Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Stila #21 Blush Brush

As you can see in my previous pictures, I'm very fond of the Stila #21 blush brush. In fact, it was one of my first 'branded' brushes and a favourite of mine ever since. I prefer using animal hair brushes for my powder prioducts, leaving synthetic brushes for use with liquid foundations, gel blushes and eyeliners.

What it is:
This bell shaped brush has bristles manicured to a flat top. A corner edge applies color precisely beneath the cheekbone for a contoured cheek look. The flat circular top of the brush puts cheek color down on top of the cheekbone in one sweep. (taken from amazon.com)

Double duty, can be used as a blush brush & a cheek contour brush

Material: Fine Goat hair

Normally I would swirl my brush onto the entire surface of the blush, but this brush has tiny bristles sticking out so that by doing so, excess powder is picked up and flicked off to the side. So I just carefully pres the brush into the pan, lift it and re-press into the pan until it has picked up the correct amount.

see how some hairs are longer than others?

I reccomend using this brush for all blushes, as you can control the amount to be picked up. I've never used it for contouring though, but I can see how it could work as its has a flat surface.

Price: US$45

There are rumours that Stila is pulling out of Singapore, so grab this brush while you still can! Hopefully there will be more price reductions to come.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Luxasia Warehouse Sale

Another sale we were all looking forward to, Luxasia Warehouse sale which started today. End on sunday, location is SAFRA Toa Payoh. Starts at 11am, but I was able to enter earlier at 10am as they have a special preview for Standard Chartered cards members. Prices were cheap, and stock ran low for some items even before I left. I spent 1 1/2 hours slowly browsing, as there weren't many people. By 11.15am people were streaming in and the place was packed! I quickly made up my mind and left. I spent $229 so I also got a free Paul Smith Floral EDP 30ml. I believe non Stand-chart holders got a Lancaster sample pack, as they were about to give that to me.

My Buys
Stila Brushes:
#8 Powder Brush $17 each
#9 all over blend brush $9 each
#21 blush brush x3 $13 each
#31 retractable powder brush $12 each
#17 Retractable brush $10 each
#6 lip brush x2 $8 each
#19 all over shimmer brush $15 each

Stila SPF 30 oil free tinted moisturiser $10
Phytomer toning body scrub $10
Lancaster spf 25 sun beauty stick eyes and lips $6
Vera Wang Princess EDT set $50 (50ml edt, roll on, body polish and body lotion)
Jurlique Eucalyptus essential oil $5
RMK pan concealer $15
Stila Lip glaze stick blackberry $5
Stila Pomegranate lip crush $10
Free gift: Paul Smith Floral EDP 30ml

Prices for the other items that I remember:
assorted makeup brushes, from $8-$20
Lip glaze stick (blackberry/brown sugar/gingerbread) $5
Oil free tinted mosituriser $10 (they had light 02 and a medium colour)
lots of eyeshadow pans going for $4 each
Eyeshadow quad montmare $8
lipsticks, lipglazes, concealers, foundations etc but i didn't look at these

pan concealer $15
powder foundation $20 (this is the discontinued one)
no base or liquid foundations

Metabolisers (for oily skin) going for $16 thereabouts

They had sunblocks going for cheap! spf 30 going for $8, i bought the eye/lip care sunblock stick for $6. This was oos by the time I left, so not sure if they will restock

Toning Body scrub $10
Soothing face cream $25
Soothing face mask $15
Cellulite gel $30

Eucalyptus essential oil $5
Soothing day care lotion $16 iirc (exp sept 09)
they had other skincare tems, but most expired either end 2009 or mid 2010

Salvatore Feragamo incanto heaven $24

Anyone who's going, head down soon!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Magazine gwp alert


Today I went to Books Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City but they didn't have anything interesting for magazine gwp. I dropped by VivoCity on my way home and popped into Page One bookshop, since they have the cheapest price I've seen so far for Allure magazine (ard $8) but the May issue isn't out yet. Thus, I ended up buying Harper's Bazaar for the 2nd month in a row, due to the gwp. Exclusively at Page One stores (or so the poster claims), you get a full-size Redken Real Control Thermal Resist. Now I just gotta look for its reviews.....

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lavera Body Spa Wild Rose Body Oil

I've recently started incorporating oils into my mositurising regime, from using a mix of jojoba + almond oils as a cuticle moisturiser to adding a few drops into my hand cream and body lotion. So far I've found that my skin is liking the jojoba oil, and its been keeping my hands moisturised. My hands tend to be dry and my cuticles always look the worse for wear cos im fighting a recurrent bout of ezcema.

Anyway I chanced upon Vivawoman's review of Lavera's wild rose body spa products, and she reccomended the body oil as the product she liked the best. I'm not too sure of the retail price but I got my bottle from Phyto Organics at Raffles City, as they had a $7 promotion and you had to buy a minimum of 3 products, so I also got the Yes to Carrots shampoo and Lavera lip balm -repair. Other products in the same range include a shower gel and body wash. There are also other fragrances such as vanilla-coconut, milk-honey and lavander-aloe.

Lavera is a brand of natural products from Germany, and its products are certified organic.

Wild Rose body oil, 50 ml packaged in a frosted glass bottle

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Rosa Moschata Oil*, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Citral**, Geraniol**, Citro-
nellol**, Limonene**, Linalool**
* ingredients from certified organic agriculture
** natural essential oils

As you can see, the base is olive, almond and jojoba oils which is pretty moisturising. The rose fragrance is a pleasant, slightly sweet fragrance but it smells slightly different from my rosewater, probably due to the presence of all the oils. The day after I use it as a body moisturiser, I got incredibly smooth legs.

So there you have it, I was looking for something different and who wouldn't like a rose-scented body oil? The instructions state that it can also be used as a massage oil ;)
This blog is meant to house my reviews on the things that i buy, so while most will be beauty related from time to time I will also post about my other purchases. With that being said i hope you will find the information here useful to you :)

First things first, i bought a new laptop, specifically the Fujitsu L1010 at the last IT Fair as I needed a replacement for my aging IBM R50 that is slowly dying on me. What drew me to this laptop over others in the same price category/specs were its looks. Yes I admit that I like a white laptop, but I'm not about to shell out for a mac, nor do I wish to own one. Plus, the salesman told met that the keyboard is good for people with long nails as its easier to type. (This is so-so only though, as I find that my nails sometimes get caught in the small space between keys.) Anyway, here are the pics:

after applying the all-white notebook wrap

on all I'm pretty happy with the laptop so far, the speakers aren't the best though so I had to download an updated driver but otherwise its all good