Tuesday, November 27

Product Reviews - Make Up For Ever Holodiam Holiday Collection 2012

Sometime back, the lovely people from Make Up For Ever presented me a lovely holiday giftbag, with none other than their new Holodiam Holiday Make-Up Collection for the year. Initially I imagined a christmas make-up collection to have somewhat glittery eye make-up, which was nice but nothing too special, but Holodiam took my breathe away when I saw how the glitter pigments in it had the beautiful 3D effect. It was like having diamonds and crystals on your eyes!

Lovely giftbag from Make Up For Ever: Holodiam Holiday 2012 Collection
MUFE Holodiam Powder in #303: White Based
MUFE Holodiam Powder in #302: Red Based
MUFE Holodiam Powder in #304: Gold Based
Holodiam Powders in #303, 302 and 304; SGD $41 each
When I first got the giftbag, the first thing I did was rip open the boxes for the Holodiam powders and trying them out, I'm a sucker for all things glittery and sparkly! I've tried out tons of glitter eye make-up, and thus far, only Shu Uemura's Color Atelier collection of glitter shadows have managed to retain as one of my ultimate favourites. That was until I saw Holodiam and swatched it, I immediately fell in love.
MUFE Holodiam Powder Swatches in #303, #304, #302
The pigments give off multi-dimensional sparkle, much like what a Swarovski crystal could do if you were to wear it on your eyes. My most favourite would have to be MUFE holodiam in shade #303, a lovely and versatile white-based shade which can be layered over any boring eyeshadow color to give some life, or to be worn on its own. It reflects colors like pink, aquamarine, and peacock blue, so its great for a day look as well. #303 is more of a gold-based pigment, and reflects bronze, copper, and more brown tones, suitable to spruce up brown smokey eyes! #302 is also a very pretty reddish shade reflecting maroon and gold, suitable for an evening look, the color is a perfect match with the colors from MUFE's previous Black Tango Collection! So glamorous!

MUFE Holodiam over a White Aqua Cream Base
I tried layering on the Holodiam powders over the MUFE Aqua Cream in White which came with the gift bag, and the end result was as in the photo above! The white based Holodiam powder (#303) blended in the most, whilst the other two shades (#304, #302) became more silver based, very Christmas-y!
MUFE Limited Edition Aqua Eyes Set; SGD $65
I was also esctatic to receive the limited edition MUFE Aqua Eyes set, filled with amazing, extremely pigmented eyeliner pencils. My most favourite would have to be the black pencil, it gives off an intense matte black color, absolutely perfect for doing upper and underline, and the fact that this product is smudge-proof once dried just makes it even more lovable. To make it completely waterproof, you have to dip the pencil in a little drop of MUFE Eye Seal to get it fixed completely in place, I've used it on a couple of shoots so far, and no touch-ups required! An absolute plus point!
MUFE Costume Lashes: SGD $32
These limited edition gold-embellished lashes are so pretty! Great for a night out, and what I love about it is that its high quality stuff, and the boning of these lashes aren't stiff and hard at all. The Holodiam glitters that come with it just makes it so much more appealing too!
MUFE Aqua Seal; SGD $45
Initially I was a little confused on how to use Aqua Seal which came with the giftbag, but after 2-3 uses, I got the hang of it! The trick is to apply a small amount of the product all over the eyelid BEFORE putting on any loose shadows, to secure it in place and fix it! I used it on a shoot as an eyeshadow base, and amazingly, no creases in the eye make-up. Plus, model was sweating buckets!
MUFE Mist & Fix; SGD $48
This has got to be one of the most convenient products to carry around. Its small and lightweight, and it fixes any make-up in place! I used it on myself a few days back after putting on my usual foundation routine, and I remained fresh even after a good 10 hours of wear!
A guide from the lovely MUFE on how to achieve the perfect evening look using the new Holodiam Glitters:
Last but not least, I finally got to use Holodiam in a recent cover and editorial shoot for URBAN in the Straits Times! Yay!
Subtle, glittery brown smokey eyes using MUFE Holodiam Powder and MUFE Aqua Shadow! :)

The HOLODIAM Collection is available at all Make Up For Ever counters in Sephora Singapore, and the Make Up For Ever Academy from 8th November 2012. :)
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Sunday, November 18

Product Review - Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Gel

Recently, I got some lovely stuff from Make Up For Ever, and one of them was the Aqua Brow Eyebrow Gel!

MUFE Aqua Brow in #15 Blonde
MUFE Aqua Brow in #25 Ash
What it is: A long-lasting, smudge-proof eyebrow corrector that fills, defines, and lengthens brows.

What it does:
Aqua Brow is a highly pigmented gel that enhances and reshapes natural brows. Its superior waterproof formula creates a strong hold while its high concentration of pigments allows for intense color payoff that will not fade. Aqua Brow’s creamy gel texture gives an even, natural result that will last all day.
On me: Eyebrows done using MUFE Aqua Brow in #25 Ash
I've always been a big fan of eyebrows, hence I'm extremely particular about how I do my own brows and I find it difficult to get any eyebrow product, be it pencil or powder, to hold up on my face through the day without smudging or fading off!
That was until I tried out Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow for the first time, and I was amazed. It was extremely easy to apply, and the product glides on so evenly on the skin, making it a breeze to achieve perfectly defined, natural looking brows under less than 2 minutes! I usually spend at least 10 minutes filling and drawing in my brows every morning using an eyebrow pencil, but I was amazed at how I managed to get the job done so much faster when I used this product. It came with a mini angled eyebrow applicator brush and a grooming brush as well so it was extremely convenient to carry around in my personal make-up pouch!
I tested out this product for a day, and I have to say, it is most DEFINITELY waterproof! I ran around from location to location for work, perspiring and such, and my brows stayed firmly in place without any signs of smudging or smearing. I took a nap one of the days with my make-up still on (I was that tired!), and when I woke up my brows were still there. I was absolutely blown away!
I've since stored away all my other brow powders and pencils. This is definitely my new holy-grail product for perfect brows!
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Eyebrow Gel can be found at the following cosmetic outlets in Singapore:
Make Up For Ever Academy - 36 Armenian Street, #01-06 & #02-06
Sephora ION Orchard
Sephora Bugis +
Sephora Vivocity
Sephora Great World City
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