A good colleague asked me recently how often I regret reading a book. We had a long conversation about it, but the short answer is: almost never. As a quick glance at my Goodreads profile will tell you, this is not because I only read masterpieces. In fact, ..
It hardly needs saying any more that cushion products are a huge beauty trend. But for the record: yes, they are. It has taken almost a decade, but cushions have well and truly arrived in the West from Asia (Internet tells me that the first cushion foundatio..
You know that feeling when a trend becomes ubiquitous and every magazine and Instagram influencer is trying to convince you to buy into it and you are totally on board and happy to oblige and like “yes, yes, I agree, no need to sell it to me any more” but yo..
My skincare tends to be quite spendy, but there are exceptions (most notably this). And there was no way I would leave Japan without buying some of their legendary drugstore skincare, because SCIENCE. Curiosity is not only responsible for cat deaths, but als..
I hate recommending things I haven’t properly tried. It’s this inflexible position that has made writing a Christmas gift guide extremely difficult this year: there were things I planned to test and hopefully consequently recommend, but after spending all my..
If it had not been for my sister, I would never have come to wear that kimono. Nor have red eyes. There are many studios in Kyoto – and surely in other places – where you are made up and dressed as maiko (a geisha apprentice) or geiko (a Kyoto geisha), but i..
I’m not a big drugstore makeup user, for several reasons. First, it requires more time to find the good stuff, as the quality is more uneven than with high-end brands. Second, I like things to be beautiful and maybe a little obscure, so the luxury and niche ..
Before Instagram, there was Polaroid. Those with first-hand knowledge of the nineties surely remember the heyday of instant cameras and how cool it was to see a picture develop in front of your eyes. I was way too poor and way too Eastern European to own one..
When I said that I bought an obscene amount of beauty products in Japan, I wasn’t kidding. To be able to do more than just mention everything, I’ve divided my haul into five categories: high-end skincare; high-end makeup; drugstore skincare; drugstore makeup..
I have just returned from Japan and feel extremely unqualified to talk about it. What could I possibly say after a 10-day trip to a unique, complex place with an extremely sophisticated culture thousands of years old? That Tokyo and Kyoto are indeed very dif..