When pressed for a favourite lipstick formula, I tend to gravitate towards the Dior Addict lipsticks. I’ve been huge fans of them ever since the days back when they came in an opaque dark blue case and a gold holder. If you remember those, congratulations, you too must be a fan! icon biggrin New! Dior Addict Makeup extends to the eyes with It Lash and It Line I have stayed pretty loyal through the years but it wasn’t until recently that it struck me that the Dior Addict lipsticks and glosses and now the new Fluid Stick actually reflects the Dior Addict perfume bottle! Erm yes, late to the party icon razz New! Dior Addict Makeup extends to the eyes with It Lash and It Line

I was recently introduced to 2 more additions to the Dior Addict makeup range – the It-Lash and It-Line. 

dior addict it lash liner New! Dior Addict Makeup extends to the eyes with It Lash and It Line

These are a brand new range of mascara and liquid eyeliners respectively and a part of the growing Dior Addict makeup range, which previously only focused on the lips. This time, Dior wants to highlight the eyes – the windows to the soul icon biggrin New! Dior Addict Makeup extends to the eyes with It Lash and It Line

Like the Addict lip products, the Dior Addict It-Line and It-Lash come packaged like the perfume, with the knob at the top, which is purely for aesthetic purposes. Well, not quite either because for the liner at least, wedging your finger against it actually helps you control the liner better. The tubes are a sleek and simple square glossy black with silver knobs at the end.

I’ll quickly show you some fun things about this new launch from Dior for the Summer 2014. The It-Line liquid lider and It-Lash mascara in black are permanent colours but there are another 3 very fun colours to look out for as well icon biggrin New! Dior Addict Makeup extends to the eyes with It Lash and It Line

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After that 3000-th post yesterday, I reckon you may be tired of just me rambling on and on eh? icon razz Guest Review: Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil by a long time fan So today, I’d like to feature a guest review today of an iconic product from an iconic brand…. that I cannot use! For some unknown reason, every single version of the Shu Uemura cleansing oils break me out. I’ve tried them all, I promise. I break out every single time and I’ve chalked it up to being one of “those things”. I work well with many other brands of cleansing oils though so it’s not the oil nor the technique. It’s the product.

So, when I was requested to give the Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil a go, I demurred. I no longer use cleansing oils but I was pressed into it so I decided to pass it on to a long time user for her evaluation.

shu uemura porefinist oil Guest Review: Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil by a long time fan

Porefinist is touted to be a very light textured blend of oils targeted at those with combination-oily skin, which not only cleans skin of makeup and oil but also minimizes the appearance of pores and reduces shine. I recall a similar pink version of the cleansing oil from previous years, called Fresh Cleansing Oil, if I’m not mistaken. So, I now hand you over to my buddy LeGeeque, who not only is a long time fan and user of the Shu Uemura cleansing oils, she is a long time use of the pink coloured Fresh cleansing oil, and will tell you about this and how it compares to the old version.

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Let’s get some facts straight before we delve into the product. I’ve got dry and and sensitive skin. My major concerns are fine lines, ageing, premature ageing and sun damage. The final simply stems from my irrational fears that I’m not topping up my sunscreen as religiously as I should during the harsh Australian summer months. (According to the sun-worshipper locals I call mates, I am too sun-conscious but heck, what do these sun-worshippers know!)

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When Marc Jacobs Beauty came marching in, all the pom-pom cheerleaders were raving over the Gel Foundation and the Style Eye-Con eyeshadow palette. Hmm… far be it for me to always be the Debbie Downer, the gel foundation did not make its way to my “most used foundation” list and now that I’ve given the Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Eyeshadow palette its chance over several uses, neither does it get a thumbs up from me.

Sorry folks! Let’s cut to the chase. I am not wow-ed.

marc jacobs eyeshadow case For sleek style and Style Eye Cons, Marc Jacobs presents The Vamp Eyeshadow palette

Sure, we could wax lyrical about the packaging. The long slim palette is certainly different from other palettes we get out there. It is sleek, but sleekly impractical if you want to take it on your travels. Well, unless you have a large makeup bag which I don’t. I like to keep things compact when I travel.

It comes sheathed in a pouch with a button to keep it closed. Again, something different from the velvet pouches we’re used to seeing from other luxury brands. But you know what? Velvet gives the impression of luxury. Polyester doesn’t. But I digress. Some people like it, I don’t because I don’t see the point.

My final gripe with packaging comes hot on the heels of the sponge tip applicator that seems to have been tossed into the pouch almost as if it was an afterthought. It was like someone said “Oh we forgot to provide an applicator. Let’s just buy one of those cheap sponge things and toss it in. No one will notice” Seriously, Marc Jacobs, you would have been better off not including an applicator at all. The included one is a cheap and horrible item that you’d immediately bin and I did. Bah.

Ok that said, the quality of the shadows aren’t too bad and that would be their redeeming point. I don’t have the very popular neutral Lolita palette but mine’s the rather more exciting looking The Vamp 208 palette.

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The pursuit of beauty seems to have taken a decidedly medical slant if the sharp increase locally in aesthetic clinics that offer beauty medical procedures are any indication. It’s no secret that I have been approached by many skin/aesthetic treatment clinics to try their procedures in exchange for a review, an offer I decline almost immediately. I don’t have anything against anyone who does go for these medical beauty procedures, but it’s not a route I am particularly interested in going down. Not even laser treatment. I’ve had an experience that scarred me psychologically for life and it’s one I have no desire to repeat.

But facial procedures aside, I have noticed a proliferation of weight loss treatment offers, that worried me. It bugged me more, when I saw people endorsing the treatment as a quick way to lose weight. The irony is that those endorsing it aren’t even overweight to start with! It was the HCG Diet treatment and because it involved injections, I did a little reading up to see what it was about.

weight loss hcg Your Say: How far are you willing to go to lose weight? Would you use hormones?

What I discovered scared the daylights out of me and blogging about it probably doesn’t make me very popular among those who have tried it or the institution promoting it, but hey, some things have to be said! icon razz Your Say: How far are you willing to go to lose weight? Would you use hormones?

A local clinic claims that with this HCG diet, you can do everything from lose 30 pounds in 30 days, boost metabolism, spot reduce fat, eliminate binging… and I was terribly sceptical. You see, on the HCG diet, not only do you have to be injected with hormones, your daily calorie intake is reduced to 500 a day. I don’t know, is that like a bar of chocolate? A bag of crisps? Heaven knows, I probably inhale that in one sitting when indulging in my favourite keropok lekor! icon razz Your Say: How far are you willing to go to lose weight? Would you use hormones?

But it was the hormone injection bit that had me concerned, and it made me wonder just how far people would go to lose weight easily.

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