Sorry it’s been awhile since I last posted – this is my first post in the new year [a little late, I know]. Hoping 2011 brings great things, in your world & mine!
Here’s a simple, yet lively look I did the other day. I put a horrible before pic up – yikes, but you won’t be able to know how well the makeup covered unless I did, right?
1) BEFORE [right after I got out of the shower, I always get red spots]
2) Moisturized with Cerave face lotion, then all over coverage with Pur Minerals in Medium & Tan mixed
3) EYES : MAC “Painterly” paint pot all over lid, Sephora brown duo eyeshadow on lash line, “Maxigrade” black tube mascara from Japan, & Maybelline “Define a Brow” in dark brown to fill in brows
4) CHEEKS : NARS “Sin” blush, E.L.F. bronzed bronzer, & Canmake highlighter
5) LIPS : Sephora lipliner in “Native Nude” w/ MAC lipglass in “Nymphette” on top
I’ve used this Band-Aid Friction Block a few times — the first being at my girl Roz’ wedding where I was a bridesmaid. We all know bridesmaid shoes aren’t always the most comfortable – or even close! One of the other ‘maids saved the day when she gave me this. I put a little here and there where I thought there would be excessive friction (where the straps lay in this case) and cause blisters — the Friction Block really prevented me from getting blisters! My feet are extra sensitive, so I still got blisters, but I know it could have been worse.
I saw it the other day at CVS on sale so I snagged one for my makeup kit – you never know when an actor/model/bride might be in need. Thought I might as well let you all in on this great product since I KNOW we girls deal with blisters! The best thing is, it’s tiny – so it will fit easily in your purse for a night on the town.
It does what it says it will: Instantly reduces rubbing on skin, forms an invisible barrier, and provides an easy, non-messy application.
You can find it at your local drugstore (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid), Target, Walmart, etc.
tokyostargirl gives Band-Aid Friction Block 5/5******
DOVE FRIZZ CONTROL THERAPY : TAMING CREAM w/REPAIRING SERUM
I’ve been using this for a few years now and love it. My hair goes all kinds of crazy if I don’t put something on to ‘tame’ it. I don’t like junk in my hair (that makes it sticky) so when I found this (by accident) I knew that it was something I’d use for years (and I’m right). It’s so smooth and doesn’t feel sticky at all. It doesn’t work magic, but it does put all my baby hairs in place – which means a lot since my baby hairs are all over the place.
Diagnosis: rebellious, unmanageable frizz prone hair (that’s me!)
Solution: Frizz Control Therapy System
– repairs and smoothes the uplifted cuticles responsible for rebellious frizz and misbehaving hair
– protects hair from frizzing in damp, humid weather
– leaves hair easy to manage, with improved texture, and resilient to frizz
Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Dimethicone Copolyol, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, CMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
DIRECTIONS: Use daily on damp or dry hair. Disperse into hands and work evenly through hair.
You can buy this at most drugstores, Walmart, Target, and even grocery stores for $4-5 (totally bargain!)
tokyostargirl gives this 5/5 stars *****
Asahi Kasei LENS COAT
This is seriously the best contact solution I have ever used – and I’ve used almost all the ones that are out there. I know all my optometrist friends will *gasp* at finding out that I wear DAILY contacts for up to a MONTH. =/ Before, I could hardly wear them for a week because the contact solutions that I’ve used (ReNu, Clear Care, Complete, Opti-Free, Walmart brand, Target brand, etc.) never cleaned my contacts in a way where they felt ‘new.’ When I moved back to Japan last year, my friend Ai introduced me to this solution and told me it’s the best she’s tried (and she’s tried most of the Japanese brands). I gave it a shot and WOW, LOVE. So I know I’m not supposed to wear daily contacts for more than a day, but with this solution, the contacts feel clean and fresh like they’ve just been opened. I’ve been doing it for awhile now and my eyes haven’t worsened any (knock on wood). I’m not saying you should wear your daily contacts for as long as I do, but if you’re looking for a solution that really gives you that clean feeling, then I totally suggest this. Until I get lasik, I won’t use anything else!
You can buy it at any drugstore/grocery store in Japan for about $12-15 for a 500ml bottle.
tokyostargirl gives this 5/5 stars*****
KOSE – SOFTYMO Q10 MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES
You can get these at any drugstore in Japan and also at any Japanese supermarket in LA. These are the only places that I’ve bought them, but I’m sure they have them elsewhere as well. These are perfect to travel with since the pack is so small. They don’t have a strong smell and get most of my makeup off, though most of the time – I need 2 sheets depending on how much makeup I have on. You do have to work a little harder to get waterproof mascara off since it doesn’t glide off easily. There are about 4 different types, but I’ve only use the orange and blue pack. They go for about $5-7 a pack.
tokyostargirl gives these 4.5/5 stars ****
LOVE these mini claw clips! My hair is so thick that these used to never work on me. When I bought claw clips, I had to buy the bigger ones and even then – it barely held my hair up. Since my hair cut, my hair is a lot lighter and thinned out so now these are perfect!
I bought these at Walmart for less than $3.00.
tokyostargirl gives these 5/5 stars*****
Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Blusher Brush
It’s always great when you find something good on the cheap. Especially when you can easily get it from your local Target. I’ve been reading about this particular brush online lately and it’s been getting some awesome reviews so I knew I had to try it out for myself. I know this brush was intended for blush application, but I decided to apply foundation with it instead because I read that it gives you an airbrushed look – boy did it ever! I can also tell you that I used a drug store foundation (which I love btw) and this brush helped my application looked flawless. I am very pleased and will be trying it with my cream blushes soon. I have faith that I will love the outcome just as much or even more.
1) great value
2) washes easily and doesn’t shed
3)comes in awesome hard case
4) can use it multiple ways, doesn’t pick up too much product
5) easily obtainable
You can buy it at your local Target or online here for $14.99 (you can also look at the 5 star reviews on there)
tokyostargirl gives this brush 5/5 stars*****
PS. If you already have this brush or are rushing out to buy it, let me know what you think!
foundation: Sally Hansen natural beauty, inspired by Carmindy in “sandy beige”
applied with: Sonia Kashuk synthetic flat blusher brush, total time = less than 2 min
What’s written: Scrub with purifying “dermatological-nutrients,” polishes away dullnss, leaving skin smooth and pure.
How is it different?: Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure is our 1st microbead scrub with a unique combination of “dermatological-nutrients,” that gently exfoliates and detoxifies surface-cells.
Ingredients: Vitamin E + Grape Extract (anti-oxidant to help detoxify), Vitamin B5 (infuses skin with moisture, to prevent overdrying), Green Leaf Extract (naturally soothes and refreshes)
How do I use it?: Moisten hands and face. Squeese cream scrub into hands and gently massage onto face. Rinse with water. Avoid eye area.
* Dermatologist tested for safety
*Non comedogenic – won’t clog pores, gentle to skin
* Allergy tested
I’ve been using this for awhile – about 6 months off and on. I squeeze a small amount onto my hand and massage it onto my moistened face (I usually use this in the shower) with my fingertips, I massage it all round my face for a good minute while letting the microbeads do its job, then rinse. With facial scrubs, it is important to be diligent about rinsing it off, take time to make sure that you have removed all of the scrub, a quick and light splash of water won’t do.
Afterwards my skin feels refreshed & squeeky clean. It does leave my skin feeling moisturized, not dry and tight. I am really picky about the scent of products and although this one has a pretty strong smell (you might not think so – I have a sensitive nose), I really enjoy the fruity scent that it has on days when I need a pick me up.
Although I really like this scrub, it doesn’t scream HG (holy grail) to me. Since I have a lot of other scrubs I still need to try, I probably won’t be buying it again for awhile. If you aren’t currently using a scrub – you should! They really help soothen your skin. If you are looking for a scrub, I do think this one is worth a try!
$5.99 – can be found at your local drugstore (CVS, Walgreen’s, Rite Aid), Walmart, Target, etc.
tokyostargirl gives this product a 4/5 stars****
These are the products/brushes that I used for this look. Product on top, applied with on bottom. Started with Banila’s SPF moisturizer all over face, then Sally Hansen/Carmindy foundation applied with the beauty blender sponge, NYX concealer in a jar to conceal all blemishes, Sephora duo eyeshadow – dark brown to fill in brows, MAC paintpot in ‘painterly’ all over the lid, highlight brow with Ten Beauty’s “sand,” lipliner & CO Bigelow minty lipgloss, Canmake’s multi colored blusher, Prestige liquid eyeliner, MAC shadow in “earthly riches” & Revlon Fantasy Lashes in “intensifying”
1) fresh face w/moisturizer 2) foundation 3) eyebrows filled
4) all over shadow 5) with gloss 6) add blusher
Revlon sent me these eyelashes to try. The pair I tried were the Revlon Fantasy Lengths lashes (self-adhesive) – I was weary about using self-adhesive lashes because I just feel that it won’t stick on as well as when you glue them on, but I figured I’d try anyway. The cool thing is that this pack came with a little plastic eyelash applicator which helped in keeping the lashes down and as close to the lash line as possible. The instructions are easy to read and wasy to follow. The lashes are even clearly marked with “L” and “R” so you know which lash goes on your left and which one goes on your right (there is a difference!) The shorter end of the lashes should follow the inner corners of your eyes because that is where your lashes are shortest and the longer end matches up with the outer corner because you want that long, voluptuous look.
I wore these lashes for about 5-6 hours and they stayed on fine, just a bit of the inner corner came up and bothered me for a few seconds, but I was able to quickly stick it back on.
The cool thing is, it comes with an extra adhesive that you can stick your lashes onto easily so you can wear them twice for sure! I’m thinking that if you take good enough care of them (and don’t put mascara) on them then you could try it for a 3rd time without adhesive, but with glue instead. That’s not recommended by Revlon, but hey it doesn’t hurt to try to stretch it out for another use!
Revlon Fantasy lashes applied alone (with no eyeliner)
applied with eyeliner to fill in the spaces – also used an eyelash curler to blend together my real lashes and fake ones
close up shot
makeup look complete!
dress: shop in taiwan, jacket: h&m, tights: shop in tokyo, boots: kangol
My bf dyed my hair for me ( Revlon Colorsilk in ‘Deep Burgundy’). It’s easy to use – step by step instructions and easy to apply. Just be careful not to put it on your countertop too long because it will stain! I ended up leaving it on longer than suggested so it looks a bit dark right now, but I think it will lighten a bit more in a few days. I’m just glad my roots are the same color as the rest of my hair again. =) What do you think?
annie & vivien…
& their love for blythe dolls.
I haven’t tried these hair dyes out myself, but aren’t they the cutest? I think I should! If nothing else, for the cute factor. =)
What it says on the website: “The goal? A flawless complexion. The means? Full coverage with a soft, dewy finish. Pan-Stik Ultra Creamy Makeup uses a high-tech formula to cleverly conceal pigmentations and skin imperfections while giving you maximum coverage. The results? A beautifully radiant complexion with no caking.” www.maxfactor.com
My take: I really like this. I’ve heard many great reviews and thought I’d try it out for myself. I know it’s hard to believe, but everyday I use a different foundation. Some days I want it in liquid form, some days I want to use minerals, some days I want to use a cream version, and some days I just want to skip it all together. These days, I see myself reaching for this a few times a week. I like how easy it is to apply and how easy it is to travel with. I just dot it on my cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead then I use a foundation brush to spread it out evenly. To get the best results, blend it in an upward/outward motion. This is also great as a concealer to cover your under eye circles if you think it’s too heavy to use as foundation. It gives medium coverage. If you want more coverage, you can layer it. Afterwards, you should definitely set it with powder because if not, you will be quite shiny. I recommend this for those of you who have combination skin or more on the dry side, but not those of you who have oily skin.
Just for reference – Medium Beige is the perfect color for me. The color selection is limited, so you’ll only find one that matches you if you’re lucky. You can purchase this at Ulta or Walmart for $6-$7.