Predia Spa et Mer Fango Double Cleanse 4,500yen
I consider myself a cleanser freak. I usually stock 3-4 different cleansers at least and choose which one to use depending on my skin condition or on my mood. Right now I'm using a cleanser from Simple and Let the Good Times Roll from LUSH in the morning, and enjoying using this one called Fango Double Cleanse to remove my makeup. The idea behind this product is that it removes your makeup while cleansing your skin and giving moisture back to it, so you don't need to double cleanse. I'm loving this cleanser for three reasons.
First of all, the product brings this luxurious feeling to this boring (for some people, not for me) skincare process. The jar looks very pretty with a wooden details on the lid, but the inside is even more amazing. It looks like there is a deep ocean in the jar. The texture is very creamy and feels very nice on the skin, and it's very easy to spread all over the face. It has natural clay which attracts all the dirt including makeup and oxidised oil.
Secondly, it smells AMAZING. When I opened the lid and looked inside for the first time, I thought it might smell a bit like...ocean. Not fishy, but the natural smell of clay. But it smells totally different, in a very positive way. It smells fresh and clean, that the brand describes the scent as "light green chypre". I love this scent so much that I don't mind sticking my nose into the jar. It's that good.
The final reason why I love this product is the way it cleanses my skin. It does remove all the makeup on my face including mascara and eyeliner, without stripping the oil from the skin. I literally need to massage it on my skin for like a minute or two, and some people complain that they cannot be bothered to take that long but for me it's a very fun process. The texture is easy to work with, and the scent is very pleasant that makes me feel relaxed. It doesn't make my skin squeaky clean after rinsing out, and I can feel that it has moisture inside.
I strongly recommend this cleanser to those who are suffering from dry skin, because although it takes makeup off and deep cleanse your skin, it leaves moisture and makes your skin feel plumped. Since I started using this cleanser, the pores on my cheeks have been shrunken (I'm now actually using an amazing moisturiser too, which obviously has been contributing to pore constriction). It makes me look forward to cleansing my face at the end of the day, just to enjoy the feel of it as well as the amazing scent. It is pricey but the jar is pretty big and you don't need too much at a time, so I don't think it's overpriced at all.
What do you think about this cleanser? And what's your favourite cleanser?
LISSAGE Vogne Extra Hair Change 3,150yen
I am very fussy about hair care products. My scalp can be pretty sensitive so I don't like shampoo that strips the oil from my scalp. My hair is very limp and fine, which means I have to use shampoo and conditioner that give volume in my hair. But at the same time, it's very dry and damaged -which means it needs deep conditioning hair mask which doesn't weigh it down. It's hard to satisfy someone like me.
I usually don't like Japanese haircare products because they are suitable for thicker hair (Can you believe that we only have a few volumising products here? Japanese people have thicker hair so they don't want volume-they would rather sleek it down). I once tried out hair treatment from a Japanese brand and although it was very moisturising, it made my hair completely flat and even greasy. It's a hard work to find a perfect hair mask from a Japanese brand which suits my hair.
So anyway, for that reason, I was very careful when I got this hair mask to review. Look at it, it's got this very thick consistency which is almost like a rich balm. It might weigh my hair down...I thought. But actually, it works amazingly on my hair. Once I apply this hair mask, my hair instantly feels like silk and it detangle my hair within a second. They recommend you to apply it holding your hair between your palms as if you are sealing up your cuticles. Then leave it for about 5-10 minutes and rinse if off. I always follow that direction and it works like a miracle.
It leaves my hair so soft and silky without making it look flat. It's very hydrating but not heavy at all, which is great for my hair type. It also has this pleasant scent, almost like a perfume from Chanel or LANCOME or Dior....you know what I mean, those kind of sophisticated, luxurious scents. I usually don't like those scents but this one isn't overpowering at all and leaves amazing scent in my hair.
Because it's a very rich hair mask, a little bit goes a long way. I am not even sure when I would be able to finish this big jar. 3,000yen for hair mask seems quite pricey, but when I consider about the performance and how little amount I need per time, I don't think it's overpriced. Or maybe I feel that way because I cannot find more affordable hair mask from a Japanese brand that I like.
I'm always on the hunt for a good hair mask. What's your favourite?
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer £5.99
Although I was dying to try out Apocalips, I always thought it wasn't for me just because they didn't have a single shade which would suit me. Most of the shades are too bright, and nude one is too pale. But the other day I just thought to try out this shade Celestial. I don't know why I didn't think of trying this shade out before, because it's such a lovely wearable pink.
As I had heard from so many youtubers and bloggers, it really is opaque. The colour payoff is just amazing, you can't see your lip colour through it. It has a very weird smell that nobody I know has mentioned. It smells like...a cucumber made with plastic. Wait, then it won't smell of cucumber. So maybe it smells like cucumber smoothie with a hint of plastic. How does it sound? I really don't like the smell at all and it bothers me for quite a long time as it lingers.
Despite the weird smell, I really like how it looks on my lips. It's not completely matte but it's not shiny or glossy. It stays on my lips for hours without drying them out, and I can add a little bit of clear lip gloss when I need more moisture and shine to it.
I was a little bit worried that it might look purply on my lips but it looks more like pink fortunately. I wonder how Big Bang would look amazing on people who look good with red lips...! Now it's sold in the States as SHOWOFF and Apocalips expanded the colour range as well, I hope they will bring more nude and beige toned shades in the future, because the formula is amazing. Have you tried it yet? What's your favourite shade?
This tiny tiny cube is a true treasure. It's one of the items from RMK's autumn/winter collection which came out in the end of the summer, and I was lucky enough to get it as a gift. There are 5 shades and they all are gorgeous but mine, shade 04, is the best in my opinion. It has a cream shadow and a glittery powder shadow, that work amazingly together.
So it looks like this when I open it. The top part is the cream shadow, which looks like Matcha paste or something. And the bottom part is the glittery powder shadow, it looks like silver in the photo but it looks slightly greenly in person.
This cream shadow is a little bit thicker than normal cream shadow you imagine. I use the brush which comes with it to apply it on my eyelids. It does look very opaque at first but it's very easy to blend so there's nothing to be scared about.
And this silver eyeshadow is so gorgeous. I sometimes pair it with some other eyeshadows such as Sleek or wet 'n wild, because it gives amazing shine to my eyes. Yes it is very glittery but it stays on my eyelids and doesn't go all over my face. It's such an elegant and sophisticated glitter shadow.
The bottom is what it looks like when you apply only the cream shadow. It does look like Matcha doesn't it? And then the middle is the silver eyeshadow, and the top is when I apply the silver on top of the green cream shadow. The silver shadow gives this "wet" look as well as a 3D effect!
I am totally obsessed with the combo, it is just AMAZING. First I thought it would be too intense and I would end up looking like an actress from Takarazuka, but actually it's a very wearable colour. In these photos I'm only wearing this product but usually I apply brown or burgundy eyeshadow on the crease to give more definition. I never wear the green cream shadow by itself just because the colour isn't too flattering, but the combo is absolutely amazing.
I never thought of buying cosmetics from RMK but I realised that their products are pretty high quality and worth the price. I still prefer ADDICTION when it comes to a Japanese brand, but RMK is much better than I expected! Have you tried anything from the brand?
Lunasol Skin Modeling Water Cream Foundation 5,250yen
Before you even wonder, I am going to tell you that I didn't buy this foundation with my money. When it comes to makeup, I would rather go for drugstore makeup products rather than high end ones. I know the quality of Chanel eyeshadow is 100 times better than MUA, and I used to use Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder and some other brands so I know how amazing they are. But recently I would rather spend money on skincare and bodycare products than makeup somehow. The quality of drugstore products (not Japanese ones, they are pretty bad) is improving a lot that I don't see the need of spending 8,000yen on an eyeshadow palette. But anyway, spending 5,000yen on foundation is not my thing. I used Healthy Mix from Bourjois or BB cream from Garnier until I was given this foundation. But now I'm totally in love with it. It makes my skin look....flawless.
So when I think about cream foundation, words come in my mind are cakey, heavy, and very moisturising. This foundation actually, is opposite. It's water-base and very light which never be cakey, but has a medium to heavy coverage as normal cream foundation does.
It has this thicker consistency than normal liquid foundation but still I wish it was in a pump bottle. Using a spatula to take the foundation and clean it every morning is a pain in the butt. I always take a little bit of the foundation on the back of my hand and add little by little when needed as I'm still unsure how much I need. It would be so much easier to control the amount of the foundation when it has a pump.
You can see it's pretty liquidy for cream foundation, it's more like a thicker liquid foundation rather than cream foundation in my opinion. It goes on very smoothly so I only need a tiny bit to cover the whole face. I usually use a sponge to apply the foundation because I tend to use too much of the foundation when I use a brush to apply. It covers up the pores on my cheek which is the main reason why I use foundation. I don't need foundation to cover up my dark circles and redness around my nose because that's what concealers are for. It doesn't feel heavy on my skin but it covers up everything I want foundation to cover which is great.
When I use this foundation, I cannot help myself to compliment my skin. That sounds pathetic, but I really think "Wow look at my skin, it looks flawless and beautiful" and that's rare. I wish I didn't have dark circles because they can ruin everything (should I get the colour corrector from Bobbi Brown?) but still it looks very nice.
Have you ever tried cream foundation? What's your favourite foundation at the moment?
Privacy Essence Rouge 997yen
I don't usually wear lip gloss just because it comes off very quickly. It looks gorgeous when I put it on but next time I look in the mirror, it's gone without a trace. This lip gloss is no exception. But I found myself reaching out for it pretty often because I am totally in love with the shade.
It has this doe foot applicator which is slightly oval. It fits my lips perfectly and makes it easier to draw the lip line.
It's a pretty sticky formula which I first didn't think that I would like it. It stays sticky for quite a long time and my hair always gets stuck on my lips. But look how gorgeous the shade is. I thought it would be more opaque and too much for me but actually it's sheer and wearable on a daily basis.
I LOVE how it looks on my lips. It gives a hint of orange on my lips while making it look glossy. It makes my lips look literally like jello! I sometimes pair it with a coral lipstick to give more definition and colour on my lips which works really well as well.
They have 3 shades in total including this shade called Coral Orange. Deep Red is a very pretty sheer red and Pink Beige could be the most wearable every-day-colour, but it is more creamy than the other two shades, and it can look a bit pale on the lips. I'm thinking of trying Pink Beige once I've used up Coral Orange just to see which I like better.
It's is inexpensive for a Japanese drugstore lip gloss and the quality is pretty good! I'm happy to find another great Japanese drugstore product :)
It had been pretty hot in Tokyo until the beginning of October this year. I didn't need a jacket at all to go to work as long as I had a cardigan in my bag. But from the middle to the end of October it got colder and the air was much drier. My skin reacted immediately. It became much drier and makeup -especially foundation- didn't look as good as it used to be on my face. These items that I'm going to talk about today are the ones that I couldn't live without in October.
NUXE Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm
To be honest with you, I'm not sure whether this is the best lip balm in the world or not. Probably not, but still I love this lip balm. It has this subtle scent of lemon and honey which I love, and the texture is so rich and moisturising. It's pretty heavy so I only use it at night. You might think it's a bit pricey for a lip balm but actually it lasts forever. I've been using it for a year now but I just have no idea when I would be able to use it up.
Glonaturals Face Cream
I purchased this face cream from Vitacost. This brand Glanaturals is their original brand which came out a few months ago I believe, and I purchased this particular cream as it contains argan oil and hyaluronic acid that looked like a perfect face cream for winter. I loved it as it feels like a whipped cream on my skin somehow! BUT after a week of use, I realised that it was giving my skin tiny rash. I didn't want to think it was because of this product but once I stopped using it, the rash had gone. When I took this photo I was still thinking it was saving my skin from a hell of dryness....and maybe it was, but it worked in a wrong way as well. But my mum is enjoying using it very much, so it's just that my skin didn't like it.
Nourish Revital-Eyes Eye Cream
I just wrote a depth-review about this amazing eye cream, so I'm not going to go on and on about it here. But believe me, this is the best eye cream I've ever used.
CODINA Argan Oil
I believe Codina is a French brand. You can get a lot of use out of this pure argan oil. My favourite way of use is to apply it after face cream to add more moisture. A good pure argan oil doesn't stay on the skin surface for long, it instantly sinks in. It has a nutty and fruity scent which is of course natural, which is not particularly a good smell but I don't mind at all. You also can use it on your hair, cuticles and body. It really saved my dry skin.
Moroccanoil Light Oil Treatment
I have fine, limp and damaged hair. Oils tend to weigh my hair down but this one doesn't. It smells like vanilla extract that you put in a cake dough combined with sophisticated-smelling perfume, but not overpowering at all. I apply it only on the ends of my hair after blow-drying and it prevents my hair to get tangled through out the day.
AESOP Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Looking for a hand cream which is not sticky or greasy yet hydrating, plus smelling amazing? You should try this hand cream. This could be your dream one! My mum gave it to me on my birthday this year and since then I'm obsessed with this product. It smells of lavender, orange and rosemary that you must be able to imagine how good it is. It absorbs super quickly when I apply it on my skin, it just instantly disappears. I just applied this hand cream on the back of my hands as I'm writing it, and after like 5 seconds it's completely gone. Now my hands are very smooth and silky as if I haven't applied anything but do have naturally hydrated soft skin if that makes sense. I always have this hand cream in my bag or on my desk and keep applying it just to enjoy the scent, which makes my hands hydrated as well.
What was your October Must-Have? Let me know!