August 27, 2014

* Review * Koji Lash Concierge #08 Passion Cute false eyelashes

Good evening everyone! I've really been doing a lot of review lately huh? I hope you find them useful, sometimes I'm worried that writing up reviews gets lost in the sea of blog posts since so many people get asked to write reviews by companies now a days. I hope my opinions and point of view can be of interest as well. But I do always try to only review items I actually have knowledge about so I can give opinions based on experience :D

Today I am reviewing some eyelashes, it's been some time since I was able to review a new eyelash (since I haven't been back to Japan, I've just been using up my old stash) Recently HanaVillage.com contacted me about reviewing some of their items, they gave me a 30$ voucher to purchase any items of my choosing. For my first review item I picked the DollyWink liquid eyeliner in deep black, check the review here, HanaVillage.com has a great selection of DollyWink items. For the second item I picked Koji's Concierge false eyelashes in #08 Passion Cute!



But these lashes are super cute, I was very initially drawn to them because the design is very well done. They look long and volumious while still not being too unnatural or heavy. In the past I have not generally picked eyelashes that could ever be called "natural", but with my style change and the general trend towards more soft makeup in Japan, I find myself looking for more subtle eyelashes. If you check current magazines many models still use false eyelashes, but they are natural, smaller and some are brown colored. Hanavillage.com offers all sorts of eyelashes that can be used in today's style of makeup.

From the product description - "Naturally dark eyes with Lash Concierge False Eyelashes! Easy application and volumized and extended lashes in a flash. This lash is full, fluffy and gorgeous suitable for daily natural makeup or a night out. Every package comes with a pair of eye lashes and a glue."

no flash
flash
I was happy with these lashes immediately! They are so soft and the band is very flexible but strong. You can feel and see the quality of these lashes as soon as you open them, they are not pointy or plasticy at all.
They are extremely easy to work with, like I said before they have a flexible band that makes it a breeze to fit your eyelid. I just trimmed a bit off from the inner corner and applied them with a good look the first go. The fibers themselves are soft and only shiny under very direct flash, so they don't look like "Hey, I'm wearing false eyelashes!!". In fact they look like your own eyelashes but are voluminous enough to create a big, dolly eye.


These lashes are not cheap - 16.90 for 2 pairs, but I can really see the quality in these eyelashes, and would certainly repurchase them in the future. The look I achieved with them was just what I was hoping for and they were so easy to use. I give them five stars in all categories!

Also I'm very happy with HanaVillage's selection of items, they have tons of eyelashes, cosmetics and circle lenses - everything you need to create a very dolly look. And they also carry my favorite skincare brand - HadoLabo! I can purchase some of HadoLabo's items in the US but HanaVillage has the full line, I highly recommend the HadoLabo Hyaluronic Gel Cream. Besides beauty products they have the super popular Instax cameras and film.

HanaVillage has great customer service, they reply super quick to inquires and they have Free Shipping, which I know is really a big selling point for a lot of people. They also have a great return policy if the item you order doesn't work out. For me personally that is an important feature. I have a pair of circle lenses to review still that came from HanaVillage.com, so please look forward to my next review.

August 23, 2014

Coordinate post - Laced and Confused outfit

Hello there friends, good evening! I can't offer a post as cute as yesterday's today since it will be a post about me haha, but I thought its about time to show another outfit. I wonder if anyone realizes I just make these outfits for the blog haha, I don't really have time to go out besides running errands or at least it seems that way. I know for a lot of people wearing non-mainstream fashion can cause shyness, or anxiety but I'd like to wear my unique outfits out in public and see the people get uncomfortable with the unknown haha! That's just bravdo I'm actually very shy :D

Anyhow, luckily I had no neighbors interrupting the photos this time so I have a few more detail shots to make the post less boring. I also began wondering - do people like one outfit in a post? Or if I can make more outfits would you like to see several grouped together? Anyhow as of this moment I only make 1 per week or so. I imagine it would be fun to take photos of my outfits out and about, I hope I can do that someday!






top: F21
dress: F21
shoes: Missguided
rings: CuteCanKill
I liked this outfit a lot, maybe it's too cute for someone like me, but it was fun to wear none the less. I have so many pink and white clothing, I should be able to make hundreds of different combos with them haha. I am thinking of buying some clothing in black again and actually it makes me a bit nervous! Like how will I wear it? Can you imagine me feeling like that after all the darker looks I've worn haha. But if I look back over my outfits it seems I always had a lot of bright colors mixed in as well.

August 19, 2014

Arpakasso haul and Tokyo Otaku Mode review

Good evening! Wow, I really just can't keep up with blogging on my schedule, it makes me so sad! I'm really hoping I'll get a week break here soon and I can catch up on a lot of things that have fallen by the way side - particularly my Lovely Healthy videos and setting up an online shop. But until then I'll keep plugging away at my regular blog entries as best as I can, luckily I know what I want to write in advance so I don't have to worry about that :D

As you may know I love cute things, all sorts of cute things and I horde them up whenever I get hooked on a new cute item. One of my favorite kawaii characters is Alpakasso (Arpakasso) Alpaca, these have been quite popular for a few years now and began as a UFO catcher prize. They have gained popularity and you can buy them in some regular shops now if your catching skills don't pay out haha, or online like I have recently!




Most of the Alpaca I currently have (maybe it's not true now that I've been on a shopping spree...) are ones that I caught during my various stays in Tokyo. Sadly I left my jumbos and half my smaller ones in Tokyo and they are long gone. So  I have bought a few online to sure up my collection haha. I picked out 3 large alpaca and 1 jumbo, I picked out my favorite colors: pink, white and lavendar. Anyhow, these ones are official, which is something you have to be careful of as most if not all alpaca sold at conventions are bootlegs.

These were purchased from Tokyo Otaku Mode and I had such a great buying experience with them I wanted to write up a little review and let you know more about them!

Tokyo Otaku Mode homepage

Tokyo Otaku Mode, as you may gather from the name is a webshop for "otaku" items so mostly anime themed items like figures, cosplay pieces, posters etc. They also carry a small selection of character good including Authentic Alpakasso. I heard of Tokyo Otaku Mode initally on Tumblr when they were running a sale a couple weeks ago. They were offering 5$ off any alpaca purchase and free shipping. They do offer free shipping from time to time so keep your eyes peeled.

With the coupons (and making my friend buy one for me haha) I was able to get all 4 Alpaca for just 35$! That's super reasonable, and just as I would buy if I bought them in a shop in Japan! Besides having very good prices and specials, Tokyo Otaku Mode goes above and beyond in the customer service department as well. The items were shipped via EMS so they arrived very quickly. The packaging was excessive, the boxes were grossly oversized for what was inside, but they were packed very securely.

Close up of the pretty art on the file folder

What I loved especially were the freebies, I got a pin with each item and the invoice/flyers were inside of a plastic file folder. The file folder has a beautiful illustration on it so you can keep it, great for everyone going back to school soon :D These little touches really stood out to me, as I know this is at extra cost to them.

Overall I was super happy with Tokyo Otaku Mode, my items are authentic and well prices, packaged with awesome freebies and quick shipping. What more can you want! So I recommend them highly for cute items as well as anime items (Including your faves - SnK, Free!, Madoka, Kill la Kill, Sailor Moon etc). Please check them out, and if you use my referral URL you can get 5$ off your first purchase!

August 17, 2014

Tokyo National Museum in Ueno

Happy Sunday everyone! Let's enjoy our free time before the next work week begins, or if you are lucky enough to still be a student savor your summer vacation! Well I fell off the blog everyday band wagon really fast didn't I? Haha, but I should have known my schedule on Friday makes it impossible to blog, so I won't claim I can post anything on Fridays anymore :D However yesterday I was just being lazy, I just sat around watching Free! and Sailor Moon Crystal hehe. I kinda see Saturday as my recovery day from work, let go of mental stress and I end up not wanting to so anything. While I can't promise anything on Fridays I will try harder to be more productive Saturdays :)

Now that my Okinawa mini series is finished I thought it was the perfect time to go back and finished writing about my Japan Trip 8 travels! I'm really happy I still have many day's worth of posts from my 8th trip as I am nearly done with my Japan Trip 9 folder D: I'm still really hoping to get back to Japan later this year/early next year and I don't want to run out of Japan posts before I can go again!!

Today I want to introduce the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park. Ueno has become known for it's museums because you can find this one, the National Science Museum, the Museum of Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum all within the park! It's too much to cover all in one day (especially when you throw in the rest of the park and Zoo) but it gives you a lot to choose from and if you have visited many times like me there's still more to see! As a side note, I always think of Tokyo Babylon when it comes to Ueno park, even tho I never really read the manga.

Many people finding their barings on this map of Ueno Koen
The Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest of all the museums in Ueno Park, and it is comprised of 5 buildings just by itself. Each building houses different collections so in that way they are like an entire museum in themselves. Suffice to say this is the largest collection of national treasures and culturally important artifacts in all of Japan. You are definitely going to see some very beautiful and special items when you make your trip to the Tokyo National Museum. Make sure to check out their website, it's all in English and very useful, with access information and descriptions of all the collections.




They house collections from all eras of Japanese history, as well as artifacts from other parts of Asia. The layouts are very well done and make it easy to take a calm stroll through the rooms. It's very austere as well, the atmoshpere felt a bit formal to me so I was self conscious of my rather rock/tough outfit that day haha. But luckily I could snap lots of interesting photos and that kept my mind off of my awkwardness. It's really nice I was able to photograph as well because I saw some very unique pieces.




I recommend this Museum for sure, to those just on their first visit to Japan and even those who have lived there for some time. There are so many beautiful artifacts, and many extend back to a very long time ago. I think it's a great chance to learn more about Japan and as well as just aesthetically pleasing. I hoped you enjoyed the pictures I got, I particularly liked the kimono and inlaid boxes.

August 14, 2014

Review * DollyWink liquid eyeliner deep black from HanaVillage

Hi everyone! I'm keeping it going, how surprised and happy I feel to be blogging more often hehe! I'm going to have to brainstorm some more ideas for posts coming up soon, and I'd like to write more informative things about Japanese fashion brands but that's going to take some harder work on my part so that will have to be a tentative thing. It would also be fun to restart One 7 Ways and maybe Fashion Hime Friday, I miss those for sure and it was fun being more interactive with you guys!

Anyhow, it's been awhile since my last review so I'm excited to bring you a new one today. Recently HanaVillage.com contacted me about reviewing some of their items, they gave me a 30$ voucher to purchase any items of my choosing. That was hard for me because I am a true libra and I am super indecisive, haha! I was thinking of getting the Dollywink eyelashes #16 as the design is super cute and you know Dollywink eyelashes are top quality, but I thought I should try something entirely new (as I've tried other types of their eyelashes previously). HanaVillage.com has a great selection of DollyWink items.



I've used liquid eyeliner in the past, but only with a wand not in this pencil form. Furthermore my current pencil eyeliner doesn't offer the darkness level I'd like to achieve. So I thought this is a great chance to upgrade my eyeliner while trying a whole new format. I think the liquid being inside of a pencil makes it quite easier to handle than a wand, especially for those who are not as used to putting on eyeliner. Liquid tends to have a more messy application so having a pencil to hold with a nice sharp brush tip makes DollyWink an easy to use eyeliner.

DollyWink Deep Black liquid eyeliner swatch
I found this eyeliner to be even easier to handle than I expected, I was somewhat worried the liquid would get everywhere, but it was very easy to direct and apply it. It went on super smoothly! And the brush tip makes a super precise and fine line, so this is the perfect liner for making wings.

The color is very pure black, but it's not super opaque so to get the level of opacity that I like it took several layers to build up. This eyeliner is not water proof, it stays well but it can get worn away when in contact with tears or if you rub it a lot. I found it didn't stay well around the inner corner of my eye lid. But the overall appearance is elegant and sharp! I plan to use this in conjunction with my regular pencil liner.



Pros:
- Easy to apply
- Nice product design
- Smooth
- Great for precise lines

Cons:
- Not very opaque
- Difficult to make thick lines
- Not long lasting

Also I'm very happy with HanaVillage's selection of items, besides having all the DollyWink items we love, they offer lots of other products from the brand Koji (which produces DollyWink). Koji has a nice eyelash glue called Eyelash Fix that I am looking at getting when I run out of my current glue. And they also carry my favorite skincare brand - HadoLabo! I can purchase some of HadoLabo's items in the US but HanaVillage has the full line, I highly recommend the HadoLabo Hyaluronic Gel Cream

HanaVillage has great customer service, they reply super quick to inquires and they have Free Shipping, which I know is really a big selling point for a lot of people. They also have a great return policy if the item you order doesn't work out. For me personally that is an important feature. I have a couple more reviews for HanaVillage (Lashes and Lenses) coming up that I can't wait to show!
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