Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fresh Kon Designer Cosmetic Contact Lenses (Orange Solitaire)

I am a regular color lense user, so it's no wonder I was excited when I saw this new product: Fresh Kon Designer Solitaire series. 

It comes in 4 colors: Pink, Orange, Green and Aqua.

It's called "solitaire" because the design on the lense frames the iris in a multi-faceted diamond cut pattern. Pink is supposed to be girly, orange natural, green sophisticated and blue is supposed to brighten up the look.

Pink Solitaire

Orange Solitaire

Green Solitaire

Aqua Solitaire

As I already have another pair of pink lenses, I opted for orange, hoping that it would be something unique… how wrong I was! Orange is just like brown color lenses to me. Luckily, when the lenses are on, the solitaire design is still obvious, so my eyes still look special, in the nice sort of way!

The black outer ring makes eyes look bigger.
The orange is a single tone orange.



Comfort wise, I think Designer Solitaire series is more comfortable then Fresh Kon's previous series, Mosaic. It feels less dry, and I can wear it for about 8 hours without feeling like tearing them from my eyes. 

I think I might try their pink, if this pair stays comfortable for a month.

I got it from Optical 88, $28 per pair. Optician told me that they are monthly disposable lenses. I can't find that instruction anywhere on the box, or on their website, so I decide that I will trust the optician.

If you are interested to try, please contact an eye-care practitioner for suitably of wear :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Best Shoes of the Year: Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Lady Dragon VI - Red Metallic Red Heart

As title suggests… these are my favourite shoes of the year!!

1. They are Red!
2. They are Comfortable!
3. They are Gorgeous! 
4. They are Melissa!

Lovely! Lovely! LOVELY!! 

Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Lady Dragon VI, Red Metallic Red Heart

Highlight of the shoes: Red Metallic Heart. Super shiny and reflective

Adjustable straps

OMG… Mightily drop-dead gorgeous shoes. Not only are they red, they are also from Vivienne Westwood (VW), my favourite British luxury brand. I have been a fan of VW ever since I started reading this famous manga by Ai Yazawa, NANA. In NANA, the heroine of the story, Nana (the lead singer of rock band Blackstones), adores this brand, and so, I started loving everything from VW as well (OK- maybe not their 'Tits T-shirt' and 'Penis Pendant', but I surely love their Rocking Horse shoes -- yup! VW is a punk label)

So anyway, I will never be able to afford their leather shoes, so I always go for their Melissa ones. Not only are these Melissas VW style, they are also comfortable enough as rubber shoes. They do not look cheap, despite being made of rubber. Like all Melissa shoes, these sandals smell like bubblegum (rather sweetish) -- so some might not like it. I have no problem with the smell of the shoes!

I got mine from I ordered on 6 October, and the shoes arrived on 10 October (the only thing is sometimes they ship by UPS, and UPS has messed up my orders before). Endless carry a large-enough range of imported shoes; and they have free international shipping with orders above USD150. Their prices tend to be more reasonable than Zappos, though does not carry as many styes -- but hey! Zappos doesn't ship international! Sometimes, it takes a little longer for Endless to bring in new collections, and less colors; but I am really ok, because they are cheaper. I had also dealt with refunds with them before, and they were pretty efficient and I got my money back in about 2 weeks, after the shoes were shipped back to US.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Spot-Control Foundation + Maquillage Compact Case W

Sorry everyone!! I have not been blogging lately… this time not due to excessive drama watching, but work. Since 2 weeks ago, my schedule have been pretty hectic: I have to keep travelling around in the day and when I get home, all I want to do is read a book or watch an episode of drama. I am not exactly tired, just feel that everyday is a busy day and I want to relax! This feeling is strange. Somehow, I am busier after I quit my previous job; yet mentally I am freer -- such a strange feeling, you know?

Ok today's post is not really the exciting kind of post that you expect from a person who has not blogged for a long time… but I have been wanting to write this post for a while, so just let me get it out of the way first :)

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Spot-Control Foundation (Refill) SPF25 PA+++, 10g, $65
Maquillage Compact Case W (Limited Edition), $23 

Shade: 020 (OCHRE10)

I got this foundation because… I was attracted to the Maquillage casing at the Shiseido counter. So embarrassing to say this! When I asked about the Maquillage foundation, the BA told me that the White Lucent foundation is better than the Maquillage one. So, I got the Shiseido foundation, and the Maquillage casing. 

Before (with sunblock)

After (with sunblock)

Let's talk about coverage. The coverage of this foundation is good! I was impressed with how fair and flawless my complexion was after I applied this. My skin looked good, without looking like I had put lots of stuff to cover my somewhat blotchy and yellowish skin. My skin looked and felt smooth. The finished look was good. The real test was whether the foundation would last as long as liquid foundation.

The texture of the foundation is not really powdery like the ZA powder foundation, but feels more moisturising. Is that possible for powder foundation…? The powder can only be used dry. It's not a 2-way cake.

The next few days I used this foundation in place of my Jill Stuart liquid foundation. I set the look with my Jill Stuart loose powder (lightly). I looked great when I stepped out of the house. Unfortunately, by the time I reached office (an hour or so away), there was already shine at my T-zone. I don't have oily skin, but my skin is the irritating combination kind. About an hour or so later, I had to blot the oil away. The 'fair and good skin' look didn't last for long :(

Honest. This is by no means a bad foundation -- covers well, makes skin look good etc… but just not right for my combination skin. Liquid foundation still seems to stay put and control oil better for me.

I really wanted to like this… but I guess… I will be able to find something better after this.