16 September 2014 @ 12:34 am
[Japan]: Skincare Products and Tools  

As most of you know I'm quite busy at the moment, so sorry for the lack of updates, but I'm still around!

I've been waiting to write an update of my previous Japanese skincare products entry, but just didn't find the time to do so.

SK-II (Max Factor):

When I went to Hokkaido this summer vacation - and it was raining most of the time - I had a lot of time for shopping (too much) and I ended up buying a SK-II trial set.
I've heard about SK-II's Facial Treatment Essence on Youtube and ever since then wanted to try it.
The trial pack with an additional 20% discount on that day (yay!) was cheaper than the essence alone .... although saying "cheap" doesn't cut it. SK-II products are one of the most expensive skincare products in the world. (o__o'') ....

Anyway, whenever I use a beauty product somebody recommended and claimed to have seen changes, I usually never see any on my own skin.
Sometimes I like the product simply because of its texture, smell etc. .... but I can't remember ever using anything where even stupid ol' me could see a difference.

This time I could ... like immediately!
My skin looks smoother, more radiant and just feels much better overall.

But let me first tell you what's so special about the SK-II products.
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After using the products for about 1.5 weeks I stumbled upon a SK-II counter in my local shopping mall. They have a tool called "magic ring" which they use to analyze your skin. It's completely free of charge, so I figured, why not try it!
I was a bit afraid to be honest. I'll turn 34 in a few months and I've already first fine lines / wrinkles around my eyes and I can see more are coming through around my mouth as well. (T______T) ...................

Plus .... I know that I've committed so many skincare sins without knowing until recently .... so I was expecting a really bad result!
I also saw that some beauty gurus who blogged about their "magic ring" experience got pretty bad results as well. So, I thought ... if those people who know so much about how to keep your skin healthy and young have already such bad results, I don't wanna see mine ......

After scanning my skin, that's what appeared on the screen:

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Ok, that's it for now. I'll keep you updated.
I might go to do another "magic ring" analysis next month to see if there's any improvement. Would be funny if my skin condition got worse after using their products for a while. ...
[mood]: productive
28 June 2014 @ 02:09 am
[Japan Life]: Japanese Beauty Products and Teeth Bleaching  
Hey there!

It's been a while since I've last written a public entry. Sorry about that.
But I doubt there are many people still reading my journal who aren't on my f-list anyway.

In one of my previous entries I shortly mentioned that I bought a few Japanese beauty products based on recommendations like this or that.
I promised to write a short follow-up, so here it is.

Japanese Beauty Products

In the photo above you see some products I bought.

The Cure Natural Aqua Gel was recommended by so many. It's a great exfoliation product. Even for sensitive skin it works fine. It mainly consists of water and is very mild. You just rub it softly onto your face and you'll quickly see small pieces of dead skin coming off.
This works really well and I'm not breaking out after using it at all. No blemishes.
However, what I noticed is that some of the stuff is rather stubborn, sticking to my facial fluffy hair especially around the chin, but maybe that's just me.

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Whitening Your Teeth

I also tried to whiten my teeth for the first time in my life.
At first, I tried it using natural ingredients such as rubbing strawberries and banana peel onto my teeth, but that didn't help.

I've also started oil pulling with coconut oil. That's supposed to get rid of all bacteria in your mouth, so you should do it first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything. Keep the oil in your mouth and squish it around and through your teeth for about 20 minutes. Spit it out. DO NOT SWALLOW as it contains all the bacteria that were in your mouth.
I don't think it did anything in terms of bleaching, but my teeth feel smoother by doing so.
Apparently you can use other types of oil as well, but coconut oil has this antibacterial characteristics and is not disgusting at all. I can't imaging doing this with any other kind of oil.
Have you tried this yet? :)

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How I whiten my teeth )

Hope you enjoyed this entry.
Thanks for reading! ^_____^
[music]: João Lucas & Marcelo - Eu Quero Tchu, Eu Quero Tcha
[mood]: okay