Sunday 26 June 2016

Paul & Joe Fall 2016

Here are the official visuals for the Paul & Joe Fall 2016 collection launching on 1 August in Japan.

Eye Color CS 102, 103 and 104 (2600yen)

Cheek Color CS 105 and 106 (3800yen)

Compact WB001 Set with Powder Blush 006, Compact WB002 Set with Powder Blush 008, Compact WB003 Set with Powder Blush 005 (3000yen)

Compact WB 001, 002 and 003 (1000yen)

Lipstick Case WB 001, 002 and 003 (1000yen)

Pressed Face Powder Case WB 001 and 002 (1500yen)

Thursday 23 June 2016

Dior Summer Shine & Glow Collection

Dior will release this limited edition Summer Shine & Glow Collection exclusively at its Omotesando Perfume & Beauty Boutique, Backstage Studio counters (in Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyu in Shinjuku and Ginza, Umeda Hankyu in Osaka and Hakata, Fukuoka) and its Japan online store on 29 June. It includes two Palette Intemporel (7000yen) in 008 (cream beige and light brown for highlighting and shading) and 009 (off white, pink peach and orange for the cheeks) , and DiorShow Fusion Mono #581 Eclipse and #511 Comet (3800yen).

Maybelline Lip Flush Bitten Lip

Here's the ad visual for Maybelline Lip Flush Bitten Lip launching in Asian markets this July. See lip swatches on UrCosme.

Jill Stuart Fall 2016 and Launch in Thailand

Here are a couple of pics of the upcoming Jill Stuart Fall 2016 collection, Dual My Face, launching on 5 August in Japan. Pics by Nao.

Jill Stuart has finally opened its first counter in Southeast Asia at Paragon Department Store in Bangkok on 17 June 2016. The prices seem comparable to Japan. For example, the eyeshadow palettes are 1700 baht (about 5100yen), versus 5400yen (inclusive of 8% sales tax) in Japan. The Jill Stuart Thailand website is here.

Friday 17 June 2016

Shu Uemura Color Atelier

Here are the official visuals for the Shu Uemura Color Atelier eyeshadows that will be launched on 1 July. See a video clip here and pics from the Colorholic press launch. The full list of 100 shades can be found on the Shu Uemura Japan website with the 43 brand new shades marked with a star.

The eyeshadows will retail at 2000yen in Japan and S$25 in Singapore. There is also a new Custom Palette VIII (2400yen) which holds 8 eyeshadows.

Below from left: M 330 Shinjuku Yellow, M 988 Omotesando Grey, M 165 Harajuku Pink

M 128 Sakura-shell Pink and M 560 Aoba Green

Pic below from Daichi.

Pic below by Shu Uemura Japan.

On 1 July, the brand is also launching this Maxi Hydrability All In One Gel (6000yen), Maxi Hydrability Deep Moisture All In One Cream (6000yen) and Stage Performance Eye Prime (3400yen).

Available now on the Shu Uemura USA website is the Shu: Palette Blushing Beige (US$110), a sequel to last year's phenomenally successful inaugural Shu: Palette. Use code MOON15 for 15% plus three Ultime8 skincare samples. That makes the palette US$93.50 with free shipping within the US! Valid until 21 June. You can also get a 10% off code by signing up for their emails. The palette is also retailing currently at S$170 in Singapore, with only 400 units available.

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Maybelline Lip Flush Bitten Lip

Maybelline taps into the Korean gradation lip trend with its upcoming Lip Flush Bitten Lip (1400yen, 5 shades) debuting on 6 August in Japan. This will also be available in Singapore. Pic by Maquia. View lip swatches on Vogue Taiwan.

Pic below from Voce.

Addiction International Expansion

Currently in its 7th year, Addiction has finally taken its first steps towards becoming a global makeup brand with its launch in Shinsegae Duty Free in South Korea in May. It will next launch in Hong Kong this autumn. Hopefully Addiction's international expansion will go more successfully than that of fellow Kose-owned brand Jill Stuart, which grounded to a halt after the trifecta of South Korea/Hong Kong/Taiwan, supposedly because of its lack of success in the fiercely competitive South Korean market.

Addiction's upcoming Oil Cleansing (3500yen) will be released on 2 September in Japan. Formulated with seven botanical oils including organic jojoba seed oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, camellia oil, olive squalene, sage oil and meadowfoam oil.

Visee Avant Brand Debut

Visee will launch a new sub-brand Avant (which means 'before' in French) on 21 August in Japan fronted by model Lola. Targeted at fashion-conscious consumers in their 20s, the brand offers a wide range of shades that can be customised according to one's desire. It includes:

1. Oil In Lip Tint: 4 shades (1300yen)

2. Eyeshadow: 20 shades (800yen)

3. Nail Collection: 20 shades (500yen)

4. Eyeshadow Brush

Pic below from Voce.

Pic below by Kaorimake.

Pic below by Murookahiroki.

Lunasol Fall 2016

Here are the details of the Lunasol Fall 2016 collection, due out on 19 August in Japan.

1. Feathery Smokey Eyes: 4 variations (5000yen)

2. Feathery Nuance Eyes: 2 eyeshadow duos (4000yen)

3. Feathery Lash Mascara: 2 shades of which 1 is LE (3000yen)

4. Full Glamour Lips: 4 new shades (4000yen)

5. Feathery Stick Lips: 2 LE shades (2500yen)

6. Coloring Sheer Cheeks: 2 shades (2500yen)

7. Lasting Sheer Highlight: 2 shades (2500yen)

8. Shading Cheeks N: (2500yen)

9. Nail Finish N: 4 LE shades (1500yen)

10. Sheer Light Loose Foundation: 2 shades (4000yen)

11. Cheek Color Compact S (1000yen)

Isetan and Umeda Hankyu-exclusive products (12 August)

1. Feathery Smokey Eyes EX01

2. Full Glamour Lips EX08

3. Sheer Light Gloss EX01

Pic below by Arimura Miki.

Pic below from Google.

Sunday 12 June 2016

Ebates and Ibotta

Since jumping from a family of 3 to a family of 5, I try to look for cost savings wherever we can. Couponing has become a way of life here in the US, and it's rare that we have to pay full retail price for anything as there's almost always a discount or a promo code to be found. Kids' clothes are much more affordable here compared to Singapore as there is almost always at least 40% off at Gymboree, Kohls, Gap, Old Navy, Carter's and OshKosh B'Gosh. During sale clearance events, the discounts can be easily 70% or even more. (By the way, Gymboree has just started shipping worldwide.)

Aside from joining the usual rewards programmes for individual stores/brands, my two favourite money-saving apps are Ebates and Ibotta. Ebates gives cashback rebates at hundreds of merchants, including Sephora (which is at double rebate now of 8%) and Ulta (3%) plus several major department stores such as Nordstrom and Macys. Ibotta gives cashback for groceries (e.g. any brand of milk/bread/eggs/bananas) and other household products like diapers and wipes at retailers such as Walmart, Target and Walgreens. The rebates typically range from 50 cents to a couple of dollars, but these do add up quickly especially for household staples that are frequently repurchased. Ibotta also offers various ways to earn bonuses by redeeming certain combinations of rebates, or by combining the rebates you've redeemed with those of your team of friends.

If you're interested, you can use my referral link/code below for a $10 credit at Ebates and Ibotta. Ibotta is only applicable to US residents while Ebates works for those living outside the US as long as the store where you are making the purchase ships to your country.


Ibotta - use code soejoxx

I've also been trying out Checkout51. Its selection of rebates is much smaller compared to Ibotta but you can actually submit the same receipt to both Checkout51 and Ibotta for double rebates. Right now, Checkout51 is offering a $5 signup bonus. This is applicable only to US residents.

Two superbly useful sites for US-based couponers are Krazy Coupon Lady and Coupon Caroline.

Saturday 11 June 2016

Suqqu Fall 2016 Shade Names

Here are the official visuals and shade names for the Suqqu Fall 2016 collection due out on 6 August in Japan.
Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-32:煉瓦染-RENGAZOME (brick red and olive brown for a romantic modern look, 6800yen)

Pure Color Blush (5500yen, 7.5g): Contains amino acid-coated pigments and nourishing oils that wrap the skin like cashmere with a moisturising feel, pure color payoff and translucent glowy veil.

01:蕾咲-TSUBOMIZAKI (fresh pink and innocent coral)
02:花茶織-HANACHAORI (deep brown and blossom pink)
03:純朝焼-SUMIASAYAKE (intense red and glow coral)

04:漆陽-UTUSHIBI (grace red and gentle pink)
05:柔光輝-YAWAKOUKI (nude orange and soft champagne)

EX-01:明橙-AKEDAIDAI (bright orange and cream, LE)

Deep Nuance Eyes (3500yen): Cream eyeshadow with a souffle-like texture and cushion silicon gel that transforms into powder upon application.
EX-01:光添-HIKARIZOE (shimmering pink)
EX-02:艶仄-TSUYAHONOKA (glowing beige)
EX-03:深輝茶-SHINKICHA (sparkling brown)
EX-04:眩朱光-GENSYUKOU (shiny burgundy)
EX-05:夜煌-YAKOU (glittering grey)

Extra Glow Lipstick (4000yen): Non-pearl formula that contains 7 nourishing oils including almond oil. Lightweight texture that melds onto the lips.

01:胡桃紅-KURUMIBENI (refined noble beige)
02:秋薔薇-AKIBARA (chic rose)
03:粋桃-SUITOU (cool aquatic pink)

04:彩珊瑚-AYASANGO (translucent bright coral)
05:冴杏-SAEANZU (orange red)
06:紅茜-BENIAKANE (strong red)

07:瞬朱-SYUNAKE/ (true red)
08:深紅-FUKABENI (modern crimson)
09:宵果実-YOIKAJITSU (deep midnight berry)
10:映華-HAEBANA (blooming pink)

EX-01:蜜苺-MITSUICHIGO (juicy strawberry pink, LE)
EX-02:密柿-MITSUGAKI (juicy persimmon orange, LE)

Nail Color R (2500yen)
EX-17:紅艶重-BENITSUYAKASANE (deep rouge)
EX-18:透赤-SUKEASIHTA (clear red)
EX-19:月砂-TSUKISUNA (cool sandy grey)

Gel Eyeliner Pencil (3200yen)
03 Navy
EX-03 Burgundy (LE)