Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Laneige Two Tone Tint Lip Bar gives you the perfect Korean ombre lip pout

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Are you bitten by the ombre lip bug? I wasn’t. For some reason, it’s one of the makeup trends that passed me by. I did notice however, that there are two sorts of ombre lips – the Western ombre lip trend, and the Korean ombre lip trend.

The Western ombre lip trend has a deeper colour on the outer lip, and a lighter shade on the inner lip. This, I find, makes lips look larger and more pouty. The Korean ombre lip trend is reversed, with a deeper colour on the inner lip and a very light shade on the outer lip. I think it’s supposed to give off an innocent vibe, like that of someone who’s just sucked on a cherry lollipop. Neither is really my style LOL!

laneige two tone tint lip bar

But I know the Korean lip style is quite popular. There are any number of makeup tutorials out there teaching you how to create this look. But if you’re anything like me (read: not great at following instructions 😛 ) then Laneige has made the job a million times easier!

Enter the Laneige Two Tone Tint Lip Bar, an improved version of the existing Two Tone Lip Bar. You can tell that it’s the new version by the V-shaped lip colour. Wanna see how it looks when I wear it? 😛

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

This Spring 2017 decode how you view spring makeup in the Chanel Coco Codes collection

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You know guys, sometimes I feel so bad that I’m not a better blogger, getting out the news and reviews and what-not as they land. Things move so fast these days, that it’s really hard to stay on the ball. This is more so in the digital world, which leads nicely into the world of Chanel Coco Code, the Spring 2017 makeup collection.

A friend told me I shouldn’t beat myself up about the fact it’s been out for a while (and for some products, it might even be sold out already!) because I have an international audience who may still appreciate reading about it. At least I hope so! LOL! *fingers crossed*

chanel coco code spring 2017

This is, I believe the 3rd (or maybe 4th?) collection from Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer, Lucia Pica, and I must say I’ve rather enjoyed her take on the seasonal collections thus far. Lucia Pica was the one who did the Le Rouge collection with the daring eyeshadow palette with the deep red shadow.

For Spring 2017, rather like their luxury rivals, Chanel has brushed aside the typical pale pastels or pinks and gone for a warmer toned, bolder coloured collection. This, they say, embodies Coco Chanel’s original use of colour. Lucia Pica says that these codes on how to wear the colours are for you to decide. Wear them bold or wear them light. Wear them together or wear them separately. Wear a deep purple lipstick in Spring – it’s your code! I love that sentiment – it’s just makeup – do what you want with it! 🙂

So, there are no hard and fast rules, and so I won’t write very much, just show you the pictures of the few items I have, for your consideration. You could tell me though, how you’d wear them 😉

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Using a mud mask on dry skin or is that mud mask too drying for you? Try this helpful skincare tip!

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I’ve been sharing pictures of some of my more recent skincare routines on Instagram (join me there if you haven’t @parisbmws), when I was asked an interesting question recently.

I had mentioned in one of my pictures, that I put a thin layer of facial oil on my skin before applying a mud mask. That little tip seemed to intrigue many of you!

mud mask tip for dry skin

I have skin that tends to the drier side of the spectrum (comes with age, I tell you – it’s all downhill from here! 😛 ) so mud masks aren’t the best products for me. Mud masks, or sometimes known as “detox masks” tend to dry out your skin as it sucks all the oil out of your pores. It gives your skin that nice clean feeling, I have no doubt, but if you aren’t careful, they can also make your skin feel tight and uncomfortable after that and even cause flakiness.

Less noticeable when you have oily or combination skin. More noticeable when your skin is dry or dehydrated. Yet, there is a certain joy in doing a mud mask isn’t there? I find it terribly satisfying to let the mask dry and then wash it off thereafter, and it’s especially good for dealing with the occasional pesky spots.

So, here’s my tip for those of you who have dry or dehydrated skin and yet want to use a mud mask or detox mask comfortably. It will also help if you have a mud mask you find too drying.

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Helping skin regain some calm with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules

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It’s no secret by now that I’m a big fan of the famed Estee Lauder ‘little brown bottle’ that holds the elixir that is the Advanced Night Repair serum. I’d been using it off and on since I started earning my own keep and always have something good to say about it.

In 2016, Estee Lauder introduced the Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules. I received a bottle back then, tested it out for a while, but couldn’t put my finger on what I thought of it, well, till now!

estee lauder advanced night repair intensive recovery ampoules

Ampoules are a small sealed vial or capsule, containing a one time dose of intensive serum or product. While Korean skincare has been credited in recent times for its popularity, they aren’t new in the world of skin care. Brands like Elemis and Elizabeth Arden have had, for years, products packaged in a similar fashion, and some salon brands have salon exclusive intensive products that come in glass vials. I guess they just weren’t as sexy as Korean skincare made them out to be.

Because I already use the Advanced Night Repair serum and other serums and products, how would this ANR Intensive Recovery Ampoules (“ANR Ampoules”) fit in my skincare routine?

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

For dehydrated skin, the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion deserves a shiny gold star!

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It’s always nice to find something affordable, that actually works well, and for the most part, I’ve found that Japanese brand, Hada Labo tends to deliver on both counts. There are many new products from them, and while this one isn’t new, the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion is one that merits consideration.

hada labo premium hydrating lotion

Well, locally, it’s known as the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion. If the Japanese name is taken into consideration, as it is internationally, then it is known as the Hada Labo Gokyjyun Premium Lotion. Both refer to the same thing.

If you’re unfamiliar with Hada Labo, it’s an affordable Japanese pharmacy/drugstore brand that specialises in hydration, and does a very good job at it. I’ve featured numerous Hada Labo products over the years (look up Hada Labo) and barring the odd item, they have mostly been good experiences. Thus far, it’s probably the only Japanese brand I still keep in my skincare routine (sunscreen notwithstanding).

I previewed the original Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion when they first launched here in Malaysia back in 2010 and I went through a few bottles. Family and friends still use it, I know, because it just delivers. But I felt like I needed something more. And that’s where this Premium Hydrating Lotion comes in.

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