Throwback Thursday: Favorites from February

This month, I revisited my monthly favorites from 20122011 and 2010.

My favorites products from February 2012 were:

This was a great inexpensive eyeliner which did not transfer!  I really enjoyed it, even though I did not like the brush or the packaging.
Unfortunately, I don’t wear this anymore since I switched to brown pencil eyeliners. I found that the combination of using the color brown and using a pencil eyeliner gave me a softer look.
This was an impulse buy while I was meeting up with another blogger.  I haven’t repurchased this product since Maybelline comes out with so many mascaras each year!


My favorites products from February 2011 was:

Lush Glogg Shower Gel (link goes to my review)

This product was a favorite over the holidays because the scent reminded me of mulled wine. While this product was re-released for the 2011 and 2012 holiday season, it was not released for the 2014 holiday season.

My favorites products from February 2010 was:
MAC 219 brush 
I remember being so excited about finally getting a MAC 219 brush. I still love this brush and use it every day.  I have bought another 219 brush, and the shape is totally different. Since these are handmade, I strongly suggest that you take each brush in your hand and test it out before buying it.
Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane!
xoxo, K
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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from January

This month, I revisited my annual favorites from 2011 and 2010.

My favorites products from 2011 were:

St Ives Green Tea cleanser (link goes to my review)

This is still my favorite cleanser. It foams up when I use a face washing net, it is lightly exfoliating, and I love the scent. However, it is a little hard for me to find when I go to the US recently.



I used to use Mezaik to change the shape of my double eyelids. This may sound strange to you, but it is a huge obsession for many Japanese and Asian girls. I haven’t used Mezaik recently as I realized it makes me look sleepy in pictures. The packaging of Mezaik has changed recently, so watch out for that if you are looking for it.
I never repurchased this mascara since there are so many on the market. I remember I liked it because it did not smudge under my eye and gave me good volume.
Gosh Lipstick in Darling
This is a super affordable version of MAC’s Myth. Unfortunately both make me look dead. However, I like to layer this on top of other lipsticks which are too bright on my face.
Sonia Kashuk blush brush
I have a love hate relationship with most blush brushes, but I like this one because it is soft and the hairs do not irritate my skin.  It is also super affordable!
After owning a Clarisonic for several years, it seems that mine will no longer hold a charge.  I may have to repurchase it soon.

My favorites products from 2010 were:

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Facial Peel (link goes to my review)

Since Soap & Glory is not widely available in Japan, I never got a chance to repurchase this product. This is a great mask for getting gunk out of your pores.  Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty has a similar effect.

Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Soap (link goes to my review)

I never repurchased this product since Lush has so many soaps that I can’t keep up!  This product and Lush’s It’s Raining Men shower gel have the same scent, so you can choose whether you prefer soaps or shower gels.

Lush Coal Face Cleanser (link goes to my review)

As much as I loved this product, I never repurchased it! I may decide to pick this up again in the summer.

VOV Watershot Foundation  (review here and here)
This was my favorite foundation while I lived in China.  It is a very natural looking foundation which feels very light on the skin. These days, I prefer my Estee Lauder Double Wear.
Barry M Dazzle Dusts in Mushroom (mentioned several times in my blog, look here)
This is still one of my favorite Barry M Dazzle Dusts. Each pot contains so much product that I am still working through them, 4 years later!
(swatch second from left)
Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush (mentioned several times in my blog, look here)
This used to be my favorite way of applying foundation. These days, I prefer round top brushes, such as the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
MAC 217
I still use this every day and it is one the essential brushes in my collection.  Since they are hand cut, each one is slightly different.  I definitely like one of my 217s better than the other!
Hope you enjoyed this look back to my old favorites!
xoxo, K
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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from December 2010 & 2012

This month, I’m revisiting my favorites from December 2010 & 2012.


In December 2012, I liked:


L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows (link goes to my review)

Ahhhh… I love these. I have mentioned them several times in my blog.  I probably should do a round up post of them on my blog!


 In December 2010, I liked:


Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (link goes to my review)

I haven’t used this in a while!  I put it away when I moved to Indonesia because it doesn’t work for me in humid weather.  Since it is quite cold and dry now, I should try it again.



Wow, it seems I didn’t mention many favorites in December!


xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from August 2011 & 2012… and 2010

It’s time to take a look at my old favorites, and see if I still like them!  Here are my favorites from August 2011 & 2012.

In August 2011, I liked:

The Body Shop’s Tobacco Flower perfume
I still very much adore this perfume, and am so devastated that Body Shop hasn’t brought it back!

In August 2012, I liked: 

I did not introduce any beauty-related products in my favorites of August 2012. This was the month that the company I work for announced that I was going to move from China to Indonesia.  I shared some of the cultural things I went through while I worked in China.


Oh dear, this blog post has gotten a little sappy!   Here are my favorites from August 2010 to show that I am a beauty blogger!

In August 2010, I liked:

Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush
I still think this is a great brush for applying your foundation, if you prefer flat top brushes.
I prefer having a rounded buffing brush, and have been loving the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

Coastal Scents Arubian Coral Mica eyeshadow
I really loved this eyeshadow, but I don’t know if I still own it.
These days, if I am looking for a shimmery eyeshadow, I usually reach for one of the L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows.

Hope you enjoyed this trip back memory lane!

xoxo, K

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Favorite Products 2010

Here are my favorite products of 2010! 

Can it be 2011 already? Happy New Year everyone!  I hope 2011 is a fantastic year for you. 

I had a hard time writing this post since there weren’t that many products that I LOVED well enough to mention here.  I also have a lot of things in my stash that I haven’t been able to try due to my move.  I still decided to do this post since I love reading other people’s favorites.

Best Skin Care items

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Facial Peel
I continue to love face masks that gently exfoliate my skin.  This was the winner this year.  This is probably the only product that I loved that I bought on a whim!  I usually research products very thoroughly before buying them, but I bought this product after Yinnie enabled me!
Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Soap
I typically don’t like sweet scents, but I really like the scent of this soap! It makes a great lather and does not strip my skin.
Lush Coal Face Cleanser
(picture from
This is another unexpected love.  I love the scent and I love how it works on my skin during the hot summer months. 

Best Makeup items

VOV Watershot Foundation
(review here and here)

I love that this foundation does not make my face feel oily, even during the hot summer months.  It looks very natural and there is enough coverage for me.
Barry M Dazzle Dusts in Mushroom
(mentioned several times in my blog, look here)
I knew that pigments were going to have to be on my list considering the number of times they’ve appeared on my Ups and Downs.  I had a really hard time deciding on the color I loved the most this year!  Mushroom is a purple shade which is very wearable if you like shimmer.
(swatch second from left)

Best Tools

Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush
(mentioned several times in my blog, look here)
This is absolutely LOVE. I love it for applying and buffing in my liquid foundations.  It is also amazingly affordable.

MAC 217
This was in my favorites of 2009.  I stopped using it some time this year and rediscovered it later.  I think it is fantastic for applying and blending eyeshadow in the outer corner of my eye.

Miscellaneous favorites

Most reviewed brand on Cosmeddicted in 2010: 

I did reviews of 8 Lush products in 2010, and I have 4 more which I am currently working on.  I hope I can finish my reviews of the holiday items before they disappear from the stores!

I also enjoyed shopping at Lush stores very much.  Unlike some other brands (*cough* MAC *cough*), the people working at Lush have been very kind and helpful, and seem to really like the products that they sell. 

Favorite Bath & Body Works scents

Twilight Woods
Velvet Tuberose 
Moonlight Path
No surprises here.  The only change versus last year is that I tried and fell in love with Velvet Tuberose.

Favorite blog post (my personal opinion)
Beauty Blender vs Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge comparison

I had a great time figuring out how to show the difference in density of the two sponges!
Catherine of Strawberry Mochi kindly liked to it on a MUA forum. Thank you for the shout out!

Most viewed post on this blog
Canmake Melty Nude Lip Swatches

Since posting this in August, it has remained my top viewed post.  I did this post on a whim and I’m glad that I did, since it seems to have helped a lot of people!

Best blogging experience:
By far, meeting other bloggers.  I’ve been very blessed this year.  Thank you so much to the following bloggers who have taken time out of their busy days to spend time with me!

– East Coast girls: Mona, Tammy, Diana, Jenn, Jenn
– UK and Europe girls: Yinnie, Jamilla, Eve, Jess, Rowena
– Hawaii girls: Wuzzy, Mai & Kat
– HK girls: Jennifer

That’s it for my favorites!  If I didn’t list a certain category, it’s probably because of one of the following reasons:
(1) I didn’t try enough products from that category to have a favorite.
For example, I used 3-4 blushes this whole year. I did not fall in love with any of them, hence none of them are listed.

(2) My favorite product did not change from last year.
I still use only the Eyelashes Fixer EX for my falsies glue (this product is VERY popular in Japan!) and I still use up a bottle of Gokujyun toner every two weeks.

What were your favorites for 2010?  I hope some amazing products come out in 2011!  Oh wait, maybe my wallet doesn’t want that…

xoxo, K

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