Japanese beauty

Kose Clear Turn Babyish Face Mask Review

This Japanese face mask contains moisturizing sodium hyaluronate, and is fragrance-free (yay!) but its odd sizing didn't provide ample coverage for my face.

I’m slowly working my way through the spoils of my Japan trip last fall. During my trip, I noticed that several Japanese beauty products would use pictures of babies instead of adult models. American skin care products tend to use words and graphics, rather than pictures of adults or babies. But using real baby photographs makes total sense, if you think about it. Babies have the softest, smoothest, bounciest skin imaginable—unencumbered by teenage hormones, environmental pollutants,…

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…