Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Give A Girl The Right Shoes And She Can Conquer The World." Joe's Jeans Laney Heels


Needing a pair of black heels for a friend's wedding (that was on Saturday), I took to the internet and came upon images of Joe's Jeans Laney Heels. I've never heard of the brand before, but I really liked the style. All my frequented online shopping sites were either out of the color, my size (I'm an 7.5-8), or sold out of the style all together. With some more searching, I found the Laney heels in black on revolveclothing.com, but the smallest size they had was a 8.5. However, after reading some reviews stating the shoes ran a bit narrow, and the fact that the back of the heels are covered, I felt I could get away with the 8.5.


Again, I wasn't familiar with this website, and had reservations about ordering from them. But, being the daredevil that I am, I screamed "BANZAI!" and submitted my order. My worries over revolveclothing.com were quickly laid to rest, and turned out to be an absolute pleasure. The website offers free international shipping on orders above $100. The Joe's Jeans Laney Heels were on sale for $95/¥10,324 (originally retailing at $135/ ¥14,671), so, my order didn't qualify for free shipping. However, the International shipping fee to Japan was only ¥1,087/$10 (very inexpensive, especially if you've ever placed an International order with Nordstrom...absolutely criminal!), bring my order total to ¥11,410/$105.00. I don't remember the number of days it took to get my package, but I do recall being surprised on how quickly it arrived.


One of the first things that drew me to the Laney Heels was the tall, pulled-up collar fashioned, architectural counter, which is made of suede.



The leather ankle wraparound straps crisscross to add an attractive textual contrast.


I adore the copper-colored push pin closures and find them to be a perfect finishing touch.


When it comes to my toebox style aesthetic in shoes, I prefer a rounded or squarer shaped toe; never really liking the pointer shapes. Plus, although I don't have Flintstones feet, my feet are on the wider side. Therefore, I almost always avoid pointy shoes that emphasize the wideness. The bold, shorter length cutout, and slight rounded-off tip of the Laney shoes allows me to getaway with this style.


With a 4 inch heel, I took a risk and broke these shoes in on the day of the wedding. Including the ceremony, reception, after party, and a total of an hour and a half of commuting, I only experienced discomfort in my left foot; which is always the case when I break-in new heels.

The Laney heels make your legs look awesome! They can be worn for both casual and formal outings. I received loads of compliments on Saturday, and I foresee these heels getting a lot of mileage this season. Joe's Jeans Laney heels are striking, chic, edgy, and a modern take on black heels.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Strikingly Vivid Mirage


If you've even lived in, or traveled to, Tokyo during August or September, you'll know how relentlessly cruel the heat and humidity are. The heat and humidity levels really don't begin to drop until mid October. However, the temperature seemed to cool the other day...so, I cracked open and wore some of my new Fall products. With the maintained humidity levels between 70-80%, and the rising temperature throughout the day, I was a profusely sweaty, Autumnal mess! So, until the humidity drops, Fall makeup looks will have to wait.

Also, I have loads of folders on my laptop of all the Summer collections/products/looks that I never got around to posting; I thought about deleting them and recreating the looks next Summer. But, that would be a shame...and I'm still using many of the products because it's still warm and humid over here. Besides, it has to be Summer somewhere in the world, right?! So, bear with me as Ibombard the blog with an onslaught of belated Summer.

From left to right: Illusion D'Ombre 95 Mirage, Stylo Yeux Waterproof 911 Ambre Dore, Le Blush Creme De Chanel 79 Cheeky, Levres Scintilantes Glossimer 188 Sunny. 

Generally, I don't go to crazy for Summer Collections, but this past Summer was definitely an exception. I found all the pieces in the Reflects D'Ete de Chanel Collection perfectly suitable for Summer.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. 
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (medium 2).
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus.
Chanel Le Blush Creme De Chanel in 79 Cheeky.
Eyes:
Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener.
Mac Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (on the brow bone).
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in 95 Mirage (on the lid and blended into the crease).
Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner (upper lashline).
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero (used to tightline and to line one-third of the inner corner of the waterline).
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in 911 Ambre Dore.
MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara in Black Extreme. 
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Entertain Me.
Chanel Levres Scintilantes Glossimer 188 Sunny.



Don't forget to partake in my THREE Cosmetics giveaway.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mamma Mirabella! Chanel Le Vernis 623 Mirabella & 613 Eastern Light


Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in! Overall, I have a great love for Chanel's winsome, and often times, enticing shades. However, that's not to say that I'm never disappointed with the formula, finish, and the performance of some of the brands polishes...which recently, has been the case. When it comes to high-end polishes, expectations and demands are much shrewder and less forgiving.

When the Reflects D'Ete de Chanel polishes were released, I was going to pass on the entire lot. But, Mirabella kept nagging me, then Tutti Frutti, and so one...until finally, I purchased four of the five polishes.


623 Mirabella is a beautiful, muted, yet still a vibrant carrot-orange, with a high-gloss creme finish. To my surprise, it was 97% opaque in one coat, and wore for four days before showing tip wear; very good indeed :)


613 Eastern Light is a crisp, "liquid paper" white, with a creme finish. I had very low expectations for this polish. Although there were minor issues with unevenness and streaking (which was corrected after two coats), Eastern Light is a very pretty, glossy white nail lacquer.

I loved the Reflects D'Ete de Chanel manicure promo image that showed Mirabella layered over Eastern Light (don't be surprised if you see it pop up on the blog). To conceal Mirabella's tip wear, I reversed the pairing, and layered Eastern Light over it. The end result: an accidental resemblance to 1970's vintage home decor, and I like it..the manicure, not the home decor.

The 70's version of Scarlett O'Hara. 

Did you try to recreate Chanel's Reflects D'Ete de Chanel manicure?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Turn Your Face To The Sun...Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base


This Summer, I picked up my fifth tub of Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base. Out of all my bronzers, this one is always in high rotation.
This Summer, I picked up my fifth tub of Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base. Out of all my bronzers, this one is always in high rotation. 

I appreciate the additional plastic lid to ensure the product's longevity.


In the container, the bronzing makeup base appears to have a creamy mousse-like consistency, but it's actually a hardened cream-to-powder formula.


I like using the Chanel Le Petit Pinceau Touch-Up Brush with the Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base.

Whether used to contour or bronze, under or over foundation, all over the face, the Soleil Tan Bronzing Makeup Base can be used in various ways.

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base swatch.

I love Base's velvety texture, longevity, and beautiful, warm glow. Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base is a perfect product to enhance my Summer coloring, but with a lighter hand, gives the right amount of warmth to the complexion during Autumn and Winter.

Have you tried Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Wink Of An Eye...Dolly Wink No.19 Sweet Lady False Lashes


Although I love false lashes, and the added theater they bring to the eyes, I rarely, if ever, use falsies on myself. Regardless, I always find myself at the false lashes section at stores, like Loft, gawking at the wide array of lashes, sorting through them, and, finally, purchasing a few pairs.

My recent acquisition: Dolly Wink's No.19 Sweet Lady False Lashes (1,260yen/$12.08).


I love the wispy look of No.19 Sweet Lady false lashes, as well as their clear band. The No.19 Sweet Lady fuses perfectly with ones own lashes, giving a pretty flirty effect.

What are some of your favorite lashes?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nightshades Falling, Lovers Calling...THREE 4D Eye Palette 02 My Blue Heaven


My friend, Sara, asked me to accompany her to beauty counters at Isetan Shinjuku (my beauty hood), and help her purchase some core products. As we were roaming around, she asked me what my "all-time favorite" Japanese cosmetic brand was? Now, I don't believe in  having just one "favorite". I mean, why pigeonhole oneself when you have so many tantalizing options, right?!

Of course, I loved them all, but I have to say my top favorite brands are THREE, Addiction, Sonia Rykiel. and Laduree. During the conversation, I realized, I need to showcase my collection from these brands

THREE 4D Eye Palette 02 My Blue Heaven. 

I own all of the THREE 4D Eye Palettes, and there isn't a dud in the bunch. THREE eye shadows apply wonderfully; they have this magical way of just blending themselves, and I love them all!

Photo taken over three years ago. 

THREE 4D Eye Palette 02 My Blue Heaven Swatches.

Color description from left to right

A glittery, bright sky blue, with a violet sheen.

A warm-toned, tarnish olive green, with gold and chartreuse shimmers, cream eyeshadow.

A yellowish-brown-based, tarnish olive-khaki with pink shimmers. Basically, the eye shadow version of 07 Eye Doll Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil.

A pale, manila yellow, with silver and yellow shimmers. 

The color combination in this palette makes 02 My Blue Heaven sublimely, empyrean.

From left to right: Color Veil For Cheeks 13 Light Sonic, Glam Touch Lipstick 09 Ring My Bell. 


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. 
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (medium 2).
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus.
THREE Color Veil For Cheeks in 13 Light Sonic.
Eyes:
Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener.
Mac Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (on the brow bone).
THREE 4D Eye Palette in 02 My Blue Heaven:
The olive cream shadow (all over the lid, in the crease and lower lashline).
The bright sky blue shadow (patted on the inner-half of the lid, and blended into the inner crease up to the brow).
The tarnished khaki shadow (patted on the outer-half  of the lid and blended into the outer crease).
The pale manila shadow (in the inner corner and brow bone). 
THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil in 05 Eye Rock.
MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara in Black Extreme. 
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in stripdown.
THREE Glam Touch Lipstick 09 Ring My Bell.


Besides having the THREE logo branded on, and coordination with, one of the 4D Eye Palette  shades in the palettes, I also find their names whimsical and witty. I wonder if the 02 My Blue Heaven palette is named after the 1927 song with the same name?...I love the Gene Austin version.

Which THREE 4D Eye Palette would you like to try?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Typhoon Halfway Around The World...Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel


From the vault of my Revlon nail polishes, I bring you the long discontinued polish, Typhoon. I've had this polish for ages, and the formula is still good.


Typhoon is a shimmery, deep, medium blue with a barely-there violet sheen. Opaque in one coat, typhoon wears for 4-5 days.

Typhoon is a pretty shade of blue, and a perfect shade for Summer; I love the contrast this shade creates when paired with a tan, and wearing something white.

What are some of your favorite blue polishes?

Don't forget my giveaway.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.