Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream - sold every 3 seconds around the world!?

This is a review of the L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. I bought this when I went to New York.

What it does: (from L'Occitane's website)
One of our best-selling Shea Butter Hand Creams is sold every three seconds around the world! Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, this super-creamy balm penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and moisturize hands. Honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with Shea Butter to create this extremely effective formula. The rich texture leaves hands soft and smooth with no oily traces, and can be applied as often as needed. 

Price: $28 for 5.2oz. You can also purchase the 1oz version for $10, which I often see near the checkout aisle at Sephora. 

  • This is a very rich hand cream, and does a great job of moisturizing my hands
  • It absorbs quickly into my hands, and does not leave them slippery
  • No residue on my hands
  • Very minimal scent! I hate it when I'm trying to eat and my hands smell strongly from the hand lotion I just used!
  • The packaging. I don't like metal tubes because they are hard to squeeze out towards the end.  Remember when toothpaste came in metal tubes?  I hated those!
  • If you don't like the scent of shea butter, this product may not be for you.
  • Pricier than other hand lotions

Would I repurchase? Yes, during the cold weather. Although this is a pricey hand cream, I think it is really worth it if you use hand lotion often. I also like the small tubes to give as gifts.

I also bought a few of the other scents in this line, and I'm looking forward to trying them out.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review: Stella McCartney Precious Body Cream - "Precious"??

This is a review of the Stella McCartney Precious Body Cream.  Stella by Stella McCartney is one of my favorite perfumes.

What it does: (from Neiman
A fragrance based on the contrast between the freshness and softness of the rose and the dark sensuality of amber. A very sophisticated gesture that emphasizes the intense femininity of the fragrance. The concept of the Stella McCartney bath line is based on ecological and organic cosmetology, selecting the best natural materials and capitalizing on vegetal extracts to protect the natural life force of plants—and your skin. A delicious, sensually perfumed cream that leaves skin feeling sublime and moisturized. Rich, luxurious texture provides intense hydration.

Price: $67 for 6.6 oz. As with other body products based on a fragrance line, this body lotion is PRICEY!

  • This really smells exactly like the perfume!
  • The scent lasts around 6-8 hours on my skin, but is not overpowering.

  • The price, obviously
  • This is a really watery body lotion. Something that claims to be "rich, luxurious" and provide "intense hydration" should be a little thicker.
  • I really did not like dipping my fingers into a glass jar to scoop out a watery lotion.  Unsanitary!
  • The size of this jar made it really difficult to get the last bits of this lotion out
Would I repurchase? No. I did not like the packaging or the texture of the product, not to mention the price. From now on, I'll stick with the perfume!

Have you tried skin care products based on perfumes?

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Weekly Reads #73: Aug 25, 2012

I've written before that summer in Japan starts in mid July, and that it is still hot in late September. Mid to late August is probably the hottest time of the year in Japan, so I feel so strange to be seeing fall looks on the blog posts!  I'm still looking at how to protect my makeup from melting!!

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    xoxo, K

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Review: Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara - 4mm of extensions???

    This is a review on the Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara.  I bought this in New York.
    This mascara was SUPER hard to photograph since the silver packaging reflected light!

    What it does: (from Maybelline's website)
    Build 4mm of measurable extensions!
    • Fiber-fix brush has 6 different contact points with each lash for optimal fiber placement
    • Breakthrough formula contains fibers up to 4mm in length
    • Sealing formula stretches lashes and seals fibers to lashes
    • Washable, also available in waterproof formula

    The brush is a traditional fiber brush. It is relatively thin and dense.

    Price: Will vary, as with all US drugstore products. Target has this for around $7

    • I got good separation with this mascara
    • The lengthening effect was good, although I do not think it was outstanding
    • This is a wet mascara, which I do not like. It easily transferred to my upper and lower eyelid as I did my makeup. Also, I had to be very careful on how I applied this mascara to ensure that my lashes did not stick together.  Even after a month of usage, this was still a wet mascara
    • This mascara left smudges under my eye after a few hours of wear. I am aware that I did not buy the waterproof version of this mascara, but there are several brands of mascara available in drugstores that are not waterproof but do not smudge
    • As always, I thought the claim was too much of a stretch. If I wanted to lengthen my eyelashes 4mm, I would get real extensions or I would wear falsies!
    Would I repurchase? No.  The smudging is a deal breaker for me, and I personally do not like wet mascaras!  Because of this, I threw this mascara away after 1 month of usage!

    I was so disappointed with this mascara! Considering how much I liked Maybelline's Lash Stiletto Voluptuous, I was hoping this would be similar.  Unfortunately, Illegal Lengths is a significantly wetter mascara.

    What is your favorite drugstore mascara? Hope you enjoyed this review!

    xoxo, K

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    Review: Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer brush - can you believe it's $10???

    This is a review of the Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer brush. I bought this while I was in New York.

    What it does: (from the Ecotools website)
    Create a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow with this beauty editor favorite! Our widely-acclaimed bronzer brush features soft, cruelty-free taklon bristles, a recycled aluminum ferrule and heavy bamboo handle. This brush is packaged in our zip-top, reusable pouch.

    Price: $10.  Yes, really. 


    • I love the quality of this brush!  The bristles are VERY soft!
    • This is a great, dense brush.  I use this is either as a kabuki brush to apply bronzer on large areas of my face, or as a powder brush
    • I also love using this to apply a sheer layer of foundation.  During the summer, I don't want anything heavy on my skin!
    • As with all the other Ecotools products I have used before, this product is cruelty-free. I also love that they use bamboo for the handle - a very sustainable material!
    • Very affordable!  Please don't think this is a good brush for the price - it is a great brush no matter the price.  The price is just an added bonus!


    • The head of this brush is PRETTY big. I wouldn't try to use this for detailed application.
    • As with all kabuki brushes, this brush takes some effort to wash because of the density of the bristles. It also takes a long time to dry

    Would I repurchase? YES!  This is a fabulous brush.  It has been my go-to foundation brush since I bought it in New York.

    In general, I think Ecotools has some great brushes. I love this brush much more than some of my brushes which were 4 times the price! I'm really looking forward to trying some other Ecotools brushes out next time I'm in the US. Have you tried any of the Ecotools brushes?

    Hope you enjoyed this review!

    xoxo, K

    Saturday, August 18, 2012

    Weekly Reads #72: Aug 18, 2012

    I've been getting back into running this week. Last week and the week before were insane - I was totally exhausted at work and fell asleep the moment I got home. Being able to run is definitely helping with both my physical and mental health.

    Also, I want to give a big THANK YOU to all the Indonesian beauty bloggers who have reached out to me recently.  I am SO looking forward to moving to Jakarta in January, and it's so nice of everyone to welcome me!  Thank you so much!

     What were your favorite posts this week?
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    xoxo, K

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Review: My Scheming Pentadecpeptide + Amino Mask

    This is a review for the My Scheming Pentadecpeptide + Amino Mask.  I bought this in Hong Kong. My Scheming is a Taiwanese brand that is popular for their sheet masks.

    What it does: (all grammar errors are as on the package)
    The Pentadecpeptide+amino mask is a highly effective mask which main ingredient is argireline, additionally, peptide and matrixyl is added. The tiny element of argireline is easy to be absorbed by skin, which smoothens and reduces wrinkles, and restrains aging. It possesses mult-effects which renews your face with lighting and sheeny skin, removes wrinkles and enhance firming, moisturizes and protects skin. You will find your face become young, mind, bright, and white after long-term usage. 

    Cost: $15-20 online

    • This is a thin mask that is fully saturated with serum. 
    • The serum is not too thick, and I can use this in the summer without fear of breakouts
    • Provides a good amount of hydration. I could probably use this in the winter as well
    • Smells slightly like medicine, but the smell is not strong or offensive  
    • Minimal cut outs, which I find provides a better fit to my face. I don't like masks with too many cut outs.
    • Like all such products, I think that there is not enough product to decide whether this product removes wrinkles.  Besides, hydration is always effective to reduce small wrinkles

    Would I repurchase?  Yes, I liked this mask!

    It is very rare that I use up an entire box of sheet masks. I usually buy sampler packs where I can try out different kinds of masks, or I buy a box and give away most of them as gifts. I'm glad I tried this mask, and I'm looking forward to trying more My Scheming masks next time I'm in Hong Kong or Taiwan!

    What is your favorite brand of sheet masks? Hope you enjoyed this review!

    xoxo, K

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Weekly Reads #71: Aug 11, 2012

    It's been a week or so since my announcement at work (see Monday's blog post for details), and I'm preparing for my transition.  I've been doing my current role for 3.5 years, 1.5 in Japan and 2 in China, and it has finally hit me that this is the last time in my career that I'll be doing something like this. It's been interesting - now I can see the positive side of my current work and ignore the rest! 

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    xoxo, K

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Up and Down #26: August, 2012

    My announcement about my move to Indonesia was made at work last week.  The response has been amazing - I've had people come up to me to tell me what I did to change the culture at work.

    Working in China has very hard on me since most of my subordinates do not speak English.  My peers and bosses are not very sensitive to the cultural differences either.  I've been intentionally left out of a lot of things because I do not speak Chinese, and people do not seem to think that it's necessary to be inclusive of others (On the other hand, in Japan, we will always speak English at work as long as there is even one foreigner there.  To note, I work for a US company)

    My focus at work has always been how I can help the people in my group to grow and be better than they are today.  Unfortunately, I feel that Chinese culture is very level-oriented, meaning people kiss up to their bosses and treat their subordinates like crap, including the ones that are older and more experienced than you.

    At the same time, there are some things that I consider to be normal in a working environment, such as doing things on time, not answering cell phones during meetings, and picking up garbage, and unfortunately, people don't follow these things in China. I've been very, very strict to my subordinates about these things. 

    Once my announcement went out, I wondered how people would react.  Would they be glad that "the tough boss" would be gone soon?  Would they be relieved that I wouldn't be around to force them to try to speak English? 

    I had a short meeting with one of my subordinates last week, to finalize a document showing his accomplishments in the past 12 months.  He stopped our meeting to say, "Kay, in the smoking area and in the cafeteria, people are saying they are sad to see you go.  You spent a lot of time to understand us, you respect us, and you are the one pushing back to the big boss to protect us."

    "But I've been tough, haven't I?" I replied to him.

    "Yes, but we watch you.  We know that you always clean up garbage by yourself.  We know you always start and end every meeting on time.  We know that you don't ask us to do anything that you don't role model yourself." he answered.  "And besides, you are the only one who really cares about me and my future."

    Considering this guy has had over 10 different bosses in the past 15 years he has worked in the company, I'm touched.  I had thought compared to his previous bosses, there was no way I could be as good as some of them. 

    I've had both memorable bosses and not-so-good bosses.  I remember some things that my first boss told me when I joined the company, and his words still guide me today.  My hope has been that when I leave China, I would have been able to touch someone's career, so that when they look back, they will remember some small thing I did or said to help them.

    On to my Ups and Downs!

    • Being announced to move, finally.  I liked my subordinates in China, but I did not like my peers or bosses, and I did not like the environment
    • Being told stories like the one above.
    • Thinking about all the things I will buy or send to my friends once I am back in Japan
    • Thinking about the very fresh sashimi I will eat once I am back in Japan
    • Still, stuff at work - but hey, I'm leaving soon!!!!
    No makeup or beauty related things this month.  It has been all about my move!

    xoxo, K

    Monday, August 6, 2012


    It has been nearly 2 years since I moved to China.  And now, I'm moving again.

    On October 1, I'll be moving back to Kobe, Japan.  

    But that's not all. 

    In January, I'll be moving to Jakarta, Indonesia.

     (via google maps)

    I'm very excited about this.  This is a huge career move for me. I'm very underqualified for my next role, but my next boss requested me instead of someone else who has prior experience in the role.

    I'm also excited about living in Indonesia.  My experience in Indonesia has only been a trip to Bali a few years ago, but I enjoyed it a lot.  I love beautiful beaches, diving and surfing, and I'm looking forward to doing a lot more of that in Indonesia.

    I'm also very excited about this from a beauty blogger standpoint.  In the past 6 months, I've been checking out the beauty blogger scene in Jakarta. The beauty bloggers there are very active, and there seem to be a lot of local brands that are exciting. I'm really looking forward to becoming friends with them.

    I'll also be much closer to Singapore and Australia, and I'm really looking forward to spending more time there.!

    Thank you for all of your support over the last 2 years. My life in China has been pretty tough, especially not being able to send/receive packages.  I'm planning on sending out a few thank you gifts to my fellow bloggers who have supported me.  I'll also be doing a few mini giveaways!

    xoxo, K

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Weekly Reads #70: Aug 4, 2012

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    xoxo, K


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