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What it is:

A neutral highlight colour from the Holiday 2011 collection.

What it claims:

The Silk Naturals (SN) website describes Demure as,

A light, pinkish lavender shimmery pearl… The lavender tone is so light that it’s nearly neutral and it makes a fabulous one color wash with a little winged liner.

What is noteworthy:

For the first time ever, SN introduced eye wands – eyeshadows packaged in the same applicator tubes as their lip glosses and lip stains. SN’s owner, Karen, described the eye wands in her blog as,

Travel friendly, and super easy to use – with pre-designed looks to make your life easier. To use them just pull the wand out of the vial, give it a little tap and apply. It’s not a product that everyone is going to love, and it might take you a little bit to warm up to it. BUT that first busy morning when you needed to leave the house 5 minutes ago – you’ll fall in love.

My impressions:

The packaging is perhaps the most obvious new thing but I want to talk about the least obvious first – the addition of Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride to an SN eyeshadow. More commonly known as Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO), this ingredient is odourless, adds slip and has a very long shelf life, thus making it highly desirable in the cosmetics industry. In the forum I frequent, FCO is a popular pressing agent. 

Karen had stated on the SN forums that to make the eye wands easier to use and also to minimise flyaways, she had added a few drops of FCO  to keep the minerals clumped together on the wand applicator. Thus, the result was an eyeshadow that applied like a dream come true. The texture of Demure is creamy and very easy to blend. As the eyeshadow is slightly ‘wetter’ than loose minerals, those who do not use a primer would notice that the eyewand shadows are more vibrant, with similar colour payoff to foiling. However, I strongly recommend using a primer even if you don’t have oily lids, because otherwise, you are wasting the full potential of the eyeshadows, and SN eyeshadows are stunning!

I am not going to bother describing Demure other than declare it GORGEOUS. Instead, I’m going to bombard you with swatches so you can see for yourself. There is something very special about this colour. These are the same swatches but every time I tilted my arm differently, the light would hit the swatches in varying angles and the shadow would morph from white to off-white to lavender.

In order to be a better blogger, I am constantly learning from other bloggers to improve my own skills. Aud once mentioned before that most blogs tend to show swatches applied very intensely, and I totally agree that it is completely unrealistic as we don’t apply them this way on our eyes. Therefore on the left, I’ve applied the eyeshadow the way a normal person would on their eyes – lightly and blended out. On the right, the eyeshadow was applied very thickly, the way one would perhaps during Halloween.

I couldn’t resist including a blurry close-up of Demure. Check out the pink and green shimmer! As Barney Stinson would say in his falsetto, AWESOME!

Okay, so the eye wand. I HATE IT, yes I do. It may be travel-friendly, but so is a jar with a cotton ball stuffed on top of the sifter, and I get lesser mess with the latter. After reading scathing reviews about the eye wand on my forum, I was prepared and ready. I held the tube upright and tapped it to settle the minerals to the bottom. I then gingerly unscrewed the cap over a large sheet of paper with my right hand while holding it steady with my left, and slowly inched the cap upwards with my first 3 fingers, while holding onto my last 2 fingers with my left hand so that the cap didn’t separate too quickly from the tube. All was good. When I felt the wand applicator hit the stopper, I slowed down and used a little bit of force to pull the wand out of the stopper, all the while maintaining an iron grip with my left hand. Despite the care I took to prevent a powder explosion, that little bit of force caused the minerals that were coated on the cap tube and wand applicator, to fly everywhere. I had sparkly things on my arms, my thighs and in my nostrils. That was not cool.

I also tried applying Demure with the doefoot, and it was an epic fail. I had to use a brush to apply and blend it properly, which defeated the purpose of the wand applicator. For a product that was supposed to save time, this took me a lot more time than it normally would. The concept was good but the packaging just did not deliver. It reminded me of a certain blacklisted company and their brilliant eyeshadow roll-ons.

These eye wands cost more than a normal eyeshadow, so I was very glad that Karen generously allowed it to be picked as our free eyeshadow. I wouldn’t have gotten it if I had to pay for it, because of all the reviews I’ve read about the impractical packaging. I will most probably empty it out into a 10g jar, as one of the ladies from my forum who emptied hers out mentioned that the eye wand tube contains more product than a 5g jar can hold.

I completely adore Demure, it is utterly gorgeous and I will be reaching for this colour often. While I do loathe the eye wand packaging with a passion, I am willing to overlook the absurd doefoot applicator because the colour and texture of Demure makes up for it. If I were to buy Demure again (and I definitely will!), I intend to write to Karen to request that the eyeshadow with the FCO addition be put in a jar instead, and to forgo the eye wand.

Size:

3.5 ml

Price:

USD $4.50

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

You can request for these eye wands as your Gift with Purchase if you spend $30 and above.

 

xoxo

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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Silk Naturals – Ice

What it is:

An organic menthol lip balm from the Valentine’s Day 2011 collection.

What it claims:

The Silk Naturals (SN) website states,

Ice is an icy cool lip balm with a hint of peppermint, and spearmint.  It really tingles, and refreshes.

What is noteworthy:

The formula used to create Ice is the latest, and ladies on the SN forum have affectionately nicknamed the formula “Version 3”. Version 1 lip balms were very “wet” (as in, they melted upon contact with your lips), glided on easily, and were extremely moisturising, but the down side was that these did not last very long – if you ran your tongue over your lips, the lip balm was gone. Version 2 were the buttercream lip balms, and were very waxy, thus super long-lasting. I would put this on at night and my lip balm would still be there in the morning. These tugged on my lips and did not glide on easily, and I had to kinda rub the balm into my lips vigorously. Despite being long-lasting, Version 2 felt heavy and weren’t moisturising. The owner, Karen, made Version 3 as a happy compromise – Version 3 lip balms are supposed to be moisturising yet long-lasting, without the feel of a waxy coating on the surface of your lips.

My impressions:

The Best Lip Product In The World (to me). Enough said.

The thing I hate most about natural lip balms are that they never taste the way they smell. I love minty stuff, and I like the cool and tingly feeling on my lips. I want that cooling minty taste to be really STRONG, so I love Ice.

When I was living in Australia, the climate was extremely dry, and I often had chapped lips during winter time. This would be perfect for those poor, weather-beaten lips. The menthol would soothe the pain and the moisturising lip balm formula would heal those cracks. Even now, in Singapore, being in an air-conditioned environment for 20 hours a day will dry out my lips if I don’t coat it with lip balm every night before bed. Sometimes, when my lips begin to burn after a meal of intensely spicy (but incredibly delicious) food, I would slather them in Ice to counteract the heat. It works marvellously.

To be honest, I wish Karen would amp up the menthol a few notches. I really won’t mind if she accidentally tips in a whole heap of menthol and peppermint essential oil into the mixture. I’d buy Super Ice, I really would. It could be just me though, I’m weird like that.

All that being said, I still love the Version 1 lip balm formula the best as it really is the most moisturising, despite its lack of lasting power. However, Version 3 is pretty good too and I really like that it isn’t waxy.

I totally need more of this stuff.

Size:

Packaged in a clear, 0.15 oz lip balm tube.

Price:

USD $3.75

You can request for lip balms as your Gift with Purchase if you spend $30 and above.

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.
 

xoxo

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Jennifae has another giveaway up on her blog, and this time, the prizes are from SN’s 2011 Spring Collection! Check it out and good luck!

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xoxo

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What it is:

Light, shimmery opal eyeshadow.

What it claims:

According to the Silk Naturals (SN) website,

Fairy Dust is a muted tone with lots of complex interference colors made to resemble the inside fire of an opal. It looks grey in the jar, but once you apply it – especially wet, it takes on an other-worldly multifaceted intensity.  Because it’s so complicated it matches so many different colors.

Our eye shadows are amazing – we have 100 colors and counting! If you’ve had trouble with mineral eye shadows in the past – kiss them goodbye. Ours don’t crease, or fade – they last for hours and hours – and the colors are divine!

What is noteworthy:

To date, SN has over 200 eyeshadows ranging from different colours to different finishes, all unique and handmade.

Each product we make is unique to Silk Naturals. They’re all handmade from scratch using the formulas we’ve developed and tested over the years. We do not repackage pigments.

My impressions:

Fairy Dust is an apt name for this glorious eyeshadow. Looking into the jar and seeing the multi-coloured shimmer twinkle back at me reminds me of Tinkle Bell’s pixie dust in Peter Pan.

The swatch picture on the website is quite inaccurate as it really isn’t all that green. In person, it actually looks more like a pale greyish-green, and it applies sheer. The shimmer is extremely complex, and it changes from green, gold or even blue depending on the lighting and angle.

The eyeshadow applied like silk (well, duh!), and blended easily without losing its shimmer. I had expected to find my cheeks covered in glitter, and was surprised that there was no fallout. There was little fading and the eyeshadow lasted all day.

Because I’m tanned, Fairy Dust is quite sheer on me, so I usually layer this over a darker colour for that extra sparkly effect.

I know this sounds really dramatic, but Fairy Dust deserves a primer! If you do not use a primer, please stay far away from this shade as you won’t do it any justice whatsoever. I can’t have you sullying the good name of Fairy Dust. You just aren’t worthy, sorry! 😛

Fairy Dust, indeed. Absolutely stunning.

Size:

5g jar with a sifter

Price:

$4.00

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Stearate, Boron Nitride, Silica.  Also contains:  Iron Oxides, tin oxide

 

SN does not offer sample sizes for eyeshadows, but all full-size products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Also, for every $30.00 you spend, you will receive a full-size jar of eyeshadow of your choice, free! Recently, the owner, Karen, had also extended the choice of freebies to include lipbalms as well.

SN, oh how I love thee.

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

 

xoxo

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What it is:

Kisser Slicker, clone of Hunny Bunny by Eve Pearl.

 

What it claims:

The description on the website states,

It’s a lovely, more subtle color where its simple elegance makes it a great match for lots of different looks.  It would be spectacular on a bride, or for a casual picnic.    

I can’t imagine the person that it wouldn’t look good on – and it’s excellent for layering, or apply just a dot in the center of your bottom lip to make it look a bit plumper.  It’s a plummy pink – very sheer, not a super in your face pink with gorgeous golden pearl on top.

 

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What is noteworthy:

Silk Naturals (SN) lippies have a few different formulas, and Kisser Slickers are the original lip gloss. They are handmade and hand poured lippies which are lightly sweetened with a hint of vanilla flavor.

Copied from the SN website and forum,

Each lippie that we make is hand-made, from scratch using all natural oils, butters and waxes. We use organic ingredients whenever possible, and there are never any preservatives, petroleum products, or silicones in any of our lippies. Pigmentation varies quite a bit. Some are absolutely sheer, some are shimmery, some are matte, some contain almost as much pigment as a lipstick. Over 85% organic.

Lippies are 100% satisfaction guaranteed!  Try a few, and after 30 days, if you find a color you don’t love you can send it back for store credit!

 

 

 

My Impressions:

Precious is what most would describe as a ‘My Lips, But Better’ (MLBB) shade. It is a very sheer, slightly peachy-pink lippie that is absolutely gorgeous. Because it is packed with subtle gold shimmer,  Precious leans rather warm. I’d even go as far to call it an almost-nude lippie, but with shimmer. I think ladies who don’t wear much makeup would love this colour as it is very natural. Even though it could be considered a neutral lippie, Precious is NOT a boring colour. It made me look fresh and very put together, and matched nicely with any eyeshadow or blush I wore. In my opinion, this is one of the most versatile lip colours out there, and it really does suit all kinds of different looks.

I was very surprised at the Kisser Slicker formula, because on my lips, it looked exactly like a lip gloss, only it did not have that dreaded sticky texture or the hassle of application you would experience with most lip glosses. The best way to describe it would be ‘Lip Gloss in a Tube’ – Kisser Slickers are packaged in slim tubes (not the fat lip balm tubes), hence application is a breeze without the need for a mirror. I often use it in place of a lip balm as it is extremely moisturising.

Size:

2g 

Price:

USD $4.50

Ingredients:

Certified Organic Castor, Jojoba and Avocado Oils, Beeswax, Candillia Wax, Carnauba Wax, mica, flavor. Also contains Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine.

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Karen, the owner, is one of the nicest people I have ever interacted with. She provides good customer service, and she is lightning fast with everything, be it email responses or shipping. I remember receiving my SN package in 6 days during the Christmas period, which is some sort of record! When I shop at other companies, the packages usually take about 14 days to reach Singapore, sometimes longer.

SN is one of my favourite companies, and if you were to look into my makeup collection, more than 70% of it is from SN. I would buy from Karen again. Hell, I’d work for her FOR FREE if she’d have me lol! Well, maybe not free, I’d ask to be paid in SN products, of course.

 

xoxo

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Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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