Friday, 25 December 2015

Spring 2016 collections swatches on Tokila

Tokila has excellent close-up pics and swatches of several upcoming Japanese Spring 2016 makeup collections:




Anna Sui

Cosme Decorte AQMW


Jill Stuart

Majolica Majorca Spring 2016

Majolica Majorca will launch its Spring 2016 collection, Open Your Luck, on 21 February. It includes:

1. Gel Liquid Liner: Waterproof liquid eyeliner with an ultra-slim 0.02mm brush. Lasts up to 12 hours. In 5 shades of which PK400 Cherry Pink is limited edition. (1026yen, 1.4ml)

Pic below shows the results achieved with one click, two clicks and three clicks of the applicator.

2. Lip Essence Balm: In 2 shades (Baby Tint and Cherry Tint) of which Cherry Tint is limited edition (648yen, 3.5g)

3. Lash Expander Edge Meister PK400 Cherry Pink (1296yen, LE)

4. Puff de Cheek (Flower Harmony PK401 Sakura Pink Mix (1620yen, 5.8g, LE)

Urban Decay, Becca, Stila and Physicians Formula Sale Haul

The Urban Decay Vice 4 palette is currently marked down to US$39 from US$60 at several US retailers including Sephora and Ulta, so I finally picked it up. With the Ulta 20% off prestige brands coupon for Platinum members, this ended up costing just $31! Perhaps Urban Decay over-estimated the demand for this palette, and hence the deep discount just a couple of days before Christmas.

The Vice series is one of my all-time favourites for their vibrant shade combinations with Vice 4 being possibly the most gorgeously constructed with its multi-hued metal packaging. However, given the plethora of reviews that warned of glitter fallout, it did not seem to justify the original price tag of $60. Moreover, I was less than impressed with the last Vice Limited palette. But for half the original price, it's just too good of a steal to pass up with its veritable smorgasbord of 20 shades.

At Ulta, I also picked up the Becca Radiant Glow Collection which comes with a full size Raspberry/Opal Lip Shimmer Souffle, plus deluxe sample sizes of their popular Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal and Under Eye Brightening Corrector. With the 20% discount, this was just $25.60, a pretty good bargain considering that the Lip Shimmer Souffle usually retails for $25 by itself.

The Stila Shimmer & Shine Deluxe Beauty Set ($20 with a $45 value) is another attractive set of minis of their Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Pixie Dust, Huge Extreme Lash Mascara and Lipglaze in Kaleidoscope. I also purchased the Got Inked Cushion Eyeliner in Smoky Quartz Ink and Rimmel The Only One Lipstick in Peachy Beachy ($6.99). Although I've been an Ulta Platinum member for over half a year, I've never received any of their 20% off prestige brand coupons (which are sent out randomly and never to all Platinum members) until this holiday season when they sent me two mail coupons and one email coupon code. I'll probably use the final remaining code to order the new Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation.

CVS was running a buy 1, get 1 75% promotion off all Physicians Formula products so I snagged the new Mineral Wear Cushion Foundation SPF50 in Light ($16) and Disco Glam Extreme Shimmer Strips ($12). The PF foundation was supposed to have a $4 instant rebate coupon on the box but this was missing. Fortunately, the cashier was nice enough to enter a store coupon so I received the discount. Elsewhere, these have been sighted with $9 rebate coupons.

Curiously, it is not stated anywhere on the packaging where this is made. The usual suspect would be Korea, given that this has the standard SPF50 seen in many Korean cushion foundations. The cushion plastic insert cannot be removed.

This haul helped to kick me out of my recent funk in which I've just been too lazy and exhausted to slap on anything aside from a cushion foundation, brow liner and mascara. I'm 22 weeks along now with the twins and already can't see below my massive bump. The twins are also kicking away merrily every day. At least I'm almost two-thirds of the way through. Just hoping I can hold them in till 37 weeks and avoid any time in the NICU.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Shiseido White Lucent Skincare Renewal

Shiseido will launch its revamped White Lucent skincare range on 1 February in Japan. It includes:

1. Luminizing Infuser (5940yen, 150ml)

2. Luminizing Surge (7020yen, 75ml)

3. Micro Brightening Spots Corrector (11880yen for 30ml; 15120yen for LE 50ml size)

4. Multi Bright Night Cream (11880yen, 50g)

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Lancome UV Expert CCCover

Lancome will launch this UV Expert XL CCCover SPF50 PA++++ (5800yen, 30ml) in 4 shades (01 Flawless Bright, 02 Fresh Rose, 03 Natural Nude and 04 Light Beige) on 17 February in Japan. It is supposed to help protect from the damaging effects of blue light emitted from devices such as LCD TVs, PCs and smartphones, in addition to the usual UVA and UVB rays. The three "C"s stand for Cell, Coloration and Cover.

There will also be a new Blanc Expert Beauty Skin Tone Cream (12000yen, 50ml).

Other products debuting on 13 Jan in Japan:

1. Absolue Teint Sublime Radiance Compact Foundation SPF32 PA+++ (13000yen, 6 shades)

2. Absolue Teint Precious Cell Sublime Cream Foundation SPF26 PA+++ (13000yen, 6 shades)

3. Absolue Sublime Glow Base (9000yen, 24ml)

Pics below from Maquia.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Esprique Spring 2016 New Base Makeup

Esprique will launch the following new base makeup products on 16 February in Japan:

1. Beautiful Stay Make Up Base EX SPF22 PA++ (30g and limited edition 10g trial size)

2. Beautiful Stay Make Up Base EX Limited Edition Kit (includes Hada Kiwami Powder Wash for 5 uses)

3. Pore Cover Perfect Base CC Limited Edition Set (includes Hada Kiwami Powder Wash for 5 uses)

4. Pact UV Foundation Limited Edition Kit with LE case and sample of Beautiful Stay Make Up Base (10 uses)

Jo Malone The Herb Garden

According to Elle Japan, Jo Malone's first offering for 2016 is The Herb Garden, a limited edition set of five colognes:
Lavender & Coriander
Sorrel & Lemon Thyme
Wild Strawberry & Parsley
Nasturtium & Clover
Carrot Blossom & Fennel

Debuting on 4 March in Japan. Read more about the collection in Tribe and Fashion For Lunch.

Les Merveilleuses by Laduree Face Color Rose Laduree

Laduree is releasing another two limited edition Face Color Rose Laduree (Mini) in 106 Jeanne (innocent sakura pink) and 106 Camille (elegant mauve pink) on 4 March in Japan. Retailing at 3400yen for 1g each.

L'Oreal Lucent Magic Cushion Blush

L'Oreal is launching this Lucent Magic Cushion Blush (2000yen) in P2 Pink Fantasia, P3 Rose Affair and C1 Skinkissed Coral on 12 February in Japan.

Guerlain Parure Blanc Light Booster Compact Foundation

Guerlain will debut this Parure Blanc Light Booster Compact Foundation SPF20 PA++ (8700yen; refills at 6500yen) on 19 February in Japan. Available in 01 Pearl Beige, 02 Light Beige and 32 Light Amber, it is described as a brightening foundation with soft focus pigments coupled with a pearly highlighter.

Dior DiorSnow Bloom Perfect Collection for Spring 2016

Dior will launch its Snow Bloom makeup and whitening skincare collection on 26 February in Japan. It includes:

1. Snow Cherry Bloom Powder (7600yen)

2. Cinq Couleur #726 Pink Breeze and #136 Lilac Light (7600yen)

3. Rouge Dior #251 Blooming (3900yen)

4. Snow Transparency Brightening Loose Powder (6500yen)

5. DiorSnow Makeup Base UV35 SPF35 PA+++ (6000yen, 30ml): Available in rose (for a healthy brightening glow), beige (for countering skin redness) and blue (for countering sallow yellow)

6. DiorSnow Bloom Perfect Sponge (1000yen)

7. DiorSnow Bloom Perfect emulsion SPF35 PA+++ (12000yen, 30ml)

8. Dior Vernis #327 Precious and #157 Lovely (3000yen)

9. Dior Addict Fluid Stick #249 Prism Rose (3900yen)

10. DiorShow Pro Liner Waterproof #882 Pro Plum and #42 Pro Grey (3000yen)

11. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 004 Sweet Lilac (3600yen)

12. Dior Addict Lipstick #348 Sweet Coral and #676 Pink Delight (3900yen)

Anna Sui Spring 2016 New Base Makeup

Anna Sui will launch this new Gel Foundation Primer SPF28 PA++ (3000yen, 28g) and Matte Powder Foundation SPF25 PA++ (3000yen for 10g refill and 1000yen for case) on 1 March in Japan. The foundation will be available in 7 shades. The primer helps to plump up the skin with moisture, reducing the appearance of pores with its clear cover powder.

Pic below by Tomoichi.

Also launching on 1 Feb is this Limited Beauty Mirror (2500yen) and Sui Dreams in Yellow Eau de Toilette (5400yen, 30ml) with notes of Italian mandarin, Sichuan pepper, lotus, jasmine, white musk, sandalwood and crisp amber.

Below is the ad visual for the Spring 2016 makeup collection launching on 4 Jan. More pics here.