When my mother told me that she was going to visit Japan for a few days due to work, at first I played it cool. Then I spent hours brainstorming of what beauty gems could be found there. I only wish I could had gone as well to browse around skincare lines as they are famous worldwide, but still I'm so grateful for the products that made their way home!
To start things off, let's talk about lashes! My beloved e.l.f. Studio Eyelash Curler was on its last leg for months, so it was about time I stepped up my lash game. I was opting for the Shu Uemura curlers initially, but I received the Shiseido Curler instead. Honestly there’s not much to state about it, it’s just perfect; it curls and lifts your lashes like nothing else!
It’s no secret that Japanese brands certainly know how to treat lashes! The one that was making an appearance all over the internet for the last couple of months was the Fairydrops Scandal Queen Quattro Mascara and I can literally see why! Even though I’m all over plastic curved wands like the Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara, this particular one may look off-puting, but definitely does the job done. It provides serious volume as it contains little fibers, it lifts and separates, while also conditioning the lashes with squalene, jojoba oil, panthenol, hydrolysed collagen and hyluronic acid. As a result, you get full, glossy black lashes and when I say it’s waterproof, it’s WATERPROOF. It holds a curl all day; this is something I’ve never ever seen in a mascara before.
In addition, I got the Heroine Make Long and Curl, which is the best selling mascara in Japan at the moment. It gives long, separated flattery lashes and if used with the Shiseido curler, it's impossible not to get mascara on your crease as your lashes touch your brows for real! It's completely waterproof, keeping a curl all day, but it's a pain to remove. Most of the time I have bits of mascara on my lashes the day after and this is why an oily based remover will come in handy in the future! I use it mostly for a night out due to its difficulty to get it off and I'd prefer it offered more volume. Actually my mother kindly bought me two in order to try them for longer and I realised just today that they are different kinds; the other one is the Heroine Volume and Curl, which I can't wait to try out as it's the volume that was missing from the first one! I could use them together as well, but I'm kind of afraid I'll never manage to fully remove them!
Moving on to brows, the Brow Lash Ex Pencil and Liquid could be the ideal brow product but sadly it's half disappointing, half great. The grey brown shade of the pencil is an excellent match for brunettes, but the problem is that it’s so dry that can’t give any colour pay off unless it’s used with force. I can’t really tell if it’s supposed to be like this or maybe it dried out during the flight from Japan. On the other hand, the pen nib has a warm brown tone but it’s sheer enough to fill any sparse areas by mimicking brow hair.
Last but not least, my favourite gift of all, the Hakuhodo Brushes! Till know I’ve seen so many make up artists using the Yashiyo brush, so it was a dream come true to finally get one myself! I chose the Yashiyo S Purple for it’s unique shape. It’s so soft, small and tapered and it can be used for powder, blush, contouring and highlight! A bigger one could be used for applying a lighter base as you can see in the VS makeup tutorial with Candice Swanepoel, which I can’t get enough of! For the eyes, I received the B133 Round and Flat Brush, which is made by Canadian squirrel’s hair and it’s truly soft. The shape is perfect to apply shadow evenly all over the lid, while also blending the edges. You can choose between four different handle colours and the one you see above is in Silver. Definitely the most good looking brushes among my collection!
Have you tried any japanese beauty products?