Empties for January to March, 2015

Empties are a very interesting type of blog post for me to read.  What is it about people’s trash that is so exciting? Maybe it is because I want to see what people really use up and what people weren’t able to use up… as apposed to some favorites posts and videos that seem a little too commercial-y.

At the same time, I’m always amazed that people can use up so many products in only 1 month. I think I use up only a few skin or body products each month.  Don’t get me started on makeup – it takes FOREVER for me to use up a powder product!

Here is what I used up in January, February, and March.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place makeup

This was a gift from a friend, and I totally loved it! I also randomly found a pump which fit as well. Interestingly, I also found that the shade name is different in some parts of the world.  I have already repurchased this product!

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Revlon Colorstay foundation for Combination/Oily skin in Sand Beige

This was my go-to foundation for a very long time. Although it looks thick and cakey if I apply it normally, it looks very natural when worn sheered out. The product shown here is the American version – the Japanese version comes with a pump, and costs more than twice the cost of the American one!

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Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

This is the second bottle of this that I have used up.  This helps my makeup to last, although it is less effective in the summer when I sweat it all off. I still haven’t found anything like an antiperspirant for the face, so please let me know if such a product exists!

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L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

This is one of the small tubes sold at Sephora. I like it better than the full sized tubes because it is easier to squeeze out product from these. This product smells pretty strongly of shea butter.

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Bath and Body Works Shea Cashmere Hand Cream

This product has a very strong scent.While I liked how it kept my hands moisturized, I didn’t like how strong it smelled.

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ROC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler

I usually pick up a retinol cream when I go to the US. This was just the level of moisture that I wanted in the winter.

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Lush Hot Toddy shower gel
(link goes to my review)

This was a limited edition shower gel that I picked up for the holidays. It smelled like cinnamon and had biodegradable glitter!

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Bath and Body Works Velvet Tuberose shower gel

I usually only buy travel sized shower gels because I get tired of the scent before I can finish it…and as expected, this took FOREVER to use up!!

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The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Home Fragrance Oil
(link goes to my review)

This is a home fragrance that I picked up when I visited Hawaii last winter. The Ginger Sparkle scent is a line of products that comes out each Christmas at The Body Shop. I enjoy how the scent smells like the holidays without being a sweet scent.

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Bath and Body Works Lanikai Coconut Candle

This is a 3-wick candle from Bath and Body Works. I typically stay away from 3-wick candles because I don’t burn them long enough for them to burn evenly. You can see that the soot accumulated on the container because of this.

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Bath and Body Works Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut Candle
(
link goes to my review)

I bought this candle during my recent trip to the US, and I was surprised at how much I liked it! I usually stay clear of overly sweet candles, but this was spicy enough that I enjoyed burning it.

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Hope you enjoyed seeing my empties!  Are there any products you used up recently that you would recommend I try?

 

xoxo, K

Review: St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub and Mask

One of my all-time favorite daily cleansers is the St. Ives Green Tea Scrub. I love how it is gently exfoliates my skin, and I also adore the scent. However, the last time I was in the US, it was extremely hard to find in stores. Turns out that St. Ives has been renewing many of their products!

 

I picked up the St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub + Mask on my recent trip to Hawaii. Would this be an every day exfoliator like the Green Tea scrub, or would it be too harsh, like the well-known St. Ives Apricot Scrub?

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What it does: (from the St. Ives website)
From America’s #1 Scrub brand, this new dual purpose formula combines oatmeal extract with 100% Natural Exfoliants. Use as a mark to nourish dry skin or as a scrub to smooth away dullness.

 

Price: As with many US drugstore products, the price varies depending on where you buy it. Walgreens.com lists this for $4.30.

 

Availability: St. Ives is available at drugstores in the US. The St. Ives website actually has a listing on where it can be bought!

 

Scent: this product has a sweet, flowery scent. Although I didn’t find the scent to be overpowering, the scent is noticeable.

 

Pros:

  • The level of exfoliation was gentle enough for me to use this as a daily cleanser
  • This is a creamy cleanser, and did not leave my skin feeling stripped
  • With a face wash net, this cleanser lathered up to a thick foam

 

Cons:

  • In the summer, I would prefer a stronger cleanser

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe. While I liked the product itself, there are a lot of other cleansers and exfoliators on the market that I want to try out.

 

Hope you liked this review!

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #197: March 29, 2015

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Cherry blossom season has started in Japan. The blossoms are very delicate, and usually only last for a week to 7 days.  If you are interested in coming to Japan during cherry blossom season, the week surrounding April 1 is usually your best bet if you are coming to Tokyo or Osaka.

April 1 is also the beginning of the Japanese school year as well as the fiscal year for most Japanese companies. It is a time for new beginnings and welcome parties, and there are a lot of drunk people to be seen! Public intoxication is NOT a crime in Japan… and with abundant public transportation, it is kind of expected that you get drunk at these welcome parties!

 

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xoxo, K

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