Products I’ve repurchased – Makeup

Since I recently did a blog post on skin care products that I have repurchased, I decided to do a similar product for makeup and tools as well.  I rarely repurchase makeup products because there are always new products and new colors on the market. Many times, the product I bought has already been discontinued!


If you are interested to see what I repurchased in 2011, here are links to the old posts:


Makeup that I have repurchased:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

My go-to makeup in the summer! Many people say that this is a thick foundation. I like using it with a Beauty Blender to give a natural looking finish.



Kate Lash Maximizer

This is an eyelash primer from the Japanese drugstore brand Kate. It is affordable and works well to make my eyelashes thicker and longer.


Bibo eyebrow pencil

It is really hard to find light eyebrow pencils in Japan. Bibo is one of the few brands which sell light brown eyebrow pencils, so I have repurchased this product several times.


Daiso eyeliner coat

This is a top coat for eyeliner to prevent it from melting off. It looks like liquid eyeliner, and works well especially for my lower lash line.



Jordana 12 Hour Made To Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

I like the Espresso Last color, which is a dark brown. The pencil is pigmented and quite soft.


Daiso Ever Bilena Eyebrow Coat (link goes to my review)

This is a top coat for the eyebrows, and is especially useful if you draw eyebrows with pencil.

Daiso Ever Bilena Eyebrow Coat


Urban Decay Primer Potion (link goes to my review)

The famed eyeshadow primer! I still think this is the best eyeshadow primer that I have used so far.



Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation 

I especially like the one for Oily/Combination skin. However, the last time I was in the US, this cost $13-14!  Wow, drugstore stuff is getting very expensive.



Tools that I have repurchased:

ELF Small Stipple Brush (link goes to my review)

I like using this to blend cream blushes. It is inexpensive and works well.

Elf small stipple brush


Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (link goes to my review)

I am still torn whether I like the original Beauty Blender or this one better. I definitely like the price of the Real Techniques sponge better!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge


Hope you enjoyed seeing what I have repurchased?

xoxo, K

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Empties from June and July 2016

Here are my empties from June and July.  This month, I made some great progress!

(all links go to my reviews)

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup (link goes to my review)

I bought this foundation after reading several positive reviews online. This product blended very well and made my skin look great.  However, it is extremely liquidy, so I recommend putting it into a pump.



Urban Decay Primer Potion (link goes to my review)

Wow, I used up a UDPP! I wish they still came in squeeze tubes like this one. Currently, I’m using the Milani eyeshadow primer, which is very affordable and works well for my oily eyelids.



Bibo Eyeful Eyebrow Pencil in Light Brown

Because most Japanese people naturally have dark hair, it is hard to find eyebrow products for lighter hair. I have been using this light brown eyebrow pencil for a long time.



Escada Turquoise Summer Eau de Toilette (link goes to my review)

This is a berry-scented eau de toilette, and a very interesting scent for early summer.



Chloe Eau de Parfum (link goes to my review)

This is a sweet, floral scent, which I enjoyed using in the spring.



MKB cleansing oil

I seem to be using one of these every 2 months. Although it is a store-brand product from Matsumoto Kiyoshi (a major drugstore in Japan), I like it better than other cleansing oils.



Curel Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion

This is a very rich moisturizing cream for the body.



Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel

This is my go-to facial SPF.  I like it because it does not make my skin greasy. However, this product has alcohol in it, so some people may not like using it on their face.



Biore UV Perfect Milk sunscreen (link goes to my review)

This used to be my go-to sunscreen for the body.  It is a little greasy, so I like it better in the cooler months.



Kose Sun Cut Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 Waterproof

I really did not like this sunscreen. Although it is called a gel, I felt it was very thick. It also left a white cast on my skin.


Hope you enjoyed seeing my empties!

xoxo, K

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Current Beauty Rotation: March, 2015

I tend to wear similar makeup almost everyday, unless there is a special occasion where I want to wear something different like a smokey eye. Some months, I make an effort to change out the products that I am using so that I try different products in my collections. Over time, what I use tends to change – whether it is because of the change in the seasons, because I used something up, or because I just wanted to use something different.

Here are the makeup products that I am using on a daily basis!


Rimmel Stay Matte Primer 
(link goes to my review)

I start off my makeup routine by wearing an SPF 50 gel.  On top of the SPF, I wear this primer. This product is different from most primers which claim to keep your skin matte in that it is not a silicone-based primer.



Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination / Oily Skin in Sand Beige and Rich Tan

My skin has not quite returned to its original shade after my trip to Hawaii. Normally I wear the shade Sand Beige, but I have been mixing in Rich Tan to get the correct shade. I like putting my foundation in these small containers (to put soy sauce in bento boxes).  I am still enjoying using the Real Techniques Expert Face brush to apply my foundation.



MAC Studio Finish Concealer

Many people say that this product is too thick for concealing under the eyes, but that is exactly what I use it for. This product has the level of concealing I want, and does not crease. I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to buff this concealer under my eyes.


On to eye makeup!


Urban Decay Primer Potion

I use just a dot of this on my eyelids, so this tube of UDPP has been lasting forever! I probably bought this a few years ago, and it is still about half full. It is still creamy as the day I bought it.



Eyeshadows that I’ve been using

This is the collection of eyeshadows that I have been using recently, a collection of MAC eyeshadows and pressed Barry M Dazzle Dusts.
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner

I like using brown pencil eyeliner on both my top and bottom lash line, and this is the one that I am currently working on.  I find that black is too cool toned for my eyes, and gives them a very harsh look.



L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayon in Gold

I have been using this to line the inner 1/3 of my lower lash line. I also like to use this on my eyelids for a quick look when I am in a hurry.



Daiso eyelash primer

I have been using this eyelash primer for years.  It gives my lashes length and volume, and is super cheap.  I find that it does the same thing as mascara primers which cost $15 or more!



L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara

I purchased this mascara last time I was in the US because I heard so much about it on Youtube. It gives me really great volume for sure! A review is coming up soon.


Bibo Eyeful Eyebrow Pencil in Light Brown and Amber Brown

Because the majority of Japanese people have naturally dark hair, it is less common to find lighter colored eyebrow pencils. The light brown pencil was the one I used when I colored my hair, but I still use it with the darker color to give dimension to my eyebrows.



And here are the final touches to my makeup!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Wow, these blushes were HUGE online a while ago. I have been playing around with this palette recently. One thing I noticed was that these blushes look totally different on my skin versus in the pan!



 Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N9, Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee

The MUFE lipstick was the Sephora birthday gift from last year. I love the formula, which is moisturizing on my lips and still lasts for a while. The color is a little too red for my everyday look, so I enjoy layering the Revlon Lip Butter on top to mute the color a little.

Please let me know what products are in your everyday makeup look!

xoxo, K

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