Monday, June 29, 2015

Stepping Out Of My Comfrey Zone...Sundari Comfrey Cleanser for Vata Skin


I purchased Sundari's Comfrey Cleanser for Vata (dry) Skin back in April, finished it in may, and I've put off writing this post because I'm still conflicted on what my final thoughts are on this exfoliating cleanser.

Admittedly, I was unfamiliar with the brand, and the sole reason for giving the skincare line a "go" was the little elephant logo on the packaging (elephants remind me of my mom), and the fact that Sundari does not test on animals.


I loved the patterned print detail on the inside of the box. I think this print would look lovely as a throw pillow, area rug or kitchen tiles.

The packaging has a luxurious, minimalistic look and feel with the frost plastic tube and sleek, somewhat weighty twist-off lid.

Key ingredients as per the Sundari website:

Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Extract.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil.
Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Extract.
Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract.

Now, here's my conundrum with the cleanser: as an exfoliator, I found the grains to be quite large and sparse. Therefore, to get the amount of granules to my liking, and to feel as if I were getting the benefits of exfoliating,  I had to use more product. As a cleanser, I found the milky white base (which doesn't lather) very moisturizing and soothing, and after use, skin did look great; it looked and felt soft, smooth, nourished and revitalized.

In Japan, Sundari's Comfrey Cleanser for Vata Skin retails for 5,940 yen, and contains 6.0 fl oz/ 180ml.

As much as I liked the results of the Comfrey Cleanser, the fact that I had to use so much of the product, and its price point, had me wondering if I will repurchase in the future. 

The Pound Cake Of Earl Grey...Tasty Related, Not Beauty Related


For all my fellow Earl Grey aficionados, here's a tasty post to get you salivating.

I had to do a double-take when I spotted this wondrous creation in the bread section of my local grocer. I've purchased this brand's pound cake before, but was gobsmacked to find they offered it in Earl Grey.

The texture and flavor of this Earl Grey pound cake is AMAZING! I like eating it plain, but my favorite way to devour this pound cake is with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream.

The only downside to this Earl Grey pound cake is, the unease I get, fearing the day when it disappears from the shelf.  

Saturday, June 27, 2015

And More Of Addiction's Tokyo Jazz


Finally! I have a moment to myself, my lovely laptop and am now able to post something. For those of you who blog, do you find your anxiety levels rising when you haven't posted in a while? 


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Medium 2 (Santa Fe).
Addiction Blush in Rose Bar 14.
Tokyo Jazz Highlighter (layers over the blush and lightly dusted all over the face).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme SPF 20-PA++ in 020.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer in 02 Cream (placed on top of the MAC Mineralize Concealer).
MAC Paint Pot in painterly (eyeshadow base).
Addiction Tokyo Jazz Palette:
The stormy, muted grey-plum eye shadow (all over the lid, blended into the crease, and along the lower lashline).
The muted lemony-mustard-chartreuse eye shadow (on the outer corner and blended outward).
The silvery-winter white glitter shadow (patted on the center of the lid and brow bone).
Addiction Eyeliner Pencil in 01 Blackjack (used to tightline and on the waterline).
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mystic Blacks Mascara in 01 Mysterious Black.
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Heroine.
Addiction Pure Lipstick in Tokyo Mon Amour 008.



Look Breakdown:
Face:
Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Medium 2 (Santa Fe).
Addiction Blush in Rose Bar 14.
Tokyo Jazz Highlighter (layers over the blush and lightly dusted all over the face).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme SPF 20-PA++ in 020.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer in 02 Cream (placed on top of the MAC Mineralize Concealer).
MAC Paint Pot in painterly (eyeshadow base).
Addiction Tokyo Jazz Palette:
The stormy, muted grey-plum eye shadow (place on one-third of the inner and outer corner, blended into the crease, and along the lower lashline).
The muted lemony-mustard-chartreuse eye shadow (patted on the center lid).
The silvery-winter white glitter shadow (in the inner corner and brow bone).
Addiction Eyeliner Pencil in 01 Blackjack (used to tightline and on the waterline).
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mystic Blacks Mascara in 01 Mysterious Black.
Lips:
Addiction Pure Lipstick in Tokyo Mon Amour 008.

Enabling Your Beauty Habits...Addiction By Ayako Giveaway!


Six weeks and one day left in my Addiction giveaway.

The Prizes (all items are paid for by moi):

One Addiction Compact Case II.
Four Addiction Eyeshadows.
One Addiction Blush.
One Addiction Cheek Stick.
One Addiction Lipstick.

What you have to do and how to increase your chances to win (same method as one of my older giveaways):

1. All gorgeous members (via the members section on the blog) automatically get one entry. So, don't forget to click the "Join this site" button.

2. In the comment section, please write what items you would choose if you won. This will earn you two entries.

3. If you blog about/or tweet this giveaway, you'll earn another three entries into the hat. (please link the post in the comments, thank you!).

The Enabling Your Beauty Habits Giveaway ends on August 9th, 11:59 (GMT+9).

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Private Sale...20% off Giorgio Armani


Great time to cross off those Armani items on your wish list. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Private Function...20% off Yves Saint Laurent


Perfect timing! I was able to save 20% off some items I was wanting from YSL's Summer collection.

By the way, I love everything about this promotional image.

Are you eyeing anything from YSL's Summer (or any other) collection? 

Monday, June 15, 2015

I Kissed The Rains...Bath & Body Works' Rainkissed Leaves Shower Gel


After finishing the last bottle of Bath & Body Works' Green Clover and Aloe shower gel, I've been searching for a scent that would come close to replacing the splendidness of this fragrance. L'Occitane's The Vert Green TeaShower Gel was the closest to the scent, but that, too, has been discontinued. And that brings us to June's Shower Gel, Rainkissed Leaves. BBW's

Rainkissed Leaves Shower Gel's fragrance notes are as follows:

Top Notes: Fresh Cut Grass, Morning Dew, Summer Rain, Crushed Green Leaves, Sparkling Grapefruit.

Mid Notes: Lush Muguet, Bright Peony, Crisp Watercress, Pink Jasmine.

Dry Notes: Musk Captive, Super Hedione (I always read Super Heroes), Fresh Transparent Woods.

BBW's Rainkissed Leaves has a refreshing, crisp, "grass after a Summer's rain" with a faint floral fragrance. I love grassy scents during the transitional period of Spring to Summer. I've been relishing in the aroma so much that, we're half way through June, and I've used up three-fourth of the bottle already (with Aki's help, of course). And, although not an exact dupe (never liked that work) for my cherished Green Clover and Aloe, I do fancy Rainkissed Leave's calming, clean, succulent fresh greenery scent.

Bath & Body Works' Rainkissed Leaves Shower Gel is an online exclusive scent and retails for $11.00; but, with the semi-annual sale underway, it's on sale now for $4.00.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

All that Jazz...


Apologies for the lengthy absence, but I've been working six (sometimes seven) days a week and I've had no time to post anything.

With the rain season in full swing, and as I twitted some time ago, I love the contrast of Purple on overcast days. Inspired by the weather, and the bouquet of Iris I received, here are a few looks I wore using the products from Addiction's Tokyo Jazz 2014 holiday set (as well as other products from the brand).

Waste not, want not (more, in my case), the photos of the set were taken months ago.


Out of all the past coffret bags, this is probably the most fetching and useful. The Clutch's man-made material feels durable, and the zipper closure makes for great storage or a cute makeup bag.


Keeping with the brand's sleek, minimalist packaging aesthetic, slightly askewed shape (a detail I appreciate, and adds greatly to the joy of holding), and engraved ADDICTION logo surface, the Tokyo Jazz palette has a beautiful twist with its deep blue-violet cover. Inside the palette you have four eyeshadows and a highlighter; all shades are exclusive to the set. Also included in the set is an eyeliner pencil in 01 Blackjack.


The narcissist within me commends the palette's thoughtfully-sized mirror.


I can never resist any palette with a purple shadow; and that lemony-mustard-chartreuse shadow in the upper corner could not be denied!

 Tokyo Jazz Palette eye shadow swatches

From left to right: 

A soft, muted lemony-mustard-chartreuse with micro-shimmer and a satin finish. 

A warm, silvery-winter white glitter. 

A vivid, violet-purple with a matte finish. 

A stormy, muted grey-plum with micro-shimmer and a satin finish. 

From left to right: 01 Blackjack Eyeliner Pencil, 03 Shikibu Liquid Eyeliner, Tokyo Jazz palette Highlighter, Rose Bar 14 Blush, Tokyo Mon Amour 008 Pure Lipstick.

01 Blackjack Eyeliner Pencil: a matte coal-black.

03 Shikibu Liquid Eyeliner: a blackened-plum.

Tokyo Jazz Palette Highlighter: a semi-matte, pale white-pink.

Rose Bar 14 Blush: a matte, dusty plum-pink.

Tokyo Mon Amour 008 Pure Lipstick: a deep purple-violet.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Medium 2 (Santa Fe).
Addiction Blush in Rose Bar 14.
Tokyo Jazz Highlighter (layers over the blush and lightly dusted all over the face).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme SPF 20-PA++ in 020.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer in 02 Cream (placed on top of the MAC Mineralize Concealer).
MAC Paint Pot in painterly (eyeshadow base).
Addiction Tokyo Jazz Palette:
The matte vivid, violet-purple eye shadow (all over the lid and blended into the crease).
The stormy, muted grey-plum eye shadow (along one-third of lower lashline).
The muted lemony-mustard-chartreuse eye shadow (blended along three-fourth of the lower lashline).
Tokyo Jazz Highlighter (in the inner corner and brow bone).
Addiction Liquid Eyeliner in 03 Shikibu (on the upper lashline).
Addiction Eyeliner Pencil in 01 Blackjack (used to tightline).
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mystic Blacks Mascara in 01 Mysterious Black.
Lips:
Addiction Pure Lipstick in Tokyo Mon Amour 008 (applied as a stain).



Look Breakdown:
Face:
Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Medium 2 (Santa Fe).
Addiction Blush in Rose Bar 14.
Tokyo Jazz Highlighter (layers over the blush and lightly dusted all over the face).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme SPF 20-PA++ in 020.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer in 02 Cream (placed on top of the MAC Mineralize Concealer).
MAC Paint Pot in painterly (eyeshadow base).
Addiction Tokyo Jazz Palette:
The matte vivid, violet-purple eye shadow (all over the lid, blended into the crease and along the lower lashline).
The stormy, muted grey-plum eye shadow (blended into the upper lashline).
The silvery-winter white glitter (softly patted on the center of the lid, in the inner corner and brow bone).
Addiction Eyeliner Pencil in 01 Blackjack (used to tightline,and blended into the upper and lower lashline).
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mystic Blacks Mascara in 01 Mysterious Black.
D.U.P Eyelashes in 906.
Lips:
MAC Lip Pencil in Stripdown.
Addiction Pure Lipstick in Tokyo Mon Amour 008 (applied as a stain).

After 10 hours of wear.

As much as I love these shades and enjoyed using them, the eyeshadows are not as buttery as their sister shadows in the permanent lineup. Additionally, I found if my lids were having a more than usual dry spell or if they were not primed, the matte violet-purple shadow would apply patchy. When I saw the highlighter, the first thing that came to mind was that it would look chalky on my normal/dry skin; surprisingly, it didn't and once applied, the micro-shimmers seemed to disappear, leaving a nice brightening effect. The eyeliner pencil, in Blackjack, has a creamy consistency that applies and blends well, doesn't budge, and is extremely black; can't ask for anything more.

There are two more Tokyo Jazz looks that I need to upload, but the man is pressing me to help him with something. So, if I have time, they'll be up tonight or tomorrow. 

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