The Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders and their accompanying blushes burst on the scene in a shower of sparks and frenzy some time last year and everyone and their aunty was raving about it. Ooh rah rah! So nice! So perfect. Since we didn’t have Hourglass Cosmetics available locally (and we still don’t, so I’m sorry to burst your bubble, peeps!) I didn’t pay it a lot of thought. I mean, I knew I wanted to try it at some point, but I’d do it on my own terms.

Late last year or early this year, I forget which, I decided to take the plunge to see what was the fuss about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush and decided on Radiant Magenta mostly because I loved how it looked on Karen, quite forgetting that she and I have quite different skintones! LOL!

hourglass ambient blush magenta cover Let Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush leave a soft focus kiss of Radiant Magenta on your skin

The product comes in a gunmetal metallic case that is actually plastic, so it looks luxe and hefty but is in fact light as a feather. It is quite deceptive and I’m afraid, doesn’t quite add to the luxe factor of the product or pricetag. The Ambient Lighting Blush is actually a combination of blush colour and the popular Ambient Lighting Powder so this product promises to give you a glow to the skin and soft focus colour. Imagine therefore a soft flush of colour on your cheeks, lit from within, so you look healthy and happy and in some cases, kawaii.

Well I can tell you up front that for the first few months I was using this, I wasn’t sold on it. Nope, I didn’t quite see why it got the raves, so I pretty much abandoned it. And then, a few months down the road while making an effort to use and enjoy products I already own, I took this out again and suddenly, it worked.

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I’ve said often that nail polish isn’t a forte nor interest of mine. It seems somewhat sacrilegious to admit this especially when it seems like every one who owns a beauty blog or who are in the beauty industry sports perfectly polished and buffed tips in person and in photos, and I discreetly hide my plain nails when I’m in such company.

Quite often, most people have perfected the art of painting their nails by themselves and for this, you have a myriad of tools to hand, including quick drying top coats or quick drying oils, both of which are lifesavers for the impatient (moi!) but more often also, I know of many women who would rather just get it professionally done at a nail salon.

pedicure manicure Your Say: Do you regularly go for manicure and pedicure treatments and enjoy them?

I know too that going to a nail salon is supposed to be a fun, girly afternoon activity but you know what? I don’t enjoy it and I never have. I don’t know if that doesn’t make me very girly or if it makes me odd (you’re going to have to tell me if I am!) but it’s a case of been there, done that, bought the T-shirt and didn’t enjoy it one bit.

Do you enjoy going for manicures and/or pedicures and is it something you enjoy? Please feel free to say yes (or no) because you know how it is here at Casa MWS, no one judges (nope, not even if you don’t shower in the mornings!) icon biggrin Your Say: Do you regularly go for manicure and pedicure treatments and enjoy them?

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You know what, I could tell you that I’d always loved Bobbi Brown lipsticks, but I’d be lying through my teeth. Me? I’ve always been a bright lippie girl and Bobbi just didn’t do it for me with her safe, neutral shades for makeup. I need my lipsticks bright and IN YOUR FACE! icon biggrin Whether safe with Sandwash Peach or bold with Hot Berry, Bobbi Brown makes you Crazy for Color So, when someone like me hears about a “Crazy for Color” lip color collection, I gave it a little side-eye. Come on, Bobbi, colour?

bobbi brown lip color hot berry sandwash peach Whether safe with Sandwash Peach or bold with Hot Berry, Bobbi Brown makes you Crazy for Color

Bobbi Brown Lip Color Top: Sandwash Peach, Bottom: Hot Berry

Yes, friends. Colour – finally! icon razz Whether safe with Sandwash Peach or bold with Hot Berry, Bobbi Brown makes you Crazy for Color

To add a little life and colour to the existing range of Bobbi Brown Lip Color lipsticks, there are 27 new shades of lipstick including some lovely brights and bold shades because not all of us like creamy neutrals, agree?

Bobbi Brown Lip Color lipsticks are their original formula lipstick that offers colour with a semi-matte finish. If you prefer lighter, more balmy textures, this isn’t the lipstick you’d go for. This, I almost hesitate to say, has a slightly old-fashioned lipstick texture. A little waxy, opaque and has a slight “lipstick” scent. The packaging too offers a little old-world luxury feel – gold tubes paired with black casing.

I have 2 colours, Sandwash Peach and Hot Berry, a nude and a bold shade, so I’ll just show you how they look and you can tell me which looks better k? icon smile Whether safe with Sandwash Peach or bold with Hot Berry, Bobbi Brown makes you Crazy for Color

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Just this week, I had one of the most interesting beauty experiences I’ve ever had and I just had to share it with you as soon as I possibly could, not because I had to (I was specifically told that I didn’t have to blog about this if I didn’t want to but hey, who tells me what to blog or not to blog about eh? icon razz Go on an olfactory Fragrance Journey with Chanel at their Espace Parfum at KLCC ) but because you too can experience it for yourself! It’s not like a special blogger-only privilege and I know there are those amongst you who enjoy perfumes as well, or maybe just want to learn a little more like I did icon smile Go on an olfactory Fragrance Journey with Chanel at their Espace Parfum at KLCC

What I did was go on a 3 hour Fragrance Journey with Chanel at their Espace Parfum boutique at Suria KLCC and I was enthralled. Ok, it’s not really a 3 hour journey. It was 3 hours for me because I kept interrupting and making strange statements like “It smells like a salad!” (Les Exclusifs Bel Respiro) that I’m sure quite exasperated Fragrance Specialist, Gwen Chew who was my fragrance guide. Sorry, Gwen icon biggrin Go on an olfactory Fragrance Journey with Chanel at their Espace Parfum at KLCC

chanel fragrance boutique Go on an olfactory Fragrance Journey with Chanel at their Espace Parfum at KLCC

If you weren’t already aware (and I wasn’t), Chanel has a standalone fragrance boutique, Espace Parfum, at KLCC just outside of Parkson. In this store you will find all 56 Chanel perfumes available to date, including the Les Exclusifs range, which is only available here at this store.

It is also here that you can take an olfactory fragrance journey with the in-house Chanel Fragrance Specialist, who can help you pick YOUR Chanel scent or if you are like me, a Chanel fragrance virgin, take you through and see what you might like. The result can be very surprising (it was for me) and if you enjoy fragrances, a very insightful and interesting time, learning about fragrance, Coco Chanel and the influences behind each scent.

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