Starting the new year with Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

I wonder if most makeup fanatics are as crazy about foundation as I am. I hadn’t heard about the Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation prior to receiving it for review but I was excited to try this out. When I opened the box I was surprised to see the small spatula inside and was eager for a peek.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation open

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation open

As you can see it’s a solid foundation. It doesn’t move in the jar. I either scoop it out and put a small amount on my metal spatula or the back of my hand or I dampen a foundation brush and pick up the foundation that way.

Velvet Touch Foundation

Velvet Touch Foundation

The reason is clear why it’s named Velvet Touch once you use it. It gives an airbrushed look to my face when I buff it in with a flat top foundation brush. The most interesting thing is that you’d expect to get a heavy cosmetic look but that’s not the case at all. Instead this is actually a lightweight foundation but one with good coverage. I don’t look cakey at all.

Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush

Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush

While I don’t have this brush, the Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush is exactly like the one I do have. I’ll spritz it with a little water (Evian, Vichy) and pick up the color right from the jar. If I’m not in the mood for that then I’ll use my Beauty Blender sponge.

ingredients for Japonesque Foundation

ingredients for Japonesque Foundation

This is sold at Ulta ($36) and the reviews are mostly great. The only confusion I have with them is that some people love it for oily skin while another doesn’t. My skin is normal and confused. Dry areas and oily t-zone. It’s a great finish for my skin.

The difficult part is picking a color online. Ulta has a great chart to help you choose but I still found the Fair Shade 1 to be on the yellow side for me.

Fair Shade 1

Fair Shade 1

Fair Shade  1

Fair Shade 1

I’m very happy to have Japonesque Velvet Touch in my arsenal of foundation since it’s a nice choice especially when I need a little more coverage. It looks natural on, it feels great and it lasts well for me during the day. Japonesque has done us a favor by adding color cosmetics to their line. Not only can you use the coupons from Ulta ($3.50 off or 20%) since it’s not in the prestige section but you can easily find it. I can’t wait to explore more from this brand. What Japonesque cosmetics have you tried? I’d love to hear recommendations. — Marcia

*provided for editorial consideration

4 essential products to get ‘game day’ glam!

Football season is in full swing, and in Michigan people take this game very, very seriously.  Pro football is huge, and so is high school football.  My goodness, our high schools even have a class called ‘Football Advanced Training”.  Whether you are out tailgating at the stadium or hosting a game day at home, it’s far more fun when you are feeling glam.  Here are four products sent to the BIZ that will help you get your glam on.

Game Day Glam essentials!

Game Day Glam essentials!

First up, if you are going to be outside you still need protection from those UV rays.  Be sure to slather on sunscreen before cheering on the team, and what better brand for tailgating than Drunk Elephant??

This couldn't be more appropriate for the game days around here...

This couldn’t be more appropriate for the game days around here…

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense

I love Umbra Sheer Physical Defense Sunscreen ($42).  It is made with raspberry seed oil, which gives extremely effective protection from the sun without irritating the skin.  When it comes to being out in the sun, it definitely pays off to go on defense with skin protection.

You can find this awesome sunscreen at DrunkElephant.com, dermstore.com, b-glowing.com and gotbeauty.com.

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres

You know you will be cheering on your team, so be ready with soft, smooth lips thanks to eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm Spheres ($3.29).

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres

Looks like the aliens have landed!

Looks like the aliens have landed!

These ultra cute, super affordable lip balms have hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C so they leave lips incredibly soft and supple.  Plus they are awesome conversation starters.  Every time I use one people ask what the heck it is…and I am always happy to share!  I don’t even know which one is my favorite, the delicious tingly Vanilla Mint or the creamy, soothing Coconut Milk.  Trust me, you want to pick up one of these really neat lip balms.   They are available at Target, Walmart, Ulta, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Drugstore.com and EvolutionOfSmooth.com.

Whish Deoderant Swipes

Whish Deodorant Swipes

Whish Deodorant Swipes...super convenient!

Whish Deodorant Swipes…super convenient!

The weather can still be pretty warm, and sitting in the stands can be a rather sweaty experience.  Just pop a few Whish Deodorant Swipes ($8) in your purse, and you’ll be able to freshen up any time.  With consistent use, these also inhibit hair growth – that’s a pretty nice side effect.  You can find them at Nordstom.com.

Take the day off with Japonesque Pro Performance Makeup Wipes

Take the day off with Japonesque Pro Performance Makeup Wipes

Speaking of handy, Japonesque Pro Makeup Artist Wipes ($12.50 for 20 wipes) are the absolute definition.  Stadiums and game stands can be grimy and dirty, and these wipes dissolve away dirt, not to mention makeup.  They are great for last-minute touch-ups, and even better for wiping away the day after game time is over.  The vitamin E helps to ensure your skin is all ready to be glammed up for the next game time.  You can find these at Ulta.

With these four beauty necessities, every game day is a glam day.  It’s everything you need to start with Friday Night football and keep on going through Sunday!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Game Day Glam collage

The Look of Love: Japonesque Kabuki brush

Only a cosmetically obsessed crazy woman could be in love with a brush. Normal people would say “Oh that’s nice” or “Yes, I’m glad I have that” but the crazy cosmetically obsessed woman professes true love. She shows that love by using the brush almost daily. You obviously know that I’m the crazed woman but you don’t know what the brush is, unless you peeked at the picture that is.

The brush is one I’ll have to send you on a journey to purchase since it’s only sold where the full line of Japonesque is found; I’ve just found the brush at Naimie’s Beauty Center. The brush is their Kabuki brush but it’s unlike any kabuki you’ve seen before. A typical kabuki brush is a short handled brush with a very full head that is often used to buff minerals or powders onto your skin. Japonesque’s has a long handle and the most unusual head. The brush is 6.5 inches long with the fluffed out rounded head at 1.75 inches long.  The head of the brush is tapered at the top so the bristles are of different lengths. The goat hair on this  makes the BEST brush for cream blush ever. It applies and blends my beloved cream blushes with ease. The size and shape of the brush head is perfect for pots of blush like Julie Hewett’s, Kevyn Aucoin’s and the discontinued Rock & Republic’s. It also applies powder blush, loose powder and highlighters just as beautifully.

Nars makes a similar brush that they call the Yachiyo brush. Theirs is black, Japonesque’s is white. Theirs is $50, Japonesque’s is $25. Theirs is scratchy, Japonesque’s isn’t. Both are bamboo wrapped. In my opinion the Japonesque Kabuki brush is superior in all ways. It’s softer so it’s a pleasure to use. Big splotches of blush are a thing of the past with this terrific brush.


I received this as a gift from a very good friend for my birthday in January. If anyone wants to buy me another for my next birthday, I’ll be happy to send you my address. After all it’s not really cheating if they look alike, is it?? — Marcia

p.s. A friend just alerted me to the fact that you can find this brush on Amazon.com for $23.50 plus shipping of $6.50.