Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sponsored post: Rodial Size Zero Daily Toning Body Moisturiser

Rodial Size Zero Daily Toning Body Moisturiser 300 ml SGD $99

(Information taken from press kit)

Refine your body’s silhouette with size zero™. A triple action toning body moisturiser with ultra powerful PRO-SVELTYL® to encourage the reduction of stubborn fatty deposits and water retention. Light and creamy with a delicate rose and citrus scent, it is easily absorbed and ideal for use daily. Hydrates, moisturises and improves skin texture.

Pro-Sveltyl® - includes Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India
  • Pro-Sveltyl® is obtained from an aquatic plant rich in flavonols (powerful plant antioxidant)
  • Provides a triple action to prevent the cycle of fat accumulation
  • Stimulates lipolysis (natural breakdown of fats)
  • Helps to drain water retention and reduce the appearance of cellulite

Dimethicone crosspolymer
  • Smoothes skin texture
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Vitamin E
  • Elevates moisture levels in the skin
  • Antioxidant protection
  • Helps repair dry, mature skin and rough patches
  • Rose and Citrus fragrance
  • Rose provides a fresh feminine fragrance whilst citrus re-energises and uplifts
  • Moisturises and hydrates skin
Use twice daily. Apply cream with upward sweeping movements. Concentrate on problem areas such as thighs, abdomen and hips. Results can be seen after 28 days when being used as suggested.

 have been using this as a regular body moisturizer for 2 and a half weeks now. I love the fruity scent and how easily it gets absorbed by my skin. Because of my pole practise, I have been suffering from a severe case of the lizard skin. Before Size Zero, I stopped using body lotions and moisturisers because there is so much slip on my skin when I apply any lotions and that makes it hard for me to stay on my pole. Size Zero is a wonderful combination of nourishing yet non greasy which allows me to moisturize myself everyday without worrying about slipping off my pole.

I am not sure about the claims of reducing cellulite though. I am not in a position to agree with it. I haven't seen any visible changes to my body as yet.

I do feel that it you wanted to look slimmer no miracle cream can do that for you. It all boils down to good old fashioned eating healthily and getting enough exercise.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder 00 Nude Swatches and Review

Sometime back, Sak's Fifth had free international shipping if USD $99 was spent. Being an addicted online shopaholic I had to check it out.

I bought my very first Dolce and Gabbana blush after seeing Ruby's. And I also picked up the new bronzing powder from Guerlain.

I have way too many bronzers. My Guerlain Emillio Pucci bronzer is still only lightly used so I definitely do not need another bronzer to add to my stash. But if you have seen the beautiful promo picture you would understand how difficult it was to resist when they added that lovely pink into the mix.

Guerlain did wonders with the gorgeous dark brown metal casing. It feels weighty and oh so luxurious. What a beauty it is to behold.

The lightest shade is almost invisible on my skin but the other three shades provide subtle colour. It is finely milled and feel smooth to the touch. It also lasts quit well on my cheeks. After 4 hours of dance classes, it was still visible on my cheeks.

There is quite a strong fragrance to it. Not as nice as the Emillio Pucci bronzer but it is fine by me.

I use it more like a subtle nude blush than a bronzer per se. I love that it gives me a soft healthy look. For this bronzer, I use my Hakuhodo blush brush which picks up just enough pigment.

This sells for USD$75. I paid SGD$100.80 for it because Sak's Fifth converts the price automatically to Singapore currency at checkout. I found out it cost about SGD $101 at local counters and if you happen to visit DFS Changi, it is going for SGD$91. Grab it at the airport!

Off the topic but somewhat related. I was kinda miffed,  a few months back when I heard that the Guerlain Emillio Pucci bronzer was selling at a discount during one of those brand sales. It was selling for SGD $50 then. You can check out Luna of Lunaface and Meryl of Memoseille's  posts about it. I paid a good SGD $100 because I wanted to get my hands on it when it first came out. There is a Chinese saying which I was try to translate, heart pain and I'm adding this, wallet pain. That's what I feel when I heard it was going for half the price. Ah well, that's the price I pay for not being patient.

My two beauties together
Would I wait for this bronzer to be in a sale. Nope. I'll gladly pay the full price for it. 

Ratings: 5 lipsticks.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Burberry Lip Velvet No. 310 Military Red swatches and reviews

Do you know how long I have been hankering for this lipstick? Since the Lip Velvets came out I had wanted Military Red. When I visited the Burberry counter at Tangs to swatch them, I brought home Fuchsia Pink thinking I bought Military Red (by the way I love Fuchsia Pink too). 

Anyway dear Meryl at Memoiselle gifted this to me (thank you so much babe! Hugs!) and so now I feel absolutely contented to have yet another beautiful red to add to my collection.

Military Red is a warm dark red. I love the formula of the Lip Velvet. They are lightweight with a matte satin feel and look. The best part is they do not dry out my lips.

Here is a comparison swatch of my latest Red lipstick acquisitions. As you can see the Rimmel is just a tad cooler than Military Red.

Left to right: Rimmel versus Military Red

Left to right: Military Red versus Fuchsia Pink
Here is a comparison between Military Red and Fuchsia Pink. Fuchsia Pink is more of a pink red as compared to Military Red.

Anyway if you love your reds, Military Red is something you will want in your collection. Something about a matte red makes it sophisticated and alluring. At SGD $43 it is a luxurious splurge but you will not regret it. 

Ratings: 5+ lipsticks

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sponsored Post: Rodial Beauty Event

About two weeks back, I had the wonderful opportunity to have attended a very cozy and personal event organized by Rodial. This is my first introduction to their products.

I had a great time smelling and touching the different products all thanks to the wonderful ladies at Rodial.

Here is a brief introduction to Rodial.

Founded in 1999, Rodial was designed to bridge the gap between scientific and natural skincare. Known as the glamorous alternative to surgery, the Rodial philosophy is to prove unparalleled results to specific skin areas using natural ingredients.

In the age of chemical peels and cosmetic surgery, Rodial has captured nature’s power by creating a range of super-effective skincare to deliver targeted treatments for specific skin concerns from wrinkles and age spots, to cellulite and stretch marks. Over the years, Rodial’s retail range has been highly recommended by dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the United Kingdom.

The above products are from the Dragon's Blood range. This is Rodial's range which is suited for sensitive skins.

Dragon's Blood Cleansing Water 200 ml SGD $49

Gentle, hydrating and soothing cleansing water for the eyes and face. Refreshing Rose Water removes makeup and impurities whilst Dragon’s Blood soothes sensitive and stressed skin. Vitamin B3 illuminates and evens skin tone for an instant burst of energy and brighter complexion. A non sting, no rinse formula.

Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Tonic 100 ml SGD $59

The instant skin reviver! This innovative Hyaluronic formula locks in moisture for 24 hours. Rose Water and Dragon’s Blood soothe sensitive skin whilst protecting against external aggressions. Vitamin B3 and Zinc instantly brighten for a refreshed and even complexion. Skin is deeply hydrated, firmer and pores appear more refined. A skincare essential, ideal for an instant energy boost, soothing in-flight refreshment and to set make-up.

Dragon's Blood Eye Gel 15 ml SGD $79

This instantly cooling gel refreshes and hydrates puffy tired eyes with Rose Water, Arnica and Dragons Blood. Instantly brighter, the delicate eye area is restructured to thicken translucent skin and plump wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid comforts dehydrated skin and refines the skin’s surface for wide awake eyes.

The above products are from the Glamtox range.

Glamtox Night 30 ml SGD $169

This ground-breaking formula moisturises and smoothes the skin for a radiant and youthful looking glow. Rodial glamtox™ night is a revolutionary night gel that helps to protect against the visible signs of ageing. Containing retinol microspheres and Vitamin C, glamtox night works to retexture and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and pore size while promoting elasticity and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Glamtox Day SPF 15 50 ml SGD $159

Rodial glamtox™ day is an innovative formula that combines daily hydration with wrinkle plumping agents and vitamins for visibly younger looking skin. With micro-injected hyaluronicspheres and Myrrh extract, Glamtox Day SPF helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines while hydrating and protecting the skin against moisture loss

Glamtox 5 min Facial 50 ml SGD $69

Rodial 5 minute facial is an exfoliating and decongesting mask packed with active ingredients  to restore a youthful glow. The gently exfoliating formula clarifies and absorbs impurities;  reducing pore size to reveal smooth, bright, glowing skin

Glamtox Cleansing Balm 100 ml SGD $89

Rodial glamtox™ cleansing balm gently melts away make-up and cleanses the skin. Almond, jojoba and wheatgerm oils nourish the skin while a blend of vitamins helps brighten the complexion and reduce the appearance of age spots and pigmentation. This rich cleanser slides on like a balm and turns into a milky toner when rinsed with water.

The above products feature the Glamoxy Snake range of products. No worries, no real snake are involved in the production of these products.

Glamoxy Snake serum 25 ml SGD $229 6 ml (pen version ) SGD $149

Minimise the appearance of expression lines with this unique Temple Viper inspired serum. This hydrating serum will lift and plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; instantly leaving your skin glowing and radiant.

The ladies at Rodial have generously given these few items to try. I can't wait to review them for you.

Anyway you can find Rodial at these places:

Sccube The Apocethary
Guardian Health and Beauty at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder Pressed swatches and review

For a really long time, I did without ever having to use a pressed powder to touch up. After setting my foundation with loose powder I was good to go and I could last the whole day without blotting. Ever since I stopped my Diane, my oilies have come back in a big way. (Psst I gave in and started my Diane again) and so found myself in need of a pressed powder to ring along with me.

I actually did buy one a Chanel pressed powder in December but never get around to reviewing it. You can guess by the fact that I haven't reviewed it, just how much I liked it.

Anyway a few of my makeup buddies have been squealing over how lovely this is that I just had to try it for myself. If I am not mistaken the first batch that went on sale sold literally like hotcakes and it was sold out in a couple of days.

You can check out their reviews at Miaka's Life and Loves, Memoiselle and  Kaslovesmakeup

I love the pouch it comes with, I am not in love with the rubberized packaging. Right now my palette is sporting a big powdery thumbprint that I can't seem to wipe off. It is annoying to say the least. I'm not looking forward to the casing becoming greasy.

Anyway I didn't realise that there was a little sponge tucked inside the pouch till a couple of days later so I don't have a picture of it. I would prefer using a brush to apply this, sponges in compacts sometimes give me the heebie jeebies because of the amount of bacteria that can grow there if we are not studious about washing them regularly.

You can see a layer of shimmery white powder. You need to use a tissue to wipe off the first layer and then you are good to go. You won't look like a disco ball, it fact the powder mattifies my face wonderfully.

As you can see it brightens my face too but I need to be careful not to overdo it, lest I start looking like a geisha. 

I am totally in love with this setting powder. It is finely milled and keeps my oilies at bay (at least for a while). 

You can find this at the NARS counter at Tangs and it sells for SGD $50. Strangely enough I don't see them selling at Nordstrom or even ASOS. The loose powder version sells for USD $34. I believe it should be the same for the pressed version. The price here is still marked up quite high. But if you want the pressed version, no choice you have to suck it up and pay for the mark up.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rimmel Marshmellow Look Lipstick in 012 swatches and review

A very generous babe by the name of Farah from @farahdean from Instagram gifted me with this gorgeous red lipstick. Thank you so much Farah!

I am embarrassed to admit that I'm a makeup snob. I haven't been buying any drugstore brands in a long while. The thing of red lipsticks is, all this while I have not found a nice drugstore brand red lipstick. You see I like my red lipsticks deep. Most of the red I see just happen to be too bright for me.

This Rimmel lipstick blew me out of the water. Just my kind of red.

Rimmel London Marshmallow Look lipsticks can only be found in Japan. I simply cannot find any information about these lipsticks so if anyone has some information about them I would love to hear from you.

For a drugstore brand, I love the sleek black packaging. It has a metal casing that feels lightweight yet sturdy.

Just look at how gorgeous it is!

It is wonderfully pigmented and gives a strong red colour with just one swipe. It is creamy and glides on my lips without being slippery. It has a satin finish. It lasts for about 4 hours when I sip on water but after a meal I need to reapply my lipstick. It doesn't feel hydrating but it does not cause my lips to peel either.

So does it feel better than or on par with my favourite Burberry or Giorgio Armani? Nope, I still feel that there is a difference in quality especially the feel of it. My luxe lipsticks feel creamier and still leaves my lips soft and supple after a whole day of wear. I won't be stopping my luxe lipstick hoarding anytime soon. Heh heh.

Comparison swatches: Left to right: Rimmel, Girogio Armani 400 and Chanel Rouge Allure Passion

This is fast becoming one of my favourite red lipstick. For a drugstore price this is just amazing. If you happen to be in Japan, I definitely highly recommend you hunt down this, it is just too good to pass up.

Ratings: 5+ lipsticks