Saturday, August 12, 2017

Throw Something...O.P.I I Manicure For Beads


Today (or tonight, depending on whenever you are reading this), I want to share one of my favorite purple polishes, O.P.I's I Manicure For Beads.


Gorgeous in every way, I Manicure For Beads is a red-based, mid-toned, vibrant (yet muted) purple creme. I think this shade would flatter all skin-tone. Unless you're not into purples. But, why wouldn't you be?!

O.P.I did a great job with I Manicure For Beads. The lacquer's formula is smooth as butter; it applies like a dream, 99% opaque with one coat, and has a creamy, shiny finish. I get about 5 (sometimes 6) days of  chip-free wear with this lacquer.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now


A very merry unbirthday! Yesterday marked six years for the blog, and you know what that means?!...GIVEAWAY!

I want to introduce you to Celvoke, a new brand that has really impressed me. So, this year's giveaway are products from Celvoke's A/W Untamed Elegance Collection. I purchased several items for myself and some for you ;)

 Here are the prizes:


Celvoke Voluntary Eyepalette in 04 and 05.

Celvoke Infinitely Color (can be used on the eyes, cheeks, and lips) in 01 and 02.

Celvokes Dignified Lips in 08 and 09.


I didn't ask, but the SA was kind enough to give me another gift with purchase set. So, because of that, the winner will also get this black Celvokes bag, and two travel samples of the Intensive Serum and Concentrate Oil.

All you have to do is tell me what your favorite Autumn beauty products are in the comments, or share images of them on Instagram. Easy and simple!

Open internationally, you have to be a member of the blog under "The Enablers," as well as my Instagram. Because I started the giveaway a day late, I will be announcing the winner on the blog and instagram on October 10th.

Good luck, and I look forward to reading your favorites.   

Monday, August 7, 2017

Something To Conceal...NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer


It feels like forever since I tried a new concealer (base product no-buy)! Last Spring, I allowed myself to buy the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer.

As I read the concealer's mailer, the SA slipped into my bag, I was glad to discover the product contains Vitamins A, C, and E, Peptides and Hyaluronic acid, all of which offer great skincare benefits.


The shade that best suited my under eye was Custard. Although now I'm sporting my Summer shade, I think I can upgrade to Macadamia.


Custard: a beige with golden beige undertones and a pinch of peach.

Oil-free, the formula has a smooth, creamy consistency that blends easily. The formula's coverage is medium, feels lightweight, and has a matte finish without looking/feeling dry. I've used my fingers, sponges, and various brushes, and my favorite tool to apply the concealer is an oval brush.

Alas, the Soft Matte Complete Concealer has some minor hiccups. Even when set with a powder, the concealer is not free from creasing. As for the long-lasting claim, I find I need to touch-up under my eyes after 8 hours. Also, if I'm not wearing the right moisturizer under the concealer, on extremely hot and humid days, everything goes to hell, and looks crepey.

Apart from those minor flaws, NARS' Soft Matte Complete Concealer brightens, blurs and gives a "soft-focus" effect to the under eyes that photographs beautifully.

In Japan, the Soft Matte Complete Concealer retails for 3,672 yen and is available in 8 shades (16 in the states).

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bloom As It May...Sabon Citrus Blossom


It happened. It actually, really happened; Sabon released a collection I didn't like. You all know my love for Sabon. But, the Citrus Blossom Collection was a HUGE disappointment.

Ever since I saw the collection, and it's pretty French country patterned packing on the Sabon US Site, I've been hoping and waiting for it to reach my shores. So, when it launched on June 15th, I rushed to one of the stores to claim my goods.


I purchased this cute box (I believe it was 1,400 yen) to assist in carrying my items back home.

 Pattern inside the box. 

  
The SA included a cute sample of the body gel polisher in musk.


Citrus Blossom Shower Oil: I love everything about the pattern, and the shape, of the tin bottle. For July's shower oil, the scent was bearable. However, I will admit to making extra pumps, so I can be done with it sooner.


Citrus Blossom Small Body Scrub: at first, I was a little sad the scrub came in the cute mini jar, but it was a blessing in disguise. Like the shower oil, I used more of the scrub than needed.


Citrus Blossom Fabric Softener: again, I adore the pattern and the tin bottle. Honestly, this was the most tolerant version of the fragrance among the lot. I used it to wash my towels, and Aki's clothes, he doesn't suffer from migraines.

 Measuring cup that came with the fabric softener. 

When I tried the body scrub, shower oil, and butter hand cream in the store, I was confused by the scent. Sabon describes Citrus Blossom as a "mixture of fresh citrus scents - Clementine, Bergamot, Orange Flower with warm undertones of signature Patchouli, Vanilla, and Musk." The Clementine, Bergamot, Orange Flower notes faded very quickly, and all that was left was the undertone of, Patchouli; and, a WARM Patchouli, at that. For Spring/Summer seasons, I want fresh, airy, invigorating scents. The climate is hot enough that I don't need added "warmth" in my body wash and moisturizers.

In my opinion, nothing in the Citrus Blossom line felt Summery. Still, reluctant in my love for Sabon, I told myself, "I can make this work." Hence, I purchased the small body scrub, the fabric mist, the sorbet body gel, the butter hand cream, the shower oil, and the fabric softener.

After my purchase, I had a late lunch in the same building, and thankfully I did. While I was having lunch, the butter hand cream's warm patchouli scent was getting stronger, and stronger. The fragrance was unbearable, causing me to feel nauseous, as well as bringing on a migraine. In NO WAY would I be able to wear this during Tokyo's extremely hot, and humid, Summers.

I walked back down stairs and ended up returning the fabric mist, the sorbet body gel, and the butter hand cream. Citrus Blossom is a scent I didn't want lingering on my person, or vicinity.

I was drawn in by Citrus Blossom's French country patterned packaging, but the packaging (which I will recycle) wasn't enough to salvage this anticlimactic scent.  

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