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Friday, March 31, 2023

Friday, March 24, 2023

Review: DAISO MT X Dagashi Masking Tape

Popular Japanese 100yen store DAISO has released a masking tape collection with a DAGASHI theme. Dagashi are cheap retro sweets popular amongst both children and adults. The tape is made by THE iconic masking tape maker MT as well.

Here are two we picked up
The packaging illustration is extremely cute.

Here is how it looks like unrolled.

Since its mt tape, the quality is very much assured. Both in print quality and how well it sticks/removes. The designs are whimsical and if you are a fan of dagashi, you cannot miss out on getting it ^^
And being from DAISO, the price point cannot be beat either!

Hope DAISO will carry more mt tape!

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Review: Pilot ILMILY highlighter in Night Sakura


I love my highlighters. 

Contrary to popular belief, they're a very versatile writing tool. 

Stationery brands agree, and here we have the ILMILY color two color highlighter by pilot. 
The ILMILY line of pens also includes a ballpen, both products are colour changing. 
There is a primary colour that you write/highlight with and you apply friction with a rubber tip at the other end of the pen to change the colour of the ink. 

I purchased the highlighter in the colour 'Night Sakura'. 

The primary colour being 'Night', a midnight blue and the colour changer being 'Sakura', which is of course, pink!

The night colour is too dark to highlight text but is great for adding colour to a page, the sakura colour is a nice accent. 

Unfortunately, because the friction required is quite a lot, it was difficult to draw shapes using the rubber end. Straight lines are easier and produce a better result. 

Other than minor detail, the night sakura version of the ILMILY line is really nice. 
I'm impressed that the colours are both quite different but they compliment each other and produce a nice effect. 

I'll definitely look out for more of these pens. 

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Friday, March 10, 2023

Review: Notebooks from Standard Products by Daiso


Standard Products is a spin off brand from Daiso. 
 The brand's philosophy is "A little nice, goes the extra mile" 

Items are well designed, minimalist and clean looking but still affordable. 

I picked these notebooks up during my first visit to a Standard Products store. 

On the left is the ash notepad, it's A7 sized, 80 sheets of white paper in a 5mm grid layout
The other is a gray notebook, A6 sized, 64 sheets of cream paper in a 7mm ruled layout. 

The ash notepad is a great size for casual notetaking.

I was surprised by the paper quality, it feels coated and it's very smooth. 

The cream paper in the notebook feels reminiscent of Midori's cream paper but of course, Midori's paper can't be beat. 

Both the grid and ruled layouts are very functional, the printing is light but visible. 

Design wise, I think they are very pretty, they would look great even as table decoration. 

My only gripe is that the cover design on the notebook is a slipcover and I would've liked it if it was printed on instead. 

In conclusion, these notebooks are very affordable. So if you're looking for an aesthetic simple notebook/notepad, I recommend going to Standard Products and picking these up! 

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Friday, March 3, 2023

Review: Hobonichi Techo X Deco Rush

Here at TN5C we love the DECO Rush range so when we found out Hobonichi Techo had launched a collaboration with them, we had to check them out!

Here's the one we picked up

There are 7 in the collection [all limited edition]
Like the usual Deco Rush, they feature a sleek neutral tone cardboard packaging 

Here are the swatches

And they will fit right in with the usual Deco Rush, making it easy to store.

What do you think of them?
Have you checked them out?


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