Sunday, February 1, 2015

Beauty | Sleek i-Divine Storm palette



What do you do when Luxola give you a RM50 cash voucher? Spend it on a sleek palette and pay the remaining RM3 of course!




Back in November I was excited to have receive an email from Luxola about a RM50 cash voucher to spend. Of course right away I had to browse and see what's in store. I didn't really need anything new except I probably want to have more palettes in my collection. So I picked up the Sleek i-Divine Storm palette. I've heard so much about Sleek palettes, of course I gotta try it myself to see if it lived up to expectation. On the other hand, paying RM3 for a palette is such a steal! 




It arrived in the mail the following week and I couldn't help myself to swatch all the colors before taking any pictures. I'm impressed. They are so pigmented! The Storm palette has 12 colors - 3 matte and 9 shimmers. 

Lets talk about the packaging first, as usual Sleek palette come with a huge mirror and a sponge tip applicator. I don't think I will be using the sponge tip applicator at all. I prefer to use brushes. It also has a plastic insert with all the names printed on. Wish they would have printed the names onto the packaging, at least if you lose the plastic insert the names are still there. On a side note, the palette is thin enough which is perfect for travelling. 




The names for each shadow fits the theme of the palette. The mattes are perfect to blend out all the shimmer shades. Calm before the storm is a light shade of brown. It may look a little too light in the pan but when blended on the crease it doesnt seem that light at all. Eye of the storm is a light taupe color perfect for the crease too. Blackout is just a dark black color, the kind of black that you need to create a smoky eye look. 


L-R Top row : Sand storm, Snow storm, Calm before the storm, Thunder storm, Perfect storm, Firestorm.
L-R Bottom row : Dust storm, Gathering storm, Storm cloud, Electric storm, Eye of the storm, Blackout. 

The shimmers on the other hand are my favourites. I think they can both work well wet or dry. Of course wet brings out the color more.

Sand storm is a light brown-taupe. 
Snow storm is a bright beige color - it goes on a bit fair so its good for highlighting under the brows and in the inner corner of the eyes. 
Thunder storm is a nice golden color. 
Perfect storm is such a sweet pink. If your going for a sweet/romantic look this is perfect. 
Firestorm is a ruby red color. 
Dust storm is an intense brown color. 
Gathering storm is a nice baby blue color, not too light or dark. 
Storm cloud is a beautiful emerald green. I really love how this color came out in the swatch below. Lastly, Electric storm is an intense blue. 


L-R Top row : Sand storm, Snow storm, Calm before the storm, Thunder storm.
L-R Bottom row : Dust storm, Gathering storm, Storm cloud, Electric storm. 

Among all the shimmers, I'm really digging Perfect storm, Firestorm, Gathering storm, Storm cloud and Electric storm. I don't have these kind of colors in my collection so I can say its a little nice addition.  


L-R Top row : Calm before the storm, Thunder storm, Perfect storm, Firestorm.
L-R Bottom row : Storm cloud, Electric storm, Eye of the storm, Blackout. 


Overall, the Storm palatte is just perfect for those neutral lovers who want to play around with colors without straying too far off from the neutral scheme. It has a nice range of dark to light colors. Also not forgetting the pigmentation on these are great too. They last long throughout the day without creasing. They blend out beautifully and there are no fallout. What more, they are only priced at RM53. It's hard to find any palette that comes with a decent price that have great quality shadows in them. 


L-R : Sand storm, Snow storm, Calm before the storm, Thunder storm, Perfect storm, Firestorm. 
L-R : Dust storm, Gathering storm, Storm cloud, Electric storm, Eye of the storm, Blackout.


Have you tried any Sleek palettes? What are your thoughts?



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Disclaimer:- All the products seen above is purchased with my own money or gifted and is not sponsored unless stated otherwise. This review is intended to share information with my readers and are my own opinion. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Skincare | Soap & Glory Face Soap Clarity



I have came to a realization that my daily cleanser gets change up quite often. I was using the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Tamarind and Purifying Micro-beads until I ran out of it and took out a sample bottle of S&G Face Soap Clarity to try. I got a small sample as a free gift from Sephora when I went to get some Christmas gifts. 

I was pretty impressed with the result and went out to get a full size bottle. S&G Face Soap Clarity is a 3-in-1 daily detox facial wash with Vitamin C. It's a gel type formula and foams up a bit when lathering it on the skin. My skin is on the oily/dry combination now and I can feel that it works well. It definitely didn't break me out. 

I like that it makes your face feel cool and when you use this in the morning, your in for a refreshing session. I use it twice daily. The product itself is very gently on the skin even with the beads in them. Though the beads are to exfoliate but I really didn't feel much of it. The end result is a clean and refreshed face. Plus the squeeze bottle is a nice little feature. 



S&G Face Soap Clarity is available at Sephora outlets retailing at RM51.



Have you tried S&G Face Soap Clarity?



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Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend outtakes #2 | Of lounging and cooking


Here's what I've been up to...

1) Sundays are my utmost favourite day to lounge around in my jammies while drowning myself with some of my favourite youtubers or catching up on my series. I've been watching Reign and loving it! Francis and Mary are per-fect!! 

2) I came across a recipe for Vietnamese Bahn Mi (vietnamese sandwhich if you didn't know) and wanted to try making it. I got to say, it was a success! Although missing the actual bread for the sandwhich, but the marinated chicken tasted so good. I think i'll name this the "Decompose Chicken Bahn Mi". 

3) I'm really into burning candles lately. It's calming and makes my room smell so nice. I would light one up just before getting into bed. I've been burning the Woodwick lemongrass candle and it's so soothing to hear the little crackles coming from it. 

4) I'm starting into a routine to actually pick up a book to read right before bed. Just little steps to unwind myself from the day full of electronics. I can totally feel my eyes being all tired and dry from the long day sitting in front of my laptop or looking at my phone too much. I'm currently reading Game of Thrones (join me for #mabesbookclub) and starting to see how good the book is. Though I've watched a couple of GoT episodes but I think I prefer the book.


Even though it's only the start of the year, I feel quite burnout from day to day. I need to start incorporating little steps to de-stress in my daily routine.

How have January been treating you?


Mabes


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beauty | January Favourites


January haven't been an adventurous month for me. Sticking much to the basics to get me through every morning, here's what I've been loving... 

I'm not much of a lashes kind of girl. I could just leave the house with a nicely done eye look and leaving my lashes without any mascara on. But since discovering Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara, I can totally say I'm a convert now! I've been reaching for this everyday. It lengthens, thickens and holds the curl throughout the day. I haven't been loving a mascara as much as this one. Kudos to Tarte! At the end of the day, it was the easiest mascara to remove. 

A trip down to the drugstore and a repurchase of the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer has creep itself up onto my January favourites. The hype around this product is so true. It has a good coverage for redness or under eyes at the same time it last throughout the day (if you set it well). It blends out evenly too. 

On the eyes, I've been wearing Naked 2 and Faint quite a lot this month. It's just so easy to sweep this across the lids and add on a layer of Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara, and i'm all ready to go! On days where I keep it simple I would just sweep Faint all over the lids and leave it at that. Making sure to blend it out nicely. I got to say, I'm really getting a lot of wear out of the Naked Basics palette. 

Real techniques brushes has been on my Beauty Wishlist for quite some time now. I finally bit the bullet and get it in December. BEST purchase ever! I've been using the multipurpose brush for my blush now. It's the softest brush ever.... Now this has got to be a collection worth investing in. 




What's your January favourites?



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Club | Post reading : The Jewel


Finally... It took me quite long to finish The Jewel. This was suppose to be Mabes December book club reading but I guess due to the many holiday celebration, I have only recently manage to finish it. I can already tell you that I wish the sequel is out so that I can pick it up from the bookstore once I put this down. 

Amy Ewing definitely leave you wanting and needing to know what could have happen to Violet at the end of the story..  She has beautifully written the story in such a way that you feel frighten yet excited at the same time as the story unfolds. 

The dystopian story revolves around Violet Lasting which starts of at a facility area where they train Surrogates. Where at one point of time, she would than be auctioned off and move to The Jewel (which is suppose to be the higher/royal city) to bore a baby for the buyer. The whole idea revolving around selling girls and the way the royal treats them is quite frightening. The disturbing scene of surrogates being killed and mistreated are so vivid. They are to perform "Auguries" which is like magic even though it hurts to do it. But amongst all that is going, Violet met a boy whom she love. Both of them come from a different world and they can never be seen together. On top of all this, Violet has intentions to leave the Jewel.

The Jewel was such an easy read with emotions being thrown around. Yet I think there are more to learn about the setting of the story. Amy has left our imagination run wild.



What do you think of The Jewel?



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Next up... Game of Thrones. 



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