Muji Skincare

Jun 18, 2018

Muji skincare review

I have been forever repurchasing Muji cut cotton since Mina of Citrine's blog pointed me to them. I've also enjoyed a few different types of toner, but this is probably the first time when my daily cleansing routine heavily relies on the brand. I find some Muji stuff is overpriced for what it is, but the brand still creeps into my daily life. There are Muji storage items, soap dispensers, and lint rollers in the house. I even own a set of ramen bowls that I really like. I guess it's mainly because of the unobtrusive designs (someone described the brand as "a sedated IKEA". LOL) that are also functional. The same applies to their skincare offerings yet in this case they are fairly priced as well.

MAC Eyeshadow X 9 - Dusky Rose

May 28, 2018

MAC Eyeshadow X 9 - Dusky Rose review swatches

I am usually not keen on MAC cosmetics but couldn't pass up an extremely good deal that I spotted during the holiday sales last year. The Ulta exclusive set (Instant Artistry Simple Smoky Eye Kit) contains MAC Eyeshadow X 9 Dusky Rose, 219 brush, and Modern Twist Kajal liner in Cat's Meow and is priced at $49.50, which is already a steal. I think I bought the set under $35.

Skincare Empties (& mini reviews)

May 25, 2018

I just "searched" my own blog and apparently, I have never done a proper empties post. This would be my first! This month, I managed to use up several skincare products around the same time so snapping a group shot wasn't too difficult. 

Look Book 4 | Grey and Coral

May 21, 2018

I briefly shared this look on Instagram a few weeks ago. For some reason, I think I love certain eyeshadow palettes yet hardly reach for them. Dior 5 Couleur Bar (056) (discontinued, but this one looks similar) is one of them. It is a great quality palette with a brilliant cool/neutral color combo and seriously needs to be appreciated more. 

Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey Pure Nectar de Parfum

May 14, 2018

L'eau d'Issey Pure Nectar de Parfum review

This year, Issey Miyake has introduced a new flanker to brand's iconic L'eau d'Issey (1993). To be accurate, Pure Nectar de Parfum is a sweet fruity sister of L'eau d'Issey Pure EDP, which was announced in 2016 as the second chapter in the history of L'eau d'Issey. 

NOTD | Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish Fairy Tailor

Apr 30, 2018

Essie Fairy Tailor swatch

Not much to say here. Just showing you some Monday manicure with Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Fairy Tailor...

Foundation Edit

Apr 28, 2018

liquid foundation for fair light skin

For a beauty enthusiast, I think I have a modest foundation collection. Reviewing them individually seemed a lot more complicated though that I've decided to do a roundup post with swatches. You will probably see more of these of different subjects from now on, as I am taking a realistic approach towards blogging (rather than pledging to write all about them then failing).

Tom Ford Camera Obscura

Apr 23, 2018

I have had Tom Ford Private Shadow Camera Obscura for a while now but I still am not sure if I love it or hate it. This tiny thing is about $40 after tax so I was ready to be blown away by its gorgeousness. I can't say I was, to be completely honest with you.

Swatch Set | Jouer Lips

Apr 21, 2018

Jouer lip swatches

I recently bought a mirrorless camera and so far it doesn't seem that I made a smart investment. I have been shooting with a tiny point & shoot under a softbox for years now. Not that I had a major issue with the picture quality but I wanted to offer better ones here on Lenallure. Frustratingly enough, my new camera is capable of capturing all my wrinkles and freckles yet it cannot (no, I cannot) give me clear swatch photos. A wise friend has advised me that I just need to get familiarized with the camera and its settings, so I was practicing a bit this afternoon. These five Jouer lippies were the objects. 

NARS Indes Galantes

Apr 20, 2018

NARS Indes Galantes review swatch

Indes Galantes is another stunning duo from the NARS Sarah Moon collection (late 2016). I love the other duo in the collection, Quai des Brumes so much and use it frequently (reviewed here). I knew that Indes Galantes wouldn't be as easy to pull off but had to get it because the color combination looked so interesting.

NOTD | Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish Inside Scoop

Apr 15, 2018

Essie Inside Scoop swatch

We've enjoyed a very nice spring weather for the past few days but the cold wintry mix seems to be back. Hope everyone is staying well in this finicky weather!

Despite the endless winter, light pink and whites are all I want on my nails these days. This week I am wearing a sheer pink one from the Essie Gel Couture range, Inside Scoop

Look | Rouge Bunny Rouge Venetian Red - Spring/Summer 2018

Apr 8, 2018

Rouge Bunny Rouge Venetian Red look

This season, Rouge Bunny Rouge suggests a bold yet elegant makeup look, Venetian Red. I was immediately drawn to this edgy poetic look and definitely wanted the Victorian hat the model was wearing. At the same time, I didn't know how it would translate in real life because the look is about warm bronzed skin and red eye makeup. To my surprise, this is actually quite a soft and wearable look. Easy to create, too. 

Look Book 3 | Simple & Bold

Apr 2, 2018

I put together a very simple yet bold look using two recently reviewed items - Pat McGrath Platinum Bronze (reviewed) & Givenchy Le Rouge Framboise Velours (reviewed). 

Givenchy Le Rouge N315 Framboise Velours | 2018 Couture Edition

Mar 30, 2018

Givenchy Le Rouge 2018 Couture Edition

I totally missed out on the gorgeous Chinese New Year edition (ooh, I just saw it's still available on Neiman Marcus!) and was not going to let that happen again when I saw the 2018 Couture Edition. I believe the 2017 edition was also Framboise Velours. I wish Givenchy went with a different color for the spring. Nonetheless, Framboise Velours is a very pretty berry shade that works well on my complexion. And more importantly, would you look at the case.

Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Subliminal Platinum Bronze | Swatches & Thoughts

Mar 13, 2018

Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Subliminal Platinum Bronze swatch

Pat McGrath has brought out 3 new eyeshadow palettes this spring - Platinum Bronze, Bronze Ambition, and La Vie en Rose. Each is like a concise version of her MOTHERSHIP eyeshadow palettes but looks somewhat tame. Which is a good thing for someone like me, because I find the original MOTHERSHIPs too big and bold to incorporate into daily looks. I picked up Platinum Bronze without hesitation. I haven't had enough time to play with it, but I wanted to quickly show the swatches and share my initial thoughts with you.

Lunasol Three-Dimensional Eyes 03 Mysterious Beige

Mar 8, 2018

Lunasol Three-Dimensional Eyes 03 Mysterious Beige review

Three-Dimensional Eyes Mysterious Beige is probably the most reached one out of the six Lunasol eyeshadow palettes that I own. I love this soft violet/beige/khaki composition. It's not too pastel but definitely not too serious, either. This palette is very flattering and easy-to-wear, which would suit many different complexions.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Collector's Coffret | Fragrant Confections

Mar 4, 2018

Rouge Bunny Rouge Fragrant Confections Collector's Coffret review

I am not new to Rouge Bunny Rouge fragrance offerings, which is why I was even more delighted when this beautiful set landed on my doorstep. Rouge Bunny Rouge Fragrant Confections Collector's Coffret is perfect in every way especially if you are like me, finding yourself weary of most of the mainstream but puzzled by the niche market.

Holika Holika PRO:BEAUTY Enamel Volip Tint

Feb 20, 2018

Holika Holika PRO:BEAUTY Enamel Volip Tint review

Holika Holika Enamel Volip Tint is widely popular in Korea as an affordable alternative to Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil. Some say the Holika Holika is even better. I can tell you these are pretty darn good if not indeed better than those fancy YSL tubes. I have two colors to show you today - Muse Pink (PK001) & Silhouette Rose (PK002).

Look Book 2 | Grownup Blue

Feb 16, 2018

Here is the second installment of "Look Book". It is officially a series, then! 

Today's look is about blue eye makeup, lighthearted pink lips, and glowy cheeks.

Butter London The Gold Standard Set

Feb 13, 2018

Butter London The Gold Standard Set

I bought this cute set on sale around the Christmas. It's still available at even cheaper prices ($16.80 at Ulta & $11.20 at Kohl's). I don't always go for nail polish minis but the set looked like a perfect way for me to try the Butter London's new formula, Patent Shine 10X. Although I don't love everything in the set, I still find all 5 colors are excellent quality with superior wear and application. I may have found another holy grail red polish, too. 

Lunasol Sheer Contrast Eyes Coral Coral

Feb 8, 2018

Lunasol Coral Coral review swatch

I love all my Lunasol eyeshadow palettes but this one is quite special. Coral Coral was introduced many years ago and at some point achieved a cult status in the Asian beauty community, too. It must be still popular since it is one of the few classic Lunasol palettes that are in production.

Etude House "Pink Skull" Cream Blusher | PK001 & PK002

Jan 4, 2018

Etude House Pink Skull Cream Blusher review swatches
Etude House "Pink Skull" Cream Blushers

If I had done a list, these two blushes probably made "best affordable makeup in 2017". About a year ago, a friend in Korea gifted them saying "don't judge by the cover" and quickly I learned what she meant. Both colors surprisingly have depth and the formula is something I'd expect from a high-end brand. I've been reaching for them often especially whenever it feels cold and dry outside.

Look Book 1 | Bright Lips & Neutral Eyes

Jan 1, 2018

Happy new year, everyone!

Rather than publishing a few more posts that are overdue, I changed the blog design yet again and thought of starting a new series. This is same as good old stash shopping underneath, but I'd like to call it "Look Book". Each post will consist of a tray (an unused dinner plate, actually) of makeup products and an overall look. I did one a while ago on Instagram and people seemed to enjoy the idea of seeing these two together. The track record shows that I am terrible at doing a series so I can't promise anything, but let's have a little faith as I even made a cover picture for this one.

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