Thursday, July 27, 2017

Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist Part VI

Back in May, one week before my little one's surprise arrival I was able to snatch up three more Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist in 01 春音 (Haruoto), 04 蔓苔桃 (Tsurukokemomo), and 11 飴色 (Ameiro). I couldn't get to them until now, but considering it's only been 2+ months since I got them I consider these photos an accomplishment ^.^"

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DHC Premium Lipstick GE

While browsing around, I saw that DHC is discontinuing both the Moisture Care Lipsticks as well as these Premium Lipstick GE's. I'd read great things about the Premium Lipsticks so I thought I'd give them a try now that they're at half retail. I ended up picking OR112 Bold Persimmon, RD109 Velvety Red, and RS107 Rich Raspberry.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Friday, July 21, 2017

RMK W Irresistible Lips

I stumbled onto RMK W Irresistible Lips in 04 Deep Red purely by accident. It's a LE from a rather old collection, so the lippie is not exactly fresh. Thanks to my friend J., I've been kind of obsessed with dark lip colors, wine, blackberry, etc., think vampire lips, so I took a chance and bought it anyway (don't be nutty like me, folks...). It was a small comfort that it arrived still sealed in manufacturer's shrink wrap. Ha. ^.^"

***Screencap courtesy of the interweb. 

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hada-Labo Shirojyun Hyaluron Clear Essence Jelly

This past winter, I'd really enjoyed using Aqualabel All-in-One Whitening Jelly Essence, so having finished Kuramoto Bijin Hakumai Fermented All-in-One Milk, I moved on to a competitor product, the 200mL bottle of Hada-Labo Shirojyun Hyaluron Clear Essence Jelly.

I spared Hada-Labo from the "copycat" label because while the two products are nearly identical, Hada-Labo didn't try to mimic Aqualabel's packaging and name the same way the generic brand ABS did with both Hada-Labo and Oshima Tsubaki with the intent to mislead.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Canmake Melty Smooth Oil Gloss

When Citrine reviewed this Canmake Melty Smooth Oil Gloss in 03 Strawberry Red back in April, I immediately thought of Integrate Sakura Drop Essence Sakuranbo and gave it a try. There are two other "colors" available, 01 Clear and 02 Pure Pink, but I think Canmake has discontinued this gloss as I don't see it on their website. It's still available on e(vil)bay.

Here's my most recent Canmake order via Rakuten JP: the new Balm Rouge Tints T01 Little Anemone, T02 Happy Tulip, and T03 Ruby Carnation, the new Cream Cheek Tints 01 Fresh Pop Melon, 02 Happy Strawberry, and LE 03 Peony Mellow, and Cream Cheek 15 Antique Milk Rose. There's also a Cream Cheek Clear Series CL09 Clear Raspberry Gelato that's not pictured as it arrived in a separate package. Will review these later when time permits. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sofina Makeup Cleansing Oil

My pre-scheduled daily posts have finally ran their course, which means I can't hit pause to squeeze in a review or two whenever time allowed and then resume again, which means posts will be more sporadic going forward. I'll do my best to keep posting as often as I can ^.^

I've had two 20mL sample bottles of Sofina Makeup Cleansing Oil for a while now but had been saving them for travel. And then of course when I did travel, I opted for single-use packets of DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil instead, purely for convenience's sake. DHC Mild Touch (discontinued, by the way!) can be used dry or wet, and single-use packets are much easier to store and carry without risks of spilling. Now that the little one's here, hubby and I won't be traveling for a while so I should use up these travel sizes before they get too old and stale.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nivea Sun Protect Plus UV Waterproof UV Milk SPF50+ PA++++

Update Saturday July 15, 2017.

I finished using candidate #2 Anessa Perfect Essence Sunscreen to mix with the current bottle of Nivea Sun Protect Plus UV Waterproof UV Milk. Moving on to candidate #5 Allie Extra UV Gel Mineral Moist N, the old version with SPF50+ PA+++ that was discontinued in 2015.

I started out with 5 loops of Allie (left) and 30 drops of Nivea (right). This yielded a gel-cream texture akin to Allie but was way too thick and took forever and a half to set on my skin. Even then, it left a sheen and although a subsequent dusting of sunscreen powder did help, it felt as if I was wearing a kabuki mask the whole time. Bad combination. Will not try again. Moving on to a different candidate. Will update later.

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Original post Friday May 5, 2017.

Finished up my backup bottle of Allie Extra UV Protector Perfect Alpha S and moved on to something new, though technically something old because it's a 40mL bottle of Nivea Sun Protect Plus UV Waterproof UV Milk, a 2015 formulation that has since been discontinued. There was also a Creamy UV Essence in the 50g white tube, also a discontinued 2015 formulation which I'd already reviewed.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Suqqu Extra Glow Lipstick Part V

It's safe to say I love Suqqu Extra Glow Lipstick also, both the formula and the colors released so far. I've only skipped a few here and there, but those I have I truly enjoy. Some are quite bright, yes, but they're still wearable and never tacky. Let's hope these will stick around for a while, because a brand new line of Moisture Rich Lipsticks to be released in the fall does not bode well for the Creamy Glow/Moist :( After all, Suqqu did away with the Bright Ups when these Extra Glows were released.

After much stalking, I was able to get a hold of the constantly sold out 02 秋薔薇 (Akibara) Chic Rose and 08 深紅 (Fukabeni) Crimson Red, and the UK LE 104 艶柘榴 (Tsuyazakuro) Pink and 105 浜橙 (Hamadaidai) Orange.
All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Koyudo Brushes Part XI

Spent the last of my CDJapan points (not affiliated) on these Koyudo brushes, because I just can't stay away from Koyudo no matter how hard I tried. I got a backup of fu-pa01, the Soft Version, a Flat Top Kabuki Brush, and indulged in one Somell Garden Lemon x Walnut Face Brush.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist Part V

I was dead serious when I said I wanted Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist in all the colors. Here are 02 胡桃色 (Kurumiiro) and 10 優珊瑚 (Yuusango). When I find a formula I love, my *hoard drive* kicks in and I just have to collect them all like I did with Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge and Lipstick Queen Saints to name a couple.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hakuhodo Brushes Part III

Being in Japan made me instantly regret all the Hakuhodo brushes I've ever purchased from Hakuhodo USA--they allow few custom choices, whereas in Japan there are numerous handle-length, colors, and finishes, not to mention the limited edition releases. Check out these shorter handles in a gorgeous and shimmery antique gold finish!


By the way, I haven't mentioned this before but I find the Hakuhodo naming system super confusing. Pretty much every other brush belongs to at least two different collections, like the B/J004 for example, same brush head, same hair type! I don't understand. Can anyone shed some light on why this is?

Here are B/J004G, B/K021, B/G524, B532, B/G5549, B/J125, and B214. Clickable = zoomable.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Clinique Chubby Stick Part IV

Back in April, I was browsing Sephora and spotted these Clinique x Crayola LE Chubby Sticks that were part of the 2017 spring releases. They were mostly the original sheer colors with just a few Intense, all were on sale for half price! I do like my Chubbies very much and am trying to convert my sister also, so I nabbed the sheers and left the Intenses alone. 

From left to right: Mango Tango, Mauvelous, Melon, Pink Sherbert, Razzmatazz, Tickle Me Pink, and Wild Strawberry. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Caudalie Divine Oil

It's gotten so hot that I struggled to finish up my giant tub of Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter. At the same time, my dry skin still desperately needs the moisture. For a while I went back to my trusty summer body oil--Yanagiya Anzu Oil--only to find it too is a tad too heavy for the hot weather here. Frustrating, isn't it?

Then I remembered I have two 15mL/0.5fl. oz. deluxe sample bottles of Caudalie Divine Oil, one from a GWP trio that included a 30mL/1fl. oz. tube of Miel de Vigne Hand Cream I reviewed a while back, and the other from the Sephora Favorites 2015 Skin Wonderland kit an angel sent me while I was still in Tokyo.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Eihodo Brushes

I first came across Eihodo brushes at the Marunouchi Reading Style shop on 4th floor of the Kitte Building across the street from Tokyo Station. At first I was startled--many Eihodo brushes bore striking resemblance to Chikuhodo brushes, from the handle to the shape to the hair even, much so I was confused whether one makes brushes for the other. I didn't buy any at the time, but then I discovered CDJapan carries this brand (not affiliated!) and I had too many points that were expiring, so I made good use of them ^.^

Here are WP Series LQ-2, S-2, S-3, S-5, and a SWS2-300R Makeup Brush Guard in 02 Red Red that was included as GWP.

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