I hope I’m not the only one thinking that my skin actually looks better when I’m ill as opposed to when I’m well! Whatever blemishes seem to have lightened and its looking pretty smooth.

I reckon its all those white cells doing their job fighting the bacteria and viruses attacking the body. The side effect of the internal war raging in the body is that all those wonderful white cells are also fighting the bacteria on my skin! :) So I’m enjoying the nice smooth skin of the moment sans healthy glow unfortunately. Continue Reading ►


L-R: La Femme Fuschia, Stila, Stila Jezebel, La Femme Copper

In the course of experimenting with makeup, I’ve picked up some colours which I have now realised aren’t quite suitable for me.

Examples of such colours are orange, bronze, brown, warm golds, purples and any colour with a red base. Such colours make me look tired and drawn, no matter how well blended or how expertly applied. This is one of the reasons why I couldn’t wear the Estee Lauder Fall 2008 palettes. I actually had a makeover once where I specifically requested that purple eyeshadow be used on me. The makeup artist was good, but I still looked drawn and bruised.

Yet, I have such colours in my eyeshadow collection and now and then, I still wear them. Why? Continue Reading ►


I happened to pass by an Estee Lauder and Lancome counter yesterday so I decided to stop and ask about the new vibrating mascara available in both brands. Needless to say, I got blank stares and was promoted some new non-vibrating mascaras. Sigh…

But all was not lost because it was the launch of the new Chocolate Decadence collection by Estee Lauder for Fall 2008! I’d been watching out for this one mostly because of the packaging.

Estee Lauder Fall 2008

The Estee Lauder counter at Isetan KLCC has it all and it was looking good. I’d say though that in line with the chocolate theme, everything is a little too brown and too warm for my liking. That said, I could not resist testing out the eyeshadows and the shimmer powder!

I swatched the colours and wanted a photo but got sucked into having the eyeshadows tested on me and the colours were wiped off later. Boo… I’ll explain why in a minute. Continue Reading ►


Olay Total Effects

Hands up everyone who remembers their mothers or grandmothers using Oil of Ulan with the distinctive pink lotion and powdery smell? :) I do. And I took a while to adjust to it being called Oil of Olay and then just Olay.

I used the Total Effects cream the first time it was introduced here in Malaysia. I was one of the testers for the mystery cream based on an ad on tv at the time. I knew what it was because I was monitoring its arrival after reading many good things about the Olay Total Effects cream online. When I tried it, I knew I liked it and Olay Total Effects was my staple moisturiser for a couple of years.

And then, I got bored and ventured out into various brands of skin moisturisers, mostly of the department store or higher end variety.

Recently, with prices soaring on nearly every consumer good, and with my night moisturiser on its last legs, I decided to once again return to an old favourite, to see how it re-measures up. Continue Reading ►


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