Review: Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder

One of my favorites products to keep my face less shiny is the MAC Blot Powder. I tend to go through a lot of it during the summer, so I wanted to find something at the drugstore which I could use instead. I picked up the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder after seeing reviews of it online.

Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder


What it does: (from the Rimmel website)

Up to 5 hours natural shine control with natural minerals. Helps minimize the appearance of pores.


Price: As with all US drugstore products, the price will vary depending on where you buy it. lists this product for $5.30


Color: This product is available in 8 shades. I have it in Transparent.


Availability: This product is widely available in drugstores and supermarkets



  • This product reduced shine without feeling cakey
  • This product is not overly silicone-y
  • The product does not make my skin white or ashy



  • I really don’t like the packaging. Because there is space between the lid and the product, the lid gets smooshed in my makeup bag. There are several cracks in the lid now, and I am pretty sure that it will get broken before I use up the product.
  • I did not feel that this kept my skin matte for 5 hours


Would I repurchase? No. While it’s not a bad product, it did not keep my skin shine free!


Over the last few years, I have really come to embrace the shine and oil on my face in the summer.  However, I still am on the hunt for a good product to keep my skin matte!


xoxo, K

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Review: Pond’s Oil and Blemish Control Beauty Powder – even though I can’t find it online anymore

This is a review of the Pond’s Oil and Blemish Control Beauty Powder. This was a gift to me from a fellow blogger.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the claim or price to this. This may be an outdated package since I can’t even remember when this was given to me! A similar product can be found on Amazon.


  • Did a good job of keeping my face from becoming shiny.
  • This powder was very fine and did not cake on my face.


  • This powder is stark white. It looked weird on my face unless I blended it well.
  • No coverage
  • From these two characteristics, and how the product felt on my skin, I think one of the main ingredients is silica powder, which I can buy much cheaper.

Would I repurchase?  No. This was a great powder, and I would be interested to try the updated version of it. However, for what it does, silica works just as well and is easy to buy in bulk.

I always like to set my foundation with powder, especially in the warmer months. I’ve had better luck with loose powders so far, probably because I’ve found that silica powder works very well on me.  I like the MAC Blot Powder as well!  Please let me know if you have a favorite powder!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Skinfood Buckwheat Loose Powder

This is a review for the Skinfood Buckwheat Loose Powder. I bought this when I went to Seoul. 

The lighting changed the color of this product a lot. The real color is somewhere between these 2 pictures.

This product comes with a sifter (not resealable) and a puff. I don’t use either.

What it does: (from
Soft silky powder completes a radiant make up with blooming effect. Buckwheat oil prolongs blooming effect and leaves make up long lasting.

Price: Around 8000 Won (around $7)


  • This is a finely milled powder, and did not leave my face looking cakey
  • This product is available in 4 different colors (2 skin colors, translucent, and lavender). I bought the darker of the 2 skin colors since I’m usually the darker color for Skinfood BB creams, but I should have gotten the lighter one
  • Cheap, if you buy it in Korea


  • If you are looking for oil control, silica powder works better. It is also more affordable if you buy it online
  • I have no idea what a “blooming” effect is.

Would I repurchase? Probably not.  Silica powder works for me even in the winter, and it does not leave a white cast on my face.

Through visiting the stores in Korea, and playing with this and other products, I learned that I am not a fan of Skinfood’s color cosmetics, excluding their Aloe BB Cream.  There are some interesting skin care products, although some of them are not worth the markup online. 

A few items I did like from Skinfood are their Shea Butter Hair Mask and their Fermented Pomegranate Sleeping Mask.  Click the links to see my reviews! (Warning: the reviews are old… you can see how far I’ve come in the past 3 years)

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Favorite Products for the First Half of 2010!

Wow, the first half of 2010 has already gone by!  That means it’s time to do my favorites for these past 6 months.

Favorite Skin Care items:

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Like I said in my review, I will still continue to use oil-based cleansers for everyday cleansing because I don’t think that wipes get everything off.  That said, these are by far the BEST wipes I have ever used, and they are far superior to anything we have in Japan. Too bad I don’t have access to this in Japan!!

Unfortunately, this is the only new skin care product which really WOWed me.  I continue to love the Lush Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask, which was in my favorites for 2009.

Favorite Makeup items:

Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Nude Blush

Seriously, my lips but better!  I love the color and I love the incredibly smooth texture.  My lips peel at the slightest irritation, but this one is great.

Barry M Dazzle Dusts
This is the one in 51-Mushroom, but I love all the ones that I have.

Here are some swatches

VERY pigmented and very smooth!  I pressed mine and they are SO easy to work with.  These last a long time on my lids.  I can’t wait to pick up some more colors soon.

Silica Spheres

I love to mix some with my finishing powder for a smooth, matte finish.  I used to buy mine from Coastal Scents, but I’ve found that TKB Trading sells them at a better price.

Favorite tools:

MAC 109

Yes, I just got this, but I have already fallen in love!  I LOVE how small this brush head is.  It lets me apply blush and bronzer very precisely.

MAC 130

I love to use this brush for highlighters.  It’s great for both cream and powder products.

Favorite scents:

Tie: Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods / Bath & Body Works Velvet Tuberose

(I must be a really rare person –  I do not like Japanese Cherry Blossom!)

Biggest surprise:

That I like the non-waterproof Cover Girl Lash Blast better than the waterproof one!

A friend of mine picked up Cover Girl Lash Blast for me, but they accidentally bought the non-waterproof version.  Not wanting to disappoint them, I tried it, thinking that non-waterproof mascaras wouldn’t work for me.  Surprisingly, the non-waterproof version of this mascara transfers MUCH less than the waterproof version.  It’s also much easier to take off.

Best trick I finally learned:

How to (properly) use eye primers
 Ever since I discovered eye primers a year ago (they don’t sell them in Japan), I’d been lemming to try them.  When I finally got my hands on one, it was a total disappointment because the eyeshadow still creased.  What I recently learned is that I needed to let the primer set a little bit.  Wow, that was stupid of me for not realizing that earlier!  At least now my eyeshadow doesn’t budge!!!

What are your favorites so far this year?  Please share!

xoxo, K
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review: Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder

This is a review for the Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder.

This is (yet again) one of the recommendations I got for my Korea shopping list giveaway!

What it does: (according to the Skinfood Singapore site)
Contains ultra-fine micro-silica powder, which immediately tightens the pores and controls excess sebum. This unique loose powder sets your make-up with a matt finish, leaving skin smooth and clean.

Price: (I’m not sure, but probably less than 10000 Won, or $8)

– smells like peaches – fantastic!
– does a good job of making my face matte
– very finely milled
– the puff is very soft
– it’s a WHITE powder. Blend it very well!!!
– the container is tall and takes up a lot of space.

While I really like this powder, I wouldn’t use it on its own since it is white. I mix it in with my normal finishing powder so that I get the shine control benefit without looking pasty white.

But… where have I seen this powder before? The minute I touched it, I knew I had tried it before somewhere…

Here it is!!!

(from MUFE’s website)

Or should I say, this?


I’m not surprised, since most powders that boast oil controlling properties contain silica.


MUFE HD powder = Brand name pure Silica
Coastal Scents Silica Powder Spheres = pure Silica from a website with bad customer service (in a container that leaks)
Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder = Silica with a great smell

It’s good to have options, isn’t it?

xoxo, K

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