October 23rd, 2013

THREE Cosmetics 4D Eye Palette #09 Star Guitar

I started my introduction to THREE Cosmetics earlier this week with the #11 palette (reviewed here), and today I’m bringing you full circle to the palette that started it all – the campaign look for AW2013…

three_aw2013_campaign image

And the eye palette responsible for it – THREE 4D Eye Palette #9 Star Guitar.

THREE 4D Eye Palette 9 Star Guitar

By the time I got to meet #9 Star Guitar, I was decidedly all purpled-out for the season.  But this was no ordinary purple-themed palette, and it had me at first swatch.

THREE 4D Eye Palette 9 Star Guitar

The shades, clockwise from top left corner, are as follows:

  • Light shimmery mauve-pink.  This has a lovely texture and is well pigmented, although the shade of the color by nature is very close to my natural skin color and requires a bit more to show up well.  It has a warm tone, and is unlike the typical pastel pinks that plague so many Japanese brands.
  • Medium-dark burgundy with pink and blue micro-glitters.  This is the cream shade in this palette, and is very well pigmented.  In comparison to #11 Sister Midnight’s cream shade, this felt more “solid” to the touch and does not kick up when dipped with a brush.
  • Light brown with sparkles.  This is the sheerest shade in the palette, but is much more pigmented by the corresponding shade on the #11 Sister Midnight palette.  It gives a light wash of color and lends an elegant sparkle to the eye that is only paralleled by Tom Ford.  Come to think of it, this shade reminds me of Tom Ford’s She Wolf (reviewed here).
  • Medium chocolate brown with satin finish.  When I first looked at the palette, I thought this was just another matte shade *yawn*.  But when I swatched it, I felt like a wine connoisseur effusing about nose, bouquets and finishes.  This is also the creamiest shade to touch in the pan.

Here are the swatches to give you a better idea of the individual shades (left to right corresponding to the shades in the pan clockwise from top left):

THREE 4D Eye Palette 9 Star Guitar swatches

I played the shades in #9 Star Guitar the way Rie Omoto had rocked them on the campaign video.  For your reference, here is an instructional schematic in pictorial form.

Three 4D eye palette makeup step

First, I applied the medium burgundy cream shade all over the lid, focusing more on the outer V.  Thereafter, layer on a wash of the medium chocolate brown, particularly on the inner half of the lid.  Highlight the inner eye corner with the sparkley light brown, followed by the crease with the light mauve-pink.

THREE 4D Eye Palette 9 Star Guitar EOTD

Once again, when all 4 shades are blended together this way, the resultant EOTD strikes out boldly and quite differently than I could possibly imagine from examining the pan!  I love the way the brown and burgundy mix together to create a complex score that changes under different lighting. I also tried wearing the palette a few different ways.  Depending how you mix the shades, very different looks can be achieved.  However, I again faced difficulty wearing the burgundy cream shade on its own along my lash line as it never quite settles down but creases and spreads out quite a bit.  Regardless, I did not experience any fallout or fading from these shades throughout my long day.

As you can see, I am starting to fall quite hard for THREE Cosmetics, and this #9 Star Guitar 4D Eye Palette did not disappoint.  Have you had a chance to check out anything from THREE?

xoxo



July 23rd, 2018

Show off Your Skin’s Natural Beauty this Summer 2018 with THREE Angelic Synthesis Foundation Serum!

Happy Monday!  The lovely folks at THREE Cosmetics in Singapore sent me a wonderful package last month, and I’ve been waiting to share it with you.  THREE Cosmetics is a lifestyle brand from Japan which prides itself on a holistic approach towards beauty and living.  The range is almost exclusively sold in Japan, and so it was a major coup when it launched in Singapore last year.  I had reviewed several pieces from their makeup line in the past [see here], and am excited to explore their latest base products and several pieces from their Summer 2018 point makeup range.

THREE Summer 2018 makeup

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July 29th, 2015

THREE Pressed Eye Color Palette Duo 05 LOVE EVOLUTION

Before Summer fades into Fall, I really need to show you a few more items that I’ve been meaning to discuss for a really long time!  I picked up a couple of THREE Pressed Eye Color Palette Duos when I was in Bangkok, Thailand last year, and one of them is this very interesting bronze and lime palette named Love Evolution!

THREE Pressed Eye Color Palette Duo Love Evolution

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April 28th, 2015

A Thought on A Couple of THREE Blushes

I’ve recently been digging through my makeup stash, and trying to get some little loved items back into play. I’m not a big blush junkie, and unlike eye or lip color, I find that subtle nuances in blush shades seldom show up well. So in order for me to love a blush, my prerequisites are – smooth formula, easy to blend, interesting color. The THREE Color Veil for Cheeks are not easily accessible outside of Japan, and they have their share of raves out there on the Internet. I thought I’d offer up my own views just in case you are considering an online purchase, something to mull about.

THREE Color Veil for Cheeks 22 Sweet Thing 23 Emotional Rescue

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October 21st, 2013

An introduction to THREE & #11 Sister Midnight

I have only recently delved into the world of Japanese cosmetics proper, by which I mean, those out of the well-trodden Western path. THREE is one such hip Japanese brand that I’ve only gotten to admire from afar via Instagram, and when I was in Bangkok recently, I made it a point to visit the counter to experience the products for myself. And boy was I impressed!

THREE Cosmetics counter in Bangkok

THREE cosmetics breaks from the stereotypical Japanese mould of pastel / muted neutrals and frilly packaging, with bold pigmented colors and minimalistic industrial packaging. I find the brand’s attitude to be really refreshing, even its website is a sensory journey, and something that I’ve yet to encounter (although admittedly my makeup knowledge is still quite limited) anywhere else.

THREE Cosmetics packaging

For my first foray into THREE, I picked up two of its 4D Eye Palettes from the FW2013 collection. Today, I shall introduce you to #11 Sister Midnight.

THREE 4D Eye palette 11 Sister Midnight

Each THREE 4D Eye Palettes consists of 4 different eyeshadow shades in varying textures. Here is a close-up on the pan:

THREE 4D Eye palette 11 Sister Midnight

Clockwise from top left of pan:

  • Light shimmery beige-brown. This has a creamy texture and is well pigmented despite being a very light shade overall. It is somewhat warm-toned despite the metallic shimmer.
  • Dark purple with pink and blue micro-glitters. It looks almost black-indigo in the pan but applies out on my lids as a warm purple. This is one of THREE’s reputed “cream” shadows, which is supposedly more emollient. The thing to note here is that it doesn’t actually dry down and set like some other cream shadows, and I had difficulty wearing this shade along the lash line without it creasing and smudging (despite wearing a primer beneath). Regardless, it works very well as a base shade (which is the way THREE recommends it), and is very very pigmented.
  • Light glittery blue. The blue here is a complex “dirty” blue, not the typical pastel sky blue that Japanese brands are wont to display. The color is somewhat sheer, but it does build up to a decent wash. This has the boldest pink sparkles and works well as a pop of color on the inside corners of the eye or all over. I didn’t experience much fall-out from this when worn solely on the upper lid, but did have some trouble when I tried to line my lower lash line with it.
  • Medium olive moss with a satin finish. This is the creamiest to the touch of the entire bunch, and is very well pigmented. It is the warmest shade in the palette.

The swatches, left to right, correspond to the descriptions above from top (i.e. clockwise from top left of pan):

THREE 4D Eye palette 11 Sister Midnight swatches

Obviously, there are numerous ways to wear these gorgeous shades. The way THREE recommends it, is to first build a base using the dark purple, concentrating on the outer “V”. Then go over with the medium olive shade, concentrating on the inner half of the lid. Highlight the inner corners of the eye using the glittery blue, and finally highlight the crease using the beige-brown shade. If it sounds confusing, just think of a figure “X” starting from the top right corner of the palette.

And here is the resultant EOTD following the THREE methodology:

THREE 4D Eye palette 11 Sister Midnight EOTD

It’s uncanny how purple + green = slate blue! I actually took about a million photos and then stared and restared at myself in the mirror close-up just to be sure. I think if you wanted to go more purple, you would have to be extra heavy handed on that and go extremely light on the green or skip it entirely. Likewise with any other colors in the pan, because I tried mixing the beige & green, and they turned out very close to the blue shade…go figure!

THREE 4D Eye palette 11 Sister Midnight LOTD

I am absolutely in love with THREE 4D Eye Palette #11 Sister Midnight! It is completely unexpected, the shades are all individually complex and interesting, and the textures are amazing! There isn’t a shade in this palette that I can find fault with (having tested out palette #9, I found the purple cream shade in this palette to kick up quite a bit although it doesn’t bother me)! And as an unexpected bonus, the brushes contained in this palette are well made and decent enough that I actually created the EOTD above using nothing but just them!! Together with the slim packaging, THREE palettes are truly made to go with you wherever your journey takes you!

xoxo



September 9th, 2014

My Bangkok Travels: Beauty Shopping & Fine Dining!

Hello my dears!  I took a short vacation with the hubby to Bangkok, Thailand last week… and had such a decadent time shopping & dining that I’m finding it hard to get back to the swing of things.  It has been more than 2 years since we took a trip together, and I loved it so much I decided to pen things down here as a form of memory keepsake… and also because I uncovered a couple of gems that I’d really love to share with you.  This is going to be a different blog post from the usual product reviews, but I hope it is an interesting change of pace.

Bangkok is a popular getaway destination for Asians as it is relatively cheaper, and has a great variety of food & shopping.  But for me, it is just a bit more special… as Bangkok is home to 2 beloved Japanese brands – SUQQU and THREE!  Both brands have been reviewed here and here, and are not easily found outside of Japan.  Sure, there’s always online shopping… but for the makeup obsessed (ME!), there is nothing quite like swatching (fondling) and ogling at the real things in person!

SUQQU

Bangkok Shopping - SUQQU Isetan

SUQQU was my top priority upon arrival in Bangkok as the FW2014 collection was recently launched worldwide (by which I mean only Japan, a couple of Selfridges in UK and here in Bangkok).  Endless online stalking proved futile as Selfridges did not deign to release the products online this time.  Although there are a number of online resellers, their hefty mark-ups gave me pause, and I wanted to be able to see them for myself before making any more investments in this very expensive brand.

SUQQU FW2014 counter display

Whilst it is always lovely to be able to shop in person, it does come at a price.  SUQQU in Bangkok is marked up by a whopping 20-30% from Selfridges UK (but remember shipping is additional GBP25!), although nothing compared to some of the outrageous prices currently being asked for the limited edition palettes.  Perhaps due to the relatively high pricing, you can almost always find limited edition palettes here (within a reasonable time from their releases) whilst they are instantly snapped up elsewhere in the world.  Another thing to note, they do sell the famed SUQQU brushes, but you need to ask for them as they are not displayed.

SUQQU can be found in Isetan at Central World, and also at Central Department Store in Central Chidlom.

THREE Cosmetics

THREE counter at Central Chidlom

The other brand that I really wanted to check out in person was THREE.  And there is only 1 counter located in Central Departmental store in Central Chidlom.  The sales people here are generally much friendlier than the stiffs over at SUQQU, and the counter has a much more inviting vibe so it was with much regret that I wasn’t able to linger.  There is a wide range of products carried including makeup, skincare, and bath & bodycare.  Again, THREE is sold at a 20% premium to Japan, although that margin will narrow come October when the sales tax increases again.

TOM FORD BEAUTY

Tom Ford Beauty in Siam Paragon

I was looking out for Tom Ford because I was hoping to find the FW2014 collection since it is delayed in Singapore.  I did find the new Traceless Perfecting Foundation but the rest of the items were not out yet.  Prices are very similar to Singapore, which makes it cheaper than Europe but about 10% premium to US.  The counter is at Siam Paragon, and is brand spanking new.  But during my brief sojourn to Central Chidlom, I spied a Tom Ford counter being set up too!  So more alternatives for those pursuing those elusive limited editions!

Standalone Beauty Boutiques at Central World

I don’t know about you, but for me, physical shopping is as much about the experience as the final purchase.  Since prices are generally the same at standalone boutiques and generic departmental stores, I prefer the exclusiveness of boutiques (and if you are ever curious about my preferred shopping destination in Singapore, hop on over here!).  With that in mind, there is a stretch on the 2nd floor at Groove@Central World that houses standalone boutiques of some of my favorite beauty brands, each offering their own bespoke services.

Beauty Boutiques at Central World - Jurlique & IllamasqueThe largest is Illamasqua’s flagship store in Southeast Asia, and it doubles up as a makeup academy.  Next to it is Jurlique offering a complete spa course using their signature organic products.

Beauty Boutiques at Central World - Aveda & La MerAveda is close to my heart and I love sauntering in to enjoy a cup of herbal tea.  Right next to it is another personal favorite – La Mer.  This is the first boutique spa in Southeast Asia, and definitely worth checking out for some luxe pampering!

Aromatherapy Products: Karmakamet Secret World

One cannot go to Thailand without checking out their aromatherapy products.  And whilst there are plenty to choose from, I am looking for something different from the usual lemongrass-based scents that seem to  be di rigor with every other Thai brands.  Thann, Harnn, Panpurri, Mt Sapola and the likes are all easily found in Singapore so I wanted to check out something different.  Instead, I found Karmakamet Secret World, a beautiful, mystical-looking standalone boutique tucked away in a quieter part of Central World.

Karmakamet Secret World at Central World Bangkok

The interior is immaculately designed to replicate an old-school apothecary with its steel and wood furnishings.  There are resplendent shelves filled with all sorts of candles, diffusers, scent bags, bodycare, perfumes, etc.  I loved that there are so many unique scents to be discovered… fragrance notes that are usually seen only in high end perfumes, like neroli, tuberose, musk, etc… are all available as room scents!  There is even a little cafe at the side with herbs hanging from the ceiling  in which you can sit and ponder.

It was really difficult trying to distill all the lush experiences and gorgeous scents into just a handful of items to bring home, but in the end, I went with a room diffuser, one of their hand-poured glass candles, and 2 smaller tin candles.  Love the antique-looking oriental designs and immaculate packaging (each item is securely sealed to maintain freshness and adorned with a seal of authenticity on the outside)!

Karmakamet products

Other Beauty Goodness to be explored…

The trouble with traveling with your other half is that you have to balance time spent ogling at cosmetics and the like, and prioritize.  Personally, as much as I’d love to check out new stuff, there is only so much my brain can absorb (I claim ADHD!).  There are other very interesting local beauty brands which I’d have loved to explore in greater detail, which unfortunately have to be left for another time.  But as a starting point, here are some affordable, trendy Thai local beauty brands that may be fun additions to luxe & budget babes alike:

  • Oriental Princess
  • Midline
  • Beauty Buffet

All of these may be found at various malls throughout the city.  Given we don’t have BOOTS in Singapore, it is always interesting to pop in just to check out their offerings.

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And to balance out all the shopping, I made it a point to check out some cool dining options as well (as they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach)!  On the whole, Bangkok offers a great variety of food – from cheap and tasty hawker fare to high end gourmet.   Here are 3 that were truly memorable for me.

Karmakamet Diner

After falling head over heels in love with the aromatherapy boutique, I was very curious about this new restaurant that just opened late last year.  Just like the boutique, the place is beautifully adorned and incredibly charming.

Karmakamet Diner

Just as with the boutique, Karmakamet offers products on sale alongside sit-down dining, although with greater emphasis on the food.  It is one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever visited, filled with rustic charm and unexpected touches.

Karmakamet Diner indoor seating

Karmakamet Diner indoor seating

There is outdoors dining as well if the heat and humidity does not bother you.

Karmakamet Diner outdoor seating

On the menu are mainly Fusion-Western breakfast items such as duck confit with pancake, and egg white fritata; and mains such as Indian burger and lemon pasta.  There is an extensive drinks menu as well as desserts.  Prices are affordable at around THB300-400 (~USD10), and the food is decently tasty (albeit not absolutely the best).  Come here for the experience, have a drink and just relax.

Karmakamet Diner brunch

Karmakamet is somewhat challenging to get to, and I would strongly recommend getting a taxi there.  I tried walking from the nearest BTS station (by nearest I mean about 5-10 minutes drive away!) and got horribly lost (fyi, Google Maps is NOT accurate in Bangkok!).  The address is 30 Sukhumvit Soi 24, which is set back from the road with sign indicating the tiny alley next to Emporium Suites.

Mr Jones Orphanage

An unlikely name for a cafe, but this is one adorable place to bring your little ones (and your inner child!).

Mr Jones Orphanage

Mr Jones Orphanage must be one of the most welcoming places on earth set up like a playschool, carousel and upstairs miniature library included.  Upon arrival, we were seated at a table for 4, with our 2 teddy bear hosts waiting to start a tea party.  And what better way to select our sweet treats than from the towering buffet up front!

Mr Jones Orphanage cake display

These cakes are so tasty, I can understand why they needed to be so closely guarded!

Mr Jones Orphanage

Seated at the table opposite from us was a clergyman discussing the pew designs for his new church with his architect.  Up on the loft, a bunch of children were running up a storm in the miniature library overhead.  And a family with 2 young children were reading to their bear pals under the carousel.  An afternoon at Mr Jones Orphanage was like living a chapter out of Peter Pan, completely out of this world.

This is also the hardest place to find so far, and it took us almost an hour by taxi from the Pratunum district.  The address is Seenspace on Thonglor Soi 13, watch out for a stretch of bars and Roast Coffee if you’re driving past.  There is no BTS nearby, the closest is a 25 minutes trek away.

KuDeTa Signature

KuDeTa is the latest swanky restaurant-cum-club concept on the 39th floor of Sathorn Square Building in Sathorn, with a bird’s-eye view of the city.  It comprises of a nightclub (currently under renovation), a slightly more casual traditional Japanese restaurant KuDeTa Izakaya, and a high-end dining KuDeTa Signature.  Although it is opened by the same people behind KuDeTa Singapore, the one in Bangkok is much bigger, more luxurious, and simply way better.

Bangkok City View from KuDeTa

I’m sure we have all seen our fair shares of city nightscapes, and been to enough swanky restaurants atop tall buildings to feel that the concept is just overdone.  If you’re like me, night time city lights all look pretty much the same after awhile.  And to be completely honest, Bangkok is not the prettiest city in the world.  But where KuDeTa Signature exceeded my expectations was the impeccable food.  Hands down, the.best.food.ever!!!  No, i’m not exaggerating.

KuDeTa food and drinks

Every single dish was thoughtfully executed, every tiniest bite was bursting with flavor that is well balanced and exciting to the senses.  The portions are reasonable for sharing between 2, and the staff recommends sharing too so that we can all experience more of all that KuDeTa Signature had to offer.  Billed as Japanese-inspired Modern Asian Fusion, this is nothing over-the-top at all.  You will not find fancy schmancy caviar, wagyu or foie gras here, which is all the better as prices are really reasonable for top-notch friendly and attentive service.

And speaking of friendly, we were more than an hour late for our reservation, and were still kindly shown to our corner table with floor-to-ceiling unobstructed view on both sides.  When I quietly mentioned that this was a birthday celebration for my husband, the staff promptly surprised us with extra desserts.  The manager personally came to wish my husband a happy birthday.  Small touches, but something you would never find in Singapore.

You will want to arrive by car, but if you so desire, Sathorn Square Building is directly in front of the BTS.

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I never intended for this to be a lifestyle or travel blog, but Silverkis’ World is about the living luxe, and sometimes that includes shopping and dining.  With this post, I have new-found respect for travel and food bloggers… it is really a feat to remember to capture every single detail on camera, something I have clearly failed to do.  I cannot take credit for “discovering” the places highlighted here, many have gone before me.  But I do hope it has been a fun read nonetheless for you, and if you ever consider a trip to Bangkok, this might be a useful post after all!

xoxo



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