Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stealing Beauty: Isetan Mirror at Lumine Shinjuku


I was hesitant to share this post with you (as this is my secret beauty cubbyhole), but what's the point in knowing something great, if you can't share it with the world (and by world, I mean anyone who reads this blog) :D


Launched in March 2012, Isetan mirror showcases a modest selection of luxury cosmetics brands. If my memory serves me correctly, brands such as Dior, Clarins, Lancome, Bobby Brown, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Guerlain, Nars, Helena Rubinstein, RMK, Shiseido, THREE, Anna Sui, Addiction, Shu Uemura, Kobako, as well as their own beauty line Isetan Mirror Beaute, are available at Isetan Mirror.


If one of the above mentioned brands product has sold out at one of the major department stores, 99.9% of the time I know I'll be able to find it here. Isetan Mirror offers a relaxed shopping environment, without the hassle of pushy of sales associates, and overcrowded sales floors. 

Isetan Mirror is located on the second floor of Lumine 2. 

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Laura Mercier 20% Off Friends & Family


I'm adding my items to my cart, and wanted to share this promotion with you. No offer code needed, valid until 06/28! Now go get yourself some beauty bits :)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Trapped In The Amber Of The Moment


What in Hades is going on with the weather lately! I've barely been able to swatch anything do to the constant rain or cloudy skies...are we really in Summer?

The current gloomy and wet weather conditions have completely exhausted all my desire to create any Summer looks...I'm holding out for better weather. Until then, Hope you enjoy what I wore today.


Products used:
Face:
No foundation (it's been so humid, that I can't bear wearing any foundation).
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Buff. 
Eyes:
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Ex-11 Sumiredama:
The grayish-taupe shadow all over the lid, blended into the crease and the lower lashline. 
The cream shadow in the inner corner of the eyes, and the brow bone. 
Suqqu Eyeliner Creamy Ex-02 Navy (on the upper and lower lashline).
Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Ex-11 Sumiredama:
The purplish-blue shadow placed on top of the Suqqu Eyeliner Creamy Ex-02 Navy and blended out.
Chanel Inimitable Intense Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistique Mascara in 10 Noir.
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Oak.
Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist Ex-09 Kohakudama. 


If you'd like to see swatches if the products used in this look, please go here and here.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Diving In Nails First! L'Oreal Jet-Set Quick Dry Nail Enamel In Dive Bomb 310


Dive Bomb is a marvelous pale chartreuse-platinum, with a stormy bluish-grey duochrome. I REALLY adore the unique color of Dive Bomb, and it's a cherished polish in my collection. 



Alas, this was discontinued a long time ago (does L'Oreal even make the Jet-Set polishes anymore?). but I believe you can find Dive Bomb on ebay.

What are some of your favorite discontinued polished?

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

You Wanna Be Italiano, Taliano, Taliano...Tasty Related, Not Beauty Related


After a painfully long (and hot) day of work, the last thing I want to do is make dinner. That's were the bountiful foodie selection at the convini comes handy :)

Enter Cup Noodle's Italian Curry. Now, I love Italian cuisine and all forms of curry. But, the combination of the two sounds absolutely indigestible.


Italian Curry contains a medley of potatoes, tomatoes, corn, and greens, with a tomato-curry hybrid sauce and noodles. I had ZERO tasty expectation for this instant meal, however, I really liked it! After I finished my cup, I actually wanted more :D

What new treats have you tried this week?

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Texture You Love Without the Cholesterol! Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Swatches in Pink Lemonade, Juicy Papaya, Sorbet, Wild Watermelon


Last Friday, I received another beauty parcel from my best friend, and among the cosmetic rubble, he slipped these lippies into the box.


From left to right: Pink Lemonade, Juicy Papaya, Sorbet, Wild Watermelon.

Pink Lemonade: (The sheerest of the four) is a yellow-based, warm-toned, soft pink.

Juicy Papaya: a peach-coral.

Sorbet: a bright, cool-toned fuchsia.

Wild Watermelon: a bright watermelon-red.

I've only had these lip butters for a few days, but I'm already in love with Wild Watermelon. I like the balmy-texture and translucency (the opacity can be built up) of Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butters, and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of these four new shades.

What's your favorite new Lip Butter shade?

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Stila 20% off Friends and Family!


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An Amazon River Runs Through It...Tarte Amazonian Clay Shimmering Blush Swatches


In the flurry of all the new and upcoming beauty products, we (and by we, I mean myself) seem to have forgotten about the products in our existing collections. I'm really trying my best to resist certain temptations (bronzers, highlighters, etc) and rotate between what I have. So, to aide me in my futile efforts, I'm going to catalog (swatch and post) everything in my collection. Grab a cup, some snacks, make yourself comfy, and let the posts commence.

These blushers have the identical color coordinated casing as their predecessors, with the exception of the glossy, glitter coating.

From left to right: Buff, Adored, Glisten, Frisky.

All four of these blushes contain micro-glitter. But don't worry, they disappear once buffed in and, whatever remains, doesn't migrate throughout the face. 

Buff: a peachy-nude brown, with silver micro-glitter.

Adored: a lavender-based candy pink, with silver micro-glitter.

Glisten: an apricot-pink, with a golden sheen and gold micro-glitter. 

Frisky: a watermelon red with gold micro-glitter. 

The shimmering blushes give the cheeks a beautiful, pigmented sheen that last between 7-8 hours. I'm a suckers for red and nude blushes; therefore, Frisky and Buff are an obvious favorite, followed by Glisten and Adored. 

What are your favorite Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushers?

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Running On Empty: May Empties!


Stephen Knoll New York Collection Deep Hair Esthetic: Familiar with celebrity hairstylist Stephen Knoll, I had high expectations for this treatment, but I was underwhelmed with it's lackluster performance. I dye and heat-style my hair A LOT! So, to keep it shiny and soft,  I'm always deep conditioning my hair to replenish the moisture I'm striping out. This hair treatment left my hair feeling dry, brittle, tangled and overall, unpleasant. I don't remember how much I paid for this product, but I know it was in the ballpark of ¥4,000 ($43.53). No way. no how would I repurchase!

Lux Super Damage Repair: After the Stephen Knoll fiasco, I repurchased the Lux Super Damage Hair Mask, and my hair thanked me :) If you live in Japan, you need to try this drug store gem.


Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I: I purchased the Premium A/I after discovering that my beloved Skin Purifier High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Enriched had been discontinued. Why must companies always discontinue the items you love the most?! As much as I liked the Premium A/I, it still didn't hold a torch to the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Enriched. I would repurchase, but based on the season and the needs on my skin; I like to rotate Shu's cleansing beauty oils.

Estee Lauder Soft Clean Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser: One of my all-time favorite facial cleansers! I've had this cleanser since my review of it back in March of last year; pretty good for a 4.2 FL.OZ tube. I will always repurchase.


The Body Shop Earth Lovers Lemon & Thyme 100% Biodegradable Shower Gel: I enjoyed this zesty shower gel, and I would repurchase. For my original review, please click here.

Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel Raspberry Rain: You know I love this shave gel and won't use anything else. But, there is one thing, a minor defect with the packaging. Once in a while, something in the plastic push down dispenser will break, and you can't get the product out. It's a real pain when you have a bottle full of product and no way to get it out! Aside from that, I'll always repurchase :)


Covergirl Lashblast Volume Waterproof Hydrofuge Mascara: I wasn't blown away by this mascara, and found it almost impossible to get off without my Shu Oil Cleanser. Wouldn't repurchase.

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Diamond Shine Base & Top Coat: I've only used this product as a top coat, so I can't comment on how it performs as a base. Although, Diamond Shine gave my nails a glossy finish, I found it would bubble when used with certain polishes. Also, after a while, the formula became thick and gooey, becoming impossible to work with. Will not repurchase.


Delon Premium Cotton Rounds: I use these rounds to remove my nail polish. I purchase a box of 4 packs at Costco, and as long as Costco carries them, I will repurchase.

Honorable mentions:


Bumble and Bumble Straight Shampoo and Conditioner: Many years ago (and by many, I mean 8 years ago), I used to use their Gentle Shampoo and Super Rich Conditioner, as well as other styling products. I remember enjoying the brand, and when I got samples of the Straight line, I was excited to try them out. I really liked the way my hair looked and felt after using these products. I will most likely purchase these products in the future.


L'Occitane Aromachologie Radiance and Colour Care Mask: Again, I once used the Aromachologic hair care line before, but unlike Bumble and Bumble, I found the line to be average and unmemorable. Wouldn't repurchase this line of hair care again.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

In A Purple Haze With Guerlain


The last few days I've been in a purple mood (by the way, I adore purple eye shadows), and here are the looks I've worn over the last three days.

As always, swatches of all the products used (minus Guerlain's Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush. I love the blush, but it's a pain in the arse to swatch, so please click here for the swatches).

 Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs 501 Attrape-Coeur (the colors are a little muted due to overcast weather).

I almost passed up  Attrape-Coeur (as I have a ton of purple shadows), and I would be kicking myself if I had. A big thank you goes to my darling Kate for helping me get my hands on this gem. If you love purple eye shadows,  Attrape-Coeur is for you.  Attrape-Coeur is on sale on selfridges.com and in store. 

 From left to right: Guerlain Ombre Eclat 1 Couleur 187 L'instant d'un Soupir, Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash 02 Violet, Serie Noir Rouge G Lipstick 71 Rose Desir and Orange Euphorique 45, Shine Automatique Lipstick 761 Flirt.

 I cut my hair two weeks ago. I told him to cut an inch, he cut 4!

Products used:
Face:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (Medium 2).
Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush (swirl blush brush into all the shades).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs 501 Attrape-Coeur:
The pale mauve-lilac shadow all over the lid and inner corner.
The shimmery dark purple shadow in the crease and lower lashline.
Guerlain Ombre Eclat 1 Couleur 187 L'instant d'un Soupir (used to line the upper lashline).
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon (the waterline). 
Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash 02 Violet (upper and lower lashes).
Lips:
Guerlain Serie Noir Rouge G Lipstick in Orange Euphorique 45.


Products used:
Face:
No Foundation.
Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush (swirl blush brush on just the peach and white shade). 
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs 501 Attrape-Coeur:
The shimmery dark purple shadow all over the lid, in the crease and lower lashline.
The Shimmer white lightly placed in the inner corner and brow bone.
The Shimmery dark purple blended heavily on the upper lashline.
Guerlain Ombre Eclat 1 Couleur 187 L'instant d'un Soupir (used lightly in the crease for blending ).
Mac Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20 (on the waterline).
Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash 02 Violet (upper and lower lashes).
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Oak.
Guerlain Serie Noir Rouge G Lipstick in Rose Desir 71.


Products used:
Face:
No Foundation.
Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush (swirl blush brush into the two pink shades).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
Guerlain Ombre Eclat 1 Couleur 187 L'instant d'un Soupir (All over the lid, crease and pressed into in lower lashes).
Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs 501 Attrape-Coeur:
The deep pinkish-lavender shade placed on the middle of the lid and lower lashline.
The Shimmery white lightly placed in the inner corner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon (the waterline). 
Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash 02 Violet (upper and lower lashes).
Lips:
Guerlain Shine Automatique Lipstick 761 Flirt.


What color are you loving this week?

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Gadgets & Gizmos Glamour...Call Us, Because We Won't Call You!


Hello gals and guys, 

Sorry for the absences! I've changed mobile providers (from Softbank to AU), and boy, are cell phones (along with everything else) in Japan expensive! Apparent;y, the only plan offered for the iphone 5 is the unlimited data and messaging for 7,600 yen; Au to Au is free, except between 9:00pm-1:00am (why this time frame, I have no idea?!), free incoming calls, but (and this is a BIG but) if you call anyone outside this provider, you'll be charged a whooping 21 yen per 30 seconds. No, you read correctly, 21 yen per 30 SECONDS! REALLY?! I mean, you couldn't give the customer the whole minute? This rate is just criminal. Criminal, I say! I wouldn't be surprised if these 30 seconds start as soon as you begin dialing. One of the things I dislike about Japan, is that it's not a consumer friendly country...sigh. So, to sum it up, unless you have AU, I won't be calling.


 On a happier note, knowing that Black Pearl is one of my favorite Chanel polishes, Aki surprised me with this adorable case.


Yes, it's not a legitimate product release from Chanel, but it's cute nonetheless :P

What are cell phone rates like where you're from?

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Nail Polish Takes A Punch, and Hits Back With Four Coats! Revlon Nail Enamel in Punchy Peach


Punchy Peach is a vibrant peach, with shocking pinkish-violet shimmers. 

 Natural light.

The formula is watery-thin, and even with four coats, the nail line still peeks through. 

 Indoors.

However, it applies well, drys quickly, and last about 3 to 4 days without chipping. Punchy Peach is a unique and fun shade to wear during Spring/Summer.


With flash. 

What are some of your favorite unique nail polishes?

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Green Clover and Aloe Over and Over...Bath & Body Works' Shower Gel


The biggest blunder(in my opinion) in Bath & Body Works' history was the day they discontinued the Green Clover and Aloe line! Why BBW?! WHY?!

June's shower gel, Green Clover and Aloe, was my all-time favorite BBW scent. Before the line was discontinued, I was fortunate enough to have bought several backups of the shower gel. Sadly, I'm down to my last two bottles : (  Once I've finished the last bottle, I'll give it a viking funeral.

Green Clover and Aloe Shower Gel is a wonderful blend of fresh clover and aloe. The best way I can describe this scent is that of freshly cut grass on a Summer day before rain. I love the clean and crisp fragrance so much that I can't help opening the cap and sniffing the bottle.

What are some of your favorite discontinued BBW scents?

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