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Monthly Archives: December 2010

New Year’s Eve Celebration……

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and how to look fabulous from 2010 to 2011, with big party & bigger attitude.

Celebrate the New Year in style with the following inspirations:

Bold & beautiful brights with crystals.

Plain yet chic sparkling with statement hair accessories.

Glittery ornamental pieces to complement your outfit.

Classical, shimmering blacks.

Wild animalistic leather & print.

The beauty rules for surviving a series of party & misadventure?

1) Be yourself & enjoy yourself.

2) Facial – one that relax you & replenish your complexion.

3) Primer – only the best known to you ( or as affordable ) should be used.

4) Pressed powder – long lasting, oil controlling, shine minimising type with a modern matte finish.

5) Highlighter in the correct spots – inner corner of eyes, the temples, top of cheekbones.

6) Blotting papers & Q tips.

7) Mascara – smudge proof with glossy finish.

8) Perfume – preferably your signature fragrance.

9) If everything fails, a classical red lipstick.

10) Never ever forget to take off all your makeup & grimes before you slumber down!

Guerlain Holiday 2010 Collection

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I got the meteorites perles d’or & midnight star radiance treatment from this collection; so far, I am loving them, especially during the festive seasons.

The Meteorites Perles d’Or comes in a sturdy, gorgeous metal case with a golden bee. It contains a mixture of 6 beautiful pearls to blur away imperfections, perk up a dull complexion and create a harmonious halo. The colors are iridescent white, neutral white gold, pearly apricot, pink, a new copper gold and violet. They impart an unified, almost ethereal glow yet do not add much shimmers/glitters.

This can be used as a translucent powder to set your make up. In fact, the finish is just like any fine translucent powder, with just a touch of radiance. I actually like the powdery aroma of these magical pearls.

The pressed version is Poudre d’Or, a sheer, shimmering pink veil; This exquisite compact contains solid meteorites powder, in shades of pearly white, pink and violet. A palette of three shades – the violet of the season, a pale pink and a white – drawn in the form of bees over a bed of iridescent beige. The slightly pearly colours reveal the radiance of all skin tones and light up the face with a unique glow. Not to mention the elegant silver-toned compact is adorned with a rosette, the golden bee and black Swarovski crystals!

It contains more glimmers than perles d’Or and would serve perfectly as a highlighter. In my opinion, poudre d’Or is not suitable to be used as a face powder as it’s too shimmery ( although extremely fine milled & again, delicately scented ) to be used all over. I didn’t managed to get this into my collection as it was a total sold out. I tried the tester and was hooked instantly. I will have to hunt this down in airport duty free, wish me luck.

Midnight Star Extraordinary Radiance Treatment is presented as a magic wand than contains 10 portable ( & precious ) ampoules of velvety smooth treatment serum.  Applied to sallow, fatigued or stressed skin, this pearlescent gel captures and reflects light and diminishes skin imperfections, like magic.

I will do a separated review on this miracle serum, I love it so much that I want to praise it in another dedicated post.

Pride Peacock

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Wear dramatic eyes in jewel tones as featured by M.A.C. Peacocky collection with monochromatic outfits & glitters.

You can definitely stroll down the street as pride as a peacock.

Sales & Bargains 2010

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HQhair is giving a generous 30% discount on most items. I had a valid excuse to splurge on Chantecaille Nano Gold Firming Treatment now.

SpaceNK sales is on as well. Most of its in house fragrance line ( SpaceNK ) are on massive discount. Laughter Nuit is joining my collection soon, so as Lipstick Queen, and By Terry……

In comparison, Zuneta seems to have a very limited range when it comes to the discount department.

Hourglass Brushes

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Dream about a quintessence brush set that’s stylish & glamourous, yet exquisite & distinctive?

Hourglass brushes, an epitome of sophistication; Takelon bristles ( incredibly soft and totally non scratchy, cruelty free, low maintenance ), rose gold metallic weighted handles and reasonable price tags.

I am speechless, these brushes are beyond description; The only way to appreciate them is to utilise them.

I purchased mine through Zunete.com. In my opinion, better than NARS, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier ……

Polyesthers may be inferior to silk, but Takelon is definitely as good as ( if not better ) animal fur.

Festival Feast

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Would you ever try supplements/medications to control the damage done by over indulgence during the festive period?

If you would, what had you tried?

LPB 2010 Beauty Best Buy ( 2 )

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The winner is the one listed next to the category. Few highly recommended products that make their way to the selection pool are listed after the winning product.

Products launched in 2010 are highlighted in green.

PrimerGuerlain Midnight Star Collect’or Extraordinary Radiance treatment, pricey but totally worth the hype; This pearlescent gel dispels the signs of fatigue and stress, leaves the skin silky soft, velvety smooth; The complexion is rejuvenated & detoxified. It’s like a treatment serum + moisturiser + primer. Fabulous texture, delicate aroma & a total luxury ( or basic necessity if you’re like me )!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, a water resistant  primer that restores moisture to dehydrated skin while providing protection from the sun and minimizing shine. Oil free, fragrance free, paraben free and has SPF 15.

FoundationYves Saint Laurent Teint Resist, this oil-free foundation, guarantees unfailing wear and radiance for up to 14 hours! The luminous transfer-resistant formula forms perfectly to the skin for a soft and seamless result. The complexion is preserved from feelings of discomfort or tightening, remaining supple and silky-smooth from the morning through to night. Pigments are specifically coated for a color-true effect and the formula absorbs excess oil through the day, for a complexion which always looks and feels fresh.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15, an anti-fatigue, anti-dullness foundation that utilises high-resolution plasma screen technology & light reflection technology; The soft focus pigments provides a finish so sophisticated that instant perfection is attainable.

Concealer – By Terry Touche Veloutee, a few strokes of this beautifully textured concealer, infused with nourishing botanicals, plumping microspheres and soft focus pigments, rejuvenates the appearance. This multi-perfection concealer sweeps away dark circles and imperfections with ease; Camouflaging fine lines and wrinkles with high precision coverage, and instantly illuminates the eye contour with radiance.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, buttery softy texture with superb blend-ability, long lasting with minimal creasing. A great selection of shades.

PowderSisley Phyto-Poudre Compacte, envelops the skin with softness, comfort and sheer protection, thanks to camellia oil and extracts of mallow and linden. It contains micronized talc, featuring a double coating of silicone & lecithin for superb glide & smooth application; The finish is porcelain fine with ethereal radiance!

Guerlain Météorites Illuminating Powder Perles D’Or,  a subtle, shimmering illuminating powder for the complexion. This silky smooth formula provides a light veil of delicately perfumed powder over the face, for a superb finish so fine & chic that your complexion appears airbrushed.

BlushEdward Bess Compact Rouge, an incredibly smooth cream formula that provides a sheer tint to lips and cheeks for natural looking colour; Instantly brightens for a seductive, stained finish that last forever. Its creamy yet non occlusive texture lets you blend the stay true hue in effortlessly.

BronzerBobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing powder; a unique blend of sheer powder and micro pearls that glides on evenly and gives skin a seamless, sheer glow.

Rouge Bunny Rouge As If It Were Summer Still…Bronzing Glow powder, smooth your skin to a natural, even and radiant blissed-out halo of warmth, while the tiny micro-particles dance around you in an enveloping golden aura.

EyeshadowGivenchy Le Prisme Yeux Quatuor, a compact with 4 colors and 2 different finishes; Texture so fine & shades combination so trendy yet harmonious; Simply irresistible!

Chanel Ombres Contraste Duos, pairing complementary shades, but in juxtaposed textures for a refined finish & stylish outlook.

Mascara – Lancome Definicils Precious Cells, a mascara for stronger, healthier, fuller, and more defined lashes.

Chanel Inimitable Intense, with advance formula & unique brush that lengthens, thickens and curls lashes.

LipstickChanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme lip colour, its formula includes a compound Chanel calls “Hydratendre Complex” to soothe and soften your lips. 30 colours grouped into 4 colour families: roses-pink, reds-corals, violets-berries and neutrals-brown. Each lipstick is named after a period in Coco Chanel’s life.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture, as its name implied, a pure indulgence for lips, with divine texture & pigments.

LipglossHourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine lip gloss, a vanilla-scented gloss so moisturising yet amazingly non-sticky. I have virtually no tolerance to tacky, greasy gloss and extreme sheen is the only balmy gloss that I feel comfortable wearing; Without even realising that it’s on my lips, talk about feathery light texture!

BrushesHourglass Brushes, nice and fluffy, easy to grip and easy to work with brushes with elegant metallic holders . The brush hairs are made from PETA-approved Takelon bristles. Ultra soft & never scratchy, applying make up with these brushes are like rubbing cashmere pillow on your face, utterly a pampering experience.

I had Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, NARS, Armani, Trish McEvoy……, but Hourglass brushes are really phenomenal, so light, smooth & soft, such low maintenance.