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Aug. 21.

Tested Thursday: Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream

shiseido-thSometimes things land in my review basket, and other things land on top and I end up forgetting about what’s below for a while, until a rummage tosses up something interesting. That happens to be the case with this product which has been unnoticed until recently. However, it did emerge from the basket, and for Tested Thursday today, I am trying out the Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating  Body Cream (yes, that whole sentence is its name).


The one I have here is a 60ml sample size, but the full size one is a respectable 200ml, and while it doesn’t make the tea for you, my notes tell me that the Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream is:

A lavishly silky textured body cream that improves skin quality, helping skin to become better with time. Regenerates moisture, resiliance and evens skin texture and tone. Skingenecell 1P is formulated in the product to help skin on the body resist future ageing signs, combined with Houttuynia Cordata Extract to prevent puffiness and water retention, along with Angelica Root Extract, to improve microcirculation to help prevent uneven skin tone.

All that, yet it can’t make tea. Probably a good thing, because while the Japanese have the science of skincare pretty much set, they haven’t perfected making a good mug of Lyon’s yet.

My notes also tell me that it is formulated with “an exclusive SP emulsification, that melts deep into the skin delivering premium anti ageing benefits”, is suitable for all skin types, and is recommended for day and night use.


But anyway, as Shiseido did the science in the product, we don’t have to. The most important things I need to show you are how it looks, how it smells, how it feels, and did it do anything. So, let’s find out…

Look: When you get something from Shiseido, you are paying for quality, and quality is expected from the packaging onwards. The packaging of it is solid. It feels the way a quality product should, which is always good news. So often products are let down by the packaging not living up to expectations. It is not a shapeless white tub that you shut away, and barely even look at when you do go to use it. I’d have no problem with the elegantly curved tub sitting on my dresser.

Smell: I’m trying to come up with a single word to describe the scent of this, but I’m not able to. In the tub I am getting floral, a bit of sweetness, and I’m not entirely sure, but possibly a very slightly synthetic smell too. On the skin though, the major scent is a floral one, and is really very pleasant. I wouldn’t want to be smothering this on myself every day if the scent was something that I didn’t like. As it is though, I would be more than happy to smell of this all day.


Feel: The texture of the cream is really light, slightly gel like, but very very movable. A little bit really does go a long way here, and while it does penetrate the skin really well, it doesn’t do so immediately. You do have a little working time, but when it does soak in, you don’t feel it on top of your skin, and there is no problem with having to wait a year and a day to get dressed.

Finally, does it work: I’ve been using this constantly for the past week, and yes, there is a difference in my skin. It doesn’t feel as parched, and does feel smoother and more refined, particularly in areas where I would have suffered from patches of dry skin. I can’t really vouch for the anti-ageing benefits of the cream, but in terms of noticing everyday differences, it actually does do the job it says.

And herein lies my problem. I think I could be tempted to go and buy the full size version, which for the 200ml is €130! I don’t know how exactly to justify spending that much, no matter how amazing the product is, knowing that my €5.99 Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip does a decent job. I know I am kinda comparing apples and elephants here, so maybe I can convince myself that once, just once, as a treat that this should be mine!


* Product was provided for review

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Jun. 20.

Face Friday: Summertime

face-summer-thWith the weather having been so warm over the past while, I’ve been trying to keep makeup to a minimum, trying to avoid it sweating and melting off my face (NEVER, ever a good look). For the most part, everything has been neutral, with a sheer colour pop on cheeks, and then a bold, bright lip. I think this fits the bill perfectly.



  • Tinted Moisturiser: MeMeMe – Flawless Tinted Moisturiser (02 – Beige Blush)
  • Powder: Mary Kay – Sheer Dimensions Powder (Lace Coral)
  • Blush: No.7 – Pop & Glow Cream Blush (Classic Rose)


  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – ColorIcon Shadow Trio – Eyelid (Walking on Eggshells)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – ColorIcon Shadow Trio – Browbone (Walking on Eggshells)
  • Liner: Physicians Formula – Shimmer Strips Kajal Liner (From brown eye trio)
  • Mascara: Rimmel – Scandaleyes by Kate Moss Mascara (005 – Eye Rocks Sapphire)


  • Lipgloss: Shiseido – Lacquer Gloss (RD305 – Lust)


  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Liner (Lid)
  • Royal & Langnickel – C260 Taklon Shadow Brush – Eyeshadow (Browbone, Blend between shadow & liner)

This look achieved what I was looking for, a minimalistic face, using nothing stronger than a tinted moisturiser and powder, with just enough colour to draw out the eyes and cheeks, then a vibrant lip.


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Mar. 14.

Face Friday: Cocoa Brown Event

FF-thWelcome to Face Friday, where I plan to show off my best face of the week with a list of products and brushes used. Quite simple really!

Today’s face comes from the Cocoa Brown Spring Launch Event, held in the Vintage Cocktail Club.



  • Primer: GOSH – Velvet Touch Line Perfector
  • Primer: Benefit – The Porefessional (used on nose)
  • Foundation: Maybelline – Fit Me Foundation (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Bronzer: Wet ‘ Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (Ticket to Brazil)
  • Blush: MUA – Blusher (Shade 1)
  • Powder: 17 – Loose Powder (translucent)


  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Creaseless Cream Shadow (Flash – from Eye Gotta palette)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Powder Shadow (Purple Haze – from Eye Gotta palette)
  • Liner: Model Co – Eye liner pencil (01 – Black, free with April 2014 issue of Glamour)
  • Mascara: None
  • Lashes: Eyelure – Sex and the City lashes (Carrie)


  • Stain: Revlon – Just Bitten Lip Stain (Gothic)
  • Gloss: Shiseido – Lacquer Gloss (RD305 – Lust)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Pointed Foundation Brush – Bronzer (contour)
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Bronzer & Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Cream Eyeshadow
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Powder Shadow 
  • Blank Canvas – E30 Spoolie end – comb lashes and false lashes together

I didn’t use mascara, and the false lashes added enough intensity, and it makes it easier for me to reuse them.

I think the whole thing fit together quite well for a vintage(ish) look. What do you think?


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Mar. 13.

Tested Thursday: Shiseido Ibuki Range

shiseido-thHello from Tested Thursday. The idea of Tested Thursday is that a product is put to the test to see if it lives up to claims made by the manufacturer. It is a kind of in depth look at a product.

Today is the turn of the Shiseido Ibuki range of skincare, which I have been using for the past couple of weeks. The range says it is “designed to visibly correct imperfections by targeting dryness, dullness, uneven skin tone, blemishes, roughness and visible pores”. That’s quite a lot for a skincare range, but as Shiseido are experts in skincare, it is not too outlandish. So, lets have a look at the products used first.


This is a 3 step system, consisting of a cleanser, a softener and a moisturiser, used in that order.


The gentle cleanser is a rich cream that lathers well, and does what it is designed to do. It lathers well, rinses easily and leaves my face feeling, well, clean! If step 1 didn’t do what it was meant to do, I would be worried. So far, however, so good.


The softening concentrate used as step 2 is designed to soak in to the skin quickly, delivering its nutrients to the heart of the skin. While the instructions do say to use a cotton pad with this, I’ve been using my fingertips, as I’d be afraid of losing too much product into the cotton. Even so, only a tiny amount of this is enough to do my whole face, and afterwards my skin does feel so much better.


Finally, the refining moisturiser is applied. This is rich and creamy, and yet it is not something you need to use much of. It spreads so incredibly well over the skin after the softener that again only a tiny amount is needed, and it too soaks in exceptionally well.

Now, the results. I’ve been using this on my combination normal/dry skin for the past couple of weeks. Not constantly, as I am kinda forgetful when it comes to my skin (which is very bad of me – I know!) but I have been using this very regularly. And well, it does most of what it claims. My skin does look and feel so much better when I’m using it. I also suffer quite badly from visible pores on my nose, and while they are still visible, they are not as visible. I can imagine that if I could actually remember to use it as I should, every single day, it would do a great job on my skin.

The Ibuki range is available on counters now, and is also available as a trial kit, containing sample sized products for €29. Note: The trial kit is limited edition and may sell out quickly.

Have you tried the Ibuki range? What skincare are you loving right now? Let me know below!



A sample was provided for review.

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Mar. 07.

(Extremely Rare) FOTD, Just Because

FOTD-thAs a rule, I hate pictures of myself. They just never look nice enough to me. However, on rare occasions, I hit upon a good one. And in this case, I think it’s a really good one. That’s why I’m sharing an extremely rare FOTD with you, though at this stage it’s more like a Face of 2 days ago. Anyway, never mind that. Lets get on to the more interesting bit of products used.



  • Primer: GOSH – Velvet Touch Line Perfector
  • Primer: Benefit – The Porefessional (used on nose)
  • Foundation: Maybelline – SuperStay 24 Hour Foundation (020 – Cameo)
  • Bronzer: Wet ‘ Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (Ticket to Brazil)
  • Blush: Benefit – Hervana
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (light)
  • Powder: 17 – Loose Powder (translucent)


  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Creaseless Cream Shadow (Birthday Suit)
  • Shadow: No. 7 – Stay Perfect Eye Shadow (Truffle)
  • Liner: L’Oreal – Gel Intenza Liner (02 – Golden Black)
  • Mascara: Benefit – They’re Real


  • Gloss: Shiseido – Lacquer Gloss (RD305 – Lust)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Setting Brush – Bronzer (contour)
  • Ecotools – Powder Brush – Bronzer & Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Cream Eyeshadow
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk Taklon Shadow C260 – Powder Eyeshadow
  • Blank Canvas – E28 – Liner
  • Blank Canvas – E30 Spoolie end – comb lashes between mascara coats
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lip brush (shape & definition)

Thinking about it, that’s quite a list for a doing nothing in particular face, but I like how it worked out.

Any thoughts? Anyone? Feel free to  tell me not to show my face on my blog again in the comments.


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Mar. 05.

Possibly My Ultimate Red Lip… Shiseido Lacquer Gloss

shiseido-thGather round boys and girls and let me tell you a tale. A tale of lips, and red, and trying to find the right match between the two. Now obviously, I can’t really change my lips that much, but I can find the right red to go with my lips as they are. And by golly, I think I’ve done just that.

How? With the little beauty that is one of Shiseido’s recently released new Lacquer Gloss shades, in this case “Lust” (RD305) which they describe as a sultry blood red. Sultry is right. I defy anyone to not be entranced by this colour! It is really amazing. The applicator holds a huge amount of product, and glides across lips. My instant reaction when it first hit my lips was to stop what I was doing and exclaim WOW! It was the deepest, glossiest red I have ever used, and feels super smooth and velvety on the lips.

shiseido applicator

And now, for those of you who are still reading this, you get to see it actually on my lips.

shiseido lips

The new shades are now on Shiseido counters and cost €25.

So, what do you think of the colour? Have you found your ultimate red? Let me know in the comments!



A sample was provided for review.

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