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 #64: May, 2016


I’m finally back to regular blogging, and what better way than to start off with a favorites post! I picked up a lot of new products when I was in New York, but I’ll save those for a future favorites post.


This month, I liked:

MAC Sumptuous Olive eyeshadow

This is a veluxe pearl finish, which is a favorite of many people.

MAC Sumptuous Olive










Kate mascara base

This is my favorite mascara primer, and gives me a lot of length and volume.  Kate is a drugstore brand in Japan. While most drugstores don’t have discounts or sales, Kate can be regularly found at 30-35% off.


MKB Cleansing Oil

This is a makeup remover from Matsumoto Kiyoshi, a major Japanese drugstore. Even though it is from their store brand, I found that this makeup remover works better than many others that I have used. I also like that it doesn’t have a fragrance.


What products did you like this past month?


xoxo, K

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Project 10 Pan, Round 6

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.

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

For a product that wasn’t very pigmented, this product took forever to use up!
Canmake Cover & Stretch concealer
This is my go-to concealer. It is cheap and covers well. I wish I could find something that lasts longer on my skin, though!
Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion
This is an Asia-only formula of the famous Clinique toner. Unlike the traditional formula, it does not smell like alcohol and does not sting my skin.
A great moisturizer & hand cream, but I realized I should stick with cheaper moisturizers!
 Kate Face Powder N
This face powder is really just mediocre. It sets my foundation, but does not make it last very long, and it is not very finely milled. Be careful when you buy it – the “glow” version is very shimmery!
I really liked the minty-sweet scent of this soap and I hope Lush brings it back for this year’s holiday season!
Bath & Body Works Travel Size Twilight Woods Body Lotion
As I’ve mentioned before, I really like the travel sized body lotions and shower gels. I can use them up in about a month, before I get tired of the scent.

The packaging is very cute, and I wouldn’t mind spending the money just to get this tin!  The product is pretty good as well. 

This was a great moisturizer, but the pump dispenses too little product.
It currently comes in a pot, which I think is unhygienic for a hand cream.
The Face Shop Wrinkle Stop Neck Cream
This is a great moisturizer, but the square design of the pot made it very hard to get product out.
This bottle dispenses a fine mist, which is great! I think the product itself is not quite worth the $20 price tag, though.
This soap is one of the most popular Lush soaps.  It is also one of my favorite Lush scents!

Bath & Body Works Travel Size Sweet Pea Shower Gel
This is a great scent if you like sweet florals.

Bath & Body Works Travel Size Sweet Pea Body Lotion

Clarisonic Nourishing Care Cleanser
Yet another mediocre Clarisonic cleanser – so mediocre that I really couldn’t think of what to write in a review!

This is a good primer if you like silicone based primers. The pot is inconvenient, though.

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Gold
 It is now so small that I can’t sharpen it in my pencil sharpener.
Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector
Not sure if this helped even out my skin tone, but it is a nice moisturizer.

  Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX
This was a great sleeping pack which provided plenty of moisture.  A review of this is coming up. 

Bath and Body Works travel size body lotion in Black Amethysts
To me, this lotion smelled berry-ish. I liked it a lot.

Now, on to playing with the stuff I got in New York!

xoxo, K

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Kate Spring/Summer Collection

Here’s the new Spring/Summer collection from KATE!

The official release date is Feb 1, but I’ve already seen it in drugstores!

 Highlights include:
– A new line of eyeshadow palettes, called Gradical Eyes A
(This is basically their third edition of the Gradical Eyes series.  The basic color concepts are the same, but the gradation colors have gotten more interesting)

– A new line of blushers
– A new color in their Diamond Cut Eyes palettes
– Several new base makeup products

Interested?  I know I am!

xoxo, K

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EOTD: gold & purple, and lighting help!!

Thank you to everyone who gave me advice before on how to take a picture of your EOTD.
I was like, “why should I take it in front of a mirror???”, but once I tried it, DUH!

I’m still having problems with my lighting.

In the morning, the sunlight is too bright in my room and it washes out my eyeshadow.
Here are some afternoon pics for comparison!

By the way, the eyeshadow is much much much darker in person. I have no idea why it does not show up AT ALL in the pics!!!!

Natural light
(near a window)

Artificial light
(my living room with the light on)

With Flash

So which one did you like the best?

Oh yeah… What I used:
– cream shadow as primer
– EDM Hot Chocolate all over
– Kate Gradical Eyes WN-1 on outer corner
– Kate Gel Eyeliner GN-1
– Cover Girl Volume Exact Mascara

xoxo, K

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