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I had fun a Christmas party last weekend. Every one of us exchanged gifts and are all smiles with what each gave and received.
Two weeks earlier, all of us wrote a wish list that includes three things we really want at the moment. I don’t exactly remember all three items, but I recall having two beauty products and a cookbook on my wish list.
After we’re done writing our three wishes down, they were collected in a box. Then each one of us had to pull out a list from the randomized collection. The list I pulled out belongs to a girl who wished for a handful of beauty products like I did.
What’s more – one of the items on her list includes a product I really, really love: A Lancome mascara.
That makes everything a lot easier – I had a one-stop shopping spree at the local Lancome store to get the girl’s gift AND to restock my own mascara.
Virtuose Drama mascara in Drama Black #01 by Lancome (USD 30.00). I confess: I’ve been using drugstore mascaras half my life – and have survived through each and every one of their three-month shell lives before they leave thick, sticky smudges all over my lashes. Though they’ve given me the extra volume I need for my Asian eyes, it’s getting annoying to find tiny black streaks falling down on my face every time I blink. Hours after application, my lashes become so dry they form big, black clumps that looks dramatic from afar, but hideous up close.
A couple of months ago, I decided to switch to using Lancome’s Virtuose Drama mascara. It became my saving grace from all the drugstore disasters I’ve been through in the past.
I even tweeted about the Virtuose Drama mascara upon my first application (on 22 October 2012), and I’ve loved it ever since.
Lancome claimed that the Virtuose Drama is their first invention that has a double-lifting lash effect. With its signature curved brush, the latest-generation mascara lifts from the roots of your lashes up to the tips. Note that the Virtuose Drama mascara is custom-developed for Asian lashes, which tends to be short and straight like mine.
The result? No goo. No clumps. No smudges. Somehow the Virtuose Drama is able to resist Jakarta’s humidity.
I see a curvier lift that lasts for the whole day, plus just enough volume to make me happy. My lashes don’t turn into black chunks like they used to. They remain clearly-defined throughout the day, just as how it is earlier when I’m just done applying the mascara.
Though results are not as dramatic as drugstore mascaras, you’re simply better off with this baby instead, because both curve and volume lasts for hours.
In addition to its long-lasting effects, I love that it’s super easy to remove. Just a couple of sweeps with my makeup remover and a light cotton pad, and the whole thing is gone.
Back at the Lancome store, the lady at the counter offered me a little gift for purchasing two mascaras!
These are samples of the following Lancome products:
- Bi-Facil eye make-up remover (16 ml)
- Hypnose Precious Cells mascara in Densifying Black (2 ml)
- Rouge In Love lipstick in 163B Rose Saint Honoré (1.6 ml)
I like that the eye make-up remover easily wipes out my Virtuose Drama, and that it smells like rose. The label says it removes both waterproof and non-waterproof mascaras, so that’s a benefit even though I rarely use waterproof products myself. I haven’t tried the Hypnose Precious Cells mascara yet, and not planning to until I’m done with my Virtuose Drama. Sadly, I’m a lipgloss girl; not a lipstick one… I’ve always had naturally red lips (probably because I’m still young). God knows when I’ll be needing smears of Rouge In Love…
Sooooo guess what I got from my wish list?
I’m glad I got what I wished for, just like the girl who got her Virtuose Precious Cells mascara
I’ve been a TBS fan for years. I used to hate them in my teenage years when I tried every product from their Tea Tree line, which didn’t do anything to my blemish-prone skin except more redness and sensitivity.
It’s a different story now.
I’ve sticked with one TBS product (the Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream) throughout my college life. That translates to a five-year loving relationship with TBS. I put the cream on my face both day and night – under my makeup and before I go to sleep. Yep, that’s how much I love the product.
Then again in this post I’m reviewing the gift I received, not the night cream.
Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator by The Body Shop (USD 15.00). Now that my skin is blemish-free and hardly suffers from acne, a large part of my skincare routine is focused on maintaining the skin’s health and preventing skin conditions that are related to aging.
However, I still have open pores and excess oil on my T-zone, whereas my cheeks and chin are usually dry. In other words – my skin needs balance.
Aside from a weekly clay mask and daily face wash, I usually have an exfoliating scrub every once in a while. I recently ran out of it. I figured TBS’s seaweed line was the best choice for my dry/oily combination skin.
A full weekend’s use is not a good enough time to judge how well this scrub is doing on my skin, but I love that it has a cooling effect during and after I cleanse my face with this product. It feels fresh and rejuvenating to the skin.
The gentle beads help to allow my skin to breathe better as I scrub my T-zone, cheeks, and chin. The process encourages more blood to flow to my face. I recommend washing it all off using lukewarm water for the cooling after-wash effect to last longer.
I don’t know whether it’s because of this product or otherwise, but I noticed a more refined skin tone and texture. Typically I wash my face three times a day, and my skin produces a natural glow each time I wash my face with the mild and gentle Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser and scrub it with the seaweed exfoliator after that.
I suspect it’s because most of my skincare products are from TBS. Normally my skin becomes more sensitive when I introduce it to new products of a different brand rather than that from the same one. Nevertheless, I’m really happy with TBS so far.
Now it’s your turn to share. How does your skincare regimen look like? More importantly – What’s on your wish list this Christmas?