Day Trip: Kobe part 2

(Continued from yesterday)
So after walking around the shrine, I walked to Motomachi Station. It’s a few km, so it’s a nice walk for someone in dire need of exercise (like me)!!!
There are a bunch of places to see near Motomachi & Sannomiya Stations. Sannomiya is the main station in Kobe.

Kobe is known in Japan for having a large number of foreigners. Along with Yokohama and Nagasaki, it is one of the historical port cities of Japan. These three cities are also known for having the three major China towns in Japan (more on that soon!)

Kobe is well known for Kobe beef (after which Kobe Bryant is named!), coffee (the largest amount of coffee per person in Japan is consumed here), good bakeries, good seafood, etc. Yes, I love to eat!!!!

There is a loooong shopping strip which stretches from Kobe station, to Motomachi, to Sannomiya, containing everything from old fashioned kimono stores, to book stores that have been there forever, to trendy clothing boutiques, and of course, drug stores.

Matsumoto Kiyoshi rocks!! You can spot the yellow signs a mile away!

So what did I buy in Kobe? Some treats to share!

Day Trip: Kobe part 1

Since Yume-chan’s day trips are so interesting, I’m going to try to share my day trips to western Japan! As it says in my profile, I live in Kobe, Japan.
A few days ago, I took a quick walk near Kobe station, and found this shrine.
This is Minatogawa Shrine, built in 1872. More on the shrine can be found here:
http://www.kippo.or.jp/KansaiWindowHtml/Travel/English/000578.html

The weather was absolutely beautiful and I had a nice walk inside the shrine.

Here’s a picture of Kobe station.

Of course I went shopping as well!! I’ll share what I bought tomorrow!

Review: Kate Powder Gel Liner

Today’s review is for my everyday eyeliner from Kate!!!

What it does: (from the Kate website) “Goes on smoothly and is easy to blend. This new powder gel liner dries quickly”

Price: 1575 yen (about $16). A tip from me: Never buy Kate at full price in Japan! Many drugstores sell them at 20-30% off normally!

Review: BK-3 (on the left hand) is black with metallic blue sparkles, and GN-1 (on the right hand) is olive green. Both go on smoothly and the brush it comes with is quite nice. It will smudge, although I consider that a normal part of wearing eyeliner and I touch up my makeup during the day to get rid of the smudges!
I like to line my eyes and then blend them with some dark eye shadow. An unblended line on my eye tends to look very harsh!
One warning is that if you wear hard contacts (like me!), please be careful applying BK-3. If the glitter gets into your eyes IT WILL HURT LIKE HELL (I know from experience!!!!)

Will I buy it again? Honestly I’m not sure. I like this product but it’s not total love. Then again, I’m still on a search to find an eyeliner I’d buy over again!

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A quick meme about me!

What’s your favorite eye shadow color to wear?
brown & taupe! I just recently learned what “taupe” looks like… it’s not something you learn at school!

What’s the one product you wouldn’t leave your house without?
vaseline or a similar lip moisturizer. I will buy one if I forget it.

What’s your favorite makeup look – high drama OR natural?
Natural. I still need to build my makeup skills before I can go high drama!

Which feature do you play up the most?
Eyes. The first makeup item I ever bought was mascara.

Which feature do you try to downplay/cover up?
the redness around my cheeks and nose. EDM intensive concealer does a great job!
(yes, a review is coming!!!)

Your favorite makeup brand, if you could pick only ONE to exist?
Kate. Yeah, I know I should say some high end brand, but with Kate I am never disappointed.
I am looking forward to reviewing my Kate eyeshadows, eyeliners, eyebrow mascaras, etc…

Which product have you re-purchased OVER and OVER again?
Clinique moisturizer (the yellow one) in gel formula : Japan doesn’t seem to have non-oily moisturizers…
Hadaken keshosui (“beauty water”) : the big difference between Asian skin care and Western skin care. I really want to do a post about keshosui.

Which product would you NEVER repurchase again and why?

I don’t really remember products that I hated…

One beauty treatment you would always PAY to have done?
Haircuts

One beauty treatment you would NEVER pay to have done?
I am not a fan of facials!

One beauty trick you can share with everyone:
Blast your eyelash curler with air from your hair drier, or run the curler through the flame of a lighter before using it. It will help the curl to keep longer. 5-10 seconds will do the trick, and remember to check the temperature with your hand/wrist before using it. Those things can get hot quickly!!!

Best advice you’ve ever been given regarding beauty and makeup?
Wear sunscreen! Although I have been wearing sunscreen religiously since college, I didn’t wear it in high school and now I have a lot of sun damage.

Hoped that helped you know a little bit about me! xoxo, K

review: Muji Mild Oil Cleansing


Thank you to everyone for their warm welcome to me! I’m really enjoying getting to be part of the beauty blogger world since I’m an avid reader of everyone’s blogs!

I was trying to get this post out yesterday. I’m very sorry for the delay. Yesterday was an incredibly shitty day for me. So many of my good intensions and high expectations were crushed.

Anyway, back to the review! Today is part 2 of my “3 most important beauty items” – cleanser / makeup remover! Normal face cleanser doesn’t seem to remove my makeup, and I have used oil-based cleansers since they became popular in Japan in the late 1990s. I know not everyone likes them! I’ll talk about oil-based makeup removers in a separate review!

What it does:
From the Muji website: Contains olive oil and jojoba oil. Quickly and effectively removes even point makeup (point makeup is a Japanese phrase that means lipstick, mascara, etc, everything other than foundation / concealer). Contains apricot juice and peach leaf essence as moisturizing ingredients. Non-fragrance.

Price: 780 yen (about $8) for 200ml

Review: This is a typical oil cleanser and effectively removes makeup like it says. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry, although I would never use this without a moisturizer after rinsing my face. I apply it to cotton to take off my eye & lip makeup, and use my hands to massage the oil into my face for the rest of my skin. It effectively removes my waterproof mascara & eye liner. It is also affordable compared to other oil-based cleansers (for comparison, DHC is around $30 for the same size.

Will I buy it again? I think I’ll try other oil-based cleansers, but this is high on the list of products I’d recommend!

xoxo, K