Monday, 23 November 2015

Beauty souvenirs from Japan

Last month, I finally went back to Japan after quite some time, and of course bought a lot of beauty products. (Thank you, Qatar Airways, for your generous 30 kg allowance! I can even forgive the slightly rude and overly perfumed flight attendants for that.)

Compared to the last time I lived in Japan and blogged here, my focus is more on skincare, haircare and lip products than colourful eyeshadows and nail stuff. An old favourite of mine makes a reappearance as well, though.

Here's everything I bought (except for a peach-scented lipbalm that doesn't do much for my lips - I forgot to take it out of my bag):

From left to right, back to front (I have bigger pictures if anyone wants to see them):
  • Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil refill: I have used up several bottles of this, and now finally bought a refill instead of a new bottle (they don't sell refills at Sasa)
  • Mutenka Cleansing Milk because I like skincare without unnecessary additives, especially if all you do is wash them off. As long as the cleanser is gentle, that's enough for me.
  • Ichikami Smoothing Shampoo: I used to love this years ago, but then strayed from it. Now it's gone sulfate-free and since I jumped on that bandwagon (I'm not really doing the curly girl method, but my wavy hair breaks pretty easily and frizzes), I had to have it. (There's actually quite a lot of innovation going on in Japan regarding hair products, and most of them smell wonderful, too.)
  • Ichikami Smoothing Conditioner: see above
  • Bene Bluria Delicious SPA Shampoo because I like to rotate my shampoos. (I wash every other day, so this gets used every fourth day.) I was lucky to find the limited Frozen edition in a MatsuKiyo in Ikebukuro and snatched it up right away. I was never a big Disney fan, but someone at work turned me onto Frozen and now I love it. I didn't just buy the Bluria stuff for the design, though. My scalp has been somewhat itchy lately, so the scalp care promise sounded good. I have no idea why the keep talking about blue vegetables, though. 
  • Bluria Delicious SPA Hair Mask
  • Bluria Delicious SPA Treatment
  • Bluria Delicious SPA Night Care Milk: all pretty good products, as far as I can tell from using them for a few weeks. They make my hair pretty fluffy, but they're not rich enough to use exclusively in winter, so I switch them up with Ichikami.
  • Chifure Whitening Skin Lotion VC: Not the first time I'm buying this. I wanted a gentle vitamin C product to use as my lotion in the morning, and this has some pretty good ingredients. I'm not sure how much anti-aging is happening here, but at least it hydrates my skin and doesn't irritate it. Plus it's really affordable.
  • Naris Up Fukitori Keshousui (Wipe-off lotion): If you look closely, you can see that I accidentally bought a tester... No idea why the lady at the check-out counter didn't notice, but maybe she did and just didn't want to talk to gaijin me. Although I did speak Japanese to her...
  • Minon Amino Moist Charge Lotion II: I wanted a lotion for my evening regiment,and settled on this because ceramides sounded good. It's more expensive than the Chifure, but still affordable compared to what stuff costs here in Switzerland. Plus, lotions like this are hardly found outside of Asia.
  • Curel Moisture Cream: I bought two tubes of this instead of the big tub so I can carry one in my bag. I don't use this as a face cream, but around my eyes and sometimes dry patches on my neck or hands. It's pretty nice and also has ceramides.
  • Kosé Infinity Lipstick in RO633: I was looking for a lipstick to match the dress I wore for my friend's wedding (the reason I went to Japan this time), and ended up with two sales assistants at the Shinjuku Ainz & Tulpe plus my best friend playing with colours on me. A lot of lipsticks look different in the tube and on the mouth, and my lips have some colour to begin with, so it took quite a while for us to find the right shade. I really like this colour for the fall, and the formula is long-lasting without being drying. This is the most expensive lipstick I have ever bought, but as I said above, I've changed my focus from colourful eyeshadows (not work-appropriate...) to lip make-up, which I think suits me better because I can pull off quite deep shades even at work without getting strange comments.
  • Canmake Stay On Balm Rouge in 09: My second of these, and I love the red colour. Its staying power is mediocre, and it's not as moisturizing as the name makes it sound, but I still really like it and will probably repurchase when I run out. For this price, it's quite a steal.
  • Mote Mascara (that name *lol*) Long: I had another version of this two years ago and loved this, so I bought the new version and have to say I'm disappointed, especially for the price. Maybe it still needs some time, though, some mascaras get better when they're slightly drier. 
  • Visée Nudey Rich Eyes in BE-7: Okay, so I wanted to buy at least one eye shadow product. It was a lot more difficult to find a really nice neutral palette, especially one where I wouldn't run out of the lighter shades ages before I even made a dent in the darker ones. In the end, I settled on this, and it's nice, but not quite perfect. As you will see in the swatch, the light shades look pretty similar, and the accent shades are a lot darker, so there's too much contrast for it to be a no-brainer busy morning product.
  • Ettusais Mineral White BB Cream: This was the only base I could find that was light enough for my face, not too pink or yellow (stupid neutral-olive undertone!) and had no "bad" ingredients like alcohol. The coverage is not great, since it's just a BB cream, but it doesn't make my face itch or break out. 
  • Chifure Liquid Foundation: I needed a foundation on my first day in Tokyo, so I bought this in a hurry because it was cheap, but it's too dark and the undertone is not right. Not a bad foundation per se, though, with medium coverage and a satiny finish.
  • Turtle ear cleaner bought in Gifu
Here are swatches of the colour products:

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 From top to bottom:
  • Visée Nudey Rich Eyes (counter-clockwise starting at top)
  • Canmake Stay on Balm Rouge
  • Kosé Infinity Lipstick
  • Chifure Liquid Foundation
  • Ettusais Mineral White BB Cream

I hope this post was helpful for someone. There are some other products I wish I had bought (especially since I could finally buy tax-free because for the first time in my life, I wasn't in Japan as a student), like that famed Opera glossy lipstick and one Kiss lipstick in a gorgeous reddish shade that had sold out. I was also saddened to find my beloved Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo no longer on the shelves.Well, I'm probably going back next year and also have friends visiting who can bring me stuff, so all is well for now. :D

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Teenage Dream Last Friday Night

Well, actually I've been wearing OPI's Teenage Dream since Friday two weeks ago. That's why it looks kind of grown out. ^^; This week, I decided I would use Last Friday Night on the tips and create some sort of gradient effect. It reminds me of dusk, what do you think?

The colours are more accurate in the second picture, but the first one shows the glitter effect better. <3
OPI nail polishes are top quality, they dry fast and last very long my nails at least. Like any other glitter polish, however, after a while they look a bit duller than they did freshly applied. I don't know if you understand what I'm trying to say. ^^;

These two are my only OPI fullsizes at the moment. The others I own are a set of 5 minis, including one very pretty red I have no idea what it's called. >.< OPI is expensive in Germany, and I have enough nail polishes here to justify not making a bulk order on the internet. I did, however, fall in love with Teenage Dream when I saw swatches. and decided to get Last Friday Night as well because I had to pay shipping anyway. These are also the two Katy Perry songs Darren Criss sung on Glee, and while I don't care for Katy Perry all that much (her songs sound very similar, although I have to admit they're harder to sing than they sound), I love what Darren Criss does with her music. <3 (Btw, I want those OPI for Sephora Glee nail polishes, especially Gleek Out. Yes, I watch Glee, but mainly for the music, the storylines... *cough*)

What do you think about my little experiment? Yay? Nay?

Thursday, 3 May 2012

New haircut

And the happier post I promised comes right away!
As I said, I've been at home a lot lately, but I did go out to get my hair cut, so here is a picture I took of my new do today:

This picture is fairly accurate in terms of colour, I dare say, so please excuse my stupid expression. ^^;
I used:
  • Kate High Cover Powder Foundation in Bright-up Color
  • no name eyebrow powder
  • Majolica Majorca Shadow Customize in WT963 all over, GR185 in the crease and the outer lower lashline and BR784 to lightly tightline
  • Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo (of course)
  • Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact in #11 Rose Fairy, which has quickly become my favourite blush, but doesn't really show up in this picture
  • Coffret d'or Full Styling Rouge (Glow) in RS-244, which is my favourite MLBB lipstick (and sadly discontinued >.<), which is a tad darker in real life
It feels a little weird to be wearing a full face of make-up again after several weeks of being almost bare-faced with only BB cream etc.
I'm actually having quite a few stress-related (I guess) zits in unusual places, but my camera was being nice and blurred my skin into perfection. :D Plus, the Kate powder foundation is suprisingly nice and, even more surprising, actually light enough. I'm glad, really, because I've run out of my Everday Minerals foundation and the new ones I've ordered are probably stuck in customs again. -.- For reference, I used up two containers of the Fair Neutral Matte Foundation and now ordered Olive Fair in Matte and Semi-Matte, one each, because the undertones match me better. (Fair Neutral did look very pinkish-white on me after a while.) As I said above, this photo is pretty close to my actual colouring, only my lips look a little washed out.

Do you like the shorter hair? I know, I've had a similar cut in 2010, then let it grow long again, cut again... My usual roller coaster of hair lenghts. ^^;

Sad news

Sorry for the long absence. I wasn't in the mood for blogging, and even if I had been, I stayed mostly at home with no make-up on, caring for my sick cat who passed away a week ago.
If you don't like to read about people's pets, I'm sorry, but let me post one picture of her:

 I got her when I was 7, and the almost 16 years we've been together are the longest friendship I've ever had. As you can probably imagine, I miss her like crazy, but I know she's in heaven now and a lot happier than here. 

I promise I will post a "real" entry right after this.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Tag: Beauty

Sorry for the silence on this blog, but life got in the way. My cat is sick, so if someone wants to include her in their evening prayers, we'd appreciate that!

I was tagged by the lovely shelynx from Der Blasse Schimmer, which is a word play on the saying, "I don't have the faintest idea" - "ich habe keinen blassen Schimmer" in German, and the fact that "blass" means pale. I always enjoy reading blogs by other pale ladys because as you know, I don't stick out much from the wall behind me. xD (I'm no wallflower, however, and like my bright colours.)

Anyway, she tagged me on the topic of beauty, so I am going to write a little something about my views on beauty. Do share yours if you feel like it!

 Before I start, these are the rules:
  • Mention the blogger who tagged you and link to their blog
  • Write 8 things about you related to the topic chosen by that blogger
  • Tag eight people
  • Tell those eight people about it.
  • Make up your own topic for the others to write about.
 Okay, so beauty it is!

1. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Different strokes for different blokes, I guess.

2. What you love seems beautiful. So people say your boyfriend is not Brad Pitt, but to you, he's the best-looking guy in the world? Keep thinking that, you're doing something right. :)

3. I tend to have trouble finding people I don't like beautiful. I can admit they're pretty, but someone with a bad personality can't be beautiful.

4. Likewise, a smile and a great personality make someone beautiful.

5. Personality works better than make-up. :)

6. Nevertheless, I can totally admire beautiful women in magazines (or in the street *cough*) and feel a little down about not looking like them.

7. I do, however, find myself beautiful most days. Beauty is a matter of attitude after all.

8. I think my readers and friends are all very beautiful. :)

I'm not good at tagging people, but if you feel like it, I'd like to hear your views on beauty, too. :)

Friday, 16 March 2012

Sasa free shipping

Sasa offers free worldwide shipping for orders over 29$ and expedited shipping for only 8$ this week!
I just ordered some things, including my first Softymo Cleansing Oil for only 6$ something.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Something non-beauty

Sorry, folks, still working on that thesis. >___<

Recently, on a German beauty blog I follow, someone mentioned a spelling mistake the blogger makes a lot, and pretty much every other comment was about how this one person who dared to highlight the mistake should stop caring so much or just open a spelling blog instead.

I don't think that a typo is the end of the world, but I do like to read blogs that are as mistake-free as possible, and I would definitely appreciate it if you pointed out any mistakes to me, especially since I'm writing this blog in a language that's not my native one.
So while I agree that a mistake is not a big deal, I don't think we should go and attack someone who points one out in a nice way.

This also made me think how some beauty bloggers are totally meticulous about their eye make-up or foundation routine, but don't care about spelling or grammar all that much. Why can't we put a little effort into both? It's a way of showing respect to your readers, if you ask me.
Plus, considering beauty bloggers probably have a bit of a "dumb" image already, we should really try and show the world that make-up is not all we have in (or on) our heads, shouldn't we? We are smart, too, and we don't want to feed any stupid rumours by making stupid mistakes in our entries, don't you agree?

What do you think about this?

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Oh Chanel

I was this close to buying a Rouge Coco Shine, and I've always wanted the Mademoiselle fragrance, but recently, I've found out that Coco Chanel not only wasn't particularly against the nazis, she also promoted tanning.

Well, thank you, Ms. Chanel, for all those people who feel like coming up to me and telling me to go out and tan a little or asking if I don't any friends to take me out of the house sometimes.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

One of these days

... possibly when I'm done with my thesis, I have to place an order here:

Although I find it a bit hard to order colours only based on online swatches. And I'm not doing crazy colours and nail designs very often these days.

Lately, I've become more of a neutral eye make-up and reddish/rosey lipstick kind of person, it seems. They just suit me better, and they're definitely much more work-appropriate.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

I am looking for a specific shade of lipstick

Specifically, a neutral rosey pink. (Although to those people who tend to think of warmer shades like the Japanese PK ones, I should probably say a cool-neutral pink.)
It should look like the very first picture here on A Touch of Blusher.

Any suggestions? If possible, Japanese (and not completely matte, although also not glittery or -ugh- frosty) lipsticks, although I'm afraid with such a specific wish, I'll probably have to venture into different brands, maybe even MAC.