While I was in high school and only starting to learn about makeup, one of the first few luxury brands that I started seeing virtually everywhere was Shu Uemura. I was all about wishlisting their iconic cleansing oils and lash curlers, and I was so stoked to finally get their classic curler some years later. Fast forward to 2017 when the brand has unfortunately left the Philippines, leaving brokenhearted fans in its wake. But before the last of their boutiques closed its doors, I was able to grab the Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator in Warm Glow (SRP = SGD 62).
Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator
Quick Specs: 30 ml / 1 fl oz ; made in Japan
Are there moments where you find yourself looking for something different? Something out of the ordinary? In terms of makeup purchases, I satisfy that little “wanderlust” by switching up beauty brands from time to time. Trendy picks are all well and good, but the basics are not to be missed. And what could get more simple and true than the need to have groomed brows at the very least? Enter the Muji Eyebrow Pencil:
Muji Eyebrow Pencil
Quick Specs: made in Japan
Random Personal Update: I pledged 20 books on Good Reads, and I’ve still got 8 books to go before the end of the year. Still going through a lot of YA thrillers, because that’s often the way to get me to finish a book within 10 days. (Meaning, I elect to lose sleep to go through a page-turner.)
Also, re-watching the entire Harry Potter series in time for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s something of a personal tradition that started with every HP book release. Only then, I used to re-read the books. I don’t have the time to do that now, so the condensed 2-hour version should suffice. (BTW, have you guys seen the fanart of the HP-themed shadow palettes? Merlin’s beard, please let them become a reality!)
Buuut, going back to beauty, here are my latest empties. There’s quite a bit of them this time:
Clockwise from Top-Left: Nivea Extra White Firming Body Lotion, The Body Shop Shea Body Butter, Nivea Creme, Zenutrients Rich Cocoa Body Butter
I’ve received conflicting views on shimmer shadows. On one end, a friend told me that shimmer shadows are only ‘cool’ up until college. On the other hand, have you seen the glam ladies in Japan? The office girls know how to pull off the shimmer shadow there, so I guess I’m trusting the judgement of the Japanese on this round. Kate Tokyo Forming Edge Eyes in PK-1 (PHP 770) makes a convincing argument as well.
Kate Tokyo Forming Edge Eyes Eyeshadow in PK-1
Quick Specs: 2.0 g ; made in Japan
Summer is ‘prime time’ for me. My skin is extra moist then, and the usual primer formula will exacerbate dry spots on other days. But here I am with a promising one from Japan, whose mother-brand is the popular Kanebo. The Kate Makeup Lock Primer (PHP 550) seems to be going the opposite route, much to my relief.
Kate Makeup Lock Primer
Quick Specs: 15 g ; made in Japan