Let the sun shine!! I was initially planning on checking this out in person when it hits stores in Singapore before ordering it, but after seeing this gorgeous By Terry Sun Designer Palette pop up all over Instagram, I couldn’t resist and ordered it from Beautylish. And what do you know, it seems that this baby will be available in Singapore sooner than expected. So, this should be a timely post for those of you still considering it!
This post was originally supposed to be published yesterday, but then some disgusting sh*t happened, and I have been trying to shake it off all day, but finally decided the best way to get everything off my chest is to just pen it down. For many years now, I’ve been telling myself that friends don’t come easily, and whether in business or in life, sincerity is the best policy. I am a straight shooter when people are in the wrong, but also fiercely loyal towards my friends. I’ve never been skilled at deceit or evil-plotting, and never fabricated lies to sow discord. Yet in the 3 years that I’ve been blogging and active in the social media circle, I’ve seen more backstabbing than I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life. What is the point, exactly? Just to get a few more free products? To earn a few more followers? How pitiful!
I thought I chose my friends wisely, and that by treating people with sincerity they’ll return the same. Until yesterday when I was practically slapped in the face. I guess I was the one who has been dreaming idealistic dreams all along. So some “friends” are now telling people that I go around soliciting views on products, and aggregating them, in order to be able to publish reviews so quickly. Huh??? I’ve never belittled Instagrammers, but that statement alone proved to me how completely clueless these people are about the amount of work it takes to produce a beauty review. Even just writing a post takes hours and hours of work. I am publishing 4-6 posts per week, that translates into hundreds of hours of work per month. How dare anybody who only has to take 1 flatlay and a few sentences of “review” cobbled together from press releases try to trivialise what I do?? And the arrogance of it all…. as if their views actually matter. So often I’ve read pure nonsense “reviews” with not a single makeup look or swatch. Skincare “sharing” just days (if not hours) after receiving a product… *rolls eyes*
Oh and it gets better. Apparently I’ve been writing to brand managers introducing myself as some-Instagrammer’s friend. Seriously, grow a pair. Get some balls. Start penning down a real blog. And tell me why I should have to introduce myself as an “Instagrammer” when I have an entire body of work right here to prove myself?! If a PR can’t be bothered to click on a link to check out my blog, or doesn’t appreciate my blog, then it’s much better not to force a marriage. And I’m not so desperate that I can’t go out and buy myself whatever that’s not sent to me. In any case, my real friends know that I’m always more than happy to put them in contact with PRs if they even just ask. If any of my friends were to introduce themselves as my friend, I’ll be flattered. And after all these years of working with PRs, I’ve never been in a position where a PR would tell me of these nosy business, and I am seriously doubtful any PR would be that unprofessional. Sure, we’ve all heard gossips about xyz writing to PRs, blah blah blah… but who has actually seen those emails?? Tell me, and prove me wrong it’s not all just bullshit crap started by jealous people out to flame their competition?
So yes, I’ve said my piece, and I’m sorry if this bored you terribly. But I needed to get it off my chest. And now, we can (and should) focus on the beautiful things in life!
By Terry has released 2 gorgeous face palettes called the Sun Designer Palettes. I had a hard time deciding because they both looked equally pretty. In the end, I took some advice from other Instagrammer friends overseas (probably the modern-day equivalent of pen pals???) who have seen both palettes in real life, and picked Tan & Flash Cruise (1). The palette comes in a sleek mirrored compact with a stunning design on the cover that is replicated in the dimensional surface of the powders inside.
The palette is divided into 2 halves – the left contains 3 different-hued blushes, and the right contains a highlighter and 2 bronzers. Each shade is a large enough sliver for a regular-sized cheek brush to sweep over without much fuss, but the blushes are so pigmented you really only need to press your brush gently and apply.
From left to right, the shades are:
- Top left of palette – Cool-toned, medium pink with some sparse shimmers
- Middle left of palette – Warm-toned coral with some sparse shimmers
- Bottom left of palette – Neutral-toned salmon pink with a satin finish
- Bottom right of palette – Neutral-toned, light-medium barley with some sparse shimmers
- Middle right of palette – Warm-toned dark-medium brown with golden shimmers
- Top right of palette – pale beige highlighter which is interesting because it is matte!
Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book has swatches of both palettes here; and you can also take a look at Indigo Kir Royale’s review of Tan & Flash Cruise here.
Have a wonderful long weekend, spend your time wisely with people who truly matter, and don’t let nobody dull your shine!