Monthly Favorites #73: August, 2017

Ack, I’ve been away from blogging so much!  I realized my last post is from… March!!! Oh wow.

 

An update on my life? A lot has changed.

  • I got a new job
  • I moved to Tokyo

The move was a little unexpected, and my new apartment is about half the size of my old one.  I’ve had to downsize a lot!

 

Here is what I have been loving in August!

MAC Stereo Rose MSF

This is a much hyped product which was last released in 2010. I rediscovered it while I was moving and have made an effort to use it more! It is a VERY shimmery blush.

 

Shirt Cool by Kobayashi Pharmaceuticals

This is a spray that you apply to your clothes, and it keeps you cool for about 30 minutes.  This summer has been pretty cool, but it is still humid and I find lots of uses for this.

 

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Another old favorite which I rediscovered during my move. I have the original Naked palette, as well as the 2 and 3, and I think I like this the best.

 

What have you been loving this month?

xoxo, K

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Throwback: Favorites from March

It’s the time of the month to revisit some old favorites!   Here is a look back at my favorites from 2014 and 2015!

In March 2015, I liked:

Barry M Dazzle Dust in Rose Gold
(picture from my Instagram)

I used up this eyeshadow a while ago!  I haven’t bought a new Barry M Dazzle Dust in a few years, and I hope they are still as good as I remember!

 

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara (link goes to my review)

While I initially liked this mascara, it ended up smudging under my eyes.  I really like that L’Oreal mascaras click shut, so if I recommend them if you can find a formula that works for you.

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Putting foundation into little squeeze tubes for traveling
(picture from my Instagram)

This is still the way I carry my foundation when I am traveling. I use bottles which are intended to put into bentos, which don’t leak and are 8 for $1!

 

In March 2014, I liked:

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation (link goes to my review)

This was one of my favorite foundations for a very long time. However, Revlon foundations have gotten really expensive, and I can find better foundations at a department store.

 

Dejavu Lasting Fine R Pencil eyeliner (link goes to my review)

I haven’t repurchased this in a while, but it is a great long lasting pencil eyeliner.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette

Between the Barry M pigment I liked in 2015, and the Naked 3 palette I liked in 2014, apparently I like rose gold in March!  I still own this palette and I use it regularly.

Wow, this month I am only using  2 of the 6 products I used to like!

 

xoxo, K

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Monthly Favorites #68: October, 2016

Wow, somehow I hadn’t blogged in a month!  I guess things were pretty hectic around here.

 

Here are my favorites for October 2016!

 

Nars Orgasm blush (link goes to my review)

The weather has cooled down a little, so I am back to using powder blush.  This is a great color for my skin tone.

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Urban Decay Naked 3 palette

Although this isn’t my favorite Naked palette, I seem to be using this a lot this past month.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

I bought this when I was in the US.  It is SUPER matte, and I like to mix it with other foundations to make them last longer.

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What were your favorites last month?

 

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.

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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.

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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!

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Hope you enjoyed seeing what I have repurchased?

xoxo, K

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Empties from June and July 2016

Here are my empties from June and July.  This month, I made some great progress!

(all links go to my reviews)

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup (link goes to my review)

I bought this foundation after reading several positive reviews online. This product blended very well and made my skin look great.  However, it is extremely liquidy, so I recommend putting it into a pump.

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Urban Decay Primer Potion (link goes to my review)

Wow, I used up a UDPP! I wish they still came in squeeze tubes like this one. Currently, I’m using the Milani eyeshadow primer, which is very affordable and works well for my oily eyelids.

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Bibo Eyeful Eyebrow Pencil in Light Brown

Because most Japanese people naturally have dark hair, it is hard to find eyebrow products for lighter hair. I have been using this light brown eyebrow pencil for a long time.

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Escada Turquoise Summer Eau de Toilette (link goes to my review)

This is a berry-scented eau de toilette, and a very interesting scent for early summer.

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Chloe Eau de Parfum (link goes to my review)

This is a sweet, floral scent, which I enjoyed using in the spring.

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MKB cleansing oil

I seem to be using one of these every 2 months. Although it is a store-brand product from Matsumoto Kiyoshi (a major drugstore in Japan), I like it better than other cleansing oils.

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Curel Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion

This is a very rich moisturizing cream for the body.

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Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel

This is my go-to facial SPF.  I like it because it does not make my skin greasy. However, this product has alcohol in it, so some people may not like using it on their face.

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Biore UV Perfect Milk sunscreen (link goes to my review)

This used to be my go-to sunscreen for the body.  It is a little greasy, so I like it better in the cooler months.

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Kose Sun Cut Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 Waterproof

I really did not like this sunscreen. Although it is called a gel, I felt it was very thick. It also left a white cast on my skin.
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Hope you enjoyed seeing my empties!

xoxo, K

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