5 Japanese beauty care products that I recommend

Although I live in Japan, a lot of the products I review on my blog are from the US. This is probably because I get so excited every time I go abroad that I haul a lot. This is true not only for my trips to the US, but I also have reviews on products from Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UK, and other countries I have visited.

But on a daily basis, I use a lot of Japanese beauty products. I guess somehow they are so commonplace to me that I forget to blog about them!   This is a round up of 5 Japanese beauty products that I love and would recommend to anyone coming to Japan. I tried to pick up products which are not widely known in the beauty blogger community – for example, I have excluded Canmake cream blushers and other products which were very hyped for a while.


The idea for this blog post comes from The Sunday Girl, who has a list of prompts for beauty blogging!


Suisai Beauty Clear Powder A (link goes to my review)

This is a powdered facial cleanser with chemical exfoliant. It really worked to make my skin smooth!  These teeny capsules are also super cute.

Suisai Beauty Clear Powder A


Shiseido TISS Deep Off cleansing oil (link goes to my review)

This is my all-time favorite makeup remover. It also does a great job at removing blackheads and unclogging my pores. I loved this product so much that I brought it with me to China!

Shiseido TISS


Pure Smile Face Masks (link goes to my review)

Okay, you don’t have to buy the one in snake venom, like I did! This product line has so many variations, and they are quite affordable.



Gatsby Ice Deodorant Body Paper (link goes to my review)

These body wipes feel incredible after sweating! I use them after I run, even after I have showered, because the menthol in them helps my body temperature go down. I keep a pack of them at work over the summer because I’m usually hot and sweaty by the time I arrive!

Gatsby body paper


Here is a bonus 6th product, which is not really a beauty product but worth mentioning anyway:


Shirt Cool spray (link goes to my review)

This is a must have for me during the summer. Spray some on your shirt and it will help you stay cool for about 30 minutes!  The menthol is intense, so make sure you don’t accidentally spray your body, because it’s painful! Ask me how I know…

shirt cool


Hope you enjoyed my top 5 Japanese beauty products! What are your local favorites? I’d love to know!


xoxo, K

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Favorites of 2014

Here are my favorites from 2014! If you are interested in seeing my past favorites, I have done an annual roundup for 20132012,2011, 2010, and 2009.


Skin Care

Best makeup remover: Shiseido TISS Deep Off cleansing oil (link goes to my review)

I went back to this product this year. It removes every trace of makeup quickly and easily, including waterproof eye makeup, and rinses clean without any residue.



Best sunscreen: Biore UV Perfect Milk sunscreen (link goes to my review)

We all know that we should wear sunscreen religiously, but some sunscreens are just uncomfortable. This product is light, easy to apply, and doesn’t leave my skin sticky… all with SPF 50+.




Best foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place makeup

I love how this foundation looks and I love how it lasts, but I did not like that there was no pump. Imagine my surprise when I realized that a pump I had lying around the house (from Daiso, no less) was an EXACT match!  (photo from my Instagram)


Best BB cream: Martha Tilaar Caring Colours Everlast BB Cream (link goes to my review)

Definitely pick this up if you have a chance to go to Indonesia. Somehow, it makes my skin look good, even though I can see the discoloration on my skin.



Best concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer Treatment (link goes to my review)

I picked this up in New York just because of all the hype online, with the full intent of doing a negative review. Surprisingly, it not only made my under eye circles look better, it also lasted on my skin.



Best eyeshadow: Milani Shadow Eyez eyeshadow pencil (link goes to my review)

Definitely one of the best finds of the year! I went to no less than 5 drugstores before I found them, and they were definitely worth the effort!!  Creamy, good pigmentation, and no creasing!!!



Best eyeliner (tie): Dejavu Lasting Fine R Pencil eyeliner (link goes to my review)

Black liquid eyeliner is what most Japanese girls use, hence finding a brown pencil eyeliner already has 2 strikes against me. Not only does this product fit my needs, it even lasts on my lower lashline.  Because it is so thin, it also looks incredibly natural.



Best eyeliner (tie): Jordana 12HR Made To Last Eyeliner in Espresso Last

Why did I wait so long to try this? This eyeliner is creamy, pigmented, and only $2.50!!! I will definitely be picking up a few more next time I am in the US!


Best blush: Jordana Color Tint Blush Stick in Blushed (link goes to my review)

Another hit product from Jordana! I remember being in the aisle of a drugstore in US, looking up product recommendations from a trusted blogger who loves cheap products. This year has been the year of cream blushers – I probably wore powder blushes for only 2 months out of 12!



Best lipstick shade: Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 340 To Nude or Not To Nude?

Most lipsticks make the skin on my lips peel, and I consider it a normal part of wearing lipstick. I was so surprised to finally find a lipstick I can wear without flakey skin coming off throughout the day! Not really a traditional “My Lips But Better” shade, but this warm pink color with shimmer makes my entire face look better.



Other beauty products

Best body lotion: Johnson and Johnson Baby Oil (link goes to my review)

For most of the year, I use many different body lotions, with no specific favorite. This winter, needing more protection, I started using baby oil.  I almost never repurchase body lotions, but I have purchased this multiple times already.



Best nail product: Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Another product that I love and that I purchase every time I am in the US. I wear these with a gel topcoat over them.   I love how they look and I love the cute patterns!  I especially like Misbehaved  and Laced Up (shown below).



Best hair product: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

I always liked the windblown look, but somehow I could only make it work when I was traveling to a tropical location.  Now that my hair is shorter, I use this spray every day to achieve the look!



Best new product: Shirt Cool Spray (link goes to my review)

Japan is hot and humid in the summer, and is also a country where you are expected to walk places. This spray kept me cool for a full 30 minutes after applying!




Best new brush: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Why have I not reviewed this product yet? I love this brush and have been using it consistently since this spring. It is great for applying foundation, concealer, and cream blushers! I should purchase another one since I use it so much!!



Best overall tool: Reusable Cotton Rounds (link goes to my review)

If you use cotton rounds for anything, buy these!  No more throwing out cotton after one use, no more spending money on expensive imported cotton rounds! (Although to be honest, the Shiseido Cotton pads that are hyped on Youtube are very affordable in Japan!)



Major highlight of my life

I have lost weight… and am continuing to do so

I changed my eating and exercising regiment since late June, and have lost about 8 kg. It is not easy, especially since I easily overeat when I go somewhere. Hopefully I will finally get to a “normal” weight!


Thanks again for a great 2014, and hope you have a wonderful 2015!

xoxo, K

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Favorites of 2012

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2013 is a fantastic year for you!

Here are my favorite products of 2012. Can you believe it is the 3rd time I’ve done these yearly favorites?

As with each yearly favorites, I’ve tried to only include products which were new to me this year, or that I newly reviewed this year. Please check out my past favorites (2011, 2010, 2009) as I still love and recommend most of them!

Best new Skin care item

 I loved the bergamot scent!
This is a super convenient product – just apply it to your face and go to sleep.  Great for lazy people like me! I also loved that my skin quickly absorbed this and it did not leave a sticky residue.
 This is an incredibly moisturizing hand cream. I loved that it did not leave a strong scent on my hands. It is well worth the price!
Yes, I know – this is not a new product for me. In fact, this is my favorite make up remover! 

Best new makeup items

I’m probably the last person in the beauty blogger world to review these. HUGE thanks to my kind blogger friends who sent me these!
 I loved how this made my lashes look. I loved how this product lasted. I also loved how this clicks shut. L’Oreal has a few more mascaras in its Voluminous line, and I hope I have the chance to try them out soon!
 This is the ONLY nail polish I am buying from now on. I am a total klutz who can not keep nail polish from smudging, so this is totally the way to go! Plus, I love the different colors and designs available.
This is my favorite non-silicone face primer, and it does not have the orange undertone of the original Rimmel Fix and Perfect

Best tools

This is fantastic to quickly apply a thin layer of foundation. AND it’s only $10!!!

Favorite new tips/tricks

Having a regular schedule helped me to commit to blogging. I strongly recommend it to any busy blogger!

Most reviewed brand on Cosmeddicted in 2012

Lush (12 times)
Anyone surprised? I didn’t think so. 
This is the 3rd consecutive year that Lush was the most reviewed brand on this blog.
Out of 46 reviews that I did this year, Lush was by far the most reviewed brand. The second most reviewed brand, L’Oreal, had only 4 reviews.

Favorite new Lush item

I wasn’t planning to include any limited edition items, but I really liked the smell of this shower gel. It reminds me of oranges and spices.

Favorite blog post of 2011

There are quite a few reasons why I loved this vacation. 
1.  I grew up in New York and I love the city. I need to go back every few years
2. I bought a DSLR just before this trip and I had fun learning how to use it.
3. This vacation put a lot of things into perspective for me

Most viewed blog post

I was really surprised at how popular this blog post was. It quickly became my number 1 viewed post, and I get tons of views daily.

In some ways, I was more surprised at how many views I got for this product, since it had been released quite a while before I got it, and it is more widely available compared to Baby Foot.

Please leave a comment letting me know what you would like to see more of this year!

Thanks again for your love and support to this blog!

xoxo, K

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Review: Shiseido TISS Deep Off cleansing oil – removes blackheads too!

This is a review for the Shiseido TISS Deep Off cleansing oil.  I bought this when I was in Japan.

Cleansing oils are very popular in Japan.  Most of my friends use oils to remove makeup, and I also have used oils since I was in high school.

What it does: (from Shiseido’s website, translated by K)

Clean your pores when you remove your makeup daily. If you massage your face with this oil, you can remove blackheads. This product will thoroughly remove hard-to-remove makeup, and will rinse clean without leaving residue behind.

How to use:  
First of all, do NOT get your hands wet!  When this product touches water, it will become white.  At that point, it loses its ability to remove makeup or debris.  (Note: There are some cleansing oils that you can use when your hands or face are slightly wet. TISS also makes one)

Take some of the product and rub it into your face, massaging it into your makeup.  Once you feel that your makeup has emulsified, rinse your face.

TISS also mentions that you can use this as a massaging oil to remove blackheads.  I have found that this works very well. If I massage this oil into my nose for about 2-3 minutes, I can feel gunk coming out of my pores.  Remember to use clean oil and a clean face for this – do not use the oil still on your face after removing your makeup!!

Price: Shiseido’s website suggests 1260 JPY (about $16), but it is easy to find this for a much cheaper price at a Japanese drugstore. Sasa has this for $16.40.  ($16 may look very expensive, but it is a pretty normal price in Japan for a drugstore product)


  • This removes makeup very well, including waterproof makeup
  • This makeup remover rinses clean without leaving behind any residue. This is always a watch out with any cleansing oil
  • This does a great job of removing blackheads


  • Be careful using this near your eyes, especially if you wear contacts.  It didn’t sting on my eyes, but I don’t want it on my contacts.
  • Shiseido suggests that you should use 4 pumps of this oil to cleanse your face. I personally think this is too much

Would you repurchase? Yes, this is probably the only makeup remover that I have repurchased multiple times.

As I mentioned before, I really enjoy using cleansing oils. I haven’t used any other type of makeup remover since high school. TISS is probably my favorite one that I’ve tried!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Meetup with Nic Nic & Barry M Dazzle Dusts!

I’m back from my trip to New York!  All the other bloggers I got to meet up with have made blog posts already, so I’m trying to catch up!

Day Zero began with a meet up with Nic Nic from bang bang she shoots!  Although she lives in Tokyo, this was our first time meeting up.  We had a FANTASTIC time chatting about just about everything!  I really enjoyed meeting her and I hope we can meet up again!

Nic Nic was a such a sweetheart and gave me GIFTS!
(Excuse the poor quality of the pictures!  I took them in my Tokyo hotel room with VERY BAD LIGHTING!)
Silk Whitia masks!  I love them!!!

Shiseido Samples!
These came in handy during my trip!

Bath bombs!
A GOOD bath is one thing I really love about Japan!

Fun & Games blush from the MAC Hello Kitty Collection!

Thank you SO much for a great time, Nic Nic!
I really wish we lived closer, so that we could hang out regularly!
Hope to see you again SOON!!!!!

I also pressed my Barry M Dazzle Dusts before I left!
I am REALLY bad with loose eyeshadows, and I can never seem to make them work for me!

Barry M Dazzle Dusts are fantastic!
They are super pigmented, and really cheap!
They are 5 GBP (less than $8) and each little pot is STUFFED FULL TO THE TOP!
I pressed a full pan of each, and the pot is still half full!

39 – Tan

24 – Old Gold

51 – Mushroom

97 – Dark Chocolate

From left – Dark Chocolate, Mushroom, Old Gold, Tan

I really recommend you pick them up if you are in the UK!
Otherwise, you can get them on the Barry M website (which charges SUPER HIGH shipping), or on Jamilla’s site!

Stay tuned for more blogger meet up posts!

xoxo, K

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