Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Biteki February 2011

Picked up the February issue of Biteki at Kinokuniya today as it comes with a 55-page spring makeup collections catalogue and a generous bounty of samples. The magazine retails for S$15.20 but I paid S$12.15 after the 20% members' discount. The issue also features the Best of 2010 awards, as voted by the readers.

The samples are two sachets of Fancl's new Beauty Concentrate, Air Platinum Drop Shampoo (5ml), Treatment (5g) and Emulsion (3g), Salon Deapres Shampoo and Treatment (Repairing & Fragrance Series) (10gx2), and Syoss Repair Intensive Care Shampoo and Conditioner (10ml x2). The preservative-free anti-aging Fancl Beauty Concentrate usually retails for 6000yen for 18ml (supposed to be one month's supply).

I like collecting these seasonal collections catalogues as they are a very useful reference with prices, shades and release dates all neatly listed. Elegance is not usually a brand that I pay attention to but their new Fabulous Rouge palettes look stunning. Each palette features three shades that can be mixed and layered as desired. But it would be hard to bring oneself to mess up that intricate pattern!

The two Phantom Eyes palettes feature a lace motif. The collection also includes Aurora Storm, which is a face highlighter.

The cover designs of these Ayura Blooming Sweet Colours and Blooming Fresh Colours palettes are so pretty! It's a pity that Ayura is no longer available in Singapore.

Cle de Peau's new ad visual featuring actress Amanda Seyfried.

The Majolica Majorca spring collection introduces two new Cream Pencil Liners and a limited edition Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara in BR666 (red-toned chocolate brown).

Jill Stuart again goes for an avalanche of pinks. I really wish that they will change the model soon! Jill Stuart's earlier ads looked much more romantic and sensual.

And as always, Addiction stands apart from the rest of the Japanese brands in its choice of shades!

Clarins and YSL

I think the Lancome collection is going to be very successful as all the items are just so pretty to look at.

NARS surprises with a Shrek green Soft Touch Shadow Pencil.


Joopah said...

The Elegance palettes are gorgeous. They would complement my Dior Dentelle palettes beautifully. Do you know whether I can buy them online?

makeupmag said...

Thanks for sharing these photos. Stunning, stunning lace motifs!

Anonymous said...

Amanda Seyfried....
...eeks a bad choice. but then again it must be hard to find a hollywood actress without any bad scandal or negative press.

milktea said...

Wow are those Elegance palettes for real? They look impossibly beautiful! I like the Ayura palettes too.

Haru said...

Hi Zulfa,
You can try which is based in Japan. They are said to be reliable but the prices are high.

Anonymous said...


I'm new to Japanese mag..previously have been reading taiwanese mag(at least i understand what i'm reading)
can u share with me which are the japanese mag that teaches you makeup techniques? (As in eyeshadow techniques) ^^


Haru said...

hi Meg,
The Japanese beauty monthly magazines that focus primarily on makeup are Biteki, Voce, Maquia and Bea's Up. Of these four, my favourites are Biteki and Voce. The contents vary each month so not every issue has detailed eyeshadow application tutorials, so it's better to browse through the magazines at Kinokuniya to see if they are useful to you before deciding whether to buy them. Some issues focus more on base makeup or skincare while others focus more on colour makeup. You can also check out the books by Kevin of Nu Ren Wo Zhui Da which are supposed to be quite good.

Anonymous said...

Thx for your advice! I have check up some details about the jap mag that u mention..Biteki looks good..I think it is quite similar to taiwanese mag-CHOC? I actually bought nu ren wo zui da's mag before..Not bad too..Was collecting Kevin's books too! Thanks for ur help anyway! ^^