Monday, November 28, 2011

The Art in Beauty

Long gone are the days of plain-looking makeup palettes. In times like these, makeup brands spew beautifully designed palettes that we then have to muster the courage to... deflower. Oh the intricate details on the many blushers, eye shadows, highlighters and bronzers I've seen thus far...

Feast your eyes on some of my favourite beauties this year.

#1 Dior Mitzah Panther Eye Shadow Palette,
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#2 NARS Hanamichi Eye Shadow Palette
Img Courtesy of NARS

#3 Maison Lancome Blush
Img Courtesy of Selfridges

#4 Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush
Img Courtesy of Guerlain

#5 Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Nuit Powder
Img courtesy of Guerlain

#6 Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Pressed Powder

Img courtesy of Guerlain

#7 Chanel Lumieres Byzantines de Chanel Palette Highlighter

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#8 Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour

Img courtesy of Clinique

Beautiful aren't they? I have NARS Hanamichi and Guerlain Meteorites on my wishlist this holiday season. Lets hope they're still available...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Lancome's Visionnaire Serum- an Update

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I've sent my full-sized 30ml Visionnaire serum back to Lancome. As much as I wanted it to work for me, it didn't. I first tried out a sample and used it for a couple of days. My skin seemed fine, if not better then. Then I bought the full sized serum and to my absolute horror, it broke me out. Looking through the ingredients, it is most probably the mineral oil in it that caused the break outs. If your skin can tolerate mineral oil then the serum might work well for you but I know my skin just doesn't get along well with mineral oil and silicones so the Visionnaire can never work for me. 

I've also noted that the Visionnaire serums sold in Malaysia are imported from Lancome Japan. Comparing the ingredients list on the serum we get in Malaysia and those sold in US/ Europe, the US/ Europe ingredients list does not state mineral oil in the product. 

This time I bought into the hype Visionnaire was and would have regretted it if I wasn't allowed to exchange the serum for it's worth in other Lancome products. I think the amount of promotion and advertisements they put into the Visionnaire serum was a dead giveaway and I've learned my lesson never to believe the hype alone. 

Lancome Malaysia responded well to my complaint and the sales assistant at the Lancome counter was helpful and took back the serum, no questions asked. If your serum has not worked for you, lodge a complaint with Lancome and remember to bring the serum in its packaging, back to the counter you bought it from. Make sure beforehand that they've scheduled you to meet with a particular SA who has been informed about your case.