Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana The One And The One For Men Collector’s Edition

The One Collector's Edition takes inspiration from the iconic symbols treasured by the Designers. Each flacon bears the imprint of a gold coin, which also featured in the Dolce & Gabbana's fashion collection for 2014, representing a journey of discovery of ancient Sicily and the Greek culture.

The One

Name: Dolce & Gabbana The One Eau de Parfum
Price: RM 463 for 75 ml
Made in: UK

I was really excited to see The One on my doorstep. Once again, I am a proud owner! Well, you might know that I came by the 2014 bottle a few months back. That one was appropriated by my mum soon after, so dare I say this is a sign that we are meant to be?

The One is a little lot like a Bond girl - it is sexy, alluring and captivating. Sensuality practically oozes from my pores when I spritz a bit of this on. The heaviness and spicy woody undertones feels very appropriate for the season (that is if we have winter).

◆ Top notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Lychee, Peach
◆ Middle notes: Madonna Lily
◆ Base notes: Vanilla, Amber, Musk

The story behind the range, the thought that went into designing the bottle (did you know that the female Greek god on the coin stands for wisdom?) and even the fiery red colour make this perfume extra precious. Whenever I stroke the bottle (oh so lovingly), actually to be honest, gazing at it is enough for me to go all Gollum. I bet that is something you didn't need to know. Yeah, go near the vicinity of my bottle at your own peril!

The full ingredient list for The One:
Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, BHT, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Benzyl Cinnamate, Isoeugenol, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, CI 15985 (Yellow 6), CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2).

The One for Men

Name: Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men Eau de Toilette
Price: RM 308 for 100 ml
Made in: UK

The One for Men, an Oriental Spicy perfume, is full of surprises. The light and unassuming opening whiff put me in a spin because I expected something bolder! My appreciation leveled up when it developed a (charismatic) character of its own after it settled.

◆ Top notes: Grapefruit, Coriander, Basil
◆ Middle notes: Cardamom, Ginger
◆ Base notes: Tobacco, Amber, Cedarwood

The deep brown flacon evokes a regal richness while the male Greek god found on the coin represents courage and intelligence. All traits that we appreciate require in a man, haha!

Every girl dreams of meeting her Prince Charming (William, I am still holding out for you!). I will smell him before I see him (thanks to this fragrance) and after an intense courtship, off to the sunset we ride together. If only dreams come true! Even if they don't, I still have The One for Men by my side.

The full ingredient list for The One for Men:
Alcohol Denat., Aqua (Water), Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Propylene Glycol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Methylparaben, BHT, Linalool, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Farnesol, Citral, Citronellol, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), CI 15985 (Yellow 6), CI 14700 (Red 4), CI 42090 (Blue 1).

The One Collector's Edition could be just the thing you are looking for if you are stuck for Christmas gifts. Such opulence! Seriously, can anyone say no to them??

Disclosure: Press samples.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

[News] Give Mom A Break And Help Her #StayBeautiful

Everyone knows that being a mom is a full time job and being a mom also means less time to take care of themselves which can have an effect on her emotions and self-confidence.

In a move to recognise what moms go through every day and to recognise that she needs personal time alone to help her look after and pamper herself to stay beautiful, P&G and its brands recently launched a promotional campaign called #StayBeautiful that celebrates moms and what they do for the family and encourage moms to stay beautiful.

From now until December 31st, shoppers at selected stores or retailers who purchase any Pantene or Head & Shoulders shampoo and conditioner worth RM 40 and above to help mom stay beautiful will stand to get a free exclusive Vivy Yusuf dUCK scarf for themselves or their moms while stocks last.

In addtition, P&G is also running a #StayBeautifulMom contest where winners stand a chance to win one of 50 Vivy Yusuf's Jersey Knit Scarves from the dUCK Premium Basics Collection, worth RM 120 each, up for grabs. All they need to do to participate is:
Step : Upload onto Instagram a photo of you and a mom spending time together.
Step : Hashtag #StayBeautifulMom and #StayBeautiful.
Step : Complete the slogan "I want to give a mom the gift of time because... (in 20 words or less)" as the caption of the photo.

So get creative and take a photo with your mom or any other moms such as a wife, sister or friends; having coffee together, watching a sunset together or even sharing a meal. Then upload to #StayBeautifulMom and #StayBeautiful and complete the slogan. This contest is open from now until 31 December 2014.

More details and terms and conditions can found at

Disclosure: Press release.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Boss Bottled Eau De Toilette

December is the month for fragrances at Casa Blair and first up is Boss Bottled. The new ambassador, Gerard Butler, embodies the values of the Man of Today, personifying strength, chivalry, charm and the complexity of modern times. Whether it is studying law, doing charity work, or his successful acting career, Gerard Butler grasps life with confidence, passion and an innate drive to succeed.

"I love what I do and I try to have a lot of fun in my life. I consider myself to be dedicated, and motivated, but at the same time I try to be compassionate with others. The Man of Today is not just about himself, but about how he inspires and invigorates other people."
Gerard Butler

Name: Boss Bottled Eau de Toilette
Price: RM 241 for 50 ml
Made in: UK

The Fragrance
Boss Bottled starts off with Apple, Lemon, Plum, tinged with Geranium, Cinnamon, Clove, and warmed with impressions of Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedarwood and Vanilla. This versatile combination is as contemporary and relevant today as it was at its launch in 1998 - it has truly stood the test of time, becoming an established part of the Man of Today's daily routine.

It smells strangely feminine at first and then gradually develops a masculine tone. I am guessing that the fruity notes lent a hand in fooling my nose? I usually am able to discern these things in a heartbeat. Nahh, I am kidding, haha! I have never managed to pick up different notes successfully, but even I am usually able to tell apart gender based fragrances.

The Flacon
For a limited time, you can get the special Collector's Edition dressed in a snazzy all-black matte attire. The refined simplicity and the lack of adornment captures one's attention while conforming to the Boss ideal of sophisticated elegance and functional style.

Plastering them side by side

The Collection
◆ Bottled Eau de Toilette Spray 30 ml RM 178
◆ Bottled Eau de Toilette Spray 50 ml RM 241
◆ Bottled Eau de Toilette Spray 100 ml RM 312
◆ Bottled Eau de Toilette Spray 200 ml RM 431
◆ Bottled Aftershave Lotion RM 233

The Composition
The full ingredient list for Bottled Eau de Toilette:-
Alcohol Denat., Aqua (Water), Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, BHT, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate.

Peeps, get your purses ready because you don't want to miss it!

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Guerlain Journey With Abeille Royale And Un Soir À L'Opéra

In an email to me sometime last week, Guerlain said that they were hosting a workshop - they wanted to impart tips and tricks for us to dazzle (more than usual) in 2015. Naturally I had to get my tush to the venue, the wonderfully accessible Mandarin Oriental Hotel, with bells on!

Guerlain presented the Abeille Royale range as well as their 2014 holiday collection, Un Soir à l'Opéra, during this little get-together.

Abeille Royale

Bee products are some of the world's most effective natural healing substances. Guerlain Research has extracted their active power to create Abeille Royale: a skincare programme with Pure Royal Concentrate that stimulates the key mechanisms in the healing process within the skin* to continuously help to repair wrinkles and loss of tissue firmness.

◆ Preparing Toner
◆ Up-Lifting Eye Care
◆ Face Treatment Oil
◆ Repairing Honey Gel Mask

Wrapping and knuckle massages were some of the techniques taught during the session. You know how much I love skincare products, so naturally I soaked up all those information like a sponge. Out of all that were on display, the stand out product was most definitely Face Treatment Oil. A watery oil?! Consider me sold.

Un Soir à l'Opéra

Midnight on the steps of the opera... A sumptuous ballet has just come to a close. The subtle shimmer of a black bow, whitened by the snow, catches the eyes. Wrapped around the chignon of a ballerina, whose radiance it beautifully enhances, it has flown away gracefully with a leap and slipped in through the gates of the opera house before coming to rest on the opera steps. According to legend, it offers the secret of grace and eternal seduction to whomever owns it. Make way for this exceptional collection, worn to light up the most festive nights of the year.

◆ Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette
◆ Perles d'Étoile
◆ Rouge Parade
◆ Coque d'Or

I was particularly taken by Perles d'Étoile. Now I get why people go crazy over Météorites each season! I was even lucky enough to have José Luis Yuve (Guerlain's International Make-up Artist) to draw my cat eye for me. If only I can replicate his magic...

I walked away with a big smile on my face and a whole lot wiser about skincare and makeup application. And thanks to this workshop, my love for makeup has rekindled - I am no longer stuck in a makeup rut where I wear the same look day in, day out.

Please visit a Guerlain counter for more in depth information about the products mentioned in this post. The lovely Beauty Advisors will be more than happy to assist you!

*In vitro test

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

[News] Gillette MACH3® Razor

The launch of the "Close Shave. Zero Redness" challenge was presented by Gillette and supported by Guardian Malaysia.

Fahrin Ahmad and Fizz Fairuz, popular Malaysian actors, gamely participated in the Challenge live on-stage, much to the delight of the audience. Both Fahrin and Fizz were required to shave one side of their face with a Gillette disposable razor and the other side, with the Gillette MACH3® razor.

After a live shaving demo, both Fahrin and Fizz agreed that with the disposable razor, they had to shave several times at the same spot and could feel irritation and tightness on their skin immediately. But with the Gillette MACH3®, shaving was effortless.

The blades of Gillette MACH3® are developed to reduce pressure on the skin and result in a clean, close shave in a single stroke, reducing the cause of shaving irritation and redness. Gillette MACH3® razor combines shaving technologies that work together as a manual system to deliver a close, comfortable shave.

Pricing as follows:
Gillette MACH3® Standard RM 13.90
Gillette MACH3® Turbo RM 15.90
Gillette MACH3® Sensitive RM 15.90

For more information on the razors and terms and conditions of the Money Back Guarantee, please visit or call 1 800 883 957.

Fizz Fairuz taking the shaving challenge with Fahrin

5 steps to the perfect shave
1. Soak before you shave
Beard hair is about as tough as copper wire; soften it by washing your face and neck with warm water and a mild soap, removing natural oils and perspiration that inhibit water penetration. After approximately three minutes of soaking, your beard hair will be optimally softened; in fact, the force required to cut beard hair is reduced by almost 70 percent after only two minutes.

2. Apply plenty of shave gel
Although water is an essential softening agent, it evaporates quickly. Shaving cream or gel moisturises and softens beard hair, creating a protective layer of lubrication to maximise razor glide.

3. Use light, gentle strokes
Use light, gentle strokes whether shaving with or against whisker growth. For ultimate comfort, use Gillette MACH3® razors. The blades of Gillette MACH3® are developed to reduce pressure on the skin and result in a clean, close shave in a single stroke, reducing the cause of shaving irritation and redness.

4. Shave tricky spots last
The toughest hairs grow on the chin and around the lips. Save these areas for last as more time soaking in shave gel will soften them further.

5. After shaving, rinse your face with cool water and pat dry
At the end of every shave, rinse your face and neck with cool water to close pores and soothe freshly exfoliated skin. Pat dry. Rinse your razor thoroughly and shake off excess water before storing. Do not wipe the blades, as this can damage the fine shaving surface.

Touch test by a member of the audience on Fahrin's smoothly shaven cheek using the Gillette MACH3®

Grooming tips
Q: Is it better to use hot, cold or warm water to shave?
A: Warm water is best for hydrating beard hair. Soaking in warm water softens hair and causes it to expand, making it 70% easier to cut.

Q: What is the difference between shaving with shave gel and with soap and water?
A: Shave gel tends to be less drying than ordinary soap and water and won't clog your razor the way soap can. Shave gels help retain skin moisture, making hairs easier to cut.

Q: What is the best way to avoid razor burn?
A: If the skin is not properly prepared before shaving or if the blade on your razor is dull, you are more likely to end up with razor burn. Make sure to hydrate hair in warm water for three minutes and apply plenty of shave gel. Also, be sure to change the blade on your razor at the first sign of dullness or discomfort.

Q: How do I avoid nicks and cuts, particularly above my upper lip?
A: The area above the upper lip is tricky for many men. Always leave it for last. Apply plenty of shave gel and allow this area to soak up as much lather as possible. Shave slowly and don't apply too much pressure.

Q: Is it okay to let my girlfriend or wife borrow my razor?
A: It's not a good idea to share your razor with your partner. Women have a much larger area to shave and you may find that after only a few shaves, your blade has dulled considerably, increasing the likelihood of nicks and cuts. Tell her to try a razor specifically designed for the way a woman shaves.

Volunteer gamely taking on the shaving challenge under the watchful eye of Fahrin

Disclosure: Press release.