Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Bath and Body Works Malibu Heat Body Lotion

This is a review of a new scent from Bath and Body Works, Malibu Heat. I picked up a 2oz bottle of the body lotion when I was in New York.



Bath and Body Works will often release a 2oz (59ml) body lotion form of their newest scents before the full sized products go on sale. This bottle was only $1 and it is a great way to test out new scents. This bottle is smaller than their usual travel sized products, which are 3oz (88ml).

Many of my readers may know that I really enjoy Bath and Body Works products. Actually, I think their body lotions and shower gels are very generic, but I like the variety of scents.. I always buy the travel sized products, which last a month for me - I get tired of the scent before I can use up the full sized products!

How the scent is described: (from bathandbodyworks.com)
Our exclusive Malibu Heat is a fresh blend of juicy pineapple, California orange and creamy coconut milk inspired by hot pink sunsets and twenty-seven miles of beautiful beach

Price: $11 for 8oz (236 ml).  Bath and Body Works always has some kind of promotion going on, such as Buy 2 Get 1 Free, Buy 3 Get 2 Free, etc. The travel sized products are usually $5 each, or 3 for $10

Pros:
  • This is a very fruity scent. If you like fruity scents, this may work for you.
  • As with all BBW body lotions, this does a good job of moisturizing my skin.
Cons:
  • As usual, I strongly suggest you smell this in person.
  • This is a pretty sweet scent. I wish there was more orange in the scent to cut down on the sweetness.
  • I really don't like how BBW is describing their scents recently. How can a scent be inspired by "hot pink" sunsets and "27 miles" of beaches?

Would I repurchase?  No. While I don't hate this scent, it isn't special enough for me to want to repurchase it.

I really wish I could buy at BBW regularly! I love trying out new scents!!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Friday, May 25, 2012

Weekly Reads #60: May 25, 2012

How is everyone's week going? I've been busy during May, and it's hard to believe that it's almost over! It's summer here for sure - the weather is now above 30 deg C!

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xoxo, K

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX - an easy way to pamper your skin

This is a review for the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX. I received this as a gift from Anastacia.
Sleeping packs are a very convenient way to pamper your skin. Just pop it on, and then go to sleep! No need to rinse it off!!  Previously, I've done a review of another sleeping pack, the Skinfood Fermented Pomegranate Whitening Sleeping Pack, which is also a great product.



What it does: (from Laneige.com)
Light gel-type texture provides intensive hydration, vitality, and brightening effect while restoring skin with deep relaxation

Price: Around 25,000 Won in Korea. If you live outside of Korea, iMomoko has this for $28.

Scent: Apparently, this product is marketed as having a relaxing scent that will help you sleep. I thought it smelled like soap.  It's not a strong scent, and it's not a bad scent, either.

Pros:
  • Sleeping masks are super easy and convenient to use. After you've showered or washed your face, apply the product to your face in a thin layer.  Then go to sleep!  Rinse your face in the morning.
  • Light enough for me to use in the summer
  • Absorbs into the skin very quickly
  • Not sticky. This is so important for me since I can't sleep if my skin feels sticky!
  • Alcohol-free! 
Cons:
  • If you have extremely dry skin, this product may not provide enough moisture for you
  • Dipping your fingers repeatedly into a jar is not sanitary.
Would I repurchase? Maybe. I liked this product, but I thought the Skinfood Sleeping Pack was more moisturizing.  It's still a great product!

Hope you enjoyed this review!  If you have any sleeping packs that you recommend, please let me know!

xoxo, K

Monday, May 21, 2012

Project 10 Pan, Round 6

I've finished yet another Project 20 Pan!

In case you are not familiar with the concept of Project 10 Pan, it is a project that challenges you to use up 10 products before buying anything new.  I have expanded this to cover 20 products.

If you think you don't have the willpower to finish Project 10 Pan, please check out my tips on how to get through Project 10 Pan.

On to the products! (If I've reviewed the product before, you can click on the product name to go to the review)


For a product that wasn't very pigmented, this product took forever to use up!

Canmake Cover & Stretch concealer
This is my go-to concealer. It is cheap and covers well. I wish I could find something that lasts longer on my skin, though!

Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion
This is an Asia-only formula of the famous Clinique toner. Unlike the traditional formula, it does not smell like alcohol and does not sting my skin.

A great moisturizer & hand cream, but I realized I should stick with cheaper moisturizers!

 Kate Face Powder N
This face powder is really just mediocre. It sets my foundation, but does not make it last very long, and it is not very finely milled. Be careful when you buy it - the "glow" version is very shimmery!

I really liked the minty-sweet scent of this soap and I hope Lush brings it back for this year's holiday season!

Bath & Body Works Travel Size Twilight Woods Body Lotion
As I've mentioned before, I really like the travel sized body lotions and shower gels. I can use them up in about a month, before I get tired of the scent.

The packaging is very cute, and I wouldn't mind spending the money just to get this tin!  The product is pretty good as well. 

This was a great moisturizer, but the pump dispenses too little product.
It currently comes in a pot, which I think is unhygienic for a hand cream.

The Face Shop Wrinkle Stop Neck Cream
This is a great moisturizer, but the square design of the pot made it very hard to get product out.

This bottle dispenses a fine mist, which is great! I think the product itself is not quite worth the $20 price tag, though.

This soap is one of the most popular Lush soaps.  It is also one of my favorite Lush scents!

Bath & Body Works Travel Size Sweet Pea Shower Gel
This is a great scent if you like sweet florals.

Bath & Body Works Travel Size Sweet Pea Body Lotion


Clarisonic Nourishing Care Cleanser
Yet another mediocre Clarisonic cleanser - so mediocre that I really couldn't think of what to write in a review!

This is a good primer if you like silicone based primers. The pot is inconvenient, though.

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Gold
 It is now so small that I can't sharpen it in my pencil sharpener.
 

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector
Not sure if this helped even out my skin tone, but it is a nice moisturizer.

  Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX
This was a great sleeping pack which provided plenty of moisture.  A review of this is coming up. 

Bath and Body Works travel size body lotion in Black Amethysts
To me, this lotion smelled berry-ish. I liked it a lot.

Now, on to playing with the stuff I got in New York!

xoxo, K

Friday, May 18, 2012

Weekly Reads #59: May 18, 2012


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New York Vacation: Part 3

This is the last batch of pictures from my vacation in New York. Now it's time for me to start counting down the days when I can go back!  I seriously, seriously love this city, and would love to live here again...






 








Hope you enjoyed my pics of New York!

xoxo, K

Monday, May 14, 2012

Up and Down #23: May 2012

Summer is here!  At least it feels like it. The high temperature here is now 30 C (86 F)!!


On to my Ups and Downs!


Ups:
I bought a DSLR!  
 NY was the best place for me to play with my new DSLR. I lived in NY when I was little. I don't need any new pictures, which means I can screw up on my DSLR all I want! At the same time, NY has so many interesting places that I was constantly taking pictures.



I saw Book of Mormon on Broadway! 

It was hilarious! It won 9 Tony Awards and tickets are impossible to book - they usually need to be booked 6 months in advance. I booked the tickets first and then booked my flight to match the date!  I have been listening to the soundtrack constantly!
Also, it makes fun of organized religion in general, so don't see it if you are sensitive to that.


Suave Dry Shampoo 
 (stock photo)
Dry shampoo doesn't exist in Japan since most people wash their hair every day. I tried this after reading about it on some beauty blogs, and I loved what it did to my hair!  I had more volume and it was easier to style my hair!!
Unfortunately, I couldn't bring this home with me. TSA prohibits aerosol on an airplane!

L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte
My morning routine has become so easy thanks to this eyeshadow! It's a nice beige color and it is easy to apply. I'm sure I'll go back to doing complicated eye looks soon, but for now, this is my love!

Fresh fruits and vegetables
I mentioned before that I had trouble finding fresh produce in the winter. Thanks to the warm weather, now I can find everything! I eat fresh lychees, mangoes, and peaches all the time!

Downs:
Not living in New York
Every time I go to New York, I want to stay for the rest of my life.  Someday...


How has your spring been?

xoxo, K

Friday, May 11, 2012

New York Vacation: Part 2


Some more pictures of New York...

Central Park
Central Park is one of my favorite places in the city. It is full of runners and bikers in the morning - and I can completely understand why.

 It is easy to forget that you're in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world!
I wish all big cities had a huge park like this one.  It brings a bit of calmness to the busy city.



Grand Central Terminal
Yes, this is a train station.  However, the architecture is interesting, it is a great place to watch people, and it brings back a lot of memories.
There is also a huge Apple Store as well. Free Wifi is convenient.
 

This line would take me to where I grew up...

Oh, and the obligatory food post:  I went to OBao with a friend of mine.

Obao
222 E 53rd St (between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave) 
New York, NY 10022 
Good food, not all too exciting. This place has gotten a Michelin star.

Half eaten, but the Beef Salad was very tasty.

The Clay Pot Catfish, on the other hand, was just so-so.

My friend and I only ordered these two dishes, and I still took some of the food home. The portions aren't huge, but somehow they are filling!

I am on Yelp, by the way. It is extremely useful to find restaurants when I travel to the US!

xoxo, K

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Weekly Reads #58: May 10, 2012



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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

New York Vacation: Part 1

In mid-April, I went on a vacation to New York! As many of you know, I grew up in New York, and I like to visit every 1.5 to 2 years.

Since I grew up in New York, I don't do many touristy things. However, I decided it would be a great place to try out the new DSLR that I bought!


Canon EOS 600D, called the Rebel T3i in the US and EOS Kiss X5 in Japan
This camera has 3 separate names. Things were difficult until I realized this, because I was looking at reviews from the US, Japan, and Hong Kong, and each country uses a different name!
(stock photo)

I have no experience with photography what so ever, so it's been exciting to learn. Thank you to all the bloggers who have been giving me advice!

Since I last came to New York, there were a few new places to visit.

National September 11 Museum and Memorial
The memorial opened on Sept 11, 2011, but the museum is still under construction.
Please read the visitor guidelines before going. Reserved tickets are necessary to get in.  Same day tickets are available, but I thought it was a waste of time to wait in line for the tickets. I simply booked my tickets online.
The security checks were even more exhaustive than at the airport. I went on a day with very few visitors - I would hate to think what happens on a busy day.


One World Trade Center, still under construction.

I like taking pictures of buildings for some reason.

The High Line
The High Line is an elevated park that runs on the west side of Manhattan, through the Meatpacking and Chelsea districts. It runs from Gansevoort St (one block below 12th St) to 30th St. It is built on a historic freight rain trail.

No pictures of the High Line itself, but it seems to be a great place for a run. You can see from this picture how high up we are. 


I also met up with a few blogger girls.  Thank you so much to Jenn, Jenn, Vijaya, Joey and Mona for meeting up with me!

Mona and I had dinner one night at Upstate in the East Village.
Upstate
95 1st Ave (at 14th St)
New York, NY 10003
(Yelp Reviews)
In short: I really enjoyed eating here. It was delicious! I would definitely recommend it!!

 The oysters were delicious!! Really sweet and they did not have the typical oyster smell.
And yes, I'm playing around with depth of field...

This bouillabaisse was fantastic! We asked for extra bread to sop up the broth. 



The seared scallops with brown rice risotto were delicious as well. The scallops were NOT overcooked - fabulous!


I have obviously not mastered taking pictures in low light.


Next up: some more "typical" places to go in New York...

xoxo, K

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