Archive | February, 2013

Nails Inc. and MUA Nail Quake

18 Feb

Hi lovelies, how was your recent holiday season? Mine was pretty hectic with the numerous visitors to the house, preparing food, cleaning… whew. Glad it’s over.

Anyway, I mentioned previously that I have MUA Nail Quakes. Here I’m using the shade Shattered Ice on Nails Inc.’s Piccadilly Circus. I got my Nails Inc. when I was in England some time ago but they are coming to Malaysia this March via Sephora! So Nails Inc. is really big in the UK, with a chain of nail bars in department stores serving a reported 10,000 customers per week! Their lines are catwalk inspired with regular collaborations with fashion designers. They have a wide range of colours and collections with special effects like leather and concrete effects.

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Piccadilly Circus is a dark cerise/pink colour. I usually go for blues, silvers and neutrals, but I like this colour very much. Nails Inc. polishes are reputed for their staying power which is part of why they’re so popular. Why don’t you check them out when they come to our shores and let me know what you think?

Now on to MUA’s Nail Quake. I’ve never done shatter/cracked nail polish so this is my first time. I used Shattered Ice which is a metallic silver colour. Applying it thinly or thickly gets you different effects. I noticed where I had it on a bit thickly it doesn’t crack as much so you can experiment with different looks.

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Here’s a pic I took at Day 3 after a lot of vigorous washing and moving of stuff as the last of our new year visitors left. Some wear and chips at the edges, but not too obvious due to the nature of crackle polishes. I’d say not too bad.

Day three

For those of you who are interested to check out Nails Inc., they should be launched in Sephora in March along with two other new nail colour brands Butter London and Ciaté. Their products range from RM45 to RM109 for their collections.

As for MUA, you can get them from their website. I do have 4 brand new bottles I’m looking to let go of. Drop me an email if you’re interested.

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From left: Jailbreak, Shiver, Broken Arrow, Quiver.

Shiver is a light pink with a very slight tinge of peach and Broken Arrow is a metallic dark purple. For some reason, Quiver looks really light in the picture. It’s actually a deep solid cobalt blue.

Hope you enjoyed that little post. Till next time!

Avène – How about some Thermal Spring Water for your skin?

7 Feb

I’ve always noticed the Avène section in stores and would stop by to look around but never bought. Until now, that is. My skin is prone to breakouts so I got the Cleanance travel size set to try. Their Cleanance range is specially formulated for oily, blemish-prone skin.

But first, a bit about Avène. Avène began as a Hydrotherapy Centre in Southern France back in 1743 when the water at the Saint Odile spring was discovered to have medicinal properties. According to the Avène website, “Very low mineralised, rich in silica and trace elements, the Avène Thermal Spring Water has been clinically proven to be naturally soothing, anti-irritating and anti-free radical.” All their products are based on this water.

This is the 150ml bottle. The size is just right for me. It also comes in 300ml and a smaller 50ml if you want to carry it in your bag.

Avene thermal spring water

Since this spray is meant to soothe the skin, you can pretty much use it any time of the day, even on top of makeup or sunblock. Just spray a fine mist, wait for a few minutes for the protective film to form, then pat dry. I usually just let it get absorbed into the skin.

I’ve just started using it, but I like it so far. The mist is fine and refreshing, it softens my skin and calms redness or itchiness if I have them.

The other thing I would like to talk about in this post is the Avène Micellar Lotion. It’s a cleanser and makeup remover. I have it in a 50ml bottle. It seems to do the job although I haven’t tried it with eye makeup yet. It’s very gentle and has minimal ingredients which makes it suitable for sensitive skin.

Avene Micellar Lotion

In my next post, I’ll talk about the Avène Cleanance Gel, Cleanance Lotion-Toner, Cleanance K Creme-gel and the Cleanance Emulsion-Lotion.

Thanks for stopping by and see you in the next post!

*Drumroll please* The Lilac Box is here!

6 Feb

The beauty box craze has caused beauty boxes to pop up over the past few months. One of the most recent ones to join the fray is The Lilac Box, which incidentally is started by three guys. Their much anticipated Valentine-themed debut box sold for an introductory price of RM35 and is said to contain only premium products. This is my first beauty box.

Needless to say, I was very excited when this came!

The Lilac Box arrival

Bright red Fragile sticker

Box in a box

A box in a box. The anticipation!

The Lilac Box revealed

Tada! How pretty. Love the sturdy brown box.

The Lilac Box welcome note

A little love note from The Lilac Box.

Lilac Box vouchers

A RM50 cash voucher for Centro Hair Salon and a signature Aromaplasty Facial at RM98 by Decleor.

Kerastase Resistance K

Kérastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte Reconstructing shampoo (80ml) is a daily, reconstructing shampoo for weakened to very damaged hair. Although I won’t say my hair is weak or very damaged, I’m excited to try this simply because I’ve heard so much about it.

Kérastase Resistance Ciment Anti-Usure reinforcing and refinishing treatment (75ml) is a daily conditioner that helps strengthen hair fibre and prevent breakage and split ends. This looks good too and I will be trying it out today.

Roberto Cavalli body lotion

Roberto Cavalli body lotion (30ml). This sample sized body lotion has a musky-floral scent. I’m not really into strong perfumes but I’m sure there are many out there who like it.

Max Factor Nailfinity

Max Factor limited edition Nailfinity mini nail polish. Mine came in the colour Boji, which is a kind of plum-purple colour.

Decleor Aroma Cleanse

Decleor Aroma Cleanse Essential cleansing milk (10ml) and Essential tonifying lotion (10ml) came in a very cute little pouch!

Burberry Beauty Fresh Glow

Burberry Beauty Fresh Glow luminous fluid base (1ml x 4). It’s a “unique moisturising fluid base and highlighting skin care formula” which “moisturises and perfects all skin tones, soothes and softens skin and help to restore elasticity of the skin’s epidermis”. Sounds really good, excited to try this as well.

The Lilac Box Feb box

Now let’s look at the value of the goodies.

1.  Kérastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte Reconstructing shampoo (80ml) – RM78 for 250ml so about RM25

2. Kérastase Resistance Ciment Anti-Usure reinforcing and refinishing treatment (75ml) – RM90 for 200ml so approx. RM34

3. Roberto Cavalli body lotion (30ml) – £25 for 150ml so approx. RM24

4. Max Factor limited edition Nailfinity mini nail polish – no info on this

5. Decleor Aroma Cleanse Essential cleansing milk (10ml) and Essential tonifying lotion (10ml) – The 400ml duo set is selling at a promo price of RM305 which makes this set ~RM7.60

6. Burberry Beauty Fresh Glow luminous fluid base (4ml) – RM150 for 30ml so it’s RM20 for 4ml

All in all, there’s a good mix of haircare, skincare, makeup and nail colour. And you’re getting RM110.60 in value (excluding nail polish and vouchers) by paying only RM35. Is that a good deal or what? If you’re thinking of giving them a go, register to get your blind date in a box 

Have a happy week ahead!

Of family ties

4 Feb

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This post will be a bit more contemplative. I just got back from a weekend trip to Penang to visit a few elderly relatives. My grandaunt is in her 80s, and great grandaunt is in her 90s. As I just got married recently, I won’t be able to see them this Chinese New Year so my husband and I made a trip to see them earlier.

I’m not terribly close to them. But they are getting on in age and I thought it would be nice to see them since they were not able to make it for my wedding.

Great grandaunt was surprised we visited her. She has weathered in the past year. Her movements much slower, eyesight weaker, but she’s still sharp as a tack as she proceeded to update my husband on the family tree. The family is spread out across the world, and she spoke ruefully about how the ties are weakening and the family is breaking up, how we are not as close as before. She’s the last one in her generation left, and who knows what would happen after she’s gone. I think that the ties are as strong as they have been, it’s just that as the family branches out, they have their own brood to take care of, just like how the tips of tree branches are not directly joined together at the trunk, they grow out from smaller branches that grow out from bigger branches. We moved on to lighter topics, and finally had to leave for our next stop.

Grandaunt was happy that we visited. She lost track of time and didn’t even realise CNY is this coming week. She was glad, but there is a sadness in her eyes. A faraway look seemingly in search of a time when things were lighter and happier, a time taken for granted, a time that seems so far away from where she is now. She has four sisters. One is battling Alzheimer’s, one is in hospice care for a tumour, one is struggling to take care of her mentally-challenged grown up children, and another one is staying with her, resigned to lying in bed after a fall. I wonder what she thinks about in her moments of reflection. Would she be filled with hopelessness? Regret? Resignation? Whatever it may be, I hope we have brought a little light into her day, even if it’s just for a few hours.

Georgetown City Hotel, Penang

4 Feb

Hi all,

I just came back from Penang to visit my very elderly grandaunt and great grandaunt. We put up in Georgetown City Hotel for two nights, so I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it.

When we first arrived, we didn’t know where to park. We circled the hotel twice before we found an obscure sign to the right of the hotel pointing toward the underground parking. Then we proceeded to check ourselves in which was done quite promptly.

We were given a room on the 27th floor (Yay!) out of 29 floors. A first look at the room:

Georgetown City Hotel bed

The first thing I noticed was the bright orange bolster on the bed. I mean, how many hotels provide bolsters, right? That said, you can see the mattress may need to be changed. It was sinking a bit in the middle.

Georgetown City Hotel room

Nice big windows let lots of sunlight in.

Georgetown City Hotel view

Beautiful sunset view with rolling hills.

Georgetown City Hotel room 2

Standard amenities of TV, coffee making facilities, mini bar, complimentary water and safe.

Georgetown City Hotel bathroom

This hotel subscribes to the Go Green philosophy by letting us opt to reuse towels and bed linen. Even the conventional shampoo and conditioner are replaced with a 3-in-1 dispenser of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel you can see in the top right corner. I don’t mind this at all seeing that hotels throw away all bottles when they clean the room. Such wastage.

Georgetown City Hotel sink

They have a soapdish by the sink! I remember many hotels which provide soap but you have nowhere to put the wet soap except on the sink which makes it messy.

Georgetown City Hotel is part of the 1-Stop Midlands Park complex. They have quite a number of levels of small shops. We wanted to get some photos printed and framed and there was a shop there to do that. For food though, it’s probably better to eat elsewhere if you know where to go. Gurney Drive is just a short walk away.

Gurney Drive

Dinner at Gurney Drive. Clockwise from top left: Assam laksa, O chien (fried oyster) and fried stuff. Assam laksa got eaten before I could take the pic, haha.

There’s also a coffee shop nearby by the name of New Cathay where we had breakfast. Food was good! And the Apom outside is very popular.

Kopitiam New Cathay Penang

Here’s the yummy jawa mee and char koay teow we had. I didn’t get to take pics of the apom but they were good.

All in all, even though it’s not exactly top of the line, it was quite a pleasant stay. Location wise, it’s very convenient as you’re within walking distance to food and shopping places.  For more information on rates, go to Georgetown City Hotel’s website. Thanks for stopping by!

MUA Undressed palette!

1 Feb

Hi dearies! Hope you had a great week and looking forward to the Chinese New Year next week. Today, I’m going to share some thoughts on MUA’s coveted Undressed palette.

When I first got my palette last December, I was really excited as it has some really nice shades. The overall colour is slightly cooler than the Heaven and Earth palette and although I quite like warm colours, I find myself using this palette more. Let’s look at the colours, shall we?

MUA Undressed Palette front MUA Undressed Palette back

MUA eyeshadows don’t really have names. Here they are referred to as “Shade 1”, “Shade 2” etc. Same slim plastic case with double-ended sponge-tip applicator.

MUA Undressed Palette

 

MUA Undressed Palette swatch

In this palette, there are two matte shades, Shade 3 and 5 which can be good contour shades. I must say MUA’s strength is their shimmers. As you can see, these two colours hardly show up at all. Other than these two, the rest are lovely and buttery soft. I love Shades 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9! What are your favourite colours?

As mentioned in my previous post, I have two of these palettes available, brand new and authentic. Drop me a line if you’re interested 😉

Till the next post!