Wednesday, September 30, 2009

quick love from Blair!

When I got back from Germany, I had a lovepack from Blair!
She said it's a thank you gift for sending her a birthday present - Really Blair, it wasn't necessary!

Especially not this much!!!!

Wow, Fair & Lovely skinClarity Anti Marks Fairness Cream!
Jamilla reviewed this a while ago (here) and I really wanted to try it!
Thank you so much, Blair, I needed something for my sun damage!!

There was this little post-it note:
"More blue looks please!"

And a blue eyeliner to do the blue looks!

(these are long gone!)

An Etude House Sheet Mask
(This really smells like lemons!)

Thank you again, Blair, for all the sweet gifts!

xoxo, K

Monday, September 28, 2009

September favorites!

A quick video of my September favorites!

Featured products:
  • Sleek Divine eyeshadow Palette in Storm
  • MAC lipstick in Roleplay
  • L'Oreal Glam Shine 6 hr Lipgloss in Eternal Beige
  • MAC 168 brush
  • Milani Luminous Blush
Please go to this post to see the eyeshadow palette better!

xoxo, K

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cologne, Germany!

I'm back in Japan now, but here are some pictures from my trip to Germany!

I spent a night and a day in Cologne!

No trip to Germany is complete without eating Döner Kebab!

Or drinking beer!
This is Hefeweizen, unfiltered wheat beer, which I LOVE.

Somehow I went to Cologne and didn't have Kölsch, a beer only manufactured in Cologne!

My dinner was SO German - Bratwurst mit Kartoffelen (Bratwurst with Potatoes)

Most of the people had these tall columns of beer!

When I asked to take a picture of this, I asked my German friend to translate for me. She said, "Ask in English - they will understand why a foreigner wants to take a picture!"

Part of the old city of Cologne

My breakfast - German bread is SO good!

I LOVE Bretzel!

No trip to Cologne is complete without a visit to Der Kölner Dom (The Cologne Cathedral)
It's a UNESCO World Hertage site!

(This picture is from Wikipedia)It was so beautiful there!!!

The inside has some beautiful stained glass.
I climbed up the tower, which was 157 m high!
There was only one tiny spiraling staircase with more than 500 steps!!!
It's like climbing up 50 stories!

It was so pretty since the weather was GREAT!

A quick snack - Currywurst

I went shopping for a bit, but the streets were CROWDED!
Oooh I feel like I'm back in Japan! hahaha

I also found this store in the streets of Cologne:

Yep, a "Lady's Toy store" - Germans love their erotica!
Did I take a look?
They closed at 16:00 and I got there at 16:15! (darn! haha!)

Yet another döner - this time döner dürüm!

I ate 9238475 wraps on this trip...
I have no idea why!

And yummy yummy ice cream!

No makeup and no hauling in Germany since prices are even higher than in Japan!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and food porn!!

xoxo, K

Thursday, September 24, 2009

And the winner is... plus Project 10 Pan update!

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway!

The winner is kalai for her detailed suggestions!!
Please email me with your mailing address!


I am re-starting my Project 10 Pan!
I actually did pretty well before going to London.

My pressed powder... the only actual "pan" I used up!

Sea Breeze deodorant
(for some reason, I had 4 bottles of deodorant...)

(one of the many things I have too many of)

Makeup protector spray
(I haven't seen this in drugstores anymore. Maybe it was discontinued?)

B&BW Hand Sanitizer

EDM Sunlight Kaolin Powder
(again, I have too many powders)

The rules are the same:
Items included in my no-buy/Project 10 pan
  • Eyeshadows/blushes/lipsticks/lipglosses
  • Foundations/bb creams/concealers/finishing powders
  • Shampoo/hair mask/shower gels/body lotions
  • Facial masks
  • Anything that I have more than 1 of
Items not included in my Project 10 Pan/no-buy (I will be buying these since they are necessities)
  • Contact lens related items (because I'm like, um, blind without my contacts)
  • 化粧水 - basically non-alcoholic toner (this is so Japanese of me)
  • Sunscreen (because no one wants skin cancer)
  • Razors (because no one wants to be hairy either!!!)
  • Mascara/Mascara primer /Eyeliner (I religiously throw these away after 2 months, so I know I will use it up anyway)
Wish me luck!

xoxo, K

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Final haul in London!

I hauled a little bit more before leaving London!

I debated with myself on whether to haul some more...
Many thanks to my best friend who urged me to go back!!

I went back to Lush with the intent of buying just one thing.
Of course it didn't end up like that!

Here's what I got!

Mask of Magnaminty
The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask
Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask sample

I am really liking the Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask so far!
This was a VERY generous sample.
I've used it 3 times so far and it's only half finished!

Am I the only one who wishes that Lush would sell their Fresh Face Mask in smaller containers?
Especially since they have to be used up in 3 weeks?

I also got some more of the L'Oreal 6Hour Glam Shine lipglosses.
I LOVED the one I bought the other day!!!
AND this was a 3 for 2 (or BOGO half off in American terms)!

105 Hold On Rose
102 Always Pink
300 Golden Tattoo

I also bought some things at the MAC counter at the duty free!!!!!
168 brush
187 brush
Scrumptious Olive Eyeshadow
Fashion Groupie Eyeshadow
Dreammaker Eyeshadow

Fashion Groupie and Dreammaker are from the Starflash collection!
I was looking for a gold eyeshadow and a purple eyeshadow.
These two just happened to be the ones I liked.
Who cares if they are from an old collection!!!

AND it was only 8.50 GBP ($14) at the duty free, which is the same price as an eyeshadow refill pan at the MAC Pro store in London!
(Can you tell that I had a bad experience at the London MAC Pro store? I'm not going in to that but I guess it's true what people say about certain MAC SAs!)

I've been wanting the 168 brush since Nikki from Askmewhats reviewed Nars Orgasm blush.
The blush I'm using now hadn't been showing up properly on my cheeks even though it was well pigmented when I swatch it with my finger.
Nikki said that she uses an angled brush, so I wanted to get the 168.
Yay, I LOVE it!!!!

The 187 was SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper at the Duty Free than in Japan, where it is a whopping $70!!!!

Ooops, I guess I babbled too much!
Next post - my day in Cologne, Germany!

xoxo, K

Sunday, September 20, 2009

London Day 3!

London Day 3!

I've left London a week ago and gone on to Germany.
I'll get back to Japan tomorrow, but first, here is my final day in London!

I stayed in this small hotel near Goodge Street.
It was a really small Bed & Breakfast type place.
There were some rooms with a separate bathroom, but the shared bathroom was perfectly fine!
It's like staying at a friend's house, since the bathroom was just down the hall.

The room was TINY, but who cares?
I'm in London to walk around the city, not sit in my hotel room!

The entire street was filled with little hotels just like mine!

I went shopping at Topshop but I couldn't find anything I liked!

I also went to H&M.
Can you believe there are THREE H&Ms near Oxford Street (a major shopping area in London)?

Here are some street views of the area around Oxford Street.

Here is Canaby Street (which is also where the MAC Pro store is!)
Here is a view from the top level of the bus!
The highlight of Day 3 was going to the British Museum!!

I LOVE museums!
The British Museum is free!
Compare that to the "recommended" admission of $20 at the Metropolitan Museum in New York!!!

I LOVE the Met as well, but the "recommended" admission is really high!!!

This is what greets you at the entrance:
The Hoa Hakananai'a

Elgin Marbles, also known as the Parthenon Marbles,
are disputed - but really beautiful.

These mosaics are displayed along a staircase.

There were several mummies on display as well.

I love this model!

I did a little bit of shopping on my final day in London, which I'll show in my next post!

xoxo, K


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