Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer

Bourjois claims that the Radiance Reveal Concealer is enriched with water from the glaciers of Mont Blanc along with Hyaluronic Acid to visibly smooth away wrinkles and fine lines and hydrates the under eye area for up to 24 hours.

Name: Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer
Price: RM 39.90 for 7.8 ml
Made in: France

While this is labelled as a correcting and illuminating concealer, it isn't at all shimmery. The creamy and blendable consistency provides a medium coverage and a nice brightening effect for the under eye area. And while it is able to cover imperfections including blemishes (for me at least), the shades are too funky (for me again, at least) to be used for that purpose.

It comes in 3 shades (2 of which are brought in) which is admittedly insufficient to cater to all skin tones. I am a match for 02 Beige because my complexion brings out the salmon undertones in it (virtually undetectable on anybody else I must say). Let's hope that Bourjois will extend the range!

01 Ivory - 02 Beige

It does sit on the skin a little though, so I would suggest thoroughly blending for a more natural finish. Also set it with powder, because creasing will inevitably happen, no matter what other bloggers may tell you. Or it could be my oily mug and ever deepening fine lines creating disorder as usual *sniff*



I know people of all skin types who have raved about this concealer, so I would happily recommend this product to anyone out there (provided if you find a colour match). Please let me know what you think if you have had a go! And do check out my review on the foundation counterpart to this concealer over here.

The full ingredient list for Radiance Reveal Concealer:
Aqua (Water), Isopropyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Glycerin, Propanediol, Saccharide Isomerate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Magnesium Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Menthyl Lactate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Geraniol, Linalool, BHT, Tocopherol [+/- May contain: Mica, CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)].

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation SPF30

Bourjois's City Radiance Foundation promises to make the complexion glow and provide continous 24-hour hydration while protecting the skin from aggressive urban factors.

Name: Bourjois City Radiance Foundation SPF30
Price: RM 54.90 for 30 ml
Made in: France

I love the packaging – the squeeze tube is light to carry and compact, meaning I could easily slot it into a travel/everyday makeup pouch. The second thing I noticed was the scent. Fresh water flower fragrance? Count me in please (I adore scented base products even though they may be bad for the skin)!

The thick, creamy consistency (just like you'd imagine a proper foundation to be) gives the skin a matte yet natural medium buildable coverage. It smooths away pores, hides localised redness and evens out the skin tone. I apply this using damp makeup wedges. Blending it in with my fingers also works nicely.



The shade range is not the most comprehensive... 4 shades are brought in (out of 6) and I wear the middle, 03 Light Beige. There is nothing in the spectrum for darker skin tones, which will quite rightly miff some. 03 is not yellow-toned enough for me - you may recall from other foundation reviews that I resemble a banana more than a peach colour-wise, haha - but I am not fussed about that.

02 Vanilla - 03 Light Beige

The staying power is the only downside for this foundation. It started separating around my mouth and crease along my nasolabial folds after 3 hours or so. My T-zone fared worse, it gobbled up this foundation up within an hour; I couldn't see any trace of it left when I checked in the mirror! Mayhaps a primer will be able to prolong its longevity.

Nonetheless, this really is a rather decent foundation considering it retails for a mere RM 54.90, has SPF 30 and goes regularly on sale at Watsons. If you prefer a matte finish and a more uniform look to the skin then there is no harm in giving it a look!

The full ingredient list for City Radiance Foundation SPF30:
Aqua (Water), Titanium Dioxide, Isohexadecane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Propanediol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Alumina, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, PTFE, Magnesium Sulfate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-8, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Carbomer, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Sodium Citrate, BHT, Geraniol, Linalool, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Biotin [+/- May contain: Mica, CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)].

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Grow Young Gradually And Subtly With Authentic Ultherapy™

From left: Chris Tong; Merz Malaysia Country Manager Goh Sin Hua, Aesthetic Physicians Dr Sutna Nordin, Dr Kee Yong Seng and Dr Lim Ting Song

Merz Aesthetics (Malaysia), one of the world's leading aesthetics companies, recently held a media event on Authentic Ultherapy™ - an advanced and innovative non-invasive lift system that is globally recognised as trustworthy and effective.

Skin ageing starts with invisible changes between the ages of 25 to 30 but the most visible sign of this change is the appearance of facial wrinkles. Herein lie the popularity and demand for anti-ageing skincare and cosmetics, laser skin resurfacing treatments and plastic surgery.

Authentic Ultherapy™ is the only U.S FDA-cleared non-invasive skin-lift for neck, under the chin and on the eyebrow. Now Authentic Ultherapy™ is also U.S FDA-cleared to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. With Authentic Ultherapy™, doctors can see where and how deeply the treatment is applied, which then enables customers to achieve a natural and gradual lift, effectively and safely and with little to no downtime.

Authentic Ultherapy™'s precision technology ensures sustained lifting; harnessing the power of Micro-focused Ultrasound with Visualization to lift the eyebrow, under the chin, neck and improve wrinkles on the chest. It has been used safely worldwide for 9 years in over 620,000 procedures, with a strong record of scientific and clinical evidences in 40 peer-reviewed publications across 50 clinical studies.

Besides learning the science and technology behind Ultherapy™ and its efficacies, the guests at the event got to witness a live demonstration on a 'patient' how Ultherapy™ is administered and what a patient can expect during a treatment. Depending on each individual's profile, improvements can last at least a year or more.

Please consult your Authentic Ultherapy™ provider for more information.

Disclosure: Press release.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

LipIce Sheer Colour Strawberry

Rohto-Mentholatum recently signed Kim Jae-Kyung to endorse its LipIce range. Kim began her career in 2008 and is best known as the leader of K-Pop group Rainbow. "Kim Jae-Kyung shares many similarities with the LipIce brand. She is a classic Korean beauty with naturally beautiful lips and she exudes a youthfulness which is exciting to leverage on. We are happy to have her as the new face for the brand," enthuses Lim Mei Yuen, General Manager of Rohto-Mentholatum Malaysia.

Name: LipIce Sheer Color Strawberry
Price: RM 15.80 for 2 g
Made in: China

The LipIce Sheer Colour ensures 10-hour moisture with Argan Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Aloe Extract, whilst smoothening fine lines with Commiphora Mukul Herb Extract. Aside from all those juicy ingredients, it also contains antioxidant Vitamin E to protect the lips against damaging environmental elements.

Designed to work like magic on the lips, the newly upgraded formula glides on clear and changes to a natural sheer pink unique to the individual in just a few seconds. This means a fuchsia berry shade, for all colour changing lip products inevitably turn into this unbecoming shade once on my lips.

Swatched on my hand

If the colour was a little more me, I would never part with it for it instantly pulls together a look; the colour payoff of a lipstick but the sheen of a hydrating balm. The other thing I really enjoyed about it is the strawberry milk scent - it is yumminess personified! Sorry, the inner child within is making herself heard loud and clear, haha!

The LipIce Sheer Colour is available in three variants namely Strawberry, Shimmer and Fragrance Free for RM 15.80 each at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets.

The full ingredient list for LipIce Sheer Colour Strawberry:
Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Microcrystaline Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Flavor, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride/Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, Red 27 (CI 45410:1), Tocopheryl Acetate, Mineral Oil/Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract.

Disclosure: Press sample.