According to this FANet post, the new line of Givenchy Le Prisme Yeux that will debut in January each contain an eyeshadow shade in 4 different finishes. Using the latest technology, the eyeshadow particles have been reduced to just one-fifth of the original size for a silky and soft finish. The four textures (from top left of the compact in a clockwise direction) are:
1. matte: pure, pigmented and silky
2. light pearly: made with 20% mother-of-pearl for an elegant finish
3. intense pearly: made with 45% mother-of-pearl for a gorgeous finish
4. spangle :made with shimmer particles that are larger than the normal mother-of-pearl
These can also be used to create a gradational effect. Due out on 15 January in Japan, the 16 shades will retail for 3780yen each.
I returned to Sephora yesterday to spend the $20 vouchers that I had earlier received with my earlier Bliss skincare haul. Sephora is still having their promotion whereby you receive two $10 vouchers with $150 purchase. However, these vouchers can only be used on select brands including Sephora's house brand, Too Faced, Pop, Bliss and Bare Minerals (please check in-store for the full list). Each voucher can only be used for one product, i.e. you cannot combine the vouchers for one product.
I ended up picking up the Bliss holiday "Best of Bliss" gift set (S$76) and the Blood Orange & White Pepper Body Butter (S$49, 250ml). The set contains a Lemon & Sage Body Butter 125ml, Lemon & Sage Soapy Suds 100ml, Triple Oxgen Instant Energizing Mask 10ml, Fabulous Foaming Face Wash 60ml and a sachet of Best of Skintentions SPF15 3ml. There is a smaller set that includes only the Body Butter and Soapy Suds for S$44.
I also got the Biotherm Lait de Gommage (S$52,200ml). This is a ultra-creamy scrub that transforms into a milk upon contact with water. Best of all, it has the same yummy citrus scent of the best-selling Lait Corporel (anti-drying body milk). I wish they made this scent into a perfume as there is nothing else like it on the market. I'm still kicking myself for not picking up the jumbo 400ml size of Lait Corporel in the Amsterdam airport duty-free for €25 which is almost the same as a price of a 200ml bottle in Singapore.
Anyway, Sephora is currently giving away a GWP with purchase of any of the four products from the Body Milk Ritual line. The GWP is a zip pouch, Biomains age-delaying hand & nail treatment 20ml and a Lait de Gommage 75ml. This GWP is exclusive to Sephora.
As I received another two $10 vouchers with my purchase, I used these to get the Bliss Blood Orange & White Pepper Hand Cream (30ml, S$15) and a Too Faced Lip Bronzer in Snow Bunny (S$32). The Hand Cream actually works out to be much more expensive per ounce compared to the Body Butter but it's in a much more portable size and the sweet orange scent is yummy too.
I'm not usually a fan of Too Faced but I liked the cute packaging and the mix of a shimmery bronzey chocolate with a pale yellow shade. The lipgloss has a chocolate scent which comes off strongly if you sniff the tube but once applied, the scent is not noticeable. It applies with just the barest golden tint but I did not like the sticky finish which I felt was not very moisturising. But it does provide a lot of shine without annoying glitter bits or grittiness.
With a $100 purchase of Bliss products, you can also receive a 15-minute blissage (massage) or reflexology treatment or waxing of one of the following areas: lip/chin/cheeks/brow/ear/half arm.
Here's the list of facials available at the Bliss Spa:
1. the youth as we know it: 60 minutes, S$155
2. Triple oxygen treatment: 75 minutes, S$185
3. Peeling groovy: 30 minutes, S$135
4. Best of skintentions: 60 minutes, S$125
5. Steep clean: 60 minutes, S$155
6. Mini-microdermabrasion: 30 minutes, S$145
1. fatgirlslim: 75 minutes, S$130
2. blissage: 60 minutes, S$130
3. rapid rub: 30 minutes, S$65
4. hot stone massage: 75 minutes, S$165
1. Hot cream manicure: 30 minutes, S$35
2. bliss basic pedicure: 60 minutes, S$55
3. hot milk and almond pedicure: 60 minutes, S$75
4. hot salt scrub pedicure: 60 minutes, S$75
5. foot patrol: 75 minutes, S$85
There is also a full range of waxing services with basic bikini at S$25 and brazilians at S$60. I'm not one for indulging in spas and body treatments as I'd much rather spend the money on skincare products and use them in the comfort of my home.
The Esprique Precious website has been updated with the new Spring 2010 collection. I like the look of the new Symphonic Fit Eyes (3675yen) which feature interesting shade combinations that are a refreshing departure from the gradational shades that Japanese drugstore brands tend to put out season after season. Esprique Precious describes these as "Mod Up Colors".
The eyeshadows are formulated with "Super Shiny Pearl" (for enhanced shimmer) and "Glossy Stay Oil" in a "Syncho-Fit" method in which the pearl and color pigment powder particles are uniformly coated with an oil to make them soft and silky to touch. Each palette contains a highlight color (marked as "A" in the diagram below), a "mode up color" (B), a "shiny on color" (C), a "dark glow color" (D) and a "fit up base" (white strip below the four color shades).
The website recommends the following steps for applying the eyeshadows:
1. Apply the fit up base all over the lid either with your finger or the white sponge tip applicator.
2. Blend the highlight color with the large black sponge tip applicator on the inner corners.
3. Blend the shiny on color with the large black applicator in the crease to the outer corners and the outer half of the lower lid.
4. Apply the dark glow color on the outer half of the upper and lower lids with the small black applicator.
5. Use either your finger or the large black applicator to apply the mode up color from the centre of the lid to just under the outer half of the brow.
Check out the four makeup themes here.
Anna Sui is revamping their lipstick line on 7 January in Japan. 30 shades will be introduced in 4 textures:
Lip Rouge G - glossy moisturising shades
Lip Rouge D - glitter-infused shades
Lip Rouge V - vivid color
Lip Rouge T - pure translucent color
All the lipsticks are formulated with "soft smoothing wax" and a "moist clear oil base". The size is slightly larger than the current lipsticks. Price is 2940yen.
Pic from FAnet
The Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura Train Case is on display at the Shu Uemura store in Ion Orchard, which is the only stand-alone store in Singapore. Only 25 of these were made and they are not for sale. In Japan, three will be given away in a lucky draw.
As for Singapore, you first have to spend S$500 at the Ion store in order to place your first bid. And if you are outbid, you have to "top up your purchase to continue the auction". The bidding period is from now until 15 December and the highest bidder will be notified before 31 December. Frankly, I just find the scheme absurd. If they manufactured these train cases and sold them normally at the counter like they did with the Tokyo Kamon Girls collection, I would actually consider buying it. But to just drop a ton of cash without any certainty that you would actually win the darn thing? Go fly a kite.