My very own Vanity Trove!

Remember I mentioned about Vanity Trove’s new customization feature? Well, the lovely people from Vanity Trove gave me a chance to get one. And I did!
You had a whole page of items to choose from! Vanity Trove gives you free hand to pick anything you want from the whole list available! I decided to go for an all rounder box which covered the body, hair and face. These are my picks!

When I got this box I immediately dived in and tried everything so for the first time in never I have something to say about my experience with the products in the box!

For the Hair:



L’Oréal Professionnel | Liss Ultime Shampoo (500ml/RM79) 15.8

A smoothing shampoo for unmanageale hair. It uses the oil Incell technology to help provide control and nourishment to tame unmanageable hair. Oil Incell is a combination of Incell and nourishing oils (olive + argan) to soften, nourish and enhance the texture of the hair fibre.



L’Oréal Professionnel | Liss Ultime Masque (200ml/RM67) 25

A smoothing masque for unmanageable hair. It nourishes, smooths and helps to protect against humidity. This hair mask also uses the Polymer AR technology which envelops the hair to help protect against humidity and locks in moisture.

 

I think this is my second bottle of Liss Ultime Shampoo I got from beauty boxes so I could not ignore it anymore! For 2 boxes to feature this product it has to be good right?
Well, since this is my first time using L’Oreal Professional products I would say – not bad. The shampoo doesn’t really foam up much for me but it still cleanses quite well. And the conditioner, well, it was a little lighter than what I am used to. Maybe I am picky because I am using the super thick Lush BIG solid conditioner. Hmm.. The fragrance for the Liss Ultime range is quite pleasant and light. No stay in yfour hair forever here. If you were wondering, my flash made the color go all funky. These are actually in a pale purple bottles and not the blue/grey you see in my photo here.

For the Body:

 

Goat milk is naturally rich in skin smoothing lactic acid plus rejuvenating vitamins A and D. Renowned for its soothing and calming properties, it has been favored for generations as ideal for sensitive skin and treating dry and distressed skin conditions.
Tilley | Goat Milk Soap (Single Bar/RM12) 12
Wonderfully creamy in texture, Tilley’s goat milk moisturizing soup bars are gentle on sensitive skin and are free of harsh detergents and chemicals. Further enriched with skin conditioning Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil and Organic Cocoa Butter. The skin soothing body bar gently cleanses the skin.
 

Pure South | Goat Milk Milk Body Lotion (255ml/RM59) 13

 Pure South Organic Body Lotion with Fresh Goat’s Milk is highly moisturizing and nourishing for the skin. Scented with native Australian plant extracts and pure essentials oils which soothe and revitalize the skin naturally. 
I have both if this just sitting in my drawer and I did not realise it! How blur can I be?!
I finally finished The Body Shop soap bar that I have. Just in time for to try this out. Coincidence?
Well, I LOVED this soap bar! Unlike most people who avoid soap bars because it is said to dry out the skin I actually like using soaps. It gives me that squeaky clean feeling which only can be achieved with bathing with (most) soaps. I have tried quite a few types and this is the one is the makes you squeaky clean but doesn’t dry you out. And the best part – a little goes a long way! All you need is a little for the whole body. The scent is quite sweet but really faint for this soap. Or maybe my nose is a bit off these days =/
I slapped on Pure South Goat Milk Body Lotion just before bed and woke up to smooth soft skin. It’s texture is actually quite light and is lightly scented. It glides on easily and absorbs into the skin really quickly too! No ‘using circular motions’ needed to make this lotion go in your skin.
And last but not least, products for the eyes:

Talika | Lipocils Expert (10ml/RM185) 37

This amazing lash enhancer is composed of a blend of natural actives from the inventor of the original eyelash growth product in 1948 in France. It has no side effect. Whether you feel your lashes look too short, sparse, brittle or lack shine and curl, or if you just dream of longer, shinier, sexier looking lashes, Lipocils Expert® is your answer.
Bifesta | Eye Makeup Remover (145ml/RM26.90) 5.5
Gentle to your delicate eye area and eyelashes. High cleansing power ensures that no rubbing or tugging is required to protect eyelashes and delicate skin around eyes. Dual Effect of water and oil layer thoroughly removes even the waterproof mascaras. Non-sticky texture & High cleansing Ability Its cleansing power can even remove heavy eye makeup and waterproof mascara. All-In-One eye cleanser. This product is contains deep sea water, Vitamin B & E. Non-sticky texture & moisturizes while removing eye makeup.
 
OK, I realised that I don’t have anything to say on the Talika Lipocils Lash Enhancer. It says I need 28days to see results and knowing that I will be away on a short getaway and forget all about this, I shall start using this only after I get back! Promise!
I do not wear make up generally but I did just to try this out! I had on eyeshadow, a little liner and my brows done with my Sleek Eyebrow Kit which is a wax and brow duo. All I needed was a semi soaked piece of cotton and it all came off. Very easily I may add. Although it is a 2 layer (water and oil) remover, it seems less oily than my regular eye makeup remover.
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Looks good eh? I even calculated the value of all the items in there and it came out to about RM120! Which means I got more than double my money’s worth! Woot!
And in case you missed it, Vanity Trove has a RM10 coupon code out for you to use on any purchases on their website from now till the 25th! Click on the link to find out how!
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A Treat to Try at Vanity Trove

Heads up!
The lovely people at Vanity Trove are giving you a RM10 Voucher when you purchase your very own box of goodies! Just hop on to their website and key in VTMY10FORYOU for RM10 off any purchases from now till the 25th of August!

Mint Skittlette!

I liked the mint and glitter combination in my last mani that I decided to make a skittlete out of it! I was intending to do stripes or dots but that did not turn up to well and ended up with me removing the polish on both my pinkies.
I thought long and hard and went through a whole lot of nail art photos on my pinterest page and finally decided to take a cue from this pin by BedizzleNails and try to draw a rose on my digits! I did this once long before but never tried it again for reasons I don’t know. I think I was scared to mess it up!
I picked 2 shades of pink and a white and held my breath and painted dotted! All I used to draw my rose was a small dotting tool. I did try to use a brush but alas my hand wasn’t quick enough! The polish dried on the brush even before I could paint 2 strokes.
I was so happy with the rose and loved the pink on green so I painted my pinky the same pink as the rose. The little stud on my nail was added about 10 minutes after everything was done because I dinged it. Good cover up eh?

Colors I used in this manicure:

Baviphat #24
ulta3 Hot Spring
OPI Alpine Snow
No. 7 Paradise Love
China Glaze For Audrey

Owh, and if you were wondering, the small mint rhinestone I used in this post can be purchased from Born Pretty Store at only $0.99 for 100 pieces!

Crabtree and Evelyn Lip Butters

There was a Crabtree and Evelyn sale at my office the other day and of course being the hoarder that I am I had to go check it out. The items there were generally 30-50% off. There was their ever popular hand creams, handwash and hand lotion sets, men’s grooming products, soaps and a small box of lip butters at the payment counter.
Well, I for one have never noticed that Crabtree and Evelyn sold lip butters in their shops before. Maybe this was way before I jumped into the world of pretty fragrances. But when I saw it I knew I had to grab them. I got 4 actually (all the different fragrances there!)
So far I have used 2 of the four I purchased – the Vanilla Creme Brulee and the Pomegranate and Grapeseed ones – and I have been loving them!
To me the texture of these lip butters are somewhat a cross between a balm and a gloss. It applies creamy white and leaves a good gloss on your lips. Some may find it slightly sticky but I kinda liked it. It keeps the moisture and make my lips super subtle! I usually put this on at night before I sleep and wake up to pillow soft lips. No kidding.
Have you seen these little tubes around? Did you grab any?

[PR] ILNP: Pssst…. The Ultra Chromes Pre-Order Is On!

It’s time…

Order the ILNP Ultra Chromes early to guarantee your spot!

I know you all have been waiting patiently and I wanted to say thank you for the overwhelming response! I know these polishes will go fast so if you really want them, be sure to get your pre-orders in!

Click here to pre-order your Ultra Chromes!

Last but not least, this email wouldn’t be complete without some swatch pics!


Swatches above by XOXO Alexis Leigh. Click here to visit her blog for her full review and more swatches!

Swatches above by Very Emily. Click here to visit her blog for her full review and even more swatches!
I sincerely hope you all fall in love with your polishes the moment you get them. As always, I’ll be here if you ever need anything or ever have any problems. Just drop me a line!

Until next time,
-Barbra 🙂

PS – Don’t worry! There will also be an official release on 9/6/2013 in case you miss your chance to pre-order.

The All New modbox

modbox is back!!
A few months ago when they announce that they were going to halt subscriptions I was devastested. The most affordable and the beauty box that is most worth your money was going away for a break D: But now they are back, bigger (smaller actually) and better (most definitely!).
Here it is! The little box of beauty goodness!

And on the inside:

I love how they used a simple box and simple cards (which they personalized by the way). It gives you a eco-friendly vibe to the whole concept. And the box size – good for shipping polishes in. HAHA.

And lets get rolling!

Crabtree and Evelyn | Lavender Hand Therapy (25g/RM30)

Calm and soothe dry hands with this award-winning hand cream that features the finest English lavender oil. It will leave you with hands so soft, we guarantee you’ll never go back.
I am a sucker for hand creams. I have one on me all the time; One on my bedside; One on my study table and one in my office. And if you looked into my drawer you would see more than 3 tubes of hand lotion there. That’s how much I like them. So when I saw that this was on the list I just HAD to have it. And when you pick the hand cream, you will also get a Somerset Meadow EDT sample as well as a sachet of Tarocco Orange Body Lotion AND a 20% discount voucher from Crabtree and Evelyn. I have not stopped by there just yet. But I imagine I will be buying quite a fair bit. I can even hear my bank account crying. LOL.

Privia U New York | Perfect Pure Foam Cleansing (150ml/RM43)

A cleansing foam that features plant and natural herb extracts to cleanse effectively without stripping the moisture off your skin. (link
 
I have not tried this yet as I am in the process of finishing off my natural, no preservatives cleansers. I did take a whiff of it though – so far I am liking it 🙂



Murad | Hybrids Eye Lift Illuminator (1.8ml/RM165)

This amazing 2-in-1 is the perfect combination of skincare and makeup. It instantly conceals dark circles & brightens the eye area like a lightweight concealer, while reducing puffiness & increasing skin hydration and firmness like an eye treatment — ALL at the same time!

One weird thing about me is that I am a hoarder. Especially when it is in sachet form! But this little sachet is definitely going to be handy when I go on a trip at the end of this month! I think, cleanser aside, most of the beauty products are going to be samples. Lets hope I do not get any bad reactions from it all!

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So, now that I have showed you all the products, can you guess the price of this beauty box?

IT IS ONLY RM9! +RM6 for shipping



YUP! I kid you not! I did a rough calculation and this was what I came up with:

RM25 + RM8.60 + RM40 = RM73.60!!
The value of the box comes out to almost 8 times of the price I paid for it (or 5 if you include shipping)! And I get to chose what I get! No more dammit-what-am-I-going-to-do-with-this-product-that-I-will-never-use for me. YAY modbox! I am so glad you are back! Now, when is your next box coming out? I will definitely mark my calender to grab the next box!
If you are interested to get yourself a box just hop on to the modbox website. These products are still up for grabs 🙂

My take on A Mint Mani

…well kinda mint mani.
I did this mani not too long after I came back. It was meant to be a Mint Mani for Talia Joy. I did not post it before because life just got so hectic so soon. Jet lag, work, family, friends – it was so much to do when you only get 3 hours of sleep a night!
I am wearing China Glaze For Audrey and on my ring finger — nope, that is not a Deborah Lippmann nail polish I have there. It is actually a polish I picked up at Boots. No 7. Paradise Love to be exact!
I do not have Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaid Dreams to compare it to but it does look pretty similar to me. What do you think?