Tuesday, June 29, 2010

NO Posting For A Few Days

My dear readers, just a quick post to let you know that I won't be posting any update for the next few days.

My only surviving grandparent (my paternal grandma) just passed away this morning.


Vonvon

Monday, June 28, 2010

Photos: Blueberries & Cherries Make Great Snacks!

We are a fruit-eating lot! Yes, we, as in Hubby, our little girl and myself. A large part of our food expenditure goes to fruits. And our favorites of all time are berries and cherries.

Last Saturday, I bought 1 dozen (pre-packed, small one) boxes of blueberries and cherries from the Jusco supermarket in MidValley. A box of cherries costs RM10.36 (250grams) while a box of blueberries is RM8.90 (125 grams). They are quite cheap considering that these fruits are imported. By the way, these are special offers and I think today is the last day, if I am not mistaken. I am not too sure about other Jusco supermarkets though.


I guess I don't have to explain the nutritious values of these fruits and their health benefits. They make great add-on to your breakfast, mid-morning snacks, or just simply anytime you feel like munching on something..... they are definitely better and healthier choices than chips!

As for me, I have been 'binging' a lot on fruits lately and when I saw the prices of these, I just went crazy. I take them as part of my effort to shed more pounds, detox, and also in the hope of helping with my complexion which seems to be rebelling quite often lately (with those unsightly break-outs!)

So, ladies, let's increase our fruit intake for health and beauty!

And it's almost lunch time now........;P



Photos: Aqualabel Whitening Line

Good morning, my dear readers!

The past week has been pretty hectic. Hopefully I will get to relax a bit this week, and have more time to write more posts for this blog.

Anyways, I am almost done with my current Lancome Renergie Morpholift R.A.R.E. (TM) range of skincare, except for the eye creams (which are full-sized). I hope to be able to come up with some reviews on them by the end of the week. *fingers crossed ;)

Also, my break-out which I had last week, has almost healed, only those post-acne spots left which sadly, I know will take a while to disappear, if they ever will completely. :(

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Recently, I got myself some products from AQUALABEL, which is newly-launched in Malaysia. And I decided to try out their Whitening Line.


White Up Lotion
White Up Emulsion
Aqua Enhancer WT
White Liquid Foundation SPF23/PA++ in OC10


I am going to try them out and I hope to be able to come up with some reviews, say, in a month's time?


Meanwhile, I am going to make my morning coffee.......


Have a nice day and week ahead!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Review: Aqua Rine (TM) Bath Sea Salt - By The Intrepid Beauty

Like Yours Truly, The Intrepid Beauty also has great passion and loves indulging in bath and body products.

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Ever since I discovered the benefits of using body scrubs not too long ago, I'm always on the lookout for this product, be it in hypermarkets, pharmacies or beauty shops. In rather obscure corners of different Sasa stores where I do spend a lot of time, there sits a range of Aqua Rine (TM) sea salt with a variety of aroma, i.e. milk, rose, peach and tea. Each one comes in different colours, light blue, pink, peach (what else?) and green respectively, with cute graphics on the tube. It has English and Japanese words on the front and back but I've no idea where it's made, could be China for all I know.



Since I've tried the rose aroma sea salt, I can say that I like the scent but it isn't a strong aroma. You just get a whiff of rose and once you wash it off, you don't smell it any more. The texture of the sea salt is very fine and it feels creamy. It's quite thick but washes off easily leaving velvety smooth skin. Although my skin does feel moisturized, I don't see that my pores have become smaller (as claimed on the product description). Then again, I don't purchase body scrubs on the basis of what they claim they can do for my skin. It's more important that I like the aroma or that it does what body scrubs are supposed to do in general, which is to make skin smoother.



While I like the product itself, I find it a bit of a pain to twist open the cap each time, I'd have preferred a flip top cap, so much more user-friendly but one can't have everything especially not when the price is just RM29.90 for 400g. Each tube is really quite heavy! I'd definitely like to try out the other aroma varieties, especially the tea aroma. For the amount in each tube, I'd have to say it's one of the better quality and value body scrubs in town. However, please note that the peach aroma costs RM32.90, not that I can figure out why. Is peach supposed to be more expensive than the primary ingredients in the other sea salt variations?


The Intrepid Beauty


Reviews: Biore Cleansing Oil & Biore Cleansing Oil-In Cotton Wipes - By The Intrepid Beauty

The Intrepid Beauty likes the new Biore Cleansing Oil-In Cotton Wipes and thinks its new Cleansing Oil is a real value-for-money item.

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I do love trawling the aisles of Watson's as sometimes they have very interesting new products which aren't available at other pharmacies. I've found that Watson's is almost always the first to launch new skincare/cosmetics so it's always exciting to find something new, especially when it's something innovative. Ever since I got a sample of Biore Cleansing Oil-In Cotton Wipes from a local women's magazine, I was intrigued as I don't believe we've ever had a Cleansing Oil-In Cotton Wipes available locally, that is until Biore launched theirs.

One Sunday morning, I was hunting for these two new Biore products at Watson's, KLCC. I hit jackpot and then some as they were having a GWP on the minimum purchase of Biore products. Reaching this target was easy-peasy of course as all I had to do was purchase a
bottle of the 150ml cleansing oil (RM23) & a pack of 10 Cotton Wipes (RM6.90). The Cotton Wipes are also available in a box containing 48 Cotton Wipes (RM32.90) and refills for RM25.90.

The Intrepid Beauty's haul and GWP
*Products for photo courtesy of The Intrepid Beauty

The question was what was the GWP? I enquired at the counter and was shown a pouch containing quite a few goodies, I didn't need more convincing from that point onwards. It was a really generous GWP (see photo above) as there are 2 x 100ml bottles of Feather shampoo, 15g men's facial foam, a sample sachet of Laurier Slimguard and 2 little bottles of Biore UV Protection, all contained within a drawstring bag. What more could one ask for? Even if I had no intention of purchasing anything from the Biore range, the goody bag had me at hello.

The Cleansing Oil (photo below) comes in a transparent pump bottle with a plastic safety cap so that there are no accidents. It's a very lightweight bottle which is quite sturdy as it has a wide base. I don't know why but I was expecting the texture of the oil to be thinner than Shu Uemura's and Biotherm's cleansing oils but to my surprise, the texture of the Biore Cleansing Oil is thick, definitely on par with more expensive cleansing oils I've used previously. There is a light floral fragrance which is indeed refreshing, as claimed in the product description. Although it claims to be able to remove even waterproof mascara, I still see eye make-up residues after using this cleansing oil so I prefer to stick to using an eye make-up remover prior to using this cleansing oil. Overall, I am happy with this purchase as it's a good economical cleansing product. It's always good to have more value-for-money skincare choices.

NEW Biore Cleansing Oil



As for the Cleansing Oil-In Cotton Wipes (photo below), they're small, rectangular wipes which remove eye make-up and other make-up effectively. I used one side of the wipes for the eyes and the reverse for the rest of my face. They're good for situations when there is an unexpected water supply cut, when you're in a hurry or when you're travelling and don't have access to a bathroom or you just don't want to lug around a lot of skincare. There is nothing as convenient as using wipes to remove make-up and the good thing about these wipes is that they don't sting my eyes at all. As claimed on their product description, there is no sticky or greasy feeling on the skin despite the fact that the wipes contain cleansing oil. I love the 10 piece travel pack as it's so handy and can be slipped into my handbag so for short trips away from home, there's no necessity to bring along a 150ml bottle of cleansing oil.

Biore Cleansing Oil-In Cottom Wipes (travel pack)




The Intrepid Beauty


Saturday, June 26, 2010

EOTD/FOTD: Yellow Brown

I couldn't think of a name for this EOTD (told you I am so unimaginative ;P) thus decided to name it after the main colors as seen on my eyes. *sigh.....





Products used
For face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Juice Beauty Perfecting Foundation in Organic Sand shade
MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder
Clinique blush in Enchanted Bronze



For eyes:
MAC Bright Future eyeshadow (Veluxe Pearl)
MAC Rated "R" eyeshadow (Starflash)
Stila Smudge Pot in Jade
Silkygirl Funky Eyelights Pencil in Lime Green
Averine Volume Mascara
Stila Automatic Brow Definer in Coffee


2 of my many favorite eyeshadows from MAC!


For cheeks:
I Nuovi D36 blush in Lollipop

More eyeshadows used:
I Nuovi D27 eyeshadows in Dynamite and Fairytale




Eye Of The Day


1 - Define brow with Stila Automatic Brow Definer in Coffee;
2 - Apply MAC Bright Future eyeshadow with the short end of Stila brush #20 from the inner corner of the eye to about midway;
3 - Using the short end of Stila Brush #20, apply MAC Rated "R" eyeshadow from the outer corner inward to meet the yellow (Bright Future);
4 - Using the same short end of Stila Brush #20, apply I Nuovi D27 Dynamite eyeshadow over Rated "R" and blend;
5 - Using the long end of Stila Brush #20, apply I Nuovi D27 Fairytale eyeshadow under the brow bone for highlight;
6 - Line the upper lash line with Stila Smudge Pot in Jade with Tsuya-Tsuya pointed eyeliner brush;
7 - Line the lower lash line with Silkygirl Funky Eyelights Pencil in 09 Lime Green;

8 - Apply Averine Volume Mascara in Black on the upper and lower lashes.


Face Of The Day
*Please excuse the big zit on my forehead ;)

Face: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (review coming up soon);
Juice Beauty Perfecting Foundation in Organic Sand shade (review coming up soon);
MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder to set the foundation;
Clinique Enchanted Bronze blush fro contouring.

Cheeks: I Nuovi D36 blush in Lollipop

Lips: MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick


More photos.....

Anastacia-inspired style of taking photos of FOTD, no, not the singer Anastacia. ;)






Friday, June 25, 2010

LOTD, Swatch & Review: MAC Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick

Here's the swatches and a quick review of the MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick.


MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick (Lustre) - described on the MAC website as a light coral-red colour.

When I brought out the lipstick to take photos of it, I noticed some 'beads of oil' on it. Well, it wasn't like that when I bought it. But somehow, after several uses, those oil has disappeared, and the lipstick is back to its normal appearance again. No big deal for me, as everything - taste, smell, texture, seems fine to me. Just thought of mentioning it, and I think it could most probably due to the hot and humid weather.





Vonvon says......

This lipstick is of a light reddish coral which I think is more of red than coral. It is quite sheer. While the texture is not creamy, it does glide on smoothly on my lips. I don't feel that it's moisturizing for my lips, but at the same time, it doesn't feel dry and after a few hours does not dry out my lips (I have had experience with certain lipsticks which dried my lips out and made it look like some dried prunes!). It doesn't feather even without the use of lip liner.

It lasts for about 2-3 hours on my lips without eating, and one good thing I noticed was it didn't leave too much of a lipstick stain on my cup when I was drinking.


Lips Of The Day (LOTD)
MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick on my lips
Applied 2 coats on the lips. I think it would make my lips more defined if I'd use a lip liner to line my lips, especially the lower lip.

This shade is wearable for everyday and casual look. It looks pretty sweet too. ;) The red is not a super bright red, and for those who would like to try out red lipstick, such a sheer red color would be good to start with and it's hard to go wrong with it, in my opinion.


This is a limited edition shade for MAC Viva Glam AIDS Awareness campaign and the lipstick casing bears Cyndi Lauper's signature, so is the box packaging.


EOTDs/FOTDs: Golden Blue & Simple Purple From theBalm Shady Lady Palette

Another 2 simple easy-to-do wearable look from theBalm Shady Lady Palette. Just a little note to say that if you have this palette, here are some little suggestions on how you can utilize the colors, and I believe that many of you out there could come up with different and better looks. Or you can use similar colors that you have to create similar looks. After all, makeup is about creativity and self-expression and of course, experimentation! :D
Feel free to share in the comments below.

theBalm Shady Lady Palette
*For your reference



Golden Blue


Eye Of The Day
Luscious Lani shade as highlight under the brow bone;
Jet-setting Jennifer shade from the inner corner outward to middle of the lids;
Risque Renee from the outer corner inward and blend with Jet-setting Jennifer..
Line the upper lash line with theBalm Pick-up Liner in Ladies Man (blue).


Face Of The Day
Cheeks: I Nuovi D36 Blush in Lollipop

Lips and Face: Oppss....don't really remember, but definitely I have swiped Guerlain Meteorites as a finishing powder to my face.




Simple Purple


Eye Of The Day



Jet-setting Jennifer shade as highlight under the brow bone and also to the inner corner of the eyes;
Curvy Cami shade on the outer corner of the eye, lightly blend inward to get a gradation of the shade from darker on the outer corner to lighter on the inner corner. Didn't get the gradation of shade to show up so well, though :(.
Line the upper lash line with theBalm Pick-up Liners in Lover Boy (plum color);
Averine Volume Mascara.


Face Of The Day

Cheeks: I Nuovi D36 Blush in Lollipop
Lips: Stila Lip Glaze Stick in Berry

Face: As this FOTD was done a while ago, I honestly cannot recall which makeup base or foundation I had used (or may be not used), but one thing is for sure that I always swipe my Guerlain Meteorites in Mythic as a final step in prepping my face.



Happy weekend!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Photos: Eastin Hotel Penang, Malaysia - Duplex Room

A very good evening, and happy mid-week to you! It's Wednesday already? Weekend is fast approaching. Posts have been quite infrequent this week, and I was and still am up to my neck with a thousand and one stuff to do! Managed to get a little breather and edit some photos from my stay at Eastin Hotel Penang, Malaysia.

Didn't put on too much makeup these few days as I am still 'nursing' my break-outs.... by the way, they are getting better with a twice daily application of the Pot Of Gold Skin Balm. Will talk about that later....... But I do have some EOTDs waiting to be shared with you all.

The first night we were there, we checked into a Duplex, thinking it would be spacious enough and sufficient for 3 of us - Hubby, our little girl and myself. Though it's a 2-storey (sort of), but the layout is quite cramped, and our little girl wasn't too happy for the lack of space to run and hop and all her antics, including space for her imaginary friends to play...yes, she brought along her Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to Penang. Somehow, after obtaining Mickey and Minnie, her Pooh Bear and friends have taken a backseat! *shakes head.... kiddos....
Also, Princess couldn't really sleep well in the Duplex. She would normally sleep through the night wherever she sleeps, in her own baby cot, or any hotel baby cot, or bed. Somehow, she woke up several times during the night..... *kinda spooky ;P

So, we stayed one night in the Duplex and for the next 3 nights, we moved into the Family Suite which was much bigger and immediately, Princess' face lit up, and exclaimed, "this is much better! The bed is so nice (referring to the king-sized bed in the master bedroom of the Suite)!" The bed in the Duplex was rather small and cramped.

Anyways, enough of babbling......here are some photos of the Duplex. Still need to edit photos taken of the Suite, but later, yea? ;)


The lower floor of the Duplex which consists of a living room with a sofa, work desk and a wall-mounted flat screen TV.
You can see how Princess is trying to make herself comfortable by insisting that we lay down some sheet on the sofa while she sits there watching Disney channel. Yea, they have quite a few main Astro channels, Travel & Living, Sports channels for Hubby to watch World Cup, Wah Lai Toi, etc.


The staircase leading up to the upper floor, where the bedroom is.


View of the upper floor and bed taken from the lower floor.


Bedroom and on the far end is the teeny weeny cramped bathroom with a shower stall. There was another bathroom on the lower floor which was way bigger than the one on upper floor.


Upper floor
No need to guess who is rolled and bundled up in the duvet on the right hand side of the photo! ;P




All the 2-storey rooms are located on the 3rd floor, the same floor as the hotel's function rooms and ballroom. I guess they need the high ceiling to make the upper floor of the rooms. There was a balcony-cum-garden which span the whole 3rd floor but unfortunately, we couldn't go out there. I can only take some photos from the window of our room.

And yes, the hotel has free wi-fi in every room but it was such a pain to use, as each time I turned on my netbook, I'd have to key-in the access code. I mean, if you are already providing wi-fi to all the guest rooms, why would you need the guests to key-in access code every time? Can't they just set it that once the guest key-ed in the code then let the code be valid for the duration of stay. And after the guest checks out, disable the code and create a new one for the next guest.
OK, I am no techie, so I am not too sure how these things work, but I just find it rather troublesome.

Anyways, bet most of you are already off work or about to go off work, so have a good evening and drive safely! :)


Monday, June 21, 2010

Swatches & Reviews Of Some Lancome Palettes

I have wanted to post this for a while, but somehow just kept putting it off for other posts. Since I started Vonvon's Palettes series last Monday, I thought of featuring at least a palette from my collection every week. That, of course, would be dependent on how hardworking or lazy I am to come up with looks from the palettes and in editing the photos. ;)

Today, the palettes I am featuring do not belong to me. So, not calling the post Vonvon's Palettes. These palettes are actually quite new when my beauty buddy stumbled upon them, but as I have procrastinated, as always, so they have been around for quite some time.

Nevertheless, I decided to write about them as these palettes are simply gorgeous, though the shades take on a more neutral yet classy tones. And the quality of the shadows in terms of its texture and pigmentation, is very good. They are far more superior than the Lancome eyeshadow palettes from the Spring 2010 O My Rose Collection.


Lancome D'Or Et D'Exces (G20) Eyeshadow Quad

This was the palette which I had requested the Lancome makeup artist to use for my makeover, as I am so in love with the yellow-gold shade. I just have something for yellow and gold tone eyeshadows. :)
The shadows are soft and smooth, applied with minimal fall-out. They have very fine glitters in them but do not give the gritty feel. The pigmentation is good, and also buildable for more intensity. The silvery white shade is good for highlighting and inner corners of the eyes. The black with tiny glitters can be used as a liner too.








Lancome Roses Des Sables (F30) Eyeshadow Quad

A neutral earthy tone palette. The shadow qualities are similar to that of the G20 palette (above).








Lancome Intemporel Smoky (G10) Eyeshadow Quad

This grey tone palette is, as the name has suggested, good for smoky look. The textures of the shadows is soft and smooth, imparting a slightly 'wet' feel.








Lancome Neo Chic (F25) Eyeshadow Quad

This is my second favorite palette after G20, as the pink shade is just so lovely - a rather neutral shade of pink, that can be used for highlighting, to brighten the inner corners of the eyes and/or even as a shadow on its own. Well, at least, for me, that's how I would multi-task with it if I own this palette. But the light brown shade (lower left) is slightly hard in texture and feels a bit chalky, and it's almost a matte finish. The rest of the 3 shadows are on the lighter sheerer side, but they are smooth and easy to apply, and also buildable.







Overall, all of them are very good and versatile palettes to have. And at RM140 per palette, though a bit steep, is still quite worth it, in my opinion, as all the shades in every quad are so wearable on its own or pair them with one another or you can easily mix and match them with existing shadows you already have. Even if you are a newbie to makeup, these palettes, especially Roses Des Sables (F30) and/or Neo Chic (F25), are good to start with, as these are the so-called 'safe' colors, easy to apply, blend and match with other shades....and it's difficult to go wrong with such shades.

If you would like me to make EOTDs with any of the palettes above, please do let me know. I don't own any of these at the moment, but I can always try to borrow from my beauty buddies (if they happen to have them). ;)

By the way, these palettes are permanent, as I was told. So, I am in no hurry to get them. But MAC In The Groove Collection will be out soon....and again, I am saving up for my beloved dear MAC. My love for MAC conquers all.........despite that I like the Lancome palettes so much too! :D