Shout Out to All The Amazing Mothers Around The World!

Let’s take a minute to think about the strongest human bond there is – that between a mother and her child. It is the bond that will see a small woman lifting a car, or running faster than Usain Bolt, if she fears her child is in danger. It is the selfless, special caring and loving that only your Mother will have for you. When all else and everyone else fails, who will still be there for you, encouraging you, helping you, kicking your ass if that is what you need? Yup, it’s Mom!

Honouring your mother on Mother’s Day

So, this Mother’s Day, take some time to show her how much she means to you, to honour her and really make sure she understands just how much you appreciate everything she does for you. You can do this in many ways, by writing her a beautiful letter or card that expresses how you feel, and pampering her. There are many ways to show your Mom how much she means to you, and I have a few ideas too!

A little luxury

I know my Mom loves luxury, and beautiful skin and makeup products, but rarely buys them for herself. So, I use Mother’s Day as my chance to get her a little of the luxury she loves, and would not ordinarily buy for herself. I know she appreciates it, and I love a chance to make sure she is the one who is pampered and spoiled for a change!

I usually start out with some perfume. I love the way my Mom smells, and she is a big fan of trying different perfumes. She’s quite the risk-taker, and doesn’t stick to one perfume, so I would love to get her a sophisticated collection of Marc Jacobs miniatures. The Marc Jacbos Fragrance set  includes Daisy, Dot, Honey, and Daisy Eau So Fresh. Not only is the collection really beautifully packaged, but it gives Mom a range to experiment with, and maybe choose her favourite in time for a full-sized version for Christmas! My favourite of these is Dot, with the interesting and unusual combination of red berry top notes, mid notes of jasmine and base notes of driftwood, divine!
Get personal

If you want to really make your Mother feel super special, then take time to do something really personal for her. Maybe get your hands on some old photographs and some new ones and put time, energy and effort into making a scrapbook for her, with your photos, quotes, and mementos. Another present that will pull on your Mom’s heartstrings and mean a lot to her would be to make a video, with some still photos, a soundtrack she loves in the background and a recorded message from you. The more personal a gift is, the better, and if your Mom can see that you put time, energy and thought into a gift, she will feel loved and cherished, and that is the whole idea!

Go back in time

I am going to be the first to admit it, I have definitely given my Mother some wrinkles and grey hairs over the years, so she won’t mind at all if I get her Clarins Ultimate Anti-Aging Collection. It includes Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate, Extra-Firming Eye Lift Perfecting Serum, Extra-Firming Day Wrinkle Lifting Cream (All Skin Types), Extra-Firming Night Rejuvenating Cream (All Skin Types) and a pretty white cosmetic bag. Now you can’t say that doesn’t pack an anti-aging punch that will keep Mom looking as young as the day she had you! 

Keep it natural

My Mom loves to keep her skin soft and fragrant, and is a big fan of organic ingredients in anything. She says that our bodies are not meant to have artificial ingredients applied, and she is a wise one! So, I think I will pop some Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil into my bag of Mother’s Day tricks. It can be used as a moisturiser or a massage oil to revitalise the skin, and the senses. 

Step into her shoes

Helping your mother out is another way to show your appreciation, perhaps my doing all the chores that she usually does, or cooking and serving her a beautiful meal (and cleaning up afterward!) The key is to think about your Mom, what she loves, and what would give her the ultimate warm and fuzzy feeling on Mother’s Day. If you step into your Mom’s shoes in your imagination and go through what her day is like, you will get inspiration as to what will be the ultimate mind-blowing Mother’s Day for her. And then you can justify to your brothers and / or sisters as to why YOU are her favourite child!

So, to all the Moms out there, we salute, love you and appreciate you, on Mother’s Day and every day!


How To Treat Your Eyes Video with Katie King

Watch the lovely Katie King as she gives us feedback and advice on two fabulous Clarins’ eye products, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch and Eye Revive Beauty Flash. Learn about how these products can brighten and tighten so the skin around your eyes looks fresh and smooth, all the time! Make sure the windows to your soul always look their best!

Clarins Eye Products Recommendations:


Eye Skincare Products to Reduce Dark Circles

While the gothic look appeals to many of us at one or another time of our lives, dark circles under the eyes is not a good thing. Whether it is because you have burned the midnight oil in the club, you are just spending too much time in front of the computer working or studying, or another reason, if you have dark circles it can make you look tired and down. And that puts a little damper on your natural beauty!

Luckily, you can keep those pesky dark goggles at bay in quite a few different ways, and help is at hand! There are some excellent natural ways, which involve spending quite a bit of time in the kitchen, some surgical methods, both invasive and non-invasive, and some excellent beauty products that can all swoop to your rescue and get that delicate skin under the eyes just right. I am going to go through the natural methods and a few of the creams here.

Get thee to the kitchen girl!

It’s not often that you find quite so many remedies for a problem in your standard kitchen items, but this is one of those times you can! You can mix a teaspoon of tomato juice and a teaspoon of lemon juice, apply around the eyes, leave for 10 minutes and wash off. This is best done twice a day for 2/3 weeks. You can apply a little sweet almond oil every night, and wash off in the morning. The classic cold cucumber on the eyes twice a day for 2 weeks can work, as can 2 green teabags dipped in water, placed in the fridge and then over eyes for 15 minutes. Soak a cotton ball in cold milk and hey presto – you have yourself a beauty treatment! The ever-useful rose water can also provide relief (again, soak cotton balls into the rose water.) All these solutions should be done once or twice a day for around 3 weeks to see results.

The reasons that these ingredients all work in because of various properties in each of them – lycopene in tomatoes, lactic acid in milk, vitamin C, antioxidants and astringents all assist in reducing the dreaded dark circle.

If your answer to the kitchen story is PLEASE NO, then this is for you!

But! If you are not a fan of the kitchen, and you prefer your tea in a cup and your cucumber in your salad, there are some really fabulous products on the market that combine the benefits of all these ingredients in a convenient cream or soothing gel.

A favourite of mine is Dr BSC 2X VC Eye Whitening CreamMade in France, it is actually a medical cream that treats the skin and leaves it looking very fair. You use a tiny bit in the morning and evening, instant result! (By now I guess you have realised shortcuts and multi-tasking are my thing!)
My other go-to eye product is Clinique All About Eyes Rich. A very clever little formula that diminishes the dark circles, puffiness and fine lines immediately, and over time. It helps boost natural collagen production, even strengthening the skin's moisture barrier against common irritants. 

No problems, only solutions!

So, whether you are a ‘go natural’ DIY girl or a beauty product believer, there is a solution here for you!


COSME-DE.COM 8th Anniversary Celebration!

Bundles of joy with free gifts at COSME-DE.COM!

They say it is better to give than to receive. ‘They’ could be right, but on the other hand, receiving gifts doesn’t sound so bad to me! COSME-DE.COM is celebrating 8 years of bringing the widest range of cosmetics, skincare and fragrance products to people all over the world at the best prices. As a gesture of gratitude, COSME-DE.COM is providing surprise offers, gifts and incredible brand discounts to its valuable customers.

So sit down, grab a cup of tea and see what is in store for you. All these promotions take place between April 19th – May 18th 2016, so get onto it!

Beat the budget

Let’s start with any purchase of an Afriel & Lofiel Product Set. Afriel & Lofiel is the magical cream brand that is taking the beauty world by storm. It is an all-round age delaying cream inspired by the magical angels of youth and beauty! To find out more information about the product, you can check out our previous review about the Afriel & Lofiel Perfect Cream: http://cosme-de.blogspot.hk/2016/03/who-are-afriel-lofiel.html. 

Each week during the period April 19th – May 18th 2016, 4 different Afriel & Lofiel Product Sets will be released. The sets include a Simple Starter Set, an Essential Routine Set, an Intensive Care Set and a Deluxe Care Set. All the value sets will include an Afriel & Lofiel cream and 3 other top-grade skincare / makeup items such as SK-II, Christian Dior, Clarins, LANCÔME, etc. Once you have received and tried out your set, all you will need to do is make a comment under the Afriel & Lofiel page, and a 20% off unique promotion code will be assigned to you for the next time you make any purchases over USD 138 or AUD 138.

Something for our newest friends

If you have not registered or used the COSME-DE.COM website before, what are you waiting for? If you register between April 19th – May 18th 2016, or you have registered on or after 1 May 2013 and have not made any purchases before, you will receive an automatic discount of USD $8 / AU$ 8 on your first order! (This offer is not applicable for clearance, promotion, bundle item(s), and weekly deals items; the code is valid for 30 days after issue and can only be used once.)

But, that’s not all my fellow beauties!

Make any purchases of your choice to the value of USD 138 or AUD 138 and you will automatically receive an 8th Anniversary Limited Perfume and Beauty Gift set. Yes, absolutely free! So what is in this exciting free gift set? It will include samplers of Afriel & Lofiel Perfect Cream, SK-II Cleansing Cream and Hermes Jour d’Hermes Absolu Eau de Parfum. 

Let the celebration begin!


Perfume and Party Time!

Happy Beautiful Birthday

We are all very excited because COSME-DE.COM is 8 years old! Eight years is enough time to know that our company is in a good position, thanks to the support from our customers! So, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY COSME-DE.COM! And we've prepared a little something for you!

To celebrate COSME-DE.COM 8th birthday, we are giving lots of exciting goodies away! Free gifts? Yes, I can see your eyes light up. So, the deal is, when you purchase products online at www.cosme-de.com, you will receive a FREE eau de toilette or eau de parfum from one of the world’s top perfumers! And you have a whole month, between April 19th– May 18th 2016 to bag your free scent.

Some of the brands being given away for the birthday party are Agent Provocateur, Issey Miyake, Diesel, Marc Jacobs, Lancôme and Narciso Rodriguez, and many more!

How very exciting! So, can I spend more and get more, I hear you ask? Yes, I know how your mind works! There are different perfumes being given away for different spending amounts. And believe me, it’s easy to spend at COSME-DE.COM, because they have every product you have ever wanted, at the most reasonable prices. So, I’ll chat about at least one of the gorgeous scents being given away in each spending bracket.

Spending some money?

So, if you are spending USD118 / AUD118/ CNY780, one of the perfumes you could receive is Agent Provocateur’s signature Eau de Parfum

In the instantly recognisable pink and black packaging, it looks innocent and pretty, until you release the va-va-voom scent! Just like its name, it is a provocative blast of sexiness! This parfum combines Indian saffron, Russian coriander and Egyptian jasmine to create an amazing scent that has many layers and keeps it very interesting!

Spending a little more….

In the next category, if you spend USD148/ AUD148/ CNY980, there are several different scents you could be on the receiving end of, completely for free! For Spring and Summer, what could be better than Roger & Gallet Cedrat (Citron) Fresh Fragrant Water Spray?

One spray and you are completely transported to a garden of delicious and revitalising scent! I am a major fan of citrus scents; it just is the best when it comes to feeling refreshed! Which is why I adore these top notes of grapefruit, citron and mint.

And a little bit more, because you’re worth it…

Ok, let’s get to the next category! If you spend USD178/ AUD178/ CNY1,180, then you are eligible for a whole new set of free scent. My chosen one from this bracket is an absolute classic! Scents come and go with fashions, but some endure for a long time for the simple reason that they are timeless. Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey Eau De Toilette is one of those for me.

It’s another awesome one for Spring as it is floral-aquatic in nature, opening with notes of lotus, freesia and rose, with a heart of lily and osmanthus and a base of cedar, sandalwood and ambrette. This fragrance is the epitome of cool, classy and elegant.

The Big League

Ok, big spender, it’s time to talk about the last category! If you spend USD198/ AUD198/ CNY1,310, then you will be rewarded with a possible variety of eau de parfum, but my favourite is actually an eau de toilette – Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toilette Natural Spray

This scent is divine and has many contrasts for me – it has depth and longevity, yet is playful and carefree. It is a great Spring scent because of the fruity top notes of bergamot and fig, going all the way through to a lovely vanilla base note! It manages to be floral, woody and musky, yet light. Amazing!

Happy birthday, happy shopping, happy smelling everyone!


Makeup Tips for Dry Skin

No one puts baby in a corner!

We all experience dry skin at some stage, and it can be a real downer when you are ready to hit the town and want to shine like the diva star that you are! But don’t despair, we have ways and means to sort this out – no one puts baby in a corner!

Whether your skin is naturally a bit dry, or winter has taken its toll on your lovely face, you can use some makeup tips to disguise the dryness, while treating it at the same time!

Make like Da Vinci – let’s create!

Start by using a creamy-textured foundation and concealer, and apply gently with a soft brush. The important thing here is not to use any long-wear or powdery makeup, as this will only enhance your skin’s dry patches. Remember, makeup is all about playing up your best features, and minimising any flaws.

My recommendation for when my skin is dry in the winter months is the exquisite Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ SPF 25 PA ++

This amazing product improves skin circulation, restores a youthful appearance and provides skin with powerful age-defying hydration. It’s light and silky, yet it somehow lasts and lasts on your skin. The only thing it doesn’t do, is make you a cup of tea! 
For cheek and eye colour, we follow the same theme – use a creamy cheek colour and eye shadow to compliment your satiny-textured foundation. Always use soft brushes on dry skin, as they irritate less and don’t pull on the skin.

Now, turning to the gorgeous windows of your soul (your eyes). Use a liquid eye liner, and not a pencil or powder liner, as these flake and make lines on dry skin. SK-II Color Clear Beauty Liquid Eye Liner is one of my most treasured possessions! It comes at a good price, glides on smoothly with a fine line and actually moisturises the delicate skin around the eyes. And it is long-lasting and never smears, even after a good night out!

Flaky lips can’t hold any lipstick or gloss, so a handy tip is to dampen an old toothbrush and give your luscious lips a gentle brushing – this gets rid of any small flakes and softens the lips, ready for your signature shade of gorgeous. Don’t go for a matte lipstick or long-wearing formula, as these will dry the lips more. Instead, something moisturising and creamy will do the trick – are you starting to see a pattern here? Good!

So, you have gently painted your canvas with soft brushes in exquisite colours that bring out the amazing beauty in your face. But, you really like using powder, and your skin is dry, and I have told you powder is a no-no! Ok, don’t go all rebellious on me now! If you have to use a powder, choose one that is sheer, translucent and hydrating. Apply with a loose, fat cosmetic brush and don’t overdo it, ok? A good bet is LANCÔME Teint Miracle Natural Light Creator - Bare Skin Perfection 
Translucent Loose Powder.

This gentle mineral based powder spreads evenly on skin, with an airy sensation, and the transparent finish compliments all skin tones.

And you are ready to unleash your masterpiece to the world!

There you go you ravishing beauty! Enjoy yourself and be good, or kind of good. Have loads of fun now. 


Five Ways to Prevent Aging

Hey kid, we all know how young you look. It’s awesome. And you want to stay that way, don’t you? Well, sometimes time can actually show up in ways we don’t really want. How do you keep your skin smooth and wrinkle-free? There are a few tips and tricks that can help us all out and make sure we stay younger, for longer!

Wear sunscreen
It’s the No. 1 factor that we need to consider when preventing aging. Wear sunscreen, all the time, every day, in every way! Make sure it’s a high factor sunscreen, and that you reapply it when you have been swimming or sweating as it will have rubbed off. For a really cool high SPF 50 sunscreen that is an anti-aging BB cream as well, try Shiseido Anessa Face Sunscreen

The BB cream gives a long-lasting coverage, even whilst swimming and sweating, and has a yellow undertone, which contributes to the anti-aging effect. The cream has a blend of ‘super hyaluronic acid’ and ‘double collagen GL’ that combine to really protect and moisturise the skin and the light-diffusing pigments smooth and even out skin tone. All great stuff!

Get the moisture into the skin!
There is no getting away from the fact that a great moisturiser, used regularly, is a girl’s best anti-aging friend! You can scrimp and save on some products, in fact, you can often question whether you need them or not, but not the moisturiser! An absolute find is the amazing, new Afriel and Lofiel Perfect Cream

It’s perfect because it addresses all the skin issues I need addressed, in one tub of miraculousness. And while it is named after the angels of youth and beauty, Afriel and Lofiel, and I cannot honestly compare myself to angels, I enjoy the idea of looking like one! My skin looks so bright and moisturised, but also smooth and non-oily. This is definitely ‘the one’ for me.

Eat your fruit and veggies
Our clever Mama’s all had a good point when they tried to get us to eat our vegetables every day! Basing your diet on colourful vegetables has many health benefits, including healthy, young-looking skin. Your skin is actually an organ, and the way it looks is an indication of your overall health. Eating as many fruits and vegetables as you can will give you the nutrients, antioxidants and minerals you need to keep your baby face for a long time to come!

Get that H2O to go….
We often don’t actually get enough water in a day…….or we drink water only when we are very thirsty. Make a conscious effort to increase your water intake and you will notice your skin looks clearer, fresher and brighter within a week. Start your day with a giant glass of iced water, keep a bottle with you at all times and keep sipping from it, all day long. One of the quickest ways to look older is by leaving yourself dehydrated, so don’t let that be you!

A little help from a friend
We all need a little help from a friend sometimes, you could have had a late night and puffy eyes, or a pesky outbreak of pimples and you need to conceal. Use a liquid concealer, as this will not ‘cake’ and draw additional attention to the area you are looking to conceal. An absolute must-have for any makeup bag is the genius of Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Radiant Touch

A click pen dispenses just the right amount of light-diffusing concealer liquid, that has saved my beauty bacon may a time and helped me look radiant, instead of ropey!

So, enjoy your youth while you grow in wisdom, but keep the skin of someone with a little less ‘experience’!


Mini Haul at COSME-DE.COM Video ft. Jennie Jiang

Enjoy this mini haul from the engaging Jennie Jiang of JJ Beauty Room. She gives valuable information on what you can expect when ordering online from COSME-DE.COM, in terms of shipping, packaging, security and the 30 day money back guarantee. She also chats about how she can now get the Asian products she loves but struggles to find in North America easily, quickly and safely. Jennie reviews some of the latest products from SK-II, Guerlain and Lunasol. Enjoy!

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5 Makeup Essentials for Spring

Most of us welcome the end of Winter and the sweet buds and blossoms of Spring. Time to ditch those warm Winter woollies one by one and bring out the lighter, brighter Spring pieces. So, when Spring has sprung, how do you get the warm and breezy, light and easy look with your makeup? Well, you want to keep your look natural and free up your time to have fun and enjoy yourself, so I picked out 5 products that will give a beautiful fresh Spring look in no time at all.

Bronze up

You may not have had a chance to go out and get a light tan yet, but there is no reason not to LOOK as if you have. A good bronzer gives your skin a radiant, healthy glow. I found a product that is a bronzer, BB cream and high SPF cream, all in one! It is LANCÔME Soleil Bronzer Sun BB Cream with SPF 50. This baby delivers a light foundation, a sun cream and a gentle bronzer. It’s the perfect tool for your Spring makeup bag, and no need for three separate products. 

Not to mention the high SPF gives you extra sun protection, and we all know that the sun is skin enemy No.1!

Get Lippy

Next – the lips. It’s always a great idea to have a lip colour that is close to your natural colour – but just adds a little depth. Finding that colour means you can wear it anytime, on any occasion and it will always look fantastic. Take some time to identify your natural colour and find a lipstick close to it. When testing, try to do it without makeup on, so that you can see how well the lip colour works with your natural skin tone. It will always be a staple in the makeup bag of tricks! My special one is SK-II Colour Clear Beauty Moisture Sheer Lipstick in Mirage. This gives me a natural, polished, Spring look because it is perfect for my skin tone. 

Make out with mascara

And of course no makeup kit is complete without the magic of a mascara. My latest gem is Clinique’s Lash Power Mascara. The precision brush packs a punch to create lashes that are strong, long and curly. It’s also allergy-tested and fragrance-free so it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. 

Hydration Station

Your skin can sometimes take a bit of strain in Winter, so to transition into Spring, I have been using Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray. It’s an antioxidant-rich face spray that moisturises and controls shine all in one. I absolutely love the fresh, clean scent and my skin feels comfortable and cared for while using it. A quick spritz hydrates the skin and sets your makeup. 

Hairy Story

It’s not just your skin that can be left a little dry after Winter, it can be your hair too! Too calm frizz and give my fine hair a shiny look, I love Moroccanoil Light. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue and can be used to condition, style and finish the hair. It is applicable on wet or dry hair. 

So, five products later and you are ready to get that Spring in your step, knowing that you look just beautiful! Easy!

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