From the category archives:

-Guerlain

Purple is a versatile color. It can be cute, sensual, sophisticated, vibrant, and edgy. It has also been one of my favorite colors for many years. (See my A Splash of Color: Lilting Lilac (Part 1), (Part 2) & (Part 3).) After a relatively short hiatus, it is great to see purple back on trend for spring 2014. Here are my top 10 purple picks for this season:

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1. Shu Uemura Silk Cushion Eye Shadow in Amethyst Purple

Shu Uemura Spring 2014 Makeup Trend 1

(image from www.cosme.net)
(info from www.cosme.net, www.biteki.com,
i-voce.jp & www.maryquant.co.jp)

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10th: Lavshuca

Kanebo Lavshuca Fall 2013 Makeup 1(image from www.nikkei.com)

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Lavshuca’s fall 2013 makeup collection features red cases for the products. This is a new look for the line, but I still prefer the original (pre-fall-2012) packaging. I like some of the variations of Melty Heart Eyes and the gradational look of Melty Trick Cheeks in this collection.

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Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks Fall 2013 Makeup 1(Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks in 01 Peach Fleur)
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There are quite a few blushers from fall 2013 that have caught my attention. I like Cheek Polish from Addiction and Blend Color Cheeks from Visée. Today, I am highlighting some of the other ones.

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Mary Quant Spring 2013 Makeup Trend 1

(Mary Quant Eye Opener Selection 2013 Spring in I)
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For spring 2013, among many fairly colorful makeup collections from various brands, pink and green seem to be two of the trend colors. There is a range of pink hues, from soft peachy pinks to dramatic fuchsia pinks. On the other hand, green has been a key shade for some time (spring 2012 and fall 2012). The palettes from Mary Quant (above) and YSL (below) include both shades.

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Dior Whitening Spring Summer 2013 Makeup 1

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It seems that whitening ranges continue to be big businesses in Asia, and the springtime is when most of the whitening ranges from both Asian and western beauty brands (which develop whitening ranges exclusively for the Asian market) bring out new products. From daily skincare items to treatment products and from ultra-high SPF sunscreens to full base-makeup routines (from primer to loose powder), whitening ranges have been getting more and more extensive.

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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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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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YSL Gloss Pur 11 Icy Effect Summer 2011 Makeup 1(Still available…)

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- I was told by a Muji sales assistant that Muji UK is no longer carrying facial skincare items for the time being. This means I will not be able to continue purchasing my Muji cleansing oil (Mild Oil Cleansing) in the UK. (Muji’s EU on-line store still has a few other skincare items.) I am surprised and not surprised. Muji Japan recently expanded its skincare range (and re-packaged some existing products, including Mild Oil Cleansing (the print on the bottle is now in green, not red)) and I thought Muji UK might start carrying more skincare products. However, Muji is never known for skincare in the UK so it is not too surprising that it is now focusing on other product lines.

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Guerlain Emilio Pucci Summer 2012 Makeup 2(images/info from www.urcosme.com)

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After a successful collaboration with Emilio Pucci for summer 2007, Guerlain will be teaming up with the designer again for the brand’s summer 2012 makeup collection. This limited-edition collection includes:

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Dior Spring 2011 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.iswii.com)

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After a few seasons of warm neutrals, grey emerges as one of the hottest shades for spring 2011. The looks that incorporate grey are chic and sophisticated, with a feel of low-key glamour. Meanwhile, surprisingly, purples are still at center stage, and, for this season, they are teaming up with warm neutrals for a natural but defined look.

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Silvers & Greys

Dior leads the rest of the field with an ultra-chic Gris Montaigne makeup collection. All the new eye makeup items are grey-toned, and the color theme extends to lip and nail items. You will also find greys in collections from other trend setters such as Guerlain and NARS.

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