- Top 16 Best Japanese BB Creams to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!We're obsessed with flawless skin here in Japan. Beyond just looking good, we want our skin to actually be good--naturally healthy and free of blemishes--so it makes sense that BB cream, which is makeup and skincare in one, would have firmly taken root here. We've got a lot of brands, like Sekkisei, and a lot of formulations. So you're probably wondering which BB creams are actually popular and which work. In order to answer that question, we ordered the 16 most popular tubes of BB cream from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme) and tested them all. We also invited two experts and had them compare the following:
- How Well It Spreads
- Top 10 Best Women’s Tote Bags to Buy Online 2019We aren't going to play cute, and we aren't going to beat around the bush. Luxury totes are worth it. We talked to Ana--a lovely working professional with an eye for fashion (more about her below!)--about this, and it's not a matter of snobbery. Well-crafted totes last longer. They work their handbag magic and make you look better. You love them and use them forever. You could even call them sustainable. And we're not telling you to go out of your budget (please don't go into debt for the sake of Louis Vuitton), but, as Ana said, "pick the best one you can afford." But since you will be making such a big investment, you need to make sure the bag is as functional as it is fashionable, right? So let's talk about how to pick out a tote that's right for you.
- Top 7 Best Japanese and Korean Cushion Foundations to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!Cushion foundation is like the precocious child of liquid and powder foundation. It covers and moisturizes, and yet it's fast and portable, well-suited to rushed makeup routines in the morning. It was born in Korea, but soon caught on all over the world--and Korea's close neighbor, Japan, wasn't going to miss out on the fun. Lancome and NARS have their own much beloved versions of cushion foundation, but it's worth talking about brands that come from this part of the Pacific. So we ordered the 7 most popular Japanese and Korean cushions from Japan's e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme) and tested them all. We also consulted three experts, who looked for the following:
- Ease of Application
- Top 10 Best Healthy BBQ Sauces to Buy Online 2019Barbecue sauce has a history that stretches as far back as the 1800s and is a common ingredient in many American foods today. From Sweet Chuck's All Natural Barbecue Sauce to Annie’s Original Original BBQ Sauce, choosing the right sauce that’s healthy and that also complements your food can be a tough choice. In this article, we’ll show you how to choose the right healthy barbecue sauce, tell you which ingredients to avoid, and recommend some delicious, healthy barbecue sauces. Whether you’re looking something sweet and subtle or something bold and spicy, there’s a healthy barbecue sauce out there for you; here are our top picks for the best healthy barbecue sauces that you can buy online today.
- Top 10 Best Jelly Beans to Buy Online 2019So, you're craving jelly beans. We understand--good beans are irresistible. You're looking for that initial crunch, followed by sweet, delectable gooeyness. You're looking for your favorite flavors--the sunny intoxication of pina colada, maybe, or the sour fizz of lemon. And are we the only ones that find jelly beans utterly adorable? (Pour a few in a Mason Jar, and you've got interior design, right there.) The ultimate pack of jelly beans, we think, has got it all: texture, taste, and appearance. But with all the different brands--no, it's not just Jelly Belly--and variety out there, how can you be sure that you're really chewing on the best? Let's get in-depth about these gelatinous beans.
Top 10 Best Eco-Friendly Electric Toothbrushes to Buy Online 2019For many of us, using an electric toothbrush has become almost a necessity for feeling clean. But as we become more environmentally conscious, it's hard to ignore the fact that they're not very eco-friendly. Luckily, there are increasingly more energy efficient, less plastic intensive options. Electric toothbrushes are still far from being inherently eco-friendly, so it's important to know what to look for when trying to distinguish what's better. In this guide, we'll go over a few things to keep an eye out for when choosing a more eco-friendly electric toothbrush. At the end, we've also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started on your search.
Top 9 Best Packs of Japanese Mayo to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!Americans aren't the only ones obsessed with mayonnaise. Mayo's a staple in most Japanese pantries and is used for pretty much anything: dips, dressings, stirfries, drizzles. But if you've ever picked up a bottle of Kewpie, made notorious by their commercials featuring spinning baby heads, you know that Japanese and American mayo taste quite different. We'll go into more detail later, but Japanese mayo's made a little differently, most notably with a dose of MSG (though not at high enough levels that you have to worry about your health). This recipe has earned Japanese mayo an almost cult-like following: go Kewpie or go home. But Kewpie isn't all Japan has to offer, and one has to wonder what the best Japanese mayo really is. That's why we ordered the 9 most popular packs of mayo off Japan’s e-commerce giants and tested them all. We also invited three certified seasoning sommeliers (professionals that have passed an exam proctored by the Japan Seasoning Meisters Association) and asked them to taste each product. The three experts then compared the following:
- Compatibility with Other Foods
Top 10 Best Retainer Cleaners to Buy Online 2019Admit it--if you've ever worn a retainer or clear aligner there have definitely been times when you've noticed strange odors or unsettling build-up on it, no matter how well you've rinsed or brushed it. But it's not your fault. Retainers are full of nooks and crannies that can be hard to clean, so it's a good idea to look for a cleaner that's specifically made to handle that task. But there are a lot of different options when it comes to retainer cleaners, so it can be hard to pick through them to find what will work for you. In this guide, we'll go over the factors you should consider when choosing a retainer cleaner that's right for you. At the end, we've also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started.
Top 8 Best Under Tank Heaters to Buy Online 2019Reptiles and other cold-blooded animals can be unique and interesting pets to keep, but they also require some special considerations that a dog or guinea pig wouldn't. The most important consideration is probably temperature. Unlike warm-blooded animals, reptiles and amphibians need outside heat sources. One of the safest and least obstructive types of heaters you can get for your enclosure is an under tank heater, a pad that emanates heat from beneath a portion of the tank. In this guide, we'll go over the factors you should consider when choosing which under tank heater is best for your pet. At the end, we've also got a list of our eight favorites to help you get started.
Top 10 Best Packs of Wasabi to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!If you're a big sushi or soba eater, you know that some foods just don't taste right without good wasabi. (Unless you dislike wasabi, in which case, we hope this article will brainwash you into liking it.) But wasabi done badly can be biting, astringent, and downright horrifying, so it makes sense you'd want to do your research before waltzing into a Japanese supermarket and buying a pack. To save you the pain of having your nose burned off, we ordered the 10 most popular packs of wasabi found in Japanese supermarkets and on Japan’s e-commerce sites (such as Amazon, Rakuten and Yahoo Shopping) and tested them all. We also invited three certified seasoning sommeliers and asked them to taste each product. (For those that are unfamiliar with seasoning sommeliers, they are professionals that have passed an exam proctored by the Japan Seasoning Meisters Association.) The three experts then compared the following:
- Compatibility with Other Foods
Top 10 Best Eco-Friendly Toilet Bowl Cleaners to Buy Online 2019Did you know that toilet cleaners can be some of the most dangerous substances in our homes? On top of that, they go directly down our pipes, and many of the chemicals don't get properly filtered out before being released into the environment. Clearly it's time to start using more eco-friendly toilet cleaners. Thankfully more and more companies are realizing this, and we have more options than ever before, but that can make it hard to decide. In this guide we'll go over the factors you should consider when choosing the right toilet cleaner for you. At the end, we've also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started on your search.
Top 9 Best Japanese Soy Sauces to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!Soy sauce※1 is the driving force behind flavor in a number of famous Asian dishes, be it stirfry, soup, or cold seaweed salad. That's why there's so many different kinds--each with a different color, depth, and flavor profile, some best when heated in a pan, some best when poured straight into a little sauce dish. Depending on the kind of soy sauce you use, you could completely rework a flavor. And whether it's because you love Japanese cuisine and want to be as authentic as possible or you live in Japan and need help navigating the supermarket, you're interested in finding the ultimate Japanese soy sauce. Well, this time around, we ordered the 9 most popular bottles of soy sauce available in Japanese supermarkets and on e-commerce sites and tested them all. We also invited three certified seasoning sommeliers and asked them to taste each product. (For those that are unfamiliar with seasoning sommeliers, they are professionals that have passed an exam proctored by the Japan Seasoning Meisters Association.) The three experts then compared the following:
- Umami (or Fullness of Flavor)※3
- Utility and Compatible Foods
Top 10 Best Healthy Energy Drinks to Buy Online 2019We all get it--that mid-afternoon slump. It can be tempting to reach for an energy drink for that little boost that can get you through the rest of the day. But most energy drinks are full of sugar and processed ingredients that can quickly leave you feeling worse than before. Luckily, there is an increasing number of healthier energy drinks with less sugar and less junk that provide an easier, more sustained energy boost. In this guide we'll go over the factors you should look for when choosing a healthy energy drink. At the end we've also got a list of our 10 favorites to get you started on your search.
Top 10 Best Eco-Friendly All-Purpose Cleaners to Buy Online 2019We've long been fed this idea that cleaning our homes has to be an almost dangerous endeavor, that toxic chemicals are necessary to kill all the nasties that could be lurking around. But that's simply not true, and toxic cleaners aren't just bad for bacteria, they're harmful to us and the environment, too. Luckily, there is an increasing number of eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaners that get the job done just as well. But if you're new to the world of eco-friendly cleaners, it can be hard to know where to start. In this guide, we'll talk about the main factors to consider when choosing the best cleaner for you. At the end, we've also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you begin your search.
Top 10 Best Eco-Friendly Razors to Buy Online 2019It's easy to see excessive plastic use when we go food shopping, but one area we might not pay as much attention to is in our shaving habits. Think about it: whether you use disposable razors where you throw away the whole thing or cartridge razors where the disposable blades are encased in plastic, if you shave a few times a week, all that waste can really add up. Luckily, all-metal, reusable razors are making a comeback, making it easy for you to get an eco-friendly shave. But it can be hard to figure out where to begin when you're starting from scratch. In this guide, we'll go over the major points to look for when buying an eco-friendly razor. At the end we've also got a list of our 10 favorites to get you started on your search.