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Review: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Yeah, I have dark circles under my eyes.   I have a hard time falling asleep daily and as a result, I usually haven’t had enough sleep.  As a result, I use concealer under my eyes regularly – in fact, my undereyes are the place where I use the most concealer!

 

I’ve tried a lot of different concealers to hide my dark circles, and I tend to gravitate towards ones with high coverage. I’ve tried color correctors before, most notably the famous Bobbi Brown one, but I didn’t find that they really erased my dark circles.

 

That being said, I really don’t know why I picked up the NYX Dark Circle Concealer in light. I don’t like concealers in pots and I swatched it but I didn’t feel that it was pigmented.  I’m glad that I did!

What it does: (from the NYX website)

A serious solution for one of beauty’s most challenging problems! No fancy names just a product that can be counted on to do the job. The product glides on without looking thick or obvious. The subtle hint of orange counteracts the appearance of dark circles while natural skin-toned pigments work in unison to provide the ultimate coverage.

 

Price: $6

 

What I thought:

I don’t get how this works! The product is very thin and spreads evenly.  It doesn’t seem to be very pigmented, but somehow it cancels my dark undereye area!  I like to use a small brush to apply it, and then I tap it with my fingers. This seems to be better than using a brush or sponge to blend it.

 

This was an unexpected find.  I’m so glad that I tried it!

xoxo, K

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Favorites from 2016

Don’t you love seeing what people liked for the entire year?  Here are my favorite products from 2016.

If you are interested in seeing my past favorites, I have done an annual roundup for 201520142013201220112010, and 2009.

All links go to my reviews.

 

Best foundation:  Cover FX Custom Color Drops

This summer, I spent a lot of time diving. Because of this, many of my foundations were too light for me! Since I didn’t want to purchase a new foundation, I bought the Cover FX Custom Color Drops in  N70.  This is the shade “for medium to deeply tanned skin with neutral undertones”, and it worked out great to adjust my foundations.

 

Best face primer: Kao Sephora Prima Vista primer

It’s been a long time since a Japanese product excited me this much! This primer has been winning a lot of Japanese beauty awards since it was launched. I finally bit the bullet to purchase it, and it definitely makes my foundation stay on longer in the summer.

 

Best eyeshadow: Morphe 12S Soul of Summer eyeshadow palette

Ahh I wish I had been able to buy more Morphe stuff! This is a great eyeshadow palette with lots of every day neutral colors.  Even the blue-gray color in the right hand side works great on my eyes.

 

Best eyeshadow primer: Milani eyeshadow primer

I love how it keeps my eyeshadow from creasing.  I love the price, and I love that it is in a squeeze tube.  Definitely, this is the best eyeshadow primer at the drugstore!

 

Best makeup remover: MKB Aqua Cleansing oil

Surprisingly, this is a store brand product from Matsumoto Kiyoshi, a major Japanese drugstore chain. It is one of the cheapest cleaning oils available, and yet it takes off all of my eye makeup easily.

 

Best new skin care product: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

I bought this on a suggestion from a fellow blogger. This is such a great chemical peel and definitely worth the price tag.  My skin feels smoother and looks better every time I use it.

 

Best fragrance: Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne

Ah, if only Jo Malone perfumes were more affordable… This is such a wonderful scent which is feminine without being sweet or fruity.

 

Best hair product: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

Another year, another salt spray. Salt sprays are my go to styling product in the summer months. This year, I finally found a product from the drugstore which works! I also love how this smells.

 

What were your favorite products of 2016?

xoxo, K

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Review: Kao Sofina Prima Vista primer

This is a review of the Kao Sofina Prima Vista primer.  Apparently, it is the top rated makeup primer of Japan!


 

What it does:

This is a liquidy primer with a light pink color, which claims to control oil and shine, and keep foundation on for longer.

 

Price: This product retails for 3000 JPY (about $26) for 25 ml.

 

Availability: This product is widely available at drugstores in Japan. Ever since this product started winning beauty awards 2-3 years ago, it has become available in just about every drugstore that sells Kao products.

 

What I thought:

This is one of the few oil-controlling primers which actually work for me! I don’t know how it works, but it did a good job at keeping my foundation on even in the hot, humid summer.  It also works well now that the dry, cold weather has come, and keeps my makeup on without drying out my skin. Since my skin is oily in my T-zone and around my nose, I like to apply it only to those places.

I was also amazed at how long this product lasted for me. I bought this in early summer and just recently finished the bottle. Considering how small the bottle is, I was really surprised!

 

Would I repurchase? Yes!

 

There is a very similar product available online called Sofina Prima Vista Ange primer, which is nearly half price of this product. This is a line from Sofina which is only available in Taiwan. According to Japanese beauty bloggers, the two products are extremely similar. However the Ange primer is white, and looks different on the initial application.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Monthly Favorites #69: November, 2016

I actually haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup, but I do have a few favorites!

Cover FX Custom Color Drops

I bought this because my skin is darker than it usually is. It is quite difficult to find a range of foundation colors, so I bought this in N70.  I add a tiny drop into my foundation, and it is the perfect color!

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Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation (link goes to my review)

Yes, I’ve had this forever.  It hasn’t changed color, it doesn’t smell strange, and it still looks good. I love the squeeze tube and I wish every brand used this packaging!

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation

Sofina Prima Vista primer

This is a best selling primer for the summer. I gave in to the hype at the beginning of the summer and there is still some left. Surprisingly, it still looks good on my skin!

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Hope you enjoyed my favorites!

xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from October

Here is a look back at my favorites from October 2013 and 2014.

 

In October 2014, I liked:

Pressed mineral shadows (link goes to my review)

I recently decluttered my eyeshadow collection, which made me realize how much I like certain shades. The Barry M Dazzle Dust in Mushroom is a beautiful taupe purple.

 

Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Blush Stick in Just Pinched Pink (link goes to my review)

I no longer own this, because the cap cracked past repair.  Cream blushes work better for me in the summer, but some people prefer them in the fall.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze blush stick

 

Shirt Cool spray (link goes to my review)

This is a must have for me in the hot months. I buy a bottle of it as soon as the weather starts to get warm. It smells strongly of menthol, though.
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In October 2013, I liked:

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation (link goes to my review)

Remember when everyone was raving about this foundation? It seems like no one talks about Revlon foundations anymore. I was so surprised to see that Revlon foundations are like, $14 at the drugstore! I could buy something from Sephora for that price!!

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Ecotools Bamboo bronzer brush (link goes to my review)

I’m not sure if this brush is still sold, but I still strongly recommend Ecotools brushes. They are all very soft, affordable, and eco-friendly.

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It’s always interesting to see that some of my old favorites are staples in my collection, while I have totally forgotten about others!

 

xoxo. K

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