Jill Stuart Loose Powder in 04 Glow Swatches and Review

Friday, June 25, 2010

Jill Stuart is a popular high end brand in Asia (primarily found in Japan, Taiwaan, Korea, and Hong Kong) with a good selection of makeup, skincare, and perfume products.  The most notable feature of all Jill Stuart products is the gorgeous packaging.  If you are a lover of pink and very girly/princess designs, I think you'll love the brand.  I fell head over heels with Jill Stuart when I first visited the store during my Hong Kong trip.  I picked up 3 products that I personally was impressed with from the line.  Here I have the loose powder in 04 Glow to review. The loose powder is 20g/0.7oz retailing at 330HKG which translates to about $43USD.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Exciting news! If you are a makeup lover, IMATS will be an excellent show to attend to check out the latest and greatest products in the industry, learn makeup techniques from the pros, and mingle with fellow beauty lovers.  Below is more information on the show.  I highly encourage all of you to attend if you can or live in the LA area.  I will be attending the show on Sunday to provide complete coverage with images and possibly some interviews.  Therefore, I will most likely not be able to haul or purchase the products given the time constraints. Let me know if there are any brands you'd like to see or know more about.  The list of exhibitors at the LA show is impressive!  See you all there.


      WHAT: The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) spotlights both film and fashion make-up and features panels, speakers, classes and demos, sample and shopping opportunities, fashion shows, body painting, an Alice in Wonderland competition, Special Effects Make Up Museum and a Couture Bridal Fashion Show.
      WHO: Make-up artists who created the fantastical world of characters for Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland will share their on-set experiences live. Celebrity make-up artists working in film, fashion, TV, theater and print will be teaching classes and demonstrating top techniques and styles.
      Some of the most prestigious brands in the make-up world - Bobbi Brown, M.A.C., Urban Decay, OCC and Make Up For Ever - will unveil new products and tools and offer discounts on old favorites.
      Master Classes—hands-on workshops—led by award-winning makeup artists Vargas, Rae Morris, Kevin-James Bennett and Eve Pearl, will be held on Friday for a separate fee.  
      WHEN:  Friday, June 25, 9 am-6pm (Master Classes only)
      Saturday, June 26, 8:30 am-5 pm
      Sunday, June 27, 10 am-5 pm 
      WHERE:  Pasadena Convention Center
      300 E. Green Street Pasadena, CA 91101 (360) 882-3488 – IMATS Head Office  
PRICE:  $20 for a one-day floor pass
      $70 for a two-day all access pass
      Master classes cost $195

Home..Are you There?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Just a quick update... still alive and kicking but I've already left Hong Kong and entered China for the last couple of days.  I'm really looking forward to going home as I've been working 10 hr days everyday on 3-4 hrs of sleep a night. 

For those traveling to China, I highly recommend bringing your own water.  I don't mean Perrier but Crystal Geyser, Aquafina, Arrowhead..whatever brand of water you fancy.  I've gotten pretty sick here in the last couple of days with stomach flu.  Please be careful of what you eat and where you eat!  Hong Kong is pretty safe overall with really great food. I can't say the same for here.  The air quality is so bad that my skin is breaking out severely.  Luckily I packed the Peter Thomas Roth Acne Kit along on the trip. It's somewhat helping keep the constant breakout at bay but still can't handle the damage being done. I'm also glad I brought along EOS lip balm to keep my dry cracking lips moisturized. 

In other makeup news, I've succumbed to a couple more Jill Stuart products. I'm very impressed with the quality of the product so I went back to pick up an eye jelly, loose powder, and the smooth silk powder refill.  There are several products I can't wait to come home and review for you.  Hopefully I'll get to go home soon!

Hong Kong Update - Part Deux

Sunday, June 6, 2010

 I've only been gone for a couple of days but it feels like forever!  Luckily the weather has cleared up so no more rain and it's not too hot.  My point and shoot camera doesn't produce nice clear pictures like the DSLR so pardon the crappy photos.  Couple of updates on the current excursions...

I found My Beauty Diary Masks! Went a little bit overboard and bought way too many.  I got 1 box of Black Pearl, 1 box of Rice Peptide, and the Asia Treasure Hunt Set (10 pieces of natto mask, 10 pieces of Japanese cherry blossom mask, 10 pieces of sake yeast mask, 2 pieces of platinum hydra mask and 5 ml of extremely hydrating essence).  I also bought Silk Whitia HANFANG Whitening Revitalizing Mask and HANFANG Anti-Oxidizing Mask. These are supposedly the new whitening masks from Silk Whitia. The boxes for the Asia Treasure Hunt set is so cute but I had to throw it away b/c it was too darn heavy.

Mask galore!

Beauty Week International Edition - Day 1

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Greetings ladies! This week will be the international edition of naturalNchicmakeup as I will be writing to you from Asia. After a long and painful 14.5 hrs flight, I finally landed in Hong Kong on a cloudy and rainy night.  Being the beauty addict that I am, I headed straight to Sasa on a mission to find Silk Whitia and My Beauty Diary masks. It doesn't help that I'm so jet lagged my head started to spin when I stepped into the store.  There are so many brands of cosmetics that it's mind boggling. I don't know where to start! I found the Silk Whitia but it's rather expensive...around $4USD a piece and I couldn't find My Beauty Diary masks anywhere.

Another sad piece of news...MAC is no longer at the DFS counters at the local airport. I was looking forward to finding that BB Cream to review for all of you but no luck.  I'll try again at a local MAC counter and at the HKG DFS.  Since MAC wasn't available, I did some major damage at the Chanel counter which I will post pictures of my haul in the next couple of days.

Now for those of you who are experts at Sasa, please do advise...what brands should I go for? I saw Majolica but there are 6-8 different types of mascaras..which to choose?

For now, I'll leave you with my first dining adventure in Hong Kong.