some readers have noticed that we've been posting some beauty-related entries recently, and have asked us to write about and review new beauty products. here are some we've recently tried and liked.
lancôme juicy gelée crystal-clear lip gloss syrup shine easily wins for cutest packaging. the clear plastic orbs remind us of those prizes we used to get as kids from a box of cracker jacks or cereal. (do they still give those little toys away?) and we love the jelly consistency, they're almost good enough to eat! (but don't.) we have this in cerise (cherry in french), and when you put it on, it gives you super-sheer color. best worn over lipstick. and best to keep away from under the sun. do NOT leave in the car because it will melt, seep out of the jar, and leave a sticky residue that's difficult to wipe off! (stick it into the fridge like real jell-o.)
guerlain kisskiss lacque is like lipstick in a lipgloss form. the sponge-tip applicator gives you dense color that lasts, but is shiny enough that you don't have to top it with a gloss. we usually like to apply lipbalm first to moisturize the lips, then apply lipstick, so that the latter just glides on smoothly. but with kisskiss, our two-step is reduced to one. saves time.
we're one of those people who likes to match the color of their eyeshadow to the color of their outfit. we know, we know, it sounds kinda baduy, but it's a subtle way to "finish" one's whole look. of course, we're not talking one shade from lashline to eyebrow; it's more of adding a touch of color to our lids blended with natural brown shades on the crease. and shu uemura always comes out with the most vivid shades. this season, they launched the "filigree" collection, which has greenish metallic shades—perfect to blend with more natural earth tones. and you gotta love the new packaging!
the body shop lip & cheek stain has been one of their best sellers ever since it was introduced back in the late 90s, first in a rollerball form (reminiscent of those sticky flavored lipglosses from the 70s), then discontinued, then resurrected due to popular demand in a re-packaged sponge-tip applicator. most of us are used to powder blush, so inexperienced "blushers" will need some practice applying this, but once you get the hang of it, you'll love it! because it looks so natural, like the kind of healthy flush you get after an hour of working out. or pinching your cheeks. we suggest you use this after moisturizing your skin first, and it works better with liquid or cream foundation, rather than powder foundation.
if you're lazy about your skin care like we are, then this is the perfect thing for you. we discovered this during the launch of the face shop, where the staff sampled them on clueless customers. but how could we resist? the event lasted way past 8pm, and by that time, it felt like glorietta turned the air-conditioning off, so it was hot! and there were these chilled face mask sheets made with strange-sounding ingredients like sanyak & sansuyoo and sanghwang & nokyong (they sound like exotic cartoon characters). forget about reading the korean instructions. we were advised to store them in the fridge and pull one out at night after cleansing our face. apply and leave on for 15 minutes; do not rinse off. a perfect way to end the day...