April 01, 2014

Japan Haul: Misc. Japanese Makeup

Besides the ADDICTION makeup I bought in Japan, I bought other Japanese makeup that is a mix of high-end and drugstore brands.

I stopped by Shu Uemura, a brand known for their eyelash curlers, needing a replacement since I had mine for years. They recently came out with a new design called the New Generation Eyelash S Curler. This one doesn't have bars on the sides like a traditional curler which make it easier to get the corners lashes so it doesn't pinch your skin. When you close the clamp, you're supposed to push the white plastic into the socket of your eye to get a good curl at the base. After using this several times, I actually prefer the traditional curler because it's faster to use. The white plastic also comes off a lot on the S Curler which can be annoying. I still think this is a great curler for people with short lashes or hard to curl lashes and it will fit all eye shapes.

There are some great drugstore brands in Japan that you can buy at convenient stores and cosmetics stores. I picked up a few products I was interested in checking out after reading reviews on blogs and watching videos on YouTube.
  • Dolly Wink Deep Black Liquid Eyeliner: A water-resistant liquid eyeliner. It has a super fine felt tip applicator that makes drawing thin lines and winged eyeliner easy to do. Formulated with honey essence and moisturizing effects, I think it helps the product glide on effortlessly. I like that the color is an opaque matte black, the consistency is smooth, and it doesn't flake off or smudge throughout the day.
  • KATE BK-1 Mat Black Gel Eyeliner N: A fade-resistant, waterproof gel eyeliner. These come in other shades and finishes, plus it comes with a brush to apply it with. The consistency is creamy to apply and has a rich black color payoff. The brush is nice as well; small, flat, tapered bristles to control how thin or thick you want your liner to be. It stays all day on my top lash line without fading or flaking but it's not something I would use on my bottom lash-line or waterline because almost everything smudges on me there. I like that the size of the pot is smaller than the average gel liner (Bobbi Brown, M.A.C, etc.) because the product usually dries out before you finish it.
  • MAJOLICA MAJORCA BK999 Lash Expander Edge Miester Mascara: MAJOLICA MAJORCA is known for their mascaras, this one was on Cosme's list of top mascaras. It's a liquid waterproof lengthening mascara that has small fibers to add length to your lashes. The duo-sided plastic comb helps separate the lashes. I like that it does lengthen my lashes with the fibers, doesn't get clumpy or smudge, and holds a curl well.
What are your favorite products from drugstore or high-end Japanese brands?



 Glamour Girl

February 28, 2014

Japan Haul: ADDICTION

ADDICTION was a cosmetic brand that I wanted to check out for myself after receiving a palette from my friends a couple birthdays ago.


I went to Seibu Department store located in Shibuya, and wanted to make myself a palette using their Compact Case II. It can hold 6 Eyeshadows/Kohl Eyeliners, 3 Blushes or a combination of those products, as well as small brushes and applicators that they sell separately. You can see when the case is empty, there are tiny holes that you can slip a pin through to pop out the products to rearrange how you like it. The palettes are not magnetized but held by glue from under the plastic of the product.


February 13, 2014

Japan Haul: Skinfood Skincare

Asian skincare has become more and more popular, even the Western brands have taken a few notes. SKINFOOD is a well-known Korean brand that I surprisingly discovered in Lumine EST Shinjuku and was eager to try. 

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