I first read about the Chanel Tissages de Chanel blushes or commonly known as the Chanel Tweed Blush on Karen’s blog. It fired up my imagination. If I can never own an iconic Chanel tweed suit, I’d own the blush by golly!

Chanel Tissages Tweed Blush

The Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel Tweed blush is inspired by the Chanel Tweed suit of course. The blush is made with a matte base colour, then interlaced with silver and gold shimmer towards the surface. That, at least is the theory.

The practical side is totally different!

I finally had a chance to check out the Chanel Tweed Blush in person yesterday after reading and hearing about it for a while. I know Jojoba did not like it, and we chatted about it for a bit last weekend but I still had to see it. Its one of those things. :)

When I saw the Chanel Tweed blush in person, I was rather taken aback. It firstly was larger than I imagined (same size as the Irrelle Blush), and secondly, the bumpy surface threw me off a tad. Somehow, I thought it looked unfinished. This is because we are trained to think that a new makeup product always comes with a lovely smooth unmarked surface, not a surface that is bumpy with colours all mixed together any old how.

Testing the colour on the back of my hand, I found that it went on the skin sheer but with noticable shimmer and bits of glitter. What I like about Chanel Joues Constrate blushes is the present but understated shimmer. In the Tweed blush, the shimmer is obvious. Compared to the Joues Contraste blush, the Tweed Blush is much sheerer and requires you to build up the colour. Perfect if you have a light complexion, but not good if you are tanned. (Tweed Rose and Ambre do try to address those with more tanned skin)
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I did not know if I should categorize BB Creams (Blemish Balm Creams) under skincare or makeup so I left the category out from the title. Some people say that BB Creams are like skincare and so good for their skin. Others treat BB Creams as makeup. I would categorize it as makeup actually because it acts like a foundation and makeup base. And because its makeup, I don’t need a 1 month test period before I review! :)

Etude House BB Cream

Here’s my review on the Etude House BB Magic Cream which is the first BB Cream I’ve ever tried and the first Etude House product I’ve tried. So do bear in mind that I cannot compare this with any other brand of BB Cream in the market.

I found the packaging very cute and very strange. It comes in a soft plastic tube like a moisturizer or facial wash, but instead of being capped, it is capped off with a pump. In most cases, tubes don’t come with pumps and this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this.

Etude House BB Cream

To be honest, I detest the pump. The idea behind the pump is probably to make it easy to dispense the lotion. However, I had a problem with it because after a few times of working properly, it will get “stuck” and not pump anything out. And then when it does, it sprays the BB Cream all over the place, even spattering on my clothes and marking/staining it sometimes. I’ve had to change 3 times so far before leaving the house and I’m NOT amused! So, get rid of the pump and I’ll be a happy camper. I have however, worked out by now thatif you hold and store the tube standing up i.e. tube at the bottom, pump at the top, it doesn’t spatter as badly. Still, I detest the pump 😛

The BB Cream I got was in Refreshing which is a light lotion that is recommended for normal-oily skins. The sales assistant told me it worked as a makeup base and foundation so you just have to apply it after moisturizer. Take note that this is NOT an all in one moisturiser, foundation product. I checked the ingredient list and it listed Titanium Dioxide as one of the ingredients but it does not say that this product has SPF (There is a separate BB Cream with SPF). I’m not sure why.
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Beautilicious

A while ago, when Malaysian cosmetics brand Beautilicious was first launched, I wrote some scathing remarks about my experience with it. So, when Julie Wong, Beautilicious’ principal and creative director contacted me recently for a little chit chat over coffee, I was rather apprehensive.

However, I need not have been because Julie was an absolute delight! Not only was she friendly, we both had a nice time discussing various cosmetics and brands available including hers of course, and the brands which ought to be made available. Julie did tell me she’s just a normal woman who’s into makeup, but hey, I’m sure that’s what Jeanine Lobell said when she created Stila :)

Beautilicious, as I previously wrote, is a new brand of makeup created, owned and marketed right here in Malaysia (look for their pink stand at selected Watsons and Jusco stores). So, without having to deal with all those hefty import duties, Beautilicious has managed to keep its prices relatively affordable and competitive. Price is not kept low at the expense of the product however, as they ensure that the ingredients are sourced from reputable sources, mostly from Italy. You will notice it stated on their packaging.

The packaging of Beautilicious’ products are also predominantly paper based and recyclable so although it might not be super cute plastic slider drawers like Majolica Majorca, they are keeping the environment in mind. I do have some comments about some of the packaging:- Continue Reading ►

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Women are a vain lot aren’t we? We love making ourselves look beautiful and why not? :) One of the most ego-boosting beauty things a woman can do is to go to a hair salon. Don’t tell me you never step out of a hair salon with a little spring in your step and a toss of your newly coiffured hair as you admire yourself in every plate glass window you come across? Or maybe its just me lol… :)

I managed to work out how to look like I just stepped out a salon right in the comfort of my own home. The secret for me – blow drying my hair.

I’m blessed with straight hair that has lots of volume and holds it shape well. However, when I air-dry my hair, I find that it loses some of the volume and has a horrible tendency to stick out in any old direction, especially at the ends. This isn’t a very professional look at work. I’m all for air-drying your hair naturally. Its good for your hair and doesn’t dry it out and damage it. However, I find that a little blast of hot air can do wonders.

Blow dry your hair into shape before air drying

To combat the messy hair look, I do this:-

  • Towel dry the hair to remove excess water.
  • Comb the hair with a wide-toothed comb to remove any tangles
  • Tilt your head down and blow dry the hair starting at the roots and along the hair shaft until semi dry (I use my fingers to roughly separate the hair)
  • Blow dry the hair back into shape using a barrel brush (round brush) at the ends
  • Air dry naturally until fully dry.

When I do this, I can go to bed and wake up with hair that retains its shape and style. I can then comb or style and go without further touch ups in the morning. If I don’t do this, I look like I just got into a cat fight, with hair sticking in every direction. I also find it harder to get hair back into control once its dried into a strange shape and believe me, I’ve had my share of strangely shaped hair. You can read more tips here.

Why does blow drying make hair look better?

I reckon its the introduction of air which provides “lift” at the roots. I was inspired by this thought one day as I was baking an apple tart and watching the pastry rise. Just as heat causes puff pastry to rise and puff out, so too does heat cause our hair to “lift” itself up and hold its shape. Think of a souffle and I think its the same idea. Can you tell I love my food too? 😉 Anyway, I hope my theory is right. Continue Reading ►

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