Throwback Thursday: Favorites from July 2011 & 2012

Quite a few bloggers and Youtubers are doing a spin on Throwback Thursday, where they take a look at past favorites to see what they currently think of those products.  I thought I would jump on the bandwagon!

Here are my favorites from July 2011 & July 2012, along with some very old pictures.

In July 2011, I liked: 

(link goes to my review)
This is still one of my favorite mascaras. I liked that I can get volume without clumps, I liked that it did not smudge or flake, and I really liked that the cap clicks shut. I have also tried other mascaras from the L’Oreal Voluminous line, but this is still my favorite.
Chanel rouge Allure lipstick in Nude + Gosh lipstick in Darling
I haven’t worn this lipstick combination in a while. I remember that the Gosh lipstick in Darling was very hyped as the drugstore alternative to MAC Myth, and that I went to several drugstores in London to find it.  Although the Chanel lipstick is called Nude, it is a very coral color. The Gosh lipstick washed me out when I wore it alone, but it was very nice on top of other lipsticks.

In July 2012, I liked:

(link goes to a blog post with some swatches)
The L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows come up several times in my monthly favorites, most recently in May 2014.  Iced Latte was one of the first ones I ever purchased on a trip to the US, since these are (still) not available in Japan.  
I really should do an updated swatch post on these since I love them so much!

Wow, it was fun to look back at the products I loved so much.  I think I’ll go hunt up the Chanel and Gosh lipsticks to wear again!

Please leave a comment telling me about some old favorites you rediscovered!

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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Up and Down #16 / A Piece of Me… in July 2011

I hope everyone is enjoying summer! It’s getting super hot here, but I heard that Tokyo is even hotter… 35 degrees C (95 degrees F)!  Tokyo is usually hottest during August… so does this mean it’s going to get even hotter?

Because of the nuclear incidents, I’ve heard that many companies in Japan have switched to a Tuesday-Saturday or Wednesday-Sunday work week, to reduce energy consumption on weekdays. Many people are doing their best not to use air conditioning, or to set their A/C much higher than they usually do.  What a difficult task when it’s so hot!!

On to my Ups & Downs!

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes (review coming up!)

This was part of my haul from Hawaii.  I’ve really loved most of the products I bought in that haul!

Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Nude + Gosh lipstick in Darling
Even though it is called Nude, the Chanel lipstick is very coral. Layering Gosh Darling on top gives me a great everyday milky nude lip color which doesn’t wash me out.

The Chanel picture is from Sept 2009, and the Gosh picture is from Oct 2010. At least my lighting skills have improved!

– Meeting up with Lulu!

– Eating lots of fruit, such as watermelon, lychee, mangoes, mangosteens, etc!

– Not getting to play on my Wii Fit as much as I would like. I need to get back in the habit of doing this.

It’s time for A Piece of Me in July 2011.
This month…

I like: being on Week 6 of the Couch to 5k!!!  Woohoo!!!  Now I can run 20 min without stopping!!

I don’t like: that I need to wake up at 6 AM on the weekends to run before it gets hot.
I want you to know: that I’m really, really trying to lose weight… how do I keep at it??

I’ve planned: to go back to Japan this month!

xoxo, K

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Up and Down #13 / A Piece of Me… in April 2011

Wow, can you believe it’s April already?   A year ago in April, I went to NY on vacation.  It’s been a whole year!!!!

– GOSH Lipstick

I bought the coveted Darling (a nude lipstick) in London last fall. While the color is too much like concealer for me, the texture is absolutely wonderful.  It’s creamy and smooth! While Gosh is a drugstore brand and very affordable, it was INCREDIBLY hard to find this because it was sold out EVERYWHERE!

Maybelline the Colossal Volum Express Mascara

I got this while I was in Hawaii.  I really, really liked this mascara – maybe even more than my Cover Girl Lash Blast.  Unfortunately, I need to repurchase it to see if I really like it! A review is coming up soon.

Getting my 3 boxes of makeup from my luggage.  Yes, I have a huge stash. Don’t all beauty bloggers?

The disaster.  

It’s time for A Piece of Me in April 2011.
This month…

I like: rediscovering the 2938794839 shower gels in my stash.  Seriously. Should I take a picture?

I don’t like: that I might not finish using them up in the next 5 years…

I want you to know: I would probably keep going to B&BW if I could!  Ooooh, they have yet another sale right now!

I’ve planned: to try to use up my B&BW and Lush stashes…

xoxo, K

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Final Haul in the UK

We’re finally at the end of my posts about my trip to the UK. Wow, I’ve been posting about this trip for nearly a month!  This is my last haul, I promise!!

Barry M Nail Paint in Mushroom
This is a MUCH hyped product in the UK blogger world, where it is considered a dupe for the Chanel Particuliere nail polish.  I picked up two of these, one to give as a gift.  It is really a wonderful, work-appropriate color and I’m really glad I got it!


Topshop Nail Polish in Gypsy Night
Topshop recently came out with a line of beauty products.  Although the picture makes it look like this is a black polish with silver glitter, it actually has a multi-colored shimmer.  I also got two of these and sent one to Sarah for her birthday.  She calls the polish “OMGWTF”!
  Collection 2000 Hot Looks nail polishes


Gosh Darling Lipstick
Another hyped product.  It was SUPER hard to find this!
L’Oreal Studio Secrets Smooth Resurfacing Primer
During our meetup, Jess enabled me to buy this.
Yinnie enabled me to buy this:
Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Facial Peel
And Jamilla enabled me to buy this:
MUA nail polishes (only 1 GBP each!)
Shopping with beauty bloggers is dangerous!!
I also got these Home Fragrance Oils from the Body Shop

Whew, thanks for tagging along through my month of shopping and sightseeing!  Back to regular blogging now!!

xoxo, K

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