Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. NYC is damn COLD... so I am stuck indoors and can finally catch up on some blogging.
I arrived back from my Asian vacation last week ( still jet lagged ) and will post my new items in batches because I cant imagine how large 1 mega post would be X.X
Before I get to my new Asian items I would like to *rave* about my new favorite blusher.
It is from the new line ( to the US ) Illamasqua which should now be in all Sephora's nationwide. NYC's Time Sq store had this line in stock for months, how I did not know this is beyond me! I was set on getting this blusher for months and I thought it was unavailable to us in the states. I had been searching in all Sephora's since the release date of the nationwide expansion of the line (Sept 21) to find none had the one I was hell bent on trying. I even journeyed to Time Sq only to see they too were also out. Rats!
When I returned to NY the day after arriving, I stopped by the Sephora on 34th to see it. The last one in the color I had been searching for "Katie".
Was it worth it? Going to like 6 Sephora's in 1 day and finally getting it upon return? HELL YES!
This blush is gorgeous! the pigmentation is wonderful and has been added as my favorite on my blush list.
In terms of pigmentation I would say it is very similar to NARS. A dab should do you. I personally add more than a dab because the color I chose was the lightest in the line. A barely there pink.
When choosing colors my boy friend preferred "Unrequited" on myself the next lightest shade but since winter has arrived, I did not want too much rosiness to my cheeks because I don't want to come in from the cold and look too clown-ey. I also owned many colors similar to unrequited so Katie was definitely my choice. Esp since it was the last in stock!
In terms of color, Katie is supposed to be a great match to the famous MAC's "Well Dressed" probably one of their best selling colors. I do own a few MAC blushes and believe that the pigmentation is not great... I do not really like to cake on layers of blush. The price of Katie is 3 dollars more than MAC's Well Dressed. I would highly highly suggest testing out Katie in Sephora as an alternative.
The Illamasqua blush is matte and has no shimmer where Well Dressed has slight silver shimmers.
Katie does look alot like my Shu Uemura's M Pink 33 E. In the photo they look like the same shade but in real life you can tell that Katie has more blue under toned. The photo below did not show the color too well, in the photos they look really bright! but they are far lighter.
I am in love with this blush and highly recommend a try at your local Sephora, all the shades seem gorgeous but I wanted a light blush for winter.
Now on to some of new items from my vacation. I actually had a list of beauty items I had in mind to get on vacation ranging from high range to drug store. Luckily I got everything I wanted ( except 1 !!! ) - admit tingly the list was not too long so it was not hard to get most of it within like 1 afternoon per country.
I went to Hong Kong and Korea this year and here are some of my items.
From the Times Square Mall in HK I was able to go to the Jill Stuart store. All the SA's were beautiful and I loved all their make up application! beautiful hair, face, clothes, I was unsurprised this is how the JS store had been set up. Ultra girly and beautiful.
The first item I had bought was the JS Blusher in 05 Pastel Peach. I believe this is a limited edition color. I already own the JS blusher in Lovely Tulip which I think is wonderful, very cute pink shades.
I don't own a peach blush outside perhaps DT from NARS, if you count that as peach?This is far softer. Isn't is pretty??? Of course beautiful packaging.
I had also bought a new eye jelly. I own 1 already and love it so I was ready for a new addition.
I got #10 in vintage decor. I love all the eye jellies and if you have not tried them I would suggest the JS eye jelly pots over the Paul and Joe glitter eye shadow sticks. This is a personal opinion, but I think the JS line has more varied and cuter colors. Also, one pot will probably last a life time because just a tiny dab will cover your lid and you look back in the pot and it looks completely untouched even after a year. A good investment eye color/shimmer.
Last would be something I picked up at Duty Free in Korea on the way home. I had searched for this everywhere but no one seemed to have it??? I finally just asked because I was going home and the lady said ahhhh yes!! and pulled out a SECRET drawer from the wall and arose was the foundation I had been looking for.
Why are these not on display!??
The Chanel White Essential Light Reflecting Compact Foundation. SPF 25 / PA +++
Comes in a nice pouch.
The white essential line is an Asia exclusive. I chose the foundation pact over liquid foundation so I can carry it around in my purse for daily touch ups.
I was told that there were light reflecting properties in the formulation and this item would reduce pore size along with coverage. In truth, I think the coverage is light medium at best. I don't really like to layer on this stuff past 1 layer, with some concealer I am usually set. I believe if I cake on another layer it would def come up to middle coverage level but I would not recommend this item for those who have slot of spots they wish to cover on a daily basis. I have a lot of scars but no current spots ( thankfully!) so this is no problem for me.
I absolutely adore the white case, looks so different and clean but still classic Chanel.
Well this was a long post even though I only spoke of a few items!!! I will be back soon with some more posts on my new items.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Currently listening to 2NE1 * I Don't Care*