fotd: smokey eyes and plum lips

February 24, 2017  |  Face of the Day, Tom Ford  |  1 Comment

I love mixing high and low in my wardrobe, and the same preference extends to my face. Though I don’t own much drugstore makeup anymore, there are still some staples that I’ve kept and pull out from time to time. In this instance, it was Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Comfort Zone eyeshadow palette, which is an absolute classic and must-own (to me at least)!

The pigmentation of the shadows is great, the colours are fantastic – I think it’s still the only drugstore palette with a good duochrome – and its so cheap you’d be crazy not to give it a try if you haven’t already. It just cannot be beat for an smokey eye. Case in point:

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And of course I paired it with Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Mitchell, because who wouldn’t? I know nude lips tend to be everyone’s first pick with smokey eyes, but the rich mauvey-plum hue of Mitchell is such a good foil to the bronze tones of the eye and I love that it picks up on the red flecks of Comfort Zone’s bottom leftmost shade (which is what I used to line my eyes).

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This probably isn’t the most dramatic high/low face I could do, but I think it might be one of my new favourites. What are your favourite high/low makeup combinations?

Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light // Cheeks: Burberry Light Glow Blush in Earthy, NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Craving// Eyes: Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony // Lips: Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Mitchell

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tom ford lips & boys

February 22, 2017  |  Product Reviews, Tom Ford  |  No Comments

Nothing makes my heart skips a beat like beautiful packaging, so you can probably understand how I almost flatlined when a this fabulous glossy presentation box showed up from Tom Ford Singapore.

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Behold the sexiness of Tom Ford’s Lips and Boys.

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Shall we have them take their tops off?

Yes, yes we shall.

Ladies, meet the 25 latest colour additions to the Lips and Boys collection:

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Why these lipsticks make me want to wiggle my fingers and bat my lashes and drawl “hellloooo boyyyyys” whenever I open them up is totally beyond me, but they do. We’re just going to chalk that up to the magic of Tom Ford.

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This new batch of 25 brings the total number of colours in the range up to 50, and unlike the first batch of 25 includes mattes. 10 mattes to be exact. The other 15 colours are comprised of creams (which are what I’d consider a satin finish) and metallics (which cover frosts, iridescent and fine glitter finishes).

I can only assume Tom Ford held off on releasing mattes till they were able to perfect an ultra-pigmented, non-drying formula, because that’s exactly what their mattes are. I can honestly say these are one of the best matte bullet formulas on the market and as a category, the most consistently-performing group in this collection.

I swatched these bad boys and organized them in 2 separate charts for you. First by formula, because let’s face it – some of us just prefer a specific finish and don’t want to mess around.

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As you can see (from the first chart), the creams and mattes are very rich, evenly pigmented, and fairly consistent in finish within their formula categories. The metallics however tend to vary quite dramatically in finish. Within the category, some are sheer, some are glittery, some are frosted, some are a combination…and Logan could be almost be considered a satin, save for its faint blue pearl.

This second chart is by colour family – the first two rows are nudes/browns, the second two rows are mauves/berries, and the last row has the brights. Please bear in mind that this isn’t the way Tom Ford categorizes their colours (they go by pinks, violets, reds, corals and neutrals), but I felt it would be more helpful to see them in a simplified arrangement.

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In terms of wear, I found all the shades to be of excellent quality. Even though some of the metallics look a bit uneven in swatches, they seemed to do much better on my lips. The mattes weren’t drying, the sheers weren’t slippery, the glitter wasn’t gritty – all in all, the formulas are top notch and definitely designed for wear/comfort over just colour appeal.

Have you tried any of the colours in this collection? I’d love to know what your favourite shades are!

Pricing and Availability: Tom Ford Lips & Boys (SGD$50) are permanent, and available at Tom Ford Beauty counters.

 

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

fotd: too faced sweet peach collection

February 20, 2017  |  Face of the Day, Too Faced  |  1 Comment

This is actually my second look with the Too Faced Sweet Peach collection – the first being one I did for my review of the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette – but I also wanted to something a little less warm and peachy just to switch things up. I went with a bronzy olive green look here, using Bless Her Heart all over the lid, Puree and Candied Peach through the crease (I can’t resist a warm crease), Tempting to darken my outer V and Nectar to highlight the inner V.

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The more I play with the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette, the more enamoured I am with it. It feels like it was perfectly designed for me! I love warm eyeshadow looks, and this is essentially a warm neutral shadow palette with a few fun shades mixed in to keep things interesting. And those few fun shades – pinks, purples and golden greens – are right up my alley too. There isn’t a single colour substitution I’d make; it’s one of the few pre-made palettes that I love every single colour in.

I’m swear I’m not being paid to say this, but I genuinely think this is currently the best, most comprehensive and interesting warm-neutral eyeshadow palette on the market right now.

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I’m wearing the Papa Don’t Peach Blush here (though with a light hand, since I didn’t want my face colour to compete with my eyeshadow) and the Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss also in Papa Don’t Peach on my lips. I know looked really brown in my swatches and you probably didn’t believe me when I say it transforms into a gorgeous nude on the lips, but TA-DAA! Nude!

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Don’t you love makeup that swatches nicely but look even better in use? I mean, I have nothing against brown lipgloss, but this is such a good everyday nude. If there was one thing I could change however, I’d tone the scent of the gloss down by…a lot. Like, 75%. These are great glosses but they’re also super fragranced, which is kind of a shame because I think they’d appeal to lots more people if the scent was just more subtle.

Pricing & Availability: Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palete (SGD$76), Papa Don’t Peach Blush (SGD$45) and Creamy Peach Oil Lip Glosses (SGD$29)¬†are available online and in store at Sephora Singapore.

 

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.