Saturday, May 30, 2015

[Inspiration | Musing] The Voices Of Soft Spring Colours

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Would colours have their names and scents? Would they call you from the corners of your mind and lull you into a world of the unknown, we always wonder? A world where you thought only the silly crazy ones could imagine, only the dreamers could decipher, the code of voices of the colours of spring? Yes, the voices of spring colours are in fact here, it has arrived, in such a beautiful manner that it graces the space of our imagination, they hum a tune of soft melody that one could only feel relaxed, contented and blissfully happy.

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The voices echo the traces of clean aesthetics, they mimic the call of the wind, in the morning, they imitate the splashes of waves from the deep ocean, in the midst of the afternoon, or perhaps they present themselves in between the spill of sunlight into spaces of residence, a place we called home, our own world of cacoon, of safe haven and sanctuary.

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More often than not, it is these voices of nature, of a certain object, a sense of emotion, that warm our hearts, drain our fatigue of loneliness, or sense of not knowing what is coming, what is awaiting us, on our journey of fulfilling our hopes and dreams in life.

Life is but a wonderful discovery... we have heard, the voices of soft muted spring colours, calling out to us. Do you hear them? Grab a hold of them swiftly, for they may just come and go, ever so quickly, just within the blink of an eye for summer is just around the corner, waiting to announce its entrance, sooner than we may think. All visuals via LUMI's pinterest.

Be luminous, be happy and be kind, lovelies *_^

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

[Review] Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation - The Lightness Of Air

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As light as the pureness of air, Dior's latest Diorskin Nude Air range made its presence quietly some time back,  leaving our heart skipped a beat in delight. Today, we shall share with you a little of our experience with one of the items from this range (which is a precursor to the brand's Nude range, which was previously introduced) - the Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation.

A nude healthy glow ultra-fluid serum foundation, this is an innovation derived from Dior's cutting-edge research and expertise, the new Oxygen Activ technology, incorporating skincare benefits of a combination of hyper-oxygenated oil, Cranberry oil, vitamins and minerals, blend together to give us something that is as light as the air that we breathe. Used over time, the skin is revitalized and become more luminously beautiful. 

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Like any Dior products, it comes in a solid pretty deep blue rectangular box. The serum foundation is housed in a solid glass bottle, exquisitely designed with the name Diorskin embossed at the rim of the cap. A precise streamlined dropper dispenses the right amount of this fine fluid.

Even though it is a "serum" foundation, the texture is exceptionally light and watery that you could hardly believe it has the serum component in this foundation. Since it is made with oil that evaporates instantly, it gets absorbed into the skin really fast (no joke!), so it is best to work on your face section by section.

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The talc-free Diorskin Nude Air formula deposits an undetectable film of makeup on the skin. It does really smooth on well and hugs the skin in a way that we feel we are not wearing any makeup at all. Another plus point is that the formula is enriched with soft-focus agents and glazed pigments, therefore produces an even, radiant complexion, finishes to a sheer matte finish, almost to the point that one may not need powder to set it if one desires. We have combination skin, so the velvety matte finishing and a hint of healthy glow is a dreamy final result that we could not have asked for more. If one has better complexion (than us), one could look like the models featured here (just to give you an idea).

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Another thing we did notice is that at the end of the day's wear, it does not feel heavy or weighed down that we tend to want to take off our makeup (in this case foundation) right away, which some times happen to us. It is pretty amazing, feeling wise. It does not set into fine lines or look cakey on us, which is great. 

We believe the formula fits our combination skin just right. Perhaps for normal or dry skin type, this may be a little too matte or drying, so it would be a good idea to test it out at the counter first. The shade we have is 020 (Light Beige). Thanks Dior Malaysia for the love *_^ Oh, one more thing, it is scented though, with a hint of fragrance upon application, but will fade away after a while. If you are not fond of this, you may want to take note.

No qualms, loving the foundation so far. Diorskin Nude Air Nude Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation comes with an SPF25, PA++ and is available in 6 shades (010, 020, 030, 040, 050 and 060). It is retailed at MYR191.00 for 30ml. It is now available at all Christian Dior boutiques in Malaysia. More about the product, range and the brand here. Have you had any experience trying this product? Do feel free to share with us. Would love to hear your thoughts.

Visuals of models via LUMI's pinterest here. A complimentary product was gifted for this review purposes. All thoughts are entirely our own.

Stay tuned as we shall review the next two products from the NudeAir range soon. Till our next discovery, have a luminous and happy weekend ahead, lovelies *_^

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Monday, May 25, 2015

M.A.C Trends: Free Party & No Makeup (Spring/Summer 2015)

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We believe in owning our own look, be it fashion or makeup in general, yet, informed enough to perhaps make it fun by incorporating the workability and accessibility of certain elements from trends from season to season to make it yours. Hence, we do get quite excited when we are able to share with you some of the makeup trends set by giant makeup brands like M.A.C Cosmetics at the backstage and runways of major fashion shows around the globe. Since we have reviewed the two M.A.C Spring/Summer 2015 trends previously, Enlightened and Re:view, we shall move onto the last two trends for today - Free Party and No Makeup makeup looks, shall we?

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Celest Thoi 2015 Bridal Showcase At Weddings, Arts and Fashion

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If you have been following LUMINNEJ long enough, you will notice that we super love this bridal wear Malaysian fashion designer, Celest Thoi's creations. (previous features here, here and here). Her timeless, simple, elegant philosophy for her brand has garnered Celest Thoi great followings of close friends and clientele locally and abroad, making this young brand (considered young in the bridal industry as it was first launched in 2011) fast becoming a favoutire and preferred choice. Celest Thoi showcased her latest 2015 collection at the recent Weddings, Arts and Fashion (WAF2015) at Zebra Square and we had the pleasure of catching the runway show live (though we missed the opening a little as we had trouble looking for a parking spot!)

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For this collection, Celest collaborated with Swarovski Crystal, bringing us into her world of finest details of bridal gowns, accentuated with Swarovski to play with light, enhancing the bride's feminine contours and giving them the ethereal and dreamy quality, as always, by the brand, pieces that no future bride-to-be can resist, we feel *_^ On the same day, Celest also debuted her Bridesmaid Ready-To-Wear Collection with super fun and cute pieces, to match the stunning gowns of the bride for the day!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

[Instagram] Lumi's Feature 6: Urbankoi By Nana Tsay Of NYC



This is Perspective. This is Real. This is Breathtakingly Beautiful.


Take a step, enter into her world, her world of wonders, a super surreal yet very grounded kind of imaginative world of strong visuals, hypnotic music, rendering you speechless, opens your mind and lifts your soul, to give it that extra special meaning. You are immediately mesmerized and immersed in the world that she creats, almost solely for you, it feels. Instantaneously, you feel as though you have retracted, retreated from all the hustle and business of the world of today, drowned by too many voices that you allow yourself to listen to, and have entered into the unfamiliar yet comforting space of your own, almost like the world of Avatar that James Cameron created - unknown but unexpectedly true.


Would you allow yourself the pleasure, please? Let's take our hand. We shall do this, together.

Our accidental stumbles always bring us great surprises and tremendously rewarding fulfilment. This one was some time back last year. We discovered Nana Tsay's tumblr first, instantly fell head over heels with her style of writing, then the next thing we knew, was blown away by her skillful representation of beauty. Style is, we feel, an innate quality (can be polished or cultivated over time if you do put in the effort and be honestly sincere about it, we feel) and ultimately very personal.

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[Review] The New La Mer Reparative SkinTint SPF30


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There is something quite illusive about a luxury brand like LA MER (for us that is) - we only heard of its miraculous wonders and witness its effect many years back when we met with our lady boss few years down the line after we left our post in the company. She has this beautiful baby-skin look (in her late 30s then) that we couldn't help but noticed and told her that she never really aged a single bit after so many years. She happily announced that, "Oh really? my LA MER must be working for me then!" and has the widest smile on her baby face. That was, our first encounter with someone whom we know personally who used the brand.

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Of course, by now, La Mer is such an iconic brand, with its coveted Miracle Broth™ technology and has garnered a huge followings and loyalists that, as surprising as it may sound, we have not caught up with the wave, until just recently when a package arrived. To our amazement, it was their latest Reparative SkinTint SPF30 PA+++. You could imagine how delighted we were to have finally crossed path with La Mer. Thanks La Mer Malaysia for the love *_^

Came in a beautiful nude beige dainty pouch (can double up as a makeup pouch), the Reparative SkinTint SPF30 PA+++ comes in the usual signature white tube packaging that is La Mer with a silver cap. It is light, handy and most definitely hygienic. It is said that this product is far beyond a BB, light years past a CC, and will give you that perfect healthy looking glow while working to repair and protect the skin. 

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This light-as-air tint is infused with an innovative light and pigment technology to create beautiful translucent colours that help bring out the skin's natural beauty. Over time, your radiant skin emerges. Powered by Deep-Sea Red Algae known for its ability to store and release energy as needed, this highly potent ferment helps reduce the looks of pores, lines, and wrinkles for a silky smooth, plump and renewed skin surface. Sounds super awesome to us already!

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Our Experience
Yes, it is indeed very light in texture, the SkinTint almost feels like a tinted moisturizer yet light-weight and does not feel sticky on the face. It spreads out heavenly and what we love most about it is that it evens out the skin tone really well and still allows the skin's natural beauty to shine through (not that we have loads of that, but we are striving towards that goal, haha *_^). We also noticed that it covers our pores cleverly, makes them less visible to the naked eyes (makes us super happy!). As for reducing wrinkles, we don't have much deep wrinkles to begin with, so perhaps time will tell if it works on this area for us. There is a slight hint of scent though but it smells like skincare and fades away almost instantly after application.

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On days like weekends or days without meetings, just casual run-about town, we would definitely reach for this product for a sheer coverage. Dust on a little loose powder, our base makeup is practically a-okay to go. Super quick, easy and convenient! Our only wish is that it comes in a higher sun protection factor, like SPF50, but then again, the technology will have to be upgraded to still maintain that light-weight consistency and feel of the product already. We are pretty confident that it will head that way in the near future. (don't we gals are at times too greedy? haha) Sun protection, sheer coverage with reparative benefits, what more can a gal ask for? Errr, a little higher SPF, please *_^

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Having said that, the new Reparative SkinTint SPF30 PA+++ does come with a hefty price tag. Retailing at MYR330 (40ml), it is a huge investment. You can drop by at any La Mer counters (here for store locations in Malaysia) to sample the NEW SkinTint. Here to discover more. A complimentary product is gifted for this review purpose but experience is entirely our own.

We think we have fallen in love with our very first La Mer product! Have a luminously beautiful and happy happy week ahead, lovelies *_^

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

[Inspiration | Musing] Whole Wide World of Sunny Dreams


I want to walk right into your arms, your warmth, that is so familiar and heartwarming. I feel like I am a young woman, running towards something beautiful and magical. 

I want to go all out, in search of that feeling lurking inside me, knowing that the whole wide world is just waiting for me to take flight, and reach for my dreams, near or far. 


I want to live a crazy dream of impossibilities, impossibilities that can be possible, after all, if you stand by it long enough. I feel the world in my palm, I feel the sun is bringing my dreams closer to me, each passing day.

I want the best of things in life, for me and for everyone out there, who has great big plans in life, for we deserve all that our hearts desire, big or small.


  

I want happiness to be filled into each and everyone of your heart and be bursting with indescribable kind of happiness, like how a beautiful visual can inspire so much hope and love, in a person. I wish for all the sunshine in the world, to brighten up each day of our breathing lives.

The Whole Wide World of Sunny Dreams is just within our reach... let us go grab them, shall we?

All visuals via LUMI's pinterest board, In The Sun and Glowing here.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Exuberantly Colourful Slim d' Hermēs Perspective Cavalière



The moment we laid eyes on the watches (from the press release that was), we were immediately captivated by the vibrant and colorful design that is such a signature of the luxury brand, Hermēs. Obviously inspired by the iconic designs of the silk scarves that this French brand is famously known for, their latest watch collection called Slim d' Hermēs Perspective Cavalière is no doubt quite a stunner. In fact, we were so inspired by it that we decided to put together a few mood boards to go with them *_^ We came across this sharp and edgy jewelry collection via Honestlywtf blog here, decided to find out more about the brand and naturally, some of their unique pieces ended up in our mood board eventually. Discover more about Eve Fehran Jewelry here.


This two-dimensional effect time pieces Perspective Cavalière (high viewpoint) premiered at Baselworld 2015 boast of exceptional craftsmanship and requires precision in terms of engraving on the dial to form small sections of varying depths in a gold plate before powdered coloured glass is poured into each section. Each colour demands different temperature to heat up to create such nuances and depths, some at above 800 degree celsius!


Mechanical self-winding, crafted in Switzerland, it has a 42-hour power reserve, water resistant up to 30 meter, this limited edition collection is only 2.6mm thin and comes in 4 colours - red, blue, yellow and white. Guess what? There are only 6 pieces for each colour! Each of these exceptional creations housed in a 750 white gold case and driven by an ultra-thin Manufacture Hermēs H1950 movement. We wanted to take a closer look at the real deal, so we recently dropped by at one of the Hermēs' boutiques here in KL but sadly, the collection was not available. Nonetheless, we were shown the piece of silk scarf that the collection was inspired by. Beautiful indeed. 

More about the brand here. Visuals courtesy of Hermēs, Eve Fehren website and LUMI pinterest.

Wishing you lovelies a wonderful rest of the week and be happy, always *_^


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