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A Touch of Blusher Eighth Anniversary 2014 1(Salted caramel muffin……time to indulge!)


A Touch of Blusher is eight years old today!

I decided to make a few changes in my life around this time last year, and, since the beginning of this year, I have been able to spend a little more time writing for my blog. I hope you have been enjoying reading my posts!

With all the exciting collections from Japanese beauty brands that I want to highlight on my blog, I sometimes wish that I had more time to write about the items I purchased. I always think that news and reviews are equally important aspects of my blog, and I will try my best to balance the two.

I would like to thank all of you for reading my blog and for all your comments, e-mails and tweets. I am very grateful for your support!

Once again, following the tradition, let’s take a look back at the last 12 months of A Touch of Blusher:


November 2013: I reviewed items from SUQQU’s fall 2013 makeup collection.

December: Dark neutrals were a hot trend for fall/winter 2013.

January 2014: Lunasol celebrated its 15th anniversary.

February: I loved all the purples for spring 2014.

March: Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée further expanded in Asia.

April: A new look for Anna Sui.

May: My first fragrance purchase from Jill Stuart.

June: Aube Couture continued to make makeup application quick and easy.

July: Stella McCartney’s Stella was relaunched.

August: The Fleurs de Vent blusher from Dior’s Omotesando Collection is certainly among the prettiest blushers released this year.

September: I compared the three versions of Kanebo Milano Collection.

October: My first purchase from Canmake.


At the moment, I am working on two new posts to be added to my Beauty City Shopping Guide series. Do come back to find out which two cities I will be discussing!


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As many of you might already know, the consumption tax in Japan rose from 5% to 8% on April 1st this year and it is planned to rise again to 10% in October 2015. I have noticed that major beauty websites in Japan, such as @Cosme and Biteki, are now listing product prices exclusive of consumption tax. This is what I have recently started doing as well (to follow what seems to be the new protocol).

On a related note, it is currently the case that beauty products purchased by foreign visitors to Japan are not eligible for tax refund (as they are classified as consumables), but the Japanese government is planning to expand the duty-free coverage to include food, medicine and cosmetics from October this year. (Read more on this in this article from Nikkei Asian Review.) This is certainly good news!


Announcement: Future Posts & Backdated Posts

by PJ on Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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Happy New Year, everyone!

Due to the renewed priorities in my life for the foreseeable future, I will be spending more time on writing my blog. I hope you will stop by often to check out all the new posts!

In order not to have a gap in the information on seasonal makeup collections, I will continue to post information on holiday 2013 makeup collections as well as the seasonal makeup top 10 articles. These posts will be backdated to December 2013.

I hope 2014 will be a great year for you all!


A Touch of Blusher Seventh Anniversary 2013 1(Enjoy!)


A Touch of Blusher is seven years old today!

My other half bought a star cake to celebrate the occasion, and I would like to dedicate it to all my readers. You are all my stars!

My life has been quite hectic in the last 12 months, and I have not been able to blog as much as I would like to. However, I am determined to carry on blogging to share the latest news in beauty and my thoughts on beauty items with all of you.

I would like to thank all of you for reading my blog and for commenting on my posts. It is your support that keeps me going!

Once again, let’s take a look back at the last 12 months of A Touch of Blusher:


November 2012: Another blue-tinted lip gloss from my collection.

December: My first item from Kate.

January 2013: SUQQU celebrates its 10th anniversary.

February: One of my latest purchases from Dior.

March: A blog post on food.

April: Maquillage was one of the first lines to reveal the holiday 2013 collection.

May: I finally got to try Lunasol’s iconic Beige Beige.

June: I rediscovered Kesalan Patharan.

July: Visée presented a brand new look.

August: Lavshuca’s Lav Hearty Eyes in PK-1 features cute packaging as well as my favorite color combination, pink and purple.

September: Stash Debut became a regular feature.

October: Another very eye-catching holiday makeup collection from Jill Stuart.


Thank you all very much once again, and do come back again soon!


A Touch of Blusher is six years old!

by PJ on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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A Touch of Blusher Sixth Anniversary 2012 1(Hello cupcakes!)


My blog is six years old today!

This year, I have experienced some ups and downs in my personal life, and I was not able to post in some earlier parts of this year. However, blogging has proven to be a therapeutic constant for me and the way I view blogging has taken on a new dimension.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for reading my blog. Your ongoing support means a lot to me.

Once again, let’s take a look back at the last 12 months of A Touch of Blusher:


November 2011: I added a limited-edition Lunasol blusher to my stash.

December: I presented another Foundation Face-Off.

January 2012: My green-toned eyeshadow phase continued.

February: Another season, another Coffret d’Or palette.

March: RMK celebrated its 15th anniversary.

April: More lovely Paul & Joe items were added to my collection.

May: I started the Stash Debut 2012 series.

June: A new era for Lavshuca.

July: I finally got to try an eyeshadow palette from Muji.

August: This year saw the launch of Astalift in the UK.

September: Jill Stuart’s new Relax bodycare range caught my attention.

October: Aube Couture has been a surprise hit for me this year.


Thank you all very much again. I will continue to bring you more news, more reviews, and more of my thoughts on beauty. Do stop by again soon!


New Sidebar Feature: Latest Updates!

by PJ on Monday, June 11, 2012

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A new list “Latest Updates!” has been added to my blog’s left sidebar. The list features posts that have been recently updated (usually with additional product images and/or links to swatches).

To all my e-mail/feed subscribers: This list replaces the update notification posts (such as this one), so do stop by my blog from time to time to see the updates.


I have added two additional pages to the navigation bar at the top of my blog.

Find out the five blushers featured in the title image, and have a look at the press coverage of my blog.


Announcement: Posting Frequency Resumed

by PJ on Saturday, March 31, 2012

in announcement

I hope everyone is doing well!

Due to unforeseen circumstances (which I mentioned in the previous announcement), I have not been able to post regularly since January. This is an announcement to let all of you know that, within the coming week, my frequency of posting will gradually resume.

I am thankful for all your patience and support!


Announcement: Posting Frequency

by PJ on Friday, January 6, 2012

in announcement

I hope everyone has had a good start of the new year.

This is an announcement to let all of you know that, in the next few weeks or so, my frequency of posting will be lower due to unforeseen circumstances.

During this period, this notice will stay on top of the homepage. Please check below for the latest posts. I will still aim to answer comments and e-mails, but please kindly bear in mind that there might be delays.

I appreciate your patience and understanding, and thank you very much for all your support.


A Touch of Blusher Fifth Anniversary 2011 1


It was in one evening in November 2006 that I started A Touch of Blusher, and today my blog is five years old!

The blogsphere has evolved tremendously in the last few years, and I am constantly overwhelmed by all the new and inspiring blogs around the world. Looking back at some of my earliest posts, I think the aspects of beauty I focus on and the tone of my voice have changed as well. But my interest in beauty remains the same.

I want to thank all of you for reading and commenting on my posts, especially those of you who have been faithful readers since the early days. It has been great fun sharing thoughts and ideas with you! I also want to thank my other half for putting up with my obsession with my blog!


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Following the tradition, let’s take a look back at the last 12 months:

November 2010: My foundation case collection had a new addition.

December: Writing about Watosa really made me want to go to Japan again.

January 2011: Three of the eyeshadow palettes I bought in 2010 are on Biteki readers’ top 10 list for 2010.

February: I discovered Muji’s cleansing oil.

March: I was a panel speaker at Access² Fashion & Journalism in London.

April: I explained why I love Kanebo’s eyeshadows so much.

May: There is a new version of my favorite ZA Two-Way Foundation.

June: More blue lip glosses for your beautiful lips.

July: I opened my treasure chest again.

August: Another splash of lilting lilac.

September: I hand-picked highlights from London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012.

October: I talked extensively about BB creams for the first time.


Once again, many thanks to all of you, and I am very grateful for your support. I will continue to bring you the latest news and reviews as well as my thoughts on beauty, and hopefully you will continue to stop by and let me know what you think!


A Touch of Blusher Fifth Anniversary 2011 3(Dig in!)