Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Surviving La Foret Grand Summer Bazar 2014.

My dear readers,

How have you all been doing? I am extremely stressed and on top (or because of..?) that I got very very very sick last week, I was super dizzy, I threw up all my food I could not walk more than 10 meters and it was just plain horrible. It might be the extreme heat + the stress I guess but I am better now. I am leaving my dorm next week soooo I have so much to do you can't probably even imagine. I'll try to write some posts beforehand so you won't be without me for ever because I won't be able to blog the first ~10 days in Korea because my boyfriend is visiting and I am attaining a seminar afterwards.

Soooo just a quick update today. Better than nothing, right? I was in Tokyo on Monday because I had to apply for my Korean visa (like not even two weeks before I leave, great organization Korea University...) and since you had to apply from 09:00 - 11:30AM I went super early and spend some time in Harajuku afterwards. Of course it was like 100°C and I was dying whenever I was outside but it's like that for some weeks now so I probably should get used to it.

The big department store La Foret had Grand Summer Bazar so I thought it would be a good idea to go there and see if I find anything nice. I don't know why I thought that was a good idea. I've been living in Japan before but I totally forgot what sales are like. Not even close to the things in Germany, when a big sale is in Japan, hell is breaking loose. I kid you not.

Yes, yes, the decoration for advertising sales in Japan are generally very subtle. I mean, you could miss an amazing opportunity so better have 1000+ balloons in front of it and poster everything. With the same motive. Because the message becomes stronger when you have 1000 posters saying the same.... (not). Also that girl on the right; with her self-made advertisement board and something to scream at the customers. 

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

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