shu uemura skin perfector review

You know what? I like writing reviews. I find them useful. And I am hoping I will be able provide the same type information to you, too. Useful and objective. I am trying a lot of products, so I could write a whole lot more. I just have to set myself a better schedule.

Now, today’s product is shu uemura’s new skin perfector oil. It started selling in Japan today. If you are wondering if to buy it or not, here is my take on it. ↓


Name shu uemura skin perfector

Contains I always check the ingredients. I just checking what is the concoction that I am putting on my skin. I might not know the exact proportion, but still. I think I am getting my nose excited on purpose by reading the ingredients. And back to the ingredients, this oil seems to contain a lot of botanical and essential oils. A lot means 99%. According to shu uemura. Sorry, I have no way of checking the veridity of this statement.

Texture: V-E-L-V-E-T-Y. Initially, I didn’t think to include this category, but this oil just created a descriptive category by itself. Given that it is indeed an oil I was expecting it to be leaky and forever staying on the exterior of my skin. Not the case for skin perfector. This is THE smoothest cosmetic product I have tried until now. And my skin quickly absorbed it. Congratulations shu uemura team, you again proved that you are indeed the skin oil master.Bravo!

Smell As mentioned before, I care a great deal about the way the product smells. I can feel faint scents of peppermint, sage and lavender, but nothing overbearing. Particularly important if you want to use it before you go to sleep. It has just enough bitterness to wake up if you use a few drops in the morning, though.

Price Pricey. No surprise here. shu umeura is a luxury brand.

Buy it? For whom? Agh, well this one, this one makes the perfect gift for yourself or for a precious friend and/or mother. Yes, if you can afford it, buy it.

Other thoughts on it. Honestly, I prefer to use products that have as many natural ingredients as possible, and not chemically produced. Sorry, petrol industry. (Jump of joy for agriculture) And this oil has 99% of its ingredients naturally sourced. I am not sure about the 30 ml, but given that you are using just a few drops, it might last longer than expected. My cosmetic products always last longer than I think they will. The fact that has versatile uses makes me like it even more. I might ditch one of those moisturising creams for this oil.

Please let me know your thoughts if you have tried it, too. Questions are also welcome. Until next time and thank you for reading!


Estee Lauder Foundation and Clinique Powder Review

I have two reviews for you today, and they are both about foundation.

The first, is liquid foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear. In short, I am impressed. The second one is a powder foundation from Clinique: even better powder. Conclusion: it does its job, but I would say it is for skin that is oilier.

Estee Lauder’s foundation has 10 SPF and PA++. you have a picture for your reference. This is a very close shot and as you can see you can barely see the marks of the foundation. And from half a meter, it is impossible to see. Impeccable finish. What I liked about it even more is that it does not leave my skin dry, instead it felt a bit moisturising. The extra thing that I like, almost no smell.

Estee Lauder 2C0 Cool Vanilla Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10/PA++
Close-up – foundation set on.
Close-up – Foundation Powder Clinique even better powder makeup SPF 25/PA+++ 64 cream beige 

Now, the powder foundation. I am not a big user of powders. It always felt like it stretches my skin. Clinique’s powder does not do that, it is light and you can barely see it from the distance. From the close-up you can see it. It might be good for wet summer days. And for you ladies with a mixed skin or on the oilier side. I liked the fact that it has more SPF than other foundations. One good thing about powders is that we reply it more often than a liquid foundation, protecting us from those damaging sun rays- if you enjoy them too much, that is.

That’s a wrap. Let me know if you have questions.

Clinique Pop Lip Colour Review

Hi all,

I finally tried Clinique’s line of lipstick. Conclusion: I’m impressed. Below are the details. 2nd conclusion: shu uemura’s cleansing oils are no joke.   First things first, the lipstick review. I tried four colours. From top to bottom:

  1. Cherry Pop

2. Punch Pop

3. Love Pop

4. Nude Pop

Now, I am into keeping things short so here it goes:

  1. Colour variation: Plenty. You can pick from 16 colour variations
  2. Lasting? Yes. Clinique states that it lasts up to 8 hours. I did not keep it on for so long, but with the bright Cherry Pop on, the shade did not transfer to my glass or my teeth. Yes, I would say it lasts.
  3. Texture: Dry-ish. Due to its shimmering look, I expected it to feel a bit more moisturizing, but the bright pink nuances have a matte finish. The other two colours, have a more metallic effect, and they were wetter.
  4. Look: Shimmer & Metallic.
  5. Smell. Yes, medicine-ish. It is fragrance free, but it does smell like the lipsticks you might have found in your grandma’s drawer. Clinique is known for trying to make products that do not spur allergies, and this might have been their solution. I am pretty sensitive to fragrances, as in I like to know how things smell. I would have prefered it to smell a bit like vanilla, or something on the more pleasant scale, but maybe that is just me.
  6. Price.Affordable. The price point seems reasonable. It does encourage me to think of buying about 3-4 shades to increase the colour variation in my collection.

As for the second conclusion. I am not Asian, but I love shu uemura’s product. Today, they didn’t disappoint again when I cleaned the display of colour on my arm in one swipe. Pleased, I am very pleased.

Please let me know if there are questions. You are welcome to share your opinion.


Face Mask Review, My Beauty Diary Taiwan

Isn’t the packaging cute? I’ve been meaning to try this company’s products for a while. The scents are creative and invitive and the packaging, just adorable.

I’ve tried Bulgarian White Rose Mask, but there are several other options- with French Macaroons in it. With scents like that I can’t wait to try all of them.

As for the effects: the aroma isn’t too powerful and my skin did feel smoother. I should probably use more, as this harsh Japanese winter and winds dried it more than expected.

I wouldn’t say this will end up being my favorite mask, as I already have one that is versatile and it has wonderful results. That one is clay based.

If you have other masks that you would like to recommend, do let me know.

Clearing thoughts time

Things have been a bit turbulent lately. Not horrible, just a lot of worries. especially for the ones that are close to me and I care for. But, that is how life is. We start decaying after we evolve into adults.

So, just to clear my thoughts and to clam myself down I went for a stroll around my area. I was very happy to see that the sakura flowers are about to bloom. And have even found a tree that had its flowers fully bloomed. This tree is located close to Naka-Meguro / Daikanyama, an area that is full of fashionable, artsy people. There is identity and flavor on these streets that make me smile. I now have to find a nice tea place where I can sit and Decoratingwatch these people at my own pace.Naka-Meguro 1

Perfectly bloomed
Perfectly bloomed

Cute “Yazbukey for shu uemura” Collection

Yazbukey for shu uemura collection has just lunched in Japan. All the items are extremely cute, with a daring and fun design. To my surprise the Eyes and Cheek Palette is much bigger than I expected. Just take a look at the picture below, aren’t they cute?
Yazbukey for shu uemuraIn some countries the collection will not launch, and is some it will start selling in May, but if you want to get your hands fast on it I found a seller on eBay that has some items listed for sale. They are, the above mentioned palette, the cases, eyelashes, eyeshadows and some of the lipsticks.

Here is the link for the palette:

If you look more through the seller’s items you will find the rest of them. You can probably ask questions about the items as well.

Oh, and it seems the event is pretty big and colourful. I found this super cute car in Omotesando, Tokyo yesterday night. How glamorous would it be to be actually be able to ride in it? I know it is not the best picture, but can you see the eyelashes? CUTE!

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Last night was fun! It felt like spring is finally coming. It was the first time I wore a light coat. It’s great to be able to move back again to lighter clothes and feel like I can add more variety to my outfits.

A 1,2,3 Tea Recipe

I know I haven’t blogged for a while. I’ve been crazy busy with work and a personal project.

But, today a friend shared his discovery that will forever give me soothing moments from now on.

Can you guess what it is?


It’s simple black tea with a pinch of coconut oil. My friend said he had coffee with coconut oil, but I am more of a tea drinker. I decided to try it with tea and it worked!
Enjoy! Let me know what you think.