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Top 60 Best Japanese and Korean Concealers to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 60 Best Japanese and Korean Concealers to Buy Online 2019

No one has perfect skin, but we sure as heck want it. We’d even venture to say that that’s especially true in Asia, where “whitening,” “brightening,” and “glass skin” are buzzwords. It’s no coincidence that some of the best concealers in the world come from Japan and Korea.

We have concealers for dark circles. We have concealers for scarring, redness, dullness, sallowness. We have powder, stick, and liquid concealers. We have magic concealers (or so they claim to be). To help you sift through all these products, we ordered the 60 most popular concealers from Japan’s e-commerce giants and tested for the following:

  1. Coverage
  2. Longevity
  3. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese and Korean concealers. We also have a few makeup tips and tricks for you at the end of the article, so stay tuned.

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Top 10 Best Lighted Makeup Mirrors to Buy Online 2019

Top 10 Best Lighted Makeup Mirrors to Buy Online 2019

There’s nothing worse than catching a glimpse of yourself in a window and realizing your makeup looks completely different than it did in your bathroom. One way to prevent that is with a lighted mirror that allows you to see clearly in proper lighting as you’re doing your makeup.

There are a number of options out there, and it’s important to figure out not only what’s good but also what’s good for you. In this guide, we’ll go over the factors to look for when deciding on a lighted makeup mirror. At the end, we also have a list of our 10 favorites to help you start your search.

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Top 38 Best Japanese Lip Balms to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 38 Best Japanese Lip Balms to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

If eyes are the windows to your soul, your lips are the shape to its voice. They’re worth taking good care of, especially because they’re tender and prone to aging, just like the rest of your skin. And in Japan, as in America, lip balm is cheap and plentiful, so you’ve plenty of choices–choices between brands, as well as between medicated, tinted, or organic balms.

So which balms are worth your money and which aren’t? To answer that question, we ordered the 38 most popular lip balms from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) and tested for the following:

  1. Hydration
  2. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese lip balms.

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Top 32 Best Japanese Hand Creams to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 33 Best Japanese Hand Creams to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

So you’re getting ready to invest in Japanese skincare, down to your fingertips. But if you’re going to pay for that shipping fee (or plane ticket), then the hand cream better be good. It should hydrate, of course, and also smell nice. And you should be able to put it on, start typing, and not have your desk look like a crime scene that’s been dusted for fingerprints.

There are perhaps few things in this world more plentiful than hand creams, so to help you narrow down your choices, we ordered the 32 most popular hand creams from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) and tested for the following:

  1. Hydration
  2. Fragrance
  3. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese hand creams.

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Top 14 Best Japanese Body Moisturizers to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 14 Best Japanese Body Moisturizers to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True

Browsing a Japanese drugstore is like panning for gold. You’re there looking down the aisles and everything seems like silt until you finally find a gem–a body lotion that hydrates (possibly even more than a high-end brand), low price tag, no shady ingredients. The task is fun but time-consuming, especially if you don’t read Japanese.

And even if you do, do you really want to go through all of those katakana-ized chemical names? We certainly don’t. But we did. To save you headache (and a trip or ten to the drugstore), we ordered the 14 most popular body moisturizers from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) and tested for the following:

  1. Fragrance
  2. Hydration
  3. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese body moisturizers.

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Top 10 Best Reusable Pads to Buy Online 2019

Top 10 Best Reusable Pads to Buy Online 2019

Having a period can be pretty infuriating. On top of the cramps and mood swings, it’s frustrating to know that you spend so much money on chemical-laden pads every month only for it to go straight into a landfill. Luckily, there’s been a resurgence in reusable pads that are better for you, your wallet, and the environment.

But just like disposable pads, there are dozens of brands of reusable pads, and it can be hard to figure out what will work for you. In this guide, we’ll go over the different factors to look at when making your choice. At the end, we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started.

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Top 18 Best Japanese Anti-Aging Serums, Essences, and Ampoules to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 18 Best Japanese Anti-Aging Serums, Essences, and Ampoules to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

We might not be able to prevent aging altogether, but we can still age gracefully. That feels like the consensus here in Japan, where anti-aging skincare is popular and constantly evolving. As time goes by, our skin undergoes certain changes–hormones are thrown out of balance, certain functions are dulled–and serums that you used once may no longer be as effective.

So which serums a) target the signs of aging and b) will actually work for you? In order to answer that question, we ordered the 18 most popular anti-aging※1 serums※2 from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme) and tested them all. We also invited a skincare specialist and had her compare the following:

  1. Hydration
  2. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese anti-aging serums, essences, and ampoules.

※1 エイジングケア: anti-aging (lit. aging care), which, in this article, refers to products meant to moisturize mature skin

※2 美容液: serums, essences, and ampoules (all three are basically the same product, just with different concentration levels of active ingredients)

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Top 19 Best Japanese Moisturizing Serums, Essences, and Ampoules to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 26 Best Japanese Moisturizing Serums, Essences, and Ampoules to Buy Online 2019

Winters in Japan can get really dry, especially with offices running their heaters, full blast, at what must be a million degrees (not pointing any fingers, but). Times like these, you need a little extra moisture. Especially because one of the secrets to keeping your skin young is to keep it hydrated. Japanese cosmetics companies caught wind of this and–lo and behold–the market’s swamped with moisturizing serums.

Great, but that makes it all the more difficult to tell which formulas will work for you and which… not so much. To save you some guesswork, we ordered the 19 most popular moisturizing serums from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme) and tested them all. We also invited a skincare specialist and had her compare the following:

  1. Hydration
  2. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese moisturizing serums, essences, and ampoules※1.

※1 美容液: serums, essences, and ampoules (all three are basically the same product, just with different concentration levels of active ingredients)

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Top 26 Best Japanese Whitening Serums, Essences, and Ampoules to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 26 Best Japanese Whitening Serums, Essences, and Ampoules to Buy Online 2019

It’s a buzzword in Japan: translucence※1. It’s similar to Korea’s glass skin–skin so pure that it’s nearly transparent, resembling layers of frosted glass. In order to respond to that aesthetic, cosmetic companies–both drugstore and high-end–here have been coming out with scores of whitening※2 serums, essences, and ampoules※3.

As always, it’s difficult to tell what kind of skincare is effective and what isn’t. That’s why, this time around, we ordered the 26 most popular whitening serums from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme) and tested them all. We also invited a skincare specialist and had her compare the following:

  1. Hydration
  2. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese whitening serums, essences, and ampoules.

※1 透明感: translucence (lit. transparency; used to describe glass skin)

※2 美白: whitening (in this article, that refers to the tamping down of hyperpigmentation and the production of melanin, thereby preventing freckles and blemishes)

※3 美容液: serums, essences, and ampoules (more on how we translated that term below)

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Top 25 Best Japanese Moisturizers and Face Lotions to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 25 Best Japanese Moisturizers and Face Lotions to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

Last time, we talked about toners. Now, we move on to the next step in the Japanese skincare routine: moisturizers and face lotions※1. Face lotions are important–they are, if you remember, the lid that seals your toner in. And, just like in America, in Japan, we have our high-end and drugstore brands, our revolutionary products and dupes.

We thought it was high time someone separated the wheat from the chaff. That’s why we ordered the 25 most popular moisturizers and face lotions from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme) and tested them all. We also invited a skincare specialist and had her compare the following:

  1. Hydration
  2. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese moisturizers and face lotions. We also talk about the difference between lotion and cream at the very end of the article–be sure not to miss it.

※1 乳液: moisturizer / face lotion

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