Friday, 31 October 2008

Away for the weekend...

Hi guys, I'll be away for a couple of days. Nothing major, just headed out of town so no access to the Internet. Back on Sunday! :)

Benefit Sale @ PJ Hilton…

This is for all you Benefit lovers in KL/PJ today and tomorrow…

Yup, Benefit started their sale for some of their bestsellers today until 6.30pm, and tomorrow (Sat) from 9.30am to 5.00pm. As for me, I popped by to have a look at the sale this morning before I went in to work (oops…). The selections are limited though and of the standard range, so those hoping to get products like Posie Tint and Powderflage won’t find them.

What they do have is an extensive range of Benefit’s Silky Finish Lipsticks, Creaseless Shadowliners and skin fixers like Some Kinda Gorgeous (only deep), Get Even and Powder Play. The prices are decent too – since Benefit is expensive in Malaysia, my benchmark was the prices on the US site and even then the discounts are substantial. The lipsticks are going for RM35 each (NP: USD18), Showoffs at RM20 (NP: USD16) and compacts from RM30-RM60 (NP: USD26-USD28)

Which brings me to my haul…hehe…you all knew this was coming right? :D I didn’t go completely beserk, but still picked up a few items…

Get Even pressed powder in Medium – this was RM30 since it came without a box or sponge (RM40 if you want the full set) NP: USD30

Betty Brushes Up On Beauty Bag – this comes with four mini brushes for RM50 (usual in-market price is RM230!), or just RM20 for the case without the brushes (on the US website, just the case is USD20)

And last but definitely the big highlight of my trip there…

Benefit’s Powder Pop!! *you can just imagine me squealing at the top of my voice* I’ve been lemming for this compact ever since seeing it on Sephora. It’s a limited edition compact containing Dandelion, Hoola and Dallas as well as a mini brush – to be honest, I was so bent on getting my paws on it previously that I even asked Paris to try and bring one back for me when she went to Hong Kong (price be damned, but they didn’t have it either). I happened to see a few sitting at one corner of the display table, and quickly snapped one up!

The price for the Powder Pop? Some of the prices I saw online ranged between USD30 and £19.50…I picked mine up for RM90…it’s not THAT much cheaper, but after searching high and low and FINALLY finding it, I *heart*!!


Thursday, 30 October 2008

MAC Holiday 2008 Collection…

LOL...tis the season for holiday sets, isn't it? This time, it's MAC on display - I reckon they come up with these collections on purpose to make us blow our budgets! (and to get their hands on our year-end bonuses - if we get them, that is!)

Passions of Red

Bewitchingly bejewelled. Glossy, glamorous, insistently erotic lip and eye compacts to covet in five shades of passion. Features new and bring-back shades for red-hot exclusivity. The quintessential Holiday colour revamped. Passion like this simply can't be contained!

Intriguing Scarlet: 6 Warm Eyes

Eye Shadow compact made of red snakeskin-embossed metal with a lavish faux jewel. Features: Warm Suede, Grand Entrance, Real Drama, Gentle Heat, Well Spiced and Sweet Joy. Includes a black-handled Eye Brush 213 SE. Limited edition.

Infatuating Rose: 6 Cool Eyes

Eye Shadow compact made of purple-red snakeskin-embossed metal with a lavish faux jewel. Features: Platonic, Cavort, Satisfy, Bon Fête, Deep Feelings, and Feast. Includes a black-handled Eye Brush 213 SE. Limited edition.

Devoted Poppy: 6 Classic Eyes

Eye Shadow compact made of red-orange snakeskin-embossed metal with a lavish faux jewel. Includes: Young Thing, In Awe, Fall Deeply, Amorously, Sweet Eyes and Awaken. Includes a black-handled Eye Brush 213 SE. Limited edition.

Fascinating Ruby: 6 Smokey Eyes

Eye Shadow compact made of ruby snakeskin-embossed metal with a lavish faux jewel. Includes: Scant, Satin Taupe, Dark Devotion, Gorgeous, Ambiance, and Carbon. Includes a black-handled 213 SE Eye Brush. Limited edition.

Devoted Poppy: 3 Coral Lips

Lip compact made of red-orange snakeskin-embossed metal with a lavish faux jewel. Features two Lipsticks in Devoted and Soft Talk; and Gloss in Transparent Love. Also includes a black-handled 316 SE Lip Brush. Limited edition.

Fascinating Ruby: 3 Plum Lips

Lip compact made of ruby snakeskin-embossed metal with a lavish faux jewel. Features two Lipsticks in Marvel and Insinuate, and a Lipglass in Mutual Attraction. Includes a black-handled 316 SE Lip Brush. Limited edition.

Intriguing Scarlet: 3 Cool Pink Lips

Lip compact made of red snakeskin-embossed metal with a lavish faux jewel. Contains two Lipsticks in Make Me Melt and Overjoyed, and a Lipglass in Sheer Vision. Includes a black-handled 316 SE Lip Brush. Limited edition.

Alluringly Red

Alluringly red. Passionately perfect. Adoring Carmine: our limited-edition Holiday Lip and Brush bags. Restrained to risqué, a selection of Lipsticks, Lipglass or professional brushes are always at the ready. Choose your passion and apply with confidence.

Adoring Carmine: 3 Red, Neutral and Rose Lips

Small drawstring purses of red-orange patent with wine satin gusset sides. Features two full-sized lipsticks in glossy wine-red packaging, and a lipglass with a glossy wine-red cap. Limited Edition.
Red Lips: Lipsticks in Adore It and Racy, Lipglass in Frostlight.
Neutral Lips: Lipsticks in Soft Spot and Real Treasure, Lipglass in My Dear.
Rose Lips: Lipsticks in To Swoon For and Romancin', Lipglass in Delicate Crush.

Adoring Carmine: Basic, Face and Eye Brushes

Medium-sized round brush bag in wine-coloured satin with red-orange patent zippered enclosure and wristlet. Also includes a fabric brush holder with four or five (depending on set) professional gloss black handled brushes and a metallic red M∙A∙C logo. Limited Edition.
Basic Brushes: 129 SE, 219 SE, 239 SE, 266 SE and 316 SE
Face Brushes: SE, 187 SE, 190 SE and 194 SE
Eye Brushes: 209 SE, 212 SE, 217 SE, 252 SE and 275 SE

MAC Viva Glam - Passionately Red

Always eagerly anticipated, MAC VIVA GLAM compacts debut in Passionately Red splendour...Two palette choices for lips, each one featuring three fabulous finishes. All proceeds from the sale of these Holiday VIVA GLAM compacts go to support men, women and children around the world living with HIV/AIDS. Limited edition.

3 Warm Lips

Lipstick compact made of deep red snakeskin-embossed metal with a lavish faux jewel. Features two VIVA GLAM VI and VIVA GLAM V Lipsticks, and one VIVA GLAM V Gloss. Includes a black-handled 316 SE Lip Brush.

3 Cool Lips

Lipstick compact made of deep red snakeskin-embossed metal with a lavish faux jewel. Features two VIVA GLAM IV and VIVA GLAM II Lipsticks, and one VIVA GLAM VI Gloss. Includes a black-handled 316 SE Lip Brush.

Kids Helping Kids

The glorious gravitas of give-and-do-good! This year's collection of greeting and gift cards illustrated by children for children affected with HIV/AIDS everywhere now includes a collection of three giftable pillow packs (in-store only) to sweeten the season. 100% of the selling price goes to support pediatric AIDS organizations around the world. Limited edition.

2008 Kids Helping Kids Cards, Gift Cards & Pillow Packs

Kids Helping Kids Cards: A set of six assorted Kids Helping Kids greeting cards with envelopes in a shiny red metallic carton.
Kids Helping Kids Gift Cards: A set of 12 assorted Kids Helping Kids gift cards with envelopes in a shiny red metallic carton.
Kids Helping Kids Pillow Packs: A set of three pillow gifting packs (small, medium and large) of shiny metallic. Comes with matching gift tags.

Oh my...after seeing all these holiday collections, it's hard to keep with the resolution to stay within budget this Christmas!! No wonder I always have to make it a New Year's resolution instead! :p


Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Smashbox Pink Power Eye Lip Kit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month…

In line with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Smashbox has come up with the Limited Edition Pink Power Eye Lip Kit to support the cause. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Young Survival Coalition – an international non-profit network of survivors and supporters dedicated to the issues unique to young women and the fight against breast cancer.

The set includes two portable mirrored palettes – an eye & lip palette in CELEBRATE, and lip palette in INSPIRE. Each of these come with three gorgeous eye shadow or lip color shades, plus a mini double-ended brush…a USD62 value for just USD46. The colours are just lovely, and it couldn’t be for a better cause right? You can order this off their website, or at any Smashbox counter (for Malaysia, you'll have to go through the website)

*TIP: Smashbox suggests creating a multidimensional lip by lightly lining with the darkest shade, filling in the lips with the medium shade, and dab on the pale shimmery shade in the center of the bottom lip for a luminous plump pout.


Monday, 27 October 2008

Bobbi Brown’s 2008 Holiday Collection…

After looking at Benefit’s holiday gift collection, I thought it couldn’t get any better…I was wrong. Bobbi Brown has come up with some ab-so-lute-ly DIVINE holiday collections. Most are new, and some are limited edition, but all of them have one thing in common……I want them all!! :D

Copper Diamond collection

1. Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick Compact – New, Limited Edition (USD40)

This new Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick Compact comes in a combination of five lovely shades – candlelight, gold, copper, beige and sand – to give skin a warm golden copper glow. Compact features a faux-leather inset and a metallic copper finish.

2. Glitter Lip Balm – New, Limited Edition (USD19)

Glitter Lip Balm is fun, gorgeous and good for lips. It is moisturising and comforting – and infused with a flattering, light-reflecting mix of pearl and glitter pigments that makes lips glisten. Comes in a convenient mirrored flip top compact. Comes in three colours.

3. Everything/ Lash Glamour Mascara Duo – New, Limited Edition (USD28)

A must-have for anyone who loves the look and drama of false lashes. This dual-ended mascara features Bobbi’s best-selling Everything Mascara to lengthen, thicken, and define lashes, while waterproof Lash Glamour Lengthening Mascara to super-lengthen, define and curl lashes. Choose from black and brown.

For the Luxe Collector

1. Copper Diamond Accessories – New, Limited Edition

(1) Copper Diamond Mini Brush Set (USD55), (2) Copper Diamond Beauty Kit (USD95), (3) Copper Diamond Small Beauty Trunk (USD150), (4) Copper Diamond Cosmetic Bag with Brushes (USD65)

2. Luxe Brush Collection – New, Limited Edition (USD650)

Bobbi Brown has produced a limited number of its most luxurious brush collection to date. It features 10 of Bobbi’s essential brushes, hand-crafted with white gold and rich ebony handles. The brushes are tucked into a collector’s edition zip-around platinum leather case – the perfect travel companion. Includes: Blush, foundation, Concealer, Powder, Bronzer, face blender, Eye Shader, Eye Shadow, Eye Brow, and Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush (left to right)

3. Artists Lip Palette – New, Limited Edition (USD200)

The ultimate Bobbi Brown collector’s palette. Tailor-made for lipstick aficionados – and anyone who wants to bring out their inner artist! This new palette includes a retractable lip brush and is filled with 42 lipstick shades in three different formulas – Lip Colour (21), Creamy Lip Colour (11) and Lip Sheer (10).

For the Multi-Tasker

1. Lip & Eye Palette – New, Limited Edition (USD60)

This double-decker palette includes new and exclusive shades of high-shimmer Metallic eye Shadow and comfortable, long-wearing Creamy Lip Colour. Comes with a Mini Eye Shadow Brush and Mini Lip Brush with cap. Shades in palette: Berry Mauve Creamy Lip Colour, Pink Sequin Creamy Lip Colour, Dusty Mauve Creamy Lip Colour, Ruby Creamy Lip Colour, Champagne Quartz Metallic Eye Shadow, Gold Dust Metallic Eye Shadow, Golden Bronze Metallic Eye Shadow, Galaxy Metallic Eye Shadow.

2. Basics Lip Palette – New (USD45)

Tailor-made for the lipstick and lipgloss lover. This sleek mirrored palette features a universally flattering combination of high shine glosses and lipsticks. Each of the shades can be worn alone or mixed together for a personalised look. Shades in palette: Naked Lip Gloss, Posey Shimmer Lip Gloss, Brownie Lip Colour, Rum Raisin Lip Colour.

3. Basics Eye Palette – New (USD45)

The ideal starter set for a makeup novice – and a great travel kit for the makeup lover. This slim palette features four shadows that flatter all complexions: an all-over base shade, two shades for the lower lid and crease, and a liner shade. Includes a dual-ended Mini Eye Shadow/ Eye Liner Brush for easy application. Shades in palette: Navajo Eye Shadow, Cement Eye Shadow, Heather Mauve Shimmer Wash, Mahogany Shimmer Wash.

For the Frequent Flyer

1. Lip Gloss Trio – New, Limited Edition (USD45)

Bobbi’s Lip Gloss Trio returns this season!! Tucked inside a golden copper faux-leather case you’ll find three beautiful shades of gloss: a medium, golden pink; a pale glittering pink; and a pink beige with golden shimmer. Each of the shades flatters many complexions, so this set is sure to be a gift-giving favourite. Shades include: Spun Gold Lip Gloss, Pink Glitter Lip Gloss, Sandy Beige Shimmer Lip Gloss.

2. Tube Tints Set – New, Limited Edition (USD30)

Good things come in small packages. The signature Tube Tints set includes Lip Tint SPF15 and Shimmer Lip Tint SPF15 in four shades that flatter all complexions. Sheer formulas give lips a hint of colour with subtle shine. Shades include: Brown Sugar Shimmer Lip Tint, Tea Rose Lip Tint, Posey Shimmer Lip Tint, Bare Shimmer Lip Tint.

3. Copper Diamond Mini Brush Set – New, Limited Edition (USD55)

Ideal for on-the-go application. Designed with professional-quality brush heads and convenient mini handles. Set includes: Mini Face Blender, Eye Shadow, and Eye Liner Brushes. Faux-leather zip-around case features black lining and individual brush pockets.

For the Glamour Girl

1. Velvet Plum Eye Palette – New, Limited Edition (USD45)

The perfect day-to-night palette with everything you need to create two different eye looks. Includes a dual-ended Mini Eye Shadow/ Eye Liner Brush for professional application. Shades include: Bone Eye Shadow, Naked Eye Shadow, Velvet Plum Metallic Eye Shadow, Espresso Eye Shadow.

2. Moon Rock Long-Wear Eye Palette – New, Limited Edition (USD55)

This celestial-inspired palette includes two new and exclusive Long-Wear Cream Shadows – warm Gold Drop and steely Mineral Dust – to impart a pretty shimmer to lids, Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners in Espresso Ink and the new, exclusive Black Topaz to beautifully define eyes.

3. Night Sky Long-Wear Eye Palette – New, Limited Edition (USD55)

These cool, dramatic hues add instant drama to your eye makeup look. Try highlighting the new and exclusive Long-Wear cream Shadow in Ocean Storm with the new and exclusive Rockstar, or wear each shade on its own. Trace your lashline with the classic Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black, or try the new, exclusive Thunder Storm, an ever-so-slightly softer alternative to basic Black. Shades in palette: Rockstar Long-Wear Cream Shadow, Ocean Storm Long-Wear Cream Shadow, Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Thunder Storm Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Party Collection

1. Glitter Lip Gloss – New, Limited Edition (USD19 each)

Bobbi’s new, limited-edition shades of Glitter Lip Gloss. Infused with light-reflecting flecks of glitter, this gloss gives lips a high-shine and high shimmer look that’s perfect for any party and evening soiree. Comes in six fun and luscious shades of Ball, Disco Pink, Martini, Rave, Soiree Pink and Velvet Rope.

2. Metallic Eye Shadow – New, Limited Edition (USD20 each)

Bobbi’s Metallic Eye Shadows are now available in a broad range of pastel to bold shades. This high-shimmer, high-pigment formula applies smoothly and evenly and stays crease free for long-lasting wear. Take your pick from After Hours, Bash, Bonfire, Glitz, Indigo Nights and Pink Chandelier.

You can check out the website for the full collection and details. I tell you, I am SO drooling over those palettes and brush sets, there’s a pool on my computer table! :D The downside? As always – the price tags…sigh…I have SO got to get myself a generous benefactor (or a few!) if I’m ever going to get my grubby paws on these! *pouts*


Tagged! Know More About Beetrice…

It’s 2.30am on a Monday morning, and here I am filling in a tag by Connie (come to think of it, girl, what are YOU doing up so late eh?) Ah well…hehe…if you don’t ask me why I’m up so late, I won’t either!

Rules: Each player answers the question themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves them a comment letting them know that they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve answered the questions on your blog.

10 Years Ago (1998):
1. I finished high school…*shh*…
2. I got my driver’s license – damn, have I really been driving for 10 years?!?
3. I got so stressed out over my exams that I actually pulled out a whole patch of hair! I kid you not – I literally pulled them out one by one until there was a bald patch! Took quite a while for it to grow back… :(
4. I got my first bona-fide email address (!!)
5. I was introduced to the wonders of a makeover for my first formal – and realising the benefits of makeup! :D (I have a sneaky feeling that’s where the obsession for makeup was first born!)

5 Things on Today’s “To Do” List: (I’m going to take ‘Today’ as Monday k?)
1. Catch up on my sleep debt.
2. Clean my room! I’m fast running out of space!! :O
3. (Finally) Get around to sorting through my financial statements – I’ve been putting it off for too long!
4. Bathe my grubby pooch – for whatever insane reason, she decided to go and clean the underside of my car…with her head! (read: she’s completely FILTHY!!)
5. Catch up on my sleep debt…it’s a lot of debt! :D

5 Things that I would do if I were a millionaire:
1. Buy a nice property with a huge WALK-IN CLOSET!!
2. Go and see the world!
3. Can you say “shopping spree”?!?
4. Quit my job, invest wisely and live off the comfortable dividends (easier said than done though!)
5. Make a sizeable donation to the SPCA and PAWS…everytime I go to those places, I feel like wanting to bring all the animals back with me!

5 Places I have lived:
1. Jalan Dato’ Klana, Seremban. Grandparents’ place.
2. SS17, Subang Jaya. Spent the first 5 years of my life there.
3. Damansara Utama, Selangor. Home for the past 20+ years (!)
4. Perth, Australia. Studied there.
5. (don’t have a 5th place I’ve lived in…but I hope to soon!)

5 Jobs I have had:
1. Piano teacher with kids and teens. Could have gone full-time, but I don’t have the patience!
2. Assistant at a kindergarten during my summer break. After that, I don’t think I’ll ever want kids! LOL!
3. Musician for a commercial production & a band. Still am, actually. :p
3. Copywriter – I still freelance from time to time.
4. PR Consultant – that’s where I was first introduced to the cosmetic world, and have been obsessed with it ever since even though I work for a different industry now.

Let's see...I’m going to pass this tag on to Kimmy, Rinnah, Jessie, Kimberlycun and Shortcake. :) Can't wait to read your responses!


Sunday, 26 October 2008

Stila @ Metrojaya Warehouse sale…

Whoa…I checked out the Metrojaya Warehouse sale on Saturday, and you would NOT imagine it – Stila was on sale at unimaginably cheap prices! (until now, I’m still in shock!) I was lucky enough to catch them on the last day of their makeup sale, and inflicted some serious damage on my credit card. *smacks self*

One of the items I have been lemming for the longest time has been one of Stila’s Front Cover Lookbook Palettes. These babies usually retail at RM140 per set which is why I’ve never bought one. However, at the sale I saw the exact one I wanted – and at a remarkable bargain price!

Stila Front Cover Lookbook Palette in Look No.4 – it comes with an eyeshadow/cheek colour palette as well as a lip gloss…

I particularly loved the look of the palette…the artwork is just so pretty, no? As with Stila’s paper palettes, it’s held shut by two magnets at either end of the palettes.

The palette includes three eye shadows in Nude (shimmery pink taupe), Icon (shimmery golden pink), Twig (shimmery copper brown with a hint of violet) and a cheek colour in Heat (rich warm rose).

Swatches without flash

Swatches with flash…pretty, isn’t it? :)

The IT Gloss with the set comes in Inviting (shimmery peach)

I usually prefer the more common sponge tip wands or clicker brush tips, but this one is functional enough.

On my skin, the colour looks rather orangey. I wasn’t too sure about the colour swatch on my hand, so I decided to test it on my lips instead – and was pleasantly surprised with the look (and I’m not wearing any other stitch of makeup here, so please, please don’t comment on the splotchy skin!)

The colour comes off as a very sheer gloss with just a smidgen of colour. This would actually go quite nicely over a lipstick or nude lip pencil, don't you think?

I dunno about you, but this little baby was enough to keep me smiling for the rest of the weekend. *grins inanely* How was your Saturday, ladies? :)

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