Greetings from Osaka! We’ve only got a couple of days left in Japan but I will definitely be making another trip to Tokyu Hands, my new favorite store. I have an obsession with overseas drug stores and Tokyu Hands is more like a Target/Ikea/??? but definitely fits the bill.
Deal Dad and the kids have had to drag me out of Tokyu Hands’ cosmetics department as I could easily spend all day just admiring all of the wonderful ways the Japanese have come up with to make themselves more beautiful. And while I’m taking a pass on the placenta cream, here are a few I’m buying by the case:
- Rice Powder papers: This little gem is the secret to why Japanese women never appear to sweat while I’ve been resembling a melted Popsicle. Each paper has just enough powder on it to keep your face fresh and matte- and at 80 cents for 100 you never have to worry about re-applying. Genius.
- Biore pore strips: I know we have Biore in the states but they were invented here and are 1/2 the price. Sold! (BTW, if you’ve never tried, take a look at the firemen in the pic above to get an idea of what they do.)
- Cloth disposable face masks: Just the right individually packaged size for a jet lag refresh or quick pick me up, I’ve seen at least 20 types of these moisturizing beauties from the wonderful to the downright strange (snail? uh, no thanks!). At 50 cents each, I’m stocking up.
What have you found overseas that has changed your daily routine? Anything I should look for in Vietnam or Hong Kong? Please share your faves in the comments.
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