Monday, 1 September 2014

August Favourites

Eeeeekkkkk!!! Has August really come to an end? How oh how did the time managed to escape me? It felt like only yesterday I wrote about my July favourites (read here) and now here I am posting about my August favourites. I swear the older I get, the faster time passes by. Maybe it's just me feeling this way...please tell me I am not the only one feeling this way? It would be refreshing to not be the awkward one for once.

August has been a crazy month for me. There were a few changes in my life and I mean big changes. I was officially unemployed on Saturday, 16 August. For the first time after many years, I am jobless. It felt strange and in the days leading up to my final day reporting to work, there were many anxiety, nervousness and yes, tears. I have always had a job, was always working since I was 19. Not having a job felt like my safety net was forcibly yank from beneath me and it is scary. But as I am typing this now, I must admit that there was nothing for me to worry about. Hubby dearest has been extremely supportive and I am more than happy to be taking up the role of a full time home maker. Besides, I am really looking forward to our new life in Canada which is in less two weeks time! Yay!

Since I am no longer working, my makeup routine has changed tremendously. I still need to look as humanly as possible but the routine is way more simple.

It should be no surprise that Bourjois products dominates August Favourites. Bourjois which a sister company of Chanel has impressed me with the quality of their products. I caught myself reaching for Healthy Mix Serum foundation (review here) almost every day and if you wonder just how much I like this product? Well, so much that I have packed away all my other foundations ready for the move except this one. I just can't get enough of it. It's light, long lasting with a beautiful dewy, healthy finish. What else can I ask for?

A new comer in my makeup collection and the one product that surprised me the most was COVO HD Picturesque Loose Powder* (review here). I did not expect to like this powder as much as I did but it has been absolutely brilliant. I have been using this everyday which is completely unheard of in the House of Platt.

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in Healthy Mix (review here) and 1 Seconde Volume mascara (review here) has permanently been in my makeup rotation in the month of August. Now that I no longer have to go office, natural makeup has been my go to look. The blusher gives me a warm soft healthy glow and the mascara defines my eyes beautifully without going overboard.

A favourite post will not be complete if I don't present one of my top obsession, a lipstick. It would be a crime if a lipstick addict like me did not have a favourite lipstick. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my beloved and one of MAC's iconic lipstick, Lady Danger. I received compliments every time I wear this shade. It is a gorgeous bright red with a strong orange under tone. This is a matte lipstick that is long wearing but the good news, it's not too drying. I do recommend using a lip balm beforehand to protect your lips.

So that is my short list of August favourites and to be honest, using less makeup has been liberating. What about you? What are your August favourites?

NOTE: Don't forget to join my giveaway to stand the chance to win 3 COVO Kiss-Proof Matte Lip Fluids. Click here to join!

Friday, 29 August 2014

COVO Kiss-Proof Matte Lip Fluid Media Launch and GIVEAWAY

I had an exciting day on Wednesday and for those of you who follows me on Twitter and Instagram, you will know that I am referring to me attending my first PR event. I was invited by Ms. Julie Wong the founder of COVO Cosmetics to attend the media launch of their latest product, Kiss-Proof Matte Lip Fluid. This event was held at One Utama shopping centre and can I say wow, I haven't visited this mall for so many years and what a huge change indeed. I really need to get out more often...

For this event, COVO collaborates with a renowned Italian makeup artist, Francesco Riva who has over 20 years of experience under his belt. He has worked with many international cosmetic giants, fashion runways, magazines and even movie sets so this is a man who knows his art well. While demonstrating how to use lip fluid, he offered 5 tips on how to achieve the perfect matte lips.
  1. Exfoliate with an old toothbrush and water to remove dry skin.
  2. Choose the perfect lip fluid shade to suit your skin tone.
  3. Choose a shade that is right for the size of your lips. For example, avoid dark colours if your have thin lips.
  4. Use your finger tips to dab the fluid to your lips for a softer look.
  5. Fully remove lip fluid from your lips to avoid staining with a makeup remover.
Francesco Riva demonstrating on a model
Kiss-Proof Matte Lip Fluid is the latest offering from Malaysia beauty brand, COVO Cosmetics and comes in 6 different shades; Marshmallow, Wonderland, Spellbinder, Sunshine, Magical and Rainbow.

This product claims to be 'kiss proof' and long lasting throughout the day with high-impact colour. As you can guess from its name, this product follows the footsteps of NYX Matte Lip Cream, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet and the likes. It applies as a cream and within a minute dries down to a beautiful matte finish. Lip fluid is formulated with Vitamin E to moisturise the lips, without parabens and like all COVO products, it is cruelty free.

I really had fun at this launch and it was an eye opener on how much work was done to make this event a success. All the beauty assistants on duty were well trained and they were very helpful in explaining each product. They patiently applied and demonstrated the products to customers who requested it and was very attentive to everyone. 

I do wish I had the guts to walk up to others and try to make friends. But I was a little shy and felt slightly awkward so I ended up keeping to myself while taking lots of pictures. I do promise myself that if I am invited to another PR event, I will summon the courage to introduce myself and get to know others.

Now for the very fun part...

I am giving away three COVO Kiss-Proof Matte Lip Fluids to ONE lucky winner! One of my readers will have the opportunity to try these lip fluids which is currently available only in Malaysia. The winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter.

This giveaway is open internationally and will run until Sunday, 7th September 2014 (Malaysia time). The winner will be announced and contacted within 48 hours. If you like the chance to win three COVO Kiss-Proof Matte Lip Fluids then please enter via Rafflecopter form below and leave your email in the comment box so it will be easy for me to contact the winner. Good luck all! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

                                               *Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored giveaway. All products were bought by me. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

REVIEW: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream and Eye Cream

It is no secret that I suffer from dry skin and on some days which is usually one too many, I suffer from very dry skin. Dry patches around my nose and eye areas are well documented in the House of Platt. I have lost count how many times hubby dearest has caught me prodding my dry skin. Yes, it is bad and no, I couldn't stop myself.

When I was given the opportunity to try Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream* by a friend, I was quick to jump on it like a hungry man on a Christmas ham. I still love using that phrase after hearing it from the movie Remember the Titans many years ago. I love Denzel Washington, he is definitely my favourite actor of all time and I believe I've watched nearly all of his movies. I think I fell in love with his acting after watching John Q, what an absolutely brilliant movie. And look at me veering way off course! Focus Shireen, focus...okay, back to topic.

I was pleasantly surprise when I received the package and discovered she was kind enough to include a sample size Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream for me to try too.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Estilo Spanish Tapas Bar & Charcoal Grill, Publika (PORK FREE)

A couple of Fridays ago, I joined a couple of colleagues to have lunch at Publika. We have 2 hours lunch break on every Friday so we decided to drive out of town and try something new. It was a huge gamble though, with the unpredictable Friday lunch hour traffic but hey, you have to live life on the edge sometimes, no? Shamefully it was the first time I went there, yes, the first time even though it was located only 15-20 minutes from my home. I'm terrible, I know...

We walked around for few minutes, unable to decide where and what to have for lunch because that place is just packed with so many different offerings! There was a huge variety of restaurants, one would be spoilt for choice. We came across Estilo Spanish Tapas Bar & Charcoal Grill, Publika by chance. Our original destination was another restaurant but it was packed with people and with lunch time running out for us, we made a hasty stop here.

An open space with an interesting interior

REVIEW: Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (Waterproof)

It is safe to say that my obsession with mascaras are well documented in the House of Platt. It is so bad that hubby dearest will steer me away from mascaras...well, and lipsticks or every darn makeup item if possible. But mascara is definitely listed right on the top of his red zone. He knows his wife is able to sniff mascaras from 10 miles away...

Most of my mascaras are high impact type. I love the ones that made my lashes look va-va-voom. Why? Well, thanks to my thin, short and sparse lashes (thanks dad!) I usually go for mascaras that gives me the extra length, volume...okay, an extra of everything. It can be quite dramatic for day time so I set out on a quest to look for a mascara that is subtle enough for day time look but dramatic enough to define my eyes.

And this is when my love affair with Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (Waterproof) bloomed.

I have been longing for this mascara ever since I read the review on Makeup Monster (her reviews are amazing and she makes me want to be a bad, bad, bad girl!) so when Bourjois finally arrived on Malaysian shore, this was one of the items that I instantly zoomed in.

The first thing that I notice was the formula. It was perfect, not too thick, not too wet/dry. And then my eyes saw the one glance it looks like a shorter, blunt version of Benefit They're Real mascara (review here) but when I closely examine it, it is actually a combination of short straight bristles with little spheres in between. I believe this enable the wand to easily coat every lashes, yes, even the finest micro lashes like mine. And if you are curious about me trying this mascara in one second? The answer is no, I may be dense at times but I am not that dense to try and poke my eyes out.

This mascara gave subtle volume which was perfect for day time use but what I like most about it was the way it beautifully separates all my lashes. It gave my lashes a natural feathery look, soft enough for day time but not too soft that it doesn't define my eyes. I had no problem with flaking and this mascara also withstood the rain and humidity. Major love.

I do wish this mascara would hold the curl better but alas, it didn't perform that well in that department. One can't have it all, I guess. However, I can't really fault the mascara as my naturally stick straight lashes are tough, there are days that I am convinced the only way for my lashes to remain curled is by using a curling tong.

I adore this mascara and have been using it on most days when I am going for a very natural look. Surprisingly, I could also get away with using only this mascara alone without eyeliner, something that I never thought possible with a lower impact mascara like this.

Bourjois has really surprised me with the quality of their products. It is pretty much in the same price range as L'oreal and Revlon but Bourjois's quality far surpass both. I have a strong feeling that I will be picking up more products from Bourjois...the force is strong with this one.

Gosh...I am such a geek.

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Secrets of Blogging Tag

Hi luvs! So here is the story, I was tagged to do "The Secrets of Blogging Tag" by Victoria Nightingale of VVNightingale (she has to be one of the sweetest person I've met here, do check her out!). I do love doing tagged post, for some reason I have a soft spot for it. It is always a fun and enjoyable post for me to write and hopefully, it is also fun for my readers too.

So here it goes...*drumrolls*...questions please!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

REVIEW: COVO HD Picturesque Loose Powder SPF 10

My relationship with loose powder goes a long way back. Our relationship is like a woman on PMS, there are the rare good days, the bad days and then, there are the screaming, throwing darts/vase/whatever that is in my hands-will-land-on-your-head days. It's the bloody charm of having dry, borderline very dry skin. Loose powder has always magically enhance my dry patches especially around my eyes and nose area. Yes, the same areas where I need a little powdering so my foundation will last throughout the day. What can I say? I am oh-so lucky...

Recently I was given the chance to try COVO HD Picturesque Loose Powder SPF 10* by Ms. Julie Wong, the founder of COVO Cosmectics herself. COVO (COsmetic eVOlution) is a local Malaysian brand which believes in Luxe for Less. This means you get top quality products for less price. Their products are animal derivatives free, not tested on animals which makes them a cruelty free brand or as explained by Julie, COVO is vegan.

For those of you who have been following my blog, you might recall my not-so-pleasant first encounter with COVO HD BB Cream (review here). I was sceptical at first, like I always am but since this is one of COVO best selling product, I thought why not? I have seen the worst of what a loose powder can do to my skin so how bad can it be?

COVO HD Picturesque Loose Powder SPF 10 (MYR95.00)*