Marks & Spencer Spring/Summer 2014 Collections

I'm all for casual (and the occasional k-pop) style when it comes to clothing and fashion, but there's just a certain je ne sais quoi about classic designs and bright pops of colour that is everlasting. Marks & Spencer know this very well, and their Spring/Summer 2014 collection brings luxurious fabrication, an exploration of both the bold muted colour palette and vivid new prints into play.

This season has been a notable shift towards sleek styling and minimal design, clean lines and soft construction epitome. This look and feel of whites, nudes and champagne metallic provide a soft tonal background while an emphasis on voluminous shaping and proportional variety infused with a feminine sensibility define the visual.

Love these two outfits
I am in love with the bag the model is carrying ♥
When abstract print, bold colour and feminine textiles come into play, and there continues to be an emphasis on the luxurious, leather has been exploded to include sumptuous new shades, lace has been intricately worked into classic for the Spring Summer 2014 Collection is one of understated elegance, embracing the finesse of contemporary design.

The detail on that jacket is gorgeous
I'd say the collection is sleek, chic and minimalistic, which is perfect for everyday (work, study, play) yet trendy enough to catch attention - definitely pieces to keep for any season of the year! I'm eyeing that grey and black striped Boston bag... (⌒_⌒;)

Special thanks to Gushcloud Malaysia for inviting me to attend the Marks & Spencer fashion show. :)

Review: Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel

♫ Eddy Kim - Slow Dance

Hello, pretty peeps! :)

What with the water rationing in Klang Valley for the past month, and the extremely unpredictable weather lately, it's important to keep your skin hydrated. Drinking lots of water is important, but your skin needs extra hydration especially in air-conditioned places like school or work. Let me introduce to you the new Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel.

Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel
Our skin loses moisture to its surroundings, and also due to skin fatigue. The AquAction technology, inspired by the legendary beauty of Yang Guifei, has been refined, tested and proven on Asian women. Powered by HydraLock (which contains WSK and Niacinamide), new AquAction delivers a new standard of hydration that is known fondly as pump pump” bouncy skin – skin cells that are well-hydrated and attain a full, rounded shape, giving skin a firm and elastic touch.

The Olay AquAction Hydration Gel comes in a blue plastic tub containing 50g of product. There's a plastic lid once you unscrew the cap, which prevents the gel from spilling out. Do note that it doesn't come with a spatula or anything to scoop up the product, so you'll have to dip your fingers into the gel directly. Simple and solid packaging, although the lack of a spatula might deter more hygiene-conscious users.

The gel has a blueish tint when seen in the tub, but applies clear on the skin. It does has a scent to it, but I find it quite pleasant. What I love most about this product is the texture. True to its name, it has a gel-like texture that is easily absorbed into the skin and doesn't leave a sticky or greasy feeling. (✿◠‿◠)

Like me, you might be wondering whether this hydration gel (moisturizer, if you will) can be used with other skincare brands/products. Worry not! I had addressed this concern to the company and one of their skin experts had assured me that 'AquaAction products are compatible with other ranges and even other brands'. It will boost your skin hydration level  and penetrate deeper to deliver better results to your current skincare regime.

Indeed, my cleanser, toner and moisturizers are all from different brands, but they all work together pretty well, and this Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel didn't break out my skin and keeps it hydrated for the whole day. ♥ As it is very lightweight, I usually use it for daytime and use another moisturizer at night before sleeping.

The verdict? I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy using this Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel. I've always thought of Olay as more of a brand used by mature ladies (since I've been watching their ads on TV since I can remember, lol) so I'm glad to find that they've upped their game and come out with products that appeal to and suit the younger crowd. Also helps that they have the gorgeous AngelaBaby as their brand ambassador. (✿ ♥‿♥)

(Photo source: Clozette)
Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel (50g) retails at RM59.90 and is available at all leading pharmacies.

*This item was sent for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.