When I made my first ever Benefit Cosmetics order online, I picked up a Silky Finish lipstick in Nice Knickers. This was purely due to its name, I will safely say. How often can I tell someone that I am wearing Nice Knickers and not have them say “Too much information?!” LOL… 😉

Benefit Silky Finish lipstick nice knickers

I had no idea how the colour looked in real life as I had no time to get to a Benefit Cosmetics counter, but when I received it, I was very happy because just one sight of it told me it was just the right colour for me.

Packaging

Benefit Silky Finish lipsticks are packaged in a metal case with a glossy black finish. There is a stylised loop design on it in white, which is the only embellishment on this otherwise serious looking product.
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Kate Spade Malaysia

I walked past the Kate Spade store at The Gardens MidValley one day and had to double back to make sure I saw correctly. Yes, I did and yes, Kate Spade has finally opened a store here in Malaysia.

Kate Spade was famous for her colourful nylon bags which was all the rage during the 90’s, especially for the Kate Spade diaper bags. Till today, I associate Kate Spade with diaper bags and expensive ones at that! Being really into bags, I used to look at them online and in Singapore. The nylon ones don’t attract me much I have to say. Be it Kate Spade or Prada nylon bags don’t feel longlasting to me and so I steer clear of them. Besides, I always feel that paying over a thousand Ringgit for nylon or hundreds of dollars for nylon is mind boggling.

However, I rather like the leather bags from Kate Spade. The leather feels nice and the bags aren’t super heavy. I bought a Kate Spade leather bag from Singapore a couple of years ago.

Kate Spade

It was at a heavy discount so I’d say it was a decent mid 3 digit price (RM) and it looked classic which is what matters to me. I liked how the inside of the bag had these surprisingly cheery polka dot fabric and the rope strap really called my name.  I still carry it from time to time. :)

Here are some other bag designs from Kate Spade.

That green is signature Kate Spade green and I really like it! However, prices in store are upwards of RM1000 a leather bag so my wallet will thank me NOT to look for now. In Malaysia, Kate Spade is presently at The Gardens at MidValley.

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At the requests of MisSmall, Akiki and Synical, I popped by Bobbi Brown yesterday to view their limited edition brush sets.

Bobbi Brown brush sets

The RM300 set is a Short Handle brush set that comes in a faux leather case. Packaging wise, I feel they beat Shu Uemura Mika brush sets to kingdom come! Brushes are a serious matter, make no mistake about it so a nice sleek black pouch is nice. Imagine whipping it out – how professional you will look! :)

In terms of number of brushes they again trump Shu Uemura because in the Bobbi Brown set you get 6 brushes instead of 4. That said, the brushes are tiny. I did a quick comparison because the sales assistant was busy with another (paying) customer and I found that the brushes were smaller than the full sized. Handles are short which again is nice but on an overall basis, I found the brushes were a little small. The brushes in the Bobbi Brown Short Handle brush set are – Eye Shader, Face Blender (perfect for applying Shimmer Brick or blush lightly), Eye Shadow, Concealer, Eye Brow, and Ultra Fine Eyeliner (for precise application of Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner). The Bobbi Brown site says a foundation brush is included but I did not see it in the one here – they may have replaced it with a powder brush but I can’t remember exactly sorry!
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I picked this piece of information about the upcoming MAC Cosmetics Hello Kitty collection from Temptalia.

Mac Cosmetics Hello Kitty collection

So, MAC and Hello Kitty fans in the USA might want to bookmark 10 and 12 February 2009 for the launch of this limited edition collection in the USA and MAC and Hello Kitty fans elsewhere in the world will have to wait till March 2009 to see this.

I thought the Mac Barbie collection was quite surreal then, and when I first heard about the proposed collaboration between MAC Cosmetics and Hello Kitty I admit I thought it was a joke. It appears however, that it is NOT a joke and this collection is imminent. I can just hear the squeals of delight from Hello Kitty collectors. One more for the collection!

There is even a Hello Kitty-MAC plush doll that will retail for US$42 *faints*

While I’m curious about it, I can’t help feeling that all this is a little… surreal… wake me up someone…

UPDATE: Here’s another picture of the collection

Mac Hello Kitty collection

You can read full details at Temptalia then come back here and take my little poll :)

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