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BEAUTY

Beautiful Makeup Search picks some great makeup for the multi-tasking Mom.

NY Spender loves her new T3 Tourmaline wet-to-dry flat iron!

ParisB of My Women Stuff shares some thought on the new Origins Organics face lotion.

Viva Woman takes a closer look at toners, toning mists and facial sprays and examines how each is suited for different skin types.

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog interviews MAC Cosmetics Senior Makeup Artist Jennifer Karsten and gets the skinny on how it’s like to work with Kanye West.

Beauty Bento Box learns a thing or two about eye makeup via a MAC fafi eye makeover.

Beauty Secrets Revealed shares a Tropical Hair Conditioner Recipe for Silky and Shiny Hair

Beauty and Fashion Tech tries out a number of products from the new Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Line and posts a picture of the completed look.

Beauty Match discovers Cossidia Rejuvenating Capsules: Nanotechnology skincare!

FASHION

Style…a work in progress ponders whether jewelry can have the evil eye when she says ” Wish me luck!

Petite Fashionista got an email from Hayden’s Panettiere’s mom and she’s got some exciting news to share Once you read this, you better hurry and grab a ticket to this petite friendly event!

Sasha of Style Manila discovers a way to wear her vintage silk sari as a dress.

Tops 2 Bottoms offers the Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit as a stylish reason to get wet this summer.

Indie Style File take a long lustful look at Vancouver Fashion Week.

Shoe Blitz features this chunky heel sandal, which is a great alternative to flats.

The Space Between My Peers recommends Making Peace With Your Body Image.

SHOPPING

ShopDiary says Gossip Girl Serena Van der Woodsen’s Burberry Prorsum The Mason Warrior Bag will come in handy when she eventually goes to battle with her arch-nemesis, Georgina Sparks.

Shopalicious shows you how to impress your Mom on Mother’s Day with this charming Ava Rose wicker handbag — and get 15% off too!

Her Accessories has been blogging about her favorite picks for Mother’s Day and has posted her favorite picks – sure to win you Mom points!

All that & a found a gorgeous knife pleat dress that will take you through summer

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 5463894 Review: Skincare: Origins Organics Nourishing face lotionI have never felt compelled to check out Origins skincare for some reason. But I received a sample of the new Origins Organics Nourishing face lotion and with great trepedition, decided to give it a try.

The Origins Organics Nourishing face lotion comes in a pump bottle which is hygienic. However, because its solid, you can’t tell how much you have left in the bottle. The texture is liquid and light and I found it spreads easily and absorbed quickly into my skin.

There is a strong herbal/medicinal smell. It doesn’t bug me, and in fact, I rather like it. However, there are people who don’t like it at all so make sure you take a healthy sniff at the counter to see if you do like it. The smell doesn’t linger for me though.

The Origins Organics line is supposed to be certified 95% organic. The Nourishing face lotion contains the following key ingredients as quoted from the website:-

Organic Cocoa Butter: Creates a superb protective barrier between skin and the environment.

Organic Coconut Oil: An effective moisturizer, it helps rehydrate dry skin.

Organic Glycerin: Glycerin is a soothing humectant which draws moisture from the air to the skin. It is most well known for its skin soothing, softening, smoothing and hydrating properties.

Organic Rosemary Extract:
Known to help tone skin and reduce dryness.

Now, some people who are more familiar with ingredients have said that cocoa butter and coconut oil on your face is a sure recipe for disaster. These are supposed to be pore clogging and can cause pimples and worsen acne.

My sample lasted me nearly 2 weeks with day and night use. I personally had no problems with the Origins Organics Nourishing face lotion in the first couple of says. However, I also did not see my skin looking any better for having used this lotion exclusively. After a few days I noticed 2 painful spots appearing. I’m not sure if its 100% attributable to this lotion but this is the only new item in my skincare routine. Needless to say, I’m not continuing with my experiment!

So, my answer to whether I’d purchase this is No. It also has no SPF but that doesn’t trouble me because I use a separate sunscreen everyday anyway.

A 30ml bottle retails for US42.50 (RM136) I’m not sure how much they are actually retailing for here.

Pros: Hygienic packaging, light and absorbed quickly

Cons: No SPF, ingredients are potentially pore clogging, expensive

[rating:3/5]

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The folks over at Revlon contacted me recently to test-drive their new Revlon Age-Defying 2-way Foundation with Botafirm in 05 Sand Beige. Whew! What a mouthful! What it essentially is, of course, is a 2-way powder foundation. 2-way because it can be used both wet and dry. Wet for more coverage and dry for less. I only ever use my powder foundations dry so my review will be based on that. There is a giveaway too at the bottom, so please read on!

revlon Review & Giveaway! Revlon Age Defying 2 way foundation with Botafirm

First of all, the packaging. I love it! The powder foundation comes in a slim red case which is similar to the rest of the Revlon Age-Defying line. But what I really like is the slimness and the sleekness of the design. It actually looks and feels more expensive than it really is. Continue Reading ►

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Previously, I reviewed Lavshuca by Kanebo eyeshadow singles and decided I did not quite like them. Since then, and because Lavshuca isn’t readily available to me here in Malaysia, I stopped buying anything else from the brand.

Now, I’m rethinking this after seeing pictures of Lavhuca’s Summer 2008 eyeshadow palettes:-

Lavshuca Blue / Cool palette

lavshuca blue Kanebo Lavshuca Summer 2008 palettes

Lavshuca Gold/Warm palette

lavshuca gold Kanebo Lavshuca Summer 2008 palettes

The way the palettes are divided, I’d say that the one with the white case is for day and the darker case is for night. I think its so cute for them to be so thoughtful. The day colours are lighter and the night ones darker. I wish there was a way I could test these in person before I decide if I want them, but there isn’t so I might just have to suck it up and get it online later!

I’d probably get the blue palette. The warm one looks a little too warm for me. This is definitely giving the Stila Kitten palette a run for its money in my book!

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