Saturday, February 28, 2009

M.A.C Style Warriors Collection (Part 2)


Launch Date: May 28th, 2009 (US) ; June 2009 (International)
Every woman has an inner Wild Thing, and we’ve captured it with Style Warrior, a bronzing collection that paints a bold new portrait of the ultimate international ingénue. Exotics defy definition, combine and cross-multiply cultures, open up the borders of beauty. Like the beautiful boys and girls on a beach in Brazil, we celebrate every combination imaginable: Solar Riche or Refined Golden Bronzing Powder, Deep Dark Skinsheen, Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose, 182 Buffer Brush to apply, and now, new Lustre Drops for instant glow…leopard gold and ebony brown, violet purples and rich earth come together to make a New People, a new standard for what’s sexy NOW. New beauty comes in kaleidoscopic colours… Diverse, Divine, Dramatic is how we do it!

Bronzing Powder - USD$21.00

  • Solar Riche Mid-tone deep orange brown
  • Refined Golden Finely spun golden with soft pearl finish

Lustre Drops - USD$18.50

  • Pink Rebel Blue pink with gold pearl
  • Sun Rush Peachy bronze with gold pearl
  • Bronze Hero Hot bronze with fine gold pearl

Skinsheen - USD$22.50

  • Medium Dark Sheer soft bronze with golden tan pearl
  • Dark Golden bronze
  • Deep Dark Deep warm bronze with rich golden pearl

Iridescent Powder/Loose - USD$21.00

  • Golden Bronze Golden brown with golden bronze shimmer

Brush - USD$45.00

  • 182 Buffer A full, dome-shaped brush of extra soft goat hair. Specially created to flawless ly blend powder onto the skin for an immaculate polished finish. Excellent for all M·A·C powders and pigments.



Photo and info source: Temptalia.com

M.A.C Style Warriors Collection (Part 1)


Launch Date: May 28th, 2009 (US) ; June 2009 (International)
Emerging from every corner of the glamorous globe, a new Style Warrior. Made to celebrate the cross-cultural sophistication of the modern Amazon Princess, African Queen, Crouching Tigress… Never before have we seen the “Wild Things” of the world come together in quite so many bold new combinations. Introducing a dramatically different and deliberately diverse colour story, an eclectic and expressive way to exalt and admire the strength and solidarity of beauty with no barriers. A selection of all-over summer bronzing shades for Lips, Cheeks, Eyes, Nails, featuring the innovation of Impassioned, Bronzescape and Scatterrays Solar Bits – sunbursts to unleash the animal in every woman. All exotically packaged in stylized zebra and leopard prints to keep it wild and free – the way it always ought to be.

Lipstick - USD$14.00

  • Sunsational Sheer frosted beige gold
  • Brave New Bronze Creamy mid-tone pink nude
  • Purple Rite Mid-tone frosty orchid
  • Tribalist Creamy blackened berry

Lipglass - USD$14.00

  • Liberated Sheer yellow gold with pearl
  • Gold Rebel Sheer copper bronze with pearl
  • Fierce & Fabulous Bright magenta purple with pearl
  • Style Warrior Blackened bronze brown with pearl

Eyeshadow - USD$14.50

  • Soft Force Frosty pale white gold
  • Bright Future Frosty bright yellow gold
  • Tempting Sinfully rich coco
  • Vibrant Grape Bright magenta purple
  • Night Maneuvers Deep charcoal brown with pearl

Eye Kohl - USD$14.50

  • Smolder Intense black

Pro Lash Mascara - USD$12.00

  • Coal Black Honest-to-goodness black

Beauty Powder Blush - USD$18.00

  • Eversun Neutral peach bronze with gold pearl
  • On A Mission Pearly mid-tone plum

Solar Bits - USD$19.50

  • Scatterrays Soft metallic peach with gold pearl
  • Bronzescape Clean yellow brown with gold pearl
  • Impassioned Frosty cool taupe

Nail Lacquer - USD$11.00

  • Peaceable Pearly pale golden beige
  • Violet Fire Bright creamy magenta purple
  • Mercenary Frosted blackened bronze

Brush - USD$23.00

  • 242 Firm fibre Brush with rounded edge for smooth, even application of powder, emollient and concealer products






Photo and info source: Temptalia.com

M.A.C Sugarsweet Collection



Launch Date: 19 Mar 2009 (US/Canada)
Who cares if the candy man can… it’s the cupcake ingenue who’s caught the sweet spot this season. Temptation is everywhere - luscious, whipped-cream decadent, deliciously decorative frosting colours and sugared almond combinations. Like peering through the window of a Parisian patisserie, you’ll want to become one of each! Have fun with a new Red Velvet recipe Shadestick. Tricolour Lipglass is like a mille feuille of layered lip gloss colours, each gives way to the next in a triple-layered pearl-swirl of prettiness; add extra yum to Eye Shadow; Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish is the ultimate cake walk. We could eat you up.
Eye Shadows - USD$14.50
  • Sugarshot - Pale frosty beige (Lustre) (LE)
  • Dear Cupcake - Mid-tone pink coral with gold pearlized pigments (Satin) (LE)
  • Aquavert - Soft mint with white pearlized pigments (Veluxe Pearl) (LE) (Repromote from Lure)
  • Stars 'n' Rockets - Lavender with red/pink reflects (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Club - Muted reddish brown duo-chrome with green opalescent shimmer (Satin) (Permanent)

Shadesticks (LE) - USD$16.50
  • Cakeshop - Frosted light neutral beige
  • Lemon Chiffon - Frosted pewter
  • Butternutty - Frosted pale white gold
  • Red Velvet - Frosted mid-tone pink
  • Penny - Light pinky copper (Repromote)

Lipsticks - USD$14.00
  • Sweet Thing - Mid-tone magenta with multi-dimensional pearl (Lustre) (LE)
  • Bubbles - Sheer frosty white beige (Glaze) (LE) (Repromote of DCd Item)
  • Touch - Peachy cinnamon (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Lollipop Loving - Mid-tone coral with subtle green with gold iridescence (Glaze) (LE) (Repromote from Heatherette)
  • Saint Germain - Pastel pink (Amplified Creme) (Permanent in select Europe locations)

Tri-Colour Lipglass (LE) - USD$17.50
  • Tasty - Top: Sheer blue pink with reflects. Middle: Mid-tone blue pink with duo-chrome pearlized pigments. Bottom: Dark creamy red pink
  • Just Dessert - Top: Sheer yellow pink with reflects. Middle: Mid-tone yellow pink with duo-chrome pearlized pigments. Bottom: Mid-tone creamy yellow pink
  • Simply Delicious - Sheer peach with reflects. Middle: Pale coral with duo-chrome pearlized pigments. Bottom: Creamy mid-tone coral
  • Triple-Yum - Top: Sheer gold with gold reflects. True gold with duo-come pearlized pigments. Bottom: Mid-tone bronze
  • Consume Me - Top: Sheer white with reflects. Middle: Pale mint with duo-chrome pearlized pigments. Bottom: Creamy light peach with pearlized pigments

Mineralize Skinfinishes (LE) - USD$27.00
  • Perfect Topping - Pink/Peach/Lavender melange
  • Refined - Tan/Peach/Coral melange

Mascara - USD$12.00
  • Zoom Lash: Zoomblack - Rich black

Lash - USD$12.00
  • #34 Lash - Dramatically long. Wispy. Features a long, winged-corner edge.

Nail Lacquer (LE) - USD$11.00
  • Peppermint Patti - Creamy mint green (Cream)
  • Seasonal Peach - Creamy pale peachy pink (Cream) (Repromote from Creme Sheen Fall 08)


Photo and info source: Specktra.net Bjooti.net

M.A.C Double Dazzle Collection


Launch Date: April 30th, 2009 (North America)
May 2009 (International)
All you need is Love… Lips and Lashes! Summer simplified for the modern makeup minimalist. Double Dazzle will daze the closest competition with colour-changing, light-reflecting pearl-shine lips; paired with a new formula for the ultimate in voluptuous lashes, et voilà! Lips lead: seven new Dazzleglass shades bring the scintillating selection up to 18! The flotilla-of-lights formula imparts the pearl combination with mega-glisten shine, creamy comfort and the subtle sensation of vanilla. Lashes follow: multiplied, volumized, utterly glorified by our newest eye innovation…This sly new small-and-mighty brush has been developed to capture and emphasize each and every lash. Lips, Lashes, Lovers…Look out!

Dazzleglass (USD$18.00)

  • Sugarrimmed Milky pale pink with red, teal and white pearl
  • Goldyrocks Sheer soft yellow with pink and gold pearl
  • Moth to Flame Sheer neutral beige with violet pearl
  • Smile Light coral with pink and gold pearl
  • Steppin’ Out Clean yellow pink with red pearl
  • Utterly Posh Mid-tone orange with pink and gold pearl
  • Love Alert Raspberry red with red pearl
  • Date Night Deep plum with blue and gold pearl
  • Funtablulous Purple with violet pearl
  • Extra Amps Sheer bright blue pink with blue and pink pearl
  • Like Venus Clean light bubble gum pink with red pearl
  • Stop! Look! Sheer violet mauve with blue and pink pearl
  • Money Honey Mid-tone rosy mauve with red pearl
  • Rags to Riches Plumm y pink with teal and red pearl
  • Baby Sparks Pale pink with violet pearl
  • Bare Necessity Caramel apricot with red and gold pearl
  • Girl’s Delight Sheer mid-tone tan with gold pearl
  • Get Rich Quick Warm yellow brown

Dazzle Lash (USD$12.00)

  • Star Brunette Brown
  • Black Dazzle Black



Photo and info source: Temptalia.com

Friday, February 27, 2009

Daily Makeup Routine

I am sitting here at my desk,with my morning cup of tea, waiting for my codes to compile while thinking: I wonder how the other girls/guys put on their makeup. This is as in in what order do you do your makeup. Foundation first? Eye makeup first? Lips first?

So, I decided to write about this topic today.

Do you think it matters which order you put your makeup on? I know it's just a personal preference thing, but I know people who strongly believes that makeup would look better if you put it on in certain orders.

Here's how I do mine:
  1. Start off with a clean face.
  2. Put on a thin layer of moisturizer.
  3. Let the moisturizer sink in for a couple of minute (this is when I start to think what eye color should I use today), then put on my foundation primer.
  4. Then I'll start with eye makeup. This way, I'll leave ample time for my primer to set before I apply on my foundation.
  5. For eye makeup, I'll start with a primer (Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance and/or MAC paint pot or shadestick). Make sure the application is even.
  6. Then I'll do my brows. This will let my eye primer set first.
  7. After that, it's the eye shadows and eye liners.
  8. When that's done, I'll apply my foundation with a MAC #182 kabuki brush.
  9. This is follow with blush (if I'm in the mood for one).
  10. Then it's the mascara (this is a must for me, even if I do not have any makeup on).
  11. The last step would be a few spritz of MAC Fix+ to set the makeup and to freshen up my face. =)
Some of you might ask: why are you doing your eyes before your foundation? Well, I used to do my foundation first then follow by the eyes. Then one day, I decided to try something different (eyes first then foundation). And I find that the later one gives me a more flawless look. I find it easier to blend out the edges of my eyeshadow with the foundation to give it a flawless transition. And it's easier for me to pick up any pigment fall-outs too. Bear in mind that I do use mineral powder foundation. So, I'm not sure if this would work with liquid foundation tho.

So, how do you do yours? Do you follow a certain routine religiously?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer


If you're a makeup junkie (like me), you would have most probably heard of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation primer. Now, Smashbox has come out with a brand new product call the Photo Finish Lid primer.
... creates the perfect canvas for eyeshadow application. Wear this universal shade under shadow to increase longevity, or create the perfect nude eye by applying over the lid for an even tone. The exclusive formula contains Phytomoist, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization and amino acids for skin-smoothing benefits. Soft focus pearls help diminish the appearance of fine lines on the lids while the patented Qusome delivery system ensures all ingredients penetrate the skin to deliver effective results. -- Sephora.com
From the product description, it does sound very promising. I enjoy using the foundation primer, so I have very high expectations for this one as well.

I have yet to stumble upon my HG eyeshadow primer. Would this be the one? Hopefully I'll be able to somehow figure out a way to get my hands on this and take it for a test drive.

For the rest of you who is lucky enough to have a Sephora or a Smashbox counter near you, go check this out and let me know what you think of it.

This product is currently a Beauty Insider Exclusive on Sephora.com.


Photo and info source: Sephora

Monday, February 23, 2009

Review: Sephora Brand Vanilla Cupcake Bubble Bath


Sephora Brand has a vast range of body care products, and one of them is the Vanilla Cupcake Body Collection. I received the Vanilla Cupcake Bubble Bath as my BeautyInsider birthday gift, and ever since I started using it a month ago, I'm hooked. It is AMAZING! The bubble bath truly smells like real vanilla cupcake. No kidding. The warm vanilla smell, infused with buttermilk and a slight hint of toasted almonds is heavenly. It also leaves my skin hydrated, soft and never too dry. And there's no icky residue too. I'm very sensitive towards body wash, as my skin gets dry really easily. Mind you, Johnson and Johnson's honey milk bath gives my skin the itch.

For all of you who loves anything vanilla and/or cupcakes, you'll definitely love this. If you have a Sephora near you, go grab this and indulge in a heavenly scently bath.


Photo source: Sephora

Poll of the week...

Hi ya all! =)

I've decided to start a new section in the blog call "Poll of the week". This is where I'll post up beauty and makeup related polls for you to vote, so that I'll get to know all of you better.

And to kick start this new initiative, the first poll would be on which kind of foundation do you use? Powder? Mineral? Or no foundation? Pick which ever that applies to you and just click vote. Easy as that.

Have fun! And stay beautiful! ;)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15 and Face Touch Up Stick

Bobbi Brown is introducing her new Skin Foundation with SPF15 and new Face Touch Up Stick.


The Skin Foundation offers natural light coverage that will look like skin, evens out skin tone and minimizing pores at the same time. Its hydrating technology will leave your skin feeling comfortable all the time, while providing a broad spectrum UV protection. The foundation is made to suit all skin type. For those that is looking for more coverage, fear not. This foundation is buildable to give you your desired amount of coverage.



Launching together with the Skin Foundation is the new Face Touch Up Stick that comes in 17 different shades. This handy little stick is meant for people who want to touch up on-the-go. Use it to conceal any imperfections, and to your foundation looking fresh all day long. It is creamy and is meant to provide full-coverage. Perfect for the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin area, and ideal for normal to combination skin. Unfortunately, the handy little stick is not made for under eye area. The Face Touch Up Stick is meant to be used together with the Skin Foundation for that flawless, natural looking skin.

With all the hype going on about this new foundation, I'll definitely be checking these two out during the opening party at Parkson Gurney this coming weekend.

Are you tempted to try these out as well?

Info and photo source: Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown @ Gurney Plaza

Bobbi Brown is unveiling a whole new counter-look at Parkson Gurney Plaza this coming weekend. There will be a 3-day opening event starting 27th February till 1st March 2009, 12pm till 8pm, and refreshments will be served.

I've managed to talk to their MAs and it is said that Bobbi Brown's new Skin foundation with SPF15 and Face Touch Up Stick will be launched during the opening party.

So, for all of you who will be around the neighborhood during those three days, why not pop by the counter and join in the fun. =) You'll definitely see me around there. ;)

M·A·C Hello Kitty Prizes

M.A.C is giving out Hello Kitty products! =) Yay!

To enter, just use the widget on the left sidebar.

Go kitty power!


Visit M.A.C cosmetics for rules and regulations.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Review: M.A.C Prep + Prime Lash

This is part of M.A.C's Prep + Prime range. The Prep + Prime Lash is a white mascara-like-texture lash primer that dries down to a semi-clear color. M.A.C's website claims that it helps conditions the lashes while helping mascara lash longer.

It is one of the first mascara base that I've tried and to be honest, it's a love hate relationship. Yup, I'm a bit indifferent about this one. I'm usually quite sure about a product: on whether I don't like or absolutely love it. This is a tough one.

Nevermind me. Here's the breakdown of the good and the bad of this lash primer.

Pros:
  1. Applying mascara after coating the lashes with this is really smooth. Mascara glides on nicely.
  2. It doesn't give your lashes the brittle feel.
  3. Really lengthens the lashes. By a LOT. My short short lashes looks so long and full after using this.
  4. Easy to remove. Does not need a whole lot of rubbing. Just use a normal makeup remover and it'll just come off easily.
Cons:
  1. The brush that comes with this is not really the best lash brush out there. If you take a look at the brush, it does not distribute the product that evenly. So, it does take a bit of effort to apply it on evenly on all lashes.
  2. While it does lengthens tremendously, this primer does not hold curls that well. Even if I pre-curl my lashes with an eyelash curler, my lash will look stick straight after half an hour.
So, you're gonna ask, what's the verdict? It is definitely worth to give it a try and see if it works or not for yourself. This is definitely not my HG mascara base. I'm still on the search for another mascara base. In fact, I'm now trying a new one, which I will reveal and review in due time. =)

Have you used this before? What do you think about it then?


Photo source: M.A.C cosmetics

Review: Clinique Lash Power Curling Mascara

I have previously reviewed the amazing Clinique Lash Power Mascara. So, now is its little sister's hour to shine. This is like an improved version of the already great Lash Power. This is the Lash Power Curling Mascara. And the word to emphasize on is curling. When Clinique says curling, they really mean curling. Remember how I say the original Lash Power lacks the curl factor. Well, here it is. Clinique heard my call. This little baby coats every single lash there is, no matter how small and tiny they are (trust me, no lash shall escape this little monster), and curls them even without an eyelash curler.

Pros:
  1. Again, the tiny brush is a plus. It doesn't matter how long or short, full or sparse your lashes are, this brush will be able to reach every one of them. And there is no accidentally applying mascara on to your lids anymore (I'm talking about you, Plushlash).
  2. The curved brush help curls the lashes.
  3. Long wearing formula stays on forever, even through rain, sweat, humidity and tears. Just like Lash Power.
  4. Really lengthens the lashes.
Cons:
  1. Nothing is perfect in this world. So, the same applies to this mascara. Although it curls and lengthens (and stay on forever), there is still the volumizing department that is missing. If you've got naturally full lashes, then there is no need to worry about this.
Again, I can't rave enough about this mascara. I reach for this every single day. And it has never failed me. If you want a more dramatic curl, curl your lashes with an eye lash curler first than follow by this. You'll have the most amazing curled lashes ever.

Lastly, one of my favorite beauty blogger, BeautyFool, has also recently reviewed this mascara too. Go check it out.

So, are you gonna give this a try? =)


Photo source: Clinique

Monday, February 16, 2009

M.A.C. Hello Kitty Video

Look what M.A.C has come out with. The video reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. =)

This video has given a dark twist to the innocent pink-white-Hello-Kitty-world. They have definitely gave kitty-chan a grown up makeover. Although, I still find the big kitty head guys a bit freaky.

Enjoy!

Review: Clinique Lash Power Mascara


Lash Power mascara comes in Clinique's latest long wearing formula. While this mascara is not that new on the market anymore, there is still quite a hype for it. It vows to stay put without a smudge or a smear for as long as 24 hours. It'll last through rain, sweat, humidity and tears. Yet, easy enough to remove with plain warm water.

I know. All of these may sound really utopia-ish, and I don't really buy it at first. But, right after I tried it out for the first time, I know this is my new love. It will seriously last through everything that it just claimed. I've cried in this before, jogged in this before and even run through the rain in this before. And I live in Malaysia, it's like the most humid place you could ever find (well, maybe not the most, but it is very humid here). The mascara will not smudge or smear at all. Serious. To remove it, just wet a cotton pad with warm water, gently press on to the eye and then wipe away. Tada! The mascara will come off in little tiny pieces. This is because it's a tubing mascara (hence the little pieces), and it won't smear all over your eye area when you're removing it.

So, here's a breakdown on the pros and cons.

Pros:
  1. Long wearing formula. This baby will not smudge or smear at all. I've never tried it for 24 hours yet, the longest I've tried is 15 hours and it didn't even flake a bit. But here's the catch. If you ever cry in this, do not rub your eyes. Rubbing it will cause the mascara to come off (cause your tears are warm, remember?). Just let it dry, and there will be in evidence you've ever cried. =)
  2. Super small brush lets you reach the tiniest lashes.
  3. The brush lets you coat lashes individually. So what does that mean? It means, not clumps! Wohoo!!
  4. Easy to remove, with just plain warm water.
  5. Lengthens lashes.
Cons:
  1. While it does lengthens, there's still the volumizing department that is not working.
  2. Does not curl lashes that well. This wouldn't be an issue if you already have naturally curly lashes. But mine are stick straight.
Would I recommend this? Hell ya! Everyone should give this a try, before dismissing it as just-another-mascara. It's definitely well worth the price (RM 75).


Photo source: Clinique.com

Sunday, February 15, 2009

THE Collection? M.A.C and Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty? Anyone? LOL. Who am I kidding. The whole world is excited about the M.A.C and Hello Kitty collaboration (well, at least in the makeup world). This collection will contain products from lipsticks to tinted lip conditioners, eyeshadow palettes to glitter liners and brushes to makeup bags. Even the packaging itself justifies at least one product buy from this collection. I'm not a big HK fan myself (I don't hate it either), so I'll just wait till I get to see the product in real life before making up my mind on what I want. But I'm particularly interested in the Milk pigment. As some of you might have already know, I'm a crazy pigment gal. Haha. I'm still in the mist of collecting them, slowly building up my collection.

I've had a little chat with one of my local MA, and according to her, they are expecting HK to be launched here in Gurney somewhere around 11th of March. So all you pretties out there, it's time to save up some moolah and join the HK fever. =)

Are you planning to get anything? Or everything? ;)

Here are some product information for you to drool over:

Wild Kitty

Mild Kitty

Lipstick (LE)
  • Fashion Mews - Sheer pale lavendar
  • Strayin' - Description not available to me at this time
  • Fresh Brew - Creamed coffee (Lustre) (Permanent colour in LE packaging)
  • Big Bow - Sheer bright intense blue pink
  • Cutester - Sheer peachy pink with pearl
  • Most Popular - Sheer deep berry

Lipglass
(LE)
  • Nice to Be Nice - Sheer bright intense orange with pearl
  • Nice Kitty - Sheer neon pink with blue pearl
  • Mimmy - Light creamy pink with pink and gold pearl
  • Sweet Strawberry - Sheer berry with blue pearl
  • She Loves Candy - Pale blue pink with gold pearl
  • Fast Friends - Sheer bright intense purple with pearl

Tinted Lip Conditioners
(LE)
  • Pink Fish - Soft neutral pink
  • Popster - Lively coral pink

Eye Shadow Palettes X 4
(LE)

Lucky Tom Palette
  • Stylin' - Mid-tone violet pearl with multi-dimensional pearl(LE)
  • Lucky Tom - Dark chocolate brown with gold pearl (LE)
  • Creme Royal - Yellow wheat gold (VP) (LE) (Repromote: Antiquitease Royal Assets: Metallic Palette
  • Paradisco (Permanent) - Soft bright pinky-coral with golden shimmer (Frost)
Too Dolly Palette
  • Too Dolly - Frosty mid-tone mint (LE)
  • Stately Black - Rich blue with silver sparkle (L) (LE) (Repromote: Antiquitease Royal Assets: Metallic Palette
  • Yogurt (Permanent) - Soft pale pink (Matte)
  • Romping (LE) - Rich magenta with pink pearlized pigments (Frost) (Repromote from C-Shock)

Pigments
  • Milk - Frosty pale silvery pink (LE)
  • Deep Blue Green - Rich, deep bluish green (Pearl) (Pro repromote)

Reflects Glitter
  • Reflects Very Pink - Sparkling fuschia pink (Pro repromote)
  • Reflects Blue - Sparkling blue (Pro repromote)

Glitter Liners (LE)
  • Kitty Power - Pink with multi-dimensional glitter
  • Her Glitz - Blackended gold with multi-dimensional glitter
  • Glitterpuss - Orangey bronze with multi-dimensional glitter
  • Girl Groove - Clear/white teal reflects with multi-dimensional glitter

Beauty Powder Blush (LE)
  • Tippy - Mid-tone blue pink
  • Fun & Games - Soft orange peach

Beauty Powders (LE)
  • Pretty Baby - Soft sunny pink with gold (Repromote for Icon: Diana Ross)
  • Tahitian Sand - Soft coral peach (Repromote from Icon: Catherine Deneuve)

Nail Lacquers (LE)
  • Something About Pink - Pale pink fuschia
  • On the Prowl - Light creamy gray
  • Vestral White - Creamy White (Repromote from Antiquitease)

False Lashes (LE)
  • Hello Kitty Lash: Half lash with overlapping hairs to emphasize outer cat eye.

Mascara
  • Plushlash in 'Plushblack' - Black

HK Soft Vanity Case (Traincase) (LE) (Available at maccosmetics.com)
  • Large, soft traincase with zip closure. Black, pink and white vinyl fabric.

HK Tote (LE) (Available at maccosmetics.com)
  • Rectangular tote bag with collaboration inspired graphics and logo.

HK Makeup Bags (LE) (Available at all counters, MAC stores and maccosmetics.com)
  • Petite Makeup Bag
  • Medium Makeup Bag

HK Brush collection (LE) (Available at MAC stores, Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com)
Plastic cup in the shape of HK's face, which holds three brushes.
  • #187SE Duo Fibre Brush - A flat-topped, full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of any formula colour – fluid, cream, powder or pigment. Ideal for creating soft layers or adding textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.

  • #109SE Small Contour Brush - Use on the face to apply, blend or contour powder products. Softly rounded dome tip delivers just enough colour; smoothly blends colour into the face. Of natural fibres.

  • #239SE Eye Shader Brush - Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products. This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibers. It can be used to build intense colour on the eyelid.

Purse Mirror (LE) (Available at maccosmetics.com)
  • Mirrored compact. The inside contains a regular mirror on one side and a magnifying mirror on the other side.

HK Plush Doll (LE) (Available at MAC stores, Nordstrom doors and maccosmetics.com)
  • 14" Plush doll in white, pink and black nylon.

Beaded Bracelet (LE) (Available at maccosmetics.com)
  • Black beaded bracelet with three charms.

Mirrored Key Clip (LE) (Available at maccosmetics.com)
  • Bag zipper clip or keychain with two charms and mirror.

Photo and information source: Specktra.net

M.A.C Lightful Collection

M.A.C has given the white-packaging Lightful range a whole new look. They now come in a stunning light grey-ish blue packaging and is being repromoted. They are ampped up a notch with M.A.C's exclusive breakthrough Charged Water technology. With active ingredients like green tea and Vitamin C, these products boast to lock in moisture while revealling a brighter, more luminous skin (with every day use, of course).

I've recently talked to one of my local MA, and according to her, all of them are reformulated and is better than ever. They have the testers in already, but she's not allowed to give out samples yet. It is planned to be launched sometime in the next week or two. But not to worry, this range is permanent in all Asia counters. So, just take your time, ask for a sample or two, try it out first before commiting to a full bottle. Well, unless you're already using it, then why not?! =)



Lightful Foaming Creme Cleanser - 100 ml / 3.4 US FL OZ

This cleanser foams up to a creamy mousse like texture. It claims to keep the skin feeling hydrated while leaving it feeling clean.



Lightful Active Softening Lotion - 150 ml / 5.0 US FL OZ

Some of you might be more familiar with the term toner rather than softening lotion. A softening lotion is basically like a toner. It is still the second step to your daily cleansing routine (after your cleanser). This water-based softening lotion claims to immediately hydrates the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed, soothed and soft with a more even-toned look.



Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Creme - 50 ml / 1.7 US FL OZ

This lightweight, gel-like cream comes in a typical moisturiser tub design. It claims to provide long-lasting moisture protection and help skin look more luminous over time.



Lightful Charged Essence - 30 ml / 1.0 US FL OZ

This small little bottle of concentrated, gel-like essence claims to help skin look and feel smoother, softer, brighter and more resilient.


Photo and info source: M.A.C cosmetics

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Body Shop Roseflower Spring 2009 Collection

I went to my local the Body Shop today during lunch break, and got to look at the Roseflower Spring Collection. This collection has a very pastel, romantic-y kind of theme going on. It consists of 2 blushes, 2 eyeshadows, 3 lipsticks and a radiance stick.

Roseflower blush:
L to R: Fusia, Pink

These blushes are priced at RM79 each. Each of them as a really pretty embossed pink rose design in the middle. There are two colors: Fusia, which is a mid-to-deep rosy color; Pink, which is a pale pink color. Both are very wearable on a day-to-day basis. The colors itself are quite matte, while most of the shimmers comes from the embossed rose design. They came out a bit too chalky to my liking, but the pigmentation is at the okay-level.

Roseflower Radiance Stick:


This pretty looking baby is priced at Rm58 each. It contains Community Trade marula oil that will help holding moisture on the skin. The consistency is quite creamy and the pigmentation is actually surprisingly good. It turns into powder once it dries down. As a bonus, this actually smell quite pleasant. It's like a light rose scent.

Personally, I'm not found of stick and cream blushes/highlighters. And if any of you are on the same boat as me, this might be a good chance to give it a try.

Roseflower eyeshadows:

L to R: Sunshine Gold, Mint Green

Next on the line are the eyeshadows. This time, Body Shop offers two very different shades: Sunshine Gold and Mint Green. Sunshine Gold is a pale yellow-gold with shimmers and Mint Green is a pale aqua-green with shimmers. Mint Green has more blue in it than green in my opinion. Both colors are actually quite matte by themselves, if not for the embossed sliver rose design in the middle. Both eyeshadows are a bit chalky and the color payoff is not that good. I actually have to swatch a couple of times to get Sunshine Gold to show on the back of my hand. Each of the eyeshadow is priced at RM55.

Roseflower lipsticks:


These lipsticks come in three shades: Soft Pink, True Pink and Deep Pink. I didn't had the chance to swatch these, as I was in a hurry to go grab something to eat (was very hungry). But by just looking at the product itself, the colors do not look that unique.

Overall, the packaging is very pretty and cute. Other than that, this collection is not as special as I would like it to be. I'm totally skipping everything from the collection, and save some money for the up coming M.A.C Hello Kitty collection. =)

Did you get anything from the collection? What do you think?


Photo source: The Body Shop

O.P.I South Beach Collection

This is O.P.I's latest Spring/Summer 2009 Collection. The first time I saw the ad for this is in the February issue of Allure, and the range of shades in the collection immediately caught my attention. This collection features 14 new shades, ranging from vivid purple to pale pink and warm browns to pale-nude.

O.P.I South Beach Collection

Shade descriptions (from L to R):

Overexposed in South Beach: Vivid purple
Miami Beet: Racy red-violet
Done Out in Deco: A "deco"-dent shade of arty lilac
Suzi & the Lifeguard: Light pink
Party in My Cabana: Rich, "cab"-tivating pink
Congo-line Coral: Orange-rose
OPI on Collins Ave.: Sizzling red-orange
Paint My Moji-toes Red: Warm rosy red
Feelin' Hot-Hot-Hot: Flamingo pink
Sand in My Suit: Bare nude shade
Clubbing till Sunrise: Golden tangerine
Bronzed to Perfection: Toasty brown

I have never been a dark nail polish kind of girl myself. Most of the nail polishes that I have are quite light in color. In fact, the darkest I have is a navy blue color from Elianto, and that's for my toes ONLY. The darkest color I've ever had on my fingers is O.P.I's Windy City Pretty. So, the one that I'm most interested in is Done out in Deco. Fancy trying on a purple nail color for a change. =)

Are you eye-ing any of these pretties?

Info and photo source: O.P.I

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Review: M.A.C Blonde, Brunette and Redhead - Brushes

Brushes, brushes, brushes. Where do I start. =)

These babies are absolutely gorgeous. I know, I'm talking about brushes like they are some kind of doll or something. Haha. Weirdo. But honestly, I have no regrets in buy all 3 of them from the collection. All of them are really soft, and as they are MAC brushes, we all know they will last for a very long time (needless to say).

Top to Bottom: 165, 226, 214

Lets start with the cute little 165 (okay, it's not THAT little). It is a small tapered cheek/highlight brush. It's made of soft natural bristles, and trust me, it really is oh-so-soft. It is as soft as the 182 kabuki brush. The brush has a rose-bud shape that come up to a point. I find it really great for cheek highlighting and to apply the new MSFs that came out with this collection. This is my favorite cheek brush at the moment as it let me has a lot of control over where I want my blushes/MSFs to be. It picks up quite an amount of powder and blends really well. And because it's so soft, blending is a dream.

This is said to be a smaller version of the 138 tapered face brush. I don't own that one, so I can't really compare it in person. So, just to show how 'small' it is, I compare it with the very famous 187.

Top to bottom: 187, 165

Next stop is the 226. Before this, the only crease/blending brush that I have from MAC is the 217. While it does blend really well, I find it to be a tad too big for my Asian (small) eyes. So, in the end, I end up spreading the crease color all over the place (so not cool). The 226 is the perfect replacement for my crease blending purpose. It's slight pointy, which means I can blend at a smaller area (without spreading the crease color up to my highlight area). It gives me more control and allows me to do the outer-V color as well. One can even do the cut-crease style with precision using this brush.

Here's a comparison of the 226 with the mighty 217. See how the 226 is more 'rounded' while the 217 is more 'flat'.

Top to bottom: 217, 226

And here's a comparison of those two from the top. Notice how the bristles for the 226 are all gathered into a point, but the 217 is more spread out. Actually, the 217 in this photo is more fluffed up than it should be (cause I didn't shape it properly after washing it last night). It should be more 'thin' on the sides, if you get what I mean. And as you can see, the 226 is obviously smaller then the 217. Which means, more control for your blending work. =)

L to R: 226, 217

And finally, the 214. It's a mini shader brush. It's very much the little little brother/sister of the 239. If you have a 239, just imagine it got a lot shorter and it got on a diet (aka thinner). Haha.
It is very firm and the bristles come to tapered point. Therefore, it is excellent for smudging eyeliners and eyeshadow for those sexy smokey eye look. It can also be used for packing on pigments or eyeshadows on the lid. I've only tried this for smudging, and I absolutely love it. Now, my 219 is just sitting there in my brush holder being neglected. Though I still sometimes use it for outer-V purposes. The 214 has officially become my HG brush for lower lash eyeliner smudge brush.

Here's a picture to show how it looks like from the side.

214 from the side

Many has compared the 214 to the Sephora smudge brush. From the photo provided by Sephora.com, it does look alike. But, I can't really tell for sure until I get the chance to see it in real life.

So, will you be getting any of the brushes? =)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Review: M.A.C Blonde, Brunette and Redhead - Eyeshadows, MSFs

Lets start with the MSFs. OMG, they are sooooo pretty. These are my first 2 MSFs and I've fallen in love with them. People have said that these new MSFs are more finely milled, has finer glitters and more pigmented. And I couldn't agree more. The texture are super soft and you only need a little product to give you that natural healthy glow.

L to R: Redhead MSF, Blonde MSF

I got the Redhead and Blonde MSF, and I'm using them every single day. Most of the time, I use them as a cheek-highlight/blush and they gave me this really nice glow. The Redhead one is a nice peachy-pink-gold shade. It's very natural and wearable. For fairer skintone, this will definitely work as a blush as well. The Blonde one is a nice pale pink-rose shade. This is my favorite. It's not too over-the-top, yet it gives you this really healthy flush. LOVE! Both will work nicely as a blush for fair skintone people. They have really soft texture and the glitters are definitely not chucky at all. In fact, I won't say they are glitters. They are like really reallly fine fairy-dust. LOL.

L to R: Henna eyeshadow, Knight eyeshadow

Next stop are the eyeshadows. If I remember correctly, there are 9 eyeshadows in this collection. I only got Henna and Knight. And let me tell you, ther are simply gorgeous. Both are Veluxe Pearl, which is good enough reason to buy them. Needless to say, the texture is divine and the color pay-off is absolutely amazing.

Knight is a dark grey with a slight hint of blue. However, the blue is not very over-powering at all. In fact, you won't even notice it by itself. I only noticed it after I compared with with Smoke & Diamonds (from the Starflash collection last year). Knight would be great in any smokey eye look, or in the crease paired with any cool toned color on the lid.


Top to bottom: Knight, Smoke & Diamonds

Then there's Henna. Henna is a dark gold with slight olive undertone. I compared it with Mink & Sable (from Starflash collection), and they look really similar in the pot. But when swatched side by side, there is a distinct difference between those two. Henna has more gold to it; while Mink & Sable has more olive. I tried to capture the swatches with my camera, but it would not show the difference. So, anyways, if you already have Mink & Sable and you're on a budget, I'll say skip Henna. Otherwise, get it. It's really pretty and I love it so much.


Bottom row, L to R: Mink & Sable, Henna

Haul: M.A.C Blonde, Brunette and Redhead Collection

M.A.C has released the Blonde, Brunette and Redhead collection on January. There was a lot of buzz about it, with people being really excited about the collection (especially the new Mineralized Skinfinishes aka MSFs).

A friend of mine was coming back from the US for the Chinese New Year celebration, so I got him to bring back some BBR goodies for me. I got 2 eyeshadows, 2 MSFs and all 3 brushes. There has been a lot of raves about some of the lipglasses and lipsticks, but I've never really been a lip-girl. So, I skipped. And to be entirely honest, I only have 2 M.A.C lippies and 2 M.A.C lipglass. =P

Top to bottom, L to R: Henna and Knight eyeshadow
226, 165 and 214 brush
Redhead and Blonde MSF


After trying out eveyrthing for 2 weeks, I have to say I'm very pleased with this collection. It has a bit of everything, which means everyone will find at least one thing that they will like. The brushes are abosultely gorgeous and definitely a must-have for all you brush junkie out there.

Stay tune for reviews on all the products that I got.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Beware. Fake M.A.C products online.

As some of my closest friends know, I'm a total M.A.C addict. Even my mum used to be bothered by it, cause she's kind of a drugstore brand person. But now she's just used to it already, and not complaining anymore. =) I'm not saying that drugstore brands are not good, some of the beauty products that I use are drugstore brands (eg. my HG scrub!). But when it comes to makeup, I'm a bit picky, and it's just a personal preference.

So, back to the topic. One of my favorite blog (Pursebuzz) has recently had a post talking and warning us about a site which is selling fake M.A.C products. It's just heartbreaking to see to what extend people are willing to cheat and earn innocent people's money. I mean it's just not fair that some unaware soul would come-by the site thinking that they are getting a good deal, when all they are getting is overpriced cheap "fake" makeup. It makes me sick.

Another place where people would commonly sell fake M.A.C and other high-end cosmetic products is the good-old eeeBay. In fact, when I first started getting into the whole makeup and beauty thing, I did surf around that site trying to search for a good deal. But I never bought anything, cause they look kind of fishy. And it turns out, most of the stuff that I thought was a "good deal" was a fake after all (I only found out about this later on, through other bloggers).

The most common fake M.A.C out there are full sized pigments, brushes and eyeshadows. That is cause we all know how good their pigments, brushes and eyeshadows are. And this is why these people will take the risk and try to sell fakes to us.

Think about it. Would you rather pay the full price and get authentic, good quality products; or pay 90% or 80% of the original price and get some low quality, god-knows-what-they-are-made-of, fake products?

So, here are some tips to help you avoid these fake-MAC traps:
  1. M.A.C eyeshadow palettes will never have sponge tip applicators. Most of the palettes come with a mini MAC #213 brush.
  2. M.A.C individual eyeshadow pots does not have an accompanied sponge tip applicator. If they do, then it'll most probably be a fake.
  3. If you see a brush set that has like 18 or 24 brushes together with a brush roll, beware. M.A.C does not sell their brushes like that. Most of the limited edition and holiday brush set will only have up to 5 brushes (depending on which set).
  4. Always buy from authorized sites and parties. The safest way to this is, of course, through M.A.C's website, M.A.C Pro's site (if you are a Pro member) or go to the store (this way, you'll get to swatch and talk to some of the talented MAs there).
  5. And lastly, if the price seems too good to be true, it most probably is. Trust your own instinct. If you think something fishy is going on, then stay away from the site or the seller.
Have you been a victim of these irresponsible seller? Or do you have a friend or family member that has gone through this before? Do you have tips and tricks that you would like to share? I would love to hear all about it. Please leave a comment. =)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

First Post...

This is my first post and I'm so excited! *squeal*

A bit about myself. I'm fairly new to blogging (late bloomer), so it'll take me a while to get the hang of it. I'll be turning 24 this year and am a working professional. With that being said, due to my full time job, I might not be able to update the blog as often as I would like to. So, please be patience with me and I promise I'll try my best to post something every now and then.

I'm a makeup and beauty lover. I don't think I'm an expert or anywhere near that. I'm just writing to share my passion/love for makeup, beauty and everything in between. At this stage, I'm still more of a department store and drug store brand level, if you know what I mean. High end brands (eg. Dior, Channel) are still a bit over my comfort zone (budget-wise). But hey, I'm always open to try new stuff.

Lastly, thank you all for reading. And hope that you'll enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing them.