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  • So just before we begin our beauty journey once again I thought this time I’d turn on the cuteness with these miniatures in a giveaway. Five of my high end skincare favorites all in mini form for one of you to own, aren’t they adorbs?

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I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU USED LAST SUMMER

January 2016 is being all annoying and walking briskly ahead, so we all know what that means.  In a fluke of some sort last year I managed to NOT post my 2015 summer holiday skincare favorites while being in Balesin.  I kept the evidence as shot from the Mykonos villas.  As you can see, I also thought the title of this post should be island getaway inspired *thunder cracks*.

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YVES ROCHER Detoxifying Teas toning lotion, DIORSKIN Nude Tan BB CREME, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream (ointment), Nivea Sun Immediate Sunscreen SPF50, Tarte Maracuja Oil, Macadamia Rejuvenating Sulfate-free shampoo, Bioderma Cicabio Soothing Creme moisturizer (suitable for babies), Avene Eau Thermale Gentle Milk Cleanser, Clarisonic Mia 2

That last one was the summer that did a What’s In Her Bag interview with Tricia Centenera-Valenciano and when I fell back in love with my Clarisonic which I bought on foot in Macy’s NYC in 2014 (it seems just like yesterday, yikes), some don’t agree with using it or find it too harsh.  I just find the Clarisonic extremely suitable in the summer.  I don’t use it for the rest of the year unless I’m having a heavy makeup sort of month.  When I cleanse my face after a sunny day out while traveling I want to be sure I get all the sunblock lotion, sweat, sea scum, beach bits, and light makeup off my skin before my serums and facial oil at bedtime, so I use the Clarisonic.  That’s to help provide a clean canvas for another layer of sunscreen the next day.  If you don’t want to get all gadgety alternately a facial flannel or baby face towel soaked in warm water with a good emulsifying cleanser should also get the grime off your face.  What I like about having the Clarisonic is there’s nothing left over to launder.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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THE PARENTS DO HAKUHODO

So, while lazing about in bed in my apartment this morning and after a couple minutes of chatting, a Viber note dropped in from the land of the rising sun…with this photo of Dad pointing to the Hakuhodo makeup brush boutique sign of either their flagship store in maybe Minami Aoyama, Tokyo or Ginza, still need to confirm which one.  These photos are care of Mom, an excellent editor in her own right.  I asked for one wide shot of the shop, but of course, she took like 7 or 8 photos all around the store, salesladies included.

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What I know of the particular branch of Hakuhod0 in Minami Aoyama is that it hosts the widest selection of the highly acclaimed premium artisan brush range.  I’m pretty sure they went to that branch because this photo by Mom looks almost exactly like the Minami Aoyama photo on their webpage. Read on.

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AFTER YOU, LOLO

My Lolo Dony left us last week, it was his due season.   Apparently, here lay proof all along that he was officially my first makeup client.323754_10150957272521767_447317980_o

I’m his first grandchild, though people usually think I’m the third or the fourth because I don’t look older than the next 3, haha.  Read on if you feel like it.  I thought it high time for a good ramble dedicated to my grandfather.

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A TALE OF TWO REDS

I was in Kensington, London and Topshop was my last stop before our airport shuttle arrived.  I picked up Topshop Rio Rio lipstick from their matte range which is a Lady Danger-ish type of shade that isn’t as powdery and more red than orange…but yes, still, a classic coral. I knew Zoella liked it, but was unaware when I bought it that Alexa Chung had recommended it to Liv Tyler as well (as Alexa told ITG), and Liv completely followed suit on that shared tidbit.  There goes the neighborhood.

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TOPSHOP Rio Rio £8, Kensington UK

Excuse the “I’m holding my breath” face.  I should end this post right here, haha.  Of course, it would be not very nice to be raving about a lipstick shade that isn’t locally available.  I try not to do that or like today if I do, I  choose to refer a worthy dupe.  The dupe was so good I got confused while cropping photos after downloading the shots from my camera.  Read on.

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