Sunday, March 27, 2016

I'm Making A Remix


After several years of enduring my physical abuse (I.e., numerous droppings), Christine (aka, my laptop) is hanging on to dear life by promises, pleas, and prayers. Any moment now, Christine is going to spontaneously combust and die. Now, I'm in a pickle, because I need to buy a new laptop, but I have to buy it in the states ( specifically because I don't want a Japanese keyboard. Man, I dread what the shipping rates will be).


Many of last year's Holiday collection color schemes felt either "Fallish" or "Springy" to me. Hence, I thought Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune's entire collection would be perfect for the beautiful sunny, yet still chilly (today it's raining), beginnings of Spring.


I'm not sure about the rest of the world, but in Japan, the Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palettes were sold in a set (9,180 yen) that included a cute bag, a Lacquer Sparkle from the collection, and a mini Ultime8 Supreme Beauty Cleaning Oil.


I adore the lining of the bag. A beautiful colored blue fabric, with a cute mixture of western and eastern gold printed images.


I did let out an "AWWWW" when I saw this lone fella printed on the back bottom right corner of the bag.


I'm always thankful when palettes come with generous sized mirrors.


The Indigo Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette houses four semi-metallic-pearled shadows, three translucent, glittery shadows, and a blush.


From left to right:

A blackened, navy blue with a semi-metallic-pearl finish.

A warm, brownish-leaning, dark ash grey with a semi-metallic-pearl finish.

A pale, baby blue with a semi-metallic-pearl finish.

A glittery, pale gold with a translucent base.


A shimmery, off-white with an almost translucent, semi-metallic-pearl finish.

A glittery, golden, celery green with a translucent base.

A glittery, pale, sweet pink with a translucent base.

A matte, soft coral-pink.


The images of foxes, croissants, kimonos, and dresses along the Play & Remix Drawing Pencils continues to promote the coupling of Paris and Tokyo.


These creamy, intensely pigment drawing pencils apply smoothly, and are long-lasting and smudge-proof. Actually, they're so smudge-proof, you literally have milliseconds to seconds to blend them out before they set. I found if you don't work quickly, especially with the M Indigo, you'll be left with patchy, uneven, bald-spots of bold color.


The Maison Kitsune Laque Sparklers are probably my favorite products from the collection. As the Laque Sparklers in the permanent range, the Maison Kitsune's  have a soft, floral scent. They have a
slick, slightly translucent, yet, vibrantly pigmented formula, which is lightweight, hydrating, comfortable on the lips, and wear for about four hours. With a glossy, almost "wet" finish, the Maison Kitsune Laque Sparklers are loaded with fine, gold micro-shimmer that gives the pout flashes of a gorgeous, pearlized golden sheen.


The curved, sponge-tipped wand fits the lips wonderfully, and applies the product beautifully with absolute control.


From left to right:

G Silver: a grey-based, bluish-silver with fine glitter.

M Indigo: a matte, royal blue.

Fleur Shine: a cool-toned, mauvish-bubblegum pink with fine, golden microshimmer.

Persimmon Glow: a vibrant, persimmon orange with fine, golden microshimmer.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Medium 2 (Santa Fe).
The blush from the Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Indigo Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Shimmering Pressed Powder in 103 (dusted all over the face).
Eyes:
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).
Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Indigo Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette:
The blackened, navy blue shadow (blended on the lid and winged out at the end).
The pale, baby blue shadow (bearly dusted on the brow bone and inner corner).
Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Play & Remix Drawing Pencil in G Silver (along the inner half of the upper lashline).
Dolce & Gabbana Passion Eyes Mascara in Blu Indaco 3.
Lips:
Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Laque Sparkler in Fleur Shine.


All of the looks on the blog, are actually looks I've worn out, and since I don't have time to take pictures of them before I head out, they're photographed whenever I come home. Regrettably, all of the full-face photos of the following look were out of focus...sorry!


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Medium 2 (Santa Fe).
The blush from the Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Indigo Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette.
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Shimmering Pressed Powder in 103 (dusted all over the face).
Eyes:
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).
Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Indigo Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette:
The dark ash grey shadow (blended on three-fourths of the lid and crease. Also, along the lower lashline).
The blackened, navy blue shadow (on the outer V, and over the M Indigo Drawing Pencil on the upper and lower lashline).
The glittery, pale gold shadow (patted on the center of the lid).
The shimmery, off-white shadow (in the inner corner and brow bone).
Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Play & Remix Drawing Pencil in M Indigo (along the upper and lower lashline).
Dolce & Gabbana Passion Eyes Mascara in Blu Indaco 3.
Lips:
Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Laque Sparkler in Persimmon Glow.


Among all the items featured in this post, my favorites are the blackened-navy blue and dark-ash grey from the Indigo Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette, and the Persimmon Glow Laque Sparkler (perfect for all seasons, and in my opinion, especially for Autumn).

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