Favorites from 2015 first half

This is a list of my favorite products for the first half of 2015. Can you believe that 2015 is half over already!? I decided to do a first half favorites, because when I do my favorites for the entire year,  sometimes I have forgotten what I loved in January!


Favorite makeup

Milani primer (link goes to my review)

This is the best eyeshadow primer I have ever used. It works better for me than UDPP, probably because I have pretty oily eyelids.  I definitely need to buy a new tube next time I’m in the US!



Barry M Dazzle Dust in Rose Gold (picture from my instagram)

I have used this color so much that I have hit pan.  I started using this eyeshadow in the beginning of the year, and it is still my go to shade!  The pan is now so big that I couldn’t get an eyeshadow brush in there, so I mixed in some alcohol and repressed it.


L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

This is my current favorite foundation. What I love about this foundation is that it still looks good after  several hours on my face, and that it fades gradually without settling into my pores.  But I don’t like the pump-less bottle, so I put it in my next favorite, which is…

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup


Airless pump bottle (available at Daiso and other 100 yen stores)

I don’t know why it took me so long to think of this, but now I put all of my foundations that don’t come with pumps in these airless pump bottles. I love how easy it is to pump out the correct amount of foundation, and I love that I can use every last drop!


Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara (link goes to my review)

This is a mascara that a friend gave to me, and I definitely love it! It gives me volume without transferring under my eyes!!!

Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara


Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded (link goes to my review)

I like using this not as a cream eyeshadow, but as a cheek highlight. It works great applied with a stippling brush.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow


Favorite Hair Products

Lush Sea Salt Spray (link goes to my review)

Every since I cut my hair last winter, I have been loving salt sprays to give my hair a carefree texture. Now that the summer is here, I am loving it even more!  The tousled look is definitely for me.



Favorite tools

Elf small stipple brush (link goes to my review)

I bought this after seeing many Youtubers rave about this brush, and I really love it for applying my cheek highlight. Unfortunately, the hairs on my brush fell out.  A very kind blogger friend sent me a  new one!!!

Elf small stipple brush


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

This is my favorite foundation brush. It just makes my face look better! Unfortunately, the rubber on the handle is now disintegrating, which seems to be a common problem with this brush.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush


Real Techniques Blush Brush (link goes to my review)

I don’t use this brush every day because I almost exclusively using cream blushes since the weather has turned warmer, but this is definitely my favorite blush brush…maybe ever?  The size is just right for my cheeks, the egg shape applies color most intensely at the tip while blending the color out, and the hairs on this brush are SOFT. This is definitely a great brush, and it is so affordable!

Real Techniques Blush Brush


Real Techniques Setting Brush 

This is the best brush for setting my undereye concealer. It applies a light layer of powder, and it is quite soft as well. I also like applying powder to my eyelids before applying primer, because my eyelids tend to get very oily in the summer.

Favorite new tip

Putting foundation in teeny soy sauce tubes for traveling

I am probably not the only person in the world who HATES having to bring a huge bottle of foundation with me when I travel. It’s big, it’s heavy, and it may leak.

This is why I decided to put them in these little tubes. These tubes are to put soy sauce in for bentos, so they are pretty good at not leaking. They can be bought at any 100 yen store in packs.  The smallest tubes lasted me more than a week, but if you need a bigger container, bigger tubes for condiments are also available at 100 yen stores.




What products were your favorites so far this year?


xoxo, K

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