FOTD: Soft Grunge


Remember how I said that I’m not very creative on my own, but can recreate tutorials with moderate success? Prime example coming right up!

This look was guided by the much better-looking and more talented Karima McKimmie:

I love grungy looks. The idea that you can look fierce while being a bit disheveled, a bit undone, a bit… un-pretty, is so up my alley.

That being said, I think my look, and by extension, Karima’s, are “pretty” interpretations on the grunge subculture. For a more accurate depiction, check out Sam of Pixiwoo’s tutorial:

I swear, Sam totally owns ANY look she ever attempts. She’s the ultimate badass.

Me, in comparison? I’m not so much grungy as I am just grubby. Womp womp.


I did put eyeliner in the lower waterline, like Karima did. However, I have yet to find ANY pencil eyeliner that will stay in my waterline. So, by the time I finished my makeup and sat down to take pictures, it had slid off and gathered into little boogers at the corner of my eyes. So sexy.


Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – 52 Vanilla
The Body Shop Honey Bronze – Drops of Sun
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer – Light Neutral
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Light/Medium
The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadow – 220 Chocolate Linger (as contour)
Sleek MakeUP blush – Suede


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown


Viseart Neutral Matte – 8, 12
Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette – Ecliptic
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Demolition
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara


NYX eye pencil – Taupe
NYX High Voltage lipstick – Flutter Kiss


Incidentally, I broke the lipstick. I twisted it the wrong way, and the bullet has separated from the mechanism that pushes it up. The only way to get it out now is to turn it upside down and shake it. Annoying!

Korean Beauty Haul 2016


I realized recently that I still haven’t showed you my tiny little Korean beauty haul!

The hotel we stayed at in Seoul was smack dab in the middle of famed shopping district, Myeong-dong. Every street I walked down, every corner I turned was full of well-known Korean beauty brands: Missha, Laneige, Club Clio, Etude House, Holika Holika, etc. Sometimes there were three or four of the same brand on a single street!

However, since I’ve been unemployed for over a year, I had to put on my big-girl pants and exercise restraint. Despite my desire to haul everything in sight, here’s what I settled on.

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder – This gets glowing reviews as a translucent powder good for oil control. I’m not particularly oily, but my T-zone could use some help. It was quite cheap, probably less than the $7 on the webshop I linked. It smells faintly of mint. I’ve used it a few times, and I like it. However, I am the worst when it comes to checking in and touching up my makeup, so I don’t find it to control oil any better than my current translucent powder, Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish. It does give a lovely, soft finish, though.

Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick in #12 Sunset Star – I’m slowly rebuilding my shadow stick collection. This is a peachy rose-gold color, with glitter. I noticed it went on a bit patchy, and when I blend out, it left glitter particles. I’ve only used it once so far, so I need to play around with it a bit more.


It’s a twist-up stick, which is nice because I’m loathe to sharpen my pencils. I’m just lazy, okay?


Etude House My Lash Serum – I only just started using this. It’s been about two weeks. I don’t expect to see results, if any, for at least a month. The serum doesn’t sting if you accidentally poke yourself in the eye with the brush. Thumbs up for that. :P

Holika Holika nail polish in Grass’s Dream –  Wore this once so far. It’s not as flattering on my skin tone as I’d thought it’d be when I bought it. Oh well, it was ridiculously cheap. The next time I wear it, I’ll snap a pic. Side note: What do grass dream about? Do they dream of electric sheep, too??

Holika Holika Transformer Mascara – The concept of a changing mascara brush wand is quite novel! Have yet to try it, since I’m trying to use only one mascara at a time. Link goes to the Canadian site.

There were so many other brands I wish I could have tried. Do you have any experience with Asian/Korean beauty brands? Any recommendations on what to buy, if ever I go back to Seoul?

None of these links are affiliates, by the way. Feel free to click safely. ;)