Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque 06 Feeling Reddy

Bonjour à tous! Today I have something to present from the land of romance - the highly raved Rouge Edition Aqua Laques! Bourjois boasts that they possess a water-light, non-sticky formula that doesn't run or feather. Let's see what happens in practice!

Name: Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque 06 Feeling Reddy
Price: RM 45.45 for 7.7 ml
Made in: France

The soft, dense flock wand is precise, making application a breeze. If you worry about making a mess, which is a real concern with brighter colours, then you can always employ the help of a good old-fashioned lip brush.

06 Feeling Reddy is a fire engine red. The other red liquid lipstick (Etude House Color in Liquid Lips RD301 I'm in Love) that was featured on the blog a few weeks ago is cooler-toned. Like all water based lip products, your natural lip colour will show through a little. You can leave it be or layer for full opacity.

What I love about Aqua Laque is how weightless it feels on the lips (like a gloss but without the gloop nor heaviness). It applies evenly, has a lot of slip and gives an ultra glossy finish (or wet-look shine as Bourjois dubs it). The only minor issue is the shine fades after an hour, but it leaves a gorgeous wash of color behind, so all is not lost!

Available in 8 mouth-watering shades at Watsons and the Sunway Pyramid Bourjois kiosk, from fresh nudes to flamboyant reds.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Neesya LumiScience Brightening Eye Contour Gel

Name: Neesya LumiScience°® Brightening Eye Contour Gel
Price: RM 119 for 30 ml
Made in: Malaysia

I never gave eye creams much thought throughout my early twenties. Now that age is creeping up on me, I am chastising myself for this fragile area of ​​my face is in dire need of hydration and much pampering.

These days I try to make up for it by applying Brightening Eye Contour Gel every day and night. It is said to counter the causes of dark circles, puffiness and improves skin firmness and hydration with the use of Regu®Age PF, Silver Vine Extract, Alpha-Melight™, Acquacell™ and AcquaBiomin™ Gem Blend.

In addition to the complexes mentioned above, this eye gel also contains micro-shimmer particles (or in the brand's words, light diffusers) to refract light for immediate optical brightening effect. The problem here is that it doesn't really illuminate the under eye area, and even if it did, it would be a temporary fix since it gets washed away at the end of the day.

I would be more convinced by the eye gel if Neesya was to remove the pearly reflectors because the formula is pretty good - it absorbs quickly, has no discernible scent and leaves the eye contour soothed and moisturised.

Check it out on or at the Subang Parade, SACC MALL, The Mines and Plaza Metro Kajang outlets.

The full ingredient list for Brightening Eye Contour Gel:
Water, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Oxido Reductases, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Pareth-12, Glycerin, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Actinidia Polygama Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hyaluronate.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Aritaum Water Sliding Tint #12 Fruits Punch

For a brand that only registered in my peripheral vision fairly recently (safe to assume it has been around for a while), Aritaum sure drew me in quickly. One look at their Water Sliding Tints was enough for me to jump down that rabbit hole. Yes, ONE look!

Name: Aritaum 아리따움 Water Sliding Tint 워터 슬라이딩 틴트 #12 Fruits Punch 푸르츠펀치
Price: ₩ 9,000 for 2.4 g
Made in: Korea

#12 Fruits Punch is one of the star colours for the Water Sliding Tint line, so naturally I gravitated towards it. And what is there not to like? The grapefruit coral shade flatters my skin tone, and we know how hard that is to come by considering how out there Korean shades can get sometimes.

It doesn't need prepping beforehand, glides on smoothly (like a balm) and deposits sufficient amount of colour without the need for much layering. Perfection in a tube! I can't come out with a single detail to moan about this liquid lipstick aside from its lack of availability over here.

Even the gimmicky 1 mm sliding mechanism is a pleasure to deal with - no more accidentally smearing lipsticks all over the cap! It could be an astronomical Tom Ford (US$ 50), or an affordable Aritaum (US$ 10.48), but my 'no mess or wastage' stance remains the same!

2015 is shaping out to be a good year for me lipstick wise (especially the liquid variety). The colours that I got last month were very much to my liking, thus it is a surprise that I ended up enjoying this month's selection as well. Y'know, due to Murphy's Law and all...

To buy, hop on over to!

Disclosure: Press sample.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dolce & Gabbana Intenso Pour Homme Eau De Parfum

Intenso is pure instinct, the power of an emotion that is freely expressed. It is the force of a determined man, with a heart that is rooted in tradition, yet revels in the modern world. Intenso ideally represents the new generation of Dolce & Gabbana men, who live in the present and express their emotions with abandon and intensity.

"Sincerity is the key of the Dolce & Gabbana man's elegance. He is strong, yet he is also able to reveal his frailties. He is handsome, modern and full of life, just like Intenso, the fragrance that we dedicate to him."
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

Name: Dolce & Gabbana Intenso Pour Homme Eau de Parfum
Price: RM 264 for 75 ml
Made in: UK

The Fragrance
Intenso is a perfume for the manly man, or in Korean, 상 남자. It exudes raw masculinity that just envelops the senses. Be careful when you are around someone wearing this scent, one whiff is all it takes for you to swoon into his arms like what the ladies do on TV, haha!

The embodiment of the Intenso man: Colin Farrell

Jokes aside, I noticed something inherently new when I sniffed Intenso and I can't for the life of me, identify it. No surprises there because of the Moepel accord. Used for the very first time in perfumery, it is a sensual, almost animalic note with floral, balsamic and rich honey accents which drive a uniquely modern interpretation of the classic tobacco effect.

◆ Top notes: Basil, Aquatic notes, Marigold, Geranium
◆ Heart notes: Lavender, Absolutes of Bran and Hay, Clary Sage, Cypress
◆ Base notes: Sandalwood, Musky notes, Ambery notes, Moepel accord, Labdanum

The Flacon
Intenso marks and celebrates its ties with Pour Homme by mirroring its iconic lines. The flacon for Intenso is refreshed in a dark tobacco brown shade.

The colour palette is also reflected in the box, what with the luxurious dark brown velvet coating and metallic copper embossment of the Dolce & Gabbana logo.

Accidentally wiped away some of the letterings with a moist towelette *sob*

The Collection
◆ Intenso EdP 40 ml RM 206
◆ Intenso EdP 75 ml RM 264
◆ Intenso EdP 125 ml RM 363
◆ Intenso Deo Stick 75 ml RM 106
◆ Intenso Shower Gel 200 ml RM 108

The Composition
The full ingredient list for Intenso Pour Homme Eau de Parfum:-
Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Linalool, Limonene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, BHT, Coumarin, Geraniol, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 19140 (Yellow 5).

Disclosure: Press sample.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream With Microbeads

Name: Clarins 클라란스 Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream 젠틀 리파이너 엑스폴리에이팅 크림
Price: RM 143.10 for 50 ml
Made in: France

In a moment of weakness, I rang in a purchase at the Clarins stand before I boarded my flight. I tend to lose my marbles over skincare products as well as French brands (a deadly double combination)...

Suitable for all skin types aside from the extremely sensitive, Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream contains soothing Mimosa Extract and is free of parabens. I apply it to cleansed, damp skin in a light, circular motion. The minuscule, evenly sized beads are amazing – they don't feel abrasive yet somehow they manage to slough off my dead skin cells. My skin after rinsing is brilliantly smooth. Better yet, the effect lasts a few days!

At RM 143.10, it is admittedly expensive, but not shockingly so. Considering this day and age, I am sure you have come across exfoliators with price tags that could vie with rocket fuel? Seeing as a pea sized amount is used each time, this 50 ml tube may even work out to be a great value product overall!

Do you use physical exfoliators or are you a chemical convert?

The full ingredient list for Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Cellulose, Isocetyl Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Glycerin, Nylon-11, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyisopropanol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Disodium EDTA, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate.