Monday, 16 January 2017

Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation

Shu Uemura will debut its new Petal Skin Fluid Foundation SPF20 PA++ (5000yen, 30ml) on 24 February in Japan. Available in 11 shades, it promises poreless coverage that does not feel heavy on the skin, and a softly radiant semi-matte finish like the surface of a flower petal. Pic by Voce.

The accompanying Petal 55 Foundation Brush (6000yen) is designed for speedy application of foundation. It is designed to sit at an angle so that water does not pool in the base when the brush is drying off after a wash. Pic below by Tokyo Beauty News.


Suqqu Spring 2017 Videos

Suqqu has posted a couple of makeup application videos featuring their new Designing Color Eyes quads on their Facebook page. Below is a behind-the-scenes clip on the shooting of the ad campaign. With the introduction of the Designing Color Eyes, the much beloved Blend Color Eyes palettes have been discontinued and are no longer available on the Suqqu online shop for Japan. A select few are still available on Selfridges and Harrods but these will eventually be phased out as well. Selfridges has also stopped carrying Suqqu brushes on their website, a rather odd decision given how popular these were despite the high price tags. The Spring 2017 collection will launch in Selfridges on 2 February.


Review by Alice


Swatch video by 蜜思雪輪


Thursday, 12 January 2017

ONE BY KOSÉ

Kose will launch its ONE BY KOSÉ brand on 16 January in Japan with just one product, Moisture Rice Power Hydration Boosting Serum. The brand earlier launched in the USA through QVC in January 2016 with a gel foundation that sold 5000 units with 10 minutes of the informercial's broadcast. The serum is free of artificial colours. It has a mildly acidic pH and a green floral scent. The official website is here.

Guerlain Spring 2017

The Guerlain Happy Rosy Glow Collection for Spring 2017 has just started to arrive online. It is available now on Nordstrom.

The star product is naturally the Meteorites Happy Glow Pearls, described as "shimmering pink with multicolored reflection for the ultimate glow, soft mauve to catch light and matte pink to revive the complexion. Combined with mini champagne pearls, they create a universal harmony that enlighten the complexion with radiance and a perfecting halo." It sure is pretty but do be aware that Guerlain has hiked up the price significantly for this Meteorites. The Meteorites from the permanent line-up retail at US$62 for 0.88oz/25g while the recent LE Météorites Perles de Légende from the Holiday 2016 collection was US$65 for 25g. In contrast, the Meteorites Happy Glow Pearls are a whopping US$74 for 1 oz (vs 9400yen in Japan). That's almost a 20% increase in price compared to the regular Meteorites, albeit for a tad more product. My Meteorites collection is vast enough that I think I can safely pass on this (unless a nice discount pops along) without regret.


Also part of the collection is the Meteorites Blush Happy Glow (6800yen), Meteorites Brush (5200yen) and KissKiss lipsticks #564 and #565 (4400yen). All items are limited edition.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Albion Tight Film Foundation Pro

Albion will release this improved version of their Tight Film Foundation on 18 February in Japan. The Tight Film Foundation PRO SPF32 PA+++ (6000yen, 30g) will be available in 6 shades. It supposedly contains two types of memory polymer and uses the skin's temperature to help form a lifting, tightening veil on the skin to create a slimmer profile. Pic from Voce.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Paul & Joe Cleansing Gel

Paul & Joe will release this new Cleansing Gel (3500yen, 160g) on 1 March in Japan. Formulated with olive oil and parsley extract, the textures transforms upon contact with skin. Pic by Voce. The Spring 2017 collection is now available on ASOS which ships internationally (but often without any protective packaging so caveat emptor).

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Spring 2017 Collections Swatches

Tokila has real-life pics and swatches of the following Spring 2017 collections:

Lunasol 暘空浄化

RMK Color Change

Chicca Heart Butterfly

Ayura

Kose Nailholic Shade Expansion

Since its introduction in February 2015, Kose's budget-friendly Nailholic line has logged sales in excess of 10 million units. Priced at just 300yen each, the line boasts a whopping 92 shades. Nailholic will add 19 new shades, plus 10 Pastel Snow shades and 8 glittery Pasty Flake shades. View the official website here.

Kanebo Spring 2017

Kanebo will expand its new eponymous global prestige brand's lineup with nine makeup products on 10 February and skincare on 3 March. The skincare line is supposedly designed to be attuned to women's monthly hormonal fluctuations. Aside from the new powder foundation and tri-tone brow powder, there will also be six new lipsticks that are a revival of Kanebo's former flagship drugstore brand T'estimo's bestselling Rouge Clear rose-based shades, reformulated with the latest modern technology.

KANEBO was launched in September 2016 in Japan and November 2016 in Southeast Asian countries including Singapore, and will be available in Europe and Russia in 2017. Read the press release here.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

Well, 2016 has simply whizzed by, hasn't it? With just a couple hours left of this year to go, I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. For longtime readers who have hung around, thank you for your continued interest and support. I know blog updates this year have been very sporadic and I can't promise that it will change anytime soon. As many of you know, my brood expanded from one to three this past April so life has been a whirlwind of mainly diaper changes, bottle feeds and lots of baby carrying. My makeup collection has sat collecting sad dust bunnies for the past year. I've been trying to make more of an effort with putting on my face but it often feels like a losing battle, especially when I see all the white hair that has sprouted, reminding me that I'm on the cusp of turning 40.

Enough of my prattle. Who wants to see cute baby pics?

These little tykes were born at 36 weeks by C-section, weighing just 2.4kg and 2.5kg. They spent 8 days in the neo-natal ICU, mainly learning how to feed and put on weight. One had jaundice and the other had trouble maintaining his body temperature for awhile, but other than that, their issues were pretty mild compared to other premature babies. They came off their oxygen tubes after the first day and their IVs were out by the third day. Still, there were a couple of harrowing moments, like when the nurses jabbed one twin several times in the arms, heels and even his forehead trying to find a viable vein for the IV needle. It was surreal being discharged from the hospital and going home without my babies, but fortunately, we lived just around the corner from the hospital. We were also able to view the babies live over the internet through video cameras above their cots.

We've been fortunate in that we've had great help from our parents, who have been taking turns to stay with us for six months each. The first few months were tough as expected, but the painful pregnancy had trained me to function with very little sleep. At least now I can sleep lying down without stomach acid flooding my mouth like it did when I was pregnant.

These chubby wubbies are identical twins but they have always looked different to me. The younger one has a slightly rounder face and bigger eyes. My husband still gets them mixed up on a regular basis, claiming that he's just not good with faces. Whatever! The two also have different temperaments. The older one is more stoic while the younger one is super jolly but also quicker to fuss.

However depressing the state of the world around us is, I feel like I've been blessed many times over with this crew. Life's pretty perfect when one's heart and arms are so full. Each day when they wake up and see me, their faces light up and they kick their tiny feet and flap their arms like ecstatic chickens on speed. Those precious seconds of unadulterated joy are what I hold on to. Some day, they'll probably become resentful moody teenagers who can't wait to escape to the other side of the world but I'll always have these treasured memories of the time when I was their whole world and vice versa.


May the new year bring you more love, light and merry adventures wherever you are.

THREE Peach Celebration Collection

Three will release these limited edition Peach Celebration sets (6800yen) on 3 March in Japan to coincide with the traditional Hinamatsuri (Girls' Day) festival. Each of the three sets includes a Whisper Gloss For Eyes, Shimmering Lip Jam (mini size) and Epic Mini Dash (liquid blush). Pic by Voce.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Canmake Spring 2017

Here's Canmake's Spring 2017 releases:

1 Jan
Glow Fleur Cheeks #8 Fuschia Berry Fleur (blue-based translucent pink) 800yen


1 Feb
Cream Cheek #15 Antique Milk Rose (elegant pink beige) 580yen

Maybelline Pure Mineral BB Cushion Fresh Matte

Maybelline will release its second cushion foundation for the Japanese and Asian markets on 14 January in Japan. The Pure Mineral BB Cushion Fresh Matte SPF25 PA+ will retail at 2400yen for 14g, with just a paltry two shades available (01 Natural Beige and 02 Medium Beige). Maybelline had earlier released the Pure Mineral BB Fresh Cushion SPF25 PA+++ in Oct 2015. Pic by Voce. See swatches here, here and here.

According to Nylon (Singapore), this will also be available in Singapore starting in January 2017 at the price of S$28.90 with two shades available, 02 Light and 03 Natural. It is made with more than 60% hydrating essence. In comparison, the Dream Cushion Foundation just released in the USA (also in Europe, Canada and Australia) comes in 8 shades but rather annoyingly, has no stated SPF. The Dream Cushion Foundation is made in Korea and retails for US$16.


Maquillage Spring 2017

Maquillage is slated to release its Spring 2017 collection on 21 March. It includes:

1. Dramatic Rouge: 3 new shades (3000yen)

2. Watery Rouge: 3 new shades (2300yen)

3. Dramatic Mood Eyes: 2 new palettes (3000yen)

Pic from Voce.

Visee Avancé Multi Stick

Much like the iconic NARS Multiple, Visee Avancé Multi Stick Color (1800yen, 6 shades) is a cream stick that can be used on the cheeks, lips and even the eyes. Pic by Voce.