The Beauty Files

April 2019 Raxy Beauty Box: Calm Down


This is a stressful week for a GOT/MCU fan like myself, so the timing of the April 2019 Raxy Beauty Box “Calm Down” is impeccable.
As I write this, it’s 12 hours til “The Battle of Winterfell” premiers, and I’ll be watching Avengers: Endgame this Friday.
Anyway, onto the contents!

Sweet Salon Liquid & Powder Eyeliner in Bitter Chocolate

リキッド&パウダーアイライナー in ビターチョコレート

A brand that’s new to me, this chocolate brown eyeliner from Sweet Salon is a 2-in-1 product perfect for creating a smokey eye look that’s not too overpowering.
I was taken aback by the thickness of the brush, but the tip is fine enough to draw a fairly tight and precise line on the upper lashes.

The powder is inside the cap and needs to be dipped several times for the color to apply, but a little goes a long way.
The liquid and powder eyeliner remove very easily with a gentle cleanser, great for when you’re in a hurry.

Koto Labo Solid Perfume in Lotus Flower

コトラボ 練り香水 in 蓮

This month’s Raxy Beauty Box comes with a fragrance selected according to each user’s beauty profile. And, if you asked me prior to this month, “What does a lotus smell like?” I couldn’t answer. Still can’t actually. (After looking it up, the lotus has an “aquatic” scent and is “soft, sweet and fruity, with a hint of anise.”)
This perfume balm has a very faint scent that’s not too overwhelming… but it’s really difficult for me to pinpoint the scent as I can barely smell it.
I’ve never used a perfume balm before and while they’re not terribly difficult to use, I really can’t smell it. However, I’ll be keeping this for the sweltering humid summers. I’m sure it will come in handy then!

PICOMONTE Crystal Drop Lip Gloss


Eh, this is a clear lip balm with sparkles. If I wrote more I’d look like I’m trying to hit a word count! But, I will say that it applies evenly and doesn’t get tacky or gummy.
It’s nice to have but I certainly wouldn’t go out my way to buy it. Honestly, I cleaned the applicator after trying and gave it to little Kaiju for her makeup drawer.

Baby Pink Magic Base in Pure Lavender

マジックベース in ラベンダー

I try to stay away from makeup primers because it’s just an extra step that I don’t have time for. For that reason I’ve never even tried a color correcting primer.
But in the spirit of going back to my roots and giving a review of Japanese beauty products, I surprised by the results.
A color correcting primer is quite useful: Purple works to even out the yellow undertones and give skin a healthy glow. I also found that mixing a few drops directly with a liquid foundation works wonders.

Opera Sheer Lip Color in Pure Red

オペラシアーリップカラー in ピュアレッド

Another lip product from Opera and I’m fast becoming a fan. Last month was a bold but sheer lip tint in a luxurious gold tube.

This time, it’s a shimmering rose tint in dainty and slim feminine tube. It’s compact and is just the right size to fit in a clutch bag for a night out.

Final Thoughts

I feel a bit disappointed that this month’s box didn’t contain any skincare items. I hope next month will be different!
May’s theme is “Mamorare Face.” It’s all about protecting skin from harsh UV rays as the seasons transition from spring to summer.

Previous Raxy Beauty Boxes:

March 2019 Raxy Beauty Box
February 2019 Raxy Beauty Box
January 2019 Raxy Beauty Box
December 2018 Raxy Beauty Box
November 2018 Raxy Beauty Box
October 2018 Raxy Beauty Box
September 2018 Raxy Beauty Box
Raxy, the Beauty Box from Rakuten Japan

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