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Grand prix top award 2012 / Blusher by Kanebo

Natural and beautiful skin make up

Coffret D'or blusher for radiant complexion

“Smile Up cheek” blusher by kanebo clinched the @cosme Grand prix award for the first half of Year 2012. Favored by a large number of users, it earned high ratings of 5.1 (7 for full) calculated from 1221 reviews up to this date.

“Smile Up cheek” blusher contains set of 2 cheek colors and a highlighter. Its very soft and blends in well with the skin and application is simple too. Apply circular strokes around the cheek to create a very natural, flush radiant look.

And that’s it. The skin looks natural and beautiful.

Please inquire through the blue button below for more details.

Price:
2,415yen
Color:
Pink, Peach, Rose, Orange

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Double eyelid tape

Micro fiber double eyelid

Double eyelid tape

Micro fiber tape is a eyelid maker which was released recently, but wins popularity in Japan.

Attractive points about it :

  1. Made In Japan
  2. Adhesive type is very gentle to the skin so that it wouldn’t be a problem even for people with sensitive skin
  3. Adhesion of tape is strong and lasting. Its pliable and length can be adjusted easily. And the most important, you don’t need to be an expert to create a double eyelid!

Please inquire through the blue button below for more details.

Price:
1,041円

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Cheek palette (limited)

RMK kawaii blusher

Limited edition cheek palette

Popular cosmetic brand RMK, came up with special edition cheek palatte, to celebrate their 15th anniversary. The design is created with the image of a little fairy dressed in petal. Looks cute? Does it capture your heart? It could make a fabulous gift too.

A 6 colors set that has its color balancing considered and it is limited edition.
Just mix the colors with a blush to give a natural clear coloring and add a touch of glossiness to the skin.

Price:
5,250yen
Color:
01:Pink coral, 02:Brown beige

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Lip & cheek makeup

This limited edition (limited stock) dual purpose makeup for the cheek and lip is a new release.

Application on the lip adds a faint shade of red to it and the result is natural.
The trick to achieve a florid complexion or enhance the coloring is to use it as a base, prior to the application of cheek makeup or lip gloss.

Reviews are good, with many saying that the result was very natural although they were surprised by the “blood-color like” when they first opened up the cover.
To add-on, some users even use for their eye makeups.

In all, this is a really convenient multiple usage color enhancement makeup.

Price:
997yen
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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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Sunscreen

Sunscreen or sunblock plays a very important role when it comes to anti-aging measures. Many brands of sunscreen are available in Japan. Today, I will just pickup two that enjoys high rating here.

sunblock

Nivea Sun (SPF30)

Price:
593yen (~USD7.70) / 80g

The top in ranking is “Nivea Sun” which is a product by KAO. For few years, it has been awarded as one of the Best Sunscreens in Japan. If you happen to be checking this article by chance, it will be good to know that Nivea sunscreen is probably easily obtainable in most part of the world and it is very affordable.

I will translate some common positive reviews about it from the users:

  • I like the fact it’s gel type and the face does not go white after application.
  • What I like most is the texture which doesn’t feel oily or even sticky on the face.
  • Special type of cleanser removal is not needed, which is a plus for me.
  • It feels so light on the skin that you don’t feel the application at all.
  • I don’t encounter skin irritation after using.

The amazing part is that I don’t really see much negative reviews from users out of the 2904 write-ins. I just pick up two for your information.

  • It feels just like water, thus I can’t use it as base for makeup.
  • I put it on during travelling to school. Though I repeated applications, my skin still turns dark (probably SPF30 isn’t enough during summer season?).

ALLIE by Kanebo, released 9 months ago is a more expensive version which is slowly gaining in popularity. Of course, the deserved to be mentioned point is that Kanebo is a very famous cosmetic company in Japan. Over the years, they had released many series of sunscreens and the series are constantly improving.

sunblock

ALLIE (SPF50)

Price:
2,940yen (~USD38) / 60g

Ok, here you go. These are the positive reviews from users.

  • Spreads and blend easily onto the face.
  • It doesn’t go white on the face and is not sticky consider its a SPF50.
  • In spite of its high SPF, its unexpectedly light on the face.
  • I don’t burn under the sun after application.

And not forgetting the negative review from users. Like the Nivea Sun, ALLIE also doesn’t have much negative reviews from the 1211 write-ins. Again, I picked up two.

  • It seems too drying for my face.
  • Applying mixture of the screen and foundation in a hurry make the face looks very dirty.

My Opinion:
I will reserve my comment for these two products since I have yet to give them a try. Speaking about preference, I will prefer SPF higher than what Nivea offers (30). I am currently using Annesa by Shiseido, which I am quite satisfied with the texture and how well it blends into my skin. I think I will stick to it for a while more and switch to ALLIE if I have chance.

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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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Top 3 beauty items (Y2010)

To all cosmetics crazy fans out there!

@cosme, a large community site (in Japan) gathering information on beauty products, had compiled the top 3 beauty items for year 2010.

  • Mix Blush cheek Compact Powder — Jill Stuart
  • Mild Cleansing Oil — Fancyl
  • Superbalm Moisturing Gloss — Clinique

Note that reviews were computed based on number of users’ feedback and ratings base on the scale 0~7 points for all involved products.

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

reference site (サイトリンク)

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