Thursday, 24 January 2019

Japan beauty haul ♡ ft my ride or die products ft Muji, Kosé, hadabisei

Japanese beauty products flatlay

So I've been in Japan for just over a month, and while I haven't had much time for tourism, I haaave had time for some shopping! I've been pretty restrained to be honest, and stuck to *essential* beauty items, so here's a roundup of all the things I bought:

Muji face soap//
I don't reallly like foaming cleansers tbh- they're more of a pain than the cream one I use back home, but sadly I didn't have enough weight in my suitcase to take the cream cleanser with me ;-;
so I bought this mini foaming cleanser from Muji. It's actually pretty nice and agrees with my skin, so I think I'll stick with it and buy the large version.

Muji Toning water// Nice toner, does what it says on the tin, no complaints. Also I loove Muji's packaging, so I'm definitely getting the full sized version of this when it runs out.

Muji handcream// This smells amaaazing and is pretty moisturising- smells slightly of lavender. I love Muji basically so I'll keep using this. You can buy Muji miniatures in Family Mart which is slightly a life saver.

Lush Mask of Magnaminty/ Power mask// I heard great things about this mask and tbh I do really like it- it's a clay mask and scrub in one, and it really does make my skin look and feel fresher. Japanese aircon is no joke, so I've really needed this lately.

Lush Karma solid perfume// The Lush solid perfumes are great value for money as they last a really long time, plus they're so convenient for travel. I used up a whole pot of this, so I re purchased it as a payday treat ♡ I have a guerlain little black dress perfume that I absoolutely love, but can't really afford to replace atm so I'll be sticking with Karma for now.

Bioderma micellar water// foaming cleansers make my eyes really sting so I use this micellar water to get my eye makeup off. It's pricy and it makes me miss the garnier micellar water I use back at home (which is pretty much just as good for like 1/3 the price...) but this one is v nice. A bit of a treat but an essential for me tbh. I saw the large bottle for 2000 yen in Donki the other day, so I'll probably get that next time as it's way better value for money.
Japanese beauty products flatlay

Kosé suncut// I forgot to put this in the flatlay but I'm obsessed with this sunscreen. I had to search surprisingly hard for this (I hope it's not being discontinued) so I might have to start trying some other Japanese sunscreens, but this one is great. 5th or 6th bottle of this I've used. The sun is surprisingly strong even in the winter here on a clear day, so I have to be extra careful of my skin.

Hadabisei shinsou bihaku face masks// I loove these masks, I think you really see a difference the day after you use them. I bought these while I was in the UK, but it's so lovely to be able to get a pack of 5 for only 600 yen.

The Body Shop berry shower gel and hand cream// I got this as a Christmas present from my friend <3 They both smelt amazing- especially the hand cream, which lasted a really long time.

Hair Essentials 30 second treatment// Really recommend this hair mask for anyone with bleached hair, it's amazing. Pretty affordable too! I got this 300ml large version at Matsumoto Kiyoshi, and I've almost used it all up! Got another one in stock though, because I can't deal with the thought of running out.

Johnson's Body Cream// Cheap and cheerful but really moisturising and sinks in really quickly. It's not fancy or luxurious in terms of scent, but it does the job.

John Masters hand cream// I got this as a present too, and it smells amazing- of lemon and ginger. It's a bit pricy so I probably wouldn't buy it for myself unless as a treat, so I'm lucky that my friend gave this to me <3

That's it for now! Do you guys have any favourite Japanese or Asian beauty products? I'm trying to be restrained, buuut SPINNS has 3CE lipsticks in stock and I can't stop thinking about it...
-Amy xoxo


Japan goals ver 2// Massive empties ♡ Products I've used up #16// Life update: 1 month in Japan and My New Year's Resolutions
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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Life update// 1 month in Japan and my New Years Resolutions

Neon signs and giant puffer fish in Dotombori, Osaka

Long time no see <3 I have been soo majorly busy since I started work! I had all these grand plans for blogging loads once I got here, but I've been waaay busier and way more overwhelmed than I expected. Working 6 days a week is intense, I'm sure I'll get used to it but I'm not there yet. Once I get back into the swing of things, I have looooads of content I want to post though, so please stay tuned!

So what have I been up to?


  • I flew into Osaka and spent one blissful day walking round ura namba and umeda eating takoyaki and taking photos (I'll definitely post those photos on here when I get a minute)
  • Then the next day went straight to Shizuoka, met people and got settled in, then the next day
  • Started work at my first proper job! It's busy and stressful and all in Japanese because I'm not an English teacher, but everyone at work is super lovely <3 
  • Caught a massive cold as soon as I got here, so the first week or so of work were a bit grim 
  • Saw Mount Fuji!!
  • Found *my* supermarket and *my* vegetable shop :)
  • Found some cool coffee shops (blog posts to follow)
  • I helped out at a film shoot, as an interpreter (?!!) 
  • Bought a filter coffee pot for the first time (although tbh I think I prefer my bialetti)
  • Worked on Christmas (never again omg... even though I'm surrounded by the nicest people here, Christmas without my family was a bit horrible)
  • Went out and got completely drunk then did karaoke on Christmas with my friend (which was great, 10/10 would do again)
  • My friend showed me a cool vintage shop here and we went to a gig/party <3
  • I spent New Year in Japan! I was lucky enough to be invited to my friend's house and they had a big traditional family gathering <3 which was lovely
  • My phone broke!! 

So it's been eventful! And New Year completely crept up out of nowhere for me- time is going so fast! They're pretty similar to my Japan goals ver. 2, and I still want to do the things I talked about there, but these are the things I especially want to concentrate on in 2019.


2019 New Years Resolutions// 

Look after myself more// I have a hard time saying 'no' to people and have ended up agreeing to do lots of extra work and going to loads of events and things. Which is amazing, but I've been soo burnt out! I need to prioritise my long term well being and not over- promise things. And I need to recognise that social things will come around again, so it's ok to bow out early if I'm tired. I've also been neglecting my health a bit- see below- and I have barely studied Japanese since I got here (although my whole day is in Japanese, I haven't been studying Kanji and N1 stuff. I did Kanji the other day for the first time in ages, and it really calmed me down- doing a teeny bit every day is definitely the goal for me.)

Stop eating food from the combini!// I have been super stressed and haven't had time to cook a proper lunch for myself, so I've been ending up at the combini getting super unhealthy sugary rubbish that's full of preservatives for lunch... no wonder I've been feeling rubbish health wise tbh.

Eat more vegetables!// Japanese food actually doesn't have a lot of vegetables in- at least not like at my home. I need to buy more leafy greens for myself. Because I love to cook and I love eating veg, so maybe I just need to get back into meal prepping?

Get organised// I haven't even properly unpacked everything, because I've just been in and out/crashing. This has obviously got to change

Move out// Because rent is so much cheaper here in Shizuoka than back home, and there are a lot more 1DK style apartments, it's the perfect opportunity for me to move out and live on my own, something that I definitely couldn't afford to do in London or South East England. I loove the family I'm staying with, but I don't want to miss this chance to be a properly independent grown up :)

Save money// I want to have a little fund for emergencies, such as my recent broken phone </3 and I want to save up for a deposit.

Get better at photography and filming// I love photography, but to be honest I think I'm *ok* but I want to be *good* you know? I need to think about composition and how to make my shots more interesting- and the best way to do it is to practise practise practise <3

Don't neglect my own Youtube channel and blog// I've been doing the social media at work too, as well as creating youtube content, and to be honest I think the combination of a job I'm still not completely used to, along with the stress of trying to live up to people's high expectations for content standards (people need to understand how long editing is omg) has really contributed to me feeling so burnt out. I loove blogging and I have so much to post about here, so I'm definitely going to try and get back into posting once a week at least. <3

So that's me! What are your New Years Resolutions? Are you feeling relaxed or knackered after the holidays?
-Amy xoxo

Japan goals ver. 2// 大阪パリピツアー: Things I want to do in Osaka// My emergency bleached hair care plan and mini wish list/ haul//
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