Recently, my husband and I spent three weeks in Tokyo, Japan, which was an insanely long vacation for me. I’m not complaining, though, it was wonderful!
Before and during the trip, I searched around a little for some recommendations for beauty products to pick up, because my addiction never takes a holiday. I picked up a few things that I had read about, but also grabbed a few that just looked appealing to me at the time.
It seems that everywhere I read suggested stocking up on sheet masks whenever visiting East Asia – and the Lululun brand was on the top of the list of Japan. From what I gathered, the pink ones are a basic, moisturizing type, while there are also blue “high moisture” ones and white “brightening” ones regularly available, along with a wide range of special edition types. I stuck with the normal ones, as I’m new to the sheet mask game.
I also picked up the Pure 5 Gold Essence Masks because they had gold in them (such luxury!) and hyaluronic acid. In my previous post about hair care, I mentioned being drawn to anything with argan oil. Hyaluronic acid is the equivalent for my face. This is only because Dr. Google told me it was super moisturizing, but my face did feel very nice after using the masks!
Heroine Make Mascara
This mascara seems to have rave reviews everywhere, so I had to give it a try. I ended up liking it so much, that I had to buy a back-up before we left.
It has a little curved wand that I think works really well at distributing product. While it is a bit heavy and seems to weigh down my lashes if I don’t curl them, if I do, it holds them in place all day. It does have fibers in it, but they seem to be quite fine and don’t get clumpy.
Also, this is the Super Waterproof variety, and that is no joke. I thought my Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara was a bit difficult to remove, but it’s got nothing on this. I’ve got to let my lashes soak in a dual-phase eye-makeup remover for a bit before it even has a chance of budging.
I’m kicking myself because I can’t find the box for this, so i can’t really give any specific information about it – other than I bought it at the Akihabara Yodabashi, which is primarily an electronics store. It was just an inexpensive little eyelash curler, but one of the things I liked about the eyelash curlers is that they came in different shapes and sizes – and some brands advertised the actual measurements.
I often have a problem with eyelash curlers being too flat for me, so I can get all of my lashes in them at once. This curler is much more curved than any of my old ones, and I only need to curl my lashes once to get all of them. For those with the opposite problem, there were also flatter, longer curlers available!
False Eyelashes and Glue
I actually bought two pairs of false lashes from Loujene, but I lost the little case for the, so they’re just sitting in a plastic container I had for something else. These lashes and the glue were actually from the 100 yen store, so we’re talking less than a euro in cost here. The glue didn’t work very well, but the lashes are great! I’ve cleaned off my other pair already, and they seem fairly sturdy for the price and how delicate they look.
That’s really what I love about them. The individual lashes look very natural looking and are softly tapered at the end, which blends in my better with your actual lashes. When I compared them to a pair of essence half lashes, the difference was pretty striking.
I do like that the essence lashes have a clear, sturdier band, but the look is so very different. I definitely go the impression that much more natural looking false lashes were popular in Japan.
Kate was one of the drugstore brands I saw recommended for eyeshadow, so it ended up being my choice to test out. I ended up getting this quad because it was one of the more pigmented ones I found, and I couldn’t resist that rosy-bronze shade in the middle.
Almost all of the eyeshadows I swatched were very shimmery, and many were quite sheer. If you watch Lisa Eldridge’s East Meets West video, this is reflects a trend for a lot of lightness around the eyes, as opposed to the western super-smokey look. You can even see this in the directions for how to use the eyeshadow quad that came on the packaging.
Maybelline or Covergirl would tell you to pull that deep shade right up into a defined crease, while these instructions have you use a lighter shade for definition (this may also have something to do with different eye shapes being more prevalent in different populations). I will say that I haven’t tried this method yet, I’m a little stuck in my current ways.
Have you ever brought back interesting beauty products from a trip? Tell me in the comments!
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