Monday, July 24, 2017

The Noblest Thing...Dear Rus Noblesse 336 Nobless

Isn't this bottle wavy bottle cute?

Deep from the recesses of my nail polish collection, comes Dear Rus Noblesse 336 Nobless.

This polish was a given to me by my friend, Hazuki, some five years ago and, shamefully, this is my first time wearing it...ingrate, I know.

I know nothing about this brand, but I remember Hazuki having returned from her millionth trip to Korea when she gifted it to me. So, I'll assume that's were this polish came from.

336 Nobless is a gorgeous, deep aqua green, with a shiny, creme finish. The formula's consistency is just right, and "problem-free;" one coat gives the nails a gel-like finish, and full opacity is achieved with two.

The brush has the right about of resistance and flexibility, and fans out perfect on the nail.

One downside to the product: the packaging. When I twist the cap to open or close it, it makes this "chalk board" squeaking sound that makes me cringe. I have to press the cap down, and slowly open it to avoid making the sound (always a fail).

I've been wearing 336 Nobless for five days, and it's still shiny, and wear-damage free...paint me impressed! If I could, I would drop kick myself for not wearing 336 Nobless sooner; it's a pretty color, and nice formula. I wish I could get my hands on more of them.

If you know about this brand, please leave a comment <3 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Excuse Me While I freshen Up...Shu Uemura Sakura Skin Perfector Makeup Refresher Mist

The bottle is so beautiful! 

I always have a few face mists in my arsenal. But, since last season, I've gone a little crazy procuring them.

When Shu Uemura released the Skin Perfector Makeup Refresher Mist, in what I thought was the limited edition Sakura scent (but, it's still available in the states and Japan), I didn't hesitate to hit the submit order button.

I have two Sakura backups. So, I had a box to post the ingredients. 

Available in Sakura, Yuzu, Japanese Cypress, and Iris, each of the scents are inspired by Japan's four seasons. The Sakura has a pleasurable floral scent that's invigorating to the senses.

The spray mechanism disperses the fine, velvety mist with a "fan-like" evenness.

The Skin Perfector can be used to prep the skin before makeup, as a setting spray in the final step of your beauty regime, or to refresh and rehydrate your complexion and makeup (without disrupting it) throughout the day.

I love the way the Sakura Skin Perfector Makeup Refresher Mist feels and smells. I'm already on my second bottle. Infused with deep sea water and essential oils, the Bi-phase formulation comforts, soothes, revitalizes, and infuses moisture back into my skin during these sweltering Summer days and nights. For extra comfort, I like to keep my facial mists in the fridge (the freezer if I'll be out and about).

Shu Uemura's Skin Perfector Makeup Refresher Mist contains 50 ml/1.6 FL.OZ. and retails for 2,700 yen.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Brush Yourself Off...Wet Brush-Pro Epic Professional Quick Dry Brush

I'm probably the last one to this party regarding this find, but I discovered the Wet Brush-Pro Epic Professional Quick Dry Brush during my last visit to my hairdresser; she used it to comb through my wet hair.

Part of the Epic Line (an acronym for the line's key attributes: Elite. Professional. Inspired. Creative), is meant to innovative in, both, appearance and performance.

Remarkably light-weight (yet, very sturdy), the brush's rubberized finish enhances the comfortability of the handle's grip. No tired wrists or strained thumbs here!

With bristles that can withstand heat up to 450°F, the Quick Dry Brush is primarily meant for blow outs. However, I use it to detangle my wet hair. The long, thin, firm, yet flexible IntelliFlex bristles detangles my hair in a single, effortless stroke. I'm not exaggerating; not a single tug, pull, rip or tear. In the past, I would lose several hairs when I'd brush my wet hair. But, with the Quick Dry Brush, the maximum hairs I found on the brush have been two. Being that hair is more susceptible to breakage when wet, that's a major plus.

By creating a more direct passage of hot air to your hair, the wide horizontal vent design is suppose to speed up drying time up to 30%. I think this would work best for straight haired ladies, whose hair doesn't require much pull. But, maybe one day I'll put this claim to the test.

I really love the curved shape of the brush, and how it hugs my cranium. The bristles feel great on my scalp, as if I'm getting a mini message.

My hair is thick and plentiful. I dye, and heat style it A LOT, and I'm always looking for tools and products to keep my hair in primo condition. The Wet Brush-Pro Epic Professional Quick Dry is the best brush I've found to use on wet hair. I sound like an infomercial, but I think this brush is made by unicorns; it's that magical.

I like the brush so much, not only did I buy a backup (purchased both times via Rakuten for 1,890 yen), I got another one to include in my annual August giveaway.

If you use this brush, I'd like to know what you think of it. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Have You Ever Smelled The Rain? Clean Reserve Rain Eau de Parfum

Last Summer, instead of giving in to my wants and buying the Clean Reserve fragrance in Rain, I was good, and finished off another perfume bottle.

Now, my perfume collection is down to my Spring scent (Floris London Cherry Blossom Eau De Parfum), my Winter scent (Dior Addict Eau de Parfum), and my newly/finally procured Clean Reserve Rain for this Summer; thus, leaving an empty slot for Fall

The wood-patterned white sleeve, and the contrast of the deep teal and gray lettering, is a cute touch and compliments the bottle nicely.

Although fairly large, the crisp white box is minimalistic and, pardon the pun, clean.

I love the simplistically casual, yet sophisticated, look of the thick, weighty glass bottle and its smoothed out edges, the wooden cap, the quality and feel of the paper label, the font, and its coloring.

Reserve Blend Rain's Top Notes: Bergamot and cucumber, Middle Note: White Flowers, Dry Notes: Patchouli and Vetiver.

I pickup on all the scent profiles. However, I was surprised to learn Patchouli was one of the dry notes because I don't smell it at all (thankfully).

Rain is such a fitting name for this wonderful fragrance. It is a luscious blend of floral, citrus (the bergamot and cucumber), rain, green, and musk that's a clean, fresh scent with a masculine twist; hence, making it suitable for both, men and women.

On my skin, Clean Reserve Rain Eau De Parfum lasts the entire day until the late hours of the evening. I've been wearing Rain for less than two weeks, and a day hasn't gone by where I wasn't complimented on how good I smell.

Clean Reserve Rain Eau De Parfum retails for 14,580 yen (3.4 fl. oz./ 100ml).

What fragrance are you using this Summer? 

Monday, July 3, 2017

A Peach Of A Shower Gel...Bath & Body Works' Peach Bellini

Last month was filled with several impromptu visits from friends; hence, the abysmal number of posts.

Anyway, June's Shower Gel was Bath & Body Works', Peach Bellini.

Peach Bellini's key notes are: Juicy Peach, White Apricot, Pink Grapefruit, Fresh Mango, and Sparkling Prosecco.

As I'm not a fan of peach scented or flavored things (I find them to have an off-putting artificial fragrance or taste), I've never had any interested to try anything from that range. Yet, surprisingly, I liked the shower gel. Oddly, I noticed more of a tangerine-grapefruit aroma, with a faint scent of peach.

Bath & Body Works' Peach Bellini Shower Gel is a great citrus-y fragrance that I find perfect for the transition from Spring to Summer.

In writing this post, I remembered a youtube video rant my sister sent me years ago about BBW's Peach Bellini's Candle. We've all either worked with, or had a retail experience with, someone like the "manager Jen."
Or like the lunatic customer 😈

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lashes and Black Lace...Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Sexy Blacks Waterproof Mascara

Have you never seen a more gorgeous looking mascara tube than Helena Rubinstein's Lash Queen Sexy Blacks Waterproof Mascara?!

Adorned throughout, with black velvet trimmed floral lace fabric, the gold tube's packaging is sensual and feminine.

With measurements of "90-60-90," the wand has a sexy, curvaceous, hourglass-shape. A mess-free application, Lash Queen Sexy Blacks' wand is very easy to wiggle and comb through the upper (and using the tip of the wand) and lower lashes.

Available in a single shade, 01 Scandalous Black is a deep, seductive black. In comparison with the Lash Queen Wonder Blacks, Lash Queen Sexy Blacks waterproof formula is thicker and drier. Never clumping, flaking, nor smearing, the Lash Queen Sexy Blacks doesn't last as long as the other HR Mascaras (drying out after two and a half months).

Full, defined, and lengthened, Helena Rubinstein's Lash Queen Sexy Blacks Waterproof Mascara curls my lashes, and gives them the loveliest open-eyed wispy effect.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Invest In Your Hair!

My last post was about my spring hair color. So, here are the products I've been using this season to keep my mane healthy and manageable.

Philip B Lavender Hair & Body Shampoo (14,600 yen): aside from sakura, Spring is all about the Lavender. First, I'll address the positives: Philip B's Lavender Hair & Body Shampoo has a great scent that lingers for the entirely of the first day. It cleans thoroughly, and removes all excess oil and residue from the scalp. However, you have to use a lot of product because it doesn't lather well at all. Also, I need to follow up with a good conditioner because after rinsing, my hair is tangled and feels dry.

John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner (7,776 yen): a pleasing, delicate lavender scent, the  Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner has a thin, lotion consistency. I apply a dollar-size amount to the mid-lengths of my hair to the ends. Great at detangling, I usually leave it on from anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes. after rinsing with cold water, my hair is tangle-free, soft, moisturized, and shiny without being weighed down. I really like this conditioner.

Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume (3,780 yen): a heat-activated, silicone-free, non-greasy, water-soluble formula protects my hair from thermal styling and helps cut down on my blow-drying time. I like to apply a mix this along with the Anti-Frizz Formula 57 to damp hair. Afterwards,my hair feeling and looking extremely soft, voluminous, sleek, shiny and frizz-free.

Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57 (5,292 yen): the lavender oil is this product gives it a delicious lavender scent. I like to mix four pumps into the Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume for extra shine and protect from heat styling. Also, I use it as a finishing polish to on the mid-lengths of my hair to the ends.

John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender (3,240 yen): Another delectable lavender fragrance (can you see a pattern here?!) , I like to use this salt spray on my roots to add volume and texture, as well as adsorb any excess oil between washes.

Although after rinsing the Philip B Lavender Hair & Body Shampoo out, my hair is left feeling dry and tangled, when paired with the John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner, and the Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume, and the Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57, my hair feels extremely soft, silky smooth, and with an incredible shine. 

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