Beauty Abroad

Jill Stuart Perfume Review

I wanted to do a review on the newest Jill Stuart fragrance for a while now but just kept pushing it towards the back burner. I’m not too good at reviewing perfumes which may be the main reason that I held off so long doing this review! But I finally decided to sit down and review this as it does indeed deserve a review all it’s own!

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It’s not really something you have to run out and purchase. It’s by far the most beautiful in Jill Stuart’s perfume line in regards to the gorgeous bottle however the scent isn’t particularly unique or exciting.

I’d really like to take a moment to say that the packaging on this is outstanding. The bottle is a heavy glass with beautiful silver etching all along the bottle with little diamonds embedded into the silver! The topper is lovely as well and equally as heavy as the bottle and shaped like a diamond. The entire bottle really lights up my vanity and matches perfectly with my other beautiful pieces from my Jill Stuart Cosmetic Collection (Click here and here to see more of my JS Collection). They really went all out on the bottle’s design and it’s just gorgeous.

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Sadly, the fragrance doesn’t match the design of the bottle! It’s nice enough I suppose but I expected something a bit more dramatic. It’s a very soft floral that contains notes of Peony, Green Apple, Lemon, Musk, Amber, and a few more bits. To be honest I thought it’d be more of a fresh scent in lending with the apple and lemon but it’s more of a light floral affair. To me it smells like some sort of floral shampoo. When I first spray it I get a bit of rose but after it dries down the Peony really is the deepest note that I’m smelling quickly followed by Gardenia.

The fragrance is available in Eau de Toilette only but don’t let that sway you from purchasing as it does linger quite long and has a nice throw unlike some EDT’s which get sucked up by my skin and fail to linger. The smaller bottle I purchased was 4,800 yen while the larger bottle is 7,000 yen. Neither is too expensive for Japan. I’d expected it to cost much more Japan side so I was pleasantly surprised at the cost. With tax my small 30 ML bottle cost 5,040 yen, again, surprisely low for Japan in my opinion!

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All in all it’s quite good but not great. This isn’t something I can approve for purchase unless you’re a serious collector of Jill Stuart items. I purchased it because the bottle was so very lovely and I wanted it to compliment my Jill Stuart palettes and such but really you don’t need to run out to buy this as the fragrance really lacks the wow factor. This is a Japanese exclusive as far as I know so you can’t purchase it outside of Japan however at a later date who knows! Plus we have rumors abound of Jill Stuart winging her way to the US possibly soon!??!?

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Paul & Joe Spring Collection 2008

I asked my most lovely friend, Iris, from Rouge Deluxe to see if Paul & Joe would be releasing it’s X Disney on her end of the world but sadly it appears Paul & Joe will not be bringing X Disney to Singapore shores!

Great big sigh of disappointment for Singaporeans far and wide icon sad I wonder why not.

Anyway, that’s the rather bad news!

The good news is here is what it looks like (if you haven’t yet been exposed to it):

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The collection is quite small and I find myself both loving and hating that. I love that I’m not going to have to spend 1 trillion dollars to get the lot of it and I hate that it’s so damn cute that it’s gagging for more pieces in it! Know what I mean?

It’s a pretty simple selection of products with alot of emphasis on the uber sweet packaging! I mean look at those containers? So, so sweet!

The set includes all of the following:

Face Color B
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The face powder comes in two colors which appear to be a standard pink and a lovely peach color. They are 3,990 yen per a pot which is roughly $36USD each. Bit costly but not too bad considering the cute factor. Hey, money is no object when cute comes into play right? I’m slightly worried these will be a bit on the sheer side but it’s mostly about the collecting it rather then getting big color pay off. Sounds strange but when you collect cosmetics purchasing a product for LE reasons only is a standard practice among the cosmetic junkie elite!

Hand Cream
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Next up we have the hand cream which is darling as well but falls into the silly price range at well. This is selling for 2,100 yen which is about $20USD give or take a few cents! The price has not turned me off to wanting it so it’s definately on the “want” list. I’m also generally curious about the smell. It’s going to be quite funny if it turns out to be unscented! But hey the packaging is damn cute isn’t it?!

Milky Lip Treatment
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Last in the collection is the milky lip treatment. This is 1,890 yen which is about $17 USD or so. Looks equally cute as the other pieces in the collection.

Overall, I’d say the hand cream and lip treatment are pointless and the real gems in the collection are the two face powders. In all seriousness if you’re a collector you’re going to want the lot be it pointless or not but if you’re looking to save a dime maybe purchase the pink powder only as that looks the most appealing of the lot!

I asked for all four items and I’m hopeful that my mate will be able to locate them all as this is somewhat a favorite of mine so far in the Japanese Spring Collection line ups!

Stay tuned for my review on each of these products!

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Parado Eyeliner

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Parado’s newest eyeliner could take the place of MAC Technakohl for me! It’s looks mighty fabulous my dears!

I love soft kohl liners as they are always a snap to use when you don’t have a steady hand for liquid liners!

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It’s on my wish list!

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Beaute de Kose Cyber Shine Eyes Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palettes

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One of my absolutely fav lines in Japan is Beaute de Kose. They have a fine line of cosmetics and I always love the LE products that are released. These Cyber Shine Eye palettes are most definately on my wish list! Don’t let the picture fool you I’m positive these pack a mighty shimmer and shine contrary to the picture looking matte and ordinary!

Cyber Shine Eyes is available in two color variations 01 and 02! It appears 01 is Blues, Purples, and other cool tones while 02 consists of a Gold, Beige, and other warmer tones!

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I want both to be honest!

Not only am I loving the colors the palettes include (and the promise of sparkle) but I’m loving the compact itself. It’s such a slick and shiny affair! Very nice!

The palettes are sadly not cheap at 4,800 yen per compact. That’s a bit hefty for a four color palette which somehow, in my weird twisted mind, leads me to believe these should be quite gorgeous!

Anyway, these are most definately on my Spring Collection wish list!

If you’re loving Beaute de Kose as much as me you might want to check out my post about the Star Twinkle Collection by clicking here!

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Cineora @ Sasa

If you shop Sasa you probably already noticed that they updated the website and have quite a few new items.

A few months ago Iris from Rouge Deluxe gifted me with a beautiful Cineora Powder and Eyeliner set. You can click here to read about it.

Cineora was a brand I never heard about prior to receiving this gift. I had never seen it on my trips to Japan and it was quite brand new to my eye.

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After trying it I soon fell deeply in love with it especially the powder. You can’t appreciate the powder as much unless you’re facing the dilemma I currently am.

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As of late my undereye area is extremely dry. I’ve always had dry patchy skin in the Winter and oily in the Summer. But this year I find that my undereye area is suffering terribly. I’m not sure if I can blame it on the weather and to be honest I think much of it has to do with getting older.

Fact is I find myself applying eye cream day and night now instead of once daily. I also see the fine lines creeping in and I’m freaking out in a major way.

Well….

That’s all rather depressing.

The moral of the story is that I normally apply concealer and I pat my powder on under my eye area to set. I am no longer able to do this. My eye area is so dry that applying powder after my cream concealer is literally aging me 10 years or more. Seriously. So now I’m faced with the horror of having to just apply my cream concealer minus powder to set it which means my concealer isn’t lasting as long as I’d like.

The powder and the concealer is caking badly due to my eye area being so dry!!

The good news is Cineora Powder has saved the day! Serious.

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The powder is super fine, silky, and light. It smooths under my eye area to set my concealer without creasing, fading, or aging me due to my dry skin! Bless be!

I’ve received many an email about the cute packaging Cineora comes in and where can it be purchased etc…

The only way you could get this would be jumping a flight or calling on a dear friend (if you have any living in Japan).

I’ve never seen this sold online, be it E-bay or online shops. Nowhere have I seen these products sold.

So what’s the really good news?

Well if my previous post (and this post) have created any lemmings for Cineora you can now purchase it at Sasa.com!

I can’t say how thrilled I am this is available at Sasa! It saves me the trouble of asking friends to get it for me and ship it over! It’s a bit more expensive but the packaging and the product is so brilliant I don’t think you’ll mind much shelling out the money!

Sadly, they only carry the powder and the mascara. No liner as of yet. But I’m just happy to have a place to replenish my powder and not have my mates running around Tokyo to get this for me!

You can click here if you’re interested in fulfilling your need for Cineora!

Cineora as far as I know doesn’t have a huge line up and I believe the powder, liner, and mascara is it. But it’s such a killer brand you won’t mind that they don’t have a ton to offer as the powder will completely wow you enough!

The powder is available for $16.50 USD and the mascara is available for $13.90 plus Free Shipping for orders over $50! Sadly, the liner (which I love!) is not available as of yet on the site!

This is most definately a Muse Approved item!

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