My Beauty Routine in Japan

A Cologne in Tokyo

I like to associate a fragrance with a trip. So for my last trip to Japan, I took with me one of the Hermès latest creations, the Eau de Citron Noir created by the nose Christine Nagel. I was immediately intrigued, because I love citrus scents (like yuzu, grapefruit and lemon) and I’m huge fane of Le Jardin de Mr. Li of Hermès.

“Citrus caviar, Buddha’s hand citrus, Eureka lemon …So many original lemons have challenged me, but it is the black lemon, so smoky, so racy, which finally became the one” explains Christine Nagel. Lemon is a lime put in brine and then dried, hence its brown color. Iran’s black lemon is a traditional condiment of Persian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Present in many dishes, its scent is rich with fresh and powerful notes of traditional lemon, but also sweeter.

During this trip I was a lot outdoors. And I especially wore this Cologne at night. I found it both light and a little “dense” without being ostentatious. Perfect for dining in an intimate place. This unisex fragrance has a beautiful dark blue glass bottle. Simple and so chic! 

  

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The Skin Cares

While Traveling,

I try to take only essential: multifunctional nomadic products focused mainly hydration.

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On the photo above taken at Hakone Suishoen (near Fuji san): the awesome Decléor Aroma Cleanse 3-in-1 Hydra Radiance Cleasing Mousse with Neroli essential oil. I mainly use this delicate melty cream that effectively and smoothly cleanses (including sunscreen) at night. It rinses with water. Surprinsingly, my sensitive skin had no problem with the Neroli essential oil.

In the morning, Uriage’s Light Water Cream SPF20 is refreshing (yes!), antipollution and very pleasant when my combination skin overheats. Light enough to then apply sunscreen without gleaming like a sardine. I alternate with the excellent Uriage’s Fluide HYSÉAC SPF50+ (photo 2 below). As a day serum with hyaluronic acid to boost hydration: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. Moreover it gave me very much want to test other products of The Ordinary and Deciem (to follow …).  

In the evening, after cleansing my skin and using an essence, I apply a thick layer of Qiriness Wrap d’Eau Baume Extreme Moisture Balm, a velvety gel-cream texture mask with algae, plants, watermelon, white flowers and lipids. Very very fresh (thanks to its gel texture) and super moisturizing. I go to bed without rinsing and the next day, using a damp cotton I remove the excess product. My skin is plumped and bright, ready to welcome the care of the day.   

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Dans l’avion

  

Sheet maks, yes please!

As any self-respecting beautista (lol!), I took a slew of face, eye, hand and leg sheet masks for my long flights back and forth between Brussels and Japan. And my favorites are: Qiriness Wrap Yeux Hyal-Eclat Eyes Radiant Eye Patches including vitamin B3, gold, caffeine, green tea, hyaluronic acid, rooibos and Aloe Vera (for the best known ingredients). In short, a dressing for my dark circles!

I also really like the Qiriness Wrap Mains Hydra-Repair Masque Soft & Smooth Hand Mask with (among other ingredients): Hyaluronic Acid, Macadamia Oil Nut and Shea Butter, Grapefruit, Honey and Vitamin E (pictured above). As I wash my hands very often, they are super dry. This mask soothes and nourishes them deeply. They look better and feel more comfortable!

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