Saturday, September 6, 2014

Into the New and Old

It's September so long-time readers of my blog may have seen this coming ... I'm about to say goodbye to Sydney for two weeks and fly out for my annual overseas holiday. This is the year I'm finally going to Japan. For better or worse, when I think of Japan, I think of Lost in Translation and the image of Scarlett Johansson gazing pensively over Tokyo from her hotel room window. Everyone I've met that's been to Japan has had nothing but wonderful things to say about it, especially about the people and the food, so I'm anticipating my experience will be no different. While I'm a little bit wary about the general lack of navigational skills my friend and I share, it's all part of the adventure, right?


As always, here's a peek into my makeup bag that I'm bringing with me on the trip. I decided to do away with brushes altogether (for face, eyes and hair, though I do have that eyebrow grooming tool to brush my eyebrow hairs into shape) and stick with cream products that I can apply with my fingers. There's my ever trusty Essence Pas des Copper Eye Soufflé, along with the addition of Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Stick in Bad Girl Bronze. Which base to pack was the hardest part, but in the end I settled on Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector (Combination to Oily Skin) for its lightweight texture, oil control properties and illuminating finish. It's apparently still fairly humid in Japan in the beginning of September, so I needed something that wasn't too heavy or foundation-like, but that wouldn't melt off my face in hot, muggy weather. If I need some extra skin perfecting, I have my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to fall back on. A natural pink cream blush and two lipsticks (one for the everyday in Revlon Juicy Papaya, one for a statement lip in Maybelline Vivid Rose) round up my colour options.

See you when I return!

33 comments:

  1. I was waiting for this post! Have a good trip! Enjoy some green tea Kit Kat (they even have wasabi Kit Kat!) and awesome ramen and sushi. I've never been to Japan but I definitely plan to. :) Safe travels!

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  2. Oh this is exciting!! I remember how I was totally in awe after I saw pictures from your Europe trip and wanted to to visit Paris and Milan more than ever! We have Japan on the lis for next spring fingers crossed! Have mega fun! :-)

    Divya | TheConscienceFund

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  3. Japan seems like such a beautiful country I'm sure you'll have an amazing time! Where is your makeup bag from? It's so cute.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I can't remember exactly but I think it was from an old Revlon gift with purchase a long time ago.

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  4. OMG so envy!!!
    I have been wanting to go to Japan forever!! the food, tech, culture, and cosmetics, oooh heaven!
    Have fun in Japan and take a lot of good picts <3

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  5. ohhh you are going to Japan!!! <3 That's so cool *__*
    You pack better than me for sure! I tend to bring half of my collection with me :v
    Anyway, I hope that you can have tones of fun <3 Take care*

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  6. You'll definitely have an amazing time. Food, cosmetics and the scenery are all breathe taking. I'm hoping to see some amazing photography! Safe trip :)

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  7. I'm thinking of purchasing the Garnier BB cream after I finish the one I'm currently using. Have a nice trip!

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  8. You packed well! Not too excessive haha, and good idea to use cream products so you don't need to worry about brushes! Japan seems like a beautiful place, hope you have a good trip!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  9. I'm so jealous, I wanna visit japan too. Great products, creams are definitely the best choice for holidays. Have a great time and can't wait to see some pix. :)

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  10. Ahh, I'm amazed that you've got such a streamlined travel makeup bag selection - #goals haha.
    The Rimmel Bad Girl Bronze Shadow Stick and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer are great picks!
    Wishing you a safe trip and awesome adventures - looking forward to hearing about them when you get back :D x

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  11. OH GOD. Your makeup bag is just ... AMAZING

    Georgina from foxonthehunt.com

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  12. I am sure you will love Japan. It is fairly easy to navigate around (must have Google Maps) and their train and subway systems are amazing! The only issue is the language barrier haha. Definitely stock up on green tea Kit Kats and green tea Pocky. My only regret was not buying more of them XD.

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  13. Hello from Japan! I hope you like it here! Looking forward to hearing how you feel about it when you get back.

    And be sure to swing by the cosmetic counters; some brands have Japan-only releases!

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  14. Love your compact make up bag! I left on my current holiday trip with someone too much make up which I'm not surprised by! I have to advise you that not many people on the streets in even in the big cities in japan speak or understand english so have a translating app with you on your phone! People are incredibly friendly though and do eat a sweet or savory crepe from their dessert cafes! Have a great time!

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  15. You'll love Japan! The way things are done and the people are totally different...and it all works! You'll love the Japanese pharmacist beauty shopping there. I absolutely loved it!

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  16. How exciting! I love your makeup bag, and you just reminded me that it has been way too long since I've worn Juicy Papaya!
    The Grass Skirt

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  17. Have fun in Japan! I really enjoyed Japan when I went about 10 years ago and I have always wanted to go back. I'm sure you will feel the same way.

    Simple yet lovely makeup! You have just the right amount here. Who needs a makeup bag packed full of makeup when travelling anyway, right? xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  18. Have a great trip! And don't forget to try the sushi from vending machines! they are awesome! lol.

    The Garnier BB cream is one of my holy grail products and have been using it for 3 years now! Definitely light with great coverage!

    xx

    meet-mariee.blogspot.co.nz

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  19. Enjoy your vacation in Japan! It has been on my wishlist for some time! Can't wait to see your pictures when you're back!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

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  20. They're great picks! Have a lovely time in Japan, I hope you write a post about your trip when you get back! :)

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  21. Wow! How exciting that you're going to Japan, I would so love to go, I think anyone who loves Lost in Translation would love to visit Tokyo. I'm very impressed with the make up bag, I don't know if I could narrow down my travel makeup bag like that! Some great choices with the easy to wear and use creamy products, it will make getting ready for the day super easy and gives you more tourist time! Have an amazing time, no doubt you will be returning with some beauty products from Japan!

    Emma x

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  22. You're a much better packer than me! I always pack WAAAAY too much makeup! Love seeing the products that made the cut! Have a great trip x

    Angie | www.anobsessionwiththefabulous.com

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  23. Oh my gosh, have SUCH a wonderful time!!! It's my number one dream to travel to Japan someday and go all out submerging myself in the beautiful country and culture… super jealous and super happy for you! Please take lots of pictures and share with us when you get back :)

    ♥Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  24. Oh, wow! Be safe and have a fantastic time. I like how minimal and easy your makeup is here. Can't wait to catch glimpses of your travels!

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  25. Have an amazing trip! I've always wanted to go to Japan but i want to make sure that I have more than enough saved up by the time i do eventually go!
    Can't wait to read about your trip and the things you pick up from there!
    Such a great sized kit you brought with you, I am planning a trip to thailand at the moment and i will definitely aim to bring as little as possible, especially for a beach holiday!

    Chloé⎪à la foliee

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  26. Japan sounds like lots of fun, and I am seriously impressed with how streamlined your packing ended up being! I couldn't do it, I just couldn't!

    I will refer back to this post when I pack for our November honeymoon and I'll try not to get crazy with products

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  27. I hope you have an amazing trip, I'm sure you will!

    Jennie | thebookjournal.com & sailorjennie.com

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  28. Japan is amazing, you'll have an awesome time, enjoy! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  29. Im sure you will have an amazing time over in Japan :) enjoy every bit of it :)
    Really lovely makeup products... NARS and Benefit are brands that really intrigue me.. I guess it is good we do not have them here in Finland.. at least good for my wallet ;)
    Revlon... I miss Revlon so much.. they stopped selling Revlon completely here in Finland for some reason :/
    Hugs
    xx

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  30. Japan is my fave place to be in. The price of Shu Uemura curlers there are so pocket friendly!! Enjoy your break and I'm waiting for your post when you come back!:-)

    Riza

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  31. Wow – I love the pictures! Want all this stuff, too. You’re making me jealous!
    Also the design of your whole blog is really pretty, girl! ♥
    I’m following you via gfc & look forward for your next post. You’re great – keep going!
    Adoorablee.blogspot.com ♥

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