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Monday, June 23, 2014

Laura Mercier Four Steps to Flawless Face: High Coverage Concealer

When achieving flawless, perfect skin comes to mind, one of the first brands that pop into mind has got to be Laura Mercier!

I first heard of Laura Mercier many years ago, because their Tinted Moisturizer was so so highly raved by some of my friends! I remember that Laura Mercier had just arrived on our shores back then, and I dragged Evonne to a Sephora outlet (We went to the one at Dhoby Ghaut!) because I wanted to purchase that famous Tinted Moisturizer!

That's when I took a proper look at Laura Mercier and realised that they have such an extensive range of award-winning products, and also found out about Laura Mercier's well-known four step application to a flawless face, which I'll be sharing more about today!

Laura Mercier isn't just available at Sephora: they now have their own counters at Robinsons Orchard, Takashimaya and TANGS Orchard!

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“What makes you unique, makes you beautiful.” 
— Laura Mercier 

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Laura Mercier is a prestige global beauty brand that empowers each woman to express and embrace her individual beauty. Innovative makeup, skincare, body, bath and fragrance products combine with creative makeup artist application techniques to enhance the flawless face and inspire confidence.

(Yes, Laura Mercier even has body and bath products, which was a pleasant surprise to me! Very attuned to the French roots of its brand, because Laura Mercier herself was raised in Provence.)

In preparation of this post, I visited Laura Mercier's counter at TANGS Orchard to get more acquainted with this well-known brand, as well as to test my shades for their different products, which is an important step that many of us tend to rush through. Always seek help from the professional staff and make-up artists to help you with shade selection, girls!

The four step application to a flawless face: What is it all about?

Before photo-retouching was even in the picture, Laura Mercier has already invented a revolutionary 4 step makeup application routine to make the skin look perfect – a flawless face!


I had Laura Mercier Make Up Artist Justina perform the four step application on myself and I was really wow-ed by the results!




Absolutely no re-touching in this photo: Look at how radiant and perfect my skin looks! I was really amazed.

My flawless makeup lasted all day and looked just as good many hours later, which was incredible! Thank you Justina!


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Four Steps for a Flawless Face with Laura Mercier
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So right now, I'm going to bring you through the four easy steps for a flawless face with Laura Mercier! This is to give you a fresh canvas for any makeup look you need to achieve, be it just a simple day look with light makeup, or even a more dramatic look for the night!

There are a wide range of different Laura Mercier products to choose from, and these are my picks for a natural, "like-skin-but-better" look with Laura Mercier!

STEP 1 – PRIME THE SKIN 
Laura’s invention, Foundation Primer, creates the perfect canvas for makeup application by evening skin’s surface.

As one of the first brands to introduce foundation primers to the beauty world, this is an important Laura Mercier step. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer not only ensures that makeup goes on smoothly and stays fresh, “it also forms a barrier between your skincare and makeup, promoting their integrity,” says Tayaba Jafri, International Director of Artistry and Promotions for Laura Mercier.

What I like about Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer (Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen/PA+++) is that they feel so hydrating and light-weight: unlike any of the primers that I've previously experienced. It even comes enriched with sun protection properties and other vitamins that help to condition your skin!

STEP 2 – APPLY FOUNDATION 
Laura believes makeup should look as natural as possible which is why she created a luxurious collection of Foundations and Tinted Moisturizers in a rich range of shades and finishes.

Most people think about heavy, pigmented formulas when the word "Foundation" comes to mind, but if you have relatively clear skin, all you need to achieve a flawless look is Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer, which is a light-weight, layer-friendly formula that really looks like nothing on the skin!

I picked the Illuminating formula because it has micronised pearls to add instant brightness and luminosity while minimising the appearance of imperfections. It gives me a youthful and radiant finish and contains ingredients to moisturise and protect my skin at the same time. I love that dewy look!




STEP 3 – APPLY CONCEALER 
Laura’s Revolutionary, highly pigmented camouflage and concealer totally hide under-eye circles, discolorations, blemishes, scars, imperfections.

In the entire four step application, this has got to be the most important step for me because I have really terrible dark eye circles and puffy eyes.. I can't step out of the house without concealing my under eyes because I would look like a walking zombie! :(

I'm always on the look-out for good concealers, and the new Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye has made it to the top of my favourites list, it is seriously heavy duty and with just a tiny bit, I'm able to cover up those horrible panda eyes of mine! D: Amazing!


STEP 4 – SET WITH POWDER 
Setting Powder is the key to perfectly finished and long-lasting makeup. Contains little pigment, so there’s never any caking or discoloration of makeup.

Last but not least, this is an extremely important step in hot, humid Singapore. I like to finish off with Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder because it is so finely-milled and doesn't look cakey at all! The Secret Brightening Powder is also a favourite: I just use it on my under eye area and I find that my concealer stays on longer and doesn't slide off during the day.


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High Coverage Concealer For Under Eye
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I can't help but to rave about this new product: High Coverage Concealer For Under Eye! If you have issues with dark eye rings like mine, you have to give this a try.

The product comes in a small tube of 8ml, but all you need is literally one pin drop, and it's so pigmented that it will be able to help conceal those nasty dark eye rings! There are twelve shades available too, so you'll find a shade that matches you regardless of your skin tone :)

High Coverage Concealer For Under Eye's texture is pretty amazing too. Although highly pigmented, it doesn't feel cakey or chalky at all, but blends beautifully into the skin and builds up flawlessly! Just a little bit goes a long way and lasts all day!

KEY CLAIMS

Highly pigmented for superb coverage
Honey nourishes and calms skin
Vitamin E to protect against environmental stressors
Essential Fatty Acids condition skin
Malic (Fruit Acid) for skin smoothing
Perfect for all skin types, even sensitive.
Fragrance-free, Oil-free
Dermatologist-tested
Ophthalmologist-tested; safe for contact lens wearers

I use the Secret Camouflage brush to dab on with a feather-light stroke, or you can use your finger in a patting motion as well. All these pictures are 100% un-touched up and you can see my dark eye rings, they are really serious!

After concealing just my right under eye (that's to your left).. Look at the immediate effect! My right eye instantly looks brighter and so much better!

Other than the High Coverage Concealer, Laura Mercier has got a few other concealers too: Secret Camouflage, Secret Concealer, and Secret Brightener!

Both Secret Concealer and High Coverage Concealer are for the eye area only, while Secret Camouflage is meant for concealing discolorations, imperfections and redness on your face!

Although both Secret Concealer and High Coverage Concealer are meant for the eye area, they are two very different concealers for varying needs!

Secret Concealer is a moisture-rich concealer designed specifically for under and around the eye area to conceal discolorations and dark circles without settling into fine lines and wrinkles.

High Coverage Concealer is a three-in-one, highly pigmented concealer designed to cover, de-puff, and brighten dark under eye circles.

As you can tell from the swatch above, Secret Concealer has a very emollient and moisturising finish, while High Coverage Concealer is of a drier consistency that is much more pigmented.

If you have dark under eye circles like me and don't have issues with wrinkles and fine lines, High Coverage concealer will work wonderfully! It's so extremely pigmented that just a tiny bit helps to conceal my dark eye circles.

However, if you have dry skin and wrinkles or fine lines around your eyes, I would recommend the Secret Concealer instead because it glides on like a dream without settling into fine lines or looking cakey! 

When it comes to concealing blemishes, spots or redness, Secret Camouflage concealer is one of Laura Mercier's star products!

Secret Camouflage helps to conceal discolorations, imperfections and redness with Laura's iconic concealer and is oil free and long wearing. The most unique part about this concealer is that it comes in two tones that allows you to customize the colour to meet your needs!

I hate it when my concealer colour doesn't match my skin tone, and with Secret Camouflage, I don't have to worry about that anymore! Also, depending on what you're concealing (redness, or a dark spot), it is necessary sometimes to go slightly lighter or darker, so a one-shade concealer may not be good enough.

With Secret Camouflage, you can mix the two shades together to get that customised tone perfect for concealing that blemish/spot! :) Here's the entire range of shades that I was able to mix from the Secret Camouflage palette, from the darker shade (left) to the lighter shade (right).


Firstly, I use the Secret Camouflage brush to mix and pick up the shade..

Before gently patting the concealer on to and around my blemish: be sure not to over-do it with too much concealer because it will just look unnatural! Also remember to set it with some translucent setting powder so that the concealer lasts longer!

Let's not forget about the Secret Brightener!

This is a color corrector that instantly opens the eye area and brightens any portion of the face while smoothing the skin for a youthful appearance! You should use it before your concealer for optimal coverage ;)

 It comes with a handy brush tip and I like it best for highlighting under my eyes and on the top of my cheeks for more definition!

The light-reflecting particles helps to brighten and illuminate your skin!

Simply use the brush applicator to swipe on the areas that you wish to highlight, then gently pat and blend it with your fingers!

And this is my natural look with Laura Mercier's four step application for a flawless face: I didn't even bother with eyeliner or anything else already! I absolutely love the flawless looking finish which doesn't look like my skin is smothered in make-up! All thanks to Laura Mercier's amazing range of products!


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Makeup Master Class with Global Artist Alexandre Ciancio
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Some of us lucky ones got to experience a workshop with Laura Mercier's Global Artist, Alexandre Ciancio, who has many years of expertise with makeup and Laura Mercier!








With Alexandre, who was so generous with his sharing of tips and tricks! Thank you!

Alexandre demonstrated the use of the High Coverage Concealer as well, and we even requested for him to try concealing the reddish ba guan marks on Jessica's arm, and it worked amazingly!


Last shot with my fellow girlfriend bloggers, Evonne and the two Jessicas, hehe.

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I hope I've got you all excited about the four step application for a flawless face, as well as my favourite High Coverage Concealer!

Especially for you ladies, head down to any Laura Mercier counters (Robinsons Orchard, Takashimaya, TANGS Orchard) to try the latest High Coverage Concealer and receive a 5 day trial size Flawless Face sample after a short consultation if you mention “YINAGOH”! 

Also, stand a chance to win a Laura Mercier Hamper worth up to $400 when you share your consultation experience on Laura Mercier Facebook page!


Laura Mercier counters is available at Robinsons Orchard, Takashimaya, TANGS Orchard and all Sephora stores.

Redemption starts from today until 15 Jul (Tue). One redemption per customer. Limited to first 50 customers only.

Facebook contest closes on 15 Jul (Tue). Applicable for Singapore addresses only.

-​Hashtag for Instagram: #lauramercier #lauramerciersg


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Really, go on down to a Laura Mercier counter to try their concealers, I promise you you'll love them as much as I do! :)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Erabelle: My experience with Erabrowlogy

If you remember, I blogged about Erabelle's signature Erabrowlogy earlier this year, and I was so impressed with it! I've mentioned before dozens of times just how anal I am about eyebrows, and I was psyched to have Erabrowlogy done on my brows to give me that perfect natural looking brow shape!


Visited Erabelle at their roadshow (it was at Wisma Atria) and yes, you can get Erabrowlogy done at their roadshows too! So excited to give my brows a makeover with Erabrowlogy!



Here's a couple pictures of my "before" brows.. As you can see, my brows are quite neat, but are a little sparse and undefined.

Erabelle's EraBrowlogy is the latest brow treatment launched in Erabelle, which is a holistic eyebrow embroidery treatment to give beautiful and natural-looking brows that frame the face with enhanced colour retention! It is a semi-permanent color service for the eyebrows, which will lend colour and depth to pale, faded or naturally sparse brows and can correct the shape and colour of poorly-tattooed eyebrows that downplay one’s attractiveness.

The effect will last 2-3 years with the full course of treatment and proper care.

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Step 1: Brow Preparation
A brow mask will be applied onto the brow area that removes dead skin cells and excess sebum, whilst hydrating the skin. This is especially advantageous for those with oily or dry skin, as unhealthy skin condition is one of the factors contributing to colour retention.


We first started with a brow mask that prepares your brows for the Erabrowlogy treatment!

The brow mask is left on for a few minutes before the next step: Erabrow Design!

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Step 2: Erabrow Design


Customisation design process includes face shape and eyebrow analysis, designing, trimming and tweezing. Creation of the perfect arch will then be done with Erabelle Long-Lasting Brow Pencil where shade is chosen accordingly to suit skin tone and hair colour.


This step took the longest time for me because I wanted to ensure that the brow shape was what I wanted. After all, the results will last for a good few months before my next touch up, and I didn't want to have a brow shape that I'm not satisfied with.

After some discussion with my brow therapist and some modification and editing, I was finally happy with the drawn brow shape and was ready to have the actual procedure done!

As my face shape is long and oval.. Straight and slightly arched brows suit me best!
Of course.. the more Korean the better. I love Korean brows! :D I was advised not to go toooooo thick though as brows that are too thick might overwhelm my features!


I thought that this shape was really good, it complemented my features well, and the slight arch helped to make me look sharper and framed my eyes better.

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Step 3: Patch Test
Patch test is done before procedure to test for any allergy to the certified colour pigment used.

Another important procedure before proceeding to the actual treatment, to ensure that your skin will not react to the colour pigment used! Not to be worried, as all colours exceed the safety standards of European Cosmetic Directive and/or are approved by FDA (Germany).

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Step 4: Preparation of Equipment
Once the patch test is done and it is safe to carry on, the equipment is prepared! New Micropen tips and colour cups are used for every customer to ensure that strict hygiene standards are observed.


And so.. the actual Erabrowlogy treatment began!

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Step 5: Application of Colour


The Softstroke technique used coupled with topical numbing cream and micropen seeks to induce an experience of minimal discomfort. In addition, photos will be taken pre- and post- treatment to monitor the results.


To be honest, I was a little apprehensive about it because some people say that eyebrow embroidery can be painful! However, with the numbing cream applied, I really didn't feel much except a mild stinging sensation during the process of Erabrowlogy.



Right after Erabrowlogy: what my right brow looked like! What I like is that the end product really looks very natural and not like a solid block of colour/shape like some really fail eyebrow embroidery cases that I've seen out there :X



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Post-Erabrowlogy: I'm really in love with the brow shape!

What also surprised me was how natural the brows looked straight away after the session, I was expecting to look like Crayon Shin Chan but my brows actually still looked pretty normal, just slightly darker than usual! Of course, the brows will fade to a lighter tone after a few days, so if you want really strong brows, don't be afraid to let the brow therapist know that you want darker brows!


I super love how the new brow shape accentuates my face shape and defines my features so much more. I feel like I look more alert and more polished instantly!

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EraBrowlogy treatment features:

Natural Results
Natural and subtle semi-permanent makeup that is smudge-free

Tailored Designing
Each look exclusively tailored to enhance your natural features. All artists undergo rigorous training to understand the dynamics of how to enhance the harmony of facial features through the right eyebrow shape, well-drawn eyeliner and well-defined lips.

Enhanced Numbing
Stronger numbing effect that makes the procedure more comfortable

Softstroke Technique
Gentle on skin

Safety First
Certified-safe colours, anti back-flow mechanism and strict hygiene procedures

High Technology
Using European Micropen provides minimal discomfort to skin, yet natural results

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With Erabrowlogy done, I can now save a step in my makeup routine too, because I won't have to spend time meticulously drawing in my brows, which is something I used to do every day! I am really enjoying the defined and beautiful new brows and have received so many compliments on my brows!

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Bet you didn't know that YZ is as vain as a woman too.. I brought him down to get his brows shaped and designed at Erabelle too, as his brows are asymmetrical, a lil sparse and bushy looking! I usually help him trim his brows and keep them in shape, but after he saw my Erabrowlogy results, he now wants to do Erabrowlogy too! Lol.

YZ's before Erabrow Design.




And after!!
YZ was really pleased with his newly-designed eyebrows! :D

In fact, I'm gonna be bringing YZ down to Erabelle's roadshow at Vivocity this week (10 June - 15 June 2014) to get his Erabrowlogy done!! He's extremely excited about it haha.

A shot with my therapist, Candy from Bedok Point! Thank you for the amazing job, Candy!

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The prices for Erabrowlogy​​​​​ are as below:

Erabrowlogy
60mins/session​: $1,314
Consists of 4 colour services, with pre-treatments and Browlogy Care kits.

As a general guide:
1st colour service (6 – 8 weeks) 
2nd colour service (6 – 8 months) 
3rd colour service (6 – 8 months) 
4th colour service

Erabrowlogy Redesign and Intensive Change​ 
(for those who wish to correct their brow shape and/or colour from their previous brow job)
60mins/session​: $1,690.60
Consists of 5 colour services, with pre-treatments and Browlogy Care kits. 

*additional surcharge of $214 applies for Master Artist request
*prices are inclusive of GST



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Especially for all my readers, quote "Yina" at any Singapore Erabelle store to be entitled 10% off your first Erabrowlogy package! ^.^

Terms and Conditions:
- For first time customers only 
- Not valid for Erabrowlogy Express and touch-up packages
-Prior appointment required
- Promotion stands til 30th November 2014

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You can find Erabelle in the following locations:

Erabelle

Bugis Junction #02-05​
Tel: 6883 1151

Bedok Point #03-27​
Tel: 6753 2322 

Erabelle Prestige

Orchard VisionCrest #01-06 to 11​
Tel: 6836 8388

Vivocity #02-01/02​
Tel: 6376 8336

Kuala Lumpur The Gardens Mall FF-227, 4th Floor
Tel: +603 2282 8889

Erabelle is also on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/ErabelleSG


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