Eyeliner à la Japonaise

After tackling false eyelashes, I’m taking on eyeliner. Japanese women have high standards for makeup products. They don’t mind spending money on looking beautiful, as long as they’re getting great quality for it – no different than any other women, perhaps. I had never really dabbled with liquid eyeliner before coming to Japan. The first…

Falsies the Japanese Way

Nobody does false eyelashes quite like the Japanese. It wasn’t until I moved here that I really noticed girls wearing them. It’s like every other girl does! I once even saw a junior high school student applying individual lashes with tweezers while on the subway in Nagoya! Now those are some mad skills if you…

Shu Uemura Red:Juvenus

Many of you reading my blog may know that I am an avowed Shu Uemura fan. If it’s by Shu, I’ll be the first one out of the starting blocks. The number of times I’ve gone up to the counter and gazed at all of the products adoringly while the sales assistants look on with…

Shu Uemura, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… 6

Stage Performer Instant-Glow Immediate Radiance Skin Perfecting Cream I debated with myself for the longest time before splurging on this baby. After having seen the rave reviews it has garnered, I just had to try it for myself. “Japan’s notorious sweltering summer is just around the corner,” I told myself. Indeed, as soon as one…

Shu Uemura, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… 5

Face Architect Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation. What a name. It conjures up images of all things dependable and reliable, like the sunshine after the rain (unless you’re in England, in which case it might be the rain after the rain). It’s the foundation I turn to when I need good, solid coverage. It’s the foundation…

Shu Uemura, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… 4

Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin UV under base youthful radiance mousse peach. Whew, now that I’ve gotten that out of way, we can continue. With an SPF 30 and PA ++, it must be acknowledged that there are a myriad of other primers or makeup bases out there that boast more sun protection. But, this does…