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 August

Here are my favorites from August 2014 and 2015. Apparently I did not do a favorites post in August 2013.

 

In August 2014, I liked:

Martha Tilaar Caring Colours Everlast BB cream (link goes to my review)

This was a really great BB cream from a local Indonesian brand. It is very affordable, had good coverage for a BB cream, and worked well in the hot/humid Jakarta environment.

Martha Tilaar Caring Colours Everlast BB Cream

 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer Treatment (link goes to my review)

I picked this up when I went to the US solely because of all of the hype online. I usually don’t like products with applicators that cannot be cleaned, but this product worked so well that I was willing to overlook it!  I never repurchased this because I have a lot of concealers, but I still think this is one of the better under eye concealers that I have ever used.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer Treatment

 

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive (link goes to my review)

I liked the color, but I ultimately decided that matte lips do not work for me!

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Lip Balm in Elusive

 

Jordana Color Tint Blush Stick in Blushed (link goes to my review)

Ahh… another product that was constantly in my favorites until I used it up! Unfortunately I couldn’t find Jordana cheek products when I last went to the US. If you want to try them out, they are available on the Jordana website.

Jordana Cosmetics Color Tint Blush Sticks

 

In August 2015, I liked:

Shirt Cool (link goes to my review)

This is still a must have product for every summer. Spray it on your clothes, and the minty cooling sensation will last for about 30 minutes. I used up this bottle early this summer and have since repurchased a new one.

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Daiso Ever Bilena eyebrow coat (link goes to my review)

I have a feeling that many Japanese girls use this, or some product similar to this… if they grew up in the “thin eyebrow” phase of the 90s. This product is meant to be brushed on to your eyebrows (or the areas on your skin that you drew on) to ensure they do not “disappear”

Thick eyebrows have been the norm these past few years, but it looks like thin eyebrows may be coming back soon.

Daiso Ever Bilena Eyebrow Coat

 

Gatsby Body Wipes (link goes to my review)

Yet another must have product for the summer. This is the best body wipe on the market in terms of how cooling it is! I have a packet at home and a packet at work.

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Sparkly Soul Headbands

I use these headbands when I run to keep the hair out of my face. They really do not slip!

 

Hope you enjoyed a look back at my past favorites!

xoxo, K

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Review: Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light

This is a review of the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light, which I picked up on one of my trips to the US.
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When this product was first released, it was a limited edition product. I searched around for it after reading many reviews online.

When I first tried the product, I was unfortunately disappointed. The product did not blend well into my skin, and also did not absorb well.

I tried it again recently with a makeup sponge, and it works much better! Previously, I tried using a stippling brush or my fingers, but the product was just too liquidy.  I found that using a sponge absorbs enough liquid to make it easy to use.

 

What it does: (from the Revlon website)

The iconic skin illuminator is now better than ever. Banish dullness and even out skin with light capturing crystals and photochromatic pigments for a lit-from-within look.

• Wear alone to highlight and brighten
• Mix with or wear over foundation to banish dullness and even out skin tone
• Available in 4 luminous shades

Price: Varies. I found it around $6.50.

Availability: Revlon is widely available in US drugstores, supermarkets, and discount stores.

 

What I thought: 

This product gives me a subtle highlight. The liquid itself is shimmery, but I get a subtle highlight because I use a sponge to apply it.  I found that I like using powder or cream highlighters better than liquid ones!

 

Would I repurchase? No

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from May

This month, I am revisiting my favorites from May 2013 and 2014.

 

In May 2014, I liked:

Milani Shadow Eyez eyeshadow pencils

These were my favorites for a VERY long time, until I used them up completely.  I still recommend them – they are the only cream eyeshadow that does not crease on my oily eyelids.

Milani Shadow Eyez
L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Amber Rush

The Infallible eyeshadows are a favorite of many beauty bloggers, and I loved Amber Rush so much that I have a dedicated review! What a great color for a one shadow look.

 

Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks

I also loved these for a very, very long time.  I was looking forward to trying out new Jordana products when I was in New York. However, they have all but disappeared from the drugstores! I found a few places that stock the lip colors and eyeliners, but no blushes to be found anywhere!
Jordana Cosmetics Color Tint Blush Sticks

Revlon Photoready Skinlights face illuminators in Bare Light and Peach Light

I still own these, and I still think they are beautiful. However, recently I prefer cream or powder highlighters.
Revlon Photoready Skinlights face illuminators in Bare Light and Peach Light

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Brazilian Tan
I broke this out again recently, and it reminds me that brownish pink lipsticks actually do look good on me!Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Brazilian Tan
In May 2013, I liked:

Lush Dirty Shower Gel

This is a cult favorite at Lush, but to be honest, I don’t think it is very memorable.  Many people like the scent, and there is even a Lush Dirty perfume!

Lush Dirty Shower Gel
Bioderma cleanser

I really, really do not get the hype about this product.  I felt that it did not remove my makeup very well.   I prefer an oil-based cleanser, but if you are looking for something which you do not need to rinse off, I recommend the Neutrogena wipes.
Bioderma Sebium H2O Non-Rinse cleanser

 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye

This is still one of my favorite eye creams.  It hydrates my eye area without becoming sticky, so I was even able to use it when I lived in Indonesia.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye

 

It looks like May was a mix of hits and misses. If you know of a place near you which sells Jordana cosmetics, please let me know!

 

xoxo, K

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