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Lush – Power Mask

Lush’s power mask enjoys great popularity here, in Japan.
Maybe the name “power mask” doesn’t rings a bell for most people. “Mask of Magnaminty” is the name that it is known as in the UK and US.

This mask contains ingredients of adzuki, honey that makes it an ideal mask for pores and keratin care.The mask is not only cooling and fresh, but also, the minty fresh scent gives a very soothing feel.

Adzuki exfoliates and unclogged the pores without being harsh on the skin, leaving the skin smooth, supple and brightened.

Besides face, you can use it at the back, elbow, or even on the heel.

Exfoliating mask

Power mask / Mask of Magnaminty (Lush)

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Homemade face mask

How to get beautiful skin within 3 minutes with lotion pack.

Lotion pack, a pack process to moisturize the face using toner (lotion) and cottons is believed to work wonders for the skin and is very popular in Japan. Does this ring a bell as to why Japanese women has beautiful skin?

This video clip guides you through the procedures to a simple lotion pack. English translation is as below:

[Step 1] — Split the cotton into 5 pieces.

  1. Wet the cotton with water.
  2. Pour appropriate amount of toner into the cotton and mix well.
  3. Firstly, split the cotton into 2 pieces.
  4. Secondly, split the cotton of above no.3 into 3 pieces (pick the thicker one).
  5. Thirdly, split the remaining piece at no.3 into 2 pieces (in total, you have 5 pieces).

[Step 2] — Pack your face with cottons

  1. 1st piece- Stretch horizontally laying across the face, from the jaw to under eyes.
    *Leave a breathing space on the nose and mouth.
  2. 2nd piece- Stretch horizontally, lay it across the eyes to forehead, leaving openings for the eyes.
  3. 3rd piece & 4th pieces- Lay vertically from the eyes, overlapping the previous laid cottons.
  4. 5th piece- Stretch the cotton from the jaw to the neck.
  5. After everything is finished, press lightly with the palm to “adhere” the cotton to the face. Leave it on for 3 minutes.

[Step 3] — Removing the cottons 3 minutes later

  1. From forehead right up to the eyes, fold the cotton and press lightly.
  2. Do the same in order of the nose, mouth, right till the jaw.
  3. Next, fold the cotton into 2 at the jaw and pad the face with the cotton to blend in the toner.
  4. Lastly, use the palm to press lightly for deep absorption.
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Hello Kitty Mascara

Price:
1,260yen
Color:
S01 Black

Its still up for grasp for those Hello Kitty fans out there. The Hello Kitty (package is of limited edition) Volum Express Hypercurl mascara from Maybelline.

Description: Volum Express Hypercurl mascara thickens the eyelashes thrice its volume. The curl technology ensures the curls keep and stay for as long as 18 hours and its ultra waterproof formula has strong resistant against water, sweat, tears.

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Popular BB cream

BB (blemish balm) cream which is used as a base make or concealer is extremely popular in Japan. My pick will be Evangelist BB cream because of the high ratings it got in the base make up category (pickup from @cosme). The common positive reviews of users are:

  • looks natural after application
  • spreads and blend evenly on the face
  • the moisturizing component keeps the skin from going dry even after long hours
  • my pores are well-covered.
  • makeup stays fresh even after sometime.

Ratings: 4.8

Evangelist BB cream

Price:
3,990yen (USD~52.50)

These data showing the skin type and age groups of the 2300 over users who use Evangelist BB cream was picked up from the same site. According to the data, combination skin which is the most difficult to take care of and users in age group early 30s tops the majority. Hope this information do serve as a useful reference to you.

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Hair extension wigs

If you are thinking of ways to have a different hairstyle everyday, without visiting the hairstylist, a good buy would be the DIY hair extension or wigs set that come with 10 items, allowing creation of different hairstyles. They save you bucks from visiting the hairstylist, yet let you look like a professional (^_-)

You are free to arrange into whatever styles that you like or even by combining a few wigs together to create a new look. Consider them for parties or events if you think they are too exaggerating for daily use.

Hair extension set

Hair extensions, wigs (10 sets items)

Set content:

1: Magic pony tail (loose wave)
2: Rope Wig (volume curl)
3: Nape hairline extension (wave)
4: Forelock wig (comes with side)
5: Braid extension
6: Band pony
7: Bunch donut
8: Essence for wigs and extension
9: Pins
10: Case

Price:
5,990yen (USD ~78.20)
Color:
Honey brown, mix orange, shiny chestnut, caramel honey

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Mask Pack

kobayashi hot-charge mask

Mask Pack

Price:
525yen (3 sheets)

Why not pack while indulging in the comfort of soaking in your bathtub? This is a new concept type of mask. As the pores opens up during soaking, this mask containing thick serum components which penetrates and moisturize the skin in a mere 5 minutes. A smooth and freshening skin is the result.

Three types of packs namely, hot-charge skin massage sheet, hot-charge relax aroma, hot-charge (each comes with 3 sheets) are available.

  • Hot-charge skin massage sheet
    - Latest product
    - Includes massage capability for those looking to get rid of dullness of the face.
  • Hot-charge skin relax aroma – Aroma for relaxation
  • Hot-charge – First Generation of hot-charge

Feel free to inquire with us on the usage.

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Top 3 moisturizers (Y2011)

The award pickups continues. My picks this time will be the Best 3 moisturizers award (skincare category) for Year 2011, as selected by @cosme. The awards went to the next 3 items. In addition, the skin type of users who use these products are being consolidated. Please refer to the graphs. Hope that these information will help you better in your choice of moisturizers.

Moisture milk III (Exage)

Ratings: 5.4

Price:
5,250yen
Top 3 moisturizers award
Skin types summary

Summary of user's skin type who uses
Moisture milk III

Moisture milk II (Exage)

Ratings: 5.1

Price:
5,250yen
Top 3 moisturizers award
Skin types summary

Summary of user's skin type who uses
Moisture milk II

Skin signature (SK-II)

Ratings: 4.9

Price:
50g・10,500yen
Top 3 moisturizers award
Skin types summary

Summary of user's skin type who uses
Skin signature

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He She

So they have became real women that there wasn’t a trace of evidence showing that they were males originally, at least not from their looks…
If it wasn’t the fact that they confessed about their genders in TV last time, I bet nobody will guess that they aren’t females RIGHT?
And yes, for your information, here in Japan, transgender is known as “New Half”.

Haruna ai
She is a fashion model, talent but at the same time, a successful entrepreneur. Really envy the she has good skin.
haruna ai

Tsubaki ayana
To me, she looks 100% female and very cute! Though I seldom seen her on TV these days, her profession is listed as fashion model and talent.
 tsubaki ayana

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Grand prix Top 3 Award (Y2011)

Its time to update the once in a year Top 3 Best Cosmetic Awards announced by @cosme (a big cosmetic portal site in japan). The latest result came out this just a week ago and the grand prix award goes to the following 3 items:

3 cosmetics items
  • Dior Addict Lip Maximizer (3,675yen) — Dior
  • Detergent for Puffs and Sponges (105yen) — Daiso
  • Foundation Brush 131 (1,890yen) — Shiseido

For the first time, they even make the English version.

You might like to check out this link for further details.

Applicable products:- cosmetics,non medical products,make up kits,beauty supplements,beauty tools

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Face up powder (II)

This is a continuation of the article that I had touched on earlier about the face up power by kanebo. It will begin selling 2 weeks later for a limited period of time only. The next version will come out a year later if you miss out this one.

Here it is, if you would like to recall a little bit about the article.

Today I will touch on how to achieve the skin transparency look (radiant, glow) using this face up powder. This is picked up and translated with reference from kanebo site. Face up powder is applied only after base and foundation.

  • Step1 – With the powder puff, apply bit by bit by pressing lightly focusing on the cheek area.
    Tip for a longer lasting makeup: Apply from the bottom to top against the direction of downy hair.
  • Step 2 – Apply in the same manner as step 1 to the the cheek, bridge of the nose, areas around the nostril and mouth for a well-blended tone.
  • Step 3 – For delicate areas around the eyes, nostrils and corners around the mouth, fold the powder puff into half and apply.
  • Step 4 – Its complete as long as it feels smooth and not oily when touched. Use a clean brush or new powder puff to brush off residual powder.

On the issue whether its the Cosmetic Power that makes Japanese women shines, I will leave it to you to think about it (^_-)

steps to powdering

powdering technique

Here is a little additional information that I picked up from the cosmetic portal site that might be of reference to you. It shows the skin type of the 1000 over users who use kanebo face up power and from the data, combination skin which is the most difficult to take care of tops the majority. Hope this information helps.

skin-types graph

skin types of users

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