Nicole by OPI Look at Me, Look at Me

Swatch: The Nicole by OPI Look at Me, Look at Me Lacquer

Prancing unicorns above soft, pouffy tufts of cloud! This Nicole by OPI Look at Me, Look at Me lacquer was a little thoughtful gift from my BFF Corinne when I invited her to come visit me at my staycation earlier this year. Do you ever get tired of your nail polish shades? Well, I did. So I decided to finally give this one a go. In the bottle, it looks like a silvery, metallic shade with tiny bits of pink glitter that you aren’t even sure would show up when applied. You could say this is one of those beauty products that make you kind of regret not trying out soon enough!

 

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I did a manicure with the shade The World is Not Enough, also from OPI.

 

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A close-up of the two bottles. The World is Not Enough is from the Skyfall Collection.

 

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OCC Lip Tar in Grandma

Swatch & Review: The OCC Lip Tar in Grandma

The OCC Lip Tar in Grandma is the second one in my collection. I previously did a more comprehensive review and swatch of the one in Ophelia, which you can check out here. This second shade is a bright coral, very suited for the summer! If you’re looking to spice up an otherwise dull outfit, or to brighten up a grey, rainy day, this shade might just do the trick!

 

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The OCC Lip Tar in Grandma.

 

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Arab Street OOTD

OOTD: Sunday Brunch and Haji Lane

I love weekends! Just yesterday, I finally got some time away from work and blogging (confession of a beauty blogger *ahem*) and spent time with some friends, whom I haven’t seen in at least a month. We had dim sum at our favourite Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City, after which we each went our own ways; Me and the boy to Haji Lane and Arab Street to do some sight seeing. I’m still so glad that I had my pair of shades, because the sun was simply too unforgiving!

 

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Just the first few dishes we had. I can never grow tired of dim sum!

 

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Well said.

 

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Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy

Review: The Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy

I recently received the 100g Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy in Lily and fell so much in love with it, that I decided to get another smaller sized cream to carry along with me where ever I go. With all the choice that I had, I picked the 50g Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy. Because I bought this online, I couldn’t really select a tube based on scent. This was chosen based on whatever that was available and the pretty packaging that reminds me so much of the English countryside. That said, I’ve never been to England but one can always imagine.

 

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The Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy (50g). Tote-perfect!

 

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OCC Lip Tar in Ophelia

Swatch & Review: OCC Lip Tar in Ophelia

There was a time when I was young and really, really good in art. A painting I once drew got a teacher’s attention and he asked to have it put up for an exhibition. You could say it was the peak of my poster colour-on-paper endeavour. I probably haven’t had many encounters with paints since, but the OCC Lip Tar in Ophelia made me quite excited for a bit.

 

You see, this little tube of blue-toned Barbie pink paint is so pigmented, I can draw lips of whatever size and shape I like. It also smells rather minty, unlike real paint – or worse, Chinese calligraphy ink. The Lip Tar came, in the mail, with a tiny lip brush and a mini instruction manual in a transparent pouch. It may be a bit tricky to use for first timers, because you have to be very steady with your hands. I did make a little mess on my dressing table with this one. So yes, it totally reminds me of the time I used to paint!

 

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The OCC Lip Tar in Ophelia and the little brush it came with.

 

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The Disgruntled Chef

Saturday Night: The Disgruntled Chef

The boyfriend made a dinner reservation for two at The Disgruntled Chef on Saturday night, to celebrate quite a few accomplishments we both made recently. It was such a great surprise for me, first because he’s new to Singapore and also because I had never heard of the restaurant before, and had no prior idea of the quality of the food there. Not only was the service great, but the food was ah-ah-ah-mazing! Here are a few pictures I managed to take during the course of the dinner:

 

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A spicy margarita he had, recommended by the waitress who served us. Tasted pretty interesting!

 

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Waiting in anticipation! Dress and bag from The Style Store.

 

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Make Up For Ever Eyeshadows

Review & Swatches: A Couple of Make Up For Ever Eyeshadows (Feel the Blues)

 

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Two pretty Make Up For Ever eyeshadows.

 

“I need the shade of blue that rips your heart out. You don’t see that type of blue around here.” – Cath Crowley, Graffiti Moon. Well, now you kind of do. I’ve had these two blues from eons ago and thought that I’d already done swatches of them on my blog but surprise, surprise! I can’t find them in my backlog. So here they are again, resurfaced only because I chanced upon them while tidying my makeup collection.

 

These Make Up For Ever eyeshadows are in 83 Turquoise Shimmer (lighter shade) and 167 Iridescent True Blue (darker shade). They are very pigmented and don’t need a wet brush to be applied with to achieve a high colour payoff. They complement each other well and have shimmery finishes. Let’s take a closer look!

 

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Jane Iredale Lip Products

Review: A Couple of Jane Iredale Lip Products

 

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The Jane Iredale Lip Drink (left) and Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain (right).

 

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The Jane Iredale lip products.

 

I’m so excited to talk about these lip products from Jane Iredale! If baby elephants could talk, they’d say the same thing too! Because not only is Jane Iredale cruelty-free, the mineral products in this entry also deliver results, better than I’d expected. Today, we’re taking a look at the Jane Iredale Lip Drink and the Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain (in Forever Pink).

 

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

New: The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

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The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +.

 

What would the rainbow look like if it didn’t have the colour yellow? Less cheery, I’d say, but maybe also less clinical. If someone came up to me with a cubed bottle of yellow stuff in it, and asked me what it was, straight away I’d know it’s the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or Gel. Just that right now, it’s better. Launching this month is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +.

 

Compared to the original one, the new DDML+ not only has the same texture that fans love, but is also 50% better in moisture retention and 54% better in improving the skin’s barrier strength. It has 4 new ingredients:

1) phytofix, which is a blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract and cucumber fruit extract;

2) hyaluronic acid, which helps the skin retain moisture;

3) glycerin, a well-known humectant and

4) urea, which mimics the function of healthy skin.

It is also fragrance-free and allergy-tested.

 

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The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +.

 

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The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +.

 

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The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +.

 

Of all the years I’ve known Clinique, from my acne-fighting teenaged years till today, this is the first time the brand has reformulated a product in their 3-step skincare system. It’s not that the original moisturiser doesn’t work, but the people behind the brand have realised the importance in keeping up with the modern world. According to Janet Pardo, Senior Vice President of Clinique, “Among the influences that can account for such a shift are environmental aggressors, climate change, travelling more, sleeping less, eating processed foods and juggling the complexities of our daily lives.”

 

The best part about this new launch is the price. While many would think that a reformulated moisturiser would cost more, the opposite is true! The prices of the original DDML and DDMG are S$42 and S$70 for the 50ml and 125ml bottles respectively; This is now reduced to S$28 and S$60! The new pricing is standardised all throughout southeast asia, and even in duty-free stores in airports, so no matter where you go, the price will be the same from now on.

 

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The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +.

 

So tell me, are you a Clinique fan? What’s your take on this new launch?

 

 

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Skin Inc Pure Trinity Cleansing Oil

Review: The Skin Inc Pure Trinity Cleansing Oil

 

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The Skin Inc Pure Trinity Cleansing Oil.

 

This full-sized (60ml) Skin Inc Pure Trinity Cleansing Oil came in my July 2013 Vanity Trove, and was such a great surprise! The recent troves hadn’t been meeting my expectations so this cleansing oil sort of saved the reputation of the monthly subscription box. The first thing that caught my eye about this product was the three different coloured layers in the bottle – pink at the bottom, yellow in the middle and colourless at the top. As the bottle is transparent, the colours turn out very clearly. To use it, you just have to shake the bottle to mix the three layers together, apply a small amount to your hands and massage it onto your face in a circular motion.

 

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The Skin Inc Pure Trinity Cleansing Oil before and after shaking. The three layers really caught my eye!

 

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