Tuesday, 22 July 2014

OOTD: Going My Way.

Good evening to you all!

I originally intended to post this two days ago but I actually sat down and worked on my thesis until the next morning everyday so this had to wait. I am not that kind of person who works 2 hours on one thing.. Either I completely immerse myself in work and work 10 hours straight or I don't do nothing. I also seem to be most efficient in the evening/night. I think the day with all its possibilites is just way too distracting for me, I can focus best in the middle of night when there is no other possibility than to work or sleep. I will make a post about my thesis project as soon as I figured out the main points, all has to fall together a bit more. I will present my current plan to some teachers tomorrow so I hope to get some useful feedback :)

Most of you may remember the huge haul from my birthday - I finally got around to take some pictures with my favorite piece, the dress from World Wide Love. I love everything about this dress - that its main color is black but it has pastels in it. That it is not too short. That is has sleeves. And a front pocket. That it is completely button down. (The buttons are little stars!!) AND A UNICORN IN THE BACK. This dress was made for me. Unfortunately it is still very heavy rain season in Japan which leads to my hair looking like.... that. I carefully styled it but it just exploded on my head 15 minutes after I went out. Meh. But still. Hope you enjoy these nonetheless and let me know what you think about this dress! ^_^



The back is really what sold me on this dress. First, I am widely known for my big love for unicorns. Unicorns make everything better and the world less miserable. The unicorn in the back is actually stitched and not a print which I love; prints tend to wear out over time while stitches last a lot better. Also, the slogan "Going my way" just describes my character very well. I am going my way and study in Japan and Korea despite all the doubts and concern from other people if I should really do that or not (I think now they've realized, yes I should.) so I am wearing this with pride.


Pictures happened in front of one of the building where Lisa and I have seminar together. Of course that one day that I wanted some pictures it was extremely humid and raining like hell but I am pleased how the pictures turned out & I am happy that Lisa has the patience to cope with my "Could you maybe take one or two...?"  requests :D   The stockings are from Tutuanna and the slippers from H&M; I had to buy them because my feet were hurting so bad in my new sandals I couldn't walk at allso I went to H&M, dearly hoping they have something in my size and voilĂ ! These slippers are actually extremely comfortable :)

Hope I'll be able to show you the other pieces from my birthday haul in action soon, I also really really love that Glad News T-Shirt with the bones in the back (my teacher actually shrieked when she saw that after I turned around she was just SO surprised, haha.)

Hope you're all doing well and don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already, you can find a link in the sidebar :)

Lots of love,

Sam

Friday, 18 July 2014

Review Korean Skincare: Skinfood Watery Berry Cream

Happy weekend to everyone!

Today I had the whole day off so I didn't do much until 6PM and then I started to work on my thesis. When I say "work" I think about actually writing my thesis but sadly, that is just the last step. So far, I collected 50+ papers and books that need to be reviewed in order to write a literature review and put everything in context. So far I've read 5 papers and need to speed up a little bit. I don't need to read them all beforehand but I think I should at least read 10 or 15 before I start typing (I actually already started typing... but only the introduction. You don't need a lot of reading for the introduction. Although I think I might change it again completely but that's what I do.)

So in order to clear my mind I'd like to review today my daily facial cream at the moment! I ran a while ago out of the cream I brought from Germany so I needed to get something else. Since my skin is so problematic with all the blemishes it was really hard to chose the right cream. I ended up at the Skinfood counter because so far I've liked all their products and although they're not 100% natural (a lot of people think that because of the packaging/marketing but actually thats not true. They try to have a green image but they are not 100% green cosmetics.) They are very popular in Japan and can be found easily. I actually did something I never do: I asked the staff what they would recommend for my skin type. I ended up talking to the staff approximately one hour, she was such a nice lady! We talked a lot about the company and the products and she let me try out everything I wanted. In the end I chose the Watery Berry Cream.



Skinfood Watery Berry cream is actually a cream that consists of two parts: a thick, white cream part and a clear, less thick liquid which is located around the "cream core". The clear part is supposed to thin out the consistency of the thick cream in case you don't need as much hydrating this day. While I really like this idea I have to say that there is a lot more cream than liquid and since she recommended to use it about 50/50 ratio I almost ran out of clear cream which means only the heavy cream in the middle is left. I would have liked it to be half and half because that would have made it a lot easier to "portion".

(.....of course Skinfood is Korean and not Japanese I have no idea what I was thinking when making that header, maybe I was tired. I am too sleepy to correct that now, so I just changed the title. xD")

The cream itself is rather heavy and thick but I love the consistency it gets when mixed with the clear part. It is neither too runny nor too thick, it just gets the perfect consistency. The cream gets absorbed quite fast from the skin and doesn't leave any sticky feeling afterwards. The cream comes in a beautiful glass jar and is quie heavy which makes it not very convenient for travel. If I wouldn't travel so much at the moment I wouldn't mind the glass jar at all but I might move the cream somewhere else when I leave because it will just add to my luggage otherwise.

I use this cream twice daily at the moment and have to say I really like it. It has a nice scent, it does not break me out (hooray, it's acne-proof!) and is a good base for make-up. Since there is more of the rich cream than the liquid part I would recommend to use this cream either in winter or if you have dry skin. If your skin isn't dry at all like mine, you probably want something that is lighter in summer. I still have some of the clear part left but I am not sure on how to thinnen out the cream once I ran out... anyone got any ideas?

Swatch of clear part and thick cream part that Skinfood Watery Berry consists of

This is how it all looks after mixed together; for me it has the perfect consistency not too thick nor too thin

This cream cost 3000Yen which is not very cheap, I would like it to be a bit less expensive but I guess its okay since I really like this. I will not repurchase it but I not because it's not good; just because I really want to try out the tomato series of Skinfood and I kind of hope that the cream will be a little less thick. If I did need hydration I would certainly come back to this cream though since it worked really well.

Any thoughts on Skinfood? I am definitely bound for trying out more of their products, so far I only had good experiences with them :) Have a lovely weekend!

Love,

Sam

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

FINALLY GOT MY OWN DOMAIN! JAPANESE SKINCARE GIVEAWAY ♥

My dear dear readers!

Wow, what a week was that. Everything just turned into a big mess and me just in the middle. There were problems with the Korean visa, I had to do a huge bunch of university stuff, my laptop just died almost the whole weekend and I wasn't able to do anything (I kinda need my laptop for every university action I am involved in) and so on and so forth. Now I am kind of sick which may be very well due to stress. I am so happy when the dust is settled and I may be finally able to breathe freely again.



But! I didn't leave you guys for a week just go come back empty-handed. No, no. I finally finally was able to host the giveaway I promised you guys so long ago! I wanted to make sure to really get all the products that I wanted & that I love :) My last giveaway was ages ago so it was time. Plus, I know how obsessed most of you are with Japanese skincare and stationary so I made a mash-up of both!  

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored giveaway, all products were provided by myself and paid for with my own money.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway includes:  
Shiseido Perfect Whip Cleanser (one of my favorites, review will follow soon!)
3 Etude House Sheet Masks & Etude House samples 
Revlon CC Cream (Note: This product was swatched by me once on my hand and I am giving it away because the shade is too dark for me, it would be a waste to throw away)
Acne Barrier Spot Treatment (review coming soon, I LOVE this product)
Skinfood samples (Toner, Peeling & Conditioner)
Natural Honey Lip (My favorite lip treatment forever)
Rilakkuma Notebook
Sumikkogurashi sticker sheet & pencil
1 pair of Natural Elegant False Lashes 
Kosé Je l'aime Shampoo & Conditioner samples
Glamatic chewing gum (my favorite which is actually superhard to find in Japan)
Little Twin Stars plaster set (just because they were so cute)

The giveaway is open until 31.07.2014, 6PM and is open internationally.

To enter, you must be a reader of this blog and you are able to get an extra entry when you were a reader of this blog before I hosted this giveaway. Liking the Facebook page is also mandatory, as well as answering one question in order to get your email-adress - be sure to leave an adress you check at least once a day. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours I will chose a new winner (which is due to the fact that I am already leaving Japan on the 9th of August and need to get the parcel send by then.)



The skincare part of the giveaway - All of these products are personal favorites of mine so I think you will enjoy these two as these products are just working wonderfully. Also, the Perfect Whip cleanser from Shiseido is a very gentle foam cleanser  which I believe should be suitable for any skin condition. And you can never, never go wrong with the amazing masks of Etude House, right? :)

Almost 100% of my readers seem to be huge fans of Japanese stationary - at least these are the posts I get positive feedback only and a lot of you expressed how they wished they could get their hands on some of the cute things Japan has to offer. So here is your chance! I included sticker sheets & pencil of Sumikkogurashi which is my favorite character goods by so far and Rilakkuma because everyone loves Rilakkuma. I also included some samples since I do have a lot of them & it gives you the chance to try a wider arrange of products :)

I just REALLY love these cuties I mean, look at them! My favorite is the green "Kyuuripengin" (Cuke Penguin) who has an identity crisis because he thinks he is a cucumber and not a penguin. The other characters have pretty sweet background stories too and its getting more famous in Japan. These are the summer edition which you can see by the fans, hanabi (fireworks) and most importantly watermelon :)

I hope a lot of you will participate and that this giveaway is to your liking! I thought really hard to get products that most of you would want and even most of you could use so please enjoy! :) Happy participating and may the most lucky person win!

Lots of love,

Sam

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

OOTD: Strawberry Summertime.

Happy new week everyone!

As you can see by the picture, I totally forget to post this! I wore this outfit two weeks ago when I did gaming night with some friends. I actually love this skirt and wear it a lot, it is so comfy in hot weather! Sorry for the late post .__." Already have outfit posts with my new hair so I'l just squeeze this in between sneaky as I am.

I finally got around to force my friend Lisander to take pictures of me and my beloved strawberry skirt from Punyus! The whole dorm was watching, which was weird to say the least, and which is also the reason why I only let her take three pictures because I couldn't stand being watched like an animal in a zoo. It is still a lot better here in Japan because people in general don't care if you take pictures of yourself in the street, in Germany everyone will think you are a very weird person if you do...   this is not the prettiest background ever but well, you gotta work with something right?

Since the print itself is very catchy I usually just wear it with a plain top; this navi one from GAP is my favorite combination since I like the color contrast. I really liked the green skirt from Punyus too but it has cabbage and.... strawberries are so much cooler than cabbage. What you cannot see is that the shoes are platform sneakers so they make me about 7cm taller than I usually am. And yes, this is how my hair looks when all the red hairdye has been washed out. I will dye it very soon but I'm gonna wait until short before my birthday, I only have four packs of hairdye left so I need to use them carefully :D I usually have my hair up in a bun because it is just SO HOT here that it doesn't really matter. Once I'm back in Germany I think I will dye my hair in one single color again but I somehow don't trust the Japanese hair stylists... I don't really know why.  My hair is also freshly washed and dried because I came by bike so that's why its making these weird shapes lol.  (Okay, okay, this is not really relevant since I just decided to cut my hair short and I think you can understand why, my hair looked just awful <____<")

Coming back to the skirt! I actually got a lot of compliments around campus for wearing this. I think it is the perfect mixture of being cute but not too much - Japanese fashion tends to go very very cute with pink and ribbons and glitter and.... too much for a soon-to-be-25-year-old-girl. This has also the perfect length since most skirts and dresses are incredibly short on me here in Japan, I was so happy to find a store where they sell something with which I don't need to worry about exposing any private parts all the time.

How do you like it..? Have you ever hear from Punyus..?
Wish you all a happy week!
Love,

Sam
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