Friday, May 6, 2016

Afternoon Tea at Le Jardin, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Our January afternoon tea session was at Le Jardin on the 3rd floor of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo (as of 2013, formerly Four Seasons Hotel Chinzanso). This location is famous for the Chinzanso Japanese garden, which I was really looking forward to seeing.

We were actually in the area back in the fall for the Shunga art exhibition at the Eisei Bunko Museum. The whole area was gorgeous then with all the fall colors.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Coffret D'Or 2016 Spring Premium Stay Rouge Swatches

I've running so behind on photos I totally forgot I'd swatched the Coffret D'Or 2016 Spring releases for Premium Stay Rouge! Thanks, Caty, for reminding me ^.^

There are 8 new colors this spring, 4 in the regular lineup in the unscented formula and the white metallic tubes, and 4 limited editions scented formula in the pale pink metallic tubes. 
***Screencap from Coffret D'Or JP.

Regular line-up (top row in screencap):
- PK-299 Orchid Pink
- PK-300 Clear Pink
- PK-301 Poppy Pink
- PK-302 Peach Pink

Limited edition (bottom row):
- PK-303 Lavender Pink
- PK-304 Blossom Pink
- PK-305 Berry Pink
- PK-306 Apricot Pink

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Oshima Tsubaki Oil Shampoo

Using this 400mL bottle of Oshima Tsubaki Oil Shampoo right now. I figured I love their camellia oils, might as well give the shampoo a try. Even better is that this is shampoo and rinse (conditioner) in one, super convenient, right?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Suqqu 2016 Summer Eye & Cheek Color Compact Swatches

While I was swatching Lunasol 2016 Summer Clear Colorful Eyes, I stopped by the Suqqu counter also, you know, to see the new 2016 Summer Eye & Cheek Color Compact ^.^" It was quite dangerous given the fact that I'm proned to, well, buying stuff. Fortunately, this collection bores me out of my mind, and swatching them only confirms my decision to pass.

They are releasing 2 compacts, EX-01 立夏輝 (Rikkakou) and EX-02 夏夕暇 (Natsuyuuka), half with 2 eye colors and the other half with a cheek and highlighter. And let's just say I was so indifferent I just skipped swatching the cheek side altogether.

All pictures taken in indoor lighting without flash.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen A+N SPF50+ PA++++

I've been staying away from Anessa sunscreens on purpose because they're super drying and expensive--more expensive than Allie, can you believe that? But then I stumbled onto a 30% sale at my local drugstore and decided to give it a try, though I only bought the half sizes just in case my skin doesn't like it.

That was during the winter when my skin was already super dry, so I didn't touch either of these until a few weeks ago, when I busted out the 25mL bottle of Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen A+N SPF50+ PA++++ to mix with the unfortunate Hada-Labo Koi-Gokujyun Perfect UV Gel.

The funny thing is that this Perfect UV Sunscreen A+N milk has been discontinued, replaced with a Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster as of this spring. So yes, this review is already outdated =.="

Monday, April 25, 2016

FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil Part II

Wow, how long has it been since I last used FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil--5 years, may be? The last of them was from this Skincare Travel Set! Then over the holidays I found this set with a 120mL full size plus a 20mL travel bottle for just 1,836JPY, both in a limited edition design no less! So I picked one up for myself and J. as she wanted to try it.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Lunasol 2016 Summer Clear Colorful Eyes Swatches

The first glimpses of Lunasol's 2016 Summer release, the Clear Colorful Eyes weren't enticing to me at all. They're releasing 2 quads this summer, the cool-toned EX01 Ocean Lagoon Collection and the warm-toned EX02 Coral Shell Collection. I rarely buy quads to begin with, and the colors have been recycled to death, nothing new or special. Totally yawn-worthy.
***Screencaps from Lunasol JP

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hada-Labo Koi-Gokujyun Perfect UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++

So I finished my bottle of Menturm the Sun UV Watery Milk a few weeks ago, which means I no longer have anything thick and opaque to mix with the super thin and completely transparent Sunkiller Perfect Strong Moisture. Shuffling through my stash, I decided on this 50g tube of Hada-Labo Koi-Gokujyun Perfect UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++.

My rationale was this: quite a few UV "gels" and "essences" I've used thus far have been thick and pasty, basically anything but gel or essence. A few examples includes Menturm Watery Gel UV, SunCut UV Protect Gel, and the much better known Allie Extra UV Gel Mineral Moist N (now discontinued, replaced with Mineral Moist Neo as of spring 2015). So chances are, this Hada-Labo UV gel too should be thick and pasty, a good replacement for the Menturm milk, right? 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Clarins Super Restorative Night Wear

Before I started using my tube of Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Comfort Cream, I actually gave it to hubby along with this 15mL/0.53oz. tube of Super Restorative Night Wear. Between the 2 choices, he picked this one (hence I ended up with the Multi-Active, and loving it!).

This deluxe sample is from the 2013 Spring Beauty Gift, from which I've already reviewed the Shaping Facial Lift Serum and the Toning Lotion with Camomile.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Comfort Cream

Been using this 15mL/0.53oz of Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Comfort Cream as nighttime moisturizer. It came from the Skin Solutions Multi-Active set, from which I've already reviewed the One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.

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