The Beauty Bee Awards: Best of 2013!

BBAIt’s time to go through my Beauty favourites for 2013! :) I had a difficult time choosing between products, so I thought it would be fun to present the “winners” alongside the other products that nearly made it. I love everything shown here, but the winners have been consistent faves throughout the year (or at least since I acquired them).

I didn’t limit myself to any number of categories, but I ended up with a nice round number: 10. The winners/faves are named in the photo and my little bee mascot can be seen hovering close to them. Let’s have a look! :) 

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Breaking the Ban

I thought I should let you guys know… I broke my makeup ban some time in late November. I don’t feel as bad about it as I thought I would, and to explain myself I’ll just have to show you what I got and tell you what price I got them at.

So the story is that my cousin works for the company that handles several large makeup brands in the country. A few times a year, they’re given access to a huge sale on cosmetics. Knowing that I love makeup, she sent me a few photos of the available items together with their sale prices. You already know I was unable to resist. Here’s what I asked her to get me: 

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Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs: Le Bois de Rose

After I bought Turandot, I knew I wanted more Guerlain eyeshadows in my life. What’s funny is that I’ve always wanted a Dior 5-shadow palette, not Guerain stuff, but I never end up buying Dior palettes for one reason or another. Anyway, Les Bois de Rose is my second Guerlain 4-colour palette. It’s more cool-toned than I would normally go for, but I was looking to try some pink eyeshadows and was not adventurous enough to go all-out and get Les RosesLBDRThere are times when I wish I did go for Les Roses, but I grew to love Les Bois de Rose over time. The four shades balance each other out nicely, with that rose pink in the center being the only really pink shade in the palette. The shimmery white has a pinkish undertone, while the other two shades are purple-y taupes. It’s put together beautifully and you can create so many looks with this combination of colours. 

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August Favourites 2013

AugustFaves2August this year was all sorts of awesome. It’s both Greg’s birth month and our “anniversary” month so we always have a lot of reason to celebrate, but this year it was especially great for multitude of reasons. :) Makeup-wise it was a very simple. I went for very clean and soft looks with emphasis on the skin and lips. And when I say emphasis on the lips I don’t mean bold colours, I mean lipgloss for that plump and full effect. I’ve only got three things to show you because… well, I only have three favourites. Simple as that I suppose! :)

1. Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Powder (Teint Beige 02) My Meteorites seem to hibernate during the summer and come out towards what people in the West experience as “fall.” We don’t get that over here, but it is getting a little bit cooler now (thank goodness) and I love the extra glow that Meteorites provide. I use this brushed very lightly all over my face and I swear it makes me look like I’ve been airbrushed. It’s soft and natural and just using the product is a luxurious experience in itself. The tin is exquisite, the multicoloured pastel pearls smell of jasmine, and they sort of jiggle around softly when I swirl a brush into them… the powder kicks up a bit and you can see the shimmery bits (which never translate badly onto the skin)… ahh, what a lush product. Eyeing a pressed compact version for my next splurge. Either that or another eyeshadow palette! I love me some Guerlain.

2. Shu Uemura Mini Gloss Unlimited Lip Duo set

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Guerlain Les Ombres Turandot

Guerlain’s Holiday collection really called out to me this year. Here’s the official writeup released by Gerlain which gives an idea of the feel/look they were going for. I think they captured it perfectly.

 This year’s beautiful holiday collection celebrates Guerlain’s 1929 classic fragrance: Liu. Inspired by the heroine of Puccini’s great opera, Turandot, Jacques Guerlain composed this captivating fragrance that embodies the power of devotion. In the story, Liu is a young slave who chooses to commit suicide rather than reveal the name of her master with whom she is in love. Guerlain Creative Director, Olivier Echaudemaison, captures Liu’s passion with a limited edition make-up collection, paying tribute to the Asian heroine’s enchanting femininity and sense of detail. Golden hues, deep red lips, and tapered eyes capture the opulence of the Orient, allowing every woman to become a heroine this holiday season.

After reading about it on Temptalia and seeing the individual reviews of the products in the collection, I knew I had to get one of the items. The calligraphy eye and lip palette was definitely the star of the collection and it even received a rating of A+ on Temptalia, but when Christine (of Temptalia) said that she decided to wear the four-shadow palette “Turandot” on her wedding day, I knew I had to have it. I also have a problem with cream and eye products sharing space in one palette, so while the packaging and the swatches for the calligraphy palette were amazing, I knew it wouldn’t find a place on my dressing table. I still highly recommend it, though, so do check it out before the season is over. :)

I picked up my Turandot palette at the airport Duty Free shops right before leaving Bangkok earlier this month. It came out to 1800.00 Baht (roughly 2340.00 pesos) while in department stores this was going for 2400.00 Baht. I saved quite a bit and considering that I wasn’t even sure they would have Guerlain at the airport, I was very happy with myself for being so patient when I am usually incredibly impulsive. Yay. :)

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Beautiful Bottles

I was looking through recently because my boyfriend is headed to Singapore within the month, and since we don’t have a Sephora over here, I’ll need to send a “short” list of things for him to (pretty please) buy for me. I wasn’t really supposed to be looking through the frangrances, but one of their little advertisements caught my eye and I found myself scrolling through the pretty bottles, ooh-ing and aah-ing as I went. Shopping for a scent online is not a smart thing to do if you’ve never tested it out before, so I was content with looking at the pretty packaging instead. For example:

Balenciaga Paris

Balenciaga’s lovely Parfum. I have actually had the chance to smell this in a store before and I remember thinking it was pleasant. Very light, inoffensive, and quite young. I also thought it could be a unisex fragrance, though I’m not too sure if that was the brand’s intention. But on to the bottle! I saw this for the very first time (different from the time I was able to test it) in Balenciaga’s New York store. It was on a pedestal sitting  in the middle of some bags and clothes displays, and I couldn’t help but think that it complimented Balenciaga’s aesthetic perfectly. The packaging wasn’t a literal translation of their signature handbag design (can you imagine a leather-esque spray bottle with Balenciaga studs on it?) and yet it just fit the brand. If I’m not making any sense, I’m happy to leave it at this: I find the bottle to be pretty but not too sweet. On a side note, the cover can sometimes look like a football. Hmm. Still like it! haha

To see other pretty fragrance bottles, read on!

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