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Dior Kingdom of Colors 001 Spring 2015 Makeup 1

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For spring 2015, Dior released the Kingdom of Colors palette, which is the limited-edition collector’s item for the season. It features colors for eyes, cheeks, lips and the overall complexion. I decided to get it with my Boots points.

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Paul and Joe Lipstick Case CS 027 Spring 2015 Makeup 1

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I had a look at (some of) Paul & Joe‘s spring 2015 makeup collection in Selfridges a few weeks ago, and I decided to get Lipstick Case CS 027 from the collection. (Some of the items were not out at the time. I didn’t see the new Face & Eye Color CS palettes.) It is the only item from the collection I definitely wanted, and I remain undecided about one of the new Nail Polishes.

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Kao Sofina Primavista Face Powder Keep and Reset Spring Summer 2009 Base Makeup 1

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Today, my Stash Debut series continues with Primavista!

Primavista is a base make line from Kao Sofina. It was launched in fall 2008 to replace (my beloved) Raycious. I had a chance to try Powder Foundation Moist Touch and a kind friend shared a couple of other items with me as well, but Face Powder (Keep & Reset) was my first purchase from the line. (See here for information on and reviews of products from Primavista Ange, a sub-line of Primavista).

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Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfum Fall Winter 2014 Fragrance 1

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Stella McCartney‘s Stella Eau de Parfum is one of my favorite fragrances. When I heard about its relaunch last July, I was worried that the scent would be tweaked. Even though the information I came across at the time suggested that it would remain the same, I thought I would only be convinced when I had a chance to smell it. Now I am relieved to say that it is the same, and today I will talk more about this well-crafted fragrance.

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Kanebo Coffret d'Or Smile Up Cheeks 05 Coral Pink Spring 2013 Makeup 1

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Kanebo Coffret d’Or‘s Smile Up Cheeks seems to be a popular item in Japan. It is currently ranked sixth in the powder blusher category at Cosme.Net (voted by the website’s members) and the variation in 02 Peach is third in the blusher category in Biteki‘s 2014 reader survey (February 2015 issue).

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Paul and Joe Nail Treatment Oil Jill Stuart Treatment Nail Essence Summer 2013 2014 Handcare Nailcare 1

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Back in 2008, I posted about the cute nail and cuticle oils I had. As I said, they are not absolute necessities for me and I don’t use them on a daily basis. However, I did get two more in the last couple of years. (Yes, I still like the cute-looking ones……)

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Jill Stuart Blush Blossom 01 Romantic Sweet Pea Spring 2010 Makeup 1

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One of the star items of Jill Stuart‘s launch lineup in 2005 was Blush Powder. It was a loose powder blusher in a very pretty container. I was tempted to get it, but then I got the 2005 Christmas Collection set, which included a highlighting powder in the same container (left in the photo). Then, in fall 2010, Blush Blossom was released. It was Jill Stuart’s new loose powder blusher, which, in a way, replaced Blush Powder. I decided to try 01 Romantic Sweet Pea.

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Shiseido Integrate Pure Big Eyes VI221 Summer 2012 Makeup 1

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Since I tried Lunasol’s Sheer Contrast Eyes in 02 Lavender Coral in 2008, it has been one of my favorite purple-toned eyeshadow palettes and the main purple shade in the palette has been my ultimate standard for purple eyeshadows. I like many of the purple eyeshadow palettes I have tried in the last few years, but very few come close to the beautiful Lavender Coral. Shiseido Integrate‘s Pure Big Eyes in VI221 is one of those rare few.

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Shiseido Majolica Majorca Pressed Pore Cover Spring Summer 2009 Base Makeup 1

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With base makeup items from Japanese brands, there seems to be an endless cycle of renewing and revamping as many products are replaced with updated versions within two or three years. Of course, there are exceptions, and Majolica Majorca‘s Pressed Pore Cover is one of them.

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Canmake Cheek and Cheek 02 Rose Tiara Spring Summer 2011 Makeup 1

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In October, in my Stash Debut series, I reviewed Canmake‘s Cheek Gradation in 06 Candy Stripe, which was my first purchase from the brand. Wanting to try something else from Canmake, I decided to get Cheek & Cheek in 02 Rose Tiara.

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