Category Archives: Reviews

Rave & Review: The Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

 

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

 

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

 

All it takes for one girl to spend some precious cash on makeup is a long, exhausting week moving to a new place and the free Friday evening of that week. Of course, being in the beauty department of a mall helps and when you see a lip gloss as precious as this costing less than S$40 a pop, you really can’t fight it.

 

I popped by Laduree after work last Friday evening and somehow also ended up at a Bobbi Brown counter afterwards. Needless to say, this lip gloss spontaneously made its way into my makeup shopping list – now how did that happen?

 
Continue reading

Rave & Review: Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

 

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

The Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow in 02.

 

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

A new addition to my collection of beauty staples.

 

It’s rainy today and rainy days call for tea, cakes and some pondering on life issues. Like whether you would look good in the latest Korean trend of horizontal brows, or if you should even attempt Cara Delevingne’s brow game in a fancy Chanel ad campaign.

 

But trends are trends and they aren’t here to stay. What matters more is looking your best, in a way that will last decades and not make your granddaughter laugh at your old pictures. Brows are one of the features on our faces that make or break a look. Untrimmed brows make you look fuzzy, like you haven’t really gotten out of bed. Overly trimmed, stick-thin brows suggest you are way too obsessed over giving an impression. Properly shaped brows are the best – they make you look sharp and send the message that you’ve got it all under control.

 

I’ve always had long, angled, sparse brows. For years, it had always been a struggle to find the right brow product. Should I get the Shu Uemura brow pencil, which I’ll need to shave or sharpen every now and then, wasting precious product each time the pencil goes through the knife? Should I get a retractable brow pencil? Should I just use my dark eyeshadow? Up till now, my brow powder had been the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in shade 61 Saddle. It’s the same shade they currently have in one of their brow palettes, but since I used only one shade, it didn’t make sense to get a palette that came with another shade.

 

And then I chanced upon the Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow while shopping for beauty supplies at Watsons Singapore. This product currently comes in 2 shades – 01 for lighter tones and 02 for darker tones. Seeing that  I have dark hair, I picked 02. The palette is pocket-friendly and weighs only 3.5g, including the small brush. The powder itself is long-lasting and doesn’t smudge (unless, of course, you do it on purpose). Here’s how you can use the palette:

 
Continue reading

Rave & Review: The Etude House Dear My Wish Lips-Talk

 

Etude House Dear My Wish Lips Talk

 

If your favourite colour is pink and you like girly bows, then you’ll fall in love with the pretty packaging of the Etude House Dear My Wish Lips – Talk lip stick! I received these two in the mail one fine day, and still can’t get over how cute they look.

 

The two shades I have are OR202 and PK002.Both are extremely vivid colours in different shades of red. OR202 is more yellow-toned, while PK002 is more blue-toned. If you’re neutral-toned, both shades will fit you perfectly. Here are a shot of the lip colours up close and a couple of instagram selfies of me wearing PK002:

 

Etude House Dear My Wish Lips Talk

The Etude House Dear My Wish Lips – Talk in OR202 (left) and PK002 (right).

 
Continue reading

Stay: The PuLi Hotel & Spa Shanghai

 

The PuLi Hotel & Spa Shanghai

The elegant lobby of one of the most luxurious hotels in Shanghai.

 

{This is the last part of my series of posts on my travel to Shanghai. To see the rest of them, read: Travel Diary: Shanghai Travel Tips and OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai.}

 

To date, Shanghai is the first Chinese city I’ve ever visited. It was a pleasant surprise in some ways, especially how easy it was to get around based on my knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. However, the locals in the service industry speak English as well, so you’ll be just fine if you only speak that.

 

We spent our final night at the wonderful PuLi Hotel & Spa and our experience there had been nothing short of extraordinary. Checking in was a breeze in the huge lobby area and bellboys were there to greet us and handle our baggage the moment we arrived. I requested for a room on a high floor and we were given one on the 21st storey, which had amazing views of the city and highways below. You’ll want to know that rooms in The PuLi Hotel & Spa from the 20th storey onwards are Club Rooms, which come with exclusive club benefits, such as your personal butler and a complimentary mini bar. The high ceilings and wide windows also allow more light into the room, which makes everything feel much more inviting.

 
Continue reading

Rave & Review: The Bené Premium Rougeria Delicious Repair Hair Oil

 

Bené Premium Rougeria Delicious Repair Hair Oil

 

I chanced upon this miracle of a product when I attended the recent Watsons Girls Day Out event at NEX, Singapore. As a blogger, I had the privilege of being guided through all the booths promoting various health and beauty products but the one item that made me return to Watsons within the same week and spend my precious moolah on was this: the Bené Premium Rougeria Delicious Repair Hair Oil.

 

A photo posted by Roxanne C. (@lacedivory) on


 

I’m a strong advocate of hair oils, serums and leave-in conditioners because hair masks and normal conditioners? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Leave-in hair products save me so much time, which I very much prefer to spend on resting after a long day’s work, or catching up on blogging matters. I’ve tried many products but this one beats them hands down (sorry Jen).

 

My hair was recently bleached twice in a row when I decided to get an ombre style (read about my first-time experience here) and although I loved the effect, the process left me with extremely dry hair. It got to the point where I had to take 10 whole minutes just to comb through all the tangles. This product from Bené Cosmetics solved that problem for me.

 
Continue reading

Review, Tutorial & Giveaway: INNI Nails Nail Wraps

 

INNI Nails Review

 

If you’re a manicure addict, you must be no stranger to nail wraps. These are stickers that go nicely on our nails and don’t involve harmful chemicals or dry time. So what makes INNI Nails so special?

 

For one, you can decide what design your nails will have. It can be anything: a picture of you and your loved ones, your pet feline, a painting that you saw online or even something you draw on your own! All you need to do is to take a shot of what it is you like, upload it onto INNI using their app or via their website, and voila. Consider it delivered. Not convinced? Check out this video below:

 




 

I gave some INNI Nails nail wraps a try and found them to be very easy to apply on clean nails. Each sheet of nail wraps contains 30 individual wraps in various widths and a small ruler printed on the top right. Here are the steps to applying these wraps:

  1. Clean your nails with nail polish remover.
  2. Measure your nail width using the ruler provided and then select the wrap of the same dimension.
  3. Peel the wrap gently off the sheet and apply it to your nail.
  4. Stretch and fold the excess over your nail and then file it off in a downwards motion.

 

I created a short video on how to do this:

 



 
Continue reading

Rave & Review: The 3CE Lip Colours in Peach Peach and Double Shot

 


3CE Lip Colour

 

Finding the perfect lip colour can be quite the daunting task, especially when there are so many brands and shades to choose from. From matte purples to creamy nudes, upon which colour and lipstick should you confer the title of the Holy Grail of Puckers?

 

One word of advice: If you don’t want to break the bank but yet want something long-lasting and pigmented, give 3CE Lip Colours a try. I discovered this brand while shopping in Seoul last December and made a trip to their flagship store in Hongdae (you can read more about my experience at Style Nanda here). Granted, the black oblong packaging isn’t anything to swoon over but the product… Oh, the product is amazing!

 

3CE Lip Colour

3CE Lip Colours in Double Shot (top) and Peach Peach (bottom).

 

3CE Lip Colour in Peach Peach
 
Continue reading

The Guerlain Les Tendres SS15 Collection

 

Guerlain Les Tendres SS15

The Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow and Perles de Blush.

 

The new Guerlain Les Tendres SS15 Collection is not only romantic and natural, it’s also fresh and speaks of luminosity. Think lots of pastel pinks, light shimmer and a no makeup look.

 

The collection is now launched at all Guerlain stores, and the star product is the new Météorites Baby Glow SPF25 PA++, which comes in 3 subtle shades: 2 Clair/Light, 3 Medium and 4 Doré/Golden. This liquid foundation has buildable coverage and leaves you with a dewy complexion. The Météorites Perles de Blush is a limited edition item, so if you’re looking for something really sweet and that adds some colour and shimmer to your cheeks, you’ll want to get this. Here’s makeup artist Dollei Seah working her magic on me when I dropped by the launch:

 

A photo posted by Roxanne C. (@lacedivory) on


 

A photo posted by Roxanne C. (@lacedivory) on


 

For fans of the Méteéorites, you can now bring them with you wherever you go. Take a look at the new Météorites in compact powder form. They are of the same shades as the original Météorites but because they’re in a compact, they fit easily in your makeup pouch and are ready for your impromptu touch-up sessions! You can also get them on Nordstrom here.

 

Guerlain Les Tendres SS15

The Guerlain Météorites Compact Light-Revealing Powder in 3 shades (from left to right): 2 Clair/Light, 3 Medium and 4 Doré/Golden.

 
Continue reading

Review: Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon

 

Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon Review

A salon where you’ll feel right at home.


 

How are my gorgeous kitties doing today? I’m quite excited to be sharing with you my experience at Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon, where I got my first ombre hair style done!

 

I booked an appointment via Vanitee.com, which is an online portal of local businesses that cater to hair and beauty needs. Just scrolling through the listed businesses, all of which whose legitimacy had been personally ensured by the team at Vanitee.com, I picked Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon because frankly speaking, I got tired of my hair yet again. So I decided on a date and time that was convenient for me and in a couple of days, I made my way to the salon at Far East Plaza, Singapore.

 

Once I got there, I presented my confirmation SMS to the very welcoming lady at the counter and saw that they had already recorded my appointment down in their log book. They were prepared for my arrival! I got ushered to my seat and met two guys, Marcus and Sham, who were the ones who did my hair for the next 6 hours. After a brief discussion with Marcus on what I wanted and what they were able to do for me based on my hair condition and past hair jobs, they got to work!

 

The first thing they did was to retouch my roots. As I’ve got a sensitive scalp, they applied a scalp protector first.

 

Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon Review

Getting that scalp protector on! Sham’s on your left, Marcus is on your right.

 
Continue reading

Review & Swatch: 3CE Lip Lacquer in Super Coral and Lip Colour in HALA

 

3CE Lip Lacquer and 3CE Lipstick

 

Do you know what 3CE means? I did a quick check on their website, and deduced that 3 Concept Eyes stands for 3 different types of attractive eye looks, which can be achieved by  focusing on the 3 colours – pink, orange and beige.

 

I first came across this brand on the internet, when some bloggers and Instagrammers started sharing their love for the products. It wasn’t till I got to the flagship Stylenanda store in Seoul this winter that I actually came into contact with their makeup.

 

The store itself is quite interesting. It’s not like the normal pick-what-you-like-and-pay-at-the-counter. Each person is given a number tag, and you have to tell any sales girl around the store the shade and quantity of any product you want. They then transfer your request to the backend storeroom and when you’re done, just hand over your number tag at the cashier and they’ll give you all the products that you’ve asked for. While I found this to be a good idea, especially since you don’t have to carry the items while you shop, it got quite messy when I was there as it was crowded. So, it’s always a good idea to remember what you asked for!

 
Continue reading