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The Guerlain 2014 Holiday Collection – Sparkle Away

 


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There’s something quite exotic about Guerlain, and I’m not sure if it’s got something to do with it’s very French name. Nevertheless, I’m very excited to show you all the Guerlain 2014 Holiday Collection!

 

This year’s beauty collection is inspired by l’Opéra à Paris, the place where spectacular shows steal the limelight, and where audiences remain in awe of talented actors, long after the plays have ended.

 
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Review & Tutorial: The Laneige Sparkling Party 2014 Holiday Collection

 

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Now take me away.

 

Hello mid-November! The more each day passes by, the more it’s time to sparkle. The year-end season is always my favourite time of the year because things start mellowing and everything just becomes more relaxed. This is how the entire year should be like!

 

I got my hands on this collection a day after my company’s disco themed dinner and dance (what a waste, I know) and immediately fell in love. It’s seriously got everything you need in it to sparkle and yet it’s not over the top. Before I dive into the review and let you in on how best to use this, might I just add this little message: Get it while you can!

 

The Laneige Sparkling Party 2014 Holiday Collection is a cute little box of 2 Water Drop lip tints, 2 glitter nail lacquers and a glitter eyeshadow duo.

 

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The Laneige Sparkling Party box. It closes gently with a magnetic clasp.

 

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When opened, it reveals the goodies inside, plus a tutorial on how you can achieve a day and night look. I love the rose gold foil!

 

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The Glam Sparkling Look, which is what I call the night look. Get the collection to discover the other look you can create.

 

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A closer look at the nail lacquers and eyeshadow duo. So festive!

 
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The Urban Decay 2014 Holiday Collection – LOADS of Palettes!

 

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I can’t wait to share this piece of news with you all, especially if you’re a die-hard Urban Decay fan, like I am! The Urban Decay 2014 Holiday Collection is bound to make you go crazy and set hearts a flutter. If you’re looking for gifts for beauty addicts, you’d really do well at Sephora this time.

 

First up, there’s the Shadow Box, which has got a total of 12 beautiful shades – 9 best selling ones and 3 brand new ones! It needs no new introduction from me, as beauty vlogger Nicole Guerriero already did a great job of that in her video review of the palette. But hey, the violet floral design on the cover is just gorgeous!

 

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I love palettes!

 

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The Urban Decay Shadow Box, S$52.

 



 
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Review & Swatch: The Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer

 

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Makeup is like goodies to me. Whenever I receive something brand new, it manages to fill my life with some sort of magical fairy dust and rainbow unicorns. That’s why when the mailman delivered the new Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer, I couldn’t wait to give it a try! The shade I received was Opal, a shimmery shade that I’d been trying to find for quite some time!

 

Opal is a sheer, sparkling white, where the shimmer bits are both blue and purple. I remember how when I was young, I’d mix some silver paint into a small transparent bottle of water and watch how the shimmer glimmered in the light every time I shook the bottle. I couldn’t stop staring at it – the same with Opal.

 

I decided to use this shade as a finish for a dark base, OPI’s Eiffel for this Colour. The final effect is gorgeous!

 

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It looks purple from some angles.

 

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The shimmer also looks midnight blue from some angles.

 
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Manicure Idea: Hide that Gelish

 

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You’d never know it was there.

 

I love it when conversations at my workplace turn into beauty talk! The most recent breakfast did-you-know topic was on gelish and how harmful this manicure technique is to the nails. Applying it on isn’t so bad but taking it off – let’s just say it strips your nails of all its sturdiness and leaves it soft, like bread dipped in milk.

 

My most recent gelish was done using a bright red polish and had a snakeskin pattern on the odd finger.

 


 

Knowing how destructive the removal of gelish manicures can be, plus the fact that they cost at least $20 per soak-off, I decided against paying a visit to the nail salon. Instead, here’s what I did and what you can try: Paint over it with a darker nail polish shade and let it grow out.

 
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Link Love: Colour Your Soul

 

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New found health drink – strawberry-infused water. Follow me on Instagram!

 

It’s not always that easy to keep to a strict diet all the time. My weak point is always a good classic fondant au chocolate with a single – read, generous – scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. But come to think of it, it’s also not always that easy to eat junk all the time. Every once in a while, I like to detox, be it doing a simple drink-as-much-water-as-I-can-in-the-day or enjoying a cup of detox tea (I’m currently loving the BB Detox Tea by Kusmi Tea, available at Harrods). The most recent discovery from my sister is fruit infused water left to cool in the fridge. It’s easy to prepare and oh-so-refreshing!

 

How often do you detox? How often do you feed your soul? Here are five new links to share today on things that affect my mood – and will probably affect yours too.

 

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Review and Swatch: The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

 

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I finally got it!

 

I love fashion, glitz and glamour but one thing is for sure: I never follow trends. For one, they are so hard and troublesome to keep up with! Also, sometimes trends are so ridiculous, I find it hard to understand why people bother at all.

 

When the first Naked palette came out years back, it felt like I was the only one unfazed by it. 12 bronze shades, better suited to warm skin tones and overall neutral. I owned several neutral and smokey palettes and when combined, they worked as well or even better than the Naked. So I gave it a miss. When the Naked 2 launched shortly after, I was still unmoved, especially since it is very similar to the original palette.

 

But then came the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. The moment I laid eyes on the press releases from Urban Decay (and from blog reviews later on), I knew I had to get it. You know like how when you meet The One, you just… know? Exactly. A palette full of pinks that complement one another to create a range of looks from day to night – It was just what I needed.

 
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Review & Swatch: The Agnès B Monobulle Eyeshadow in H104 Bronze Allegro

 

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Loving the engraving on the eyeshadow!

 

When you travel, do you travel for the food, music, sights, slower pace of life or all of that altogether? Of course it’s everything! I made sure to pack some Agnès B makeup from Europe before heading home to sunny Singapore last December. As I’ve never tried this brand of eyeshadows before – and it’s not available on our island – I practised caution and got only a couple of items: the Agnès B Monobulle Eyeshadow in H104 Bronze Allegro and eyeliner in another wearable shade.

 
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Review & Swatch: The Stila Lip Glazes (Holiday 2013 Collection)

 

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Six glossy shades (out of nine) from the Stila Holiday 2013 Collection of Lip Glazes.

 

Hello! Have you joined my year-end giveaway? I’m giving 3 out of 9 of the Stila Lip Glazes and here so are the other 6. It’s the first time I’m coming into contact with these glazes and they are surprisingly good!

 

These Lip Glazes come in sets of threes from the Colour Me Glossy Lip Glaze Set from the Holiday 2013 Collection, so six of them means two sets. When first taken out from the packaging, you’ll find a little protective cover stuck into the tip of the brush. The way the Lip Glazes work is that you have to twist them to get product into the brush. For the very first time, you’ll need to twist them about 18-20 times.

 

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All six shades of them.

 
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Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

Swatch & Review: The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

Oh my, where do I get started? 20 brand new shades, glittery, shimmery and matte – all in a brand new, one-of-a-kind palette. The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette is the latest eyeshadow bomb from the brand, launched in time for the holidays this year. Not only is it limited edition, each and every one of the palette is unique in the sense that the pattern on the purple-hued box is different for every palette. So if you’re one of those shoppers – like me – who tend to pick and choose the “perfect” product to take home with you every time you visit a store, this would certainly justify that.

 

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The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette.

 
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