Dec 21, 2016

On break...

Hello all,

By the time you read this, I am in London. I will be spending my Christmas here and my New Year in Paris. I don't think I have the time to blog, so if you would like to follow my updates, do follow me on Instagram (@queenjerine). I'm so excited over this trip because it is my first time experiencing white Christmas.

I swear I will make up for my lack of updates for the next three weeks with a giveaway. I have two version of giveaway - the London box and the Paris box.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for following my blog and I truly appreciate you stopping by *kiss*. 

Dec 18, 2016

Les Merveilleuses Ladurée Makeup Brushes & Vanity Accessories

I have said this a million times and I'm going to say it again... Laduree has the prettiest product design for makeups (like ever!). So far I have not seen any other brand that topped the designs. I may be biased because I am a fan of anything Marie Antoinette, therefore anything inspired by her theme gain my love immediately.

After trying out the Face Color Rose Blush, my subsequent investments were a bunch of makeup brushes and vanity accessories.

I bought them separately because Laduree doesn't sell their makeup products in sets. Albeit the products are very pretty to look at and definitely sets a high standard to all other vanity accessories, they are not really that practical.

The brushes are pretty but they don't work that well. I got the foundation brush (purple), powder brush (blue) and cheek brush (pink). The foundation brush (purple) is too soft and hard to manage. The bristles have mind of it own when I'm stippling my foundation. The cheek brush (pink) which is a blush brush doesn't pick up sufficient products. Whenever I apply my blush with this brush, I had to reapply a few times to get sufficient blush on my face. Meanwhile, the powder brush (blue), is not big enough. I use it as contour brush.

If I am going to recommend to you, I think the brush holder and hand mirror are better purchase. The brush holder has imprinted Victorian head and gold base which make every vanity feel very luxurious and princess-y.  And the hand mirror is a little bigger than palm size which makes it very convenient to have in your purse. It comes with a pouch as well.

Each of the product cost around 50euros each. So they aren't cheap but definitely worth it especially the brush holder and the mirror. 

Dec 17, 2016

#IWillBeOkay Beauty Bag by Street Love

Hi all! Just some updates about my life. Earlier in September, I felt a pinch in my job. I was going to get out of job, so it seems. My position was redundant. Some of the days I just sit in the office and watching Youtube videos. It seems, 2017 economy crisis will hit us bad. Being afraid of losing my job, I started a new project (to be announced soon). I need a platform to jump to just in case I am going to be jobless. It is seriously scary since I have a few commitments to attend to. But December strike me with another surprise. My company will be going production full swing. In fact, we will hit the busiest time in history. Directions are coming in and I was back in my duty. It's a good news.

However, life is also taking a toll on me because I am getting so busy with my job, at the same time I have to continue with my project because some money have been invested in it. On top of that, I schedule a holiday because I thought I had nothing to do at work. My home is a complete pig sty with pile of clothes to be washed, folded and iron. Even if I have 48 hours to spend for a day, I can't possibly complete everything.

My point is, it is easy for my to slip into depression with almost the entire world on my shoulder. In the end, I just have to keep going. Whatever that has to be done, has to be done. I cannot sit around and sulk. I can't let my emotion and depression to take control. If I do, everything that I have will slip away.

When Fiona of Street Love came out with her #IWillBeOkay beauty bag for charity, I told myself I need to support the course. Not just that she's an amazing friend in my beauty blogger circle, I acknowledge the hardwork she puts into perfecting the beauty bag. I have experience in managing beauty box, it is not easy to get sponsors and balance the expectation of the beauty box subscribers.

The content of the beauty bag is amazing (I had to take photo out of frame to fit everything). Let's check out the beauty stuff inside the bag:

Clinivita Placenta Concentrate - something I've never try before... placenta! I have a mixed feeling when I got this, but let's hope for the best. I'm sure it will be a great product since I've heard a lot of positive reviews on placenta products.

Pure Beauty CC Cream - This is a limited edition additional product for lucky subscribers. I guess I'm really lucky to have it out of the many subscribers. It is a CC Cream that comes with  SPF30 PA++.

Linden Leaves Body Oil - This is my personal favourite. And it comes in time for me to bring over to London. Since my skin won't behave well during winter, it would be a great product for me to bring over. The size is also plane friendly. Big huge thumbs up for this.

Breena Beauty Eyeshadow Brush - There are two variant to the brushes if you subscribe to the beauty bag. The one I received is the basic eyeshadow brush.

Murad Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum & Essential-C Day Moisture - Murad is one of the great skincare brand. It is one of the rare brand that give immediate effects after first use. The bag also comes with a RM50 facial voucher.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Finishing Powder - I'm not a fan of this product but I will include this in my giveaway. I'm sure someone else would love it since the packaging is adorable.

The beauty bag also comes with RM50 Mini Mini Cafe (Mid Valley) voucher. That's a generous amount of voucher. You can have a meal there!

Total value of the content is around RM600+, but the subscription only cost RM99. It is limited, so if you want to subscribe it, do so fast. To subscribe to the beauty bag, simply fill up your details <<here>>. 

Dec 13, 2016

Hada Labo's New 3D Perfect Gel For A More Lifted, Firmer and Sculpted Look

As we age, our skin loses elasticity and radiance. Aging also makes skin more susceptible to dryness as well as becoming thinner and paler. Therefore, it is important to incorporate targeted treatments into our skincare routine to treat the effects of aging.

Hada Labo has launched its 5-in-1 3D Perfect Gel. As its name suggests, the 3D Perfect Gel is a multifunctional 5-in-1 moisturizer that helps lift and define the skin's 3D contoured appearance for a more sculpted look. It functions as a cream, milk, essence, emulsion and sleeping mask to nourish and repair aging skin. The 3D Perfect Gel contains multi benefits for the skin - offering the skin a firming, anti-aging effect, delivering high moisturization levels and also offers the user ease of use.

The new 3D Perfect Gel comes with a unique restoration gel texture that aims to give the skin a more lifted, firmer and sculpted look. Formulated with 4 types of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) + Sacran, this 5-in-1 moisturizer deeply hydrates skin from the surface to inner skin layers for intense hydration and it also contains 3D Hyaluronic Acids (HA), an advanced generation to interlock Hyaluronic Acids structure which instantly replenishes and boosts skin with deep hydration and locks in long-lasting moisture. In addition , it contains Retinol Vitamin A to help promote skin elasticity and significantly diminish appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to refine skin smoothness.

To top it off, the latest 3D Perfect Gel is also formulated with Hydrolyzed Collagen which helps to lift and define the skin's 3D contoured appearance. Aging skin problems such as age spots and uneven skin tone are repaired and lightened with the formulation of Resveratrol Extract, a powerful anti-oxidant from red wine.

All Hada Labo products are packed with the best ingredients. It is also free from fragrance, alcohol, mineral oil and colorant, which makes it suitable for all skin types.

The all-new Hada Labo 5-in-1 3D Perfect Gel, 100g (RM94.90) will be available exclusively at Guardian stores nationwide starting September 2016.

Dec 7, 2016

[Review] Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunscreen

When my aunt passed away, I inherited a lot of her stuff, including this Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunscreen. I have seen her using this for years. She was the one who preached to me about wearing sunscreen daily. At her 50s, she looks like she's in mid-30s. I guess the sunscreen helps in keeping her youth.

I use this sunscreen on a everyday underneath my foundation. What I love about it is the texture. It is light weight and not greasy. It doesn't give the icky feeling like most sunscreen. Because of the texture, it blends well with the foundation.

In terms of protection, it has SPF50 PA++++ which adequately shield your skin from UVA and UVB for 6 hours under the sun. This is one of the high protection sunscreen among all the face sunscreen. It is non-scented and suitable for sensitive skin.

It doesn't give adversed effect on my skin - no breakouts, no oily outbreak during the day and doesn't melt under the sun. Because of this, it is probably one of the best sunscreen to wear underneath the foundation.

I highly recommend this sunscreen to those of you who are active under the sun. It costs RM160 for 30ml. It does come in limited edition 60ml packaging but available for certain period only. Available at all Kiehl's shop.

Dec 4, 2016

[Review] Les Merveilleuses Ladurée Face Color Rose Blush

Purchase this Laduree Rose Blush from <<here>>

If this is not the prettiest blush in the whole wide world, I don't what is. The Laduree Rose Blush is by far the most talked about blush of all the blushes ever created. It is because of the fine crafted rose petals of the blush. And also because the Marie Antoinette inspired packaging that drives all the girls wild.

When I first open the box, my heart melted. I swear...

Everything about this blush is perfect, especially the presentation. It looks great on the dressing table and it is so beautiful to look at. When applied on the cheek, the colour is very subtle. Although the colour isn't very pigmented, it can build up to the shade you desire. It blends really well with the foundation. If you love natural blush look, this is definite the product to go for.

Although I love everything about this blush, I need to point out that it isn't the most practical blush. First of all, the price is extremely expensive for a blush. I believe I paid around RM500+ for both the product and the case. The whole thing don't come in a set. You have to buy them separately.

The case is not practical as well. The cap doesn't lock, so it is impossible to be carried around. Your only option is to leave it on the table.

The product itself is superb. I have never tried any blush like this before. The color is so subtle and it intensify after you blend it in a few times. If you really want to try this out, you can purchase the product without the case. In my opinion, the case is only nice to have. It won't really that costly if you get just the product. It comes in a plastic container as shown above. To use the blush, you simply swirl your brush on the petals and apply it on your cheek as usual. The color is matte and it lasts very long, almost entire day. It has very strong rose scent, but the scent fades away after you apply it.

Ladurée products are only available in Paris, Taipei, Japan and Hong Kong. If you are going to any of the country, be sure to put it on your shopping list. Alternatively you can get it on Amazon.

Here is comprehensive show and tell review by Tati. I think her video is definitely on point and I can agree with her on every single thing she said about the blush.


Dec 1, 2016

Just Trying: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF50+

I got this as a sample from Sephora. There are a lot of hypes on this so I am excited to try it out. I personally do not like CC Cream (or BB Cream). Check out the difference between BB Cream and CC Cream <<here>>.

I find it very oily and don't last long. Not only the texture is oily, it promotes all the oiliness from my face. I feel like I could fry an egg on my face at the end of the day.

The texture could pass as a foundation because it is rather thick. It is medium coverage and buildable til full coverage.

I'm glad I got to try this in a trial because this product is definitely not for me due to the grease. It is a decent CC Cream if you have dry skin. But if you have a normal/combination/oily skin, you might want to skip this.