Sunday, November 22, 2015

Taupe Is Very Soothing...YSL 37 Taupe Mauresque La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer

Lately, I've been wearing a lot of berry, and brown, shades on my nails, and YSL's La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in 37 Taupe Mauresque is an favorite amongst my brown polishes. I got 37 Taupe Mauresque when it was released with the 2013 Saharienne Heat Summer Collection. And, I must confess, I've never worn it outside of the Fall and Winter Seasons.

37 Taupe Mauresque is a cool-toned, deep taupe-brown. Total opacity is achieved after two coats, and this lacquer has an extraordinary creme formula, with an uber-glossy finish. However, I do get signs of tip wear after the fourth day.

A shade I gravitate more towards during Fall, 37 Taupe Mauresque is an edgy-sophisticated nail color that I heart!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hey guys, I hope all of you are well and safe. I had a number of posts to upload this weekend, but after the tragic events that occurred on Friday, it feels wrong to post anything and not address the tragedy that occurred in Paris. Sending a prayer of Support, comfort and love to the people of Paris <3 Isaiah 41:10-13

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fantastically Fantastic! Isetan Fantastic Beauty Christmas Cosmetics Promtional Images

Fantastic beauty is right! I had to share these fanciful, surreal images from Isetan's Christmas beauty online booklet; I can stare at these images all day.

Hope you found these photos as inspirational as I have.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sipping Cappuccino Ash...Palty Foam Pack

Sorry for the dim image, it's raining today.

I received some emails asking about my recent hair color, and it's Palty's Foam Pack in Cappuccino Ash.

Cappuccino Ash is a pretty, cool-toned, golden-ash brown. I thought of going back to a full-on red, but I haven't gotten this obsession of ashy-browns out of my system yet.

For visual references of the color results, please go here (day one), and here (two weeks later).

One downside to Cappuccino Ash is that the shade fades a little faster than I would like (the water in Tokyo is VERY hard, and whatever form of dye I use (boxed or professional), they fade faster). However, I'm adoring this shade so much at the moment that I'll put up with this minor annoyance, and use it one more time, before I move on to my next shade venture.

Hope this helps those of you who asked about my color, talk to you soon <3

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Moon Of My Life, My Sun And Stars...Les Merveilleuses Laduree 2015 Autumn Collection's 01 Lip Stain & 103 Shimmering Pressed Powder

I am as happy as a lark over the Shimmering Pressed Powder, and the 01 Lip Stain, from Les Merveilleuses Laduree's 2015 Autumn Collection.

Also included in the Autumn 2015 Collection were three limited edition Matte Rouge shades, three new Cream Cheek Base shades (permanent), and four other Lip Stain shades (a new and permanent addition to the brand's lip range).

There was nothing extraordinary about the Matte Rouge shades; so, I passed on them. Also, as much as I wanted to buy all the Cream Cheek Bases and lip stains, here's my countdown as to why I'm holding off on them:

First, they're permanent. With all the awesome limited edition Fall/Holiday goodness going around, this girl needs to prioritize!

Secondly, all the colors are gorgeous; but, with the exception of the one (maybe two) Lip Stains, the other shades just don't evoke Autumn for me. Hence, I purchased shade 01, (a deep Bordeaux that I  know will get a lot of love).

I was a little confused by the name of this product, and found myself checking the product's description as it doesn't "stain" the lips at all; it's more like a diluted, liquid lipstick.

Shade 01's pigmentation can go from appearing as if you just finished eating a bowl of blackberries to a full-on, drunken, and soaked a bottle of your finest.

At first, the formula is very slippery and then turns into a creamer consistency. Therefore, I recommend using a lip brush to outline your lips before going all crazy applying it directly from the applicator. The finish is semi-glossy, and never truly dries down. But, I found the lip stain extremely comfortable, hydrating and lasting for 5 to 6 hours, with minimal sips and nibbling.

I saved my favorite piece in the collection for last, the Shimmering Pressed Powder in 103. Laduree always does an exceptional job with the quality of their exterior packaging.

The scorching sun, crescent moon, and stars hearkens back to the celestial motif during the 90's. I found that decor garish then, but in this small packaged dose, it's a tolerable charming.

Even though the packaging is plastic, it has a little weight to it. The compact has a twist of lid, and an extended ledge at the base; this, making it more comfortable and secure for my monkey grip.

I wish Laduree would release more of these shimmering pressed powders and make them permanent.

103 is a warm, pale, beige-ivory-yellow- gold with gold, silver, and champagne shimmers; an ultra-finely milled powder that feels like cashmere, and blends seamlessly onto the skin, while maintaining a luminous haloed glow. I love how the 103 powder brighten my complexion, and gives it an enhanced, ethereal, radiance. The micro-shimmer assists in illuminating and brightening, without looking as if you were rummaging though boxes of Christmas ornaments. I fancy using this powder as a highlighter on the high points of my face, dusted all over as a finishing powder, even under my eyes. I can't get enough of this powder! It's been the only face powder I've been using, and the results are dazzling!

Look Breakdown:
Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Medium 2 (Santa Fe).
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Pressed Cheek Color in 12.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Shimmering Pressed Powder in 103 (dusted all over the face).
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Giorgio Armani Eyes & Brow Maestro in 04 Ambre (blended onto the lid, crease and below the lash line).
Hakuhodo Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Palette (the golden Ochre shadow blended over 04 Ambre).
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in 03 Metallic Mink (used to tightline).
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Feline Extravaganza in 01 Black Black.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Lip Stain in 01.

What radiant face powders are you loving at the moment? 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It's Delightful to Have Loft-Y Ambitions...China Glaze Nail Lacquer

Originally part of the 2011 Fall Metro Collection (I LOVED this entire collection) and from my nail polish vault, I bring to you the much loved, China Glaze Loft-y Ambitions.

A gorgeous formula and a dream to apply, Loft-y Ambitions is a deep chocolate-cranberry glossy-creme, loaded with fuchsia, red, purple and silver micro-shimmer. I love catching this two-coat beauty in the sunlight; simply radiant.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Do You Know Where You're Going To...Bath & Body Works' Mahogany Teakwood Shower Gel

Aki was very vocal on how much he liked the scent of the Mahogany Teakwood wallflower refill fragrance. And, you know it's monumental when a man takes note of those kind of things. Ergo, I though I'd surprise him in the shower with the Mahogany Teakwood Shower Gel.

Mahogany Teakwood Shower Gel fragrance notes are as follows:

Top Notes: Mahogany, Delicate Lavender.

Mid Notes: Teakwood, Geranium, Oakmoss.

Dry Notes: White Cedar, Feathered Musk.

The interweaving of the different wood notes, lavender, geranium, oakmoss, and musk, give Mahogany Teakwood a sensual, cozy, crisp, woodsy scent that is enhanced by a chilly November breeze. There is a masculine element to this shower gel that may not be to everyone's liking; but, I'm keen on masculine scents (and, sometimes wear men's fragrances myself).

Me And My Shaaaadows...Addiction Eyeshadow Swatches Part San

It's raining pretty hard today, and when it comes to blogging, your arch nemesis is bad weather. The last few months, the majority of my days off were plagued with unsuitable conditions for photographing. Thankfully, I was able to have a little swatching marathon yesterday. 

Color description from left to right: 

Singita 049P: a grayish-plummy-mauve tinged taupe with a pearl finish.

Mystic Mirage 050P (discontinued): a rose-pink with silver glitter.

Midnight Oasis 051M (discontinued): a bright, delft blue with a matte finish.

Horizon 052P (discontinued): a dusty, parisian-purple with soft green, blue, silver and gold glitter.

Color description from left to right:

Poetic 053P (discontinued): an iridescent, seafoam-green with a soft golden sheen and seafoam green shimmer.

Deep Forest 054P (discontinued): a pearled pine green with green shimmer.

Blue Moon 055P: a bright, cornflower blue with silver and blue glitter.

Pink Python 056P (discontinued): an ash-black with multi-colored micro-glitter.

Color description from left to right:

Silent Scream 058P (discontinued): a spring green with a yellow-gold sheen and green, copper, chartreuse shimmer.

Tiny Shell 059P (now 031P): a soft, peach pearl.

Nouvelle Lune 060P: a pearled, beige-ivory.

Midnight Drive 061P: a satin, pale aqua-seafoam-green with grey undertones. 

Color description from left to right:

Mariage 062P: a frosty, rosy-fawn-blonde with silver glitter.

Sand Martin 063P (discontinued): A matte, dusty-mauve-pale-pink-nude.

La Mamounia 064M: a muted, brick-red matte.

Sheltering Sky 065P (discontinued): a purple leaning indigo blue with maroon sheen.

Color description from left to right:

Mustard Tree 066P (discontinued): a dark, muted, marigold-mustard matte.

White Pepper 067P (discontinued): a green tinged, white pepper matte.

Sand Dune 068P (discontinued): a dark ochre matte.

Moroccan Rose 069M (discontinued): a bright, pink-rose-red matte. 

Sadly, almost all of these shades have been axed with the relaunch...but, we can always hope for a revival. 

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