Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Japan Baking kits for Valentine Day

Happy Valentine Day everyone Or Happy Single Awareness Day. 

Wishing everyone a happy Valentine day and hope everyone is happy and have no rejection at all. (Hopefully) 


The common thing in Singapore is pretty much like the western countries, where is usually the guys buy things for the girl, however in Japan is the opposite where girls give chocolates to the guys and hope they get something back in return on white's day. For me, I prefer making chocolates or baking something for my boyfriend instead of him getting me an overpriced flowers or dinner.

Since Japan has this tradition of having girls making chocolates for guys (or buying), it has produced many baking kits that usually only make their appearance when Valentine Day is approaching. 
These baking kits that are mostly Do-It-Yourself idiot proof are decorated in cute and girly packaging which sells like hotcakes. 

The one in the video below is in Kyoto Loft, where they showcase the kits on the first floor to promote them 2 weeks before Valentine day. I was lucky enough to buy some back again for my friends and myself. 

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Not only do they lay the kits out, but they also gave a sample piece on how it will look like once is baked which is really informative to know. There are many kits available from different brands and the price is ranging from ¥600 ~ ¥2000 (Without tax) for each box. The quality of the chocolate and the packaging also makes a difference in the price.

So last year I bought the fondant au chocolat to try out and the van houten cocoa truffle was for Aya. The results of both kits were a tremendous success and the lava cake was so good that we ate 6 piece out of the 8 and I only have 2 to Vincent. 



This year, I didn't want to buy the same brand again because I wanted to test other brands and kits. So these are the kits that I bought back for my friends and I. The doughnut muffin is for Pris, while the rabbit cookies are for Aya. 
The chocolate lave cake is for the guys to make for us and the remaining last two is mine. 



The kit that I will be using for my Valentine Day gift will be this one.
 I bought the Macaroons kit for fun and to use it next time. I shall blog about it next time once I get to use it. 

The Gâteau au Chocolat baking kit which includes 2 heart mold. 


Inside, you are expected to have these ingredients and the one that you need to provide for yourself is the unsalted butter, milk and egg. (Which are usually fresh ingredients)

The chocolate powder, raw chocolate, mold and powder sugar. 


The baking starts and we all got down to our kits. 
(Since I didn't have many tools to go around, we had to share)

Please read the instruction on the back and don't be like these guys who didn't even know that they needed to put flour into their mix. 


After a lot of hard work and laughter, here are the results. 

My cake came out really well and I was proud of it! 


The kit even gave powdered sugar for the toppings. 


Vincent looks happy because is not a rock this time XD 


My friends doughnut muffins and cookies turn out pretty well too! The sweetness was just right and both of them were really Delicious. 
The doughnut muffins had strawberry filling inside which they provided and the cookies had chocolate pens to decorate them with. 


However, for the guys, it was their best effort. It hasn't really baked at first and they put it for another 10 mins which resulted to 4 out of 6 turning to muffins. (Well is not that idiot proof after all) 




Even thought their lave cakes didn't turn out to be what we expected and only 2 was passable. It still tasted pretty good. Well, this also show that you can screw up if you don't do it right with the baking part. However, if you really follow the recipe to the book, I am sure it won't be this bad. 

This concludes the baking session for Valentine day that I had with my friends and here are some notes for the kits. 


 If you are not good at baking and always wanted to try out you should buy these kits. 
 The instruction given is all in Japanese so be prepared to use a translator. (Like google translate)
 Some kits like the doughnut muffin gives a detailed instruction sheet inside the box with pictures. While most of them are just behind the box with drawn instruction. 
 The kit usually provides you with the chocolate and dry ingredients while the fresh ingredients are not included.
 Some of the kits, like the cookies provide you with the cutter which you can keep. 
 The kit also includes molds, cups, holders and bags. (EVERYTHING IS THERE) 
 Some kits which are usually the decorating type, also includes chocolate pens and sprinkles.
 Some kits also include Jam and other ingredients inside. 
 There are many kits available, like chocolate cakes to cheese cakes bar, chocolate truffles, cake pops, cereal bars and etc. 
 It is pretty hard to find when is not Valentine season and probably the only way to get it is from Amazon




Monday, 6 February 2017

Valentine Day Nails


Before I came back to Singapore, I decided to do my nails at Sarinasnail again. 
Truth is, I also wanted nice nails before going to Kinosaki Onsen. 

As Valentine Day is around the corner and Chinese New year is not really celebrated in Japan, I decided to go for a more sweet chocolate design. I didn't really want it to be too loud too and Sarina didn't have the strawberry stickers I wanted so I went for a more simple design. So this is the final outcome of my gelish nails.  

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I went for a more pastel pink with a little sugar sprinkle look with an effect of white chocolate dripping over. I also opted for a pink heart with chocolate drizzle.  For the 3 pastel pink nails, I also opted it for it to be matted to make it look like chocolate. 


So the next part of this post shall be some sample ideas that you may like for your valentine day~ 
To complete that look with sweet nails. 
These pictures that I took from Instagram, is what I feel that will fit Larmekei. The trend this year follows on to be chocolate drizzles with either pastel, brown and of course red hearts. 


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To every girl in love out there~ Hope you have a wonderful Valentine Day. 
If everything goes wrong, well at least you have awesome nails that you can use to scratch the guy's eye ball out. :3 


Sunday, 5 February 2017

January Favorite Picks

    Since I'm too lazy to write individual posts for some things I decided to follow a trend that I saw on YouTube recently about favorite picks of the month from the YouTubers. I have tried a lot of things and sometimes I just really want to share with everyone that the item or product is just really good! (Or bad). I'm just going for a few picks first and it will add more in the other months next time. I hope you find this interesting and helpful! 

So let's get into it! (Items are not ranked in orders) 


SABON 

 Body Scrub and Body Lotion 




First up, SABON body scrub and body lotion. I'm just going to talk briefly about this product as I feel it deserve a post on its own! I will do that soon! Spring and summer is coming and so it makes me itch for a brand new fragrance. 
This time for the body scrub, I choose Tropic. A scent that my friend said "It smells like the drinks from Bali" Which is like a passion fruity smell. Its sweet yet refreshing! 
The scrub itself is sea salt based with oil and after using it, I feel that my skin is already moisturize. 
The shop was also having special package deals and so I got another the body lotion to pair with it. 
The lotion didn't have a Tropic choice, so I decided to get my favorite which is Lavender Apple. The mix fragrance of lavender and apply surprisingly goes really well together. 

Overall : I love SABON product as a whole and they really make awesome scrubs! 

The SABON trial set which includes a body scrub and a body lotion cost ¥7000. Not forgetting their current novelty fair, which includes a golden spoon. 



SKIN & LAB 

 Dr. Pore Tightening, Glacial Clay Facial Mask 



Another product that I need to make a post for is this pore facial mask. I really want to show everyone the before and after of my skin after using the mask. (So I won't type as much)

Recommended from the website that this was a top favorite from their customers, I and Rebecca decided to give it a shot. 
At first, this mask feels really stingy and I thought it was not working. However, after a few months of using it, I feel there is some improvement for my pores. It has a nice minty feel, but it can stingy your face a bit for a few minutes. After 15 - 20 minutes, wash it off and feel the springy feeling on your face. 
A product to try if you are concern about your pores! 

I got it online at 17 USD. 

CandyDoll 

Crayon Lipstick - Peach Coral 




Next on the makeup list! The new Candydoll Crayon lipstick in Peach Coral. 

After a period of time, Candydoll has released another set of products to the market. The one that caught my eye was their crayon lipstick in peach coral. When I saw Tsubasa trying it out on her Instagram, I really wanted to get it as the colour looks pretty. 
After trying it, I can say that the crayon lipstick is really smooth and there is no rough feeling on application. The colour stayed on pretty well and is meant for a lighter feel than a striking look. I would say the colour goes in between pink and an orange undertone. A colour that I would play around and mix with my other lipsticks. 
If you are looking for a coral lipstick, you give candydoll a try! 

Retailing in Japan at ¥990 



カンロ のど飴 

Kanro Throat candyWith honey and Chinese Quince 



Usually when there is a scratchy feeling in your throat, you will think there is a sore throat coming and it will terrorize your days in the future. That's how I always feel when I wake up in the morning during the winter. 

In Singapore, I usually turn to Strepsils. However, I couldn't find that in Kyoto... So I needed to find an alternative. This is one of my favorite that I found in the nearby supermarket and have been buying it ever since. Kanro Throat candy with honey and Chinese quince. It has a herb, minty taste with the sweetness of honey.
To be honest, I have no idea what is Chinese quince and I always thought it was Lemon, judging from the picture. 
There are many throat candies in Japan, but this particular candy is just my favorite because is not overly sweet, it doesn't (cut) your tongue when is in your mouth and it helps the throat fast. It tastes close to Strepsils but is not as minty and closer to a candy. 
Do give it a try if you come across this candy at the convenient stores or supermarkets.
Is roughly ¥210 per packet. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Samantha Thavasa (Petit Choice) Pastel Blue wallet.

I'm a big fan of Samantha Thavasa products and I always loved their stuff since 5 - 6 years ago. So is been awhile since I change my wallet as my pink Samantha Vega wallet was holding pretty well. The only thing that I was probably annoyed with was the coin zip which is always caught with the outer zip. Nonetheless Im really satisfied with it for the past 2 years of using it. Currently the one thing that is peeling is the bottom sides of the wallet but is minor. 



There is quite a number of significant memories with this wallet, as is the first one I bought from Japan and it was on a huge discount. It also been with me for half of my life in Japan. 


The wallet that is above it was bought in a shop at Kyoto Aeon mall that reminds me of Samantha Thavasa. I wanted a smaller wallet to bring with me when I go travelling or back to my home country. Since having a big wallet is quite annoying when you want to travel lightly. 

Taken from Samantha Thavasa Blog
The new wallet I bought this time round was from Samantha Thavasa, Petit Choice selection and is the Flower Mochifu Pastel Blue. (【クリスマス限定】 フラワーモチ) Which is apparently 2016 Christmas limited. Since it was a Christmas special, they had a special promotion and discount on it too. Really love how my birthday is so close to the Christmas sales.

The promotion was a mini discount and 2 free gifts which includes a letter charm and a cute pompom to match. 


This year, My boyfriend Vincent also surprised me by making a trip down in secret and was able to celebrate my birthday with me and my friends for a few days. He told me that he will get me this wallet as my birthday present! Since there was a Christmas special promotion, I choose this blue wallet. Thank you so much love!!
(Him coming down was a bigger present then anything else XD) 


As I said from the start that the only thing that bothered me was the zip from my previous wallet. This time I choose the one with the button and going to see if is better. 
What I noticed from this wallet is that it has twice as much card holders and pockets than the previous one. It had so much more than I was even confuse to how I should organize my stuff. 

The Wallet itself have the usual coin pouch and instead of the usual 3 it has 4 partition. It also have 6 slots in the wallet excluding the card slots. (That is really a lot) So it was somehow a big upgrade of space from the pink Samantha Vega wallet. 



The thing that I really love about Samantha's product is that their leather is the kind that will flake in a year. I was able to maintain my pink wallet really well even thought I feel I treated it unkindly at times. So to my pink wallet, Thanks for treating me so well in the past 2 years and I will still used you for other purpose in the near future~ 


Just realize that this wallet matches with Tokage, and currently the number of blue things is increasing. 

Saturday, 7 January 2017

2017 Fukubukuro (福袋) aka Lucky bags




New year day is a time for celebration and many times shops all over the world is close. However is not that same for Japan, in fact is a massive shopping spree for many people and shops are having big sales. Many brands and shops also sell Fukubukuro (福袋) aka Lucky bags. These bags are usually sold on the day itself or pre-ordered one month earlier. It gotten so famous recently that most famous, popular brands lucky bags gets sold out within minutes to hours.  

A really good example is Liz Lisa luggage lucky bag. Which was sold really fast! I didn't had time to think and it was already gone. So this year, I didn't get any pack from Liz Lisa. (The Liz Lisa shop in Kyoto has also closed down, sadly) 



Many lucky bags contents are usually a secret but worth 3 - 5 times the amount that you paid for. This is why so many girls love to buy this because is a steal! Sometimes, the brand so tell you like the content that you will get inside or might get but in different colour. 

For this post, I'm mainly going to show the first look of the lucky bags that I manage to buy this year. I am going to do a full post of each lucky pack in the future for a better look on each bag. 

The one bag that I manage to pre-order online was the AnkRouge Lucky pack. At their website, they give you a hint on the items you will receive in different colors. 

For Example 


So this what I got in my bag once is arrived on the new year day! 



Another Lucky Bag I manage to get at Kyoto station was Earth music & ecology. 
This was also advertise on their website. 
For ¥10,000 → you get over ¥50,000 worth of items 

Last year I got their casual bag instead as I wanted more casual clothes for school. So for this year I went for the sweet collection. 

What I got inside the bag, as the coat is a sure given. 




Another bag that I manage to buy was Fi.n.t Lucky bag which I also did last year.
I really like their clothes, so I decided to get it. 


As said on their website! I got it at Osaka station as I was passing by. 


The last set I got was from Dreamv (夢展望) which was sold differently from other brands. 
As Dreamv is an online shop with a few brands in one, the way they pack the lucky pack was that you can order a items in a set and then it will be discounted at the end. 

For example, 1 coat, 1 one piece, 1 shoe and 1 accessory must all fit in the range of ¥16,200 → discounted to ¥10,800 

There was also other sets which you were able to do like ¥19.600 and more. The hard thing about this is that the item you order must be within the range. So there was a lot of calculation to do. 


Most of the items I got was from Mon lily, getting their clothes on a discount on top of a discount is such a good bargain to me.

There you have the first outlook on my lucky pack for 2017! Will be doing a more detailed post on each bag soon!