Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blithe Patting Water Pack Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey Review

Nicknamed 30 seconds pack, Blithe's Patting Water Pack is one of the newer innovations to come out from the Korean beauty scene. With Patting Water Pack, waiting for 15 minutes while your mask of choice works its magic is a thing of the past. Now you need only pat the pack in (this is where the 30 seconds come in) and you are done!


Name: Blithe 블라이드의 Patting Water Pack Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey 패팅 워터 팩 에너지 옐로우 시트러스 앤 허니
Price: ₩ 38,000 for 200 ml
Made in: Korea

There are three variants altogether, and obviously they target different skin concerns. While I may benefit more from Soothing & Healing Green Tea's calming effect or Rejuvenating Purple Berry's increased elasticity, I opted for the all encompassing Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey. Allure Korea chose this particular version for a feature, and I intend to find out why!


Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey utilises Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit extracts and oils to even out skin tone for a smoother, brighter complexion. Apparently it also balances the skin pH and removes dead skin cells.


Dilute the product in water in a ratio of 1:100, then pat the solution on the face. For best results, let it air dry. I towel/tissue dry the eye area because it stings my eyeballs... The directions in the video is far more thorough, so watch it first before rushing into the swing of things!



It absorbs within a short minute (perhaps even less than that), leaving my skin feeling refreshed and cool to the touch. For research purposes (I lie, I was just plain lazy), I went without other products after whacking the solution on my face. Surprisingly, it did not feel tight at all! Anything that keeps my my skin well nourished with little effort is a keeper in my books.


I really enjoy using this pack daily as the others in my array are more of a weekly indulgence. It is not a miracle cure (then again I wouldn't know any better - I have only been putting it to good use for the past fortnight) but definitely a helpful tool in the fight against sallowness on account of it infusing my skin with vitality.


This 200 ml bottle will last less than a month if I go with the recommended 7 ml dosage on a daily basis. I have even taken to carrying around the diluted concentrate to mist all day long. The burst of zesty citrus really invigorates. Every spritz feels like a wake up call, haha!


Interested? Buy it for US$ 38 including shipping on jolse.com.

The full ingredient list for Patting Water Pack Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey:
Water, Lactic Acid, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Panthenol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, l,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Lactate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil.

(Source: Promotional images are from myblithe.com and allurekorea.com)

Disclosure: Press sample.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lipstick Picks For Work

We spruce up our faces every single morning before work. However, we know that not all makeup looks are appropriate for the work place especially professional type settings. Wrong lipstick colours are one of the many make up mistakes that women practice without even realising the consequences it has for our images.

The first lipstick colour for any woman to opt for is pink. Pink shades are perfect for women to look feminine and appealing.


◆ NARS Audacious Lipstick Claudia
◆ Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Turn On

A nude lip is suitable for women who prefer staying simple. Besides that, nude lipsticks can match anything we wear to the office.


◆ Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick Be Free
◆ Bobbi Brown Lip Color Uber Beige

Lastly, make a statement with a vibrant red lipstick. Bring extra style and sophistication to your wardrobe, up your confidence and hold everyone's attention all in one swipe!


◆ Guerlain KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour 324 Red Love
◆ Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel 134 Showstopper

Check out ZALORA if you want get new lipsticks. They offer a wide range of lipstick for women online from various well-known brands!

(Source: All images from nydailynews.com/)

Disclosure: Sponsored post.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Burberry My Burberry Eau De Parfum

My Burberry takes its name from the affectionate way in which people refer to their Burberry trench coats. The campaign features Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne wearing these trench coats under the creative direction of Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Bailey.


"My Burberry is the true embodiment of our brand, in scent, in design and in attitude. A fragrance that takes its lead from the iconic Burberry trench has to be outstanding in every way."
Christopher Bailey



Name: Burberry My Burberry Eau de Parfum
Price: RM 465 for 90 ml
Made in: France

The Fragrance
The scent encapsulates the smell of walks along an English garden: the fresh rain-tipped earth, the warmth from the sunshine peeking through the clouds combined with flowers in full bloom.


Noticed the emphasis on English? Well, that is because the fragrance matches someplace cooler. To be fair, any garden in the world will do as long as it has spring and autumn seasons. The sensorial experience that I painted doesn't seem as vivid in a warm climate. Then again, that could be me just being finicky, haha!

◆ Top notes: Sweet Pea, Bergamot
◆ Middle notes: Geranium, Golden Quince, Freesia
◆ Base notes: Damask Rose, Centifolia Rose, Patchouli


My Burberry easily brings me from day to night but my favourite time to mist it is before I cop some z's. It stays on until I roll out of bed in the morning - pretty impressive considering I tend to flail about when I sleep. If this can't be taken as a testament to its longevity, then I don't know what can.


I feel like a million dollars the moment I spritz some on. How did Burberry do it? Or is magic afoot? It will be pretty hard for a fragrance to kick it off its current standing in my heart!


The Flacon
The entirety of the bottle reflects the details of the Burberry trench coat: the shape of the horn-finish cap (buttons on the coat), the fabric of the hand-tied knot (English-woven gabardine) right down to the colour of the precious liquid (signature honey shade).


The same meticulous detailing went into the box as well, where the gold lined interior is embossed with the iconic Burberry check design.


The Collection
◆ My Burberry Eau de Parfum 30 ml RM 205
◆ My Burberry Eau de Parfum 50 ml RM 315
◆ My Burberry Eau de Parfum 90 ml RM 465
◆ My Burberry Collectors Edition Eau de Parfum 900 ml RM 10,250
◆ My Burberry Shower Oil 240 ml RM 190
◆ My Burberry Moisturising Body Mist 100 ml RM 150
◆ My Burberry Fresh Deodorant 100 ml RM 140

The Composition
The full ingredient list for My Burberry Eau de Parfum:
Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Linalool, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Geraniol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, BHT, Citral, Coumarin, Isoeugenol, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), CI 14700 (Red 4).

Burberry offers complimentary monogramming on all 90 ml flacons. What better way to spoil yourself or a special someone in your life than the ultimate tailor-made present?

Disclosure: Press sample.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cuscos Ruby Lifting Pack

Packed with Glacier Water (mineral-rich hydration), Pomegranate Extract (a potent antioxidant) and Hydrolyzed Collagen (improves skin elasticity), Ruby Lifting Pack promises to turn back the hands of time for younger-looking skin.

There is even some before-and-after pictures (impossibly hard to do when it comes to skincare)!


Name: Cuscos 쿠스코스 Ruby Lifting Pack 루비 리프팅 팩
Price: RM 218 for 50 ml
Made in: Korea

It has a lovely floral mixed with citrus kind of smell - one that immediately comforts. Using it is pretty simple: drizzle it on, let it dry, splash with water, massage a little and then rinse off. It may sound like a lot of steps when I lay it out like that but it really is not. Seriously. Altogether, it takes less than 10 minutes, and most of the time is spent idling on my mobile waiting for it dry.


My face feels tautened and firmer without a discomforting tight sensation. The results are more tactile than visual, if that makes sense? The effect is more pronounced on my hands, where the lines vanished and the tone lightened by a shade (refer to this post)! Fair enough considering my face receives way more pampering compared to my hands.


Before


After

I plan to redouble my efforts seeing that it has the potential to make the real life me look as if I have been touched by the Blur filter on Photoshop. Instead of once a week, I shall ply it on thrice fortnightly. And maybe even more often if my purse permits it, haha! As Helena Rubinstein famously declared, "There are no ugly women, only lazy ones."


I strongly believe that this pack is essential for days when no amount of makeup helps. And before I sign off, remember to look out for Cuscos in Korean dramas! It has been making appearances in Cheongdam-dong Scandal, SBS's daytime series. Buy at IsMe Beauty & Café.

The full ingredient list for Ruby Lifting Pack:
Water, Glacier Water, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Alcohol Denat, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Panthenol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Perfume.

Disclosure: Press sample.