Category Archives: Makeup

Review: Daiso Espoleur Lip Tint

For many tourists coming to Japan, Daiso has become a must-visit destination!   The 100 yen store continues to launch new products, including lots of great cosmetics. This new line of lip tints was released recently, and has become quite popular on social media!

The product comes in 5 different shades – Sweet Orange, Apricot Pink, Sweet Pink, Rose, Juicy Red.  I had to double check the names since in the tube, Apricot Pink looks much more orange than Sweet Orange!

 

But what a surprise! Once I swatched them on my arm, the difference in color was apparent. Sweet Orange is a bright yellow orange color.  I had wanted to try a color like this without spending too much money! Apricot Pink is a typical peachy pink color that would probably look great on everyone! Sweet Pink is a slightly cool toned pink. Rose is a dark red that would be great for the fall season. Juicy Red is somewhere between Rose and Apricot Pink.

From left: Sweet Orange, Apricot Pink, Sweet Pink, Rose, Juicy Red

Each tube is pretty small, which I prefer, since it means I can use it up before it gets gunky and gross. The texture is very watery, but the color remains on the lips. The only color which didn’t show up on my lips very well was Sweet Pink.

The doe foot applicator was pretty stiff, which allows good control on the application.


Would I repurchase this? Yes!

 

xoxo, K

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Monthly Favorites #74: September, 2017

August was a weird month. Tokyo had 20+ days of continuous rain, even though it is supposed to be the hottest month of the year here.  With the lack of sun, my favorites weren’t as summery as they usually are at this time of year!

 

Here is what I have been loving this past month!

 

Sleek i-Divine Palette (Original)

I checked the Sleek website, and while this palette is still available, the picture online looks very different.

I especially like the bottom row, which has a lot of great neutral shimmery shades.

 

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle (link goes to my review)

I heard that this product has been discontinued. Why Revlon, why???  These were such a great combination of lip gloss and lip stick, with a sheer color that was comfortable to wear.

 

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche

This is a limited edition fragrance for the summer, which is modified each year. I own the one from 2016.

It’s a great combination of coconut, amber, and sandalwood, and is appropriate both for work and for fun.

What have you been loving this past month?

 

xoxo, K

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Review: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

It seems that I am constantly on the search for a good concealer…  They all either don’t last, or wear off unevenly.  The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer was very popular last time I was in the US, so I picked it up!

What it does: (from Ulta’s website)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer gives a flawless look that lets the real you come through. It’s makeup that doesn’t mess with you. No oils. No waxes. No nonsense.

Natural coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be: fresh, breathing, natural
Exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow skin’s natural highs and lows to show through

 

Price:  Will vary, as with all American drugstore products.  Ulta lists this for $7

 

Availability: This and other Maybelline products are widely available in US drugstores and discount stores.

 

What I thought:

First of all, I really liked the applicator! The doe foot applicator is small and stiff, allowing me to put a small amount of product exactly where I want it.

This product also blended well and looked natural on the skin.  I thought it worked well for my undereye circles and other  large areas that I wanted to cover.  On the other hand, I thought the finish was too natural to cover my blemishes and sunspots.

This product comes in only 6 shades, and I have the shade 20 Sand which worked well for me. I hope Maybelline comes out with different undertones in the future!

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe. I liked the product, but I’m still searching for something with more coverage!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Daiso Eyeliner Coat

I like wearing brown eyeliner on my lower lash line, but I found that it never lasts. Even if I use an eyeliner which is supposed to stay in place all day, I would get smudges under my eyes.  I found something called an eyeliner coat, and it has become one of the must haves in my makeup routine!

What it does:

The applicator looks like a liquid eyeliner pen, and I use it to paint over my eyeliner.

 

Price: 100 JPY, about $1

 

Availability:  This product is available in Daiso stores. Daiso is one of the most popular 100 yen chains in Japan.

 

What I thought:  I really like using this product! It is the only way I can get my lower eyeliner to stay!!  One drawback is that this product stings if it gets too close to my eyes, so I don’t use it for my waterline.

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes, it is one of my must have products!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Eyeshadow primer is one type of product which I really cannot find in Japan. I always stock up when I am in the US.  I like UDPP, and my drugstore go-to is the Milani eyeshadow primer.  I got a sample of the NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, and I was really excited to try it.

What it does: (from the Sephora website)

A lightweight primer that creates a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder eye color looking brilliant, fresh, and just-applied all day. This smudge-proof eyeshadow base uses a unique polymer and mineral powder blend to get a firm grip on color for long-lasting, gorgeous wear. Fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract, it dries on contact and keeps the delicate eye lid smooth and ready for eyeshadow application.

 

Price: $26 for 7ml.  By comparison, the Urban Decay Primer Potion is $20 for 10ml

 

Availability: NARS is available at Sephora and select department stores in the US.

 

What I thought:

When I first touched the tube, I thought it was very similar to other NARS products with a rough silicone finish. I was concerned that it would get pretty dirty quickly, and I was right!

I opened the top to find a small doe foot applicator. It is very stiff, and effective in applying a tiny bit of primer to my eyelids.

The product is smooth and did not leave any kind of residue on my skin. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the primer worked to keep my eyeshadow in place, even in the summer.

 

 

Would I repurchase? Yes, I thought this worked very well!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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