Saturday, January 31, 2009

Valentine: honesty is the best policy?

I found this blatantly honest card via the black box reviews-blog who showed me Etsy-seller Ripecards, who uses messages outside the Hallmark box.

I kind of love the honesty...When you are in a relation longer than a year, you find your rose-tinted glasses to dissapear. This card truely tells how you sometimes feel about your loved one. (

So, are you a fan of cute and romantic cards, or do you appreciate the slightly rude but fun way to say 'happy valentine'?

How do you like your valentine Cards?

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Lunasol Glamour S Lipstick in Shiny Beige 17 (Holiday 2008)

During the holiday collection of 2008 I tried to be selective and tried to resist some of the beautiful collections of the Japanese collections out there. One of the items I resisted was the Lunasol Glamour Lips S in Shiny Beige 17. I liked the idea of adding another nude lipstick to my collection but was not sure to spend approximately $28 on a lipstick that could be meh.

So why did I order this particular lipstick after all. One word: 50% off! (another word: last item available). I browsed the site and found this lust-have item for $14, that is a 50% and another reason to indulge in a nude lipstick with silver shimmer.

This is my second Lunasol lipstick. I ordered my first one a couple of months ago in the Soft Red version of the fall collection, but the lipstick turned out to be too orange for me so I 'donated' it to the glowchaser!

Lunasol really knows how to create a beautiful lipstick case. It is not too OTT blingy: it comes in a chrome coloured case in a square form. The lipstick wispers luxury.

The next picture is slightly out of focus, but it shows how the silver of the lipstick lights up in a light or sunny environment. I noticed how the lipstick 'morphed' from a beigy nude in a shadowy environment to a light reflecting colour in sunshine or bright light. The silver parts light up but not in a garish and sparkly way but in a lip plumping manner, very lovely indeed.

The next picture makes the lipstick seem slightly mauve, but that isn't the case. It shows the lipstick formula, but keep in mind that the colour is not mauvy at all.

The colour itself is a nude with a hint of peach. You can see the difference of the lipstick with a picture taken in the shadow...

And the next one is with light! See how the silver lights up and 'plumps' the area.

Overall, I like the lipstick and it is a keeper (so sorry, no donating, LOL). It is not my favourite HG colour, because I prefer my colours to be a bit more mauve in order to create a my-lips-but-better colour. It will be lovely with a heavy eye makeup because it tones down my natural colour a bit, and makes it more nude.
The lipstick is not for sale anymore on bobodave. But, they do have the Lunasol Glamour lipstick in 7 Beige for half of the price ($14.63) over here, so be fast to get this deal (ps: not affilliated with, just a happy enabler)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Laptop = Tantop?

I'm thinking maybe it's an early April fool, but there's talk of a new technology that allows your laptop (or computer) to emit tanning rays......I won't even go into the debate of whether this is a crazy bad or crazy good idea until I know it's not a joke.....!

Magnifique Genifique

Ok, so Paris was a blast...meeting other European bloggers was very, very cool, and while this blog isn't about breathless accounts of free stuff and swanky trips, there are definite upsides to making the effort to go to these events. In particular, a bird's eye view on the passion and enthusiasm Lancome's Scientific Communication Director, Veronique Delvigne, showed for the new serum, Genifique, is something that cannot be replicated in a paper press release or images from a USB key. And that's the kind of emotion that's infectious, leaving me feeling slightly baffled by science but really quite hopeful that there is now a skin product that might actually fulfil it's promise. Now, here goes the sciency bit about what's so different about Genifique.

- The serum is based on Genomics (the science of genes) and Proteomics (the science of skin proteins) ;

- By penetrating the skin cells, it encourages them to act younger than they are, and in the case of young cells, it helps them stay that way;

- The serum has taken 10 years from conception to shelf (in March) and has used research from hospitals in both Canada and France;

- The serum is able to adapt to skin's specific needs returning cells to the protein levels of younger skin.

The serum promises visible results in 7 days, and better results the longer you use it. The price point is 52.50 pounds, and recommended for women from age 20 (although I'm guessing if you are 20 you'd rather get an entire outfit from Zara than spend it on a skin serum!). All the bloggers were given a mini facial, using Genifique, followed by a light make up application (cheekily, the chief make up artist for Lancome was busy making up a PR while this blogger and others got his assistant - ahem!), followed by a one on one session with photo-blogger Benjamin Boccas.

Lancome are claiming amazing results for this innovation and I hope it lives up to expectations when it arrives in March. I'm no scientist, but it seems a revolutionary technology, and I'm all for that. I'll be trying it out for a couple of weeks at least and will report on it's efficacy.

In the meantime, I'll use this post to thank everyone for such a special day filled with Laduree macaroons and sunshine, and also thank the ever present camera man for catching me smoking,
yawning, over-indulging in croissant and cake, bereft of make up post facial and virtually dribbling with greed outside the Chanel store in Rue St Honore...all the really uncool things a beauty editor never wants to be caught doing - especially not on video in a French version of 'Beauty Editors Do The Funniest Things....' Oh, the shame!

Skinfood Herb Salad Emulsion and Herb Salad Mist (for sensitive skin)

I have been a bit late with reviewing some of my Skinfood items I collected during my last haul. But better too late then never, right?

The true reason for reviewing these product a bit later is that I wanted to take my time testing them for a longer period and take my time integrating each product into my current skincare. It is not advisable to change your skincare regime 360 degrees...your skin needs to adjust itself to something new: skins are creatures (or organs) of habit.

I was particularly interested in the sensitive skin line from Skinfood. I ordered some products from other skintype ranges as well, but only the ones that seemed suitable for sensitive skins.

Skinfood prides itself as being a natural brand and even its logo is in the form of a guardian angel, as Skinfood claims the guardian angel "was designed in mind to symbolise the goodness of purity of our products." With this idea in mind, the positive reviews I already read on several blogs on Skinfood items, and the relatively low price on made me want to order a couple of least, it is not Creme de la Mer-priced (and I hated that...even if it claims to be God's gift to skincare).

Anyway, my first reviews will be about the two products I picked up from the sensitive line. I start off with the Herb Salad Emulsion. It arrived in a glass bottle and was quite large. In the next picture I put a Mac lipstick next to it in order to compare the size. Most people are familiar with the size of a Mac lipstick.

There is the gold little bugger...ooops, guardian angel! Funnily, Skinfood put the words 'for sensitive skin' between brackets...

The emulsion has to be 'poured' out of the glass bottle. I don't think this is a very handy way of applying lotion. It is really easy to 'throw' out too much product, just like ketchup in those Heinz ketchup bottles.

I was able to pour out a little blob of the emulsion. Emulsion is a thinner consistency than cream, and for that reason I picked the emulsion over the cream version. It makes a better product for warmer summer months, because it is a light and airy formula. And indeed, it is very lightweight and liquidy.

The scent is something I like: it is slightly citrusy, which again makes it suitable for the hotter summer months. On the other hand, I do not consider it to be completely suitable for very sensitive skin, for the exact reason that it is scented: real sensitive skin can hardly tolerate fragance. I can say this because right now I have overtly sensitive skin as well, so I cannot use this product right now :(
Therefore, it is a nice product for skins that are not very dry or sensitive, or as a refreshing moisturizer in the summer months. I think normal to combination skin could use this as well.
One of the products I have been using a lot lately is the Skinfood Herb Salad Mix tonic spray. It smell exactly the same as the Emulsion, but does not seem to irritate my skin...the opposite, it is very soothing and refreshing.
The bottle itself is a plastic one. I find this a bit inconsistent compared with the glass bottle for the moisturizer. Why is the moisturizer in a glass bottle and the spray in a plastic one? Anyway, I prefer the plastic version, because I am less afraid to drop it.
The little arrow shows how much I have already been using from the spray. I already used 1/3 or 1/4, and that is quite a lot for an cosmetic addict with lots of facial sprays to choose from.

I could not photograph all of the ingredients on the bottle, because the bottle is round (doh). Still, you can see some valuable goodies inside, such as Camellia Leaf Extract, Aloe Vera, Chamomilla, Calendula and Hamamelis....all these ingredients are super soothers.

I will definitely reorder the Tonic in my next order. As for the Emulsion...I have to wait until summer to see if my skin likes it, otherwise it will be used for my hands or legs...LOL.
I paid US$ 8.90 for the Skinfood Herb Salad Mist at and US$ 9.90 for the Skinfood Herb Salad Emulsion (which is not available on anymore, but ebay will probably have it).

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Teraracotta: Guerlain Spring/Summer 09

Guerlain's Spring/Summer 09 cosmetic range is one of the best I've seen this year - it's quite simply stunning. Stand out items from the launch include three High Shine Soothing Lip Balms in earthy nude tones that will look gorgeous on anyone, regardless of skin tone, the Tiare flower scented Soothing Moisturising Mist Refreshing Tan Enhancer that cools the skin and intensifies a summer tan and three Mineral Eyeshadows in dusky, muted shimmers. The Moisturising Mist smells so pretty and I'm instantly transported to humid summer days when a cooling spritz is the only thing worth keeping in the fridge. I love the way that the balms are so muted, keying right in to the nude vibe that's going to be a strong look - they're made for real women who don't want to look corpse-like in shades of nude that aren't wearable anywhere off a catwalk - and instantly flattering and pretty. Although there is a range of three Velvet Matte Glosses, I like the balms so much more for their flexibility and sheen. If there's one thing to snap up for your holiday make up bag, it's one of the tinted balms. It's all available from mid-March.

What Kate wants: Kanebo Kate Deep Trap Eyes in GN-1

Spring collections leave an empty hole in my wallet. Actually, I have to say something similar with Autumn collections, because I am a big sucker for anything new and trend-related in makeup. I just love the idea of updating your look with a bit of eyeshadow and lipstick.

I was very pleased to see that Kanebo Kate added a new addition to the Deep Trap Eyes collection they launched in 2008. I love the variety of the Deep Trap eyes: you will get 5 eyeshadows in a sassy palette for a reasonable price...not to mention, the quality of Kate's Deep Trap eyes (and most of the Kate line) is pretty good: they are pigmented, buttery in application and have a moderate amount of shimmer to make the eyes sparkle (but not OTT teenybopper).

I especially loved the colour scheme of the Deep Trap Version, which consists of a mix of greyish greens. I am not the fondest lover of green eyeshadows, but when I saw some pictures of this palette online I found myself wanting it: greyish greens make a flattering mix against my eye colour and the pop of bronze is really nice.

I love how the colours are glowy and not overtly sparkly. I was considering to buy their latest eyeshadow palette as well: the Diamond Cut Eyes, but I haven't been wowed (yet) by the colour scheme. Perhaps that will change if I see some swatches online ;D

Most Japanese brands include a handy picture of how to apply the eyeshadows in harmony. I absolutely like this concept, because I can be quite lost in the abundance of colours and techniques. However, bear in mind that the technique on the picture is aimed to enhance Asian eyes. My eyes are slightly slanted as well, so the techique suits me well. For other eye shapes I would suggest checking out this or this site, or check out the numerous makeup-artists guides to applying eye-shadows to different eyeshapes.

I will zoom in on the eye chart for the eyeshadows, and the corresponding colours.

I really like the idea of placing the E colour, or the bronzy gold, in the middle of the eye. It will bring luminance and interest to the greyish green eye makeup.

I bought this palette on ichibankao for $20.50 which includes shipping. It will probably pop up on adambeauty and other japanese related websites soon.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Paris Awaits!

I'm off to Paris on Friday to preview a new Lancome skincare product but it's all rather veiled in secrecy other than a teasing reveal that the cream is all about Genomics and Proteomics - eek! It's the first event targeted at this blog that I've accepted - although there have been others (notably a grizzly offer of a blowdry at Bluewater shopping centre on a Saturday night) - because I've never wanted to submit to pressure to feature a particular product on these pages. That's not what blogging should be about. And, it's why, right now, I don't accept any advertising. As the only UK blogger going (others are Italian, French, German etc), I'm actually quite excited about bringing back what is hopefully news of a beauty product that nobody else will have yet. Looking through the itinerary, the best thing seems to be a tour around the Lancome boutique something a beautygeek like me will love! I've always wanted to get behind a beauty counter but doubt my French is up to more than oui ou non! Secretly, I'm rather terrified that the science will be beyond my limits of comprehension!

Spring Forward: OPI South beach

While it's still raining and cold outside, in my head it is spring. I've been wearing these some of fabulous nail shades from the OPI South Beach collection, scheduled for shops in February (9 pounds 95p) whenever I need a slick and sleek burst of colour. They're glossy, girly and completely divine. My two favourites are Party In My Cabana, which is a fusion of creamy pink and coral, while Paint My Moji-Toes Red is a warm red with orange undertones.

Nude and sticky: Kiss Me Heavy Rotation lipgloss in 2.

Yesterday I received my JPmon haul, which was filled with nice Japanese goodies. Today I had some good sunny weather so I picked up my camera and went in review mode.

I want to start of with one of the least known items in my cart: Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Enamel gloss. Kiss Me is a widely known Japanese Brand. It is especially known for its Kiss Me Heroine Make Mascara, a mascara that one several beauty awards and also has a good rating on American Based beautywebsite Makeupalley.

a very minimalistic front of the tube
I haven't seen their Heavy Rotation product line a lot. It seems to be listed on the Kiss Me website, but their lipgloss is not featured, only a couple of mascaras. I don't know it that means if the product is outdated, or the website. At least according to this ebay seller it is supposed to be a new product...but we all know how reliable ebaysellers can be, so I do not take its word for granted.

The tube itself is quite simple. It has a very minimalistic front which shows the product in a transparent tube.

The back has the necessary product details. I cannot read any Japanese, so Kiss Me could state that I could be a total loser, and I would not know....LOL.

Close up: It contains 7 gram of product and I have picked no. 2. It also shows an open/close system. At the next picture, it is closed, so you cannot squeeze any product out.
Tadaaah, the next picture shows how I screwed the tube, and there is a little gap between the tube and the brush head...It is open for glossing up. It has a handy lipbrush which distributes the colour. The brush itself is not very soft, but it works all right. You cannot compare the brush with the wonderful quality of Dior I reviewed earlier.

What comes out is a very sticky, very heavily pigmented gloss in a milky pinkish nude colour. It smells nice, a bit vanilla and fruitish. I like the scent, but am not too fanatic about the sticky factor.

I really want to add a picture of the gloss on my very pigmented lips. You can really see how it cancels out my natural colour and adds real nudeness to my lips, without looking like a lip concealer or normal concealer.

Lots of girls are aiming to create nude lips when pairing up with heavy and smokey eyes, and this would absolutely be the colour to go. It is still a bit pink, so your lips would not look dead or totally cancelled out.
But it is incredibly sticky so if you cannot tolerate a very sticky lipgloss I would suggest skipping this lipgloss.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Rapid White: Not Really That Rapid

I've just bought a tooth whitening system at Boots called Rapid White, and the reason I bought it is because it promises that it 'Whitens teeth up to 5 shades lighter with 2 hours use'. Once you open the sealed box, THEN it tells you that this 2 hour period has to take place over two weeks, in 2 minute slots, 2 to 3 times a day. That is just not rapid. I'm thinking that the Advertising Standards Authority would take as much issue with this as I do. The only reference to the 14 days it takes to achieve your 2 hours of use is to advise you not to use for longer than 14 days on a side panel on the box. How very, very misleading.

jpmon haul: lips and pore decloggers

I have been a naughty girl again....I filled up my cart at jpmon and ordered it! Oohhhh.

I seem to have picked a theme: my order arrived and it was loaded with lip products and pore purching goodies...I also fell hard for the cutisy factor of some boxes...cute manga faces, girls with big eyes...Cuuute!

So, what did I order? I ordered two Elisabeth glosses: The Nude Bon Bon gloss that is also being sold at I also ordered a pinkish clear gloss, or lip oil from Elisabeth.

I was also really curious for the Kiss Me Heavy Rotation lipgloss in 2. I have tested it, and it is really opaque and heavily pigmented. I will post a swatch soon on my pigmented lips.

More lips, I have been copycatting again! Kathi posted a rave review about Privacy Clubbin' lovin' lip liner...and I liked it.

The colour is a light nude pink, very suitable for light lips, I think. I might have to play with it some more. It is quite a unique colour because most lipliners are often quite dark.

My pore purgers! Let me start with the nose patches. I really liked the idea of a black nose patch. I have never read any review about this brand before, and I am not even sure if there is an English name for this brand, and it might be totally crapalicious. But I am willing to try it out...LOL.

I suspect that this mask is black as well. I like the idea of running around with a black mask. "they tried to make me go to rehab...but I have my Detox (B)right at home".

Manga time! I added a sheet mask with a manga romance story picture as well. Aww, the girl is crying...happy tears I think...

Don't will have a perfect complexion and a lovely man by your side...

And I picked up the pink version of the Bihada Ichizoku blush...How could I do an order without adding a blush....ha...

Reviews and swatches will pop op on this blog soon. Watch this space!

I Wish I'd Been In New York....

...Last week when department stores were giving away free beauty goodies from the likes of Chanel, Clinique and Clarins as settlement of a 2003 lawsuit that had accused them of price fixing. Department stores across the States had to give $175 million worth of products to anyone asking for a cut of the settlement spoils. Restrictions were one product per customer and only certain brand items were available. Surprisingly, it's reported that there weren't queues around the block - I expect nobody could quite believe it!

Home Fragrancing: Boadicea The Victorious

British perfumier, Michael Boadi, is bringing home fragrancing up a notch - I'm passionate about scented candles and linen sprays - but am very tempted by The Boadicea The Victorious Aromarizor Chrome Pod that's about to launch in Harrods. Using perfumed gel cartridges packed with the highest quality fragrant oils, it's about as far away from a Glade Plug-In that you can get. With each gel cartridge lasting three to four months, and perfumes such as Bluebell, Heliotrope and Jasmine Petals (and 7 others) to choose from, I'm just thinking that a home that smells subtly of bluebells is probably one of the loveliest ways to see in the spring. Although the concept is similar to Jo Malone's ScentSurround Cube, this somehow seems less obtrusive and more chic in design. The Pod is 95 pounds and cartridges are 35 pounds. Available any minute now from

Monday, January 26, 2009

Brasil Dream Palette: Estee Lauder

If there's one consolation about catching a red-eye flight, it's the duty free shopping - and I head straight to the beauty department. I've just been sent a sample of this palette, Brasil Dream by Estee Lauder, that will only be available via travel retail to co-incide with the launch of the newest Lauder fragrance, also called Brasil Dream. Although the perfume sounds lovely - notes of pineapple, guava and orange blossom - I'm more taken with the palette that's full of warm but vibrant tones for lip and eye. My usual bug-bear with palette brushes applies - they are teeny! - one long brush with a lip and eye end would have been much more useful than two fiddly sticks with sponge and bristle. It's available from February at airports.

Please excuse the poor image taken by me - obviously I should have concentrated more in photography class....

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