All posts tagged: japanese

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream

Last January, and almost overnight, my skin became dry, irritated, and very sore.  My eyelids  were particularly bad, which led to case after case of conjunctivitis.  It was as if my skin’s moisture barrier had completely broken down, and no matter what skincare I used, my skin couldn’t seem to retain moisture.  I had to stop wearing makeup completely, and could only use the mildest creams. It’s no exaggeration to say that Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream saved my skin.  The first few applications seemed to make my skin instantly happy, so I continued slathering it on my face several times a day.  It took about a week, but the rawness began to disappear and my skin felt restored.  After two weeks, it was almost back to normal. While I can’t claim that this product medically cured my skin, it certainly kept it comfortable and hydrated during the healing process.  Hada Labo products don’t contain fragrance, petrochemicals, or alcohol, so they’re unlikely to cause irritation.  The Super Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream also doesn’t contain any heavy oils, so it’s great …

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Moisturising Lotion

When I first bought this product, I had no idea what to do with it.  I was seduced by the promise of three types of hyaluronic acid and no fragrance, but surprised by the almost-watery consistency of this ‘lotion’.  If I’d researched it a bit further, I would have discovered that Hada Labo’s motto is ‘no more, no less’, which, when you think about it, is a fabulous skincare philosophy.  Everything you need and nothing you don’t. Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturising Lotion isn’t marketed as an essence, but that’s how I use it.  If you’re not familiar with essences, let me be the first to tell you that they are an essential part of a good skincare routine, especially if you suffer from dehydrated skin.  Essences are gently patted onto the face right after cleansing, and add vital moisture back to the skin.  Think of it as a tall, cool glass of water for your skin, and you’ll understand why I love essences, especially this one. Effectiveness: 5 – immediately hydrates skin. User Experience: 5 …

Narumi Pioneer

I bought a set of china in an antique mall in Alabama in the late 90s. The stamp on the underside of the dishes says that the china is from Narumi (Mikassa) and the pattern is Pioneer. I’ve searched for ages, but I’ve never been able to confirm this pattern ever actually existed, and I’ve never seen another piece anywhere. I’d like to start using it more often, but I’m terrified I’ll break a piece and have no hope of replacing it.


When I was a little kid, I had two favourite Christmas decorations — a red felt reindeer called Rudolph and an elf called Tommy. Tommy originally belonged to my grandparents, and they gave him to me one Christmas after I’d carried him around their house all day. Seeing Tommy every year was a thrill, but as the years passed, he began to get tatty from my attentions. Eventually, he ended up with no hat, moth-eaten clothes, and a bashed head. He now lives in a drawer in our buffet cabinet to prevent further damage. Last year while in the US, I found an exact replica of Tommy in a little antique store in my home town. There were many models of these little knee-hugger elves imported from Japan in the 50s and 60s, and finding another just like Tommy was nothing short of a miracle. I have resolved to take much better care of this one.