Malaysian Travel & Beauty Blog

Sep 27, 2016

[Haul] My Althea Tony Moly Pokemon Haul

It feels like yesterday I just put up the post on the Althea's Tony Moly Pokemon collection, and it is now right in front of me! I can't believe how fast my Althea package arrives, especially it is shipped out directly from Korea. I can't wait to dig in into it...


Who needs two facial wash? No one, unless if it comes with cute packaging like this...


I just knew that in Korea they call Squirtle as Kkobugi and a list of others Korean Pokemon names can be found <<here>>. I've tried the facial wash. It is foamy type and has subtle scene to it which I can't figure out what smell. It cleans off my makeup pretty well so I saved one step in my night routine. I wouldn't say it is the best facial wash and you have to get it. It is a decent facial wash. I'm getting it for the fun of it, and not because of its efficacy.


The handcream is extremely hydrating and it smells great. If you're thinking of getting something for this collection for the sake of being a fan of Pokemon, get the handcream. It is non-greasy, moisturizing and last really long. I put on at my work desk and it has caught a lot of attention so far.


#InMyLife - I've started to plan my trip to Europe and I must say I am extremely disappointed with Airbnb so far. First attempt, the owner did not respond. Second owner told me the property is booked during the period I will be there. When I went the next day to check out, his property was still in the listing. On my count, 4 owners did not respond. And finally after I manage to complete one booking, the owner sent me this:

I refused to cancel because I will be imposed with charges and requested her to cancel instead. It took me a lot of ping pong match with her because she too, refused to cancel because she will be imposed penalty. Well, it isn't my fault that she can't perform her part of the contract. To cut the long story short, she canceled the deal. I was going to give up on Airbnb until I found out the company did not refund me at all. Instead they gave me a credit to book for my next property and the property has to be higher price than the current one.

What common sense is this???

I didn't do anything wrong but now I am forced to continue with the service even though I am deeply upset with their administration. For the sake of utilizing the monies that I have paid, I need to book a property there.

I don't know if anyone experienced this before. Have you ever use Airbnb service before? And what is your story with them? 
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Sep 26, 2016

What's in My Office Beauty Essential Bag

Working in office is not exactly a good environment to promote beauty. With all the stress to increase your fine lines and air-conditioning around the clock can really kill your good skin cells. Like most office ladies, I have my own Office Beauty Essential Bag which I leave in my drawer in case of emergency.

Before getting into the bag, I just want you all to know that I don't do my makeup to work anymore. No, I'm not lazy. But I decided to have an extra half hour of sleep. Although looking pretty is worth getting up, but at this point of time I could use some extra energy.

Here are the stuff I have in my bag:


1. Lipstick
I always prep a bright colour lipstick in my bag in case I have guests or visitors during the day. With my genuine no-makeup look, my face can look tired. A bright colour lipstick can change the entire look. I love bright coral for this matter. Currently, it is the Laneige Two Tone Lipbar that is in this bag.


2. Eyeliner
Another great product to brighten your face is eyeliner. Within a minute, it can transform a girl-next-door to a diva. If you're one of those who constantly have no makeup look during work days, keep an eyeliner for emergency times (like when suddenly a good looking angmoh decided to pay a visit). I have the cheap and faithful Maybelline Hyperglossy Eyeliner. It costs only RM18+ during sale, and I wouldn't feel so bad if it's dried up.


3. Mascara
Of course when putting eyeliner, you have to apply mascara as well. I normally have the Maybelline mascara, but currently I switch to the Physicians Formula Organic Wear. It isn't the best mascara due to it staining my under eye after a long day. It makes me look like I have really bad dark circles. The organic formula doesn't withstand the oil that accumulates around my eye. I still prefer the Maybelline one. Will switch back after I finish this tube. It isn't that bad to the point that I want to chuck it out.


4. Hand Cream
Hand cream is a MUST if you're working in an office. Aircond is the biggest culprit of destroying our skin. After a few hours, you will feel that your hands are dry and your cuticles get flaky. I particularly love the L'OCCITANE Acacia Hand Cream because it is non-greasy, smells great and last a long time.


5. Perfume
I always have a small bottle of perfume with me, in case I need to meet some outsiders. I realized I smell really bad, especially if I have to walk through the production area. The Jo Malone 30ml bottle is a perfect size for traveling (and in my case, to leave it in office). To date, the Blackberry & Bay scent is still my favourite. It is very refreshing and has a hint of fruity smell in it.


6. Shower Gel
You must thinking, what the heck? But yes, I do have shower gel in my office beauty bag. This is because we have an in-house gym with shower room. There are a few times that I find I had to go to KL after work or coming back from KL and have to get back to work. A quick shower will totally refresh my body. So I leave a small bottle of shower gel in the office. The current one I'm using is the Body Shop Indian Night Jasmine.


7. Eye Drop
This eye drop saved me from so many situations. Sometimes I wake up with sore eyes that won't relief. Sometimes I get dust in my eyes. Most of the time my eyes are just too tired after staring at the computer for a long time. This Rohto Cool Eye Drop has a cooling sensation that refresh my eyes immediately. Apparently the Lychee version works better but I haven't got a chance to try it since it's only available in Japan.


8. Massage cream
Another, what-the-heck item here. I suffer from bad shoulder ache due to my scoliosis problem. I have to go for a physio rehab in my company's in-house clinic every Wednesday and Friday. For temporary relief, I massage my own shoulder when it gets too painful. The L'OCCITANE Aromachologie Rebalancing Massage Cream not only serve as a massage cream, it also works really well for aroma therapy. I used to use Tiger Balm but it smells so strong that my colleagues thought I was sick or something...


9. Pocket Mirror
This is self-explanatory. I believe many of you also have a hand mirror in your office drawer. I really love the Shiseido handmirror which was featured in their Ultimune Christmas set two years ago. The spotless gold hardware and carving makes it looks like a revived antique mirror.


10. Makeup pouch
Lastly, the statement pouch that keeps all the items is from Sephora. I love how it says "contouring is my cardio". It really is. My arms get so tired and sore from blending that I believe a little muscle have probably grown out of it.


So tell me, what is your usual beauty item that you stock in your office? 


#InMyLife - There's nothing much happening in my life except work. I can't say the same for my work because there's so many things happening in my working life. My company is taken over my our US parent, that itself is a lot to talk about. On top of that, I have to prepare for 2 awards that will be granted to my company. The day after the award presentation, I have an audit. This is the reason why I haven't blog so much. It's draining a lot of my energy. When I got home, all I wanted to do is to sleep. Also, it's been awhile since I go back to my hometown. I've missed out so many family outings. My cousin moved to UTHM and luckily I managed to catch up with him twice at Batu Pahat. And another cousin flew off to London. I didn't get to send him off but planning to do a trip to London soon. Do recommend to me the beauty products in London, if you have any...
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Sep 22, 2016

Lip Fondue - Multipurpose Lip Balm With 3-in-1 Functions (Lip Essence + Lip Balm + Lip Mask)

Let your lips indulge in bountiful supply of moisture when you apply the 3-in-1 Lip Fondue, an ultra-nourishing lip balm with high moisturizing performance that gives you 3-in-1 benefits in one single stick. Now with just a glide, you can transform dull-looking lips into gorgeous, moisture-looking ones with natural shine.


The Mentholatum all new Lip Fondue, which comes in two variant, namely the Aurora 3D Pearl Lip Fondue and the Cassis Rose Lip Fondue provides your lip with the following 3-in-1 function:
  • Lip Essence - Enriched with Royal Jelly extract, Honey and Olive Oil that deeply penetrates into the skin layers of your lips to replenish moisture for a firmer appearance.
  • Lip Balm - Enhanced with unique super soft formulation to provide lips with intense and long lasting moisture
  • Lip Gloss/Lip Mask - Formulated and enhanced with 3D particles, the Aurora 3D Pearl Lip Fondue can be served as a "lip gloss". The 3D pearl is twinkling in response to the light to produce a more 3 dimensional lips. On the other hand, the Cassis Rose Lip Fondue can be used overnight as a "leave-on mask" to help moisturise and nourish your lip, keeping it hydrated throughout the night.


Apart from that, the Aurora 3D Pearl Lip Fondue and the Cassis Rose Lip Fondue also come with sun protection formula that helps protect the lips from UV rays. Both variants are specially designed with dial lock tubes to allow for an easy control of the lip balm at all times. Alternatively, you can apply it on bare lips or on top of a lipstick. To obtain optimised results when using the all-new Lip Fondue, apply 2-3 layers onto lips when needed.



Priced at RM17.90 each, they will be available exclusively at all Guardian Pharmacies in Malaysia.
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Sep 20, 2016

Tony Moly Pokemon Beauty Products


All Pokemon Go trainers alert!!!! Following the previous post on Pokemon Themed Makeup Products, I bring you another beauty bundle on Pokemon Themed skincare. Specifically, these skincare are from the brand Tony Moly. I'm sure all of you K-beauty fans are acquainted with the brand already.


I have ordered the items from Althea immediately right after their announcement. Speaking of hardcore Pokemon Go addict, I raise my hand high up to the sky! On Althea, there are 3 products on their list - Pokemon Foam Cleanser, Squirtle Water Moisture Cream, and Pokemon Hand Cream.





I have ordered 2 Facial Foam - Pikachu & Squirtle and 3 Hand Cream - Pikachu, Squirtle & Snorlax. I skipped the facial cream because I honestly don't think I would use it. I would prefer to stick to my SK-II regime. But I wouldn't worry much about the facial wash. I really hope Althea will send them to me soon despite the outbreak of orders from other Pokemon fans. I'm so excited! Wheeeeeeee.....


If you're interested in getting it, I have a RM35 referral voucher for you! Just click <<this link>> and register an account. The referral voucher will be credited to your account once you sign up.


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Sep 19, 2016

Affordable Konjac Sponge

It's a busy time for me again. Last week was crazy! I had to cramp 5-days worth of work into the 3 working days. And there's a colleague wedding that follows on the weekend. When traveling for the wedding, I ditched my Clarisonic and opt for a Konjac sponge instead. It is a lot easier to pack and I don't have to worry about losing my Clarisonic or charging it.


Typically, a Konjac Sponge cost around RM59 per piece. And the price can go up to RM75 for a bigger piece. I have been wanting to try it for a long time, but I couldn't justify paying so much for a piece of sponge. Lucky enough, before I traveled, I dropped by Daiso for some shopping and stumbled upon a much cheaper version of Konjac Sponge. It is called Natural Konjac Puff. The good thing is, it's only RM5.30 (including tax). That's 10x cheaper than the ones from Kojac Sponge Company.


You must be thinking, this must be a fake one since the price is so cheap. Well, konjac sponge is a natural ingredient and it is made from plant fiber. The ingredients used in the Daiso konjac puff is the same. The only obvious difference is the packaging.

How to use:
When washing your face, wet the sponge. When it turns into jelly-like texture, use it to clean your face as usual.

Benefits:
The konjac sponge removes dead skin cells and stimulates the growth of new skin cells. It deep cleanse open pores and takes out impurities especially traces of makeups.

If you have been wanting to get a Konjac Sponge but haven't, I urge you to try out the Daiso version. It saves you a lot of money and gives you the same quality as the ones from the Konjac Sponge Company.

I hope you don't mind this short post. I will be back with more blogposts after the busy wave is gone. Meanwhile, let me know what type of blogpost you like to read by voting on the right sidebar.
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Sep 12, 2016

[Review] L'Occitane Lavande Shower Gel


Brand: L'OCCITANE
Product name: Lavande Shower Gel
Available at: L'OCCITANE boutiques or L'OCCITANE Online Price: RM90
Size: 250ml

This is one of the L'OCCITANE's hidden gem. I hardly see this shower gel being promoted by L'OCCITANE. It is my ultimate favourite from the brand, this is why I'm taking a bit of my time to introduce this shower gel to you. With its 100% organic certified reputation from the Ecocert Greenlife, you will get an original and natural scent of French lavender in the bottle.


I know it is a luxury to use a RM90 shower gel, I swear I don't splurge like this all the time unless it is really necessary. I still use my usual family-sized Dettol shower gel but I reach out to this lavender shower gel whenever I need a little pampering, especially during my night shower. It leaves a fantastic lavender scent that puts me to sleep almost immediately. And the next day when I wake up, the scent gives me a fresh start for the day.


If you have a hectic work schedule or have problem falling asleep, do try out this shower gel. I promise it is worth every penny. It works best with the Lavender body lotion. And as a bonus, I find this shower gel deters mosquitoes as well. Perhaps it is the strong citrusy scent that keeps the bugs away. 
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Sep 9, 2016

[Haul] My first experience with Catrice

I've heard about all the good things about Catrice but it is hard to get my hands on it because I can't find it anywhere near me. When I went to Batu Pahat to visit my cousin who recently settled in UTHM hostel, I brought him to Guardian to pack some medication for emergency situation. And then I saw the Catrice section calling my name.


I spent a good half hour choosing the products that I want to try. It was a hard moment for making decisions. In the end, I told myself I will get only 4 things to try and they are....



Blush Artist Shading Palette
This is the first thing that got into my basket. The palette is really beautiful and it has gorgeous shades of matte taupe, shimmery coral nude and shimmery light brown. The three harmonious and longlasting blush shades in warm bronze and apricot tones. Velvety powder which creates different effects on your face from matt to shimmer to highlight.



Illuminating Blush in Coral Me Maybe
This is the highly raved Catrice product. Oh, the coral colour is so gorgeous! On the product explanation - Blush with subtle shimmer and pearl effect for a radiant and defined complexion. Perfectly highlights cheek bones and creates a fresh look. Dermatologically tested.


High Lighting Eyeshadow in 010 Turn The Lights On!
Single eyeshadow isn't what I normally pick up, but this one is an exception. The shimmer really makes the eyes pop and it is extremely pigmented. I was going to get an eyeshadow palette with a similar shade, but the white shimmer didn't perform as good as this one. This eyeshadow is perfect for the corner of the eyes.



Beautifying Lip Smoother Lipgloss in 020 Apricot Cream
Lip balm for smooth lips that beautifies your lips with an intense, shiny finish and optically even outs fine lines.




I don't know if there are any good stuff from Catrice that I missed out. If you have any recommendations, do let me know. I am really excited to try out the products, especially the blushes. 
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Sep 8, 2016

[Product Comparison] Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar vs. Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick


The Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar and the Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick have a lot of similarities, mainly because the two lipsticks feature dual tone, something which we don't see in our conventional lipsticks. When I was looking for a dual tone lipstick, I was torn between these two. I saw both of it on Althea and couldn't decide which one to get, so I got both of it to compare.




Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar
Witch’s Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Liptick
Price
RM150
RM65
Brand reputation
Laneige has good reputation for its skincare. It is also one of the famous Korean brand in Malaysia.
Witch’s Pouch have no brand presence in Malaysia.
Texture
Very creamy, buttery and moisturizing. It glides smoothly with minimal effort.
It is smooth as well, but it doesn’t have that creamy and buttery texture compared to Laneige.
Pigmentation
Pigmentation wins the Witch’s Pouch. For more pigmentation, add a few layers and the colour turns more vivid and brighter.
Good pigmentation. But not as good as Laneige.
Gradient effects
Some of the contrasting colours hardly shows the gradient look. But the closer shades are able to achieve the gradient effects easier.
Easier to achieve gradient effect due to the colour contrast that are closer.
Longevity
It has longer staying power due to the high pigment. It lasted about 6 hours.
It has shorter staying power. Lasted about 4 hours, which is pretty decent time range.
Ergonomics
The square shape tube takes a few times to get familiar to.
Easier to handle due to the round shape. Our hands are familiar with the round shape tube and it is easier to hold while applying.
Option of colours
More options that Witch’s Pouch. 8 variants available.
Only few options available. Three variants available on Althea.
Packaging
High end packaging.
Very basic packaging. Product dispense through twisting of the tube.
Availability
Available online on Althea, Hermo, Sephora. Available in store in Sephora and all Laneige counters
Only available on Althea online.

Overall, I think both of them have really good potential. You wouldn't regret getting any of it. However, in terms of pricing, the Witch's Pouch is still the pocket-friendly choice. If you have not tried dual lipsticks before and just want to test the water, go for the Witch's Pouch. Althea has amazing deals on this. I believe I paid only RM25 for it.


And if you are a picky user for lipsticks, Laneige is a better option because of the texture and longevity. I find myself reaching out to the Laneige more because it glides smoother and I don't have to reapply my lipsticks that often. You can also get this on Althea or you can visit Laneige counter to try out all the available colours. Althea price is 50% cheaper than the retail price, so do take advantage on that.


Again, I will be promoting my Althea referral. You will receive a RM35 shopping credit if you sign up on Althea using my referral link <<here>>. I'm not Althea ambassador nor I earn any commission from your purchase. I will get a RM10 shopping credit once you sign up and in return, I can purchase the products using the voucher. 


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Sep 7, 2016

Gucci Guilty: A New Dawn, A New Chapter


Behind the Gucci revolution, a new vision. Eclectic, contemporary, romantic—creative director Alessandro Michele is telling a different story about the brand. Celebrating individuality, the allure of the undefined, Gucci maps an emancipated sexuality. Designed with passion and authenticity, the House’s attitude is a feeling of freedom. Beginning on the runway, this story has flourished in every piece of the brand, and now it transforms Gucci fragrances, starting in September 2016 with its most successful signature scents: Gucci Guilty for him and for her.

The generation that inspires Alessandro Michele is characterized by a celebrative anarchy. They don’t believe in conformity, submitting to labels or to gender rules, breaking free from common social boundaries. They express themselves however they want, with whomever they want and passionately explore whatever they want. They are hedonistic without apology and indulge in life’s pleasures without feeling guilty. They experiment and enjoy because they feel completely free. This modern declaration of self expression and sexuality ignites the new chapter of Gucci Guilty. It sparks the campaign’s powerful statement: #GuiltyNotGuilty and its liberating concept, following three characters revealing in a new dawn of sexuality, emancipated from expectations and rules.

“I just want people to feel free,” Alessandro Michele. “If you walk along the street, in any city or metropolis of the world, you realize there’s a kind of marvelous anarchy that characterizes youth, but also people of all ages.”

Visit KLCC Concourse to test out the new Gucci Guilty

Pivotal to evoking Gucci Guilty’s new narrative is the campaign’s setting. Chosen by Alessandro Michele, Venice hosts the oldest carnival, a stage that gave rise to Europe’s pleasure-seeking and debauchery of the 18th century. A city that throughout its past allowed people to be eccentric and transgress society’s norms, its liberated aura still circling its streets today.

From misty cobbled alleyways to the faded opulence of the baroque palace where Gucci Guilty’s new dawn unfolds, Venice is a spellbinding backdrop of beauty and mystery. Director and photographer Glen Luchford captures this mood. Filmed as a set of flashbacks, the campaign builds sensual intrigue, showing the before and after of an intimate experience shared by Jared Leto together with models Julia Hafstrom and Vera Van Erp. The trio explore each other and their surroundings in a liberated expression of sexuality. On set, the Oscar winning actor captured some of campaign’s dreamy scenes captioned with hashtag #GuiltyNotGuilty to millions of followers in an exclusive takeover for Gucci’s Snapchat.



Under the #GuiltyNotGuilty light, the original Gucci Guilty fragrances embody the new edge of the brand. They signify freedom, by breaking with traditional male and female fragrance ingredients. Gucci Guilty for Her is defined by a signature Fougère accord of geranium, commonly used in men’s scents, while at the heart of Gucci Guilty for Him the floral, sensual Orange Blossom doesn’t conform to a classic male fragrance’s notes, heightening the scent’s allure.  Intimate and magical Lilac flower laced with Amber in Gucci Guilty for Her radiates warmth and grace with a powerful lasting impression. This is a fragrance created for a libertine. Gucci Guilty for Him opens with invigorating Lemon, and is intensified with seductive notes of Lavender and Patchouli.

Presenting Gucci Guilty, scents for the anarchists, for the hedonistic libertines and for those who are truly free. #GuiltyNotGuilty

FOR HER
Gucci Guilty EDT 30ml                                         RM239
Gucci Guilty EDT 50ml                                         RM301
Gucci Guilty EDT 75ml                                         RM414

FOR HIM

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme EDT 50ml RM236

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme EDT 90ml RM319
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Sep 6, 2016

[Tuesday Tips] Beauty Products Expiry Check


Do you have a stash of beauty products sitting on your shelf and you're not sure if they've ran out of its expiry date? Here are some quick tips for you.


First, determine the shelf life of your product. Every product has a little sign on the label showing the shelf-life in months. Most of the products can withstand 6-12 months period. The shelf-life runs from the time you first open the product.



Who the heck remembers the date when they first open the beauty products? I'm sure we all don't remember that since women use an average of 10 beauty products daily. Here's the second tips. Go to http://checkcosmetic.net/ to check the manufacturing date of the product. But first, you need to crack the product code. The product code is printed on all the beauty products, it can be found on the label or the bottle.


Ever wonder what this code means? It determines the lot/batch of the product being manufactured. In case there's anything wrong with the product, the company can track the time it is being produced. Key in the product code on the Cosmetic Calculator, select the brand name and it will give you the manufacturing date.


Based on the manufacturing date, you can pretty much guess the expiry date of the product. Just add 4 months to the manufacturing date and refer back to the shelf-life of the product.


I hope you find these tips useful! Don't pile on expired products. Make way for new stuff...
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Sep 5, 2016

[Review] Benefit Gimme Brow


Brand: Benefit Cosmetics
Product name: Gimme Brow
Available at: Sephora / Benefit counters
Price: RM110

Gimme Brows is an award-winning, volumizing fiber gel that mimics the look of real hair for fuller-looking brows. Its innovative brush-on gel formula has tiny micro fibers that adhere to skin and hair, creating lush-looking eyebrows where before there were none. It builds easily for thick, full arches, thanks to a tapered brush for blending and a precision tip for shaping.

Benefits

  • Water-resistant, long-lasting and buildable formula.
  • Enriched with conditioning vitamin B5 and marshmallow extract.


This is going to be a very short review since I only tried it for a week. I don't like it at all. As much as I want to, I find no use of this product. Explanation in the points below:


  • The brush applicator is so tiny you almost mistaken it as a Barbie's mascara!
  • For someone who has sparse eyebrow, the products don't pick up and in fact it made a mess everytime I tried to sweep on my brow. The product gets stuck on my skin and it doesn't stay on my hair at all. 
  • It doesn't give that refined brow that I like to have. This isn't something to complain but this product just doesn't suit me at all.



I believe this product has its potential if given to someone with full brow. But for those who have sparse brow, do avoid this product as it won't help much. The name Gimme Brow is a mistake. It doesn't give any brow! It just tames unruly hair and enhances the brow a little. 
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Sep 4, 2016

[Brand Introduction] Estée Lauder x Victoria Beckham


Estée Lauder's latest collaboration with Victoria Beckham excites almost everyone. VB's taste in fashion has always been inspiration of women around the world. In this limited edition collab, VB brings her take on beauty based on 4 cities that she holds dearly in her heart.

“I am thrilled to be launching this limited-edition makeup collection with Estée Lauder,” said Beckham in a statement. “The whole process has been both inspiring and eye opening. From going back and revisiting the Estée Lauder archives through to working on the product with the Estée team, this feels like the perfect makeup partnership for me and my brand. I had long admired Estée Lauder the woman, and the powerful brand that she created, so I am excited to offer both of our customers this makeup range and play a small part in her vision for women.”


The London collection is a little edgy, rock n' roll and very classic Londoner beauty. Being a quintessential British, I think Victoria perfected this collection reflecting her makeup basics during the Spice Girl era. It comes with an eye pigment in Blonde Gold ($36), eyeliner ($30), eye ink ($45), eye metals eyeshadow ($45) and nude lipstick ($45).  

The New York collection takes a different dimention. It has a bronzer ($65), lipgloss ($36), lip pencil ($30), and a gorgeous eyeshadow palette with 6 shades ($95). 

The Paris collection which reflects Parisian beauty comes with an emerald eye metals eyeshadow ($45), coral red lipstick ($45), liquid liner ($36), eye kajal duo in black saffron & vanille ($30). 


Los Angeles collection has the same bronzer as the NY collection. Then, there's a lipgloss which is also the same from the NY collection, the same eye kajal duo from the Paris collection. The only different product we see here is the rose gold highlighter ($65) which was previously an Estee Lauder limited edition which Victoria wishes to bring back. 


Last but not least, the Victoria Beckham Daylight Edition collection ($1200) which comes with 8 products and a light box with mirror. 

The Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder collection will be available for sale starting from 13th September, however expect a little delay in the Malaysia market.

What I love about this collection is that VB has put in 100% of her effort in making this collection from production to the packaging of the products. It isn't just a brand hitch or marketing gimmick collaboration. We are accustomed to the great quality of Estee Lauder's product and with VB onboard, it raises the benchmark of the quality. Being a fan of both Estee Lauder and Victoria Beckham, this collection really excites me a lot. 

What I don't like about this collection is the presentation. Although the products reflects the cities accurately, but you can't use them for a full face makeups. And it is annoying to see some pieces here and there, which doesn't make up a full collection. For example, the London collection is missing its face products, and the LA collection is missing on the eye products. Red lipstick in the Parisian collection? I almost never seen VB with red lips ever! I was expecting a lot of nude lipsticks, smokey eyes and cool-tone highlighters. Overall, I think this collection is still lacking a lot of VB's flavour. 

Let me know what do you think of the collection? Is there anything you are eyeing on? 

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Sep 1, 2016

[Review] Rire Lip Powder


Brand: Rire
Product name: Lip Powder
Available at: AltheaPrice: RM62 RM24


I saw this product many months ago on a YouTube video. I was so into it and searched for it everywhere and the only place I could find it is on Althea. Thank you, Althea, for giving us (Malaysians) an opportunity to access to rare Korean beauty products. Now let's get into this exciting product.

We have heard of lip tint which stormed the beauty market few years ago. But now, there's lip powder! There's very little product explanation on the packaging. In fact, I can't make out any of the description printed on the package. They're all in Korean.


Texture & finishing
The product as it is, comes in a form of powder. When it comes in contact the skin, it turns into a gel-liked texture and glides on smootly. It didn't just ends there, when it dries, it dries matte. Does that make sense? This is the interesting part of the product - the texture!



Staying power
It has very long staying power, almost the entire day. Because it dries matte, it doesn't stain the cup and it doesn't wear off after meal.


What I love about it
The staying power is the selling point. For those who are lazy to reapply lipsticks throughout the day, like me, this is a great product to have. The colour is also vivid and very bold.



What I don't like about it
It is a new product of its own. I don't think there's any lip powder introduced before this. So it takes awhile to get acustomed to the texture and finishing. I do admit, it feels really weird when I first put it on because I was used to applying lipsticks. This all together is a new experience that I have to get used to. I also don't like that it is patchy. I needed 3 coats to get an even coat mainly because the powder turns into gel when applied on the skin, so it is being pushed around and very hard to get an even coating. For those who have dry chapped lips, you may not want to try it as well. The powder can be over drying on the lips.


Verdict
Though it is nice to have, I am not sure if I would recommend this product. It is a very interesting product and if you're up for something new, then go for it. Otherwise, this product don't really overcome the problem with drying lips.


The only place where you can get this Rire Lip Powder is from Althea. You can also get it from eBay and Amazon, but Althea is definitely a fuss-free shopping sit which I recommend. If you decide to purchase from there, I have a discount coupon for you. Just follow <<this link>> and register, you will receive RM35 credits in your account. 


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