Monday, May 2, 2016

Love Me, Scrub Me...Sabon Lavender Apple Body Scrub


With an occasional infidelity (solely based on curiosity of a scent), SABON Body Scrubs' are the only ones I use.

Depending on the season, I like to route between all the SABON scents, and Lavender Apple (one of my favorite scents from the brand) is a definite Spring must have! 

A delightful combination of soothing lavender and sweet apple
(saying it smells AMAZING is an understatement!), Lavender Apple is an engaging delicate scent that lingers on the skin; I can't help sniffing my forearms throughout the day. Also, I find the scrub's salmon-pink color adorable. 

And, because you'd like to read my other SABON Body Scrub posts, please read here, here, and here

Which SABON Body Scrubs have you tried?

The Platine Rule... Dior Addict It-Lash 062 It-Platine Mascara


Part of the Glowing Gardens Spring 2016 Collection, 062 It-Platine is wonderful for Spring.


I never miss a new shade release of the Dior Addict It-Lash mascaras. Combine the creamy, "mousse-like" formula with the tip to base multi-bristled wand, It-lash separates, defines, gives modest volume, and subtle length, all while delivering a lovely curl. Bascially, 062 It-Platine is everything last year's Lancome Virtuose Doll Eyes Doll Lash Effect Mascara Wide-Eye look in Gris Rivoli 06 wasn't.


When I pulled out 062 It-Platine's "morning star" rubber wand from the tube, I was instantly smitten with the color.


062 It-Platine is a metallic, taupish-platinum-grey with a hint of lavender; such a beautiful color, how can you not be mesmerized by it?!

I tried 062 It-Platine on my friend's ginger lashes, and all I can say is, this baby is pigmented! On my black lashes, the taupish-platinum-grey, with a hint of lavender, shade is much deeper, giving them a gorgeous frosted effect.

Did the Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara in 062 It-Platine make a cameo at your Dior Counter?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dreaming Of The Cherry Blossoms...Floris London Cherry Blossom Eau De Parfum


Writing about perfume can be very intimidating; an individual's fragrance preference is not only subjective, but also an intimate one. I change my perfume seasonally, and Floris London's Cherry Blossom Eau De Parfum enables me to continue celebrating the fragrance of the cherry blossoms after they're long gone.

For those who may not be familiar with Floris London, here is a brief history of the perfumery:

"Established by Juan Floris and his wife Elizabeth in 1730, they began selling perfume in the elegant quarter of London's St. James.

In 1820 the first of 16 royal warrants were granted. Today Floris holds royal warrants to HM Queen Elizabeth II and to HRH The Prince of Wales.

To date, Floris is still run from the original Jermyn Street shop by the eighth and ninth generation descendants of Juan Floris. The family proudly continues their work in the arts of fragrance, creating exquisite perfumes to stand the test of time. All products continue to be made in England."

The perfume is housed in a lovely gold box...

and packed snugly with care.

The weighty gold cap has Floris' emblem on top.


To coordinate with the theme of the scent, the label is a pale, sakura pink, with the royal warrants Of HM Queen Elizabeth II on the left and the HRH The Prince of Wales on the right.

Floris embossed along both sides on the glass bottle.


Cherry Blossom's fragrance notes:

Top Notes: Bergamot, Orange, Pink Peppercorn.
Heart Notes: Cherry Blossom, Osmanthus, Peony, Rose.
Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood.

This is one of the best Cherry Blossom perfumes I've tried. The prominent scent of Sakura intermixed with the Bergamot, Orange, Pink Peppercorn, Osmanthus, Peony, Rose, Musk, Sandalwood captures the crisp, delicate romanticism of Spring in Japan.


Floris London Cherry Blossom Eau De Parfum contains 100ml/ 3.4 fl oz and retails for 21,600.


A mini video of my Cherry Blossom viewing at Nakameguro.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blush, Blush Baby Giveaway


A reminder there are 81 days left in the Blush, Blush Baby Giveaway.

The first place winner receives one blush of your choice from each brand: Addiction, THREE, Laduree, Suqqu, and Chicca.

The second place winner gets a blush of their choice from one of the following brands: ADDICTION, THREE or LADUREE.

 The third place winners get a blush of their choice from one of the following brands: THREE or LADUREE.

What you have to do: in the comments, please list your favorite blushers, what upcoming blushes are you pining for, and what Addiction, THREE, Laduree, Suqqu, and Chiccs blushers would you choose.  

To increase your chances of wining (same method as all my previous giveaways):

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.

For every blog post, tweet, or whatever form of social media you use, mention the giveaway, and you'll earn another two entries per mention (please link the post in the comments, thank you!).

The What Makes You Blush Giveaway ends on August 9th, 11:59p.m. (GMT+9).

This giveaway is open internationally.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me in the comments.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Don't Contact Us! Miche Bloomin' Olive Brown 1-Day Colored Contacts


I purchased the Miche Bloomin' Olive Brown 1-Day Colored Contacts last May (May 12th to be exact), and totally forgot about them; thankfully, they're good until 10/2019.


This is my first time trying these contacts, and I'm not a fan...at all. Actually, I'd like to take my dislike for them even further and say, I think I hate them.

Without contacts. 

Miche Bloomin' Olive Brown Colored Contact Lenses. 

First, the contacts were flaccid and wouldn't hold their shape; thus, making them a pain in the arse to put in. I even checked the expiration date to make sure they were still good. The pattern on the contacts is unattractive, unflattering, and no where near the vicinity of looking "natural." Also, the center of the contacts are so large that they give my eyes that dilated "fish-eye" look I dread. To add insult to injury, they blurred my vision and don't even fit well. As I wore them, I could feel them shifting all over the place. The whole day I had a complex of my eyes looking like some deranged, google-eyed craft project from hell. But, I keep them in, so I could give you a through piece of my mind.

I didn't think these Miche Bloomin' Colored Contacts wouldn't work for me, and ordered 30 pieces. Now, I don't know what to do with the remaining 28...stocking stuffers maybe?!

Miche Bloomin' 1-Day Colored Contacts have a diameter of 14.0 mm, base curve of 8.60 mm, and a moisture content of 38%. Available in 16 pieces (1,760 yen) and 30 pieces (4,190) and can be purchased with or without a prescription (but, I don't recommend them!).

Monday, April 18, 2016

No Shrinking Violet


Dior Beauty was on a roll this Spring, churning out several collections. Not that I'm complaining, but now I'm having a hard time remembering which products went with what release...the frivolous things we stress about.

Today, I'm going to showcase two more items I purchased from the Blue Nature Collection: 956 Violet Garden, and 292 Coeur De Fleur.


Another Backstage Boutique, Isetan Shinjuku exclusive, the aptly named 956 Violet Garden is a glorious palette for Spring. Purples are one of my favorite shades of eyeshadows, and my heart goes a pitter-patter from the color combinations of Violet Garden.


Color description from left to right:

A matte, mid-toned, dusty red-violet with thinly dispersed silver micro-glitter that disappears on the lids.

A frosted white with a pink douchrome.

A grey-based, mid-toned, dusty lavender with a satin finish.

An amethyst-based, dark taupe with a satin finish.

a satin, mid-toned, carnation pink with a golden duochrome.

all five of the shadows have a great texture, apply and blend smoothly. They're pigmented, but not insanely pigmented; which works great when achieving various levels of intensity.


Dior Addict Lipstick in 292 Coeur De Fleur is the peanut butter to 956 Violet Garden's jelly; love wearing these two together.

Although not part of the Blue Nature collection, 975 Hortensia Diorshow Colour & Contour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Duo (of the Glowing Gardens collection) partners favorably with Violet Gardens and Coeur de Fleur. I really liked the Diorshow Colour & Contour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Duo, and picked up all of them; these babies are budge-proof and long-lasting.


Color description from left to right: 975 Hortensia, 292 Coeur de Fleur.

An Icy, pale ballet pink.

A muted, grape purple.

A milky, nudish-mauvish-pink.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Sonia Rykiel Fresh Gel Foundation SPF25 PA++ in shade 30.
Dior Bronze Harmonie de Blush in Coral Riviera 002.
Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush in 004 (apply a layer of the reddish-pink-coral on the applies of the cheeks, then mix all shades together, and layer them over the first shade, and dust the excess all over the face).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Surratt Beauty Surreal Skin Concealer.
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening & Setting Powder in Revive. 
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (eyeshadow base).
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 956 Violet Garden:
The taupe shadow (all over the lid and along the outer half of the lower lashline).
The red-violet shadow (applied on the outer corner and connecting it to the lower lashline).
The dusty lavender shadow (used to blend out the taupe shade in the crease, and the inner half of the lower lashline).
The white shadow (on the brow bone).
The carnation pink shadow (in the inner corner).
Dior Diorshow Colour & Contour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Duo in 975 Hortensia (used the eyeliner on the waterline).
Dior Diorshow Designer Mascara in 088 Pro Anthracite (upper lashes).
Dior Diorshow Designer Mascara in 868 Pro Magenta (lower lashes).
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Stripdown.
Dior Addict Lipstick in 292 Coeur de Fleur.



Look Breakdown:
Face:
Sonia Rykiel Fresh Gel Foundation SPF25 PA++ in shade 30.
Dior Bronze Harmonie de Blush in Coral Riviera 002.
Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush in 004 (apply a layer of the reddish-pink-coral on the applies of the cheeks, then mix all shades together, and layer them over the first shade, and dust the excess all over the face).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Surratt Beauty Surreal Skin Concealer.
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening & Setting Powder in Revive. 
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (eyeshadow base).
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 956 Violet Garden:
The taupe shadow (all over the lid).
The red-violet shadow (patted over the taupe shade on the lid, applying it intensely along the upper and lower lashline).
The dusty lavender shadow (blended in the crease and on the brow bone).
The white shadow (in the inner corner).
Dior Diorshow Colour & Contour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Duo in 975 Hortensia (the shadow patted thinly in the inner corner under the white shadow and the grape purple eyeliner on the waterline).
Dior Diorshow Designer Mascara in 088 Pro Anthracite (upper lashes).
Dior Diorshow Designer Mascara in 868 Pro Magenta (lower lashes).
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Stripdown.
Dior Addict Lipstick in 292 Coeur de Fleur.

I'm really loving the majority of all the Spring beauty collections, and the variation of combinations. I found 956 Violet Garden exceptionally inspirational; I've already made a significant dent in four of the five shades.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

What Kind Of Color Is Zis? Dior Capucine 559


Dior's Blue Nature 2016 Spring Collection featured two nail lacquers: 344 Milky and 559 Capucine. I wasn't particularly "wowed" by Milky (a pastel, milky peach), and thought Capucine would be a pretty color to add to my limited selection of Spring pinks.


Named after the French fashion model and actress, who starred in such films as The Pink Panther and What's New Pussycat? (woah, woah, woah...I couldn't help myself), and whose color was inspired by the afore mentioned films, Capucine is a charming, yellow-based pink panther cream. I tried to confirm my speculation with the counter manager (whom I love) about the origin of the lacquer's name, but she had no idea who, or what, I was referring to. Thus, this is fan girl's love of classic cinema, and silver screen sirens, trying to solve this self-imposed caper.


The captivating beauty, Capucine. 

Image from www.amazon.co.uk

When we were kids, I remember my sister and I having a 5ft tall Pink Panther stuffed animal. Similar to the guy above.

Capucine's formula is on the thick side, but it's still very easy to apply. The pigmentation is lovely, and requires only two coats. With a shiny, cream finish, I got six days of chip-free wear.

Although not an original color, Capucine is a beautiful shade for this season, and I feel it would suit just about every skin tone.