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Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte EDT concentree

Posted in fragrance with tags , , on September 11, 2009 by LPB

Sparkling & Spontaneous.

The beloved classic in a crisp, modern version, to reveal a sheer and spirited heart.

This EDT resembles a fantasy bouquet, fresh and invigorating, evocative of the morning dew.

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Notes: Magnolia accord, Jasmine absolute, Sicillian Lemon, Bergamot, Neroli, White Flowers, White Musk and Florentine Iris.

It smells crisp, soapy & citrusy with a hint of oceanic fresh on me; i do not detect much “greens” in it. I do not think it resembles the original Cristalle at all.

Although it’s called EDT concentree, it only last about 3 hours on me.

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The Times – Top skincare products

Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2009 by LPB

My personal views on Times fashion team’s picks:

1) Prescriptives Super Line Preventor

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Protective barrier serum that helps to give the skin an even texture; cocktail of targeted antioxidants that diminishes the look of lines and wrinkles by up to 54%.

Armed with Super Antioxidant System (SAS), it defends against the visible aging effects of free radicals triggered by environmental assaults both immediately after exposure and again up to 72 hours later. It helps strengthen skin and boost its natural defenses by helping skin bolster its collagen production to improve visible skin tone, radiance and diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

I prefer Estee Lauder’s  Advance Night Repair.

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This comprehensive, high-performance anti-aging serum ( inspired by groundbreaking DNA research ) helps continuously repair the appearance of past damage, prevent future damage and deliver high levels of hydration.

This advanced formula – with 20 patents worldwide – includes Chronolux™ Technology, neutralizes up to 90%* of environmentally generated free radicals before they can affect skin’s appearance ; creates the optimal environment for repair with nature’s long-proven moisture magnet – Hyaluronic Acid ; soothes daily irritation and builds a rich anti-oxidant reserve to help replenish skin’s natural protectants.

2) Neal’s Yard rose water toner

Inexpensive, natural toner that helps to freshen up and tighten the skin.

Rose water  is an effective, exhilarating freshener that not only tones the skin but also lifts the spirit. Neal’s Yard is the most economic i had tried ; Aromatherapy Associates has a damask rose facial toner ;  Amanda Lacey & Chantecaille  both have luxurious rose tonics ( almost pure rose distillate ).

Neil’s Yard rose water contains alcohol and strictly speaking, it’s aloe juice with rose essential oil.

3) Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

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Helps to reduce the depth of wrinkles and hydrates the skin to give the face a plumped-up, youthful glow.This revolutionary Anti-Ageing cream uses the Marine extract Padina Pavonica to transform the complexion in just over 2 weeks. Trials proved that the appearance in wrinkle depth was reduced by up to 78% and that hydration was increased by up to 45%. Skin firmness and elasticity are dramatically increased, whilst providing superior free radical protection.

Collagen is a great moisture magnet, but i don’t believe topical application of collagen enriched skin cream could revive/enhance collagen production in the dermis. I prefer creams with retinoids, peptides, alpha hydroxy acids.

4) Jurlique Biodynamic Beauty Serum

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A lightweight serum made from biodynamic ingredients ; Rich in the living energy of organic Black Elder and Licorice, this serum helps fade discolorations and brightens skin for increased radiance ; Beech Tree Buds, Hibiscus and Yeast help strengthen the skin.

Jurlique’s biodynamic serum leaves a matt finish due to the presence of starch and i don’t find it nourishing enough. Biodynamic? Sounds more like a marketing scam.

5) Eve Lom Kiss Mix

Compact lip treatment which moisturises lips and gives a dewy, subtle sheen. One application lasts a long time.

My favorite! ( at least one of ) – dense enough for protection and nourishment , yet light enough for comfort; It’s also quite “minty” on application; The only complaint is you have to dip your finger into the pot……

6) Natura Bissé facial cleansing gel + AHA

A refreshing, wash-off, gel cleanser with alpha hydroxy acids that leaves your face clean without any drying effects.

I prefer Dermalogica’s age smart version.

7) Vaishaly night cream

A light yet very nourishing night cream that is easily and hygenically dispensed from a nifty press pump.

I enjoy using Vaishaly’s product; no hypes, simple rituals, delicate scents, good enough to eat ingredients……

8) Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Extremely gentle exfoliant that can be used every day for a brighter-looking appearance.

As I use Eve Lom’s cleanser with polishing cloth, i find this unnecessary ; However, powdery paste like Dermalogica’s  daily microfoliant  is less abrasive when skin is blemished/irritated/inflammed. Calmia has a similar version ( skin bright micro polish ), both containing fruit enzymes and acids to renew the skin.

9) Chanel Précision Lait Confort creamy cleansing milk

A light, everyday cleaning milk which is soft on the skin and effectively removes the day’s grime.

There are plenty of equally efficient cleansing milk out there, which your bank manager will agree……

10) Dr Sebagh creme Extreme Maintenance

Ultra-rich cream specifically designed for very dry or sensitive skin. Absorbs easily.

Great cream, worth every penny, in my opinion.

11) Estee Lauder DayWear Plus multi-protection antioxidant creme SPF 15

An easily absorbed daily moisturiser with antioxidants and the bonus of an inbuilt SPF 15.

This kind of formulation might be a breakthrough in the 90’s, but what’s so special about it nowadays? I demand my day cream to have antioxidant properties and sun screens ( including sufficient UVA protection )

12) Ila face mask for revitalising skin

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Clay-based mask infused with Damascene rose otto and Argan oil that draws out impurities without drying the skin. Gives the face a bright glow.

Best mask i had ever used! Even outdone Eve Lom’s……

13) Lancôme Flash Bronzer

Idiot-proof bronzer that quickly develops an even, natural, sun-kissed glow.

I prefer Dior’s or Guerlain’s.

14) The Organic Pharmacy Honey and Jasmine mask

Organic mask that is deeply hydrating for dry, parched skin. Use as a mask or leave on overnight.

Runny upon application + sticky when dry = messy

15) No7 Protect and Perfect night cream

The legendary cream from Boots: this restorative, replenishing cream delivers long-lasting hydration and a smooth, fresh appearance.

Never try this before! I prefer Olay’s

16) Spiezia organic facial cleanser

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A 100% organic product that is approved by the British Soil Association. A deep cleanser that removes heavy make-up, leaving your skin feeling super-soft.

Addictive! An effective yet nurturing cleanser, nice texture, soul soothing aromas. I almost replace my Eve Lom’s with this!

17) Dr Haushka Rose Day Cream

Deeply nourishing day cream made from biodynamic ingredients. Great for dry skin or for very cold climates.

I find this a rather basic moisturizer, not worth the hypes/claims.

18) YSL eye make-up remover

A gentle yet highly effective remover that doesn’t sting the eyes. Also contains pro-vitamin B5, which coats and strengthens the lashes.

Lancome has better versions.

19) Guinot Anti Fatigue Yeux eye gel

Relaxes and soothes heavy and swollen eyelids and helps to reduce the appearance of fatigue.

I had never tried Guinot’s product.

20) Darphin Purifying Balm

Gorgeous-smelling, plant-based balm that helps to prevent breakouts.

I prefer blemish sticks by Clarins or Clinique. Tea tree oil does the trick as well.

21) Garnier Ultra Lift eye cream

Visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.

I use La Mer.

22) SK-II skin refining treatment

Lifts away layers of dead skin cells to leave radiant, clear-looking skin. A discernible improvement can be seen after a month’s use. No added fragrance.

Overpriced cream that has a very tiny portion of BHA – save your money. Dr Sebagh’s masque once a week delivers better result than daily use of this marketing gimmicks.

23) Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Revitalising, creamy gel that tightens the skin and adds a natural glow. Great as a base before applying make-up.

It may be a great product in the 80’s…… We have better and deserve better!

24) Sisley Broad Spectrum Facial Sunscreen, SPF 30

Colourless, high-protection sunscreen which absorbs easily and is non-greasy.

Pricey sunscreen, i would rather spend the money on air ticket.

Field’s treat

Posted in fashion with tags , on April 24, 2009 by LPB

Can’t stop myself drooling over Patricia’s sophia sleeve shirt &  brass knuckle  heel.

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The ultimate party gears for spring; the knuckle brass heel must be the  affordable version of Chanel’s pistol heel.

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

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.

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

 

 

 

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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