Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Haul: L'oreal Sale at Raffles City

Here's what I picked up at the L'Oreal Sale last week.

Maybelline EyeStudio Quad in GR-1 Matcha Mousse Cake and Mx-4 Venice Carnaval
Maybelline Angelfit Brighten-Up Blush in Velvet Apricot and Peachy Sweetie
Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Liners in Black and Brown
Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in 914 Iced Peach Tree and 938 Honey Ginger
Maybelline Watershine 3D Collagen in 425

From top left to right: Angelfit Brighten-Up Blush in Velvet Apricot and Peachy Sweetie
EyeStudio Quad in Mx-4 Venice Carnaval and GR-1 Matcha Mousse Cake

I love these eyeshadow quads a lot. They are not the most fantastic drugstore eyeshadows but I love them anyway. I think it's because this range is formulated for Asians so I find the colours suit me well. I have 3 other quads but I find these 2 (more shimmery) which I just bought have a tendency to fall out and get all over the face. Venice Carnaval (silver/gold/black quad) is rather gritty. Not recommended if you hate making a mess.

The blushes were a pleasant surprise. I've been wanting Velvet Apricot ever since it came out. Am so glad I bought it. It reminds me of the Maybelline Dream Mousse blush in Peach Satin which I bought earlier in the previous sale. Very nice peachy(orange) glow. Peachy Sweetie is a bubblegum pink blush. A little too pink for me but still really nice.

From left: Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Liners in Brown and Black

And of course the famous Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Liners. They were selling at $10 each so I got both. It comes with a brush each. The brush was all right. Reminds me of the small precision brush. The brush is thin enough to give a really fine line. The jar is just like a normal 5g sample jar, just that they added a thick base to the bottom of jar to make it look bigger.

Am loving the gel liner in Black. Managed to draw a thin line that was super natural looking. Was not too fond of the brown because it doesn't look like a straight brown to me. It seems like a purplish brown with shimmers. Overall I still like these. They don't smudge on me. :)

The only thing I'm probably not fond of is the lipsticks I bought. Was quite excited about these. Had wanted to grab a few more Maybelline Moisture Extreme lipsticks because I really like how smooth it glides on the lips. I had been contemplating to get 914 Iced Peach Tree for the longest time after swatching it. It seemed like a nice light nude peach when I swatched the testers. But after trying it on, it's a bright orange coral colour. ARgh. And I bought two. Got 938 Honey Ginger after reading a review that it's a nice nude colour. It was a straight brown on me. So imagine my disappointment when I realised the nude colours which I bought were so bold on me. Maybelline Watershine 3D Collagen in 425 was nice though, a sweet rosy pink.

So yup, that's it. My entire haul was all Maybelline. Still quite pleased that I like most of it. -Can't stop grinning- I think Maybelline is getting better and better!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Article: Treating Eczema

Six Ways to Treat Eczema Naturally

If you suffer from red, scaly, dry patches of skin that are extremely itchy, you may have eczema. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is an allergy-related skin condition common in young adults, children and infants. Simple measures can often help to minimize symptoms and provide relief. Instead of turning to the topical steroids often prescribed for eczema, which I believe suppress the problem and may worsen it over time, try the six suggestions below and see if they work for you.

  1. Eliminate cows' milk and all cows' milk products from your diet, as well as foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (often found in snack foods and baked goods) and trans-fatty acids (margarine, vegetable shortening).
  2. Take 500 milligrams of black currant oil or evening primrose oil twice a day (half that dose for children younger than 12). These are sources of gamma-linolenic aid (GLA), an essential omega-6 fatty acid that promotes healthy growth of skin, hair and nails. You should begin to notice positive changes in six to eight weeks.
  3. Apply aloe vera gel (from a fresh plant or buy lotions or moisturizers containing aloe) or calendula cream to the affected areas of your arm.
  4. Experiment with lotions and salves containing chaparral (Larrea divaricata), a desert plant used topically in Mexican folk medicine for skin conditions.
  5. Bathe or shower as quickly as possible, and use a non-perfumed moisturizing soap. Apply a thick moisturizing cream immediately after patting yourself dry - don't rub your skin when you towel dry your body.
  6. Practice visualization and hypnotherapy. They can have a significant positive impact on allergy-related skin conditions. And try to relax - stress can make the condition worse. Explore relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises and yoga.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Blogshopping Woes

Am a little hooked to shopping online blogshops again.

Just saw this. Really made me laugh.

I can imagine it's made by someone equally frustrated that the items from popular online blogshops like BonitoChico, Agneselle, Her Velvet Vase always sell out pretty fast. LOL...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Free Stuff: Seventeen Magazine

Click here for FREE 2 months subscription of Seventeen Magazine.

This registration is open to all Singapore residents and PRs (non-SPH workers) aged between 11 to 25. Registration starts on the 11th of September, 2009, and is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Grab while stocks last.

Free Stuff: Sunsilk Hair Kit

This is a little late so I'm not 100% sure if it works.

You can get a free Sunsilk Hair Kit at SunSilk Website if you are based in Singapore.

Just sign up at the link on the bottom right on the site.

In the 10-Day Guarantee Damaged Hair Reconstruction Program kit, you get 4 super fat looking (LOL) sachets of shampoo, nourishing conditioner, 3-minute intensive treatment and control leave-on.

Worth grabbing.

Monday, September 07, 2009

New Hauls: The Body Shop Limited Edition Precious Pearlescents Collection

I'm back. Am a little reluctant to update actually. Just been feeling so restless lately. :(

Anyway, have you checked out the latest Limited Edition Precious Pearlescents Collection by The Body Shop?

(Drats. As I'm feeling restless, I can't be bothered to find a picture of the entire collection to upload. :( Sorry.)

If you haven't, be sure to drop by your nearest The Body Shop store. Cos this collection is so drool-worthy.

I ran to the nearest store to pick it up after seeing it on Cozycot forum. I picked up the Blush Trio in 01 Cool Dusk and the Eyeshadow Trio in 01 Moonlight Lustre.

From left: Eyeshadow Trio in 01 Moonlight Lustre, Blush Trio in 01 Cool Dusk

These are baked eyeshadow/blush but they are not mineralized like maybe MAC's. They are super gorgeous in real life. I have to admit, these are really just impulse buys because they are too pretty to resist. I picked out Cool Dusk first, but got another $10 rebate voucher so I splurged it on the eyeshadow. :P

Blush Trio in 01 Cool Dusk comes in 3 shades: a light shimmery pink, a medium bright dolly pink, a lilac pink (which just seems like light pink to me). I can't remember how it looks like when it's mixed together but basically this is a very pink blush (which makes me ponder why I bought it as I'm more of a peach girl). The blush looks shimmery in swatches but on the face, it's not. The finish would be like a frosty/pearl finish with a nice sheen. It gives the cheeks a nice glow. The colour is buildable as this blush trio is more sheer as compared to the other in 02 Warm Sunset. The lighter shades work as a very nice highlighter. As for the bright dolly pink shade , it doesn't really work well on my yellow skin. :( But still, I think I can get it to work since it can applied on sheer.

Eyeshadow Trio in 01 Moonlight Lustre comes in 3 shades: a metallic green, a metallic bluish gray, a metallic light purple (almost lilac) shade. These colours are very metallic and quite shimmery. I don't find them to be super pigmented if I use it without any base. They do go on well but the colour doesn't stand up. Would definitely recommend using a cream base or using them wet to get better payoff. Personally, I really like this trio. They are actually quite wearable on a daily basis. They may be shimmery but it's not so overbearing. I actually like that they are metallic colours. Very pretty trio that you can use from day to night to create many looks.

I can't decide which one I like more.
I'm actually considering getting the other blush and eyeshadow trio in the collection. Ahh... Lemming for them. But I do find them quite pricey. :( The blush is SGD $36.90 and the eyeshadow trio is SGD$28.90. I wouldn't recommend getting them unless you can get them at a good discount or have vouchers to use.

The new collection also consists of 5 eyeliners and a new range of lipsticks which seem really creamy.

If you need more information or better swatches of this collection, just look it up on Youtube. A bunch of Youtube gurus actually got the whole collection for free just to review. Am so jealous.

Also you can watch this video for creating looks.