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Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Weekly Makeup Edit #06

Thanks to my new skincare routine using The Latest in Anti-ageing Skincare, I've had a good skin week this week, good enough to bust out sheer to light coverage Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. To cover dark circles and the occasional redness I used long-lasting NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Set with MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus to even out the skin. I couldn't get enough of My New Winter Fragrance YSL Black Opium - if you haven't tried this yet I suggest you do!

Sad times as I notice my summer colour fading into my winter shade but I've been faking the glow with NARS Laguna Bronzer. It has few shimmers and works well as bronzer + contour. Cheekbones have been highlighted this week with my trusty MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base; apply to the bridge of the nose as well as underneath the eyebrow arch for a lifting highlight. Lashes have been coated with MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara for striking flirty lash flutter.

These products have been my staples this week, share - what standout products have been yours?

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Latest in Anti-Ageing Skincare

If you've been following me on twitter, you'll know that I recently attended (and was lucky enough to be invited to present) at the prestigious EADV Congress held in Amsterdam. This massive conference with 12,000 attendees was a huge melting pot of vast amounts of information and Dermatology secrets and innovations worldwide.

Leading skincare companies were also invited to take part and here are some of the latest in Anti-Ageing Skincare:

L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Peeling Lotion Night

This peeling lotion contains Glycolic Acid an often used ingredient in chemical peels in Dermatology clinics. Applied every night this gently resurfaces the skin, delaying wrinkles and lightening dark spots. It is gentle on sensitive skin and many see effective results in just 1-2 weeks. Make sure you apply this at night or if you are pressed to do this in the morning, apply some sunscreen after.

L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Global Care Day SPF25

This is a lovely light day cream that has protective SPF25. It has 3% Pro-Xylane that protects against premature ageing. What more - it's an excellent base under makeup.

Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Youth Enhancing Serum

This is a light gel-serum that makes the skin feel so silky soft and supple. Active ingredient 10% Rhamnose helps stimulate the natural healing processes of the skin. It is lightly fragranced, lightweight and dries quickly. You can use this day or night. It wont provide essential moisture however especially for the cold winter season, it is a serum afterall.

Vichy Liftactiv Advanced Filler Cream

This fantastic filler combines highly concentrated pure retinol and LR2412 to reduce wrinkles and improve skin radiance. It also moisturises very well. I would advocate using this at night and not to apply too much as the retinol can cause skin redness and irritation which can also be worsened by sunlight. Retinol is a very potent anti-ageing and anti-acne chemical and is fantastic for all skins.

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Age-Defying Cream

This anti-ageing cream is a day cream moisturiser with Matrixyl, which targets eyes, jaw line and neck for dramatically younger looking skin. It moisturises really well and I am hoping it wil be excellent for the cold months. Only thing I don't like about it is the jar packaging that encourages double dipping, but otherwise I am happy with the product itself.

So there's a run through of new anti-ageing products in my ridiculously massive arsenal. My skin isn't particularly wrinkly having been blessed with oriental genes, but I am a big believer in wrinkle-prophylaxis. Afterall, preventing wrinkles is much easier and cheaper than regular botox / fillers for once you get them.

Have you tried any of these anti-ageing skincare products?

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

The New Winter Fragrance

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Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Review

I'm a huge fan of vanilla fragrances and I'm pleased to share with you a new fragrance I've added to my rotation of scrumptious scents: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium.

Somehow YSL managed to reinvent the vanilla base with Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium. The coffee top note mixed with vanilla is reminiscent of a vanilla mocha (if that exists). It's an 'Adult Vanilla', not as sweet as Britney Spears Fantasy or Lancome La Vie Est Belle. It is a much sultrier and more sophisticated scent.

The scent lasts long - well beyond 6 hours, sometimes you can even smell it the next day. It has moderate sillage, less sillage than another favourite Thierry Mugler Angel.

I've been wearing this daily since I got and its clear to see I'm addicted. I urge you to try Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium out at your nearest shop and if you like the other fragrances I've mentioned in this post, no doubt you will love this too.

What do you reckon - love it or leave it?

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Born Pretty Brush Set Review

Hey everyone! I know it's been a while. School just started a month ago and this may be the hardest semester yet (bring out the caffeine). Thankfully, this week's pretty light. So I'm back! - And I'm back with a review!

Born Pretty Store was kind enough to send me a 7 piece brush set. The set includes (from left to right):
(1) Brow brush + comb, (2) eyeshadow sponge, (3) angled eyeliner brush, (4) concealer brush, (5) small angle brush, (6) eyeshadow brush, (7) blush brush

1. Overall appearance/packaging is really cute! I love me some pink.
2. The bristles are soft and they don't come off easily
3. Light weight - easy to carry around
4. Reasonable price! (this 7 brush set costs ~$9). I believe they do free shipping, worldwide.

1. The brushes were a little small and thin for my type. I like my brushes to have more volume.
2. Incomplete for my type. I'd prefer to have a foundation brush instead of a sponge applicator.

Rating: 7/10

Overall, I'd say this set is good for starters. You can definitely go for something better. But if you're on a tight budget, this brush set is a good choice.

Check out their brushes and other beauty products at

Special thanks to Miss Alicia of Born Pretty Store

If you've got a question or an opinion on this, leave a comment at the bottom of this post! 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Mark Hill New Collections @BAFTA195 Piccadilly

Mark Hill Wild Waver Hot Wand Review

Mark Hill Wild Waver Hot Wand Review

Hello! My name is Shivanee and this is my first post after joining my sister-in-law to be's blog. I accompanied her to the Mark Hill Hair company's recent event - which was fantastic - and I am reviewing some of the products they were showcasing. Mark Hill himself was on hand at the event to help out and show off his skills. This particular line is not available yet but should be out in time for your wishlist this Christmas.

Mark Hill Wild Waver Hot Wand Review

Mark Hill Wild Waver Hot Wand
Stand Out From The Crowd!

Having long, thick and heavy hair I have always struggled with keeping my curls bouncy and pristine for the whole evening. The Mark Hill Wild Waver Hot Wand not only produced great looking curls but they were still intact the next day, albeit slightly looser.

Mark Hill Wild Waver Hot Wand Review

Here are some reasons why this product is great:

a. Quick heat up and variable temperature setting
b. Variable length of the barrel so you can choose the size of your curls
c. Come with some good heat protection gloves!
d. Gives a great shine even without product

Mark Hill Wild Waver Hot Wand Review
Myself and Livia
Curling hair can be tricky- here are some tips to get perfect curls:

If you've got a question or an opinion on this, leave a comment at the bottom of this post!

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Monday, 15 September 2014

The Secret to Lilac Lids

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A throwback to our ballerina days we have been busting out our romantic purple and lilac eyeshadows this season and teaming them up with our ballerina hair buns. The trick is to avoid the 'bruised lid look' that these colours can sometimes do... Here are our tips to wear the right shade of purple for you:

1. Light lavenders and pastel purples tend to look good on everyone. Brighter bolder colours are for the courageous and adventurous!

2. Stay away from purples with red undertones as they accentuate the red vessels in your eyes.

3. Blend blend blend and blend well. A brown matte eyeshadow on the crease helps.

4. Keep the rest of your makeup look simple and minimal. After all this effort you'll want all eyes on your eyelids...

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What are your favourite eyeshadows to rock the lilac lid?

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Friday, 12 September 2014

How to Avoid Fake-Looking Falsies

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Confused about which flirty falsies to wear for that special night out?

Amidst the sea of lashes in the world, there are a few brands we always turn to. A higher price tag does not necessarily mean higher quality and some of the best are available from your local drugstore. Here are a few tips on what we look for in a good pair of falsies:

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

My First Charlotte Tilbury Gift Box

That's one good thing about having a beauty addict girlfriend, you know what presents to get her. Just as long as you make sure its already in her collection of beauty bits, anything goes -- and she'll be thrilled!

This post is a little late but something definitely worth writing. It's my review of Charlotte Tilbury's Golden Goddess Makeup Set that my sweet other half picked out for me to give me on my birthday. He likes to think he knows which makeup looks great on me, and I gotta say he's right!

Let's get onto the deets!!
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Friday, 5 September 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Hearts Aflame & Lingering Kiss

MAC A Novel Romance Lingering Kiss & Hearts Aflame Lipsticks Review & Swatches
MAC A Novel Romance Lingering Kiss & Hearts Aflame Lipsticks Review & Swatches

It's that time of year once again where wild berries and dark cherries adorn our rose bud lips. Despite this the new MAC A Novel Romance Collection caught me by surprise when stumbled upon this collection at Westfields yesterday as I worked so hard on my self-restraint in the last few months.... Seeing the display I immediately picked up these two, swatched and couldn't let go. Unsurprisingly they came home with me and here they are for your lust-worthy pleasure.

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Super Cool Kitsch Hair Ties!

For keeping my hair up, I’ve always been a hair clamp gal but a couple of weeks ago I decided I was going to try something different – using hair ties. They just look so much tidier worn with a ponytail and the way hair swings from side to side when you move is also kinda cute...

So when I came across these Kitsch Hair Ties I knew I had to have them. They are utterly adorable! They are handmade with great quality. My favourite of this bunch has to be the I need coffee one which has been quite popular on the busy job. It brings a subtle quirkiness that is not so in-your-face and brings a little smile to whoever sees it. It also makes a good conversation starter!

These Kitsch Hair Ties will be available from from September 2014 at £4/set of 5. They have other sets available now some daintier and others geekier, have a look at their website here and see which one is your favourite!

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Look: The Livia (Surprise Post!)

It’s my Big Sister’s birthday today!

 I thought I’d put together a make up look inspired by Livia; the lovely, creative mind behind this blog. My sister is my favourite beauty guru. I look up to her for beauty and fashion tips. But she's also like a second mommy to me, and I always take her advice in to consideration. I am very proud of what she has achieved and I am proud to call her my sister.

Ate*, this is for you. 

"Pink blush and Coral lipstick"
Concealer: MAC Select Moisturecover NC30
Highlight: Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer no. 01 Light Beige
Contour: Sleek Suede Effect Pressed Powder no. 04
Liquid Foundation: MAC Studio Sculpt NC35

Eyebrows: Etude House Easy Brow Pencil
Lid: Revlon Colorstay Quad in Attitude - Lightest Matte
Crease: Revlon Colorstay Quad in Attitude - Darkest Matte
Eyeliner: NYX Super Fat Eye Marker
Mascara: Maybelline The Rocket Mascara
Outer Eye False Eyelashes

Finishing Foundation: MAC Lightful NC35
Blush: Sleek Pixie
Lipstick: Bobby Brown Soft Coral

Key ingredients to the Livia Look:
Coral and rosy shades: They suit her skin color really well and they give her that sweet and innocent look
Highlight waterline and inner eye corners: They illuminate your eyes
All of these tricks contribute to the coveted “Livia Glow” that reflects her sweet and bright personality. 

To my best girlfriend, Happy Birthday! I wish you all the best ate*. And I Hope you (and our readers) enjoyed this post! 

*Filipino word for big sister; pronounced: Ah-teh

If you've got a question or an opinion on this, leave a comment at the bottom of this post! 

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Friday, 25 July 2014

E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette NYC Review, Swatches!

E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette NYC Review, Swatches
E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC Review, Swatches

Would you believe it that after all of these years in the beauty blogging industry I have just had my first encounter with E.L.F.? I am so excited to share with you my first ever product from this line, its the E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace Review, Swatches!

Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace Review, Swatches
Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace

For such a beautiful blush trio from the drugstore I believe Sleek Makeup Blush by 3 in Lace needs much more recognition in the beauty world. Among all the Blush By 3 trios, I believe Lace is perhaps the prettiest of them although I may be a little biased for my love of corals and peaches.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Eucerin Even Brighter Pigment Reducing Night Cream Review!

I believe a good night cream is important to keep your skin in tip top shape to restore your skin to a fab state to take you through the next day. After having recently been through my old favourite night cream, I decided to try Eucerin Even Brighter Pigment Reducing Night Cream. I've been using this for a couple of weeks so far and here are my thoughts.
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Latest in Beauty: The Summer Beauty Edit with Glamour Mag!

Glamour Beauty Box Latest In Beauty Review
Glamour Beauty Box Latest In Beauty Review

The thing about beauty boxes as often the contents can be a hit and miss. I used to be subscribed to one a while back but decided to discontinue as I didn't feel as though I had much use of the products I received. That's not the case with The Latest in Beauty: Summer Beauty Edit however, I am thoroughly impressed with most if not all the products in this set. These products were picked in a collaboration with Glamour Magazine so its no wonder these are all pretty good. Let's get started on the initial impressions shall we?

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