Monday, September 30, 2013

Searching For Beauty Products is Half the fun Week Eight: So Lonely In Gorgeous Scavenger Hunt Giveaway!

Photo of the Amida Buddha taken by yours truly (or, as I like to call it, "Mecha Bubbha") in Kamakura.

Another week, another weekly giveaway update! 

The Rules:

Must be a gorgeous member.

Create a board on pinterest and title it "So Lonely In Gorgeous Scavenger Hunt Giveaway"

Now, what you pin is totally up to you. It can be a collage of cosmetics (favorite looks, lipsticks, blushers, eye shadows, nail polishes, past, present and up coming cosmetic collection releases, products you can't live without, what you're loving right now, etc), hair care, skin care, home decor, art, music, food, vacation spots, your muses/inspirations, and so on...you get the gist.

Once you've completed your board, add the link to the comment section of this or one of the weekly giveaway reminder posts.

The final day to submit your board will be January 5th, 2014.

This giveaway is open Internationally!

You may be wondering, "how does this giveaway work?" Well, I'm glad you asked because it's all based on creativity, points, and a hat :D

You automatically get two entries for being a gorgeous member. So, Don't forget to click the 'join this site' button.

Blog or twitter (please include the link in the comment section) about the giveaway on a weekly basis and earn 2 points for every week.

If for some reason you can't do the pinterst thing, then write your answers to the same general topics in the comment section for two additional points.

By posting your Pinterest link, you earn an additional 10 entries.

An additional 5 entries for creativity and effort (i.e. posting your own photos/images).

Finally, and most importantly, the prizes:

2 Addiction Eye Shadows (your choice).

2 Addiction Cheek Sticks (your choice).

2 THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencils (your choice).

2 Laduree Pressed Cheek Color (your choice).

All the prizes will be purchased by me :D

Feel free to ask any questions!

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Candide, Ou l' Cachemire Look


Givenchy, my love for you knows no boundaries! Your Le Rouge line has rocketed to one of the top spots of one my favorite lipsticks. I own Candide Pink and Croisiere Coral jelly blushes, and they're both beautiful, glowy, melty blusher goodness!  

From left to rightCandide Pink Blush Gelee Jelly Blush, Le Rouge 104 Brun Cachemire. 

Givenchy Blush Gelee Jelly Blush Candide Pink: a bright carnation pink.

Givenchy Le Rouge 104 Brun Cachemire: a muted, mumyoi red clay.

For swatches of the Topshop mousse eyeshadows please click here.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (my Summer color).
Givenchy Blush Gelee Jelly Blush in Candide Pink (applied four layers).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Topshop Mousse Eyeshadow in Tundra (all over the lid and blended slightly into the crease).
Topshop Mousse Eyeshadow in Glint (layered over Tundra).
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smog (dusted over the lid, concentrating the shade in the crease). 
Chantecaille Gel Liner Pencil in Bronze (used to tightline, on the upper and lower lashlines).
L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in black.
Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara in Jet Black.
Lips:
Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Mat Lip Color in 104 Brun Cachemire.


Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Never Fit A Polish To The Nails, But Train the Nails To Fit The Polish! Nars Schiap Nail Polish


Schiap is a pretty, cool-toned, bright hot pink with a creme finish. 


The formula is a little watery; therefore, this polish requires 2 to 3 coats to accomplish a shiny, streak-free, opaque manicure.

By the way, can anyone recommend a good nail hardener? The nail (thank you buggies :P) of my left middle finger keeps breaking. Guess I should stop using it so much...I keed, I keed :P

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Girl's Gotta Have Some Mousse Every Now And Then...Topshop Glint & Tundra Eyeshadow Mousse Swatches


Over the past few weeks, I've reacquainted myself with Topshop's mousse eyeshadows in Glint and Tundra. These Limited edition releases, from the 2011 Sandstorm Collection, were some of my first introductions to the brand's beauty line, and I was impressed! 

From left to right: Glint, Tundra.

Glint: a warm, taupey, purplish-brown with a tinge of bronze.

Tundra: a tarnished, mossy-olive green with gold shimmers.

I forgot how pretty these shadows are, either worn alone, layered over one another or as a base. The give a lovely wash of color to the lids, don't crease and stay on all day, bravo Topshop.

Do you own any of these mousse eyeshadows? If so, how do you wear them?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Feather In Her Hat Look


Autumn has finally arrived! However, it's still as hot as Hades where I am (V_V). Before I jump into all my Fall purchases, I ask that you please bear with me as I upload all my belated entries. Besides, So Lonely in Gorgeous isn't about "keeping up with the Joneses." Rather, it's about sharing my experiences in all things beauty related, and then some :)

Swatches of most of the products used in the look:

From left to right: Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow 351 Feather, 1 Couleur Eye Gloss 530 Golden Sand, Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo 001 Pink Glow.

I'm obsessed with murky, grey-based greens/bluish-greens, so Feather was a must get in my book. 

 From left to right: Rouge Dior Nude Lipstick 418 Ingenue, Dior Jelly Lip Pen 636 Carioca.


Products used:
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (my Summer color).
Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo 001 Pink Glow (both side swirled together and applied to the apples of the cheeks).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Dior 1 Couleur Eye Gloss in 530 Golden Sand (on the lid, brow bone and inner corner).
Dior Diorshow Mono Eye Shadow in 351 Feather (on the lid, crease and lower lashline).
MAC Eye Shadows in Behold & Copperplate (mixed the two together and lightly blended in the crease for definition).
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Grey Utility (used on the upper lashline, the outer half of the lower lashline and to tightline).
MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in NW25/NC30 (on the waterline).
MAC Opulash in Black (on the upper and lower lashes).
Lips:
Dior Nude Rouge Lipstick in 418 Ingenue.
Dior  Jelly Lip Pen 636 Carioca (over Ingenue).


Dior's Bird of Paradise Collection was my favorite Summer Collection of 2013. I guarantee I'll find some way to incorporate all of the products for Autumn.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Manicure Of Bronze...Estee Lauder Pure Color Shimmering Bronze Nail Lacquer


Estee Lauder's Shimmering Bronze nail lacquer made its limited edition debut back in the 2011 Bronze Goddess Soleil Collection, and is a cherished polish in my collection.


Shimmering Bronze is an alluring, shimmery, warm rose-bronze. Although long gone, I did search online and found two Shimmering Bronze polishes on ebay. I don't know these sellers, so make sure to read their feedback before purchasing. 

Can you recommend any other rosy-bronze polishes?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Searching For Beauty Products is Half the fun Week Seven: So Lonely In Gorgeous Scavenger Hunt Giveaway!


Time for your weekly giveaway update! 

The Rules:

Must be a gorgeous member.

Create a board on pinterest and title it "So Lonely In Gorgeous Scavenger Hunt Giveaway"

Now, what you pin is totally up to you. It can be a collage of cosmetics (favorite looks, lipsticks, blushers, eye shadows, nail polishes, past, present and up coming cosmetic collection releases, products you can't live without, what you're loving right now, etc), hair care, skin care, home decor, art, music, food, vacation spots, your muses/inspirations, and so on...you get the gist.

Once you've completed your board, add the link to the comment section of this or one of the weekly giveaway reminder posts.

The final day to submit your board will be January 5th, 2014.

This giveaway is open Internationally!

You may be wondering, "how does this giveaway work?" Well, I'm glad you asked because it's all based on creativity, points, and a hat :D

You automatically get two entries for being a gorgeous member. So, Don't forget to click the 'join this site' button.

Blog or twitter (please include the link in the comment section) about the giveaway on a weekly basis and earn 2 points for every week.

If for some reason you can't do the pinterst thing, then write your answers to the same general topics in the comment section for two additional points.

By posting your Pinterest link, you earn an additional 10 entries.

An additional 5 entries for creativity and effort (i.e. posting your own photos/images).

Finally, and most importantly, the prizes:

2 Addiction Eye Shadows (your choice).

2 Addiction Cheek Sticks (your choice).

2 THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencils (your choice).

2 Laduree Pressed Cheek Color (your choice).

All the prizes will be purchased by me :D

Feel free to ask any questions!

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Conductors And Blushers


By the kind graces of Cutie Fishball, I've been able to get my mitts on these limited edition (and, I'm so tired of hearing, reading and writing those words!) blushers.

From left to right: Wild Blossom 205, Golden Fuse 215, Coral Burst 210.

Wild Blossom: a cool-toned, pale, lavender-pink with silver flecks.

Golden Fuse : a muted, slightly brownish, cantaloupe-orange with gold flecks.

Coral Burst: a satiny, vibrant orange with a subtle golden sheen.

My favorite of the three is Coral Burst. I was taken aback by how pretty, smooth and insanely pigmented it was. I like to mix and match all three blushes; Wild Blossom with Golden Fuss, Golden Fuse with Coral Burst, and Wild Blossom with Coral Burst. 

Did you pick up any of these blushers?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Friday, September 20, 2013

A Day At The Nude Beach? Bobbi Brown Face & Body Bronzing Duo


Released as part of Bobbi Brown's Nude Beach Summer 2013 Collection, the Face & Body Bronzing Duo is my second favorite bronzer (Laura Mercier's Ritual placing first) of the season. I've stated this before, but I have an affinity towards reddish/rosy bronzers, as I feel they give the skin more of a natural sun-kissed affect.


The compact is massive! It's larger than my palms, containing .6oz./17g of product, and retails for $42.00.


This duo is divided into two parts: a dusty, brownish-mauve, desert rose blush, and a deeper, slightly redder- rosy bronzer with a satin finish. Both sides are velvety smooth, highly pigmented, blend wonderfully, contains no shimmer, and give the complexion a sunny warmth and the cheekbones an instant lift.

From left to right: the blush and bronzer.

The gorgeous muted rosy shades of both products allows them to transition perfectly into the upcoming season (only 2 days away!) as my Autumn contour. I look forward to Pairing the face & body bronzing duo with burnt orange, berry and other Autumnal shades, for endless blending possibilities. The Face & Body Bronzing Duo is a limited edition product, however, it's still available on Sephora.com and macys.com.

What are some of your favorite bronzers of Summer 2013?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Together In Perfect Harmony...Addiction Black Or White Looks

 I like the distressed treatment of the Black Or White casing. 

I love it when a palette proves me wrong and makes me eat my words...and the culprit: Addiction's Black Or White Palette. Originally, I was going to skip this palette, but I caved in to the "limited edition" stigma...you know how the story ends.


Black and white palettes always reminds me of the character, Dominique "Domino" Derval (played by the stunning actress, Claudine Auger), from one of my favorite bond films, Thunderball.


Color description from left to right:

A tarnished, murky, greenish-black with silver, gold, turquoise, and pink flecks.

A glittery white.

A satiny wedding white.

A satiny tuxedo black.


Products used:
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (my Summer color).
Addiction Cheek Stick in Rose Bar.
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Addiction Ready To Wear Eye Palette in Black Or White:
The wedding white shadow (all over the lid).
The glittery white shadow (patted over the wedding white eye shadow).
The greenish-black shadow (in the crease).
The tuxedo black shadow (in the outer V and lower lashline).
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (tightline and waterline).
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black.
L'Oreal Hydrofuge Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara in Carbon Black.
Lips:
Addiction Lipcrayon in Spy Pink.


This look was inspired by the Red-crowned Crane.

Products used:
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (my Summer color).
Addiction Cheek Stick in Neroli Flower.
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Addiction Ready To Wear Eye Palette in Black Or White:
The tuxedo black shadow (all over the lids and lower lashline).
The wedding white shadow (brow bone).
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink (used to outline the shape).
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (tightline and waterline).
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black.
L'Oreal Hydrofuge Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara in Carbon Black.
Lips:
Addiction Lipcrayon in Le Mepris.


I'm not orange...I just photograph that way :P Forgot to change my settings.

Products used:
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (my Summer color).
Addiction Cheek Stick in African Sunset.
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Addiction Ready To Wear Eye Palette in Black Or White:
The greenish-black shadow (all over the lid)
The tuxedo black shadow (in the crease and lower lashline).
The wedding white shadow (on the brow bone).
Three Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil in 05 Eye Rock (waterline).
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black.
L'Oreal Hydrofuge Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara in Carbon Black.
Lips:
Addiction Lip Gloss in Yellow Cab.


Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, September 16, 2013

You Talkin' To Me? You Talkin' To Me? You Talkin' To Me? Addiction Yellow Cab Nail Polish


Time for another spectacular polish from Addiction! Yellow Cab lives up to it's name as a bright, milky, taxicab yellow. Unlike Purple Rain, Yellow Cab requires only two coats to achieve a wonderful, glossy, jelly-like finish.


What are some of your favorite jelly nail polishes?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Searching For Beauty Products is Half the fun Week Four: So Lonely In Gorgeous Scavenger Hunt Giveaway!

I miss my long hair and braces :P This photo is of us partying in Roppongi. 

I missed last weeks post, but we're down to sixteen weeks! 

The Rules:

Must be a gorgeous member.

Create a board on pinterest and title it "So Lonely In Gorgeous Scavenger Hunt Giveaway"

Now, what you pin is totally up to you. It can be a collage of cosmetics (favorite looks, lipsticks, blushers, eye shadows, nail polishes, past, present and up coming cosmetic collection releases, products you can't live without, what you're loving right now, etc), hair care, skin care, home decor, art, music, food, vacation spots, your muses/inspirations, and so on...you get the gist.

Once you've completed your board, add the link to the comment section of this or one of the weekly giveaway reminder posts.

The final day to submit your board will be January 5th, 2014.

This giveaway is open Internationally!

You may be wondering, "how does this giveaway work?" Well, I'm glad you asked because it's all based on creativity, points, and a hat :D

You automatically get two entries for being a gorgeous member. So, Don't forget to click the 'join this site' button.

Blog or twitter (please include the link in the comment section) about the giveaway on a weekly basis and earn 2 points for every week.

If for some reason you can't do the pinterst thing, then write your answers to the same general topics in the comment section for two additional points.

By posting your Pinterest link, you earn an additional 10 entries.

An additional 5 entries for creativity and effort (i.e. posting your own photos/images).

Finally, and most importantly, the prizes:

2 Addiction Eye Shadows (your choice).

2 Addiction Cheek Sticks (your choice).

2 THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencils (your choice).

2 Laduree Pressed Cheek Color (your choice).

All the prizes will be purchased by me :D

Feel free to ask any questions!

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

The Warmth Of Summer


I'm off for the next few days, so I'll be playing catch up and posting weeks worth of looks, swatches, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

From left to right: Fire lust Skin Illuminator, 02 Bronzed Amber & 01 Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color. 

 From left to right: Cream Color For Eyes 06 Escapade & 05 Pink Haze, Plum Absolute For Eyes.

 From left to right: Warm Sable Lip Color, 04 Pink Guilt Ultra Shine Lip Gloss.


Products used:
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (my Summer color).
Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire lust (mixed in with foundation and used to highlight).
Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Color in 02 Bronzed Amber (in the hollow of the cheeks and blended upward).
Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Color in 01 Blush Guilt (on the apples of the cheeks).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes in 06 Escapade (on the inner half of the lid).
Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes in 05 Pink Haze (on the outer half of the lid, blended into the crease and lower lashline).
Tom Ford Absolute For Eyes in Plum (used to line the upper lashline).
L'Oreal Hydrofuge Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara in Carbon Black.
Lips:
Tom Ford Lip Color in Warm Sable.
Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in 04 Pink Guilt .


Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Lady Varnishes...Christian Dior Diorific 011 Lady Vernis


I don't sun bathe, do tanning salons, or self-tan. Whatever color I do get, it is from me running around to and from department stores :P A great way to enhance/extend a Summer tan is by wearing any form of white; I chose Diorific's Vernis in Lady.


This Summer, I passed on Tom Ford's Vapour Nail Lacquer, because it looks identical to Lady and it doesn't see the light of day that often, or at all. Released for the 2012 holiday season, Lady is a pearlescent, neutral white. I have mixed feeling about lady; I love it in the bottle, but on the nails, this semi-sheer polish is streaky, patchy, and requires five coats to get a somewhat opaque (but flawed) finish.

I'd appreciate any white nail polish recommendations.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

A Jedi Craves Not These Things...Tasty Related, Not Beauty Related


The weekend has finally arrived! For the last five days, I've had a influx of work come in. I'd begin every day at 3:00 am, start work at 6:00 am, and come home around 11:00 pm. Needless to say, I have tons of brushes to clean, my fridge is empty, and I have loads of posts to upload (no change there). I'm a HUGE Star Wars fan, so I squealed when I found this at 7-11.

The Ichigo (that's strawberry in Japanese) Pocky, and lightsaber wrapper is adorable! 

What Pocky flavors have you tried? 

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Let's Do Lunch! Addiction Soda Lunch Looks

I'm in love with the dinosaur casing! He wants to give you a Jurassic hug with those adorable, short arms ^^

With Summer winding down (thank goodness!), I'll be posting my favorite Looks from this season. First up, looks from Addiction's Ready To Wear Eye Palette in Soda Lunch.



Color description from left to right:

A turquoise-blue with a satin finish.

A silvered-white with a pearl finish.

A matte bright, canary yellow.

A metallic deep purple with a blue duochrome.


Products used:
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (my Summer color).
Addiction Cheek Stick in Amazing.
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Addiction Ready To Wear Eye Palette in Soda Lunch:
The pearlized silvered-white (all over the lid and blended up to the brows).
The canary yellow (in the inner corner).
The blue-purple duochrome (blended half way into the crease and the lower lashline).
The turquoise-blue (blended in the outer half of the lower lashline).
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.
Mac Eye Kohl in Fresh Cream (on the waterline).
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black.
L'Oreal Hydrofuge Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara in Carbon Black.
Lips:
Addiction Lipcrayon in Rose Petal.



Products used:
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (my Summer color).
Addiction Cheek Stick in Rose Bar.
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Addiction Ready To Wear Eye Palette in Soda Lunch:
The turquoise-blue (all over the lid, blended into the inner crease and the outer half of the lower lashline).
The blue-purple duochrome (blend into the crease, outer V and the inner half of the lower lashline).
The pearlized silvered-white (in the inner corner and brow bone).
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Electric (on the waterline).
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black.
L'Oreal Hydrofuge Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara in Carbon Black.
Lips:
Addiction Lipcrayon in Day Trip.



Products used:
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (my Summer color).
Addiction Cheek Stick in Nocturne, Tea Rose and Damask Rose (mixed all three together).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Addiction Ready To Wear Eye Palette in Soda Lunch:
The blue-purple duochrome (all over the lid and lower lashline).
The canary-yellow (the brow bone and inner corner).
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Electric (on the waterline).
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black.
L'Oreal Hydrofuge Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara in Carbon Black.
Lips:
Addiction Lip Gloss in Purple Rain .



Hope you enjoyed these looks as much as I did wearing them!

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time. 

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