Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful For All I have, And For All Of You


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I wasn't able to host a  thanksgiving dinner this year. So, enjoy an extra serving of Turkey, Stuffing, and yams for me. Thankful for all my family and friends (you're included in the friends bit :D).

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Secret Of Happiness Is To Find A Congenial Polish! O.P.I Congeniality Is My Middle Name Nail Lacquer


Congeniality Is My Middle Name is a GORGEOUS deep, Magenta-berry-red, loaded with hot pink and purple microshimmers. These shimmers give the semi-jelly polish a dazzling violet duochrome sparkle. I'm totally smitten with the brilliance of this shade, and I love the way it looks against my skin tone (NC30). Definitely a must-wear lacquer for the Holiday seasons.


What do you think of O.P.I's Congeniality Is My Middle Name?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Smashbox 25% Off Friends & Family Event!


Enjoy 25% off all Smashbox Products! Don't delay, offer ends at 11:59pm on December 2nd.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Postman Always Rings Twice...Overseas Purchases & A Belated Birthday Gift


Today, I got a package from my best friend Alex. Yay for Alex, he's the best! 


Had to peel my way through the first layer of beauty samples from all my online purchases.


For my birthday (November 4th by the way), Alex got me a Nintendo 3DS Xl and the Pokemon Y game. Now I really "Gotta Catch 'Em All"! Also, I'm a big fan of Black Lagoon, so he threw in his copy. Thank you Alex! Don't lie, I know you read this :P


And finally, the part you've been waiting for...the makeup! 

Who helps you with your international purchases? 

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Searching For Beauty Products Is Half The Fun: So Lonely In Gorgeous Scavenger Hunt Giveaway!

Having a silly adventure at the Jasujeong Amethyst Mines. 

While looking through my photo albums, I came across some pictures from my 3 month vacation to Korea in 2007. I decided to include some of them in this weeks giveaway post...hope you enjoy.

Blending in with the locals :P Not sure if you can tell, but my hair was purple & black.

5 weeks and counting!

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).

At this point, I was over the mines and ready for some Kimchi Fried Rice!

Finally, and most important...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.

There Is A Harmony In Autumn


Hands down, Autumn is my favorite season! With the change of Climate, I draw a lot of inspiration from the gorgeous change of colors. I wanted to create a rich sepia toned eye look with a bright cheek and lip. And this is what I came up with, hope you enjoy :)

Swatches of the key products used:

 Givenchy Le Prisme Mono Eyeshadow 09 Modish Brown (swatches clockwise).

From left to right: Mac Ochre Eyeshadow, Givenchy Croisiere Coral Blush Gelee, Givenchy 304 Mandarine Bolero Le Rouge Lipstick. 


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (my Summer color).
Givenchy Blush Gelee Jelly Blush in Croisiere Coral.
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Givenchy Le Prisme Mono Eyeshadow in 09 Modish Brown:
The matte brown shadow (bottom left corner) in the crease.
Mixed the other three shadows (top left, top right and bottom right) and placed on the lid.
Mac Eyeshadow in Ochre (along the lower lashline). 
Mac Liquidblast Liner in Coco Bar (upper lashline).
Mac Chromagraphic Pencil in NW25/NC30 (on the waterline).
Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara in 1 Black Satin. 
Lips:
Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Mat Lip Color in 304 Mandarine Bolero.


What season most inspires you?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Toffee-Nosed Polish...Revlon Nail Enamel in Totally Toffee!


Totally Toffee is a warm, chocolate-brown with a shiny creme finish. The formula is lovely (although, it's darker on the nails than it appears in the bottle) and opaque after two coats.


I love the rich color of Totally Toffee, and it's a perfect shade for Fall!

What are some of your favorite brown nail polishes for Autumn?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Oil & Water DO Mix! Shu Uemura Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil


Shu Uemura's Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil is my Autumn makeup remover of choice. During the transition of seasons, my complexion can become temperamental, and look tired and dull. After using up all the THREE Gentle Cleansing Oil Samples, I was feeling nostalgic, and went back to my beloved Shu. Admist trying different oil cleansers, I (as well as my skin) must have forgotten why I always use this magical emerald green bottle during Fall; because, after just one use, I could see, AND feel, the difference in my skin. My Complexion was exhibiting the four R's: revitalized, refined, radiant, and rehydrated. All I can say/write is that I will NEVER be unfaithful again! During the Fall (or for any occasion for that matter), if you find your skin needing a little pick me up, I highly recommend trying Shu Uemura's Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil. 
Like me, do you rotate your facial cleansers based on the season?

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Giorgio Armani 20% Off Friends & Family Event


I always look forward to Armani's Friends & Family events! Time to stock up on some precious goodies :)

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lady Sings The Blues...Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Eye Palette In 381 Smoky Blue


Dior is one of my favorite high end cosmetic brands. With every seasonal release, I feel the color spectrum in each collection always hit the mark.



Released as part of the Mystic Metallics collection, the 3 Couleurs Smoky Eye Palette in 381 Smoky Blue, creates a mesmerizing peacock blue smokey eye. I'm obsessed with these type of murky eye shadow shades. 


I'm not sure if 381 Smoky Blue was released internationally, but I'm sure one of you lovely will let me know ;) 

The 3 Couleurs Smoky Eye Palette in 381 Smoky Blue is/was limited edition and retails for ¥6090 ($62.52). 

So you can see these eye shadows in action, I've included two looks I wore using the 381 Smoky Blue palette. As usual, I've also swatched some of the other products used for color reference. 

 Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Eye Palette 381 Smoky Blue. 

Dior Blush Glowing Color Powder Blush 739 Pink Copper (the third swatch is both shades mixed together).

 Dior Nude Rouge Lipstick in 618 Twill and 683 Esquisse (lost the sun when I took this photo).


Look Breakdown: 
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (yup, still wearing my Summer color).
Dior Blush Glowing Color Powder Blush in 739 Pink Copper (both shades mixed together).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Eye Palette in 381 Smoky Blue: 
The pale grayish-blue shadow (used in the inner corner, lightly on the brow bone, and the inner and outer lower lashline).
The shimmery peacock blue shadow (all over the lid and middle on the lower lashline).
The matte murky greenish-blue shadow (in the crease). 
Kate Super Sharp Liner S in NV-1 (on the upper lashline and middle lower lashline).
L'Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black.
Super Doll False Eye Lashes in 02.
Lips:
Dior Nude Rouge Lipstick in 618 Twill.


Look Breakdown: 
Face:
Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 031 (yup, still wearing my Summer color).
Dior Blush Glowing Color Powder Blush in 739 Pink Copper (both shades mixed together).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow Pencil in Seal Brown.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.
Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Eye Palette in 381 Smoky Blue: 
The pale grayish-blue shadow (all over the lid and inner corner)
The shimmery peacock blue shadow (the outer one-third of the lid).
The matte murky greenish-blue shadow (in the crease, outer v, and the upper and lower lashline).
Kate Super Sharp Liner S in NV-1 (on the upper lashline).
L'Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black.
Lips:
Dior Nude Rouge Lipstick in 683 Esquisse. 

Sorry I don't have pictures of me looking down for either look. All of those picture were blurry beyond use. 

What are some of your favorite murky eyeshadows?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

It Is Not In The Stars To Hold Our Destiny, But In Our Vernis! Dior Destin 382


So glad Justine was able to aid me in obtaining all the vernis nail enamels From Dior's Mystic Metallics Collection. Cosmetics are expensive in Japan (along with everything else). But, it's even more painful to pay the marked up prices on foreign brands, especially when knowing their retail prices in the states...it's criminal!


Destin is a shimmery, grayed, dusty lavender with a tinge of taupe. I'm infatuated with this shade, and always get compliments whenever I wear it. My only gripe with the polish is that,  once it's dry, the finish is a little dull. However, that minor bump in the road is resolved with a top coat.

What do you think of Destin?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Stealing Beauty: TheBalm Makes Its Debut At Loft!


To my surprise (and maybe yours), I found some products from TheBalm Cosmetics stuffed in an end cap at loft. Although, I own all these products, I'm happy to see the brand has made its way to Japan.

Is TheBalm available in your country?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Re-energizing My Hair With L'Oreal Feria 3D Color In 71 Amethyst


Last night, I got a job offer for Sunday morning, ergo I wasn't able to swatch the THREE Holiday Coffret today. My next day off is Wednesday, so I'll have the swatches up that evening. I dyed my hair last night, and here is the outcome.


This time around, I chose L'Oreal's Feria 3D Color in Amethyst. 


The end result is an ash brown with a slight berry tinge. In addition to forgetting to change my camera's setting, and the room's lighting, my hair color is very distorted from what it looks like in person. You can kinda of see the actual color on the lower portion of my hair.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Searching For Beauty Products Is Half The Fun: So Lonely In Gorgeous Scavenger Hunt Giveaway!


6 weeks left!

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.

Friday, November 15, 2013

THREE Winter Stardust 2013 Holiday Coffret Finger Swatches


Sorry for the atrocious finger swatches, but I was soaking wet (someone didn't check weather.com before leaving her apartment this morning), alone, holding a bunch of shopping bags, and trying to take pictures at a congested THREE counter in Isetan Shinjuku on a Friday night

I picked up THREE's Winter Stardust Holiday Coffret, and I have to say, this Coffret is a MUST get! Trust me, you won't be sorry!! If the weather permits, I'll post proper swatches this Sunday :)

What holiday sets are you getting this year?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Running On Empty: October Empties!


Bath & Body Works White Tea and Ginger Shower Gel: one of my favorite bbw fragrances. I have one more bottle of this shower gel left, and once it's gone, I'll be repurchasing more.


Estee Lauder Soft Clean Silky Hydrating Lotion: I have a bone to pick with Estee Lauder! But, that rant will have to wait for another post. I LOVED the entire Soft Clean line, and the Silky Hydrating Lotion was PERFECT for dry skin. I would repurchase, but alas, the line has been discontinued.


Chi Silk Infusion Silk Reconstructing Complex: Silk Infusion leaves my hair soft, manageable, and shiny. I mix this with whatever leave-in conditioner I'm using at the moment, applying it to the lower half of my hair, and blow dry. When I leave my hair curly, I also mix this with Paul Mitchell's The Conditioner. My curly a defined, frizz-free, and luscious! Will also repurchase!


Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Hydrofuge Mascara: this mascara was just okay. Useless I want to give it another go, I don't think I'll repurchase.


Lush Lip Scrub: This was a gift from my friend Rie, was my first introducion to Lush.  I wasn't keen on the bubblegum flavor, but I did a great job at exfoliating my lips. I've already repurchased this product, except in the mint flavor.


Colgate Maxfresh Toothpaste: the only toothpaste I'll ever use. I never thought I'd say this about a toothpaste, but I don't like the new packaging. I'm not sure if this tube was defective, but after time, the seam started to come undone.


Shiseido Integrate Nail Polish Remover: this is a decent remover, the only reason I keep buying it, is because it's the only larger size available at my local store.


Delon Premium Cotton Rounds: I use these cotton rounds to remove my nail polish. I get them in bulk at Costco, so I'll repurchase once I'm done with the box.

Honorable Mentions:


 Dior Duo Express Instant Eye Makeup Remover: a good eye makeup remover, but I love my Shu oil cleansers, so I won't be purchasing a full size.


THREE Gentle Cleansing Oil: this cleaning oil works in the same fashion as Shu Uemura's cleansing oils. Unlike Shu's, THREE's Gentle Cleansing Oil requires a little more product to fully remove all traces of makeup. I really enjoyed using this product, but it seems the THREE cleanser lacked that "little something extra" my skin gets from the Shu cleanser. But, I did like this product enough to give it another go, and purchase a full size in the future.


THREE Balancing Foam: a great foaming cleanser! It left my normal to dry skin feeling/looking hydrated,  flawless, and radiant. I'll be purchase a full size in the future. 


THREE Gentle Purifying Foam: I couldn't notice any difference between the Gentle Purifying Foam cleanser and the Balancing Foam. My skin loved them both, and I would purchase this cleanser as well, but I haven't seen it at the counter.


THREE Balance UV Protector: a great UV protector that quickly sinks into the skin. I will be purchasing a full size of this product in the future.

THREE Balance Emulsion: another great care product from THREE! A lovely, lightweight Moisturizer that I will be purchasing when Summer rolls around.


THREE Foot & Leg Oil AC: I wasn't sold on this oil treatment. The oil took too long to absorb into the skin, so I had to be careful not to lean against the furniture. Also, the oil bleed into my socks, almost killing me as I slipped while walking on my wooden floors.

What did you use up in October?

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