Empties for April to June, 2015

Here are my empties from April to June.  For the past few months, I have been trying to use up my stash.  I have a lot of skin care items which I want to use up before they expire!


St Ives Oatmeal Scrub and Mask (link goes to my review)

I heard that the St Ives line was reformulated recently. This was a very creamy cleanser with exfoliating particles. I liked it, but it depends on how much exfoliating you want from your cleanser. I’m interested to try the (infamous) Apricot Scrub some day, since I tried it once many years ago.



Bath and Body Works Endless Weekend Body Lotion (link goes to my review)

This was part of my haul that I did in Hawaii in February. I didn’t like this scent that much as it was very fruity.



Bath and Body Works Wild Madagascar Vanilla (link goes to my review)

I liked this lotion a lot more, and it seems that I am very much drawn to vanilla scents these days.



Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Shower Gel (link goes to my review)

I used to love this scent, but now it smells like toilet cleaner to me. On a side note, I have only one Bath and Body Works product left in my stash!



The Body Shop Aloe & Soft Linen Home Fragrance Oil (link goes to my review)

I am not sure what aloe smells like, but this was a faintly sweet, fresh smelling fragrance oil.



Lush Yummy Mummy shower gel (link goes to my review)

I was not a fan of the smell, but it was purple! and glittery! Can you believe that I have NO Lush products in my stash now? My last bottle of shower gel will be used up in a few days!



Dove Advanced Care antiperspirant

Antiperspirants are only just becoming popular in Japan, so I have very little experience with them. I bought this in the US and was amazed at how it kept me dry throughout the day.



Sea Breeze deodorant (link goes to my review)

This is what I use to keep my body odor at bay. It is also very cooling.




What products have you used up recently?


xoxo, K

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Review: St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub and Mask

One of my all-time favorite daily cleansers is the St. Ives Green Tea Scrub. I love how it is gently exfoliates my skin, and I also adore the scent. However, the last time I was in the US, it was extremely hard to find in stores. Turns out that St. Ives has been renewing many of their products!


I picked up the St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub + Mask on my recent trip to Hawaii. Would this be an every day exfoliator like the Green Tea scrub, or would it be too harsh, like the well-known St. Ives Apricot Scrub?



What it does: (from the St. Ives website)
From America’s #1 Scrub brand, this new dual purpose formula combines oatmeal extract with 100% Natural Exfoliants. Use as a mark to nourish dry skin or as a scrub to smooth away dullness.


Price: As with many US drugstore products, the price varies depending on where you buy it. Walgreens.com lists this for $4.30.


Availability: St. Ives is available at drugstores in the US. The St. Ives website actually has a listing on where it can be bought!


Scent: this product has a sweet, flowery scent. Although I didn’t find the scent to be overpowering, the scent is noticeable.



  • The level of exfoliation was gentle enough for me to use this as a daily cleanser
  • This is a creamy cleanser, and did not leave my skin feeling stripped
  • With a face wash net, this cleanser lathered up to a thick foam



  • In the summer, I would prefer a stronger cleanser


Would I repurchase? Maybe. While I liked the product itself, there are a lot of other cleansers and exfoliators on the market that I want to try out.


Hope you liked this review!

xoxo, K

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Throwback Thursday: Favorites from January

This month, I revisited my annual favorites from 2011 and 2010.

My favorites products from 2011 were:

St Ives Green Tea cleanser (link goes to my review)

This is still my favorite cleanser. It foams up when I use a face washing net, it is lightly exfoliating, and I love the scent. However, it is a little hard for me to find when I go to the US recently.



I used to use Mezaik to change the shape of my double eyelids. This may sound strange to you, but it is a huge obsession for many Japanese and Asian girls. I haven’t used Mezaik recently as I realized it makes me look sleepy in pictures. The packaging of Mezaik has changed recently, so watch out for that if you are looking for it.
I never repurchased this mascara since there are so many on the market. I remember I liked it because it did not smudge under my eye and gave me good volume.
Gosh Lipstick in Darling
This is a super affordable version of MAC’s Myth. Unfortunately both make me look dead. However, I like to layer this on top of other lipsticks which are too bright on my face.
Sonia Kashuk blush brush
I have a love hate relationship with most blush brushes, but I like this one because it is soft and the hairs do not irritate my skin.  It is also super affordable!
After owning a Clarisonic for several years, it seems that mine will no longer hold a charge.  I may have to repurchase it soon.

My favorites products from 2010 were:

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Facial Peel (link goes to my review)

Since Soap & Glory is not widely available in Japan, I never got a chance to repurchase this product. This is a great mask for getting gunk out of your pores.  Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty has a similar effect.

Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Soap (link goes to my review)

I never repurchased this product since Lush has so many soaps that I can’t keep up!  This product and Lush’s It’s Raining Men shower gel have the same scent, so you can choose whether you prefer soaps or shower gels.

Lush Coal Face Cleanser (link goes to my review)

As much as I loved this product, I never repurchased it! I may decide to pick this up again in the summer.

VOV Watershot Foundation  (review here and here)
This was my favorite foundation while I lived in China.  It is a very natural looking foundation which feels very light on the skin. These days, I prefer my Estee Lauder Double Wear.
Barry M Dazzle Dusts in Mushroom (mentioned several times in my blog, look here)
This is still one of my favorite Barry M Dazzle Dusts. Each pot contains so much product that I am still working through them, 4 years later!
(swatch second from left)
Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush (mentioned several times in my blog, look here)
This used to be my favorite way of applying foundation. These days, I prefer round top brushes, such as the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
MAC 217
I still use this every day and it is one the essential brushes in my collection.  Since they are hand cut, each one is slightly different.  I definitely like one of my 217s better than the other!
Hope you enjoyed this look back to my old favorites!
xoxo, K
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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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Revisiting old favorites: May 2011 & 2012

One of the Youtube channels which I have recently started watching recently is Kristen Gehm. She uses Throwback Thursday to revisit a previous favorites video once a month.  I thought it would also be interesting for me to see what I used to love some years ago.

In May 2011 & 2012, I was living in China, so these are all products which I hauled elsewhere and brought with me.
Do I still love my favorites?
(link goes to my review)
I still like this product quite a lot, but it was hard to find last time I was in New York. It could be because of the recent focus on microbead pollution. (edited: this product does not contain microbeads. Thanks to reader Apple for pointing that out!) I loved that with a little effort, I can make this product foam up and therefore use it as my daily cleanser. I also absolutely loved the scent.
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencils – No
This product was all the rage in the beauty blogger community when I started blogging in (gasp) 2009.  Since then, other jumbo eyeshadows have come out that have great pigmentation and do not crease.  Unfortunately, the NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencils can no longer keep up with the progress of other beauty products.
(picture from when this blog was called Bihada Diaries…)
Suave Dry Shampoo – Kind of
Dry shampoos are still not sold in Japan, although “volumizing sprays” (which are essentially the same thing) have started becoming more popular. I still buy a bottle of dry shampoo when I go to the US, and I usually use it up completely before I go back to Japan. I still love dry shampoos, but I haven’t met the one brand that I love.
L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte – Definitely Yes!
I love wearing Infallible eyeshadows when the weather gets warmer and my makeup starts becoming a hassle. This is a great inner corner highlight.  Although the pot still looks pretty full, it is about half full compared to the Infallible eyeshadow I just purchased.
Let me know what you think of these revisits!
xoxo, K
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