Monday, March 30, 2009

Review: Lancome UV Expert with DNA Shield sunscreen

As some sort of a follow-up to one of my weekly poll, this would be a review about my favorite sunscreen.

I have previously tried many sunscreens, and most of them are either too oily to my liking or they just simply smells. When I say they smell, I mean they have this very strong "suncreen smell". You know how most sunscreen for your body has this "smell". I don't really know how to describe it, but it's just this really artificial chemical-ish smell. And that I just cannot tolerate. I have not been using suncreen on my face, because of the smell. And that all changed after I discovered Lancome's UV Expert with DNA shield.



LancĂ´me's best advanced research UV protection. Legendary Texture.

A true shield against UV rays and pollution, UV EXPERT DNA SHIELD™ SPF 30 / PA+++ protects the skin down to the very DNA of the cells to preserve its natural and original qualities. The skin is ideally protected and maintains its youthfulness. It looks more even and translucent. It is radiant and glows with health. -- lancome.com.sg

Now, first on the pakaging. Lancome always has this really classy packaging to all their products. Maybe their market aim is at the more mature group of the population, but who cares right? As long as the product works, I don't care if it's cater for older people or even for men. =P The tube itself looks really nice. I can't get over how nice the packaging is. Here's one thing to note. I'm not the kind of person that buys something just for the packaging. But it just so happens that this product is good and the packaging is pretty. In fact, good is an understatement. It's freaking awesome. It's hands down the best sunscreen I've ever used. I've tried from drugstore brand to department store brand. And this is the only sunscreen I'll ever use on my face. If I don't have this with me, I'll just rather not use sunscreen. I'm a bit picky when it comes to what I put on my face. Weirdo.

Lancome's UV Expert with DNA shield is probably the only sunscreen that I've tried that does not have the "sunscreen smell". It does has some kind of scent, but nothing too overpowering or unbearable. Just so you can gauge how sensitive I am to smell, I don't use any of MAC's liquid foundation and the Body Shop's moisturizer that has SPF in it cause I can't stand the sunscreen smell they have in there. My MAC MA thinks that it's amazing that I can actually "smell" it. Cause she said that she didn't even notice that sunscreen has a smell. LOL. So yeah, that's me. =P The sunscreen applies on smoothly and it give me this natural glow. I think there's something in the formula that reflects light or something. It makes your skin has this really healthy glow but doesn't look like oil-shine. And I even suspect that it makes my skin tone looks more even. Or maybe I'm just imagining stuff here. =)

And the most important thing of all, it does not feel oily at all. Nada. Zero. No oil. It contains Filipendula Ulmaria that is able to regulate sebum production. After I apply it on my face, and let it settle in for like 30 seconds, I can't even feel that I have any products on. I have combo skin with an oily t-zone (mostly on my nose). So, it being not oily is a huge plus to me. I don't want to be left with a super shiny nose.

This sunscreen even protects you from environment pollutant. Wow! Talk about awesome-ness. Lancome claims that with its PolluSafe™ Complex and Vitamin E nanocapsules, it is able to protect the skin from pollutant in the air. Now, how true is that, I can never tell. So, I'll just have to take their words for granted on this one.

Here are some of my thoughts/opinions on what I feel about the product.

Pros:
  1. DNA shield technology prevents sun damaging and stress on your skin. With news about skin cancer spreading around the globe, some kind of "DNA shield" is always a plus for me.
  2. None oily formula. Especially good for people with combo or oily skin, as this will be less likely to break you out or make you look like and oil mine.
  3. No sunscreen smell. Okay, now this might be a pro only to me. LOL.
  4. Very comfortable wear. You won't feel a thing after you put this on. No yucky thick sunscreen feeling what-so-ever.
  5. Comes in a choice of SPF30 and SPF50, and it even has a tinted makeup base range. So you can pick with to get according to your needs. If you'll be indoors most of the time and will only be under the sun when walking to the car or during lunch breaks, then SPF30 is more than enough. If you're going to be outdoors most of the time during the day, then you'll need the SPF50 one.
  6. With Mexoryl® SX and XL, it provides wide spectrum UVA-UVB protection. Means it'll block out most of the harmful UV rays from your skin.
  7. Long wearing. Both SPF30 and SPF50 will provide up to 12 hours of sun protection. But remember to re-apply if you've been in the water or have been sweating a lot.
  8. Nice small packaging, which makes it very travel friendly. A good size to tote around in your purse.

Cons:
  1. None that I can think of at the moment.

All in all, I absolutely adore this sunscreen. I would highly recommend this to anyone that comes to me asking for sunscreen recommendations. =)

I can't seem to find this on the Lancome USA website. So this is leading me to suspect that this might be an Asia exclusive product. Let me know if you've seen this outside of Asia.

What's you favorite facial sunscreen? Or have you fallen in love with this one?


Photo and info source: Lancome

Poll of the Week: What do you think about concealers?

Thank you so much to those who have voted on last week's poll. It's always good to know what all my readers would like to see here. I'll probably post this kind of polls every quarter or so, just so I can keep track of what you gals/guys like to read here. =) Okie dokie?

So for this week, I'm just wondering what do you guys feel about concealers? Live saver? Indifferent? Let me know!

Have a great week ahead!

Friday, March 27, 2009

More M.A.C Summer 2009 Info

Thanks to the ever so sweet Adina, we have more insider info for upcoming collections for M.A.C Summer 2009.

One earth breaking news is the colors for A Rose Romance Nordstrom Exclusive Quad: A Rose is a Rose. They are:
Solar White (frost) : Golden White (Repromote)
Contrast (Velvet) : Dark Purple/Blue (Perm)
Seeds of Love (frost) : Frosted Peach
Petal Worship (frost) : Light, blue-based Pink

Personally, after knowing what the colors are, I'm not too excited about the quad anymore. I was previously tho. But not anymore. I've heard rumors that there'll be a green-blue quad coming out sometime later in the summer. So, I'll save my money for that. I'm such a sucker for greens. =P

Adina mentioned about 3 other previously unknown collections. They are Color Craft (mineralized stuff. MSFs alert!), Euristocrats 2 (mainly lipsticks) and Graphic Garden (Nordstorm Anniversary collection).
For more info on all of these, check out her blog: Krasey Beautiful: MAC Summer 2009 Collections.

Have fun!

So, what are you drooling over now? =)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blush Ramblings

This post is just going to be pure ramblings. If you ever get bored halfway through, feel free to just close the browser. I just have to get this out.

The truth is, I'm falling in love with blushes. And that is weird coming out from me. One month ago, I would have never ever in a thousand years imagine that I would be saying that today. Have you seen any blush reviews here? No. Have you heard me raving about a blush? No. Have you heard me saying that I have to have this blush and that blush? No again. So what's wrong with me? I think that would remain as a mystery for the rest of my life. Or until I get bored with blushes. Even I don't know the answer.

Here is some background to my "blush" history. I've never wear blush. Every. Period. I've always thought that I would come out looking like a baboon's backside if I every try to. Hence, it has never occur to me that I needed blush. So, ever since I started getting into this whole makeup whirlwind, eyeshadows have all my devoted attention. My makeup routine's main focus has always been my eyes. Mascara and eyeshadows are a must. Back then, I didn't even wear foundation. Just powder. No concealer (horror!) even. But don't get me wrong, I'm not the type that would not leave the house without makeup. It's just that I love makeup. So, I still have the occasional lazy days where I'll just go without any makeup at all (which is at least twice a week, cause I truly believe that my skin needs some "rest days" as well). I love the colors and how they can enhance what you have and hide what you don't like. So back to the main topic. Blush. The first blush I own is M.A.C's Dainty. I just have to have it even though I don't wear blush. I told myself I'll make this work. So I started playing with it and absolutely love it. Though at that time, I still think that blush is a no no and Dainty would be my one and only love for the rest of my life. Then one fine day, while I was at the mall, I saw that Bobbi Brown has this really nice bronzer. The MA told me that I can use that for contouring purposes. Score! I love to contour my cheek area (when I have the time). She's kind enough to do a demo for me on my face. She took out this blush and bronzer duo and started to explain the steps. On the last step, she applied the blush on me. I was like: wow! That is amazing. It's actually the Bobbi Brown's bronzer and blush duo. And it came with a mini blender brush as well. So, yes, as you might have guessed, I bought that too. Guilty as charged. The blush is the highly popular Bobbi Brown blush in pale pink. And the mini blender brush is hard to resist. =P

After that day, all I use from that duo is the bronzer to contour. Then came Christmas 2008. We all know what that means. M.A.C's annual Holiday collection! One of the blushes that was introduced in that collection was Stark Naked beauty powder blush. As soon as I saw the name, I was like: Yes! That's mine. LOL. Yes, that's the cheeky side of me talking. =P After I saw the swatches online, I was sold. I know I have to get it. The first thing that I told my MA when I went to the store to get my holiday stuff is that I want to try on Stark Naked. And after she applied it on me, I'm 100% sold. So I got that too.

Now, there are 3 blushes in my live. All of which I have cruely neglected all these while. The whole blush fiesta started with the two MSFs I got from the BBR collection. Blonde and Redhead. These two are the main suspects of this crime. No no, make that the main culprits. I love them as blushes. Especially the Blonde one. (Although the BF thinks that the Redhead one is nicer) I wear them almost everyday whenever I have makeup on. After a while, I thought I needed a change. So I went through my makeup stash and found the 3 neglected blushes. The first one I tried on the next day was Bobbi Brown's pale pink. OMG! It is beautiful (with a light-hand). It gives me this pinky doll like flush that is no where near over the top. As the name suggest, it's pale pink. It is exact what the name say it is. Then the next day is Dainty. Oh Dainty, how wrong am I to neglect you. Then it's Stark Naked. And now, I'm just in love with blushes.

Do you have any blush recommendations? Oh ya, most of you might not know, I'm a NC20/25 in M.A.C. And according to my mum, I'm too fair. =P In fact, she says I'm pale.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

M.A.C A Rose Romance Collection Preview

Preview!!! Who's as excited as me? =P Okay okay, it might just be the cup of caffeine shot that I have beside me right now.

Many thanks to roborisser of YouTube.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Silk Naturals Samples Shipped

*squeals* Yay! Karen just mailed me with information that my Silk Naturals order has been shipped. Can't wait to get my hands on them and try them out.

Just in case you're wondering what I ordered, here's what I got:
1 x Silver Lining- Gorgeous Silver Shimmer Eye Shadow
1 x Disco- Shimmering Pink & Gold- MAC Revved-Up clone
1 x Sample Buttery Gold Foundation *Only*
1 x Sample Warm Gold Foundation *Only*
1 x Sample *Kit* Original Coverage Ivory
1 x Sample Pure Silk Powder

I have very high hopes for the foundation and the silk powder. Lets hope they don't let me down.

So, with my current plan to find a new foundation, I have ordered samples from Everyday Minerals and Silk Naturals. I'll definitely be writing an in-depth review/comparison of both foundations.

In the mean time, I'm still on the look out for other mineral foundations to try.

How's everyone's day been? =)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Everyday Minerals FREE Sample Kit

Yes, you read it right. FREE sample kit from Everyday Minerals. All you have to pay is shipping. And shipping only costs me USD$4.55 with USPS First Class Mail International Package. This is just what I need on my journey to find a new foundation.

The kit contains 3 (sample size) foundation shade of your choice. This is a great chance for you to find the correct foundation shade with Everyday Minerals, without having to fork out money for a full size. The kit even comes with a blush and a concealer. Bonus! =)

Need a new foundation

Just in case you're wondering, I'm currently using M.A.C Mineralize Loose Foundation SPF15 in Light Medium. I like the feel and the light coverage of this foundation. But I'm starting to suspect that this might not be the right shade for me. It looks a bit too light and gives me that white-ish cast (if that makes any sense at all). And Medium is too dark for me. Ugh. In fact, I have long suspect that the shade looks a bit white-ish on me, but I'm just too lazy to go search for another foundation. And as most of you might know, M.A.C mineralize foundation is not all that "pure", compared to foundations from other mineral makeup companies. But that's not the main thing that is bothering me.

Now, I am official on the hunt for a new foundation. I personally prefer powder foundation rather than liquid/creme type. Don't really fancy the feel of liquid foundation on my skin. And I've heard so many raves about mineral makeup, that I just have to try it out for myself. So, why not now? Since I'm looking for a new foundation, right? So, I am on the road of finding the perfect mineral foundation. And if I ever fail, I'll just stick with my current one (that's the worst case scenario). It's not all that bad. I just feel that there just has to be a better one. (Now I'm just rambling away, making no sense at all.)

I have just placed an order for sample/starter kits at Silk Naturals and Everyday Minerals. I'll definitly do a review on these two when I am done trying them out.

Wish me luck! =)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Review: L'Occitane Honey & Lemon Fragrance


This sparkling and delicious Eau de Toilette has a subtle blend of fresh and sugary-sweet notes. The lemon and citrus fruit scent give it a tangy freshness, and golden honey, vanilla and caramel scents give its delectable sweetness. -- loccitance.com

The Honey & Lemon collection is L'Occitance's latest introduction. They have always been known for their luxuriously scented products. And this time around, it's another hit. Hey, you can't go wrong with honey and lemon, right? =)

As soon as I saw the promotion poster at the window of the store, I just have to go in and try it out. First of all, the bottle itself is really pretty. It has honey comb patterns all over it with a very classy golden-yellow color. It'll make every girls' vanity top looks pretty. There is actually 2 versions of this: Honey Lemon eau de toilette and the Honey Lemon shimmering eau de toilette. What's the difference? One is with shimmers and the other one is without. Although one of them has a more gold-ish bottle color, both of them smelled exactly the same. It has a light and sweet scent, nothing too overpowering. When it is first sprayed, there is a distinctive honey sweetness in it. Very yummy. And it slowly toned down to a lemony scent. Although the site mentioned that there is caramel and vanilla in it, I can't really tell of any. The shimmering version has some very pretty glitters in it. The glitters/shimmers are not chuncky at all. It is very fine shimmer, that would be perfect for a girls night out or any special occasion.

All in all, the scent is divine. I love all sweet, fruity scent, so this is definitely a hit to me. I would recommend that you try it out in store before buying it, cause the tangy-ness might not be fancied by everyone. But if you like sweet fruity scents, then I am pretty sure you'll like it.


Photo and info source: loccitane.com

Poll of the Week: What do you like to see here?

Okay. So some of you might be asking: What happened to the so-called weekly poll thing? LOL. I am so sorry for that. I've been sidetracked by so many things happening around me, mainly at work, that I barely have time to sleep. Yes, my beauty sleep is more important than writing here. Geez, talk about beauty obsessed. =D

This week, I would love to hear from you what you (all my dear precious readers) would like to see in this blog. More reviews? More haul postings? Beauty tips? etc etc etc. If you picked others in the poll, you can definitely leave a comment here to let me know specifically what "others" is. =)

As for last last week's poll, 62% of you can't live without eyelash curler. Me too! I have to have it whenever I use mascara. And for those of you who picked "curler phobia option", not to worry. I was like that once, not so long ago. =)

So, Happy Voting everyone! And have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Review: M.A.C Hello Kitty Pigments

Yeah, this review is long overdue. But hey, better late than never eh? =) To those that have mailed me requesting for this review, sorry for the long wait.

M.A.C introduced/repromote two pigments in the Hello Kitty collection: Milk and Deep Blue Green. And I got them both (guilty!). The first time I went to get my kitty loot I only got Milk, cause I thought Deep Blue Green was gonna look plain black on me. So I didn't even bother swatching it in store. Then when I went to Singapore, and got too much time in my hands in the airport, I went to the duty free M.A.C store. They still have pretty much everything from Hello Kitty (shocker!). So I went and took a peek at Deep Blue Green. OMG! It is so pretty, well at least in the jar. Then I swatch it on the back of my hand, and it looks black to me. But I was determined to make it work and the BF said it's pretty unique. So I bought it. =P

Here's what I think about those two:

Milk: This is a limited edition pigment. It's a frosty sliver-ish pink. And when I say frosty, it is frosty with a capital F. It's great as an all over lid color or just to highlight the inner conner of your eyes. It's very pale and when applied dry, it gives you this really pretty wash of pale silver shimmer with a slight hint of pink. If applied wet, it gives this really pretty sliver pink color. I know a lot of people complained about the chuncky-ness of this pigment, but I don't find it chuncky at all. It might not be as fine a the Overrich pigments, but it is definitely not as chuncky at Frost pigment (which annoys me). In fact, I'm pretty okay with the texture, doesn't bother me at all.

Deep Blue Green: This is a Pro product, which means you can't get it at normal counters or store. So, this is a good chance for you to pick up this pigment without having to travel miles to a Pro store. In the jar, it look like a very deep blue with green sparkles in it. Very pretty. When swatched, it looks very similar to black. But I compared it with Carbon, it's no where near black. It's a super, super deep blue. Darker than Deep Truth, if you're wondering. The green sparkles in it is really pretty and this color would be great for a smokey eye look, or as an outer-V color. I paired this with Mutiny (both applied dry on Soft Ochre paint pot) and it is gorgeous. The blue in Mutiny really brings out the blue in Deep Blue Green. I used Mutiny all over the lid, Sliver Fog on the inner lid, Deep Blue Green on the outer lid and Femme Fi as highlight. And make sure you blend them well. I can't wait to paired this with a green color and see what difference would it make.

Overall, I'm very pleased with these two pigments. No regrets in getting the full jar. =)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Review: The Body Shop Facial Brush

Get a more radiant complexion with a soft-bristle face brush that gently loosens dead skin cells and impurities while stimulating the circulation. -- thebodyshop.com

I wanted to write a review about this like 2 weeks ago. But there was so much going on that I have to keep pushing this. So, now that I can squeeze some time in between the chaos, here's the long due review.

I actually "stumble upon" this product by accident. My brother got this as part of a The Body Shop gift set for Christmas (from one of my aunts). As both of us started wondering what we should do with it, I went online and "Goggle it". I was a bit skeptical, cause you'll be brushing plastic bristles on your face. Ouch! So, I let the bro bring it for a test run first. =P About a month (after he started using it), I realize his face started to clear up. There were less acne and post-acne marks were less obvious now. Basically his skin looks brighter. I asked him what did he change in his skin care routine. And according to him, he started using the facial brush that came with his Christmas prezzie. I was like "Wow! I NEED to try it.". So I took his and went off to my room to wash my face. Yes, just for the sake of trying it out. LOL. And the result is clear, smooth and brighter skin. It is THAT amazing. In fact, it is so good that I bought one for my mum and my dearest aunt. =)

The Body Shop facial brush features a small handle and the brush size is just nice to massage your facial cleanser on your face in small circular motion. The bristles are made of nylon and 100% vegetarian. If you look at it, the bristles might look harsh, but trust me, it is soft. Although the first time I used it, I can feel a slight scratch-y feeling, but after that, you don't feel it anymore. I was going to get the Clarisonic system, but held off cause of the price. I am so glad I found this, which is only RM12. And it's suitable for all skin type. Yay!

Pros:
  1. Soft bristles.
  2. Compact size that is perfect for traveling.
  3. Remove dead skin cells and even out skin tones, leaving you with baby-soft skin.
  4. Because of the circular motion when you use the brush, it helps blood circulation on your face. This is good as it'll promote skin cell to regeneration, giving it a healthier glow.
  5. Helps remove stubborn dirt and impurities on your skin.
  6. It comes with a plastic cover that protects the bristles when you put it in your bag and when you dry them.
  7. It's 100% vegetarian.

Cons:
  1. The tiny handle might not be the most ergonomic one. I wish it would be slightly bigger, to give me a better grip.

I cannot rave enough about this product. I would highly recommend this to everyone. I have sensitive skin and this does not irritate my skin at all.

Do you have a HG facial brush? Tempted to try this out?


Photo and info source: The Body Shop

Friday, March 13, 2009

Family Vacation

Yes! I'm now in beautiful Singapore for a family vacation. It is sort of a time-out for me from work, which more than great. I plan to do some shopping here, cause who can resists shopping at Orchard Rd. eh? =P We'll see if I manage to get anything. And I'll surely post up the stuff that I got from this beautiful country once I'm back home.

With that said, this means that I'll be blogging less now, as I'll have very limited access to the internet. This is only temporary, until I get home, which is the coming Wednesday. So, yeah, it's only a short trip. But I'm happy enough. =)

What are all of you up to this coming weekend?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tag: What I'm using right now

I personally think that tags are fun. LOL. I've been tagged by Aubrey, so here goes. =)


HAIR

Shampoo - Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo and Redken Scalp Relief Soothing Balance Shampoo

Conditioner - Senscience Silk Moisture Conditioner (I loveeeee this!)

Hair Mask - TIGI Bed Head Treat Me Right hair mask (Smells so good. Peppermint!)

Styling Products - TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum


BODY

Body Wash - Sephora Brand Vanilla Cupcake bubble bath (I double this as a shower gel)

Body Moisturizer - Bath & Body Works Black Raspberry Vanilla body lotion (Yummy scent)

Body Scrub - The Body Shop Pomegranate Body Polish

FACE

Makeup Remover - Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing oil (for face) and M.A.C Pro Eye Makeup Remover (for eye)

Cleanser - Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam

Toner - Shiseido Hydro-Nourishing Softener

Moisturizer - Shiseido Night Moisture Recharge

Sunscreen - Lancome UV Expert DNA Shield SPF 30 PA+++

Eye cream - Origins A Perfect World for Eyes

Serum - M.A.C Skin Refined Zone treatment (on the nose)

Exfoliator - St. Ives Apricot Scrub


MAKEUP

Primer - Smashbox Photo Finish Light foundation primer

Foundation - M.A.C Mineralize SPF15 Loose Foundation in Light Medium

Concealer - M.A.C Studio Touch Up Stick in NC15

Powder - M.A.C Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium or M.A.C Sheer Select Pressed Powder in NC25

Blush - M.A.C Mineralized Skinfinish in Redhead (or Blonde)

Eyebase - M.A.C Shadestick in Beige-ing

Eyeshadow - M.A.C Ricepaper, Henna, Carbon eyeshadow and M.A.C Cocomotion and Blonde's Gold pigment

Eyeliner - Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero (love love love!)

Curler - Shu Uemura lash curler

Mascara - Clinique Lash Power Curling mascara

Nail Varnish - O.P.I Get Me to the Taj On Time


If you have yet to do this tag, then I tag you! =)
Look forward to reading them! And have fun!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Poll of the week: Eyelash curler? Anyone?

Well, with last week's poll coming to an end, it's time for a brand new one. This week, we'll like to know if you use an eyelash curler or not? It's one of those things that you either do, or you do not. Nothing in between.

For me, I used to have a phobia against metal eyelash curler. This is cause I've pinched my eyelid once when I was small (when I tried to use my mum's. =P Think I was only 10 back then.). After I started using makeup, I resorted to plastic ones, which doesn't quite give me the curl that I wanted. Note, I have stick straight lashes. Now, I use a metal one, which I absolutely love. =)

As for last week's poll, it's good to know that most of my readers use sunscreen on a daily basis. =)

Happy voting!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Change of Foundation

So, I've just reviewed M.A.C Mineralize SPF 15 Loose Foundation. Now, I'm thinking whether I should try another mineral foundation after I'm done with my current M.A.C mineralize loose. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong about the M.A.C foundation, it's just that I feel like it's still not the best out there. So, I'm feeling adventurous and wanting to hunt for something better.

I've heard a lot about Bare Escentuals' product and thus tempted to give it a shot. There is near to zero mineral cosmetics line here in my country, so I have very limited choices. I'll be making a trip to Singapore next week, so that's when I'm hoping to grab some Bare Escentuals products.

Do you have any mineral foundation recommendation?
Or have you have some good/bad experiences with Bare Escentuals that you would like to share with me?

Review: M.A.C Mineralize SPF 15 Loose Foundation


As a continuation to last week's poll, I decided to do a review on the current foundation that I'm using: M.A.C Mineralize SPF 15 Loose Foundation.
A lightweight loose powder mineral foundation that provides the skin with a smooth, radiant, natural finish. Brushes on the skin for medium-buildable coverage. Special mineral complex helps keep skin healthy and nourished while the blend of moisturizers and conditioners in the formula help create a smooth, flawless application. Provides everyday SPF 15 sun protection. -- MACcosmetics.com
This foundation was introduced as part of the Mineralized collection, which is permanent now. It is a lightweight loose powder that gives you a light-to-medium coverage. I know MAC's website says that it's medium-buildable, but I'm positive that it's light-to-medium. It goes on smoothly and does not give you that cakey look that some other powder foundation can. Looks very natural and gives your skin a radiant glow. Definitely not anything too over the top. With that said, I don't think this will be suitable for people with super oily skin, as it'll become very "shinny" after a while, due to the light reflecting properties. I have combination skin and I don't have a problem with it at all. I've been using it for 6 months already and it has yet to break me out. Mind you, I have sensitive skin that will turn red easily.

The foundation comes with a sponge applicator. It is supposed to be used to buff the foundation into your skin. Now, I've tried numerous times to use the sponge buffer, but it fails to deliver that smooth natural finish. So, I apply mine with the M.A.C #182 kabuki brush. The brush buffs the powder in nicely and it actually evens out my skintone.

Here are some of my thoughts of the product.

Pros:
  1. The powder is very finely milled, so it'll buff in nicely on to your skin, giving you a very natural look.
  2. It has SPF15. Hey, everyone needs some extra sun protection these day eh.
  3. The container is not as big as some other conventinal loose powder case. Easier to carry around.
  4. Gives you a nice glow, without looking like a disco ball. LOL.
  5. Feels very comfortable on your skin. Does feel like you're wearing anything at all.
  6. Buildable. From light coverage to medium.
  7. Doesn't look cakey at all.
Cons:
  1. The coverage is light-to-medium. So, if you're looking for more coverage, then this is not a good choice for you.
  2. May require some touch up through out the day. I apply mine at 7am and need to touch up around my T-zone by the time it reaches 12pm.
  3. The odd-shaped container may not be the most travel friendly shape.
  4. Because the pot is kindda small, it's really hard to do the whole swirl-and-tap motion.
  5. The sponge buff that comes with it is no good at all. I have to use a kabuki brush for it.
Overall, it's a nice foundation, but I wouldn't say it's the best. It's okay.

Have you tried this before? What do you think about it?


Photo and info source: M.A.C cosmetics

Friday, March 6, 2009

M.A.C A Rose Romance Product Photo

Can today get any better? First is HK haul, then Style Warriors photos. And now, A Rose Romance! Best Friday every! =) Thanks to the lovely Christine.

At the moment, I have my eyes on Et Tu, Bouquet? e/s, Of Summer e/s, Silverthorn e/s and Steal My Heart l/g. That looks like trouble to me (or maybe my bank account. ;) ).

Which one of these have made it into you wishlist?

See here for more product info: M.A.C A Rose Romance Collection.

Creme de Violet

Et Tu, Bouquet?

Shadowy Lady

Of Summer

Silverthorn

Nordstrom Exclusive Quad

Just A Pinch

Blush of Youth, Summer Rose

Circa Plum

Mutiny

A Rose Romance, Oddsey, Way To Love

Secret Crush, Loving Touch, Tender Tryst

Magnetique, Stealin My Heart, Virgin Kiss

Love and Friendship

Splashproof Lash


Photo source: Temptalia.com

M.A.C A Rose Romance Collection


Launch date: April 23rd, 2009 (US); May 2009 (International)

Suggesting Sonnets celebrated for centuries: “Come into my garden, I would like my roses to see you!” poet Sir Richard Brinsley Sheridan once said, and what lady could resist such flattery?

Lipstick
  • Way To Love: Creamy light yellow pink
  • A Rose Romance: Mid-tone pink with gold pearl
  • Odyssey: Spiked-up plum

Lipglass

  • Virgin Kiss: Sheer pale pink with multi-dimensional pearl
  • Magnetique: Frosted violet fuchsia
  • Steal My Heart: Sheer bright pink with multi-dimensional pearl

See Thru Lip Colour

  • Loving Touch: Sheer pearly light pink
  • Tender Tryst: Sheer pearly plum
  • Secret Crush: Sheer red berry

Pigment

  • Mutiny: Clean sky blue with gold pearl (Repromote - Naughty Nauticals '08)
  • Circa Plum: Frosty dirty mid-tone laevnder (Repromote - Color Forms '08)

Eyeshadow

  • Of Summer: Frosted light dirty mauve
  • Et Tu, Bouquet?: Frosted pale pink gold
  • Creme de Violet: Vivid pinkish-violet flecked with gold shimmer (Permenant)
  • Silverthorn: Mid-tone gray with silver pearl
  • Shadowy Lady: Darkly veiled plum (Repromote)

Just A Pinch Gel Blush ($18.50 U.S / $22.50 CDN)

Sheer gel cheek blush in a pot delivers a rosy glow of coverage for a healthy complexion. Dewy texture blends into a thin film on skin, giving low to medium transparent coverage.

  • Just A Pinch: Sheer red pink tint

Beauty Powder

  • Blush of Youth: Clean pink with gold pearl
  • Summer Rose: Soft violet pink with pearl

Nail Lacquer

  • Love & Friendship: Creamy dirty mid-tone lavender

Creations Hue: Dejarose

A striking bouquet of lush Bulgarian, Turkish, and Tea Red Roses is ruffled with dewy watery and luminous green nuances. Velvety petals of exotic orchid, lily, jasmine and peony are teased with a hint of crimson red raspberry and the gentle texture of pink pepper. The interplay of light and dark woods, weathered teak contrasting with patchouli, adds to the intensity, while hypnotic incense vapours and amber crystals lend a sense of intrigue and allure to this sensuous creation.

Fix+ Rose

An aqua-spritz of vitamins and minerals, infused with a Calm-the-Skin blend of green tea, Chamomile, Cucumber, topped off with the scent oF 100% natural rose water. Adds radiance, finishes makeup.





Photo and info source: Temptalia.com

M.A.C Style Warriors Product Photos

Yay! More photos. =P I'm currently eye-ing Bright Future e/s and Night Maneuvers e/s. Can you tell that I'm an eyeshadow junkie? LOL. And I like the gold-ish packaging as well. But I never buy a product just for the packaging.

So, which product has caught your eyes? Checkout these posts for more product details: Part 1 and Part 2.

Anyways, enjoy the photos! =)

Vibrant Grape, Bright Future

Night Maneuvers, Soft Force

Golden Bronze, Tempting

Style Warrior, Liberated, Gold Rebel, Fierce & Fabulous


Brave New Bronze, Purple Rite, Sunsation, Tribalist

Solar Riche, Refined Golden

Eversun, On A Mission

Golden Bronze, Mercenary


Photo source: Temptalia.com

M.A.C Hello Kitty is here!!!

Yes! Hello Kitty is finally here. =) I'm so excited!!! I went to the mall during lunch time just to get myself some kitty fix. Although it was a bit of a rush (trying to do Kitty shopping and lunch within an hour), but it was all worth it.

Hmm...I don't know whether I should do a review on my mini kitty haul or not. Please leave a comment and let me know if you'll like to know what I got and what I think about the collection. =)

Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pink Dolphin Spotted

Okay. This has nothing to do with beauty or makeup at all. But I just have to tell all of you about this.

My friend sent me this link to an article online about a rare pink bottlenose dolphin spotted in Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana. It looks amazing and absolute beautiful.

Click to read: Caught on camera: Is this the world's only PINK dolphin?

Happy Reading! =)

O.P.I - Get Me to the Taj on Time

O.P.I's Get Me to the Taj on Time came out as part of the 2008 India Collection. It is a pale opal shade that is oh-so-wearable. Although the picture on O.P.I's website doesn't show it, there is a slight hint of pink in it, but nothing too over the top. In fact, this nail color is anything but over the top. It is very feminine and can be worn everyday. And I personally think it's the perfect shade of a bride. Its soft and feminine color makes it really romantic. The BF even (voluntarily) comments on how pretty it looks. Trust me, he is not the kind of person that would compliment on my nail color or makeup without me asking how do they look like.

Currently, this is my favorite nail color of all time. It is the perfect nude shade for me.

Have you tried this? What's your favorite nail color?


Photo source: O.P.I

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Haircare Tips

Washing our hair has become part of our daily routine that we don't even spend much time thinking about it. Some of us just slap on some shampoo, follow by a conditioner and we're done. And sometimes not even conditioner.

Do you know that our hair need as much care as our skin? Our hair is constantly being exposed to UV rays from the sun and pollutants from the surrounding air. The scalp is constantly sweating and producing sebum as well. Without proper care, it can lead to many hair and scalp disorder such as the most common problem dandruff, itchy scalp, dry scalp and premature hair loss.

Here are some hair care tips for healthy hair and scalp.
  1. Use a mild shampoo every time you wash your hair. Using a shampoo that is too harsh daily will damage your scalp and over sensitize it. This will lead to scalp that is too dry and will be really sensitive.
  2. Use a deep cleansing shampoo once a week (at most), like Redken's Hair Cleansing Cream shampoo. This is will help you clear out the excess sebum accumulated on your scalp and to prevent styling product build-ups.
  3. Always use a conditioner. I know there are a lot of people out there that would just skip this step. It is very important to repair and moisturize your hair after cleaning it.
  4. Do not apply the conditioner on your scalp (only apply to your hair). Most conditioner are only meant for the hair. Introducing too much conditioner on to your scalp will only promote excess oil production, which will then clog the scalp.
  5. Use a hair treatment mask at least once a week. Just like our face, the hair needs occasional pampering. =) Weekly treatments will restore the hair's moisture and health after a week's of styling and environmental abuse, preparing it for the week ahead.
  6. When styling your hair, try to use the lowest temperature possible (for you to achieve the style). High temperatures will over heat the hair and thus damaging it. And if you have dark hair (like me), your hair is a very good heat conductor. This means that all the heat that is introduced to your hair will be conducted to the scalp, which will then damage your scalp if you're using a temperature that is too high.
  7. Hair is the weakest when it is wet. When your hair is still wet, try to use a wide tooth comb to prevent excess tugging.
  8. If you're not going out or during the weekend, why not let your hair air-dry naturally. Give your hair a break from those heat and styling products, and I'm sure it'll be grateful of the special treatment. Plus, you can save some time for more important stuff, like spending more time with your love ones. =)

Lastly, please treat your hair and scalp like some precious scarce resource. Nothing beats a healthy looking lock! =)

Have you been taking good care of your hair? How is your haircare routine like?


Photo source: Garnier.co.uk

Monday, March 2, 2009

Review: Origins Make A Difference

Rose of Jericho (a “resurrection” plant that can survive and thrive after decades of drought), cell-reviving Trehalose from corn sugar and Sea Haricots help skin rebound from dramatic dehydration. And a resourceful, ancient Oceanic Flora helps repair an aging appearance due to UV and environmental exposure. And Sage wisely rebuilds skin’s barrier to avert future damage. Used twice daily, wrinkled, weathered, potentially leathered skin resumes a youthfully-smooth look and feel. -- Origins.com
I received Origins' Make A Difference skin rejuvenating treatment as a gift from my aunt last year. After using it for 6 months, I'm still indifferent about it. It did not do much for my skin, but it didn't make it worse either. It's like my skin looks and feels just as how it was 6 months ago. Weird. I was actually expecting some positive changes, especially around my T-zone (I have slight combination skin). But nothing happened. Was a bit disappointed really.

Anyhow, here are some pros and cons that I've concluded about this product.

Pros:
  1. Gel like texture absorbs easily into the skin. Which means it would not give you additional unwanted oil. And does not leave behind any greasy residue.
  2. After application, it'll leave your skin feeling really smooth. Now, to me, that's the highlight of the product. I even asked my mom to touch my face and she felt the difference as well.
  3. It is slightly hydrating (not a whole lot though).
  4. It smells really nice. I don't really know how to discribe it, but it'll has a really calming effect and helps me relax after a hard day at work.
  5. You'll only need a tiny bit and the whole tub will last you a very long time. It lasted for 6 months for me.
Cons:
  1. Although I did say that it hydrates (a bit), most of the time, I still need to apply a bit of moisturizer on top of it around my mouth area. So, I find it a bit annoying.
  2. It comes in a tub. I know it might sound weird, but I always avoid skincare products that comes in a tub (rather than a pump or squeeze bottle). Products that come in a tub is more prone to bacteria and other contaminant. Each time you open the tub and stick you fingers into it, it's like contaminating it already.
Overall, it's a nice product, but not entirely great. Would I purchase it again myself? No. Just because it didn't actually do anything for me (hence I do not need it) and it comes in a tub. Plus, it's not that cheap either.

Have you tried the Origins' Make A Difference skin rejuvenating treatment before? What do you think about it?


Photo source: Origins.com

Poll of the Week: Do you use sunscreen daily?

With last week's poll coming to an end, I'm posting up a new one.

As many parties has claim, sunscreen is a must in our daily skincare routine. So, are you following this? Or just could not be bothered?

Oh ya, and to all of those who are interested, last week's poll shows that 50% of my readers use mineral powder foundation, while 37% of you use liquid foundation and only 12% uses compact powder.

Thanks to all of those who have voted last week! =) And keep on voting!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Zits???

After reading BeautyFool's post about how it is rumored that toothpaste can get rid of zits (in which I agree as well), it sort of reminded me of another home remedy that we use at home.

This is a multi-purpose product that will always be in my home first-aid-kit: Dettol Antiseptic Cream. It protects against infection and assists in natural healing. We (as in me and my family) use it on cuts, bites, stings, abrasions and ZITS. That's right. Zits. Who would have thought eh. Put a tiny bit of this cream on your zit and the next day, it'll just dry up and all healed. Miracle! The BF swears by it (cause he has acne-prone skin), and he calls it the magic cream. LOL. I have no idea why it worked, but it worked for me. =P

Skeptical? Or are you a living prove that it works? Any other home remedies?


Photo source: Dettol.co.uk