Review: DET Clear Fruit Enzyme Powder Wash

Acne may be a part of life for many teenagers.  Thanks to my mother taking me to a dermatologist, I did not have severe acne.  However, every summer I would get small pimples around my nose and on my chin.  What was surprising to me about this skin condition was that it did not respond well to my dermatologist’s treatment, and one dermatologist even told me that I had to give up (not a good thing to say to a high schooler).

What I have learned since then is that during the summer and early winter, my skin’s cell turnover is extremely poor.  My skin responds well to products with a slight chemical peeling effect, containing AHA & BHA ingredients.  This is a review of the DET Clear Fruit Enzyme Powder Wash, a facial cleanser with such ingredients.

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What it does: (from the Meishoku website)

Natural papaya enzymes work to care for your dead skin cells. An impressive rinse off!  This silky powder facial cleanser contains papaya enzymes to gently remove dead skin cells, to help your skin improve its texture and clarity.

Price: The Meishoku website lists this product as 972 JPY (around $9-10) for 75 g.  (Note: The DET line is owned by Meishoku)

Scent: I did not detect a scent in this product

Availability: This product is widely available in major drugstores in Japan, such as Matsumoto Kiyoshi.  It is also available through the Meishoku website.

Pros:

  • This product did a good job at improving my cell turnover
  • With a face wash net, this product made a very impressive thick lather

Cons:

  • Some people find powdered facial washes to be messy to use
  • Without a face wash net, it was difficult to create a lather
  • Compared to traditional facial cleansers, this product is fairly expensive.

Would I repurchase?  Maybe. I liked this product a lot, but I don’t need chemical peeling throughout the year. Maybe I will repurchase this next summer.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Empties Jan – Sep 2014 part 2

This is part 2 of my long overdue empties post.  While I lived in China and in Indonesia, I tended to hoard beauty products because there were a lot of things I couldn’t purchase in those countries. Now that I am back in Japan, I am trying to get through all of them.  It’s been a long journey – for example, although it has been a year since I came back, I still have cotton pads that I hoarded!

Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction body lotion
(link goes to my review)
This was a surprisingly good body lotion and moisturized my body well.  I want to try a different scent next!

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Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods shower gel and body lotion
(link goes to my review)
I’m not sure how many of these I have purchased.  That’s saying a lot, considering I only have a chance to buy BBW products when I go to the US.

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Philosophy The Gingerbread Girl shower gel
(link goes to my review)
I purchased this product as part of a set quite a few years ago. The scent of this product reminds me a lot of sweet ice tea with lemon.

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Bath and Body Works Aromatherpy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Cream
This product is a thick body cream which works great in the winter.

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St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea scrub
(link goes to my review)
I think I purchase this every time I go to the US.  This is a gentle facial cleanser that lathers up well with a facial net, and I love the scent.

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Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Lavender Vanilla shower gel
(link goes to my review)
This is a rare product because although it is vanilla scented, it is not sweet smelling. I enjoyed this scent a lot.

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Bath and Body Works Pure Paradise body lotion
(link goes to my review)
This product was very fruity scented. If you enjoy fruit scents, this may be a good product for you.

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Bath and Body Works French Lavender and Honey body lotion
I don’t remember much about this product, except that the honey scent was not strong.

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Lush Prince Charming shower gel
(link goes to my review)
This product smells like sweet grapefruit, and reminded me a lot of spring.

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Urban Decay All-Nighter spray
I am not sure how well this product works. In the summer, I tend to sweat off my makeup, even with this on. Is there such a thing as sweat proof foundation?

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What products have you used up recently?

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #177: October 26, 2014

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Right now, the weather is absolutely lovely in Kobe. Autumn is one of the most popular times for sightseeing, and I see so many tourists in Kobe recently.  Kobe is not a big tourist city in Japan, especially for westerners.  Still, it is quite lovely.

(picture from my instagram. Please come say hi!)

 


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Review: Maybelline Volum Express The Rocket mascara

 Mascara is one of those products where each person has their own definition of what makes a good product.  Some people like lengthening formulas and some people like thickening formulas. Some people need the curl to last all day, and some people are prone to getting black smudges under their eyes.  Eyeshadow tends to be easier – of course there are a lot of different colors and finishes, but most people want products with good color payoff and which last all day.
Although most mascara comes in only a few colors, a mascara’s effectiveness depends not only on the length, color, and fullness of your eyelashes, but also on the bone structure around your eyes.
Wait, let me take back that comment about mascara only being available in a few colors. Last time I was in the US, I was so confused at the different colors. Black? Brown? Brown black? What was the difference between “Blackest Black” and “Midnight Black” (L’Oreal, I’m looking at you)?
Mascara is one of the first makeup products I started wearing daily, When it comes to mascara, I have my own “rules” about what makes a good product.

  • I want volume. I don’t need length or curl
  • I don’t like wet mascaras which make my lashes stick together
  • I get black smudges under my eye really easily. This is the biggest deal beaker in a mascara
  • Washable mascaras work better for me than waterproof mascaras.

Let’s see how the Maybelline Volum Express The Rocket mascara measures up to my expectations!

What it does: (from the Maybelline website)
Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara’s patented Supersonic Brush with micro bristles loads on big, sleek volume instantly. Our fast-glide formula keeps lashes smooth. Zero clumps!

Price: The price of all US drugstore items varies depending on the store. Walmart.com lists this product for $6

Brush: This product has a rubber bristle brush

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Availability: This and other Maybelline products are widely available in US drugstores (such as Walgreens, CVS, etc) and supermarkets (Walmart, Target, etc).

Pros:

  • This is a very thickening formula.

Cons:

  • This is an extremely wet mascara, even after I used it for a month
  • This product smudges under my eye!

Would I repurchase? No. Unfortunately for me, smudging under my eyes is a deal breaker.

I will emphasize again that mascara is a product where so many people cannot agree on whether a product is good or not. In fact, G from Nouveau Cheap LOVES this mascara, and I usually love the products she suggests.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

 

Empties Jan – Sep 2014 part 1

Can you believe that I haven’t done an empties post in 10 months!?!?  Even though I hauled a lot of things when I went to New York in the spring, I haven’t used up a lot of things. I am going to Hawaii again next year, so hopefully I will clear up some space in my closet and make room for a haul!

Since I haven’t done an empties post in such a long time, I have so many empties to share with you, so this is a 2 part post.

Lush Pineapple Grunt soap
This soap should be called Pina Colada soap since it smells pretty strongly of coconut as well as pineapple.  This was a fun soap to use and created a firm lather.

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The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Body Butter

(link goes to my review)
I really liked the scent of this product, being spicy and sweet but not too sweet. I would pick it up during this holiday season as well.

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Bath and Body Works Sparkling Icicles candle

(link goes to my review)
This was a great scent for my room, being fresh and not too sharp.  I enjoy the BBW candles although I don’t have a chance to purchase them very frequency.

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Bath and Body Works Snowday candle
(link goes to my review)
This was a very sweet candle and smelled strongly of vanilla. If you like sweet scents, you might really enjoy this candle.

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Bath and Body Works Velvet Tuberose body lotion
Wow, I purchased this product in 2010!  It takes me so long to get through a full-sized BBW product that I prefer to purchase a travel size.

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Kiko Mat Fluid
(link goes to my review)
This was a product I purchased during my trip to Italy in 2013.  Kiko is a great brand with affordable prices, and I recommend you check it out if you have a chance to go to Italy.

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Bath and Body Works Moonlight Path body lotion
Moonlight Path was one of the first scents that I tried from BBW, and judging from the packaging, I probably had this bottle for a long time!

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 Bath and Body Works Velvet Sugar body lotion
(link goes to my review)
This was a very sweet scent, smelling like strawberries and sugar, similar to Kool-Aid. This was the first time I tried a BBW product with the new packaging, and I really liked it.

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Lush Reincarnate Solid Shampoo
(link goes to my review)
This solid shampoo was just so-so.  It is supposed to make my hair color more vibrant, but I did not notice any change.

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Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro primer
(link goes to my review)
This is an old favorite of mine.  Rimmel now has a matte version which I prefer, but I would recommend this one if you have drier skin.

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Wow, that was a long post!  Stay tuned for Part 2!

xoxo, K