Daily Luxe: L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur

I recently got to try the new L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur (and more!) through a capsule me-time at Neo Day Spa. As most cosmeceuticals work better with the rest of the skin care system, our friends from L’Oreal pampered me with a 30 minute facial massage using the rest of the Revitalift range beginning with one of my HG L’Oreal products, the Gentle Lip and Eye Make-up Remover.

It’s my first time to try the Revitalift Milky Cleansing Foam and Anti-Aging + Firming Aqua Milky Toner. I just came back from traveling the day prior and with my skin being parched, I was scared to try anything that had alcohol (as it might sting). The cleanser was mild and soothing, just perfect to calm my flaking skin. The toner, while it had alcohol, didn’t sting at all. It felt heavier than water but not in any way drying seconds after application. I’ve tried the Revitalift Day SPF 23 PA++ moisturizer in the past and it still feels as nourishing upon application.  A quick tip: apply with a very light hand as it might be too heavy for summer.

A critical step that follows regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, Magic Blur perfects every woman’s daily regimen for younger looking skin by instantly blurring away pores, dullness, and facial lines of early aging.

Magic Blur is the first revolutionary breakthrough in skin care that instantly blurs skin imperfections thanks to its Opti-blur Technology. With a unique non-greasy, non-sticky and weightless cushiony texture, Magic Blur works like magic on the skin reducing facial lines visibility, pore visibility, and skin roughness in just a matter of seconds.

The star of the show, the Revitalift Magic Blur, is meant to be applied between the moisturizer and your make-up (so yes, it’s only for daytime use). Is it a primer? I’d say almost but not quite. It’s still in that limbo to me, dancing between a skin care and make-up product. It’s already good as it is where it can be used with or without foundation. To use, blend half a pea size into the skin.

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Burt’s Bees Radiance Line (and more!)

They say great packages come in robin egg blue boxes. For beauty enthusiasts, honey yellow works great too! :)

Like you, I would like to achieve naturally radiant, clear, and line-free skin. Burt’s Bees added another range into their roster of best sellers aptly called Radiance.

The Burt’s Bees Radiance Line contain one of nature’s most nourishing substances, Royal Jelly, to help boost your skin’s natural radiance. From head-to-toe enhance your youthful glow with our facial cleanser, serum, eye cream, day lotion, day cream, night cream, body wash and body lotion.

My box of honey sweet treats contained half of the entire product range. Take a peek after the cut! :)

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LUSH Hair All Day, Everyday!

The travel bug bitten lakwachera in me cannot live without LUSH shampoo bars. They’re the best to tote around the globe considering they’re solid (no need to check-in on flights!) and barely weightless. Karma Komba (what I’m holding below) is my personal favourite and I’ve managed to finish just two bars (used an average 2 weekends per month) throughout 2014.

LUSH just introduced six new shampoo bar variants that are soo delectable. It was so hard to zero on a variant to try on the spot!

Honey I Washed My Hair
Beehive, honey
A honey shampoo made with our best-selling toffee sweet scent, for soft and shiny hair with a little lift. With 5% Fair Trade honey, hair is left really softened without being flattened and full of moisture. Comb, honey?

Lullaby
Sleepy head
A gentle shampoo with ground almonds to exfoliate the scalp, softening oats milk and lots of lavender (scented with Lush’s Twilight fragrance) to help send you off to the world of lullabies. Ideal for young people washing their head before bed.

Braziliant
Mane Carnival
Strengthen and condition hair with andiroba oil, a new ingredient we are using from the Brazilian rainforest, and lift your mood with sunny orange oil.

Jason And the Argan Oil
Great hair is no myth
On a quest for stronger, shinier, softer hair? Try this argan oil-packed, Rose Jam-scented bar. Ideal for those with lighter hair tones.

Montalbano
Head of all heads
Sicilian lemon oil, olives and rosemary make this the godfather of shampoos for shiny hair, while popping candy simulates mafia gunfire! A really citrusy shampoo bar to leave the hair squeaky clean.

Copperhead
Perk up your hair
Perk up your hair with this mild shampoo, ideal for coloured locks. With coffee and melted henna (caca rouge) for shine. Although it won’t actually color your hair, it is a great choice for colour treated dark hair, conditioning it and bringing out the tones.

Gotta love our friends from LUSH — they treated me and the girls to an afternoon of serious pampering!


Can we take a moment to swoon over this pretty wall? <3

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Dress Up Your Lips with Happy Skin StyLIZed Collection

In the fashion and beauty industries, there are collaborations and there are COLLABORATIONS. Last Thursday, Happy Skin let the kitty out of the bag with their biggest collab to date with no other than celeb stylist extraordinaire, Liz Uy. :)


Liz Uy in Style Icon, Red Carpet, and 24 Carats <3

Happy Skin gets StyLIZed with a limited-edition collaboration with style icon Liz Uy! The fashion editor & celebrity stylist presents the three key lip hues to add to your style wardrobe: 24 CARATS (pink), RED CARPET (red), and STYLE ICON (nude). Like true style essentials, these lippies can be worn on different occasions and worn multiple ways. A must-have for every girl who wants to be StyLIZed!


Acrylic x Leather
Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie StyLIZed Collection

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Daily Luxe: Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Conditioner (Total Damage Care)

From November 2014 til January 2015, I think my hair’s really (and finally) had enough. I’ve damaged it more than ever in a streak of just three months. </3 How so?


Beach, sun, and sand damage in November


Freezing it off in Houston last December


Lifting the colour one more time (plus exposing it in -1C weather) early this January

Based on the last photo, I think you can tell that my hair could really use a lot of moisture. EEEP. Pantene and Sample Room heard my plea and sent me the first ever Cosmo Beauty Crush in the form of Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Conditioner. Pantene, through the latest innovation off of their labs, promises cure to up to 3 months worth of damage upon first use.

With up to 80% more key conditioning ingredient vs. Pantene’s regular conditioner, Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner contains the highest ever level of advanced Terminal Amino-Silicones (TAS), which flatten and smoothen the outer layer or the cuticle cells on the hair surface. This helps protect the hair’s inner structure or cortex, preventing future damage and moisture loss from styling. By protecting the moisture balance of hair, Pantene 3 Minute Miracle transforms brittle, rigid and damaged hair to touchable, soft and beautiful hair.

See the improvement from the first time you try it: Stronger, shinier hair inside out in just 3 minutes.

Damaged hair tips, like split ends, lose more protein than the roots. This protein loss leads to a cycle of damage as it hollows the hair.

Pro-V formula
• Helps repair and seal every strand of hair – reduce protein loss to stop the damage progression
• Helps prevent future split ends even in 3 months**
• Specially designed for daily use

*vs. non-conditioning shampoo
**with regular use

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