6 Sep 2010

>>Fast Forward Reviews>> The ADDICTION Edition

Another week, and another edition of my rampant run through my face paint box!

ADDICTION Eyeshadows
"Rigoletto" & "Shangri-La"
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Ayako's
ADDICTION products are produced by the mighty Japanese brand that is Kose.
Ayako herself is of NARS fame and has in my opinion developed a stunning line of eye shadows.

While in Tokyo I managed to grab the 2 single shadows above. On the right we have the operatic neutral "Rigoletto" and on the left is the gorgeously rusty infusion of peachy pinky red copper that is "shangri-la", both have a metallic finish.

I have an awful habit of over blending my shadows so I fear that this EOTD does poor justice to the wonderful colours. Addiction shadows are boldly pigmented and easily blendable. The shadows have an interesting texture that feels almost moist yet it is very definitely a powder. I will without a doubt buy a few more in the future, I have my eye on "Crow" and "Twig".

Take a look at London MakeUp Girl's reviews here
or
Birkin Bag Beauty's notes here


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ADDICTION Lip Gloss
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I also bought a lip gloss in "Azalea" which in reality is a punchy pinky peachy towards fuchsia shade with very fine gold flecks. I know it sounds highly improbably but ADDICTION knows how to play with shades to produce interesting colours.

The lip glosss can be worn sheer or layered to make a vibrant statement. The gloss is fragrance free and not too sticky and If I had the chance I would love to try more from this brand.

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4 Fundamental Nail Products.
These are my staple nail products.
Top right - Nails Inc "Kensington" caviar base coat.
Nourishing, protective and strengthening base. Brilliant for those who paint their nails a lot.

Top left - Parado glossy gel top coat.
I bought this in a 7/11 in Japan. It really does work!
Super glossy gel look nails. Just be careful to allow your colour polish to dry completely before application otherwise it may wrinkle beneath this top coat.

Bottom right- Nails Inc "Kensington" top coat.
This is my undisputed favourite easy to find top coat.
Dries hard and fast and leaves a wet look super shiny finish. The only problem is, it doesn't work well with Konads.

Bottom left- Konad top coat.
Contrary to what many others say, I think that the Konad top coat is the only way to seal in Konad stamp work successfully. It have never smudged my stampings and it seals the colour and art work in nicely with a shiny and durable finish.


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NYC Blushable Creme Stick
This has to be one of my every day reach-out-and-grab creme blushes.
I received this as a gift from the stunning Tammy and I have to say a MASSIVE thank you as from what I can see, this is not available here in the UK yet. It is smooth to apply, very blendable, wearable and fresh looking.

This blush has a ton of raves on MUA, read them here.


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Love & Toast Handcream

I am a person that likes to get stuck in!
I am ever involved in handicrafts and I am more than just slightly OCD about washing my hands.

Thus, a bloody good hand cream is just what I need and this is NOT it!
It smells awight, sort of sweet citron tea on my nose but it just doesn't deliver on the moisture front. Perhaps it' my fault and not the cream's?

The other thing about this cream is that is the price hike here in UK. I got this in SpaceNK on a whim for £14.00 yet I see it on the Love & Toast website for $9.00...yah! I feel dumb!

I hope that this Fast Forward edition has been useful to all you beauty product crazies. If you do have any questions, please drop it into my comment box and I shall get back to you by updating this post with a small Q&A here.

21 comments:

  1. I love Shangri-La and Azalea. The Addiction eyeshadows are particularly lovely - like Inoui ID and NARS had a baby.

    My hands are really dry too - I'm still looking for a good handcream. Still haven't found one - they either don't touch it or are just too gloopy and sit on the surface.

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  2. Love the reddish eyeshadow! the lipgloss looks so pretty on you!
    I've only tried L'Occitane hand cream and I think it's pretty good!

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  3. Thank you for the review, 2 shadows together became copper, so pretty...

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  4. Holy macaroni, I am mentioned!!! (bows head in a humble manner)

    Mmm, I had forgotten my addiction for Addiction but it seems like other addictions always pop up...It is quite a wonderful brand, isn't it? The Shangri-La looks furiously hot, I recon it will look sizzling with those little flecks in your amber-coloured eyes. I would pass those colours on my greenish peepers or just a teeny hint...

    Space NK, one of UK's beauty crack-dealers equivalents...I love the name of the Love and Toast handcream...Who can resist the combination of love and toast (both warm and nurturing)? Oh, sorry about spending too much on your handcream...hopefully SpaceNK gave you some really expensive samples for compensation. Once they gave me a Zelens sample for free (without even buying anything!) and Zelens is mighty expensive so I was happy to test before.

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  5. thanks for the really quick reviews! as always, your photos are stunning! even though this time they are of objects XD

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  6. The ADDICTION eyeshadows are pretty - I love the metallic finish! I hate single eyeshadows though (can these be put into palettes)? And also shopping online with inaccurate swatches. So I hope I can check this out in person someday, as I had buying without trying it first. Your EOTD looks lovely!

    Cute that both you and Yumeko posted about the same top coat! Very curious now - but I still think the idea of a gel pedicure sounds weird XD;

    I bought that blush! I haven't tried it yet - my collection of cream blushes seems to have greatly expanded since I told you I didn't understand them :P

    I have the same hand cream sitting next to me but I haven't tried it yet - shame you didn't like (I will let you know what I think). Thankfully I got it on sale at the Saks outlet for 6$ a tube!

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  7. Thanks for the comments! I'm still in the testing stages for MISSHA. The color works nicely for me but I'm not sure if it's the reason for this rather unfortunate spot right below my eyebrow...

    These eyeshadow shades are beautiful! sigh If only I could pull off shades like that... The blush looks really interesting, I may have to look for that next time I'm out. I've only used powder blushes so far but they tend to disappear before too long. Maybe the cream blushes would work better for me?

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  8. Yes I have to say I was thinking about you when I was creating my post for today(even when I was shooting it actually :-). I knew you love the phone boxes. I do too. Xxxx

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  9. Glossy finish top coat sounds so exciting! Gonna look at something like that ...

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  10. I'm going to have to give the blushable cream stick a go.
    I've seen it in the stores and just walked on by.
    I'm going to pick one up now.

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  11. that gloss looks like it's perfect for you (:

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  12. Cream blushes are the bees knees!! ;)

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  13. I love these fast forward additions great idea! I may have to get in on this...my nails are a state at teh moment ,me thinks I need some kensington top coat...I like the idea of that Japanese gel top coat...is this a Japan exclusive or can I get this in the UK?

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  14. Yep, the gloss looks incredible on you!
    And i'm loving the eye colours, i've a tendancy to over blend too, i think sometimes it looks best wen i've whacked it on tipsy and impatient to get that door... no hang on... perhaps that's just be the beer googles kicking in ;)

    xx

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  15. Hello pigmentation!!! ;) Bright colors always shine on you!! Beautiful!!

    LOL It's always better to over blend then to not blend right? LOL!

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  16. ooohh...i love the "addiction eyeshadows"!!! it looks very pigmented (which i like) and very lovely color XD!!

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  17. Hello pigmentation!!! ;) Bright colors always shine on you!! Beautiful!!

    LOL It's always better to over blend then to not blend right? LOL!

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  18. I'm going to have to give the blushable cream stick a go.
    I've seen it in the stores and just walked on by.
    I'm going to pick one up now.

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  19. I love these fast forward additions great idea! I may have to get in on this...my nails are a state at teh moment ,me thinks I need some kensington top coat...I like the idea of that Japanese gel top coat...is this a Japan exclusive or can I get this in the UK?

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  20. that gloss looks like it's perfect for you (:

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  21. Glossy finish top coat sounds so exciting! Gonna look at something like that ...

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