Thursday, 21 September 2017

From the humble acorn comes the inspiration for the new Jo Malone English Oak colognes

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You know what you can sell this Anglophile? Anything to do with Robin Hood. I’m not sure why I’m such a sucker for the myth (or legend) of what really is, a marauding band of robbers, but I am and I spent some very happy years in the city at the very heart of this story, because well, Robin Hood! LOL!

So when, at the launch of the Jo Malone English Oak fragrance, we were told that the fragrance is inspired by the mossy woods of England and the very strong, very old English Oak tree, like the one in Sherwood Forest, where Robin Hood and his merry men used to camp around in, I was sold. Sold, hook line and sinker!

jo malone english oak

Unusually for Jo Malone, in releasing this new fragrance, they released 2 iterations at one go, both of which are quite different. So you get the Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut cologne, and the Jo Malone English & Redcurrant cologne.

The inspiration at the heart of these fragrances is the English Oak, a strong hardwood tree that has been a part of England’s history since time immemorial. This is the tree from which King Arthur hewed his round table at which he seated his knights. This is the tree in the heart of Sherwood Forest where Robin Hood and his merry men hid (it’s still there. Allegedly. A sprawling oak is, anyway LOL! :D) This is the tree from which druid staffs were made, and this is the tree used to make the ships which sailed around the world. The English Oak is steeped in history and mysticism and Jo Malone has drawn on that in creating their new scents.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

YOUR SAY: Do you keep up with the latest makeup brands and trends?

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Last week saw the release of a brand new cosmetics brand – Fenty Beauty. It launched at Sephora stores globally simultaneously, which I feel is quite feat for a brand, on that scale. But what really interested people was not so much the fact that it was a new brand, but that is was a new brand by singer, Rhianna, and that it boasted a wide and diverse range of foundation colours.

What did I do? I spent the weekend with family and relatives, and sliding down the pole at the local fire station LOL! And honestly, was I champing at the bit to head to a Sephora store to be the first to check out the new brand?

new makeup 2017

No, I wasn’t. Primarily, it’s because it’s permanent, which means I can check it out at my leisure. Granted, it may be after the hype dies down, and people forget about it. But I sometimes prefer to digest beauty news that way, because it then feels less hectic. Confession: I didn’t even know about its launch until a week or two before it was made available! 😛 Oops!

But what say you? Do you strive to keep up with new brands and releases?

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Will Dior High Fidelity Eyeshadow palettes Inflame, Expose, Electrify and Magnify my love for Dior eyeshadow?

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Barring the odd release, Dior 5 Colour eyeshadow palettes have never quite captured the imagination of most. Often, bloggers are just, well, kind to the brand. But I’ve actually been a fan of Dior eyeshadow quints for quite many years. I bought my first before I began blogging (because 5 colours in a palette – bargain right? LOL!) and I’d been working with the brand on and off since 2008 (now mostly off). So I’ve been exposed to quite a few iterations of the Dior quints and have built up quite a collection.

For the most part, although most complaints are about how sheer or unpigmented or shimmery Dior eyeshadows are, I’ve been quite a fan. The reason I believe, is because I cut my teeth on Japanese brand eyeshadows. Once you’ve gone there, nothing else feels half as sheer, unpigmented or shimmery! LOL!

dior high fidelity eyeshadow palette - inflame, magnify, electrify, expose

But it’s 2017, and with Peter Philips at Dior’s helm, they’ve taken a step to reformulate the famous 5 Couleur eyeshadow palettes with what they say offers better pigmentation and better staying power. I’m going to note however, that back in 2014, they went through one round of reformulation, with the same boasts, and my thoughts then and now remain the same.

You see, the thing is, I never really had a problem with the Dior quints, and I personally thought that the ones released in the most recent 2-3 years were really good. So, for them to promise for it to be better was, in my books, a bold claim.

But reformulate they did. Enter the Dior 5 Couleur High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette. They kept the signature cannage print and CD logo, as well as the now familiar layout of the eyeshadow quints. They did move the applicators to one side, but I’d have preferred for them to do away with the applicators altogether, and make the compact even more compact in size. They may have improved on the quality of the shadows, but they did nothing with the applicators, which are a waste of space.

But are these new Dior High Fidelity eyeshadow palettes a significant improvement over what they used to be?

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Not a fan of matte liquid lipstick but had a go at the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment anyway

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It looks like matte liquid lipsticks are still going strong in the makeup world and are now branching out from the niche brand market into the mainstream market. That is sometimes a sure sign of demise of a trend LOL!

I came across pictures of the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment matte liquid lipsticks, but paid them no heed, as they aren’t a type of makeup I’m interested in. I’m an old-school creamy, glossy lip kind of gal.

nars powermatte lip pigment under my thumb

But one day, a tube landed in my hands. I was guest judging for the upcoming Elle Malaysia Beauty Awards, and this was one of the items in my little box of goodies I was sent to be judged. As a beauty junkie, I was interested to try it of course. I mean, who knows? Maybe this could be the one to change my mind about matte liquid lipsticks!

But did it? 😉

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Eat at Chez PB: Oyster Sauce Chicken with Mushrooms

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I haven’t been cooking very much lately, as I’m trying to clear out my freezer. I’ve been hoarding quite a bit of pre-cooked foods and leftovers, and I really needed to finish them up. But I got a little tired of eating freezer food (even if they’re homecooked) so a few days ago, I took down some chicken legs I had, and looked around for a recipe.

oyster sauce chicken with mushrooms

My first instinct was to throw them in the oven to bake. I do that a lot. But I stumbled on a recipe from The Woks of Life for Sticky Oyster Sauce Chicken, and I decided to embrace my Asian cooking heritage and go with it instead. LOL 😀

It turns out that this is very easy and easily modified, and for those of us living here in Asia, the taste will be familiar, and the ingredients easy to obtain.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

RUN! Don’t walk to grab the Trilogy No. 15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil!

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Last week, I shared on Instagram a picture and some brief thoughts on the brand new Trilogy No. 15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil, and there was such an overwhelming reception with so many questions, I had to get a blog post out pronto! LOL!

trilogy no. 15 limited edition beauty oil

To celebrate 15 years of skincare innovation, Australian brand Trilogy, had created and released a special, No. 15 limited edition beauty oil. There’s no real name, so I’m not sure if I should call it No. 15 or the Limited Edition Beauty Oil, so I’ll call it both 😛

I was sent a bottle by local distributor, TNS Skinlab a few weeks ago, and it being an oil, I quickly put it into my skincare rotation. Send me an oil, any facial oil, and I’ll find space for it. I love my facial oils, if you did not already know! 😀

I’m glad TNS Skinlab took a chance on me, because I don’t think I’d have discovered this on my own. I haven’t had much luck with Trilogy skincare over the years, and their Rosehip oil actually used to break me out. So, it’s one of those brands I don’t pay a lot of attention to.

But you know what? I’m going to tell you right here, right now. Don’t miss your chance to try this Trilogy No. 15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil, because it is a wonderful wonderful oil, and I love it to bits! 😀

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