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Favorite Orange/Tangerine Lipcolors!

Here’s a quick list of 10 orange lippies that I posted about on Dayre yesterday. 

I think there’s a lot of confusion about color groupings because tons of magazines and makeup artists call everything “coral” these days. Not everything is coral. If you need some help differentiating here we go:

Nude-orange: apricot

Pink-orange: coral

Red-orange: poppy

Above are 10 shades in varying shades of orange-tones, and if you need more detailed info on each color, visit the dayre post here!

Dior Addict Gloss Review

I’m not a lip-gloss fan. Yes you read me right, I don’t like lip-glosses. Give me a gorgeous lipstick, lip stain or tinted lip balm any day over a shiny gloss. I dislike the look most of them give, the fact that they lack pigmentation but mainly that they feel uncomfortable on the lips. When I do stumble across a lip-gloss I don’t hate it is pretty shocking.

The packaging is much like your standard lip-gloss but of course with that gorgeous Dior edge that makes you feel like a million bucks when you use it. (The packaging kind of makes me think of the 1965 Sitcom I Dream of Jeannie) I generally prefer lip-glosses in squeeze tubes as they are more hygienic but I can deal with that minor flaw.

Dior Addict Lip Gloss Review 643 Diablotine, 433 Dèlice,  553 Princess and 343 Spring Ball.

Dior Addict Gloss from left to right: 643 Diablotine, 433 Dèlice,
553 Princess and 343 Spring Ball.

Dior claims these lip-glosses contain crystalline particles which means that the microbeads in the lip-glosses line up to give the lip-glosses ultimate reflection and make the lips “shine like a mirror” giving them a strong, bold shine. I don’t necessarily think these lip-glosses make my lips shinier than any other lip-gloss. They also claim the lip-glosses contain hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the lips. I did notice these hydrated my very sensitive and dry lips really well unlike most lip-glosses which usually leave my lips dry, peeling and irritated. I don’t know about plumping but my lips did look a little larger but that’s probably because of the light reflecting properties.

The recently reformulated lip-glosses now come in 24 shades with three different finishes; sparkling, pearly and pure. Glitter, shimmer and frosty finishes are just a few of the things I don’t like in my lip products. Cream, satin and matte are my preferred option or you can end up looking a little ’80s. The shades that I was sent are from the “Be Iconic” collection they are sparkling finishes and I found them way too glittery for my liking. If glitters not your thing, give the four shades a miss.

Dior Addict Lip Gloss Swatches and Review 643 Diablotine Sparkling Melon Pink 433 Dèlice Sparkling Peach 553 Princess Sparkling Carnation Pink and 343 Spring Ball Sparkling Peachy Pink

Dior Addict Gloss Lip Swatches from left to right: 643 Diablotine (Sparkling Melon Pink) 433 Dèlice (Sparkling Peach) 553 Princess (Sparkling Carnation Pink) and 343 Spring Ball (Sparkling Peachy Pink)

Pigmentation wise, they aren’t going to give you intense colour pay off, in fact they’ll give you barely any colour pay off at all. Most of the shades look identical on the lips so I don’t think there is a need to buy all four. Diablotine has some pigment and colour to it but the rest apply very sheer, which is somewhat disappointing but then again if I wanted a strong pigment I’d go for a lipstick, not a gloss.

The formula is spot on. Not sticky just smooth, creamy and hydrating aka what I look for in a gloss. It doesn’t settle into lip lines or cling onto dry patches (which I have many of) and applies super smooth and evenly. It can be worn alone or over lipstick (if the later you will want to clean the brush after application or it will change the colour of the product)

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Quick Weekend (or Anytime) FOTD!

This isn’t a pictorial because there isn’t much to the look! Aside from the lips, this would be just as wearable to work/school. 

Just a little taupe on the lids (pale on the inner half, darker on the outer half, most pigmented shade to line upper and lower lids), mascara, groomed brows, matte skin, pink cheeks, and pink lips. 

Products used:

  • Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 52
  • Concealer: MAC Studio Moisture Cover Concealer NW20
  • Setting Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder in Medium
  • Brows: VDL Brow pencil in Grey Brown
  • Highlight/Cheek-base: Dior Rose Diamond compact (Tip: I like using a paler pink along the cheekbones to lift the color of any other pink-toned blush I apply on top; otherwise they sometimes come off peachy on the skin)
  • Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Pétale (just a very soft touch on the apples)
  • Taupe Eyeshadows: Dior Smoky Trio in 781 Smoky Brown
  • Mascara: Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes mascara in Black
  • Fuchsia Lipstick: Inglot #421 (very thick and pigmented but also quite dry, so wear a balm beneath or gloss over this)
  • Touch of gloss in center of lips: YSL Gloss Volupté 206 Fuchsia Oran (I apply a dab and roll my lips together to add sheen without changing the color of the lipstick much)

This romantic shade with an adventurous twist creates an intensely luminous, iridescent eye.

SWEEP a wash of URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW in ASPHYXSIA from lash lines to browbones using the SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Small Shadow Brush #15.

TIGHTLINE the upper lash lines with a black eyeliner for subtle contrast.

BRACKET the inner and outer corners with the deepest shade from the DIOR EYE SHADOW PALETTE in PETAL SHINE using a dampened SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Angled Liner Brush #22—wetting the brush helps intensify shadow and prolong its wear.

POUNCE the lightest lilac shadow from the same palette over the middle of top and bottom lids with SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Precision Smudge Brush #29 to create a luminous, wide-eyed effect.

DUST luminous highlighting powder from cheekbones up to the temples using the SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Contour Brush #74.

DEFINE brows with quick, subtle strokes of an eyebrow pencil.

FINISH with a swipe of lilac gloss.

Urban Decay / Eyeshadow in Asphyxia
$18.00

Hourglass / Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light
$45.00

Dior / 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Petal Shine
$60.00

NARS / Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in International Velvet
$26.00

Anastasia / Brow Wiz in Brunette
$21.00

NARS / Blush in New Order
$29.00

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Dior, J’adore! (My fascination with the house of Dior)

If I was stuck on Mars and had to pick a single high-end brand that I would need to stick with for the rest of my life, I would probably have to say Dior. 

Dior just happens to be the brand where I love the largest RANGE of products across their base, eye, lash, lip, and fragrance offerings. I might love Make Up For Ever Face foundations, Chanel polishes, Shu Uemura brow pencils, MAC lipsticks, Urban Decay liners, Lancôme powders and skincare, but as a whole, Dior is an “all-rounder” for me. 

As a teen reading fashion magazines for the first time in the 90s, Chanel represented a rather severe, restrained and modernist approach to luxury with its clean lines and sleek black and white. Dior on the other hand, was always about mystery and seduction with its signature midnight-blue and baroque-gold.

I do personally think the late Galliano was about the best thing that happened to them, because he added an incomparable sense of style, fantasy and mystery to a by-then outdated brand. 

My favorite products from the range:

  1. Diorskin Nude liquid foundation - despite the name this is actually medium coverage, with a nice velvet finish. When my skin isn’t at its best, I always - ALWAYS - reach for this automatically. It covers without looking unnatural. The trick is to apply it with fingers; many people find it hard to apply with a brush or sponge.
  2. Dior lip care products - Lipglow, Lip polish, Creme de Rose, Lip Maximizer… yes, I’ve used all their lip care products for years. But out of all 3, I’d say the only must-try is Lipglow, the legendery color-changing lip balm stick. There are tons of color-changing balms around but most of them are way too pink and unnatural looking. This one never looks like too much.
  3. Diorific lipsticks - this iconic range has been around for ages, and it’s still as longwearing and intensely pigmented as ever. I’m not a huge fan of the newer - dare I say wimpier - Rouge Diors but Diorific is still there and still fab.
  4. Dior Addict glosses - the main lipgloss line of the brand comes in 3 finishes; Pearly, Sparkling (glittery), and Pure (creme). My favorites are the Pure!
  5. Dior eyeshadows - back when Chanel and Lancome had not-so-great shadows, Dior set the bar with their creamy, silky formulas and gorgeous 5-color compacts. (Even though they recently had a price adjustment and are now a heart stopping S$100 per 5 Couleur palette in Singapore.) I love them because while Chanel and Lancome have stepped up their game a lot, you still get better value with Dior in Asia, purely by comparing price per gram of product.
  6. Perfumes  - Dior’s perfumes were some of the first I fell for 10 years ago when I outgrew my Gap Dream and Coolwater Woman. Tragically, 2 of my all-time favorite classics (Diorissimo and Hypnotic Poison) were reformulated. Diorissimo is a gigantic 3D fresh-cut lily of the valley, and the original formula is clean with an edge of animal at the same time; “a virgin with a dirty mind”. The newer pour Monsieur formulation pictured above is just “virginal”. Still extremely pretty - but not quite as interesting.  Ditto for Hypnotic Poison, which has become a strangely metallic and watery thing. On the reverse, there is the exquisite J’adore l’Or, which is a much warmer, richer, denser version of the original, with amber notes and the use of exclusive Grasse rose and jasmine absolutes, harvested from fields reserved for Dior. I also like Pure Poison, which is one of those rare “fresh white floral” scents that doesn’t disappear from the skin in an hour. 

  1. Kat Von D Foiled Love Lipstick in Adora, $19
    Makes lips look gift-wrapped.
  2. Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Imagine, $28
    A shimmering champagne-colored gloss that helps prevent chapping.
  3. Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Fireworks, $30
    This shiny-finish lipstick plumps lips and lasts for hours.
  4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Lab Shine in Shimmering Copper, $18
    A metallic copper gloss with real mother-of-pearl particles.
  5. MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense in Moulin Rouge, $19
    It doesn’t get more holiday than this vibrant red.

Tip to #MakeItExtraordinary: Layer a metallic gloss on top of lipstick to add dimension.
 

Kat Von D / Foiled Love Lipstick in Adora
$19.00

Hourglass / Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Imagine
$28.00

Dior / Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Fireworks
$30.00

Make Up For Ever / Lab Shine Lip Gloss in Shimmering Copper
$18.00

Make Up For Ever / Rouge Artist Intense in Moulin Rouge
$19.00

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