Collective Favorites (March – August 2015)

Collective FavoritesHi everyone! It’s been so long since I last wrote a post in this blog. The last one was back in March and of course lot had happened. I may not write, but it doesn’t mean I stopped buying beauty products! Back in May, me and my family went to Tokyo, Japan so I had quite a few beauty and non-beauty products I bought there too. Let’s start!

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First up I have been loving Cure Natural Aqua Gel, which I believe is a cult favorite in Japan. It’s basically a peeling gel. Being called gel, it’s actually on the runnier side. Once you smear it all over your face it gets quite watery and then you start rubbing it in circular motion and it forms into some sort of lumps, almost like eraser dust, which basically is the gel sort of bonding with the dirt and dead skin from your face. You’ll have to keep rubbing it until most of it falls off your face (better do in above the sink or you’ll make a mess on the floor) and leaves your face feeling so soft and supple!

Next is this amazing Japanese mascara called Isehan Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara.  This mascara gives such an awesome definition and holds curl so well I kept checking my lashes out everytime I pass a mirror. The one thing I kinda love kinda hate about this mascara is that it is super waterproof, which is good in the sense it won’t smear or go anywhere no matter how many time I rub my eyes, but it also means that removing it takes quite an effort. Even when using oil cleanser. Actually, the one that I have in the pink tube is the waterproof formula, and there’s another one in the black tube which is the super waterproof formula. If the pink one is so hard to remove, I can’t imagine using the black one.

Another Japanese product I have been loving is Deonatulle Soft Stone Double. It’s a stick deodorant that is so popular in Japan. Some foreigner that lives in Japan even says that it’s the only deodorant that works for them so I decided I should just try it. I love it because it’s so light on the skin. Some stick antiprespirant deodorant makes your armpit feels “heavy” like you know there’s product on top of your skin blocking your sweat glands to prevent you from sweating / smelling bad. This doesn’t do that. Plus it has a nice minty smell that feels a bit cooling when you first apply it.

Some tools I’ve been loving is the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler  which I have to tell you is so much cheaper in Japan! I bought it through the Instagram seller I said earlier and it was around IDR 190.000 I think (which is already cheap compared to when you buy it in counters or through another online seller that bought the product from the US) , but I found it on a drugstore when I was in Japan (yes, it was one of the Shu Uemura products that are sold in a drugstore) for only 1200 JPY (tax excluded) which is roughly IDR 130.000! I used to use a random cheap eyelash curler and I can definitely see a difference when I started using a good one. This eyelash curler gives a beautiful curl in the sense that it makes your lashes looks like it naturally curls, not spiky straight like when I used the cheap ones.

Then there’s the Hakuhodo brushes. The J5523 and J142 I have reviewed earlier here, I’ve washed them several times now and they’re still in a very good shape. No shedding whatsoever. Then there’s the other two brushes that I don’t know the names because it was given to me by someone and she told me it’s the freebies that Hakuhodo give when you spend a certain amount of money. She said it uses the same hair as the Kokutan series but it doesn’t use the same Ebony handle. I can’t tell though. Since I don’t know the name of the brushes, I can’t compare it to the Kokutan series to know what kind of hair it’s made of. I suspect the bigger one (which I use for blush/cheek product) is goat or goat blend because it picks up product very well. This one have shed a bit but I think it’s just the loose hair, because it’s all short hair which means it didn’t get glued in the ferrule. The small one is actually a big eye brush which I think might be squirrel hair because it’s so so soft but still picks up quite a lot of product. I love to use it for applying a shadow all over the eyelid. A very good quality considering it’s a freebies!

Moving on to some skincare, I’ve been loving the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (European version) which helps a lot to “kill” active blemishes and minimize the appearance of the scar. Unlike the US version which I believe is used like a spot treatment, the European series is not as concentrated and meant to be used all over the face as a light moisturizer. Another product that is good for clearing up spots is the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask. I love how it deep cleanse the skin without drying it up too much.

The base I’m loving is Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation (I use the shade Medium Beige). It’s quite thick but not cakey and it gives a very nice medium to full coverage that lasts all day and has a very nice sheen. It’s not as dewy as my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation which is a good thing because I don’t have to use powder! I have also fallen back in love with my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed which gives such a nice barely there neutral color. The reason I fall back in love with it is because the Hakuhodo cheek brush I mentioned earlier which makes it very easy to apply this blush. I used to use Real Techniques Multi Task Brush which is fine for powder, but not so much for the blush.

Last but not least, some non beauty things I’ve been loving includes Noted Midori Sized Notebook in Monochrome Grid, which is a notebook/paper product brand I started with my sister and friends. I love the Midori size because one day I would like to have a Midori Cover and it would be nice to have several notebook in one cover. We have quite a wide selection of covers and insert in regular size (17 x 12 cm) and Midori size (21 x 11,5 cm). If you’re a stationery lover you should definitely check Noted out! Two pens I’ve been using to write on my notebook are Uniball Signo RT and Frixion Ball Slim. Both are in fine point (0.38) which I love because it makes my handwriting so much neater. The Frixion Ball Slim is actually Salmon colored which is very cute and coming from the Frixion line it’s eraseable! I have 2 others in Mint Green and Purple, and a refill in Fuchsia.

Whew, it turns out to be such a long post. No wonder though, it’s a 6 months worth of favorites! I hope you enjoy the post, and feel free to comment down below 🙂

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