From the category archives:

2013 Summer

L'Occitane The Vert and Bigarade Eau de Toilette Summer 2013 Fragrance 1

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Last summer, L’Occitane debuted La Collection de Grasse, a collection of fragrances created by the brand’s new (and first) in-house perfumer, Karine Dubreuil. The idea of the collection is that each scent is based on two main notes from different parts of the world. (In Japan, the collection is called Ampersand Grasse, highlighting the key concept of union.)

The launch lineup featured four scents: Jasmin & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mûre, Vanille & Narcisse, and Thé Vert & Bigarade. For fall 2013, Ambre & Santal was launched, and, for holiday 2013, Fleur d’Or & Acacia and Cèdre & Oranger were added to the collection. (Also, Rose & Osmanthus is available in some countries.) Today I am featuring Thé Vert & Bigarade.

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Kao Sofina Primavista Ange Powder Foundation UV Long Keep Spring Summer 2013 Base Makeup 1

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For my first product review of 2014, I will continue my Stash Debut series and share my thoughts on Sofina Primavista Ange Powder Foundation UV (Long Keep).

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Stella McCartney Stella Summer 2013 Eau de Toilette 1

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For summer 2013, Stella McCartney has released Stella Summer, the 10th annual summer edition of the popular Stella. (How time has flown since I fell in love with Stella almost ten years ago!)

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SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-14 Ruridama Summer 2013 Makeup 1

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In terms of eyeshadow colors, SUQQU excels at neutrals. Apart from neutrals, the brand occasionally releases low-key and sophisticated blues and greens. As a lover of purples, I usually have to look elsewhere, as it is not a shade explored by the brand very often. (One of the few purple shades from SUQQU is in Blend Color Eyeshadow in 06 Ginbudou.) This is why I was pleasantly surprised to see Blend Color Eyeshadow in EX-14 Ruridama from the brand’s summer 2013 makeup collection.

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3rd: Kesalan Patharan

Kesalan Patharan Summer 2013 Makeup Top 10 1(image from www.nylon.jp)

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Kesalan Patharan seems to be going through a packaging revamp, and its summer 2013 makeup collection, with eight variations of Cheek Color, really caught my attention. I like many of the color variations as well as the gold cases. The collection also features a Cheek Brush, but the double-ended brush in the compact should be fairly useful.

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Olay Regenerist CC Complexion Corrector SPF 15 UVA UVB Lightest Skin Tone 1

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While many beauty brands are still bringing out their versions of BB creams, there are now CC creams and even DD creams. “CC” usually stands for “Color Correction/Corrector” or “Color Control”, while “DD” usually stands for “Daily Defense”. Chanel and Clinique are two major beauty brands that carry CC creams (Complete Correction SPF 30/ PA+++ and Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector SPF30, respectively), and, today, I am focusing on Olay‘s Regenerist CC Complexion Corrector SPF 15 UVA/ UVB in Lightest Skin Tone, which was launched in the UK last month.

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6th: Lunasol

Kanebo Lunasol Summer 2013 Makeup Top 10 1(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lunasol)

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Lunasol’s summer 2013 makeup collection has a similar color palette to those of many of the brand’s previous summer collections, as it features a neutral-toned eyeshadow palette and a blue-toned one. This time, the Vivid Clear Eyes in EX02 Colorful Collection includes a fresh pink and a lake green. This is certainly one of the most vibrantly colorful eyeshadow palettes from Lunasol in recent seasons.

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10th: Chanel

Chanel Summer 2013 Makeup Top 10 1(image from www.chanel.com)

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Chanel stayed with soft neutrals, pinks, and plums in the last few seasons, which is why the brand’s summer 2013 makeup collection, Collection l’Été Papillon de Chanel, is a very pleasant surprise. Blue, turquoise, and green are joined by pink and gold to create a long-awaited colorful collection. I particularly like the limited-edition Les 4 Ombres in 44 Métamorphose (below).

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Paul and Joe Fragrance Hair and Body Mist Summer 2013 Makeup Fragrance 1

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Paul & Joe‘s summer 2013 Beach Baby makeup collection features colorful items for eyes, lips, and nails. The collection also includes the limited-edition Fragrance Hair & Body Mist, which I decided to purchase after seeing the collection in person.

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Kesalan Patharan Summer 2013 Makeup 1(images/info from www.cosme.net)

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Kesalan Patharan will release its summer 2013 makeup collection in Japan on June 21st. The collection includes:

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