Nakajima Atsushi
Top: green apple, pear, kiwi, leaf green, galbanum
Middle: muguet (lily of the valley), jasmine, rose, cyclamen
Last: white musk, sandalwood, amber

Akutagawa Ryūnosuke
Top: bergamot, grapefruit, blackcurrant
Middle: wildflower, geranium, violet, jasmine
Last: sandalwood, musk, amber, tonka bean, oakmoss

Almost time for our inner bronze gods and goddesses to come out.

#NARS is launching the Tahiti Bronze collection this May in Sg, which includes:

#1 Tiare-scented Monoï body oils, one shimmering and one clear for sexy scented gleaming skin
#2 Scented Laguna powder bronzer in a limited edition wood-grained compact with a mini Ita brush; have my eye on this one already
#3 Liquid Laguna bronzer, uber-silky matte tint that you spread on for an instant non-oily faux tan
#4 a sexy looking Monoï candle dressed in NARS black

Everything smells unbelievably tropical and lush. If you love Tiaré and Frangipani, you will want to sniff these.

#makeup #beautynews #cosmetics #bronzer #summer #laguna #candle #fragrance #narssg

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Exoskeletons - natural perfumes unlike anything else.
Reading about dark arts in a library full of leather-bound books, with traces of cigar smoke and heady resins in the air. Performing a ritual deep in the woods, under the full moon. Drawing your circle on the ground after a rainstorm. Smoke, fire, ashes. Earth, moss, roots. Witchcraft in a bottle.

Warm weather calls for warm flattering colors that look good when you get dewy, hefty sun protection, good cleansers and fresh scents that last.

#LaPrairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF50 PA++++
#Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid foundation
#TomFord Eye Color Quad in Honeymoon- one of those quads that was sold out before it hit the shelves; call ahead to check before going down
#LaMer The Perfecting Treatment - skincare-primer hybrid; why not treat your skin and keep your makeup smooth at the same time?
#CharlotteTilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter - this peachy hue is luminous, not metallic
#Aurelia Miracle Cleanser - the cleanser’s great, but the antibacterial muslin cloth is dabomb. Highly recommend getting a set to use even if you are using other creams/balms
#Dior Addict Lipstick 465 Cruise
#Dior j'Adore eau de toilette - this orange-blossom laced floral lasts pretty darned well for an EDT; as for the scent, think classic j'Adore with a small shot of Elie Saab le parfum
#NatashaDenona blush duo in Matte Peachy Nude

#makeup #skincare #hotweather #peachy #goodskinday #fragrance

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Lust, Not Must: Luxe Beauty Products I Prefer Not To Be Without

You know there are always products that you buy even though you know logically that there are lot of more affordable alternatives? 

They aren’t a “MUST”. Life can go on without them.

However budget allowing, you will go for these over cheaper alternatives every time.

These are some of mine.

Tom Ford Eye Color Quads - so pricey, but so gorgeous. And the color combinations are always so beautifully put together that you don’t need to be great at color coordination to put a great eye look together.

Fresh Sugar Lip Balms - finding perfect lip balm is like finding a perfect mascara; some are not moisturizing enough, some are too gloopy and sticky, some are too runny, some are too thick… I always sigh despairingly at how expensive a tube of Fresh Sugar balm is compared to something I can pick up at the drugstore - but I always repurchase them.

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks - no these are not the most expensive lipsticks I own; but I do use them up pretty darned fast because they are so soft and creamy and need lots of touching up through the day. But we still love them.

La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask - sleeping packs and leave-on masks are a dime a dozen these days. So why do I have to fall in love with one of the most expensive ones around? This is instantly nourishing but still feels fresh on my dry skin. The comfortable feeling and glow lasts for the whole day.

Aurelia Bamboo Muslin Cloths - hot cloth cleansing has made a world of difference for my skin. It polishes and exfoliates without irritating my dry and semi-sensitive skin. And these anti-bacterial, ultra-soft muslins are still my favorite. I remove makeup and use a cream cleanser, then dampen one of these in hot water and finish my face cleansing routine with a few wipes. No foaming wash required.

Serge Lutens fragrances - no these aren’t the priciest as far as niche scents are concerned, but I definitely have more favorites from this line - and use these more - than my Frederic Malles or any of the other niche lines. So naturally I wish they were cheaper or came in larger, more economical sizes than the standard 50ml.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation and Concealer - this costs a veritable bomb. But it makes my skin feel so good and gives such a perfected, luminous, demi-matte finish that I just buy it against my better judgment.

Cle de Peau Concealer S - ah, the classic, cult, infamous CPB concealer. I was one of the stubborn non-believers who was so sure it was all just hype. And then I tried it. And I’m converted. One swipe and a few pats will cover most sins. And you need so little to do the job that the hefty investment kinda feels justified.

Hakuhodo Brushes - there are more and more Japanese premium brush brands these days - and also makeup artists like Wayne Goss and Rae Morris selling brushes hand-crafted by Japanese artisans using only premium hairs, but these will always be my original brush love. Their cottony-soft brushes make generic bristles feel like steel wool sometimes.

There are more! Read the rest of the post on blogger!

What are some items YOU buy - and love - against your better judgment?