Yet another Project 20 Pan

I seem to be doing a Project 10 Pan every 6 months. The reason is that I no longer buy cosmetics.  It sounds horrible to be saying that as a beauty blogger!

Many of you may know the reason why I do not buy many cosmetics anymore. I live in a part of the world where mail is very unreliable, so I no longer buy things on the internet. I could buy local cosmetics, but all of the good brands are either from Japan, Taiwan or Korea, and are heavily marked up.

I do buy a few things every time I am back in Japan, and some of my very kind friends send me a few things when I am on vacation.  It’s a little sad not to be able to try out all of the new products on the market, but it also gives me a chance to really think about what products I really want. For example, right now I’m really coveting the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. But since I can’t get it, I’ll wait until my next trip to the US. By then, I may have forgotten all about it!

I have a separate blog post where I shared some tips on how to complete Project 10 Pan. Please take a look if you are interested in Project 10 Pan but don’t know how to make it work!!

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

As I mentioned in my review, I loved the scent of this product but I thought it was severely overpriced.
Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Twilight Woods
I have several bottles of this product, and so I’m still getting through my collection!

 Yet another bottle of Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Twilight Woods.
This is the travel sized bottle, while the bottle above was full sized. It still takes me over a month to go through the travel bottles!

As I mentioned in my review, I loved the lemongrass scent of this product. It is still strange to me that Lush considers lemongrass to be a winter scent.
This product was a limited edition product for the holidays.  It is currently being rereleased!

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Enchanted Orchid
I did not enjoy this scent as it was too floral for me.

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny
One of my favorite youtubers, emilynoel83, highly recommends this product. It is not highly pigmented, plus it is very cheap, so I recommend it if you are new to bronzers.
As I mentioned in my review, this is a great dupe for a silicone-based face primer such as Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, at 1/9 the price.
I have also reviewed this product before. This is my favorite non-silicone face primer. I heard that Rimmel has a new Fix & Perfect primer, so I’m looking forward to trying that out!

I loved the product, I loved the scent, but I did not love the price for something I could easily make at home!

I had an interesting time trying to use both sides of the soap evenly!
H2O+ Marine Daily Hydrator
This was an oil-free moisturizer that I received as a gift. It was a great light moisturizer, but I did not feel it was anything special.

This is currently my favorite foundation and was on my 2010 favorites list. This foundation is light on the skin, but has pretty good coverage.

This shower gel was very popular when it came out, since it supposedly smells similar to the Lush Honey I Washed The Kids soap.  It was originally limited edition, but has now been made permanent.

I reviewed this product quite recently. It is a great hand lotion, but I prefer not to scent my hands so strongly.

I received the largest size bottle (17 fluid ounces) as a gift, and it took nearly a year to use up! Of course, I didn’t use it continuously.  Still, it reminded me of why I always buy the smallest bottle.

I also reviewed this product recently. If you have not used one of Lush’s solid shampoos before, I suggest you try this one.

As I mentioned in my review, I felt this product was really overpriced for what it did. It also smelled cheap.

Another cleanser I reviewed recently. Hint: Cetaphil is very similar and less than 1/4 of the price!

The Face Shop Wrinkle Stop Eye Cream
This was a great hydrating eye cream, but I really did not see any difference in my eye area.

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Butterfly Flower
I remember not liking this scent so much, but it wasn’t so bad this time. It is a little too much like perfume, though.

Bath & Body Works Shower Gel in Butterfly Flower
Yes, I’m slowly getting through my stash of Bath & Body Works products!

What products have you used up recently?

xoxo, K

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Thank You! Love from Sarah

When I was in Japan last month, Sarah sent me the earrings that I had asked her to make for me.  I ordered them a while ago, but due to my move, she wasn’t able to send them for a while.  I am so glad that she could send them to my hotel in Japan!

Gold wire-wrapped crystal baroques

I swooned when I saw these in person.  They go with everything I wear!  Thank you so much, Sarah!!!

Skin Food Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder
I got this from Sarah’s blog sale.  I love using this powder, and I’ve written a review of it previously.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
This really makes a huge difference!  Unfortunately, it costs about $25 in Japan.

Sarah is a sneaky girl… As usual, her package contained A LOT of extras!!!!!!

A cute pair of white and gold earrings
These are also extremely versatile!  I love them!!

Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon palette in Lust and Vanity
I’m itching to try these after MONTHS of reading about them on beauty blogs!!

L’Oreal De-Crease and NYC Lip Slider


Thank you again, Sarah!!! 

xoxo, K

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Hauling in New York – Part Two!

Here is Part 2 of my haul!

I realized I didn’t take pictures of some of the things I bought that I’ve already started using! I’ll try to find some pictures online!

I collect Starbucks City Mugs!
The one for New York was a bit boring, so I got this mug instead at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

I went to Lush and got some things!

Angels on Bare Skin
Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask (I love this so much I got two!)
Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask
I realized that these containers leak… especially Brazen Honey!

New! Solid Shampoo
I went to Bath & Body Works and got 5 full sized items!
Velvet Tuberose Shower Gel and Body Lotion
This is a new scent for me, and I really like it!
Twighlight Woods Body Lotion
I love this scent so much…
 …that I got the body splash as well!
Twilight Woods Body Splash
Moonlight Magic Shower Gel
I’m not sure yet if I like this one!

I went to MAC to Back 2 MAC
They were snotty again!  Either I don’t have the confidence to pull off shopping at the MAC, or I have too high standards from living in Japan!!!

 Silver Ring Eyeshadow

Goldmine Eyeshadow

I went to Target…
I’m not going to bore you with the multitude of other things I bought, but here are the beauty things!  Looking at it now, it’s not much!
(Mona kept wanting me to go to CVS with her!  I should have, because I did not get half the stuff on my wishlist!

NYC bronzer

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner

 Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes
These are SO much better than any wipes I can find in Japan!

Milani Liquif’ Eye Eyeliner
I got the black one, and it’s seriously LOVE!!
I should have gotten more!

Brush Cleanser
I’m pretty sure I got this at a drugstore somewhere!

Band-Aid Friction Block Stick

This is such a fantastic invention!  I buy one every time I go to the US!
ROC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
This is the only anti-aging item I bought… even though I was planning to buy a LOT more!
The Sonia Kashuk Beauty Blender Dupe
I’ve tried both, and I like the Beauty Blender more.  Then again, I think this is pretty good for $10!

Isn’t it funny how American girls buy Japanese magazines, and I like to buy American magazines???
Real Simple is my LOVE.  Too bad it’s not shipped here!
That’s it!  Not too much!!
I really was planning on going crazy, but something held me back…
I think that when I went to Target, I didn’t buy everything I wanted, but then I got over my urge to haul!  Oh well!!
Next up: My bra fitting experience
xoxo, K
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