Tine did her virtual Christmas shopping on Polyvore but when I tried to go there to do my virtual shopping, I was simply boggled by the choices available for the many many products. So, I opted to prepare my wishlist manually and decided to concentrate on my favourite fashion item – bags! 😀

Bags of my dreams

Yes, this is certainly purely dream shopping as you can tell (from the top):-

  • Cole Haan Genevieve woven triangle bag
  • Louis Vuitton Montorgueil PM bag
  • Louis Vuitton red epi leather zippy wallet
  • Celine Boogie bag in blue denim
  • Chanel Classic 2.55 in lambskin

Ah for bottomless pockets and infinite income at my disposal… Now that I’ve finished dreaming and ogling, its time to get back down to earth and do some proper shopping :)
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For this week’s best of Sass, Style & Substance beauty & fashion news!

Steeping Beauty
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Raging Rouge says: Think you can’t find a great holiday gift for less than $50? Think again!

A Touch of Blusher
A Touch of Blusher looks at Guerlain’s spring 2009 collection.

Her Accessories
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My Women Stuff
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eye4style has picked her very favorite stocking stuffers for the season!

Gleaming Things
Christmas and holiday jewelry can be fun – but how’s a girl supposed to wear it without looking tacky?

Beauty Match
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Beauty and Fashion Tech
Beauty and Fashion Tech has swatches from the Dior limited edition holiday palette!

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While I was in Isetan yesterday, I happen to come across the Shiseido counter and stopped to take a look. I have never really been a fan of Shiseido makeup, mostly because I’m allergic to the eyeshadows from Shiseido The Makeup line. For some reason, Maquillage has never really grabbed my attention much.

But this time it did.

Shiseido Maquillage Christmas 2008

These are Shiseido Maquillage’s offering for Christmas 2008. An eyeshadow palette with 4 colours and a highlighter designed in collaboration with Christopher Kane, British fashion designer. The blue set is Princess Tiara (black case) and the Gold set is Noble Glamourous (gold case)  – names that don’t mean anything really.

Each decorated case comes with the eyeshadow inserts packed separately, and you can insert it yourself. Not quite sure why this is so but there you go. Kanebo Lavshuca did it with their Summer Gradually palette and I recall Majolica Majorca has done the same too. I just did not quite expect it of Maquillage which is priced higher than the other 2 brands.

That aside, I must say that I was positively blown away by the texture of the eyeshadows. Each set comes with 4 eyeshadow shades from light to dark and one large pan of highlighter. The highlighter in the blue set (a pale pink) is very pretty and sparkly while the gold one is less so.
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When you see something that says it has 2000 calories and you are female, you might just run away screaming from it, because you just KNOW its all going straight to your thighs 😛 But when it promises you 2000 calories on your lashes… ah! that’s a different story altogether, if you have skinny lashes.

I’d read a lot about the Max Factor 200 Calorie Mascara on so many forums where girls raved on about how wonderful it was for their lashes. So, when I came across the Max Factor counter in Hong Kong, I knew I had to pick this up, and I did.

Max Foactor 2000 Calorie Mascara

The Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara is a mascara that promises to be everything a mascara should be – smudge proof, volumizing & lengthening.  Does it? My answer is that this is one product that under-delivers in my view.

The texture of the Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara in the tube I got was rather dry. I’m not sure if this is the way the formula is, because my tube was brand new and sealed. That said, I did not find it goopy so it applied fairly well. I find the brush rather like a Maybelline mascara brush – big. Too big for my little lashes but perhaps due to the shape, it bothered me less than Maybelline mascara brushes do.

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