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. lists this product for $6

Brush: This product has a rubber bristle brush


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


  • This is a very thickening formula.


  • 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.


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.


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.



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.



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.



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.


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!


 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.


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.


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.



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

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #176: October 18, 2014

weekly reads

This weekend, I will be working both on Saturday and Sunday, including a day trip to Tokyo.  I really do not do well when I need to work without a day off!

What were your favorite posts this week? 


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

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K’s Kitchen – Homemade pumpkin puree

In a previous recipe, I mentioned that canned pumpkin puree is hard to find in Japan. Therefore when I want to make pumpkin spice muffins or anything else using pumpkin puree, I need to make my own.


American pumpkin puree is usually made with butternut squash, but I made this recipe with Kabocha as it is the most popular type of winter squash available in Japan. Kabocha has a texture that is similar to sweet potatoes, and the recipe below will result in a drier pumpkin mash than the canned variety.  Add some millk or other liquid to achieve the correct “puree” consistency.


1. Cut pumpkin in quarters. Cutting into smaller pieces means a shorter cooking time, but the cut surface can easily dry out.

2. Discard stem and pulp.  I find that using a large spoon makes it easy to remove the stringy insides.

3. Wrap each piece tightly in foil, and place in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit / 190 degrees Celsius.  Bake for 1.5 hours, or until a toothpick goes in smoothly.


4.  Cool slightly, and remove skin.  Puree or mash.

(and yes, my kitchen surface is really that small)



I froze the resulting pumpkin puree in freezer bags so that I can continue to use it this fall.  With no additional ingredients, this is a super healthy recipe!


xoxo, K

Throwback Thursday: Favorites from October 2011 & 2012

This month, I’m going back to October 2011 and 2012 to revisit my favorites.

In October 2011 & 2012, I liked:

Lush Godiva solid shampoo
Out of all of the Lush solid shampoos I’ve used so far, this is the one I recommend the most. It is the least drying to my hair.

Lush It’s Raining Men shower gel
This was limited edition when I first purchased it, but has since become a permanent product. This is a great shower gel if you like the Lush Honey I Washed the Kids soap.

Queen Helene Oatmeal ‘n Honey Facial Scrub
Considering how much I liked this facial scrub, I am surprised I don’t have a review on it.  I should repurchased it on my next visit to the US!

Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush
This was my favorite foundation brush for a long time, although now I prefer the Real Techniques expert face brush.



You can see that unfortunately, I haven’t repurchased any of the products I listed in my favorites. There are quite a few that I recommend, though, so please try these products out if you have a chance!


Hope you enjoyed this look back at my previous favorites!

xoxo, K