Saturday, July 31, 2010

Recent Purchaces and some reviews

I have to start by saying... Inception was such an awesome movie! If you haven't seen it yet, you should!
I finally had a break from my crazy work schedule and had a chance to do some much needed shopping. Since it's summer, all the clothes I bought were on sale (summer is one of the biggest sale seasons in Japan) and everything was under $30.
The blue top on the left is from Billabong. I have to admit, when I first walked into the store I told myself not to buy anything, because everything was pretty expensive. I've never bought anything at the Billabong store at home since it's pricey. But when I saw that top I knew I had to try it on, and when I did (waited like 20 minutes =/) I was sold. This top actually fit me really well, which is very surprising considering it's a medium (I guess in Japanese size?) and I usually wear XS. Anyway it was on sale so it came out to $30, plus I got my F-card points!
The Mickey mouse hoodie is from Uniqlo and was a limited edition item. It was on sale for $20. Although a hoodie is the last things I need now in this 90+ degree weather, I figured I could use it when I go back to school this fall.
The skirt (it's actually made like shorts, but looks like a skirt...this style is pretty popular here) is from Jenasis, and I bought it Takamatsu when I went to visit a friend. This is a bit small for me (labeled freesize), but still wearable. I've been wearing this a lot to the office since it's been so hot lately. Again, this was on sale for about $30.
On to the makeup...
Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo (new from Fall '10 collection): $13
Kanebo KATE Super Sharp Eyeliner (backup!): $9
Kanebo Kate Dual Blend Eyes BK-1 (also from Fall '10 collection): $9
Fasio Zero Expert UV Translucent Face Powder: $13
Kanebo Freshel Make up Base High Cover: $9
Biore UV Daily Care Gel SPF28 PA++: $6
I'm in love with the Biore sunscreen. I used to use the Neutrogena Ultra Dry Touch Sunblock and I thought that was really lightweight, but it doesn't compare to this! This really feels like nothing on your skin, and it doesn't get gross feeling by the end of a hot day either. There is a strong alcohol smell when you put this on, which could explain a lot, but it doesn't really bother me. Even better, it was only $6!
I'm also really liking the Dual Blend Eyes palette. Like all Japanese eye shadows, this is pretty sparkly, but there is no fallout, which is a huge plus! The colors in this palette are really neutral (light frosty beige and a dark brown) and I've been wearing this everyday this week. I don't think these are as long lasting as MAC eye shadows, because I find that they crease quicker. But even my MAC ones crease by the end of the day, so I'm not really complaining. I got this on sale for about $9 (I think it's $12 regular price).
I was a bit disappointed with the Freshel make up base and the translucent powder. The make up base had no coverage, although the product name indicates "high coverage". This felt pretty lightweight and blended nicely, but it's pointless if it doesn't cover up anything. The powder wasn't that great either. It gave my face a bit of a white cast and looked kind of cakey on the dryer parts of my face (although I do like how it has SPF15). It was also quite pricey at $13...too bad this one didn't work out.
I'm sad to be going home in two weeks, but this has been a really great learning experience. Once again work is going to be busy this week, and I'll be busier getting back to "reality" once I'm at home (job hunting again and starting school). Well, I hope everyone is having a good summer! Take care :)


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  2. I love the Mickey Mouse hoodie - is this from UNIQLO's 'Mickey By...' women's clothing collection?