Tuesday, December 11, 2012

the wishlist.

Tom Ford Rouge Collection for the Holidays.  Red Hot.

Tom Ford Private Blend Lipsticks.  Bisous.

Tom Ford Nail Laquer Set.  I want my paws on these.

Tom Ford Brush Set.  It will make me the fairest of them all.

Swarovski-encrusted Tweezerman Tweezer.  All that glitters..

David Yurman rings.  Always a classic.

Tom Ford Specs.  Hella Sexy.

Rebecca Minkoff Jacket.  Bad-A$$.

Alexander Wang... Will.definitely.float.my.Christmas.boat.

Friday, November 9, 2012

winterizing my skincare

My skin inevitably changes with the season.  I go from combination-oily in the summers, and then normal-to-dry, even parched in the winters.  To top it off, I have sensitive skin that can go haywire with certain ingredients.  I make it a point to make a few adjustments to my skincare seasonally to keep my skin happy.

This winter, I decided to give Pai Skincare a spin.  All their products are "formulated with sensitive and allergy-prone skin in mind".  I went ahead and ordered the Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, Kukui & Jojoba Skin Brightening Exfoliator, and the popular Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser.  

I have only been using these products for about a week and I must say I am quite pleased so far.  I will post reviews on each product given sufficient time of trial and usage.

*Not a sponsored post.  I purchased all the items featured.

Monday, October 15, 2012

there you are.

Well, there he is.. and as the saying goes.. Change is Inevitable, Change is Constant.  And there goes Chanel with its choice of the opposite gender for its ultra femme scent, No.5.  I have mixed feelings about this change.  I have worn this scent, and although I tip-toed around the thought of my kids telling me I smell like grandma, I have also indulged myself in reverie of a young Marilyn Monroe, wearing nothing but a drop of No.5 to bed.  So do I evoke the scent of a bombshell or of granny crocheting doilies?

Well I guess if I were standing to the sexiest man alive, I'd be called Norma Jean.

Watching the video, I initially was in awe. There was a little jaw-drop action.  Then a raised brow.  Then a smirk.  Enough said.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

glamour purse

It's taupe.. it's gray.. it's brown.. well it's all of the above.  I may even add purple to the mix.  Essie Glamour Purse is a great neutral color for fall.  

Monday, October 8, 2012

inevitable encounters : chanel and the sexiest man alive

Capping off my 3-day weekend today.. lots of senseless web browsing and lounging around. Even getting excited over a teaser that may either make a genius out of the House of Chanel or just may have us all chanting in unison.. Whyyy?

But the one thing I do love is this ode to No. 5 and the introduction of its new face.. of the opposite gender.. for the first time.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

endless summer faves

Endless Summer... where I live, temperatures do not dip down until late October.  Fall seems transition to Winter in a blink of an eye.  This Summer, I rekindled my love for old standby's like the Chanel Tinted Moisturizer, YSL Rouge Volupte #4 Sweet Honey and my well-loved Guerlain pressed powder, which is one of the few products I've hit pan on.  Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer is a new obsession, I have used it everyday since I got it.  Tom Ford Love Lust blush ignited a new love for the brand's blushes, and has been a staple this Summer.  For sun protection, I discovered the Shiseido Oil-free Urban Environment sunscreen this season.  A spritz of Tom Ford Neroli Portofino got me through the heatwaves and humidity we've seen this Summer.

Friday, September 7, 2012

notd : smooth sailing

Even though Fall had officially started last Labor Day, it's much like the middle of Summer in my city.  

Blogging sporadically since school has started.  I'm hoping to transition into Fall with no episodes.  Enjoying the remainder of the Summer rays, safely with sunscreen, of course, then on to my favorite part of the nippy upcoming weather -- jacket hunting!  I hope it's smooth sailing from now until then!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

the tangle teezer is great for tangly toddler hair too!

My toddler's long hair.. photo taken after a brush-through with the Tangle Teezer

Nothing fancy, nothing state-of-the-art.. but the Tangle Teezer is getting an "ouchless" review from my 5-year-old.  I noticed that there is less tugging and pulling, works through knots easily especially with her long hair.  But unlike a boar-bristled brush, it does not leave hair shiny after a brush through.  I think it works great for what it is made for -- easy detangling.  

If like me, you have a little one that deals with the "terrible tanglies", do check out the Tangle Teezer.  It just may make coiffure sessions a little less of a teary episode.

*I purchased the Tangle Teezer from Sally Beauty Supply.  

Friday, August 10, 2012

tom ford bronzing powder in 01 gold dust

Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in Gold Dust comes in  a sleek mahogany and gold packaging

The compact is pretty thin, but it comes with a hefty .074oz / 21grams of product

The compact also has a generous mirror and the product itself is encased with  about an inch of gold compact all the way around.

Bronzing Powder vs. Cheek Color packaging

Bronzing Powder Compact (L) vs. Cheek Color Compact (R)

The Cheek Color compact (top) is thicker in comparison

The fine shimmers translate to sheen when applied to the face

Taken indoors with fluorescent lighting (heavy swatch)

Taken outdoors in the shade (heavy swatch)

Taken outdoors in the sun (heavy swatch)

I purchased Gold Dust, admittedly, because it's by Tom Ford.   And any product of his is intriguing to me, but honestly, it's more so because of my great experience with his blushes.  Love Lust Cheek Color has been a favorite of mine this summer.  Tom Ford Gold Dust is a peachy warm bronzer with fine gold shimmers, I think it is aptly named, gold dust is what I see in the pan.  The bronzer, like the blush, is very finely-milled with minuscule shimmers, but both translate to a sheen and glow, not glittery, on my face when applied properly.  And like the blush, the wear on this bronzer is also great.. I get about 8-10 hours of touch-up free wear on both products.  It goes on like a dream.. but as with any other makeup application, start sheer and build up to your liking.  

In the photos above, I decided to swatch it next to the Soleil Tan de Chanel (Bronze Universel) because I felt that they come the closest in tone, in comparison to all the other bronzers I own.  For some, Bronze Universel translates orangey, or too warm on their skin, but for my skin tone, it is the most ideal shade.  Any bronzer that doesn't have a touch of peach or warmth to it, just looks somewhat grey or muddy on me.

Well, of course, any seemingly perfect product will have a flaw.  And Tom Ford Gold Dust, just like the Bronze Universel, will not suit darker skin tones.  I can only see this as more of a highlight for the darker skin tone range. 

I was going to address the big elephant in the room -- the price tag -- but I figure it's one of those things that may rattle my love affair with Tom Ford (talking about his beauty products, of course!)  Bottom line, if you are willing to splurge and commit to at least a couple of years of usage, because of its hefty amount, this bronzer is for you.  Given of course, that it suits your skin tone.  It is a wonderful product in my opinion and I have gladly worn it every opportunity I can since I purchased it.   It is a beautiful product, but whether it is worth it or not, well... that's rather subjective.

*For reference of my skin tone:  B40 or Beige 40 in Chanel foundations.  About  NC 35.  Medium/Yellow-Neutral.

Tom Ford cosmetics are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue in the U.S.

I purchased the bronzer myself.  This post is not sponsored.

Monday, August 6, 2012

shiseido urban environment oil-free uv protector spf 42 pa+++

shiseido urban environment oil-free uv protector spf 42 pa+++  30ml  $30 USD

packaging: squeeze bottle 

color and texture

blended no flash

blended taken with flash


I ran out of my Chanel UV Essentiel SPF 50 recently, and instead of repurchasing it, I went ahead and picked up the Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42 PA+++.  I must say that I am quite impressed with this one.  It is very similar to the Chanel UV Essentiel in color and also very runny in texture, but I think Shiseido melds into my skin a bit smoother and dries faster to the touch.  I also like that it's oil-free and leaves my face with no shine.

The best part of this foundation?  It is amazing as a base!  My makeup does not budge for hours when I use this as a primer.  I know with the high SPF it is not as photo-friendly, but I noticed in the picture above that I got less flashback with this sunscreen as opposed to Chanel.  I do use a different primer for the night time if need be, and for that I reach for the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, which I also love.

I think I may repurchase this one when it runs out.  It is budget-friendlier than the Chanel UV Essentiel, after all.  I think it also performs just as well, if not better, as a primer.

*I purchased this item.  Not a sponsored post.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

goodbye july

July has been a great summer month!  The weather has been perfect.. and my fearless 5-year-old learned to paddleboard this month.. yes, despite the stingrays swimming by her board!  I am lucky to live in a beautiful city, where the weather extremities rarely pass through.

Onward to the rest of the summer and hoping for more adventures!

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