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In my last post I showed all the beauty items I got from Japan. Now let me tell you about how stupid I have been in buying and using some of them šŸ˜›

You see, I never learnt Japanese, so although I know how to say a few very simple Japanese phrases, I basically can’t read, write or speak Japanese. However, the Japanese language does use some Chinese characters, and I am Chinese, so what I do is try to guess the meaning of the words on Japanese products by reading the Chinese words and using a little common sense. I’ve even managed to cookĀ pretty decent dishes following someĀ Japanese instructions in this way. However, this method is not fool-proof, as you will see here.

First, the Kose Seikisho Pure Brightener. What I wanted to buy initially was the Mask White. But I’ve never seen the actual product before, only pictures of it. Not that it would have helped anyway. I happily bought what I thought was the Mask White at a Japanese drugstore, brought it all the way back to Singapore, and tried to use it one night. I squeezed it out and applied it thickly on my face (ps: both products are black in colour), and wondered why the texture was so weird and why it didn’t dry. I suspected something was wrong so I quickly went online to look for Seikisho products, and then realised… what I had was the Pure Brightener instead! Urrrgggghh! What happened was the 2 products have similar packaging, are about the same size, and I spotted the words “black” andĀ “skin-brightening” on what I bought and assumed it was the same thing. I felt like such an idiot that night…. :S The only good thing is, it makes quite a good scrub, so my purchase wasn’t completely wasted after all. But I still want the Mask White!

2nd silly incident: I wanted to use the Shiseido Rosarium RoseĀ Aroma Oil this morning, so as usual I “tried” to read the Japanese instructions and spotted something that said “Usage amount: size of a 10 yen coin”. So I enthusiastically poured out a 10 yen coin amount and tried to use it all on my face. But it was really too much! No matter how much I tried to massage it onto my face I couldn’t finish using it. Then I read the instructions again and I noticed it said “Usage amount is for the face + arms + legs + butt + breasts”. Arrrggghhh I almost fainted when I saw that!

Moral of the story: I should go learn Japanese and maybe then I’ll be able to really read the labels and instructions properly and not feel like an idiot making mistakes like this šŸ˜›


Holidays always go by too quickly… My honeymoon in Hokkaido was over too fast. The good thing is, I managed to get some Japanese makeup and skincare. Would have gotten more, but my DH said it was a lot already, and anyway we were already busting our budget, so… well, hopefully we get to go to Japan again soon! Heeheehee (rubbing my hands together in anticipation of the beauty goodies I want to get next time.)

So here are the beauty stuff I bought from Japan, for your viewing pleasure.Ā 

Japanese Beauty Goodies

Perimeter clockwise from top: Sunkiller UV gel SPF 27 (this is for my DH), Sunkiller Kireihada SPF 50 X2, Sofina Raycious Creamy Foundation (Blue cover), Shiseido Lipbalm Hokkaido edition X3, Majolica Majorca (MJ) eyeshadows in Silver and Violet, MJ Customise case, MJ Skin Lingerie, Kesalan Patharan (KP) Micro Pressed Powder refill, KP Micro Loose Powder, Ma Cherie Night Essence (for hair), Kose Seikisho Pure Brightener (Facial Scrub)

Centre clockwise from left: Shiseido Rosarium Rose Aroma Oil, MJ Honey Pump Lip Gloss, Makemania Curvy Lip Silicone, Hokkaido Pure Lavendar Horse Oil

My DH says the girl in the Curvy Lip silicone picture looks like me when viewed upside down. Haha! For me, I think I have darker eyes and a slightly rounder face than her.

For those who are waiting for pictures of my holiday, stay tuned! They will be coming up soon. For now though, I’m going swimming! Wheeeee!

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