Althea Celebrates 1st Year with a Shopping Party for You

Perfect time to shop; loads of surprises in store.
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I’m captivated by Althea 🙂 

E-commerce has made beauty shopping so much easier and more convenient. When it comes to beauty products, though, I must admit that I don’t have a lot of Korean ones. I guess I often find that information on packaging can be tough to understand when there’s no English translation. But with Althea, I don’t have this problem anymore. Each product available for shopping online has product information and details, even photos of actual application!

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Witch’s Pouch POPO Lipstick 


Althea is celebrating its 1st year birthday and all of us are invited. This is the perfect time to shop for makeup, skincare, haircare and body care products. I assure you that you’ll definitely find something that will be interesting and fun to use. 

With this birthday party, Althea is also giving us a chance to win amazing prices such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers! 

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Why it’s great to shop now with Althea’s Birthday Celebration (20th – 31st July, 2016):


1. Enjoy a Limited Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit for orders placed on 20/7 onwards. While stocks last.

2. Free Goodies for first 1,500 shoppers! Full size beauty products. While stocks last. 

3. Birthday Giveaway. Pick 3 Top Sellers for 100% REBATE!
Rebate will be credited into your account. 

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4. The #AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest with total prizes worth KRW10,000,000 to be won!
Wish Althea a “happy birthday” with hashtag #altheaturns1 and stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers! Contest starts from 20th July – 15th August, 2016.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please visit www.althea.kr and Althea Facebook for more information. Hurry, hurry, hurry! This is the best time to shop at Althea!
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Althea has a great lineup of interesting makeup and skincare items (my top beauty addictions). I’ve recently shopped for a bunch, and I was so excited when I received the pink parcel. The beautiful limited edition pink birthday box is lovely, containing the DIY Party Kit, samples and my ordered items protected with bubble wrap. 

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My Althea shopping haul! 
(from left to right, clockwise from bottom)

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Angel of Firenze hand and nail cream

AirFit CC Cream SPF30 
Skin Liar Primer
Skin & Lab A Plus Lifting serum
It’s My Lip Crayon WN 01
Witch’s Pouch Perfect Cover Concealer 
Witch’s Pouch POPO Lipstick x 2 colours (Burgundy Wine and Sweet Red)
Witch’s Pouch Color Corrector CC Cream

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I came across this cutely-named and cutely-packaged primer, the Skin Liar Primer by Elizavecca. It promises to conceal pores like magic so, yes, I must try it! Witch’s Pouch has an interesting name and line of products, which tempted me to buy 4 items from this brand. 

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I love the black and white color theme of this brand

I was also in search of new CC Creams and Althea has a good lineup of them. Did I mention that products at Althea site mostly (if not all) have price specials? 


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What you will enjoy at Althea:

  • FREE Shipping on orders above RM150 – products are handpicked and packed from Althea’s warehouse in Korea, shipped to you!
  • 100% Authentic Guarantee – any suspected counterfeit can be returned and will be compensated 200% of the product value!
  • Best Price Policy – you always enjoy trustworthy and transparent pricing for all products!
  • Unconditional Returns – if you are not satisfied with your order, Althea guarantees 30-day unconditional returns. 
More details here if you’d like to know more – http://my.althea.kr/promises  

My DIY Party Kit! Happy birthday to Althea!

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I love the full colour of the lip crayon! (Sorry, can’t smile too wide…wrinkles…)

Tried here: Elizavecca Skin Liar Primer, It’s My Lip Crayon, Witch’s Pouch Perfect Cover Concealer, AirFit CC Cream

Here’s a personal tip in creating your party kit. After you have decorated your hat with the paper accessories, you can try mounting it on a headband instead of tying a string on both ends. Using a headband can allow you to position the hat to the right or left aside from the usual centre position. Plus it’s easier to wear and you don’t need to use a string. 

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Happy shopping, guys!  

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.

Zoeva and Luscious Lipsticks to Get that Girl-Next-Door Look

It’s amazing how a dash of color on a woman’s lips changes her personality and appeal.

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I’m getting more addicted with using different lip products and different colors these days. In one day, I’d probably use 2-3 different brands and shades of lipsticks at work: one in the morning before I go, another one right before stepping out of the car and a third one when I retouch after lunch time. I find it fun and stylish to be shifting lip colors through the day!
I have a collection of lip colors that I mainly use for my office look but there are times when I want to have that simple, innocent look (so I don’t look like that tough monster all the time at work, haha!).
I love shopping at Luxola and I had a fun time choosing 3 lipsticks to try and to achieve a girl-next-door look. I picked 3 different shades from light pink to vibrant red. And I was also excited to try 2 brands of lip color that I haven’t tried before: Luscious Cosmetics and Zoeva. I’ve tried Zoeva brushes and I loved them so I decided to try its Lip Crayon.
The Zoeva Lip Crayon comes in a black matte box and the lip crayon stick comes in a black matte finish with silver text letterings. The lip color shade is visible at one end so it’s easy to identify even with the cap on.
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Color: Tender Rose
Lipstick Pencil
Made in Germany
2.8g / 0.10oz
Price: RM34.00
What is it:
The ZOEVA Lip Crayon is a chunky lipstick pencil with a super light and creamy formula. It gives your lips sharp colour and a fine shiny finish. This product is also very smooth, as it melts naturally like butter on your lips for a visibly soft and plump effect.

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What makes it great:
This lip product contains Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil, making the lips smoother, plumped and moisturized.

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The downside to this crayon is that it’s not the twist up type. You need to use a sharpener for this one.

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The texture of this crayon is amazing. It’s so easy to apply, it glides smoothly on the lips on its own. I normally use lip balm with some other lipsticks but with this Zoeva lip crayon, I’m good to go without balm. It also has a soft sheen finish, giving you an overall fresh look. With light makeup, I can easily have a girl-next-door look. Adding a hair accessory like this Sereni and Shentel thin headband makes it even sweeter.

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I also decided to try this brand, Luscious Cosmetics, as it has an interesting name and the shades are fashionable. This Signature Lipstick comes in a combination black and silver tube, with the color visible on the base, like Zoeva Lip Crayon.
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Color: Buff Pink
Made in USA
4g / 0.14oz
Price: RM57.00
What is it:
The Luscious Signature Lipstick Collection provides the lips with lightweight, vibrant colour. Each lippie in infused with nourishing oils that make the formula feel moisturising. It also offers a velvety finish that makes your lips look and feel rich.
What makes it great:
This lip product contains jojoba oil that keeps the lips well-moisturized. It feels lightweight on the lips while giving a velvety finish.

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The texture is good and color is buildable. If you want a very light touch of color, you can apply 1 swipe. I, however, prefer a deeper shade so I apply 2-3 swipes then blot my lips over folded tissue. It has a darker color than Zoeva Lip Crayon but it still gives me that girl-next-door look. Combined with a white plain headband, my look is complete, voila!

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And who said that dark, rich red lipstick won’t give you a sugar-spice-and-everything-nice appeal?
I was happy to give this Luscious Super Moisturizing Lipstick a try. The shade I picked is sexily named ‘Flirty Fuschia’, and it comes in a sleek silver tube. Nudes dominate the full color collection and I picked one of the deepest colors.

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Color: Flirty Fuschia
Made in Taiwan
3.5g / 0.12oz
Price: RM51.50
What is it:
The Luscious’ Super Moisturizing Lipstick gives colour and luster to your delicate pucker with its creamy and moisturizing formula enriched with Vitamin E and Grape Seed Oil.  
What makes it great:
This lip product contains Vitamin E and Grape Seed oil to keep lips moisturized and supple.

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The texture is great and like the other Luscious lipstick, the color is also buildable. Because it contains Vitamin E and Grape Seed oil, this lipstick feels smooth and comfortable on the lips. 
Yes, the color might seem too sexy for a girl-next-door look but with light eye makeup and right accessories, this shade can be sweet and dandy. Here is the flirty fuschia paired with my red Sereni and Shentel headband.

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I love these 3 new lipsticks and I find it amazing how I can change my look with different lipstick shades.  Do you switch lip colors throughout the day? Give it a try and explore how your lip colors change your mood, your look and your appeal!
Exclusive for my readers:
15% OFF on your first order at www.luxola.com/my
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Love lipsticks? Discover more information and makeup tips via Luxola’s LX Edit! You’ll find amazing and useful guide for that perfect and fashionable look. 



Makeup Revolution Give Me Power Lipstick

Would you like 1 piece of lip product to produce 5 different effects on your lips?
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It’s easy to fall in love with Makeup Revolution. After trying out its Eyeshadow Palette in Acid Brights and Lipstick, I was hungry for more.
I have 6 lip products in my cosmetic bag, which includes 5 lip colors and 1 lip balm. I love my lipsticks and I enjoy changing lip colors through the day. I’m not a huge fan of lip glosses until I’ve tried Dior Addict last year. And now, another lip gloss item has caught my attention. This one’s even more interesting as it combines lipstick and lip gloss in 1 stick.
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Price: RM24.00
Give your lips real power, a duo lipstick and lipgloss in one!
A satin matte lipstick in a moisturising formula and a super slick lipgloss with a hint of shimmer. Wear the lipstick or wear the lipgloss or wear the lipgloss over the lipstick!
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This lipstick comes in a dual end tube: 1 end has the satin matte lipstick and 1 end has the lip gloss. The tube is protected with plastic and comes with an easy-tear seal.

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The shade of this color, Everything’s Alright, is a peach-orange tone. Texture allows easy application and you can even achieve 6 different color shade by layering and combining the 2 products!

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From top: Lip gloss, 1 layer lipstick, 2 layer lipstick
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From top: Lip gloss, 1 layer lipstick topped with lip gloss, 2 layer lipstick topped with lip gloss
The only challenge I experienced is application of the lip color with the length of this tube. Because of its length, the end of the tube cannot really rest inside your hand while applying the lipstick. As for the lip gloss, there is no problem at all.

And here are my 2 combinations! On the left is plain lip color and on the right is color plus lip gloss. So this means I now have 7 lip products in my cosmetic bag!  

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Lovely Lips with Shizens Lip Tattoo

There must be a good reason why this is a star product. I just had to find out. 

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I’ve been collecting new lip products for the past few months and I am enjoying this newfound addiction…to lip color. But like a lot of ladies, I don’t like the look of dry, fine lines on my lips. Some lipsticks are good enough to be worn bare but some need extra moisturiser before or after application. For those that feel a bit dry on my lips, I normally apply lip balm first then apply the lip color on top. But what if I can have a lip product that moisturises, gives rosy color and prevents fine lines on my lips all at the same time?

I was thrilled to receive the Shizens Lip Tattoo star product inside The Butterfly Project’s Beauty Box last month during our Christmas dinner. Love all the interesting items inside this box!

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This is really something new for a makeup product. Lip tattoo? Have you ever heard of other beauty brands having a similar lip product? I haven’t. Shizens Lip Tattoo comes packed inside a brown and gold box. The lip tattoo is plastic wrapped with easy-tear cutting. Here it is after removing the seal…

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Price: RM168 for 8ml
What it does: Moisturises, lightens dark pigment of lips, gives lips a rosy tone, provides long-lasting color wear

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This lip product has a sleek cap in metallic brown color while the tube itself is a mix of white and transparent plastic. Notice that after taking out from the tube, the applicator is white in color, hmmm, white lip color? You’ll see the magic of this tattoo in a short while.


I decided to experiment with this lip tattoo. Upon applying the product, it shows white at first but immediately changes to a pinkish color (see Swipe A on the left). I wanted to see what difference in color it would have if I apply it under lipstick and on top of lipstick. 

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Different shades with 3 techniques: a) plain lip tattoo, b) lip tattoo with lipstick on top, c) lipstick with lip tattoo on top. The great thing here is you can see that the plain lip tattoo gives enough rosy color on my skin. In fact, it is not necessary to wear with lipstick at all! It’s good enough on its own. 

Of course, if you’d love a darker red shade, it will be great to mix your darker red lipstick with Shizens Lip Tattoo for that moisture boost, prevention of lines and long-lasting color. Why is it called Lip Tattoo? Yes, you’re right. Because it does stick to your skin or lips for a long time than normal lip colors do. Be warned…your lips will stay lovely with rosy tones for long hours. It actually took a day for those test swipes on my arm to wear off even after bathing a few times! Cool. 

I’m someone who needs lipstick and lip balm or butter most of the time. See how pale I look without lip color? See how dry my lips are? 

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But a few swipes of Shizens Lip Tattoo made an immediate difference to the color and condition of my lips. The white product turned rosy in less than a minute (maybe it’s also because I’m hot, haha) and moisturized my lips in seconds. Love tattoo? Yes, I do. 

Find out more about Shizens via:
Website – www.shizens.com 

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!


Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette and Lipstick – Tried and Tested

The most exciting color combination I’ve had so far…

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I haven’t been experimental with my purchases of eyeshadow palettes. I’m someone who sticks to my comfortable dark tones of purple, green, brown, blue and always mixed with black. I love the smokey eye look, which gives my eyes an illusion of bigger size. Well, my eyes are naturally small. 

So when I got my hands on this Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette in Acid Brights, it was a mixed feeling of excitement and a bit of doubt. Those are really smashing colors! But can I get away with those? 

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A first glance at Makeup Revolution palette can immediately give you a happy feeling. Just look at the bright colors. It’s rainbow in a compact! Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, just missing indigo, which I believe can easily be achieved by blending violet with black. Bright, catchy yet comes with the shade I can’t live without —- black —- this palette is simply an “eye candy”. 

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Price: RM32.00
Pure sellout – dupe alert! These are the ultimate palettes with ultra high payoff. Collectable, we cater equally mattes as the ever popular shimmers

Available in 10 variants:
Acid Brights, Essential Day to Night, Essential Mattes, Essential Shimmer, Hot Smoked, Iconic 1, Iconic 2, Iconic 3, Matte Brights, Romantic Smoked


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Color payoff is really amazing. See how bright the colors look on my skin. Among these colors, the top ones that I’d be using are definitely royal blue, metallic light blue, violet, olive green, silver and black for daily wear. White can be used to highlight, while deep pink, yellow, orange, pink and mint green can be applied for more dressy occasions. You can actually use deep pink and pink as blush! 

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Excitedly, I tried the palette for my first look using Makeup Revolution. This one will be a combination of blue and black shades. Here’s my eye transformation…

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For this quick, 5-minute eye makeup, these are my steps:
1 – I normally start with black lines and shade on my eyelid and under eye 
2 – I blend with 2 more colors, in this case royal blue then metallic light blue
3 – Blend again with black if you’d like a darker smokey eye or bigger eye effect
4 – Apply liquid eyeliner on the eyelid
5 – Eyes are done!


The look won’t be complete without adding a dash of color to the lips. I tried on this Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Chic color. Although I enjoy deep dark reds, I also love light pink shades that just add a soft touch of color to the lips. 

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Price: RM8.00
Outstanding formula and so affordable.

You will be amazed at the quality of the lipstick? This is your MUST HAVE lipstick, and better still, amazing value so you can collect them all! Over 20 shades of this creamy, long lasting lipstick with high colour payoff. From nudes to brights, and mattes to creamy there is something to suit everyone.


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This lipstick has a creamy texture and glides easily on the lips…and wait…it smells nice, too! I’m not sure what that scent is but it smells yummy. This one also has some glitter or shimmer effect. I like that the top cover shows the lipstick color so I don’t need to recall the shade inside. I’m sure a lot of us own probably 10 or more lipstick colors and it can be time-consuming to keep organising or recalling the color inside for each tube, each brand. This Makeup Revolution Lipstick is cleverly packaged. 
So here’s my before and after look with Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Paletter and Lipstick. I love the blue and black eye colors and the lipstick was a lovely match!
(look at me here before makeup, definitely cannot live without colors, I look so pale)


Still excited to try and test my bronzer, lip power and concealer!

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About Makeup Revolution 
Makeup Revolution launched in London in March 2014 delivering revolutionary performance and quality, in every product at revolutionary prices. Made with the finest ingredients, the range starts at an amazing RM8, with a range of professional and must have products with limited edition collections – you can finally afford them all! A revolution in offering a comprehensive range of foundation and face products for all skin tones – from fair to dark, from yellow to pink tone – every shade has been covered, there is a shade and formulation foreveryone at a price everyone can afford. A revolution in offering the VERY latest trends and NEW fast.
With 300 affordable and desirable products in the range (so far!) collect them all, shop the trend and ensure you have the essentials from the range.
Born of passion …watch out makeup world.. The Makeup Revolution has begun in Malaysia.

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/ 

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  

Stay connected to Covo Cosmetics via their Facebook page at:
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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