Aside from buying beauty products in Japan, I obviously also did some shopping for clothes!! My friends and I spent HOURS inside GU and the 12 storey Uniqlo in Ginza which conveniently sit right next to each other. Although we have Uniqlo in Canada, it is a bit cheaper in Japan and there is a tax refund when you spend a certain amount (I think it was $50-60CAD). One of my favourite purchases was these Uniqlo Heattech Extra Warm Leggings. Ive been wearing them all winter, pretty much every day. The quality and stretch is perfect and it has retained its shape and stretch even after I've washed it several times. I paired it with versace shades, a short fur coat, laptop case-turned-clutch, and some Nine West booties.
One of my favourite lipstick brands is Bite Beauty and I luckily had the chance to test out their first ever lip pencils c/o of Influenster so thank you guys! In each box, there are two different shades of lipsticks, two lip pencils, and a Sephora Collection eco biodegradable sharpener. This new line will carry 22 neutral shades inspired by natural lip tones.
What makes these lipsticks and pencils different is their creamy coverage.
The colours I'm swatching today are as follows:
honeycomb (beige brown)
whiskey (deep brown)
020 (beige brown)
044 (deep brown)
I did find them to be more creamy than most lip pencils, which I appreciate, because there's nothing worse than a dry lip pencil that doesn't apply smoothly! Even with a creamy lipstick, a dry pencil can ruin the entire look and make your lips feel or look chapped. Lip pencils and lipsticks are especially tricky to work with when its a lighter colour because every little thing tends to show, so I definitely am enjoying these pencils more than most of the ones I've come across. They also don't break easily which is a huge bonus.
One of my favourite things to wear is sweater dresses. They are so easy to wear for winter, spring and fall and I usually dont like wearing pants. They're really effortless to throw on in the morning for work and can be dressed up with heels for dinners and nights out. I really liked this cotton one from Zara because its not too heavy or chunky but still thick enough to keep me warm in fall/winter. It also hugs in the right areas and has enough stretch for the areas I DONT want to highlight (like my stomach) lol. I dressed this one down with sneakers and a mini backpack for a long day of sightseeing in Tokyo and I couldnt have been more comfy!
This list is just my personal opinion and my personal experience - you may have your own and that's cool too but if anyone's interested, here goes!
The Beauty Blender Don't get me wrong, I do use it everyday and enjoy it for the most part but I do feel it is overhyped. I use it because its small and easy to carry around but in no way do I think someone should pay $28+tax for it lol I luckily got mine during boxing day at Sephora when they had a 2-for-1 deal and it was only $12! I am so glad I got it on sale because I don't think its worth what its regular price is. This is nothing different from a sponge dupe you can find elsewhere. Makeup stains also don't always come off and the sponge eventually rips a bit. Vanity Planet Spin For Perfect Skin I've seen several other bloggers use this spin brush and I also saw it on Groupon alot and it was only about $20-30 I think so I decided to give it a 'spin' (sorry I had to hehe). It's an OKAY brush...I guess it does a decent job at cleaning off my makeup but not sure what else it really does for my skin though. I don't think it exfoliates it much and the brushes need to be replaced every 2-3 months which is too high maintenance for me because Im lazy :D Revlon Equave Instant Beauty Hydro Nutritive Detangling Conditioner This conditioner is also again just OK. It has a really pleasant sweet scent but it's not that moisturizing. I guess this is ok for the summertime if you just need a quick light spritz but if you were actually looking for a real hydrating leave-in conditioner or something for winter, don't get this. I used The Innate Life's rose oil (in my previous beauty post) instead of this and that made a much bigger impact on my hair! Also the price tag on this is sooo not worth! Shiseido The Skincare Purifying Mask I normally love Shiseido skincare and makeup but this one is a definite 'pass'.I got this on sale at a warehouse (luckily) because the regular price for this is also just not worth the results. I normally like 'purifying' types of masks and clay/mud textures but this one didn't do anything for my skin. It didn't make it worse, didn't make it better. Shiseido Cleansing Massage Brush This brush is also overpriced for the results you get from it which is pretty much nothing. I don't feel like it helps clean my face any better than I do without it. I also luckily got this at their warehouse sale so I didn't waste too much money on it.
Have you guys tried any of these? What did you think? xo