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??

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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.

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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.

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What I like about the 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?

Coffee Sundays, 1.22.17

Serious question: is it the height of vanity to have a blog series named after your own blog? Then again, this is a beauty blog, so maybe that’s a moot point.

ANYHOOT. I haven’t had one of these chatty, rambly, non-cohesive posts for awhile, so I thought I’d just barf up a bunch of words and see what happens. Here we go!

I learned a new laundry trick

I recently tried this method for getting rid of oil stains in my shirt. My stains were way more prominent than the ones she has in her post. Quick backstory: we give my dog fish oil to help with her itchy skin and maintain her soft fur. One day, I happened to squeeze it ALL. OVER. my favorite tank top! The top is from Everlane, and they sadly no longer make that particular style.

I had resigned myself to the fact that it was probably impossible to get the stains out, and so the tank joined the pile of old t-shirts to be used as cleaning rags. When I found this on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try since I had nothing to lose anyway. If you don’t want to click the link, here’s the TL;DR version: Pour hydrogen peroxide over the stains. Add some dish soap, and top with baking soda. Scrub it up into a paste, and let the mixture sit for two hours or so. Then, wash as normal.

I wasn’t expecting much. At most, I hoped that the stains would have faded a bit. After all, the oil stains had set FOR MONTHS already, and had been laundered at least once, if not twice. Imagine my surprise and delight when my tank top came out of the washing machine absolutely spotless!! This method works BRILLIANTLY. I’ve filed this trick up my sleeve for when I need to prove that I am, in fact, a functioning adult.

I am currently on a no-buy

And it’s going surprisingly well!

During the holiday season, I went a little crazy and got swept up in the frenzy of sales and limited edition items. I’ve ended up with so many new products that I’ve barely touched, even now, a month later. This has almost completely killed my desire to buy more, more, more. I don’t even blink when I see the latest releases from brands that I love. I think I’m finally oversaturated, and overwhelmed.

Over the years, I’ve talked a lot about how I want to downsize, shop my stash, project pan, etc. And every year, I move further away from that resolution and instead continue to buy more things I don’t need. I will never be able to finish all of my blushes. Or highlighters. Don’t even get me started on eyeshadows. Basically, I will never truly “want” for anything.

So this year, instead of just a project pan, I’m also going on a series of no-buys. My last makeup purchase was December 28, and it’s been a pretty easy road so far! There were a few temptations in the beginning, but I’ve learned to recognize my shopping patterns.

I emotion-buy: when I’m happy, sad, or even angry. I realized that I kept buying crap hoping that it’d somehow make me feel better, that it’d magically transform me into a projection of what I want to be instead of who I am. Does that make sense? Is that sad? Maybe. But it’s less sad now that I’m aware of it, I guess.

I’ve been unemployed for a year and a half now, entirely through my own decision. As a result, I’m utterly bored and feeling unfulfilled. I’ve channeled those feelings of frustration into shopping and hunting down “the next best thing.” It’s no coincidence that in the past year and a half, I’ve impulse-bought makeup far more than I did in the years prior.

I don’t want to do this anymore. It’s time for a detox.

Since the last few paragraphs totally went off into the deep end, I’d like to introduce you to a new (to me) YouTuber I discovered: Kimberly Clark! Her anti-haul videos are such a breath of fresh air, and exactly the type of rhetoric that I need to hear right now. I understand that her style is not for everyone, but for me it’s been so helpful as I plan my no-buys.

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My current go-to look for winter

First things first: Happy New Year!

As the temperatures get colder (yes, even in sunny Hawaii), I tend to change up my makeup look to match the season. Of course, seasonal makeup/fashion trends are nothing new, as the venerable Miranda Priestly cooly reminds us:


But once again, I reiterate: I am not creative on my own. D:

Over the Christmas holidays, I stayed with my boyfriend and his family. I had only packed a minimal amount of makeup. As such, I developed an easy go-to look that was seasonally appropriate, simple to achieve, and requires very few products.

The look

For this FOTD, I was back home amongst my stash and was thus able to do a bit more polishing. My everyday look while playing tourist was sans foundation (gasp, shock, horror. I know.) and definitely sans false lashes.

I otherwise kept the eyes simple and focused more on perfecting the lip and faking that “just in from the cold” flush. For highlighter, I used ColourPop’s SuperShock Cheek in Monster, which added an extra dimension with its icy pink reflect.


Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum and Healthy Mix – 52 and 53 (mixed)
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
NARS Laguna
The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid – Mauritius Dahlia 017
ColourPop SuperShock Cheek – Monster


Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon – Blacquer
Viseart Neutral Matte – 2, 5, 8, 9, 12
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara
KISS Trio Lashes – Short, X-Short
Ardell Knot Free Naturals – Short


The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid – Mauritius Dahlia 017
KIKO Invisible Lip Liner

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FOTD: Halloween 2016


So! It’s Halloween. I did a thing on my face.

This was my first time using water-activated face paint. I bought it at Target. I was surprised to see it’s made by WolfeFX cosmetics, a well-known theatre and stage makeup brand. It was only $2, so I figured it’d be a cheap experiment.

And, err… This happened. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be exactly. Some kind of sloppy broken doll look, maybe?


The Good

I do like how the tiny, doll-shaped lips turned out, though. Maybe a bit smaller on the lower lip would be better. Took a lot of finagling with a Stila liquid lipstick that I never use. I also found the face paint to be relatively easy to use, and blend.

The Bad

The red blush, however, refused to blend. I tried begging and pleading, even bribing. But once it went on, it refused to budge. Stubborn bugger. I also don’t like the sloppy line work for the cracks. I should have used a finer brush.

The Ugly

Dem brows, tho.

In all seriousness, I think the overall impact of this look would have improved had I bothered to do something with my hair. And maybe a neutral backdrop so you don’t have to see my living room behind me, ha. The white face paint should have continued down my neck as well; the floating head effect is quite distracting otherwise!

I’d like to try this again with my usual face color, and use the white face paint as an accent to make the cracks look more realistic. Also, more gray shading!

In conclusion, I know this isn’t the best Halloween makeup out there. It isn’t even the best that I could have done. But it was getting late and I was rushing to get it done so I could take pictures and wipe it all off before walking the dog this afternoon, ha.

If you’re at all curious what products I’ve used to create this weird thing on my face:


Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle – Chestnut Milk Parfait (yep, I used foundation and then covered it up with white face paint. Superfluous step)
WolfeFX Water Activated Makeup – White
Sleek MakeUP Ultra Mattes v2 – Pillow Talk
e.l.f. cream eyeliner – Black
NYX blush – Red
I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts highlighter – Goddess of Faith


e.l.f. cream eyeliner – Black


e.l.f. cream eyeliner – Black
Sleek MakeUP Ultra Mattes v2 – Noir, Thunder


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Beso

This is going up super late, at 8PM HST! It’ll be November 1st by the time anyone reads this. So: I hope you’ve all had a fun Halloween! I’m staying in tonight because I’m boring. Also, I have no similarly unemployed friends who could go out on a Monday night. But mostly, I’m boring.

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