Friday, December 30, 2011

Good Bye 2011, Hello 2012!!

Time flies and it is the time of the year to say good bye to 2011 that will soon be in our memories.


I have picked up some highlights in 2011 that I would like to share in case you missed out.....


These are my personal favorites (you may have your own favourites that you want to share, do leave a comment ya)


Here goes............. (do click on the link to see pictures and my review)


Best Blending Brush
MAC 217 it must be!


Favorite Manicure
French Manicure


My Best Holiday Haul 
my 2011 Bangkok trip


and finally.................
the Happiest Day in 2011 - My Post Graduate Graduation Day


These are only some of my favourites. Do continue to support me in 2012 so that I have reasons to organize more giveaways.


I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you that visit me frequently. I really appreciate your support and comments! Do show up more often next year!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! 


and I wish you..........................


to be as sweet as these juicy pomegranates



to be as carefree as the wild flowers in my garden






Have a blessed 2012!!


and visit me soon for more beauty stories.


Lavender♥

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Product Review: LUS Foot Exfoliating Peeling Sheet


I have tried the LUS Foot Exfoliating Peeling Sheet provided by Supermodel's Secret and would like to share with you the interesting process that I experienced. Earlier, I reviewed LUS Wine Foot Pack. 


When I tried this LUS Foot Exfoliating Peeling Sheet, I did not expect that it would be so interesting.



LUS Foot Exfoliating Peeling Sheet contains natural plant extracts which have high moisturising effect so your feet will still be smooth and supple even though the skin are peeling off. You need to use it once in every two to three months to maintain smooth heels.


The LUS Exfoliating Peeling Sheet will benefit those with the following concerns:

Unsightly Dead Skin
Cracked Callus Heels
Chapped Feet

Odour Feet 


What I like about this product
1. Easy to use
2. You can still walk around when using this mask
3. Effective in removing dead skin
 

What I dislike
1. Has alcohol smell
2. Will caused your nail polish to stain on the mask

There are 2 sets in one box


Before photo - My heel has very thick dead skin and the skin constantly cracks, very unsightly indeed


DAY 1
Wrap your feet for 2 hours
Day 3 
During the process, about the 3rd day
DAY 4
Your skin starts to peel off but there is no pain
DAY 7
After photo - Can you see the difference?



If you have problems such as cracked callus heels and chapped feet, you can give LUS Exfoliating Peeling Sheets a try. 

You can purchase LUS products from all SaSa Malaysia stores or online at (WWW.SUPERMODELS-SECRETS.COM.MY). 

Price: RM48 per box – 2 sets of masks


Product Rating: 4/5


Happy Trying!
Lavender♥

Monday, December 26, 2011

Product Review: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector

Dear Friends


Hope you had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. I had a gastronomical feast yesterday at the Pearl of Orient i.e. Penang Island. But that will be for another post.


I had been wanting to share with you another serum that I like but had been procrastinating a lot. Since it is a holiday today, I have decided to do a review.


I bought the Clinique Laser Focus serum after reading a review by another blogger and hearing good testimonies by Juli, a blogger friend. I have finished using the bottle and wanted to repurchase this but delayed my repurchase due to too many unopened serums that I still have in my beauty shelf. However, I will definitely repurchase some time next year.



See the watery texture




Product Description
Potent serum gives every skin a second chance against lines, wrinkles, sun damage. In 4 weeks, see obvious reduction in lines, wrinkles, improved texture. At 12 weeks, the visible wrinkle-reducing power is remarkably close to a dermatological laser procedure. 63%, to be exact. Different commitment, different results. And yet impressive results guaranteed.


Ingredients:
Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Trimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Silica,Polymethylsilsesquioxiane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Polysilicone-11, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Plankton Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Juice Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Whey Protein/Lactis Protein/Proteine Du Petit-Lait, Pinanediol, Camphanediol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ergothioneine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Caffeine, Micrococcus Lysate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Linoleic Acid, Sodium Mannose Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer,Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Cholesterol, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate,Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-8, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.


What I like
1. The serum has a smooth texture and spreads easily. It absorbs easily too. The texture is quite similar to Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (ANR) but it does more work than ANR.
2. It has no fragrance and no color and not oily at all
3. I like Clinique Laser Focus better than ANR because it can be applied at the eye area. Most serum cannot be used at the eye area.
4. Fine lines around my eyes appear less visible
5. The pump dispenser allows you to get accurate amount of product
6. It hydrates my skin well and my complexion looks clearer


Although this serum has not erased all my fine lines, I believe that consistent use will reduce the appearance of new lines.


What I Dislike
None at the moment


The Clinique Laser Focus retails at RM200 for 30ml. It is much cheaper in Singapore Airport.


My overall Rating: 4/5


Happy Holiday!


Lavender♥

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Dear Friends


Here is to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012!


Christmas season is the most celebrated season. The atmosphere of Christmas can be felt in most places especially in the malls. Christmas was the day Baby Jesus was born some 2000 years ago. He is the Son of God born of a virgin named Mary. Christ was born to save the world from eternal death. Hence, He is the gift from God that whoever receive Him will have eternal life. This is my simple explaination of the Christian faith but I think online Christian colleges teach more on this subject.


This Christmas is very special for me because I have received an answered prayer. Indeed I want to praise the Lord Jesus for His great blessing for me.  



Just to show you some of my pictures taken in the mall.








This is a lovely Christmas present that I received


Hope you will find the true meaning of Christmas!


Lavender♥

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nail Art: Lav 024 Christmas Nail Art - Classic French Manicure for Christmas 2011

French Manicure is my personal favourite among the many types of manicure. I love french manicure because it is looks classy and "expensive". At least for me, I think that sporting a French Manicure makes my hands look clean and posche. These are only my personal view. It may not necessary be true. Some girls just do not like French Manicure. Maybe I appreciate French Manicure more because of its name. Anything "French" seems interesting and has a different class. I learnt to speak French a decade ago and have returned all to my teacher who is a Chinese.In French, all items have a gender, either male or female. In this case, I really don't know whether Nail Polish is male or female? Maybe it is male, that's why we keep buying them..ha..ha.. anyone can tell us please?

Now, lets look at the French Manicure that I did a few weeks ago. I did it with free hand as I feel that it is easier. You can use a guiding tape if you like but I think it is a bit messy.

French Manicure can suit all occasions whether it is Christmas, New Year, Valentine's Day or any day. You do not have to worry about whether it can match your dress color or bag etc. It can never be out of fashion (At least I think so).

I have recently filed my nails in a squarish shape so that my french manicure will look nicer.





Items used , Essie, OPI (top and base), Sally Hansen French White
I have done another French Manicure with flower earlier. (Click the bold letters if you are interested to see).


Have a lovely day!

Lavender♥








Nail Art: Lav 022 & 023 Christmas Nail Art - Blue Glitter

As promised I will show you 2 Christmas Nail Art designs that are simple and easy to do for this Christmas 2011.

This is my first experiment after buying the glitter. 

1st Design
The first design is a diagonal look.
Just apply in this sequence:
1. Base
2. Color coat - apply 2 coats (let 1st coat dry before applying 2nd coat)
3. Apply top coat (diagonally)
4. Sprinkle the glitter and it will stick on the top coat, press the glitter gently and let dry)
5. Apply toap coat after everything is dry

Important note: Step 3 and 4 must be done on the nail one by one, DO NOT apply step 3 on all nails at one go because it will dry up and you cannot adhere the glitter)





material used for 1st design
 

2nd Design
The 2nd design is a twist of Frech manicure, instead of the white color tip, I use the glitter.

Just apply in this sequence:
1. Base
2. Color coat - apply 2 coats (let 1st coat dry before applying 2nd coat)
3. Apply top coat (only on the tip, pretend that you are doing french manicure but with top coat not the white color)
4. Sprinkle the glitter and it will stick on the top coat, press the glitter gently and let dry)
5. Apply toap coat after everything is dry

Important note: Step 3 and 4 must be done on the nail one by one, DO NOT apply step 3 on all nails at one go because it will dry up and you cannot adhere the glitter)


Just to show you the glitter under yellow light.


material used for 2nd design
Hope you like my Christmas Nail Art ideas and let me know if you tried them out. 

Thanks for reading and hope you come back again for more ideas.

Lavender♥




Thursday, December 15, 2011

Product Review & Launch : Shinjyu Beauty Blanche


I was invited by the lovely Jess to Shinjyu Beaute Blanche event at Gecko Gastro Bar at PJ Trade Centre. There were only very few of us. The product demo was conducted by Jon who made the session fun and interesting. The makeup artist, Joanne who also owns Gecko Gastro Bar did a makeup demo on the model Dila after the product demo. Dila’s skin is very smooth and beautiful. She does not need much makeup.



Product Details:
Shinjyu's tagline:

Simple skin care products with fast, visible results, that’s the SHINJYU promise.

Combining traditional Japanese remedies with advanced bioscience technology, SHINJYU is all about innovative skin care products that are easy to use and gentle on the skin. With SHINJYU, experience a new world of sensorial skin care products that feels amazing on the skin. Pamper and treat skin problems using only the best of what Mother Nature offers.

Discover SHINJYU (it means PEARL in Japanese) skin care:

·        Patented Honoki extract
·        Express whitening action
·        Non-abrasive clarifying action
·        Innovative sensorial feel
·        No animal derived ingredients
·        Exclusive Japanese research and manufacture

The Miracle of Honoki

In 1993, researchers discovered the skin beautifying action of the Magnolia bark extract while studying the properties of traditional Japanese medicinal plants. After 12 years of intensive research, an advanced biotechnological process was patented for the extraction of this precious skin beautifying fraction known as Honoki, hence opening the secret door to a new phase in botanical skin whitening and anti ageing treatment.

Honoki is the unique ingredient found only in SHINJYU Beaute Blanche products. Honoki is extremely gentle and has been scientifically demonstrated to inhibit skin darkening and skin ageing.

The 20 Minutes Whitening Miracle

The 3 steps:

Step 1 : ACTIVE WHITENING SKIN PEEL

 

The texture is watery, just the way i like it. Not oily at all


After rubbing the gel on my skin. Can you see the small particles of dead cells?

Possibly the gentlest skin exfoliating gel available, SHINJYU Active Whitening Skin Peel renews your skin without the use of abrasive scrub particles (which can create micro cuts on the skin) or fruit acids (known to cause skin redness and allergy).

Innovative polymers in SHINJYU Active Whitening Skin Peel effectively removes rough superficial skin together with surface grime, oil and dirt. Honoki extract then penetrates into the epidermis to clarify and condition the skin.

Direction:
Apply on dry skin and massage gently in a circular motion to slough off tiny flakes of dead skin. Continue until gel is almost absorbed. Rinse off with water and follow with Intensive Clarifying Water-Gel. Use daily or at least 3 times a week.

Capacity: 100ml
Category: Exfoliating Gel
Origin: Japan

My view:
Of all the 3 products, I like this best because it has a watery texture and removes dead skin very effectively!


Step 2 : INTENSIVE CLARIFYING WATER-GEL


  
After rubbing the product onto my skin, the gel turns into water form as you can see from the pic.

This oil-free product balances skin’s PH and sebum secretion, ensuring oily and dry areas are properly moisturized.

Using an exclusive encapsulation technology, high potency Honoki, together with a cocktail of Hyaluronic Acid and Soy protein, are captured in a gel system and released in a splash of moisture when applied onto the skin, to quickly penetrate the epidermis and exert skin refining and whitening action. With each use, Intensive Clarifying Water-Gel provides up to 6 hours of hydration and instantly quenches dry skin to refresh and return skin to its natural equilibrium. Skin feels hydrated, refreshed, calm and velvet smooth.

Direction:
Apply on the cleansed skin and massage till absorbed. Use twice daily, in the morning and before bed.

Capacity: 40ml
Category: Moisturizing Water Gel
Origin: Japan

My view:
I like this water gel because it is not oily at all and absorbs easily.
However, the pump design is not very good. Sometimes, after several pumps, the products still won't come out. You have to turn the botlle upsidedown and give it a shake before pumping.

Step 3 : ACTIVE WHITENING FACE PAC



 A botanical skin whitening and skin protective complex composed of Peopny Root, White Mulberry, Kudzu and Strawberry Geranium extracts works in synergy with Honoki, exerting enzymatic skin whitening and refining action, while at the same time, protecting against the UV induced degradation of skin collagen and elastin to achieve an anti-ageing effect.

Contains TM Block, a unique Titanium Dioxide complex that protects the skin and fixes skin clarifying pigment onto the epidermis to give the appearance of fairer skin in an instance.

Direction:
Apply on cleansed skin liberally and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes. Cleanse off with water. Skin is instantly fairer and more radiant. Use up to three times a week.

Capacity: 50g
Category: Whitening Face Mask
Origin: Japan

My view:
I do not quite like the face pac as it leaves a white residue on the skin. I had to remove it with a wet face towel after rinsing with water. However, I like the product texture.

The retail price for the 3 steps is RM299 but SHINJYU will be sold on CARI DEALS (http://deals.cari.com.my) starting from the 15th of December 2011 at a promotional launching price which will be much lower than the retail price, and will be hitting the local beauty stores after the New Year.



During the Shinjyu event, we had the privilege to listen to live music by Ryan Lucas, a young and talented singer who is going to launch his album soon. This guy can sing very well and if you don’t believe me, pls click here:




I like the ambience of Gecko Gastro Bar
 




Thanks for your visit and have a lovely day!
Lavender♥

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Nail Art: Lav 021 Konad Nail Art Christmas Design with Essie Nail polish

Dear Friends

Christmas is coming soon. I have a konad design to share. However, I would suggest you use a dark nail polish as the base for more intensity for the festive season.

As I was just trying out, I used a very pale color that is almost invisible as it is too close with the nail color. Nevertheless, I like how clean it looks.





I have a few more Christmas Nail Art design to share with you. Be sure to come back soon ya.
Thanks for visiting!

Lavender♥

Monday, December 5, 2011

Product Review: MAC 217 Blending Brush

Dear Friends

Finally, I bought the MAC 217 blending brush. It retails at RM92 in Malaysia if I'm not wrong but I got mine from MAC Hollywood. My friend who went to US helped me to get this. So, I got this brush at a slightly cheaper price.

I have used this brush and would like to tell you that this is a very good blending brush. Great for smoky eye and other looks that requires great blending. Although I know how to blend using my finger, using this brush will ensure that my eye lids are treated gently without the unnecessary pulling. This is to prevent wrinkles around the eye areas.

MAC 217 is recommended by most reknown makeup artist. e.g. Lisa Eldridge, the famous celebrity makeup guru & Marlena of Makeup Geek



See the well blended eye shadow using MAC 217. I did not use eyeliner and mascara, only eye shadow

So, if you would like to make your eye shadow application easier, you can consider getting this brush. It's not cheap but it will make your eye shadow application a lot easier, that's for sure.

My rating: 5/5 

Have a lovely day!

Lavender♥





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