Do we need night creams?

Is night cream a necessity or is it just a marketing ploy to make us women buy more products than we really need? That, ladies is my point to ponder for the day :)

Could we not just use one cream for both day and night? After all if you look at the instructions on the labels or box your creams come in, you will notice that some creams or lotions say that you can use it day and night. So, why is there a market for night creams?

We have been bombarded in the media telling us that we need night creams which are richer to protect and nourish our skin as we sleep. In many cases, you will find that night creams do have an oilier and heavier feel to them. Most brands from drugstore or pharmacy brands to high end department store brands will have day and night versions of the same cream purportedly to address different concerns. In many cases day creams will (or should) contain SPF sunscreen while night creams don’t.

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When I was contacted by Dior about the launch of their Diorshow Iconic mascara I was quite surprised and puzzled. I had the impression all along that the Iconic mascara was already part of their regular line of cosmetics. But yes, it was a glitzy launch and the product in question was the Diorshow Iconic mascara.

Diorshow Iconic Mascara

The Dior Diorshow Iconic mascara comes in a lovely metal tube lightly embossed with the Dior logo all over it. Tacky but for some reason I like it tremendously. I like the shine and the heft that the case has which distinguishes it from all the other plastic mascara tubes I have in my present rotation.

What is so unique about the Diorshow Iconic mascara is the brush. Instead of having the bristles lined up in a row as most mascara brushes have, the bristles are laid out in an oblique pattern i.e. they are slanted. It apparently helps catch your lashes better to coat them with mascara.

Diorshow Iconic mascara brush

I like the bristles. Like the Guerlain le 2 Mascara, the bristles are the short rubbery variety. I’m getting used to these sort of bristles and I find they work better for me than the traditional brush bristle style mascara brushes. This might be because I have short lashes so short bristles work, even if the head is on the larger side. I’m not sure how those with long lashes like such kinds of bristles. If you have long lashes and have some thoughts on this, do let me know.

The Diorshow Iconic mascara promises to lengthen your lashes, separate your lashes and curl your lashes and keep them curled! Lofty promises indeed, but do they deliver?
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Weekend reads for the 1st weekend of 2009!

My Women Stuff

Demystifying what mineral makeup is all about

Beauty Match

iQ Derma Acne Clear Remedy Free Beauty Samples Trial

Beauty and Fashion Tech

Take a look at Beauty and Fashion Tech’s top 20 products of 2008!

Girl Gloss

Girl Gloss lists the 12 most popular posts from 2008


eye4style takes a walk down memory lane with the BEST posts of 2008.

Gleaming Things

Gleaming Things celebrates the New Year by looking back at her favorite posts and jewelry picks from 2008.

Her Accessories

Ring in the New Year with Her Accessories favorite hits and misses from fashion accessories in 2008.

A Touch of Blusher

A Touch of Blusher reviews products from Nude Skincare.


Saying goodbye to last year? It’s the perfect time to check out the best of STYLEnosh 2008!

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Paperdoll Boutique has been closed in early 2011

As a kid, I used to play with these paper dolls, where you could “wear” dresses on them with these tabs you would fold down to hold them in place on the doll. Anyone remember those? You could even design your own dolly fashion if you were so inclined and I never was.

It was these paper dolls and the fashion possibilities that kindled Joanna’s love for fashion and when she decided to open her own boutique, she knew what she wanted to call it – Paperdoll!


What is the Paperdoll Boutique?

Paperdoll boutique is located at the new Tropicana City Mall. In fact, Paperdoll had started much earlier in 2008 with the launch of Paperdoll online – the online boutique, before taking it to a proper brick and mortar store. And what a store it is! Have you seen anything more adorable than the Paperdoll store front? It made me think of a whimsical little town with springtime flowers and sipping coffee while sitting on the sidewalk minding my pooch… not that I own one :) It would not look out of place on Main St. USA, or Europe and this whimsical eye catching design is carried into the store as well.

Paperdoll boutique

Walking into the Paperdoll store is like walking into a closet or a best friend’s room. Dresses are hung neatly on racks designed to look like cupboards and a shelf and table holds accessories and tank tops. What makes the shop unique to me is the personal touches that Joanna brings to the decor – prints, photo frames, souvenirs and knick-knacks from her travels… it all makes the place feel much like stepping into someone’s home. There is a special promotion in store for My Women Stuff readers so be sure to read on till the end. 😉

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