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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Where'd You Get Those Peepers! Warby Parker Fall 2014 Collection


You've heard the expression, "the eyes are the window to the soul"? Well, why not decorate those windows to showcase your personal style, wit, and also some pizazz to your life. 

I was contacted by Warby Parker, and asked if I would like to feature some of my favorite eyeglass styles from their new Fall 2014 CollectionThis Fall, Warby Parker introduces nine new shapes to cater to all of your practical needs as well as your aesthetic wants.

Here are some of my favortie frames:
Baxter Ti Sugar Maple 

I love the fact the frame looks like wood as well as the rich color, and metal detail on the hinges. 
Baxter Ti Whiskey Tortoise 

I'm a lover of tortoise print in anything!

 Chandler Ti Newprint Grey 

When you want to buy dark frames, but you don't really want to get black, Grey is a nice departure. I like the transition from medium to dark grey throughout the Chandler Ti Newprint Grey frames.
 Chandler Ti English Oak

Once again, I love this wood pattern. Chandler Ti English Oak has a rounder frame than the Baxter Ti Sugar Maple, and I like the dark clover honey color. 

Crane Ti Newsprint Grey 

Similar to Chandler Ti Newprint Grey in coloring, but square frame.   
 Crane Ti Striped Olive

I'm a huge fan of this shade of dark olive green. 
 Durand Whiskey Tortoise 

I really love the Durand Whiskey Tortoise frame...and the tortoise print doesn't hurt.  
 Greenleaf Whiskey Tortoise

Greenleaf Whiskey Tortoise has an attractive elongated frame.  
 Hardy Striped Olive

Hardy Striped Olive has a narrower frame than Crane Ti Striped Olive.

 Nash Crystal

I'm attracted to these clear frames. It must be my Wonder Woman envy...if I can't have an invisible jet, at least I can have the glasses.
 Oliver Whiskey Tortoise

Oliver Whiskey Tortoise has a simple, yet sophisticated fame. 
Oliver Striped Olive

I fancy the twist the olive shade gives this frame.
Annette Petal Tortoise 

I like the feline shape of Annette Petal Tortoise as well as the pink tortoise print. 

To view Warby Parker's New Fall 2014 Collection, please visit here.

For those who may not be familiar with Warby Parker eyewear, I've researched the company, and there were a few things that I found impressive of the brand.

Warbyparker.com offers free shipping and returns. As a consumer, I appreciate it when companies offer free shipping right off the bat, and, even more so, free returns! Another great service Warby Parker offers is their Home Try-On Program; you can choose up to five frames from their wide selection, and try them out for five days with no commitments...for free. Yup, and you DO NOT pay for the shipping or return of these items.

My introduction to the Warby Parker brand seems to be serendipitous, given my need to update my prescription glasses. In deciding on my personal frame selection, I've narrowed it down to Nash Crystal, Baxter Ti Sugar Maple, and Durand Whiskey Tortoise...and, I'm also interested in picking up two pairs of glasses from their sunglass collection.

Which frames do you like?

As a disclaimer to my readers, I was not given any merchandise or funds for this post. Also, I will not receive any compensation (monetary or otherwise) for your visits to the website via the links on this blog.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Three Shades Of Les Beige...Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour No.02

I love the gorgeous, pale french vanilla and black packaging of the Les Beiges powders. 

When the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour 02 powder came out, I told myself I wasn't going to pick it up, because I had too many powders in my collection that needed to be use up. Well, that decision lasted for a week.


Since taking this photo, the domed-shaped brush included in the compact is no longer with us. When opening a product, I find it very annoying when plastic lids and/or brushes falls out of the compact.

 This is probably the only time when horizontal strips look flattering.

The Les Beiges Multi-Colour has a lovely smooth texture. All three stripes are pigmented, and give the skin a beautiful warmth with a soft, luminous-sheen that looks natural. 

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour 02 swatched individually and then blended together. 

First stripe: a creamy-nude.

Second stripe: a honey-tan. 

Third stripe: a rosy-terracotta. 

Either separately or mixed, this versatile product can be wore various ways: as a highlighter, contour, bronzer, blusher, eye shadow, or lightly dusted all over the face as a setting powder. Basically, I love Chanel's Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour in No.02...I'm glad I never listen to myself :P

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Still Picture Perfect!


September's issue of Vogue Japan had me squeeing in the bookstore. I'm loving this resurgence of the 90's supermodels. As beautiful as the current faces in fashion are, in my humble opinion, they pale in comparison to their iconic predecessors. Aside from their unearthly beauty, the original supermodels possessed this hypnotic, edgy, yet, ethereal undertone that enslaved your gaze.


Although not all of the supermodels appeared in this issue (i.e. Christy, Karen, Tatjana, and Yasmeen to name a few; also some of my favs), it was fun revisiting some of my beauty inspirations.


Linda, Linda, Linda. Out of all the supermodels, Linda Evangelista, the legendary fashion chameleon, was (and still is) my favorite. I can go on and on, but I'm going to save that for a future post I'm planning on writing.



Naomi Campbell was a stallion on the catwalk.


I loved Stephanie's unique beauty...and Nadja (a fav) has some of the most amazing features.  







Kristen McMenamy, the androgynous, "unconventional" beauty is another favorite. I love faces that have something quirky about them; it makes them much more appealing and beautiful.

Carla Bruni my second favorite supermodel of the 90's. Gosh, I just love her feline features, don't you?!


Did you enjoy this nostalgic trip down the runaway as much as I did?

Who was/is your favorite supermodels from the 90's?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Last Rose Of Summer


For the last eleven days, I've been trying to get this post up. But, with work, and all of the above, I've been too mentally exhausted to go through all the pictures and look for the ones that are not as blurred (lens still on the fritz), and write something. Today, I'm finally able to give birth to this laborious post.

For comments and swatches of Givenchy's Le Prismissime Euphoric Pink Lip & Cheek Palette, please click here.

 Givenchy Le Prisme 86 Rose Attraction (¥7,245/$71.55).

Givenchy's Over Rose S/S 2014 Collection was another beautifully edited release from the brand. The 86 Rose Attraction quad has two satin eyeshadows on the top row, and the bottom row has two glitter eyeshadows that, when layered, accent the lid wonderfully. 
 

First swatch: a brown based lilac-taupe.

Second swatch: a rosy-pink peach.

Third swatch: a glittery, blue-based, barbie pink.

Fourth swatch: a glittery, icy peach.

Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow: 3 Rose Dentelle, 5 Taupe Velours, 8 Prune Taffetas (¥3,360).

Back in January, I purchased 3 Rose Dentelle, 5 Taupe Velours, and 8 Prune Taffetas, as I thought they would pair perfectly with the Over Rose Collection. I've worn the Ombre Couture cream eyeshadows every which way: as a base, as an eye shadow, on top of other shadows, as a liner, etc. The Ombre Coutures have an airy texture, and once applied, give a blurred-out wash of color that can be intensified; and what I love most, they don't dry out or emphasize dryness on the lids. 3 Rose Dentelle, 5 Taupe Velours, 8 Prune Taffetas were my first Ombre Coutures, but they definitely have not been my last; I've add several more to my collection. 

Ombre Couture swatches from left to right: 3 Rose Dentelle, 5 Taupe Velours, 8 Prune Taffetas.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. 
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (medium 2).
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus.
Givenchy Le Prismissime Euphoric Pink Lip & Cheek Palette (first row, third shade and second row, first shade mixed) .
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).
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in 5 Taupe Velours (all over the lid and in the crease).
Givenchy Le Prisme in 86 Rose Attraction:
The rosy-pink peach eye shadow (all over the lid, inner corner, and the inner half of the lower lashline).
The brown based lilac-taupe eye shadow (in the crease and the outer half of the lower lashline).
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil in Gypsy (used to tightline and on the waterline).
Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara in 1 Black Stain (upper lashes).
Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara in 4 Rose Pulsion (on the lower lashes).
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in stripdown.
Givenchy Le Prismissime Euphoric Pink Lip & Cheek Palette (first row, first shade and second row, first shade mixed). 
Urban Decay XXX Shine in Naked.


My hair is naturally curly, but it's been so himid, that my curl have quit! 

Look Breakdown:
Face:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. 
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (medium 2).
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus.
Givenchy Le Prismissime Euphoric Pink Lip & Cheek Palette (first row,third shade and third row, third shade mixed).
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).
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in 5 Taupe Velours (all over the lid and in the crease).
Givenchy Le Prisme in 86 Rose Attraction:
The brown based lilac-taupe eye shadow (all over the lid).
The glittery, blue-based, barbie pink eye shadow (patted on the center on the lid).
The glittery, icy peach eye shadow (barely tapped in the inner corner).
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in 8 Prune Taffetas (lower lashline).
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil in Gypsy (used to tightline and on the waterline).
Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara in 1 Black Stain (upper lashes).
Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara in 4 Rose Pulsion (tips of upper lashes and on the lower lashes).
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in stripdown.
Givenchy Le Prismissime Euphoric Pink Lip & Cheek Palette (second row, middle shade). 
Urban Decay XXX Shine in ID.


Did you pick up any items from Givenchy's Over Rose Collection?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.