Thursday, March 23, 2017

Suqqu Extra Glow Lipstick Part II

It's been a heated discussion why Selfridges UK Online has such trouble supplying Suqqu demands. When these Extra Glow Lipsticks went on sale in August of 2016, they were sold out in a snap on Selfridge's website. The problem was they weren't restocked until the second week of December, and even then, only certain colors. I still haven't seen 08 深紅 (Fukabeni) Crimson Red available at all!

Yes, there's always the option of calling the physical Suqqu UK counter at the store, but international customers get stuck with a pretty hefty price tag per order: 1--GBP30 delivery fee (~$36.75!), 2--an administrative charge that's 2% of the subtotal, all on top of the actual order. I don't know about you, but this makes it prohibitively expensive and leaves me solely dependent on the website. I bit the bullet once and I'm positive I won't do that again.

Anyway, in the second week of December, a fellow blog reader Caty alerted me to the limited restock (thanks, Caty!) and I was able to snag four more colors: 03 粋桃 (Suitou) Aquatic Pink, 04 彩珊瑚 (Ayasango) Bright Coral, 06 紅茜 (Beniakane) Madder Red, and 07 瞬朱 (Syunake) True Red.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash. Clickable = zoomable.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Atago-jinja, Minato, Tokyo, Part III

A few days after we returned from Taipei, hubby and I took a late afternoon stroll in the neighborhood and promptly stumbled upon a festival at Atago-jinja. As you can see, it was still gloomy and wet after having rained cats and dogs earlier that day. We were quite surprised to see a festival going on as they usually just cancel and move to the next day.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Paul & Joe Beaute Summer 2017 Web Finds

...Are pretty damn scant so far :(

I first spotted the Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Daydream Believer collection on Instagram, shortly before Iris at Rouge Deluxe posted briefly about it

Normally, I only peek at P&J for the lipsticks. I love the sheers and skip the more pigmented ones, and I stay far away from the clear balms or those in gimmicky cat shapes. And then there are the eye shadows, which are mostly miss for me with the exception of the most recent Eye Color M that I truly enjoy. 

Interestingly enough, with this upcoming Summer 2017 to be released on May 1, it's actually the eye shadows that catch my eyes: the Eye Color Limited in a really neat honeycomb pattern! Yes, yes, they'll probably be difficult to pickup, but the colors are so pretty ^.^

The Eye Color Limited palettes come in 3 variations: 005 Blue Mix (not sure if these are official names or what...) in a whale print compact, 006 Green Mix in a paisley print compact, and 007 Brown Mix in a tiny flowers and stripes print compact.

Monday, March 20, 2017

National Palace Museum, Taipei, Part VI (故宮)

Last of the National Palace Museum (故宮) photos and the conclusion of our [too] short Taipei trip :(

Here are some really intricate carvings on a variety of materials like jade, stone, ivory, bone, wood, etc. Click to zoom.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Suqqu Bright Up Lipstick Part II

When Selfridges UK Online had their annual cosmetics sales event over the holidays, I was pleasantly surprised to find the Suqqu Bright Up Lipsticks reduced from GBP27 to GBP21, and that was with VAT. For international orders, the price excluded VAT was GBP17.46 (~$21.25 at the current rates). Whaaa?! Yes, please!

So I picked up three colors initially, 02 花紅 (Hanabeni), 03 薔薇色 (Barairo), and 07 朱杏 (Akaanzu). All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

National Palace Museum, Taipei, Part V (故宮)

Still more photos from the National Palace Museum (故宮)! We're almost through, folks. Almost.

These are of metal-crafts in a religious context, in this case, Buddhism.

Top row: Mahakala ("beyond time/death," Daheitian or Daikokuten, 大黑天), the ultimate form of Shiva and consort of Kali
Bottom row: Virudhaka Lokapala, ("he who causes to grow," Zeng Zhang Tianwang or Zocho-ten, 增長天王), one of the Four Heavenly Kings, namely the Heavenly King of the South.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme

Finally opened my Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday GWP from 2016. Better late than never, right? ^.^" It's actually a nice travel-sized kit with two minis of Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer and Le Marc Lip Creme in 216 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tarte LipSurgence Comparison Swatches

By now I've amassed a bunch of these Tarte LipSurgence lip pencils, and so here are a bunch of comparison swatches for all the colors I currently have. I've passed on many to family and friends, and at the time of writing, I've passed on a few more and kept only those I actually reach for. 

Anyway, enjoy the photos! I did my best to group them first by line: Lip Cremes, Lip Lusters, Lip Stains, and Lip Tints (so many!), then alphabetically by color name (with few exceptions below where I goofed), and finally by in color families as best I could. I'd have to say the Lip Tints are my favorites because they're shimmer-free and translucent, if not transparent, then the Lip Cremes because they're mostly shimmer-free but are inconsistent in translucency. The Lip Lusters are pretty, but as translucent as they are they're also loaded with shimmers.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash. Clickable = zoomable.

- Lip Tints in Elite, Enchanted, and Joy.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Taipei Tianhou Temple (臺北天后宮)

As J., hubby, and I were leaving Fong Da Coffee (蜂大咖啡), we spotted an interesting sight right across the street: Taipei Tianhou Temple (臺北天后宮), she of the many names, one of which you'll probably recognize: Mazu (媽祖).

Much like Taiwan City God Temple (臺灣城皇廟), what really drew our attention was the neat sight of the temple snuggling in between two neighborhood buildings. 

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