How to travel with foundation

I travel regularly for work, and I’ve realized that about 1/3 of my luggage is makeup and beauty products. I have a lot of bottles and tubes, and I realized that foundation takes up a lot of space.


The Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ foundation is probably the smallest bottle of foundation I currently own. It is much smaller than the palm of my hand… but still, who needs to bring a full bottle of foundation? I’m not going to use it up even if I go away for a month or so.  Isn’t there a better way to travel with foundation?


I considered squeeze tubes and jars which are sold in the travel section.  But I still thought they were too big!

As I was browsing the 100 yen store, I saw these small tubes. They are used to store soy sauce to put into bentos. They are tiny, cheap (I bought 8 for $1), and they don’t leak.  Score!


This is how I have been traveling with foundations. Each tube lasts me well over 2 weeks!


Do you have any tips when you travel? Please let me know!

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: Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner

This is a review of the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner. This is actually the first time I tried a brush cleaner! Before that, I had only tried homemade brush cleaner.
Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner


What it does: (from the Sephora website)
This cleanser works to remove dirt and makeup residue from both synthetic and natural brushes. As it cleans, it conditions and protects the fibers with a blend of sandalwood and amur cork tree bark extracts. PPG-2 myristyl ether propionate helps to cleanse and remove makeup easily. Isodecyl neopentanoate provides anti-tack properties to keep brushes soft and silky.


Price: $8.50/2 oz


Availability:  This is a Sephora brand product, which is available at Sephora stores and at Sephora online



  • Removed makeup well from my natural hair makeup brushes
  • Did not leave any noticeable traces of my brushes
  • Easy to use



  • It was hard to find the right amount of product to use. I usually use this product by folding a paper towel in half and then spraying a few spritzes. I found that even with this small amount, the product completely soaks the 2nd layer of the paper towel.  1 spritz was not enough to clean my brush.  I guess I should have used 1 spritz, cleaned my brush, and then applied another spritz to a new section of the paper towel to clean what was left on my brush… but that’s just way too annoying.


Would I repurchase? Yes, this is an effective and affordable product.


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

This is a review of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This was a gift to me from a friend.


I’ll fast forward to what I thought of this – I’m surprised that I like it so much!

Ever since the original Beauty Blender came out, many brands have been coming out with so-called dupes. I can’t blame people for buying the dupes – the original is $20, and many of the dupes are less than half the price.

Real Techniques


I’ve always preferred the Beauty Blender brand sponge much more than other brands. The material feels softer on the Beauty Blender, and I never felt that any brand truly recreated the same bouncy feeling. I have a very old comparison post of the Beauty Blender and the Sonia Kashuk sponge.


Surprisingly, the Real Techniques sponge feels just as soft as the Beauty Blender. Also just a surprising to me was how much I like the flat surface of the Real Techniques sponge. It was simply easier to blend foundation with a flat surface!


If you are unfamiliar with the original Beauty Blender, this (and other similar foundation sponges) are meant to be used damp. Run the sponge under running water to get it thoroughly wet, and the sponge will expand. Then squeeze out as much water as possible from the sponge so that it is damp, but does not leave any wet spots on your skin.


What it does: (from the Real Techniques website)

Optimize your beauty routine with this 3-in-1 multi-functional sponge. Rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a repeated dabbing or “stippling” motion. Precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections. Flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose. Its versatile design evenly blends makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish. Made from polyurethane foam which is latex free.


Price: $6. This is very affordable compared to the $20 price tag of the Beauty Blender


Availability: Real Techniques products are available on their website as well as at supermarkets in the US. The website ships internationally for a very reasonable shipping rate!



  • This product feels very similar to the Beauty Blender. If you liked the original Beauty Blender, I would suggest giving this product a try.
  • The flat side is very useful in blending foundation!
  • This has the same rounded shape and pointed tip of the Beauty Blender (minus the flat side), in case these are the areas you want to use.



  • As with all sponges, this product absorbs foundation. This means that I go through foundation quickly, and it also means that washing this product is a pain.


Would I repurchase? Yes. If you are a fan of the Beauty Blender, definitely try this out!


Hope you enjoyed my review!

xoxo, K

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Favorites from 2015 first half

This is a list of my favorite products for the first half of 2015. Can you believe that 2015 is half over already!? I decided to do a first half favorites, because when I do my favorites for the entire year,  sometimes I have forgotten what I loved in January!


Favorite makeup

Milani primer (link goes to my review)

This is the best eyeshadow primer I have ever used. It works better for me than UDPP, probably because I have pretty oily eyelids.  I definitely need to buy a new tube next time I’m in the US!



Barry M Dazzle Dust in Rose Gold (picture from my instagram)

I have used this color so much that I have hit pan.  I started using this eyeshadow in the beginning of the year, and it is still my go to shade!  The pan is now so big that I couldn’t get an eyeshadow brush in there, so I mixed in some alcohol and repressed it.


L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

This is my current favorite foundation. What I love about this foundation is that it still looks good after  several hours on my face, and that it fades gradually without settling into my pores.  But I don’t like the pump-less bottle, so I put it in my next favorite, which is…

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup


Airless pump bottle (available at Daiso and other 100 yen stores)

I don’t know why it took me so long to think of this, but now I put all of my foundations that don’t come with pumps in these airless pump bottles. I love how easy it is to pump out the correct amount of foundation, and I love that I can use every last drop!


Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara (link goes to my review)

This is a mascara that a friend gave to me, and I definitely love it! It gives me volume without transferring under my eyes!!!

Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara


Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded (link goes to my review)

I like using this not as a cream eyeshadow, but as a cheek highlight. It works great applied with a stippling brush.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow


Favorite Hair Products

Lush Sea Salt Spray (link goes to my review)

Every since I cut my hair last winter, I have been loving salt sprays to give my hair a carefree texture. Now that the summer is here, I am loving it even more!  The tousled look is definitely for me.



Favorite tools

Elf small stipple brush (link goes to my review)

I bought this after seeing many Youtubers rave about this brush, and I really love it for applying my cheek highlight. Unfortunately, the hairs on my brush fell out.  A very kind blogger friend sent me a  new one!!!

Elf small stipple brush


Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (link goes to my review)

This is my favorite foundation brush. It just makes my face look better! Unfortunately, the rubber on the handle is now disintegrating, which seems to be a common problem with this brush.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush


Real Techniques Blush Brush (link goes to my review)

I don’t use this brush every day because I almost exclusively using cream blushes since the weather has turned warmer, but this is definitely my favorite blush brush…maybe ever?  The size is just right for my cheeks, the egg shape applies color most intensely at the tip while blending the color out, and the hairs on this brush are SOFT. This is definitely a great brush, and it is so affordable!

Real Techniques Blush Brush


Real Techniques Setting Brush 

This is the best brush for setting my undereye concealer. It applies a light layer of powder, and it is quite soft as well. I also like applying powder to my eyelids before applying primer, because my eyelids tend to get very oily in the summer.

Favorite new tip

Putting foundation in teeny soy sauce tubes for traveling

I am probably not the only person in the world who HATES having to bring a huge bottle of foundation with me when I travel. It’s big, it’s heavy, and it may leak.

This is why I decided to put them in these little tubes. These tubes are to put soy sauce in for bentos, so they are pretty good at not leaking. They can be bought at any 100 yen store in packs.  The smallest tubes lasted me more than a week, but if you need a bigger container, bigger tubes for condiments are also available at 100 yen stores.




What products were your favorites so far this year?


xoxo, K

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