Friday, July 22, 2011

Beauty FAQ #10: Did You Know?

Q: I've forgotten my make-up bag. What's a quick pick-me-up for skin?

A: In a makeup SOS, use that lip balm floating around in your purse and dab it along the cheek bones, in the inner corner of the eye, down the middle of the nose and on your mouth to add instant luminescence.

Till then, good luck & stay flawless...
Mariella Liyana
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Product Review: Inglot YSM Cream Foundation

I promised a good friend of mine this review....
This is for you my dear... =)


I received some sample from Inglot during my recent visit to their brand new store in Malaysia, which is in Sunway Pyramid. I was ecstatic during my trip there, even if it was my 3rd visit by then. Still, there's nothing better than a posh, elegantly decorated beauty boutique that offers you a gazillion vibrant, wonderful colors to decorate your face.

Even describing it gives me the jitters.
I'm proud to be an addict. A makeup addict that is ^__^

I took a few pictures of their boutique.

[to be uploaded soon]

Since the interior was mainly made of squeaky-shiny-black top, every now and then, you'll see the MUA frantically wiping these tops so they stay finger-prints free.

Beauty FAQ #9: Did You Know?

Q: Is there a quick-fix remedy for combating acne?

A: Crush an aspirin with a few drops of water and dab to the acne at bedtime. It's antibacterial and will reduce the redness.

Till then, good luck & stay flawless...
Mariella Liyana
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pickup A Trend: Crimson Red

Hey beautiful...

Recently, I picked up a couple of hawt eyeshadows from Inglot. 
As I've mentioned before in my previous posts, I am deeply in love with Inglot eyeshadows because of its colors and how pigmented they are. Of course, also cause they're super affordable!!! Oh, did I mentioned that before, no?

As a person who is easily influenced by commercials and beauty blogger reviews, I picked up a couple of unique colors from Inglot based on recommendations from fellow beauty blogger cyber-pals. 

One of it is this nice, rich crimson red - #495
I hesitated at first. When on earth am I gonna use this color? It's RED, for God's sake!! 
The Malays would cringe and say 'Merah, mak ngah!'...LOL
But, I proceed to the cashiers with confidence...chewah!

Last weekend, while walking around Pavillion with my besties, Lynn and Yas, I bought this top from Forever21. Yeap, you guessed, I have a reason to use that red eyeshadow from Inglot.

Lynn & Yas
(perempuan senget!)

So here's the look I did...


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Latest MakeUp Haul July 2011


Howz your week going so far? Mine's great! cause both my CEO and my boss are not around today. Weehooo.....!

I was MIA last month and during that phase I did buy a LOT of cosmetic in between. Like I said, I might not be blogging but my insatiable desire for cosmetic goodies goes on....

I didn't really take a picture of all the things I bought, nor can I recall some of the things I bought. So, here's the latest I purchased thus far.

The story goes....I was looking high and low for a good foundation and I stumbled upon a Vlog reviewing the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation. But a few days before that, during my visit to KLCC I happened to try the new Guerlain Lingerie de Peau and fell in love with its texture.

So, I was torn between the two foundations. Hmmm...

I finally made up my mind, I'm getting the Guerlain foundation mainly because I've tested it and loved it. So off I went to the Gardens, Mid Valley since the two brands are available at each ends of the shopping complex. Laura Mercier at Robinson's and Guerlain at Isetan. At least, if I changed my mind...I can still get the other, no? Smart thinking...ha-ha-ha. Ya, ya...I know it's NOT rocket science. :P

I was super excited (everytime before any expensive purchase) and once I was at the Guerlain counter, I was dissapointed by the treatment given to me by the Guerlain staff. She was rather lethargic, not warm and friendly and certainly wasn't helpful AT ALL and I would say...she seems not interested with my business. Macam nak tak nak layan je! Pfftt....

Friday, July 15, 2011

Product Review: Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle

How is your day so far? Mine's pretty packed, as usual.

Today, let's do a quick review on the new Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle with SPF 26.
I wasn't sure of Lancome based on my previous 'bleh' experience with its compact powder. Infact, Lancome was not one of those brands I yearn for. Lancome and I do not share any chemistry, so to speak.

However, I was called (or in Bahasa Malaysia - terpanggil. Haha, funny seh!) to test Lancome's new liquid foundation. So, off I went to one of their counter in Jusco, Mid Valley.

I tried a couple of colors to see which color suits me well and asked a few questions to the SA. Unfortunately, when I requested for some sample. The SA rolled her eyes and told me that they ran out of samples. From her face, I could see that she wasn't really telling the truth. This irked me. Gravely irked me.

I have NO tolerance to BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE. I am a firm believer that the customer is ALWAYS right. And 70% of the time people buy a product because they like the person selling it. So, if you want your products to sell sista, you better have the right attitude. Kapish?!

Finally, after a few question-answer session, she came up with a tiny sample jar that 'happens to be lying around on the counter'. Pump me two pumps of the foundation, gave it to me while passing a sarcastic remark that goes like this..."Don't forget to come back ar and buy the foundation..." and smiled sarcastically.

Dalam hati, sabar je lah. Ape, kau ingat aku takde duit nak beli setakat foundation kau yang takde lah mahal gila pun?!!! I vow, even if the product is good...I'm never buying it from her!! Grrr...

Fine, water under the bridge. See, I can be forgiving =_=

Apart from the bad service, here's what I think of the foundation...

What's New: Theodora, the Empress of the Byzantine

In case you didn't know what is a Byzantine? No, it is not some kind of metal nor is it some kind of insect.

BYZANTINE is the name of an empire during the Middle Ages. The empire built its influence in the central of Constantinople. Inspired by Theodora an Empress of Byzantine, a potrait shown to Chanel Global Creative Director of Makeup, Peter Philips,created the Chanel 2011 Paris-Byzance Pre-Fall collection. The potrait was shown to him by Karl Lagerfield.

Theodora, the most holy Empress of Byzantine

Chanel 2011 Fall Collection inspired by Theodora

Backstage during the Chanel 2011 Paris-Byzance show
According to Style:, “We re-created the red eye shadow/liner that she wears on the arch of her eyebrows by drawing the shape with Le Crayon Lèvres in Rouge.” He dusted the eyelids with “a game of luminous golds and bronzes” by mixing the gold shades in Chanel’s upcoming Les 4 Ombres Eye Shadow Quad in Topkapi with Joues Contraste blush in Or and Mocha. Next, he added two more black lines along the outer edge of the upper and lower lash lines to create a “choreography between gold, bronze, black, and red.”

Chanel Paris-Byzance Fall Collection

A piece of Art! The Chanel Les 4 Ombres Topkapi eyeshadows.
Only 1,500 pcs ever created, a designer collectible indeed!
Source: Cafe Makeup

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beauty FAQ #8: Did You Know?

Q: What shade of blush is best for my skin tone?


Very pale skin tones - stick to pale pinks, apricots and beiges. Anything stronger will overpower your face

Yellowish skins - counterbalance your natural tone with warm coral tones

Pinkish skins - minimize red tones, which will highlight your natural tone; opt instead for a contrasting apricot

Olive/Tan Skins - go for pinks or peaches with gold undertones

Till then, good luck & stay flawless...
Mariella Liyana
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a) I've gone Dot Com, Yay! b) Reason behind 'dan'

Hello beautiful people,

Yeap, you read it RIGHT....I'm officially a DOT COM now. So it'll be easier for you girls to find me.

Pen this in your diary -

If you're wondering why the word 'dan' is used, it's because...

a) all the other and, N, n, were taken up

b) it's not cool to be a dot net, people get confused. I know I do :P

c) heck no way I'm going dot org.

d) 'dan' means 'and' in Malay language (for my readers from US, UK, Canada and all other countries)

e) I feel a little patriotic tonight so I was attracted to the idea behind the word 'dan'. Going back to my roots babeh, 'perempuan Melayu terakhir'  =__=

Since I've invested some money to become a dot com blog, "you better start blogging seriously, Liyana."
Sorry...that was a reminder to MYSELF T__T

Till then, good luck & stay flawless...
Mariella Liyana
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beauty FAQ #7: Did You Know?

Q: Should I apply a concealer over or under my foundation?

A: If you are trying to cover a blemish then foundation comes first and concealer is dabbed on afterward. If you are covering dark under eye circles use concealer only and keep foundation away from this delicate area.

Till then, good luck & stay flawless...
Mariella Liyana
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Pickup A Trend: Au Naturalle


In the spirit of embracing summer, the sun and the beach...I did this quick and simple do for those who want to get the effortless natural look.

Remember, a sun-kissed Goddess should not be OTT (over the top). Try to keep the makeup natural and neutral. So, more emphasis is given on the coral lips. :)

:: Au Naturalle ::

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Product Review: Dove Intense Repair Overnight Cream

I did a little experiment with my hair earlier. To see what happens when you stinge and try to color your hair on your own. This is after your previous hair color crawled down to your ear-level and you look like Cruealla De Vil's sister, the half blonde half brunetter sister.

I have very fine and limp hair and to actually go to a proper hair saloon and color my hair was a complete waste of money for me. Why? Because my hair is too little (sangat miskin) and fine and I'd only end up using 1/3 of the hair color, BUT pay for it in FULL. (that's the Accountant part of me talking, heh)

So, I cheated and bought Revlon's Hair Dye, Ammonia-free in Golden Brown from the nearest drugstore.

The result...

Frizzy, uneven carrot top for hair. And what makes it worst is that my hair is now coarse like a broom. Right after coloring it, I can barely comb my hair right. Heck, I can't even run my fingers through my hair without my fingers getting stuck in between it!

Yes, pretty stupid of me. But, this is all for the sake of an experiment (gone wrong!). I know, I'm in sue me!

What did I do next?
Well, nothing. I couldn't cause I had to fly off the next day. S**t!

Once landed safely, the first thing I hunt for is a conditioner. But luckily, while frantically searching for a good conditioner, I bumped into this....

Well, hello there...would you be my friend???

Product Review: L'Oreal Paris RevitaLift White Day Cream

Dearest beloved readers,

Forgive me, for I have be exact, I LIED.
I promised a couple of reviews in my previous entry and yes, I failed to keep my promises.
Bak kata pepatah Melayu, menanam tebu di bibir and I'm guilty as charged.

So, to redeem myself...I promise (yes, another promise!) to blog about all the reviews I mentioned in my earlier posts and those that I have thought of reviewing yet haven't gotten around doing so and those that I promised the lovely people whom emailed/text me requesting for special reviews.

No need name dropping, you know who you are...*winks gedik*

Ok, onto our topic for today.
But, before that...have a look at this picture:-

Source: MyMetro
What do you think???

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ask Me: How do I get flawless skin? My New Beauty Regime

For the past two months, I learned that people started noticing my skin. Regardless, I was in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong...people keep on pointing out to my skin.

I am one that is NOT blessed with good skin. Yes, I'm grateful for my features but as for my skin...I'm prone to breakouts, I'm shiny on the T-zone during midday and it gets worst cause I like to pop my zits. I know, gross right? But I do, it's a nasty habit of mine. Thankfully, I don't scar that much. Pheww...

So, when people started to compliment my skin...I was like;

"Whhhhaaaaattt?????" Are they crazy?! Can't they see these small little bumps everywhere, what my mom called the 'Telur Katak' on my face."

An then I headed to the mirror to show just where these Telur Katak is...and stopped. There weren't any! Ooommiiigggoooodddd.....

When I met up with my bestie since I was 13 years old, over the weekend...she pointed out to the same thing. No more telur katak, no more breakouts...Then it hit me, I've cured my face. Yeayyyyyy....

My Bestie since 13 years old. Owh, how we're 'grown', kan? Hahahah

But how did I do it? Honestly, I don't know.

I recently changed my Beauty Regime, for about 1 - 2 months now, so maybe you can try this out if you want to. Click here if you want to know my previus beauty regime.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dedicated to my Lovely Blog Readers

I hope you guys are not in the Bersih rally today...

First of all, thank you so much to my beloved readers out there for your support and for coming back to my page regardless of the fact that I was MIA for almost two months.

A snippet of my life while I was gone....

Yes, I was spending too much time "LIKE"-ing my friends' life story and stalking them on Facebook. Ok, you got me...I hit more likes on people's miserable life than those who are happy. I know, I need help...

Yes, I am guilty for spending waaayyy too much time on Twitter. Now that hubby finally forced-me-at-gunpoint to get a smartphone, I've unleashed my inner-monster. I'm hooked on twitter. So, do add me in your twitter to see how cuckoo I am in real life, I mean...on twitter. get my drift, right?

Yes, I am officially hooked on Angry Bird. And I get all worked out trying to kill those pigs!

Yes, I am recently hooked on Natalie Tran on you tube so I'm watching all her Vlogs starting from year 2007.

No, I did not gave up on Makeup and Beauty products...NEVER!!!! I am a junkie at heart.

Yes, the travel bug bit me and I am constantly thinking of a place to go next and I stalk these pages - TripAdvisor,,,,

No, I didn't grow an inch taller. I'm still short as ever so I buy more super high stilettos and walk on them everyday to make me feel better about my height. 3 inches and above only please!

So, that's a little update about me and I hope you keep on supporting my blog.

I would like to thank those who left me messages in the ChatBox on the right column, also to those who email me requesting for product reviews and just saying Hi and not to forget my dear friends who text me and called me to ask my opinion on certain products.

I'm touched guyss...really am.
Because of that, I promise to stay focus and keep on blogging.

Love you all so much!!!

Here's a couple of pictures explaining why I was away...

Cuba teka ni kat mana????
Here's a's the land of the horses up north. It gets -30degrees cold during winter and 35degrees hot during Summer.

And what about this country?
Mong Kok is a road famous for Shopping in this country. A country where SaSa originated.

Till then, good luck & stay flawless...
Mariella Liyana
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