coco cafe pop-up

April 7, 2017  |  Events, New Launches  |  No Comments

Guess what just opened in Singapore?

Coco Cafe-8

I had the pleasure of checking our Chanel’s Coco Cafe yesterday and thought I’d do a quick blog post to share some photos from the day. I just couldn’t fit everything into one Instagram post!

Coco Cafe-16

Coco Cafe-12

Despite its name, the Coco Cafe isn’t actually the newest and most beautiful cafe in Singapore, but the newest and most beautiful cafe-themed beauty pop-up-store in Singapore. It was conceptualised as a luxurious, relaxing space where you could go with beauty-loving friends to have a coffee and play with makeup.

And while it’s sadly not a permanent addition to Singapore’s F&B scene, Chanel is pretty serious about the cafe theme. The Coco Cafe features a full-fledged espresso bar…

Coco Cafe-19

Coco Cafe-21

…a juice bar with drinks inspired by Chanel perfumes…

Coco Cafe-14

…and edibles like candies and cakes, which are complimentary when you make a purchase.

Coco Cafe-11

L1210318

L1210319

The entire space is stocked with testers, set up so that makeup-lovers can play to their heart’s content. Of course I took the opportunity to swatch everything. Look out for a post on Chanel’s new lipgloss line next!

Coco Cafe-10

Coco Cafe-13

Aside from being encouraged to play on your own, there are also loads of complimentary professional services, and you can get everything from a manicure to a makeover to a private perfume consultation from the staff who – in my experience – were incredibly helpful, patient and knowledgable. They really nailed the trifecta of perfect service.

I enjoyed my quick makeup consultation, where I got to try on the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylos I’d been eyeing up, as well as brand’s famed bronzers (which I now think I need in my life) and blush, all of which was set with a spritz of Chanel’s Beauty Essence Mist.

Coco Cafe-27

Once you’re all prettied up, grab your girlfriends and head into the photo booth at the back of the cafe. They’ll print the photos for you right there as a keepsake.

Coco Cafe-29

And yes, I dragged Adam into the booth as well.

L1210402

All in all it was such a fun experience, and just being in the space somehow just felt really uplifting and re-charging. I don’t usually think of pop-up stores as anything more than a marketing tool to sell product, but the Coco Cafe was a genuine treat to be in. Every aspect of it was beautifully crafted to make it a luxurious sensory experience rather than a store, and there were no sales pitches – just pampering. I walked away from it not only well-caffeinated but more in love with Chanel that I’d ever been before. I highly recommend checking it out!

Coco Cafe-20

Coco Cafe-23

Details: Admission is free, but there are crowd-control measures in place to make sure that everyone who enters has a special experience. Though the reservation list is full, I’m told that Chanel staff are also accepting walk-ins and will encourage guests to leave their phone numbers for a call-back on a first come first served basis (so there is a benefit to showing up early in the day).

Coco Cafe will run from the 8th to the the 16th of April, and is located at the Visual Arts Centre, Dhoby Ghaut Green. No idea where that is? No problem! Just take the MRT, get off at Dhoby Ghaut Station and use Exit B which will pop you up right next to the cafe’s entrance.

nars x sarah moon holiday 2016

November 5, 2016  |  NARS, New Launches, Product Reviews  |  2 Comments

I briefly mentioned the NARS x Sarah Moon collection a couple weeks ago on Instagram, but it’s just so pretty that I wanted to put up all the rest of my photos from the media preview last month as well as some swatches I’d taken. The preview party was hosted in an art gallery, which was the perfect venue to display large-scale prints of Sarah Moon’s photographs as well as the makeup itself.

NARS Sarah Moon 3

I think all attendees would agree that the gifting sets stole the show. The lucite box sets especially were like little art pieces themselves! I didn’t get a good shot of them at the gallery, but here’s a group shot with my Get Real Lip and Eye Set, featuring a tube of Black Moon Audacious Mascara as well as 2 limited edition mini Audacious lipsticks in Leslie and Bette (swatches below):

NARS Sarah Moon 10

The other lucite box set on display was the Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret, featuring 8 mini Audacious lipsticks in (L-R) Sarah, Anita, Marlene, Rita, Olivia, Sandra, Charlotte and Bette.

NARS Sarah Moon 7

Other gifting sets included the Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Sarah Moon 6

…the Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette which includes 4 neutral eyeshadows and a Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto..

NARS Sarah Moon 2

…two Cheek/Lip Palettes in Recurring Dare (behind) and True Story (in front, swatched below) which each contained 3 blush shades, a highlighter and a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil…

NARS Sarah Moon 4

NARS x Sarah Moon swatches 2

…and a mini Velvet Lip Glide Coffret that includes 3 limited edition shades (Chez Claude, Plato’s, No 675) as well as 3 permanent ones (Bound, Unspeakable, Toy).

NARS Sarah Moon 5

If you’re not into sets or palettes, there are also individual items from this collection: eyeshadow duos, nail polish, blush, falsies, kohliner and Moon Matte lipsticks, all of which are limited edition.

NARS Sarah Moon 1

I was most intrigued by the Moon Matte Lipsticks, which are fomula-wise entirely new to NARS. These are probably the most matte-matte bullet lipsticks I’ve tested in a long time that weren’t horribly drying and uncomfortable to wear. They’ve been getting great reviews from other bloggers too, so I hope NARS makes this formula permanent one day! Currently, there are only 4 colours available – 3 shades of red and 1 brownish-nude.

NARS x Sarah Moon Swatches 3

The other standout amongst the collection’s individual items was the Indes Galantes eyeshadow duo. Both duos are beautiful, with Quai Des Brumes having the prettier and more complex shimmer shade (in my opinion), but Indes Galantes takes the cake for overall being the more unusual/creative colour pairing. They’re swatched here alongside the 2 limited edition Sarah Moon Blushes in Isadora and Impudique.

NARS x Sarah Moon Swatches 1

And lastly, if I had to choose between all the sets, I would probably pick the Velvet Lip Glide Coffret because I’m so in love with the ones I already own! Hope this was helpful to anyone looking for more information on the collection. I’d love to hear what you’ve tried/are eyeing up from it, now that everything is finally available in stores.

 
 
 
Some of the products in this post were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand(s) or their PR team(s). This post contains affiliate links.

new launch: make up for ever artist rouge lipsticks

August 19, 2016  |  New Launches  |  2 Comments

For those who haven’t already seen my Instagram story, Make Up For Ever Singapore threw a hoppin’ party last night to celebrate the launch of their new range of Artist Rouge Lipsticks.

DSCF3544

The new line includes 45 stunning colours in two finishes: 31 lustrous (satin) and 14 matte. As you can see, the range of colours is vast: the nudes, pinks, corals and reds we all rely on are there…

DSCF3623

…but so are some really creative options like black, white, blue and more. I wish I had better photos, but the event was in a nightclub so you can imagine what the lighting was like!

DSCF3538

DSCF3599

There were body-painted models roaming around for photos, live music performances, cool DJs and a screening of the Icona Pop x Make Up For Ever music video which is essentially makeup porn set to the catchiest beat ever. Good job, marketing team.

And for anyone who wanted their own pop star lips, the event featured a row of makeup artists doing lip makeovers.

DSCF3551

DSCF3557

When it was my turn I told the artist to decide for me. Because what’s the fun in picking something I already know I like right?

This is me before…
P.S. the photo I was taking here is on my Instagram Stories feed

DSCF3574

During…

DSCF3579

And after.

DSCF3603

I LOVED it. This is actually one of the two signature Icona Pop shades from the collection, with glitter on top. I’d never have thought to try dark blue lipsticks before this, but I’m totally sold now. I foresee many more navy lip FOTDs in the near future.

Thanks for the fun night and all the new beauty inspiration. I’m off to figure out what kind of eye makeup matches dark blue lipstick! (And if you have suggestions, I’m all ears)