Wednesday, January 28, 2015

15% Off Shu Uemura

Hey lovelies,

In case you were thinking of placing a Shu Uemura order, I wanted to share what I found in my inbox. Hope you enjoy this savings!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Sight Of Sonia Rykiel Makes Me Blush...Sonia Rykiel Beaute Glowing Powder Blusher 01, 02, 03, 04 Swatches

The Glowing Powder Blusher are a multicolored-striped blush, that give the cheeks this sensational flush of sublime color.

The Glowing Powder Blushers come with a flat, fan-style brush and, although the quality is rather good, it still goes the way of the Stila Pocket Rocket I reviewed ages ago...goodness, that produc was vile.

The multi-stripes allow you to customize your own flush, but I don't have the time nor patience for that...and besides, I like the results I get when I swirl my brush into all the stripes. Whether I tap off the excess from my brush or delicately swirl the brush on the back of my hand, both forms blend the product evenly, offering heavenly application.

From left to right: 01, 02, 03, 04.

Pigmented with a velvety smooth texture, these blushes have a gorgeous satiny-matte finish, with a subtle, radiant, dreamy sheen that I wasn't able to capture in the photograph above...Shame!

The Glowing Powder Blusher retails for 5,500 yen (plus tax) and contains 6g (21oz) of product.

Bonus information, the Sonia Rykiel counter will be around until March 30th. Crossing fingers, let's hope it will be around longer.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Oil Of Youth...SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil

Having finished Shu Uemura's Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil, and after a long absence from my makeup removal regime, I purchased an old friend, SK-II's Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil. It's been a while since I used this oil-based cleanser, but I remember it being a favorite during Winter.

The SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil is rich and silky, with a consistency that is not too thin nor thick. The cleanser removes the most, stubbornest, water-proof makeup, and impurities, effortlessly; it also deeply cleanses, and conditions, the skin without leaving any residue. The oil cleanser has a pleasant, Japanese floral (maybe rose) scent that helps to relax me. As with the Shu Uemura cleansing oils, the mechanics of the SK-II cleansing oil works in the same fashion; applying the product on dry skin and emulsifying when coming into contact with water.

This oil cleanser does wonders for my skin during Winter. My skin looks and feels clean, calm, soft, radiant, and absolutely wonderful!

SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil retails for 7,560 yen (8.4oz/250ml).

What are your thoughts on oil-based cleansers?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

La Rose de Versailles

Isetan's window, and in-store displays, started 2015 off with a visual bang by displaying the anime characters, of Riyoko Ikeda's, The Rose of Versailles.

There are many sub-genres to my passions and addictions, but a large portion of my proverbial obsession pyramid (and, in no particular order) would e makeup, anime, and horror films.

One of the most influential series, The Rose of Versailles, is set in 18th century France and centers around Oscar Francois de Jarjayes, a girl raised as a boy (whose brilliant swordsmanship earns her the title of Commander of Marie Antoinette's Royal Guards).

As Marie Antoinette's bodyguard, Oscar soon realizes the royal court in Versailles is filled with thorns of ruthless ambition, sordid schemes, love affairs, scandals, and political crisis; and, with a revolution brewing in the wind, she is torn between her duties to protect her king and queen, and upholding justice for the impoverished, oppressed peasants of France.

Isn't the art work beautiful?! It's one of my favorite styles of Japanese illustration. 

Have you read/seen The Rose of Versailles?

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

That I Loved these Lipsticks For More Than Their Color...Les Merveilleuses Laduree Rouge Swatches

When I started So Lonely in Gorgeous, one of the main purposes of the blog was to document my makeup collection; kind of like, "my own," online cosmetic museum. In the beginning, my momentum was good, but then the beauty train got derailed. However, it's my goal this year to get that train back on course.

As a "makeup addict" I want to share the beauty (and not so beautiful), and wonders of what is, and once was. Although, many of these items are no longer available, we live in the time of ebay, amazon, blog sales, and endless online shopping sites.

Years ago, when the Les Merveilleuses Laduree Beauty line first launched, aside from their blushers, the Rouge Lipsticks were an exquisite, eye catching, piece in the brand's collection.

Renowned for their macarons, Laduree is also synonymous for its marvelously, opulent, decorative style; which they've transitioned, eloquently, to the cosmetic line.

The ivory-colored, wand-like plastic tube has a frosted-pearl finish, with lovely Rococo-inspired, embossed, detailing throughout its length.

The gold twist-up bottom is adorned with a short chain, that attaches to an engraved cameo charm, bearing Laduree's trademark silhouette.

From left to right: 01, 03, 05, 06, 07. 

01: a shimmery gold. 

03: a warm, medium caramel.

05: a warm, brown-peach nude. 

06: a warm, brown-rosy-peach -nude

07: a bright, mid-tone pink. 

From left to right: 08, 09, 10, 11, 12. 

08: a muted, peanut-brittle. 

09: a yellow-based, medium pink.

10: a dusty, brownish-rose-mauve. 

11: A berry-red. 

12: A bright tomato-red. 

From left to right: 13, 14, 101, 102.

13: a peachy-pink with gold shimmer. Bascially, Nars Orgasm blush in lipstick form. 

14: a bright, medium, hot pink.

101: a red-based, burgundy-plum.

102: a deep, fuchsia-red. 

Les Merveilleuses Laduree Rouges are luxurious, highly pigment, and  moisturizing with a lustrous finish. I was absolutely gutted when they were discontinued, and I'm still scratching my head as to why they're gone. I believe the shorter, glossy rouges were suppose to replace the rouges, but they pale in comparison to their predecessor.

Another thing that erks me about the discontinuation of these lipsticks, is that my collection is incomplete. I'm miss two of shades, and that drives my OCD up the wall!

The Rouges retailed for 4,410 yen and came with 0.07 oz/2g.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

THREE For Three Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Dawn Pokorn*, you are the winner of the THREE for Three giveaway! 

Please email me the names of the items you want, your address, and I will ship your new lovelies out to you ASAP. 

I will be hosting another giveaway soon, and wanted your feedback on which Japanese Cosmetic brand to choose next. Please write your choice in the comments.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We Do Not Sow...Happy Iron Anniversary to my beloved

Two days ago, Aki and I celebrated six years of marriage. The traditional wedding gifts for your sixth anniversary are suppose to be candy and iron. After some thought, I got Aki a canister of Gummy Bears (his favorite), and  the Special Edition 25th Anniversary DVD of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Pumping Iron; he got a kick out of it :P

Hope you are having a great day/evening!

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.