LuLuLun Japan’s Best Selling Face Mask Review and Photos

Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments

LuLuLun Japan's Best Selling Face Mask

LuLuLun Japan's Best Selling Face Mask

LuLuLun Japan's Best Selling Face Mask

Walking into a “drugstore” in Japan for an Australian is a little like walking into Sephora in the States, only in a completely different language. You’re overwhelmed with all the choices, and you know some damage is going to happen… to your wallet

Damage was done and I walked out with a small suitcase filled with face masks. However one that caught my attention was LuLuLun, considered Japan’s number 1 selling face mask.

When you look at the price, it’s clear why this face mask is so popular. At only around $40AUD, I can buy a small compact box of 42 masks. For about $5-7AUD I could buy a very travel friendly version that contains 7 masks. When you think about value for money for most people, this is pretty good. It comes in three versions (though I think a fourth may have just come out), one for basic moisture, more one high moisture and one for brightening.

But if we’re focusing just on the mask itself, I’ve used better. There isn’t a ton of “serum” with each mask, which explains why the box recommends you only wear it for 10-15 mins as opposed to the typical 20-30mins. The cloth itself is very thin and easy to rip if you aren’t careful but what I found most annoying is how the mask didn’t contouring to my face very well. I’ve been through many many face masks in my time, this is certainly one of the more poorly made ones that could not adaquaently cover my face (eyes to face apparent, mouth too low etc), which meant that the fabric wasn’t making constant contact with all parts of my face at all times, essentially defeating the purpose of the mask. I wish they included a couple of slits in the cloth so I could do the contouring myself :(

The results were nice, but nothing close to many masks I’ve tried in the past that have made an actual difference to my skin. It’s a cheap mask, and you get what you pay for. It didn’t leave me with any adverse reactions, but personally I’d rather pay more for a mask that I know will give me real results.

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OOTD ~ Wandering through Japan

Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Japan, Outfits, Travel | 0 comments

Tokyo Japan's Imperial Palace
Tokyo Japan's Imperial Palace
Tokyo Japan's Imperial Palace
Tokyo Japan's Imperial Palace
Tokyo Japan's Imperial Palace
Tokyo Japan's Imperial Palace


Zara Yellow Blouse

ASOS White Jeans (similar here)

Target White Shoes

Burberry Silver Watch

On Monday I shared some photos of my latest trip to Japan, one of my favourite countries to visit. So much so Surfaced Studio and I are already planning a “couples only” return trip soon to visit areas outside the major cities :) It’s a country filled with something for everyone, whether it is natural beauty, shopping, eating and more. I can see myself returning many more times in the future :)

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Tiffany & Co Charms from Asia 2014

Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Accessories, Singapore, South Korea, Travel | 1 comment

Tiffany Charms from Asia 2014

Tiffany Charms from Asia 2014

Tiffany Charms from Asia 2014

Tiffany Charms from Asia 2014

Home is where the heart is, the journey started with a heart from Toby on my birthday in Melbourne. Many travels later, I’ve managed to gather quite the number of charms from each major city and country I’ve visited to remembers my travels. This time round, since I had already picked up a charm in Japan on my last trip, I managed to get one for Seoul, South Korea and one for Singapore. It was only then that I realised it had been 5-6 years since I last went back to visit my family in Singapore, a long time when prior to that I would visit Singapore every 1-2 years. That said, it was a shame that it appeared the Tiffany Charms were being discounted in various cities of Asia (Seoul and Singapore for that matter), leaving me with a very limited range to choose from.

But I was lucky and managed to pick up an apple for Seoul, because we spent so much time navigating through the busy markets that has so much to offer and a shopping bag for Singapore, because I would think that’s obvious! Family, food and shopping is why I visit Singapore :) I’m glad I managed to pick these while I still could, I would have been such a shame if the charms were no longer available :(

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Imagery ~ Tokyo, Japan

Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Imagery, Japan, Travel | 0 comments

Imperial Palace Gardens

Imperial Palace Gardens

Pink Flowers

Tokyo Station

Tokyo Disneyland's Cinderella Palace

Lake Kawaguchi

Delicious Ramen

Tokyo at night from Skytree Tower

Late last month I set off on a short trip with my family to visit various parts of Asia. In all honesty, the trip was for my mother who has dedicated her entire life to my family, but rarely done much for herself so it was a real treat to show her around my favourite parts of Tokyo.

The last time Toby and I visited Japan we decided to stay in Shinjuku, and for a change this time we decided on Shibuya. I’m still not sure which one I preferred just because both were so different yet so fun and interesting, though I’d recommend both in a heartbeat!

During our stay, I brought my family some key areas I loved so much on my last trip such as the Imperial Palace, Asakusa, Tsujiki Fish Market and many more. Outside of Tokyo, I made sure they checked out Mt Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi and Hakone, simply musts given how close we were to them. All in all, Japan is certainly one of the countries I love coming back to and it was so refreshing to revisit some of my favourite locations whilst sharing them with my family. The people, the shopping, the atmosphere is amazing. I’m really looking forward to further exploring the country as a whole in the future.

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Top 5 Inflight Skincare Tips for Dry Skin

Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Skincare, Travel, Videos | 0 comments

Traveling is certain one of my top passions, I love visiting new places, having new experiences and generally learning more about myself and the world. However one aspect of travel that I’m not such a fan of in flying. Not that I have any sort of fear, but more that I don’t enjoy being trapped in a small space for large amounts of time and the air in incredibly drying.

I mentioned a few years back that I never used to have any issues with my skin and flying, until I did a stint for work where I was required to travel between Melbourne and Sydney weekly for a few months. The constantly exposure to the dry air in the plane has left me with problems around dry skin and to cope I have a pretty strict skincare regime I follow when on planes now. Hope you enjoy my tips for inflight skincare, would love to hear from you guys if you have any too :)

Products mentioned in the video:

Sukin Botanical Hydration Booster
Bioderma Atoderm PO Zinc Creme *
Jo Malone Lip Balm

Products marked with * were provided for consideration

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New Hair Don’t Care

Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Hair | 13 comments

New Hair

About a month ago I finally managed to take the dive and cut my hair! For almost 2 years I had been “saving” my hair to film a particular horror video you may or may not have already seen. I never actually intended to wait 2 years, but you know how these things are, “We’ll film in in a few weeks so just hold off” and a few months pass, “no we’ll film it next weekend!” and then a year passes and here we are. I was ademant with Toby that I had to have my hair cut before we left for Asia this year, I could not go on another vacation with butt long hair (there I said it!) When your hair is incredibly long, thick and wavy, it gets caught in -everything-.

After a bit of back and forth on which hairdresser to use, I finally decided to go with Mai from Maison Tsumiki. Only because all those years ago at a blogger event I remembered her being so friendly and gentle, and trusted she would do a good job :) Which I feel she did!

I can’t tell you how nice it is to have “short” hair again, relatively speaking. I think going forward I defintely want to keep the length of my hair anywhere between my neck and just under my bust. Long hair is great, and who knows maybe I’ll go back to it again, but I can tell you, I love my shorter hair :)

And just in case you were curious, because I’ve never dyed / bleached my hair before (virgin hair!) I decided to donate it to Locks of Love, so no my hair didn’t go to waste!

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OOTD ~ Floating Emerald Gown

Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Outfits | 2 comments

Fables Emerald Dress

Fables Emerald Dress

Fables Emerald Dress

Fables Emerald Dress

Fables Emerald Dress

Fables Emerald Dress

Fables Emerald Dress

Fables Emerald Dress

Fables Emerald Dress

Fables Emerald Dress


ASOS Grecian Maxi Dress

Faith Callaway White Patent Heeled Court Shoes

I’ll be honest, I saw this dress, thought it looked gorgeous on the model and bought it without any consideration as to where I actually wear this! (I’ve now come to the conclusion that it’s wedding appropriate, and good timing as I have two early next year~)

Taking outfit photos is one thing, but push your boundaries and trying to wear something that creates a truly beautiful photo, now that’s more my style! And not surprisingly really, it touches close with cosplay and other fantasy related activities I just love to do~ So of course I spent 30 minutes swishing my dress around and having Toby snap one too many photos :)

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Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes

Too Faced eyeshadows are certainly one of their strong products, it may not be completely fair to compare, but I find they are similar to Urban Decay shadows. Soft, pigmented and glides on the lids like magic!

This particular palette is no different, and essentially the only key deciding factor as to whether someone would make the plunge I believe would be whether the shades are suitable for your tastes or not. Personally, the shades are nice but are not typical of the shades I personally wear. But the quality is too good for me to just give away this palette :) And how cute is the packaging?

It’s certainly a keeper, but if you can, try to swatch this palette in person before putting down your hard earnt cash.

If you’re interested, you can find this online for $36USD.

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Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color – Juicy Details Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color - Juicy Details

Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color - Juicy Details

Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color - Juicy Details

If you’re a fan of pigmented hydrating lipsticks, then Benefit’s Hydra-Smooth Lip Color may be right up your alley. Personally I feel a little torn over this product, and I’ll explain why.

On the one hand, the quality is very good. While it’s not the softest or glossiest lip product out there, it’s similar to Clinique’s Chubby Stick range. It’s pigmented, long lasting and hydrating. Three characteristics I highly value in any lip product.

But the one thing I don’t love about this product is the packaging. I’m just not a fan of the look, feels bulky and not something I could see myself toting around and apply constantly in public. Not that the cute packaging is anything to be ashamed about, but I don’t personally think it suits my style.

So I’ll let you be the judge, it’s a great quality product, but given I already know of other brands that share a similar quality I probably won’t be purchasing this in any other shades.

If you’re interested, you can find them online for $19USD.

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Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss – Vermillion, Baie Rose & Violine Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss

One of my many weaknesses at duty free are the trio lip glosses / lipsticks of any brand I’m keen to try out but am not 100% sure where to start. Guerlain is one of those brands. I’ve discovered I love their face powder and am keen to try their foundation soon, but decided this time to give their glosses a shot. If you haven’t been through duty free before, a lot of the brands offer amazing bundles and kits of their product range, and in this case, lip products in three “common” shades together at a discounted price as a package. A great way to instantly expand your lip product collection with a bunch of wearable shades.

Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Lip Gloss range is lovely and in comparison to many other brands, are surprisingly pigmented and wear incredibly well. However I did notice a bit of bleeding and sinking into my lip lines after a few hours had pass, something to keen in mind.

They do however smell amazing, they remind me of lemonade icy poles (and I may have not headed right to the supermarket to pick up a box of them after testing these glosses out…)

If you are a fan of lip glosses, I highly recommend these. You can wear them alone or on top of lipstick if you prefer.

I picked these up in duty free at an airport (can’t remember which one!), I’ve had a quick look online and can’t seem to find them :( So if you’re keen, keep your eyes peeled when you next go through duty free :)

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