Davines Hair Masks

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When Slow Magic and I first got engaged and were starting the process of planning our wedding, I decided to get serious about trying to grow my hair longer (and it did grow longer and it continues to, for me this is so exciting!). After researching the best ways to go about this, I realized for this to happen, I needed to have a healthy scalp and I needed to stop all of the breakage that was happening from dying my hair blonde and the constant blowouts. SO, I ordered a silk pillow case, vowed to only blowout my hair if absolutely necessary, focused on having a healthy scalp, stopped using shampoos with sodium laurel sulfate, and decided to make sure my ends were always moisturized.

…which brings me to hair masks…I have always liked and used hair masks but I started getting serious about them when I started growing out my hair. Nowadays, I am wearing a hair mask about 40% of the time….I love them. Is that maybe too much time to be wearing a hair mask? Whose to say. The point is, I have found my favorite line of hair masks : The Circle Chronicles by Davines. I have been using different ones from this line for about three months now and I am obsessed! Here are my favorite ones (the ones that I am constantly ordering off of amazon) :

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The Renaissance Circle

The one I use the most is The Renaissance Circle, it is a repairing hair mask and I just apply it to washed and towel dried hair, comb it through and then put my hair into a top knot while I am at the gym or literally just all day. After, when I rinse my hair at night, my hair is so soft and it smells amazing (Slow Magic comments every time about how nice my hair smells).

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The Purity Circle

My other favorite, if I had to choose, would be The Purity Circle mask, which I am wearing as I write this (we are in LA right now…and I cannot think of a more appropriate time for an anti-pollution mask lol). I apply the mask to my scalp before I shampoo my hair (while it is still dry) or, right after I shampoo my hair. It is a purifying and anti-pollution mask that makes my hair feel so so soft and clean.

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The Spotlight Circle

The Spotlight Circle is what I use for true angel hair. It not only deeply nourishes your hair, it makes it so incredibly shiny…it is like highlighter for your hair. Idk what it is, but the product itself has a shimmer to it and every time I use it, I get so happy just looking at it (it’s the little things lol)

Travel Makeup

When I am on tour or just traveling, I bring all of my makeup in my carryon. Overtime, I have come to realize that all of the little things can add up to be one extremely heavy, awkwardly shaped thing in your bag and because of this I have become extremely selective with the makeup that I do bring. I tend to choose multi use products like a lip/cheek color or I choose a shade of brown eyeliner (the one that I am using right now happens to actually be an eyebrow pencil from Shiesido that I know will work as a makeshift contouring pencil in order to streamline my cosmetics bag. That being said, I wanted to share the things that I always have in my makeup bag. Before I get into that though, I just wanted to preface this by saying that I have oily, acne prone skin (idk why, but saying that to the internet makes me feel so vulnerable lol) so many of these products are geared to that.

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Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

This moisturizer has a cult following for a reason. This gentle but powerful moisturizer is suitable for all skin types and it leaves skin super hydrated and smooth. I use it as my moisturizer and primer.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer (1 Mattifying Primer)

If I want my makeup to last all day, I use this primer. It is great for oily skin and my makeup really stays in place.

RMS Signature Set : Pop Collection

When I found out about the RMS Signature Sets right before we went on tour in Europe I was super excited. There are two different types of sets : the Pop Collection and the Mod Collection, and each consolidates five (extremely versatile) certified organic products into one light weight palette, making them perfect for traveling. I love their Pop Collection, which has a bronzer (eye shadow if you want), highlighter (eye shadow again, I also use it to contour my lips), two lip/cheek/eye shadow colors and a lip/skin balm.

RMS Beauty "Un" Powder

I use this as my setting powder, it doesn’t make me breakout so it is my go to.

Nars Cosmetics Comfortable Soft Radiant Creamy Concealer in custard and vanilla

I love this concealer so much. It doesn’t make me breakout, it doesn’t dry my skin out, and it provides just the right amount of coverage. I just use it under my eyes or wherever I need it over my tinted moisturizer.

Kevyn Aucoin : The Eyelash Curler

This is the best eyelash curler that I have ever used. I have tried I feel like all of the most popular eyelash curlers out there, and I do not think I fully understood why anyone would buy an expensive one until I tried this one.

Shiseido : Eyebrow Pencil #2 dark brown

I use this for eyeliner, my eyebrows, and for contouring. It is high quality and inexpensive (it is only $5.64!). the eyebrow pencil also comes in black and I use it as an eyeliner : Shiseido Eyebrow Pencil Black.

stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

I like this eyeliner because it is so easy to use (maybe this only happens to me, but it doesn’t erase the eyeliner you have already put on if you go over it again) and the pen doesn’t dry out easily.

Maybelline Makeup Great Lash Lots Of Lashes Washable Mascara in Blackest Black

Finding a mascara that doesn’t bother me when there are fog machines at venues is tricky. I usually go for tubing mascaras but lately I have been using this one. I love the wand, I can basically buy it wherever, and it comes off easily.

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Micellar Water, Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Solution

I love this micellar water, it removes everything easily and makes my skin feel so so clean.

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Cozy Essentials

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1. Diptyque Thé candle

Although I do not like having too many scented candles around, I think that having one good quality one is important for making things cozy (regardless of the season). Diptyque candles are my favorite and even though I love getting their holiday candles, I feel weird burning them after the holiday season. Their Thé candle is a warm candle that I think makes sense all season (other good winter ones are amber and orange!).

2. Weleda Skin Food

In my opinion, being cozy is about being comfortable and having dry skin is not comfortable. That being said, Weleda’s Skin Food, is my go to lotion. It is organic and I love the way it smells (Slow Magic does too)!

3. 100% pure silk scrunchie

I think silk is a curly hair essential and after searching for quite a bit I was so happy to finally find these.

4. cable knit blanket

I love this blanket!

5. Davines hair mask

For me, self care is an important part of being cozy and I like to do hair masks literally all of the time. I picked this one up when we were in Tokyo and I really like the way it smells (SM thinks it smells like axe body spray but idc haha).

6. candles

I always buy unscented white or cream ones in different sizes.

7. Over-the-knee socks

I am very into over-the-knee socks (maybe you have noticed lol) and I think they are essential for coziness.

8. Ugg Women’s Mini Bailey Button Boot

I love these, I have a similar pair that I keep in Vermont and I have worn them so much that they are getting worn out (I look forward to wearing them every time I come home)!

Tokyo Shopping Guide

 
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This is mainly just a shopping guide for Tokyo, not as much a guide for what to do for your whole trip (unless you love shopping of course!)

a few random things :

  • If you are flying to the Narita airport take the train to Tokyo (if you feel overwhelmed while buying a ticket at the airport, don’t worry, you aren't alone! Look for the person standing by the ticket lines as they will be ready to help you!).

  • If you are looking for a hotel, look at the Granbell in Shinjuku (our usual go to hotel), which is reasonably priced and extremely comfortable.

  • Never cut in line in Japan... (one of my favorite things about Japan)

  • The metro is a cheap way to get around and is super easy to figure out so don’t be intimidated! The people who work at the stations care so much and make sure you get to the bottom of it all.

  • If you don’t feel like taking the train around Tokyo, take a taxi. They are pretty inside and you can pretend you are Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation.

  • leave extra room in your suitcase or bring a duffle bag for things to bring back (we always end up having no room in our bags and have even had to buy a suitcase, (which if you need, you can get late at night at Don Quijote - see below)) and usually have to check a box at the airport 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Shibuya :

Department stores :

• 109 Girls Mall in Shibuya - super girly cute everything that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. I love to visit but it can get overwhelming quickly. I mostly like to buy socks there at a store called Dollkiss

150-0043 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043

Stand alone stores :

• Fake Tokyo in Shibuya, named ‘Tokyo’s Coolest Style Collective’ by Vogue (read the article, here)

6-23-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo B1, 1F, 2F

Non clothing :

• Don Quijote is a store that has literally everything (including a really good drugstore makeup meets a few higher end products beauty section) and that is open either all night or super late (depending on the location) and is worth checking out.

28-6 Udagawachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0042

• Tower Records : music store that has a cafe and a really cozy book/magazine section

1 Chome-22-14 Jinnan, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0041

• LoFt - (I like the one in Shibuya the best) has a bunch of home stuff, beauty stuff, stationary…everything

21-1 Udagawachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0042

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Shinjuku :

There are so many good department stores in Shinjuku but my favorites are :

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• NeWoMan - might be my most favorite department store, it is so pretty and has really cool shops like Isabel marant and Aesop

4 Chome-1-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-002

• Isetan in Shinjuku (it just kind of has everything)

〒160-0022 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Also in Shinjuku, right near NeWoMan, there is an area connected to the train station called Times Square, where there is a really good pressed juice place called JUICERY by Cosme Kitchen if you are looking for something fresh.

3 Chome−38−1, JR 新宿駅, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Non clothing :

• Tokyu hands - the craziest home/travel/craft/stationary store, I'm not sure how to explain it even. I prefer the one in Shinjuku (it is less overwhelming)

〒151-8580 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Sendagaya, 5 Chome−5−24−2 タイムズスクエアビル 2~8F

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Harajuku/Omotesandō :

• Takeshita Street : the street you are probably imagining when you think of Harajuku (the street where you can buy the pretty angel crepes)

Department stores :

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• I really really really love La foret, it has a bunch of cool stores in it and things you wouldn't find anywhere else. Look for : E Hyphen World Gallery Bonbon and GR8

1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001

Stand alone stores :

• Sretsis Inn - my favorite store, located in Aoyama in Omotesandō

3 Chome-15-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

• Bubbles and Liz Lisa (both have stores in other department stores but there stand alone stores in Harajuku are worth going to as well)

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• Bubbles : 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4 Chome−32−12, 1F

• Liz Lisa Harajuku Takeshita Street : 1 Chome-6-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

• Honey mi Honey : 6-2-6 Jingumae | Harajuku Akane Bldg. 2F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

Non clothing :

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• Kiddyland : like Character Street (see below) packed into one store.

6 Chome-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

Other :

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• Katie : one of my favorite stores, located in Ebisu.

1-29-7 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 496-4885

• WEGO : it is sort of everywhere and it has cute and cheap things. Especially useful if you need more socks, or a sweater…or a hat/choker/shoelaces/anything really.

Non clothing :

• Tatsuya in Daikanyama : the best book store in the coolest neighborhood. At night it is especially cozy.

17-5 Sarugakuchō, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0033

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• Village Vanguard : a book/magazine store meets everything store.

〒155-0031 Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, 世田谷区Kitazawa, 2 Chome−2−10−15 マルシェ下北沢 1F

• Character Street (located in Tokyo Station) : has individual stores for characters like Rilakumma, Miffy, Hello Kitty, etc., which sell character themed home items as well as the characters themselves. It is a little hard to find (for maybe just us?) but don’t give up on finding it!

〒100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−1, 東京駅一番街

• Yodabashi Camera : An electronics/camera/everything store. There are a few but the best one is in a neighborhood called Akihabara (the entertainment district). I usually won't go near this area unless I'm going to this camera store because I personally find all of the weirdly over sexualized anime stuff there to be way too creepy and upsetting.

〒101-0028 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Hanaokachō, 1−1

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Look for (at any electronics store) :

  • camera accessories

  • Fuji instax film

  • phone cases and chargers

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Buy Japanese beauty products, naturally they are so much cheaper in Japan. I highly recommend buying :

  • Babyfoot : an all natural chemical peel for your feet and you just shed a layer of skin, it is amazing!!

  • Tsubaki oil for your hair and skin

  • Mascara (Japanese mascara is truly truly black)

  • Dollywink fake eyelashes

  • Shisedo eye pencils (they are extremely inexpensive)

  • Sui sai powdered face wash, idk why but I think you would be into it

  • Honestly anything and everything

Also, most things are tax free with a passport.

Food :

Food in Japan is next level and I honestly cannot say that I have ever had a bad meal there. Do not hesitate to try new things and if you see a place that looks intimidating and like locals only go anyways because someone will help you.

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• sushi no midori : it is on the 8th floor of a department store called Shibuya Mark City. It might be my favorite place to go for sushi, there is always a wait but it moves quickly and is cheap.

〒150-0043 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Dōgenzaka, 1 Chome−12−3, マークシティイースト 4F

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• Depachika : basically a food hall underneath department stores or train stations. My favorite is Tokyo Food Show in the Shibuya JR station (you don't need a ticket to go in). Make sure to go to at least one of these, they are so amazing. They also make like to go bento boxes that you can take and eat on the train, which is so fun when you are on the long train rides.

• Tokyo Food Show : 〒150-0002 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, 1 Chome−2−24−1

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• Convenience stores : this sounds super weird but convenience stores (7-11, familymart, Lawson) have really good food in Japan. The onigiri (triangle rice balls) are one of my favorite things to eat in Japan, if you don't try one then you are missing out. In my opinion, the tuna mayo flavor is the best (something I wouldn't have ever tried but so many people love them I just had to). Also, in Japan, people do not really eat while walking so onigiri are perfect for if you are feeling faint and need to eat something quickly.

Be sure to try :

  • Okonomiyaki - look for a place that serves okonomiyaki, which is like a pancake. It is hard to find anywhere else in the world.

  • Shochu : to me, it is somewhere between vodka and sake. It is like the hard alcohol of Japan and (in my opinion) it is best with ice.

  • Suntory highball : it's like a casual drink of Japan made with whiskey, sparkling water and lemon (or yuzu).

  • Kaiseki : a several course meal in Japan…considered to be like, the ‘fanciest’ meal and most skillfully prepared type of meal

Other :

Go to a spa or get your hair blown out, it is so worth it.