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Throwback: Favorites from February

Here is a look back at my favorites from February 2014 and 2015.

 

In February 2015, I liked:

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow Crayon in Everlasting Gold

I effectively used this up!  It was a great chubby eye pencil, equally good as an eye base and as an all over eyeshadow.

 

 

Nichido 7x Volume Curl mascara (link goes to my review)

Nichido is a local brand that I found in the Philippines. These products were super affordable, and I liked this mascara a lot. If I ever have a chance to go to the Philippines again, I will definitely check this out!

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Airless pump for foundation

I get these airless pump bottles at Daiso and other 100 yen stores. They are made of plastic, and are a hygienic way to store your foundations that come without a pump!

 

In February 2014, I liked:

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (link goes to my review)
I currently use sponges to apply my foundation, but if you like brushes better, this is the foundation brush that I recommend. It is soft, very affordable, and buffs your foundation in to a natural finish.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Misbehaved
(picture from my instagram account)
I haven’t been wearing anything on my nails in a very long time… They are no longer shown on the Sally Hansen website, so it looks like they may have been discontinued!  Oh dear – I liked them a lot!
 Ahh yes, one of my favorite foundations ever. I think I talk about this product waaayyyy too much! This is only one of two foundations that I have ever repurchased.
Hope you enjoyed seeing my past favorites!
xoxo, K
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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from September

Here is a look at my favorites in September 2013 and 2014.  September tends to be a hot month in Japan, so my favorites are still very summer-y!

 

In September 2013, I liked:

The Beauty Blender (link goes to my review)

I tend to go back to this every few months, even if I find another makeup sponge that I like.  I don’t like the price tag, and I don’t like how it bleeds color, but the texture is hard to beat.

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VOV Daily Fresh Apple AHA Peeling Gel (link goes to my review)

This was one of the first AHA products that I have ever tried. I haven’t repurchased it these past few years, because it is hard to find in Japan. I’ll probably try it next time I go to Hong Kong or Korea.

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In September 2014, I liked:

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

I don’t know what it is that I love so much about this foundation!  It looks great on my skin, but the lasting power isn’t so fabulous.  I have repurchased this foundation, and I still use it regularly.

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation

 

Jordana Color Tint Blush in Coral Touch (link goes to my review)

This was a great, affordable cream blush. I was planning on repurchasing it on my next trip to the US, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. It is available online for shipping to the US from Jordana’s website, so I strongly recommend it if you can get it.

Jordana Cosmetics Color Tint Blush Sticks

 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (link goes to my review)

This is, by far, my favorite foundation brush. It gives a great buffed finish, it is soft on my skin, and it is affordable.  Although I have been using sponges almost exclusively recently, I still recommend this brush.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Brazilian Tan

This was part of a limited edition collection. This is a warm brown color with a hint of peach.  I realized this is the best nude color for my skin tone!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Brazilian Tan

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo, K

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Products I’ve repurchased – Makeup

Since I recently did a blog post on skin care products that I have repurchased, I decided to do a similar product for makeup and tools as well.  I rarely repurchase makeup products because there are always new products and new colors on the market. Many times, the product I bought has already been discontinued!

 

If you are interested to see what I repurchased in 2011, here are links to the old posts:

 

Makeup that I have repurchased:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

My go-to makeup in the summer! Many people say that this is a thick foundation. I like using it with a Beauty Blender to give a natural looking finish.

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Kate Lash Maximizer

This is an eyelash primer from the Japanese drugstore brand Kate. It is affordable and works well to make my eyelashes thicker and longer.

 

Bibo eyebrow pencil

It is really hard to find light eyebrow pencils in Japan. Bibo is one of the few brands which sell light brown eyebrow pencils, so I have repurchased this product several times.

 

Daiso eyeliner coat

This is a top coat for eyeliner to prevent it from melting off. It looks like liquid eyeliner, and works well especially for my lower lash line.

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Jordana 12 Hour Made To Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

I like the Espresso Last color, which is a dark brown. The pencil is pigmented and quite soft.

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Daiso Ever Bilena Eyebrow Coat (link goes to my review)

This is a top coat for the eyebrows, and is especially useful if you draw eyebrows with pencil.

Daiso Ever Bilena Eyebrow Coat

 

Urban Decay Primer Potion (link goes to my review)

The famed eyeshadow primer! I still think this is the best eyeshadow primer that I have used so far.

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Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation 

I especially like the one for Oily/Combination skin. However, the last time I was in the US, this cost $13-14!  Wow, drugstore stuff is getting very expensive.

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Tools that I have repurchased:

ELF Small Stipple Brush (link goes to my review)

I like using this to blend cream blushes. It is inexpensive and works well.

Elf small stipple brush

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (link goes to my review)

I am still torn whether I like the original Beauty Blender or this one better. I definitely like the price of the Real Techniques sponge better!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

 

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I have repurchased?

xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from February

Here is a look back at the products I liked in February 2014 and 2013.

 

In February 2014, I liked:

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (link goes to my review)

This is still one of my favorite foundation brushes. It blends foundation very easily, it is very affordable, and it is even cruelty free.  The downside is that the black part of the handle is rubber and tends to break down after about a year or so.  I still recommend this brush if you like to buff in your foundation.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

 

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Misbehaved

I haven’t been wearing anything on my nails recently, but I still choose Sally Hansen Salon Effects over traditional nail polish. I also feel that the Sally Hansen nail strips are the easiest to use and also the most affordable.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

I used up a whole bottle of this liquid foundation, which is amazing! When I went to buy a new one, I found that the color names of this foundation are different between different countries!  Be careful if you are buying online in a place where you can’t return makeup.

 

In February 2013, I liked:

Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57

I haven’t been using brushes to buff in my concealer lately. Maybe I will start using this brush again!

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Hope you enjoyed this look back at my old favorites!

 

xoxo, K

 

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Favorites from 2015

I’m a little late to the game, but here are my favorite products from 2015!

If you are interested in seeing my past favorites, I have done an annual roundup for 201420132012,2011, 2010, and 2009.

All links go to my reviews.

 

Best foundation: L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup 

I picked this up because of all the great reviews online. I love how the finish looks very natural!

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup
I really do not like the packaging, though, so I put it in an airless pump bottle that I got at Daiso (a Japanese dollar store).  This is another great find and I have been putting all of my foundations into these pump bottles.

 

Best high end mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Action mascara
Wow, I never thought I would find a high end mascara that I thought was worth the price. This mascara made it look like I had more eyelashes than I actually did.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes

 

Best drugstore mascara: Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara

This mascara delivered on all the things I need – fuller lashes, good separation, and no transferring under my eyes. I even tested this during the summer, and it lasted throughout the humidity!

Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara

 

Best eyeshadow: Barry M Dazzle Dust in Rose Gold 

I found out this past year that I look good in rose gold! I loved this eyeshadow and I went through an entire pan!

 

Best makeup product that I never thought of: Daiso Eyeliner coat

This is a liquid that you put on top of your eyeliner to prevent it from transferring. It has been life changing for me! Previously, I could never wear eyeliner on my lower lash line without having it transfer or disappear within a few hours. With this product, my eyeliner lasts and lasts.  I have never seen a similar product from any other brand!


Best eyeshadow primer: Milani eyeshadow primer

This is definitely the best eyeshadow primer out there. Most other eyeshadow primers are too oily for my lids, but this one makes my eyeshadow last all day. I also love that it is in a squeeze tube, and that it is so affordable.

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Best high end lipstick: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N9

This product was from the 2014 Sephora birthday gift, and I found that it really worked great for my lips. The color gave my lips a natural flush, and unlike most lipsticks, it did not make my lips peel.

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Best drugstore lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle

This lipstick gives my lips a slight tint – which is just the thing I wanted when I did a more dramatic eye look.

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Best Perfume: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche

This is a limited edition fragrance that comes out every summer. I finally got my hands on it, thanks to a good friend. The scent reminds me of vacations in the tropics.

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Best new hair tool: Sparkly Soul Headbands

2015 was the year when I started running outside.  A good friend suggested these headbands when I was looking for something to keep my hair out of my face. They really do not move!

Favorite hair product: Lush Sea Spray

After cutting my hair shorter at the end of 2014, I have been enjoying salt sprays for my hair to give it a carefree, tousled look. Salt sprays are a little difficult to find in Japan, but I have had good luck with this one from Lush.

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Favorite new makeup tool (tie):

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I bought this product solely for the purpose of reviewing it – and I fully intended to say that the original Beauty Blender was much better. However, I found that I am really loving this! The flat surface makes blending foundation easier than with a round surface, and the softness is the same as the original Beauty Blender.  What a steal at $10!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

 

Elf Small Stipple Brush

I bought this brush because it was so liked on Youtube, and I found that it works great for cream blushes. Unfortunately, I quickly destroyed my first brush, so thankfully a friend helped me to buy a new one!

Elf small stipple brush

Real Techniques Blush Brush

In general, I have better luck with eye brushes than with face brushes. For some reason, it is hard for me to find a blush brush that works for me, in terms of color placement, blending, and how it feels on my skin. A friend recommended me this brush, and I really love it!

Real Techniques Blush Brush

 

Favorite new body product: Lush Love Soap

I bought this to support same sex marriage, just after the landmark decision in the US. The soap turned out to be fabulous – a great scent and great lather. I wish it were permanent!

 

Hope you enjoyed my 2015 favorites!

xoxo, K

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