Yuzu Love

Yuzu is…a citrusy fruit that looks kind of like a cross between a lemon and an orange.  The Japanese like the taste–they make yuzu flavored candy, yuzu drinks, yuzu salt.  They use it kind of like…the way a lemon would be used?  In fact, the signature drink of Japan Airlines is a Yuzu beverage.  It’s just the right amount of sweet–it’s very refreshing, especially if you’ve been on an airplane for the last 8 hours.  *sigh*

My favorite ways to eat Yuzu flavored things are:

1. Yuzu Salt 
The first time I had this, I was at a sushi restaurant in Japan.  The chef said the big fad in Tokyo was forgoing the traditional shoyu (soy sauce, it’s salty) for Yuzu Salt (salt in Japanese is shio).  It was AWESOME.  Funny thing–I never ate any sort of sushi with yuzu salt while I was in Tokyo.  I picked some up at a Japanese market–I plan on making white fish dishes with it.  Anyone want to come over for Yuzu Mahi Mahi?  Chef Shop recommends putting it on the rim of a glass with some Yuzu flavored liquor.  Mmm, that sounds a little better.

Chef Shop’s Yuzu Salt

2. Yuzu Honey
We were walking to a temple in Kyoto.  Usually, the streetpath to the temple gates is lined with vendors and little shops…and at one, I’ve had one of the best things I’ve ever had in my entire life–Yuzu Honey.  It was the perfect combination of sweet and citrus, I instantly shelled out 1500 yen for a bottle, no hesitation!  That makes it nearly a 20 bottle of honey.  It was so worth it.  The pamphlet that they gave me (thankfully in English) show the best ways of using this: mixing it with vodka, hot or cold water, or tea for a refreshing beverage.  Eat it with bread.  Or be like me and put a little bit on a spoon.  

Folkmann.ca — Yuzu Honey ❤

3. Yuzu Marmalade
I like it better then Strawberry Jam. Even Guava Jelly. I’d rather have this! I like it on my toast in the morning and Dean and Deluca suggests putting some in your tea or as a pie/pastry filling.

Dean and Deluca’s Yuzu Marmalade ($26)


DIY: One Hour Skirt

I don’t own a sewing machine.  I wish I did, because then I could make really cute skirts–and it would only take an hour!  I could make a whole wardrobe before B woke up on Sundays.  (via Etsy)

Etsy — Brett Bara’s One Hour Skirt from her book, “Sewing in a Straight Line”


Yep, sewing machine might be moving up on my “To-Buy” list. 

Japanese Makeup Review: Shiseido Anessa BB Cream

Remember my first week in Japan?  I was so freaking excited to find Shiseido’s Anessa BB cream.  It seemed perfect!  It was a darker shade, had SPF 50, and it was SHISEIDO!  I was raised to love this brand.

However, it just wasn’t meant to be.  😦

So where to start.  The basics, I guess.
– Retails for about 2100Y (roughly $26 US)
– Comes in two shades–Light and Natural (Darker)
– Comes in a 30g tube
– SPF 50+, PA+++

I was really excited, but this product totally didn’t live up to my expectations.  I didn’t really like the consistency–it’s kind of thick, more like a foundation.   It doesn’t blend as well as I’d like, even on top of a moisturizer.

Left side -blended in, it’s very sheer but it looks ashy. 😦

Once I blended it in as much as I could, I thought Anessa BB made my skin look very ashy.  It’s sheer enough, but it felt almost like it was stealing away my color.  😦  This is probably due to the fact that I’m darker then 90% of Japanese girls, so fair skinned ladies might have more luck with this product.  After letting it sit for a while, my skin still felt kind of waxy and sticky.  Combined with the ashy-ness, I was totally not feeling this product.

After reading a few other blogs, it seems like the general consensus is that Shiseido’s Anessa BB isn’t really…a BB cream.  I think it’s more of a super sheer foundation with an extremely high SPF.  For that price and for what I got, I would definitely not purchase this again.  There are a lot of other products on the market that do a much better job, and a good portion of them are cheaper.  Sorry Shiseido, loved the high SPF rating but I am not a fan.  Overall, 4/10.

DIY: What to do your empty Birchbox boxes

Hmm.  I pretty much use them like little trays.  I kind of dumped all of my samples into one of them and have it on my desk.  Or I use them in gift giving.  Haha.  Nothing too creative…

But anyway, just saw this on the Birchbox blog and I HAD to share:

A Birchbox Organizer!

It’s so cute!  I have about 5…or rather 4.  I gave one away.  Bummer, I don’t have enough yet, but I like it–a super creative/practical way to recycle your boxes.  :]

Someone, please do my nails

I love tumblr.  I also like pininterest but my first super-picture-intensive blogging love will always be tumblr.

But anyway, to celebrate that it’s…err, Monday again, here’s a few pretty nail pictures to start your morning!  I wish I had a cool nail friend to do my nails.  I would share my Birchbox things with you…*sigh*

I like chevron-ish things

Dark, but I like the pattern.

Colorful! I have noticed that there are more and more gradient polish kits for sale.

Kind of reminds me of…wedding bling?

Spray Paint Nails


Neat! Fishtail Manicure (with vid tutorial)