Weekly Reads #211: July 4, 2015

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Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends!  It’s getting to be summer in Japan as well, although the rainy season has not officially ended where I live. Although it is predicted to be the hottest summer on record in Japan, I’m still looking forward to it. I am definitely a warm weather girl!

What were your favorite posts this week? 

 

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xoxo, K

Review: Noevir Cleansing Crystals

This is a review of the Noevir Cleansing Crystals. Although Noevir is a Japanese brand, I received this as a gift from a non-Japanese friend. This product itself is not available in Japan!

Noevir Cleansing Crystals

What it does: (from the Noevir website)

Cleansing and masking has never been this easy or convenient. Noevir has formulated gentle cleansing crystals based on an enzyme exfoliation method, it’s very effective and gentle to the delicate facial tissue. The crystals are nonabrasive and contain various enzymes to digest protein and dissolve excess oil to leave skin looking radiant. A unique combination of squalane, herbal and botanical extracts replenish essential moisture to keep skin fresh and glowing. For all skin types. For those with excess sebum, dull complexion, uneven skin texture, blackheads, whiteheads, and clogged pores.

 

Price: $33

 

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Pros:

  • This is a powdered cleanser. With a facial net, it produces a good lather
  • With regular use, I felt that the skin on my face had a better cell turnover than before.
  • I usually suffer from acne in my chin area in the summer, but I had less acne than usual when I used this product.

 

Cons:

  • It’s pricey for a product which is simply washed off of the skin

 

Would I repurchase? maybe.  While I liked the product, I felt that I could find something similar at the drugstore.

 

It was very surprising that I couldn’t find this product in the Noevir Japan line! I’m glad I had a chance to try it, and that it helped my skin to be clearer!

 

xoxo, K

Empties for April to June, 2015

Here are my empties from April to June.  For the past few months, I have been trying to use up my stash.  I have a lot of skin care items which I want to use up before they expire!

 

St Ives Oatmeal Scrub and Mask (link goes to my review)

I heard that the St Ives line was reformulated recently. This was a very creamy cleanser with exfoliating particles. I liked it, but it depends on how much exfoliating you want from your cleanser. I’m interested to try the (infamous) Apricot Scrub some day, since I tried it once many years ago.

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Bath and Body Works Endless Weekend Body Lotion (link goes to my review)

This was part of my haul that I did in Hawaii in February. I didn’t like this scent that much as it was very fruity.

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Bath and Body Works Wild Madagascar Vanilla (link goes to my review)

I liked this lotion a lot more, and it seems that I am very much drawn to vanilla scents these days.

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Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Shower Gel (link goes to my review)

I used to love this scent, but now it smells like toilet cleaner to me. On a side note, I have only one Bath and Body Works product left in my stash!

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The Body Shop Aloe & Soft Linen Home Fragrance Oil (link goes to my review)

I am not sure what aloe smells like, but this was a faintly sweet, fresh smelling fragrance oil.

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Lush Yummy Mummy shower gel (link goes to my review)

I was not a fan of the smell, but it was purple! and glittery! Can you believe that I have NO Lush products in my stash now? My last bottle of shower gel will be used up in a few days!

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Dove Advanced Care antiperspirant

Antiperspirants are only just becoming popular in Japan, so I have very little experience with them. I bought this in the US and was amazed at how it kept me dry throughout the day.

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Sea Breeze deodorant (link goes to my review)

This is what I use to keep my body odor at bay. It is also very cooling.

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What products have you used up recently?

 

xoxo, K

Review: Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray

It’s summer, which means that my number one focus is how to keep my makeup on my face. Between the heat and humidity in Japan, sometimes my makeup melts off within a few hours!

 

I found out about the Skindinavia makeup setting spray online. Skindinavia products are available through their website and they ship abroad!
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What it does: (from the Skindinavia website)

The original authority on makeup finishing sprays, Skindinavia is the definitive go-to when you want your makeup to have that on-going ‘just-applied’ look! Clinically-proven to keep colors vibrant and make creasing concealer and faded foundation a thing of the past, consider this your barrier against makeup meltdown. Applies as a lightweight, breathable mist to set liquid and powder makeup and holds your makeup in place for up to 16 hours.

 

Price: $39 for 8 oz

 

Availability: Skindinavia products are available through their website.

 

Pros:

  • My foundation lasts longer on my face compared to when I apply this spray
  • The spray is very fine

 

Cons:

  • This product helps my foundation last against the oils in my skin, but it doesn’t help so much against sweat.

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes. 

 

If your skin produces more oil in the summer, this product can help your foundation last longer. However, if your foundation melts off because of sweat, this product does not really help your foundation become waterproof.  I still find that when I blot the sweat off of my face, foundation comes off.  I’m still looking for a product which will protect my foundation against sweat!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #210: June 27, 2015

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Recently, a major Youtuber came out as gay.

Growing up, I never fit in.  I moved back to Japan when I was 12, and had a very hard time at school. Japan is a homogenous society – there is even a saying, “the nail that sticks out will be hit.”  I did everything I could to try to blend in, but I was too “Americanized”.  It was a very tough time.

When it was time to get a job, I wondered if I would have to hide who I was for the rest of my life. I knew that many Japanese companies wouldn’t accept how un-Japanese I was, especially as a female. Luckily, I got a job at a company which promotes diversity and proactiveness.

To have to hide who you are, to be scared that people will find out… it is a horrible feeling.

What were your favorite posts this week? 

 

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

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xoxo, K