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ILA Face mask

Posted in beauty with tags , , , on September 15, 2009 by LPB

The Face Mask will bring back a glow to tired, listless skin. Your skin will become hydrated and full of light energy, bringing tone and new radiance to your face. It provides minerals in an ional form for effective absorption into the skin.

The mud is rich in minerals and is blended with Himalayan ‘sole’ for healing vibrations, together with essential fatty acids and oils that nourish and hydrate the skin. The oils provide anti-oxidants and have an anti-wrinkle effect.

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This mask is fabulous; Do not be deceived by its delicate aroma as its inherent cleansing properties are superb! It’s one of the best deep cleansing/detoxifying mask i had used.

This 200g miracle is worth every single penny.

INGREDIENTS:

Mineral Rich Green Clay Powder (Clay), Rose Hydrolat (Rosa Damascena Water)*, Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil)*, Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina Fruit Oil)*, Sandalwood (Santalum Spicatum), Rose Damascena (Rosa Damascena Oil), Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin Oil)*, Orange Blossom (Citrus Aurantium Oil)*, Himalayan Salt Crystals (Sodium Chloride), Wild Poppy Essence (Papaver Aculeatum)*. Mineral Compounds: Mineral Rich Green Clay: 64.1%. *Denotes Certified Organic Ingredients.

Monochromatic chic

Posted in beauty, fashion with tags , , , , on February 2, 2009 by LPB

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Black silk embellished collar with rhinestone and bauble detailing.3.1 Phillip Lim collar has a chiffon trim and a contrasting self-tie at the back. 

Vanessa Bruno’s asymmetric LBD is an artful example of tailoring and drapery. 

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Blue denim small shoulder bag with silver-tone hardware. Lanvin shoulder bag has two chain straps, a turnlock fastening flap at the front, two black tassles, a coin style charm, a zipped pouch at the back, a part patent lining, a small zipped pocket on the inside and a logo lining.

Black cutout strappy shoe boots with a textured heel that measures approximately 4.5 inches high. Givenchy shoe boots have crossed straps, an open toe, textured panel detailing and a zip at the back to fasten.

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Complete the look with clean but noticeable navy black liner & berry tone matt lipstick. ( I like NARS Sephora Flame – a rich, deep red-brown, semi-matte formula with a long-wearing, velvety finish )

Beauty resolutions

Posted in beauty, skincare on January 29, 2009 by LPB

It’s really never too late to make resolutions!

A random post i came across on the net suggested.

1) Wear SPF Everyday.  

Sun exposure is the number one cause of aging.  So wear sunscreen with at least a SPF of 30 or above everyday, all year round, regardless.  Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you could lay off on the sun protection.  Winter sunlight that reflects off of snow is just as harmful and damaging as the sun at the beach.  UV rays can still penetrate clouds on a cloudy day.  So make sure that your sunscreen of choice protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.  You’ll be preventing wrinkles and age spots by simply slathering on the SPF.  Oh and don’t neglect the rest of your body when using sunscreen, you don’t want to have a youthful face and an old body, do you?

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I loves Sarah Chapman’s Dynamic Defense (SPF15, semi-matt finish); I also use Rodial’s  Glamotox (SPF18, dewy finish, slight oily breakthrough midday), Neutrogena’s  Healthy Skin anti-wrinkle intensive (SPF20 with retinoids) or Anti-Oxidant age reversal (SPF20).

I personally prefer moisturizers with build in sunscreen as i hate layering sunblock under my foundation/powder.

My resolution is to use sunscreen on my hands & lips! I keep forgetting about this.

2) Wash Your Face Every Night.  

Okay, I know that you just want to pass out in bed without properly taking off all your makeup, especially after a night of partying.  But it’s crucial to remove makeup and wash your face at night for your skin’s sake.  Makeup and dirt can clog pores if not removed before bed.  Also, by washing your face, you’re giving your skin a change to renew itself while you slumber.  You may find it useful to keep a pack of facial cleansers by the bed for those nights that you are just too tired to drag yourself to the bathroom for a proper cleansing.  

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I had never failed to take off all the makeup before i collapsed onto my bed; Make up wipes like those from Neutrogena, Olay, Simple are cheap & cheerful.

However, nothing  could/should replace a proper cleansing regime that involves emulsification (oil/balm/cream) & saponification (foam/gel/soap). I am a diehard fan of double cleansing. 

3) Moisturize.  Moisturize.  And Moisturize Some More.  

Proper cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting are the crux of any worthy skin care regimen.  Proper moisturization is crucial to your skin’s health.  At night, moisturizing is even more important.  So pick a quality moisturizer that won’t clog your skin.  

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I adores La Mer ( occlusive/sealing, repairing ), Dr Sebagh’s High Maintenance serum & cream ( fantastic duo – illuminating, protecting,rejuvenating ), Sarah Chapman’s Age Repair & Overnight Facial ( relaxing, nourishing, plumping )

4) Exfoliate.  

Make exfoliating a part of your weekly beauty ritual.  Exfoliating will stimulate cell growth, clear clogged pores, and help fade post-acne marks.

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It’s my daily ritual with Eve Lom’s cleanser or Liz Earle’s balm – all you need is a muslin cloth!

5) Pamper Your Hair.  

Your poor hair goes through the wringer everyday with various hair products and styling tools – especially those heated ones you use.  So to help minimize the damage make sure to trim your hair regularly as well as setting aside 20 minutes each week for a deep conditioning hair mask.

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I think if i stop abusing my hair with colouring and perming, may be i could……

Since i chemically enhance/damage my hair, i actually try to use a nourishing hair masque/treatment twice a week, like those from James Brown, Kerastase, Philip B & Frederik Fekkai

6) Get More Sleep.  

There truly is a reason why they call it beauty sleep.  Aim to catch seven to eight hours of zzz’s each night.  Sleep will keep those pesky dark circles and puffy eyes at bay.  Moreover, sleep reduces stress, a cause of acne and weight gain.

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Well, i think i need to stop working night shift ( as if i could ); otherwise a good cup of chamomile tea should aid me into slumberland.

7) Drink lots of  water.  

So while it’s unproven that drinking water does anything for your skin, it really doesn’t hurt to sip on extra glass of water a day.  It’s still one of the healthiest beverage out there.  So replace a soda with a glass of  H2O.  However, steer clear of water bottles, since those can cause wrinkles around the mouth, similar to that of a smoker – and plus it’s bad for the environment. 

8) Eat More Fruits & Vegetables.  

Turns out your mother was right!  Fruits and vegetables are good for you.  So load up on antioxidant-rich foods to keep your skin looking great.

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9) Throw Old Beauty Products Away.  

Keep beauty products expiration in mind.  It’s important to throw away old beauty products as to discourage bacterial growth.

10) Clean Makeup Brushes Weekly.  

It’s important to clean your makeup brushes since they can accumulate debris & bacteria, which leads to clogged pores and breakouts.

I use baby shampoo to wash my make up brushes; I just need to be more diligent in this practice.

11) Get Monthly Facials. 

Prevent dull looking skin by getting regular facials.  Facials are beneficial since they increase circulation and oxygen leading to healthy, glowing skin.

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Failing so, i use Bliss or Peter Thomas Roth range of oxygenating masques.

12) Exercise.  

If you’re not exercising regularly already, then it’s time to pick up the pace.  Exercising leads to increased circulation, leading to beautiful, glowing skin.

Emm, my gym membership……

13) Quit Smoking!  

Two words that will do wonders for your health and skin – quit smoking.  Okay, so I know that smoking is a personal choice, but you can reap so may benefits by kicking the stinky habit.  Plus you would have whiter teeth and fewer wrinkles around your mouth.

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Well, this is the one i find it difficult to comply.

Gray begining

Posted in beauty, fashion with tags , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by LPB

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Anthracite satin fold over clutch with jeweled flower on front. Lanvin ou la la clutch has a magnetic button fastening on front, black logo embossed lining and an internal vanity mirror.

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Ash silk jersey dress with a detachable belt at the waist. Bottega Veneta dress has three-quarter length sleeves, a bubble hem and side slit pockets. 100% silk.

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Two-tone gray leather platform pumps with a heel that measures 4.5 inches and a  1 inch platform. Lanvin pumps have an almond shape toe, a wooden heel, a slingback and silver piping detail.

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I would compliment the look with fuschia/pink lips & dark nails, like Lancome’s new spring collection -Pink Irreverence.

2008 Top 10

Posted in beauty, fragrance, makeup, skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by LPB

10 new products that make it to my favorite list!

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1) Chanel Eau Premier – classics for the new mellinium

2) Chanel Sycomore – reviving the by gone glamourous

3) Chanel Kaleidoscope – unsurpassed fabulousness

4) Dr Sebagh Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum – skin saver, bank robber

5) Jo Woods Organic EDT – 95% organic, 100% gorgeous

6) Armani Face Fabric – the art of less is more

7) Armani Lip Wax – matt-ximal marvelousness

8) Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadows – superb shades selection, fabulous finish

9) Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation – 1/2 weight, 2x in perfection

10) Estee Lauder Ultimate Youth Cream – innovative, indispensible

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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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.

Best hair tips

Posted in beauty with tags , , , , on December 7, 2008 by LPB

Some useful tips about hair care from http://www.dailymail.co.uk :

DON’T OVERDO IT

‘Always apply serum sparingly to prevent a greasy finish,’ says celebrity stylist Richard Ward.

‘Put a small amount in the palm of your hands, rub together and concentrate on the ends first and then, if necessary, smooth your hands near to the root area to remove the stray ‘baby’ hairs.

‘Try not to spend too long on the finishing touches, just a few quick, gentle finger movements to get the style in place and you’re done.’

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I loves James Brown hair serum, silicon free, delicately scented and easily rinsable.

THE NO-EFFORT DO

Achieving a natural-looking curl in your hair is easier than you think, according to Lee Stafford. ‘Always remember to use a heat protection mist before using any heated appliance on your hair,’ he stresses.

‘Twist small sections of dry hair from the root to the tip, then clamp hot straighteners over the twisted lock, starting at the top and slowly working down to the bottom. Clamp each section for about ten seconds then let the twisted lock cool before letting it go.

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Frederic Fekkai luscious curl cream & wave spray are great for nourishing, protecting & styling hair when using a curling tong,

USE A MASK

Regular use of hair conditioning masks can make hair look and feel lustrous. Top stylist Andrew Barton says: ‘Use at least once a week. Be religious and it will pay dividends, as it will help repair any damage and add masses of shine.’

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I can’t do without James Brown Nourishing hair mask; I am also fan of  the Kerastase range.

LEARN TO BLOW DRY

‘The foundation to any great style is a serious blow dry to add long-lasting body and lift, especially from the roots,’ says Mark Hill.

‘My technique is to dry the hair in the opposite direction to which it usually falls using a round barrel to create movement and a smooth, professional-looking finish. Sectioning the hair will allow you to focus on one area at a time.

‘If you have fine hair, add some instant lift through the top sections by sectioning around the crown and wrapping hair around three to four large Velcro rollers. Blast with warm, then cool air from the dryer and leave to set for a few minutes before releasing.’

CHOOSE THE RIGHT STYLE

‘Always opt for the very best cut you can afford as it can take years off you,’ says top stylist Taylor Ferguson. ‘Choose a cut that suits your face, head shape, age and, most importantly, your lifestyle. Choose one that can be looked after easily.’

ADD SOME SHINE

To give your hair some extra shine, John Frieda colourist Nicola Clarke stresses that you should always rinse your hair properly when cleansing. ‘I think the reason hair colour lasts in salon is that the hair is shampooed well.

‘A final blast of cold water will also add extra shine. And don’t apply conditioner to the scalp, just keep it to the mid section and ends, rinse thoroughly, and don’t overload your hair with hundreds of styling products, just stick to one that works for you.’

DON’T OVERDRY IT

When styling hair yourself, make sure you rough-dry it to about 75 per cent, says Shai Greenberg and Fred Gielly of Gielly Green. ‘This will make it a lot easier to style (the hair is less flyaway) and it gives the finished look more volume at the root.’

INSTANT FIX

If you’ve been rushing round and your hair’s gone damp and limp, a great instant fix is to ruffle a little bit of talcum powder through the roots with your fingertips, says celebrity hairdresser Errol Douglas. ‘It works like dry shampoo to soak up any moisture and give instant volume.’

MORE VOLUME

Getting volume is not always easy, especially on finer hair. Karine Jackson, London Hairdresser of the Year, has a great technique. ‘When the hair is wet, spray a light volume gel onto the roots and rub vigorously with your fingers – this confuses the root area and the hair stands up instantly giving you volume,’ she says.

‘If hair starts to droop during the day just push your fingers gently through it to get that lift again.’

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Kiehl silk groom is my favorite.

NO FRIZZ

Curly hair is completely different from straight hair, its structure and needs are different, explains Nicola Hulatt, from Yorkshire’s West Row Hairdressing.

‘Moisture is the key to keeping natural curls healthy. Never brush curls; otherwise you’ll end up with frizz. Instead, use your fingers to break up curls and add smoothing products such as gloss wax to give shine and definition.’

HAIRSPRAY

‘Spray hairspray onto your hair brush to avoid static and flyaway hair. You can also spritz it over your hair before using heated appliances for hold and protection,’ says Rae Palmer of Rae Palmer Hairdressing, Southsea, Hampshire.