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Different Types of Perfume

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We often see a variety of perfumes in the market and they tend to be sold at different price points. And, sometimes the labeling of the perfumes can be very confusing. It's important to understand the different types of perfumes and the meaning of the terms, which is why you may see Pure Perfume or Parfum, Eau de Parfum (EDP), Eau de Toilette (EDT), Eau de Cologne, and Eau Fraiche label on the perfumes as it allows you to select the type of perfumes you want to buy in the future. The most common way to describe a perfume is perhaps considering its concentration level, or more specifically, to see how much high grade alcohol and/or water has been added to the perfume oils.

Here's the terminology and general concentration level of each scent strength:

Perfume (Pure Perfume) or Parfum 
This is the most highly concentrated or purest type of fragrance that lasts all day with least application. As such, it is also the most expensive. A Parfum will contain 20% percent or more (typically up to 30 percent) of the essential fragrance.

Eau de Parfum (EDP) 
This is the second most concentrated type of fragrance that lasts up to 4-5 hours. Only slightly less potent (and expensive) than Parfum. It contains 15-12% perfume essence concentration. There is no need to spray a lot of it as it is quite strong as mentioned and lasts for a long time.

Eau de Toilette (EDT)
This is more concentrated and most popular type. It lasts up to 2-3 hours. It contains 5-15% of concentration which makes it lighter than EDP. Has a delicate fragrance and is a good choice for everyday wear. This is also a light scent designed for shorter wear on the skin.

Eau de Cologne (EDC) 
This is the least concentrated amongst the four levels fragrance. Eau de Cologne is the most vulnerable and often marketed to men. It contains 2-4% of concentration and generally lasts up to 2 hours. It is close to an aftershave and apparently a more popular choice as it is more gentle on the skin.

Eau Fraiche
This is the feminine term used for women's eau de cologne concentrations, containing 1-3% of perfume oil and generally lasts only about 1 hour away and quickly evaporate due to the high rate of alcohol. Therefore, does not smell as strong as other perfume concentrations. Eau Fraiche is usually referred to by the term Body Mist Perfume or Body Splash.

Lemon Water Can Really Improve Your Morning (And Day)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Check out these 12 reasons to start drinking lemon water first thing in the morning and make sure the water is warm or room temperature.

Lemon Water
There may be arguments in the health community about exactly how much water to drink each day, but we do know it's important to stay hydrated. For those who find water boring, lemon has long been suggested as a tasty addition to help compel them to chug.

Constipation Help
If you're having trouble pooping, warm water and lemon might be just the thing to help you go. Taking in plenty of water is helpful for constipation in general, and the citrus can give some help to get things moving inside.

Stop UTIs
If you're suffering from a Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) or want a way to prevent them, lemon water can help. Lemon helps change the pH blood and the urinary tract so that harmful bacteria can't stick around.

Battle Breath
Of course, there's no way to avoid morning breath, but drinking lemon water can combat the bacteria in the mouth, and therefore, lessen the potential for bad breath. Be careful, though - lemons can also erode the enamel on your teeth, so it's a good idea to rinse with plain water after your glass.

Weight Loss
There are a variety of theories as to why lemon water might cause weight loss (including feeling more full from the pectin contained within).

Freshen Your Skin
Thanks to all the vitamin C within lemons, your skin reaps the benefits of you drinking the fruit as well. Vitamin C assists in the production of collagen, so having more in your diet can prevent wrinkles from forming. And of course, drinking lots of water is great for skin in general.

Pump Up The Immune System
There's a reason you're always drawn to oranges when you're sick — once again, the power of vitamin C at play. Consuming the vitamin daily (via lemon water) can help keep you healthy and stave off infection. 

Recover From A Workout
Sports drinks have long been seen as the best way to 'rehydrate' after a workout, but they're often unnecessary for the kind of exercise most people do regularly. Lemon water, meanwhile, provides the hydration needed.

Helps With Aches And Pains
Lemon water can help reduce uric acid in our joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation, especially as related to arthritis.

Reduces Phlegm
It's a sad fact of our cold weather existence - phlegm happens, especially in the morning, but lemon juice can help. Adding a little honey to help rid your body of the mucous.

Strengthens The Brain
Lemon may be known best for its vitamin C, but it also contains potassium, which helps with brain and nerve function. So for a quick natural way to feel more alert, lemon water is a great bet.

Cleanses The Liver
The liver can make more enzymes out of lemon juice than any other food. While we aren't advocating for an intensive cleanse (we know those are unnecessarily), this can help give your organ a boost.

Source: Huffingtonpost

The Difference Between BB, CC and DD Creams

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Difference Between BB, CC & DD Creams (Click to enlarge)
BB Creams
BB cream stands for blemish balm, blemish base, beblesh balm (apparently because of a trademark in Korea on the word "blemish"), and in Western markets, beauty balm. It is a cosmetic item sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia, although the majority of larger beauty brands have introduced BB creams to Western markets. BB cream is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage. 

CC Creams
CC cream is a marketing term coined in the wake of the marketing term Blemish Balm cream or Beauty Balm. Both BB creams and CC creams are tinted moisturizers containing sun protection. There is no scientific definition for either term, nor is there quantifiable basis for difference between BB creams and CC creams: differences between the two vary from brand to brand. CC cream is used by some brands to mean Color Control cream, or Color Correcting cream, and some brands claim to reduce the appearance of skin redness or sallowness or to improve uneven skin tone. BB (Blemish Balm) cream was originally formulated in Germany and has in recent years gained popularity in Asia, and is also gaining popularity Europe and North America. Coverage can vary greatly among the different brands, and differences are more often than not minimal when compared to BB creams. Some users apply them as primers rather than as a replacement for foundation. If you're acne-prone, have dull skin, dark spots or constant redness, CC cream is for you. Use CC cream to help with redness, acne, dark spots, sallowness and more. It's also lighter than BB cream! 

DD Creams
DD creams combine the power and benefits of both BB and CC creams. However, their primary focus is anti-aging. The anti-aging speciality of the cream works to diminish wrinkles and fine lines throughout use. Additionally, DD cream will balance skin tone and protect the most sensitive areas of your skin. Supposedly, you'll really see improvements in your skin with continued use, so use often and incorporate it into your daily routine! DD cream's strongest selling point is their anti-aging benefits. If you're looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, this cream is the cream for you. 

Source: Wikipedia & Marie Claire

5 Beauty Secrets of Tomato

Monday, March 3, 2014

Other than food and health, tomato also has many benefits for skin beautification. Tomato contains lycopene namely antioxidants that can help make the skin look brighter and shiny. It also protects the skin from harmful rays of the sun.

Here are five beauty nutrients that are found in tomatoes:

1. Elimination of Acne
Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C, which effectively eliminates acne. If you have mild acne, cut the tomatoes in half and rub it on the pimple. If you suffer from severe acne problems, crush the tomatoes and rub the crushed piece flat on your face. Leave it for an hour and then rinse with water. 

2. Healing Skin Inflammation 
Tomatoes have a soothing effect and relieves skin inflammation due to exposure to sunlight. Grate half a tomato and mix with two tablespoons of buttermilk. Apply the mask evenly on the affected part of the body that are often exposed to the sun. Rinse off after half an hour. Tomato is the best medicine to cure skin inflammation.

3. Shrink Pores 
Large pores can cause dirt and dust accumulation on the skin. This can cause infection. Take one tablespoon of fresh tomato juice and mix it with two to three drops of lemon juice. Apply this mixture on your skin . Squeeze in a rotary motion. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with water.

4. Removal of Clogged Pores
To overcome the problem of clogged pores, use a combination of tomatoes and avocados. This combination can help cleanse the skin and makes it so much more supple. Use this mask regularly to help overcome clogged pores. 

5. Acts as Astringent
Mix the cucumber and tomato juice in equal amounts. Apply on the face and repeat this treatment regularly. Content of nutrients in tomatoes also helps to keep the skin free of oil. 

Eyebrow Growth Tips

Thursday, February 27, 2014

One of Frida Kahlo's most striking features was her full and fearless eyebrows. Her thick eyebrows were a part of unique beauty. In fact, her thick eyebrows met in the middle and crowned her delicate nose. Yes, if you want thicker and fuller eyebrows like Frida Kahlo, here are some quick and natural home remedies to help you grow your eyebrows back faster.

Bushy Brows: Frida Kahlo
1. Olive Oil
Apply olive oil to eyebrows once per day at bedtime. It helps the eyebrows get thicker by moisturizing hair follicles. This keeps them healthy and encourages hair growth. Apply two or three drops of olive oil on a cotton swab. Brush the olive oil on the eyebrows using the swab. Leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning. 

2. Petroleum Jelly
Put petroleum jelly on eyebrows twice a day. Dip a cotton swab into the container and apply to the eyebrows. Apply it twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Use a bit less in the morning so that it does not make your face look greasy. Petroleum jelly traps moisture in the skin which moisturizes the follicles in your eyebrows. 

3. Coconut Oil
Apply coconut oil to eyebrows once a day. Coconut oil can help them grow back thicker and faster without being very greasy. It moisturizes the eyebrow hairs and also keeps the hair follicles healthy, which helps the hair grow. Dip a finger into a jar or contianer of coconut oil and put it on the eyebrows. Do this before bed and wash it off in the morning.

4. Aloe Vera
Put aloe vera gel directly from an aloe vera plant onto eyebrows twice per day. Aloe vera reduces sebum which can block hair follicles. Break open a leaf and apply the aloe vera to the eyebrows using a finger. Only use a little bit as it can make them feel sticky if you use too much. 

5. Onion Juice
Onion juice contains sulphur, which helps in faster and denser growth of hair. Grind an onion and massage its juice into the eyebrows. Leave it on until it dries and then wash it off. 

6. Milk
Milk contains proteins, which nourish hair roots. Therefore, you can use milk to improve the hair growth of your eyebrows. Take a small bowl of milk and using a cotton bud apply this on your eyebrows. Smear it well all over your eyebrows so that it nourishes every strand. In a few weeks, you will notice results.

7 Ways to Maintain Beauty During Pregnancy

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pregnant Belly (For illustration purposes only)
Other than health care and nutrition, pregnant women should also care for their face and body to look good all the time. However there is no need to overdo the effort. Stick to wearing moisturizer and body lotion regularly.

Want to know more details on tips of staying beautiful during pregnancy? Follow this guide.

1. Exercise Regularly 
With regular exercise your body will be healthy and fresh and will help prevent the body from becoming too fat when pregnant. If you diligently exercise during pregnancy, it will also make the heart work more effectively to allow smoother blood flow to the fetus. Take simple and light exercises such as walking, swimming, yoga and stretching for expectant mothers. 

2. Cosmetics
Any make-up or cosmetics that you use may not feel right on your skin, because during pregnancy the skin becomes more sensitive. If there is a problem on the skin, it is best to see a dermatologist to find a remedy.

3. Nutrition and Vitamins 
Take a variety of fresh fruit juices which contain a lot of Vitamin C, as this helps the absorption of iron which insulates the blood from anemia. Pregnant women should be smart enough to control their diet, by eating less amount of food for each meal but eating more often to prevent nausea due to an empty stomach. 

4. Facial Treatment 
During pregnancy, your face will produce more oil on the cheeks, nose and chin which can cause the growth of acne. Clean your face with a cleanser and toner milk at least twice a day. 

5. Plenty Of Rest 
Take time to relax during the day, and use that time to listen to soft music, read a book, relax or sleep. This will help loosen some tense nerves, so you come back refreshed. 

6. Showering Regularly 
Pregnant women will often experience more sweat. Try to take a shower at least twice a day on a regular basis. When the body becomes fresh and cool after shower, you will sleep more comfortably. After showering, apply a body lotion that does not contain olive oil so that the oil rate is not too high on the body.

7. Dental Care 
During pregnancy you will often experience nausea and vomiting. Be sure to clean and refresh your mouth each time after you vomit. Do not leave your mouth uncleaned as the odour may be repulsive to those talking or standing close to you.

How to Reduce Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

Thursday, February 20, 2014

If you have dark circles or puffy eyes, you are not alone. Many women suffer from under-eye circles and puffy eyes. Waking up with puffy eyes can be really frustrating when you have a big day ahead. Nobody wants to have puffy eyes as it can make one look tired and ill. But there is nothing to worry about as you can easily take care of them with some simple easy natural remedies.

1. Spoon

 Take five to six metal spoons and place it in your refrigerator for five to ten minutes. Now take out the cold spoon and hold the rounded portion against your eye for a few minutes until the spoon becomes warm. As the spoon warms, replace it with a cold one from the refrigerator. This will help in tightening up the skin around your eyes. It will also relax the blood vessels thus offering relief to the tired eyes. This simple home remedy is surprisingly very effective when it comes to treating puffy eyes.

2. Milk

Soak cotton wool in milk and place under your eyes for a few minutes. Content of lactic acid in the milk helps reduce dark circles under the eyes.

3. Lemon

Place two thin lemon slices directly onto your bags or circles (DO NOT get the juice in your eyes!!!!). Don't squeeze your eyes tightly but be careful not to open. Leave on for 20 minutes, then carefully rinse off with cold water. This will help lighten the dark circles.

4. Cucumber + Lemon

Soak two cucumbers in lemon juice for 3-5 minutes. To help get rid of dark circles and puffiness place cucumbers on your eyes for about 10-15 minutes.

5. Tea Bag

Tea bags can help to soothe puffy and irritated eyes. Tea bags will help to reduce the swelling around your eyes as it contains anti-irritant properties. At the same time it will give relief from redness and inflammation. For treating puffy eyes, you need to place moist tea bags over your eyes. For this, first soak the teabags in hot water for a few minutes and then take them out and let them to cool down to a warm temperature. Just lie down and put the tea bags over the eyelids and cover them with a soft cloth. After some time the swelling around the eyes will reduce.

6. Potatoes

The starch present in potatoes has got anti-inflammatory properties that can help in the treatment of puffy eyes. Take a medium sized potato, peel it, wash and then dry it. Now grate the potato and put them in a clean cloth and tie it up. Now place this cloth over the eyelids for several minutes. Repeat the process several times until the puffiness around the eyes gets reduced. This remedy is also helpful in treating headaches.

Good luck and hope these tips help :)

Trend to Try: Midi Rings

Friday, October 11, 2013

Midi Rings 

"Midi" is the new maxi. Midi skirts, midi dresses, midi rings - the new fashion trend has done away with extremes and found its stylish place at a super chic happy medium. These rings are placed (you guessed it) mid-finger, either between or directly on top of the knuckle. Worn stacked or alone, these rings are the now accessory on runways and red carpets.

Knuckle Up

Riri makes trendsetting seem so easy, unapologetically putting it out there that she's the Only Girl (In the World) who can work stacked midi rings, pointed pale nails, and vampy lipstick all at once.

Digit Couture 

Chanel's 2013 Fall Couture show proved there's only one way to make a square flat-top, 18th century ponytail and bold brows look even more statement-worthy: strategically placed, gemstone encrusted midi rings.

Everything In Between 

Showing off her street style, Courtney Trop, author of the blog "Always Judging," puts her style out on a limb with these Vita Fede midi rings.


Make Your Nails Grow Faster and Strong

Friday, September 20, 2013

Our nails are made up of Keratin, the same protein as our hair is made of. Everyone wants their nails to grow fast and strong to add beauty to our hands. Here are some ways to make your nails grow faster, strong and shinier.

1. Protein 
Nails are made out of protein, so the first thing you can try is adding more to your diet such as eggs, meat and beans, as well as spinach and other vegetables that contain protein, to build healthy nails. 

2. Get your vitamins
In addition to protein, a range of vitamins are necessary for healthy nail growth. Get plenty of vitamin D, C and A to ensure your nails are growing as fast as they possibly can. 

3. Garlic
Garlic is very effective to make your nails grow fast. Apply garlic paste to your nails twice a week or simply cut a garlic clove in half and rub it on your nails. Its juices will be absorbed by the nail.

4. Washing dishes can make your nails weak
The detergents are very harsh for your nails and affect its growth. To protect your fingers from harmful chemicals, always wear gloves. 

5. Trim your nails 
Trim your nails regularly to get rid of any weak parts and apply petroleum jelly before going to bed. 

6. Stop biting your nails
If you bite your nails, they never have a chance to grow, so take measures to stop this habit as soon as you can. There are drug store products that you can apply to your nails to prevent biting if you cannot stop.

7. Go for good brand nail polish
Do not use nail polishes of ordinary brands, go for good brands and use nutrient filled polishes. Avoid painting your nails with polishes than contain formaldehyde, toluene and sulfonamide. These chemicals are unhealthy for your nails.

Botox Injections Offer Men And Women Fast And Easy Cosmetic Improvements

Friday, September 6, 2013

Botox Injection
Many men and women are concerned with the way they look. As they age, they become more self-conscious about the various signs of aging; especially on their faces. Since they are able to take advantage of a variety of procedures that reduce the appearance of aging, they concern themselves with some of the processes used for these treatments. These types of procedures are non-invasive, so they don’t require a downtime like surgical procedures do for healing. This allows people to go back about their business in a couple of hours versus a week-long stay in a hospital.

One of the most popular processes to decrease and stop the signs of aging is one that consists of Botox injections. These injections increase the skin’s radiance in a certain area. It helps to increase collagen production around the wrinkles in order to smooth them out. Since the injections from Botox can be done on an outpatient basis, a person does not have to worry about being in the hospital for several days after the procedure.

People must look into qualified practitioners to handle their procedure so that they can make sure it is done properly, and they have the right instruction for aftercare once their treatment is complete. At the Skin Vitality Medical Clinics in Toronto and surrounding areas, you will find the trained practitioners you require. The staff is well advised on the procedure for Botox, and they will be able to answer any questions that a person might have.

When someone wants to know more about Skin Vitality Medical Clinic, they can go online to their website at There you can find a lot of information about the services they offer, the costs that they will incur and what the procedure will entail. There will also be detailed explanations of the processes so that a person can make a well informed decision before they make a commitment to go through with the procedure.

When someone decides to visit Skin Vitality Medical Clinic, they will be able to ask any questions that they might have about the various treatments available. Many people write down the different questions that they want answered so they don’t forget to ask them. They will then be given a thorough consultation about what they can expect to see when the Botox injections are complete. Since they will want to be sure they are making the right decision, it is important for them to listen to everything that the practitioners wish to discuss with them prior to the appointment.

The Skin Vitality Medical Clinic offers other types of services beyond Botox. These treatments include skin tightening and rejuvenation, Venus Freeze, Juvederm and body contouring. When someone is sure that they want to complete one of the age defying processes, they should visit the website at to make appointment that will be convenient for them. They will find that the care, attention and services that they will receive will be of the highest caliber. There are many extremely happy customers from the clinic that have seen a drastic improvement in the way they look. Botox is one of the most popular treatments that patients seek on a regular basis.

Author Bio: Brooklyn Donaghue writes about the fantastic results of non-invasive cosmetic treatments and how they can help fight the signs of aging. Brooklyn suggests you visit your local Skin Vitality Medical Clinic or stop by for more information about how you too can look your best.

Steam Your Face at Home

Monday, September 2, 2013

Face Steaming
To clear your skin from oils and dirt, you need to steam your face at home with simple tips as below:

  1. Wash your face to remove any dirt 
  2. Take a small bowl of hot water and place your face over it for about 5-10 mins. You can also keep a towel on your head and lower your face on the steam to avoid steam from escaping. 

Steaming once a week is enough to keep your pores clean. This method actually opens up skin pores and removes impurities deep down the pores, making your face soft and smooth. Blackheads are formed by clogging of pores, so steaming helps to soften pores, making it easier to pop them. It also boosts blood circulation which reproduce healthy skin cells. It could be easily done at home.

Have you tried this yet?

Product Review: Kracie Epilat Hair Removing Body Cream

Monday, August 5, 2013

Kracie Epilat Hair Removing Body Cream (Roll On) 100ml
I ordered Kracie Epilat Hair Removing Body Cream few months ago in an attempt to get rid of massive loads of hair painlessly. It is made in Japan. This product works really well actually, but you must use the correct amount in the area where you want to remove hair and leave it for 10 mins as per instruction (but I normally leave it for longer time ei. 15-20 mins). After that, wipe off the cream with cotton (at the same time, your hair will be removed as well) and rinse off with lukewarm water. The thing I like about this product is, it leaves my skin clean and smooth, totally hairless, no razor burn and zero irritation after that. So far, I have not experienced any burning sensation or rash ever since I use this product. So, I'm quite happy with the results. About the smell, it's like when you're in a hair salon, you've already experienced it.

How To Use
The roller is actually designed for easy and convenience, with no pain. This product contains chamomile extracts let your skin pores cleaner, more compact and will not irritate. Seaweed extract natural moisturizing formula to prevent peel off after the hair removal. It also contains amino acids and minerals nourishing ingredients to leave you with smooth baby skin either on your leg, hand or armpit.

                                                     Have you tried this product?

Product Review: Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Body Lotion

Friday, July 12, 2013

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed product range is based on the nutritive qualities of the Mediterranean Pomegranate, a powerful detoxifier. A dose of fair trade Moroccan Argan Oil gives your skin a nourishing boost, while a splash of caring Grapeseed Oil keeps your skin supple and soft. Almond oil, pistachio butter, and shea butter replenish and moisturise the skin, while antioxidant-rich pomegranate and grapeseed extracts help to protect and condition them.

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Product range
I have this range of products from Crabtree & Evelyn but not a complete set though! It has been introduced for quite some time. What I like most is the Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Oil Skil Quenching Body Lotion which I bought last year. It leaves my skin soft, soothed and gently sweet and fruity scented. It hydrates my skin with no greasiness. This lotion is surprisingly long-lasting and I love it so much! This is quite a pampering treat for my skin!
Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Oil Skin Quenching Body Lotion

Have you tried this product?

Product Review: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Some of you might have heard of the new Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion from Estee Lauder. It was launched early this year. I'm so excited to share with you all about this product. For your information, I've been using this product for 2 months now. And, I'm quite amazed with the result.

About this product:
Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion repairs the look of past damage around the eyes. It super-potent, fast-penetrating serum helps dramatically reduce the look of every key sign of aging around the fragile eye area like fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles and dryness. Their exclusive Chronolux™ Technology helps skin optimize its natural repair processes to reduce the look of the fine lines and wrinkles that can appear first around your eyes.

This lightweight and fragrance-free eye serum is formulated with anti-pollution technology to help significantly inhibit the appearance of visible damage from environmental assaults. It creates the optimal environment to keep your eyes looking younger, healthy and radiant. Hyaluronic acid helps skin lock in moisture and strengthen its protective moisture barrier. Powerful anti-oxidants help neutralize environmentally generated free radicals before they can cause future damage.

Here's my review:
I think this is phenomenal and it has been the best eye serum so far for me compared to what I've used before. It comes in a 15ml bottle with a pump applicator. I like the packaging and it's easy to use. The first time I tried, especially in the first week, I was blown away by it. My under eyes are more supple, smooth, silky, soothing and hydrated after that. It did a great job in reducing my dark circles, fine lines and puffiness, too. From the moment I applied, I can feel the sensation somewhere. I like the texture of the serum and feeling of complete comfort on skin that it leaves. I like it lightweight as I'm aware of my delicate and thin skin. This product seems to have balanced out my skin really well. I can see huge difference and improvement under my eyes ever since I started using it which I feel incredible. I apply it every day morning and evening before my usual moisturiser. I pump a pea-size drop which is more than enough for both eyes and then dab it around the eyes using my ring finger. I gently massage the serum until it is fully absorbed. The only drawback is the price. Although it's pricey but a little will go a long way and it is worth it.

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How to use:
Apply AM and PM to clean skin around eye area. Use alone or under your targeted eye creme.

Have you tried this product?

Crabtree & Evelyn Moisturising Lip Balm with SPF15

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Today, I'm going to keep this review short and simple. It's a Gardeners Moisturising Lip Balm with SPF 15 from Crabtree & Evelyn. First of all, I have sensitive, dry, flaky, cracked, swollen, chapped and irritated lips problem, you named it! I've tried so many lip products and so far none of them helped. I'm quite disappointed as to date I still haven't found any products that can cure my lips until I found this one. I always have problems when it comes to food and also lipsticks that I wear. Sometimes, food and lipstick can cause my lips to crack and watery around my lips and it hurts terribly. For this lip balm, it relieves the pain I'm going through and leaves my lips soft and healthy looking. But, if I stop using it or if I ate the wrong food or if I use the wrong lipstick, my lip problems will come back again. So, I have to keep my lips moisturised all the time. I love the smell of the lip balm, too. I like the packaging as well as it's convenient and handy that makes it easier to bring around with you in your handbags. What I like about this lip balm is, it contains SPF 15 to help protect against UV rays.


Crabtree & Evelyn Moisturising Lip Balm with SPF15
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My First Purchase Experience at

Thursday, June 13, 2013

First of all, ASOS is a global well-known online fashion and beauty retailer and offers over 50,000 branded and own label product lines across womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewelry and beauty. ASOS has websites targeting the UK, USA, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia and also ships to over 190 other countries from its central distribution centre in the UK. ASOS attracts over 13.6 million unique visitors a month and as at 30 September 2011 had 6.3 million registered users and 3.7 million active customers from 160 countries.

I've read lots of good reviews about ASOS because they offer free shipping worldwide. Recently, I placed an order for two cropped shirts at on the 15th April and they shipped out on the 17th April. It only arrived to my doorstep on the first week of May. I have great experience and so far there is no problem dealing with them although it took me awhile to receive the package (depends on where you live). The packaging was normal and not so glamorous. Maybe that's why they want to make it that way to get the lowest shipping rate possible. And, that's fine for me. One thing concern me. As you go to their website, you can see there is a drop down on the upper right. You must choose your preferred currency first before you make purchase. Do not change half way during the purchase session as it will affect the size that you choose. Overall, I'm quite satisfied with the service. Will definitely come back again to purchase.

Here's the screenshot of my order:
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How to Choose Makeup Colors

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Makeup colors come in 'warm' and 'cool' tones. Choosing the right ones for yourself are of the utmost importance because if you choose the wrong set of tones, your skin will end up looking washed out. Choosing the right tones can help to make your skin look brighter. Let's put it like this: some people can wear dark red or bright purple clothing and pull it off with ease, while other people simply can't do it. It's the same way with your makeup. Here is one good way to decide whether you should be wearing warm or cool tones. It is probably the easiest way to determine which you should be using.

Cool Colors
Without getting tested for your skin tone at a cosmetics counter, you can take a good guess based upon your skin coloring, hard, and eyes. If your skin tone is olive colored, a rosy brown, light rosy brown, fair but rosy, or medium rosy, chances are high that you should use cool colors. If your hair is black, blonde, or any brown save golden brown, and if your eyes are green, blue, or hazel, you should probably be wearing cool colors. 

Warm Colors
If you have a golden skin tone, or a medium to fair skin tone, you will probably want to opt for warm colors. If your hair is golden brown, red, or strawberry blonde, with hazel, dark brown, or light brown eyes, you will probably want to opt for warm colors. This (along with what we mentioned about the cool colors) works well for everything save two important pieces of makeup: eyeshadow, and face powder.

What about Eyeshadow? 
With eyeshadow, it all really depends on how dark or light your skin is. If you have skin that falls within the darker range, you will want to opt for light colors. A bright pink, silver, or even white would be fantastic choices for you. If your skin falls within the lighter range, you will want to opt go with darker colors. Good choices would be browns, medium-colored purples, a dark blue, or even a smokey eye kind of look if you know how to properly do it. Those people who have tan or olive colored skin should use purple or pink colorings for the best results.

What About Face Powder? 
Face powder should be chosen in an exact shade that very nearly matches your natural skin tone. If you want a bit of extra color, you can go one shade up from your original match, or just simply add a bit of bronzer to your cheek bones, forehead, nose, and chin. If you would like to look a little more 'porcelain' than you already are, you can go one shade lighter than your original color. It is highly inadvisable to go any higher or lower than one single shade, however, because then you will only end up looking ‘fake’. It’s definitely worth putting some extra effort into finding the right foundation, as it ties everything together.

This should help you to choose the proper colors for all pieces of makeup you find yourself needing. If you stick to your proper color choices, we can guarantee you that you will notice an immediate difference over when you picked your colors out on a whim. I hope that these makeup tips will also make it a little bit easier to figure out which colors you should use!

Author Bio: Amanda is a skin care fanatic and author of hailing from the progressive city of Minneapolis. Aside from exploring the latest trends in cosmetics, Amanda loves to travel and one day dreams of visiting The Great Wall of China. Questions or comments for Amanda? Feel free to reach out to her @Skincare_HQ on Twitter!

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence aka Miracle Water

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (75ml)
I'm sure we've all heard miracle stories about SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (FTE) or so called "Miracle Water" where it can transform all 5 dimensions of your skin to become crystal clear. FTE has been for over 30 years and still remains as one of SK-II's best-sellers.

Here are the 5 dimensions:
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SK-II is a Japanese brand loved by many Asians for their signature ingredient, Pitera. Pitera, a 'Secret Key' to beautiful skin is a singular blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids that work together to help restore the appearance of your skin's outer layers, by enabling the skin's natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime. Today, scientists continue to marry this miracle of nature with breakthrough science in the advanced skincare line SK-II - which, like Pitera, combines nature's purity, incorporates timeless rituals for body and soul together with modern technology to restore the natural beauty of your skin.

SK-II Pitera Essence Trial Set
I bought this product on a recommendation from my younger sister and apart from that I've heard lots of good reviews about it. My sister has told me that most of her friends are using this product and their faces have turned out to be softer, flawless and fairer. So I decided to try it out. My first try was the SK-II Pitera Essence Trial Set and that was 3 months ago. This trial set includes SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (75ml), SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (40ml) and SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (picture above). A bit about my skin. I'm currently in my mid-30s and have dry skin type. I also have some pigmentation, uneven skin tone and dull skin. I notice that after application, my skin becomes supple and softer, fairer and brighter in just 3 days. After two weeks, not only does my pigmentation appear lesser but my skin also becomes moisturised and I noticed a reduction of fine lines under eye, too. It really keeps my skin crystal clear and moisturised all day. In fact, I wasn't expecting anything special like this before. I use FTE everyday (daytime only) without fail before applying my preferred skincare product. And, it blends well with it. For 75ml of FTE, it lasted me a month plus. Although it doesn't come cheap, it's worth it. Thumbs up to FTE!!

How to apply? Sprinkle about a teaspoon of FTE into the cupped palm of your hand. Rub hands together and press gently and evenly onto face and neck. Your skin will absorb the Essence quickly and naturally. You can also soak a cotton pad and gently pat it onto your face and neck.

Have you tried this product?

Summer Secrets To Controlling Oily Skin

Friday, May 10, 2013

Most people get excited when they hear the mention of summer, but if you have oily skin, the very thought may make you cringe. All of the outside activity mixed with higher temperatures and a larger humidity percentage means that your oily skin will be at it's absolute worst. Even more excessive oil production means more clogged pores,which in turn means that get blemish breakouts. It's a vicious cycle! There is hope, however, and you can break this seemingly never ending cycle of oily, blemished skin. Want to know how? Check out our summer secrets to controlling oily skin!

Secret #1: Blot Often 
If you have oily skin,you should carry blotting papers around in your purse or beach bag. This little absorbent papers are amazing. Just dab them on your skin and allow them to absorb any excess oils that have been produced throughout the day. How many times a day really depends on how oily your skin actually is and what you've been doing all day. If you only have a slight oil problem and sit inside all day, once will probably do you. If you have very oily skin and spend your day running around outside in the heat, you may need to blot three or four times. It only takes a few seconds, and it's well worth it!

Secret #2: Stay Cool 
While it's not always possible, you should stay cool whenever possible. The cooler you are, the less you sweat, and the less you sweat, the less oil your skin will produce. This doesn't mean that you have to sit inside all day and watch everyone else have fun. Instead, opt for sitting in the shade or wear lighter clothes. You can also keep your body temperature down a bit by staying properly hydrated. Dehydrated can raise your body temperature an amazing of amount of degrees, and besides, you should be drinking lots of water anyways - it is good for you, you know.

Secret #3: Watch What You Eat 
Sure, french fries are delicious, beer or cocktails are great on a night out, and there is nothing better than a hamburger in the middle of a hot summer day...or is there? All of this can make your skin oilier, and you don't even to get any of that nasty french fry grease on your skin either. What goes into your body has to come out, and oftentimes, it comes out through your pores. So watch what you eat and keep your junk food habits under control. It's fine to splurge once in a while, but try not to make it an every day occurrence. 

Secret #4: Wash Your Skin The Right Way 
When it comes to keeping your skin clean and oil free, not just any old cleanser will do. You need one that contains 2% salicylic acid, which will help to prevent any acne breakouts that might occur. This will also make sure your pores are clean, even deep down. Excessive oils will be washed right down the drain, and there are no excuses not to wash your face. All it takes is about two minutes, once a day, right before you go to bed, in order to keep your skin oil and blemish free!

If you use these four summer secrets like we've suggested, we're sure you can keep your oily skin under control no matter how hot the heat gets or how thick the humidity feels! Got something to say about our secrets or want to suggest one of your own? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Author Bio: Amanda is a makeup fanatic and author of which features a guide to The Best Moisturizer For Oily Skin. Aside from writing, Amanda loves to travel and one day dreams of going on an African Safari. If you have any questions for Amanda, feel free to connect with her @Skincare_HQ on Twitter!

Review: Lucido-L Hair Designing Tube Hair Cream

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I love having long and curly hair. My hair is permed digitally for many years now. But, the only thing that I don't like about my hair is that it gets frizzy easily when it dries up or after blow-dry and it makes me look so untidy and unmanageable. So I needed something that can treat my hair condition. I also love trying new things that's why I ended up with this product. I've tried many products which is good for my own rating but this one seems to be so good and working really well.

Lucido-L Hair Designing Tube Hair Cream
Few weeks ago, I went to Guardian and spent a good one hour there just checking out which products is good for my hair condition and read every single detail of its description. I finally decided to try Lucido-L Hair Designing Tube Hair Cream. This product is affordable and available in most drugstore like Guardian and Watson. I'm sure some of you have heard of Lucido-L. It's a Japanese brand for hair styling. This product contains Panthenol (hair care ingredient) and light fragrance (green floral scent).

My frizzy hair without Lucido-L Hair Designing Tube Hair Cream

After application, my hair looks more manageable
What I like about this product is, it lasted me for the whole day without it looking dried out and my hair was just the way I looked when I walked out of my workplace. There's no sticky feeling and it has a natural glossy finish to it. It smells heavenly sweet and fresh and the curls look so natural and bouncy, too. I think people who have extremely dry and frizzy hair should get this product or at least try it. Will I repurchase this? Yes, absolutely. I will definitely repurchase it.

Manageable and bouncy looking
How to apply?
Spread a suitable amount onto your palm and rub into entire hair or hair ends. I concentrate on the areas where treatment needed and apply them generously at the edge. You can blow dry after that or let it dry naturally. You can also apply it on damp or semi-damp hair.

Have you tried this product?