Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's a New Year!

Happy 2014!

I only had a brief break at the end of the year. Most of that time was spent trying to clean my apartment, trying to finish up buying Xmas presents and trying to decide what to do with my life.

For the first time EVER!!! I bought a "fukubukuro!" Fukubukuro (福袋), or "Lucky Bags," are mystery bags filled with random shit that Japanese retailers sell between January 1st and 5th. The bags are usually filled with a meh variety of items, and sometimes you get "lucky" and score a great deal. The prices range from 1000 yen to over 100,000yen! 

Fukubukuro attract a huge amount of people out into the cold. The best way to think about it is Xmas meets Black Friday; you've got great (for Japan) deals, limited items and the chance of getting something great! People line up at least a week or two before New Year's in front of the Apple store. Their fukubukuro are hit (AirMac?) or miss (ipod shuffle) at 36,000 yen.

Anyways. I went and got myself a fukubukuro.




I wanted something that wasn't too expensive and that had something that I could probably use. Which is why I bought this revlon fukubukuro. Increasingly, stores have a display so people can see what's in the bag before they buy it. 




Typically what's in the bag works out to more than what you pay for it. So, at least you can feel like you got a good deal. Three types of lipsticks, with the brown one making my lips look super ashy. I guess if I was going for an extreme look it'd be cool. Neon yellow nail polish...yellow is not the favorite color of the average person, but it turned out OK. Haven't tested the foundation (darker because I'm not uber-pale!), but the age defying powder was nice enough.

Since I'm on the topic of makeup, I figured I'd show some of the stuff I got from Sephora last year:




Marc Jacobs blush and nail polish. I don't know why I chose that brown color. It must have looked better online. 

The nail polish was a bit of a fail, but the blush was OK!




It comes in its own little bag and the case is smaller than Chanel, but then again, it's not holding the brush.




The color I got was a little brighter than Chanel. No way to test online. I'm just glad that I didn't fuck up and regret it! Totally recommend! Easy to put on. The brush is soft. The color holds up well....and this has nothing to do with Japan!

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