February 18, 2010

Beauty Abroad: 10 Great European and Asian Cosmetic Sites To Surf

When you’ve been around as long as your Muse (way back, around the time of dinosaurs) you’ll find yourself getting bored with the normal hum-drum makeup adventure. Maybe you’ll find yourself wanting to explore new lines of makeup from Japan, Sweden, Germany, or England.

Here’s 10 Great European and Asian Cosmetics Sites to procrastinate on and drool over.

Surf’s up dudes!

1. Spend sometime getting to know the cute Swedish brand, Viva La Diva (Viva La Diva Reviews).

2. Yearning to feed your skin with Skin Food? Check out the Skin Food (Skin Food Reviews) website and click the setting for English, now sit back and enjoy the ride through some fantastic food for your skin! Visit http://eng.theskinfood.com

3. My inner goth wants out whenever it visits the Japanese brand, KATE’s website (KATE Reviews).

4. Majolica Majorca’s (Majolica Majorca Reviews), a Japanese sub brand from Shisedio, main portal isn’t in English but you can visit the main portal, click on the Singaporean link up, and enjoy the site! http://www.majolica-majorca.com/

6. Visit www.labello.com and click on the German portal to see what’s new and happening in the world of the best lip balm (Labello Reviews) known to man…errr..woman or so says the Muse.

6. Enjoy the whimsical offerings from one of Kanebo’s smaller brands, Tiffa by visiting www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp

7. You’ve heard me babble enough about Sana (Sana Reviews) finds, explore their site for some of your own at www.sana.jp

8. IsaDora (IsaDora Reviews) is available within the US but it’s still an International brand that sometimes proves difficult to locate. Check it out at www.isadora.com

9. Etude House (Etude House Reviews) has a very messy Korean site you can visit but I suggest getting a recap of what’s fresh and happening at the Etude House Global site. Visit http://www.etudehouse.com

10. Drool all over Kanebo’s premium brand, Lunasol (Lunasol Reviews) by visiting www.lunasol-net.com

Hope you enjoyed surfing outside the realms of your normal makeup ranges!

Do share your lemmings with me after you’ve surfed, curious what you’re loving from these sites.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Melissa

    I love the majolica majorca site!! I don’t know why I stayed away just because its all “greek” to me. LOL! The eyeshadow tutorial is awesome. I just got the new volume masacara and is it possible, I like it more now that I have seen a video on how to use the funky little wand? Thank you for this post. :* also digging viva la diva – fab packaging.

    • the Muse

      it’s fun right melissa? I love reading through each story. a few years ago it was Japanese only but since they added the ‘pore site I can now read along 😀 yay so glad you enjoyed the post and viva la diva=AWESOME! See my past reviews the line is great! Wish they brought it to the US!

    • the Muse

      LOL Ivy most of ’em have an english button but some don’t sadly 😀 but it’s always fun to browse!

  • Anissa

    This might be a bit off topic, but it is related to websites and cosmetics. D Are their products fresh? Because their stuff is so much cheaper than other stores, I am afraid that their items might be on clearance or going to expire soon.

    • the Muse

      hi anissa that shop has CRAZY jacked up prices 😀 Not sure where you seen anything cheap on there but it’s all jacked up 40-50% or more.

      • Anissa

        Really? I was looking at the Kose Sekkisei Day Essence and it is listed as $39, but ebay has it for over $40. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention to the size. Oh….ok. I guess I will check elsewhere. Thanks!

        • the Muse

          yes very much so anissa. I’ve looked on the site before and she is charging 3 times or more on some items…!

  • Alli

    Muse – I really, really want to try the majolica majorca mascara…i keep hearing about it and I just NEED it!!! Can I buy it in the US? if so, which site would you suggest??? Help…I need to satisfy my MM mascara needs!!!
    thanks girl!

    • the Muse

      hi alli http://www.adambeauty.com 🙂 it’s the best place to get it. Adam is a friendly guy plus he only charges 2 bucks for shipping hope this helps! ;-D It’s my HG mascara so understand the lem!

  • Alli

    Muse, I can’t seem to find it on the site….(adambeauty) ugh…help! and it’s def a reputable site, right? i don;t need to worry about ordering? $2 USD for shipping? omg…i really need this. help me!!!!

    • the Muse

      hi alli I’m sorry I’m not affiliated with the site hun and can’t say if it is or isn’t reputable. I order from him alot however if you end up having unseen issues…you never know?! so be careful as with any online ordering. Hope this helps 🙂

  • Alli

    I completely understand…It helps to know that you have ordered from him though…but, where are the masaccaras located on the site? i can’t seem to locate them!

  • Alli

    oops mascaras…sorry! (I guess i’m so escited my fingers are going too fast!!! haha…or maybe it’s the ridiclous snow and cold we have here in New England!)

    • the Muse

      no worries 🙂 sent over a link for you. We got some snow today too! ;D!

  • Alli

    Thanks! I don;t know why I can’t see the icon on the site…Oh well…now I know. And…of course they are sold out! go fidure! I’ll check back. Also, how does the $ conversion work? This is all new to me…
    PS = stay warm in the snow…we have over 2 feet on the ground and supposed to get another foot tomorrow night…ugh.

    • the Muse

      hey there…really they are? wow…..! no worries he’ll be heading to Japan soon for a restock on Spring 2011. Currency is Jiao or Hong Kong Dollar so converting from HKD to USD 🙂 it’s about $15 usd on a $100 hkd at the moment probs 🙂 you can always check the current conversion rate prior to purchase though just to be safe as yen and sterling have been upppp upppp uppp lately so hkd will be on the rise too I imagine, although at a more slower rate.

      ugh! thankfully not that much here, it’s already started to disappear! but a storm brewing for Thursday they said 😛 be careful if you do go out 🙁

      • Alli

        Thanks Muse! As usual, you are very helpful! I think I can handle waiting for him to restock… (hopefully…heehee), but now I know how to convert etc… I had just figured it all out for ordering from LushUK~ Thanks for the info… looking forward to trying the mascara!
        storm brewing here for tongiht into tomorrow as well…so much snow! I don;t remember us getting this much snow so close together…ugh. stay warm and safe –

  • Lee Castillio

    Hi there! So happy you write about the Swedish brand Viva la Diva. I’m from Sweden and I use it all the time. I just love their eye shadow and use their Starlight Collection all the time. People abroad often ask me what brand I use and when I tell them they don’t seem to know about it at all. Also I use a lot of Isadora products. I think their mascaras are the best.

    Wow, just found your site when I googled “Viva la Diva”, and must say your site is gorgeous! Keep up the good work! 🙂

    • the Muse

      hi lee! aw thanks! I’m so glad you like the site! I wish I can get Viva La Diva easily here in the US but unfortunately not 🙁 the brand is so pretty! also Isadora is another brand that proves difficult to get in the US sigh 🙁 but what a great brand, agreed! Nice meeting you! 😀

  • Sammiejo

    Hay, iam looking for a brand of cosmetics from Europe, I was given a cleanser years ago and it was the best one I have ever had!! But now I can’t find the brand, and iam not 100% sure what it’s called (a real stab in the dark I know) but it was some thing like Sergio Mediterranean??? It had a white label with an olive green stripe across the top, iam sure the cleanser was either lettuce, cucumber, or another veg/fruit. If anyone has come across a brand that sounds similar I would be very grateful if you could point me in the right direction 🙂