, I’m sure you’d already have plenty of ideas on what to do with it.

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

The only product that I’m slightly bummed about is the brow gel. It is called the Diorshow Bold Brow (RM97), and it’s in gold colour. I tried this, and it basically adds glittery tips to your brows. I think with a heavy hand, you can definitely tint your brows gold, but seriously, I am NOT into that look. I am still thinking of an alternative use for this product. Any suggestions are welcome šŸ™‚

 

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Dior has one of the most beautiful blushes around, and this is no exception. Here, we have Diorblush Precious Rocks in 864 (RM189) and it’s a peachy pink that is flattering on most skin tones. We also have a glittery loose powder (RM280) this year, which is very festive. I for one, won’t be wearing that all over my face, but perhaps on my shoulders or my legs. Then again, the fine gold glitters do transfer, and I’m not comfortable with having that all over my clothes.

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

Last but not least, some liquid products. I have a Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in 778 Ruby Essence (RM115). It is a warm brownish red with metallic finish. The formula, like all Dior glosses, is comfortable to wear. Some glosses are so sticky they kind of glue your lips together but Dior glosses never do that. It’s something I really appreciate… even though my hair still sticks to my lips. That’s probably why I prefer lipsticks! I have 2 Diorific Matte Fluid (RM155) to try, and they are in 006 and 007. There’s a deep red and a bright coral. One so bright, it can be considered neon. You won’t be able to tell in photos, but in real life, this has to be toned down a notch.

 

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The Diorific Matte Fluids are very pigmented. They can be used on cheeks and lips. Compared to last year’s, this year’s is not as blendable on the cheeks, but definitely more wearable on the lips. It doesn’t feel dry when worn as a lipstick, but on the cheeks, it has to be used VERY sparingly and blended out as quickly as possible or it will set. As a lipstick, they stay put for a long time, and even after food, they leave a strong stain. To remove, I had to use an oil based remover. Then again, no lipstick could ever last through a greasy Asian meal. EVER! I’d be worried if one did, actually. Very worried. Some of you saw how this performed on me when I tried it the first time on Instastories, so you’d know what I’m talking about.

I will be putting up another post soon, wearing these products. If there’s anything that I think is worth a look, and I’m assuming you already have a few basic products in your collection, I’d suggest looking at the Diorific Matte Fluid. I really like the red which is 006. It makes your face look flushed like you sprinted outside when it’s very cold, it can be worn as a stain on top of a lip balm for a kissable strawberry pout, and it looks super chic when worn as a lipstick.

Have you tried or seen the Dior Precious Rocks collection at your nearest Dior?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

What’s In My Travel Vanity Bag

I came back from a short holiday a couple of weeks ago, and thought I’d show you what I took with me. We spent one week away from home, 5 days in Hong Kong. The weather there was mildly cool, not too dry, not too humid. In other words, it was the perfect weather. I knew we’d be out the whole day and there wouldn’t be time to touch up, so I kept my makeup minimal. We spent 2 whole days in Disneyland and the others just exploring. The next time we go back there, we’d want to visit the Ocean Park instead.

For skincare, I decanted some things into smaller travel sized bottles. I got them at Guardian pharmacy, but you can get them anywhere. They’re just little plastic tubs and bottles and even spray bottles. I decanted the cleanser and moisturizer, but brought the rest with me. As you can see, I brought the absolute minimal. Skipped serums but brought 2 sheet masks (and used just 1). Oh, I also transferred some of my shampoo into a smaller bottle because I can’t stand hotel shampoos. I thought I’d need a dry shampoo as well, and I saw this Percy & Reed 50ml bottle at Sephora. One word – FAIL. I should have just brought my Batiste even though it’s 200ml. This Percy & Reed dry shampoo does absolutely NOTHING to my greasy scalp. A waste of money and it cost more than the 200ml Batiste. Let me say it againĀ do not buy the Percy & Reed dry shampoo. It sucks.

 

 

 

 

For makeup, I wanted to bring something that’s easy to apply, without having to bring my brushes. I’m lazy like that. I hate to spend too much time in the morning putting on makeup when I want to be out the door and start exploring. The It Cosmetics CC Cream is really good. It does live up to the hype after all. I bought the shade Fair (hoping it wouldn’t be too light on my skin) and I’m glad. Light is a little too pink for me. ‘Fair’ tones down the redness on my skin and while it goes on lighter initially, it sinks into my skin and blends in beautifully. For blush, I’ve been loving this Canmake Cream Cheek. The one I have is a clear pink which goes on the skin translucent, making it look very natural. And of course, brow pencil is a must. I brought a pencil liner as well, but didn’t use it. For the lips, I have Bobbi Brown Nourishing Lip Color in Desert Rose which I bought at the airport duty free shop. It kept my lips moisturized and looking rosy at the same time. Bonus.

 

 

 

 

As always, I have the Biore makeup wipes with me because it’s small and compact. AND most importantly, it does its job well. Removes makeup without tugging. There are 10 sheets in this little travel size. I get air sick so I need my Novomin 30 minutes before boarding. I pop 2 pills and I’d be able to enjoy the flight. Otherwise, I’d feel nauseated and cranky and how can I take care of the kids if I couldn’t even take care of myself? Ah, not pictured here is a strip of Zyrtec which I keep in my wallet. My sensitive nose is unpredictable. It’s an antihistamine anyway and the kids can also have it if there’s any allergic reaction. Chloe gets rashes if she accidentally ate some shelled seafood and Ashlyn has a sensitive nose like me.

What about you? What do you pack for holidays? Are you a minimalist like me or do you grab everything?

 

Also, you guys know I’m a Kdrama addict, don’t you? You didn’t? Well, now you do. If you like it too, you gotta watch Goblin. It made me smile, cry and laugh out loud in one single episode. Now listening to the soundtrack as well.

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Quick Review and Swatches: Skyline Dior Fall Makeup Collection 2016

I don’t seem to see much hype on the Dior Fall collection this year. I see some Instagram pictures here and there, and reviews are far and few between. That said, I just want to give you guys a quick run down on the things I have. You have already seen the mono eye shadowĀ and nail colour in Obscure that areĀ released in conjunction with this collection, so let’s go through the other products.

 

 

Dior Fall 2016 Skyline

 

 

It is going to be picture heavy, and that’s the reason I will keep it short and sweet. First up is the eye palette. It is 806 Capital of Lights (RM265) and the detailing is so pretty. The pattern is reminiscent of the structure of the Eiffel Tower and it is so delicate that a swipe from the brush will move the design. I was hesitant to use this palette, but I braced myself for the initial pain, and I was not disappointed by the quality of the shadow either. They are all smooth and pigmented, with no frost or glitter.

 

 

Dior eye palette 806 Capital of Light

 

 

Next up is the highlighting powder. This is the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizing Powder (RM248) in 001. Again, intricate in design, but aesthetics wise, I do prefer the previous Spring edition.

 

 

Diorskin Nude Air Luminizing Powder 001

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I swatched these 2 side by side, and they look pretty much the same. Unless you’re a collector, you’ll probably only need either one of these. Here are the swatches of the powder products. You’d also notice the stain from the eye liner on my arm. All of Dior’s Proliners (RM94) are amazingly pigmented. A touch of the liner on my lash line will give me intense colour. To remove, an oil based remover is a must.

 

 

swatch powder

Dior brow chalk

 

 

One thing I don’t get from this collection is the brow chalk (RM98). It is quite big and chunky, nearly 5 times the size of the Proliner! It is impossible to fill in my brows straight from this brow chalk! So what I do is I use a separate brush to pick up the product, and then fill in my brows like I would a brow gel. The texture of this brow chalk is like dry wax, and it does stay on very well. I have no complaints about the performance, but the shape of the chalk is weird. Way too big!

 

 

Diorblush Light & Contour Medium

 

 

Another new product from Dior is this duo stick (Diorblush Light & Contour RM182). One side is the highlighter and the other side is for contouring. I have the shade 002 Medium and it’s a tad bit too dark for me. The highlighter side is not light enough, and a little peachy while the contour is quite warm and creamy. So on my skin tone, the contour is best used as a bronzer while the highlighter to be used on top of a blush for a subtle glow. Both light and sculpt blend easily but due to the creaminess, those with oily skin will definitely want to finish off with powder. Again, if it is a little more dainty, it would offer more precision.

 

 

Dior Fall lips

 

 

As usual, Dior always releases lip products with their seasonal collections. There are 4 Dior Addict lipsticks (RM115) and 4 Dior Addict Ultra-glosses (RM113) for you to choose from and Dior lip products have not disappointed me before. Here are the swatches.

 

 

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I will create a look using these products for my Sunday’s post so stay tuned. It’s way too picture heavy as it is, so I’ll leave it at that. Did anything capture your attention?

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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Bobbi Brown Beach Nudes Collection and Long Wear Eye Collection

Yes, 2 Bobbi Brown collections to show you side by side. I thought they’d go together anyway. Beach Nudes is obviously a Summer 2016 collection while the Long Wear Eye Collection is Spring 2016. Either way, where I live, it doesn’t really matter. It’s summer all year long! I think most of these colours are quite universal, and are suitable for all seasons so read on.

 

 

beach nudes

 

 

Beach Nudes Collection consist of eye palettes, bronzing powders and sheer lip colors. Don’t let the name fool you though. The lip colors are anything but sheer. They are creamy and have a little slip to them so they’re comfortable to wear. For this collection, I have the Sunkissed Eye Palette (RM186) in Sunkissed Nude to show you. I don’t have any of their bronzing powders, and truthfully, I hardly wear bronzers anyway. I have the new Boho Bronze sheer lip color as well and instead of being limited edition, it’s actually an extension to the existing family of lip colors.

 

 

Bobbi Brown Beach Nude beach nude swatch

 

 

The eye palette is a no brainer. There’s a matte ivory shade (Bone) that is great to highlight under the brow bone, or just as a base shade to even out the lid. There’s a peachy pink shimmer eye shadow (Pink Bellini) that’s purely glitter heaven. It’s meant as a “top coat” so it is supposed to be sheer and to be used on top of another eye shadow. At the bottom right corner we have a matte color which is a very dark brown that looks black (Smokey Brown). In the swatch above, it looks dry and it is much drier than the rest of the soft buttery eye shadows. This shade is meant to be used as a liner, and with a small smudge brush, I could use this shade to get into the roots of the lashes for a smoked out liner effect that lasts all day. If this texture is any softer, it would be fall out galore and panda eyes. So, I appreciate that this color is packed harder than the rest. With a softer blending brush, I could use it on the outer corners of my eyes for extra definition with no problem either. Lastly, there’s a beautiful rose gold shade, aptly named Rose Gold. On my skin, it pulls more pink and I wish it looks a little warmer, but my skin somehow pulls more pink in ALL the colors!

There are 2 other eye palettes, Sunkissed Pink and Sunkissed Gold. I think I’d really enjoy Sunkissed Gold and am thinking of picking it up.

Here’s the look that I put together. Very easy – Bone to highlight, Rose Gold all over my lid, Pink Bellini tapped on top of Rose Gold at the center of my lids and Smokey Brown as a liner. It’s a gorgeous every day look, paired with the Sheer Lip Color in Boho Bronze (RM93). It is quite a metallic shade, and is a modern take of the 90s brown. If I were younger, I think I’d be able to pull it off. At my erm, ripe age of 38, I think I’ll stick to satins, some non drying mattes, creams and sheers.

 

 

beach nude 1 beach nude 2

 

 

Now the Long Wear Eye Collection Spring 2016. I am most excited for the brow gel (RM83)! There are 8 shades to choose from, and here, I have Grey. I initially had trouble using this. I used my angle brushes and they never seem to be able to place the gel onto my brows properly. The brushes clump up for some reason and Grey just looked too light on me. So, I got Mahogany (I wanted to pay for it, but Bobbi Brown PR just sent it to me, thank you) and I bought the new dual ended brow definer / groomer brush (RM132). Hallelujah it worked like a dream! With this brush, Grey went on my brows with more pigment, and I could shape my brows beautifully, in the most natural way. This brush is stiff so it holds its shape even after being drowned in the brow gel. This is what makes the difference! I friggin LOVE IT! Mahogany is a little darker, but by no means unnatural. I use Grey at the front of my brows and Mahogany to define the ends. Result? Groomed and shapely brows that look so natural. Lasts all day and holds my brow hairs in place too. If there’s one thing you get, it’s the brow gel + brush as a pair. I think they’re like a married couple that can’t be separated. Together, they do amazing things to your brows.

There are also new shades of long wear cream shadow stick (RM103) being added, and the one I have here is Malted Pink. It goes on lighter than my lids, and I just use it as a base, before eye shadow – makes the eye shadow last the whole day without creasing or fading. Then, the long wear gel eye liner (RM93) which is a cult favourite. I can’t live without one of their blacks. Here, I have Wine Ink and Cypress Ink. There are 2 more limited edition shades in Bronze Shimmer Ink and Midnight Sky Ink which I don’t have. Below are the swatches.

 

 

Long Wear eye collection swatch

gel liner

 

 

Here you see the brow gel in action. Grey in front, or at the ‘head’ of the brow and Mahogany at the tail end. Without it, I have bald spots on my brows and of course, it’s not as full or defined. I am not a fan of those Instagram brows where you get straight lines of brows drawn on. I like my brows to be perfectly imperfect because that’s what brows are supposed to be. Heck, that’s who we are supposed to be. Our imperfections are the ones that make us individuals, the little flaws are the things that make us who we are. I know I am straying from the topic, but there have been so many horrible things that happen that we just need to love. So let’s start by loving ourselves. Let’s start by loving our own wonky features, fat round nose, lopsided brows and what have you. Only by loving ourselves will we learn to love others because love radiates from within.

 

 

brow gel

 

 

I digress.

 

And it’s been a very long post! I hope you enjoyed this post, a long review somewhat. And a little ramble at the end but moms tend to do that right? I’m a mom. And I’m an impulsive spender. Shall I get Sunkissed Gold? I LOVE the look of that palette! I’m not going to ask what you think of these 2 collections because I think you’ll tell me anyway, but guys, check out the brow gel + brow brush combo for super gorgeous brows. I love them so much I’m telling everyone!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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March Empties and A Few Things I Want Gone. Another Project MAD?

Another month bites the dust. Oowwwww!!

This month, it’s more about sunscreens. I talk about the heatwave a lot and it’s no joke. Kids are getting sick and many get sunstroke. There’s a virus going round the schools and we have one girl down in the family, and another about to go down. We’re isolating the girls from the baby boy with hopes the little one doesn’t get it. It would really really suck otherwise. And the humidity. I feel like I could suffocate just by walking out of my air conditioned room. Staying indoors is really the best way to go, but life goes on. So we suck it up by drinking gallons of water and protecting our skin with lots of sunscreen. As I’m writing this at 2pm, the sky looks a little overcast. I’m hoping for a thunderstorm. Let’s cool down the surface of the earth just for a little, eh?

 

 

emptied

 

 

As you can see, 2 bottles of sunscreen emptied. My bottle of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is also gone. It’s been my scent for 2 years, and I think it’s time to move on (I purchase a bottle of Chloe EDT to replace it and have been loving it!). The Estee Lauder ANR Eye is not enough for me anymore, so I won’t be purchasing it again. I have a richer one from EL which I’m enjoying. The Bobbi Brown BB Cream has been my favourite for a long time, and I’ve used a lot of it, but it’s 3 years now so we bid goodbye. There isn’t much left in there anyway.

I have been using a few things quite religiously for a few months, and thought I want to show you. These are the few things I want to throw into my empties bag too.

 

 

to empty

 

 

I love love love the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and I have been using it for 6 months. I think I’m at the bottom of the tube because there isn’t much left, but I have a few concealers left. Once I use them up, I’m going to repurchase this. The Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is a good dry texture that separates and defines. Gives a bit of volume but not over the top. The Clinique browscara is my brow staple but once I’m done with this, I’m going on a break and just use the pencils I still have. The Shu Uemura brow pencil you see here is getting really short, and I’d like to get rid of it. I’m also using 2 eye liners for variety, and loving how versatile plum and brown are as eye liners!

I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Diffused Light to set my concealer and there’s a little dip in the middle already. I don’t use the Diorskin Nude Tan Aurora Bronzer much, but I do try to use it more often. As you can see, there’s a little pan action. The cream blush you see here is a limited edition one from Lunasol and it gives the perfect barely there flush that no other blushes do. As you can see, it’s well loved.

These are the things in my makeup bag that I put on my vanity, things that I use whenever I apply makeup. I’m hoping to see a few things gone (the mascara will be chucked out in 2 months) in the next few months, or maybe more pan action.

I’m not really on a reducing mission, but it just gives me satisfaction seeing things put to good use.

Now, come April. I welcome you.

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Review: Dior Diorshow Mono Professional Eye Shadow Spectacular Effects & Long Wear

First off, what’s with the super long name??????? LOL! These single eye shadows (RM125) have been available since beginning of this month, and if you’re not in Malaysia, you might have seen these around much earlier. These are launched together with a new lash mazimizer (RM130), mascara (RM130), pro liner (RM94) and a brow palette (RM260). I will be using all of these to show you how they work in the next post, and today, I’d like to keep it short, and just tell you about the monos. The photos below are taken under direct sunlight. Look at them. Glorious!

 

 

Diorshow mono

Front Row, Show, Power

Left to right: Front Row, Show, Power

 

 

Front Row is a muted taupe which is only a little darker than my skin tone. If you have medium skin, this will show up lighter on your skin. It has smooth buttery texture, which is what I would say for Power as well. Power is a dark eggplant which is sheered out when applied. Layering is not a problem with this shade, and I like that it’s versatile like that. While it looks dark, it is not intimidating to apply, because you can slowly build it up. This will minimize mistakes, and usually how I like to apply my makeup. Show on the other hand, is a dark blue with gorgeous shimmers. Unfortunately, this shade is dry and patchy. It just does not apply as beautifully as it looks. I find that good blues are just difficult to find, what more a shimmery blue. I have tried all sorts of ways to make it work. Using it dry, wet, with a brush, with my finger, with a sponge, nothing worked – not to the intensity that I like anyway. If you like a wash of blue with lots of shimmers, then you might find it satisfactory.

Here’s the swatch, taken under direct sunlight as well.

 

 

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I have been using Front Row a lot because it’s just such an easy shade to wear. It adds a little something to the eyes, while keeping you guessing if you do have any eye shadow on. The effect reminds me of Burberry’s Pale Barley. I like to use Power on the outer corner and as a liner, unless I’m creating a smokey eye. Here’s another photo of these monos, taken under fluorescent light.

 

 

Diorshow mono fluorescent lighting

 

 

Lucy has the swatches of all these monos on her Instagram so go check her out. She has tried all of these shadows, and apparently, Show is the only dud. The rest are just as gorgeous. I’ve also been loving the pro liner in Mahogany. It is so pigmented and perfect for a smokey eye and it’s waterproof! I’ll talk more about it later. I’m trying to keep this post short. Until then!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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