It felt good to take a break from blogging, even if it was a bit of a forced absence.
But the fact that I wasn't here doesn't mean that I wasn't shopping. Shopping for skincare, that is.
I always feel very awkward doing these haul posts, because then I have to face up to the fact that I buy a lot of stuff. And by "a lot", I mean a freakin' truckload of face goo every month.
That's the bad part.
The good part is that all of this gets used up fairly quickly.
So, let's get going.
Last weekend I had to go to Tokyo to take care of some urgent matters, and I wouldn't be myself if I didn't pop in to Shin Okubo.
I got these at Skinholic:
The Saem Gem Miracle Black Pearl O2 Bubble Mask
The Saem Gem Miracle Black Pearl O2 CC Cream
It's only been one week, and I can tell that I quite like both of them.
I like them so much that I don't even want to look at the ingredient lists. Though I know that at some point I will have to.
I will definitely look for other items in this line.
It was quite a shock to see Whamisa at Skinholic:
Whamisa Organic Flower Fermented Cream
Whamisa Organic Flower Fermented Milk
Whamisa Organic Flower Fermented Lotion
What is this world coming to?
And what happened to the usual assortment of It's Skins and Tony Molys?
Anyway, I haven't had a chance to try these yet, because, sorry, I mean, I only have one face. Even though it's a pretty big one.
And this is the place where I got TheSaem and Whamisa:
My cushion hauling (yes, I know, I need more cushions like a pig needs a tutu) I showed before on instagram. Here's the photo:
TGI Wholesale is always very generous with samples. There were even more samples in that particular package. Lots and lots of them.
One day when I found myself away from home and without my usual skincare, I was forced, or rather, I forced myself, to get this DHC set:
DHC Kakon Juka cream
DHC Kakon Juka Lotion
DHC Kakon Juka Essence
In my defense, they were all on sale. Of course I got it at a local drugstore for a lot less than what's listed on the American website. I think the whole set cost me the equivalent of about 30 dollars.
I like it. Especially the lotion is nice.
And while we are talking about DHC:
DHC Cleansing Oil
Bifesta 2 phase Eye Makeup Remover
These are my cleansing staples and as soon as I finish one bottle, I buy another.
And speaking of cleansing:
This is my Derizum haul.
Derizum Pure Ceramide Lotion
Derizum Pure Ceramide Face Wash
Derizum Pure Ceramide Cleansin Water
Derizum Pure Ceramide Cream
Let's just say this is my discovery of the year.
Cheap, effective, meant for sensitive skin. Love it.
This shampoo and conditioner set comes from the same company that makes Derizum:
Ayurbio Damaged Extra Rich Shampoo
Ayurbio Damaged Extra Rich Treatment
Not sure what to think of them just yet. But then again, my hair is quite demanding.
I couldn't resist these lip glosses.
I mean, hello? Jill Stuart?
Jill Stuart Lip Jewel in 01 Catseye Wink (top)
Jill Stuart Lip Jewel in 06 Amethyst Dew (bottom).
I restocked on face masks too:
Ainz & Tulpe had My Beauty Diary sheet masks on sale, and then I had a coupon, so it would be stupid not to buy.
And I was looking forward to trying something whitening:
Vercell-ity Absolute White Essence.
No idea how it's going to perform.
And finally - sunblock haul of 2015.
Lately I've been getting a lot of questions about Japanese sunblocks that are alcohol-free. And though personally I don't mind alcohol in my sunblocks (in some cases I even prefer "alcoholic" formulas), by popular demand, this year I decided to give alcohol-free sunblocks a chance.
Shiseido SunMedic is probably the most famous drugstore alcohol-free Japanese sunblock.
I didn't beat around the bush and got 3 different types: the normal waterproof one, the whitening one, and the "delicate" skin one.
I have used SunMedic before and I liked it, but that was before I started to blog about the all the random stuff I put on my face.
Buying these Dr. Ci:Labo thingies made me officially an old, oh pardon mua, a mature woman:
Dr. Ci:Labo UV&White Moisture Gel
Dr. Ci:Labo UV&White Enrich-Lift
Both feel nice on the skin. It's definitely rich, it's definitely for a "mature" woman (like me!) with "mature" skin (like mine!) that needs moisture (like mine again!). But let me use them for a few more weeks. Then, hopefully, I'll be able to tell you more.
It was a very nice surprise to find so many alcohol-free sunblocks right at my dinky little countryside drugstore.
I had no idea that both Solanoveil and Skin Aqua had alcohol-free options. Hopefully someday Biore will catch on, too.
I discovered Jewel Pinky last year, but back then I couldn't care less about formulas and ingredients. So imagine my surprise when I read on the box I got this week that it's alcohol-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free and so on...
It's a great sunblock, especially, if you can't afford Astalift Perfect Protector. Jewel Pinky makes a worthy astaxanthin substitute. Though as my commenter, who's familiar with Jewel Pinky, observed, it's definitely for those of us with dry skin.
More cheap alcohol-free sunblocks:
Matsumoto Kiyoshi store brand is ethanol-free? Who would have thought?
So apparently is Sunplay Superblock.
I was stupid when I bought it. I should have noticed that it's actually made in Vietnam. Oh well...
But as an aside, I know that Sun Bears are becoming very popular among foreign fans of Japanese sunblocks, mainly due to their low price and lack of ethanol in the ingredients. However, Sun Bears are made in Thailand. So even though they are technically alcohol-free, I didn't buy any Sun Bears sunscreens during my UV shopping spree.
I did buy this Sunkiller Perfect Strong Moisture. Yep, it's alcohol-free. And yep, it's cheap.
Cezanne UV Cut Base 50 is technically a base/sunblock combo. It was cheap, so I bought it.
Shigaisen Yohou Whitening
Shigaisen Yohou Non-Chemical
These two are new to me, I haven't tried them yet.
And finally Minon Amino Moist UV Base.
Oh my lovely, where have you been all my life???
This is an awesome base. It blurs, it primes, it moisturizes, it has SPF47 PA+++. It's reasonably priced (considering it's Minon). I love it!
And that's all the haulings I remembered to take photos of.
A separate sunblock post will be coming up as soon as I thoroughly test all this alcohol-free goodness. If I feel ambitious I might even translate the ingredient lists.
So that's it for today.
Now let me figure out where I can watch the Eurovision Song Contest online.
Update: Sweden won. Oh well, I thought the song was just so so. I preferred Italy. Whoa! Since when such handsome guys sing popera?