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Geisha Makeover Experience

Hello Chickas! I just got home from my trip to Japan, we spent close to 3 weeks sightseeing. During the trip we ate A LOT of delicious food and visited many cities in Japan. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was dress up as a Geisha and during this trip, I finally ticked this off my list. So today’s post will be on my Geisha makeover experience in Japan.

After doing some research on the internet, I realised the makeup and clothing worn by Geishas and apprentice Geishas (Maiko) can be quite different. I chose to dress up as a Maiko since the clothing and makeup are brighter and more youthful.

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I couldn’t remember exactly the makeup products that were used but the base was a thick balm made from natural ingredients. After the balm was on, the makeup artist brushed on the white & pink paint all over my face, neck, chest and back. I had two choices of the type of look I wanted, elegant or cute – I chose cute. I think the biggest difference between the two looks were in the eyes and lips.

After makeup was done, it was time for hair. Majority of the Maiko hairdo was the wig but we did use some of my own hair to clip on the front. Let me tell you..this wig was so heavy. I felt like I was carrying around a bowling ball.

Next was the kimono. There were so many different coloured kimonos to choose from. The night before, I had a look on their website for my favourite kimono and I really liked the navy blue with a bit of red. Don’t let the photos fool you, kimonos are actually fitted quite tightly. Moving around and even breathing was a bit of a struggle at the start when I wasn’t used to it.

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The place I got my makeover was called AYA. I selected the luxurious package which costs 21,060 yen (~AUD $265). This included a studio shot, a courtyard shot and 4 outside location shots around Gion with a photographer. The total time it took was about 3 hours and AYA provides all the wigs, kimonos, obis, shoes and accessories.

The plan also included 30 minutes free time to walk around Gion for us to take our own photos. At the end of the session, I got a CD with all photos taken by the photographer.

 

My geisha makeover experience was selected and paid for myself.

 

Taiwan Roundup

It’s taken a while to put together this post! Here’s a Taiwan roundup of my trip from earlier this month. I pretty much spent the entire trip eating hence all the food pics in this post.

If you’re a die-hard Hello Kitty fan like myself, you must visit Hello Kitty Sweets Restaurant. This restaurant is extremely popular in Taiwan. We made reservations a few days before we left Australia for lunch on Saturday. I would recommend making a reservation if you are planning on going to avoid long queues. The cafe is very cute and everything is decorated with Hello Kitty including the rest rooms. We ordered a set meal, which includes a starter, main, dessert & drink. We also ordered an additional two desserts because the cakes were too cute to miss.

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After going to the Hello Kitty, we were hooked on themed cafes. So we also decided to dine at the Toilet Cafe! You’re probably thinking whatttt the heck is a toilet cafe??!?

It’s a restaurant where you sit on toilets and eat your meals out of novelty miniature ceramic toilet (as pictured below).

The food was very average and kind of expensive compared to Taiwan pricing but I guess it was the experience of dining on a loo haha.

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During this trip, we joined a 5 day scenic tour which took us right around the island to the most popular touristy places.

I guess a lot of younger travellers prefer to freestyle their trips but the hubs and I like tours because we don’t have to plan and organise anything. Plus we don’t mind waking up early.

The hotels we stayed at during this tour was sooo amazing. At two of the hotels, we had our very own private hot spring. The hotel buffet was so darn good too, I missed that the most since being home.

This photo was taken at Taroko Gorge. The bus ride there was dam scary, the roads were so narrow. When I glance out of the bus, I couldn’t see the road only what was below… Braving the bus ride was worth it, the gorge was so beautiful and have never seen anything like it.

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Taiwan is famous for their night markets where you can get a taste of local food and snacks.

We visited Shillin, Ningxia & Lio Ho night market. Shillin was the biggest one which stretched over several streets and even had an underground food court.

Each night market has its own unique characteristics. Some markets only sold food where as other markets will sold clothes and gadgets too.

The hubs loved the night markets, he had no fear and ate anything that looked edible. Whilst for me, I was a bit apprehensive (sensitive stomach you see). He especially loved the smelly tofu. If you don’t know what smelly tofu is, it’s fermented bean curd and it reeks.

I tried it and didn’t like it. I literally gagged in my mouth, it was gross.

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Mister Donut was everywhere in Taipei.

Each day, I would stand there admiring the donuts neatly stacked on the counter. I couldn’t get any because I was always full from breakfast.

On our last day,  we had Mister Donut for breakfast. It’s not like your typical donuts you get here in Australia. The donut was kind of dense and not fluffy like Krispy Kreme. It’s not very sweet either and has a chewy texture.

I’m quite on the fence with this donut.

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I’m not sure if you can describe a temple beautiful but this is exactly what it is. This temple is called Fo Guang Shan Monastery. I didn’t upload the photo but on the other side of this photo is a giant Buddha. Starbucks is so popular in Taiwan, there’s even a store inside this temple but selling only vegetarian foods and drinks.

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So that pretty much sums up my Taiwan trip.

Guys.. we are currently planning our next trip! We just booked our tickets to LA and Rio in November! We are trying to do more travelling for next few years. So unfortunately, my makeup addiction may be slightly affected. I cannot spend frivolously no more. I’m going to try to shop my stash more.

Hope you enjoyed this post and catch ya soon in a few days time.

Goodies from Taiwan!

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Well chickadees, my trip has come to an end. I’ve been back since Tuesday and went straight to work the following day. It was an amazing trip with lots of eating and sightseeing. I thought I would post about beauty goodies from Taiwan. There were so much stuff that I wanted but I had to keep to a budget. Most of the beauty products I bought were from Watsons, SaSa and Innisfree.
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As you can see, I had a thing for face masks this trip. I actually bought 6 boxes and ended up using an entire box while I was over there. I would have bought more but they take up a fair bit of room in my luggage.

Shopping at Innisfree was pretty awesome. I bought 5 individual face mask sheets and they gave me 2 free gifts – the cleansing kit and their best loved collection. Gotta love freebies!!
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Here are my Watsons and other drugstore purchases except for the Tony Moly Lip Gloss. I didn’t realise the Biore UV Aqua was that popular until I posted on instagram. It was a random purchase for the husband but now I’ve claimed it as mine. I should have perhaps bought another just in case.
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This is my favourite purchase of all – my first ever Jill Stuart product. The packaging is so fancy yet ultra girly, it even comes with a brush. I’m going through a huge dilemma. On one hand, I want to start using it and the other I don’t want to ruin such a precious blush haha.

That’s it for this post, stay tuned next week for the next post where I talk about my trip to Taiwan.

Let me know if you have tried any of the products above, would love to hear your thoughts.

Everything was purchased by me.

 

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