Monday, June 29, 2009

Brief review on No'7 Protect & Perfect

I picked up the No'7 Protect & Perfect Beauty serum and Day Cream whilst I was in London earlier in the year. Apparently there was a huge hype about this serum a while back, after the product appeared on a documentary regarding anti-aging.


The No'7 Protect & Perfect Serum (known as No'7 Restore & Renew in the US market) claims to reduce the appearance of pores, smooths lines and wrinkles in just 4 weeks.

The texture of this serum is much thicker than any other serums I've tried, it feels more like a cream. But once it's spread onto the skin, it is slowly absorbed and you can feel the texture of your skin is noticeably softer. There is a slight scent, but nothing too overwhelming.

Overall it's not a bad product, but I don't think it's made a huge impact on the appearance of my skin, as the pores on my nose still stick out like a sore thumb, but it is noticeably smoother and softer. I still don't quite get what the hype was all about, and why it was flying off the shelves but at least my curiosity has come to an end, and I can keep on searching for a HG serum.

The Protect & Perfect Day Cream- the smell was the first thing I noticed after opening the glass jar, the artificial floral smell is just too strong for my liking. However, the texture of the cream is reasonably smooth. I only managed to use it for two weeks, and it's now left sitting in the corner of my dressing table. Which leaves this as an unfair review for this product, but somehow the smell just stops me from wanting to give it another try.


I now leave you with a photo of moi' with a silly cling-film over my head whilst I was getting my hair dyed back to black!!

Yes, the snotty tissues are all mine, and there I was thinking a spot of pampering would heal a cold!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Guide to Shopping destinations on HK island

HK is such a small metropolitan region, it's literally shown as a dot on the world atlas, but this tiny dot of a city is like a shopping mecca for shopaholics.

I always get asked, why do people who travel to HK, have a tendency to shop for foreign brands? Well firstly, certain products are cheaper due to the exchange rate, there's tax free on basic goods, and thirdly HK is more of an international financial centre that
concentrates on trading rather than producing or marketing their own brand names. But if you look closely enough, you'll realise you're actually surrounded by HK goodies throughout your stay.

CENTRAL- one of HK's iconic addresses for high end brands!






Stepping onto Des Voeux Road Central you'll find 'The Landmark' home to the flagship boutiques of many international fashion brands as well as dining outlets, such as Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Tods, Bottega Veneta, Harvey Nichols, ZUMA etc. It's a nice place to sit for afternoon tea, as it's always less crowded.


IFC Mall- 8 Finance Street, houses over 200 international brands, mostly high end luxuries, a new cinema and restaurants: Agnès b. le pain grillé, Biztro, RMK,Cafè Vergnano 1882, Fook Ming Tong Tea Shop, Kee Wah Bakery just to name a few.



On Lan Street- Maison Martin Margiela, Billionaire Boys Club, Comme des Garçons, Christian Louboutin, DSquared2, Deep Anger, D-MOP, oh the list goes on...






For a taste of traditional Chinese outfits Yue Hwa Chinese Dept Store, on Queens Road Central (also located in Causeway Bay and Jordan), will give you plenty at that. Shanghai Tang, on Pedder Street (another branch in Pacific Place phase II) which is another favorite of mine has beautifully designed Qi Pao's that are produced with a modern touch, it's even better if you have the time to get them tailor made.


Known as Antique Street to the Chinese on Hollywood Road Upper Lascar Road/Cat Street specialises in wooden hand-crafts, porcelain vases and jade. Haggle away!!


Before you leave Central, stop off at Lan Kwai Fong or SOHO for a few martini's to recharge your batteries!!




ADMIRALTY- Continuous luxuries!!
Pacific Place Mall is situated above the MTR station. The Seibu and Lane Crawford Department store
offers various international brands and beauty products. A particular favorite of mine is the lush Lane Crawford home furnishings store.



CAUSEWAY BAY- Eternal Popularity of Mini Mix galore!!






You'll find three branches of Bonjour beauty stores in CWB, this is suggested to be your first stop for beauty shopping, as you'll find certain products to be 20% cheaper than SaSa. Caution: Always Check their expiration date before purchase, as Bonjour/SaSa tends to stock products known to local's as "water goods" which stands for parallel imports. Certain products may only have a shelf life of 12-18 months.


There are 6 delightful branches of SaSa's (HK's leading beauty chain store) and the largest in CWB is on Great George Street.




Watsons one of HK's leading Pharmacy's- This is where you can find the much loved Japanese and Korean drugstore brands like Tony Moly, Kate, Majolica Majorca and so forth. The bigger the store, the more brands they stock and vice versa. You'll find some local HK branded skin care products here and in Mannings too.


Mannings Pharmacy- Sells My Beauty Diary masks and a whole load of overs, they're also sold in SaSa. I did a test run, when I purchased my new batches of MBD's last week, and the production/expiration dates were the same from both stores (3 years), but they were cheaper in SaSa.


G O D- Goods of Desire!! on Sharp Street.
I'm sure not many of you's would have thought about purchasing a piece of furniture from HK, but if you ever do, stop by this place- they also sell the funkiest T.Shirts and accessories that are very HONG KONG style modernised from the 1950-80's.


Chocolate anyone?? Agnes b' Delices on Paterson Street.









There's The Lee Gardens plaza for those who can never have enough of luxury brands. Gucci, Chanel, BV, Lowe ZZZZzzzzzz the list goes on. (Lan Fong Road)


Loads of mini-malls such as Laforet on East Point Road.
Fancl
is just around the corner too.







Causeway Bay Place- more accessories!!
Great George Street








Island Beverley mini-mall on East Point Road for your girly kawaii things, and a taste of some jazzy HK style clothing.








Delay No Mall on Yee Wo Street- Delay No Mall branded merchandise, vinyl figures, accessories, jewellery, where you'll find fun and abit of creative flair.


Azona a02- Paterson Street. You'll find racks of clothes from local independent designers from all walks of life.



How about some Vivienne Westwood or Ruby Li on Paterson Street.





Times Square (Russell Street) if you're in search for high street stores or electrical gadgets head to Fortress or Broadway.
I would suggest the Computer Centre
130 Hennessy Road in Wanchai for computer bargains too, but take note these are parallel imports which may not offer warranty, where as Fortress/Broadway do.


Lane Crawford Dept store at Timesquare offers more HE shopping.





Jardine's Crescent for a touch of mini market shopping and for those who are in search for their I ♥ HK T shirts. If you're eager to explore more markets, check out:
Ladies' Market (Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok Kowloon)
Temple Street Night Market (Jordan in Kowloon)
Stanley Market
(Stanley Market Road, Stanley)


SOGO Department store 555 Hennessy Road, stocks a wide range of brands, most importantly for those in search of Lunasol, Coffret D'or, Sofina, Ipsa etc. should check this place out.

Hope this
covers a BIG enough Haul for you beauties!!



Brief shopping hotspots of Kowloon:
Mong Kok - For those in search of the cheap and chearful, cute cute kawaii should stop by. But be warned, the place is constantly SO crowded.

Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon - Rise Commercial Building 5-11 Granville Circuit, just off the main street of Granville Road is where you'll find a touch of vintage flair, along with a mini-mall of local HK designers.

Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong - A shopping mall that includes a cinema and HK's largest ice rink.


Have a Fabulous weekend!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A late Haul!!

The following haul was purchased a month ago, but I wanted to try everything before I made reviews on them, so here we go:


Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee 1st Wrinkle Serum:
I love the smell of grapes from this product, as other than the packaging that gave me the first impression- which was not all that great, the smell made up for it.

It's a very thin fluid like consistency and glides onto the skin, where it's soaked up very quickly. But I had to use several pumps to get enough to cover the full face. After a month's use, I haven't seen much difference to my skin, it is a very smoothing serum, but other than that, I'm not too hyped about it. I've almost finished the entire bottle (after 4 weeks), which was purchased in SaSa during the sales, and even after the 20% discount (HK$480) (USD61), it was still quite pricey compared to online offers I've seen in the US. Will I purchase it again?? I doubt it!!



Zeno Hair waving Holder:
This was something I picked up off the racks whilst I was queuing to pay for my goods LOL! Did it give me the perfect fringe curl?? I'm afraid not, I even took before and after photo's, but it was honestly pointless to post them up, as both pics almost looked identical. I would have achieved a better curl with just a round brush.


Cellniq-b.liv 'off with those heads' pro sebum gel:
After a quick skin analyzing test that was made in SaSa, I was introduced to this product, which I know has been out for years in the States and other parts of Asia, but apparently it's quite new to the HK market. The packaging reminded me of drugstore sun screens, I know they've repackaged the product in order to market towards teenagers as well, but could they not have come up with something more tasteful?

Off with those heads as the name states, is to remove black/white heads and control sebum production. The directions states to use 2-3 pumps, but 1 is already more than enough for my T.Zone. It's a clear gel that smells of tea tree oil but the fragrance doesn't linger. During the first week I had to constantly blot my nose as the amount of grease produced was enough to fry chicken LOL! There is a precaution about this on the box.

I am quite pleased with my purchase as it has dramatically improved the level of sebum secretion and my T.Zone is now less greasy, I'm almost white head free too. Hopefully I'll no longer have to use a blemish extractor. Apparently constant use of an extractor can cause bigger pores. Has anyone tried Derma RX Comedone Formula? Or Suqqu Pore Purifying Effector???


Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Duo- S10 Granite Stone
For office days, I tend to use more earthy shades, but when I came across this duo compact, it was quite appealing. With just a wash of the light pink, and a little granite black, I could still get away with a fresh and light look. I used this compact over the weekend, and managed a smokey evening style too, so it's quite versatile to keep in the make up bag, for transforming day to night looks.

Friday, June 19, 2009

QuIcK DIY NaiL ArT

There are so many ways to play around and decorate nails, but I've never been creative in this area and don't pay much attention to my nails other than to just paint them. After receiving a pack of 3D rubber art stickers from a friend- here's my bit of fun!

Rimmel London PRO Professional Finish in 319 Ruby Me
Quick review- it dries quickly, the maxi brush gives an easy application, and two coats gives an even pigmented finish. Even with a top coat, it tends to last no more than 5 days before it starts chipping.



KINU 3D Rubber Art Stickers from Japan.



I applied two coats of Rimmel polish, waited for them to dry and placed the stickers on.



The stickers are still adjustable after they've been applied to nails, you can use tweezers to position them more accurately.



Apply any brand of top coat, I used Sally Hansen's Mega Shine.



VOILA!!
A quick and easy way to jazz up them nails.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fruit shopping with Mr.Canon Camera

As we've always been told, in order to achieve healthy looking skin you need to top up on your daily dose of Vitamin C' be it applied as a cream, or better still to eat yummylicious fruits that contains vitamins.

HK is a region that is full of fresh and exotic fruits, and that's one thing I've fully enjoyed after moving here.

So here we go- fruit shopping with my camera!!

Driving my trolley down the fruit isle I come across must by Dragon Fruits! Full of Vitamin C and low calorie.



Blimey there's heaps of them. *o*



Guava and Loquat, I love Loquat's, they taste refreshing, not too sweet and according to Chinese herbal practitioners, they're good for the lungs.



Baby Papaya at the back facing Big Daddy Papaya.



Known as the "Queen of Fruits" The Purple Mangosteen is scrumptious and certainly one of my favorite fruits- so sweet and juicy!



Here comes the "King of fruits"- the Durian, I'm afraid I still haven't grown to like these.



Look at the size of those Watermelons.



STAR Fruits- Carambola!!



I haven't tried fresh Figs before are they tasty??



I'm clueless of what these fruits are, but it hurt like hell when I tried poking at it as I assumed the spikes were soft- DUH!! Anyone know the names of these??




Ok, fruit all stocked up, juice anyone??



Considering I've got so much healthy fruit in the trolley, it's now time for some junk food. Love these crisps! Jack N Jill Potato Chips Salmon Sushi Flavor. You get a pack of wasabi powder in there too.



BIG RING!



When did Burger King start producing crisps? I've never come across these before.



Check out time, blooming heck I've bought enough to feed ten.
Damn I've squashed my fruits as well!



At home eating me banana's, how much smaller can they get??