Month: March 2012

Jurlique Purely White Starter Kit

At the end of last year, I was sent a Jurlique care package and in amongst the goodies was the Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream and a travel-friendly kit of their new Purely White skincare range, which I thought would make a great Christmas gift.  The Jurlique Purely White Starter Kit contains Purely White Skin Brightening Essence, Purely White Skin Brightening Day Cream and Purely White Skin Brightening Night Treatment, all 15ml each.

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Jurlique’s Purely White range boasts of :

  • VITABRIGHTKX, a patent-pending ingredient, which is a natural ‘superfruit’ skin brightening complex
  • Kakadu Plum Extract which has 50 times the Vitamin C content of oranges which significantly reduces the appearance of skin discolourations
  • Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract from Japanese fruit, to inhibit the production of melanin or skin discolourations, as well as to help fade existing ones

With such promising claims, I gave up my Rationale Skincare regime and trialled Jurlique Purely White Starter Kit from start to finish.  15ml of each product lasted surprisingly longer than I imagined; it provided almost 4 weeks of usage and I used this before I started using the Baby Quasar.

My Thoughts On Jurlique Purely White Starter Kit

Because I used all 3 products at the same time, it is impossible to tell which product did what or had what effect; but I know they worked well together because my skin had no complaints and did not flake out nor break out.  I am not a huge fan of overpowering floral scents, but Jurlique does it perfectly with a light, fresh floral scent which pleasantly lingers.

The star of this kit was undoubtedly Purely White Skin Brightening Essence and that was largely due to the fact that it was housed in a classic Jurlique glass bottle.  Some may say it was slightly extravagant packaging for a little bottle, but that’s part of the luxe-ness about the brand.  It only gets annoying at the end when the pump stops pumping up more product even though there is a significant amount at the edges of the bottle.

The Purely White Skin Brightening Essence itself absorbs beautifully on my skin and leaves behind a moist residue to hydrate and replenish.

I didn’t favour Purely White Skin Brightening Day Cream as much.  Yes, it was a light and efficient daytime moisturiser – BUT where’s the SPF??  Of course, I ALWAYS apply a separate sunscreen on top of my day moisturiser, but skincare newbies may not know or have a sunscreen in their collection.

As for the Purely White Skin Brightening Night Treatment, it’s a richer and thicker version of the Day Cream, which did a great job of keeping my skin hydrated without clogging up my pores.

Having never used Jurlique skincare products before, this was a great introduction to their range.  I liked the Jurlique Purely White Starter Kit because it kept my dry skin nourished and it smelt good too.  However, as for skin brightening and fading of existing pigmentation (damn you freckles!!), I didn’t notice much difference…but I believe that continued usage would reap more noticeable results.  But like I mentioned beforehand, I ran out of product just before the 4 week mark…


Have you used Jurlique skincare products before?  Which skincare whitening range do you recommend?  I bought my sister Aqua Label whitening products but she has started breaking out…oh dear!!

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick Compact

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I gave you all a sneak peek yesterday – did you manage to guess what it was?  It is one of the infamous Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compacts; let’s give a warm welcome to Wild Rose; given to me courtesy of the good people at Bobbi Brown.

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick Compact is part of their Rose Gold 2012 collection and it is Limited Edition.  I repeat, Limited Edition – which means if you miss it, you miss out!

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It is housed in the Bobbi Brown classic sleek black casing and once opened, there is an in-built mirror inside the lid and you will find five beautiful pink ultra-luxe pure pearl pigments staring right back atcha.  My eyes twinkled with delight when I saw them in the pan.

The shimmer factor is high but the particles are smaller than your average-Joe-shimmers so I like to think of it as micro-shimmer.  I find the colours really soft and delicate, but buildable.

Here are the swatches of Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick Compact on my NC-30 skin in daylight:

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I am loving Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick because of how multi-talented it is.  It can be used as :-

  • Blush – for a rosy glow
  • Highlighter – for luminous skin
  • Eyeshadow – for shimmery lids
  • Lips – yes, seriously, it adds a nice glow on top of lipstick

The ouch factor is the $85 AUD price tag but for a limited edition Bobbi Brown beauty, it’s worth it.  The other shade available is Rose Gold and I can’t wait to swatch it when it lands on Australia’s beauty counters in May 2012.

Funnily enough, the first Bobbi Brown product I owned is also called Rose Gold and it contained shimmer too!  It’s their infamous lip gloss : Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Shimmer Lip Gloss

Are you a Bobbi Brown fan?  What Bobbi Brown products do you like?  I heard their gel eyeliner is amazing!

Proudly Presenting My New Baby : Baby Quasar

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If you’re a fan of both beauty and geeky stuff, then you will love beauty gadgets!  This is the Baby Quasar, also known as Baby Q, courtesy of Baby Quasar.  And just to clarify, this post is on the red Baby Quasar (anti-ageing one) as opposed to the Baby Blue (the one for acne) and the larger version of the Baby Quasar, Quasar MD.  Confused yet?

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The Beauty-Geeky Lowdown Of Baby Quasar

The Baby Quasar uses SequePulse technology, which was developed by NASA for healing in space.  Basically, there are 4 wavelengths of red and infrared light which penetrate and treat from the surface of the skin to deep within the tissues, thereby boosting cellular activity and stimulating blood flow and circulation.

Features of the Baby Quasar :-
  • Metallic hand-held device which isn’t heavy to hold (weighs less than 8oz)
  • Needs to be plugged in to wall socket for it to work
  • 24 cute little light-bulbs with 12 which beam red when turned on (do not look directly at the lights!)
  • Easy push on/off switch which also changes the mode
  • An indicator light at the top which shows either green / amber / red depending which mode you require
  • Green indicator light = Continuous Wave Mode – used for healing and pain control
  • Amber indicator light = Low Pulse Frequency Mode – used for anti-ageing purposes for those with sensitive skin types (that’s me, BTW!)
  • Red indicator light = High Pulse Frequency Mode – used for anti-ageing purposes for those with normal skin types.
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How to Use the Baby Quasar
After cleansing and moisturising with a serum, I use it in slow circular motions all around my face per sextant and repeat for a total treatment time of 24 minutes on my face alone.  And then  I work it on my decolletage.

 

Benefits of the Baby Quasar include :-

  • Diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Shrinkage of enlarged pores
  • Helps areas of discolouration
  • Relieves pain in muscles and joints
  • Helps healing
For more detailed information, head to BabyQuasar.com

 

My Opinions On The Baby Quasar

 

It sounds like a super-gadget with all these amazing promises, but does it really deliver?

Before I launch into my opinions of the Baby Quasar, I just need to point out that my skin is dry/sensitive with fine lines and areas of sun damage.  I have enlarged pores especially around my nose and I don’t usually get spots on my face, but I get loads on my decolletage!  (Dammit!  I’m already flat-chested and then it’s worsened by zits!  Pah!)  The beauty of the Baby Quasar is that you are in control so if you want to use it purely for anti-ageing, you can.  If you want to use it to help heal spots, you can.  Or if you want to do both, go ahead!  I used it for both anti-ageing  around my face, chin and neck and healing of chest spots for 8 weeks as directed; with a frequency of two times per week.  (Confession : Okay, you got me.  Two weeks ago, when I was sick, I skipped one session.)

Results

  • Again, I also want to add that my results are not conclusive because it takes time for long-term effects to show up and I use a lot of anti-ageing skincare lotions and potions and I have been regularly using my other beauty gadget, Hitachi Hada CRiE.
  • My face gets really hot and rosy after each session.  It gives me a lovely radiant after-glow which lasts until the next day.
  • In terms of fine lines and wrinkles, I have not noticed much difference but it may be too soon to determine this.  Will update this again later if I notice any changes.  But I haven’t noticed more lines or deepening of my wrinkles so that is a good thing.
  • Pore sizes definitely do appear smaller
  • I have noticed fading of existing pigmentation in my upper cheek area, BUT I have noticed increased development of sun spots under my eyes!  (Note : I am not blaming Baby Quasar for that; but I just haven’t found a suitable sunscreen for my delicate eye area – so if you have a recommendation, please let me know.  Thanks.)  The instruction booklet says you can use the Baby Quasar underneath eyes, but I am rather reluctant because the red lights are really intense and I know I said I wanted laser eye surgery, but I am a little bit worried that these red lights may damage my nearly-blind eyesight!
  • As for my chest spots, it’s a miracle!  As you know, I like to squeeze my spots but the ones on my chest are nasty and red and very sore.  When I zapped it with the Baby Quasar, I wasn’t sure if it would really do much…but it has!!  They have disappeared.  I kid you not. I also got really funny (funny as in weird) looks from my Husband when I used Baby Q on my chest.  (Men!  They just don’t understand!)
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What I Like
  • Lightweight noise-free gadget
  • Gives my skin a lovely glow
  • Noticeable smaller-looking pores
  • Some fading of unwanted pigmentation
  • Healed up and got rid of those nasty red chest spots – AMAZING!
  • Only have to use it twice a week
  • Good investment even though it costs $399 USD
What I Dislike
  • Takes over 30 minutes for each session
  • Intense red lights which means I have to close my eyes and the Baby Q gets pretty hot to touch near the end of my session
  • Cannot walk around as it needs to be plugged in, but at least the power cord is 6 foot long
  • Cannot multi-task when using this

Famous Last Words

OMG!  There was a limited edition pink Baby Quasar!!  If I didn’t have one already, I would have bought the pink version!!  But it’s sadly no longer available on their website…sighs.

For more information and to check out the blue Baby Quasar for acne and the Quasar MD, hop on over to BabyQuasar.com

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Have you had laser therapy for your skin?  What beauty gadgets do you have?  

Review of Liese Bubble Hair Color in Chiffon Beige with Before & After Photos

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I’m not a stranger to DIY home hair dye in mousse formulation {review of Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse}.  But I am a stranger to Japanese DIY hair dye!  I bought Liese Bubble Hair Color in Chiffon Beige back in January at SASA but I finally cracked it open last week and here is how I got on.

About Liese Bubble Hair Color

  • It is made in Japan and appeals to young girls with its cutesy packaging.
  • Comes in 10 shades : Sweet Pink, Cassis Berry, Mocha Orange, Milk Tea Brown, Marshmallow Brown, Glossy Brown, Chestnut Brown, Dark Chocolate, Ash Brown and Chiffon Beige.
  • As it is an Asian product, don’t expect to see this in your local drugstore (unless you live in Asia, DUH!)
  • As for price, I bought this in Hong Kong for around $75 HKD – and it’s Hong Kong so there’s always some fantastic deal on
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What’s Inside The Box?

  • Solutions 1 & 2 with foamer cap
  • Pair of gloves – which were surprisingly good fit
  • Hair lotion 4ml – this was far too measly!
  • Patch testing kit – loved this idea; even though I didn’t patch test!  Naughty me!
  • Instruction sheets in Japanese with English translation

How To Use Liese Bubble Hair Colour

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It was very easy.  Pour Solution 1 into Solution 2.  Mix it together.  Screw on foamer cap and squeeze the bottle to dispense foam – compared to the Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse, this was a breeze to dispense with no flyaway foamy particles at all.

There is no need to wash hair beforehand – yay!  And it’s simply covering all your hair with foam and massaging it along the way.  20-30 minutes later, rinse, shampoo and use the 4ml of hair lotion – which was not enough to cover half my hair, so I topped it up with another intensive hair conditioner.

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I did have relatively high hopes after looking at the shade guide, but this is how my hair turned out…

Before & After Photos Of Liese Bubble Hair Color In Chiffon Beige

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It’s not a drastic change.  There isn’t a noticeable difference unless I’m under bright lighting.  I went from dark brown/black to lighter dark brown/black.

Likes

Easy to use, lovely silky foam formulation, gloves that fit, patch testing kit

Dislikes

Strong hair dye smell which made my eyes water like crazy, not much difference in terms of colour, not enough hair lotion, hair ends feel like straw (and they didn’t feel like that before)

Overall

To be honest, I cannot blame Liese Bubble Hair Color for a disappointing result.  It’s my hair.  I have thick strands of hair which can withstand a lot of chemicals.  Every hairdresser tells me the same thing!  When I go for salon hair dye or salon hair straightening, it takes double the time for the chemicals to do their thang.

Apart from the crazily strong eye-watering smell and stingy amount of hair conditioner, I liked everything about Liese Bubble Hair Color from its cute wee patch testing kits to its easy dispensing skills.

DIY home hair dye kits are great to save the pennies.  If you fancy trying out a foam formulation and you have easily-dyeable hair, I would happily point you in the direction of Liese Bubble Hair Colors.

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Have you tried Liese Bubble Hair Colors before?  How did you find it?  Or have you got a DIY hair dye disaster story you want to share?  Spill the beans please!

Olay Complete Care Touch Of Foundation Even Complexion Day Cream

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Skincare brand Olay has teamed up with cosmetics brand Max Factor to bring us Olay Complete Care Touch Of Foundation Even Complexion Day Cream – a moisturiser with a touch of Max Factor foundation.  When the press release arrived in my inbox, I was  highly intrigued by this hybrid product and was keen to review this.  A few days later, a PR sample in the Medium shade made its way onto my front door and then onto my light box and then onto my arm and then onto my face – that is the journey of a beauty product when it meets a beauty blogger!  Anyway, enough rambling and onto my review and swatches…

Identity Crisis?

First of all, I was rather confused.  I was glad to see that they hadn’t jumped onto the “I’m a BB Cream But I’m Actually More Of A Tinted Moisturiser” bandwagon (*cough the Aussie Garnier  BB Cream cough*) but at the same time, I wondered why they didn’t call it a tinted moisturiser.  Instead, the usage of the name Olay Complete Care Touch Of Foundation Even Complexion Day Cream is very long-winded and requires too much brain energy to understand what the product is all about.  For convenience, I have renamed this Olay Touch Of Foundation Day Cream.  There you go!  So much easier!

My Thoughts

The packaging isn’t fancy schmancy but yay for the pump dispenser.

As soon as I applied some Olay Touch Of Foundation Day Cream onto the back of my hand and gently rubbed it, I knew I had felt the exact same creamy texture before – from the Aussie Garnier BB Cream!  They don’t have the same smell, but the texture and the sheer coverage are so similar.  Both also have SPF 15!

Sadly, the Medium shade of Olay Touch Of Foundation Day Cream was too dark for my NC-30 complexion; but I did wear this around the house and it didn’t make my face feel heavy nor greasy.

As for the moisturising function of Olay, I cannot fault them as I simply adore Olay moisturisers especially from the White Radiance and Regenerist ranges.  My face has gone through many jars!

Swatches

Swatches of Australian Garnier BB Cream Light & Dark and Olay Touch Of Foundation Even Complexion Day Cream SPF 15 in Medium.

In Conclusion

Olay Touch Of Foundation Day Cream is great for ladies who are looking for a 2-in-1 product to save time in the mornings and who are looking for something light and sheer for their face to even out their complexion without having to go down the full-on foundation route.  Hunting down the right shade may be a tad more difficult though as it only comes in Fair and Medium.

Do you wear foundation every day?  Or are you a BB cream lover?

Tokidoki-Inspired Nail Art

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I have a tokidoki diary for 2012 and I bought it just for the beautiful pictures.  I was flicking through it the other day and I got inspired to tokidoki nails…except it was really difficult and my poor nail art skills didn’t do it any justice.  But then I saw an easy peasy polka dot one that I could do and henceforth, this blog post was born.

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Tokidoki makes me go gaga!  Obviously this tokidoki-inspired nail art should be renamed colourful polka dots.  It’s really easy and I had a lot of fun putting my nail dotting tools to good use.

Here’s a picture of my nails without the tokidoki background.  It’s actually really pretty with the bright colours and it somehow reminds me of Skittles.

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The nail polishes I used were : Rimmel London I love Lasting Finish London Clouds (2 coats), Australis Nail Colour Rub-a-dub-dub*, Rimmel London I love Lasting Finish Tangerine Queen, China Glaze Salsa* (swatch), FACE OF AUSTRALIA Luxe Nail Enamel Minty Mojito*, Ulta3 Nail Colour Bottle Green, Ulta3 Nail Colour Orchid*, Nicole by OPI I’ve Got The Power*(swatch).  {* means PR samples}

And just because I can…here’s a picture of me and one of my sisters, Y, with a tokidoki wall  which we salivated over – this was taken in Brisbane in January 2010.  Love love love.  I meant the tokidoki wall; not so much my sister!  Kekeke!

And damn…I’m wearing an uber-short dress – look at my manly muscly calves *shudders*!    But those were the days when I had skinny arms – le sigh…

So are you a mega fan of tokidoki too?  I know friends who have tokidoki handbags and keyrings and make-up.  I only have a tokidoki diary and a Hello Kitty tokidoki toy.  Gah!  But that’s because I can never find places which stock tokidoki stuff…and when I do, it’s when I have no money to buy stuff.

What’s on your nails this weekend?

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