December 15, 2014

Jouer Fall/Winter Haul

Fall/Winter colors are my favorite shades to wear in my clothes and of course, in my makeup. I love the deep, rich shades that add warmth and cozy-ness to any look.

Last year I purchased a few things from Jouer Cosmetics during a sale but I've been so behind in posting but better late than never. Unfortunately, a few of these products are discontinued or are on sale and possibly not sold anymore so get them while you can. 



November 05, 2014

Hot Tools 1" inch Salon Curling Iron - 24K Gold Review

I'm a fan of Hot Tools curling irons, having previously bought the 1-1/4" inch Salon Curling Iron - 24K Gold. I wanted to create a tighter curl  though so I recently bought the 1" inch Salon Curling Iron - 24K Gold, which is supposed to give full curls and waves.



October 31, 2014

Salon Brand Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Hair Products

Whenever I get my hair cut at J Salon, they always entice me with hair products they sell. Salon brands can be a little pricey compared to what you see at the drugstores but sometimes can be worth it for the quality. I've written about high-end hair products so here is an update on a few  new products I've been using over the past several months.

As a background on my hair type, I have normal thickness with a slight wave and there's lot of it. I've never colored my hair or used any chemicals on it but I do use a lot of heat with my blow dryer and curling irons.

I have a couple of shampoos and conditioners that are a little bit on the rich side and was looking for something that was lighter, more of a basic cleanse and condition. I bought Bain Cristal Shampoo - Long Hair by Kerastase, a silicone, paraben and colorant free shampoo. It's specifically for long, thick hair but they do have one for fine hair as well. It's supposed to purify the roots, rebalance hair fibers and leave the ends smooth and polished, all while not weighing them down. It has a clear, lightweight texture to it but still lathers well.

Lait Cristal, the matching conditioner, is also supposed to purify the roots, rebalance hair fibers and leave the ends smooth and polished. It softens and detangles the hair to improve the hair's natural shine, keeping it light and airy. This is also a nice, weightless texture that doesn't make my hair feel greasy after I wash it off. These are quite a lot to spend on shampoo and conditioner but I only use it when my hair isn't loaded with products/clean hair for a basic wash.

For styling my hair I bought Forme Fatale, also by Kerastase. It's a blow-dry gel that gives all-over body and hold and is alcohol free, with UV and heat protection. To use, I rub a quarter size amount of product in my hands, raking it through my damp hair with my fingers starting mid-length, down to the ends. Whatever is left on my hands, I apply it to the roots. Even though it's a gel, it's not too thick, is easy to work with and isn't heavy on my hair or weigh it down. After I dry it with a blow dryer, my hair feels fuller, has a bit of hold but still flexible and with no stickiness, stiffness or crunchy feeling. You can even apply a tiny bit on dry hair to control frizz and flyaways. I usually wear my hair curly/wavy and so this a great product to use, paired with Kenra Hot Spray 20. It has a nice fruity smell that makes it enjoyable to use and has specks of shimmer that adds shine to your hair.

To finish off my style, I was recommended Cotton Uzu, a defining flexible cream by Shu Uemura - Art of Hair line. It's a whipped-cream wax made of cotton fibers derived from fruit of a delicate flower, for light hold and shine on curly or wavy hair. You only need a tiny amount, just a dab of it with your fingers. I rub the product in my hands and use a scrunching motion to apply. If you smooth it or rake it through your hair, it will lose the definition of the curls. Whatever is left on my hands, I lightly smooth it on the front pieces and tops of my hair. I like that it defines each curl but still makes my hair touchable. It doesn't leave a greasy texture to my hair or weigh it down. This was my first time trying Shu Uemura's hair products but will be interested in trying more.










Like I've stated before, I think high-end products can be worth it, especially for styling products. You can save on shampoo and conditioners since that is used more frequently but it takes the right styling products to achieve the look you want.



 Glamour Girl

October 19, 2014

M.A.C Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover Review

One of my favorite eye makeup removers is Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover but at its price tag, I was always looking for an alternative that worked just as well but at a more affordable cost.



October 17, 2014

Lily Pily Jewelry Review

There are so many small fashion brands you can shop online from. I found Lily Pily through Instagram and was interested in their jewelry, although they also have clothes and other accessories as well.

I was looking for chunky bracelets and bought two Bugambilia Bracelet in Pink which has light pink, lavender and white stones, and Black which has solid black, grey and white stones. I love how the stones are big and gives a luxe look and the toggle clasps make it easy to put it on and take it off.


I also bought two Glittery Fashion Cuffs in Pink-Purple and White. They come in other colors as well but I thought these compliment the two other bracelets I bought. Obviously, they resemble Hermes bracelets but in a trendier style and cheaper material. The clasp doesn't close very well, sometimes it opens up when I'm wearing and have to keep an eye on it so it doesn't come off but I think the glitter has a fun, sparkle effect that adds a glamorous touch to an outfit.


An outfit I wore with the bracelets on my 25th birthday last year:


As you can see, I like stacking these bracelets on the arm that I wear my watch on for night, party looks. Stacked jewelry, or "arm candy" is a big trend right now and so if you like fashionable jewelry at an affordable price, check out Lily Pily.



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October 13, 2014

M.A.C Artificially Wild Collection

For Fall 2014, M.A.C Cosmetics released Artificially Wild Collection which consisted of hues in camouflage, earthy tones for the eyes, cheeks and lips. What drew me to this collection was the limited edition Eyeshadows, all four of which I bought:
  • Artificial Earth: Satin finish; light mauve pink with subtle shimmer
  • Marsh: Satin finish; medium olive green
  • Natural Wilderness: Satin finish; medium mustard yellow-brown
  • Stony: Satin finish; light-medium neutral silver-gray
Satin finish Eyeshadows are one of my favorite formulas from M.A.C because it's matte enough to add depth to the eyes but has a touch of shimmer or a pearlescent sheen so the color isn't completely flat looking. They generally have a smooth texture that's easy to blend and with good color payoff. 

October 07, 2014

THEFACESHOP: Black Sugar Products

After purchasing SKINFOOD Black Sugar Wash Off Mask in Japan, I was interested in finding other black sugar skincare products that I can purchase in the states. I was able to find two products by THEFACESHOP.

Phyto Powder in Cleansing Cream is a makeup remover cleanser with black sugar that is supposed to clean deep into the root of blackheads. It also has Green Tea and Olive extracts for antioxidants and moisture. The cream consistency is smooth, thick but is easily spreadable on the face to breakdown the makeup. I use tissues to wipe it off. I'm not sure if the brown sugar really cleans blackheads but the tiny specks just melts away. The cleanser works really well in removing my makeup and doesn't leave a greasy residue. It's hard to find a tissue-off cleanser/makeup remove that isn't too expensive and just gets the job done.

Honey Black Sugar Scrub is an exfoliater that removes blackheads with the black sugar and softens skin with honey extract. The directions say to massage on the face for 1-2 minutes, then wash off with warm water. It basically feels like a honey and sugar scrub, the granules are small and aren't too rough on the skin. Any dry patches that were on my face, especially on my T-zone and cheeks, feel smooth afterwards. The scrub is gentle enough to be used 1-2 times a week without irritating the skin.

What's nice about using black sugar in skincare products is that it leaves a sugary scent on your skin that is not overpowering. These two natural products will be sweet additions to my skincare routine.



 Glamour Girl

September 30, 2014

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show: Giorgio Armani and YSL Haul

Recently I shopped at Nordstrom's Beauty Trend Show for the first time which is where you spend a certain amount and receive a gift. There were new products from Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent circulating beauty blogs that I just had to get my hands on so I thought it was the perfect time to shop.


September 18, 2014

Giorgio Armani Friends & Family 20% Sale

During one of Giorgio Armani Beauty Friends & Family sales, it was the perfect time to buy a few of their products that had been on my wishlist. I even got a little treat with my order!

September 10, 2014

M.A.C Retro Matte Collection

M.A.C Retro Matte Collection was released back in Fall of 2013, consisting new formula of Lipsticks called Retro Matte, plus a whole color range of Pro Longwear Lip Pencils. The colors that were limited edition I bought when the collection came out but the permanent ones were bought later, hence this being a late post.

August 21, 2014

House of Lashes: Iconic, Heartbreaker, Darling and Precious

House of Lashes became my favorite brand for false lashes after discovering them last year. The variety of designs and quality for the price is reasonable, especially if you wear them as often as I do. They recently created some new designs to review which I bought during one of their sales they post on Instagram.


August 14, 2014

M.A.C Pedro Lourenço Collection

Brazillian fashion designer Pedro Lourenço paired up with M.A.C to create a limited edition collection that reflects on his designs, a nude color palette with metallic touches. I'll be honest, I've never heard of this designer but when I saw the promotional images, I knew the collection was right up my alley.


August 05, 2014

M.A.C Viva Glam Rihanna

Barbados-born international pop singer Rihanna is the newest spokesperson for M.A.C's Viva Glam campaign. Her edgy, bold and confident style shows in the Lipstick and Lipglass shade but is still classic and wearable on almost anyone.


June 29, 2014

Japan Haul: Bourjois and Tangle Teezer Review

My final Japan haul post aren't actually by Japanese brands but are unavailable for me to try them out.

First are two makeup products by Bourjois. I remember using their products years ago when Sephora used to sell them but now seem to be sold internationally.
  • Healthy Mix Serum: Their foundations are one of the most popular products being reviewed ono blogs and on YouTube. There are two Healthy Mix foundations, the Serum formulated with vitamin-rich fruits including lychee, goji berries, and pomegranate to erase signs of fatigue and boost skin's radiance for up to 16 hours. It has a gel-liquid consistency that gives a semi-matte finish to the skin with light-to-medium coverage. There are only six shades available, fortunately No. 52 Vanille matched me pretty well. On my normal-combination, it lasts for a good 6-8 hours with a primer underneath and a powder set on top but I notice my skin starts to get a little shiny throughout the T-zone, which I suppose it gives the skin that "radiant" look. I like the natural looking finish and it doesn't feel heavy on the skin.
  • Healthy Mix Concealer: Bourjois has two Healthy Mix concealers, I bought the one in the squeeze tube that's for radiance and anti-fatigue. It's a "fruit-therapy" concealer that corrects dark circles with apricot, raspberry, and melon. There are only three shades to choose from and although No. 51 Eclat Claire Light Radiance is light enough for skin-tone and has enough of a peachy undertone to it to brighten my under eye area, it's still a very limited color selection. The consistency is creamy, easy to blend and has medium buildable coverage.
Lastly, I bought a hair product but a British brand called Tangle Teezer.

I didn't realize this was fast becoming a popular beauty product and it's not just for professionals. The Tangle Teezer comes in many colors and styles but I bought The Original in Pink Fizz. Having long hair, curling it and using styling products means my hair gets tangled easily but this brush does get out all the knots. This plastic brush has short and long teeth to detangle hair, even on damp hair, without tugging or hurting your scalp. It doesn't have a handle but the curvature of the brush fits in the palm of your hands comfortably.




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May 13, 2014

Japan Haul: Nails

Since I've been into doing d.i.y nails, I definitely wanted to get nail polishes and nail art supplies during my trip to Japan.

April 01, 2014

Japan Haul: Misc. Japanese Makeup

Besides the ADDICTION makeup I bought in Japan, I bought other Japanese makeup that is a mix of high-end and drugstore brands.

I stopped by Shu Uemura, a brand known for their eyelash curlers, needing a replacement since I had mine for years. They recently came out with a new design called the New Generation Eyelash S Curler. This one doesn't have bars on the sides like a traditional curler which make it easier to get the corners lashes so it doesn't pinch your skin. When you close the clamp, you're supposed to push the white plastic into the socket of your eye to get a good curl at the base. After using this several times, I actually prefer the traditional curler because it's faster to use. The white plastic also comes off a lot on the S Curler which can be annoying. I still think this is a great curler for people with short lashes or hard to curl lashes and it will fit all eye shapes.

There are some great drugstore brands in Japan that you can buy at convenient stores and cosmetics stores. I picked up a few products I was interested in checking out after reading reviews on blogs and watching videos on YouTube.
  • Dolly Wink Deep Black Liquid Eyeliner: A water-resistant liquid eyeliner. It has a super fine felt tip applicator that makes drawing thin lines and winged eyeliner easy to do. Formulated with honey essence and moisturizing effects, I think it helps the product glide on effortlessly. I like that the color is an opaque matte black, the consistency is smooth, and it doesn't flake off or smudge throughout the day.
  • KATE BK-1 Mat Black Gel Eyeliner N: A fade-resistant, waterproof gel eyeliner. These come in other shades and finishes, plus it comes with a brush to apply it with. The consistency is creamy to apply and has a rich black color payoff. The brush is nice as well; small, flat, tapered bristles to control how thin or thick you want your liner to be. It stays all day on my top lash line without fading or flaking but it's not something I would use on my bottom lash-line or waterline because almost everything smudges on me there. I like that the size of the pot is smaller than the average gel liner (Bobbi Brown, M.A.C, etc.) because the product usually dries out before you finish it.
  • MAJOLICA MAJORCA BK999 Lash Expander Edge Miester Mascara: MAJOLICA MAJORCA is known for their mascaras, this one was on Cosme's list of top mascaras. It's a liquid waterproof lengthening mascara that has small fibers to add length to your lashes. The duo-sided plastic comb helps separate the lashes. I like that it does lengthen my lashes with the fibers, doesn't get clumpy or smudge, and holds a curl well.
What are your favorite products from drugstore or high-end Japanese brands?



 Glamour Girl

February 28, 2014

Japan Haul: ADDICTION

ADDICTION was a cosmetic brand that I wanted to check out for myself after receiving a palette from my friends a couple birthdays ago.


I went to Seibu Department store located in Shibuya, and wanted to make myself a palette using their Compact Case II. It can hold 6 Eyeshadows/Kohl Eyeliners, 3 Blushes or a combination of those products, as well as small brushes and applicators that they sell separately. You can see when the case is empty, there are tiny holes that you can slip a pin through to pop out the products to rearrange how you like it. The palettes are not magnetized but held by glue from under the plastic of the product.


February 13, 2014

Japan Haul: Skinfood Skincare

Asian skincare has become more and more popular, even the Western brands have taken a few notes. SKINFOOD is a well-known Korean brand that I surprisingly discovered in Lumine EST Shinjuku and was eager to try. 

February 01, 2014

Japan Haul: Clothes & Accessories

Shopping for clothes in Japan during the Winter can be difficult when you live in a tropical location. Heavy sweaters and jackets aren't exactly practical. Luckily, I was actually able to find a few things plus some accessories.

While we were in Harajuku, we went to RNA MEDIA that's in Laforet department store. The style is sporty wear and tomboy-ish but somehow I managed to find this super cute sweater. It has a kiss print, which I love to have on everything, on the front and lipsticks on the back. Even though it's a long-sleeved sweater, the material is lightweight and breathable.

The next two stores are not Japan based but we don't have them in Hawaii.

ZARA is pretty popular in Japan, there were multiple stores in Shinjuku and Shibuya. While my sister bought four bags from there, I only bought this grey t-shirt that has, yes, lips and lipsticks on it. It also has these squiggly marks from the "lipstick" that is designed with beads. I just thought this was a fun shirt to wear and to add my lip clothing collection.


Then at H&M, I bought a light grey infinity scarf that has nude-pink lips all over it. I have a burgundy and blue lip scarf but I like that this is a neutral color that will go with a lot of outfits. This is the last lip print design I bought during my trip, I promise!

Also at H&M, I bought a big pale beige bow hair clip in a velvety material. I love using bows when I wear a topknot, high-bun or any other hairstyle.


I bought another bow at a shop called Feria that's in Shinjuku Lumine EST. There are so many styles of one accessory that it's hard to choose. Normally I pick a design that will stand out against my black hair but I like this one because it's a simple black with beads and stones at the center that gives it a sophisticated look.


A well-known designer in Japan is Samantha Thavasa which sells bags and wallets. Petite Choice is a sub-brand and was the perfect brand for me to go to when I was looking for a wallet. I bought a Lamé Print Multi-Pass Case in Beige. It's compact enough to fit in my small handbags but can actually fit quite a lot, everything from cash, coins, cards and ID. The cream color with subtle gold flecks makes it look chic yet functional at the same time.

I've been into nude-cream colors lately and found this bag at TOPSHOP on my last day of shopping. Although it's not a Japanese brand and I've shopped online before, it's nice to shop at the actual store. This Colorblock Bowler Bag is great for carrying a lot of things on a busy day doing errands. I like that  the nude side panel is a pocket for easy to grab access. It comes with a long strap to wear as a shoulder bag but I like carrying it just as a tote. A white bag can be tricky to not get dirty but it's also a color that can carry throughout the seasons.


I love getting jewelry in Japan, the sizes are much smaller and fit me better. The styles also tend to be a little more delicate and dainty. I bought these two inexpensive rings at a shop called Lycka that's in Laforet. They're actually quite chunky in comparison to the other styles I've seen but thought it was something different.

My last and most expensive purchase is from ABISTE. It has become a tradition of mine to purchase something from this brand since I discovered it 5 years ago at the hotel I stay in. I have a few watches from them but wanted to get a ring instead. I'm not sure what the style is called but it has a pear-shaped clear stone with tiny stones around it on a rose-gold band. There was one that had a round stone but  the shape of this ring instantly caught my eye. I love that it's a delicate, elegant and feminine design that isn't too cutesy or flashy.

That's all I bought fashion-wise on my trip. It's not much but not all of Japan's style is something that I would wear. Next up, my skincare haul from Skinfood.



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January 20, 2014

Today's Client, Hidemi's Great Gatsby Winter Ball

This years theme for Hidemi's Winter Ball was The Great Gatsby. I didn't want to take it literally from the movie and make it look like a Halloween makeup look but more inspired from the movie. She was wearing a black and gold dress so I did a soft makeup look using gold and warm browns for the eyes, peachy blush and a gold highlight for the cheeks, and light pink-y nude lips. I liked that it didn't compete with the dress or look too dramatic but it just gave her a subtle, golden-glam look.






















January 08, 2014

theBalm 50% Off Haul: Shady Lady Palettes, Batter Up, Put a Lid On It

My final haul and review from theBalm is on their eye products, which I believe is one of their stand out products. Their Shady Lady Eyeshadows come in singles or in a pre-made palette. I've bought Vol. 2 years ago and finally bought the other two to complete the set, plus a couple of other things.

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