Sunday, December 29, 2013

Korean Cosmetics: sneak peak part 1

Hey everyone! I know I haven't been around much recently so here's a little preview for an upcoming Korea haul post and video!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lucky Bags!

So much stuff!
Last weekend I went to Hiroshima to do a little Christmas shopping, and get out of the prefecture. At Loft, an essential stop for any shopper, I found some amazing deals! They had these 'lucky bags' for different brands. It's a little gift set which would be a perfect gift for a lady on your list, or yourself!

Revlon, Rimmel, Bourjois, and a Japanese brand I can't remember had these sets. They were all between 1500-1900 yen (~$15-19), with around 8000 yen (~$80) worth of product inside. I grabbed the Revlon one because normally it's so expensive here, and all those holiday nail polishes and lip products was just too tempting! I'm now wishing I'd gotten the Bourjois one too, but I'm trying to save up for a major Korean cosmetics haul on my trip at the end of the month. These bags are great because I probably wouldn't have bought these products or colours if I could pick out everything myself but I really like them!

Here's a little list of what was in the Revlon lucky bag.
-top speed nail polish in emerald and spirit
- color stay nail polish in red carpet
- just bitten kissable balm stain in cherish
- lip butter in brown sugar
- BB moisture cream in 03 medium beige (way to dark for me! If you think this is your colour, send me a message and you can have it!)
- Age defying translucent finishing powder with botafirm (whatever that is...)
- a little pink pencil sharpener

Thanks for reading! Talk soon!

PS. Am I the only one that thinks lucky bags sounds like an innuendo for boobs?

PPS. If you have any recommendations for Korean cosmetics please leave a comment! I'm going to Korea in a couple weeks and have been doing some research but first hand tips are always the best!

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Very Late November Favourites

Here is my mega-late November Favourites video. I want to say that I will do better with December Favs, but I know myself too well. It will take a Christmas miracle to get that up on time. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this! Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bath Time: Bombs, Salts, and Tablets

It's this picture again! Hurray!!!

If you're not into bubbles I've got a few bath fizzy things that will make your skin soft and smell nice. One I will definitely be repurchasing is the Butterball. It's a vanilla scented bomb with chunks of cocoa butter. I recommend this if you suffer from dry skin, especially in the winter! With the Christmas season approaching, there's a lovely assortment of holiday scented things. The Bombardino is a lemon pie scented bomb, full of cocoa butter bits. I used this one last night and it was amazing! It smells great and made my skin feel so nice! The Melting Snowman, and regular Snowman are in my stockpile.

Muji bath tablets only promise to make your bath smell nice, not to benefit your skin, but they're much cheaper than Lush or the Body Shop. When I bought them I saw that Muji has a selection of bath salts. On further inspection, they all seem to be advertised at 'medicated bath salts'. I find this concerning. If anyone knows what they actually do, leave me a comment.

I know bath products are luxury items, and can be expensive. You can get two baths out of some bath bomb or bubble bar.

How do you like to enjoy your baths? Let me know what bath-time things you're loving! (A particular book, magazine, podcast, wine, tea, or Hot Toddy recipe can count as bath accessories, too). Lately I've been listening to the Savage Lovecast or Throwing Shade podcast while I soak. I highly recommend both!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bath Time: Bubbles

So many happy baths!

On my youtube channel I've mentioned once or twice that I quite like my bathtub here, in Japan. Actually, I really like it. Okay, I totally love that thing! Now you know. Just to put everyone on the same page, Japanese-style bathtubs are a little different than Western-style tubs. In general, tubs in Japan are deeper and shorter. It's more for sitting up than lying down. Japanese people shower first, and then get in the bath to soak. A few people have told me that they have a bath every day. Although I am still definitely a shower girl (I don't have time for a bath every time I wash myself!), I have been having a lot of baths since meeting my new tub. In Canada, I would have a bath maybe three times a year. Bath covers are really common here, too. It keeps the heat in, and you can put things on it while you're in the bath, like a candle, or a book......or a glass of wine. Enough about the logistics! Time to get into the products!

My go-to bath product has been the shower gel from The Body Shop. It doubles as bubble bath and always smells amazing! Recently I've been using the Gold Fun bubble bath/shampoo/body wash from Lush. It smells like honey and toffee and makes the best bubbles that last for days! Another great thing is that you don't need very much to get a lot of bubbles. On a recent trip to Lush I picked up the vanilla scented Candy Mountain bubble bar. I've also tried and loved the Comforter bubble bar, which smells like black current. If sweet smells are not your thing I wouldn't recommend any of these, but if you are on the fence give these a sniff next time you find yourself in Lush.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Times at Lush and The Body Shop

Christmas time at Lush!

Melty snowmen are the cutest!

One of the many things I love about the Christmas season is all the special holiday scents and characters. Every year I pick up the Cranberry Joy body wash from the Body Shop. I picked up a couple regular items, too: grapeseed glossing serum for hair, and the All-in-One BB Cream. I will post a separate review for the BB cream soon. Tyler picked up a travel shampoo and conditioner set for dry hair.

I'm not sure what the names of all the bath products I got from Lush are, so I'll just describe them. First, bought two more of the little tea tree fizzing discs. I tried one in October and liked it. There are two melty snowmen which were too cute to resist! They smell like warm spices! I think the spots on them are made of cinnamon and nutmeg. I used one and got two baths out of it, and probably could have used it one more time if I really wanted to. The other snowman, wearing a red scarf has cocoa butter in it, I think. The last bath bomb looks like a little round head wearing a hat. It smells sweet, warm, and happy! Finally, I picked up the candy mountain bubble bath. I LOVE the Lush bubble baths. This one smells really sweet, which is not something I normally go for, but I really like it.

I'm a sucker for holiday bath and body stuff! I just love it! 

What do you look forward to getting around the holidays?