I have no idea what made purchase Etude House’s Princess Etoinette Crystal Shine Lips Lipstick. I reviewed the blush poorly, so why would I go back the same product line? I think it’s the packaging. Stupid, cute packaging. Thankfully I’m glad I bought the Crystal Shine Lipstick!
I’ve previously introduced the Princess Etoinette collection so I’ll just get down to talking about the lipsticks. Crystal Shine Lipstick is a combination opaque lipstick and hydrating gloss. So it’s not a true lipstick and it’s made to finish in a gloss not a usual matte. They were released last winter and they’re still in stores.
I bought my two from the Etude House store in Shinjuku Lumine EST. Cost is midrange, around $13.00 USD. They can be purchased from Korea from KpopStore $12.90 or Yesstyle $22
As with the rest of the Princess Etoinette collection super cute packaging even down to the metallic bits on the box.
I purchased the pink (PPK004) first and went back and got the nude orange (POR201) next.
With both you can see the shine they have without need for a topping of gloss. Because both shades are opaque the orange turned out to be not so orange worn.
In different light and angle you can see the POR201 orange does look slightly orange.
The coverage is buildable and those are the two colors after several applications.
- cute packaging
- mid-range price
- very hydrating (perfect for winter!)
- opaque style means color wusses (like me) can choose bolder colors
- still plastic case
- doesn’t stain enough to last more than 2 hours
- only bottom in tiny font tells color difference, kind of hard to grab the right one in a hurry
Final thoughts: This lipstick is made for winter. I wore it constantly in dry Japan and it really helped my lips. I also like the opaque style of the lipstick. I’m usually a color wuss when it comes to lipstick sticking to mostly nudes, but opaque made me be a little bold with my choices. I repurchased, and I (spoiler) got 2 lipsticks along with some other products from the second Princess Etoinette line that just came out!
Etude House didn’t put a blush out in the second Princess Etoinette line, so maybe the blush wasn’t as loved eternally?
misaraisu reviews the same pink shade I have | sweet dreams reviews a different pink shade | one of the cuties of friend blogging pair Gyaru Galss reviews a different orange shade
Side note: I’ll be doing more make-up reviews and talks lately, I feel like I ignored them a lot and I’m really into make-up right now, especially super cute packaged make-up. I’ve got a trend report to talk about, Gyaru brands ss14 trends and maybe a kind of off the cuff discussion on gyaru with some more recent observations of seeing current gal in Tokyo and beyond in November.
I’m back in Houston from my month of Japan in November so now I have time to reply to all the wonderful comments you guys have left. Thank you!! I’ve been reading them while I’ve been traveling and appreciate them and your likes on blogluvin’ as well. If you need to read the Doll on mobile Blogluvin’ has a great FREE (and ad-free) app for android and ioS (iphone, ipad) that includes a wonderful mobile reader. I’ve been using it while traveling and it’s a fabulous way to keep up with your favorite blogs all in one place.
Tags: crystal shine lipstick, etude house, kawaii make-up, korean make-up, lipstick, princess etoinette
The entrance of Makishi Market where there’s a little bit of everything in the open-air market.
Wherein I drag Lucie to food places because I’m a local food pig. But this post is more than my Okinawan Eats post, it’s all about Makishi Market and all the foods you can eat there!
Makishi Market. Known as “the kitchen of Okinawa”, This market started as a kind of black market after WW2. There are more than 400 shops in one floor. You can buy any Okinawa’s traditional foods like dried sea snake (イラブー irabū), pork (Okinawas say they eat everything except the hooves and the oink), special vegetables not found on the mainland, colorful fish, or edible seaweed. There are many restaurants upstairs, serving traditional Okinawan home cooking. - wikitravel on Naha
If you take a right inside that sprawling open-air market (above) you get to the “Kitchen of Okinawa” which is the super cool reason to visit! Traditonal food markets are always awesome to me. I love local sellers showing off their freshest produce. As someone who loves to eat this to me is what food is all about.
I know you guys saw the pigs head with sunglasses. Pork is king in Okinawa and the pig’s head is a famous attraction of the food court.
All the orderly clutter of meat and vegetable sellers. For some reason I just love the visual clutter yet organized porn of it. //weirdo
But what about the eating Mitsu….?
Onto the second floor where there’s a collection of small restaurants making only the freshest of Okinawan traditional food.
Like going to Okonomimura in Hiroshima where all the restaurants look delicious it was hard picking one but we settled on “Adan” because Lucie doesn’t like fishy smells and it was the least fishy.
Like any Japanese traditional place the menu with prices is posted on big laminated signboards like above. But they tend to give you your own menu with more selection.
Lucie got the English menu and I took a picture to show because this is pretty much how most English menus look in Japan. Being a tourist destination I’m sure all restaurants had one here.
The rest of the restaurant chowing down on seafood and other local specialities.
Being a Goya pig I got the Goya Chample. It came with miso and was 750 yen (around $8.00). $8.00 for a delicious local meal? Yes please!
Why did I take a picture of shochu? Because they had Goya Shochu! AWWWW YISSS
Definitely worth a visit! Lots of food choices for inexpensive prices.
Tags: local food, okinawa
Osaka home to some great malls and even better shop staff. Two shop staff below with two very different looks. Enjoy the cool gyaru style of OneWay and the Onee brand of Snidel.
OneWay – Osaka Hep 5
She was hesitant at first when I asked to take her picture, but what a natural. So much personality and cute monotone style. To me her outfit, make-up and hair strike a nice balance between new and old gyaru.
Snidel – Osaka Umeda EST
Snidel always makes beautiful clothes, but they outdid themselves with this dress. I like how her simple small necklace modeled off jewelry brand Van Cleef and Arpels compliments her dress. The classic Van Cleef clover is very trendy in Japanese jewelry right now so I am unsure if her necklace was Van Cleef or just a copy. Her patent loafers looked so high, but her was trooping along in them.
Tags: natural nails, non-gyaru, oneway, snidel
Hello, from this picture I am still in Japan… and I’m not really on the beach.
(Cat socks tutuanna, skirt Secret Magic, cardigan eHyphen Bon Bon, shoes Liz Lisa)
Instead I spent the day walking up and down Tottori Sand Dunes ( Tottori Sakyuu 鳥取砂丘) in Tottori!
I could’ve taken a donkey down the dunes (his home is above).
Hiking up these dunes is no joke. I like to workout and it was definitely a workout.
To explain this I did the big tall sanddune with kids and their mama.
Kids with the endless energy went bounding up, while their Mama was at first: Wait for me…! /then/ You go right ahead, Mama will catch up. /then/ Heavy breathing /then/ Heavy wheezing /then/ Mama will stay right here (in the middle of the dune) you kids go up if you want.
The wind hitting the dunes on one side makes them instantly smoother and the water was gorgeous.
The steps I made, and then turning around the wind almost made them disappear instantly.
Still in Japan.
Mitsu eats local food in Japan
Totttori is known for their pears, but since it was out of season I got pear ice cream instead.
And they’re known for their style of chikuwa (竹輪 ／ちくわ wiki). Which is kind of a fish and tofu mix ….tube. It sounds bad it’s actually quite flavorful and good! I got their crab special since Tottori is also known for crab.
How much did my day cost? There’s a fallacy that tourism in Japan is expensive. And yes flight/train pass/hotel that whole thing is of course going to cost. But my Tottori experience was cheap! It took 2,000 yen extra on the train pass because there’s a part from Osaka to Tottori that’s not covered. But Tottori Sakyuu is free. My bus to get to the dunes the Loop bus from the main station was 200 yen. My crab chikuwa was 280 and my ice cream was 200 yen. Total cost was 680 yen ($7 USD) to eat local food and see something amazing. I also walked from the train station to the cherry blossoms, so those were free. My day including meals cost $47 and it was a great day!
Tags: local food, tottori