Skin Care While Traveling!

I’ve gotten some requests to share what I bring with me when I’m traveling!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I used to travel a LOT for work!  I used to travel for months at a time, but this time I’ll share what I bring with me for a week’s travel!  This might help you if you are going on a short vacation!

Top row, from left: Toner (Clinique), Toner (HadaLabo), Retinol cream (Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle), Shampoo, Conditioner, Angels on Bare Skin
Lower row, from left: Moisturizer, Facial Wash, Body Wash, Makeup Remover

Razor, Scissors, facial net (you MUST make your facial wash bubbly with this!!!!), two types of cotton, dental floss, tape (to close up my bottles), nail clippers
Not shown: toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lens stuff

Not must haves, but I like bringing tea and bath bombs with me if I am traveling within Japan.
I usually also bring a sheet mask with me, but this time I brought some Crest White Strips.
I get asked a lot how do I know how much shampoo/moisturizer/makeup remover/etc to bring.  I know I don’t like lugging around extra!
I’m an engineer, so I’ve figured out exactly how much I use every day.  I multiply the usage by the number of days I’m traveling to get the total usage, and then I’ll put it in an empty bottle.
For example, if I use approx 4 ml of shampoo a day and I’ll be gone for a week, I need a bottle which holds about 28ml of product.  I’ll usually find a 30 ml bottle and fill it with my normal shampoo!
Lodging is expensive in Japan, but you can find lots of teeny hotel rooms like this one:
This is literally the size of the room, but there is a separate shower/toilet and a desk.
They are called “business hotels” and will be somewhere between $60-$100 a night.
I’ve stayed in many rooms like this one in many cities including my recent trip to London.  I like to walk around when I’m in a new city instead of staying at the hotel, so as long as I’ve got a bed, a shower, a toilet, and an internet connection, I’m happy!
Here are a few snacks I picked up:
and an Ekiben (a bento to eat on the train):
Happy traveling!
xoxo, K
PS:  I’m looking for a good home for my Sleek Storm Palette.
I’ve found a home, thanks!!!!
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Cologne, Germany!

I’m back in Japan now, but here are some pictures from my trip to Germany!

I spent a night and a day in Cologne!
No trip to Germany is complete without eating Döner Kebab!
Or drinking beer!
This is Hefeweizen, unfiltered wheat beer, which I LOVE.

Somehow I went to Cologne and didn’t have Kölsch, a beer only manufactured in Cologne!

My dinner was SO German – Bratwurst mit Kartoffelen (Bratwurst with Potatoes)

Most of the people had these tall columns of beer!

When I asked to take a picture of this, I asked my German friend to translate for me. She said, “Ask in English – they will understand why a foreigner wants to take a picture!”
Part of the old city of Cologne

My breakfast – German bread is SO good!

I LOVE Bretzel!

No trip to Cologne is complete without a visit to Der Kölner Dom (The Cologne Cathedral)
It’s a UNESCO World Hertage site!

(This picture is from Wikipedia)It was so beautiful there!!!

The inside has some beautiful stained glass.

I climbed up the tower, which was 157 m high!
There was only one tiny spiraling staircase with more than 500 steps!!!
It’s like climbing up 50 stories!

It was so pretty since the weather was GREAT!

A quick snack – Currywurst

I went shopping for a bit, but the streets were CROWDED!
Oooh I feel like I’m back in Japan! hahaha

I also found this store in the streets of Cologne:

Yep, a “Lady’s Toy store” – Germans love their erotica!
Did I take a look?
They closed at 16:00 and I got there at 16:15! (darn! haha!)

Yet another döner – this time döner dürüm!

I ate 9238475 wraps on this trip…
I have no idea why!

And yummy yummy ice cream!

No makeup and no hauling in Germany since prices are even higher than in Japan!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and food porn!!

xoxo, K

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TAG: What I look like right now

I was tagged by the lovely M and Crystal to do this heart-stopping tag.


I’m at Kansai Airport in Osaka, waiting for my flight… so here we go:


I travel a lot for work, and this is my basic travel attire. I’m lucky that I work for a company that does not require me to wear business attire while traveling.

Navy blue polo shirt
Black hoodie
Puma Slip On Shoes

I know a lot of people say not to travel in jeans, but I really don’t mind.
Here’s my face:
Skinfood mushroom BB Cream (thanks Wuzzy!)
concealer & loose powder
eyebrows penciled in lightly
Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Lipstick (ALMOST my HG… if it didn’t smell like rose water…)

I like the Skinfood mushroom BB cream that Wuzzy sent me a sample of, but I do need to wear concealer and powder to hide the redness around my nose. BRTC seems to have better coverage.
Paperdollrevenge mentioned that my eyebrow color is light – as you can see, in this lighting, my hair color is quite light as well.
EOTD is a basic neutral eye using Kate Gradical Eyes in BR-3 (I think), black eyeshadow in the outer corner, eyeliner, mascara primer, and mascara.
I think I want to try a new eyeliner because my Kate gel eyeliner seems to be wearing off easier than it used to. My GR-1 (an olive green color) is OK, but the BR-3 (black with blue glitter) wears off pretty quickly… no idea why.

Sorry M, no “haul pose” since I did not buy anything at the airport, even food…

I was going to buy the Dior 5-color palette I’ve been lemming, but they are $60 at the duty free when they are $56 at (which doesn’t ship to Japan).

I promise I’ll take a “haul pose” pic in Guam!!!!

Some people have asked what I put in my plastic baggie to carry on to the plane.
A: Perfume (Dior Addict 2) – nice smells relax me on the plane

B: Sunblock (Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 70) – the UV rays are strong in an airplane!! Yes, this is smaller than 3.3 fl oz (100ml). It is 3 fl oz (88ml). Of course I’ve checked.
C: ear plugs and eye mask – I’m on a 3.5 hr flight arriving in Guam at 2 AM. I need sleep. I love these ear plugs with strings so that I don’t lose them. I have like 3 pairs on me at anytime. I even use them at work.
D: toothbrush
E: makeup remover – I don’t like the makeup remover sheets that are sold here. I don’t think that they contain enough liquid to remove my makeup gently.
F: Chapstick – with SPF 15. Again, to protect my lips. I like how this smells citrus-y. However, I do not think that it keeps my lips moist.
G: moisturizer – this is from a swap with Linda
H: contact lens case & lens – I wear hard contacts most of the time. I’m not wearing them on the flight, but I do not like to pack them separately for fear of losing them.
I & J: Tylenol – for emergency use. One of them is nighttime tylenol. I’m not sure why I packed a different amount of daytime/nighttime pills. I like to stock up on medicine when I’m in the US because Japanese medicine is around 50% less effective (due to belief that strong medicine does harm to your body).
K: Lipstick – Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Lipstick (what I’m wearing today)
L: Skinfood BB cream
M: vaseline – yes, I wear vaseline on my lips. It is also good as an emergency moisturizer. It’s greasy, but it lasts the longest.
N: Lipgloss – I think this is a Canmake lipgloss, but I’ve had it so long that all the printing has worn off
O: disposable contacts – 1-day Acuvue Define. The ones that make your eyes look bigger. I wear disposable contacts when I’m traveling overnight.
P: Toothpaste
Q: eye drops – Rohto Z Phi. As LadyL says, “it’s like your eyes are on crack.”
As you can see, I pack a lot of stuff in my baggie. Most of it is either for my lips or for my eyes, since those are the two things I really need to take care of.
As for makeup & skin care that I bring in my luggage, I will show that in a separate post!
xoxo, K
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I’m biting the bullet and joining Kristine’s contest. Click here for details!
I turned 27 a few weeks ago. Last year was the best year of my life, but every year has been greater than the one before, so I expect this year will be even better.Sound cliche? Maybe, but it was really a fantastic year. I had so much fun at work and in my private life.

(for those of you who don’t know, I’m an engineer in a certain manufacturing company. I won’t tell you who I work for, but I’m 90% sure you have one of our products at home. I start up production lines)My 26th birthday was spent on a business trip to Germany, visiting one of our production sites. Since I didn’t know very many people there, I thought I’d spend my birthday alone. It certainly didn’t turn out that way – see the picture below!

One of the girls decided to throw a party for me (I’m 5th from left)

It was great working in Germany – very different from what I’m used to. I spent a month in a certain factory in a very small town in southern Germany!

Another thing that went great was that I finished my project in China! It went fantastically well, even though everyone I worked with was younger than me (HORROR!!!!), they all tried their best. The best part was that they made me feel very welcome and we were really one great team!

Me with my team

My passion is traveling. Along with my business trips last year, I got to go to so many places and do so many things. IT WAS THE BEST.

Where did I go?



(Eiffel tower, sorry I’m not in the picture since I was there alone!)

This is a biking tour through Paris – I highly recommend this!!
(I don’t know the people in the pic. They were just in the same biking group)
(Great Wall, and right before the Olympics!)


Tiananmen Square

Part of my pearl haul… only part of it!
(excuse the shine. Go to 紅橋市場 for great pearls and great bargaining!!)



(China – I worked there on and off for nearly 6 months!)

(Yes, that’s me scuba diving with sea turtles)

GOA (India)
(I took these pics from a moving ferry. Sorry if it’s out of focus!)

I made so many good friends last year. Isn’t that the best thing ever?

Some are old friends…

Scott lives in Canada and I only see him rarely – but we met up in China!

Some are new friends…

Amber was one of the girls I worked with in China!

So yeah, last year was truly a fantastic year for me! I’m gonna do my best to make sure that my 27th year is better than my 26th so that next year I’ll be able to say “My Favorite Age is 27…!!”

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