Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat: Love their lipsticks!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat: Love their lipsticks!

Urban Decay just launched a makeup collection inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat.

This is exclusive in their Urban Decay stores only, so girls, get your hands on them quickly because I heard stocks are extremely limited!

The collection features a eyeshadow palette, blush palatte, 3 shades of lipsticks, 3 shades of glide-on eye pencils and 3 cosmetic bags with his artworks imprinted on them.

"Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat began drawing and painting at the age of four and never stopped. By the time he was in his teens, his graffiti was a fixture around lower Manhattan. After leaving home at 17, Basquiat began selling hand-painted postcards and T-shirts. At 20, he landed his first public exhibition. A pioneer of the neo-expressionist movement, he quickly rose to fame on the '80s art scene in NYC, where he ran with the likes of Andy Warhol, David Bowie and Debbie Harry. His iconic work is still exhibited all over the world." - Urban Decay

The collection is befitting of an artist's - especially developed for Jean-Michel Basquiat's work because of the loud and graphic nature of his work - graffiti, street art style. I'm guessing this explains the loud colours which can be found on UD products such as the Tenant Eyeshadow Palette ($62) and the Jean-Michel Basquiat 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($32 each).

The eye pencils are successfully made to resemble art pencils and the eyeshadow palette has such rich, blendable and loud colours you can boast of.

I also really liked the Gallery Blush Palette ($52) which has versatile shades and I'm liking one of them especially - the 'Now's the Time' shade which works like a highlighter - brush them across the apples of your cheek after applying the blush and just watch your cheeks light up pretty under the lights.

3 exclusive shades to choose from: Abstract, Epigram and Exhibition. Each at $29. The lipsticks are creamy and well pigmented, as with the other UD lipsticks, so I've totally no regret purchasing it.

You can also purchase 3 unique cosmetic bags adorned with the artist's artwork, starting from $30 for the cheapest one.

1983 Jean-Michel Basquiat Cosmetic Bag, $35

Untitled Jean Michel Basquiat Cosmetic Bag, $50
The colour I got was Epigram, and I'm totally lovin' the colour, which resembles a little bit of a darker, burnt red with a tinge of orange to it. Lovely, totally lovely.

Very happy to also have it in the limited edition Jean Michel Basquiat artwork imprinted on the lipsticks. The only gripe I have of the lipstick is that it doesn't open very easily, because of the sheer design of the lipstick which leaves a narrow room at the bottom.

Only after a while, did I have it figured out. Always have to remember to twist it and then pull. Twist and pull, that's the only way the lipstick cover's gonna come off.

I got mine from the UD at Vivocity. If you already know what you want but have no time to get it, you can give the store a call first and get them to reserve it for you first.

Check out the other stores on this page: https://www.urbandecay.com.sg/store-locator/

Urban Decay VivoCity 
Location: 1 HarbourFront Walk #01-13 Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
Tel: +65 6221 6259

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For more on the collection, check it out here: https://www.urbandecay.com.sg/featured/basquiat-collection/

Review: My Visit to Apgujeong Hair Studio Vivocity

Friday, 12 May 2017

Review: My Visit to Apgujeong Hair Studio Vivocity

Some close friends might know that I actually frequent Apgujeong Vivocity since it opened its doors sometime last year. So imagine what a pleasant surprise when I received an invitation to review its hair services, to which I of course chose Vivocity again, as it was most convenient for me in terms of location.

Being greeted with friendly and welcoming faces is always one of the best things I love about going to this salon. No matter who serves you. Everyone is pretty much smiley around there, so you’ll definitely feel welcome.

And no, I’m not saying this because they sponsored my hairstyling session this time round – well I’ve always been a paying customer at this branch, just remember that. J

After a very hectic month of falling sick, recovering (put that on repeat mode twice) and then coping with the regular stressful workdays, my hair was really uncared for, for close to 2 months!

OG. Imagine all my split ends, my ugly black hair sprouting out the roots, trying hard to blend in with the previous light brownish colours. A huge no-no.

When I got there, I immediately told my hairstylist, Yuri 최 (Assistant Director Stylist) and Alice 이​ (Korean Senior Stylist) that I wanted a treatment and a hair dye. In fact, I wanted some ashy looking colours without really bleaching my hair – which of course I had expected it to turn out dark, though hoping for more dark ashy colours to appear at the end of it all.

My hairstylist patiently explained to me that I shouldn’t do that because my hair is already very damaged, and what with 2 months of no treatment! So, she suggested a colour which would still be able to be roughly seen as somewhat ashy under the sunlight and was clear that I would not be able to achieve the light shades of ash.

She used the inoa hairdye, which is supposed to be a less damaging type of hairdye. Throughout the process, I felt that I was quite well taken care of and that my stylist took time to share with me what kinds of shampoos and conditioners I should use. But I also liked that whenever they did that, they did not hardsell me the products, which could be quite a turnoff – like some hair salons I visited in the past who did so.

A selfie with Alice after the satisfying hair service :)
Cost Breakdown (my hair was considered long):
-          Inoa Hairdye: $169
-          Scalp protector: $20
-          Mucota A treatment: $205

All in all, my hair felt softer, nicer and I was pretty pleased with my hair colour after everything, despite it being a dark colour. The total service time took a rough 1.5 to 2 hours, which I thought was very fast, too. Which is good.

Students say YAY! Cos they are also offering 20% student concession pass discount, only available on weekdays from 11am to 4pm!

For the full price menu, you can refer to their website here: LINK

Once again, thanks to the team at Apgujeong Vivo for fixing my stray hairs and uneven hair colours!

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Apgujeong @ Vivocity
Location: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-216, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 9.30pm (Daily (Including Weekends & Public Holidays)
Tel: +65 62556564
Website: http://www.apgujeonghair.com/