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Asia Exclusive: SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Revival Program (w/ Whitening Source Melting Essence Films)

May 14, 2009


One item that I was just itching to buy at Duty Free in Korea, but was forced to leave behind, was SK-II’s new Whitening Source Derm-Revival Program.

The Whitening Source Derm-Revival Program was designed to respond to individual whitening needs with high-speed accuracy by detecting peroxide in the skin and delivering actives to address oxidative damage. Peroxide that potentially moves around within the skin is a key contributor to the melanin production process and cause for the unpredictability of new spots. The Whitening Source Derm-Revival Program’s breakthrough glyco-technology contains concentrated whitening actives that target stubborn spots. Each disc of the smart melting film, which dissolves in only 15 minutes, contains as much Vitamin B3 as that in seven pearl-sized drops of the Whitening Source DermDefinition. The mask contains DMT Blocker – an advanced complex containing Vitamin C derivative, Pitera® and Niacinamide; Inositol, a skin conditioning agent; and yeast amino peptide – key to encouraging the release of excess pigmentation from the skin to restore the skin’s crystal clarity.

The mask & melting film duo were a relative bargain at $60something for 6 masks in Korea whereas they cost a small fortune here. If I hadn’t had a layover in Japan, these would be mine right now! But all the Duty Free people basically outright told me these would get confiscated if I attempted to travel through Japan with them =X.

Jill Stuart Loose Powder in 03 Sparkle Review & Swatches

May 13, 2009
Jill Stuart Loose Powder
($53.03 from Bobodave–which in case you’re wondering is only a few dollars more than I paid for this from Japan)

While I love all the products my friend Cathy hauled for me in Japan (check them all out HERE), I’d have to say that Jill Stuart’s Loose Powder in shade 03 Sparkle is amongst of my favorites. Although I’m still obsessed with my Fairy Drop Mascara (review HERE) so this powder definitely has some competition.


I’ll be the first to admit that I would’ve have given Jill Stuart cosmetics a second glance were it not for the packaging–the feminine, princessy packaging that just screams “BUY ME!!!” I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from the actual powder itself, but surprisingly it’s rather great and completely gorgeous.


All Jill Stuart products have this deliciously subtle fruity scent (including her Jelly Eye Color that I reviewed HERE), and the loose powder is no exception.


The powder itself is super finely milled, enough so that the texture reminds me of my much loved La Mer Loose Powder (review HERE), which is saying a lot. Since the shade I have is called Sparkle, it does contain a high dose of shimmer, but I can’t speak for the other three shades that this is available in. Sparkle is a soft pink shade with light shimmer interspersed throughout and with a few larger chunks of glitter here and there. The shade itself reminds me a bit of Caron’s Venitienne powder (review HERE), which I also love.

Swatch of Sparkle

What I absolutely love about the Jill Stuart Loose Powder in Sparkle is that it lightens and brightens my whole complexion, giving it the flawless, luminous, finished look that I’m always trying to achieve. I’d always heard that soft pink powders really help to brighten your complexion, but while I’ve tried many of them, none have ever been this successful. Truly a gorgeous powder! As for mattifying properties, this actually keeps me matter than many other powders I’ve tried, giving me a good four hours or so of matteness before the oilies start to appear (and this is saying a lot since my skin is super super oily).

All blended in!

Applied with a light hand this powder is gorgeous, giving your skin a luminosity without too much shimmer, but it’s definitel not for the shimmer haters out there as Sparkle, as its name indicates, does contain a healthy does of sparkle. And for those of you hesitating on the price, think of how pretty this powder will look sitting on your vanity. I definitely plan to refill mine with another powder once it’s empty!

RATING: 4.5/5

Asia Exclusive: Guerlain Pearly White Collection

May 11, 2009


Guerlain’s not-so-new Asia-exclusive Pearl White collection was launched in early 2009, but I figured since I’ll be reviewing the foundation, you might want a little background info on the collection and all the products available from it. While I saw a plethora of different whitening lines from different brands (Chanel Dior, Guerlain, YSL, SK-II to name a few), I have to say that Guerlain’s packaging was the most aesthetically appealing, which is why I couldn’t resist indulging in the foundation!


One product that I had a very hard time resisting was Guerlain’s Parure White Pact which came in a gorgeous sleek silver compact. During my last trip to Korea I purchased a Guerlain powder foundation compact that was just heavenly, but of course they discontinued it and replaced it witha powder that was pure rubbish. I was tempted to get this but refrained lest this compact veer towards being more like the newer powder foundations rather than the older formula.

The Meteorites Pearly White consist of pastel white, pastel mauve, pastel pink, pastel green and pastel gold balls to create a pearly soft-focus glow. The 5 shades each have a different function: pastel white for brightening, pastel mauve for addressing dullness, pastel pink for lively color, pastel green for reducing redness in skin and pastel gold for a golden glow. I find that I never really use my Meteorites so I avoid them, but this incarnation of them was one of the prettiest I’ve seen in awhile.


My latest acquisition, the Parure Pearly White Brightening Fluid Foundation SPF 15 PA+++, is available in six shades and is made with natural pearl for a soft focus finish to reduce the appearance of pores and to give a natural glow. It’s specially formulated for Asian skin and is meant to replicate the look of flawless, luminous natural skin. Let’s hope it delivers!


And one more product that caught my eye from the Pearly White collection was this Parure Pearly White Brightening Highlighter which comes in click-pen form. It contains a soft iridescent white highlighter that would’ve been great for highlighting my cheekbones.

Overall I loved this whole collection and would’ve loved to have indulged in one of everything!