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Illamasqua – Lipstick, Blusher, Eye Colouring Pencil and a Small Trial

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I found Illamasqua outlet at Singapore’s Ngee Ann City along the famous shopping paradise, Orchard Road. It was a small outlet with black furnishings filled with mystique. I spoke with the salesperson, who shared with me that their star products are the primers, lipsticks and blushers. She was also kind enough to let me try on the products – the Illamasque Powder Foundation, Hydra Veil, Powder Blusher and Lipstick.

After cleaning my face with a wet tissue,Hydra Veil (one of its star products) was applied on my face. It was gel like that feels very light. Trust me, a small spatula goes a long way! Immediately after, the Powder Foundation was applied on my face using a foundation brush. The foundation went on well on my face and lasted. It helped to even out the redness of my skin so I suppose I can conclude that the coverage is medium. Then on went the blusher (Tremble) and Lipstick (matt, Obey). Really nice natural colour! I can tell that the pigmentation is indeed rich, but I have been warned by the saleperson, that the matt lipstick is really drying for some, so its recommended to put on the lip balm before or after applying the lipstick for increased hydration. Definitely a brand for make up artists and those who like to play with colours!

About the Product

Illamasque is an edgy, British cruelty free brand that brings high performance professional makeup to high street so that it can be widely available.  After trying out the products, I know I’ll kick myself if I don’t buy anything from the outlet. So I bought Illamasqua Lipstick (Obey), the Powder Blusher (Tremble), and the Illamasqua Colouring Pencil for the eyes (Elate).

The Illamasque has two main Lipstick ranges. Lipstick (which is usually matt, and Glamour Lipstick which is glossier and more hydrating. Both carries a wide range of colours. From what I have learnt from Illamasqua salesperson, Illamasqua offers a wide range of matt lipstick – more than other existing brands.  The ingredient list for Obey: Octyldodecanol, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil),  Oleyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Oxidized Polyethylene,Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Cetyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Tocopherol Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain:  [+/-  Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci  77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Red 7 Ci 15850, Red 40 Lake Ci 16035, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Red 21 Lake Ci 45380, Carmine Ci 75470, Red 36 Ci 12085, Manganese Violet Ci 77742, Copper/ Bronze Powder Ci 77400, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Yellow 6 Lake Ci 15985, Red 27 Lake Ci 45410,Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Mica] (Eu Exclusive Shades May CONTAIN: CI 77007, CI 77000). May Contain Carmine As A Color Additive.

I fell in love with the colours in Illamasque Powder Blusher range. The colours are so pretty! (Oh forget about Talc – I know I don’t like products with Talc but how can I resist such highly pigmented product?) The ingredient list for Tremble: Talc, Dimethylimi- Dazolidinone Rice Starch, Mica, Aqua (Water), Magnesium Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-150, Silica, Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Quaternium-26, Methylparaben, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Ethylparaben,Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera(Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Propylparaben, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetyl Alcohol,Cera Alba(Beeswax), Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Carmine Ci 75470, Ultramarines Ci 77007, Red 36 Ci 12085,  Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Red 7 Ci 15850, Red 21 Lake Ci 45380, Bismuth Oxychloride Ci 77163, Yellow 6 Lake Ci 15985, Manganese Violet Ci 77742, Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Red 40 Lake Ci 16035, Red 27 Lake Ci 45410] May Contain Carmine As A Colour Additive. Stop Use If Irritation Occurs.

I had bought Elate because I am in the market for white eyeliners. (Okay, not that I can’t get one from Sephora! I just want to try this so please indulge me…) The texture is smooth and glides on beautifully! The ingredient list for Elate: Cera Alba (Beeswax, Cire DÉabeille), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, C10-18 Triglycerides, Ceresin, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cire De Carnauba), Isopropyl Myristate, Diethylhexylcyclohexane, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butylparaben, Bht [+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir: Iron Oxdes (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Black 2 (CI 77266), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)].

Where to Buy the Product

Well, at Ngee Ann City Singapore of course! Or you can purchase by ordering online from Illamasqua website, or from BeautyBay.com .

Let me know what you think of Illamasqua products that you’ve used!

Hourglass Cosmetics – Ambient Lighting Powder and Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass Ambient Series.jpgI have read about Hourglass Cosmetics’ Ambient Lighting Powders and Ambient Lighting Palette. I could not find Hourglass products in Singapore, so I ordered it off its USA website and had it shipped to Singapore. As you can see from the picture on the left, I bought an Ambient Lighting Power (Diffused Light) and Ambient Lighting Palette. I have been using the Diffused Light for a while and I can’t wait to share with you how it felt and what feedback I have been receiving since I started using it. Before I go on, I must thank Dorkchops for sharing with me information on Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder some months back, which helped me figure out which powder to purchase without testing it first.

About the Product

I shall not be talking to much about the ingredients used in the Ambient Lighting Powders and Ambient Lighting Palette. You can look at them through the image that I’ve provided in this post. However I would like to describe to you what I think about the product.  The product is made of finely milled ingredients compressed into cake, which explains why it is fragile and needs to be handled carefully lest it breaks and shatters. If you were to rub your fingers onto the cake, it will pick up a thin film of powder on your finger that gives out such subtle glow when it comes into contact with light. With Diffused Light, the light reflected is subtle yet refined. It is not shiny and really, I can’t see any difference when I dust it on my face with my contoured brush. That’s not important – I mean the whole point about wearing makeup is for others to see, right?

Using the Product

Usually, I wear my bareMinerals foundation and Tarte blusher to work (no lipsticks coz I don’t want lipsticks on my mug – as much as I love my collection of lipsticks). On the first day I tried on Diffused Light, I put it all over my face.  When I got into the office, I was stopped by a female colleague working in the same office, asking me why there is this bright glow on my face. On another day where I decide to change and only applied Diffused Light on my forehead, nose bridge and over my cheek after I’d applied blusher, another colleague whom I’d known for several years sat across me (about 2m away), and commented that my skin seemed to have improved so much (I had problem skin) that there is a glow from within. I laughed and told her its “make up magic”. Honestly, when I got home, I did realise that the Ambient Lighting Powder did seem to blur out my long lasting Tarte blusher and delivered a soft and subtle pink from the blusher. Maybe that’s where the healthy glow from within came from! Boy, I am so going to stock up on Diffused Light when I finish mine!

Purchasing the Product

Hourglass Cosmetics is not available in Singapore – so those in Singapore will have to order the Ambient Lighting product online via its USA website (without going through any shopping agent). If you are using comGateway or 65daigou to help you purchase items from overseas, you can also order Hourglass Cosmetics products from Sephora USA website.

Have you used Hourglass Ambient Lighting? Do you think it has worked for you?

bareMinerals – Pure Transformation Night Treatment (Clear)

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I am a fan of bareminerals foundation for a number of years and I have never looked back. Its powder foundation does not break me out and improves my skin texture.

About two years ago, my sister had a friend who was travelling to USA. So I got her friend to help me grab a few pots of the bareMinerals foundation and products. One of the purchases is this Pure Transformation Night Treatment.

About the Product

From the bareMinerals website, “This groundbreaking nighttime mineral treatment is powered by our proprietary 100% pure ActiveSoil Complex. Clinically proven to dramatically reduce the appearance of pores, increase luminosity and deliver faster cell turnover-resulting in miraculous skin-renewing benefits. Experience younger-looking, radiant, even skin tone with improved texture. This concentrated powder formula replenishes skin while you sleep so you’ll wake up to the famous bareMinerals naturally luminous glow. Available in four tones to instantly diffuse imperfections.”

Using the Product

I followed the instructions and dust on this product after my 3 step skincare. I had chosen the shade Clear because I don’t want to risk rubbing the product on to the pillow. I slept with this product overnight and noticed that my T-zone does seem to product less oil in the morning, and I seem to have this dewy and ethereal glow on my face after 1 night of use. The small pimples that was there the day before also seem to dry up a little (its like i had foundation overnight). My skin does not feel dry in the morning either.

Where to Buy this Product
I can’t find this in Singapore even today. Its not available in Sephora either. There was once where I thought I saw a few bottles of the product at Sephora but it quickly disappeared and I do not get to see it again. So the only way is to purchase through friends who are travelling to USA or UK (as far as I know) or to purchase through 3rd party sites such as Strawberry Net, Taobao, Beautybay.com and Feelunique.com or Lookfantastic.com.

bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Mineral Foundation

Bareminerals Ready FoundationI have been using bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Mineral Foundation for a while now, and I thought its time I do a review on this amazing foundation. Why did I say its amazing? Its true it is mineral and many other foundations which are mineral based – but fact is, this is the only powder foundation that I’ve used so far that doesn’t give me outbreaks!

About the Product

Those of you out there who are cult followers of the bareMinerals product ranges will know that the popularity for this product spread like wild fire when its founder, Leslie, started selling its loose powder foundation on QVC in USA. The swirl-tap-buff sure got many ladies onboard and its now one of the go-to foundations for those who have problem skin. From the bareMinerals website, the active ingredients in this foundation are: Titanium Dioxide 11%, Zinc Oxide 18%. Inactive Ingredients: Boron Nitride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Magnesium Silicate, Silica, Nylon-12, Humic Acids, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Jojoba Esters, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Lecithin, Betaine, Algae Extract. May Contain: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides. This foundation also claims to increase hydration by 108% with decent coverage (important point to note for those of you who have reddish patches on your skin like me!)

Using the Product

I have used this product with the bareMinerals brush as well as other flatheaded brushes. The coverage is good if you have some reddish patches or light freckles on your skin. For those with large acne, you can still use this product, but the bumps may be amplified to show the unevenness of the skin. Moles or dark patches that show up prominently on your skin may not be covered that well so you can say that light flaws can be covered, but if you have visible flaws such as large open pores, suggest to use a primer and concealer before using this foundation. This foundation can be layered on (do use flat headed brushes, or if you are a Sigma brush fan, use a 3DHD Precision brush would do the job just fine to create a nice professional finish). I wore this foundation in the humid Singapore weather and it lasted me almost 6 to 8 hours (note: not perspiring okie). My skin did not feel as drying after removing the foundation too. I guess I can attest to the 108% more hydration. Also, I noticed that when I have small pimples, using this foundation actually help to dry them up! (Gosh!). I am not sure if its gotta do with the ingredients in this foundation but hey, it doesn’t clog and helps with drying up small pimples – thumbs up!

Where to Buy this Product

I like to stock this up when I am overseas or when I have friends travelling to USA (its a lot cheaper there). In Singapore, you can purchase it from Sephora and its always good to stock up when its your birthday month (those of you with Sephora’s white card or black card) so that you get some discounts. Otherwise, there are plenty of online shops that ships for free worldwide so do google on!

Are you using this product too? Do share with me your experience!