Throwback Thursday: Favorites from September

Here is a look at my favorites in September 2013 and 2014.  September tends to be a hot month in Japan, so my favorites are still very summer-y!

 

In September 2013, I liked:

The Beauty Blender (link goes to my review)

I tend to go back to this every few months, even if I find another makeup sponge that I like.  I don’t like the price tag, and I don’t like how it bleeds color, but the texture is hard to beat.

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VOV Daily Fresh Apple AHA Peeling Gel (link goes to my review)

This was one of the first AHA products that I have ever tried. I haven’t repurchased it these past few years, because it is hard to find in Japan. I’ll probably try it next time I go to Hong Kong or Korea.

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In September 2014, I liked:

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation (link goes to my review)

I don’t know what it is that I love so much about this foundation!  It looks great on my skin, but the lasting power isn’t so fabulous.  I have repurchased this foundation, and I still use it regularly.

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation

 

Jordana Color Tint Blush in Coral Touch (link goes to my review)

This was a great, affordable cream blush. I was planning on repurchasing it on my next trip to the US, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. It is available online for shipping to the US from Jordana’s website, so I strongly recommend it if you can get it.

Jordana Cosmetics Color Tint Blush Sticks

 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (link goes to my review)

This is, by far, my favorite foundation brush. It gives a great buffed finish, it is soft on my skin, and it is affordable.  Although I have been using sponges almost exclusively recently, I still recommend this brush.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Brazilian Tan

This was part of a limited edition collection. This is a warm brown color with a hint of peach.  I realized this is the best nude color for my skin tone!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Brazilian Tan

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #262: September 10, 2016

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 What were your favorite posts this week?

 

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Review: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

This is a review of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup.

This is an iconic foundation, very well known for its long wear properties. I’m so surprised that I haven’t done a review on it yet, considering this is one of the few foundations that I have ever repurchased!

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I have heard that this is a very thick, cakey looking foundation. I like to apply it with a wet makeup sponge, such as a Beauty Blender or a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge.  They thin out the coverage to make it look less cakey, while still retaining the coverage.

(Beauty Blender on left)

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(Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – link goes to my review)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

 

One watch out for this product is that the color names are not the same in certain parts of the world. I have this in 2W1 Dawn, which looks like is unavailable in Japan. Several Japanese bloggers have noted that the color of the product sold in Japan and that of an imported product are not the same, even for the same shade name.

Shade names in Japan

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Shade names in the US

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I also don’t like that this product is a high end foundation, yet does not come with a pump. Fortunately, I was able to find a pump at Daiso (a Japanese dollar store) which fit perfectly.

 

What it does: (from Estee Lauder’s website)

Long-wearing makeup with 15-hour staying power. Looks flawless and natural. Lasts through heat, humidity, non-stop activity.  Won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable. For a look that lasts all day, without touchups.

 

Price: $39.50 for 1 oz. This product is 6000 JPY (about $60) in Japan. No wonder I buy it in the US!

 

Availability: This product can be found at department stores, Sephora, and at Estee Lauder’s website. This is pretty easy to find due to its popularity.

 

Shade range: This product is available in 35 shades. Only 6 are available in Japan.

 

What I thought:

This is one of the few foundations that last on me in the summer, due to the heat and humidity. My face does get oily in the summer, and I also sweat a lot.  Of all of the long wear foundations that I have tried, this is one of the best ones.  However, it is definitely not transfer proof for me in the summer, nor does it last 15 hours.

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes, I stock up when I’m in the US!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Products I’ve repurchased – Makeup

Since I recently did a blog post on skin care products that I have repurchased, I decided to do a similar product for makeup and tools as well.  I rarely repurchase makeup products because there are always new products and new colors on the market. Many times, the product I bought has already been discontinued!

 

If you are interested to see what I repurchased in 2011, here are links to the old posts:

 

Makeup that I have repurchased:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

My go-to makeup in the summer! Many people say that this is a thick foundation. I like using it with a Beauty Blender to give a natural looking finish.

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Kate Lash Maximizer

This is an eyelash primer from the Japanese drugstore brand Kate. It is affordable and works well to make my eyelashes thicker and longer.

 

Bibo eyebrow pencil

It is really hard to find light eyebrow pencils in Japan. Bibo is one of the few brands which sell light brown eyebrow pencils, so I have repurchased this product several times.

 

Daiso eyeliner coat

This is a top coat for eyeliner to prevent it from melting off. It looks like liquid eyeliner, and works well especially for my lower lash line.

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Jordana 12 Hour Made To Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

I like the Espresso Last color, which is a dark brown. The pencil is pigmented and quite soft.

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Daiso Ever Bilena Eyebrow Coat (link goes to my review)

This is a top coat for the eyebrows, and is especially useful if you draw eyebrows with pencil.

Daiso Ever Bilena Eyebrow Coat

 

Urban Decay Primer Potion (link goes to my review)

The famed eyeshadow primer! I still think this is the best eyeshadow primer that I have used so far.

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Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation 

I especially like the one for Oily/Combination skin. However, the last time I was in the US, this cost $13-14!  Wow, drugstore stuff is getting very expensive.

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Tools that I have repurchased:

ELF Small Stipple Brush (link goes to my review)

I like using this to blend cream blushes. It is inexpensive and works well.

Elf small stipple brush

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (link goes to my review)

I am still torn whether I like the original Beauty Blender or this one better. I definitely like the price of the Real Techniques sponge better!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

 

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I have repurchased?

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #261: September 3, 2016

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 It’s September! When I lived in the US, September meant Back to School.  I loved seeing all of the new school supplies.  Whether you are starting school or not, I hope you’re having a great start to September!
 What were your favorite posts this week?

 

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xoxo, K