Archive for December, 2008

Santa’s little helper

Posted in beauty, fashion with tags , , , , , , on December 18, 2008 by LPB

Make your evening look pop with accents of ruby red in By Malene Birger’s jeweled bustier dress. It’s the precious extras on this piece that make it so special and perfect for holiday festivities. Ivory cotton strapless dress with contrast handmade embellishment at bodice. By Malene Birger dress has an empire waistline, a side zip fastening, a bubble hem, a removable bow peplum at back with hook fastening to detach.

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Shine bright in these red star embellished sandals from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Cream-red-and-black star leather sandals with a heel that measures approximately 4inches high. Marc by Marc Jacobs sandals have three stars on the toe, one star on the heel, a diamond shaped heel and a buckle fastening ankle strap.

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Complete this with a red lipstick & few drops of sexy perfume, i like Chanel’s infrarouge  in Scarlet & Dior’s hypnotic poison.

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Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish

Posted in skincare with tags , , on December 18, 2008 by LPB

Cleanses – Exfoliates – Softens

The Japanese bathing ritual or “ofuro” has been an important and sacred custom for many centuries. Baths provide both relaxation for the mind and improved health for the body by stimulating blood circulation.

Scrub away stress and layers of rough, dry skin cells by including Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish in your “ofuro”.

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Fine grains of walnut shell, rice bran combine with bamboo and gentle cleansing agents to create a luxuriously foaming scrub that washes away dry skin. Extracts of ginger root and ginseng tone and balance the skin, while green tea, geranium oil and camphor provide a soothing, refreshing sensation.

This scrub foams up really well, gives an invigorating polish ( not abrasive ) and leaves my skin soft, smooth and well moisturized.

The Roaring 20s look

Posted in beauty, makeup with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2008 by LPB

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For our inner flapper ! It’s stylish, dressy,  & EASY!

Rimmed  & coated your lashes effortlessly, smudged your lids, stained your lips; Forget about precision, it’s all about liberation & fun.

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Dior’s Black and White Ball Holiday Collection is every woman’s top secret evening weapon for glamorous couture allure. Centered around dazzling intense eyes, delicate luminous face and lip colors offer a soft backdrop.

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Dior Night Dust 5 color eye shadow

 

Dior Black Diamond Diamond-Effect Powder for Face & Décolleté – A true makeup jewel that gives every holiday face mega star power. An iridescent veil of silky powder laced with shimmer for an allover glow—or just a hint of shimmer. The lustrous ebony compact studded with a profusion of crystal-like gems sparkles like a jewel in the night.

The Morning After beauty S.O.S

Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2008 by LPB

Inspirational read from http://www.journallive.co.uk by Liz Hands.

( I had edited the recommended products based on my personal encounter with those miracle lotions & potions )

Just like budgets, diets and alcohol limits, beauty regimes tend to go out of the window during the party season. Seasonal drinking, dancing and cavorting make for fun times during December but it’s our face and body that suffer on those dreaded mornings-after-the-night-before.

Luxurious beautifying mornings are replaced by a hungover scramble for any quick-fix that will leave us looking vaguely human again.

Luckily the beauty world is more than equipped to help us hide night owl habits in a flash.

Time to stock up on Alka-Seltzer and an armful of SOS after-party products.

WAKE-UP CALL

The alarm has gone off and crawling to work in your duvet is just not an option. Hit the shower for a reviving wake-up call. Avoid turning the temperature gauge into the red – a lot of moisture evaporates from your skin during a hot shower, making you even more dehydrated.

“Invigorating citrus oils can be very effective at supporting post-party recovery,” says Geraldine Howard, founder of Aromatherapy Associates.

“Pink grapefruit and rosemary are particularly good at stimulating the circulation and helping with the removal of toxins.”

TRY: Molton Brown Enlivening Toko-Yuzu Bath & Shower Gel

I personally recommend Bliss Super Minty Soap’n Scrub – this popular mammoth minty soap now comes ‘melted’ in this jojoba bead packed peppermint cooling and exfoliating soap scrub paste .

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Finished this invigorating regime with Dr Hauschka Rosemary Bath – contains essential oil of Rosemary which warms and vitalises the body; or Sage Bath – for refreshing and revitalising tired, swollen and burning feet. Helps feet which tend to feel cold and which suffer from callouses. Revitalising the entire body, especially after sport and over-exertion.

EYE BAG ALERT

If sleep has become a rare commodity during the party season, your under-eyes might resemble your Christmas shopping bags. But lack of sleep isn’t the only cause of dark circles.

“In Chinese medicine dark circles and bags under the eyes are an indication that there is stress on the kidneys, which makes sense after lots of parties and late nights,” explains Sally Penford of the International Dermal Institute.

“Look for light diffusing products. These will act like a multitude of tiny microscopic mirrors that deflect the light away from the eye and help disguise dark circles.”

TRY: MAC Fast Response Eye Cream

I believes in de-puffing eye gels, Eve Lom  Eye Serum – this concentrated, lightweight serum comes to the rescue of tired, puffy eyes. Use it morning and night and during long-haul flights to hydrate the delicate eye area, reduce dark undereye circles and smooth dry, fine lines. Euphrasia extract and camomile soothe, tone and reduce puffiness, while the mineral malachite protects against free radicals.

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 I also love Amanda Lacey Illuminating Eye Gel – with the very best, professional grade botanicals with natural proteins, anti-oxidants and age-defying technology, this silken gel works deep-down within the skin to rejuvenate, firm and lift, while micro-specks of soft focus mica adjusts light reflection to minimise the appearance of wrinkles and under eye circles. Moisture retaining mucopolysaccharide provides long-lasting hydration while soothing actives reduce bruising and puffiness.

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Also, bathing your eyes with witch hazel enriched Eyewash will shrinks those tiny blood vessels on your conjunctivae.

FACE S.O.S

Avoid magnifying mirrors at all costs after a wild night on the tiles – you don’t want to see red eyes, blotchy skin and puffy cheeks staring back at you. Ensure your face is make-up free, then begin your fresh-faced disguise.

“Achieving a public-friendly façade is the way to look at it,” says David Horne, education director at the Jemma Kidd Make Up School.

“Concealer is going to be your best friend, whether you’re backstage at a party or waking up on the hotel floor. You can mix it with your eye cream to make it more hydrating if the skin’s dry, put it straight on from the product to get more coverage or even use it as a foundation if you mix it with some moisturiser.”

TRY: Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque

I loves YSL Flash Radiance Skincare Brush – With a single brush stroke, signs of fatigue are erased, and skin is left feeling velvety smooth and fresh with radiance! This high-performance formula combines all the benefits of a skincare product with the precision and ease of a brush, the silky and comfortable texture glides over the skin, leaving it feeling incredibly fresh and invigorated. A blend of energizing active ingredients combine the Grain of Paradise extract with caffeine to erase signs of fatigue. On the skin’s surface, light-reflecting micro-pigments are able to capture and diffuse light, to reduce skin imperfections and boost radiance. 

A seaweed derived sugar forms a veil that maintains moisture on the surface of the skin and protects it against external threats. Wheat proteins combined with sugar extracted from oats and a silcon elastomer allow for the formula to quickly smooth fine lines, leaving it feeling soft and velvety. 

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Finish with Armani Face Fabric Second Skin Nude Makeup SPF 12.

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The last thing you want is a thick, pasty, cakey complexion that highlights all the sins; So i strongly recommend a light, natural finish that’s more forgiving ( if done correctly, will gives you the well rested glow )

HAIR REPAIR

Woken up with locks like Amy Winehouse after an all-nighter? There’s only so far you can go using the ‘I’m working the bed-head hair trend’ excuse every day at the office.

If your boss is giving you funny looks it’s time to put some effort into your crowning glory – minus pricey salon blow dries. “Apply serum through the lengths to add definition and a glossing effect to tired or dull hair,” hairdresser Mark Hill recommends.

“A shine serum will not only smooth down unruly morning after hair and reflect shine from the sleek finish, but also nourish deep into the shaft and cuticle.”

I like James Brown serum; Chanel No.5 or Coco Mademoiselle fragrant hair mist will even refresh your hair and conceal that sickening smell of yesternight smoke/sweat……

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Agyness Deyn may be supermodel of the moment but the party girl is regularly snapped with her long limbs covered in bruises. If you’re prone to bumps and knocks, you may wake up after a night out looking like some rare breed of purple leopard.

Dr Chris Steele, GP from This Morning says: “There isn’t anything you can do to prevent bruises, but it is possible to minimise the longevity and appearance of them by using arnica, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help speed up the healing process.”

Pretty woman on the street

Posted in fashion, makeup with tags , , , , on December 13, 2008 by LPB

Remember J.Roberts in Pretty Woman? Sometimes it’s fun to dress trashy……

Multicolored silk satin halterneck top with a ruffle detail under the bust. Roberto Cavalli top has a self-tie at the nack, a V-neckline and a logo zip at the back to fasten. 

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Gold sequin shorts. Anna Sui shorts have paillette stitched on to mesh, a contrast trim, an elasticated waistband and simply pull on. 100% polyester.

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Black leather knee-high boots with an approximately 3.5 inch heel. Jimmy Choo boots have an almond shaped toe, seam detailing, a covered tonal inset square heel with a patent panel at back and simply pull on.

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Complete your look with loads of mascara and a transfer proof lipstick.

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Loreal volume collagene – The Instant Impact brush is 2 x bigger than a classic mascara brush* to build volume fast. It deposits just the right amount of formula on each and every lash with virtually no clumps.

Lashes look instantly plumped up. Up to 12 x more lash impact.

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Max Factor lipfinity max-wear – a rich base color with brilliant highlight layer for a polished look. The result: endless possibilities for attention-getting, dimensional color that lasts up to 10 hours.

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Chloe eau de parfum

Posted in fragrance with tags , on December 13, 2008 by LPB

Feminine, elegant, natural, sexy, with heart notes of magnolia, lily of the valley and rose petals. Chloé Eau de Parfum is created with a mix of natural and couture materials.

The bottle is made with genuine silver plating and graced with a finishing touch – a hand-tied ribbon.

This unique example of craftsmanship and sublime rose scent perfectly capture the house of Chloé spirit, effortless chic and femininity.

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Chloé Eau de Parfum is a vibrant, feminine fragrance with starting notes of peony, lychee and freesia. It features base notes blend rose, magnolia and lily of the valley, as well as amber and cedarwood. 

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It is described as “a fresh and feminine fragrance with an utterly innate sense of chic.”  

I find it nice but plain; it lacks character & tenacity.

The rose scent is not overwhelming, does not smells powdery or dated; however, there is not much orchestration from the freesia, magnolia or lily, which makes this a rather dull rosy perfume that’s light enough to wear daily but lacks the depth for becoming a classic.

Wizard of Oz

Posted in fashion, makeup with tags , , , , , , , on December 12, 2008 by LPB

Bring out your inner Dorothy this festive season!

For a fresh innocent flush , i recommend NARS multiple  in Riviera or Antibes; For sparkly peepers, try NARS nightlife; For coming of age vibrance, stain your lips with Turkish delight lip gloss.

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Evoke a flirtatiously feminine mood with this charming Luella dress. Royal blue patterned silk off-the-shoulder dress with a boned underwire bodice. The dress has pleat panel detailing, a contrast scalloped trim, a frill at the hem, a signature zip at the back to fasten and is fully lined. 

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Red leather pumps with a heel that measures approximately 4 inches. Marc by Marc Jacobs pumps have a diamond shaped heel, an almond toe and a tan leather insole.

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