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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rock & Republic Contrived Pressed Blushes

Rock & Republic ("R&R") jeans? That's, oh-so-passe! Anybody worth her YouTube-Beauty-Guru-Stalking would know that R&R's Contrived Blushes are all the rage now...ESPECIALLY after being discounted 50% at HauteLook some time back and the R&R website (with $0.99 US shipping to boot) at the time of posting this review.

Moi, a poor Malaysian, a zillion miles away, as usual, got my grubby paws on these babies via Ryan (sgDrugstore)! My cosmetic mule has come through again for me ^_^ And he managed to grab them at 50% off *muahahaha*

Anyway, cosmetics from fashion houses *coughs Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, etc* always have me doubtful of their quality (and their premium prices). And a jeans, albeit premium jeans, brand? ~_~...However, jump (OK - more like a giant leap) on the bandwagon I did, ONLY because it was 50% off...Retail price, it's pricier than my high-ends...No thank you!


For my curious readers... ^_^

It's not THAT huge. Only the cardboard packaging is...Fear not... ;)
And it does NOT weight a tonne. MAC's Hello Kitty Couture Pressed Powder, although slightly smaller and slimmer, is actually heavier! Wanna knock someone out? Use the HK instead of the R&R ^_~

Friday, September 24, 2010

September Loot!

Oh yea, people! September is a good month indeed...Absolutely love {almost} everything I scored ^_^

September Loot

Top Row:
- NYX Eyeshadow Brush 1
- NYX Eyeshadow Brush 2
- NYX Professional Smokie Brush
- Essence Of Beauty Crease Brush Duo (DA BOMB! HG material for me, people!)
- Rock and Republic Pressed Powder (Suede) 
- Rock and Republic Pressed Blush (Foreplay) *evil cackle*
- Rock and Republic Pressed Blush (Lust)
- Rock and Republic Pressed Blush (Bedroom)
- Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia EDP (LOVE!)
- Canmake Melty Nude Lipsticks (MAC PeachStock: Eat your heart out! You've been dethroned :P)
   01 Baby Beige
   02 Creamy Nude
   03 Baby Pink
   04 Peach Beige
- Candy Doll Lip Concealer (Looks so icky; applies so pretty!)
- Esprique Precious Dress On Moist in BE311 (A repurchase coz I actually hit tube! :O Rekindled love)
- ELF Studio Eye Transformer
- ELF Studio Angled Foundation Brush (pooh!)

Bottom Row:
(Love my Burts Bees, but the minty scent gets on my nerves sometimes)
- Crazy Rumors Coffee Lover's Collection (Bold Collection)
- Crazy Rumors Coffee Lover's Collection (Sweet Collection)
- Crazy Rumors Tea Lover's Collection (Fruit Collection)

Reviews To Come!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Acne-Prone: 4 Super/Weird Tips to Avoid Break-Outs

I'm sorry if I seem to be spamming your Blogger dashboard, but blogging enables me to share some things which I fail to do miserably in YouTube (i.e. tried recording, came out awkward, left out bits & pieces, exceeded time limit, etc).

So, if you've watched my Skincare Routine Video, you would know that I battle with adult-acne. Yup - approaching 35, which I bloody ironic since I escaped virtually unscathed during my teens!

Take note though, that what I'm about to write is based on my own googling and personal experience. It may or may NOT help you, but I sure hope it does ^_~

I attribute break-outs to 4 categories:
[1] Genetics / Hormonal
[2] Skin Care
[3] Cosmetics / Makeup
[4] Various External Factors (the main focus of this post)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cellnique (Skin Purifying DayTime Protection 20)
B'Liv (B'Liv Got Me Covered SPF 35)

July was a horrific month in terms of travel - travelling for work, that is. I rarely travel, much less for work, but duty calls...

Now, this may be shocking to my Malaysian readers, but I am one of the few who lives in a house WITHOUT a single unit of air-conditioning. Heat-wave, be damned, out comes an extra fan. Thus, 2 straight weeks of spending nights in air-conditioned hotel rooms pretty much wreaked havoc on my skin.

I broke out left, right and centre, literally. I wasn't sure if it was solely due to the almost-24 hour exposure to dry air-conditioned air, or my foundation of that time, NARS Sheer Glow. Either way, I needed help, and I needed it fast.

So, skin needs to breath and recover, but hell if I'm going to show up at work bare-faced. Much as I love my Nude Cosmetics BB Cream, it's not cut-out for my "work face". An online acquaintance who seems to be sensitive to every man-made substance on earth, told me about B'Liv's Got Me Covered ("BGMC"), and since her skin could tolerate it, my curiosity was peaked. Checked out the ingredients, seems OK, and it contains salicylic acid! YAY! BUT (there's always a "but" with me, eh :P), it only comes in ONE shade, and it got me thinking, "Eeewww, another ONE shade fits ALL thingee again" ~_~

Since I was at it and knowing that B'Liv is an offshoot of Cellnique, I went nosing around Cellnique's website, and voila! Cellnique has its own "version" Skin Purifying DayTime Protection 20 ("CSPDP")- a MORE potent version since it also contains benzoyl peroxide (the basis of my adult-acne skin care routine). Sadly, another ONE shade product :(

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sigma Brushes: A Different Perspective

Allow me to begin this review by disclosing that these Sigma brushes, the Face & Eye Kit (USD54), were sent to me for review purposes *Hello FTC*. However, prior to this, I have purchased with my own money 4 other brushes from them since they first launched last year with a lot of fanfare. So, me jumping on the "Review for Free brushes"? Hell, no. In fact, of the 4 I purchased, I sold 2 in my Blog Sale, so I'm going to get down and dirty with this review...Like I always do :P

1) MAC Dupes?
Most YouTube Gurus and Beauty Bloggers have reviewed Sigma brushes by comparing them with their MAC "equivalents". Of the 7 brushes I'll be reviewing, 4 I own MAC versions of. And MAC dupes THEY ARE NOT. And anybody who says THEY ARE IDENTICAL TO MAC are either lying or somehow got different brushes than I did.

2) Consider The Price Point...
In the first place, USD54 for 6 full-sized brushes and a travel-size brush, shoud you EVEN be comparing them to MAC in the first place? Come on, be realistic. For that price, you're probably able to purchase 1 MAC face brush, or barely 2 MAC eye brushes? And now that they've revamped their naming convention, just detach them from MAC, ok?

3) So...All In All...
Be Fair to MAC; Be Fair to Sigma. You get what you pay for. For their prices, Sigma offers quality, solid, well-constructed brushes. They're not el-cheapo brushes which would break if you so much as sneeze at them! Just don't expect MAC per se.

Note: My Sigma brushes are engraved with "Made in PRC" at the handles' tips. MAC's full-sized brushes are hand-made and engraved with "Japan", whilst their special edition brushes are usually machine-made in PRC .

I will be reviewing 7 brushes from the Face & Eye Kit, retailing for USD54. It contains 6 full-sized brushes and a travel-size brush.

Large Powder - F30
Duo Fibre - F50
Buffer - F45
Eye Shading - E55
Pencil - E30
Tapered Blending - E40
Blending - E25

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hoodie Dresses: My Current Obsession

Just a mini MINI haul from ASOS  (Item names below are Click-able!) ^_^

I HEART hoodies...
I LOVE hoodies...
I ADORE hoodies...
I LIVE in hoodies!

And what could be better than a hoodie!?!?


ASOS Hoodie Lounge Dress

Nike Cotton Half Zip Hoodie Dress

Woohoohoo! Who says you can't get the best of both worlds:

A Dress (albeit casual) & A Hoodie? HA!

The Nike is a little too warm for Malaysia (the lining within), but then, we females are known to suffer for fashion, no? ;) The black and purple combo is to DIE for!

Note: Photo quality has been deliberately set to low for obvious reasons :P

Monday, September 6, 2010

Overview: Fall 2010 Makeup / Cosmetics Collections

All images are CLICK-able!

Now, if this is not Cosmetic Porn, I don't know WHAT IS! ^_^

What are your lemmings?

Addiction Anna Sui