Thursday, March 26, 2015

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau De Parfum

It is dusk and my gauzy dress flares out around me, impatient to get the party started. This enigmatic time of day inspires me and fills me with excitement. The City of Light is my playground. I snap my fingers and it is party time; the city takes on a dreamlike quality. Off we go!
Guerlain



Name: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum
Price: RM 356 for 50 ml
Made in: France

The Fragrance
The CF features a sassy illustrated silhouette gallivanting around Paris to the tune of These Boots Are Made For Walkin'. I love Paris. I love These Boots Are Made For Walkin'. I also love cherries, but that will come up later in the review. So it is a no-brainer, I love the perfume.


This is an undeniably sweet scent, balanced with latent spiciness to give it a unique character. Marrying gourmands (cherry and almond) to a trail of woody notes (tonka bean and black tea) is pure genius. Every time I wear it I discover another layer - a never ending surprise of sorts! It is different from the usual generic scents but is still commercially appealing enough.

◆ Top notes: Black Cherry, Almond, Berries, Bergamot
◆ Middle notes: Bulgarian Rose, Turkish Rose Absolute
◆ Base notes: Tonka Bean, Black Tea


The Flacon
The bottle for La Petite Robe Noire takes the form of a woman's shoulder with a reverse hollow heart stopper (revisiting the shape given to the classics, Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue). Sketched in black ink, the little black dress is beautifully set off by translucent glass shaded from powdery pink to black.


The Collection
◆ La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum 50 ml RM 356
◆ La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum 100 ml RM 508

The Composition
The full ingredient list for La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum:
Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Limonene, Coumarin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Citronellol, Linalool, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Geraniol, BHT, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol, Farnesol, Eugenol, CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol.

P.S.: Did you know that there is a new addition to La Petite Robe Noire's perfume wardrobe called La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche?

Disclosure: Gift.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Clinelle WhitenUp Even Effect EE Cream SPF50 PA+++ Ivory & Natural

I am starting off the week with a brand new EE cream! Clinelle's WhitenUp Even Effect EE Cream features an exclusive Advanced Skin Perfection Tri-Complex, which instantly delivers 15 beauty effects in just one touch:

Whitening and Anti-ageing Complex derived from Purple Rice Extract which prevents melanin formation for fairer skin while the anti-aging Peptide reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Hydration System with innovative micro-encapsulated Aqua Capsules (water droplets form when you spread the cream) that locks in moisture for all day hydration with an instant cooling effect; while Hyaluronic Acid works as moisture magnet and can hold up to approximately 1000 times its own weight in moisture.

Skin Protection Complex that is derived from natural Sea Buckthorns as nutrient supply to promote skin restoration while Chamomile which is an anti-oxidant to boost skin defense, soothes and calms skin sensitivity.


Name: Clinelle WhitenUp Even Effect EE Cream SPF50 PA+++
Price: RM 65.90 for 30 ml
Made in: Korea

This alphabet cream comes in two shades, Ivory and Natural. Natural, the warmer of the two, is a better fit for me. Had it been slightly yellower, it would have been a perfect fit... now it stands at 85% match, haha! It is quite a creamy formula which works really well buffed in with fingers, sponge wedges or air puffs.


Ivory - Natural

The coverage is medium, but most probably can be built up to give a flawless finish. It corrects visible flaws (mild cases of dark circles and hyperpigmentation) while smoothing out skin tone by quite a bit. As a bonus, it does a decent job in transforming (greasy) shine into glow. Suffice to say that it also tames the oilies a little!


Without


With

I noticed that tears don't leave streaks upon application of this EE cream. And I know this because I turned on the waterworks in the cineplex, even though I make it a point not to cry when I have makeup on. Having to hurry to the nearest restroom to retouch my warpaint is such a hassle!


The one thing I can't take to otherwise an awesome product is that it tends to pool in pores, especially the huge ones on my nose. I suppose this can be easily rectified with the use of a silicone based primer but I was hoping that it didn't need supplementation from other products.


This EE cream has already hit the pharmacy shelves and is also available online on clinelle.com.

The full ingredient list for WhitenUp Even Effect EE Cream SPF50 PA+++:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Arbutin, Hexyl Laurate, CI 77492, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Talc, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-10 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, CI 77491, CI 77499, Sodium Chloride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Adenosine, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Silica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Moist Diane Extra Damage Repair Oil Treatment

I thought that Japanese pharmacy chains are the bomb, but it seems that ours are not too bad for we now have Moist Diane in our midst!


(Source: moist-diane.jp/)

Name: Moist Diane モイスト ダイアン Extra Damage Repair エクストラダメージリペア Oil Treatment オイルトリートメント
Price: RM 29.90 for 500 ml
@cosme rating: 4.8
Made in: Japan

Moist Diane has three ranges in total: Volume & Scalp, Moist & Shine and Extra Damage Repair. I didn't have much to choose from for they were almost all out of the conditioners (or as they call it, oil treatments). Lucky for me, I had no hardship bringing Extra Damage Repair home because its scent (wild berries) is my favourite; even though they all smell absolutely amazing!


This oil treatment promises softer and silkier hair by repairing, improving and strengthening hair from the core with Moroccan Cactus Seed Oil, Baobab Oil, Apple Stem Cell Extract, Alp Rose Stem Cell Extract, and three different types of Hyaluronic Acid.


The sulphate free shampoo that I am using leaves my hair brittle and tangly, and this other conditioner that I have in rotation does not help one bit. I am really pleased to report that the Extra Damage Repair Oil Treatment ticks all of its claims... hello lustrous locks! Momma sure missed you!


Have you seen this brand at Watsons? What do you think?

The full ingredient list for Extra Damage Repair Oil Treatment:
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimeticone, Steartrimonium Bromide, PEG-90M, Prunus Domestica Seed Extract, Sodium PCA, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Honey Protein, Aspartic Acid, Keratin, PCA, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Glycine, Alanine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Hyaluronate, Serine, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Extract, Valine, Isoleucine, Threonine, Proline, Collagen, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Isomalt, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Cetearamidoethyl Diethonium Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Lupinus Albus Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl/Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Bis-Ethoxydiglycol Cyclohexane 1,4-Dicarboxylate, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Bis-(Polyceryl-3 Oxyphenylpropyl) Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Sodium Lactate, Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Extract, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Tri-hydrogenated Rosinate, Lecithin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Etidronic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Caramel.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution



Name: Kiehl's 키엘 Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution 클리얼리 코렉티브 다크 스팟 솔루션
Price: RM 205 for 30 ml
Made in: USA

Shall I begin by stating the obvious? I am obsessed with brightening serums. Like you don't already know, haha! I will gravitate towards it if it is hyped enough - case in point Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. Kiehl's is a great brand with a not-too ridiculous price bracket. My claim stands true both in the US and Malaysia (despite the slight markup where it stands closer to US$ 56 instead of being US$ 49.50).

I like that this colourless, alcohol-smelling, viscous watery substance absorbs fairly quickly. That said, I can't get by using this alone - I find it necessary to add something moisturising on top. Clearly I am referring to Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which can be found on many vanities including my own.

My issue with this is the lack of efficacy. As seen from the picture above, I have used up half the bottle over the course of several months but I cannot detect any difference in my skin in terms of tone. Don't even get me started on my hyperpigmentation. I am not sure if it does anything at all?!

Have you ever tried this serum or anything else from the Clearly Corrective range? For those of you who are on the same page as myself, is there any brightening serum that you adore and think I should try?

The full ingredient list for Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution:
Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil/Lavender Oil, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Citrus Tachibana/Citrus Aurantium Tachibana Peel Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Extract/Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract Fmla 685531/10 Code F.I.L. D49466/1.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Innisfree Calming Gel Cleanser

I was ordered asked to embrace gel and milk cleansers during my last facial visit, which means I had to clear out all of my existing cleansers. I listened and that is how I came by Innisfree's Calming Gel Cleanser!

(Source: innisfreeworld.com/)

Name: Innisfree 이니스프리 Calming Gel Cleanser 민들레 카밍 젤클렌저
Price: ₩ 15,000 for 120 ml
Made in: Korea

The blurb says that this cleanser contains Jeju Dandelion Extract along with something called a Green Complex to moisturise and soothe skin while removing impurities. Better yet, it is 5-free; a relief for those who have an aversion towards sulphates, mineral oil, animal-derived ingredients, colourant or synthetic fragrance.


Did you know that there is a huge demand for cleansers with low pH these days? Imagine my delight when I saw the words 'slightly acidic' on the tube. Unfortunately, I don't know its exact pH so things are sort of up in the air... it could be a 3 or a 6! I suppose this a sign for me to get with the times and buy a pH pen?


It is a watery gel that you apply over both dry and damp skin. As the first step, it is massaged over dry skin. You then follow up with another cleanser or proceed to the toner stage. I get more out of it by using it as a proper second step cleanser, wherein I rub it in on damp face - I leave it to my cleansing oils to melt my makeup.


It is very gentle and very good at doing what it is supposed to do, which is to cleanse skin without sucking all the moisture from it. I love the fresh, cooling sensation that it brings upon contact, and of course the invigorating citrus smell. I can't see this formula ever antagonising the most sensitive of skins!


Like? Jolse.com has it for US$ 17.98.

The full ingredient list for Calming Gel Cleanser:
Water, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Butylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Lauryl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Green Tea Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Polyoxyethylene Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Orange Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Grandis Peel Oil, Lecithin, Betaine, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Ceramide 3, Phenoxyethanol.

Disclosure: Press sample.