Monday, February 17, 2014 :: The VDL Makeover Experience
A little background on VDL if you have not heard of them by now! VDL is an international cosmetics brand founded in 2012 by The Color Lab of LG Household & Health Care. VDL, which stands for Violet Dream Luminous, is dedicated to young women who actively seek out and realize their dreams and desires. VDL seeks to create a vivid and sensuous makeup universe through vast, vibrant colors, delicate textures, unique scents and constantly brings in new colors, technology and experience to their customers.
The Festival Lipsticks which are highly pigmented and have great color payoffs. I could not resist the pretty colors (haha!) and bagged home one of these lipsticks in the pretty orangey shade (forth from the left). I was choosing between the gorgeous pink shades and the orangey ones but chose the latter because I have tons of pink lipsticks!
Now, onto the VDL personalized makeover with Priscilla, the retail manager who is a really pretty makeup artist as well! So I arrived in town with no makeup on, looking really haggard and tired from the morning rush at work.
The award-winning Lumilayer Primer is a violet pigmented primer that combines red and blue color to create a clear, radiant and bright skin. It is perfect for a clean healthy glow and is suitable for all skin types. Here’s a tip! You can also mix this primer with a foundation at 1:1 ratio ;) My skin was definitely less dull and not as tired looking after application of Lumilayer Primer. It is comparable to a higher-end primer I use from Guerlain. I have to say it is definitely worth the tag at $36 for a 30ml bottle. This Primer is also able to create a 3D face line by interacting with light at reflecting them at the different angles of the face. This is also one of the products I brought home! How can I not!? It was sold out island-wide previously! ;) I love this product so much I would be bringing it with me for my trip.
So Priscilla also added in Satin Veil Primer by applying it only on my T-zone areas to reduce shine and control sebum. The Satin Veil Primer gave a matte finishing while still leaving the subtle radiance to glow through the matte look. It leaves me with a silky smooth skin thanks to the soft veil polymer which meticulously fills in the bumps and lines around my T-zone to create seamless smooth soft skin.
Onto the foundation, Priscilla used the Perfecting Last Foundation with an SPF of 25PA+++ for me. I like that it is an ultra-high definition foundation that creates long lasting makeup with perfect coverage and settling without any darkening. The foundation lasted me through the day and to another event later in the night without much oxidation.
This photo is taken AFTER application of Lumilayer Primer and Satin Veil Primer but BEFORE foundation and concealer. Look at how clear and radiant my skin is with a subtle glow compared to my neck (which has no products laden on it).
After foundation and concealer, the next step was application of VDL Locking Pressed Powder in SPF 30++. It is a translucent clear powder that creates a clean and perfect complexion with a neo pen puff that enables smooth application without any clumping. It comes in 4 colors but the one I am using is in lilac.
Have you come across such pen puffs for loose powder? Not me though. I like how it enables light application of the powder without the loose powder clumping in one area. It is easy to glide on and the result is velvety skin that looks natural and matte.
Photo is taken AFTER foundation, concealer and locking pressed powder. Thanks to the Brightening Tone Concealer (featured above with the Locking Pressed Powder), it corrects the dark colors around my eyes and covers my skin flaws especially the redness at the sides of my nose.
The brow was then constructed using the Expert Brow Contour Kit and Festival Browcara (brow mascara). Love the brow mascara so much I just have to get one for myself!
I find it interesting how VDL give names to their products. The blushers are named with an action, the eyeshadow in a place and the lipstick is the name of a man. So what is used on me is “A BACK HUG, IN CLUB E, WITH ASTON” hehe.
Geez…hi Aston :p
I have a newfound love for oven baked eyeshadows! The one seen on the left in hues of purple is the Festival Mineral Eyes eyeshadow. It is oven-baked with multi-dimensional visual opal pearls that can fit into any uneve skin surfaces and provide long lasting adherence while reacting with light to create radiance on the eye lids. Additionally, one thing I learnt is by baking the eye shadow, it boosts the glossiness and reduces the heaviness of eye shadow so the colour can be built on for a night look by simply layering and blending! It comes in 8 colors and the one I have chosen is in purple! Brought this home as well and I can’t wait to use it on one of the VGY shoots ;)
For the eyes, Priscilla used The BOMB Eye Bomb Tip Liner and Eye Bomb Mascara. Considering my eyes are watery at times, it is amazing how the eyeliner stayed all day long with natural matte look. There are some waterproof/long lasting eye liners in the market that gives a plastic-look finishing which I find really spoil the look for the eyes.As I have lash extensions on my upper lash, mascara was applied on my bottom lashes instead. I will let the finishing photos speak for itself how the mascara boosted the look of my sparse bottom lashes.
The precision and flexible nip tip that can accurately draw in-between lashes enabling a clean eye line.
And the makeup is completed!
See what I said about the Festival Mineral Blusher? It gives a naturally radiant flush to the cheeks because it has both the blusher and highlighter! Now you see why I have to go back and buy it the second time? ;P
From left to right, Festival Eye Primer, Festival Mineral Eyes in 301 Club E, Festival Eyeshadow 604 Sun Kiss, Festival Mineral Blusher 602 Back Hug, Festival Mineral Blusher 301 Last Date, Festival Mineral Blusher 201 Guess What.
Bottom from left: Festival Lovemark Lipstick 601 Ashton, Ready Action Lip Balm 601, Festival Lipgloss Satin603, Salmonade, and Festival Gel Liner Auto 101 Cosmic Flower.
Thank you Priscilla for being so friendly, knowledgeable and informative! Simply adore the makeover you personalized for me! Love sessions like this because I get to learn so many tips from the MUAs! :)
The VDL Blossom Collection
Release date: 24 Feb 2014Just a sneakkkkk peekkkkk because these products are not yet out in the market (yet many customers have been calling in to check on the releases!). I am eyeing the lipsticks!! My deep passion for lipsticks go really far haha! Tried on the lipsticks and the colour payoff is woah, intense, and it feels like velvet to the touch. The color on the lips is as true as the color you are seeing now from this photo. And I like how innovative the lipstick shape is! The 4 edges can be used to create the perfect cupid’s bow and the perfect sharp and clean corners of the lip! Gahhhh I NEED THIS!
Also a sucker for earthy tones, I am eyeing this Expert Colour for Eyes in Nude Rush. This is VDL’s first eyeshadow palette release as well so I am excited for its release! Swatched the colours and I like how intense and pigmented the colours are on the skin and it gives a dewy and shimmering look. Gahhhhh one can never have too many earth tones eyeshadows!
Tricia x VDL GiveawayWant to win VDL’s signature product, Lumilayer Primer? You really need to try this product out because I love how it makes me look and how lasting it is on my face throughout the day! Just tell me why do you want to win! As easy as that! ;)
Simply leave a comment with your name, email and contact number! I will choose FIVE lucky winners on 21 February 2014!
Please note collection of prizes is only available at Suntec City Mall.
Contest is open to readers residing in Singapore only.*
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 :: Pet Expo 2014
The PetExpo is Singapore’s largest PET-ducational Fair held yearly and this year, this highly anticipated event amongst pets lovers will be held from 28 February to 2 March 2014 at Singapore Expo! You can look forward to a myriad of pet products and services, educational material and social activities focused on pets and their well-being!By working with the various local animal welfare organisations to promote pet well-being and pet adoption, the three-day show will feature a series of activities supporting these causes and they include:
Pet Food Donation Drive,
and Adoption Parade
More information can be found here: www.petexpo.sg/campaignsProgramme Schedule for the 3 days can be found here: http://www.petexpo.sg/programme_schedule
A few programmes I look forward to during the Pet Expo 2014 is the “Adoption Parade” held by AVA (Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore), Cutest Small Animal Contest, Meet the Stars (like Bobo who is Singapore’s first skateboarding bulldog) amongst many other exciting activities!
Bobo. Psst, don’t think Mr Grumpy Face can’t skate ok? He is a fireball on wheels~
Adding on to the festivities, Pet Expo 2014 will also be organising the LARGEST Golden Retriever Gathering, and they are aiming to break the Singapore Book of Records! If you own a Golden Retriever, please do bring your big furry friend out to socialize and be part of leaving a name in the history book! ;)
More information here: http://www.petexpo.sg/amber_golden_retriever
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For owners who are avid learners like myself (teehee), we can gain invaluable practical experience by participating in the hands-on courses at Pet Expo. Courses include basic grooming for dog, cat and rabbit; agility and Frisbee training for dogs; as well as managing your dog’s behavioural issues. Hmm well….for the life of Tintin, she suck at playing Frisbee so I will just stick to courses like dog’s behavioural management workshop. It is really affordable for this workshop at only $28 (usual price: $100)!
Some topics covered in this workshop are pretty interesting IMO like “What does a dog really wants? In the Dog’s point of view”. Cool isn’t it? Imagine you can step into the world of your furry friend and know what they are thinking; kinda’ like being a dog-whisperer! The duration of the course is 90 mins long facilitated by private consultant, Lucas Bong from Smart Doggy Academy and PETAS represent
More information about this course I have highlighted here: http://www.petexpo.sg/courses/dog_behavioural_management
Here comes the essential information:Show dates: 28 Feb – 2 Mar 2014Show venue: Singapore Expo, Hall 6AShow opening hours: 10.30am to 9.00pm dailyAdmission fee: $3 per adult / $6 per adult for 3-day pass
Hope to catch you there! Tintin and I will definitely be marking our territories at this popular event! ;)