Saturday, September 29, 2012

Weekly Reads #78: September 29, 2012

I've been living out of a suitcase for the past week and a half.  Hectic?  Yes.   Please wish me a safe move!

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xoxo, K

Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Lavender Chamomile

This is a review of the Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Lavender Chamomile Shower Gel and Body Lotion. I bought this when I was in NY.

As usual, I bought the travel size bottles. I get tired of scents if I continuously use the same ones. Travel size bottles usually last me around a month, which is perfect for me.
The Aromatherapy line is a little pricier than other products at Bath and Body Works. For example, Aromatherapy's the full sized body lotions are $13 for 6.5 oz, while the regular line is $11 for 8 oz. The travel size bottles are both $5, but the Aromatherapy line is 2 oz while the regular line is 3 oz.

What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)
Sleep Well. Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oils soothe and calm to enhance sleep. This ultra-creamy, nourishing body lotion is formulated to give skin long-lasting moisture. Our formula contains precious botanicals and minerals - White Water Lily and Malachite are known to help soothe skin so it looks and feels its best.


Price: $5 for 2 fl oz (travel size), or $13 for 6.5 oz (full size).  Bath and Body Works almost always has some kind of discount going on, so I always suggest getting them on sale.

Pros:
  • I personally like the scent - it smells strongly of lavender.
  • The scent does not last long on my skin, which is good.

Cons:
  • The full size products come in acrylic bottles.  I don't like acrylic bottles for shower products since I am afraid of dropping and breaking them.
  • Although the body lotion claims to be long-lasting moisture, I felt it was less moisturizing than other body lotions from the Bath and Body Works line.
Would I repurchase? Yes, and I'm also interested in other scents from this line, especially the orange ginger scent.

What do you think of the recent new scents from Bath and Body Works? Honestly, I don't find them all that exciting. This has led to me getting more interested in the other products available at Bath and Body Works, such as the Aromatherapy line, the True Blue Spa line, and the CO Bigelow line!  I can't wait to try out some more products from those lines!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Weekly Reads #77: September 22, 2012

This week has been absolutely crazy. You may have heard about the anti-Japanese protests in China. There is widespread rioting and looting in several cities.  The city I live in is pretty safe, but needless to say, I wish I were already out of here!  I have gotten emails from my company's HR office in both China and Japan, asking me to "stay safe".  I wonder how?

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xoxo, K

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer Pro - now without the orange tint

This is a review for the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer Pro. I bought this when I was in New York.


I always enjoyed using the original Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer, but did not like the orange color of the product. A few of my blogger friends said that it changed the color of their foundation. Looks like Rimmel also thought that orange was not a good color for a foundation primer, because this product is white!


What it does: (from Rimmel's website)
Unique advanced formula with 5 in 1 results:
Smoothes to minimize pores, resurfaces for an even complexion, brightens skin all day, protects skin from environmental aggressors and mattifies and eliminates shine.
Create your smoothest, most even, poreless complexion!

Foundation glides on more smoothly, more evenly and wears longer.

Price: like all US drugstore products, the price will vary. Ulta has this for $7.49. The Ulta price is 10 cents lower for the "Pro" version than the original version. I would say that the price is the same, and "pro" is just a name that they gave the product to make it sound like an upgrade.

Pros:
  • Like the original, this product really helped my foundation stay on longer
  • Very lightweight. This was much lighter feeling on my skin than silicone-based primers.
  • No tint on my face!  That's right, it also doesn't leave a white residue on my skin!
Cons:
  • If you want to hide pores, a silicone-based primer is better than this.
Would I repurchase: Yes, I'm regretting only buying one tube in New York!

Here is how I took pictures in my apartment in China.  The room with the best lighting was the bathroom, and I had a huge counter. I would pose the product I was taking a picture of in front of the other products I was using in the bathroom.   I only had overhead lighting, though, so it was always a struggle for me to minimize shadows and reflections.
You can also see a bottle of water on the counter. Yep, I spent two years brushing my teeth with bottled water. It was probably a good thing, since I often had discolored water running out of my tap!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Weekly Reads #76: September 15, 2012

Woot woot, I'm in Japan this weekend!  I'm on a quick trip to check out apartments before I move here. It is still SOOOOO hot in Japan!

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    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Review: MUJI Blend Essential Oil in Relax - How I kept my sanity while in China

    This is a review for the MUJI Blend Essential Oil in Relax. I bought this when I was in Japan.

    MUJI is a Japanese brand that focuses on minimalist designs. They produce stationery, makeup and skin care, food, clothing, kitchen appliances, furniture, and many other things. MUJI, originally "Mujirushi Ryohin (無印良品)" means "No Brand Quality Goods." MUJI brand items do not have marks or designs to distinguish them; you can see the bottle above is very minimalistic.

    MUJI has been one of my favorite brands for a very long time. Their stationery was a staple for me throughout my school years.  They also have many interesting prepackaged foods which I will review soon.

    MUJI also has stores outside of Japan, such as in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Turkey, US, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Poland, Portugal, and the Philippines. In many of these countries, MUJI also has an online shop.

    What it does: (from Muji US's online store)
    Use with aroma accessories or add a few drops to refresh potpourri. Do not apply oils directly to skin.  Sweet Orange, French Lavender, Rosewood, Geranium

    Price: 1470 JPY in Japan, $12.95 in the US.  1470 JPY = $18.50.  Someone explain to me why this is more nearly 50% more expensive in Japan???

    Pros:
    • Although this is labeled as a Floral-Citrus scent, the floral scent is not overpowering. I personally think it is more woodsy, and it is definitely not sweet.
    • This scent reminds me of sitting in the woods.  It has really helped me relax over these past 2 years
    • 10 ml is a very small bottle, but since I only need to use a few drops each time, this bottle has lasted me for a very long time
    Cons:
    • The price may seem a little high, but essential oils in Japan are usually more expensive than this
    Would I repurchase: YES.  I'm also eager to try out MUJI's other essential oils.

    Just as I reviewed lots of LUSH products previously, now I am excited to review lots of MUJI products!  When I go shopping in Kobe, I usually walk along one street, because it has LUSH, MUJI, and several drugstores.  Please take a look at the MUJI website and let me know if there is anything you would like me to review. If you can read Japanese (or you have a good translation software), please head over to the MUJI Japan website - some products, especially food, are only sold in Japan.

    Hope you enjoyed this review!

    xoxo, K

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Project 10 Pan, Round 7 - Just in time for my move!

    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.

    Project 20 Pan usually takes around 6 months for me. This round took around 4 months (Round 6 was posted in May).  This round was faster probably because all of the products are either skin care or bath stuff, which tends to be easier for me to finish up.  I'm also trying to use up half-used products before I move.

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


    The over-hyped MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
     The background is super pinkish.  Sorry I didn't correct the color!

    Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Black Amethyst
    Most of the time, I only buy travel sized bottles from Bath and Body Works. They still last me nearly a month.

    Dior Addict 2 Eau de Toilette
     This was my go-to fragrance for a long time, but it does not last well on my skin.

    Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Shower Gel
    You can see the difference in quality between this and the previous picture.  From this picture on, I used my DSLR!

    Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Lotion
    This smells like caramel to me, which is not surprising considering it's "warm vanilla". This would probably have been a better scent to use in the autumn and winter.

    Seabreeze Deo + Water
    I've mentioned this in a favorites post last year, and only just realized that I don't have a review on it!

    Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque
     I finally finished this after reviewing it 2 years ago! I liked the results of the chemical exfoliation but the price was way too high.

    This was a very sweet fruity scent, much more suited to summer than any other season. I'm glad I only bought the mini bottle since I could quickly use it up.

     This was the first My Scheming mask that I tried and I liked it. It provided just enough moisture for my summer skin.

    I will admit I cheated a little on this product - I used it on my body as well. Just a reminder to myself never to buy such a big bottle of face moisturizer!



    Loved the smell, disliked the texture/packaging/price!

    This is probably my favorite shower gel from Lush so far.

    Bath and Body Works Moonlight Magic Shower Gel
    I didn't do a review on this because it was a limited edition scent and had been discontinued by the time I got around to using it. It took forever to use up.

    I loved the scent! I wonder if it will be rereleased this holiday season?

    This is a great moisturizer. I wish I could have seen significant results from it.

     If this had also helped my makeup last longer, I would probably have enjoyed it a lot more.

    To be honest, I bought this by mistake when I wanted to pick up the Brazen Honey mask which I love so much. I'll have to pick up a Brazen Honey mask next time I'm in the US!!

    Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
    Clinique's website suggests this for Dry to Combination skin, but I really don't think anyone with any dry skin should use Lotion 2. It works well for my skin in the summer. In fact, I can tell when the seasons are changing because this stops working for me.
    On a separate note, I realized recently that the Japanese version and the American version of this toner are dramatically different.


    Pond's Oil and Blemish Control Beauty Powder 
     I like the product, but I like silica powder better (and it's cheaper)

     As I said in the review, I loved the product but hated the packaging. I can't really squeeze out all the product from a metal tube!

    I have done so many Project 10 Pan posts that I have a routine for the process!
    (1) I take pictures of each product as I finish it, because I don't like hoarding used products (=garbage)
    (2) I edit each picture and keep it in a folder inside my blog posts folder. This way, I can keep track of how many products I have used up
    (3) When I write the post, I keep my blog open on another tab so I can find the reviews quickly
    (4) Sometimes I need to reread the review to remember what I thought of the product!

    One thing I learned: Taking pictures of empty products is harder, because the container is light and unstable, and because the empty container easily reflects light.

    Hope you've enjoyed this post! I'm laying off on Project 10 Pan for a while so that I can enjoy new products while I'm in Japan!

    xoxo, K

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    Weekly Reads #75: September 8, 2012

    I'm going back to Japan for a quick trip next week!  Woohoo!  Once I get back from the trip, it's packing day, then a week of work, and then it's time to move! 

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      xoxo, K

      Thursday, September 6, 2012

      Review: Pond's Oil and Blemish Control Beauty Powder - even though I can't find it online anymore

      This is a review of the Pond's Oil and Blemish Control Beauty Powder. This was a gift to me from a fellow blogger.


      Unfortunately, I couldn't find the claim or price to this. This may be an outdated package since I can't even remember when this was given to me! A similar product can be found on Amazon.

      Pros:
      • Did a good job of keeping my face from becoming shiny.
      • This powder was very fine and did not cake on my face.

      Cons:
      • This powder is stark white. It looked weird on my face unless I blended it well.
      • No coverage
      • From these two characteristics, and how the product felt on my skin, I think one of the main ingredients is silica powder, which I can buy much cheaper.

      Would I repurchase?  No. This was a great powder, and I would be interested to try the updated version of it. However, for what it does, silica works just as well and is easy to buy in bulk.

      I always like to set my foundation with powder, especially in the warmer months. I've had better luck with loose powders so far, probably because I've found that silica powder works very well on me.  I like the MAC Blot Powder as well!  Please let me know if you have a favorite powder!

      Hope you enjoyed this review!

      xoxo, K

      Tuesday, September 4, 2012

      Up and Down #27: September, 2012

      Recently, I've been spending each weekend cleaning out my apartment. I'm not doing any scrubbing or vacuuming, I am going through my things and sorting them out.

      Because I'm moving to Japan for a short while before going to Indonesia, I need to separate my belongings into 2 groups - what I will bring to Japan and what will be shipped directly to Indonesia. I thought I was good at not accumulating "stuff", but now I've realized that I have a lot of things!  I've also found clothes that I haven't worn in the past 2 years. It is high time that these went into a donation bin!

      This move will be a little difficult for me because of the weather. Japan will go into autumn and winter, but I will also travel to Indonesia for a business trip.  According to what I have looked up online, Jakarta is constantly around 30 degrees Celsius.  Kobe, in the winter, is around 10 degrees.  I have to bring clothes to fit both climates!

      I'm also going through my beauty stash (of course!) to decide what I will bring back to Japan.  I'm planning on only bringing some essentials - another excuse to haul once I'm back in Japan!!  Please let me know if there are any Japanese products you want me to try out!

      On to my Ups and Downs!

      Ups:
      • Breaking up big tasks into small tasks. I have a month to go before the move, but by doing a little bit of cleaning each weekend, I'm trying to avoid being overwhelmed on the day before I leave!
      • Having lots of experience in moving. When I was a child, my family moved every 2-3 years. Because of this, I know what to expect and I know what I can do in advance to make it easier.
      • Saying no at work.  I decided to refuse to go to an offsite meeting.  I need to close out the work I have here - and why in the world do you want to do team building activities with someone who will leave soon?
      • Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso.  I'm enjoying the end of summer with a shimmery blush!
      •  
      Downs:
      • Thinking about whether or not to post about something very personal and very controversial (but also very beauty-related).  What do you think?
      How was your August?  Hope your Summer 2012 was exciting and fun!

      xoxo, K

      Saturday, September 1, 2012

      Weekly Reads #74: September 1, 2012

      I mentioned just last week that September doesn't feel like autumn to me. I have noticed a few things though:
      (1) Daylight is much shorter.  It now gets dark within an hour of when I get home, and the sun hasn't quite risen all the way when I do makeup in the morning.
      (2) It isn't hot in the shade. In fact, the early mornings and evenings are pretty cool.
      This is the optimal temperature for me. I often go on long vacations in mid April and mid September for this reason.  Unfortunately, within a month, it will be SUPER cold here, and by the end of October, people will be wearing thick coats.  I'll be back in Japan by then!!

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        xoxo, K

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