Empties from November 2016 – March 2017

Here are some of my empties from the recent months!

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N9 (link goes to my review)

I received this as part of the Sephora birthday gift. I loved this color, and the texture also worked well with my lips.

I wish all lipsticks came in this size!

 

NO7 Dramatic Lift Mascara

I bought this mascara after reading many great reviews, but unfortunately it smudged on me!

 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl eyeliner

I liked this eyeliner pencil, and the color was a little bit lighter than what I usually use.

 

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (link goes to my review)

I really liked this eyeshadow primer! It made my eyeshadow last very well!

Kao Sofina Prima Vista primer (link goes to my review)

This primer is really popular in Japan! It made my foundation last throughout the day, even though it didn’t keep my skin fully matte.

 

L’Oréal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray

I’m so glad that drugstore brands are coming out with setting sprays!

 

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche

This is a limited edition perfume that Estee Lauder launches each summer.  I loved this so much that I bought a full size bottle!

Seabreeze Deo + Water Deodorant (link goes to my review)

This is my staple deodorant and I go through it quite frequently!

Lush Yuzu and Cocoa shower gel (link goes to my review)

This is the most recent Lush body wash that I bought.  It is an interesting scent, a mixture of citrus and chocolate.

 

Muji Jojoba oil

I purchased this oil last winter to combat my dry skin. It worked well, but I think I prefer a lighter oil

 

Hope you enjoyed to see my empties!

 

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush Yuzu and Cocoa shower gel

Long time readers of my blog know that I love Lush products. The problem is that I have tried most of their soaps and shower gels, and there are times when I can’t find anything new to try! Fortunately, I found the Lush Yuzu and Cocoa shower gel on my last trip.

 

Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is native to Japan. It is used often in Japanese food and sweets, and has a fragrance which is not sweet but not as sharp as lemon.  But combined with cocoa? Although orange and chocolate is a great combination, I’ve never had anything that combines yuzu and cocoa, so I was very interested to see what this would be like.

 

What it does: (from the Lush website)

Enough cocoa and tonka to make Mr Wonka wish he’d invented something half as sweet. Citrusy fresh yuzu juice is blended with reassuring cocoa and tonka absolutes for a shower that smells like chocolate oranges. You might not be able to lick it, but with a scent this sumptuous your comfort eating cravings are sure to be satiated.

 

Price: 9.95 GBP, 20.95 USD, 2000 JPY for 250g.

 

What I thought:

First, the scent… I loved it! Cocoa seems to take an edge off of the scent of yuzu, making it citrusy without being sharp. This definitely isn’t the scent of your household cleaners!

As with most Lush shower gels, this is very liquidy. I like to apply it to a wash cloth to use it, but I still felt that it did not lather very well that way. The best way to get lather is to apply it directly, and ensuring that it does not get diluted with water.

The color is a bit off putting, though – it is florescent yellow!

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe.  I liked the product well enough, but I felt like I was using a lot of it at once, and I used it up pretty quickly.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

 

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Products I’ve Repurchased – Skin, Hair, and Body

The market is flooded with new products all the time, but which products have stood the test of time? I’m always interested to see what products people have repurchased, because those are the real favorites.   Surprisingly, the last time I did a blog post on items I repurchased was way back in 2011!

In this post, I will share the skin care and hair products which I have repurchased.

 

If you are interested to see what I repurchased in 2011, here are links to the old posts:

 

Skin products

Face wash net (link goes to my review)

I always, always use a face wash net when washing my face. It creates a rich, creamy lather. These are available at Daiso and other 100 yen stores, and I’ve repurchased them countless times.

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Cotton Labo Mekuru Cotton Large Size (link goes to my review)

This cotton sheet is made up of 5 thin layers, so that they can be split to make lotion masks. I like this brand so much that I bought tons of backups when I lived abroad.

 

MKB Cleansing Oil

This is a store brand cleansing oil from Matsumoto Kiyoshi (a drugstore chain in Japan), and it is surprisingly good. It rinses clean, doesn’t have a strong scent, and dissolves makeup well.

Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun hyaluronic acid essence (link goes to my review)

This is a well-loved essence which I have repurchased countless times. It moisturizes well and is very affordable!

 

Lush Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask (link goes to my review)

This is still my favorite mask from Lush, which I use to pamper my skin. Fresh Face Masks go bad pretty quickly, so I suggest freezing them if you can’t use them up.

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Hair products

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (link goes to my review)

Ever since I cut my hair, I have been loving salt sprays to add texture. The Bumble and Bumble one is still my favorite.

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Lush Sea Spray  (link goes to my review)

Since I can’t buy the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray in Japan, I like to buy the Lush Sea Spray.

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Body products

Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel

This has been my go-to sunscreen, both for my body and for my face. I like that it dries down quickly and doesn’t leave a residue on my skin.

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Seabreeze Deo+Water deodorant (link goes to my review)

This has been my go-to deodorant for a very, very long time. It is hard to find antiperspirants in Japan, so I stick with deodorants.

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Shirt Cool (link goes to my review)

A favorites post in the summer time always includes a mention about Shirt Cool. This is a menthol spray that you apply to your clothes, and it keeps you feeling cool for about 30 minutes.  It is a lifesaver in the hot, humid summers!

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Gatsby Ice Deodorant Body Paper Ice Citrus (link goes to my review)

I go through about a pack and a half every summer. Although there are several brands which sell cooling wipes, I found that the Gatsby Ice Deodorant one has the strongest cooling sensation. I also usually have a smaller package to keep in my purse.

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Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods (link goes to my review)

I like Bath and Body Works products a lot, and I tend to buy a few every time I’m in the US. With so many new scents coming out all the time, there are very few that I have repurchased.  The Twilight Woods scent is one of the few that I have bought multiple times.

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Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Energy Orange Ginger (link goes to my review)

This is the other Bath and Body Works scent that I have repurchased. It is fresh and  energizing!

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Wow, I’m surprised to see that there are some products that I’ve never reviewed, even though I’ve bought them multiple times.  Looks like I have some reviews to write!

 

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Have you rediscovered any favorites recently?

xoxo, K

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