Summer seems to start in June in the US, but I feel like mid-July is the start of Summer for me.
Mid-July is when schools go on summer vacation, and it’s also when the temperature gets really HOT and HUMID. Japan might not be as hot and humid as other countries, but a lot of us walk everywhere. That’s a lot of time out in the sun!
Here are my 10 summer must haves
1. Sunscreen / Sunblock
Do people still tan? I try to avoid it at all costs. However, I can’t make myself wear gloves and long sleeves like many ladies here (yes, THIS
is a common sight). Sunscreen is a MUST HAVE!
The middle sunscreen is a spray that I got in the US. I really wish we had these in Japan. This is so convenient.
I’m not sure if there is a difference between sunscreen and sunblock. In Japanese, both are called 日焼け止め = “tan stopper”.
In the summer, I don’t often wear a full face of foundation. However, I have a few discolorations on my face that tinted moisturizer can’t cover. I like to wear concealer and powder if I’m in a super hot climate.
I’m still looking for my HG concealer. I’d love to try NYX Concealer in a Jar.
3. Blotting paper & powder
Even if my skin isn’t 100% perfect, I feel that I look pulled together as long as my face isn’t shiny. It’s important to me to blot and then dust my face with a light powder.
Yo-jiya blotting sheets are VERY popular here. You can only find them in Kyoto and in the airports.
The Ponds powder is a gift from Iyah, which I’m really loving. I have done a review on the Skin Food Powder here
4. Whitening/brightening skin care
Like many east Asian women, I am obsessed with making myself look lighter.
That’s an exaggeration, but I do want to minimize the sun damage that I get. I try to use products that help to combat sun damage.
This lotion is from the same line as Hada Labo. I don’t know how well it works for brightening/whitening, but every little bit counts.
5. Cooling skin care
My body overheats VERY easily. My skin will become hot and I’ll have headaches. It’s very important to me that I stay cool, but I don’t like having the A/C blaring all the time.
The left hand product is from Gatsby and it’s a deodorant wipe. I love it because it is SUPER minty and leaves my skin minty cool.
The orange bottle is a deodorant spray from Seabreeze. Like other Seabreeze products, this also leaves my skin feeling cool and refreshed.
I love bling all the time, but summer helps me step out of my comfort zone. Ponytail holders are very popular right now in Japan. What a great place to start with bling.
7. A bright pedicure
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Bright toenails scream summer to me.
Right now, my toenails are painted bright red, but I really want to experiment with more colors.
8. Sweat/Oil/Smudge proof mascara
Ahhh, the never ending search for the perfect mascara! The non-waterproof version of Cover Girl Lash Blast is currently my favorite. It is the best mascara for me in terms of not smudging/flaking/leaving dark circles under my eyes, and it gives me the volume I want.
9. Eyebrow top coat
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This product is a lifesaver for me! I brush it onto my eyebrows to prevent the parts that I’ve penciled in from fading. This product is best used if you cut the hair on your eyebrows very short, like many Japanese girls in magazines.
I usually buy these at Daiso (100 yen store). Similar products are sold at drugstores as well.
10. Blush with a sheen
I love a flush of color on the cheeks. I think a blush with a sheen looks great in the summer. I’m not very good with cream blushes, though. Right now, I’m loving my Milani Luminous (the infamous Nars Orgasm dupe).
What are your favorite products this summer? Please let me know!