Little Tokyo Purchases

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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