Kawaii make-up doesn’t have to be expensive and certainly isn’t with Kiss Cosmetics. If anything it makes the product even more kawaii if it’s cheap! My make-up range buying goes from $6.00 for a lipstick to $36.00. So while I don’t mind shelling out the $$ for Les Merveilleuses and Chanel, I’ve got a lot of Canmake and Kiss Cosmetics around.
Kiss Cosmetics is a great example of Kawaii cheap! They do cutely designed make-up that does a great job. Review over? NO way! What about all the cute photos and tester samples.
What is Kiss Cosmetics?
Kiss in their own words:
キス kiss は、kiss P.N.Y. DIVISION が送るフェミニン＆大人のロマンティックをテーマにした可愛いコスメが大好きな女性のためのメイクアップブランドです
Kiss is Kiss by PNY Divisions‘s feminine and adult romantic themed make-up brand for women who like kawaii cosmetics.
The actual packaging of Kiss Cosmetics is minimal and cute.
Kiss Cosmetics is aimed at being a cheap drugstore brand. It’s found in places across Japan like Plaza and Shop In. I don’t see it often in Donki or big stores, but most drugstores do carry it. The prices range between 600-1,200 yen for lip gloss to foundation, or about $5.00 to $10.00 at today’s exchange rate. They have an entire line including nail care.
You can see their whole line of products on their website: http://www.kiss-cosmetics.com/
I’ve bought the six items above and will review them in three parts: Lips (today), Eyebrow (Japanese eyebrow products comparison), and thirdly Cheek products blush and highlighter.
The two products for this review: Creamy Multi Rouge (left) and Liquid Heart Rouge (right)
Both containers are ribbed with 3-d hearts.
Kiss Cosmetics – Creamy Multi-Rouge
This lip product is part of a big trend in Japanese cosmetics: doing more than one item. All products advertise that they’re a two-step or more product.
The container is brand new and hasn’t rubbed off its just everything is so shiny.
The Creamy Multi-Rouge (クリーミィマルチルージュ) priced 1,200 says it’s 5 products in one.
Those five products are:
– Lip Gloss
– Lip Cream
– Lip Beautifier providing Hyuralon, Collagen and Chamomile Essence that soothes lips.
– UV guard (SPF 20)
Solid color payoff but sheerish
A bit hard to apply
Clicking sound a bit clunky
Overall: A good lip color that would be perfect for Winter. Definitely worth its price especially in such nice trend colors.
Short review: 4/5 A good lip product. I was feeling a 3/5 when I first used this, but then I kept going to it. It’s very creamy and the color is a nice daily natural or a good top off during the night out if you’re wearing another product because it’s sheer-ish. You get used to the large applicator and now I just reapply without a mirror.
To me this became a “bag lipstick”. What I mean by that is I keep putting it in one bag or another because it definitely is a good going-out product. I will definitely buy more colors.
Kiss Cosmetics – Liquid Heart Rouge
I feel I did a bad job showing off the container, but the ribbing and 3-d hearts look really original in person.
Liquid Heart Rouge (リキッドハートルージュ) priced at 1,200 yen and comes in eight shades.
It’s described as a plumper but I don’t feel its really got the bite most plumpers have. Instead it’s a good gel gloss that has good staying power. Formulated with collagen, rosehip and Chamomile essence. The reason I think it says it plumps because the gloss gives a good fullness to lips.
A hidden heart! How cute is that!
Solid color payoff
Not drying (not exactly nourishing however)
Not gummy or sticky like some glosses can be
Wand surprisingly applies well
Can get too much product on the wand
Not a true stain.
Even though I think my YSL Lip Stains are my holy grail I’ve still used this occasionally and think it’s a good product. Despite it being plastic the heart on the wand and the hearts on the casing are super cute in person.
Short review: 3/5 The wand makes it great to apply and shows up super glossy in photos. Not as nourishing however.
Between the two products I’d recommend the Creamy Multi-Rouge more. It’s a more nourishing product and is the newer product. I don’t really like glosses lately, I prefer a creamy sheen which Creamy Multi-Rouge gives so take that to heart.
Buying Kiss Cosmetics: Kiss Cosmetics are available all across Japan in drugstores. They’re also available worldwide through mobacolle and a buying service or several Rakuten Global stores.
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Sendai Forus is the main gyaru mall in north of Japan in Sendai and has the lone Datura store in Sendai. While things seem to be heating up at Sendai Parco and offering a newer easier access point Sendai Forus seems to be recovering from the earthquake and tsunami after effects when a lot of the storefronts were empty. I blogged about visiting back in 2012 (womens | mens | duras and mars shop staff | gilfy and heaven and earth) and again in 2014 to go to Sly. I was back again in 2015 during their late cherry blossom season and I got to snap this lovely Datura shop staff.
I’m so glad I could get several detail snaps of her look because I think she’s a fabulous real Oneegyaru styled girl. The hair and make-up is a balance of natural and fake and acrylics are still popular with Oneegyaru ladies. Datura had amazing pearl and diamante details that are really highlighted with her beautiful style.
She wasn’t carrying the bag of course while she was working but that she thought of dressing up her outfit with a real-style coordinate need like a bag it was very thoughtful and suited her look.
Inside Sendai Forus Datura store
I also was allowed to take a few photos inside Sendai Forus’s Datura store. Even with the poor lighting you can see some sample coordinates and accessories.
I’m really excited for Datura’s Fall collection. As I wrote last year that Datura won Winter Oneegyaru style and they’ve been consistent in really doing good variations of a look that is very wearable and stylish. Not to mention their knits are perfect. At a price point a little lower than Rienda and much lower than Rady it helps that they’ve really capitalized on the budget Oneegyaru who wants to be stylish but needs to pay some bills.
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Tags: acrylic nails, datura, long hair, oneegyaru, sendai forus
This was a post I was going to do much later, but I might as well answer the big question first about places to buy vintage brand. Everytime I post a new buy on instagram or talk about my love of Chanel the first question I always seem to get is “Where do you buy your Chanel?”
And I get it.
Sometimes buying vintage is... like wadding through piles of hot garbage until you find a diamond.
Sometimes buying vintage is… getting sticker shock 40 times and then seeing something that actually looks affordable.
Sometimes buying vintage is… looking at a piece and thinking “Wow the designer had a seriously ugly season”
Sometimes buying vintage is… seeing some pieces so busted you start running through scenarios of what happened. Did a jealous boyfriend set fire to it? Did you own a puppy and no high shelves? Is that mud? I hope that’s mud.
But I always wonder if people think I know this like super secret vault of cheap Chanel and I’m just Gollum-ing all to myself. Presssshusssss The answer to that is nope.
Hahah you thought this post would just be one website. Suckers.
No way. I wish.
I should be packing. I should be doing my nails. I should be doing anything but making this hideous photoshop. If you’re wondering how I picture myself, add 80 cats and you’re pretty close.
Gollum looks like he’s posing for a 90s hiphop album cover.
In reality I wake up every morning, get coffee, drink 800 quarts of coffee then 600 quarts of green tea and check some of the sites I mention below. Coffee and Chanel, the addictions start right off in the morning. But sometimes it’s just all about timing, the right price, there’s no real tricks other than checking all the sites and knowing what you want
There are other sites that sell vintage brand and I know of them, like 1stdibs & NastyGal vintage but I’m not listing places that are hilariously overpriced.
Note: I am a Chanelstan but these sites are helpful for lots of vintage pieces, brand (Hermes, Gucci, MCM, YSL) and not.
Worldwide / USA
The Big sites
What can I say about eBay that hasn’t already been said about the Plague? The giant we love to hate and hate to love. I occasionally buy off of eBay. Much less than I used to. I do occasionally see good vintage deals on bags. A lot of Japanese sellers on here you can find on Rakuten for cheaper including shipping with the yen to USD conversion so be aware.
Recommended sellers: yuko, lindasstuff, standingpoint (Japanese seller but no Japanese online store)
Vestaire Collective is a French site in English that has been really pushing authentication and rare pieces. A lot more European sellers than eBay and a great landing place for rare items. I have yet to buy from here because the price/piece/time perfect set of circumstances hasn’t happened, but I check everyday and do love the items posted.
Discount for new users on first purchase.
This place has been trying to rival eBay and they do a nice job for sellers and buyers. I know some Purse Forum people sell their wares here. They guarantee authentication and are very quick in responding to issues. It’s often got the same eBay sellers hawking the same items and can get redundant, but I’ve found some lovely quality pieces here. (All photos from the second set above are from Tradesy)
Discount for new users on first purchase.
Etsy? The place more famous for handmade lace and knick knacks? Yup! A lot of vintage stores operate out of Etsy. I do find there’s more (blatant) fakes here than other places. However individual sellers often have really good deals on items and no bidding to worry about. I’ve scored a lovely rare silk printed top for $47 and a harder to find colored bag for $400.
Therealreal is a network of consignment stores across US. They have a large selection that occasionally goes on eBay. Prices are varied but good deals to be found. They do a wonderful job about sizing and measurements.
One of the more famous smaller resale sites on-line. They also sell on eBay but their prices are better at their on-line store. Prices often inflated because of the site’s popularity. Reading reviews from buyers and their webstore descriptions it seems they often don’t explain or show wear/damage as well as they should. They often have nice prices on rare vintage items, but it depends.
Lollipuff is a stickler for authentication and goes beyond the Chanel/LV market and is into Herve Leger and Christian Louboutin authentication. Lollipuff is a site like eBay but more intimate and has auctions and sales. I’ve purchased once from them and I’ve been satisfied. Often some nice prices.
Miley Cyrus’s stylist’s place to find the rare Vintage Chanel she often wears. Prices range from acceptable to inflated, but nice finds and rare items.
A store that specializes in used but has some vintage pieces. Some good prices on rarer items, but mainly so-so prices.
The clunkiest website of the bunch, horrible search feature expect to just click for hours to find something you like. But it is a collective of used and vintage shops that often have rare pieces. Prices are all over the place, but sometimes some good buys are up.
Note: Big vintage seller Ninafurfur sells on here, often a better selection
A newer store but a good small collection of vintage items. Prices are kind and wonderful pictures.
Rice and Beans Vintage
There’s not a lot of smaller sites I list because there’s a lot of them and the selection is weak, but Dallas based Rice and Beans vintage really cultivates some great pieces. They just seem to have a great eye on hunting vintage pieces based on current trends and not pricing them too over the top.
Ann’s Fabulous Finds
As soon as they’re put up so many of Ann’s Fabulous Finds are snatched up. Good condition pieces at some decent prices. Not as much vintage as used items, but a good mix.
You will need buying services or shopping services to order from most of these sites. Please read several posts I’ve made about that online here and here. Chanel is super popular in Japan so prices can get high, other fashion house brands are much cheaper compared to US.
Unless I specifically say English, these places are Japanese only so buyer beware if you’re not fluent. Do not leave the fate of your paycheck up to Google Translate.
Rakuten moves a ton of vintage items through their web doors daily. A lot of brick-and-mortar Japanese vintage stores have Rakuten e-stores. I’ve bought often from sellers on Rakuten. Great deals are often snatched up within minutes of posting so check often.
Note: Rakuten has a Global site but it is smaller with less selection, messier searching and often horrible translations.
Recommended sellers: Rinkan (brick and mortar stores across Japan), Ragtag (brick and mortar stores across Japan), Hugall, Reference
Japan’s eBay. The biggest auction site in Japan. Lots of vintage for sale on Y! Auctions. I buy pretty steadily from here and have found some good deals. Since the buyer market is smaller than eBay it’s often easier to win the bidding war. Although Y!Auctions adds 5 minutes to an auction after a snipe bid so it’s not really a snipe type of place.
Recommended sellers: Ecoring, Brandear, Milkyquartz
Using Rakuten (Auctions or Site) and Yahoo Auctions you need to use a service. Recommended services: Buyee (more expensive but very easy to use), From Japan (cheaper but clunkier to use). Again if you are not fluent in Japanese, buyer beware.
Qoo has tried to be the leader of vintage brand in Japan. They work on having model/shop staff and making sure celebrities always buy from them. They try to shape this Qoo-look that is a young stylish vintage lover that has inspired a lot of stores. Since they are so popular their stock is often not as sharp and prices are over inflated. Unlike most Japanese places they are not as detailed about wear-and-tear of their vintage items. However they do have English assistance and deals can still be found. One of the great things about Qoo is they hunt down rare clothing from Fendi, Chanel and others.
Hedy is a rare store that is just on-line but has gained a lot of fans in Japan. Both Alisa Ueno and Momoko Ogihara are fans. My friends Nicola and Stella have both bought from here and both were very satisfied. It’s a place that does an excellent job in finding lovely vintage items and showing their wear. Their prices are often good for what they’re selling and they have go beyond the typical Chanel have wonderful YSL, Gucci, Fendi and other brands. They really seem to buy whats on trend (color/shape) for the season but in vintage pieces. (Photo above is some of the items selling at Hedy recently)
They also have a rakuten store.
E-Lady sells on Rakuten and Y!Auctions and eBay but the best prices are always on their website. It’s in English and global EMS shipping is included in the price. Great quality items. Bags usually a bit overpriced, jewelry is better. I’ve purchased from here and very satisfied with my item.
Discount for new users on first purchase.
Timeless Tokyo aka Paula’s
A longer running vintage store which occasionally really great deals especially on jewelry and clothing. I’ve bought from their brick and mortar store in Tokyo and I’m super satisfied.
It’s a giant list and you just have to search and find something you want. In the end of the day it only matters if you like it
Websites I’ve used most often this year: Y! Auctions, Rakuten, Etsy, Tradesy
This was part of a series…
Chanel Poverty or Mitsu’s Guide to buying Vintage especially in Japan
Intro to the Series
Where to Buy Vintage Brand online Worldwide (Japan concentrate)
Reasons I love Vintage Brand
Japanese celebrities, models and producers with vintage Chanel
A History of High Brands in Japan and Japan’s First Wave of Resellers
Japan’s Second Wave of Resellers store talks and reviews (multipost)
Popular Vintage Brands and key pieces from each brand (multipost)
Navigating on-line and in personal buying of Vintage Brand and learning market price (multipost)
related eating at the Chanel restaurant Beige in Ginza Chanel
possible… My full vintage Chanel collection
possible… Chanel vintage jewelry and clothing authentication guide
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I went to Kumamoto, Japan (熊本) on my way back from Kagoshima a few years back. Kumamoto recently has had a big tourism boom thanks to local mascot Kumamon. Admittedly I was swayed by the Kumamon boom and decided to check out the city.
I found Kumamoto to be a small friendly city full of great local food and kind people. Its a city dominated by the largest castle in Japan Kumamotojo (熊本城), and has a large garden complex, Suizenji (水前寺公園) as well. Transit is by car of tiny street cars and the city felt like a large neighborhood. Every seller was kind and an old lady stopped and complimented on my Mariju nails. It was only a day trip, but I’d like to go back maybe during koyo and sample their ramen.
Lovely walk inside Kumamoto garden
A cute matcha store
From the top of Kumamoto Castle
Shrine inside Kumamoto garden
Cute giftshop outside Kumamoto garden featuring Kumamon
The super convenient and cute light rail of Kumamoto
Yomogi Ikinari Dango, a Kumamoto speciality of sweet potato and azuki bean.
The great interesting flavors of Kumamoto’s own gelato. I got tomato. It was tasty and ate it while looking at Kumamoto castle.
A frozen Ikinari dango eaten with the Kumamoto castle ticket
Kumamon souveniers I bought for my friend Alice.
Citrus stand inside Kumamoto gardens.
People gearing up and me eating another Ikinari dango.
Karashi renkon: The lotus roots, holes filled with the Japanese mustard mixed with miso paste, is battered and deep fried. It’s one of the most famous local dishes of Kumamoto.
It was suprisingly tasty!
I had such a lovely day trip I keep suggesting to my man to visit there again. He’s not very swayed but I promise Kumamoto is definitely a great stop if you’re heading to Kagoshima, Fukuoka or Nagasaki.
Why so long no posts Mitsu?
So your girl Mitsu made a post about oh woe I was going to quit blogging but blogging is important and we need more words and such and so forth and forthwith… Then what do I do after two measly posts? Take a damn break. Every blogger is hypocritical, every damn one of us.
Well I got older and somehow that meant a lot of busy birthday time and then my man got a job. A job that is in Atlanta. A job they decided they wanted him to start right away at. Houston to Atlanta sounds like no big deal since it’s still the South but America is just damn big. It’s 800 miles away or the equivalent of London to Stockholm or Tokyo to Kagoshima. Atlanta being a place I’ve never even visited before (unlike London, Stockholm, Tokyo and Kagoshima oddly…). So we had to drive out there find an area we like and a place we want to stay for at least a year… in two days. Madness!
But we did it and my new place will be awesome and maybe I’ll even post decorating and we’re slowly moving there so posts will stay hectic. My twitter is a billion times more updated on real life stuff and instagram is semi-updated. I also promised to post a place of my Houston digs on twitter so if you’re a curious bee you may want to check? I need to edit pictures for the book review/summary but expect two posts of that soon(ish). Other than that lazy blogger is real life frazzled so give me some time.
Tags: kumamon, kumamoto, local foods, mascots, travel