Monday, May 4, 2015

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops Eau de Toilette

In 2014, Dolce & Gabbana created Dolce, an Eau de Parfum that heralds an emotional and sensorial journey through the heart of Sicily. A year later, a fresher yet just as spellbinding version, Dolce Floral Drops, was unveiled.

Name: Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops Eau de Toilette
Price: RM 437 for 75 ml
Made in: UK

The Fragrance
I almost always love the Eau de Parfum version of a scent more than the Eau de Toilette. They are richer and tend to place more emphasis on those all-important notes (y'know, the ones that make a fragrance so unique). But Dolce Floral Drops may just be the exception to the rule!

If Dolce is said to bloom fully in the midst of spring, then Dolce Floral Drops is liberated when spring shakes off her winter coat. The crisp, floral trail summons up images of a lush garden setting with white flower petals fluttering in the wind.

◆ Top notes: Neroli Leaves, Papaya Flower
◆ Heart notes: White Amaryllis, White Daffodil, White Water Lily
◆ Base notes: Cashmeran, Musky notes, Sandalwood

The scent is delicate and warm without overwhelming the senses. It lingers on the skin for hours on end, proving once and for all that Eau de Toilettes don't necessarily lack longevity.

The Flacon
The most exquisite cream coloured box opens to reveal the Dolce Floral Drops flacon surrounded by silky green fabric and white flowers. The attention to detail blew my mind away - what an opulent opening statement!

Like an echo of the original Dolce, this flacon features similar curved lines, a solid bottom and a milky white flower stopper. The frosted glass lends it a dew-kissed tone to express the fresh airiness of the fragrance.

The Collection
◆ Dolce Floral Drops EdT 30 ml RM 260
◆ Dolce Floral Drops EdT 50 ml RM 339
◆ Dolce Floral Drops EdT 75 ml RM 437
◆ Dolce Floral Drops EdT 150 ml RM 617

The Composition
The full ingredient list for Dolce Floral Drops Eau de Toilette:-
Alcohol Denat., Aqua (Water), Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, BHT, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2).

Which fragrance have you chosen to step into spring with?

Disclosure: Press sample.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

PMD Personal Microderm – International

Whoa! This gadget means serious business. I am typing this with a face I can only describe as new. To be fair though, one would expect a product that costs US$ 181 to be nothing short of spectacular.


Name: PMD Personal Microderm – International
Price: US$ 181
Made in: Vietnam

The Personal Microderm is supposed to give the results of an in-office microdermabrasion, which I can't attest to because I never got to experience it myself but I can safely concur that it gives similar results to a facial at the salon.

It resurfaces the skin to provide unparalleled softness and smoothness. It is a million times better than a scrubby exfoliator and the outcome last longer too! At least a week passes by before I think about picking up the tool again. Then again, I am scarily eager to maintain this effect so I do tick down the days till my next session.

One other benefit is that skincare products is able to fully penetrate the skin's many layers, increasing their efficacy up to 20 times more than usual. Finally get to unveil the maximum potential of that US$ 100 serum, eh?

Go through the instructions and the video attached to the kit before you start and nothing untoward should happen. Needless to say I was careless, hence ending up with suction bruises on my jaw and temple. They healed within a week and were easy enough to cover with a concealer so they weren't much of a bother.

I would love it even more if I didn't have to spend US$ 17/bimonthly on the discs, but I feel it is a worthy investment given the incredibly positive effect the Personal Microderm had on my skin. Oh well...

Buy on!

Disclosure: Press sample.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Philips Easy Natural Curler

If there's one thing I have learnt last week, is that I have not changed my hairstyle in over 5 years! I have been wearing it straight (as can be notwithstanding the humidity) how all this while so a tweak in the form of Philips's Easy Natural Curler was much appreciated.


Name: Philips Easy Natural Curler
Price: RM 169
Made in: China

It is quite an unusual tulip shape with plates that automatically clip and hold a lock of hair while styling, allowing me to curl my tresses with just one hand. These plates are coated with protective ceramic, which apparently ensures even heat distribution for shiny and soft hair.

To minimise hair damage, the plates can only be heated to a temperature of 200℃. Safe to say that my hair suffered through temperatures averaging 250℃ with my old styling tools, but I have learnt my lesson now, haha! I also liked not having to waffle around much before I go into a curling frenzy due to the quick 30 seconds heating up time.

I can create loose or tight curls, depending on the way I hold it. My work is a tad messy but the great thing is it can be disguised! Brush them out with the Easy Shine Ionic Styling Brush, spritz in a little texturising spray and tadaa: results that are salon worthy!

The Easy Natural Curler is really easy to use. I am remarkably clumsy so if I can wield it like a seasoned pro somewhat proficiently, so can you. Interested? It is RM 169 on

Disclosure: Press sample.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque 06 Feeling Reddy

Bonjour à tous! Today I have something to present from the land of romance - the highly raved Rouge Edition Aqua Laques! Bourjois boasts that they possess a water-light, non-sticky formula that doesn't run or feather. Let's see what happens in practice!

Name: Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque 06 Feeling Reddy
Price: RM 45.45 for 7.7 ml
Made in: France

The soft, dense flock wand is precise, making application a breeze. If you worry about making a mess, which is a real concern with brighter colours, then you can always employ the help of a good old-fashioned lip brush.

06 Feeling Reddy is a fire engine red. The other red liquid lipstick (Etude House Color in Liquid Lips RD301 I'm in Love) that was featured on the blog a few weeks ago is cooler-toned. Like all water based lip products, your natural lip colour will show through a little. You can leave it be or layer for full opacity.

What I love about Aqua Laque is how weightless it feels on the lips (like a gloss but without the gloop nor heaviness). It applies evenly, has a lot of slip and gives an ultra glossy finish (or wet-look shine as Bourjois dubs it). The only minor issue is the shine fades after an hour, but it leaves a gorgeous wash of color behind, so all is not lost!

Available in 8 mouth-watering shades at Watsons and the Sunway Pyramid Bourjois kiosk, from fresh nudes to flamboyant reds.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Neesya LumiScience Brightening Eye Contour Gel

Name: Neesya LumiScience°® Brightening Eye Contour Gel
Price: RM 119 for 30 ml
Made in: Malaysia

I never gave eye creams much thought throughout my early twenties. Now that age is creeping up on me, I am chastising myself for this fragile area of ​​my face is in dire need of hydration and much pampering.

These days I try to make up for it by applying Brightening Eye Contour Gel every day and night. It is said to counter the causes of dark circles, puffiness and improves skin firmness and hydration with the use of Regu®Age PF, Silver Vine Extract, Alpha-Melight™, Acquacell™ and AcquaBiomin™ Gem Blend.

In addition to the complexes mentioned above, this eye gel also contains micro-shimmer particles (or in the brand's words, light diffusers) to refract light for immediate optical brightening effect. The problem here is that it doesn't really illuminate the under eye area, and even if it did, it would be a temporary fix since it gets washed away at the end of the day.

I would be more convinced by the eye gel if Neesya was to remove the pearly reflectors because the formula is pretty good - it absorbs quickly, has no discernible scent and leaves the eye contour soothed and moisturised.

Check it out on or at the Subang Parade, SACC MALL, The Mines and Plaza Metro Kajang outlets.

The full ingredient list for Brightening Eye Contour Gel:
Water, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Oxido Reductases, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Pareth-12, Glycerin, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Actinidia Polygama Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hyaluronate.

Disclosure: Press sample.