Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fresh Sugar Face Polish Review

I've used a fair amount of exfoliating creams and masks over the years and I tend to alternate those that I use each week, but I still love the 'Fresh Sugar Face Polish' -nourishing mask with strawberries, as it smells divine. The smell of sugar and strawberries just compliments the brand name so well...Fresh!

It's enriched with revitalizing brown sugar and antioxidant-rich wild strawberries, which work together to gently dissolve dead skin cells and reveal perfectly nourished skin. Apparently it's a Fresh bestselling item too. But does it truly live up to it's name???




The ingredients it contains:

SUCROSE
PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE
PEG-7 GLYCERYL COCOATE
STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE
FRAGARIA VESCA (STRAWBERRY) FRUIT
PROPYLENE CARBONATE
EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELLILA) WAX
MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER
LIMONENE
FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)
LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL




The texture of the polish is creamy and slightly oily with fine sugar grains which melts into the skin after a few massaging motions. The annoying downfall of this product is that it comes in a round glass jar. Which means I have to use a spatula to dig out the polish- for hygiene reasons. Even though my hands are washed when applying skincare products, I still think it's unhygienic to dig my fingers in.

After cleansing my face, I tend to apply this polish to wet skin- even though it states it can be applied to dry. In my opinion using exfoliating scrubs on wet skin is less harsh and it'll help spread more easily.

Due to the fact that this isn't like regular exfoliators where you have to wash it off straight after, I tend to hop into the shower with it on and rinse it off after 10minutes. As I like how the steam in the shower helps my skin absorb the nutrients.



Overall I would give this product a 8/10 mainly cos it's a brown sugar polish which works far better than other grains and salts, as it's not drying compared to some exfoliators. Plus it can work as a two in one mask when you're feeling lazy. As it refines and hydrates the skin at the same time. The description does state it gives a glowing, luminous complexion after use, which I'm still questioning about. I do feel that it polishes away some of my flaky skin and it is pretty moisturising after use.

If they repackaged the container into something more hygienic and refined the sugar just a touch more I'd certainly give it a higher rating.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Lunasol Modeling Water Liquid Foundation and Control Makeup Base Review

I did a spot of shopping last Friday and came home with a few makeup items. I don't usually shop in SOGO, as it's very crowded in there, but other than SOGO I don't think Kanebo-Lunasol is sold anywhere else on HK island. I was pleasantly surprised though as SOGO are holding a 'Thankful Week' from 22 May to 31 May 09' and many brands have at least 10% off, or have selected skincare kits for 40% off. Bare in mind it's going to be busy there during peak hours like lunch time or evening, so I'd suggest ladies head there earlier during the day, or possibly latter.

I mainly concentrated on purchasing a good foundation, as I'm getting bored with the regular one I use. I've read so many good reviews about Lunasol- mainly about their Water Cream Foundation, but after I arrived at the Lunasol counter and spoke to the Sales Rep' to get some advice, I changed my mind.


I have combination skin, as like with many ladies it means dry cheeks and an oily T-Zone, and with the weather being so hot and humid, I was advised to try the Modeling Water Liquid Foundation instead. Apparently it's supposed to feel lighter on the skin and still be able to cover pores and rough textures.

The Lunasol Base Makeup Kit was introduced in February 2009' in Japan as one of their 10th year Anniversary collections. When I purchased the kit, it didn't come with the makeup bag, which I wasn't too bothered with. But just to let those of you who'll purchase the set from HK know.



Lunasol
Base makeup Kit includes:
  • Modeling Water Liquid Foundation 25ml, SPF17 PA+ (six selection of shades)
  • Control Makeup Base 25ml, (choice of three shades)
  • Nuance Change Foundation 7g, shade 01 Natural Glow
  • Under Eyes Base 2g, shade 01 Natural Beige
  • Micro Finish Powder N. 3.5g, Shade 02 Natural Beige
  • Morning Wakening Massage 10g
  • Night Refining Cream 10g


I purchased this Lunasol Base makeup kit for HK$590 (US$76) (GBP48) so it was not bad at all, compared to the regular price of HK$870. The Foundation and Control makeup Base are regular sizes, and the rest of the items are sample sizes.



I've tried the Lunasol Modeling Water Liquid Foundation along with the Control Makeup base for two days now, wearing both each day for over 10 hours. I was out doors on Saturday (even though it was pouring down), and I've been in an air-conditioned home all day Sunday, so I think it's a pretty good test to see how well- or NOT, this works.

I chose The 03 shade of Control Makeup Base which they've named 'Clear' but it's actually a beige colour that is supposed to even out yellowy skin tone. It did hold up to it's name and felt quite hydrating on my skin and gave the face a slight colour to prepare it for the foundation.

I liked the pump bottle as well, which is hygienic and easy to disperse, and the texture of the liquid was easy to spread. However, it didn't make my skin feel as soft as I would have liked, but maybe I'm just asking for too much LOL.



The next step was the Lunasol Modeling Water Liquid Foundation in the shade OC03, it did look a touch dark after dispersed from the bottle, but once it was spread evenly, it looked lighter. I blended this in with my fingers, rather than using a sponge. The texture was very similar to the base, but it dried far more quicker, which meant having to blend it in quickly before it caked in one area. I will use a foundation brush the next time I apply it, and will see if there's a difference.

There was also small shimmery particles on my hand, but once applied to the face, I couldn't see any shimmers at all.



The foundation states it contains approximately 55% water composition, and I could tell the difference of how lightweight it felt on the skin. The final application gave me a light-medium coverage and a nice dewy look.

I do have large pores around the nose and cheeks, and I don't think it does cover visible pores, so I used my 'Maquillage perfect pore cover' on top of the base, for my nose area, which gave a better coverage.

I'm afraid the photo below doesn't do the foundation much justice, as there was poor lighting in the room. I have the Lunasol Control makeup base and foundation on my right hand.



The final outcome for outdoor use, I would give it 7/10, although I was told the foundation is resistant to sweat and sebum, I still had to blot three times during the day, as it's just inevitable to sweat in the hot climate of HK. I'm sure those of you who live in the States or Europe will have less of a problem with this matter. The reason I still give it a 7/10 is the fact that the foundation didn't crease or cake after a full day's wear. The colour matched my skin tone perfectly and overall looked very natural.

As for wearing the foundation all day in an air-conditioning environment, a definite 8/10, I only blotted once during the 10 hours I wore the foundation and it certainly is long lasting. After hours of prep' in the kitchen and prancing around during the dinner party and drinking too, the foundation stayed put.

The foundation will work well for OL's, who are looking for a natural light-medium coverage, also being in air-conditioned environments all day draws out so much moisture from the skin, a foundation with a high composition of water will surely be beneficial. Plus the sophisticated glass packaging looks good too- so that's a bonus!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Shoes for Spring/Summer 09'

I'm a total shoe fanatic, and absolutely Luurve shoes in all shapes and form. Stepping foot into the shoe department of Lane Crawford or Harvey Nichols in HK just makes my eyes light up.

HK being such a small region do cater quite a wide range of top end brands. However, I do wish the styles of their lower end brands were more wearable. Shopping for shoes in high street stores over here is just so difficult for me. I either find styles I like but heels being too low, or they're quite poorly made. SO the only option is to either shop at higher end places, or to purchase online.

Here's a few Spring/Summer 09' gems I've come across online.

( http://www.kurtgeiger.com/ )
( www.net-a-porter.com )


Kurt Geiger Hampton £160.00


Carvela Kart £95.00


Carvela Keen £49.00

Christian Louboutin No.Prive 120 slingbacks £419.13

Christian Louboutin New Helmut Satin 100 Shoes £273.91
Tory Burch Geometric print flip flops £30.43

Stella McCartney Flat espadrille sandals £108.70

Sigerson Morrison Rivet gladiator sandals £425.53
Chloe Ankle strap sandals £452.17

Marni Leather platform sandals


Givenchy Cutout shoe boots £439.13


Jimmy Choo Soar glitter sandals £374.47


Givenchy Wedge leather sandals £453.04


Pedro Garcia Palmira leather sandals £213.04


Marc By Marc Jacobs £391.30

Pedro Garcia Camile leather sandals £243.48


Sergio Rossi Fringed strappy shoes £415.65


Tory Burch Miller leather sandals £130.43


Tory Burch Reva patent flats £130.43

Monday, May 18, 2009

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 09'

Paul Smith is a designer close to the top range of my favorites list. After working with Paul's team for a short period many years back. It was a total eye-opening session to how the fashion industry works. Paul's designs are rather quirky for some, but his attention to detail, and choices of colour on the interior of jackets and coats is certainly creative and inspiring. No matter how masculine or unisex his women collections are, I always manage to pick out a few items that take my liking.
Gotta check out the baby collection for my Godson too.

Here's 2 Paul Smith pieces I'll be adding to my Spring/Summer 09' collection:



Paul smith: Mainline women sleeveless bib front shirt






Paul Smith: Mainline Gingham Voile Top:






Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Blushers recommendation


My much recommended blushers would certainly entail
Chantecaille's cheek shade, in the colour - Silk, which works so well with my fair-medium shade skin tone. Apparently a new technology produces this ultra-light and fine cheek colour powder, which is made with micro-particles to create the most subtle blush. It's enriched with anti-aging vitamins A, C and E too, so one can't ask for more LOL. What I most love about this powder blush is that it goes on matte, which looks so natural and yet it adheres beautifully to the skin. I tend to use this during the day, as it gives me lovely natural rosey cheeks.

The downfall maybe it's size, which matters to some, usually most cheek palletes come in bigger sizes that are around 11g/0.38 US Oz, however Chantecaille's cheek shade looks like the size of a single eye shadow compact. It's so dinky, you can carry it around in your make up bag.
Purchased from Seibu in HK.



My next personal favourite would be Nars Blush in Orgasm, which is so soft and translucent, that it gives you that peachy pink healthy glow from within that really warms up your cheeks.

The shimmer factor is present but subtle, which is great if your skin tone is looking particularly dull that day, and it's perfect for the evening look, where the shade is buildable so you can look as natural to as sunkissedly flushed as you wish.

Monday, May 11, 2009

MAC's A Rose Romance Limited Edition Blushers

After a packed day around town this weekend in Central, I managed to get my hands on MAC's new A Rose Romance Collection - Blush of Youth Beauty Powder. There were two colours to choose from:

Blush of Youth - A sheer pink with gold pearl
Summer Rose - A soft violet pink with pearl



The packaging looked cute, which lured me into buying it, however it's certainly not as pigmented as other MAC blushers I've used in the past. Blush of Youth portrays to be a warmer toned of the two, but still too sheer for my liking. It doesn't do well as a blush, but possibly as a blush enhancer or a highlighter.

So if anyone who has a more porcelain skin tone or is looking for something more sheer and natural, then I guess this is an item you could try.



Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Skin care products of the month

I've always found that the skin care products you chose to use on your face/body should be decided upon what nutrients your skin needs, which I'm sure all of you already know. However, weather changes should also be a factor to consider, currently living in Hong Kong, where there is at least 8 months of heat and humidity, and 4 months of extra dry winters. It's a must to either change the brands of skin care products that you use, or to top up on the hydrating masks and step up on caring for your skin with a touch more attention when you endure a whether change.

After traveling quite frequently over the past several months, my skin has seriously taken its toll. So I've stocked up on two facial masks which I was very excited to try out.

I've always been pretty open minded about trying out different high/low end brands, so long I know the ingredients they enclose. So the first new mask I opted for was
the ISQUEEN Whitening Essence Collagen Mask, and the other is the DERMALOGICA Intensive Moisture Masque. I've tried both products out this week, and I'm quite happy to say that I was quite pleased with the results I got from the ISQUEEN. My skin did feel alot more hydrated and smoother after this product and it did give me the boost of moisture that I required.

I'm afraid I'm not quite sure where this product is made, as it's not stated on the back of the box, and the ingredients mentioned are not as detailed as those from other brands. But several friends of mine had already tried it, so I felt a touch more at ease in experimenting with them.

Ingredients: Collagen, Natural Botanical Whitening Essence,
Nano Vitamn E, Aloe Essence, Squalane, Glucan.

Functions: Using sophisticated
nano technology, ingredients such as collagen, vitamin E and whitening essence can be penetrated deep into the skin, providing a constant whitening and hydrating effect. Preventing the formation of darkening factors and reducing pigments, effectively against the harms of UV rays. Use it constantly and it will leave your skin supple and radiant.

I very much doubt that it helps against UV rays, but the moisturising effect I was quite pleased with, so I'm sure I'll be using this twice a week, and I'll then see if the final results of a month's use will brighten my skin. This product was brought from
SaSa in HK.

The
Dermalogica's Intensive moisture masque I used after the 'Dermalogica Skin refining Masque', I do prefer the skin refining masque more than the moisturising one, even though they both serve different purposes. As the moisture masque didn't do much for me.

Functions of the
Dermalogica Intensive moisture masque: A creamy moisture-replenishing masque that provides vital nourishment for ultra-dry skin, helping to alleviate fine lines and visible dryness. Contains no artificial colour or fragrance.

Maybe because I don't have any fine lines YET, that I didn't see any
difference after using it LOL, but overall I wasn't pleased with this product. My skin didn't feel soft or more hydrated after.

With my combination skin, I do get
alot of sebum pile up in my pores, and I'm still in search for a product that will reduce the appearance of pores. So if anyone has any recommendations I will gladly try them out.

The
Dermalogica's skin refining mask states:
A skin clarifying, texture refining masque with oil absorbing clays and purifying plant extracts to deep-cleanse the skin, helping to reduce oily-skin breakouts. Contains no
artificial fragrance or colour.

Another
Dermalogica product I'm testing out is the 'Antioxidant Hydramist', all I can say is so far so good : ) I use this as a toner, and pat this onto my face after my cleansing routine. It is so refreshing and again most importantly that it's hydrating and doesn't dry out my skin. Which is crucial for a toner, so that the products you apply onto your skin thereafter cleansing is thoroughly absorbed.

The product does state that it's for mature skin, but I would most certainly recommend this product for anyone above 26 years of age. As I do believe sustaining your beauty should start at a young age.

Functions: A refreshing antioxidant shield with flash firming properties to improve skin texture, fight damaging free radicals and intensely hydrate
alipoid, dehydrated skin. Contains no artificial colour or fragrance.

How it works: Pea extract creates an instant firming action to help lift and tighten skin.
WhiteTea, Licorice and Beta-Glucan help defend against the cause of skin aging.
Magnesium
Ascorby Palmitate stimulates collagen formation and inhibits collagen-degrading.
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-7 helps firm skin.

I've been using this product for one week now, and I give it the thumbs up.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Spring/Summer 2009's Trend Colour = Lime's & Yellow's

I went out shopping today, in search for a pair of sandals and in hope to come home with a few exciting goodies. But almost every shoe shop I went into, I was presented with something LIME or YELLOW. I know both, are very 'in' colours for 2009' but I didn't expect to be showered with them LOL.

I literally walked out of each shop after Sales Assistant's were shoving endless items under my nose, unfortunately you get alot of that in HK. Until I saw this:
Malene Birger Darice Cotton Cardigan, now this I fell in love with. I've always been one to wear safe colours like black, grey, brown's or beige. But this cardi' certainly changed my mind about staying 'safe' in neutral tones. A girl's gotta have some colour in her wardrobe, when it's items of clothing or accessories. You can check out the cardi from the following site: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/40327

After returning home with NO sandals but a stocked up load of toiletries I began browsing my favorite net-a-porter website and fell in love with a ring by Monica Vinader. This stacking embellished ring, which is made up of three individual rings can be worn separately mix and matched with any of your current jewelery. I'm definitely looking forward to receiving this in the post.