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"We wanted to hit the streets and source some more beauty must-do’s while visiting Tokyo. (Why else would we come all the way here? ;) ) We are so inspired by the beauty looks on the streets, be it totally OTT hello kitty vibe, or the classic and understated Japanese style. We love it all and wanted to find the best spots to get that beauty hit.
It’s not long before you notice the plethora of beauty stores around the streets. And I’m not talking glamourous department stores. I’m talking a blend between chemist warehouse, priceline and the $2 shop all in one. But on steroids. And on every corner. Well, we thought, this’ll be easy. Hmm not so much. Although yes, there are more beauty products than you could point a stick at, there is very little, if any English used on any of the packaging. Look’s like we’ll be needing that pointing stick after all. After hours of scouring – and a keen eye for a unique Japanese product – we looted the crap out of Tokyo. From premium placenta face masks, to eye putty, to gold concentrate essence, a bird’s nest mask and weird dummies that you suck on to reduce creases around your mouth (we think,) we got it all. Not exactly sure of the benfits of them but we are game! Save yourselves time of traipsing around Tokyo and head to Ranking Queen (industry ratings making it much easier pick the best product) and cosme store (www.cosmestore.net).
Next, we were dying to check out the Harajuku girls so we tackled the metro system and made our way there, albeit standing out like a sore thumb with our bleached hair on a busy train. We were in awe of the incredible makeup skills these girls use to transform themselves. Bedazzled nails, rosy cheeks, porcelein skin, pigtails and colourfully made up eyes. Of course, all perfectly chosen to match the outfit.
Get the look with Max Factor Excess Intensity longwear eyeliner which comes in our range of colours to a playful look like this! We’re going to trial the lime green when we hit the town tonight! Or if you are not so much a Harajuku girl at heart – try the black for the perfect lined eye. Another skill the Japanese girls should be able to enter into the Olympics with.
Or you could just use your eyeliners as chopsticks ;)
Lured into one of the many candy stores (the obsession with sugary treats is crazy!) we were quickly fawned over due to our Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Sugar Fix (how very fitting) and were the favourite girls on the street when we handed over the exact shade we were wearing! (Duh, dont you guys carry around spare nail colours in your bag?) We were given some treats, an ‘arigato,’ and were on our way.
Sorry Sally, but you were soon to be removed as we were dying for a hotted up manicure. Tokyo style. We knew that Shibuya was the place be (shops, sushi, shoes) and went straight to 109 – a big shiny mall with over 100 stores. We wanted to find the best (and most kitsch) nail salon in the area. There are definitely plenty, but these girls are hardcore. Long, gel and diamante crusted all the way, much like a hello kitty phone cover. But like many visiting Tokyo, we wanted something on the go, to give us more time to discover weird and wonderful things (like botox q-tips - really!). We had heard that NAIL CRAFT was the bees knees. A small nail bar in 109 (or should I say ichi-maru-kyu,) it has everything you need for an express Tokyo mani. Impossible to choose from the abundance of 3D nail art, we asked for the most popular and were happy with the results! Subtle, with a little bit of bling. Perfect.
Well, what a day. And what a trip. Thanks Jetstar for allowing us to experience Japan and all of its amazing history, culture, lifestyle and of course beauty. We have had a blast reporting and hope you have all enjoyed hearing about it as much as we loved sharing with you.
Seriously though. Get a ticket to Japan. You won’t regret it." - Emily