Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Deep Red...Hollywood 825 Artic Red Nail Polish

I'm 99.999% sure that I purchased this nail polish from my nail salon in Miami. I know nothing of this brand named Hollywood, nor have I seen the brand outside of my nail salon, or heard of it since. With that being written, this unsuspecting, unknown little bottle of polish surely is a dark horse among all of my polishes.

Oddly, the first coat of Hollywood's nail lacquer in 825 Artic Red is a beautiful dark, pink-red, but after a second and third coat (third coat not needed, I was just overzealous with the polish's application, color, and high shine), Artic Red turns into this dark, seductive, virile brown-blood red with a new sports car shine jelly finish; I live for these shades of red.

What's even more impressive about Hollywood 825 Artic Red is how well it performs. With its effortless application, opacity, glossiness, and seven-day-wear time, Artic Red checks off all the "what I love in a lacquer" boxes.

If you are into dark, blood-red polishes, I would definitely recommend trying to get your hands on Hollywood 825 Artic Red.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Out Of The Ashes...Salon de Pro 5A Hair Dye

Last week, I was out of the country for a friend's wedding and, as soon as I returned, I had loads of work awaiting me. Also, on Friday my friend, Koen, arrived from the Netherlands; so, I've been showing him around town. Today is a national holiday, so, finally, I have a day to myself, and I have many things to post.

First up: I dyed my hair. I'm very much inspired/influenced by the seasons, as I like to change my perfume, makeup color scheme, and hair-color based on the time of year.

Salon de Pro is a foam-type dye that doesn't require any mixing. Just shake the metal bottle thoroughly, connect the plastic nozzle to the bottle, and squeeze.

Hassle-free dispenser. 

Due to my lighting, the color looks warm. In person, the color is a lot darker, and the grayish-green tinge is more prominent. 

This Fall, I wanted to go darker, so I chose Salon de Pro hair dye in 5A dark ash brown. I am infatuated with the rich, grayish-green tinge of this dark ash color. I've received many compliments since I've dyed it...and that never hurts.  

Do you seasonally change your hair color?

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

YSL Beauty Friends & Family Event

Go get yourself something pretty!

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Giorgio Armani Beauty Friends & Family Event

I know what I'm going to be purchasing...Orient Excess Holiday Collection.

Are you eyeing anything from Armani Beauty?

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Monday, November 17, 2014

All The Holiday Cheer...Japanese Cosmetic Holiday Sets

Hey darlings, here is a sneak peek of the Japanese cosmetic brands Holiday sets I've picked up:

Suqqu Christmas Makeup Kit A (8,640 yen).
Suqqu Christmas Makeup Kit B (8,640 yen).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil Bijoux Box 01 (5,940 yen).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil Bijoux Box 02 (5,940 yen).
Addiction Tokyo Jazz Holiday Set (7,776 yen).
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Makeup Coffret 2014 (8,100 yen).

Review, swatches and looks coming soon!

What Holiday Sets have you picked up?

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

When Paired With Oranges...Tasty Related, Not Beauty Related!

Another refreshment find from the convenient store is Orange Coca-Cola. I'm not sure if this is a new flavor pr not, but it's the first time I've seen it in Japan. Orange Coke tastes like a carbonated, orange-flavored Otter Pop (if you know what an Otter Pop is, give yourself two stars). 

I don't know if Orange Coca-Cola is limited edition or here to stay (pending its sales), but it's a flavor that I enjoy. 

Have you tried Orange Coca-Cola? 

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Little Peony...Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-20 Natsubotan

When Suqqu released the Blend Color Eyeshadow in EX-20 Natsubotan (Summer Peony in Japanese) last Summer, I put it aside because the color arrangement didn't inspire me during the sweltering weather.

 Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-20 Natsubotan. 

I finally cracked Natsubotan open a few weeks ago, and what a gorgeous palette it is! 

 Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-20 Natsubotan swatches.

I totally adore the plummy-brown shadow in Natsubotan.

 Suqqu Balancing Cheeks N 02 Usuzakura.

 From left to right Balancing Cheeks N 02 Usuzakura, Bright Up Lipstick 02 Hanabeni.

Look Breakdown:
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (medium 2).
Suqqu Balancing Cheeks N 02  Usuzakura (the darker shade on the apples of the cheeks and the lighter shade to highlight).
Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener.
Mac Mineralize Concealer in NW20.
Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (used to prime the lids).
Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow in  EX-20 Natsubotan:
The plummy-brown shade (all over the lid, blended into the inner crease and three-fourths of the lower lashline). 
The peony-pink shade (used to lightly blend out the edges of the plummy-brown shadow, and in the outer V). 
The barely-there ballet pink shade (in the inner corner)
The frosty pale pink shade (lightly patted on the arch of the brows). 
The ivory shade (in the inner corner and lightly dusted on the brow bone).
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Rockstar (used on the upper and lower lashline, to tightline, and on the waterline).
Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara in Blackout.
Mac Lip Pencil in Dervish.
Suqqu Bright Up Lipstick in 02 Hanabeni.

EX-20 Natsubotan will be getting a lot of use during this season, the next, and also Spring...I LOVE it!

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.