Luca-chan is another friend of mine who lives in Hime-ji in the Kansai area of Japan. Like Momo-chan that I met from my daily iphone games (Nightclub Story, Fashion Story, etc), Luca-chan is like an elder sister to me and we have been emailing each other for sometime.
Apparently mineral foundation has been a great hit in Japan and when Luca-chan mentioned mineral foundation to me for the first time, I thought, "Ah, it must be Bare Essentuals!" But in reality, it's not BE!! Youngblood is the hottest mineral foundation in Japan these days and Luca-chan told me that this brand has been particular popular with a lot of actresses and models in Japan.
As with most import goods, Youngblood is quite expensive in Japan. This time, she has asked me to get her a Youngblood mineral primer for her (actually I have also bought a mineral powder starter kit to try out as well, and I will see if Youngblood is better than Bare Essentuals or not).
Though she asked me to get her just the primer, I have included other "American specialities."
She mentioned that she loves dried fruit and so I got her some cranberries. Craisins is a local Massachusetts brand and I think Japanese may not have heard of cranberries. Peeps (marshmallows) are also included because I think it's genuinely American... and these I believe are Easter edition too!
Luca-chan once told me that OPI nail polishes are 1890 yen each in Japan.... What? $19 for a single nail polish??! I made use of the buy 2 get 1 special at Ulta and got her 3 OPI's.
She is not really into make up, but I remembered her saying she does use fake lashes. Once of the brands I love is the Taiwanese brand "Princess Lee" fake lashes and so I sent her 2 to try. I also sent her samples of skincare and 2 sheets of My Beauty Diary masks for her to try out. Along with those are the Carmex lip balm and Burt's Bee lip balm, and a Maybelline mascara that is ridiculously expensive in their Sony Plaza (a mall that sells primarily US goods)... and of course the Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush because it's just so cute!
And finally there is the special handmade "Weeping Cherry" necklace made especially for her!