I am back home from Japan! (*≧▽≦)ﾉｼ)) It is the first ever solo trip for me and surprisingly I am quite well adjusted to being alone with my thoughts. The only time where I hated being alone was at Aoikigahara, where I was hiking in deafening silence for 2 hours. (O∆O)
First up, some shocks:
- I didn’t manage to get any Chifure products ‧º·(˚ ˃̣̣̥⌓˂̣̣̥ )‧º·˚ I had far less time than I thought for shopping, and Chifure isn’t popular enough to be found in every drugstore
- Outside of the cities, drugstores aren’t so commonplace after all. At least, it is not easy to get to it with walking and public transport
- Best part of the trip was getting in touch with my nose again, and trying out the the slightly more niche perfumes at Isetan Shinjuku as well as Ginza
- Fell in love with the Comme des Garçons Incense series (Kyoto, in particular, is a masterpiece to my nose)
- I stuck closely to my shopping list; I am proud of myself!! Have a look below:
I bought all of them except the Chifures.
- Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion – Found it in a limited edition bottle so I couldn’t resist getting one.
- Hada Labo Premium Lotion – The supposed more hydrating and plumping version of the original SHA Lotion, I got it on the very last day when it is clear that I don’t have time to look around for my favourite version of hyaluronic acid – Chifure Essence (Review).
- Kanebo Dew Lotion – The Dew Lotion was recommended by a Japanese colleague who has beautiful skin.
- Kikumasamune Moist Lotion
Cleansers & Sunscreens
No surprises in this department at all, I have tried and loved all of them:
- Refill for Kose Softymo Light Cleansing Oil
- Refill for Perfect Watery Oil
- Biore UV Nobi Nobi SPF50/PA+++
- Biore Perfect Milk SPF50/PA+++
I was very intent on getting Sa Majesté la Rose or Chergui when I walked into the Shinjuku store, but I ended up falling in love with La fille de Berlin (“The Girl from Berlin”) upon the very first sniff. Amber, rose, musk and woods reminded me of Amouage Lyric, which is one of my ultimate favorite perfume, ever (I wrote about how much I loved it three years ago here). While Lyric is a lady, LFdB is half a wild beast and half a Shakespearean tragedy.
(On the other hand, the first hour of Féminité du Bois is a massive turnoff. It is in the same scrubber league as the first 30 minutes of A La Nuit. Both are mostly universally loved but I cannot stand them O.o)