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Christmas came early this year for me, thanks to Sephora!

Kat Von D only came to Singapore April this year and I have heard nothing but raves for this brand. So I’m pretty excited to be able to get my hands on some of them!

This haul, I’ve got:

  • Shade + Light Contour Palette
  • Shade + Light Contour Brush
  • Lock-It Foundation in Medium 53 Warm

With all just face products, I’m determined this time to achieve a flawless sculpted look suitable for both day and night. I gave myself some time to try the products out and here’s my thoughts on them.

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SHADE + LIGHT CONTOUR PALETTE S$73

“Expert sketch artist Kat Von D uses shadows and light to create depth and dimension in her captivating portraits. Take artistry shading into your own hands with the Shade + Light Contour Palette, an exclusive set of three contouring and three highlighting shades to sculpt, chisel and shape your face. Unlike traditional bronzing powders, this palette is loaded with a unique selection of matte shades that capture the true hues of shadows and light. These silky, buildable powders blend flawlessly into the skin, won’t fade throughout and the day and flatter every skin tone and face shape.” – Sephora Singapore

The rule here is to darken the shadows and highlight the places where the light touches. This way, the face will be more contoured and defined.

But not everyone contours right?

Even if I do, it’s not for the everyday girl!

Well, guess what?

Everyone is able to contour on a daily basis. And it doesn’t even take that much time!

With Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour Palette, the powders are pigmented yet easily blendable. Which makes it simple and effortless for anyone to be able to rock the sculpted look everyday! They are also very buildable so always start with a light hand and slowly add on if needed.

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The palette itself is pretty sturdy and has the words “Shade + Light” embossed at the top. I’m glad to say that the packaging isn’t filmsy at all and is in fact, very well made.

The products are safely housed within the palette and is accompanied with a decent size mirror. I also like how they used magnets so there’s no unsightly latches which would have ruined the sleek design of the palette.

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The shadows wears well on my skin and can still be seen at the end of the day. For my skin tone, I mostly used Shadowplay during the day and Subconscious at night to contour.

The colour doesn’t look muddy or orange and if none of the individual colours suit you, you can always mix them to achieve your perfect shade.

However, I used the light shades to set my concealer under my eyes instead of highlighting. But that’s just my preference. Because these shadows are matte, I felt it’s not highlighting my flat features enough. What can I say? I love shimmering highlights!

But, do I still love it?

Yes, I do!

If you want a contour palette and is considering if this is the right one for you, I would recommend this regardless if you are a professional or just a beginner. The shadows are of great quality and is pretty forgiving.

TIP! You can even use the shades as eyeshadows!

miss-rusty-kat-von-d-sephora-review-shade-light-contour-palette-swatchesFrom Left to Right: Lucid, Lyric, Levitation, Sombre, Shadowplay, Subsconcious

Along the palette also comes an illustrated tutorial insert which shows you 3 different ways to fully utilise the product for a well defined face.

First, the card teaches you how to achieve higher cheekbones. (You perhaps would have to do the fishy face for this one!)

Next step is to define your jawline for a slimmer face. Now who doesn’t want a V-shaped face, right?

Lastly, it’s the nose. This technique that the card teaches you would have you rock a slimmer and higher nose bridge!

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SHADE + CONTOUR BRUSH S$58

“Experience the transformative power of contouring with this advanced multipurpose brush. Specially designed by Kat Von D to be paired with the Shade + Light Contour Palette, this brush’s powerful two-in-one design combines the density of a contouring brush with the tapered accuracy of a highlighting brush to deliver ultimate precision and versatility. Glide the angled end along the hollows of your cheeks and temples for effortless sculpting; guide the tapered domed end along desired areas to enhance and illuminate features. Artfully constructed with super soft, white-tipped synthetic bristles on both ends, its gradient brush hairs expertly pick up and diffuse high-pigment powders for seamless blending. This ultimate contouring tool comes encased within a beautiful coffin-shaped case to keep it protected on the go.” – Sephora Singapore

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I cannot get over how the brush comes protected in a pretty plastic case! It may not be of super good quality, but it’s already a bonus to me to be able to store the brush, protected from all the dust.

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The bristles are so soft and I like how it’s dual ended that served both purpose of shading and highlighting, making the process a breeze!

Using the angled bristles for contouring, the size is just nice to focus the shadows in the contours, creating a natural yet well defined look.

For highlighting, I used the tapered bristles and its light touch accentuates the facial features like my nose bridge.

It’s a perfect combo pairing with Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour Palette. It distributes the shadows evenly and doesn’t poke at my skin. It may seem pretty pricey just for a brush, but to me, it’s worth every cent.

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LOCK-IT FOUNDATION IN MEDIUM 53 WARM S$56

“Kat Von D created this foundation to provide exceptional coverage without compromising a smooth, striking finish. The powerful high-pigment formula matches a broad range of skintones with bold, full coverage. A combination of raw materials and the best siliconic elastomers and siliconic esters provide 24-hour wear with transfer resistance. Natural polymers absorb oil for a matte, soft finish, and the added emollients provide a velvety texture for perfectly-smooth, hydrated skin.” – Sephora Singapore

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How gorgeous is the bottle? I love how good it feels in my hands and especially love the airless chamber that prevents any contamination.

The pump also dispenses just the right amount so I don’t have to waste any of the foundation.

Another benefit to note is that the product is paraben-free, sulfate-free and phthalate-free!

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How I would describe this foundation is that it has more of a thicker consistency. However, it spreads easily and blends well. But, you have to work really fast for this.

Thus, I divide my face is 7 different sections and slowly work my around. Bottom half of my right cheek, top half of my right cheek, same for my left cheek, forehead, nose and chin.

It dries up really quickly so speed is important. Once applied, the foundation dries to a matte finish and gives the skin a flawless polished look.

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Just a glimpse of how all the above products look like on my face.

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Interested to give the products a go?

Shop Kat Von D here!

[Products were sponsored for my honest review. I’m not affiliated with the company.]

Love,

Miss Rusty

 

 

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MY JOURNEY WITH HEADLINES HAIRDRESSING

My hair has been very well taken care of for the past 2 and a half years. Charles from Headlines Hairdressing has been nothing but a great help. Even with frizzy problematic hair, he has always been patient and has advised the best solutions to help.

He has solved my problems with frizziness, hair loss and even curbed my curious appetite for wild colours.

Have a certain style you want to achieve? Find him!

Not sure what to rock next? Find him!

Stuck with chronic problems like loss of hair? Find him!

Regardless of what you may face. With Charles, I’m sure you will be in good hands.

GET A ‘HAIR’ LIFT

What my hair needed is basically divided into 2 sections:

1. Getting rid of frizziness

2. Colouring

I have written a few posts touching on both areas previously. So if you’re interested, click on each thumbnail above to be directed to the respective posts!

GET RID OF FRIZZINESS – MUCOTA DYNA ARGAN OIL TREATMENT

After being introduced to Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Treatment, I doubt I will ever go back. Living as a frizzy-haired girl can be stressful; I used to straighten my hair every morning!

That’s 15 minutes spent just on my hair (if I’m quick!) daily. Which makes up to 105 minutes per week. Hmm, let me calculate for a second… That’s 5,040 minutes per year!

84 hours per year is wasted on straightening my hair.

Don’t you agree that there’s so much more things to do for 84 hours other than straightening hair?

Which brings me back to my point. Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Treatment. A treatment that not only treats your hair, but also straightens it (or curl it, if that’s your jam!). Are you sure? That’s always the question I get whenever I speak about Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Treatment to someone.

And yes, yes I’m sure!

We are so used to the fact that straightening our hair is BAD, that when a good product exists that not only straightens hair, but treats it, we become skeptical. And I’m not blaming you. I was too!

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But after experiencing it for about 2 and a half years now, I have full trust towards Dyna. Not only do I not have to deal with frizzy hair problems, my hair is significantly softer and more tamed.

miss-rusty-mucota-argan-oil-treatment-afterAlso, I love how I don’t have to commit to a certain hair parting. So hair isn’t always weighed down and become limp and flat. Whenever I feel that my hair needs a boost, I flip it to the other side and VOILA! Awesome “Curry-Puff” hair makes me feel and look fresh!

COLOURING

Colouring is equally important as well. Just take a look at this.

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Are you cringing at the 2 tone hair colour yet? I do know that gradient hair is in trend right now. But not 2 tone!

What Charles has used on me is L’Oreal Matrix Wonderlight.

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This colour dye uses Lipid-Lift™ Technology that help to nourish and protect hair while lifting. No wonder my hair feels light, soft even after colouring!

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FANCY A HAIR MAKEOVER?

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Hair Stylist: Charles

Quote “MISS RUSTY” to get 10%-30% off all services*. Discount depends on type of services. To know how much discount applies to each service, contact Charles.

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Brows – You wouldn’t think that it makes a difference but it really does. People always say that the eyes are the windows to your soul and that the eyes are really what makes a look put together. But to me, the brows make the biggest difference!

Don’t believe me? Go google “no brows faces” and you’ll see how important brows are!

In fact, why don’t I show you some pictures of me without brows? Aren’t they just horrendous? I just cannot imagine myself without brows. I look so weird!

Miss Rusty Beauty Recipe 6D Eyebrow Embroidery No Brows

So now that we have concluded the importance of brows, let me bring you to Beauty Recipe. Located in Marine Parade just beside Parkway Parade, I had the luxury to try out their latest Korean 6D Nano Eyebrow Embroidery and I love it!

There are 2 locations to choose from, Marine Parade Central and Jurong East, and I chose Marine Parade since I live nearer.

EYEBROW EMBROIDERY NEWBIE

Before I share with you my experience with eyebrow embroidery as a newbie, here’s a little bit of background information about my brows. I have been blessed with thick brows, which also meant that I have to groom them quite often, more often than I don’t.

I’ve tried threading, tweezing, waxing and all those techniques promised me short term results as the hairs grew in no time. Further more, I have to use makeup to shape them everyday, which is quite a hassle. Thus, you can say that the maintenance is rather high.

I have never tried eyebrow embroidery although I have heard many talked about it. But the thought of waking up to beautiful brows every morning is tempting, isn’t it? The pain scares me a little but I came to realise that there really is minimal pain.

SO WHAT IS 6D NANO EYEBROW EMBROIDERY?

If you have heard of 3D or 4D Eyebrow Embroidery, 6D is the successor. Which also meant that the strokes are now smaller, thinner and finer and a lot more realistic to mimic real eyebrow hairs. Technique used is fairly similar, but with an upgraded version of the tool and the need of a more precise skill set.

SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

First, Elaine, Beauty Recipe’s eyebrow master shaped my brows. This is to ensure that the shape fits my face shape and they do not simply commit via embroidery straight away. This step also helps customers foresee the end results and to ensure that they like the shape first before the act.

Miss Rusty Beauty Recipe 6D Eyebrow Embroidery ShapingAs my face is round, I’m glad that Elaine caught that and designed a thicker brow look for me. I also wanted to go ahead with the Korean straight brows trend, thus Elaine did her magic on me. Just a note that the outline at this stage would look a bit thicker than they appeared to be so don’t be shocked!

This process actually took quite some time, but I’m not complaining! A perfect look takes time and I applauded Elaine’s professional skill and dedication to ensure the perfect brow look is achieved. She even had me stand up a couple of times to check the symmetry of my brows before finalising!

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NUMBING THE AREA

After deciding on the shape, a numbing cream was applied on both my brows for around 30 minutes. This is to minimise any pain felt during the embroidery process. During this time, feel free to just rest your eyes and relax.

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When the time was up, Elaine proceeded to remove the plastic wrap and started to embroidering my brows. She took my hair colour into consideration and chose a colour that is suitable for me. If you have any questions with the colour, you can always discuss it with Elaine!

STARTING THE PROCESS

Hygiene is priority for Beauty Recipe and they ensure to use a new sterilised blade for every customer. She even let me checked that the blade is new within the packaging before opening up to use it on me. And after which, she started doing the Korean 6D Nano Eyebrow Embroidery on me!

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It may look scary but it is in fact NOT at all! I felt safe in Elaine’s hands who has a strong background of 15 years doing brows. So no worries about that!

IS IT PAINFUL?

In terms of pain, with the help of the numbing cream that she used on me earlier, all I can feel is light scratching motions. So if pain is one of your factor that is hindering you from trying this out, then you can cross that off right now!

The whole process took no more than 20-25 minutes for each brow and all I did was just to relax in the chair. It may look scary but don’t worry. You don’t actually feel that much pain.

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Towards the end of each process, it does hurt a tiny bit due to the numbing cream wearing off, but it’s bearable, considering that I have a low threshold of pain.

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In no time at all, my brows are done! Don’t they look realistic as though I am born with perfect brows? I love how well they came out to be!

The strokes are thin and fine, and looks amazingly natural. Elaine did such an awesome job and I can safely say that I’m now an eyebrow embroidery convert!

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BEFORE/AFTER

Below is a before and after comparison of how my brows look like right before and after the eyebrow embroidery process.

Notice how unkempt and messy my brows are before in the left picture? And that’s when they are already groomed by Elaine! THE HORROR! She had already threaded stray hairs away but couldn’t help much with the ‘balding’ patches within. This is also why I needed to rely on makeup daily to fill in those patches for an even more groomed brow look.

And after the embroidery, I’m free of that step! My eyebrows are now nicely shaped and filled in. It looks so natural yet perfect at the same time. One can really get good brows, just within 2 hours!

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CARRY ON MOISTURISING

Now, the job isn’t entirely over. This gel treatment is advised to be applied 3-4 times a day so that the eyebrow areas are well moisturised. It also helps to prevent any pre-mature flaking that will lead to uneven patches so it’s important to do so!

The gel treatment can be purchased at SGD$28/bottle at Beauty Recipe. I used it with a cotton bud and spread it lightly over my eyebrows. Even if you see scabs and have the itch to just peel them off, don’t! Just let them fall off naturally and be sure to avoid water as much as you can!

For the first week, swimming is an absolute no-no and be prepared to have dark eyebrows for about 5 days. Everything should be back to normal within a week a two.

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FACE BEHIND THE MAGIC

On the left is Elaine, the master of eyebrow embroidery who has a strong background of 15 years. And also the person with the magical hands to bless me with such awesome brows!

On the right is Jessie, the founder of Beauty Recipe. Such a warm and kind lady who noticed the importance of beauty and founded Beauty Recipe so that all ladies can be gorgeous!

Miss Rusty Beauty Recipe 6D Eyebrow Embroidery Staff

TOUCH UP

Every Korean 6D Nano Eyebrow Embroidery comes with 1 touch up within 3 months. I went back for mine and even though my eyebrows were already looking awesome, there are areas that peeled off too quickly and thus looking a tad lighter.

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PERFECT BROWS

And here’s a snapshot of the different times of my eyebrows.

Before“Groomed” brows are still unkempt and messy looking.
AfterRight after Beauty Recipe’s Korean 6D Nano Eyebrow Embroidery, brows looking more groomed.
Touch UpDark brows due to touch up.
After Touch UpAround 1 week later with brows looking on point! 

Miss Rusty Beauty Recipe 6D Eyebrow Embroidery BEFORE AFTER

Want your eyebrows looking awesome too? Get your own Korean 6D Nano Eyebrow Embroidery done now at only SGD$488 (U.P. SGD$1288)!

Or try their 3D Creative Eyebrow Embroidery at $288 instead of $588!

Just quote “Rusty” when you call or whatsapp 9859 3982 for an appointment!

For more information:

Beauty Recipe’s Website: http://beautyrecipe.com.sg/eyebrow-embroidery/

Beauty Recipe’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/beautyrecipesingapore/

[Service was sponsored for my honest review. I’m not affiliated with the company.]

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Miss Rusty

 

 

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