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Japan 2017 Haul: My 9 Must-Buy Beauty Products

I recently went to Japan for my birthday and more than anything, I was looking forward to eating good food plus shopping for some must-have Japanese skincare and makeup products.

A trip to Japan really isn’t complete without a skincare/makeup haul but instead of simply hoarding, I made sure to get only what came highly recommended to me by friends and restock some of my all-time favorites!

My 10-Step Skin Care Routine

Ever since I’ve read Charlotte Cho’s Little Book of Skin Care, I got hooked on the Korean way of taking care of my skin. In all honesty, even if I’m a makeup artist, I’m more into skin care than makeup.

It never fails that whenever I tell some girls about the very elaborate Korean skincare system, they become horrified upon knowing all of the steps involved in cleaning and prepping my skin. It is understandably overwhelming at first, but it’s become something I always look forward to doing, especially at night!

How I Started As A Makeup Artist

One of the questions that people always ask me is “how did you get started with makeup?”

I didn’t think of makeup artistry as a viable career for me at first. I didn’t know anyone personally who’s a makeup artist, so it never crossed my mind. After getting my degree in Business Management, I went the usual corporate route and did marketing work for 2 years. It was also during that time where my younger sister Sasa, frustrated with how salons do her makeup so unnaturally and thickly, always asked me to do her makeup for her special events. Her friends soon followed. While I was doing debut makeup for her friend with the few personal makeup and brushes I have, I had a lightbulb moment. What if I study how to do this properly?