2011 was a big year for brand and self exploration for me! I travelled (a LOT) and purchased a lot, and met a lot of new people that helped me learn more about myself… and in relation to this blog, about my beauty preferences! Hard to believe that the first month of 2012 has already gone by as I type this entry up (yikes!) so I better get a move on 😉
I rarely do these, but this post was stalled for so long because I wanted to finish my Chanel foundation before opening my ADDICTION Tinted Moisturizer. Since I finished the Chanel Teinte Innocence I thought I’d try the ADDICTION TM out since I’ve only heard raves about its performance especially in hot climates, and I’m headed overseas soon!
It’s rare for me to wear one brand ENTIRELY (except for primer, eyeliner, and mascara here) so this was an interesting experience 🙂 I’m loving everything so far, and after thinking about it, I knew that despite my rants and raves with other brands, ADDICTION had to be my brand for 2011 (Armani was a very VERY close second, as you can probably imagine).
ADDICTION by Ayako is a Japanese department store brand owned by KOSE. Quite a contrast to most high end JP cosmetics brands, ADDICTION uses sleek, bold packaging and bold colour palettes to differentiate itself from the rest of the market. This brand is incredibly exclusive – only available at a few counters in Japan and at a couple of re-sellers online for marked up prices!
I, however, am fortunate enough to have people who are willing to shop for me and also haunt auction like no one’s business so I’ve been able to grow my collection quite a bit!
My non-eye-items 🙂
– Tinted Moisturizer No. 5: Weirdly, unlike the rest of the base products this doesn’t have a name, but this is the darkest shade (I’m about nC37-40) so deeper skintones may be out of luck if you’re looking to try this line’s base makeup! I love the finish on this – still testing it out but it’s nice and light!
– Foundation No. 5 Cookie: I won this off of auction and it’s the right shade too, and has a corresponding powder (I don’t have that) – I only open one thing at a time though, so haven’t tried this out properly!
– The pale pink gloss, purple nail polish are from the Sleepless Nights Coffret 🙂
– Lip and Cheek stick in AMAZING – this is the hottest pink the brand offers, of course I had to buy it XD;
Eyeshadow singles and blush 🙂 I thought looking at this pic would make me satisfied and let me depot them into another 6 pan palette, but it instead made me realise I had a lot of smokey/crease/liner colours and no lid colours. D’oh.
4-pan palettes! I am a fan of palettes as I am too lazy to pull out a bunch of individual cases, hence my goal to depot as much of my collection as possible 🙂 The first is a random palette from Yahoo!JP, the second is the Sleepless Nights palette, and the last is the Le Mepris palette which I’ve featured before 🙂
My 6-pan palettes
I’m still trying to figure out shade names for the eyeshadows that I received depotted so SOMEDAY there will be a corresponding swatch post … this is just a view of my personal collection 😛
Base: ADDICTION Tinted Moisturizer No. 5
Cheek: Sleepless Nights Palette
Eyes: UDPP, Armani ETK #7 Sweet Fire, Sleepless Nights Palette, K-Palette Eyeliner, Armani ETK Mascara, Anastasia Espresso Brow Gel
Lips: ADDICTION Amazing Lip & Cheek Stick
So what brand do you obsess over?