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Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum

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This powerful anti-wrinkle serum is proven to significantly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles with exceptional speed.

Supercharge the look of your skin.
Fast. Effective. With innovative CPR-75 Technology.

Instantly, Skin feels smooth, looks fresher, younger. 78% of women said it immediately smoothed the look of their lines and wrinkles.

Dramatic. Advanced.
CPR-75 Technology-helps Correct, Prevent and Reduce the look of serious lines and wrinkles.

Groundbreaking CPR-75 Technology addresses the look of lines and wrinkles due to its powerful composition of:

Artemia Extract: a zooplankton that is obtained via marine biotechnology and helps recharge skin’s natural energy.
Advanced Restructuring Protein: an advanced protein extracted from Whey that helps skin maximize its natural production of collagen and fibronectin.
Chlorella Vulgaris Extract: an extract of micro-algae that helps recharge skin’s natural cellular energy and supports optimal production of structural proteins.

NEW Perfectionist [CP+R] also includes:

Flexible Elastomer Technology: a technology that acts almost like a ‘ liquid bandage ’ to instantly fill-in and virtually “ immobilize ” the look of wrinkles. This technology helps reduce the depth and appearance of wrinkles by minimizing the stress and strain of daily movement.
Light Diffusion Optics: formulated for a broad range of skintones, these optics immediately diffuse and scatter light, blurring the look of lines and wrinkles. They also help neutralize sallowness, dark spots and discolorations, so that skin looks brighter, clearer and younger.
Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides: a blend of peptides, proteins and amino acids, which in vitro testing shows, rapidly begins to amplify skin’s collagen and elastin production.

These powerful technologies and ingredients work synergistically to supercharge skin for a less lined, youthful look and help fight the future appearance of lines and wrinkles.

CP+R helps create a virtual “force field” against lines and wrinkles by supercharging your skin’s natural collagen-building power. It supports skin’s natural production of critical support proteins – Collagen, Laminin and Fibronectin – that give it the structure and strength to help fight the look of lines and wrinkles.

Day 1
• Instantly, the look of lines and wrinkles is reduced by 37%. Skin feels smooth, looks brighter, fresher and more plumped.
• In just 2 hours, Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides™ kick-start natural collagen production, beginning the repair of the look of wrinkles from within, for younger looking skin.
Week 1
• CPR-75 Technology reinforces skin’s natural support structure and boosts collagen by an unprecedented 257% and fibronectin by 133% – establishing a new Estée Lauder scientific benchmark. Prominent wrinkles begin to look lifted away, a new level of skin perfection emerges and skin’s density is significantly improved with a younger, firmer and more lifted look.
Month 1
• In clinical testing, 96% of women showed a reduction in the look of lines and wrinkles. Skin reaches its full potential, reclaiming a firmer, re-densified look with new found suppleness and youthful buoyancy. Skin’s natural support structure is also fortified to help fight the look of future lines and wrinkles.

This is my favorite serum of the year. It primes & perfects my complexion like magic; Unlike its predecessor, CP+R doesn’t roll & peel when you apply liquid foundation following it. I find it actually helps to keep my skin matt. My complexion appears smoother, refined & revitalized.

Its benefits are more than skin deep, as I would like to testify. My fine lines are actually less noticeable & my skin feels plumper & firmer after 4 weeks of consecutive use. ( Yes, a huge commitment for a beauty junkie like myself, but when it works wonder, you simply can’t help! )

CP+R does to your skin what CPR does to cardiac arrest casualty. R for resuscitation, and dare I say resurrection?

Holiday Purchases

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Some of my purchases while I was holidaying, most skincare items are brought in duty free……

Inspiration 76

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A very wearable palette saturated with wonderful browns & just a bright hint of yellow; A bold wash of turquoise compliments those neutrals perfectly.

5 Fragrances & Me

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After reading Joey’s well written article, here ; I felt so inspired that I am going to do my own version……

It’s always extremely delightful & insightful when a blogger decided to share something personal, something significant, some historic pieces that make up the present.

Estee Lauder Private Collection

My first ever signature scent, courtesy of my mum’s dresser; I was amused by the name Private Collection, and must have been lured by the illusion of exclusivity then, one whiff & I was hooked ~ The rest is history. I was basically addicted to this throughout my secondary school days.

Private Collection by Estée Lauder was launched in 1973 after having been part of Estée Lauder’s own very private collection of fragrances – at least this is how the story goes. A reflection of Mrs Lauder ( Estee ) chic, elegant style and confident, assertive personality. Although Estée Lauder had created Private Collection for herself, it soon gained serious fans, and became part of the commercial line.

It’s the dark green/dark floral quality of this composition that makes it so unusual, particularly the use of Pine. Its green notes can smell almost metallic, although this coolness is offset by a powdery-soft background. The scent seems to have the diffusion and luminosity of a chypre although it also feels more like an oriental thanks to its warm woody base.

Private Collection also stays clean and bright, as crisp as a starched white shirt; Polished enough for a princess ( literally, as it was a beloved scent of Princesses Diana and Grace )

Darkly exuberant, it smells truly American – big, blunt, unabashed  and unaffected.

Given its potent strength and obvious retro feeling harkening back to the 70s when this type of green Chypre was popular and mainstream, Private Collection remains a uniquely elite classic.

Chanel Cuir de Russie

A precious fragrance with extremely limited distribution that someone significant had kindly gifted it to me.

Chanel’s Cuir de Russie came out in 1924, a time at which the impact of Les Ballets Russes ( 1909-1929 ) was palpable. Russian émigrés having fled the motherland because of the revolution in 1917 had populated Paris and had lent it their own mark of decadent sophistication. Suddenly the Exotic East becomes all the rage and the embodiment of everything forbidden and alluring.

Ernest Beaux, guided by Chanel’s desires to dare, made women indulge in what is essentially a men’s scent formula, garlanding it though with sparkly, dry aldehydes and the eternal feminine flowers: jasmine, rose and ylang ylang; The inclusion of rectified birch tar along with styrax, gave it the brutish animalic touch. Sublime cadenzas of amber and resin provide the warm, hinting at a bygone luxury. A subtle hint of tobacco satisfied the smoking fetish of the upper classes in that era.

Notes: Aldehydes, Orange Blossom, Bergamot, Mandarin, Clary Sage, Iris, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Cedarwood, Balsams, Vetiver, Styrax, Incense, Cade, Leather, Amber and Vanilla.

Amanda Lacey, famed London facialist described Cuir de Russie as: “ There’s something about it that makes me emotional – It reminds me of Paris and of times gone by when people had an elegant approach to life. I feel I’m wearing a wise grand dame around my neck.”

I would say that this is the most opulent, decadent, sophisticated & complicated fragrance ever made. It’s a scent that spells grandiose, flamboyance, notoriety & trouble.

Please note that I am talking about the extract de parfum of Chanel Cuir de Russie, not the reformulated, tamed & bleached version of the Les Exclusif CdR.

Tom Ford Tuscan Leather

The first designer scent that cost me more than £100; Once you ever spend that amount, there’s no return, no looking back. This is the fragrance that leads me to ridiculously priced luxurious & exclusive perfumes; Fragrance Heaven / Credit Hell as I would describe.

Tuscan Leather is “ an original take on a classic leather scent. Saffron, Raspberry, and Thyme, open to Olibanum and night-blooming Jasmine,” while “ Leather, Black Suede, and Amber Wood add an intricate richness.”

According to nymag.com ” Does TFTL actually smell like cocaine? ” , here’s the verdict ~ ” Well, according to cognoscenti of that drug, yes, a bit. “ That’s what everyone says,” admits a counterboy at the Ford store on Madison, who adds that one customer even bought a bottle because he thought it smelled like coke. Tuscan Leather goes for $165 for a 50-ml. bottle, about 49 grams, which is way cheaper than the real stuff from Bolivia. 🙂

If it wasn’t due to custom restriction, I would have bought a huge flacon bottle of this sexy, sophisticated EdP back while I was in Sydney. To me, Tuscan Leather is an extremely well composed & orchestrated scent that whispers ……sensuality & extravaganza.

Jo Malone Orange Blossom

The niche ( once ) British cologne that gets me into ” trouble ” [ private contents censored by Editor ]; Will always remain a special fragrance for me; However, I no longer wear this nowadays due to the sentimental values & heartache factors.

Jo Malone describes Orange Blossom as follows:
The scent of clementine leaves in the morning dew sparkles above a heart of orange blossom and water lily, transporting the wearer to a garden oasis.

Created in 2003, notes include clementine leaves, orange blossom and water lily.

This starts with fresh orange juice and possibly some orange zest, and dries down to a crisp, lightly sweet white floral blend. I don’t really smell any water lily, or anything leafy or green, but there are certainly other floral notes here, and it stays citrusy straight through to the end.

A very refreshing, pleasant & decent cologne that’s citrusy, tangy, youthful, clean & innocent; JMOB used to evoke an euphoric state in me. Now it’s just too much to bear.

PS: If you could, never link a scent you love to any person/event/experience.

Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus

The most expensive  perfume I had ever owned ( at least as of Oct 2011 ). Of course, it’s also the biggest bottle of pure perfume / parfum in my current collection.

Like a deliciously crisp spring day, this uplifting creation with Japanese Osmanthus absolute is a beautifully composed bouquet of flowers, embellished with golden citrus notes. Layered on a bed of Egyptian sweet herbs, it is intense, fresh and yet uncomplicated.

Top:
Pomello, davana (sweet Egyptian herb), pimento
Heart:
Osmanthus absolute, water lily and sambac (Indian jasmine)
Base:
Cedarwood, labdanum resin, musk and vetiver

This rich, sultry scent is delicately intricate; I feel like bathing in a pedal infused milk spa under the warm winter sun every time I apply this.

Pearl-fection

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As inspired by Chanel SS 2012 Fashion Show & makeup theme.

To create a blanc yet luminous canvas, I had recruited my Chanel Le Blanc liquid foundation & Guerlain Meteorites Perles in Teint Rose.

To accentuate the bridge of nose, under eyes area ( the tear drop pearl point as I would call them, the lower lids where your iris sit ) & temples, I brushed on Shu Uemura Pearl/Perle loose powder with a dense eyeshadow brush.

 

Lips were muted with Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Beige Tribute.

Eyes were defined by Estee Lauder DoubleWear stay-in-place eye pencil in Onyx. A sheer dust of Bobbi Brown’s Chrome Palette : White eyeshadow & Polar Ice shimmer wash eyeshadow over the lids & a light smear of the lightest shade of Ombres Perlees de Chanel over the inner eye corners & brow bones complete the look.

 

 A style that incorporates subtle sheen, refined lustre & polished glow. Pearl-fection!

Estee Lauder SS 2012 Style Inspiration

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” A very dreamy, warm look of fresh skin, shimmering eyes with muted yellow shadow, highlighted by coppers and greens, lightly bronzed contoured cheeks and a sheer golden lip.” Tom Pecheux for Derek Lam’s fashion week using Estee Lauder  SS2012 collection.

As inspired by EL/Derek Lam SS2012 style, I had attempted to re-create this fresh & exciting style with some oldies.

 

 Chanel Lumieres Facettes 56 Spotlight

Chanel Rouge Allure 38 Luminous

I had also used Chanel Les Tissages 20 Tweed Corail & Joues Contraste 58 Fresque to contour & sculpt my cheeks.

This is a rather toned down look for daily wear, I shall do a more ” Catwalk ” style in due course.

Camelia Pink + Pinch O’Peach

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When Camelia Pink lip mist meets Flower Mist Dew beauty powder & Pinch O’Peach sheertone blush.

Pardon me for the bare face without any base makeup ( sans concealer, primer, powder or foundation )

Burberry Lip Mist 207 Camelia Pink – a really nice, jolly jelly texture with a decent punch of colour yet remains its transparency & glossy sheen

Given the rather bright lips I am carrying, I had muted my lids, with just thin eye lining & a coat of my favorite mascara.

Estee Lauder DoubleWear  Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil 05 Graphiti  – creamy smooth yet firm enough for a single stroke of smudge free, fade proof, long lasting gorgeousness. Gray is less harsh when it comes to lining my yellow, warmth complexion.

HourGlass Film Noir Mascara – I can’t brag enough about this absolutely fabulous mascara; Intense pigments with a glossy sheen; Clump free, smear proof. The photo below demonstrate the impact of this wonderful mascara. ( I had just put on one single coat of Film Noir )

Lets see the bright & cheerful Camelia Pink radiating its gorgeousness under the Sun.

Cheeks were discreetly sculpted & accentuated with M.A.C. Sheertone blush & the limited edition  Flower Mist Dew beauty powder from ? years ago.

M.A.C. Sheertone Blush in Pinch O’Peach – peachy coral wash of warmness.

M.A.C. Beauty Powder in Flower Mist Dew – pale pinkish high lightening powder without any shimmer/sheen/glitter.