Empties Jan – Sep 2014 part 2

This is part 2 of my long overdue empties post.  While I lived in China and in Indonesia, I tended to hoard beauty products because there were a lot of things I couldn’t purchase in those countries. Now that I am back in Japan, I am trying to get through all of them.  It’s been a long journey – for example, although it has been a year since I came back, I still have cotton pads that I hoarded!

Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction body lotion
(link goes to my review)
This was a surprisingly good body lotion and moisturized my body well.  I want to try a different scent next!



Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods shower gel and body lotion
(link goes to my review)
I’m not sure how many of these I have purchased.  That’s saying a lot, considering I only have a chance to buy BBW products when I go to the US.


Philosophy The Gingerbread Girl shower gel
(link goes to my review)
I purchased this product as part of a set quite a few years ago. The scent of this product reminds me a lot of sweet ice tea with lemon.


Bath and Body Works Aromatherpy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Cream
This product is a thick body cream which works great in the winter.


St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea scrub
(link goes to my review)
I think I purchase this every time I go to the US.  This is a gentle facial cleanser that lathers up well with a facial net, and I love the scent.


Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Lavender Vanilla shower gel
(link goes to my review)
This is a rare product because although it is vanilla scented, it is not sweet smelling. I enjoyed this scent a lot.


Bath and Body Works Pure Paradise body lotion
(link goes to my review)
This product was very fruity scented. If you enjoy fruit scents, this may be a good product for you.


Bath and Body Works French Lavender and Honey body lotion
I don’t remember much about this product, except that the honey scent was not strong.


Lush Prince Charming shower gel
(link goes to my review)
This product smells like sweet grapefruit, and reminded me a lot of spring.


Urban Decay All-Nighter spray
I am not sure how well this product works. In the summer, I tend to sweat off my makeup, even with this on. Is there such a thing as sweat proof foundation?


What products have you used up recently?

xoxo, K

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Project 10 Pan, Round 7 – Just in time for my move!

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.

Project 20 Pan usually takes around 6 months for me. This round took around 4 months (Round 6 was posted in May).  This round was faster probably because all of the products are either skin care or bath stuff, which tends to be easier for me to finish up.  I’m also trying to use up half-used products before I move.

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

The over-hyped MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
 The background is super pinkish.  Sorry I didn’t correct the color!

Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Black Amethyst
Most of the time, I only buy travel sized bottles from Bath and Body Works. They still last me nearly a month.

Dior Addict 2 Eau de Toilette
 This was my go-to fragrance for a long time, but it does not last well on my skin.

Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Shower Gel
You can see the difference in quality between this and the previous picture.  From this picture on, I used my DSLR!

Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Lotion
This smells like caramel to me, which is not surprising considering it’s “warm vanilla”. This would probably have been a better scent to use in the autumn and winter.

Seabreeze Deo + Water
I’ve mentioned this in a favorites post last year, and only just realized that I don’t have a review on it!

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque
 I finally finished this after reviewing it 2 years ago! I liked the results of the chemical exfoliation but the price was way too high.

This was a very sweet fruity scent, much more suited to summer than any other season. I’m glad I only bought the mini bottle since I could quickly use it up.

 This was the first My Scheming mask that I tried and I liked it. It provided just enough moisture for my summer skin.

I will admit I cheated a little on this product – I used it on my body as well. Just a reminder to myself never to buy such a big bottle of face moisturizer!

Loved the smell, disliked the texture/packaging/price!

This is probably my favorite shower gel from Lush so far.

Bath and Body Works Moonlight Magic Shower Gel
I didn’t do a review on this because it was a limited edition scent and had been discontinued by the time I got around to using it. It took forever to use up.

I loved the scent! I wonder if it will be rereleased this holiday season?

This is a great moisturizer. I wish I could have seen significant results from it.

 If this had also helped my makeup last longer, I would probably have enjoyed it a lot more.

To be honest, I bought this by mistake when I wanted to pick up the Brazen Honey mask which I love so much. I’ll have to pick up a Brazen Honey mask next time I’m in the US!!

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
Clinique’s website suggests this for Dry to Combination skin, but I really don’t think anyone with any dry skin should use Lotion 2. It works well for my skin in the summer. In fact, I can tell when the seasons are changing because this stops working for me.
On a separate note, I realized recently that the Japanese version and the American version of this toner are dramatically different.

Pond’s Oil and Blemish Control Beauty Powder 
 I like the product, but I like silica powder better (and it’s cheaper)

 As I said in the review, I loved the product but hated the packaging. I can’t really squeeze out all the product from a metal tube!

I have done so many Project 10 Pan posts that I have a routine for the process!
(1) I take pictures of each product as I finish it, because I don’t like hoarding used products (=garbage)
(2) I edit each picture and keep it in a folder inside my blog posts folder. This way, I can keep track of how many products I have used up
(3) When I write the post, I keep my blog open on another tab so I can find the reviews quickly
(4) Sometimes I need to reread the review to remember what I thought of the product!

One thing I learned: Taking pictures of empty products is harder, because the container is light and unstable, and because the empty container easily reflects light.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I’m laying off on Project 10 Pan for a while so that I can enjoy new products while I’m in Japan!

xoxo, K

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Review: Philosophy Gingerbread Man / Gingerbread Girl Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath

This is a review for the Philosophy Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Girl Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath (or 3-in-1). I bought this product in Hawaii last year and had forgotten to post the review!

Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread Girl

What it does: (from Sephora.com)

A multitasking Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath infused with the refreshing scent of ginger spice. This luscious, lathering gel sweetens any day with its extra rich and creamy formula that gently cleanses and conditions, leaving skin and hair feeling ultra soft.

Price: A full sized bottle of Philosophy’s 3-in-1 is $16 for 16 oz (480ml). In this set, each bottle was 8 oz (240 ml), and the set was $20 for the 2 bottles.   A full sized bottle is a good value for money, but I personally think that 480 ml is much too big to use without getting bored!

Scent: Both products smell like ginger.  Gingerbread Man smells like Ginger with Lemon added, and reminds me strongly of lemon iced tea.  Gingerbread Girl smells sweeter. 


  • Foams well, and cleans well without stripping my body of moisture
  • I really enjoyed both scents
  • Gingerbread Girl does not leave obvious glitter on my body


  • This was my first Philosophy 3-in-1, and I found the product to be very runny, unlike Bath & Body Works’ shower gels. Be careful when you pour out the product.

Notes: Although this can be used as a shower gel, bubble bath, or shampoo, I use it solely as a shower gel.
Would I repurchase? Maybe. I really liked the Philosophy 3-in-1s, and I hope I can try out some other scents next holiday season!

Have you tried Philosophy products before? Please let me know of your favorites!

xoxo, K

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Haul from Hawaii!

In case you are wondering, I did not do a whole lot of sightseeing in Hawaii.  I’ve been to Oahu 4-5 times, so I usually spend my time diving and surfing.

Yes, I hauled quite a lot in Hawaii. I did a lot more damage in New York and in London, but I still got some holiday stuff!

Stila One Step Corrector
I heard about this primer from a few other blogs.  It combines a normal facial primer with different color correctors.

Philosophy the Gingerbread House set $20
This is a limited edition set for the holidays.  Isn’t the outside packaging cute?
There were two different products inside.
The Gingerbread Man Foaming Bubble Bath & Shower Gel
The Gingerbread Girl Foaming Bubble Bath & Shower Gel
Staying with the gingerbread theme, I also picked up this product from Lush.
Lush Gingerbread House Bubble Bar
($6.25 US, 2.45 GBP UK, Ginger Cookie House in Japan, 700 JPY)
As well as some other Lush holiday products…
Glogg bodywash
($8.95, 3.90 GBP, 900 JPY)

Angels Delight soap
($5.95/3.5 oz US, 2.35 GBP/100g UK,  650JPY/100g JP, called Tenjo no Orchestra)

The entire block of soap looks like the picture below.  Smaller chunks are cut from this huge block.

(from Lush.com)

Snow Globe Soap
($5.95/3.5 oz US, 1.95 GBP/100g UK, 650 JPY/100g JP called Snow Dome)
Again, the block looks like this.
I also got some other random stuff…

Maybelline the Colossal Volumin’ Express Mascara
Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow 8 pan in Sunbaked Neutrals

Clarisonic Delicate Brush
This is much softer than the Sensitive Brush.  I think I like this one better!

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes
 St. Ives Green Tea Scrub

I’m looking forward to trying out these products!

xoxo, K
PS: I mentioned the price of some of the holiday items to keep track when I do a review, since I’m expecting that these will disappear from each brand’s websites soon!
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