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Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish & Wipes Review

Hello Hello!

You may already heard that Crabtree & Evelyn Singapore has finally bringing in their nail polish range. Currently there are 12 shades available, ranging from creme shades to shimmery shades.

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 8.19.08 pmFew weeks ago, Crabtree & Evelyn Singapore sent me a bottle of nail polish in Tomato. It’s pleasant to know that I received a red nail polish as I wear red nail polish most of the time. As described in the picture above, Tomato is a bright red with gold glitter.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish comes in 15ml size. The bottle is rather short and comes in a rectangular shape.

The swatches below is taken under indirect sunlight. It’s very easy to apply this nail polish. The brush works well for me, not too long for my short nails. The picture below is taken after two layers application. On most days, I would apply one layer only as it is able to provide me an opaque nail look. This nail polish stays perfectly with me for about 3 days.

 

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Crabtree & Evelyn has also brought in Nail Polish Wipes. Each box contains 8 wipes that is packet individually.

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Here’s to a closer look of the size of the wipe and how it looks like

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Once I opened the pack and picked up the wipe, I can feel that the wipe has an oily feeling. It’s not too wet for me to handle and wipe away my nail polish, but it’s wet enough to dissolve the nail polish I have. I love the fact that this nail polish wipe doesn’t smell alcoholic or anything chemical. It smells much lighter that any of the liquid nail polish remover I have tried.

Here in this picture below, I have removed my nail polish on my both hands. You can see that even after removing nail polish on both of my hands, there’s still much spaces left. I even tried to wiped off the nail polish on my toes and all was cleared using only one wipe.

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The result is very effective. You can see how my nails look I removed my nail polish, there’s no yellow stains and there’s no chemical smell afterwards. My nails looks healthier too, I guess the oil texture helps to moisturises my nails and makes it looks healthier than usual.

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Final Thought:

After trying to many nail polish brands, I think Crabtree and Evelyn’s nail polish is something worth collecting. Selling at $13 each, it doesn’t makes my wallet go broke yet I can still collect some of my favorite shades. The Nail polish remover wipes is something I would recommend for its ability to wipe off my nail polish without drying my nails and most importantly, there’s no heavy chemical smell.

 

 

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation Review

I was actively looking for new foundations to try on and when I heard that Chanel is launching a foundation in powder formula, I knew I have to try it for myself. I have been a fan of Chanel foundation especially for its shade and finish. I personally find that Chanel shade match my skin and makes me looks brighter in a good way.

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Firstly let’s talk about the packaging. Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation is encased in a round Chanel case which is similar to Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre but in a smaller size. The powder is packed nicely with a barrier to make sure that the powder doesn’t fly around and create a mess. It also comes in a mini kabuki brush. The bristle of the brush is exactly the same like the bristles in Chanel Retractable Kabuki Brush. You may control the amount of powder you need by pressing the barrier gently and apply it onto your face.

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I am usually using Chanel 12 Beige Rose shade for Perfection Lumiere. I tried both shade 10 and 20 but I eventually set with 10 as 20 is slightly too dark for me. In the picture below, I have the shade comparison between Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation no 10 and Poudre Universelle Libre in Clair. Vitalumiere No 10 might look slightly darker before blended, after blended the shade will blend into lighter shade.IMG_9906

 

The texture of this powder is very soft and it’s super finely milled. Once you applied this onto your face, you shall see that it gives a very natural finish and it is able to cover slight skin imperfection such as mild redness. The kabuki brush provided in the box is a useful brush where it helps the application process. I have tried few brushes to apply this powder; I find that kabuki brush provided and stippling brush are so far the best tool to use. I tried using hakuhodo B206 and Bobbi brown blush brush and applying it with patting motion ~ I found that the finish using patting motion doesn’t look as nice and smooth as just gently brushing the powder onto the face.

Here’s what I think about the texture and finish. Firstly I like the idea of having a loose powder with provides coverage. It’s a nice concept where I can choose not to use liquid/compact foundation or even bb cream. After my skincare routine plus my SPF 50 sunscreen, I may straightly apply this powder and achieve a decent coverage. For those of you who is looking for natural and light coverage, this may be your choice.

Final Thought: I have a combination skin; which means my cheek area can be pretty dry at some times. For that reason, I prefer to use liquid foundation as it moisturised my face and at the same time I love the slight dewy look on my face. I think Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation will suit better to ladies with oily skin.

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Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

What’s inside September Bellabox: Urban Vibes

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This September, Bellabox surprises many of us with Urban Vibes theme. There are many many products here that I have never tried, so it’s kinda exciting for me to start digging in and exploring the samples here! Some body care samples are included this time, so I guess there’s greater variety in terms of the products.

So here are the list of the products in September Bellabox!

  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum

This is one of the products that excites me much! I have been using John Frieda’s shampoo and conditioner, and so far they’re amazing. I love the smell and the texture of the shampoo, and thus this serum excites me! This serum is meant to revitalise unmanageable hair and restore it to healthy hair. This is a leave on serum for you to use it after hair washing and leave it.

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  • Dermadoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Formulated AHA Moisturizing Therapy for Dry Skin

This is a moisturising therapy for body; it exfoliates, calms and drenches skin with moisture, redefining the appearance of parched and rough skin to silky smooth skin.

  • Young Living Essential Oils (retailing at $49.35 and $23.68)

This essential oils comes in two scents – lavender and lemon.

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  • Exuviance Urban Beauty Kit

A bag of samples with four pieces items for your face. The bag consists of purifying and brightening cleanser, a serum that’s packed with antioxidants, a tone corrector that delivers instant brightness, a wrinkle repair to diminish signs of ageing.

  • VDL Festival lipstick (Love Mark) in 302 Marcus

This is another one that excites me muuuuchhh!! There’s a full sized VDL Lipstick with a sheer mauve tone. I’ve been wanting to try out VDL lipstick after seeing so many pictures of it spreading around in instagram. The look of the lipstick itself has caught my eye with its intricate VDL design. It uses a unique wDual Facade technology for enhanced coverage and color definition.

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  • Collistar Anti Age Lifting Body Cream

Another body care product to try – this body cream is formulated with VitaskinE for youthful skin; lifts, recompacts and restores extraordinary skin.

  • Bonus: VDL Lumilayer Primer

VDL Lumilayer primer will helps you to prep your skin for make up and help make up to stay longer. The formula is violet pigmented to produce a gorgeous 3 dimensional skin look.

  • Bonus: Megrhythym Steam Eye Mask

This is a self warming mask (I know right.. I can’t wait to find out how this feels on my skin :p ) will gradually warms itself to create moisture that calms sensitive eye area and claims to ease eye fatigue in just 10 minutes.

 

To wrap this post, I shall say that my favorite item from this month’s bellabox has got to be VDL Festival Lipstick! It’s very easy to guess why I love this product so much – the pretty packaging, the size and to know how much people has been saying good things about it, it’s hard not to love this thing.

 

By: Meryl

 

 

 

Sigma Copper Range Brushes is now available in Luxola.com!

Happy 5th anniversary to Sigma! 

To celebrate Sigma’s 5th year anniversary, Sigma releases limited edition copper range brushes!

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Here I have three Sigma brushes in copper range:

  • The famous F80 flat kabuki brush
  • E21 Smudge Brush
  • E11 Eyeliner Brush

F80 Flat Kabuki Brush

I am sure many of you have heard of this brush. F80 flat kabuki brush is a synthetic flat kabuki brush that can be used to blend your liquid foundation, your cream blush, highlighter or bronzer. The flat top makes it very easy for me to blend in my foundation flawessly and easily. This brush can also be used to apply compact foundation but since I rarely use foundation, I only use this for liquid foundation

The synthetic hair is really really soft and one thing I like about this brush is that it doesn’t eat up too much products. Some foundation brushes takes so much product that’s unnecessary. The handle of this brush is also long and sturdy, makes application even more comfortable and easier.

Now with the limited edition packaging and copper handle, this brush looks even more gorgeous! Look at the shiny copper handle and how sleek the handle of the brush is. There’s a “5 Year Anniversary Edition Engraved” in it too ~ how special :)

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E21 Smudge Brush

Here’s another Sigma brush I have in copper range – it’s the E21 smudge brush. This brush comes in a long handle and yet the brush is made to be very small. This brush comes in a thinner end to ensure detailed smudging is possible.

I use this brush mainly to smudge my lower eye lid when I want to have a thinner eyeliner or create an eyeliner using my eyeshadow. Other than this, I also like to use this brush to apply eyeshadow to my eye for accent colours. I find the small shape very useful for my eye because I have a relatively small eye and small smudging brush helps me to create a more precise look that I want.

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E11 Eyeliner Brush 

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This is the E11 eyeliner brush. The shape is thin, long and the hair of the brush is not dense. I find that e11 brush can be used to create a thin winged line at the end of the lid. I personally prefer an angled brush to create a bolder line on my eye lid. After trying it on myself for few times, I realised that this eyeliner brush is good to create an artistic look whereby you might need to create flexible strokes.

 

Here’s the link of the products mentioned above:

  • The famous F80 flat kabuki brush (link)
  • E21 Smudge Brush (link)
  • E11 Eyeliner Brush (link)

I am sure that most of you are aware that Sigma is available in Luxola – an online place to buy cosmetics and skincare. Luxola.com is now carrying Sigma’s anniversary special Copper range of individual brushes. What’s more? You can get 20% discount by quoting the promo code LX-MEMOISELLE at checkout to get 20% Off on their first ?orders. The code is valid till 31st October.

 

Go get your copper range brushes now!

 

 

L’Oreal Anti Hair Fall Treatment ~ Review and Information

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One of the most common problem that women face is hair loss. Same to what I experience, I loss my hair everyday especially because my hair is naturally heavier  and thicker in texture. It freaks me out sometimes to see the amount of the hair loss I have everyday.

Do you know that in average a normal person loses 100 strands of hair every day? It kinda surprises me that I might be losing that amount of hair everyday!

Good news is, L’Oréal Paris new technological breakthrough is clinically proven to save 1600 hair strands per month with the help of salon professional ingredient Aminexil. Aminexil is a salon professional ingredient that has never been introduced to the mass market and thanks to L’Oreal, for the first time, it is now being introduced to the mass market.

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How do I use this Anti Hair Fall Treatment?

Step 1: I usually wash my hair every morning on my damp hair, apply the complete dose directly on the scalp partitioned line by line. This can also be used for dry hair.

Step 2: After applying the product, I will massage scalp with my finger tips gently – to make sure that the product is absorbed well.

Step 3: Leave the product on without rinsing. I enjoy the fresh smell on my hair so much!

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My Verdict:

I’ve been using this product for a good two weeks. I apply this product once a day or once in two days. The result is positive where I can see my hair reduced every morning specially when I comb my hair. I don’t really see my hair fall as much as before (yay!) Another result that I see is that my hair is less prone to breaking.

 

The new Fall Repair 3X Anti Hair Fall Treatment retails for $39.90 and is available from July 2014 onwards at Watsons, Guardian, Sasa, major supermarkets and hypermarkets and selected departmental stores!

 

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