Weekly Reads #201: April 26, 2015

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Golden Week, one of the biggest holiday periods in Japan, is coming up.  It is a period of about 10 days with 4 national holidays. Combined with weekends and a few days off, this makes it very easy to take an extended vacation, making it one of the top 3 most expensive times to take vacation in Japan (the other 2 are in August and the end of December).

I usually don’t go anywhere during Golden Week, specifically because there are too many people everywhere and it is just too expensive.  However, the weather has been just fantastic over the past few days, so I’ll be sure to enjoy my staycation!

 

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from April

This month, I revisited my monthly favorites from April 2013 & 2014. I was going to revisit my April 2012 favorites, but it looks like I didn’t have any beauty-related favorites that month.

 

In April 2014, I liked…

 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup 
(picture from my Instagram)

This foundation has been in my favorites quite a lot. I like how it wears, and it is a good color match to my skin. One watch out is that the shade name is different in some countries, so be sure to match both the shade name and number.

Barry M Dazzle Dusts
(link goes to my review)
I recently got rid of a few of these shades that I don’t wear. I still love the shades Tan and Mushroom. Regardless of the shade, the Barry M Dazzle Dusts are super pigmented and very shimmery.

 

In April 2013, I liked…

 

Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout Beer Shampoo
(link goes to my review)
I really enjoyed this shampoo, although I never repurchased it. About a year ago, I started washing my hair only every other day, and it has dramatically reduced my shampoo usage.

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Maybelline the Colossal Volum Express Mascara
(link goes to my review)
I really liked how this mascara gave my lashes volume and didn’t transfer to my under eye area.  It has a huge wand which may be hard to use for some, but once I got used to it, I loved the mascara.

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MAC blot powder
This is a product I have repurchased so many times! I pick one up every time I go to the US or I go through duty free. I like how it keeps the oils on my face from breaking through.

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Hope you enjoyed revisiting my favorites!

 

xoxo, K

Review: Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Marshmallow Candle

I was on a sweet kick with candles last time I was in the US, so I picked up this Vanilla Bean Marshmallow candle at Bath and Body Works.

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What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)

A comforting vanilla fragrance that evokes the sweetness of a homemade marshmallow

 

Price: $4.50 for the mini candle. This scent is also available in medium for $12.50 and 3-wick for $22.50.

Availability: Bath and Body Works products are available at free-standing stores in over 15 countries world-wide (although unfortunately, Japan is not one of them!)

 

Scent: This product has a strong, sweet vanilla scent. For some reason, it reminds me of roasted marshmallows.

 

Pros:

  • Although I usually dislike such sweet scents, this one works. This product fills my room with the yummy, sweet scent of roasted marshmallows.
  • This product burns evenly and cleanly without leaving a residue.

 

Cons:

  • I don’t think I would like this candle in a larger size. It works in small doses, but might be overpowering in a stronger concentration.

 

Would I repurchase?  Maybe. I really enjoyed this candle and might buy another small one.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #200: April 19, 2015

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The weather has gotten REALLY warm in the past few days. It is now warm enough that I can wear short sleeves in the middle of the day! It is definitely one of the best times to go sightseeing in Japan. If you are coming to Japan soon, I recommend you come see Himeji Castle.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was just reopened to the public after going through renovation.

 

 

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Review: Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de Parfum

How do you find a new perfume? I usually become interested in new perfumes after reading magazine articles on them, or I saw something about it online.  Then I smell it in a store, and decide whether I want to purchase it or not. I am really bad about just browsing for a perfume – I tend to get overwhelmed!  If you know of a good online resource which can help me find a new perfume, please let me know!

 

I suppose I found out about the Marc Jacobs Honey perfume in a magazine somewhere.  I like floral perfumes and I like the smell of honey, so this perfume got me interested.  But since I couldn’t find this product in Japan, I didn’t want to commit to a full sized bottle. I’m glad I settled on a rollerball, since I have been using this product regularly but it is still over half full!

 

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What it does: (from the Sephora website)

Honey by Marc Jacobs is a sunny, delicious floral—energetic and alluring, with a sparkling, golden touch. The perfect mix of brightness and warmth.

This buzzing fragrance energizes with the freshness of green pear and a bright splash of fruity punch and juicy mandarin. Orange blossom resides at the heart of the fragrance and mingles with the nectars of honeysuckle and peach for a note of sparkling femininity. Honey, vanilla, and smooth woods dry down to a warm, golden base.

Notes: Pear, Juicy Mandarin, Orange Blossom, Peach Nectar, Apricot, Honeysuckle, Honey, Golden Vanilla, Smooth Woods.

 

Price: The rollerball was $24 for 0.33 fluid ounces. The bottles range from $52-94, depending on the size.

 

Availability: This fragrance is available at Marc Jacobs stores, Sephora, Ulta, as well as department stores.

 

Scent: This is not the strongest floral scent that I’ve tried and is quite fruity. After it dries down, I can also smell some herbally, woody scents.

 

Pros:

  • I like that this scent mixes floral notes with fruity, woody notes
  • This is a light fragrance, and I like to use it in the spring and summer

 

Cons:

  • This scent does not last long on my skin

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe. I liked the scent, and will use up the rollerball. However, I am not sure that I love it enough to commit to buying a whole bottle!

 

Let me know what your favorite fragrance is!

 

xoxo, K