Empties from April – August 2017

It’s been such a strange summer here in Japan.  Everyone was expecting it to be a super hot summer, and while July was really hot, it rained for 22 days straight in August.  Still, I used a lot of summer products to deal with the humidity.  Here is a look back at my empties in the recent months!


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

I really wish every company put their foundation in a container like this. It is a small plastic container with a squeeze tube. It’s super easy to carry around, I can dispense foundation easily, and I don’t need to worry about any spillage! 


Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights (link goes to my review)

I feel like this was one of the first liquid highlighting products at the drugstore. I really enjoyed how versatile it was!


Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder (link goes to my review)

This is a silica powder with a peach fragrance.  It is a great powder, but buying silica powder in bulk will do the same thing. I used to be able to find silica powder online easily, but I can’t seem to find it anymore!


Milani Eyeshadow Primer (link goes to my review)

This is a great, great primer at a wonderful price!  It is a must have in my collection!


Beauty Make-up Sponge (set of 20)

I always enjoyed using the Beauty Blender, but it isn’t easy to buy in Japan. I have gone back to using disposable sponges!


Bath and Body Works Aloha Waterfall Orchid shower gel

This was the last of my Bath and Body Works collection! I hope I can get more when I visit the US.


Sephora Daily Brush Cleanser (link goes to my review)

I’d never used brush cleansers before, but I picked this up on a whim at Sephora. It cleans my brushes well and doesn’t leave a scent.


Rohto Skin Aqua Super Moisture Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

This is my go-to SPF for my body. I like that it absorbs well into my skin and doesn’t leave it sticky.


Nivea Sun Protect Plus UV Milky Essence SPF50+ PA++++

This is my other favorite SPF for my body. It is a bit thicker than the Rhoto one, and I like using it when I’m outdoors.


Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

This is my go-to SPF for my face. It’s light and absorbs well, but it contains alcohol.

Hope you enjoyed my empties!


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.



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!



Hope you enjoyed this look back at my old favorites!


xoxo, K


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Review: Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner

This is a review of the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner. This is actually the first time I tried a brush cleaner! Before that, I had only tried homemade brush cleaner.
Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner


What it does: (from the Sephora website)
This cleanser works to remove dirt and makeup residue from both synthetic and natural brushes. As it cleans, it conditions and protects the fibers with a blend of sandalwood and amur cork tree bark extracts. PPG-2 myristyl ether propionate helps to cleanse and remove makeup easily. Isodecyl neopentanoate provides anti-tack properties to keep brushes soft and silky.


Price: $8.50/2 oz


Availability:  This is a Sephora brand product, which is available at Sephora stores and at Sephora online



  • Removed makeup well from my natural hair makeup brushes
  • Did not leave any noticeable traces of my brushes
  • Easy to use



  • It was hard to find the right amount of product to use. I usually use this product by folding a paper towel in half and then spraying a few spritzes. I found that even with this small amount, the product completely soaks the 2nd layer of the paper towel.  1 spritz was not enough to clean my brush.  I guess I should have used 1 spritz, cleaned my brush, and then applied another spritz to a new section of the paper towel to clean what was left on my brush… but that’s just way too annoying.


Would I repurchase? Yes, this is an effective and affordable product.


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from June

This month, I revisited my favorites from June 2012 and 2013. It seems that I did not do a favorites in 2014!  Let’s see if I still like my old favorite products.


In June 2013, I liked:

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Energy Orange Ginger Lotion & Shower Gel

I like most of the scents in the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy line, and this scent continues to be one of my favorites. I have repurchased this product a few times since then – which is surprising, since BBW continues to come out with so many new products!



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

This is a local Indonesian product which I read about in Indonesian beauty blogs. I wore this non-stop while I lived in Indonesia, and I continue to wear it in the summer months since coming back to Japan. This reminds me – I should break it out soon!



In June 2012, I liked:

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation for Combination/Oily skin

This is one of the first foundations I ever bought (obviously not the same bottle), and I recently started using it again (more obviously not the same bottle). It costs 3x as much in Japan but it comes with a pump… which is not worth it because I can buy an airless pump bottle for $1.



Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer Brush (link goes to my review)

I don’t know if this is still available, but if it is, and you like to buff in your foundation, RUN AND BUY THIS.  It’s $10 and the softest, best kabuki brush I have ever used.



Sephora Pro Concealer Airbrush #57

I was recently introduced to the Real Techniques concealer brush, and that one seems to be working better for my under eye area.



MAC 211 eyeliner brush

The only reason I haven’t been using this brush is because I haven’t been wearing gel eyeliner. This is still my favorite brush for gel eyeliner, and very much worth the effort I spent to hunt it down.



Have you rediscovered any favorites lately?


xoxo, K

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Up and Down #24: June 2012

Memorial Day has passed, so that means that it’s officially the start of summer for Americans!  In Japan, June is the rainy season – days and days of endless rain.  I’d say that in Japan, summer starts in mid July.  On the other hand, September is fall for most Americans, but in Japan, it’s definitely hot until the end of September!

On to my Ups and Downs!

Ups: There are lots of makeup favorites this month – I have been having a blast playing with the stuff I bought in New York!

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation for Combination/Oily skin
A lot of people say that this is a heavy foundation. I like to sheer it out with…

Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer Brush
This is soft, made well, and is cheap – $10! I highly recommend this brush!  I like to use this as a kabuki brush. I run it under the faucet, squeeze out the excess water, and buff in my foundation for a sheer finish. This is a HUGE brush – the head is as big as the apple of my cheek.  For detailed foundation application, such as under my eyes, I use…
Sephora Pro Concealer Airbrush #57
I had been thinking of buying the much hyped #55 foundation brush for a while. Joey suggested I buy this instead, and it’s definitely a LOVE!

One more brush this month…

MAC 211 eyeliner brush
I have been looking for a brush for gel eyeliner for a while. I wanted something pointed, something that was soft on my eyes, yet able to draw eyeliner either thick or thin.  Too picky? I thought so too, but then I found this brush!

Getting back in to running
I admit, this has been hard. I feel better when I run, so I have been trying. The Couch to 5k app has helped a lot (I use this one, but there are several on iTunes).
My weekday schedule, when I can manage it, looks like this:
                            6:30 PM – leave work
                            7:10-7:30 PM – arrive at home
                            7:30 PM – eat dinner (in a hurry)
                            8:00 PM – run
                            8:40 PM – shower, get ready for tomorrow, wind down
                            10:00 PM – try to sleep
I wake up at 5 AM and leave home at 6:30 AM for work. I have found that when I run at night, even with 6-7 hrs of sleep, I wake up VERY tired. I’ll have to figure out something that works for me.
Downs: Crap to deal with at work. Everyone has this sometimes, right?  But hey, at least there aren’t any products which I bought in the US that don’t work for me!

How was your May?

xoxo, K

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