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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Empties from November 2015 to February 2016 – Part 1

Here are some of my emptiness from November 2015 to February 2016. I’m always surprised at how many empties people have each month.  I struggle to use up even a whole bottle of shower gel!

(all links go to reviews I have done before)

Milani Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast

I recommend these eyeshadow pencils so much. They look great by themselves or as a base, and they don’t crease!

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YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau foundation

I never did a review on this foundation because when I got it, it was already discontinued. I did not like the applicator, but this gave my skin a nice even finish without looking too cakey.

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Skinfood Buckwheat loose powder

I completely forgot about this product until I realized it was taking up a lot of space in my makeup drawer.  It is a finely milled powder that I can apply on top of my makeup without looking too unnatural.

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Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder

While I liked the product itself, I did not like the packaging. The plastic top will crack if you keep the product where it can get squeezed.

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Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Orange Ginger shower gel

This is still one of my favorite scents from Bath and Body Works. If you are looking for a shower gel which isn’t too floral or fruity, take a look at this one.

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Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Lavender Vanilla shower gel

This is another one of my favorites from Bath and Body Works. It is a change to have a vanilla scented product which isn’t very sweet.

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Stay tuned for part 2 of my empties!

xoxo, K

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Empties for October, November and December 2014

Here are the products I used up in the last 3 months of 2014! I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing my empties.  When I watch empties videos on Youtube, I amazed at how many products people can use up in a month.  It takes me a very long time to use up skin care products, and makeup takes forever!

 

Clinique Happy Eau de Parfum
I apply only a very small amount of perfume, so it’s amazing when I use up a bottle!  I remember picking this up at a CCO in London quite a few years ago.

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer Treatment (link goes to my review)
This product made it in to my favorite products of 2014! That’s pretty amazing considering I picked it up expecting not to like it.

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Bath and Body Works Cashmere Glow body lotion
I’m just about done with my BBW stash, just in time for another trip to the US!  This product smelled similar to the vanilla scents from BBW, but not quite as sweet.

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Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa Super Rich Body Cream
This is part of the True Blue Spa line at BBW, and is thicker than their normal body lotions.

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Sleek Vintage Pigment
I bought this product when I went to London, and pressed it into a pan.  It is a shimmery antique gold color which I got a lot of use out of.

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Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods shower gel (link goes to my review)
This is a much loved, much repurchased product.

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Bath and Body Works Tiki Beach 3-wick candle
This was the first 3-wick candle I purchased, and I learned that they are way too big for me, and also do not burn evenly in my home.  I’ll stick to the medium candles from now on!

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Bath and Body Works Island Margarita 3-wick candle
You can see the soot at the top of the container, where the candle did not burn evenly!

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DET Clear Fruit Enzyme Powder Wash
(link goes to my review)
This was a great facial cleanser for my skin, with gentle exfoliating properties.

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Urban Decay 24-7 eyeliner pencil in Zero and Whiskey (link goes to my review)
I got the Urban Decay Naked palette when it still came with this pencil, and now it is available to buy individually! From trying out this pencil, I found out that I definitely need to use brown eyeliner on my lower lash line as black looks too harsh. This was a great eyeliner, but I still love Jordana pencils more (and they are much, much more affordable!)

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Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation (link goes to my review)
This product made it into my favorites numerous times. It feels lighter on the skin compared to the original Revlon Colorstay, but it did not last on my skin as well.

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Skinfood Fermented Soy Milk Wrinkle Care Sleeping Mask (link goes to my review)

 Sleeping masks are a hassle-free way to give your skin some pampering.  Just slather it on and go to sleep! It is surprising to me that while sleeping masks are popular in Korean cosmetic brands, I have never seen them in other countries.

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Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Facial Scrub (link goes to my review)

This is a very affordable skin care product that I picked up while I was in the Philippines. It did brighten my face, but the scrub was a little harsh.

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I enjoy reading other bloggers’ empties posts because the reviews tend to be more in depth, and I can find a lot of great products that I want to try next.  Hope that my empties post inspires you to try some of these products as well!

xoxo, K

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Review: Skinfood Fermented Soy Milk Wrinkle Care Sleeping Mask

I have mentioned before that on most days, I apply a lotion mask on my face every night. Some nights, I come home so tired that it is a struggle just to remove my makeup, and I really cannot handle preparing and applying a lotion mask.  This is where sleeping packs come in handy.

Sleeping masks (aka sleeping packs) are facial masks that are formulated to go to sleep in. This means you can go to sleep without washing it off.  I have reviewed other sleeping packs before, the Skinfood Fermented Pomegranate Whitening Sleeping Pack, the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack Ex, and the Laniege Firming Sleeping Pack.  This is a review of another Skinfood product, the Skinfood Fermented Soy Milk Wrinkle Care Sleeping Mask.

What it does: (from the Skinfood website)
An anti-wrinkle sleeping mask containing adenosine and soy milk ferment extract forms a protective layer onto skin and provides continous moisturization overnight, making skin smooth, resilient, and moist by morning.

Price:
To be honest, I really don’t know. The Skinfood Fermented Pomegranate Whitening Sleeping Pack is 14000 Korean Won (around $13.50 USD), so I suppose this is a similar price.

Scent: When pumped out, this product has a slight floral-herbal scent, which I did not notice when I applied it to my skin.

Availability:  Skinfood is a very popular Korean brand. In Seoul, I found many free standing Skinfood stores. Skinfood has also expanded to 13 other countries including Japan and the US. However, I have found that purchasing online is usually cheaper than in the stores in Japan.

Pros:

  • Very light, watery texture
  • Absorbs quickly.  Once I apply the product, it is absorbed into my skin within a few minutes
  • Does not have any residue.  I can’t handle products which make my skin sticky!
  • I love the hygienic pump.
(picture from a previous blog post, when this blog was still called Bihada Diaries…)

Cons:

  • During the dry winter, I still needed an additional moisturizer
  • I don’t see how this reduces wrinkles. All products which are moisturizing reduce wrinkles, but I didn’t see any dramatic results

Would I repurchase? Maybe. I found that the Skinfood Fermented Pomegranate was more moisturizing. It is still a great product, and if you are interested in sleeping packs, I recommend you try this out.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Empties Oct-Dec 2013

Since coming back to Japan in August, I have made an effort to use up the products in my stash. I’m finally down to one backup for my lotion!  Here are the products I used up between October and December.
Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder (link goes to my review from wow, 2009)
This is one of my favorite finishing powders. It is a silica powder with a soft peachy scent.
(link goes to my review)
This is not a full sized product, but it lasted me a month!
(link goes to my review)
One of my all-time favorite face washes! I love how it gently exfoliates my skin, I love the lather, and I loooovveee the scent.
And to prove to you how much I love this, here is another empty tube of the same product. This one is a travel size.
(link goes to my review)
This was a surprisingly nice scent for me.  It was less sweet than other vanilla scented products I have used in the past. As always, the travel size lasted me over a month.
(link goes to my review)
Unfortunately, this is one of the few products on this list which didn’t work for me. It made my scalp itchy, which is the biggest deal breaker for me in a shampoo.
(link goes to my review)
This is one of the Bath and Body Works sets that I found in my stash after coming back to Japan. I thought the scent was too sweet for me, but it grew on me after a while. I should try to find a candle with this scent.
(link goes to my review)
I loved this scent. I really wanted a home fragrance with this scent – Bath and Body Works needs to release one soon!
Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber shower gel and body lotion
I liked this scent a lot, and I didn’t notice that I hadn’t written a review until I tried to find a link for this post. I thought I had written one a long time ago.
On a different note, I can tell from the background that I took this picture on the balcony of my hotel room in Hawaii.  I had such a great time and I want to go back SO SOON.

Wow, I used up 4 different pairs of Bath and Body Works products. The travel sized bottles last me about a month, which is the perfect length for me so that I don’t get bored of the scent. I still have several bottles left in my stash, which I want to try to use up soon!

xoxo, K

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