Japanese beauty

Kose Softymo Deep Treatment Cleansing Oil Review

This oil cleanser includes a mix of rice bran oil, mineral oil, and jojoba oil, and is slightly more effective than Kose Softymo Speedy Oil Cleanser.

Ever since dipping my feet in the oil cleansing routine with Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil almost a year ago, I’ve been meaning to try its sister product—Kose Softymo Deep Treatment Cleansing Oil—for a long time now. Both of these oil cleansers are the most affordable options available on Amazon right now. If you look at some of the other ones that are similarly priced, you’ll see that they come in much smaller bottles.

Dollar store Japanese beauty: Precious Times Rice Ceramide face mask review

This sheet mask costs only 100 yen (~$1 USD)—is it a bargain or a bust?

Face masks are one of my favorite souvenirs to pick up while I’m traveling. On a trip to Japan last fall, I picked up a rice ceramide mask from CAN DO, a popular 100 yen store (dollar store) in Japan. This mask is marketed under the brand “Precious Times,” and the package included a link to MITSUKI. This company appears to specialize in creating 100-yen products. The package promised that it would “console” your skin and promote “smooth-textured skin.” I…

Kose Clear Turn White Vitamin C Face Mask Review

This Japanese sheet mask is fragrance-free (yay!) and is formulated with a stabilized form of vitamin C, as well as horsetail extract.

Sheet masks are one of my favorite souvenirs to buy when I’m traveling, since they don’t count as liquids—and they’re easy to stuff into my already-too-full carryon luggage. I bought quite a few sheet masks during my trip to Japan last fall. I can’t read Japanese, so while I was there, I looked for products that displayed a “No. 1” symbol, since I assumed that they indicated that the product was popular. One such product was a 5-pack of Kose Clear Turn White…