New & Curious Japanese Beauty Finds

My friend recently got married in a town mainly populated by people of Asian descent. (was that politically correct enough) Here’s the thing, I LOVE Asian culture: I find it interesting and very different from my Ukrainian heritage which is why it’s so fun to discover new things within that culture. After the wedding ceremony, I and some of the other wedding guests popped into a bubble tea shop and were killing time before dinner. Alas, my eyes were drawn to the store next door,  L’Amour Beauty Shop, a primarily Japanese beauty store.

Inside I was like a kid in a candy store. So many things I wanted to try, so many bright colours and fun packaging, I was utterly mesmerized. The women in this store probably thought me odd as I bounced from one display to another. They spoke little English, but nonetheless, they were able to help me pick out two little products to try out.

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Purchases

1. Saborino Morning Moist Mask  $21.50 CDN for 32 pieces

*The original mask*

For normal & combination skin

These masks are a 3-in-1 product, they’re meant to clean, moisture, and prime the skin prior to makeup application. These masks are meant to be applied in the AM for 1 minute, then removed and to wipe the face of any excess product. These masks are made of very fine and stretchy material. they come packaged in a baby wipe like package. They’re all packaged together as opposed to individually, SUPER convenient. They come full of moisture (but not dripping or saturated) and the smell of menthol, which from reading reviews some people dislike, personally I don’t mind it. When you apply the mask you’re easily able to mold it to your face. it feels very cool and tingly which is nice in the morning to wake you up and reduce any puffiness under the eyes.

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Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Methylparaben, Avocado extract, Orange oil, Cucumber fruit extract, Grapefruit peel oil, White shark’s polysaccharide, Horse mentha leaf extract, Tea tree leaf oil, Honey, Hyaluronic acid Na, Betaine, Water soluble collagen, Acetyl hyaluronic acid Na, Xanthan gum, Citric acid, Na citrate, Menthol, Malic acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Perfume.

There are certainly some ingredients in here you do need to watch out for depending on what type of skin you have, to help break it down check out: Skincarisma

L'amour face masks collage

For what it’s worth, I did not take a before picture because my face looked so broken out/red and mad, but please note I posted an after picture

2. Facial Wash Lather Net $7 CDN

Kai Group: Wash

I thought this net would be a really stupid purchase, I didn’t use it for months and months. Eventually, I figured I should at least try it. You wet the net and apply some of your desired cleanser, liquid, cream or otherwise. Then I proceed to move my hands in the same way you would were you making Play-Doh snakes.  Holding the ring I run the net through my fingers, collecting all the bubble and finally I’m left with a luxuriously creamy foam.

The foam you create with one of these babies feels so nice, it’s creamy and makes washing your face fun. You need about a tenth of the face wash you normally would AND by adding so much extra air to the cleanser it’s much more gentle on the skin.
All in all my skin felt cleaner.

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Such an odd little contraption, odd yet effective.

I’m interested in any suggestions you have for other Japanese beauty products we should try. Leave them down below!

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