Review: Chanel Les Beiges 2018

The Chanel Les Beiges is back and it is available first of May. I could wait until closer to the launch date, but I really want to show you. Chanel Les Beiges is about enhancing your natural look so expect some sheer and glowy goodness. My personal makeup style always leans toward natural. I like sheer foundations, eye shadows that are buildable instead of those super pigmented ones. You would have guessed if you’ve been following this blog πŸ™‚

So I’m happy to say that this Les Beiges collection is right up my alley. I have a few items here, so let me show you. Oh also, isn’t this neoprene bag beautiful?

 

Chanel Les Beiges 2018

 

First, let me talk about face products, the Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer (RM220) and Les Beiges Harmonie Multi Colour Healthy Glow (RM220). I have both of these in the shade Medium. The other 2 shades of the tinted moisturizer are Light and Medium Light. Medium is actually way too dark for me, but because it is sheer, it still works. What I do is apply a thin layer on my face then brighten the center of my face using a light concealer. Due to the darker colour, I have to also pull it down to my super pale neck to even out my overall complexion. For reference, I’d say Medium is more suited for those with MAC NC25 or NC30 or Chanel 30 skin tones. The texture is very light and it has slight light reflective properties that make your skin look super healthy. It only evens out your skin, so you have to have good skin, or you’d need to spot conceal.

The Harmonie Multi Colour Healthy Glow in Medium is a bronzer on me. The other 2 shades are Light and Deep. I have a Medium Light from last year, and that one is more subtle of course. These bronzers are buildable and have a luminous finish. I prefer to use a light fluffy brush to apply for just a hint of warmth because on my skin, it looks a bit orange. It comes with a brush, and it is a pinched flat brush that is surprisingly soft. It works for me because I only apply in small areas, but if you like to warm up your whole face, you might need a bigger brush or it’ll take forever.

 

Les Beiges tinted moisturizer swatch

 

Next up, the Les Beiges Eyeshadow Palette (RM285). There are 2 variations, Light and Deep, and I have the Light version. It is a palette with 5 glowy colours, from light beige, taupe, lilac to deep purple.Β It is supposed to be sheer, so if you like something that packs a punch, then this is not for you. I like that these purples are not in your face, and the sheerness of it makes it very wearable on most light skin tones.

 

 

To match this eyeshadow palette is a lip balm. The Les Beiges Lip Balm (RM142) comes in 3 different colours, Light, Medium and Deep. Light is a rosy pink that enhance the lips. It evens out my lips and is comfortable on. It is not slippery nor is it too greasy.

 

 

Last but not least, my favourite of the lot, the Les Beiges Stick Blush (RM175). This time, they launched a No.25 which is a coral pink. Last year’s No.23 was a lighter coral and one of my go to. I think they had a pink as well, but I didn’t pick it up because I own way too many pink blushes already. The Stick Blush is not tacky or wet, and it goes on smooth and powdery but with a luminous finish. What I like about it is I can use this even after I’ve set my foundation with powder. It does not move the foundation underneath, unless of course, you rub your face with more force than needed. I personally like to just pat it on with my fingers. Very light taps for a beautiful light flush.

So there you go. I think there’s this new Gel Touch Foundation that will be launched with this collection, but I don’t have it. I read some good reviews online, so I might check it out after it is launched in May. I’ll come up with a look or two with these products. My husband kidnapped my camera for a week now, and I need to get it back to take more photos.

I’ll be back with FOTDs soon. Have you tried anything from Chanel Les Beiges before? Anything you like?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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!

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

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 πŸ™‚

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

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.

 

Dior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatchesDior Precious Rocks Collection 2017 review and swatches

 

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

 

 

 

Quick Swatch: Chanel Cruise 2017 Summer Makeup Collection

I just want to post some pictures and swatches here because this collection launched yesterday nationwide. I’ve been posting the nail colours on my Instagram account, so you can hop on there to have a look. There are 4 colours in total, and I have 3 of them. The Chanel Le Vernis (RM95) are easy to apply, and it seems like they even out themselves for a perfect application, except for 560 Coquillage which is thicker in texture, which makes it streaky and uneven.

 

 

For the lips, you can choose a soft sheer glossy touch with Rouge Coco Shine (RM120), with shades like sunny peach and warm nude, or go statement with Rouge Coco Stylo (RM120) in Sepia. Sepia is a pigmented warm reddish chocolate which gives off a dark sexy mood.

 

 

For this collection, Chanel released 2 shades for Stylo Yeux Waterproof (RM100) and for Inimitable Waterproof Mascara (RM130). The one I have to show you are Horizon, a very dark olive brown and Vert Profond, a deep green. The eyeliner is super pigmented and soft. You only need to use very light pressure to apply, or you’d end up with either a broken tip or a thick line. For a more precise cat eye using this eyeliner, I’d suggest using a brush for that flick. Makes life easier πŸ˜‰

 

 

Here are the swatches

 

 

Last but not least, Le Beige Poudre Glow (RM200). No Summer collection is complete without a bronzer of some sort. There are 5 shades to choose, from subtle pinky beige to deep chocolate bronze. I have Medium Light and it’s just enough to give me that slight glow without looking a few shades darker. As you can see on my arm, it is more of an all over powder for a subtle warmth rather than making me look tanned. I don’t like to wear bronzers because some make me look muddy and dirty, but Medium Light suits me just right. I tried to capture it in photos, but it just won’t show. It’s quite annoying, really. That’s the problem with using sunlight. If you’re interested, you’ll just have to try it on yourself and find the right shade for you.

 

 

That’s it for today. I’ll put up some photos of me wearing these product in a later post. Watch out for my Sunday Stash Shopping series!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

 

Some Hourglass Stuff

In case you didn’t know, Hourglass is now available in Malaysia at Sephora! Well, has been available for the last couple of months. Not all Sephora stores have it, but you can also get it online. I checked the prices, and yes, they are UP there. So while I’m not going to tell you to run and get it, the option is here for you to touch and feel the products before purchasing. If you’re like me, and have had really bad experiences with our local customs (which confiscated lots of my stuff purchased online, shipped from overseas), then this is also another option for you. I compared the prices for all the products available, and most of them are priced at a premium. The cult favourite, the Veil Mineral Primer however, is reasonably priced.

 

 

Hourglass

 

 

I thought this primer would work best on oily skin so I was a little apprehensive to try it. I have normal to dry skin and some enlarged pores around my nose. This primer smoothed out dry flakes and minimized the appearance of my pores, while making my liquid foundations last longer. It also doesn’t feel thick like the silicone fillers so that’s another bonus. Instead of using this on my entire face, I just use this at the center of my face where I need it.

 

The powder you see that I hit pan on is Diffused Light, which I purchased when the ambient lighting powders were first launched. So many raves back then, and when I tried it, I wasn’t wowed. I had combination skin, and this powder oxidized on me. Now that I have drier skin, I appreciate this powder more. It gives a finish that is non powdery, and a little glow that is so trendy right now. Diffused Light is the perfect shade for me so I use it to set foundations. I know some use Diffused Light as highlighter, and some use darker shades as bronzers, but I haven’t tried that yet. It’s still not love for me, but I don’t hate it either. When I finish this powder, I wouldn’t be repurchasing though.

 

Last but not least, the 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner. This product had quite polarizing reviews. You either love it or hate it. When I first tried it, I loved it. It went on beautifully, the blackest of black, transfers pigment onto my lash line with just a touch, no pulling or tugging, stays on my waterline! I use 5 clicks on one eye, so in total 10 clicks. Hourglass did say this eye liner is only good for about 20 uses, but I’m getting more out of it. Maybe because I only use it to tightline (a very thin line at the roots of my lashes), the pencil is still going strong. However, one day, I wore this liner and didn’t finish off with mascara. Somehow, it transferred to my eye bags. I’m guessing, I’m assuming, the pigments, which got onto my lashes transferred there when I blinked. Tried it again without mascara and the same thing happened. Now, I’m conflicted. I was going to purchase the set of 3, but now that I know I can’t use it without mascara, I don’t want to buy it anymore.

 

What’s your favourite Hourglass product? (The primer and liner were sent for consideration)

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

disclaimer 800pix

 

 

 

Dior Milky Dots Summer 2016. Swatches.

Less words, more pictures! This collection is available since 1st of this month so you might have tried them yourself already. If you’re not in Malaysia, you might already have this since last month. Oh before you continue to swatches and mini reviews, please note… picture heavy!

 

 

Dior summer 2016

 

 

Here are some of the things I have. If at a glance, nothing impresses you, I urge you to try the powders. I tried the nail polish (RM125) first, and they’re cute, a pair of complementary colors with a dotting tool to play with. I realized I’m not that uncoordinated after all. That, or it’s just very easy to make dots. Hhmmm…

 

 

Pastilles

 

 

The lip products are great, just as I expected from Dior. The Milky Tint (RM120) is very light and it doesn’t feel sticky or heavy. Dior Addict in Appeal (RM115) is very sheer though.

 

 

Dior lipslipstick swatch

 

 

The eye shadow palette (RM265) is a little underwhelming while the fluid shadow (RM119) is something to look at. The liquid eye shadow does not budge on my lids. It’s quite impressive! It’s also easier to apply than I thought. Instead of applying it straight from the wand, I place some product at the back of my hand and then apply it onto my lids using either my finger or a brush. Works great both ways.

 

 

eye palette Escapade fluid shadow eye palette swatches

 

 

Now the powders. They don’t look impressive. Summer Glow (RM225) looks like very shimmery loose power and Nude Glow (RM248) is just a pretty lilac compact. So what? Look at the swatch. I wouldn’t look at it twice. On the face however, it’s a completely different story. Summer Glow adds a sheen of golden peachy warmth to my face, without looking fake or shimmery at all. On medium skin, it brings a glow to the complexion. I tested it on Ashlyn so I know it looks gorgeous! I don’t apply using the puff though. I use a blush brush and apply it across my cheeks and nose. Nude Glow in 025 Fresh Rose is a highlighter with flashes of lilac. I haven’t seen anything like it to be honest. They’re a beautiful combo!

 

 

summer glowDiorskin Nude Glow Loose Powder Freshroseswatch face powder

 

 

I wish the photos translate the beauty, but I just can’t capture it no matter how hard I tried. Here are 2 photos using the eye palette and powders, and Milky Peach. The first one is taken in natural light. You can’t see the powders in action at all. You can see some warmth but not that glow. The next is taken in low light, in front of my vanity. You can see something, but not much. You can head on to my Instagram for that photo which looks more obvious. You can also see the nail polish in action.

 

 

natural light fluorescent ligt

 

 

Have you tried anything from this collection? Trust me on this one. Try the powders ON YOUR FACE and tell me what you think!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

disclaimer 800pix

 

 

 

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