KenzoKi products have this undeniably lovely white lotus fragrance, and the Belle De Jour line of KenzoKi products (which sit at a slightly higher price point than the rest of the line) are saturated in this scent. White Lotus is sensual to a fault. Powdery but heady, flowery in a way that isn’t obnoxious, this is a scent that I want to bathe in. I have actually begged Kenzo’s PR to tell me what fragrance of theirs is closest to the scent of the Belle De Jour skincare products, because I wanted to always smell like it (in case you’re curious, it’s their Perfumed Skin Care Water in Relaxing Lotus Shh). When I think relaxation and luxury - basically, a spa-like sensation - this scent is exactly what comes to mind. I was thrilled, then, when I was offered a chance to review their new Belle De Jour White Lotus Mask.
Now, onto the efficiency of the product itself, since a pretty scent can only take us so far! The mask is thick and creamy, thicker than the Marshmallow Mask I so love. It reminds me of whipped butter, and looks like it too! The jar is generously sized in proportion to the amount of mask needed (2.5oz), and it has a lovely image of a white lotus on the lid. The attention to detail is not lost on me: not only is the mask aesthetically pleasing, but Kenzo includes a brush to apply the mask, so that my grubby fingers don’t contaminate the product.
A quarter-sized amount of the mask covers my whole face, and feels absolutely divine on the skin. KenzoKi describes a three-pronged effect that this mask has on its user: the pleasure effect (the sensation of the soft cushy mask reminds us to be receptive to gentle touches, haha), the bubble effect (the scent and feel of the mask creates a barrier between the user and stress, creating a state of relaxation that can potentially lower cortisol levels by 23% - a study was apparently done on this!), and the wake up effect (the mask brightens, softens, and illuminates the skin).
Well, how much of an effect does this mask have on my skin? I have used this mask a few times already, and I truly love the moisturized feel my skin has after ten minutes of wearing this mask. My skin, which is chronically bone dry and flaky, has a cushiony feel after I wipe off this mask. A glow that my face consistently lacks appears, and I have a moronic grin because of how damned awesome the mask smells. Yay for that pleasure-bubble-wake up effect or whatever! Best part? No breakouts, no clogged pores, no bad effects at all.
$70 for a very lovely mask is pretty affordable considering how little is needed per use, and how lovely your skin will feel after using it - and how uplifted you feel mentally after using it! Both Elvira and I love the KenzoKi line, and this newest mask is yet another winner.
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However, my shopping addiction sometimes overpowers my loyalty (ha!), and I feel the need to spread my shimmery, loose powder-covered wings and try something new.
My latest something new is Shiro Cosmetics.
If you’re not an avid reader of Ana at Lipsticks and Lightsabers or Phyrra of the eponymous blog, you should be and I think you smell. If you are, you smell lovely AND you should know a thing or two about Shiro Cosmetics. Both Ana and Phyrra have done lovely and comprehensive articles and interviews with the beauty, brains, and nerd-dom behind the line herself, Caitlin Johnstone. Caitlin is not a real person. Caitlin is probably the world’s most efficient cyborg: she’s around my age, she’s in college, she has the CUTEST BABY ALIVE, and she created her own highly successful and soaked in awesomesauce makeup company after way too many nights of reading Ana’s blog. I mean, really: I can barely tie my shoes on a normal day, let alone run a business, take care of a kid, and better myself. Caitlin is not real. Don’t let the cute face and warm messages that she sends on Etsy fool you!
I digress. Both Ana and Phyrra have been raving nonstop about Shiro’s pigmented and pretty colors, and after one long night of chatting with Phyrra, I caved. With her help, I picked five lovely mini jars of shadowy happiness (which cost me a measly $13.50, or something like that).
A word about Shiro Cosmetics: Shiro is a makeup company devoted to nerd-dom and geekery. Caitlin’s original two eyeshadow collections were based off of Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda. Her most current collection of lip colors is meme-based. As a nerd myself, I completely appreciate how terrifically nerdy this makeup line is. In fact, I was pushed over the proverbial edge when I discovered that Caitlin had a Jigglypuff eyeshadow in her Pokemon line - Jigglypuff was my nickname in middle school!
Can you guess WHY my nickname was Jigglypuff?
When I received my order, I was blown away by how cute the packaging and presentation was.
Caitlin’s business card, which had a sweet note written on the back, is a nod to Super Mario Bros., and I appreciated the two generously-sized free samples I was sent.
I ordered four colors from the Pokemon-themed collection (Meowth, Mewtwo, SS Anne, and Jigglypuff) and one color from the Zelda-themed collection (Zelda). My two samples were Porygon (from the Pokemon collection) and Master Sword (from the Zelda collection).
Here are color descriptions (in the same order as they appear swatched on my hand from L to R):
Porygon: A shimmery, silky fuchsia color that could probably be worn as a blush but I like it as an eyeshadow.
Master Sword: A very sparkly sheer sandy taupe color.
Mewtwo: A sheer-ish but buildable smoky grey plum color with a golden shimmer.
SS Anne: A slightly burnished bronzey shade with multi-colored shimmer. In person, it is a shade or so darker than my swatch.
Zelda: The most gorgeous and lovely satiny shimmery coral-melon shade ever. This is eye brightening perfection in a pot!
Jigglypuff: My reason for ordering, this shimmery lilac-y blued purple is officially one of my new favorite eyeshadow shades EVER. I truly cannot get over how lovely this shadow is.
Meowth: A lovely shimmering champagne beige that makes a perfect all-over color or highlight shade.
Every shadow is easy to work with (even the sheer but dark Mewtwo), and Caitlin packs her jars to the brim so you receive plenty of product to play with. I literally cannot find one complaint about Shiro’s products besides the fact that I have yet to order every other shadow...yeah, I have issues. Seriously though, the colors apply and blend beautifully, they wear like iron, and come alive over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.
Honestly, give Caitlin’s store on Etsy a check out! She offers generous sample baggies, mini jars, and full-sized jars all at affordable prices, and her color range is impressive. Plus, HER BABY IS ADORABLE. How could you not want to try something from Shiro?
An after-note: Correcting blog posts is really annoying because Blogger always messes with the format, but I'm glad people point out my errors! I clearly suck, y'all.
I BOUGHT SOMETHING FROM MAC. MORE THAN ONE THING.
Ok, ok. Now that I got that off of my ridiculously large chest, I can tell you what I got. Somewhere in the midst of whatever ridiculous and obviously limited-edition collection MAC had released, there was some collection called Peacocky. I don’t know why it was called Peacocky, but whatev, that’s not the issue. Featured in Peacocky is a new type of MAC eyeshadow called Mega Metal. These shadows are large (we’re talking Cream Color Base sized, 3.4g!), shimmery but creamy feeling instead of gritty or chunky, and loaded with pigment. I couldn’t help myself. I just had to give in. It’s like sex with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend: so bad, but so good. That’s how I feel about MAC. MAC is my ex-boyfriend who was a total a-hole but great in the sack. When MAC delivers, it delivers - these Mega Metal shadows rock hard.
My color choices shouldn’t surprise you at all. I chose:
Prance - A light lavender color with a hint of a warm pink. From the look of it in the pan, I expected it to also have a slight taupey edge. However, you can see that on my skin it’s just a shimmery warmed lavender wash. I cannot wait to try this as a lid shade with a deep smokey purple crease (like Unflappable!).
Unflappable - This is exactly what I wanted MAC Smut to be. Unflappable is a deep tauped smoky purple shade. It reminds me of a deeper version of that limited-edition Chanel taupe that came out in the fall - Taupe Grise? Whatev, I know Elvira reviewed it at some point. The shimmer adds this lovely dimension to the shade, a slight reddish edge that pulls out that taupe undertone so well.
Centre Stage - My favorite of the three shadows I chose, this warm, deep reddened brown is just pure seduction in a pot. I have plenty and plenty of browns but I cannot think of one I own that is anywhere close to this color. Imagine this shade smoked out and close to the lashline...ugh, hot! This one is going to get a lot of play from me, especially in the warmer months.
These shadows retail for $19.50USD, which I think is pretty damn great for the amount and quality of the shadows. The range of colors are quite lovely - that Noir Plum color caught my eye, I must say! MAC needs to make these permanent, I have to say. I’m embarrassed to admit I would buy a few more shades. Good job MAC - I hope you know it murdered my soul to admit I love these shadows! Ha!
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|Click to see larger image. Shadows applied over Urban Decay Primer Potion.|