Yesterday I stopped by Los Angele’s Little Toyko to browse the Japanese cosmetics and skincare selections. There are a couple of stores I like and recommend. Maneki Neko has a ton of both Western and Asian cosmetics, Asian skin care, as well as lots of toys and knicknacks. Western brands they carry include NYX (the entire line, I think – with testers!), lots of Western nail polish brands (NYX Girls, LA Girls, OPI, Essie, Orly, and more). I’m less familiar with the Asian brands, but I saw Missha BB creams (Korean), Dolly Wink makeup (Japanese), Pa nail polish and makeup (Japanese I think), and lots more – both makeup and skincare. Make Asobi is another store I like. It’s almost entirely Asian products, both skincare and makeup. It has a wider selection of Asian (mostly Japanese and Korean, I believe) brands and products. I saw Dolly Wink, Pa, Missha, Canmake, Majolica Majorica, and many more brands I didn’t recognize.
|Herine Make Volume & Curl Mascara|
I purchased two makeup items – first, Heroine Make Volume & Curl mascara. Right now, Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing mascara is my favorite mascara, but it’s not waterproof. I’m looking for a good, volumizing and very waterproof mascara for occasional use. I haven’t tried this one yet, but the brush looks promising, and Japanese waterproof mascaras tend to be much more waterproof than Western ones.
|Dolly Wink Deep Black eyeliner|
I’ve heard great things about Dolly Wink’s liquid / pen style eyeliner, so even though I have a black pen-style eyeliner I love (Milani’s LE Color Play), I wanted to give this one a try. Again, I haven’t tried this on my eyes yet, but from an initial arm swatch it look fantastic – very black, and a very precise line. I will eventually do a comparison post with all of my black eyeliners, or perhaps a series of posts – liquid pen style, pencil, and gel.
Here are some quick arm swatches of the Dolly Wink eyeliner:
Do you like to explore the makeup from other countries, or are you content with what is easily available in your local stores?
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