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Shu Uemura Tokyo Charm palette (eye quad palette #1) +

So as we all know that Shu has new eyeshadows,  but over in the far land in Asia, there are premade palettes that consist of the new eyeshadow colors (no LE shades). The theme being different makeup looks from different cities in the world. I saw the different palettes and I was so smitten with the Tokyo Charm one. So I asked a lovely lady in Asia to buy one for me….

courtesy of
G bronze: This shade is the hardest one to work with, just for the simple reason is that it’s pure glitter. You may have to wet it a bit for it to apply properly. Granted the color is beautiful, but you definitely need the right brush and a good eyeshadow primer. How I’ve been using it is with the NARS primer, then patting it on, brushing off the excess glitter, and reapply. If you apply it heavily and brushing off the excess it’s a pretty shimmery shade. Definitely a bit annoying to use, but whatever. The major downside is that this shade isn’t sold in the USA.

M895: I love this one because it’s a dark matte. It’s a dark slightly warm brown. I know the color sounds boring, but it’s such a versatile shade. If you use a tiny bit and blend…it’s a glorious crease color…add a bit more and it’s an outer “v” (corner) eyeshadow shade. With all Shu mattes, easy to apply and relatively easy to blend.

P140: This pink shade is an interesting addition…it’s a soft, cool, opalescent pink. I’ve used the eyeshadow as a cheek shade moreso than an eyeshadow. For the eyes, I’d use it in the inner corner of the eye…it’s so soft and the pearl sheen is what makes it so special. I’m not one for pinks in general on my eyes, but I’ve worn this one a couple of times on my eyes.

ME825: This is my favorite one out of the batch. My personal favorite finish of all the Shu eyeshadows are the ME (metallic) finish. They’re what MAC veluxe pearl eyeshadows wish they were. They’re soft, buttery, and just full of awesome. This is a nice golden beige that just makes for a soft eye look. aaaaahhh I just can’t stop touching this color.

Onto the photos 😀
left to right:
G bronze
G bronze was applied with 2 quick layers with no primer, so you can see what I mean.
with flash
without flash

Overall thoughts: I like all of the colors, but the annoying one out of the batch is G bronze. Overall a win, but yea…I wish Shu would change the formulation of G colors (assuming all of them are similar to G bronze). You can’t go wrong with neutrals.

P.S. to all of my east coast people: stay safe and please stay indoors. It’s raining pretty hard already and hurricane Irene isn’t really here yet.


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What I’ve purchased +

I’ve never been one to post what I buy for two main reasons…

1. I eventually blog about what’s really awesome

2. it seems like gloating if I post what I buy. I mean all of us as bloggers buy a lot of stuff. We want to write about what we all like…but showing what we buy…can be seen as gloating…at least that’s how my sister sees it. My sister used to see what I bought and she used to get mad or just be passive aggressive about it. For what reason(s) I don’t know, but you get the idea…

As of the past few weeks, I’ve been working like crazy, especially with my schedule working during the day, and now I’m back on nights…needless to say it’s not fun because my body is not adjusting well AT ALL. I’ve gotten stuff in the mail/bought stuff in store…and with all that has happened in my life…I haven’t really played with any of it, which explains the less frequency of my posts. 


I’ve decided to show you my most recent makeup stuff. I hope you guys don’t see it as gloating, because it isn’t. I just want you all to see what I will eventually blog about and to see what I get excited about. This is stuff I’ve acquired during the past few weeks, so don’t think i just got it all in one shot. I hope you enjoy looking at some of my pretties.

I added Becca makeup back into my life. yay ! 

So what did I get?:
By Terry loose powder in ivory peach
Suqqu #4 quad — Keshizumi
Suqqu LE quad (in the white casing) — EX-02 — Sukashizumi
Becca Guava tint
Becca #58 foundation brush
RMK powder brush (to go with my By Terry loose powder — it’s that special).
Becca Halcyon Days Palette
Le Labo Gaiac 10 refill. (my signature fragrance since 2009).

a closeup of Gaiac 10. Yes, it’s panties perfume. 🙂

Shu Uemura 7.5 EXB fan brush (only sold in a certain part of Japan)
Shu Uemura eyeshadows in: ME825, P140, G bronze, M895
Shu Uemura custom palette in: P781, P812, M335

(most of these are only sold in Asia, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see it on the US site).

am i the only one who really loves seeing haul posts ? let me know how you feel about haul posts … ? like/dislike and why?


Shu Uemura ME 856 +

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As some of you may know, Shu Uemura revamped their eyeshadow and blushes…and one is to ask “how different are these colors from before”?

I freaked out because Shu Uemura has the softest, pigmented eyeshadows out there. They’re perfection in every sense of the word in terms of colors, their payoff, the sheen and luminosity. Most reformulations usually take a turn for the worse so I was worried that it would be a grim revamping.

So what’s different?

Size and packaging: The eyeshadows are now just sold in pans if you choose, which I’m guessing is Loreal’s attempt to make it more accessible price point wise. The old formula were in clear lucite casing, which I actually like a lot since it’s functional. I hate having to fumble around which color is inside the case. The actual dimensions of the eyeshadows are the same width, but the new eyeshadows are like a millimeter or 2 shorter than their old pans. 

Texture: they seem the same in terms of the soft buttery texture and color payoff. Thank the makeup heavens !! *bows*. They’re soft, buttery and on the eyes they just look simply…awesome.

To all of you taupe lovers…PinkSith *cough* we all know the most coveted taupe is without a doubt is Shu ME 945. Why ? Because Shu knows beautiful colors, especially taupes. It’s the unicorn pee of taupes…It’s that taupe that brings you to your knees every time you see it. It’s that love that makes your heart skip a beat each time you see it. Sadly I don’t own this shade anymore as I gave it away many moons ago. so how is ME856?

Color: it’s a slightly purple taupe. it’s supposed to be the replacement for Shu ME850. I’m sorry, but ME856 not as silvery, nor does it have the high shine. ME856 is definitely a bit more purple than ME850. Similar, I guess, but definitely not the same. AT ALL. It’s lighter and a bit more of a frost and warmer then P860. For all of you purple taupe lovers, ME856 is a must. definitely. It’s brilliant color, but it’s no replacement for ME850.

Size and Price: 1.4 grams or 0.049 oz, $15 for the refill ($8 more for a single eyeshadow holder)

Is it worth having?:
yes, i think so…and i’m not really a taupe ho’.

picture time ;D 

left to right:

Shu P860 (d/c)
Shu ME856
Shu ME850

left to right:

Shu P860 (d/c)
Shu ME856
Shu ME850

bottom row (third from left) is Shu ME856 in the old school Shu eyeshadow palette

left to right:

Shu P860 (d/c)
Shu ME856
Shu ME850

left to right:

Shu P860 (d/c)
Shu ME856
Shu ME850


Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant-Glow +

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An area I normally don’t explore too much when it comes to makeup are face/foundation primers. One of the reasons is probably because my first experience with a foundation primer, my skin burned (thank you, Bobbi Brown Face Base). Then when I had purchased Water Canvas foundation, I bought the accompanying primer. I’ve used the primer quite a lot since it did its job. I mean, it made my foundation last longer but I wasn’t wowed by it. But given my inexperience with primers, I didn’t know what to really expect from one. 
So a while back I bought Stage Performer and I liked it, but I didn’t use it for that long because my mom stole mine >:(. It’s funny because my mom tends to steal my most expensive or hard to find stuff. 
Moving along…a bit about Stage Performer and its overall purpose (courtesy of the Shu Uemura website):

stage-inspired multi-functional beauty cream to enhance makeup finish and deliver a natural glow. contains Ginkgo Leaf extract to fight oxidation. instantly, skin appears more luminous, translucent and smooth. provides 24-hour lasting moisture.

 To see a video, check it out here.

Texture and Formula: It definitely feels like a cream…it’s not a gel cream, if that’s what you’re wondering. I like this cream because isn’t sticky or heavy for my combination skin. The cream itself is white, but when you look at it up close it has like little grey specs in it. So don’t think your Stage Performer is rancid when you squeeze some out. The formula isn’t heavy on your face at all, which is pretty cool because when I first dispensed it, I didn’t think it would go well with my skintype. I can say dry skin types will love this stuff since it gives your skin moisture. 
What does it really do for me: I can wear Stage Performer as a nice cream by itself and it gives my face a nice radiance. So for those of you who have skin that needs a little extra pep in its step, this is really something to consider. Under foundation, especially my non-luminous ones, it gives it a tiny bit of luminosity that doesn’t look over the top. As for longevity, it does make my foundation last longer, but the main premise of this product is for the luminosity and moisture. 
I’m sure there are some people who are asking, how does this compare to MACs strobe cream/liquid? they both have the same premise of working underneath your foundation to give your face a nice glow, but Strobe Cream is definitely something that can be a little too over the top. Over the top in the sense of the “shine” where sometimes it doesn’t look natural. I love Strobe Cream when I’m wearing a heavier foundation when I go out at night, but it’s not something I personally would use for the daytime. Plus Stage Performer is a moisturizer, whereas Strobe Cream is just an illuminator.
The biggest thing about this is how it makes my face look in photos. It totally makes your skin look soft and radiant, even under heavy flash. I love the look and effect it gives, so delish. There’s nothing better than to have a primer that just makes your face look so lush ❤

Price and Size: $50, 1.6 oz

Is it worth the $: I think it’s something to consider moreso for the fall/winter when our skin gets a bit drier and need a nice cream/primer in one. I actually even like it for now, even though it’s the summer because it’s not that heavy of a cream, but it’s definitely moisturizing. For those of you who like a soft natural radiance but don’t have the time to apply highlighters, just putting this in your bag and applying it on the go is definitely a time saver. For those of you who own a foundation that just makes your face look blah, this will definitely give the foundation some radiance and not make your face look flat.

Ingredients list.

 A bit of Stage Performer on my hand

The bottom of my hand has Stage Performer, the top doesn’t. 

Bottom/left has Stage Performer
Top/right has nothing on.


Travel makeup +

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So I was out of the country and I’ve had people ask what I brought with me in terms of makeup. I didn’t think people really cared in terms of what I normally wear…I am glad someone does 🙂

I was out of town back in March and I took even less stuff with me back then. I left the country for family reasons, and there were a couple of nights where I had to wear at least a semi-full face.

From left to right:

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge: I wore it almost everyday as my tinted moisturizer. The two main reasons I took this with me is because I had tried a new skincare product (samples) that broke me out and I wanted my breakouts to heal quickly. Second reason is that on my last trip, I took Chantecaille Future Skin foundation so I wanted to rotate. Last summer when I was out in the sun, I got serious rashes from the sun since I work nights. Being in the sun as of recent with this foundation, I had no adverse skin reactions (as in my skin didn’t burn or fall off). I was in warmer weather climate and my skin didn’t get darker, but my arms and my legs surely did (and for reference,  I wore SPF 30 sunscreen on my hands/arms/legs). I look weird now that my face is a lot lighter than the rest of my skin now. Ah well. lol.

By Terry Baume de Rose: I used this as my lipbalm about every other day. I felt the maximum benefit at the airport because for some reason my lips get really dry. It could be the air conditioning or something with airports/airplanes.

Le Metier de Beaute Fraise Lip Creme: I wore this almost everyday too. I wore it for the times that I had to wear a semi full face as well. I like dark or vibrant reds, but I had to keep it tame for my family and for the events I had to go to. It’s definitely a wearable color, even for daytime. So for those who are concerned about wearing bright or vibrant colors, I consider it an office-friendly color. I’ll review this at a later date.

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani #103: This is my go to lipstick for serious events, as well. I wore this twice, which is odd. I think due to the warmer weather I didn’t wear it as often as I’d like. Sunnier weather=slightly more vibrant colors? I mixed this with Fraise lip creme and it looked pretty awesome. Neat discoveries are always a good thing.

By Terry Misty Rock cream eyeshadow: I’m not a big eyeshadow person, but I did wear this when I had to wear a semi full face. I just used it for those times and that was it. I really do mean it, this cream eyeshadow does live in my purse if I’m going out at night last minute and I need to do a quick face. Apply from the tube, blend with fingers and bam! you’re out the door.

By Terry Touchee Veloutee: I love this stuff, as it is my under eye concealer. If I am having a great skin day, I use this on red spots on my face and under my eyes. If I go out at night I wear my regular foundation and use this to brighten the area under my eyes. Since I was wearing a luminous tinted moisturizer, I didn’t feel the need to use it, since Peau Vierge brightens those areas by itself. So note to self: if wearing Peau Vierge, no need for this too. Otherwise, must have Touchee Veloutee in bag.

Armani Eyes to Kill mascara: It’s a mini. my ultimate mascara. Need I say more?

Shu #14 brush: I recently bought it since it was highly recommended. I’ll review this at a later time. Wonderful brush and I used it when I had to wear…

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #5: The perfect beige nude blush that fits the bill on so many levels. This needs a review on its own at a later date as well.

Bioderma Crealine H2O (not pictured): I had this in a small sample jar.


Shu Uemura Smoky Layers false eyelashes

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A commonly overlooked item when it comes to makeup are false eyelashes. I’m sure some of us have never tried a pair for varying reasons…it took me a while to wear them in my teens because I didn’t know how to apply them. The other reason being I was afraid that I would lose my natural eyelashes if I applied them wrong (well I was like 15 when I thought this…forgive me) ahaha. 
My first experience with false eyelashes was probably when I was 17 or 18 at a MAC makeover. It felt really weird and heavy. After that my eyes got used to their weight…although MAC lashes serve its purpose, I just wasn’t won over. I couldn’t explain why at the time, but I was like “meh” to the idea of false lashes.
When I first got into Shu Uemura, I knew they were known for their false eyelashes and eyelash curler. The associate who helped me at the time recommended the Smoky Layers. I thought “wow these are really pretty”.  I just saw them in the box and bought them. I found out why I think they’re so pretty:
There’s two rows of lashes. The “bottom” row of lashes are longer and slightly curled. The lashes individually are thinner than MACs, so they look more like your natural lashes. The top row is shorter, but curl up a bit more. It gives your lashes awesome volume and drama without being too crazy over the top. It gives a beautiful feathery effect that I just adore. 
On occasion I’ll use just accent lashes, but if I want go all out on lashes, I reach for these. They are my signature lashes and they are quite the attention grabber. 😀
Price: $28, sold here. I know that they’re more expensive than your standard pair of MAC lashes, but a splurge won’t hurt anyone, especially these 😀 ❤
Pics seen below:

A side view of the lashes. You can see here what makes them look SO COOL. 

That’s a part of my face…excuse the red eye, but that’s an idea of how it looks on your eyes. This picture was taken from far away, so you can’t see the detail ;(


Shu Uemura natural brush #10

There have been questions in relation to this post (the last long paragraph) since not many people know too much about certain Shu Uemura brushes. To the makeup aficionado, Shu Uemura is definitely without a doubt makes amazing brushes. I know all of us either dream of having some of the kolinsky brushes (I am a part of this group). Anyway, this brush does deserve its own post. 
Size and price: The height is taller than most makeup brushes. Sadly for me, I don’t own a ruler, but I did take photos so you can see how it compares to other brushes that others may own. The handle is quite slender and the price is $68. 
Bristles: It’s half kolinsky, half sable brush.
Why this is such a great brush:
My makeup artist who works for Giorgio Armani used this brush for my makeover because I asked him what makes this brush so great. He used a very little amount of eyeshadow. He used the side (not the tip) of the brush to apply the eyeshadow. He blended the eyeshadows in small circular (almost small oval like) motions with the tip of the brush. He then wiped off the brush and used a very small amount of highlighter on the browbone. He applied a lot less eyeshadow product than what I normally do, which was surprising. When he was finished using one color and wanted to go onto the next color, he wiped off the eyeshadow on a tissue and all the color came off with a quick stroke. 
During the makeover I didn’t think he was blending the eyeshadow because he barely moved his wrist/arm. Trust me, the results you get with this brush is phenomenal. 
Here’s some pictures for comparison: 
From left to right: 
MAC 252
Shu natural brush #10
MAC 242

From left to right:

MAC 252
Shu natural brush #10
MAC 242
the big thing to take away from this photo is see how tapered the #10 is? slight taper which makes it nice for blending.
I hardly use the 252 because its too big for my eyelids. I’ve used it less than 10 times. This is a lovely brush for those who have a lot of lid space. 
Since the Shu 10 & MAC 252 seem somewhat similar: 

Top to bottom: 
Shu natural brush #10
MAC 252.
I know we all love our MAC brushes, but you can see where the 252 is already splaying. I’ve washed the 252 once (I really only have used this less than 10 times). I’ve washed the Shu #10 once as well. See the difference in how the Shu #10 keeps its shape?
Need I say more? People ask as to why you shell out more for a makeup brush…well here’s a good indication.
Is it worth buying?: Do you even need to ask? 🙂

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