Monday, 29 September 2014

Jo Malone Workshop | StylexStyle Event

OMG, its almost like a dream when I got the chance to meet Singapore MediaCorp's artist, Sharon Au, at the Jo Malone Workshop organized by StylexStyle at the Seviin Tangs Orchard. I got the invitation through the purchase of Little Black Beauty Box (a Singapore based monthly beauty box) since some of you had asked.

As you can guessed, I was extremely excited.

I have always been a fan of Jo Malone's perfumes, English Pear & Freesia especially hence it was such a pleasure to be able to attend this event. Look at the row of perfumes on the table o_O. I literally died of happiness...

What made me went to heaven was being able to take a picture with gorgeous Sharon herself ^_^. I am definitely one happy girl. She has been my idol for the longest time I can remember and my family totally loved her too. **Still living in dream land**

We were divided into 4 teams and these 2 lovely ladies were my team mates :) **I still can't stop smiling now writing this blog post, am I crazy?**

As excited as I can be, I volunteered myself to help create a bespoke scent by mixing 2 or more scents by the nice Jo Malone lady. First she asked me a couple of questions and then gradually choose 3 scents (Wild Bluebell, English Pear & Freesia ~ Haha such a coincidence, and Peony & Blush Suede ~ coincidently which I plan to buy) to be spritz onto 3 parts of my body: whole body, hair and skirt respectively. I love this combo a lot.

The reason we were divided into teams is to play a little game of creating bespoke scents for the woman that was randomly drawn. We got Hilary Clinton O_O. Initially we thought we were done for as how on earth are we suppose to guess what sort of perfume Hilary used. But gradually after much discussion, we totally nailed the scent with Wood Sage & Sea Salt (new and on a woody tone) as the base, Lime Basil & Mandarin (Citrusy) and Wild Bluebell (Light Floral to bring out her femininity)

And I do mean nailed it as we won the game ^_^ YAY!!! We were complimented on the used of Hilary's quote which hit some soft spot of the judges. Thanks for voting for us :) And so we got another bag as a "Trophy".

I thoroughly did enjoyed myself and am looking forward to the next workshop (its a pity I missed the last as I wasn't in Singapore). Toodaloos...

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Vs Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

I've always been loving these 2 face products, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation as they give me good enough coverage and don't weigh my skin down. 

But a comparison will always be made when 2 champion products emerge at the same time no matter how much love they received. This time round, I placed them side by side and tried my very best to capture the finished surface for you to judge.

I love the squeeze tube. It makes application easier as you do not need to pour products onto the back of your hand thus no wastage incurred. I always like how thin the packaging is for me to slip into my handbag. But the advantage of its packaging over the Chanel's is that it doesn't require any shaking before application. More on that in a minute.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Vs Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 20 Beige

I love how small and compact the Chanel's one is. However, I dislike 2 things about the packaging. One, for the amount of money that I'm paying, I don't think a plastic-ky bottle justifies the price. Two, I have shake the foundation like crazy before application and this sometimes results in weird liquid being dispense if I were to forgot the shaking process. Troublesome. 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

You can see that Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturiser looks like skin. Sheer to medium coverage, it is buildable but I wouldn't recommend caking it on as it is expected of the moisturiser to give sheer coverage and acts as a base rather than like a foundation. Thus, to cover any imperfections, a concealer is recommended.

Being a sheer coverage product, it does not settle into fine lines and cake up on the skin which is absolutely important for me as I don't need any more emphasizing on my crow's feet and lines on my forehead now, do I? 

Another thing that I love about this product is that it doesn't turn white when mixed with my sweat (trust me on this one as I am the most sweatiest person I'd ever known) which some of the foundation does (I'm totally looking at you guys, Borjois Healthy Mix Foundation, Lancome BB Cream and Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation). Bonus point added here. 

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

This foundation, is definitely a miracle in a bottle as it is extremely hard to find a foundation which I like and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. Its practically like you are wearing nothing but still get the coverage of a foundation. Sitting on the sheer to medium coverage too, this foundation is definitely buildable and looks natural on the skin. 

The only thing to take note of is that the foundation gives a more glowy finish than the Laura Mercier's. So, if you have a tendency to produce oil during the middle of the day, I suggest to sweep some powder over your T-zone. Lucky enough for me, I am good with my combination semi-oily skin. 

Also do note that this foundation does have a slight sweet scent to it. However, it will fade after slapping it onto your face. 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Vs Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
Right: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. Left: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

Here's the comparison side by side. As you may notice that the Chanel has a more glowy radiant effect and the coverage is more than the Laura Mercier.

For your convenience, below is the summary of my preference for the 2 products:
1. Coverage
Chanel - Win
2. Radiance
Chanel - Win
Chanel - Win
4. Packaging
Laura Mercier - Win
5. Price
Laura Mercier - Win

However, there are 5 similarities between the 2 as below:
1. Both contain SPF
2. Both are light to tote around
3. Both are light weight and does not cake up the skin
4. Both offers moisturising effect
5. Both are cult products which are greatly loved by makeup gurus

Still confused? Here's another summary:
Buy Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua if you are looking for a more glowy and radiant finish and have the spare cash.
Buy Laura Mercier if you are looking for both primer and foundation in a bottle and looking for a matte-er finish.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Kungfu Paradise Singapore Review

Kungfu Paradise Singapore Review
So, I'm "lucky" enough to taste the Kungfu Paradise's special meal set before it closes in Jcube. To be honest, I've always enjoyed my food whenever I patronize the shop as they are always more of a hit than misses.

I ordered the Paella Seafood set with Mushroom soup, garden vegetable with vinaigrette and soft buns. I have to say, all of them were absolutely delicious and filling.

Chocked full of seafood (mussels, squid, prawns, white fish), the risotto was flavourful and tender. It wasn't too mushy nor grainy and the sauce wasn't too thick or liquidy. An overall good paella I would say. Rate: 4/5

The mushroom soup was too thick for my liking but what I like about it is that there are many bits and pieces of mushrooms floating around the soup, making this a very filling and satisfying dish. I wouldn't say its those generic Campbell soup kind of taste as it was earthy and "meaty". I do like it though although I couldn't finish the whole thing. Rate: 3.6/5

The side dishes were quite commendable as the salad tasted refreshing with its vinaigrette dressing (very tantalizing and enhances my appetite with its subtle sourness edge) and the buns were warm and soft. Rate: 4.3/5

Although the charges on plain water pisses me off, but I do like Kungfu's dishes in general (another must try is the chilli crab pasta and their dry noodles). Although I won't be able to visit the Jcube outlet but I'll definitely find an opportunity eat at their other branches.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Beauty: Tanya Burr Lipglosses Review

I love Tanya Burr. As a Youtube Sensation, Makeup Guru and a person. She is like the most lovely and genuine person that you can get in this virtual world. So, as you guess, I went berserk when I found out that she launched her Lipglosses and Nail Polishes range. What got me even more excited is that they were sold on Feelunique which offers free delivery worldwide. 

However, with some bullshit policy of nail polishes and perfumes being prohibited on the airplane, I only got to try her Lipglosses and boy was I hooked. 

From Top to Bottom: Afternoon Tea (Baby Pink), Chic (Nude almost Warm Coral) and Let's Travel the World (Bright Red)

The Lipglosses are so far phenomenal. I tend to stay away from sparkling ones, but these 3 provide enough sheen for the lips making it glossy and plump. They aren't too tacky (hate getting hair stuck to my lips, total disaster) and gives off nice colour payoff even though being glosses. Do note that there is a faint scent of sweetness during application but no discern taste though. The colour stayed a good 3 hours on me.

I definitely recommend you to try out the lipglosses. Inexpensive but yet good quality, its a total steal.