Saturday, February 28, 2009

Jamilla Camel's BOMB of BEAUTY!

Can you believe this? I was really interested in the Chanel palette from fellow beauty-blogger Jamella Camel...and she sent to me...including what must be THE TOTAL OVERLOAD ON PRETTY NEUTRAL EYESHADOWS!


I am going slightly bonkers with the generosity and love from this wonderful person. She has not only given me such precious items, but she has read my blog carefully to know I am a sucker for the neutrals...I received, hold on,
  • The Chanel Travel palette (left)
  • Stila eyeshadow in Coin
  • Stila eyeshadow in Latte
  • Stila Eyeshadow in Champagne
  • ELF cream eyeshadow
  • Pop beauty glitter stick in Crystal
  • Pop beauty glitter stick in Silver
  • Mac Eyeshadow in Honey Lust
  • Mac Eyeshadow in Sumptious Olive (My mac all time favourite eyeshadow colour!)
  • a COMPLETE mac palette

This is so amazing! How can I ever say thank you to Jamilla Camel?

I have no words left, so I will end up with Stila's quotes of wisdom (ain't these quotes cute?)


Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Scrub

I think I have done most of my SkinFood reviews from the batch I received from Sasa in January. The only exception is the Black Sugar Mask, the one you can wash off.

Scrubbing is an important tool to keep your skin in a good condition. It should not be done in excess, because your skin will become more sensitive. If done wisely, which depends on the kind of skin that you have, it will be beneficial for both your unmade face as the face with makeup on. Your makeup will look better and more flawless on a smooth canvas.

Those were my words of wisdom for today...he he, I will not 'preach' too much about skincare, as most of the followers of my blog are already skilled in the art of beautifying themselves. You are probably a lot better than I am...

Back to the product. The can is the same size as most of Skinfood's products size, except for different products such as the Herb Salad moisturizer and the Milk Mania Cleanser. Again, I put a Mac lipstick next to it for comparising.


These jars are used for several types of masks, scrubs and some lotions. They come with a plastic shield on top with the words Skin Food on it. This is a handy tool for preventing your lovely goodies to expire too soon.

I scooped a bit of Black Sugar scrub on my hand. It looks more like brown sugar paste and it actually smells like brown sugar with a hint of cream. I like the natural, sweet smell of it.


In the close-up you can actually see the little grains of sugar inside. They are not coarse for the skin, however, they are not as sophisticated as the microdermasion beads you find in microdermasion scrubs.

In a way it reminded me a lot like the highly coveted Mac Black Vocano scrub that was for sale last year. I should compare both in a post soon, or update this post with some extra pictures.
After adding water you see that it spreads out on a large part of my hand. You can scrub for about 1 or 2 minutes before the sugar dissolves.

Afterwards, I loved the improved texture on my hand. There is not a obvious cream inside the scrubs texture, but it still is quite moisturizing...I think it could suit both combination to oily skintypes as the ones that are a bit dry.
I used this on my face as well, and I did not experienced any sensitive reactions from it. Moreover, my skin felt a lot smoother.

It retails for $12.30 at sasa.com. A bargain, in my opinion, as a tiny bit of product is sufficient for scrubbing the whole face. I think this scrub would last me for at least 4 months if I would scrub two times a week. Perhaps it would even last me longer.
Overall, I am quite happy with this Skinfood item.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Name To Watch: Veronique Simon

In the world of facial enhancements, skin perfecting and complexion rejuvenation, Veronique Simon is about to become London's latest beauty guru.

A New Take On Nude Lips: The Pocket Rocket


I don't know what to make of the lastest Urban Decay offering; The Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss. It's in a flattened out tube for an easier pocket fit - that's great, we don't need anything that adds lumps and bumps to our bums and I've always got lipgloss in the back pockets of my jeans - and there's a double sided lid with a holographic picture of a man who, depending upon how you move the gloss is either dressed or undressed. I got sent Jesse (a shimmery brown/wine shade) who is probably the least easy on the eye - he looks a bit grubby to me, but each guy has his own 'persona'. Jesse 'owns a dingy cave of a bar on the Sunset strip' - and frankly looks as rough as old eggs. Anyhoo....the others are better. Into all this mix of new tube shape, holograms etc is a pheromone strip on each of the 8 glosses....rub it and release 'sexy pheromones'. While I think the concept is cute, the packaging incredibly innovative, it's just all tooooo much. I'm sure it will be a really big seller though because it's so different. 10.50 pounds from April.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sun Sinners Rejoice: NIA24


Despite the less than inspired name, this new skin care brand is promising great things for those who didn't heed the sunscreen warnings and are now seeing the signs of damage. Hyper-pigmentation (dark spots that form over time and become more obvious with age), wrinkles and texture are all signs of sun damage that make skin look older than it is. At the heart of NIA24 is Niacin (vitamin B3) in their own patented form, Pro-Niacin. Without getting hugely technical, Pro-Niacin enables B3 to be absorbed into the skin to condition from inside and out. The study claims are huge; a 90% reduction in hyperpigmentation with daily use over a 90 day period, 80% increase in skin smoothness and 81% improvement in tone. Of course, the technology to un-do sun damage doesn't come cheap, with the Intense Recovery Complex coming in at 90 pounds. It will be on SpaceNK counters from May, although it's already available in the US.

Cargo At Sainsbury's



Canadian beauty brand, CARGO, and Sainsbury's have been knocking about together for a while now, but at last it's no longer the secret that it was. With just a small selection at a sparse number of branches, there was very little in the press about it. Now, all that's changed and while it's still only available at selected stores, there's a wider range, including these gorgeous Plant Love lipsticks - the first lipsticks ever to appear in tubes made out of corn instead of plastic. This popping pink was designed by Lindsay Lohan. It's rumoured that CARGO's sell-out Blu_Ray Mascara is on it's way too. 11.74 pounds for Pink Cream lipstick.

Poppy King's Big Bang Theory


Hmm - fuller lips without the sting? Sounds too good to be true. But self styled Lipstick Queen, Poppy King's latest creation promises exactly that. Generally, lip plumpers contain ingredients such as cinnamon, menthol or camphor to irritate the delicate lip skin and cause swelling, which when you think about it, isn't ideal. Arriving in March at SpaceNK, the 8 shade range of Big Bang Theory Illusion Glosses make lips look bigger by creating an optical illusion using mega amounts of shimmer. 18 pounds. (Image: Style.com)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Behind The Gloss...


Okay, so we're deep into the credit crunch and it's really starting to take hold in the beauty world. However, we're informed again and again that beauty generally weathers financial storms because of the feel-good factor essential for keeping morale up. It's well known that in times of crisis lipstick sales shoot up because women of the world find solace in a fast beauty boost. What we are starting to see though, is the ugly side of the beauty industry, where the axe is falling hard and fast on jobs. As an example, SpaceNK (UK) recently made one of their PRs redundant (PRs are the vital line between beauty companies and journalists), and yet, according to the Guardian, the company showed a 3.1 million pound profit for the year to March, a fall of 14%. SpaceNK has gone on record saying they feel it's going to be a tough year. Now, others are following suit and redundancies are coming thick and fast. What I just don't get though, is how a 3.1 million pound profit, no matter that it's down on last year, means the end of someone's job? How badly do they need 45k? Where's the human side of this largely female industry that saves someone's livelihood before they invest in a new face mask? And, it's not just SpaceNK; other big names are also making severe cuts. It's my feeling that if you are a beauty company in profit, thank your lucky stars and share it around a bit; don't kowtow to profit margins by making hideous choices for your staff who don't own the company but have invested time, passion and effort into it. The rewards for doing this, it seems, are really not pretty. Shame on those who don't support workers and instead batton down the hatches to save themselves.

Becca Beach Tint in Raspberry & Shimmer Powder in Princess

Last week was a nice week in internet hauls arriving at my doorstep. One of the hauls I was looking forward to was my Becca (and Harlotte) haul from adorebeauty.com. I was pleasantly suprised when it arrived in beautiful gold packaging, and I was too willing to try my new goodies.
The total of my order is Becca Pressed Shimmer Powder in Princess, Becca Beach tint in Raspberry, the latest tint in their collection, and a Harlotte lipstick. I will stick to Becca today (also, I was not too thrilled about Harlotte).


I will start of with the Shimmer Powder in Princess. It is not that I have a lack of shimmery powders, however, I was so pleasantly surprised after swatching Princess in a store. I absolutely wanted it. I opted for ordering online, as the prices are much cheaper at adorebeauty. Becca is an Australian brand (although funnily, they are made in the UK), so it is cheaper to buy it from Australia.

What I love about the compact case is that it looks very space-UFO like. Flying sources are the best way to give you a unearthy glow, LOL.


I love the mauvy rose shade inside. I have a weakness for mauvy rose shades, as they are lovely on my strange skintone. The colour in the pan looks more like a blush than a highlighting powder, but it is definitely more of a highlighter than a blush.







The next picture is made in natural (cloudy) light. It can be used as a blush for very light skintones (NC/W 15), however, I find this to be more of a glow on my skin.


The next picture, made with flash, shows the glowiness of the powder. I find it weird that my skin looks so much paler with flashlight. Anyway, I adore the glowiness of the powder. It is not glittery, shimmery, garish, full of flecks...it is a glow and that is what I want....

Overall, I am so happy with my new glowing powder. The texture is excellent and it stays on for hours and hours, even when I have to cycle around in dodgy weather...The glow is still on untill I take it off at the end of the day. (poor boyfriend thinks I am sick in the evening...ehm no...the makeup just comes off).
My next Becca! I was really curious to see what the new colour of the Beach Tint would be like. It had not been listed on the official Becca website at the moment I purchased it on Adorebeauty. Quite funny, actually, shouldn't the official website be the first?
I liked the product quality of the other Beach Tint colours, but I did not like the colours in Watermelon or Peach. I know this product has a big following on makeupalley, but somehow I could not make Watermelon or Peach work for me.
Curiosity was stronger than my strained-out credit card, so I bought this together with the shimmer powder.
If you are interested in the ingredients, be my guest and click on the picture below.


Oil-free, Water-proof and Streak-free....the ideal frolick-in-the-summer product! Australia has lauched this product just in time, as the Aussies are having summer right now (ack, so jealous of anyone who is in nice summer weather).

I love the tube, only I do not like the cheap, plasticy cap.


There is a 'window' to see what the product is like. That is the actual colour.

You see! a pinky rose gel-like colour.


The last picture is a small swatch. Sorry for the wrinkled pulses, I definitely need anti aging products for my whole body. It has been blended out a bit. I could not make more pictures yet to show the accuracy of the colour.

Moreover, I still need to test it on my face to actually see if I like this colour. I do believe it can make a gorgeous lipstain....however, would I use it on my cheeks and look natural as well? I don't know (yet)...it still needs some more road testing.
I promise you to do a proper review when I have experienced it in the full glory...he he...I should go on a Caribbean vacation for you guys to test this product as it should be: in the sea and sand and sun. Wouldn't that be nice if I would do that?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Night Oil: AD Skin Synergy



I've got a huge fondness for this lovely night oil from AD Skin Synergy. It was my first introduction to skin oils - a relatively new concept for mainstream skin care back in the day. I came across it when I did a screen test to present it on QVC; I bombed the test but stayed firmly in love with the oil and always have it in my cupboard still. It's light, nourishing and skin definitely looks and feels better for it. Now my needs have turned to more specific things, such as anti-ageing, I'm so glad that the range has been expanded to include an wrinkle banishing eye cream. The Nourishing Night Oil is £38, and the just launched Anti-Ageing Eye Cream is £36 at www.adskinsynergy.com

Pixi Perfect


I really like this Pixi Must Have kit that comes on sale in March, largely because of it's pouch containing proper brushes that actually do the job. Many palettes arrive with a double ended spongy affair or a little brush that doesn't do any of the things it is supposed do with any efficiency. This way, you have your eye colours, your lip shades and a generous blush along with tools that will work properly in the same pouch as your palette. Simples, as they say. £20.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Conversations With My Non-Surgical Cosmetic Aesthetologist


ME: Ravi, do I need more Botox yet?

RAVI: No. Noooo. Well, maybe a bit.

YSL 5 Colour Harmony Eyes in #2: Indian Pink

Today is goldies oldies day...not that it is such an old product, but it has been launched last autumn. In cosmetic time that would be at least 3 years...

This was one of the products I did not dare to swatch for a loooong time. I found it to be too pretty and precious. Thanks to blogging about cosmetics, I overcame my fear of actually using my cosmetics, LOL, so I am glad to show you my swatches.

Anyway, since Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner of the Academy Awards, I would love to dedicate my review on a colour selection named Indian Pink. The colours, indeed, have an Indian feel to it. I have never been to India before, but I have seen some Bollywood films and I would say that the purples and pinks would be so like the female heroines that you would see in the films.

actress Rakshita. Source: http://utopianvision.co.uk

Yves Saint Laurent 5 Colour Harmony palette for eyes in 2, Indian Pink, gives a lovely palette of purple and pink colours. I picked the pink version, because I was mesmerized by the purple shades that were in there. I discovered such a unique purple colour that I HAD to buy it. Fortunately, there was a 20% discount on the palette. It was still expensive though, 40 euros.

LOL, the POW thing in the mirror is the reflection of my sweater I was wearing that day.

The colours are a lovely bend of purples and pinks. I am absolutely in love with the left side of the palette. The shimmer of the purples is so unique.



Mmm, I am not too happy about my camera lately. It zooms in on a certain side of the swatches, and leaves the other side slightly blurry. Anyway, You can see how lovely and unique this set of purples and pinks are.


I have found some reviews of the other colours as well: Yummiebites reviews the 04 Lilac Sky; Beauty Anonymous has done a fab review on the 05 Riviera; and Karlasugar swatched them all!
So, this was your quicky review on the YSL 5 Colour Harmony for Eyes in Indian Pink: short but sweet.

I hope you will all have a fabulous week! March is on the way...and I hope sping will show its head around here very soon....I need lovely weather, like now!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hauls of the week

I might have had a busy week, but that does not mean that I am not a shopping addict anymore...I still loveeeeee internet hauling!

I have received several packages. My first package was from bath and body specialist mmucosmetics.com. They have some excellent bath and body product, and you are free to pick from at least 500 different scents. One of the best things of this Canadian company that they have some good deals on shipping sometimes. I have bought this haul with FREE shipping...for a heavy load such as this, that is a big discount!

I have bought:
* the Affirmation lotion (slimming/tightening) in the fragance Amour Cacao.
* Scrub of Java (with coffee beans...so invigorating) in White Chocolate Truffle
* Polish me Up (scrub) in Rose Geranium
* Soy Good Whipped body spread in unscented
* Friction (warming body scrub) in Love Affair
* You Glow Girl (selftanner for my pasty legs) in Bahama Vanilla
* Hemp-isphere lotion in unscented
* Handy-wash in Lover's Lair


My second package: I had ordered some items from Sephora via my 'Sephora-private shopper', Debbie, in January I haven't been checking her forum for a long time, so the package came like a welcome surprise:


I ordered the Givenchy Eyelet Edition Couture Makeup Palette (really gorgeous, I will review it next week), The Sephora by Opi nail polish in Queen of Everything and the Nars Exclusive Lipgloss selection.

My third package was small, but cute as a button. I was really curious after MusingsofaMuse's review of Steamcream. And the packages were so cute. I ordered the Porky Rabbit one, as my Chinese Horoscope is Rabbit (but I am not porky...LOL)


My fourth package came all the way from down under. I ordered some items at adorebeauty.com. I have ordered some Becca Cosmetics items....You will see what is inside the cute package the next week..

Kose Visee Blackish Forming Eyes in B1 (brown version)

Today I will show you my promised pictures of the Kose Visee Blackish Forming Eyes in B-1.

Why did I choose to pick the brown one, as there are five colours to chose from? Well, I have a weakness for neutral colours, because my eyes are on the light side. The assortment of blitzy blues or greens often look a bit 80s with my eye colour, and a selection of beautiful neutral seem to enhance their colour.

Also, I was particulary mesmerized by the swatches posted by Miss Bitter (here). I even think she did a much better job in capturing the beauty of the palette than I did, but anyway, I will give you my 2 cents as well. (grins cheepishly).

The palette arrived in a plastic case, as usual. The back has some instructions of how to apply the eyeshadow. As the palette is targetting the audience that want to create a smokey eye, I found the instructions to be slightly different than usual (more of the smokey- eye technique).




The case itself is a beautiful black one that looks like leather crocodile print. The inside contains a set of four colours: one matte pitch-black, one a shimmery sand highlighter colour, a reddish brown and a Taupe with reddish sparkles...Very lovely


I have made the next two pictures with flash, so you can see the beautiful red sparkles on the brown and taupe colour.


I made this picture after swatching, which explains why there are sparkles on the black colour. The colour itself is the only matte colour. I especially love to have a matte black colour as a base for a smokey eye.


Sorry for the unsophisticated swatches I made. I did not use my usual high-end brush to swatch, so they look a bit messy. Still, the colours are rather true to life. (no flash, indirect natural light)

Kathi on Lotuspalace claimed that the brown one did not blend as well as the others. I haven't compared it with the other colours, because I do not have the other colours yet. However, the quality is quite good...not excellent, but ok.

I have bought this palette on adambeauty.com for $20.

If you are interested in seeing some swatches from the other colours, you can see them at lotuspalace (here:B3 or silver version and here: B5+ B1) or rougedeluxe (B5 or blue version).

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sleeping Beauty: CopaLife


I've recently been sent a Copalife pillow case. It's infused with copper, silver and zinc ions that release when in contact with skin, and is said to help reduce lines and wrinkles as well as promoting cell renewall. Now, I'm not normally one for this kind of gadget...it's sort of just too hard to believe. However, Copalife have recently had a big up in the New York Times - which I do take quite seriously. Those users who were quoted swore they'd never sleep on a regular pillowcase again. In fact, copper, zinc and silver ion infused materials have a more important use in the medical world thanks to proven wound healing abilities (the technology stops 99.9% of bacteria, fungus (a dust mite's favourite dinner) and microbes that cause odours and the like). However, when it comes to skin care, Copper has the ability to encourage collagen and since the pillow slips and bedding are infused with Allantoin (a moisturising, soothing and anti-irritant ingredient), it all starts to add up to something really quite plausible. I'm kind of welded to mine now, I must admit, if only for the belt and braces effect - and, hey, I'm asleep....skincare doesn't get more low maintenance than that. The first night I tried it however, I actually lost sleep for worrying about getting the right amount of time on each side of the face - with no way of actually controlling that, I thought maybe I'd end up with a very youthful left side and a rather tired right side. I've stopped worrying though; there's nothing I can do about it anyway, and think that rather like diet, it's what happens over a period of time, not an individual occasion. And, I'm sleeping blissfully. They're 25 pounds at www.copalife.com.

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