花千骨 ☾ The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look

花千骨 // The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look

I have recently finished watching the popular Chinese TV drama - The Journey of Flower (花千骨) and I am totally obsessed! I especially love the costume and makeup and I love it so much that I had to re-create one of the looks from the drama.

The outfit and makeup look I have re-created was Zixun Shang Xiang (紫薰上仙), in the drama she was sweet at first then turned evil; I love both of her looks but I much preferred the evil version and I have created an in-between sweet and evil look.

As you can see, I tried to act evil and look angry, but it does not work for me haha ~ I love the outcome of these pictures anyway, the costume I purchased from Taobao and it is so beautiful!

花千骨 // The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look
花千骨 // The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look
花千骨 // The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look

I have re-created the makeup look from this picture and I was very happy with the outcome. The overall look was much more prettier in person.

 花千骨 // The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look

FACE PRODUCTS I HAVE USED in this The Journey of Flower inspired look was the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in shade B20 Beige, it was my first time using this foundation since my purchase a few weeks ago and I love that it looked so natural. Then I used the YSL Touche Éclat in shade #2 Luminous Ivory to highlight my under eye area and around my nose and corner of my mouth. I then used the Light Cocoa shade from the Too Faced Cocoa Contour Palette to set my under eye area and used Medium Cocoa to contour my face. To finish up I used one of my favourite high-end blush the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in shade Luminous Flush and my all time favourite highlighter from Colourpop in shade Wisp.

 花千骨 // The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look

EYES PRODUCTS I HAVE USED was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Promade in shade Dark Brown, I tried the straight eyebrow look that majority of Asian are obsessed with right now; then I used the Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer to prime my eyelid, I absolutely love this eye primer and should remind myself to purchase a full size, it's THAT good! I used the Too Faced Sugar Pop Eyeshadow Palette for the first time, love, love the pigmentation! The colours I used was Rock Candy on the eyelid, Sugared Violet on the outer V then blend Bubblegum to the crease. I then draw a thin line of wing eyeliner using the Banila Co. Eye Love Gel Eyeliner in shade Natural Black, this is one of my most used gel eyeliner, the texture is creamy, the colour is pigmented and it doesn't make a mess. To finish up the eye look, I curled my super straight, down pointing eyelashes and used the Fairydrops Platium Mascara, then I used my newly purchased false lashes The Wild One from xoBeauty with DUO Eyelashes Adhesive, I am so glad to finally try an eyelash glue that doesn't sting my eyes.

 花千骨 // The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look
 花千骨 // The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look

LIP PRODUCTS I HAVE USED was pretty simple. I used my new favourite Too Faced Borderline Lip Pencil to line my lips then I used a lip brush with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in shade Provocative Red to line my lips again then fill in with the same shade.

花千骨 // The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look
花千骨 // The Journey of Flower Inspired Outfit & Makeup Look

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette ♡ Deep Throat, Final Cut, Laguna + More! [Swatches & Review]

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette

I purchased the NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette from Mecca Cosmetica around this time last year; and sometimes when you own too much makeup, you tend you forget about the things you have purchased. I would occasionally take it out for photos purpose, then I would put it back into my draws and forgot all about it.

Only recently that I have realized this NARS cheek palette is still alive in my makeup collection, I have decided to finally dip into the palette.

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette is a Limited Edition holiday cheek palette that launched in November 2014. The palette includes NARS' bestselling Laguna bronzer and Deep Throat blush, along with Miss Liberty highlighting powder and two other blushes. 

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette
Packaging of the NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette is bulky, but at the same time the design of the packaging is simple and beautiful with the white pattern overlay. The palette comes packaged in a hard plastic case with a big mirror; and while it is useful for touch-ups during the day, it's not ideal to carry it around as it is so heavy.

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette includes the following shades:

❖ Miss Liberty - A highlighting blush that is described as a "soft shimmering peach", the shade is part of the permanent range.

❖ Deep Throat - A blush that is described as a "peach with shimmer", the shade is part of the permanent range.

❖ Sex Fantasy - A blush that is described as a "pale lavender pink", the shade is stated as a Limited Edition shade from the NARS website, but I have seen Sex Fantasy individual blush reviews on the internet; I am unsure of if it's a permanent shade or a Limited Edition.

❖ Final Cut - A blush that is described as a "peach coral" and it is a Limited Edition shade.

❖ Laguna - A NARS' bestselling bronzing powder that is described as a "diffused brown powder with golden shimmer" and the shade is part of the permanent range.

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush

NARS Miss Liberty is described as a soft shimmering peach, while I love the shimmering champagne shades it shows up on my arm swatches, I was a little disappointed to see that it shows up nothing but sparkles on my face. The pigmentation is super sheer and it is build-able to your desire glow without looking OTT; the texture is soft and smooth and it is blend-able. Miss Liberty emphasise pores, therefore, I am not a big fan of these kinds of highlighters.

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Deep Throat Blush
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Deep Throat Blush
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Deep Throat Blush

NARS Deep Throat Blush is described as a peach with shimmer, when swatched on hand the color shown up as a shimmering coral and when worn on myself, the shade comes up as a medium, coral pink with hardly visible shimmer. I have previously tried this blush and I love it. The texture is soft and easy to blend, the pigmentation shows differently with the tools you use, like when I did an arm swatch with my fingers, the pigmentation was at about 60% then when I use a blush brush, it was very VERY pigmented! Deep Throat worn well for six hours on me.

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Sex Fantasy Blush
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Sex Fantasy Blush
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Sex Fantasy Blush

Imagine telling people that you're wearing Sex Fantasy on your cheek... Heheheh I love NARS and the unique names they have created for their products. NARS Sex Fantasy Blush is described as a pale lavender pink. The lilac shade is beautiful, but the texture is my least favourite; it is very powdery and not pigmented, barely shows up on my skin.

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Final Cut Blush
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Final Cut Blush
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Final Cut Blush

NARS Final Cut Blush is described as a peach coral and it is one of the best colour payoff blush from the Virtual Domination palette. Final Cut shows up as a brighten, orange-y pink on my face, the pigmentation is full-on and if not careful, I would sometimes applies too much.  I love that the texture of Final Cut is very very soft and it blends like a dream. The longevity is also amazing as it worn up to eight hours on me! Absolutely adore Final Cut, it is one of my favourite shades and formula from this palette.

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Laguna Bronzing Powder
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette - Laguna Bronzing Powder

I have tried NARS Laguna is the past and it used to be my absolute favourite as the bronzing shade doesn't show up orange on me, it is suitable all-year-round because the pigmentation is not too sheer, nor too strong and it gives a natural sun-kissed look. The colour is described as a diffused brown powder with golden shimmer. The formula is smooth and blend-able. I used to love Laguna so much, until I started using the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow; now that bronze & glow has become my everyday favourite, I hardly reach for NARS Laguna these days. Even so, I still enjoy Laguna, I think it is a nice bronzer to try.
OVERALL, the NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette is beautiful inside-out; I love the unique overlay packaging and the quality of these blushes and the bronzer. My favourite of all is Final Cut, then Deep Throat; and my least favourite is Sex Fantasy.

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette is a Limited Edition product and sadly it is no longer available to purchase as a set, but some of its blushes from the permanent line is available to purchase individually and the price range is between USD $30 - 39.

While we are on the subject of NARS and its products availability, did you know, the NARS 2015 Holiday Collections are out and available to purchase from NARS, Sephora, etc... I came across the NARS Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette on Sephora's website today, and I am dying to have it! Almost all the blushes in that palette are new to me, except for Laguna. I want it and who knows, you may see NARS Steven Klein on my blog sometimes... soon.

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor ɞ Review + Swatches

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set

Last month I wrote down a long list of Holiday Makeup Sets that I thought I "must" have, but I ended up only buying a few of Too Faced's gift sets; which I am actually quite proud of, for being able to control my spending and not buy things that I don't need.

Of course, if I really wanted to save money, I could have avoid buying the Too Faced Le Petit Tresor set; but the glitter bag is too cute to pass up.

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor is a Limited Edition set filled with three full-sized lipsticks from the bestselling La Creme range.

Let me be honest here, I have previously tried Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Marshmallow Pink and as much as I loved its packaging and lemon scent, I wasn't a fan of its formula. I remember Marshmallow Pink sinks into lines and if I didn't exfoliate my lips on the day, it wears very uncomfortable and it makes the flakiness on my lips very obvious. Since then I have sold the lipstick and haven't bought anything from the La Creme range until this Le Petit Tresor holiday set.

So you may ask, if I didn't like the Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks, why did I buy this La Creme Lipstick Trio set?! Well, as I mentioned above, the glitter bag is too pretty to say no to and I thought I should give the La Creme range another go, maybe if I try a shade that is not too pale, it would perform better.

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set

I am actually quite impressed with these lipsticks' performance and I admit that I have fallen deeply in love with Nude Beach.

Too Faced claims these lipsticks are moisturising with rich pigmentation and they help to give your lips a smoother look. These lipsticks are made in Canada and the glitter bag is made in China. Nude Beach and Taffy are both of their bestselling lipsticks; Wham! is a brand new shade.


PACKAGING
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor comes with a little glitter bag that is an exclusive item to the set. It is covered in blueish green glitters all over and it is so tiny that it literally can only fits three Too Faced La Creme lipsticks. The glitters does falls off sometimes, but its material is not cheap; and I love the mini Eiffel Tower.

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - La Creme "Nude Beach" Lipstick

Nude Beach is one of Too Faced's bestselling shades from the La Creme range and it is described as a nude peach shade. This is my favourite kind of nude, it applies nude pink on my lips and the formula is very creamy, it feels like it just melts into my lips and it wears very comfortable. I usually wear light/medium foundation shades, and Nude Beach is the kind of nude that doesn't make me look pale as a ghost. I also love that it makes my lips looks very pouty. 

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - La Creme "Nude Beach" Lipstick
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - La Creme "Nude Beach" Lipstick
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - La Creme "Taffy" Lipstick

Taffy is another bestselling shades from the La Creme range, it is described as a pink marshmallow nude and it wears more coral pink on me. The application for Taffy was difficult, it always applies uneven, sink into lines and emphasize all the imperfections on my lips.

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - La Creme "Taffy" Lipstick
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - La Creme "Taffy" Lipstick
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - La Creme "Wham!" Lipstick

WHAM! is a brand new shade and it is exclusive to the Too Faced Le Petit Tresor set. The colour is SO beautiful! It's not a colour that I would normally wear, but I love the berry-wine shade with a slight sheen. The colour makes my lips looks pouty, it wears comfortable and it does leaves a bit of red stain when removed. The formula for WHAM! is great, but the application is terrible, it applies uneven and messy.

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - La Creme "Wham!" Lipstick
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - La Creme "Wham!" Lipstick

Where to Buy?
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor La Creme Lipstick Trio Set is available to purchase from Sephora and wherever that stocks Too Faced products. I bought mine directly from Too Faced and it cost USD $29.00 (with a $72.00 value). These lipsticks are available to purchase on its own and they cost USD $22.00 each.

Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - Nude Beach, Taffy, Wham!
Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Set - Nude Beach, Taffy, Wham!

Overall I think this is such a bargain set and it's worth the purchase. Most of the time holiday makeup sets are filled with tiny, sample size products; I love how Too Faced included three full size products with a cute bag and most of all it is so affordable!


which holiday sets have you purchased and enjoyed using this year?