Julie Hewett Bijou Collection Lip Color

My latest lip colour purchase is a Julie Hewett Bijou Lipstick!

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If you’ve read my previous articles about lip colour, you’d know that I don’t really keep a lot of different lip colours. At the moment, I only have around 11 lip colours – 2 MACs, 1 Dior, 1 Inglot and a few other brands, 5 of which are in a cosmetic pouch in my everyday bag. I only used to have 2 lip colours that travel with me so 5 is actually a massive improvement!

A few months ago, I noticed this brand, Julie Hewett, in Luxola and it had interesting lip colours so I decided to give it a try. The Bijou collection had several colours with codes in girls’ names – Lulu, Jacqueline, Simone, and a few more including Celeste. Well, I would have tried ‘Celeste’ but it was in an orange shade which doesn’t work for me. I decided to try the colour Lulu. 

Luxola is very efficient in processing orders, I received my Julie Hewett lipstick within 2 days. This lipstick comes in a black box with simple and clean white text. 

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Julie Hewett Bijou Collection Lipstick
Color: Lulu
14 oz net weight, 4g 
Made in USA
Free from parabens
Price: RM77
Bought from: Luxola MY


I was looking for rose-pink red shade that will be lighter than my rich red ones. Although I’m in love with my kick-ass red shades, I sometimes need softer tones to complete my look or when I am presenting to senior management or when having a business-changing meeting. Rich red lipsticks can signify a woman of strength but when you have a conservative audience who might feel threatened by domineering personality, a sheer lipstick is a good choice.

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The Lulu color is described by Julie Hewett as a luscious passion fruit pink. It is a few shades lighter than my Mac Rihanna and Inglot red lipsticks but darker than my semi-nude Dior lip color. 

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I love the texture and feel of this lipstick. Because it is formulated with camellia oil, the Bijou Collection lipsticks are hydrating and comfortable on the lips. 
I also love the simple, sleek black and silver packaging. It is very compact, slightly smaller than my other lipsticks, making it easier to slide into a smaller cosmetic pouch. 
So here’s my look with my new Julie Hewett Lulu lip color (gasp! I just noticed that my lip here before applying lipstick was so dry). With its sheer texture, this lipstick gives my lips a soft dab of color that is wearable everyday and for every occasion. Julie Hewett is definitely a makeup brand that I can easily get addicted to!
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And I just learned from the Julie Hewett Facebook page that they are launching this beautiful Camellia Balm in a stick form next week on their website! I don’t think it will have a retail shop in Malaysia soon but I’m looking forward to see it on Luxola. 
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About Julie Hewett Bijou Collection
Julie Hewett has done it again with the Bijou Collection: a group of luscious lipsticks that can be worn sheer for a delicate hint of color, or layered for more intensity. Sheer pigments make these lipsticks perfect for everyday wear and are a real treat for lips, thanks to the hydrating properties of Camellia oil. 
Benefits – Contains essence of orange blossom and healing camellia oil
Some of the colours: 
Celeste –  a tropical peachy coral as seen on Olivia Wilde in the movie “Cowboys and Aliens”.
Edie –   a true pink nude and ideal to pair with your favorite smokey eye. Created for Debra Messing on the set of “The Women”.
Jules –  a stellar henna hue that Julie created for herself (shhh!).
Kiki –  a precious peony mauve-pink and one of our bestsellers.
Lulu –  a luscious passion fruit pink and created on the set of “Solaris” as inspired by Natasha MacAlhone. 

Ingredients:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyl Dodecanol, Lanolin Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Isopropyl Myristate, Tricaprylin, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Beeswax, Microcrystalline Wax, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Caprylyl Glycol (And) Hexylene Glycol (And) Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Bht. May Also Contain: Mica ( Ci 77019), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Blue # 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 27 (Ci 45410), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985).

Find out more about Julie Hewett via:

Julia Hewett Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/JulieHewettLA 

Julia Hewett Website  http://www.juliehewett.net/ 

Win a Car with L’Oreal Paris Beauty Countdown!

Love shopping for beauty products? Would you like to win a brand new car? Who doesn’t?!

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This has got to be the most exciting year-end! L’Oreal is giving away daily, weekly prizes and a brand new car worth over RM100,000!

It’s the season of gifts and this means it’s the season for shopping! Whether you’re buying gifts for your friends, your loved ones or for yourself, this contest is definitely great for you. After all, who wouldn’t want to win prizes after shopping?

L’Oreal Paris is running its Beauty Countdown Contest from 1st November until 31st December 2014 —- that’s 10 weeks of Beauty Thrills! L’Oreal is giving away amazing daily and weekly prizes over the next 10 weeks to reward highest spenders! If you spend the most overall on L’Oréal Paris products by 31st December 2014, you’ll drive home our Grand Prize – a brand new car worth over RM100,000!

There are so many prizes at stake for L’Oreal Paris lovers:

Daily – RM100 worth of hamper x 3
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Weekly – Mystery Prize such as kitchen appliances and Poh Kong Jewellery
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GRAND PRIZE – A car worth over RM100,000
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(Image is only for reference – but this is quite a cute and cool car!)
SIMPLE STEPS ON HOW TO ENTER:
  1. Spend over RM20 on L’Oréal Paris products
  2. Log on to www.lorealbeautycountdown.com.my 
  3. Upload a photo of your receipt
  4. Answer the question: Which country does the brand L’Oreal Paris come from? 
  5. Accept the Terms and Conditions
  6. Press ENTER and you’re on your way to winning beautiful prizes!

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Shop more to increase your chances of winning and keep submitting your entries. Time to start filling up your shopping list with L’Oreal Paris products: lip colors, foundation, eye shadow, skincare, shampoo, conditioner, extraordinary oil…so many exciting products to choose from!

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Important:
This contest is open to all Malaysian residents older than 18 years of age as of 1st November 2014 with a valid MyKad and address in Malaysia.

For complete terms and conditions, click HERE






My 8 Festive Gift Picks from Crabtree & Evelyn

Let’s keep the Holiday Gifts ideas rolling…here are more gift sets that I came across with! Oh, excited to go Christmas shopping!
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My Pick #1:
Big Top Twelve Hand Therapy Musical Tin  
RM288 – contains Hand Therapy 25g x 12
This wonderful and entertaining gift contains twelve of much-loved and ultra-moisturising Hand Therapy creams. Rich and decoratively presented in the 2014 Seasonal Spectacular designed collectable musical tin, which features a traditional wind-up mechanism on the base and plays Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson. I think this can be a great set to buy if you want to give something to a group of friends or colleagues. Price for 12 pieces will only be around RM24 each and you get to keep the collectible musical tin!
Contains:
Rosewater Hand Therapy 25g
Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy 25g
Gardeners Hand Therapy 25g
La Source Hand Therapy 25g
Summer Hill Hand Therapy 25g
Citron, Honey & Coriander Hand Therapy 25g
Lavender Hand Therapy 25g
Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Hand Therapy 25g
Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy 25g
Lily Hand Therapy 25g
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Hand Therapy 25g
Verbena & Lavender de Provence Hand Threrapy 25g
Large decorative wind-up Musical Tin


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My Pick #2:

Scentsational Six Hand Therapy Musical Tin

RM158 – contains Hand Therapy 25g x 6
This one is half of my first pick. Give the gift of soft, smooth and supple hands with C&E’s Hand Therapy in 6 favourite fragrances, beautifully presented in the 2014 Seasonal Spectacular designed collectable musical tin, which also features a traditional wind-up mechanism on the base and plays Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.
Contains:
Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy 25g
Rosewater Hand Therapy 25g
Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Hand Therapy 25g
Gardeners Hand Therapy 25g
La Source Hand Therapy 25g
Lavender Hand Therapy 25g
Decorative wind-up Musical Tin
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My Pick #3:
La Source Bath & Body Duo
RM140 – contains a body wash and body lotion
Perfect gift for everyone and anyone who enjoys bathing! Give the gift of silky soft and wonderfully scented skin this Christmas with a decoratively presented La Source Bath & Body Duo gift set. With a relaxing, green marine fragrance reminiscent of the sea, La Source Shower Gel gently cleanses and refreshes, while La Source Body Lotion moisturises and conditions the skin.
Contains:
Relaxing Body Wash 250ml
Relaxing Body Lotion 250ml
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Fragrance: A crisp, clean scent of refreshing aquatic notes, musk, and gentle shoreline breezes.
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My Pick #4:
Nantucket Briar Bath & Body Duo
RM150 – contains shower gel and scented body lotion
Give the gift of silky soft and wonderfully scented skin this Christmas with this decoratively presented Nantucket Briar Bath & Body Duo. With a soft and classic oriental fragrance, the Bath & Shower Gel gently cleanses and conditions, while Body Lotion  locks moisture into the skin.
Contains:
Nantucket Briar Bath & Shower Gel 200ml
Nantucket Briar Body Lotion 200ml
Seasonal Spectacular design Gift Box
Fragrance: A blend of briar roses, bergamot, fresh greens, amber and vanilla.
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My Pick #5:
Summer Hill Bath & Body Duo
RM150 – contains shower gel and body lotion
Give the gift of silky soft and wonderfully scented skin this Christmas with this Summer Hill Duo. With a warm and floral fragrance, our Summer Hill Bath & Shower Gel gently cleanses and conditions and Summer Hill Body Lotion locks moisture into the skin.
Contains:
Summer Hill Shower Gel 200ml
Summer Hill Body Lotion 200ml
Seasonal Spectacular design Gift Box
Fragrance: Warm, white floral blend of summer grasses, wildflowers and orchard fruits.
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My Pick #6:
Rosewater Bath & Body Duo
RM150 – contains shower gel and body lotion
Brighten this festive season by giving the gift of silky soft and wonderfully scented skin with decoratively presented Rosewater Bath & Body Duo gift set. With a captivating and elegant floral fragrance, Rosewater Bath & Shower gel gently cleanses and conditions, while Rosewater Body Lotion helps lock moisture deep into the skin.
Contains:
Rosewater Bath & Shower Gel 250ml
Rosewater Body Lotion 245ml
Seasonal Spectacular design Gift Box
Fragrance:Captivating rosewater surrounded with light notes of violet, florals, and musk.
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My Pick #7:
Porcelain Diffuser 180ml
RM230
Wouldn’t you want to smell the holidays in the air? Indulge in the continuous and celebratory fragrance of Noël with elegantly designed porcelain bird-shaped diffuser. A captivatingly decorative and festively scented addition to any home for the Christmas season, the porcelain bird is designed to draw in the oil and diffuse the fragrance into the room. Look at that adorable bird! Would be very nice to have that on the coffee or side table.

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A great holiday season centerpiece
Porcelain bird-shaped diffuser
Exquisite fragrance without flames
Allow 24-36 hours for the fragrance to start to diffuse into the room
Fragrance:  Irresistible festive blend of fresh balsams, persimmon and citrus fused with spicy star anise, clove and nutmeg.

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My Pick #8:
Large Poured Candle
RM150
Create a luxurious glow and ambiance in anybody’s home for the holiday season with this festively fragrant Hollyberry candle. Presented in a beautifully bold frosted purple jar, this Hollyberry Poured Candle will decorate the home with the festive, warm and welcoming scent of just-cut foliage, plump wild fruits and trails of inviting spices. Inspired by crimson berries and fresh, green leaves, this fruity fragrance captures the magic of winter with red currant, fig and frankincense notes. And simply because I just love the color purple, this gift immediately caught my attention.
Provides a long-lasting scent
Beautiful frosted purple glass
Presented in an elegant Crabtree & Evelyn signature festive box
Approximately 45 hours of total burn time
Fragrance: Hollyberry is a festive fruity fragrance that captures the magic of winter with red currant, fig and frankincense notes infused with crimson berries and fresh, green leaves.

And I just love this season’s gift box designs. It’s very different from the simple, floral C&E boxes.

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All these gift sets are in limited availability and stocks within Malaysia. For stocks and prices, check with a Crabtree & Evelyn shop near you.
Photos and gift details captured from Crabtree & Evelyn UK site

6 Wonderful Wine Gift Ideas for Christmas and New Year


Yay, we’re quickly approaching Christmas season! 
Time to plan for gifts, do more shopping and give joy to loved ones! The ‘BER’ months always get me excited and happy and nostalgic all at the same time. If you’ve read my gift posts from last year, you’d know that in Philippines, we start our Christmas shopping early. Malls will be in holiday mood and decoration with Christmas trees, tinsels and other shiny things. I just love Christmas season! 


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It’s the time of the year when I start sharing about gift ideas. These include gifts that I’d consider shopping for my loved ones and other ideas that I think would be great for you, too. Isn’t it exciting yet sometimes challenging to look for gifts? So here I am to share some thoughts with you. 

First on my list are yummy wine gifts. This kind of gift is more for the unconventional and for those who want to give the gift of experience or fine taste. If your loved one or friend is someone who enjoys really good food, someone who enjoys fine dining and other luxuries in life, wine would be a great choice as this gives them an experience from a bottle (or two). Imagine giving them a bottle of a wonderful French Sauvignon Blanc. It would be like giving them the experience of the beautiful country of France with every sip of that white wine from their glass. Wines are also a great accompaniment to the merriment of dining, making food talk even more enjoyable with the sparkle of wines. 

Wines also make a professional and premium gift for clients, for customers and for bosses. Of course, you need to gauge if your recipients do enjoy wine (but hey, who would throw a bottle of wine?). Some would have specific preference, maybe red wine versus white wine versus sparkling. And those who have been enjoying wines longer would probably have very specific likes, maybe Malbec or Shiraz or Chardonnay or Cava. Some would even want wines only from France or Australia. But whatever their preferences are, giving them wines as gifts will definitely give you a touch of class and elegance. They’ll be impressed with your gift choice.  

Here are some wine gift ideas, all available at online wine delivery service in Malaysia, www.winetalk.com.my 

A. For White Wine Lovers

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Spanish white wine set at RM128
2 bottles of Val de Vid Rueda blend + Free gift box
Grapes: Verdhelo
Country: Spain
Region: Rueda
Type: White wine
Vintage: 2011
Flavor: Dry
Body: Medium


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Australian Sauvignon Blanc set at RM144
2 bottles of Wine Men of Gotham Sauvignon Blanc + Free gift box
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Type: White wine
Vintage: 2012
Flavor: Fruity
Body: Light


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Australian Pinot Grigio set at RM144
2 bottles of Wine Men of Gotham Pinot Grigio + Free gift box
Grapes: Pinot Grigio
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Type: White wine
Vintage: 2011
Flavor: Fruity
Body: Light

B. For Red Wine Lovers

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French Red Wine set at RM150
2 bottles of Chinon ‘Les Messanges de Pallus’ + Free gift box
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
Country: France
Region: Loire Valley
Type: Red wine
Vintage: 2012
Flavor: Dry
Body: Medium


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Spanish Red Wine set at RM184
2 bottles of Bodegas Baigorri ‘Crianza’ + Free gift box
Grapes: Tempranillo
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Type: Red wine
Flavor: Dry
Body: Medium


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Australian Red Wine set at RM350
2 bottles of BK Wines ‘Cult’ Single Vineyard Shiraz + Free gift box
Grapes: Shiraz
Country: Australia
Region: Adelaide Hills
Type: Red wine
Vintae: 2012
Flavor: Fruity
Body: Full


You can also pick your own choice of wine combination. Just choose 2 or more of the wines you want to give as gifts and buy the gift box at only RM11.90.
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And here’s even better news! Only for my readers, you can use this voucher code – BLOG50CC – to get RM50 OFF when you purchase RM300 of normal-priced wines!

Woohooo! Christmas, Christmas…keep the gifts coming!