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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Pre-serum! I knew it was only a matter of time before it became de rigueur for your skincare line up to look incomplete without one form of pre-serum or another icon wink Preview: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate   To boost skin immunity The latest offering comes from Japanese brand, Shiseido and it will be their biggest skincare launch to date, globally.

shiseido ultimune3 Preview: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate   To boost skin immunity

I happened to stumble across the global launch of this while scouring the internet one day, and I have to admit that I found it interesting. Not because of the name nor what it proclaims, but because of the amazingly attractive red, curved bottle! HAHA! icon biggrin Preview: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate   To boost skin immunity Yes, I’m sorry, I could be a sucker for packaging after all icon razz Preview: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate   To boost skin immunity

Launching here in Malaysia (and perhaps regionally) come September 2014, what then is this Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate? Here’s a preview.

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Ever since I finished Tub #2 of my fave Origins Make A Difference Plus+ day moisturiser, I’d been on the lookout for something new to try. Yes, I could quite easily go back to it (and I plan to!) but trying new things is part of the fun, in case I stumble across a new fave. One new item I dabbled with is this, from my favourite natural/organic skincare brand.

antipodes vanilla day cream Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream : When a day cream is more suited for night

The Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream was gifted to me and came in handy just as I ran out of my day moisturiser. So far, most of the products I’ve used from the brand has sat well with me and my skin so I was curious to see if this cream would.

As the name implies, the cream has a lovely scent of vanilla. It isn’t the sweet gourmand scent of vanilla cream, if you are starting to cringe at this point. I know, because I’d cringe too. In fact, I was a little worried when I opened the tub, wondering if my nose would be assaulted by the sweet smell of vanilla dessert. Fortunately, it wasn’t.

This cream smells of fresh vanilla, which if you’ve smelled it, isn’t as cloyingly sweet as when found in a dessert. It smells of fresh vanilla mixed with the slightly musky scent of manuka honey and is very pleasant. However, I also realised that it did not quite sit well for me as a day cream.

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