Friday, September 12, 2014

Chicca Flush Blush Review

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If there's one makeup item which I hardly use or pay much attention to, it's blush. Sure, I've gone gaga over Benefit Dandelion or Chanel Inspiration for quite some time, but that's about it. I think the reason is because I have chubby cheeks that I only wish to subtly contour, not highlight---and I crave that fair, pale look with either the eyes or lips as the main focus.

But then I got curious with the supposed "jelly" texture so vividly described by Kate of Drivel about Frivol that I had to try it myself!

Chicca is a high end Japanese brand that is owned by Kanebo. Packaging is clean and minimalist, and the products are just as expensive as, say, Suqqu.

I bought the Flush Blushes in 01 Baby Girl and 09 Fields Love:

They are shimmer-free; at first glance they appear quite dry. It does have an unusual texture. The pans are pressed quite hard, and the best way to apply this is with a sponge or a firm, flat, synthetic brush. I use a tapping or pressing motion to apply it on my cheeks.

01 Baby Girl is a nude, with a hint of pink, which shows up on me (which is a good thing, because I find that nudes don't quite work with me). It has a soft, glowy (or jelly) finish, which quite flattering, and prefect for a 'no makeup' look. Again I am a fan of soft, muted blushes and this one hits all the marks.

09 Fields Love is a watermelon pink, but I find that it shows up warmer on my skintone, and it's almost a peachy coral in some light. I have to apply it with a very light hand or else I will look really flushed! It's still quite pretty though, and the warm flush looks like I've been out somewhere cold. 

I'm keeping both  because they are unique and I don't have anything similar in my stash right now. On  occasional days where I put on some blush, I reach for these two. They blend exceptionally well on skin upon contact, the texture is not creamy nor dry, but they both give a soft focused glow on my face. 

I bought my Chicca Flush Blush at

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sample Room Now: Introducing Dial Body Care with Coconut Water

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Babyliss Big Hair

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My hair is currently at this awkward, growing out stage. It is cut in layers so it is quite difficult to style. What's more, the humidity in this area is insane. The alternating hot and cool environment just wrecks havoc on my hair, making it limp or frizzy and out of place. Ever since I can remember, I just relied on my old hair dryer which has been with me for 6 years. It works fine when my cut was superb, but now that my hair is in this in-between  stage it's just harder to manage. I still have no intention of cutting it right now (I'll tell you why on a later post) So I had to find a good hair styler that will keep my strands in place.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy 30 Years to Burt's Bees!

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I was invited to the 30th birthday party for this naturally awesome brand:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Quick Review: ARTDECO Perfect Teint Concealer

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Time for a quick review!

I bought this about 5 months ago and I've used it up! My shade is no. 6.

What I like about it:

Easy to apply
Perfect light peachy-beige color to camouflage mild dark circles
Long lasting
Medium consistency (not too creamy, not too thin)

What I don't like about it:

Not a lot of product
Hard to find!

I bought this on a sale at Beauty Bar and I can't seem to find it now. It's quite good for its price.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum

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Guerlain is one of my favorite perfume houses (I have a small vintage collection of Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit, L'heure Bleue, Shalimar, Nahema and Samsara) so it's no surprise that I had to get this little gem too! A mass market offering from Guerlain (but still limited edition), this latest perfume is a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the Terracotta line. Come to think of it, my first bronzing powder was Terracotta too, so I guess buying this was truly justified. :p

And yes, the scent is beautiful. Warm, sensuous...the slightly citrusy opening, followed by a creamy tuberose,  the exotic jasmine, and orange blossom, softly woven with tiare and the slightest hint of coconut is just perfection, all laid on a bed of vanilla and musk. This perfume warms up the skin and just smells so delicious! I'm not much of a fan of beachy or tropical fragrances (and having lived in the tropics all my life,  these type of fragrances do not conjure up images of a tropical country) but this one was done right--- no suntan lotion aroma, no coco-nutty-oily scent, and even the tiare (or gardenia) is soft and not overpowering, not a white flower explosion. It says it's summer in a bottle, but I imagine this would go well in cooler weather too. Lasting power is excellent. It's not too sweet or gourmand, and smells expensive. I don't imagine beachy, carefree summer days with this one----more of sultry, endless summer nights perhaps, on a faraway land.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sample Room Now: GlamGlow and Happy Skin

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sample Room Now: Colour Collection Lip Perfection Lipstick with Argan Oil

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Head on to Sample Room now and grab your free Colour Collection Lip Perfection lipstick with Argan Oil! Choose from three lovely shades.