I first came across Korean cosmetics Missha in Singapore a couple of years ago. I bought a couple of things to try but I was underwhelmed. The next time I saw Missha was at Ikano Power Center (where Ikea is at Mutiara Damansara) – are there other stands in Malaysia? I’ve never seen. But I digress.

When I walked past the Missha counter, my eye fell on the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream on display. I liked that it comes in 2 shades – I found the Etude House BB Cream too dark for me. But I wasn’t sure if I wanted to plonk down the cash for it, since it was something like RM80 or so. So, I asked the sales assistant for a sample to try and she very generously gave me samples of 3 different products – sneaky woman! 😛

Missha BB Cream samples

The 3 products I received were the M Perfect Cover BB Cream #23, M Shiny BB Cream and M BB Boomer. As they are only tiny little sachets, this will be an overview of the products rather than an in-depth review.
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A few years ago when I was really REALLY into colour cosmetics and would trawl SaSa stores like it was my crack, one Asian brand used to catch my eye – I Nuovi. Did you know it was Asian? I wasn’t sure then, but I later learnt it was a brand from Singapore with products manufactured in Italy, hence the Italian name which means “The New”.

If there is one thing that really stood out in my memory of I Nuovi makeup, it was the eyeshadow colours D27 (RM48). I used to own a whole palette of them in an array of colours but I gave them away later.

I Nuovi Eyeshadows D27

I Nuovi made some of the nicest most pigmented shimmery eyeshadows I’d experienced. They do colours with less shimmer too but to me, their shimmer colours stand out for 2 reasons:-

  • they are seriously pigmented; and
  • they stick on your skin without falling all over the place

It was like cult status because those of us in Asia would rave about them and other people elsewhere could not get hold of them (then). They can now at selected locations, or they can get them online at I Nuovi. The best part of course is that I Nuovi eyeshadow pans fit snugly into MAC round palettes – yes they are the same size!

Sadly, I react a little to I Nuovi eyeshadows :( It was the same reaction I get to Shu Uemura and Shiseido eyeshadows – nothing serious, except that I’d feel seriously sleepy. No one else I know seems to react so maybe its just me. I can use them over a cream base though which is what I do. But the colours are absolutely gorgeous! Just look at the swatches above (swatched just once).If anything, the quality seems to be even better now than before. The green seems a little powdery compared to the others though.

I did test out a couple of other products from I Nuovi which stood out to me. Read on for 2 spotlighted products I liked.
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The best way to test a blush or any makeup for that matter, is to only have 1 choice – the item you are testing. That way you have no choice but to make the most of it. That is what I did with Benefit Coralista blush this Chinese New Year.

Benefit Coralista

Since we wear red for prosperity during the new year, I opted for Coralista to fit the bill as it is a lovely coral red blush.

My first perception of Coralista was not wrong. This is one nicely pigmented blush from Benefit, which definitely sets it apart from Dandelion and Georgia, both of which tend to be light on the pigment front. With Coralista however, tap your blush brush on the surface of the blush and be prepared to see the colour transfer immediately to your brush. It is that pigmented.

However, strangely enough, I found that although the pigment transfers well onto the brush, it goes on the skin rather sheer. So, what you get on your cheeks is a rather lighter flush of colour than what you would see from my swatch on the back of my hand. I do need to layer it on a little more than I expected for the colour to show up nicely, considering that my skin tone is rather on the lighter side.
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Thank you to everyone who took part in the PattyBelle-My Women Stuff Valentine’s Day giveaway. The contest is closed and the winners have been picked at random and are as follows:-

Malaysian winner – Grace_cupid

Malaysian readers

International winner – Gracieo Lydia from the USA

International readers


I will be contacting you for your mailing address soon so please check your mailbox. You have 48 hours to respond or the prize goes to the next name in the list. Prizes will be sent by PattyBelle.


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