Monday, September 29, 2014

MOTW: Addiction AW'14 Tokyo Story

Rila Fukushima for Addiction by Ayako. Image from AFPBB
Sometimes I'm baffled as to why Japanese (or Asian) women eagerly adopt to the Western standard of beauty while many (from East or West) consider features such as porcelain skin, almond eyes, and full lips as beautiful. That, complete with the inspiration behind "Tokyo Story" (Ozu's movies are some of my faves, particularly "Good Morning") by Addiction is enough to get me riled up to copy the look for this week's MOTW. Granted, this is one of those fake MOTW, not suitable for school run and such, but this is what I do when I get a chance to play with makeup this week.

I ponder and ponder on how to make this look not looking like a pinup look. Case comparison: the impeccable Dita von Tesse.

Image from stylebistro
Certainly these two have a lot in common: red lips, winged liner, porcelain skin. But decidedly, the Japanese Beauty theme of Addiction favors softer brows -- both in terms of color and angle, unadorned lids and lashes, and wing at a gentle slope (which is so much more eye-friendly to droopy lids like mine). While the skin is porcelain, it is kissed with a gentle pink, almost as contour, and the lips are glossy, instead of the matte pinup, reminiscent of Japanese lacquerware.

I must say iPhone camera is really not that bad, considering my measly photography skill with the real camera, lol!

My version (sans any actual Addiction product, lame, I know):

  • Base: the flawless, velvety, porcelain skin is the key feature to this look. I came across this YouTube video of Addiction makeover to see what kind of base product was used. First, the Porcelain Skin Primer was used, much like Chanel Le Blanc if you have that. Then, Porcelain Skin Foundation, which is a powder foundation, was applied with sponge for a full coverage.
    I can already tell, this type of base makeup will age me faster than having a kid or two. So, I chose something that is more suitable for my dry skin. First, I applied a thin layer of Ettusais Base Control Yellow from ages ago (I'm sure they have came out with a newer version) -- it negates the natural pink/darkness that I have on my skintone and renders the skin more porcelain. Second, I mixed a dot of Becca SSP in Pearl with the highest-coverage foundation I owned, which is Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. Third, a healthy dose of pin-point concealing, courtesy of the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage was warranted if I were to wear a bright red lips. Finally, the face is gently dusted with Paul & Joe Loose Face Powder, which itself is collecting dust, as I rarely need any setting powder. The result was a Noh-inspired base makeup without the actual caking.
  • Cheek: Ayako used two blushes: pale cool pink + light beige brown. I chose something in between: a light contour of Chanel JC Rose Ecrin, on the hollows towards the ears.
  • Eyes: a sweep of Burberry Trench, followed by a sheer wash of Almond for definition, just on the upper lids. A gentle slope wing is drawn using Coffret D'Or Liquid Eyeliner which I love love love: this liner dries glossy jet black, and the brush tip means it never goes dull like the felt-tip. I know Ayako applied mascara but I don't think mascara will add to the the whole feel of the eyes, which is all about the liner.
  • Lips: the lacquered red is another key feature of this look. Although the inspiration does not feature ombre lips, per se, I thought I'd throw it in there -- after all, a subtle ombre equals lip enhancement. I use Burberry Lip Cover in Oxblood to trace the corners of the lips and to outline, followed by FACE Stockholm Chili Flake to fill in the rest. I really love the combination of these two colors for an ombre: the cool, dusky, plumy tone of Oxblood really makes the orange-red in Chili Flake pop even more. A wash of Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Pink Lily is sheer enough to register the red gradation as I think a red gloss will overwhelm the whole look and wash out the ombre.
I hope you've enjoyed my version and inspired to recreate it. Wishing you a great week ahead!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MOTW: Burberry Beauty S/S15

As I tweeted earlier last week, it was a nice strategic move from Burberry to reach out to YouTubers/bbloggers to re-create their runaway look. Fashion shows are perennial distraction of my YouTube consumption, Burberry ones mostly for the talented performers that they feature (sorry, not talking about James Bay but more of Benjamin Clementine's performance on the Menswear S/S15 who gave me goose bumps).

And behold! I think I already have almost all the items in my collection to re-create the look, which is quite minimalistic and quick enough to do when you have a toddler hanging from your leg while you are trying to get ready in the morning. I think now I'm warming up to the idea of a little color on my skin. As I get older, I notice that a little color really gives that healthy "vibe" without piling on too much makeup.

  • Burberry Fresh Glow; mine is in the original shade, not the honey shade featured, mixed in with a tiny, pin-head size of Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation sample in Honey (a sample that keeps on giving!) to warm up the skin.
  • Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW foundation in Petal, a shade darker than what I'd normally wear. This one is a sub for the new Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation, which I suspect won't have a good match on my skin tone. However...
  • Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer in 01 Light Beige has been my staple product since it was launched.
  • Burberry Light Glow blush in Earthy for cheeks & lids, which are prepped by a wash of Burberry Eye Shadow in Trench.
  • Supposedly one of the key feature to this look, apart from the honeyed skin, is the bare lashes. Well, no offense. The model, YouTubers, and bbloggers are at least 10 years younger than moi and at my age, I simply can't have my lashes bare. A pinching curl & a swipe of Le Volume de Chanel mascara will do.
  • Not having the Burberry Lip Cover in Ruby does not send me scouring the internet to purchase it pronto.. but rather, I followed my intuition in that I already have something similar in my stash, and less stinky (yes, Burberry, please de-stink the lip products and I will love you forevah, thanks) Tom Ford lipstick in Cherry Lush.

The Cherry Lush does look pristine, doesn't it? Well, only from the front; I use lip brush with mine and get the color from the side. I do wonder if anyone out there does this with their lipstick. One of these days, I'll swipe it right off from the bullet, for sure. I love this color and I may as well enjoy it, like daily.

Wishing you all a productive week and happy first day of Autumn!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thankful Tuesday

  • Lisa Eldridge's new Plum Chic tuto. C'mon, let's be honest, who's with me? Every time she released one, I scour my makeup stash to re-create the look.
    My version (clockwise from upper left): Burberry Bright Plum blotted as berry-bitten stain, Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow for pink with gold-glow, dark, clear aubergine shade from my vintage Stila Toile Collection mixed with aubergine tone from Chanel Kaska Beige, Pixi Endless Silky in Oyster Glow (had this forever, use this for inner corner of the eyes, now makes a great contrast liner) smudged with the pearly beige shade from Kaska quad, Burberry concealer 01, Maybelline the Falsies, Bourjois healthy mix serum foundation.
  • PapaLorp's new job! I used to think that I'm pretty mindful about our living arrangement, but not having a steady income for a while takes that mindfulness even a step above. 
  • The Tod's back to school; bitter sweet, really but glad that he's adjusting well and thankful for the time he is at school.
  • With school comes meeting with friends new and old.
  • Time for myself for shower & write this post.
  • A slice of Tres Leches cake.
  • Chestnuts on our sidewalk.
I wish you all a great week ahead. Please share with us your gratitude for this week/today!