Archive for May 5, 2008


Posted in fragrance with tags , , , on May 5, 2008 by LPB

Les Exclusifs de Chanel consists of 6 new scents, and 4 re-launched  classics. The 6 new perfumes added to the existing exclusive boutique collection which includes Cuir de Russie, Bois des Ãles, Chanel no 22, and Gardenia are created by nose Jacques Polge.

The six new fragrances are called Coromandel (dry amberey oriental), 28 La Pausa (iris), Bel Respiro (green leaves and stems), No. 18 (Ambrette seed), 31, rue Cambron (an experimental chypre that omits the classic oakmoss note), and Eau de Cologne (an “haute” cologne). Chanel’s perfumer since 1978, Jacques Polge, took inspiration from Gabrielle Chanel’s heritage, such as the original workshop address on 31 rue Cambon in Paris, France.

My favorite among these is Coromandel,followed by La Pausa. My first love was indeed Cuir de Russie; which i had to enlist the help of my American friend in order to own the 15 mls parfum.

Coromandel pays homage to the baroque. This scent was inspired by lacquered Coromandel screens – chinese antique screens, which Chanel adored and collected.

The beginning of Coromandel is more comparable to a patchouli soliflore. Not just any pale, dry soliflore, but something deep and sumptuous. The patchouli note here paints an image of luscious, black soil, the kind one is tempted to run through one’s fingers, sniffing the raw, strangely sweet smell. After the wondrously rich beginning, the note looses some of its oomph and becomes patchoulic. In a little while an unexpectedly fruity accord creeps in; honeyed, candied, overripe, dark, with an incense-like undertone. The scent becomes softer, fluffier, more vanillic. I believe I also smell some myrrh here. The base has a certain delicate, ambery spiciness.

The sheer amount of changes it undergoes is enthralling. It is a kaleidoscope of a scent, it never stays the same. It also has a strangely delicious quality about it, it is almost edible in a way…The patchouli is beautifully rich; the vanillic-woody-incensey drydown is wonderfully comforting. -perfumesmellinthings.blogspot

Coromandel features notes of pine, jasmine, patchouli, amber and frankincense. It cost me AUS$330 for a 200 mls bottle if i remember it correctly. For an EDT, it is tenacious, yet the strangest thing is that i find it tends to fade and re-emerge unexpectantly. It’s elegant & sexy enough to wear day & night( well, day into night )


Posted in skincare with tags , , , on May 5, 2008 by LPB

I just came across a very informative article from, thought i would share it here:

Sunscreen is classified into 2 categories: chemical and physical.

Chemical ingredients reduce ultraviolet radiation as it penetrates the skin. Years ago chemical sunscreen only protected against UVB rays; however, today you can find UVA protection also. Make sure to look for Mexoryl™ and avobenzone (Parsol 1789®) on the label.

Also known as sunblock, physical products contain the ingredients titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to block both UVB and UVA rays.

The first step in protecting yourself against sun damage is to make sure you buy and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Next focus your attention on SPF or the Sun Protection Factor, which indicates protection against UVB rays, not UVA.

Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher for every day, year-round use, according to the American Melanoma Foundation. A good way to include sunscreen in your daily regimen is to use an SPF moisturizer, anyone with a condition that increases his or her sun sensitivity, fair skin or family history of skin cancer should wear SPF 30 or higher, according to WebMD.

If you are going to be in the sun for any length of time engaging in outdoor activities, you should also choose an SPF of 30 or higher.

The value differences among SPFs aren’t proportional, a common misconception. The American Melanoma Foundation explains, “While an SPF of 2 will absorb 50 percent of ultraviolet radiation, an SPF of 15 absorbs 93 percent and an SPF of 34 absorbs 97 percent.”

Another misconception is assuming the labels “water resistant” and “waterproof” mean the same thing. When sunscreen is considered water resistant, you can expect that it’ll protect you for 40 minutes in the water, according to the FDA’s definition.

With waterproof protection, you can be in the water up to 80 minutes without reapplying.

When it come to kids, babies younger than six months shouldn’t be in the sun at all; for kids over six months, parents should purchase sunscreens specifically for children, because ingredients like para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), dioxybenzone, oxybenzone or sulisobenzone, typically found in adult formulas, will irritate children’s skin.

Kid-friendly sunscreens are also a great option for those with skin conditions or sensitive skin; similarly, look for products with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are also found in children’s sunscreens anyway.

Many of us think that after choosing our sunscreen we’ve accomplished the most important part of sun protection, but it’s actually the application that’s vital, Henry W. Lim, the dermatology department chair at Henry Ford Medical Center, tells WebMD. It seems a lot of us are applying sunscreen incorrectly.

The American Melanoma Foundation and WebMD highlight these important facts and tips on sun protection and year-round use.

80 percent of ultraviolent radiation still passes through on overcast days.

The sun reflects 17 percent off sand and 80 percent off snow.

Every time altitude increases by 1,000 feet, there’s a 4 percent increase in UV radiation.

Don’t forget spots like the lips, ears, feet and the back of your legs. For lips, invest in a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher.

Apply an ounce of sunscreen to all exposed areas 30 minutes before you go outside. According to WebMD, “A number of studies show that people simply don’t use enough – and only get 10 percent to 25 percent of the benefit.”

Apply sunscreen every two hours.

Look at the expiration date on sunscreen.

Though sunscreen is vital to safeguard against photoaging and skin cancer, it doesn’t provide full protection against UV rays, no matter the SPF or heavy application, cautions WebMD, and neither does your average clothing.

So make sure you follow these additional sun protection tips: wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and sun-protective clothes; avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and stay in the shade.

I usually  apply antioxidant underneath my sunscreen, to neutralize the free radicals generated during exposure. ( Clinique’s Continuous Rescue, Lauder’s Advance Night  Repair )

I apply Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF70  or Clinique’s SuperDefense if i am tanning in the pool; My dream  block would be one that selectively screen out the aging UVA rays while letting the burning (  tanning ) rays through. I want a radiantly bronzed finish, not a wrinkled appearance.

Dermatologists have spent considerable time and effort educating the public about the dangers of UV exposure. But if despite your best efforts you come home with a burn, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the pain of sunburn and treat your skin.

The skin typically reacts three to six hours after exposure, reaching its maximum reaction after 24 hours. If you are still in the sun when you realize you’re burned, you should find shade or cover up immediately, as you will continue to burn.

To relieve the pain, cool the skin with cold compresses, or a cool shower if you can stand it. Ibuprofen will help with the pain and inflammation, and drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated. Products containing aloe are also very soothing.

According to Zoe Draelos, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, sunburn literally cooks the protein in your skin. A washcloth soaked in cold skim milk will ease the initial sting of sunburn, and create a protein film that will alleviate the ensuing discomfort. Plain yogurt can also be used. After rinsing the milk or yogurt, be sure to apply a moisturizing lotion to keep your skin hydrated.

Avoiding sunburn in the first place is still the best solution, but if you do get burned, hydrating and moisturizing will speed your recovery.

I uses topical steroids to calm the irritation after sunbathing ( applied sparingly ) and nourish my skin with potent antioxidants.

Ultimate Youth cream

Posted in skincare with tags , , , on May 5, 2008 by LPB

I have been using Estee Lauder Ultimate Youth Creme  for about 3 weeks now. It’s has a nicer texture & a lighter scent than the ultimate lifting cream; I love its whipped cream consistency & subtle aroma.
UYC is lighter than ULC, has less pearlised finish and offers better hydration.
Makeup goes on smoothly with UYC, oily breakthrough is minimal by midday. I sometimes coupled UYC with the ultimate serum, but finds UYC provides adequate radiance, cushion &  replenishment alone.

Personally, i think it’s a good night cream, living up to its claims and looking fabulous on the dresser. It’s not a great day cream due to the lack of SPF.

According to EL, UYC contains the precious Youth Molecule—Resveratrate – a more potent, stable and time released form of Resveratrol, to provide 6 times more protection from environmental damage & more than doubling the survival rate of skin cells.

UYC  claims to promote radiance & firmer tone. No promises about anti-wrinkle, age-reversal effects are made.

Double Wear mascara

Posted in makeup with tags , , , on May 5, 2008 by LPB

EL’s double wear mascara is the best long wearing, smudge resistant mascara that i had came across. It’s easy to apply, with minimal clumping; gives decent hue to lashes &  remains transfer-proof for at least 12 hours.

I love it’s zero smudge formula that goes on smoothly  & wouldn’t leave my lashes brittle by the end of the day. It provides enough definition to my lashes  ( although it’s not the best lengthening/thickening/curling mascara).


Upon application, it stays put for more than 14 hours. I had tried wearing this for both day & night shifts. It withstands my greasy lids & power  nap; yet is easily removable with warmth water & cleanser.

According to EL’s press, double wear is engineered with breakthrough Smudge-Shield™ Technology to resist high temperatures and high humidity, without smudging, flaking or wearing away. The Lash-Xtender™ Brush elongates, separates and surrounds each lash in glossy, intensified color.