Friday, 31 August 2012

(OVER) International Giveaway: Fun Japan!


To celebrate the end of summer vacation and my start of a new job I'm doing a great giveaway.
Here's what included in the price pack:
Hello Kitty box of we tissues
Hello Kitty cookies
Hello Kitty face mask
Hello Kitty eye mask
Hello Kitty mirror
and Hello Kitty stickers
Japanese candy
Mud mask
Face mask
Micky and Minnie Mouse nail files
Blue nail polish
Yellow foldable bento box
Heart shaped lipbalm
False lashes with case
And many more not shown! 





To enter you MUST be follower via GFC
Every other entry is bonus :)

Good luck everyone


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Glossybox: August Edition


Glossybox Japan has been a hit and miss for some recently. Some months you get some really nice deluxe or even full sized samples while other months you get a bunch of sachets leaving your wondering "where's the rest?"
While this month had no full sized samples, there was a variety of sample sizes received. I even received a make up sample. Unfortunately, being black in a country that is predominately fair skinned doesn't really do much for me. :)

Here's what I got:
 Tofu Love - Professional makeup sponges
I've been wanting to try this since I saw it in their December box of last year!
Jenoris - Pistachio & borage oils
Never heard of pistaschio hair oil. Should be fun to try out.
D.U.O - Cleansing balm
I'm guessing it's a cleanser? Well I'll soon find out. :)
Adolle - Squeeze gel
Gel? Shower gel perhaps? It smells nice and light.
And last but not lest - 
Lunasol - Modeling water cream foundation sample
Includes: cream foundation, control base, and first skin adjuster. 
I love this! I think the set is soooo cute. But alas, it's not my shade. That's okay, I'll give it 
away to a friend to try. I'm sure she'll love it.


I really enjoyed the different samples available in this month's box, and I look foward to trying them all.
What do you think? What's your favorite beauty box?


Monday, 27 August 2012

iherb.com Order

After seeing so many blog posts about iherb.com I finally placed my first order, and then a second one, with a third on the way.
I placed my first order on Aug 21st, another on Aug 22nd and received both order yesterday Monday Aug 27th. WOW! Talk about amazing shipping.
I know one of the biggest complaint with iherb is the shipping time. Since Japan only has fast, faster and fastest as shipping options, I wasn't really worried about that.

Here's what I ordered:

Sorry for the crappy photo. It was late, I was excited and all I had handy was my cell phone.

What was in the box:
Real Technique core kit
Real Technique expert face brushEcoTools 5 piece brush set
Aloe Vera Juice
Flax seeds and oil
Coconut oil
Oatmeal (it's sooo expensive here)
Cormeal
Baking soda
Vitamin E

If you haven't placed an order with iherb.com yet, I urge to check out what they have. For me, this site has everything I can't find here and more. Save $10 with your first order of $40 or more with promo code - NUW38.

Have you order from iherb.com? If so, how was your experience?


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

School Trip

Hey Guys! Sorry I've been missing in action recently. I started a new job working with kids, and they have been tiring me out. Who knew kids had sooooo much energy? Or maybe I'm just really out of shape. :)
We recently went on a school trip to Tokyo and the Yokoto Air Base in Fussa, Tokyo. If you like Gatorade, Betty Crocker and planes, then this is the place for you. For me, it was too hot and crowed but it was still nice to go out and see something new.
 
It wouldn't be Tokyo if there wasn't a line to wait in.
 
On our way to the next distation we played a game of bingo where the winners got to choose form a selection of gifts purchased from the air base. Yay!
Next stop Odaiba, Tokyo. North America town, where you can shop at all your favorite shops like Kirspy Kreme, Gap, Old Navy and the list goes on. I was immediately attracted to the giant Gundam and Gundam Cafe.
I ended up getting lost on my way back to the bus and had to call me boss a couple of time to find my way back.. how embarrassing!! >_<  
Here are some photos to enjoy:
 

 An interesting pudding treat

Everyone was able to leave with a pair of anime eyes. :)
Thanks for stopping by!! 

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Vacation part 4: Final distination - 京都市, Kyōto-shi

On to our final destination - Kyoto City, Kyoto.
"Kyoto is a city in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, it is now the capital of Kyoto Prefecture, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Ranked as the 11th of the world's most livable cities in the magazine Monocle in 2012, Kyoto was praised for its history and compact city solutions such as its own subway system"
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We stayed in Kyoto for 2 nights in a quaint and charming guest house name Bora Bora. This was my first time staying in a guest house and I had no idea what to expect. The home owner was lovely and very helpful.
I only wish we had more time in Kyoto as there was so much to see.


This man was amazing in his tiny kitchen making everything in a matter of minutes. So efficient in his movement I couldn't help but watch him the entire time.
The Golden Pavilion.






Matcha and tofu soft serve. Soooo yummy!


 My heart skipped a beat when I saw my first and only Geisha. She unfortunately couldn't stay around as she was late for work. Next visit I suppose.


Be sure to stick around for another giveaway featuring purchases from my vacation :)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Review: Lanolips Austrailia

I first discovered Lanolips through instagram. I noticed a few of my friend posting photos of these tubes with a cute sheep stamped on the front.
After checking out their website I knew that I wanted to try them out for myself.


The Science behind Lanalips:
The lanolin used in Lanolips™ is Ultra Pure Medical Grade Lanolin. To achieve this the lanolin goes through a stringent refining and cleaning process; cleansing the raw lanolin of all external impurities, scent and colour, making it the purest, most natural form of lanolin available.
Numerous beauty products use lanolin. However none of these products can say the following: they are 100% natural, they are 100% pure or they contain nothing other than 100% Ultra Pure Medical Grade Lanolin. Lanolips™ can.
The benefits of the Ultra Medical Grade lanolin:
• There are no chemicals
• No additives
• It’s hypoallergenic
• It’s colour free
• Odour free
• It’s so safe it can be used on the mouths of new-born babies
• It is used in hospitals after surgeries to help open wounds heal
• It is 100% pure, cream of the crop, concentrated and refined lanolin


The one I'll be reviewing to is the Lanolips 101 Ointment:
*Multi-Award Winning* Rediscover the magic of lanolin in this heavy-duty, 100% natural ointment like no other. Lanolips 101 Ointment is the purest of pure wonder ointment, made with Lanolips' exclusive 100% Ultra Pure Grade Lanolin.

Awesome things to know about this product:

  • 100% pure
  • 100% natural ingredients
  • 100% fragrance free
  • Holds up to 200% of its weight in moisture
  • 100% colour free
  • Vegetarian & baby friendly
  • Dermatalogically tested
  • Patent pending
  • The world's finest lanolin
  • All Lanolips products are animal cruelty free.
You'll notice right off the bat that the end of the tube has a flat opening, meaning you'll have to apply the ointment either with a lipstick makeup brush or your fingers. I prefer my fingers as I'm use to that and don't always have a brush handy.  I think the reason they used a flat top instead of an angeled applicator is because the ointment might be too thick and won't easily come out.
The texture: It's has a semi transparent look to it, it feels like a cream but applies beautifully. It's not sticky nor is it thick. There's no taste or smell to it, which is great as I always hate eating my lip gloss or chapstick. My lips feel moisturized. I'm actually surprised just how nice my lips feel. I keep rubbing my lips together to see if they will stick but nothing. 

I love this ointment. It makes my lips feel wonderful and seems to be quite long lasting. For about $17.00, I believe it's worth the price.
The only downside is it's availability. I would love to see this sold in Beautybay.com or feelunique.com as both websites offer free international shipping.

Have you tried Lanolips recently?

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Vacation part 3: Rabbit Island

Ōkunoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan near the city of Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture
About Rabbit Island:
"Ōkunoshima, also known as Usagi Shima (Rabbit Island), is a small island with a dark history. Despite Japan signing the Geneva Protocol in 1925 to ban the use of Poison Gas, the island was home to a poison gas plant that made over six kilotons of mustard gas. The island was chosen for its secrecy and isolation and was even removed from some maps.
After the war, the poison was disposed of and the laboratory animals were set loose. With no natural predators native to the island, they quickly spread and now there are hundreds of tame rabbits roaming around. In 1988, the two room gas plant was converted into the Poison Gas Museum and opened to educate the Japanese people about the role the island played during the Second World War.
The island is also home to the Chusi Powerline Crossing, Japan's largest electricity pylon."
source

Another story of how the rabbits got there is that on a school trip some rabbits were brought to the island and left there. The rest is history. 

The rabbits on the island are super friendly and willingly come running up to you looking for treats.
We only spent a couple of hours here as the health resort located on the island is expensive. 









Check out grampa in the back :)


 Enjoying some soft serve ice cream in grape and vanilla after feeding the bunnies.

video

I would like to dedicate this to post to my bunny - Baby, who recently passed away.
I will miss you..

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Vacation part 2: Shiraishi Island

After a one night stay in Kurashiki, Okayama, we continued our adventures to a nice and relaxing beach located on Shiraishi Island. 
"Shiraishi Island is an island in the Inland Sea of Japan. It is one of six inhabited islands in the Kasaoka Islands, a chain of islands most easily reached from the port city of Kasaoka on Japan's main island, Honshū."
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We wanted to visit a beach that wouldnt be overcrowded. This beach was prefect. Before 8am and after 6pm the beach was all ours. It felt like our own private beach.
Early in the morning we saw small crabs digging holes in the sand. After 6pm the sunset was incredibly beautiful.

 The ferry that took us to the our destination.

 The patio at our villa.
 The view from the villa.


 A vacation just isn't a vacation without a jumping photo.
A jelly fish that washed up onto the shore.

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