Biore ROSE Scented Watery Essence & Gel Sunblock!!!

It’s here! Start checking your local stores, if you’re in Okinawa. Biore’s limited edition rose scented version of its cult classic sunscreens, Watery Essence and Watery Gel, have arrived!

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Available in both the watery essence and watery gel formulas!

If you’re new to Japan, you may not know that limited edition is everything here. From sakura-themed, well, everything during cherry blossom season to the endless new flavors of Kit Kats to regional versions of mainstream products like the Okinawa edition of Lululun sheet masks, Japan is a master at producing regional and limited edition versions of products. It makes each trip to the konbini (convenience store) a bit of a treasure hunt.

If you have use (or use) Biore watery essence or gel sunblock, you are familiar with the very light, vaguely citrus fragrance. The scent fades very fast, just about as fast as it absorbs in your skin (which is pretty damn fast). This new one’s scent is a bit more noticeable, and lingers a little bit longer.

Let’s adjust that and remember this is a product sold in Japan, so the scent is still quite light. But, if you like rose scents in the slightest, I think you will like this. It smells very realistic, like real roses (again, very typical of Japanese products for the snozzberries to taste like snozzberries).

If however, you are not a fan of rose scents, you may find that it smells of old ladies, as my friend did. So … buyer beware.

This all being said, if you’re a diehard Biore sunscreen user, it might be fun to try and find a tube of this to mix up your SPF’ing this summer, or to give as a fun gift.

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Hall of Shame: Suncut UV Protect Spray Water-Resistant Sunscreen

The latest member of the sunscreen hall of shame? Suncut UV Protect SPF 50+ PA ++++ spray. It’s marketed as sweat- and water-proof. Now … let me preface this by saying, just like with the Missha sunscreen, the language I used is a bit strong. This is not a bad sunscreen, it’s just not good for me. Why? Read on …  Continue reading “Hall of Shame: Suncut UV Protect Spray Water-Resistant Sunscreen”

Got 5 o’clock Shadow? Or, (Women’s) Face Shaving For Dummies

Waxing, plucking, threading, trimming, and even depilatories and bleach are all women’s facial hair remedies I grew up reading about in fashion magazines (and/or watching my mom do). These stories were published and republished endlessly, probably because while beards are currently having a hipster moment for men, they have never had a hipster moment for women. (Or have they?) Anyway, the gold standard for body hair removal, shaving, was never, ever mentioned for the face. Imagine my surprise when, moving to Japan in my 30s, I encountered a blog piece talking about women shaving their faces here. Like, not just an upper lip or chin or wherever errant hairs may have sprouted … face shaving the entire face (excluding brows, of course). But … why? Continue reading “Got 5 o’clock Shadow? Or, (Women’s) Face Shaving For Dummies”

Mini Review: K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Lip Oil

I was perusing the beauty section of a local Aeon department store recently with some out-of-town family visiting when I saw a pop-up display for a product I hadn’t seen before: a K-palette lip tint, called 1 Day Tattoo Lasting Lip Tint, which is from a brand that happens to make the best eyeliner pen ever. (Side note, if you like winged liner even a little, and want all-day wear with no smudging, that’s something you need to buy like yesterday).

K-palette lip tint comes in a handful of colors and has the same long-lasting promises on the package that the ridiculously good eyeliner pen does, so my mom and I both picked one up (I believe the price point was similar to the eyeliner, a little over 1000 yen).

Did we try it on in the car? Of course we did. Who doesn’t? Continue reading “Mini Review: K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Lip Oil”

Cosme Shopping: What to buy when you’re in Japan

We’re spoiled now in the age of e-commerce and especially Amazon … most of the world is at our fingertips, ready to buy with just a credit card number and a click. Still, that convenience can come at a price (or not at all). Often imported items, thanks to duty and availability, come at a big price increase. Other times, lesser-known items aren’t available outside their home country at all. So a savvy beauty shopper (ahem, you) will take advantage of their travels, stocking up on the best their destination has to offer. And here, my humble opinion of some of the best cosme shopping that Japan has to offer.

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