If there’s one thing I’ve stopped paying attention to, it’s new seasonal makeup releases. Sure, there’ll be that odd collection or item that tugs at my heart-strings, but for the most part, I’m now immune. Which isn’t a bad thing as far as my wallet is concerned!

A part of my apathy is also due to my slight disenchantment with the releases from a couple of my favourite brands. I’m just not seeing the flair and quality that’s come out in previous years and if I might say so, Dior has been near the top of my disappointment list. That Tie Dye Summer collection? I refused to touch it with a 10 foot pole!

dior cosmopolite fall 2015 makeup collection

But during the weekend, I met up with my friend, Romana and a new friend, Fatima and we stopped by the Dior beauty boutique at Mid Valley to take a peep at the Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 collection. I’d seen some pictures come out over the past few weeks, and I wasn’t that keen on it, as much as I enjoy Fall/Autumn makeup collections. I was surprised that we’d received it here so soon – I’m so used to collections arriving 2 months late that any early release never fails to surprise me.

Part of the reason I wasn’t keen on this collection, was the crazy layout of the logo. I suppose Dior is adopting a bit of a younger, more playful vibe, but I just can’t get behind it. For me, a brand like Dior should embody elegance and chic. Let MAC or Urban Decay or Stila do the fun, funky designs. The people who’d buy Dior want something “normal”. It’s the same reason I boycotted the Guerlain Crazy Paris Meteorites pearls – the packaging drove me crazy!

But I had taken these pictures in my phone (hence the photo quality) and I was asked what I thought of the Cosmopolite collection, so I decided to do a short overview, and show you the 1 item I picked up. Yeah, as much as I turned my nose up at this collection, there was still 1 item that suckered me in LOL! 😀

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One of the dumbest things you can do is take a new product away with you on vacation to “try”. Oh yes, that’s me. Living on the damned edge LOL!

This time, happily it turned out well but WARNING! don’t try this at home kids. I swear, you will regret it. Leave it to the trained professional guinea pigs *ahem* It’s also why I stopped travelling with samples, which is a story for another day if you want to hear it!

caudalie vinosource overnight recovery oil

To be fair though, when I decided to put the Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil through its paces, I wasn’t going at it blindly. I had already been trying it out for a little while, before I bit the bullet and spent almost 2 weeks straight with this product. Ah, face oils… are you on the bandwagon yet? 😀

This one’s formulated specifically for those with dry and very dry skin, so all you oily, combination ladies can look away now. Nothing to see here! But if your skin is starting to feel a little dry, or if you feel you need a bit of moisture boosting, this oil fits the bill. I won’t say therefore that it’s purely for those with dry skin only, but us drier skinned ladies will definitely benefit more from this. If you are going somewhere cold and dry then you might find this oil beneficial too as my personal anecdote will tell you below.

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Amongst the plethora of skincare products that I try out or are gifted with, or buy, there are loads of good stuff. I share those good stuff with you vocally and often. But quite often as well, I run across duds. Not duds in the true sense of the product being a dud, but a dud for me because I wasn’t wow-ed by it the way I should be.

These, I don’t share often enough. But instead of dedicating a whinging post on one product (as much as I like whinging posts, I prefer writing happy ones, although some do deserve their own whinging post) I thought I’d pull together a bunch of products I don’t like, or more accurately, did not work for me, and share them all in one post. Tried them, didn’t like them so here they are! Incidentally, most of these appear to be quite popular products, so I’m clearly in the minority here!

ren aha concentrate, loccitane reine blanche sunscreen, crescent white sunscreen, mad hippie vitamin c, kiehls lifting

I’ll share below why these didn’t work for me and if you’ve tried any of them, I’d love to hear your thoughts as to whether you liked them (and why I should) or if you didn’t like them. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t for you! :)

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Chanel first launched their Rouge Coco range of lipsticks some time back in 2010. I was quick to jump on the wagon and picked up Paris and Camelia. I wore them often and I enjoyed using them, maybe because they were Chanel and the only Chanel I could afford LOL! Don’t we all feel that way eh?

While there were some reports that the Rouge Coco lipsticks were a little drying, I did not personally feel it to be so. They weren’t hydrating though (Chanel released Rouge Coco Shine to deal with that and I prefer Dior Addict in a straight fight comparison), and Paris did leave my lips feeling a little dry sometimes, but nothing I would really complain about. I’ve used worse. But, over time, I felt that they weren’t as comfortable on my lips as I’d like them to be. It just struck me that my Paris and Camelia lipsticks are now over 5 years old and I still haven’t used them up! Oh boy!

chanel new rouge coco 2015

Fast forward to 2015, and Chanel has addressed this problem by overhauling the whole Rouge Coco line and introducing the newly reformulated Rouge Coco lipstick range, which promises better hydration. I can get on that! :)

In revamping the Rouge Coco range, Chanel has also revamped the names so the new Rouge Coco lipsticks are now named after friends, relations and lovers of Mademoiselle Coco Chanel. What this means for you and I is that, you might just be able to pick up a lipstick with your name on it! 😀

I was generously gifted with 16 shades with a selection from each of the 5 colour groups available, from the very nude to the very flamboyant, so here’s what I think of the new formula and here’s how some of the more interesting shades look when I wear them – 16 FOTDs. You don’t get this every day! 😛

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