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Mar 31, 2014

Mentholatum New Limited Edition Water Lip Tinted Lipbalm


What it is:
Imported directly from Japan, Mentholatum's new limited edition Water Lip Tinted Lipbalm is formulated with super hydrating ingredients that offer only the best for your lipcare needs. Key ingredients used in this lipbalm formulation are 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid (Hyaluronic Acid, Nano Hyaluronic Acid & Super Hyaluronic Acid), Aloe Vera extracts, Collagen and Honey. Put together, these ingredients replenish and retain moisture as well as increase the elasticity of the lips. Additionally, the Honey components also help to form a protective barrier and restore the lip condition.

Upon application, it leaves a layer of "water film" on the lips for long hours of hydration while at the same time treats dry, chapped or cracked lips. The pigmented "water film" also gives the lips a glossy finish for fresh and healthy looking lips.

This limited edition Water Lip Tinted Lipbalm also comes with SPF 20 PA++, which protects lips from the UV rays of the sun. It is available in three tinted colour namelu Milky Pink, Raspberry Red and Rosy Pink.





Comment:

I don't think it matters much which shade you choose. As you can see from the swatch, I really can't tell which shade is which. I had to swatch it on a piece of white paper to see the difference of the the shades. The tint is not as pigmented as how I wish it could be. Nonetheless, as a lipbalm itself, I think it is the best amongst all those chapsticks you can get in drugstore. It is tasteless and scentless, which is a plus. Totally kiss-proof and long lasting. I think it can easily last about 3 hours if there is no interruption of meals in between. The product texture is very thin, but it feels like it gives the hydration of a thick lip moisturizer, if that makes sense.


If you are looking for a good lipbalm, I will totally recommend you to get this. But if you are looking for a lipbalm with strong pigmentation of tint, you should skip this.


Available exclusively at all Watsons stores in Malaysia. RM13.90 each.
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Mar 30, 2014

[Weekend Edition] Little Space at Home

From now onwards (in fact for a few months already), I will change my middle name to "thrifty". I will make sure I don't spend more than RM20 for a meal, I won't buy anything else other than food, gas, and really basic necessities. Because.............. I'm saving everything to get a new house!


I had this sudden wakeup call when I have to move out of my rented place because the owner sold the house. The owner of the place is actually a company of three bosses. Technically I have 3 landlords. Some problem happen to the company and now they want to dissolve it and each of them wants to take back their own share. Suddenly I'm the victim here. I've been staying there for the past 2 years and begin to get really comfortable with everything. It sucks having to move because I'm too busy to start all over again.


I'm not too sure which property I want to get. But I've did the calculation. A monthly installment of about RM2k can get me a property worth about RM400k. I'm eyeing on the project behind my office in Damansara because I can just walk to work anytime of the day. Or maybe a project in Subang that is near Empire Gallery. Can you imagine.... All these while the money that I spent on handbags, shoes, clothes, makeups can actually get me a proper house to stay!


From now onwards, most of my weekend post would be on home interior, house decor and home related stuff. Although I haven't find the property yet, I already have the mental image of how the interior of my home is like.


I won't go for anything that looks like an Ikea showroom. And I won't hire interior designer to help me with it. I want it to be something of my own taste. A mismatch of everything with characters. There won't be any specific theme to the design of the interior, but I will have little corners with a certain theme. I hope I make sense.


By the window, I want a small space for an arm chair and coffee table so I can sit there for my reading time. What I have in mind is something like this:


Ideally, I want a similar armchair that Victoria Grayson has in the drama Revenge. It looks like this:


If you happen to know where I can get fabric like that and a customize service for armchair, do let me know.


For the side table, I want a simple round table that is enough for a table lamp, a few stacked books, a small pot of flower arrangement and a candle. The main piece for the table is the stacked books. Not only it is practical (because you can read it), it is also a great idea for display. Do judge a book by its side cover, it can make a pretty decor.


I will call it my relax corner, where I can spend an hour every night to unwind. I get so excited when I'm blogging this because in my mind, I can see it happening.


Well, to help me achieve this little dream of mine, please support this blog by visiting more often, sharing my posts if you think it is useful for others, support my ads and also support Fashion Culture Box. I will think of something to repay you all. A house warming party, perhaps?
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Mar 29, 2014

[Weekend Edition] Have you heard of Harper & Lola?


Behind every amazing photographs, there an even more amazing story...


After Harper was born, mother Rebecca Leimbach and the husband tried to have more children. The unsuccessful attempt got them frustrated as they wanted Harper to have a sibling, a playmate. It came to their surprise that Harper already had a playmate all these while. It is their English Bulldog, Lola.


These photos perfectly captured the relationship between Harper and Lola. Who said true love doesn't exist?







Check out Rebecca's blog for more amazing photos http://www.rebeccaleimbach.com/
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Mar 27, 2014

M.A.C. A Fantasy of Flowers Collection Spring 2014 Product Photos & Swatches


A glorious garden of irresistible shades unfolds, its hidden pleasures unearthed as delicate pastel Pigments unfurl and the dewy sparkle of Cremesheen Glass casts a luminous gleam. Rose-colored hues from lustrous Lipstick, while a heavenly hybrid of Mineralized Eye Shadows blossoms with natural splendour. Cheeks are kissed with the graceful glow of Mineralized Blush, and vivid pops of colour flourish as Fluidline and Nail Lacquer bring this flowery fantasia to life.


Are you the type that fall head over heels with colors when it comes to makeup? If yes, the M.A.C. A Fantasy of Flowers Spring 2014 collection will make you feel like kid in a candy store. This collection focus more on bright and vivid color of spring flora. I don't know why I keep calling it "A Flight of Fantasy". That's Disneyland parade! Nonetheless, the makeup collection gives the same amount of excitement as Disneyland parade.


It is a complete collection with two range - the red range has warmer tone and the green range has cooler tone.




LIPSTICK 


The lipsticks from this collection are to die for. I do see the resemblance of flower petals from all the colors.


Fleur D'Coral - Pale creamy peach. Suitable for extremely fair skintone and darker skintone. With lustre finish.
Naked Bud - A neutral sheer nude. Suitable for all skintone. With lustre finish.
Dreaming of Dahlia - A sheer red-coral. With lustre finish. My most favorite shade.
Rose Lily - A sheer pink pastel. With lustre finish.
Snapdragon - A mid-tone blue pink. Almost like Barbie doll pink. With lustre finish.
Heavenly Hybrid - A mid-tone berry. With lustre finish. 

Price: RM68



CREMESHEEN GLASS (LIP GLOSS)


The Cremesheen Glass collection range from super sheer to medium opacity. Some has fleck of glitters in it. The colors for this collection are super attractive.

Galaxy Rose - A mid-tone violet pink. Vivid color, almost like plum. Opacity is medium.
Playful Petal - Electric magenta. With micro glitters in it. A super pretty shade.
Pagoda - Frosted cool pink. This shade can't be worn by itself. It will make you look really pale. However, you can apply it on top of a bright lipstick to create unique lip color.
Star Quality - Bright orange-coral. I foresee this can be a best seller. A safe shade for everyday wear, and my favorite out of the lot.
Nectar Sweet - Soft pink-peach. A very sheer opacity with some micro glitters.
Flare of Fantasy - Mid-tone pink-beige. Has micro glitters in it. 

Price: RM80



MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW


There are 4 sets quad eyeshadows in the collection. Each shade of the quad are thoughtfully put together so it can be worn just by itself. There's a bright shade for highlighting, dark shade for crease, a feature color and a shade for blending. Every quad can be used by itself, will be very convenient for traveling.

Price: RM85


Pink Sensibility

 
Great Beyond 


In The Meadow


 Golden Hour
 

PIGMENT

If you're into bright vivid color, the pigment would be better choice than the eyeshadow. There are 4 colors of pigment for this collection:

Lily-White - Pale butter-yellow shimmer
Chartreuse Bouquet - Shimmering acid green
Violet - Vivid bright violet purple
Pink Pearl - Shimmery lavender-pink

Price: RM85



FLUIDLINE

Fluid line is colored liner that comes in a pot. Technically you can use it as eyeliner, eyeshadow base or as lid color by itself.

Price: RM75


HAUTE & NAUGHTY LASH and BRUSH

Most of the time I don't understand why there are items such as mascara and brush in a makeup collection. To me, mascara and brushes are staple and it should belong to the permanent collection. I guess they are just putting in for the sake of completing the entire collection so it covers every single product range. 

Haute & Naughty Lash - in black. Price: RM93
286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending - Price: RM180
159 Duo Fibre Blush - Price: RM135
187 Duo Fibre Face - RM138 



MINERALIZE SKINFINISH

A lot of people don't know how to use Mineralize Skinfinish. It is actually a versatile baked powder and can be used as anything - it depends on which color of mineralize skinfinish you get, you can powder on top of your foundation to set it, as blush, as highlighter, as contour or as a bronzer.

Price: RM120



MINERALIZE BLUSH


There are two blush from this collection. They are:

Azalea in the Afternoon - mid-tone blue pink. A powdery pink color.
Petal Power - Coral pink with gold shimmer (This reminds me of NARS Org. I will do a product comparison post on that soon).

Price: RM100

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NAIL LACQUER


There are 4 nail lacquer for this collection - 2 cream color and 2 shimmer. All of it has pretty fair drying time.

SoirĂ©e - Sparkly light bronze gold. This is amazing one coater polish. 
Girl Trouble - Super glitter pink. In a certain angle, it looks purplish. 
Pep Pep Pep - A light peach nude. The formula for this is a bit streaky, but can be even out with 3 coats
Saint Germain - Light cool pink. I love this! It is a plastic pink color. A perfect color for nail art, or even to wear it on its own. 

Price: RM48


Last night I was at the launch of A Fantasy of Flowers Collection at Queensbay Mall (Penang). The show was brilliant. There was a mini party, surrounded by all the colorful makeups. I almost get high from playing with all the products.

Opening of the launch

Haritha Shan demonstrating the products from A Fantasy of Flowers Collection

MAC Store at Queensbay Mall

What do you think about A Fantasy of Flowers collection? Is there any item that caught your eye? If you're interested in any of the product, you can check it out at any MAC store. Go and play with it, swatch it and see if it is good for you. I feel like getting the Naked Bud & Dreaming Dahlia lipstick and the Golden Hour quad. Should I?


Of all the makeup brands, I think MAC does a brilliant job featuring each of their collection. I always check out their new collection online before it is even launched. The next collections that I am looking forward to are Proenza Schouler (my favorite designer!) and Maleficient (the nail lacquers are to die for!).




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