Monthly Favorites #70: December, 2016

I am so behind on my blog posts! Here is a look back at my favorites from December.

 

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

This is an extremely liquidy foundation. I like to use this mixed with my more matte foundations for a natural look over the winter months.

 

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

This is eye opening for me. It doesn’t seem to have much coverage, yet my dark circles are less visible.

 

elf eye crease brush

I use this to apply the NYX concealer, since it is domed shaped and very small.

 

What have you been enjoying this past month?

xoxo, K

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Monthly Favorites #69: November, 2016

I actually haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup, but I do have a few favorites!

Cover FX Custom Color Drops

I bought this because my skin is darker than it usually is. It is quite difficult to find a range of foundation colors, so I bought this in N70.  I add a tiny drop into my foundation, and it is the perfect color!

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Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation (link goes to my review)

Yes, I’ve had this forever.  It hasn’t changed color, it doesn’t smell strange, and it still looks good. I love the squeeze tube and I wish every brand used this packaging!

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation

Sofina Prima Vista primer

This is a best selling primer for the summer. I gave in to the hype at the beginning of the summer and there is still some left. Surprisingly, it still looks good on my skin!

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Hope you enjoyed my favorites!

xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from September

Here is a look at my favorites in September 2013 and 2014.  September tends to be a hot month in Japan, so my favorites are still very summer-y!

 

In September 2013, I liked:

The Beauty Blender (link goes to my review)

I tend to go back to this every few months, even if I find another makeup sponge that I like.  I don’t like the price tag, and I don’t like how it bleeds color, but the texture is hard to beat.

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VOV Daily Fresh Apple AHA Peeling Gel (link goes to my review)

This was one of the first AHA products that I have ever tried. I haven’t repurchased it these past few years, because it is hard to find in Japan. I’ll probably try it next time I go to Hong Kong or Korea.

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In September 2014, I liked:

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation (link goes to my review)

I don’t know what it is that I love so much about this foundation!  It looks great on my skin, but the lasting power isn’t so fabulous.  I have repurchased this foundation, and I still use it regularly.

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation

 

Jordana Color Tint Blush in Coral Touch (link goes to my review)

This was a great, affordable cream blush. I was planning on repurchasing it on my next trip to the US, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. It is available online for shipping to the US from Jordana’s website, so I strongly recommend it if you can get it.

Jordana Cosmetics Color Tint Blush Sticks

 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (link goes to my review)

This is, by far, my favorite foundation brush. It gives a great buffed finish, it is soft on my skin, and it is affordable.  Although I have been using sponges almost exclusively recently, I still recommend this brush.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Brazilian Tan

This was part of a limited edition collection. This is a warm brown color with a hint of peach.  I realized this is the best nude color for my skin tone!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Brazilian Tan

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo, K

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Favorites from 2015

I’m a little late to the game, but here are my favorite products from 2015!

If you are interested in seeing my past favorites, I have done an annual roundup for 201420132012,2011, 2010, and 2009.

All links go to my reviews.

 

Best foundation: L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup 

I picked this up because of all the great reviews online. I love how the finish looks very natural!

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup
I really do not like the packaging, though, so I put it in an airless pump bottle that I got at Daiso (a Japanese dollar store).  This is another great find and I have been putting all of my foundations into these pump bottles.

 

Best high end mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Action mascara
Wow, I never thought I would find a high end mascara that I thought was worth the price. This mascara made it look like I had more eyelashes than I actually did.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes

 

Best drugstore mascara: Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara

This mascara delivered on all the things I need – fuller lashes, good separation, and no transferring under my eyes. I even tested this during the summer, and it lasted throughout the humidity!

Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara

 

Best eyeshadow: Barry M Dazzle Dust in Rose Gold 

I found out this past year that I look good in rose gold! I loved this eyeshadow and I went through an entire pan!

 

Best makeup product that I never thought of: Daiso Eyeliner coat

This is a liquid that you put on top of your eyeliner to prevent it from transferring. It has been life changing for me! Previously, I could never wear eyeliner on my lower lash line without having it transfer or disappear within a few hours. With this product, my eyeliner lasts and lasts.  I have never seen a similar product from any other brand!


Best eyeshadow primer: Milani eyeshadow primer

This is definitely the best eyeshadow primer out there. Most other eyeshadow primers are too oily for my lids, but this one makes my eyeshadow last all day. I also love that it is in a squeeze tube, and that it is so affordable.

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Best high end lipstick: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N9

This product was from the 2014 Sephora birthday gift, and I found that it really worked great for my lips. The color gave my lips a natural flush, and unlike most lipsticks, it did not make my lips peel.

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Best drugstore lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle

This lipstick gives my lips a slight tint – which is just the thing I wanted when I did a more dramatic eye look.

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Best Perfume: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche

This is a limited edition fragrance that comes out every summer. I finally got my hands on it, thanks to a good friend. The scent reminds me of vacations in the tropics.

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Best new hair tool: Sparkly Soul Headbands

2015 was the year when I started running outside.  A good friend suggested these headbands when I was looking for something to keep my hair out of my face. They really do not move!

Favorite hair product: Lush Sea Spray

After cutting my hair shorter at the end of 2014, I have been enjoying salt sprays for my hair to give it a carefree, tousled look. Salt sprays are a little difficult to find in Japan, but I have had good luck with this one from Lush.

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Favorite new makeup tool (tie):

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I bought this product solely for the purpose of reviewing it – and I fully intended to say that the original Beauty Blender was much better. However, I found that I am really loving this! The flat surface makes blending foundation easier than with a round surface, and the softness is the same as the original Beauty Blender.  What a steal at $10!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

 

Elf Small Stipple Brush

I bought this brush because it was so liked on Youtube, and I found that it works great for cream blushes. Unfortunately, I quickly destroyed my first brush, so thankfully a friend helped me to buy a new one!

Elf small stipple brush

Real Techniques Blush Brush

In general, I have better luck with eye brushes than with face brushes. For some reason, it is hard for me to find a blush brush that works for me, in terms of color placement, blending, and how it feels on my skin. A friend recommended me this brush, and I really love it!

Real Techniques Blush Brush

 

Favorite new body product: Lush Love Soap

I bought this to support same sex marriage, just after the landmark decision in the US. The soap turned out to be fabulous – a great scent and great lather. I wish it were permanent!

 

Hope you enjoyed my 2015 favorites!

xoxo, K

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Monthly Favorites #60: December, 2015

This year has been a year of heavy domestic travel for me.  Some of it has been for work and some of it has been for vacation.  I have been on the Shinkansen (bullet train) at least 2 times each month, and I have also been on a domestic flight almost every 3 months.  I’m a little more used to international travel, so traveling a lot in Japan is new for me!

 

On to my favorites!

 

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation (link goes to my review)

The weather suddenly turned colder this past month, and with it, my skin turned drier. Although this foundation is a matte foundation, I found that it did not make my skin look patchy or dry.

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (link goes to my review)

This sponge works really well with the MUFE foundation, making it look super natural. The only downside is that it does absorb foundation.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

 

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

This is a great, affordable daily cleanser that also exfoliates.  aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

 

Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne

This is such a unique scent, and I’m really thinking about buying a full sized bottle!

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt

 

What were your favorites this past month?

 

xoxo, K

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