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Japanese Nail Haul

Before I went to Japan I was fully expecting to come home with a suitcase full of nail polish, a couple of days into my holiday however, I realised it wasn’t to be. The reality was that I jut couldn’t find much to get excited about. Japanese ladies love a manicure, but the style tends to be quite ornate with loads of glitter. They especially love a French manicure with a glitter tip, I also saw a lot of toes with glitter tips which to me looked like wearer had some kind of fungus, but each to their own. So yes I saw a lot of glitter, but not much that struck me as unique or difficult to get at home – I also had to bear in mind, that unlike when I get huge hauls in the US, the exchange rate did not work in my favour.

I did pick up one or two things though. First up the Japanese brands:

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The first two are a brand called “pa” and yes, they are black glitters! I don’t recall ever seeing a black glitter outside of the indie polish world. The third is by a brand called Homei and it’s a bottle of red and blue hearts suspended in a clear varnish.

From the bottle I had no idea what these are called, but I found the website for the pa polishes – http://www.dear-laura.com/english/pa/tsubutsubu.html and I have Blue Hawaii and Lemon. I did a mini swatch of these two on a couple of the nails I managed not to break during my travels.

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This is two coats of Blue Hawaii and three of Lemon. Blue Hawaii is on the border between jelly and cream and is rather thin as a result, but it is a dream to apply. For a yellow, Lemon is also great, it’s more creamy and as a result the glitter hides as you add more coats, but I love it all the same.

Next time my non-Japanese Japan haul…

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