Aug 31, 2013

Shiseido Eudermine: The Oldest Skincare in the Market

Selamat Hari Merdeka to all my homies!!!!!! How did you all celebrate our Independence Day? Initially I planned to go to Dataran Merdeka for count down. But I had no idea where to park my car. Besides, it's a bit dangerous for us girls to go out so late at night recently. So I stayed at home, had pizza party and played Jutaria (Malaysian version of Monopoly).


Today I want to share with you all this skincare product that has been in the market for the past 116 years!!!!


The Shiseido Eudermine is notably the oldest skincare in the beauty market. According to the sales person, the ingredients and formula of the product hasn't change since the first time they came up with it. If something that has been in the shelf for decades and still remain a star product until today, you'll know that this is a good stuff.


Don't get mistaken with toner. The Eudermine might mistakenly known as toner, but in fact, it is a revitalizing essence. The texture is much silkier than toner. You normally apply this after toner directly to your skin or using cotton. It works similarly as the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.


Pros:

1. Maintain hydration and moisture level on the skin better than moisturizer.
2. It doesn't cause irritation and treat the skin mildly.
3. Unclog pores and minimize the appearance of pores.
4. The bottle is sooooo pretty! (I'm a sucker for packaging)

Cons:

1. Expensive. Anyway, this is no surprise since it is from a high end brand.
2. Contain perfume. For those who has allergy to perfume/alcohol, better do a test try before purchasing the full size.


Let's talk about packaging. I admit, when I first bought it, 50% of my decision was made based on its super elegant bottle. When I brought it home, I realized "Hey... this looks like a prayer tablet!". So I made an alter out of it...


I heard a lot of stories where some people can't take the SK-II FTE. Anyway, I think this is a good alternative product for SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. To be honest, this product is more of a luxury than a staple product. If you can afford it, it is good to have it. If you can't then there's nothing much that you miss because there are cheaper products out there that can do the same thing. As for me, I wouldn't immediately repurchase after I finish this bottle because it does hurt the pocket a little bit. But if I have extra cash, I really don't mind stocking it up. I hope I make sense.


Well, have a great weekend ahead!
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Aug 30, 2013

Things I Really Use: Products for Body


I've been wanting to continue my "Things I really use" series which I show  you guys the stuff that I use on a daily basis. These are the products that I cannot live without. Previously, I've talked about hair products and makeup products, so today I'm going to show you all what I use on my body everyday...



1. Johnson's pH5.5 Nourishing Body Wash with Almond Oil

I've been using the pH5.5 body wash since the first day J&J launched it. At first I thought this is just a staple product to have because I've been using it for a long time. After so many people asked me what I use on my skin 'cos it's so soft, then I think it must be this body wash. Hahaha... Anyway, for everyday use, this body wash is absolutely great, not pricey and easily available.

2. Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life

I've tried 3 different Soap & Glory body scrub, this is the best from the brand. The exfoliating agent are made of tiny round balls so they don't lacerate your skin. They don't melt so you can use a small amount on large area. Unlike some other exfoliating agent that made of sugar or salt, they melt before you can even scrub your skin properly. The gel base is very thick. And the smell is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The result is also amazing. The skin feels smooth and all the bumps just disappear.

3. Korres Body Butter

I wasn't a fan of body lotion/butter because of the sticky feeling really irks me. One day, I had no choice but to apply something because my skin got dry from winter wind. I found the sample of this in my makeup bag and immediately fell in love with it. Very rarely I purchase a full size from trying those sachet samples. Trust me, this one is amazing. The texture is thick but non-sticky. Once applied on the skin, it feels like it just melted on to the skin and disappeared. It moisturized the skin in just one application.

4. The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Shower Gel

Sometimes when I'm bored with the J&J smell, I will switch to this for the nice scent. The peach smell is so sweet and nice. It feels like having aroma therapy while showering. Other than that, I think The Body Shop body wash is just okay. I personally think it doesn't give any skin improvement other than smelling great. By the way, this scent is the limited edition from .......... so it is no longer available on the shelf.

5. Elie Saab Le Parfum (review here)

This is the scent I wear most of the time. Although I have 29 other perfumes, this is my most favorite. It smells very feminine and it has the sweet floral scent that lingers around.

6. Nivea Energy Fresh Anti-Perspirant

Must use this if I'm going out during the day. I don't know if I have BO but just as precaution. I like how it stays dry the entire day and I perspire less. It's a good thing to put on if you don't want to have that patch on sweat under your arm. I used to use the spray one but it is so inconvenient. If you hold too close, your arms will look super white and if you hold too far, the deodorant won't cover your underarms sufficiently. So, I recommend the roller one. Easier to use.


I think I'm quite a minimalist when it comes to products for body. Although I have plenty of stuff to use, I'll always stick to those only. The next "Things I really use" will be on skincare. I have a lot to share on that one.
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Aug 28, 2013

How to Score Your Favorite Designer Bags



Let’s just admit it, we all do crave for designer’s goods once awhile. And the downside of it is that designer’s stuff are never cheap. If you are pouting now, ‘fraid not. I’m going to share all the possibilities for you to own whatever that you have in your wish list.



#1 – Save up
This is probably the slowest and the most annoying option to own a designer’s bag. The process is long and tedious if you don’t earn a lot. And this might probably the worst way to owning your dream bag.

#2 – Warehouse sale
Sadly, in Malaysia there is no such thing as designer’s warehouse (other than JPO, which is so far away). But I’ve been hearing stories about friends going to US/Japan/UK/Australia to scout for cheap designer’s bag. It is probably the fastest way of owning your dream bag, but it might be a troublesome one. You don’t purposely purchase a ticket and book hotel room just to get a bag at cheaper price. The process might cost you even more than the bag at retail price. As it always is at warehouse, they might not have the stock which you want. This is only an option if you’re going to travel abroad and don’t have a specific bag model which you are looking for.

#3 – Wait for sale
Almost everyone gets excited with the word SALE. But how many times have you seen high end brands having sale in their boutiques? Almost never (in the case of Malaysia). But the good news is, Reebonz is having a sale!!!



Reebonz is the most trusted online brand for buying and selling designer’s goods by providing accessible luxury to everyone. Reebonz only carries genuine products and has the widest variety of luxury brands online (I will list the brands below). In conjunction with Malaysia’s 56th National Day, Reebonz is having a Merdeka Sale online and offline. 56 items are put up at 56% off the already discounted price.



Online sale:
Head to http://www.reebonz.com.my/ and check out their “exclusive: Merdeka sale”. Shipping is free and there’s also 0% free instalment payment plans up to 24 months with major banks (Ambank, Citibank, HSBC, OCBC, MBF, RHB, Public Bank, Alliance Bank). Sale starts from 25 -31 August 2013. There’s really little time left, browsing the bags on the site takes up a lot of time because they have an extensive collection. My advice is to go over to Reebonz site and start looking for your dream bag now!

Offline sale:
Happening on 26-30th August 2013 at Reebonz Space, Level 3A, Menara BDRB, Bangsar. That’s the building with RHB at the lobby right behind Bangsar Shopping Centre. You can just park in BSC and walk over. It starts from 10am to 5pm. If you have any questions, you can email them directly to ConciergeMY@reebonz.com or call 03-22021393. Priority passes needed. I would advise you to call them ASAP.




Brands available at Reebonz:
 
 Accessories - Audemars Piguet, Amrita Singh, Breitling, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Chopard, Cristian Audigier, Fossil, IWC, Jaeger-Lecoultre, Longines, Kenneth Cole, Montblanc, Omega, Pandora, Panerai, Ray Ban, Roberto Cavalli, Rolex, Tag Heuer, Tom Ford Timex

Bags & small leather goods - Ralph Lauren, Alenxander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Cambridge, Vintage Chanel, Chloe, Coach, Diane Von Furstenberg, DKNY, Dsquared, Giorgio Armani, Vintage Hermes, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Lanvin, Loewe, Longchamp, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Michael Kors, Mulberry, Proenza Schouler, Reed Krakoff, See by Chloe, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, Bally, Bottega Veneta, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Furla, Givenchy, Gucci, Jil Sander, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Moschino, Paul Smith, Prada, Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod's, Tory Burch, Celine, Fossil, Calvin Klein

Shoes - Bally, Bottega Veneta, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Furla, Givenchy, Gucci, Jil Sander, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Moschino, Paul Smith, Prada, Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod's Tory Burch, Celine, Charlotte, Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Vera Wang

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Aug 24, 2013

Weekend Fashion: How to Shop for Dolce & Gabbana Look for Less

This... stuff Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and select... I don't know that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue. It's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn't it,who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact you're wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff. 

Remember that lecture Miranda Priestly gave to Andy? That paragraph is in fact a simple illustration of how the fashion industry works. When I showed the Golce & Gabbana's Autumn/Winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection to my friend, their reaction was, "So nice, but where to find money to buy leh?" For commoners like me, we don't buy the clothes directly from what we see in the runway. We fish out the trending details and shop from high street stores.


I must admit, my feet got completely swept away by the latest Dolce & Gabbana collection. Of all the collections in this season, I love the Dolce & Gabbana one the most, and Alexander McQueen comes second . We've see enough of checks and houndstooth. Dolce & Gabbana showed a breathe of fresh air.



The collection is strongly influenced by Eastern Orthodox elements such as cathedral mosaic, meanwhile the style are very much Tudor. 


How to shop for the Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2013 look:

Details: Baroque print, sheer lace, intricate accessories in gold, sign of cross, mosaic details
Color scheme: Black, gold, blood maroon, cornflower blue, pumpkin orange, earth yellow


White top: Jacquemus Tulip Top (RM490)
Belt: H&M wide belt (RM77)
Skirt: TOPSHOP Textured Pocket Skater Skirt (RM200)
Necklace: Ettika Gothic Cross Rosary (RM165)
Earrings: Unknown
Clutch: Forever New Peony Embellished Hard Case Clutch (RM180)
Dress: Nelly Lace Cutout dress (RM220)


A similar trend is seen in Alexander McQueen's collection that is heavily influenced by elements of Catechism.

Alexander McQueen

When you're out shopping for new outfit, make sure you keep an eye wide for all these details. The orthodoxy trend is going to flood the street soon.


Previous trend watch: China Porcelain Print 
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Aug 21, 2013

Product Empties August 2013

I didn't bother to do "product empties" post because my product finish up so slow.... like one product in a month. Surprisingly this month I have so much empties to show you all. Everything finish up just when I'm at the most broke. Great! Nature just has its way to punish me financially like that...


1. Kiehl's Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner
I bought this in July last year and finally I've used up every single drop. This is the 500ml size and I must say, if you're looking for effective, high-end brand toner at the cheapest price, grab this!!! I paid RM210 for it and it lasted me for 13 months!!!!! That's like only RM16 each month. Price aside, I really love this toner because it is calming and doesn't irritate the skin. It is one of those basic product that works really well. Totally recommending this to everyone.

2. Ma Cherie Air Feel Conditioner

You guys seen this on my "Things I really use: Hair Products" post. As the name suggest, it leaves your hair soft and fluffy. However, I wouldn't recommend this to people who have hair concerns because the conditioner really don't help in anyway except giving that light weight air feel. If you have frizzy hair, hair loss, brittle hair, etc. it is best to look for another range of Ma Cherie product, which is the moisturizer range.

3. Dr. Brandt GLOW Ruby Crystal Retinol Hydracreme (Review here)

Behind the scene, this is one hell of a huge scientific developed product. The special ingredient in this is the real ruby. This is a day cream & night cream all together in a set. I'm not sure if they sell it separately, but I only seen it being sold in set. I really hope they sell it separately because I like the day cream one better than the night cream. Although both the products are formulated with similar ingredients, I find the day cream is more effective than the night cream. And the day cream has more ruby particles in it. I scrutinized both the cream so closely that I can tell the difference.

4. Anna Sui Luxury Face Powder

I super love this loose powder to set my makeup. It has tiny little pearl powder that make your face glow instantly. It is perfect finish when you need to photograph. The pearl particles highlight your face instantly. You don't actually need to put on highlighter when applying this. Amazing right? And it sets your makeup nicely. It doesn't clog pores, don't break out, and don't make your skin oily.

5. M.A.C. Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation

I must admit that there are much better foundations in the market compared to the one from MAC. However, I'm sticking to this because I can never find any other foundation that suit my weird skin color. I am neither yellow tone, neither fair, neither warm tone, I'm just weird like that. But I am able to tell you that I'm NC30. This is why after trying so many other brands of foundation, I always come back to MAC. It works just find. Down side, just needed some setting powder to get that flawless look, which I don't mind.

6. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (Review here)

There is no dispute that this is a miracle water that gives you crystal clear skin. However, one turn off is that it is so pricey! Despite making so much money from this best seller, SK-II is not doing any good by increasing the price every year. My solution is to put it on alternate days, or put it on just at night to prolong not buying a new bottle so fast. If you can afford it, I would say go for it. It helps reduce pore size (so far the only skincare product that is truly able to do that).

7. Essence mascaras

I bought them while on sale. It was like RM3 per mascara. How could I resist? I have nothing to complain about the mascara and at the same time, I wouldn't repurchase it again. Simply because there are better mascaras out there that fit me. I don't really like the wand, especially the one with silver tube. Other than that, it is a pretty okay mascara.

8. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue (Review here)

Speaking of repurchasing, this one is worth repurchasing. It works wonder to reduce puffiness, and provide instant hydration around the eye area. I would recommend this to put underneath your makeup to prevent wrinkles. However, this is not a treatment product per se. It is more of a preventative product. It doesn't treat any existing problem you have, i.e. dark circles or wrinkles. Overall, I think it is a good day eye cream as base underneath makeup. My eye area feel so refresh after putting it on for awhile.


Anyway, have you tried any of the product above? By the way, do you like posts like this or do you enjoy separate review post of each product? Do let me know ya...
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