Where to shop in Kyoto 2015 edition

I have written an article on where to shop in Kyoto (spring 2015) for Hakuhodo brushes, Ippodo tea, Imabari towels, Shoyeido incense and home wear/room wear (Gelato Pique). Japan has become a fantastic place to shop because the yen keeps going down in value against the US dollar. Don’t forget to take your passport to […]

Bare Minerals Prime Time BB primer cream review

This is a review of the Bare Minerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 product. Like many BB creams, the Bare Minerals Prime Time BB cream gives the skin a more uniform tone by diminishing imperfections and the appearance of large pores. Advantages of the BareMinerals BB cream over other BB […]

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream review

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (US$29) is essentially a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. The “complexion rescue” part of its name probably refers to the presence of a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Although it claims to increase hydration after just one week, I found that it’s not that moisturizing. If you have […]

Top 5 new Spring 2015 foundations

Springtime is always a good occasion to change one’s makeup repertoire and there’s no better way to do this than to buy a new foundation. There’s quite a bit to choose from among the new spring 2015 foundations. I’ve selected the five foundations that I think you should try at the cosmetic counter (you MUST […]

More top cool things to buy in Japan 2014 edition

I spent another month in Japan this year and discovered more cool things to buy in that wonderful country. Two developments make shopping this year better than last year: (1) The yen has dropped in value against the US dollar (in October 2013 it was around 95 yen to the US dollar; in October 2014, […]

Platinum fountain pen Urushi maki-e

This is a review of the Platinum fountain pen (Urushi maki-e)  which I bought at Ito-ya in Tokyo (Ginza district) in October 2014. Platinum is one of the three top fountain pen makers in Japan (the other two are Sailor and Pilot). I bought the Urushi maki-e pen because of the beautiful design and writing […]

Top 5 Lunasol makeup products: primer, foundation, powder, concealer, blush

If you are shopping for Japanese cosmetics you can’t find in the US or Europe, check out Lunasol. Lunasol is sold in department stores across Japan. Lunasol is a premium Japanese cosmetics and skincare brand made by Kanebo and sold primarily in Japan, Korea, China and southeast Asia. It is best known for the fine […]

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup review

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup is the latest foundation from Estee Lauder, released in the United States in July 2014. There are 21 shades for cool, warm and neutral skin tones. When you shop for this foundation, pay attention to the labeling where W means warm, C means cool (more pink undertones) and N means neutral. For […]