Review: Baby Foot – want smooth heels?

This is a review for Baby Foot.  This is a product which helps dead skin on your feet peel off.

During the summer, a lot of Japanese magazines show how to get dead skin cells off of your feet, especially your heels. Having cracked, powdery heels in considered unattractive by Japanese media. There are a lot of products, such as pumice stones and heel files, designed to help you get rid of the dead skin cells.

Baby Foot is an innovative product in that it promotes getting rid of dead skin cells without using physical abrasives. There are a few other brands of the similar products, but this was the first one that I learned of.

This product has attracted a lot of attention in Japan, partially due to their marketing.  They prominently show pictures of the product in action (links to their website).


The main purpose for me to review this product was to assess whether it was worth the hype. Is it just great marketing, or does the product actually work well?

What it does: (from http://babyfoot.co.jp/e/product/)
Baby Foot series is developed in particular to care for the dead skin cells which produce problems with the sole. The principal ingredient of Baby Foot is Fruit Acid which is very gentle compare to other acid. Fruit Acid penetrates into the layer of dead skin cells and works on the desmosomes between the skin layers, enabling easier peeling. The dead skin peels off naturally due to natural turnover (*1) and friction which occurs every day. In addition, Baby Foot contains 17 types of natural extracts with a high moisturizing power. The foot may be reborn just like a baby’s after peeling. The Baby Foot series is a total foot care series not only for peeling but also for maintaining a healthy foot.


Price: 1680 JPY  (around $22 USD). I felt this was pricey even for Japan, where most drugstore products are above 1000 JPY ($13 USD). 

Instructions:

This is what is included in the box – a plastic bag-type thing, made to look like a sock, with some gel inside. There are two of these in the box, one for each foot, plus some tape.

Instructions are printed on the back of the box.
Put a clean foot inside the bag and tape it shut. After 2 hours, take the bag off and wash your feet.


Here are some additional thoughts I had about using this product:
1. Since the bags have gel inside them, it is really dangerous to walk around with these bags on your feet. Your feet will slide around when trying to walk.
2. Because of the this, consider how you will spend your two hours.
3. There is no immediate peeling. I started peeling 2 days after I did this treatment.
4. I started peeling from the parts of my foot where the skin is thinnest, such as the arch of my foot.
5. The part of the skin that remained the longest was my heel, meaning where my skin was toughest.
6. The skin peels when there is a combination of moisture and friction. I walked outside on a hot, sunny day with sandals and my skin began to peel a lot. Consider where you’ll be while the skin is peeling (for example, I would probably not go on a date until my skin stopped peeling)
7. This product only took off the outermost layer of skin.  The skin on my heel remained tough.

Here is my foot on Day 3
(yep, that gross thing on the floor is a piece of skin)


Here is my foot on Day 5
The red area is where my skin already peeled. You can see that part of the skin is pinker than the rest.
The blue area is where my skin hasn’t peeled yet.  My heel is where my skin is toughest, and the part where I wanted the most dramatic change.



Pros:

  • Actually removes the dead skin cells on the outer layer of your skin
  • Visually interesting

Cons:

  • Does not have a dramatic change on the parts where your skin is thick. 
  • The effect is not long lasting, since your skin will keep regenerating
  • Expensive

Would I repurchase? No. Yes, this is an interesting product, but it did not work well on my heel, which is the area I needed it to work the most on.

My heels are really horrid, as you can see from the picture. If you have had a spa treatment or a pedicure which really gets rid of cracked heels, please let me know!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Products I would repurchase – Skin Care

This is Part 2 of my series on products I would repurchase or have repurchased.  This time, it’s all about skin care products! I have reviewed all of these products on my blog before, so please click the product name to go to the review.


Skin Care
Keana Nadeshiko Baking Soda Scrub Powder Facial Wash
I mentioned in the review that I would probably not repurchase this again, because I could make this by mixing baking soda with my normal facial cleanser.  However, this is a great product if you are too lazy (like me) to mix it by hand.

Lush Angels on Bare Skin
I actually do not have a review post on this product, even though I have repurchased it multiple times. I have two comparison posts for it (one for the US/UK vs Japan versions, and one to compare it with the Lush Buche de Noel cleanser), as well as a post on how to keep it creamy.
I really need to do a thorough review on it!  This is a great gentle exfoliant, although I would not use it as a cleanser.

Lush Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask
As I mentioned in the review, this is my favorite Lush Fresh Face Mask and I repurchase it every time I go to the US or to the UK (Fresh Face Masks are simply too expensive in Japan, see the cost comparison in the review post). It is a great exfoliator and I love how it smells.

(stock photo)

Lush Coal Face Cleanser
This is a great cleanser for normal to oily skin. Although I received it as a sample, I’m excited to repurchase it!You can read my review here.

 (stock photo)

Lush Mask of Magnaminty
As I wrote in my review, this is a really minty exfoliator. Steer clear of this if you have sensitive skin as both the strong mint smell and the adzuki beans may irritate your skin.  If you can handle it, it’s a great product!  The Lush Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask is very similar, so check out that post if you would like to see a comparison between the two.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
This is the very best brand of makeup wipes I have used.  They get my makeup off completely but they are not harsh, and the cloth is also very soft.  However, if I use my Clarisonic after using a wipe, I’ll always see a bit of makeup on the Clarisonic.  This doesn’t happen if I use an oil-based cleanser.  I guess wipes don’t remove all of my makeup.  However, if you like wipes, these are the ones I recommend.

Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun hyaluronic acid Eki (toner)
I can’t tell you how many bottles of this I have repurchased. I use up one bottle every 2 weeks, and I rotate through the various Hadalabo toners depending on the season and how my skin feels.

 

 (stock photo)

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Facial Peel
Yet another great exfoliator!  However, this uses salicylic acid to exfoliate.  Like the Lush Mask of Magnaminty, this has kaolin and menthol to keep the oils under control.

St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea scrub 
This is a great exfoliator which is gentle enough to use every day. It is also great as a daily cleanser, and I love the smell.  I cannot wait to get my hands on another tube!

VOV Daily Fresh Mini Pack Apple AHA Peeling Gel
This is a very affordable exfoliant which is also very easy to use.  If you can get to Korea, I strongly recommend you pick up some packets of this mask!

As you can see, I love my exfoliators. I guess it’s because I can immediately feel the difference they have on my skin!

Coming up – body washes and tools I would repurchase!

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

Candy!!!

Thank you again, Sarah!!! 

xoxo, K

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Pressed mineral eyeshadows and swatches!

I blogged recently about some pretty mineral eyeshadows that Blair kindly gave me, which I had pressed.  I got a few comments requesting swatches, so here they are!
Of the 6 eyeshadows she sent me, I’ve pressed 4.
All of these eyeshadows are from Coastal Scents.
I’ve used these eyeshadows a few times after pressing them, so sorry about the mess!
Arubian Coral Mica
A very pretty true pink.  This picture has a slight blue tinge to it, and it is actually pinker.

Sunstone
A pretty yellow gold color.  Light yellows look very white on me, due to my strong yellow undertone.  This one turned out to be a very pretty gold!
Antique Gold Mica
This is a khaki shade.  I did not mix it well enough, as you can see from the uneven patterns in the eyeshadow.  It does not affect how the eyeshadow applies.
Black Star Red Mica
This is a very pretty purple eyeshadow.  The name doesn’t sound like it’s purple, but I guess Black + Red = Purple? The downside of this eyeshadow is that it blends away if you blend it too much!
Swatches!
From left, Arubian Coral Mica/Sunstone/Antique Gold Mica/Black Star Red Mica
Sunstone didn’t show up very well due to the intense sunlight where I took this picture, but it is every bit as pigmented as the other colors.  I especially like how Arubian Coral Mica turned out! As I mentioned previously, it is now my go-to eyeshadow!
I like to press any loose eyeshadows and pigments I have.  I seem to be able to apply them better in pressed form! 
xoxo, K
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Review: Cellnique products

Cellnique contacted me to do a review of some of their products.  You may have seen reviews of this brand on other blogs!

I answered a few questions regarding the condition of my skin and what I was most concerned with, and they chose some products for me.  Since I am very interested in anti-aging and correcting discoloration, these are the products that they sent me.

Derma Whitening Essence (website here)

What it does: This is a high-performance lightening essence that effectively targets the appearance of dark spots to give skin an extraordinary radiance and natural color. It is a revolutionary formulation for gradual fading of pigmentation or harm caused by free radicals.
(from their website)

This is a yellowish cream that I use on your pigmented areas, or on my entire face.

Price: $73
Pros:
– Contains Idebenone
– Contains Licorice Extract
– Not heavy
– Does not smell strongly
– The website says that it tingles, but I have not felt that

Cons:
– I haven’t seen any visible difference in my hyperpigmentation.  However, I will continue using this to see if it is effective.

Would I purchase?
Most likely not.  At this price, I would rather purchase something with hydroquinone or niacin.

Intensive Hydrating Oasis Gel (website here)

What it does: A highly concentrated Aloe Vera gel-based skin soothing and calming formulation designed for all skin types. This soothing gel is further enhanced with the infusion of Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut, and Marine Collagen to deliver an ultra effective moisturizing function.
(from their website)

This is a clear gel-type moisturizer which I applied to my entire face.

Price: $41
Pros:
– a light moisturizer which is good for summer.  I would switch to something heavier in the winter.
– the website says that it is sticky, but I don’t really think so
– no scent


Cons:
– the price

Would I purchase?
Probably not. $41 for a simple moisturizer is too much for me.

Advanced Bio Renewal Masque (website here)

What it does:
This unparalleled scrub masque is formulated with bio-captured fresh fruit enzymes and acids complex. It works effectively in exfoliating dead cells, optimizing cellular renewal performance and deep pore cleansing, thus revealing a softer, fresher and healthier skin.
(from the website)

This is a mask which contains clay, some gritty particles, and AHA/Enzymes for exfoliation.  I left it on my skin for 15-20 min, and then rubbed it into my skin before rinsing it off.

Price: $51

Pros:
– this really works!  It makes my skin feel very soft, and it stayed that way for a few days!

– with enzymes, AHA, and the particles, there is GOOD exfoliation!
– even without rubbing the mask in, it exfoliated my skin

Cons:
– I felt stinging, most likely from the AHA.
– It smells like strawberries, which I don’t really like. 

Would I purchase?
Yes, this really works!

Their website is very easy to navigate.  I love that there are pictures of the actual product, as in a pump of the essence, so that you can see its color and texture.  They also list their entire ingredients list.

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by Cellnique.  I have no affiliation with this company and am not being compensated for my review.  My reviews are my honest opinions.

xoxo, K

PS:  Have you entered my giveaway? There are a few days left for your chance to win a box of Limited Edition Japanese Kit Kats!

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