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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Monthly Favorites #67: August, 2016

Wow, it’s been a hot summer so far.  As with every hot and humid Japanese summer, my favorites have all been about making my makeup last.  Here’s what I have been loving this month!


NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

I received a sample of this from a friend. Even the sample has a doe foot applicator! It is a lot more liquidy than the UDPP, but it seems to be doing a good job at keeping my eyeshadow on.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation

I repurchased this on a recent trip to the US. This is really the best long-lasting foundation that I have tried.  Recently, I have been mixing it with other foundations.



Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche

This is a limited edition summer fragrance. It smells like coconut, but in a light way which is appropriate both for outdoors and for the office. It reminds me a lot of what I like about summer!



What have you been loving this summer?


xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from May

This month, I am revisiting my favorites from May 2013 and 2014.


In May 2014, I liked:

Milani Shadow Eyez eyeshadow pencils

These were my favorites for a VERY long time, until I used them up completely.  I still recommend them – they are the only cream eyeshadow that does not crease on my oily eyelids.

Milani Shadow Eyez
L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Amber Rush

The Infallible eyeshadows are a favorite of many beauty bloggers, and I loved Amber Rush so much that I have a dedicated review! What a great color for a one shadow look.


Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks

I also loved these for a very, very long time.  I was looking forward to trying out new Jordana products when I was in New York. However, they have all but disappeared from the drugstores! I found a few places that stock the lip colors and eyeliners, but no blushes to be found anywhere!
Jordana Cosmetics Color Tint Blush Sticks

Revlon Photoready Skinlights face illuminators in Bare Light and Peach Light

I still own these, and I still think they are beautiful. However, recently I prefer cream or powder highlighters.
Revlon Photoready Skinlights face illuminators in Bare Light and Peach Light

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Brazilian Tan
I broke this out again recently, and it reminds me that brownish pink lipsticks actually do look good on me!Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Brazilian Tan
In May 2013, I liked:

Lush Dirty Shower Gel

This is a cult favorite at Lush, but to be honest, I don’t think it is very memorable.  Many people like the scent, and there is even a Lush Dirty perfume!

Lush Dirty Shower Gel
Bioderma cleanser

I really, really do not get the hype about this product.  I felt that it did not remove my makeup very well.   I prefer an oil-based cleanser, but if you are looking for something which you do not need to rinse off, I recommend the Neutrogena wipes.
Bioderma Sebium H2O Non-Rinse cleanser


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye

This is still one of my favorite eye creams.  It hydrates my eye area without becoming sticky, so I was even able to use it when I lived in Indonesia.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye


It looks like May was a mix of hits and misses. If you know of a place near you which sells Jordana cosmetics, please let me know!


xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from April

A little late, but better than never! Here are my favorites from April 2013 and 2014.


All links go to my reviews.


In April 2014, I liked:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

I think I go back to this foundation every year when the weather gets warm.  Right now, I am wearing the MUFE Mat Velvet+, but I think I need to get out this foundation soon.



Barry M Dazzle Dusts

I still think these are great.  They are so affordable, and come in many different colors!



In April 2013, I liked:

Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout Beer Shampoo 

This was a limited edition product which I didn’t get to repurchase. I thought that the beer aspect was just a marketing ploy, but the shampoo turned out to be much better than I expected! I hope they rerelease this some time!



Maybelline the Colossal Volum Express Mascara

This is one of the few mascaras that I have ever repurchased.  The brush is massive, and takes some getting used to.  However,  I liked how it made my eyelashes look full without sticking together, and it did NOT smudge under my eyes!



MAC Blot Powder

This is a product which I regularly repurchase when I am in the US.  It does a great job at taking away the shine on my face without looking cakey. I have yet to find a good alternative at the drugstore!



Have you rediscovered any favorites recently?

xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from March

It is time to take a look at my previous favorites! I usually revisit my favorites from 2 & 3 years ago. It looks like I didn’t do a March 2013 favorites, so I am revisiting my favorites from March 2014 and 2015 this time.


In March 2014, I liked:


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

I really enjoyed this foundation.  It is one of the few liquid foundations that I ever used up!  When I went to repurchase it, I realized that the shade names and numbers are not the same in Asia and the US!


Barry M Dazzle Dusts (link goes to my review)

The Barry M Dazzle Dusts are great loose pigments that can be purchased for a very reasonable price at UK drugstores. There are a wide range of colors and the pigmentation is fantastic!


In March 2015, I liked:


Barry M Dazzle Dust in Rose Gold

Wow, the Barry M Dazzle Dusts came up again! This was a fantastic color, with a strong gold sparkle.  It was my go-to daily eyeshadow for a very long time.


L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara (link goes to my review)

Surprisingly, I realized later on that this was not the best mascara for me. I liked how it gave my eyelashes a lot of volume, but it was clumpy and also transferred under my eyes.



Putting foundation in squeeze tubes

This is something I started to do for traveling.  The squeeze tubes I used are normally used for putting soy sauce in bento boxes, so I don’t need to worry about leakage. Plus, they are easily available in packs of 6 or more for $1.


Hope you enjoyed revisiting my favorites!

xoxo, K

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