Monday, April 30, 2012

Product Review: L'Occitane 20% Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream



At a Glance:
Price: RM105 / US$28
Weight: 150ml / 5.2 Oz
Made in: France
Likes: Really moisturizing, absorbs into skin quickly, does not leave an oily residue
Gripes: Expensive
Availability: L'Occitane stores, L'Occitane.com, Amazon.com
Repurchase: Yes


Ingredients:



Product Description:

Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, this super-creamy balm penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and moisturize hands. Honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with Shea Butter to create this extremely effective care. The rich texture is rapidly absorbed to leave the hands soft and smooth with no oily traces. Apply day and night as needed.


Texture & Scent:


This hand cream is fairly creamy, so it spreads easily unto your hands. Hence, only a small amount is needed with every application. It sinks in almost immediately, leaving no oily / sticky feel behind, which is AMAZING! :D

This has a mild powdery scent that dissipates quickly.


Packaging:


This hand cream comes in a foil tube with a plastic screw off cap. I believe L'Occitane sells a tube press separately to help get all products out of the tube which I may get that because my foil tubes always end up torn along the sides and creating such a big mess.

The dispensing hole is quite big, but since this product is not too watery, it serves its purpose well! :D



The box it came in:




Price & Availability:
This hand cream is priced at RM105 / US$28 each and is available at all L'Occitane stores.


My $0.02:

I'm horrible at caring for my hands - i don't wear gloves when doing the dishes or whenever i come in contact with harsh detergents and bleaches and I'm STILL using the same 85ml tube of the Boots Barbados Hand Cream I had since 2010! :O

However, that changed when I was gifted this hand cream. After the first few applications, I noticed that my hands were looking alot better - the cuticles are no longer horribly peeling and dry and they felt alot softer too! I was hooked! :D

I LOVE how this hand cream is non sticky or oily despite it being so moisturizing! Gotta love getting to use your hands again within a minute of applying hand cream! :D

I use this tube mainly at night before I go to bed - the soft powdery scent is somewhat calming and pleasant, so it's always a nice treat to enjoy before drifting off to dreamland! :D

At RM105, it can be considered expensive. However, only a little product is needed each time since it spreads easily unto your hands. I have been using my tube consistently for four months and I'm not even halfway through the tube yet! So I'm guessing that a tube can easily last me anywhere within 8 months to a year with my once a day usage, which is not bad at all! :)

That being said, I really like this handcream, and I will repurchase in the future!


Have you tried this product before? What is your favourite hand cream? :D

Friday, April 27, 2012

MAC In Extra Dimension Collection Review + Swatches! :D



This collection features two liquid-to-powder products - 10 shades of eyeshadows and 3 highlighters. I'm personally impressed by this new formulation! They feel quite creamy once on, but within seconds it sets itself into a beautiful powder finish! It's magicccc! :D


Extra Dimension Eye Shadow (US$20 / RM85):



All 10 shadows have beautiful pigmentation. Dark Dare deserves a special mention - it may seem like just a boring, basic black, but it has the most amazing texture and gorgeous, gorgeous satiny finish! Me loves! :D

Sweet Heat - Bright peach champagne
Young Venus - Pale white pink
Grand Galaxy - Dirty mid-tone violet
Rich Core - Dirty aubergine
Havana - Dirty copper brown
Warm Thunder - Dirty silver grey
Modern Pewter - Dirty olive gold
Blue Orbit - Light iridescent purple
Lunar - Royal blue
Dark Dare - Charcoal black


Extra Dimension Highlighter (US$29 / RM135):



These highlighters look like glitterbombs when swatched, but i think they can be buffed down to impart a lovely glow (like how my MA did! :D). All 3 shades are quite pigmented, and i think Whisper of Gilt will flatter most skintones! :D

Superb - Soft peachy nude with multi dimensional shimmer
Whisper of Gilt - Light soft white with shimmery sheen
Glorify - Copper with golden shimmer


This collection also repromotes two split-fibre brushes (first seen in the Semi Precious collection) - the 128 cheek brush (US$34 / RM135) and the 234 eye brush (US$22.50 / RM92).



These brushes are sooo soft and lush! If you havent picked them up already, you need to pick them up NOW! Haha!! :D


Didcha get anything from this collection?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

MAC Tres Cheek Collection Review + Swatches! :D



Blush as vibrantly, softly, or hip as you dare in shades that reflect your mood, style and skin tone. Six new limited edition Blush Powders in red-orange, peach, pink and lavender that are seamlessly sheer, and stay as bright on the skin as they are in palette.


Blush fiends will have a field day checking this pure cheek color collection out! :D All 6 blushes in this collection have amazing texture, but Love Cloud needs a little more work to get it to show up. For some reason, Pink Tea swatches a little peachier on me than most other swatches there is out there, but still, its really pretty! :D


MAC Tres Cheek Powder Blushes (US$20 / RM75):



Full of Joy (Frost) - Lavender
Peony Petal (Satin) - Bright blue pink
Love Cloud (Satin) - Bright mid-tone pink
Pink Tea (Satin) - Neutral beiged pink
Immortal Flower (Satin) - Bright peach
Modern Mandarin (Satin) - Red-orange


See anything you like in this collection? Didcha get anything? :D

Monday, April 23, 2012

MAC Too Supreme Collection Review + Swatches! :D



Hello everybody!! Some of you may know from my Facebook page that I'm finally DONE with studies already!! *runs around the house screaming like a mad woman* It's been a crazy 14 months, and I'm shoooooo glad that academic hell is finally over!! So yes my dears, it means that this lipgloss eating woman is back from hiatus mode and shall be blogging regularly now!! :D

To start off, I have a bunch of swatches for the latest MAC collections, beginning with this one! For some reason this collection did not get alot of hype surrounding it when it is launched (perhaps it is due to the fact that all products (but one) from this collection are permanent).


East Asia's chic celebrated in fresh shades of Sheen Supreme Lipstick and new Sheen Supreme Lipglass. With a finish that redefines shine, these soft succulent shades have a smooth, lush pearl-rich sheen no other lip colour can match.


Sheen Supreme Lipsticks (US$14.50 / RM68):

These lippies are the bomb - they are the perfect marriage between a lipstick and lipgloss! Those of you who find MAC lippies drying may want to check these lippies out. They're sooo buttery smooth to apply and doesn't dry out the lips. There's also a bunch of shades to choose from, and most can be built up to a fully opaque coverage. I'm sorry that Supreme Style is missing from the displayers, hence i do not have a swatch for it :(



Supremely Confident - Pale nude
Sheer Mandarin - Mid-tone yellow orange
Tea Ceremony - Neutral beige pink
Bare Again - Pinky neutral beige
Fashion City - Neutral coral pink
Blossom Culture - Soft pink with pearl



Happy Hibiscus - Creamy white pink
Royal Azalea - Bright mid-tone pink
Asian Flower - Creamy lavender
Zen Rose - Bright mid-tone fuchsia. Limited edition.
Insanely It - Watermelon pink
Korean Candy - Bright orange-red

Not pictured:
Supreme Style - Light coral-pink with pearl



Sheen Supreme Lipglasses (US$19 / RM80):

Hmm ok where do i start? These new glosses come in a clicky pen housing that i personally dislike. Firstly, getting it to dispense properly is something not unlike a Russian roulette - click once, nothing comes out. Twice, nada. Third time, a HUGE glob flows out and you'll see me scrambling. Sometimes it comes out on the first click, and sometimes (like when i swatch these) it doesn't come out until the fifth or sixth click! And secondly, I'm abit iffy about the built-in brush - can't be too hygienic if the product just sits in between the bristles waiting for the next application. I can just imagine the germs festering in there! *shudders*

Also, for some reason, these glosses do not apply evenly. It may be due to the brush, or maybe it's the formulation, i can't say for sure :(

Ok enough blabla, here's the picture of the swatches! The displayer is missing Imperial Red and Dress Kimono, so sorry for not having swatches of those two.



Jasmine Honey - Light cream beige
Moon Beach - Warm light beige with pearl
Almond Blossom - Pale pink with high level pearl
Sweet Bean - Cool beige with pearl
Black Tea - Deep brown with pearl
Fuji Pink - Pale peach with low level pearl
Cherry Fest - Rose with high level pearl
Asian Butterfly - Lilac with pearl
Mango Sheen - Bright coral with pearl

Not pictured:
Imperial Red - Bright rose with pearl
Dress Kimono - Mid-tone frosted plum


So what do you think of this collection? Yay or nay? Didcha get anything? :D
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