Japan – again!

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…and it came true! I don’t know how hard I tried for so many months and when I had just given up, something happened and made this dream possible again… and in June! Just a few weeks away now! If you know me you know how excited I am at this moment and I am doing everything possible to be better prepared than last year.

I don’t know who I am going to meet over there this time, we will see how this falls into schedule but I will be in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kumano and Kyoto.

I will be creating a “brush map/beauty map” as I go with the best spots to shop for either brushes or Japanese make-up that I love, maybe also talking about the food, my adventures or tips I could think of.


If you want to be a daily part of it, following me on Instagram is an option to be informed on what’s happening over there 😀

I am travelling with my boyfriend, who will be in charge of the pics and other bag-carrying responsibilities of course but he will specially make sure I take great pics for you!

I went to Japan last year and I survived, first days were not great but after a while I did not want to come back here. Knowing my bf’s manners and respectful attitude he will just feel amazing over there, it’s our first big trip together and I could see that he is really freaking out excited about it!!!

I will stay connected via Twitter or Instagram since we will have internet access during our stay. If you are interested that I cover some topics, please say it in the comments and whatever info I can gather over there will be passed on to you..

PS : somebody will be living in our house during our trip 😀 <= this note is for some of you who will understand this message 😀


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  1. Raglo

    15 May, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    So excited for you!
    Damn, I might have to get an instagram account just to tag along, virtually, on your adventure 😀

    • Sweet make up temptations

      15 May, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      cooool thank you Olga!!! amazing that you are so far but so close!!!

      • Raglo

        18 May, 2014 at 10:36 pm

        I have no eligible devices for instagram :'(
        Boo… I swear it’s been around longer than I’ve had a smartphone, phooey :(

        • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

          18 May, 2014 at 11:22 pm

          oh :(
          you can still search on google for sweetmakeuptemptations instagram and see the pics if you have an internet connection, several online apps offer a global view on all pics… could help in the meantime :)

          • Raglo

            18 May, 2014 at 11:42 pm


            It’s because my stupid phone is running Eclair which I never upgraded and now it’s too old for everything… Oh well. I’m the kind of person who uses their phones primarily for calls and txts, okay, and taking pictures, so it’s not a tragic loss to me :).

            Even my Mac OS is so old it won’t let me upgrade to the latest Flash, so there are major issues with sites like youtube etc, but it’s manageable. I can’t open Instagram at all in Safari, the page is just blank, no matter whose account I try to browse, but it works in Chrome, so you WILL be stalked :D!

  2. Gladys L.

    15 May, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    This is amazing! With your bf accompanying you in the trip, we can expect more photos than the last trip!

    I will certainly reload your instagram or twitter not only daily, but every few hours when I can sneak up with my phone in a secret corner, so excited!

    Please let us know if Chikuhodo is terminating its z series expansion or brush cleaning liquid.

    If u can share your makeover service photo (seems unlikely in dept store, but still…), it will be great fun. Have u prepared to look at some new foundation or skincare (you didn’t have translation service last time but I find them available in many major dept stores).

    • Raglo

      15 May, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      More photos of the bf you mean, hehehe :P!

    • Sweet make up temptations

      15 May, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      yes that will be the case!
      hahaha you’re funny!! it’s like you are all travelling with me!!! so nice!
      I will ask them tonight about the Z series :)
      … and I will share some fun pics I hope!!!

    • Sweet make up temptations

      16 May, 2014 at 10:17 am

      About the Z series they confirmed already: they are not going to be discontinued!

      • Gladys L.

        17 May, 2014 at 5:08 am

        Oh! I meant I am interested to know if they wouldn’t do those new Z series eye brushes, they claimed this idea in Kumano brush events to a visiting taobao seller.

        But as soon as the claimed date arrived, the older lines priced under the Z series are renewed instead.

        But this is nothing urgent, maybe u can enjoy your packing time and leave the question for your Kumano visit?

        Anyway, thx for your prompt investigation yet again
        (only u can archive that speed and have the best contact point).

        About bf photos, no~~~ I want to see Sonia with too-sweet-with-super-sweet-couple glow, I guess your bf holding the camera can allow us to see this glow. : )

  3. 212kiki

    15 May, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I’m so excited for you !!!
    Tell your BF his job will be not easy… Taking pictures while carrying all the bags full of our brushes you must buy for us muhaahaha. You must give him some extra care then 😛 I hope he will enjoy this trip like you do !

    It was so nice last time that you kept us updated while you traveled in Japan it was almost like we were there with you :)

    What our brushgang will have no chance then grrrr

    • Sweet make up temptations

      15 May, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Ok I will! 😀
      sure he will enjoy it too, should be better with Instagram to update you on the hot things going on !!! gonna be fun!!
      you never know, you may go soon, don’t ever stop wanting it!!

  4. brushjunkie

    15 May, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    So excited for you and the bf!!!

  5. maria

    15 May, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I’m so happy for you. I certainly will follow you on Instagram and live vicariously through you, sweet Sonia.
    Find out if Suqqu S Brush can be reproduced by someone, anyone :)
    Many, many well wishes for you and your BF.

  6. Kay

    15 May, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I’m happy that your bf will be going with you this time! Traveling is easier and much more fun with a compatible companion. I say, just enjoy your first big trip together, and keep us informed when you have the energy and time.

    BTW, will your Instagram and Twitter postings show up on your website? That’s how I access those.

    • Sweet make up temptations

      15 May, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      It will be easier for sure and it will be such a pleasure to share this trip with you all!
      Absolutely, the instagram and twitter pics or posts are automatically directed to the right sidebar :) so you will see it there if there is something up! I will keep it under control and not post too many :) otherwise you will hate me!

  7. Cat

    15 May, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I am so happy for you that this wish came true, I will of course be following your every step 😀

    I cracked up at the end :laughing-rolling: Make sure the guys staying at your place are armed and prepared :violence-rambo: hahahah!

    • Cat

      15 May, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      ah shoot, the little emoticons didn’t work! Oh well, haha, I think you understand what I meant! 😉

      • Sweet make up temptations

        15 May, 2014 at 11:46 pm

        yes I understood Cat, no worries, quite spotless clear 😀 I will see if I can one day install those rambo and rolling thingis 😀

    • Sweet make up temptations

      15 May, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      hahaha you got it ?? yep, they’ll be prepared, all is ready for them 😀 you can trust me!!

  8. Lauren

    16 May, 2014 at 1:07 am

    That’s awesome, Sonia! I’m also traveling to Japan in a few weeks, so I hope that you’ll post that beauty map soon.

    I haven’t purchased any Japanese brushes before (surviving on mac :)), so your site has been so incredibly helpful as I’m trying to decide which ones to purchase when I go. Thanks so much!

    • Sweet make up temptations

      16 May, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Well I was thinking to post after my trip which is end of June because I will have confirmed all the locations with comments … is this too late ?
      I can share all the place I will go hunt for them but without validation or comments…

      • Lauren

        19 May, 2014 at 2:18 am

        Yes, that would be too late. If you have the time, it would really be helpful to share a list of shops you plan on visiting.

  9. AudreyNZ

    16 May, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I’ve just followed you on Twitter and Instagram :). I am so excited, I feel as if I’m going on a trip with you. Oh yes, if you don’t mind, do share everything you see, eat, and experience 😀 Wishing both of you a safe, fulfilling and smooth journey.

  10. midnitedesire

    16 May, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I’m so excited for you both 😀

    You know ,love!! I can take care of your house while you are away on vacation. especially if you need some brush cleaning over there,*IF* you know what I mean ….LOLLLLLLLLL

    • Sweet make up temptations

      16 May, 2014 at 11:39 am

      muahahahahahaha 😀 I think I know what you mean ROTFL x1000000

    • 212kiki

      16 May, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Yeah Tesla i would help you with brush cleaning its def too much work for one person ^^
      And we could sneek out the best way for our brushgang or the one or the other brush had bad bleeding or badly hair out fall so we have had to “throw” them away… LOLLLLL
      Ok ok enough otherwise she will stay at home and we need her help to get her hands on some nice brushes at koyudo :X

      • midnitedesire

        16 May, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        LOLLLL..Sarah, as long as nobody is home, should be okay but
        We probably should just to make sure that we bring some healthy dog treats hahaha 😀

        • 212kiki

          16 May, 2014 at 10:42 pm

          Yeah one old ball and she will be lucky I think 😉

          But seriously we Europe girls need to organize a brush party soon (like these tupperware or dessous Partys ^^) All of us show our brushes to each other and in the end we will start a group order, that would be so funny i want to meet you all !! But then we dont have any money left and have to tramp back home LOL

          • midnitedesire

            17 May, 2014 at 7:52 pm

            Haha! No problem. I can borrow one from my friend anytime 😀

            ‘SMT meet up’…. that would be awesome!!! I wish we all could, except we are all over the world :( but I think it would be a ton of FUNNN :)

            Well, please gives me enough time to save for the trip. Maybe I just need to be a good girl ,don’t do any online shopping. don’t use a credit card, and don’t go constantly at the stores. LOLLLLL

  11. Dandy Ramos

    16 May, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    i’m so excited for you! Thanks for your generosity to share the best of the best brushes in the world. And thank to Genie for granting your wish!!! :-) Enjoy!

  12. H.brushilogy

    17 May, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I’m so Excited for you!!! Can’t wait to see your instagram posts… 😀

    Please count your brushes before you leave Sonia!!! They might go missing muahahahaha….

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      25 May, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      oh I see… but they will not be left here anyway … 😀 too risky!

      • H. brushology

        7 June, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        Smart move.. LOOOL

  13. Fenztastic

    18 May, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I am so happy that you and your BF get to spend some time in Japan, sweetie! :) I am most excited to see the makeup, the brushes, the culture, the food… heck, everything about Japan on your Instagram! My wallet and I will be ready for your virtual enabling forces! 😀 Safe travels to you both!!

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      18 May, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you!! I can’t wait to leave and share this trip with you, it’s like going as a group 😀 thanks again!!!

  14. Iris

    18 May, 2014 at 7:01 am

    So excited for you and your bf, he will love it, I’m sure! I know where you live *evil chuckles* can’t wait to read all about your travels and brush acquisitions! Hope we can meet up again soon. Don’t forget to check out the new RMK brushes, especially the E brush which a Suqqu MA recommended in place of Suqqu S. RMK is also available in airport dutyfree with about 25% off like Three, Anna Sui and Lunasol.

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      18 May, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      hahahah you are all so funny, you crack me up!!!
      the brushes will not stay at home (they will be in a safe place) and there is going to be someone living here so there are little chances of the brushes disappearing 😀
      That RMK E is already ordered by the way, will keep you updated on how it works! thank you for tip! argh that is going to be tempting 😛

  15. Christine

    18 May, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I am glad you are able to go back to Japan. I enjoyed your posts so much last year, I’m really looking forward to your posts on this years trip.

  16. lorraine

    20 May, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Wowzers!!!! What exciting news!

    Your first trip looked amazing, i’m sure your second trip will be that much better! I can’t wait to hear about all the amazing places you go (and get ideas in case I am ever lucky enough to go to Japan!) 😀

    PS.. your BF sounds like a keeper. My husband thought i was a little (or a lot) psycho when I spent hundreds of dollars in Hakuhodo in Southern California a few weeks ago. 😐

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      25 May, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Hi Lorraine,
      we both have expensive hobbies so for now, he can’t say a word but that will not carry on forever 😉 we can’t often expect they will understand, we just would like them to accept it as it is 😀
      I am excited to share! thank you for your support!

  17. Ann C.

    20 May, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    i am so excited for your trip!!!! i was thinking, if i buy the kiwami now, i won’t make it to japan this year.. ugghh decision decision..
    anyway, i am happy you are also travelling with bf this time. its more fun to get lost with someone than just by yourself.. it will be an adventure.. hahaha
    enjoy and i’ll make sure to keep watch on instagram and twitter!

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      25 May, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      I will meet Tesshyu this time and hopefully I can talk to him :) see how many of these he is still planning 😉
      Travelling with my bf is an adventure by itself, being in Japan with him is going to be insanely hilarious !

      • Jeanette

        3 June, 2014 at 11:18 pm

        Sonia, could you ask if Chikuhodo would sell the Kiwami cheek/highlight and eyebrushes separately, or just these 4 as a mini set?

        I hope for you that this trip will be even more enjoyable for you than your previous trip! I look forward to follow your trip :-)

        • 212kiki

          4 June, 2014 at 8:51 am

          That would be awesome right ?!
          I also don’t “need” these expensive huge powder brushes in this set…
          But I think that’s their prestige set so they don’t really want to offer something separatly… (Didn’t Gladys wrote that they always say there are only a few left and they don’t longer want to make it…)
          Evtl another Canadian powder and cheek brush in their Z series ?
          Who knows 😉
          I think sonia has other problems than that when she will meet tesshyu I would be so excited 😛

        • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

          4 June, 2014 at 9:04 am

          I can ask again, I have already asked in the past and they said no but who knows?..
          Thank you I am looking forward too :) thank you so much for your support, it means a huge lot!

  18. Jessica

    3 June, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I want to stick on your luggage like a clam!

  19. Tam

    5 June, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Hi! I’m relatively new to your blog but came across it whilst researching which Hakuhodo brushes to buy (i bought a heap and love them all!). I also heard about you through Jodi (from GooRoo Beauty)

    I’ll be in Japan from early to mid July so I’m looking forward to following your progress and recommendations for amazing brushes!

  20. Buggsiebee

    7 June, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Only TWO more sleeps!!
    OMG, you must be soooooo excited/ nervous/ stressed/ happy!!
    Have fun lash girl :) Did your man notice?

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      7 June, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      he did not :)
      and I am still at work… argh.. :(

      • Buggsiebee

        7 June, 2014 at 9:42 pm

        I just got home from work myself :(
        Well, we knew he wouldn’t get it directly, but he will 😉
        Maybe in flight?
        I’m sorry that you’re still at work! Saturday night at almost 10 pm!! What has become of us??
        However, I say rather just get it done & then you can enjoy a more relaxed holiday :)

        • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

          9 June, 2014 at 12:30 pm

          I am boarding to Tokyo :))))))

          • Buggsiebee

            9 June, 2014 at 4:20 pm

            Wishing you a safe flight & time to just sit & relax before you hit Japan. Will follow your Japan trip. Have FUN!!
            Sooooo very happy for you!!

          • Cat

            9 June, 2014 at 9:08 pm

            Oh I am so excited for you!!! Have lots of fun Sonia, I hope it will be a great adventure for you and your BF 😀 Please relax from so much work and enjoy every minute, I can’t wait to hear all about your experiences. Take care and be safe. Sending you a big hug!

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