Saturday, 28 January 2012

Review : YSL's Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in #6 - Luscious Cherry



I finally got my hands on YSL's Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balms! So super duper happy! I was in Hong Kong during June/July 2011 and chanced upon them when I was hunting for the perfect red lipstick. Fell in love with Number 4, 5 and 6 but unfortunately, all counters were out of stock and I left home empty handed. Boo!

During this trip, I made a conscious effort to hunt down some Sheer Candy lipsticks and finally found Number 5 and 6 at The One's Harvey Nicholas in Tsim Tsa Tsui. I bought Number 5 - Mouthering Berry for a girlfriend of mine and therefore didn't open the lipstick to take photos. But, I can tell you that it is a gorgeous sheer berry colour that looks quite natural and is wearable for most occasions.

I bought the wonderful Number 6 - Luscious Cherry for myself after trying it on during my July trip. Absolutely love the colour.




APPLICATION

Just as the name suggests, Number 6 is a beautiful lush cherry colour that just brightens up your face. The thing I love most about Luscious Cherry is that it is very buildable and with 2-3 heavy coats, you've got yourself a fully pigmented red lipstick with a hint of gloss.

Another thing that I adore about Sheer Candy lip balms is that they are light and feel nourishing my on my lips. And don't even get me started on the smell of them! Goodness me! These balms smell divine! Apparently they're mango scented but to me, it smells like a mix of a few fruits.
 



This is two light coats of Luscious Cherry. I promise the colour looks better in real life. Blame the poor camera quality!


STAYING POWER 
I find that the lip balm stays for around two cups of tea and thereafter, my lips loses its shine. But having said that, my lips are still left with a pretty red lip stain. I really like the look of it on me because I am on the paler side and it gives me lips that youthful 'just bitten' look.





When I was hunting for these lip balms, some sale assistants told me to hold out for awhile since YSL were coming out with a new Spring/Summer collection of colours soon. 

A very patient and lovely YSL counter manager gave me the opportunity to try out all the new colours before they were actually released. So happy! Yet so disappointed at the same time. The colours looked rather bland on me and pigmentation levels are on the low side.

Not to worry. I love my Luscious Cherry. Ah, pure goodness!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Business Class, Baby!



I'm home from Hong Kong! I wish I could say that I came home feeling refreshed and ready to take on 2012! Alas, things rarely go according to plan. 

I came home with gastro! I caught it a few days before I was due to come home and I was completely thrown off. I am super meticulous with everything that I eat because, well let's be honest, I am very prone to illness. It's been years since I last had a proper and full-blown bout of gastro and I've completely forgotten how painful and tiring it is!

I spent the first night vommitting like mad and the next not sleeping because I was permanently sitting on the toilet. I was so sick that I almost cancelled my flights but re-scheduling got too difficult, and I had to suck it up. 




I was devastated when I found out I had gastro because I was flying home on Business Class. It was my very first time flying Business and it was purely thanks to the frequent flyer points that I've saved up over the years. My father used to fly Business Class when I was younger and he has the best stories about the delicious food and impeccable service. I've waited forever to have a taste of what he used to boast about!

Anyway, luckily, I was okay for the flight. I didn't vomit and wasn't permanently attached to the toilet but I had no appetite. I force-fed myself a fair bit because I was feeling so weak and looked so haggard. I was telling my friend before boarding how I was contemplating a full face of make up so I don't get picked up by quarantine!

Everytime the flight attendants came around to retrieve my food, they'd see almost an untouched meal and I'd feel so guilty. I just couldn't eat much and my stomach would churn with each bite. I must have seemed like such a picky eater. . .or someone who's on a severe diet. AHAH.



Before we boarded, we went to The Cabin Business Class Lounge. The underground lounge is split into five zones - the IT Zone (business centre), the Deli Zone (food buffet/bar), the Health Bar Zone (long bar for coffee and alcoholic beverages) and the Relaxing Zone. The lounge is stunningly pretty and professional-looking. It features a blend of warm coloured woody shades, white marble and granite. Gosh, I love marble and granite. AHAH.
 
We didn't spend too much time there - maybe, a little over an hour? We just ate some food from the buffet, had some drinks and read the paper. There's this small Deli where you can order  the sandwich of the day which happened to be something-shrimp toast. Goodness me, it didn't taste all that nice. I would have been happier with a ham, cheese and tomato sandwich! 

Unfortunately, the latte that I had wasn't very good either. Boo!




Onto my seat/bed! It's kind of like a pod with plush pillows and a super warm quilt. Did I get much sleep? No, not really. AHAH. Too worried about vomitting in my sleep! AHAH.




Orange juice and salted almonds upon boarding. 




Warm salad, cold salad, garlic bread, Evian water and orange juice. Admittedly, these photos are coming from my brother's phone and I had warm liquids throughout the night. So I had a jasmine tea instead of OJ. 

Out of all of this, I literally ate the garlic bread, the one cherry tomato and a tiny slice of potato. So sad. So sad.




Main course was a choice between risotto, sweet and sour pork rice and sea bass on a bed of vegetables. My brother had the sweet and sour pork, and I had the sea bass which was delicious. Such a shame I didn't have an appetite. Couldn't even eat half of my sea bass!




Dessert was fresh fruit and chocolate cake. The cake was divine - ohhh, I wish I could have some now!




At 3:52PM, I couldn't sleep and so I asked for ice cream. Grand idea, not?




Breakfast was fresh fruit, greek yogurt with raspberries and muesli. Options were chicken congee, omelet and bacon, and assorted dim sums. I had the dim sum but again, I was too sick to have more than three bites. So sad. I love yogurt with raspberries and I couldn't even finish mine! Sobbbb!

What did I like most about flying Business Class? I can't say it's actually having a relatively spacious seat or better food. It would have to be the impeccable service. Once the flight is in air, the service managercame over and greeted us all by name. More impressively, she continued to address us by our name until the moment you leave the plane. That's impressive. 

Everyone has a smile on their faces and are happy to serve. In this day and age, the latter is difficult to find.

Had such a fabulous time on board and I can only dream of the next time I'll be flying Business. Oh, dream, dream, dream!