Thursday, December 29, 2016

Worth Every Bit of the Trouble...Butter London Scuppered


From my inability to photograph the shimmering gorgeousness of Scuppered, to trying to wipe off my finger prints from the bottle and, instead, rubbing off the top half of the t's from Butter London, it seems this post was predestined to be aptly in sync with the polish's name.


Scuppered has a bronzed-copper base, with flashes of orange, red, pink, yellow gold, and murky green duochrome brimming, with kelly green, hot pink, mustard yellow and rust orange shimmer. The formula is thin (great for layering over other polishes), but after three to four coats, it's completely opaque. I know what you're thinking, "damn, that's a lot of coats." But, ladies and gents, the finished look is absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And, well worth the additional coats.
Another added bonus is, unlike some other glittery polishes, once dried, Scuppered has a smooth surface. I wish I would remembered having Scuppered sooner, because I would have worn in a lot more during fall. Btw, I get five days of wear from Scuppered.

I just checked Butter London's site, and Scuppered is no where to be found! WTH Butter London?! Being that I'm at the half mark, I'm going to have to ration out my usage of Scuppered. I guess we can always try ebay?!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Slip Of The Lips...Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Balm


To combat wintry, chapped lips, I repurchased an old fav, Sara Happ's The Lip Slip One Luxe Balm.


The Lip Slip has a milky ballet pink tint, with silver micro shimmer; it goes on clear and glossy, yet there is a faint pale wash on my lips. Though the texture is somewhat thick, and kind of tacky, it wears comfortably.


I really like how soft, and moisturized, the Lip Slip leaves my lips. But, as soon as I got a whiff of the balm, I immediately remembered why I stopped using it. After years of use, the balm's powdery, floral scent became intolerable.

I can't return the product, and with a 3,888 yen price tag, it's hard to throw away. At this time, I'll relegate Sara Happ's The Lip Slip One Luxe Balm to my night time lip care regime. Knowing me, I'm probably going to slather on an excess amount of product onto my lips, so I can be done with it sooner. Hopefully, the scent won't add to my existing case of insomnia.

What are your thoughts on Sara Happ's The Lip Slip? 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and may it be filled with joy, laughter, and the ones you love.

While Aki is working, I, for one, will be having a Christmas movie marathon, including the classics White Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Black Christmas, and, no Christmas is complete without, A Christmas Story.

I'll also be listening to one of my favorite Christmas Songs from one of my favorite bands, The Killers >:)


xoxoxo,
Me 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

You Highlight My Life! Dior 001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer


Doir's 001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is a fetching highlighter, and all I have to say is, c'est magnifique!


The words nude and air are embossed on the surface of the powder, which I couldn't wait to deface with my brush.


As I took the silver compact out of the box, I instantly noticed, and was a little bothered by. the case's lack of heft. Oh well...the magnetized lid's Dior Cannage engraved pattern is lovely, and the packaging is still sturdy. Regardless, it's what's inside that counts, right?!


A golden, pinkish-peachy champagne with neutral to warm undertones, 001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer imparts a gorgeous, reflective, illuminated glow. A lightweight, finely milled, silky smooth consistency, the formulation and texture is sublime. The Powder goes on like butter, without accentuating pores or surface texture, and is void of any shimmer/glitter particles. Highly concentrated with illuminating pigments, 001 can be blended out to give a diffused, natural sheen or built up for a more radiant shine. Both results give the complexion a flattering gleam, and it stays put throughout an entire workday. I love this highlighter! 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Pretty Obscure...Dior Vernis


Number two (of the five) nail lacquers from Dior's Skyline collection, Obscure 818 is a cooler-leaning, neutral, deep bark brown. Obscure's creme finish isn't as glossy as all my other Dior cremes, and thirsts for a top coat. Yet, once all the fixings have been applied, the polish is beautiful.


The lack of luster isn't the only snag with this vernis. Even after two coats, I still had some unevenness; which was corrected after the third application. Also, I only got TWO full days of wear when the polish began to chip to the high heavens.  

I love this color, and how pretty it looks with a top coat, but the application and wear time, is a little disappointing. Guess I'll make an allowance for these faults, and wear it on days when I know I'm going to change my nail color often.
  
 What dark brown polishes do you have in your collection? 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Vanilla Bean, Bean, Baby...Sara Happ Lip Scrub


In keeping with my current vanilla kick, once I finished my Sara Happ Peppermint Lip Scrub, I repurchased, and got Vanilla Bean. Vanilla Bean smells and tastes (although not edible), amazingly delicious.


The little brown box packaging is so adorable, and these just make the best stocking stuffers.


Sara Happ's Lip Scrub is a staple in my lip care regime, especially during winter. I use this exfoliator in the morning, and evening. With a small amount spread on my middle finger (there's no rhyme or reason as to why I use this finger, it's just the one I use), I work the product onto my lips in circular motions. The scrub is abrasive enough to remove flakes, or any other surface level imperfections. When the product is washed off, a balmy residue is left over; but, I feel this acts as a barrier, locking in and giving added moisture. Afterwards, my lips are soft, smooth, prepped and primed for the driest matte lipstick.

What do you use to exfoliate your pout? 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Return to Sender!


I marked my calendar and, for over two months, I've anticipated the December 2nd release of Givenchy's Holiday Palette Collection.


I was away on vacation, and scheduled the delivery date on the 18th, the day of my return. Knowing there would be packages awaiting me, I was excited to get home.

As I opened the compact and gazed unto the products, I thought, "what the @#$%!?"

I didn't care for the power foundation included in the palette. The two lip/cheek shades looked promising, but I was more interested in the eye shadows. However, the shade that made me want to buy the palette has gone through puberty or something, because it's full of bumps! 


I mean, I placed my order directly through the counter. If you've ever been to Japan, and bought makeup, you'll know that the SA's always open and show you each and every item purchased. Did the person handling the order not inspect the palette? If they did, how could anyone find the appearance of that shadow acceptable?


All the girls at the Givenchy counter are lovely, and for a brief moment, I thought "oh well, I'll just keep it. But, the more I looked at the shadow, I just couldn't keep it. I'm sorry, but all the products in the palette are travel sized, and for 8,856 yen, as much as I love you Givenchy, heck NO!

I thought of ordering the palette online, but what if I have the same problem? Japan's return policy on makeup (everything for that matter) is: they don't have a return policy. You buy it, it's yours. Fin! Hopefully, the palette is still available at the counter. If not, sadly, it'll just be a return.

Have you ever received beauty product in unpleasing conditions?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Vanilla Showers...Sabon Shower Oil


For December's body wash, I chose Sabon's Vanilla Shower Oil. Sabon has a way of giving all their fragrances a luxurious, delicate sophistication, and this month I'm all about the brand's ambrosial Vanilla scent. An exquisitely, finespun, redolent scent of vanilla; I couldn't wait to bathe in this shower oil! Actually, this shower oil was the key reason why I purchased Giovanni's Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub. I thought the marriage of the two scents would be glorious, and they are! I feel and smell exceptionally delicious when I use both of these products. I truly adore Sabon's Vanilla shower oil, and, although it can be used year round, I partially like using it during the winter season, and it's my first step to get me into the holiday cheer.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Keep Watching The Skies


My credit card hasn't even cooled down from the last Dior Backstage Studio transaction, and another boutique exclusive, limited edition, well-edited, petite collection has been stealthfully launched.

All items in the photo above were Backstage Studio exclusives: 511 Comete and 581 Eclipse Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows, the 008 Dior Label Healthy Glow Complexion Enhancing Palette, and the 009 Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush Palette, are all from the Summer Shine & Glow Collection. However, I wasn't feeling these shades or finishes for Summer, so I put them aside for use during the fall and winter seasons. 007 Pink Sunset Dior Addict Lip Maximizer was an Isetan Shinjuku Backstage Studio Boutique exclusive. And, I want to say 762 Tout-Paris Dior Addict Lipstick was a limited boutique exclusive as well, but I just can't remember...damn you memory for falling me!

From left to right:  511 Comete, 581 Eclipse.

The Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadows are perfect for one-stop-single application on the lids. The shimmery, multidimensional contrast of these shadows defines the crease beautifully, while giving the appearance that another shade was used to add definition.

From left to right: 008 Dior Label Healthy Glow Complexion Enhancing Palette, 009 Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush Palette. 

I'm really obsessed with collecting all these Dior Label face/blush palettes. I don't know what it is, but I just love looking at them. I will do a post show casing all the ones I own.

 762 Tout-Paris.

While both, 007 Pink Sunset and 762 Tout-Paris, are pretty shades in their own right, pairing them together really does make me feel "pretty in pink."

From left to right:  511 Comete, 581 Eclipse swatches.

511 Comete: a shimmery, neutral, pale yellow gold-champagne.

581 Eclipse: a shimmery, cool-toned, tarnished bark brown with a flash of maroon in certain angles.

008 Dior Label Healthy Glow Complexion Enhancing Palette swatches. 

008: A vanilla cream with a yellow-gold sheen border, a pale nude background, and Dior lettering in an orange-based, pale sepia. Blended together, all three shades create a gorgeous burnt, brownish-orange with a golden sheen.

009 Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush Palette swatches.

009: A vanilla cream, with a yellow gold sheen border, the I and R lettering in a warm, midtone-strawberry pink background, and a yellow-toned, pale strawberry pink D and O lettering. Blended together, all three shades create a delicate, yellow-based, pale pink with a hint of a golden sheen.

I'm a little "what happened" with the mixed shade results of 009. I'm not sure what sleight of hand was performed at the counter, but when SA applied 009(mind you this was during summer and I was sporting my summer shade), it gave my cheeks a pretty pink flush. Howbeit, at home, it barely shows up; I have to use a smaller blending brush, and focus solely on the background shade, and either the D or O, to recreate that pink flush.

From left to right: 762 Tout-Paris, 007 Pink Sunset swatches.

762 Tout-Paris: a warm, yellow-based, mid-tone pink with bubblegum pink shimmer.

007 Pink Sunset: a sheer, mid-tone pink.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 in NC30.
Dior Label Healthy Glow Complexion Enhancing Palette in 008 (applied as a bronzer to warm up the complexion. Also, used as a blush topper, and highlighter).
Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush Palette in 009 (mixed the background and O shade, and applied on the apples of the cheeks).
Eyes:
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in NSA.
Bare Minerals Well-Rested (to set concealer).
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in 511 Comete (blended onto the inner corner, one-third of the inner lid and lower lash line).
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in 581 Eclipse (blended into the inner crease downwards to the outer corner and three-fourth of the lid and lower lash line).
ADDICTION Eyeliner Pencil in 09 Rabbit Hole.
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in black-brown.
Lips:
Dior Addict Lipstick in 762 Tout-Paris (applied on the lips in a tapping motion).
Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in 007 Pink Sunset (layered over the lipstick). 

Out of all six of these products, 511 Comet and 581 Eclipse Fusion Mono Eyeshadows and the 008 Dior Label Healthy Glow Complexion Enhancing Palette were my favorites; 007 Pink Sunset and 762 Tout-Paris coming in at a close second; and, 009 Dior Label Glowing Colour Blush Palette coming in third, due to the extra effort needed to get a flush of color. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday Night Special...Dior Nuit 1947


I have a ton of shades like Dior's Nuit 1947, but one can never have too many vampy polishes.


Nuit 1947 is a rich, vampy, marooned, wine red that deepens after an hour of wear with an almost blackened, brownish-purple-wine coloration. What sets Nuit 1947 apart from all the other similar shades in my collection is the sparse, "better-grab-your-microscope-because-it's-in-there" dark pink shimmer, and its lush, crelly, but more on the "jelly side," finish.

One coat gives a pretty pellucid, yet pigmented, wash of color. Depending on your application, a second coat can reveal some slight unevenness; yet, a third coat is just right, delivering a faultless, rich, dark color, with an ultra glossy finish. I couldn't remember the wear time of Nuit 1947. But, I've been wearing it for four days now, and I just got my first chip on the nail of my left ringer finger. 

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