Summer Loves



I reached a lot for these products this summer, and without intending to a lot of them happens to be 2015 releases. However only a couple of them (if that) are limited releases so you shouldn’t have much trouble hunting them down.

Starting with the Suqqu trio in Yosaizora (夜彩空) EX02, one of two limited edition palettes Suqqu released for summer.  Here’s an official image of both palettes:suqqu2015summer-off

Yasaizora is more my style and is easier to wear and more flattering on me. Benikakesora looks really pretty but it would require more thought/work to coordinate a look that might be a bit too feminine for my comfort. And oddly enough I can find closer dupes to Benikakesora with the stash at home than Yosaizora. If you can find Yosaizora at a reasonable price, go for it! The quality is there. I have read comments on pigmentation (not as good as the quads/harder, drier/not impressive etc) and find them not to be true.

I also reasoned if I’m spending that much money on a palette I should get one I know I would get more use out of. Even if it’s always tempting to get the more unique one!

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Sun Protection Compact is a cream foundation that dries to a matte powder finish on the skin. This is also a limited edition product but it can still be found easily as of writing. The main reason I reached for this during summer is to make my foundation work, or have my face match the neck. The finish is natural and it never looked orange-y. You don’t need to get this particular compact to achieve the same results, any ol’ bronzer will do. I bought this mostly because I wanted a bronzer/foundation in a cream formula.

About the packaging, the pearlish white compact is a nice change from the usual black while still looking classy. It’s also got a big mirror and I (more…)

Aphrodite’s Shell vs Other Bronzers … or just some swatches of my bronzers


1. Stephane Marais bronzer #1 – I shouldn’t have included this one in hindsight because the brand doesn’t exist anymore. But this was my first bronzer and very dear to my heart. The Stephane Marais brand was so ahead of its time.
2. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell from Alluring Aquatic
3. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons in 01 Blondes – this was before Guerlain revamped their Terracotta line. This shade is the new 04 Blondes. From looking at the pictures 02 Brunettes in the new line would probably be a better match for me.
4. Dior Nude Tan Healthy Glow in 002 Sunlight.
5. Caudalie Teint Divin (one shade only)
6. Bourjois Delice de Soleil in 12 for Fair/Medium Skin



Different lighting:


1. Stephane Marais
2. Guerlain  – top quad on the right only
3. MAC
4. Dior – swirled all quads
5. Caudalie
6. Bourjois

1-4 are the lighter bronzers and among them MAC has the least amount of orange/pink.  If you have the Dior, using only the ‘D’ and the ‘U’ you can get something really close to Aphrodite’s Shell.

The Guerlain will give you the most options as all 4 of the quads have different intensity. If you’re fair now but are counting on getting some colour during summer then this will be a good option. You can however, probably get 2 separate bronzers for the price of this.

I didn’t bother swatching my Chanel Tan de Soleil (not the paste but the powder from Summer 2012, Sable Beige) but let me know if you would like to see a comparison.

Btw I used Aphrodite’s Shell the other day and I didn’t notice any of the shimmer flecks. So who knows really?

MAC Alluring Aquatic 2014 – Aphrodite’s Shell

image from the Uffizi website

image from the Uffizi website

Is that what MAC had in mind when they chose the name Aphrodite’s Shell? Arguably you can find every shade released for the Alluring Aquatic collection in all their nuances in that one painting. But we’re venturing too far I suppose. This post is about the Extra Dimension bronzer I picked up, called Aphrodite’s Shell.


The colours as accurate as I could tweak it

Aphrodite’s Shell is described as a ‘golden bronze with a touch of fine shimmer‘, while the formula is described as:

A liquid-powder bronzer with prismatic reflections. Highlights the face in the golden bronze shimmer of Aphrodite’s Shell and soft tan of Delphic. The cool, creamy near-fluid formula creates a luminous, well-defined finish. Wears ten hours.

Some people mention it almost feels like a liquid in the pan and goes on powder etc. I don’t share the same experience so I can’t agree. For me it’s a soft, finely milled, pressed powder bronzer with very good colour payoff. It’s not like those powders/bronzers with a hard surface you need to work through (or have to live with forever). It doesn’t get powdery nor make you look that way. (more…)