Recent Buys: Japan Drugstore Haul (Kose Esprique, Canmake, Ettusais) & Others


Typically over the holidays and wintertime I tend to shop more. Whether it be online or in stores, I always get excited for spring and summer arriving as it used to mean spring break and a godly 2-3 months off for summer vacation as a student. Although I do not have the luxury of vacations as long as I did previously, I haven't broken my shopping habits either! *Stares furiously at my spending journal*

A friend of mine was visiting Japan and managed to pick me up a couple items I've been wanting to try out for a while. I have very high hopes for these items as I followed the ranking and reviews on cosme.net, a site focused on beauty and makeup products based out of Japan. (Kind of comparable to makeupalley in the States)

The packaging and quality of the items are immaculate and the prices are quite affordable given the quality of the products.



Kose Esprique Foundation Brush, Ettusais Mineral White BB Cream (Shade 10 Light Beige), Canmake Creamy Touch Rouge (2 Misty Orange, 3 Sweet Cherry), Canmake Cream Cheek (5 Sweet Apricot, 7 Coral Orange, 3 Strawberry Whip)







I'm pretty excited to try out the Kose Esprique foundation brush as it's gained really high reviews and earned the number two ranking spot for brushes. I recently picked up the USA counter equivalent of the Japanese drugstore 131 Shiseido foundation brush and have been loving it. I don't know how I ever applied foundation without that brush and I have high hopes for the Esprique foundation brush as well. It retails for 1,260  and is super dense and soft. I am planning on doing a side-by-side comparison to the Shiseido foundation brush, but mine requires some heavy duty cleaning before being picture ready. 


The Esprique foundation brush reviews can be found on cosme.net, here

A friend also picked up from Princess Lee lashes from Taiwan for me, which are the ultimate natural lashes. They have a comfortable band and have natural criss-cross lashes with longer lengths fanning out on the ends.  I think I accidentally bought a fake version of these lashes before and they were hard and super stiff! I'll do a comparison sometime when I can dig out the fakes.


Also a cute bejeweled collar shirt from Urban Outfitters. 



24 comments:

  1. Canmake stuff are so packaged cutely! I really want to try one of those brushes

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  2. love the last pic! you have a beautiful feature <3 will you make a full review of Ettusais bb cream?

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  3. oooh. I love everything! :"") I also like the last photo =)
    Drop by my blog too dear?

    xoxo,
    Rae \(^o^)/

    Raellarina - The Ballerina on Fire

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  4. can't wait for the reviews! especially on the brush ^^ love the top :)

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  5. Love that you are updating more often Elaine!! ^^
    Can you let me know how the BB cream works once you try it??
    I love the Canmake blushes!! I think you'll like them...great quality and colors!
    By the way, what's the creamy touch rouge? Is that like a cream blush?

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  6. I swear the packaging get me every time!

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  7. I will! I'm trying to finish up a couple other BB creams I have stored up, but my skin color keeps changing with the seasons .__.;;

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  8. Yeeeeee, the brushes are so awesome! I am not going to be buying any more face brushes for a while since I think these might be my HGs!

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  9. Thank you Athenaaa <3 Definitely! I'm hoping that I've become pale enough for this shade, as my Nanoce BB has gotten too dark .__.;;


    The creamy touch rouge is the lipstick! Super cute colors, I'l swatch them soon!

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  10. Ahh I've been looking for a good foundation brush forever. Let me know how it is and where I can buy later if you like it

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  11. i have the shiseido brush too! let me know how it goes with this other brush. i've always wondered how others used the shiseido brush so i'm excited to see your review on it. :)

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  12. i wish i could have make up kit as many as yours <3
    i agree with you, during holidays the desire to shop increased dramatically :D
    love the bejeweled collar shirt!

    Diary of a Dreamer

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  13. The Shiseido one is GODLY! Seriously do not know how I lived with it before. However, the size is quite small so it takes patience. Esprique's brush is bigger, and just as dense. But, it's only sold in Japan...


    Shiseido's foundation brush is sold at Sephora for $30, but the 131 (Japan drugstore) equivalent is cheaper in Japan as well...

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  14. I used to use my fingers because other brushes sucked up too much product. Bwahaha feel so professional every time I do my foundation now *~*

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  15. I wish I could have an organized makeup setup! Haha, I keep my things between my place and my parents so I never have everything in one place!


    Retail therapy x 2340398120!

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  16. Canmake's products always look so pretty and adorable even though the packaging is kept pretty simple. I can't wait to try out some of the products from that brand. Also, the eyelashes look very nice too!

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  17. Yes! It's affordable and high quality *~* So excited to try them out ~

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  18. Can't say much about this since I'm a guy (lol), but I like the photos. What kind of camera do u use? :)

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  19. aww I love your shirt so much :3

    http://mykawaiisecret.blogspot.pt/

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  20. Jacqueline MitsukiMarch 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Loving the white top!! <3

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  21. LOL, maybe I should do game reviews too.. but my audience is all girls ahaha. Sony NEX-5R mirror-less!

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