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LOTD: True Blue Pop of Color

By icyabstract · March 29, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Hello long weekend! I am taking advantage of this added break to throw up some entries because I foresee myself being rather caught up with work in the week(s?) to come.

After 4 months away from work, what was I expecting right?

Regardless, here's the LOTD that I gave a quick sneap peek too in my recent rambly entry.

I was quite excited to wear and also photograph this look due to the intensity of the liner hence do pardon the eye spam that might follow!

Well, the title is a tad misleading because the blue here isn't a 'true blue'.

Instead it is a bright cornflower blue and most definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Though on second thought, maybe it would be suited as a pop of color for those who don't otherwise like to use color in their eyeshadow choices.

While intimidating to some because of the intensity, I feel that this dose of color is not hard to pull off at all.


The stroke of cornflower blue comes from Mirenesse's Inside Out 27H Eye Kohl in Khnum, as mentioned and swatched here.

I had previously used the Eye Kohl in Atum, also from Mirenesse, and here is another from the brand because I do enjoy using them through this eyeliner-obsessed phase of mine.

For this look, I kept the rest of the lid relatively neutral and kept Khnum the centre of attraction.

Not that it needs any help with that!




While Khnum is an intense shade, I felt like I needed a bit of definition to balance my eye look out so it doesn't look like something avant garde and straight off the runway.

If you are a little more experimental, you may be able to pull off using this as an eyeliner alone!

Though regardless, I feel this works wonderfully (and perfectly well) as an accent liner and it would most likely be how I would be using it.




I did warn you about the eye spam!

With a dash of something so vibrant on my eyes, I kept the rest of my face rather toned down and soft so I don't look too done up. After all, this look was for a simple and casual night out with the hubs.




I took this opportunity to try out one of the new Dior Addict gloss (from Dior's upcoming huge gloss collection) in Beige Songe.

While it appeared promising in the tube, it did go on rather colorless though there was a lovely shimmer and a nice glossy shine. The end result is a very natural effect though thanks to the glossed look, it does give my lips some dimension from a distance.



Product Used:

BROW / FACE
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++
Benefit Porefessional
Elisha Coy Always Triple BB Cream
LUV Carat Loose Setting Powder

EYES
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Dior 5 Couleur in Frost Bloom (bottom left shade)
Shu Uemura Unmask Eye Palette in Pink
Mirenesse Inside Out 27H Eye Kohl in Khnum
CLIO Professional Brush Liner in Black
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS
Canmake 3 Blush 1 Highlight in 02

LIPS
Dior Dior Addict Gloss in Beige Songe

Highlighted products were provided by companies/distributors,
I was not obliged to use/feature them in LOTDs.

By now I think that you would all be pretty bored of my face but here's a last look at how the liner fared after 6 hours of wear.



After 6 hours it was still going strong without a fade in intensity or any smudging going on. Though some credit should also be given to NARS's Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base as well!

I think bold colored or glittery liners are a great way to spice up your eye looks when you don't have the time or want to fuss with shadows. Those who steer clear from colored shadows can give the accent liner method a go.

Don't say I didn't warn you, it may just change your (makeup) life!

All that aside, my hair has gotten to the point where I totally dread how it looks, feels and how tough it is to maintain it. It is incredibly heavy, given the length of all the layers now and baby apparently thinks it's a new toy that hangs down from mommy so she grabs and tugs at every opportunity she gets.

Thus! My hair would be facing some changes over this long weekend and I simply can't wait.

I haven't decided what I would like to do with it but I am leaning towards getting it chopped off and trying a refreshingly short length for the new year (a bit late for the 'new year') though I am quite attached to the length of my hair.

I guess we shall see!

Thanks for reading and hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Filed in: LOTD
Tagged with: khnum, Elisha Coy, mirenesse, CANMAKE, dior, nars, eyeliner, Mac

LOTD: Neutrals with Sparkle (feat. Dior & Mirenesse)

By icyabstract · March 21, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Hello again!

I started off this LOTD with a mind to pull together something Dior-ish but after ransacking my stash, I gave up on that theme due to my lack of Dior in other departments such as eyeliner, loose powder etc.

Instead, I would just call this yet another simple ole neutral. Simple but with a bit of a twist.

Some of the products that I wish to give mention to in this LOTD would be Dior's 5 Couleur palette in Frost Bloom and also Mirenesse's Inside Out 27H Eye Kohl in Atum. Both of which I had given mention to fairly recently.



While the look appears to be the usual neutral, well, who am I kidding it is a neutral regardless! Though let me break it down for you a little and hopefully give the look more 'insight'.

p.s. that 'line' on my nose is a strand of hair, not some weird contouring going on.



The Eye Look –

I first applied MAC's Groundwork paintpot all over the lids and just over the crease (resulting in that warm brown over the crease), followed by Dior's 5 Couleur Palette in Frost Bloom over the inner corner.

Following that, I applied MAC's Henna eyeshadow (limited edition) over the centre and a blend of Stila In the Garden's Moss and Juniper for definition on the outer-corner.

To add just a bit more sparkle to compliment the gold bits in MAC's Henna, I lined my upper lids with Mirenesse's Atum – the beautiful black liner strewn with gold pearls incase you forgot.


The golden pearly glint from Mirenesse's Atum spices up the look in a subtle way. It isn't overly noticeable but can be seen when it catches the light. It's quite lovely!






I know, enough of my eye already but I am uploading this last one because you can actually spy a little of that pearly green-blue tones from the light Dior shade.


On the rest of the face, I kept it warm and coral-y with MAC's Warmth of Coral on the cheeks and Shy Girl (also from MAC) lipstick on the lips.




Products Used:

BROWS / FACE
K Palette Brow Liquid in 01
Maquillage Brow Wax in 77
Biore UV Aquarich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++ (silver tube)
Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder
MAC Bronzer

EYES
NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
MAC Groundwork Paintpot
Dior 5 Couleur in Frost Bloom 334 (top right shade)
MAC Eyeshadow in Henna
Stila In The Garden palette (Moss and Juniper)
Mirenesse Eye Kohl in Atum
MAC Powerpoint Pencil in Engraved
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Feline (Waterproof)

CHEEKS
MAC Mineralzed Blush in Warmth of Coral

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Shy Girl

Highlighted products were provided by companies/distributors,
I was not obliged to use/feature them in LOTDs.

And here's another quick LOTD update from me!

While I think the whole ombre hair trend is a little over done, I am actually quite grateful for it because with that around I can pass off my horribly outgrown-and-in-need-of-expert-hands hair as some form of an ombre. ha!

That isn't just my opinion and I have actually gotten some questions from friends regarding that, if I had DIY-ed it or had it done at a salon. Heh.



Though truth is truth, it is overgrown and I will have to do something about it soon. I am making up my mind about whether I should chop it off and try going short (my definition of short is not pixie) or just layer and keep the precious length.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

Thanks for reading!

Filed in: LOTD
Tagged with: mirenesse, look, dior, nars, makeup, Stila, Mac

Goodies (& Swatches): Mirenesse Inside Out 27HR Eye Kohls

By icyabstract · March 13, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

These Inside Out 27Hr Eye Kohls are the latest addition to the Mirenesse Boutique M range and boast to be a "revolutionary waterproof glide-on color".


Incase the name Mirenesse sounds foreign to you, I have given them and their Boutique M range a mention through their pigment-packed Lip Bomb Glossy Lip Lacquers.

With high performance products like these Eye Kohls and the Lip Lacquers (amongst other great products), it is easy to see why Mirenesse's Boutique M range bags awards effortlessly.

These Eye Kohls are designed for precision application of color to both the inner and outer eye area, hence the name Inside Out.


These Eye Kohls are created with elastic stretch pigments which help them deliver a rich and intense color pay-off. Paired with a crossover color gel formula, these pencils glide over the skin and effortlessly deliver a dash of pigment. They are versatile enough that you can use them as a eye liner, shadow or even highlighter.

There are 14 pigment-rich shades introduced with this collection, ranging from pearly nudes to deep browns and colorful blues. Of the lot, I have 5 shades on hand to show you.




  • Ra – a light champagne shade, great for highlighting
  • Khnum – an intensely pigmented cornflower blue
  • Osiris – a charcoal black with faint silvery-blue flecks
  • Hathor – my favorite sort, a jeweled purple shade
  • Atum – an almost black that is infused with gold reflects

These pencils contain 1.5g (0.05oz) of product and are your typical pencils that require sharpening instead of any fancy twisting up.

As troublesome as sharpening can be, I do like this for creamier pencils because I find this preserves and prevents the lead from drying out quickly over time.


These Eye Kohls have a nice glide to them and don't tug on my eyelids with application. However, they are not the silkiest or creamiest pencils I have ever tried, that award goes to the Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil. Though these Eye Kohls are soft enough that they should not be left near intense heat for fear of them smoshing or melting.

Some of the shades are infused with light-capturing crushed pearls to give them an glint of color. While they have flecks of shimmer within them, they do not feel gritty on the skin and feel like a smooth glide all the same.



While Hathor was an obvious favorite (because I have a thing for purple liners), I fell deeply in love with Atum and Khnum.

The gold reflects in Atum are so sophisticated without taking away from the depth of the color that it is just a joy to wear.

Imagine definition yet with a little sparkle that it makes people look again to observe what you are wearing. Well, maybe people would not be that creepy but that is what I would do if I noticed someone wearing something that catches the light and shines with it. Maybe I am creepy...

The pearly quality in Osiris is a little bit lacking, I almost assumed it was a flat black until I saw the pictures, but it is a decent black nonetheless. I would say the pearly silver-blue is a plus here, not necessarily a reason to purchase the liner for.

There isn't much to say about Ra. It is a beautiful light champage beige that works well for highlighting though I don't find it terribly unique.


While this liner is said to be good for use on the inner eye area (tightlining / waterlining), I would not suggest it for those with sensitive eyes mainly because the pearl pigments could cause some irritation. I do use Osiris on my waterline regardless and it works fine for me; I don't have very sensitive eyes.

The liner is also said to wear for 27 hours but I doubt I will be testing that claim out because, how often does one have to wear eyeliner for 27 hours? Not me for sure.

Though I will report back (maybe in a LOTD entry with it) about the wear.

Unfortunately they are not available locally but Mirenesse does ship to Singapore.

If you are interested in these liners, they retail for 39UAD (~S$50) on Mirenesse.com. You can find the Inside Out 27HR Eye Kohls on this page.

The pencils are a little pricey but I think for some of the more unique and intense shades (e.g. Khnum), it is worth having a look because it is quite pretty. Do hop on over and check the other lovely shades out!


Thanks for reading and keep a look out for some LOTDs featuring these liners because I am going through a phase of being liner-obsessed right now!

Disclosure:
Products were provided to me for review consideration.
I am not affiliated to them and all opinions expressed are my own.

Goodies (& Swatches): Mirenesse Lip Bomb Glossy Lacquer Stains

By icyabstract · June 9, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

While this is my first time knowing of Australian brand Mirenesse, they are no new folks to the market and have been around for awhile with award-winning titles under their belt.

A look at the site and you will see that they have a good arsenal of both makeup and skincare products. Ranging from liners to primers, lip plumpers to eyeshadows and I have not even touched on their skincare ranges available.

Not to deter too much, in this post I would only be shedding light on their new Lip Bomb Glossy Lacquer Stains, introduced as part of their Boutique M Exclusive Collection.


The Lip Bomb is a revolutionary lip color that marries the properties of a gloss, stain and lacquer all into one sleek little tube. These are literally meant to be a 'bomb' in terms of pigmentation and color hence a specially designed Infinity Lip™ Applicator is  found within these tubes, for easier and more precise application.


It looks almost like a doe-foot being pinched in the centre and flattened towards the front.

The 'paddle' portion allows you to easily smooth the lacquer over your lips and the rounded tip gives precise application at corners and crevices. Overall I didn't notice anything too revolutionary with using the applicator but it was easy to apply the color and that is what matters!

The Lip Bombs are available in 15 high impact colors and of that I have 4 to showcase to you.


Left to Right: No. 2, No. 7, No. 8, No. 15 (yes, sadly it's 'named' with numerals!)

Mirenesse markets these as Custom Lip Colors because aside from wearing them on their own, you have the option of mixing them up and creating your own customized shade.

Hence aside from the usual reds and pinks in the 15 shades, you will see a pale silver and a golden toned one.

These Lip Bombs do look gorgeously bright and opaque within the tube and I am rather happy to report that they swatch true to tube-color!


Aside from strong pigmentation, they do have a nice glossy finish to them too.


While the colors swatched lovely on the back of my hand, I had to do the true test of swatching it on the lips.

I did it haphazardly since I wasn't intending to go for a proper lip swatch but was so blown away by the pigmentation I just had to grab my camera to capture it.

Here is No. 7, the bright fuschia with a hint of purple.


Like Lip Tars, a little goes a long way for these and I think the above was one 'application' from the tube. So no re-dipping back inside and this is the intensity / coverage you would get!

While it being intensely pigmented, I didn't feel a need to reach for a lip brush for precision due to the applicator actually making the job easier.



Pinks and I aren't entirely good friends but somehow a small part of me likes how this looks on. Definitely not something I would wear daily (this shade I mean) but I now have a bright fuschia to reach for if the occassion calls for it. If I ever dare wear this out that is!

Though to give it some use, I could do some mixing and create a comfortable pink for myself.

I haven't officially tested the Lip Bombs for wear and its hydrating or moisture-sapping abilities but after wiping the glossy stain off, I was still left with an evident pink stain on the lips. Certainly not the same bright pink but a very present lip color all the same.

Mirenesse is not available locally, however you can purchase from their online website and they do ship to Singapore. You can find the Lip bombs on this page

These Lip Bombs are regularly priced at US$39 (3.1g / .11oz - slightly lesser than a MAC Lipglass) however there is a sale on the site right now and they are individually available for US$29. Even better, you can purchase a set of the 4 shades I have above for only US$49.99 (click here!)

If these glossy lipstains are your thing, you may want to check these bombs out! Thanks for reading!


Disclosure:
Products were provided to me for review consideration.
I am not affiliated to them and all opinions expressed are my own.

Filed in: goodies
Tagged with: lip bombs, mirenesse, lacquer, Lip Stain, swatches, 15, 8, 7, Lip Gloss, 2

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