Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dior Summer 2014 Transat + Transatlantique Collection Review, Photos, Tutorial



Dior's Summer 2014 Transat and Transatlantique makeup is undeniably lust-worthy! The warm tones and divine textures make it the perfect summer collection, and it is indeed one of my favorites. I am happy to share some limited and exclusive products in action and provide feedback on some highly anticipated new additions to the Dior range!


Unfortunately, the Dior Nude Tan Transat Edition and the Rouge Dior lipstick I used in the tutorial are no longer available! I scooped up the gold powder highlighter from the LAX Duty Free Shop, and I purchased the lipstick from Saks. I, however, still highly recommend the other Rouge Dior Nude lipsticks! If you are willing to go more pink, try Swan. These reformulated lipsticks are much better than previous generations.. good riddance to the funky taste and waxy stench!

FYI: The My Lady Cannage Blush I used toward the end of the video is back in stock at Saks!! Get yours now before they sell out again. The Addict Fluid Sticks have also been flying off the shelves since their release, and Frisson is sold out at both Nordstrom and Sephora online (though it is available through other department stores). As I stated in the video, Kiss Me and Frisson are my favorites, so definitely give those a try if you like softer lip colors!


The review ran longer than expected so I cut out the Dior Pore Minimizer pictured above, which is ideal for combination and oily skin. It does keep the shine at bay for a few hours, so I highly recommend giving it a shot if you have found other formulas too drying! The Dior is quite silky and feels luxe, though I would not repurchase it. I personally prefer illuminating primers since I have normal skin and do not have issues with extra large pores, but I occasionally use this on bumpy patches where my acne scars are still healing!

P.S. Don't forget that you can still enter the @RAEVIEW + @STYLEHAUL #MyLuxeLook contest to win a Dior IT-LINE and many more amazing beauty goodies from Chanel and Shu Uemura! One winner will walk away with the $500 prize. Please refer to all giveaway guidelines HERE!


Makeup Worn + Used:
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
EM Michelle Phan Scribble Eyeliner in Snow
Velour Lashes in Doll Me Up
*Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% OFF

Brushes Used:
Wayne Goss The Collection Blender 03
Wayne Goss The Collection Crease 05
Wayne Goss The Eye Set Pencil Brush 20
Hakuhodo Angled Blush B512BkSL 

Nail Polish:
Dior Summer 2014 Yacht & Sailor 
[Both still available at Sephora] 

Earrings:
Dior 'Mise en Dior' Tribal Pearls

Sweater:
Wildfox Couture [old]
Sundeck is shown perfectly true to color here!
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Friday, May 30, 2014

My Luxe Look GIVEAWAY! Featuring Chanel, YSL, Dior, Shu Uemura, and more




GIVEAWAY: When I get glammed up, #myluxelook is all about color and variety! Here is a curated collection that ranges from hard-to-find, Asia exclusives such as the Dior Blush in Mauve Princess and the new YSL Summer 2014 Palette Bleus Lumière, to my favorites like the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask and Shu Uemura 18R Powder Brush. Find out how you can win after the jump!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CUSHIONS: 3LAB Aqua BB, Laneige 5-in-1 BB, and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Foundation Review, Photos, Comparisons



Cushion compacts have been all the rage in Asia, and the trend is finally blooming in America! For those curious, these revolutionary compacts are intended to act as your all-in-one primer, sunscreen, and tint. I recently featured three cushion products in my May Favorites video, and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that I decided to create this introductory review guide to cushions! I will discuss and compare cushions by Laneige, Sulwhasoo, and 3LAB and introduce the Amore Pacific CC Cushion, so please check out all details after the jump!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

THE TEN: My Summer Beauty Essentials [Travel, Beach, Vacation]






1) HAIR: For perfectly tousled beach hair, try the Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray! I like to spritz this into the lengths of my hair and tease the roots for an effortlessly sultry look. Since the spray adds so much texture and body, you can also throw your hair into a big bun or French Twist if you want it off your shoulders!

2) BODY: To protect your body from sunburns, try the Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30! It can also be sprayed onto your hair to protect your color and your scalp from dryness. I love that it dries down quickly while adding a gorgeous glow to the limbs. 

3) SELF-TANNER: For the most even and long-lasting tan possible, try the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse! Despite dabbling with other brands, I still think St. Tropez is the best. There is also a Self Tan Dark version for those who like to look extra tan!

4) SUNSCREEN: To protect yourself from wrinkles as well as unsightly dark spots, always use sunscreen! I highly recommend the Sulwhasoo Age Veil UV Protection Cream SPF 30 for every day use or the Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Serum BB with SPF 50 for those who prefer a tinted product that can also be used as a primer/base. I absolutely love both of them, and sometimes, I'll even use the Age Veil under the Serum BB!

5) POWDER: To prevent overly shiny T-Zones this summer, use powders with sunscreen protection to set your base makeup and touch up your skin throughout the day! I recommend the Shisiedo UV Protection Powder SPF 36 for those who like a little extra coverage (ideal for oily to combination skin) and the Chantecaille Protection Naturale SPF 46 for those who prefer sheer, undetectable loose powders (ideal for dry to combination skin).

6) NEON NAIL POLISH: Bright nails are always an easy way to brighten up your summer! Try the new Dior Vernis Gel Shine formula since it is so glossy and long-wearing. I have been wearing Wonderland, a deep pink, for a couple weeks. For a true neon shade, however, I recommend Essie's Funky Limelight with a white base to help the color pop. OCC's Radiate is another good neon pick!

7) BRONZER: To balance out self-tanner on the body and also give the face some color, try the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder! Use it to set your sunscreen and/or base makeup, and dust an extra layer on your jawline, cheekbones, and hair line for a truly sun-kissed look!

8) MASCARA: A little mascara will go a long way in opening up your eyes and adding a bit of polish to your casual beach attire! Use a waterproof formula, like Guerlain's Maxi Lash WP to give your lashes the perfect, most enviable fringe. It holds curl, separates, and adds volume!

9) LIP BALM: The heat of the summer sun can cause lips to peel. Try By Terry's Baume de Rose for hydrated, plump lips with a hint of pretty pale pink color! It also has SPF 15 for added protection whether your are poolside or at the beach.

10) DEODORANT: This one is a no-brainer, but deodorant is especially important in the summer! My favorite is the Kiehl's Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant Cream. It does not interfere with your perfume, and it has a formula that softens underarm hair, which results in a smoother shave!

Watch the video below for more details!

Makeup Worn:
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Urban Decay NAKED Flushed Palette in Native [Bronzer/Highlight only]
Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer in 107
Velour Lashes in T Dot Ohhh
*Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% OFF

Sweater:

Nails:
Dior Gel in Wonderland

Earrings:
Forever 21 [old]
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 2014 Favorites [Hits & Misses] feat. Kerastase, 3LAB, Sulwhasoo, Urban Decay + more!



The month of May has flown by! I cannot believe how many products I have discovered through friends and traveling, so I will share some of my new foundation finds with you. Please note, I will compile a comparison review of my cushions as soon as I receive the new Laneige Pore Control version, which just launched (and is only available) in Asia. Many thanks again to my friend Leanne for coming to the rescue! I also have several products I have been using for months now — such as my beloved Mason Pearson brush and 3LAB 'Super h' Serum — that I am glad to finally announce are absolutely worth the indulgence. If you have any further questions regarding the products I reviewed in the video below, please feel free to ask them in the comments section!

A preview snapshot of some of the Favorites posted on my Instagram!

Products Reviewed:
Mason Pearson Popular Nylon & Boar Bristle Brush [for Long, Normal to Coarse hair]
Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation in 113 [Favorite new HD Foundation]
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Kiss Me Heroine Make Eyelash Fixer [Glue]

Makeup Worn:
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Velour Lashes in Oops, Naughty Me
*Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% OFF

Tee:

Nails:


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Easy Makeup Tutorial for Interviews + Work feat. SK-II, Koh Gen Do, Armani, and Urban Decay



This Easy Interview Makeup tutorial is a basic template look for all polished working women. If you are comfortable with wearing more, try keeping the color to a minimum with soft pinks and neutral browns and most importantly, blend thoroughly! If you prefer wearing less, then by all means skip a couple steps in the tutorial. Just make sure to focus on beautiful skin and prep the night before with a SK-II Facial Treatment Mask as a boost. The key to a great interview is confidence, so make sure you feel and look as prepared as possible! Good luck xo


Products Used + Worn:
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige 
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder 
Shu Uemura Lashes in S217 
Urban Decay NAKED Flushed Palette in Native 
Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Sweet Creme 

Nails:

Shirt:
J.Crew


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Saturday, May 17, 2014

TRAVEL: My Epic Asia Exclusives Beauty HAUL!




Judging by the list below, I lost all inhibition but left no room for regrets! It was my first time abroad so I was a little overwhelmed by the incredibly vast selection in Singapore, where makeup counters are aplenty and luxury seems to be the standard for beauty. I had saved up for months, so I was in shopping heaven with the multiple department stores [Takashimaya, Tang's, Isetan, etc.] and took full advantage of the situation. I must also thank my lovely friend Leanne for guiding me though the maze of malls and for treating me to such delicious food! 

Products Reviewed:
SK-II Skin Rebooster [Hydrating Gel Mask]
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion [Large 215 mL Bottle]
SK-II Advanced Eye Treatment Film [Eye Treatment]
SK-II Compact for Emulsion Red Stempower Cream Foundation
Guerlain Meteorites My Palette with Radiant Pressed Powder, Blush, Highlighter [Duty-Free Only]
YSL Travel Selection Extremely YSL For Eyes Make-up Palette [Duty-Free Only]
Shu Uemura False Lashes in Farfallina, Dazzling Black Diamante, and S217
Shu Uemura The Lightbulb UV Compact Foundation Case & Refill in 774
Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin UV Under Base Mousse SPF 30 Primer in Peach
Shu Uemura Mika for Shu POREraser UV Under Base Mousse SPF 35 Primer in Beige
Shu Uemura Eyeshadow Quad Case and Refills in ME 906, ME 825, ME 270, ME 280
Shu Uemura G (Glitter) Eyeshadows in White Gold 311 and White Rainbow
Shu Uemura Custom Case Duo in White
Tom Ford Lip Color Lipstick in 22 Forbidden Pink
Dior Gel Nail Polish in 268 Ruban
Dior Summer 2014 DiorShow Mono Transat in 541 Pavillon
Dior  Nude Tan Transat Edition Golden Shimmer Powder
Chanel Le Blanc Whitening Makeup Base SPF 35 in 20 Mimosa
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in 555 Blue Boy
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Color SPF 15 in N 02
Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur Powder Foundations in 10 and 20
Guerlain Maxi Lash Waterproof Mascara in Black [now available at Sephora]
Helena Rubenstein Lash Queen WP Mascaras in Sexy Blacks, Fatal Blacks, Feline Blacks
RMK Ingenious Cream & Powder Eyes Duo in 03 Purple
RMK Ingenious Powder Eyes in ME-02 Metallic Gold
RMK Irresistible Lips Lipstick in 01 Peach
RMK Gloss Lips N H-05 Holographic Orange
Koyudo F001 Flower Kabuki with Pink and Blue Bristles
Koyudo H Series Macaron Kabuki Brush in Pink
Koyudo White Kinoko/Mushroom Kabuki Brush
Hakuhodo Short Handled Exclusive B Set - J214 Eye Brush
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 05 Ole Flamingo
K-Palette Real Lasting Tear Tank in 01 Glamorous Pink
Majolica Majorca Lash King Waterproof Mascara


Makeup Worn:
Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation in 113
EM Michelle Phan Love Me for Me Powder in 04 Bare
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Shu Uemura Eyeshadow in ME 856
Guerlain Maxi Lash Waterproof Mascara in Black
Tom Ford Lip Lacquer in Pink Lust [LE]
Velour Lashes in Oops, Naughty Me
     *Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% OFF

Nails:
Dior Gel in Wonderland 

Shirt:
Zara [current]


There were also several products I did not have time to include, mostly because they are not exclusives and are more easily accessible here in the United States. Pictured above is the new YSL Souffle D'Eclat Loose Powder in 3 ($60 USD) and the Summer 2014 Guerlain Sun Celebration Terracotta Bronzer and Blush Palette ($76 USD)


The Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick in PK 376 became a bestseller due to a Korean actress who wore the color in a popular Korean drama, and it sold out completely. I, however, was lucky enough to spot it at the Narita Airport's Duty-Free cosmetics store in Japan! It was unfortunately obscured by all the other products on my desk, so I was not able to include it in the video.. my apologies!


The other products, like the Shu Uemura Premium a/i Cleansing Oil — can be ordered online — and the Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleansing Water ($35 USD) is available at department stores. Last but not least, the Lancome Absolu Essence/Serum Foundation in 130 Ivoire is another Asia exclusive that I had to cut out due to time constraints. I have heard hit and miss reviews of this product, but it is one of the few full coverage serum foundations available! I will keep you updated if any of you are interested xo



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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sigma F25 Copper Extravaganza Tapered Face Brush Review + GIVEAWAY


Sigma F25s and F15
The Sigma F25 Tapered Face Brush has always been my favorite Sigma brush style, and I have accumulated nearly a dozen different variations over the years. The luxurious Copper Extravaganza version featured here, however, simply happens to be the the best of the F25s in my experience. Not only are the copper ferrules very unique (rose gold color), the bristles are quite soft and layered well — especially for the affordable price of $33 USD. The slightly pointed tip and rounded flat sides make this the ideal large powder brush, whether you want to apply powder foundation around the eyes and nose or bronzer into the hollows of the cheeks. I love that this brush style provides control and gives exact placement of product. Check out more details and the giveaway after the jump!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SUQQU The Face Brush Review + Photos



I placed my order for the SUQQU Face Brush (£168) from Selfridge's earlier this year, and after patiently waiting for a few months, I finally received it! Check out all the details and more photos after the jump!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

TRAVEL: My Beauty Essentials + How to Pack Them!



I treasure my beauty products very much, so I always keep the vast majority with me in my carry on luggage when I fly. I tend to travel with minimal clothing and shoes, but I always pack extra when it comes to skin care and makeup, as you'll see in the video below! I love having options, so I bring just about everything I could possibly want or need.
Now, I learned the hard way that packing my liquids in a Ziploc bag is a horrible idea. That is why I now use a large pouch from my ZÜCA, which is much sturdier and can be wiped down after each trip. You can purchase the pouches individually, so don't feel the pressure to splurge on a Sport or Artist Pro. As far as makeup storage goes, Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier consistently release limited edition cases that are perfect for both home organization and travel. I usually purchase mine around the Holidays!


Products Reviewed: 
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths [Travel]
Velour Lashes in Oops, Naughty Me
Shu Uemura S Curler + Chanel Curler [LE]
******All enclosed in a large ZÜCA Utility Pouch!

MAKEUP:
Laura Mercier Beauty Portfolio [LE]
Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm
EM Michelle Phan Powder Compact in 4 Bare
EM Michelle Phan Concealer Palette in Light
EM Michelle Phan Scribble Eyeliners
Giorgio Armani Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil 
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Tom Ford Eye Color Quads
Shu Uemura X Mika Spiral Duo in 01





Makeup Worn:
EM Love Me For Me Powder Compact in 04 Bare
Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Tan
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Shu Uemura X Mika Spiral Duo in 01
YSL Gloss Volupte in 206 Fuchsia Oran
Velour Lashes in T Dot Oooh
*****Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% off your order!

Nails:
Zoya PixieDust in Tomoko

Shirt:
J. Crew 
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tom Ford Summer 2014 Eye and Cheek Palette in Unabashed Review, Photos, Swatches



TOM FORD Summer 2014 is a neatly edited collection of products. I will be featuring the star of the show today, the UNABASHED Eye and Cheek Palette, which comes housed in a white lacquered compact. I did mention it in my April Favorites video that went live yesterday, but I know many of you wanted to see a comprehensive review here. Check out all the details as well as swatches of all the shades after the jump!
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