Lately, 05.14.17

I didn’t realize that it’s been nearly a month since I’ve posted!

First things first: Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there! My mom and I had brunch yesterday, to avoid today’s inevitable crowds.

A little life update: I sent in my UK visa application last week, and it’s already been approved! It’s an EEA Family Permit (non-settlement), which means once I arrive in the UK, I have to start on the permanent resident visa. But at least we’re now one step closer!

Lastly, my obsession with Japanese makeup brushes just keeps growing… Expect a brush haul post and comparison pictures soon! With that said, I will leave you with my latest craving:

This is the Koyudo Somell Garden brush collection. I can’t read Japanese, but basically these brushes are inspired by fruit. Their wood handles were chosen to enhance the colors of the dyed bristles. From left to right: Peach x Keyaki blush brush, Orange x Hard Maple blush brush, Blueberry x Walnut highlighting brush, and the Lemon x Walnut face brush. All links go to CDJapan’s website. Each brush is under $35 USD, and I shamelessly want all of them. Because LOOK AT THEM. How freakin’ cute are they??

Images via koyudo.co.jp

I shouldn’t, but I’ll probably end up buying all of them eventually. *__*

Coffee Sundays, 04.02.17

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Hello, internet friends! How is your Sunday going? I realize it’s quite late for almost everyone else in the world except Hawaii. Time management is not something I excel at.

I haven’t done a non-makeup post in awhile, so I thought I’d show you some cool stuff I found around the interwebz.

McMansion Hell

Fellow architecture nerds, this one’s for you! McMansion Hell is a great website that explains why big, ugly houses are so ugly, using the language of design and architecture. Complete with pictures, thorough explanations, and hilarious captions! If you care at all about design, interior or exterior, you must give her a read.

Image via mcmansionhell.com

Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling is new only to me, apparently. Their catchy tagline is “The analog system for the digital age.” Basically, it’s a journaling system that keeps all your information together, for those of us who suck and coming up with an organizational system on our own.

I’ve been journaling since February. Mostly I use it to keep track of makeup related things, both blog-related and personal. Other areas of my life are overwhelmingly uninteresting, so the daily log mostly consists of inane thoughts and how much Netflix I’ve watched that day. Ha.

However, I can’t get behind its acroname, BuJo. To me, It just looks and sounds too much like the slang term for, um, fellatio. Maybe I have a dirty mind.

Learning the Dvorak keyboard

On Friday, I had run out of things to do at work, so I decided to take a typing test to figure out my wpm. Verdict: average 75 wpm. Not too shabby, tabby! I learned touch typing in school, around 5th grade, on the QWERTY keyboard.

After clicking around a bit (like you do) I ended up on this website that trains you to use the Dvorak keyboard. The Dvorak keyboard is an alternative alphabet layout that’s supposed to increase speed and reduce errors and finger fatigue. It was patented in the 30s, but never really took off. However, most computer operating systems gives you the option to change the input if you’re so inclined.

Image via tvnz.co.nz

What I like about the learn.dvorak.nl website is that it includes keyboard mapping, so you don’t have to change your input on your computer until you’re ready and comfortable with the new layout. So far I’ve finished lesson 1 and am working my way through lesson 2. I think I’ll continue Dvorak training at work, whenever I run out of things to do. Which almost never, ever happens. ;)

What are you watching on TV tonight? Do you like architecture? Do you keep a journal? Are you a touch-typist?

I’m back from the (walking) dead!

Please excuse the awful pun in the post title.

I took an unexpected hiatus when I decided to start watching The Walking Dead on Netflix one day. Two weeks later, I had fully caught up to the current season and am now (im)patiently waiting for each week’s Sunday broadcast. That’s a lot of zombies!

Binge-watching a post-apocalyptic zombie show does weird things to your mental state. Nevertheless, I am slowly disengaging myself from that and rejoining reality. Thank God society hasn’t collapsed in the real world. Err, yet.

Anyway, I got a job as an emergency hire office assistant for the next three months. Hopefully it will keep me busy. At the very least, I’ll be earning some money again. Being unemployed for a year and a half, especially while you’re willing and able to work, is just awful. I miss the day-to-day drudgery.

Since February was a quiet month on the blog, I will be more active here in March. I did a fair bit of hauling for my birthday, but I’m currently back on a no-buy until April. What kind of posts do you guys want to see, by the way?

Home

We arrived back in Hawaii on Friday night. As usual, my plans to either schedule posts while I was gone, or work on posts while in London didn’t happen. I am probably the laziest blogger in the world. Sigh.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick and dirty post of the beauty things I brought back. It’s always fun to look at the stuff we can’t get easily in the States!

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Stopped by KIKO and picked up a clear lip liner to replace the Urban Decay one that dried out. Also bought two more of their Long-lasting Eyeshadow sticks, in a matte black and a matte greige taupe.

My friend wanted the gorgeous TopShop Chameleon eyeshadow in Shuffle the Cards, and who can blame her? I swatched another Chameleon color called Changeling, and it had to come home with me. It’s the prettiest purple-green-pink shift!!

My mom and I both bought a Bourjois foundation. I picked up the Healthy Mix in the shade 53, to mix with the Healthy Mix Serum I have in 52, which is currently too light for me. Since we spent over £12 on Bourjois, Superdrug was having a promotion and gave me a free GWP. I don’t normally wear gray smoky shades, but I’ll give it a try anyway.

As you can see, I kept the number of items to a minimum. However, that doesn’t mean I kept the spending to a minimum, because…

suqqu-cheek-brush

Yep. I bought the unicorn Suqqu Cheek Brush. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the brush Lisa Eldridge uses in practically every single video. It’s stupid expensive and hard to get a hold of. I can’t even really afford it right now. I was content to put it on my wish list and buy it eventually, one day… But since the pound is so weak (sorry guys), and I’m still eligible to claim back the VAT, I took the plunge. I almost bought two, but told myself I was being crazy (still not entirely convinced that was the right decision).

I’ve used it a few times, unwashed, and it is so wonderfully soft. It picks up and blends color effortlessly. I washed it tonight, and put a brush guard on it, so I’m hoping it’ll fluff out a bit, but not too much. Much excite!

Last, but not least, something rather exciting happened on the plane ride back from London. I spotted one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Linda Hallberg, on the same flight! I had read on her blog and her Instagram that she was heading to Hawaii, but imagine my surprise when I saw her walk by on the plane during boarding!

I thought at most she’d post pictures of places I’d recognize in Honolulu and Oahu, but instead, at baggage claim, after two very long flights, I went up to say hi to her. She was very humble and sweet and agreed to take a quick selfie with me.


If you don’t already follow Linda, check out her blog, her YouTube channel, and her Instagram page. There is no limit to her creativity and talent; she’s so inspiring!

So anyway. Now I’m home, and it’s time to try to shuffle my life into some sort of productive order. Hello, December.

What’s in my travel makeup bag? September 2016

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I’m back!!

Well, I’ve been home for almost three weeks now, but as I am practically incapable of behaving like a functioning adult, I am only getting around to reviving my poor blog now-ish. Heh.

I was away from my makeup stash for most of the month of September. First, I went on a trip to Asia with my dad. I came back to Hawaii for a few days and stayed at my uncle’s place while waiting for our bathroom renovation to wrap up. Then, I spent a weekend in Las Vegas for my cousin’s wedding. When we finally moved back in, it took awhile to sort our lives back in order. It’s still not 100% sorted out, but whose life really is, amirite?

Anyway! This post is on what was in my travel makeup bag that I used for the past month. Let’s see what made the cut.

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