Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Bobbi Brown Luxe Eyeshadow raises my temperature like Liquid Mercury and shines on skin like a kiss from a Metal Rose

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I’m not quite sure where I first saw the Bobbi Brown Luxe Eyeshadow singles. It could have been online, where I get most of my beauty news. I don’t usually go for single eyeshadow, but for reason, I was taken by these.

There was very little information online for some reason. It was not until I read about them launching in the UK in December 2017 that I hoofed down to a local Bobbi Brown counter to have a look. That was when I found out that locally, they had been out for a month or two! (Based on what the SA told me) Uh… what?! And about half the shades were already sold out.

WHAAAAT??? In my exact words “How can?!”

bobbi brown luxe eyeshadow liquid mercury, metal rose

But can lor… I had a lovely girl helping me, so I had a play with the colours that were available. These single eyeshadow come beautifully packaged in a square case, and a gold cover. You cannot depot them, as there is no pan. I found this out, as one of the shadows in store popped out of its case.

The Bobbi Brown Luxe Eyeshadow is supposed to be a new formula, boasting a luxe, metallic, iridescent texture. They come in 3 textures – Rich Lustre (satin formula but with a sparkle), Rich Metal (a metallic foil effect) and Rich Sparkle (a brilliant sparkly shine).

What you can expect from these shadows, across the board, are shine. If you prefer matte formulas, please look away. There is nothing for you here. You must enjoy eyeshadow with a shine. It just depends on how shiny you like them! 😀

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

I wasn’t sure if I’d like the Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF50+Wetforce till I understood it better and now I’m in LOVE!

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It’s taken me a little while to understand the new Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF50+ Wetforce product. But when I did, I wondered why I was so bloody obtuse in the first place!

shiseido sports bb tinted sunscreen

You’d think that it doesn’t take a genius to understand a tinted sunscreen. Hello. It exists and has existed for a while. What was so confusing about this one from Shiseido?

Well, for me, it was because this came to me, together with the new Shiseido Hydrofresh sunscreen. As they were both sunscreens, I treated this just as I would any other sunscreen. To be used liberally, and I did. But it bugged me. Used liberally, as I would a regular sunscreen, it was thick, and the tint was so fake and obvious. It was as if I’d caked on foundation. The formula was lovely, but it looked like I had too much makeup on.

In a way I had. But when I took a closer look at the product, suddenly, everything fell into place. Oh hello! The Shiseido BB For Sports SPF50+ PA++ Wetforce IS NOT A SUNSCREEN! DOH! 😛

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Diptyque takes to the stars on the backs of the Unicorn, Dragon and Phoenix and leaves me starry-eyed!

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I am unabashedly a fan of scented candles, despite detractors, and I have amassed quite a collection over the years from different brands. This year, I told myself I’d be good. I’d burn through the candles I currently own, before buying more. Barring the odd local discovery, I had been good.

And then Diptyque unveiled their Christmas candles, and all resolve went out the window!

diptyque constellations christmas candles 2017

This year, Diptyque has collaborated with French artist, Philippe Baudeloque, for their Christmas collection, and I was smitten! Drawing on 3 mythical creatures and set amongst the glittering stars of the cosmos, they had fused 3 of my interests – candles, mythical animals and the stars. I once harboured ambitions of becoming an astronaut. But I was so bad at physics, I gave up on it 😛

The other thing that caught my eye, was the use of coloured wax. Diptyque has, in its permanent collection, candles with coloured wax but I believe this is the first time they were using this coloured wax in their Christmas collection.

Naturally therefore, I had to set aside funds to indulge, for this was not just a candle, it was a beautiful display piece. The question however, was which of the 3 I’d pick up? 😀

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Clinique has an “Official Flagship Store” on Lazada and I do not like the idea one bit

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We had a long weekend here in Malaysia, and I’d spent a pretty packed few days wrestling with little monsters, so come Sunday, I was flat out of energy, and hiding in my cave. Quite literally. I spent most of the day lounging on my couch, catching up on blog reading (never let your unread posts build up in your feed reader past 500!), content in the knowledge that I’d had the prescience to write and schedule a blog post for today. Yay me!

The rest of the day was scheduled for mindless TV watching, with occasional trips to the fridge, and maybe to fix myself a meal. That was until I scanned Twitter in the afternoon, and came across a tweet that incensed me so greatly, I was galvanised into action, to fire up the computer, and to boot off my scheduled blog post to publish this rant instead.

clinique lazada shopping

I’d read that Clinique Malaysia has only just gone and launched an “Official Flagship Store” on local shopping portal, Lazada. My tweet, with its typo and all (It should read “My estimation of Clinique has dropped even further” – Ben had nothing to do with it, sorry Ben LOL 😀 ) pretty much sums up what I feel about this piece of news.

But I am curious as to what YOU might think. Is this a welcome piece of news for you? Does this irritate you as much as it does me (I’m often in the minority in my opinion of this, I’m aware)? Or do you not care because online shopping isn’t your thing? Let me know!

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

YOUR SAY: Are you interested in local (Malaysian) cosmetics? Do you use any local brands?

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I’ve been thinking about this recently, so I posed this question on Facebook and received a good response with some good suggestions. So I wanted to open this up to you on the blog, because I know not everyone is on every social media platform.

local beauty brand suggestions

I have noticed a bit of a boom in local, Malaysian cosmetics in recent years. I am, as you will know, Malaysian and based here in Malaysia. I may be grumpy about how things are run, but I am patriotic. There is a difference. However, be it due to my not being of the target market, or perhaps, just being a snob (ha!) I am quite unaware of, and unfamiliar with, the local brands and products that are out there.

This is where you come in! If you use or know of a reputable local cosmetics brand, or perhaps you own one, please feel free to share, and reach out.

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Monday, 27 November 2017

GIVEAWAY: Count down to Christmas with the L’Occitane Advent Calendar 2017

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One of the sure signs that Christmas is around the corner, is the arrival in stores of the Advent Calendar. Traditionally a religious concept, counting down to the arrival of Christ, today, it is, like everything festive, a commercial concept. Advent calendars today contain everything from chocolate, to mini luxury beauty products and costs of these calendars are similarly reflected.

My grinching aside (I feel a little strongly about how the advent calendar is commercialised and how many people don’t even know or care what it is about) I still wanted to get into the spirit of Christmas. It is after all, just quite literally around the corner!

l'occitane advent calendar 2017

I was gifted with an advent calendar by L’Occitane Malaysia, during their early Christmas tea, as a door gift, and I thought it would be nice to gift it on in return. This year, L’Occitane had 2 versions of their advent calendar – One that you see here, is the regular version, and there is another deluxe version in a larger box. I am told that they are, for the most part, sold out. But if you still want one, you may still be able to get it at some of the smaller L’Occitane stores, or in stores located out of the Klang Valley.

While I’m not personally big on having lots of little sample sized products, this is a lovely way to try different items from the brand, and in fairly generous travel sizes. And with December 1 just a few days away, I’d like one of you to have this 🙂

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