Stationery in Japan! - Layover - Midori traveler's notebook and more

6.30.2015

Anyone who is a close friend of mine or follows me on instagram (shameless plug) knows how much I love stationery. Planners, journals, stickers, etc. are really exciting for me since I've been a little girl. I now use a personal sized red domino Filofax as my main planner. I have been wanting a Midori travelers notebook for a while for the main purpose of journaling and a keepsake from my layovers and travels. That's why when my work called me and said "You're going to Japan!", I was beyond excited. It has been a long time since I had been to Japan, and the last location that we went to was so close to the airport that there wasn't much to see. The area that I stayed in this time (Yokohama) had a lot more in terms of shopping to offer.

With my jet lag, I ended up sleeping a grand total of 4 hours. I woke up and just couldn't get back to sleep. So I woke up, got directions to the closest convenience store and had a makeshift breakfast.



Definitely not the most glamorous or nutritious, but was it tasty? YUP! 

Soon after eating I took a 30 min nap and watched a few youtube videos as I waited for the stores to open at 10:00 AM 

I started heading out at 9:50 thinking that it gave me plenty of time to walk to the store. I didn't account however how close it was to the hotel -_-" I got there early and stopped for the sweetest Chai tea latte in existence.



FIRST STOP - TOKYU HANDS
I loved Tokyu Hands. I had read online that it was part stationery store, part homegoods store and  part hardware store. When I got there, the store encompassed several floors, and I was immediately overwhelmed.

I first started in the home goods section, and after much  explanation and finally google translate when I found out they had free wifi, I was directed to the stationery floor. I almost had an aneurism. This is how I felt:











There were rows and rows of stationery. I was ecstatic. But most importantly, they  had the Midori limited edition blue cover and the Panam collaboration pieces.


I obviously bought a fair amount to start up my Midori journals. I did somehow stay under my $100 budget however!




That was the most exciting part of my day. I did however, also stop at Daiso which is a 100 yen store in Japan. It also has enormous presence around the world. 100 yen stores are the equivalent to our dollar stores but on crack. They have everything! I bought 9 rolls of washi tape, which spanned from designs with Tokyo skyline on it to winnie the pooh. All in all it was a great trip for me. I then went back to my hotel and attempted to nap once more before heading back to Toronto!




Here are a couple more shots from my layover!














Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor blush - Rosewater - Review and swatches

6.02.2015





PROS:
> Very easy to use. Dab and blend
> Color is very wearable for spring/summer
> The texture is very liquidy and dewy making it ideal for that natural dewy look

CONS:
> I assume this does not work especially well with powder foundation as it really relies on that dabbing and spreading to make it blend nicely


OVERALL:

I think that this blush is perfect for that no fuss day. I have been using it when I'm just running errands. I throw on a little BB cream, a little eyeliner, watercolour blush, highlight and BAM! summer goddess... or you know something like that LOL. I definitely feel that this is perfect for summer, the pool, the beach, and no fuss days!

4/5

Let me know if you've tried this out and what your favourite no fuss makeup items are!


Urban Decay Naked 3 swatches and review!

5.05.2015








I was lucky enough to get the urban decay naked 3 palette in a goodie bag for a Shoppers Drug Mart event that I went to. I was pretty excited as I was planning on spending a good chunk of my optimum points on it anyway!

In comparison to the Naked Original, Naked 2, and the Naked Basic, this palette is definitely rosier in tone. Urban Decay was definitely moving with the rose gold/copper trend that the beauty industry has been on when they were putting together this palette

This Naked 3 palette is a mix of matte and sparkly colours that are perfect for spring. I have been using this palette for a few weeks and I really like it. I've been using limit and nooner the most as they have been perfect for a soft crease colour.

PROS:
> Great colours, well pigmented
> Perfect for spring
> Great value. You are definitely getting the bang for your buck. 12 UD colours and a dual ended brush!
> Easily available. Urban Decay is now available not only at Sephora, but also at Shoppers Drug mart which is amazing for those of us with a lot of optimum points

CONS:
> May not fit all skin types as the colours do all seem to have a similar tone
> Some of the sparkly colours definitely require a base to make them true to colour.

OVERALL:
4.8/5

I'm definitely a big fan. I've like the naked palettes since they've come out and it's easy to see why they are such a cult item. I would definitely recommend these to my makeup lovers out there. =]


Shu Uemura x Yazbukey event in Toronto

4.16.2015

Last week, I was invited to preview the new Shu Uemura collaboration with Yazbukey here in Toronto. I was so impressed by how extensive and well thought out this collection was, that I thought I would share it with you all. 

The collaboration is centered around the notion that makeup is transformative. Yazbukey created distinctive looks that are easily attainable with the colour palettes that were presented. My personal favourite was the red (sexy yaz) collection. The pink mauvy tones are great for spring and the lipstick took almost a year of back and forth with the Shu Uemura head office.

I loved having the opportunity to speak with the mind behind the collection for once. As a makeup lover, it's really rare to get an inside look as well as insider tips in regards to a collection. All in all I can't wait to try some of my goodies out and I hope you all get a chance to get your hands on this beautiful collection.



The eyeshadow palette has all complimentary colours with all the colours focusing on the middle coppery gold colour.


Really fun eyelashes

A Yazbukey clutch



Place settings for breakfast




This was my favourite look that day. The sexy Yazette is making cranberry look really hot!


Yazbukey and the head makeup artist with Shu, Ludovic posing with the Yazettes!

Ludovic actually gave us a great tip. The UV base that everyone knows and loves can also be used on the eyelids as a primer to really make colours pop and stay on throughout the day. The difference was great. and I will definitely be using that tip on a regular basis.



Let me know what you are all excited to try and what you would like me to review.