Empties from April – August 2017

It’s been such a strange summer here in Japan.  Everyone was expecting it to be a super hot summer, and while July was really hot, it rained for 22 days straight in August.  Still, I used a lot of summer products to deal with the humidity.  Here is a look back at my empties in the recent months!

 

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

I really wish every company put their foundation in a container like this. It is a small plastic container with a squeeze tube. It’s super easy to carry around, I can dispense foundation easily, and I don’t need to worry about any spillage! 

 

Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights (link goes to my review)

I feel like this was one of the first liquid highlighting products at the drugstore. I really enjoyed how versatile it was!

 

Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder (link goes to my review)

This is a silica powder with a peach fragrance.  It is a great powder, but buying silica powder in bulk will do the same thing. I used to be able to find silica powder online easily, but I can’t seem to find it anymore!

 

Milani Eyeshadow Primer (link goes to my review)

This is a great, great primer at a wonderful price!  It is a must have in my collection!

 

Beauty Make-up Sponge (set of 20)

I always enjoyed using the Beauty Blender, but it isn’t easy to buy in Japan. I have gone back to using disposable sponges!

 

Bath and Body Works Aloha Waterfall Orchid shower gel

This was the last of my Bath and Body Works collection! I hope I can get more when I visit the US.

 

Sephora Daily Brush Cleanser (link goes to my review)

I’d never used brush cleansers before, but I picked this up on a whim at Sephora. It cleans my brushes well and doesn’t leave a scent.

 

Rohto Skin Aqua Super Moisture Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

This is my go-to SPF for my body. I like that it absorbs well into my skin and doesn’t leave it sticky.

 

Nivea Sun Protect Plus UV Milky Essence SPF50+ PA++++

This is my other favorite SPF for my body. It is a bit thicker than the Rhoto one, and I like using it when I’m outdoors.

 

Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

This is my go-to SPF for my face. It’s light and absorbs well, but it contains alcohol.

Hope you enjoyed my empties!

 

xoxo, K

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Favorites from 2016

Don’t you love seeing what people liked for the entire year?  Here are my favorite products from 2016.

If you are interested in seeing my past favorites, I have done an annual roundup for 201520142013201220112010, and 2009.

All links go to my reviews.

 

Best foundation:  Cover FX Custom Color Drops

This summer, I spent a lot of time diving. Because of this, many of my foundations were too light for me! Since I didn’t want to purchase a new foundation, I bought the Cover FX Custom Color Drops in  N70.  This is the shade “for medium to deeply tanned skin with neutral undertones”, and it worked out great to adjust my foundations.

 

Best face primer: Kao Sephora Prima Vista primer

It’s been a long time since a Japanese product excited me this much! This primer has been winning a lot of Japanese beauty awards since it was launched. I finally bit the bullet to purchase it, and it definitely makes my foundation stay on longer in the summer.

 

Best eyeshadow: Morphe 12S Soul of Summer eyeshadow palette

Ahh I wish I had been able to buy more Morphe stuff! This is a great eyeshadow palette with lots of every day neutral colors.  Even the blue-gray color in the right hand side works great on my eyes.

 

Best eyeshadow primer: Milani eyeshadow primer

I love how it keeps my eyeshadow from creasing.  I love the price, and I love that it is in a squeeze tube.  Definitely, this is the best eyeshadow primer at the drugstore!

 

Best makeup remover: MKB Aqua Cleansing oil

Surprisingly, this is a store brand product from Matsumoto Kiyoshi, a major Japanese drugstore chain. It is one of the cheapest cleaning oils available, and yet it takes off all of my eye makeup easily.

 

Best new skin care product: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

I bought this on a suggestion from a fellow blogger. This is such a great chemical peel and definitely worth the price tag.  My skin feels smoother and looks better every time I use it.

 

Best fragrance: Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne

Ah, if only Jo Malone perfumes were more affordable… This is such a wonderful scent which is feminine without being sweet or fruity.

 

Best hair product: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

Another year, another salt spray. Salt sprays are my go to styling product in the summer months. This year, I finally found a product from the drugstore which works! I also love how this smells.

 

What were your favorite products of 2016?

xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from July

This month, I am revisiting my favorites from July 2014 and 2015.  It seems I didn’t do a favorites in July 2013.  Apparently I have a habit of skipping favorites in the summer!

 

All links go to my past reviews!

In July 2015, I liked:

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

I recently finished this foundation! I bought this because everyone was talking about it.  It didn’t feel special, but it blended beautifully, looked good on my skin, and lasted quite well.  I would buy it again!

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

 

Ahhh, this was one of my favorites in the summer for quite a few years.  It is a local Indonesian brand which I recommend.  It is also very affordable!
Martha Tilaar Caring Colours Everlast BB Cream
I never repurchased this, but I did like how it made my eyelashes look.
Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara

 

Milani Eyeshadow primer

I recently started using this again, after I ran out of the UDPP.  This is very affordable and works well on my oily eyelids. I also love how simple the packaging is!

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Noevir facial wash

I never repurchased this because it is VERY expensive.  Although this is a Japanese brand, this particular product is surprisingly unavailable in Japan.

Noevir Cleansing Crystals

 

Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder

I loved the product, but I hated the packaging.  The lid broke in several places before I used up the product.

Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder

 

 

In July 2014, I liked:

Gatsby Ice Wipes

This is one of my holy grail products in the summer. I reviewed this in 2010 and I still use it.  I use it in the summer when I feel sticky but don’t feel like taking yet another shower, and it makes my body feel cooler and fresher.  Definitely a must have!

Gatsby body paper

 

Shirt Cool

This is a menthol spray that is applied to clothing, and will keep  you cool for about 30 minutes.  It is another must have for the summer!  I usually go through a bottle each year.

shirt cool

 

Biore UV Perfect Milk Sunscreen

This is one of my favorite sunscreens for spring and early summer. It is affordable, so that I can use it liberally.

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Milani Shadow Eyez eyeshadow pencils

This was my favorite cream shadow for such a long time!  I tried to find it again when I was in New York, but I wasn’t able to.

Milani Shadow Eyez

 

Hope you enjoyed a look at my past favorites!

xoxo, K

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Monthly Favorites #66: July, 2016

People are predicting that this will be the hottest summer on the record in Japan.  It was EXTREMELY hot in 2013 when I moved back to Japan from Indonesia – I am NOT looking forward to that again!

Here are my monthly favorites:

 

NARS Orgasm Blush

I picked up this cult favorite a few years ago.  There are a ton of dupes out there for this blush, but I feel that the NARS Orgasm blush is less powdery and stays on longer than the dupes.

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

I’ve started rotating my eyeshadow palettes again, and I still think that this is my favorite out of all the Naked palettes.

Naked+Palette

 

Beauty Blender

I still love the Real Techniques sponge, but this month I have been going back to the original Beauty Blender.  One thing I don’t like so much is that the color of the sponge bleeds.

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Milani Eyeshadow Primer

After using up my UDPP, I have gone back to the Milani eyeshadow primer.  It is creamier, but still does extremely well in keeping my eyeshadow in place.  It’s also very affordable!

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What products have you been loving this month?

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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