Empties for July and August, 2015

Here are my empties from July and August. There is a TON of sunscreen since I apply it religiously, especially during the summer.


Lush Olive Branch Shower Gel (link goes to my review)

This was a gift from a co-worker. This product smells of bergamot, which is a citrusy scent without being sharp. It is a very unisex scent which I think appeals to many people.


Stella by Stella McCartney Eau de Parfum

This is my go to perfume, and has been for many years. It is a rose scent with amber notes, making it feminine without being old fashioned. I cannot find it in Japan, nor can I buy it at the airport duty free, so I need to wait until my next trip to the US to buy it. I heard that it has been reformulated recently – I need to get the travel spray so that I can find out before I buy my next bottle.


Sea Breeze Deo + Water deodorant (link goes to my review)

This has been my go to deodorant for many years. It is a very strong menthol spray, so I can also apply it to cool off. The orange bottle (the soap scent) is the one I normally buy, but I found this new line of blue bottles which are supposedly even more cooling.  I transfer this to a spray bottle before using it, because this bottle is extremely hard to use for such a liquidy product.



Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum (link goes to my review)

I liked the product itself, and I loved that it has a pump. However, I didn’t like how heavily scented it was, and also it is quite expensive for a drugstore product.



Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Hand Creme (link goes to my review)

This is a great hand cream for me all year around, except in the middle of summer. It is absorbed without leaving any residue, leaves my hands feeling very moisturized, and is affordable.



L’Occitane Honey hand cream

This was a travel-sized hand cream that I kept in my purse. While I liked the hand cream itself, the honey scent is quite strong. I don’t like applying such strongly scented products in public because it may offend people around me, so it took me a while to get through this product. I can’t find it any more on L’Occitane’s website, so I assume it has been discontinued.


Biore UV Perfect Milk Sunscreen SPF 50+ (link goes to my review)

This used to be my favorite sunscreen year round, and it is still my favorite for the cooler months. I’ve realized recently that I prefer gel formulas for the summer though, as even this milky product feels sticky. If you dislike alcohol in your skin care products, I still recommend this one.



Menturm The Sun UV gel SPF 50+

This has been my favorite sunscreen this summer, but unfortunately it is not easy to find. I usually stayed away from Menturm sunscreens because they were thick and left a white cast, but this one was pretty good!



Nivea Protect Water Gel Super SPF 50+

This was an OK product. Some gel sunscreens pill on me or flake off, but this one did not.

Nivea Sun Protect Plus Waterproof UV Milk SPF 50+

Between this product and the one above, I prefer the other one. It also has more product!




It’s still summer here in Japan, so I’ll be using up a few more sunscreens. SPF is important all year around!


xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #219: August 29, 2015

weekly reads

Every year, I comment that the end of August is not Back to School season for me. I feel so weird when I see back to school posts on Youtube and on my blog roll. It is hot in Japan all the way to mid-September at least, and while many younger children go back to school in early September, most universities are off until at least mid-September.

I also saw that some schools in the US now start school in late August. Really?  That is so strange for me!


 What were your favorite posts this week?
  • The beginner’s guide to indie nail polish, via Phyrra.  Phyrra is my go-to source for indie makeup and cruelty-free makeup, as well as colorful looks.
  • Catrice is now sold at Ulta, via Musings of a Muse. I have been very interested in this German (I think?) brand for some time, and now it is coming to Ulta!
  • Cruelty-free drugstore starter kit, via Fabulously Thrifty.   It’s difficult sometimes to separate which brands are cruelty-free, so this is a good place to start.
  • How to conquer your clutter for good, via Beautiful with Brains.  I live in a studio apartment, which forced me to declutter. I don’t think I’ll ever live in a large apartment again!
  • The truth about American sushi, via Spoon University. I totally agree with what is written here. An additional one – Spicy tuna rolls are not Japanese!  (I don’t mean to say that American sushi isn’t yummy.  It usually is, but it is definitely not authentic!)
  • Work briefcases for women, via Capitol Hill Style. I want to carry my laptop together with my other stuff, so I use a backpack.  It has also been more efficient through my frequent business trips.


Connect with me! I love chatting and connecting with people, and sharing interesting stuff around the web!

You can also subscribe to Cosmeddicted through the feedemail, or Bloglovin!


xoxo, K

Review: Rimmel BB Cream Matte 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup

This is a review of the Rimmel BB Cream Matte 9-in-1. Last time I was in the US, I wanted to pick up a BB cream from a non-Asian brand. BB creams are my favorite form of base makeup during the summer.
Rimmel BB CreamWhat it does: (from Rimmel’s website)

Rimmel’s 1st 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup 9 in 1 results: Primes, moisturizes, minimizes pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens, and helps protect. Lightweight, ultra comfortable formula instantly gives a flawless, 100% natural finish. SPF 25
Price: Like all drugstore products in the US, the price of this will vary depending on where you buy it. Target online lists this for $6.50


Availability: This and other Rimmel products are widely available in the US in drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, etc) and supermarkets (Target, Walmart, etc).



  • Light and easy to blend
  • I like that this product comes in a squeeze tube, which is hygienic and also low cost



  • I felt this product was very greasy. It does not set at all, and I really don’t understand how it can be marketed as a mattifying product.
  • This product comes in only 2 shades. Really!?


Would I repurchase? No. Unfortunately my first American BB cream purchase did not work out. This product was greasy on my skin, and seemed to constantly slip around.



Do you have an American BB cream that you recommend?

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K



Review: Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator in 300 Peach Light

This is a review of the Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator in 300 Peach Light. This product is a liquid highlighter, and was first released as part of a limited edition collection a few years ago. It has since been made permanent.  Revlon Skinlights Peach Lights


What it does: (from the Revlon website)

The iconic skin illuminator is now better than ever. Banish dullness and even out skin with light capturing crystals and photochromatic pigments for a lit-from-within look.


Price: The price will vary depending on where you buy it. Target lists this for about $12.


Availability: This and other Revlon products are widely available in the US at drugstores and supermarkets. Revlon is probably one of the most widely available brands in the US!


Swatch: The product itself comes in 4 different colors. This one is a pinky peach color.
Revlon Skinlights Peach Light




  • I like to apply product to the apples of my cheeks as a cheekbone highlight. It goes well with many blushes
  • This product is a liquidy consistency, and spreads well with a small amount of product.



  • This product is obviously very peachy, so I don’t think it would work as a highlight on other parts of the face
  • I found this product to be too liquidy to apply on top of blush, so I wear it underneath and apply a blush on top


Would I repurchase? Maybe.  I was very excited about this product, and while I like the color, I now believe that a powder highlight would work better on my cheeks.



Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #218: August 22, 2015

weekly reads
Although summer is usually considered vacation season, I haven’t gone on vacation during the summer in quite a while. I’m fortunate to work somewhere I can take days off easily as long as it is planned in advance, so I try to avoid peak seasons. I do have a few vacations planned, but they aren’t in the middle of summer!

What did you do this summer? Did you go anywhere?


 What were your favorite posts this week?


Connect with me! I love chatting and connecting with people, and sharing interesting stuff around the web!

You can also subscribe to Cosmeddicted through the feedemail, or Bloglovin!


xoxo, K