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The clock is ticking on easily acquirable Shu Uemura for Ashley.  Picked up these fun lashes I’d been eye-ing for a long time now and an eyeshadow from the Kobe Daimaru.  Also got a foundation sample.  What will I do when I get home?  Browsing online for makeup is not as fun as playing at the counter.

I will be so sad when I go back to America because Shu Uemura’s US operations are online only now and there won’t be any counters to peruse.  So for now, I’ll buy as much as I can while I still have the ability to go and check it out.  Stupidly forgot my brown eyeliner in the hostel in Fukuoka, so picked up this new one.  Pretty standard; I’ll def. be buying lashes before I leave, the problem is….which ones?!

Shu Uemura, cosmetics section of the JR Kyoto Isetan.  Isetan is on the JR side of Kyoto station.  Cosmetics: 1F.

The windows in the street-side Shu Uemura store at Omotesando Hills are gorgeous.  The weather outside was an awful wintry mix, but the store seemed modern and bright.  They were decorated with sakura images, taken by my favorite photographer, Ninagawa Mika.  There were also many women there getting their makeup done, which I’d love to do the next time I have an event to go to in Tokyo.  I did not get anything from the new collection, as I stocked up on foundation before I left my previous job at an unnamed beauty company.  But I did pick up this pencil eyeliner, color ME 10 purple.

Wore it for the first time today and it is the smoothest eyeliner I’ve ever owned.  It doesn’t smudge either.  This morning started sunny and bright, but around lunchtime it started snowing and hasn’t stopped so I was caught unprepared (read: no umbrella) and had to walk home (30min).  It was still in place!  Will def. go back to Shu Uemura for eyeliner.

Shu Uemura, 1F street-side, Omotesando Hills. Exit via the Omotesando exit of JR Harajuku station, cross the street and go right.  Veer left down Omotesando St., head straight past the main Harajuku intersection.  Omotesando Hills on your left, across from Dior.

I’m sad that Shu Uemura no longer has counters in the US, but in Japan they’re abundant.  Their holiday collection, abracadabra fantasy, is a collaboration with artist Aya Takano.  Aya Takano is a superflat artist, part of Takashi Murakami’s collective, Kaikai Kiki.  Really, I wanted to buy it all, but settled on the sparkly purple paint crayon eyeliner.


Grew up in philly, used to live in nyc, spent a year in japan. I like shopping. Gotta figure out what to do with this blog now...


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