Review: MKB Aqua Cleansing Oil

Although I don’t always care about whether a product is brand name or not, it is rare that I prefer the store brand version more than a brand name product. However, I really like the MKB Aqua Cleansing Oil so much that I have mentioned it several times in past favorites videos!


MKB is the store brand line from Matsumoto Kiyoshi, a major drugstore chain in Japan. MatsuKiyo, as it is locally known, is easy to find in many large cities due to its distinctive yellow store front.

(picture from Wikipedia)


What it does: (from Matsumoto Kiyoshi)

Not heavy or oily. Removes even mascara thoroughly. Can be used in the shower.


Price: 615 JPY (about $6) / 250 ml. The bottle is about the same size as other cleansing oils.


Availability: This product is available at the more than 700 MatsuKiyo stores throughout Japan, as well as on MatsuKiyo’s website.


What I thought:

I originally bought this because it is much cheaper than brand name oil cleansers. I really like this product, so much so that I have not been buying any other oil cleanser for a while!

The product comes with a pump, and I typically use 1 pump for my entire face. The oil is a bit thicker than other brands, but I feel that this makes it easier to apply to my face without the product dripping. It removes makeup quite well, but I found that I needed to be a little bit more thorough when I used waterproof mascara.

I also use this to clean my makeup brushes, because it rinses clean without any residue.


Would I repurchase? Yes! 


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub

This is a review of the Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub.  When I was in New York this spring, there were so many advertisements for this product that I really wanted to try it.



What it does: (from Ulta’s website)

Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub gently exfoliates your skin then naturally dissolves so you never over scrub. This innovative powder activates with water to deep clean pores and leaves your skin visibly smoother in just one week!


Price: about $10

Availability: This product should be available widely in drugstores, but it was hard for me to find it.  I finally found it at Bed Bath and Beyond.


What I thought:

This is a cleanser in powder form.  At first I was worried that it would be too abrasive, but after I used a face net, there was a nice lather.  I liked how it made my skin feel smooth, but I did not like how it did not rinse clean, and I kept feeling like I had residue on my face.


Would I repurchase? No. If you are looking for a baking soda cleanser, I recommend the Keana Nadeshiko powder.


Unfortunately, this product did not live up to my expectations!


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

This is a review of the Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub.

I am constantly on the look out for an exfoliant that I can use every day. With the words “Daily Scrub” in the product name, I was very excited to try this out!
aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

What it does: (from the Aveeno website)

This daily scrub helps improve skin tone, texture and clarity. Its unique formula combines ACTIVE NATURALS® moisture-rich soy extract with microbeads to gently exfoliate while you cleanse, leaving your skin looking luminous. It’s also oil free, soap free, noncomedogenic, hypoallergenic and gentle enough for everyday use, even on sensitive skin.

Price: Varies, around $8


  • By using this straight out of the tube, this product exfoliated my skin very well!
  • I also tried using this with a face wash net, in place of my daily cleanser. It foamed up well and lightly exfoliated.
  • This comes in a HUGE tube!  What a great value for money.
  • I would have liked a little more exfoliation when I used it foamed up.


  • This contains microbeads, which have been recently banned in the US. I expect it will be reformulated soon.


Would I repurchase? Yes


xoxo, K


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Review: Naive Cleansing Oil

This is a review of the Naive “Usable in the bath/shower” Cleansing Oil.  


I prefer using cleansing oils to take off my makeup because they dissolve my makeup quickly, making my nighttime routine very quick and efficient. Cleansing oils are probably the most popular type of makeup remover in Japan.  There are many brands available, and many of them are available at drugstore prices.

However, there are some duds as well. Some of them have a very strong fragrance.  Some of them don’t rinse cleanly and leave an oily residue on the skin. Still others are not good at removing my eye makeup.   Let’s see how this one performed!
ナイーブ お風呂で使えるクレンジングオイル

Naive is a brand owned by the Japanese company Kracie. Many of their products are marketed with ingredients which are supposedly gentle on the skin.


What it does: (from the Kracie website)

Can be used with wet hands, this cleansing oil does not require additional face washing after removing makeup. Contains olive oil and sunflower seed oil. Gentle on the skin, removing makeup quickly. Removes mascara and unclogs pores.


Price: varies, but I found it online at around 600 JPY ($5) for 250 ml.


Availability:  This and other Naive products are widely available in Japanese drugstores.



  • This product removes my face makeup quickly and efficiently
  • While most cleansing oils cannot be used with wet hands, I used this one in the shower and it still worked well (note: it does not work well to remove makeup if your face is already wet)
  • This product rinsed clean and does not have a strong scent



  • When I wore very heavy eye makeup, I needed to apply more cleansing oil than usual to remove everything


Would I repurchase? Yes, I really liked this product.


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush Mangnificent Soap

This is a review of the Lush Mangnificent Soap. I recently went into Lush with the intent of buying a new shower gel… and I found that I had already tried (and reviewed!) all of the shower gels that were sold at Lush Japan.  Although I don’t usually go towards soaps, I bought this one!

After posting this picture on Instagram, I got a few comments from my friends saying it looks like pork belly!

(picture from my Instagram)

What it does: (from the Lush USA website)

Turn up the energy on groggy mornings with this juicy splash of soapy paradise! Simply strip down and suds up to get whisked away on a sunny adventure of fresh fragrance: zingy Sicilian lemon oil, mandarin oil and neroli oil awaken your senses and brighten up dull-looking skin. Fresh pureed mango and dried mango slices tone and gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it looking vibrant, feeling fresh and smelling gorgeously fruity. Now you’re ready for action!


Price: Lush USA lists this for $6.95 for 3.5 oz


Availability: Lush products are available at freestanding Lush stores globally. Also, Lush ships from their UK online store globally for a quite reasonable shipping cost


Scent: This soap has a very fruity, mango-y scent… which is when I realized that the name of this product is a play on the words mango and magnificient!



  • This product does not have a strong scent. This is rare for Lush soaps – usually my entire bathroom smells like the soap
  • This was a gentle soap, if that is what you prefer



  • I did not get quite as much lather from this soap as I usually do from other Lush soaps


Would I repurchase? Maybe.  While I didn’t dislike this soap, there wasn’t anything memorable about it.


I’m really looking forward to the fall releases from Lush, and hopefully there will be some new products for me to review!


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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