Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MUFE Artisan Brushes - Why brushes not fingers?

Dear Friends

It has been quite some time since I blog. Today I am going to talk about MUFE artisan brushes.
 
 
Do you prefer using brush or finger when you do your makeup? 

Make Up For Ever (MUFE) has launched 75 artisan brushes a few months ago. Although the brushes are made from 100% engineered non-natural fibers, they are as soft as the feel of natural hair.  I am really impressed with the look and feel of these brushes. No wonder the creation of these brushes is considered as a brush revolution!
 
The MUFE artisan brush collection has so many different types of designs - tapered, trapeze, square, fan, flared, round, pointy and angled to allow optimum control in applying, blending, sculpting, shading and lining of make-up.

We were very lucky to have Ms Erika Saenz, Regional Educational Manager MUFE South East Asia to walk us through the features of the brushes.

There are 3 types of bristles on Artisan brushes:

1. Straight

2. Wavy

3. Straight and wavy

 
 Before that, I have no idea that there are so many different textures of bristles.


My understanding of the 3 different textures of hair is:

Straight hair – to pick up more colors for more defined application

Wavy hair – suitable for application of loose powder

Straight & wavy – to achieve the in between effect

 

The unique features of MUFE artisan brushes:

1.       Premium craftsmanship – each brush is hand-made by specialists

2.       100% engineered fibers for skin comfort

3.       Ultra-resistant and humidity-proof – made from brass base with 3 top coating of nickel with gun metal lacquer

4.       Made with eco-certified wood

5.       A 2-in-1 accessory – each brush has a beveled tip bottom that is designed to mix 2 shades of liquid foundation to achieve the perfect tone.
 
Why brushes, not fingers?

1.       Precision - Unlike fingers, brushes can distribute colors more evenly

2.       Coverage – You can control the amount of products

3.       Buff & Blend – Can achieve a smoother and more natural look

4.       Save time & Money – Fingers tend to pick up more product and create wastage

Ms Erika also did a makeup demo on a model. The makeup was applied using fingers on half of the face while the other half, Ms Erika used the MUFE brushes. It is very obvious that the side where brushes were used looked more even toned and defined.
 
 
The makeup on the right was done using brushes. The color is more intense and well blended.


There are a few MUFE brushes that I think is very versatile and worth to invest in. Here are my recommendations:
  • #260 Bent Eyeliner Brush - it is an angled brush (30 degree angle) that is designed for applying eyeliner to its precision. It is able to draw a 1mm line with precision.
  • #128 Precision Powder Brush – A hybrid between a brush and a puff
  • #124 Powder kabuki – it has straight and wavy fibers to apply HD powder and powder foundation for a bonafide airbrush effect in seconds
  • #158 Double-Ended Sculpting Brush – Use the angled end to place your blusher for a slimmer and uplifted appearance followed with the fluffy end to blend away harsh lines.
  • #204 Double-Ended Shader & Smudger Eye Brush – This brush will help you to achieve smokey eyes in minutes
  • #154 Buffer Blush Brush – For stress free application of liquid foundation as it can create a poreless finish

If you don’t own many brushes, you may consider investing in MUFE artisan brushes. Just get the basic few that I have listed above and you will enjoy doing your daily makeup with fabulous result. The price ranges from RM37 – RM235.

Since Christmas is coming soon, you might as well get yourself some MUFE artisan brushes that can last you for a long long time.

MUFE artisan brushes are available at MUFE Pro Boutique Sephora, Starhill Gallery (2nd Floor), Sephora Paradigm, Sephora Sunway Pyramid, Sephora Gurney Paragon, Sephora NU Sentral, Sephora Queensbay Mall and Penang Gurney Plaza.

For more information, you may visit: http://www.makeupforever.com/

The MUFE team - very fun people
Till then, have a good week and thanks for dropping by.
Lavender 

 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lancome Lip Lover Launch

Dear Beauty Buddies,

I am so excited to share with you that lancome has launched yet another awesome lip product this month!
It's called Lip Lover and the packaging is so sleek and cool.

 

Lancome Lip Lover is a hybrid lip product with the biggest ever palette of pinks specially created for lips: 18 feel-good shades divided into two colour families.

Why is Lancome Lip Lover a Hybrid lip product? Because it has the following 3 qualities:
1. The comfort of a balm
2. The refined colour of a lipstick.
3. The shaping shine of a gloss. Lip Lover excels in all areas!


What do I think about Lancome Lip Lover?
To be honest what attracted me most is the packaging. It's small and sleek. So, it's not difficult to bring along in my handbag.
Secondly, I like the color range. You can pick something that is light, medium or darker according to your liking. You can find almost a match to all your different shades of pink outfit in your closet!
Thirdly, the texture is not sticky at all and there is no "funny" taste.




Lip Lover has a trio of best assets:



-        Colour: infused with lipstick pigments



-      Shine: “made-to-measure”, subtle and re-plumping shine that can be built up and intensified layer by layer. Its secret: an ultra-shiny, non-sticky silicone-infused oil allowing for a glide-on texture that smoothes out any irregularities on application.



-       Lipcare: emollient and moisturising agents that lasts up to 8 hrs



A genuine innovation to leave lips flawlessly kissable: Lip Lover is equipped with an intelligent bi-phasic formula. Its emulsion separates on application so the pigmented phase can fuse with lips while the glossy film rises to the surface to sublimely coat lips…


Basic Chic shades
From pink-beige all the way to rosewood, a palette of delights built around the theme of pink!
9 fresh and delicate shades for a subtly lip-beautifying effect. From soft nudes to intensely pigmented shades, the Basics are resolutely Chic.
For example? Casse-Noisette, a ballerina pink with all the grace of a dance step, Beige Adage, a light-infused flesh tone to match the pink in cheeks, or why not Corail Cabriole whose subtle orange accents serve to brighten every complexion...
 
313 Rose Ballet
314 Casse-Noisette
316 Rose Attrape-cœur
318 Abricot Tango
320 Ambre Arabesque
321 Rose Contre-temps
333 Rose des Nymphes
334 Corail Cabriole
338 Rose des Cygnes

Creative Chic shades
A cascade of resolutely pop shades to offer a daring twist to every look... A sparkling range infused with all the charm of coral, raspberry and deep purple, including a range of mouth-watering delights such as Pas de Prune, an intense magenta to electrify beauty, Rose Gracieuse, a radiant shade with ruby tints, Belle de Rouge, a vibrant shade for mischievous lips, or Bordeaux Tempo, a deep and utterly bewitching purple.

336 Orange Manège
337 Lip Lover
339 Fuschia Attitude
351 Pas de Prune
353 Rose Gracieuse
355 Framboise Étoile
356 Belle de Rouge
357 Bouquet Final
362 Bordeaux Tempo

The star shades

These Lip Lover range shades are simply indispensable. If you had to choose three essential, universal shades to keep all to yourself and at all times:

Rose Attrape-cœur, a delicate peony pink guaranteed to win hearts.
Framboise Étoile, a ripe raspberry shade, for delectably irresistible lips.
And of course Lip Lover itself, a radiant fuchsia you can’t help falling in love with…





Lancome Lip Lover retails at RM75. The above is shade #337 - Lip Lover (if not mistaken)



I am using shade #338

The swatches
Look at the colors!! - I am sure you can find a shade that you like


5 Lip-Tips from the Lancôme Make-up Artistry



It’s never been so easy to play with trends and create incredible colour effects on lips with outstanding precision thanks to the arrow applicator:



Heart-shaped lips

For stunningly delectable lips, adorn them with Rose des Nymphes, plus a hint of Corail Cabriole in the centre. For an even more daring look, apply Rose de Minuit to lips with Orange Manège in the centre – a contrast guaranteed to put lips in the spotlight!



Volume-boosting border

Doesn’t every woman dream of defined lips with plumped up volume? The secret: create contrast between the lips and the contour to enhance the central colour. Try using Rose Ballet all over lips with a light border of Air de Violine: a high-volume effect without fail!



Plumped-up lips

For impossibly plump lips, try using a light shade over the whole lip with a dark shade at the corners: two hints of Ambre Arabesque will accentuate Pas de Prune, or why not try a duo of Violette Pirouette at the corners with Framboise Étoile as the base tone.



Tone-on-tone volume

Choose two shades fairly close together in the colour palette to balance out the width of the upper and lower lips. Apply the lighter colour to the thinner lip to bring out its volume; use the darker colour on the thicker lip. For example, try it out with Rose Attrape-cœur and Lip Lover!



Crazy contrast

Go for a daringly wild mix & match with surprising colour contrasts like Abricot Tango on the upper lip, juxtaposed with Fuchsia Attitude on the lower lip.

Have you checked out the Lancome Lip Lover yet? Do check them out when you are out in the mall this weekend and let me know your favourite shade, will you?

Have a happy week!
Lavender




Payot Expert Purete Launch



Dear Friends

June is coming to an end already!! Gosh! Is the earth spinning faster this year? Maybe yes.

Anyway, hope you are doing well. Recently, I attended the launch of Payot Expert Purete. Payot Expert Purete range is designed to help combination/ oily skin achieve clear, purified and radiant skin. Payot Expert Purete is formulated and tested under dermatological control and it is non comedogenic.

Expert Purete range


Sunblock range


We were given a hands-on product experience by Payot trainer from France. We learnt about the product benefits and the sequence of application.

The beautiful trainer explaining the products to us

Hands-on session

The mini products for our hands-on session

The following are the list of products and their benefits:

MASQUE PURIFIANT (50ml) RM150 (WM)/ RM158 (EM) COMPLETE ULTRA-HIGH PERFORMANCE FORMULA

Cream mask texture with exfoliating grains.

Double action: used as a mask, this product matifies and smoothes skin texture.

As an exfoliator, it thoroughly unclogs and purifies the skin.

2 complementary actions in 1 single treatment – a treat for combination skin!

ASTRINGENT AND PURIFYING ACTION

Chilean mint extract: Regulates seborrhea. Prevents the appearance of inflammation that leads to cutaneous imperfections.

Zinc Extract: Deep-cleanses the epidermis. Limits sebaceous secretion and normalises sebum levels.

PURIFYING ACTION

Kaolin, strong absorbing white clay that deep cleanses, purifies and matifies the skin.

EXFOLIATING ACTION

7% AHA esters, which provide cutaneous micro-exfoliation, help smooth skin surface and visibly eliminate imperfections.

Exfoliating beads that rid the skin of impurities and dead cells by exfoliating and unclogging the pores.

Beauty Advice:

As a mask: apply a thin layer to the face. Leave to act for 5 minutes, then rinse.

As an exfoliator: apply to a damp face, massage in then rinse.

Avoid all contact with eyes. During sun exposure, combine with suitable sun protection.

Beauty Results:

Skin is matte, finally radiant without looking shiny! The complexion is fresh and purified.



CREME MATIFIANTE (50ml) RM195 (WM)/ RM205 (EM) ULTRA-HIGH PERFORMANCE FORMULA THAT ENVELOPS THE SKIN WITH EFFECTIVENESS
Complete care that helps fights against shine and dilated pores. Day after day, excess sebum is regulated, the complexion becomes clearer and skin regains all its radiance. A fluid, light and velvety smooth cream and genuine skin perfector.
Non comedogenic.
ASTRINGENT AND PURIFYING ACTION
Chilean mint extract that regulates seborrhea and prevents the appearance of inflammation leading to cutaneous imperfections.
Zinc extract which deep-cleanses the epidermis by limiting sebaceous secretion and normalising sebum quality.
ACTION ON SKIN TEXTURE
Rose fruit extract with astringent action. It regulates the skin's keratinisation process, reduces the unsightly appearance of dilated pores, in addition to smoothing and refining skin texture.
MATIFYING ACTION
Matifying powders for their capacity to absorb lipids on the skin's surface and to significantly reduce the appearance of shiny skin with an optical effect.
MOISTURISING ACTION
Rose hip oil moisturises and regenerates thanks to its high concentration in fatty acids.
Beauty Advice:
Apply all over a perfectly cleansed face and neck, in the morning and evening.
Beauty Results:
Skin is perfectly smooth. Matte and without imperfections, it looks resplendent... without looking shiny.



CREME PURIFIANTE (50ml) RM180 (WM)/ RM189 (EM) AN ULTRA-HIGH PERFORMANCE FORMULA
An exceptionally light-textured cream that envelops the skin in a genuine sensation of softness and comfort. Absolutely non-oily, it is instantly absorbed, leaving skin soft and smooth to the touch.
ASTRINGENT AND PURIFYING ACTION
Chilean mint extract: Regulates seborrhea. Prevents the appearance of inflammation that leads to cutaneous imperfections.
Zinc extract limits sebaceous secretion and normalises sebum levels.
ACTION ON IMPERFECTIONS
Glycolic acid 2% delivers deep-down peeling action to clear clogged pores.
AHA esters 7% provide cutaneous micro-exfoliation to help smooth the skin relief, eliminate imperfections and unclog the pores.
MATIFYING ACTION
Matifying powders with the capacity to absorb lipids on the skin's surface and significantly reduce the appearance of shiny skin with an optical effect.
MOISTURISING ACTION
Rose hip oil moisturises and regenerates thanks to its high concentration in fatty acids.
Beauty Advice: Apply all over a perfectly cleansed face and neck, in the morning and evening. Avoid all contact with eyes. During sun exposure, combine with suitable sun protection.
Beauty Results:
Skin recovers all its clarity. The complexion is fresh and radiant, throughout the day.




EXPERT POINTS NOIRS (30ml) RM150(WM)/ RM158 (EM) A FORMULA WITH 3 LEVELS OF ACTION ON THE PORES

A very refreshing cream gel you should always keep within reach! The unique formula brings 3 levels of action to fight blackheads: it deep-cleanses the skin, unclogs and retightens the pores. A must-have!

ASTRINGENT AND PURIFYING ACTION

Chilean mint extract regulates seborrhea.

Prevents the appearance of inflammation that leads to cutaneous imperfections.

Zinc extract limits sebaceous secretion and normalises sebum levels.

UNCLOGGING ACTION

Glycolic acid 3% delivers deep-down peeling action.

"PORE REFINER" ACTION

Rose fruit extract with astringent action regulates the skin's keratinisation process, reduces the unsightly appearance of dilated pores, in addition to smoothing and refining skin texture.

Beauty Advice:

Apply morning and evening locally or all over a make-up free, cleansed and toned face before skincare cream. Avoid all contact with eyes. During sun exposure, combine with suitable sun protection.

Beauty Results:

Pores are deep-cleansed and unclogged; imperfections visibly reduced. The skin is instantly matified. 

Masque Purifiant
My thoughts:
Of all the products, I am particularly in love with the MASQUE PURIFIANT. Why? It’s simply because I only need 5 mins and while removing the mask I can scrub my face at the same time. For the lazy girls out there, there is no excuse to apply this 2 in 1 mask. The smell is also very pleasant and relaxing.

Payot Expert Purete range is available at Payot salon.

Thanks to Payot for inviting me to try out Experte Purete. I highly recommend the mask for oily skin people. Have you tried it before? Do share your experience here.

 
A pic with fellow bloggers
Posing with my special blogger friends
Have a lovely week!
Lavender




Sunday, June 1, 2014

AVON Beauty Day Out - Over Nature Makeup Collection

Hi friends,

I must say that I had an exciting time at Avon Beauty Day Out recently. Thanks to Avon for organising this event and thanks to Jess for inviting me.

Avon is not new to me. In my growing up years, I remember sneaking into my mom's room and trying out her Avon lipstick. I still remember that Avon had lipstick in small sample sizes which I adored to the max. I guess my love for makeup started since my encounter with Avon lipstick. My mom is not a makeup person but she owned a few lipsticks. I remember the formula then, it was different. Avon has improved a lot since my childhood days. 

I was really impressed when trying out the skincare and makeup during the Avon Beauty Day Out. It was an eye opener for me especially for 2 products - the mascara and the liquid foundation. To me, these 2 are the star products.

Over Nature Makeup set at RM39.90 each (4 shadows and 2 blush). I really love the packaging. It is very convenient for travelling.

Ms Elaine started the day with her short and sweet speech
We had a skincare demo and hands on by a charming lady
Mask time - really enjoyed ourselves
This mask is nice to use. Very refreshing indeed.
After the mask, we tried Avon Anew 360 white skincare. I love the night cream texture.


This is another star product. Ideal Luminous is a very light liquid foundation suitable for oily skin. The texture is light and it applies effortlessly. Only RM29.90 for 25g (on promotion). It's a good deal.
The colours are lovely and there is no "funny" taste.

RM21.90 each. The colours are brilliant!
The yellow mascara (Super extend extreme) is really good - It can lengthens the eye lashes effortlessly. This one is a "Must Buy" item RM19.90 each, buy 2 for RM35.00
 
Celebrity makeup artist in action

My finished look
Thanks again to Avon for the really fun event. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful with Avon!

For more information, you may contact 03-79657100 or email:hotmail.my@avon.com



NU Skin ageLOC Galvanic Spa II

Dear Friends

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try out the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa II at Pullman Hotel.

My first encounter with Nu Skin was many years ago where I tried the cleansing gel and face gel. I was quite happy with the products. As you know I love to try new products so I changed products from time to time.

In that session, the product trainer guided us to do a hands-on on our face. In my opinion, the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa II (will be referred as the "device") is quite easy to handle. I believe that it will benefit our skin and facial contour with regular use (2-3 times a week). 


The pre-treat gel

Follow the steps prescribed by Nu Skin
 

How to use the device?
1. The face must be clean and dry
2. A Pre-treatment gel is to be applied to half of the face (2 mins)
3. The fingers must be wet before holding the device
4. To set the device to the correct mode and follow the motion prescribed by Nu Skin
5. After the pre-treatment is completed for the whole face, to wipe away the gel and apply the Treatment Gel.
6. Set the device to the correct mode and continue for 3 minutes (for half face. Continue for another side of the face.
7. After the teratment, to apply your usual skin care


During the pre-treat cycle, the device and the pre-treat gel are negatively charged. These negative charges repel each other and the gel binds the impurities in the skin. This will clean the skin from impurities and prepare the skin for the treatment.

During the treatment cycle, the device and the treatment gel are positively charged. Hence, the beneficial ingredients can penetrate the skin effectively.

The device comes with 4 different heads which I think is a brilliant idea. The Nu Skin Galvanic Spa II is able to be used for:
1. Firming the face
2. Correcting fine lines
3. Shaping the body
4. Stimulating hair growth

There are different types of gel for different purposes.

Here are the price list:
FACE SPA & TREATMENT
1.       ageLOC Galvanic Spa Face Pack                                  – RM1375
Package contain:
-          ageLOC Galvanic Spa (4 Conductor)
-          ageLOC Galvanic Spa Facial Gels x 2 packs
-          ageLOC Galvanic Spa Usage Card
-          ageLOC Galvanic Spa Face & Body Demo DVD
-          ageLOC Galvanic Spa Sponsoring Flyer
-          ageLOC Transformation Set Brochure
-          ageLOC Science In Review Brochure

FACE TREATMENT
2.       ageLOC Transformation Pack
-          ageLOC Gentle Clense and Tone 60ml                 – RM203
-          ageLOC Future Serum 30ml                                  – RM827
-          ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22 25ml                       – RM319
-          ageLOC Transforming Night 30ml                         – RM374

SCALP TREATMENT
3.       Nutriol Shampoo 125ml                                               – RM222
4.       Nutriol Hair Fitness Treatment 12x7ml                        – RM400

SPOT TREATMENT
5.       Tru Face Line Corrector 30ml                                      – RM301

BODY SPA & TREATMENT
6.       ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa Pack                              – RM1375
-          ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa
-          ageLOC Body Shaping Gel
-          ageLOC Dermatic Effects
-          ageLOC Galvanic Face & Body Spa Brochure
-          ageLOC Science In Review Brochure
-          ageLOC Galvanic Spa Usage Card
-          ageLOC Galvanic Face & Body Demo DVD

To replenish the gel, these are the information that you may be interested:
1.       ageLOC Galvanic Spa Facial Gels 4 x 4 ml each                                 - RM215
2.       ageLOC Galvanic Spa Facial Gels 8 x 4 ml each (Twin Pack)             - RM416

A pack of Facial Gels contain 4 tubes of Pre-Treatment Gel and 4 tubes of Treatment Gels, hence a pack of ageLOC Galvanic Spa Facial Gels can be used for 4 Spa sessions. While the twin pack can be used for 8 sessions. So each session is about RM50 which is quite reasonable. 

I am quite interested in this device but I am not sure if I can use it diligently. Actually, I think most people face the same dilemma. If you are a diligent person, I would encourage you to get one.

Note: All prices are correct as at May 2014.



Nu Skin’s ageLOC® Galvanic Spa System II is available at Nu Skin Distributor Centers and Walk-In Centers. For more information, please log onto www.nuskin.com.my


Thanks for visiting me. Do share if you have any experience using this device.

Have a lovely day!
Lavender♥

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