Top five cool things to buy in Tokyo, Japan

Porter bags Japan

Tokyo is a shopper’s paradise. This is the place to buy things that are difficult or impossible to find outside Japan, for example, Japanese makeup and skin care products, fountain pens, exquisite paper goods (notebooks and agendas), and elegant, practical bags. Here is my list of the top 5 categories of things to buy in […]

Life Noble Notes: notebooks for fountain pen writing

life noble notebook japan

Tokyo is a great place to shop for notebooks, agendas (paper diaries), paper products and fountain pens. The Japanese make the best notebooks for fountain pen writing. They make smooth paper that shows no ink bleed-through. They also make the best ink (look for Iroshizuku inks). The selection of notebooks and agendas in Tokyo is […]

Shiseido eyeshadow review: Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio BE213 Nude

shiseido luminizing satin eyecolor be213

Three new Shiseido eyeshadow palettes have been launched for Fall 2013: the Luminizing Satin Eye Color trios┬áBE213 Nude, BR214 Into the Woods, and GR412 Lido. Once again we encounter Shiseido’s mysterious nomenclature (which I mention in my review of Shiseido’s Sheer and Perfect foundation). In the case of these Shiseido eyeshadows, BE probably means beige, […]

Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation review

shiseido sheer and perfect foundation

Shiseido Sheer and Perfect foundation was launched this month in the US. It has SPF 18 with UVA (Titanium Dioxide 5.2%) and UVB (Octinoxate 2.9%) protection. Unlike Shiseido’s other two liquid foundations (Perfect Refining and Radiant Lifting) which provide medium to full coverage, Sheer and Perfect delivers sheer coverage that is very natural and lightweight […]

La Chasse aux Papillons: prelude to summer

la chasse aux papillons

La Chasse aux Papillons is a spring/summer fragrance that conjures up a summer garden of delicate flowers (jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose and lime blossom). The name of the fragrance means chasing butterflies and the scent feels exactly like that, a joyful, carefree sensation of summers during childhood, of gardens and fields filled with light. La […]