Up & Down #3!

It’s April!  April is the start of all things new in Japan, being the start of the fiscal year and the school year!

– all the support and love I’ve received from the beauty blogger community!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!
– the MAC 130 brush!  Thank you so much to Diana!

– Monistat Anti-Chafing gel as a facial primer!  Thank you so much to Lulu!

– warmer weather!
– Lush Mask of Magnaminty!  A review is coming up!

– not going out much on weekends because I’m too tired!
– pollen season!

Verdict:  It’s been a good month, thanks to a lot of blogger love!

xoxo, K

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Current rotation / Mac & Cheese!

Someone asked me about my current rotation!
As I mentioned before, I like to change up what I use every 2 weeks!


 MAC eyeshadows:
– Nylon (thanks, Jamilla!)
– Amber Lights
– Sumptuous Olive
– Carbon
MAC pigments (thanks Whit!)
– Your Ladyship
– Gold Stroke
– Deep Purple
Some swatches of the pigments!
From left – Deep Purple, Gold Stroke, Your Ladyship
Etude House Primer
TFSI (thanks Mona!)
Maybelline concealer
Hard Candy highlighting palette (thanks Iyah!)
Lioele BB Cream (thanks Eve!)

Toner in a spray bottle
Two eyebrow pencils from Bibo
eyelash primer
K-palette One Day Tattoo eyeliner
eyebrow coat
Cezanne blush

What is in your current rotation?

I also made some really yummy macaroni & cheese!
The recipe is adapted from the Pioneer Woman!
I love cooking blogs as much as I love beauty blogs and this is one of my favorites!
Yum yum!
xoxo, K
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Up & Down #2!

Wow, a month went by SOOO fast!

– Sigma 239 brush (which I finally got replaced!)

– MAC 219 brush (from Iyah!!!)

– A very VERY good friend and I met up when he visited Japan
– Finishing 11 items on what is now Project 15 pan!

– Having a HUGE lemming for the MAC 130 brush!

– SERIOUS stress at work
– VERY SERIOUS stress outside of work
– not having someone close who I can talk to

Verdict:  I need a support network!

Hopefully I can make March a better month!!!

xoxo, K

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Up & Down #1

I used to do a favorites post every month, but since I don’t buy a lot of makeup, I decided to do a quick “Up and Down”s post similar to Lollipop26‘s “In and Outs”!


– Planning my NYC visit!!! It’s been too long (=2.5 years) since I was last in NYC
– Planning a meetup with some fabulous bloggers while in NYC!!
– Sweet blogger friends who send me messages when work/friendships are wearing me down
– Lush Angels on Bare Skin (review coming up)
– Lush Mask of Magnaminty (review coming up)
– Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Nude Blush (from Mel)
– Finding out that Imaju Fiberwig now has a volumizing mascara (review coming up!)
– Finishing 5 products out of Project 10 Pan!!!

– Being UBER stressed at work
– Getting bored with my dark hair and debating whether to get bright highlights again
– Hearing about some stuff going on at EDM (google it if you’re planning to buy EDM…)
– Going to multiple weddings and feeling lonesome even though I’d rather be single than be in a bad relationship

– Could have been better, but satisfied for the most part
– Key outage was in the stress management area.  Obviously I need to go out more!

How was your January?

xoxo, K

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Favorite products 2009!

Happy New Year everyone!  Thanks for reading my blog!!!
今年もよろしくお願いします!!!Here are a few of my favorite products for 2009!

I’ve always loved makeup and bath/body products, but blogging really opened up my eyes!

Best Skin Care items:

Lush Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask
Read my review here!

I got a sample of this while in London and now I LUST over it!
It is three times more expensive in Japan so I won’t buy any here!
(picture from the Lush website)
VOV Apple Vinegar Peeling Wash Off Mask
Read my review here!

I got this in Seoul.  It’s cheap, and it really makes a huge difference in my skin texture!
Fair & Lovely Skin Clarity Anti-Marks Fairness Cream
Blair kindly sent this to me – and I LOVE IT.  It absorbs very quickly into the skin!
I can smell the Niacinamide in it, so I know it will work! 
Thanks Jamilla for letting me know what that smell is!
Rohto Gokujun Hadalabo Hyaluronic Acid toner
This has been my favorite toner (for moisturizing the skin) for a long time!

Best Makeup items:

EDM Intensive foundation in Light Olive
This foundation really gives me good coverage!  While both Golden Light and Light Olive work, this one seems to be a tad more natural!
(picture from the EDM website)
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner
This is a cheap (in the US) eyeliner which really stays put!!
 (picture from Amazon.com)
Milani Luminous Mineral Blush
I got this in Guam.  This is often called a Nars Orgasm dupe.  I just like the golden peach color!
I used it with an angled brush since it didn’t show up with a regular brush!
 (picture from Cherryculture.com)
Cover Girl Lash Blast Waterproof 
I’m always on the lookout for good mascaras which give me volume and are waterproof!
(Picture from Covergirl.com)

Best rediscovered item:

False Eyelashes
Most of mine are from Daiso since I always want to try a new kind!


And the best glue for falsies – 
This is seriously the BEST falsies glue!  Your eyelashes won’t go anywhere!

Best brand which I now obsess over:

I don’t need to explain, do I?
You all know about my obsession, right??

Best Brushes:

EDM Flat Top Brush
Cruelty free, and VERY soft!
This gives me great coverage when using mineral foundation!
AND it’s cheap!
(picture from the EDM website)
EDM Long Handled Kabuki Brush
Similar to the FTK!  I like this one better when applying setting powder!
(picture from the EDM website)
MAC 217 & 239
No explanation necessary, right?  I need to get another one of each!
(pictures from the MAC website)

Best Blogging Experiences:
Going to Guam/Seoul/London and meeting up with bloggers… and meeting bloggers who came to Japan!
Read about my experiences here!  Hope to meet up with more bloggers during my trip to NYC in the spring!

What were your favorite products in 2009?  Please comment, I’d love to know!

I hope you have a great 2010!

xoxo, K

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