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.

 

Mezaik

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!
Clarisonic
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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Yet another Project 20 Pan

I seem to be doing a Project 10 Pan every 6 months. The reason is that I no longer buy cosmetics.  It sounds horrible to be saying that as a beauty blogger!

Many of you may know the reason why I do not buy many cosmetics anymore. I live in a part of the world where mail is very unreliable, so I no longer buy things on the internet. I could buy local cosmetics, but all of the good brands are either from Japan, Taiwan or Korea, and are heavily marked up.

I do buy a few things every time I am back in Japan, and some of my very kind friends send me a few things when I am on vacation.  It’s a little sad not to be able to try out all of the new products on the market, but it also gives me a chance to really think about what products I really want. For example, right now I’m really coveting the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. But since I can’t get it, I’ll wait until my next trip to the US. By then, I may have forgotten all about it!

I have a separate blog post where I shared some tips on how to complete Project 10 Pan. Please take a look if you are interested in Project 10 Pan but don’t know how to make it work!!

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

As I mentioned in my review, I loved the scent of this product but I thought it was severely overpriced.
Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Twilight Woods
I have several bottles of this product, and so I’m still getting through my collection!

 Yet another bottle of Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Twilight Woods.
This is the travel sized bottle, while the bottle above was full sized. It still takes me over a month to go through the travel bottles!

As I mentioned in my review, I loved the lemongrass scent of this product. It is still strange to me that Lush considers lemongrass to be a winter scent.
This product was a limited edition product for the holidays.  It is currently being rereleased!

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Enchanted Orchid
I did not enjoy this scent as it was too floral for me.

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny
One of my favorite youtubers, emilynoel83, highly recommends this product. It is not highly pigmented, plus it is very cheap, so I recommend it if you are new to bronzers.
As I mentioned in my review, this is a great dupe for a silicone-based face primer such as Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, at 1/9 the price.
I have also reviewed this product before. This is my favorite non-silicone face primer. I heard that Rimmel has a new Fix & Perfect primer, so I’m looking forward to trying that out!

I loved the product, I loved the scent, but I did not love the price for something I could easily make at home!

I had an interesting time trying to use both sides of the soap evenly!
H2O+ Marine Daily Hydrator
This was an oil-free moisturizer that I received as a gift. It was a great light moisturizer, but I did not feel it was anything special.

This is currently my favorite foundation and was on my 2010 favorites list. This foundation is light on the skin, but has pretty good coverage.

This shower gel was very popular when it came out, since it supposedly smells similar to the Lush Honey I Washed The Kids soap.  It was originally limited edition, but has now been made permanent.

I reviewed this product quite recently. It is a great hand lotion, but I prefer not to scent my hands so strongly.

I received the largest size bottle (17 fluid ounces) as a gift, and it took nearly a year to use up! Of course, I didn’t use it continuously.  Still, it reminded me of why I always buy the smallest bottle.

I also reviewed this product recently. If you have not used one of Lush’s solid shampoos before, I suggest you try this one.

As I mentioned in my review, I felt this product was really overpriced for what it did. It also smelled cheap.

Another cleanser I reviewed recently. Hint: Cetaphil is very similar and less than 1/4 of the price!

The Face Shop Wrinkle Stop Eye Cream
This was a great hydrating eye cream, but I really did not see any difference in my eye area.

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Butterfly Flower
I remember not liking this scent so much, but it wasn’t so bad this time. It is a little too much like perfume, though.

Bath & Body Works Shower Gel in Butterfly Flower
Yes, I’m slowly getting through my stash of Bath & Body Works products!

What products have you used up recently?

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

Mezaik
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!
Clarisonic
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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Review: Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser – do you need a cleanser for the Clarisonic?

This is a review of the Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser. Just like for the Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser, I received a trial size of this as part of a special set when I bought my Clarisonic.

What it does: (from clarisonic.com)
Gentle Hydro Cleanser Naturally scented with cucumber, this pH-balanced, gentle, non-foaming skin cleanser is a full-body hydrogel that removes impurities while soothing and comforting. Contains natural ingredients and is paraben-free. Natural Active Ingredients Sucrose Cocoate (a patented mixture of sucrose and coconut derivatives)—gently cleanses sensitive skin Algae & Aloe Vera Gel—hydrate and soften skin Vitamin E & Japanese Green Tea—soothe and protect skin

Price: $25 for 6 oz

Pros:

  • Cleans well
  • Gentle, and not drying

Cons:

  • This cleanser is extremely similar to the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.  It has the same creamy gel texture, and it cleans in the same way. The Cetaphil cleanser is around $6 for the 8 oz bottle (according to Target.com).

Would I repurchase? No. I did like this cleanser, but as I mentioned, it is too similar to the Cetaphil cleanser. Considering the Cetaphil cleanser is less than 1/4 of the price, I don’t think this product is worth the price.  On the plus side, this product reminded me on why I enjoyed the Cetaphil cleanser so much!

Notes: You can really use any cleanser you want with the Clarisonic! I’ve used both liquid cleansers and bar soaps. I would avoid using anything with exfoliating particles in it, though, since it might be too abrasive!

Hope this helped!

xoxo, K

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Review: Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser – a cleanser designed for the Clarisonic

This is a review of the Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser. I received a trial size of this as part of a special set when I bought my Clarisonic. I thought this would be an interesting review to write since I’ve never seen a review of this product.

The cleanser is the blue tube on the right.

What it does:
Specially formulated for sonic cleansing, this pH-balanced, foaming gel cleanser gently balances and clarifies to relieve and protect oily, congested skin. Contains natural active ingredients and is paraben-free. 
Contains Natural Active Ingredients: Willowbark—a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, Bearberry—promotes bright, even skin tone, Japanese Green Tea—soothes and protects skin
(from clarisonic.com)

Price: $25 for 6 oz

Scent: This product has a very generic cleanser scent, similar to the liquid soap you can find in public restrooms. I don’t dislike the scent, but I don’t think it’s a great scent.

Pros:

  • Cleans well

Cons:

  • This was a very generic cleanser.
  • I did not see any difference between using this cleanser and any other cleanser with my Clarisonic

Would I repurchase? No. While this isn’t a bad cleanser, it really isn’t worth the $25.  I’m glad I got this trial size for free!

Like I said, this is really just a generic cleanser. Even if it were $10, I wouldn’t spend money on this product since there are so many better cleansers on the market.

Hope this helped!


xoxo, K

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