Dec 26, 2013

A Message From Estee Lauder Australia

You may have seen coverage in the press recently regarding Estée Lauder Companies' court case against Target Australia, over the sale of counterfeit cosmetic products. This court case has now ended with Target being ordered to run corrective advertising to inform consumers about counterfeit products sold in Target between February and August 2012. 

Counterfeit cosmetics, skincare and fragrance products are poor quality fake products and they do not meet the safety standards that we strictly adhere to. Fake products may pose a risk to the health of consumers using them and therefore, in the interests of safety, we will not hesitate to take legal action against parties found to be producing, supplying and retailing these counterfeit products. 

Consumers should be wary of purchasing their cosmetics, fragrance and skincare products from non-authorised retailers for many reasons. The products sold at low-cost by non-authorised retailers are "re-sold" products and, whilst these products can be authentic, they are often out of date and have not been stored in optimal conditions. These factors can affect the product's formulation, meaning they will not provide the promised results or they can be harmful when applied to the skin. 

Estée Lauder Companies is committed to providing the highest quality, on-trend products to our consumers across the globe. We take this commitment seriously and are unwavering in our effort to provide consumers with products that are safe and of superior quality. 

To be certain that the cosmetics, skincare and fragrance products you are buying are authentic and meet the quality and safety standards that we promise, we recommend that you shop only at Estée Lauder authorised retailers. In Australia, our authorised retailers include Myer, David Jones, our Estée Lauder website and selected premium pharmacies. To locate your nearest authorised retailer, please call our toll-free customer care line at 1800 061 326 or consult the following link

We wish to thank all of our loyal consumers for your ongoing support.

Dec 17, 2013

Christmas Set Worth the Purchase for 2013

It's that time of the year where every brand is coming up with their own Christmas set. Throughout history, I've spend so much on impractical Christmas sets because I'm a sucker for packaging. In the end, I feel like I could have spend the money on the stuff that are more useful. I don't want you to repeat my mistake, so I am going to recommend you some Christmas sets that are really worth buying. The recommendations are based on value and practicality.

Please note that these recommendations are based on beauty products only. The products can be a gift for someone, even for yourself and it is NOT targeted at specific receiver such as for mom, dad, sister, etc. It is a recommendation based on usefulness/value of the Christmas set.

L'Occitane Travel With You Set

If you walk into L'Occitane boutique, they have tonnes of Christmas sets this year. If you're getting a gift for someone, the Travel With You set is really worth it. This is the season where people go on holiday and travel back home, I think this set is perfect one for the season. It comes with Shea hand cream & foot cream, No. 5 Repairing shampoo & conditioner, Ultra rich shower cream & body milk and a really cute cotton pouch to store all the products in it.

All the products are L'Occitane's best sellers. This is a safe present to be gifted to anyone, it is suitable for men and women and it is also products that suit any age group. (RM169)

Benefit Advent Calender 

Who wouldn't be thrilled with this Benefit Advent Calendar. I have a separate review/show&tell post for this. So, head on to the specific post to check out more info. Limited stock (RM260)

Laura Mercier Artiste Palette

You can never go wrong with neutral palette. This limited edition Laura Mercier Artiste Palette is a perfect gift for every girl. You can create so many look with this palette. Although it is a holiday collection, the neutral color is extremely versatile to be worn throughout the year for everyday look. The formula is extremely pigmented (much better than Urban Decay) and easy to blend. This palette has a lot of matte texture and the color selection has highlighting shades, blending shades, shadow and also for eyebrow. This palette can easily be anyone's most favorite eyeshadow palette. (RM189)

OPI Mariah Carey's Nail Polish

Last year's OPI Holiday Collection was the Skyfall Collection. I didn't like it that much because the colors were more warm and they look pretty boring. It felt like I have almost similar shades for the entire collection. This year, OPI team up with Mariah Carey (this is the second time) to feature their Holiday Collection for 2013.

I find this year's collection more interesting (partly because it is in collaboration with Mariah Carey) because the colors have more festive feels and at the same time, they're also colors which can be worn throughout the year. The shades I love are:

All Sparkly And Gold - Micro glitter in gold. The glitters are quite sparse so you can layer it with other color or you can layer it on its own to achieve full coverage. (RM63)

All I Want For Christmas Is OPI -This is a true red (similar to Big Apple Red). The color feels quite ordinary to me. There's nothing about this color that shows anything Christmas, which I like, because you can wear it all year round. But being a Mariah's fan, the name melts my heart! (RM63)

Ski Slope Sweetie - A white champagne color with pearl effect. This is a perfect bridal color. (RM63)

I Snow You Love Me - A top coat with holographic circle glitter. The glitters are quite chunky which can be a turn off to put on if you have small nails. However, the holographic effect is amazing!(RM63)

Jo Malone's Christmas Ornament

Buying fragrance as a present can be a hit or miss experience. Scent is a personal thing. Even if you know the person's taste, what you smell from the bottle might not be the same when it is worn on the person who received it. However, perfume is something which I can't resist getting for people, perhaps I get drawn by the inviting packaging and beauty of the bottle. Jo Malone is my favorite choice of brand which I go for when it comes to getting perfume as present. This Christmas, Jo Malone came up with a few sets. I personally recommend the Christmas Ornament set which comes with 15ml English Pear & Freesia body cream and 9ml Pomegranate Noir Cologne. It comes with a square box which you can hang on Christmas tree. Although some people might get this for its superb presentation, to others, the content fits rightly to the Christmas mood. English Pear & Freesia and Pomegranate Noir are the famous Christmas scent from Jo Malone.

Jo Malone's Cologne Collection

One of Jo Malone's uniqueness is that the cologne can be worn in layers. Pick and choose your favorite cologne and mix them together to create a scent which is unique to your taste. The Cologne Collection is a perfect set for adventurous people who wants to try different cocktails scent with their own recipe. It comes with 5 cologne, 9ml each. The scent includes Lime Basil & Mandrin, English Pear & Freesia, Blackberry & Bay, Peony & Blush Suede, and Amber & Lavender. This is the set which I am getting for myself.

Dec 11, 2013

LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Sorry for the absence. Been really busy sorting out my work before I'm off for the rest of the year! Anyway, fans of LUSH would have known how great the Snow Fairy smells like. Each year the Snow Fairy collection will appear when it's almost Christmas time. It is LUSH signature Christmas scent. If you can get hold of it, do keep some in stock because the collection will disappear until the next year Christmas.

I've got this shower gel from my bff and it is the sweetest shower gel I've ever had! It smells exactly like the bubble gum that comes with fake tattoo which will transfer to your skin with a little help of water. Do you remember that bubble gum? It has a cartoon of a Dayak on the wrapper. I'm sure you 80's kids remember that. The shower gel smells 100% like it. The gel comes with bright pink glitter. Surprisingly the glitter doesn't stick to the skin after shower. But it does serve the purpose to beautify the shower gel.

Have you tried the Snow Fairy collection from LUSH before? Do you like the scent? I'm quite fond of the bath bomb as well. It makes your bath tub sparkly pink!

I really wish we have LUSH here in Malaysia. Everytime I step into the shop, I instantly hope that I have a bath tub at home. They're so many amazing products to choose from.

Are you a fan of LUSH???

Dec 4, 2013

River Island Style for Work & Play

Happy December everyone! This is the most exciting month for me because there are so many events to attend. Sometimes I find this can be the most tiring month for me as well, especially when I need to prep for my events. Right now I am preparing for year end parties, beach holiday and also beginning of my new job.

I pay a lot of attention in getting the look I want to suit the events that I am going to attend. Luckily we have River Island in Malaysia right now, thanks to Zalora, I can get the look that I want with just a few clicks. If you are not familiar with River Island, it is a huge highstreet fashion label in the UK. The label provides variety range of clothings, from weekend outfit to formal corporate wear with purse-friendly price tag. You can find everything you are looking for from head to toe in River Island.

Let me show you the style which I have prepared for my party, beach holiday and work...

Dress: Shirred High Neck Bodycon Dress
Ring: Gold Curb Ring
Clutch: Laser Cut Metal Plate Trim Clutch Bag
Shoe: Slinky Chain Trim Barely There Sandals

Dress: V Neck Sleeveless Maxi Dress
Top: Cut Out Dip Hem Cami Top
Skirt: Geometric Print Mini Tube Skirt
Tote bag: Leather and Suede Mix Slouch Bag
Pouch: Quilted Love Makeup Bag
Rings: Gold Tone Gem Stone Rings Pack
Earrings: Gold Tone Encrusted Leaf Earrings

Dress: Embroidered Bodycon Dress
Bag: Quilted Panelled Tote Bag
Earrings: Luxe Swirl Studs
Shoe: Zip Back Platform Court Shoes
Purse: Quilted Chain Clip Top Purse
Watch: Gold Tone Embellished Bracelet Watch

All the items are from River Island.

Mix-matching the dress with the accessories is so easy on Zalora's site. Not only there are varieties of choices to choose from, it is user friendly and very easy to navigate around. This is why wh
enever I need to prep for a specific look, I will head to Zalora to get the inspiration, put them on a board like the above and see if the look fits what I am looking for.

If you haven't start your Christmas shopping, head to Zalora. It provides free shipping and deliver within 3 working days.

Nov 28, 2013

Dubai Shopping Haul

When speaking of Dubai, everyone go gaga over the shopping there. Since I had really limited time there, I choose to stay at Al-MuroojRotana Hotel, right opposite The Dubai Mall, which is the largest mall in the world. As a shopaholic, you really have to pay your pilgrimage there!

There are many fantastic malls in Dubai, but if you’re short of time to explore, just go to The Dubai Mall because it has anything and everything that the other malls have, maybe more.

I spent the entire day at Dubai Mall because I visited the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo which located inside the mall. Do drop by if you ever go there. Being the largest mall in the world, I thought it would be really difficult to look for the places I want to go. To my surprise, it is so convenient getting around inside. They have information kiosk at every escalator where you can look for direction. Admittedly, it is also quite tiring to walk around. Layouts of the shops are pretty much the same as Malaysian malls, where high end boutiques on the first floor, food and supermarkets on the lower ground, etc. I’m sure you’re very familiar with that. But there’s one thing special at The Dubai Mall is that, they have this section called The Souk where all the jeweleries shops are.

In traditional Arabic term, the souk is a market place where business people trade their goods. Anyway, I was searching for Thomas Sabo there. If you don’t know, Thomas Sabo has limited edition charms sold exclusively in each country. So, I was looking for the exclusive UAE charms there. The lady told me that the ones sold exclusively there was a palm tree charm where sold only in Arab countries and another one was the Turkish eye, sold only in the Middle East. I’m really not into Turkish eye because I think it’s too generic. So I got the palm tree one:

Sadly, when I came home, I found out from my Thomas Sabo UK catalogue that they have the palm tree charm. When I went to Thomas SaboPavilion, they have the palm tree charm as well. I feel like I’ve been cheated :(
I found Bath & Body Works there and was sooooo happy. I almost grab the entire shop but when I remember that I have luggage limit, I had to restrict myself. In the end, I only bought the candles. 

I really wanted to get the shower gel but to choose between candles and shower gel, I think it would be much better for me to get the candles. You know how hard it is to get room candles in Malaysia? Meanwhile shower gel we have plenty here. By the way, if you love home fragrance like me, do check out Voluspa luxury candles. They are the candle company which made the wedding favours for Kim Kardashian’s wedding and scented her wedding reception. I believe Zalora Malaysia is the only place where you can get it.
Next, I’ve bought the legendary Victoria’s Secret Bombshell bra!!!! This is the mother of all push up bras. I think it cost about RM280, but it’s all worth it.

The Victoria’s Secret in The Dubai Mall was huge! There are 5 sections in it. I think I spent the most time in there. Almost bought a VS robe but I thought I needed the cash later. This is one decision I regretted the most.

And of course I bought some souvenirs for my housemates.
I also bought a Starbucks tumbler for my housemate who collects the travel edition. A note to all of you who plans to buy the Starbucks tumbler in Dubai.... It doesn't come with a free coffee like every other country. This is something I hate about Dubai. They're really stingy with their services. Even free wifi is technically not free. You still need to register for a hotspot account which requires you need to pay. 

Things in Dubai are generally expensive, despite the shopping there is duty free, but it is still affordable. I think I wouldn’t travel there just for shopping because what they have there are mostly available here in Malaysia. In terms of retails, you will definitely find more US brands there.
Have you been to Dubai? What are the things that worth to purchase there?

Nov 27, 2013

Benefit Advent Calendar Content - Show & Tell

So I heard, there were only 60 Benefit Advent Calendar available in Malaysia! Now I feel a little more exclusive. If you can find this anywhere, don't think twice. Buy it, if you love it! You'll love it even more when you pop the little window to reveal the Benefit products.

Here are the stuff that I've got from my Benefit Advent Calendar in sequence:

1. Coralista blusher
2. Stay Don't Stray eye primer
3. It's Potent Eye Cream
4. Ultra Plush Dandelion Lip Gloss
5. Benetint red tint
6. Bow Barrette
7. Ultra Plush Life On The A-List Lip Gloss
8. High Beam highlighter
9. "That Gal" face primer
10. The Porefessional face primer
11. Badgal Liner Waterproof eye liner
12. Total Moisture Face Cream
13.  Horse Shoe Charm Bracelet
14. Badgal Lash Mascara
15. Posietint pink tint
16. Hoola bronzer
17. Ultra Plush Sugarbomb Lip Gloss
18. Sunbeam highlighter
19. Girl Meets Pearl face primer
20. Ooh La Lift highlighter
21. Ultra Plush Coralista Lip Gloss
22. Star Charm Necklace
23. Chachatint orange tint
24. Dandelion

Blusher & Bronzer


Mascara & Eyeliner






To be honest, I have tried 13 out of 21 products. Some I love them, some I had bad relationship with, particularly the eye cream and moisturizer. I think Benefit is better at making cosmetics rather than skincare. And I have never enjoy Benefit tints (in any color) although so many people love it.

On the other hand, I can't wait to try out Hoola (bronzer), Dandelion (blusher), Ooh La Lift (highlight) and Coralista (lipgloss). These are the products that I've been wanting to try for a long time, particularly Hoola, but I just didn't want to jump into purchasing the full size. I really appreciate these deluxe size samples.

From a typical makeup addict point of view, I do suggest you to get this advent calendar. Not only it is fun to surprise yourself each day with a different beauty product, you also get to try so many different Benefit products before you purchase a full size. The sample size is adequate for you to determine if you really like it or not. If you are getting it as a gift for someone, I think it is a great gift. Any girl would be really excited to receive this as a Christmas present.

And if you are throwing a Christmas party, you can make this advent calendar into a lucky draw. Put in little cards from number 1 to 24 and then ask your girlfriends to draw the number. Reveal their prizes by popping the little window of the calendar. It will be a great highlight for your party. You can even retrieve all the products and make it into stocking stuffer for your friends.

But from a reasonable perspective, I would advise you to put your money somewhere you know you'll get the real benefit from. Technically there are only 21 products if you remove the accessories from the list. And these products are in deluxe size which are given free most of the time for trial. You are actually paying for the packaging instead of the real products.

I would appreciate it even more if they remove the three accessories and include more variety of products in it. I was looking forward for their concealer Erase Paste and They're Real mascara. Those are the products that I really want to try. Perhaps more blusher instead of lipglosses too. 

Now, it's your turn to tell me what you think of the Benefit Advent Calendar. Will you get it? Will you skip it? Do you think it is worth it?

Available at Sephora & Benefit counters for RM260. Very limited stock.

Nov 25, 2013

Carlo Rino 2013/2014 Handbags Collection

Think of Alice in Wonderland, Marie Antoinette and Narnia, that's the vibe you'll get from the Carlo Rino Whimsical Wonderland 2013 Fashion Show. This season, Carlo Rino showcase their feminine, sexy, playful collection that has everything your heart (and wardrobe) could ever want to look perfect for any occasion.

The wide range of styles offered by Carlo Rino provides different styling combination for girls of different fashion personalities. Below are the previews of Carlo Rino's latest collection. The entire collection is now available at all Carlo Rino's boutique. If you see something you like, I urge that you check it out at the store.

Get in the mood for celebration with the A to Z's of style, all emblazoned on this season's hottest bags! beaded alphabets featuring the colours of the rainbow on a black base and gold-coloured chain straps to turn heads, the latest "it" bags come in 3 styles: a rounded-edged shoulder bag for versatility, a rectangular, structured handbag for evening, and a roomy hand-held tote for the festivity-focused fashionista. Pair with a little black dress for maximum effect!


In the mood for a party? Bling up your skinnies or strappy dress with these made-for-party totes! Bearing the Carlo Rino signature in bold, coloured leather that adorns each bag's edges for that added touch of sophistication, you won't run out of room to stash your keys, makeup, phone and other party-all-night essentials. Worn on your shoulder or slung across with a detachable strap, this limited edition arm candy in touches of blue, beige or salmon on stunning silver comes embellished with adorable Carlo Rino "love messages" on its side for a hint of romance.


Carlo Rino monogram fans, you won't want to miss out on these graffiti-inspired essentials. Whether paired with jeans, a sun dress or shorts, there's a style and shape for every occasion. Fire-engine red leather trimming adorns the collection's tote, sling, hand-held and travel bags, which feature orange, black, pink and red graffiti to fire up the imagination. Feel like something is missing? Complete your look with a matching wallet!


Traveling? You'll love the around-the-world themed graphics on these totes. Made to complement the worldly, sophisticated traveller, each tote features subtle beige leather trimmings, a super-smooth satin body, handy detachable straps for hands-free ease, and a palette of silver, red, yellow and black to choose from. You'll feel right at home in your loose khakis and comfort-giving tee with these bags.


Powering up your look for the day? Soften up the pant suit with feminine braids on your bag if wearing them in your hair isn't an option. A shoulder-slung duffel, back-pack, carry-all or cylinder bag will do the trick. All come with luxurious, blood-red leather trimmings, silver lining and metal key charms to offset neutral cream and brown. Complete your look with matching wallet that sport strategically-placed zippers and leather holders.


If you're a cat lover, you won't be able to do without this quirky collection. Cat eyes star on the body of each adorable masterpiece, matched with monogram-embellished 'ears' and straps for that feline allure. Remove the strap to turn this pint-sized creation into a hand-held kitty clutch. Heart-shaped charms complete the fun factor and complement the navy, red and beige-coloured 'cats'. Perfect for jazzing up jeans, shorts or a casual dress.


want an arm-friendly companion that will fit your essentials and more when you hit the road or take to the skies? You'll want this oversized tote, featuring plenty of room and compartments and a zip feature at the sides to make your space smaller or bigger at your whim. Not traveling? Take it as a shopping bag! Multi-coloured accents in red, black, pink, beige and yellow against a neutral cream palette make for a fun, head-turning addition to your bag collection.


Fun, feminine lines with lots of room in candy colours make for a practical addition to any wardrobe. totes that can be worn on your shoulder or arm, bearing removable straps and multiple compartments in shades of dark, beige, fire-engine red, sky blue, hot pink and sunshine yellow pair perfectly with denim, muted dresses and weekend khakis for a dash of vibrance.


Stand out in the crowd in the fashion season's hottest colour - red! A soft but structured handbag that will take you from day to night, you'll love its versatility, functionality and elegance rolled in one. Detachable straps take your look from formal to casual in an instant, while red on black piping will make sure you never go anywhere unnoticed. Wear this baby with a power suit or jeans for an equally powerful effect.


Get flight-ready with this airplane-loving carry-all. Mini airplanes embossed onto its shell, together with roomy straps and an even roomier interior complement its classic lines. The finishing touch is an airplane charm, all in shades of fire-engine red, navy or yellow. Match your look with a matching wallet featuring multi-shaped studs as well as card and cash-friendly wallet in (what else) the brightest red this season has to offer. Not planning to fly across the oceans? Pair this bag with a white shirt and dark blue jeans for the ultimate in sophistication.

About Carlo Rino:
1986 - Bonia group launched Carlo Rino, a contemporary brand featuring young, trendy and chic leather goods and footwear. Carlo Rino is a projection of fun, vibrant and an invigorating identity. Originated from Singapore, Carlo Rino has grown popularity both locally and internationally to various countries such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Oman, Finland, Saudi Arabia, and many more to come in near future.

Carlo Rino gives you the freedom to style for different individuals and personalities. Here we offer a wide range of bags and shoes for selection from casual day out to formal events. An ideal brand for the young working executives who look for trendy, casual and even classic designs to match their exciting lifestyles!

In 2010, Carlo Rino first launched ladies apparel due to customer's continuous demand in fashion for complete ONE stop centre. Carlo Rino ladies apparel are inspired by European styling and made perfect for Asian petite fittings. One can expect to feast her eyes with stylish, fashionable and quality ladies apparel available at Carlo Rino boutiques. Matching accessories such as bracelets, necklace and belts also available under one roof.

At Carlo Rino we priorities shopping comfort and convenience, inviting ambience, wide selection of product on colours, functionality and durability ideal match for the young and trendy lifestyle. New products development joined the original line of women handbags to provide a wider range of product for selection.

CR Exchange shoes, a new line of runway inspired designs made available for walkway to fulfill the desire of cosmopolitan ladies who seek for the latest trends of fashionable items - only available at Carlo Rino Boutiques.


Nov 24, 2013

Benefit 2013 Advent Calendar

This is a quick post.... I finally got my hands on the Benefit Advent Calendar . What is an advent calendar? It is the calendar used to calculate the day for Christmas. The exact day when the calendar starts is the date one month before Christmas (technically there were only 25 days in a month in those days). The astronomical ways to calculate the calendar is ancient and obsolete. These days it is predetermined that the advent calendar should start on 1st December and ends on 25th December where it falls on Christmas. 

To keep the excitement of counting down to Christmas, many brands take advantage of the advent calendar spirit for commercial purposes. 

I am really excited to pop the calendar but to keep the rules, I will open each window daily starting from 1st December until Christmas. Follow me on Instagram to see what I receive daily. My username is @queenjerine with hashtag #benefitadventcalendar. So excited to reveal all these Benefit goodies! 


Nov 22, 2013

Starting a Beauty Blog: Focus on Drugstore or High End Products?

One of the biggest problem when you start a beauty blog is to choose whether you want to blog all high end products, drugstore products or should you blog both? Some people started their beauty blog with no direction and just simply blog whatever that they feel like. Instead of wasting your time, why don't you focus on a specific direction and let it work out by itself. There are pros and cons for all the options, and it is up to you which one you which direction you want to take for your blog.

Drugstore focus
1. There are tonnes of products for you to blog about and it is much cheaper for you to purchase it in the beginning.
2. The market for drugstore products are much bigger. Some of the beauty products are listed under FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), which means that if you publish a post of a specific drugstore products, it will lead to conversion. This will also translate a high persuasion power of your blog. It will lead to you getting more sponsored post in future. (I hope I make sense because this is a bit technical).
3. The likelihood for you to receive products from brands is higher. This is not because the products are cheap, but because (back to point 2), the market is so big that if a post can bring at least 10 sales for their products. This is why they don't mind giving products for write-up.

1. They are too many products for you to feature which can be quite exhaustive. 
2. Sometimes you might receive really cheap products to review on, which can be a turn off.

High end focus
1. Your blog would be a great eye candy because every girl just love to read in detailed and check out photos of high end product. It is like our little dream to own something that is expensive and exclusive.
2. When you receive products to review, the product can cost up to few thousand bucks. It gets really exciting when it does.

1. You might have to spend tonnes of money buying high end products to review before you even get noticed by the brands. Sometimes, it can take you years before you even get a sponsor.
2. The market for high end products is very niche. The amount of real buyer is also low. This will affect the persuasive level of your blog. If you post up 10 posts on a high end lipstick, but it doesn't convert to any sales, you will have a hard time getting sponsors in the future.

Both drugstore and high end
1. Blogging both drugstore brand and high end brand will let you cover almost the entire beauty market. Because your sample size is so big, it will also bring you a lot of traffic.
2. You can cover the campaigns for both drugstore and high end which means likelihood of receiving products for review, jobs and sponsorship is much higher.

1. You have to update at least once a day because there are too many things to cover. It can be really tiring.
2. Sometimes you have so many things to cover for the brands that you have no time to blog about your own stuff.

I hope this will get you the idea where your blog focus should be on. Beauty blogging might not be an easy thing to start up, but it is worth it if it is your interest. If you are a beauty blogger and would like to share your learning experience with all of us, feel free to leave a comment below.

Stick to this blog every Friday for more beauty blogging tips. Next, I will share some photography tips. It wouldn't be your typical photography tips on how to use your camera function. It is more specific for beauty blogging.

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