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Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, BB Perfect Cream SPF 40

By on February 12, 2017
Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare set: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, and BB Perfect Cream SPF 40

When I was in Japan, one of the skincare bits I picked up was this little set from Dr.Ci:Labo that includes samples and minis of five different products. This has given me a chance to try out the Cleansing Cream EX, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel EX, UV & White SPF 50+, and the BB Perfect Cream SPF 40, all from the Enrich-Lift product line. This is a doctor-developed brand focused on product efficacy and simplicity, formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin, and the products exclude fragrance, coloring, mineral oil, and parabens.

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Visée Innocent Veil Powder

By on February 5, 2017
Visée Innocent Veil Powder (¥1,836, or around $16)

I can already feel myself getting excited for springtime cosmetics, so I have to remind myself at times to continue enjoying wintery things while we’re still living in that moment. One of the most delightfully wintery products that I have is this finishing powder by Visée that I purchased in Japan called the Innocent Veil Powder from their winter 2016 Winter Doll collection. Now that I’m back in the US, this powder also seems to be fairly easy to find and purchase online.

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That time I visited Tokyo for New Year’s and bought a lot of stuff

By on January 16, 2017
Some of my Tokyo cosmetic purchases

My husband and I just came back from our second trip to Tokyo, where we spent New Year’s in the middle of visiting both of our families for the holidays. Having gained some level of familiarity with Japanese cosmetics brands since our first visit last year, and having restrained my cosmetic purchases fairly well over the past year, I basically went in feeling ready to buy some stuff. The added bonus was learning about and having my first experience with fukubukuro, or “lucky bags” of products that lots of Japanese retailers put out for New Year’s sales.

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Quick review: Integrate Magical Lash Curl mascara

By on June 8, 2016
Integrate
Integrate Magical Lash Curl Mascara ($15-18)

In my last post I mentioned that an Integrate mascara had ended up being my favorite mascara of the three that I picked up while in Japan. That being the case, it’s only fitting that I share a few photos to show you what I mean. The box is entirely in Japanese, but based on some internet reading I believe that it’s called Magical Lash Curl with Curl Enhancing Fibers. That seems like a fitting name, anyway.

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5 current everyday makeup favorites

By on May 30, 2016
Favorites from Sephora Collection, BH Cosmetics, MAC, and Integrate
Favorites from Sephora Collection, BH Cosmetics, MAC, and Integrate

I’ve found myself reaching for the same base makeup products nearly everyday when I’m getting ready for work, many of which are affordable, and all of which have been working really well for me. Most of them have only been mentioned in passing on the blog, but deserve a little more attention. So, here are the primer and complexion basics, as well as a mascara, that I’ve been loving recently.

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6 products from the Re’au Botanical Plus skincare line

By on March 2, 2016
Re'au Botanical Plus A
Re’au Botanical Plus A firming lift cream (rich moist)

When I was in Japan I was very close to running out of moisturizer, so I figured that while I was shopping around I might as well specifically look for one. A Tokyu Hands associate showed me the Re’au line, letting me know it was very natural and that I’d notice tighter skin within just 2 weeks. In addition to purchasing the cream, I was also given samples of the rest of the brand’s line, as well, and had the chance to try all 6 products that the store offered.

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A trip to Japan, and some skincare and makeup purchases

By on December 3, 2015
Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan
Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

We just returned from one of our favorite places, ever. After spending some time with my husband’s family in Taiwan and enjoying some wedding festivities, we enjoyed a stopover with Japan Airlines and spent 10 days in Japan. It was our first time there, and we left playfully chatting about what we need to do in order to move to Tokyo. We spent our time in Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, plus we took a trip to Koyasan to spend a night in a temple.

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Taking a quick break, and seeking shopping suggestions for Japan!

By on November 10, 2015

Just wanted to post a quick update letting you know that I’m taking a short break from blogging through November and will resume around December 1st. In the mix of personal things coming up, I have the chance to visit Japan, which I’m really excited about. If you’ve tried any great cosmetics or skincare from Japan, I’d love to hear about them. I’d like to do at least a little shopping while I’m there, and could use the suggestions. Hope your holiday season is off to a great start!

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