More top cool things to buy in Japan 2014 edition

cool things to buy in japan

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

platinum fountain pen

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

Lunasol

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

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 […]

Bakel THIO-C serum review

bakel thio-c serum

This is a review of the Bakel THIO-C serum. According to the company, the Bakel THIO-C Revitalizing Glowing Serum “firms the skin and reduces fine lines with its concentrated formula. Packed with vitamin C and glutathione, skin feels firmer and looks fresh and revitalized. Glycerin and sugar extracts hydrate and face immediately appears smoother and […]

Bakel Antioxidant Serum Review

lactobionic acid PHA

This is a review of the Bakel Antioxidant Serum. Bakel is an Italian skin care company based in Udine, whose products include as few ingredients as possible in order to minimize allergies and irritation among users. The company’s philosophy is to eliminate “useless substances” and include only active ingredients that actually do something for your […]

Summer travel carry-on beauty essentials: how to beat the 100ml restrictions

summer travel beauty

Summer travel is becoming more and more barbaric with airlines squeezing people into every square centimeter of cabin space and ill-tempered security theatre airport personnel doing their utmost to imitate prison guards. Add to this the ridiculous number of bags that go missing and you will come to the same conclusion I did many years […]

Top 5 sunscreens for summer 2014

top sunscreens

Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to round up the top 5 sunscreens. It is critical to wear sunscreen everyday and especially when you go to the pool and the beach. You must apply it as well when you go running, hiking and cycling. If you don’t wear sunscreen, your skin will age […]