Alpha Beauty UK Store Haul/Review

My two packages. Note the very noticeable photo shopping to remove shipping address. :p
My two packages. Note the very noticeable photo shopping to remove shipping address. :p

AlphaBeautyUK is an eBay seller based in Hong Kong who sells a lot of neat Japanese things, like Dolly Wing and Heroine Make. Even though they are based in Kong Kong, the products they offer are legit and not fakes. I know that is a major concern when shopping eBay for import beauty products. 😦

They ship first-class international, so shipping is quite fast and shipping numbers are provided! I placed one order, but for some reason, it came in two packages.

Good packaging.
Good packaging.

They use tons of bubble wrap, so items are pretty protected during transit!

Everything in good shape!
Everything in good shape!

As you can see, everything got to me in good shape! 😀 They carry interesting brands and items!

Here is what I bought, with links (none are referral links):

SaraFit – This is a brand of watery sunscreen essence from Rohto Japan. I’ve known for a long time the best aging prevention for the skin is sunscreen, but implementing it has been another thing. I don’t like most sunscreens, but this one is absolutely amazing. It is watery, non-whitening and feels like a skincare essence. :3 It actually makes my makeup go on more smooth! I’ve been using it for 3 weeks now and I absolutely love it.

Shiseido Japan Water In Lip Lip Cream (Sakura) – This is a pretty generic lip balm. I bought it because of the packaging, but it is nothing special. It isn’t even as good as Chap Stick in the US. Oh well. We can’t win them all! D:

Rhoto Lychee Eye Drops – These are absolutely amazing and also super cute. I always hate using my husband’s super cooling Rhoto eye drops, so I bought these Lychee ones for myself because the bottle and the pink liquid. These are just as good as the other Rhoto eye drops, but they don’t burn my eyes, so I like them a lot.

Japan fuwarinka Beauty Collagen Rose Water – Oh my days. This is so good. This stuff has a very unique flavor and is absolutely fantastic. I thought it was going to taste weird, but it is sweet, kinda floral, and highly addictive. The only problem is it is kinda expensive so I cannot really drink it regularly. It is lovely to just sip on and I highly recommend trying it out at least once. The most unique drink mix I’ve ever had. If you’re wondering how to use it, just mix one stick with a standard bottle of water.

Overall, AlphaBeautyUK is a great seller! 😀 If you’re looking for something quirky, I’d recommend checking the store out. The prices are pretty good and the shipping time is quite fast. I got my package about 2 weeks after ordering.

Oishii Box February 2015 Review

Oishii Box Opened
Oishii Box Opened

Oishii Box is a Japanese snack subscription box. According to old estimates, it was $12 per month, but the price has raised to $14.99 per month, which is what I paid for this box. I have been buying Japanese candies online since I was 10, and at 28, that means I’ve been in niche for almost two decades (much old). It takes a lot to impress me, and sadly, I couldn’t recommend this box to somewhat like myself. But I would recommend it to someone new to the Japanese snack world!

marukawa grape bubble gumFour Tirol Chocolates – two Biscuit milk chocolate and two strawberry jelly – Tirol are a really interesting brand of chocolates, but sadly, included here are some of the less interesting ones. Tirol releases all kinds of crazy flavors in Japan, some of which you can see here @ Napa Japan. I’ve always found this brand of chocolate to be bland, even with the interesting flavors.

Marukawa Gum – These gums are super cheap and come in jumbo packs, so I wasn’t too excited to see them. I think when someone firsts delves in the world of Japanese candy, they’ll probably try these. They’re not great. The flavors are kinda good, but they’re like any generic gumball machine gum. They quickly get old.

sushi gummy kitMeiji Sushi Gummy Kit – These can be bought at Asian Food Grocer pretty cheap (actually, I think everything in this box was sourced from AFG because there were AFG stickers on the back of some of the products.) The gummies are pretty tasty and have good flavors. It isn’t nearly as much fun as the package makes it look.

Flower Kiss Candy – I got four candies from a larger bag. Not very exciting! These are lightly sweet candies. I guess they’re suppose to have some floral undertone in them, but I have never tasted the flower in them.

yan yan chocolate hazelnutOrchids Party Cracker Mix – I’ve had these before, and they’re quite good! In fact, I am eating them right now. :p It’s a small bag, so I don’t feel bad about eating them! If you like rice crackers, you’d like these!

Yan Yan Chocolate Hazelnut – Yan Yan is another snack I think most Japanophiles have had, though they aren’t a product of Japan, but rather Singapore. These are little breadsticks you dip in a chocolate sauce. I like them a lot and have bought them many times in the past. The hazelnut stuff kinda tastes like Nutella, but not quite as good. I’d rather buy the Nutella dipper packs! :p

box

My favorite part of the entire box was… the outer box. Yeah, the snacks weren’t exciting, and I couldn’t really recommend this box to someone who buys Japanese snacks all the time. It’s not as exciting as a box directly sourced from Japan, because I’m pretty sure anyone interested in Japanese candy has probably had all this stuff before.

I won’t complain about value with this box because I think it is about discovery, but I’ve discovered all this stuff on my own long, long ago. If you’re someone located in the US who hasn’t really been buying Japanese snacks for decades, then yes, go for it! But if you’re someone like me who spends probably $100 a month on Japanese candy imported straight from Japan, you might want to avoid it because you’ve had it all before.

Of course, this is my opinion just off one box. Who knows – maybe next month will be better. I do like all the snacks included, expect for the gum; I really wish they’d skip that.

One thing to keep in mind – everything from this box can be found at AsianFoodGrocer for less money.

Kit Kat mini – Sakura Green Tea – review

Sakura Green Tea Kit Kat Bar
Sakura Green Tea Kit Kat Bar

Japan has a lot of Kit Kat bars, and unlucky for me, I’m obsessed with them all so I tend to buy them if I see them. This one was purchased from Candysan. The price I paid was $1.85, not including shipping.

sakura green tea kit kat bar 2The product comes in a box and inside are three individually wrapped Kit Kat Bars. The pink wrapping is totally adorable!

sakura green tea kit kat bar 4I also love the coloring of the actual bar. They’re super bright green! :O

Of course, the most important thing is taste, and these are terrific. The green tea flavor isn’t as strong as the original green tea Kit Kats, but it is there. It mostly just has a very sweet, white choclateish flavor, with a green tea undernote. I didn’t taste any “sakura” in it, but that could just be because I don’t know what sakura tastes like. xD But I didn’t detect anything but sugar, chocolate, and green tea. So, I dunno. They were good, though! But not as addictive as the original green tea ones.

Overall, I’d rate these probably a 7/10. Addictive, yes, but not as addictive as other ones! I would recommend buying them if they’re cheap, though, because they’re still really delicious.

disclaimer: this post does contain a referral link. I’d appreciate if you would use it if you decide to buy from Candysan! I paid for this item with my own money.

Yumvelope February 2015 Review and unboxing

February 2015 Yumvelope
February 2015 Yumvelope

Yumvelope is a subscription service that sends out “healthier” snacks made with less processed ingredients. I say “less” because everything in a box is still processed, obviously, but this stuff just has things on the ingredient label that you can pronounce, which is always a plus!

For $21, you get a variety of unique and delicious snacks! Most of the stuff you cannot really find locally, unless you go to someplace fancy like Whole Foods – and even then, you might not find it. It’s a lot of fun to get this box! 😀 Though, I think Yum-o-Box would be a better name for the sub, since it no longer comes in an envelope. 😦

Alter Ego Truffles
Alter Ego Truffles

Alter Ego Truffles – Assorted box – Aw, yes, truffles. I will never complain about getting a box of truffles. These are also very tasty! I tried the sea salt truffles and I am certainly pleased with them! They might not be as good as Godiva, but they are mighty tasty. :3 Plus, USDA Organic!

More delicious
More delicious

Ellas Heavenly Hunks – Original Oatmeal – Ugh, these were too good. So good that I need more of them. So buttery tasting and just, wow. If you like oatmeal cookies, you’d like these. :3

Goodlife Granola – I have not tried this yet, but the enclosed card said that this is a Yumvelope subscriber favorite, so I am looking forward to it! It does look mighty good! The only thing I don’t like about granola is that while it is healthy, I could eat an entire bag at once, which kinda negates everything healthy about it. :/

More delicious~
More delicious~

Mayesa Cacao Mint and Mixed Berry – I have had these before and I LOVED them. I’m really happy to see two more flavors for me to try! The taste is so rich and smooth and really impressive for a healthy drink.

Amrita Energy Bars – I am a nursing student, so anything I can just stuff in my bag and eat later in the day is appreciated! I am looking forward to trying these bars!

So, I am very happy with this Yumvelope shipment! I’ll eat everything – but then again, I’m not exactly picky, so if I say I’ll eat everything, it really doesn’t mean much. Even so, everything looks super delicious! I enjoyed this box a great deal and will stay subscribed for next month!

disclaimer: I paid for this box myself, no referral links

Memebox Cutie Pie Marzia 4 Review

memebox cutie pie marzia 4sI have not bought a Memebox in a really long time, but for some reason, I actually liked how the contents of the Cutie Pie Marzia 4 box looked. Shocking, I know! But for some reason these products had to be mine. o.o I just got it today, and thankfully, I like everything in the box! So, it was worth the purchase! I think it was a good day to get my last box; the last day Memebox Global will be open. I hope great things will come in the US shop, but I am doubtful. XD

Opened Cutie Pie Marzia 4 box... why were there 4 of these?
Opened Cutie Pie Marzia 4 box… why were there 4 of these?

The box, when opened and things tossed around a bit, looked nice and full! :3 Ah, that made me happy and reminded me of early Memeboxes where the box was actually full instead of being packed in the bottom with tissue paper. XD No filler here!

Shara Shara Honey All-in-One Cream
Shara Shara Honey All-in-One Cream

Shara Shara Banana Honey All-In-One Cream, 200ml, $13

Everyone really hates on Shara Shara, but I actually am probably the only person in the universe who loves Shara Shara. :3 I tried this cream and it seems like a run-of-the-mill all-on-one moisturizing cream… except it REALLY DOES smell like bananas so I AM IN LOVE. Seriously, the scent is AH-MAZING! I would say go and buy it just for the scent. If you love banana scent, you need this in your life. I mean it! I’m going to start using it tonight. That is how much I love the scent. XD

SharaShara Natural Shining BB Cream
SharaShara Natural Shining BB Cream

SharaShara Natural Shining BB Cream 40g – $28

Okay, I would never pay $28 for this tiny tube of BB cream, especially because it is comparable to Skin 79 Diamond Prestige, which isn’t very expensive. It has almost the same texture and grey cast of that BB cream. I would say it is a dupe. XD The picture is cute, but I like the Skin 79 packaging better. D: So, I would recommend that one instead! It really does do about the same thing, though. If you don’t like grey cast bb cream, you’d probably hate this, and the other one.

vivito painting singgle shadow shimmerVivito Painting Single Shadow Shimmer x2, $7 (each?)

These are actually cute little eyeshadows with a decent amount of pigment! I got Shy Pink and Coco Brown, which blend lovely together. I am surprised. I’ve never gotten decent eyeshadow from Memebox, so I am super happy. Much wow.

much shadow
much shadow

As you can see, not too bad! :3 Perfect amount of shimmer for me!

Amini Bath Bomb and Inoface Modeling Cup
Amini Bath Bomb and Inoface Modeling Cup

Amini Relaxing Bath Bomb – Lavender – 120g – $10

Would never pay $10 for this bath bomb, especially when there are tons on Etsy for maybe $4, but it was still a lovely thing to get in cute packaging!

Inoface Modeling Cup Pack – 15g – $4

I got boring Chlorella. I was hoping for peppermint! but the little cup is cute so I’m happy. :3 Hopefully this one won’t look like vomit like the one I got from Tester Korea.

Not much excitement, but useable!
Not much excitement, but useable!

AHC Private Real Eye Cream – 30ml – $64

Not too exciting for me, because eye creams aren’t exciting to me, but here, an eye cream! It’s support to help with dark circles, so I’m gonna try it out. It says it is good for all over the face, but uh, wouldn’t that be any eye cream? I’m the type that sees eye creams as being kinda gimmicky, so whatevs. XD

Lassie’el Juicy Strawberry Facial Mask x3, $12

These masks look really gooey in the package. o.o I think it’ll be a mess when I use them, but we’ll see! I love strawberry anything, and masks, so I am happy to have these!

Overall, I think this was a very solid box, concidering the previous Cutie Pie boxes looked pretty bad to me. 😀 It was a nice little goodbye to Memebox Global as well. Oh, Memebox, I will miss you so much.