Current Beauty Rotation: March, 2015

I tend to wear similar makeup almost everyday, unless there is a special occasion where I want to wear something different like a smokey eye. Some months, I make an effort to change out the products that I am using so that I try different products in my collections. Over time, what I use tends to change – whether it is because of the change in the seasons, because I used something up, or because I just wanted to use something different.

Here are the makeup products that I am using on a daily basis!

 

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer 
(link goes to my review)

I start off my makeup routine by wearing an SPF 50 gel.  On top of the SPF, I wear this primer. This product is different from most primers which claim to keep your skin matte in that it is not a silicone-based primer.

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Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination / Oily Skin in Sand Beige and Rich Tan

My skin has not quite returned to its original shade after my trip to Hawaii. Normally I wear the shade Sand Beige, but I have been mixing in Rich Tan to get the correct shade. I like putting my foundation in these small containers (to put soy sauce in bento boxes).  I am still enjoying using the Real Techniques Expert Face brush to apply my foundation.

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MAC Studio Finish Concealer

Many people say that this product is too thick for concealing under the eyes, but that is exactly what I use it for. This product has the level of concealing I want, and does not crease. I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to buff this concealer under my eyes.
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On to eye makeup!

 

Urban Decay Primer Potion

I use just a dot of this on my eyelids, so this tube of UDPP has been lasting forever! I probably bought this a few years ago, and it is still about half full. It is still creamy as the day I bought it.

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Eyeshadows that I’ve been using

This is the collection of eyeshadows that I have been using recently, a collection of MAC eyeshadows and pressed Barry M Dazzle Dusts.
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Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner

I like using brown pencil eyeliner on both my top and bottom lash line, and this is the one that I am currently working on.  I find that black is too cool toned for my eyes, and gives them a very harsh look.

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L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayon in Gold

I have been using this to line the inner 1/3 of my lower lash line. I also like to use this on my eyelids for a quick look when I am in a hurry.

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Daiso eyelash primer

I have been using this eyelash primer for years.  It gives my lashes length and volume, and is super cheap.  I find that it does the same thing as mascara primers which cost $15 or more!

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L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara

I purchased this mascara last time I was in the US because I heard so much about it on Youtube. It gives me really great volume for sure! A review is coming up soon.
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Bibo Eyeful Eyebrow Pencil in Light Brown and Amber Brown

Because the majority of Japanese people have naturally dark hair, it is less common to find lighter colored eyebrow pencils. The light brown pencil was the one I used when I colored my hair, but I still use it with the darker color to give dimension to my eyebrows.

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And here are the final touches to my makeup!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Wow, these blushes were HUGE online a while ago. I have been playing around with this palette recently. One thing I noticed was that these blushes look totally different on my skin versus in the pan!

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 Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N9, Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee

The MUFE lipstick was the Sephora birthday gift from last year. I love the formula, which is moisturizing on my lips and still lasts for a while. The color is a little too red for my everyday look, so I enjoy layering the Revlon Lip Butter on top to mute the color a little.

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Please let me know what products are in your everyday makeup look!

xoxo, K

Review: Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee

This is a review on the Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee.  When the Lip Butters came out, everyone was all over them.  A light lipstick! It hydrates your lips! You can get just a hint of color!!  So many brands came out with similar products, seemingly all at once.

My biggest issue with lipstick is that most formulas make the skin on my lips peel. It isn’t painful, but looks horrible and is a pain in the neck. Thinking that the hydrating aspect of this product could help, I was very interested to try out the Lip Butters. I was looking forward to trying them out when they came out in Japan, until I found out how much they cost… they are twice the price in Japan versus the US!

I finally picked up a few on a trip to the US last spring. Creme Brulee ended up being too light in color for me, but I like to use it to tone down my red lipsticks and make them more wearable.
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What it does: (from the Revlon website)
Pamper your lips with a gel formula that provides super-charged hydration and glides on buttery smooth. In fact, 94% of women’s lips felt were softer, smoother, and instantly hydrated.

 

Price: As with all US drugstore products, the price will vary depending on where you purchase it. Target.com lists this product for $6.50.  For comparison, it is 1500 JPY (about $12.50) in Japan.

Availability: Revlon is a widely available brand in the US. It can be found at drugstores (such as Walgreens or CVS) and many supermarkets, including the huge chains Walmart and Target.

 

Swatch:

This product is a light beige-brown color with no shimmer.
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Pros:

  • This is a hydrating lipstick with some color
  • I enjoy layering this lipstick over brighter lipsticks to tone down the color

 

Cons:

  • This lipstick does not last that long on my lips.

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Would I repurchase? Probably yes, and I’m interested to try other shades in this line!

 

Do you have a favorite shade in the Revlon Lip Butter line? Please let me know!

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #196: March 21, 2015

weekly reads

It’s finally looking like spring in Kobe. We’ve had high temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius (about 68 degrees Fahrenheit), and I’ve even started wearing spring clothing!

On the same day that I went outside without a coat on, I saw my friends in New York post pictures of snow on Instagram. Snow! In late March!!!

 

What were your favorite posts this week? 

  • The beginner’s guide to cruelty-free makeup, via Phyrra. Phyrra has the most comprehensive information on which brands are cruelty-free.  Although your tastes in makeup may not be as colorful as hers, I recommend her blog for great information.
  • Critiques, criticisms, and judgment, via Future Derm.  I realize that people I work with who are closer in age to me tend to be more critical.
  • What do you wear around the house? via Capitol Hill Style. I completely agree that some style bloggers wear lounge wear that looks really unrealistic! (I wear sweats or jeggings)
  • Guide to food photography, via Serious Eats.  I read a lot of blog posts on food photography because there are many aspects which are similar to photographing in beauty blogging. My biggest headache right now is that my current apartment has horrible lighting!
  • Soft chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, via Brown Eyed Baker. Just this week, I made chocolate chip cookies for the first time in a very long time. Maybe I’ll try this recipe next time.

 

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xoxo, K

Review: Lush Sea Spray

I recently did a review of what is probably the most iconic salt spray, the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. After I started using a salt spray daily, I started looking around for a more affordable option.  I was surprised to see one at Lush! This is a review of the Lush Sea Spray.

(you may have noticed that my recent pictures are a little dark. I was experimenting with lighting in my apartment.  I also found that if I edit photos at night, I tend to not compensate enough for the lack of light!)

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What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
Get that beach hair look with this salty spray that gives a light hold and adds shine, leaving a neroli, orange flower, grapefruit and rosewood scent. We’ve used carrageenan, a seaweed extract, together with glycerine to hydrate the hair. Mineral-rich fine sea salt gives that volumised, beachy head look, counteracting the flattening effects of soft water and softens the skin on the scalp too.

 

Price: 9.95 GBP for 100ml (3.3 fluid ounces) in the UK, $12.95 in the US, 1750 JPY in Japan.

Availability: Lush is available in nearly 50 countries.  Lush products are also available for purchase online from the Lush UK website, which ships internationally.

Scent: this product smells of rosewood, which I can smell as I spray it into my hair, but not necessarily when in my hair afterwards.

 

Pros:

  • This is a great alternative to the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, which is $27 for 4 fluid ounces
  • I found the spray on this bottle to be easier to use than the Bumble and Bumble one.
  • As a product, I did not feel that it is different from the Bumble and Bumble product. I get an effortless look with volume when I use this spray!
  • Surprisingly, at today’s exchange rate, the product is cheaper in Japan than in the UK.

Cons:

  • The product is still quite expensive in Japan. I’ll have to keep looking for a good homemade salt spray recipe!

 

Would I repurchase? Yes! I am so glad I found a cheaper alternative to a product I love!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo, K

Review: Bath and Body Works Fresh Brazil Citrus Body Lotion

This is a review of the Bath and Body Works Fresh Brazil Citrus body lotion, which I picked up during my trip to Hawaii.

Bath and Body Works used to be one of my favorite brands for body lotion and shower gel. I was so excited when a free standing store opened in Hawaii a few years ago. Before that, I would beg friends who were coming to Japan from mainland US to buy some for me.

I have also realized that Bath and Body Works seems to be coming out with more and more new scents each year. I started to feel overloaded from all the press releases about their new scents for each season, and even for each holiday. I used to buy around 10 or so products each time I visited a store in the US, but now I pick up only a few.

 

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What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)
Let your senses run wild with a sun-drenched mix of ripe citrus & sweet pineapple

Top Notes: Luscious Pineapple, Mango Nectar, Tangerine Fizz, Pomelo
Mid Notes: Tiare Bloom, Passion Flower, Peach Sorbet
Dry Notes: Sandalwood, Coconut Milk, White Musk

 

Price: I always purchase the travel size, which is $5 for 3 fluid ounces (88ml). The full size is $12.50 for 8 fluid ounces (236ml)

Availability: Bath and Body Works products are available at free-standing stores in over 15 countries.

Scent: I mainly smell pineapple and citrus from this product.  It has a tropical fruity scent.

 

Pros:

  • I like that this scent is light and not overpowering
  • I also like that this scent does not linger on my skin

Cons:

  • Like many other Bath and Body Works body lotions, I found that this product was not moisturizing enough for me in the middle of winter.

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe. While I liked the scent, Bath and Body Works keeps coming out with new  scents.  I might buy it if it gets rereleased, but I don’t think I’ll be buying any backups.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K