SWAP with Linda!

I will be MIA from May 6th to Sunday May 10th, because I will be on vacation without internet access. <– sounds like work, doesn’t it?
Never fear!!
I have SCHEDULED POSTS coming up!!

Every month, I watch in envy as my blogger sisters in the US place their orders for their My Pretty Pink Boxes. Since MPPBs aren’t shipped outside of the US and Canada, I asked Linda if it would be possible to do a swap.

She sent me this HUGE box!!!!!!

Let’s take a look inside….

Holy Sh*T!!! There’s more in there other than the MPPB!!!

A Burt’s Bees overnight set in a cute case!!

It’s the Too Faced World Domination palette!!!
Oh Wow! So much to play with!!!

Some samples which I am taking with me to Guam…

As for what was in the MPPB…

Some moisturizer samples!

Oooooh Skin Refining Serum!!

Lip tint, this was a very interesting brownish color!

More lip balm, bath soap, and a body lotion!!!

Loose Eyeshadows!! I definitely need an empty palette!!!

Thank you so so so so so SOO much Linda!!!!
You have spoiled me so much!!

xoxo, K

TAG: What I look like right now

I was tagged by the lovely M and Crystal to do this heart-stopping tag.


I’m at Kansai Airport in Osaka, waiting for my flight… so here we go:


I travel a lot for work, and this is my basic travel attire. I’m lucky that I work for a company that does not require me to wear business attire while traveling.

Navy blue polo shirt
Black hoodie
Puma Slip On Shoes

I know a lot of people say not to travel in jeans, but I really don’t mind.
Here’s my face:
Skinfood mushroom BB Cream (thanks Wuzzy!)
concealer & loose powder
eyebrows penciled in lightly
Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Lipstick (ALMOST my HG… if it didn’t smell like rose water…)

I like the Skinfood mushroom BB cream that Wuzzy sent me a sample of, but I do need to wear concealer and powder to hide the redness around my nose. BRTC seems to have better coverage.
Paperdollrevenge mentioned that my eyebrow color is light – as you can see, in this lighting, my hair color is quite light as well.
EOTD is a basic neutral eye using Kate Gradical Eyes in BR-3 (I think), black eyeshadow in the outer corner, eyeliner, mascara primer, and mascara.
I think I want to try a new eyeliner because my Kate gel eyeliner seems to be wearing off easier than it used to. My GR-1 (an olive green color) is OK, but the BR-3 (black with blue glitter) wears off pretty quickly… no idea why.

Sorry M, no “haul pose” since I did not buy anything at the airport, even food…

I was going to buy the Dior 5-color palette I’ve been lemming, but they are $60 at the duty free when they are $56 at sephora.com (which doesn’t ship to Japan).

I promise I’ll take a “haul pose” pic in Guam!!!!

Some people have asked what I put in my plastic baggie to carry on to the plane.
A: Perfume (Dior Addict 2) – nice smells relax me on the plane

B: Sunblock (Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 70) – the UV rays are strong in an airplane!! Yes, this is smaller than 3.3 fl oz (100ml). It is 3 fl oz (88ml). Of course I’ve checked.
C: ear plugs and eye mask – I’m on a 3.5 hr flight arriving in Guam at 2 AM. I need sleep. I love these ear plugs with strings so that I don’t lose them. I have like 3 pairs on me at anytime. I even use them at work.
D: toothbrush
E: makeup remover – I don’t like the makeup remover sheets that are sold here. I don’t think that they contain enough liquid to remove my makeup gently.
F: Chapstick – with SPF 15. Again, to protect my lips. I like how this smells citrus-y. However, I do not think that it keeps my lips moist.
G: moisturizer – this is from a swap with Linda
H: contact lens case & lens – I wear hard contacts most of the time. I’m not wearing them on the flight, but I do not like to pack them separately for fear of losing them.
I & J: Tylenol – for emergency use. One of them is nighttime tylenol. I’m not sure why I packed a different amount of daytime/nighttime pills. I like to stock up on medicine when I’m in the US because Japanese medicine is around 50% less effective (due to belief that strong medicine does harm to your body).
K: Lipstick – Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Lipstick (what I’m wearing today)
L: Skinfood BB cream
M: vaseline – yes, I wear vaseline on my lips. It is also good as an emergency moisturizer. It’s greasy, but it lasts the longest.
N: Lipgloss – I think this is a Canmake lipgloss, but I’ve had it so long that all the printing has worn off
O: disposable contacts – 1-day Acuvue Define. The ones that make your eyes look bigger. I wear disposable contacts when I’m traveling overnight.
P: Toothpaste
Q: eye drops – Rohto Z Phi. As LadyL says, “it’s like your eyes are on crack.”
As you can see, I pack a lot of stuff in my baggie. Most of it is either for my lips or for my eyes, since those are the two things I really need to take care of.
As for makeup & skin care that I bring in my luggage, I will show that in a separate post!
xoxo, K

Thank you Iyah / EOTD: Green!?!?

I’m going on vacation to Guam from Wednesday and will be back Sunday.
Don’t know where Guam is? Here, it’s a US territory FILLED with Japanese tourists.

I’m going to be the typical Japanese tourist, but it IS a US territory… which means I’m gonna do some MAJOR HAULING off of my wishlist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!

AND… I’m going to meet up with some beauty blogger ladies from Guam!!!!

PS: Where is the cheapest place to buy NYX in Guam? The fragrance outlet at the GPO?


Most people who have been reading beauty blogs recently will know “she who must not be named.”
You can read about her here / here / here (any other girls want to add their link?)

But today’s post is not directly about her.
Iyah very kindly sold me the 6 NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencils that were mentioned in this post.

SOOOOO I got to try out the NYX Jumbo Pencils that I’ve been LEMMING for… and for such a very sweet price!!

The package came only 5 days after posting! This has got to be a record!

Wait a minute…
Iyah has thrown in some extras!!!!!!!!!

Awwww what a sweet note! And what cute stationery!

I used to live in the suburbs of NYC.
Which means that I don’t have a I heart NY anything…
This would be pretty cool to flaunt here in Japan!!!

BB cream samples! Yay!


(from left, Gold / Lemon / Strawberry Milk / Pots & Pans / Yogurt / French Fries)

I did an EOTD with the Lemon because I’m so scared of green.
After blue comes green!!!

As Wuzzy commented, “the beauty bloggers are helping each other crawl out of their shells!!”

All of the next three are the same, but under different lighting.
Which looks the most realistic?

What I used:

  • NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Lemon up to crease
  • Blended out with light brown e/s
  • Dark brown e/s blended into outer corner
  • Lined eyes with Olive Green Gel Liner
  • Mascara primer + Mascara

Maybe I should try orange next, like Jamilla suggests!

xoxo, K

What I learned today at the MAC counter

  • I’m a NC 25 (darker than Mona & Diana expected)
  • The most common shade in Japan is NC25
  • I was also told I’m the “normal Japanese shade” at the Dior/Lancome/RMK/Clinique counters
  • The concealer that the MUA used on me was NC 20
  • The 239 brush which I want is $42 in Japan (vs $25 in the US)
  • The 190 brush that I also want is $59 in Japan (vs $32 in the US)
  • Back 2 MAC in Japan : 10 containers, only exchangable for lipglasses
  • But trust me, the service at the MAC counter was SUPERB even considering that it is Japan
  • Shu Uemura #18 is more expensive in Japan… why? ($63 vs $39 in the US)

I am going to have to stop myself from hauling at MAC in Guam…

I’m going to be in Guam from May 7-9. Who would be interested in a meetup????
Right now, we are talking about having dinner together on May 7. Let me know!!!!

EOTD: my first attempt to wear blue! (REALLY)

I’m getting a lot of new traffic, thanks to Wuzzy and KT! Thanks so much!!! But I’m sure my new readers are thinking, “is this really a beauty blog? I only see stuff about food!!”

SOOOO today I’ll finally post another EOTD!!
I don’t usually wear bright e/s, but reading all these beauty blogs has stimulated me out of my rut!!

Wearing blue scared me! No one wears brights to the office!!

Ooooh blurry pic, sorry!!

What I used:

– cream eyeshadow as base (not pictured)
– B all over, blended out with C (but it doesn’t show up…)
– D on the outer corner
– A under browbone
– Kate gel eyeliner in BK-3

I have NEVER worn blue eyeshadow before! I am really unsure of how to use it!!

Is there a look you’ve never done, or a color you’ve never worn before?

xoxo, K