Haul in New York

I am back from my trip to New York! As I mentioned before, I grew up in New York, so it’s always great to see my old friends.  I’m still sorting through pictures, but here is a post on what I hauled!

I don’t normally post hauls, but I treated myself since I had just finished Project 20 Pan again. It’s one of my pleasures of going to the US!

Please let me know if there is anything you want to see a review on!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin
This is available in Japan as well, but (1) it comes with a pump, (2) there is only one formula, (3) it costs $25.

L’Oreal Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector
Is it really necessary to have the word “correcting” in the name twice?  However, I have heard great things about this serum, and I’m testing it out now.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
 The color isn’t THIS vibrant… you can see that my background is very blue!

 Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro primer
This is the upgraded version of the primer which I previously loved. The bonus is that it is now white instead of the weird orange color that the other one is!

Cover Girl Lash Perfection mascara
I’m surprised I like this mascara so much. It gives me volume without the huge brush of Lash Blast!

L’Oreal Infallible lipgloss
I’ve raved about these before! They obviously don’t last 8 hrs, but I really like the formula, and the wands are also interesting.

I limited myself at Bath and Body Works, surprisingly.
Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Energy Orange Ginger travel sized shower gel and body lotion
The full sized bottles of these were in very heavy plastic. I would probably drop them in my shower!

Bath and Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze travel sized shower gel and body lotion
Not sure what I think of the scent yet, but I wanted to remind myself that summer (and summer vacation season) is just around the corner.

Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Lavender Chamomile travel sized shower gel and body lotion
I enjoyed the scents in this line very much. A nice change since Bath and Body Works scents have become more generic in the past few years.
Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint body cream
The only full sized item I bought!

Bath and Body Works Malibu Heat body lotion
This was a $1 bottle that they were selling to get people to try the scent before it is officially released.

L’Occitane Hand Cream
$28 at Sephora in the US, $38 in Japan (mostly due to the exchange rate)

Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara
The ads say that this will add 4mm (which I highly doubt), but I always want to try a few new drugstore mascaras when I visit the US!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
I bought a bunch of these. They are perfect for girls like me who are crappy at painting their own nails! I tried one when I was in NY – and they definitely need a top coat!

L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows in Iced Latte and Gold Imperial
With so much hype, I had to try this product out!

This became my go-to eyeshadow during my vacation. Easy and flattering.
You can see that on my skin, it ends up looking almost white.

This is a LE color for summer. It is very gorgeous!  Very gold and much more glittery than the other ones.

This picture makes my skin look very yellow!

The much hyped Naked 2 pallete
I actually haven’t played around with this yet, but I’m looking forward to it!

Revlon Precision eyelash glue
I tried this after hearing that it’s just as good as the DUO lash adhesive. It’s better – cheaper and the brush applicator is so much easier to use!

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation
I’m looking forward to trying this in the summer!

Not as big of a haul as you’d expect, but I excluded some staple products that I buy each time I go to the US, like my Clarisonic brush heads.  Please let me know if there are any products that you would like me to review!

xoxo, K

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Thank you! Love from Macnunu

I got a lovely parcel from Macnunu for winning her contest!

I was FLOORED when she told me the prize was an Urban Decay Naked palette!!  WOW.  And there were even some more things in the package.

But the best part was a wonderful love note!  I love getting them from blogger girls!

Orly Nail Polish in Bailamos (from this summer’s Viva Collection)
with an extra top coat!
This product got an A in Temptalia’s reviews.  This is the first Orly nail polish I’ve gotten and i’m excited to try it.

Face Q masks (絶世美肌)
I’ve received one in a love package before, and it was great.  I’m excited to try these as well.

Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion
I love the original Lash Blast, and I’ve been wanting to try the Fusion as well.  We’ll see if it lives up to the Original!


Urban Decay Naked Palette
OOOOHHHHH!!!!!  What can I say? I’m at a loss for words.  I’ve read SO MANY reviews on this palette but I never thought I’d own one.  
Do people want to see swatches/reviews?  Sheila has done a great one.  I can try to write a review, but hers is much better!
Oh, by the way – Urban Decay folks?  This is my first UD palette, but I’ve heard a lot of people love this palette because it does not contain the infamous Midnight Cowboy Rides Again.  Why do you like to include that glitter bomb eyeshadow in practically ALL of your palettes?
Thank you SO MUCH to Macnunu for this VERY generous gift!
Side note: I mentioned this on twitter recently, but Japan Customs has been opening a lot of my packages.  It’s not anything new, but it’s becoming more and more frequent lately.  About 50% of my packages come with tape like this:

I’m not sure what they are looking for!
xoxo, K
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Love from Sarah / Aroma Diffusers

Sarah recently helped me buy some things from the US!
She actually sent these to me in mid-July.  I’m so sorry it’s taken me a month to post this!!!
Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush
I was interested in this thanks to the RAVE reviews on the internet.  I LOVE IT, and it has made my monthly Ups & Downs list!  It does a FABULOUS job of applying and blending foundation.  I’ll write a full review of it soon.
VOV Castledew Watershot Foundation
Sarah sent me a sample of this a year ago, and I loved it so much that I wrote 2 reviews on it! (see here and here)
When she put it up on her blog sale, I jumped to buy it!
Cover Girl Lash Blast
Ahh yes, my favorite mascara!  Now I’ll be OK until I get to Hawaii!
And some more mascaras to try!
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous
I’ve heard a lot about this!!
Thank you so much, Sarah!
On a separate note, I am LOVING this ultrasound diffuser that I bought recently.
I’ve always had a love of scents and I used to use a aroma warmer.
These use tea lights to warm the scent.  They worked great, but I couldn’t leave it on when I went to bed for fear of fire.
I’ve seen ultrasonic diffusers at several different stores lately.  You put some water and your essential oil inside, and it sends out a mist of scent.
I’ve been using it NON-STOP since I bought it.  It’s been great for helping me get to sleep!
Unfortunately, I’m now running out of my Bath & Body Works Home Fragrance Oil.



Hope your week is going well!
xoxo, K

PS: Bihada Diaries is now Cosmeddicted.com!  All pictures that I took before changing domains will still be watermarked with my old blog name.  Sorry for the confusion while I switch over!

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Favorite Products for the First Half of 2010!

Wow, the first half of 2010 has already gone by!  That means it’s time to do my favorites for these past 6 months.

Favorite Skin Care items:

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Like I said in my review, I will still continue to use oil-based cleansers for everyday cleansing because I don’t think that wipes get everything off.  That said, these are by far the BEST wipes I have ever used, and they are far superior to anything we have in Japan. Too bad I don’t have access to this in Japan!!

Unfortunately, this is the only new skin care product which really WOWed me.  I continue to love the Lush Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask, which was in my favorites for 2009.

Favorite Makeup items:

Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Nude Blush

Seriously, my lips but better!  I love the color and I love the incredibly smooth texture.  My lips peel at the slightest irritation, but this one is great.

Barry M Dazzle Dusts
This is the one in 51-Mushroom, but I love all the ones that I have.

Here are some swatches

VERY pigmented and very smooth!  I pressed mine and they are SO easy to work with.  These last a long time on my lids.  I can’t wait to pick up some more colors soon.

Silica Spheres

I love to mix some with my finishing powder for a smooth, matte finish.  I used to buy mine from Coastal Scents, but I’ve found that TKB Trading sells them at a better price.

Favorite tools:

MAC 109

Yes, I just got this, but I have already fallen in love!  I LOVE how small this brush head is.  It lets me apply blush and bronzer very precisely.

MAC 130

I love to use this brush for highlighters.  It’s great for both cream and powder products.

Favorite scents:

Tie: Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods / Bath & Body Works Velvet Tuberose

(I must be a really rare person –  I do not like Japanese Cherry Blossom!)

Biggest surprise:

That I like the non-waterproof Cover Girl Lash Blast better than the waterproof one!

A friend of mine picked up Cover Girl Lash Blast for me, but they accidentally bought the non-waterproof version.  Not wanting to disappoint them, I tried it, thinking that non-waterproof mascaras wouldn’t work for me.  Surprisingly, the non-waterproof version of this mascara transfers MUCH less than the waterproof version.  It’s also much easier to take off.

Best trick I finally learned:

How to (properly) use eye primers
 Ever since I discovered eye primers a year ago (they don’t sell them in Japan), I’d been lemming to try them.  When I finally got my hands on one, it was a total disappointment because the eyeshadow still creased.  What I recently learned is that I needed to let the primer set a little bit.  Wow, that was stupid of me for not realizing that earlier!  At least now my eyeshadow doesn’t budge!!!

What are your favorites so far this year?  Please share!

xoxo, K
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Hauling in New York – Part Two!

Here is Part 2 of my haul!

I realized I didn’t take pictures of some of the things I bought that I’ve already started using! I’ll try to find some pictures online!

I collect Starbucks City Mugs!
The one for New York was a bit boring, so I got this mug instead at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

I went to Lush and got some things!

Angels on Bare Skin
Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask (I love this so much I got two!)
Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask
I realized that these containers leak… especially Brazen Honey!

New! Solid Shampoo
I went to Bath & Body Works and got 5 full sized items!
Velvet Tuberose Shower Gel and Body Lotion
This is a new scent for me, and I really like it!
Twighlight Woods Body Lotion
I love this scent so much…
 …that I got the body splash as well!
Twilight Woods Body Splash
Moonlight Magic Shower Gel
I’m not sure yet if I like this one!

I went to MAC to Back 2 MAC
They were snotty again!  Either I don’t have the confidence to pull off shopping at the MAC, or I have too high standards from living in Japan!!!

 Silver Ring Eyeshadow

Goldmine Eyeshadow

I went to Target…
I’m not going to bore you with the multitude of other things I bought, but here are the beauty things!  Looking at it now, it’s not much!
(Mona kept wanting me to go to CVS with her!  I should have, because I did not get half the stuff on my wishlist!

NYC bronzer

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner

 Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes
These are SO much better than any wipes I can find in Japan!

Milani Liquif’ Eye Eyeliner
I got the black one, and it’s seriously LOVE!!
I should have gotten more!

Brush Cleanser
I’m pretty sure I got this at a drugstore somewhere!

Band-Aid Friction Block Stick

This is such a fantastic invention!  I buy one every time I go to the US!
ROC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
This is the only anti-aging item I bought… even though I was planning to buy a LOT more!
The Sonia Kashuk Beauty Blender Dupe
I’ve tried both, and I like the Beauty Blender more.  Then again, I think this is pretty good for $10!

Isn’t it funny how American girls buy Japanese magazines, and I like to buy American magazines???
Real Simple is my LOVE.  Too bad it’s not shipped here!
That’s it!  Not too much!!
I really was planning on going crazy, but something held me back…
I think that when I went to Target, I didn’t buy everything I wanted, but then I got over my urge to haul!  Oh well!!
Next up: My bra fitting experience
xoxo, K
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