Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cloudy Weather Days Equals Swatching Recess

The blogger gods have forsaken me!! For the last Five days, I've been plagued with horrible weather. Therefore, I've been unable to take proper product photos or swatches. I didn't want to go four days without posting, and , at Aki's expense, of course, here's a photo from our 2008 archives :D

Whiskey-$50, Giants Game Ticket-$40, Cigarettes-$5...Passing out while everyone is still partying- priceless (^-^)

This night was one for the record books. Aki's best friend from Kazakhstan, Almas, paid us a visit and this photo was taken on his last night here. We went to a Giants game, then hopped around a few bars before going home. Aki was wasted and passed out. I don't drink, so I was wide wake and took liberties with what I had a hand :P  The whiskey bottle and cigarettes belonged to Almas. The championship belt is Aki's, he used to be a pro kick-boxer back in the day. The best thing about this night was Aki sleeping through the entire makeover. Even after I took everything off, and wiped his face clean, the man still wouldn't wake up. I saved the photo as my screensaver, and called it a night. In the morning, when Aki woke, I asked him to check something on my laptop. He started laughing and had no recollection of last nights festivities.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Macaron of the Spring...Les Merveilleuses Laduree Spring Collection 2013


Spring has sprung! Time to play with our pretty pastels and soft hues. Les Merveilleuses Laduree Spring 2013 Collection captures the effervescent, romantic, and festive atmosphere of France in Spring. 


The collection introduced a few limited edition pieces as well as some new permanent additions to the line. 


First up, the Mini Face Color Trios: There were three Limited Edition trios released, retailing for ¥6,300. Isn't the packaging lovely?!

 Mini Face Color Trio 101

 From left to right: swatches of  the Mini Face Color Trio 101. 

  Mini Face Color Trio 102. 

 From left to right: swatches of  the Mini Face Color Trio 102.

 Mini Face Color Trio 103.

 From left to right: swatches of  the Mini Face Color Trio 101. 

I found the texture of the Mini Face Color Trios to be a little dry and stiff (101 being the driest), in comparison to the powder products in the permanent collection. Although slightly dry, all three trio's are pigmented, apply and blended easily onto the eyes or cheeks.

 New and permanent are the Creamy Eye Color's, available in six shades, and retail for ¥4,200.


The Creamy Eye Color packaging is similar to Ysl's Touche Eclat; a plastic pen style tube, with a brush tip applicator, and click button bottom to disperse the product.


Four Pencil Eyeliners were launched with the collection, 101 and 102 being limited edition, and retailing for  ¥2,625.

 From left to right: Pencil Eyeliner 101, 102, Creamy Eye Color 02, 05. 

I passed on the Pencil Eyeliners in 01 and 02 because I have a million black and brown liners. 101 and 102 are just exquisite. 101 is a heavenly grey-based, lavender-blue, which sends my heart a flutter; I don't have a shade like this in my liner collection. 102 is a murky, tarnished, chartreuse-bronze; another complex and unique shade that I just adore. 

Similar to the Pencil Eyeliners, I only picked up two of the Creamy Eye Colors. 02 and 05 really caught my attention, and I found the shades very pretty, especially 05. 

 Cream Cheek Base, limited edition, retailing for  ¥4,410. I love Spring lavender packaging of these Cream Cheek Bases!! 

 Cream Cheek Base 103 and 102. 

I've reviewed these Cream Cheek Bases in the past (here), and they work marvelously during Fall, Winter, and Spring. But, once hot and humid Summer comes along, you're best bet is to use these as a base under a powder blusher.

  From left to right: 102, 103.

 Also new and permanent, are the five Lip Lacquers, retailing for  ¥3,360.

The Lip Lacquers are a liquid lipstick/lipgloss hybrid. I found them to be very moisturizing, but only lasted about 3 hours. Also, for those of you who may be wondering, they are not a stain. 

 From left to right: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05.


And finally, my Laduree beauty member's gift with purchase: These chocolate cookies with almonds slices were delicious! 


The blue macaroons are Laduree's seasonal Marie Antoinette; simply delectable.

Overall, I loved all the pieces in the Spring collection, with the exception of the Lip Lacquers; I like them, but I'm not in love with them.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Dance Baby, Dance! China Glaze Nail Lacquer in 'Dance Baby'


Spring is finally here! If you ever have the chance to live to Japan, you should definitely come in Spring. All of the Sakura trees are in bloom, the weather is great, and all the spring beauty collections are lovely.

To welcome the change of season, I bring you Dance Baby. China Glaze's Dance Baby is a glossy, cool-toned, medium bubblegum pink, with a creme finish.


I was surprised to find that on the nails, Dance Baby is darker than the way it appears in the bottle. Also, this lacquer's formula runs thick, requiring four thin coats to correct any streaks or bold spots. Four coats aside, Dance Baby is a beautiful shade for Spring/Summer and I love wearing it.

What's the first nail polish you wore for Spring?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Thank Addiction It's Friday!


I'm about to go out (Aki rushing me as usual), but before I do, I wanted to post tonight's look using Addiction's Holiday Moroccan Rose Coffret. I took the product photo's back in November, however, I only started using the palette a few days ago.






Products used:
Face:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab (Medium 1).
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
Addiction Moroccan Rose 105 Palette Cream Blush.
Eyes:
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Addiction Moroccan Rose 105 Palette:
The Cream Blush Applied all over the lid and into the crease.
The Damask Shadow on the lid.
Addiction Eyeshadow in Dolce Vita (in the outer crease and along the lower lashline).
The Gold Eyeshadow (in the inner corner and blended up into one-third of the lid. Also, patted along the middle on the lower lid.
The Kohl Eyeliner along the upper lashline.
Chanel Inimitable Intense Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistique Mascara in 10 Noir.
Lips:
Addiction Lipcrayon in Endlessly.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Rouge Mini Collection 01 (placed in the center of the lips).


This furry attachment was the gift with purchase. Not sure that I'm going to do with it, nonetheless thank you :)


What are you wearing tonight?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I miss you more than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow! Addiction By Ayako Nail Polish in 'Miss You More'


The more I wear Addiction's Nail Lacquers, the more my love for these polishes grows. Addiction By Ayako's nail polishes are extremely pigmented, glossy, and all around stellar!

I lost the sun while photographing, so the color looks more red then it actually is. The photo of the bottle is a true representation of the polish. 

Miss You More is a deep. vivid, medium pink. Sadly, Miss You More isn't part of the permanent line, and was only available in the Moroccan Rose Holiday 2012 Coffret. I've been wearing Miss You More for the last four days, and have received several compliments each day :)

What are some of your favorite medium pink polishes?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Sunday in Chanel!


On a bit of a posting marathon, trying to catch up with all of last weeks looks (Seven looks to go!). This is the look I wore last Sunday.

For swatches of the products used please click here.


Products used:
Face:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab (Medium 1).
Shu Uemura Eye Brow Gel in Seal Brown .
Chanel Ombre Contraste in Notorious (used to contour).
Chanel Joues Contraste in 73 Star Dust.
Eyes:
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Chanel Ombre Contraste in Notorious (blended into the crease and along the lower lashline).
Chanel Regard Signe de Chanel in Harmonie Du Soir:
The taupe shadow placed all over the lid.
The icy pale pink shadow on the brow bone and inner corner.
The yellow-gold shadow patted on the center of the eye and along the lower lashline over Notorious.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero (tightline).
Chanel Inimitable Intense Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistique Mascara in 10 Noir.
Lips:
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 307 L'Impatiente.

If you own Chanel"s Regard Signe de Chanel in Harmonie Du Soir, how do you wear it?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Guest of Honor


Sorry the next few posts are coming to you late, but here's the look I wore to my friend Akiko's wedding on the 9th.

Swatches of the products used:


From left to right: Regard Signe de Chanel Harmonie Du Soir, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliner 85 Grenat.

From left to right: Ombre Contraste Notorious, Joues Contraste 73 Star Dust, Glossimer 367 Intrigue, Rouge Allure Velvet 307 L'Impatiente.

Apologies for the slight blur in this photo, but I had to rush to make it to my hair appointment.

Products used:
Face:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab (Medium 1).
Shu Uemura Eye Brow Gel in Seal Brown .
Chanel Ombre Contraste in Notorious (used to contour).
Chanel Joues Contraste in 73 Star Dust.
Eyes:
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Chanel Regard Signe de Chanel in Harmonie Du Soir:
The taupe shadow placed all over the lid.
The icy pale pink shadow dusted over the taupe and on the brow bone.
The burgundy shadow in the crease and along the outer half of the lower lashline.
The yellow-gold shadow in the inner corner and inner half of the lower lashline.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliner in 85 Grenat (on the waterline and along the outer half of the lower lashline).
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner.
Chanel Inimitable Intense Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistique Mascara in 10 Noir.
Lips:
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 307 L'Impatiente.
Chanel Glossimer in 367 Intrigue.



Hope you enjoyed this look, and If you own any of these products, I'd like to know your thought on them :)

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

I Don't What To DO What Is Wrongful, But I Do It Anyway! Chanel's Nail Vernis in Malice


On March 9th, I attended a friend's wedding and Malice is what I wore on my nails. I have a plethora of these seductive, deep, ruby reds, but I'm so enthralled with them that I just can't help myself.


Malice was love at first stroke, and has become one of my favorite Chanel lacquers! If you love dark, alluring, ruby reds, then Malice is definitely worth investing in!!!

What are some of your favorite Chanel polishes?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Friday After...Last?!


Since last week, I've been taking pictures of all my looks, but haven't had the time to post them daily. I'm off of work for the next two days, so hopefully, I can catch up and post them :) This is the look I wore last Friday night.

Swatches of the products I used:

From left to right: Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo 47 Nuit-Claire, Illusion D' Ombre 817 Apparence.

From left to right:  Chanel Joues Contraste 73 Star Dust, Rouge Allure Velvet 41 L'exquise, Glossimer 357 Mystery.


Products used:
Face:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab (Medium 1).
Shu Uemura Eye Brow Gel in Seal Brown .
Chanel Joues Contraste in 73 Star Dust.
Eyes:
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo in 47 Nuit-Claire:
The Rosy-champagne placed all over the lid and brow bone.
The sooty-black blended into the crease, concentrating most of the color in the inner crease, and lightly applied along the lower lashline.
Chanel Illusion d' Ombre in 817 Apparence (patted over the ball of the eye).
Chanel Inimitable Intense Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistique Mascara in 10 Noir.
Lips:
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 41 L'Exquise.
Chanel Glossimer in 357 Mystery.

Have you tried any of these products? If so, how do you wear them?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My Week With Diorific Marilyn


For the past five days I've been on a red polish kick, and Dior's Diorific Vernis nail lacquer, in Marilyn, has satisfied all my needs.


751 Marilyn is a vivacious, pink-based red with a glossy, jelly-like finish; a classic red that can be worn year-round.

What nail polish are you wearing at the moment?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Four Days, Four Looks, One Collection!

Finally, I have a moment to post my Monday-Thursday looks using Les Merveilleuses Laduree's 2012 Holiday Collection. Hope you enjoy these looks! :)

For swatches of the products used please click here.

Products used:
Face:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab (Medium 1).
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Cheek Color Mini Collection 02.
Eyes:
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Eye Color Palette 102:
The golden wheat shadow all over the lid.
The dark teal shadow on the upper and lower lashline.
The golden ivory shadow on the brow bone and inner corner.
Chanel Inimitable Intense Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistique Mascara in 10 Noir.
Lips:
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Rouge Mini Collection 02.



Products used:
Face:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab (Medium 1).
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Cheek Color Mini Collection 03.
Eyes:
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Eye Color Palette 102:
The dark teal shadow all over the lid blended upward into the inner brow.
The golden wheat shadow in the inner 1/3 of the lid and along the lower lashline.
The golden ivory shadow on the brow bone and inner corner.
Chanel Inimitable Intense Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistique Mascara in 10 Noir.
Lips:
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Rouge Mini Collection 01.



In this photo I applied Rouge 101 with my finger for more of a stained effect.

Products used:
Face:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab (Medium 1).
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Mini Face Color Rose Laduree 102.
Eyes:
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Eye Color Palette 101:
The golden grayish-taupe shadow all over the lid and blended into the crease.
The middle dark bark brown shadow on the upper and outer half of the lashline.
Chanel Inimitable Intense Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistique Mascara in 10 Noir.
Lips:
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Rouge 101.


 Rouge 101 applied directly from the tube. Isn't it lovely :)


Products used:
Face:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab (Medium 1).
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Mini Face Color Rose Laduree 101.
Eyes:
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Eye Color Palette 101:
The tarnished golden, greenish-brown shadow all over the lid and blended into the crease.
The golden grayish-taupe shadow dusted over the lid. 
The middle dark bark brown shadow on the lower lashline.
Mac Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15-NW20 on the waterline.
Chanel Inimitable Intense Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistique Mascara in 10 Noir.
Red Cherry False Lashes # 138.
Lips:
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Rouge 102.


I'd love to know what you wore this week :D

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

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