Empties for October, November and December 2014

Here are the products I used up in the last 3 months of 2014! I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing my empties.  When I watch empties videos on Youtube, I amazed at how many products people can use up in a month.  It takes me a very long time to use up skin care products, and makeup takes forever!


Clinique Happy Eau de Parfum
I apply only a very small amount of perfume, so it’s amazing when I use up a bottle!  I remember picking this up at a CCO in London quite a few years ago.

clinique happy

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer Treatment (link goes to my review)
This product made it in to my favorite products of 2014! That’s pretty amazing considering I picked it up expecting not to like it.


Bath and Body Works Cashmere Glow body lotion
I’m just about done with my BBW stash, just in time for another trip to the US!  This product smelled similar to the vanilla scents from BBW, but not quite as sweet.



Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa Super Rich Body Cream
This is part of the True Blue Spa line at BBW, and is thicker than their normal body lotions.



Sleek Vintage Pigment
I bought this product when I went to London, and pressed it into a pan.  It is a shimmery antique gold color which I got a lot of use out of.



Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods shower gel (link goes to my review)
This is a much loved, much repurchased product.



Bath and Body Works Tiki Beach 3-wick candle
This was the first 3-wick candle I purchased, and I learned that they are way too big for me, and also do not burn evenly in my home.  I’ll stick to the medium candles from now on!


Bath and Body Works Island Margarita 3-wick candle
You can see the soot at the top of the container, where the candle did not burn evenly!


DET Clear Fruit Enzyme Powder Wash
(link goes to my review)
This was a great facial cleanser for my skin, with gentle exfoliating properties.



Urban Decay 24-7 eyeliner pencil in Zero and Whiskey (link goes to my review)
I got the Urban Decay Naked palette when it still came with this pencil, and now it is available to buy individually! From trying out this pencil, I found out that I definitely need to use brown eyeliner on my lower lash line as black looks too harsh. This was a great eyeliner, but I still love Jordana pencils more (and they are much, much more affordable!)



Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation (link goes to my review)
This product made it into my favorites numerous times. It feels lighter on the skin compared to the original Revlon Colorstay, but it did not last on my skin as well.



Skinfood Fermented Soy Milk Wrinkle Care Sleeping Mask (link goes to my review)

 Sleeping masks are a hassle-free way to give your skin some pampering.  Just slather it on and go to sleep! It is surprising to me that while sleeping masks are popular in Korean cosmetic brands, I have never seen them in other countries.



Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Facial Scrub (link goes to my review)

This is a very affordable skin care product that I picked up while I was in the Philippines. It did brighten my face, but the scrub was a little harsh.


I enjoy reading other bloggers’ empties posts because the reviews tend to be more in depth, and I can find a lot of great products that I want to try next.  Hope that my empties post inspires you to try some of these products as well!

xoxo, K

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Empties Oct-Dec 2013

Since coming back to Japan in August, I have made an effort to use up the products in my stash. I’m finally down to one backup for my lotion!  Here are the products I used up between October and December.
Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder (link goes to my review from wow, 2009)
This is one of my favorite finishing powders. It is a silica powder with a soft peachy scent.
(link goes to my review)
This is not a full sized product, but it lasted me a month!
(link goes to my review)
One of my all-time favorite face washes! I love how it gently exfoliates my skin, I love the lather, and I loooovveee the scent.
And to prove to you how much I love this, here is another empty tube of the same product. This one is a travel size.
(link goes to my review)
This was a surprisingly nice scent for me.  It was less sweet than other vanilla scented products I have used in the past. As always, the travel size lasted me over a month.
(link goes to my review)
Unfortunately, this is one of the few products on this list which didn’t work for me. It made my scalp itchy, which is the biggest deal breaker for me in a shampoo.
(link goes to my review)
This is one of the Bath and Body Works sets that I found in my stash after coming back to Japan. I thought the scent was too sweet for me, but it grew on me after a while. I should try to find a candle with this scent.
(link goes to my review)
I loved this scent. I really wanted a home fragrance with this scent – Bath and Body Works needs to release one soon!
Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber shower gel and body lotion
I liked this scent a lot, and I didn’t notice that I hadn’t written a review until I tried to find a link for this post. I thought I had written one a long time ago.
On a different note, I can tell from the background that I took this picture on the balcony of my hotel room in Hawaii.  I had such a great time and I want to go back SO SOON.

Wow, I used up 4 different pairs of Bath and Body Works products. The travel sized bottles last me about a month, which is the perfect length for me so that I don’t get bored of the scent. I still have several bottles left in my stash, which I want to try to use up soon!

xoxo, K

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Review: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector

I definitely have more sun damage after being in Japan for 2 months than I did in Jakarta! Yes, I wear sun protection, and I try to keep the damage to a minimum.  I still need a product to help correct the damage to my skin!  Hoping to find a “miracle product” that I can spend my money on, I picked up yet another skin care sample in Hong Kong, this time of the Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector.

What it does: (from Sephora’s website)

In four weeks, this product delivers an obvious reduction in lines and wrinkles while improving skin’s overall texture. At 12 weeks, its visible wrinkle-reducing power comes remarkably close to the profound wrinkle repairing results of a dermatological laser procedure. Clinique guarantees impressive results and your best, most beautiful skin.

Price: $47.50 for 1 fluid ounce
  • This serum absorbs quickly into the skin
  • The sample size is generous – it contains 0.5 fluid ounce, which is half the size of the full size product
  • I did not see a dramatic improvement in the condition of my skin

Would I repurchase? Maybe

Am I trying too hard to find the perfect product? I really want to find a skin care product where I can see and feel the difference after a few uses. This helps me to continue using the product to get the results I want! Maybe that kind of perfect product doesn’t exist… sigh…

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Project 10 Pan, Round 7 – Just in time for my move!

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.

Project 20 Pan usually takes around 6 months for me. This round took around 4 months (Round 6 was posted in May).  This round was faster probably because all of the products are either skin care or bath stuff, which tends to be easier for me to finish up.  I’m also trying to use up half-used products before I move.

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

The over-hyped MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
 The background is super pinkish.  Sorry I didn’t correct the color!

Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Black Amethyst
Most of the time, I only buy travel sized bottles from Bath and Body Works. They still last me nearly a month.

Dior Addict 2 Eau de Toilette
 This was my go-to fragrance for a long time, but it does not last well on my skin.

Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Shower Gel
You can see the difference in quality between this and the previous picture.  From this picture on, I used my DSLR!

Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Lotion
This smells like caramel to me, which is not surprising considering it’s “warm vanilla”. This would probably have been a better scent to use in the autumn and winter.

Seabreeze Deo + Water
I’ve mentioned this in a favorites post last year, and only just realized that I don’t have a review on it!

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque
 I finally finished this after reviewing it 2 years ago! I liked the results of the chemical exfoliation but the price was way too high.

This was a very sweet fruity scent, much more suited to summer than any other season. I’m glad I only bought the mini bottle since I could quickly use it up.

 This was the first My Scheming mask that I tried and I liked it. It provided just enough moisture for my summer skin.

I will admit I cheated a little on this product – I used it on my body as well. Just a reminder to myself never to buy such a big bottle of face moisturizer!

Loved the smell, disliked the texture/packaging/price!

This is probably my favorite shower gel from Lush so far.

Bath and Body Works Moonlight Magic Shower Gel
I didn’t do a review on this because it was a limited edition scent and had been discontinued by the time I got around to using it. It took forever to use up.

I loved the scent! I wonder if it will be rereleased this holiday season?

This is a great moisturizer. I wish I could have seen significant results from it.

 If this had also helped my makeup last longer, I would probably have enjoyed it a lot more.

To be honest, I bought this by mistake when I wanted to pick up the Brazen Honey mask which I love so much. I’ll have to pick up a Brazen Honey mask next time I’m in the US!!

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
Clinique’s website suggests this for Dry to Combination skin, but I really don’t think anyone with any dry skin should use Lotion 2. It works well for my skin in the summer. In fact, I can tell when the seasons are changing because this stops working for me.
On a separate note, I realized recently that the Japanese version and the American version of this toner are dramatically different.

Pond’s Oil and Blemish Control Beauty Powder 
 I like the product, but I like silica powder better (and it’s cheaper)

 As I said in the review, I loved the product but hated the packaging. I can’t really squeeze out all the product from a metal tube!

I have done so many Project 10 Pan posts that I have a routine for the process!
(1) I take pictures of each product as I finish it, because I don’t like hoarding used products (=garbage)
(2) I edit each picture and keep it in a folder inside my blog posts folder. This way, I can keep track of how many products I have used up
(3) When I write the post, I keep my blog open on another tab so I can find the reviews quickly
(4) Sometimes I need to reread the review to remember what I thought of the product!

One thing I learned: Taking pictures of empty products is harder, because the container is light and unstable, and because the empty container easily reflects light.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I’m laying off on Project 10 Pan for a while so that I can enjoy new products while I’m in Japan!

xoxo, K

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Review: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – the moisturizer that sells every 3.5 seconds

This is a review for the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. 

This is an oil-free version of the famous yellow moisturizer from Clinique.

What it does: (from clinique.com)
The oil-free moisture “drink” developed by Clinique’s dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for skins comfortable in the cheeks but oily in the T-zone or oily all over. Oil-free formula softens, smooths, improves. 
Price: $13.00 for 1.7 oz (50ml) or $24.50 for 4.2 oz (125 ml)
As posted on Clinique:s website: 1.7 oz. product is packaged in a tube; 4.2 oz. is packaged with a pump. The pump will not fit on the cap-top lotion version.


  • This is a pretty basic moisturizer. It simply hydrates your skin – nothing more, nothing less.
  • This is a light moisturizer for normal to oily skin. 
  • Absorbs easily into the skin, does not leave my skin feeling sticky
  • The pump packaging keeps the product sanitary


  • Again, this is a pretty basic moisturizer. If you are looking for your moisturizer to do something more, this is not the product for you
  • If there is little product in the bottle, it will be very hard to pump out.  On the other hand, the pump can be removed, so it is possible to use up all of the product.

Would I repurchase?  No. This is a great basic moisturizer, but I’m always looking for some added benefit such as retinoids or vitamin C.

How do you like top picture? I am experimenting with how I take pictures for my blog.  Which picture do you like better?

“Normal” Cosmeddicted picture
Product on its side, on a white background.
(Please disregard the darkness of this picture)

“New” Cosmeddicted picture
Bottle upright, in front of other products

The “Traditional” picture is simpler, but I’m wondering if it is a little boring.  It is sometimes hard for me to prevent shadows or reflections since I have only overhead lighting.

Please let me know what you think!

Hope you enjoy this review!

xoxo, K

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