You are viewing petite_kaye

Beautiful plums for fall makeup look

Plummy fall look

Fall season is fast approaching. Summer months swiftly passed by without saying hello! And in a couple of weeks, we are hitting the BER months. The scent of cinammon pumpkin pie already lingers in the air, and I see store mannequins already dressed in fall colors of plums, purples and greys. Plums are just as lovely and romantic as pink. It is less girly than pink, and lighter than purple. It is a feminine color that blends well with purple grey skies of autumn. Neither a warm nor cool color, plum shades can add texture and dimension to the eyes, face and lips. Here are some plummy makeup products that can bring out the best in you....

Nars Single Eye Shadows in Ondine and Lhasa $24 each
The shade Ondine is a taupey plum shadow with light golden shimmers. Such a wonderful shade for fall! It can accentuate brown and green eyes the best. The texture, just like most Nars eye shadows, is smooth and well-pigmented. It can be worn on its own and still look deep yet neutral. A basic plum must-have.

The shade Lhasa developed a cult-following, and I am not surprised at all. Although, it is not exactly a plum shade, it belongs to the violet family. It is a greyish lavender that is sheer with a brownish tint. This is a perfect shade for smokey eyes, as well as a simple all-over eyelid shade. A very versatile shade that can be worn dramatic or simple, depending on the combination of other products. This is one of the eyeshadow colors that is really worth the splurge. Lhasa is a lavender-grey perfection.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in 1999 glimmering plum $19
First of all, this 24/7 glide on eye pencil is the creamiest eye pencil you'll ever find that won't budge. Urban Decay created a selection of shades that is hard to find in other brands. The 1999 glimmering plum is a very plum shade that would work excellently with brown, hazel and green eyes. This is a great eye liner to achieve that sophisticated fall look.

Dior Addict Lipstick in Fashion Week 881 - Plum $30
Plum lips can make anyone look a little mature and serious. It is quite formal-looking and less girly. The shade Fashion Week is a gorgeous mauvey-purple pink that is on the lighter and sheer side. It is highly wearable and works great with any eye shadow color.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride - $25
The name says it all. The shade Blushing Bride is just the most natural-looking blush for light to medium skin tones. It may appear reddish on the pan, but don't let that fool you. It is a plummy rose with glitters that looks so healthy and vibrant on the cheeks. One application trick is to dab very lightly on the cheek, as this product is very pigmented. You will definitely get 2nd glances from strangers, I promise.

Are you excited for fall? I can't wait to wear the plummiest eye shadows.....


Vichy Destock

   Are you one of those women who constantly exercise and eat healthy, yet still have a saggy midsection? You are not alone. Majority of women, skinny or obese, have abdominal fat or belly fat. This fat protrudes and sags around the belly area which can be quite unsightly for certain clothes.  

High-intensity exercise is one way of combatting abdominal fat. Also, eating a low-fat and high-protein diet can help turn abdominal fats to abdominal muscles. But, exercise and diet alone does not guarantee a firmer and toned abs. Other factors such as age, genetics, and hormonal imbalances can also contribute to fat accumulation in the belly.

Vichy Laboratories, known for the success of their CelluDeStock anti-cellulite cream product, have formulated DeStock Stomach, a revolutionary treatment cream created for active women to target abdominal fat and improved the firmness of the belly area.

Clinical trials result shows that application of DeStock Stomach in the abdominal area, combined with regular exercise regimen had dramatically improved the firmness of the belly by up to 70%. Further notable results revealed that “women who applied DeStock Stomach for 28 days noticed positive effect on the quality of their own skin in terms of firmness, tone and smoothness”.

DeStock Stomach contains 5% pure caffeine, the gold standard in body treatments, that aids in microcirculation and refine the skin around the waistline. It also consists of pro-firming plant peptides, extracted from soya, to effectively boost firming effect on the skin. This is paraben-free and allergy tested.

For maximum results, apply twice daily and combine with regular exercise. Available at major pharmacies such as CVS, Duane Reade, Walgreens and Vichy online. Retails at $36.50.


INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER, ALCOHOL DENAT., DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, CAFFEINE, PROPANEDIOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, SALICYLIC ACID, HYDROGENATED OLYISOBUTENE, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, PEG-60 ALMOND GLYCERIDES, PEG-100 , TEARATE, PEG/PPG/POLYBUTYLENE GLYCOL-8/5/3 GLYCERIN, CI 15985 / YELLOW 6, CI 14700 / RED 4, GLYCERYL STEARATE, COFFEA ARABICA BEAN EXTRACT / COFFEE SEED EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, SODIUM CITRATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISODIUM EDTA, CAMPHOR, CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID, HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEINMENTHOL, XANTHAN GUM, ILEX PARAGUARIENSIS EXTRACT / ILEX PARAGUARIENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER


My reviews:
In the beginning, I was skeptical with the effectivity of this product. But there's no harm in trying. I normally apply this in the evening, after shower, in the tummy area. The texture has a gel-like consistency, with mentholated scent. There is an instant warming (but minty) sensation with a feeling of muscle-twitching effect. The twitching usually continues as I sleep. I wake up with a flat belly (which is normal). I only apply this product in the evening and I sometimes skip my exercise regimen. But I noticed a difference in the appearance of the tummy in a few days, it is less saggy and less round. I honestly think the 5% pure caffeine content helps a lot in decomposing the fat cells in the area, that explains the twitching effect, and also releases the water content in the fat cells. Remember, caffeine is diuretic, and it flushes unwanted liquid in the body. It is also important to note that this cream cannot work without regular exercise. Overall, I think it is a good product for those who are active with stubborn belly fats.  


Related article:

Fitness expert Violet Zaki shares her secrets for five ways to a flatter stomach

For optimal results, apply twice a day and massage into the skin on the stomach and waistl
Thanks to the PR people of Vichy for the sample.

absQuestion: What is the number one problem area women complain about during your fitness classes?

Violet Zaki: “The common complaint is “how can I get rid of my pooch/spare tire/love handles/muffin top?” This culprit is the layer of fat located between the navel and the hips and is a receptor for fat cells more so than any other part of your body.”

 Question: Why do women’s bodies store fat in this area?

Violet Zaki: “There are numerous causes of stubborn belly fat including genetic predisposition, a sedentary lifestyle, stress, poor diet and lack of sleep. Additionally, as women age, muscle mass gradually decreases and the proportion of fat to bodyweight increases because a decrease in estrogen levels influences fat distribution in the body.”

Question: Are crunches the best way to tone my midsection?

Violet Zaki: “If you think getting washboard abs is as simple as doing crunches, then we need to talk. To get the beach body you want, challenge your midsection in the way your body is designed to move naturally in daily life. This will help you burn calories as well as strengthen and tone your problem areas. Work all your core muscle groups (the abs, hips, lower back and pelvic region), front and back, not just the tranverse abdominis (also known as the “six pack”), because if you have a layer of fat covering your abdominals, you will not see the lean muscle underneath it.”

Question: What are a few simple exercises I can do at my desk or at home to firm my abs?

Violet Zaki: “Sitting on a stability ball at your desk automatically promotes proper spinal alignment and posture and causes you to always move around, therefore you are not sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time. You are also using your core muscles to maintain your balance on the ball, so you have fitness right at your fingertips! Maintaining good posture also strengthens your core and helps you look leaner.”

Question: Do you use any products that you feel help with the toning of the abdomen area?

Violet Zaki: “As a fitness professional, promoting a healthy lifestyle and empowering women to feel their best is my job and Vichy Destock Stomach is an added bonus to any women’s fitness routine. Vichy Destock Stomach gives women results they can see – with a visible difference after seven days of use and improved skin texture after four weeks of continued use.”

 About Violet Zaki:

A well-established international fitness professional, widely viewed as an elite instructor and dynamic personality with very effective approaches to private and group fitness. Her natural aussie flare, creative workout repertoire, and inspirational style attract a large following in the demanding New York Metro and U.S. markets via her live classes, broad portfolio of media workouts, contributing journalism, and speaking engagements.

Violet brings a diverse background to her work, including education and professional experience in social work. She is a practicing Black Belt in Seido Karate, ACE Certified Fitness Instructor, Monash University Certified Fitness Instructor, Master Trainer in various equipment specialties and owner of Zakifitness. Her professional group fitness experience started in Australia and blossomed in New York, including ten years running as a top draw at the city’s premier club, Equinox Fitness Clubs, and guest appearances spanning over a dozen countries across six continents. She has also logged many hours as a high-end private and corporate trainer, specializing in efficient, dynamically challenging routines requiring little-to-no equipment.

 Violet’s television show guest appearances include the Home Shopping Network as a featured fitness expert representing Fitness magazine, E! Entertainment Television’s The Girls Next Door, the CBS Early Show as weekly fitness correspondent, Live with Regis and Kelly, NBC’s Today show, Fox Business’ Happy Hour, and CW11’s Morning Show, along with CNN and Televisa Latin America and MBC TV in the Middle East.

Violet has also appeared in and/or contributed content to several fitness and lifestyle magazines and websites, including Fitness, Health, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Prevention, Self, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Fairmont Magazine, Heart & Soul, Marie Claire, Oxygen, the Knot, MSN, Brenda’s Wedding Blog, and FitSugar.

vichy liftactiv


 Groundbreaking findings from Vichy Laboratories, revealed the source of skin rejuvenation that will change the way we look at skincare. During the biggest gathering of leading dermatologists and skin experts from around the world, the World Congress of Dermatology in Seoul, Korea, Vichy revealed that the papillary dermis, a thin layer of cells located below the epidermis is the driving force of the skin rejuvenation process, including collagen and elastin production. Elastin is a protein found on the skin tissues that is responsible for elasticity and firmness. As people age, the elastin depletes and leads to sagging skin and wrinkles.

“The role of the papillary dermis has immediately provided data for the development of a new anti-aging range that does more than just preserve the activity of the papillary dermis – it restores its role as the source of youthful skin,” explains L’Oreal Research Director of Communication, Patricia Pineau. “Of course, this goes hand in hand with the conception of suitable active ingredients.”

Vichy’s new anti-aging cream, LiftActiv contains Rhamnose, a clinically proven ingredient that actively regenerate skin from the papillary dermis, making it more elastic and plump. Rhamnose is a natural chemical extracted from the tropical flower Uncaria.

With 5% concentration of Rhamnose, Vichy LiftActiv is proven to reduce visible signs of aging, such as forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, under-eye and glabellar (between the eyebrows), as early as two weeks. Skin texture improves in just 4 days of use.

From their website:

LiftActiv with Rhamnose 5% also features continuous release Vitamin C, clinically proven to boost the production of collagen and elastin fibers and proliferation of fibroblasts.

10 years of research. 7 International patents.

Results:
See up to a 20% reduction in wrinkles* on key areas such as crow's feet, forehead lines and the neckline.
Long-lasting lifting effect**
44% improvement in tonicity***
15% improvement in firmness***
24 hours of hydration.

Dermatological Standards:
Paraben Free, Non comedogenic. Allergy tested. Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control and is suitable for intolerant skin

"*After 8 weeks of daily application of Lift Activ with Rhamnose 5% Night
**With continued use
***Clinical study of 40 women after 4 hours.

Vichy LiftActiv with Rhamnose 5% is available in Day Cream and Night Cream, retails at $49 for 1.7 fl.oz. The Day Cream has two kinds, for Dry Skin and for Normal-Combination Skin. Vichy products are sold on their website and major pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens and Duane Reade.

My comments:

I was very excited to receive LiftActiv from Vichy’s PR for review. Vichy is among the first French doctor’s brands trusted by millions of women in Europe and around the world. It is my first anti-aging cream, and to be honest, the cream is very skin-friendly with a pleasurable texture. I don’t see dramatic results in skin firmness but my skin’s texture looks healthier, luminous and hydrated. It is a good wrinkle prevention product. As a 33 year-old reviewer, without any wrinkles, it is difficult assess the wrinkle fighting properties of the product. This product is highly recommended for wrinkle prevention, as well as elasticity improvement.

It is lightweight with creamy blendability, absorbs easily, and does not appear heavy. Keeps skin hydrated and soft. It has a mild friendly scent of flower. Overall, I would recommend this to women over 30 years old, for all skin types. This product is suitable for intolerant skin. Allergy tested and paraben-free.

Thanks to the PR team of Vichy, Amanda Breault and Tyler Williams for sending such great product for review. All opinions are honest and based on actual result on my skin.

 

Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum

obagi
My story with Obagi.

I've heard about the Obagi skincare products about ten years ago, through a renowned celebrity dermatologist from Asia. All her clients are from the entertainment industry, models, newscasters, actors, wives of politicians, and the likes. She used to talk about their Nu-Derm System on television, and I knew from them on that it is a professional product for those who are beauty conscious. Since it is very important for celebrities to look good and young in the public eye, I really believed in the skin products recommended by this celebrity dermatologist. It is not a marketing gimmick, especially if a popular flawless actress uses it.

In North America, this product is widely known in the inner circle of dermatologists, aesthetic physicians and skin doctors. Unless you visit a dermatologist or a spa, there is a little chance you will encounter this brand.

Fast forward. Last month, heavens probably realized I needed to replace my eye cream. I've been using a sample size of Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Synchronized Complex $52 which was really good.

Then, I received an Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum through a PR company. My heart and soul tells me it is a good eye serum that would really work. I am pretty content with the results. As a 33 year-old woman, without any saggy eye bags, dark circles, wrinkles, deep creases, it seem unbelievable. Critical people would question, if I did some kind of eye treatment etc. Folks, I am very thrifty to consider treatments of sort. It's the Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum that brought the youth back in my eye area.

Now, I will get rid of all my eye creams, and stick with this one. I don't even use an eye concealer, nor any sort of coverage.

Here's a video about the product and how to use it:


This product contains 3 key ingredients for that ultimate results:

Bi-Mineral complex - for elasticity
Malonic Acid - for skin cell stimulation and production of healthy skin cell
Caffeine - to improve undereye puffiness

It comes in a stainless steel rollerball that gives a cool sensation when rolled/appplied under the eyes.

It is available for purchase in dermatology clinics and other aethetic physicians' offices. Retails at $99 USD.

Obagi Medical Products Inc., is a global, specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, markets, and sells proprietary skin care systems in the physician-dispensed skin care market. Based in Long Beach California.

Thanks to the PR company of Obagi for sending this awesome eye serum. All reviews, are honest and based on facts and actual experience on my skin.

How to have a beach glam look everyday?


Beach glam

One of the hottest look this summer is a natural beach tanned skin with soft wave curls. This carefree beach look exudes a very active healthy lifestyle with a fashionista flair. A very fun look that goes well with casual summer clothes, and any elegant dress.

A beach glam look is very easy to achieve. You don’t need to soak under the scorching sun to get tanned. There are so many safe alternatives, such as airbrush tanning, or body bronzers, which gives a healthier glow on the skin, than a real sunburned skin that may appear reddish on pale skin.

Here are some products that can help you transform into an instant beach glam babe:

1) Goody Heat Wave Creator $29.99
Let’s start with the hair. The soft wave curl look is best on long hair. For a beach glam look, the waves should be large, loose, and frizz-free. This Wave Creator is one of Goody’s newest easy-to-use styling tools. The very unique wave barrel creates the softest natural waves. The ionic technology gives a frizz-free finish, with 10 heat settings upto 410-degrees. This makes it work in just seconds and saves a lot of time. A simple tool that makes great fashionable waves!

2) Australian Gold Instant Bronzer SPF30 – 6 fl. Oz $9.49
Australian Gold body bronzers always give a subtle tan that looks so healthy and natural. It gives a fine finish and even coverage that stays put all day. This natural caramel bronzer smells really good, and uplifts the mood, whether you’re outdoors or indoors, you’ll feel carefree happy. It contains Avobenzone that protects skin against UVA/UVB sunburn. The bronzing formula is safe with no DHA. Quick-drying, long-lasting and sexy-looking. Available in SPF 8, 15 and 30

How to use:
Spray liberally to skin exposed to the sun, 20 minutes before sun exposure. Do not spray in face, instead spray in hands and rub on the face. This is water-resistant.

3) La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF50 – 50 ml $32.95
La Roche-Posay, creates the maximum protection sunscreen, is now offering a Tinted Mineral Sunscreen, which can double as a light bronzer. It gives a decent sun-kissed glow in matte finish. This is a very practical product since you’re hitting 2 birds in one stone. It is water-proof, sweat-proof and light weight. This product works best if topped with a powder bronzer.

4) NARS Laguna Bronzer $34
When it comes to bronzers, the world famous NARS Laguna Bronzer is hands down the best. It is a true brown-based bronzer with fine golden shimmers that gives the most luminous, radiant beach tanned look. It is very high-end looking and need I say more? Very elegantly natural. It is buildable and can be worn in different intensity.

5) Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF15 in Guava Gold $15
This great lipgloss has been forgotten by many. It won Allure’s Best of Beauty Award for Best Lipgloss in October 2009. Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear is a moisturizing lip product armed with sun protection. It is long-wearing for 8-hours lasting shine, and not glittery. It gives a nice rich color for full healthy pouty lips. This is the right lipgloss for the summer, and Guava Gold, a golden tawny peach shade is the right color that adds an extra oomph for your beach tanned look.
Which bun style do you like the most?

buns

I have great news ladies! You don't need to go to the salon to get that glamorous bun. Goody's revolutionary Simple Style Collection, consisting of eight (8) fabulous styling tools, will help you achieve high-class styles and modern twists at home, at any day!

Goody

Goody, is a widely recognized brand of hair accessories and styling tools in the world. I've known and used Goody since I was a toddler! From bobby pins, to elastic bands, head bands, and banana clips, nothing beats the functionality and flexibility of Goody's products.

Based on a recent study, 76% of women are interested in achieving professional salon-style at home. But, unless you're a hair stylist, an ordinary woman have no skills in styling their hair, particularly creating twists and buns. Goody has found the solution with women's hair styling frustrations. The Simple Styles Collection comes with 8 easy-to-use tools, uncomplicated instructions and exceptional price at only $7.49 each. Most importantly, no professional hair stylist needed.

Let's begin the tutorials.....

PS - sorry, the pictures are so large, pls use the scrollers to view properly.


The Bun Spiral creates easy updo sleek bun.
Bun Spiral 

The Fountain Flip creates instant voluminous ponytail

Fountain Flip

The Spin Pin mini creates an easy updo for short and fine hair
Spin Pin Mini

The Modern Updo creates a modern French Twist
Modern Updo

The Pony Pouf creates instant volume for a stunning ponytail.
Pony Pouf

The Twisty Comb creates an easy updo twist bun.
Twisty Comb

The Spin Pin does the work of 20 bobby pins for the perfect bun.
Spin Pin

The Volume Boost Comb gives instant volume from flat to flirty.
Volume Boost Comb

The Goody Simple Styles collection is available nationwide, at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Duane Reade.

My top picks:
The Modern Updo and Spin Pin Mini ~ these are so easy to use and very modern twists. The Spin Pin minis are must haves since it does the work of 20 bobby pins. Just make a bun, then twist the pins on the top and bottom and done. Simple as 1-2-3. It gives that messy but gorgeous modern look.

I would like to thank the PR team of Goody for sending wonderful products for review. All opinions are honest and unbiased.
Kiehl's, the oldest pharmacy in New York City with humble beginnings, gradually morphed into an international skincare brand, for its natural products and mild formulas, has now opened its doors to the world of body fragrance.

Their newest collection, Aromatic Blends, will not only take you to the most exotic places on earth, the scents are formulated to relieve your mind, body and soul from any worries and any form of toxicity. This collection, consisting of 4 distinctive hand-picked blends, with ingredients sourced from around the world, comes with a fragrance, a skin-softening body lotion and a skin-softening body cleanser.  

My pick:
The most unique blend in this collection is the Moroccan-inspired Orange Flower and Lychee, which is very warm and evocative, yet fruity-floral and youthful. The staying power is very similar to essential oils, long-lasting and lingers sweetly on the skin. This scent is very genuine that provides a strong effect of harmony for the senses. Your surroundings will look and feel different, and makes you just want to stay calm and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea time in Morocco. The Orange Flower and Lychee is understated and worth a try.

Read promo offer at the bottom.

kiehls
Fragrance $75 (100ml), Body Lotion $26 (8.4 fl. oz.) and Body Cleanser $24 (8.4 fl. oz.)

From their website:

Orange Flower and Lychee
An exotic fusion of Orange Flower and Lychee sweetened with a touch of honey and rounded out by Moroccan Rose. Our Orange Flower extract is derived from the Bitter Orange tree - a tree known for producing flowers with an especially distinctive orange scent. This unique scent was combined with a fruity-floral infusion of Lychee, found in the subtropical forests of Southeast Asia.

Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit
A surprising blend of Nashi Blossom and Pink Grapefruit, accented by ginger and rounded out with soothing notes of soy milk and white musk.  This harmonious aroma evokes imagery of the Kyoto Gardens in Japan - a peaceful place where dewy, white flowers of this pear often flourish.  This fresh, floral aroma was mixed with the Brazilian-born Pink Grapefruit, which heightens the sensory experience with a rich sweet scent, imbued with hints of tropical Mandarin Orange.

Vanilla & Cedarwood
A seductive fusion of Ugandan Vanilla and Cedarwood, heightened with a hint of iris, which gives way to rich amber.  The creamy vanilla in our blend owes its unique aromatic character to the exotic vanilla orchid grown on small, sustainable farms in Uganda.  This warm and sensual aroma was fused with smoky Cedarwood to add a complex, balsamic character - reminiscent of tobacco farms in the southern United States.

Fig Leaf & Sage
A stimulating fusion of Fig Leaf and Sage with underlying hints of bergamot, citron and thyme. The notes of fig conjure up images of the south of France with its lush countryside, where an unusually distinctive fig essence renowned for its uniquely fresh green, crisp aroma is found.  This fig aroma was blended with the essence of herbaceous sage - an evergreen herb with a sweet, nutty scent, evocative of the northern Mediterranean coast.

Promo from now to August 19, 2012
For any online purchase of 100ml Aromatic Blends Fragrance, you will get a Skin Softening Lotion (2.2 oz) and Skin Softening Cleanser (2.2 oz) for FREE. Simply enter the code AROMATIC upon checkout.

The products are available at Kiehl's retail stores and counters worldwide.
Tarte Cosmetics, known for their high performance natural makeup, is one of the companies that you can rely on absolute chemical-free products. Safe for the skin.

They have released many of Sephora's best-sellers such as the Amazonian 12-hour clay blush, LipSurgence liptint, emphasEYEs Amazonian Clay waterproof liner. These are worth the purchase, truly deserving of beauty awards and definitely adds beauty to any woman. 

They have recently came up with trial sized products packaged in glam bags. For those of you who want to try Tarte's bestsellers, but uncertain if these products will actually work on you, Tarte gives you the chance to experience and test the products without paying the full-sized prices. You'll also get cute makeup bags as a bonus. 

Tarte Glambag $35 - Limited Edition, online purchase only


This glam bag, made of faux leather snake-skin material, can be reused as a travel makeup bag. It contains 6 of Tarte's most coveted products:

- Emphaseyes Waterproof Amazonian Clay Shadow and Liner (full sized price $22)
- Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder with PM20 (full sized price $28)
- Natural Cheek Stain (full sized price $30)
- Vitamin-Infused Lip Gloss (full sized price $21)
- Lights, Camera, Lashes! Clinically Proven Natural Mascara (full sized price $19)
- Liner brush (free)

The Luxe List Amazonian Clay Color Collection and Woven Clutch $44 - Limited Edition, online purchase only



This woven clutch contains 7 of Tarte's best-selling products, valued at $165. 

- Deluxe Kabuki brush
- Lights, Camera, Lashes! Clinically Proven Natural Mascara (full sized price $19)
- Eyeshadow Quad (valued at $22)
- Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder (full sized price $28)
- Lipsurgence Lip Luster (valued at $24)
- Glowlight Amazonian Clay Luminizing Wand (valued at $22)
- Emphaseyes High Definition Eye Pencil (valued at $18)

These are must-haves! Amazing product kits with unbeatable price value. Great for traveling, for everyday wear, for glam night-outs, for anything! Available for a limited time only, online.

In case you don't know, Tarte's Lipsurgence lip products are one of the best moisturizing, long wearing lip stain products out there. It is so awesome, that Revlon created Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain as a cheaper drugstore alternative. Love them both, but Tarte's lip stains are made of better formulation and gives a true quality finish.

got2b rockin' it encore fresh dry shampoo





If you're looking for a dry shampoo, that keeps your hairstyle in shape and won't deflate your volume, it's got to be  got2b rockin' it encore fresh dry shampoo.

This fresh-scented dry shampoo rocks like no other. It does not leave any white residue on the hair, and keeps it cool (literally speaking) and feeling fresh. Absorbs the oil in the scalp, and leaves it looking and smelling clean.

Why use dry shampoo?

Dry shampoos are great for days when you don't have access to a shower or running water. When traveling on the plane for more than 12 hours, dry shampoos are the solution to refreshen your hair. When camping, and you feel like washing your hair is too cumbersome (you have to bring shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, hair serum, mouse etc) Dry shampoos are the most convenient alternative. You just need to bring one bottle, got2b rockin' it encore fresh dry shampoo, and all your hair needs are taken care of.

There are some days when you skip a day of shampooing your hair, for whatever reason, just a spritz of dry shampoo will completely enliven your lifeless oily hair.

Out of all the dry shampoos I've tried and tested, this one from Schwarzkopf & Henkel is just so fabulous. got2B hair products provide professional styling results for a fraction of the price. You can have a salon-style hair everyday with got2B products.

Available at major drugstores (Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid), Walmart, ULTA and others nationwide. Retails at $5.99 USD.

I would like to thank the PR company of Schwarzkopf & Henkel for sending me this product for review. All opinions are honest and based on my experience.

© 2011 Schwarzkopf & Henkel, Made in Germany

The best sun protection from La Roche-Posay

$32.95 each - 50 ml


Summer is more fun, if your skin is well-protected from the sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays. Nothing beats a healthy youthful skin, all year round. This blog post is a reminder to all people, of all ages to wear sunscreen everyday as skin cancer prevention. I will write about one of the best sunscreen brands in the world.

La Roche-Posay won the Allure's 2011 Best of Beauty Award in facial sunscreen category. Their face products, particularly their effective sunscreens received great reviews from skin professionals, reputable beauty bloggers and recommended by over 25,000 dermatologists worldwide. They need not spend a penny on advertising, as their products are trustworthy that it can sell on its own through word-of-mouth.

Their award-winning sunscreen, Anthelios Ultra Light Mineral Sunscreen with SPF50, is one of the most effective in the market, with a reasonable price. It is light-weight, matte-finish, non-whitening, and contains Cell-Ox Shield, a powerful patent-pending antioxidant complex featuring Senna Alata. This is a unique plant extract that protects skin against cell damage and from environmental aggressors. This shields the skin from the sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays, up to the cellular level.

UVA causes skin aging, dark spots and sun allergies. UVB causes skin damage (burning) to skin cells and even DNA. UVA and UVB potentially leads to the development of skin cancer.

I've been a convert since this came out few years ago. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion was my ultimate holy grail and used it for many years. But with La Roche-Posay's optimum protection and great prices, it is just practical to switch to this brand.

Here's a good news! Their newest sunscreen, La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Mineral Suncreen SPF50, can double as a tinted makeup base, with all the innovative sun protective minerals incorporated therein. This is a perfect product for those who want a hint of healthy tan without applying a bronzer. Although, the bronzing properties are on the lighter side of the spectrum, you can expect a decent sun-kissed glow in matte finish. Very appropriate for outdoor activities, even for water sports since it is water resistant.

New York dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf emphasizes, "We all know that UV exposure can have very serious consequences on our health, including skin cancer and accelerated skin aging, but many women (and men) aren't comfortable with their skin imperfections and believe that they will be masked by a tan. Since we know a tan causes damage, a tinted sunblock is ideal, as it protects while covering these imperfections, all without damaging the skin." 

During the summer months, I avoid wearing makeup and opt for a natural look, allowing my skin to breathe. A great sunscreen is a must before I step out my house. This new tinted sunscreen helped me look polished and glowing, even without applying any makeup. Definitely a great innovative tint technology.

La Roche-Posay is a pioneer in UV protection research for over 15 years. Available at select dermatologists, CVS, ULTA, Walgreens, Duane Reade and online.

Thanks to La Roche-Posay's PR team, for sending me products for review. All opinions are very honest and based on my experiences on the product. This is my favorite sunscreen in the world.

Related article here: Great beauty products for hot humid summer months


This year's Chanel Fall Makeup Collection consists of classic plum lip colors, and the blackest black eye colors. The theme is a mix of old and new. Remember those days when dark plummy lips were acceptably elegant? As compared to the natural elegant colors of nude and light pinks nowadays? This collection has it all, including dark nail lacquers and the blackest eyeshadows.

My favorite is the Joues Contraste blush in Rose Initiale, a classic peach pink with very fine shimmers. Every woman must own at least a classic peach pink blush and this one has a rosy tint that adds a lot of color on the cheeks. It gives you that warm touch of pink and has an effect that makes you look a bit tanner.

This collection will be available nationwide on August 2012 and international on September 2012. I believe, shipment of products started on June 11th and now available in many retailers and on Chanel website.



Lumière D' Artifice Beiges - Illuminating powder with shimmer $65 (Limited Edition)
This is a light rosy beige stripe illuminating powder embossed in sequined prints. It gives the usual iridescent glow that can be found in almost all of Chanel's bronzers and powders. This is a highlighter than can double as a subtle glowy (not too sparkly) bronzer for the extended summer glow.

Joues Contraste - Powder Blush $43
72 Rose Initiale 
A classic peachy pink blush that would work in any skin tone. They nailed it this time! This is a must-have.

Les 4 Ombres - Quadra Eyeshadow $58
38 Premier Regard
Consists of contrasting shades of intense black, beige, tender pink and taupe brown. Great basic colors that would work well for any ocassion.

Ombre Essentielle - Soft touch eyeshadow $28.50
93 Complice - soft peach
94 Eclairé - sheer gold
95 Furtif - silver grey
97 Infini - striking silver
Indiscret - midnight bliue
Noir - intense black

Stylo Yeux Waterproof - Long Lasting Eyeliner $30 (Limited Edition)
87 Silver Light - silver
88 Noir Intense - carbon black

Inimitable Intense - Mascara multi-dimensional sophistique $30
40 Rouge Noir - red black

Rouge Double Intensité - Ultra Wear Lip Color $34
34 Almandine - red plum
04 Rose Quartz - nude (repromote)

Rouge Coco - Hydrating Crème Lip Colour $32.50
45 Caractère - rose brown
40 Charme - pink (repromote)

Rouge Coco Shine - Hydrating Sheer Lipstick $32.50
73 Chic - sheer beige with gold shimmer
74 Parfait - soft pink with golden hues

Lèvres Scintillantes - Glossimer $29.50 (Limited Edition)
297 Sweet Beige - natural beige with sparkles

Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss - Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss $32
68 Troublant - rose brown
67 Caprice - delicate pink

Le Crayon Lèvres - Precision Lip Definer $29
54 Amarante - violet-plum
34 Rose Naturel - rosy beige

Le Vernis - Nail Colour $26
563 Vertigo - grey black
561 Suspicious - fuschia
559 Frenzy - rosy beige

Visit Chanel.com to order.



$45  for 24ml or 0.8 fl. oz.

Has anyone of you heard of Dermablend Skin Perfector Pigment Correcting Primer? This product was released in the US last year, around late autumn, just right before the holidays. Not a lot of hype and reviews came out on this product and not too many consumers know about the Dermablend brand.

Here's a quick introduction.

Dermablend is one of the top brands recognized as the expert coverage cosmetics in the US for over 30 years.

The exceptional performance of Dermablend products, in terms of coverage and wearability lies at the very heart of its expertise. Its high performance in coverage and wear has built renowned recognition by the medical community (dermatologists) and professional makeup artists.

Dermablend products meet all dermatological and efficacy standards:
- dermatologist tested
- allergy tested
- sensitive skin tested
- non-comedogenic
- non-acnegenic
- fragrance-free

This product has dual properties of skincare and primer. The Skin Perfector reduces the appearance of skin pigment imperfections such as age spots, sun spots (freckles), and other skin discolorations caused by sun damage, aging and acne scarring. It contains Ceramide White with LHA that corrects skin discoloration and provides micro exfoliation that removes unwanted pigmented dead cells.

As a primer, this product is very silky smooth and light-weight that absorbs easily. Leaving the skin very supple but not oily nor greasy. It acts like an invisible layer or shield that preps the face as a canvass for flawless makeup application.

I have tried using this under liquid foundation, and mineral powder foundation, and the results are just so amazing. There is a smooth and porcelain finish. The skin looks dewy and radiant and allows the makeup look very natural. From ordinary dull skin to picture-perfect skin. It makes all that difference.

The texture is light, colorless and glides effortlessly. Please note that this product acts like a corrector and a primer and shouldn't be expected to cover problematic skin.

- This product is suitable for those with uneven skin tones caused by sun damage, and other factors listed above.

- For people with acne and skin problems, this product won't help you eliminate acne nor reduce enlarged pores.

Dermablend products are available at Macy's, ULTA and Dillard's. Also at selected Lord & Taylor, Bon Ton, Carsons and Boscovs, and on the website: www.dermablend.com

It's now time to be aware of effective professional skincare and cosmetic products. Highly recommended!

I get compliments of having porcelain-looking skin, and thanks to Dermablend Skin Perfector Pigment Correcting Primer.


Note: Thanks to Dermablend's PR team for sending me this product for review. All reviews are honest, based on my experience.

Dermablend is a division of L'Oreal USA Inc.

Father's day beauty-ful gift ideas


In celebration of Father’s Day, here are some beautiful gift ideas to consider if you’re looking for beauty products for your dad. Aside from the usual gadgets, sports equipment or clothes, beauty products are very practical gifts for men. Let’s not forget, men also need beauty tools to keep themselves looking and feeling the best.

1) Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme
Eau de Toilette Spray – Acqua for Life Edition 6.7 oz $99
Fragrance is always a top choice for men's gifts. This perfume is one of Allure’s Best of Beauty Award Winner. Undoubtedly very masculine, modern, and woody in nature, it is definitely a great gift to any man in your life. It contains marine notes that provide a calm, clean and energizing vibe. With notes of mandarin, bergamot, neroli, persimmon, rosemary, nasturtium, jasmine, amber, patchouli and cistus.


2) Dior Soothing Moisturizing After Shave Lotion 3.4 oz $50
After shave lotion is a must-have for men. This after shave lotion is part of the Dior Homme Dermo System Collection, which is an anti-aging dermatological skincare system designed for men. This is a luxurious product that hydrates skin after shaving and soothes razor burns.

3) Clarisonic Mia $119
This sonic cleansing tool is also great for men. The Clarisonic Mia is the best tool to intensely clean pores and peel away dry skin flakes, leaving the skin supple. The set comes with a universal voltage charger, a brush head and 1 oz. trial size Gentle Hydro Cleanser. Give your dad something to improve his skin texture and complexion.

4) Jack Black Core Collection $52
This collection comes in a 3 piece shave and skincare set.
- 6 oz Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser
- 6 oz Beard Lube Conditioning Shave
- 3.3 oz Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20.

This is a practical gift that your dad will enjoy everyday. Jack Black is one of the skincare brands that focus on men’s essentials. This brand offers a wide variety of quality beauty basics for men, which are at par with women’s high-end products. Their products, particulary the cleansers and suncreens, received great reviews and increasingly gaining market shares in the men’s beauty category.

All products listed above are available at Sephora.

Father's day is on June 17th - Sunday.

Narcissus Total Defense BB Sunscreen review




A reader from Ontario had requested a review on this product.

This BB cream with SPF50 is very lightweight, and provides a sheer natural finish. This product can work well, even to oily skin since the texture is more liquidy rather than creamy. It does not give a dry cakey look, nor a greasy look. It gives a mild dewy look that compliments a finishing touch of mineral powder. This particular BB cream provides very light coverage, and not suitable for those looking for heavy cover-up. This product is great for everyday wear, especially for outdoor activities, considering the high SPF content in it.

Although, it claims to contain whitening properties, it does not seem to lighten the skin tone. I think this is good for those who want a natural healthy look. This is an eco-friendly product, without chemicals, parabens and other toxic ingredients.

Overall, this is similar to a light tinted moisturizer, that provides minimum coverage. This is suitable for those who wants a dewy clean finish.

Available at Naruko online shop for $22 USD, 30 ml. 
Summer season is just around the corner. Before we hit the extreme urban heat of New York City, it is best to prep our skin for the upcoming sauna-like humid months. Unlike the coastal towns or mountain cities, New York City is an urban jungle, surrounded by skyscrapers, concrete streets and traffic jams. Pollution with humidity can be disastrous to our skin. The air conditioners can also deplete the moisture from our skin, leaving our skin dehydrated and dry. We normally get oily skin during the summer months, as we sweat more and pores are enlarged, making us more susceptible to acne and other skin problems. But, oily skin is a sign of dry skin. When the skin is dehydrated, the sebaceous glands are actively producing more sebum which can clog the pores that leads to breakouts. So it is best to keep our skin hydrated to control the production of sebum and maintain the skin’s moisture balance.

Here are the best products that can help us retain skin moisture during the hot summer months.

1) Clarisonic Mia $119
Proper cleansing is the key in achieving hydrated skin. The Clarisonic Mia is a sonic skin cleansing system, created by the same people behind Sonicare toothbrush. This beauty tool aids in the effective absorption of potent ingredients in skincare products. The Clarisonic Mia rotates 300x per second, and removes makeup 6x better. The bristles are soft and won’t damage the skin’s natural barriers, safe enough to use twice a day. It unclogs pores effectively, which makes serums and creams penetrate deep into the pores, maximizing the full benefits of skincare products. The Clarisonic Mia is one of the effective face cleansing tools in the market and a definite must-have for the summer months. Recommended by renowned dermatologists and aestheticians.

2) Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum 1 oz. $45
After cleansing the skin with the Clarisonic Mia and a mild foam wash, apply a light but potent Vitamin C serum that protects the skin from sun’s UV damage. The Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum also contains Hyaluronic Acid which retains skin moisture and enhances collagen production for that extra firm look. Remember, summer sun exposure can lead to dry sagging skin, and Hyaluronic Acid is essential in boosting skin’s elasticity, while Vitamin C is essential for clarity and correcting sun spots.

3) La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 1.7 fl. Oz $32.95
La Roche-Posay sunscreens have been rated the best sun protection in the international market. A sunscreen that makes your skin breathe, as it is ultra-sheer, lightweight, and blendable, it is also water-proof and sweat-proof. A perfect product for the summer with SPF50 and UVA/UVB broad spectrum, you can have fun outdoor activities and skin remains protected up to the cellular level. This product does not clog pores nor irritate sensitive skin.

4) Shu Uemura Facial Mist $25
Facial Mists help in the absorption of moisturizers and prolongs its moisture. This is a must-have for hot humid weather. It also refreshes tired skin and leaves a misty dewy look. Shu Uemura Depsea Facial Mists comes in 8 soothing aromas that can easily energize your summer days. Facial Mists are sprayed prior to moisturizer and sunscreen.

5) Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens (100 sheets) $10
For those with oily skin, this green tea infused blotting linen from Boscia is a must-have to wipe away excessive grease and unwanted shine. Blotting the face is a hygienic way to clean the face during the day. It also mattifies the skin without ruining the makeup.

Have a happy summer everyone!!!

Rebecca Minkoff Eyelet M.A.C. Clutch

Eyeing this Rebecca Minkoff Eyelet Clutch in mint green $350. Looks like a functional cross-body bag for day and a classy clutch for the evening.  The color mint green would work well in cool neutral shades of beiges, whites and old rose. A great summer bag that can also be a great travel companion, as it would look great with casual clothes. 

By the way, M.A.C. stands for Morning After Clutch. I don't really know what it really means, but this is a dual purpose bag, great for day and night. Practical yet classy.

Available for Pre-order. Will be available on May 30th.



Are you busy shopping on Memorial Day sales? This is the best time of the year to shop!

Naruko product reviews



Happy Sunday everyone. I am so excited to share with you my reviews on Naruko products. Whoever is interested in purchasing the products listed above, this may give you a little insight on what to expect. Please note that all Naruko products are made from natural botanicals and ingredients.

Also, I mentioned in my previous post, Naruko love, I would write product descriptions and reviews. So here it is.

1 Naruko Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Soothing White Hydra Essence
2 Naruko Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Soothing White Hydra Milk

How to use 1 & 2 ? After washing your face with a cleanser. Apply #1, then #2. Let it absorbed by the skin, then apply a serum of your choice. Recommended for day and night use. Best used in the summer and in warm climate countries.

The Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid product line claims to prevent skin discoloration and blocks the creation of hyperpigmentation. This is targeted towards middle-aged women with freckles, sun spots, uneven skin tone, and other damaged caused by sun exposure. It contains Vitamin E and the patented Phytoferulin to revitalize the skin. This is best for summer use since it does not provide enough moisture for cool weather. This is my least favorite among the products listed above, since it did not improve overall skin texture and luminosity. Although, it brightens the skin after a few uses, the brightening effect wasn't long lasting. It also dried up my skin which resulted in flaky and peeling of skin on top of the nose and cheeks. The formula just lacks moisturizing components. The scent is okay and not bothersome. The skin absorbs it well and it does feel lightweight. I will not repurchase this product line. 

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

3 Naruko Narcissus Total Defense Moisturizing Dew (new formula)
4 Naruko Narcissus Total Defense Moisturizing Day Protector (new formula)

How to use 3 & 4 ? After washing your face with a cleanser. Apply #3, then #4. Let it absorbed by the skin, then apply a serum of your choice. Recommended for daytime use. 

The Narcissus Total Defense product line has the best products in the Naruko brand. It all contain the patented Phytoferulin and Narcissus Bulb extracts. The formulation is very light, and gives a dewy glow after application. Although very light, it does not dry the skin but keeps it looking moisturize all day long. It claims to protect the skin from environmental damage (including sun damage). This is targeted for any skin tone and any age. This is a good age-prevention product, also great for skin maintenance, but not recommended for wrinkled women, as this does not cure wrinkles and reverse already damaged skin. Highly recommended for younger women from 20 to 40 years old. It also has a good brightening effect and smooth-looking finish. I love the soothing scent of the Narcissus plant. Great for spring and summer weather.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

5 Naruko Narcissus Total Defense Night Repairing Dew
6 Naruko Narcissus Total Defense Moisturizing Night Repair
7 Naruko Narcissus Total Defense Night Brightening Serum

How to use 5, 6, & 7 ? After washing your face with a cleanser. Apply #5, then #6. Let it absorbed by the skin, then apply #7, as the last step, or any serum of your choice. Recommended for night time use. 

This is the night version of products #3 & #4. The Narcissus Total Defense line is also great for your night time regimen. In my opinion, this is a better product and has a better formulation than the day time line. The product is very lightweight, absorbs easily, feels soothing, and looks great after you wake up. It contains repairing components, that works well while sleeping. It also lightens sun spots and acne scars. It cures skin acne too, that's why their repairing claim seems to be true. I wake up looking fresh and hydrated, and loving my face! The #7 serum is a magical potion of repairing, brightening, soothing, providing firmness, luminosity and youthfulness. The #7 serum is my favorite product in this line. 
____________________________________________________________________________________________________

8 Rose and Snow Fungus Aqua Cubic Complex serum

How to use #8? This is applied as the last step, after washing the face, and after applying essence and toner. Recommended for day and night use.

This serum smells the best, but hydrates the least. It smells like a bed of roses. Claims to provide moisture but only leaves skin flaky (not dry). It doesn't seem to penetrate deep into the skin, as it balls up every time I apply a sunscreen or BB cream on top of it. Even when I use this at night time, it feels like the product just sits on top of the skin and later flakes of. It does flakes and roughens the skin texture. I will not repurchase this serum.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________

9 Naruko Tea Tree Oil Out T-Zone Blackhead Remover

How to use #9? After washing the face, apply this product all over the face and leave for 3 minutes. Then wash off and dry with tissue.

This is a three-minute treatment to remove blackheads and skin impurities. It contains Tea Tree Oil, which is known as an acne-fighting agent. This product is best used for oily-skin and acne-proned skin. It also has a mattifying effect and great for the T-zone area. The smell is light and not as strong as other Tea Tree oil products. Recommended to be used 1-2 times per week. An awesome treatment product for problematic skin. 
____________________________________________________________________________________________________

10 Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming Serum

How to use #10? This is applied as the last step, after washing the face, and after applying essence and toner. Recommended for day and night use.

This serum smells divine, and richer than the other serums in this post. It claims to provide firming and brightening effects and I cannot disagree. This is a great serum for those middle-aged and older women, as this is an anti-aging product, in a milder version. This is formulated with Plantago Major Seed extract and the patented Phytoferulin. It is moisturizing, and glides like butter. This will work to the maximum, if paired with other products from the Magnolia line, which I will purchase in the future.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________

11 Naruko Tea Tree Oil Out Balancing Serum

How to use #11? This is applied as the last step, after washing the face, and after applying essence and toner. Recommended for acne-proned skin.

This serum is good for those days when you have little pimples or redness on the face. When you see a pimple beginning to form, immediately use this product and the acne would seem to disappear (or shrink) in one day. Great for acne prevention. It has a mild and gentle Tea Tree formula that soothes the skin. I know many Tea Tree oil products that contains alcohol and harm the skin rather then cure the acne. This is safe and effective.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________

12 Naruko Marjoram and Lavender Brightening Serum

How to use #12? This is applied as the last step, after washing the face, and after applying essence and toner. Recommended for day and night use.

This serum is okay. Not exceptional and not bad either. I do not see major improvements on the skin texture and no obvious signs of immediate brightening effects. It is just a good product to hydrate and keep the skin supple. It also contains the patented Phytoferulin and Vitamin E for added skin nutrients.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

The overall winners are the Naruko Narcissus Total Defense night products: #5, #6 and #7. The Tea Tree oil serum #11 is worth purchasing if you have acne problems and #10 is also great for firming and age prevention.

You can purchase Naruko products online at: http://www.naruko.us/


When I think of D&G, I see Bohemian-inspired chicness, bold animal printed dresses, and gangster style pinstripe suits (for men). The D&G brand and style is very daring that targets the younger crowd who follows seasonal trends. Although, they also specialize in timeless luxury items such as sunglasses, eyeglasses, leather bags and watches, their style is too bold and edgy for my simple taste and personality. I prefer the softer feminine things in life, including soft-themed cosmetics and perfumes. 

D&G perfumes are a different story. D&G have released very good perfumes that captures the very essence of being a woman. Soft, light, and young feminine scents are found in their perfume bottles. Of course, there are a variety of notes, targeted to different tastes. From fresh fruity innocent scents like Light Blue to playful flirty scents like La Lune 18.


L'Imperatrice Eau de Toilette Spray 3.3 oz $69, available worldwide!

And there is D&G's L'Imperatrice from their Anthology Collection, which was released in 2009. The perfume that feels right for the summer. I fell in love with L'Imperatrice because it has a fruity scent that is not overly sweet nor candy-like. It is feminine and has an uplifting effect. The scent can last up to 6 hours and lingers on unoffensively.  It is a blend of top notes of rhubarb, kiwi accord, red currant, pink cyclamen, watermelon, and jasmine, and base notes of musk, sandalwood and grapefruit wood. All the right notes blended together makes it hard to compare this with other perfumes that I liked because it really gives a youthful and charismatic feeling. The grapefruit wood alone already gives you that young and energetic vibe. The subtle sweet jasmine scent gives you a feeling of warm starry summer nights spent in cabanas.

SInce 2009, the Anthology Collection is still being sold worldwide. Which makes L'Imperatrice a summer classic must-have, if you are scouting for a new perfume to try. And if you have not yet experienced the beauty of L'Imperatrice, you may go to the nearest D&G counter or Sephora to sample.

When it comes to perfumes and colognes, it is hard to give suggestions, since everyone's natural skin scent reacts differently to perfume, and the sensory chemical effects would also be different. But D&G has perfected the art of making perfumes, with newer and improved scents in every releases.

L'Imperatrice will make your summer refreshingly beautiful and happy. It is a treasure hidden in a simple packaging.


D&G Anthology Collection campaign ad

Too Faced eyeshadows are simply the best packaged eye makeup, in my honest opinion. Since they come with tutorial cards and great set of colors that are multifaceted (is that the right word?!) and multi-functional. Each set is created for a specific look, "day" "fashion" "classic" "romantic" "nude" to name a few looks.

The palettes are usually a combination of shimmery and matte products. Shimmery in this context, is a metallic-sheen finish, rather than glittery. For summer 2012, Too Faced released a Limited Edition Summertime Sexy Eyeshadow Collection with tropical inspired hues, that will not only transport your mind to the Carribean, it will give you reasons to celebrate the summer season in the tropics. The colors in this collection are so much fun, and not the usual beach-nude-bronzed glam look, but bright and festive colors of bright coral, pink and aqua green, to be paired with brown neutrals, which are complimentary to each set of looks.

Look 1 is called Day: Sugar Sand, Plumeria, Cocoa Beach
Look 2 is called Classic: Peach Fuzz, Coral Crunch and Chocolate Sun
Look 3 is called Fashion: Sunbeam, Mermaid, Toasted Coconut

The model in the packaging has green eyes, which I believe are rare nowadays. This palette would look great for those with green eyes and hazel eyes. However, it will very much likely to work well with any eye color, as long as applied correctly. You won't feel intimidated by the color concept of this palette since the tutorial cards give simplified instructions, even novice makeup lovers can easily copy the looks.

It is one of the fun palettes this summer. Get your palette now before it runs out. Available at Sephora for $36. (Note: it is already  SOLD OUT online)


Here's a very fun makeup tutorial video using this palette, from one of the best beauty gurus in You Tube. You can visit her channel: EmilyNoel83. She is one of those down-to-earth bloggers that use drugstore makeup and still looks fabulous, at all times! She did an awesome job using this summer palette. Came out really fresh-looking and fun.


Enjoy and have a colorful summer ahead! I know some parts of the country are already experiencing summer climate. 

Profile

petite_kaye
Petite Kaye

Latest Month

August 2012
S M T W T F S
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Tags

Hits




counter for tumblr

Syndicate

RSS Atom
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by chasethestars