What happens when you’re living under a rock (as I’ve been doing, figuratively speaking) for the past few months, is that the minute you are let loose in the beauty hall, you go nuts. And you are more susceptible to impulse buying, AND you are liable to make mistakes.

That’s what happened to me not too long ago. Let loose in the beauty hall of Isetan KLCC, I found myself stealing a look at the sole Burberry Beauty counter here in Malaysia, wondering what was new and my eye fell on an interesting looking product – the Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream – Luminous Skin Correcting Beauty Balm.

burberry fresh glow bb cream For a Fresh Glow, Burberry offers their version of Luminous Skin Correcting BB Cream

I was quite surprised to see it, because I didn’t expect to see a BB Cream come out of the Burberry Beauty stable already. Locally, the line has been quite quiet in terms of marketing and PR so I honestly had no idea what has been going on with the brand. I’m told it’s a a worldwide thing too, as there’s some shake-ups going on internationally.

Long story short, the Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream is a limited edition product launched under the Burberry Beauty Summer 2014 collection (of which I paid no attention to as the rest of the items didn’t grab my attention) Locally, there are 2 shades available – 01 Nude Rose and 02 Nude Honey.

I later found out after looking up information online, that 01 Nude Rose (cool toned) and 02 Nude Honey (warm toned) are meant for Asian skins and elsewhere in the world, there are 3 more shades – Fair, Medium and Dark. All this is very confusing, so suffice to say that all we get here are the “Asian” shades, 01 being a little lighter and a touch cooler in tone and 02 being warmer and a touch darker.

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Alrighty folks, I had a nice piece about the Diptyque Hourglass Diffuser that was all set to publish today when poof! my blog disappeared. Thank you to those of you on Twitter and Facebook who helped me check! It was gone for almost a day, and here’s a tip for all bloggers amongst you – BACK UP! Quick, go do your backups now. I’ll wait.

Back? Ok, so I was going to tell you about this product that I’d had my eye on for the longest time. There was something about the hourglass aesthetic, the heavy glass containers and just the whole idea of a non-exposed home fragrance diffuser that captured my imagination.

diptyque sablier 34 The Diptyque Hourglass Diffuser in 34 makes no scents at all

I first saw this during the launch of the L’Eau du Trente-Quarte (which is a more musical, more romantic way of saying Water 34) and it had stuck in my mind ever since. It was so bad that at the end of last year, I sucked it up and bought me the Sablier (Hourglass) Home Diffuser in 34.

I love my home fragrances and I usually do scented candles, as many amongst you will know, but I’m always open to alternatives. The only alternatives I knew of was reed diffusers and you know what? I hate them. Hate! They look flimsy and are liable to fall over if you so much as look at them and the reeds gather dust like nothing I’ve ever known. So when I’m introduced to an enclosed, aesthetically pleasing diffuser, I fell.

The problem is that when you fall so hard for something this expensive, you want it to work. And you won’t stand for any truck if it doesn’t. Oh boy, Diptyque. You are in trouble icon razz The Diptyque Hourglass Diffuser in 34 makes no scents at all

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One of the most iconic and popular of Kiehl’s products, that’s been a mainstay in their skincare line is their Calendula toner. I’d wanted to try it for the longest time due, I admit, for the simple reason that it contained flower petals in the bottle. How many products do you know that contain flower petals in the bottle? icon razz Kiehls Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash deep cleanses with a soap free and sulfate free formula But I couldn’t use it because it was formulated for oily skins and I was repeatedly warned that it would be too drying for my normal-dry skin.

So, I was quite surprised when offered the new Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash to try, because this too, is formulated for normal to oily skin types and I just don’t fall into that category. However, I was emboldened to try it, because I’d read that it wasn’t drying and that it was a soap and sulfate-free cleanser so it was more gentle on skin.

kiehls calendula cleanser Kiehls Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash deep cleanses with a soap free and sulfate free formula

Well, never a better time than the present to try this, I say! When I moved house, I made sure to prep my bathroom. I like having proper shower items at hand, and since I was between houses at the time, I thought it was a good time to break out this cleanser to try.

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We’re seeing a slew of new eyeshadow palettes this Fall 2014, which isn’t always a bad thing if brands are upping their game and reformulating products for the better. One of them was Chanel, which I showed you last week. This week, it’s Dior with their newly reformulated 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette.

There are 10 new permanent palettes and one limited edition piece, which I’m showing you today in 876 Trafalgar.

dior trafalgar eyeshadow A punchy burgundy in the Trafalgar Square that is also an eyeshadow quint from Dior

Trafalgar taken in direct sunlight

Trafalgar is a limited edition palette and quite possibly, one of the more interesting colour combinations in the new Dior eyeshadow palette line up, thanks to that red shade smack in the middle. I must say it threw me for a loop. I’m not a terribly adventurous person when it comes to using colours like these on my eyes and I was quite concerned about looking like a rabid bunny. Or like I’d been shedding one too many buckets of tears.

Interestingly however, it turned out to be a pretty decent palette, once you get over the fear of colour, and I personally think this palette will look especially good on those of medium to dark skin tones just simply due to the depth of colour.

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