Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tokyo Eats - Roppongi area

When hubby and I were living in Japan last, we were in Yokohama, and Tokyo was a bit of hike for us, a 1hr+ train ride with transfers, depends on destination. Needless to say we felt like outsiders the entire time and we sort of were (still are...). Whenever we went to Tokyo to hangout, dine out, or to be with friends, there was always that train ride back to dread (drunk salarymen, anyone?) and the last train to watch out for (packed-sardines with drunk salarymen, anyone?).

Now that we actually live in the heart of Tokyo, the game changed drastically. We go out so often now I'm running a few thousand photos behind, which means the back log for this blog is hitting a growth spurt and I'm marathoning to keep up. That's to say I'm going to follow my Taipei model and do group food reviews by the areas I frequent most, just to keep things simple and save time.

The first area that's racking up photos is Roppongi. We used to loath this area. Being an expat haunt, Roppongi had a bad rep, you see. Ten years ago when I was still in business school, a frat-boy classmate bragged about spending his summers in luxury high-rises, interning for Goldman Sachs in Roppongi, and this was Business Ethics class, mind you (proving Goldman Sachs' pervasive tone-deaf problem, from executives to interns). Five years ago when we were in Yokohama, hubby went to several school and work events in Roppongi and always came home sick and disgusted, having met some world-class a-holes, some of whom are diplomats (oh, the irony...). So earlier this year when an offer came in to work in Roppongi, our response was, "If and only if we don't have to live there."

Thankfully, it seems Roppongi has changed a bit and it doesn't feel too sleazy. Sure, there still are sketchy parts of town we avoid, and we're not nightclubbing, party folks anyway, so we're making do OK living a few train stops away. With hubby working in Roppongi, I go there at least twice a week to have lunch with him and then wander around for errands, etc. So that list of unsorted photos just grows and grows and grows.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Lunasol Geminate Eyes Part II

Now I totally see why these Lunasol Geminate Eyes were so damn popular. One look at the 01CE (Cat's Eyes) and I went right back for this 05RB (Ruby) even though all the online photos of hot pink and fuchsia made me want to run away screaming. Don't get me wrong, I do like hot pink and fuchsia, just not on my lids. I think those colors are better on my lips.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lunasol Aurorized Eyes Part II

After the successes of 03 Gentle Variation and 05 Contrast Variation, I went back for more of these lovely Lunasol Aurorized Eyes in 02 Light Variation and 04 Soft Variation

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SK-II Cellumination Deep Surge EX

Been using this 15g deluxe trial jar of SK-II Cellumination Deep Surge EX for the past 3 weeks. It's from the Facial Treatment Essence Rochas Bottle x Mask Coffret via Isetan, which I bought, umm, two years ago... Better late than never, I guess -.-"

Despite my frequent home moves, I sealed up this jar as usual and stored it really carefully, and was pleasantly surprised when I opened this up to find it fresh as new, with no signs of degradation. Wow!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lunasol Vivid Clear Eyes Part II

Yes, I went back for more Lunasol Vivid Clear Eyes ^.^ This time, I picked up the EX02 Colorful Collection and the 03 Orange Collection from the permanent line. I figured since I like this range so much, I'd be kicking myself when it becomes unavailable (or pay a gigantic markup, but who wants that?). So it's better that I get them now before they're gone for good.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Allie Extra UV Protector Perfect Alpha S 50+ PA++++

Here's a two-years-late review for Allie Extra UV Protector Perfect Alpha S 50+ PA++++. I've been using this new formulation since 2013 when it came out, and this is my nth bottle as I've lost count how many I used up since then. The new formula was to adhere to the new Japanese sun protection ratings enacted at the start of that year.

Allie Extra UV Protector Perfect Alpha S in 2015 packaging.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Philosophy Time in a Bottle for Eyes

Finally finished this 2mL/0.07fl. oz. pump bottle of Philosophy Time in a Bottle for Eyes I received as GWP a while go, so here's a quick review for it.

This was a light eye cream that came out of a bottle runny like lotion. I have a couple of guesses for this: it was old and/or it was hot and humid where I am when I was using this. I don't remember any scent at all. It was an ivory color, and upon closer inspection I saw [useless] shimmers.

This made a light eye cream for the day, although despite the late summer heat there were times I felt it wasn't moisturizing enough. At least it didn't melt my sunscreen or crease my eye makeup, so I'll give it credit for that. I guess this is to say this was meh and nothing special. I will not buy the full size.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Lipstick Queen Hall of Fame Set

In late August Lipstick Queen ran a promotion with the Hall of Fame Set half off, which includes Medieval, Jean Queen, and Butterfly Ball Float. You already know how much I love both Medieval and all Butterfly Ball lipsticks in general. Since I've been eyeing Jean Queen for ages, this set pretty much had my name on it and I snatched it up in a heartbeat ^.^

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Muji Eye Color

So I've became gal-pals with one of hubby's colleagues, J. Over the past month or so, J. and I sort of went everywhere in search of household things to bring some warmth into our apartments. So we explored the Ebisu Station mall and inevitably came upon a Muji. While J. was sensibly looking at towels and napkins and such, the display for these Eye Colors totally hijacked my attention span. Yes, Muji makes their own line of toiletry, skincare, and cosmetics. Surprise, surprise.

There were 4 color variations in the permanent range, Brown, Brown x Gold, Brown x Pink, and Plum. There was also one limited edition for the summer that didn't resonate with me at all due to an odd paring of bright mandarin orange and lime green (I don't want to look like Mikan-chan?). I skipped the Brown x Pink because it seemed too red for me, not to mention the liner color was a satiny black. Ick.

From top to bottom: Brown, Brown x Gold, and Plum. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shigaisen Yohou UV Powder SPF50+ PA++++

Been using this 3g jar of Shigaisen Yohou UV Powder SPF50+ PA++++ on and off for a few months now, so a review is overdue. This is a sunscreen powder with a puff-applicator and cap, for on-the-go convenience.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

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