Product Reviews by raluko

Skincare - Face - Sana - Nameraka Foaming Face Wash

5.0
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fromraluko

2 days ago

As the weather is getting cooler and drier, I switched up my skincare and re-introduced a cream cleanser in my routine. Since I hadn`t finished the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser I bought last year, I brought it back into rotation. Truth be told, I HATE that cleanser: it burns like nothing else, but since it is still pretty warm in Japan, I thought, all right, let me just finish it up quickly before …Read more

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Sunscreen - NOV - UV Shield EX SPF 50+PA++++

5.0
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fromraluko

4 days ago

I love Japanese sunscreens, but unfortunately most of them contain alcohol, which, while it doesn’t hurt my skin as many people seem to believe, it does make my sensitive eyes smatter and tear up. This NOV sunscreen is formulated for sensitive skin, so it doesn’t contain alcohol. It doesn’t affect my eyes and it is pretty hydrating, too. It is pretty expensive, though, at 2500 JPY for a measley …Read more

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Concealers - Hourglass Cosmetics - Veil™ Retouching Fluid

5.0
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fromraluko

4 days ago

My day starts at 5, so by the time I finish around 3:30, my makeup needs retouching, especially my concealer. For me, this product is really easy to apply and blend just with my fingers. The concealers I generally use in the morning (Catrice Camouflage, Sisley Phyto, or Armani Power Fabric) are thicker in consistency and need a brush or sponge to get a proper blend, IMO. I never use this product …Read more

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Lips - Giorgio Armani - Color Sketcher Satin Colour Lips & Cheeks

3.0
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fromraluko

10 days ago

This product is a lip and cheek duo, but I guess that is kind of gimmicky, as most lipsticks can be used in that way, really. I bought mine in Number 3, a brownish, paprika fall red. The color is nice enough, and as a blush this lasts a decent amount of time, and touch ups are easy, considering this tube is like a skinny, smaller version of a chubby stick from Clinique or Revlon. So, yeah, a …Read more

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Misc Beauty Tools - Unlisted Brand - Meiji Amino Collagen

5.0
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fromraluko

13 days ago

I have been using this product regularly for over 13 years. What got me started was this party at my first workplace in Japan, where this office clerk`s mother, who was well into her 50`s, showed up to pick up her daughter and we were all blown away by how smooth and luminous her skin was. She said she has been consuming collagen powder (not sure if it was this brand) since her 20`s and that …Read more

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Masks - Sana - Sana Namerakahanpo Jelly Sheet Masks

5.0
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fromraluko

13 days ago

These are the best sheet masks for me: really hydrating, full of good ingredients, like soy, and fragrance free. The price is reasonable, too, but not the cheapest out there. (I buy mine in Japan). The liquid in the pouch is a white jelly consistency, and it has been added in generous quantities. As I gear up for winter, I am planning to stick with these and the My Beauty Diary Black Pearl sheet …Read more

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Treatments (Eye) - Susanne Kaufmann - Eye Fluid Line F

3.0
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fromraluko

17 days ago

I bought this in Austria last year when I was searching for a light weight eye cream for the summer, when my oily, milia prone under eyes really cannot tolerate heavy creams. For hot, humid weather, this eye cream is perfect: gives just enough moisture, sits well under make up, comes in a hygienic pump dispenser bottle, and you get lots of product for the price. My only gripe, and it’s a big con …Read more

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Eyeliner - Pupa - Made to Last Eyeliner

5.0
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fromraluko

23 days ago

Pupa Milano, an Italian brand that was really popular in the 90`s, is sadly losing ground to other flashier, more hyped brands, which is a real pity because they have some really great products. I love their mascara Vamp, their lipsticks, and they have the most beautiful and versatile colors for eyeliners. I have just bought a couple of these Made to Last Definition Eyes which have changed since …Read more

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Moisturizers - Belif - The True Cream Aqua Bomb

4.0
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fromraluko

23 days ago

Why do all these skincare companies have to ruin perfectly good products by adding fragrance?! I liked this gel cream, it does exactly what it claims on the label, but I simply cannot afford to expose my sensitive, Retinoid-treated skin to fragrance. This is why I will not repurchase. Remove the perfumes, Belif, and you`ve got yourself something. Till then, I am sticking with Cetaphil, CeraVe …Read more

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Conditioner - Kérastase - Masque Elixir Ultime

5.0
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fromraluko

23 days ago

I love this mask! Imagine my frizzy, chemically treated and abused hair, suffering from the humidity of Japan, from sitting 12 hours on a plane to Europe, through hard water Airbnb showers with low pressure shower heads. My hair was a disaster when I landed in Europe and this mask revived it. It is a thickish, creamy mask that sinks really well into my hair shafts. It smells like a luxury …Read more

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