Friday, September 23, 2011

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Review

Before I left for my Vegas trip in the summer, I decided to purchase the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation because I was intrigued by missglamorazzi's great review and its compact size. I tried it a few times at the counter and fell in love with the scent. However, the price was what stopped me... $45 for 30ml. I finally gave in, and here's my review on the product.

This foundation is not full coverage. It's light, but buildable. It took me a while to get used to its coverage. However, in order to achieve a fuller coverage, more product needs to be applied - money wasted. The texture is an interesting mousse form, you need to shake well before use, or else you'll get that greasy watery liquid. It applies and blends well, not streaky at all which I like, but like I said before, you need to build up the coverage. The product gives a satin / dewy look. At first, I loved the scent, it smells like expensive skincare to me, but after a while, I felt it was too strong of a scent for a foundation.

It has SPF15, my shade is B20.

I feel like this is a good travelling option if you don't mind splurging. It's light enough to wear during the day and it doesn't feel like you have a thick layer of foundation on. Having a little SPF with it is a plus. At night, you can easily apply more to build up more coverage. The packaging is very compact, making it easy to carry. The downside is the price. I think it is very expensive for the amount of product. And to build a fuller coverage, a lot of product needs to be used. I don't think I'll buy it again if I run out.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall 2011 L'oreal Sale Haul

I want to share my L'oreal Sale haul with you girls! I skipped the sale last time around because I wanted to cut down my beauty products spending... but I've heard that they had some Shu Uemura stuff and I regretted not going! This time, I made sure to ask my friend to save me a ticket and am I glad when I saw the Lancome cosmetics counter there!

I picked up two things - a Lancome lipstick in Blush Classique ($13.75) and the Fond de Teint foundation in Lifting Porcelaine 20 ($24.25). I kinda regret taking the brown artliner out of my bin last minute...

The reason why I bought a lipstick is because I already own a Lancome lipstick in Rich Cashmere and it is my favourite lipstick in my collection - it's extremely moisturizing, and the scent reminds me of an expensive lipstick (lol). Not to mention that I bought it at the retail price of $34, and the sale was selling it for less than $14!! Lancome has slowly become one of my favourite cosmetics brands - I like their quality and the packaging.

I can't leave a cosmetic sale without some sort of skincare product (I'm quite obsessed -_-). I reviewed the Skin Vivo Cream before.. and I mentioned that I probably won't buy it again. However, I was intrigued by the Skin Vivo night cream so I decided to buy this set for $61, which includes a sample of the Skin Vivo serum as well.

Other drugstore products that I picked up are...
Garnier Skin Renew face massager $5
Maybelline the Falsie Mascara $3.75
L'oreal liquid eyeliner in black $4.75
L'oreal Hip pencil eyeliner in black $4.75
Essie nail polish in Chinchilly (not shown) $5
Fructis Shampoo and Conditioner $2 each

One awesome surprise when I was at the cashier was that our ticket has a 10% discount code so I got a good $15 off!! The cashier lady said not all the tickets have it. The ladies behind us sure were jealous! I didn't end up getting any Shu Uemura products because I thought they were quite pricey.. and the quality wasn't as nice as I'd hoped...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Way overdue: Las Vegas Trip

I've been an extremely bad blogger lately. Life in general has not been nice so I took some time off the blogging world to recoup. Some people like to share their worries, but I like to be alone and spend some private time.

I went on a 4 days girls trip to Vegas in mid July to celebrate my best friend T's bday. It sucks that many close friends are away from me geographically :( She went to study in Hong Kong after university, and only comes back once a year! I visited Vegas 2 years ago with my family so as you can imagine, it was a very different experience than this time around. We stayed at Monte Carlo Hotel, which was decent for its price in my opinion. But if I were to visit LV again, I would choose something more fancy - maybe Aria?

First night at Tao!

We hit up Marquee Day Club at the gorgeous Cosmopolitan Hotel for some tanning time!

Then XS at the Wynn at night

T&me - we go wayyy back... like since 5 years old? lol.

Seafood buffet at Rio!

We did sneak some shopping time at the Fashion Show Mall and one of the outlets. I didn't buy a whole lot - just a few tops at F21 and some work clothes at Banana Republic. Other than that, some of us went to see the David Copperfield magic show at MGM... It was not bad, but I kind of regret not seeing Cirque du Soleil :S All in all, it was a hectic trip. I was even crazy enough to go back to work right away after a redeye flight. I think I've had enough for Vegas for a while - won't be visiting for at least another few years!