I’d had the opportunity to test the new Lancome Oscillation mascara recently and later, while I was passing by an Estee Lauder counter, tested out their new Turbo Lash mascara. Both are vibrating mascaras and both were released for the first time about 6 months ago in the USA. This is the first time both brands have launched their vibrating mascaras here in Malaysia and the question is this :

In the battle of the vibrating mascaras, who wins?

Well, that’s what I’m here to help you find out! :)

Lancome Oscillation vs Estee Lauder Turbo Lash mascara

Lancome Oscillation Mascara (RM120)

The Lancome Oscillation Mascara comes in a nondescript looking black mascara tube. You can open it up and use it just like any normal mascara. The secret lies in the little button on the cap.

Lancome Oscillation Mascara

Press the button and hold it down and you will find a pleasant mild buzz on your finger tips as the mascara tip vibrates and oscillates to coat your lashes with mascara. Release, and the buzz stops.

What this does is allow for control. You can use this mascara like any normal mascara or you can press the button to oscillate the mascara head to order, to coat your lashes as thickly as you want and to give you the volume and length you desire. Or you can mix and match for maximum effect. I can personally vouch for length – the Lancome Oscillation mascara definitely adds visible length to puny lashes. You can also dispense with the zig zag motion as the oscillation takes care of that. Continue Reading ►

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Allergic to organic?

When you hear “organic” what do you think? Chemical-free and preservative-free might be 2 things that come to mind. What certainly does not come to mind is “allergy”.

However, “allergic” is what I now think after a recent bad experience.

I don’t have sensitive skin – at least I did not think so. I don’t break out all that easily but I’ve discovered that the skin on my hands might actually be more sensitive than the skin on my face.

I had a bad reaction on my hands which got worse over the Chinese New Year break. The skin on my hands and palms had some water bubbles under the skin and my skin was peeling in parts. I looked as I decribed it, like a burn victim with blisters on my hands. However, there was no itch. I googled up some information and found it was similar to pompholyx or water blisters (link). However, there was no itch – it just looked and felt awful.

I sometimes get a mild form of this reaction with long exposure to paper – an occupational hazard but there you go! I attribute it to the chemicals used in making and treating paper. I am also allergic to certain detergents in the same way and I’ve learnt to stay clear of them. Once I stop any contact with these irritants, my hands heal quickly.
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I’ll say this for the Dior Parisienne Lights palette for Spring 2009 – its a palette for those who like sheer colours. So, if you prefer something more pigmented for eyeshadow, instead of light sheer colour, you might want to stop reading now.

Dior Parisienne Lights Spring 2009

However, if you have been looking for an eyeshadow palette that can allow you to wear colour and shimmer to work (even in the most serious of environments) and an eyeshadow palette that can work with an old Hollywood red lip, look no further than the Dior Parisienne Lights palette or also known as Dior Parisian Lights eyeshadow palette. I however, like the French spelling 😛

I loved the look of the limited edition Dior Parisienne Lights palette that was released for Spring 2009. It looked so pretty in the palette. However, I was in for a surprise when I swatched it.

Dior Parisienne Lights swatches

The colours were all light and sheer. It reminded me of an old Dior palette that also had sheer light shades – Moonray I think its called. They were pretty though. So, I was a little disappointed when I saw that even that lovely taupe swatched as a sheer shimmery taupe-grey. It took me a lot of tries to get the colour to show up in the photos – its that hard to photograph.

But since this was the only eyeshadow palette I had for a whole week, I decided to make the most of it. I’m glad I gave Parisienne Lights a chance, because despite its sheerness of colour I like this palette!!
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Again I find myself writing about a brand that does not usually excite me – The Body Shop. However, the new limited edition Moroccan Rose collection is tempting me with a purchase or two from this new line. Unlike many I was not enamoured with the Cherry Blossom collection – the smell did not attract me.

I am also usually not into Rose scented products, finding them too powdery or too strong but I am surprisingly taken in by the Moroccan Rose collection.

The Body Shop Moroccan Rose Collection

Released just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Limited Edition Moroccan Rose collection comes with both bath and body and makeup products with a rose theme.

In the bath and body collection there is:-

  • Moroccan Rose Eau de Toilette – rose scented perfume which I found reminiscent of the Tea Rose perfume oil carried by The Body Shop.
  • Moroccan Rose Body Butter (RM75) – light body butter with rose scent
  • Moroccan Rose Body Lotion – Comes in a spray bottle and spritzes out a light body lotion with a lighter rose scent than the body butter.
  • Moroccan Rose Shower Gel (RM49) – shower gel with a light rose scent. It actually smells quite refreshing and this is the one item I will definitely get.
  • Moroccan Rose Bath and Massage Oil – A rose scented oil you can use in a warm bath or for massage – perfect for a Valentine’s night in 😉

There is also a Moroccan Rose makeup line (also limited edition) that carries the rose theme. Some swatches are found below.

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