London Day 3 – Bicester Village

On Day 3 of my London visit, Jamilla kindly took me to Bicester Village.  Bicester Village (pronounced “Biss-ter”) is an outlet shopping center, with many high end brands.  For more on Bicester Village, read Jamilla’s hilarious blog post here.

Take a good look at this tube map… I love British humor!

The highlight of the trip was getting to visit the Cosmetic Company Store, the UK’s version of CCOs!  As expected, I did a lot of damage.  The stock was pretty good, if old.  Much of the stuff was from 2009, or earlier.

(From the Emanuel Ungaro collection, Sept 2008)

 Of Summer
(From A Rose Romance collection, April 2009)

 Bright Future
(From the Style Warrior collection, May 2009)

Night Maneuvers
(From the Style Warrior collection, May 2009)
(From Love that Look Collection, July 2009)

 Style Snob
(From Love That Look Collection, July 2009)

(From the Magic, Mirth, and Mischief collection, October 2009)

Intriguing Scarlet: 6 Warm Eyes
(From the Passions of Red collection, October 2008) 
There were pro pans as well, which surprised me.
Are these colors being discontinued?

Beautiful Iris

 Sushi Flower


Naked Honey Body Wash
(from the Naked Honey collection, June 2009)

Volcanic Ash Exfoliant
(from the Style Black collection, September 2009)
I got some non-MAC items as well…

Clinique Happy

Clinique Happy Body Lotion

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector

Sorry for the black tape in some of the pictures.  I sealed the bottles to bring them back to Japan, and plan to keep them sealed during my move!

My shopping adventures continue!

xoxo, K

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MAC haul! (In The Groove & Permanent items)

A very kind girl helped me with a Custom Purchase for some MAC items, including some things from In The Groove!

From In The Groove… the much hyped Stereo Rose MSF
By Candlelight MSF
MSFs are about 4000 yen (about $45 at the current exchange rate) in Japan versus $28 in the US.  Even with US tax and shipping costs, they are far cheaper in the US!
This lovely girl also helped me buy some eyeshadows which were recommended to me in my last giveaway.

Beauty Marked
Pink Venus
And a blush!

I’m so excited to try these!  Thank you so much!!!
I usually do a giveaway every few months, and I’m getting the urge to do another one!  
I hope I can hold another fun giveaway!
xoxo, K
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Haul: iVi Scents!

This is my haul from iVi Scents!

I think I found out about this brand from a youtube video.  I was interested to buy some products because all of their products are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate free.  I’m not sure how I feel about SLS yet, but I know that a lot of girls are trying to avoid it!

iVi Scents only has 4 types of products right now – a sugar scrub, a body cream, bath bombs, and soaps.

Here is what I got!
Three Soft Drop Minis (Bath Bombs) in Duo, Pillow Fight, and Seafoam
iVi Scents always has a freebie that you just have to add to your cart! When I ordered, it was a free Soft Drop Mini.  I got the Honey Bun one!
An iCing Body Frosting Lotion (Body Cream) in Sandcastle!

An iSmell Soap in Ozone
Cute packaging!

The soap comes with a recommendation that you cut it into pieces and use each piece, so that you can prolong the scent and so that it doesn’t all melt in your shower!
Ozone is a bluish color! (Yes, this is a piece I used… )

I’ll post some reviews about the products once I get a chance to use them!
Here are some initial thoughts about the company!

Here is the front label of the package I received.
First, I really liked that they have a caution message that these products may melt.
Their website also labels which products may melt.  If you live in a hot climate, you can avoid buying those and having them melt during shipping!
Next, let’s take a look at the actual shipping cost above ($12.48)…

And then at the shipping cost in my invoice ($14.48)…
As you can see, they are only charging $2 above the actual shipping price!
I thought that was pretty decent!  I’ve seen many companies with a very increased shipping cost!

My package also came with this card
On the back, it had a message saying who packaged it and when!
The package also came with a referral card!
It says to email for a free gift.  I don’t know how it works, but try it out if you are interested!
(The card also says that I receive something for referring people, but I don’t know if they send gifts abroad!)

Hope that was interesting!
If you have any recommendations on any soaps/body lotions/bath products, please let me know!

xoxo, K

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MAC haul!

A very kind person helped me to get some things from MAC!  I’m not going to say who it is, though!

109 brush
I LOVE this brush!!  I am so glad I bought it!!!
I was so surprised at how small it was, but actually, it’s the perfect size!
I use it to put blush on the apples of my cheeks. I also use it for contouring!

129 brush
I love to use this to blend my blush!
237 brush
Soft Ochre Paint Pot
I’m really excited to use this as a base!
One sad thing was that the lid of this paint pot was REALLY loose!
You can see how the paint pot started drying up!
GRRRR MAC!!!!!  You need to take better care of your products!

Honestly, I think that my toners will probably do the exact same thing that Fix+ is supposed to do, based on the similarity in the ingredients.  I got a bottle just to confirm that!
Thanks again for helping me get these things!!!!
xoxo, K
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Hauling in New York – Part Two!

Here is Part 2 of my haul!

I realized I didn’t take pictures of some of the things I bought that I’ve already started using! I’ll try to find some pictures online!

I collect Starbucks City Mugs!
The one for New York was a bit boring, so I got this mug instead at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

I went to Lush and got some things!

Angels on Bare Skin
Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask (I love this so much I got two!)
Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask
I realized that these containers leak… especially Brazen Honey!

New! Solid Shampoo
I went to Bath & Body Works and got 5 full sized items!
Velvet Tuberose Shower Gel and Body Lotion
This is a new scent for me, and I really like it!
Twighlight Woods Body Lotion
I love this scent so much…
 …that I got the body splash as well!
Twilight Woods Body Splash
Moonlight Magic Shower Gel
I’m not sure yet if I like this one!

I went to MAC to Back 2 MAC
They were snotty again!  Either I don’t have the confidence to pull off shopping at the MAC, or I have too high standards from living in Japan!!!

 Silver Ring Eyeshadow

Goldmine Eyeshadow

I went to Target…
I’m not going to bore you with the multitude of other things I bought, but here are the beauty things!  Looking at it now, it’s not much!
(Mona kept wanting me to go to CVS with her!  I should have, because I did not get half the stuff on my wishlist!

NYC bronzer

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner

 Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes
These are SO much better than any wipes I can find in Japan!

Milani Liquif’ Eye Eyeliner
I got the black one, and it’s seriously LOVE!!
I should have gotten more!

Brush Cleanser
I’m pretty sure I got this at a drugstore somewhere!

Band-Aid Friction Block Stick

This is such a fantastic invention!  I buy one every time I go to the US!
ROC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
This is the only anti-aging item I bought… even though I was planning to buy a LOT more!
The Sonia Kashuk Beauty Blender Dupe
I’ve tried both, and I like the Beauty Blender more.  Then again, I think this is pretty good for $10!

Isn’t it funny how American girls buy Japanese magazines, and I like to buy American magazines???
Real Simple is my LOVE.  Too bad it’s not shipped here!
That’s it!  Not too much!!
I really was planning on going crazy, but something held me back…
I think that when I went to Target, I didn’t buy everything I wanted, but then I got over my urge to haul!  Oh well!!
Next up: My bra fitting experience
xoxo, K
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