Review: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Yeah, I have dark circles under my eyes.   I have a hard time falling asleep daily and as a result, I usually haven’t had enough sleep.  As a result, I use concealer under my eyes regularly – in fact, my undereyes are the place where I use the most concealer!


I’ve tried a lot of different concealers to hide my dark circles, and I tend to gravitate towards ones with high coverage. I’ve tried color correctors before, most notably the famous Bobbi Brown one, but I didn’t find that they really erased my dark circles.


That being said, I really don’t know why I picked up the NYX Dark Circle Concealer in light. I don’t like concealers in pots and I swatched it but I didn’t feel that it was pigmented.  I’m glad that I did!

What it does: (from the NYX website)

A serious solution for one of beauty’s most challenging problems! No fancy names just a product that can be counted on to do the job. The product glides on without looking thick or obvious. The subtle hint of orange counteracts the appearance of dark circles while natural skin-toned pigments work in unison to provide the ultimate coverage.


Price: $6


What I thought:

I don’t get how this works! The product is very thin and spreads evenly.  It doesn’t seem to be very pigmented, but somehow it cancels my dark undereye area!  I like to use a small brush to apply it, and then I tap it with my fingers. This seems to be better than using a brush or sponge to blend it.


This was an unexpected find.  I’m so glad that I tried it!

xoxo, K

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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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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from November 2011 & 2012

This month, I’m revisiting my favorites from November 2011 & 2012.


In November 2012, I liked:


Lush Twilight shower gel (link goes to my review)
This product was limited edition for the 2012 holiday season, has not been rereleased since. I liked that the lavender scent of this product, and am disappointed it has not become a standard for Lush’s holiday collection!


Daiso False eyelashes (link goes to my review)
These were the first false eyelashes that I used, and I still haven’t found a better product for the price. If you want to wear falsies for a special occasion, there are so many different types at Daiso that there’s bound to be one that suits you. If you wear falsies regularly, I prefer the ones from Donki.


In November 2011, I liked:

MAC Honey Lust Eyeshadow
I haven’t worn this eyeshadow recently! I remember that it was a little flakey, and the payoff was not so good. If you like intensely shimmery eyeshadows, I recommend Fyrinnae.


NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencil in Yogurt
Wow, what a jump back in time!  Back then, it was impossible for me to find a cream eyeshadow that did not crease on my eyelids.  The NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils were also very popular in the beauty blogger world as well.  These days, I recommend the Milani Shadow Eyez eyeshadow pencils, which come in great colors, and also do not crease!


Hope you liked this trip back through memory lane!

xoxo, K

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Revisiting old favorites: May 2011 & 2012

One of the Youtube channels which I have recently started watching recently is Kristen Gehm. She uses Throwback Thursday to revisit a previous favorites video once a month.  I thought it would also be interesting for me to see what I used to love some years ago.

In May 2011 & 2012, I was living in China, so these are all products which I hauled elsewhere and brought with me.
Do I still love my favorites?
(link goes to my review)
I still like this product quite a lot, but it was hard to find last time I was in New York. It could be because of the recent focus on microbead pollution. (edited: this product does not contain microbeads. Thanks to reader Apple for pointing that out!) I loved that with a little effort, I can make this product foam up and therefore use it as my daily cleanser. I also absolutely loved the scent.
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencils – No
This product was all the rage in the beauty blogger community when I started blogging in (gasp) 2009.  Since then, other jumbo eyeshadows have come out that have great pigmentation and do not crease.  Unfortunately, the NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencils can no longer keep up with the progress of other beauty products.
(picture from when this blog was called Bihada Diaries…)
Suave Dry Shampoo – Kind of
Dry shampoos are still not sold in Japan, although “volumizing sprays” (which are essentially the same thing) have started becoming more popular. I still buy a bottle of dry shampoo when I go to the US, and I usually use it up completely before I go back to Japan. I still love dry shampoos, but I haven’t met the one brand that I love.
L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte – Definitely Yes!
I love wearing Infallible eyeshadows when the weather gets warmer and my makeup starts becoming a hassle. This is a great inner corner highlight.  Although the pot still looks pretty full, it is about half full compared to the Infallible eyeshadow I just purchased.
Let me know what you think of these revisits!
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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