Market Day

I couldn't stop taking photos of all the colorful produce and beautiful flowers the day we accidentally found this market in Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto. We were wandering around when we turned down a street into this seafood lovers paradise.  

The moral of the story is sometimes it's a good idea to turn off the WiFi and get a little lost. Thanks for stopping by! 


Tatcha: Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick

"Nooks & Crannies" head wrap from The Wrap Life-  here

When my order of Tatcha's Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick($55/3.7grams) and my trip to Kyoto this summer coincided it all just seemed like kismet. Who doesn't love when the universe seems to sanction their beauty splurges?

Tatcha is a luxury skincare brand inspired by geisha beauty rituals and Kyoto Red is their modern interpretation of the geisha's classic red lip.  I love the diamond quilting on the actual lipstick and the elegant black and gold lacquer case. I found it to be very pigmented with the first silky swipe with no discernible scent.  The lipstick feels like a luxury product when held and when applied.  I wore it out and about for a couple days and it stayed intact through lunch with minimal staining once removed.  Yes, I know it's bright. Yes, I love it. My no fail red lip is Nars Cruella lip pencil. Kyoto Red comes in at a close second.

By the time this posts I should be back home ankle deep in laundry.  How are you spending this summer?


After Brunch

Sweater: Banana Republic
Dress:  Target- worn here
Shoes: Cole Haan
Bag: Henri Bendel
Ring: Tiffany&Co.
Nail Polish: Dior Incognito 

These pics were taken by my mother aka The Great Illuminator after brunch one Saturday. I think she did the best she could with what she had to work with. Keep in mind that I really only have two looks, which I give you full warning of in my About Me page. It didn't help that there was this guy parked in his car staring at us. The nerve of him conspicuously observing his public surroundings while I tried to take blog pics. 

We tried a new brunch spot that morning and it was just meh. The day was salvaged by a trip to TJ Maxx where I found a really cute handbag. I've found some great deals at TJ Maxx (see this bag here) and it usually happens when I'm dragged to the store under duress. I generally prefer to do my shopping from the comfort of my couch. That way I don't have to deal with shopping carts that are non-existent or sales people that pretend not to work in the store when you look like you need help. We went to TJ Maxx to return something my mother bought and I wanted to wait in the car and sleep. I decided against it because I didn't want to wake up from my nap and have to go hunt for her throughout the entire store. The moral of the story is fortune favors those who don't abandon their mothers.

Thanks for stopping by! 


Estēe Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick- Envious(340) & Estēe Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer- Hot Coral(10)

Top left- Envious Lipstick (340)
Top right - Envious (340) layered with Garnet Desire Shimmer Gloss (15)
Bottom- Garnet Desire Shimmer Gloss (15)

Estēe Lauder has been the break out star for me this year. They have a nice range of nail polish colors and the pigmented creaminess of their Pure Color Lipsticks is to die for. The Estēe Lauder lady at my local Bloomingdale's counter helped me to pick out the Pure Color Lipstick pictured above in Envious($27/.12oz). They were having a promotion where they included a complimentary lip gloss at no extra charge but they were all out of them for that color. She was kind enough to call around until she found the duo in one of their stores and had it shipped to me. Great customer service for the win!  I generally prefer lipsticks over lip gloss but the Garnet Desire Shimmer Gloss that came with the lipstick is nice enough for me to wear alone, and adds a little extra oomph when layered over the lipstick. 

I'm wearing two coats of the Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Hot Coral($21/.3oz) plus a salon top coat in the pictures above.  I had a couple shades that were similar, but nothing quite exactly like Hot Coral. The lady that did my manicure said she loved how smoothly the polish applied. I think Hot Coral is a great summer nail polish color that you could also wear to the office. I will definitely be adding more Pure Color Nail Lacquer colors to my small but growing collection. 

Have you tried anything from Estēe Lauder lately?   


Slightly hazy with a chance of rain

Scarf: Zara
Top: Loft
Skirt: Old ?
Shoes: Cole Haan
Bag: Gift shop in Greece

Hello there. So we made it to June. Only six more months of 2015 to go. I know, I know. I'm not rushing you. It was a long and tiring week so I am really looking forward to doing a whole lot of nothing this weekend and hanging out in my happy place above.  At least that's the plan until the reality of laundry and my empty refrigerator kicks in.  Thanks for stopping by!


Darling Duos: Estēe Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer- Ballerina Pink & Bite Butter Cream Lipstick- Marzipan

I've been wearing this lip and nail combo for several days now.  Bite is a brand I don't think I've featured before. My introduction to them was a bright red lip crayon which I loved. I was on my way out of Sephora when this collection of round, flat lipsticks caught my eye. They all had this great muted just a kiss of color look. A closer inspection revealed they were Bite's new Butter Cream lipsticks. From the Bite website: 

Bite Beauty is a natural lip care company operating out of downtown Toronto. Our mission is to create lipstick that is high performance and healthy enough to eat for women everywhere.
This is where we keep our inspirations – things we see, things we hear, things we wear. We’ll share what we can and teach what we know.  Source

Marzipan's Ingredients:

-5 Mg Trans-Resveratrol From Vitis Vinifera and Polygonum Cuspidatum

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Rosinate, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Triisostearyl Citrate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Cera (Wax), Polymethyl Methacrylate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil*, Flavor (Aroma), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax*,Polyglyceryin-3*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Athemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Silk Powder, Pearl Powder*, Glyceryl Oleate*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables*, Tocopherol*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Siraitia Grosvenorii (Monk Fruit) Extract*, +/- May Contain: Mica (Cl 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Carmine (Cl 75470), Blue 1 Lake (Cl 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Cl 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Cl 15985), Red 40 Lake (Cl 16035), Red 6 Lake (Cl 15850), Red 7 Lake (Cl 15850), Red 33 Lake (Cl 17200), Manganese Violet (Cl 77742)*, Bismuth Oxychloride (Cl 77163), Magnesium Stearate.


I was rushing so I did some quick swatches with the Sephora testers on my hand and decided that Marzipan($28/.15 oz) looked the best so I bought it.  When I got it home I realized I would need some type of liner to make it work for me. By itself I felt that Marzipan was a little too chalky for my liking.  I tried it with my Elizabeth Arden lip crayon in plumrose 07 pictured above and I loved the look.  The texture as the name suggests is creamy.  It applies very easily with no discernible scent and lasts for most of the day for me.  I read some talk online about people not liking the hand cut shape of the bullet, but I had no problem with it. 

The Estēe Lauder Nail Lacquer in Ballerina Pink($21/.3fl oz) is the your nails but better color for me. I'm wearing three coats in the pictures above but could easily have gotten away with two. My mani is on day six with minimal tip wear. I've really been impressed with all of the Estēe Lauder products I've tried recently.  Check out my last post here, and there are more to come. 

I love doing these darling duo posts because I feel so much more put together when my nail polish and lipstick are in sync. What about you? 


Skin Care: Eve Lom

Eve Lom is a renowned facialist and the woman behind the eponymous skin care brand which she launched in London in the 1980s. I found an interesting article about Ms. Lom here

I was at a SpaceNK boutique in Bloomingdales buying some candles when I started talking about beauty products with the sales lady. It turns out she was the regional manger, so we had a very good discussion.  Space NK was going to be launching the Eve Lom line the next month and she was very excited about it. She very graciously gave me some samples after I told her my major skin care concerns were keeping my acne prone skin even and glowing. Once I worked through the samples I took advantage of the Sephora sale and a Space NK discount to get the full sized versions of the Eve Lom cleanser($50/1.6floz) and the Eve Lom brightening cream($110/1.6floz).  

Eve Lom Cleanser 

Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Peg-30 Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Aluminum Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Peg-75 Lanolin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Cone Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Eugenol, Limonene.
Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer's discretion. For the most complete and up-to-date list of ingredients, refer to the product packaging.

Eve Lom Brightening Cream

Aqua (water), Dimethicone, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Glycerin, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Olivate, Jojoba Esters, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Atractyloides Macrocephala Root Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Allantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Carbomer, Tribehenin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isohexadecane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Polysorbate 80, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Citronellol, Methyl Undecenoyl Leucinate, Geraniol, Linalool, Eugenol.

The cleanser came with the muslin cloth pictured. Per the instructions, first you massage the cleanser onto dry skin. Then you wring the muslin cloth out after placing it in hot water and press it against your face for several seconds to open your pores. After you repeat that process three times you rinse the cloth in warm water and remove the cleanser from your face.  The last step is to rinse the cloth in cold water and reapply it to your face to close your pores.  

The instructions for the brightening cream were a bit simpler- apply to a clean face & neck morning and evening. 

Between the original samples and what I ended up buying I've been using both products for about a month. The cleanser has a paste like texture and has a sweet, herbal smell. It felt like an aromatherapy facial when I used it with the muslin cloth. I liked it but I don't see it replacing my Peter Thomas Roth or Lush Dark Angels which give me more of a deep pore cleaning. The brightening cream is moisturizing without feeling heavy on the skin. It also has a slightly herbal scent, kind of like an old tea bag. The cream seems to be working as my skin is softer and more even toned. I'll report back in a month with any updates.

 The whole muslin cloth thing seems to be all the range now. Before this product I just used a white wash cloth and paper towels. I can appreciate the benefits of the muslin cloth- gentle exfoliation, pore opening, cleanser removing but I'm not sold on replacing all my wash cloths.....yet.  What about you? Are muslin cloths a part of your beauty routine?