No no, don’t go dying just yet! At least see the compact first! 😀

Lady Dior compact Spring 2009

When I first got wind of the Lady Dior compact from Christian Dior cosmetics for Spring 2009, I was immediately smitten. (I can’t remember whose blog I saw it on – it might be A touch of blusher). But hello? I love bags and I love makeup so of course makeup in a “bag” called my name! In fact, it called it repeatedly 😛 I don’t have a Lady Dior bag yet, but this might change my mind.

From all the online reviews of the Lady Dior compact, no one ever mentioned its size. All along, I thought it was about the size of a lipgloss palette i.e. tiny. In fact, its big! Here’s a picture showing its rough dimensions.

Lady Dior compact

I’m not kidding when I say big right? Its about 9cm x 7cm which is a little larger than what I was expecting.

The Lady Dior compact is a lip/cheek compact in the shape of the classic Lady Dior quilted bag. It comes with a soft quilted exterior over a sturdy heavy metal frame, a strap and clasp so you can hang it on your handbag or use it as a keychain (if you like), right down to the 4 letter charms that spell D-i-o-r. In other words, its a perfect replica charm of the Lady Dior bag. So, I can’t afford the Lady Dior bag right now, but goshdarnit! I’ll have the Lady Dior compact! hehe…
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I came across the upcoming Kanebo Coffret D’or Spring 2009 collection yesterday and my eyes lit up immediately. It was a collection I had been keeping an eye out for because the Shine Accent eyeshadow palettes looked so pretty online.

Just look at them. Don’t they look lovely and shimmery and pastel – just how Spring colours usually are?

Coffret D'or Spring 2009

Unfortunately, I was quite bummed after I’d played around with them for a while. The texture of the eyeshadows are lovely – typical Coffret D’or – smooth, shimmery and silky. In fact, I might venture to say that they are even silkier than the 3D Lighting Eyes palette that I like. More pictures below.
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Courtesy of Julea of Asiatic Beauty, I received a bar of Pegaga body bar soap.

Pegaga bar soap

Pegaga (also known as Pennywort leaves, gotu kola, centella asiatica) is a herb popular in Malaysia for its medicinal properties and has a reputation for boosting mental activity and for helping a variety of systemic illnesses, such as high blood pressure, rheumatism, fever, and nervous disorders (Read more here and here) The Pegaga bar soap contains extract of pegaga leaves and is supposed to clean and condition, gently exfoliating without damaging the skin.

The Asiatic Beauty Pegaga bar soap is a largish translucent glycerin soap bar made with pegaga extract. What makes this soap bar a little special and out of the ordinary is the inclusion of ground apricot kernals into the soap. This transforms the soap bar from a mere cleaning agent to a scrubbing and cleaning agent. Quite clever!
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If you like peachy-coral-pink toned blushes, look no further than Benefit Coralista – the new blush from Benefit Cosmetics. Mine just arrived today all the way from the US of A and I couldn’t wait to tear right into it – ooh! Animal! 😛

Absolutely befitting the jungle cat look that Benefit has given to the Coralista box. I’m not quite sure why they went with a jungle theme. The name “Coralista” brings to my mind swaying palm trees on a deserted island beach and margarita in hand, definitely not a wild jungle cat.

Benefit Coralista

So, here’s Benefit’s Coralista – a lovely peachy-coral-pink blush in a box that is really pigmented. If you found Dandelion and Georgia too sheer, be careful with Coralista. One swipe produced this swatch on the back of my hand.

Benefit Coralista blush

Yes, its very pigmented so I’m going to have to be careful with this one. The packaging is the same as other Benefit box blushes – I’m not too crazy about the cardboard packaging nor the fact that the blush is embedded so deep. But I’ll live 😛

There is a sweetish scent accompanying the blush. I’ve read many reviews that liked it. I’m not too crazy about it. My office now smells of the sweet scent of Coralista – slightly peachy and sweet. I’m going to leave the box open for a while and see if the scent dissipates some.

There are also reviews that have compared Coralista with NARS Orgasm. I’ll update when I go home and swatch the two, and see what other blushes it comes close to.

I bought mine from Benefit Cosmetics online for US$28 and I’m not sure when we will have them at the Benefit counters in Malaysia (or if its out already – I haven’t been around). It should retail for RM129 here, similar to the other blushes in a box.

I can’t wait to try this one on. I love peachy-coral-pink blushes and they bring out the best in me!

Stay beautiful,

Paris B

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