Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekly Reads #153: April 15, 2014


Yes, I know... I'm late with this post.  What can I say?  I'm in NEW YORK.

On to my Weekly Reads!

What were your favorite posts this week? 
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xoxo, K

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review: Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint shower gel

I am going to start out by saying that I did not like this product.  However, it is not really the fault of the product, and I guess I should really blame myself.  I really do hope that it works for other people, and that it was unfortunate that it didn't work for me.

When I was a child, I did not understand the concept of stress. I distinctly remember not understanding why people got so tired when they did not move their bodies.  Obviously this has changed as I grew older, and unfortunately I am often stressed out at work.

I don't know if aromatherapy actually helps in relieving stress, but I do like using scented oils in my diffuser. This is a review of the Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint shower gel. This is another product in the Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy line.  I have previously reviewed other products in this line, such as the Sleep Lavender Chamomile, Sleep Lavender Vanilla, and Energy Orange Ginger. (all links go to previous reviews)
 

What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)
This fast-foaming body wash is infused with soothing skin conditioners, while an aromatherapy blend of essential oils and natural ingredients benefit body, mind & mood. For a bubbly bath, add a couple ounces to warm, running water. Breath deeply for best results. Not tested on animals Eucalyptus essential oil clears the mind while Spearmint Essential Oil uplifts to help improve concentration

Price: The full sized bottle is $13 for 10 oz.  I purchased the travel size, which is $5 for 2 oz.

Scent:  The only way to describe it is... spearmint and eucalyptus.  Really.

Availability: Bath and Body Works products are available at free-standing Bath and Body Works stores in the US, and also in several countries worldwide.

Pros:
  • Like other shower gels from Bath and Body Works, this product cleans the skill well without stripping it.
Cons:
  • I kept thinking that I had smelled this product before... and realized that it smells like the product I use to clean my toilet.

Would I repurchase? No. The scent is just too similar to my household cleaner.

Ugh!  I really was looking forward to trying out this scent!!  I wonder if I would have liked this product better if I didn't use that particular toilet cleanser. I have read a lot of blogs mentioning that products with citrus or mint scents tend to smell similar to household cleansers, but this is the first time this has happened to me!  Now I understand how a scent can make or break a product!

xoxo, K

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: Dejavu Lasting Fine R Pencil eyeliner - A pencil eyeliner which lasts

Over the past few months, I have started to enjoy more natural looking makeup. For example, I have come to realize that liquid eyeliner looks much too harsh on my eyes. I tried lining my eyes with gel or pencil eyeliner and then smudging the line, but it still looked a little too vampy for me.

Finally, I gave up on black eyeliner and decided to move to a brown eyeliner. This was hard! Many of the brown eyeliners that I tried were much too red-toned. I tried out several brands before I found a shaded which I liked.

This is a review of the Dejavu Lasting Fine R Pencil eyeliner. Dejavu is a Japanese brand which is famous for its mascara, such as the Dejavu Fiberwig mascara.  I reviewed a different line of mascara from Dejavu, the Volume Film Lash Knockout Mascara, in 2010 (*gulp*).

This is a pencil eyeliner which twists up.  It is incredibly fine and smooth, allowing me to draw a very fine line along my eyelashes.


What it does: (from the Dejavu website)
Highly defined eyes all day long! A silicone fixative provides super holding power. We've successfully added even more adhesive constituents, meanings lines last even longer. It resists oil, sweat and tears - which can cause Panda Eyes - for a long-wearing rub-resistant finish.
Smooth, easy to draw! Silky smooth application with a soft, easy-draw pencil lead. A lead with just-right hardness: fills between eyelashes, makes inside lines top and bottom that stay thin - just as you drew them.

Price: 1200 JPY, around $12.  Please note that consumption tax (a country-wide tax similar to sales tax) has just increased from 5% to 8% starting April 1.

Availability:  In Japan, this product is widely available at drugstores.

Pros:
  • I love that this eyeliner lasts. This is the first time an eyeliner didn't fade or rub away over the course of the day
  • The black-brown color is just what I was looking for. This product also comes in 2 other colors.
  • The pencil tip is really fine and smooth, which makes it very easy to use.
Cons:
  • I can't really think of any!  Wow!
Would I repurchase?  Yes.  I really liked this eyeliner and I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a pencil eyeliner!

This is the first time in a long time that I have really loved a color cosmetic product!  Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekly Reads #152: April 6, 2014

I am soooo behind on blogging... mostly because I am going on vacation later this week. If you are in New York, please let me know!

On to my Weekly Reads!

What were your favorite posts this week? 

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xoxo, K

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review: Lush Reincarnate Solid Shampoo

This is a review of the Lush Reincarnate solid shampoo. This is one of the things I purchased in a haul which I posted before, and is not available in Japan or the US.


What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
Brunettes and redheads, step this way! Reincarnate is specially made to put life and shine into dark hair, making it look healthy and bursting with rich, natural-looking colour. Whether you’re a natural brunette or need a little assistance to go over to the dark side, Reincarnate is the shampoo to choose to keep your colour looking vibrant.

Price: around $8 for 100g.  This lasts me 6 to 8 weeks.

Availability: This product is only available through Lush UK online, or at select Lush UK stores

Scent:  smells earthy, similar to rosemary.  Unlike many Lush products, this does not have a strong smell and I need to intentionally sniff it to smell it.

Pros:
  • This is one of the few Lush solid shampoos that does not strip my hair or make it feel squeaky
  • Although this contains henna, it rinses clean and does not bleed onto my towels

Cons:
  • I don't know if it really my hair color to look vibrant

Would I repurchase? Maybe. Other bloggers have mentioned that this made their hair feel straw-like, which did not happen for me. I like that it rinses clean and does not strip my hair, but I really didn't feel that it did much.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Up and Down #42: April, 2014

Oh wow, the weather is suddenly getting warmer!  The end of March and the beginning of April is a special time in Japan.  The school year starts in April, most businesses have big changes starting in April, and of course, there is Sakura season.  I was wearing a down coat until a week ago, but now it is warm enough to go outside just a sweatshirt during the day!

On to my Ups and Downs!

Ups:
March has been a month where I really had to work with foundation. I used up my winter moisturizer and switched to a lighter moisturizer thinking the weather would warm up quickly. When it didn't, my skin got really dry!  Even after I switched back to a heavier moisturizer, I had to play around until I found a foundation combination which worked for me!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup
(picture from my instagram account)
I tried using Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ for a while, but it cracked on my skin.  Then I switched to Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme, which was too wet.  Finally I switched back to the Estee Lauder Double Wear, but I need to use less than I did a few months ago.  Quite a frustrating month for foundation!
(both the MUFE and Revlon foundations are favorites of mine - I guess my skin isn't ready for them right now!) 

(link goes to a blog post from 2010!)
With the spring weather, I have really been into using pinks and purples on my eyes!

Not wearing an eyeshadow primer
I have found that if I wear eyeshadow primer with these pressed pigments, they don't blend well and also crease heavily.  I think it is because I used a mixing medium which includes glycerin when I pressed them.  They actually go on great and last quite well without a primer!

Weather is getting warmer
Yes!!! I am soooo happy! My favorite time of the year in Japan is late March through early June - the weather is great and the days get longer! 

Down:
I still like this primer, but I have found that with the warmer weather, this primer has stopped working for me. I need to find another primer which is sweat proof.  Does something like that actually exist?

How was your March?

xoxo, K

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekly Reads #151: March 30, 2014


I'm going to New York in 10 days! I like going to New York once every 2 years or so.  Please let me know if you would like to meet up!

On to my Weekly Reads!

What were your favorite posts this week? 

Connect with me! I love chatting and connecting with people, and sharing interesting stuff around the web!

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xoxo, K

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