04 March 2013

Japanese Beauty and Skincare: Thanks Milk Tea!

We hear so much about the quality of Asian skincare, cosmetics and beauty gadgets, but they're so hard to get our mitts on over here. Yes, there are sites like Adam beauty but it's entirely baffling if you don't know what you're looking for. So I was beyond excited to receive a parcel crammed with amazeballs bits and pieces from Japan, courtesy of the lovely Siobhan at Milk Tea. If you haven't yet checked out her blog, do pay her a visit - she's a Dubliner living in Japan and her site is a real treat; it's packed full of fashion and beauty and tales of her Japanese adventures.

Japanese Skincare and Cosmetics selection
So what are we looking at here, then?  

ONE: I love these rose scented sheet masks, that you heat for 5 minutes in hot water before application - I'm wearing one as I type, and though I look terrifying (as evidenced below!), the mask is packed full of moisture. The dehydration lines on my forehead have been reaping the benefits of the strawberry point pads, which are like mini sheet masks for specific areas, and loaded with Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and collagen. As for the skin-roller, Siobhan recommends it for use in the bath and I will try that, but for now I use it to loosen up the tight muscles in my neck (it's been giving me lots of trouble lately). 

Japanese Skincare and Cosmetics selection

TWO: Bath salts are massive in Japan and Siobhan kindly sent me four sachets, three of which are 'hot baths' to sweat out the toxins from your skin. Should be interesting!  

THREE:  I've been on a bit of a green tea kick since before Christmas but have yet to  find an at-home version that tastes as good as in my favourite Asian restaurants. I've high hopes for this one and have already eaten most of these grape flavoured collagen sweeties - they're deliciously tangy and who knows, they might also help with the elasticity of my skin. 

Wearing a Japanese sheet mask

FOUR: Here we have the most delicious scented handcream - think cake, ice-cream and milkshakes - along with some sachets of bubble bath and BB cream. There's also a felt tip pen eyeliner and what has almost instantly become my new favourite lipstick. The brand is Fasia, the shade a pretty pink (PK 820) and the formula feels insanely moisturising on the lips. Loving it!

Japanese lipstick Fasia PK 820 swatches
If you're interested in checking out more Japanese beauty, make sure you also swing by Glossed in Translation - Lizzie studied Japanese and lived there for a year, and her site is packed with in-depth and knowledgeable reviews of Japanese brands. And don't forget to check out Milk Tea! I'm incredibly grateful to Siobhan and hope she likes the package of goodies I've sent over to her. 

Have you tried any Japanese beauty bits, and do you have any recommendations for me?
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