Emo nails and fake tattoos? Review of 3 CONCEPT EYES / STYLENANDA!

If you have been following me from the start, you’ll know at least these three things: I like make-up, I like fashion (especially fashion that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg) and that I went to South Korea last year.  What’s the connection? STYLENANDA! I discovered this brand during my stay in Seoul. I only spent 3 days there but seeing everyone dressing in the same basic way, I got an impression that Korean fashion was rather…plain? But then I found the STYLENANDA store in Myoungdong and I swear that place was packed with gems, I wish I could have taken home every single piece of clothing they had there! If you like simple but really cool fashion or you’re just looking for some fashion ideas and coordinates, be sure to check their website ♥

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STYLENANDA happen to have their own cosmetic brand which is just as awesome — 3 CONCEPT EYES. Japan is a kingdom of baby pink, sparkling stuff but it’s not easy to get your hands on funkier colours like hot pink, orange, purple — stuff that looks really cool but apparently is not your usual kawaii. Luckily, there are some stores in Shin-Okubo that sell 3 CONCEPT EYES cosmetics (which gives me one more reason to go there all the time…). Selection is rather limited though, so I often order my favourites online. Some time ago, during one of my occasional online shopping sprees, I saw that STYLENANDA was looking for bloggers willing to review some stuff for them. “Will they choose me? Probably not, but heck, I’ll try!” — I thought. Well, guess what….

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 …I was selected to test some products! As you can see I already have a small collection of 3CE stuff. I’d totally recommend the lip pigments and the shimmer stick. The nail polish you see was a free gift included in my recent order, how nice!

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Here I used the hot pink (#ELECTRO PINK) pigment for cheeks and the orange one (#ISSUE) as a lip tint

So what will I review today? STYLENANDA sent me some rather interesting items and it was fun to test them! I got nail stickers — great thing for those who like fancy nails but don’t have much time / nail art skills / spare ¥6000  to splurge on gel nails.

Another thing I got was…fake tattoo stickers. Because I have real tattoos, it’s not a product I would buy, but I think it might be a good alternative for those who are not quite sure if they want to get inked permanently, so they can check what having tattoos would actually feel and look like.

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 3 CONCEPT NAIL LOOKS KISSY KITCH

Let’s start with the nail stickers. One sheet like this costs ¥770.

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 One package includes 20 stickers in different sizes, which is actually quite nice, because you can easily find stickers that match your nail shape and size. It’s super easy to use them — just stick them to your nail, fold and get rid of the remaining part by filing it off (a small file is included).

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This was the first sticker I applied, so it may not look that great…

…but I liked the final result. For a longer-lasting effect you could use a clear nail polish, but even if you don’t do that, the stickers won’t come off that easily. Personally, I think that this particular design is kind of emo, so I’d probably go with the clear ones.

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3 CONCEPT EYES FAKE TATTOO

And here are the sticker tattoos! As far as I know so-called “one point” tattoos are popular in Korea right now. I got a few little ones recently myself, and yes — I do plan to get some more, therefore I used these cute designs to see where I could get some new ink. One sheet like this costs 500 yen.

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“Life is a long lesson in humility”

Yes, I checked — it’s a quote by Sir James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.

Unlike I expected, there was no water involved in the process of getting this temporary tattoo. All I had to do was just peeling off the plastic sheet with the “tattoo” and put it wherever I wanted. To my surprise they were very durable and didn’t come off after a shower! When you get bored of them, just wipe them off with a make up remover (they are water resistant).

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Okay…I REALLY love the way this sticker tattoo looks on my collarbone. I’ve been thinking of getting something in the exactly same spot anyway, so…should I?

It doesn’t look fake, does it?

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I happen to have real heart tattoos on both forearms, but what if I had an extra one?

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“Altiora petamus”?

Yup, checked this one too.“Let us seek higher things” — it happens to be a motto of the University of Salford in the UK (according to Wikipedia).

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Because I have Sailor Senshi planetary symbols on my forearm, I thought that a tiny planet would look cute. I wasn’t disappointed!

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Overall!

I’m always super busy, not really talented in the field of nail art and I rarely get my nails done at a salon, but on the other hand I like when my hands look neat so nail stickers seem to be a nice option for me. They’re easy to apply, the whole process takes no longer than 5 minutes and they’re much cheaper than a professional manicurist. I can’t really come to work with black nails though, so I’d choose a less flashy design — luckily 3CE has a wide selection of such.

And about the fake tattoos… As you know, I’m a fan of the real thing but what I really liked about the fake ones was that I could check what I would look like with some lettering or one-point tattoos. It was fun to play with them knowing they’ll be gone whenever I decide to remove them.

These were the products I got to test and review — if they’re not really your cup of tea, no worries! 3 CONCEPT EYES / STYLENANDA have so many awesome clothes and cosmetics to offer, I really recommend visiting their website if you’re into that stuff.

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And here you can watch stunning Sora and Minhee (more of Minhee actually) in STYLENANDA F/W 2014 collection teaser video. I’m going to Seoul again in October and I have a feeling that this visit will turn into one big shopping spree!

 

Thank you for reading!♥

Shin-Okubo / Korean Town — one of a kind! ♥♥♥

If you check through my last few updates, you might get the impression that Shibuya is my favourite spot.

But actually, no, it’s not.

It’s Shin-Okubo, which I love more than Omotesando, more than Harajuku and definitely more than Shibuya.

Why…?

I went there for the first time in August 2012, just a few weeks after I came to Japan. At that time I had no interest in k-pop or even Korean food whatsoever, but there was one reason I would go there every week, and her name is Akane. She’s my lovely friend who at that time was staying in Kokuritsu International Medical Research Center Hospital which just so happens to be located in Okubo. Every week, until the end of March 2013 when she went back to her hometown, I visited her there, and that’s how it all started. Akane battled leukemia, but she’s a happy, healthy girl now. It’s a long long story, and I hope to write about it more one day. Today I want to show you the town that gave me more happy memories than any other place I have been to so far.

As I came here every week, I started checking out the shops, eating delicious japchae in the lunchtime, SoundHounding awesome k-pop songs I heard for the first time…and before I realized it, I was totally in love with everything about this town.

Shin-Okubo, Korean Town.

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Now that I’m k-pop / Korean food / Korean cosmetics obsessed, Shin-Okubo is like heaven to me. It’s like Little Korea in Tokyo. When you get off at Shin-Okubo station, you see posters advertising new Korean dramas or makgeolli rather than Asahi or some  TBS drama with Kimura Takuya.

With all the idol shops, it’s a k-pop fan paradise. Whoever your bias is, whichever CD you’re looking for – everything is here.

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 ♥   I swear this place will make me go bankrupt one day   ♥

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Last time I went there, each store was full of Tohoshinki. As it turned out, it was the day their Japan Live Tour began. Can’t complain, before the YG Family Concert it was full of BIGBANG accessories, so I guess it’s just what store owners do to keep each fandom group happy.

Besides, the guys from Tohoshinki are drop-dead gorgeous so it’s all good.

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 Countless cosmetics & k-pop accessories shops↓

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I really recommend this store. They have a supermarket on the first floor with cosmetics, super spicy  instant ramen, kimchi, seaweed, makgeolli, kimbap, all the yummy stuff and some handsome store assistants… Second floor: more cosmetics, brands like Missha, Etude House, 3 Concept Eyes, Skin Food, cute hair accessories and more handsome store assistants. Third floor: Korean fashion, shoes, watches, accessories, stationery and pretty female store assistants for a change. Everyone can find something here that appeals to them.

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〒169-0073 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Hyakuninchō, 2 Chome−1−2

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If you’re used to Japanese customer service style, Shin-Okubo might surprise you. Japanese store assistants must smile all the time, they keep distance from you, don’t really talk to you until you seem interested in an item. It’s completely different here…store asisstants will follow you around the store putting you under pressure to buy something, they will grab your hand and put some cream on it, asking you to smell it “Smells beautiful? Yeah? You like it? Buy it then”. When I wear clothes showing my tattoos, most of shop staff members ask me about them, they touch them (without asking me first actually, but it’s friendly — not creepy), one woman just grabbed my arm with both her hands and was rubbing my arm tattoo for like 2 minutes saying “oh so cuuuute” *rub rub*. I don’t mind. Also, unlike Japanese store assistants who will smile and compliment you no matter what, Korean shop staff is more likely to show what they really think.

That reminds me of one conversation I had with a female store assistant:

Store Assistant: What cosmetics brand do you use?

Me: Mainly Missha.

SA: Missha….ಠ_ಠ

/5 minutes later/

Me: *talking with my friend, commenting on a BIGBANG poster*

SA: Do you like BIGBANG?

Me: Like? We love them!

SA: Oh…..ಠ_ಠ 

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This guy though! My friend and I passed his little stall with some sweets a few times, and each time he tried to get our attention, so I thought it could be fun to talk to him and ask him for a photo. I really wish I could buy one box of that thing, but unfortunately I don’t really eat sweet stuff (yes, my friends already called me a freak a million times).

He was a super funny guy though, so if you see this little stall with cute looking pastel cookies or whatever that is, get some of that sweet goodness

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 If you love Korean food as much as I do, you will never want to leave… Supermarkets with delicious stuff straight from Korea, and lots of awesome restaurants playing awesome music.

↓My lovely friend Madoka buying a corn tea supply for a few months

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I have so many good memories connected to this place , it will always have a sincerely special place in my heart. It’s a must go if you love k-pop, Korean food, Korean cosmetics, Korean anything. And well, if you don’t…it’s a fun place to hang out anyway!

Thanks for reading! ♥

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That funny guy: Let’s take one more photo, c’mon

Me: Sure!

TFG: Love love moooooode!!!♥ (ラブラブモード!!!)

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