October 2012: What I bought
THERAPIK: MY NEW BEST FRIEND ON TRIPS
The best $12 I’ve ever spent.
I bought this device a while back but didn’t have the opportunity to use it until a huge insect bit my ankle in the hotel room.
I was itching it like mad until I realized I packed the Therapik.
I put it on as directed, for about a minute or longer, and felt a little pain from the heat like an insect sting but as my bite was so itchy, it kind of relieved it.
…and it worked.
I can’t believe it worked!!!!!! I do NOT need to worry about getting bitten any more and suffering the itch a thousand times worse than chickenpox.
This is also not a placebo situation as I have extreme eczema and when it itches, it itches. I never pretend that anything works when it doesn’t, especially for itches.
So remember how I wanted to spend $0?
My budget increased to $100, but then as I mentioned an enabler on Twitter made me realize there were some Asian brands I had to try!
Here’s what I bought:
ISEHAN SARASARA DAILY MILK SPF 50 = $15 EACH
I bought 2 bottles, and I wish I bought 6 (I didn’t have the space). I LOVE this SPF lotion.
It’s like a milk.
It is as loved as my Skinceuticals SPF 50 cream, but it is even better to wear in the summer (I think), under makeup.
It doesn’t leave a sticky, greasy film, it isn’t tinted (AT ALL! No white cast from the zinc oxide), and it has made my skin feel softer.
I’d definitely consider buying this in bulk once I run out.
KATE KANEBO BB CREAM = $15 EACH
I bought 2 bottles of this, in the darkest shade they had OC-D (which will be too light when summer comes around).
It blends nicely onto my skin, feels light, dries to a powder and has a sheer coverage, nothing too fake or makeup-y.
I have to learn how to use a light hand, however.
KATE KANEBO UV MINERAL BASE SPF 30 (CLEAR) = $15
Yes it does feel a bit like eyelash glue, and it DOES smell a little, but it’s a clear, SPF 30, UV mineral base, and it does the job in a pinch.
It is not as loved as the Isehan Sarasara Daily UV Milk, but it’s a makeup primer with SPF 30. SPF 30!
KOJI NO. 70 EYELASH CURLER = $6
I can’t say it is as well-made or as comfortable as the Shu Uemura eyelash curler, but it was $6 and great for in-a-pinch moments.
It curls my eyelashes better, if that helps. I notice that it grabs more of my lashes as well.
DOLLY WINK LIQUID EYELINER = $15 EACH
Amazing. I suck at liquid eyeliner application, and this is more like a felt tip pen. There’s not too much liquid, and it draws a fine, thin, precise line.
KEANA PATE SHOKUNIN PORE PUTTY POWDER = $15
Kind of hate this.
It is way too drying for my face. Even over an SPF lotion it is TOO DRY.
Not sure what to do with it.
KEANA PATE SHOKUNIN PORE PUTTY BB CREAM PACT = $15
It’s BB cream, in a pact. I was suckered in, what can I say?
It is a bit light, but enough for a quick cover.
TANK TOPS = $75 WORTH
Just like what the old men wear here in Asia!
No seriously. I bought lots of tank tops and long-sleeved basic tops in white, black and grey. They’re great to wear under clothes or just around the house.
I must have spent close to $75, and picked up about 15 tops at about $5 each.
2 JADE MARKET NECKLACES = $10 EACH
Faceted beads, the only colours I don’t have.
NEOGENCE HYALURONIC LOTION = $3
The Yu-Be cream was too moisturizing (made my skin very congested) for the humid heat here, so I was desperate to find another option.
Found this kind of watery-ish liquid that had hyaluronic lotion in it which helps grab moisture from the air onto your skin.
Can’t say I hate it, but I also don’t love it either. Doesn’t feel moisturizing, but it did help relieve my tight skin.
That’s it for October and the first half of November.