Apr 28, 2014

Fashion Culture Box April 2014 Operation Occupation Unboxing

If you haven't heard of Fashion Culture Box, it is a monthly fashion subscription box in Malaysia. Each month you can choose from the 3 styling themes, then subscribe to your favorite theme and at the end of the month, you will receive a box filled with fashion and beauty items for you to experiment with.

Anyone interested to take a peek inside this month's Fashion Culture Box? I have all 3 themes here to unbox - The Working Girl, Campus Chic and Socialite. 

It's awesome to be part of the Operation Occupation fashion box this month, and again thank you for your support. In FCZine this month, we have increased the number of pages and added a little more content!

For one, check out our exclusive interview with a socialite with many skills, none other than LengYein. 

Another one of my favourites is the list of handbag terminologies on page 10. Which is your favourite? 

Do also check out my little tutorial on how to use a sock bun (found in The Working Girl box). Don't fret if you've got shorter hair as my way of using it is great for short to middle length. 

Till next issue, have fun! (Editor's note)

Let's dig in to the Working Girl box...

1. Dentiste' Plus White Nighttime Toothpaste
2. Bloop Germ Blaster
3. Sleeve Leather Cuff
4. Prim 'N Proper Sock Bun
5. Lunch Break Wristlet
6. Suit-Em-Up Belt

I think of all the styling themes this month, the Working Girl box is the most practical for me. The Lunch Break Wristlet; as the name suggested; is very convenient for me when I'm on the go. Just pop in some cash, ID and phone and I'm ready to go out for a short trip. I've also been using the Prim 'N Proper Sock Bun a lot. My hair is getting really messy as it grows longer, so it's quite handy to have this bun. Lastly, the Sleeve Leather Cuff is my most favorite item in this box. I love its sleek and edgy look.

The Campus Chic box is really a spot-on with the theme. It has a lot of bright color, it looks fun and all the items in it are campus friendly...

1. Dottie Purse
2. The Blair Hairband
3. Dentiste' Plus White Oral Rinse
4. Bloop Germ Blaster
5. Serena Short Candy Necklace
6. Mix 'N Unmatch Ear Studs

I love everything in this box. Although I don't see myself wearing the necklace often, but the color is just so pretty. And I'm making the Dotti Purse as my everyday wallet. The most exciting item in this box is the Mix 'N Unmatch Ear Studs. There are 6 ear studs in the set and all the 6 studs are different.

Last but not least, the Socialite box, which I think is a little too bling for me...

1. Dazzle with Sparkle Clutch
2. Bloop Germ Blaster
3. Solitaire Earrings
4. Tiered Diamante Necklace
5. Audrey Diamante Bracelet
6. Dentiste' Plus White Nighttime Toothpaste

I love the Solitaire Earrings a lot. It's a solitaire ring, I think the shape is so quirky. The Dazzle with Sparkle Clutch is also pretty. I love the color combination of white and gold. It looks really luxurious.

Like every month, the Fashion Culture Box comes with a mini magazine that filled with editorial content based on the styling themes. This month we have LengYein on the cover. You can read this month issue online <<here>>.

What do you think about this month's box? Which is your favorite styling theme? And which is your favorite item?

You can start subscribing to the May Fashion Culture Box at their website http://fashionculturebox.com/. Next month's styling themes are:

The Mother's Day Special box will be delivered before 11th of May, so your mom can get her surprise on time. It comes with a personalized handmade card which you can customize your own message in it. Your mom will also receive a spa treatment voucher from CRES Wellness worth RM100. If you haven't decided what to get for you mom, the Exclusive Mother's Day Box would be a great idea. It's only RM58!!!!

If you are going to subscribe to any Fashion Culture Box theme, remember to use my affiliate code FCB-MDB-1188 to receive a 10% off.

Apr 25, 2014

Other Uses of Nivea Skin Conditioner

This might be a new product for some of you. If you don't know yet.... Nivea just came up with a new in-shower body conditioner. It has the same benefit as body lotion, however the function is a bit different. You apply it while you're still in shower. Then rinse it off. The texture is thicker and silkier than normal body lotion.

This is not just another gimmick product. I personally quite like it because it saves time from applying lotion and very convenient too. Just spread it all over while I'm showering and it's all done... my skin is fully moisturized. And I also found some other uses for it...

1. Use it as shaving cream
The texture is so smooth and silky, it glides really well when I shave my legs. I used to use hair conditioner to do the job, but I find this performs better. It doesn't leave that dryness after shaving. Try it the next time when you shave and you'll love it.

2. Use it reversely
Are you the type that rush your day through everyday without a single minute left to moisturize your skin? Apply this before sleeping and rinse it in the morning when you're showering. It gives the same effect but saves a lot more time.

3. Use as hair conditioner
I found this by accident when I had no conditioner to use. I thought I might try to use the skin conditioner to de-tangle my hair. It works! However, you shouldn't substitute your hair conditioner with this. You can use it occasionally when you run out of conditioner or when you're traveling and don't want to bring too many products with you.

4. Use as normal body lotion
If you're not used to the habit of rinsing off the skin conditioner, you can use it as normal body lotion. The texture is a bit thicker and might leave a layer of product on your skin. If you are ok with it, then go ahead and use it as regular body lotion.

Have you tried the Nivea Skin Conditioner? If you haven't, you should. There are a few sizes available. You can purchase the smaller bottle to try out first. It is not expensive at all. Available at all drugstores.

Apr 22, 2014

M.A.C. Viva Glam x Malaysian AIDS Foundation

With every purchase of M.A.C. Viva Glam lipstick, 100% of the profit will be donated to Malaysian AIDS Foundation. The foundation will channel the fund to shelter homes, projects and necessities for those who are infected by AIDS/HIV.

If you are going to purchase a M.A.C. lipstick anyway, remember to select the Viva Glam range. Not only the quality of the product is the same as other M.A.C. lipsticks, you will be able to contribute a little charity to Malaysian AIDS Foundation.

There are 6 shades to choose from:

Left to right: I (matte), II (satin), III (matte), IV (frost), V (lustre), VI (lustre), VI SE (lustre)

In addition to the existing Viva Glam range, M.A.C. is also featuring the Rihanna Collection Viva Glam lip products - lipstick & lip glass

If the shade suits you, why not purchase a Viva Glam lipstick? Don't forget to spread the words to your friends. M.A.C. and the Malaysian AIDS Foundation could use a little help from you in this campaign.

Apr 21, 2014

[Review] Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner is the next hardest makeup product to purchase, after foundation. First, you need to look for the eyeliner that has sturdy brush for easy application. Then you need to try out the formula. Finding the perfect eyeliner can be a tedious task. There are a lot of trial and error to go through and some products that will send you to disappointment. To save you all the trouble, I have an amazing eyeliner to introduce to you. It's the Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink.

This eyeliner is inspired by Chinese calligraphy brush. Like calligraphy art, it requires a minimum level of skill to handle the eyeliner brush. The brush comes in a funnel shape with really sharp tip at the edge which allows you to control the thickness of your line.

The velvety soft ink glides on the eyelid smoothly. The ink has full opacity, so you don't need to draw a few times.

1. Easy to control the brush. The pen is easy to handle.
2. Easy to adjust the thickness. The thickness range is between 0.05mm to 2.0mm
3. The ink has full black opacity.
4. Last all day long. It is waterproof. You don't have to worry about your eyelid oil will smudge the eyeliner during the day. 
5. Refillable.

1. Expensive.

Price: RM130
Available at: All Shu Uemura's counter

A few weeks ago, I had the honor to meet Shu Uemura's elite makeup artist, Lisa Yap. In the brief one hour, I learned a lot of makeup techniques from her that I've never heard of.

If you need any assistance on anything regarding makeups, do pop by Shu Uemura's counter. Their makeup artists will be very happy to help you. Also, don't forget to try out the Calligraph:ink liquid eyeliner. You'll love the brush right away, I swear!

Apr 20, 2014

Diptyque Launches Skincare Range: L’ART DU SOIN

Press Release

After initially creating a poetic and richly indulgent collection for the body, L’ART DU SOIN takes the pleasure further: a new range especially for the face, formulated with beneficial infusions of natural ingredients.

Delicately scented products with original, luxurious textures to stimulate and soothe the senses, metamorphosing upon contact with skin or water. Carefully chosen floral infusions and waxes for a radiant complexion that glows with well-being.

The Infused Facial Water (150ml)

The Infused Facial Water, for the face has a central role in this process: full of vitamins, minerals and moisturising agents, it is an ideal substitute for water in each of the products in the range. Made from a hydrolate of Damask rose - from which it takes its scent - an infusion of nasturtium, which brings out the radiance in one’s complexion, and a blend of nine traditional plants and flowers, it is fresh and absorbent, cleansing the skin gently, moisturising, toning and restoring it to its natural radiance. Applied before cream or your everyday skincare product, it will increase its powers by tenfold!

 Radiance Boosting Powder (40g)

The fineness of the  Radiance Boosting Powder for the Face evokes the Japanese rituals by which it was inspired. Its fragrance blends the invigorating freshness of verbena with the smoothness of neroli. Upon contact with water, it is transformed into a delicate foam, which gently cleanses and gives a  radiant shine. White clay restores minerals to the skin as it cleanses, and is infused with rose petal, jasmine and sweet orange blossom powders, which have softening, soothing properties. A cocktail of vitamins, ECA and trace minerals (sodium, magnesium, zinc and manganese), it revives dull, fatigued complexions.

Nourishing Cleansing Balm (100g)

The Nourishing Cleansing Balm for the Face, a white balm with the appearance of wax and scented with geranium and roses, transforms into a fine oil between your fingers, then into a milky emulsion upon contact with water. It cleanses the skin, leaving it purified and as soft as velvet. Sweet almond oil, known for its nourishing, soothing and regenerative properties, is mixed with three essential waxes: refreshing ylang-ylang, softening mimosa and astringent geranium, and can be used as a mask. 

 Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay (100ml)

Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay for the Face makes the skin pure and light. It is enriched with marble powder - a key ingredient in exfoliation due to its very fine particles having a very gentle action - kaolin, which restores minerals, cleanses and purifies, and softening rice and oat powders. It exhales a vaporous scent of violet, invigorated by an accord of Mate. The cream has a particularly smooth texture, which is lovely to work with and can be easily applied using a make-up brush, as with all the foundation bases traditionally
used in Japan. It has multiple uses, as this perfect exfoliant can also be used as a mask, then rinsed off with a towel soaked in warm water. Adding a few drops of Infused Facial Water to the mask will double its fresh, invigorating action.
Protective Moisturizing Lotion (50ml)

Protective Moisturizing Lotion for the Face. It has multiple uses: on its own, before another cream or even on top of foundation to increase its protection. Its intense moisturising action also has SPF 15 for sun protection. It owes the name of Lotion to its velvety lightness, like a breath of wind that keeps the skin hydrated for many hours. A combination of refreshing Damask rose hydrolate infused with extracts of white lily and calendula, which moisturise, calm and soften, and grape extract which brightens the complexion and acts on pigmentation. It blends the scent of orange blossom with the tangy  freshness of Petitgrain Paraguay. 

 L’Art du Soin will be available exclusively at diptyque Pavilion in May 2014.