Thursday, February 28, 2013

Weekly Reads #100: February 28, 2013


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xoxo, K

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Freya Deep Clear Powder - another facial cleanser

This is a review for the Freya Deep Clear Powder. This is a facial powder cleaner. Freya is a brand owned by Kanebo, a major Japanese cosmetics company.

I wanted to try this product after trying the Suisai Cleansing Powder which I reviewed separately. I used to buy powdered facial cleansers often but have not been up to date on drugstore products recently!




What it does: (from Kanebo's website)
Makes your skin clearer with enzymes to break down proteins that block pores. Prevents acne and blocked pores.

Price:
32 capsules for 2100 JPY. Each capsule contains 0.4g. There is also a trial size of 15 capsules for 1000 JPY.

Pros:
  • My skin did not become overly dry with this product
  • This product lathered well with a face wash net
Cons:
  • I did not feel that this product kept my pores clean
  • Slightly expensive, although I can usually find this for cheaper at my local drug store
  • Since the product is contained in single-use capsules, it generates a lot of garbage

Would I repurchase?  No. I liked the Suisai powder better.

I'm disappointed at this! I didn't see any change in my skin after using it. I'm glad that companies are coming out with trial size products now so that I can try higher end products without spending too much money! What products do you use to keep your pores clean?

xoxo, K

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekly Reads #99: February 24, 2013

Like I said earlier this week, I'm in dire need of ideas for the blog. It's almost the 4th anniversary of my blog, so I'm looking for new ideas to spice it up!!  Let me know what you think!!

Oh wow, it's been 4 years... wow.

What were your favorite posts this week? 
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xoxo, K

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Stressed out

Let's face it - I'm in a rut on what to write on this blog.

For the last few months, I had a good routine going. I had 4 posts a week, consisting of a review of a beauty product, a recipe that I tried out, a tour of somewhere I had visited, and a roundup of blog posts that I felt was interesting. It has been tough to do this since I moved to Jakarta, since in fact, I haven't really "moved" to Jakarta.  I'm physically here, but all of my belongings are still in Japan.

Why? Because Indonesia makes it really hard for foreigners to work here. I had to go through a process of applying for 6 different permits, in succession, before I am really allowed to work here. As of today, I'm still on Step 5, even though I started in October.

I also keep mentioning that I don't have an apartment. This really stresses me out. But even if I did have an apartment, I wouldn't have my belongings here yet, since I need to finish Step 6 before anything can be shipped out. I'm wondering if I'm actually going to get my stuff here before I leave!

Living here has been stressing me out as well.  I leave "home" (my hotel room) at 5:30 AM to go to work. I get up at around 4:30 to accomplish this. I get home somewhere between 6PM and 8PM, depending on the traffic. I tweeted recently that I was in traffic for 4 hours one day to get home from work!!  It is quite exhausting.  Even on days that I get home at 6PM, I don't want to go out because I might get stuck in traffic if I go out, meaning I may get home really late... which I don't want to do since I need to get up at 4:30.

Anyway, you can see that I've been stressed out. I need new ideas on what to blog, and I'm really looking for suggestions from my readers! Should I just ramble about something, as I've done today? Can you leave me a comment or a question that I can answer in a blog post next week?

xoxo, K

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Lush B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Shower Gel

This is a review for the Lush B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful shower gel. This is part of the Lush Retro line, a line of products that were previously discontinued.

What it does: (From the Lush UK website)
That product was B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful shower gel, made with five different kinds of honey and some of the finest essential oils, like sandalwood, rose and jasmine. Though the company is sadly no more, the shower gel was too beautiful to lose, so we found it a new home in our Lush Retro range. 
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and traps moisture, making this a great shower gel to use if you suffer from dry skin. The fragrance is pure, natural honey with a hint of flowers, and its rich consistency and heavenly fragrance make B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful wonderfully addictive.

Price: 6.95GBP/100g.
This product is not available in Japan, but it is planned to be available for a limited time in August.

Scent: This product smells very strongly of honey.  The bitter sweet smell lasts for some time.

Pros:
  • I felt that this product was more moisturizing than most of the other shower gels from Lush that I had tried before. However, it is not as moisturizing as other products on the market.
Cons:
  • The scent was quite strong. I felt like I had stuck my nose in a jar of honey. Although I liked that it was not just a sweet scent, I still thought that the scent was strong.

Would I repurchase? Maybe. Although I initially liked the scent, I was tired of it by the time I finished my 100g bottle. As with all Lush products, I highly recommend you smell them in person before purchasing them, or that you purchase the smallest bottle available.

This was probably the last of my HUGE haul from Lush UK in October.  Hopefully I will have a chance to try some more products soon!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Weekly Reads #98: February 17, 2013

Did you notice that I had "2012" in the title of my Weekly Reads since, well, the beginning of the year!?  I wish someone had told me!  It's been a month and a half, and I JUST noticed!!! Yes, I did fix it...

Obviously there is something else on my mind. Due to several reasons, I STILL don't have an apartment in Jakarta. I'm still living in a hotel. I lived in a hotel room for 3 months when I first moved to China, but this time it is more stressful.  Dude, I want an apartment!!!

What were your favorite posts this week? 

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xoxo, K

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review: Muji Honey & Ginger hand cream

This is a review for the Muji Honey & Ginger hand cream.  Muji tends to be more famous for its stationery and organizing goods, but some of their beauty products are quite good as well.

What it does: (from the packaging)
Includes honey and ginger extract as natural moisturizing ingredients. No mineral oils, and no coloring. Made in Japan

Price: 600 yen for 50g.

Scent: This product has a generic fruity scent which reminds me of oranges. It does not smell like honey or ginger.

Pros:
  • Absorbs quickly into the skin
  • Does not leave any residue
Cons:
  • I felt this product was not moisturizing enough for the winter
  • I'm a little disappointed in the scent since I was hoping for a gingery scent
  • The price is expensive for what it does. I can get a decent hand cream for half this price.
Would I repurchase? No

Unfortunately, this product did not work for me! Muji has a lot of different hand creams, so hopefully I'll try some more!

xoxo, K

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Night time stroll in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Many people who visit Japan say that they want to visit Tokyo. In reality, Tokyo is a city which has an area of nearly 2,200 square kilometers (nearly 850 square miles). As a city, it is half the size of the US state of Rhode Island. In reality, although it is called a city by foreigners, it is more like a state.  Just like Londoners refer to parts of London as though they are different cities, the different parts of Tokyo are very far apart.

Although I lived in Tokyo for around 10 years before moving to Kobe, there are parts of Tokyo which I am more familiar than others. One of those locations is Shibuya.

See the mass of people on the other side of the street?
This is the area in front of Shibuya station. And yes, it is always this crowded.

Even "Shibuya" is not a specific name of where I went. Most Japanese people will explain where they went in relation to a major train station. However, Shibuya Ward includes not only Shibuya station, but also Harajuku, Omotesando, Daikanyama, Ebisu, and Yoyogi, just to name the major areas.

Shibuya 109
One of the most iconic shopping buildings in Shibuya, it carries mainly clothing and accessories for teens/early 20s.

Shibuya was the place where I hung out when I was in high school and college. It is fairly close to the schools I went to, and the place where I lived. I'm pretty sure this is where I went on my first "real" date.

Shibuya Center Street
Apparently it was renamed to "Basketball Street" in September 2011, but I have yet to hear anyone call it that.  See the large Forever 21 advertisement in the background? F21 is pretty new in Japan and is still a trendy place.

It has been at least 5 years since I last went to Shibuya. Some of the stores have changed, but there are still quite a few that I used to frequent a lot. Overall though, it seems that I have grown up - I felt that Shibuya was almost "too young" for me! I guess it is time that I step away from the glaring lights, and into the back streets of Shibuya, where there is still a lot of things for me to see. Maybe I should venture further away from Shibuya station, and toward places like Omotesando, which is considered more upscale.

I went to this store a lot when I was in high school. It is inexpensive and has lots of cute things.

Going to Shibuya brought back a lot of memories. I hope that next time, I'll get to see more places I used to go to, as well as some new places!

xoxo, K

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Weekly Reads #97: February 10, 2013


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Friday, February 8, 2013

Review: Muji Kinmedai Takikomigohan Set

Takikomigohan (炊き込みご飯) is a Japanese rice dish where various ingredients are cooked together with rice, usually flavored with soy sauce and dashi (stock). Typical ingredients include meats, vegetables, and mushrooms.  Takikomigohan differs from dishes such as fried rice or the Korean dish bibimbap in that the ingredients are mixed in with the rice when the rice has not yet been steamed.

Muji has a few packaged sets with a pouch of ingredients and a pouch of flavorings. These are mixed in with the rice and cooked.


Kinmedai is a kind of fish that is often eaten in Japan in various ways including as sushi and steamed. Apparently, it is called "Splendid Alfonsino" in English - Wikipedia agrees!

I made this in my earthenware pot, and it turned out quite well! This dish is normally time consuming to make, since it involves cutting a whole fish.  This kit from Muji was a great way for me to eat this delicious dish at home, with about the same amount of effort as making plain rice.

From Muji Japan, 399JPY (around $5), serves 3-4

xoxo, K

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Up and Down #31: February, 2013

I'm finally back in Jakarta for good! Immigration into Indonesia is a painful process - even more so than to China. I won't go into details, but it involved multiple documents, multiple waiting periods with the government, and I was never sure when I would be able to move.  I still don't have an apartment, which is another painful process!  I hope it settles down soon.

On to my Ups and Downs!

Ups:

(picture from the Sephora website)
Previously, I used this brush to blend out concealer in my undereye area. Recently, I have used this to "push" concealer into my dark circles, which seems to be working better for me.

Really spicy ginger tea
(picture from Amazon.co.jp)

This brand is my favorite, and it is very spicy!!

Hitting pan on a blush
Exciting for any beauty blogger, right? I am quite sure that the blush will still last me another 6 months, though.

Downs:
Living in a hotel
It may sound luxurious, but it definitely isn't. I lived for 3 months in a hotel when I first moved to China, and it was extremely tiring. The wifi here is almost non-existent, which is also why I haven't been very active on twitter or instagram lately.

Not being in a settled routine
...which is also why I haven't been able to put much energy into blogging.

Hope things get better for me soon!

xoxo, K

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Suisai Beauty Clear Powder A - a facial cleanser to help with skin turnover

This is a review for the Suisai Beauty Clear Powder A. This is a facial powder cleanser. Suisai is a brand owned by Kanebo, a major Japanese cosmetics company.

Suisai is a line designed for women in their mid-30s, targeted to improve skin clarity and elasticity. Most of their products consist of whitening or moisturizing products.

Although I was very rigorous about sun protection, my skin did get some sun damage this summer, making it a little dry and rough. I was interested in this product because it claimed to help cell turnover, improving clarity and smoothness of the skin. 




What it does: (from Kanebo's website)
Cleans and prevents build up in pores to develop smooth skin.
Contains protease to break down proteins, and lipase to break down sebum.

Price: 32 capsules for 2100 JPY. Each capsule contains 0.4g. There is also a trial size of 15 capsules for 1000 JPY.


Note: Using a face wash net will give you great lather!

Pros:
  • This really made my skin smoother!
  • My skin did not become overly dry with this product
  • This product lathered well with a face wash net
Cons:
  • Slightly expensive, although I can usually find this for cheaper at my local drug store
  • Since the product is contained in single-use capsules, it generates a lot of garbage

Would I repurchase?  Yes. I liked the product but I want to try more products from this line.

How have you been recovering from sun damage? Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Weekly Reads #96: February 3, 2013


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Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: Muji Okinawan mixed rice

One of the things I like about Muji food is that they have kits to let you try out fairly rare food. I recently tried their Jushi set.

Jushi (sometimes spelled "Juicy") is the Okinawan version of mixed rice. It is similar to Takikomi Gohan (炊き込みご飯), a mainland Japanese dish with various ingredients cooked together with rice.

Price:  263 yen
Instructions: This one is simple - simply mix with cooked rice.


What I thought:
  • Most Takikomi Gohan dishes use fish-based broths, but this had a pork flavoring to it which was not what I expected
  • This was super easy to make, but it was not easy to ensure that everything was mixed evenly
Would I repurchase? No. Unfortunately, this was not to my liking. I'm glad I tried it out in this way since it would have been shocking if I didn't like the dish after spending lots of effort in making it.  I will try out other sets from Muji soon!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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