Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue: Escape To Panarea And Discover Vulcano

The Aeolian islands are small pieces of Paradise scattered in front of Sicily, famed for its rugged yet hospitable volcanic landscape. This striking panorama, stretching from Panarea to Vulcano, is the perfect setting for vibrant Mediterranean summer nights, and the inspiration for two new limited edition scents from Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue: Escape to Panarea for women and Discover Vulcano for men.

The Fragrances
◆ Escape to Panarea

Escape to Panarea's top notes reveal its sweet yet fresh soul, with scents from the woody-muskyolfactive family. The fragrance opens with a burst of Calabrian Bergamot and Pear, a contrast that blooms alongside the nocturnal Jasmine and Orange blossoms that define the heart notes. Base notes root the fragrance with an accord of Ambergris,Patchouli, Tonka Beans, and Warm Musky accords.

The tall, sleek flacon is an elegant harmony of neutral shades; with the delicate champagne colour of the fragrance perfectly complementing the flacon's transparent glass with steel details. The packaging features a glimpse of the lovers' island, with a bird's-eye view of its narrow streets and white houses adorned with flowers, against the perfect background of light blue sea.

◆ Discover Vulcano

Mediterranean and masculine, Discover Vulcanobelongs to the woody-chypreolfactive family. Intense top notes of Italian Lemon and Ginger are enveloped by the grassy softness of Cypress and Lavender at the heart. Base notes harmoniously blend Haitian Vetiver, Cedar Wood, and the musky-amber scent of Ambrox.

The purity of Discover Vulcano is embodied by its finely crafted curved bottle, echoing the harmonious colours of its female fragrance counterpart, with its transparent glass, steel details and a white cap. Its outer packaging depicts Vulcano as though in a picture postcard, with the island seen from the sea against the rocky landscape – a rugged and unmistakably powerful backdrop.

The Campaign
Escape to Panarea and Discover Vulcano are portrayed by models and celebrities Bianca Balti and David Gandy. In the light blue waters of Capri, the icon of the Mediterranean summer, the pair enact a love affair set to the classic love song Parlami d'amore Mariù.

The Line-Up
◆ Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea
Eau de Toilette 25 ml RM 206
Eau de Toilette 50 ml RM 283
Eau de Toilette 100 ml RM 372

◆ Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Discover Vulcano
Eau de Toilette 40 ml RM 206
Eau de Toilette 75 ml RM 256
Eau de Toilette 125 ml RM 345

◆ Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Femme
Eau de Toilette 25 ml RM 186
Eau de Toilette 50 ml RM 256
Eau de Toilette 100 ml RM 345
Body Cream 200 ml RM 136

◆ Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme
Eau de Toilette 75 ml RM 229
Eau de Toilette 125 ml RM 322

Available at leading department stores and perfumeries from July 2014.

Disclosure: Press release.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Yogurugen Colon D'tox

Yogurugen is a safe and natural way to help in the elimination process without the use of laxatives as it only contains Lactitol, Bifidobacteria Lactis, Inulin, Beta Carotene and Vitamin C. It comes in one flavour: orange (オレンジ).

Name: Yogurugen Colon D'tox
Price: RM 68
Contents: 30 g ×5
Made in: Japan

What does it do?
Yogurugen says that this supplement can:
◆ Detoxify
◆ Replenish intestinal friendly bacteria
◆ Assist in slimming/weight loss
◆ Strengthen immune system
◆ Improve skin
◆ Boost digestive system

How much to take?
Once a week, mix a sachet of Yogurugen with 200 ml of water below 40 ℃ and consume on an empty stomach. Follow up for the next 2 days (altogether 3 days consecutively) and once a week thereafter. Avoid solid foods at least 2 hours after drinking.

Nutritional facts?
Per serving:
◆ Energy: 113 kcal
◆ Carbohydrate: 28.2 g
◆ Protein: 0.9 g
◆ Fat: 0 g

Does it have any side effects?
I don't see why it would negatively affect anyone. The ingredients are all natural and it is even safe for children and pregnant women. Their dosages are different though, so you might want to study the instructions before starting.

What does it taste like?
This mildly sweet orange drink is surprisingly palatable! If I did not know better, I would have thought that I was sipping an extremely diluted orange concentrate.

Do the benefits meet your target? If you answered yes, you may want to pick up a box of Yogurugen at SaSa stores nationwide.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Etude House Lock'n Summer Review: Precious Mineral Proof Any Cushion SPF50+ PA+++, Proof 10 Cushion Lock'n Liner, Lock'n Summer Cushion Blusher, Face Conditioning Fixer

What comes to mind when you think of summer? Shaping an hourglass silhouette? Battling the soaring temperatures? Makeup melting off your face in a matter of minutes? Well, Etude House is able to tick off one of your summer woes with its waterproof Lock'n Summer collection.

Precious Mineral Proof Any Cushion SPF50+ PA+++

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Precious Mineral Proof Any Cushion 진주알 맑은 프루프 애니 쿠션 SPF50+ PA+++
Price: ₩ 18,000 for 15 g
Made in: Korea

Precious Mineral Proof Any Cushion has a matte formula and gives a slight cooling sensation upon application. It helps to reduce the appearance of pores and provides substantial coverage that borders on medium (even without packing it on). Having said that, it is unforgiving on dry patches and only caters to a select few because the shades run light. One has practically got to be Snow White in order to wear the lighter N02 Light Beige 라이트 베이지! W13 Natural Beige 내추럴 베이지, the darker shade, leans on the ochre side and may look dark in the pan, but it lightens tremendously once it goes on the skin.

W13 Natural Beige 내추럴 베이지

If possible, get a match at the stores. I would not recommend buying blind.

Proof 10 Cushion Lock'n Liner

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Proof 10 Cushion Lock'n Liner 프루프10 쿠션 락 앤 라이너
Price: ₩ 9,500 for 2 g
Made in: Korea

If you are used to the traditional gel liners that come in pots, I am sure you can see the appeal in cushion liners, or to be more precise, Proof 10 Cushion Lock'n Liner. It dries really quickly, which can be both a blessing and a curse. Pro? It does not budge once it sets. Con? The brush is not able to deliver product continuously, which means constant re-dipping is necessary. The compact comes packaged with its own brush, so you do not have to purchase one, but you may already own a brush that you are comfortable working with already. It is still an appreciable gesture though!

BR401 Peace Brown 피스 브라운 is the one in my possession; there are four other colours in the collection:

Lock'n Summer Cushion Blusher

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Lock'n Summer Cushion Blusher 락 앤 썸머 쿠션 블러셔
Price: ₩ 9,000 for 5 g
Made in: Korea

If I was not the one whacking OR201 Let's Go! Coral 렛츠 고! 코랄 on, I would not even know it was there. It can be a good thing because it is impossible to overdo. On the other hand, since it barely leaves a hint of colour (disappears on the skin really), I wondered whether there is a point in applying it? You may have better luck with it - the apricot shade might not be tailored for my skin tone...

Only two shades are available, and I am raring to give PK001 Hey Yo! Pink 헤이 요! 핑크 a look when it comes to my shores!

Face Conditioning Fixer

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Face Conditioning Fixer 페이스 컨디셔닝 픽서
Contents: 20 ml
Made in: Korea

The 20 ml bottle pictured is a miniature that is available as a gift with purchase on It shares the same formula as the Lock'n Summer Face Conditioning Fixer that retails for ₩ 10,000 (80 ml). I would have liked for it to come in an aerosol can because the current spray mechanism dispenses large, rain like droplets that is more likely to mess makeup rather than to lock it in. I have not noticed a difference in the longevity of my carefully painted face; thankfully it works well as a regular mist!

Without - With

And that ends this image heavy post! Any thoughts you would like to share regarding this collection?

(Source: Promotional images are from

Disclosure: Pink Bird samples.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Etude House Baby Sweet Sugar Powder SPF15 PA++

Baby Sweet Sugar Powder SPF15 PA++ is a loose powder that came in the July 2014 Pink Box. In spite of fitting the summery theme, it does not bear the Lock'n Summer stamp, so I reckoned it would be best for it to get its own post - no sharing the limelight. Haha!

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Baby Sweet Sugar Powder 베이비 스윗 슈가 파우더 SPF15 PA++
Price: ₩ 10,000 for 5 g
Made in: Korea

The silky smooth, finely milled powder holds up makeup all day long. It also blurs fine lines and pores from peeking through, leaving a smooth, matte finish. The beige tint brightens the complexion and I think it does wonders for dull, fatigued skin.

This powder can't halt sebum production but it can mattify a slick complexion. Meaning you can dust it during a touch up. I would not recommend reapplying throughout the day because the layers of powder can easily cake up. An oil absorbing sheet would be a better way to remove grease.

Unattractive oily sheen - Mattified with one sweep of this powder

Even though it varies from case to case, I usually am able to accept fragrance in cosmetics. As with most of the base makeup by Etude House, it has a peachy scent (I have seen it described as a citrus with a touch of floral), which dissipates rather quickly and does not irritate my sensitive skin.

I just can't muster the excitement needed for an otherwise fantastic product - I need my powders to do it all (code for keep shine at bay and provide a dewy finish. Contradictory? Oh yes). Nonetheless, it has many good points, the final one being the inexpensive ₩ 10,000 price tag.

The full ingredient list for Baby Sweet Sugar Powder SPF15 PA++:
Talc, Nylon-12, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methicone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Mica (CI 77019), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Water, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Fragrance.

Disclosure: Pink Bird samples.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Oxy Oil Control Charcoal Wash

I knew I was going to like Oil Control Charcoal Wash the moment I saw it. How cool is this?

Not white, but light grey lather

It is a foaming wash that promises to effectively clean pores, absorb excess oil and purify skin. I am pleased to report this offering from Oxy serves well and while it does not keep oil at bay, it does feel kind to the skin and it certainly leaves my face looking clean. It even comes close to edging out Deep Cleansing Wash and you know only too well how much I love the latter!

On top of containing pharmaceutical grade Charcoal from Japan, this cleanser also contains Olive Oil to keep the skin's moisture level balanced. You can find it at leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets nationwide for RM 8.50 (50 g) and RM 13.90 (100 g).

The full ingredient list for Oil Control Charcoal Wash:
Water, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate/Water, Glycol Distearate, Stearic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Alcohol, Polyquaternium-63/Water, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Chloride, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbon, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Betaine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate.

Disclosure: Press samples.