にっこ Nikko and Edo Wonderland

The other day I happened to record a new show, Culture Japan with Danny Choo. He was visiting Edo Wonderland in Nikko which is a theme park recreating life  in that time period.  For those of you that don’t know what Edo is, it was between the years 1603-1868.

Nikko is located north of Tokyo.

http://www.nikko-japan.org/pdf/mapofnikko.pdf

I’ve been to Nikko once but now I must see Edo Wonderland! Here’s a photo I found of the theme park.

                 http://www.edowonderland.net/html/en/index.html

I was in Nikko in 2010 with family/friend and I could not get over how wonderful it was! We went to a shrine/temple that I thought would take all day to get to the top because of all the steps, but it was well worth it. When you got there it was beautiful! We stayed at the Kanaya Hotel and the food was french style which was really amazing! Here’s a link to the hotel’s website.  http://www.kanayahotel.co.jp/english/nikko/

Also I got to go across this suspension bridge (shown in the photo below) and later that day took a small boat under it. After taking a long walk through Nikko we came across a nice foot hot spring and drank chilled green tea.

Back to Edo Wonderland… On Danny Choo’s show he went through this awesome maze that has secert doors and passage ways that beat any corn maze I’ve been to. Also if you want they showed a give up exit which seemed pretty awesome if you can’t seem to find your way out. The other interesting thing was a building that was slanted but looked completely normal except for the fact that your leaning on a angle. Now thats something I must try. Here’s a link to Danny Choo’s site of the crazy room and other photos.

http://www.dannychoo.com/post/en/26262/How+to+Become+a+Ninja+Girl.html

Here are a few other links that might be of interest.

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/tochigi/nikkousinai.html

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3879.html

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3800.html

メイクアップ my curiosity about Japanese make-up

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Ever since my boyfriend bought me Ageha magazine, I have been obsessed with Japanese make-up and techniques. He got it from jbox.com They have some really cool things and plan on getting more issues of Ageha.
The main thing with the way Japanese (and Koreans) view make-up is to have a flawless base so you can have the perfect canvas to apply the rest of your make-up.

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I found a few good things on yesstyle.com that were featured items in the magazine (photos below). I’ve heard great wonders about bb cream, so I thought I would invest in some. Also I’m going to give the covercom a try too. Both these products are from the company Sana.

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Though I can only read some Japanese, it’s pretty easy to understand with the photos.

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Note: I only have the two Japanese products, pore putty bb cream and covercom. Otherwise I mix it with US products that work really well in place of the other steps.

I’ve been starting with a green concealer from Physicians Formula to cover up red spots and blemishes. Also I apply to the bottom corners of my nose.

Then I apply Revlon ColorStay Under Eye Concealer to take away any dark areas or shadows under the eyes.

After apply Pore Putty BB Cream to T-zone area. About a pea size.

Around the cheek bones and above the brow line apply Covercom. Sometime on the chin if needed. Gently rub/pat in.

Next I use a large powder brush to apply Physicians Formula Mineral Wear in Natural Beige over my whole face.

For foundation I use one of two things either Urban Decay’s Cream to Powder or Palladio’s Dual Wet or Dry.

To finish it off I apply Maybelline DreamMatte Powder.

So that’s as close as I can get to achieve the photo finish look with only the two Japanese products.

Here are the first two steps below to the photo that I had posted above if your interested in the full application to a perfect photo ready face.

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Also here’s the 5th step. This product looks promising but almost near impossible to find online. It’s called Covermark soft es light. I have found it on facial-shop.com but it seemed quite pricey.

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