19/12/2014

Christmas Party Makeup Ideas

With Christmas fast approaching, it’s the best time to trade in matte eyeshadow for glittery shades, and nude lip gloss for red lipstick. Here are our guides on how to create the glamorous, Christmassy look. 



Tip 1: Bronze Glittery Smokey Eyes
We all love Christmas because everything is beautifully glowing. The same is true for eye makeup.


Steps:
1. Apply a light bronze gold color over the lids, then a dark brown color on the outer corners. Blend the two colors.
2. Take a light gold shimmery color and dab on the inner corners of the eyes.
3. Pat brown glitter all over the lids.
4. Finish off by drawing black eyeliner and applying mascara. 



Tip 2: Highlighter & Bronzer
To get a shimmering look, apply highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bone and bridge of the nose. Warm up your skin by applying bronzer on the forehead, under the cheek bones, and along your jawline. 



Tip 3: Rosy Cheeks
Give your cheeks a rosy tint by mixing and applying complementary blush colors, one darker and one lighter. Or start off with the lighter shade and then layer the darker hue over it.



Tip 4: Red Lips
Your Christmas makeup is never complete without bright, red lip color. Opt for mauve or reddish shades alternatively if you are not a fan of bright red.
     

Tip 5: Burgundy Nails
Burgundy-colored nails are your festive must-have for an instant reaction. It has a modern feel that will never go out of style.



Do you have any ideas on doing your Christmas makeup? Share with us in the comments below!

12/12/2014

Are You Applying Moisturizer the Right Way?

Applying moisturizer seems pretty easy, right? If you are the slap-it-on-and-go type, think again! Putting on moisturizer properly helps give softer, smoother skin. 




Here’s how to make the most out of your hydrating regime.

Choose the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin Type
One of the keys for hydration is to pick a product that is suitable for your skin, because an unsuitable product may cause breakouts and irritation. 






Oily skin: Look for lotions instead of creams. Find formulas that have exfoliating ingredients, such as lactic glycolic and salicylic acids.


Recommend: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel





Dry skin: Definitely use a cream, especially in the winter weather. There is more oil in a cream, therefore it is more moisturizing. 


Recommend: Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance





Combination skin: Lotions with no acids, something simple such as Cetaphil, Aveeno, or Neutrogena.

Recommend: Neutrogena Fine Fairness Clinical Muiti-Protect UV Fluid




Normal skin: Moisturizers with natural oils work well.

Recommend: Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua Collagen Gel





Sensitive skin: Avoid moisturizers that contain perfumes and other chemicals.


Recommend: Avene Very High Protection Mineral Cream 




The Best Time to Apply Moisturizer?
Within a minute of cleansing. This is because your skin is still moist and will receive the maximum benefits of the moisturizer. 





Massage It In
Take some moisturizer on your palms and rub your hands together, as it will warm up the cream and allows faster absorption on the skin. Gently massage it into your skin in small, circular motions to promote better penetration.

Remember, the keys to moisturizing skin are choosing the right product and applying it at the right time and in the right way. No more dryness and flakiness this winter, but beautiful, bouncy, and supple skin!  


05/12/2014

Foundation Tips for Mature and Young Skin


Foundation is one of the most complex beauty products because of the wide variety of formulas, textures, and ways to apply it. However, there are easy ways to achieve that fresh, glowy finish no matter what your age is. Follow these 6 simple tips to apply a perfect foundation. 


1. Prep Your Skin

The first rule to applying foundation is to make sure that your skin is well-hydrated. It helps foundation to glide on more smoothly. For mature skin, slathering moisturizer on beforehand will instantly plump up your skin and make fine lines less visible. Primer is a skippable step unless you have to minimize pores and correct redness, or your makeup has to last through the day.

2. Choose the Right Foundation

Acne is a common skin complaint for young people, but that doesn’t mean they cannot use foundation. Choose a product with labels such as "non-oily,” “hypoallergenic” and “noncomedogenic”, which does not irritate the skin and improves complexion at the same time. If you do not have acne problems, choose a foundation that caters for the needs of your skin, such as a hydrating or oil-controlling formula.

Nowadays, many foundations are formulated with anti-aging and face-lifting benefits, which are ideal for mature women. An important tip for choosing foundation is to pick according to seasons. In winter, you may need a cream foundation which is more moisturizing. In summer, skin tends to become oily and a light foundation or even a tinted moisturizer will do.



3. Find Your Shade

To find the perfect shade, test foundation on your jawline and check it in the daylight. If the color is correct, it should disappear without blending. You can ask a beauty adviser at a store to help you pick the perfect color.

4. Apply It the Right Way

The best way to apply foundation is to blend thin layers into the skin. Take a dab of foundation and apply on the centre of the face, round the nose, mouth areas, chin and centre of the forehead, then blend it outward until it becomes thinner, which helps achieve a much more natural finish.

You may use fingers, a brush or a sponge to apply foundation, depending on the format of the foundation and coverage you want. For thinner foundations and a little coverage, use your fingers. For compact foundation, a sponge is preferred. To get an airbrushed look, use a brush or the Beautyblender Cosmetic Sponge, a cult favorite among the makeup pros.

5. Conceal after Foundation

Applying concealer after foundation can prevent using more concealer than you need. Choose a color that is one shade lighter than your skin, as too light will give a fake look. Use a small, pointy brush to cover the darkest part of under-eye circles, usually below the inner eye corners. Dab on a bit of concealer on other skin flaws or blemishes that aren’t covered by the foundation as well. 




6. Finish off with Loose Powder

Use a translucent or light-reflecting loose powder which helps give a luminous touch and control shine. Pour some powder on the lid of the container and dip it with a powder blush. Tap the brush over the lid to remove any excess. Gently dust your face with the powder, starting from the forehead, down to the cheekbones, bridge of your nose, and the chin. 



Choosing the right foundation and applying it the right way are keys to getting that fresh, youthful glow. Do you have any secret tips in creating a flawless look? Let us know in the comments!



26/11/2014

Top Thanksgiving and Black Friday Gift Picks!

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, yay! For those of you who are not familiar with this festival, it is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and for the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the U.S. and the second Monday of October in Canada.



On the day of Thanksgiving, families and friends would get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Another term that is often associated with Thanksgiving is Black Friday. Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, on which major retailers offer promotional sales that can be up to 90% off. 



Here at Cosme-de.com, we have also prepared some great holiday offers for you and here’s our list of hot picks.

1) Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau de Toilette Gift Set (Special Travel Edition), including:
1 Million Eau de Toilette 3.4oz / 100ml
The 1 Million man is flamboyant, daring and uses his charm to play with a touch of humour. He loves the feeling of exploring new sensations, his dreams and fantasies always takes him further.
·         Top notes: Blood Mandarin, Peppermint
·         Heart notes: Cinnamon, Rose Absolute
·         Base notes: Leather Accord, Amber Metal
1 Million Shower Gel 3.4oz / 100ml
Inspired by 1 Million fragrance, this luxurious shower gel gives a flamboyant, daring and charming scent.


2) SK-II Men Hugo Boss 2-Piece Essential Set, including:

SK-II Men Facial Treatment Essence 150ml
SK II Men Facial Treatment Essence contains as much as 90% of SK-II Pitera®, drenches skin in 50 essential skin nutrients and activates skin cell renewal, literally erasing the effects of environmental damage and stress on skin to reveal a revitalized, more even toned and vibrant complexion.

Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled Eau de Toilette 50ml
BOSS Bottled is as versatile and rich in contrasts as the Man of Today. The distinctly masculine fragrance is sharp with a warm woody base, making it a timeless classic.
·         Top notes: Apple, Citrus Fruits
·         Heart notes: Geranium, Cinnamon And Cloves
·         Base notes: Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Vanilla


3) Chloé Roses De Chloé Eau de Toilette Gift Set, including:

Roses De Chloé Eau de Toilette 2.5oz / 75ml
Roses De Chloé Eau de Toilette is a new fragrance from Chloé in 2013, an addition to the timeless classics of the Chloé perfume family. An invitation to tenderness, Roses De Chloé Eau de Toilette exudes an incredible fresh scent of rose, which is gradually joined by bergamot, a heart of Damascena rose essence, and modernized with a magnolia accord. On the skin, the trail of white musk and amber, signature of Chloé.

Roses De Chloé Perfumed Body Lotion 2.5oz / 75ml
Indulge your skin for a sensual and romantic fragrance experience. A body lotion that lightly perfumes the skin with the scent of Roses de Chloé.

Roses De Chloé Perfumed Shower Gel 2.5oz / 75ml
A fragrant shower gel with lush foam that turns your shower into pure indulgence. The skin will be fresh, soft and lightly perfumed with the scent of Roses de Chloé.
       



4) SK-II Stempower 50g
Formulated with the revolutionary Stem-Acanax Complex that penetrates deep into skin to improve it from within. Pores appear invisible. Skin becomes firm, refined and wrinkle-resilient. An elixir that turns back the clock by 10 years in 10 days!


5) SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 215ml
For perfectly conditioned and ultra-fresh skin. The final part of your cleansing process, this lotion helps remove residual impurities and dead skin cells.



6) 
Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Nourishing Hand Therapy Set (6pcs)
·         Gardeners Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy 0.9oz / 25g
·         Rosewater Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy 0.9oz / 25g
·         Evelyn Rose Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy 0.9oz / 25g
·         Somerset Meadow Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy 0.9oz / 25g
·         Verbena And Lavender Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy 0.9oz / 25g
·         Pear and Pink Magnolia Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy 0.9oz / 25g




Link for Early Bird Thanksgiving and Black Friday daily deals: http://www.cosme-de.com/en/promotions/2014_early_bird_tgbf.html?utm_source=website_US&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=201411_earlier_day7

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to show love and appreciation for your loved ones. Act now! 

21/11/2014

Product Review: 10 New Fragrances For Fall / Winter 2014

Winter is around the corner – time to switch over to your snugly knitwear and prepare for the numerous Christmas parties. No fall/winter wardrobe is complete without a new fragrance. Your light, citrus summer scent simply won’t do.
Here, we found the top 10 perfect scent to spray on for the winter season

For Her

1. DKNY MYNY Eau de Parfum
A new DKNY fragrance that's as eclectic and passionate as New York, the city we all love. Urban, carefree, spirited. Be a part of it!

Fragrance Category: Fruity Floral
Top notes:
Raspberry, Galbanum, and Pink Pepper
Heart notes: Egyptian Jasmine, Freesia, and Orris
Bottom notes: Patchouli Heart, Vanilla Absolute, Creamy Musks, and Ambergris



2. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Pink Diamond Eau de Parfum
A new addition to the Bombshell collection, this irresistibly lush limited-edition fragrance announces the upcoming holidays in a glittery way. The bottle body is shaped like a pink gem, and decorated with a metal bow ribbon embellished with pink crystals.

Fragrance type: Fruity Floral
Notes: Seductive Citrus Note of Pink Grapefruit, and Exotic Passion Flower



3. Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Gold Couture Eau de Parfum
Couture Overdose. She is couture all the way. Spinning an addictive web of glamour and decadence at the center of her golden world. The bottle takes golden color, decorated with pink letters and logos.

Fragrance Category:
Fruity Floral
Top notes:
Luscious Wild Berries
Heart notes: Sambac Jasmine and Honeysuckle
Base notes: Sandalwood, Golden Amber, Caramel and Vanilla Elixir



4. Burberry My Burberry Limited Edition Eau de Parfum
Inspired by the trench coat and its heritage of British design and craftsmanship, My Burberry captures the fragrance of a London garden after the rain. The scent is a contemporary British grand floral. The bottle is decorated with red gabardine bow.

Fragrance Category: Citrus Floral
Top notes: Sweet Pea, Bergamot and Mandarin
Heart notes: Geranium, Freesia and Quince
Base notes: Patchouli, Centifolia Rose and Damascus Rose



5. Calvin Klein Reveal Eau de Parfum
Reveal embodies the thrilling game of seduction between a man and a woman - the erotic possibility of a game between equals. Sensual. desirable. inviting - with a touch of the unexpected.

Fragrance Category: Fruity Woody
Top notes: Raw Salt Signature, Pink Pepper, Black Pepper, and White Pepper
Heart notes:
Orris, Ambergris, and Solar Accord
Base notes:
Sandalwood, Cashmeran, and Musk



6. Jimmy Choo Stars Eau De Parfum
A chypre fragrance with sweet orange accords, this perfume is empowered, ethereal; audacious yet cool and collected; daring but tender at the heart. Like she who wears it, the fragrance is a complex, intriguing, playful and heady cocktail punctuated by candied orange, toffee and patchouli.

Fragrance Category: Fruity Chypre
Top notes:
 Candied Orange
Heart notes: Tiger Orchid
Base notes: Toffee, Sandalwood, Patchouli

7. Repetto Eau de Parfum
As the heiress of the original Eau de Toilette, Repetto Eau de Parfum is a new creation that expresses even more intense femininity. The elegance of her presence, the powdery pink of her toe shoes and the flowing movement of an adagio, this perfume was inspired by a gala evening, conveying a concentrate of emotions like those a prima ballerina feels just before the start of a ballet.

Fragrance Category: Floral-Fruity and Oriental-Woody
Top notes: Plum and Cherry Blossom
Heart notes: Rose and Orange Blossom
Base notes: Patchouli and Amber Elixir



8. Narciso Eau de Parfum
An extremely sexy fragrance that would turn a man’s head. This fragrance defines sensuality with elegance. Assertive woody notes meet tender white florals in a daring and feminine duality.

Fragrance Category: Fruity Woody
Top notes:
White Rose and Gardenia
Heart notes:
Musk
Base notes:
Vetiver, White Cedar Extract and Cedar
For Her 




9. Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau de Toilette
A fresher, more luminous and lighter version of the masculine woody-spicy Grey Vetiver launched in 2009. This fragrance is enlivened with compelling warmth and heightened freshness, and gives an olfactory equivalent of a navy blue blazer, a nice watch, or brogues shoes.

Fragrance Category: Woody and Spicy
Top notes: Iced Lemon, Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Basil
Heart notes:
Orris, Artemisia, Sage, and Orange Blossom
Base notes:
Vetiver, Musk, Amber, and Oakmoss



10. Davidoff The Brilliant Game Eau de Toilette
The Brilliant Game is a new member to the collection The Game. A hot and addictive scent of a charismatic man, this fragrance inspires admiration with confidence and elegance. Outplay any opponent ; win any woman’s heart.

Fragrance Category:
Oriental and Woody
Top notes: Americano Cocktail, Bloody Berries, Citruses, Clary Sage and Armoise
Heart notes: Cedar, Orange Blossom
Base notes: Tonka, Hay, Caramel, Coumarin



Which is your favorite fragrance among the 10 above? Or do you have any other preferences? Tell us in the comments! 

17/11/2014

All You Need To Know About Perfumes

“Perfume is a mark of female identity and the final touch of her style,” Christian Dior says. This shows that perfume does not only enhance your femininity, but also complements your outfit. Knowing the basic knowledge of perfumes help you choose your favorite perfume and wear it in the right way.

History of Perfumes

Perfumes have existed since the earliest human civilizations. The world's first-recorded perfume maker is a woman named Tapputi, who was mentioned in a cuneiform tablet from the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia. She distilled flowers, oil, and calamus with other aromatics, then filtered and put them back in the still several times.

Modern perfumery began in the late 19th century, with the introduction of commercial synthesis of aroma compounds such as vanillin or coumarin, which allowed previously unattainable smells.



Perfume Concentrations
Perfumes contain different concentrations of aromatic compounds. The more aromatic compounds in a fragrance, the more intense and lasting the fragrance will be. The concentrations and specific names for each type of perfumes are catergorized as below:

1. Perfume (Parfum): 15-40% aromatic compounds; lasts for up to 6-8 hours.
2. Eau de Parfum (EdP): 10-20% (typical 15%) aromatic compounds; lasts for up to 4-5 hours.
3. Eau de Toilette (EdT): 5-15% (typical 10%) aromatic compounds; lasts for up to 2-3 hours.
4. Eau de Cologne (EdC): Chypre citrus type perfumes with 3-8% (typical 5%) aromatic compounds; lasts for up to 2 hours.
5. Eau Fraiche: 1-3% aromatic compounds; lasts for up to 2 hours. 



Fragrance Categories
The scents of perfumes can be classified into 8 categories according to the ingredients that are used to compose that particular scent. 

1. Citrus: infused with the tangy essence of citrus fruits, these perfumes are lively and energetic.
2. Floral: sweet and romantic, these scents are the "good girls" of the fragrance world.
3. Fruity: the bright smells of juicy fruits please the nose, and is often blended with florals to create a compelling aroma.
4. Greens: a natural and energetic group, these fragrances smell of fresh leaves and newly-mown grass. Tend toward the unisex.
5. Oceanic: crisp and fresh, these perfumes evoke natural aromas such as mountain air, ocean spray or clean linen.
6. Oriental: exotic and feminine, these sensual blends feature an earthy, animalistic base scent such as musk or ambergris. They are often combined with warm notes such as amber or floral notes.
7. Spicy: featuring notes of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, cardamon and pepper, these perfumes are comforting and alluring in an old-fashioned way.
8. Woody (Chypre): built on base notes of bark and moss, these scents evoke a no-nonsense femininity.



Applying Perfumes
The conventional application of fragrances is at pulse points, such as behind the ears, the nape of the neck, and the insides of wrists, elbows and knees. The pulse points will warm the perfume and release fragrance continuously. 



The modern way of application encourages fragrance layering by mixing two or more scents together. This allows you to custom-blend a signature scent to reflect your personality or your mood. If you haven’t layered fragrances before, try to combine two fragrances that have a common note, e.g. jasmine. If you’re adventurous, try combining two or more opposite fragrances, such as a spice and a vanilla.

Avoid combining two scents that are too dark and heady, they can be overwhelming when used together.

However, layering scents doesn’t necessarily mean spraying two perfumes directly on top of each other. It can also mean building up a long-lasting scent by combining body products and perfumes of your favorite scent. Lightly scented products such as bath oil, shower gel, and body lotion are recommended for the morning; Eau de Toilette is suggested for the afternoon; and Parfum for evening.

It is said that the type of perfume used by a woman can reflect her personality. What is your favorite type of fragrance? Let us know in the comments.


07/11/2014

10 Beauty Tips Every Woman Needs to Know


Let’s admit it – it’s every woman’s dream to look fabulous. Getting your regular facials, putting on trendy makeup and updating your hairstyle once in awhile can certainly make you look and feel good. However, beauty secrets count too!
 Here are our tips on gorgeous hair, glowing skin and marvelous makeup to give your confidence an extra boost.

1. Nail Polish Chip Remedy
This is a familiar scenario: you get a perfect manicure done, and not even a day later your nail polish chips. The good news is, instead of removing all your nail polish and applying again, you can make use of glittery or textured polish to hide the chips, because they look sort of uneven, so they are great for fix-it situations.




2. Off, Glitter!
We all love glittery, sparkly lacquer, but they are so hard to remove. A trick for taking them off is to use felt instead of a cotton ball. 


3. Walk the Line
If you also happen to have the least steady hands on the earth, try this mistake-proof trick when applying eyeliner. Holding your liquid eyeliner horizontally, use the broader side of the tip instead of the fine point, and press it into your lash line. This way you can line your eyes in three to four quick stamps instead of trying to draw a straight line. 



4. Mega Volume
The classic and effective business card mascara trick gives your lashes major volume and a curl boost. Place a business card or index card behind your lashes before applying mascara, so as to cover your eyelid. Starting at the roots, swipe mascara all the way to the tip. You can let the wand fly to lengthen and curl your lashes, because the mascara will just hit the card! You will be left with full and thick lashes in seconds. 


5. Statement Lipstick
Red lipstick has always been, and still is a huge trend. The right red lipstick will light up your hair, eyes and skin immediately while the wrong one will not give you your best look. When choosing a red lipstick, remember to get one that looks good with your undertone. If you have a warm undertone, go for warmer reds, and if you have a cool undertone, then go for cooler ones.



If you’re afraid of red lipstick, put a little bit on and then blot it off to wear it as more of a stain. Another way to make it less intense? Apply with your fingertip instead of straight from the tube.

6. Start Glowing
How do some women always have that enviable glow on their skin? The secret lies in exfoliation. Instead of going to pricey facials, at-home facials can work just as well.

There a number of ways to do at-home treatments, but look first to sugar, one of nature’s skin-sloughing agents. Apply a sugar scrub in gentle circular motions, followed by a lukewarm wash and pat-dry. This can do wonders for your skin. Follow with a light steam by boiling a pot of water, removing it from the stove and standing over it for a few minutes. 

7. Cleansed Scalp
Build-ups from shampoos and styling products can block hair follicles and lead to possible hair loss. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of any build-ups that may have occurred during the week.

8. Perfect Beachy Waves
If you wish to add volume and curve to your hair, try this simple trick: after washing it, add a dime-size dollop of light mousse (that's key), and put it into one big braid. When you undo the braid midday, you have perfect waves with body and volume.

9. DIY Body Scrub
While faces often get scrub treatment, our bodies are neglected and can take a beating from dry legs, elbows and arms. However, there is an easy, quick remedy. And it might be in your kitchen. Mix coconut oil, kosher salt or sugar, and some minced basil into a paste, and scrub away.




10. Silk Smooth
To get soft, silky body skin, keep a bottle of body oil in the shower. After the shower, rub it over your still-damp arms and legs, then pat dry and you are good to go – with amazingly smooth skin.



Try these tips to step up your game in looking stunning all the time. Do you have any beauty secrets? Share with us in the comments! 

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