8 months worth of trash, part 2

Let’s power through in our time machine and maybe by the end of this post we’ll catch up to February.

Almost immediately after moving to London, I landed a really great job with a furniture company called Adventures in Furniture (shameless plug!) Predictably, settling into a new job took up all of my time. Instead of documenting my empties each month, I just kept throwing all my trash into a bag in the hopes that I’d get around to it “someday.”

Here we are!

September – December 2017 empties

COLab dry shampoo in Rio – I think Superdrug stopped carrying this? This brand was my favorite so far… I’m currently using a (gigantic) Batiste one, but I find it’s *too* drying and I don’t like the way it makes my hair feel. The COLab one was so nice… Apparently it’s still available at Boots, yay!

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – Started using this more frequently as winter moved in and heaters came on. I’d probably die without this, no joke.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – Jumbo sized! This works well on any zits I have, and they usually dry up by the next day.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cream – I liked this, used it as a night cream. I wish it came in a more hygienic packaging, though.

Pixi Glow Tonic – Also liked this. This was my first foray into chemical exfoliants. It stung at first and my skin felt quite sensitive the day after. But I loved how soft my face felt after using this. I’m currently using the Glow Serum, and then I have to use up the Drunk Elephant AHA. But I might come back to this one.

Simple Micellar Water – Still my favorite micellar water, and the cheapest too.

Makeup (and one lone perfume) empties

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle in Almond Milk Parfait – I bought this off Hautelook and took a guess at the color match. It wasn’t great, to be honest. It was a bit too pale and yellow. The formula also looked chalky on my skin, so I had to mix it with a liquid highlighter and a liquid bronzer to make it work for me.

I ended up making a DIY cushion foundation to use this up. I mixed this, The Body Shop’s Oils of Life facial oil, LUSH’s Feeling Young Skin Tint, and The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Drops of Sun. I put it in this empty cushion foundation container that I found on Amazon.

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye primer – This was a decent primer. It’s really old and started to separate towards the end. Also, my eyeshadow would still crease by the end of the day, but I have oily eyelids and a hooded eye.

Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ By the Fireplace – Lovely winter scent. Warm, woody, and vanilla-y. I just wish they’d release smaller bottles and price them accordingly! Here’s the Fragrantica page on it.

Etude House My Lash Serum – I bought this in Seoul on a whim. It’s supposed to condition your eyelashes. Not sure if it promises thicker and longer hairs, but it was cheap and I thought I’d give it a try.

However, if you know anything at all about me, it’s that I am horrible at establishing new routines. I tried to use this whenever I remembered, but the tube has gone off and smells weird now. Definitely don’t want to be putting spoiled product near my eyes, so out this goes!

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8 months worth of trash, part 1

Welcome back to this regularly updated blog!

Remember when I used to diligently keep track of my empties every month and showed you what I used up? How about we just pretend that the last 8 months JUSTHAPPENED and that this isn’t embarrassingly late, at all? Cool?

June 2017 empties

Look, things I threw away before moving from Honolulu to London! In June! 2017!

The Body Shop Peppermint Reviving Leg Gel – This took me a long time to use up. It sat in my fridge forever, and I’d use it after running to soothe my muscles. It worked fairly well for that, but it was a bit sticky. I wouldn’t repurchase, simply because I haven’t gone running in about as long as I haven’t done these empties post, and I don’t miss this leg gel. Also, it’s cold here.

L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – These were also just okay. I don’t normally have strong feelings or opinions on shampoo and conditioners, unless they’re especially awful. I don’t spend nearly as much effort into research and care of my hair as I do for makeup. :P

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo – Another just okay. Wasn’t the best at oil control or volumizing. I did like that it was unscented, though. I don’t think I can find this brand here in the UK, so whatever.

Perfume samples! I had made it a point to spray a bit every day before leaving to go to work, in order to whittle away at my stash of little perfume samples. I don’t remember any thoughts I had about any of these, though.

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce
Givenchy Dahlia Divin
Marc Jacobs Daisy
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
Dior Miss Dior
Gucci Guilty
Balenciaga Florabotanica
Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée

No idea if these were eau de toilette or eau de parfum. #notaperfumeblogger

Foil packet samples. I find these really annoying to use.

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening & Nourishing Face Oil – Case in point. Have you ever tried to use a foil packet sample of a facial oil? It’s a disaster waiting to happen. Now, it’s probably the most cost efficient way to send out a little sample, but it is messy as hell. Plus, even when I called it done, it leaked all over everything else in my empties bag. Boo.

The product itself had a weird smell, and I didn’t notice that it did anything magical for me. It was really oily too, like it never fully sunk into my skin. I guess I’m used to drier feeling oils? (I know next to nothing about different facial oils.)

Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel – wat. I have no recollection of what I thought about this. I think I liked it better than The Body Shop’s peel that I had sampled around the same time?

This is probably why you should write empties post in a timely manner, Jen. Otherwise, it’s all useless, unhelpful gibberish about trash. Why even.

Anthony Ingrown Hair Treatment – LOL. Um, I think I used this for my armpits, and it was enough for one use. Did I notice anything? No, not really. Apparently it’s for men’s beards. Hahaha, k.

Clarins Double Serum – Drawing a blank for this one too.

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Japanese brushes, part 2

Well, feck. It’s been over two months since I last updated. And yet, I still managed to gain a follower on Bloglovin’, and more likes on my Facebook page. I don’t even know.

To be honest, continuing this brush post series feels a bit pointless and incomplete. In typical fashion, I’ve waited far too long to get my thoughts together on brushes and in the meantime I’ve bought more brushes. However, I no longer have all of my brushes here with me in order to present a more comprehensive comparison. So now I’m letting the sunk cost (effort) fallacy guilt-trip me into plowing on with what I already started.


Teardrop-shaped brushes

I mainly use these shapes for highlighter. This picture is more for size and shape comparison, though.

Thoughts on the Chikuhodo Z-2 in my previous post.

The Wayne Goss 02 is a daily workhorse. I love the small, precise shape. The soft squirrel bristles apply even the most intense, metallic highlighters, with subtlety and finesse. I’m toying with the idea of buying a second one. It’s only $35 USD, which is incredibly value for the quality.

The hakuhodo + Sephora PRO Kotsubu brush is okay. I really don’t have any strong feelings toward it, one way or another. I thought about selling it off, but couldn’t bring myself to do it. It goes in and out of stock on sephora.com (currently not listed), so keep checking if you’re interested in getting one.

The Zoeva 105 is a decent brush. It’s a synthetic/natural (goat?) blend. As it’s a budget-friendly brush, it’s a good one to get to try out the shape, if you’ve never tried a teardrop shaped brush for highlighter before.

I don’t use the Real Techniques Contour brush for highlighter, at all. I use it for liquid foundation, and sometimes a gentle contour.  To be honest, I’ve left it in Hawaii and I don’t miss it one bit.

I like some Real Techniques brushes and I enjoying watching the Pixiwoo sisters on YouTube. However, I do think as their business grows, the quality of their brushes are suffering. I also feel that they are pumping out too many new products at once, and I find it annoying that many brushes are only available in sets, instead of individually.

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Japanese brushes, part 1

*taps mic* Is anyone still here?? I’m sorry I haven’t posted since July.  Between settling down in a new country and starting a job, this draft post has been gathering dust for about two months. (And yet, despite my silence, my Facebook page has been steadily gaining likes week after week?? I don’t even know. Thank you, though!)

Anyway, in the midst of all the crazy bullshit happening in the world right now, let’s talk about lovely things instead.

I’ve been meaning to write about my Japanese brushes for a long time now. I first got into fude(s? What’s the plural for this?) about a year and a half ago. Since then, I have managed to build a nice little family of wonderful, handmade fluffies. Brushes are my current beauty obsession; I’m more interested in researching new shapes and bristle types with makeup releases nowadays.

First off, I very firmly believe that you DO NOT need expensive-ass brushes to apply makeup well. High quality tools are obviously very important, but do you need to splash out $100+ on a blush brush to achieve perfectly flushed cheeks? No. No one “needs” high-end makeup brushes anymore than anyone “needs” high-end designer bags. If you use and love drugstore brushes, and they work well for you, that’s great! Makeup, brushes, and application all come down to highly personal preferences.

For me, I simply enjoy the superior craftsmanship a fude offers, and I love the way they apply products. They’re a small daily indulgence, and using them makes me happy. I’m not here to tell you why you should buy a fude instead of a drugstore brush. This post is pure vanity, showing off my fluffy treasures.

Here’s a great post by Karima about why you you might want to consider Japanese makeup brushes. Additionally, Sonia’s blog, Sweet Makeup Temptations is an absolute TREASURE TROVE of information and comparison pics, if you’re interested in learning more about fudes.

Enough blabber, here are some pics!

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Now in the U.K., more or less permanently!

*pokes everyone*

Hiya! I arrived in London last week Wednesday! Since this was The Big Move, I’ll be blogging from the UK (and the UK timezone) from now on. Not that anyone was scrutinizing at what time my posts would go up, but there you go.

Once I get my life in order (okay, yeah right… let’s shoot for barely functioning order, I feel like that’s more achievable and realistic), I’ll start posting again.


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