NOTD: Gray ombré

A couple years ago, I decided that I like gray nail polish. It feels so moody and chic (although, on any given day, I’m just moody, and nowhere near chic).

Now, I find myself with enough bottles of varying shades of gray to create a version of this mani which has been all over Pinterest and back:

pinterest gray ombre mani

original image source unknown

I recently picked up Essie’s Take It Outside and Urban Jungle, so my mani ended up being more taupe-y:

notd gray ombre

notd gray ombre bottles

notd gray ombre 2

In hindsight, I should have used a mid-toned gray toward the middle instead of the yellow-y white on the thumb. It doesn’t transition well because of the different undertones, from yellow to pink.

Thumb to pinky:
OPI My Vampire is Buff
Essie Urban Jungle
Essie Take It Outside
VS Pink Steel The Scene
The Body Shop Big Smoke

Do you have a nail polish color Kryptonite?

FOTD: Why Not Zoidberg?

I’m off today, and I need to run a couple of errands, so I kept my makeup pretty minimal and light. It’s been humid lately because of the vog, so I’ve been skipping any sort of liquid base and going straight for a light dusting of powder instead.

fotd why not zoidberg


Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
NARS Custard concealer
BECCA Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder – Dream
Korres Cheek Butter – Philia Rose
Benefit blush – Sugarbomb
NYX blush – Taupe


Urban Decay Subversion mascara primer
Tarte Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara (what?? I only just looked at the official name, what the heck is a smart mascara?)


Shiro Cosmetics Intertubes – Why Not Zoidberg?

why not zoidberg products

I love this lip color, but unfortunately it’s been discontinued. The company has cited quality control as an issue and a reason for reformulating. I can see why; here’s what my tube looks like:

why not zoidberg

It has a weird grainy texture, but it does melts quickly onto the lips. Also, it’s a bit squishy, but I did lose it for a couple of months in a friend’s car, so that might be why. I applied it with a lip brush, but since it’s no longer a normal lip balm texture, I never take it along with me to reapply.


As per usual, I’ve dropped off the face of the internet. I’m now back in Hawaii after two weeks in Europe.

Albert and I went to Poland for Easter weekend. Someone forgot to give them the memo that it’s spring, because it snowed pretty much every day we were there, ha! Unfortunately, we missed out on a lot of sightseeing opportunities because we were there during a holiday weekend. But on the upside, we did get to witness the charming Easter basket tradition in Warsaw on Saturday, as well as visit an Easter market in Krakow on Sunday and Monday.

At the market…

krakow easter market animal shaped pastries

There were lots of animal shaped baked bread things.

krakow easter market polish sausage

Amazing Polish sausages.

albert polish sausage sandwich

Gigantic sandwich. It was so delicious, we went back on Monday and had another one.

polish grilled smoked cheese

We also tried these little grilled smoked cheese nibblets with a dollop of cranberry jam.

But the most important thing you need to know about this market?

krakow easter market pony

There was a pony.

krakow easter market pony 2

A teeny, tiny pony. If it had been any smaller, I would have scooped it up and put it in my pocket and taken it home.

Anyway, I’m back! Will return to regular-ish blogging very, very shortly.

What’s in my travel makeup bag?

I’m currently in London, England, visiting my boyfriend, Albert!

It’s been over a year since I’ve traveled this far, and I was pretty wiped out yesterday. (It takes about 20+ hours to get here from Honolulu.) Today, however, I managed to put some effort into my appearance. I also took advantage of the rare appearance of the sun in the UK, as well as Albert’s lovely large windows to take some pictures for the blog.

Since I’ll be away from my sizeable makeup stash for two weeks, I thought I’d show you what I brought along to make myself presentable while on vacation!

travel makeup bag

Behold, my cheeky little makeup bag. My friends got me this squishy train case a few years ago for Christmas, and I always use it when I travel. It has slots in the lid for makeup brushes, as well as three side pockets along the inside edges. It’s just the right size: I can bring several options, but it’s small enough so it limits the urge to BRING ALL THE THINGS.

all travel makeup


Here’s what I brought for makeup! I kept it to one 4U sized Z palette, and brought mostly stick type makeup things which I bound together with a Lucky Gum hair tie.

Tarte Gifted mascara
Becca Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder in Dream

4U Z palette
Wet n Wild Color Icon Single – Nutty
Smashbox Muse palette – Biscuit
Kat Von D – Lucifer, Leather
Urban Decay – Mushroom
Benefit Hoola
Smashbox Muse Blush Rush – Masterpiece
Too Faced Snow Bunny
Sonia Kashuk A Kiss on the Cheek palette – #4
NARS concealer – Custard

Z palettes are great for traveling. I’ve been depotting a lot of my products over the years, to save space, so when I need to pack, I can customize my own palette vs. bringing a lot of small compacts, etc. I don’t think they make the 4U size anymore, but a quick look on their website shows that they have a “Medium” size, which is probably similar?

stick makeup


Stick type things! The less brushes, the better!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils – Rockstar, Corrupt
Sephora Brand Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear – 04 Taupe
Bite Beauty Luminous Créme Lipstick mini Duo – Palomino, Violet
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Cruella
e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara
The Body Shop Brow Definer – 03 Dark Brown
The Body Shop Lightening Touch – 03

travel makeup brushes


Makeup brushes

e.l.f. concealer
Nordstrom retractable lip
Too Faced Flatbuki
ecoTools mini eye brush set (mine is the older version, the newer one comes in a pouch)
Sigma large angled contour F40, travel sized
Sonia Kashuk No. 127 spoolie
ecoTools retractable bronzer

travel makeup tools


Miscellaneous makeup tools

Conair bobby pins – I’m not sure why I packed this, I rarely do my hair. Mystery!
BrushEgg brush cleaner
Dr. Bronner’s liquid castille soap
Sonia Kashuk eyelash curler
Tweezerman tweezers
Urban Decay Grindhouse pencil sharpener

travel nail polish


Nail polish

I painted my nails prior to leaving, but since nail polish rarely lasts more than 2 days on me, I brought stuff to change it up.

butterLONDON P.D. Quick top coat
butterLONDON Nail Foundation base coat
The Body Shop almond nail polish remover
Sephora by OPI Just a Little Dangerous
OPI… I have no idea what this is called. I thought I labeled it, but I was wrong. Oops.

travel perfume


Two little perfume samples!

Beach Walk by Replica by Maison Martin Margiela
Tory Burch… I think this is called “My First Fragrance” or something unimaginative like that.

purse stuff


Lastly, my purse emergency kit. This is always in my bag, no matter what. Once I started compartmentalizing all my little things, it’s much much easier to switch handbags without worrying whether or not I have lip balm, or whatever.

purse stuff contents


ecoTools blotting papers – These are great, you can find them at Target for $1.
Sephora compact mirror
Alice in Wonderland Enchantmints – I bought this for the cheeky packaging.
Sephora mini glass nail file
Burt’s Bees lip shimmer – Fig
Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer – Vampire Blood
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter cuticle cream, mini
pot of The Body Shop body butter, to use as hand cream
nail clippers

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m probably the least glamorous person, ever. My tendency is to look like I’ve never heard of a shower before. Whenever I travel, I always feel like I looked more ragged than usual, because I don’t have my usual arsenal at my disposal. But I try, nevertheless!