Burberry Body Tender

Beautiful scents create beautiful feelings…

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I’m learning to appreciate fragrances more and more these days. A few months ago, I was captivated by the scent of Burberry Body Tender Eau de Toilette.
The bottle design is iconic, as is expected of any Burberry product. It is not your usual shape of a bottle. This one has 8 sides, fully transparent, revealing the light pink-colored fluid.

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The inside of the cap has a metallic finish material embellished with Burberry’s signature check pattern. I love the simple but designer appeal of this bottle and, of course, the fact that I can see what’s inside clearly. I like seeing how much I’ve used and how much is left in a fragrance bottle.   
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Size: 60ml / 85ml
Price: RM300 / RM380
This fragrance was advertised and promoted using famous model Cara Delevigne.
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I’ve actually finished this fragrance bottle by the time I wrote this short article. I loved this fragrance so much that I bought an 85ml bottle of the exact one a month ago. See, this is why I need to see how much is left so I can restock! I should never run out of the good stuff. This scent makes me feel nice, lovely, beautiful.
Where to buy? Burberry has a signature counter located in Isetan KLCC and did you know that Burberry has an online shopping site? You can now buy beautiful Burberry items whenever, wherever! Visit www.my.burberry.comto shop for bags, makeup, fragrances, watches and more. And…they give FREE shipping!

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About Burberry Body Tender
A youthful, sparkling twist on the iconic Burberry Body fragrance. The scent opens with a fresh surge of lemon, crisp apple and green absinthe. A delicate blend of dewy English roses, white jasmine and sandalwood gives a radiant, optimistic heart. Sensual notes of cashmeran, amber and musk warm the base.

Repetto Paris Perfume

Pretty things often come in pretty packages…
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When I received this Repetto perfume and body lotion gift set from my sweet sister-in-law, I got excited to unbox it. Who wouldn’t enjoy receiving such a pretty gift?
This is the first Repetto product I’ve had. This French fashion brand is popular for its adorable shoes, and look, Repetto even has collaboration with Disney for a Cinderella collection!

Look at that adorable Cinderella-themed shoes!
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Anyway, I’ve unboxed this beautiful gift and I’m currently enjoying the Repetto Paris Eau de Toilette. I personally prefer floral scents and this one has floral top and middle notes. I’m not a big fan of woodnotes, somehow this seems a bit musky to me but it still smells nice.
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Compared to my Valentina by Valentino perfume, I prefer Valentina but I’ve almost finished it so it’s time to try a new scent. I am also using Burberry Body Tender now and I love it!

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This Repetto EDT comes in a tinted bottle, decorated with a satin ribbon bearing an ‘r’ charm.

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The gift set comes with a satin body lotion, which is also scented with the same notes of the fragrance. Oh, isn’t the ballerina theme so feminine and stylishly sweet?

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The bottle design according to Repetto (via www.repetto.com)
“It is a timeless bottle in movement, as an arabesque a night of ballet. The subtly tinted glass bottle bears an identical ribbon that is used on the famous Carlotta ballerina. The satin ribbon branded with the little charm wraps delicately like a ballet shoe around the ankle. A play of curves, volumes and unbridled forms gives the glass a unique suppleness.”
The fragrance
A satin rose that the trail twirls to wrap you like an infinite satin ribbon. A graceful and carnal fragrance.
Top Notes – Pear & Cherry Blossom
Middle Notes – Rose & Orange Blossom
Base Notes – Vanilla & Amber Wood

Happy New Year! Top Product Picks from 2014

It has been a great year and as I welcome 2015, I’m just happy to acknowledge the wonderful products that I’ve tested in the past 12 months…

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I’ve chosen the top reviews and products that I’ve enjoyed the most from last year, 2014. And if you’re visiting my blog for the first time, I hope you’ll enjoy the article that you’ve landed on 🙂 


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I can’t get enough of NARS and I can’t even choose just 1 eye product from this brand to be my top 
choice. Nars eye paint has become a daily part of my eye makeup. It’s just so versatile; works as a liner; works great for smokey eyes; works as an eyeshadow…perfect for me. 

Nars Dual Eyeshadow is amazing. It can be used with both wet and dry application, giving more edge on how you build eye effect with just 1 or 2 shades. Every time I use any Nars product, I feel like a pro. 


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I just recently reviewed its Eyeshadow Palette in Acid Brights and I’m really impressed, considering that this brand sells very affordable products. The color payoff is superb so if you’re looking for more impact with your color play, this affordable eye makeup brand is highly recommendable. They have a great range of lovely lipsticks, too!


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Who would have thought that I’d explore loose powder? I’ve been using compact powder and liquid foundation for the past X years but this extremely stylish loose powder is irresistible. Powder texture is perfect and does wonders on the face. 

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I had a total of 3 MAC lipsticks this year (I think) but I loved this one the most. Firstly, I adore the matte red finish of the tube, which is a step sexier than the usual MAC tube. And, of course, the lip color itself is simply kick*ss. Wear whenever, wherever; it adds style to your look. This red shade has shimmer effect and looks even better for evening wear!

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This moisturiser restores elasticity of the skin and stimulates collagen production. It has an unusual color but I love how it works on my face and neck. In just 3 days of using this, there’s a significant result on the texture and suppleness of the skin. It’s a great anti-aging cream!


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This is my perfect companion for the year in my fight against photo-aging. I love the sheer finish, which also makes it great on the face, even with makeup. It has a non-sticky texture and works for both body and face. Affordable, too!


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Every time I use this mask, I just keep falling in love with it again. It’s not surprising at all that a lot of celebrities are also captivated by this product. The immediate effect on the skin is amazing, right after a 20-minute treatment with this mask. It’s addictive but, of course, I put a 3-day interval between uses. Oh, can’t wait to use it again in the next 3 days!


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Sun exposure definitely takes a toll on our skin eventually. It’s a never-ending battle against photo-aging but with the right product, our skin will have better defences and cure, too! This Clinique product reduced my spots effectively, used together with the brightening cream. 


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My husband gave this as a Christmas present in 2013 and I am so in love with it. The fragrance is of floral notes; I love floral notes! And the bottle design is chic, so beautiful to see in my vanity cabinet. 


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I love attending beauty workshops when I get the chance and among the ones that I’ve attended, this is the best one. The event was done efficiently and beautifully. Venue was great, food served was delicious, workshop was fun and educational, guests were treated highly, products are amazing and the Dior & Women’s Weekly team were just amazing. 


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Luxola has really made beauty shopping convenient and fun. I’ve been frequently exploring new brands to try and I still enjoy the feeling of surprise every time I receive a Luxola parcel. The brands they carry are worth exploring, such as SkinInc, Miriness and affordable makeup tools like Sigma and Zoeva. Promotions make Luxola shopping even more irresistible. Service is fast and efficient, why wouldn’t I shop?


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My hair can get very dry and lifeless so I need hair products that provide damage repair and nourishment. I guess my rebounding sessions have made my hair dry and weak. I love this Watsons Argan Oil hair care range, which is also affordable. 


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This brand is simply unique, creative and beautiful. The headband designs and styles range from classy, fun, elegant, simple, colourful, surprising and more. The way Sereni and Shentel brought head piece concepts to life is catchy and captivating. It even has collection for babies, too! When I first saw photos of its different collections for babies, kids and women, I adored the brand. 


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Charles & Keith has been great on my feet. I love their designs, I love the material and my feet love their shoes. I often get sore feet or some discomfort with other brands but not from C&K. Their shoes are durable, lasts long and stylish. I enjoy wearing wedges and C&K has one of the best collections that change every season. The bags are worth buying, too. 


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I’m a shoe-aholic and I also enjoy shopping shoes for my son. Stride Rite is the best brand I’ve bought for him. The shoes last very long, even the washable ones after regular washing. It’s very comfortable and my son enjoys wearing them. 


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Wine is one of the few addictive things in life that I enjoy and I particularly love Wine Talk when it comes to looking for or buying wines. Wines are easy to find and order online via its website, and the wines will be delivered straight to your doorstep. Simple and easy. 

So these are my top picks from 2014! I am looking forward to more products and services to try this year. 2015, let’s make it even better, more exciting and more fun!


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
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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
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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

Covo Cosmetics – 3 Makeup Brush Set

Looking for makeup brushes that are affordable yet perform well?

Five years back, I was used to applying my makeup with fingers for foundation, and the basic eyeshadow brushes for eye makeup. Guess I was lazy to explore using makeup brushes before but my desire to create more dramatic looks finally won me over…and spawned an addiction to collect good brushes.
I admit that I am a fan of famous professional makeup brands like MAC and Nars. They have a great selection of brushes and the quality is just superb. These brands have the brush for every makeup application requirement to achieve the look you want.
But it wouldn’t hurt to test other brands that are on the lower price range. I did try Ecotools and I must say not bad. And this time around, I’ve tested brushes from Covo Cosmetics, which were a gift from a good colleague for my birthday a few months ago.
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 Covo Cosmetics – Essential 3 Brush Set
RM89.00
The Covo Cosmetics Essential 3 Brush Set houses 3 top essential brushes. This chic collection of dipped tips brushes are made from super-soft nylon bristles. The set contains a powder brush, liquid foundation brush and eye shader brush.
This 3-brush set comes with a brush pouch, making it easy to bring to travel or carry with you in the bag. Each brush is packed in plastic when newly purchased. The black pouch has a compartment for each brush, keeping them neatly tucked in its place while travelling.
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Covo Cosmetics Eye Shader Brush on my Eye Paint Pot
The first brush I tested was the eye shader. I tested it on my favorite Nars eye paint and it worked very well. The bristles were suitable for the cream texture of my eye paint and application was easy. This brush may not be ideal for powder eyeshadows because the bristles are “semi-stiff” but it’s perfect for cream ones.
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Covo Cosmetics Liquid Foundation Brush
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Next I tested was the liquid foundation brush. I tried it on my Guerlain Lingerie de Peau cream foundation and Lancome Teint Miracle liquid foundation. What we, ladies, want from foundation application is that even, flawless look and I gotta say that this Covo brush did the job well. The next question I had was, would it last after regular washing? After using it for 2 months with regular washing, it’s still intact and not a bristle fell. Not bad.


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Covo Cosmetics Powder Foundation Brush
Last one was the powder brush foundation. This one is very soft and feels nice on the skin. I normally apply liquid or cream foundation then finish it with powder foundation. This Covo brush picks up the powder well and application is smooth and flawless.
These 3 brushes are a good option if you’re looking for lower price range of makeup brushes. They do the job well and are great makeup accessories. Personally, though, I think the brush handles can be improved for grip comfort and feel. Professional brands have that certain comfort and ease when holding their brushes, which allows me to apply makeup easier and with more confidence.

You can check Covo Cosmetics selection via their website at http://www.covocosmetics.com  

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For more information and to order products online, visit:
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About Covo
COVO seeks to harness the continuing growth of the COsmetic eVOlution (hence the name COVO) to bring the best in makeup artistry to even the most discerning user without anyone missing out on the total “luxe” shopping experience. COVO puts the focus on the consumer experience whilst the latest technologies are utilized to capture every woman’s beauty needs and nuances. The products are designed to be smartly intuitive and multifunctional to delight the expectations of a COVO woman. The red carpet treatment isn’t sacrificed from the luxury perspective hence COVO’s – Luxe for Less should appeal to one and all!

Elianto Online Beauty Shopping now available!

Great beauty deals at your fingertips…shopping online is so good!
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Online shopping is a good companion for my beauty needs. Aside from the convenience of having beauty products delivered at my preferred address, I also enjoy the feeling of receiving a parcel like a ‘surprise’. Most of the time, prices combined with promos online make beauty products such a steal!
I recently discovered that elianto now has an online shop and I was tempted to try their website. Like a lot of you, I’ve known elianto mainly for its wide range of nail colors and colorful cosmetics. Have you seen their eyeshadow color palettes and refills? They have beautiful, popping colors that are great for those who love to put on different colors every day.
Elianto’s online shop caters to various beauty needs:
Skincare
Makeup
Nail Care
Fragrance
Body Care
Hair Care
Accessories

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We all love makeup, don’t we? You’ll be happy to see elianto’s selection of makeup items. They have very affordable lip colors. And if you’ve seen my review or heard about elianto’s new brilliant riche transfer-proof lip colors, you can also buy it online (and it’s only RM25 per tube!).
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Skincare items are also available for ordering online. Love anti-aging products? You’d be happy to hear that elianto’s anti-aging range, Youth Compact for lifting and wrinkle reduction, has attractive offers online.
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You can now buy nail polishesat the convenience of looking at more colors while sitting down on your sofa, lazing on the bed or having coffee at a shop.
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DELIVERY Charges are reasonable. For West Malaysia, you’ll enjoy FREE delivery with orders above RM80. For East Malaysia, you’ll enjoy FREE delivery with orders above RM150. Minimum purchase for free delivery is a bit higher than Luxola but you can easily reach these amounts if you’re also buying bodycare and skincare items. Or you can combine orders with your friends.
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PAYMENT methods accepted by elianto
   Debit Cards
ELIANTO accepts Visa and MasterCard Debit Cards where subject to bank availability. All data submitted will be protected in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
   Online Banking
Online banking transfers are accepted from: AmBank, Bank Islam, CIMB Bank, Hong Leong Bank, Maybank, Public Bank, RHB.
   PayPal – my personal preferred payment method
ELIANTO also accepts payment through Paypal

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I decided to make my first order a few weeks ago. I picked a Feather Lite Airbrush foundation, Celestial 2-in-1 Eyeliner in gold and Celeste 2-in-1 Eyeliner in white.
I’m very happy with the speedy delivery. I made my order on a Monday evening, and by Wednesday afternoon, I already received my parcel! Delivery to PJ within 2 days is great!

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The delivery packaging is also good. The products are carefully wrapped in bubble pack. This way, you’re sure the products are protected from shock and certain amount of heat. Elianto’s products have tamper-proof seal as well.
So if you love beauty products at an affordable price, if you love having the feeling of ‘surprise’, or if you’re busy and you need the convenience of shopping quickly and efficiently, try shopping at www.elianto.biz
You’d love their promos and deals, too! Happy online shopping, everyone!
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Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Bath & Shower Gel

Stepping out of the bathroom engulfed in lovely scent is always delightful

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For the past years, my shower routine has been accompanied by shower gel brands that are well known for body care, probably the same as what you ladies also use. I enjoy bathing in fragrant foam that leaves the skin soft, smooth and smelling good. But at the same time, I also need to watch out for products that tend to over dry my skin.
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Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian fashion brand that I’ve known for luxury bags and shoes, launched the sexy fragrance Signorina in 2011. The name or word ‘Signorina’ is an Italian courtesy title for an unmarried woman, which can be used alone or before a name. It is used to address a lady as a sign of respect or endearment, for example, someone would address me as Signorina Celeste, if I was still single, haha! Pretty cool and romantic, huh? The right pronunciation for ‘Signorina’ is sin-yo-ri-na, with the ‘gn’ sounding as ‘ny’.

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Salvatore Ferragamo
Signorina
Bath & Shower Gel
200ml 6.8fl.oz.

I haven’t tried the perfume yet but I was elated when I received the Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina shower gel as a present. Well, who doesn’t love any designer brand item?
The Signorina shower gel comes in a soft pink box, sealed in transparent plastic. For photography purposes, I removed the plastic cover in this photo. The name Signorina is embossed and glossed in black against the soft pink box color. This style and design for the packaging made it very simple yet classy and elegant, a representation of what a ‘signorina’ should be.

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The shower gel bottle is sexy. I loved the simple but stylish bottle design for this bath item. The plastic bottle is transparent, revealing the light golden yellow color of the gel. It is topped by a soft pink, round screw cap, which replicates the soft pink tone of the box. Isn’t that a cute piece?
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I use it with a bath lily to bathe. Of course, you have the option to simply pour it in your hand and lather all over your body but I’m the type who loves the feeling of gentle scrubbing with a sponge or my favorite bath lily (this pink  one is from The Body Shop at only RM15, I think).
How was it? Unbelievably captivating. The scent leaves you wanting to bathe again. I personally love floral scents, especially those that are blended with jasmine notes. With this shower gel, a little goes a long way when used with bath lily. The foam forms well to cleanse the skin properly. Leave it on your body for 2-3 minutes and smell the scent after rinsing. Ooohhh, soooo good.
I’ve been using it for a week now and another good news is I didn’t have an adverse reaction, which I often experience when using shower gels with intense or lasting scents. The Signorina shower gel is a great shower companion. I must consider buying the perfume version once I finish (or when I’m about to finish) my Valentina EDP, another fragrance addiction I have at the moment.
Ah, look at the EDP version of Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina here…beautiful.
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Dior and Women’s Weekly present Makeup Masterclass Workshop

What do I expect from a makeup workshop? Let’s see if this one passed my expectations…

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I’ve always been interested to attend makeup workshops. Although I’ve been wearing makeup since I was 16, starting with simple eyeliner at first, I know that there are new techniques, tips or tricks based on latest makeup trends and technology to learn. So when I discovered that the Malaysian Women’s Weekly and iconic DIOR are hosting a makeup master class, I got excited and I quickly signed up! How often would I get a chance to have this Dior experience?

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Like a lot of ladies who fall in love with French designer brands or all designer brands, I am also mesmerized by Dior products. I don’t have a lot of it, though. My only Dior product at the moment is a Dior Addict lipstick. There’s just something about the luxury of owning a designer item that appeals to us. And I do have respect and desire for Dior skincare products as well…one day, I will have more of those…one day.
Guests were welcomed by an array of delicious, healthy breakfast (you can see what we ate on the latter part of this article). Dior Chief Makeup Artist, Matt Ng, conducted the makeup master class together with his team of makeup artists, in Hilton Kuala Lumpur.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning and all of us ladies were excited to hear what Matt had to share.

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Matt began with a step-by-step guide in preparing the skin for makeup. What some people forget is that the condition of our skin affects how makeup achieves its best. On this portion, we had the chance to try and apply Dior’s luxury skincare products on ourselves, a choice between Capture Totale and Hydra Life. Since I go for anti-aging, I chose Capture Totale while those who preferred hydration used Hydra Life, meant for moisturizing the skin.

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I loved that we were all provided with a Dior mirror each while we conduct our own ‘pampering’ or skincare application. And we also have a handout or booklet to follow Matt’s tips and to write some notes.
 
Here are some of the products I used…
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I really loved the Dream Skin, which is an anti-aging treatment that also works as a skin perfector. It works instantly and over time to make the skin more youthful, to reduce spots and redness, and to minimize pores!
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Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin

One of the disappointments I get with some workshops is the condition of the products to be used directly on the face. I don’t like testing products in a workshop that are obviously ‘old’ or have been used as a tester for a long time. I believe that if a brand really wants consumers to have a good experience with their products, it is a MUST to showcase products in good, fresh condition. But guess what, during this workshop with Dior, the products were mostly NEW, unopened ones, especially for skincare. I’m impressed.
 

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Dior used new products at the workshop

When it comes to applying makeup at a workshop, I’m not really comfortable with sharing makeup tools. Say that I’m fussy or whatever, but I’d rather be safe and hygienic than sorry and infected. A lot of skin diseases can be transferred physically and I also wouldn’t want other people to get anything from me, if I do have something. This is why a daily brush cleanser is important for makeup brushes. But contrary to my bad experience, Dior executed this workshop flawlessly. They provided makeup brushes or disposable tools like cotton buds and spatula for everyone. This is how a workshop should be.
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So we continued with the workshop, going through application techniques for primer, concealer, foundation, skinflash, eye primer, eye shadow, eye liner and mascara. I probably missed something, we had so many exciting products to test. I fell in love with Diorshow Maximizer, the lash-plumping serum.
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Matt also revealed their new IT collection with limited edition colors and, of course, the new Dior Addict Fluid Stick. This new lip item is a hybrid of the best-selling qualities of Dior lip products: lipstick, lip gloss, lip stain and lip balm. You get that pop of color, a touch of gloss, the comfort of lip balm and the long-wear of stain. I’m not a fan of lip gloss because of the sticky feeling but this fluid stick feels great on my lips.

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To complete the look and overall appeal, we also sprayed Dior perfumes, a choice between Dior J’Adore and the new Dior Addict EDP. I chose the latter.
So here’s my look before and after application of Dior skincare and makeup, all by self-application…
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It was truly a beautiful Saturday morning! And I got to bring home a goodie bag with these goodies! That includes a full-size, not deluxe sample or tester, of Dior’s new Fluid Stick.
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Did this workshop pass expectations then? YES, it did, beyond. I congratulate Dior and Malaysian Women’s Weekly for planning and conducting this workshop successfully. To me, this is workshop done right. The brand and products were presented very well and aligned to what an iconic designer label should be. Guests were treated as premium customers with good food and good environment. Products, testers and tools were all in good or new condition. No hard selling, just focused brand presentation and experience. Even the parking fee at Hilton KL was settled by the team for us. And to top it all, for a small workshop fee of RM60 per guest, we received all that plus a goodie bag worth over RM100.

Here are some of the yummy food we enjoyed at Hilton Kuala Lumpur:
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Thanks and congratulations to Dior and Women’s Weekly. Hope we’ll have more of this kind of workshops with you.  

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Dior Addict Fluid Stick enables a flawless application in a single sweep: the high-impact colour and long wear of a classic lipstick, combined with the shine of a gloss, all in a thin film that delivers sensational comfort. Colour and shine come together as one for maximum impact with intense, long-wearing lip stain pigments directly encapsulated in spheres of gloss. Dior Addict Fluid Stick does not contain wax, but water for maximum lightness, an immediate fresh effect and addictive comfort…
A pure object of desire: the illusion is maintained until the case is opened and an applicator emerges that is steeped in colour and as precise and easy to use as a lipstick.
16 explosive shades like so many flashes of brilliance. Resolutely Dior, Terribly couture…
Price:
Dior Fluid Stick – RM102
Where to buy:
Departmental stores, selected cosmetic boutiques and Sephora
My Dior Wishlist – what I plan to buy soon:
Diorshow Maximizer Lash-Plumping Serum
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl
Dior Addict EDP
Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin
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Valentina by Valentino Perfume and Lotion Gift Set

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Valentina Fragrance and Lotion Gift Set

Last Christmas, my husband gave me a beautiful perfume set for the first time. He never bought fragrance for me before so I was delighted to receive one from him, and it’s not just any perfume…it’s Valentina by Valentino.
When I first saw this bottle while still working at a previous company, I was captivated. The floral motif in matte finish is just so feminine and iconic. One look and you can tell that this is a designer’s masterpiece.

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Valentina Eau de Parfum 80ml Bottle
The clear glass bottle comes in round shape front but has a flat bottom to make it stand nicely. The designer name ‘Valentino’ is neatly engraved on the gold cap that sits on top of the smallest flower motif. It features an unconventional spray shape, a black round spritzer with a flat top piece that also comes in gold.
Examining the bottle while inhaling the enchanting scent, I was asking myself how to keep the spray from accidentally being pressed if I bring this to travel. At first, I thought it looks very nice but there’s no protection for the spray. Oh well, never mind. So I lifted the lotion bottle to give it a try and to my surprise, under the lotion was an instruction card!

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Valentina Perfume set instruction card
The card gave instruction on how to use the spray by pressing the top of the fragrance bottle. And to answer my question, the card also revealed a secret; I have to lift the tray to discover the safety cap for the bottle! Obediently, I followed the card and there was the cap, carefully mounted behind the tray. Clever design trick, I must say, because if they put it together in front, the presentation of the bottle and gift set may not be as impactful. The safety cap is just meant for carrying/ traveling purposes anyway.
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Valentina perfume safety cap
Top notes:
The exuberant freshness of Calabrian bergamot is enhanced with the unexpected twist of white Alba truffle.
Middle notes: The iconic beauty of a white floral bouquet (Amalfi orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine) is subtly kissed by wild strawberry.
Base notes: The captivating sensuality of amber is enriched by the noble signature of cedar.
  

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Valentina fragrance satin body lotion

The gift set included this lovely lotion in a good size of 200ml. The plastic bottle replicated the flower motif embossed on the plastic itself. The cap is also a resemblance of the gold signature on the fragrance glass bottle. The scent is, oh, so beautiful. It’s the perfect fragrance lotion after bathing at night to engulf and relax your senses in floral aromas. It gives the skin a smooth, satin finish. Best to apply all over your arms and legs after shower.

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Valentina evening bag
And because my husband bought this during Christmas season, it came with a nice GWP (gift-with-purchase) item…a Valentino evening bag! It’s in light rose pink color with 3 zipped compartments that are convenient for bringing basic necessities during an evening celebration. I haven’t used this yet but it’s really a charming addition to any lady’s bag collection.
Oh, yes, I love this gift set. The perfume is captivating with dominant floral scents, which I love when it comes to fragrance. The lotion is just divine and leaves the skin deliciously enticing. I’m not sure if it’s still available in stores, but if it is and if you (or your special someone) love floral scents, better include Valentina in your fragrance collection and daily body care routine!

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Valentina by Valentino Perfume and Lotion gift set
GIFT SET includes:
Valentina by Valentino Eau de Parfum (EDP) 80ml
Valentina Satin Body Lotion 200ml
Made in Spain
Comes in elegant and textured hard board box with satin label and floral motif made of chiffon cloth; Free bag also comes in a hard board box
Available at selected department stores in Malaysia
(Mine was purchased at Metrojaya The Curve)
More about the Fragrance
From this sensual, insolent beauty, this blatant femininity that eludes conventions, two master perfumers, Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morillas, created a fragrance as a tribute to today’s Valentino woman. With attitude, sophistication and unexpected characteristics, the bouquet of Valentina blends an irreverent Italian floral oriental in which each facet reveals a paradox. Calabrian bergamot is a hymn to exuberance and freshness, shaken up by the insolence of white Alba truffles. In their trail, jasmine, Amalfi orange blossom and tuberose celebrate radiant beauty, while being offset by the rebellious delight of wild strawberries. Finally, the nobility of cedar is seduced by the captivating sensuality of amber… Valentina marks out a solar, unexpected trail, classic yet modern. (by www.parfums.valentino.com)
The Inspiration behind Valentina
Synthesized in a refined bouquet of fragrances, the ingredients that define the femininity and uniqueness of the Valentino woman have inspired a new perfume called Valentina that was conceived as couture style and a signature element of distinction that expresses a feminine ideal. Valentina is beautiful, radiant with charms belonging to a modern heiress. She is seductive, sophisticated, unconventional, charismatic. She creates her own style. She sets home in a classical Roman Palazzo but there is nothing she likes more than feeling the heartbeat of the vivid city of Rome. She is the only protagonist of a hypnotic, bewitching story full of references and allusions to legendary figures of Italian fashion and cinema. Valentina comes to life in the advertising campaign for the perfume shot by David Sims and the TV film directed by Johan Renck along the dark and secret streets of a sumptuously deserted, nocturnal Rome. (by www.parfums.valentino.com)
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Soap & Glory Soaper Heroes Set – Body Care Must-Have!

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Soap and Glory body and bath care set

Who doesn’t love to smell delicious after bathing and throughout the day? If you haven’t explored the scent of any Soap and Glory product, I really suggest that you check any one of their items at Sephora during one of your shopping travels. It’s definitely a must!
The first product that I fell in love with from this brand was the Righteous Butter Body Lotion (check out my product review about it – click HERE). I had it in 2012 and I found it an amazing item. The moisturizing effect lasts long and the scent is just ohhh so delicious. I guess the significant description of Soap and Glory products is its ability to make you (or your body) smell beautiful to the point of literally wanting to eat your own skin!
To my surprise and delight, I received a lovely Soaper Heroes gift set from my sister-in-law last Christmas! This set is to die for! It contains 5 of the famous items from Soap and Glory:
Clean On Me Shower Gel 75ml
Flake Away Body Polish 50ml
The Righteous Butter 50ml
Hand Food Hand Cream 50ml
Girligo Spray-On Body Moisturizing Mist 100ml
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Soap and Glory Soaper Heroes set

The set comes in a pink, eye-catching box with a big letter ‘S’ adorning the front. Of course, it’s easy to spot the genius set name ‘Soaper Heroes’ and the floral motif surrounding the box. It’s stylishly feminine and youthful. On top, you’ll read this caption: “They’ll scrub, soften and scent your skin in a single swipe! They’re not just run of the mill moisturizers, they’re SOAPER HEROES!”
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Soap and Glory Soaper Heroes items in travel-friendly sizes
The contents are all in travel-friendly size so even if you bring these items or if you buy it overseas or at some duty-free shop at the airport, you don’t need to worry about ‘confiscation’ from the airport officers. That’s clever and very considerate. Don’t you just hate it when your beloved beauty stuff is painfully taken away from you while travelling?

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Soap and Glory Clean On Me
Soap and Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel will turn you into a shower addict at first bath. The scent is just addictive and will make you want to bathe forever and ever. Serious! It contains natural mandarin peel extract and a bonus built-in body lotion, and will make you feel really sexy after shower. Wait ‘til you get to the next products.


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Soap and Glory Flake Away
Soap and Glory Flake Away is a skin-smoothing body polish with shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar. Apparently, it transforms your scaly legs from reptilian to radiant! I haven’t tried this one yet but I’m excited to spread it all over my body and scrub my dry flakes away. Let’s see if it does transform my reptilian skin, haha! But no matter what, the scent alone is enough to say that this is also a must-try.

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Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter contains softening shea butter and aloe vera. It has that velvet-feel upon applying onto your skin and contains the signature scent of Soap and Glory. I swear you must have this butter on your vanity table! Just control yourself from licking your arms and legs!


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Soap and Glory Hand Food
Soap and Glory Hand Food is a non-greasy hand cream that contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. It’s great for dry, chapped hands. It’s also scented with S&G Original Pink fragrance. They say it’s the most astonishing hand cream ever? You decide! I’ve already decided! Just watch out for the effects on those around you when you apply it while at work. Your colleagues will be asking for delicious food!
Happy Hand Food month from Soap and Glory!
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Soap and Glory Girligo
Soap and Glory Girligo is a spray-on moisturizing mist scented with a tempting blend of bergamot, peach, strawberry, jasmine, mandarin and musk. Just spritz on all-over your body after shower for temptingly fragrant, softer, smoother, more supple skin.

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This is a great body care collection, wonderful to give as a gift and wonderful to receive as a gift! The scent engulfs your senses while your skin reaps the benefits of the good moisturizing ingredients. Simply delicious and good for the skin! Trust me, your husband or partner will enjoy the results, too.

Price: RM76
Where to buy: Sephora outlets
                  
About Soaper Heroes Set
This gorgeous little gift box includes travel sizes of our bestselling products, including Girligo™ scented moisturising body mist, The Righteous Butter™ body butter, Flake Away™ body scrub, Clean On Me Skin™ softening shower gel, and Hand Food™ hand cream.
About Soap and Glory
A fun, fresh, fearless, fantastic British beauty brand created by suds-loving entrepreneur and celebrity facialist Marcia Kilgore. We’re known for wonderfully effective bath, body and skincare products including the super-plumping lip gloss Sexy Mother Pucker™ and award winning The Righteous Butter™ body butter. Soap & Glory recommends applying products with happiness and abandon, because while beauty absolutely matters, it doesn’t matter absolutely.
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