July 2015 Beauty Favourites: Review

Woohoo!~ With the overwhelming number of beauty brands in the market, it is no wonder we consumers are all spoilt for choices! So… What made into my July 2015 Beauty Favourites? 😉 As usual, there is an equal emphasis placed on skincare and makeup products for this month and it wasn’t easy narrowing down to these 6 items, so let’s get into them, shall we?

Remember the LANEIGE (reformulated) Sleeping Mask that I was excitedly talking about the last time? I cannot be happier to have the LANEIGE Mini Pore Waterclay Mask join my family of masks to protect my skin! With a mud-clay texture but a watery consistency, this clay mask helps a lot in removing skin impurities, while tightening the pores. Even though this may make your skin feel a little tight when it dries, the feeling of tautness goes away after washing off the mask. Full review here.
Born with sensitive skin, it’s not easy to find products that work for a long time. The Body Shop recently relaunched their Drops of Youth™ Concentrate, a serum that’s created to reverse the first signs of aging. I haven’t got to reviewing this proper so I guess I’ll just pen my thoughts here!
The serum is rather thick in consistency, so a little goes a long way for your entire face. It absorbs quickly without leaving any feeling of stickiness as well, given its viscosity. Enriched with plant stem cells, the product helps to optimise your skin’s youthful beauty by helping to enhance surface skin renewal – the skin’s natural process of replacing the uppermost dead skin cells with new ones beneath. Indeed, this is one of those products that gives you smoother, firmer and healthier skin! 🙂
Enough with the skincare, let’s get into our favourite, makeup!
I have talked about this countless number of times and I cannot emphasise enough how much I adore the LANEIGE BB Cushion Pore Control! The original whitening one doesn’t suit my skin but this, this is so good that I have finished at least 3 cushion refills already! It is semi-matte, gives a decent coverage and lasts all day!
The one that’s shown below is the Whitening BB Cushion by the LANEIGE x Play No More collection which will be launched in September!~ Stay tuned!
I have always been loyal to my Urban Decay Primer Potion if you haven’t realised by now. Lately, my UDPP has been stashed aside to give way to the Inglot Eye Shadow Keeper. It comes in a small black tube indicative of the Inglot brand and has a lighter texture. It dispenses as a beigey substance but blends colourless on the lids. As the name suggests, this allows you to keep your eyeshadows in place for the entire day!
A new blush that I am obsessed with is the Too Faced Love Flush 16-Hour Long Lasting Blush. With the heart-shaped packaging and the beautiful bunnies details, need I say more? The name of the blush says it all as well, it needs no explanation! Full review and swatches of all the shades here if you wish!
And of course, I can’t live without a lipstick. July was being obsessed over sheer but moisturising lipsticks and the one that topped my chart is none other than the Givenchy Le Rouge-A-Porter in 206 Corail Decollete. It comes in a sleek leather casing, with a very moisturising formula, what else can you not love about this?
Do you already love any of the products mentioned here? If so, let me know in the comments below! Till next time!~
Create yourself and be gorgeous! ♡
XOXO, Roanna.
Disclaimer: The above review is based on my true and honest opinion without influence from others.
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Spring/Summer makeup releases from INGLOT Singapore: Review, Swatches & Pictorial

INGLOT has always been a makeup brand that emphasises colour and versatility. This Spring/Summer, INGLOT brings you a myriad of colours and textures with its new launches:
  • Freedom System Flexi Palette
  • Refreshing Face Mist
  • O2M Breathable Nail Enamel (Soft Matte)
  • Star Dust AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadow
Since its inception, the brand has been a cult favourite with its Freedom System Palettes.
 
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Fall In Love with Inglot: Review, Swatches & Makeup Look

“Love. It’s a beautiful thing. Let’s fall in love and write our own story.” I am always living in fascination when it comes to love. To me, love is a beautiful feeling. When you are in love, flowers blossom everywhere and all you see is yourself and your partner, hand in hand, sauntering through the sunset. Recently, Inglot Singapore launched their latest collection – Fall In Love. The collection revolves around 5 new shades that’ll take you on a romantic ride through the sunset/sunrise.
 
 
The collection is inspired by nature and emotions and every shade is spiced with metallic accents. The 3 key products launched in the 5 shades include the signature AMC eyeliner gel, single eyeshadows and nail enamel.

(The official launch visual)
 
The 5 metallic shades developed for this collection include:
  • Warm brown
  • Soft golden orange
  • Greyish teal
  • Bright purplish blue
  • Mauve-taupe
(These nail polishes allow the nails to “breathe”. Aren’t the shades gorgeous?)
 
For the AMC Eyeliner Gel range, the mauve-taupe shade is replaced with a vibrant violet for some reason. I thought it would be nice if all 5 shades were developed exactly in the 3 product ranges.
 
 
For the purpose of the review, Inglot has kindly given me the 5 eyeshadows housed in the Freedom System Palette to play with! I couldn’t resist the AMC Gel Eyeliner in 98 (greyish teal), thus I had to bring it home as well. The shades as usual, are being labelled with their respective numbers, though it would be a lot better if they were named after the inspiration behind them (e.g. 157 as “Romantic Sunset”). I know some people like it numbered for easy reference but that’s just my personal take.
 

 
The eyeshadows, as usual, are dense, smooth, easy to blend and highly pigmented except for 159. 159 is a bright periwinkle shade which looks vibrant on the pan but when applied, it came off rather sheer and more purple than it looks. This was probably the only shade that I had problems with in terms of pigmentation. I do love the way it blends to give a softer look though.
 
Regarding the 5 shades, they remind me of colours in a sunset/sunrise. The orange sheen in 157 resembles the sun so much that when combined with the blue-green tones like 158 and 159, they form the colour spectrum you see when the sun rises/sets. Romantic, indeed.
 
(Swatches of the Fall In Love eyeshadows)
 
(Swatches of the Fall In Love AMC Gel Eyeliners)
 
(Swatches of the AMC Gel Eyeliner in 98: as a cream eyeshadow and a liner)
 
And here is the makeup look I recently wore, featuring all 5 eyeshadows in the Fall In Love collection and an Inglot lipstick in 139 (a strawberry pink). You can see that from the front view, the shades are subtly portraying the romantic feel that it’s supposed to give off. I like how the teal and periwinkle shades give a pop of colour to the eyes when placed in the lower lash line.
 

My inspiration came from the picturesque and idyllic sunset scene that I was imagining. I placed 156 (warm brown) in the crease, followed by a gradient between 157 (soft golden orange) and 160 (mauve-taupe) to depict a sunset. I completed the look by dragging the 2 cool tones, 158 (greyish teal) and 159 (bright purplish blue), onto my lower lash line to represent the cool and calm waters on a beach.

In my opinion, this can be an everyday makeup look for work or for school, minus the cool blues in the lower lash line. I wanted a bubbly and cute look thus I decided to incorporate all 5 shades into my makeup!

(A detailed eye makeup chart to map out the placement of my eyeshadows for easy reference)

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I loved writing it, especially creating the makeup look and photographing it! 🙂 If you are new to eyeshadows, I would recommend getting shades 156, 157 and 160 to start off. They are reasonably priced at $12-15 per eyeshadow and each pan carries a ton of product that’ll probably last you a few years.
 
Create yourself and be gorgeous! ♡
XOXO, Roanna.
 
Disclaimer: The eyeshadow palette was sponsored by the team from Inglot for review. The above review is based on my true and honest opinion without influence from others. It also contains information from the brand itself.
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2014 Beauty Favourites: A Highlight on My Favourite Products

The year 2014 has indeed been an eventful year for me. Through this year, I experienced several things that made me grow as a person, including falling back in love again (and cherishing what I failed to), graduating from school, travelling solo (kind of because I was exploring Sydney pretty much on my own for the most part) and learning how to travel with my family now that everyone has grown up. Not forgetting the fact that creating @paradeoflove made me explore my interests more and made me new friends too. I’m thankful for the opportunities that came by as well, allowing ParadeOfLove to grow further. To sum up, 2014 was nothing short of amazing 🙂
 
Anyway, here’s a round up of my 2014 Beauty Favourites – a highlight into the products that I have been using and loving for the year. The products may or may not be launched in 2014 because this is a round up of my personal beauty picks for the year.
 
(As you can see, there’s a mixture of drugstore to high-end brands)

We’ll start from the face products, going in order of a typical makeup routine, shall we? 😉

Etude House – Magic Any Cushion (Mint)

Probably one of the best hydrating makeup base/primer I have tried! Whenever I find a base makeup product that doesn’t break out on me, I tend to be loyal to it. This primer is currently my favourite and I do use it almost every day, even as a sunscreen when I’m heading out without the intention of putting makeup. It generally does a good job in cancelling out the redness on my skin, making my skin appear more radiant and healthy.

Laneige – Pore Control BB Cushion (31 Brown Beige)

When it comes to foundation, I am very particular, partly because I need to find something that doesn’t irritate my skin. Ever since I switched from my all-time favourite foundie, the Estee Lauder Double Wear, to this BB Cushion, I must say that this product has become my holy grail! It gives a very natural and buildable coverage, yet doesn’t dry out the skin. I do recommend to match this to your skin tone because it might appear slightly paler when you pat the product onto your skin using the puff. You don’t want to be seen with a white cast while taking photos.

(Pardon the dirty puff – it definitely reflects how much I have been using this product)

Inglot – Under Eye Concealer (93)

You know how sometimes concealers are too harsh or tend to dry out the skin when you apply it around the under eye area? I experience that with a lot of concealers and thought that I should try out this Inglot one, specially made for under eyes. I got it in the darkest shade I believe, so as to cover the dark eye circles more effectively. What I really like about this is that it is hydrating enough for the delicate skin around the eye area.

Guerlain – Meteorites [old version] (02 Teint Beige)

2014 was also a year I made friends with this awesome brand, Guerlain! Before I tried anything from the brand, I always see beauty bloggers posting a can of little round balls that look really interesting! Due to the hefty price tag, I never got myself any Meteorites. However, I must say that I am truly impressed after trying them out! I got myself the old formula though because the newer formula has a tad more fine sparkles in them and I wanted a fairly matte setting powder. When dusted all over the face, it gives an airbrushed look, blurring out any flaws you have! It was shortly after I got this that I bought the Guerlain Meteorites in 04 Dore (as a blush) and the Christmas 2014 Perles D’Etoile (as a bronzer).

Charlotte Tilbury – Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Bronzing and highlighting has never been so easy for me with this convenient palette! Even though it comes with a hefty price tag, I really like that the bronzer is matte and the highlight shade has a subtle sheen to it that makes your cheekbones glow without having any sparkles or shimmers. Housed in a gorgeously royal metal casing, this palette is worth that splurge if you are a contour junkie! For those residing in Singapore (or countries that don’t carry this brand), head over to www.netaporter.com to get your hands on this baby!

Vecua Honey – Honey Dew Cherry Cheeks (Fresh Cherry/Juicy Cherry)

I know you are probably bored of me talking about this blusher already but I have to say that it’s my current go-to! The plus point of these blushers for me is that they smell like sweet cherries which never fails to brighten up mood whenever I am applying these on! I use Fresh Cherry for a cute orange glow and Juicy Cherry for a healthy pink flush. Available on www.vecuahoney.com.sg, while stocks last!

Solone – One Step Magical Eyebrow (No. 1)
If there is one drugstore eyebrow pencil I have to pick, it would definitely be the Solone brow pencil shown here! It has the softest spooly attached to the pencil and I find it very functional! Even though I don’t see much of a difference with the 2-tone lead, I do enjoy using it quite a lot. Another thing is that there is a lot of product in there which can last you for at least a few months before you need to replenish.

Urban Decay – Vice 3 Palette

As you would have known by now, my one true love for eyeshadows is none other than Urban Decay! Even though I am a die-hard UD fan, I must say that this palette is a bit more powdery than the usual palettes UD offer. Nevertheless, I still enjoy using this palette for it provides a great range of shades for you to play with! Most shades are still buttery smooth when applied and I don’t experience much fallout with these too!

Maybelline – Lasting Drama Pen Gel Liner

This is another product that I have been ranting on and on about, I know. Being the first eyeliner with a slanted rubber tip, I feel that it revolutionised the gel eyeliners category. However, it definitely has been overshadowed by its competitor. I would just like to mention that this is the best gel eyeliner for me, simply because it comes in a pen (convenient for everyday use) and it is also smudge-proof and  very very black.  

(You can see from the photo that this eyeliner is super overused – the printing on the pen has all faded!)

YSL Beauty – Babydoll Mascara

A mascara that makes my lashes separate and spread, as though I am wearing falsies! It’s rare for me to encounter mascaras that hold the curls on my lashes and this is by far one of the best, alongside my old flame, the Urban Decay Cannonball. It’s waterproof and comes in a drier formula which is best for holding curls!

Fresh Beauty – Sugar Passion Lip Treatment

One of the best beauty buys for year 2014 is this lip balm that quickly became a staple in my makeup pouch. Without a doubt, it hydrates and moisturises the lips while giving that flush of colour. S$33 is sure expensive for a lip balm, but it’s worth every single cent you pay 😉

NARS – Audacious Lipsticks

Tried 5 shades out of the 40 from the Audacious range and I am impressed! I was wearing Michiyo (hot bright pink) out one day and it stayed on my lips even after eating my lunch of curry rice! Unlike the usual long-lasting lipsticks that tend to dry out the lips, I didn’t encounter any dryness while wearing this. It’s highly raved and I can understand why. The quality of these are unimaginable until you try them out yourself.

Finally, we reach the last product(s) of the year that I have very much enjoyed (and used)! It’s the local makeup brushes brand – 13rushes!

13rushes Makeup Brushes

I remember my first purchase from them was the Brush Crush set of 8. I was very into cruelty-free synthetic bristles ever since I landed my hands on the Sigma Mrs Bunny Travel Kit. Now that my 13rushes collection has expanded, partly from my own purchases and partly c/o Yuhui & Charlene from 13rushes, I am proud to say that 13rushes has become my favourite makeup brushes brand! I use at least 2-3 brushes on a daily basis because they are absolutely soft and functional, especially enjoying the Tapered HighlighterRound PowderFlat Top Kabuki and Short Shader!

Phew, such a lengthy post, but I am so glad to be sharing with you my staples for the year! With all the new Spring 2015 collections coming out soon, will some of these be swept off my stash of favourites? Find out more about my daily makeup mess and updated makeup/skincare favourites and routines on my Instagram!
 
Have a great year everyone! 🙂
 
Create yourself and be gorgeous! ♡
XOXO, Roanna.
 
Disclaimer: Some products were sponsored by the respective brands for past reviews. The above review is based on my true and honest opinion without influence from others.
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Inglot Cosmetics Eyeshadows, Concealer & Lipstick: Review & Swatches

INGLOT HAS FINALLY ARRIVED IN SINGAPORE! Alright, I know this post is rather late because the retail boutique of Inglot Singapore is up since 1st October in Wisma Atria #B1-14. Well, I had to visit the boutique when it was opened because I have been hearing so many raves on social media about Inglot’s products, especially the eyeshadows! Being an obsessed (trust me when I say that) beauty junkie, I couldn’t resist and went home with a self-curated palette, a lipstick that smells heavenly and an under-eye concealer which I bought after I obtained a $20 voucher from my purchases on the official opening day.
What I like about Inglot is that they have a unique Freedom System which allows you to mix and match colours, and even products, to make your own custom designed palette of almost any size. The palette I have chosen is mainly for eyeshadows but they do come in different shapes and sizes to even cater to a variety of products like face powders, blushers and even lip products! You can definitely curate a full palette for your everyday makeup needs with Inglot.
(As you can see, I have excitedly swatched the green shade before taking pictures of this so pardon that swipe over there.)
 
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