ZOÉ of Switzerland Apple products

Skincare is one of my favorite topics of discussion, and I will occasionally try a new product or two to improve my skincare routine. My friend Amy, who is half Swiss and half Japanese, recommended these ZOÉ of Switzerland apple products, which are gaining popularity in Japan. ZOÉ of Switzerland is part of the Migros Group, established … Continue Reading

Caudalie skin exfoliator & face masks

I think I first read about Caudalie on Into the Gloss, and tried their Grape Water when I was in college. Last year, I picked up the Instant Detox Mask, and since it was so true to its name, I decided to add a few more to my collection, including a face exfoliator. From left … Continue Reading

NARS summer makeup essentials

Battling the summer humidity in Japan has always been a topic of frustration for me for the past 4 years. And over the years, having my makeup done by professionals at work and reading beauty blogs and articles has opened up my eyes about how to do makeup the “right” way. It’s not just the … Continue Reading

Brow game strong with Anastasia Beverly Hills

I’ve been wearing makeup since I was 13, and as a teen and young adult, my eyebrows were the least of my worries in terms of fullness. In fact, I always dreamed of thinner, daintier eyebrows that some of the girls around me had. Luckily for me, thick, bushy eyebrows are trendy now, and after … Continue Reading

Matte liquid lipsticks

  My recent obsession: liquid lipsticks with a matte finish. I always thought lipsticks were the only option for anything close to a matte lip color, but these are just revolutionary. Japanese girls tend to gravitate towards really glossy lip colors, but I’m a “matte” girl through and through. Some brands I picked up: Maybelline … Continue Reading

Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate

 This is the serum of your dreams. I don’t know how else to say it, but it will change your life. I’ve been using Kiehl’s skincare products faithfully for at least a year now, and this Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate is by far my favorite product. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks, and … Continue Reading

CLARINS White Plus Tri-Intensive Brightening Serum

Last month, I was given the new Clarins White Plus Tri-Intensive Brightening Serum for review, and so far I’m pretty satisfied with this product. I wrote a post about the Clarins press conference and a description of this serum here, so go ahead and check that out too. I do believe that the active ingredient, … Continue Reading

happy valentine’s day

It’s Sunday, it’s Valentine’s Day, and I’m getting ready for my day with these makeup essentials. NARS is always an absolute favorite, but I love Maybelline for eyes and the NAKED 2 eyeshadow palette makes a perfectly subtle smokey eye. When I want something different with my eyeliner, I go with my red RMK liquid … Continue Reading

Enzyme masks and face oils from Sephora

I wanted to amp up my skincare routine (yet again), and these are my most recent purchases from Sephora. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil Light  The argan oil has been a favorite of mine recently, so I stocked up again – great for … Continue Reading

My evening skincare routine

A couple weeks ago, I went into detail about my morning skincare routine with Kiehl’s, so this time I will go through my evening skincare step by step. If you are someone that wants to finish your skincare in 5-10 minutes, then this isn’t the routine for you. My whole process takes about an hour … Continue Reading