Suqqu Limited Edition Hankyu/Selfridges Exclusive Palette – EX-08 Hanamari Swatches

 

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Geez my post titles are getting longer than Japanese mascara names (almost.).

So this Suqqu palette was originally exclusive to Hankyu department store in Umeda, Japan. A limited number of units went on sale in Selfridges on the 22nd of November, and I snapped one up as soon as I saw it. I haven’t had a chance to fully experiment with looks yet, but rest assured that this is most likely going to be the only eyeshadow palette I’ll be wearing this week.

For now, I give you pictures and swatches.

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hana – 花 – flower

mari – 毬 – ball

The Palette

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The palette is made up of 4 shades, and unlike most other Suqqu palettes, it is missing the white/off-white shade that is used as a base. Hanamari has a sheer sparkly shade at the top left that goes over the other shadows to jazz them up, a dark warm brown to act as an accent or liner shade, and then the pink and the green as versatile mid-tones.

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I mostly bought this palette because of the fantastic green, it’s a kind of khaki with gold undertones, but then it also has these grey silver overtones (is that a thing?) that make it very unique. I was wary about the pink, but it layers so fantastically with the other shades to produce another two shades that I’m completely in love with.

Swatches

Without Flash

From left to right:

Top left sparkle shade, green shade, brown, pink, layered green and pink, layered green and brown, layered pink and brown

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With Flash

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The layering is one of my favourite things about this palette, the pink mixed with the brown (far right) and the pink layered over the green (3rd from right) make such beautiful shades. When buying this palette I had a suspicion it might be a little limiting mostly because of the pink shade, but because of the way the colours play together it’s actually one of the most versatile quads I own.

Organisation Porn: Hakuhodo Brush Storage

 

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So Xiao recently posted about makeup storage on her blog, and I got the bug. Sadly, my actual makeup storage is a bit up in the air at the moment (still scattered between shoe boxes, makeup bags and my handbag), but I recently got my brush storage sorted out and wanted to share.

Face and Lip Brushes

I used to store all my brushes in a huge brush roll I made, but I found that the bigger brushes (for cheeks and powder) got flattened on one side and basically became misshapen. So I decided to store them upright in some tea jars I had lying around. My main issue with storing brushes upright in jars is that they tend to get dust/fluff/air-stuff on them, and powder applied with a lint-covered brush looks kind of crap. So naturally, because I am super classy, I decided to cover the jars with those free shower caps you get in hotels. While this doesn’t look too pretty it’s great because:

  • It keeps dust off
  • It clings tight to the jar, so it’s not always falling off
  • It balloons out over the top of the jar, so it’s not pressing down against the brushes, just protecting them.

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I like to keep as many brushes as possible in their original packaging and plastic tubes – partly because it helps them keep their shape, and partly because I think it may protect them …somehow. I tend to do this with my makeup as well – keeping it in the cardboard boxes it came in.

Eye Brushes

If I had an extra tea caddy, I could easily store my eye brushes in there, but

  1. I don’t and
  2. I like to be able to see them all laid out.

I have many eye brushes that can do the same thing, so it’s nice to be able to see them all at once and maybe pick a brush I haven’t used recently instead of going straight for old favourites. So I chose to put these in a brush roll. With bunnies on it.

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The brush roll is sorted with application on the left, then multipurpose, then blenders, then detail, and then liner. Then the random yachiyo because it’s too small to fit in the caddies.

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The Mizubake

Storage for the Mizubake perplexed me up until recently, it was too short to go in the tea caddies, too fluffy to go in a brush roll, and the plastic box it came in had been crushed long ago.

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I eventually decided on using an empty vitamin pot. I had to put it in the dishwasher and then soak it in Dr. Bronners solution to get rid of that strange vitamin smell, but now it makes a perfect storage container for the Mizubake.

I don’t have to worry about hairs splaying because this vitamin jar is a perfect fit, but if it were too big, I’d put some cotton pads at the bottom to lift the brush so the hairs don’t get caught under the neck of the bottle.


How do you store your makeup brushes? Or, how would you want to store your brushes if you had the time/makeup/energy? Bonus points for links to pictures!

Autumn Vampy Reds: Burberry Lip Cover in Deep Burgundy Review

Burberry Lipstick Deep Burgundy

While dark red lips are definitely an Autumn trend, I’ve been on the search for deep red/berry lipsticks for over a year now. Berry and Oxblood reds are my favourite colours to wear, but also very hard to find – my lips tend to pull things cool, so berry reds that have purple hints turn into full on plum shades on me, and berry reds with pinky tones end up as deep pinks on my lips. And that’s fine. But it’s not what I want.

So far I’ve found that only Suqqu Ichijiku and Guerlain Samsara satisfy my dark red craving, but now I can add another lipstick to the mix: Burberry Deep Burgundy Lip Cover.

Burberry Deep Burgundy

The shade

Deep Burgundy is a red wine (funnily enough) shade. It has very slightly pink undertones but otherwise reads as a deep neutral red-brown.

The formula

The Burberry Lip Cover formula is good. It’s not my favourite (Suqqu Creamy Glow, Guerlain Rouge Automatique, Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge are some of my favourite lipstick formulas), but I’m not complaining.

  • It has a fair amount of slip – a little bit less than I’m used to – but it’s definitely on the creamy side so it glides on quite easily.
  • It’s moderately moisturising, which on my lips is fine, but it could be an issue for those prone to dryness.
  • Lasting power is good. In my mind it’s not fantastic, but I tend to favour very very stainy products, so take that with a pinch of salt. For a normal lipstick, lasting power is very good.Burberry Deep Burgundy Lipstick

I’m not 100% sold on the formula because I tend to feel it on my lips, even when I’ve just blotted it down to a stain. It’s difficult to explain, but with most of my lipsticks, especially when I’ve blotted them down, the only way that I can tell that I’m wearing lipstick is by looking in the mirror and seeing the colour. With the Burberry I’m very aware of the lipstick sitting on my lips and it makes me a bit uneasy. It’s an irrational uneasiness because when I touch my lips with my fingers, they don’t come away coated in lip product, and the lipstick doesn’t smudge all over my face etc. but it’s an uneasiness nonetheless.

The swatches

Burberry Deep Burgundy Suqqu Ichijiku Guerlain Samsara

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Samsara, Burberry Lip Cover no.21 Deep Burgundy, Suqqu Creamy Glow #17 Ichijiku (reviewed here).

And just to be annoying, the swatches are swapped around:

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Suqqu Ichijiku, Burberry Deep Burgundy, Guerlain Samsara

The swatches are deceptively similar on my arm. However, the tonal differences – while they register very faintly on my arm – are amplified when applied on lips, so these slight changes in nuance are important.

  • Ichijiku : Similar depth, but with a terracotta/brick base
  • Deep Burgundy : A deep wine red, slight pinkiness
  • Samsara : Similar depth, less opaque base, and leaning more pink

The application

Apologies in advance for lack of makeup, and slightly damp hair (I washed it the night before and apparently it takes about 16 hours to dry…)

Burberry Deep Burgundy Full Intensity

Here’s Deep Burgundy freshly applied, full intensity.

Burberry Deep Burgundy Blotted

Here it is blotted down

The verdict

I adore this lipstick shade, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for and it’s a great addition to my (tiny) collection of vampy dark red lipsticks. While the depth is the same, Deep Burgundy’s lack of prominent pink/purple/orange undertones makes it very different from other berry and oxblood lipsticks I’ve tried.

Burberry Deep Burgundy is great if you’re on the hunt for an autumnal berry red, but if your lips are prone to dryness, you may want to try before you buy.

 

What are your favourite vampy lip shades? As I mentioned, my vamp collection is tiny, so I need ideas to build it up!

 

My Top 5 Holiday Makeup Collections: What are yours?

I usually find Holiday Makeup Collections to be very…anti-climactic. I tend to get very excited about holiday releases, only to be let down when I finally see them in person. Every year it seems that most brands are just doing the same thing, and sure, I understand they have to follow trends and go with what sells, but geez do they have to be so predictable the whole time?

I’ve put together 5 Holiday Collections that I think stand out against the winter backdrop of red, gold, and a hell of a lot of glitter.

5. Shu Uemura – Mon Shu

This collection has some really stellar products, just hop over to Drivel about Frivol to see how good they are (here and here). Shu Uemura Mon Shu

This would be higher up in my list if it weren’t for the packaging – I guess it’s just not my thing. I’m still really interested in the Luxe Burgundy Lipstick.

4. Majolica Majorca – Circus Ecstasy

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Majolica Majorca Circus Ecstasy EyelinerI cannot get enough of Majolica Majorca, I think their website is amazing (it’s in Japanese, but you don’t need to know what it’s saying to realise its brilliance), I think their products are good quality, and I like that they tend to just…do their own thing.

The Circus Ecstasy collection is part of a collaboration with lingerie company Amo’s Style, and it features new cheek products, eyeliners, nail polish, hand cream, and the Majoromantica fragrance in a Dream Circus bottle.

I’m particularly interested in the new cheek products, and the rose-coloured eyeliner (which is also for body use).Majolica Majorca Circus Ecstasy Cheek

Here are swatches of the Creams de Cheek (these are from cosme.net, click on the picture to get to the source):

Majolica Majorca Cheek Swatches

From top to bottom: RD310, RD411, PK312, OR313

Majolica Majorca Cheek Swatches Sheered

From Left to Right: OR313, RD310, RD411, PK312

3. Paul & Joe – Winter Wonderland

…I can’t think of a lot to write about this collection, except for ‘EEEEEEEE UNICORNS!’. On a serious note, the Frozen Lilac blush looks really really nice, on a non-serious note:

EEEEEEEE, UNICORNS!

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Paul and Joe Winter Wonderland Products

2. Guerlain – Liu

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Guerlain is fast becoming one of my favourite brands, and this year’s Liu collection is drool-worthy. I know I dissed red and gold in my introduction, but I think in Guerlain’s case these shades are executed perfectly. Guerlain Liu

Guerlain TurandotI don’t like to admit that I’m swayed by packaging, but I think the care and detail that Guerlain puts into its makeup packages really elevates the brand from simply ‘good quality’ to ‘luxury’. I think the general consensus with makeup brands is that luxury status is synonymous with expense, but I disagree. I think that feeling of luxury is found in the ‘experience’ of the brand, not the pricing; there are plenty of pricy brands that, in my opinion, don’t have that luxury feel.

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LIU palette calligraphie

1. Addiction – Arabian Nights/Moroccan Rose

Ok so I’m kind of cheating with this one. ‘Arabian Nights’ is the name of Addiction’s Winter 2012 collection, Moroccan Rose is the Addiction coffret being sold for Holiday 2012. I’ve combined them both because…I want to.

Addiction Moroccan Rose

Here’s the Holiday coffret – it’s a beautiful and interesting offering from the brand. You can find details here.

Addiction Arabian Nights

Here is the oh-so-beautiful promo pic for the Arabian Nights collection. Xiao has recreated the look here. With this collection, Addiction released a new lip crayon product, and new shades of its famous cheek stick. You can find lovely swatches of the collection here.

Addiction Lip Crayon Rose


So those are my favourites of this year’s holiday offerings, which collections have caught your eye?

Autumn Look with Shu Uemura, Addiction and Lunasol

L'oreal InfallibleAs you may know, right now I’m trying to pare down my stash. I started with taupes, and now I’m moving on to my other eyeshadows to see which ones make the cut. This week, I decided to try some rusty red browns – I tend to avoid them like the plague usually because I find hints of red just bring out the surface redness in my skin and around my eyes and I look a little…sickly. (Don’t ask why I have so many if I’m apparently so terrified of them – put it down to fits of madness)

So I fully went into this look expecting to look…sick chic. (pronounced ‘sick sheek’ or ‘sick chick’? – You decide!)

But actually I was pleasantly surprised. Although it did strike me as a little odd that I’d matched my eyeshadow to my hair.

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For my face and brows I used:

Face and Brow Products

  • Brushes: Hakuhodo B505BkSl, Hakuhodo G5521, and Laura Mercier Concealer brush (not pictured)
  • Brows: Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown, Clarins Double Fix Mascara
  • Base: Maybelline Pure BB Mineral 8 in 1 BB Base (Jp version), Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC1
  • Colour: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pearl, Chanel Notorious Ombre Contraste, Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer Antigua

For eyes and lips:

Eyes and lips

  • Brushes: All Hakuhodo: 235, Kokutan Eyeshadow SL, G5515BkSl, S142 (black handle)
  • Mascara (not pictured): Tiffa Volume Mascara
  • Eyeshadow: L’oreal Infallible Bronze Divine, Addiction Fudge (on the lid), Shu Uemura ME Medium Brown 885 (outer corner, crease, liner), Shu Uemura P Pink 125 (inner corner highlight)
  • Lips: Lunasol Full Glam Liquid Lips 06 Bright Pink

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So, while I started out this look fully intending to purge my red-browns, I actually ended up loving them and I’ll definitely be reaching for them more often.


Are there any products that have surprised you recently? Any new colours you’ve found that suit you better than you expected?