‘ello ‘ello! (This was written last night and is being posted now because MySpace was being quite the bitch and wouldn’t let me post it yesterday)
I think by now we are all EXHAUSTED of my video blogs that include many, many, many, “ummmm’s”! You’ve no idea how many times I’ve gotten the piss taken out of me today about my um’s! Early this morning I got a call from my best friend shouting in my ear “Ummm so it’s me and Ummm what’s going on? And ummm are you coming out tonight? and by the way Ummmm….” You get the general idea I imagine hehehe! It’s put me off video blogging for a little bit while I gather my thoughts and remove “um” from my vocabulary! I swear to god I’m a college graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering! Honest to god! Tis true! Regardless of the fact that my video blogs sound like I’m trying to count to ten on one hand and not understanding why it isn’t working! So ya…that’s my story and I’m sticking too it! But I loved that you loved them and I promise they’ll be more sometime in the near distant future! BUT fear NOT from what I understand….Peter will bring you WISE life lessons via a video blog soon! Oh my the very my! If you’re extra nice he may go back to discussing fashion, couture, and musings of his metrosexuality! Happy Days!
Tonight I’m back to typing up a blog the good old fashion way! I’m also quite knackered so I don’t have my normal valley girl, cheerleader energy (energy of not body of by the very way) to video blog so that’s also an excuse that I can throw in!
I’ve got a ton of great stuff to share in this blog! The Mailman came bearing all sorts of pressies today! I got a total of 5 boxes today and I just lumped up everything into one blog and here it is to share with you!
Questions? Comments! Shout ’em out!
Oh by the way..someone kindly asked how I afford all this. In reply….I sell off organs on E-bay! Kidneys, few lungs, liver! You know, stuff I don’t really need! I’m kinda sorta running low on organs so if anyone wants to volunteer please by all means e-mail me! At this point I’m thinking that the love of my life would gracefully volunteer an organ or two to make me happy if I asked him to so hey I’m a lucky kinda chick ya know? BUT we can never have too many organs! So bring ’em on! After you donate I’ll even give you a signed autographed picture of moi, yours truly! It’s quite a keepsake and you might be able to sell it on E-bay and make enough to buy back the organs you so generously donated to me! The sarcasm is flowing heavy here! Hopefully everyone is laughing at this point!
You’d love if I stop babbling now and start with the goodies right? Ok Ok I won’t make you wait any longer!
Behold! One Million Dollars worth of Cosmetics and Other Bits and Bobs (Well not a million but that sure sounded bloody good didn’t it? Pat on the back to me!)
Soooooooooooo in my travels around the worldwide web I popped onto Demeter’s website! I normally check it once and while for cool updates! Such as the time they introduced Play-Doh scented perfume spray! Now for some odd reason or another I was all over that like bees on honey! The entire idea of a perfume that smelled of Play-Doh fascinated the bloody hell out of me (They now have one that smells like crayons! God nothing fails to shock me at this point!)! So I’m thinking this is proper training if I one day become a mummy! No expensive perfumes just crayons and play-doh! Mind you I’d be quite happy at that too! Anyway….as I wandered onto the site I noticed they have a new update! Oh my! They introduced 6 new perfume sprays which I had to have! Now it’s slightly ironic as some of these aren’t exactly what a girl like myself (short, round and such) should go around smelling like! But it didn’t prevent me from wanting them all badly! RIGHT AWAY! So I ordered them and they arrived today!
These sprays are based on the popular Jelly Belly Jellybeans! If you’re familiar with the candy you’ll know that they include a little menu for making cocktails with different flavored jellybeans! Thus these scents were born!
Hot Fudge Sundae (If you can’t see the irony of me smelling like Hot Frudge Sundae than god love you for it!), Mango, Pineapple Salsa (Don’t be put off by the “salsa” part! It’s quite a lovely fruity blend!), Fruit Salad
Wild Blackberry Peach Cobbler, Sugar and Spice (awww that’s me! Sugar and Spice and everything nice!), Blueberry Muffin
The following is of my Japanese Haul! I know some items are probabily missing! It’s because I was tooling about with them and didn’t take pics! But I got a majority of the bits so enjoy!
Visee’s Jewel Crush Palettes (Ended up with 4 of the colors but loved them so much I ordered the 5th one! Will probably arrive next week!)
What’s to say about these? They are gorgeous! Unlike some Japanese palettes these are shimmer straight through! Some palettes are sprayed with a thin layer of glitter on top and the shadow beneath doesn’t contain the same amount of sparkle as that wonderful top layer! But these are sparkle right down to the core! Just gorgeous! A must have!
These were recommended to me by Haru who is the Queen of All things cosmetics! I’ve seen these numerous times but I never picked any up! Simple reason why. I’m a package snob. The package on these stinks. It’s cheap and cheesy in my humble opinion! But really when Haru recommends, I listen! And she was spot on! These are AMAZING! The shimmer and sparkle is so nice! I applied some over my blush and it boosted the color up so nicely! I think they may be to sheer to wear on their own! But as a booster to your current blush color these are truly a gem! Great, great product!
Some of you may be wondering about the brush storage! I was too. I was worried laying the brush on top would make a grave mess of the palette! But they kindly included a thin film of plastic to place on top of the blush which makes a nice little barrier between brush and blush! Perfection!
I’m so pissed off at myself for not getting more of these! They are great! Really a nice pigment to this shadow!
KATE is my new lust! I tried the dual carat shadows and fell in love! Thus I had to have more! Not sure why I avoided KATE prior to my purchases of the Dual Carats a few weeks ago! I guess I felt like there were other items that I wanted more! Glad I dove in with these because they are great! Palettes are full of sparkle! Yay! The loose shadows I was skeptical of but I seen a picture on MUA and became intrigued by the spatula applicator! Thus I got all four colors! They are amazing! Full of sparkle, shimmer, and glitter!
Gransenbon Gran Brush Blush
These are AMAZING! Period. The End. Drop everything. Get these NOW.
I ran across these on Sasa and fell in love right away! These are Made in Italy and available in Korea only from what I can understand! Sadly I’m unable to locate anything else from the line aside from these 6 lonely shadows! So each day I go to the website to drool at the array of products I can’t get my hands on! Sigh…please Q the sad music and give me a strong shoulder to lean on!
Few mascaras I’ve wanted to try! I always find Japanese brand mascara adds far more volume and lenght to my lashes than anything I can get stateside! Plus the cost is about half what I’d pay here for some crummy designer brand that doesn’t work nearly as wonderful! Bit of Kiss in there, some Excel, Kose, etc….
Kiss Pink Tiara Glitter Mascara
Truly chuffed proper with this! I used it a bit before! Encrusts my lashes with little bits of glitter! Love this! Need a backup!
Mm…drawing a blank here! Believe these are by K-Palette? Almost as nice as the Kiss glitter mascara above! Sparkly lashes are happy lashes!
Canmake a brand that fascinates and boggles my mind! Cheap as day old chips and really nice quality! Got a bunch of the shadows and three of the cheek highlighters! Such a great lot of items that’s so very affordable!
Sooooooooooooooooo weirdly enough I had this sudden need to buy all (almost all) the MJ shadows! I own the palettes but never ventured into purchasing the single shadows! Suddenly, one day, I needed them! And here they are! Glad I dove in as they are nice and pigmented!
And heck while I was at it I threw in all of the cream shadows! I know I have told everyone over and over how I hate cream shadows but I made an exception this once as it’s MJ and all!
I was feeling spunky so I said hell why not get all the blushes too! And I did just that!
And if this wasn’t nice enough! Two MJ compacts arrived from MUA today! How sweet my shadows can have a new home!
Lavashuca Jewel Lipsticks
Few colors I didn’t already have!
Aube Shower Eyes Palettes
If you recall I had previously blogged about these! Loved ’em so much I needed
Cyber Color Shadows
Not so sure about these yet! Good pigment on them but they are a bit hard to blend! We shall see!
Makemania Silcon Plumping Gloss (A gloss made by Sony!)
I have this in clear and love it! It’s quite like slapping plaster on your lips but I love it! It really plumps up my rather thin lips and makes them look so yum and delish! Oh my! I know at least one person who is going to be very excited about the addition of this to my lipgloss collection!
That’s it for now!
I’ll be doing a step into Fall blog later next week because I’m expecting to get quite a few of the Fall line ups from Japan in the mail! Also, Jill Stuart will be releasing her fall bits and bobs so that’s something more to look forward too! So stay tune…and I’ll dazzle you with the goodies as they pop into my mail box!
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
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:
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 Splashing Blue Mascara
MJ Black Mascara
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!
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!
Lavshuca is very new to the Kanebo line and also, like T’estimo, does a lovely range of shadows and other bits and bobs!
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!
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!
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!