Saturday, 15 June 2013

Reivew: Eyemania Mascara and Liquid Eyeliner

Hi Guys,

I was recently given the opportunity to review both a mascara and an eye liner from Eyemania, and now I'm excited to share my results.

First up: Liquid eyeliner

Their eyeliner is currently holding the No.11 position on the Cosme rating website. I love the clean white packaging that it comes in. It's quite a difference from my kawaii make up which I adore just as much.  The applicator comes in the form of a precision brush, not my favorite, but good for creating those thin, fine lines. I personally prefer gel pencil eyeliners as they are easier for me. I just need more practice with brush applicators. :)
Once applied the colour dries to a nice glossy black.  It claims to be waterproof and smudge proof. I can attest to that. I recently wore this eyeliner to school where it was hot, humid, gross and everything in between. It stayed on all day without needing to apply touch ups throughout the day.
Stays on all day
Creates prefect thin lines
Jet black
Might be difficult to create thick lines
A little on the pricer side
Price: ¥1554
Where to buy: Rakuten

Next up: Mineral Mascara

This mascara has been rated No.1 on many sites including Rakuten, Yahoo, Amazon. It's also been featured in many magazines.
Pictured to the left are the instructions on how to apply the mascara. 
Again, the mascara comes in a nice, clean and simple white tube. 
Since I find is somewhat difficult to describe mascaras, I'll let the pictures do the talking. Just like the eyeliner, the mascara lasted all day without smudging or running. Removing the mascara was easy with my Etude House eraser show mascara cleaner ❤. I really liked the results.
Lasts all day
Easy to apply
Gives me longer, thicker lashes
Price: ¥1554
Where to buy: Rakuten
I would highly recommend this mascara and if you like a precision tip eyeliner, then you will  enjoy this one. I, on the other hand need to get use to it. ;)

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Prunusnus box vs Glossybox: May Edition

Hey Guys,

Here's a comparison of my May Prunusbox and Glossybox.

Great value for money
For only a couple ¥¥ more you were able to try a full collection from the organic brand Awake.
You are able to choose a more earth friendly box, instead of having a ungodly number of unused beauty boxes laying around your house.

The candy bath bombs are incredibly cute
Unfortunately the body butter had an unpleasant smell to it

Both boxes were great in their own way, but I'm going to lean more towards the Prunusbox this month.

Thanks for reading!

Btw, the WWD Glossybox is available for purchase. I'm a sucker for special edition boxes so ill be picking up a box for myself.

Random photo from last weekends trip to Akihabara!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Daily: I ❤ School Trips

Why I love school trips:
Most of the time we're visiting a place I've never been to before; or trying something for the first time. So not only do I get to visit a place new, or try something that I wouldn't usually have the opportunity to do, I also get paid for it. Bonus!
This trip was to Makai no bokujo (farm) and consisted of two English teachers (including myself) and 3 Japanese teachers. The parents of the students also joined us. On the bus ride there we sang songs and told stories.
The farm was located very close to Fujisan. It was cute with all sorts of animals, and even a petting area for rabbits, guinea pigs, goats etc.
Before we split up and went at our own pace, we made cookies together.
Each family and teacher were given their own set of supples. I unfortunately got a little ahead of myself and made the mistake of using a whole egg instead of the recommended yoke only. 
Usually that would be no problem but since this recipe was precise, the extra white made my cookie dough far too sticky and un-moldable. In the end, the only shape I could make was a snowman, which my boss sort of  raised an eyebrow at. It's was a sad looking snowman. Hah
All in all, it was a hot and fun day.
Here are some photo's for your enjoyment.

Thanks so much for reading~

Saturday, 11 May 2013

First Impressions: Innisfree Jeju Clay Mask & Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque


Hey Guys,
This is more of a first impressions than a review of both face masks.
I've been using more masks for a couple of weeks now and just wanted to give my thoughts on each one.

First up:
Innisfree - Jeju volcanic pore clay mask
Recently I've been on an Innisfree kick and had to finally try one of their more popular products.
About the mask:
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a Jeju volcanic scoria clay mask to intensively absorb sebum and purify pores. Jeju volcanic scoria is formulated from solidified lava caused by volcanic eruptions on Jeju Island. This pure and rare ingredient absorbs impurities and sebum that are deeply embedded within skin pores.
To apply the mask I use my Missha pack brush. A pack brush is used to apply products such as peel-off masks, clay masks, etc. It helps to make the application go on smoother and more evenly. I believe I got mine for less than $4.00.
What I like about this mask:
It's non-drying on my skin.
Easy to apply and remove.
My skin feels soft and very clean afterwards.
So far, I really like this mask and will continue to use it to see if I notice any changes in my skin.

Next up:
Queen Helene - Mint julep masque
About the masque:
Helps dry up acne pimples, rinse away blackheads & shrink enlarged pores.
First off, this bottle is HUGE! For less than $4.00 you get a lot of product! Great for those on a budget.
What I like about this mask:
Great value for money.
Love the mint smell.
Really does aid in drying up pimples.
So far, so good. This mask does what it claims to do. I'll keep using it and see how it goes. :)

Have you tried any of these masks? If so, what are your thoughts?

Random picture:
I found orange and hazelnut Kitkat at my local Sundrug.
They are both soooo yummy!

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Daily: Day Trip to Heidi's Village

This past weekend was Golden Week. Golden Week is a collection of four national holidays all clustered together within seven days. This year we didn't really have a full week off, instead there was a 3 day weekend, followed by 3 work days and then finished off with a 4 day holiday. We didn't have anything planned for GW as we felt it would be too crowed and didn't feel like spending the extra cash.
A friend in the area suggested we all visit Heidi's Village, which was a quick 20 bus ride away from home.
Heidi's Village is based on the book Heidi by Johanna Spyri. It's about a girl who grows up in the Alps with her grandfather.
Anywho, here are some photos of the day:

Thank you for reading!
Have a great day!

Friday, 3 May 2013

Recent Buys: iherb and more...

Hey Guys,

I just wanted to share with you some of recent purchases. Some were purchased locally while others arrived in the mail this morning.

First picture:
1. From the Urusei Yatsura Lum Pa Nail Collection - Colour Lum04. It's a pretty pink and I couldn't resist.
2. Innisfree Creamy Tint Lipstick in #4 refreshing cocktail orange. It can be used as a tint, lipstick and cream blush. It's described as a long lasting creamy textured lipstick and is 3-Free (No Animal Products, Talc, and Benzophenone). I can't wait to try!
3. & 4. Etude House Baking Powder pore cleansing form and cleansing foam moist. Tried a sample of the moist version and really liked it so decided to buy the full size version.

1. Recently had a promotion of 20% off Real Technique brushes. I fought the urge to buy them until there was 1 day left of the sale. I ended up buying the travel essentials kit. Which was the only kit I didn't already have in my collection. I paid about $14 for the kit. What a fantastic deal!
2. A reader suggested that when placing my iherb order, I should also pick up Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. After reading a bunch of reviews I was convinced I needed it. I've already tried it on the hubby's face. It left his face extremely red and tingly, but he says it works. So yay! hahah.
3. Last but not least, Bragg raw apple cider vinegar. Again, it seems like a lot of people are raving about this product, so for $6.00 I figured I'd give it a shot.

Thanks for reading! I hope you are all having a great weekend!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Review: Canmake Stay-On Rouge Lip Balms

If you follow me on Instagram, you're probably already rolling your eyes thinking "oh no, not these again". It's true, I'm doing a review on the New Canmake Stay-On Rouge lip balms. 
These lip balms are moisture packed and even provide UV protection, which is great. Right?  They come in 4 very wearable colours. I almost wish there were more colours to choose from, but I think I'm just being greedy. I ended up buying all 4 and love them and the floral packaging they come in.
They are pretty comparable to Revlon's Lip butters but easier to get for those ladies living in Japan.
Affordably priced at 609yen makes them a must buy in my books.

color image [01]Rosier Rose - A delicate, pretty rose pink.
color image [02]Smily Gerbera - A bright, stylish orange.
color image [04]Savonly Lily - A coral beige that blends in beautifully for a classical and a casual look. 
color image [03]Tiny Sweetpea - A pure red that highlights your complexion.

Highly moisturising
Cute packaging
UV protection
Creamy formula

I found the plastic seal difficult to remove, even though it was perforated
Some might find the packaging too bulky

Two thumbs from me. ^_~

Surprise! Mini giveaway time. 
1 lucky reader has the chance at winning a Canmake Rouge lip balm of their choice. 
All you have to do is comment below letting me know which one you'd like to try. 
Giveaway ends May 12th. 
Good luck!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Must Fight!

I hope you are all having a fabulous 2013 so far.
I've been in Japan for a little over a year now. Lots of interesting and less interesting things have happened to me since then. But only a small percentage of that has been posted on my blog.
I want to make a public promise to myself and to my readers that I Nadine, will try to update my blog at least 4 times a month.
I can do it, I know I can.

Please everyone, wish me luck! Also, let me know what kind of topics you'd like to see in my future posts.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Weekend Trip to The Ghibli Museum

Hey Guys!
Sooooo.. it's officially 1 year since I've been in Japan. Yatta! We did it! (Alex and I)
I'll be doing a seperate post about my year thus far, and what I have planned for this upcoming year. So please, stay tuned.
This post will focus on my birthday weekend and what we did. :)
My birthday was March 6th. I didn't really do much, as it was a Wednesday, but I received a lot of fun stuff, including tickets to visit the Ghibli Museum. Which I've been trying to visit since last year.
Alex planned a day for us in Tokyo on March 10th.
Before visiting the the museum Alex surprised me with a stop to what seemed like the middle of nowhere. Upon arriving at Takaido Station we were greeted by a sand storm that seemed to be a spill over from China.

There Alex brought me to the cutest little shop that featured Totoro and other Ghibli characters all along the wall.

Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory
Address: 3-21-21 Takaidohigashi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3334-4689
Business Hours: 10:30-19:30 (Close Mondays)

Alex ordered 2 of the cutest cream puffs I've ever laid on my eyes on.

We walked to Inokashira park, near Kichijoji Station, to enjoy our cute little treats.They were wicked yummy!! I really wish we order 4 instead of 2 :(

The Ghibli museum was fun but crowded. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos in the museum. The 9 minute featured film was cute and easy to follow, even though it was in Japanese.
I did however, take a photo with a Laputa Robot.

If you're fan of Studio Ghibli films, then this museum is a must if your visiting Tokyo or live in Japan.


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