Japanese beauty

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…

Pure Smile Shop Pearl Sheet Mask review

This sheet mask includes allantoin, arbutin, and sodium hyaluronate, as well as something unusual: pearl powder.

My local Ricky’s NYC recently shut down (RIP), so I guess I’ll need to find another neighborhood joint to satisfy my skin care fix. Ricky’s NYC always carried a great mix of luxury and affordable skin care and hair care products there, as well as international imports, including the Japanese sheet mask I’m going to review today. I bought this Pure Smile Pearl Sheet Mask because I was intrigued by the name. At first, I thought it was just a brightening/whitening mask…

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen Review: My first Japanese sunscreen

This sunscreen provides the highest-caliber UVA protection, and blends into your skin like a dream—but it also contains potential irritants like fragrance and alcohol (ethanol).

During my trip to Japan last fall, I tried to keep an eye out for the most popular cosmetics (specifically, I was mainly interested in face masks and sunscreens). Biore UV Aqua Rich Water Essence was definitely one of the most commonly spotted products on many shelves, so it seems like it’s pretty popular. The bottle itself looks just like “aqua” and the name reminds me of that dumb (but oh-so-funny) Zoolander commercial.