From the category archives:

2012 Summer

Paul and Joe Pearl Foundation Primer 001 Bonbon Holiday 2012 Base Makeup 1

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Paul & Joe‘s Pearl Foundation Primer was first released in spring/summer 2012 as a limited-edition item. I was planning to buy it at the time, but it seemed to sell out quite quickly and I missed out on it. A few months later, I was very pleased to see it back as part of Paul & Joe’s limited-edition holiday 2012 makeup collection. I certainly didn’t allow myself to miss out on it again!

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Kanebo Coffret d'Or Beauty Face Shadow 02 Cream Brown Summer Fall 2012 Makeup 1

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As some of you might have noticed from my reviews, I generally haven’t been overly impressed by many of Coffret d’Or‘s recent eyeshadow palettes. All of my favorite palettes from the line were from the earliest seasonal collections…until I tried Beauty Face Shadow in 02 Cream Brown (from Coffret d’Or’s late summer/ early fall 2012 makeup collection).

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Kanebo Lavshuca Pure Blossoming Eyes Limited Edition Set 02 PU Summer 2012 Makeup 1

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Lavshuca released two Pure Blossoming Eyes Limited Edition Sets for summer 2012. Both sets (01 Pink and 02 Purple) looked very appealing to me, but I decided to go for 02 Purple mainly because the eyeshadow palette in the set reminded me of Lavshuca’s Eye Color Select in PU-1 from spring 2007 (with pale lilac, medium purple, dark blue, and pale yellow gold), a palette I regret not buying. (I have PK-1, BU-1, and PU-2.)

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3rd: Coffret d’Or

Kanebo Coffret d'Or Late Summer Early Fall 2012 Makeup 1(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/coffretdor/)

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Coffret d’Or’s late summer 2012 makeup collection includes the new Beauty Face Shadow series (above), which features a highlighter in each variation for the lower-eye areas to help create a luminous complexion. (I am very interested in trying 02 Cream Brown.) The line’s early summer 2012 makeup collection includes the limited-edition Shine Fit Eyes, whose liquid/cream formula is rare from the line.

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Updated on November 3rd, 2012:

Read my review of Beauty Face Shadow in 02 Cream Brown.

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SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow 12 Konruri Summer 2012 Makeup 1

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Launched on May 18th in Japan, SUQQU‘s Blend Color Eyeshadow in 12 Konruri (the only makeup release from SUQQU for summer 2012) replaces 01 Kakitsubata (launched in fall 2010 and discontinued on May 17th in Japan). While they do appear similar, both their color tones and color compositions are considerably different and I think most people are likely to have a clear preference for one over the other. Today I am taking a closer look at 12 Konruri.

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6th: Paul & Joe

Paul and Joe Summer 2012 Makeup 1(image from www.paul-joe-beaute.com)

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Paul & Joe’s summer 2012 Midsummer Nights makeup collection features limited-edition minty-green packaging and some eye-catching items, but I prefer the light-blue packaging from the summer 2011 collection and I also prefer the blue lip gloss from summer 2011 (Lip Gloss B in 001 L’Horizon Bleu) to the green lip gloss this season (Lip Gloss G in 002 Fairie Kisses). I do love the floral print of Blotting Paper 2012, which I will highlight a little later.

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10th: Lunasol

Kanebo Lunasol Summer 2012 Makeup Top 10 1(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lunasol/)

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Lunasol’s summer 2012 makeup collection is a continuation of soft colors from the line’s spring 2012 collection. Even the rich blues and golden bronzes often seen in Lunasol’s summer makeup collections are replaced by powder blue and cool beige. The powder blue in Petal Pure Eyes in EX02 Fresh Coral (below) is the only non-pink/peach/neutral eyeshadow shade from Lunasol so far this year.

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RMK Foamed Soap M 1

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For spring/summer 2012, RMK has released Cream Soap (S) (to replace Creamy Soap (N)) and Foamed Soap (M) to add to the brand’s skincare lineup. (They were released on April 6th in Japan and at around the same time in the UK.) Today I am reviewing Foamed Soap (M).

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Calvin Klein CK One Cosmetics 1(image from www.calvinkleininc.com)

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It was Calvin Klein‘s beauty line from the 90′s that prompted me to start my Bring It Back series back in 2007, and it was an coincidence that news of the relaunch arrived shortly afterwards.

The line was relaunched in the UK in spring 2008, and I posted my review of Subliminal Purity Mineral Based Loose Powder, which I purchased in House of Fraser on London’s Oxford Street. However, within a year or so, the line disappeared again.

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Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terracotta Gloss 12 Porto Azzurro Summer 2012 1

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Earlier, I mentioned that I saw Guerlain‘s Emilio Pucci Terracotta Gloss in 12 Porto Azzurro in person but wasn’t sure whether I wanted to buy it. A few days later, I decided to get it.

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