Japan Powow!


Today I traveled to Tokyo to meet up with some wonderful beauty bloggers!
Tokyo is more than 500 km (300 miles) from Kobe so it’s quite a trip!!! It was SOOO nice to meet some other bloggers based in Japan!

However, I forgot to take pictures… so I’ll wait a bit for the other ladies to post their pics…

Also, I got some nice samples and some VERY NICE goodies from the other ladies. I really want to post those, but I am super super tired today from my travels and from all the walking around that we did…

I think I’ll go soak in the bathtub and go to sleep…

xoxo, K

PS: Lady L, what was that blue medicine you gave me? It worked GREAT.

Review: Bling eyeshadow in Pink

Here’s a quick review of the eyeshadow that I bought in my last mini haul. I said it was Elle Far, but I guess it wasn’t!
I wouldn’t call it “Bling” eyeshadow, because it certainly isn’t shimmery and the package only contains a small holographic label on it! The colors are very natural and not very pigmented.

There’s a small mirror on the lid. You can see my fingers in the reflection!
This palette contains 5 colors.
Top row: White, light pink, brown
Bottom row: nude cream shadow, bright pink

Swatches – from left: bright pink, brown, light pink, white, nude cream
I did not use primer on my arm and these are in natural sunlight.

There seems to be shimmer in the color but it does not show up. The white and light pink have a pearlish finish to them which makes them great for highlighting.

I’m not sure how to use the nude cream shadow. It does not have any color at all and it is thick and oily. I tried using it as a base, and actually it worked quite well… so I guess I’m using it right???

Surprisingly, when I used the cream base, my eyeshadow did not crease at all! This was very surprising considering that eyeshadows ALWAYS crease on me!

The colors were very wearable and did not make me look like I’d been in a fight, hahaha! The pigmentation was medium and can be blended well. An EOTD is coming up soon!

This palette is 105 yen ($1) from Daiso. I was highly impressed with the quality. Yeah, it’s not MAC or Dior, but it is as good as many of the drugstore brands.

I bought this palette since I just wanted to try pink eyeshadow, but I’ve ended up wearing this almost everyday, even more than my beloved Kate palettes! I guess this was a great buy!!!

Review: Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun hyaluronic acid Eki

Today is the final in my series of “3 most important things for skin care”! It is, of course, moisturizing!

It seems that East Asians have different concepts when it comes to moisturizing. I put on a watery liquid before putting on a cream. In English, this liquid is often referred to as “toner” but in my mind, that is more like witch hazel. Rose water seems to be a bit more similar. In this review, I’ll call it “lotion” just out of convenience.

A while ago, it started to become popular to do cotton masks with your lotion. More about that soon!

Since I use so much lotion everyday, I need to find one that is affordable, yet works well to moisturize my skin!
What it does: (From Rohto’s website) Super Hyaluronic acid attracts twice as much moisture as regular hyaluronic acid. Moisturizes your skin completely, and keeps your skin moisturized.
(The picture is of the refill in “light”. )

Price: 1260 JPY (around $13) for 170 ml, or 1050 JPY for 150 ml (refill)
I have personally never bought this for this price. The refill can be found for 690 JPY at drug stores. You shouldn’t be paying more than 800 JPY!

Review: Like I said, it is cheap and keeps my skin moisturized completely. The hyaluronic acid works great. The “regular” type tends to be a bit sticky for me and I use the “light” type in the warmer months.

Will I buy it again? Definitely!!!

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!