Friday, November 27, 2009

Giveaway Goodies: Win A Chanel Lip Gloss!

This time around Miu of Plusizekitten is giving away a brand new Chanel Lip Gloss for the best pouter!


*slurp* so good u wanna eat it!
my favourite: stila lip glaze in grapefruit
(don't hide your face, my pic is just an example)

To win the CHANEL lip gloss, Miu wants you to take a picture of yourself posing with your favorite lip gloss and a caption! Pout, pose, or do anything with your lip gloss so as long it looks real damned good or cool!

This is how to enter, leave a comment in Miu's blog post with your details:

Follower Id:
Blog Link: to your yummy lipgloss picture
If you don't have a Blog: email your picture.

For the weak hearted and extremely camera shy followers:
(like myself)

Just spread the news around by blogging & leaving your blogged link in the same blog post. The lucky blogger will win a travel size Stila Lip Glaze.

Terms & Conditions:

- contest starts 20/11/09 and ends 1/12/09
- only followers of plusizekitten can enter the contest, if you're not a follower please join by clicking the follow button on the right hand side of her blog (somewhere below the links).
- only complete entries are valid
- only 1 photo per entry
- bloggers can post up in their blogs while non-bloggers can email me a pic
- your pictures will be put up on her post for judging
- you can wear a mask/hide your identity while posing with your lipglaze (for those who's shy)
- judging is based on voting

So what are you waiting for, get posing and send in your entry now!

Happy posing and Good Luck!

By Abby

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Movie Buff: A New Moon Has Risen

I just returned from yet another movie premiere a few hours ago. If you haven't guessed, it was for the much-anticipated sequel to Twilight, entitled New Moon. New Moon has been gaining a lot of buzz the past week but does it live up to the hype?

Now I won't bore you by going into a summary of the movie. You, like a lot of other people, have probably already read one, watched the trailer on TV, on the Internet, or even seen movie posters. In a nutshell, this movie is a detailed introduction to Jacob Black, Bella Swan's (Kristen Stewart) good family friend who has had a crush on her since the first movie(of course). Don't we all love a good love triangle.

Consisting mostly of Jacob's (Taylor Lautner) story, there isn't much eye candy in the form of the lusted-over Edward Cullen, played by the mysterious Robert Pattinson (love!!). This is one of the gripes I have with this movie. But it does go according to the book so those who have read it will be able to follow the movie easily. The same can be said for the rest of the Cullen clan, who don't have very long scenes. Their normally good looks were also played down this time to help the new "pack" of characters stand out.

Personally, I found the movie too short in the sense that a lot of scenes were cut from the movie. Also, I think the makeup artists OD-ed on the white powder, especially on Edward's body in the scene where he exposes himself to the whole of Volterra! I love pale skin but he looked whiter than those masked faces in Chinese operas, which is saying quite a bit.

On the plus side, Team Jacob fans will get to see a LOT of flesh! And what nice flesh that was! He does get more dominant screen time in this one and proves to be able to stand his own against Edward. His secret is larger than life too if you know what I mean.

For Team Edward supporters, do not despair as Edward looks exceptionally exquisite in his scenes if I may say so myself. He looks flawless as ever, complete with nicely curled lashes! See if you can spot them! His scenes are dark and intense, sure to claim squeals of pleasure from the female audience, as it did in the hall I was in.

The Volturi, the "royals" of the vampire world, are scary at first glance, due to their blood-red eyes. Jane, played by Dakota Fanning, was very strong, her eyes terrifying. The trio were fun to watch. Especially Aro with his eye-popping eyes and fun demeanor. Volterra is beautiful sight, having been filmed in Italy. Sadly those scenes are rather short, I longed for more!

New Moon blows hot and cold, but in a good way. Jacob is the hot to Edward's cold. The sight were lovely, the music very suitable. Honestly, I prefer Twilight over this one. Mostly due to the fact that I am a huge Team Edward supporter but Jacob is starting to grow on me, thanks to that buff bod of his. One scene is especially hot, you'll know it when you see it! Am now looking forward to Eclipse, the third of the four part saga. I know for a fact that there will be a more equal amount of Edward and Jacob!

As this review was written solely on my own experience and point-of-view, I say go watch it yourself and create your own opinions! And do share them with me! I'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review financially or otherwise. Everything mentioned are my own thoughts based on my experience.

Giveaway Goodies: 'I Heart Cosmetics' Christmas Holiday Giveaway

Want a chance to win some goodies this Christmas? Read on for your chance!

Sarah of I Heart Cosmetics is having a Christmas Holidays Giveaway. Everyone and anyone, anywhere can participate. You have to be a Follower of her blog though so do that for your chance! Giveaway ends 3rd of December and winners will be chosen via and posted the next day.

What you need to do to enter
Basically this is easy peasy, all you need to do is
  1. post the link to this post on your blog and then comment in the box below and
  2. tell me your favourite holiday food or drink (for example eggnog or haggis!) this doesn't have to be Christmas, whichever holiday you celebrate at this time of the year
*Remember to become a Follower first or it doesn't count!

What you stand to win

1st prize

Sleek Cosmetics Graphite Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek Cosmetics Ink Pot Gel Eyeliner in Purple Rain
Gosh Darling Lipstick
Essie Chastity Nail Varnish
Rimmel Nail Varnish in Coralicious
Bourjois Black 1001 Cills / Lashes Mascara
Marks and Spencer Chocolate Snowy Balls Sweeties
Lush Sexy Boy Massage Bar (not pictured as I will pick up a
fresh one the day of posting)

2nd prize

Sleek Cosmetics Glitter Liquid Eyeliner in Glam (purple)
Gosh Darling Lipstick
Rimmel Nail Varnish in Orange Bliss
Marks and Spencer Chocolate Snowy Balls Sweeties
Lush let them eat cake lipbalm (not pictured as I will pick
up a freshly made one on the day of posting)

Good luck everyone!

By Abby

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Must Go's: Clarins "Power to Try" Workshop Update!!

On Saturday, 31/10/09, one of my girlfriends and I attended the Clarins "Power to Try" workshop held at their Training Centre in the AMODA building. Yup, it is the very one that was kindly organized by Miu. We went for the afternoon session.

Products for using and testing

All the sets ready to be taken home

Form with details, mirror, box of tissues,
cotton pads & buds, and personal bib

After everyone (or almost everyone) was in the room, Michelle started the presentation. We were introduced to Clarins' background, their founders, and taught about different skin types and products suited to those skin types. Some scary stuff were brought up, bringing the seemingly hushed room to a collective "Ooo..."

During the presentation we were taught how to properly care for our skin, from the cleansing to masking to makeup application. We got a sneak peek of their new Double Serum Generation 6 that helps "Boost" the 5 vital functions. Saw this in the papers a few days ago.

Some of the stuff I used:
Skin Care:-
Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser (Pink) - to remove makeup, dust....can also be used in case your water supply is cut (haha...)
Toner (Yellow) - Gentle toner that does sting eyes nor make my sensitive cheeks flare up
Beauty Flash Balm Mask - was adviced to try this instead of the HydraQuench Cream-Mask due to bruised tomato-ish shade of my cheeks
Eye Contour Gel - for day, refreshing feeling
BI-Phase Serum - needed lots and lots of hydration for my dehydrated
HydraQuench Cream - bring on the hydration!!
White Plus HP Sunblock - Clarins had to try to instill in us the importance of sunblock. Us lazy people.

No picture of me masking as I did not have the "white" face. Mine was almost skin coloured. Freaking orange shade when taken off with cotton pads though.

Pics of my gal pal and some other ghouls (I mean girls! was Halloween!!)

Complexion Perfector - can remove mascara smudges, used on the eye area
Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch - line filler, garnered lots of "Ooo"s from the crowd, myself included, going on my wishlist(!), really fills in those lines
Instant Light Perfecting Touch 01 - face base, 01 for fair skin, very light coverage, could still see my horrible spots
Blusher (Pink) - triangle style, only on apples of cheeks, never use below the nose line
Eye Lash Curler - could not get it to work, needed help, luckily for helpful assisstants!!
Instant Light Eye Base - helps absorb oil, gives eyeshadow more intensity
Double Fix Mascara - mascara sealer to help keep it from smudging
Lengthening/Volumizing/both Mascara - don't really dig mascara so I skipped this one
Refreshing Mist Long-Lasting Hold - to well, hold makeup in place, which it did.

Some of the stuff I used on my canvass

Michelle demonstrating the correct way to apply blush

Some of the things I learnt from the workshop:
1. A single eyelash takes 4 years to grow to full length! (gasp)
2. Always PAT excess water on your face. Don't wipe or fan with hands.
3. Sunblock is a MUST especially with the increasingly dangerous global warming happening these days.
4. Finally, how to do the Clarins Auto-Lifting Method! Been hearing so much about it yet not being taught how to actually do it.
5. Hydration masks (hydration ONLY) can be used everyday (yahoo!) AND do NOT skimp on the product!
6. Pigmentation take 5-10 years to appear. (scary much!)
7. A 3 step program is NOT enough! 6 is better.
8. The PROPER way to remove mascara (I do it the wrong way)

My mini haul and goodie bag!

Mini haul of HydraQuench Set

Goodie bag

If there ever is another workshop, event, anything, Count Me In!! Am now lemming some of those facials/body treatments/products!!!

Products on display

Facials! Here I come!

A very big THANK YOU to Clarins and Miu for giving us all the "Power to Try" and discover the wonders that is Clarins for ourselves.

By Abby