Dior Addict Fluid Stick in #338 & #575

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Few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of Dior Addict Fluid Stick event in Sydney. The event was to introduce us to the launch of their latest Dior Addict lip addition that is neither a lipstick, a gloss nor your typical lacquer.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick DP

Along with the Dior Addict Fluid Sticks aka Fabulous Wear High Impact Glossy Colour Lip Hybrid (woah, what a mouthful, I’ll stick with Fluidsticks!), we also welcomed some very exciting Le Vernis colours to the existing collection. Shall post more about the nail polishes next, stay tune for that post.

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Back to Dior Addict Fluid Sticks, there is a total of 16 luminous colours to choose from nudes, soft tones to bright vibrant shades.

DA Fluid stick range

If you love pinks, corals and fun red shades, you’re in for a delight because I must tell you they are all quite true to colour and very wearable.

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The uniqueness of these Fluid Sticks lies within their water based formula (no wax!) which delivers a very smooth and lightweight texture unlike any other similar (YSL Glossy Stain or Shiseido Lacquer Rouge which I raved about) lip products I have tested before. Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are by far the most lightweight yet pigmented lip product I have trialled.

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At first look, the packaging can be slightly deceiving with its lipstick shaped clear tube but once you twist the lid off, an applicator wand follows. How ingenious of Dior to packaged it this way so you can spot exactly what colour you have picked up instead of having to squint and read the label to guess which shade it is. Clever huh?

dior fluidstick swatch

Top: #338 Mirage  |  Bottom: #575 Wonderland

I can’t decide which shade I love more. Mirage is a pink beige shade and is also the FIRST EVER beige lip product that looks good on my pigmented lips. Imagine my excitement! I can has nude-beigey lips too! Wonderland on the other hand is a fuschia pink shade that looks just screams for attention.

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Overall, they are super lightweight yet doesn’t compromise in colour pigment. The finish is super shiny yet doesn’t feel tacky on the lips. Longevity wise, they are averaging at around 3-4 hours depending on your lips activity, definitely need a touch up after a meal.  I love how they don’t flake or dry out my lips also they don’t sink into the fine lines of my lips either. Yay!

Do I love Dior Addict Fluid Sticks? You bet cha!

RRP AUD$50 each
Available in Dior counters now

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Flotation at Signature Day Spa Wellness Centre

Few weeks ago, whilst I was in Sydney for a quick day trip I made a side trip to Signature Day Spa Wellness Centre at 77 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown.

Nestled in a busy main road, the moment I stepped into the spa, I was welcomed by a cleansing waterfall feature which washes and leaves the memory of a buzzing main road behind me.

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The day spa is housed in a industrial warehouse space transformed into a very calming and relaxed space filled with antiques collected over the years by owner John Crotti. Heaps of the original structure of the warehouse space was also kept in its originality to maintain a cozy and welcoming space.

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The concept spa also has an in house nutritionist, Kylie McCarthy who is based at the spa who also works alongside Dr Sandra Cabot. Kylie helps to guide guests to a deeper understanding of their bodies so one can be treated both inside and outside of the body.

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The day spa fills three levels of the building and there is even a lift to reach each floor. I was first offered a glass of water and a cleansing foot bath to thoroughly relax before heading to my treatment room.

Signature Wellness Spa Centre

The change room was clean, simple and has every amenities imaginable – steam room, shower, bath robes, towels, floor mats, combs, disposable shower cap, disposable underwear, hair spray to name a few. The lockers helps to keep things away without worrying about belongings whilst getting treatment done.

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Excuse me while I #selfie.

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Picture is obviously not me in it

My treatment for the day was Flotation (1 hour and 30 mins), reason why I chose this is because it is unique and different from the usual treatments spa provides. The whole treatment involves a full body scrub down with an energising salt mix with tropical fruity extracts like mango and passionfruit. This was all done while I lay on a warm water bed that provides a floating experience.

Next, I headed to the adjoined shower for a quick rinse down and finish off with a yoghurt body wrap and infra red – thermotherapy is switched on for the ultimate relaxation. Whilst this was on, I also had hand and foot massage to complete the entire experience.

In the end, I almost dozed off as the whole experience was warm and cozy as I was tucked in and the warm water bed kept my entire body warm even though I was practically almost fully naked apart from the disposable underwear I was wearing.

Signature Wellness Spa

All in all, Signature Day Spa Wellness Centre has 8 themed couples room ranging from Rainstorm Vichy Shower, Geisha room, Flotation, Thermal Magnesium Spa to Moroccan Hamam. There’s also a boardroom space where they cater to work meetings, fun day to spend pampering with clients or even transforming the space into a group Hen’s night pampering session.

Signature SPA

Overall, I love the whole down-to-earth atmosphere at Signature Day Spa Wellness Centre. It doesn’t feel overtly posh and I felt really welcomed and relaxed the whole time I was there. I didn’t feel rushed and there are plenty of seats to relax and take your time to get in and out of the spa.

We definitely need a spa like so in Melbourne that is uniquely an unforgettable experience with its wide range of treatment offering. Perfect even for Friday night relaxation with your partner to unwind and relax in the couple’s room.

RRP AUD$255
My flotation experience was sponsored by Signature Day Spa Wellness Centre.

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Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD Collection

I first discovered Estee Lauder’s Cyberwhite skincare collection whilst travelling overseas and it came in the form of a BB cream. At that time 2010/2011, I was all deeply obsessed with all things BB cream so I didn’t think twice to purchase it and turns out it was pretty darn good.

Fast forward to a *ahem* few years later, Estee Lauder in Australia too launched the CyberWhite skincare collection in 2013. I blogged about the Cyberwhite HD Advanced Spot Correcting Moisture Lotion & Essence here.

I did notice that Australia’s version is Cyberwhite HD whilst in Asia it was Cyberwhite Ex, I am pretty sure they are two different products/collection and can’t be compared like for like.

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In 2014, Estee Lauder is launching another two more products on top of the existing lotion and essence in this range. Today, I will be reviewing their Advanced Brightening Moisture Creme and Advanced Brightening Night Creme.

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Flawless | Luminous | Crystal Bright

Designed to address issues that Asian skin commonly face like pigmentation, brown spots, dullness and acne scarring; this collection is developed in Japan with the HD-90 technology – a potent, 90% active Baicalin (a soothing botanical ingredient known to brighten skin) and will helps to correct and prevent dark spots and discoloration from forming under skin.

It also helps to strengthen skin from UVA/UVB and environmental damage/pollution.

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Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD  Advanced Brightening Moisture Creme 

Also known as the day time moisturiser, use this as the last step of your skincare before sunscreen. Don’t get fooled by its name, this is actually not heavy to the skin at all. It has a gel cream texture with a very fragrant sweet scent.

Absorbs into the skin fairly quickly and it leaves skin with a slight shiny sheen but never greasy/sticky. Personally, this is something I’d opt for the colder months (winter)  as it did felt richer on skin and took longer to dry during warmer months.

Hydration wise, this gets a gold star as it left my skin well hydrated and comfortable all day long and make up behaved relatively well when I have this moisturiser on too.

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Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD  Advanced Brightening Night Creme 

Similar to the Moisture Creme, the Night Creme has an identical scent except for its formula which is richer in texture and silky and creamier to touch. It absorbs into skin a little slower than the day creme and left my skin with a sheen.

If you like the feeling of rich cream on your skin, then this combo is definitely the creams to trial.

Overall, both products deliver an instant brightening effect thanks to its “sheen”. I have been using both creams for 4 weeks now and whilst I haven’t seen any major changes to my existing pigments, my skin did felt well hydrated throughout and more even toned when I was using them both religiously.

Would I recommend them? Why yes if you are in the market looking for skincare that would deliver both brightening, even skin tone AND long lasting hydration.

Advanced Spot Correcting Moisture Lotion AUD$70
Advanced Brightening Moisture Creme AUD$90
Advanced Brightening Night Creme AUD$95
Available in Estee Lauder counters now
Call 1800 061 326 for stockist

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Paycheck Splurge: Givenchy Easy Shopper in Croc

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This month’s paycheck worthy splurge is the Givenchy Easy Shopper in Croc. I for one have a habit of having only one dedicated work bag that I use from Mondays to Fridays and on the weekends, I swap out to my other bags.

Therefore, it is all the more worth splurging in a good work bag that I use all year round. One that allows me easy access to grab things out and shove things in. This Givenchy number fits the bill perfectly.

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Great to shove folder, notebook, ipad into this roomy bag. The angular shape also means it will hold its shape. The magnetic fastening making it great for quick and easy access and best of all, I love the pure leather with Crocodile print. The two toned print breaks out the seriousness of a croc bag. Love it!

Available via: 

Harrods The Easy Shopper with Croc $875 pound (AUD$1,622)

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Face of Australia Screen Siren Nail Collection

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Recently Face of Australia launched the 3-free Siren nail polish collection. As always, this collection is limited edition and in total there is eight shades to choose from raging from creamy neutrals, browns to pops of colourful shades.

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My personal favourites are of course the nudes shades and there’s also a matte top coat that you can apply on top of any shade. I love how affordable all the nail polishes are, at under a 5ver per bottle, it is such a bargain!

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From left to right: #Travilla, #Bombshell, #Monroe, #No Angel 

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Side by side comparison, they are all so wearable.

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The finish is shiny and glossy.  Absolutely love all the nude shades and for some reason they just seem to compliment my skin tone really well as lighter shades never look good on me.

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From left to right: #Platinum, #Isn’t It Delicious?, #Some Like It Hot, #Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

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I find it quite odd that the collection covers such contradicting shades from nudes to pops of bright colour that is pushing for screamy neony digits.

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Surprise surprise, the none of these colours stained my nails! I am impressed.

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Not a fan of matte top coats but if you want to try them out, Face of Australia has the best price point around so do give them a go.

For more amazing nail polish click here.

RRP AUD$4.95 each
Available in Face of Australia counters now or call 03 9338 5222 for stockist

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Cedel Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

Cedel has been around for 82 odd years with their soap and hair products well established in our Australian market (proudly Australian owned and made). Their iconic hair spray launched in the 60s is still the hero product from their offering til this day.

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Back in 2013, Cedel also launched their version of Dry Shampoo and Dry Conditioner and behold, this year we can say hello to Dry Shampoo……wait for it…..for DARK HAIR! Hallelujah!

Along with the dark hair option (blue bottles), they also now come in a whooping 100g value size. I have always struggled to find good dry shampoo for my dark hair. Mainly because I find that most dry shampoo adds unnecessary shine on my already greasy looking hair. Another thing is that it leaves a trail of crusty dandruff like finish no matter how hard I try to fine comb everything out. Too hard, too messy!

So what is my verdict for Cedel Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair you ask?

Volume? Restored.

Greasy? Reduced by 60%.

Finish? It wasn’t mattifying and it did left my hair with a layer of shiny sheen BUT it doesn’t leave my hair crusty/snow flakey.

RRP AUD$8.99 each (100ml)
Available in counters now
Stockist 1300 650 981

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Top Picks of 2014 – First Quarter

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Image credit: Dusjacket Attic 

Make up: 

  1. Lunasol Skin Modeling Powder Foundation – Best powder foundation hands down. HG stamp!
  2. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in #RS404 Disco – Love this liquid lipstick and how moisturising it is on the lips.
  3. Dior Satin Brightening UV BB Balm – Great coverage, long lasting and best of all it infuses skin loving ingredients throughout the day.
  4. Chanel Le Blush Creme in #Intonation – Whoever said cream blushes are messy have not tried this yet.
  5. Clinique Cheek Pop in #Plum Pop – A cute and surprisingly wearable blush.
  6. Ellis Faas Hot Lips - Obsessed with these lipsticks at the moment. I wear them practically everyday.
  7. YSL Gloss Volupte – Cheon Song Yi preferred choice of lip gloss, nuff said.

 

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Skin care: 

  1. Elemis Pro Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment - Eye serum that delivers by far the best tightening effect. Keeps make up under eye all day long too.
  2. Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes – Precleanse now comes in wipe form!
  3. La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum - For intense repairing and anti ageing, can’t go wrong with this serum. HG stamp!
  4. La Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask - Obsessed with this mask and is currently pushing it by applying it 2-3 times a week. ANOTHER HG stamp!
  5. Dior Creme De Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm – If you can move past the scent, this is actually a pretty good lip balm.

 

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Others: 

  1. Koji Curving Eyelash Curler - Koji is my all time favourite eyelash curler brand, this new one doesn’t disappoint either. HG stamp!
  2. Jo Malone My Perfect Sunday Candles – At this rate, I’ll burn it all before winter comes.
  3. Chanel Le Vernis in #489 – Sucker for all things pink, this fuschia/pink blend is a winner.
  4. Shu Uemura Dep Sea Foundation Hair Refresher, Fiber Lift & Satin Design – Who knew you need to apply as many steps to your hair as you do to the skin?
  5. Aveda Dry Remedy Hair Care - My post swimming hair rescue kit.
  6. Jurlique Sugared Spice Hand-Crafted Eco-Candle – Love this candle and the cinnamon sugar scent. HG stamp!

 

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Image credit: Dusjacket Attic 

Beauty treatments: 

  1. Self Centered Medi Spa - A spa that focuses in delivering results rather than fancy decor fittings. Definitely bang for your buck worthy.
  2. My First Facial at Beautyologist - I have done many facial but this was certainly a first that involves testing of zinc and pH level.
  3. Thermage CPT Total Tip 3.0 – Best anti ageing treatment that doesn’t have any downtime and doesn’t involve any laser/needles.

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As you know I went bat shit crazy over the Korean drama – My Love From The Stars. I even wrote posts dedicated to the Korean make up, Cheon Song Yi’s lipstick (female protagonist) and her droolworthy wardrobe. So far, everyone I’ve recommended to watch this drama loved it, so if you have time, give this drama a go.

Drama like these don’t come by often, the plot, the comedy, on screen chemistry and the crew just all worked so well with each another. <3

 

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kiehls-bb-cream

When Kiehl’s launched their BB cream, I remember reading it in a few magazines and also across Zoe Foster Blake’s blog raving about this BB cream. To be entirely honest with you, I was a little sceptical as I much prefer my BB creams to be closer to the likes of the “original” version – think thick, creamy and rich texture with fresh dewy finish.

So when I was given the opportunity to review this, I was surprised at how much I am digging this BB cream made in USA.

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Why I love this:

  • SPF 30 PA+++ protection, something not many BB cream in this market can claim
  • The shade – #Fair actually blends into my skin perfectly – again not many BB cream could match my skin tone here
  • Great coverage – pretty decent at hiding redness and the tint was great enough to hide all the faint pigmentation and skin tone irregularities
  • It’s fragrance free and paraben free
  • Contains high level of Vitamin C so it helps to brighten skin
  • Doesn’t amplify my pores or dry flakes on skin
  • My skin felt comfortable throughout the day and it does not feel heavy or cakey on skin
  • Finish was healthy glowy without shine or appearing too matte.

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Shade #Fair – Think I am in love with this BB cream, it is my go-to BB cream at the moment.

RRP AUD$36
Available in Kiehl’s counters now 

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