Wednesday, May 27, 2015

20% Off Lancome Friends & Family

Has anyone seen/swatched the Lancome French Paradise The Blue Coral Summer 2015 Collection?
If so (or not), what are your thoughts? I was thinking of purchasing a few items from the collection, and Lancome has now given me a 20% incentive.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pinwheel, pinwheel spinning around...Guerlain Poudre De Soie Illuminating Powder Silk Shimmer

I have a affinity for a number of things, and pinwheels are a definite fascination; they remind me of my youthful Summers in Chicago as well as one of my favorite childhood tv shows of the same name (and if you watched Pinwheel, you're awesome!). Moreover, I'm enamored by their imagery and symbolism in Japanese anime and art. Pinwheels evoke a flurry of emotions of being charmingly delicate and jubilantly whimsical, and yet, they conjure up this sorrowful, melancholic, haunting adolescent beauty; but hey, that's just how my skewed mind works.

So, I just about rocketed off the sofa when I saw the piece de resistance from Guerlain's Blanc de Perle Spring 2015 Collection, the Poudre De Soie Illuminating Powder Silk Shimmer on Isetan's online store; a visual masterpiece of a illuminating powder, this was one highlighter I just couldn't refuse!

I found the choice of packaging odd and unfitting of the artistry of the enclosed product. The semi-pearled, extremely pale ballet-pink, plastic casing feels a little cheap, and lacks weight. It reminds me of Mary Kay packaging from the 1970's.

Let's take a moment to admire the heart-stirring work of art that is the Poudre De Soie Illuminating Powder Silk Shimmer.

The only plus side to the packaging is the case's childproof-fashioned, twist off lid and base grooved-ring, locking mechanism. The mechanism's snapping sound secures your investment from any unwanted topless incidents.

Guerlain's Poudre De Soie Illuminating Powder Silk Shimmer has an intricate, Japanese-inspired origami pinwheel center, with a traditional Seigaiha-patterned background...extraordinary, isn't it!

Poudre De Soie is a peachy-rose gold with microscopic shimmer. The color is fairly neutral and would be flattering on most skin tones. Befitting it's name, the silk shimmer has a finely-milled, silky smooth texture that melds magically onto the skin. The finish is not frosty nor shiny, but has this wonderful iridescent, luminous glow. I've used this illuminating powder dusted all over my face and as a highlighter, and I'm smitten with both results; just make sure to use a soft fluffy brush or a fan brush when applying all over the face. Finally, the Poudre De Soie is unscented, which saddened me, because I love Guerlain's trademark violet-scent.

Guerlain's Poudre De Soie Illuminating Powder Silk Shimmer Contains 10g / 0.35 oz and retailed for 8,424 yen. I don't remember if this was released outside of Asia, but if not, hopefully it will make its way to your shores one day.

Extra Pinwheels pictures below.

Aki and I circa 2009. I made the pinwheel in the photo above. Also, I'm not sure if you can tell, but my hair is an eggplant purple; may go back to that color in Fall.

I took this photo last Tuesday when I was in Harajuku. I believe this is the Tommy Hilfiger store; I parked in front of it, for some time, just watching the three larger pinwheels in the center move. It didn't cross my mind to take a video of the window display until I was on the train home...d'oh!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Enabling Your Beauty Habits...Addiction By Ayako Giveaway!

How time flies, only 12 Weeks to go!

The Prizes (all items are paid for by moi):

One Addiction Compact Case II.
Four Addiction Eyeshadows.
One Addiction Blush.
One Addiction Cheek Stick.
One Addiction Lipstick.

What you have to do and how to increase your chances to win (same method as one of my older giveaways):

1. 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.

2. In the comment section, please write what items you would choose if you won. This will earn you two entries.

3. If you blog about/or tweet this giveaway, you'll earn another three entries into the hat. (please link the post in the comments, thank you!).

The Enabling Your Beauty Habits Giveaway ends on August 9th, 11:59 (GMT+9).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Celebrating 10 Years (at a discounted price)...Butter London Friends & Family Event

I own about 50 (to lazy to get off my sofa to check) Butter London nail lacquers, but that doesn't stop me from buying more!

Has anyone tried the Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquers? I don't own any, and I'm thinking of picking a few up, but would like to know your two cents on them.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Let It Shine...Tom Ford Beauty Spring 2015 Asia Exclusive Lip Color Shine Swatches

This Spring, Tom Ford Beauty released four, limited edition, Asia exclusive Lip Color Shine Lipsticks: 11 Frivolous, 12 Sultry, 13 Lust, and 14 Unabashed (although, I do believe Lust and Sultry are available in the states). 

 From left to right: 11 Frivolous, 12 Sultry, 13 Lust, 14 Unabashed.

 From left to right: 11 Frivolous, 12 Sultry, 13 Lust, 14 Unabashed.

11 Frivolous: a warm, English rose-pink.

12 Sultry: a warm, corally-apricot. 

13 Lust: a warm, rosy-red. 

14 Unabashed: a neutral, raspberry-pink. 

I own several of the lip color shines, and I thoroughly enjoy their luscious, semi-transparent color, rich, balmy-cream formula, and juicy, glass-like finish. Like the other lip color shines I own, these four new shades are attractively comfortable and inject the pout with a generous amount of hydration. 

Tom Ford Lip Color Shine Lipsticks retail for 6,480 yen.

God Is In The Details...Dior.Com Order

"Each time I see a little girl
I can't resist a joyous urge
To smile and say
Thank heaven for little girls
For little girls get
Bigger every day..."

Whether it's patrolling the beauty counters, swatching products, purchasing pretty-pretties, or getting a cornucopia of cosmetics in the mail, Maurice Chevalier's Thank heaven for little girls (Frenchman voice included) always plays in my of my many internal shopping soundtracks.

I'm a pushover for attention-to-detail, and always satisfies with the meticulous care they put into the packaging of their online orders; it's the perfect "merchandising cherry" to complete the entire cosmetics purchasing experience.

Don't you love it when brands personalize their shipping boxes?! Also, Dior is being a makeup tease with this box within a box packaging.

The box has the same textured surface as the Dior shopping bags. 

Another charming detail is the attached lid has a magnetized closure. 

Receipt enclosed in a discreet envelop. No need for Aki to know how much we spend. 

Dior logo tissue paper and sticker.


And the cream-filling of this proverbial cosmetics doughnut: the limited edition 5 couleurs couture eyeshadow palette in 686 Tangerine Dream, and Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara in 982 It-Violet.

Do you enjoy it when brands put that extra effort into packaging? 

How Do You Like Them Apples! Tasty Related, Not Beauty Related

For someone who NEVER drank Fanta when they lived in the states, I surely drink enough of it living in Japan.

There are three new flavors floating around, and first up is Fanta Apple. Fanta Apple taste just like apple juice with a carbonated punch. I feared this soda would be excessively sweet with a fake, chemically-artificial- cancer-inducing type of flavor, but it's not; Fanta Apple is actually very tasty and refreshing.

Here's a compilation of some kooky Japanese Fanta commercials, enjoy!

Is Fanta Apple available in your neck of the woods?