Thursday 31 May 2007
1. Cleansing Milky Foam - 125ml, 2625yen. A milky foam cleanser for dry skin.
2. Cleansing Smooth Foam - 125ml, 2625yen. A foam cleanser which includes clay as an ingredient for oily skin.
3. Cleansing Fresh Cake - 100g, 2100yen. Dual layer soap for oily skin.
4. Cleansing Creamy Cake - 100g, 2100yen. Dual layer soap for dry skin.
Wednesday 30 May 2007
1. Cheek Gradation #4 Chocolate Stripe (limited edition), 840yen
2. Powder Cheeks PW21 Bronze Gold, 577yen
3. Nail Polish #83 Pink Raspberry, #84 Tropical Mango, #85 Shiny Yellow, #86 Kiwi Green and #87 Marine Blue. 315yen.
Monday 28 May 2007
Sunday 27 May 2007
I loved the colours in this palette which worked very well with my MAC NC20 skintone. I usually avoid dark navy or blues that are too ashy or dull as these make my eyes look bruised and tired. Blues with lilac or lavender tones and a silvery shimmer such as the shades in the Awake palette are more suitable for my skintone. You can also layer the darker shades for a more dramatic look. The eyeshadows lasted very well on me for more than 8 hours despite it being a hot summer day and my skin oiling up like crazy. At the end of 8 hours, my face was drenched in oil as I had not bothered to blot but my eyeshadows remained almost perfect! There was no fading at all and the eyeshadows looked as shimmery as when I first applied them. There was only a bit of creasing at the inner corners of my eyes. Now I can't wait to get the E-4 palette next weekend! The Awake palette costs quite a bit more than the Aube or Testimo palettes (usually 2572yen after 30% discount at the drugstore) but the blue palettes from the Aube Jewellery Shower Eyes and Testimo Frame Impact Eyes series never appealed to me that much because the blue tones just looked a bit off on my skintone.
Awake is a high-end department store brand by Kose. Aside from Japan, it is also sold in Taiwan, USA and the Philippines. In Tokyo, Awake is available at Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyu department store in Shibuya station, Matsuya department store in Ginza and Seibu department store in Ikebukuro.
Saturday 26 May 2007
Also reserved the limited edition E4 Mint Frost palette from the "Magnificent Sky" summer collection which will be released in Japan on 2 June :-) Isetan department store is also offering an exclusive kit which includes the palette and an Isetan-exclusive All Direction Mascara Stardom X1 (a greyish green) with an original red clutch bag for 8190yen.
Friday 25 May 2007
Wednesday 23 May 2007
Oh, do check out the updated Maquillage website for the new collection. You can also watch the new commercial at the "CM"section.
Sunday 20 May 2007
The items used in the promo image are:
Dual Fairy Blush #5 Berry Milk
Nail Enamel R #3 Kiss of Rose
Friday 18 May 2007
The new Lip Lustres were nothing unusual and looked like they would apply mostly sheer with just a tinge of colour. Eye Jelly #19 Amethyst Mauve is a stunning silvery taupe, like a slightly lighter version of Shu Uemura ME945. Aside from the Brilliance Eyes #5, this is the other must-have from this collection. I have no idea why it's called Mauve as I can't see any mauve or purple tones in it. Eye Jelly #18 Ice Blonde is an icy metallic white shade. The nailpolishes are a total disappointment. #36 Sweet Pink and #37 Peach Cream apply so sheer that I couldn't see any colour at all. These are useful for a basic French manicure but seriously, why would I want to pay 1575yen for a sheer nailpolish that applies without any colour? #38 Ivory Frost, #39 Ruby Spark and #40 Gold Glaze are chockful of chunky glitter bits.
Wednesday 16 May 2007
2. Rouge Aqua Dress lipstick in 10 shades, 3150yen
3. Mix Veil Cheeks in 3 shades , 3675yen
4. Jewellery Shower Eyes #36 Pink, 3675yen.
Tuesday 15 May 2007
Monday 14 May 2007
EX01 Beige Bronze has a very pale gold-tinted white shade, an intensly shimmery medium gold shade, a light tan hazelnut shade and a chocolate brown shade. What I liked about this palette is that the colours apply true to how they appear in the pan. The problem that I have with many dark brown shades is that when applied, they look almost black and too severe on me but the chocolate brown shade in this palette shows up as a rich brown shade. The gold shade is excellent for adding a touch of sun-kissed glamour but at the same time, it's not too loud or messy to apply. It's not too yellow or too orange-toned, so it works great on me. The white shade is a good base and highlighting shade while the hazelnut shade goes very well with the dark chocolate shade if you want to create a gradational effect. I wore this with Jelly Eyes EX02 Sheer Bronze as the base and it lasted very well over more than 8 hours without fading or creasing. The Jelly Eyes is very sparkly so you have to be careful not to gob on too much at the beginning as you only need a tiny little dab for each eyelid. It dries down quite fast without any oily residue.
EX02 Beige Cool has a shimmery white shade, an intensely shimmery metallic baby blue shade, a light beige with gold sparkles and a dark midnight blue shade with light blue sparkles. As with EX01, I was delighted to find that the dark navy shade did not apply too severe or blackish on me. The baby blue shade is great for adding a pop of colour and it's not too light that it looks like just plain white shimmer once applied. Both shades also work very well when used to line the lower eyelid. After applying the eyeshadows, I did have to wipe away some micro sparkles that had fallen on my cheeks but these were quite fine, not big chunky glitter bits. You can create a lovely smokey eye with this palette or go lighter on the dark navy shade for a fresh, fun summer look.
The model in the promo image is wearing:
1. Skin Modelling Eyes EX02 Beige Cool
2. Jelly Eyes EX01 Sheer White
3. Pencil Eyeliner 01 BK
4. Power Infusion Mascara WP 01 Black on upper lashes and EX02 Deep Blue on lower lashes
5. Intellectual Lips Full Glamour 23 Beige Beige
6. Full Glamour Gloss 05 Clear
7. Shiny Cheeks 02 Shiny Beige
8. Contrasting Highlight 02 White Gold
9. Water Cream Foundation
10. Tone Up Powder EX01 Bronze Brown
Sunday 13 May 2007
The only thing I really dislike about JS (aside from some of their snooty SAs) is when they release limited edition collections with insufficient quantities to satisfy customer demand that you either need to rush down to the counter on the first day that they start taking reservations (because it's impossible to get through the phone lines) or queue up before the store opens on the day that the collection goes on sale. Even though JS has been opening up counters in Tokyo at quite a rapid pace, I just don't understand why they don't make the new items permanent, earn more profits and most importantly, make it easier for everyone to be able to buy their products instead of artificially inflating demand for one stupid day. Japanese women go so ga-ga for anything that JS puts out. Even when it's ridiculously overpriced, like the lipglosses that came in the tiny square compacts last Xmas, they buy it anyway for the princessy packaging. Makeup companies should be treating their customers much better than this!