Majolica Majorca

Majolica Majorca Madness

Before I lay me down to sleep..I’ve decided to blog about my other true love (by now you realize who my first one is)….Majolica Majorca.

Majolica Majorca is Shiseido’s little sister but don’t let the word “little” fool you, she packs a mighty punch in her own right! I’ve blogged about her briefly before this, you can read about her by clicking HERE.

I fell in love with MJ (asian girls call Majolica Majorica, MJ for short) when I was living in Japan for a short time. She’s probably one of favorite brand of cosmetic! I think my interest in her borderlines on the obssessed at times as I have that sweaty, greedy, selfish need to own every little thing thats put out in the line! I’ve since learned some control over myself and I only buy the items that I know will work for my face! I know I even amaze myself sometimes with the amount of will power I’ve been practicing as of late!

I’ve been somehow lucky enough to nab the Majewel palettes that were released in 2005 (don’t quote me on that I believe it was 2005). Again, these are some of the most prized pieces in my collection! A lovely friend of mine that blogs as well had mentioned that packaging is a very important factor whenever purchasing cosmetics and I couldn’t agree more! I think cosmetics sell themselves by not only what resides in the pot but the actually pot, case, compact it comes in! I’m a visual being. I love cute items! MJ is girlish to the max and maybe it’s my ultra girl side that finds the packaging and the actual cosmetic so very appealing!

The cuteness of the Majewel Collection
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This year MJ put out some amazing palettes and yours truly found it very hard not to purchase every single one they released. And you know what? I went ahead and did just that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My little stack of insanity:
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MJ puts quite an interesting shadow out, they are sheer yet pigmented. Even for someone like me who always reaches for bold, bright colors, can appreciate MJ’s sheer beauty! These are really perfect layering shadows and you can build up as little or as much intensity as you want. I love the fact that almost all japanese shadow palettes include some sort of liner, really, sometimes, the little things matter most! You’re literally getting the all in one package here!

Now I can talk MJ shadows, blushes, liners, etc…until tomorrow morning. But really the star of this show is MJ’s amazing 15X mascara! I’ve tried plenty of fine posh mascara and MJ is by far my favorite. It reminds me of Bare Minerals brushless mascara but is ten times the mascara that Bare Minerals hopes to be when it grows up!

This season they released a most flattering blue color you ever did lay your eyes on! STOP! Don’t even think it! It is not the “Oh my god blue mascara from the 80′s”! It’s just a brilliant deep ocean blue color that is divine with blue shadows! Blue mascara has been making it’s come back very slowly and honestly if you’re brunette or blonde it’s so for you! It makes your eyes brighter and they POP when you wear it!

MJ Mascaras
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MJ Splashing Blue Mascara
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MJ Black Mascara
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MJ is not available stateside or within Europe. You can purchase a majority of the MJ line from JPMon,E-bay, and a few other places. It’s not difficult to locate and with a little quick typing and some google you’ll be right on track to locating it! Most of my product comes from my a dear friend that lives in Japan and ships them over to me! If you head on over to Make-Up Alley chances are you’ll find someone nice enough to do a purchase for you or as I said google!

One important thing to remember about MJ and other wonderful Asian brands is that they are truly limited in quanity. All the palettes released are almost always limited edition! Really the concept of Limited Edition starts to mean nothing as of late in the US. The market is oversaturated with the promise of Limited Edition cosmetics but really it’s just not the case. I can remember a time when MAC color stories would sell out quickly and it was difficult to locate a particular color for years after. No longer. Really anything that becomes stamped with the coveted Limited Edition seal ends up being easy enough to locate on E-bay!

Asian brands are truly defined as Limited Edition. Once they are gone, they are truly gone. It’s very difficult to locate palettes once they are sold out! I guess really the moral of the story is when you see it and you really want it, buy it, or else tomorrow it’ll be gone..for good..really…truly…no joke!

I hope you enjoyed learning/reading/listening to me babble about MJ! She’s truly a special brand of cosmetic that’s near and dear to my heart!

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Introduction to Japanese Brands

Today I thought I’d post a previous entry from my myspace blog! This is worth a repost as you’ll hear me talking about many different Japanese brands and this is somewhat of an introduction to Asian cosmetics, particularly Japanese ones!

I hope you enjoy this repeat of an old blog!

I have come to the conclusion that it is my job to enable the female population to the joys of undiscovered make-up brands!

Yes, indeed, you read that correctly!

If you know me, you know that my obssession with make-up runs to the extreme! I am an avid collector of MAC, Urban Decay, and other bits and bobs that run towards the insane!

Now my obssession has progressed over the years and I found that I could not be happy with american brands alone! I had to branch off into uncharted waters! Discover new and exciting items that have yet to be discovered by the american female population! I needed to bring these items back and introduce them to my fellow sick, twisted, and addicted female friends!

In my many travels I had discovered plenty of interesting bits and bobs but none impressed me as much as the ones I discovered while living in Japan! I was introduced to an entire array of wonderful items that were unavailable in the states! Oh joy! Nirvana!

The japanese mainstream cosmetic is an ambrosia! It’s rich and varied! It can only be enjoyed by savoring it! Awe is the only noun that comes to mind when I think of the variety that awaits the eager female in Japan!

If you’re familiar with make-up and you’re as much a snob as I am you already realize that anything you’d purchase in a common drugstore would be an awful experience to say the least. Many american mainstream brands such as Covergirl, Maybelline, Etc….suck. Oh my I guess that’s one way of putting it isn’t it? Sucks? They do. I’m sorry but it’s been quite a many a year since this girl has purchased any drugstore make-up brands! My tastes run to what I can buy at Nordstrom, Sephora, or Neiman Marcus! NOT CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart!

Now my point in discussing mainstream make-up would be because when I lived in Tokyo the defination of drug store make-up takes on a new meaning! Many of Japanese mainstream make-up brands look like something you’d have purchased in a posh, upscale shop!

Get your google ready girls and let me show you an entire new way of looking at make-up!

Kanebo is one of the major cosmetics companies that distrbutes in Asia (Kanebo doesn’t only distrubte make-up but that’s another story for another day!). Under Kanebo’s main name they offer several make-up brands. Some of my favorites are T’estimo and Lavshuca.

T’estimo does a line of wonderful eye palettes that are unique to my collection of insanity!

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Lavshuca is very new to the Kanebo line and also, like T’estimo, does a lovely range of shadows and other bits and bobs!

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Now one of my biggest obssessions falls from the graceful hands of Shiseido! Shiseido created it’s little sister a few years ago and entitled her Majolica Majorca or to her fans MJ. She’s pretty and sweet and utterly lovely! She’s also quite inexpensive for such a gorgeous line of products!

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Now you may be curious about the status of these wonderful products so I will go right ahead and tell you, much to every girls delight, all these items are almost always limited edition! Ahhh how my heart sings to say it! Limited Edition! Limited Edition! Limited Edition! Don’t we, as the female race, love those two little words? Doesn’t it make us want to whip our credit cards out and go on a buying spree!? After all these are limited edition, we may, very well, NEVER see these items again in this lifetime! My god the horror of it all! Ok, so I’m being overdramatic and completely materialistic…sue me!

The point of my rather large tale is to tell you think outside the box and begin to discover an entire new world of cosmetics! Bring up E-bay, Head over to Make-up Alley, or start googling! Imagine all the lovely new bits you could discover!

And if you ever have any questions your resident addict is here to help anyway I can!

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Majolica Majorca Website Update

Oh Happy Days!! Shiseido has updated the Majolica Majorca Website with a new pop-up book!

Do have a look! It’s absolutely adorable this time around! They have outdone themselves with the newest pop-up! Even if you can’t read Japanese it’s still a joy to browse through! I’m so happy I ordered almost all of this color story!

Just brilliant! Can’t wait till it comes in the mail! For now I will amuse myself with the new pop-up book!

Helpful Hint: Just click on Majolica Majorca to be magically transported to the website! Enjoy!

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