Saturday, February 27, 2010

Up & Down #2!

Wow, a month went by SOOO fast!

Ups:
- Sigma 239 brush (which I finally got replaced!)
- MAC 219 brush (from Iyah!!!)

- A very VERY good friend and I met up when he visited Japan
- Finishing 11 items on what is now Project 15 pan!

Downs:
- Having a HUGE lemming for the MAC 130 brush!

- SERIOUS stress at work
- VERY SERIOUS stress outside of work
- not having someone close who I can talk to

Verdict:  I need a support network!

Hopefully I can make March a better month!!!

xoxo, K

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

CLOSED - 1 year Blogversary!!!

This giveaway is closed!  Thanks for joining!

Wow, it's been one year since I started blogging!!!!

Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported my blog and who has become my friend!  I never thought I would have such a wide network of blogger friends!!!!


My one year blogversary is coming up on March 2, and I am doing a quick giveaway!

One person will receive:
One Canmake Nudy Lipgloss

One Canmake Cheek Gradation palette

What you need to do:
(1) Be a public follower of my blog.
(2) Please let me know your story of how you started beauty blogging!
(3) The deadline is  March 2 (my one year blogversary!!)


I will decide based on whose story I like best, which means the more time and effort you put into your writing, the better the chances are that I will pick you!

My story goes like this:
I've been reading beauty blogs since I first found them through google.  I remember stumbling on blogs like Mona's, Jamilla's and Diana's (yes, both of you!).  I was so touched by the friendship that bloggers had with each other, and I really wanted to be part of the community!  I wanted to learn and share with other bloggers, and I really wanted to be friends with all of you girls!  I guess my wish has come true!!!



Thank you again for your love!

xoxo, K

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Love from Anastacia!

I got this HUGE package of love from Anastacia!


She said, "I'm going to send you some samples."  Needless to say, I wasn't expecting this!!!!

Wow, I am so excited to try these sheet masks!

These soaps from the Face Shop are so cute!

A toner and emulsion set from the Face Shop!

Facial soap and falsies!
How did you know that I just finished up my facial soap????
I love corner falsies!

Lots of little samples from Skin Food and other places!!!


Thank you, Anastacia, for SO MUCH LOVE!!!
I've been feeling a little bit down lately, and your package really made me feel so much better!!!!


Thank you also to all the bloggers who have sent me loving comments.
Life is still hard, and I really don't have anyone to turn to, so thank you for lending me a shoulder to cry on and for listening to my sorrows!!!!


xoxo, K

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Skin Care While Traveling!

I've gotten some requests to share what I bring with me when I'm traveling!

If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that I used to travel a LOT for work!  I used to travel for months at a time, but this time I'll share what I bring with me for a week's travel!  This might help you if you are going on a short vacation!


Top row, from left: Toner (Clinique), Toner (HadaLabo), Retinol cream (Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle), Shampoo, Conditioner, Angels on Bare Skin
Lower row, from left: Moisturizer, Facial Wash, Body Wash, Makeup Remover

 
Razor, Scissors, facial net (you MUST make your facial wash bubbly with this!!!!), two types of cotton, dental floss, tape (to close up my bottles), nail clippers

Not shown: toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lens stuff




Not must haves, but I like bringing tea and bath bombs with me if I am traveling within Japan.
I usually also bring a sheet mask with me, but this time I brought some Crest White Strips.

I get asked a lot how do I know how much shampoo/moisturizer/makeup remover/etc to bring.  I know I don't like lugging around extra!
I'm an engineer, so I've figured out exactly how much I use every day.  I multiply the usage by the number of days I'm traveling to get the total usage, and then I'll put it in an empty bottle.

For example, if I use approx 4 ml of shampoo a day and I'll be gone for a week, I need a bottle which holds about 28ml of product.  I'll usually find a 30 ml bottle and fill it with my normal shampoo!


Lodging is expensive in Japan, but you can find lots of teeny hotel rooms like this one:


This is literally the size of the room, but there is a separate shower/toilet and a desk.
They are called "business hotels" and will be somewhere between $60-$100 a night.
I've stayed in many rooms like this one in many cities including my recent trip to London.  I like to walk around when I'm in a new city instead of staying at the hotel, so as long as I've got a bed, a shower, a toilet, and an internet connection, I'm happy!

Here are a few snacks I picked up:

and an Ekiben (a bento to eat on the train):

Happy traveling!

xoxo, K 


PS:  I'm looking for a good home for my Sleek Storm Palette.
I've found a home, thanks!!!!
 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Secret Valentines!

I joined a Secret Valentines event hosted by Diana

I was excited to join this event since in Japan, Valentine's day is a day that girls give chocolates to guys!  Girls don't get anything!!

My Secret Valentine was Iyah!



Look at this big package!!

She included this adorable card!!!

Is this a MAC bag???????  Oh wow!!!


Wow, my very own MAC 219!!!!!  Thank you so much!!!


Iyah was so kind and included a lot of extras!

Here is a cream eyeshadow quad from Hard Candy!


And a pretty pink lippie, also from Hard Candy!

Some samples!

And some very cute sweets as well!
 


Wow, thank you so much for your lovely presents, Iyah!
And thank you also to Diana for hosting this event!!!


Hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day!

xoxo, K

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Angel Earrings!

Diana (http://xmayaarix.blogspot.com/) was nice enough to help me buy these beautiful earrings!





I LOVE dangly earrings, and I had been looking for a pretty pair of angel wing earrings for a while!  I couldn't chose between the silver ones and the gold ones, so I got both!

 

A few people were asking how big these earrings are, so here they are on my ears!



(They are the same size, but the magnification on these pictures is not the same)

Diana even included this sample of Nars primer too!
The candies she sent are long gone!!

Diana still has some earrings left, and she also has some that are on posts!
Go check it out!!

Have you gotten any pretty things recently?
xoxo, K

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Things to do before I'm 30!

It's a month until my 28th birthday.  I've past the halfway mark between 25 and 30, and it made me think - what do I want to accomplish in the next few years?

Thinking of how far I need to get to my "ideal me" makes me really depressed, so I started off with thinking about all the things I wanted to accomplish when I was 20, which I have already done.

What I have accomplished in my 20s:

- Be able to drive (which I didn't need to do when I lived in Tokyo)

- Live by myself

- Have a job which makes me want to go to work everyday

- Know what it's like to be in love again

- Graduate

- Visit the Great Wall of China
(Yes, I took this picture by myself with a point and shoot, and it is untouched!  It turned out pretty well!)

- Work in a country where I didn't understand the language

- Have people report to me at work

- Be able to cook, and have a few dishes and desserts that I'm confident in making

- Learn to scuba dive


- Go surfing (not well... but I've done it!)

- Travel to India

- Figure out my values in life

The last item was BY FAR the most important thing I have ever done in my life.  It really made my life so easy.  Now, it is so easy to make choices in my life, even life-changing ones, because I know that as long as I stick with my values I will be happy.

So now...  a few things I want to accomplish before I'm 30...

- Move "to the next level" at work

- Go scuba diving some place new (a picture of the Maldives, below)


- Go Trapeze Flying <- this I am planning to do SOON... in NYC

- Go to the Grand Canyon again, now that I'm old enough to appreciate it

- Travel to eastern Europe
 - ride a motorcycle

- get properly fitted for a bra (this I'm also planning to do in NYC)

- Travel to some state in the US which is NOT on the ocean

- save $100,000 (USD equivalent) in the bank


If you google these kinds of lists, you will notice that most of them are about either traveling to some place, or about learning to do something.  I guess we all want to to be able to do something new!


Now, off to make some plans to accomplish these things!
What do you want to accomplish?

xoxo, K

Monday, February 8, 2010

Review: Dejavu Volume Film Lash Knockout Mascara

This is a quick review for the Dejavu Volume Film Lash Knockout Mascara!

This is the Volumizing version of the Dejavu Fiberwig mascara!

A lot of blogger girls love the Dejavu Fiberwig Mascara!
(See Clumps of Mascara's review here)
It's called the falsies in a bottle!
It really lengthens lashes and also it does NOT flake!
EVERY single mascara I have ever used has ALWAYS flaked... EXCEPT for this!
Dejavu says it uses a special film to coat lashes, eliminating black flakes!

But you know... I'm a girl who wants volume from her mascara!
I was SO excited to see this new product at the drugstore!

Price: 1575 JPY (about $17.50 USD, same price as Dejavu Fiberwig)
Sounds pricey for a drugstore mascara, but it's actually a pretty normal price in Japan!

Flake factor: Again, this did NOT leave any black circles/flakes/anything under my eyes!!

I really liked this mascara... except for the fact that it was a wet mascara!  It was just more liquidy than the other mascaras I've used in the past!  I guess i have to work with it more!

Removal factor: I found that it was easier to use warm water than oil based cleansers to remove this, which was a big surprise to me!  Fiberwig is also very easy to remove with water.  You can really tell it's a film when you remove it with water since the filmy mascara slides off of your lashes!

I haven't seen many reviews of this yet, but hopefully it helps!

xoxo, K

Friday, February 5, 2010

Formspring.me #1!

Here are some of the questions I got on formspring.me!

If you want to ask me a question, please go here!



What is your favorite lip product? by NotARichGirl

Right now, it's Maybelline Moisture Extreme in Nude Blush (from Mel)! I also LOVE my MAC Viva Glam V (from Jamilla)!!!


What would your perfect day look like?

Right now it's a day of shopping, talking and eating in NYC with blogger girls! Yes, it's coming up in April!!! Or it could be a day of diving and surfing in Hawaii, or just walking around and talking with my best friend!!

If you had to wear only one color for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Black. Actually, most of my clothes are black, followed by navy blue. My friend likes to tease me about how when I see him, I'm ALWAYS wearing black. If I had to wear only black and navy blue for the rest of my life, it would not be different from how it is now! If I had to give up navy blue... aww, that means I need to give up my jeans!


what is your secret to be always in great mood? Because you always happily smile and looks amazing!

Awww, what a sweet comment! Actually, I often complain! But I believe it's all about the mindset you put yourself in. I believe there is always a way to make things better for myself, and that it will happen as long as I take action! It's all about taking power for yourself!


I love your blog! What made you start up blogging?

Thank you for the sweet comment! I started because I really enjoyed reading beauty blogs and I wanted to be part of the beauty blog community!



if money was no issue, would you rather buy high end items or just-as-good drugstore items?

That would totally depend on the product. I believe that some drugstore items are better in some cases. For example, I've never met a high end mascara that I loved. Lots of drugstore facial scrubs are good as well.

For other items, I truly believe that what you pay is what you get, such as with whitening formulas.

 what are your absolute favorite lipstick and lipgloss?

Right now, Viva Glam V and Maybelline Moisture Extreme in Nude Blush. I don't have a favorite lipgloss since I haven't met a lipgloss which was mindblowing! Everything I've tried has been between "oooh pretty!" and "ugh..."

  r u ever gonna take a vacay to cali? by jesscuhz

I want to! Just too scared to drive!!

 
What is the one make up product you can't live with out? by amynaree

What a tough question! That's a toss up between my eyebrow pencils and my mascara! Like many Japanese girls, my eyebrows are pretty non-existent!

What is your favorite BB cream? by iyah
Right now, I'm using the Face Shop Oil Free BB cream! It's pretty good! I also really like the BRTC whitening BB cream for more coverage!

What do you think of FTC? Does international blogger have to do it too?
I am not familiar with the specifics of the FTC ruling, but all my reviews are my honest opinion!

What is your the most favourite movie? by Anastacia
"When Harry Met Sally"! I love that movie!
 
How did you find out about formspring?
from my friends' twitterings!

Most overall recommended brand for skincare?
I don't have a favorite brand, in that I can't recommend every product from their line. For toners, I recommend Hadalabo. I do not yet have a favorite moisturizer. I really like the SkinClarity cream I reviewed on my blog. I've recently tried quite a few scrubs that I liked. I really like the RoC line for retinol creams. I'm still trying to find things that work!
 

is the Hadalabo toner suitable for oily skin?
I recommend you use the light toner. The regular Hadalabo toner is very thick!

Do you have a favorite blush?
Milani Luminous has been the best one so far. I love the peachy sheen it gives me! I use an angled brush to apply it because it doesn't show up on my skin with a regular brush. I bought the MAC 168 for this purpose!


Thanks for all the great questions!
xoxo, K

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Up & Down #1

I used to do a favorites post every month, but since I don't buy a lot of makeup, I decided to do a quick "Up and Down"s post similar to Lollipop26's "In and Outs"!

UP:
- Planning my NYC visit!!! It's been too long (=2.5 years) since I was last in NYC
- Planning a meetup with some fabulous bloggers while in NYC!!
- Sweet blogger friends who send me messages when work/friendships are wearing me down
- Lush Angels on Bare Skin (review coming up)
- Lush Mask of Magnaminty (review coming up)
- Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Nude Blush (from Mel)
- Finding out that Imaju Fiberwig now has a volumizing mascara (review coming up!)
- Finishing 5 products out of Project 10 Pan!!!


DOWN:
- Being UBER stressed at work
- Getting bored with my dark hair and debating whether to get bright highlights again
- Hearing about some stuff going on at EDM (google it if you're planning to buy EDM...)
- Going to multiple weddings and feeling lonesome even though I'd rather be single than be in a bad relationship

VERDICT:
- Could have been better, but satisfied for the most part
- Key outage was in the stress management area.  Obviously I need to go out more!

How was your January?

xoxo, K

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