Review: Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara

When I went to New York 2 years ago, I somehow got on a Jordana kick. I had never tried any products from Jordana before then, and just knew that it was a very affordable brand. After reading some reviews online, I tried out a few products which became must haves for me.

 

Fueled by this success, I tried out some more products from Jordana on my most recent trip.  This is a review of the Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara.

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What it does: (from Jordana’s website)

Immediate Extreme Volume & Lift. Buildable Formula Without Clumping

 

Price: $2.99!!!

 

Availability: Jordana is available at select drugstores.  The selection is not as good as some other US drugstore brands. Jordana products are also available on their website.

 

Wand: The wand on this product is a very standard bristle brush. It is rather thin and easy to handle.
Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara

 

Pros:

  • Affordable price!
  • Gave my eyelashes good volume with minimal clumping

 

Cons:

  • Unfortunately, this product smudged under my eyes, which is a deal breaker for me

 

Would I repurchase?  No.  Unfortunately this product did not work for me.  However, that won’t deter me from trying out more Jordana products next time I’m in the US!

 

xoxo, K

Review: Lush Love soap

The Lush Love soap totally took over my Instagram a little while ago. It seemed that right after the US Supreme Court ruled that state bans on same sex marriage were illegal, the Lush Love soap exploded.  Obviously, I needed to buy it!

(Picture from my Instagram)

Lush has had several products called “Love” or something similar. This product may be better known as the #GayIsOK soap!  I love the #GayIsOK hashtag, I love the golden glitter, and I love that Lush is supporting LGBT rights!

What it does: (from the Lush website)

Lather up and love your skin with our palm free soap base, scented with the iconic Love fragrance. Love the LGBT community and the campaign group All Out, when money from your purchase funds grassroots campaign groups around the world. But before you get your bar wet, show your love online by posting a Love Soap selfie to say that you think #GayIsOk!

Price: $5.95 for 4.2 oz in the US, 650 JPY for 120g in Japan

Scent:  I read another review which called the scent “a rich, full-bodied citrus”, which I completely agree with.  It smells like citrus zest but much fuller and earthier, like bergamot and cinnamon.

Availability: This soap is available at Lush and Lush Online. Surprisingly, I could not find it on the Lush UK website.

Pros:

  • I LOVE the scent.
  • I love the cause
  • The golden glitter is biodegradable and does not get everywhere
  • the product is vegan!
  • This soap creates a creamy lather, which did not strip my skin.

Cons:

  • Although I know that all Lush products use biodegradable glitter, I felt uncomfortable using this to wash my face, in case it got in my eyes.

Would I repurchase?  Yes, I wish this product were permanent!  I really liked the scent of this product, and I loved how the glitter made it look!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #214: July 25, 2015

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Woohoo, summer is here!

What am I talking about, especially since it’s the last week of July?  Hasn’t summer been here for a while?

Actually, not in Japan. In Japan, there is a rainy season from mid June to mid July. The Japan Meteorological Agency announces when the rainy season starts and ends, and the official ending announcement happened this past week!

However, if you are planning a trip to Japan this summer, please take care. It is supposed to be one of the hottest summers in history.  It was SUPER hot 2 years ago, and many people went to the emergency room with heat exhaustion.  Because Japanese people tend to walk everywhere, and also because our homes are not centrally heated, heat exhaustion is a real threat!

 

 What were your favorite posts this week? 

 

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xoxo, K

Review: Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder

One of my favorites products to keep my face less shiny is the MAC Blot Powder. I tend to go through a lot of it during the summer, so I wanted to find something at the drugstore which I could use instead. I picked up the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder after seeing reviews of it online.

Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder

 

What it does: (from the Rimmel website)

Up to 5 hours natural shine control with natural minerals. Helps minimize the appearance of pores.

 

Price: As with all US drugstore products, the price will vary depending on where you buy it. Walgreens.com lists this product for $5.30

 

Color: This product is available in 8 shades. I have it in Transparent.

 

Availability: This product is widely available in drugstores and supermarkets

 

Pros:

  • This product reduced shine without feeling cakey
  • This product is not overly silicone-y
  • The product does not make my skin white or ashy

 

Cons:

  • I really don’t like the packaging. Because there is space between the lid and the product, the lid gets smooshed in my makeup bag. There are several cracks in the lid now, and I am pretty sure that it will get broken before I use up the product.
  • I did not feel that this kept my skin matte for 5 hours

 

Would I repurchase? No. While it’s not a bad product, it did not keep my skin shine free!

 

Over the last few years, I have really come to embrace the shine and oil on my face in the summer.  However, I still am on the hunt for a good product to keep my skin matte!

 

xoxo, K

Favorites from 2015 first half

This is a list of my favorite products for the first half of 2015. Can you believe that 2015 is half over already!? I decided to do a first half favorites, because when I do my favorites for the entire year,  sometimes I have forgotten what I loved in January!

 

Favorite makeup

Milani primer (link goes to my review)

This is the best eyeshadow primer I have ever used. It works better for me than UDPP, probably because I have pretty oily eyelids.  I definitely need to buy a new tube next time I’m in the US!

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Barry M Dazzle Dust in Rose Gold (picture from my instagram)

I have used this color so much that I have hit pan.  I started using this eyeshadow in the beginning of the year, and it is still my go to shade!  The pan is now so big that I couldn’t get an eyeshadow brush in there, so I mixed in some alcohol and repressed it.

 

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

This is my current favorite foundation. What I love about this foundation is that it still looks good after  several hours on my face, and that it fades gradually without settling into my pores.  But I don’t like the pump-less bottle, so I put it in my next favorite, which is…

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

 

Airless pump bottle (available at Daiso and other 100 yen stores)

I don’t know why it took me so long to think of this, but now I put all of my foundations that don’t come with pumps in these airless pump bottles. I love how easy it is to pump out the correct amount of foundation, and I love that I can use every last drop!

 

Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara (link goes to my review)

This is a mascara that a friend gave to me, and I definitely love it! It gives me volume without transferring under my eyes!!!

Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara

 

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded (link goes to my review)

I like using this not as a cream eyeshadow, but as a cheek highlight. It works great applied with a stippling brush.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow

 

Favorite Hair Products

Lush Sea Salt Spray (link goes to my review)

Every since I cut my hair last winter, I have been loving salt sprays to give my hair a carefree texture. Now that the summer is here, I am loving it even more!  The tousled look is definitely for me.

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Favorite tools

Elf small stipple brush (link goes to my review)

I bought this after seeing many Youtubers rave about this brush, and I really love it for applying my cheek highlight. Unfortunately, the hairs on my brush fell out.  A very kind blogger friend sent me a  new one!!!

Elf small stipple brush

 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (link goes to my review)

This is my favorite foundation brush. It just makes my face look better! Unfortunately, the rubber on the handle is now disintegrating, which seems to be a common problem with this brush.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

 

Real Techniques Blush Brush (link goes to my review)

I don’t use this brush every day because I almost exclusively using cream blushes since the weather has turned warmer, but this is definitely my favorite blush brush…maybe ever?  The size is just right for my cheeks, the egg shape applies color most intensely at the tip while blending the color out, and the hairs on this brush are SOFT. This is definitely a great brush, and it is so affordable!

Real Techniques Blush Brush

 

Real Techniques Setting Brush 

This is the best brush for setting my undereye concealer. It applies a light layer of powder, and it is quite soft as well. I also like applying powder to my eyelids before applying primer, because my eyelids tend to get very oily in the summer.

Favorite new tip

Putting foundation in teeny soy sauce tubes for traveling

I am probably not the only person in the world who HATES having to bring a huge bottle of foundation with me when I travel. It’s big, it’s heavy, and it may leak.

This is why I decided to put them in these little tubes. These tubes are to put soy sauce in for bentos, so they are pretty good at not leaking. They can be bought at any 100 yen store in packs.  The smallest tubes lasted me more than a week, but if you need a bigger container, bigger tubes for condiments are also available at 100 yen stores.

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What products were your favorites so far this year?

 

xoxo, K