Friday, July 3, 2015

Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duos, 204 Gold Frosted Leaf, 205 Rose Gold/Iced Plum, Review, Swatch & FOTD

Hi everyone. I hope you all have a great start in the weekend. I am a little silent on this end because of all the things which are happening about the job front. Today I told my boss about the fact that I am leaving. You know what he said? Nothing! I am working for that guy over five years and this proves why I am leaving right? Anyway, I am so ready to close this book and open a new page. Can anyone relate?

Lately I snagged some items from lovely Martha's Blog Sale. Two of the items were Kevyn Aucoin Duos. I have one more at home which I purchased some time ago from Cult Beauty. I will review that one soon as well. The color pay off and texture of these duo are really one of the best in the market. The shade combinations are lovely as well. Only their names are a little longer and confusing. Today I have #205 Rose Gold/Iced Plum and #204 Gold Frosted Leaf/Auburn Shimmer to show you. 

Kevyn Aucoin #205 Rose Gold/Iced Plum and #204 Gold Frosted Leaf/Auburn Shimmer 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Addiction by Ayako, My Picks, Review, Swatch & FOTD

Thanks to everyone for good luck wishes yesterday. Today I learned that I have the job! It is very exciting and the change is coming as early as September, that is if I can come to terms with the current employee. More detail about that soon. Today I went to the grocery store, grabbed a champagne, came home to see that hubby is not feeling well. Oh well, celebration has to wait. On a side note I am super behind answering comments, reading blogs, leaving comments, answering some e-mails. Please bare with me, exciting times come with lots of things to do. I will try my best to catch up soon.

I am going on showing the pieces I picked up during my Japan trip in April. Most of my haul was brushes but I couldn't resist some pretty make-up neither. I have reviewed my picks from THREE here. Today I would like to show you what I picked from Addiction Beauty. I own a few of their eye shadow quads (reviewed here and here) and one of the limited edition palettes (reviewed here). I personally love the color stories, bright matte shades, crazy colors like red, yellow in a wearable combinations. But as well as the quality goes, the things I have picked up online up to now have been hit or miss. I have one more quad in Es Paradis which never made to the blog because of fall out and very sheer, not buildable shades. See, this is the dilemma of the make-up addict, everyone was raving about their singles and blushes so I had to try them. Here is a palette I put together... and here are my thoughts about the shades I picked up.

Addiction by Ayako, My Picks

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Soufeel Charm Bracelets, Review & $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend. Today I have some firsts on the blog, which I am really excited about. It will be the first jewelry review as well as the first gift card giveaway. I am hoping you will like it, and if you do want to see similar posts (or don't want to see any of that), let me know in the comments below. For me feedback is a crucial part of blogging, so please feel free to leave one whenever you see fitting.

Now back to our matter for today: charm bracelets. For an unknown reason I never jumped on the bandwagon although I find the idea of personalized jewelry very creative. Also from another perspective it gives lots of affordable but good quality options to hopeless gift searchers. If your budget is restricted and you want to buy a piece of jewelry for a friend, you might have to go down in the quality of the material, such as buying stainless still bracelet instead of a silver one because the latter is out of your budget. If you buy a charm or two instead, you can opt for a Sterling Silver and even a touch of gold in there without breaking the bank. 

Long story short, I was approached by Soufeel (not affiliated), an online shop who has lovely charms in good quality material (sterling silver, 14k gold), to test their products, here are my thoughts after three weeks of extensive testing (read I wore it everyday LOL). They were also kind enough to offer a gift card for one of my readers. Read more of that, right after the jump.

Packaging: Soufeel Charm Bracelets

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Chanel Le Vernis #767 Fraicheur Review, Swatch & Comparison

I hope you are all having a beautiful weekend. My weekend started certainly much better than last one. In the morning it was sunny so I could take some swatches. We just had delicious Sushi, I will write the post and exercise a little. Then we will watch a movie, probably from iTunes. Any recommendations?

Chanel recently added a new fragrance to their Chance line, Eau Vive. To celebrate this, they released a new green shade, which is matching to Chance Eau Fraiche and repromoted three other shades, #535 May, #515 Peche Nacrée and #167 Ballerina. Each shade is matchy matchy with one of the Chance fragrances. When I saw the new green, Chanel Le Vernis #767 Fricheur, I thought it was Jade revived! Many thanks to a dear friend from Taiwan, I got my paws into one. Today it is all about it.

Chanel Le Vernis #767 Fraicheur Review

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, Review

Facial Oils are the new trend be it as a step in our skin care or mixed with various products we use such as our creams or foundations. I have previously talked about Sisley Black Rose here and was positively surprised to hear lots of very experienced and enthusiastic comments. After that I decided to invite an expert to the discussion and I was so happy when Ebru from ChicScience agreed to write us an article about the basics of facial oil (read here). She then later on added another article to this series on her blog, which is about twelve most favorite facial oils and their benefits here

Today's post is inspired by our orchid, which is right now in full bloom and poses so well. I have been searching for a more affordable alternative to the Sisley Black Rose Facial Oil, so have been on a journey on trying a few alternative products. I heard many good things about Clarins Facial Oils and decided to give one of them a try for science (thanks to Clarins for supporting it). For the ones who don't know, there are three different products for different skin types in their line up. The one I would like to share my thoughts today is  Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (Huile Orchidée Bleue) for dehydrated skin. There is one for dry skin but it is more specialized in rednesses which I luckily don't suffer from, so I decided to go for Blue Orchid.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash, Nectarine Blossom & Honey Body and Hand Lotion, Review

I hope you are having a wonderfun week. No it is not a typo, so silly but this is a word I just made up. I am sure usually weeks are not too much fun but hey, today is the hump day, so hang in there.

Having done with almost all the Summer Collection Reviews, I have some fun reads like skin care, perfumes and some fluffy brushes coming up next. I also would like to review a few more items I picked up in Japan and USA during my travel month of this year, April that was. 

Recently Jo Malone London extended their Bath & Body range to offer Shampoo, Conditioner, Hand & Body Wash and Lotions with their popular fragrances. You can double or triple your signature scent in any of these products to increase the intensity and longevity by using Hand & Body Wash, apply Lotion and finally spray some Cologne of the same scent. Even more fun is to be more experimental and combine and layer different scents as you desire. Today I would like to share a combination I am loving it at the moment... Right after the jump.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash, Nectarine Blossom & Honey Body and Hand Lotion

Monday, June 22, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows, Review, Swatch & FOTD

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was less productive than usual. Although there were so many things which I had to take care of, I ended up sitting in front of the computer in a mixture  state of upset and angry. There are so many things going inside my head right now, if I would try to put them into words, probably I would fail. So I decided to wait for a better moment. As blog was the main reason to all the frustration, I was not very inspired to write a post. Today I will try my best to be as cheerful as possible.

An exciting launch which I was waiting for just happened a few weeks ago. MAC's Extra Dimension Eyeshadows, which were always released as limited edition are now permanent. I love the formula and couldn't resist getting one or two shades each time they were released. Extra Dimensions are nicely pigmented eye shadows which can be applied wet or dry. They have a metallic finish but I find them less frosty than Nars Double Intensity or Burberry Wet & Dry Glow eye shadows. The shimmer is very complex and beautiful.

There were six Extra Dimension Eyeshadows in last year's Alluring Aquatics Collection and I ended up with all of them. Four of these are now repromoted to stay. There were two more shades I got from Magnetic Nudes Collection. I now purchased three of the shades I missed previously so here are my swatches and thoughts about nine of the eighteen shade release. 

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows