Monday, December 27, 2010
I also got some gifts and such for my trip home. I bought so much that my arms were a bit sore the next day. Maybe I shouldn't have bought so many gifts, but I thought they were nice and would be useful.
Ah well. I really need to stop stockpiling gifts for friends. I have some stuff I've been hanging on to for a year now; I should just bring it all home and give out to people.
After the hauling, I tried two types of ramen at New Tokyo Ramen Champion. Man that place is out of the way. The ramen was interesting but not spectacular, so I don't know if I'll check out stages 2 and 3. They rotate out shops every month, and I tried the first month's ramen. They make it look so good on TV, but I guess that's TV for you. It's probably more fun with a group. Need to find a ramen club.
Also had cake on Christmas Eve. Lots of whipped cream! Very rich, even though it's light stuff. I miss the more buttery, moist cakes in the U.S., the sponge cake here tends to be too dry for my taste.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Inspired by Fuzkittie's post (http://www.facebook.com/pages/FUZKITTIE#!/notes/fuzkittie/pack-rat-not/500922287603), I'm writing about the makeup I pack when travelling.
Because I'm paranoid, and I have plenty of makeup that I don't need but keep around (aka pack rat c'est moi), I tend to take makeup I don't mind losing with me on trips. I try to take stuff that lasts well without retouching.
I like taking Canmake's cream blush with me, as it's compact and lightweight and inexpensive. I've never properly evaluated its lasting power. I also take along a neutral shadow palette - usually some assortment of browns. And I have some shadow trios from the 100 yen shop that have some colorful shades for fun. Sadly the lasting power is not very good, but I bring them just in case I need something fun. I should experiment with an eyeshadow primer; the 100 yen would probably last much better with something like that.
Kate's super sharp liner is a must for me, as I have 2 in use now, and they're so cheap and last so long that I'm actually happy to lose one of them, so that i can test out a new liquid liner! I would also love to lose my MAC penultimate liner, but I find it very difficult to prevent smudging so it's useless for trips.
I bring a semi-permanent lip color; right now it's Revlon Colorstay Sheer Overtime Lipcolor. It's a bit drying, but the sheer color is very easy to use and it works decently. It comes off if I eat anything oily though. Anyway, the packaging is falling apart so this is another product that I'd be happy to lose. The two ends close properly, but the glue that holds the 2 pieces together has loosened so it's more often in 2 pieces than one.
Finally, I take a foundation sample along with me, and a small pot containng a dab of a high-coverage foundation to use as concealer (currently Besame souffle foundation in Bisque, although it's a bit yellow).
So far, I've never lost any makeup. Murphy's law, right?
I also try to bring a trial-sized oil cleanser, as makeup removal towelettes just don't get all the makeup off for me.
Finally, I bring a face wash, facial water, facial lotion, sunscreen, body lotion. If I have samples lying around I'll bring them as they're so handy, although I don't like to try new skin products while travelling.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Victoria Secret shadows look like they'll need to go on top of a primer; that will take some experimentation.
Update 2010/11/24: the Sephora lip gloss is Bronzed Beauty.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
However, it lacks SPF so I really shouldn't buy it, but I enjoy the moisturizing feel and the lavender scent. Anyway, I think my sample will last a while, despite the occasional explosions when I don't store it upright.
2012/12/04 Update: I like the scent and the texture, but it irritates my lips slightly which I could do without - it's just not relaxing.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I'm not a big fan of Sweet, and the Paul & Joe pattern is not exactly my taste, but according to Fashionmag the quality is really good and is recommended.
The last magazine I picked up was probably Oggi (the models are so boring! although the clothes are okay) for the Kate Spade book cover. Very nice book cover. The Anteprima mook looks quite lovely and elegant, but I really don't need another lunch box bag. Maybe I'll get it later, if it's still available. I already have bags from Tsumori Chisato, Sequoia, Paul & Joe Sister, Miffy, and Anna Sui. The Anna Sui and Sequoia bags are the nicest.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
1. shu uemura cleansing oil (although honestly, fancl cleansing oil/dhc deep cleansing oil are perfectly fine for me)
2. Shiseido &Face Art Method Clearing Water
3. Jurlique day care face lotion
4. La Roche Posay Anthelios 40
5. Shiseido Haku Masks
1. FANCL cleansing oil
2. Shiseido Senka 専科 water
3. Beauty Credit Double Moist Pomegranate Collagen Cream
4. Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscreen 50+
5. Kanebo Kracie Hadabisei Face Sheet Masks (the blue box)
Eating breakfast at home is a more difficult step, but anyway, I'm getting breakfast.
It used to be easy to get breakfast when a bunch of convenience stores were on my way to work. Now, I need to get up earlier or fall prey to the lure of McDonalds.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
By the way, if you're looking for a place to visit in Japan, Takayama/Shirakawa-go is a fantastic place to go.
I've been all over Japan, but I loved the scenery and the sights. It's a rustic, picturesque place.
For a sight closer to Tokyo, Nikko is a great place to visit; in some ways the main temple is rather gaudier/more elaborate than Kyoto.
In contrast, Kamakura is a nice day/weekend trip from Tokyo, but if you're going to Kyoto it's not necessary to include on the same itinerary.
I read the few translated chapters of 精霊の守人 Guardian of the Sacred Spirit and now I'm going through the anime episodes. Quite fun! I want to pick up the manga but haven't found it in bookstores yet.
I've also been reading 光と共に With the Light; quite interesting. Well worth the time to read it. It's educational and entertaining at the same time. They just came out with 文庫 for it - I think only the first 2 are out (15 total) - so I started collecting that.
I'm also on the 8th book of 魔法使いの娘 The Magic User's Daughter (The Magician's Daughter? The Wizard's Daughter?). I think this may be the last book. Very satisfying. Yukie Nasu 那須雪絵 is great at writing interesting, well-characterized stories. I don't know how she does it but she's totally consistent with everyone's characterizations; it's really a delight to re-read when I think about it. But of course, I don't notice this at first because the plot usually sweeps me along.
I finally read a "dark fantasy" one-shot of Yukie Nasu called 嵐が原 Lex Talionis. Apparently she wrote it in the middle of writing Here is Greenwood. It was really well done. Melancholy but realistic.
I should go through a bunch of the other books that I've collected. You can tell when her books are not going to be lighthearted so I've rather avoided some of them.
The volume contains a couple short stories that are also good; delightfully creepy but touching. She likes exploring the dark side of human emotions without making it a tragedy.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
However, they have a curfew of 11pm, and they are pretty strict about non-guests being in the ryokan after that time.
I took my relatives there, and we arrived just before 11, thanks to poor traffic. The elderly gentlemen checked them in, but before showing them to their room, he said to me "Sorry, we close at 11. Only guests. Sorry." So I couldn't even see my relatives to their room and had to take off.
When I made reservations, the lady answering the phone was very nice and friendly, but their strict non-guest policy is a bit uncomfortable.
I understand why they have their policy, but Annex KATSUTARO Ryokan is a bit more amenable to the needs of travelers. Annex Katsutaro staff are not always so personable though, but the rooms are pretty nice.
Next time I'll recommend the Hotel Grand Palace to visitors, even though they don't have Japanese-style rooms. It's the most friendly to the needs of travelers.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
* Happy Cafe, San Mateo, CA: you have to try their thin sliced beef tendon , the sticky rice with fried pork inside, and the steamed shanghainese dumplings.
* Joy Restaurant, Foster City, CA: The fried pot stickers, fen zhen pai gu (some kind of steamed pork ribs), scallion pancakes, the steamed sea bass (with some kind of soy bean crusting/seasoning), and 3 cup chicken are all highly recommended. On weekends they have nice Taiwanese dim sum offerings.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
As such, I probably won't repurchase this particular lipstick, although I look forward to trying the standard Rouge Unlimited line, if it doesn't have similar issues with cracks in the case.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
The lippie seems to wear quite well, but it is a distinct mauve. Not bad for 1000 yen.
Okay, so you don't NEED this color, but if you don't have many lippies, this is an inexpensive and good quality option.
They still had the Stila Baked Eyeshadows in Champagne Glow, but all the cream blushes were gone. I'm enjoying Champagne Glow today. The lightest shade had hardened a bit, but most parts of the eyeshadow are quite silky and soft. It's a really easy-to-use combination of colors, and while it's shimmery I don't find it over the top for work. Some light creasing (I don't use an eyeshadow base) is apparent.
It takes forever to type japanese on my ipad.
Maybe I need to restart the device.
I find the random safari crashes a little annoying too. Maybe this is another sign I need to restart. At least it usually recovers well.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I think I'm going to have to pick one up, despite my makeup ban.
They also have Stila Convertible Color in Camellia. It looks like a pretty, wearable color. I'm tempted to pick it up too, but I just don't need more blush...
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Description of Appeal to Consequences of a Belief
The Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief is a fallacy that comes in the following patterns:
1. X is true because if people did not accept X as being true then there would be negative consequences.
2. X is false because if people did not accept X as being false, then there would be negative consequences.
3. X is true because accepting that X is true has positive consequences.
4. X is false because accepting that X is false has positive consequences.
5. I wish that X were true, therefore X is true. This is known as Wishful Thinking.
6. I wish that X were false, therefore X is false. This is known as Wishful Thinking.
I don't exaggerate when I say that tens of thousands of IT workers in Tokyo sit hunched over computers and laptops every day.
Companies like Honda and Toyota may take better care of their employees, but I can assure you that Sony and Canon don't!
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
It was a lovely place to stay. Large tamami rooms with spacious bathroom attached. Our room could have easily accommodated 4-6 people. The building and interior are a bit old, but clean and functional. And the staff were really warm and friendly; very helpful.
They have a fun mini arcade that includes a train conductor game! Much harder than it looks.
The onsen was lovely - they had a lukewarm pool (~40 degrees celsius) and a warmer indoor pool. The outside rotenburo has a nice view of the mountains and is very peaceful.
The dinner was a buffet meal with chefs making fresh Tempura and sauteeing beef on the spot. Honestly, I would describe the food as adequate to good, but there was a good deal of variety and we all enjoyed it.
The online prices seem pretty reasonable, with the cheapest plan starting at 8000 yen per person.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
It's a great time to wear yukata ゆかた (Japanese summer kimono) and eat festival foods and fish for gold fish 金魚すくい.
The big fireworks festivals are on the weekends but some smaller ones are even held on weekdays.
If you go to a big fireworks festival bring cash and go early with a sheet to claim a place to sit. People will start grabbing spaces the night before or even earlier.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
In contrast, I love the pigmentation in Headliner Lipglass. I'd love a less sticky dupe, but this gloss is great for lightening some of my darker lip colors. It is a bit sticky though, so I'll use up but not repurchase. Quite possibly a limited edition color anyway.
Friday, July 23, 2010
* inoui id dusty rose + beige blush
* bobbi brown rose blush
* mac tan-rose blush
* canmake red-brown blush (shimmery chocolate gradation)
* majolica majorca red blush
* majolica majorca peach blush
* canmake pink peach blush
* majolica majorca pink blush
* canmake orange blush
* cezanne orange blush
* rmk tan blush
I'll just get a mini bourjois blush in a cool pink/mauve and my stash will be complete.
I'm nowhere near finishing any of the above blushes. Only the Inoui ID blush has seen any significant use.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
"Moreno cited the cases of former Washington mayor Marion Barry and singer/actor Marc Anthony, who avoided prison after failing to file tax returns, and singer Willie Nelson, who remained free despite owing $17 million in back taxes."
The response of the appeals court seemed to imply that they were trying to make an example of him; that seems unfair. Why do these other people avoid prison?
Friday, July 16, 2010
Penultimate liner: it's weird; it's very black and you can draw a thick line, but it's not that easy to control the felt tip liner. My KATE supersharp liner is much easier to use. I guess I'm not used to felt-tip liners. Also, it seems to smudge in places. Really weird. Maybelline's liquid liner doesn't smudge, I'd expect the same from MAC!
Not so impressed with my foray into MAC.
Maquillage lipsticks are so pretty! I'm trying one that's a bit sheer, but still pigmented; very flattering and cover up the pigmentation in my lips. If I ever use up my other lipsticks I'd like to get a Maquillage lippie for work. I'll probably start with an Aube lippie first though, as they're a bit cheaper.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
I'll just keep an eye on the garage sales around.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I should have contacted them to begin with, but instead unknowingly committed libel.
UK - Verridian Recruitment Consultants are a very reputable agency and are very responsive. My sincere, profuse apologies for my mistake.
* Rohto Lycé eye wash
* Kanebo Tiffa UV lip balm - has the perfect light and emollient but not too greasy texture.
I can't wait till I use up all my other lip balms - they just don't feel as nice. I have enough for each purse/bag/backpack I own :P
* Canmake cream blush - cheap and effective. If I ever use up all my other blushes, I'll consolidate my stash with just this product. I like Majolica Majorca's blush too, but cream blush is just so easy and portable! Maybe I'll keep one pigmented blush like Bobbi Brown around.
Of my new lip products, my favorites are the Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine sparkly white lippy in SS WH - pretty sparkle. For work, Shiseido The Makeup in LC2 is really easy to use and the perfect my-lips-but-better shade.
Everything else is rather so-so and I don't plan to repurchase.
Extra Version Olive Oil does remove my makeup very well, but I end up using lots of cotton pads and it stings if it gets into my eyes, so I think the time vs. cost performance is not worth it for me.
I've been using Shiseido Eudermine toner to get any remnants of makeup off, but I'd rather not use too much alcohol on my face.
So I'll probably try Mandom Cleansing Express Cleansing Lotion (Bright Up) next.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I should have contacted them to begin with, but instead unknowingly committed libel.
UK - Verridian Recruitment Consultants are a very reputable agency and very responsive.
weather 天気, stocks 株価, sports スポーツ, baseball 野球
Also, the 4 news items listed today:
* consumer tax
* the sumo wrestler gambling scandal
* Brazil advances over Chile (in the world cup)
* 3 members from AKB48 form a new subunit (Akihabara fan(boy) news)
Friday, June 25, 2010
During lunch I hauled a little at the Shiseido counter. 2 of the new eyeshadows (one from the new collection?) and a lip crayon in a my-lips-but-better. I figured that the crayon would be easy to apply and good for work. Since you know I have absolutely no lipsticks that are good for work. Sigh, a rather unnecessary haul. At least all my purchases were usable colors. I could have bought a cle de peau eyeshadow palette for the same price though. Maybe next time I'll just splurge on that. The Shiseido eyeshadows are very pretty - medium pigment and a nice texture. I hope they have good lasting power.
I looked at the lip pencils because I've heard good things about them, but I never use lip pencils so I passed on them.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Complex is a good name for this color, as it's quite complex. A nude-grey color; quite pale, so not a wearable color for everyday events.
I understand what cosmetic-candy.com means when she says it's runny! It's easy to squeeze out too much product and as it's very pigmented a little goes a long way.
It's grey so it turns my brown lipsticks purple, but it works well for lightening my bright orange lipstick and gloss. When I use up the orange lippies, I may give this tube to my makeup artist friend. I forsee this little tube outlasting both of my lippies and more!
I'm quite impressed - at USD$12 it's quite inexpensive, but not easily available in stores, so you end up paying shipping fees.
When I use up a few lippies, I may buy an assortment of these lip tars as a reward to myself. In particular, I'd like the white lip tar to tone down my darkest lippies.
Because of the runniness, this is more of an artist's product - it's not really packaged for easy application. Although if you're used to using a lip brush maybe you'd be perfectly comfortable with the packaging.
Anyway, excellent product. I look forward to trying more offerings from OCC.
Monday, June 21, 2010
If anyone's interested, haha.
U.S. Amazon's mp3 downloads service is great. Their search functionality is still lacking though. But the convenience of their service cannot be beat.
iPad. There are supposedly thousands of applications available for this. Can they improve the search functionality a little better? I just want to check out the free apps first... It looks slick, but I feel so constrained by the limited Yahoo Wi-Fi connectivity in Tokyo. I suppose I need to download videos and watch them on this. It's good for taking notes though.
iTunes seems to be sub-par software, and the iPod has a limited interface that I find frustrating. Surprisingly difficult to use - why do people think it's user-friendly? I want to delete songs from my iPod, but I guess this is too complicated a concept for the iTunes model of syncing.
1. Shop for specific items. Don't go browsing; it's ideal to go online with a specific item and a price range in mind already. Browsing through stuff is an easy way to end up with things you don't need and won't use.
It's best if you have a specific product in mind too. For example, go shopping for the Manolo Blahnik Kidskin Low-Heel Halter, Navy in size 8 (I wish! Gorgeous shoe).
I was looking for decants of Bergamote by The Different Company, and ended up on Beauty Habit's Outlet page, a very dangerous page with Jurlique products and other delightful skin care and cosmetics offerings. I collected a cart full of products, and had to run off to work. Later on I'll cull out the unnecessary items and perhaps buy something.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I've been using Legere's Water Drop BB cream on and off during vacation and on hot days.
It's quite nice - if I apply lightly it's natural but more polished - it evens my skin out a bit even though coverage is light. It holds up pretty well in hot and humid conditions.
BB creams are quite nice. I will probably hold off on buying a foundation until I use this up. This particular one is probably a tad dark for me so works well in the summer.
A lovely Biotherm lipstick from Cosmetic-candy.com is great for a sheer holographic shine. Perfect for a light non-makeup look.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Also, there are certain products like primers that I only need for special occasions; I might as well just keep samples on hand as there's no real point in buying a full-sized product.
Some products I can use, but I don't really need. Such as an Anastacia matte highlighter pencil. It's functional and adds a bit of polish to my eye, but I don't find it necessary. I wonder if I should use it up (a very slow process!) or just give it away.
I was only able to cull 2 products from my stash last night. Rather sad that I can't part with anything else. At least I'm making use of more stuff. I have a lot of vivid or sparkly stuff that isn't very useful for work. I need to keep it in my makeup pouch so that I can apply it after work, in a futile effort to use it up.
I've been using extra virgin olive oil. It's super cheap and works, but it takes more time to use. I may try mandom cleaning express cleaning lotion bright up next.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
There's this home-made vegetable and fruit-flavored ice cream place in the Asakusa neighborhood. I tried the wasabi (yum!) and the tomato (boring; tasted like cream; no tomato flavor); very refreshing. Studmuffin tried the strawberry and the vanilla. Vanilla! I guess sometimes you just want to have vanilla.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Went to Asakusa yesterday for a little and picked up some interesting incenses. I hope they're nice; the last box I got was rather quiet and boring. The incenses I get tend to be a bit quiet or too overpowering.
I should put up some of my pictures from Asakusa. The weather was lovely and there was good sunlight.
I also bought a bunch of stuff from cosmetic-candy's blog sale; mostly lip products and a few blushes. I'm rather excited, as it's a bunch of brands that I've never tried before. I did buy rather a big haul though. I probably don't need half of what I ordered, if any! I was very good about not getting lip glosses though.
* Shiseido OR418 Perfect Rouge
* Laura Mercier Tunisian Moon H16
* Trish McEvoy Glaze Lip Color Sheer Iced Mocha
* Maybelline Superstay Gloss 630 Nude Glaze
* RMK P-04 Shiny Natural Beige Blusher
* Nars Skin Body Lotion Ginger Grapefruit 200ml
* Biotherm Aquatic Shine 515 Lipstick
* Arbonne Sheer Shine Lip Gloss Bare
* Bobbi Brown Powder Blush Sand Pink No. 1
* Becca Sheer Lip Tint in Lelina
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The chef and staff are actually Nepalese, but the Indian curry they make is fantastic.
The butter chicken is one of my favorites, but the regular chicken curry is pretty great too.
They can do it pretty spicy here. The menu lets you choose between mild, medium, and hot, but you can get it twice as hot if that's the way you roll. I tend to go for mild or medium if I want a bit of spice.
The naan here is pretty fluffy and tasty.
The Indian restaurant in Hamadayama may have slightly tastier naan, but the naan here is nothing to be ashamed of.
They have a nice selection of appetizers and other dishes, and there is a daily curry special - the chicken and eggplant curry appears regularly and is highly recommended, but you can't go wrong with their other curries.
If only they'd add kheer (rice porridge-like sweet dessert) to the menu, it'd be perfect.
For now, I'll keep going to Nataraj in Ginza for my kheer fix.
Nirvanam in Kamiyacho is another of my favorite Indian places.
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Monday, April 19, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Recently Spur magazine had a Kitson insulated green lunch bag. The bag is super cute, but it's pretty terrible quality. Fortunately, the magazine itself is pretty interesting. I hope the bag falls apart quickly so that i can throw it away, but ironically it's only the pretty green covering that is terrible quality - the insulation portion seems a bit more solid. It's going to look pretty terrible soon!
In better news, the Gelato Pique mook has a really high quality cosmetics/travel bag included. Well worth the 1500 yen or so.
Recently Sweet just went on sale with a Gelato Pique summer tote - polyester and plastic with mesh sides - perfect for the beach or the local bath house. I can't wait to use it. Sadly, Sweet itself is pretty unsuited to my tastes and I don't like a lot of the models.
Monday, April 12, 2010
* I need to pick up more copies of Tina's maxi single (or is it a mini album?) Pride. Looking forward to seeing her live on the 24th! It's going to be awesome.
* Vacation planning takes a lot of time. I always end up spending too much money because of time constraints. Darn you Tokyo airports with limited flights!
* Drugstores are total time sinks for me. I step into one, and bam! I lose 1/2 an hour to an hour instantly. Ugh, infinitely entertaining.
* Tried Frijotles in Azabu-Juban, a burrito place. Nice and relaxing. I thought the fajita burritos were okay. They looked better than they tasted. The chile-corn salsa could have been more flavorful. They make the salsa chips on the premises, so they're great! But the guacamole is a bit bland. They're pretty generous with the chunks of avocado though.
* Tried a sample of Kanebo Doltier Selective Fluid in Ochre-C. I believe Doltier is one of Kanebo's older brands. The foundation seems light but I can feel that I'm wearing it. The coverage seems light-medium but you can layer it a bit. It covers my redness up somewhat - good around my nose but not so effective around my cheeks. The finish is very natural - not matte, not dewy, just very nice and natural. Not much seeping into wrinkles or dry spots so far.
I'm half-heartedly looking for a good liquid foundation, but powder foundation is pretty effective for me so I'm not in much of a hurry. I'll just finish all my samples and my existing foundations first. &Face has a very nice cream-to-powder foundation, but I'm not convinced that there aren't cheaper alternatives for me. It has good coverage though.
* I've started using my Ecotools portable brush set; so far I quite like it! The quality seems a bit more reliable than Essence of Beauty, although my Essence of Beauty taklon brushes are quite nice and soft. The Ecotools eyeshadow brushes are good for applying my shimmery summer shadows lightly.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I'm rather shocked that "It turns out that only about 5% of alcoholic women give birth to babies who are later diagnosed with FAS."
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I picked up a Canmake cream cheek in 05 - an apricot peach color - for 609 yen. Nice and inexpensive; the tester seemed reasonably pigmented and easy to blend. I picked 05 because it was a nice medium orange and seemed the least popular of all the colors - they'll probably discontinue it first and I'll have plenty of opportunity to try the other colors later. I justified this purchase because it is the first cream blush in my stash, and will be easy to use on the go. The packaging is quite light and seems quite functional.
I am also almost done with my Rose Birthday soft scrub (body exfoliator) and picked up Sana Esteny Salt Wash in spicy grapefruit thanks to Lotus Palace's review. I'm looking forward to trying it.
Also thanks to Lotus Palace's influence, I picked up Rohto Lycée Eye Wash and tried it out today. So far it feels nice and refreshing. It's funny: the packaging shows a girl complaining that even though she removes her makeup traces of it are making part of her eye black.
Still have a few face masks to use up, and I'm still working through some clay masks that I've had for years now! I think it's about time to throw out my shaving cream though - it's probably gone bad as it doesn't have any preservatives.
Side note - I love my hair dresser. She's the only one who's honest enough to tell me that my spoken Japanese hasn't improved much in the time that she's known me. She's totally right about it; my Japanese does sound a bit strange, even to me. Gotta babble more.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Then I'd buy the Hermessences Discovery set, selecting Vetiver Tonka, Rose Ikebana, Osmanthe Yunnan, and Brin de Reglisse or Vanilla Galante.
Ah well. I also discovered that YSL Cinema is a lovely fragrance on me. And the original Gucci is not a bad scent at all. The recent re-release of Feminite du Bois is quite nice too.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Shinjuku san-cho-me 新宿三丁目: Bosphorus Hasan - this place is very good. They have a 2nd branch nearby in ni-cho-me, just as good, but service can be slow at the 2nd branch. The Turkish pizza is good.
Pleasant atmosphere. The ni-cho-me branch is a bit small, but comfortable nonetheless.
Ikebukuro 池袋: Antep - this place is pretty good. I don’t know if I’ve tried the baklava here, but they have it.
Shibuya 渋谷: from the big street crossing, head to the left of Starbucks and through the crowded alley way. On the left corner will be a MacDonalds; on the right corner is a little kebab/gyro place. The chicken gyros and iskendar plate are highly recommended. I don't know how authentic they are - maybe not very; but they're really good.
Monday, January 04, 2010
Michelle Williams - Unexpected
I finally ordered her album the other day, along with some of Brandy's. I'm looking forward to hearing Michelle's album in its entirety. So far everything that I've heard has been good stuff.
New Year's evening is the one day of the year where the trains run all night. Despite that, we just did an impromptu bbq and made sukiyaki and watched The Last Samurai. Such a waste. I slept a ton; perhaps I caught up on a year's deficit of sleep. I was practically hibernating. Very relaxing, but once again I feel like I missed out on the New Years' sales! I did go shopping for a little bit, but just got gifts for other people.
Ah well. Probably a good thing, as I don't really need more stuff.
Now that it's a new year, I need to get all my charms from last year properly disposed of. I'll have to keep an eye out for such events at the local temple. Apparently the shrines + temples do simple disposal events; you can't just throw old charms out.