Chanel Cosmetics.

My friend reminded me that one year I gave her Chanel mascara and it was the best mascara she had ever used in her life. Since I couldn’t really think of what exactly I wanted this Christmas, I bought myself a Chanel mascara as a belated gift to myself along with rouge coco gloss #119. The color of that gloss is very unique and sexy. Pleased but also have my eyes set on the melted honey shade too.

p.s.

I was given a sample of the cc cream. It was too light for my liking but smells amazing and if you’re skin is not in as bad of shape as mine currently is, its probably perfect. I dont want it to go to waste so im giving it to someone i know.

house huntin’ in advance.

how weird is it that after all these years of being super anxious that one man and a couple of my closest friends made me realize I didn’t have to live close to my family or rely or relatives. I also plan to get a dog is that crazy. I had saved up money up to this point and never really saw myself investing in anything and I always thought renting was wasteful but I kind of like the idea of renting. Oh how times have changed.

Good Ol’ Cetaphil

I was just having this great conversation with friends how I never thought I’d be purchasing some huge bottle of Cetaphil cleanser but glad I did. I always considered myself a product snob but I also never say never to drugstore brands because I swear by some of the drugstore products. After my skin flared up due to laziness of jetlag(used only micellar water and that hyaluronic serum) my skin had turned into a dry and red blotchy mess it had never been this bad aside from my teenage years of living off fast foods. After getting a bottle of Cetaphil, my skin has improved overnight. I’m not dry and tight and I tossed the serum out. I’m currently using sheet masks, and this LuLuLun gel cream in the pink jar with the blue writing wonderful cream for my dry/combination skin and on other days when I don’t want to wear any makeup, I just use the pink version of the kikumasamune sake lotion! My skin had gotten so bad I couldn’t even wear makeup without looking bad. Now I feel so much better, thank you Cetaphil…and honestly how good do you smell?! No wonder my RN-friend says its a great cleanser.

Japan Drugstore Find: Cont’d

After long debate, I finally bought a bottle of the Ooshima Tsubaki EX shampoo. Here are my thoughts:

  • faint scent somewhat like a floral scent but nothing overwhelming
  • gel like feels nice on scalp
  • my limp, soft hair feels like its got more volume and its clean after being washed
  • I would buy it again/little goes a long way.
  • paid under 10 bucks for a good size bottle if you’re wondering the visuals it is the one with the flower on it yellow bottle black lid.

I’d rate this as a 10/10 I’m going back for conditioner

Tsubaki is camellia oil there’s also sunflower and some kind of carrot which I may guess would be ginseng? will have to get back to you on that because they call ginseng some kind of ninjin. sorry i’ll do the homework.

Japan Drugstore Find (Part 2)

Today I bought:

LuLuLun Moist Gel Cream 1500yen! smells like a mixture of herbs and citrus and its therapeutic when I open and smell it.

Biore makeup removing wipes 10 sheets puprle version which is supposed to deep clean into your pores if makeup is sitting there. 245yen

The resealable LuLuLun face masks 480yen its the burgundy one

and the cheap alternative to SKII also known as kikumasamune pink bottle for people with drier skin types 735yen for a huge pump and instant brightening and moisturizing.

last but not least: biore makeup removing pump type oil 980 yen I believe it was a previous purchase. smells like flowers! 2-3 pumps on dry face add water and viola! I believe the pink is for drier skin types so I got that one.

 

 

2020: My Plan/Goals.

Here’s my plan: getting off social media and using it way less than I do now.

going to the gym with friends. I know that despite how expensive it is now, they’ll join me and get a membership

I want to hang out with the man I’ve been having a back and forth with since I always wanted to see the Carolinas while I was at it.

and last but not least: buy a crapload of cool clothes at some boutique that carries brands like: Wilt, Splendid, C+C among other boho clothes that I don’t mind paying the extra $$ for.

That’s my 2020 plan since its right around the corner.

Diptyque Counter & Wonderful Employee

I believe I haven’t talked about my visit to the Diptyque counter in Japan. I saw how they had this spray EDT bottles lined up in a small area a little off from their actual counter. There you saw a nice lady who asked you which scent you loved. That was a simple question to me, L’ombre Dans L’eau. She tells me there is a 5 pack where I can mix and match the EDP travel sprays(which are very cool by the way)so I ask her “what if I wanted all bottles to be LDL to which she replies “you can do that here.” Talk about being giddy. I bought 5 bottles and gave my mother one. To top my wonderful shopping experience off, the employee gave me a giftbag with the EDP sample, and the body balm(which is a new favorite of mine very rich and moisturizing)

You just never know until you ask. I believe I paid $147- for the 5pc give or take because the dollar is higher in value and I bought it in yen.

Falling in Love: with the wrong people.

I’m always falling in love with the wrong people. I’m completely smitten with a 6″5 or so guy who’s like a kid at heart but also 37. I don’t know what that’s about. As this is taking place, I’m in this odd place with a man I used to date who insists we are dating. I respond to that with a “we are?” I feel like he is living a straight arrow life and I can’t bring him what he needs…the sweetest line he said to me not 2 weeks ago was that I get to go anywhere he goes. He says if he gets promoted and goes to NYC I can live with him. It made me smile and bat my lashes some.

Italian Restaurant Kind of Night.

Dinner with favorite friend from high school. Went to a restaurant she recommended. The choice was fantastic. They carried flatbread style pizzas, spaghettis or all kinds, elegant desserts, and get this…they gave me maple syrup to put on top of my 4-cheese pizza. MIND BLOWN because it tasted so good. I’m here to tell you to put maple syrup on your 4 cheese pizza. That is all!

The Body Shop & L’Occitane Fever!

My skin is really dry right now. Unfortunately when they took my goe oil, I had no choice but to buy things that are just as natural and work good(someone scored me a tiny bottle of aveeno haha so yay to that) Anyway…here’s what I bought at each location/store:

L’Occitane:

Delicious Multi-Balm #010 Brilliant Mandarin: packaging very simple and elegant very similar to the glass jar that ByTerry puts their rose balm in. Its glass. Its on the heavier side 0.28 ounces I paid more because I’m in Japan but I was really intrigued by the color and how it was a multi tasking item and ofcourse has “honey” in it which is perfect for people like me with skin sensitivity and dryness. There is a very elegant scent almost like a champagne or something really classy. It looks yellowish gold but is more clear when applied. If you’re looking to get the full yellow gold color that is not going to happen. I’m still happy with my purchase. I will be using this mainly on my eyelids. I’d rate this a 10/10 ingredients are fabulous, the jar is simple and elegant and I love the shimmer/multi tasking idea.

Arlesienne Beauty Milk: If you want to smell like roses and soap? Then this is the product line for you. Its a scented lotion that I like to slather on my skin right before I go to bed because I smell so fresh and clean. I paid 3900yen but it is sold for less in the US. The best part? It’s huge and a little goes a looong way. 8.4oz of happiness. 10/10!

TERRE DE LUMIERE L’EAU Radiant Balm for hands & body: smells fresh I think the scent is almost a unisex like scent it comes in the standard hand cream tube. I don’t see any illuminating so its bumming but I do like the way it smells and its shockingly for your body too even thou/ght its in the hand cream tube. So-its convenient if you travel you can take a tube of this. 8/10

Last but not least from this brand, the repairing shampoo,conditioner+oil: smells real natural, botanical and works good. My hair is rather soft and sad now and it helps it plumps it and my natural waves come back to life! I would’ve preferred a more light scent but because my hair looks so nice after I use the products its a minor complaint. 10/10 travel set was a win-win for me.


THE BODY SHOP lineup:

Mango exfoliating sugar body scrub: Very gentle but lots of exfoliating sugar/breads smells very light but beautiful works wonders leaves skin mildly moisturized. Very pleased with my huge jar(yes they only carried the big jar where I went)that I know I will finish using with about 2 months. Its a delight. 10/10. Wished I bought their body scrub sooner. Funny I intended to purchase the olive oil or argan oil one but I do love the mango scent and it was my first line I ever bought from the brand. 2530yen

Mango body butter: never gets old I miss the old jar and design because it was more bohemian and badass but it is simple. I miss the yellow-orange jar that I knew in the early 2000s-like mid 2000s. GOD IM OLD. Started using the mango butter body because my German friend introduced me to it. She was a big nature-loving no toxic bs woman. She was like you see how dry I am? This is a life saver! Try some now! It was like 2000yen back in the day which was sooo expensive but so worth it and it to this day is still worth it but I never finish products and if there’s smaller options I get those now. I believe I paid 800yen=equivalent to….like 6-7bucks? smells mild and lovely.

Born Lippy Strawberry lip balm: simple, smells like strawberry bubblegum has a red-pink tint and instantly moisturizes. I believe this one was 600+yen? I love the way it smells. They also sell raspberry which doesn’t smell as yummy but if you’re into lighter scents raspberry is recommended. 10/10 adorable jar easy access. repurchase very possible once I run out since finding the mint rush fresh lip balm is way too hard here.

Drops of Gold Lustre Finish Creator for face, eyes, lips: this was like 2,500yen or something close to that. I bought this last minute on impulse the color is very pretty its a light bronze like shade universally flattering The jar comes with a twist lid that locks to one side, opens to another. Once I put some on the palms of my hands I went “I need a bottle” and bought one. I was always a fan of the body shops luminizer series. The first one that came out when I was a teenager was a recommendation from a friend who looked like a goddess one day. I was like “wait why are you beaming and super pretty right now” to which she responded with a “body shop luminizer I’ll take you there later today” I bought like 2 tubes at once. Never looked back and like you probably noticed their items cost a lot in Japan(cause I attended school there) but I was always pleased with their stuff and my top 3 items from the body shop was always the mango body butter, their luminizer(back in the day I loved this not quite bronze version and the packaging was really badass)and the lip balm. They used to carry a starfruit version too. I was like starfruit what is that. Their vitamin C range was to die for and so was the cocoa butter lip chapstick. Ooh and their cranberry line….sorry I can’t forget that one. Ah and the limited edition lipbalms…like shimmering vanilla mint or chocolate orange lip balm. I light up about products. That’s probably why I blog about them, huh?