Review: Canmake Gokubuto Mascara – the “Ultra Fat” mascara

(purchased product)

When I started blogging, I was surprised to find out that Canmake was very popular in the beauty blogger world. Canmake is a beauty brand in Japan, which has a lower price than most other drugstore brands. I consider the brand to be hit or miss, but many of their products have been extremely popular online. For example, the Canmake Melty Nudy Lip swatch post was the most popular post on my blog for nearly 2 years!

When I went back to Japan last time, I desperately needed to buy a new mascara. Considering how popular it was in the beauty blog community, I decided to pick up the Canmake Gokubuto mascara.  According to the Canmake website, it is their 2nd most popular product.

What it does: (from the Canmake website)
Apply in layers for ultra-thick lashes! Achieve fluttery lashes! The super-volumizing and curling mascara is here! Film-type formulation that washes off with warm water☆
note: “Gokubuto” means “ultra fat”, referring to the volumizing effect of the mascara

Price: 630 JPY (around $6)  The website says 600 JPY, but all products in Japan will be charged a 5% tax. Most products in Japan are required to show the price inclusive of tax.

Where to purchase: this and other Canmake products are available in most drugstores in Japan, as well as supermarkets and other discount stores


  • Cheap
  • The brush is thin, making it easy to use


  • This mascara smudged easily.  The claim says it comes off with warm water.  It also came off with sweat!
  • I do not consider this to be a film-type formula. “Film” mascaras, such as the Dejavu mascaras, typically slide off of my lashes in clumps when I apply makeup remover. This mascara felt the same as “normal” mascaras
  • This was an extremely wet mascara, sticking my lashes together until I felt like I had only 6 lashes left!
Would I repurchase?  No.  
I really did not understand the hype with this mascara. Many beauty bloggers swear by this mascara, but this was just a wet mascara that did  not thicken my lashes. Canmake has several other mascaras in their line, so hopefully I may find a mascara that works for me!
Hope you enjoyed this review!
xoxo, K
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Project 10 Pan, Round 6

I’ve finished yet another Project 20 Pan!

In case you are not familiar with the concept of Project 10 Pan, it is a project that challenges you to use up 10 products before buying anything new.  I have expanded this to cover 20 products.

If you think you don’t have the willpower to finish Project 10 Pan, please check out my tips on how to get through Project 10 Pan.

On to the products! (If I’ve reviewed the product before, you can click on the product name to go to the review)

For a product that wasn’t very pigmented, this product took forever to use up!
Canmake Cover & Stretch concealer
This is my go-to concealer. It is cheap and covers well. I wish I could find something that lasts longer on my skin, though!
Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion
This is an Asia-only formula of the famous Clinique toner. Unlike the traditional formula, it does not smell like alcohol and does not sting my skin.
A great moisturizer & hand cream, but I realized I should stick with cheaper moisturizers!
 Kate Face Powder N
This face powder is really just mediocre. It sets my foundation, but does not make it last very long, and it is not very finely milled. Be careful when you buy it – the “glow” version is very shimmery!
I really liked the minty-sweet scent of this soap and I hope Lush brings it back for this year’s holiday season!
Bath & Body Works Travel Size Twilight Woods Body Lotion
As I’ve mentioned before, I really like the travel sized body lotions and shower gels. I can use them up in about a month, before I get tired of the scent.

The packaging is very cute, and I wouldn’t mind spending the money just to get this tin!  The product is pretty good as well. 

This was a great moisturizer, but the pump dispenses too little product.
It currently comes in a pot, which I think is unhygienic for a hand cream.
The Face Shop Wrinkle Stop Neck Cream
This is a great moisturizer, but the square design of the pot made it very hard to get product out.
This bottle dispenses a fine mist, which is great! I think the product itself is not quite worth the $20 price tag, though.
This soap is one of the most popular Lush soaps.  It is also one of my favorite Lush scents!

Bath & Body Works Travel Size Sweet Pea Shower Gel
This is a great scent if you like sweet florals.

Bath & Body Works Travel Size Sweet Pea Body Lotion

Clarisonic Nourishing Care Cleanser
Yet another mediocre Clarisonic cleanser – so mediocre that I really couldn’t think of what to write in a review!

This is a good primer if you like silicone based primers. The pot is inconvenient, though.

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Gold
 It is now so small that I can’t sharpen it in my pencil sharpener.
Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector
Not sure if this helped even out my skin tone, but it is a nice moisturizer.

  Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX
This was a great sleeping pack which provided plenty of moisture.  A review of this is coming up. 

Bath and Body Works travel size body lotion in Black Amethysts
To me, this lotion smelled berry-ish. I liked it a lot.

Now, on to playing with the stuff I got in New York!

xoxo, K

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Review: Canmake Color Stick Concealer – cheap and very popular!

This is a review for the Canmake Color Stick Concealer. This concealer is pretty popular in Japan, and is consistently in the top favorites lists in several magazines. This concealer comes in several different colors, including white for highlighting.

I have this in 02 Natural Beige.

What it does: (from
This is not only a concealer that will cover flaws in your complexion; it is a multi-purpose cosmetic stick in a range of colors that can be used to cheeks and as highlighters to provide luster, translucence and definition. Moderately hard, it clings tightly to your skin and can be spread thinly over your face for a natural-looking complexion that looks even more beautiful than bare skin. 
Apply directly with the stick or apply to your fingers and spread thinly over areas that have flaws or that you want to look more attractive. This product is considerably more effective if applied thinly and then reapplied with a patting motion.

Price: 609 JPY, about $8 USD.
The Canmake website lists these as 580 JPY, but the price does not include the country-wide tax of 5%.  This price may seem very high if you are used to American drugstore products, but it is in fact extremely cheap compared to most Japanese drugstore products.


  • very affordable 
  • creamy and easy to blend 
  • light to medium coverage 


  • this concealer does not have enough coverage for me 
  • this concealer must be set with a powder or it will transfer easily 
  • I would not recommend this for concealing blemishes since it is quite oily. 

Would I repurchase? No. This concealer just doesn’t have enough coverage for me. I can make it work by setting it with a powder foundation, but that is just too much work for me.

After trying this concealer, I’m surprised that it is so popular in Japan. I think there are several drugstore brand concealers that are better than this one!

Hope you enjoyed this review!
xoxo, K

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Favorite Products 2011

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2012 is a fantastic year for you!

Here are my favorite products of 2011. As many of you know, I bought almost nothing last year. It has helped me make a dent in my huge stash. I brought 3 full boxes of beauty products with me when I moved in October of 2010, but now I’m down to about 1 box. 

Please also check out my favorites of 2010 and 2009. I still love a lot of those items!

Best Skin care item

This is the only new skin care item that I loved. It is a great daily cleanser that exfoliates gently. I love the scent as well!

Best makeup items

In 2011, I started to use Mezaik to change the shape of my double eyelids. Now, it is a must have product for me!

Drugstore companies come out with so many new mascaras that it s difficult to tell which one is which. This was a great volumizing mascara.
Gosh Lipstick in Darling
 I picked this up in London only because it was so hyped on the internet. It is too flesh-toned for me and makes me look dead. However, I love it to tone down lipsticks that are too bright for me. A lot of Japanese girls use concealers for this purpose, which dry out my lips and make them flake. This is a very creamy lipstick, and I wish I had picked up some different colors.  It is also super affordable!

Best tools

Sonia Kashuk blush brush
This is a great brush – it is soft and affordable. Unfortunately, I ruined mine, so I really really need to buy a new one!
I love my Clarisonic, but I only use it during the warmer months!

Favorite new tips/tricks

I’ve done quite a few rounds of Project 10 Pan in the past. In this post, I shared with you my tips and tricks to be able to stick to it.

I used to travel a lot for work, so I’ve picked up a few tips on how to pack beauty products so that you don’t either over- or under-pack. 
Who doesn’t want to squeeze out more uses from their bath bombs?  By using this technique, you can get more from your bath bombs without feeling like you’ve sacrificed anything. 

Most reviewed brand on Cosmeddicted in 2011

Lush (14 times)
You may not be surprised, but I am! I had no idea I reviewed 14 different Lush products this year, since I bought only 1 new item. This is an increase from 2010, when I reviewed 8 Lush products!

Favorite Lush item

This has been one of my favorite products for a very long time. It is also super expensive in Japan, so I take every opportunity to buy it in the US or in the UK!
(stock photo)

Favorite blog post of 2011

This is my favorite post because it took so long before I got around to doing it. Originally, I planned to post this as my very first blog post, back in March of 2009! I had a lot of fun making the picture above as well!

Most viewed blog post

Amazing – I posted this in the August 2010, and it continues to be the top viewed post on this blog!

Please leave a comment letting me know what you would like to see more of this year!

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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