I have had a fair share in the luxury skincare department (yep I started splurging ‘investing’ in brands such as La Prairie, La Mer etc since I was very young!), and one skincare line that absolutely blows me away is the Dior Prestige, and the Dior Prestige huile souveraine replenishing oil serum is one of my favorites from the line (bought here in Australia). My affair with Dior Prestige can be backdated to a simple chat with a friend who has amazing taste, and she told me that once you have tried Dior Prestige products you can’t go back to other brands! I was deeply intrigued from that moment, and as a crazy beauty fanatic, I started doing research and found out that despite the exorbitant price tag, the sale of Dior Prestige skincare line is consistently topping other products/brands. Another interesting fact is that apparently, Dior spends the least amount of money on advertising their most expensive beauty products. Reason being – they don’t need to because they are selling so well and women are just hooked.

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Formula

Unlike most companies who purchase pre-made ingredients from factories in bulk, the prestige houses develop and make their own ingredients with the best raw materials. In this lush oil-serum, Dior has sourced the most expensive and rare roses – Rose Souveraine, which is the favorite rose used by Queen Marie Antoinette. Only the petals are used (not the entire rose) for extractions of the oil, and Dior undertakes a unique and ultra time-consuming extraction process (like a cold-press) to ensure the oil is ultra potent and efficient. The formula is simple yet luxurious – made of 100% natural oil and contains the highest concentration of Rose Souveraine for treating dry and aged skin, that guarantees to replenish and restore your skin like nothing else!

My Experience

The packaging is to-die-for. It is housed in a sturdy crystal-like glass bottle and truly looks like a piece of art. The formula is like an oil serum, and it has the finest and silkiest consistency that I have ever used. I actually can feel the difference in texture compared to other face oils when I had it applied the first time. It is absorbed into the skin immediately, with zero greasy residue and it does not make the face look and feel oily. There is also a beautiful soft fresh rose smell that lingers on the face for a while, which makes this oil even more luxurious to use.

Immediately your skin feels deeply nourished and unbelievably soft and radiant. Overnight, regardless of how dry and sensitive your skin is, the serum will restore the moisture level back to its best. I have used it in the minus zero winters in the Northern European countries as well as during seasonal changes where my skin was dry and irritated, and the serum never failed to work as a miracle oil overnight. Over time, I can clearly see that my complexion is rejuvenated as it appears more even and plumped with a glow, and makeup glides on beautifully. Best of all, if you want to adopt a simple skincare regime, this powerful anti-aging serum is all you need after cleansing and toning, as it doubles as a serum and moisturizer, and the product alone is more effective than having multiple average products.

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Application

Use once or twice daily depending on your skin condition, or as a one-month intensive treatment. About two pumps are needed per application. The oil is 50ml so it will last you 4-5 months of daily use.

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Bottom Line

My Holy Grail and highly recommended!!

 

 

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Recent Purchases

June 12, 2017

Sharing some of my favorite fashion purchases lately including some great sales scores!

When it comes to shopping during the sales season, I tend to buy the item that I had already set my eyes on for a while and they happened to be reduced now – case in point is this super cute and playful Loewe sweater with the house’s famous elephant print. I first saw it on Net-A-Porter as their essential item which means it will never be on sale, and I couldn’t believe my luck that I found it here with 50% off! I am planning to wear it with either a denim skirt or a bright colored leather skirt.

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Another favorite item is this Sandro Paris neoprene tracksuit jacket. I am a big fan of Sandro Paris clothing in general, and love the sporty and retro vibe of this jacket which looks really great pairing it with a pair of jeans.

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Last but not least, I have been living in these sock boots over the past month. They are by Tony Bianco, super lightweight, affordable and extremely comfy for high heels!

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Here is a better image I found on Tony Bianco’s site.

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My obsession with nude nail colors continues – sharing a quick swatch post for my current favorite nail color – the Chanel Le Vernis Beige Beige 556 (bought here in Australia). It’s a classic true beige color with a peachy pink undertone in gel finish. If the look of muted blush, beige and soft brown tone is your thing, then this color is right up your alley!

The consistency of this particular color is slightly too thick for my liking as I always prefer applying multiple thin coats. I need to add a few drops of nail polish thinner so it applies beautifully with 3 coats in a streak-free finish. The reformulated formula stays chip-free on me for at least 5-6 days.

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Whenever there is a new Tom Ford makeup release, we all know there’s going to be a race as a lot of popular items tend to sell out within hours! With the latest Tom Ford Soleil 2017 collection,  I managed to pick up two of the most popular clutch sized Soleil lip balms (LE) – 02 Neotropic and 04 Fathom (bought them here in Australia) These lip balms have taken luxury to a new level packaged in the iconic Tom Ford design in a super cute mini size. The formula is very user-friendly for applying on-the-go for adding a flush of color as well as moisturization.

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The lip balm has the size as the lips and boys, but in a beautiful glossy white case with gold trim. It doesn’t feel waxy nor ultra balmy like a traditional lip balm. The texture is quite hard (unlike the FRESH lip treatment that breaks easily) so you will not add too much product on the lips. It applies silky smooth and feels completely weightless on the lips. The pigment is on par with a sheer lipstick – 2 swipes give enough coverage for adding the right amount of color with a degree of translucency. It doesn’t make your lips look overdone, and gives a very pretty youthful and fresh look. Lasting power is about 4 to 5 hours.

As for a lip balm, it moisturizes the lips mildly – good enough for keeping your dry lips soothed throughout the day, but not nourishing enough for dry and chapped lips.

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02 Neotropic is a bright orange color. It’s must-have color me as it’s different to the usual pinks and reds, and it’s a very wearable orange color as it’s not too warm and it instantly brightens up the complexion

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04 – FATHOM is a pretty pink red

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Swatch on hands – the finish appears more glossy when swatching on the hands, but once it’s applied on the lips and blended out it gives a semi-satin finish.

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The long awaited Sephora 20% off everything for gold and black members is starting tomorrow! I used to be super envious of the Sephora sales overseas, and it is good to see that we Aus beauty lovers are getting an equivalent shopping advantage! Sharing my wishlist as well as my recommendations.

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1.  ZOEVA – Really like this affordable brand. My recommendation is the Zeova Nude Eye Spectrum Eye Shadow Palette (reviewed here), and their lovely brush set.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills – World’s most wanted eyeshadow palette – the Modern Renaissance Palette is restocked on Sephora and is on sale! Reviewed here.

3. Kat Von D – Been eyeing the Kat Von D Lock-il Powder Foundation and the Concealer Cream for a while so will be getting them during the sale! The pigmentation and coverage are amazing in this range with a broad color range, and texture is buttery and silky smooth to the touch.

4. OUAI – Loving this new hair care range. My favorite products include the Repair line and the hair oil.

5. 3CE – If I could only get one product from 3CE, it would be the Under Eye Flash. The quality of them is on par with the high-end brands ie Chanel eye stylo, and there is a lovely range of colors to choose from for lining the under eyes. My favorite colors are the peachy bronzey colors including 01 Romanticism and 04 Brown Sugar. The Liquid Lip Color also offers a range of pretty colors that would look flattering on most complexions.

6. SK-II  – The Genoptics Aura Essence is one of the best brightening and hydrating serums I have used. Reviewed here.

7. Benefit Cosmetics – Two must have products for me include the Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer for contouring (just the perfect matte shade for contouring for a natural effect) and the Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil that is super easy to use and stay put the whole day (reviewed here).

8. Clinique – It’s not just a foundation, the Chubby Stick also makes a great contouring product that takes no skill to apply on the go! My foundation shade is NC15-20, and I go for the shade Bountiful Beige in this range to create the most natural result that mimics the real shadow effect. It is much easier to use than a pro-contouring product, so if you are a novice in this field, I highly recommend to give this a try!

 

 

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I went on a lip serum quest ever since my favourite YSL Eye and Lip Serum had been discontinued, and I finally found one that works just as good – the Verso Lip Serum with Retinol 8.  The only downfall is that it is not cheap for a lip product, but it is hard to go back to the traditional lip balms after having used the serum. If you have splurged on the luxury lip balms such as La Mer or Cle Dea Peau, the verso works 100 times better for the same price!

The difference between a lip balm and a lip serum is that former works as a thick film that just sits on top of the lips to protect them from chapping. Lip serum is much more lightweight yet more intensive and nourishes the lips from within. With the Verso, you only need to apply it once a day (preferably before bedtime), and it keeps your lips soft, smooth and moist for the whole day. I have not seen any chapped skin and dry lines on my lips since I started using the serum, and best of all, the result is long lasting so there is no lip balm retouch required during the day! It also helps the lipsticks in dryer formula glide on more smoothly.

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The Verso contains their signature retinol which is a powerful anti-aging ingredient. The active ingredient is supposed to fight the aging appearance of your lips, by making them appear more plumped and reducing the lines. My lips are not in a bad condition yet, so I can’t really attest that. The Lip serum comes in a user-friendly applicator, and the formula is lightweight and has a nice luxurious balmy consistency on the lips. A tiny amount (as seen in my swatch)  is enough and you will notice a change overnight.

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Ingredients

-Hylaronic Acid
-Retinol 8
-Turmeric
-Crambe Seed Oil

Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Glyceryl Rosinate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Canola Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil Phytosterol Esters, Olea Europaea Oil Unsaponifiables, C12-16 Alcohols, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Isohexadecane, Water, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Tripeptide-1, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Salicylate, Cera Alba, Retinyl Retinoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Curcuma Longa Root Extract, Tocopherol, Beta-Sitosterol, Squalene, Glycine Soja Oil, Aroma, Limonene, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil.

 

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Loving Right Now

May 17, 2017

Just a round up on what I am loving recently.

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  1. Cle De Peau Silky Cream Foundation (previously named teint naturel fluide cream foundation) – One of the staples I have had for many years, and it’s one of the most classic foundations of Cle De Peau which has been around for a long time under different packaging and names! I am up to my last backup and due for a repurchase (reviewed here). It’s just a classic Cle De Peau foundation that stands the test of time – gives a beautiful semi-matte finish with a great coverage whilst still looks natural. The texture is phenomenal and only a small dab is enough for the whole face and it blends effortlessly with just the fingers. Highly recommend if you are after an all year-round foundation and want to dip your toe into the luxury beauty world of premium Japanese beauty Cle De Peau.

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2. Verso Lip Serum – It offers more than a lip balm. This is an anti-aging lip serum that only needs to be used once before bedtime. I was a little shocked at the price of it but it beat any lip balms that I had used for nourishing my dry lips and restoring the youthful appearance as it is formulated with their signature retinol ingredient for anti-aging and plumping. Full review to come soon.

3. Dior Forever Cushion Foundation – Can’t stop gushing about this cushion foundation – reviewed here. If I want a no-makeup makeup look, I opt for this one.

4. Benefit Hoola Lite Matte Bronzer – Contouring products are over saturated in the market, but I am still having difficulty finding a product with the right shade that is neither orange nor too dark for my complexion. The newest Hoola Lite powder is perfection for mimicking a real shadow effect. One of the best contouring powders I have came across, and I need a backup!

5. Byredo Candle – You probably would have seen this in many instagram pictures lately. This month I am loving the Breydo which is my favorite alongside Diptyque – they offer a wide range of fragrances in candles that are very unique. Love their minimalist design and the quality is on par with Diptyque. I bought mine here with worldwide shipping.

6. Suqqu Eyelash Curler – Back to loving this eyelash curler. I didn’t understand the rave about it when I first got my hands on it, but the more I’ve used it the more I love it for curling my deadly stubbornly straight Asian lashes. Reviewed here.

7. Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm – A super luxurious and nourishing body cream for my dry skin in winter. It has a signature Aesop aroma scent and it lingers on the skin for a long time! Love it. Also available in smaller size.

8. Dior Addict Lacquer Stick – I am always spoilt with many choices of lip colors. This month I am loving the new Dior lacquer sticks (reviewed here). I wear lazy during the day most of the time, and love Party Red which is a super flattering red when I am in the mood for color!

9. 3CE Liquid Lip Color – I have previously talked about this Korean Brand and they have a huge range of makeup at an affordable price point, albeit the quality is a bit hit and miss. I bought many shades on StyleNanda, as I just can’t resist these beautiful colors that are right on point yet very wearable for my complexion. Some shades have a lovely full coverage consistency, and some shades are quite watery. They are also available at Sephora Australia.

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Peel is a game changer for my skin which had suffered from congestion since the teenage years. Prior to my “greatest discovery”, my skin tended to have blocked pores (aka black/whiteheads) on my nose, chin, and the cheeks. I had tried a gazillion pore clearing, clarifying and refining lotions and creams and none of them have completely solved the problem (albeit I have seen a mild improvement that makes the skin texture appear smoother). I had even stopped putting anything on my face (including makeup) for several weeks and apart from ‘feeling extremely insecure’ it didn’t help much either. My dermatologist told me to cut out dairy from my diet as it could contribute to the excessive oil production, and unfortunately, that did not work out either.

If you have the same skin problem as me, then I highly recommend you to give peels a go! To have your skin completely renewed and pores refined drastically, a medi-salon peel is the best option. I get one once or twice a year combined with micro-needling and the result is beyond phenomenal as it clears up and shrinks every single pore. There are a few days of downtime required as your face will look ‘badly sunburnt’.  To keep up the amazing poreless baby-like skin, I have incorporated a home peel to my skincare regime. The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel is my favorite so far as it’s strong so it works. They have 3 levels of strength – extra strength, original (normal) and extra gentle. Since my skin is used to having strong treatments,  the extra strength does a good job for me without any irritation. If you are new to the world of peel, then perhaps start with either gentle or original.

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Another reason I love using the 2 -steps peel is the convenience as there is no rinse off required. It comes in 2 bottles, and there are 30 pre-saturated cotton pads in each bottle. Dr. Dennis recommends to use them every day. As for me, I use it 3 to 4 times a week and it is good enough for me to maintain the clear skin. If I didn’t have a salon peel, I would use this every day for a better result.

The peel does not dry out the skin and there is no irritation or redness after each use. Immediately you notice your skin is more smooth and makeup glides on beautifully. Over a period – when all the dead skin cells are ‘shed off’ and new cells have renewed, I can see that my skin appears more smooth, clear and refined, and it also helps the skin to absorb other skincare products better. The clarity is improved, and it brings back a natural glow to the complexion. Best of all, the pores have become decongested and more clear.

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How to Use:

I apply them at night. The pads are very ‘wet’ so it is enough for application to the whole face, neck, and décolletage.

Step 1 of the peel is for deep exfoliation and refining. It has higher concentrations of alpha and beta hydroxyl acids (than the original version) plus the additional of mandelic acid and willowbark extract, acids.

Step 2 immediately nourishes this newly revealed layer of skin with soothing, anti-aging ingredients. The formula more powerfully battles fine lines and wrinkles, large pores and uneven skin texture—but still without irritation.

The peel comes in different sizes. I bought them in the size 30 application, and it also comes in a mini size of 5 applications which is very affordable and allows you to experience the product without hurting your budget. I bought mine here with free worldwide shipping.

Ingredients

Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid,Citric Acid, Mandelic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark Extract, Genistein, Chamomile, Green Tea Extract, Retinol, Phospholipids, Vitamins A, C, E, Yarrow Extract, Ubiquinone (CO-Q10), Resveratrol.

 

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