Monday, April 25, 2016

Dreaming Of The Cherry Blossoms...Floris London Cherry Blossom Eau De Parfum


Writing about perfume can be very intimidating; an individual's fragrance preference is not only subjective, but also an intimate one. I change my perfume seasonally, and Floris London's Cherry Blossom Eau De Parfum enables me to continue celebrating the fragrance of the cherry blossoms after they're long gone.

For those who may not be familiar with Floris London, here is a brief history of the perfumery:

"Established by Juan Floris and his wife Elizabeth in 1730, they began selling perfume in the elegant quarter of London's St. James.

In 1820 the first of 16 royal warrants were granted. Today Floris holds royal warrants to HM Queen Elizabeth II and to HRH The Prince of Wales.

To date, Floris is still run from the original Jermyn Street shop by the eighth and ninth generation descendants of Juan Floris. The family proudly continues their work in the arts of fragrance, creating exquisite perfumes to stand the test of time. All products continue to be made in England."

The perfume is housed in a lovely gold box...

and packed snugly with care.

The weighty gold cap has Floris' emblem on top.


To coordinate with the theme of the scent, the label is a pale, sakura pink, with the royal warrants Of HM Queen Elizabeth II on the left and the HRH The Prince of Wales on the right.

Floris embossed along both sides on the glass bottle.


Cherry Blossom's fragrance notes:

Top Notes: Bergamot, Orange, Pink Peppercorn.
Heart Notes: Cherry Blossom, Osmanthus, Peony, Rose.
Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood.

This is one of the best Cherry Blossom perfumes I've tried. The prominent scent of Sakura intermixed with the Bergamot, Orange, Pink Peppercorn, Osmanthus, Peony, Rose, Musk, Sandalwood captures the crisp, delicate romanticism of Spring in Japan.


Floris London Cherry Blossom Eau De Parfum contains 100ml/ 3.4 fl oz and retails for 21,600.


A mini video of my Cherry Blossom viewing at Nakameguro.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blush, Blush Baby Giveaway


A reminder of the Blush, Blush Baby Giveaway.

The first place winner receives one blush of your choice from each brand: Addiction, THREE, Laduree, Suqqu, and Chicca.

The second place winner gets a blush of their choice from one of the following brands: ADDICTION, THREE or LADUREE.

 The third place winners get a blush of their choice from one of the following brands: THREE or LADUREE.

What you have to do: in the comments, please list your favorite blushers, what upcoming blushes are you pining for, and what Addiction, THREE, Laduree, Suqqu, and Chiccs blushers would you choose.  

To increase your chances of wining (same method as all my previous giveaways):

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.

For every blog post, tweet, or whatever form of social media you use, mention the giveaway, and you'll earn another two entries per mention (please link the post in the comments, thank you!).

The What Makes You Blush Giveaway ends on August 9th, 11:59p.m. (GMT+9).

This giveaway is open internationally.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me in the comments.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Don't Contact Us! Miche Bloomin' Olive Brown 1-Day Colored Contacts


I purchased the Miche Bloomin' Olive Brown 1-Day Colored Contacts last May (May 12th to be exact), and totally forgot about them; thankfully, they're good until 10/2019.


This is my first time trying these contacts, and I'm not a fan...at all. Actually, I'd like to take my dislike for them even further and say, I think I hate them.

Without contacts. 

Miche Bloomin' Olive Brown Colored Contact Lenses. 

First, the contacts were flaccid and wouldn't hold their shape; thus, making them a pain in the arse to put in. I even checked the expiration date to make sure they were still good. The pattern on the contacts is unattractive, unflattering, and no where near the vicinity of looking "natural." Also, the center of the contacts are so large that they give my eyes that dilated "fish-eye" look I dread. To add insult to injury, they blurred my vision and don't even fit well. As I wore them, I could feel them shifting all over the place. The whole day I had a complex of my eyes looking like some deranged, google-eyed craft project from hell. But, I keep them in, so I could give you a through piece of my mind.

I didn't think these Miche Bloomin' Colored Contacts wouldn't work for me, and ordered 30 pieces. Now, I don't know what to do with the remaining 28...stocking stuffers maybe?!

Miche Bloomin' 1-Day Colored Contacts have a diameter of 14.0 mm, base curve of 8.60 mm, and a moisture content of 38%. Available in 16 pieces (1,760 yen) and 30 pieces (4,190) and can be purchased with or without a prescription (but, I don't recommend them!).

Monday, April 18, 2016

No Shrinking Violet


Dior Beauty was on a roll this Spring, churning out several collections. Not that I'm complaining, but now I'm having a hard time remembering which products went with what release...the frivolous things we stress about.

Today, I'm going to showcase two more items I purchased from the Blue Nature Collection: 956 Violet Garden, and 292 Coeur De Fleur.


Another Backstage Boutique, Isetan Shinjuku exclusive, the aptly named 956 Violet Garden is a glorious palette for Spring. Purples are one of my favorite shades of eyeshadows, and my heart goes a pitter-patter from the color combinations of Violet Garden.


Color description from left to right:

A matte, mid-toned, dusty red-violet with thinly dispersed silver micro-glitter that disappears on the lids.

A frosted white with a pink douchrome.

A grey-based, mid-toned, dusty lavender with a satin finish.

An amethyst-based, dark taupe with a satin finish.

a satin, mid-toned, carnation pink with a golden duochrome.

all five of the shadows have a great texture, apply and blend smoothly. They're pigmented, but not insanely pigmented; which works great when achieving various levels of intensity.


Dior Addict Lipstick in 292 Coeur De Fleur is the peanut butter to 956 Violet Garden's jelly; love wearing these two together.

Although not part of the Blue Nature collection, 957 Hortensia Diorshow Colour & Contour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Duo (of the Glowing Gardens collection) partners favorably with Violet Gardens and Coeur de Fleur. I really liked the Diorshow Colour & Contour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Duo, and picked up all of them; these babies are budge-proof and long-lasting.


Color description from left to right: 957 Hortensia, 292 Coeur de Fleur.

An Icy, pale ballet pink.

A muted, grape purple.

A milky, nudish-mauvish-pink.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Sonia Rykiel Fresh Gel Foundation SPF25 PA++ in shade 30.
Dior Bronze Harmonie de Blush in Coral Riviera 002.
Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush in 004 (apply a layer of the reddish-pink-coral on the applies of the cheeks, then mix all shades together, and layer them over the first shade, and dust the excess all over the face).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Surratt Beauty Surreal Skin Concealer.
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening & Setting Powder in Revive. 
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (eyeshadow base).
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 956 Violet Garden:
The taupe shadow (all over the lid and along the outer half of the lower lashline).
The red-violet shadow (applied on the outer corner and connecting it to the lower lashline).
The dusty lavender shadow (used to blend out the taupe shade in the crease, and the inner half of the lower lashline).
The white shadow (on the brow bone).
The carnation pink shadow (in the inner corner).
Dior Diorshow Colour & Contour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Duo in 957 Hortensia (used the eyeliner on the waterline).
Dior Diorshow Designer Mascara in 088 Pro Anthracite (upper lashes).
Dior Diorshow Designer Mascara in 868 Pro Magenta (lower lashes).
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Stripdown.
Dior Addict Lipstick in 292 Coeur de Fleur.



Look Breakdown:
Face:
Sonia Rykiel Fresh Gel Foundation SPF25 PA++ in shade 30.
Dior Bronze Harmonie de Blush in Coral Riviera 002.
Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush in 004 (apply a layer of the reddish-pink-coral on the applies of the cheeks, then mix all shades together, and layer them over the first shade, and dust the excess all over the face).
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Surratt Beauty Surreal Skin Concealer.
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening & Setting Powder in Revive. 
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (eyeshadow base).
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 956 Violet Garden:
The taupe shadow (all over the lid).
The red-violet shadow (patted over the taupe shade on the lid, applying it intensely along the upper and lower lashline).
The dusty lavender shadow (blended in the crease and on the brow bone).
The white shadow (in the inner corner).
Dior Diorshow Colour & Contour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Duo in 957 Hortensia (the shadow patted thinly in the inner corner under the white shadow and the grape purple eyeliner on the waterline).
Dior Diorshow Designer Mascara in 088 Pro Anthracite (upper lashes).
Dior Diorshow Designer Mascara in 868 Pro Magenta (lower lashes).
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Stripdown.
Dior Addict Lipstick in 292 Coeur de Fleur.

I'm really loving the majority of all the Spring beauty collections, and the variation of combinations. I found 956 Violet Garden exceptionally inspirational; I've already made a significant dent in four of the five shades.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

What Kind Of Color Is Zis? Dior Capucine 559


Dior's Blue Nature 2016 Spring Collection featured two nail lacquers: 344 Milky and 559 Capucine. I wasn't particularly "wowed" by Milky (a pastel, milky peach), and thought Capucine would be a pretty color to add to my limited selection of Spring pinks.


Named after the French fashion model and actress, who starred in such films as The Pink Panther and What's New Pussycat? (woah, woah, woah...I couldn't help myself), and whose color was inspired by the afore mentioned films, Capucine is a charming, yellow-based pink panther cream. I tried to confirm my speculation with the counter manager (whom I love) about the origin of the lacquer's name, but she had no idea who, or what, I was referring to. Thus, this is fan girl's love of classic cinema, and silver screen sirens, trying to solve this self-imposed caper.


The captivating beauty, Capucine. 

Image from www.amazon.co.uk

When we were kids, I remember my sister and I having a 5ft tall Pink Panther stuffed animal. Similar to the guy above.

Capucine's formula is on the thick side, but it's still very easy to apply. The pigmentation is lovely, and requires only two coats. With a shiny, cream finish, I got six days of chip-free wear.

Although not an original color, Capucine is a beautiful shade for this season, and I feel it would suit just about every skin tone. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sometimes I Get Carried Away...Bath & Body Works' Shower Gel


A Bath & Body Works Online Exclusive, April's Shower Gel, in Carried Away, is a fitting fragrance for the transition into Spring.

Carried Away Shower Gel Fragrance notes are:

Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Lemon Zest, Mandarin Orange, Juicy Pear Nectar, Lush Raspberry.

Mid Notes: Purple Freesia, White Tuberose, White Jasmine, Soft Violet Petals.

Dry Notes: Creamy Sandalwood, Whipped Vanilla, Light Musk.

When I read Bergamot, Tuberose and Violet in the notes description, I was sold. As hard as I sniff, of the three, the Violet is the only scent I can barely make out. The raspberry and freesia dominate all of the other scents. I do like the breezy, cool floral/fruitiness, with a hint of sweetness fragrance. It's just a shame the three notes that drew me to buy this shower gel were just that, carried away. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Glowing Hours...Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush 004


With five (and, counting) Isetan Shinjuku exclusive limited edition releases, Dior's  Beauty counter has my inner Indiana Jones pursuing precious beauty gems through the remote villages of their cosmetics jungle, while fighting off perfume Nazis. 


Gotta love the "can almost be considered a weapon" heft of Dior's mirrored, silver packaging.  

The Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush Palette in 004 was part of the Backstage 2016 Blue Nature Spring Collection. I was going to include the other shades of these blushers (released last Fall) I have, but I'm in the midst of reorganizing my blushes, but I have no clue where they are...and, no time to excavate.






















Featuring three hues (a coral-pink background, a cream boarder, I and R, and a soft, reddish-pink-coral D and O), the embossed Dior lettering on this attractive blush is an homage to the 1967, Pret-a-Porter Miss Dior, illustration by Gene Gruau.

004's lettering makes it nearly impossible to get an isolated swatch of the coral-pink background. Using the tip of a sponge tip applicator, I was able to pick up the coral-pink from the middle of the "O" (which I tried, but it was taking forever, and I was going crossed-eyed). A small eye brush will be needed in order to solely grab the cream shade. I'm so happy I'm able to segregate the reddish-pink-coral of the "D" and "O" with a small blush brush, because I'm infatuated with the color. I hope the colors of the letters goes all the way to the bottom of the product, for I will shed a tear if I lose them. 

Originally, I was only going to photograph a swatch of all three shades mixed together, but I can't do things half-measured, and individually swatched the "D" and along the boarder. 

When all three of the shades are combined, you get a soft coral-pink-peach. The shade is very natural, and great for those low-key makeup days. Pigmented and velvety smooth, when blended, the blush becomes one with the skin. Another aspects I'm smitten with is the finish; a blush and highlighter rolled into one. The luminous satin sheen is subtle, and looks as if it's coming from the skin underneath. 

I don't believe the Dior Label Glowing Colour Blushes have made their way outside of Asia? If not, maybe they'll pop up sometime in the near future? 

The Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush Palette retails for 7,560 and contains 10g/ 0.35 oz.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Blush, Blush Baby Giveaway


Your somewhat weekly giveaway reminder:

The first place winner receives one blush of your choice from each brand: Addiction, THREE, Laduree, Suqqu, and Chicca.

The second place winner gets a blush of their choice from one of the following brands: ADDICTION, THREE or LADUREE.

 The third place winners get a blush of their choice from one of the following brands: THREE or LADUREE.

What you have to do: in the comments, please list your favorite blushers, what upcoming blushes are you pining for, and what Addiction, THREE, Laduree, Suqqu, and Chiccs blushers would you choose.  

To increase your chances of wining (same method as all my previous giveaways):

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.

For every blog post, tweet, or whatever form of social media you use, mention the giveaway, and you'll earn another two entries per mention (please link the post in the comments, thank you!).

The What Makes You Blush Giveaway ends on August 9th, 11:59p.m. (GMT+9).

This giveaway is open internationally.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me in the comments.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Design & Create...Dior Diorshow Designer Mascara


Making its debut onto the eyelash enhancing scene in February, Dior's Diorshow Designer Mascara is the latest addition to the brand's mascara ensemble.

Diorshow Designer Mascara came in six shades: 088 Pro Anthracite (LE) , 090 Pro Black, 288 Pro Navy (LE), 698 Pro Brown, 778 Pro Mahogany (LE), 868 Pro Magenta (LE). Aside from having the label of the scarlet "LE" weighing on my buyer's conscience, yours truly could not resist the trappings of these colored mascaras; I bought all four of the limited edition shades.

From what my trusty Dior SA told me, Diorshow Designer was specially developed for Asian lashes. Nevertheless, that doesn't mean the rest of us can't also enjoy it.


The wand has a thin, tapered, pine tree shape (generally, described as cone-shaped, but I think my description is cuter), with fiber bristles. The brush firmly holds onto the lashes, and easily distributed the product, while marvelously defining and separating. Also, the wand's tip works wondering on the lower lashes.

Diorshow Designer's unique, new-generation formula (not water-proof)  boasts to reproduce the effect of lash extensions. The formula isn't dry nor wet; it's that "just right" creamy consistency that coats each lash with ease, without any mess. Its patented AIR-LOCK Wiper prevents the formula from coming into contact with the air; therefore increasing its longevity, and a fresh application for each use. The result is modestly lengthened, lovely curled, wispy lashes. All four mascara colors offer subtle, yet noticeable pigmentation. I've interchangeably used all four mascaras for two weeks, and they've never smudged nor flaked.

From left to right: 088 Pro Anthracite, 288 Pro Navy, 778 Pro Mahogany, 868 Pro Magenta.

088 Pro Anthracite: dark, smokey steel grey with a greenish tinge.

288 Pro Navy: a deep navy with purple microshimmer.

778 Pro Mahogany: a deep oxblood.

868 Pro Magenta: dark magenta with violet microshimmer.

The union of this mascara's wand and formula give my eyes an "open-eyed" with an airy, natural playfulness that I desire in Spring.

Dior's Diorshow Designer Mascara retails for 4,536 yen and contains 10ml/0.33 fl oz.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Reach For The Dark Sky


It's 56° degrees, overcast (now 48° degrees and raining), and I'm experiencing a bad case of the "Monday blues" (on a Friday). Ergo, to match my outside match my insides, here's the look I wore, featuring Tom Ford's Noir Collection.
















In my opinion, the "rock star" of Tom Ford's Noir Collection was the Cream and Powder Eye Color on 01 Night Sky. With the combination of the blackened, deep, navy blue cream and the matte, blackened midnight blue with aqua-blue, purple and violet microshimmer eyeshadows, it seems as if Mr. Ford was able to capture (and bottle) the night sky. Regardless, if worn alone or layered together, there will be creasing,and fading, and patchiness...but, I'm okay with that, as I do like me some messy, rock star makeup.

The Eye Definer Pencil in 01 Navy Black is a black-based navy blue, with blue micro-glitter. I'm not sure if the liner is safe for the water line or not, but I didn't experience any discomfort or scratchiness during my 14 hours of wear.

I really wish the Lash Tips Mascara, in Pure Cobalt, showed more pigmentation on the lashes; it's such an amazing, richly, vibrant cobalt blue. I had to apply coat upon coat to achieve a resemblance of a vibrant pop of color.

I already owned the matte lipstick in First Time, whenever it was first released. I forgot to include it in the swatches, but First time is an almost nude, pinky-peach. I applied my "old faithful," MAC's Lip Pencil in Stripdown over First Time to mute out the shade.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation in NC30.
Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in 01 Gold Dust.
Tom Ford Cheek Color in 01 Love Lust.
Tom Ford Cheek Color in 02 Frantic Pink (layered over Love Lust).
Les Merveilleuses Laduree Shimmering Pressed Powder in 103 (dusted all over the face)
Eyes:
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Surratt Beauty Surreal Skin Concealer. 
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Tom Ford  Cream and Power Eye Color in 01 Night Sky:
The cream shadows applied on the lid, blended in the crease and lower lashline.
The powder shadow patted on the lid.
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in 01 Navy Black (on the upper and lower lash line and the waterline).
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mystic Blacks Mascara in 01 Mysterious Black.
Tom Ford Lash Tips Mascara in True Cobalt (lower lashes).
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Stripdown.
Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in First Time.

You can some patchiness on the lid. 

Is your Spring playing "hard to get" as well? 

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