Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Japanese Magazine Freebies for Mid July 2017

Stopped by Kinokuniya window shopping for bags again...
Sweet has Mercury Duo bag, Otona no Oshare Techo (seems like Liniere aiming for a generation older) has a Tsumori Chisato bag (with cat zipper!)...Too bad I don't like the side with the white part
Bijin Hyakka has Jill Stuart Pencil or brush case
Seventeen has a pink bag that's see through from the back. Not that many magazine freebie but I guess the September issues won't be out for a few more days
Mook time. Mamuang tote
It's cute but I am not sure if I want to look so openly dorky in the public...Plus, 20-30 for a simple tote and not that much content is too steep
Mezzo Piano and X-Girl stage. I am too old for these
Kippis has a cute and big bag (looks a bit like diaper bag but well...) The problem is that it's marked up to over 30 bucks here...Nope.
Bape Kid has a cartoon brief case?
Gudetama and Sumikko Gurashi totes...cute but too expensive
Here is a my thermal lunch tote from last month's Liniere. Stitching is so well-done!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Chinatown Sighting July 18th 2017 - BCL, Koji and More

It's that time of the week, I am back from another Sunday trip to Chinatown.
For a second I thought it was roasted chicken...Anyway, New Kam Man got new goodies again and this time they are lip products!
BCLBeauty Mine's lip oil tint...Yup, got the red one.
Coupy Design lip balm and cheek tint blotter
More lip balm
Koji C Tive lip tint
Sana toner spray
Sana rich moisturizer
I went to get some longan...Got distracted by the bright red lychee that were super cheap...
And...the color came off when I was peeling them...I went back again (today) and other vendors are selling the same dyed lot as well (same price as the loose rusty colored ones). They are not that sweet and come with huge pits. Total waste of 10 bucks...
Now just random snapshots

Coconut Jerry...
From my own neighbourhood. Deep purple hydrageas
Jordana is on clearance at Duane Reade...Sad. I picked up the matte lip color in tiramisu.
A bunch of BareMinerals products showed up at Marshalls: PrepStep primer with physical sunscreens (I almost picked it up but I found out it's really tinted and feels like heavy foundation), some lip balm, foundation. There were also some Bite Cream Lipstick for 7 bucks only.  Yup, I bought two to try.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer - Perfect Wave

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer is one of my prefered range by the brand (now thinking of it, my true favorite are probably ones without gummy tube like Jean Queen and Medieval) so I thought I might as well grab the pink when I already have sheer red and coral. Endless summer is generally lighter and brighter that imparts a slightly juicy sheen.
Perfect Wave is a bright punchy pink (I assumed it would be a cool bright pink) with a tad bit of unexpected milkiness.
It wasn't unflattering and the lipstick sits very well (smooth and moisturizing with no thin slippery feeling). I think I can get some uses out of it but I prefer a clear formula like Aloha and Stoked.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sana Excel Skinny Rich Shadow in SR-05 Warm Brown

While I am trying to stay away from hypes,  I do keep a close eye on what's hot in Japanese market (and pounce when I find them without markup). I feel like Japanese beauty market is way too competitive to buy out with "Influencers". I might as well add that I hate that word, if I get an email going "Hello Influencers..." I set it as spam right away.

Excel (not the one spreadsheets) is one of the few small makeup lines under the Sana umbrella. I first started noticing these eyeshadow quads popping up in various magazine awards, next to palettes I already own and like (Visee Nudy Rich and various Lunasol). When I checked, I found out it was also rated number one from for the last quarter of 2015.

The lines Skinny Rich (eh...) Shadow that's best described as fifty shades of brown...All of them are some sort of brown beige gradation but with different leaning (rosy, beige, cool etc.) and number 01 has eerily similar color scheme as the perennial best seller Lunasol Beige Beige. I am sure that's not a coincidence.
With a brand not as mainstream, I was actually lucky to find it at Adambeauty (with no mark up). I waited too long the best seller SR03 (muted pink brown)and SR01 (Beige Beige lookalike) were sold out, I snapped the newest SR-05 Warm Brown instead.

The compact looks sleek and simply. The golden frame looks classy and it gets scratches as soon as you unwrap it. Well, for 1600 yens, you can't expect a fancy compact. 
The quad consists of four seemly shimmery pans with uniform texture. Upper left is a ricepaper beige as base and highlight, upper right is a creamy apricot that doesn't look too orange/colorful (it's still rather neutral even when you are heavy handed on this), a medium nutty brown is main shade and a deeper chocolate as liner.
Even all four have the same finish (a very subtle satin), the palette doesn't look flat on the eyes at all.  Each pan would melt into skin and onto each other, leaving no obvious powdery trace at all. The soft texture melts right in that I don't even need to blend/smooth out the edges (there is no edge!)
See now it's not even powdery on my arm.
Just a hasty/simple gradation with all four shades. We get so many rainy and overcast days this year it's hard to properly review and swatch for eyeshadow without great natural light.

I get to use all pans and don't need to worry about turning muddy. The overall effect is a soft brown with a hint of sunny apricot.  If the range was made to copy Lunasol, I think that their texture definitely feels and wear like a high end one. Now I want to try their lip oils...
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