Monday, July 25, 2016

Blush, Blush Baby Giveaway


I haven't forgotten...have you?! Only 15 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.

Two Extra Stitches In Time


Here are two more looks using Suqqu's EX-29 Koukiori Blend Color Eyeshadow palette.

Look Breakdown:
Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Blend.
Suqqu Sheer Glow Liquid (applied over the Smashbox primer).
Sonia Rykiel Fresh Gel Foundation SPF25 PA++ in shade 30.
Les Merveilleuses de Laduree Mini Face Color Rose in 105.
Eyes:
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in 2 Cream.
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening & Setting Powder in Revive. 
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow in EX-29 Koukiori:
The greyish-taupe-brown and the purplish-blue shadow (mixed together and blended all over the lid, into the crease, and along the lower lashline).
The purplish-blue shadow (along the upper lashline and one-third of the outer lower lashline).
The taupish-silver shadow (patted on the center or the lid and lower lashline).
The yellow-peach shadow (patted on the brow bone and inner corner).
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Graphite (used to tightline and on the waterline).
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Black.
Lips:
Suqqu Bright Up Lipstick in EX-02 Somezakuro (rubbed into the lips).



Look Breakdown:
Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Blend.
Suqqu Sheer Glow Liquid (applied over the Smashbox primer).
Sonia Rykiel Fresh Gel Foundation SPF25 PA++ in shade 30.
Les Merveilleuses de Laduree Mini Face Color Rose in 106.
Eyes:
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in 2 Cream.
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening & Setting Powder in Revive. 
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow in EX-29 Koukiori:
The yellow-peach shadow(all over the inner half of the lid, the inner corner and along three-fourth of the inner lower lashline).
The greyish-taupe-brown (blended along the outer one-fourth of the lid and the lower lashline).
The purplish-blue shadow (blended along the outer corner of the lid and lower lashline).
The soft pink shadow (patted on the brow bone).
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Graphite (used to tightline and on the waterline).
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Black.
Lips:
Suqqu Bright Up Lipstick in EX-02 Somezakuro (first rubbed into the lips, then applied with a brush).


I hope on your screens the outer corner shadow looks purplish-blue shadow, because on my screen it's  looking blackish-brown. I swear it's purplish-blue folks. 

Another Day In Paradise...Bath & Body Works' Pure Paradise Shower Gel


With top notes of Juicy Star Fruit, Juicy Guava, Dewy Cassis, mid notes of Luscious Gardenia, Dewy Frangipani Blossom, Water Lily, as well as dry notes of White Musk, Blond Woods, and Sunkissed Coconut, Bath & Body Works' describes this shower gel as "Pure Paradise in a bottle! A summer-chic blend of sparkling star fruit and ocean-kissed frangipani blossoms." And, I'd say it's an accurate description.

The mixture of floral, fruit, and musk gives the shower gel a refreshing, enticing, tropical summer bouquet. If only for a brief moment (aka, the duration of my showers), Pure Paradise's scent
allows me to tolerate the sweltering heat, and leaves me feeling rejuvenated and smelling fantastic! A little tropical getaway in a bottle.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Woven in Time...Suqqu EX-29 Koukiori Blend Color Eyeshadow and EX-02 Somezakuro Bright Up Lipstick


Hello, everyone! Apologies for the month long lapse of posts. Although I was stressing the fact that I hadn't posted in a while, I didn't realize it had been this long...how time truly does escape us?!

The past month has been a string of untimely, and unfortunate, events. First, I was really busy with work; then, Aki and I had to attend a family member's funeral in Akita (my first Japanese funeral). When we got back to Tokyo, I caught the plague (getting sick in summer is the pits!). Once I was back to somewhat good health, I had to jump back onto the hamster wheel that I call work. I'm really sorry, and I want to thank you all for your patience during my absence. Also, I want to give a special thank you to Susan K; I appreciate for the comment, and thank you for your concern. It means a lot to me knowing that you are out there :)


I was lucky enough to get Suqqu's Isetan exclusive Blend Color Eyehadow in EX-29 Koukiori and the Bright Up Lipstick in EX-02 Somezakuro, after they both sold out within 10 minutes on the Isetan online store. Since then, I know EX-29 Koukiori made a short lived cameo on selfridges.com.


As pretty as the other three shadows of EX-Koukiori are, I'm annoyed (and feeling gypped) that the two shades that drove me to buy the palette, have to share the same pan. I would have preferred a split pan of the two highlight shades, and two proper pans of color, sorry, Suqqu, but I'm calling you out on being stingy on this one.

From left to right swatches of EX-29 Koukiori. 

A metallic, slightly taupish-silver, with a sheen of pink and green with pink and silver micro-shimmer.

A shimmery soft pink.

A muted, purplish-blue satin, with shimmer.

A greyish-taupe-brown satin, with shimmer.

A shimmery yellow-peach, with a pink sheen.

Moving on to the Bright Up Lipstick in EX-02 Somezakuro, I love everything about this lipstick.

Swatch of EX-02 Somezakuro.

A neutral, strawberry-red.

Between these two products, EX-02 Somezakuro is my favorite. the fact that EX-29 Koukiori's greyish-taupe-brown and muted, purplish-blue shadows were split and not given their own pans really annoys me and is keeping me from loving it, wholeheartedly.



Look Breakdown:
Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Blend.
Suqqu Sheer Glow Liquid (applied over the Smashbox primer).
Sonia Rykiel Fresh Gel Foundation SPF25 PA++ in shade 30.
Les Merveilleuses de Laduree Mini Face Color Rose in 106.
Eyes:
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in 2 Cream.
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening & Setting Powder in Revive. 
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow in EX-29 Koukiori:
The greyish-taupe-brown shadow (all over the lid, blended into the crease, and along the lower lashline).
The purplish-blue shadow (along the upper lashline and one-third of the outer lower lashline).
The yellow-peach shadow (patted on the brow bone).
The soft pink shadow (in the inner corner).
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Graphite (used to tightline and on the waterline).
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Black.
Lips:
Suqqu Bright Up Lipstick in EX-02 Somezakuro.


Between these two products, EX-02 Somezakuro is my favorite. the fact that EX-29 Koukiori's greyish-taupe-brown and muted, purplish-blue shadows were split and not given their own pans really annoys me and is keeping me from loving it, wholeheartedly.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

You Gotta See This...The Color To Watch O.P.I Nail Lacquer

absolutely fail at photographing the beauty of this polish. 

Originally from the O.P.I Fall 2010 Swiss Collection, I've always felt The Color To Watch was better suited for spring.

Continuing to fail at capturing the color, I used four coats in the photo above. 

A stunningly, unique color, The Color To Watch is a grayish-taupe based, murky lavender duochrome, with flashes of blue and a pinked-lilac, loaded with microscopic lilac pink, blue and silver shimmer.

The Color To Watch has a very sheer formula, but I believe this polish's translucency is part of its appeal. With a single coat, it can be used as a topper, metamorphosing whatever polish it's layered over. A second coat gives the nails a delicate, ethereal iridescence; whereas, I found the third coat enhances the blue in the polish, and showcases the shade in its full opaque glory...can you tell I really like this color?!

Also, The Color To Watch has a fairly good wear time of three-to-four days. Not bad, since I find thinner formulas tend to chip a whole lot faster on me.

If you're attracted to this color, I'm sure you can find it on ebay or amazon. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Out Of Sheer Brilliance... Suqqu Sheer Glow Liquid


The only good thing about the rainy season is, that I'm able to stretch out the use of all my spring purchases.

I view highlighters as the proverbial "cherry" to my blush. Whatever form they come in, I can't get enough of them! I totally feel in love with the soft, illuminating effect of Suqqu's Sheer Glow Liquid. 


I've used the Sheer Glow Liquid as a primer, mixed with my foundation and as a highlighter; and I love the translucent, radiant results that all three give my complexion.


The lilac-pink tint of this highlighting primer helps to correct unevenness, and counteracts dullness; this beautiful tone gives my skin a beautiful brightened, fresh, feminine, understated rosy glow. In Addition, the Sheer Glow Liquid has an SPF of 25 PA++.

Suqqu's Sheer Glow Liquid retailed for 6,480 yen and contains 25ml.

Bidi-bidi-bidi-bidi...


Special delivery from the good ol' U.S. OF A! I got my new laptop!

I'm not a techie person at all. Therefore, I asked my brother-in law to help me in picking out a new computer. He recommended I get a Mac, but I don't like Mac computers (yes, I know, boo hiss. Aki has one and I don't go near it). My last three laptops have all been ASUS, and I loved them; so, that's where my laptop loyalty lies. The two prerequisites I had were the laptop be an ASUS with a 15 inch screen minimum. Keeping those two request in mind, and knowing I have a blog, he chose the ASUS Zenbook Pro.


I love my new gizom (the touch screen is awesome!), but as the same time, it's giving me anxiety because I don't know how to use it :(  I may just end u throwing rocks at it.

As for Christine, she's one ctrl+alt+del away from moving on to the great ether. I still need to transfer all my pics and whatnots to HAL (my new laptop's name) before I take a sledge hammer, blowtorch, and chainsaw to her >:)