Whoops! It's the last day of the first month of 2015 already! I wonder if you are still keeping your new year's resolutions? I know I am! Smile more, laugh more, drink more water and less Starbucks' Frappucino, I've been doing just that! :) This month's favorites include some new and rediscovered items that I think are worth checking out. Let's take a look!
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Colors in Michael and Jack
Lips & Boys is the lipstick collection everyone has been talking about left and right this winter! It caused quite a frenzy all across the blogosphere when the collection officially launched in late November. Among the colors I was able to get my hands on, Jack remains my favorite! A medium magenta pink with a purple tinge — so my color! :) The formula is top-notch, too. Creamy, opaque, and oh-so-smooth. As for Michael, I love the color, but not so much the texture. Though I have found that applying the MAC Prep + Prime Lip (see #5) as a base underneath it helps with the under performing issue considerably! See my review of Michael and Jack here and Alexander, Preston, Justin, and Pablo here.
Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé
New for Spring 2015, Chanel Camélia Rosé is a two-toned blush comprising of a darker, warmer mauve rose and a lighter, cooler muted pale pink. Although the size and pigmentation of the blush may raise some eyebrows, you can't deny the fact that it has one of the most beautiful floral designs we've ever seen on a makeup product. I like Camélia Rosé for its soft pink color with a satiny glow and for its ease of use. It's one of those blushes that doesn't require strategic planning or careful consideration whether it will match with the rest of your makeup. It's a total fool-proof color that will compliment any makeup look. See my review of Camélia Rosé here.
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
I have been using the Burberry Fresh Glow more religiously again this winter to perk up my dull skin! It is a liquid illuminizer in frosty, pearly champagne beige color with lots and lots of ultra fine shimmer. You can use it alone or mix it with your moisturizer or base product for an extra dose of fresh glow on the skin. The name couldn't be more fitting since that is exactly what I see on my skin when I use this product — a fresh glow. Although it contains a ridiculous amount of shimmer, you won't detect it once it is applied on the face. The effect is so subtle that even if you are shimmer-phobic, you will still appreciate it! See my review including the before-and-after photo of Fresh Glow here.
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
MAC Prep + Prime Lip is basically a lip balm with extra benefits! It feels balmy like a lip balm, it looks white and waxy (but goes on clear) like a lip balm, and it also adds hydration and moisturization just like a lip balm! But what it does more is it helps improve the appearance of applied lip products by providing a “tacky” base on your lips so that your lip color has something to grab on to, which in turns results in a smoother and more even application of your lip color. The added bonus is that it seems to help extend the wear time of the lip product, too! It is compatible with any formulation of lip color be it matte, cream, or liquid. For proof, see my swatches here where I compared side-by-side a lip color applied on bare skin versus over the Prep + Prime Lip!
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
The new Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes have been receiving such mixed reviews for sure! I picked up Infinity which is a combination of neutral colors in a mix of shimmery and matte finishes. My experience with it has been generally positive. I love the crazy pigmentation, the super soft and blendable texture, the all-day wear time, and of course, the stunning display of harmonious colors without boundaries! ;) I think the major issue most people have with the shadows is that they can kick up quite a powdery mess since they are so soft and finely-milled and the fact that there are no dividers between the colors, the powder kick up is going to fall into the adjacent colors and eventually creating a color mash-up. It's unavoidable with a design like this but you can certainly work around it by being gentle when picking up the pigment and tapping the palette upside down to remove any fallout when you're done. I have a more detailed review of the palette right here.
Well, I hope you liked my picks this month! Please don't forget to share with me your January favorites in the comment section below! Are you looking forward to February? I know I am since, well, Valentine's Day is one of my favorite (and super special) days of the year because my boyfriend and I met for the first time! Awww, so cheesy haha! I don't know why, but talking about my personal stuff on the blog really makes me feel uncomfortable! ^_^”
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base:
US$48 at Nordstrom
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Colors in Michael and Jack:
At Tom Ford counters
Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé:
At Chanel counters
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base:
฿1,850 at Sephora Thailand
MAC Prep + Prime Lip:
At M·A·C counters
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette:
฿2,460 at Sephora Thailand