The Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching which means mooncakes are on sale everywhere. These are usually sinful bean-paste cakes that come in a variety of flavours. If you're in Singapore, you simply must try Bakerzin's Black Sesame Truffle Mini Snowskin mooncakes (usual price $45 but in August, it's only S$28.65 for a box of 8). These are incredibly flavourful without being too sweet and has a white chocolate core that just melts in your mouth. Amazingly they don't get frozen hard even when kept in the freezer.
Think I need to get a second box!
Just received this mailer from The Body Shop on an exclusive gift for Star Loyalty members with purchase of $12 plus a 30% discount from 3-6 September. Time to haul the Pretty Pearlescents collection!
Star Loyalty members enjoy 15% discount at all times, compared to 10% for normal members. I think it was after I completed all the stamps on the card (16 stamps, $30 purchase gets you 1 stamp) that I became a Star Loyalty member.
Kiss will release a new Skin Fit Foundation UV on 24 September in Japan. The fragrance-free foundation has SPF27 and PA++, plus sebum-absorbing powders for a natural long-lasting finish. It also has hyaluronic acid to keep skin moisturised. Available in 4 shades.
For oily skin ladies, I highly recommend Kiss' Mat Chiffon UV Whitening Base which is great at keeping skin matte and provides some coverage without accentuating or sinking into pores.
Jill Stuart will release a new Moist Silk Powder Foundation SPF15 PA++ on 11 September in Japan. Available in 5 shades, it is formulated with Pure Crystal Powder and Moist Fit Powder for a silk chiffon-like half-matte finish that is long-lasting and does not oxidise. According to Voce magazine, it has sheer coverage. Like most Jill Stuart products, it is has a Crystal Floral Bouquet aroma.
This will retail for 3675yen for the refill and 1575yen for the compact. There will also be a limited edition base makeup kit (8400yen) available for which you can choose either the Moist Silk or Smooth Silk Powder Foundation. The kit also includes the Pure Lasting Makeup Base and a zip pouch. I hope the Moist Silk will be an improvement over Smooth Silk, which did not work well at all for me.
Also just read on another blog that Jill Stuart makeup has been launched in South Korea. Wonder when it will ever make it to Singapore?
Another lemming alert: the Body Shop's Precious Pearlescents fall makeup collection has also just been released at the stores here. If you like shimmery, glowy baked mineral blushes/bronzers, then you will probably like new blush trios (S$36.90). The shimmer in these is pretty intense with #2 Warm Sunset being more pigmented than #1 Cool Dusk, a sweet baby pink. These are very generously sized at 8g each, which means they'll probably take forever to use up. The eyeshadows (S$28.90) are lovely too with good color payoff but the shades are not that unique.
I'd probably cave on the two blushes soon, just waiting to see if the Body Shop will offer any promotional prices on them! If not, I'd just use my Star Loyalty 15% discount.
The Isetan Beauty Festival is on again from 28 August to 10 September. From 28-30 August, you can get a 10% beauty bonus voucher with minimum purchase of $100 and every subsequent $50 purchase of cosmetics and fragrances. Also, look out for the new fall makeup collections from RMK (Autumn Mystique), Lancome (Declaring Indigo), MAC (Makeup Art Cosmetics), Bobbi Brown (Ivy League) and more.
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After reading that Eco-Tools brushes have recently arrived at the Watsons in Ngee Ann City, I stopped by to check out the brushes which are supposed to be environmentally friendly and great quality at a very affordable price with numerous raves on MakeupAlley.
There is only a small display next to the Ardell shelf. There is a 5-piece brush set (S$29.90) as well as another 3 or 4 brushes that are sold individually. I picked up both the set as well as the last foundation brush (S$11.90). The bristles are 100% synthetic Taklon while the handles are made of bamboo. They felt incredibly soft, similar to the Body Shop's brushes, which are also synthetic. I haven't used these yet so I can't say how well they perform but I'm hoping they will be better than my Etude House brushes, which were also very soft but have an annoying tendency to shed.