Japanese vs. Western, Round Two…

by PJ on Saturday, February 2, 2008

in all about Japanese cosmetics, What do you think? Beauty topics and thoughts

The Super Bowl Sunday is coming, and several beauty bloggers and I decided to write up sports-themed posts for all of you to enjoy.

Since I have a particular passion for Japanese makeup items, I thought I’d have a play-off between the two teams. (You can also read my previous post on Japanese and Western cosmetics.)

Meet Team Japanese:

(the defending champion)

Eyeshadow palette from Lunasol (Sheer Contrast Eyes in Lavender Coral). This is a sneak-peek preview of this palette on my blog. I have been enjoying using this palette from Lunasol’s spring 2008 collection, and I will post a full review of it later on!

Eyeshadow single from Miss Elégance (Powder Color in 16). Discontinued but not forgotten, this adorable eyeshadow is a wearable matte chocolate brown.

Blusher from Ayura (Aura Veil α in Sweet Pink). Soft, delicate, warm, and feminine, this shade is perfect for the coming warmer months.

Lipstick from Anna Sui (Sui Rouge in 373). A flattering cherry-red with the signature Anna Sui scent.

Lip gloss from Paul & Joe (Lip Gloss N in 001 Black-Tie). Another dose of the mouth-watering cherry hue, this time with sparkling multi-color shimmer.

Team Japanese is looking impressive. Now let’s check out Team Western:

(the challenger)

Eyeshadow palette
from Dior (5-color eyeshadow palette in Seascape). Vibrant purple and warm blue are balanced by mint green and soft grey with purple iridescence.

Eyeshadow single from MAC (Alexander McQueen for MAC eyeshadow in Haunting). I haven’t bought a lot from MAC for the last couple of years, but this satiny matte turquoise has won me over.

Blusher from Chanel (Irréelle Blush in Tea Rose). This is one of my favorite blushers, as it creates a very natural flush on my cheeks.

Lipstick from Helena Rubinstein (Stellars Showlights in Hanky Pinky). A bouncy and playful pink with fine pink shimmer. Very Valentine’s Day…

Lip gloss from Nina Ricci (Tender Lacquered Lipglaze in Rose Jupon). Nicely pigmented and with a rich syrupy texture, it helps lips take on some extra dimension.

With some of my favorite makeup items from both teams, the play-off is fierce. But I think I know which team has edged out the other for me, for a second time…

Now, I’d like to invite you to head over to these beauty blogs to check out their Beauty Super Bowl posts! Have fun!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Roxy Sunday, February 3, 2008

Fabulous post! You’ve got winning teams in both corners … love your picks — xo


Anonymous Sunday, February 3, 2008

i’ve added your blog dear :D
i love make up! :D



Beauty411 Sunday, February 3, 2008

Good list! I also love Chanel blush…so pretty!


Roxy Sunday, February 3, 2008

Thought I left a comment last nite, but perhaps it didn’t transmit… lovin’ BOTH of your teams and your picks for great products. That Ayura Blush looks so feminine and delicate, would love to try it! I’ve yet to try the Nina Ricci brand but that lipgloss sure is creating a lemming for me!! xo


PJ Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hi Roxy,

Thank you very much for posting your comments. I am sorry I didn’t put up all the comments earlier!

It is a pity that Nina Ricci left the UK a few years ago, and I am not sure if it is still available in any other country…I think we might have to look into this…

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Keep up the great work with your blog, and hope to hear from you again soon! :)


PJ Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hi there,

Thank you for linking to my blog and suggesting a link exchange!

Happy blogging! :)



PJ Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hi Beauty411,

The Chanel blusher is definitely one of my favorite blushers and possibly one of my favorite makeup items. I do enjoy wearing it!

Thank you for stopping by my blog again and for inviting me to join you to play the Beauty Bowl! :)


Delphine Monday, February 4, 2008

I love your list!

I need to get all that stuff on your list! I’ve never tried Helena Rubenstein cosmetics. I have a biography on her that I’m reading – fascinating story. I have never seen her cosmetics for sale in the US.

I’ll check back in with you soon!


Grayburn Monday, February 4, 2008

Love this list! I enjoy this play between western and japanese makeup. it’s a dilemma that I face often as well!



PJ Monday, February 4, 2008

Hi Delphine,

I’d be interested in reading Helena Rubinstein’s biography to know more about her…

Some time ago, one US reader was telling me about Helena Rubinstein’s discontinued line in the US, so it seems that it used to be sold in the US (but perhaps not very widely…).

It is still sold in Japan as well as many European countries (but unfortunately not the UK…).

Thank you for checking out my blog. Hope to talk to you again later! :)


PJ Monday, February 4, 2008

Hi Grayburn,

The western items are delivering a very good performance here, but I think, in this case, the Japanese items are winning it for me…:)

But I have to admit this is the kind of dilemma that I don’t mind having!

Thank you for stopping by again! :)


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