All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players
~ Shakespeare, As You Like it

You might have walked past a new makeup store in town that looks something like this:-

Stage Cosmetics

… and you might have wondered “What is Stage?”

Stage is a new local cosmetics brand that is presently available in a number of cities around Malaysia and in Singapore and soon Brunei. In Kuala Lumpur, you will find Stage at MidValley Megamall and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (look for the Padini Concept Store).

I was recently introduced to this new brand together with fellow bloggers Beetrice of Beetrice’s Reviews, Kahani and Syen of Soloverly and Kimberly of Narcississm is Necessary (most apt!) where we had a good time playing with the products Stage has to offer, all thanks to Beetrice and a lovely friend MK. Never let beauty/female bloggers loose in a makeup store! LOL…

It is easy to dismiss the brand as just another MAC Cosmetics or Makeup Store or Make Up For Ever wannabe. But, I always believe that every brand has its own strengths and in that sense, so does Stage. In fact, Stage is a homegrown brand – conceptualized right here in Malaysia with products sourced from all over the world – Italy and Germany included.

Having played around with some of the products Stage has to offer, there are 4 products that stand out most at Stage cosmetics from my point of view:-
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Previously, I wrote about the Coffret D’or Party palettes released for Christmas. For some reason, I liked how they looked. So, the next time I was at a Kanebo counter, I asked if the Party Palettes were available and lo and behold! They were!

Coffret D'or Party Palettes

There are 2 shades available in this range – Sweet Dressy (pink/purple with rose toned lipsticks) and Noble Dressy (beige/brown with brown toned lipsticks). Only the Noble Dressy was available as a tester. The Party palettes have 3 eyeshadows and 3 lip products in one slim palette.

Coffret D'or Noble Dressy palette

Noble Dressy has 3 eye colours – shimmery beige, shimmery gold and dark brown with slight shimmer. The 3 lip colours are a light peach, glitter gloss and darker browned red lipstick. It comes with a dual ended sponge tip applicator for the eyes and a mini brush for the lips. If you want a nice subtle smokey eye, this palette will be for you. That dark shade can be smoked out in a very sexy way and then highlighted with the lighter shades. The lip colors are a lot more sheer than they look. Applied, they have a slight brown tone to them which is nice and compliments the eye colours well.

Those who know me however, will be very surprised at my choice of palette. I bought the Sweet Dressy palette in the pink/purple tones.

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Previously, I wrote about Adorkable Crochet, an etsy store that I discovered one day. The owner, Rebecca crochets all the shawls and ponchos in her store by hand and there was something about her designs that grabbed my attention. It doesn’t help that she and her sister model the shawls so prettily.

I ended up getting 2 shawls from Adorkable Crochet last month as part of my birthday present to myself.

Crochet shawls

The brown one is the Triangle Perla shawl ($40). So called because it has metallic threads running through the yarn that gives the shawl a nice shine. It is a large triangle shape that comes all the way down to my knees at the back! I am only 5′ 2″ so that might explain why it is so long on me. It is very light and airy so it is perfect for us here in the tropics if you know you will be in an air conditioned environment. It is airy yet keeps the edge of the chill off. I like that it has a slightly dressy feel to it so I can even wear it for dinners with a dress if I want to. Best of all, it scrunches up into a small little package that doesn’t take up any space at all in a bag!

The other one I got was a light purple mohair shawl ($20). The reason I got it was because I loved how it looked on Rebecca’s sister, her model. It comes with a large flower pin that holds the shawl closed in any way you choose. Again, it was rather long on me because I’m short. It being made of mohair, the shawl is super duper soft. It is so soft, I could scrunch it up into a pillow and sleep on it! It is also very warm. I would probably reserve it for trips to Genting Highlands or somewhere chilly or maybe use it when I travel because planes and airports or long distance road trips can get chilly.

Shipping was reasonable and Rebecca doesn’t overcharge shipping costs. She even refunded me $1 because it was over the actual shipping! Now, that’s service for you. Each shawl came packaged in lovely tissue paper and tied with a yarn ribbon and attached with the name of the shawl on a gift-tag. I love these little touches that make shopping online so much fun. It took about 2 weeks to get to me here in Malaysia from USA which is the average shipping time.

I love these 2 shawls – they make a nice change from the pashmina wraps or solid wraps that everyone else is wearing :) Do you like wearing shawls?

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Christmas is a time for shimmering and glittering and the return of the dark smokey eye. For Christmas 2008 Dior’s offering is Night Diamond - a collection of limited edition products that wink and shimmer and glitter away at you.

I saw the products yesterday at the launch of the Dior Iconic mascara and I had to test them out. So, once the crowd had dissipated around the Dior makeup truck (more on that below – I’d like to hear your thoughts) I went to play with Dior’s Christmas 2008 collection – Night Diamond.

Dior Night Diamond eyeshadow

First up, the Dior Night Diamond Eyeshadow palettes (RM187). 2 Limited Edition eyeshadow palettes in the Iridescent eyeshadow quint named – Twilight and Moonlight respectively. Twilight is the one with the darker shades while Moonlight is the one with the light shades.

At first sight, I was interested in Twilight the one with the darker shades. The colours are iridescent and very strong in colour. The middle colour is really dark and glittery which some people may like and some may not. It is definitely a smokey eye palette.

Moonlight on the other hand is rather strange. There are 4 light shades with one dark shade in the middle. The light shades are iridescent and lovely on their own. However, worn together, they look way too similar to justify putting all of them in one palette. Also, I thought the middle shade stood out too much so careful blending is required when using Moonlight. Here are some swatches on the back of my hand.

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