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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

2009 Foundations Overview

2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

Where to find me

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.

 

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    January 26, 2014

    NARSissist Palette Look One - Smokey Grey

    Hi hi!!

    This is a quick look that I did using the upcoming NARSissist Palette - a beautiful palette that contains 15 NARS permanent eyeshadow shades.  If you are a neutral lover, you NEED this palette.  I was gifted this awesome palette by NARS, and I couldn't wait to try it out.  I had previously shown swatches of this palette in this entry here.  

    Important information on getting this palette for yourself:

    You can pre-order this palette via this microsite - http://bit.ly/narsissist - on the 27 Jan.  The palette will also be available from the 3 Feb onwards at the NARS store... but to avoid any sold out situation, I would totally go for the pre-order option. 
    It retails for SGD$115, limited edition. 

    Here's what I used on the eyes - it's a rather easy smokey eyes, and I wasn't being super careful with the application.  
    I also kept the rest of the face very natural, in fact, I only used a tinted moisturiser for this LOTD... as the eyes & lips are the focus. 

    All things used: 

    Face - Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (light 2 Alaska) mixed with a little Radiance Enhancing primer, set with Loose Powder (Eden), and finally finished with Translucent Pressed Powder

    Concealer - Radiant Creamy Concealer

    Liners - Larger than Life Via Veneto (black on upper lids)

    Lips - Trans Siberian

    Cheeks - Laguna Bronzer, Final Cut blush

    Eyes - NARSissist Palette, colors as stated above 

    Brows - NARSissist Palette, colors as stated, set with Brow Gel in Piraeus 

    Top - ASOS 

    Nails - GummiNails

    I have another look, coming right after this entry!   Stay tuned!

    Thanks for looking! 

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    January 26, 2014

    NARS Lipsticks in Trans Siberian & Scarlet Empress

    I picked up these two NARS red lippies during the party which I hosted at NARS back in December.. and finally got down to taking pics (and start using them).  It is my personal goal to eventually collect all the red lippies from my fave makeup brand, I think I have more than ten NARS reds..and I don't think I am halfway close. 

    I got these two shades: 

    Trans Siberian (semi matte) - Ruby Rose, looking like a deep true red on me  LOVES

    Scarlet Empress  (a little sheer, but still creamy) - a deep plum red (can't find this on the NARS Site... what's happening?) 

    and an overall look - more info on this look in another entry.

    Wearing Trans Siberian and NARS everything else. 

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    January 26, 2014

    BeautyAsia Highlights 2014

    BeautyAsia comprises four distinct shows: BeautyAsia, SpaAsia, HealthAsia and NaturalAsia.

    Visitors can look forward to a series of activities at the show including beauty workshops, product demonstrations, trials and talks by leading experts and professionals from around the world. Now in its 18th year, BeautyAsia is the region’s most established and definitive trade exhibition for the beauty, spa and health industry.

    The highlights of this annual beauty trade show is the sale of beauty supplies, personally for me, to stock up on falsies, nail polishes/ supplies, and I heard that this year they will be selling Hakuhodo brushes (last year, it was just a trade showcase).  You can also pick up hair supplies and tools... overall, quite interesting to go and check it out. 

    Date: 17-19 February

    Time: 11am to 7pm daily

    Venue: Suntec Singapore Level 4, Halls 401-403

    Booth highlights: 

    DD Creams!!!!  

    My fave nail supplier store PNC (at Chinatown) is also setting up a booth there!  

    Hope you find this info helpful!

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    January 26, 2014

    NARS Final Cut Blush [Photos & Comparisons]

    Hi hi!

    I purchased the NARS Final Cut blush last Friday...I didn't have any intention to shop from this collection... but I saw the four blushes.. and they all look so pretty.. and well, I guess I picked the one which felt the least powdery, even though it probably already looks like one of the many other NARS blushes in my collection - that and the name itself is another frivolous reason for me to make this little purchase. 

    Final Cut is described as a Peach Coral... which pretty much sums up this shade.  It is mostly a velvety matte.. and can be build up to quite an intense shade. 

    Here's a comparison of Final Cut & Gilda (which is a permanent shade), and Gilda seems to be a tad deeper and also looks more dimensional.. though I am suspecting on the face they prolly will show up 99% the same.  

    Here's a pic of me wearing the blush... and more details on this very NARS look in a later entry.  

    What did you pick up from the Final Cut collection?

    Thanks for reading!

    Filed in: Final Cut, blush, Swatches, NARS, makeup | Tagged with: Final Cut, swatches, Blush, nars, makeup
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    January 25, 2014

    LOTD: Make Up Store Essentials

    Hi hi!!

    I attended a recent Make Up Store presentation lately, and in addition to learning about their new SS releases, I also got to try out these essentials in their permanent collection.  And these items actually made me think of a long long time ago when I had some of these items (like the trio brow powder!  But of course in those days - I think I was still in my late teens, I was using it as a eyeshadow, since I had no brow techniques then)... so anyway, I decided to put together a very clean and defined look using all these Make Up Store essentials.  From base to brows and a little smokey eyes..and I will also try to share my thoughts on each time along the way. 

    These two items are among some of their best-selling classics.  

    The Cover All Mix is a concealer palette that consists of both corrector & concealing shades.  It is a great kit for someone who wants everything in a little wheel like this, and the texture and coverage is pretty much industrial strength.  But it is not cakey at all.  I actually used this under my eyes to brighten up the area, and when I was blending out the cream product, it felt smooth and creamy/ emolient (not dry as you might expect from something in a pot).

    The Tri Brow Color is a universal brow (and eyeshadow of course) color wheel of 3 shades, pale matte brown, medium ashy brown and a soft black.  I used both the browns to fill in my brows in this look. It is finely milled and the color went on my brows quite easily.
     
    An overview of the products used:  I already have the Aqua Cooling powder and the Tinted Day Creme in my collection, so putting together this complete Make Up Store look was easy. 

    The Tinted Day Creme is quite moisturising, and provides just the lightest coverage.  The Aqua Cooling powder has an interesting texture.. it feels like 'wet' when applied on your skin - it has no coverage, but when it 'sets' your face does look a little matte-r and has a velvety finish.  Because my base is on the sheer side, the overall finish and coverage of my skin in this LOTD is very natural... I don't think I look like I have a proper foundation on, but skintone is somewhat even-ed out.  I also used the concealer to cover up some spots and brighten up the face where I needed. 

    Another product to highlight is the Jubilee Micro Eyeshadow - a soft black eyeshadow with golden/green/olive shimmery goodness... you can pack on the color, and also sheer out quite easily.  I went for quite a easy slightly messy look, having just slap on the color and try to blend it upwards to the crease, hopefully not too messy.. and this is finished with the olive green metallic pencil in Desert Flower. 

    I also like the lip pencil in Nude Beauty and like the name suggests, it is a universal nude lippy that matches my lip color... I used this to fill in the entire lips, and it gave me a warm beige shade that compliments the eyeshadow. 

    Swatches of the products mentioned: 

    All products used:  [Everything is Make Up Store unless stated otherwise]

    face - tinted day creme (light), set with Aqua cooling powder

    concealer - Cover all mix (light) 

    lips - Lip Pencil in Nude Beauty

    liner - Eye Pencil in Desert Flower

    eyes - eyeprimer clear, jubilee microeyeshadow 

    cheeks - Giorgio Armani Ecailles blush/ highlight powder

    brows - Tri Brow Color

    aviator jacket - Zara 

    nails - GummiNails 

    I hope you find this overview helpful, and do check out some of these items I mentioned!

    Thanks for reading!   Happy Sunday! 

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    January 25, 2014

    Laneige Spring 2014 Makeup Collection [Photos & Swatches]

    This Spring 2014, get set to be spoilt for choice as Laneige launches its all new exciting comprehensive range of eyeshadow palettes, blushes and lipsticks!  There are 7 highly-pigmented Pur Radiant Shadow palettes; 6 Pure Radiant Blush colors and 20 vivid Serum Intense Lipstick colours.  Experiment, Experience and Enjoy - there'll be something to suit every woman, for any mood and occasion!  It's time to grab all the attention you want, like a K-pop star, with 2014 makeup trend: Natural Skin Tone, Well-Defined eyes using neutral eye colours, and vivid lipstick brightens up the complexion!

    Pure Radiant Shadow Palettes  (SGD$40 each)

    Each Pure Radiant Shadow palette comes with four highly-pigmented colour shades.  Made with ultra-fine, consistent particle colour base and sponge-like, elastic powder that glides on smoothly and evenly on the eyelids.  Laneige Pure Radiant Shadow gives a high-colour realization with just one swipe.  

    Available in 7 shades - from nude to smokey or sweet to glamorous. 

    Pure Radiant Blush (SGD$38 each)

    Give your cheeks a soft, natural and lively glow with the new Laniege Pure Radiant Blush!  Available in 6 attractive tones for subtle to shading use, the Pure Radiant Blush contains highly transparent mica that gives a smoother and moe radiant finish upon application.  It is also long-lasting and requires no correction. 
    In addition, the fine particle powder, with superior glow scattering effect, helps fill up any unevenness or fine wrinkles on the skin, while reflecting light at various angles to render a bright and lively complexion.  

    Serum Intense Lipstick (SGD$34 each)

    Let your lips pop with Laneige's new Serum Intense Lipstick and have fun creating different looks from the choice of 20 vivid lipstick colours, perfectly suited to Asian skin tones!  It contains 3 types of moisture-sealing formula for long-lasting hydration and 35% skincare ingredients that protect the lips, namely - 
    1. Glycerin - absorbs moisture in the air and supply it to the skin 
    2. Physiogel Lotion - fills the cracks on lips that experience high water loss
    3. Natural Botantical, Squalene, supplies oxygen to the skin and enhances skin respiration and forms a protective layer. 

    Quick swatches & first impressions of some of the products - I will be incorporating these products in a LOTD soon. 

    06 Classy Mood is a very finely milled eyeshadow palette.  It contains all matte shades, very velvety and smooth to the touch.  The colours are very natural and I am excited to see how they actually perform on the eyes. 

    Serum Intense lipstick in LR08 Flair Magenta is a bright pop of color, and the texture is creamy and smooth.  It is quite intense in colour payoff, but yet not too dramatic.  This is a bright rosy deep pink... and when I saw the names of the other 20 shades in this range... I am quite intrigued by the colors!  (Think Neon Orange!)

    06 Natural Shading is a shade darker than my skintone... which makes it a great contour powder.. it is the sort of powder that I like to use on the outer areas of my face to provide a subtle shading.  (Think something along the lines of my Les Beiges powder). 

    A quick demo on the model taken from the press images:

    All the products come in a sleek clean packaging, and I like the compact cases of the blushes & eyeshadows!  Not too bulky and feels good & sturdy.  

    I hope this initial overview and swatches have been useful.. Thanks for reading~

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    January 19, 2014

    Haul: Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage & A Little Chat

    So many people raved about the goodness of this amazing TF Cocoa Mirage, and so one fine  day, I finally decided to buy it.  I have tried out a couple of other TF quads (Cognac Sable, Burnished Amber)  before, and found their shimmery shades to be quite impressive, but other than that, I haven't found the urge to actually buy one myself.  If you look across the color range of the TF quads, Cocoa Mirage is not going to be one that grabs your attention immediately.  It is very understated, and is the only quad that consists of mostly MATTE shades.  And when I swatched them, I found that each of these matte shades are very creamy and pigmented.  I also like that the only shimmery shade makes a nice layering combo with the matte ones.  They blend very easily, and the fact that they are housed together in one neat palette just seals the deal.  And a bonus?  I used a mixture of the matte brown shades to fill in my brows today, and it works! 

    There are other smiliar mostly matte creamy eyeshadow palettes of course... for example Urban Decay Basics palette, and in terms of quality and color range, you can also build your own neutral matte from Inglot (I think the creaminess and pigmentation is very comparable to Inglot eyeshadows). 

    Some close ups of the palette - 
    You can see how smooth the eyeshadows are even in the pan... 

    Swatches: 

    I think this is quite a warm matte palette... and while they are matte, they are by no means flat/ chalky/ powdery at all. 

    I used the palest shade as a brow bone highlight, and blended all the other shades together on my eyes.  Overall, a very easy failproof (safe, very comfort zone) type of smokey eyes.  Can I do this look with the gazillion of other neutral eyeshadows that I already own?  Of course!  But do I want a TF palette that I can use for everyday smokey neutral look?  Yes! 

    Skin is looking a little crappy due to a post camp trip... but sorted that out quite quickly with my Aseop parsley seed mask & followed up with Clarins Lotus Face Oil (bam, overnight, skin is cured and back to 'normal').  

    All products used:

    face - Sulwhasoo Snowise BB Base, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation, set with Chanel Loose Powder

    concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy finish

    brows - Shiseido brow compact, set with MAC beguile brow set

    eyes - TF Cocoa Mirage, Heavy Rotation Liquid Liner 

    lashes - falsies from Japan (no brand), YSl Faux Cils

    lips - NARS Satin Lip Pencil Timanfaya, Larger than Life Gloss Bimini (from the Spring 2014 Collection)

    Tee - Cheap Monday Graffiti 

    *** later on in the day I used NARS Short Circuit as an OMBRE (wooooo OMBREEEE!!) stain in the centre of my lips.  Suddenly felt the whole full lips and eyes thing very heavy going. 

    pics below taken with my iphone5

    Things we do... take selfies while getting ready.  

    A close up pic of the lippies I used: 

    I have been making a few 'good deal' purchases lately, for example, this pair of Tom Ford shades that I randomly saw at Tangs for ONLY $129!!!  

    A close up of the outfit from this LOTD - my new Cheap Monday graffiti tee, old navy rockstar skinny jeans, new look studded flats, Givenchy Pandora.  Comfy and nice! 

    Another similar outfit I wore a couple of weeks back, red checkered shirt (on sale, Zara) paired with white tee, old navy boyfriend pants, River Island flats, studded bracelet, MK rosegold watch, same Givenchy bag 

    New camera!  Haven't gotten to play with it much yet, but I love how cute and compact it is!  Canon Powershot N ($399).
    Graphic tee in the background is from ASOS.

    Also got myself a new pair of running kicks from my recent trip tp JPO, a plain all black NIKE Free Run 5.0 - this is men's size.. cos I have big feet.  Comfy, and cushiony.  Goes with my jeans and running gear. 

    And in view of the upcoming NARSissist Palette, I arranged this little stash of my NARS neutral eyeshadows.  Not pictured are 5 more singles, which aren't exactly in the neutral famliy.  

    I already have these shades that will be in the NARSissist Palette...
    Bali 
    Coconut Grove
    Nepal
    Ashes to Ashes 
    Brousse #2
    Mekong
    Lhasa
    Fez 

    These are the other shades in the palette which I don't already own (mostly from existing eyeshadow duos). 
    (All About Eve #1)
    (Madrague #2)
    (Madrague #1)
    (Bellissima #1)
    (Bad Behaviour)
    (Dogon #2)
    (Pandora #2)

    and the rest show in the pictue are:
    Sophia
    Blondie
    Ondine
    Abyssinia 
    Cambodia
    Mississippi Mermaid
    Nymphea 

    And wooohooo!  I finished another loose powder - Chanel Loose Powder.  Took me a few years and some straying... but I am done with this!  One of the best loose powders out there.  Sets my makeup for the day.  

    Hope everyone have a great week ahead!

    Thanks for reading! 

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    January 14, 2014

    NARSissist Palette [Swatches]

    Available end Jan/ Feb 2014.  Price TBC.  

    I was just searching for available info on this palette on the web when I came across my images (which I had posted on IG a few weeks back) on Specktra.  Since they are already out there... I shall post proper swatches here.

    The NARSissist ultimate neutral palette...all the Nars eyeshadows that you could ever want, edited and arranged so beautifully in a convenient palette.  Even though I prolly already own half the shades in this palette from my NARS singles...I think I need this palette. 
    All the shades are beautifully formulated and intense.  It is a neutral eyeshadows and every eyeshadow palette junkie's heaven.

    More pics here:

    Hope these swatches have been helpful.  There will be pre-orders for this palette, do check with your NARS BA soon.

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    January 14, 2014

    NARS Final Cut Collection Swatches [Tangs Exclusive]

    Available at Tangs Orchard, Jan 16 2014.

    A new attitude in pink. Provocative, soft and sensuous shades for cheeks and lips, available online and in stores for a limited time only.

    “Rethink pink.” —François Nars

    Final Cut Blush (SG$50) (TANGS Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

    • Final Cut Peach coral
    • Love Tea rose
    • New Attitude Cherry blossom pink
    • Sex Fantasy Pale lavender pink

    Final Cut Satin Lip Pencil (SG38) (TANGS Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

    • Descanso Tea rose
    • Stourhead Pale lavender pink
    • Torres del Paine Peach coral
    • Villa Lante Cherry blossom pink

    Final Cut Skin Illuminator (SG$60) (TANGS Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

    • Adelaide Shimmering lavender pink

    Swatches: 

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    January 05, 2014

    Hong Kong/ Tokyo Dec 2013

    Hi hi

    Just a quick entry on my recent trip to HK/ Tokyo, will be sharing info on where I stay, quick rundown of places I went to and all that.  I won't be listing specific places or restaurants, because I really didn't take note of where I ate and all that.  My main principle of travelling is often to follow where my mood and gut takes me.. and I just make my way there. I have a tentative plan of which areas to cover each day, and from there on it's all pretty much free and easy.  Also, this particular trip is just really a relaxing and shopping type of trip, I didn't factor in any much touristy spots at all.  

    The whole trip took place from 11 - 18 Dec.. with 11-13 spent in HK, and 13-18 spent in Tokyo.  I found this to be very good timing, as it allows me enough time to do what I want to do in HK, and plenty of time to eat and play in Tokyo.  I realise that I really like multi-city travelling ever since my Eu trip in June.  It's like since I am already flying out there, I might as well go to a couple of places at the same time. 

    The HK hotel room was HUGE (rare by HK standards), with two queen sized beds, and the service was great. 

    We also chilled out at W hotel in HK, located at the Elements mall (not that far from our hotel actually) but because of all the massive construction going on, it's impossible to walk or anything.  And taking the train is just too far, so cab is the nearest and cheapest.

    Also bought way too much macarons while I was at Pierre Hermes (located literally just downstairs from  the hotel) woots! 

    I stayed at the Prince Hotel Marco Polo in HK, since I was there only 2 nights, I decided to splurge reasonably on the hotel, and it was located right in Harbor Cit which is so convenient for eating and shopping and when I want to cross over to Central, I just get on the Star Ferry, which takes me to the IFC mall, which is also linked to Queens Stree via the sheltered bridge walkway.  It is good that I know the main shopping areas of HK like the back of my hand.. so getting around is very stress free and easy.   The hotel is awesome, and I will def stay there again if I am going for just a couple of nights.  Anymore I think it is better to just stay in one of the many city boutique hotels since you won't be in the room most of the day. 

    Dim Sum at my fave restaurant in HK.. it's located at Mongkok..I think it's called Cheers... can't be sure.  I just know how to get there.. that's all.  

    The flight to Tokyo is in the late morning, and we arrived in the early evening. (We flew via Cathay Pacific.)  My hotel in Tokyo is located in the Ginza area (link here), which means the Ginza strip is within walking distance (though I usually take the train, which is 2 stops away) and it is also 10 min walk to the Tsujiki Market (which is 5 min walk to Ginza)... and also The hotel is tiny, but because of the location, I love it, and it is also a place which I would totally stay at again when I go back to Tokyo.  It is also located between two train stations which are well linked to the other train lines.  

    One of the days in Tokyo, we took a 3 hour train journey out to Kusatsu (which is an onsen town) (link here) and spent a few hours there - we got to see snow, which is awesome, and the onsen is great (we went to Otakinoyu) which has both outdoor and indoor pools.  It is a little walk away from the centre, but the whole town is so small.. you won't really get lost.  Getting there itself is an adventure for me, and certainly unforgettable.  We took the subway to Ueno, then took the Shinkensen, and then changed to another suburbs JR train, and then took another 40min bus ride there.  It was a long and scenic route,  but luckily the Japanese schedule are so on the dot, it allows us to do very good planning. 

    I did my share of designer shopping in HK, while in Japan I focused on Jap makeup and also eat lots of food. You must go to Mitsukoshi department store because it's the only mall that sells ADDICTION, THREE and SUQQU all under one roof.----and also the entire Laduree makeup line.  Also there's a Laduree cafe in that mall (prepared to queue though) and it overlooks the Ginza junction.   Besides that you must also check out the Chikuhodo shop located in a little building in one of the lanes at Ginza (refer to this blogpost on where to buy) it is not hard to find, and you can take your time to pick and browse.  The same counter also sells Kuyodo brushes.  

    There's also a Hakudodo store located at Omotesando area .. but it is quite a walk depending on which direction you are going from.  It is near a junction (look out for the Max Mara boutique...) but ask around, and I think you should be able to find it.  While you are at Omotesando, also check out the Mac Pro store.. where you can get stuff which you can't get at the regular stores.  I find prices quite reasonable.  

    I also like to look for quirky stuff at Harajuku and also have the crepes located along the streets.  They are super yummy.  Just a great place to soak in the vibe. 

    Go to the Starbucks at the Shibuya junction.  It is really fun and best place for people watching! 

    We also hang out at the local pubs that open 24 hours.. you get to have some food, and lots of drinks.. very reasonably priced! 
    Can't remember the name!  But  they have branches at Shibuya, and Ueno.  

    And and and you must check out the FOOD HALLS!!  There were a couple of nights where we bought food back to the hotel just to eat as dinner/ supper.   It is foodporn everywhere.

    and foodporn at Tsukiji market: 

    And general food places we went to: 

    Ending this entry with a shot I took at Tokyo Station, when we were heading to the airport via the express train. 

    I hope this entry has been somewhat helpful, I am by no means a Japan expert.... but I enjoyed myself very much this trip and I will def return.  If you have any specific questions, please leave in the comments below.  Oh.. and if you are wondering about whether to get pre-paid phone cards in both cities, they are readily available at the airports... but I didn't bother, and I just used my data roaming (I am with M1, and I paid $15 a day for unlimited 3G usage with the designated local telco network).  

    Happy Sunday!  And have a great week ahead!