Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tasty Related, Not Beauty Related...Sakura Edition

 These Sakura flavored Dacquoise cookies are absolutely divine! 

Besides the beautiful cherry blossom scenery that comes with Spring, I also look forward to all the Sakura-flavored treats that come with the season.

 Sakura flavored (and shaped) marshmallows.

 Not sakura flavored, but these Strawberry jam filled marshmallows are yummy.

Nori with cutout sakura petals. Who knew onigiri could be so fashionable.

A sakura flavored gelatin with azuki beans and cream. I've never had this before, but I'm excited to try it.

 Sakura flavored Jelly beans!

 I like all three flavored, but I think the black tea with cherry blossom is my favorite. 

A little taste of wonderfulness in a jar. Loving adding a spoonful (or two) of this to my yogurt. 

What Spring treats do you enjoy? 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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


Yup, it's time for another giveaway! And this giveaway is all about creating your own Addiction palette, and then some.

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).

I hope you enjoy this giveaway, good luck to all and I'm looking forward to reading your comments.

Happiness In Bloom...Bath & Body Works' Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel


Hey Guys! For the last five days, I've been hosting my friends Rob and Lulu from Australia. Sadly, they left back home today.

vcfdf I've written about BBW's Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel before (read here), but I wanted to show you the newest change in packaging.

Bath & Body Works truly did a stellar job in bottling the fragrance of Japanese Sakura. During the end March/ early April, as all the Sakura trees are in full bloom, the Cherry Blossom Shower Gel is always an "April must" for me.

Additional bonus Spring yukata fun/cherry blossom pictures:

Aki and I at my special place. 


 Taken five days ago when I was working near Meguro River. 

 Still in Meguro. 


Taken before the weather reverted back to it's overcast (can't swatch a thing!), cold, rainy self. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Pigments Of The Imagination...THREE Shimmering Color Veil Bijou Box 01


When it comes to Pigments, people either love them for their wide-range of uses or dismiss them for the extra care they require when working with them; personally, I love them!

This weekend, I used THREE's Shimmering Color Veil Bijou Box in 01(5,940 yen) from last year's holiday collection, for a friends weekending on Saturday and a Sunday outing.


After removing the paper cardboard sleeve, you have this cute, sleek, black satin makeup coffin (that's how I interpret it). Actually, the box is of pretty good quality with magnet closer.

Inside the little black coffin are three (0.9g) Shimmering Color Veils in shades: 29 Ice Blink, X02 Pink Topaz Gisele (exclude to the set), and 38 333 Dreamers. 

From left to right: 29 Ice Blink, X02 Pink Topaz Gisele, 38 333 Dreamers.

29 Ice Blink: a matte snowy-white with micro glitters. 

X02 Pink Topaz Gisele: a refined glitter with reddish-burgundy pink based and violet, pink, silver and gold micro glitter. 

38 333 Dreamers: a grey based, bluish-lavender with silver, pink, blue, and purple micro glitter and a shimmery finish.  

The photo below are swatches of the lip and cheek products I used in both looks. 

From left to right: Color Veil for cheeks 23 emotional Rescue, Velvet Lust Lipstick 12 Scarlet Noir. 
  

Look Breakdown:
Face:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (Medium 2).
THREE Shading Wand (to lightly contour).
THREE Color Veil for cheeks 23 emotional Rescue.
Eyes:
Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC30 (placed under the eyes).
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer in 02 Cream (placed on top of the MAC Mineralize Concealer).
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight (on the lid).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in X02 Pink Topaz Gisele (all over the lid and lower lashline).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in 38 333 Dreamers (in the corner outer crease and lower lashline).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in 29 Ice Blink (in the inner corner and brow bone).
THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil in 08 Eye On (smudged out on the upper lashline, used to tightline and on the waterline).
MAC In Extra Dimension Lash Mascara.
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Sexy Blacks Mascara in 01 Scandalous Black.
Lips:
THREE Velvet Lust Lipstick in 12 Scarlet Noir.




Look Breakdown:
Face:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (Medium 2).
THREE Shading Wand (to lightly contour).
THREE Color Veil for cheeks 23 emotional Rescue.
Eyes:
Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC30 (placed under the eyes).
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer in 02 Cream (placed on top of the MAC Mineralize Concealer).
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight (on the lid).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in 38 333 Dreamers (all over the lid, blended up into the inner crease and lower lashline).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in X02 Pink Topaz Gisele (patted on the outer corner).
THREE Shimmering Color Veil in 29 Ice Blink (in the inner corner and brow bone).
THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil in 08 Eye On (smudged out on the upper lashline, and used to tightline).
THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil in 02 Eye Believe (on the waterline and smudge along the lower lashline).
MAC In Extra Dimension Lash Mascara.
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Sexy Blacks Mascara in 01 Scandalous Black.
Lips:
THREE Velvet Lust Lipstick in 12 Scarlet Noir (patted on the lips and worn as a stain).




X02 Pink Topaz Gisele and 38 333 Dreamers were the main reason I purchased this set, but I loved layering and mixing all three of the Shimmering Color Veils.

Monday, March 30, 2015

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night...THREE Nail Polish


In May of 2014, I was excited to learn THREE was releasing nail polishes. And, as pretty as the shades were, none of them were exceptional original, or "hold the press! Part the Red Sea and make me run out of the house to buy them now" worthy.

However, the THREE Future Noir Collection featured four new polishes. Now, these four shades were more my cup of tea, not being about to buy just one, I picked up two to try.

THREE's Nail Polish in 16 Dark and Stormy, looked stunning as it radiated so beautifully on the counter; it literally stopped me dead in my tracks.


Keeping with the brand's harmonious infusion of nature, grace and minimalism, the packaging is elegant and pragmatic; with its elongated glass bottle and removable, plastic over-cap, it reveals a cap that is comfortable to hold.


The polish also has a flat brush that fans out well, allowing for a precise and controlled application.

THREE claims their polishes keeps nails healthy, and moisturized, with the blend of five species of plant oils: sugar squalane, avocado oil, meadowfoam seed oil, jojoa oil and rosehip seed oil. The polishes are toluene free, formalin free, phthalate and dibutyl free.


Dark and Stormy is a bark-brown based, blackened-purplish-maroon with dark pink shimmer. The formula is smooth, easy to apply, hassle-free, drys quickly, and wears for about four to five days. I don't want to say the finish is dull, but the glossiness isn't as intense as an Addiction polish. A good top coat is needed to achieve the scintillating radiance the polish has in the bottle.

THREE nail polishes contain 7ml and retail for 1,944 yen. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Camouflage Is The Game We All Like To Play...By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush


For well over four years now, ever since I started this tedious foundation and concealer "no buy," my base makeup reservoir has been devoid of any new blood. The progress to use up my stash has been relentlessly slow, and as much as I would like to escape this self-imposed, humdrum, base makeup gulag ::cough:: I mean, ban (I yearn to repurchase favs and try new products), it seems to be the only "no buy" that I've been able to commit to.

You can image how I felt when I finally used up one of my MAC Studio Sculpt Concealers; I swear, the clouds parted, the sun was shining, little woodland creatures were frolicking outside my window, and the angels were singing glorious hymns.

To commemorate the event, I repurchased By Terry's Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush. The Touche Veloutee is one of my favorite concealers, but it's been a while, and after reacquainting myself with the product again, I instantly recalled how phenomenal it is and why it's a favorite.

By Terry's Touche Veloutee has a large, firm, yet soft, brush that's great for one swipe application.

The Touche Veloutee is the perfect marriage between a full coverage concealer and a light reflective concealer. The formula has a thin texture that feels very sheer on the skin, yet provides substantial medium to full coverage. Whether applied under the eyes, brow bone, inner corner of the eyes, center of the forehead, bridge of the nose, cupid's bow, chin, etc., Touche Veloutee melds smoothly into the skin, creating a lifted, awake, highlighted effect that looks natural. Touche Veloutee's finish is matte, but it has this beautiful luminosity that delicately brightens and veils dark circles, shadows, redness, blemishes, and obscures puffiness and fine lines without clinging to dry areas, sitting on the skin, or looking cakey.

The swatch above is shade 2 Cream. 

As with every concealer on the market, By Terry claims Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush offers "crease-free" coverage. And, although creasing is inevitable, I get the teeniest, tinniest, most minuscule creasing in the fine liners under my eyes; but, after a one time touch-up, the creasing is corrected and doesn't reoccur for the remainder of the day.


As luxurious as the click-bottom, thick cylinder pen packaging may be, I do take issues with the cap. Not once, not twice , but for the third time now, the plastic sheath has separated from the cap. What's that saying: "Fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me"...well, I must be a masochist. Normally, I wouldn't nitpick such a thing, but being such a luxury brand, and having such a high price point, I expect absolute perfection.

By Terry's Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush contains 6.5 ml/ .22 fl.oz. and retails for £37.50/ $59.00/ ¥69.38.

What do you conceal with? 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

With A Wave OF The Wand...THREE Shading Wand


Contouring is a technique that allows you to cheat genetics, by defining the facial structure and sculpting features, using light and dark shades.

My favorite contouring medium are cream products; I feel they give a more naturally defined and blended shape to the face.

From all my countless visits to the THREE Cosmetics counter, I can't believe it was only a month ago that I noticed the brand had a shading wand. Guess I was distracted by all the other pretty pretties.


I love the slim, cigarette-length, shaped cylinder tube. the casing is made of a heftier tin material, giving the wand a nice "weighty" feel in the hands.


THREE's Shading Wand is an ultra-blendable, velvety-cream product that glides effortlessly, melting onto the skin, allowing for precise application, and giving a long-lasting, even finish.


The shading wand has a neutral, brownish-nude with a grey undertone, giving the appearance of a natural contour. From my experience, contouring isn't really popular in Japan. Unfortunately, this is probably one reason why the shading wand only comes in one color. Pale beauties will love this, but if you're a MAC NC35 or darker, this won't show on you.

Wearing THREE's Velvet Lust Lipstick in 12 Scarlet Noir as a stain. 

I love the subtle depth this product gives my cheekbones; particularly,  the definition it gives my cheekbones, nose, jawline as well as enhancing the overall shape of my face. My favorite tool to blend the product out are, my fingers; the warmth of my fingers and the soft, upward-pressing motion gives a lovely, graduated shadow. Now, this is on the hush-hush, but THREE's Shading Wand is working it's way to becoming a little contouring secret in my makeup kit. A perfect soft, inconspicuous contour for Spring.

The THREE Shading Wand retails for 3,780 yen and contains 2.4g of product.

What do you like to contour with?