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Finally I’m going to do another kawaii make-up review, this time FITS Love Switch “Pink Brown Mascara” in the Long Type (website) (ラブスイッチ ピンクブラウンロングマスカラ). I’m really excited to review this because it starts me on my brown make-up reviews that I’ve been meaning to do since I’ve talked about the brown trend.

Even though I took these photos months ago I’ve been really uninspired to do make-up reviews. I got on Accutane for my acne that started when I turned 20. If you’re one of those people who decided to love someone in their 20s then overnight your perfectly clear skin went all acne crazy, I feel you. I put off doing the medicine for a long time until I finally realized it was my ONETRUECOURSE. The medicine’s side effects have ranged from “hmmm this is mild” to “leave me in my dark hole, I’m a monster, but please pick me up some food while you’re out???”. But I’m almost done with my course. After I’m done I’ll throw a big make-up party. hehee!

Finally back to do a review on a product that actually delivers as promised.

Love Switch Pink Brown Mascara in Long Product Shots

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Newish casing. Love Switch Pink Brown Line used to have a Curl formula but they’ve ditched that to just have the “Long” and “Volume” types.

Love Switch Pink Brown Long bills itself as separating each individual lash.

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The actual casing isn’t as cute, but it’s more a natural-cute.

You can see the fibers attaching to the brush. Pink Brown Mascara Long is definitely a fiber mascara.

In Store Love Switch Promotional Shots

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I took these pictures at Okadaya in Shinjuku kabukicho. Below are @cosme  reviews by women of different ages. Cosme is a popular make-up review site in Japan, comparable to make-up alley with much much better organization.

Pink Brown mascaras and liners advertise as being a 3D pearl pink on it.

 Love Switch Pink Brown Mascara worn

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I have stubby eyelashes to begin with so any fiber mascara makes a big change for me. The color is hard to tell its an actual brown in photos, but it definitely was noticeable IRL.

It’s a medium brown and works with black lashes as well as brown.

I’m wearing Koakuma Ageha’s brand of monthly circle lens in “Moe Brown” I bought in Japan. I’m thinking about doing a post on buying circle lens in Japan, would you like that?

 

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More brown make-up swatching. I’m using the CanMake Perfect Stylist Eyes eyeshadow, the Excel Eyebrow set in Apricot Brown and the Eyescream Brown liquid liner along with the Pink Brown Long mascara in the above photos.

Just-the-facts Love Switch Pink Brown Mascara in Long Review

Pros:
– cute packaging
– moderate price 1280-1640yen
– fiber mascara
– is an actual brown mascara, hard to find a competitor
– never notice smudging

Cons:
– hard to find (Imomoko & Sasa currently don’t carry. Sasa only has Pink Brown eyeliner)
– not as cute actual container

Overall: 4/5

Final thoughts:
I bought this mascara not expecting much, but it actually was lengthening and the color was a nice brown. It’s become my regular mascara because the applicator is easy and the fibers stay in line. I’ve tried to search for dupes available for overseas, but both Dior and Benefit‘s brown mascaras are too dark of a brown and more expensive than Pink Brown.

If only the actual packaging was more cute.

 

I love Kawaii Make-up and love to review it. Read more Kawaii make-up reviews here 

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Fint shop staff from last Fall. Oh the Fint girls are so lovely and put together. In Shijuku Mi Lord the shop is quite small area wise, but it makes up in the sheer volume of clothes, shoes and accessories stuffed inside. Along with the look it feels like you’re in Mary Poppins bag. The pull items from under covers and nooks and cupboards, and magically there it appears. Somehow three staff man the tiny corner store and a crowd of constant customers make walking with big shopping bags more of a yoga workout than shopping.

Fint customers I’ve seen are a lot of types: seiso girls, off duty lolitas, aomoji types (the “mer” magazine side) and larme-kei lovers. I was once asked if I was lolita by a shop staff, possibly because of my perky hair ribbon I was wearing.

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This shop staff in particular was doing her best Little Red Riding hood impression with Seiso elements but staying true to the Fint aesthetic.

I have blog cards! They look like my blog. You may have seen them in a previous shop staff photo. I don’t ask them to hold it, but I’m happy she choose to.

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All her accessories and simple make-up suit her tonal outfit so well. I love the little red ring accessory. The signature Q on it means its a QPot ring. Very fitting of Fint to stay away from the red outfit red lipstick trap, it suits their style to go more neutral.

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Her adorable braids and cape. There are a lot of wolves in sheeps clothing in Japan, I hope she stays safe on her commute home.  :smiley:
One big change is since my last posts about the store in March (brand introduction | Spring trends)  they have seperated their Fint brand and their An Another Angelus brand. There are now three An Another Angelus stores along with the Fint shops (shoplist), including a new An Another Angelus shop inside Shinjuku Mi Lord.

I hope to talk more about both brands current season soon, but for now peep their on-line store. Their main themes are schoolgirl plaids and celestial prints.

 

Want more Fint? I have a gaggle of Fint girls from Nagoya coming up but for now check out previous brand posts.

Need more Japanese shop staffs? Approaching 120 shop staff photos

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I have finally done it after Osaka Abeno 109! As silly as a travel goal as it was in Japan, I’ve visted all the 109s across Japan! And then they open Kagoshima 109 next week, but I’ve already been to that building so I’ll strike it up to say I’ve visited.

To recap all 109 mall related posts: Shibuya 109 渋谷109 (aka the mecca of gyaru clothes) (shopping at Shibuya 109 post), Machida  109 町田109 (site / picture post), Shizuoka 109 静岡109 in Shizuoka (site / picture post picture post 2), Kohrinbo 109 香林坊109 in Kanazawa (site / picture post picture post 2) and now Abeno 109 阿倍野109 in Osaka (site).

Abeno 109 is the newest 109 gyaru mall, and it’s tucked into a suburb of Osaka. It’s  smushed inside a shopping complex between an Ito Yokado (grocery store / basic family clothing store) and a Uniqlo. It’s actually on the 3rd floor and encompasses just a floor. It’s designed mostly for young girls with lots of young brands (Neon Soda, Pink Latte, Repipi Armario, SBY) and I saw a lot of families dropping by. I’d call this 109 the gateway into gal.

If you’re in Osaka for vacay just go visit Hep 5 and Shinsaibashi OPA, if you’re closer to Abeno and have limited time, it’s worth it to pick up a magazine and some groceries from Ito Yokado :)

To get there: take the Osaka Subway Tanimachi Line and head to Abeno station. Tennouji is also on the Tanimachi Line and is a big hub in Osaka connecting to many other rail lines for your transfer needs.

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The fake real set-up of Abeno 109’s homage to Shibuya 109. All 109s have a tower-of-power nod to their big sister.

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Dazzlin Spring is always so cute

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A family passes by Egoist.

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Pink Latte is a huge teens shop, Charlotte did a wonderful write-up about the brand here.

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Repipi Armario is still going strong as a youth brand since its introduction in Shibuya 109 in 2011.

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SBY since its creation for Shibuya 109 in 2008 is going strong as an accessories and make-up seller in tons of gyaru malls across Japan.

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Need more photos inside Japanese malls? Check out the gyaru malls category

 

Sorry guys I was feeling very unfashionable lately and in a non-blog mood. Bad side effects from medicine were making me feel like the Hunchback of Notre Gal rather than a human. I’ve got a Fall nail trend post and then a trend post to do then back to Larme, if I keep to my schedule. Charlotte always being fabulous did a great Oneegyaru trend picks for Fall.

 

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With November coming up it’s a great time to talk about my favorite season in Japan: Koyo or autumn leaves. Kyoto Koyo (葉 こうよう) is unrivaled in how seriously gorgeous it is. I previously posted about Kyoto Koyo in Tenryu-ji temple in Arashiyama, but I definitely was even more impressed by Okochi Sanso.

Near the famous Tenryu-ji in Arashiyama is Okochi Sanso. It’s a quick walk (10 minutes) out the back exit of Tenryu-ji through the famous bamboo grove then to Okochi Sanso. If you think the bamboo grove is epic, prepare for Okochi Sanso.

Okochi Sanso is a mountaintop retreat by silent film star Okochi Denjiro. After his death it has been turned into a visiting place with lovely gardens. The admission is pricey for a garden-style visit at 1,000 yen ($10) but the price does include the best place I’ve ever had tea. It’s not as stunning for sakura season, koyo is where it shines. Don’t adjust your monitors, because I didn’t adjust these pictures much. It really is that vibrant for Kyoto Koyo.

 

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In these pictures I’m really happy I got to take and show everyone enjoying it. Couples, women traveling together, old men savoring Japan. There’s just a pleasantness about it. That kind of sightseeing is so nice compared to everyone filing into the Sistine Chapel or such.

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Okochi Sanso is very high up and depending on where you’re walking around on the grounds you can see neighboring mountains. The Japanese untranslatable word Komorebi (木漏れ日) for light streaming through the trees is really evident during koyo.

The Scenic “Tea House” at Okochi Sanso

Entrance allows you to enjoy a cup of freshly whisked green tea and a green tea biscuit in gorgeous surroundings.

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Check out that technicolor entrance! Kyoto Koyo is the best especially at Okochi Sanso.

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This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve gotten to enjoy a snack ever.

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Delicious green tea biscuit and green tea. The thumb of my fun manga-eye nails I did at Avarice last year.

 

Head to Kyoto for Koyo

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Even if you decide not to hike from Tenryu-ji through the bamboo forest to Okochi Sanso, Kyoto Koyo especially in Arashiyama is amazing! The colors, the nature, the clear water, the amazing food, or the cute monkeys (post)! I’ve visited Arashiyama three times and I just can’t get bored. It’s so beautiful.

Just looking at these pictures makes me check airline prices.  :sadcat:

I have one more post about Arashiyama, this one is a restaurant recommendation, before Koyo happens. If you’re making travel plans please stay tuned!

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