A Splash of Color – Terrific Turquoise

by PJ on Sunday, April 6, 2008

in _I Love Colors, -Ayura, -Dior, -Ettusais, -MAC, -Maybelline, makeup

(Enjoying the sunshine while I can…)

In the UK, I think summer is the best season, with warm sunshine and soft breezes.

But we had a fairly disappointingly cool summer in the UK last year, with very little sunshine. This year, under the influence of La Niña, we probably won’t have a warmer summer…

For me, bright turquoise is one of the most summery colors. Thanks to the pleasant (and rare) sunshine today, my turquoise looked brighter and more tropical!

For eyes
– Dior Eyeshadow Duo in DiorLagoon
– Ayura Finger Touch Eye Shadow in GR (limited-edition, fall 2006)
– MAC Eye Shadow in Haunting (Alexander McQueen Collection)
– MAC Paint Pot in Rollickin’ (Fafi Collection)
– Maybelline Dream Mousse Eye Color in Fabulous Turquoise

For lips
-Ettusais Lip Gloss in CL

For skin
– Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher

Please enjoy more splashes of colors!

New-Leaf Green
Aqua Blue
Citrus Orange
Girlie Pink
Lilting Lilac

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

CC Monday, April 7, 2008

I love turquoise colour and I have 2 eyeshadow of this colour, one from Shiseido PN and one from Red Earth (local cosmetic brand in Hong Kong), but somehow the trend seems not to use very sharp colour now.


Wieniawski Monday, April 7, 2008

pretty! I really love the package of ayura now…too bad( or maybe it’s a good thing since I do *stock up* stuff with pretty packaging) they don’t have it in US, and I will probably get lectured by my mom if I ask her to buy me some when she get to Japan…For cosmetics she only has 1 or 2 lipsticks and then a powder and she actually uses them. I should probably learn from her…

Just recently. I managed to get 4 of the maybeline mousse shadow (the vanilla veil, gold aura and plum somthing then a bronzer) on eBay for 7 bucks includes S/H(well, it’s 6 dollar for a single jar in drug store)… the seller was really funny that she packed them in an egg box…yeah, you might want to give the gold aura a shot since it’s more of a sunny silver than yellowish gold, so I bet it will look good as a high light for lilac/ mint green.

In short, I will definitly stock the green/purple/turqoise when they have a buy one get one thing…(I don’t need them so there is no point to buy them now) the shadows are are so fun to play with and the jars are cute too! I just don’t know when would they ever I have those promotion(they have it for maybeline mascara,base makeup and blush but rarely the shadow are on sale) …

Yeah, I finally see you talk (sorta) about ettusais…I’ve read about a blog-article about their lash curler, I just have an urge to grabe it, it’s in a pretty vintage bronze/rose gold sort of color and …I love the font they use for the “ettusais”…but then again my mom got me a shu uemura one that I rarely use in addition to a heat-up curler…

I think I am starting a thing with random makeup tool now…

btw, I guess you would lovet the weather in here texas right now, our summer starts at March (when people starts wearing hot shorts to school and flip flop is a year-round thing…) but when it’s july-september…this place is hell…I got shirt-shaped tan line in just one day last year…but this year I am prepared : I got plently of sunscreen…4 to be exact…trust me, I will use them up this summer ( I consider summer as the period between march and november)



Jen Hill Monday, April 7, 2008

I love the summery look of turquoise eye as well.

I have been really wanting to try the Estee Lauder Idealist product!


Ebontien Monday, April 7, 2008

I absolutely adore soft turquoise. I didn’t know you had Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher. How does it work out for you? I’ve been using it for months and I like it because it’s not as greasey or heavy as other serums but I have yet to find a second opinion on it as I haven’t seen many sites review it. Magazines yes but not sites.


PJ Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hi CC,

You are right. I remember turquoise was a big color in summer 2006. (Both Chanel and Dior had beautiful turquoise eyeliners. I nearly bought the one from Dior.) But so far, turquoise is not heavily featured in this year’s various summer collections.

I do miss PN. I like Maquillage, but PN reminds me of the time when I started to be very interested in makeup.

I hope you enjoy your terrific turquoise!

Thank you for your comment again! :)


PJ Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hi Mina,

I think, when it comes to makeup, I am as much of a collector as a user, so I understand how you feel!

I like the Maybelline Dream Mousse jars as well. I usually like my makeup items to have a weight to it, and I like the little glass jars…(Let me know what you think if you have a chance to try the other colors.)

Your description “sunny silver” sounds really good. I will have a look at Gold Aura soon!

I tried some Ettusais skincare and makeup products before, and I liked many of them. I liked the primer they used to have to even out redness. It was a little bit on the thick side but it worked well. (I am thinking the Shu Uemura lash curler is probably not too bad either.)

I think I’d love to be able to have a bit of very hot weather in the UK. The summer here is very mild. It is very nice and comfortable (if it is actually sunny), but sometimes I wish the sunshine could be a little brighter and the temperature could be a little higher. (Last year, there was hardly a summer, and then it was fall again…)

The sunshine you saw in this photo didn’t last very long. I had to seize the moment…

Thank you for posting your thoughts again. Talk to you again later! :)


PJ Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hi Jen,

I am glad you like turquoise too!

You and Ebontien (who also left a comment) both asked about Idealist. I am personally in two minds about this. Both the previous and the current versions of idealist give a very smooth and silky finish and are not greasy at all. I can use it occasionally, but it gives me one or two tiny breakouts if I use it several days in a row.

However, I love to use it as a primer sometimes. Used very sparingly, this silicone-based item really helps the foundation stay on well and cover up the pores. The skin looks even and polished. I think it actually works better than many of the pore-diffusing primers I have tried.

Let me know what you think if you get to try it, and thank you for commenting again! :)


PJ Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hi Ebontien,

I know you like turquoise! :)

The Idealist I have is a miniature 7ml sample that I got at a counter when it was just launched.

Jen, who also commented on this post, asked about it as well, and I have talked about what I think about it above.

It is indeed non-greasy, but somehow it gives me a couple of breakouts after I use it for several days in a row. So I am not really able to comment on how it works on a long-term basis.

Hope it helps a little bit! :)

Thank you again for reading my blog and posting your comment! :)


CB Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hi, PJ! I’m coming back to your blog every day since I discovered it, thanks for introducing me to Japanese makeup! I bought some products from the adambeauty.com website and I’m so happy with them! What I wanted to ask you is–how does one apply cream eye shadow properly? I bought the maybelline jars today and tried them a bit on my hand and the colors look very sheer, but then I was thinking–what should I use to apply it well on my eyelids without caking? Hope you have some tips for me:) Thanks!


PJ Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hi CB,

Thank you for reading my blog and for leaving your comment!

I am so glad that you are happy with your purchases from Adam Beauty. It is not the easiest thing to choose beauty products from websites without being able to test them. Sometimes it is a bit of a hit and miss, and beauty products in Asia are generally not returnable once opened (or even unopened). But hopefully you will still enjoy trying out new things every now and then. :)

With the Maybelline Dream Mousse Eye Colors, I usually use my fingers to apply them. I smooth a bit of the mousse on and then I gently pat and spread the color where I want it. It doesn’t dry up too fast so blending is not too much of a problem.

For me, they stay on pretty well, and they don’t cake or crease on my lids. (But I have to say I don’t usually experience caking or creasing with eyeshadows, so I might not be the best person to evaluate these particular aspects.)

They are indeed on the sheer side (so are the Dream Mousse Blushes) and are not intensely pigmented. But I quite like it this way, especially for a bright color like turquoise.

I haven’t tried it myself, but perhaps you can try setting them with a powder eyeshadow of a similar shade to add intensity.

Hope it helps a little! :)

Thank you again for visiting my blog and for sharing your thoughts. Hope to hear from you again! :)


msnotty Monday, April 14, 2008

I love the color! I have to try it soon!


PJ Monday, April 14, 2008

Hi Msnotty,

Hope you will enjoy turquoise as much as I do, and do let me know what you try and what you think of them.

Thank you for leaving your comment on my blog again! :)


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