Review: MKB Aqua Cleansing Oil

Although I don’t always care about whether a product is brand name or not, it is rare that I prefer the store brand version more than a brand name product. However, I really like the MKB Aqua Cleansing Oil so much that I have mentioned it several times in past favorites videos!

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MKB is the store brand line from Matsumoto Kiyoshi, a major drugstore chain in Japan. MatsuKiyo, as it is locally known, is easy to find in many large cities due to its distinctive yellow store front.

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What it does: (from Matsumoto Kiyoshi)

Not heavy or oily. Removes even mascara thoroughly. Can be used in the shower.

 

Price: 615 JPY (about $6) / 250 ml. The bottle is about the same size as other cleansing oils.

 

Availability: This product is available at the more than 700 MatsuKiyo stores throughout Japan, as well as on MatsuKiyo’s website.

 

What I thought:

I originally bought this because it is much cheaper than brand name oil cleansers. I really like this product, so much so that I have not been buying any other oil cleanser for a while!

The product comes with a pump, and I typically use 1 pump for my entire face. The oil is a bit thicker than other brands, but I feel that this makes it easier to apply to my face without the product dripping. It removes makeup quite well, but I found that I needed to be a little bit more thorough when I used waterproof mascara.

I also use this to clean my makeup brushes, because it rinses clean without any residue.

 

Would I repurchase? Yes! 

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

This is a review of the Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub.

I am constantly on the look out for an exfoliant that I can use every day. With the words “Daily Scrub” in the product name, I was very excited to try this out!
aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

What it does: (from the Aveeno website)

This daily scrub helps improve skin tone, texture and clarity. Its unique formula combines ACTIVE NATURALS® moisture-rich soy extract with microbeads to gently exfoliate while you cleanse, leaving your skin looking luminous. It’s also oil free, soap free, noncomedogenic, hypoallergenic and gentle enough for everyday use, even on sensitive skin.

Price: Varies, around $8

Pros:

  • By using this straight out of the tube, this product exfoliated my skin very well!
  • I also tried using this with a face wash net, in place of my daily cleanser. It foamed up well and lightly exfoliated.
  • This comes in a HUGE tube!  What a great value for money.
  • I would have liked a little more exfoliation when I used it foamed up.

Cons:

  • This contains microbeads, which have been recently banned in the US. I expect it will be reformulated soon.

 

Would I repurchase? Yes

 

xoxo, K

 

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Review: Naive Cleansing Oil

This is a review of the Naive “Usable in the bath/shower” Cleansing Oil.  

 

I prefer using cleansing oils to take off my makeup because they dissolve my makeup quickly, making my nighttime routine very quick and efficient. Cleansing oils are probably the most popular type of makeup remover in Japan.  There are many brands available, and many of them are available at drugstore prices.

However, there are some duds as well. Some of them have a very strong fragrance.  Some of them don’t rinse cleanly and leave an oily residue on the skin. Still others are not good at removing my eye makeup.   Let’s see how this one performed!
ナイーブ お風呂で使えるクレンジングオイル

Naive is a brand owned by the Japanese company Kracie. Many of their products are marketed with ingredients which are supposedly gentle on the skin.

 

What it does: (from the Kracie website)

Can be used with wet hands, this cleansing oil does not require additional face washing after removing makeup. Contains olive oil and sunflower seed oil. Gentle on the skin, removing makeup quickly. Removes mascara and unclogs pores.

 

Price: varies, but I found it online at around 600 JPY ($5) for 250 ml.

 

Availability:  This and other Naive products are widely available in Japanese drugstores.

 

Pros:

  • This product removes my face makeup quickly and efficiently
  • While most cleansing oils cannot be used with wet hands, I used this one in the shower and it still worked well (note: it does not work well to remove makeup if your face is already wet)
  • This product rinsed clean and does not have a strong scent

 

Cons:

  • When I wore very heavy eye makeup, I needed to apply more cleansing oil than usual to remove everything

 

Would I repurchase? Yes, I really liked this product.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush Rockstar Soap

Recently, I went into Lush to find a new shower gel to use… and I realized that I had already tried all of the shower gels that were available in Japan! I picked out the Rockstar soap to try instead.
Lush Rockstar Soap

What it does: (from the Lush US website)

Vanilla candy soap for rock stars. There’s nothing hard rock or heavy metal about this soap. We’re serious about soap, but not too serious not to love our pink sudser. It’s unabashedly a best-selling pop hit that everyone, boys and girls, can’t wait to get their hands on. While you may object otherwise, once you try our pink, vanilla-scented cream soap you’ll be singing a different tune. Scented with real vanilla (the gorgeous stuff that comes from pods, not labs), and decorated with soap stars embedded inside you’ll want to give Rock Star a regular rotation in the soap dish.

Lush Rockstar Soap

Price: $7.95 for 3.5 oz in the US, 3.50 GBP for 100g in the UK, and 550 JPY for 100g in Japan

 

Availability: Lush products are available at Lush stores. Lush UK ships globally as well.

 

Scent: Although this product says that it smells like vanilla candy, I felt that the scent was similar to berry scents.

 

Pros:

  • This product makes a good, thick lather
  • It’s pink! It smells sweet!

 

Cons:

  • I felt that this soap melted easily and did not last long
  • It is a bit too harsh for this time of the year. I needed to apply body lotion immediately after I got out of the shower.

 

Would I repurchase? No. While it’s not a bad soap, I felt that the scent was not unique enough. I also didn’t like that it seemed to melt easily in my shower compared to other soaps from Lush.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+

This is a review of the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+. As I mentioned in a previous post, I go through a lot of sunscreen in the summer, and this is one of the ones I bought this year.
Biore UV Aqua Rich

 

What it does: (from Biore’s website)

Spreads easily and feels like water, but still blocks UV rays. SPF50+, but feels light. While blocking UV rays, a veil of light will keep your skin looking moisturized and bright. Prevents age spots and freckles. Also blocks UV-A rays, which cause decreased skin elasticity. SPF50+, PA++++. For both face and body.

 

Price: the price of sunscreen varies widely. In the summer, the price drops to the 600-700 JPY range, but in the winter, the price increases to around 800 JPY.

 

Availability: This product is widely available in Japanese drugstores, as well as through Rakuten and other Japanese websites.

 

Pros:

  • Light and absorbs well. It really feels like a light gel on the skin, so I don’t hesitate to apply it liberally
  • Can be used on both the face and the body. Some gel sunscreens cannot be applied to the face because they contain a large amount of alcohol, but this product did not irritate my skin
  • Provides the highest amount of UV protection allowed in Japan (any product with over SPF 50 must be shown as SPF 50+ in Japan)

 

Cons:

  • Somehow, this product flaked off of my skin. As my skin rubbed against things, I would see white powdery flakes appear.
  • This product leaves a somewhat sticky residue on my skin.

 

Would I repurchase? No. I tried applying it several different ways, but the white flakes are a major deal breaker, both from the appearance and also because it defeats the purpose of wearing sunscreen!

 

 

While I did not appreciate this sunscreen, there are many brands of sunscreen in Japan which have the same light, gel-type texture, and are very affordable. They are very easy and comfortable to use for UV protection year round.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

 

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