Archive for Estee Lauder

Advanced night repair

Posted in skincare with tags , , on September 7, 2009 by LPB

I had been using this brown bottle miracle intermittently since its launch in the 80’s, it was the ultimate potion on my mother’s dressing table. I started using this wonderful serum in my teens and had since been a fans of this repairing serum; to me, it’s a skin insurance, to preserve the youth and radiance of my skin.

It’s was a breakthrough concept then to guard skin against environmental assaults such as free radicals and i believe my skin was saved by the usage of this potion from young age. This was the serum, before the launch of all those serums.

It was a pioneer in skin repairing and still light years ahead of its competitors.

I firmly  believe this is the one formula beautiful skin can’t live without.

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The new advanced night repair is a comprehensive, high-performance anti-aging serum-inspired by groundbreaking DNA research, brings a dramatic reduction in the visible signs of aging to skin.

It helps to continuously repair the appearance of past damage, prevent future damage and deliver high levels of hydration.

VISIBLE RESULTS, PROVEN SUCCESS.

Even the best can get better. This advanced formula-with 20 patents worldwide-includes all the benefits you love about the original, plus more to help your skin repair itself like never before:

Exclusive Chronolux™ Technology

Repairs the appearance of past damage.

Addresses damaging effects before they become permanent.

You’ll see a visible improvement in the signs of aging-specifically lines, uneven skintone and immediate hydration.

Enhanced Environmental Repair

Neutralizes up to 90%* of environmentally generated free radicals before they can affect skin’s appearance.

That’s key, because environmental assaults such as UV, smoke, pollution and even emotional stress are the #1 cause of premature signs of aging.

The advanced technology in ANR repairs the appearance of damage caused by every major environmental assault.

Continuous Hydration

Creates the optimal environment for repair with nature’s long-proven moisture magnet Hyaluronic Acid.

Clinical tests prove skin’s levels of moisturization increase dramatically.

Soothes daily irritation and builds a rich anti-oxidant reserve to help replenish skin’s natural protectants.

Think of it as “insurance” for younger, healthier-looking skin, today and tomorrow.

Regardless of the application advise, i am using this lovely serum twice a day,underneath my moisturizer/sunscreen to safeguard my skin. Its texture is runnier than the previous generation but the hydrating capability is superb.

This should be the serum on the dressing table of everyone that is concern about achieving beautiful, youthful skin!

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.

Estee Lauder vivid garden spring 2009

Posted in makeup with tags , on March 5, 2009 by LPB

Pastel, pastel, pastel !

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Dreamy , ethereal shades for girly finish. Everyone deserve to be a sweetheart.

Ultimate youth eye cream

Posted in skincare with tags , , on February 27, 2009 by LPB

“Postpone the appearance of eye ageing” with our Ultimate Youth Eye Creme for the most extraordinary skin of your life. Instantly.

A breakthrough for young skin, this revolutionary Eye Creme with the exclusive “Youth Molecule” delivers the look of Youthful Vitality, Youthful Smoothness, Youthful Tone and more — in a rich formula specifically for the eye area.

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In addition, it hydrates and brightens for a recharged, energized look. With continued use, it helps visibly soothe away puffiness and minimize dark circles. Skin looks smooth, soft, ever radiant.

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I loves this light cream gel light eye treatment; it’s refreshing yet nourishing, i would say it’s worth the price ( i am a fan of the ultimate youth cream and was using it over my eye area before this is available ).

There is a sample of the face cream  attached to the leaflet enclosed in this little gem!

Fuschia

Posted in makeup with tags , , on January 28, 2009 by LPB

Fuschia to brighten up the current gloomy economics?

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I love the Fleur de Lys Shimmer Powder.

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Best long lasting mascara

Posted in makeup with tags , , on January 14, 2009 by LPB

Again, Estee Lauder double wear mascara has proven to be the most durable mascara; it appears just as fresh as it was, after 18 hours of wear!

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Smudge free, clump free, feather light yet tenacious in wear, naturally glossy in finish, easy to remove, never leaves lashes brittle…….

Body Shop shea body scrub

Posted in skincare with tags , , , , on January 13, 2009 by LPB

Reveal softer, glowing skin with exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar in a moisturizing, oil-based scrub that has a fresh, classic scent.

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  • shea butter has antioxidant vitamins A and E to help protect and nourish skin.
  • organic soy oil is very rich in essential fatty acids that help to repair skin’s
  • moisture barrier, so skin is smooth and supple.

  • organic sugar and salt grains gently exfoliate skin.

 

I am overwhelmed by the moisturizing power of this scrub; it leaves my skin renewed, soften, smoothen, and most importantly delicately scented.

The fragrance in this mighty scrub develops into an aroma that reminds me of Estee Lauder Sensuous!

Ingredients : Octyl Palmitate (Emollient), Sodium Chloride (Salt) (Viscosity Modifier), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Sucrose (Depilatory Agent), Silica (Absorbent), Glycine soja (Soybean Oil) (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ricinus communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Propylparaben (Preservative), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary Extract) (Natural Additive), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 77891 (Colour).

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

EL sumptuous mascara (update)

Posted in makeup with tags , on November 21, 2008 by LPB

I had used this mascara for about 2 weeks and now the so-called advance mousse like formulation for smooth,clump free application seems to be reverting to an ordinary, clump prone mess – leaving my lashes dry & brittle.

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My EL double wear mascara gives me a far more superior finish than this, even it’s 3 months old.

EL Sumptuous mascara

Posted in makeup with tags , , on October 4, 2008 by LPB

Estee Lauder introduces Sumptuous bold volume lifting mascara 

LIKE A little black dress, mascaras come in all shapes and sizes and deliver a range of benefits to suit your lifestyle and your look. 

The style that always works for you might not be the one that works for your friend. Or perhaps it’s variety you crave wishing to change your look with your mood.

No matter what the desired effect, Estee Lauder offers a solution, and this summer the brand is delivering even more versatility to your lash wardrobe with new Sumptuous Bold Volume™ Lifting Mascara an advanced new mascara that creates daringly full, lavishly lifted lashes without the clumping or spiking so often associated with volumizing mascaras. Now take your lashes where they’ve never been before all the way to big, bold and beautiful.

LUXURIOUS MOUSSE-LIKE FORMULA
Until now there has been one primary way to create extreme volume the classic heavy deposit of many coats of waxy mascara, which creates volume by clumping lashes together.

While this gives the illusion of thicker lashes, it can also lead to lashes that are droopy and messy. Now, there is a sumptuous alternative Estee Lauder’s Bold Volume™ new, patent-pending mousse-like formula contains a calculated blend of light-weight gels, polymers, waxes and pigments to lift and plump even sparse lashes into big, lush lashes that are all lightness and flirtatious curl.

The new jellified suspension system utilises “swollen” water, which allows the use of less wax to add a dimension of incredible volume and lifting. This means that all ingredients are gently and lightly suspended much like a whipped soufflé as opposed to a dense chocolate cake!

Adding to the light base are new, “Y” shaped nylon fibres that reinforce the volume enhancing, airy properties of the formula. Atmospherically lightweight, these innovative Micro-Lock fibres interlock and stack together on the lashes as the product is applied to create a pillow-like cushion around each lash. 

Enveloping each lash in the cushiony, mousse-like formula, these unique fibres fill in even the sparsest of lashes and deliver glamorously rich volume and lift. Adding to the impact, the fibres are blended with gripping TackFlex polymers to quickly coat lashes from root to tip, keeping them light and lifted while exaggering volume.

In addition, a carefully calibrated combination of lightweight waxes and oils, such as hydrogenated olive oil and paraffin wax create maximum volume and curl and prevent clumping. The result is supple, flexible lashes suspended in a beautifully arching curl.

ADVANCED NEW BRUSH DESIGN
Sumptuous Bold Volume ™ Lifting Mascara includes a new, specially designed BrushComber™ brush that wraps your entire lash in air-light volume for a 360º effect. 

With a blend of two different bristle fibres, the BrushComber™ delivers all the thickening effects of a brush with the definition of a comb. While one fibre is soft and flexible to quickly deposit the formula and deliver dramatic volume to individual lashes, the other fibre is more rigid and solid to comb through lashes for a look that is both clump-free and expertly separated.

Ideal for even the sparsest of lashes, Sumptuous Bold Volume™Lifting Mascara is fragrance free, ophthalmalogist tested, and safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Easily remove the mascara with makeup remover, such as Estee Lauder’s Take It Away Total Makeup Remover.

This summer, let your eyes speak volumes with daringly full, sensuously curved, all-outseductive lashes.

It’s the best volume amplifying mascara i had tried so far, light in texture yet heavy weight in finish! Smudge free, clump free.