Thursday, June 22, 2017

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Lip Glow

It's been a while since my last Estee Lauder product, the Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion I wasn't too impressed with. In fact, the last item I really liked was the Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Ripe Papaya some six years ago.

Meanwhile, they kept trying to tempt me with freebies and I wasn't interested until I spotted the Summer Lip Glow from the 2017 summer Bronze Goddess Collection. There were two shades available and both are now sold out: 01 Sunlit Nude and 02 Sunblush, which I bought. While at it, I also picked up a Pure Color Envy Blooming Lip Balm. Will review this next.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Suqqu Eye Color Palette Part V

Suqqu Eye Color Palettes 01 透橙石 (Toutouseki) and 02 金紫石 (Kinshiseki) are the last of my nostalgic purchases. For the longest time, palette 01 透橙石 (Toutouseki) wasn't available on Selfridges UK online. One night I saw a brief appearance and noted how similar it was to EX-06 花瑞樹 (Hanamizuki), so I decided to pick it up for research. Right.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lipstick Queen Eden

It's old news I love Lipstick Queen, especially the Saint formula. That said, I got into the brand rather belatedly and by the time I learned of a Saint Eden, the color has been long discontinued and no longer available anywhere, not even from E(vil)bay. So when the brand came out with a stand-alone Eden lipstick, I had to try it.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Monday, June 19, 2017

RMK Ingenious Powder Eyes N Part II

In my last RMK Ingenious Powder Eyes N post I wasn't too thrilled with the quality of these single eye shadows. However, I happened upon these limited editions EX-13 Copper Gold and EX-14 Shiny Brown Gold on Selfridges UK online and found EX-07 Shiny Burgundy on E(vil)bay for a surprisingly reasonable price. Given all three are no longer available anywhere, I figured I should give them another chance :)

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour Part III

My latest acquisition of Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour is 29 Sheer Pink Grapefruit.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Koyudo Brushes Part X

After picking up some small eyebrow brushes, I thought I was done with Koyudo. Boy was I wrong, because they went and released this wicked handsome Japanese Cherry Birch Mizume-zakura Series.

From left to right: Face Brush, Blush Brush, and Large, Medium, and Small Eye Shadow Brushes.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Suqqu Extra Glow Lipstick Part IV

I thought I wouldn't get to Suqqu 2017 spring releases for a long time but I was on a roll in May and plowed through the photo backlog. Here are the new Extra Glow Lipstick in 12 百合橙 (Yuridaidai) Sunny Orange, 13 冴薊 (Saeazami) Bright Pink, and the LE 102 澄薔薇 (Sumibara) Innocent Rose.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Addiction Brush

When I first visited the Addiction counter at the Ginza Mitsukoshi for the Pressed Duo Eyebrow, the gal there offered me this wide Eye Brow Brush. I didn't take the bait. At the time, I didn't know wide eye brow brushes would soon become a fixture in my daily makeup routine.

Addiction Eye Brow Brush (far left) and Chikuhodo BP-8, E-2 Large Eye Brow, and Z-6. Will review these later once I've had a good trial. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist Part III

Yasss, more Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist ^.^ A few months ago, the two 2016 summer UK exclusives, EX-20 百橙 (Hyakudaidai) and EX-21 千華 (Senka), were suddenly available again on Selfridges UK website for a couple of weeks. So I nabbed them knowing they might be different than those in the permanent lineup.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

Got a 7g/0.02oz. bottle of Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel from a Sephora order a while back and have been using it since finishing the tiny tube of Astalift Moisture Foam.


The name made me curious. However, once I read the use instructions on the back and open up the bottle, it's clear this is another washing powder. As in I sprinkle some into my damp palm, wet my other hand, make a lather, and wash my face with that lather.

I'm not sure what treatment enzyme peel they're talking about, because after a week of nightly use, this feels like any other washing powder to me. It's scented and smells like men's cologne. It doesn't foam like crazy but lathers well enough to make me feel clean. It rinses well, and doesn't strip my skin. Overall a decent cleanser, but I've got a bunch of other cleanser lined up for trial so I'm moving on. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Addiction Lipstick Sheer Part II

Despite these Addiction Lipstick Sheer being housed in ugly and bulky plastic tubes, I went back for the other two colors I'd been eyeing: 003 Cherry Cherry and 004 Cassis, because I like the formula that much.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Houkodou Brushes

Within a few years, in addition to Koyudo CD Japan (not affiliated!) has expanded its stock to include many more brush makers big and small, and Houkodou is one of them. I wasn't particularly interested, partly because I'm no longer open to try different brushes. The one time I tried something new--ahem, Koyomo--I ended up with two floppy Face and Blush brushes.

And then these three Houkodou brushes caught my eyes: BZ-1 Gold, BZ-2, and BZ-3. Not only they are exactly those I use on a daily basis, to blend sunscreen powders, cream cheek colors, and eye shadows, their handles are a gorgeous shimmery taupe-bronze. Sold!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lipstick Queen Saint Lipsticks Part IV

Okay, I'll admit it, I'm addicted to these Lipstick Queen Saint Lipsticks :P With the exception of a couple of colors (Saint Nude and Saint Berry), there are many others I love. Even those that aren't my favorites, I still reach for them on occasions, whenever I wanted something different.

Here are Saint Bordeaux and Saint Deep Red. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Koyomo Brushes

I'd read raves about Koyomo and was curious, but I didn't want to spend too much on their fancy, stand upright handles. I use the hell out of my brushes after all (and take good care of them too!), and those I don't use I sold for charity.

While hubby and I were away in Tokyo, my CD Japan points (not affiliated!) came close to expiring so I used them to pick up this basic Pearl Pink Series Nadeshiko 3-Piece Brush Set and the Shadow Brush Flat.

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