Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: Maybelline Volum Express One By One Mascara - what is a "Patent Lash Catcher"?

This is a review for the Maybelline Volum' Express One By One Mascara.  I bought this product at  Don Quijote in Shibuya in Japan when I met up with Yuming. Don Quijote is a discount chain store which sells EVERYTHING and most stores are open 24 hours a day. It is a MUST SEE if you are interested in beauty products and visit Japan (yes, I'll do a blog post about the store if readers are interested).

What it does: (from
Finally, bold volume without any of the bulk. Patented Lash Catcher™ brush has 3 bristles per lash to make every lash count. Catches, coats and de-clumps each lash to make them all fatter and flirtier. Instant clump-free volume.
This is the washable version; there is a waterproof version as well.

Price: as with any drugstore product, the price will vary. has this for $6.50. I paid around 1000 JPY ($12.50 USD). Although that sounds expensive, in reality most Japanese drugstore mascaras are around 1500 JPY (around $19 USD), so this is cheap for me!

  • This product gave my lashes volume without making them clumpy
  • The formula is smooth and the brush is great for applying mascara evenly 
  • I still got smudges under my eyes after wearing this mascara for a day
  • I don't understand what a "patented lash catcher (tm)" is!   
The "Patented Lash Catcher"
It's a good brush, separating lashes while giving them volume, but the name is hilarious.
Would I repurchase? No. While I liked this mascara and how it made my lashes look, the smudges I got under my eyes are a deal-breaker. Brands release so many new mascaras every year that it doesn't make sense to repurchase anything which I don't absolutely love.

I often wonder if the shape of my eyes make them smudge-prone. If you don't get smudges often, this might be a good mascara for you. I'm so disappointed since I really liked how this mascara made my eyes look!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Weekly Reads #56: April 19, 2012

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review: Lush Sandstone Soap - an exfoliator in your soap

This is a review of the Lush Sandstone soap. I bought this in the UK.
What it does: (from
Sandstone is seriously scrubby; it’s the strongest, scrubbiest soap we make. Loved by men and women alike, it was inspired by babes on the beaches of Brazil who mix sand with tanning oil to make their backsides smooth as silk. The layer of sand will exfoliate your body as you wash to leave you with soft, touchable skin. For once, getting sand all over your bits is a good thing! Coriander and gardenia oils tone and brighten, and your skin will be seductively scented with citrus notes of a tropical cocktail. 

Scent: This soap smells like citrus, but some woody notes prevent it from smelling like dishwashing liquid.  I thought it smells like lemongrass, although there isn't any in the ingredients.

Price: $7.50/3.5 oz in the US. I could not find this product on either the Lush UK or Lush Japan website

  • bits of sand are distributed throughout the soap, which will exfoliate your skin
  • the sand is not very harsh
  • due to the exfoliation and the lack of moisturizing ingredients, I recommend using this product in the summer
  • I personally like the scent

  • This product is hard to use. I found it too harsh to rub directly on my skin. However, if I use a washcloth, the sand snags the cloth
  • The soap will melt and be used up faster than the sandy bits. The soap will become more sandy as you use it

Would I repurchase?  No. While I like the product itself, there is too much sand and it interferes with the soap.  I think this product would work better if it were in a shower gel form. Interestingly, this soap lasted much longer than all of my previous Lush soaps.

This was the last product in my stash of Lush products. I need to haul some more Lush stuff to review!!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Friday, April 6, 2012

Weekly Read #55: April 6, 2012

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review: MeMeMe Lash Attack Mascara - the mascara in the zebra print tube!

This is a review of the MeMeMe Lash Attack Mascara. I got this in the UK.

What it does: (from
Ker-Pow! Attack those lashes to give them incredible length and definition. Formulated with fibre-lash technology to create high impact lashes every time. 

This is a fiber mascara with a traditional fiber wand. The fibers are supposed to add length to your lashes.

Price: 7.50 GBP, about 12 USD.

  • This was a very dark mascara
  • The fibers did a good job in lengthening my lashes
  • This mascara smudged under my eyes! I had dark smudges under my eyes after about 8 hrs of wear.
  • This is also a very wet mascara. If you close your eyes before the mascara has dried fully, it will leave marks under your eyes.
Would I repurchase? No.  Smudging is a major no-no for me!  I also don't like wet mascaras because not only are they difficult to work with, they also make my lashes clump together.

Unfortunately, I'm still looking for a great, inexpensive mascara. What are your favorites?

xoxo, K

Monday, April 2, 2012

Up and Down #22: April 2012

I am going to New York in a few weeks! I'm so excited!! I lived in New York until I was 12, and I try to go back every 2 years. I'm looking forward to seeing all of my friends.  Please let me know if you are in the area and would like to meet up!

On to my Ups and Downs!

 Finishing (yet another) Project 20 pan!

I went to Hong Kong earlier this month!
I have a post coming up about my trip. I loved being in the free world!

Planning my trip to New York!
Of course, this includes planning what beauty products I will buy!

Just some stuff going on at work
There is someone who I'm having some trouble with. The sad part is that we used to work together really well!

Hope your month is going well!

xoxo, K


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