Review: Lush Yuzu and Cocoa shower gel

Long time readers of my blog know that I love Lush products. The problem is that I have tried most of their soaps and shower gels, and there are times when I can’t find anything new to try! Fortunately, I found the Lush Yuzu and Cocoa shower gel on my last trip.


Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is native to Japan. It is used often in Japanese food and sweets, and has a fragrance which is not sweet but not as sharp as lemon.  But combined with cocoa? Although orange and chocolate is a great combination, I’ve never had anything that combines yuzu and cocoa, so I was very interested to see what this would be like.


What it does: (from the Lush website)

Enough cocoa and tonka to make Mr Wonka wish he’d invented something half as sweet. Citrusy fresh yuzu juice is blended with reassuring cocoa and tonka absolutes for a shower that smells like chocolate oranges. You might not be able to lick it, but with a scent this sumptuous your comfort eating cravings are sure to be satiated.


Price: 9.95 GBP, 20.95 USD, 2000 JPY for 250g.


What I thought:

First, the scent… I loved it! Cocoa seems to take an edge off of the scent of yuzu, making it citrusy without being sharp. This definitely isn’t the scent of your household cleaners!

As with most Lush shower gels, this is very liquidy. I like to apply it to a wash cloth to use it, but I still felt that it did not lather very well that way. The best way to get lather is to apply it directly, and ensuring that it does not get diluted with water.

The color is a bit off putting, though – it is florescent yellow!


Would I repurchase? Maybe.  I liked the product well enough, but I felt like I was using a lot of it at once, and I used it up pretty quickly.


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K


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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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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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Review: Cotton Labo Mekuru Cotton Large Size

I recently did a blog post on skin care products which I have repurchased.  I noticed that I never did a review on the Cotton Labo Mekuru Cotton squares, even though I have gone through countless boxes of them!




I like to moisturize my face every day with a cotton facial mask. In the past, I have used regular cotton which I split into thinner sheets. Because of the popularity of these lotion masks, Cotton Labo and other brands sell cotton which is made up of 5 thin sheets, which can be separated to make a lotion mask.

I especially like this type because the sheets are bigger than normal cotton squares.



Price: Varies, Amazon Japan lists this as 900 JPY (about $9)


Availability: This product is widely available at drugstores in Japan


What I thought:

If you like doing lotion sheet masks (also known as essence sheet masks), where you put cotton drenched in essence all over your face, it is easiest to use cotton squares made for that purpose.  There are a few brands which make these cotton squares, including Muji.  I like Cotton Labo ones the most because they can be stretched out to cover my face.

The product I reviewed here is the large size. Cotton Labo also makes the same product in smaller squares as well.


Would I repurchase? Yes, I usually have a few backups on hand!


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara

This is a review of the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara.


This mascara has a really interesting wand. It is smaller at the tip and wider at the base, but only on one side.


The wand is supposed to be used so that the tip is faced toward your nose. The larger side of the wand is supposed to catch your lashes and make them longer, effectively giving you a cat eye effect.



What it does: (from L’Oreal’s website)

Stretch and extend your lashes like wings! Introducing Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, one of L’Oréal Paris most-exciting mascara innovations, yet. It’s revolutionary Butterfly Brush with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. The unique Cocoon Fibers instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter.

Price: varies. Ulta lists this product for $8.99


What I thought:

I really expected this to be a gimmicky mascara.  What in the world was going on with this wand? I don’t like mascara wands which are not symmetrical, because I like doing both my right and left eye with my dominant hand. On top of this, I had to hold this wand ensuring that the side with the long comb was always facing up.  All of this was too much of a hassle for me.

After using this for a few weeks, I felt that the mascara itself was OK.  It made my eyelashes look longer, and they became side swept.

However, this mascara smudged under my eyes. Smudging is the biggest no-no I have for mascara.  I would deal with the hassle if only it didn’t smudge!


Would I repurchase?  No. 


Hope you enjoyed my review!

xoxo, K

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