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Great Makeup Tips?

Posted in makeup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2008 by LPB

Here is the 10 Great Makeup Tips i found on the blog.

Frankly, i disagree with most of the tips; don’t get me wrong, the principles are right, but rules are meant to be broken! Aren’t they?

IMO, we could be more resourceful, creative & daring.

Remember, you are your own guru.

Put on whatever you feel comfortable with; whatever makes you happy.

Makeup Tip 1)

Apply concealer to the areas of concern like eye bags, dark eye rings or any blemishes for better foundation coverage or for a more natural skin tone.

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Well, i find optically illuminating highlighter offers a much credible and forgiving coverage to dark circles.

If you couldn’t be bothered by concealing, why not try the smudged smoky look? Bet you got a fairly good base to begin with already.

In terms of blemishes, i tend to cover mine with my usual foundation. I just apply mine in layers with a concealer brush to build up the coverage, allowing each layer to dry off completely before the next.

If the blemish is not to prominent and i am in a playful mood, i actually turn it into a mole by painting it with liquid liner.

Makeup Tip 2)

If you have not been sleeping well and need to look fresh in an instant, blend a little concealer to the outer corner of your eye, put on simple eye shadow and a tinge of blusher to make your face glow.

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I believe in applying a highlighter or beige shade with subtle shimmer over the inner corner of my eyes, lining the lower rim of my lids to open up and freshen up the windows to my soul.

When i am really tired/busy, i just put on a pair of shade or glasses with nice frame.

Makeup Tip 3)

Make your lipstick last longer by brushing your loose powder gently across your lips, press tissue paper onto it and reapply the lip stick again.

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I just make sure I buy a good lipstick with great staying power; it’s not difficult to find a long lasting lipstick in a shade you like these days.

Makeup Tip 4)

To save money on specialized face contouring products, use any ordinary face powder which is few shades darker than your usual one and apply to the sides of your jaw line.

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Contouring? It’s so 80s, it’s so “dynasty”! I firmly believe that contouring should be left to the professionals. I do not try this at home, okay, maybe for my halloween do.

Makeup Tip 5)

Add a drop of witch hazel to turn normal foundation into a medicated one to prevent acne and pimples.

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Witch hazel distillate shrinks pores temporarily ( by irritating the skin so that the pilo-sebaceous units swell up and you  pores disappear ), it doesn’t prevent acne/pimples/oily breakthrough!

Would you rub chillies on your lips to make them appears redder and more voluminous?

When it comes to foundation, my mantra is the 3C1F -Chemistry ( formula), Colour ( shade & tone ), Coverage and Finish.

I like Tiffany, De Beer, Cartier, Harry Winston on my ring finger; I will not put any inferior foundation on my face.

Makeup Tip 6)

Extend your eyelashes by using mascara with lengthening and volumizing properties.

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Well, what can i say? A mascara is a mascara; A great mascara is a miracle. It’s the lingerie equivalent of your wardrobe; It’s tiny, it’s sexy, and never underestimate its charm. Yes, it does need to have a clean, polished finish that oozes elegance & sultriness. 

Makeup Tip 7)

Rub your hands together before applying your moisturizer to your face for better absorption.

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Yes, heat does enhance penetration of your moisturizer, so does serum or any lotion/potion with superb spreadability. Unless you are using that La Mer stuff……

In fact, i do like massaging my face oil/cream in a fashion my facialist once taught me, in order to aid the lymphatic drainage & improve circulation.

Makeup Tip  8)

When using blusher, always brush your cheeks in an up-down-up “U” shape to create that smiley look on your cheeks.

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I like to apply blusher to the apples of my cheek – this gives me a radiantly flushed appearance; and i only smile if i fell like smiling.

I disregard the rules about matching the hue of your blusher to you underneath skintone ( cool,neutral,warm ). Sometimes clashing of elements make wonders.

Makeup Tip 9)

Apply only a dot of lip gloss to the center of your lips and spread it out gently. Do not coat your entire lips with lip gloss as it will make your lips look oily.

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Gloss in the center makes your lips look poutier/fuller.

If you like full on gloss effect, go ahead, a gloss is a gloss, it should be shiny & juicy. I even apply gloss over my eyelids for a sparkly look!

Oh yes, i hate to admit this, but expensive gloss does smell nicer, taste better & last longer.

Makeup Tip 10)

Give your eyes that lift by applying the correct type of eye shadow colors and also highlighting the eye ends near the nose area.

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Remember what Coco Chanel said? Always minus 1! Do not go overboard with the shades. I know Dior’s 5 colour palette looks great over the display counter, but putting all 5 shades onto your lids will be another story.

My experience is pinkish shades never look good on puffy lids; Monotonous finish can be very flattering if done right; cream shadow is great if you are in a hurry.

No, you dont have to match the colour of the shadows to your iris; you can highlight wherever you want.

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Chanel Russian collection

Posted in fragrance, makeup with tags , , , on December 26, 2008 by LPB

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“The base of these three shades is black, to which we added a different sparkle for each of the colours: red, gold and blue. The Feu de Russie shade is intense and reflects passion. Or de Russie has a slight gold patina and evokes richness, while Nuit de Russie blue is full of mystery.

I like Or de & Nuit de Russie.

Oh , i have been a long time devotee of Cuir de Russie as well. I am lucky enough to get hold of the parfum before it was relaunched as part of the les exclusives in the form of EDT 

Cuir de Russie, or Russian leather was a theme modern at the end of the 19th century. Many perfume houses were creating perfumes for women who smoked cigarettes. Chanel’s Cuir de Russie was created in 1924. as a provocative and shocking fragrance, and that exactly was its purpose, because it was created for a woman who dared to smoke cigarettes in public. It was a kind of encouragement and approval, because at that time a woman who smoked was a scandalous and inconceivable symbol of emancipation.

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Cuir de Russie has an décadence avec élegance vibe; In the words of Luca Turin:

“Sumptuous leather, light and balsamic, forgoing any sugary compromise, Cuir de Russie regains its place at the top of this category, right next to the rather more jovialTabac Blond. […]Cuir de Russie is a striking hologram of luxury bygone: its scent like running the hand over the pearl grey banquette of an Isotta Frashini while forests of birch silently pass by”.

Chanel’s Cuir de Russie came out in 1924, a time at which the impact of Les Ballets Russes (1909-1929) was palpable. Russian émigrés having fled the motherland because of the revolution in 1917 had populated Paris and had lent it their own mark of decadent sophistication. Suddenly the exotic East, in which westerners classified the vast Russias since before the time of Peter the Great, became all the rage and the embodiment of everything forbidden and alluring. The datchas, the orthodox churches, the ballads on balalaikas, the Cossacks.

In the words of a critic of the times:

“nothing is more foreign to our tradition than those violent bursts, those frantic and intense dances, this instinctive frankness, this disproportionate imagination. The discordance is so brutal that one would be astonished by the tenacious favour that those people over there hold on us. The simple truth is that Russians fascinate us because they distrurb us”.

Legendary nose Ernest Beaux, guided by Chanel’s desires to dare, made women indulge in what is essentially a men’s scent formula, garlanding it though with sparkly, dry aldehydes and the eternal feminine flowers: jasmine, rose and ylang ylang; redolent of No.5’s own heart, giving a warm, honeyed aspect that contrasts with an icy element that enters and exits the scene like an aloof, declassé aristocrat ~in perfect accordance to what was the brief behind it: the leather pouches for jewels. The inclusion of rectified birch tar, supposedly along with styrax, gave it the brutish animalic touch of 20th century and the intelligent beauty of Constructivism arhictecture. Sublime cadenzas of amber and resin provide the warm but never too congenial backdrop hinting at a bygone luxury and perhaps a little smoking fetish, letting off a subtle hint of tobacco. Contrary to Tabac Blondhowever it weaves smoothness of skin and rounded contours under the dress that cloths the woman. This is supremely manifested in the far superior extrait de parfum concentration which, like all Chanel parfums, exploits the best of raw materials and gives the most luxuriant experience.

I prefer the parfum to EDT, it’s a choice between the cigarette & nicotine patches

 

 

 

Biker chic

Posted in fashion with tags , , , , , , , on December 24, 2008 by LPB

This fabulous staple will update all of your looks and amp up your rock chick kudos instantly. Black leather biker jacket with gold-tone hardware. Alexander McQueen jacket has long sleeves, a press stud fastening collar, zipped pockets, a detachable buckle fastening belt and is fully lined. 100% leather; lining: 100% silk.

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Channel your inner rock-chick in these glittering Les Chiffoniers leggings. Silver stretch sequin leggings with faux zip fastening pockets on each leg. Les Chiffoniers leggings have an elasticated waist, zips at hem, is fully lined and simply pulls on. 85% nylon, 15% elastane; lining: 92% silk, 8% elastane. 

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Button up in style with these Alexander McQueen boots. 

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An off-kilter artistic style from Marc Jacobs with a real quirky charm.33940_fr_l

Dark gray leather large clutch with a Rolls-Royce design multicolored leather car on the front. Marc Jacobs clutch has a foldover press stud to fasten the front, stud detailing on the car, a zipped compartment at the back, a zipped compartment on the inside and is fully lined in leather.

Yu-Be Lip Therapy

Posted in skincare with tags , on December 24, 2008 by LPB

Yu-Be Lip Therapy is an ALL-NATURAL lip balm (stick) manufactured in the USA. The ingredients are based on the original 50 year old Japanese Yu-Be formula and includes Vitamin E and camphor.

This product is highly effective for moisturizing, healing and soothing dry chapped lips. Please note that this product does not contain SPF protection.

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-ALL-NATURAL & ENRICHED WITH VITAMIN E & CAMPHOR

-CAMPHOR HELPS RELIEVE DISCOMFORT LEAVING LIPS FEELING HEALTHY

This petrochemical free lip balm is my favorite as it’s based on natural ingredients and i know that i could ingest it safely ( not intentionally ).

It’s moisturizing enough for my dry chapped lips that tend to peel and bleed.

Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cera alba (Beeswax), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Camphor, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni (Stevia) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf Extract).

Lady who lunch

Posted in fashion with tags , , , , on December 20, 2008 by LPB

This scarf print blouse is the perfect vacational piece from Diane von Furstenberg. The stylish stripes and multicolors make styling a breeze37839_in_l

Black crepe cropped hareem pants with pleat detailing through the front. Alexander McQueen hareem pants have side slit pockets and a zip and two buttons to fasten at the front.

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Yellow metallic leather peep toe with martini glass shaped high heel that measures approximately 4.5 inches. Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes have a crystal shooting star embellishment at the front and a bronze metallic insole and simply slip on.

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Gold snakeskin large shoulder bag with gold hardware and buckle fastening across top. Mulberry bag has two zip fastening pockets on front, large compartments on each size, a central zip fastening compartment and a luggage tag on side.

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Philip B African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo

Posted in skincare with tags , , on December 19, 2008 by LPB

For All Hair Types – Normal To Color-Treated

Panthenol (Vitamin B5) & 16 Plant Extracts

Paraben Free Formula

Fragrance-free, rich and velvety, yet kind and gentle, PHILIP B® African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo is a lightweight moisturizing blend of African Shea Butter, Hops, Nettle and Comfrey. Enriched with Panthenol (Vitamin B5), African Shea Butter delivers much-needed moisture to dry, parched hair to strengthen and restore elasticity preventing breakage. A kind formula, with a mild 5.5 pH, that is gentle enough to be used by the whole family.

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PHILIP B® African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo increases hair’s manageability, moisture, and shine, without weighing hair down. Safe for color-treated hair. Wonderful daily shampoo for all hair types.

I prefer to wash my hair with this gentle, moisturizing shampoo after i had my perm as it really leaves my hair soft & nourished, even without conditioner!

Ingredients

Water/Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamide DEA, Sodium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Stearamide MEA-Stearate, Panthenol, Geranium Maculatum (Geranium) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Larrea Divaricata Extract, Symphytum Officinale Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Artium Lappa Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Quassia Amara Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Extract , Frangula Alnus Bark Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Gucci charms

Posted in fashion with tags , on December 19, 2008 by LPB

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The Brando & Lulu charms are so adorable!