Saturday, June 11, 2011

Japan beauty

Japan is very fashion and beauty conscious. People here tend to be able to pull of any fashion and look perfect every time.
The shop girls and Harajuku Lolitas look immaculate with dollesque faces and I hardly ever see a female under the age of 40 without her false eyelashes on.
I have a really hard time judging how old people are here as they seem to age a lot less than westerners.
So as you might be able to tell, products have to be good here right? Yes! They are amazing.

I thought I would share some of my favourite products that I've found here, that don't break the bank and really do what they say they will. If you see them around or if you are in Japan and are in the market I'd suggest you give them a try.

Moisture and care:

Leaders Clinic Masks -
E.G.F Fillertox Ampoule mask
Collagen Infusion Essential Mask
Platinum V-lift Essential Mask
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These look quite nasty am I right? But they are amazing soothing cloth face masks that really work. I use them 2-3 times a week, and for ¥100 they are really the most amazing value for money. I just used the collagen one and my skin is all plumped up and lovely. Donki for ¥100.

SHIWAtoRich eye.
Next is my moisturisers. This one is only supposed to be for around the eye and mouth to ward off fine lines, but after testing it out and seeing results I use it all over my face. It's about ¥1050-¥1250.
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Kaneo Ururi Lotion
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I use this one if its hot and humid out and I just want something refreshing. Its pretty cheap at about ¥350 for a tiny bottle like this or ¥900 for 200ml. It doesn't really change my skin much but its a nice light moisturiser. Available at most pharmacies and Donki.

UV Lip Cream - Hyalauronic Acid.
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This lip balm i picked up in a ¥100 store because I had lost mine somewhere along the way and was desperate for something. I think its the best impulse purchase i've made. It's really lovely and keeps my lips moisturised for ages with only one application. Available at some ¥100 stores.

MAKEUP:

Chacott for Professionals. Enriching Concealer HD.
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This concealer I picked up from a professional makeup supply shop in Shinjuku called Okadaya. It's here - http://tinyurl.com/okadaya
It's the bomb. It's kind of sticky and very opaque means it covered incredibly well and stays in place. It will forever be a staple in my purse. Rrp about ¥1250

Moist Labo BB Essence Cream in Natural Ochre.
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BB (or Blemish Balm) creams are super popular in Asia. They act glow makeup base, a sunscreen and a foundation all in one. I bought this one because I have dry skin and it gives a healthy dewy glow. It also helps improve skin texture and appearance. They have these in Matt formulations too for people with oily skin. Available at Donki for ¥890

Heavy Rotation Perfect Multi Base Foundation.
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This foundation is pretty great. I wouldn't recommend it to people that have super dry skin unless you use a oil based moisturiser underneath. I use this over the BB cream if I want flawless coverage. It covers really well, but despite the name dosen't look thick and cakey and feels like you are not wearing anything once it has dried. Rrp about ¥1050 in a lot of department stores.

Canmake Nudy Glow Lip Gloss.
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Just a lovely lip gloss. I love 01 color. Its the perfect nude.
Cheap at about ¥650 from most places that sell cosmetics.

Majolica Marjorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo Mascara in Bk999 (black)
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BEST! This mascara has a classic wand and millions of fibers that attach to your lashes which you can build up to make dramatic long soft lashes. The formulation is great - It stays true black all day and lasts forever. You need some good makeup remover to remove this. They have three different kinds of wands/formulations in this range. I'm hoping to try the comb shaped brush next time.

Ok well that's all for today.
I'm off to Izakaya with a friend. Byeee

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Oh so I'm a bad blogger.

It's been too long since I last wrote. So much has happened.

I got a new job only a few blocks away from my house and its AMAZING! It's a great preschool and the hours and pay kick ass. I think I might have accidentally stumbled into a career! Omg. I actually really love it.
I have been there a couple of weeks now and feel like I'm pretty settled in. I have some big shoes to fill, with the most senior teacher leaving to move to Okinawa.
I've been trying to be creative with my lessons (as our outline for each day in our monthly planner can be as vague as one word sometimes).
The other day I had the theme "Nature" and seeing as we had already planted seeds and seedlings, been to parks, watched videos, done craft and many other things to do with nature I thought it would be fun to do nature photography, so i brought along my big DSLR and supervised my class of 4-5 year olds taking photos in the garden. I took some too. Here are my favourites.
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This flying bee picture is my pride and joy. I didn't even know I captured it until I put the photos on the computer.

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Tomorrow for our school excursion we are going Strawberry picking. YUM!
I am really loving my job. I'm even coming up with all kinds of things and showing them to staff and they like my ideas and instate them at the school. Its really fun. ^_^

The other weekend I went to a Jamacian festival in Yoyogi Park (Where all the dressed up guys and girls hang out). It was kickass! Its so different to Australia. There were no barricades or police and everyone was happy and truly enjoying themselves without being bogans and jerks. I even went to the combini with friends, bought beers and drank some on the way back to the park. IN PUBLIC! Crazy town.
After that we went to a party in Ginza (Fancy pantsville), and met some lovely people. Thats the thing here. Everyone is so nice and easy to talk to. I might not make amazing long lasting close knit friends, but I can at least talk to people whenever I want.
I wish I could post pics of Jamaica fest but my stupid phone is a $20 prepaid from soft bank with 90's technology and wont let me take the photos off it. Oh well. Lucky i have this new baby! Its a phone tablet hybrid. Its huge.. and addictive.
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I bought it with several purposes. I wanted a new phone, and a tablet, but something portable that i can just put in my purse or even use in the classroom to show the kids videos, for them to go some learning activities on and also to be my translator and road map. I love it so much!!!

Hmm what else has been happening?
My friend Ed came to visit and we went to some cool bars and out to Akihabara (Electric Town) the next day. It was pretty great.
Here's a bajillion photos.
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Mmm expensive sushi.

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Akihabara

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Ed and me

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Ed and some babes

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Plush cat ears for sale! Kawaii!

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Off to Ikebukuro!

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¥280 Izakaya rocks my socks (everything is ¥280 inc beer and you order on a touchscreen)

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New friend :)

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Edamame and giant beers mugs.

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I lolled.

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Adorable star themed desserts.

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To top it all off - Strawberry frappe from Starbucks. One of the only places to get a half decent coffee.

Well lastly there hasn't been any more earthquakes. I got so used to them when I first moved here that I thought they would last forever. Its so weird not to have them now. But with their absense comes the rain - lots of it. It's getting to Typhoon season and all I've been told is "Just don't go outside". Reassuring right? I didn't know one place could rain so much!
Still, I really love living in Japan. I feel so at home here.
I don't think i've ever been more content with my life. I just wish I could ship some of my friends over from around the world, as well as my old kitty. They hold quite a big chunk of my heart. <3