Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Stroke Of Luck...O.P.I Lucky Lucky Lavender Nail Lacquer


I've been sitting here, at my laptop, for the last hour (yes, an hour), trying to write the color description for O.P.I's nail lacquer in Lucky Lucky Lavender.


Based on the name, one would expect a light purple with a bluish tinge. However, Lucky Lucky Lavender is a pinky-bluish-light purple, which I think puts it on the lilac shade of the purple family spectrum. ARGH!!!!! This is really doing my head in! In any manner, whichever way you want to classify this shade, it's a very pretty color, and a nail lacquer I enjoy wearing in Spring.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Don't Forget To Wash Your Hands with Cherry Blossoms


In keeping with my recent posts, here's Sakura Kaoru's Cherry Blossom Fragrance hand soap. I found this hand wash, at a little boutique I frequent, in Shin-Ochanomizu.

In the bottle as well as lathered on the hands, this soap has an amazing cherry blossom scent, Yet, during mid was, the scent turns into this off-putting, plasticky-soapy redolence that lingers on the hands...big disappointment!

Needless to say, I'll probably only use this hand soap to wash off makeup swatches from my arm, given I can't bear the smell on my hands.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tasty Related, Not Beauty Related...Sakura Edition

 These Sakura flavored Dacquoise cookies are absolutely divine! 

Besides the beautiful cherry blossom scenery that comes with Spring, I also look forward to all the Sakura-flavored treats that come with the season.

 Sakura flavored (and shaped) marshmallows.

 Not sakura flavored, but these Strawberry jam filled marshmallows are yummy.

Nori with cutout sakura petals. Who knew onigiri could be so fashionable.

A sakura flavored gelatin with azuki beans and cream. I've never had this before, but I'm excited to try it.

 Sakura flavored Jelly beans!

 I like all three flavored, but I think the black tea with cherry blossom is my favorite. 

A little taste of wonderfulness in a jar. Loving adding a spoonful (or two) of this to my yogurt. 

What Spring treats do you enjoy? 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Enabling Your Beauty Habits...Addiction By Ayako Giveaway!


Yup, it's time for another giveaway! And this giveaway is all about creating your own Addiction palette, and then some.

The Prizes (all items are paid for by moi):

One Addiction Compact Case II.
Four Addiction Eyeshadows.
One Addiction Blush.
One Addiction Cheek Stick.
One Addiction Lipstick.

What you have to do and how to increase your chances to win (same method as one of my older giveaways):

1. All gorgeous members (via the members section on the blog) automatically get one entry. So, don't forget to click the "Join this site" button.

2. In the comment section, please write what items you would choose if you won. This will earn you two entries.

3. If you blog about/or tweet this giveaway, you'll earn another three entries into the hat. (please link the post in the comments, thank you!).

The Enabling Your Beauty Habits Giveaway ends on August 9th, 11:59 (GMT+9).

I hope you enjoy this giveaway, good luck to all and I'm looking forward to reading your comments.

Happiness In Bloom...Bath & Body Works' Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel


Hey Guys! For the last five days, I've been hosting my friends Rob and Lulu from Australia. Sadly, they left back home today.

vcfdf I've written about BBW's Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel before (read here), but I wanted to show you the newest change in packaging.

Bath & Body Works truly did a stellar job in bottling the fragrance of Japanese Sakura. During the end March/ early April, as all the Sakura trees are in full bloom, the Cherry Blossom Shower Gel is always an "April must" for me.

Additional bonus Spring yukata fun/cherry blossom pictures:

Aki and I at my special place. 


 Taken five days ago when I was working near Meguro River. 

 Still in Meguro. 


Taken before the weather reverted back to it's overcast (can't swatch a thing!), cold, rainy self. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Pigments Of The Imagination...THREE Shimmering Color Veil Bijou Box 01


When it comes to Pigments, people either love them for their wide-range of uses or dismiss them for the extra care they require when working with them; personally, I love them!

This weekend, I used THREE's Shimmering Color Veil Bijou Box in 01(5,940 yen) from last year's holiday collection, for a friends weekending on Saturday and a Sunday outing.


After removing the paper cardboard sleeve, you have this cute, sleek, black satin makeup coffin (that's how I interpret it). Actually, the box is of pretty good quality with magnet closer.

Inside the little black coffin are three (0.9g) Shimmering Color Veils in shades: 29 Ice Blink, X02 Pink Topaz Gisele (exclude to the set), and 38 333 Dreamers. 

From left to right: 29 Ice Blink, X02 Pink Topaz Gisele, 38 333 Dreamers.

29 Ice Blink: a matte snowy-white with micro glitters. 

X02 Pink Topaz Gisele: a refined glitter with reddish-burgundy pink based and violet, pink, silver and gold micro glitter. 

38 333 Dreamers: a grey based, bluish-lavender with silver, pink, blue, and purple micro glitter and a shimmery finish.  

The photo below are swatches of the lip and cheek products I used in both looks. 

From left to right: Color Veil for cheeks 23 emotional Rescue, Velvet Lust Lipstick 12 Scarlet Noir. 
  

Look Breakdown:
Face:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (Medium 2).
THREE Shading Wand (to lightly contour).
THREE Color Veil for cheeks 23 emotional Rescue.
Eyes:
Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC30 (placed under the eyes).
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer in 02 Cream (placed on top of the MAC Mineralize Concealer).
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight (on the lid).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in X02 Pink Topaz Gisele (all over the lid and lower lashline).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in 38 333 Dreamers (in the corner outer crease and lower lashline).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in 29 Ice Blink (in the inner corner and brow bone).
THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil in 08 Eye On (smudged out on the upper lashline, used to tightline and on the waterline).
MAC In Extra Dimension Lash Mascara.
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Sexy Blacks Mascara in 01 Scandalous Black.
Lips:
THREE Velvet Lust Lipstick in 12 Scarlet Noir.




Look Breakdown:
Face:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (Medium 2).
THREE Shading Wand (to lightly contour).
THREE Color Veil for cheeks 23 emotional Rescue.
Eyes:
Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC30 (placed under the eyes).
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer in 02 Cream (placed on top of the MAC Mineralize Concealer).
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight (on the lid).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in 38 333 Dreamers (all over the lid, blended up into the inner crease and lower lashline).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in X02 Pink Topaz Gisele (patted on the outer corner).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in 29 Ice Blink (in the inner corner and brow bone).
THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil in 08 Eye On (smudged out on the upper lashline, and used to tightline).
THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil in 02 Eye Believe (on the waterline and smudge along the lower lashline).
MAC In Extra Dimension Lash Mascara.
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Sexy Blacks Mascara in 01 Scandalous Black.
Lips:
THREE Velvet Lust Lipstick in 12 Scarlet Noir (patted on the lips and worn as a stain).




X02 Pink Topaz Gisele and 38 333 Dreamers were the main reason I purchased this set, but I loved layering and mixing all three of the Shimmering Color Veils.

Monday, March 30, 2015

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night...THREE Nail Polish


In May of 2014, I was excited to learn THREE was releasing nail polishes. And, as pretty as the shades were, none of them were exceptional original, or "hold the press! Part the Red Sea and make me run out of the house to buy them now" worthy.

However, the THREE Future Noir Collection featured four new polishes. Now, these four shades were more my cup of tea, not being about to buy just one, I picked up two to try.

THREE's Nail Polish in 16 Dark and Stormy, looked stunning as it radiated so beautifully on the counter; it literally stopped me dead in my tracks.


Keeping with the brand's harmonious infusion of nature, grace and minimalism, the packaging is elegant and pragmatic; with its elongated glass bottle and removable, plastic over-cap, it reveals a cap that is comfortable to hold.


The polish also has a flat brush that fans out well, allowing for a precise and controlled application.

THREE claims their polishes keeps nails healthy, and moisturized, with the blend of five species of plant oils: sugar squalane, avocado oil, meadowfoam seed oil, jojoa oil and rosehip seed oil. The polishes are toluene free, formalin free, phthalate and dibutyl free.


Dark and Stormy is a bark-brown based, blackened-purplish-maroon with dark pink shimmer. The formula is smooth, easy to apply, hassle-free, drys quickly, and wears for about four to five days. I don't want to say the finish is dull, but the glossiness isn't as intense as an Addiction polish. A good top coat is needed to achieve the scintillating radiance the polish has in the bottle.

THREE nail polishes contain 7ml and retail for 1,944 yen.