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 […]

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 […]

Three new fragrances for spring 2013

new fragrances muguet guerlain

Celebrate spring 2013 with these new fragrances. The first is truly special as it is a limited edition Guerlain fragrance to be released on May 1 as part of Guerlain’s Le Muguet (lily of the valley) tradition. In France, it has been customary to give lilies of the valley on the first of May to […]