Bye for now! I’m off to Japan for 2 weeks. 🇯🇵

I will try to post on Instagram and Twitter (@stashmatters on both) while I’m there, but it depends on the wifi situation.

I’ll also be taking an additional week off from blogging to recover from my vacation, so I’ll be back mid-June. 😉

See you later! (jaa mata!) 😙

What I’m Bringing to Japan (Travel Makeup)

I’m a very light packer when it comes to makeup during vacation. I’ve learned over the years that I end up not using at least half of what I pack when I give myself too many options. While on holidays, I essentially stick to one makeup look.  Here’s my makeup menu for the next 2 weeks:


Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow primer

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation in O20 – I debated about which foundation to bring (the Vincent Long Water Canvas was a contender) and this one ultimately won out because it contains SPF, wears well, and can be applied with fingers.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector – the glass pot is too cumbersome to pack with me so I’ve scooped out a little bit into this tiny sample container (review here)

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer in #2 Light Medium – I also debated about which concealer(s) to bring. At first I was going to bring a separate one for under eye and another for general face concealing. This one is a good all-around concealer – I don’t love it for under eyes but it’s workable. Unfortunately, I think this concealer is discontinued.

MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20 – I compromised by bringing a concealing pencil – I like this concealer pencil for pinpoint concealing and it’s handy for highlighting the brow area or inner eye.

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What I’m Bringing to Japan (Travel Skincare)

While I tend to pack light for my makeup, I don’t skim when it comes to skincare when I travel.  I am fastidious in my skincare regime and I still maintain separate products for day and night time.
This is why it’s important for me to hoard travel sizes of my favourite products when I find them! If not, I just decant them into travel size containers.

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Blogger Meetup Weekend! (and Haul)

Just a few months ago, I’d never met another blogger but then I met fivezero! 😁 And just this past weekend, I met THREE more bloggers!  I met Jodi of A Brash Attitude and Cat of MyLipAddiction, and then Polished and Inspired!!! 😮  And of course, we did some makeup shopping! 😛  Here’s my collective haul:
Nothing is more fun than shopping for makeup with other makeup addicts! 😀

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Japan Makeup Shopping List

As you may know, I’m leaving soon for a 2 week vacation to Japan! You guys can’t even imagine the excitement of preparing a shopping list for freakin’ Japan! 😀
drugstore makeup

Before Korean cosmetics took the world by storm, Japanese makeup was the main Asian makeup game in town. I remember pouring over online resources to learn about the various Japanese brands and subsidiaries (Kanebo, Shiseido, Kose and Sana own the lion’s share of brands – Shiseido has so many sub-brands, it’s hard to keep them straight), and placing many orders online for Japanese cosmetics. Now, I finally get to see this stuff firsthand!

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Warning, long post…

Teeez Nail Lacquer in Melted Copper

This is unusual for me, this polish is the newest in my collection and I decided to wear it almost right away. Usually polishes languish in my untrieds pile for months and months… but this is just so different and beautiful in its bottle that I had to get it on my nails pronto!
Teeez Nail Lacquer in Melted Copper is a metallic corally copper with a scattered holographic shimmer.

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Saje Sensitive Elixir Calming Skin Serum

This post is actually a combo 3-in-1 review featuring 3 products:
Saje Sensitive Elixir Calming Skin Serum – $19.95 CAD for 30ml
Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster – $48 USD for 20ml
Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk – $70 CAD for 30ml (mine is a 5ml sample that I received as part of a 500pt perk from Sephora – my little sample is worth $11.67!)
But, it’s mainly about the Saje Serum since I listed it in my recent favourites post.

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Body Shop Canada Flash Sale: 50% off Makeup

While getting my morning coffee this morning, I walked by the nearby Body Shop store and learned that there’s a flash sale for 50% off makeup.  This includes makeup, brushes, nail polishes and even makeup & polish removers!
*sigh* And what’s a makeup addict to to? I haven’t bought anything yet but I plan to stop in at lunch or after work. Here’s what I’m thinking.

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Untrieds: Zoya Zara

I purchased this during the Zoya Free 4 You sale back in January, where you selected 4 polishes of your choice for free and just pay for shipping and handling.  A couple of weeks ago, I finally wore the first of the 4 – the shade Zara.
This was a somewhat significant event since I had mostly gotten rid of all my Zoya nail polishes and had not worn a Zoya for years.  I found that in general, Zoya polishes didn’t last as long on me, they would chip really badly and on some occasion, peel off in sheets.  With this great deal, I decided it was time to give Zoyas another try since they offer some fairly unique colours.

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Chit Chat Tuesday: Public Displays of Grooming 

Today’s Chat Chat topic is something that most people have an opinion about: is it socially acceptable to perform self grooming activities in public?


I’m sure everyone can share a cringe-inducing story of witnessing someone’s public display of inappropriate self-grooming. Everyone has their own comfort level of what’s appropriate, and here are my opinions!

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