Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kirei Station - The Latest Cosmetics and Skincare Direct From Japan!

♫ 【福山ッスル!】モリモリマッスルスル体操
(Warning: This song will get stuck in your head.)

After a long streak of reviewing and using Korean makeup, I figured it was time to get back to my blogging roots of Japanese beauty products - and by that I mean Kosé skincare, Dolly Wink eyeliner, Hada Labo toners, Majolica blushers and Canmake eyeshadows. Thankfully, the discovery of a new Japanese cosmetics online store helped to remind me of the minor, but very important, fact that my love of makeup originated from the Land of the Rising Sun.


Kirei Station (綺麗ステーション) is an online store based in Yokohama, Japan that offers Japanese cosmetics, health and skincare products at competitive prices. (綺麗 kirei means pretty or beautiful in Japanese.) The website itself is fairly new, as it was only started earlier this year, and currently has over 400 products for sale. You can find products from familiar brands including Kosé Esprique, DejaVu, Kiss Me, Canmake, Candy Doll and Shiseido Aqualabel, along with brands not available in Malaysia such as Kosé Visee, Kosé Hadakiwami, Elixir Superieur, NOV, Kikumasamune, Albion, Shiseido Ibuki, Shiseido D Program, Shiseido Haku and Japan Gal. They also have a good selection of collagen supplements, which are extremely popular in Japan.

Kirei Station main page + product category menu
All products view
Oh, did I mention that they also carry Les Merveilleuses de Laduree makeup?! I was literally drooling in front of my laptop when I saw their update. (º﹃º)

*adds everything to Wish List*
The super nice folks at Kirei Station were kind enough to send me some products to review, which not only gave me the opportunity to explore their website, but also to gauge their customer service and product delivery efficiency.

My first impression of the website was that it looked rather plain (no custom logo), but the tabs/categories were clearly displayed, making it easy to navigate. The Shopping Guide and Terms & Conditions sections were straight to the point and easily understood, while the products were well-sorted into their respective categories. I also like how there was a Manager's Diary section to feature recommended items. Although their items don't look like much, trust me when I say that there were enough choices for me to spend some time deciding which products to pick. :P As for shipping, Kirei Station uses Japan Post (EMS or regular Air Mail depending on the option you choose during checkout); my parcel was sent via EMS and arrived safely within a week.

Japan Post EMS ftw!
Kirei Station ships worldwide, and the shipping charges are really quite affordable, since it's shipped directly from Japan. I highly recommend opting for EMS (especially if you're placing an order with multiple items), as it's faster and includes a tracking number. Regular air mail is the cheaper delivery option, and should be fairly reliable albeit slightly slower. Check out the shipping cost list below:

Worldwide shipping costs for Kirei Station
You must be curious to know exactly which items I chose, so here they are:

FANCL Washing Powder II Moist (link)
I started my first proper skincare routine with Kosé Sekkisei's powder cleanser and really liked it, so I chose this Fancl powder cleanser to try. I like powder cleansers because they lather up easily and are convenient to carry around for travel - no hassle with liquids!

FANCL Washing Powder II Moist
Kosé Visee CC Watery Foundation (link)
Is it a CC cream? Or is it a foundation? From the name, I got the impression that it would function more like a sheer foundation. I couldn't find any reviews of this particular product online, so I decided to take the plunge and pick one in a shade that *hopefully* matched my skintone. Which shade did I pick? How did it fare? Well, you'll just have to wait for my review! ;)
Kosé Visee CC Watery Foundation
Kosé Esprique Rich Fondue Rouge (link)
You know I'm a lipstick fiend, so of course I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get my hands on this beautiful Esprique lipstick. The shade I chose is PK860, a lovely everyday pink with very fine shimmer. Can't wait to share my review of it with you guys! :D
Kosé Esprique Rich Fondue Rouge

Are you tempted to check out Kirei Station yet? (๑>◡<๑) Head over to their website to browse for products, and visit their Facebook page to get updates on the latest arrivals and best-selling products in Japan. Stay tuned for my reviews of the items mentioned above! (。✪‿✪。)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Review: Mediheal Mask Dress Code Black

♫ Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams

You couldn't have possibly expected me to leave you hanging after teasing you with a glance at this one after the previous Mediheal Mask Dress Code Blue review, could you?
Wait, don't answer that. It was a rhetorical question.


In any case, I'm too excited about these pretty mask sheets to keep them to myself, so I'll be sharing with you my experience using another mask from the same range - Mediheal Mask Dress Code Black.

Pearl is effective on moisturizing and anti-aging, can protect and revitalize the damaged skin as well as improve the skin problem. The mask uses advanced fiber material with high transparency and 3D cutting, it uses a special dye which is harmless, even at high temperatures of 95°C there is no staining or discoloration. Its safety formula combines care and beauty, bringing a new concept of visual mask!
Similar to the blue variant, the mask is very thin and fully saturated with the essence. I had to be extra careful when unfolding the mask because it was quite difficult to find its edges, and its thinness made me worry that my long nails would accidentally tear it. However, despite seeming very fragile, I am happy to report that it remained intact before, during and after application.

This was taken after use.
The material of the mask retains moisture very well; it was soaking wet when I first took it out and it didn't dry up even after having it on my face for well over 30 minutes. That's more than enough time for me to take an unnecessary amount of selfies, ha!


The main functions of the Dress Code Black mask are moisturising and whitening, so let's find out how it fares. From the ingredients, you can see that niacinamide - mainly used in whitening products - is one of the main components (like the Secret Key Snow White Cream), in addition to cocoa, pearl, honey, caviar, propolis, royal jelly, licorice and sesame. (Wait, all that actually sounds pretty delicious. O_o) Having had some bad experiences with royal jelly skincare products, I was a bit wary at first, but decided what the heck, I'd already bought the masks and they deserve to be used. To my relief, my skin did not have any adverse reactions to the mask. (≧∇≦)



The Mediheal Mask Dress Code Black has a pretty nice but subtle scent (although I still prefer the scent of Dress Code Blue), and also doesn't feel as hydrating as the blue variant. For the whitening claims, I'd probably have to use it regularly for at least a couple of weeks to see results. It worked well to boost moisture, but somehow it was a little disappointing to find that the slightly cheaper blue version had the same effect, if not better. The Dress Code Black mask also seemed a little too wide (my face is already quite big lllorz) and the gap around the eye area left a good part of my skin exposed.


Oh, did I mention that the black version is slightly more pricey? For some reason, the black variant of these Dress Code masks is slightly more expensive than the other variants. It could be due to the more luxurious ingredients (caviar, anyone?), or perhaps because of these...


Yes, rhinestones! Plastic ones, but still. The glittering red rhinestones definitely add a luxe element to these (already) elegant sheet masks, and it really does make the whole experience just a little more special. Of course, there's also the internal conflict involving the decision whether to throw away the mask after use. #TheStruggleIsReal


So, there you have it. In a nutshell, the Mediheal Mask Dress Code Black mask is definitely prettier than all the others in the range, and it works wonderfully to moisturize my skin in one use (while its whitening properties can only be commented on after several regular uses). However, since I am able to compare it to Dress Code Blue, I feel that the blue is much better for hydration, and smells really nice to boot. The black version is comparatively a bit more expensive, but if you're a sucker for novelty pretty and quirky things like me, then by all means, go ahead.

You know you want to. ;)
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