Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Popular Japanese Skincare for 2018

Hey Subbies,

I wanted to do a post on the popular skincare in Japan since the trend this year is to look towards Japanese Cosmetics. The reason why I haven't updated anything on Japanese skincare is that many brands have a cult following in Japan because they have a similar process in product development as France. A lot brands in the west would just discontinue their brand line or reformulate it if their budget would allow it in some cases. Simply, it stays in the rotation. Also, it's really expensive to get Japanese brands in the US because of the taxes. Here is an older post so can see what has been updated and what has not in terms of popularity.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect Sunscreen SPF 50+ 4.3
Shiseido ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen EX N SPF50+PA+++ is waterproof and suitable for leisure and water sports activities. It offers high protection against UVA and UVB and is proven to be sweat-resistant and sebum-proof by FDA “80 minutes water resistant test”. Infused with hyaluronic acid that moisturizes even the dehydrated skin. Allergy tested.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil 4.6
An olive oil–based facial cleanser that dissolves makeup thoroughly with zero residue. Its nutritive formula effortlessly breaks down stubborn, waterproof mascara and eyeliner and emulsifies into a cleansing milk when you rinse. Great for removing excess oil and sunscreen, it's a daily must-have even if you don't wear makeup. Your skin will feel soothed, refreshed, and balanced. One try is all you need to see why millions of women swear by it.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essences 4.3
SK-II’s signature product and a highly awarded best-seller. Essentially unchanged for more than 35 years, this essence transforms all five dimensions of your skin to crystal clear – spots are less visible, an appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated.

Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder 4.6
Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder is a water-activated enzyme powder cleanser and exfoliator that claims to exfoliate, shrink the appearance of pores and remove excess sebum and dead skin cells without drying out the skin.

Kose Sekkisei Emulsion 4
A lightweight emulsion that provides unprecedented translucency and smoothness to skin and protects skin from first signs of aging

Lululun Balance Moisture Mask 4
Pink - for moisture balance. Each box contains the equivalent of 4 bottles of serum! Use daily and set your skin's moisture meter to the max!
Nourish dry, wanting skin with the LuLuLun Face Mask in Pink; one of the best-selling sheet masks available in Japan, specifically designed for daily use to deliver exceptional skincare benefits and effectively balance moisture levels.  

Pola Red Ba Cream 3
Pola B.A Red Cleansing Cream has the following features: Transforms immediately from a cream to an abundant oil to remove all impurities gently.  Easily mixes with impurities and makeup in pores and furrows of the skin for thorough cleansing. The skin is well hydrated after washing for a supple look.
Sumi Haigou Settuken Charcoal Bar Soap 4.6
Absorbs dirt clogged in the pores and exfoliate, leaving your skin smooth. Large size, so both bathing and cleansing yours with your family. Fresh cypress scent.

Cure Natural Aqua Gel 4.3
Cure Natural Aqua Gel is the #1 best selling exfoliator in Japan, selling 1 bottle every 12 seconds. Cure's unique and gentle formula allows for it to be used on people with even the most sensitive skin. Cure's status as a cult hit and Japanese beauty product legend stems from the simple fact that Cure does what it promises: exfoliates gently and effectively, without any harsh chemicals.

Fujiko : Mayu Tint 4.2
This is a new makeup trend that putting a long lasting eyebrow color on, called "eyebrow tint", which could last for as long as 3 days!

Opera Lip Tint 4.3
Based on lip care oil, so it's shiny and gentle smooth texture. Popular since debut, Japanese cosme awarded.#5 coral pink is especially called "Bride's Lip".

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream 4.5
Yu-Be is a highly concentrated glycerin moisturizing cream from Japan. Invented in 1957, Yu-Be remains one of the longest and best selling skin care products in Japan today.
Awards: Shecky's Best Of 2013

Honorable Brand Mentions 
Hada Labo
Sofina Primavista

Sunday, March 18, 2018

2018 Fashion Trends #UltraViolet

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I've looked at trends this year and nostalgia hit me hard. There so many 90s inspired trends this year. Even the colors of the year threw me into a loop because we got another violet but it gave me Prince's Purple Rain and Tinashe's Amethyst Album. I guess they inspired by U2 UltraViolet!?! But I am so happy to be able to get back into doing these types of posts again. Apparently, this year mantra is "Inclusion "since Rihanna set a precedence in the cosmetic world I guess. However, this is kind of ironic because brands have been "inclusive" already while other brands research and marketing department roles have been lackluster; they don't check to see if other demographics they tap into sadly. The other probably is when they try to expand into new growing markets they fail because of pure ignorance on their part. The mantra should be Expansion and Corrective Marketing. Anyways, if you have an itch for spring cleaning then I have posted on essential for your closet here. And, when I was thinking about this post I thought about those trying to save money on their next shopping trip. I don't go shopping that much but when do I try to buy or go towards accessories especially as I get older. Without further a due, here are trends that you can take into fall of 2018.

Lavender + Pastels

Red and Pink

Sexy Suit

Sheer to Clear



Bold Beauty

Bag Lady

LoGo Galore

Flower Power

Hair Trends

I don't know what is going on YT but most of the Natural hair community is going back to damaging their hair all for the sake of simplicity. If you don't know what I am talking about well recently I have seen a lot of YT Naturals are Relaxing (aka a perm) their hair. I rather the girls get SILK Press which are amazing and no need for dangerous chemicals. If you are not growing your hair then you probably need to add some supplements like Biotin to your diet and moisturizer a whole lot more (weaves are protective style but it does teach you how to deal with your hair). It takes about the same amount of time to do hair 2-4 hours for styling whether straight or curly so to me this trend is bs. It has only been a month...What happened to Wakanda Forever! Sorry, for the rant but people are really trying it in 2018. As far as I can see, Curls and Coils are here to stay in 2018.

Curlie Me Shirley

Sleek Yet Chic

Ribbons Oh My


Cosmetic Trends

This year masks will be all over the place. I've seen so many ads the last three months just on clay-esque masks, so this year is all about purifying the skin. The other very popular trend that was actually covered by The Doctors of all places. However, it another skin like trend coming out of South Korea but it has two takes on how to meet the look. The first being the sole use skincare, while the second used both skincare and minimal touch up with makeup on problem areas.

Glass Skin 

Mask Off / Mask On

Turquoise Liner

Gold Glow Highlight

Rose Gold Inner Eyeshadow Highlight

Glitter All Over

Twiggy Lashes


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Ick Adora Grey Lens Review

 [Direct Sunlight]
  [Flourescent Light]


Diameter: 15mm
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Water Content: 42%
Power Range: 0.00 to -8.50
Lifespan: Yearly disposable contact lens (We recommend  you to change every 3 - 6 months)

Appearance/Design: 7/10
Comfort: 7/10
Recommend: Yes

Comments: First, I like these lenses over the green version of this line. In addition, the design works a lot better with the gray than the green making it less unnatural. I recommend them for both every day and cosplay because these are the type of contacts you can kind of get away with on an everyday base. 

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Melanined Female Artists You Should Check Out [Black History]

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I've waiting to do a post like this for awhile and just needed a little more time. However, it's finally here.  A lot of people don't check for some of these talented females other than SZA, who has been doing amazing work on the Black Panther O.S.T. with Kendrick recently. Here is Playlist if you are interested. Enjoy!

Sevyn Streeter 

Amber Denise Streeter, known by her stage name Sevyn Streeter, is an American singer and songwriter, best known for being a member of the girl groups TG4 and RichGirl where she was known as Se7en. 

V. Bozeman

V. Bozeman, is an American soul singer, music producer, and actress, best known for her recurring role as Veronica in the Fox primetime musical drama television series Empire.

Victoria Monet

Victoria Monét McCants is an American singer and songwriter. She became involved in performing arts at a young age, singing in the youth choir at her church and performing in a city dance team.

St. Beauty

St. Beauty is an American music group composed of two singers, Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino. The duo is affiliated with a larger artistic collective called Wondaland Art Society, a group of musicians.


Ledisi Anibade Young is an American R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter and actress. Her first name means "to bring forth" or "to come here" in Yoruba. Ledisi is known for her jazz influenced vocals.


Aituaje Iruobe, known as Waje, is a Nigerian singer whose vocal range covers three octaves. She participated in the remake of P-Square’s "Omoge Mi" and featured as the female voice in the duo’s 2008 hit track “Do Me".

Keke Palmer

Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer is an American actress, singer, songwriter and presenter. Palmer was born in Harvey, Illinois and raised in Robbins, Illinois.

Seyi Shay

Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua, professionally known by her stage name Seyi Shay, is a Nigerian-based singer and songwriter. She wrote and produced three songs for the soundtrack to Konami's video game, Crime Life: Gang Wars.

Diamond White

Diamond White is an American singer, actress and voice actress who, in 2007 at the age of 8, starred in a Chicago-based production of The Color Purple that also toured nationally.

Justine Skye

Justine Indira Skyers, also known as simply Justine Skye, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and model.

Ravyn Lenae

Ravyn Lenae Washington is an R&B singer and songwriter from Chicago who is currently signed to Atlantic Records and the Three Twenty Three Music Group. She is also a member of the Zero Fatigue crew.

Ezi Emela

Introducing you to rising afrobeats artist - real name Ezichimemela Ezeh. Born in Manchester, England to Nigerian parents, Ezi has had a passion for music for as long as she can remember and has been singing from a very tender age.