product review: nada labo anti-aging hydrator

product: hada labo tokyo anti-aging hydrator $18
uses: a moisturizer with super hyaluronic acid–an ingredient that apparently firms skin & improves its texture. the women in asia go crazy for this japanese lightweight formula, & they believe it makes their skin glow.
verdict: i didn’t care for the texture & feel of the moisturizer–it feels more like a serum to me–& i wish it had sunscreen. i like that it is scentless, however, & after using the product for a month i was pleased with how my skin looked. i will probably not purchase this again myself, but i would recommend it because it is so popular across asia. 3 out of 5 stars
beauty tip: when putting on face cream, especially anti-aging ones, make sure you always apply to your neck, dĂ©colletage, & the back of your hands as well. Just like your face, all of these areas are sensitive to aging & are exposed to the sun–thus, they should also reap the benefits of the product.

a paradise for rich japanese: omotesando

Omotesando: the Champs-Elysees of Tokyo
ahhh, the highlight of my day…celine!! it was so amazing to actually touch the phoebe philo’s beautiful pieces i’ve been salivating over…

when shopping in omotesando, make sure to get off the main street (i don’t know about you, but i’m a bit over LV handbags & jimmy choos)—all the gems are hidden on the side streets of omotesando ave. this boutique is definitely one of them! and right next door is an opening ceremony!

highlights of harajuku…

when i’m in tokyo, i personally like to shop in shimokitazawa, omotesando, or shibuya…but harajuku will always be the best place for people-watching! (& its right next to yoyogi park, which–especially on a sunday–is a ‘must do’)


great boutique on the main drag

fabulous men’s store! husband’s fave…
this store is great for souvenirs & gifts–best stickers on the planet, & soooo japanese!