Saturday, October 03, 2015

Incense, and other things

Wow, has it been more than a month since I posted?  I've been rather occupied with helping my mother out lately.

It seems like I haven't been able to find a good incense since the Aomori Hiba Incense.  The old standby that I ordered in a huge box from Amazon came all roughed up - not at all its normal self.  I've been trying to use it up but since I mistakenly ordered a huge box, it'll take me months.  I purchased an interesting twisted paper Deodar Cedar Incense from the Himalayas, but DH complains that it smells moldy.  I need a good incense exchange!

In other news, my cousin told me about Olay's Total Effects moisturizer, so I bought some from Costco for my mother to try out.  If she rejects it DH can try it out.  I suspect the packaging won't appeal to him though.

Janet Jackson's new album is out! I love her new song with Missy Elliot: "BURNITUP!"

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Teedra Moses' Cognac & Conversation! And Other Notes

I just got Teedra Moses' long-awaited new album Cognac & Conversation. In a way I can't believe it's actually out (like D'Angelo's latest album) but after she released her fabulous EP California Vibes last December, I had a feeling the album would be coming along soon.

Today I'm wearing Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in #5 Crush, inspired by Ameriie.  I'm really enjoying her new YouTube channel Books Beauty Ameriie.

In other news, I've been on a no-buy for cosmetics.  Just shopping my stash.  I still have unopened cosmetics!  I did buy some Japanese cosmetic brushes though.  I will review them later.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


Highly amused by the unofficial - good for people who've been to Japan, or even people who haven't been to Japan yet.

Tamia - Stuck with Me:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Integrate Snipe Gel Liner Mini Review

Shiseido INTEGRATE Snipe Gel Liner
I'm a fan of the Kira Wink Liner also from INTEGRATE, but this Snipe Liner is not as smooth and easy to blend - maybe because it's waterproof.  The color is pretty but I find it hard to use - I hate the little bits of liner that don't stick to my skin and are really hard to clean up.

Monday, July 13, 2015

MAC Restaurant in Sasazuka

The confusingly named MAC マック  (spoken in Japanese, this can trigger an amusing Japanese variation on the Who's on First routine since McDonalds is also called Mac) is a Japanese-style Western restaurant located in the pleasant Tokyo suburb of Sasazuka 笹塚, opened by one of the chefs who worked at the original Mac in Shimokitazawa 下北沢. Sadly, the original has closed (I believe due to a fire), but this and another Mac run by the son and wife of the original owner live on, thankfully.

The original Mac was a bit grungy due to age, but this one is nicely modern and new, and the fish fry set has never failed to be fresh and moist. When I lived in the area I used to eat here once a week or more - always getting the fried fish set 魚フライセット. Hamburg steak ハンバーグ and the pork stir fry 生姜焼き are general favorites.

I don't believe the menu has English but I think it has pictures, so ordering isn't too difficult.  For Americans, the portions may be a bit small, but if you get one of the combos I think you'll be satisfied.

Dawn - Titans x James Dean:

Mini Review: Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Black Noir

While I like the other pixi pencils, this one never fails to smudge on my monolids.  Ugh, cannot use.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sumo practice

An excellent place to get a tiny taste of Sumo, the national sport of Japan, is to visit the morning practice of a sumo stable.

One place that is particularly convenient is Arashio stable, which has large windows into their practice room, and allows visitors to watch quietly from the outside.  Please be respectful, and read the instructions carefully before visiting.

If you have good timing and happen to be visiting a city where the sumo tournament is taking place, definitely try to get tickets!  Sumo is quite fascinating live.  The speed and size of the sumo wrestlers really doesn't come across on TV.