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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder & RedEarth Pallette in Celebrate: Day and Night Look and some more

Hey all beauty addicts,

Last weekend, me and my girlies had a wonderful makeup party at Erin's house. Thanks Erin for letting us raid your spanking newly-painted room in ash gray. Tres chic! As soon as we arrived, it was havoc as we shopped at her boutique. She has stylish and feminine clothing collection on her online blog, GLITTERIN (<- click here to see her awesome blog). The clothes are very girly, wearable and affordable too! Check it out.

At the makeup party, we traded beauty tips and tricks and checked out each other makeup boxes. It was so much fun! Here are some pics:

Me showing them my makeup case. 

My sister has the most packed case. 


Yes we love the camera

We giggled and ate so much! Anyway after checking out each other's makeup and brushes (my friend got these heavenly brushes from Bobbi Brown. A full set at RM 1200++ and they are so fine and SOFT and labeled too!), we went for shopping to get the items we raved about.

I bought these: 

1) Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Real Sand 

RM 149

Laura Mercier is known for their "healthy glow" effect. These fine powder has crushed pearl in them to give you that iridescent glow.

My sister, Shazreeyana is an advocate for this powder and I figured I need to try it too to see if it's worth it. To be honest, I don't prefer loose powder because I am afraid I'd spill them and the whole process of application seems a bit of a fuss to me.

After trying this, I have to say I LOVE the finely-milled powder. It is so light, and because it is made of pearl powder, it gives off a healthy dewy and light-reflecting complexion. Even with little foundation, this powder gave me such a healthy glow. I also notice that it controls the oil on my T-zone. I think the Mica in it absorbs the oil and really, it is long-lasting and doesn't look too matte (which I like). It has SPF 15 which may appear fair in flash photography so always apply it on my neck as well.

I just tap a little bit of the powder in the cap and clean the cap off with a fat brush during application and sometimes it may get a little messy but anything for the glow on my face!

2) Red Earth Palette in Celebrate from SaSa

I bought this all in one colour kit because it is cheap (RM 48) for its high-quality pigments. Redearth has great quality eyeshadow and I think this palette can be used daily for day and night look. If I travel and want to save space, I'd prolly just bring this kit along. Also, I adore the coral bag that comes with it. Besides, it does make for a good gift for a girlfriend.

The Wish in Colour Kit in Celebrate. I Love the coral bag! The palette consists of 1 blusher, 4 eyeshadows and 4 lip colours.


Purplish Glittery Gray and Dark Silver Eyeshadows. I use the Blusher (Middle) for contouring my nose as I find the color too dark for blusher.

Brown and Matte Peach Eyeshadows. Which one will hit the pan first? I will say the Brown one. I am a sucker for natural warm colors.

The four lip colors (Fushia, Orange, Tan, Deep Red). I have to say the pigment is quite disappointing as the colors act more like gloss than lipstick. The pigment isn't so rich and it can be used to add shine on top of your regular lipstick. 

By the way I used this palette today for this Day Look:

I used the Purplish Gray eyeshadow and Brown today. Also I mixed the two lipcolors (Fucshia and Orange)  on my lips.
Do you see my glow? I used Laura Mercier Powder to have this luminescent effect. 

Just an au naturale Day Look with the Red Earth Palette which can be a daily look.

For the Night look, I used alot more pigments and also included the Dark Silver on my crease.

Sorry my camera is low quality. I hope you can see the pigments. It looks more intense in person

Just add the Dark Silver on my crease and add more Brown on my socket. Notice the semi lash? It is much more comfortable to wear half a lash than a full one.

Overall, I say it is worth the bucks. 

Other things I got are

Redearth eyeshadow in Havana Nights (RM 19 with any Redearth Purchase at Sasa. Usually RM34)

I have existing Redearth Eyeshadows and this makes a family of four. Clockwise (Havana Nights, Cleopatra, Winter Rose, Deep Forest)

The Swatches. Clockwise (Havana Nights, Cleopatra, Winter Rose, Deep Forest)
Why do I like the Illusion Lights from RedEarth? 
I <3 shimmery eyeshadows as it makes my eyes pop and the selling point of these eyeshadow is its FINE texture and SUPERB pigments. Cheap eyeshadows have grittier texture but this one is soft and the colors are deep and rich. When I tested it, I went WOW and these are the reactions of my friends when they swatched it. Aint the colors so pretty?

Nude nailcolor by Elianto

Left : Sepia and Right: Eggshell.

I now have Eggshell on my nails for 2 days and suprisingly this cheap (RM 5 each) nailcolor hasn't chipped. For lasting effect I need to apply base and topcoat which I didn't. My current fav is the Eggshell! Sporting the nail as long as I can when I am not lazy to paint me nails.

A charm necklace from Bonita. My sister got a matching one too. Just RM27 and it reminded me of Legally Blonde for some reason. I love the Cute candy colored charms in butterfly, clover and hearts (which is so me) and I wore it just yesterday and I already got compliments on them  : D

Phew.... It is a long post but it was fun writing this! So many pending items to share and I have been procrastinating like no other. What have you shopped for this week? Please share with me your favorite new purchase. Till then, take care. <3 <3

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Take Care of Your Eyes Today: Never Sleep with Contact Lense and Check Out Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

CCHi all!

I am so compelled to write this one because I just had a wonderful day out with my girls and two of my friends told me that they have red eyes because they slept with their contacts on. First of all, NEVER EVER sleep with your contacts on!! Your eyes need the oxygen to breath and depriving them of O2 can cause the veins to turn so red (I don't feel pretty with bloodshot eyes) and overtime, you will not have healthy-looking pearly white eyes anymore because the veins will start growing into your cornea to supply the oxygen to it. This condition is permanent and irreversible so please, don't wear your contacts to sleep if you want to avoid having ugly red veins creeping into your cornea permanently.

Secondly, never mix many pairs of lenses in a case. This was my mistake. Two months ago I suffered from conjunctivitis and also an allergy reaction due to poor care of my eyes. I mixed two lenses in a case because I have so many pairs and I was lazy to keep them separately and there were cross contamination that gave me a sty, conjunctivitis and also an allergy reaction to soft lenses. At one point, blood was oozing out from my tear duct! The doc told me I may have to give up on soft lenses, which sounded like the end of the world to me ( I am vain like that haha). The sty was annoying too because it left me with a bump (oil cyst) near my tear duct that took a month to go away. If it doesn't, it has to be surgically remove.

I was taking my eye for granted as I cincai cincai wash the lense and use expired lenses too. It was a costly mistake as I had to pay for RM600 in total for consulting an opthamologist. Learn from my mistakes, babes. Don't let your money go to waste (even if you can claim your medicals. Why go through all that suffering?).

Our eyes are the most tantalizing senses on our body. Being mute and deaf does not equal to being blind. Losing my sight will definitely take away my experience of life. I can't imagine not having my eyes. Plus, what other part of the body tells so much about a person? The eyes ARE the windows to the soul, cheesy I know, so let's practice good eye care from today onwards.

Anyway a friend was curious about my lense solution. Here I will share with you that I use AOsept

AOsept uses hydrogen peroxide (an antibacterial agent) that will sanitize your lenses. You'll get maximum comfort from it because it destroys all the bacteria and protein stuck on your lesnes. The metal at the bottom of the case will neutralize the hydrogen peroxide, turning it into water and oxygen. The bubbles formed will remove the proteins on lenses, which are the main cause of irritation and allergy. You have to wait 6 hours for the lense to neutralize. The price is around RM21.

If 6 hours is too long, there is Ever Clean which can get the job done in 2 hours (I am using this now). It uses a tablet that neutralizes the peroxide and the price is around RM30.

Oh, hydrogen peroxide can cause discoloration on colored lenses so please bear that in mind. Regardless, I still use it with my colored contacts and I can't really notice a big difference so I am sticking with this technology as it provides the BEST comfort to my eyes. If you have sensitive eyes, you can rinse the lense with Sensitive solution like Avizor's Unica on top of sanitizing with the hydrogen peroxide system (AoSept or EverClean)

I use this to rinse my lense before placing it onto my eyes.

If you feel lenses were uncomfortable after a week or so, chances are, you have protein build-up on your lenses. In this case, use a protein removal tablet to e soaked together with the lenses. I have to say I have never known eye comfort until I discover the peroxide solution (AoSept or EverClean). However, don't treat it like a normal solution as it will BURN your eyes if you did not neutralize it. I once dropped the solution in my eyes and it sent me screaming like no other. It feels like acid burn in my cornea and left me with red and dry eyes for 3 days. It got better after that so it was only temporary. Also, if you go to your friends' and wanted to rinse your lense, check the bottle first. If it has red ring on the top cap, it probably is peroxide-based which means don't rinse your lense with it. Only use the special case associated with it as it has the metal to neutralize the peroxide.

Okay, I sound like I work in the optical store now Haha. I feel strongly about eye care so I am writing this to share with you that taking off your lense tonight may save you from getting a conjuctivitis, sty, allergic reaction or even blindness. Love our eyes peeps. We only have a pair. Plus, pearly white eyes are healthy and beautiful.