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

weekly reads

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? 

 

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xoxo, K

Review: Real Techniques Blush Brush

I’ve gone through so many blush brushes.  It must be the number 1 type of brush that I am constantly disappointed with.

I’ve bought expensive brushes from MAC and I’ve bought cheap brushes from Ecotools and Sonia Kashuk.  Some of them are too big, some of them are too flimsy, and a lot of them are just too scratchy.  I think one of the reasons why I use a lot of cream blushes is because I have a favorite brush for those, but I can’t find a good brush for powder blush.

On  my last trip to Hawaii, a friend asked me which Real Technique brushes I already owned.  “You need to try the blush brush”, she said, “I’ll give you one.”

To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this brush.  But OH MY GOD this is a great brush!
Real Techniques Blush Brush

What it does: (from the Real Techniques website)

look pixel-perfect even in harsh light. ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free. self-standing for easy storage. extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use

Price: $9

Availability: Real Techniques brushes are available at drugstores and discount stores in the US. If Real Techniques is not available in stores in your country, they are available from the website with a very decent shipping cost.

 

Real Techniques Blush Brush

 

 

Pros:

  • This brush is not scratchy at all.
  • While it feels soft on my cheeks, this is not a flimsy brush. I can apply blush where I want it, and also blend it out.
  • The shape is fantastic.  The head is small enough for my cheeks, and the egg shape diffuses blush nicely.
  • You can’t beat the price!

Cons:

  • This brush may be hard to find in stores.

 

Would I repurchase? Definitely, and I’m so glad that my friend recommended this to me!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Current Beauty Rotation: June, 2015

It’s been hot and humid in Japan lately, since the start of the rainy season. I changed out a lot of the makeup products I use regularly to compensate!

 

Primer: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (link goes to my review)

I’m just so-so about this primer. It doesn’t really keep my face matte in the heat and humidity.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

 

Foundation: L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

I picked up this foundation in the US after reading rave reviews of it online. I’m really liking it so far, but I will keep testing it before I post a review!

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

 

BB Cream: L’Oreal Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion 50+ (link goes to my review)

On days with high humidity, I give up on foundation and wear this BB cream instead. Although it has only a very sheer coverage, it seems to give my face a finished look.

L'Oreal Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion 50+

 

Blush: Jordana Cosmetics Color Tint Blush Sticks or Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze blush stick

Since finding these cream blushes, I have totally been in love.  I think I wear either of these two for 80% of the year, and they are especially nice in hot weather.

Jordana Cosmetics Color Tint Blush Sticks

 

Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze blush stick

 

Highlighter: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded

This is another product which I picked up based on online reviews. I stipple it on my cheekbones and it works great as a long-lasting highlight! I like it as an eyeshadow as well, and I really must pick up the bronze color that everyone raves about.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow

 

Eyeshadow primer: Milani eyeshadow primer (link goes to my review)

This product is less moisturizing and more matte than UDPP, so it works great on my eyelids during the summer months. It is also extremely inexpensive!

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Eyeshadow: I’ve been using a mixture of different taupe-y eyeshadows, and have especially been loving the MAC Honey Lust eyeshadow.

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Mascara: Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara

This was a gift from a friend, and I am pleasantly surprised to find that I like it a lot! It is hard to find a mascara which does not smudge under my eyes, but this one passes the test.

Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara

 

Lipstick: Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Let’s Get Naked

I picked up this lipstick on a whim, and I am really liking how creamy and pigmented it is.  A lot of lipsticks make my lips peel, but this one does not!

Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Let's Get Naked

 

Please let me know what products you have been wearing a lot recently!

xoxo, K

 

Review: Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze blush stick in Just-Pinched Pink

This is a review of the Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze blush stick in Just-Pinched Pink.

Every year around May, I start going on and on about how much I love cream blushes. I usually mention the Jordana cream blushes in the same sentence, but in reality, this is the product which first brought me back to cream blushes.
Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze blush stick

What it does: (from the Maybelline website)

Glaze Craze!  Now Cheeks Glisten with the Sheerest Color Glaze. Cheeks go dewy and gently glazed with this portable, creamy blush stick. Glazed pearls + a shea butter glide provide blendable, natural color and smooth, even application. Fragrance Free. Non-comedogenic. Suitable for all skin types.

 

Price: As with all US drugstore products, the price will vary. Ulta.com lists this product for $9

 

Availability:  This and other Maybelline products are widely available in the US, in drugstores and supermarkets


Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze blush stick

Pros:

  • This product applies very smoothly, and does not skip over the skin
  • The color is very natural looking on my skin tone, and is wearable for all occasions
  • The color can be built up, from very sheer to medium pigmentation

 

Cons:

  • This product can get a little greasy, and does not set
  • The packaging seems to be a little weak – the edges of the cap broke off in a few places

 

Would I repurchase?  Maybe.  I love the color and smoothness of this product, but it is a little greasy.  It works better when the weather isn’t super hot.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K