Weekly Reads #219: August 29, 2015

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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.

 

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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).

 

Pros:

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

 

Cons:

  • 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

 

 

Pros:

  • 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.

 

Cons:

  • 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

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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?

 

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Review: Lush Mangnificent Soap

This is a review of the Lush Mangnificent Soap. I recently went into Lush with the intent of buying a new shower gel… and I found that I had already tried (and reviewed!) all of the shower gels that were sold at Lush Japan.  Although I don’t usually go towards soaps, I bought this one!

After posting this picture on Instagram, I got a few comments from my friends saying it looks like pork belly!

(picture from my Instagram)

What it does: (from the Lush USA website)

Turn up the energy on groggy mornings with this juicy splash of soapy paradise! Simply strip down and suds up to get whisked away on a sunny adventure of fresh fragrance: zingy Sicilian lemon oil, mandarin oil and neroli oil awaken your senses and brighten up dull-looking skin. Fresh pureed mango and dried mango slices tone and gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it looking vibrant, feeling fresh and smelling gorgeously fruity. Now you’re ready for action!

 

Price: Lush USA lists this for $6.95 for 3.5 oz

 

Availability: Lush products are available at freestanding Lush stores globally. Also, Lush ships from their UK online store globally for a quite reasonable shipping cost

 

Scent: This soap has a very fruity, mango-y scent… which is when I realized that the name of this product is a play on the words mango and magnificient!

 

Pros:

  • This product does not have a strong scent. This is rare for Lush soaps – usually my entire bathroom smells like the soap
  • This was a gentle soap, if that is what you prefer

 

Cons:

  • I did not get quite as much lather from this soap as I usually do from other Lush soaps

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe.  While I didn’t dislike this soap, there wasn’t anything memorable about it.

 

I’m really looking forward to the fall releases from Lush, and hopefully there will be some new products for me to review!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K