Hello again everyone!
I'm back with a bit more of a proper entry as opposed to the quickly churned out mention about Summer Blues earlier. I was catching up on my feed and couldn't help but notice that color being so prominent this Summer I just had to do a quick share, even if I didn't have much time to do up a proper one.
So anyway, thank you all for being patient with my absence and I am afraid I will request for even more patience to come, since returning from a (fairly) long trip always means a crapload to clear at work.
To tide you over, I figured I would quickly share some makeup items I had packed along with me on my journey to Tokyo.
Though I know a lot of you are probably shouting at the screen saying, "Why pack? Buy it all there!".
Yes, in an ideal situation where money grew on trees and drawers are bottom-less, I would love to.
Alright, maybe the money on trees part is an exaggeration since their cosmetics can be considerably priced as compared to Singapore's cosmetics but... I really didn't need more (and then there's the haul to come...), so I would rather pack as well as I can and if I happened to forget anything there is always Matsumoto Kiyoshi!
First, let me introduce you to my makeup space, which I am so happy for because it's by the window with daylight!
So many times I've been to hotels and all they offer you is that horribly dim and orange vanity light.
Who in their right mind would install dim orange lighting for the vanity, I have no clue... Well, it was the same for this hotel but I liked that they offered a 'table mirror' and a ledge by the large windows (overlooking the train rails too, so interesting) to perch that mirror on.
Well, no trains in the background at the time of the shot but check out how awesome the daylight is (for makeup)!
Pardon me if I sound a little deprived but back at where I stay, a daylight lamp is all I have to keep my makeup in check as I slap it all on in the morning. So now, a little sun is quite liberating.
Randomly snapped about mid-way done with the Lancôme Fraîcheur Rosée Eye Palette, pre-liner.
Right, where were we?
Yes... my makeup pouch, here we go!
Covering the Bases...
From Left to Right (sadly not application order...)
Urban Decay NAKED Skin Ultra Definiton Loose Powder –
Talk about a long name... I brought this along because it was the only trusted loose powder (for keeping make up on and oilies relatively at bay) I had open in my stash at that time. Though given the amazingly cool weather in Tokyo, I think any of my other pretty okay powders would have worked just fine too.
Lancôme Mat Miracle 24H Liquid Foundation –
Also one of the reasons for long-lasting fresh-face-ness would be another trusted base product. In Singapore, I feel I don't give this enough love because I seldom yearn the need to look flawless for over 12 hours. Though when you are abroad and snapping images all the time, the last thing you want is for your skin to look ashy and dull! While the coverage is more than I require, it doesn't feel heavy on and I would rather be 'safe' in case my skin started acting up while abroad (which it actually did by Day 4 – the weather is a little dry in Tokyo).
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC03 –
A concealer palette I reach for very often, it gives long-wearing coverage to conceal those pesky spots and blemishes without caking or appearing dry on the skin. I also like that it comes with a corrector tone if I feel my undereyes need a more heavy-duty touch.
YSL Forever Light Creator CC Cream in Rose –
It's funny how I haven't posted a proper entry about this yet am using and featuring it all over the blog. I brought this along as a substitute for SPF given its SPF35 protection. Aside from that, I also like how nourishing and moisturizing this feels through the day which could sometimes mean mid-day blotting in Singapore but I figured in Tokyo, it would be the perfect answer to keeping my skin 'supple' under makeup.
MAC Moisture Cover Concealer –
A concealer I typically reach for for my undereyes (on good days) because it is light-weight and doesn't cake or crease though it provides only subtle concealing and minor brightening.
And then the Cheeks...
YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in No 9 Rose Epicurien –
I found myself reaching for this a lot during the trip, mainly using it as a flush of color on the cheeks. I believe I had only used it on my lips on one occasion. It's a perfect soft and brightening pink glow that looks natural yet present. There's something about wearing cream cheek products (without setting) in a chilly and dry climate that just works, as compared to the humid heat we have here...
Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit –
Genius of me not to photograph the inside but it's basically a contour and highlight shade within which was perfectly compact enough to slip into my makeup pouch for this trip. While I have been easing out of the contour phase of late (I somehow like the whole glowy fair and less sculpted / tan look these days), I still feel dependant on lightly carving in some cheekbones to be that much more picture-ready. Heh.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12H Blush in Blissful –
I brought a powder brush along, just because, though I only used this once or twice, often ditching it for Rose Epicurien instead.
All about the Eyes...
Dior Backstage Eye Prime –
An eye primer fairly new to my stash that I have been trying out. I have a love / hate relationship with this fella, which I will explain in its proper review but it works well enough to keep my shadows and liner lasting through the day.
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved & Star Lash Automatic Gel Eyeliner –
Okay... this is excessive because I use both of these on the same area (my lower lashline) but let me explain. The Star Lash Gel Eyeliner lasts incredibly well on but isn't dark enough while the MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil is a nice rich black but lasts only decently well, smudges a little by evening. So I would draw Star Lash on first, to 'prime' the area and then darken the look with MAC. In the end it all works out and it is not as excessive as it sounds, trust me.
Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palette Fraîcheur Rosée –
I have mentioned it before but yes, this is one of my favorite all-in-one palettes and the sleek compact (and really nifty magnetic bit) makes it easy to travel around with. This truly is a palette that first pops to mind whenever I am packing my makeup bag for travel.
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mascara Feline Blacks (Waterproof) –
This is reaching its end of days, given how much I have used and love it, but for this trip I mainly used it on my lower lashline as a 'back up plan'. I've noticed that having mascara on helps keep my liner from fading or smudging. In the scenario that such tragedy still manages to happen, the mascara-combed lower lash will offer enough definition so my eyes don't disappear in a picture. See, the woes of having watery eyes that devours eyeliners...
Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink Liquid Liner –
I bought this on the trip without having used it prior, but trusted in Shu Uemura for having a kick-ass liquid liner that can deliver a rich black as well as stay on all day and I wasn't disappointed. Though I actually did a double-take when using this liquid liner for the first time because of the unique brush tip – truly like a calligraphy pen – but it worked well to draw a nicely defined cat eye. Not too thick nor thin, my favorite sort.
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil & Brow Mascara –
My trusted eye brow sidekicks! Though I have strayed a little of late and going back to the Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil I get a little frustrated at the sheer pigmentation (which is a good thing for control) but I'm getting the hang of it again... I am sorry to have strayed! ha.
Make Up Store Marble Eyeshadow in Amarillo –
While I do love Lancôme's Fraîcheur Rosée, I brought this marbled pan of shadow along incase I wanted to throw in some variety to my looks. After all, while I can do 6 days with the same eye palette it is in our nature to stray, mix and match and play around with more. Hence our ever-growing and ever-exploding stash.
Let's Talk Lips...
Dior Lip Glow –
This hot favorite needs no explanation, I stashed this in the bag I carried about incase my lips felt like they need a slick of moisture any time of the day.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore –
The last time I used this I remember it lasted and lasted and lasted, not even showing signs of giving up after lunch! Thus I figured long-wearing lip colors is the way to go when you're on a holiday and never know when you may need to snap a selfie after a meal! The bright hot pink was also a fun color to bring along, incase I felt up for a hawwwt pink.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red –
I can't forsake my reds so I just had to stash one long-wearing (see a pattern here) smooth and perfect red lip color. While not everyone is fond of how matte the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils can be, I actually love the finish – so bright and bold without a sheen or shine. It's almost retro but definitely not dated.
YSL Glossy Stain in Bourgogne Artistiq –
Aside from bold reds, I have a love for slightly deeper vampy reds too, thus the YSL Glossy Stain in Bourgogne Artistiq. One of my favorite vampy-er reds that I own. While glossy and slightly translucent on, it leaves a nice stain long after the initial glossiness wears off. The slight vampy edge throws a nice twist to an otherwise girly and soft get-up.
Dior Fluid Sticks in Pandore –
Another red lip I had recently acquired. I brought this for the trip to get better acquainted with the Dior Fluid Sticks and I do love how glossy, lightweight and easy these are to wear. My only gripe is that they don't stain or last as tenaciously through the day but... all the better to whip out and re-apply?
And there you have it! I forgot to snap the brushes I brought along but figured, they really aren't all that interesting either (as compared to the makeup) because I do pack quite minimally and light as far as tools are concerned.
I have this OCD about fraying or damaging my brushes with transport hence only the hardy and (ahemahem) slightly cheaper ones get to tag along.
So, with all this talk about the makeup I bring, why don't I actually show you how I wore them through the days, yes?
Cheeks: YSL Rose Epicurien (layered)
Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore
Cheeks: Tarte Blissful blush
Lips: Dior Fluid Stick in Pandore
Cheeks and Lips: YSL Rose Epicurien
Cheeks: Tarte Blissful blush
Lips: YSL Glossy Stain in Bourgogne Artistiq
(because we went back to the hotel to put stuff down and refresh ourselves before heading out for dinner in Shibuya)
Cheeks: YSL Rose Epicurien
Lips: NARS Mysterious Red
I skipped out on pictures for Day 1 and 6 but generally, these were the looks I wore!
This post turned out to be way lengthier than I had intended but I hope it is informative enough and interesting enough a read! I will have a couple more mentions of my trip, namely a haul entry on here, and post a travelogue on the shared blog that hubs and I both share – recently renamed (again, hurhur) to icywhims.wordpress.com .
Something about writing a travelogue is just such a perfect way to wrap up a trip, revisiting the moments and keeping it all alive on a platform so I can go back to it when I feel wanderlust creeping up.
So yes, stay tuned to that! In the meanwhile, hurray to the long weekend ahead!
Thanks for reading and do ask away if you have any questions about the products or Tokyo!